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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Responding to Christ's Invitation

    03/21/2018 3:42:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy kingdom come" (Matt. 6:10). The only acceptable response to Christ’s offer of the Kingdom is to receive it, value it, and pursue it! Many people who think they're kingdom citizens will someday be shocked to discover they aren't. In Matthew 7:21 Jesus says, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven." Some people think highly of the kingdom but never receive the King. They call Jesus "Lord" but don't do His will. Lip service won't do. You must receive the...
  • The Humility of Jesus' Self-Emptying

    03/21/2018 3:41:48 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7). As part of His humble descent from Heaven to earth, Jesus set aside the exercise of His divine privileges. The next step in Jesus’ pattern of humility as He came to earth and lived among mankind was His emptying of Himself. But Scripture is clear that while on earth our Lord claimed to be God: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). At no time did He stop being God. The Greek word for “emptied” gives us...
  • Discerning Between Joy and Happiness (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/21/2018 5:13:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    “Don’t worry—be happy!” From popular music to a cultural slogan, this adage is stated in the form of an imperative. It reflects the idea that happiness can be evoked by an act of the will. Yet the prevailing assumption among us is that happiness is something that happens to us or in us. It is a passive experience. We may be active in seeking it, as its pursuit is considered to be an inalienable right of Americans. But the thing itself, as elusive as it may be, is often regarded as something involuntary. There is a difference between happiness and...
  • Acts of the Apostles, Ch. 4

    03/21/2018 3:55:11 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 8 replies
    1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. 4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand. 5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, 6 And Annas the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-21-18

    03/20/2018 10:10:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | Revised New American Bible
    March 21, 2018 Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 King Nebuchadnezzar said:"Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,that you will not serve my god,or worship the golden statue that I set up?Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made,whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet,flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe,and all the other musical instruments;otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace;and who is the God who can deliver you out of my hands?"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar,"There is no need for us...
  • Faith-Based Movie Shocks Hollywood By Coming in Third at the Weekend Box Office

    03/20/2018 11:33:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Movie Guide ^ | March 20, 2018 | Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
    When the Dennis Quaid starring movie I CAN ONLY IMAGINE released last weekend, few thought that it would gross $17 million in its opening weekend, with a per-screen average of $10,400. Considering the movie had a production budget of $7 million, this is an outstanding return no matter how you slice it. In comparison, 21st Century Fox’s LGBT teen romance movie which opened in 800 more theaters than I CAN ONLY IMAGINE grossed only $11 million with a per-screen average of $4,700. It also beat out Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME in its second weekend, which only brought in $16...
  • 12 Surefire Methods For Standing Out From The Crowd During Church

    03/20/2018 10:49:23 AM PDT · by fishtank · 139 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 3-19-18 | B. Bee
    12 Surefire Methods For Standing Out From The Crowd During Church March 19, 2018 You know what’s the literal worst? Going through all the trouble to put on your best clothes from Hollister, drive all the way to church, and worship the Lord Most High—only to realize later that not a single person even noticed you the whole time you were singing God’s praises and having the Word of God preached to you. Everyone’s eyes were on the worship band or on the pastor.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-20-18

    03/19/2018 9:17:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 03-20-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 20, 2018 Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9 From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,to bypass the land of Edom.But with their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,"Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!" In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,"We have sinned...
  • New Age Oprah Mocks God and Jesus on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    03/19/2018 2:58:38 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 29 replies
    Christian Journal ^ | 3/15/18 | Emily
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert hosted a blasphemous segment with New Age Oprah that they called, “‘Oprah Winfrey gets some career advice from a slightly less famous figure: the Lord.” During the show, they openly mocked God and Jesus. As the show opens, Steven Colbert begins to introduce Oprah, but she interrupts before he can say her name. “We’re here with” Colbert begins, then Oprah blurts out, “God.” Colbert continues, “Miss Oprah Winfrey.” Being that there was a skit planned with a character “god” later in the segment, many would wipe this off, but with all the hype around...
  • Acts of the Apostles, Ch. 3

    03/19/2018 12:26:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On
    1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 6 Then...
  • Forsaking Self-Centered Prayer

    03/19/2018 9:27:16 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy kingdom come" (Matt. 6:10). Relinquish your will to Christ’s sovereign rule. Attempting to explain all that is involved in the phrase "Thy kingdom come" is like a child standing on a beach attempting to scoop the entire ocean into a little pail. Only in eternity will we grasp all that it encompasses, but the poem "His Coming to Glory" by the nineteenth-century hymnwriter Frances Havergal captures its essence: Oh the joy to see Thee reigning, Thee, my own beloved Lord! Every tongue Thy name confessing, Worship, honor, glory, blessing Brought to Thee with glad accord; Thee, my Master and...
  • Looking Out for Others' Interests First

    03/19/2018 9:26:47 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4). The Lord wants us to have a general but sincere concern for the ministry interests of fellow Christians. We live in a world that is preoccupied with special interests. On the national and international levels, interest groups push for public acceptance of their particular agendas. Likewise, on the local level most people care only about their own personal interests. They’re concerned about their jobs, their families, their hobbies, and perhaps their favorite sports team. In addition to those, if you’re a...
  • Walking in Wisdom (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/19/2018 5:00:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” - Proverbs 28:26 In the book of Proverbs, we find many sayings that call us to become wise, and as they do so, they show us what characterizes the fool. Today’s passage features one of these statements, as it juxtaposes foolish self-reliance and walking in wisdom. Certainly, there can be a positive form of self-reliance, one in which we soberly take stock of our abilities and use them, refusing to become an unnecessary burden on anyone. Such self-reliance is in keeping with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-19-18, SOL, St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/18/2018 9:32:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies ^ | 03-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19, 2018 Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David,'When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,and I will make his kingdom firm.It is he who shall build a house for my name.And I will make his royal throne firm forever.I will be a father to him,and he shall be a son to me.Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;your throne shall...
  • Placing Others Above Yourself

    03/18/2018 5:51:01 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself” (Philippians 2:3). One important way to prevent factionalism in the church is to regard other members as more important than yourself. “Humility of mind” is a distinctive New Testament expression. There were similar terms in secular writings, but none that exactly fit the purposes of the New Testament writers. One form of the Greek word was used to describe the mentality of a slave. It was a term of derision, signifying anyone who was considered base,...
  • Praying for Christ's Rule

    03/18/2018 5:50:32 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy kingdom come" (Matt. 6:10). When you pray, “Thy kingdom come,” you are praying for Christ to reign on earth as He already does in Heaven. When we hear the word kingdom we tend to think of medieval castles, kings, knights, and the like. But "kingdom" in Matthew 6:10 translates a Greek word that means "rule" or "reign." We could translate the phrase, "Thy reign come." That gives a clearer sense of what Christ meant. He prayed that God's rule would be as apparent on earth as it is in heaven. God's kingdom was the central issue in Christ's ministry....
  • Acts of the Apostles, Ch. 2

    03/18/2018 6:02:10 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies
    1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-18-18, Fifth Sunday of Lent

    03/17/2018 9:33:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 03-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Jer 31:31-34 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathersthe day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they broke my covenant, and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD.But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD.I will place...
  • Displaying God's Holiness

    03/17/2018 5:37:23 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hallowed be Thy name" (Matt. 6:9). Sound theology that results in holy living hallows God’s name. We have learned that hallowing God's name requires setting it apart from everything common, and giving Him first place in our lives. That starts with believing He exists. Hebrews 11:6 says, "He who comes to God must believe that He is." Beyond mere belief, you must also know the kind of God He is. Many people who claim to believe in God aren't hallowing His name because they have erroneous concepts of who He is. The Israelites thought they were worshiping the true God...
  • The Danger of Selfishness and Conceit

    03/17/2018 5:36:56 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself” (Philippians 2:3). Selfishness and conceit can prevent us from doing God’s will. Selfishness and conceit are all too common among people today. It seems there is hardly a prominent entertainer or sports figure who doesn’t portray those characteristics to excess. Yet those traits are the very opposite of what should characterize the humble follower of Christ. “Selfishness” in today’s passage refers to pursuing an enterprise in a factional way. It involves an egotistical, personal desire to...