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  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 24 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/24/2017 9:58:42 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Him the people will curse; Nations will abhor him. Proverb 24:24"A Christians's Worldview" Today we may witness the mass destruction of the NFL. Remember, Satan twists reality of those who do not keep their minds eyes and hearts on Christ. When it comes to winning the souls of the rich and famous, the most powerful tool in Satan's arsenal, is the fame and fortune they seek. For those who reach the pinnacle of success, their minds will lie to them about their importance to the human race. It is already...
  • CATHOLIC PARISH SELLS FORMER SCHOOL TO MUSLIMS --USING SHARIA FINANCING

    09/24/2017 9:45:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    RCR ^ | 09/23/2017
    I have said it before and I will say it over and over --if we are not living in the days which Christ promised to shorten for the sake of the elect, then I fear what is to come. Confusion is rampant, truth has all but disappeared, apostasy is manifest, and even those who are allegedly Christ's shepherds betray him on a daily basis. In the words of a wise and holy priest --"Today if a person doesn't have extensive theological training or at least access to a holy priest they are toast". FROM THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL— "Rhode Island’s Islamic...
  • Jesus Christ's Shed Blood Ends Racism To Those Who Choose Him

    09/24/2017 5:37:57 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/24/17
    Dear friends, have you had enough of the lawless race baiters on both sides of the color chart today. Lawless blacks and lawless whites dividing America and creating a horrific wake of envy, violence, lawlessness and discord because of their hatred and lawless mindsets (Psalm 14, Rom. 1:18-32; 3, 1 Cor. 1:18, Gal. 5:17-21, James 4:1-7, Jude 1:10). Almost everyone today is offended by something and a victim of someone yet none seek to look in the mirror and make a judgment based on the Word of Almighty God. Such is the world of lawlessness moral relativism. Many celebrities and...
  • The Invisible Christians of North Korea: They Exist and there are More of them than Many Think

    09/23/2017 7:28:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 09/23/2017 | Eric Metaxas
    If you think North Korea’s dictators are bad for the world, just imagine what it’s like to be a Christian there. Anyone who knows anything about world missions and the global church knows about the Christians of South Korea. According to the Operation World prayer guide, “From the first Protestant church planted in 1884, South Korea now has possibly 50,000 Protestant congregations,” and 15 million Christians of all kinds. It’s also a missionary powerhouse, currently sending more than 21,000 missionaries to about 175 countries. Amazing! But the Christians of North Korea? They’re virtually invisible—though of course not in the eyes...
  • ACLU Sues Michigan for Allowing Adoption Agencies to Refuse Same-Sex Couples

    09/23/2017 6:21:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/22/17 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    LANSING, Michigan, September 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Michigan for allowing Christian adoption agencies to place children in homes with a mom and a dad. The ACLU is representing lesbians Kristy and Dana Dumont against the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Children’s Services Agency over laws allowing religious exemptions for Christian adoption agencies. Dumont v. Lyon is the first legal action challenging laws that allow faith-based agencies to follow policies consistent with their beliefs. “We want to send a message to legislators,” ACLU lawyer Leslie Cooper...
  • Farewell to the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family

    09/23/2017 6:07:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/23/17 | Dr. Mark Latkovic
    The JPII Institute I knew and have known was already “theological” and already “scientific”. So why the changes?The news from the Vatican this past week that the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family would be no more—or, should I say, would be “rebooted” with a new name: John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences—was like a punch in the stomach. Surprising, but not shocking. Let me explain why. I was a member of the first graduating class of the Washington, D.C. “session”—one of many branches founded after the school was founded...
  • Pope to EU Churches: Combat intolerance against migrants

    09/23/2017 10:10:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 22, 2017 | News.Va (Official Vatican Network)
    Pope Francis on Friday urged Churches in Europe to step up efforts to combat intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia against migrants and refugees. The pope’s words came in a meeting with national migration directors under the auspices of the Council of European Bishops Conferences or CCEE. He said he was saddened to see that Catholic communities in Europe were also defensive and unwelcoming towards migrants, justifying their attitudes on grounds of conserving their cultural and religious identity.Listen:  Pope Francis said we must recognize and understand this sense of unease, in light of the economic crisis which has left deep wounds in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Does Francis Want Ethics of the Rich? By Father Reto Nay

    09/23/2017 8:14:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 23, 2017 | Fr. Reto Nay
    The webpage of the German Bishops katholisch.de explained on September 20, that Pope Francis dismantled the Family Institute in Rome, in order to turn it into a "think tank for Amoris Laetitia", Francis' document, which, in contradiction to the Gospel, demands Holy Communion for adulterers. The article is written by chief-editor Thomas Jansen. He argues that Francis punished the Family Institute because its professors criticised Francis' arguments at the last Synod of the Family. For Jansen it is clear that the orientation of the Institute was "too conservative", by which he means, "too Catholic". He suggests that Francis intends replacing...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/23/2017 7:48:20 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 23 (NKJV) Listen to Your Father 01 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, 00 Consider carefully what is before you; 02 And put a knife to your throat 00 If you are a man given to appetite. 03 Do not desire his delicacies, 00 For they are deceptive food. 04 Do not overwork to be rich; 00 Because of your own understanding, cease! 05 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? 00 For riches certainly make themselves wings; 00 They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. 06 Do not eat the...
  • Pope Francis Strongly Criticises Catholics Who Refuse to Accept Migrants

    09/22/2017 4:47:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 52 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/22/17 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope said he was concerned about 'signs of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia' in EuropePope Francis has criticised Catholics who refuse to accept migrants and refugees into their countries, saying they often cite an ill-defined “‘moral obligation’ to preserve the original cultural and religious identity” of their nations. The “temptation of exclusivism and cultural fortification” has arisen among Catholics at times in the past, “but the Holy Spirit always helped us to overcome it, guaranteeing a constant opening to the other,” the Pope said during a meeting with the directors of migrant and refugee services from the bishops’ conferences of...
  • State of the Bible [survey excerpts]

    09/22/2017 1:25:03 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 15 replies
    American Bible Society ^ | September 22, 2017, 04:14:22 PM | American Bible Society
    American Bible Society State of the Bible Research conducted among U.S. adults February 2017 Practicing Protestant, practicing Catholic: practicing Christians are those who identify as either Protestant or Catholic , who at tend a religious service at least once a month and who say their faith is very important in their lives. [See note on first comment.] Adults who read the Bible daily account for 16% of the total adult population, followed by 14% who read several times a week, 7% do so once a week, 7% about once a month, and 6% read it three to four times a...
  • Cardinal Sarah says we shouldn’t pray with our phones. I’m not so sure

    09/22/2017 10:19:17 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 21 Sep 2017 | Cameron Garden
    Until a week ago, I had generally been in total agreement with pretty much everything Cardinal Sarah says. But his remark last week gave me pause: “Perhaps it is very practical to pray the breviary with my own mobile phone or tablet, but it is not worthy: it desacralizes prayer.” The cardinal also suggested that priests should not use electronic devices even for praying the liturgy of the hours. With the greatest respect for His Eminence, it’s worth considering why many Catholics, clerical and lay, find these prayer apps indispensable. . . . (More at link)
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/22/2017 7:17:33 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Like a wolf in sheep's clothing, Church bullies can keep a church from being healthy and well balanced. I hope this helps for anyone who recognizes this problem in their church. Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility...
  • Church Apologises for Hosting Satanic Fashion Show

    09/21/2017 7:09:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Premier.org ^ | 9/21/17 | Eno Adeogun
    A London church has apologised for hosting a satanic fashion show. St Andrew's Church in Holborn received criticism after it offered up its building as part of London fashion week on Monday evening. The Anglican church's alter was transformed into a runway for models wearing inverted crosses, devil horns and vampire costumes to walk down in Turkish designer Dilara Findikoglu's Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Dr Adrian Hilton from the Archbishop Cramner blog told Premier the church's decision to host the event was "bizarre". He said: "How can the Church ask godparents to reject Satan in its liturgy of christening when it's...
  • [Archbishop] Justin Welby: Boy Wearing a Dress to School 'not a Problem'

    09/21/2017 7:06:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/21/17 | Olivia Rudgard
    A boy wearing a dress to school is "not a problem", the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. Speaking on LBC radio the most senior cleric in the Church of England said he would tell a concerned parishioner that they should help their child "understand". He said: "I would say to them, I don't think that's a problem. "The other family are making up their own minds. The other child is making up their own mind. "Talk to your child. Help them to understand. Help them to see what's going on and to be faithful to their own convictions." The Archbishop...
  • $35 million Book of Mormon manuscript sale called the ‘biggest game-changer in Mormon history’

    09/21/2017 1:37:52 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 35 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Sept 21, 2017 | Tiffany Frandsen
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now owns the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon — for $35 million, the sellers say. The Community of Christ, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, announced the sale, and the price tag, on Wednesday. The Independence, Missouri-based church has owned the manuscript since 1903. Steven E. Snow, LDS Church historian and recorder, confirmed the acquisition, calling the document both a spiritual and historic treasure. Church officials did not immediately confirm, but also did not challenge, the stated sales price when contacted Thursday.
  • Orthodoxy in America Has a Convert Problem

    09/21/2017 11:38:46 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 10 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | September 21, 2017 | Fr. Photius Avant
    The Orthodox Church in the United States has problems. One of the problems the Orthodox Church currently suffers in this country is a lack of converts. There are other problems as well: overlapping jurisdictions, lack of communication across jurisdictional lines, and a tendency to isolate ourselves from communities in which we live. But it is our lack of converts that strikes me as particularly troubling. Doubtlessly, some will correct me and remind me that the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Orthodox Church in America are made up largely of converts. While this is certainly the case, it may...
  • What Caused Life to Come into Existence?

    09/21/2017 7:01:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/21/2017 | Edward K. Watson
    It has become axiomatic that life naturally evolved out of nonliving materials billions of years ago. Given enough time and the chemical opportunity, living cells self-assemble.However, the experts on the development of complex molecules from simpler ones, the synthetic chemists, do not know how this process actually occurs. There are no known pathways to create the components that make up a living cell from nonliving matter. They have no idea how amino acids (the building blocks of proteins and enzymes), nucleotides (the building blocks of DNA and RNA), saccharides (also called carbohydrates or sugars, the scaffolding for DNA and...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/21/2017 6:50:26 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • The (Christian) Truth About Yoga (It means "yoked"...)

    09/20/2017 7:06:52 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 41 replies
    Today's Christian Woman ^ | March 1, 2005 | Holly Vicente Robaina
    Yoga led Laurette Willis into a New Age lifestyle. Now she's warning others of the spiritual pitfalls—and offering an alternative. The attractive couple on the television screen gracefully moved their bodies into the next yoga pose: arms extended, head tilted slightly back, a deep breath in. In front of the TV set, a seven-year-old girl and her mother did their best to mimic the posture. The little girl, Laurette, loved this special time with her mom. It was 1965, and Laurette's mom, Jacquie, didn't think twice about exercising along with this yoga program that came on the TV after Jack...