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  • Questions on Acts 3

    08/28/2015 9:01:39 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 15 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Some will tell you the Bible can't be understood. Others say you can't understand it without a theology degree, or an ordained teacher, or a special vision/revelation. I challenge those claims, and invite everyone to read Acts 3 and see whether the following questions are too difficult. And when you're done, you might find you know more than your preacher. :-) 1. What was the lame man expecting to receive from Peter and John? 2. Did the people recognize this man? Why were they amazed when they saw him? 3. How had the Jews treated their Messiah/Christ? 4. What proofs...
  • Observing the Flowers (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/28/2015 8:55:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith?’” (Matthew 6:28-30). Observing the flowers is a way to remember that God cares for you. In Matthew 6, some of the people...
  • Holy Hatred (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/28/2015 8:52:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hate evil, you who love the Lord" (Ps. 97:10). God’s hatred for evil is an extension of His love. After spending this month exploring fifteen characteristics of godly love, it might seem odd to shift suddenly to the topic of hatred. Additionally, "holy hatred" will sound like a contradiction in terms to those who view all hatred as evil. But love and hate are inseparable. You can't truly love something and be complacent about the things that oppose or threaten it. If you love your spouse, you hate anything that would defile or injure him or her. If you love...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-15, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/27/2015 10:21:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 28, 2015   Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 1 Thes 4:1-8 Brothers and sisters,we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,as you received from ushow you should conduct yourselves to please God– and as you are conducting yourselves– you do so even more.For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. This is the will of God, your holiness:that you refrain from immorality,that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himselfin holiness and honor, not in lustful passionas do the Gentiles who...
  • Living Life to the Fullest (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/27/2015 1:34:19 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span?’” (Matthew 6:27). You can worry yourself to death, but not to life. Dr. Charles Mayo of the renowned Mayo Clinic wrote, “Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands and the whole nervous system. I have never met a man or known a man to die of overwork, but I have known a lot who died of worry.” We live in a day when people worry about how long they will live. That’s a harmful practice because you can worry yourself to death, but not...
  • The Triumph of Love (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/27/2015 1:32:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] endures all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love triumphs over opposition. Endurance is the final characteristic of love that Paul mentions in this passage. The Greek word translated "endures" in verse 7 is a military term that speaks of being positioned in the middle of a violent battle. It refers not to withstanding minor annoyances, but incredible opposition. Love does that without ceasing to love. Stephen is a good example of enduring love. He preached God's message without compromise, but his enemies stoned him to death. His last act was to fall on his knees, crying out with a loud...
  • God’s Eternal Reign (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional)

    08/27/2015 7:49:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    “The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting” (vv. 1–2). - Psalm 93 Psalm 19 begins by asserting that the heavens proclaim the glories of God (v.1), showing that creation’s purpose is to declare the goodness and majesty of its Creator. Yet, the physical world is not alone in being tasked with extolling and revealing the Lord’s glory. As we see throughout Scripture, those whom God has...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-15, M, St. Monica

    08/26/2015 7:46:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 27, 2015   Memorial of Saint Monica Reading 1 1 Thes 3:7-13 We have been reassured about you, brothers and sisters,in our every distress and affliction, through your faith.For we now live, if you stand firm in the Lord. What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you,for all the joy we feel on your account before our God?Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in personand to remedy the deficiencies of your faith.Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesusdirect our way to you, and may the Lord make you increaseand...
  • Abortion advocates leave hateful comments following death of pro-life hero who stood outside....

    08/26/2015 12:56:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    saynsumthn.wordpress.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | saynsumthn
    FULL TITLE: Abortion advocates leave hateful comments following death of pro-life hero who stood outside Planned Parenthood The mindset of abortion activists never ceases to amaze me. Shortly after the death of a pro-life hero, who spent his final hours standing up for unborn babies outside Planned Parenthood on August 22, 2015, pro-choice vulchers swooned. In one of his last acts on earth, 73-year-old Bob Adis, who was lovingly referred to as “poppy” joined last weekend’s pro-life protest in Livonia, Michigan to expose Planned Parenthood’s gruesome baby parts operation. Bob Adis, whose handicapped wife was with him at the clinic,...
  • Receiving Joy and Strength (Evangelical/Protestant/Lutheran/NonDenom Caucus & Devotional)

    08/26/2015 8:38:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    There is still another vital aspect to the “why” of Jesus’ departure. He said, “If I do not go away, the Helper (Paraclete) will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” Jesus’ departure was tied to Pentecost. There is no Pentecost without ascension. As the invested King of kings, Jesus had the authority together with the Father to send His Holy Spirit in a new and powerful way upon the church. Jesus spoke of a certain necessity of His leaving in order for the Spirit to come. Herein was another great advantage. He...
  • Can I Be Sure I’m Saved? (Protestant/Evangelical caucus)

    08/26/2015 8:35:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    At a practical level, people who are struggling with their assurance of salvation often approach me and ask, “How can I know I am saved?” In response, I ask them three questions. First I ask, “Do you love Jesus perfectly?” Every person to whom I have asked that question has responded candidly, “No, I don’t.” That’s why they are not sure of the state of their souls; they know there are deficiencies in their affection for Christ, because they know that if they loved Christ perfectly, they would obey Him perfectly. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep...
  • A Lesson from Nature (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/26/2015 6:46:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?’” (Matthew 6:26). If God provides for the birds, how much more will He provide for you. I can imagine our Lord standing on a hillside in Galilee, looking down over the beautiful north end of the sea, the breeze rippling across the water, the sun bright in the sky. The people were all gathered at His feet. As He was speaking to them, some birds...
  • Hoping in God (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/26/2015 6:44:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] hopes all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love refuses to take human failure as final. Even when faith falters, hope comes to the rescue. It is that long rope that keeps us linked to the sovereignty and power of God. The apostle Peter wrote to believers who were experiencing severe trials. To encourage them he began, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Pet. 1:3). Our hope is a...
  • Multiplying Freedom

    08/26/2015 6:41:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 19, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Can we talk? You and I both know that so often the church is probably the last place in the world where people are really free. We talk about freedom, we preach it and offer it to those who have not found Christ. But if you take a long look around the average church you will find people who seem to be cut from the exact same mold. Most of us look, act and talk the same way.There is, of course, a cold, dead orthodoxy among us that we have called “Christian.” Paul warned Timothy to be careful about those...
  • Life matters even in death: A tribute to Bob Adis

    08/25/2015 10:57:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | Carole Novielli
    In the course of each year, the pro-life community can lose many activists for life. But when a pro-life hero spends his final moments on earth standing up for unborn babies, it is worth mentioning. This was the case of Bob Adis, who passed away shortly after standing up for unborn babies outside Planned Parenthood during the weekend’s national protest. The 73-year-old, fondly referred to as “Poppy,” and his wife Joan, joined members of Harvest Bible Church in exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby parts operation in Livonia, Michigan, on Saturday morning. Shortly after the group assembled on the public sidewalk, pro-life...
  • Sports Columnist: Tim Tebow's Not Only Good for NFL, He's Good for the World

    08/25/2015 8:17:00 PM PDT · by xzins · 25 replies
    CNS ^ | August 25, 2015 | Penny Starr
    A sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel said people ask him why he wants to see Tim Tebow succeed in his professional football career and his reasons have nothing to do the game. “Mainly it's because every time I've ever seen him at a public appearance, he scans the crowd in search of kids with special needs and then immediately makes a mad dash toward those kids as if they are a touchdown pylon,” Mike Bianchi wrote in an Aug. 22 column. “So many times these kids with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and afflictions we can't even pronounce...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-15

    08/25/2015 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2015   Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 2:9-13 You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God.You are witnesses, and so is God,how devoutly and justly and blamelesslywe behaved toward you believers.As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children,exhorting and encouraging you and insistingthat you walk in a manner worthy of the Godwho calls you into his Kingdom and glory. And for this reason we...
  • Hating Catholics–America’s ONLY Accepted Prejudice

    08/25/2015 6:45:11 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 318 replies
    I recall when I got scorned for attacking homosexuality on my blog with a comment that said, “You are a homophobe, do you not know that God loves everyone including homosexuals,” in which I answered with, “do you not know that God loves everyone including the homophobe?” Indeed, we say “God loves everyone,” including, but not limited to; heretics, pedophiles, hemophiliacs, sodomites, lesbians, murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug pushers and every mutant from the pit of hell, except, of course, the legalist and the Pharisee, that is, the good old Catholic Church. y now, objectors who read so far what...
  • Led To Repentance

    08/25/2015 6:25:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 20, 2015 | Jessica Thompson
    “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance” (Romans 2:1-4) Recently, I...
  • What Does Faith Look Like?

    08/25/2015 8:14:25 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 28 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Perhaps that seems like a strange question. Can we see faith? You decide. - Noah built the ark by faith (Heb. 11:7). What did the people without faith do? - Rahab hid the spies by faith (Heb. 11:31). If she hadn't had faith, wouldn't she have turned them in instead? Did the people hunting for the spies have faith? - Abraham left his home and went where God led him, not even knowing where he was going, because he had faith (Heb. 11:8-9). If he hadn't had faith, would he have gone or stayed home? It is faith that causes...
  • The Giver of Life (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/25/2015 7:28:37 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on’” (Matthew 6:25). God gives you life and sustains your life. If you were living in Palestine during the time of Jesus, you might have been concerned about having the basics of life. That’s because there were times when the snows didn’t come to the mountains, and as a result the streams didn’t run. When the streams dried up, there was no water. Crops didn’t always produce either. They were subject to...
  • Expecting the Best (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/25/2015 7:25:30 AM PDT · by metmom · 13 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] believes all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love always expects the best of others. In Luke 15 Jesus tells a parable about a father who had two sons. The younger son asked for his share of the family inheritance, then left home and squandered it on sinful pursuits. When he realized his folly, he decided to return home and ask his father's forgiveness. So "he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him. And the...
  • Understanding Christ’s New Role (Protestant/Lutheran/Evangelical/Nondenom Caucus)

    08/25/2015 5:08:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Imagine an earthly situation where the heir-apparent to the throne meets with his closest friends on the eve of his own coronation. The new king’s friends would hardly desire that the king skip his own coronation. There is no greater benefit to the new king’s friends than that he ascends to the throne. When Jesus left this world, He was not departing in exile. He was leaving for His coronation. He was passing from humiliation to exaltation. The extraordinary benefit in this for every Christian is that he can live in the full assurance that at this very moment the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-15, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz

    08/24/2015 9:42:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 25, 2015   Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 2:1-8 You yourselves know, brothers and sisters,that our reception among you was not without effect.Rather, after we had suffered and been insolently treated,as you know, in Philippi,we drew courage through our Godto speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle.Our exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives,nor did it work through deception.But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the Gospel,that is how we speak,not as trying to please men,but rather God, who judges our hearts.Nor, indeed,...
  • Flipping God the Bird (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/24/2015 10:46:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    challies.com ^ | August 24, 2015 | Tim Challies
    Gestures are funny things. Gestures have no intrinsic meaning, but they do have very important assigned meanings. Here in North America the simple thumbs-up gesture means “well done,” but in some other cultures it carries a meaning that is vulgar and offensive. Or just think of George W. Bush at his 2005 inauguration flashing the “hook ‘em horns” gesture of the Texas Longhorns. Italians were shocked because they use that same gesture to indicate that a man’s wife is cheating on him. The gesture is the same, but it carries a very different meaning. In many places in the world,...
  • WHY ARE THERE SO MANY CHURCHES - ANSWERING the Hardline Church of Christ Denomination

    08/24/2015 8:30:26 AM PDT · by damonw · 85 replies
    Why Are There So Many Churches ANSWERED ^ | 08/24/15 | Damon Whitsell
    When someone ask the question WHY ARE THERE SO MANY CHURCHES they usually are not interested in seeking an honest answer to the question. But rather they ask the question to go on to say (1) Christianity is divided. (2) God wants unity in His church not division (3) and their group is the Only True Christian Church. This is the case with the video above and the website WhyAreThereSoManyChurches.com that is produced by the hardline Church of Christ (CoC) organization World Video Bible School. This site seeks to examine that video and it’s exclusive claims and inferences in detail....
  • Ashley Madison: Faithlessness (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/24/2015 7:21:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | Mark Jones
    "... be sure your sin will find you out" (Num. 32:23). Ashley. Madison. Two words that will not be forgotten by millions of people for as long as they live. Divorce lawyers in some cities are not even answering their phones. Computer hackers are being celebrated and vindicated. Millions of men and women are in a state of panic. People are being blackmailed. Josh Dugger is a self-admitted hypocrite. And spouses and children of married couples are about to have their lives ruined. Why? Because almost 39 million people are anonymous members of the "Ashley Madison" website that allows affairs...
  • The Sin of Worry (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/24/2015 6:18:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on’” (Matthew 6:25). To worry about the future is to sin against God. Someone has said, “You can’t change the past, but you can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future.” Worry does ruin the present, but even more important for the believer is to recognize that worry is sin. Let’s look at why that is so. Worry means you are striking out at God. Someone might say, “Worry...
  • Covering Sin (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/24/2015 6:16:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] bears all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love confronts sin but protects the sinner. In 1 Corinthians 13:7 Paul mentions four qualities of love that are closely related: bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, and enduring all things. That might sound like love is indiscriminate and accepting of anything that comes along, but "all things" in that verse is qualified by the context. Love rejects jealousy, bragging, arrogance, and so on (vv. 4-6), but it bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things that are within the parameters of God's Word. "Love bears all things" speaks of love's...
  • Satan worshipers drown women with milk in Planned Parenthood counter-protest

    08/23/2015 11:31:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 8/23/15 | Barbara Boland
    Satan worshipers launched a counter-protest against pro-lifers outside the Detriot and Ferndale, Michigan Planned Parenthood locations Saturday. Clad in black robes, members of the Satanic Temple of Detriot drenched bound women with milk, simulating water-boarding to "illustrate the theocratic agenda imposed upon female bodies." The milk symbolized breast milk, one of the protest organizers explained on Facebook. The group attached a symbol of their temple to the American flag and held up a sign that read, "America is not a theocracy. End forced motherhood."
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-24-15, FEAST, St. Bartholomew, Apostle

    08/23/2015 9:05:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 24, 2015   Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle Reading 1 Rv 21:9b-14 The angel spoke to me, saying,“Come here.I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”He took me in spirit to a great, high mountainand showed me the holy city Jerusalemcoming down out of heaven from God.It gleamed with the splendor of God.Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,like jasper, clear as crystal.It had a massive, high wall,with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationedand on which names were inscribed,the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.There were three gates...
  • Letting the Fog Lift (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/23/2015 8:49:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on’” (Matthew 6:25). God’s Word commands us not to worry. A story I once read reminded me that worry is like fog. According to the article, dense fog covering seven city blocks a hundred feet deep is composed of less than one glass of water—divided into sixty billion droplets. In the right form, a few gallons of water can cripple a large city. Similarly, the object of a person’s worry is usually...
  • Maintaining Doctrinal Purity (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/23/2015 8:46:29 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] rejoices with the truth" (1 Cor. 13:6). Love never compromises God’s Word. Paul has just given us a list of things that love does not do: become jealous, brag, act arrogantly or unbecomingly, seek its own, become provoked, keep track of wrongs suffered, or rejoice in unrighteousness. Now he comes to the first of five things love does: "[Love] rejoices with the truth" (v. 6). The contrast in verse 6 is between love's inability to rejoice in unrighteousness and its joy when truth prevails. "Truth" refers to God's Word, which is the standard of righteousness. Paul could have said,...
  • When Jesus said the Shema

    08/23/2015 7:35:07 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 16 replies
    Jewniverse ^ | 8/19/2015 | Matthue Roth
    Tags: jesus, liturgy, new testament, prayer, shema When Jesus Said The Shema So you’ve heard of the Shema, right? The most important prayer in Judaism? Traditionally recited twice a day, upon waking and going to sleep? Today, when we say “the Shema,” we’re talking about the verse Deuteronomy 6:4 as well as three other paragraphs (two from Deuteronomy and one from Numbers), but the prayer has been through a number of iterations. Several hundred years ago, the Shema contained the entire text of the Ten Commandments. At one point, early rabbis proposed that the Shema should contain the entirety of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-23-15, Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/22/2015 7:47:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 23, 2015   Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,summoning their elders, their leaders,their judges, and their officers. When they stood in ranks before God,Joshua addressed all the people:“If it does not please you to serve the LORD,decide today whom you will serve,the gods your fathers served beyond the Riveror the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are now dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” But the people answered,“Far be it from us to forsake the...
  • Materialistic Christians (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/22/2015 5:36:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth’” (Matthew 6:19). You cannot pursue both God and riches. Ours is a society consumed with material things. Status, success, and importance are all too often measured by a person’s financial worth. Those with wealth flaunt it; those without wealth fake it. People often rack up huge debts in their desperate and futile pursuit of happiness through accumulating material things. Sadly, that same materialistic mind-set permeates the church. Instead of offering an alternative, that of being distinct from the world, the church joins the world in its pursuit of riches. Most tragically...
  • Rejoicing in Righteousness (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/22/2015 5:34:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] does not rejoice in unrighteousness" (1 Cor. 13:6). Love never justifies sin. To most Christians, the idea of rejoicing over unrighteousness is repulsive because it suggests enjoying deliberate, wanton sin. We've seen sin's tragic effects on mankind and know how it offends God, so how could we ever rejoice in such a thing? But rejoicing in unrighteousness includes any attempt to justify sin in your own life or the lives of others, so it can be a very subtle thing. There are many ways to rejoice in unrighteousness. One is to exchange right for wrong. That's what the prophet...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-22-15, M, The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/21/2015 8:45:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB/org/RNAB ^ | 08-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 22, 2015   Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Ru 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17 Naomi had a prominent kinsman named Boaz,of the clan of her husband Elimelech.Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi,“Let me go and glean ears of grain in the fieldof anyone who will allow me that favor.”Naomi said to her, “Go, my daughter,” and she went.The field she entered to glean after the harvestershappened to be the section belonging to Boazof the clan of Elimelech. Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter!Do not go to glean in anyone else’s field;you are not...
  • Planned Parenthood and the silence of the Church

    08/21/2015 1:42:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    christiantoday.com ^ | 21 August 2015 | David Robertson
    Having taken a six-week break from social media, the internet and writing, it was with a sense of trepidation that I emerged from my cocoon. What has been going on in the world? In seeking to catch up I read over newsfeeds, papers and websites, and found there is one issue that stands out – mainly because apart from in US Christian circles, the silence has been deafening. I am talking, of course, about the Planned Parenthood videos. I am sure that most readers on Christian Today will be aware of the basics of the story – how the Center...
  • Is Your Religion Based on the Bible?

    08/21/2015 8:42:12 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 28 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Like a bottle of "fruit juice cocktail" that's mostly corn syrup and water with a bit of actual fruit juice mixed in, some "Christian" religions are based only loosely on Christ and His Word. As we see all around us various man-made codes, catechisms, creeds, councils, conventions, etc., it's worth our time to consider whether our religion is based on the God's revelation in the Bible, or on man's ideas. The Jewish religion of Jesus' day was ostensibly based on the Scriptures, yet piled so high with preachers' and authors' ideas, that the Word of God was not only obscured...
  • Facebook strikes again, blocking Msgr. Charles Pope

    08/21/2015 8:22:28 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Last night, I was one of many who received the following email from Msgr. Charles Pope, well-known blogger and writer in the Archdiocese of Washington: Just a brief note to inform you that I have been blocked from Facebook. They claim that Msgr. Charles Pope is not my real name and are requiring me to submit government ID proving that Msgr. Charles Pope is my true identity. As of now, I have no intention of doing this since I consider it an unreasonable demand by them. They further indicate that even if I supply the IDs from at least two...
  • Understanding the Cross (Protestant/Evangelical/Nondenom/IBC/Lutheran Devotional & Caucus)

    08/21/2015 5:10:19 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    What really happened on the cross? Was the death of Jesus a human tragedy whereby a good man was brutally and unfairly slain? Was His death an example of faith, obedience, and self-sacrifice? Was it a ransom paid to the Devil? A victory over the Devil? A manifestation of moral influence? Was the cross an atonement? Did it involve expiation and propitiation for sin? Was it a supernatural act done to satisfy the wrath and justice of God? Each of these individually and several in combination have been set forth as the real meaning of Christ’s death. How we understand...
  • A Little Piece of Bread (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/21/2015 4:59:50 AM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for [the Lord] Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5). God promises to provide for all your needs. In World War II the death of many adults left many orphans. At the close of the war, the Allies provided some camps to feed the orphans and to try and find a place to relocate them. The children began to develop and grow, receiving the finest food and care. But in one of the camps, the...
  • Forgiving Others (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/21/2015 4:57:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] does not take into account a wrong suffered" (1 Cor. 13:5). If you love someone, you won’t keep a record of their offenses. It is reported that when the Moravian missionaries first went to the Eskimos, they couldn't find a word in their language for forgiveness. They had to combine a series of shorter words into one compound word: Issumagijoujungnainermik. Although the word appears formidable, its meaning is beautiful, being translated: "Not-being-able-to-think-about-it-anymore." You've probably noticed that unforgiving people usually have good memories. Some can hold a grudge for a lifetime. But love never keeps a record of wrongs committed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 8-21-15, M, St. Pius X, Pope

    08/20/2015 9:16:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 8-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 21, 2015   Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope Reading 1 Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22 Once in the time of the judges there was a famine in the land;so a man from Bethlehem of Judahdeparted with his wife and two sonsto reside on the plateau of Moab.Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died,and she was left with her two sons, who married Moabite women,one named Orpah, the other Ruth.When they had lived there about ten years,both Mahlon and Chilion died also,and the woman was left with neither her two sons nor her husband.She then made ready to go...
  • The Soul & Friendship's Role (Part 2) PODCAST

    08/20/2015 4:06:44 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Archive.org ^ | August 17, 2015 | Rob W. Case
    In the second half of our discussion on “the Soul and Friendship’s Role”, my educator friend and co-producer Tom Pazdan and I will discuss meaningful friendships that become toxic. If you are an emotionally sensitive person, and you feel (or have felt) hurt, anger, disappointment, or what have you due either to a broken friendship, or one that is now full of animosity, this show will try to make some sense out of your feelings. Also on the program, we will discuss how Jesus Christ provides a template for friendships, as the perfect model for them, on this edition of...
  • The Lord Who Provides (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/20/2015 12:04:47 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the Lord it will be provided’” (Genesis 22:13-14). When God provides for a believer, He’s being true to His name. The Old Testament gives God many names, but one of the most lovely is Jehovah-Jireh, translated in...
  • Godly Anger Versus Selfish Anger (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/20/2015 12:02:42 PM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] is not provoked" (1 Cor. 13:5). Self-centered anger cannot coexist with love. The great eighteenth-century preacher and theologian Jonathan Edwards had a daughter with an uncontrollable temper. When a young man asked Dr. Edwards for his daughter's hand in marriage, he said no. The young man was crushed. "But I love her and she loves me," he pleaded. "That makes no difference," Edwards replied, "she isn't worthy of you." "But she is a Christian, isn't she," the young man argued. "Yes," said Edwards, "but the grace of God can live with some people with whom no one else could...
  • Adopting Christ’s Attitude (Protestant/Lutheran/Evangelical/NonDenom/Bible Church Caucus)

    08/20/2015 5:00:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 8/20/2015
    “Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be rasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on the cross!” (Phil. 2:4–8, NIV). Here the attribute of glory is ascribed to all three members of the Trinity. This glory...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-20-15, M, St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

    08/19/2015 9:58:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 20, 2015   Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Jgs 11:29-39a The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah.He passed through Gilead and Manasseh,and through Mizpah-Gilead as well,and from there he went on to the Ammonites.Jephthah made a vow to the LORD.“If you deliver the Ammonites into my power,” he said,“whoever comes out of the doors of my houseto meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonitesshall belong to the LORD.I shall offer him up as a burnt offering.” Jephthah then went on to the Ammonites to fight against them,and...