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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 27, 2014]

    11/27/2014 7:20:38 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Consecration of Spiritual Power " …by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. —Galatians 6:14 " If I dwell on the Cross of Christ, I do not simply become inwardly devout and solely interested in my own holiness— I become strongly focused on Jesus Christ’s interests. Our Lord was not a recluse nor a fanatical holy man practicing self-denial. He did not physically cut Himself off from society, but He was inwardly disconnected all the time. He was not aloof, but He lived in another world. In fact, He was so much...
  • Pope Francis to General Audience: "We will all meet in Heaven"

    11/26/2014 11:10:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 74 replies ^ | November 26, 2014 | RomeReports
    It was a damp, cold morning in Rome. Many umbrellas and brightly colored ponchos could be seen as the popemobile circled around St. Peter's Square. Before beginning his catechesis, the Pope gave an encouraging word to the pilgrims. POPE FRANCIS "It's kind of an ugly day, huh? But you are courageous. Congratulations! Pope Francis explained that the Church is on a path towards the Kingdom of Heaven, a seed that has been in the Earth. He also said that after death, Christians will come face to face with God. POPE FRANCIS "It is beautiful to think of this, to think...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 26, 2014]

    11/26/2014 9:59:55 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Focal Point of Spiritual Power " …except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… —Galatians 6:14 " If you want to know the power of God (that is, the resurrection life of Jesus) in your human flesh, you must dwell on the tragedy of God. Break away from your personal concern over your own spiritual condition, and with a completely open spirit consider the tragedy of God. Instantly the power of God will be in you. “Look to Me…” (Isaiah 45:22). Pay attention to the external Source and the internal power will be there. We lose power...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 25, 2014]

    11/25/2014 2:22:59 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Secret of Spiritual Consistency " God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… —Galatians 6:14 " When a person is newly born again, he seems inconsistent due to his unrelated emotions and the state of the external things or circumstances in his life. The apostle Paul had a strong and steady underlying consistency in his life. Consequently, he could let his external life change without internal distress because he was rooted and grounded in God. Most of us are not consistent spiritually because we are more concerned about being consistent externally....
  • Vatican Humanum Conference Erases LGBT People With Trite Gender Norms (Gay Lobby disappointed)

    11/25/2014 8:26:36 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies
    Schnizzle Newsblog ^ | November 19, 2014 | Zack Ford
    This week, the Vatican has hosted an international colloquium called Humanum dedicated to the complementarity of man and woman and the importance of marriage. Not just limited to Catholics, the conference has included people from many different faiths, including a litany of the United States anti-LGBT conservatives. The messages of Humanum have sounded mostly like excerpts from Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, asserting various archaic gender stereotypes as evidence that men and women are uniquely designed to be together and that no other relationship should ever be considered a marriage. For example, Russell Moore, media-savvy...
  • Romans Chapter 13:1-7 (Vanity)

    11/25/2014 6:34:19 AM PST · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) ^ | November 25, 2014 |
    In light of what has happened last night in Ferguson, this passage of scripture came to mind: Romans 13:1-7 "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive its approval; 4 for it...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 24, 2014]

    11/24/2014 5:11:54 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Direction of Focus " Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…, so our eyes look to the Lord our God… —Psalm 123:2 " This verse is a description of total reliance on God. Just as the eyes of a servant are riveted on his master, our eyes should be directed to and focused on God. This is how knowledge of His countenance is gained and how God reveals Himself to us (see Isaiah 53:1). Our spiritual strength begins to be drained when we stop lifting our eyes to Him. Our stamina is sapped,...
  • Rick Warren at the Vatican: "Were More Effective and Better Together Than We Are Apart"

    11/24/2014 6:13:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 97 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/24/14 | Diane Montagna
    Saddleback Church founder speaks at Vatican-hosted Humanum Colloquium.Pastor Rick Warren, Founder and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Churchan evangelical megachurch located in Lake Forest, Californiawas among the featured presenters at last week's Vatican-hosted Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman. Also known as the Humanum Colloquium, the conference gathered leaders and scholars from various Christian and non-Christian religions across the globe November 17-19 to examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between man and woman in marriage. Warren, one of the most prominent evangelical leaders in the world, is perhaps most widely known as the author of the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 23, 2014]

    11/23/2014 1:41:09 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Distraction of Contempt " Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. —Psalm 123:3 " What we must beware of is not damage to our belief in God but damage to our Christian disposition or state of mind. “Take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously” (Malachi 2:16). Our state of mind is powerful in its effects. It can be the enemy that penetrates right into our soul and distracts our mind from God. There are certain attitudes we should never dare to indulge. If we...
  • 8 Things You Didnt Know About the Feast of Christ the King

    11/23/2014 9:31:46 AM PST · by millegan · 3 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    On the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar, today is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, more commonly known as the Feast of Christ the King. The last Sunday of the liturgical year (next week is Advent!), this feast reminds us that whatever earth powers may do or ask of us, Christ is the true king that should reign in our hearts. Here are 8 things about this awesome feast you may not have known:
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 22, 2014]

    11/22/2014 3:04:40 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Shallow and Profound " Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. —1 Corinthians 10:31 " Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound. We sometimes refuse to be shallow, not out of our deep devotion to God but because we wish to impress other people with the fact that we are not shallow. This is a sure sign of spiritual pride. We must be careful, for this is how contempt...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 21, 2014]

    11/21/2014 2:00:28 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    “It is Finished!” " I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. —John 17:4 " The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might have been prevented. His death was the very reason He came.Never build your case for forgiveness on the idea that God is our Father and He will forgive us because He loves us. That contradicts the revealed truth of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 20, 2014]

    11/20/2014 5:02:44 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Forgiveness of God " In Him we havethe forgiveness of sins Ephesians 1:7 " Beware of the pleasant view of the fatherhood of God: God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That thought, based solely on emotion, cannot be found anywhere in the New Testament. The only basis on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ. To base our forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can forgive our sin and reinstate us to His favor is through...
  • Conservatives defend Pope Francis (Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, Card. Chaput)

    11/20/2014 2:42:16 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 53 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | November 20, 2014 | Ins San Martn
    Princeton University law professor Robert P. George ROME So far, Pope Francis most significant internal opposition has come from conservative Catholics alarmed over what they see as playing fast-and-loose with Catholic doctrine. This week, however, an all-star lineup of conservatives gathered in Rome has come to the popes defense. I am a conservative politically, said Princeton University law professor Robert P. George, considered one of Americas most prominent Catholic commentators. But Im a Pope Francis Catholic, which is simply to say that Im a Catholic. Harvard law professor and former US Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 19, 2014]

    11/19/2014 2:08:58 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “When He Has Come” " When He has come, He will convict the world of sin… —John 16:8 " Very few of us know anything about conviction of sin. We know the experience of being disturbed because we have done wrong things. But conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit blots out every relationship on earth and makes us aware of only one— “Against You, You only, have I sinned…” (Psalm 51:4). When a person is convicted of sin in this way, he knows with every bit of his conscience that God would not dare to forgive him. If...
  • High Fivin' the Pope (James Robison: We have much in common )

    11/19/2014 12:20:09 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 68 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 9, 2014 | David Mills
    He is probably known among Catholics almost entirely as the man who last July gave the Holy Father a high five. I happened to meet the Evangelical evangelist James Robison recently at a gathering to discuss a common project, and was surprised when he said, to a group mixing conservative Evangelicals and Catholics (two of us converts), Ive met the pope. I love that man. The high five, which left some Catholics I know muttering, he explained in the Huffington Post a few days afterward. At a three-hour meeting at the Vatican, Francis listened to several Evangelical leaders talk...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 18, 2014]

    11/18/2014 3:55:07 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Winning into Freedom " If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. —John 8:36 " If there is even a trace of individual self-satisfaction left in us, it always says, “I can’t surrender,” or “I can’t be free.” But the spiritual part of our being never says “I can’t”; it simply soaks up everything around it. Our spirit hungers for more and more. It is the way we are built. We are designed with a great capacity for God, but sin, our own individuality, and wrong thinking keep us from getting to Him. God delivers us...
  • Reza Aslan Tells Christians That Gospels Are "Replete With Historical Errors"

    11/18/2014 11:38:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies ^ | November 18, 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Reza Aslanno relation to CS Lewis lion of the same namehas made a career out of reinterpreting and often trying to debunk Christian beliefs. Now Salon reports that Aslan has taken to attacking the New Testament, notably the historicity of the four gospels.
  • Woman Who Proclaimed Jesus During Islamic Prayer Service at National Cathedral: I Love Muslims

    11/18/2014 7:54:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/18/2014 | Alex Murashko
    Christine Weick, the Christian woman who snuck into the invitation-only Islamic prayer service last Friday afternoon at the Washington National Cathedral, said that although she interrupted the service to proclaim the name of Jesus and tell worshippers inside to stay away from U.S. churches, she loves Muslims. "God has a love for them. He does, 'God so loved the world.' That includes Muslims. I have a love for them. They are a beautiful people. Most of them are very kind," Weick, 50, told The Christian Post Sunday. The service held inside the Episcopal church was meant to promote interfaith prayer...
  • From Jesuit to Jesus

    11/18/2014 5:19:32 AM PST · by Gamecock · 91 replies
    I began my Catholic journey in a little country town in northern California in the U.S.A. The town was so small that we did not have Mass every Sunday, but a priest used to come once a month if he possibly could to hold Mass in a big public hall. I have both an older and a younger brother. My father had been trained at the University of Santa Clara. As a result, my parents thought it would be a good idea for us to attend a Catholic boarding school. The Jesuits ran the school and I was a student...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 17, 2014]

    11/17/2014 3:46:57 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Eternal Goal " By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing…I will bless you… —Genesis 22:16-17 " Abraham, at this point, has reached where he is in touch with the very nature of God. He now understands the reality of God.My goal is God Himself… At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.“At any cost…by any road” means submitting to God’s way of bringing us to the goal.There is no possibility of questioning God when He speaks, if He speaks to His own nature in me. Prompt obedience is the only result....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 16, 2014]

    11/16/2014 1:42:02 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Still Human! " …whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. —1 Corinthians 10:31 " In the Scriptures, the great miracle of the incarnation slips into the ordinary life of a child; the great miracle of the transfiguration fades into the demon-possessed valley below; the glory of the resurrection descends into a breakfast on the seashore. This is not an anticlimax, but a great revelation of God.We have a tendency to look for wonder in our experience, and we mistake heroic actions for real heroes. It’s one thing to go through a crisis grandly, yet quite another...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 15, 2014]

    11/15/2014 2:52:04 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “What Is That to You?” " Peter…said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "…what is that to you? You follow Me." —John 21:21-22 " One of the hardest lessons to learn comes from our stubborn refusal to refrain from interfering in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God’s plan for others. You see someone suffering and say, “He will not suffer, and I will make sure that he doesn’t.” You put your hand right in front of God’s...
  • Pope Francis to Build Showers for Homeless in St. Peters Square

    11/15/2014 8:58:31 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 20 replies
    Sojourners ^ | 11/13/2014 | Josephine McKenna
    In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor and upend the expectations of the papacy Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peters Square. A homeless man sits close to where the showers are going to be built in St. Peters square. Photo via Josephine McKenna/RNS Related Reading VIDEO: Our Neighbors in the Pews by The Editors Left Behind by John A. Zukowski Compassion in the Stacks by Brittany Shoot Forty Shades of Green by Sean McDonagh The Rich Get Richer by Julie Polter Three showers...
  • Worship Only Jesus Christ': Woman Ejected From Muslim Prayer Gathering at National Cathedral

    11/15/2014 6:04:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 258 replies
    Christian News ^ | 11/14/14 | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON A woman who proclaimed the name of Jesus Christ during the first-ever Islamic Jumaa prayer gathering at Washingtons National Cathedral was ejected from the building on Friday. Jesus Christ died on that cross over there, the unidentified woman declared as she stood in the front of the room. He is the reason why we are to worship only Him. Jesus Christ is our lord and savior! A man nearby immediately approached her and attempted to reach for her arm, but she pulled away. We have built, and allowed you here in mosques across this country, she continued. Why...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 14, 2014]

    11/14/2014 3:32:24 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Discovering Divine Design " As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me… —Genesis 24:27 " We should be so one with God that we don’t need to ask continually for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made the children of God. A child’s life is normally obedient, until he chooses disobedience. But as soon as he chooses to disobey, an inherent inner conflict is produced. On the spiritual level, inner conflict is the warning of the Spirit of God. When He warns us in this way, we must stop at once and be renewed in the...
  • Where Fundamentalists Are Right: 5 Things Catholics Need to Take Seriously Again

    11/14/2014 1:01:10 PM PST · by millegan · 238 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Brantly Millegan
    The term fundamentalist is a pejorative term today, used to label someone the speaker believes is an irrational religious extremist of some kind. But a hundred years ago, the term was taken as a badge of honor by theologically conservative Protestants to distinguish themselves from liberal Protestantism. While liberal Protestants in mainline denominations were denying basic Christian teachings like the authority of the Bible and the bodily resurrection of Jesus, conservative Protestants called for going back to the fundamentals of the faith hence the term. There are obviously a lot of issues on which Catholics and fundamentalists disagree, but...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 13, 2014]

    11/13/2014 4:08:40 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Faith or Experience? " …the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. —Galatians 2:20 " We should battle through our moods, feelings, and emotions into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus. We must break out of our own little world of experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think who the New Testament says Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meagerness of the miserable faith we exhibit by saying, “I haven’t had this experience or that experience”! Think what faith in Jesus Christ claims and provides— He can present us faultless before the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 12, 2014]

    11/12/2014 2:48:08 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Changed Life " If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. —2 Corinthians 5:17 " What understanding do you have of the salvation of your soul? The work of salvation means that in your real life things are dramatically changed. You no longer look at things in the same way. Your desires are new and the old things have lost their power to attract you. One of the tests for determining if the work of salvation in your life is genuine is— has God changed...
  • One-in-five share faith online, opening door to face-to-face evangelism

    11/12/2014 12:32:14 PM PST · by DNewsNatl · 34 replies
    One out of every five Americans shares something about their faith online, the Pew Research Center reported this week, and 46 percent of Americans saw a faith-related posting online. While sharing a Bible verse or religious image isn't the same as walking up to a stranger and offering a religious tract, several evangelical observers point out that the more common sharing of faith online can lead to more serious conversations.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 11, 2014]

    11/11/2014 5:01:24 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Supreme Climb " He said, "Take now your son…" —Genesis 22:2 " God’s command is, “Take now,” not later. It is incredible how we debate! We know something is right, but we try to find excuses for not doing it immediately. If we are to climb to the height God reveals, it can never be done later— it must be done now. And the sacrifice must be worked through our will before we actually perform it.“So Abraham rose early in the morning…and went to the place of which God had told him” (Genesis 22:3). Oh, the wonderful simplicity...
  • 16 Memes that Explain What Christians REALLY Do

    11/11/2014 8:39:41 AM PST · by millegan · 8 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    The What People Think I Do / What I Really Do meme is a clever way of poking fun at stereotypes vs. reality. Weve assembled some of the best related to Christianity from around the web. Enjoy!
  • Bizarre Silence on Muslim Persecution from a Very Talkative Rome

    11/10/2014 5:35:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 9, 2014 | Antonio Socci
    Shahzad Masih was 28 years old and his wife, Shama, 25, two young Catholics with four children. She was pregnant with the fifth. She was working in a job in a brick making factory known for exploiting its workers, whose owner, a Muslim, had already brutally beat her. She worked in Kasur, near Lahore, in that Pakistan where Christians are considered as trash. Last November 4th the two young people were falsely accused of having profaned pages of the Koran. They were tortured for two days, lynched by a furious mob and at the end thrown into an oven and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 10, 2014]

    11/10/2014 4:28:32 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Fellowship in the Gospel " …fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ… —1 Thessalonians 3:2 " After sanctification, it is difficult to state what your purpose in life is, because God has moved you into His purpose through the Holy Spirit. He is using you now for His purposes throughout the world as He used His Son for the purpose of our salvation. If you seek great things for yourself, thinking, “God has called me for this and for that,” you barricade God from using you. As long as you maintain your own personal interests and ambitions, you cannot...
  • The Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox: May the Churches Unify the Dates for the Easter Celebration

    11/10/2014 6:15:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 11/10/14
    Vienna (Agenzia Fides) - A new appeal to all Christian Churches so that they celebrate the solemnity of Easter on the same date has been launched by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, Tawadros II. According to what Agenzia Fides learns, the Primate of the Christian Church, which is numerically higher among those present in Arab Countries, relaunched the issue yesterday, Sunday, November 9, during his speech in Vienna to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Pro-East Foundation. The body was in fact founded in 1964 by Austrian Cardinal Franz Koenig as a tool to facilitate full communion between the Catholic and...
  • A Vatican Mulligan? (CDF's "Humanum" Conf. to reaffirm traditional man-woman marriage)

    11/09/2014 11:39:40 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 07, 2014 | John Paul Shimek
    The logo for the "Humanum" conference, to be held held November 17-19 at the Vatican’s Pope Paul VI Hall. (Photo: In golf, a “do-over” is a called a “mulligan”. At the Vatican, might it be called a “post-synodal conference”? October’s Synod on the Family proved disappointing to many. Fraught with controversy and confusion, some believe church leadership missed an opportunity to propose clear and effective doctrine. Reportedly, bishops raised their voices. One pounded his fist on his desk in disgust. But a year out from next fall’s summit, some Vatican leaders are already trying to retake important ground,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 9, 2014]

    11/09/2014 4:39:52 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Sacred Service " I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ… —Colossians 1:24 " The Christian worker has to be a sacred “go-between.” He must be so closely identified with his Lord and the reality of His redemption that Christ can continually bring His creating life through him. I am not referring to the strength of one individual’s personality being superimposed on another, but the real presence of Christ coming through every aspect of the worker’s life. When we preach the historical facts of the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 8, 2014]

    11/08/2014 4:12:29 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Unrivaled Power of Prayer " We do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. —Romans 8:26 " We realize that we are energized by the Holy Spirit for prayer; and we know what it is to pray in accordance with the Spirit; but we don’t often realize that the Holy Spirit Himself prays prayers in us which we cannot utter ourselves. When we are born again of God and are indwelt by the Spirit of God, He expresses for us the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 7, 2014]

    11/07/2014 3:16:36 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Undetected Sacredness of Circumstances " We know that all things work together for good to those who love God… —Romans 8:28 " The circumstances of a saint’s life are ordained of God. In the life of a saint there is no such thing as chance. God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you can’t understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands. God brings you to places, among people, and into certain conditions to accomplish a definite purpose through the intercession of the Spirit in you. Never put yourself in front of your circumstances and...
  • Prosperity Preaching Is Not Christian (Osteen)

    11/05/2014 5:18:11 PM PST · by Gamecock · 147 replies
    DFW Catholic ^ | 11.5.2014 | Vincent Ryan Ruggiero
    Pastor Joel Osteens TV ad announcing his new show on Sirius Radio begins with the promise, We can have victory every single day. Next come scenes of his pastoral team on stage during a church service, followed by a long shot of the congregation that looks as if it was filmed in the Super Bowl with every seat filled. (He reportedly has the largest congregation in the United States.) Finally, he comes back on screen and declares to the audience, There is a power in you greater than any power that comes against you.After seeing the ad for about the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 6, 2014]

    11/06/2014 5:15:49 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Intimate Theology " Do you believe this? —John 11:26 " Martha believed in the power available to Jesus Christ; she believed that if He had been there He could have healed her brother; she also believed that Jesus had a special intimacy with God, and that whatever He asked of God, God would do. But— she needed a closer personal intimacy with Jesus. Martha’s theology had its fulfillment in the future. But Jesus continued to attract and draw her in until her belief became an intimate possession. It then slowly emerged into a personal inheritance— “Yes, Lord, I believe...
  • To Pope Francis: A New Era in Evangelical and Roman Catholic Relations

    11/06/2014 1:43:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/6/14 | Geoff Tunnicliffe
    Pope Francis and distinguished representatives of the Roman Catholic Church: On behalf of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and the 600 million people we represent around the globe, I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are grateful for this meeting, for the time and freedom to discuss together issues that deeply concern us all. It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the fact that many Christians do not enjoy such liberty, that many suffer from fear, torture and other forms of violence. For their sake and for the sake of the Gospel, we...
  • There are more Christians in America than you think

    11/06/2014 11:05:02 AM PST · by DNewsNatl · 36 replies
    According to a Global Survey from Ipsos MORI, Americans think 56 percent of the country is Christian, when it is actually closer to 78 percent, and 15 percent of the country is Muslim, when its really just 1 percent.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 5, 2014]

    11/05/2014 4:07:04 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Partakers of His Suffering " …but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings… —1 Peter 4:13 " If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others. Because of this process, you will never be surprised by what comes your way. You say, “Oh, I can’t deal with that person.” Why can’t you? God gave...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 4, 2014]

    11/04/2014 3:57:12 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Authority of Truth " Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. —James 4:8 " It is essential that you give people the opportunity to act on the truth of God. The responsibility must be left with the individual— you cannot act for him. It must be his own deliberate act, but the evangelical message should always lead him to action. Refusing to act leaves a person paralyzed, exactly where he was previously. But once he acts, he is never the same. It is the apparent folly of the truth that stands in the way...
  • Pope Francis Wants To Know What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage

    11/04/2014 1:26:15 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 50 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 11/3/2014 | Morgan Lee
    <p>Even Southern Baptists know not to turn down an invitation from the Pope.</p> <p>Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church, and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, will meet Pope Francis and offer an evangelical Protestant perspective as part of a Vatican colloquium on marriage and family held this November 17-19.</p>
  • Pope Francis Defends the Family: What Is Being Proposed Is Not Marriage

    11/03/2014 4:34:37 PM PST · by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It · 19 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/27/2014 | ELISE HARRIS
    He regretted that there are so many new forms of unions which are totally destructive and limiting the greatness of the love of marriage. Noting that there are many who cohabitate, or are separated or divorced, he explained that the key to helping is a pastoral care of close combat that assists and patiently accompanies the couple. Witness is key to spreading the Gospel, he said, explaining that true witness means living in such a way that the will to live as we live is born in the heart of othersLiving in a way (so that) others are interested and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 3, 2014]

    11/03/2014 3:38:31 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    A Bondservant of Jesus " I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me… —Galatians 2:20 " These words mean the breaking and collapse of my independence brought about by my own hands, and the surrendering of my life to the supremacy of the Lord Jesus. No one can do this for me, I must do it myself. God may bring me up to this point three hundred and sixty-five times a year, but He cannot push me through it. It means breaking the hard outer layer of my individual...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 2, 2014]

    11/02/2014 5:51:24 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Obedience or Independence? " If you love Me, keep My commandments. —John 14:15 " Our Lord never insists on obedience. He stresses very definitely what we ought to do, but He never forces us to do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit with Him. That is why whenever our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an “If,” meaning, “You do not need to do this unless you desire to do so.” “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself…” (Luke 9:23). In other words, “To be My disciple,...
  • The Dialogue Delusion (Dialogue is not a solution to the "Muslim problem", Christ is)

    11/02/2014 5:26:06 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies ^ | August 1, 2014 | Andrew Bieszad
    Ill never forget my first day of graduate school. It was in the fall of 2007, and I had beeen accepted to Hartford Seminarys Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations program. It was familiar territory for me, as I had attended Hartford Seminary for the past two years as an undergraduate to study the Arabic language for my degree in Religious Studies. I knew many of the professors, if not personally, at least by name and face. My experiences, which I wrote about in an article published via the National Association of Scholars Journal, include the following event from my first...