General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Considering Others (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    09/26/2018 5:06:27 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 9/26/2018
    There is a large sign posted next to the first tee of the local golf course. The sign declares the rules that govern play. The first rule is a preview of the specific rules that follow. It reads: “The first rule of golf is consideration of others.” Consideration for others, in the context of the Christian’s liberty in Christ, is the theme of Paul’s teaching in Romans 14. With the advent of the new covenant, some rules that were important to the Old Testament were done away with. They were fulfilled by the ministry of Jesus and were no longer...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-18, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2018 9:00:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    USCCB.org/NAB ^ | 09-26-18 | Revised New American Bible
    September 26, 2018 Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Prv 30:5-9 Every word of God is tested;he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.Add nothing to his words,lest he reprove you, and you will be exposed as a deceiver. Two things I ask of you,deny them not to me before I die:Put falsehood and lying far from me,give me neither poverty nor riches;provide me only with the food I need;Lest, being full, I deny you,saying, "Who is the LORD?"Or, being in want, I steal,and profane the name of my God. Responsorial Psalm...
  • 2 Timothy Ch. 3

    09/25/2018 5:33:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever...
  • Mega-pastor smears God of the Jews

    09/25/2018 10:56:13 AM PDT · by OddLane · 52 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | September 24, 2018 | WND
    Despite the fact that God expresses His love for the righteous throughout the Old Testament – Jew and gentile alike – in a new book, one of America’s biggest mega-pastors claims the Hebrew Scriptures portray Him as “unapproachable,” living behind a curtain with love reserved only “for His covenant people,” suggesting He is a different deity than the one portrayed in the New Testament. It’s the latest shocking suggestion from Andy Stanley, whose suburban Atlanta congregation exceed 34,000 attendees and a national following. He writes in “Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed on the World,” released last week, that...
  • Butterfly, Botanist, or Bee?

    09/25/2018 6:53:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). Your attitude toward Scripture will determine your effectiveness in spiritual battle. I remember enjoying the observations of a perceptive man who was gazing at a beautiful garden. First he saw a butterfly flitting from flower to flower. It spent a few seconds on the edge of each, but derived no particular benefit from any of them. Next he saw a botanist with large notebook and microscope in hand. As the botanist carefully observed each flower and plant, he made copious entries in his...
  • The Need for Understanding

    09/25/2018 6:53:10 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will speak no more to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father’” (John 16:25). Jesus’ teaching in figurative language revealed the need for further enlightenment by the Holy Spirit. Jesus left His disciples a storehouse of valuable information that would require additional teaching from the Holy Spirit to make it understandable. The “figurative language” our Lord sovereignly used was made up of many veiled but pointed statements, filled with rich meaning. Even Christ’s closest followers, when they first heard...
  • Listening to Your Conscience (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    09/25/2018 5:08:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 9/25/2018
    “My conscience is held captive by the Word of God. And to act against conscience is neither right nor safe.” These words formed a crucial part of Martin Luther’s fateful response to authorities of church and state when he was ordered to recant of his teachings at the Diet of Worms in 1521. He was pleading that his intention was to be neither rebellious nor obstreperous, but to be faithful to Scripture. What Luther was declaring was not so much that he would not recant but that he could not recant. Luther used the metaphor of the prisoner. He was...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-25-18

    09/24/2018 10:04:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-25-18 | Revised New American Bible
    September 25, 2018 Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Prv 21:1-6, 10-13 Like a stream is the king's heart in the hand of the LORD;wherever it pleases him, he directs it. All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes,but it is the LORD who proves hearts. To do what is right and justis more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart–the tillage of the wicked is sin. The plans of the diligent are sure of profit,but all rash haste leads certainly to poverty. Whoever makes...
  • Learning from Christ's Example

    09/24/2018 6:34:20 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). To wield the sword of the Spirit is to apply specific Biblical principles to specific situations. Jesus gave us the perfect example of skillful and precise use of the sword of the Spirit. Following His baptism, "Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, command that...
  • The Spirit's Intercession

    09/24/2018 6:33:56 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26). Because He understands our struggles in this life, the Holy Spirit continually prays for us before the Father’s throne. In the midst of life’s many difficulties and stressful times, there is hardly anything more comforting than knowing you have a friend—someone on your side. In the legal realm, an attorney formally argues your case when you need to settle a judicial or financial dispute. This concept of friend and advocate is right at the heart of the Holy Spirit’s role as our Paraclete, one called...
  • 85 Members of Congress Ask FDA to Cancel Contract Purchasing Aborted Baby ‘Tissue’ for Research

    09/24/2018 5:26:10 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 9/23/18 | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON — 85 members of Congress have signed a joint letter urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cancel its contract with a biomedical procurement company to purchase “fetal tissue” that will be used to create mice with a human immune system in order to test drug safety and efficacy. “Unborn children are not commodities to be bought and sold,” the letter reads. “The practice of conducting research using the body parts of children whose lives have been violently ended by abortion is abhorrent.” As previously reported, the FDA had posted a pre-solicitation notice in June outlining its intentions...
  • 2 Timothy Ch. 2

    09/24/2018 5:22:54 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 1 replies
    1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 6...
  • Eliminating Lying (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    09/24/2018 5:50:50 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 9/24/2018
    The unusual indictment of Scripture against fallen humanity may be seen in the sad conclusion that “All men are liars” (Ps. 116:11). Lying is a sin endemic to fallen human nature, and one that is not instantly cured by regeneration. It is the character trait that clearly distinguishes us from God. God is a covenant keeper; He speaks no falsehood. We are covenant breakers, spreading lies even in our promises. It is Satan who is called the “father of lies.” Sadly, he has sired many children. We are all by nature his offspring in this regard. It was the serpent...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-24-18

    09/23/2018 8:37:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-24-18 | Revised New American Bible
    September 24, 2018 Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Prv 3:27-34 Refuse no one the good on which he has a claimwhen it is in your power to do it for him.Say not to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,tomorrow I will give,” when you can give at once. Plot no evil against your neighbor,against one who lives at peace with you.Quarrel not with a man without cause,with one who has done you no harm. Envy not the lawless manand choose none of his ways:To the LORD the perverse one is an abomination,but with the...
  • Taking the Offensive

    09/23/2018 2:47:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). God’s Word is your primary offensive spiritual weapon. All the armor Paul lists in Ephesians 6 is defensive, with one exception: the sword of the Spirit. That's your offensive weapon for defeating Satan. We've seen that Roman soldiers carried two swords: the large broadsword and the small dagger. The Greek word translated "sword" in verse 17 refers to the dagger, which was anywhere from six to eighteen inches in length and was carried in a sheath or scabbard at the soldier's side. The...
  • Guaranteed Heavenly Glory

    09/23/2018 2:46:44 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him” (Romans 8:17). The Holy Spirit confirms within our hearts the hope of eternal glory. I believe people today instinctively know they are devoid of glory (see Rom. 1:18-21), but they explore all the wrong avenues in seeking to regain it. They look for personal glory by building successful careers, spending many hours in community service, being generous to charities, and so forth. But such efforts only lead to jealousy and pride. Unregenerate...
  • Some Appropriate Scripture for the Kavanaugh Nomination

    09/23/2018 2:07:28 PM PDT · by NorthMountain · 24 replies
    The Bible, NAB ^ | A Long time ago | Wisdom, David, James
    Reading 1 WIS 2:12, 17-20 The wicked say: Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training. Let us see whether his words be true; let us find out what will happen to him. For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend him and deliver him from the hand of his foes. With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the test that we may have proof of...
  • 2 Timothy Ch. 1

    09/23/2018 12:55:04 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 1 replies
    1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in...
  • Monsignor Rossi, Wuerl’s Gay Mafioso at the Basilica

    09/23/2018 9:22:51 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    https://spectator.org ^ | September 21, 2018 | George Neumayr
    Why is this accused gay predator still running the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception? The other day I received a call from a former Catholic University of America student who recounted episodes of sexual harassment that he suffered at the hands of Monsignor Walter Rossi, the Gay Mafioso whom pederast Cardinal Theodore McCarrick appointed to run the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in 2005. Rossi succeeded another accused gay harasser, (then monsignor, later bishop) Michael Bransfield who is currently under investigation for preying upon men. So in Rossi’s rise we see another case of gay...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-23-18, Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/22/2018 9:05:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-23-18 | Revised New American Bible
    September 23, 2018 Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 2:12, 17-20 The wicked say:Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;he sets himself against our doings,reproaches us for transgressions of the lawand charges us with violations of our training.Let us see whether his words be true;let us find out what will happen to him.For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend himand deliver him from the hand of his foes.With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the testthat we may have proof of his...