Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • Obama: Jesus Is ‘A Son of God’ [4/04/2012]

    12/25/2014 12:25:15 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 194 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 04/04/2012 | Fred Lucas
    Speaking to a group of Christian clergy at the Easter Prayer Breakfast he hosted at the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama referred to Jesus Christ as “a son of God.” “It’s an opportunity for us to reflect on the triumph of the resurrection, and to give thanks for the all-important gift of grace,” Obama said of Easter, which is this Sunday. “And for me, and I’m sure for some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured--not just as a Son of God, but...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 24, 2014]

    12/24/2014 8:27:12 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Hidden Life " …your life is hidden with Christ in God. —Colossians 3:3 " The Spirit of God testifies to and confirms the simple, but almighty, security of the life that “is hidden with Christ in God.” Paul continually brought this out in his New Testament letters. We talk as if living a sanctified life were the most uncertain and insecure thing we could do. Yet it is the most secure thing possible, because it has Almighty God in and behind it. The most dangerous and unsure thing is to try to live without God. For one who...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 23, 2014]

    12/23/2014 1:08:51 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Sharing in the Atonement " God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… —Galatians 6:14 " The gospel of Jesus Christ always forces a decision of our will. Have I accepted God’s verdict on sin as judged on the Cross of Christ? Do I have even the slightest interest in the death of Jesus? Do I want to be identified with His death— to be completely dead to all interest in sin, worldliness, and self? Do I long to be so closely identified with Jesus that I am of no value for...
  • Do We All Believe in the Same God?

    12/23/2014 7:31:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/23/2014 | Dr. Stephen M. Kirby
    A commonly heard claim is that Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in “the same God.” These are comforting words and of great assistance to those wishing to engage in interfaith dialogues and tri-faith ventures. But is this true? To answer that question, let’s look at what is said and taught about Jews and Christians by Allah, the god of Islam, and Muhammad, Allah’s prophet. We’ll start with the Koran. The KoranMuslims believe the Koran is the infallible, timeless and perfect word of Allah. So what does Allah say in the Koran about Jews and Christians?To set the stage, Allah...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 22, 2014]

    12/22/2014 2:52:45 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Drawing of the Father " No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him… —John 6:44 " When God begins to draw me to Himself, the problem of my will comes in immediately. Will I react positively to the truth that God has revealed? Will I come to Him? To discuss or deliberate over spiritual matters when God calls is inappropriate and disrespectful to Him. When God speaks, never discuss it with anyone as if to decide what your response may be (see Galatians 1:15-16). Belief is not the result of an intellectual...
  • ‘Epoch-Making Turning Point’ from Conflict to Communion: LWF, Vatican Announce Common Liturgical..

    12/22/2014 6:17:46 AM PST · by marshmallow · 154 replies
    (LWI) – Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) says relations between the Lutheran and Catholic churches have reached an epoch-making turning-point. Speaking during a panel discussion, held 18 December, in the Lutheran church in Rome, Junge emphasized that the relationship between Lutherans and Catholics was being transformed “from conflict to communion.” Precisely in a world “in which religion and faith are regularly portrayed and perceived as trouble makers,” he said it was a phenomenal testimony that the Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches continued to move “towards a profound communion that frees us to serve God...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 21, 2014]

    12/21/2014 1:56:53 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Experience or God’s Revealed Truth? " We have received…the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. —1 Corinthians 2:12 " My experience is not what makes redemption real— redemption is reality. Redemption has no real meaning for me until it is worked out through my conscious life. When I am born again, the Spirit of God takes me beyond myself and my experiences, and identifies me with Jesus Christ. If I am left only with my personal experiences, I am left with something not produced by...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 20, 2014]

    12/20/2014 6:21:30 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Right Kind of Help " And I, if I am lifted up…will draw all peoples to Myself. —John 12:32 " Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not “a little bit of love,” but major surgery.When you find yourself face to face with a person who is spiritually lost, remind yourself of Jesus Christ on the cross. If that person can get...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 19, 2014]

    12/19/2014 4:35:25 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Focus Of Our Message " I did not come to bring peace but a sword. —Matthew 10:34 " Never be sympathetic with a person whose situation causes you to conclude that God is dealing harshly with him. God can be more tender than we can conceive, and every once in a while He gives us the opportunity to deal firmly with someone so that He may be viewed as the tender One. If a person cannot go to God, it is because he has something secret which he does not intend to give up— he may admit his...
  • The Pope Came for Bartholomew

    12/19/2014 6:25:11 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Hellenic News of America ^ | 12/18/14 | Cansu Camlibel, Hurriyet Daily News
    STANBUL — John Chryssavgis is an author and theologian born in Australia. He received his degree in Theology from the University of Athens. He also received a diploma in Byzantine music from the Greek Conservatory of Music during those years. He completed his doctoral studies in Patristics at the University of Oxford. He has lived in the United States for 20 years now, has worked in several universities and written a number of books. But he is also an active clergyman of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He received the title of Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne from Patriarch...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 18, 2014]

    12/18/2014 5:13:17 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Test of Faithfulness " We know that all things work together for good to those who love God… —Romans 8:28 " It is only a faithful person who truly believes that God sovereignly controls his circumstances. We take our circumstances for granted, saying God is in control, but not really believing it. We act as if the things that happen were completely controlled by people. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, or object of our faith— the Lord Jesus Christ. God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart, which may bring...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 17, 2014]

    12/17/2014 4:21:58 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Redemption— Creating the Need it Satisfies " The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him… —1 Corinthians 2:14 " The gospel of God creates the sense of need for the gospel. Is the gospel hidden to those who are servants already? No, Paul said, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe…” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). The majority of people think of themselves as being completely moral, and have...
  • Smithmas

    12/16/2014 9:28:12 PM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    Lds.net ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Mdfxdb
    ...mdfxdb Senior Member Posted 16 October 2014... I posted because I had never even heard of it until I moved into my new ward about a year and a half ago. It turns out it is a real thing and there are active members with callings and stuff that celebrate it. They do a cake and everything... Backroads...Posted 20 October 2014 You celebrate the birthday of someone present. Celebrating the birthday of ssomeone not present takes on a different tone that, yes, does cross into "worship" territory for me. I'm trying to understand why people would celebrate this, but in...
  • The Mormon Church's official statement on abortion [rape+ incest+mom's 'health'+'defect'+prayer-ok]

    12/16/2014 4:38:29 PM PST · by Colofornian · 63 replies
    "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life... The Church allows for possible exceptions for its members when: Pregnancy results from rape or incest, or A competent physician determines that the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or A competent physician determines that the fetus has severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. The Church teaches its members that even these rare exceptions do not justify abortion automatically. Abortion is a most serious matter and should be considered only after the persons involved have...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 16, 2014]

    12/16/2014 4:14:27 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Wrestling Before God " Take up the whole armor of God…praying always… —Ephesians 6:13,18 " You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God, and wrestle in prayer for other people; but to wrestle with God in prayer is unscriptural. If you ever do wrestle with God, you will be crippled for the rest of your life. If you grab hold of God and wrestle with Him, as Jacob did, simply because He is working in a way that doesn’t meet with your approval, you force Him to put you out of joint (see...
  • The delusion that never dies: Ted Cruz’s doomed plan to woo Jewish voters to the GOP

    12/16/2014 2:42:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Salon ^ | December 16, 2014 | Luke Brinker
    Sorry, senator -- it's not happening. To the surprise of approximately nobody, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is proceeding full steam ahead with plans to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The Tea Party icon has already settled on a location for his campaign headquarters (Houston), made the requisite appeals to GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, and decided on a campaign strategy. That strategy, National Review’s Eliana Johnson reports, centers on energizing the GOP base, not wooing moderates and independents to the Republican fold. Of course, the hard demographic truth is that a Republican can’t win the presidency by relying on...
  • Your First Prerequisite is to Acquire My(Jesus) Presence

    12/16/2014 10:53:52 AM PST · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    Your prerequisite in all things is to first acquire My Presence for in My courts there are libraries of scrolls providing the wisdom and knowledge in first acquiring the understanding to decipher and illuminate My Word in Spirit and Truth and it is in the interpretation of your heavenly languages, "that exist even now in the alcoves of your wellspring" but these can only rise up into reality and understanding as you manifest and operate totally in the Menorah of light " The Manifold Wisdom of God " My very fullness indwelling you as "an eternal light of My Kingdom...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 15, 2014]

    12/15/2014 5:09:08 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Approved to God” " Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. —2 Timothy 2:15 " If you cannot express yourself well on each of your beliefs, work and study until you can. If you don’t, other people may miss out on the blessings that come from knowing the truth. Strive to re-express a truth of God to yourself clearly and understandably, and God will use that same explanation when you share it with someone else. But you must be willing to go through...
  • How December 25 Became Christmas

    12/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Society ^ | 8/12/2104 | Andrew McGowan
    On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus' birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods - these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 become associated with Jesus' birthday? The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus' nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when the hear the news of Jesus' birth (Luke 2:8)...
  • Pope says Salvationists and Catholics meet at peripheries of society

    12/15/2014 7:36:03 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 12/14/2014
    Greeting warmly a delegation led by General André Cox, the Pope said Catholics and Salvationists, together with other Christians, recognise that those in need have a special place in God’s heart – so much so, that the Lord himself became poor for our sake. As a result, the Pope said, Catholics and Salvationists often meet at the same peripheries of society. I pray, he concluded, that all of Christ’s disciples can contribute with the same conviction and dynamism that the Salvation Army demonstrates in its devoted and highly appreciated service. Founded by former Methodist minister William Booth in 1865 as...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 14, 2014]

    12/14/2014 1:45:04 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Great Life " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled… —John 14:27 " Whenever we experience something difficult in our personal life, we are tempted to blame God. But we are the ones in the wrong, not God. Blaming God is evidence that we are refusing to let go of some disobedience somewhere in our lives. But as soon as we let go, everything becomes as clear as daylight to us. As long as we try to serve...
  • Christmas, time, and eternity

    12/14/2014 8:15:52 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://thecatholicthing.org ^ | December 14, 2014 | Russell Shaw
    I need to begin with a confession: I’m one of those people who gets his Christmas cards done way ahead of time. This year I started a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, which is more or less what I always do. Why so early? Because this is how people with a compulsive streak do everything. Granted, our obsession with punctuality makes us pains in the neck, but remember – we compulsives are the ones who arrive on time for appointments, meet our deadlines, and make the trains run on time. Time. That was what I was thinking about during one...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 13, 2014]

    12/13/2014 5:01:26 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Intercessory Prayer " …men always ought to pray and not lose heart. —Luke 18:1 " You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption. Instead, you will simply be turning intercession into useless sympathy for others, which will serve only to increase the contentment they have for remaining out of touch with God. True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. Intercession means to “fill up…[with] what is lacking...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 12, 2014]

    12/12/2014 5:15:24 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Personality " …that they may be one just as We are one… —John 17:22 " Personality is the unique, limitless part of our life that makes us distinct from everyone else. It is too vast for us even to comprehend. An island in the sea may be just the top of a large mountain, and our personality is like that island. We don’t know the great depths of our being, therefore we cannot measure ourselves. We start out thinking we can, but soon realize that there is really only one Being who fully understands us, and that is our...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 11, 2014]

    12/11/2014 4:04:14 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Individuality " Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself…" —Matthew 16:24 " Individuality is the hard outer layer surrounding the inner spiritual life. Individuality shoves others aside, separating and isolating people. We see it as the primary characteristic of a child, and rightly so. When we confuse individuality with the spiritual life, we remain isolated. This shell of individuality is God’s created natural covering designed to protect the spiritual life. But our individuality must be yielded to God so that our spiritual life may be brought forth into fellowship with...
  • Leading Orthodox Theologian Hopes for 'Quick Progress' Toward Full Christian Unity

    12/11/2014 6:31:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    One of the leading theologians of the Orthodox world has said that he sees prosecpts for “quick progress” toward full Christian unity under Pope Francis. Metropolitan Ioannis of Pergamon, the co-chairman of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue, told the Vatican Insider that Pope Francis has brought new excitement to ecumenical dialogue with the Orthodox world. “The way in which he is carrying out his ministry removes the many apprehensions and fears of the past.” Metropolitan Ioannis pointed particularly to the Pope’s statement, during his recent visit to Constantinople, that the Catholic Church “does not intend to impose any...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 10, 2014]

    12/10/2014 5:02:49 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Offering of the Natural " It is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. —Galatians 4:22 " Paul was not dealing with sin in this chapter of Galatians, but with the relation of the natural to the spiritual. The natural can be turned into the spiritual only through sacrifice. Without this a person will lead a divided life. Why did God demand that the natural must be sacrificed? God did not demand it. It is not God’s perfect will, but His permissive will. God’s perfect will was for the...
  • Apologists Concerned About Rick Warren's Alignment With 'Holy Father'

    12/10/2014 6:32:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2,601 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 12/3/14 | Mark Andrews
    "Christian unity" is one of those terms that stir up a whole spectrum of—sometimes emotional—opinions. On the one hand, we know that Jesus prayed to the Father concerning future believers "that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you" (John 17:21a, NIV). On the other hand, charismatics know it is almost pointless to discuss the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12, 14) with Baptists or most anyone else from a mainline denomination. And Protestants of just about any stripe get riled up when they hear Catholics talking about...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 9, 2014]

    12/09/2014 4:12:55 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Opposition of the Natural " Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. —Galatians 5:24 " The natural life itself is not sinful. But we must abandon sin, having nothing to do with it in any way whatsoever. Sin belongs to hell and to the devil. I, as a child of God, belong to heaven and to God. It is not a question of giving up sin, but of giving up my right to myself, my natural independence, and my self-will. This is where the battle has to be fought. The things that...
  • Moral Therapeutic Deism: The Preferred Religion in North America

    12/09/2014 5:36:10 AM PST · by Fester Chugabrew · 13 replies
    Adam4d.com ^ | 12/9/2014 | Adam Ford
    Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is a false religion created by and for members of the most rich, catered, defensive, politically-correct, over-protected, over-nurtured, over-fed society the world has ever known, and the fact that it uses the name Jesus and various select Christian buzzwords allows it to be passed off as Christianity.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 8, 2014]

    12/08/2014 5:12:40 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Impartial Power of God " By one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. —Hebrews 10:14 " We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise to forget them, is the death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the result of our personal realization of the atonement by the Cross of Christ, which He has provided for us. “…Christ Jesus…became for us...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 7, 2014]

    12/07/2014 1:47:41 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Repentance " Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation… —2 Corinthians 7:10 " Conviction of sin is best described in the words:My sins, my sins, my Savior, How sad on Thee they fall.Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (see John 16:8). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a person’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that person’s relationship with...
  • Some "Getting Ready For Church" Background Music

    12/07/2014 4:59:08 AM PST · by knarf · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | Dec 7, 2014 | knarf, various
    Always looking for Sunday morning music while I get ready to go to church, I came across this very pleasing (to me) playlistI hope you enjoy
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 6, 2014]

    12/06/2014 2:36:07 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “My Rainbow in the Cloud” " I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. —Genesis 9:13 " It is the will of God that human beings should get into a right-standing relationship with Him, and His covenants are designed for this purpose. Why doesn’t God save me? He has accomplished and provided for my salvation, but I have not yet entered into a relationship with Him. Why doesn’t God do everything we ask? He has done it. The point is— will I step into that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 5, 2014]

    12/05/2014 4:32:44 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “The Temple of the Holy Spirit” " …only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you. —Genesis 41:40 " I am accountable to God for the way I control my body under His authority. Paul said he did not “set aside the grace of God”— make it ineffective (Galatians 2:21). The grace of God is absolute and limitless, and the work of salvation through Jesus is complete and finished forever. I am not being saved— I am saved. Salvation is as eternal as God’s throne, but I must put to work or use what God has...
  • Pope Francis Asserts Islam Can’t Be Equated With Violence [Babylon the Great]

    12/05/2014 3:05:05 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 81 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 12/04/2014 | Heather Clark
    ROME – On his flight back to Rome after visiting Turkey, the Roman Catholic Pontiff known as Pope Francis told reporters that Islam should not be equated with terrorism and violence–a statement that some may disagree with considering the teachings of the religion. “On Islamophobia, it is true that when one sees these terrorist acts, not only in this region, but also in Africa, there is this reaction [of], ‘If this is Islam, I am going to get angry,'” he said. “And so many Islamic people are offended.” “Many, many [Muslims] say, ‘No, we are not this. The Koran is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 4, 2014]

    12/04/2014 4:13:17 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Law of Opposition " To him who overcomes… —Revelation 2:7 " Life without war is impossible in the natural or the supernatural realm. It is a fact that there is a continuing struggle in the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual areas of life.Health is the balance between the physical parts of my body and all the things and forces surrounding me. To maintain good health I must have sufficient internal strength to fight off the things that are external. Everything outside my physical life is designed to cause my death. The very elements that sustain me while I...
  • PopeWatch: Wittenberg Candidate Pope?

    12/03/2014 7:10:14 PM PST · by ebb tide · 96 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | December 3, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa has a fascinating look at the relationship of Pope Francis with the evangelicals who have made such devastating inroads among the Catholic populations in South America: ROME, November 19, 2014 – With the mastery for which it is known all over the world, the Washington-based Pew Research Center has conducted a survey on a massive scale that gives substance to a fact that was already known in general terms, the startling decline of Catholic membership in the Latin American subcontinent: > Religion in Latin America. Widespread Change in a Historically Catholic Region In the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 3, 2014]

    12/03/2014 3:39:29 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Not by Might nor by Power” " My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power… —1 Corinthians 2:4 " If in preaching the gospel you substitute your knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the gospel, you hinder people from getting to reality. Take care to see while you proclaim your knowledge of the way of salvation, that you yourself are rooted and grounded by faith in God. Never rely on the clearness of your presentation, but as you give...
  • Dialogue Over Pope-Patriarch Meeting Thwarted by Greek Catholics' Actions in Ukraine - spokesperson

    12/03/2014 5:08:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/3/14
    Moscow, December 3, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate is still not ruling out a possibility of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia meeting with Pope Francis, but pointed to the factors that impeded dialogue on this matter. "The subject of a meeting between the Patriarch of Moscow and the Pope is on the agenda of the two Churches, and the Holy Patriarch highly values the balanced and genuinely Christian position of Pope Francis on many problems faced by present-day society," Patriarchate spokesman Deacon Alexander Volkov told Interfax-Religion. This makes both Churches "strategic partners" in the attestation to the Christian...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 2, 2014]

    12/02/2014 5:17:30 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Christian Perfection " Not that I have already attained, or am already perfect… —Philippians 3:12 " It is a trap to presume that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do— God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holiness movements tends to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum. If you accept this concept of personal holiness, your life’s determined purpose will not be for God, but for what you call the evidence of God in your life. How can we say, “It could...
  • Francis Rolls Out ‘Social Gospel’ Case for Catholic/Orthodox Unity

    12/01/2014 7:20:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/30/14 | John L. Allen Jr
    ISTANBUL, Turkey — Sometimes what a pope doesn’t say can be just as important as what he does, and such was the case in Turkey on Sunday as Pope Francis laid out his vision for unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christianity. Francis offered several motives for pursuing closer ties, yet conspicuously absent was the imperative most often cited by more conservative Catholics and Orthodox: Making a common stand against secularism, especially permissive sexual morality. In effect, the pope’s case rested not on the wars of culture, but on the social gospel. The official reason for the pontiff’s Nov. 28-30 trip...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 1, 2014]

    12/01/2014 5:32:49 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Law and the Gospel " Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. —James 2:10 " The moral law does not consider our weaknesses as human beings; in fact, it does not take into account our heredity or infirmities. It simply demands that we be absolutely moral. The moral law never changes, either for the highest of society or for the weakest in the world. It is enduring and eternally the same. The moral law, ordained by God, does not make itself weak to the weak by excusing our...
  • Pope Francis against common Eucharistic celebrations with Protestants

    12/01/2014 4:29:18 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 137 replies
    KathNet ^ | December 1, 2014 | Pope Francis
    (Google Translate)(Full Speech below) Vatican City (kath.net/KAP/red) Francis Pope has spoken out against a common celebration of the Eucharist by Catholics and Protestants. "If we have to hide our Eucharistic faith under the pretext of a certain accommodation by, then we take our own treasure neither nor our interlocutor seriously enough," he said on Monday in front of the Swiss bishops at the Vatican. In ecumenical dialogue, the bishops should make sure that the believers of all faiths could live their faith "unambiguous and free of confusion" and "without the differences at the expense of truth wegzuretuschieren". At the same...
  • Pope Francis: I seek communion with Orthodox Churches

    11/30/2014 3:00:37 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 30, 2014
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embraces Pope Francis at a celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul - REUTERS (Vatican Radio)  In an address upon conclusion of the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Istanbul, Pope Francis said “the one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome…is communion with the Orthodox Churches.” Below, please find the complete text of the Holy Father’s address:             When I was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, I often took part in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 30, 2014]

    11/30/2014 11:06:07 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “By the Grace of God I Am What I Am” " By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain… —1 Corinthians 15:10 " The way we continually talk about our own inabilities is an insult to our Creator. To complain over our incompetence is to accuse God falsely of having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining from God’s perspective those things that sound so humble to men. You will be amazed at how unbelievably inappropriate and disrespectful they are to Him. We say things such as,...
  • Patriarch Bartholomew: Christian Martyrdom Makes Unity Urgent [Full Text]

    11/30/2014 6:14:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 11/30/14
    Calling Pope Francis his “beloved brother in Christ,” the head of the Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I on Sunday recalled their gathering last May at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on the fiftieth anniversary of the historic ecumenical meeting of their predecessors, Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras. Welcoming the Pope after a celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Patriarch Bartholomew said “the path toward unity is more urgent than ever for those who invoke the name of the great Peacemaker.” Citing the “diverse divisions, conflicts and animosities,...
  • Pope's Homily at Istanbul's Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

    11/30/2014 6:06:15 AM PST · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/29/14 | Edward Pentin
    Pope Francis this afternoon celebrated Mass at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul. Present at the Eucharistic celebration was the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, along with several Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the region. During his homily, Francis said: "Only the Holy Spirit is able to kindle diversity, multiplicity and, at the same time, bring about unity. When we try to create diversity, but are closed within our own particular and exclusive ways of seeing things, we create division. He added: "When we try to create unity through our own human designs, we end up with uniformity...
  • Pope Francis’s Address to the Ecumenical Patriarch in Full

    11/30/2014 5:59:52 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Pope asks Patriarch to 'bless me and the Church of Rome'The full text of the Pope’s address to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, at a prayer service in Istanbul, courtesy of Vatican Radio: Your Holiness, my dear Brother, Each evening brings a mixed feeling of gratitude for the day which is ending and of hope-filled trust as night falls. This evening my heart is full of gratitude to God who allows me to be here in prayer with Your Holiness and with this sister Church after an eventful day during my Apostolic Visit. At the same time my...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 29, 2014]

    11/29/2014 2:18:47 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Supremacy of Jesus Christ " He will glorify Me… —John 16:14 " The holiness movements of today have none of the rugged reality of the New Testament about them. There is nothing about them that needs the death of Jesus Christ. All that is required is a pious atmosphere, prayer, and devotion. This type of experience is not supernatural nor miraculous. It did not cost the sufferings of God, nor is it stained with “the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 12:11). It is not marked or sealed by the Holy Spirit as being genuine, and it has no...