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  • Astonishing new church in Russia

    02/13/2016 3:51:33 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 13, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Church architecture reflects the faith of the people who build churches.These days many of the modern Catholic churches I have seen look more like municipal airport buildings than structures to house the most sacred thing humans can undertake, the place where heaven and earth meet.I was recently sent a link to a site about a new church in Moscow. The church was recently completed and consecrated by Patriarch Kirill in December 2015. A Miracle of Liturgical Art: The Church of the Protection of the Mother of God at Yasenevo[…]But most astonishing by far was the project to decorate the interior...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/13/2016 9:35:49 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 8 replies
    February 13, 2016 | Irish Rose
    I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you - the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the LORD...
  • Look What Happened To This Man When He Run Away From God

    02/11/2016 7:13:28 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 40 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Jan. 22, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    There was a man in the Old Testament whose name was Jonah. God told him to do something, but he run away and thought he could hide from the presence of God. Then God commanded a big fish to swallow him. Miraculously, he survived in the belly of the fish for three days. During these three days he did three things: He realized he was wrong.He repented for his disobedience to God.He believed that God can still help him and prayed to God with faith. The Scripture says “And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry...
  • Do Not Waste Your Time Remaining In The Past Because Your Best Days Are Still Up Ahead

    02/11/2016 6:54:26 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 25 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Jan. 21, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    We need to live this life not looking through the rear-view mirror. If someone has hurt you, forgive and move on. Leave it for God and he will care for it. Every time you have been disappointed, God has already set a new beginning for you. This is why you are still in this world. Every morning, every instance is a new beginning and a new opportunity for your salvation, which is life with God in His Kingdom. Your best days are still up ahead. The Scripture says in Ecclesiastes... Continue Reading here.
  • Did You Know? God Has Given You Enough Strength Sufficient for The Day. Here How

    02/11/2016 8:26:45 AM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 10 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Feb. 11, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    Do not be upset when things don't happen in your timetable. It takes strong will to move forward and our Lord gives you the necessary strength for it daily. “My grace is sufficient for you,” he said to St. Paul in 2 Corinth. 12:9. If today you are weak, that's where His power works: in weakness. But in weakness do not lose your hope. Instead, increase your hope because the power of God is working in your if you put your hope only on Him. Yes in weakness. That's what St. Paul says in that very verse quoted above....
  • Indigenous People of Mexico Demand Apology from Pope on Eve of Visit

    02/11/2016 6:17:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/9/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Pope Francis will officially authorise the use of indigenous languages in Catholic liturgies when he visits Mexico later this week. It is expected to be one of several such gestures he will make. The Vatican said the Pope will present the language decree when he celebrates a special service for indigenous people in Chiapas state next Monday. It is hoped this and other moves in Mexico will go some way to healing the hurt left by centuries of pain and conflict, some of which is certain to emerge during the visit. The Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan, Mexico, has already...
  • Urges Are Temporary Thoughts, How You Can Change Bad Habits

    02/10/2016 3:21:34 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 20 replies
    Armen Hareyan ^ | Feb. 10, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    Change your bad habits by not giving in to urges. You think your urge is strong and has power. It is strong, but it doesn't have inherent power because the urge is armless and legless desire that, for example, forces you to run the red light. Do not focus on the strength of the urge because if you consider yourself as a child of God and call Him "Our Father," then know, that "the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." (1 John. 4:4) These are just common ways the devil attacks you, especially...
  • Dan Walker to become the new face of BBC Breakfast - but he won't work on Sundays

    02/10/2016 3:10:41 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 02-10-2016 | Lexi Finnigan
    Sports presenter Dan Walker has been announced as the new co-presenter of BBC Breakfast. He will replace Bill Turnbull who announced in September that, after 15 years, he was leaving the programme. The 38-year-old, who is the son of a Baptist preacher, has reportedly planned his career around his commitments as a Christian - including not working on Sundays. When he was younger, Walker dreamed of being a professional footballer, but turned down invitations from youth teams of major clubs because they played their matches on Sundays. And when he became a TV presenter, fronting various sporting events and hosting...
  • The Islamization of America? Contemplating the Unthinkable

    02/10/2016 2:24:43 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 8, 2016 | William Kilpatrick
    Terrorist groups and lone wolves might make life very uncomfortable for us, but the thought of America turning into an Islamic society is difficult to entertain. But is it really so far fetched? (us.fotolia.com | morgan rauscher) Some places in Europe—Parisian suburbs, areas of Brussels, all of Sweden—are well on their way to Islamization. But the possibility that this could happen in America may seem remote. Our Muslim population is small, the Middle East is oceans away, our military is powerful, and our police are well-trained. Terrorist groups and lone wolves might make life very uncomfortable for us, but the...
  • Bible - Quran Text Analysis Reveals More 'Violence' In Bible [Elevate Islam to Destroy Christianity]

    02/10/2016 11:13:33 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    Huffington Post UK ^ | 2/09/2016 | George Bowden
    An analysis of the Bible and the Quran has found that violence and destruction are discussed more frequently in Christian scripture than in the Islamic text. This Is What Happens When People Hear The Bible But See The Quran. In an effort to dispel the oft-mentioned argument that Islam is an "inherently violent religion", an American software engineer processed the Holy books in order to find out how frequently savagery is mentioned. Tom Anderson said: "The project was inspired by the ongoing public debate around whether or not terrorism connected with Islamic fundamentalism reflects something inherently and distinctly violent about...
  • NASA Banning 'Jesus,' Censoring Christian Employees' Religious Speech, Workers Claim

    02/10/2016 8:32:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Christuan Post ^ | 2/9/16 | Michael gryboski
    NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, has been accused of censoring religious speech among its Christian employees, including banning the name Jesus. "NASA has a long history of respecting the religious speech of their employees, including defending, in court, the astronauts who read the biblical account of creation while orbiting the moon. That tradition should continue here," said Liberty Institute Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys to The Christian Post in an interview Tuesday. Dys is alluding to the 1969 case O'Hair v. Payne, in which atheist activist Madalyn Murray O'Hair sued NASA for allowing Apollo 8 astronauts to read Genesis...
  • 5 faith-based movies coming in 2016 that are worth your time and money

    02/10/2016 8:26:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CATHOLIC ONLINE ^ | 02/10/2016
    Faith-based films with an overt Christian message have been making inroads in the nation's box offices. The film industry is responding to audiences who want Christian themes in their entertainment, and even more films that are Christian are coming to theaters in 2016. To date, most of the Christian films released to date have been low budget, independent affairs. This year sees a new faith-based film from America's leading film director, Martin Scorsese and a lavish Biblical picture about the resurrection, "Risen." According to Ryan Duncan on the Crosswalk blog, these five Christian films coming to theaters in 2016 are...
  • Christians “Should be Eradicated”: Researchers Document Anti-Christian Agenda Among Elite

    02/10/2016 6:53:33 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 27 replies
    The New American ^ | 2/4/2016 | Selwyn Duke
    A student is punished for refusing to "stomp on Jesus," a Christian baker faces a year in jail for refusing to cater faux marriages, two men are arrested for reading the Bible aloud near a government building, a school "purges" Christian works from its library. Critics asserting the existence of an institutional anti-Christian bias, and a resultant war on the faith, have often been labeled paranoid. But now two University of North Texas sociologists have produced research showing that just such an agenda exists — among America’s most powerful people. Professors George Yancey and David Williamson shared their findings in...
  • A Christian Investigation of David Bowie's "Blackstar"

    02/09/2016 5:35:48 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 26 replies
    Secular Humanism Examined ^ | 1/24/16 | Faith Presses On
    What's in "Blackstar" (To make it easier to follow the song/video description below, I've given numbers to different areas of the song/video. ) 1. The video begins by showing close-ups of an unmoving human being apparently in an astronaut suit, which is patched up here and there with duct tape. Then from a greater distance, the astronaut is shown, lying motionless against a rock. He is in a world which resembles an alien planet or a moon. It's very rocky, barren and cold looking, and a large "black sun" or "blackstar" is in an equally black, star-filled sky. Just as...
  • PCUSA on Track to Lose Over 400K Members by 2020

    02/09/2016 8:15:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/08/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    Presbyterian Church (USA) is expecting to see a loss of over 400,000 members between 2015 and 2020, according to a reported internal document. PCUSA's Office of the General Assembly and Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee held a meeting last Wednesday when projected losses were discussed, according to a recent account by the conservative Presbyterian publication The Layman. "The slide [from the meeting] also showed that COGA is predicting membership losses of 100,000 for both 2015 and 2016," reported The Layman. "Membership losses for 2017-2020 are projected to be 75,000 each year. That is more than the membership losses in...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/08/2016 5:16:31 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 7 replies
    2-8-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 18:33 He Fills me with Strength and Protects me wherever I Go. He Gives me the Sure-footedness of a Mountain Goat upon the Crags. He Leads me Safely upon the Top of the Cliffs. He Prepares me for Battle, and Gives me Strength to Draw an Iron Bow.
  • I’m an atheist. So why can’t I shake God?

    02/07/2016 10:35:14 PM PST · by TBP · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 7, 2016 | Elizabeth King
    Although I’ve been a content atheist for a decade, somehow God has found a way to stick around in my mind. Not the God of the Bible who created heaven and Earth — the God that lingers with me is harder to explain. The idea of God pesters me and makes me think that maybe I’m not as devoted to my beliefs as I’d like to think I am and would like to be. Maybe I’m still subconsciously afraid of hell and want to go to heaven when I die. It’s confusing and frustrating to feel the presence of something...
  • Princeton's Robert George: Are You Ready to Pay the Price? The Days of Socially Acceptable....

    02/07/2016 6:50:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/4/16 | John-Henry Westen
    ORLANDO, February 4, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- "It is no longer easy to be a faithful Christian, a good Catholic, an authentic witness to the truths of the Gospel," said Princeton Professor Robert George to a large crowd at the Legatus Summit in Orlando, Florida last weekend. Professor George added that people can still safely identify as "Catholic" as long as they don't believe, or will at least be completely silent about, "what the Church teaches on issues such as marriage and sexual morality and the sanctity of human life." He said "the guardians of those norms of cultural orthodoxy that...
  • The TRUE Super Sunday! The Lord's Day!

    02/06/2016 7:24:14 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 2/7/16
    This Super Sunday in America millions will be missing out on the TRUE Super Sunday that transcends time and ETERNITY! The original "Super Sunday", the day that the Savior of the world defeated Death and Hades (Sheol) and rose again from the grave ( Acts 2:22-36; 3:13-18; 4:10-12, 33; 5:29-32; 10:37-43; 13:27-37; 17:23, 30-32; 23:6; 24:14-16; 25:19; 26:68, 22-23, Rev. 1:18) is now the day of the week that His redeemed gather together to hear Almighty God's RIGHTEOUS Word. It is a day set apart by the Father for His saints to enter into His HOLY presence in a very...
  • Our Christian Daughters Potentially Subject to Selective Service Registration

    02/06/2016 4:36:00 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 68 replies
    Bible-Literalist Writings ^ | February 3, 2016 | Robert E. Patenaude, Th.D.
    An Open Letter to Independent Baptist Pastors in the Indiana 9th Congressional District. February 3, 2016 (Revised) Our Christian Daughters Potentially Subject to Selective Service Registration Dear Pastors: At some point you will have to develop a genuine conviction from the Scriptures on issues related to (1) Christian women serving in the Armed Forces; (2) Christian women serving in combat roles; (3) Christian women being required by federal law to register for Selective Service (register for the draft). American women have pushed their “rights” to serve in military functions alongside men, including in combat roles, to the point that now...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/06/2016 7:18:14 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    February 6, 2016 | Irish Rose
    In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence he hates with a passion. On the...
  • Catholic high school: Archdiocese 'does not permit' same-sex wedding announcement

    02/04/2016 7:33:23 PM PST · by steve86 · 26 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | Thursday, February 4, 2016 | JOEL CONNELLY
    Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain: Catholic Church can in no way associate itself with same-sex marriage. Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle has refused to run an announcement in its alumni magazine for the same-sex marriage of an alumna who once served as student body vice president and homecoming queen. In response to the submission by the 1997 graduate, the school sent her a letter saying, in part, "... the Archdiocese does not permit this type of information to be published in our Catholic school magazine." The reaction has been a much-circulated Facebook post by James Nau, who was student...
  • Good Man. Good Monk. Good Beer.

    02/04/2016 2:47:08 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 4, 2016 | FR DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    I first met Brother Augustine Wilmeth when he was one of the students where I served as chaplain. As a convert, he was intensely interested not only in his new Catholic faith but in the more traditional expressions of life and worship.I followed his progress through the years and had the chance last summer to visit him a few months before he took his first vows as a monk at the Benedictine monastery that has been reestablished at Norcia in Italy.Brother Augustine spoke to me for Aleteia about his vocation, his life in the monastery and his work brewing...
  • Texas Megachurch to Pay PC(USA) $1.525 Million in order to Leave Denomination

    02/04/2016 10:13:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/04/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    A Texas megachurch that recently voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences agreed to pay its former regional body approximately $1.5 million to maintain control of its church property. First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio announced Sunday that it reached a settlement with Mission Presbytery over retaining ownership of its name and property. "Under the terms of the settlement, FPC will provide $1,525,000 to the denomination. Mission Presbytery will contribute $125,000 of this amount to the John Knox Ranch Summer Camp," read the announcement. "The contribution to the camp provides one quarter of the $1 million being raised...
  • Vietnam's Newest Theological Institute Kicks Off Courses in September

    02/02/2016 7:52:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/271/6
    Students can apply before 5 July for admission test to either biblical or dogmatic theology. Preparations for the new facility are well underway. This is unusual in a Communist nation where Church educational activities have always been hamperedHo Chi Minh City (AsiaNews/EDA) - In a statement on 21 January, the Bishops' Commission for Education announced that classes will begin next September at Vietnam's new theological institute in Ho Chi Minh City's Third District, at 72/12 Tran Quoc Toan Street. Hence, future students can begin to apply, this according to Eglises d'Asie (EDA). Following the initial evaluation of applicants' ability to...
  • The Number of Believers Among Servicemen of Russian Armed Forces Doubles

    02/02/2016 7:46:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/27/16
    The percentage of believers among the servicemen in the Russia's Armed Forces has increased more than twice since 2001 and now they make up 76 percent of the total number of military men, reported head of Directorate for working with religious servicemen at the Chief Directorate for educational work in the Russian army Alexander Surovtsev on Tuesday to the journalists. "In 2001 only 37 percent of servicemen, when asked if they considered themselves believers, answered yes, and in 2015 as many as 76 percent gave a positive answer," said A. Surovtsev at the annual international Nativity Educational Readings at the...
  • Prayer for My Husband

    02/02/2016 3:59:12 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 2, 2016 | FR. GUILLERMO SERRA
    Lord, you who know every heart and who search the depths of every soul,today I want to pray for my husband,the beloved of my heart,whom I chose, thanks to you, to be my companion and my best friend;the one I preferred; the one I selected from within the passing chapters of my life.I want to pray for his heart:gaze on it with tenderness and caress his deepest wounds;heal his memory of any painful recollections and place unending joy on his lips.Flood his heart with love,so that his words and deedstransmit to those who surround himthe companionship and securitythat we...
  • [CofE] Manchester Church Hosts “Trans Jesus” Play, Bishop is Silent

    02/02/2016 3:48:01 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Stand Firm | 01-31-2016 | David Ould
    On Sunday 14 February the parish of St Chrysostom's in the Diocese of Manchester will host the controversial "Trans Jesus" play "The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven" which portrays Jesus as a transsexual (male to female). The play forms part of Manchester's "Queer Contact" festival. The play has aroused understandable protest since it's debut in 2009 as it seeks to actively rewrite Christian belief. Here's a good example from their promo video:
  • Byzantine Catholic Nuns Provide Place of Encounter With Christ (Catholic Caucus)

    02/02/2016 2:33:27 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 2, 2016 | JOHN BURGER
    It wasn't unusual for young Celeste Strohmeyer to want to get married and have a dozen kids. After all, she was one of 11, which, she said, "provided a lot of hands-on experience with children."But there was a competing tug in her heart, beginning in early childhood -- a call to religious life. It kept calling to her: when she was 12, when she was 16, when she was 22 and later, after establishing a promising career.She had a good job, independence, a home of her own, the freedom to travel. She still could have married. But the thought...
  • Stunning: Watch the Incredible Procession at the Eucharistic Congress (Catholic Caucus)

    02/02/2016 4:42:32 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The image above, now circulating on Facebook, is remarkable. So is the video below. An estimated 2 million people took part.The story (h/t Fr. Patrick Longalong): Cebuanos and delegates to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) currently being held in this city trooped to the Cebu Provincial Capitol and filled its surrounding streets to hear the Mass led by Dublin, Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.According to Fr. Roberto Ebisa, SVD, of DYRF, Police Chief Inspector Ryan Debaras estimated the crowd that gathered for the Mass and procession to be nearly 2 million. Streets leading to the Capitol were closed to...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/01/2016 6:50:42 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 7 replies
    2-1-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 18:35 You have Given me Your Salvation as my Shield.
  • No Matter Where I Am, a Catholic Church Is Always Home

    02/01/2016 4:05:40 PM PST · by NYer · 110 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 1, 2016 | DIANA VON GLAHN
    6) Plan a mini pilgrimage to a local shrine; make an effort along the way to live the corporal work of mercy of "welcoming the stranger" as Christ.--56 Ways to Be Merciful in the Jubilee Year of Mercy Growing up Catholic in San Diego, in the shadow of the first of 21 missions founded by St. Junipero Serra, clearly influenced my life as a nomadic Catholic, seeking out sacred sites that raise my mind and heart to God. As I moved around the country and the world, I learned that no matter where I am, a Catholic church is...
  • Catholics crowdsource in hopes of rescuing alleged St. Kateri relic (Catholic Caucus)

    02/01/2016 2:18:05 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | January 30, 2016 | Adelaide Mena
    St. Kateri reliquary. Photo courtesy of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center. Albany, N.Y., Jan 30, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic faithful are banding together to help rescue a possible relic of St. Kateri Tekawitha in a strange - and thoroughly modern - way: by using a crowdsourcing internet forum."It's my first GoFundMe," said Bill Jacobs, co-founder and president of the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center.Speaking to CNA about the center's "Rescue Saint Kateri Reliquary!" campaign, he explained, "Our hope is to raise enough money and get it back into the hands of the Church."St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born...
  • World Hijab Day encourages women to try covering up

    02/01/2016 7:03:26 AM PST · by nycteacher · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/2/16 | Emanuella Grinberg
    Khan started World Hijab Day to build empathy for this perspective and to encourage non-Muslims, and Muslims who don't normally wear a hijab, to try it out. The Arabic word hijab refers not just to a headscarf but to modest dress and behavior in general.
  • The Fate of the Religious Right May Be Foretold in Iowa

    01/31/2016 11:25:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Slate ^ | January 31, 2016 | Michelle Goldberg
    Evangelical power brokers are losing their influence. Donald Trump is the proof.Last Wednesday evening, a few hundred Christian conservatives gathered at Noah's Event Venue in suburban Des Moines for a rally with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It featured leading figures from both the local and national religious right, there to make the case that the movement must unite behind Cruz. "Ted Cruz is one of us," said Bob Vander Plaats, head of the FAMiLY Leader, Iowa's most influential evangelical organization. "He's trustworthy. He hates dishonest gain." Vander Plaats was both referencing Exodus 18:21 ("But...
  • Interview with the only Bishop to take part at Rome's "Family Day"

    01/31/2016 9:34:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 31, 2016 | Serena Sartini
    He is one of the few bishops present at Family Day, perhaps the only one. Without fear of exposing himself or of being criticized by the other bishops, alongside the families, saying no to the Cirinna Bill on civil unions and with an appeal to the President of the Republic, [he says]: "I hope that the Bill will be examined by the Head of State, Sergio Mattarella and that he doesn't sign the decree: it is in conflict with article 29 of the Constitution which states that the family is based on matrimony."
  • The Amazing History Behind the Very Christian Plaque at Mount Rushmore

    01/30/2016 3:48:42 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | January 28, 2016 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    The story behind a plaque at Mount Rushmore explaining the history of the United States of America with quite a Christian flavor would probably surprise many people. President Calvin Coolidge met the artist Gutzon Borglum who prompted him to dedicate the site for a carving of four president's busts in the 1920's. Coolidge helped to raise funds and was even present as the cornerstone was laid and said, “We have come here to dedicate a cornerstone laid by the hand of the Almighty. …The union of these four presidents carved on the face of the everlasting Black Hills of South...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    01/30/2016 8:19:37 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 9 replies
    January 30, 2016 | Irish Rose
    The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went...
  • Order of Dependency for the Bible-believing Christian

    01/30/2016 7:34:43 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 27 replies
    January 30, 2016 | Robert E. Patenaude, Th.D.
    Whether anyone in Washington, DC believes that the United States of America is the product of a Christian Heritage, whether anyone has the courage to continue to call the United States a Christian Nation, or not, . . . . our elected representatives must be aware that there are remaining throughout the country millions of Bible-believing Christians who are determined to live-out traditional, Biblical, Christian ideals in our homes and in our public life. We reject the federal government taking the place or honor of God Almighty in our existances. ORDER OF DEPENDENCY FOR THE BIBLE-BELIEVING CHRISTIAN CONTRASTED WITH THE...
  • Pope Invites Evil Dominican Head of "Gay Lobby" to Secret Meeting

    01/29/2016 9:25:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Friday, January 29, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) Bishop Jose Raul Vera Lopez, Dominican and Diocesan Bishop of Saltillo in Mexico, is held to be the "bishop of the gay lobby" in the Catholic Church. The Liberation Theology "inspired" chief shepherd has been known in recent years primarily for his vociferous defense of homosexuality. On the day before the opening of the Synod of Bishops in 2015 on the family, Raul Vera was a "special guest" at a meeting of a "Catholic Gay Network" in Rome. Next February, he will be one of a small circle of selected persons with whom Pope Francis meets during his Mexico...
  • Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton lead the presidential race for pastors

    01/29/2016 5:34:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Christian Today ^ | January 29, 2016 | Carey Lodge
    Donald Trump is failing to gain support among American church leaders, new research has found, with just five per cent of Republican Protestant pastors saying they would vote for him. Results of a survey conducted among ministers were released by Lifeway research, where senior church leaders were asked: "If the 2016 presidential election were held today, for whom would you vote?" Ted Cruz won the race among pastors who identified as Republican, with 29 per cent of those polled saying they would vote for him. More than a third (39 per cent) were undecided, but one in ten said they...
  • "Partakers in the Suffering": Recent Events in China's Hopeful Church

    01/29/2016 5:13:55 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/27/16 | Anthony E. Clark PhD
    The situation in China is far more complex than a simple chronicle of antagonism, suspicion, and persecution; progress and hope also punctuate the narrativeBeloved, do not be startled at the trial by fire now taking place among you to prove you, as if something strange were happening to you; but rejoice, in so far you are partakers of the Suffering of Christ. (1 Peter 4:12) "Citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief," asserts Article thirty-six of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, "No state organ, public organization or individual may compel citizens to...
  • Could this be Donald Trump?

    01/29/2016 12:08:02 PM PST · by bestiq · 89 replies
    NKJV ^ | BC | GOD
    Pro 28:2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged.
  • It’s Time for Christians to Go to Jail over Marriage

    01/29/2016 10:54:29 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 30 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 1/29/16 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    As Churchill inspires us, we must fight the tyrannical menace that is the modern homosexual agenda, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. We must fight strong to the end, we must fight for the churches, we must fight for the chapels, and we must fight for the children. We shall fight in the media, we shall fight in the legislatures, and we shall fight in the courts. And if necessary, as Dr. Martin Luther King inspires us, we must go to jail.
  • Covering Nude Statues in Rome for Iran Head Draws Catholic Leader's Scorn

    01/28/2016 9:05:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 1/28/16 | Rosie Scammell
    ROME (RNS) Controversy over Italy's decision to cover nude statues during the visit of Iran's president continued to spark debate as the leader of the Syrian Catholic Church criticized the episode, saying it pains persecuted Christians in Syria who feel forgotten. "This is our culture. If you don't want to see it, close your eyes!" an exasperated Patriarch Youssef III Younan told journalists in Rome on Thursday (Jan. 28). The head of the Syriac Catholic Church was speaking two days after ancient nude statues were covered by staff at Rome's Capitoline Museums in a bid to avoid offending the Iranian...
  • Mind Power: A Manifesto

    01/28/2016 12:44:49 PM PST · by TBP · 6 replies
    HarvBishop.com ^ | January 2016 | Mitch Horowitz
    From time to time I hear from old friends, and sometimes from strangers, wondering why I occupy myself with what they regard as “woo-woo” stuff – that is, New Thought and positive-mind traditions. They are right about my commitments. Since the 2014 publication of my One Simple Idea, a history and analysis of positive-mind metaphysics, I have grown more dedicated to exploring the use and viability of the core mind-power thesis, which is: thoughts are causative. My aim is not to disembark from “serious” esoteric traditions (more on that in a moment); nor is it to discontinue my work as...
  • Minaret and Muslims in Mexican City Set to Host Pope

    01/28/2016 6:12:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/27/16 | Yemeli Ortega
    San Cristobal de las Casas (Mexico) (AFP) - The domed mosque with a minaret rises above small homes in a seemingly unlikely place: A southern Mexican indigenous city that will greet Pope Francis in three weeks. Surrounded by the misty mountains of Chiapas state, San Cristobal de las Casas is home to many members of Mexico's growing Muslim community. Women wearing colorful hijabs walk down the dusty streets of the highland neighborhoods. On Fridays, hundreds of Muslims go to the imposing mosque or smaller places of worship to pray to Allah. "I wasn't born a Muslim. I became a Muslim...
  • Mixed Signals from Italy's Bishops as Vote Approaches on Civil Partnership Bill?

    01/28/2016 6:08:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/26/16 | Alessandra Nucci
    Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco insists the bishops are united, but questions exist about how supportive Pope Francis is of open opposition to controversial legislation supporting same-sex partnerships The pressure to subvert traditional ethics on issues pertaining to life, the family and education, which has been sweeping through the European Union from West to East, is currently being halted by the former "Iron Curtain" countries, and in Italy, where the struggle has been pitting grassroots movements against the European Establishment for at least a dozen years now. As befits the country that has hosted the papacy for almost all of the twenty...
  • Muslim Group Purchases South Milwaukee Church

    01/28/2016 5:42:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 1/7/16 | Margaret Naczek
    Roughly a year ago, Fr. Bob Betz, pastor of Divine Mercy Parish, South Milwaukee, believed the property of the old St. Adalbert Parish would never be sold. It had been largely empty for about six years and various proposals to sell the 2.5-acre site near 16th and Minnesota avenues fell through. On Monday, Dec. 23, however, Divine Mercy Parish closed a deal and sold the St. Adalbert property for $600,000 to Masjid Al-Huda, a Muslim congregation. The selling of St. Adalbert began with the merger of four South Milwaukee parishes 12 years prior. "They were all viable parishes at one...
  • How Open Minded Should Our Children Be?

    01/27/2016 11:19:57 PM PST · by Phinneous · 18 replies
    The Yeshiva.Net ^ | Jan 2013 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    If you look at an English translation of Ex 18:4, (NIV) and the other was named Eliezer, for he said, "My father's God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh." all versions refer to Eliezer as "the other," when in fact this is a mistranslation of the Hebrew original. In Hebrew Moses' children are referred to as: ...ONE of whom was named Gershom....and ONE of whom was named Eliezer. Whenever there are seeming errors in grammar or syntax, the rabbis expound... The attached class explored the deeper meaning behind this "mistake" in the text of our...