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  • From Fundamentalist Baptist to Catholic – Steve Wilson’s Story

    03/01/2015 4:54:44 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 110 replies
    http://www.catholic-convert.com/ ^ | February 26, 2015 | Steve Wilson
    Archbishop Fulton Sheen once wrote: “There are not over a hundred people in the United State who hate the Roman Catholic Church; there are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church.” I was one of those who hated because of what I wrongly believed about the Catholic Church. The reason I had these beliefs was due to being told what to believe about the Catholic Church from those who were told what to believe about the Catholic Church. No one was willing to find out what the bottom line was concerning the Catholic Church....
  • Clement of Rome (died 110 A.D.) [Third Successor To St. Peter And Friend of Apostles]

    03/01/2015 2:00:00 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    Clement of Rome (died 110 A.D.) The Fathers of the Church spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, defended the Church in apologetic writing and fought the many heresies of the first six centuries of Christianity. These men, also called Apostolic Fathers, gave special witness to the faith, some dying the death of a martyr. Like Jesus who referred to Abraham as a spiritual father (Luke 16: 24) and St. Paul, who referred to himself in the same terms (1 Cor 4: 15), the Fathers were zealous for the word of God. Their writings are a testimony to the faith of...
  • Is Confession Dead?

    03/01/2015 12:52:48 PM PST · by NYer · 56 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 1, 2015 | Terence K. O'Leary
    The confessionals are empty. The sinners have gone away. Or should I say, “sin has gone away.” Not to be judgmental, but rather to be observant, I sense poignantly a lack of what I would call “sin awareness” among modern Catholics. We seem to have assimilated the secular notion that the concept of sin places outdated, even psychologically damaging restraints on people, or that the feeling of guilt for wrongdoing (or wrong-thinking) is emotionally debilitating. Thus, we see in society the virtual elimination of the word “sin.” We don’t want to hurt anybody’s self esteem. Catholics, perhaps innocently, have...
  • Genuine Christians are dead to sin while being alive to God

    03/01/2015 12:50:13 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 16 replies
    Possessing the Treasure ^ | Feb 19,2015 | Mike Ratliff
    6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows:“ DO not say in your heart, ‘ Who will ascend into heaven? ’ (that is, to bring Christ down), 7 or ‘ Who will descend into the abyss? ’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” 8 But what does it say? “ The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,...
  • First Sunday of Lent: The Triumph of Orthodoxy

    03/01/2015 12:46:56 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic heresy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy." - See more at: http://lent.goarch.org/sunday_of_orthodoxy/learn/#sthash.gdvBOiyY.dpuf
  • Beams of Heaven As I Go -- A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    03/01/2015 6:57:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beams of Heaven As I Go – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhat is it that gives hope, peace, and serene joy to the Christian life? Briefly, it is the vision of glory, a glimpse into the Promised Land of Heaven, which the Lord can and does give to His people. Today’s gospel shows forth a kind of process wherein the Lord lays the foundations of hope, peace, and joy for His disciples and for us. Let’s look at four aspects of how the Lord lays this foundation.I. The Paradoxical Prelude - The...
  • Irrational Disbelief: The Hypocrisy of Scientific Atheism

    03/01/2015 6:17:28 AM PST · by Popman · 14 replies
    Crisi magazine ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2014 | DUSTY GATES
    Somewhere along the line of modern history, the idea has taken root, spread, and become commonly held among seculars that religious people hold to a Faith that is separate from, and at odds with, natural reason. Modern science, following the lead of modern philosophy and modern secularized religion, has fallen for the heretical notion that there are two separate tracks of history: a material track, which many assume to be the true one and to which many attach all their trust, and the spiritual one, which is reduced by many to mere fantasy; a delusion held by believers to bring...
  • The Christian Life, and how it is to be lived

    03/01/2015 4:32:57 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 15 replies
    Middletown Bible Church | 03/01/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    The Christian LifeAnd How It Is To Be Lived   "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me"...
  • Why These 66 Books?

    02/28/2015 5:16:22 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 118 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | June 20,2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    Why These 66 Books? Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, “Why do we regard these 66 books, and no others, as comprising the inspired Word of God?”That is a critically important question, since there are many today who would deny that these 66 books truly make up the complete canon of Scripture.The Roman Catholic Church, for example, claims that the Apocryphal books which were written during the inter-testamental period (between the Old and New Testaments) ought to be included in the Bible. Cult groups like the Mormons want to add their own books to the Bible—things like the Book of Mormon, The Doctrines and Covenants,...
  • Towards A God Centered Liturgy

    02/28/2015 2:07:31 PM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 4 replies
    Ad Orientem and why we should go back to it  Ad Orientem is a liturgical orientation done by the priest since the Early Christian Church. It has held a historical and traditional way in which priests would celebrate Mass in the Roman Rite. This liturgical position and action are still celebrated in the Tridentine Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form), as well as in the Dominican and Norbertine Rites, as well as several others. It has however sadly lost practice and has been abandoned in most of the Novus Ordo (Ordinary Form)This article will help explain the historical, and theological significance, its...
  • Getting Back to the Ancient Church (Reprise)

    02/28/2015 12:17:20 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 149 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | October 14, 2014 | Nathan Busenitz
    How much is your church like the ancient church?That’s a popular question these days—especially if you read guys like Robert Webber, Brian McLaren, Wolfgang Simson, or Frank Viola and George Barna.Most of the contemporary discussion about the ancient church attempts to show discrepancies between what is now and what was then. The not-so-subtle implication is that there is something very wrong with the contemporary church. Blame Constantine. Blame the Enlightenment. Blame Capitalism. Blame the Fundamentalists. It doesn’t really matter. The only way to fix the church today is to get back to the ancient church.Based on this premise we...
  • A Refresher on “Apostolic Succession”

    02/28/2015 11:26:52 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 50 replies
    triablogue ^ | January 28, 2015 | John Bugay
    Thomas Hobbes said “The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof”. History has borne out this statement. The question of “authority” is at the heart of every discussion between Protestants and Roman Catholics since the time of the Reformation, and yet the Church of Rome (“Roman Catholicism”) bases all of its claims to authority upon “apostolic succession” … the notion that there was an unbroken succession of “successors” from the time of the Apostles till now. Bryan Cross has said “The Church always had the concept of apostolic succession.”,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GUNPOWDER PLOT, 02-28-15

    02/28/2015 11:19:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 02-28-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:GUNPOWDER PLOT A conspiracy in English Reformation history, formed by Guy Fawkes and others, to blow up the English Parliament in London in 1605. Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators were discovered and put to death. an attempt was made to incriminate the Catholic Church by arresting the Jesuit priests Greenway and Garnett, to whom the conspirators made their last confession. But the priests kept the seal of confession. Henry Garnett was executed in 1606. One effect of the plot was the passage of new drastic measures of persecution against Catholics. All items in this dictionary are...
  • The Journey Home: Tim Staples

    02/28/2015 11:16:01 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Da Mihi Animas ^ | February 28, 2015
    The Journey Home: Tim Staples - Pt1 VIDEO Tim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. Soon after, Tim joined the Marine Corps.During his four-year tour, he became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Theological Virtues, Faith

    02/28/2015 9:18:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CNA.com ^ | 2015 | CatholicNewsAgency
    Faith God's Truth in Our Souls  Perhaps you remember how back when we were discussing the Cardinal Virtues, the first on the list was Prudence, because it was the virtue of knowledge, and knowledge must always come before all other activities. You have to know what to do before you can do it. The same is true on the supernatural level: you have to have a supernatural perspective before you can live a supernatural life. That supernatural perspective is faith.  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Faith as Belief  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The notion of faith is hard to get a handle on initially, so to start out...
  • Triumph is Born of Struggle – An Important Truth, as Seen in a Movie Outtake

    02/28/2015 7:21:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-285-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Triumph is Born of Struggle – An Important Truth, as Seen in a Movie Outtake By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome years ago, the movie Bruce Almighty was near the top of the box office charts. Unfortunately, one of my favorite scenes was cut from the released version of the movie. I was only able to see it in the “deleted scenes and outtakes” section of the DVD version. Why they deleted the scene is unfathomable to me, since I think it really decodes the whole movie.The movie features a prideful man (Bruce) who has complaints about how God runs the universe....
  • The Foolishness Of The Cross

    02/27/2015 9:51:00 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 53 replies
    triablogue ^ | March 08, 2008 | Dusman
    The Foolishness of the Cross INTRODUCTION (1 Cor. 1:18-25) I have had the pleasure of preaching the gospel open-air two times per month for about six years. Every time I preach to a group of God-hating sinners and hear their heckling, I am reminded of just how scandalous they think the gospel really is. Many have told me outright how foolish it is to think that a crucified Jewish man from ancient Palestine was the very incarnation of God Almighty and that by having faith in His death, burial, and resurrection, you can have eternal life. Yes indeed, repentance and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAST BLESSING, 02-27-15

    02/27/2015 9:40:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LAST BLESSING After the administration of the sacrament of anointing, the apostolic blessing that gives a plenary indulgence to the dying person. The priest says, "By the power of the Apostolic See has given me, I grant you a plenary indulgence and pardon for all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." To which the person, or the bystanders respond, "Amen." The indulgence is gained, not when the prayer is recited, but at the moment of death, i.e., in articulo mortis. All items in this dictionary...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Spiritual Works of Mercy

    02/27/2015 8:47:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    TheDivineMercy.org ^ | (Sep 8, 2009) | Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD
    By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Sep 8, 2009)The following is part 11 of a 14-part series to help inspire parish cenacle and study groups who are looking for ways to make a difference in this troubled world. We invite you to view the entire series. Works of mercy can be directed not only toward the needs of the body, but the needs of the soul as well. Indeed, the most serious form of poverty of all can be the poverty of the spirit, not only because it drains life of all energy, joy, and sense of purpose, but also...
  • Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents

    02/27/2015 7:49:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome forty years ago, the Venerable Bishop Fulton J. Sheen admonished the priests of his day with these words:We become real priests when we empty ourselves, and no longer seek our [own] identity, and where we are lifted up to the cross, not going "down to people" Too many of us today feel we have to be loved $B!D (J [thinking] the young will not love us unless we talk like them, eat like them, drink like them, clothe ourselves...
  • Is There A Purgatory?

    02/26/2015 1:41:17 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 117 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | 02/26/2015 | Jason Engwer
    "in purgatory the souls of those 'who died in the charity of God and truly repentant, but who had not made satisfaction with adequate penance for their sins and omissions,' are cleansed after death with punishments designed to purge away their debt." - Second Vatican Council, "Sacred Liturgy", "Apostolic Constitution on the Revision of Indulgences", no. 3 "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God" - 1 Peter 3:18 The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Christians may have to suffer in Purgatory before going to...
  • St. Gregory of Narek: Was the New Doctor of the Church a Catholic?

    02/26/2015 1:41:11 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dr. R. Jared Staudt
    St. Gregory is the first Doctor of the Church to have lived outside direct communion with the Bishop of Rome. Left: Icon of St. Gregory of Narek Matenadaran, in Yerevan, Armenia. Right: The 10th century Armenian monastery of Narekavank (now destroyed), Lake Van, Vaspurakan (modern Turkey). (Photos: Wikipedia.org) On February 21, Pope Francis announced his decision to make St. Gregory of Narek (950-1003) a Doctor of the Church. Once again, Pope Francis has caught us off guard and now many people are scrambling to figure out who St. Gregory was and what the implications of the new honor bestowed upon...
  • Sectarian Rome

    02/26/2015 1:08:37 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/26/2015 | Peter J. Leithart
    It was a well-nigh universal trope of Reformation rhetoric that the Reformers were the catholics who had to defend orthodoxy and catholicity against the sectarianism of the Roman church. Luther disputed the Catholic claim that obedience to Rome was the definition of catholicity, and disputed it on the basis of the universal testimony of the church (Unitive Protestantism, 65). Calvin defended the Reformers against the charge that they were schismatics: “Verily the wolves complain against the lambs” (quoted, 73). The 1559 French Confession distinguished the true church from “all other sects who call themselves the church” (quoted, 80), a thinly...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HABITUAL GRACE, 02-26-15

    02/26/2015 9:32:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HABITUAL GRACE  Constant supernatural quality of the soul which sanctifies a person inherently and makes him or her just and pleasing to God. Also called sanctifying grace or justifying grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Corporal Works of Mercy

    02/26/2015 8:26:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    TheDivineMercy.org ^ | (Sep 7, 2009) | By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD
    By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Sep 7, 2009)The following is part 9 of a 14-part series to help inspire parish cenacle and study groups who are looking for ways to make a difference in this troubled world. We invite you to view the entire series. Let us now sum up the pattern of life to which our Lord is calling us. Centered on the Merciful Heart of Jesus, whose love is poured into our hearts especially through prayer and the Eucharist, we are to let His merciful love flow through our hearts toward anyone in need whom we meet...
  • Out of Pride and Into Humility: A Lenten Meditation on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    02/26/2015 7:22:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-25-15 | Mssgr. Charles Pope
    Out of Pride and Into Humility: A Lenten Meditation on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post, we considered the twelve steps of pride set forth by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In escalating ways, the twelve steps draw us to an increasingly mountainous and enslaving pride.St. Bernard also enumerates the twelve steps to deeper humility (I am using the list from Vultus Dei HERE)  and it is these that we consider in today’s post. As with yesterday’s post, the list by St. Bernard is shown in red, but the commentary on each step is shown in...
  • THE FOOT OF THE CROSS BY FATHER FABER - AN EXCELLENT CATHOLIC CLASSIC FOR LENT AND FOR HOLY WEEK

    02/26/2015 1:02:19 AM PST · by OrthodoxIndianCatholic · 8 replies
    Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary, The Foot of the Cross by Father Faber is a Beautiful and Magnificent Catholic Classic. It is all about the "Sorrows of Mary". Mother Mary was the first disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ at the Foot of the Cross. Father Faber explains each sorrow of Mary in great detail in this Book. NOTE TO READERS: The Foot of the Cross by Father Faber is a "MUST READ" Catholic Classic not only during Lent but also during Holy Week, specially on Good Friday. FYI - Pauly Fongemie is the webmaster of "Catholic Tradition:. Here...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: HOLY ORDERS

    02/25/2015 2:19:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicApologetic.info ^ | not given | Ctholic Apologetics.info
    HOLY ORDERS St. Pius X on Priestly SanctityThe Ordination into the Priesthood is the Sacrament known as Holy Orders. This sacrament is administered by the 'laying of hands', the candidate Deacons for Priesthood, kneel before the Bishop. In silence the Bishop lays his hands upon the head of each individual candidate. The prayer belonging to the imposition of hands is said by the Bishop; by this, the Holy Spirit then enters the candidate imparting on him all Priestly powers. The Sacrament of Holy Orders confers Sanctifying Grace to the recipient. The Bishop, through his power of ordaining, is enabled...
  • Faith Alone v. Forgiving Trespasses: How the Lord's Prayer Contradicts the Reformation

    02/25/2015 11:50:17 AM PST · by NYer · 437 replies
    Catholic Defense ^ | February 25, 2015
    Lines from the Lord's Prayer, in various languages. From the Eucharist Door at the Glory Facade of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain. It's Lent in Rome. That means it's time for one of the great Roman traditions: station churches. Each morning, English-speaking pilgrims walk to a different church for Mass. This morning, on the way to St. Anastasia's, I was once again struck by a line in the Our Father: “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” That's a hard thing to pray, It doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room. Even the Catechism...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CARDIOGNOSIS, 02-25-15

    02/25/2015 8:08:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-25-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CARDIOGNOSIS Literally "knowledge of the heart." The special charism that God confers on some people as recorded in the lives of the saints, to know the moral and spiritual condition of a person without self-manifestation. As an extraordinary supernatural gift, it must be distinguished from the psychological phenomenon of being able to shrewdly estimate someone's minimal external evidence. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • How Does Pride Accumulate in Our Life? A Reflection on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    02/25/2015 6:27:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Does Pride Accumulate in Our Life? A Reflection on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux By: Msgr. Charles PopeSo you think the idea of the “Twelve Steps” is new? Well, if you think you’ve got a new idea, go back and see how the Greeks put it, or in this case how the Medieval Latins put it. St. Bernard of Clairvaux identified twelve steps up the mountain of pride in his work Steps of Humility and Pride.In today’s post, we focus on the Twelve Steps of Pride. Tomorrow, we’ll tackle the Twelve Steps of Humility (from St. Benedict’s rule). ...
  • Mother Angelica: Life-long Catholic - The Journey Home

    02/25/2015 4:30:29 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 48 replies
    EWTN ^ | 140916 | Marcus Grodi / Mother Angelica
    Mother Angelica joins Marcus for the 4th Anniversary episode of the Journey Home Program. Mother Angelica was born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, in 1923, in Canton, Ohio. In 1944, she joined the contemplative order of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. After a severe back injury, she told God that if she could walk after the surgery, she would build Him a monastery in the South. True to her word and God's goodness, the surgery was a success. The new Mother Angelica and five founding Sisters made the journey South. Our Lady of the Angels Monastery was solemnly consecrated on May...
  • Fr Terrence Staples: Former Assembly of God - The Journey Home Program ["Works-Righteousness"]

    02/25/2015 3:54:21 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 17 replies
    EWTN ^ | 140813 | Marcus Grodi / Terrence Staples
    Fr. Terry is a priest in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Raised in the Baptist Church, he was later very active in the Assembly of God church before finding his way home to the Catholic Church at the age of 26. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1995 he graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, PA, with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts. That same year he was ordained a priest for the Arlington Diocese. He is the brother of Catholic apologist Tim Staples.
  • EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples {Mary]

    02/25/2015 2:19:31 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 10 replies
    EWTN ^ | 150122 | Fr. Mitch Pacwa / Tim Staples
    Author and apologist Tim Staples joins Fr. Mitch to talk about Marian devotion and defends Mary as Mother of God, the immaculate conception, her perpetual virginity and assumption into heaven.
  • Hand Gestures at Mass?

    02/25/2015 12:21:11 AM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 20 replies
    The Orans Position and holding hands during the Our Father[caption id="attachment_1144" align="alignnone" width="300"] Dominican Orans position at the Unde et Memores[/caption] Most people who attend a Novus Ordo parish or who simply attend Mass in what is known as the Ordinary Form (which most people attend) encounter two specific types of hand gestures that many of the laity engage in. The first type of hand gesture is that which is known as the "Orans Position" (praying with elevated hands). This type of gesture can be seen in several parts of the Mass such as when one of the laity elevates...
  • The Six Days of Creation

    02/24/2015 3:58:46 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 157 replies
    CHAPTER 4 The Six Days of Creation Were they days or ages??? There are those who believe that the days in Genesis chapter 1 were normal 24 hour days (just as Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are normal 24 hour days). There are others who believe that the days in Genesis chapter 1 were not 24 hour days, but that each day represented an age (a long period of time). They believe that each "day-age" lasted thousands or perhaps even millions of years. This is called the "day-age" theory. WHAT DOES GOD SAY? EXODUS 20:11—"For in ______    ___________ the LORD _____________...
  • Should Christians Confess Sins to An Earthly Priest?

    02/24/2015 3:56:55 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 176 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | February 11, 2013 | J.C. Ryle
    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)Ryle,I enter on this branch of the subject with sorrowful feelings. I approach it as a sailor would approach some rock on which many gallant ships have made shipwreck. I cannot forget that I have arrived at a point on which millions of so-called Christians have erred greatly, and millions are erring at the present day. But I dare not keep back anything that is Scriptural, for fear of giving offence. The errors of millions must...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UTOPIA, 02-24-15

    02/24/2015 7:57:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCictionary ^ | 02-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:UTOPIA Any imaginary state whose inhabitants live under perfect circumstances; ideal commonwealths described by Plato, Bacon, and St. Thomas More in his book Utopia; in an invidious sense, any visionary reform without consideration of man's human weaknesses and defects. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Bowing to God’s Verdict

    02/24/2015 7:46:30 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 7 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | November 7, 2012 | A. W. Pink
     “[Mankind] is under condemnation: ‘As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one’ (Rom. 3:10-12). Man is not on trial; he is a culprit under sentence. No pleading will avail; no excuses will be accepted. The present issue between God and the sinner is, will man bow to God’s righteous verdict?This is where the Gospel meets us. It comes to us as to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Anointing of the Sick (formerly Extreme Unction)

    02/24/2015 7:09:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | not given | Catholic Apoligetics
    The Anointing of the SickWe Find this sacrament in James 5:14 15 "If one of you is ill, he should send for the elders of the Church (So it is not every single person who is entitled to help spiritually the sick) " And they must anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him; the prayer of faith ( of course, that of the Elders) will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him up again. And if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven". We find also in...
  • Choice and Consequences

    02/24/2015 5:49:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-23-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Choice and Consequences By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe themes of early Lent are pretty basic. The ashes of Ash Wednesday announce the simple truth that we are going to die and  thereafter face judgment. Hence, we need to repent and come to believe the good news that only Jesus can save us.Another early reading from Thursday after Ash Wednesday featured Moses laying out the basic reality that all of us have a choice to make. He says to us,Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom …I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:I have set before you life...
  • Why Did Jesus Christ Come to Earth?

    02/23/2015 5:41:49 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 108 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | August 31, 2012 | B.B. Warfield
    “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” – 1 Timothy 1:15 Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield (1851-1921) “Christ Jesus came to save sinners.Not, then, merely to prepare salvation for them; to open to them a pathway to salvation; to remove the obstacles in the way of their salvation; to proclaim as a teacher a way of salvation; to introduce as a ruler conditions of life in which clean living becomes for the first time possible; to bring motives to holy action to bear upon us;...
  • Are Christians responsible for most wars?

    02/23/2015 2:56:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    RZIM ^ | 02/23/2015 | Ravi Zacarias
    I am often asked how I can believe in God when there have been so many wars caused by religion. The implication is that if only people would leave behind their convictions about the existence of a God the world would be a much better, more peaceful place. Of course very few people ever reflect on the fact that the very reverse of this was demonstrated in the 20th century, which saw the atheistic communist and Nazi ideologies rise. In fact, that century saw more killing than the previous 19 put together.None of this is to say that religion...
  • Am I Too Sinful to Be Saved?

    02/23/2015 12:41:55 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 47 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | June 13, 2013 | Thomas Brooks
    O despairing souls, the arms of mercy are open to receive a Manasseh, a monster, a devil incarnate; he caused that gospel prophet Isaiah to be sawed in the midst with a saw, as some rabbis say; he turned aside from the Lord to commit idolatry, and caused his sons to pass through the fire, and dealt with familiar spirits, and made the streets of Jerusalem to overflow with innocent blood, 2 Chron. 33:1-15.The soul of Mary Magdalene was full of devils ; and yet Christ cast them out, and made her heart his house, his presence chamber, Luke 7:47....
  • Salvation by Faith or Works?

    02/23/2015 11:33:40 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 104 replies
    Grace to You ^ | May 11, 2010 | John MacArthur
    Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. (2:21–24) As noted in the Introduction, the first phrase of verse 21 was a severe stumbling block to Martin Luther. He...
  • "Lent Is Time Of Combat", Says Pope Francis

    02/23/2015 8:42:36 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    On Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the Christian season of lent, the period of prayer and penance leading up to Holy Week and Easter. “Lent,” said the Pope, “is a time of combat” and “a time of spiritual battle against the spirit of evil.”
  • How good do I have to be to go to heaven?

    02/23/2015 7:40:36 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 65 replies
    Grace to You ^ | November 17, 2010 | John MacArthur
    Most people understand that doing evil can keep us out of heaven. But few realize the Bible also teaches that doing good cannot get us in. None of us could ever gain enough merit to deserve heaven. We are sinful, and God's standard is utter perfection. Jesus said, "Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:20). He added, "you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."Then who can be saved?The disciples asked Jesus this same question (Matthew 19:25). His answer? "With...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Holy Matrimony

    02/23/2015 7:30:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | not given | CatholicApologetics
    HOLY MATRIMONY The Catholic teaching on Matrimony Marriage was instituted by GOD Himself: "And the Lord GOD said: 'It is not good for man to be alone: let us make him a helper like unto himself'." Genesis 2:18 "Then the Lord GOD cast a deep sleep upon Adam: and when he was fast asleep, He took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh for it. And the Lord GOD built the rib which He took from Adam into a woman: and brought her to Adam." Genesis 2:21-22 "...and they shall be two in one flesh." Genesis 2:24 Matrimony is the...
  • Becoming the Beatitudes – A Lenten Meditation on the Gift of the Life Jesus Died to Give Us

    02/23/2015 7:12:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Becoming the Beatitudes – A Lenten Meditation on the Gift of the Life Jesus Died to Give Us By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the Beatitudes, and indeed in the whole Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-8), the Lord is painting a picture of the transformed human person. The Sermon on the Mount is the Lord’s great moral treatise. But it is not to be understood so much as a list of things to do (out of our own fleshly power) but as gifts to receive from God’s grace. This is what happens to the human person in whom the Lord...
  • The New Creation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Lent (Catholic Caucus)

    02/22/2015 1:51:01 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Salvation History ^ | February 22, 2015 | Dr. Scott Hahn
    Readings: Genesis 9:8-15 Psalm 25:4-9 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15 Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle.And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant between God and His creation (see Hosea 2:20; Isaiah 11:1-9).We see that new covenant and that new creation begin in today’s Gospel.Jesus is portrayed as the new Adam...