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  • What If The Lord Jesus Came To America?

    04/19/2014 3:43:52 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 24 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/19/14
    If the Lord Jesus Christ came in our day (2014) to the "land of the "free", what would you expect the majority of Americans to do with Him? Would the "Word made Flesh" be received and welcomed as the Savior of the world? Would "church" goers receive Him with open arms? Would the socially dependent so called "poor", rich and government and educational elites welcome Him with open arms? Would the conservative and leftist media outlets have good things to say about Him? Would His countless miracles of healing the lame, blind, sick and demon possessed win over the masses...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 19, 2014]

    04/19/2014 3:12:54 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Beware of the Least Likely Temptation " Joab had defected to Adonijah, though he had not defected to Absalom —1 Kings 2:28 " Joab withstood the greatest test of his life, remaining absolutely loyal to David by not turning to follow after the fascinating and ambitious Absalom. Yet toward the end of his life he turned to follow after the weak and cowardly Adonijah. Always remain alert to the fact that where one person has turned back is exactly where anyone may be tempted to turn back (see 1 Corinthians 10:11-13). You may have just victoriously gone through a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-19-14, Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil-Holy Night of Easter

    04/18/2014 10:18:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 19, 2014Holy SaturdayAt the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter    Reading 1 Gn 1:1-2:2 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said,“Let there be light,” and there was light.God saw how good the light was.God then separated the light from the darkness.God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”Thus evening came, and morning followed—the first day. Then God said,“Let there be a dome in the middle of...
  • Final days of Jesus' life explored - critics challenge

    04/18/2014 8:21:58 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | April 17, 2014 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In A.D. 33 Jerusalem was a political powder keg ready to explode. More than ever, Jews expected a Messiah who would overthrow their hated Roman oppressors. In turn, the Roman Empire was spring loaded to pounce on any rivals to Caesar at the first sign of trouble. Into that milieu came an itinerant rabbi from Nazareth, riding into town for Passover on a donkey and being proclaimed by the crowds as the promised Messiah. Within days one of two things would surely happen: either He would overthrow the Romans or suffer a brutal death. This is one...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/18/2014 5:55:47 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    He is Risen! Today's Scripture ...He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen... (Matthew 28:6, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We have a reason to celebrate every day of the year because we serve a God who is alive and filled with resurrection power! Not only did He resurrect Jesus from the dead, but He wants to extend His resurrection power into every single area of your life today! Maybe you have a dream to get out of debt, to pay off your house or be free from that burden of lack, but...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 18, 2014]

    04/18/2014 5:53:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Readiness " God called to him . . . . And he said, ’Here I am’ —Exodus 3:4 " When God speaks, many of us are like people in a fog, and we give no answer. Moses’ reply to God revealed that he knew where he was and that he was ready. Readiness means having a right relationship to God and having the knowledge of where we are. We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. Yet the man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who receives the...
  • The Rise of Aggressive Emotivism

    04/18/2014 12:01:23 PM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | April 18, 2014 | Dwight Longenecker
    In a recent case in North Carolina, a sweet faced and intellectually accomplished nun came to a Catholic high school to address the students about human sexuality. We dont have the text of sisters talk, but from the outrage expressed she not only criticized homosexual actions, but was down on divorce and sexual sin. The mother of one student reported her sons comments, We had the worst assembly today, we tried to leave but were made to sit down. There are students in this school who are openly gay and some who are not out yet. Obviously, they felt bullied....
  • Father Barron v. Bart Ehrman (Agnostic NT Scholar)

    04/18/2014 8:01:01 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com/ ^ | April 16, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    In the category of mismatched adversaries, Father Barron gives us a striking example today: In this most recent tome, Ehrman lays out what is actually a very old thesis, going back at least to the 18th century and repeated ad nauseam in skeptical circles ever since, namely, that Jesus was a simple itinerant preacher who never claimed to be divine and whose resurrection was in fact an invention of his disciples who experienced hallucinations of their master after his death. Of course Ehrman, like so many of his skeptical colleagues across the centuries, breathlessly presents this thesis as though he...
  • A Blast from the Past: "B.C." and Good Friday

    04/18/2014 3:14:07 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 9 replies
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  • Catholic Commemoration Readings, 04-18-14, Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

    04/17/2014 11:12:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2014Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)    Reading 1 Is 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper,he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.Even as many were amazed at himCso marred was his look beyond human semblanceand his appearance beyond that of the sons of manCso shall he startle many nations,because of him kings shall stand speechless;for those who have not been told shall see,those who have not heard shall ponder it. Who would believe what we have heard?To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?He grew up like a sapling before him,like...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/17/2014 6:36:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 4/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    Sunday is Coming Today's Scripture For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:34, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ this Easter season, I think about when they crucified Jesus. On that Friday, it was the darkest, most painful, discouraging day of His life. In fact, it was so bad that He sweat drops of blood earlier. It...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 17, 2014]

    04/17/2014 6:35:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    All or Nothing? " When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment . . . and plunged into the sea John 21:7 " Have you ever had a crisis in your life in which you deliberately, earnestly, and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of the will. You may come to that point many times externally, but it will amount to nothing. The true deep crisis of abandonment, or total surrender, is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of only external things may actually be an indication of your being...
  • Russian People, Like Noah, Urged Not to Let World Finally Sink in Sin, Archpriest Chaplin Believes

    04/17/2014 8:54:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/16/14
    Moscow, April 16, Interfax Humanity deserves the new Flood, but Russia is called to be the Noahs Ark, head of the Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes. If suddenly something like the Flood happens, it will be justified. If the Lord with human hands punishes big cities it will even more justified. But we still believe and hope that time for repentance will be prolonged and an example of spiritual resurrection and renovation of the whole nation will be shown in the history before the end of times, and thus sin will be condemned and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-14, Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

    04/16/2014 7:07:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2014 | Evening Mass of the Lord's SupperHoly ThursdayEvening Mass of the Lord's Supper    Reading 1 Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every one of your familiesmust procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join the nearest household in procuring one and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-17-14, Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass

    04/16/2014 6:56:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2014 | Chrism MassHoly ThursdayChrism Mass    Reading 1 Is 61:1-3a, 6a,  8b-9 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,To announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You yourselves...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/16/2014 5:00:29 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    It is Finished Today's Scripture I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Its interesting that the last thing Jesus said on the cross was it is finished. It certainly looked like the end. It looked like it was over. But I believe that wasnt just a statement of fact; it was a statement of faith. He was saying to His Father, Ive done My part. Ive fulfilled My destiny....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 16, 2014]

    04/16/2014 4:58:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Can You Come Down From the Mountain? " While you have the light, believe in the light . . . —John 12:36 " We all have moments when we feel better than ever before, and we say, “I feel fit for anything; if only I could always be like this!” We are not meant to be. Those moments are moments of insight which we have to live up to even when we do not feel like it. Many of us are no good for the everyday world when we are not on the mountaintop. Yet we must bring our...
  • His Rsum Before the Age of 4: "I Saw Jesus on a Horse"

    04/16/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jeannette Catsoulis
    The wooing of religious moviegoers a delicate operation, as the Noah backlash attests has been ramping up lately, with major players like Ridley Scott and Ben Kingsley mining the Bible for box office gold. But if theres such a thing as a safe bet in this genre, its Heaven Is for Real, a Christian sermon that even the most doctrinaire believer can applaud.
  • Jehovah's Witness prediction spurs evangelism

    04/16/2014 4:44:17 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 19 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | April 15, 2014 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The 100th anniversary of Jehovah's Witnesses' prediction that history would end in 1914 presents an opportunity for leading members of the group to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, a Southern Baptist expert on Christian sects and cults said. Christians' "first task" in sharing the Gospel with Jehovah's Witnesses is helping them "put [their official publications] away and then deal with the Bible alone," Robert Stewart, professor of philosophy and theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, told Baptist Press. "What we need is evidence -- evidence that the Watchtower Society [Jehovah's Witnesses' central organization] has...
  • Sex After Christianity - Gay marriage is not just a social revolution but a cosmological one.

    04/16/2014 4:06:41 AM PDT · by don-o · 40 replies
    Twenty years ago, new president Bill Clinton stepped on a political landmine when he tried to fulfill a campaign promise to permit gay soldiers to serve openly. Same-sex marriage barely registered as a political cause; the country was then three years away from the Defense of Marriage Act and four years from comedian Ellen DeGeneress prime-time coming out. Then came what historians will one day recall as a cultural revolution. Now were entering the endgame of the struggle over gay rights and the meaning of homosexuality. Conservatives have been routed, both in court and increasingly in the court of public...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-14, Spy Wednesday

    04/15/2014 6:47:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2014Wednesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 15, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/15/2014 5:00:29 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/15/14 | Joel Osteen
    Victory over Sin and Death Today's Scripture But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria This coming weekend, we celebrate Easter, the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So much happened at Calvarys cross over two thousand years ago; but ultimately, Jesus overcame sin and death so that we could have abundant life. Because of Jesus, we have victory over anything that would try to hold us back! No matter what bondage, fear, stronghold, sin or addiction has held...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 15, 2014]

    04/15/2014 4:58:35 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Failure To Pay Close Attention " The high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days —2 Chronicles 15:17 " Asa was not completely obedient in the outward, visible areas of his life. He was obedient in what he considered the most important areas, but he was not entirely right. Beware of ever thinking, “Oh, that thing in my life doesn’t matter much.” The fact that it doesn’t matter much to you may mean that it matters a great deal to God. Nothing should be considered a trivial matter by...
  • Journalist Astonished to Have Fooled Media with Vatican Hoax

    04/15/2014 6:07:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    A British Catholic journalist has said she was astonished when major world news outlets mistook an Vatican April Fools report she wrote for a genuine news story. The Guardian, which this week won a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting of Edward Snowdens National Security Agency leaks, was one of the organisations that reported the hoax story that the Vatican employed a hawk called Sylvia to protect the doves periodically released by the Pope. Other outlets to reproduce the story include Agence France-Presse and the Washington Times.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-15-14

    04/14/2014 9:14:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 15, 2014Tuesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,Yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the LORD has spokenwho formed...
  • Retired Army General Wants Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery Demolished

    04/14/2014 7:51:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    al Ahram ^ | 4/13/14 | Sherry El-Gergawi
    The holy monastery of St. Catherine at Mount SinaiA retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative orders regarding the demolition of the monastery's multiple churches, monk cells, gardens and other places of interest on the grounds, which he claims were all built in 2006 and thus not historic, according to Ihab Ramzy, the monastery's lawyer. However, in an interview with private channel...
  • The persecution of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel

    04/14/2014 7:11:08 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Judie Brown
    Teaching the truths about homosexuality, chastity, adultery, and how God wants us to live our lives is not always an easy thing to do. Nor is living that life. But God asks that we do our best nevertheless, for our ultimate goal is eternity with Him. We cannot plead ignorance. We cannot justify that we chose otherwise. God's word is the truth, and though some may try to silence those who tell the truth, it doesn't change the facts. April 11, 2014 (ALL.org) - Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun who has recently come under fire for a presentation...
  • African-American Pastor Horrified at How Many Black Babies Abortion Kills

    04/14/2014 6:00:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Rebecca Downs
    The Rev. Elaine Flake of Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York has recently learned of and reacted to the statistics of black women having abortions in New York City. Flake reacted in disbelief, initially wondering if the statistics were even true. The Christian Post, reporting on the Rev., dedicates one paragraph to such statistics of black women, as well as links to a previous article of theirs: As CP has reported, citing the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Black women in New York City aborted more than half of their pregnancies in 2012, topping the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 14, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/14/2014 5:24:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/14/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Same Spirit Today's Scripture And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit makes His home inside of you. Thats the same Spirit and the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. That resurrection power can bring...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 14, 2014]

    04/14/2014 5:21:24 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Inner Invincibility " Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me . . . —Matthew 11:29 " Whom the Lord loves He chastens . . .” (Hebrews 12:6). How petty our complaining is! Our Lord begins to bring us to the point where we can have fellowship with Him, only to hear us moan and groan, saying, “Oh Lord, just let me be like other people!” Jesus is asking us to get beside Him and take one end of the yoke, so that we can pull together. That’s why Jesus says to us, “My yoke is easy and...
  • Oregon City Students Protest Day of Silence with Anti-Gay T-Shirts

    04/14/2014 3:25:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 4/12/14 | Ian Parker
    OREGON CITY, Ore. Students wearing anti-gay T-shirts to class disrupted Oregon City High School's celebration of unity Friday. Friday was National Day of Silence. It's where students take some form of silence to call attention to the bullying of the LGBT community in schools. Two students told KATU News that if the school is supporting Day of Silence, then they have the right to speak out against it. They wore T-shirts to school that said, "Gay Is Not Ok" and "Gay Day Is Not OK," which is a reference to Day of Silence. They sought out a KATU reporter...
  • The Last Four Things

    04/14/2014 6:21:31 AM PDT · by franky8 · 17 replies
    FATHER MARTIN VON COCHEM, O.S.F.C.
    The Last Four Things Death - Judgment - Hell - Heaven by - FATHER MARTIN VON COCHEM, O.S.F.C. The predominating opinion among the great writers of the Church is that most souls are lost eternally because they do not cooperate with the graces that God makes available to men to save their souls. And they cite several significant passages of Scripture to this effect, especially the famous passage in Matthew (Chapter 7, verses 13 & 14): "Enter by the narrow gate. For wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-14-14

    04/13/2014 9:14:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 14, 2014Monday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,Upon whom I have put my Spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,Not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.A bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,Until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spreads out the earth with its crops,Who gives breath to its peopleand spirit...
  • The Devil Shows Up at Franklin Regional High

    04/13/2014 1:30:47 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 8 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 13, 2014 | JP
    Why did Alex Hribal do it? Why did the 16-year-old sophomore at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania stab and slash 20 of his classmates (and a security guard), leaving at least four of his victims in critical condition? WTAE in Pittsburgh reports that investigators continue to explore bullying as a possible motive. NBC News cites criminologists who suggest Hribal was driven by rage and adrenalin. The Associated Press reports [t]he boys family is just as puzzled as police about what triggered the attack. But there is an obvious explanation of Hribals murderous rampage, which has been ignored by...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 13, 2014]

    04/13/2014 4:58:54 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    What To Do When Your Burden Is Overwhelming " Cast your burden on the Lord . . . —Psalm 55:22 " We must recognize the difference between burdens that are right for us to bear and burdens that are wrong. We should never bear the burdens of sin or doubt, but there are some burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off. God wants us to roll them back on Him— to literally “cast your burden,” which He has given you, “on the Lord . . . .” If we set out to...
  • Msgr. Guido Marini reconfirmed as Papal MC

    04/12/2014 8:14:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://wdtprs.com/blog ^ | April 12, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today I saw on the front page of the Holy Sees daily that the Holy Father reconfirmed Msgr. Guido Marini as Master of Ceremonies for another term. Good sign. Pope Francis is keeping certain of Pope Benedicts people pretty close.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 12, 2014]

    04/12/2014 7:15:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Complete and Effective Dominion " Death no longer has dominion over Him. . . . the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God . . . —Romans 6:9-11 " Co-Eternal Life. Eternal life is the life which Jesus Christ exhibited on the human level. And it is this same life, not simply a copy of it, which is made evident in our mortal flesh when we are born again. Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-13-14, Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

    04/12/2014 6:43:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 66 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 04-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 13, 2014Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion    At the Procession with Palms - Gospel Mt 21:1-11 When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalemand came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tethered,and a colt with her.Untie them and bring them here to me.And if anyone should say anything to you, reply, ‘The master has need of them.’Then he will send them at once.”This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:Say...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPISTEMOLOGY, 04-12-14

    04/12/2014 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 0-12-14 | Fr. . John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:EPISTEMOLOGYA theory of knowledge. A branch of scholastic philosophy that studies the principles underlying the acquisition of knowledge, the methods of logical reasoning, and the critical evaluation of truth, certitude, and right thinking. (Etym. Greek epist_m_, knowledge + logia, science, knowledge.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-12-14

    04/11/2014 9:20:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-12-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 12, 2014Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Ez 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:I will take the children of Israel from among the nationsto which they have come,and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.I will make them one nation upon the land,in the mountains of Israel,and there shall be one prince for them all. Never again shall they be two nations,and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,their abominations, and all their transgressions. I will deliver them...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 11, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/11/2014 6:18:09 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/11/14 | Joel Osteen
    His Abundance Today's Scripture Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap... (Luke 6:38, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Our God is a God of abundance! He wants to pour out His abundance on you until you are so full that you are running over! But, notice how todays verse starts. It says, Give and it will be given to you. Thats because your giving sets the blessing of God into motion in your life. When you give, you plant a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 11, 2014]

    04/11/2014 6:16:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Complete and Effective Divinity " If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection . . . —Romans 6:5 " Co-Resurrection. The proof that I have experienced crucifixion with Jesus is that I have a definite likeness to Him. The Spirit of Jesus entering me rearranges my personal life before God. The resurrection of Jesus has given Him the authority to give the life of God to me, and the experiences of my life must now be built on the foundation of His life. I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-11-14, OM, St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr

    04/10/2014 10:40:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 11, 2014Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent   Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many:“Terror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!”All those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine.“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him.”But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.In their failure they will be put to utter shame,to lasting, unforgettable confusion.O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,who probe mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/10/2014 5:59:13 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 4/10/14 | Joel Osteen
    Now Faith Today's Scripture Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you hungry for more of God in your life today? The scripture tells us that faith opens the door for Him to move on our behalf. Faith is what pleases Him. It gives substance to the things we hope for and makes them tangible. Weve all been given a measure of faith, but its up to each of us to put it into action. Notice todays verse starts by saying,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 10, 2014]

    04/10/2014 5:56:30 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Complete and Effective Decision About Sin " . . . our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin —Romans 6:6 " Co-Crucifixion. Have you made the following decision about sin—that it must be completely killed in you? It takes a long time to come to the point of making this complete and effective decision about sin. It is, however, the greatest moment in your life once you decide that sin must die in you-not simply be restrained, suppressed, or counteracted, but...
  • 'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' likely isn't a modern forgery, scientists claim

    04/10/2014 9:44:11 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 47 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 10, 2014 | Amar Toor
    A controversial document that suggests that Jesus of Nazareth had a wife is most likely ancient and not a modern forgery, according to a paper published today in the Harvard Theological Review. The papyrus fragment, known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," has been the subject of widespread debate since it was discovered in 2012 because it includes the phrase "Jesus said to them, 'My wife...'." It also mentions that "she will be able to be my disciple," which led some to question whether women should be allowed to become Catholic priests. The Vatican has previously said that the document...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-10-14

    04/09/2014 9:18:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-10-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 10, 2014Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Gn 17:3-9 When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:“My covenant with you is this:you are to become the father of a host of nations.No longer shall you be called Abram;your name shall be Abraham,for I am making you the father of a host of nations.I will render you exceedingly fertile;I will make nations of you;kings shall stem from you.I will maintain my covenant with youand your descendants after youthroughout the ages as an everlasting pact,to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.I...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 9, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/09/2014 5:00:07 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 4/9/14 | Joel Osteen
    Can God See Your Faith? Today's Scripture And when he saw their faith... (Luke 5:20, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you know what moves the hand of God? This may surprise you, but God is not moved by complaining and self-pity. Hes not even moved by our needs. Yes, He is concerned about our needs; and yes, He wants to meet our needs, but we have to do our part and invite Him to work in our lives by exercising our faith. When Jesus walked the earth, oftentimes right before He healed someone, the Bible says,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 9, 2014]

    04/09/2014 4:56:55 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Have You Seen Jesus? " After that, He appeared in another form to two of them . . . —Mark 16:12 " Being saved and seeing Jesus are not the same thing. Many people who have never seen Jesus have received and share in God’s grace. But once you have seen Him, you can never be the same. Other things will not have the appeal they did before.You should always recognize the difference between what you see Jesus to be and what He has done for you. If you see only what He has done for you, your God...
  • 4 Pakistani Christians now on death row

    04/09/2014 6:26:52 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 8, 2014 | Staff
    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- A couple from Pakistan's Christian minority was sentenced to death April 4 for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages, bringing the number of Christians on death row to four. The sentence for Shafqat Emmanuel and Shugufta Emmanuel in Pakistan's Punjab province came eight days after a court in Lahore sentenced Sawan Masih to death for allegedly insulting Islam's prophet Muhammad. The case against Masih, a street sweeper, stemmed from an alleged drunken conversation with a Muslim friend that sparked an outbreak of violence in Lahore's Joseph Colony. The March 2013 flare-up left 180 Christian-owned homes and shops...