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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-21-14, M, St. Pius X, Pope

    08/20/2014 9:17:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 21, 2014Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope    Reading 1 Ez 36:23-28 Thus says the LORD:I will prove the holiness of my great name, profaned among the nations, in whose midst you have profaned it.Thus the nations shall know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD,when in their sight I prove my holiness through you.For I will take you away from among the nations,gather you from all the foreign lands,and bring you back to your own land.I will sprinkle clean water upon youto cleanse you from all your impurities,and from all your idols I will cleanse...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/20/2014 5:35:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    Believe and Declare Today's Scripture It is written: I believed; therefore I have spoken. Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak. (2 Corinthians 4:13, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria There was a man who was believing to pay his house off. It was a standard 30-year mortgage, and he had 23 years left. In the natural, there was no way he could do it. But he was bold enough to say, Father, I want to thank You that You are Jehovah Jireh; the Lord my provider. I know my job...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 20, 2014]

    08/20/2014 5:33:45 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Christ-Awareness " . . . and I will give you rest —Matthew 11:28 " Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once, asking Him to re-establish your rest. Never allow anything to remain in your life that is causing the unrest. Think of every detail of your life that is causing the disintegration as something to fight against, not as something you should allow to remain. Ask the Lord to put awareness of Himself in you, and your self-awareness will disappear. Then He will be your all in all. Beware of allowing...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-20-14, M, St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

    08/19/2014 9:25:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 20, 2014Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Ez 34:1-11 The word of the Lord came to me:Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel,in these words prophesy to them to the shepherds:Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the shepherds of Israelwho have been pasturing themselves!Should not shepherds, rather, pasture sheep?You have fed off their milk, worn their wool,and slaughtered the fatlings,but the sheep you have not pastured.You did not strengthen the weak nor heal the sicknor bind up the injured.You did not bring back the strayed nor seek the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/19/2014 5:45:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 8/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    Youve Struggled Long Enough Today's Scripture The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria All through life, the enemy tries to stop us with a yoke of bondage a yoke of depression, a yoke of low self-esteem, a yoke of compromise. Hell try to burden you down so that everything is a struggle. You may be working hard, but you cant get ahead because you have all these yokes controlling you. Maybe youve been living with a yoke your whole life. Its been passed down...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 19, 2014]

    08/19/2014 5:42:26 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Self-Awareness " Come to Me . . . —Matthew 11:28 " God intends for us to live a well-rounded life in Christ Jesus, but there are times when that life is attacked from the outside. Then we tend to fall back into self-examination, a habit that we thought was gone. Self-awareness is the first thing that will upset the completeness of our life in God, and self-awareness continually produces a sense of struggling and turmoil in our lives. Self-awareness is not sin, and it can be produced by nervous emotions or by suddenly being dropped into a totally new...
  • What is your interpretation of this?

    08/19/2014 2:56:45 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 34 replies
    Bible-K.J.V. ^ | c33-100A.D. | God
    What does this part of the letter from Paul, to the Romans mean to you: Romans 7, V 14-25 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that...
  • The Catholic Defender: Mary, Queen Of Heaven

    08/19/2014 7:57:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 89 replies
    This coming August 22, the Feast of Mary, Queen of Heaven will be celebrated throughout the world. Deepertruth will focus this Tuesday on this most important topic. The Marian teaching Queen of Heaven is steeped in Old Testament tradition. There are those who misunderstand this teaching and will even claim it is Pagan. Nothing can be furthest from the truth. Some will surely want to raise the scripture coming from Jeremiah 7:16-18, You, now, do not intercede for this people; raise not in their behalf a pleading prayer! Do not urge me, for I will not listen to you. Do...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-19-14, OM, St. John Eudes

    08/18/2014 9:00:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 19, 2014Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 28:1-10 The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man,say to the prince of Tyre: Thus says the Lord GOD: Because you are haughty of heart,you say, “A god am I!I occupy a godly thronein the heart of the sea!”—And yet you are a man, and not a god,however you may think yourself like a god.Oh yes, you are wiser than Daniel,there is no secret that is beyond you.By your wisdom and your intelligenceyou have made riches for yourself;You have put gold and...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/18/2014 5:29:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    Yoke Destroyer Today's Scripture And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. (Isaiah 10:27, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria A yoke is something that is put around the neck of an ox to help control the animal. It limits its movement. If the ox starts to get off course, the yoke is used to pull it back. Even though an ox is very powerful, this small yoke keeps...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August , 2014]

    08/18/2014 5:26:26 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Have You Ever Been Speechless with Sorrow? " When he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich —Luke 18:23 " The rich young ruler went away from Jesus speechless with sorrow, having nothing to say in response to Jesus’ words. He had no doubt about what Jesus had said or what it meant, and it produced in him a sorrow with no words with which to respond. Have you ever been there? Has God’s Word ever come to you, pointing out an area of your life, requiring you to yield it to Him? Maybe He...
  • 12 Amazing Virtual Tours of the Worlds Most Spectacular Churches

    08/18/2014 6:13:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    ChurchPop ^ | 8/10/14
    Explore in 360 degrees the Sistine Chapel, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and many more - all online.Christians have been making pilgrimages to holy sites and churches around the world for centuries. Cant make a pilgrimage? Heres the next best thing! Some tours are embedded on this page, while others can be found with the link provided. Enjoy! 1) Sistine Chapel Vatican CityBuilt in the 15th century and painted in the 16th century, the Sistine Chapel is one of the great artistic masterpieces in the world. Michelangelo painted the ceiling and the Last Judgement fresco, while the frescoes...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-18-14

    08/17/2014 8:43:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 18, 2014Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 24:15-23 The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, by a sudden blowI am taking away from you the delight of your eyes,but do not mourn or weep or shed any tears.Groan in silence, make no lament for the dead,bind on your turban, put your sandals on your feet,do not cover your beard, and do not eat the customary bread.That evening my wife died,and the next morning I did as I had been commanded.Then the people asked me, “Will you not tell...
  • Pope Touches Masses In Last Day of Asia Trip

    08/17/2014 8:08:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    CBSNews ^ | August17, 2014 | SETH DOANE
    By SETH DOANE CBS NEWS August 17, 2014 Pope Touches Masses In Last Day of Asia Trip On the last full day of his trip to Asia today, Pope Francis appeared to make the most visible outreach yet to China and other countries in the region that do not have diplomatic relations with the Vatican. Saying that "Christians do not come as conquerors," he urged beginning a "fraternal" dialogue. Speaking to thousands of youth this afternoon, Pope Francis called on them to serve the marginalized and the lonely. "Asian youth, wake up," the pope said. The pope started his day...
  • Jesus Christ - The ONLY TRUE Friend of the Black Man!

    08/17/2014 5:38:24 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 14 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/18/14
    The only TRUE friend of the black man and woman in this fallen world today is not the WHITE secular liberal Democratic Party, who for centuries has been nothing but an oppressing master to them; it is not even the conservative Christian though they have always been there for the black population throughout history. The ONLY TRUE FRIEND of the Black man and women is none other than the ETERNAL Son of God who stretched forth His hands on an old rugged cross 2000 years ago and died in OUR (red, yellow, black or white) stead for OUR transgressions against...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 17, 2014]

    08/17/2014 2:34:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Discouraged or Devoted? " . . . Jesus . . . said to him, ’You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have . . . and come, follow Me.’ But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich —Luke 18:22-23 " Have you ever heard the Master say something very difficult to you? If you haven’t, I question whether you have ever heard Him say anything at all. Jesus says a tremendous amount to us that we listen to, but do not actually hear. And once we do hear Him,...
  • Unwed Celebrity Mom Does Breastfeeding Pictorial

    08/17/2014 7:30:28 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 43 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 17, 2014 | JP
    Actress Olivia Wilde is featured on the cover of the September issue of Glamour magazine. Inside the glossy is an article in which Wilde talks about what life is like for her being a working mom. An article featuring the vacuous ramblings of the newby mom (I wasnt going to sacrifice myself because I was becoming a mother, she told her interviewer) would be unworthy of comment here were it not for the pictorial that accompanied the article. Or, more specifically, the photo of Wilde sitting in the booth of some Hollywood diner, glammed up in a Roberto Cavalli dress,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-17-14, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/16/2014 6:42:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 17, 2014Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Is 56:1, 6-7 Thus says the LORD:Observe what is right, do what is just;for my salvation is about to come,my justice, about to be revealed. The foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,ministering to him,loving the name of the LORD,and becoming his servants—all who keep the sabbath free from profanationand hold to my covenant,them I will bring to my holy mountainand make joyful in my house of prayer;their burnt offerings and sacrificeswill be acceptable on my altar,for my house shall be calleda house of prayer for all peoples. Responsorial...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 16, 2014]

    08/16/2014 6:06:00 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Does He Know Me . . . ? " He calls his own . . . by name . . . —John 10:3 " When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (see John 20:11-18). It is possible to know all about doctrine and still not know Jesus. A person’s soul is in grave danger when the knowledge of doctrine surpasses Jesus, avoiding intimate touch with Him. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine meant no more to her than the grass under her feet. In fact, any Pharisee could have made a fool of Mary doctrinally, but one thing they could never...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-16-14, OM, St. Stephen of Hungary

    08/15/2014 9:21:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 16, 2014Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32 The word of the LORD came to me:Son of man, what is the meaning of this proverbthat you recite in the land of Israel: “Fathers have eaten green grapes,thus their children’s teeth are on edge”? As I live, says the Lord GOD:I swear that there shall no longer be anyone among youwho will repeat this proverb in Israel.For all lives are mine;the life of the father is like the life of the son, both are mine;only the one who sins shall die....
  • Muhammed Is Britain's Most Popular Boys Name

    08/15/2014 7:22:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/15/14 | Andre Walker
    As exclusively reported by Breitbart London last week, Muhammed has been crowned Britain's most popular boys name in figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today. The name of the Muslim prophet beat Oliver as the most popular boys name chosen by parents in Britain in 2013. As a result of the way the statistics are put together, the name does not appear to have won, as the ONS classifies each of the different spellings as a different entry on the list. This means that "Muhammad" came in 15th with 3,499 children but "Mohammed" was 23rd with 2,887...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 15, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/15/2014 6:26:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/15/14 | Joel Osteen
    Unlimited Supply Today's Scripture And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe. ... (Ephesians 1:19, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If someone had a thousand gallons of water to give you but you only had a one-gallon container, you wouldnt be able to receive what they had for you. The problem would not be with the supply; it would be with your ability to receive. If you would get rid of the small container and get something larger, then...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 15, 2014]

    08/15/2014 6:24:28 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Evidence of the New Birth " You must be born again —John 3:7 " The answer to Nicodemus’ question, “How can a man be born when he is old?” is: Only when he is willing to die to everything in his life, including his rights, his virtues, and his religion, and becomes willing to receive into himself a new life that he has never before experienced (John 3:4). This new life exhibits itself in our conscious repentance and through our unconscious holiness.“But as many as received Him. . .” (John 1:12). Is my knowledge of Jesus the result...
  • Actor Gary Sinise: Catholic Convert and Surprise Speaker at Knights of Columbus's Annual Conventio

    08/15/2014 3:55:36 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 73 replies
    http://www.aleteia.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Susan Wills
    Gary Sinise actor, director, bass player, patriot, philanthropist and convert to Catholicism was a surprise guest at the Knights of Columbus annual convention in Orlando earlier this month. The person who was most surprised about being there may have been Gary Sinise himself. He confessed that he and his family werent part of any religion until his wife returned to her mothers abandoned Catholic roots in 2000 and he subsequently slow-walked his way to Confirmation in 2010. He recounted his initial shock and eventual support of his wifes decision in an interview several years ago. Hed been filming...
  • Vatican OKs Use Of Force In Middle East

    08/15/2014 8:15:57 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | William Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on the Vatican's response to the Islamic State terrorists: The Catholic Church's just-war doctrine allows for a military response to grave conflicts, provided that several criteria are operative. The Vatican has made it clear that the mass murder being committed by Islamic State terrorists meets that standard. No one has been more pointed than Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations. He said this week that "there might be occasions in the life and in the relations between states when dialogue, negotiations, fail and large numbers of people find themselves at risk:...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-15-14, SOL, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mass-Day

    08/14/2014 7:13:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 15, 2014Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mass during the Day    Reading 1 Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God’s temple in heaven was opened,and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,with the moon under her feet,and on her head a crown of twelve stars.She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.Then another sign appeared in the sky;it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,and on its heads...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 14, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/14/2014 6:10:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 8/14/14 | Joel Osteen
    New Thinking, New Living Today's Scripture And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins. (Mark 2:22, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you ready for increase? Are you ready to go to the next level, spiritually, physically and emotionally? Many times, people hear that God has more in store and something resonates on the inside. Their spirit comes into agreement with God, but oftentimes, their natural mind will be bombarded...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 14, 2014]

    08/14/2014 6:08:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Discipline of the Lord " My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him —Hebrews 12:5 " It is very easy to grieve the Spirit of God; we do it by despising the discipline of the Lord, or by becoming discouraged when He rebukes us. If our experience of being set apart from sin and being made holy through the process of sanctification is still very shallow, we tend to mistake the reality of God for something else. And when the Spirit of God gives us a sense...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-14-14, SOL, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Vigil

    08/14/2014 5:13:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 15, 2014Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Vigil Mass    Reading 1 1 CHR 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2 David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring the ark of the LORDto the place which he had prepared for it.David also called together the sons of Aaron and the Levites. The Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders with poles,as Moses had ordained according to the word of the LORD. David commanded the chiefs of the Levitesto appoint their kinsmen as chanters,to play on musical instruments, harps, lyres, and cymbals,to make a loud sound of...
  • Robin Williams' suicide -- cautionary comments

    08/14/2014 12:18:12 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | Rob Pochek
    WILSON, N.C. (BP) -- When news broke that legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams had died of an apparent suicide, people were saddened that someone who had brought so much joy to the lives of others had taken his own life. Immediately some began to speculate about his ongoing battle with alcohol addiction and depression as the cause of his desperate act. Others began to comfort themselves with the thought that Williams was now at peace from such battles. And a few observed that suicide is the ultimate selfish act. There is little doubt that suicide is a fierce goodbye....
  • Why I Love My Invisible Friend

    08/14/2014 9:06:48 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.strangenotions.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Fr. Robert Barron
    One of the favorite taunts of the New Atheists is that religious people believe in an invisible friend. They are implying, of course, that religion is little more than a pathetic exercise in wishful thinking, a reversion to childish patterns of projection and self-protection. It is well past time, they say, for believers to grow up, leave their cherished fantasies behind, and face the real world. In offering this characterization, the New Atheists are showing themselves to be disciples of the old atheists such as Feuerbach, Marx, Comte, and Freud, all of whom made more or less similar observations. Well,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-14-14, M, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

    08/13/2014 9:31:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 14, 2014Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr    Reading 1 Ez 12:1-12 The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, you live in the midst of a rebellious house;they have eyes to see but do not see,and ears to hear but do not hear,for they are a rebellious house.Now, son of man, during the day while they are looking on,prepare your baggage as though for exile, and again while they are looking on,migrate from where you live to another place;perhaps they will see that they are a rebellious house.You shall bring out your...
  • 15 biggest megachurches in America

    08/13/2014 8:42:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 65 replies
    Desert news ^ | Herb Scribner
    Lights. Camera. Religion. Megachurches are more than just your regular pulpit and pew church. Theyre larger, theyre packed, and theyre drawing in thousands of people. Going to a megachurch is a rising trend in the United States. In 2011, a survey by Harvard Institute of Religion Research found that six million people about 10 percent of churchgoers surveyed attended churches with more than 2,000 attendees. But more people are giving megachurches a chance. OnFaiths Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, who is Catholic, attended a megachurch to see what the draw was, and she was very pleased with her experience. I...
  • The Priesthood of All Believers?

    08/13/2014 6:50:52 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 105 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 12 August 2014 | Matthew Olson
    1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15, and other verses refer to the (ordained) ministerial priesthood. 1 Peter 2:9 refers to the "priesthood" of the laity. The ministers handle preaching and the Sacraments. The laity simply participate. Scripture makes a strong distinction.ierateuma/hierateuma (lay priesthood, Greek, Strong's #2406) [1 Peter 2:9, Lexicon] sacerdotium (lay priesthood, Latin) [1 Peter 2:9] presbuteroi/presbyteros (ministerial priesthood, Greek, Strong's #4245) [1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15, Lexicon] presbyteri/presbyteros (ministerial priesthood, Latin) [1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15] Follow me, Answering Protestants, and Catholic Analysis on Twitter, Like Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis on Facebook, Add Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 13, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/13/2014 6:06:31 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8-13-14 | Joel Osteen
    Delete & Repeat Today's Scripture So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you allowing negative thoughts to stifle your potential? Why dont you start hitting the delete button? The experts may have told you that things are impossible or how its not going to work out, but those people dont know what God has in store. He has the final say. He wouldnt have placed that dream in your heart or given you that promise if He didnt have a way to bring...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 13, 2014]

    08/13/2014 6:04:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 13 replies
    “Do Not Quench the Spirit” " Do not quench the Spirit —1 Thessalonians 5:19 " The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze— so gentle that unless you are living in complete fellowship and oneness with God, you will never hear it. The sense of warning and restraint that the Spirit gives comes to us in the most amazingly gentle ways. And if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice, you will quench it, and your spiritual life will be impaired. This sense of restraint will always come as a “still...
  • Security Guard Wears Cross While Guarding Local Abortion Clinic

    08/13/2014 7:12:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Local Dallas, Texas pro-life advocate Todd Bullis recently confronted a security guard at an abortion clinic in Dallas, Texas. dallasThe security guard has a cross hanging from his car while, at the same time, he defends a local abortion business. Bullis confronts the man about his hypocrisy claiming to be a Christian while ensuring that all is well at a business devoted to killing Gods children. The video follows
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-13-14, OM, Sts. Pontian, Pope & Hippolytus, Priest, Martyrs

    08/12/2014 9:22:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 13, 2014Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 9:1-7; 10:18-22 The LORD cried loud for me to hear: Come, you scourges of the city!With that I saw six men coming from the directionof the upper gate which faces the north,each with a destroying weapon in his hand.In their midst was a man dressed in linen,with a writer’s case at his waist.They entered and stood beside the bronze altar.Then he called to the man dressed in linenwith the writer’s case at his waist, saying to him:Pass through the city, through Jerusalem,and mark a “Thau”...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 12, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/12/2014 4:06:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 8/12/14 | Joel Osteen
    Believe God over the Experts Today's Scripture But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. (1 Corinthians 1:27, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that according to all the laws of aerodynamics, a bumblebee should not be able to fly? Its wingspan is too small for the size of its body. It cant get enough lift. But heres the key: Nobody told the bumblebee. It didnt get the memo. No experts were...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August , 2014]

    08/12/2014 4:04:20 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Theology of Resting in God " Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? —Matthew 8:26 " When we are afraid, the least we can do is pray to God. But our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His name have an underlying confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the ones who are reliable. Yet our trust is only in God up to a certain point, then we turn back to the elementary panic-stricken prayers of those people who do...
  • Northwestern University to Offer Gender Open Restrooms on Campus

    08/12/2014 2:01:57 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 30 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 8/1/14 | Heather Clark
    EVANSTON, Ill. Northwestern University, a public institution in Illinois, has announced that it will offer gender open restrooms to its students beginning this fall in order to be more accommodating to transgender students. An announcement on the universitys website notes that the restrooms will be in the Norris University Center near the student organization offices and the LGBT Resource Center. Two existing male-female segregated bathrooms will have their placards changed to reflect that they may be used by all genders. We are trying to be responsive to the needs of all of our students and to be inclusive, campus...
  • Study Reveals Most American Pastors Silent on Current Issues Despite Biblical Beliefs

    08/12/2014 2:00:33 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 8/12/14 | Heather Clark
    Most pastors believe that the Bible addresses the current issues of the day, but few speak about them from behind the pulpit, according to a recent study from a prominent research organization. George Barna was a guest on the American Family Radio program Todays Issues on Thursday, where he explained a research project that he has been working on for the past two years. In his study, Barnas organization asked pastors across the country about their beliefs regarding the relevancy of Scripture to societal, moral and political issues, and the content of their sermons in light of their beliefs. What...
  • How 'The Giving Pledge' Compares to Christianity

    08/12/2014 1:47:37 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    The Christianb Post ^ | 8/8/14 | Dan Delzell
    It is often rather enlightening to compare and contrast Christianity with other noble pursuits going on in the world today. One such pursuit is "The Giving Pledge." Initiated by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, this pledge consists of "a commitment by the world's wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy." dan delzell opinion page The Giving Pledge is specifically focused on billionaires. These are folks who "commit to giving more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes either during their lifetime or in their will." Warren Buffett summed up...
  • Back to School? Head Back to the Bible

    08/12/2014 1:45:04 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 8/7/14 | Roy Peterson
    Research shows that most Americans wish they spent more time reading the Bible 62 percent. According to American Bible Society's 2014 State of the Bible research, the number one reason people don't read God's Word more often is busyness. Among those who read the Bible at least once per week, 47 percent say they never have enough time to read the Bible. What if this year, we turned that on its head? What if we decided that time spent as a family reading and talking about the Bible is our first priority? But we all realize, that won't happen...
  • The End of Christian Education

    08/12/2014 1:41:46 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 8/5/14 | Michael Zigarelli
    President Obama recently signed an executive order making it illegal for federal contractors to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. Sounds innocuous enough, but an unintended consequence may be the closing of Christian colleges and schools. The order doesn't directly affect private education, but its unprecedented refusal to exempt religious organizations surely will. Without this exemption the President has signaled to regulators that it's open season on faith-based institutions. Here's one possible future: The order says if you want federal money you must hire gays. The US Department of Education decides that this applies to federal financial aid...
  • Why Can't Gay Activists Tolerate People Who Are No Longer Practicing Homosexuals?

    08/12/2014 1:33:30 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 25 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 8/12/14 | Matt Moore
    Over the last few days I've written a couple of columns such as, Parents of Gay Kids, Stop Beating Yourself Up, It's Not Your Fault and Why I Hate The Word Gay, But Still Use It. I'm not surprised that there are a lot of people out there that have incredibly different views than the ones I express in my columns. because I used to have incredibly different views than ones I express in these columns. Five years ago I scoffed at the (then to me) laughably ludicrous idea of homosexual behavior being sinful. But now my views have changed....
  • Sign This Petition Against the Satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma City

    08/12/2014 9:27:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 97 replies
    July 8, 2014 - I regret to inform you that satanists are planning a "Black Mass" on city property at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Please spread the word to all your friends so we can stop this sacrilege. Your voice and prayers were decisive at Harvard University -- the "Black Mass" there was stopped. Canceled. Saint Michael won a great victory that day. And God can win again. Please help TFP Student Action gather 50,000 petitions. Your petition, together with many more, will be presented to the Civic Center, as well as the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-12-14, OM, St. Jane Frances deChantal, Religious

    08/11/2014 7:47:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-12-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 12, 2014Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 2:8-3:4 The Lord GOD said to me:As for you, son of man, obey me when I speak to you:be not rebellious like this house of rebellion,but open your mouth and eat what I shall give you. It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me,in which was a written scroll which he unrolled before me.It was covered with writing front and back,and written on it was: Lamentation and wailing and woe! He said to me: Son of man, eat what is before you;eat...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 11, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/11/2014 6:10:23 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/11/14 | Joel Osteen
    Reprogram Your Life for Greatness Today's Scripture Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. ... (Romans 12:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria My father grew up in a very poor environment. His parents lost everything during the Great Depression. He had no money, no education and no future to speak of. He had been programmed with poverty, defeat and mediocrity. He could have settled there. Thats all he had seen. He could have thought, Hey, this is just my lot in life. Were just poor, defeated...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 11, 2014]

    08/11/2014 6:08:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    This Experience Must Come " Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha . . . saw him no more —2 Kings 2:11-12 " It is not wrong for you to depend on your “Elijah” for as long as God gives him to you. But remember that the time will come when he must leave and will no longer be your guide and your leader, because God does not intend for him to stay. Even the thought of that causes you to say, “I cannot continue without my ’Elijah.’ ” Yet God says you must continue.Alone at...