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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 18, 2014]

    04/18/2014 5:53:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Readiness " God called to him . . . . And he said, ’Here I am’ —Exodus 3:4 " When God speaks, many of us are like people in a fog, and we give no answer. Moses’ reply to God revealed that he knew where he was and that he was ready. Readiness means having a right relationship to God and having the knowledge of where we are. We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. Yet the man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who receives the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 17, 2014]

    04/17/2014 6:35:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    All or Nothing? " When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment . . . and plunged into the sea John 21:7 " Have you ever had a crisis in your life in which you deliberately, earnestly, and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of the will. You may come to that point many times externally, but it will amount to nothing. The true deep crisis of abandonment, or total surrender, is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of only external things may actually be an indication of your being...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 16, 2014]

    04/16/2014 4:58:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Can You Come Down From the Mountain? " While you have the light, believe in the light . . . —John 12:36 " We all have moments when we feel better than ever before, and we say, “I feel fit for anything; if only I could always be like this!” We are not meant to be. Those moments are moments of insight which we have to live up to even when we do not feel like it. Many of us are no good for the everyday world when we are not on the mountaintop. Yet we must bring our...
  • His Rsum Before the Age of 4: "I Saw Jesus on a Horse"

    04/16/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jeannette Catsoulis
    The wooing of religious moviegoers a delicate operation, as the Noah backlash attests has been ramping up lately, with major players like Ridley Scott and Ben Kingsley mining the Bible for box office gold. But if theres such a thing as a safe bet in this genre, its Heaven Is for Real, a Christian sermon that even the most doctrinaire believer can applaud.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 15, 2014]

    04/15/2014 4:58:35 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Failure To Pay Close Attention " The high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days —2 Chronicles 15:17 " Asa was not completely obedient in the outward, visible areas of his life. He was obedient in what he considered the most important areas, but he was not entirely right. Beware of ever thinking, “Oh, that thing in my life doesn’t matter much.” The fact that it doesn’t matter much to you may mean that it matters a great deal to God. Nothing should be considered a trivial matter by...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 14, 2014]

    04/14/2014 5:21:24 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Inner Invincibility " Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me . . . —Matthew 11:29 " Whom the Lord loves He chastens . . .” (Hebrews 12:6). How petty our complaining is! Our Lord begins to bring us to the point where we can have fellowship with Him, only to hear us moan and groan, saying, “Oh Lord, just let me be like other people!” Jesus is asking us to get beside Him and take one end of the yoke, so that we can pull together. That’s why Jesus says to us, “My yoke is easy and...
  • Jesus The Water of Life

    04/13/2014 9:33:24 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies ^ | April 12, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Something for the weekend. One of the most powerful depictions of Christ on film from the movie Ben Hur (1959). A wonderful melding of music and dialogue as Christ goes silently to the aid of Ben Hur and gives him water. The wordless encounter between Christ and the Centurion was amazing, as the Centurions face registers bewilderment, shame and curiosity as he has a totally unexpected encounter with the Divine. Whatever the actor who played the Centurion was earning that day, it wasnt nearly enough.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 13, 2014]

    04/13/2014 4:58:54 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    What To Do When Your Burden Is Overwhelming " Cast your burden on the Lord . . . —Psalm 55:22 " We must recognize the difference between burdens that are right for us to bear and burdens that are wrong. We should never bear the burdens of sin or doubt, but there are some burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off. God wants us to roll them back on Him— to literally “cast your burden,” which He has given you, “on the Lord . . . .” If we set out to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 12, 2014]

    04/12/2014 7:15:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Complete and Effective Dominion " Death no longer has dominion over Him. . . . the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God . . . —Romans 6:9-11 " Co-Eternal Life. Eternal life is the life which Jesus Christ exhibited on the human level. And it is this same life, not simply a copy of it, which is made evident in our mortal flesh when we are born again. Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 11, 2014]

    04/11/2014 6:16:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Complete and Effective Divinity " If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection . . . —Romans 6:5 " Co-Resurrection. The proof that I have experienced crucifixion with Jesus is that I have a definite likeness to Him. The Spirit of Jesus entering me rearranges my personal life before God. The resurrection of Jesus has given Him the authority to give the life of God to me, and the experiences of my life must now be built on the foundation of His life. I...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 10, 2014]

    04/10/2014 5:56:30 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Complete and Effective Decision About Sin " . . . our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin —Romans 6:6 " Co-Crucifixion. Have you made the following decision about sin—that it must be completely killed in you? It takes a long time to come to the point of making this complete and effective decision about sin. It is, however, the greatest moment in your life once you decide that sin must die in you-not simply be restrained, suppressed, or counteracted, but...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 9, 2014]

    04/09/2014 4:56:55 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Have You Seen Jesus? " After that, He appeared in another form to two of them . . . —Mark 16:12 " Being saved and seeing Jesus are not the same thing. Many people who have never seen Jesus have received and share in God’s grace. But once you have seen Him, you can never be the same. Other things will not have the appeal they did before.You should always recognize the difference between what you see Jesus to be and what He has done for you. If you see only what He has done for you, your God...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 8, 2014]

    04/08/2014 5:48:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His Resurrection Destiny " Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory? —Luke 24:26 " Our Lord’s Cross is the gateway into His life. His resurrection means that He has the power to convey His life to me. When I was born again, I received the very life of the risen Lord from Jesus Himself.Christ’s resurrection destiny— His foreordained purpose— was to bring “many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10). The fulfilling of His destiny gives Him the right to make us sons and daughters of God. We never have exactly the same...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 7, 2014]

    04/07/2014 6:32:36 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Why We Lack Understanding " He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead —Mark 9:9 " As the disciples were commanded, you should also say nothing until the Son of Man has risen in you— until the life of the risen Christ so dominates you that you truly understand what He taught while here on earth. When you grow and develop the right condition inwardly, the words Jesus spoke become so clear that you are amazed you did not grasp them before. In...
  • Disgusting .. Coast to Coast (last night)

    04/07/2014 3:22:42 PM PDT · by stirrinthepuddin · 66 replies
    I don't normally care what a person believes when it comes to one's faith, well I do but I don't argue with them. Last night though .. I was outraged! Am I the only one to have heard the program?

    04/06/2014 1:44:23 PM PDT · by little jeremiah · 49 replies
    Stephen ^ | Stephen Knapp
    The idea of practicing virtue to help and respect others is not absent from any part of the world. It is a basic law found everywhere. Therefore, no one has an excuse to not follow it. If we ever expect to have peace in the world, this is certainly where we can begin. The importance of this was well stated by Mohandas Gandhi: "To injure a single human being is to injure those divine powers within us, and thus the harm reaches not only that one human being, but with him the whole world." This makes it clear that whatever...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 6, 2014]

    04/06/2014 1:19:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Collision of God and Sin ". . . who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree . . ." —1 Peter 2:24 The Cross of Christ is the revealed truth of God’s judgment on sin. Never associate the idea of martyrdom with the Cross of Christ. It was the supreme triumph, and it shook the very foundations of hell. There is nothing in time or eternity more absolutely certain and irrefutable than what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross— He made it possible for the entire human race to be brought back into a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 5, 2014]

    04/05/2014 8:16:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His Agony and Our Access "Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples . . . . ’Stay here and watch with Me’" —Matthew 26:36, 38 We can never fully comprehend Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, but at least we don’t have to misunderstand it. It is the agony of God and man in one Person, coming face to face with sin. We cannot learn about Gethsemane through personal experience. Gethsemane and Calvary represent something totally unique— they are the gateway into life for us.It was not death on the cross...
  • Catholic Priests Who Become Non-Catholic Ministers

    04/04/2014 3:49:02 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 40 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | April 3, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Recently, a Catholic priest in our area left to become pastor of an Episcopal church. If we assume for a moment that the Episcopal liturgy contains the valid words of Institution, and if we assume that valid matter was used, does he confect the Eucharist? Patrick A: Sad to say, the case cited by Patrick is far from unique. In certain countries with a sizeable Episcopal community, one far too frequently encounters priests who have left the Catholic Church to join the Church of Englandoften in order to get married while still remaining in some sort of ministryand who...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 29, 2014]

    03/29/2014 1:26:19 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Our Lord’s Surprise Visits " You also be ready . . . —Luke 12:40 " A Christian worker’s greatest need is a readiness to face Jesus Christ at any and every turn. This is not easy, no matter what our experience has been. This battle is not against sin, difficulties, or circumstances, but against being so absorbed in our service to Jesus Christ that we are not ready to face Jesus Himself at every turn. The greatest need is not facing our beliefs or doctrines, or even facing the question of whether or not we are of any use...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 28, 2014]

    03/28/2014 5:27:30 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Isn’t There Some Misunderstanding? "’Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to Him, ’. . . are You going there again?’" —John 11:7-8 Just because I don’t understand what Jesus Christ says, I have no right to determine that He must be mistaken in what He says. That is a dangerous view, and it is never right to think that my obedience to God’s directive will bring dishonor to Jesus. The only thing that will bring dishonor is not obeying Him. To put my view of His honor ahead of what He is plainly guiding me to...
  • Religion Means Nothing if You're Still a Jerk

    03/28/2014 5:22:50 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 12 replies
    YouTube (3:23) ^ | 28 Mar 2014 | offTheLeftEye
    "A life of religious devotion without kindness is not a spiritual life." -Emanuel Swedenborg This video expands on Swedenborg's assertions about what's at the root of organized religion's problems. Lyrics: Peace, please believe, that there's a lot of human need And a lot of hungry bellies that could do without human greed And a lot of people packing churches looking for a seed hoping for a higher love to patch up where we all bleed they're there to learn, it's a perfect opportunity to say hey we're all God's children and pump love and aid into the community but what...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 27, 2014]

    03/27/2014 4:55:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Spiritual Vision Through Personal Purity (2) " Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place . . . —Revelation 4:1 " A higher state of mind and spiritual vision can only be achieved through the higher practice of personal character. If you live up to the highest and best that you know in the outer level of your life, God will continually say to you, “Friend, come up even higher.” There is also a continuing rule in temptation which calls you to go higher; but when you do, you only encounter other temptations and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 26, 2014]

    03/26/2014 5:17:37 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Spiritual Vision Through Personal Purity (1) " Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God —Matthew 5:8 " Purity is not innocence— it is much more than that. Purity is the result of continued spiritual harmony with God. We have to grow in purity. Our life with God may be right and our inner purity unblemished, yet occasionally our outer life may become spotted and stained. God intentionally does not protect us from this possibility, because this is the way we recognize the necessity of maintaining our spiritual vision through personal purity. If the outer level...
  • Yakutsk Mayor Urges to Return an Island Near Alaska to the Russian Church

    03/26/2014 5:51:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/26/14
    Moscow, March 26, Interfax - Head of Yakutsk, Aisen Nikolayev speaks for giving back to the Russian Church Spruse Island not far from Alaska. He sent a corresponding address to Russian President Vladimir Putin, heads of both chambers of the Russian Parliament and to the Foreign Ministry, the Izvestia daily writes on Wednesday. "I stand for restoring historical justice - returning of Spruse Island to its legal owners that is the Russian Orthodox Church," Nikolayev said. According to him, the Church has undisputable rights on the island in compliance with the agreement on selling territories of Russian America to the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 25, 2014]

    03/25/2014 6:39:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Maintaining the Proper Relationship " . . . the friend of the bridegroom . . . —John 3:29 " Goodness and purity should never be traits that draw attention to themselves, but should simply be magnets that draw people to Jesus Christ. If my holiness is not drawing others to Him, it is not the right kind of holiness; it is only an influence which awakens undue emotions and evil desires in people and diverts them from heading in the right direction. A person who is a beautiful saint can be a hindrance in leading people to the Lord...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 24, 2014]

    03/24/2014 3:57:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Decreasing for His Purpose "He must increase, but I must decrease" —John 3:30 If you become a necessity to someone else’s life, you are out of God’s will. As a servant, your primary responsibility is to be a “friend of the bridegroom” (John 3:29). When you see a person who is close to grasping the claims of Jesus Christ, you know that your influence has been used in the right direction. And when you begin to see that person in the middle of a difficult and painful struggle, don’t try to prevent it, but pray that his difficulty will...
  • Vanity, Just a question to Catholic Freepers (Non Catholics feel free to respond as well).

    03/24/2014 10:59:55 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 402 replies
    3/24/2014 | JSDude1
    Just curious, but I (as a non-Catholic Christian) just want to ask any Catholic friends on here, if you at times personally (or even in a Mass/Church setting) ever use ANY Protestant made media that glorify Jesus (and by extension his apostles and the Old Testament saints)? Do you ever listen to "Christian" music that was created by evangelical Christians, and played on such radio networks suck as K-LOVE, or ever read/watch any sermons by evangelists/pastors such as Bill Graham (and family), John Piper, etc.. Do you ever use Protestant produced Bible-studies? I know that for myself, I HAVE Obviously...
  • Contemplative Practices Gaining with Youth, Young Adults

    03/24/2014 8:49:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Youth are pulled in infinite directions simultaneously and have vast quantities of information at their disposal. Silence can be a rare and exotic experience. Some contemplative spiritual practices may be as old as Christianity itself, but they are increasingly attracting younger generations hungry for alternatives to contemporary, flashy worship. Case in point: portions of an international Taiz pilgrimage hosted by First Baptist Church of Austin, Texas, this weekend are open only to 18-35 year olds. Thats because Millennials and even teens are known to be drawn to worship forms that emphasize quiet and mystery precisely the opposite of what...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 23, 2014]

    03/23/2014 2:13:01 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Am I Carnally Minded? "Where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal . . . ?" —1 Corinthians 3:3 The natural man, or unbeliever, knows nothing about carnality. The desires of the flesh warring against the Spirit, and the Spirit warring against the flesh, which began at rebirth, are what produce carnality and the awareness of it. But Paul said, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). In other words, carnality will disappear.Are you quarrelsome and easily upset over small things? Do you think that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 22, 2014]

    03/22/2014 6:42:28 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Burning Heart " Did not our heart burn within us . . . ? —Luke 24:32 " We need to learn this secret of the burning heart. Suddenly Jesus appears to us, fires are set ablaze, and we are given wonderful visions; but then we must learn to maintain the secret of the burning heart— a heart that can go through anything. It is the simple, dreary day, with its commonplace duties and people, that smothers the burning heart— unless we have learned the secret of abiding in Jesus.Much of the distress we experience as Christians comes not...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 21, 2014]

    03/21/2014 4:34:04 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Identified or Simply Interested? " I have been crucified with Christ . . . —Galatians 2:20 " The inescapable spiritual need each of us has is the need to sign the death certificate of our sin nature. I must take my emotional opinions and intellectual beliefs and be willing to turn them into a moral verdict against the nature of sin; that is, against any claim I have to my right to myself. Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ . . . .” He did not say, “I have made a determination to imitate Jesus Christ,” or,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 20, 2014]

    03/20/2014 5:17:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Friendship with God " Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing . . . ? —Genesis 18:17 " The Delights of His Friendship. Genesis 18 brings out the delight of true friendship with God, as compared with simply feeling His presence occasionally in prayer. This friendship means being so intimately in touch with God that you never even need to ask Him to show you His will. It is evidence of a level of intimacy which confirms that you are nearing the final stage of your discipline in the life of faith. When you have a right-standing...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 19, 2014]

    03/19/2014 3:50:37 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Abraham’s Life of Faith " He went out, not knowing where he was going —Hebrews 11:8 " In the Old Testament, a person’s relationship with God was seen by the degree of separation in that person’s life. This separation is exhibited in the life of Abraham by his separation from his country and his family. When we think of separation today, we do not mean to be literally separated from those family members who do not have a personal relationship with God, but to be separated mentally and morally from their viewpoints. This is what Jesus Christ was referring...
  • Divorce and Remarriage, Oikonomia, and the peril of following the Greeks

    03/19/2014 6:35:01 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 16 replies
    Father Dylan's Sermons ^ | 03/17/14 | Fr. Dylan James
    Monday, 17 February 2014 Divorce and Remarriage, Oikonomia, and the peril of following the Greeks The following is a summary of two lectures presented by Rev Dr Dylan James at the Faith Symposium 2014 Recent media reports have focused on the long-standing pastoral problem of Catholics who are divorced and remarried. Christ taught that those who divorce and remarry commit adultery (Mk 10:11) and the Church consequently notes that such a serious breach of the moral law bars them from receiving Holy Communion. As Pope Bl. John Paul II said, "their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 18, 2014]

    03/18/2014 4:15:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Will I Bring Myself Up to This Level? ". . . perfecting holiness in the fear of God" —2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises. . . .” I claim God’s promises for my life and look to their fulfillment, and rightly so, but that shows only the human perspective on them. God’s perspective is that through His promises I will come to recognize His claim of ownership on me. For example, do I realize that my “body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,” or am I condoning some habit in my body which clearly could not withstand...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 17, 2014]

    03/17/2014 3:57:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Servant’s Primary Goal " We make it our aim . . . to be well pleasing to Him —2 Corinthians 5:9 " We make it our aim. . . .” It requires a conscious decision and effort to keep our primary goal constantly in front of us. It means holding ourselves to the highest priority year in and year out; not making our first priority to win souls, or to establish churches, or to have revivals, but seeking only “to be well pleasing to Him.” It is not a lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 16, 2014]

    03/16/2014 2:25:25 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Master Will Judge "We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ . . . " —2 Corinthians 5:10 Paul says that we must all, preachers and other people alike, “appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” But if you will learn here and now to live under the scrutiny of Christ’s pure light, your final judgment will bring you only delight in seeing the work God has done in you. Live constantly reminding yourself of the judgment seat of Christ, and walk in the knowledge of the holiness He has given you. Tolerating a wrong attitude...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 15, 2014]

    03/15/2014 6:17:55 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Discipline of Dismay "As they followed they were afraid" —Mark 10:32 At the beginning of our life with Jesus Christ, we were sure we knew all there was to know about following Him. It was a delight to forsake everything else and to throw ourselves before Him in a fearless statement of love. But now we are not quite so sure. Jesus is far ahead of us and is beginning to seem different and unfamiliar— “Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed” (Mark 10:32).There is an aspect of Jesus that chills even a disciple’s heart to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 14, 2014]

    03/14/2014 3:20:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Yielding " . . . you are that one’s slaves whom you obey . . . —Romans 6:16 " The first thing I must be willing to admit when I begin to examine what controls and dominates me is that I am the one responsible for having yielded myself to whatever it may be. If I am a slave to myself, I am to blame because somewhere in the past I yielded to myself. Likewise, if I obey God I do so because at some point in my life I yielded myself to Him.If a child gives in to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 13, 2014]

    03/13/2014 4:55:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Gods Total Surrender to Us "For God so loved the world that He gave . . ." John 3:16 Salvation does not mean merely deliverance from sin or the experience of personal holiness. The salvation which comes from God means being completely delivered from myself, and being placed into perfect union with Him. When I think of my salvation experience, I think of being delivered from sin and gaining personal holiness. But salvation is so much more! It means that the Spirit of God has brought me into intimate contact with the true Person of God Himself. And as...
  • Russian Orthodox Hymns to Sound in Notre-Dame de Paris

    03/13/2014 12:38:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/13/14
    Moscow, March 13, Interfax - The Korsun Diocese of the Russian Church reached an agreement with Notre-Dame de Paris on conducting Orthodox prayer services each Friday of the Great Lent. The acathist to the Mother of God will be read before the Icon of the Mother of God of Vladimir conveyed to the cathedral by Patriarch Alexy II to commemorate his visit to Notre-Dame de Paris in 2007. Orthodox prayer service will anticipate the ceremony of venerating to the Saviour's Crown of Thorns kept in the church for many centuries, the official site of the Korsun Diocese reports.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 12, 2014]

    03/12/2014 5:54:28 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Total Surrender "Peter began to say to Him, ’See, we have left all and followed You’" —Mark 10:28 Our Lord replies to this statement of Peter by saying that this surrender is “for My sake and the gospel’s” (10:29). It was not for the purpose of what the disciples themselves would get out of it. Beware of surrender that is motivated by personal benefits that may result. For example, “I’m going to give myself to God because I want to be delivered from sin, because I want to be made holy.” Being delivered from sin and being made holy...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 11, 2014]

    03/11/2014 5:17:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Obedience to the “Heavenly Vision” " I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision —Acts 26:19 " If we lose “the heavenly vision” God has given us, we alone are responsible— not God. We lose the vision because of our own lack of spiritual growth. If we do not apply our beliefs about God to the issues of everyday life, the vision God has given us will never be fulfilled. The only way to be obedient to “the heavenly vision” is to give our utmost for His highest— our best for His glory. This can be accomplished only when...
  • Swedish Megachurch Pastor Converts to Catholicism (actual video from Sunday's service)

    03/11/2014 6:42:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | March 10, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    Ulf Ekman The pastor of Sweden’s largest non-denominational megachurch shocked Christians in his own community and around the world this weekend, by announcing that he is entering the Roman Catholic Church.* * * * *Several times in the last month, I wrote about bold initiatives in ecumenism, most notably the exchange of greetings and blessings between Pope Francis and evangelical pastor Kenneth Copeland, brokered by Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer. Perhaps I spoke too soon, though—for this latest surprise is just as remarkable in the Christian world, once again pointing toward a quest for unity which would have seemed impossible just...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 10, 2014]

    03/10/2014 4:29:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Being an Example of His Message " Preach the word! " —2 Timothy 4:2 We are not saved only to be instruments for God, but to be His sons and daughters. He does not turn us into spiritual agents but into spiritual messengers, and the message must be a part of us. The Son of God was His own message— “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). As His disciples, our lives must be a holy example of the reality of our message. Even the natural heart of the unsaved will...
  • Temptation: Satan Will Do All He Can To Seperate Us From The Love Of Christ

    03/09/2014 4:40:34 PM PDT · by franky8 · 9 replies
    Posted: 08 Mar 2014 02:09 PM PST | Fr. James Farfaglia
    Satans Greatest Victory: He Has Convinced The World That He Does Not Exist Fr. James Farfaglia - A Christian magazine once surveyed their subscribers regarding the areas of their greatest spiritual challenges. The results showed that their greatest temptation was materialism. After materialism, followed pride, self-centeredness, laziness, anger, lust, envy, gluttony and finally lying. The survey respondents noted temptations were frequent and more forceful when they had neglected their time with God and when they were physically tired. They stated that the ability to resist temptation was made easier by a strong spiritual life, avoiding compromising situations and being accountable...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 9, 2014]

    03/09/2014 5:17:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Turning Back or Walking with Jesus? "Do you also want to go away?" —John 6:67 What a penetrating question! Our Lord’s words often hit home for us when He speaks in the simplest way. In spite of the fact that we know who Jesus is, He asks, “Do you also want to go away?” We must continually maintain an adventurous attitude toward Him, despite any potential personal risk.“From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more” (John 6:66). They turned back from walking with Jesus; not into sin, but away from Him. Many...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 8, 2014]

    03/08/2014 4:23:20 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Surrendered Life "I have been crucified with Christ . . ." Galatians 2:20 To become one with Jesus Christ, a person must be willing not only to give up sin, but also to surrender his whole way of looking at things. Being born again by the Spirit of God means that we must first be willing to let go before we can grasp something else. The first thing we must surrender is all of our pretense or deceit. What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not our goodness, honesty, or our efforts to do better,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 7, 2014]

    03/07/2014 6:52:51 PM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Source of Abundant Joy "In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" —Romans 8:37 Paul was speaking here of the things that might seem likely to separate a saint from the love of God. But the remarkable thing is that nothing can come between the love of God and a saint. The things Paul mentioned in this passage can and do disrupt the close fellowship of our soul with God and separate our natural life from Him. But none of them is able to come between the love of God and the...