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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Man seeks restraining order against God

    05/06/2016 12:36:06 PM PDT · by LearnsFromMistakes · 24 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | May 4, 2016 | STUART WINER
    Haifa resident asks court to keep the Almighty away, claiming He is being mean to him An Israeli man has petitioned the Haifa Magistrate’s Court for a restraining order against God, claiming the Almighty has been particularly unkind to him. The initiator of the request, a resident of the northern port city, represented himself in court, the Walla news site reported on Wednesday. A protocol of the hearing noted that God did not turn up for the session, although it did not specify how the court determined the Omnipresent was not in fact there, as opposed to merely exercising the...
  • Trials' Lessons: Contentment

    05/06/2016 3:38:38 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Considering the reproach of Christ greaterriches than the treasures of Egypt . . .” (Hebrews 11:26). Trials can show that material things are inadequate to meet our deepest needs. We rely every day on material possessions—cars, computers, pagers, telephones, microwaves, radios, and TVs. These familiar conveniences make us feel as though it’s quite a hardship to cope without them. Therefore it’s difficult to avoid the pitfall Jesus warned about in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You...
  • Gaining Spiritual Stability (Peter)

    05/06/2016 3:37:29 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Simon, who is called Peter" (Matt. 10:2). Jesus can make an impulsive and vacillating Christian as stable as a rock. The first disciple Matthew's gospel names is "Simon, who is called Peter" (Matt. 10:2). He was a fisherman by trade but Jesus called him to be a fisher of men. John 1:40-42 records their first encounter: "One of the two who heard John [the Baptist] speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He found first his own brother Simon, and . . . brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, 'You...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-06-16

    05/05/2016 8:54:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-06-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 6, 2016 Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 18:9-18 One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision,“Do not be afraid.Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.No one will attack and harm you,for I have many people in this city.”He settled there for a year and a halfand taught the word of God among them. But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia,the Jews rose up together against Pauland brought him to the tribunal, saying,“This man is inducing people to worship God contrary...
  • WinterJam—Worship "pastor" threatens Abolitionist with physical harm

    05/05/2016 3:59:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    AbolitionistSociety ofTampa ^ | AbolitionistSociety ofTampa
    While exposing the truth of baby murder at the Winter Jam concert in Tampa, a worship "pastor" threatens an Abolitionist with physical harm multiple times. VIDEO ONLY ON LINK
  • A Response to Adam Hamilton’s Recent Post on the Bible and Homosexuality

    05/05/2016 7:35:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 34 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 28, 2016 | Ben Witherington
    Adam Hamilton has once more entered into the fray of making pronouncements about what the Bible does and does not advocate when it comes to same sex sexual activity and same sex marriage, and you can read his post here, http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/6876/the-bible-homosexuality-and-the-umc-part-one only the first of four such posts leading up to the General Conference in a couple of weeks. My concern is with the misinterpretation of the Bible in this post as well as the misrepresentation of Methodist cultural trends at various points and so once you’ve read what Adam says, then consider the following response. In the first place,...
  • Trials' Lessons: Humility

    05/05/2016 5:17:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “To keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me” (2 Corinthians 12:7). God sometimes uses trials to humble believers. Professional athletics, as a whole, makes up one of the least humble sectors in modern American society. Players with multi-million dollar salaries and extravagant benefits have replaced those who played because they loved their sport and had great community loyalty. One such noble model from the past was Lou Gehrig, the Hall of Fame first baseman with the New York Yankees, whose career ended in 1939 after he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-05-16, SOL, Ascension of the Lord

    05/04/2016 8:35:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 5, 2016 Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Reading 1 Acts 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus,I dealt with all that Jesus did and taughtuntil the day he was taken up,after giving instructions through the Holy Spiritto the apostles whom he had chosen.He presented himself alive to themby many proofs after he had suffered,appearing to them during forty daysand speaking about the kingdom of God.While meeting with them,he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,but to wait for “the promise of the Fatherabout which you have heard me speak;for John baptized with water,but in a few days...
  • WHAT KIND OF DISCIPLES IS LIFECHURCH.TV MAKING? WATCH AND SEE

    05/04/2016 5:40:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Abolish Human Abortion ^ | Published on Sep 9, 2014 | Abolish Human Abortion
    WHAT KIND OF DISCIPLES IS LIFECHURCH.TV MAKING? WATCH AND SEE Yet again a member of LifeChurch.TV shows up to the abortion clinic because of sin and in justification of their sin appeal to all kinds of un-Christian reasoning. LifeChurch.TV, this is your fruit. VIDEO ONLY ON LINK
  • Trials' Lessons: Faith

    05/04/2016 4:47:19 PM PDT · by metmom
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son” (Hebrews 11:17). The main reason God allows trials in the lives of Christians is to test the strength of their faith. The memorable example in Genesis 22 of Abraham’s testing is perhaps the severest trial any human being has ever faced. When God told Abraham to offer his only son Isaac as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of Moriah (Gen. 22:1-2), Abraham no doubt was stunned. In terms of God’s nature, His plan...
  • Chosen to be Sent

    05/04/2016 4:46:16 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Having summoned His twelve disciples, [Jesus] gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Now the names of the twelve apostles were these" (Matt. 10:1-2). Every disciple must also be a discipler. Have you ever met someone who constantly absorbs what the church has to offer, yet never seems to plug into a ministry where he can give to others? I've met many people like that. Some have attended church for many years, and have even taken evangelism and other special training classes. But they never...
  • Televangelist Paula White Hawks Resurrection Life for $1144 "Seed"

    05/04/2016 2:22:04 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 62 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Leonardo Blair | April 19 2016
    Longtime televangelist and senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, Paula White offered her followers an Easter Sunday deliverance from a spiritual death sentence for a $1,144 "resurrection seed" she says was set by God. Preaching the story of Lazarus who Jesus resurrected from the dead in John 11:38-44, White promised believers in a video appeal that if they would sow the seed and have faith, she believed deliverance would come. "I don't know what is dead. I don't know what the enemy sent a death to. I don't know what decision that caused death to come...
  • Popular Megachurch Pastors to Host Faith-Based Talk Show 'The Preachers' on Fox This Summer

    05/04/2016 12:38:03 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Chriatian Post ^ | May 3, 2016| | LEONARDO BLAIR
    Four popular megachurch pastors are promising to bring an interesting combination of hope, comedy and honesty in a new faith-based talk show to be tested on FOX this summer called "The Preachers." "The Preachers" will be hosted by John Gray, an associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas; E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon; Orrick Quick, pastor and founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, North Carolina, and Jamal Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Asked in an interview with...
  • Unraveling the Mystery (Protestant&Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    05/04/2016 12:31:57 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 5/4/2016
    The place we will occupy in the future will be similar to places we occupy now, but there will also be differences. The heavenly place will be a place of manifest glory. Our bodies will have continuity with our present bodies. There will also be discontinuity. Our new bodies are shrouded in mystery—we see through the glass darkly. Yet we receive hints about our glorified bodies by comparisons with Jesus, as well as by His words that we will be “like the angels” (Matt. 22:30). Paul gives further hints: After discussing various kinds of bodies we experience on this planet,...
  • 2 Investigators: Pastor Says Chicago Cops Beat Her During Road Rage Incident

    05/04/2016 11:03:34 AM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | April 28, 2016 | By Dave Savini
    CBS) — A woman with two small children in her car tried to pull into her driveway. That simple task ended with Chicago police officers pointing a gun to her head and charging her with attempted murder. CBS 2’s Dave Savini has police video, the 9-1-1 calls and complaints against these officers. In 2013, Rev. Catherine Brown found herself in a violent struggle with Chicago police, which was caught on squad car cameras. It began when Brown was driving down her alley heading to her driveway. Around a bend she says she saw a squad car speeding towards her without...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:00:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 4, 2016 Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 17:15, 22—18:1 After Paul’s escorts had taken him to Athens,they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothyto join him as soon as possible. Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said:“You Athenians, I see that in every respectyou are very religious.For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines,I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.The God who made the world and all that is in it,the Lord of heaven and earth,does not...
  • Understanding the Future (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional & Caucus)

    05/03/2016 5:12:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 5/3/2015
    When we ask questions about matters that elude our full understanding, we tend to look for models or patterns that are similar to what we do understand. We seek for clues to a new and different paradigm. The shift from earthbound thinking to conceiving of heaven is a massive paradigm shift. To speak of our mysterious future is to search for analogies that will give us a hint about what to expect. We cannot say what heaven is, but the Bible does give us hints as to what it is like. We try to imagine the unknown in the light...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-03-16, FEAST, Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

    05/02/2016 9:46:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 3, 2016 Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles Reading 1 1 Cor 15:1-8 I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,of the Gospel I preached to you,which you indeed received and in which you also stand.Through it you are also being saved,if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,unless you believed in vain.For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:that Christ died for our sinsin accordance with the Scriptures;that he was buried;that he was raised on the third dayin accordance with the Scriptures;that he appeared to Cephas, then to...
  • Responding to God’s Call (evangelical & Protestant Caucus)

    05/02/2016 5:25:21 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 5/2/2016
    We live in daily submission to a host of authorities who circumscribe our freedom: from parents to traffic police officers to dog catchers. All authorities are to be respected and, as the Bible declares, honored. But only one authority has the intrinsic right to bind the conscience. God alone imposes absolute obligation, and He does it by the power of His holy voice. He calls the world into existence by divine imperative, by holy fiat. He calls the dead and rotting Lazarus to life again. He calls people who were no people “My people.” He calls us out of darkness...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-02-16, M, St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    05/01/2016 8:14:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 2, 2016 Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Acts 16:11-15 We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.We spent some time in that city.On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the riverwhere we thought there would be a place of prayer.We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,from the city...
  • Abolitionists Opposed by Baptist Executive Director

    05/01/2016 6:41:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Abolish Human Abortion ^ | Published on Mar 13, 2016 | Abolish Human Abortion
    Abolitionists place truthful propaganda on automobiles at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, 3800 N May in OKC. The executive director of the BGCO, Dr Anthony Jordan, opposes their efforts and threatens to call the police to expel them from the property. Despite numerous requests, Dr Jordan never treated the abolitionists like brethren in Christ.
  • Pro-Life Christian comes out to Little Elm High School to try to shut down Abolitionist

    05/01/2016 4:52:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Abolish Human Abortion ^ | Published on Oct 24, 2013 | Abolish Human Abortion
    Pro-Life Christian comes out to Little Elm High School to try to shut down Abolitionist video only on link.
  • Texas youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting at least three kids gets beaten up by good....

    05/01/2016 1:22:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 100 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | April 1, 2016 | David Boroff
    FULL TITLE: Texas youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting at least three kids gets beaten up by good Samaritans as he molests child A Texas youth pastor who has been accused of sexually assaulting at least three kids was beaten up by good Samaritans as he molested a child last week. Willie Bell, 29, was caught in the act attacking a 6-year-old kindergarten student behind an apartment building in Dallas on March 31. "If it wasn't for them, he probably would have done more to my child,” the child's mother told Fox 4. "It's painful. It's devastating. It's a nightmare."
  • Gunman fatally shoots Pennsylvania churchgoer after fight over seat at Sunday service

    05/01/2016 1:03:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 68 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | April 28, 2016 | Alfred Ng
    A churchgoer shot a fellow parishioner in a Pennsylvania church after a fight broke out over a seat in the sanctuary on Sunday, authorities say. The argument started when a churchgoer told Robert Braxton III, 27, he was sitting in seats reserved for two other church members during Sunday service at the Keystone Fellowship Church, district attorney Kevin Steele said.
  • Catholic church bans inappropriate dresses (Ghana)

    05/01/2016 8:53:51 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    pulse.ng ^ | April 25, 2016 | Adeyinka Ogunlami
    St. John The Baptist Church in Cape Coast, Central Region has placed a ban on provocative and inappropriate dresses in the house of the Lord. Banned clothings include armless, short sleeved dresses, short dresses, cleavage showing dresses. Andrew Kofi Wofersor, president of the church stated that the dresses worn by most women to church now is against Christianity. Explaining the reason for the ban, Wofersor said that Muslims wear what they wear to look decent and not to distract men. “It is not that the dresses are not good, but they are not good for the church. When we stop...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-01-16, Sixth Sunday of Easter

    04/30/2016 7:24:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 1, 2016 Sixth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.”Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and eldersabout this question. The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church,decided to choose representativesand to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,and Silas, leaders...
  • The Victory of the Resurrection

    04/30/2016 4:12:58 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    “‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ . . . but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55, 57). The Resurrection seals what we could not: victory over death. Death is the great enemy of mankind. It comes to everyone without exception. It violates our dominion of God’s creation, breaks apart relationships, disrupts families, and causes us to grieve the loss of loved ones. However, Christ’s resurrection has broken the power of death for Christians because “death no longer...
  • Realizing Your Reward

    04/30/2016 4:11:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matt. 5:11-12). The sacrifices you make for Christ’s sake in this life will be abundantly compensated for in Heaven. God's promise for those who are persecuted for His sake is that their reward in heaven will be great (Matt. 5:11). Jesus said, "Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or...
  • Colo. Baker Faces 'Re-Education' Training After State Court Refuses to Take Case

    04/30/2016 5:34:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Denver, Colo., Apr 29, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The lawyers of the bakery owner who made headlines for declining to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding is “evaluating all legal options” to preserve the man’s First Amendment rights after the state’s highest court declined to take the case. “We asked the Colorado Supreme Court to take this case to ensure that government understands that its duty is to protect the people’s freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally, not force them to violate those beliefs as the price of earning a living,” Alliance Defending Freedom...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-30-16, OM, St. Pius V, Pope

    04/29/2016 10:17:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 30, 2016 Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 16:1-10 Paul reached also Derbe and Lystrawhere there was a disciple named Timothy,the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,but his father was a Greek.The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,and Paul wanted him to come along with him.On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,for they all knew that his father was a Greek.As they traveled from city to city,they handed on to the people for observance the decisionsreached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.Day...
  • Our New Bodies

    04/29/2016 2:15:12 PM PDT · by metmom · 17 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    “Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Corinthians 15:49). All believers can look forward to one day receiving new bodies and new images. Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances present a glimpse of the greatness, power, and wonder that our own resurrection bodies will have. Our Lord appeared and disappeared at will and always reappeared in other places. He was able to go through walls and doors, but He could also eat, drink, sit, talk, and be seen by others. Jesus was remarkably the same as before His death, yet...
  • Receiving Christ's Wounds

    04/29/2016 2:13:54 PM PDT · by metmom
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me" (Matt. 5:10-11). The persecution you receive for proclaiming Christ is really aimed at Christ Himself. Savonarola has been called the Burning Beacon of the Reformation. His sermons denouncing the sin and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church of his day helped pave the way for the Protestant Reformation. Many who heard his powerful sermons went away...
  • Seeking the Lost (Protestant and Evangelical Devotional/Caucus)

    04/29/2016 5:08:14 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/29/2016
    Martin Luther, as a herald of the Reformation, exclaimed that the church must be profane. It must move out of the temple and into the world. Luther looked to the Latin roots of the word profane, which comes from pro-fanus (“outside the temple”). If Christ is not relevant outside the church, He is insignificant inside the church. If our faith is bound to the inner chambers of the Christian community, it is at best a disobedient faith and at worst, no faith at all. It was the Pharisees who developed the doctrine of salvation by separation. They were practicing segregationists,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-29-16, M, St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin & Doctor/Church

    04/28/2016 9:42:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 29, 2016 Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Acts 15:22-31 The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,decided to choose representativesand to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,and Silas, leaders among the brothers.This is the letter delivered by them:“The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Ciliciaof Gentile origin: greetings.Since we have heard that some of our numberwho went out without any mandate from ushave upset you with their teachingsand disturbed your...
  • The Meaning of Matzo - Unleavened Bread in the Bible

    04/28/2016 11:53:32 AM PDT · by Lera · 18 replies
    One for Israel ^ | 27 April 2016
    PMThe Passover meal marks beginning of the week-long "Feast of Unleavened Bread". Israel was commanded to eat unleavened bread, matzo bread with no yeast (hametz) in it, for a whole week. So Jewish people in Israel have been crunching their way through multiple square sheets of matzo bread and looking wistfully at the closed bakery sections for a while now. But what does it mean? The most obvious answer is a reminder of the swift exodus from Egypt, when there was no time for the bread to rise. But there is one small problem with that explanation... Timely instructions God...
  • The Resurrection: Motive for Sanctification

    04/28/2016 10:06:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’ Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:33-34). Trusting in the fact of Christ’s resurrection and looking forward to our own rising from the dead ought to stimulate us toward sanctification. Like any essential teaching of Scripture, the doctrine of the Resurrection can be studied and discussed from an academic standpoint only. When that happens, we usually acquire a factual understanding of the topic and perhaps some appreciation of how the doctrine supports our faith—but...
  • Three Kinds of Persecution

    04/28/2016 10:04:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me" (Matt. 5:10-11). When you speak out for Christ, you can expect harassment, insults, and slander. Jesus mentioned three broad categories of suffering that Christians will experience. The first is persecution. "Persecuted" (Matt. 5:10) and "persecute" (v. 11) both come from the same Greek root meaning "to pursue" or "chase away." Over time it came to mean...
  • Moving Out of the Temple (Protestant&Evangelical devotional/Caucus)

    04/28/2016 10:04:36 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/28/2016
    On the mountain of transfiguration, the disciples were stunned by the breakthrough of the dazzling glory of Christ. What previously was veiled by His humanity, hidden from the sight of mortals, suddenly burst through the veil in translucent radiance. With but one glimpse, the disciples were paralyzed. They had but one consuming desire—to abide in that place, basking forever in the light of His countenance. Jesus would have none of it. As Lord of the church, He commanded His disciples to forget about pitching tents and sent them down the mountain and into the world. The day Christ died, those...
  • Catholic Caucus: Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Lectionary: 288 [Daily Mass Readings,04-28-16]

    04/27/2016 9:51:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 28, 2016 Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:7-21 After much debate had taken place,Peter got up and said to the Apostles and the presbyters,“My brothers, you are well aware that from early daysGod made his choice among you that through my mouththe Gentiles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe.And God, who knows the heart,bore witness by granting them the Holy Spiritjust as he did us.He made no distinction between us and them,for by faith he purified their hearts.Why, then, are you now putting God to the testby placing on the...
  • ELCA Leader Says Jesus was "Intersex"

    04/27/2016 9:54:07 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 42 replies
    Clint Schnekloth is an ELCA pastor, author, writer and speaker who is well-known within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He controls at least two ELCA Facebook pages which reach thousands of people, and he wields a great deal of power and influence by dictating who is allowed to post and what kind of comments will be allowed on his ELCA pages. Not only does he have the respect of fellow ELCA leaders and members because of that power, but Pastor Schnekloth's influence reaches much farther. He “...write(s) content for a worship resource published by Augsburg Fortress. It's called Sundays...
  • The Worship of Angels? (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus&Devotional)

    04/27/2016 6:13:24 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/27/2016
    “When I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God’ ” (vv. 8b–9). - Revelation 22:8-9 Continuing our study of what the Bible says about angels, we need to look briefly at an interesting encounter between Joshua and “the commander of the army of the LORD” (Josh. 5:13–15). This commander visited Joshua just before...
  • The Resurrection: Motive for Service

    04/27/2016 5:47:48 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    “If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (1 Corinthians 15:32). The truth of the Resurrection is an incentive for believers to persevere in service for Jesus Christ. Certainly Paul’s statement in today’s verse is an extraordinary one, but it reiterates that the truth of Christ’s resurrection and the hope of believers’ resurrection are definite incentives for Christian service. It allows us to look more closely at what motivated Christians like Paul, and how we also should...
  • Are You Avoiding Persecution?

    04/27/2016 5:46:10 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness" (Matt. 5:10). If you don’t experience persecution, people probably don’t know you’re a Christian. I heard of a man who was fearful because he was starting a new job with a group of unbelievers whom he thought might give him a bad time if they found out he was a Christian. After his first day at work his wife asked him how he got along with them. "We got along just fine," he said. "They never found out I'm a Christian." Silence is one way to avoid persecution....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-27-16

    04/26/2016 8:35:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 27, 2016 Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:1-6 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.”Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbytersabout this question. They were sent on their journey by the Church,and passed through Phoenicia and Samariatelling of the conversion of the Gentiles,and brought great joy to all the brethren.When they arrived in...
  • The Big Bang Blows Atheism Sky High: Even Science May Eventually Catch Up to God’s Word

    04/26/2016 4:36:36 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 26, 2016 | J. Matt Barber
    They say there are no atheists in the foxhole. Even fewer when death is certain. None once the final curtain falls. God’s Word declares, “The fool hath said in his heart ‘there is no God'” (Psalm 14). For three decades, until his death in 1953, Josef Stalin was the mass-murdering atheist dictator of Soviet Russia. He was also a fool. In his 1994 book, “Can Man Live Without God,” famed Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias recounts a story he heard firsthand from British Journalist Malcomb Muggeridge “that stirred [him] then and still does even yet.” Muggeridge had collaborated with Svetlana Stalin,...
  • Reflections on “Amoris Laetitia” {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    04/25/2016 9:00:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    https://www.thecatholicthing.org ^ | April 23, 2016 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    The perennial discipline of the Catholic Church on the admissibility to Holy Communion of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics living in adulterous, or irregular, second unions was succinctly spelled out by St. John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio: “[T]he Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-26-16

    04/25/2016 8:23:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 26, 2016 Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 14:19-28 In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconiumarrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,supposing that he was dead.But when the disciples gathered around him,he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that cityand made a considerable number of disciples,they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.They strengthened the spirits of the disciplesand exhorted them to persevere in...
  • Mother Sees Jesus on the Cross in her Unborn Baby’s Ultrasound Photo

    04/25/2016 10:14:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 25, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Expecting moms are seeing amazing images of their unborn babies via sonogram these days. Sonogram images have captured unborn babies sucking their thumbs, waving their hands, smiling and much more. But when an Evansville, Indiana mom shared her baby’s sonogram photo at her baby shower recently, a friend noticed something interesting – what looks like an image of Jesus on the cross. The Christian Post reports Aley Meyer did not notice the image on her baby’s sonogram until a friend pointed it out to her. But when she did see it, the image gave her hope. “I’ve been on a...
  • Cosmic Treason (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    04/25/2016 5:10:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Cosmic Treason ^ | R.C. Sproul
    “The sinfulness of sin” sounds like a vacuous redundancy that adds no information to the subject under discussion. However, the necessity of speaking of the sinfulness of sin has been thrust upon us by a culture and even a church that has diminished the significance of sin itself. Sin is communicated in our day in terms of making mistakes or of making poor choices. When I take an examination or a spelling test, if I make a mistake, I miss a particular word. It is one thing to make a mistake. It is another to look at my neighbor’s paper...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-16, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2016 7:27:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2016 Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to...