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  • bonhoeffer on what a christian under the cross can offer that a secular therapist cannot

    09/11/2014 7:50:13 AM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies
    TGC ^ | 9/8/14 | Justin Taylor
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: Whoever lives beneath the cross of Jesus, and has discerned in the cross of Jesus the utter ungodliness of all people and of their own hearts, will find there is no sin that can ever be unfamiliar. Whoever has once been appalled by the horror of their own sin, which nailed Jesus to the cross, will no longer be appalled by even the most serious sin of another Christian; rather they know the human heart from the cross of Jesus. Such persons know how totally lost is the human heart in sin and weakness, how it...
  • Make Jesus Your Paradise

    06/13/2014 2:34:42 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 33 replies
    bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 6-13-14 | Jedediah
    I "AM" your Paradise search no further for truly if the Israelites realized this in the desert I would have been their Canaan as wholeheartedly as they would have received me even then and so it is for you even now for I AM The Wind of Fire and Breath of Tongues for you even unto forever and not just on a day (Pentecost) for I AM ~abiding~ in your WellSpring , so simply let Me "Rise Up" for your Testimony of ME "IS" the spark that starts the FIRE and I AM your Burning Bush and VOICE ! Joshua...
  • Goldman’s sister wrote to O.J. Simpson in jail

    05/05/2014 4:04:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5-5-14 | Susannah Cahalan
    Seventeen years after her brother Ron’s brutal murder, Kim Goldman wrote to O.J. Simpson in jail. “I’m sure it’s really weird to be getting a letter but you’ve been on my mind recently,” Goldman, 42, wrote in 2011. “I realize our few interactions have not been great — but I am wondering if you would grant me a visitation, to let me get to know the real you.” It was a stunning act of forgiveness, and it was just that — an act. Her real goal was to savor the sight of the disgraced gridiron great humiliated in prison, she...
  • holy week series; The Victors' Portion...Isaiah 53 pt 8

    Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.(Isaiah 53:12)The last verse of this fourth Servant Song has always struck me as anti-climatic. But this is because I believe the King James version confuses the meaning somewhat, for it reads as though the Servant takes his place among other great and strong ones. But the according to evangelical scholar Alec Motyer,...
  • HOLY WEEK SERIES; The Vicarious Sufferer...Isaiah 53 pt 5

    Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.(Isaiah 53:4-6)We have been looking at the 4th Servant Song from the book of the prophet Isaiah.It seems that the Song is divided into...
  • HOLY WEEK SERIES Behold My Sevannt...Isaiah 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...
  • Father, Forgive Them! {A Look at the Hurt of Divorce and Forgiveness]

    03/22/2014 3:41:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 03-14 | WAU
    Father, Forgive Them! Jesus shows us the way to forgive. When Peter asked Jesus how many times he had to forgive someone who sinned against him, Jesus told him, “seventy-seven times,” a Semitic way of saying something like “every time, every day, for the rest of your life” (Matthew 18:21). But sometimes the pain of what has happened to us is so deep that we wonder if we will ever be able to forgive.That’s where Linda was—bitter, broken, and unable to forgive her former husband. And she’s not alone. Think of the mother whose young daughter was sexually abused...
  • Father of Colorado school shooting victim said he forgives killer

    01/03/2014 2:22:26 PM PST · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | January 1, 2014
    The father of a 17-year-old girl who was fatally shot at her suburban Denver high school said Wednesday that he and his wife have forgiven the killer, and he asked others to do the same. Michael Davis said at a memorial service for his daughter Claire that the killer was blinded by anger and didn't know what he was doing. "My wife and I forgive Karl Pierson for what he did," Davis said. "We would ask all of you here and all of you watching to forgive Karl Pierson. He didn't know what he was doing."
  • Hell Has to Be

    09/26/2010 2:35:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 82 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 16, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If God is Love, why is there Hell? And why is it eternal? In a word there is Hell because of respect. God has made us free and respects that freedom. Our freedom is absolutely necessary if we are to love. Now suppose a young man wanted a young lady to love him. Suppose again he found a magic potion with which to lace her drink. So she drinks and suddenly, presto., she “loves” him! Is it love? No, it’s chemicals. Love, to be love, has to be free. The yes of love is only meaningful if we were free...
  • Saving Words...acts10 pt3

    And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; Who shall tell theewords, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. (Acts 11:13-15)We have been looking at the third of three conversion stories in the center of the book of Acts, that of Cornelius. An angel had come to the God-fearing Roman officer while in prayer, bidding him send for...
  • Would Jesus Reject 'Amnesty' for Illegals?

    10/29/2013 5:59:08 PM PDT · by Moseley · 24 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | October 29, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Giving ‘amnesty’ to illegal immigrants depends upon manipulating gullible voters and elected officials. A major component of the amnesty propaganda campaign is trying to convince churches and Christians that they have to support citizenship for 11 to 20 million people breaking the law in our nation because of their Christian beliefs. Enlisting Church denominations – even those who normally vote conservative – is essential to the amnesty effort. But “Go and sin no more,” was one of Jesus Christ’s most frequent commands. Christian forgiveness never means keeping what you stole. Note the example of Zaccheus, who cries out in Luke...
  • Mother Forgives Police Officer Who Shot Her Unarmed Son

    09/17/2013 12:25:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 16, 2013 | Christina Ng
    The mother of a former Florida A&M University football player killed in a barrage of 10 bullets by a police officer while apparently looking for help after a crashing his car said that she forgives the officer and wishes him the best. "You caused a great loss to my heart," Georgia Ferrell said at a news conference today as she clutched a Winnie the Pooh bear beloved by her son. "You took a piece of my heart that never can be put back, but I do forgive you. I truly forgive you and wish you the best with your life...
  • It's Been an Honor

    09/13/2013 4:19:05 PM PDT · by MestaMachine · 281 replies
    Self | Sept. 13, 2013 | Mesta
    Dear FRiends,This day is Erev Yom Kippur, (Yom Kippur Eve,) usually commemorated with two festive meals, the giving of charity, and asking others for forgiveness. This is to ask YOUR forgiveness for not explaining why all of my pings have stopped without anyone knowing why. I wouldn't exactly call this a 'vanity', more like an explanation and apology to all of you who have added your names to any of my lists for why you don't get those oh, so many pings anymore.Below is what this post started as. And THIS is how it ended. I figured it was better...
  • Carter: Paula Deen Should Be Forgiven

    06/29/2013 4:13:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies ^ | June 29, 2013 | Joe Sterling
    (CNN) -- Former President Jimmy Carter said embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen should be forgiven, arguing that while there's no condoning the racial slurs she uttered, the well-known personality has been candid and apologetic.
  • My love for you "IS" My ordination let flow [charismatic caucus]

    05/17/2013 10:05:22 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    the Joshau Chronicles ^ | 5-17-13 | Jedediah
    My love for you and through you "IS" My Ordination . So take on my ordainment that My love through you endures for it is "this" commandment alone that "IS" the very Cornerstone that I speak of against which there is NO weapon but My love is never changing it does not whither or fade it does not wax or whane for I AM Eternal and it "IS" the I AM I speak of " I AM THAT I AM " ----> MY LOVE and MY LOVE you "MUST" BEcome . 1 Corinthians 13 If I [can] speak in the...
  • Welcome Home

    03/24/2013 6:09:33 AM PDT · by bluecollarman · 22 replies
    Using secular songs to deliver Christian messages. How do you feel about using country songs and changing the lyrics to deliver a gospel message? I don't have a good grasp of it. I felt lead to write these lyrics and sing this song.
  • Priest conceived in rape recounts journey to forgive father

    02/23/2013 8:07:16 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | February 18, 2013
    CNA STAFF, Feb 18, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A priest who was conceived in rape when his mother was only 13 years old is sharing the story of how he met, forgave and heard the confession of his father, who is now living a life of faith. “I could have ended up in a trash can, but I was allowed to live,” said Father Luis Alfredo Leon Armijos of Loja, Ecuador. In a Feb. 6 telephone interview with CNA, Fr. Leon, who is pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Loja, said his mother, Maria Eugenia Armijos Romero, was working...
  • Russia Bolshoi Ballet acid victim: I forgive my attacker

    01/28/2013 7:31:04 PM PST · by Altariel · 2 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 28, 2013 | Steve Gutterman, Reuters
    MOSCOW -- The artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet says he has forgiven the attacker who splashed acid in his face and has pledged to return to the stage.His head shaven and a bandage around his neck, Sergei Filin told a Russian television station from his hospital room that he was determined to return to work despite his injuries. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Filin, 42, suffered severe burns during the attack on his way home from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow late on Jan. 18. Doctors have performed two operations on each...
  • Jean Valjean and the Forgiving Heart

    01/13/2013 7:01:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/13/2013 | Glenn Fairman
    Scant days ago, in that chilly time after Christmas, I strolled into our local theatre in the expectation of being entertained by an established well-loved musical that had just been rendered to film. I had no idea I would emerge from the darkness three hours later a scarlet-eyed blubbering wreck. Having bargained for diversion, I instead reaped a bounty of cinematic moral lessons wherein intense human ugliness runs headlong into the arms of sublime beauty and breaks our aching hearts in a fair exchange. Welcome to the spectacle of Les Miserables. In retrospect, one could not ask for a more...
  • Les Misérables Primer: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Joining the French Revolution

    12/26/2012 5:21:20 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    E! ^ | 12/25/12 | Matt Stevens
    Les Misérables is the big-screen version of the world's longest-running stage musical (take that, Cats!). Since its 1985 debut, the show has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages. Mon Dieu! For this eagerly anticipated adaptation, the Oscar-winning director of The King's Speech, Tom Hooper, shifts his focus from stuttering British royalty to singing French paupers in the 19th century. Victor Hugo's epic tale follows fugitive Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) as he's hunted for decades by relentless Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), through the Paris Uprising of 1832. Whether you're a Les Mis...
  • Les Misérables Primer: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Joining the French Revolution

    12/26/2012 5:20:56 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    E! ^ | 12/25/12 | Matt Stevens
    Les Misérables is the big-screen version of the world's longest-running stage musical (take that, Cats!). Since its 1985 debut, the show has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages. Mon Dieu! For this eagerly anticipated adaptation, the Oscar-winning director of The King's Speech, Tom Hooper, shifts his focus from stuttering British royalty to singing French paupers in the 19th century. Victor Hugo's epic tale follows fugitive Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) as he's hunted for decades by relentless Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), through the Paris Uprising of 1832. Whether you're a Les Mis...
  • Tortured WWII British Soldier Tracks Down Japanese Tormentor And Forgives Him

    10/10/2012 8:13:22 AM PDT · by trailhkr1 · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10-9-12 | Robert Hardman
    Beaten to a pile of broken bones, caged, starved and tortured, Eric Lomax was convinced he would never see Britain ever again. He had already experienced the lottery of death among the chain gangs on the Burma-Siam Railway. Now things were even worse. Accused of being a spy, he had been left to the mercies of the Japanese army’s secret police. Among their specialities was what is today known as ‘waterboarding’, when a prisoner undergoes near-drowning. It was surely only a matter of time before he would be put out of his misery.
  • The Boy They Couldn't Kill

    09/22/2012 2:49:41 PM PDT · by lastchance · 5 replies
    Sports Illustrated, SI Vault ^ | September 17, 2012 | Thomas Lake
    The English language has a million words, but only one for the two kinds of forgiveness. This is a major failure. The two kinds may be similar at the molecular level but they are far removed in magnitude. Like a candle flame and a volcano, an April shower and a hurricane, a soft tremor beneath your feet and the great San Francisco earthquake. The first kind of forgiveness is the easy kind. Someone wounds you, and in time this offender comes to see what he has done. He returns to lay the crime at your feet. And when you reach...
  • 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"...
  • 20 years after Ruby Ridge, there's forgiveness

    08/19/2012 3:44:43 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 120 replies
    AP ^ | 08/19/2012 | By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — When Sara Weaver saw her father Randy struck in the shoulder by a government sniper's bullet in the Idaho wilderness in August 1992, she began to sprint back to the family's cabin on a mountaintop called Ruby Ridge. As the 16-year-old closed in, her mother, Vicki, opened the cabin door and stood behind it, holding Sara Weaver's 10-month-old sister in her arms. Just then, a sniper's bullet struck her mother in the head, killing her.
  • IRS widens taxpayer debt forgiveness program ("Offer in Compromise" program)

    05/21/2012 8:44:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/21/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More middle-class Americans will be able to work out their debts to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service because of changes in a tax payment forgiveness program, the agency announced on Monday. The "Offer in Compromise" program lets taxpayers negotiate agreements with the IRS to pay less than the full tax owed. The announced changes make the program more flexible for taxpayers, with some people able to pay off their debts faster, according to the IRS. The IRS announcement focused on the financial analysis used to determine which taxpayers qualify for an Offer in Compromise. Additionally, the program...
  • Forgive us our student loan debt (Is forgiving debt a moral issue?)

    04/28/2012 6:42:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/28/2012 | By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
    We need to start taking student loan debt seriously, both as a troubling moral issue and as a ticking economic time bomb. By some reports, student loan debt will exceed 1 trillion dollars this year, more than the credit card debt of all Americans. A whole generation of young Americans is at risk in this excessive borrowing. They fall further and further behind in “servicing their debt” because they have no way to keep up with the payments as many of them are unemployed or underemployed. They will delay starting marriage and families; they dare not take the risk of...
  • Obama's America: Why Black Grievance Will Never End

    04/11/2012 4:42:08 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 58 replies ^ | April 11, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    When I was 12 years old, I used to play tennis at a certain public park in the Bronx. One day it got back to me that a black fellow at the courts, whose name I forget, said, "Selwyn doesn't like black people." This raised my eyebrows. You see, I had never really thought about the man one way or the other. And what occupied my mind were forehands, backhands, topspin, and volleys, not race. So the only thing I could figure was that I was probably in a funk one day and didn't hear and acknowledge a greeting he...
  • The Last Supper (skit; if this happened to another religion, heads would roll)

    04/06/2012 8:33:58 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    LAST SUPPERI am Catholic, and along with other Christians, this weekend we are celebrating the Holiest of days. Unlike the so-called "religion of peace," which has filled the world with unspeakable violence and misery, we have a sense of humor and are actually not threatened. If something like this was done about the ROP, there would be car bombings, suicide bombings, carnage, and mass death. That is their worthless and bankrupt culture. To Christians everywhere, may you have a blessed Easter.
  • Bishop TD Jakes Talks Forgiveness in Trayvon Martin Case

    04/01/2012 6:34:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/31/2012 | By Katherine Weber
    Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, has taken to national television to promote his new book, Let It Go, and to express his views regarding the Trayvon Martin case, which has attracted worldwide attention since details of the Florida teen's shooting death were made public. The minister, whose book deals with forgiveness, says, in light of such cases, "Forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator." In Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven, The Potter's House senior pastor speaks on the importance of forgiveness in living a full, happy life. Naturally, correspondents questioned Jakes...
  • Shopping cart victim says she wishes boys who injured her 'well'

    03/19/2012 7:11:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies ^ | March 19, 2012 | FRANS KOSTER
    A Manhattan charity worker who was nearly killed by a shopping cart pushed over a garage railing by teenage punks in October spoke publicly for the first time today -- expressing compassion for the pranksters who dropped the cart on her head. Marion Hedges, during a walk outside her Upper East Side apartment, said she hasn’t received an apology from the evil-doers. “I haven’t heard from them, but I wish them well,” Hedges said. “I do, because I feel very sorry for them.” “I don’t know that my son would do something like that or that his friends would do...
  • VISIONS OF DEATH, TALES OF MERCY A Continent of Contradictions

    03/10/2012 7:13:38 PM PST · by LadyDoc · 3 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | Jan Feb 2012 | M.P. Summers
    It has been nearly five years since I bade farewell to El Fasher, the provincial capital of North Darfur... There is, I have been told, an Eastern Orthodox tradition that glorifies the ascetic and contemplative serenity that is found in the wilderness in general and the desert in particular. When I reflect on the sand-swept austerity of Darfur and the spiritual wealth that abounded there, I begin to comprehend that wisdom.... (in a talk with a peacekeeper from Rwanda, the author is told) “Our horror started through hate and indifference. It has ended with love and forgiveness. That is a...
  • Cheesefare Sunday Forgiveness Vespers (Orthodox)

    02/26/2012 7:44:23 PM PST · by The_Reader_David · 3 replies · 1+ views
    As no one has yet done so, it seemed right to post a thread for the virtual version of the exchange of forgiveness at the end of Forgiveness Vespers. If anyone who has the Orthodox ping list ventures onto the thread, ping the others. Wishing all a blessed and holy Great Lent. Struggle well!
  • Kathleen Parker: Newt Gingrich and the forgiveness ploy

    01/21/2012 2:09:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 01/21/2012 | Kathleen Parker
    Newt Gingrich’s standing ovation Thursday night, when he attacked CNN moderator John King for asking about allegations that Gingrich wanted an “open marriage” with his second wife, told us little about South Carolina but much about human nature. The query, for which King has been exhaustively critiqued, was both necessary and inevitable. Forget the elephant in the living room; it was the herd in the powder room. SNIP In a nutshell: The more you pick on a person for human failings with which all can identify, the more likely you will create sympathy rather than antipathy, especially if that individual...
  • Barbour defends controversial pardons as based on the Christian belief in forgiveness

    01/14/2012 3:27:06 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 102 replies · 6+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 13th, 2012 | AP
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Friday he's "very comfortable" with his decision to grant pardons or other clemency to more than 200 people, including convicted killers, in his last days in office, telling Fox News that Mississippi is predominantly Christian and believes in forgiveness. The pardons have set off outrage among some victims' families and prompted a judge to block the release of some of the pardoned inmates out of concern that proper notification rules were not followed. Barbour told Fox News that any problem with paperwork was an accident on the part of corrections officials, who needed to...

    12/24/2011 11:47:50 AM PST · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-24-11 | Jedediah
    You are my children of light , you are my children of light , you are my children of light , and in this season of lights , let MY Light shine through you , for MY SEASON NEVER ENDS ! Truly this is a season of lights , but we are to be lights for Christ Jesus in an open season and heaven for him ! Isaiah 60 The Gentiles Bless Zion 1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,...

    11/04/2011 12:06:23 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 359 replies · 1+ views
    The Highway ^ | 11/04/2011 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    1. The precious blood of Christ has a REDEEMING POWER. It redeems from the law. We were all under the law which says, "This do, and live." We were slaves to it: Christ has paid the ransom price, and the law is no longer our tyrant master. We are entirely free from it. The law had a dreadful curse; it threatened that whosoever should violate one of its precepts, should die: "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us." By the fear of this curse, the law inflicted a continual dread on...
  • Forgive the terrorists?

    09/09/2011 8:37:36 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 9/9/2011 | Rabbi Benjamin Blech
    G-d, I need your guidance. I grieve for all the victims of September 11th. My heart is filled with pain, and with anger at the terrorists responsible for the horrible crimes committed on that day. But I know that you teach us to forgive those who sin. In the Bible you often tell us that you are a G-d who is slow to anger, merciful and forgiving. We are supposed to imitate you and adopt Your behavior as guidelines for our own personal conduct. Does that really mean that no matter how difficult it is, I have to tell myself...
  • Perry offers praise, prayer but little on politics

    08/07/2011 3:59:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 6, 2011 | Joe Holley
    ...The nation's longest-serving governor noted that this "loving and personal God desires not a show of religion but a deep connection with our innermost being. … His agenda is not a political agenda. His agenda is a salvation agenda." God, he said, is wise enough not to be affiliated with any political party. [Rick] Perry read three passages of Scripture: from Joel 2, Isaiah 40 ("They'll soar on wings like eagles"), and Ephesians 3. He closed his morning remarks with a prayer. "Father, our heart breaks for America," Perry prayed. "We see discord at home, we see fear in the...
  • Perry says his rally is about prayers, not politics (will pray for God's wisdom to pour over Obama)

    08/06/2011 4:31:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Paul West,
    Reporting from Houston— Beneath the dome of an air-conditioned football stadium and a cloud of controversy, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will lead thousands of Christian fundamentalists in seven hours of prayer and fasting Saturday on behalf of a "nation in crisis." "This isn't about me," Perry said. "It's about Jesus." [snip] Late last month, a federal judge in Houston rejected a lawsuit by an atheist group which had sought to prevent Perry from taking part, claiming it violated the separation of church and state. Civil liberties organizations are protesting both the exclusionary nature of the Christians-only program and the sponsors...
  • Blinded Iranian acid victim pardons her attacker

    07/31/2011 4:07:27 PM PDT · by krb · 9 replies
    AP ^ | July 31, 2011 | AP
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian woman who was blinded by a suitor who threw acid on her face has pardoned her attacker at the last minute, sparing him from being blinded by acid as retribution. ... this is an excerpt, as per the rules

    04/23/2011 12:55:15 AM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | Performed by Dolly Parton
    He's Alive and I'm Forgiven! Heaven's Gates are Open Wide!
  • Devotional : † In Passione et Morti Dómini ~ The Passion and Death of the Lord †

    04/22/2011 4:50:21 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 1 replies
    Robert Drobot | 22 April 2011 Anno Dómini | Most Holy Trinity
    † In Passione et Morti Dómini ~ The Passion and Death of the Lord † Statio ad S. Crucem in Jerusalem ~ Station at Holy Cross in Jerusalem † Statio ad S. Joannem in Laterano ~ Station at Saint John Lateran † 2 April 2010 Anno Dómini D uring the late Middle Ages, when pagan Muslim occupation of the Holy Land prevented devout pilgrims from visiting Christianity's Most Sacred Sites, the faithful made replicas of those Holy Sites in Western and Eastern Europe, where they would come to pray. Medieval Christians sought greater detail about the Passion of the...
  • Divine Mercy is Worth Preparing For [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2011 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 5 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 4/06/11 | Mary Kochan
    Sometimes, when a major feast is approaching that requires a lot of preparation, it can be a bit difficult to think past it, to the preparations that are needed for what comes next. But we must not make that mistake with Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, because, as momentous as the celebration of Easter is, the feast that comes right after it — The Feast of the Divine Mercy — is both vital and requires preparation. It might help us to start thinking of the Easter and Divine Mercy together, the way we automatically kind of join Christmas and New...
  • Resolution and Forgiveness

    03/13/2011 6:22:47 PM PDT · by hawkins · 2 replies
    That Christian Website ^ | 03/13/2011 | Erik Smith
    We all have been there. It’s a great day, everything is going fine, and then someone does something to hurt or offend us. Maybe, it’s a co-worker, our boss, a fellow student, a teacher, a clerk in the store, or even a member of our own family who says or does something that injures us physically, mentally, and/or emotionally. Our first instinct, usually, is to feel a bit surprised and angry. We are now at an important crossroads, a significant point of decision. We must now choose what our next response will be. At this “fork in the road,” we...
  • Words of Jesus: Forgiveness (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/20/2011 6:01:42 AM PST · by Paragon Defender · 25 replies ^ | Cecil O. Samuelson Jr.
    Words of Jesus: Forgiveness     By Elder Cecil O. Samuelson Jr.Of the Presidency of the SeventyCecil O. Samuelson Jr., "Words of Jesus: Forgiveness", Ensign, Feb. 2003, 48  “Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven” (Luke 6:37).  It is the Savior’s desire that we each feel His peace. He said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). In these troubled times, a familiar hymn assures us: Sweet is the peace the gospel brings To seeking minds and true. With light refulgent on its wings It clears...
  • Feeling overwhelmed [Mormonism - Open]

    02/17/2011 12:17:20 AM PST · by Colofornian · 34 replies
    Mark Cares ^ | Feb. 16, 2011 | Mark Cares
    The Ensign (official LDS monthly magazine) has a regular column entitled “Questions and Answers”. Each month a different question is posed with answers supplied by LDS members. The February issue poses this question: “I often feel overwhelmed because I don’t feel I measure up to all that’s expected of me in living the gospel. How can I learn to rejoice in the gospel when I feel like I may never by able to become or do all the Lord requires of me?” This question is followed by the answers of eight different individuals. (To see the whole article, go to...
  • [Chapter 5] Restoring the Soul: Forgiveness, Now It’s Your Turn

    02/07/2011 2:59:09 PM PST · by wmfights · 2 replies
    The Moody Church ^ | Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
    “One of God’s better jokes, on us,” writes Lewis B. Smeeds, “was to give us the power to remember the past and leave us no power to undo it.” We all wish that we had a magic cloth to wipe away the past. But there it is--as close to us as our present memories. We deeply believe that it happened like we remember it, and the hurt is buried within the soul like an open wound. And for some, the memories are not just of yesterday, but of today. How does a wife deal with the lingering pain of coming...
  • The Priestly Treadmill was Not Meant to Be Plugged in Forever (Thank God!)

    02/06/2011 4:05:52 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 31 replies
    The Ordinary Pastor ^ | 02/06/2011 | Erik Raymond
    (Lev 16.31-32) It is a Sabbath of solemn rest to you, and you shall afflict yourselves; it is a statute forever. 32 And the priest who is anointed and be consecrated as priest in his father’s place shall make atonement, wearing the holy linen garments. This is the famous Day of Atonement passage. In Leviticus 16 God communicates to the Nation of Israel how they would have their sin dealt with. This annual event was to deal with their uncleanness due to their sin. Embedded in the pronouncement of cleansing (Lev.16.30) is this reminder of repetition. The feast will be...
  • [Chapter 4] Restoring the Soul: Jesus, Forgiveness and You

    02/01/2011 12:42:51 PM PST · by wmfights · 1 replies
    The Moody Church ^ | Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
    Marilyn Monroe said, “In Hollywood, they give you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.” To illustrate Christ's power to break destructive relationships, I shall tell the story of a woman who was guilty of numerous illicit bonds but was brought to emotional and spiritual wholeness. Women are sensitive and often feel the pain of immorality more deeply than men. The fact that she was given a new identity and inner peace should be an encouragement to all who are haunted by a sexual past. Jesus does two things. First, He forgives her, but second,...