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87%  
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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotional for 6/2/2020 (Protestant and Evangelical Devotional)

    06/02/2020 8:00:05 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | 6/2/2020 | Charles Spurgeon
    MORNING "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh." Galatians 5:17 In every believer's heart there is a constant struggle between the old nature and the new. The old nature is very active, and loses no opportunity of plying all the weapons of its deadly armoury against newborn grace; while on the other hand, the new nature is ever on the watch to resist and destroy its enemy. Grace within us will employ prayer, and faith, and hope, and love, to cast out the evil; it takes unto it the "whole armour of God," and...
  • Defying His Enemies, President Trump Walks to Burned Church and Lifts Up The King James Bible, Driving The Enemies of God into Apoplectic Frenzy

    06/02/2020 7:58:52 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 5 replies
    nteb ^ | 6/2/2020 | G. Grider
    Posing for the cameras, President Donald Trump held a King James Bible at St. John’s Church near the White House on Monday evening after law enforcement cleared protesters out of the area with tear gas before his visit. President Donald Trump caused an absolute firestorm yesterday, but not because he ordered the military to take back the streets of our nation’s capital from ANTIFA forces. No, as the Commander-in-chief of the world’s greatest armed forces, most people expected him to do that. No real surprise there. But what drove the New World Order elites and the Laodicean hirelings over the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-02-20, OM, Sts. Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs

    06/01/2020 10:57:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-02-20 | Revised New American Bible
    June 2, 2020 Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Pt 3:12-15a, 17-18 Beloved: Wait for and hasten the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames and the elements melted by fire. But according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace. And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation.Therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, be on your guard...
  • The Tower of Babel is Where Racism Began but Ends in Jesus Christ - A Biblical Perspective

    06/01/2020 8:05:51 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 16 replies
    IFB ^ | 6/1/20
    Where did racism begin? Where did slavery begin? Dear friends, the most sold and printed book in the world tells us very clearly, yet today; near the end of the age and the fullness thereof; how many billions of this world's inhabitants will actually hear and believe the Word of Almighty God in its RIGHT and RIGHTEOUS context (Psalm 2:1-4; 9; 138:2, Zech. 14:1-4; Matt. 6:33, John 3:19-21; 17:17; Acts 17:24-32, Rev. 16:13-16)? Tragically, very very few, that is why we as a world are headed as a rocket into the Day of the Lord (Rev. 6-19)! Jesus stated to...
  • Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotional for 6/1/2020 (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    06/01/2020 7:09:59 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | 6/1/2020 | Charles Spurgeon
    MORNING "The evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:5 Was it so even in the beginning? Did light and darkness divide the realm of time in the first day? Then little wonder is it if I have also changes in my circumstances from the sunshine of prosperity to the midnight of adversity. It will not always be the blaze of noon even in my soul concerns, I must expect at seasons to mourn the absence of my former joys, and seek my Beloved in the night. Nor am I alone in this, for all the Lord's beloved...
  • Examining Your Faith

    06/01/2020 4:52:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves" (James 1:22). God wants you to know whether your faith is genuine or not. Our studies this month center on James 1:19-2:26, which deals with the issue of true faith—a most important consideration indeed. Knowing your faith is genuine is a wonderful assurance, but thinking you're saved when you're not is the most frightening deception imaginable. In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus speaks of those who call Him Lord and even do miracles in His name, but aren't redeemed. Second Timothy 3:5 speaks of those who have a form...
  • God wants Ethiopians to prosper

    06/01/2020 1:27:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    The Economist ^ | 24 Nov 2018 | Economist
    The prime minister and many of his closest allies follow a fast-growing strain of Christianity "THE REASON why we are poor is inside us,” cries Nigusie Roba, his face sweating with emotion. “It is not the fault of God.” The pastor’s youthful congregants rise, palms open wide. Nigusie’s voice grows louder: “Tonight you will go home anointed by God.” In the far corner a young woman drops to the floor, her body writhing as she screams. Preachers like Nigusie—sharply dressed, charismatic, and renowned for exorcising demons from the bodies of the faithful—represent a strain of Christianity not widely associated with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-01-20, M, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

    05/31/2020 10:39:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-01-200 | Revised New American Bible
    June 1, 2020 Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After Adam had eaten of the tree, the LORD God called to him and asked him, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.” Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked? You have eaten, then, from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!” The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me— she gave me fruit from the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-31-20, SOL, The Day of Pentecost

    05/31/2020 2:07:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-31-20 | Revised New American Bible
    May 31 2020 Mass during the Day of Pentecost Reading 1 Acts 2:1-11 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.Now there were devout Jews from...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-31-20, Pentecost Sunday - Extended Vigil

    05/31/2020 1:58:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-31-20 | Revised New American Bible
    May 31 2020 Pentecost Sunday - Extended Vigil Reading 1 Genesis 11:1-9 The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words. While the people were migrating in the east, they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, "Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire." They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-31-20, Vigil of Pentecost

    05/31/2020 1:49:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-31-10 | Revised New American Bible
    May 31 2020 Pentecost Sunday At the Vigil Mass Reading 1 Gn 11:1-9 The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words. While the people were migrating in the east, they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, “Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.” They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be...
  • Making Worthless Things Valuable

    05/31/2020 3:18:00 AM PDT · by metmom · 29 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-gatherer; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him" (Matt. 10:2-4). In God’s hands you can be a precious and effective instrument. The story is told of a great concert violinist who wanted to prove a point, so he rented a music hall and announced that he would play a concert on a $20,000...
  • An Urgent Message (Article Title)

    05/30/2020 7:42:46 PM PDT · by Maudeen · 32 replies
    World Challenge - David Wilkerson Devotionals ^ | March 7, 2009 | David Wilkerson
    March 07, 2009 AN URGENT MESSAGE I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message to all on our mailing list, and to friends and to bishops we have met all over the world. AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT IS GOING TO BE SO FRIGHTENING, WE ARE ALL GOING TO TREMBLE - EVEN THE GODLIEST AMONG US. For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to New York City. It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience...
  • Learning from Judas (Judas Iscariot)

    05/30/2020 5:50:44 AM PDT · by metmom · 19 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him" (Matt. 10:4). God can use even an apostate like Judas to teach us some important lessons. Judas is history's greatest human tragedy. He had opportunities and privileges known only to the other disciples, but he turned from them to pursue a course of destruction. Yet even from his foolishness we can learn some important lessons. Judas, for example, is the world's greatest example of lost opportunity. He ministered for three years with Jesus Himself but was content merely to associate with Him, never submitting to Him in saving faith....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-30-20

    05/29/2020 9:57:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-30-20 | Revised New American Bible
    May 30 2020 Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers, although I had done nothing against our people or our ancestral customs, I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem. After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me, because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty. But when...
  • The Characteristics of Hypocrisy (Judas Iscariot)

    05/29/2020 3:06:08 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him" (Matt. 10:4). Hypocrisy is a spiritual cancer that can devastate lives and destroy ministries. On a recent trip to New Zealand I learned that sheepherders there use specially trained castrated male sheep to lead other sheep from holding areas into the slaughtering room. Those male sheep are appropriately called "Judas sheep." That illustrates the commonness with which we associate Judas with deception and death. Pretending to be a friend of Jesus, Judas betrayed him with a kiss and became for all time and eternity the epitome of hypocrisy. Several...
  • The Lessons Appointed for Use on the Feast of John Calvin Theologian, 1564 May 28

    05/29/2020 2:37:13 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    ECUSA ^ | 5/28/2020
    Joel 2:1–2,12–14 Romans 9:18–26 John 15:1–11 Psalm 119:1–8 Preface of Trinity Sunday The Collect Sovereign and holy God, you brought John Calvin from a study of legal systems to understand the godliness of your divine laws as revealed in Scripture: Fill us with a like zeal to teach and preach your Word, that the whole world may come to know your Son Jesus Christ, the true Word and Wisdom; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, ever one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. Old Testament Joel 2:1–2,12–14 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my...
  • Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening for 5/29/2020 (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    05/29/2020 6:10:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    MORNING "Thou hatest wickedness." Psalm 45:7 "Be ye angry, and sin not." There can hardly be goodness in a man if he be not angry at sin; he who loves truth must hate every false way. How our Lord Jesus hated it when the temptation came! Thrice it assailed him in different forms, but ever he met it with, "Get thee behind me, Satan." He hated it in others; none the less fervently because he showed his hate oftener in tears of pity than in words of rebuke; yet what language could be more stern, more Elijah-like, than the words,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-29-20, OM, St. Paul VI, Pope

    05/28/2020 10:48:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-29-20 | Revised New American Bible
    May 29 2020 Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 25:13b-21 King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea on a visit to Festus. Since they spent several days there, Festus referred Paul’s case to the king, saying, “There is a man here left in custody by Felix. When I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him and demanded his condemnation. I answered them that it was not Roman practice to hand over an accused person before he has faced his accusers and had the opportunity to defend...
  • Some Michigan Public Catholic Masses To Resume, But This Church Will Require Reservations & Tickets To Attend!   (vanity)

    05/28/2020 7:52:59 PM PDT · by Songcraft · 19 replies
    All Saints Catholic Parish Church Bulletin ^ | May 24, 2020 | Rev. Joe Muszkiewicz
    St. Anne Catholic Church (All Saints Parish)Alpena, Michigan Some relatives of ours received a letter from their priest at St. Anne Catholic Church (All Saints Parish) in Alpena, Michigan, saying that public Masses there will resume this coming weekend (5/30 - 5/31), and explaining to them how those Masses will be conducted.   It is a very long, wordy letter (which I'll include below for any interested and patient people), and it is also included in their online church bulletin, under the section in the bulletin titled "From Fr. Joe". Some of the strange points that jumped out at...