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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 14, 2014]

    09/14/2014 1:27:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Arguments or Obedience " . . . the simplicity that is in Christ. —2 Corinthians 11:3 " Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly until a long time passes, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think through spiritual confusion to make things clear; to make things clear, you must obey. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will only think yourself into further wandering thoughts and more confusion. If there is something in your life upon which God has put...
  • Are You Beautiful?

    09/14/2014 5:18:47 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/14/14
    What exactly is this True Beauty, one might ask? Quite simply, "true beauty" is a FREE gift from Almighty God (Rom. 5:16-17; 6:23). The FREE GIFT of TRUE beauty is provided to all by Almighty God (1 Cor. 1:30). TRUE beauty is our greatest need in the light of ETERNITY'S FOREVER. This pinnacle of wondrous beauty is nothing less than the glorious RIGHTEOUSNESS that Almighty God has provided for His fallen creation in Jesus Christ. This TRUE beauty is found nowhere else but in Christ Jesus, the Savior of the whole world (Rom. 10:4; 2 Cor. 5:21). "Let us be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-14-14, FEAST, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    09/13/2014 9:05:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 14, 2014Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross    Reading 1 Nm 21:4b-9 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 in complaining against the LORD and you.Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.”So Moses prayed for...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 13, 2014]

    09/13/2014 9:19:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    After Surrender— Then What? " I have finished the work which You have given Me to do —John 17:4 " True surrender is not simply surrender of our external life but surrender of our will— and once that is done, surrender is complete. The greatest crisis we ever face is the surrender of our will. Yet God never forces a person’s will into surrender, and He never begs. He patiently waits until that person willingly yields to Him. And once that battle has been fought, it never needs to be fought again.Surrender for Deliverance. “Come to Me . ....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-13-14, M, St. John Chrysostom, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    09/12/2014 8:37:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 13, 2014Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 1 Cor 10:14-22 My beloved ones, avoid idolatry.I am speaking as to sensible people;judge for yourselves what I am saying.The cup of blessing that we bless,is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ?The bread that we break,is it not a participation in the Body of Christ?Because the loaf of bread is one,we, though many, are one Body,for we all partake of the one loaf. Look at Israel according to the flesh;are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?So...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 12, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/12/2014 2:58:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 9/12/14 | Joel Osteen
    Ascend Today's Scripture Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. (Psalm 24:35, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria You were meant to rise high in heavenly places. You were meant to stand with God above the cares of this life. But notice that this verse tells us that in order to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 12, 2014]

    09/12/2014 2:56:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Going Through Spiritual Confusion " Jesus answered and said, ’You do not know what you ask’ —Matthew 20:22 " There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.The Shrouding of His Friendship...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-12-14, OM, Most Holy Name of Mary

    09/11/2014 10:01:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-12-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 12, 2014Friday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27 Brothers and sisters:If I preach the Gospel, this is no reason for me to boast,for an obligation has been imposed on me,and woe to me if I do not preach it!If I do so willingly, I have a recompense,but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.What then is my recompense?That, when I preach, I offer the Gospel free of chargeso as not to make full use of my right in the Gospel. Although I am free in regard to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 11, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/11/2014 4:02:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 9/11/14 | Joel Osteen
    He Makes All Things New Today's Scripture And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new... (Revelation 21:5, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When God puts a dream in your heart, when He puts a promise on the inside, He deposits within you everything you need to accomplish that dream. He wouldnt give you the desire to do something without giving you the ability to fulfill it. In fact, the scripture tells us that God gives us the desires of our heart. In other words, He puts the desire inside...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 11, 2014]

    09/11/2014 3:58:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Missionary Weapons (2) " If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet —John 13:14 " Ministering in Everyday Opportunities. Ministering in everyday opportunities that surround us does not mean that we select our own surroundings— it means being God’s very special choice to be available for use in any of the seemingly random surroundings which He has engineered for us. The very character we exhibit in our present surroundings is an indication of what we will be like in other surroundings.The things Jesus did were the most menial...
  • 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...
  • 9/11 - America's Unheeded Wake Up Call!

    09/11/2014 4:10:33 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 15 replies
    IFB ^ | 9-11-14
    Today ( thirteen years after 9/11), as the global events and the godless out workings of base (corrupt) man continue at a breakneck speed, the stage is being set for the horrific events on the horizon called The Tribulation Period, or The Day of the Lord (Matt. 24:21-22). The entire world - including America - will be absolutely oblivious to the realities and dire consequences of events to unfold during that time. Ever since the civilization of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9), the world has basically lived in a godless delusion of apathy and subjective narcissism. They have willfully rejected the eternal...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-11-14

    09/10/2014 8:30:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 11, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 8:1b-7, 11-13 Brothers and sisters:Knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up.If anyone supposes he knows something,he does not yet know as he ought to know.But if one loves God, one is known by him. So about the eating of meat sacrificed to idols:we know that there is no idol in the world,and that there is no God but one.Indeed, even though there are so-called gods in heaven and on earth(there are, to be sure, many “gods” and many “lords”),yet for us there is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/10/2014 5:26:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 9/10/14 | Joel Osteen
    Love So Amazing Today's Scripture Not height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:39, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Nothing can ever separate you from the love of God! His love is truly amazing. It goes beyond any human love we could ever know. Theres nothing we can do to make Him love us more and nothing we can do to make Him love us any less. His love is true and everlasting. Oftentimes, when people...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 10, 2014]

    09/10/2014 5:23:39 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Missionary Weapons (1) " When you were under the fig tree, I saw you —John 1:48 " Worshiping in Everyday Occasions. We presume that we would be ready for battle if confronted with a great crisis, but it is not the crisis that builds something within us— it simply reveals what we are made of already. Do you find yourself saying, “If God calls me to battle, of course I will rise to the occasion”? Yet you won’t rise to the occasion unless you have done so on God’s training ground. If you are not doing the task that...
  • How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children (Salon)

    09/10/2014 10:27:41 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 82 replies
    Salon ^ | 9/10/14 | Kristin Rawls
    My interest in homeschooling was first sparked nearly 20 years ago, when I was a socially awkward adolescent with a chaotic family life. I became close to a conservative Christian homeschooling family that seemed perfect in every way. Through my connection to this family, I was introduced to a whole world of conservative Christian homeschoolers, some of whom we would now consider Quiverfull families: homeschooling conservatives who eschew any form of family planning and choose instead to trust God with matters related to procreation. Though I fell out of touch with my homeschooled friends as we grew older, a few...
  • Megapastors take Ice Bucket Challenge for ALSbut where did the money go?

    09/09/2014 8:43:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life Site ^ | Dustin Siggins
    Last week, several prominent megapastors took the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge. A LifeSiteNews inquiry into whether the pastors donated to the ALS Association or another organization found that the pastors were, for the most part, unwilling to publicize where their monetary support went. In challenge videos reported by the Christian Post, Perry Noble, pastor of NewSpring Church; Jentezen Franklin, pastor of Free Chapel; Life Without Limbs ministry leader Nick Vujicic; Dr. Ed Young, pastor of Second Baptist Church Houston; and TD Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House, all promoted ALS research donations. However, only Young's spokesperson provided donation details...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-10-14

    09/09/2014 8:10:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-10-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 10, 2014Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 7:25-31 Brothers and sisters:In regard to virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord,but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.So this is what I think best because of the present distress:that it is a good thing for a person to remain as he is.Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek a separation.Are you free of a wife? Then do not look for a wife.If you marry, however, you do not sin,nor does an unmarried woman...
  • Wicked Bishops

    09/09/2014 7:59:37 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | ChurchMilitantTV
    Resign Cardinal Dolan. Resign now for the sake of your soul.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 9, 2014

    09/09/2014 5:57:06 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 9/9/14 | Joel Osteen
    Nothing Will Be Impossible Today's Scripture ...now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (Genesis 11:6 KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the Old Testament, the people were trying to build a tower to the heavens. The scripture says, Nothing they imagined was impossible to them. Their imagination was so powerful that God had to send confusion to keep them from accomplishing something for the wrong purpose. That same principle is true today. If we can get our imagination working for the right purpose, if we will let God paint a new...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 9, 2014]

    09/09/2014 5:55:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Yourself (2) " . . . bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . . —2 Corinthians 10:5 " Determinedly Discipline Other Things. This is another difficult aspect of the strenuous nature of sainthood. Paul said, according to the Moffatt translation of this verse, “. . . I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ . . . .” So much Christian work today has never been disciplined, but has simply come into being by impulse! In our Lord’s life every project was disciplined to the will of His Father. There...
  • "The Blasphemy of a Homophobic Jesus" (Time/Patheos)

    09/09/2014 5:29:28 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 24 replies
    Well my goodness, it would seem that yet another pastor in yet another Christian church has found his 15 minutes of fame on the interwebs by intentionally whipping up theologically inaccurate, fear-based, power-hungry homophobia. Get a load of this little ditty as reported by Raw Story: "Brainerd Baptist Church Senior Pastor Robby Gallaty devoted his entire hour-long sermon on Sunday to justifying Christian opposition to the sexuality of LGBT people. "After spending about 20 minutes recounting the perils of homosexuality throughout history, Gallaty asserted that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God because of gay sex..."
  • Is the Catholic Church Evolving on Gay Marriage? (Time magazine)

    09/09/2014 5:18:48 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 101 replies
    Time ^ | 9/8/14 | Christopher J Hale
    Bit by bit Last week New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave his okay to the St. Patrick Day Parade Committees decision to allow a gay group to march in the 2015 parade under their own banner. This was a remarkable shift from one of Dolans predecessors Cardinal John OConnor who in 1993 declared that to allow a gay group to march in the parade would be a slander to the Apostles Creed. This closes a remarkable summer in which a number of high-ranking Catholic prelates have signaled that Pope Franciss more open posture on gay issues has permeated through the...
  • Rob Bell Joins Oprahs Life You Want Tour

    Rob Bell will be out on the road as part of a new speaking tour. But unlike the intimate theater shows he used to host, his new platform will be in arenas around the country. Oprah has announced that Bell will be among the guests on her eight-city The Life You Want Weekend tour, kicking off this fall. In a press release, Oprah said, All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space. I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to...
  • Pro-Russian mercenaries seize Protestant Church in Luhansk Region

    09/09/2014 4:40:11 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 9 replies
    PRO-RUSSIAN MERCENARIES SEIZE PROTESTANT CHURCH IN LUHANSK REGION 9 September 2014, 09:55 | Temples, church property | 0 | | Code for Blog | | Mercenaries of the so-called Luhansk Peoples Republic (which the Ukrainian court names a terrorist organization) on September 8 occupied the building of the Church in Anthracite (Luhansk region). Armed men with two priests of the Orthodox Church entered the meeting house and demanded that all leave the church. Pastors organized a bomb shelter and charity kitchen in the basement of the House of Prayer for All Peoples. People with disabilities were also taken care of...
  • Holy Cuteness! Rare Photos of 12 Saints as Children {Catholic Caucus}

    09/09/2014 11:20:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.churchpop.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | ChurchPop Editor
    The older a person gets, the more they can usually appreciate the incredible potential that exists within every young child. What will they learn? What will they discover? Will they have a family of their own? What will be their greatest highs? What will be their darkest lows? Maybe its because most of us realize that we havent used our own potential to its fullest extent. The saints are far from perfect, but they are individuals whom the Church holds up as examples of people who truly followed after Christ, lived in Gods grace, and demonstrated heroic virtue. But they...
  • Onward Catholic Soldiers: The Catholic Church during the American Civil War

    09/09/2014 10:52:49 AM PDT · by Pelham · 82 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | Fall 2011 | Mark Summers
    It is a common, even clichd saying that the American Civil War pitted "brother against brother." Certainly, the conflict divided the nation as the seceded Southern states fought for independence, while the Northern and Border states fought to preserve the Union. Even within the sections, there were politicians, civilians, and soldiers who sympathized with the other "side." The issues of Slavery, "States-Rights," and the meaning of the Federal Constitution created passions and hatreds, which leapt from the ballot box to the battlefield. Even churches especially churches were prone to this division. Each section, denomination, and parishioner believed God to be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-09-14, M, St. Peter Claver, Priest

    09/08/2014 10:27:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-09-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 9, 2014Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest Reading 1 1 Cor 6:1-11 Brothers and sisters:How can any one of you with a case against anotherdare to bring it to the unjust for judgmentinstead of to the holy ones?Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world?If the world is to be judged by you,are you unqualified for the lowest law courts?Do you not know that we will judge angels?Then why not everyday matters?If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters,do you seat as judges people of no standing in the Church?I say this to shame...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 8, 2014

    09/08/2014 6:33:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 9/8/14 | Joel Osteen
    Keep the Right Things in Your Life Today's Scripture For as he thinks in his heart, so is he... (Proverbs 23:7, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God created us as visual beings. Its so important that we create the right image in our minds because the way we see ourselves is what we move toward. Visualization is simply seeing yourself the way you want to be. Its creating a picture in your mind of accomplishing your goals, overcoming your obstacles, and fulfilling your God-given destiny. Our imagination is extremely powerful. The way we see ourselves in these...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 8, 2014]

    09/08/2014 6:31:04 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Yourself (1) " . . . casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God . . . —2 Corinthians 10:5 " Determinedly Demolish Some Things. Deliverance from sin is not the same as deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature, such as prejudices, that the saint can only destroy through sheer neglect. But there are other things that have to be destroyed through violence, that is, through God’s divine strength imparted by His Spirit. There are some things over which we are not to fight, but only...
  • J. Gresham Machen on Church Unity

    09/08/2014 5:07:26 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 10 replies
    Reformed Forum ^ | April 30th, 2014 | Jared Oliphint
    In light of the recent discussion on “The Future of Protestantism,” I thought I would post Machen’s take on church unity as he deals with this topic in his classic work, Christianity and Liberalism: We are not dealing here with delicate personal questions; we are not presuming to say whether such and such an individual man is a Christian or not. God only can decide such questions; no man can say with assurance whether the attitude of certain individual “liberals” toward Christ is saving faith or not. But one thing is perfectly plain—whether or not liberals are Christians, it is...
  • Are Christians required to pay tithes?

    09/08/2014 3:44:25 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 98 replies
    9/8/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    When pressed for an answer to "Paying tithes was under the Law", some retort that Christians are required to pay tithes because Abraham's paying of tithes to Melchizedek preceded to Law. In reply to that, do the scriptures say in Genesis chapter 14 that Abraham was compelled to pay tithes, or was it rather a free will tithe offering, unlike the compelled tithe that was enacted under the Law? In Deuteronomy 14:26 (NIV), it says that those who attended a particular feast day that they could "...Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-08-14, FEAST, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    09/07/2014 8:13:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-08-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 8, 2014Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Mi 5:1-4a The LORD says:You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah,too small to be among the clans of Judah,From you shall come forth for meone who is to be ruler in Israel;Whose origin is from of old,from ancient times.(Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the timewhen she who is to give birth has borne,And the rest of his brethren shall returnto the children of Israel.)He shall stand firm and shepherd his flockby the strength of the LORD,in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;And they shall remain,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 7, 2014]

    09/07/2014 2:39:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Fountains of Blessings " The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life —John 4:14 " The picture our Lord described here is not that of a simple stream of water, but an overflowing fountain. Continue to “be filled” (Ephesians 5:18) and the sweetness of your vital relationship to Jesus will flow as generously out of you as it has been given to you. If you find that His life is not springing up as it should, you are to blame— something is obstructing the flow. Was Jesus...
  • NY archdiocese should sever ties with St. Patrick's Day parade

    09/07/2014 6:23:31 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org ^ | September 4, 2014 | Phil Lawler
    You dont honor a saint by encouraging a sin. No doubt there have been homosexual persons marching down Fifth Avenue every year in the St. Patricks Day parade. There was never any ban on their participation; there was no test of sexual orientation for marchers. But next year the parade in New York will feature something new: a group of avowed homosexuals carrying a banner, promoting same-sex unions, supporting the gay lifestyle. Next year there will be only one story-line of interest to the reporters who cover the annual parade in the worlds media capital: the triumph of the gay...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-07-14, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/06/2014 7:16:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-07-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 7, 2014 Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 33:7-9 Thus says the LORD:You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel;when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ”and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way,the wicked shall die for his guilt,but I will hold you responsible for his death.But if you warn the wicked,trying to turn him from his way,and he refuses to turn from his way,he shall die for...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 6, 2014]

    09/06/2014 4:54:30 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Far-Reaching Rivers of Life " He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water —John 7:38 " A river reaches places which its source never knows. And Jesus said that, if we have received His fullness, “rivers of living water” will flow out of us, reaching in blessing even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8) regardless of how small the visible effects of our lives may appear to be. We have nothing to do with the outflow— “This is the work of God, that you believe. ....
  • Are Catholic conservatives turning on Cardinal Timothy Dolan?

    09/05/2014 9:28:41 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 55 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK Cardinal Timothy Dolans positive reaction to this weeks decision by organizers of New Yorks annual St. Patricks Day parade to allow gay groups to march under their own banners initially drew charitable responses in many Catholic Church circles. But it didnt take long for conservative church critics to turn. After initially signaling his grudging acceptance, William Donohue of the Catholic League came back with a revised view when he realized that more than one gay group could be allowed to march in the future.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-06-14

    09/05/2014 8:50:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-06-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 6, 2014Saturday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 4:6b-15 Brothers and sisters:Learn from myself and Apollos not to go beyond what is written,so that none of you will be inflated with pridein favor of one person over against another.Who confers distinction upon you?What do you possess that you have not received?But if you have received it,why are you boasting as if you did not receive it?You are already satisfied; you have already grown rich;you have become kings without us!Indeed, I wish that you had become kings,so that we also might become kings...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 5, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/05/2014 5:26:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 9/5/14 | Joel Osteen
    Be Great in the Midst of Criticism Today's Scripture "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you." (Matthew 5:44, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If youre going to pursue greatness, if youre going to be a great businessperson, a great teacher, a great parent, a great leader, you have to understand that not everyone is going to cheer you on. Id love to tell you that your family, friends and co-workers will celebrate you,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 5, 2014]

    09/05/2014 5:24:02 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Watching With Jesus " Stay here and watch with Me —Matthew 26:38 " Watch with Me.” Jesus was saying, in effect, “Watch with no private point of view at all, but watch solely and entirely with Me.” In the early stages of our Christian life, we do not watch with Jesus, we watch for Him. We do not watch with Him through the revealed truth of the Bible even in the circumstances of our own lives. Our Lord is trying to introduce us to identification with Himself through a particular “Gethsemane” experience of our own. But we refuse to...
  • Science, Catholics, and Fear

    09/05/2014 5:35:58 AM PDT · by DarkSavant · 36 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | September 02, 2014 | SIMCHA FISHER
    It is a disgraceful and a dangerous thing for an unbeliever to hear a Christian, presumably explaining science, nutrition, and medicine, talking nonsense on these topics. Many non-Christians are well-versed in Natural knowledge, so they can detect vast ignorance in such a Christian and laugh it to scorn. The danger is obvious-- the failure to conform interpretation to demonstrated knowledge opens the interpreter, and by extension, Christianity as a whole, to ridicule for being unlearned. All right, so St. Augustine didn't say "science, nutrition, and medicine," he said "the meaning of scripture." But other than that, he's describing a good...
  • Time To Admit It: The Church Has Always Been Right On Birth Control

    09/04/2014 10:35:55 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | February 8, 2012 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Painting the Catholic Church as "out of touch" is like shooting fish in a barrel, what with the funny hats and gilded churches. And nothing makes it easier than the Church's stance against contraception. Many people, (including our editor) are wondering why the Catholic Church doesn't just ditch this requirement. They note that most Catholics ignore it, and that most everyone else finds it divisive, or "out-dated." C'mon! It's the 21st century, they say! Don't they SEE that it's STUPID, they scream. Here's the thing, though: the Catholic Church is the world's biggest and oldest organization. It has buried all...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-05-14, OM, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta

    09/04/2014 8:33:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-05-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 5, 2014Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 4:1-5 Brothers and sisters:Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christand stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is of course required of stewardsthat they be found trustworthy.It does not concern me in the leastthat I be judged by you or any human tribunal;I do not even pass judgment on myself;I am not conscious of anything against me,but I do not thereby stand acquitted;the one who judges me is the Lord.Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time,until the Lord...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 4, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/04/2014 5:40:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/4/14 | Joel Osteen
    Giant Slayer Today's Scripture "A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men." (Proverbs 18:16, NASB) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When people hear the story of David and Goliath, sometimes they think, That was all God. And yes, in a sense, it was all God; but God didnt sling the stone. David had a role to play, too. God gave David the skill that he had to develop in order to be prepared for that defining moment. Like David, God has put skills inside of you so that you can slay the giants...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 4, 2014]

    09/04/2014 5:37:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His! " They were Yours, You gave them to Me . . . —John 17:6 " A missionary is someone in whom the Holy Spirit has brought about this realization: “You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). To say, “I am not my own,” is to have reached a high point in my spiritual stature. The true nature of that life in actual everyday confusion is evidenced by the deliberate giving up of myself to another Person through a sovereign decision, and that Person is Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit interprets and explains the nature of Jesus to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-14

    09/03/2014 8:22:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-04-14 | Revised New Ameirican Bible
    September 4, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 3:18-23 Brothers and sisters:Let no one deceive himself.If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age,let him become a fool, so as to become wise.For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God,for it is written: God catches the wise in their own ruses, and again: The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you,Paul or Apollos or Cephas,or the world or life...
  • Rose Warmer brought the Word of God in Auschwitz (Messianic Jew)

    09/03/2014 5:04:18 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    Before the start of the Holocaust, Jewish born Rose Warmer found her Messiah. When her people were being deported, she longed to go with them. She handed herself in, was transported to Auschwitz and brought the people there the Word of God. Rising anti-Semitism Rose was born in a well-to-do Jewish family in Hungary. She studied art, music and dance and led a wandering artists life in Vienna and Budapest. In the 1930s when Nazism was rising, anti-Semitism too was growing day by day. Jews were being forced to wear the yellow star and were thrown out of professional jobs...
  • The Osteens Donald Sterling Moment

    09/03/2014 4:42:15 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 47 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 2, 2014 | Hans Fiene
    When Donald Sterling had to sell the Los Angeles Clippers because he was caught on tape saying he didn’t want his mistress bringing black people to his basketball games, many people cheered. But if you had paid much attention to Sterling prior to the TMZ-leaked audio, you probably didn’t cheer—not because you weren’t troubled by Sterling’s comments, but because Sterling’s downfall over those particular comments felt a bit anticlimactic. Sterling was sued for racial discrimination in basketball. He was repeatedly sued for housing discrimination against blacks and Latinos. Sterling’s wife allegedly posed as a health inspector to survey the race...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 3, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/03/2014 3:30:35 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/3/14 | Joel Osteen
    Water the Right Seeds Today's Scripture Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times. (Mark 4:8, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When somebody calls you something, either good or bad, that seed is planted in the soil of your mind. However, you get to determine whether or not that seed takes root and grows. When you dwell on what was said, you are watering the seed. Youre giving it a right to become a reality. Thats why its so important to...