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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 30, 2012]

    08/30/2012 4:44:29 AM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Usefulness or Relationship? "Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven" —Luke 10:20 Jesus Christ is saying here, “Don’t rejoice in your successful service for Me, but rejoice because of your right relationship with Me.” The trap you may fall into in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service— rejoicing in the fact that God has used you. Yet you will never be able to measure fully what God will do through you if you have a right-standing relationship with Jesus Christ. If you...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 29, 2012]

    08/29/2012 4:30:49 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Unsurpassed Intimacy of Tested Faith "Jesus said to her, ’Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’ " —John 11:40 Every time you venture out in your life of faith, you will find something in your circumstances that, from a commonsense standpoint, will flatly contradict your faith. But common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense. In fact, they are as different as the natural life and the spiritual. Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture out...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 28, 2012]

    08/28/2012 4:39:33 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Purpose of Prayer ". . . one of His disciples said to Him, ’Lord, teach us to pray . . .’ " —Luke 11:1 Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 27, 2012]

    08/27/2012 4:36:31 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Living Your Theology "Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you . . ." —John 12:35 Beware of not acting upon what you see in your moments on the mountaintop with God. If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness. “If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23). The moment you forsake the matter of sanctification or neglect anything else on which God has given you His light, your spiritual life begins to disintegrate within you. Continually bring the truth out into your real...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 26, 2012]

    08/26/2012 4:43:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Are You Ever Troubled? "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you . . ." —John 14:27 There are times in our lives when our peace is based simply on our own ignorance. But when we are awakened to the realities of life, true inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When our Lord speaks peace, He creates peace, because the words that He speaks are always “spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? “. . . My peace I give to you. . .”— a...
  • Similarity #1: Both the Eastern Orthodox and the Catholic Churches Adhere to Holy Tradition

    08/24/2012 5:28:22 PM PDT · by Tefilo · 45 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 24 August 2012 | Tefilo de Jess
    Brothers and Sisters: Peace be with you! The first similarity between the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches I wish to explore is the commitment that both Churches have to receive, transmit, and revere Tradition as the all-encompassing vessel in which the Church hands down Gods Word, in writing and orally, to every generation of Christian believers. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council had much to say about the relationship in the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation - Dei Verbum. This is just one of the things they said: 10. Sacred tradition and Sacred Scripture form one sacred deposit of...
  • Pope Says Orthodox-Catholic Meeting Raises Hope

    08/21/2012 7:02:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI has hailed as an important step a meeting in Poland between the leaders of Russia's Orthodox church and Poland's Catholic hierarchy. Poland and Russia have feuded for centuries, and their ties are marked by distrust. Benedict praised the goodwill efforts by Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Archbishop Jozef Michalik who met in a ceremony in Warsaw on Friday.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 20, 2012]

    08/20/2012 4:39:58 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Christ-Awareness ". . . and I will give you rest" —Matthew 11:28 Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once, asking Him to re-establish your rest. Never allow anything to remain in your life that is causing the unrest. Think of every detail of your life that is causing the disintegration as something to fight against, not as something you should allow to remain. Ask the Lord to put awareness of Himself in you, and your self-awareness will disappear. Then He will be your all in all. Beware of allowing your self-awareness...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 19, 2012]

    08/19/2012 4:18:41 AM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Self-Awareness "Come to Me . . ." —Matthew 11:28 God intends for us to live a well-rounded life in Christ Jesus, but there are times when that life is attacked from the outside. Then we tend to fall back into self-examination, a habit that we thought was gone. Self-awareness is the first thing that will upset the completeness of our life in God, and self-awareness continually produces a sense of struggling and turmoil in our lives. Self-awareness is not sin, and it can be produced by nervous emotions or by suddenly being dropped into a totally new set of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 18, 2012]

    08/18/2012 6:42:22 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Have You Ever Been Speechless with Sorrow? "When he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich" —Luke 18:23 The rich young ruler went away from Jesus speechless with sorrow, having nothing to say in response to Jesus’ words. He had no doubt about what Jesus had said or what it meant, and it produced in him a sorrow with no words with which to respond. Have you ever been there? Has God’s Word ever come to you, pointing out an area of your life, requiring you to yield it to Him? Maybe He has pointed...
  • Churches in Polish-Russian Appeal for Friendly Ties

    08/17/2012 6:25:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    BBC ^ | 8/17/12
    The heads of the Russian Orthodox and Polish Roman Catholic churches have jointly urged their nations to end their mutual bitterness and distrust. The appeal for Polish-Russian reconciliation was signed at Warsaw's Royal Castle, by Russia's Patriarch Kirill and Archbishop Jozef Michalik. They called for "forgiveness of wrongs, injustice and every evil committed against each other". Russia and Poland have been divided by politics and religion for centuries. The joint text said "we are certain that this [forgiveness] is the first and the most important step toward rebuilding mutual trust, which is a necessary element of a lasting community and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 17, 2012]

    08/17/2012 4:40:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Discouraged or Devoted? ". . . Jesus . . . said to him, ’You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have . . . and come, follow Me.’ But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich" —Luke 18:22-23 Have you ever heard the Master say something very difficult to you? If you haven’t, I question whether you have ever heard Him say anything at all. Jesus says a tremendous amount to us that we listen to, but do not actually hear. And once we do hear Him, His words...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 16, 2012]

    08/16/2012 4:38:52 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Does He Know Me . . . ? "He calls his own . . . by name . . ." —John 10:3 When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (see John 20:11-18). It is possible to know all about doctrine and still not know Jesus. A person’s soul is in grave danger when the knowledge of doctrine surpasses Jesus, avoiding intimate touch with Him. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine meant no more to her than the grass under her feet. In fact, any Pharisee could have made a fool of Mary doctrinally, but one thing they could never ridicule was...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 15, 2012]

    08/15/2012 4:39:11 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Evidence of the New Birth "You must be born again" —John 3:7 The answer to Nicodemus’ question, “How can a man be born when he is old?” is: Only when he is willing to die to everything in his life, including his rights, his virtues, and his religion, and becomes willing to receive into himself a new life that he has never before experienced (John 3:4). This new life exhibits itself in our conscious repentance and through our unconscious holiness.“But as many as received Him. . .” (John 1:12). Is my knowledge of Jesus the result of my...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 14, 2012]

    08/14/2012 4:21:56 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Discipline of the Lord "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him" —Hebrews 12:5 It is very easy to grieve the Spirit of God; we do it by despising the discipline of the Lord, or by becoming discouraged when He rebukes us. If our experience of being set apart from sin and being made holy through the process of sanctification is still very shallow, we tend to mistake the reality of God for something else. And when the Spirit of God gives us a sense of warning...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 13, 2012]

    08/13/2012 4:42:57 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Do Not Quench the Spirit” "Do not quench the Spirit" —1 Thessalonians 5:19 The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze— so gentle that unless you are living in complete fellowship and oneness with God, you will never hear it. The sense of warning and restraint that the Spirit gives comes to us in the most amazingly gentle ways. And if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice, you will quench it, and your spiritual life will be impaired. This sense of restraint will always come as a “still small voice”...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 12, 2012]

    08/12/2012 4:07:57 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Theology of Resting in God "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" —Matthew 8:26 When we are afraid, the least we can do is pray to God. But our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His name have an underlying confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the ones who are reliable. Yet our trust is only in God up to a certain point, then we turn back to the elementary panic-stricken prayers of those people who do not even...
  • A Deist Among The Mormons Why I think Mitt Romney should be President

    08/11/2012 8:47:56 PM PDT · by Daryl L.Hunter · 83 replies
    Citizens For A Freer America ^ | 7/10/2012 | Daryl L. Hunter
    I live in a beautiful rural valley of 700 people in eastern Idaho and after I came to live here I found out that Utah isn't the only place that is fifty percent Mormon. As a compulsively inquisitive geo-political junkie I decided to look through the Book of Mormon so I could learn a little about the belief of my neighbors. As with any outsider looking into another's faith, I found many outlandish passages that would require faith to swallow, however, this is a characteristic that all religions share. What I have learned of my Mormon neighbors in the years...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 11, 2012]

    08/11/2012 6:58:15 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    This Experience Must Come "Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha . . . saw him no more" —2 Kings 2:11-12 It is not wrong for you to depend on your “Elijah” for as long as God gives him to you. But remember that the time will come when he must leave and will no longer be your guide and your leader, because God does not intend for him to stay. Even the thought of that causes you to say, “I cannot continue without my ’Elijah.’ ” Yet God says you must continue.Alone at Your “Jordan”...
  • Are Calvinists Arrogant?

    08/10/2012 9:01:57 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 38 replies
    Patheos ^ | July 23, 2012 | David French
    I’m much more involved in political/cultural battles than I am in theological squabbles, but ever since I first dipped my toe in those tumultuous waters, I’ve heard the same criticism again and again: Reformed believers are just so darn arrogant.  When I first heard the critique, I scoffed.  Surely not.  After all, who has less reason to boast than a Calvinist?  Not only can we take zero credit for our faith (can a zombie take credit for someone graciously giving him the antidote?), but the theology is, frankly, not that complex.  Let’s face it: “God is sovereign” is not a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 10, 2012]

    08/10/2012 4:39:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Holy Suffering of the Saint "Let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good . . ." —1 Peter 4:19 Choosing to suffer means that there must be something wrong with you, but choosing God’s will— even if it means you will suffer— is something very different. No normal, healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he simply chooses God’s will, just as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not. And no saint should ever dare to interfere with the lesson of suffering being taught in another saint’s life.The saint...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 9, 2012]

    08/09/2012 4:41:57 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Prayer in the Father’s Hearing "Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ’Father, I thank You that You have heard Me’ " —John 11:41 When the Son of God prays, He is mindful and consciously aware of only His Father. God always hears the prayers of His Son, and if the Son of God has been formed in me (see Galatians 4:19) the Father will always hear my prayers. But I must see to it that the Son of God is exhibited in my human flesh. “. . . your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit ....
  • Prayer request for a young baby facing surgery.

    08/08/2012 6:06:09 PM PDT · by redgolum · 72 replies
    8/7/2012 | Redgolum
    The eight week old son of my bride's best friend is facing major surgery tomorrow. Christopher's arteries feeding the heart are to small, and there is at least one hole in the heart itself. Please pray for him. The surgery will be tomorrow morning, and will last (God willing) for many hours. There is a real risk that Christopher will nor survive the surgery or the recovery.
  • Anglican Priests Move to Catholic Environment [Australia]

    08/08/2012 8:13:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    CathNews ^ | 8/7/12
    Christopher Seton leaves one job on September 2 and starts another six days later. In one sense it is exactly the same job, and in another it is completely different. Father Seton is one of four Anglican priests who will be ordained into the Catholic Church in Melbourne on September 8, reports The Age. Father Seton holds his last service at All Saints, Kooyong on September 2. Then he and - so far as he is aware - his entire congregation will regather a week later at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Caulfield South. There he will minister to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 8, 2012]

    08/08/2012 4:38:41 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Prayer In The Father's Honour " That holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. " Luke 1:35 If the Son of God is born into my mortal flesh, is His holy innocence and simplicity and oneness with the Father getting a chance to manifest itself in me? What was true of the Virgin Mary in the historic introduction of God's Son into this earth is true in every saint. The Son of God is born into me by the direct act of God; then I as a child of God have...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 7, 2012]

    08/07/2012 4:36:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Prayer in the Father’s House ". . . they found Him in the temple . . . . And He said to them, ’. . . Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?’ " —Luke 2:46, 49 Our Lord’s childhood was not immaturity waiting to grow into manhood— His childhood is an eternal fact. Am I a holy, innocent child of God as a result of my identification with my Lord and Savior? Do I look at my life as being in my Father’s house? Is the Son of God living in His Father’s...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 6, 2012]

    08/06/2012 4:32:57 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Cross in Prayer "In that day you will ask in My name . . ." —John 16:26 We too often think of the Cross of Christ as something we have to get through, yet we get through for the purpose of getting into it. The Cross represents only one thing for us— complete, entire, absolute identification with the Lord Jesus Christ— and there is nothing in which this identification is more real to us than in prayer.“Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). Then why should we ask? The point...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 5, 2012]

    08/05/2012 4:12:20 AM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Bewildering Call of God " ’. . . and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.’ . . . But they understood none of these things . . ." —Luke 18:31, 34 God called Jesus Christ to what seemed absolute disaster. And Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death, leading every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. His life was an absolute failure from every standpoint except God’s. But what seemed to be failure from man’s standpoint was a triumph...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 4, 2012]

    08/04/2012 3:56:51 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Brave Friendship of God "He took the twelve aside . . ." —Luke 18:31 Oh, the bravery of God in trusting us! Do you say, “But He has been unwise to choose me, because there is nothing good in me and I have no value”? That is exactly why He chose you. As long as you think that you are of value to Him He cannot choose you, because you have purposes of your own to serve. But if you will allow Him to take you to the end of your own self-sufficiency, then He can choose you...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 3, 2012]

    08/03/2012 4:20:42 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Compelling Purpose of God "He . . . said to them, ’Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem . ." —Luke 18:31 Jerusalem, in the life of our Lord, represents the place where He reached the culmination of His Father’s will. Jesus said, “I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (John 5:30). Seeking to do “the will of the Father” was the one dominating concern throughout our Lord’s life. And whatever He encountered along the way, whether joy or sorrow, success or failure, He was never deterred from that...
  • A New Amish Community Is Founded Every Three-And-A-Half Weeks in US, Experts Estimate

    08/02/2012 5:51:11 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 44 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | July 27, 2012 | ScienceDaily
    A new census of the Amish population in the United States estimates that a new Amish community is founded...about every 3 weeks, and shows that more than 60 percent of all existing Amish settlements have been founded since 1990. This pattern suggests the Amish are growing more rapidly than most other religions in the United... "They're doubling their population about every 21 to 22 years, primarily because they produce large families and the vast majority...remain in the community as adults baptized into the faith, starting their own families and sustaining their religious beliefs"...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 2, 2012]

    08/02/2012 4:37:03 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Teaching of Adversity "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" —John 16:33 The typical view of the Christian life is that it means being delivered from all adversity. But it actually means being delivered in adversity, which is something very different. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling . . .” (Psalm 91:1,10)— the place where you are at one with God.If you...
  • Prayers for my cousin.

    08/01/2012 6:01:50 PM PDT · by SoKatt · 46 replies
    My beautiful cousin Kim has been fighting breast cancer for 6 years. She's had 2 surgeries, radiation, chemo...and now there's a spot on her brain. Please pray for her, and for my aunt, and for our family. Our hearts are breaking.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 1, 2012]

    08/01/2012 4:35:37 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Learning About His Ways "When Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples . . . He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities" —Matthew 11:1 He comes where He commands us to leave. If you stayed home when God told you to go because you were so concerned about your own people there, then you actually robbed them of the teaching of Jesus Christ Himself. When you obeyed and left all the consequences to God, the Lord went into your city to teach, but as long as you were disobedient, you blocked His way. Watch where...
  • Islam & Lds, Muhammad & Joseph Smith: Similarities (+ Lds ecumenical nods toward Islam) [Vanity]

    07/31/2012 6:31:13 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 147 replies
    Colofornian | July 31, 2012 | Colofornian
    Per the Feb. 7, 2012 Pakistan Independent (see first link below), "The current LDS First Presidency Statement of 1978 says specifically mentions Prophet Muhammad as one of the great religious leaders of the world who received a portion of Gods light. It would appear, therefore, that the Muslim world might be "happy" with either an Obama re-election or Mitt Romney. And, hey, why not? Just look at all the "ecumenical" outreach attempts with Islam made by Mormon leaders in the "ecumenical" link section listed below. For these past seven years, over a dozen Freepers have been faithful in posting the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 31, 2012]

    07/31/2012 4:33:07 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Becoming Entirely His "Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing" —James 1:4 Many of us appear to be all right in general, but there are still some areas in which we are careless and lazy; it is not a matter of sin, but the remnants of our carnal life that tend to make us careless. Carelessness is an insult to the Holy Spirit. We should have no carelessness about us either in the way we worship God, or even in the way we eat and drink.Not only must our relationship to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 30, 2012]

    07/30/2012 4:36:58 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Teaching of Disillusionment "Jesus did not commit Himself to them . . . , for He knew what was in man" John 2:24-25 Disillusionment means having no more misconceptions, false impressions, and false judgments in life; it means being free from these deceptions. However, though no longer deceived, our experience of disillusionment may actually leave us cynical and overly critical in our judgment of others. But the disillusionment that comes from God brings us to the point where we see people as they really are, yet without any cynicism or any stinging and bitter criticism. Many of the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 29, 2012]

    07/29/2012 4:33:06 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do You See Jesus in Your Clouds? "Behold, He is coming with clouds . . ." —Revelation 1:7 In the Bible clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3). They are a sign that...
  • Prayer Request for the Anglican Ordinariate (Catholic/Anglican Caucus)

    07/29/2012 3:25:45 AM PDT · by Claud · 12 replies
    Free Republic | 7/29/2012 | me
    Brothers and sisters in Christ, I would like to ask for prayers for the Anglican Ordinariate here in the U.S. Based on the discussions at the AngloCatholic website and elsewhere, it's going through some tough times as it is being organized, and the Enemy is sowing suspicion and doubt everywhere in an effort to kill the venture in the cradle. It's time for us Roman Catholics to storm heaven in prayer for our Anglo-Catholic brethren. And if you'd like, please post an encouraging word or two of public support and encouragement of these dear souls, so beloved of God, who...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 28, 2012]

    07/28/2012 3:57:45 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    God’s Purpose or Mine? "He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side . . ." —Mark 6:45 We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not. The question...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 27, 2012]

    07/27/2012 4:38:22 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Way to Knowledge "If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine . . ." —John 7:17 The golden rule to follow to obtain spiritual understanding is not one of intellectual pursuit, but one of obedience. If a person wants scientific knowledge, then intellectual curiosity must be his guide. But if he desires knowledge and insight into the teachings of Jesus Christ, he can only obtain it through obedience. If spiritual things seem dark and hidden to me, then I can be sure that there is a point of disobedience somewhere in my life....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 26, 2012]

    07/26/2012 4:15:50 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Way to Purity "Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart . . . . For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man . . ." —Matthew 15:18-20 Initially we trust in our ignorance, calling it innocence, and next we trust our innocence, calling it purity. Then when we hear these strong statements from our Lord, we shrink back, saying, “But I never felt any of those awful things in my heart.” We resent what He reveals. Either Jesus...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 25, 2012]

    07/25/2012 4:28:17 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Am I Blessed Like This? "Blessed are . . ." —Matthew 5:3-11 When we first read the statements of Jesus, they seem wonderfully simple and unstartling, and they sink unnoticed into our subconscious minds. For instance, the Beatitudes initially seem to be merely soothing and beautiful precepts for overly spiritual and seemingly useless people, but of very little practical use in the rigid, fast-paced workdays of the world in which we live. We soon find, however, that the Beatitudes contain the “dynamite” of the Holy Spirit. And they “explode” when the circumstances of our lives cause them to do...
  • Moscow Patriarch Makes Historic Visit to Katyn

    07/24/2012 12:44:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 7/18/12 | Father Mariusz Frukacz
    Kirill Will Be in Poland Next MonthKATYN, Russia, JULY 18, 2012 ( Katyn is a common grave for Russians and Poles, a place of grief, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, after the liturgy celebrated last July 15 in the place where at the beginning of the second world conflict a tragic massacre was carried out. "Nothing unites persons as sorrows do," said the patriarch, adding that beginning today a new era can begin in the relations between the two nations. The Katyn massacre took place in the spring of 1940 and its victims numbers over 21,000 Polish...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 24, 2012]

    07/24/2012 6:18:17 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His Nature and Our Motives ". . . unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" —Matthew 5:20 The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God. The only thing that exceeds right-doing is right-being. Jesus Christ came to place within anyone who would let Him a new heredity that would have a righteousness exceeding that of the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus is saying, “If...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 23, 2012]

    07/23/2012 6:22:31 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Sanctification (2) "But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us . . . sanctification . . ." —1 Corinthians 1:30 The Life Side. The mystery of sanctification is that the perfect qualities of Jesus Christ are imparted as a gift to me, not gradually, but instantly once I enter by faith into the realization that He “became for [me] . . . sanctification . . . .” Sanctification means nothing less than the holiness of Jesus becoming mine and being exhibited in my life.The most wonderful secret of living a holy life does not lie...
  • New CDF Prefect Insists on Hermeneutic of Discontinuity

    07/22/2012 10:15:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2012 | The Eponymous Flower
    SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2012 New CDF Prefect Insists on Hermeneutic of Discontinuity The CDF's New Doctrine Gardener! Edit: Isn't defining doctrine the job of an ecumenical Council or a Pope? has noticed it. Here, the new head of the Congregation for Doctrine and the Faith, stops nearly short at declaring the unprecedented doctrines ancillary to the Second Council as dogmas. The following is an interview which the new Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Mller in the today's anti-Catholic Suddeutsche Zeitung. With all the problems with Catholic Bishops denying central tenets...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 22, 2012]

    07/22/2012 5:46:28 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Sanctification (1) "This is the will of God, your sanctification. . ." —1 Thessalonians 4:3 The Death Side. In sanctification God has to deal with us on the death side as well as on the life side. Sanctification requires our coming to the place of death, but many of us spend so much time there that we become morbid. There is always a tremendous battle before sanctification is realized— something within us pushing with resentment against the demands of Christ. When the Holy Spirit begins to show us what sanctification means, the struggle starts immediately. Jesus said, “If anyone...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 21, 2012]

    07/21/2012 6:19:57 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Doorway to the Kingdom "Blessed are the poor in spirit . . ." —Matthew 5:3 Beware of thinking of our Lord as only a teacher. If Jesus Christ is only a teacher, then all He can do is frustrate me by setting a standard before me I cannot attain. What is the point of presenting me with such a lofty ideal if I cannot possibly come close to reaching it? I would be happier if I never knew it. What good is there in telling me to be what I can never be— to be “pure in heart”...
  • St. Mary of the Angels Fight Drags On

    07/20/2012 9:47:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/15/12 | Ashley Powers
    Loz Feliz Anglican parish has been embroiled in an odd sort of holy war since some of the 60 members voted to join the Catholic Church. How it will end, God only knows.Under the glimmer of a fingernail moon, Christopher Kelley tiptoed toward a two-story, Spanish Mission-style building in Los Feliz. He and his crew were jittery. What if a security guard spotted them? A few blocks away, late-night revelers mingled in trendy bars. But Kelley's target was dark and hushed exactly as he wanted. The building's front door was protected by a padlocked, wrought-iron gate. So the crew...