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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 8, 2012]

    10/08/2012 4:39:47 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Coming to Jesus "Come to Me . . ." —Matthew 11:28 Isn’t it humiliating to be told that we must come to Jesus! Think of the things about which we will not come to Jesus Christ. If you want to know how real you are, test yourself by these words— “Come to Me . . . .” In every dimension in which you are not real, you will argue or evade the issue altogether rather than come; you will go through sorrow rather than come; and you will do anything rather than come the last lap of the race...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 7, 2012]

    10/07/2012 5:12:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Nature of Reconciliation "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" —2 Corinthians 5:21 Sin is a fundamental relationship— it is not wrong doing, but wrong being— it is deliberate and determined independence from God. The Christian faith bases everything on the extreme, self-confident nature of sin. Other faiths deal with sins— the Bible alone deals with sin. The first thing Jesus Christ confronted in people was the heredity of sin, and it is because we have ignored this in our presentation of the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 6, 2012]

    10/06/2012 4:45:11 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Nature of Regeneration "When it pleased God . . . to reveal His Son in me . . ." —Galatians 1:15-16 If Jesus Christ is going to regenerate me, what is the problem He faces? It is simply this— I have a heredity in which I had no say or decision; I am not holy, nor am I likely to be; and if all Jesus Christ can do is tell me that I must be holy, His teaching only causes me to despair. But if Jesus Christ is truly a regenerator, someone who can put His own heredity...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 5, 2012]

    10/05/2012 4:36:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Nature of Degeneration "Just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned . . ." —Romans 5:12 The Bible does not say that God punished the human race for one man’s sin, but that the nature of sin, namely, my claim to my right to myself, entered into the human race through one man. But it also says that another Man took upon Himself the sin of the human race and put it away— an infinitely more profound revelation (see Hebrews 9:26). The nature...
  • Leading Church Historian to be Received into Personal Ordinariate

    10/04/2012 6:49:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/4/12 | Madeleine Teahan
    Dr Edward Norman, the historian and former Canon Chancellor of York Minister, will be received into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Sunday. In an article for this newspaper, Dr Norman explains the reasons for his decision to become a Catholic. He argues that Anglicanism has “no basis for its authority” as its confession “varies from place to place and person to person”. He says: “At the centre of Anglicanism is a great void.” He adds: “The Church of England provides a masterclass in equivocation; it also, however, is the residence of very many good and faithful Christian people who...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 4, 2012]

    10/04/2012 4:26:52 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Vision and The Reality ". . . to those who are . . . called to be saints . . ." —1 Corinthians 1:2 Thank God for being able to see all that you have not yet been. You have had the vision, but you are not yet to the reality of it by any means. It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. We are not quite prepared for the bumps and bruises that must come if we are going to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 3, 2012]

    10/03/2012 4:40:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Place of Ministry "He said to them, ’This kind [of unclean spirit] can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting’ " —Mark 9:29 His disciples asked Him privately, ’Why could we not cast it out?’ ” (Mark 9:28). The answer lies in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. “This kind can come out by nothing but” concentrating on Him, and then doubling and redoubling that concentration on Him. We can remain powerless forever, as the disciples were in this situation, by trying to do God’s work without concentrating on His power, and by following instead the ideas...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 2, 2012]

    10/02/2012 4:35:15 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Place of Humiliation "If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us" —Mark 9:22 After every time of exaltation, we are brought down with a sudden rush into things as they really are, where it is neither beautiful, poetic, nor thrilling. The height of the mountaintop is measured by the dismal drudgery of the valley, but it is in the valley that we have to live for the glory of God. We see His glory on the mountain, but we never live for His glory there. It is in the place of humiliation that we...
  • Pope: There May be Something Catholic, Even Outside the Catholic Church

    10/01/2012 6:49:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Asia News ^ | 9/30/12
    Christians should not be jealous of the good that is done outside of the Catholic Church. Instead, the good that is done by the various ecclesial realities within the Church should be respected and appreciated. Using wealth "in solidarity and for the common good, ensuring equality and morality, at all levels." Appeal for refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tomorrow the Pope returns to the Vatican.Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) - "Just as one can find that which is not Catholic in the Catholic Church - that is, in the Church -, one can also find something that may be Catholic...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 1, 2012]

    10/01/2012 4:37:03 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Place of Exaltation ". . . Jesus took . . . them up on a high mountain apart by themselves . . ." —Mark 9:2 We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But God will never allow us to stay there. The true test of our spiritual life is in exhibiting the power to descend from the mountain. If we only have the power to go up, something is wrong. It is a wonderful thing to be on the mountain with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 30, 2012]

    09/30/2012 4:25:07 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Assigning of the Call "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . ." —Colossians 1:24 We take our own spiritual consecration and try to make it into a call of God, but when we get right with Him He brushes all this aside. Then He gives us a tremendous, riveting pain to fasten our attention on something that we never even dreamed could be His call for us. And for one radiant,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 29, 2012]

    09/29/2012 4:22:12 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Awareness of the Call ". . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! " —1 Corinthians 9:16 We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you received the call of God and can explain all about it, I question whether you have truly been called. The call of God does not come like that; it is much more supernatural. The realization of the call in a person’s life may come like...
  • The Anglican Use Mass

    09/28/2012 6:32:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Held by His Pierced Hands ^ | 9/20/12 | Meg Hunter-Kilmer
    **Note: this is a long one and probably only exciting if youre kind of a nerd and want to know about rites and ordinariates and such. I find all this fascinating!**My last post on the Church of England was, I know, not the usual for this blog. But the new ordinariates are just so complicated that I thought youd want some background explaining the context from which this all arose. Now we all know that the Church of England came from the Catholic Church (didnt they all?), that there is great beauty in their traditions and liturgies, that there have...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 28, 2012]

    09/28/2012 4:41:38 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The “Go” of Unconditional Identification "Jesus . . . said to him, ’One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor . . . and come, take up the cross, and follow Me’ " —Mark 10:21 The rich young ruler had the controlling passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never places anyone’s personal holiness above everything else when He calls a disciple. Jesus’ primary consideration is my absolute annihilation of my right to myself and my identification with Him, which means...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 27, 2012]

    09/27/2012 4:37:21 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Renunciation ". . . someone said to Him, ’Lord, I will follow You wherever You go’ " —Luke 9:57 Our Lord’s attitude toward this man was one of severe discouragement, “for He knew what was in man” (John 2:25). We would have said, “I can’t imagine why He lost the opportunity of winning that man! Imagine being so cold to him and turning him away so discouraged!” Never apologize for your Lord. The words of the Lord hurt and offend until there is nothing left to be hurt or offended. Jesus Christ had no tenderness whatsoever...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 26, 2012]

    09/26/2012 4:36:28 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The “Go” of Reconciliation "If you . . . remember that your brother has something against you . . ." —Matthew 5:23 This verse says, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you . . . .” It is not saying, “If you search and find something because of your unbalanced sensitivity,” but, “If you . . . remember . . . .” In other words, if something is brought to your conscious mind by the Spirit of God— “First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 25, 2012]

    09/25/2012 4:38:34 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The “Go” of Relationship "Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two" —Matthew 5:41 Our Lord’s teaching can be summed up in this: the relationship that He demands for us is an impossible one unless He has done a super-natural work in us. Jesus Christ demands that His disciple does not allow even the slightest trace of resentment in his heart when faced with tyranny and injustice. No amount of enthusiasm will ever stand up to the strain that Jesus Christ will put upon His servant. Only one thing will bear the strain, and that is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 24, 2012]

    09/24/2012 4:56:28 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The “Go” of Preparation " If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift " —Matthew 5:23-24 It is easy for us to imagine that we will suddenly come to a point in our lives where we are fully prepared, but preparation is not suddenly accomplished. In fact, it is a process that must be steadily maintained. It is dangerous to become settled and complacent in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 23, 2012]

    09/23/2012 4:17:42 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Missionary’s Goal "He . . . said to them, ’Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem . . . ’ " —Luke 18:31 In our natural life our ambitions change as we grow, but in the Christian life the goal is given at the very beginning, and the beginning and the end are exactly the same, namely, our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him—”. . . till we all come . . . to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . .” (Ephesians 4:13), not simply to our...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 22, 2012]

    09/22/2012 4:04:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Master and Teacher "You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am . . . . I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master . . ." —John 13:13, 16 To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows me better than I know myself, who is closer than a friend, and who understands the remotest depths of my heart and is able to satisfy them fully. It means...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 21, 2012]

    09/21/2012 4:41:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose "Now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant . . ." —Isaiah 49:5 The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our preconceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances— we are turned solely into servants of God’s own purpose. The entire human race was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Sin has diverted the human race onto another course, but it has not altered God’s purpose to the slightest degree. And...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 20, 2012]

    09/20/2012 4:30:53 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Divine Commandment of Life ". . . be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect" —Matthew 5:48 Our Lord’s exhortation to us in Matthew 5:38-48 is to be generous in our behavior toward everyone. Beware of living according to your natural affections in your spiritual life. Everyone has natural affections— some people we like and others we don’t like. Yet we must never let those likes and dislikes rule our Christian life. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7), even those toward...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 19, 2012]

    09/19/2012 4:42:55 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Are You Going on With Jesus? "You are those who have continued with Me in My trials" —Luke 22:28 It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations, but are we going on with Him through His temptations? Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch when God changes your circumstances to see whether you are going on with Jesus, or siding with the world, the flesh, and the devil. We wear His name, but are we going on with...
  • Archbishop Chaput: Catholics responsible for evangelizing US {Ecumenical}

    09/19/2012 12:44:11 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    Catholic News agency ^ | 18 Sep 2012 | Kevin J Jones
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said that Catholics must take responsibility for the evangelization of the country, and pursue this goal through humility and spiritual discipline. The task of preaching, teaching, growing and living the Catholic faith in our time, in this country, belongs to you and me. No one else can do it, he told the crowd.. The future depends on God, but he builds it with the living stones we give him by the example of our lives. During his remarks, he said Christians must rediscover Gods joy, radiate Gods word, and make their Christian witness frank and contagious....
  • Is the Catholic hierarchy moving toward the GOP? {Ecumenical}

    09/19/2012 12:38:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 18 Sep 2012 | David Gibson
    A series of recent developments are renewing questions about the Catholic bishops alignment with the Republican Party, with much of the attention focusing on comments by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who said he certainly cant vote for somebody whos either pro-choice or pro-abortion.In a wide-ranging interview published last week (Sept. 14), Chaput also echoed the views of a number of prominent bishops when he praised Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan for trying to address the immoral practice of deficit spending through his libertarian-inflected budget proposals. Jesus didnt say the government has to take care of them, or that we...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 18, 2012]

    09/18/2012 4:38:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    His Temptation and Ours "We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" —Hebrews 4:15 Until we are born again, the only kind of temptation we understand is the kind mentioned in James 1:14, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” But through regeneration we are lifted into another realm where there are other temptations to face, namely, the kind of temptations our Lord faced. The temptations of Jesus had no appeal to us as...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 17, 2012]

    09/17/2012 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Is There Good in Temptation? "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man . . ." —1 Corinthians 10:13 The word temptation has come to mean something bad to us today, but we tend to use the word in the wrong way. Temptation itself is not sin; it is something we are bound to face simply by virtue of being human. Not to be tempted would mean that we were already so shameful that we would be beneath contempt. Yet many of us suffer from temptations we should never have to suffer, simply because we...
  • Archbishop (gently) corrects pope on Arab Spring [BXVI: "the Arab Spring is a positive thing."]

    09/16/2012 8:02:01 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Sep. 15, 2012 | JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
    Its not often during a papal trip that a Catholic bishop and one of the popes official hosts actually corrects the boss, or at least strikes a slightly different note, but it happened Saturday night to Benedict XVI in Lebanon vis--vis the most important movement in this part of the world, the Arab Spring. Last night, Benedict visited the headquarters of the Maronite church, by far the largest of the seven Catholic churches in the country, to celebrate a youth rally that drew an estimated 20,000 young Lebanese, mostly Catholics but with some Muslims in the crowd as well. Prior...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 16, 2012]

    09/16/2012 5:42:47 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Praying to God in Secret "When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place . . ." —Matthew 6:6 The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the desire to be known as a praying person. Find an inner room in which to pray where no one even knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. Have no motivation other than to know your Father...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 15, 2012]

    09/15/2012 4:12:11 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    What To Renounce "We have renounced the hidden things of shame . . ." —2 Corinthians 4:2 Have you “renounced the hidden things of shame” in your life—the things that your sense of honor or pride will not allow to come into the light? You can easily hide them. Is there a thought in your heart about anyone that you would not like to be brought into the light? Then renounce it as soon as it comes to mind—renounce everything in its entirety until there is no hidden dishonesty or craftiness about you at all. Envy, jealousy, and strife...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 14, 2012]

    09/14/2012 4:40:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Arguments or Obedience ". . . the simplicity that is in Christ." —2 Corinthians 11:3 Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly until a long time passes, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think through spiritual confusion to make things clear; to make things clear, you must obey. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will only think yourself into further wandering thoughts and more confusion. If there is something in your life upon which God has put His pressure,...
  • A Word For The Bride of Christ [Charismatic Caucus]

    09/13/2012 4:09:11 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 9-13-12 | Jedediah
    Profound changes are about to come upon My Bride and body of Christ in a universal manner as never before . Worship shall ascend to a higher level "and must" to continue the work of the Gospel and to implement Kingdom Regime as My Father has intended it to be " on Earth as it IS in Heaven " for the Latter Rain is about to descend and ascend together "AS ONE" in places I ordain "as the Body of Christ " and it shall flow "AS ONE BODY" no matter where My Children reside and nothing I say "NOTHING"...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 13, 2012]

    09/13/2012 4:37:48 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    After Surrender— Then What? "I have finished the work which You have given Me to do" —John 17:4 True surrender is not simply surrender of our external life but surrender of our will— and once that is done, surrender is complete. The greatest crisis we ever face is the surrender of our will. Yet God never forces a person’s will into surrender, and He never begs. He patiently waits until that person willingly yields to Him. And once that battle has been fought, it never needs to be fought again.Surrender for Deliverance. “Come to Me . . . and...
  • Biggirl, A Regular FRper, NEEDS Prayers

    09/13/2012 3:57:14 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 160 replies
    Vanity ^ | September 13, 2012 | Biggirl
    I am making a special request as a fellow FRper. My beloved boyfriend, whom I have loved, name David, passed away suddenly after a brief illness and I am need BIGTIME for prayers, added to that, I am fighting yellow jaundice, with my mother having been sent to the hopspital for a fall. All this has happened in one week and I am struggling right now. Thank-you for your prayers and support.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 12, 2012]

    09/12/2012 4:15:53 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Going Through Spiritual Confusion "Jesus answered and said, ’You do not know what you ask’ " —Matthew 20:22 There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.The Shrouding of His Friendship (see...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 11, 2012]

    09/11/2012 4:39:31 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Missionary Weapons (2) "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet" —John 13:14 Ministering in Everyday Opportunities. Ministering in everyday opportunities that surround us does not mean that we select our own surroundings— it means being God’s very special choice to be available for use in any of the seemingly random surroundings which He has engineered for us. The very character we exhibit in our present surroundings is an indication of what we will be like in other surroundings.The things Jesus did were the most menial of everyday...
  • Wagon Train Descendants tell tale of 1857 massacre in Utah

    09/10/2012 6:58:49 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 92 replies
    1857 Truth Outreach ^ | August 8, 2007 | Deborah Gertz Husar
    Wagon Train Descendants tell tale of 1857 massacre in Utah Taping an episode of WTJR's "Truth Outreach" with host Rocky Hulse, the four men forgot about the cameras. They didn't forget their story. A massacre in 1857 in southwest Utah claimed the lives of some of their ancestors. What came to be called the Mountain Meadows Massacre shadows each generation, but Scott Fancher said the public knows little of "one of the single most important historical incidents" in the nation's history. "Apart from the Oklahoma City bombing, this was the single largest act of domestic white-on-white violence in the history...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 10, 2012]

    09/10/2012 4:39:36 AM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Missionary Weapons (1) "When you were under the fig tree, I saw you" —John 1:48 Worshiping in Everyday Occasions. We presume that we would be ready for battle if confronted with a great crisis, but it is not the crisis that builds something within us— it simply reveals what we are made of already. Do you find yourself saying, “If God calls me to battle, of course I will rise to the occasion”? Yet you won’t rise to the occasion unless you have done so on God’s training ground. If you are not doing the task that is closest...
  • Jews scrub away the stain of anti-Christian 'price tag' attack {Israel}

    09/10/2012 2:41:04 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 5 September 2012 | allison Kopler Sommer
    Rabbi Dov Lipman didnt plan to spend his morning cleaning anti-Christian graffiti off of the wall of a monastery. But the American-born Beit Shemesh activist said that it was impossible for him to walk away from the 122 year-old Latrun monastery while it was still bore the marks of the vandalism that took place a day earlier after its door was set on fire and it was defaced with hateful graffiti... When we were just about to leave and workers were cleaning the door of the monastery that was lit on fire, and there was a guy who was scrubbing...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 9, 2012]

    09/09/2012 4:27:12 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Yourself (2) ". . . bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . ." —2 Corinthians 10:5 Determinedly Discipline Other Things. This is another difficult aspect of the strenuous nature of sainthood. Paul said, according to the Moffatt translation of this verse, “. . . I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ . . . .” So much Christian work today has never been disciplined, but has simply come into being by impulse! In our Lord’s life every project was disciplined to the will of His Father. There was never...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 8, 2012]

    09/08/2012 4:06:33 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Yourself (1) ". . . casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God . . ." —2 Corinthians 10:5 Determinedly Demolish Some Things. Deliverance from sin is not the same as deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature, such as prejudices, that the saint can only destroy through sheer neglect. But there are other things that have to be destroyed through violence, that is, through God’s divine strength imparted by His Spirit. There are some things over which we are not to fight, but only to “stand...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 7, 2012]

    09/07/2012 4:12:38 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Fountains of Blessings "The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life" —John 4:14 The picture our Lord described here is not that of a simple stream of water, but an overflowing fountain. Continue to “be filled” (Ephesians 5:18) and the sweetness of your vital relationship to Jesus will flow as generously out of you as it has been given to you. If you find that His life is not springing up as it should, you are to blame— something is obstructing the flow. Was Jesus saying to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 6, 2012]

    09/06/2012 4:14:35 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Far-Reaching Rivers of Life "He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" —John 7:38 A river reaches places which its source never knows. And Jesus said that, if we have received His fullness, “rivers of living water” will flow out of us, reaching in blessing even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8) regardless of how small the visible effects of our lives may appear to be. We have nothing to do with the outflow— “This is the work of God, that you believe. . .” (John...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 5, 2012]

    09/05/2012 4:38:08 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Watching With Jesus "Stay here and watch with Me" —Matthew 26:38 Watch with Me.” Jesus was saying, in effect, “Watch with no private point of view at all, but watch solely and entirely with Me.” In the early stages of our Christian life, we do not watch with Jesus, we watch for Him. We do not watch with Him through the revealed truth of the Bible even in the circumstances of our own lives. Our Lord is trying to introduce us to identification with Himself through a particular “Gethsemane” experience of our own. But we refuse to go, saying,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 4, 2012]

    09/04/2012 4:38:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His! "They were Yours, You gave them to Me . . ." —John 17:6 A missionary is someone in whom the Holy Spirit has brought about this realization: “You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). To say, “I am not my own,” is to have reached a high point in my spiritual stature. The true nature of that life in actual everyday confusion is evidenced by the deliberate giving up of myself to another Person through a sovereign decision, and that Person is Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit interprets and explains the nature of Jesus to me to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 3, 2012]

    09/03/2012 4:20:22 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Pouring Out the Water of Satisfaction "He would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord" —2 Samuel 23:16 What has been like “water from the well of Bethlehem” to you recently— love, friendship, or maybe some spiritual blessing ( 2 Samuel 23:16 )? Have you taken whatever it may be, even at the risk of damaging your own soul, simply to satisfy yourself? If you have, then you cannot pour it out “to the Lord.” You can never set apart for God something that you desire for yourself to achieve your own satisfaction. If you try...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 2, 2012]

    09/02/2012 4:20:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    A Life of Pure and Holy Sacrifice "He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow . . ." —John 7:38 Jesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but, in essence, “He who believes in Me will have everything he receives escape out of him.” Our Lord’s teaching was always anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a person— His purpose is to make a person exactly like Himself, and the Son of God is characterized by self-expenditure. If we believe...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 1, 2012]

    09/01/2012 4:25:15 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Destined To Be Holy ". . it is written, Be holy, for I am holy " 1 Peter 1:16 We must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of life. We are not destined to happiness, nor to health, but to holiness. Today we have far too many desires and interests, and our lives are being consumed and wasted by them. Many of them may be right, noble, and good, and may later be fulfilled, but in the meantime God must cause their importance to us to decrease. The only thing that truly matters is whether a person will accept...
  • A Mormon Scholars Journey to Catholic Faith

    09/01/2012 2:23:41 AM PDT · by iowamark · 122 replies
    First Things ^ | August 30, 2012 | Richard Sherlock
    Early in the evening of May 28, 2010, I am attending Mass in the majestic Basilica di SantApollinare next to the Pontificia Universit della Santa Croce in Rome. From Utah I have come as a scholar to deliver a paper at an international conference on the work of the great Catholic philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand, and I have come as a tourist to see the Eternal City for the first time. Mass is being celebrated in the basilica for those attending the conference. I am not Catholicin fact, I was raised a Mormon, though I have had serious doubts about...
  • Similarity #2: Both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches Share Common Apostolic Origins

    08/31/2012 12:23:53 PM PDT · by Tefilo · 11 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 31 August 2012 | Tefilo de Jess
    Brethren: Peace and Good to all of you. I continue my exploration of the similarities between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches by studying a second claim they make in common: a common historic origin in the preaching of the Apostles of Jesus Christ. Usually, experts who discuss this subject of the Churchs faithfulness to its apostolic origins emphasize the notion of apostolic succession, but I will discuss apostolic succession in the next post, focusing instead upon the apostles themselves, their preaching, and the process of founding churches in the Mediterranean world and beyond, apostolic origin and succession are linked closely,...