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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Questions on Acts 4

    09/02/2015 6:49:23 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 3 replies
    The Scriptures | Self
    Some will tell you the Bible can't be understood. Others say you can't understand it without a theology degree, or an ordained teacher, or a special vision/revelation. I challenge those claims, and invite everyone to read Acts 4 and see whether the following questions are too difficult. And when you're done, you might find you know more than your preacher. :-) 1. What was it in Peter's sermon in ch. 3 that upset the Sadducees so much? (See Mt. 22:23, for instance.) 2. In Mt. 10:17-20, Lk. 21:12-15, Mk. 13:9-11, and elsewhere, Jesus had given to the apostles warnings, instructions,...
  • Most Catholics in Massachusetts Legislature Support Planned Parenthood, Study Shows

    09/02/2015 6:32:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A study by a lay activist group has shown that most of the Catholics serving in the state legislature support Planned Parenthood. The Catholic Action League found that 52 Catholics in the lower house were classified by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund as either “champions” or “allies” of the group, while only 28 Catholic legislators were deemed “opponents.” In the upper house the results were even more striking, with 91% of the self-identified Catholics categorized as supporters of Planned Parenthood. Graduates of Catholic colleges and universities were even more likely than other Catholic legislators to support the abortion lobby. Of...
  • A Sin Unforgiveable (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus)

    09/02/2015 5:50:47 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    “Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven” (vv. 31–32). - Matthew 12:22–32 In looking at the issue of the eternal security of the believer in Christ, one of the most difficult passages to understand is the text wherein Jesus refers to the “unforgiveable” sin. Today’s passage gives us one of the accounts of our Lord’s teaching on this subject, and we see that one transgression...
  • Catholc Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-02-15

    09/01/2015 8:51:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 2, 2015   Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Col 1:1-8 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Timothy our brother, to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,when we pray for you,for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesusand the love that you have for all the holy onesbecause of the hope reserved for you in heaven.Of this you have already...
  • Those Who Go out from Us (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 10:59:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 9/1/2015
    “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.” - 1 John 2:19 Continuing our study of the eternal security of the believer, otherwise known as the perseverance of the saints, we will consider today the phenomenon of people who appear to be believers but then walk away from the faith. Since we believe Scripture teaches that all who truly believe in Christ are justified and will never fall...
  • God's Omnipresence - Chapter 14 (Ecumenical)

    09/01/2015 3:38:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Our Father, we know that Thou art present with us, but our knowledge is but a figure and shadow of truth and has little of the spiritual savor and inward sweetness such knowledge should afford. This is for us a great loss and the cause of much weakness of heart. Help us to make at once such amendment of life as is necessary before we can experience the true meaning of the words ”In thy presence is fulness of joy.” Amen. The word present, of course, means here, close to, next to, and the prefix omni gives it universality. God...
  • What Men Live By - Chapter 28 (Ecumenical)

    09/01/2015 3:27:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    HUMAN LIFE HAS ITS CENTRAL CORE where lie the things men live by. These things are constant. They change not from age to age, but are the same among all races throughout the world always. Life also has its marginal zones where lie the things that are relatively unimportant. These change from generation to generation and vary from people to people. It is at the central core that men are one, and it is on the marginal zones that they differ from each other. Yet the marginal things divide the peoples of the world radically and seriously. Most of the...
  • What About the Holy Spirit? (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 3:21:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us” (1 John 3:24). Because the Holy Spirit affects every area of the Christian life, it is vital that we have a balanced and correct view of His role. The church’s understanding of the Spirit’s Person and ministry has been seriously distorted over the past few decades. Charismatics have given an undue emphasis to certain pentecostal gifts so that subjective experience is often elevated over objective scriptural truth. At the...
  • The Reality of Spiritual Warfare (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 3:19:07 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:10-12). Victory in battle comes when you identify the enemy, resist his attacks, and then take the initiative against him. Our nation has known many wars, but Vietnam was an especially frustrating campaign....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-15

    08/31/2015 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 1, 2015   Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11 Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters,you have no need for anything to be written to you.For you yourselves know very wellthat the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.When people are saying, “Peace and security,”then sudden disaster comes upon them,like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness,for that day to overtake you like a thief.For all of you are children of the light...
  • Listening like Sheep (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/31/2015 4:34:11 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 8/31/2015
    “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand” (vv. 6–7a). - Psalm 95 God comforts our souls throughout the pages of Scripture. His promise never to leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5) assures us that no matter how difficult things seem, He is with us, carrying us through the fire of testing so that we might be purified and refined (Isa. 48:1–10). The Lord’s pledge to glorify everyone whom He justifies (Rom. 8:29–30)...
  • Steve’s Devotional - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

    08/31/2015 3:57:13 PM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 21 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 31, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Are you worried? I am. On Steve Brown Etc. we have interviewed a whole lot of people about the economy, the war, the environment, world poverty, politics (and the list goes on) and the general impression is that we’re all going to die! It’s bad and it’s going to get a lot worse. There is a wonderful story in 2 Kings 6. The king of Syria was at war with Israel. Israel, though, had a powerful “secret weapon” in Elisha the prophet who kept warning Israel of the troop movements of Syria. The king of Syria was ticked and sent...
  • Do Christians Who Divorce Have the Biblical Right to Marry Other People?

    08/31/2015 11:26:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 52 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 8/31/2015 | SHANE IDLEMAN
    In my opinion, only God can truly answer this question. Spouses are encouraged to spend extended time in the Word and obedience to it, as well as extended times of prayer and fasting, and seeking godly counsel. All destructive relationships and toxic counsel must be severed as you seek to answer this question. Many great bible teachers are divided on this issue. Some believe that remarriage to another is never allowed unless one of the spouses dies, but others suggest that it is permissible when adultery and abandonment occur. Much of the controversy centers on Matthew 5:32 where Jesus says,...
  • Seeking God's Kingdom (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/31/2015 8:07:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘. . . All these things shall be added to you’” (Matthew 6:33). God will provide for those who seek what is eternal. What did Jesus mean when He said we are to seek God’s kingdom first? It means our top priority in life should be to seek what is eternal. That was the priority for the apostle Paul. In Acts 20 he was ready to leave for Jerusalem to defend the faith, not knowing if he might be put in prison or lose his life. The prospect of persecution did not deter him, for he said, “I do not...
  • Rejecting the World (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/31/2015 8:05:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15). The world is opposed to everything God stands for. Loving the world begins with thinking that God doesn't know what's best for you and is trying to cheat you out of something you deserve. That thought soon blossoms into a willingness to disregard God's warnings altogether and take whatever Satan has to offer. Love of the world started in the Garden of Eden and continues to this day. Genesis 3:6 says, "When...
  • Real Spiritual: Decline

    08/31/2015 7:55:40 AM PDT · by TBP · 9 replies
    ItsReally Real,org ^ | August 30, 2015 | Rev. Brian Akers
    Over the past few years as a minister there has been a growing narrative that, for many reasons, I haven’t been able to escape. It would seem that the statistics and facts all say that “church” is in decline. Don’t take my word for it either… there are plenty of other Huffington Post authors chiming in about this apparent trend too. Some say that it’s all about the lack of religion in our schools, laws and culture as if the country is devolving. Some say that the “immediacy” of God, also described as an apocalyptic culture, has been lost. You...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-31-15

    08/30/2015 8:25:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-31-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 31, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 4:13-18 We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,about those who have fallen asleep,so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,so too will God, through Jesus,bring with him those who have fallen asleep.Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.For the Lord himself,...
  • Beautiful Christian music link for new traditional God honoring music

    08/30/2015 2:23:51 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 41 replies
    sound cloud ^ | 08/30/15 | UNTO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN
    Friends, this is some of the best modern Christ honoring music you will hear.
  • Living One Day at a Time (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/30/2015 10:30:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’” (Matthew 6:34). The believer is not to worry about his future. British pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “Although it is very right to think about the future, it is very wrong to be controlled by it.” He was right, because worry is a tremendous force that will endeavor to defeat you. It will try to destroy you today by making you upset and anxious. But if it loses today, it will take you into the future until it finds something to...
  • The Love God Hates (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/30/2015 10:28:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John 2:15-17). If you love the world, you’re engaging in a love God hates. Satan, from the very beginning...
  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    08/30/2015 10:04:00 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 112 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 30, 2015 | JP
    “Who do men say I am?” Jesus posed the question to his disciples as they went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi. John the Baptist, Elijah or other of the prophets, they answered. “But who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked them. And while 11 of the 12 disciples were uncertain, Peter responded, “You are the Christ.” This account, taken from the Gospel According to Mark, appears in slightly different form in Matthew and Luke, the other two synoptic gospels. What is noteworthy is that in none of the accounts does Jesus say He is other than...
  • Catholic Org: Pope Visit Being Organized by Pro-Choice Politicians

    08/30/2015 6:58:38 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.phillymag.com ^ | August 25, 2015 | Joel Mathis
    From the Lepanto Institute’s report on ties between the World Meeting of Families and Planned Parenthood. A key leader for the World Meeting of Families has come under attack from a conservative Catholic “investigative group” that says he donated campaign funds to pro-abortion candidates. The Lepanto Institute said Robert J. Ciaruffoli, currently listed as chairman (but sometimes listed as president) of WMOF’s board of directors, has, in various years, given campaign donations to Allyson Schwartz, Chaka Fattah, Bob Brady, Joe Biden, and Bill Richardson — all pro-choice Democrats. (The donations can be affirmed at the Federal Election Commission website.) The...
  • isis and gold dinar, Bible prophecy being fulfilled ? thoughts

    08/30/2015 6:56:54 AM PDT · by ElisabethInCincy · 7 replies
    As a Christian and watchman this new isis video release is quite creepy yet stunning.. would like to hear from my brothers and sisters in Christ who are interested in bible prophecy . Watch this video
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-30-15, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/29/2015 7:23:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 30, 2015   Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dt 4:1-2, 6-8 Moses said to the people:“Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decreeswhich I am teaching you to observe,that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the landwhich the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin upon you,you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. Observe them carefully,for thus will you give evidenceof your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,who will hear of...
  • Our All-Knowing God (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/29/2015 2:00:00 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious then, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “With what shall we clothe ourselves?” For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things’” (Matthew 6:31-32). To worry is to be like an unbeliever. For us as believers, worry is needless because of God’s bounty, senseless because of God’s promise to provide, useless because of our inability to do anything, and faithless because by doing so we put ourselves in the same category as an unbeliever. In Matthew 6:32 the Greek term translated...
  • Seven Things God Hates (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/29/2015 1:45:08 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers" (Prov. 6:16-19). God is clear about the things that displease Him. God hates sin in any form, but Proverbs 6:17-19 lists seven that are especially loathsome to Him. First is haughty eyes (v. 17), which pictures a proud and arrogant person with his nose in the air and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-15, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/28/2015 9:09:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 29, 2015 Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist Reading 1 1 Thes 4:9-11 Brothers and sisters:On the subject of fraternal charityyou have no need for anyone to write you,for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more,and to aspire to live a tranquil life,to mind your own affairs,and to work with your own hands,as we instructed you. Responsorial Psalm PS 98:1, 7-8, 9 R. (9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with...
  • Questions on Acts 3

    08/28/2015 9:01:39 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 16 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Some will tell you the Bible can't be understood. Others say you can't understand it without a theology degree, or an ordained teacher, or a special vision/revelation. I challenge those claims, and invite everyone to read Acts 3 and see whether the following questions are too difficult. And when you're done, you might find you know more than your preacher. :-) 1. What was the lame man expecting to receive from Peter and John? 2. Did the people recognize this man? Why were they amazed when they saw him? 3. How had the Jews treated their Messiah/Christ? 4. What proofs...
  • Observing the Flowers (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/28/2015 8:55:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith?’” (Matthew 6:28-30). Observing the flowers is a way to remember that God cares for you. In Matthew 6, some of the people...
  • Holy Hatred (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/28/2015 8:52:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hate evil, you who love the Lord" (Ps. 97:10). God’s hatred for evil is an extension of His love. After spending this month exploring fifteen characteristics of godly love, it might seem odd to shift suddenly to the topic of hatred. Additionally, "holy hatred" will sound like a contradiction in terms to those who view all hatred as evil. But love and hate are inseparable. You can't truly love something and be complacent about the things that oppose or threaten it. If you love your spouse, you hate anything that would defile or injure him or her. If you love...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-15, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/27/2015 10:21:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 28, 2015   Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 1 Thes 4:1-8 Brothers and sisters,we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,as you received from ushow you should conduct yourselves to please God– and as you are conducting yourselves– you do so even more.For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. This is the will of God, your holiness:that you refrain from immorality,that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himselfin holiness and honor, not in lustful passionas do the Gentiles who...
  • Living Life to the Fullest (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/27/2015 1:34:19 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span?’” (Matthew 6:27). You can worry yourself to death, but not to life. Dr. Charles Mayo of the renowned Mayo Clinic wrote, “Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands and the whole nervous system. I have never met a man or known a man to die of overwork, but I have known a lot who died of worry.” We live in a day when people worry about how long they will live. That’s a harmful practice because you can worry yourself to death, but not...
  • The Triumph of Love (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/27/2015 1:32:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] endures all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love triumphs over opposition. Endurance is the final characteristic of love that Paul mentions in this passage. The Greek word translated "endures" in verse 7 is a military term that speaks of being positioned in the middle of a violent battle. It refers not to withstanding minor annoyances, but incredible opposition. Love does that without ceasing to love. Stephen is a good example of enduring love. He preached God's message without compromise, but his enemies stoned him to death. His last act was to fall on his knees, crying out with a loud...
  • God’s Eternal Reign (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional)

    08/27/2015 7:49:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    “The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting” (vv. 1–2). - Psalm 93 Psalm 19 begins by asserting that the heavens proclaim the glories of God (v.1), showing that creation’s purpose is to declare the goodness and majesty of its Creator. Yet, the physical world is not alone in being tasked with extolling and revealing the Lord’s glory. As we see throughout Scripture, those whom God has...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-15, M, St. Monica

    08/26/2015 7:46:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 27, 2015   Memorial of Saint Monica Reading 1 1 Thes 3:7-13 We have been reassured about you, brothers and sisters,in our every distress and affliction, through your faith.For we now live, if you stand firm in the Lord. What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you,for all the joy we feel on your account before our God?Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in personand to remedy the deficiencies of your faith.Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesusdirect our way to you, and may the Lord make you increaseand...
  • Abortion advocates leave hateful comments following death of pro-life hero who stood outside....

    08/26/2015 12:56:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    saynsumthn.wordpress.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | saynsumthn
    FULL TITLE: Abortion advocates leave hateful comments following death of pro-life hero who stood outside Planned Parenthood The mindset of abortion activists never ceases to amaze me. Shortly after the death of a pro-life hero, who spent his final hours standing up for unborn babies outside Planned Parenthood on August 22, 2015, pro-choice vulchers swooned. In one of his last acts on earth, 73-year-old Bob Adis, who was lovingly referred to as “poppy” joined last weekend’s pro-life protest in Livonia, Michigan to expose Planned Parenthood’s gruesome baby parts operation. Bob Adis, whose handicapped wife was with him at the clinic,...
  • Receiving Joy and Strength (Evangelical/Protestant/Lutheran/NonDenom Caucus & Devotional)

    08/26/2015 8:38:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    There is still another vital aspect to the “why” of Jesus’ departure. He said, “If I do not go away, the Helper (Paraclete) will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” Jesus’ departure was tied to Pentecost. There is no Pentecost without ascension. As the invested King of kings, Jesus had the authority together with the Father to send His Holy Spirit in a new and powerful way upon the church. Jesus spoke of a certain necessity of His leaving in order for the Spirit to come. Herein was another great advantage. He...
  • Can I Be Sure I’m Saved? (Protestant/Evangelical caucus)

    08/26/2015 8:35:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    At a practical level, people who are struggling with their assurance of salvation often approach me and ask, “How can I know I am saved?” In response, I ask them three questions. First I ask, “Do you love Jesus perfectly?” Every person to whom I have asked that question has responded candidly, “No, I don’t.” That’s why they are not sure of the state of their souls; they know there are deficiencies in their affection for Christ, because they know that if they loved Christ perfectly, they would obey Him perfectly. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep...
  • A Lesson from Nature (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/26/2015 6:46:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?’” (Matthew 6:26). If God provides for the birds, how much more will He provide for you. I can imagine our Lord standing on a hillside in Galilee, looking down over the beautiful north end of the sea, the breeze rippling across the water, the sun bright in the sky. The people were all gathered at His feet. As He was speaking to them, some birds...
  • Hoping in God (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/26/2015 6:44:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] hopes all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love refuses to take human failure as final. Even when faith falters, hope comes to the rescue. It is that long rope that keeps us linked to the sovereignty and power of God. The apostle Peter wrote to believers who were experiencing severe trials. To encourage them he began, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Pet. 1:3). Our hope is a...
  • Multiplying Freedom

    08/26/2015 6:41:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 19, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Can we talk? You and I both know that so often the church is probably the last place in the world where people are really free. We talk about freedom, we preach it and offer it to those who have not found Christ. But if you take a long look around the average church you will find people who seem to be cut from the exact same mold. Most of us look, act and talk the same way.There is, of course, a cold, dead orthodoxy among us that we have called “Christian.” Paul warned Timothy to be careful about those...
  • Life matters even in death: A tribute to Bob Adis

    08/25/2015 10:57:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | Carole Novielli
    In the course of each year, the pro-life community can lose many activists for life. But when a pro-life hero spends his final moments on earth standing up for unborn babies, it is worth mentioning. This was the case of Bob Adis, who passed away shortly after standing up for unborn babies outside Planned Parenthood during the weekend’s national protest. The 73-year-old, fondly referred to as “Poppy,” and his wife Joan, joined members of Harvest Bible Church in exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby parts operation in Livonia, Michigan, on Saturday morning. Shortly after the group assembled on the public sidewalk, pro-life...
  • Sports Columnist: Tim Tebow's Not Only Good for NFL, He's Good for the World

    08/25/2015 8:17:00 PM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    CNS ^ | August 25, 2015 | Penny Starr
    A sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel said people ask him why he wants to see Tim Tebow succeed in his professional football career and his reasons have nothing to do the game. “Mainly it's because every time I've ever seen him at a public appearance, he scans the crowd in search of kids with special needs and then immediately makes a mad dash toward those kids as if they are a touchdown pylon,” Mike Bianchi wrote in an Aug. 22 column. “So many times these kids with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and afflictions we can't even pronounce...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-15

    08/25/2015 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2015   Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 2:9-13 You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God.You are witnesses, and so is God,how devoutly and justly and blamelesslywe behaved toward you believers.As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children,exhorting and encouraging you and insistingthat you walk in a manner worthy of the Godwho calls you into his Kingdom and glory. And for this reason we...
  • Hating Catholics–America’s ONLY Accepted Prejudice

    08/25/2015 6:45:11 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 488 replies
    I recall when I got scorned for attacking homosexuality on my blog with a comment that said, “You are a homophobe, do you not know that God loves everyone including homosexuals,” in which I answered with, “do you not know that God loves everyone including the homophobe?” Indeed, we say “God loves everyone,” including, but not limited to; heretics, pedophiles, hemophiliacs, sodomites, lesbians, murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug pushers and every mutant from the pit of hell, except, of course, the legalist and the Pharisee, that is, the good old Catholic Church. y now, objectors who read so far what...
  • Led To Repentance

    08/25/2015 6:25:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 20, 2015 | Jessica Thompson
    “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance” (Romans 2:1-4) Recently, I...
  • What Does Faith Look Like?

    08/25/2015 8:14:25 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 28 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Perhaps that seems like a strange question. Can we see faith? You decide. - Noah built the ark by faith (Heb. 11:7). What did the people without faith do? - Rahab hid the spies by faith (Heb. 11:31). If she hadn't had faith, wouldn't she have turned them in instead? Did the people hunting for the spies have faith? - Abraham left his home and went where God led him, not even knowing where he was going, because he had faith (Heb. 11:8-9). If he hadn't had faith, would he have gone or stayed home? It is faith that causes...
  • The Giver of Life (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/25/2015 7:28:37 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on’” (Matthew 6:25). God gives you life and sustains your life. If you were living in Palestine during the time of Jesus, you might have been concerned about having the basics of life. That’s because there were times when the snows didn’t come to the mountains, and as a result the streams didn’t run. When the streams dried up, there was no water. Crops didn’t always produce either. They were subject to...
  • Expecting the Best (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/25/2015 7:25:30 AM PDT · by metmom · 13 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] believes all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love always expects the best of others. In Luke 15 Jesus tells a parable about a father who had two sons. The younger son asked for his share of the family inheritance, then left home and squandered it on sinful pursuits. When he realized his folly, he decided to return home and ask his father's forgiveness. So "he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him. And the...
  • Understanding Christ’s New Role (Protestant/Lutheran/Evangelical/Nondenom Caucus)

    08/25/2015 5:08:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Imagine an earthly situation where the heir-apparent to the throne meets with his closest friends on the eve of his own coronation. The new king’s friends would hardly desire that the king skip his own coronation. There is no greater benefit to the new king’s friends than that he ascends to the throne. When Jesus left this world, He was not departing in exile. He was leaving for His coronation. He was passing from humiliation to exaltation. The extraordinary benefit in this for every Christian is that he can live in the full assurance that at this very moment the...