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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 22, 2014]

    10/22/2014 5:10:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Witness of the Spirit " The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit . . . —Romans 8:16 " We are in danger of getting into a bargaining spirit with God when we come to Him—we want the witness of the Spirit before we have done what God tells us to do.Why doesn’t God reveal Himself to you? He cannot. It is not that He will not, but He cannot, because you are in the way as long as you won’t abandon yourself to Him in total surrender. Yet once you do, immediately God witnesses to Himself—He cannot...
  • A rabbi, an imam and pastor will conduct Sunday service at Coral Gables church

    10/21/2014 5:04:37 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 10/21/2014 | PARADISE AFSHAR
    Rabbi Mark Kula and Imam Khalid Salahuddin are looking forward to attending church Sunday. Yes, church. The pair are two of several religious leaders who will take part in an interfaith service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, across from the Biltmore Hotel, at 3010 De Soto Blvd. The fourth annual service, organized by MCCJ, formerly known as the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews, is themed, Pursuing Peace: A Common Path. What we see, what we believe, affects the way we interact with people, said Kula, of Bet Shira Congregation, a Conservative congregation in Pinecrest....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 21, 2014]

    10/21/2014 4:55:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Impulsiveness or Discipleship? " But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith . . . —Jude 20 " There was nothing of the nature of impulsive or thoughtless action about our Lord, but only a calm strength that never got into a panic. Most of us develop our Christianity along the lines of our own nature, not along the lines of God’s nature. Impulsiveness is a trait of the natural life, and our Lord always ignores it, because it hinders the development of the life of a disciple. Watch how the Spirit of God gives a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 20, 2014]

    10/20/2014 5:03:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is God’s Will My Will? " This is the will of God, your sanctification . . . —1 Thessalonians 4:3 " Sanctification is not a question of whether God is willing to sanctify me— is it my will? Am I willing to let God do in me everything that has been made possible through the atonement of the Cross of Christ? Am I willing to let Jesus become sanctification to me, and to let His life be exhibited in my human flesh? (see 1 Corinthians 1:30). Beware of saying, “Oh, I am longing to be sanctified.” No, you are...
  • 17 Intriguing Facts You Didnt Know About Religion in the U.S.

    10/20/2014 8:29:26 AM PDT · by millegan · 7 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    People say America is one of the most religious countries in the world. But is it religious in the way that you think it is? Youre bound to learn something new in this list:
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 19, 2014]

    10/19/2014 2:04:48 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Unheeded Secret " Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world —John 18:36 " The great enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ today is the idea of practical work that has no basis in the New Testament but comes from the systems of the world. This work insists upon endless energy and activities, but no private life with God. The emphasis is put on the wrong thing. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation . . . . For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21). It is a hidden,...
  • 6 Reasons This Evangelical Was Convinced Humanae Vitae Is Right

    10/19/2014 10:58:58 AM PDT · by millegan · 31 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 10-19-2014 | Brantly Millegan
    Today, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, who served the Catholic Church as the bishop of Rome 1963-1978. (Beatification is one step below being canonized a saint.) Paul VI had a jam-packed papacy, including finishing the Second Vatican Council, traveling to all six inhabited continents (a first for popes), and historic ecumenical break-throughs. But today hes probably most remembered for his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which confirmed the Catholic Churchs long-standing teaching against contraception, abortion, and sterilization. Outside of the Catholic Church (and, unfortunately, by a large number of people within the Church as well), the teaching of Humanae Vitae...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 18, 2014]

    10/18/2014 5:12:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Devotion " . . . they went forth for His name’s sake . . . —3 John 7 " Our Lord told us how our love for Him is to exhibit itself when He asked, “Do you love Me?” (John 21:17). And then He said, “Feed My sheep.” In effect, He said, “Identify yourself with My interests in other people,” not, “Identify Me with your interests in other people.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 shows us the characteristics of this love— it is actually the love of God expressing itself. The true test of my love...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 17, 2014]

    10/17/2014 5:20:06 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key of the Greater Work " . . . I say to you, he who believes in Me, . . . greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father —John 14:12 " Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work. Yet we think of prayer as some commonsense exercise of our higher powers that simply prepares us for God’s work. In the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer is the working of the miracle of redemption in me, which produces the miracle of redemption in others, through the power...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 16, 2014]

    10/16/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Key to the Master’s Orders " Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest —Matthew 9:38 " The key to the missionary’s difficult task is in the hand of God, and that key is prayer, not work— that is, not work as the word is commonly used today, which often results in the shifting of our focus away from God. The key to the missionary’s difficult task is also not the key of common sense, nor is it the key of medicine, civilization, education, or even evangelization. The key is in following the...
  • 24 Crazy Facts About Global Christianity in the 21st Century

    10/16/2014 6:48:59 AM PDT · by millegan · 6 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | ChurchPOP
    The global face of Christianity has changed dramatically in the last one hundred years. So much so, that everything that seemed so permanent about the way the world was no longer holds. Information courtesy of PewForum, heres where things stand:
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 15, 2014]

    10/15/2014 3:04:36 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Work (2) " He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world —1 John 2:2 " The key to the missionary’s message is the propitiation of Christ Jesus— His sacrifice for us that completely satisfied the wrath of God. Look at any other aspect of Christ’s work, whether it is healing, saving, or sanctifying, and you will see that there is nothing limitless about those. But— “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”— that is limitless (John 1:29). The...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 14, 2014]

    10/14/2014 5:07:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Work (1) " Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ’All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . .’ —Matthew 28:18-19 " The key to the missionary’s work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to look on our Lord as one who assists us in our endeavors for God. Yet our Lord places Himself as the absolute sovereign and supreme Lord over His disciples. He does not say that the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 13, 2014]

    10/13/2014 5:02:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Individual Discouragement and Personal Growth " . . . when Moses was grown . . . he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens —Exodus 2:11 " Moses saw the oppression of his people and felt certain that he was the one to deliver them, and in the righteous indignation of his own spirit he started to right their wrongs. After he launched his first strike for God and for what was right, God allowed Moses to be driven into empty discouragement, sending him into the desert to feed sheep for forty years. At the end...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 12, 2014]

    10/12/2014 1:49:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Getting into God’s Stride " Enoch walked with God . . . —Genesis 5:24 " The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening. A person’s worth is revealed in his attitude toward the ordinary things of life when he is not under the spotlight (seeJohn 1:35-37 and John 3:30). It is painful work to get in step with God and to keep pace with Him— it means getting your second...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 11, 2014]

    10/11/2014 2:58:33 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    God’s Silence— Then What? " When He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was —John 11:6 " Has God trusted you with His silence— a silence that has great meaning? God’s silences are actually His answers. Just think of those days of absolute silence in the home at Bethany! Is there anything comparable to those days in your life? Can God trust you like that, or are you still asking Him for a visible answer? God will give you the very blessings you ask if you refuse to go any...
  • 11 Maps to Help You Make Sense of World Religion

    10/11/2014 8:51:53 AM PDT · by millegan · 4 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Sept 18th, 2014 | ChurchPOP
    Religion is such an important force in the world. So how well do we really understand it? What are the major religions in the world? Where are their adherents located? Check out these 11 fascinating maps and learn something new! You can click on any map to enlarge it.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 10, 2014]

    10/10/2014 3:32:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    How Will I Know? " Jesus answered and said, ’I thank You, Father . . . that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes’ —Matthew 11:25 " We do not grow into a spiritual relationship step by step— we either have a relationship or we do not. God does not continue to cleanse us more and more from sin— “But if we walk in the light,” we are cleansed “from all sin” (1 John 1:7). It is a matter of obedience, and once we obey, the relationship is instantly perfected....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 9, 2014]

    10/09/2014 4:03:50 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Building on the Atonement " . . . present . . . your members as instruments of righteousness to God —Romans 6:13 " I cannot save and sanctify myself; I cannot make atonement for sin; I cannot redeem the world; I cannot right what is wrong, purify what is impure, or make holy what is unholy. That is all the sovereign work of God. Do I have faith in what Jesus Christ has done? He has made the perfect atonement for sin. Am I in the habit of constantly realizing it? The greatest need we have is not to...
  • 10 Revealing Maps of Religion in Europe

    10/09/2014 8:46:09 AM PDT · by millegan · 15 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Oct 9th, 2014 | ChurchPOP
    Weve looked at religion worldwide, and weve looked at religion in the U.S.. This week were looking at religion in that former bulwark of Christendom: Europe. Where are the adherents of different religions located? Which countries are more religious, and which ones are more secular? You can click on any map to enlarge it. Enjoy!
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 8, 2014]

    10/08/2014 6:07:55 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Coming to Jesus " Come to Me . . . —Matthew 11:28 " Isn’t it humiliating to be told that we must come to Jesus! Think of the things about which we will not come to Jesus Christ. If you want to know how real you are, test yourself by these words— “Come to Me . . . .” In every dimension in which you are not real, you will argue or evade the issue altogether rather than come; you will go through sorrow rather than come; and you will do anything rather than come the last lap of...
  • SHOCK! A Catholic bishop who speaks like *gulp* a Catholic bishop!

    10/08/2014 2:55:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | October 8, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    As you know, not to long ago Bp. Howard Hubbard was retired from his looooong tenure as Bishop of Albany. He was succeeded by Bp. Edward Scharfenberger.Recently Bp. Scharfenbeger gave a speech to an interfaith group in Albany. At least one Protestant didn’t like what he had to say.From the Times Union of Albany, NY. Rev. Sam Trumbore First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany [Unitarian Universalist... what is that, I wonder.]Bishop Scharfenberger’s after dinner speech last night at the Capital Region Theological Center Fall fundraising dinner seriously missed his audience and likely ruffled a few feathers in the interfaith, largely...
  • Jason Stellmans Unmitigated Disaster

    10/08/2014 7:27:34 AM PDT · by fishtank · 33 replies
    AOMin.org ^ | 10-8-14 | James White
    Jason Stellmans Unmitigated Disaster Rome never satisfies. It cant. All the pomp and circumstance, all the liturgical fanfare, can never truly answer to the true needs of man. Since Rome has abandoned the gospel of grace and replaced it with a synergistic man-centered sacramentalism, she will never be able to offer to men anything but distractions, never true answers, to his real need. I feel for those who, in their wandering through the various man-made religions, find themselves trudging over the Tiber. I know so many who have found their way out of Rome, some because they have been enlightened...
  • 13 Warnings from Pope Francis on the Devil

    10/07/2014 6:26:01 PM PDT · by millegan · 15 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Oct 7th, 2014 | ChurchPOP
    So the greatest trick of the Devil is convincing people he doesnt exist? Pope Francis is not impressed. Starting with his very first homily as the bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has regularly reminded believers that the Devil is real, that we must be on guard, and that our only hope against him is in Jesus Christ. Here are are 13 of Pope Francis most direct quotes on the matter. Read all the quotes here: http://www.churchpop.com/2014/10/07/13-pope-francis-quotes-oldest-foe-devil/
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 7, 2014]

    10/07/2014 3:58:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Nature of Reconciliation " He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him —2 Corinthians 5:21 " Sin is a fundamental relationship— it is not wrong doing, but wrong being— it is deliberate and determined independence from God. The Christian faith bases everything on the extreme, self-confident nature of sin. Other faiths deal with sins— the Bible alone deals with sin. The first thing Jesus Christ confronted in people was the heredity of sin, and it is because we have ignored this in our presentation...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 6, 2014]

    10/06/2014 4:30:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Nature of Regeneration " When it pleased God . . . to reveal His Son in me . . . —Galatians 1:15-16 " If Jesus Christ is going to regenerate me, what is the problem He faces? It is simply this— I have a heredity in which I had no say or decision; I am not holy, nor am I likely to be; and if all Jesus Christ can do is tell me that I must be holy, His teaching only causes me to despair. But if Jesus Christ is truly a regenerator, someone who can put His...
  • 'Harbinger' Author Says Loss of 'Tree of Hope' a Warning

    10/06/2014 9:32:05 AM PDT · by GBA · 58 replies
    WND ^ | 08/09/2014 | WND EXCLUSIVE
    The author of The Harbinger, the inspiration behind the Isaiah 9:10 Judgment documentary, says the seventh harbinger is no more. A tree that was placed at the site of the 9/11 Muslim terror attack in New York City has died, has been removed, and destroyed. Harbinger author Jonathan Cahn says its because of his book that the tree will not be replaced. His work examines the nine harbingers, or warnings, recorded in the Bible that were delivered to Israel before the nation disintegrated. He contends God is giving the same nine warnings now to America to urge the nation to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 5, 2014]

    10/05/2014 1:57:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Nature of Degeneration " Just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned . . . —Romans 5:12 " The Bible does not say that God punished the human race for one man’s sin, but that the nature of sin, namely, my claim to my right to myself, entered into the human race through one man. But it also says that another Man took upon Himself the sin of the human race and put it away— an infinitely more profound revelation (see Hebrews 9:26)....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 4, 2014]

    10/04/2014 3:33:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Vision and The Reality " . . . to those who are . . . called to be saints . . . —1 Corinthians 1:2 " Thank God for being able to see all that you have not yet been. You have had the vision, but you are not yet to the reality of it by any means. It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. We are not quite prepared for the bumps and bruises that must come if we are...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 3, 2014]

    10/03/2014 5:41:25 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Place of Ministry " He said to them, ’This kind [of unclean spirit] can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting’ —Mark 9:29 " His disciples asked Him privately, ’Why could we not cast it out?’ ” (Mark 9:28). The answer lies in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. “This kind can come out by nothing but” concentrating on Him, and then doubling and redoubling that concentration on Him. We can remain powerless forever, as the disciples were in this situation, by trying to do God’s work without concentrating on His power, and by following instead the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 2, 2014]

    10/02/2014 5:04:37 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Place of Humiliation " If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us —Mark 9:22 " After every time of exaltation, we are brought down with a sudden rush into things as they really are, where it is neither beautiful, poetic, nor thrilling. The height of the mountaintop is measured by the dismal drudgery of the valley, but it is in the valley that we have to live for the glory of God. We see His glory on the mountain, but we never live for His glory there. It is in the place of humiliation...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 1, 2014]

    10/01/2014 3:31:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Place of Exaltation " . . . Jesus took . . . them up on a high mountain apart by themselves . . . —Mark 9:2 " We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But God will never allow us to stay there. The true test of our spiritual life is in exhibiting the power to descend from the mountain. If we only have the power to go up, something is wrong. It is a wonderful thing to be on the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 30, 2014]

    09/30/2014 5:14:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Assigning of the Call " I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . . —Colossians 1:24 " We take our own spiritual consecration and try to make it into a call of God, but when we get right with Him He brushes all this aside. Then He gives us a tremendous, riveting pain to fasten our attention on something that we never even dreamed could be His call for us. And for...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 29, 2014]

    09/29/2014 4:59:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Awareness of the Call " . . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! —1 Corinthians 9:16 " We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you received the call of God and can explain all about it, I question whether you have truly been called. The call of God does not come like that; it is much more supernatural. The realization of the call in a person’s life may come...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 28, 2014]

    09/28/2014 1:55:06 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Unconditional Identification " Jesus . . . said to him, ’One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor . . . and come, take up the cross, and follow Me’ —Mark 10:21 " The rich young ruler had the controlling passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never places anyone’s personal holiness above everything else when He calls a disciple. Jesus’ primary consideration is my absolute annihilation of my right to myself and my identification with Him, which...
  • 13 Insightful Maps of U.S. Religion

    09/27/2014 11:24:34 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://www.churchpop.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | ChurchPopEditor
    Last week, we brought you 11 Maps to Help You Make Sense of World Religion. This week, were zooming in on the grand ole United States of America. What are the major religious groups? And where are they located? Scroll through these awesome maps, and youll see some interesting patterns emerge. You can click on any map to enlarge it. Enjoy
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 27, 2014]

    09/27/2014 9:20:55 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The “Go” of Renunciation " . . . someone said to Him, ’Lord, I will follow You wherever You go’ —Luke 9:57 " Our Lord’s attitude toward this man was one of severe discouragement, “for He knew what was in man” (John 2:25). We would have said, “I can’t imagine why He lost the opportunity of winning that man! Imagine being so cold to him and turning him away so discouraged!” Never apologize for your Lord. The words of the Lord hurt and offend until there is nothing left to be hurt or offended. Jesus Christ had no tenderness...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 26, 2014]

    09/26/2014 4:44:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The “Go” of Reconciliation " If you . . . remember that your brother has something against you . . . —Matthew 5:23 " This verse says, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you . . . .” It is not saying, “If you search and find something because of your unbalanced sensitivity,” but, “If you . . . remember . . . .” In other words, if something is brought to your conscious mind by the Spirit of God— “First be reconciled to your brother, and then...
  • The Downside of Dialogue

    09/25/2014 8:07:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 9/25/14 | William Kilpatrick
    Dialoguers say the darndest things. The conclusion to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops document, Revelation: Catholic and Muslim Perspectives, contains the following: Both Jesus and Muhammad loved and cared for all whom they met, especially the poor and oppressed. Would that include the seven hundred men of the Qurayza tribe who were beheaded on Muhammads order after they surrendered? Would it include the women and children of the same tribe who were sold into slavery? Muhammad may have cared for some of the poor and oppressed he met, but many people became poor and oppressed precisely because of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 25, 2014]

    09/25/2014 5:36:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Relationship " Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two—Matthew 5:41 " Our Lord’s teaching can be summed up in this: the relationship that He demands for us is an impossible one unless He has done a super-natural work in us. Jesus Christ demands that His disciple does not allow even the slightest trace of resentment in his heart when faced with tyranny and injustice. No amount of enthusiasm will ever stand up to the strain that Jesus Christ will put upon His servant. Only one thing will bear the strain, and that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 24, 2014]

    09/24/2014 5:28:01 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Preparation " If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift—Matthew 5:23-24 " It is easy for us to imagine that we will suddenly come to a point in our lives where we are fully prepared, but preparation is not suddenly accomplished. In fact, it is a process that must be steadily maintained. It is dangerous to become settled and complacent in our...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 23, 2014]

    09/23/2014 5:54:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Goal " He . . . said to them, ’Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem . . . ’ —Luke 18:31 " In our natural life our ambitions change as we grow, but in the Christian life the goal is given at the very beginning, and the beginning and the end are exactly the same, namely, our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him—”. . . till we all come . . . to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . .” (Ephesians 4:13), not simply to...
  • SSPX adherents pose an obstacle to reconciliation

    09/23/2014 3:56:46 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 66 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | 9/23/14 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I am delighted that the Vatican and the Society of St. Pius X are talking again. This means that hope for a reconciliation of the SSPX with the Church has not been abandoned. But in thinking about this today, I realized something quite significant. Because the SSPX is not territorial in nature, its very adherents constitute a growing obstacle to reunion with Rome. What I mean by this is best explained by considering an alternative case. In Catholic history, the problem of schism has most often been territorial. For reasons that are largely socio-political, leaders in one region or another...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 22, 2014]

    09/22/2014 6:15:36 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Master and Teacher " ou call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am . . . . I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master . . .—John 13:13, 16 " To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows me better than I know myself, who is closer than a friend, and who understands the remotest depths of my heart and is able to satisfy them fully. It...
  • Did we have any surviving Original Manuscripts that prove Jesus Christ quoted from the Septuagint?

    09/21/2014 1:37:08 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 38 replies
    9/21/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A.) If no one alive today was there when He spoke, how then do we know which Jesus quoted from - the Masoretic Text or the Septuagint? B.) If he did quote from the Masoretic Text, and His quotes, parables, etcetera, were later translated into Greek in the middle of the first century AD - independently of the Septuagint - how would we know given that none of these Original Manuscripts have survived. And though this translation work would undoubtedly differ slightly from the Septuagint, none have survived. Since no Original Manuscripts - showing one way or the other -...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 21, 2014]

    09/21/2014 10:37:50 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose " Now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant . . . —Isaiah 49:5 " The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our preconceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances— we are turned solely into servants of God’s own purpose. The entire human race was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Sin has diverted the human race onto another course, but it has not altered God’s purpose to the slightest...
  • Who Do You Worship ?

    09/21/2014 2:36:39 AM PDT · by knarf · 21 replies
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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 20, 2014]

    09/20/2014 6:19:09 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Divine Commandment of Life " . . . be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect —Matthew 5:48 " Our Lord’s exhortation to us in Matthew 5:38-48 is to be generous in our behavior toward everyone. Beware of living according to your natural affections in your spiritual life. Everyone has natural affections— some people we like and others we don’t like. Yet we must never let those likes and dislikes rule our Christian life. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7), even...
  • Jehovahs Witness Convert

    09/20/2014 8:16:26 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 221 replies
    http://www.abouttherosary.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Robbe Lyn Sebesta
    Lou Everett was one of Jehovahs Witnesses for more than 14 years. During that time, he served as a full-time minister as well as other major roles within the congregation. Lous journey to the Catholic Church was truly a rough road traveled. From Jehovahs Witnesses to Catholicism: My Journey In 2005, I find myself inside a Catholic church for midnight mass. My future wife, born and raised in the Catholic Church, by my side; silently showing me something that I never thought Id see or feel. At the age of 31, a realization set in that I never would have...
  • Regensburg Vindicated

    09/19/2014 8:01:27 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | 9/17/2014 | George Weigel
    On the evening of Sept. 12, 2006, my wife and I were dining in Cracow with Polish friends when an agitated Italian Vaticanista (pardon the redundancy in adjectives) called, demanding to know what I thought of Zees crazee speech of zee pope about zee Muslims. That was my first hint that the herd of independent minds in the world press was about to go ballistic on the subject of Benedict XVIs Regensburg Lecture: a gaffe-bone on which the media continued to gnaw until the end of Benedicts pontificate. Eight years later, the Regensburg Lecture looks a lot different. Indeed, those...