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  • Ted Cruz in NYC: Conservative Christians Being Tricked to Believe General Public Disagrees With Them

    03/29/2015 9:12:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Christian Post's Politics ^ | March 29, 2015 | Daniel Stratton
    NEW YORK – Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas, stressed during a closed-door meeting with New York City Christian leaders earlier this week that for the first time in history an astounding 65 percent of Americans do not think that their children will have a better life than them. Cruz, who is the first in an expected crowded Republican field to officially launch a presidential campaign, said that this depressing outlook is unacceptable and that there is a need to restore hope for those who have lost their faith in America's leadership. "America wants to believe that America has...
  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 2:11:17 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 62 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turretine ^ | July 17, 2014 | TurretinFan
    Never Thirst - Taking Jesus "Literally" can be Fatal Roman Catholics like to try to claim that they are just taking Jesus "literally" when they interpret "this is my body" to mean that what was in Jesus' hands was not bread but his physical body [FN1]. Three passages in John help to illustrate the problem with that approach: John 4, John 6, and John 7.  In the first, Jesus refers metaphorically to living water, in the second Jesus refers to himself as food and drink, and in the third Jesus offers drink to those who thirst. In John 4, Jesus...
  • Atheist Group Freedom From Religion Foundation Targets NCAA for Use of Christian Chaplains

    03/29/2015 11:57:21 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 8 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | Mar 27, 2015 | Shawn Schuster
    As the NCAA Basketball Championships continue through March Madness into the last of the regionals this weekend, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is targeting five college teams for their use of chaplains.
  • He was Despised And Rejected...Isaiah 52-53 pt 4

    Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.(Isaiah 53:1-3)It is the climax of human history, the apocalypse, the very...
  • On taking John 6 literally

    03/29/2015 5:59:11 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 72 replies
    triablogue ^ | October 16, 2005 | Steve
    On taking John 6 literally Roman Catholics claim to take Jn 6 literally, unlike the Baptists. But what exactly does it mean to take Jn 6 literally, and who is more literal, the Catholic or the Baptist? 1.Here is what I take a literal interpretation of Jn 6 to mean. Some time around the year AD 30 or so, Jesus performed three nature miracles (the multiplication of food, walking on water, stilling the storm) situated on or about (the E. shore of) the Sea of Galilee. The next day, in a synagogue located in Capernaum, on the NW shore...
  • World War III

    03/28/2015 6:06:31 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 68 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 3/28/15 | Gary
    Honestly, I think it is now only conjecture to say that World War III is not underway.  Just as the world didn't recognize the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand as the beginning of World War I, so the world didn't immediately recognize the invasions of Austria and Poland as the beginnings of World War II. The tumultuous uprisings in the Arab world that began in 2010 have only grown more tumultuous until now.  I believe the massive Arab coalition invasion of Yemen may later be seen as the beginning of World War III.  The wars and rumors of wars all across...
  • The Sacrifice of the Mass, Hebrews, and the Problem of the One-and-the-Many

    03/28/2015 12:21:36 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 24 replies
    Fallibility ^ | September 23, 2013 | Michael Taylor
    The Sacrifice of the Mass, Hebrews, and the Problem of the One-and-the-Many Introduction In Roman Catholic theology, every particular mass is itself a sacrifice, not merely the memorial of a sacrifice. At the same time, however, the mass is essentially the same sacrifice as Calvary, even though the mass is not in every respect Calvary itself. The Council of Trent says: And inasmuch as in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the mass is contained and immolated in an unbloody manner the same Christ who once offered Himself in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross,...
  • Todd: If Cruz Can Win Evangelical Vote, He Has a Shot

    03/28/2015 4:47:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd discussed how Ted Cruz could have a shot at the nomination by riding the evangelical vote to victory in a YouTube video released Friday. Todd pointed out that in the past candidates can get “relevancy” from the evangelical vote, but no one has been able to use it to win the nomination. But that Cruz, if he can clinch the evangelical vote, might be able to change that because “this primary calendar, believe it or not, is actually in the advantage of evangelical candidates.” Todd stated that two of the first four primary...
  • 2015 State of Atheism in America

    03/28/2015 1:00:48 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    www.barna.org . ^ | March 24, 2015 | Barna Group
    Who Are the Atheists? [excerpts] For reporting purposes at Barna, we often combine atheists and agnostics into one group, which we call skeptics. Skeptics either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics). Skeptics represent one-quarter of all unchurched adults (25%). Nearly one-third of skeptics have never attended a Christian church service in their lives (31%). That’s nearly double the proportion of “virgin unchurched” who are not skeptics (17%)... Five Demographic Shifts among Skeptics They are younger. Skeptics today are, on average, younger than in the past. Twenty years...
  • The Evolution of the Sacrifice of the Mass: PART 2

    03/28/2015 7:46:37 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 25 replies
    One Fold ^ | April 7, 2009 | Brian Culliton
    The Evolution of the Sacrifice of the Mass: Part 2April 7, 2009 In part one of “The Evolution of the Mass,” we explored the elucidation of second century apologist, Justin Martyr, concerning “sacrifice.” Justin had stated that the only perfect and well-pleasing sacrifices to God are prayers and giving of thanks offered by worthy men. So how did the church go from that understanding to the belief that Christ must be re-sacrificed in an un-bloody manner? Justin plainly associates this only sacrifice of prayers and giving of thanks with the Eucharist of the bread and the cup saying, “which are...
  • God and Jeb: Inside his spiritual journey and his stealth campaign to woo Christian conservatives.

    03/27/2015 8:10:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 27, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Tiffany Stanley
    On a sunny Saturday morning in early March, Bob Vander Plaats walked into the West Des Moines Marriott with a chip on his shoulder. Iowa's evangelical shot-caller had come to meet with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was in town for the Iowa Ag Summit, a cattle call that drew the majority of Republican presidential hopefuls. Over the course of the weekend, Vander Plaats had sit-downs scheduled with just about all of them. But not Jeb Bush. A twice-failed gubernatorial candidate who helped boost Mike Huckabee to victory in the 2008 caucuses, Vander Plaats has grown accustomed to presidential aspirants...
  • Mary 'Mother of God'=Church 'Mother of Holy Spirit?'(Are we not god-bearers-'theotokos'-too?[Vanity]

    03/27/2015 2:04:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Colofornian | March 27, 2015 | Colofornian
    It's past time to unpack an old Greek word: 'Theotokos' Here, you'll "catch" the English translation of it among the italicized words below: A Freeper put it rather logically on a recent thread...and something, btw, historically verifiable within the history of the church: Jesus is God incarnate.Mary is Jesus mother.Ergo, Mary is the Mother of God. The history behind 'Mother of God'"In the fourth century a bishop of Constantinople named Nestorious...wanted to call Mary only 'Mother of Christ'; he feared that the title 'Mother of God' would confuse the divine and human aspects of Jesus. The church in the East...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/27/2015 5:47:10 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 3 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 27 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 27, 2015 Morning Reading Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled. —Matthew 26:56 He never deserted them, but they in cowardly fear of their lives, fled from Him in the very beginning of His sufferings. This is but one instructive instance of the frailty of all believers if left to themselves; they are but sheep at the best, and they flee when the wolf cometh. They had all been warned of the danger, and had promised to die rather than leave their Master; and yet they were seized with sudden panic, and...
  • Ruben Diaz Sr. Wants Ted Cruz to Visit the South Bronx

    03/26/2015 9:36:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Observer / News ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Forget New Hampshire, or Iowa, or Lynchburg, Virgina, where Republican Senator Ted Cruz kicked off his presidential campaign. State Senator Ruben Diaz wants Mr. Cruz to come stump in the South Bronx. “Imagine Ted Cruz traveling to the Bronx where there is a grassroots army of Black and Hispanic Evangelical Christians who are just like him—and who have been ignored by every Presidential candidate,” Mr. Diaz wrote today in one of his periodic e-mail blasts to constituents. “Imagine Ted Cruz coming to the South Bronx where there are many of Hispanic Evangelical Churches that are willing to stand together for...
  • Did Jesus Have Fleshly Half-Brothers?

    03/26/2015 5:03:18 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 296 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2003 | Dave Miller, Ph.D.
    ">Did Jesus Have Fleshly Half-Brothers? by  Dave Miller, Ph.D. The usual word in the Greek language for “brother” is adelphos. It possesses the same latitude of application that the English word possesses. Hence, it can refer to a person who shares the same religion (a spiritual brother). It can refer to a person who shares the same citizenship—a fellow countryman. It can refer to an intimate friend or neighbor. All of these uses are self-evident, and do not encroach upon the literal use of the term. By far the most prominent use of the term is the literal sense—a blood...
  • Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception

    03/26/2015 11:36:04 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 186 replies
    Fallibility ^ | May 1, 2013 | Michael Taylor
    Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception Should we believe something because we think it is true, or should we think something is true because we first believe?  For example, if you believe that extra-terrestrials have visited the earth, then you are likely to believe in UFO sightings and  alien abduction stories, and conspiracy theories about government coverups as confirmation of what you already believe.  This doesn’t mean that you believe that every UFO sighting or abduction story is real.  Nor does this mean that you buy into every conspiracy theory out there.  But if you...
  • Israel's Penitential Confession...Isaiah 52-53 pt 3

    Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.(Isaiah 53:1-3)We have been looking at the 4th Servant Song of Isaiah,...
  • Morning & Eveninig Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/26/2015 6:17:45 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | March 26, 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 26, 2015 Morning Reading Jesus said unto them, If ye seek Me, let these go their way. —John 18:8 Mark, my soul, the care which Jesus manifested even in His hour of trial, towards the sheep of His hand! The ruling passion is strong in death. He resigns Himself to the enemy, but He interposes a word of power to set His disciples free. As to Himself, like a sheep before her shearers He is dumb and opened not His mouth, but for His disciples’ sake He speaks with Almighty energy. Herein is...
  • 'Killing Jesus' Portrays Jesus as Man, Tones Down His Miracles and Power, Film's Actors Explain

    03/25/2015 8:38:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/25/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    The upcoming National Geographic miniseries "Killing Jesus," which is based on Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly's bestselling book of the same name, tells the story of the historical Jesus and leaves the supernatural claims made by believers out of the equation. The approach to the film was intentional, according to some of the actors in the film who believe it will help to get the Jesus story out to those who are skeptics. Chris Ryman, who plays Malchus, the Roman guard who arrests Jesus before His crucifixion, commented on the film's portrayal of Jesus — the man — in the...
  • Fury to Freedom [powerful conversion video]

    03/25/2015 7:13:39 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 1, 2004 | Raul Ries
    Raul as a youth, was a dangerous, violent person who was ready to explode at any moment. This video chronicles the miraculous transformation of a person who was on a road to destruction to a man of God. This is the personal testimony of Raul Ries and how God demonstrates His grace, His love and His mercy. From Christiancinema.com: The true story of Raul Ries finds a young man full of hate and fight, lies and deception, and anger beyond control. This story focuses on Raul's high school days, martial arts experiences, and early years of his marriage. With everything...
  • Is the church a pillar & pedestal of truth?

    03/25/2015 2:25:45 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 31 replies
    triablogue ^ | September 08, 2008 | Steve
    Is the church a pillar & pedestal of truth? I’ve discussed this verse (1 Tim 3:15) on more than one occasion, but since Catholics keep citing it as a prooftext for Catholicism, I have to correct them more than once. To some extent I’ll repeat myself since they repeat themselves, but I’m also going to expand on some points. Catholics always quote this out of context. But what questions should we ask ourselves when we approach this verse? 1. How should we render the Greek phrase? The Greek construction is anarthrous. There is no definite article. Therefore, there’s no...
  • MIRACULOUS - Divine Intervention [Charismatic Caucus]

    03/25/2015 2:11:31 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    Situational change comes when My Spirit enters where there has been limitations invoked by lies and it is as My Spirit of TRUTH dis-lodges(evicts) this strongman that TRUTH REIGNS SUPREME and divine creative intervention restores (( ( KINGDOM REIGN ) ))and "Reality" , So that Grace "IS" the Cornerstone and Mercy flows freely creating "THE MIRACULOUS"(pressed down shaken together and flowing over). . . Matthew 8:15 15 He touched her hand and the fever "left" her; and she got up and began waiting on Him. Matthew 12:13 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he...
  • Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores

    03/25/2015 9:57:02 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 82 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | March 25, 2015 | David Roach
    LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife." ...The resolution, adopted by messengers to the SBC annual meeting in June, warned Christians not to allow "the numerous books and movies purporting to explain or describe the afterlife experience" to "become their source and basis for an understanding of the afterlife."
  • He will Be Abased and Exalted...Isaiah 52-53 pt 2

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.(Isaiah 52:13-15)The fourth Servant song is composed of three sections. First of all, we have this introduction in Isaiah 52:13-15. Secondly we have the great and...
  • Ted Cruz Wants to Lead an Evangelical Ghost Army in 2016

    03/24/2015 10:41:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | March 24, 2015 | Grace Wyler, politics editor
    Someone had to be the first to jump into the 2016 presidential race, and it seems only fitting that that someone was US Senator Ted Cruz, leapfrogging over his likely opponents to launch his campaign early with a Jesus-soaked speech at the world's largest fundamentalist college. Cruz is a long shot for the GOP nomination, partly because he lacks experience, and mostly because no one likes him. But tucked into his speech Monday, in between stories about sin and redemption and abolishing the IRS, Cruz offered one reason he actually thinks he can win. "Today, roughly half of born again...
  • Apologetics 101: Is "Once Saved, Always Saved" in the Bible?

    03/24/2015 3:57:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 190 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 24, 2015 | JOHN MARTIGNONI
    Q: I was talking with an Evangelical co-worker and he said the Bible teaches that once we are “saved,” we can never lose our salvation. Is that true?   A:  Absolutely not.  In fact, the Bible is full of passages that either directly or indirectly contradict this doctrine of “Once Saved, Always Saved.”  For example: Romans 11:17-23, “But if some of the branches were broken off [the Jews], and you, a wild olive shoot [the Gentiles], were grafted in their place to share the richness of the olive tree [Jesus Christ], do not boast over the branches...For if God...
  • Behold My Servant...Isaiah 52-53 pt 1

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider…(Isaiah 52:13-15)Before we look closely at the Evangelical jewel known as the 4th Servant Song of Isaiah, consisting of the above three verses in chapter 52,...
  • Does Mary Intercede for Christians?

    03/24/2015 1:30:58 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 132 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2009 | Moisés Pinedo
    It has been argued that “Mary is the creature closest to God. Moreover, while Christ is the mediator of all grace between God and creation, Mary is the mediator of all grace between Christ and humanity. Consequently, Mary is a powerful intercessor for all who turn to her” (see Zoltan, 1994, emp. added). The Bible clearly teaches that Mary is not Deity and should not be worshipped as such (see Pinedo, 2009). If she is not Deity, is she the closest human being to Deity? Does she play an active role in heaven, interceding for individual Christians? Does she make...
  • Ted Cruz’s pitch to evangelicals has a hole in it (Amnesty?)

    03/24/2015 12:11:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | March 24, 2015 | Greg Sargent
    Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential run is premised on the idea that, by speaking to the “values” of evangelical voters, he can mobilize them in numbers not seen in a very long time. “Imagine instead millions of people of faith all across America coming out to the polls and voting our values,” Cruz said yesterday, adding that these voters had been “staying home.” Cruz’s decision to announce his run at Liberty University is itself a sign that he hopes to assume the mantle of leading evangelical champion. And as Jon Ward puts it, Cruz’s announcement was “an attempt to lay down...
  • The KEY to your daily life in Christ Jesus[Charismatic caucus]

    03/24/2015 8:48:41 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-24-15 | Jedediah ,bible
    Certain situations coming up now will not be explainable or even understandable without first coming to the Shepherd of your ways for truly as "THE" WORD(Eternal) now my children of light "will see" that to step out into unfamiliar ground will be utter futility and that inquiring first of Me before they take a step or speak a word will bring the correct illumination, judgment and the eventual decision or action to take . Here are the Keys to The Kingdom seek Me first in all you do and the other keys will reveal themselves to you . Matthew 26:40...
  • Praying of the Rosary Is NOT Bible-Based Teaching

    03/24/2015 8:06:07 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 894 replies
    The Disciplers ^ | 2011 | Ptr. Vince
    Praying The Rosary Is Not Biblical, And Is A Form Of Idolatry Just last Sunday, a local newspaper paper released an article teaching that the praying of the Holy Rosary is Bible-based. In the first two paragraphs, the writer admittedly says that there is no passage in the Bible teaching nor mentioned about the praying of Rosary. However, in the following paragraphs, the writer justified the praying of the Rosary basing it on the repetition of historical events of some Bible characters (like Gideon as he mentioned) about Israel’s history. I don’t know if the writer of this article did...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/24/2015 5:59:16 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 1 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 24 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 24, 2015 Morning Reading He was heard in that he feared. —Hebrews 5:7 Did this fear arise from the infernal suggestion that He was utterly forsaken. There may be sterner trials than this, but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken? "See," said Satan, "Thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of His compassion against Thee. Not an angel in His courts will stretch out his hand to help Thee. All heaven is alienated from Thee; Thou art left alone. See the companions with...
  • Rejecting Mariology

    03/23/2015 2:14:57 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 335 replies
    Two-Edged Sword ^ | February 05, 2007 | Lee
    It is often claimed the Mary was heralded by the Patristics as a woman full of grace, perhaps sinless, and deserving our veneration above other departed saints as the Mother of the Church. This is not the case. While I do freely admit that the word Patristic can be used to cover a variety of ages, I prefer to use it to the pre-nicaean leaders of the church. Let us start with them, and we can move on from there. In the Apostolic Fathers, as the first century leaders are often called, one sees little to no mention of...
  • God's Role in Regeneration

    03/23/2015 12:03:17 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 9 replies
    Grace to You ^ | January 27, 2013 | John MacArthur
    For this morning, I want you to open the Word of God to the third chapter of John, back to the third chapter of John and the opening ten verses. Now, you who have been with us the last couple of weeks know how important and critical this portion of Scripture is. You know something about it now that we’ve sort of penetrated it at least as far as verse 3. The good news, we’ll finish all the way down to verse 10 this morning. I can’t exactly tell you when but we will finish verse 10. Now I’m going...
  • The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink 16. The Wrath of God

    03/23/2015 9:18:44 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 14 replies
    pbministries ^ | 3/23/15 | Arthur W.Pink
    The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink 16. The Wrath of God It is sad to find so many professing Christians who appear to regard the wrath of God as something for which they need to make an apology, or at least they wish there were no such thing. While some would not go so far as to openly admit that they consider it a blemish on the Divine character, yet they are far from regarding it with delight, they like not to think about it, and they rarely hear it mentioned without a secret resentment rising up in their...
  • Why Do So Many Evangelicals So Strongly Support Israel?

    03/23/2015 8:23:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/23/2015 | Dr. Richard D, Land
    Why do so many Evangelicals so strongly support Israel? The answer is that a significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that the Abrahamic Covenant is still in force. The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3) says, among other things, that God promised the land of Canaan to the Jews forever. A significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that God is a keeper of His promises and that the "Promised Land" belongs to the Jews in belief and unbelief, in obedience and in disobedience, forever. (It is an unconditional promise, with no time limits or conditions.) The Abrahamic Covenant also promises that "I...
  • Obama Urges Iran to Release Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini in Press Statement

    03/22/2015 7:52:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    President Obama again called on Iran to release U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been in a jail for his Christian faith for nearly two-and-a-half years, as the Middle Eastern nation celebrates the Nowruz holiday, a festival of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. "Today, as families across the world gather to mark this holiday, we remember those American families who are enduring painful separations from their loved ones who are imprisoned or went missing in Iran," Obama said in a statement. "Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho has spent two and a half years detained...
  • Is God Angry Anymore?

    03/22/2015 8:12:43 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 47 replies
    Is God Angry Anymore? by Jim Elliff     When I was in public high school, we had to read part of a famous sermon called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, by Jonathan Edwards. He graphically pictured sinners as spiders dangling by a thread over the fire of Hell. He also asserted that God is angrier at this moment with some who are living than with others who are already in Hell.Do you believe that? Is God angry? I don’t believe my teacher thought so. When I later studied the Bible on the subject, I was...
  • By Faith Alone: The Conversion of Martin Luther

    03/22/2015 7:35:22 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 145 replies
    Christian Communicators Worldwide ^ | 2013 | Susan Verstraete
    By Faith Alone: The Conversion of Martin Luther by Susan Verstraete     It was the moment he had been waiting for. His father was in the audience watching, as were his fellow monks. It was time for Martin to offer his first mass, and he was overwhelmed with the solemnity of the event. He led the congregation, saying, “We offer unto Thee, the living, the true, the eternal God.” Suddenly Martin froze. He couldn’t go on. He later wrote:“At these words I was utterly stupefied and terror-stricken. I thought to myself, ‘With what tongue shall I address such...
  • From Evangelical Protestant to Catholic deacon

    03/21/2015 4:27:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 138 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | March 21, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    From The Salem News in Massachusetts: If the deacon is a different sort of religious figure for the church, then Chuck Hall, 62, is a different sort of deacon. He came of age as an evangelical Protestant. Only slowly did he gravitate toward conversion, drawn by, of all things, the priest abuse scandals.As one damaging headline followed another, he sensed an imbalance in the treatment of the church. Moreover, he saw the Roman church as at the very foundation of Christianity. While he never faulted the press for following the story, the fierce hostility brought on by the scandals seemed...
  • The Unrepenting Repenter

    03/21/2015 2:38:59 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 7 replies
    The Unrepenting Repenter by Jim Elliff     The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter.  He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but suffered three times the remorse until he repented with bitter tears (Mt. 26:75). Every Christian is called a repenter, but he must be a repenting repenter. The Bible assumes the repentant nature of all true believers in its instruction on church...
  • The Rationale for Wrath

    03/21/2015 11:38:12 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 14 replies
    A cartoon depicted Noah’s ark surrounded by desperate people drowning in the water, begging for help. The rains were coming down hard while Noah and his family were safe inside. On the outside of the ark was a "smiley face" with the words, "Smile, God Loves You."Are you sure God loves everybody? John the Baptist didn’t think so. He said, "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (Jn. 3:36). Why is God justified in having wrath toward...
  • No, Christ will not die tomorrow…

    03/20/2015 6:18:32 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 36 replies
    Disciple of Jesus Christ ^ | April 5, 2012 | disciple of Christ
    No, Christ will not die tomorrow. He died once for all almost 2000 years ago for our sins: “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). No, He will not die again: “knowing that Christ having been raised up from among [the] dead dies no more: death has dominion over him no more.” (Romans 6:9) Yes, He has risen once for all! And by their carnal traditions men teach people that Christ dies again and again each year, and then with this same...
  • Rome, authority and Argumentum Ad Infinitum

    03/20/2015 4:37:31 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 34 replies
    Daniel's Place - (Reformata et semper reformanda) ^ | December 26, 2014 | PuritanReformed
    An objection, however, is often made to the doctrine of infallibility, in limine, which is too important not to be taken into consideration. It is urged that, as all religious knowledge rests on moral evidence, not on demonstration, our belief in the Church's infallibility must be of this character; but what can be more absurd than a probable infallibility, or a certainty resting on doubt?— I believe, because I am sure, and I am sure, because I supposed. Granting then that the gift of infallibility be adapted, when believed to unite all intellects in one common confession, the fact...
  • Why Church History Always Matters

    03/20/2015 6:57:58 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 59 replies
    Place For Truth ^ | March 17, 2015 | Michael Roberts
    “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”  But how does one know such a danger exists unless one already possesses an interest in, and respect for, people who lived and thought and wrote in the past?  And in order to avoid this historical pitfall, the assumption must exist that people in the past actually have things to say to us that we need to know, an assumption that may not be as accepted as it once was.  C.S. Lewis talked about the threat of “presentism,” the idea that our current time is the most developed and that...
  • Jesus Fulfills the Beatitudes

    03/19/2015 3:23:32 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 2 replies
    Place For Truth ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Hall
    Toward the very end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, he enters Jerusalem—knowingly headed to the Lamb’s slaughter. With less than a week of his mortal life remaining, would-be kings or rulers would not have spent their time with the least influential in society.For example, what does a presidential candidate do in his final days before an election? He seeks to rally the troops. He presents his case and seeks to explain why he would be a better leader than the other candidate. He barnstorms and campaigns. He sprints to associate himself with the most powerful persons, teams, and symbols he...
  • The Blueprint for Being Born Again

    03/19/2015 1:35:47 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 29 replies
    Grace to You ^ | January 20, 2013 | John MacArthur
    “Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, ‘Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one can do these things that You do unless God is with him.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/19/2015 11:02:51 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 19 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 19, 2015 Morning Reading Strong in faith. —Romans 4:20 Christian, take good care of thy faith; for recollect faith is the only way whereby thou canst obtain blessings. If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith. Prayer cannot draw down answers, from God's throne except it be the earnest prayer of the man who believes. Faith is the angelic messenger between the soul and the Lord Jesus in glory. Let that angel be withdrawn, we can neither send up prayer, nor receive the answers. Faith is the telegraphic...
  • Palestine,Gaza and The West Bank;The Nation Not Desired...

    In view of Obama’s intent to press for a “Two State” solution at the U.N. , as petulant revenge on Benjamin Natanyahu for winning the recent Israeli elections, in spite of Obama’s fervent(U.S. Tax payer funded) election interference, I decided to re-run an earlier article about the Divine view of the “Two State Solution”. There will never be an established and lasting Palestinian State, it is the “nation not desired”, and is doomed to disappointment and failure. In fact there are no Palestinian people. The name “Palestine” was imposed on the land of Israel, as a humiliation by the Romans....
  • Reformation Museum in Geneva Blends Humor and Wonder

    03/19/2015 6:20:07 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | John Hanc
    Finding the International Museum of the Reformation is almost as complicated as explaining the historical movement it chronicles. You must first navigate the labyrinth of Geneva’s Old Town, down narrow, cobblestone streets and then up a long flight of stone stairs, skirting the shadows cast by a towering 13th-century cathedral. Finally you arrive at the tranquil courtyard of the Maison Mallet, the 14-room 18th-century mansion housing the museum, which opened in 2005. [SNIP] Given how practices have changed, museum officials set out to create a space that contemporary visitors, Protestant or not, would find appealing and meaningful, with creative high-...