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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 9, 2014]

    07/09/2014 4:23:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Will You Examine Yourself? " Joshua said to the people, ’You cannot serve the Lord . . .’ —Joshua 24:19 " Do you have even the slightest reliance on anything or anyone other than God? Is there a remnant of reliance left on any natural quality within you, or on any particular set of circumstances? Are you relying on yourself in any manner whatsoever regarding this new proposal or plan which God has placed before you? Will you examine yourself by asking these probing questions? It really is true to say, “I cannot live a holy life,” but you...
  • How Sex is Derailing Lutheran-Orthodox Dialogue

    07/08/2014 7:52:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    First Things ^ | 7/8/14 | Mathew Block
    "The outcome of the dialogue in Tallinn was sobering, as it is difficult to come closer on substantive issues. The question of womens ordination is regarded as church-dividing, at least from the Orthodox angle . . . Consequently I think we on the Lutheran side have to think about whether progress in dialogue is to be expected at all. These sobering reflections come from Rev. Dr. Jennifer Wasmuth, a participant in the Joint Commission for theological dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Orthodox Church, following recent discussions in Estonia. The meeting, which took place May 8-13, focused...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 8, 2014]

    07/08/2014 5:45:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Will To Be Faithful " . . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . —Joshua 24:15 " A person’s will is embodied in the actions of the whole person. I cannot give up my will— I must exercise it, putting it into action. I must will to obey, and I must will to receive God’s Spirit. When God gives me a vision of truth, there is never a question of what He will do, but only of what I will do. The Lord has been placing in front of each of us some...
  • ISIS Muslim terrorists rape Christian women. 600 Christians form militia for a last stand

    07/08/2014 2:50:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 7, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From shoebat.com: Muslims Rape Christian Women, 600 Christians Take Up Arms And Make One Final And Heroic Stand Against Muslim Jihadists After so much rape has been done against Christian women in Iraq, 600 Christians in Iraq have now taken up arms to make one final stand against Muslim Jihadists, members of the ISIS terrorist group, at the frontiers of the Christian settlement of Bartella on the outskirts of Mosul.These 600 Christians, all mighty men of valour (1 Chronicles 12:21), are led by Capt. Firaz Jacob, a Christian warrior who has himself declared with the utmost of apostolic zeal:I stand...
  • Why Did Copeland, Robison Meet With Pope Francis?

    07/07/2014 7:38:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7/7/14 | Rick Wiles
    Two prominent Fort Worth-based Christian ministers led a delegation of Evangelical Christian leaders to Rome to meet privately with Pope Francis. James and Betty Robison, co-hosts of the Life Today television program, and Kenneth Copeland, co-host of Believer's Voice of Victory, met the Roman Pontiff at the Vatican on Tuesday. The meeting lasted almost three hours and included a private luncheon with Pope Francis. Mr. Robison told the Fort Worth Star Telegram, "This meeting was a miracle.... This is something God has done. God wants his arms around the world. And he wants Christians to put his arms around the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 7, 2014]

    07/07/2014 6:35:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    All Efforts of Worth and Excellence Are Difficult " Enter by the narrow gate . . . . Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life . . . —Matthew 7:13-14 " If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all efforts of worth and excellence are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but its difficulty does not make us faint and cave in—it stirs us up to overcome. Do we appreciate the miraculous salvation of Jesus Christ enough to be our utmost for His...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 6, 2014]

    07/06/2014 10:42:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Visions Become Reality " The parched ground shall become a pool . . . Isaiah 35:7 " We always have a vision of something before it actually becomes real to us. When we realize that the vision is real, but is not yet real in us, Satan comes to us with his temptations, and we are inclined to say that there is no point in even trying to continue. Instead of the vision becoming real to us, we have entered into a valley of humiliation.Life is not as idle ore, But iron dug from central gloom, And battered by...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 5, 2014]

    07/05/2014 6:10:45 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Don’t Plan Without God " Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass —Psalm 37:5 " Don’t plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. We get ourselves into circumstances that were not chosen by God, and suddenly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him— that we have not even considered Him to be a vital, living factor in the planning of our lives. And yet the only thing...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 4, 2014]

    07/04/2014 3:06:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    One of God’s Great “Don’ts” " Do not fret— it only causes harm —Psalm 37:8 " Fretting means getting ourselves “out of joint” mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say, “Do not fret,” but something very different to have such a nature that you find yourself unable to fret. It’s easy to say, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to “rest in the Lord” then?...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 3, 2014]

    07/03/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Concentration of Personal Sin " Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips . . . —Isaiah 6:5 " When I come into the very presence of God, I do not realize that I am a sinner in an indefinite sense, but I suddenly realize and the focus of my attention is directed toward the concentration of sin in a particular area of my life. A person will easily say, “Oh yes, I know I am a sinner,” but when he comes into the presence of God he cannot get away...
  • The Patriarchs of Antioch call for an end to the Lebanese crisis

    07/03/2014 11:30:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 3, 2014 | GIORGIO BERNARDELLI
    (REUTERS) CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST All six patriarchs the Catholics, Orthodox and Syrians hold a historic meeting, returning in spirit to Antioch, the early centre of Christianity: Christians must stay united in trying times giorgio bernardelli Together, united by the spirit of the Church of Antioch, where - according to the Acts of the Apostles - Jesus followers were called Christians for the first time. Six bishops and patriarchs who whilst representing different denominations hold the spirit of the ancient patriarchal see of Antioch alive, met at the University of Balamand in Lebanon in recent days, to...
  • Take This ChalicePlease

    07/03/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 32 replies
    Commonweal ^ | June 30, 2014 | Rita Ferrone
    The results of a recent survey by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate indicate that more than half the priests in the United States dislike the new Missal translation. A very large majority finds parts of it awkward and distracting. Many believe it urgently needs revision. Fr. Tony Cutcher, president of the Federation of Priests Councils, says its time to move forward with constructive criticism and changes. Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory said much the same thing recently at a conference in Florida. OK, Im ready. Can we change chalice back to cup now? The new translation retired the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 2, 2014]

    07/02/2014 4:33:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Conditions of Discipleship " If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also . . . . And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me . . . . So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple —Luke 14:26-27, 33 " If the closest relationships of a disciple’s life conflict with the claims of Jesus Christ, then our Lord requires instant obedience to Himself. Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 1, 2014]

    07/01/2014 4:59:25 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Inevitable Penalty " You will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny —Matthew 5:26 " There is no heaven that has a little corner of hell in it. God is determined to make you pure, holy, and right, and He will not allow you to escape from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit for even one moment. He urged you to come to judgment immediately when He convicted you, but you did not obey. Then the inevitable process began to work, bringing its inevitable penalty. Now you have been “thrown into...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 30, 2014]

    06/30/2014 6:11:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Now! " Agree with your adversary quickly . . . —Matthew 5:25 " In this verse, Jesus Christ laid down a very important principle by saying, “Do what you know you must do— now. Do it quickly. If you don’t, an inevitable process will begin to work ’till you have paid the last penny’ (Matthew 5:26) in pain, agony, and distress.” God’s laws are unchangeable and there is no escape from them. The teachings of Jesus always penetrate right to the heart of our being.Wanting to make sure that my adversary gives me all my rights is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 29, 2014]

    06/29/2014 2:29:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Strictest Discipline " If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell —Matthew 5:30 " Jesus did not say that everyone must cut off his right hand, but that “if your right hand causes you to sin” in your walk with Him, then it is better to “cut it off.” There are many things that are perfectly legitimate, but if you are going to concentrate on God you...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 28, 2014]

    06/28/2014 6:32:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Held by the Grip of God " I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me —Philippians 3:12 " Never choose to be a worker for God, but once God has placed His call on you, woe be to you if you “turn aside to the right hand or to the left” (Deuteronomy 5:32). We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has “laid hold of” us. And once He has done so, we never have this thought,...
  • Pope Francis Meets Evangelical Delegation

    06/27/2014 3:58:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 233 replies
    TruNews ^ | June 27, 2014 | Rick Wiles
    By Rick Wiles | June 27, 2014 Two prominent Fort Worth-based Christian ministers led a delegation of Evangelical Christian leaders to Rome to meet privately with Pope Francis.James and Betty Robison, co-hosts of the Life Today television program, and Kenneth Copeland, co-host of Believer’s Voice of Victory, met the Roman Pontiff at the Vatican on Tuesday. The meeting lasted almost three hours and included a private luncheon with Pope Francis.Mr. Robison told the Fort Worth Star Telegram, “This meeting was a miracle…. This is something God has done. God wants his arms around the world. And he wants Christians...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 27, 2014]

    06/27/2014 3:50:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Overshadowing of God’s Personal Deliverance " . . . I am with you to deliver you,’ says the Lord —Jeremiah 1:8 " God promised Jeremiah that He would deliver him personally— “. . . your life shall be as a prize to you . . .” (Jeremiah 39:18). That is all God promises His children. Wherever God sends us, He will guard our lives. Our personal property and possessions are to be a matter of indifference to us, and our hold on these things should be very loose. If this is not the case, we will have panic,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 26, 2014]

    06/26/2014 4:20:50 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Drawing on the Grace of God— Now " We . . . plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain —2 Corinthians 6:1 " The grace you had yesterday will not be sufficient for today. Grace is the overflowing favor of God, and you can always count on it being available to draw upon as needed. “. . . in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses”— that is where our patience is tested (2 Corinthians 6:4). Are you failing to rely on the grace of God there? Are you saying to yourself, “Oh...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 25, 2014]

    06/25/2014 4:24:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow " . . . what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name John 12:27-28 " As a saint of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow. Our Lord received Himself, accepting His position and realizing His purpose, in the midst of the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 24, 2014]

    06/24/2014 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Reconciling Yourself to the Fact of Sin " This is your hour, and the power of darkness —Luke 22:53 " Not being reconciled to the fact of sin— not recognizing it and refusing to deal with it— produces all the disasters in life. You may talk about the lofty virtues of human nature, but there is something in human nature that will mockingly laugh in the face of every principle you have. If you refuse to agree with the fact that there is wickedness and selfishness, something downright hateful and wrong, in human beings, when it attacks your life,...
  • Pies, damned pies, and statistics: Is the Catholic population growing? (Ecumenical Caucus)

    06/23/2014 7:52:35 PM PDT · by narses · 26 replies
    Pies, damned pies, and statistics: Is the Catholic population growing? Are you Catholic and in need of something to be thankful for this year? The Catholic Church in America is growing and may be primed to grow significantly in the next few decades. What did he just say? All the Catholic-related stories in the news are about parish and school closings, a Church in crisis, and people leaving the faith First, the news is not always a good reflection of reality. A big part of the problem is that many reporters and commentators on religion seemingly have a limited understanding...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 23, 2014]

    06/23/2014 3:05:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Acquainted With Grief” " He is . . . a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief —Isaiah 53:3 " We are not “acquainted with grief” in the same way our Lord was acquainted with it. We endure it and live through it, but we do not become intimate with it. At the beginning of our lives we do not bring ourselves to the point of dealing with the reality of sin. We look at life through the eyes of reason and say that if a person will control his instincts, and educate himself, he can produce a life...
  • What Does Jesus Mean by Hypocrisy? Its More than You Might Think

    06/19/2014 2:44:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/18/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the Gospel from Ash Wednesdays Mass, Jesus gives an extended teaching on the problem of hypocrisy. You can read it here: Matthew 6 On Hypocrisy. In the modern age we have tended to reduce the idea of hypocrisy to duplicity. The modern notion is that a hypocrite is someone who says one thing but does another, a person who is two-faced, inconsistent, or phony. Jesus teaching on hypocrisy does not exclude this definition, but it is far richer.The biblical understanding used by Jesus is rooted in the original meaning of the Greek word ?p????ta? (hypokritai), which means stage...
  • What Does Jesus Mean by Hypocrisy? Its More than You Might Think

    06/19/2014 6:31:26 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://blog.adw.org ^ | June 18, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the Gospel from Ash Wednesdays Mass, Jesus gives an extended teaching on the problem of hypocrisy. You can read it here: Matthew 6 On Hypocrisy. In the modern age we have tended to reduce the idea of hypocrisy to duplicity. The modern notion is that a hypocrite is someone who says one thing but does another, a person who is two-faced, inconsistent, or phony. Jesus teaching on hypocrisy does not exclude this definition, but it is far richer.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 18, 2014]

    06/18/2014 4:22:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Keep Recognizing Jesus " . . . Peter . . . walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid . . . —Matthew 14:29-30 " The wind really was boisterous and the waves really were high, but Peter didn’t see them at first. He didn’t consider them at all; he simply recognized his Lord, stepped out in recognition of Him, and “walked on the water.” Then he began to take those things around him into account, and instantly, down he went. Why couldn’t our Lord have enabled...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 17, 2014]

    06/17/2014 3:50:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Beware of Criticizing Others " Judge not, that you be not judged —Matthew 7:1 " Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, “Don’t.” The average Christian is the most piercingly critical individual known. Criticism is one of the ordinary activities of people, but in the spiritual realm nothing is accomplished by it. The effect of criticism is the dividing up of the strengths of the one being criticized. The Holy Spirit is the only one in the proper position to criticize, and He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting...
  • The Ecumenical Laboratory of Ukraine

    06/17/2014 6:13:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/16/14 | Brett R. McCaw
    A conversation with His Beatitude Lubomyr Cardinal Husar about the Maidan movement and relationships between Catholics and Orthodox On June 7th, Petro Poroshenko was inaugurated as Ukraines first elected president since the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych in late February. As Poroshenkos presidency will take on the challenges of a country whose interests straddle both East and West, the pivotal role of churches within the Ukraines contemporary political developments cannot be overlooked. While culturally Orthodox, contemporary Ukraine is one of Europes most ecclesiastically pluralistic countries with the historical presence of Eastern-rite Catholic, Latin-Rite Catholic, Protestant, and smaller Jewish and Muslim communities...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 16, 2014]

    06/16/2014 6:36:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Will You Lay Down Your Life?” " Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. . . . I have called you friends . . . —John 15:13, 15 " Jesus does not ask me to die for Him, but to lay down my life for Him. Peter said to the Lord, “I will lay down my life for Your sake,” and he meant it (John 13:37). He had a magnificent sense of the heroic. For us to be incapable of making this same statement Peter made would be a bad...
  • Unity is Distant but Still Our Goal, Pope Tells Anglican Leader

    06/16/2014 6:04:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/16/14 | Madeleine Teahan
    Pope Francis has told the Archbishop of Canterbury that although unity is distant it is still their goal, during a meeting at the Vatican today. The Pope and Archbishop Justin Welby prayed together in one of the Vatican chapels following their second private meeting since the Popes election. The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope also reiterated their committment to fight modern slavery and human trafficking. During his address to Archbishop Welby, Pope Francis said: We cannot claim that our division is anything less than a scandal and an obstacle to our proclaiming the Gospel of salvation to the world....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 15, 2014]

    06/15/2014 5:14:05 AM PDT · by Vision · 7 replies
    Get Moving! (2) " Also . . . add to your faith . . . —2 Peter 1:5 " In the matter of drudgery. Peter said in this passage that we have become “partakers of the divine nature” and that we should now be “giving all diligence,” concentrating on forming godly habits (2 Peter 1:4-5). We are to “add” to our lives all that character means. No one is born either naturally or supernaturally with character; it must be developed. Nor are we born with habits— we have to form godly habits on the basis of the new life...
  • Are We Living in the End Times?

    06/14/2014 4:58:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 170 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | June 13, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    In the fundamentalist Bible church I attended as a child we would regularly have long sermons about the end times. These were based on an interpretative system of the Bible called Dispensationalism. The roots of this theology were the idea that history could be broken down into various dispensations or time periods and that God behaved differently and different things happened to the human race in these different dispensations. Part of this teaching was that the rapture would take place in which all the Christian people would be supernaturally whisked up into heaven and the sinners would remain behind. Thus...
  • What is your opinion of Charisma Magazine?

    06/14/2014 3:00:02 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 22 replies
    Charisma Magazine | 6/14/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Have you ever been to this website? If so, what is your opinion of it? All opinions are welcome. Does this website like Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, Charismatics, Billy Graham, Pope Francis, and others all at the same time? I am not absolutely sure of this, but it seems to. Link to Charisma Magazine below. My opinion of Charisma Magazine? Babylon.
  • Group of Catholic and Orthodox Officials Endorses Marriage for Some Priests

    06/14/2014 12:23:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/6/14 | Michael Paulson
    In a step that is sure to fuel the debate over mandatory celibacy, a high-level group of Catholic and Orthodox officials is calling on the Vatican to allow married men to serve as Eastern Catholic priests in North America. Married men are already allowed to serve as Eastern Catholic priests overseas, but not in North America, with limited exceptions. This year, a married man was ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest in St. Louis with the permission of Pope Francis. An unmarried man who becomes an Eastern Catholic priest overseas may not subsequently marry. The Vatican is being asked to...
  • Islam and the Crucifixion

    06/14/2014 8:19:21 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    http://www.jonsorensen.net ^ | June 10, 2014 | Jon Sorensen
    Islam teaches that Jesus was not crucified. Instead, Muslims believe He was raised bodily to heaven by God. You may encounter this objection to the Christian faith when you engage in discussions with Muslim apologists. This argument finds it's roots in the Qur'an.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 14, 2014]

    06/14/2014 6:09:32 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Get Moving! (1) " Abide in Me . . . —John 15:4 " In the matter of determination. The Spirit of Jesus is put into me by way of the atonement by the Cross of Christ. I then have to build my thinking patiently to bring it into perfect harmony with my Lord. God will not make me think like Jesus— I have to do it myself. I have to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). “Abide in Me”— in intellectual matters, in money matters, in every one of the matters that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 13, 2014]

    06/13/2014 7:45:19 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Getting There (3) " . . . come, follow Me —Luke 18:22 " Where our individual desire dies and sanctified surrender lives. One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of our own individual temperament. We make our temperament and our natural desires barriers to coming to Jesus. Yet the first thing we realize when we do come to Jesus is that He pays no attention whatsoever to our natural desires. We have the idea that we can dedicate our gifts to God. However, you cannot dedicate what is not yours. There is actually only...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 12, 2014]

    06/12/2014 6:32:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Getting There (2) " They said to Him, ’Rabbi . . . where are You staying?’ He said to them, ’Come and see’ —John 1:38-39 " Where our self-interest sleeps and the real interest is awakened. “They . . . remained with Him that day . . . .” That is about all some of us ever do. We stay with Him a short time, only to wake up to our own realities of life. Our self-interest rises up and our abiding with Him is past. Yet there is no circumstance of life in which we cannot abide in...
  • Who Was Theophilus?

    06/12/2014 5:09:17 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 36 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day that He was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit, to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he had presented himself alive..... Acts 1:1
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 11, 2014]

    06/11/2014 5:39:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Getting There (1) " Come to Me . . . —Matthew 11:28 " Where sin and sorrow stops, and the song of the saint starts. Do I really want to get there? I can right now. The questions that truly matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words— “Come to Me.” Our Lord’s words are not, “Do this, or don’t do that,” but— “Come to me.” If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires. I will actually cease from sin, and will...
  • Couples from different churches say they are models for Christian unity

    06/11/2014 4:04:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | June 11, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CNS) -- A husband and wife each active in their own Christian community can be models of an important step in the movement toward Christian unity: not just recognizing their diversity, but loving it despite the pain it sometimes can bring, said couples at a conference on ecumenism. "The churches need to work at their unity the way married couples have to work at theirs," said Ray Temmerman, an active and involved Canadian Catholic married to an active and involved Anglican, Fenella. "It is important that our churches begin to recognize that it is not only what they...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 10, 2014]

    06/10/2014 4:23:33 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    And After That What’s Next To Do? " . . . seek, and you will find . . . —Luke 11:9 " Seek if you have not found. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss . . .” (James 4:3). If you ask for things from life instead of from God, “you ask amiss”; that is, you ask out of your desire for self-fulfillment. The more you fulfill yourself the less you will seek God. “. . . seek, and you will find . . . .” Get to work— narrow your focus and interests to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 9, 2014]

    06/09/2014 6:08:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Then What’s Next To Do? " Everyone who asks receives . . . —Luke 11:10 " Ask if you have not received. There is nothing more difficult than asking. We will have yearnings and desires for certain things, and even suffer as a result of their going unfulfilled, but not until we are at the limit of desperation will we ask. It is the sense of not being spiritually real that causes us to ask. Have you ever asked out of the depths of your total insufficiency and poverty? “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of...
  • Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

    06/09/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 46 replies
    Original source: Catholic News.com ^ | June 8, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it, the pope said June 8 at an evening ceremony in the Vatican Gardens. That is why we are here, because we know and we believe that we need the help of God. The pope addressed his remarks to Israeli President...
  • Pope Francis tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

    06/08/2014 1:45:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 8, 2014 | FRANcis X. Rocca
    Pope Francis (front L), Israeli President Shimon Peres (front R), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (rear L) and Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual head of the Orthodox Christians, arrive in the Vatican Gardens to pray together at the Vatican June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi Pope Francis has called on God to act where human efforts have failed to end what he described as violence inspired by the Devil during a ceremony attended by the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian territories. “More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the Evil One, employing a variety of means, has...
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at Invocation for Peace

    06/08/2014 1:03:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | June 8, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) The President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, delivered remarks to the participants in the Invocation for Peace here at the Vatican on Sunday evening. Below, please find the full text, in English, of President Abbas' prepared remarks. ******************************* In the Name of God, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful, Your Holiness Pope Francis Your Excellency President Shimon Peres, Your Beatitudes, Honorable Sheiks and Rabbis Ladies and Gentlemen It is indeed a great honor for us to meet again with His Holiness Pope Francis in fulfillment of his kind invitation to relish his spiritual and noble presence, and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 8, 2014]

    06/08/2014 1:03:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    What’s Next To Do? " If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them —John 13:17 " Be determined to know more than others. If you yourself do not cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea. Put everything in your life afloat upon God, going out to sea on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and your eyes will be opened. If you believe in Jesus, you are not to spend all your time in the...
  • Pope Francis: a prayer for peace

    06/08/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | June 8, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis Pope Francis delivered remarks to the Presidents of Palestine and Israel, Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres, along with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, and delegations representing Jews, ChristiansMuslims, all of whom were gathered in the Vatican Sunday evening to pray for peace in the Middle East and throughout the world. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father's prepared remarks. *********************************************Distinguished Presidents, I greet you with immense joy and I wish to offer you, and the eminent delegations accompanying you, the same warm welcome which you gave to me during my...
  • Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks to peace gathering

    06/08/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | June 8, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) The President of Israel, Shimon Peres, delivered remarks at the Invocation for Peace gathering in the Vatican on Sunday evening. Below, please find the full text, in English, of President Peres' prepared remarks. ************************* Your Holiness Pope Francis, Your Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas, [ACKNOWLEDGMENTS] I have come from the Holy City of Jerusalem to thank you for your exceptional invitation. The Holy City of Jerusalem is the beating heart of the Jewish People. In Hebrew, our ancient language, the word Jerusalem and the word for peace share the same root. And indeed peace is the vision of...