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  • Ben Carson Won’t Apologize to Terri Schiavo’s Family After “Much Ado About Nothing” Quip

    11/24/2015 10:36:47 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson won’t meet with or apologize to Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother, about comments Carson made concerning the legislation Congress passed to help Terri Schiavo’s family try to save her life. As LifeNews reported, Carson thinks the federal and state governments overreached when they attempted to protect Terri Schiavo from a painful 14-day starvation and dehydration death. Despite the best efforts of pro-life lawmakers in Congress and the Florida state legislature, where lawmakers approved pro-life laws to allow Terri’s family to take their case to federal courts and to allow then-Governor Jeb Bush to try...
  • Disciplining Yourself for a Purpose (from "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/24/2015 9:23:24 AM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1 Timothy 4:8). Godliness should be the believer's priority in life. I'm amazed at how devoted people can be to what they believe is important. There are many people outside Christianity who live in rigid conformity to a lot of meaningless rules. People in totalitarian countries, for example, live in rigid conformity to rules predicated on a denial of biblical truth. They walk circumspectly and toe the mark. Some cultists are...
  • Acknowledging God's Sovereignty (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/24/2015 9:16:16 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones" (Heb. 11:22). God uses your present circumstances to accomplish His future purposes. Like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Joseph was an heir to the covenant promises of God. His hope was firmly fixed on God, and he knew that some day his people would be at home in the Promised Land. Although he spent all his adult life in Egypt, never seeing the Promised Land for himself, Joseph's faith never wavered. At the end of his life, he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-24-15, M, Andrew Dung Lac, Priest/Companions, Martyrs

    11/23/2015 11:43:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 24, 2015 Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Dn 2:31-45 Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar:"In your vision, O king, you saw a statue,very large and exceedingly bright,terrifying in appearance as it stood before you.The head of the statue was pure gold,its chest and arms were silver,its belly and thighs bronze, the legs iron,its feet partly iron and partly tile.While you looked at the statue,a stone which was hewn from a mountainwithout a hand being put to it,struck its iron and tile feet, breaking them in pieces.The iron, tile, bronze, silver, and gold all...
  • Church of Scientology's Moscow branch to be dissolved

    11/23/2015 1:44:05 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-23-15, OM, St. Clement I, St. Columban, Bl. Miguel Pro

    11/22/2015 8:08:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 11-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 23, 2015 Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 1:1-6, 8-20 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah,King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon cameand laid siege to Jerusalem.The Lord handed over to him Jehoiakim, king of Judah,and some of the vessels of the temple of God;he carried them off to the land of Shinar,and placed the vessels in the temple treasury of his god. The king told Ashpenaz, his chief chamberlain,to bring in some of the children of Israel of royal bloodand of the nobility, young men without any defect,handsome, intelligent and...
  • Neurotic priests scare me, says Pope

    11/22/2015 8:24:41 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    yahoo/afp ^ | November 20, 2015
    Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis on Friday described some Catholic priests as so scary and neurotic he keeps well away from them. In comments that had his audience chuckling at a conference on training for the priesthood, the 78-year-old pontiff revealed he is instinctively suspicious of overly pious candidates. "I will tell you sincerely, I'm scared of rigid priests," he said. "I keep away from them. They bite!" Francis resorted to humour to make a serious point that some people that are drawn to a clerical career are fundamentally unstable -- and that inevitably creates problems for the church...
  • Watch Your Step (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/22/2015 5:35:56 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise" (Ephesians 5:15). Walking wisely is a step in the right direction. Sometimes a soldier has the thankless task of clearing mine fields from enemy territory. If you're aware of the procedure, you know the work is both dangerous and tedious. To proceed in an orderly fashion, a soldier marks areas that are considered dangerous and areas that have been cleared. Above all, he makes sure he is careful where he's walking! In the spiritual realm, Paul is telling believers in Ephesians 5:15 to walk carefully. The Greek...
  • The Reluctant Patriarch (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/22/2015 5:29:56 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come" (Heb. 11:20). When you disobey God, you forfeit joy and blessing. Isaac is a fascinating Old Testament character. He was Abraham's long-awaited son, the covenant child, the child of promise. Yet aside from that, he was rather ordinary, passive, and quiet. Just over two chapters of Genesis center on him, whereas the other patriarchs (Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph) command about twelve chapters each. In the final analysis, Isaac believed God and submitted to His will. But overall, his spiritual character seems more reluctant than resolute. After a famine...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-22-15, SOL, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

    11/21/2015 7:02:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 22, 2015 The Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Reading 1 Dn 7:13-14 As the visions during the night continued, I sawone like a Son of man coming,on the clouds of heaven;when he reached the Ancient Oneand was presented before him,the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.His dominion is an everlasting dominionthat shall not be taken away,his kingship shall not be destroyed. Responsorial Psalm Ps 93:1, 1-2, 5 R. (1a) The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.The LORD is king, in splendor...
  • ABC's Scandal: Kerry Washington Aborts Baby to 'Silent Night'

    11/21/2015 1:07:37 PM PST · by xzins · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 11.20.2015 | Paul Bois
    There really is no other way to put this story than to let out a sigh of wounded disbelief. News 51 7519 No one may ever accuse actress Kerry Washington of being merely a leftist poser in terms of abortion rights, certainly not after last night's episode of ABC's Scandal, which featured her alter-ego Olivia Pope – the show's main character – having an abortion while the beloved Christmas tune "Silent Night" played in the background. You read that correctly. Kerry Washington and the producers of Scandal actually had the nerve to show the main character abort her and the...
  • Growing in Wisdom (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/21/2015 7:25:33 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18). Growing in wisdom means growing in Christlikeness. Perhaps you're asking, "Shouldn't believers acquire more wisdom?" Yes, we should. No matter how much of God's wisdom we have, we should always hunger for more. The Bible tells us that we have all the principles we need to walk in wisdom, and yet there's much more available to us. We should "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18), and we should be more and more conformed to...
  • Defeating Death (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/21/2015 7:21:38 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come. By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones" (Heb. 11:20-22). Faith triumphs over death. Commentator Matthew Henry said, "Though the grace of faith is of universal use throughout the Christian's life, yet it is especially so when we come to die. Faith has its great work to do at the...
  • Catholic Caucus, Daily Mass Readings, 11-21-15, M, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    11/20/2015 9:39:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 21, 2015 Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 1 Mc 6:1-13 As King Antiochus was traversing the inland provinces,he heard that in Persia there was a city called Elymais,famous for its wealth in silver and gold,and that its temple was very rich,containing gold helmets, breastplates, and weaponsleft there by Alexander, son of Philip,king of Macedon, the first king of the Greeks.He went therefore and tried to capture and pillage the city.But he could not do so,because his plan became known to the people of the citywho rose up in battle against him.So he retreated...
  • US Bishops Conference Betrays Catholic Church (Cafeteria Catholics Not Happy) {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    11/20/2015 6:26:27 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com ^ | November 20, 2015 | Marianne T. Duddy-Burke
    As the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) concludes its annual meeting this week, it reveals itself as grossly out of touch with both grassroots Catholicism and with Pope Francis. While there were certainly some who objected, the strong majority of US Bishops set forth an agenda that has little to do with the Gospel of Jesus, is opposed by the majority of US Catholics, and will squander Church resources, even as parishes, schools, and service programs continue to be shuttered due to decimated diocesan budgets. USCCB members voted 210-21 (with a handful of abstentions) to promote a Voters' Guide...
  • Quenching Satan’s Darts (Protestant/Lutheran/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/20/2015 1:40:04 PM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Satan is powerful. He is more powerful than we are. That is why we desperately need the armor of God. But as powerful as he is, he is far less powerful than God. That is why the Bible declares that greater is He who is in you (the Holy Spirit) than he who is in the world (Satan) (1 John 4:4). Satan's darts are quenchable; God's are not. You can flee the presence of Satan; you cannot flee the presence of God. We must be wary of Satan's right and left fists. He is a kick-boxer as well. Just when...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-20-15

    11/19/2015 9:10:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 20, 2015 Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59 Judas and his brothers said,"Now that our enemies have been crushed,let us go up to purify the sanctuary and rededicate it."So the whole army assembled, and went up to Mount Zion. Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month,that is, the month of Chislev,in the year one hundred and forty-eight,they arose and offered sacrifice according to the lawon the new altar of burnt offerings that they had made. On the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles...
  • Should We Accept Syrian Refugees?

    11/19/2015 7:38:36 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | November 17, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Everywhere I turn the talk is about the Syrian refugees and why we should take them or why we shouldn't. What I'm not hearing is much common sense or Christian charity. Why all the idiocy about the refugee crisis? I'm talking about the stupidity and lack of common sense by those who want to throw open our borders and those who want to refuse entry to all refugees. On the one hand, Christian charity demands that we welcome the stranger and give solace to the homeless where we are able. We are the richest and most prosperous and bountiful country...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-19-15

    11/19/2015 7:07:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RHAB ^ | 11-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 19, 2015 Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Mc 2:15-29 The officers of the king in charge of enforcing the apostasycame to the city of Modein to organize the sacrifices.Many of Israel joined them,but Mattathias and his sons gathered in a group apart.Then the officers of the king addressed Mattathias:"You are a leader, an honorable and great man in this city,supported by sons and kin.Come now, be the first to obey the king's command,as all the Gentiles and the men of Judahand those who are left in Jerusalem have done.Then you and your...
  • With Facts I Helped Open Someones Eyes To The Dangers of Islam (YOU CAN TOO)

    11/18/2015 6:52:23 PM PST · by damonw · 13 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 11/18/2015 | Damon Whitsell
    Just four days after the Paris Terrorist Attack I got a pleasant surprise, a friends son sent me a friend request on Facebook. What made this request a lift-me-up for me was that I thought my friends son might have some more few choice words for me again. But I am glad I accepted his request because he informed me that he was after his own research seeing Islam in a whole new way. We went toe tot toe on some of the issues related to Islam and it did not go very well I thought. But my friends son...
  • Putin the 'Only Defender of Christianity' - Bashar Assad

    11/18/2015 6:43:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 11/18/15
    Syrian President Bashar Assad considers Russia's Vladimir Putin as the "only defender of Christian civilization one can trust." "When I look at the present state of things in the world I realize that Vladimir Putin is the sole defender of Christian civilization one can rely on," Assad said in an interview with French magazine Valeurs Actuelles. The Syrian leader also said that he would step down only if asked to by the Syrian people and the Syrian parliament, adding that the issue of his possible resignation had not yet been raised on an international level. Syria will only share intelligence...
  • 'The Waster': Ominous Letter Spooks Dozens of Churches in Tennessee, Georgia

    11/18/2015 6:31:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/18/15 | M. Alex Johnson
    Law enforcement agencies in Tennessee and Georgia are looking for an anonymous man who sent ominous, eerie letters signed "The Waster" to dozens of churches. The photocopied, handwritten letter - which criticizes "you preachers, ministers, and chaplains" for not teaching all of the commandments of the Bible - has been sent to at least 50 churches in the last two weeks in McMinn and Monroe counties in Tennessee and in Murray County, Georgia - and likely elsewhere, authorities said. It doesn't include an explicit threat, meaning no crime has technically been committed, but "it's better to be safe than sorry,"...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-18-15, OM, Ded Basilicas/Peter & Paul, St. Rose P. Duchesne

    11/17/2015 10:06:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 18, 2015 Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31 It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrestedand tortured with whips and scourges by the king,to force them to eat pork in violation of God's law. Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,she exhorted each of themin the language of their ancestors with these words:“I do not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-17-15, M, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

    11/16/2015 8:44:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 17, 2015 Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious Reading 1 2 Mc 6:18-31 Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes,a man of advanced age and noble appearance,was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork. But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement,he spat out the meat,and went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture,as people ought to do who have the courage to reject the foodwhich it is unlawful to taste even for love of life. Those in charge of that unlawful ritual meal took the man aside privately,because of their...
  • Confronting Satan's Deception (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Caucus & Devotional)

    11/16/2015 6:18:00 AM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    It is the nature of Satan to be deceptive. Scripture says he has been a liar from the beginning. His first appearance in Scripture comes under the guise of a serpent. The credentials of this malevolent creature are announced in his introduction: "Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made" (Gen. 3:1). These words fall as a sudden intrusion into an otherwise glorious account of God's majestic work of creation. With the words "Now the serpent," the whole atmosphere of the biblical record changes dramatically. A sudden and ominous sense...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-16-15, OM, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude, Virgin

    11/15/2015 8:42:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-16-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 16, 2015 Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 [From the descendants of Alexander's officers]there sprang a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes,son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome.He became king in the year one hundred and thirty sevenof the kingdom of the Greeks. In those days there appeared in Israelmen who were breakers of the law,and they seduced many people, saying:“Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us;since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us.”The proposal was agreeable;some from among...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-15-15, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/14/2015 8:06:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-15-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 15, 2015 Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 12:1-3 In those days, I Daniel, heard this word of the Lord:"At that time there shall ariseMichael, the great prince,guardian of your people;it shall be a time unsurpassed in distresssince nations began until that time.At that time your people shall escape,everyone who is found written in the book. "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake;some shall live forever,others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace. "But the wise shall shine brightlylike the splendor of the firmament,and those who lead the many to...
  • Little love for Muslim refugees among Latvia's Christians

    11/14/2015 4:08:10 PM PST · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    Public Broadcasting of Latvia ^ | 17 Sep 2015 | Diana Hodulina
    From the world wide web and the government, the refugee matter has moved to the spiritual plane as well. The pope has asked believers to help refugees and to give them sanctuary. The Russian-language program of Latvian Television 7, Segodnya Vecherom, reavealed on Wednesday that not all Latvian Christians are ready to help people with a religion different from their own. The Pontifex Maximus was heard around here, but not everyone is keen on opening their doors and hearts. Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church admit that even though asylum seekers shouldn't be sorted by their religious affiliation, it's not...
  • "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling..."

    11/14/2015 4:06:21 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 18 replies
    11-14-2015 | Tom Hoefling
    Sometimes our poor efforts as earthly fathers do provide a small glimmer of the awesome nature of our all-powerful, loving Heavenly Father. Today we took all the kids to a park they love which is near family we're visiting. It's kind of a tradition to go there every couple of years when we're out here. Anyhow, this park has a rope climb in the shape of a big pyramid. It's the top draw of this particular place. It's fairly safe, although it really is very high. The top of the pyramid is probably forty to fifty feet off the ground....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-14-15

    11/13/2015 9:19:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-14-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 14, 2015 Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9 When peaceful stillness compassed everythingand the night in its swift course was half spent,Your all-powerful word, from heaven's royal thronebounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land,bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree.And as he alighted, he filled every place with death;he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the earth. For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew,serving its natural laws,that your children might be preserved unharmed.The cloud overshadowed their camp;and out of what had before...
  • Deacon whose drilling company helped rescue The 33: “God drilled that hole”

    11/13/2015 10:33:28 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | November 12, 2015 | STEVEN D. GREYDANUS
    In theaters this weekend, The 33, starring Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche, recounts the extraordinary story of the 2010 Chilean mining disaster that buried 33 miners 2300 feet underground for 69 days before their unprecedented rescue. The world was riveted by the story; one of the miners, Mario Sepúlveda — dubbed “Super Mario” by the media, and played in the film by Banderas — acted as spokesman for the group in daily video logs, and his face became familiar all over the globe. Fewer would recognize the face or the name of the man whose plan — and drilling equipment...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-13-15, M, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

    11/12/2015 9:55:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-13-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 13, 2015 Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin Reading 1 Wis 13:1-9 All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God,and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is,and from studying the works did not discern the artisan;But either fire, or wind, or the swift air,or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water,or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods.Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods,let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-12-15, M, St. Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

    11/11/2015 8:35:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-12-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 12, 2015 Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Wis 7:22b–8:1 In Wisdom is a spiritintelligent, holy, unique,Manifold, subtle, agile,clear, unstained, certain,Not baneful, loving the good, keen,unhampered, beneficent, kindly,Firm, secure, tranquil,all-powerful, all-seeing,And pervading all spirits,though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.For she is an aura of the might of Godand a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.For she is the refulgence of eternal light,the spotless mirror of the power of...
  • Food for the Flock Vol 1:1 (Jan 1955) -- Ancient Brides And Bridegrooms

    11/11/2015 12:03:43 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 15 replies
    online library of brethren writers ^ | January 1956 | Robert McClurkin
    The history of the Book of Genesis revolves around seven great men; Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. In the measure that the image of Christ was formed in them, to that degree they are typical men. All these were married men. We are not told how three of them got their wives, but this we are told about the other four. Each of these four received his wife through suffering. Adam did not suffer actually, but typically, and he suffered in the capacity of a king. Jacob suffered as a servant, Isaac as the only begotten son...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-11-15, M, St. Martin of Tours, Bishop

    11/10/2015 9:30:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-11-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 11, 2015 Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop Reading 1 Wis 6:1-11 Hear, O kings, and understand;learn, you magistrates of the earth's expanse!Hearken, you who are in power over the multitudeand lord it over throngs of peoples!Because authority was given you by the Lordand sovereignty by the Most High,who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels.Because, though you were ministers of his kingdom, you judged not rightly,and did not keep the law,nor walk according to the will of God,Terribly and swiftly shall he come against you,because judgment is stern for the exalted -For the lowly may be...
  • Romans, Martin Luther and 1515 (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/10/2015 9:33:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    Don Sweeting ^ | 9/10/2015 | Don Sweeting
    In two years from now, many Christians will be commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Already there are signs of this significant date approaching. The German toy company PLAYMOBIL has even issued a special, commemorative, limited edition figure of Martin Luther; and it's already sold out! While many of my colleagues at Reformed Theological Seminary are already thinking about 2017, most of us are not aware of a very important church history anniversary this fall. I'm thinking, of course, of the 500th anniversary of Luther's lectures on the Book of Romans, which helped pave the way for the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-10-15, M, St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

    11/09/2015 7:18:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 10, 2015 Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Wis 2:23–3:9 God formed man to be imperishable;the image of his own nature he made them.But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world,and they who are in his possession experience it. But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;and their passing away was thought an afflictionand their going forth from us, utter destruction.But they are in peace.For if before...
  • Cardinal: Islam's Goal is to Conquer Europe by Faith and Birth Rate

    11/09/2015 7:18:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | 11/9/15 | Gregory Tomlin
    BERUIT (Christian Examiner) - The leader of Maronite Catholics in Lebanon has said if the multiple wars in the Middle East do not stop, the region will be emptied of its Christians and Europe will eventually fall to Islam. Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, who leads the eastern Catholics still aligned with Rome, said in a recent interview with an Italian Catholic news magazine, Famiglia Christiana or Christian Family, the recent waves of immigration into Europe are only the beginning of Islam's expansion into the continent. Islam will eventually win the territory, he said, for two reasons. "I have heard many...
  • Bible vs. Koran: Which is Better for America?

    11/09/2015 9:34:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    CBN News ^ | 11/6/15
    A majority of Americans believe the country would be better off if people followed the teachings of the Bible over the Koran, the Muslim holy book. Lifeway Research interviewed 1,000 Americans to learn their opinions about the Bible and Koran. The results are a bit shocking. Questioners asked interviewees if they considered the text of each book to be dangerous, and if it would be helpful, or harmful for American society to follow the teachings of each. Twenty-four percent of Americans considered the Koran to be a dangerous book, and only 9 percent felt that way about the Bible. Eighty...
  • God's Not Really That Holy, I'm Not Really That Bad (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/09/2015 6:05:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    challies.com ^ | 11/9/2015 | Tim Challies
    How do you know that you really get the gospel, that you really understand and believe it? Or perhaps better said, how do you know that the gospel has really gotten you, that it has taken hold of you and begun to permanently transform you? I found myself pondering this question last week and was soon thinking about people I have known who once professed faith, but who eventually grew cold, grew distant, and fell away. If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you, too, have known people like this. Over time it became clear that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-09-15, FEAST, Ded. of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

    11/08/2015 8:09:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-09-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 9, 2015 Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome Reading 1 Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 The angel brought meback to the entrance of the temple,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the facade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple,south of the altar.He led me outside by the north gate,and around to the outer gate facing the east,where I saw water trickling from the southern side.He said to me,"This water flows into the eastern district down upon...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-08-15, Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/07/2015 6:41:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-0815 | Revised New American Bible
    November 8, 2015 Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 17:10-16 In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath.As he arrived at the entrance of the city,a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,"Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink." She left to get it, and he called out after her,"Please bring along a bit of bread." She answered, "As the LORD, your God, lives,I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jarand a little oil in my jug. Just now I was collecting a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-07-15

    11/06/2015 8:03:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 7, 2015 Saturday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 16:3-9, 16, 22-27 Brothers and sisters:Greet Prisca and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus,who risked their necks for my life,to whom not only I am grateful but also all the churches of the Gentiles;greet also the Church at their house.Greet my beloved Epaenetus,who was the firstfruits in Asia for Christ.Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you.Greet Andronicus and Junia,my relatives and my fellow prisoners;they are prominent among the Apostlesand they were in Christ before me.Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord.Greet Urbanus, our co-worker...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-06-15

    11/05/2015 7:57:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 6, 2015 Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 15:14-21 I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters,that you yourselves are full of goodness,filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another.But I have written to you rather boldly in some respects to remind you,because of the grace given me by Godto be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentilesin performing the priestly service of the Gospel of God,so that the offering up of the Gentiles may be acceptable,sanctified by the Holy Spirit.In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to...
  • Living a Fulfilled Life (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/05/2015 2:59:41 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Fear God and keep His commandments" (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Living life apart from God is futile. The Book of Ecclesiastes is greatly misunderstood. It is a difficult book to read simply because it is hard to understand. Everything in it appears wrong and as if it doesn't fit with the rest of Scripture. But it is part of the Old Testament wisdom literature because it is a statement of human wisdom. Ecclesiastes tells us how man perceives his world, God, and the realities of life. Most scholars believe Ecclesiastes was penned by Solomon. They debate whether he wrote it before he...
  • Knowledge Through Faith (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/05/2015 2:55:32 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible." God's greatest truths are discovered by simple faith. As a man or woman of faith, you have insights into life that unbelievers can't know. You know how the physical universe began, where it is heading, and how it will end. You know Who governs the universe and how you fit into the total scheme of things. You know why you exist and how to invest your life in matters of eternal consequence....
  • Merging Activism and Quietism (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional and Caucus)

    11/05/2015 8:58:16 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    The two great heresies that have plagued the church on the issue of sanctification for centuries are the heresies of activism and quietism. The twin distortions are guilty of eliminating one or the other pole of the paradox. In activism, God's working is swallowed up by human self-righteousness. In quietism, the human struggle is swallowed up by an automatic divine process. Activism is the creed of the self-righteous person. He has no need of divine assistance to achieve perfection. Grace is held in contempt, a remedy needed only by weak people. The activist can lift himself up by his own...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-05-15

    11/04/2015 9:09:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 5, 2015 Thursday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 14:7-12 Brothers and sisters:None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.For if we live, we live for the Lord,and if we die, we die for the Lord;so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.For this is why Christ died and came to life,that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.Why then do you judge your brother or sister?Or you, why do you look down on your brother or sister?For we shall all stand before...
  • Being Wise in Adversity (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/04/2015 5:27:44 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom" (James 3:13). Wisdom teaches us how to handle adversity. In his wonderful commentary on the book of James, Robert Johnstone wrote the following about meekness: That "the meek" should "inherit the earth"-that they bear wrongs, and exemplify the love which "seeketh not her own"-to a world that believes in high-handedness and self-assertion, and pushing the weakest to the wall, a statement like this of the Lord from Heaven cannot but appear an utter paradox. The man of the world...
  • Gaining God's Approval (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/04/2015 5:22:59 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By [faith] the men of old gained approval" (Heb. 11:2). God makes His approval known to those who trust in Him. The book Catch-22 tells of a squadron of World War II fliers stationed on the fictitious island of Pianos in the Mediterranean. Before a flier could transfer off the island, he had to complete 25 extremely dangerous missions over southern Europe. One flier, Yosarian, was especially anxious to leave. After completing his twenty-fifth mission, his commanding officer began raising the number of qualifying missions. Insanity became the only justification for a transfer. But the commander decided that whomever feigned...