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  • God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge -- A Response to Matthew Vines

    04/24/2014 6:06:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 48 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | April 23, 2014 | Al Mohler
    Evangelical Christians in the United States now face an inevitable moment of decision. While Christians in other movements and in other nations face similar questions, the question of homosexuality now presents evangelicals in the United States with a decision that cannot be avoided. Within a very short time, we will know where everyone stands on this question. There will be no place to hide, and there will be no way to remain silent. To be silent will answer the question. The question is whether evangelicals will remain true to the teachings of Scripture and the unbroken teaching of the Christian...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-14, SOL, Thursday in the Octave of Easter

    04/23/2014 8:30:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2014Thursday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 3:11-26 As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John,all the people hurried in amazement toward themin the portico called “Solomon’s Portico.”When Peter saw this, he addressed the people,“You children of Israel, why are you amazed at this,and why do you look so intently at usas if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesuswhom you handed over and...
  • "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" -- A Farce to Hide "Voluntary" Church Slavery to the IRS ???

    04/23/2014 6:12:44 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 2 replies
    Patton@Bastogne ^ | 2014-04-23 | Patton@Bastogne
    . "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" is celebrated every October 5th. It promotes a genuinely positive goal: Challenging Christian Pastors to speak FREELY about ANYTHING (including politics) from their church pulpit. Sadly, what the proponents of "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" DELIBERATELY HIDE is that Church Tax-Exempt status is a VOLUNTARY agreement with the U.S. Government. Churches are free to DIVORCE their evil "IRS Marriage" anytime they choose. Take a look at any of the below Youtube videos for the whole story. Best Regards, Patton-at-Bastogne FreeRepublic member since 1998. ========================================= Tea Party Christians and "Render Unto Caesar" ... Tea Party Christians and "Render Unto...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 23, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/23/2014 4:29:25 PM PDT · by Vision · 9 replies
    Email ^ | 4/23/14 | Joel Osteen
    Favor Awareness Today's Scripture ...his favor lasts a lifetime. (Psalm 30:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria People promote awareness of all kinds of things in this world, but one of the most important things you should be aware of is the favor of God! Every day before you leave the house, you should say, Father, thank You that I have Your favor. As you drive to work or go about your day, meditate on His favor. Be aware of His goodness. Expect doors to open for you that may not open for somebody else. Remember, favor means...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 23, 2014]

    04/23/2014 4:27:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Do You Worship The Work? " We are God’s fellow workers . . . —1 Corinthians 3:9 " Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him. A great number of Christian workers worship their work. The only concern of Christian workers should be their concentration on God. This will mean that all the other boundaries of life, whether they are mental, moral, or spiritual limits, are completely free with the freedom God gives His child; that is, a worshiping child, not a wayward one. A worker who lacks this serious controlling...
  • Ex-SC homeless ministry officer accused of theft

    04/23/2014 8:34:10 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    The State ^ | April 23, 2014
    A former official with a homeless ministry in Charleston has been arrested and accused of embezzling more than $440,000. Fifty-six-year-old Carol Libby of Mount Pleasant is accused of taking the money from Crisis Ministry between 2006 and 2013. Executive Director Stacey Denaux says the organization has recovered about half of the amount that was taken. Donors have offered $150,000 and insurance has paid $50,000. Denaux says Libby has repaid $52,000. ________________________________________________ Story from the AP.
  • Why is Shakespeare so mysterious? Because he was a Catholic in an age of vicious persecution

    04/23/2014 8:09:57 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/ ^ | April 23, 2014 | Joseph Pearce
    Today is St Georges Day. It is also Shakespeares birthday and, believe it or not, it is the day on which Shakespeare died. Apart from the astonishing coincidence that Shakespeare died on his own birthday, it is also singularly appropriate that Englands greatest poet should have been born and should have died on the feast day of her patron saint. It seems appropriate, therefore, that we should celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeares birthday with a reference to cricket, that most quintessential of all English sports. Shakespeare is 450, Not Out, continuing to hit his audiences for six after reaching...
  • Dear Rachel Held Evans, (Wolf in Sheep's Clothing)

    04/23/2014 6:20:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    A Pinch's in the South ^ | 21 April 2014 | Summer Pinch
    A couple months ago, I wrote a blog in response to the whirlwind of media attention Miley Cyrus had been receiving. At the time, all kinds of groups were coming out to condemn or condone her sexually explicit behavior both on and off the stage. For me, it was simple: Miley Cyrus, like much of our Western culture, has bought in to a secular humanistic worldview that reduces her worth to that of an animal and so it should not be surprising that she often acts as such.      You see, Cyrus “suppresses the truth” (Rom 1:18) that she...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-14, SOL. Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

    04/22/2014 8:49:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2014Wednesday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John were going up to the temple areafor the three o’clock hour of prayer.And a man crippled from birth was carriedand placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,he asked for alms.But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,and said, “Look at us.”He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.Peter said, “I have...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/22/2014 4:59:13 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    What is God Telling You to Do? Today's Scripture ...And as they went, they were cured and made clean. (Luke 17:14, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time in the Scripture, there were ten lepers who saw Jesus. They hollered out, Jesus! Have mercy on us and make us whole! Jesus could have healed them right then, but instead, He asked them to do something to express their faith. He said, Go show yourself to the Priest, and you will be made whole. Its interesting that those lepers were not supposed to be around other people. They...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 22, 2014]

    04/22/2014 4:57:00 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Light That Never Fails " We all, with unveiled face, beholding . . . the glory of the Lord . . . —2 Corinthians 3:18 " A servant of God must stand so very much alone that he never realizes he is alone. In the early stages of the Christian life, disappointments will come— people who used to be lights will flicker out, and those who used to stand with us will turn away. We have to get so used to it that we will not even realize we are standing alone. Paul said, “. . . no...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-22-14, SOL, Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

    04/21/2014 8:06:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org.RNAB ^ | 04-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 22, 2014Tuesday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 2:36-41 On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,“Let the whole house of Israel know for certainthat God has made him both Lord and Christ,this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,“What are we to do, my brothers?”Peter said to them,“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.For the...
  • TEN COMMANDMENTS SCORES (Old Charlton Heston Movie top rated show on Sunday Night)

    04/21/2014 7:00:14 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | April 21, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    On Easter Sunday night, more Americans watched The Ten Commandments on ABC than any other show, even allowing for the fact that the audience was not as big as last years. What was most telling was how it creamed the religious fare shown on the Travel Channel and the Science Channel. The Travel Channel gave us Greatest Mysteries: Holy Land, a one-hour presentation that took the viewer on a rambling ride through hidden rooms and caves looking for the Holy Grail; a guest appearance by Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS, rounded out the first segment. The Shroud of...
  • Ukraine President Preaches the Gospel at Easter!

    04/21/2014 5:49:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    Slavic Gospel Association ^ | 4-21-14 | Dr. Bob Provost SGA President
    This Easter Sunday in Ukraine was unlike any other in the history of this nation in crisis. As Ukrainian Christians gathered together at Kievs Central Baptist Church to worship and celebrate the resurrection, they heard a special message delivered in person by Alexander Turchynov, the countrys acting president. SGAs Sergei Omelchenko wrote to tell us about the extraordinary day . . . Turchinov 4-21-14 Acting Ukrainian president Alexander Turchynov proclaims the Gospel at the pulpit of Central Baptist Church in Kieva truly historic moment! Pastor Vyacheslav Nesteruk, president of the Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (UECB), preached the main message...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/21/2014 5:44:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    You are Closer than You Think Today's Scripture ...He said to the paralytic, I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house. Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, We never saw anything like this! (Mark 2:1012, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In Mark chapter two, the Bible talks about a man who was paralyzed. He heard that Jesus was in town teaching at another house, and the man knew that Jesus could...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 21, 2014]

    04/21/2014 5:42:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Don’t Hurt the Lord " Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? —John 14:9 " Our Lord must be repeatedly astounded at us-astounded at how “un-simple” we are. It is our own opinions that make us dense and slow to understand, but when we are simple we are never dense; we have discernment all the time. Philip expected the future revelation of a tremendous mystery, but not in Jesus, the Person he thought he already knew. The mystery of God is not in what is going to be-it is now, though...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-14, SOL, Monday in the Octave of Easter

    04/20/2014 8:46:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 21, 2014Monday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 2:14, 22-33 On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,raised his voice, and proclaimed:“You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. “You who are children of Israel, hear these words.Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by Godwith mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,you killed, using lawless men...
  • Is the Church Over the Bible, or the Bible Over the Church?

    04/20/2014 12:50:38 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 202 replies
    Canon Fodder ^ | June 27, 2012 | Michael J. Kruger
    The perennial question in the debate over sola Scriptura is whether the church is over the Bible or the Bible is over the church. If you take the latter position, then you are (generally speaking) a Protestant who believes the Scriptures, and the Scriptures alone, are the only infallible rule and therefore the supreme authority over the church. But, here is the irony: Roman Catholics also claim to be under the authority of the Bible.The Roman Catholic church insists that the Scripture is always superior to the Magisterium. Dei Verbum declares, This teaching office is not above the Word of...
  • Two for Easter

    04/20/2014 11:13:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    email | unknown
    I'm not a Christian but nearly all my friends are Christians and I have great respect for them. There are two stories that have been circulating around the Internet for years. I'd like to dedicate these to my Christian friends. Three Trees Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty." Then the second tree...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 20, 2014]

    04/20/2014 10:06:34 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Can a Saint Falsely Accuse God? " All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen . . . —2 Corinthians 1:20 " Jesus’ parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25:14-30 was a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacities. This parable has nothing to do with natural gifts and abilities, but relates to the gift of the Holy Spirit as He was first given at Pentecost. We must never measure our spiritual capacity on the basis of our education or our intellect; our capacity in spiritual things is measured...
  • Ever wondered what happened between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday? Where did Jesus go?

    So I am writing this on Easter Saturday. We celebrated the death of Jesus yesterday at our Good Friday services and on Sunday we will celebrate his resurrection . So what happened between Friday and Sunday? Ever Wondered.Well here is what I see in scripture happened. First a little context.Recently I was preaching on types of Christ and I came across this scripture and it troubled meMatt 12:40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-20-14, SOL, The Resurrection of the Lord

    04/19/2014 9:20:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 20, 2014The Resurrection of the LordThe Mass of Easter Sunday    Reading 1 Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Peter proceeded to speak and said:“You know what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptismthat John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazarethwith the Holy Spirit and power.He went about doing goodand healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.We are witnesses of all that he didboth in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.This man God raised on the third day and...
  • What If The Lord Jesus Came To America?

    04/19/2014 3:43:52 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 31 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/19/14
    If the Lord Jesus Christ came in our day (2014) to the "land of the "free", what would you expect the majority of Americans to do with Him? Would the "Word made Flesh" be received and welcomed as the Savior of the world? Would "church" goers receive Him with open arms? Would the socially dependent so called "poor", rich and government and educational elites welcome Him with open arms? Would the conservative and leftist media outlets have good things to say about Him? Would His countless miracles of healing the lame, blind, sick and demon possessed win over the masses...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 19, 2014]

    04/19/2014 3:12:54 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Beware of the Least Likely Temptation " Joab had defected to Adonijah, though he had not defected to Absalom —1 Kings 2:28 " Joab withstood the greatest test of his life, remaining absolutely loyal to David by not turning to follow after the fascinating and ambitious Absalom. Yet toward the end of his life he turned to follow after the weak and cowardly Adonijah. Always remain alert to the fact that where one person has turned back is exactly where anyone may be tempted to turn back (see 1 Corinthians 10:11-13). You may have just victoriously gone through a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-19-14, Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil-Holy Night of Easter

    04/18/2014 10:18:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 19, 2014Holy SaturdayAt the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter    Reading 1 Gn 1:1-2:2 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said,“Let there be light,” and there was light.God saw how good the light was.God then separated the light from the darkness.God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”Thus evening came, and morning followed—the first day. Then God said,“Let there be a dome in the middle of...
  • Final days of Jesus' life explored - critics challenge

    04/18/2014 8:21:58 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | April 17, 2014 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In A.D. 33 Jerusalem was a political powder keg ready to explode. More than ever, Jews expected a Messiah who would overthrow their hated Roman oppressors. In turn, the Roman Empire was spring loaded to pounce on any rivals to Caesar at the first sign of trouble. Into that milieu came an itinerant rabbi from Nazareth, riding into town for Passover on a donkey and being proclaimed by the crowds as the promised Messiah. Within days one of two things would surely happen: either He would overthrow the Romans or suffer a brutal death. This is one...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/18/2014 5:55:47 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    He is Risen! Today's Scripture ...He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen... (Matthew 28:6, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We have a reason to celebrate every day of the year because we serve a God who is alive and filled with resurrection power! Not only did He resurrect Jesus from the dead, but He wants to extend His resurrection power into every single area of your life today! Maybe you have a dream to get out of debt, to pay off your house or be free from that burden of lack, but...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 18, 2014]

    04/18/2014 5:53:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Readiness " God called to him . . . . And he said, ’Here I am’ —Exodus 3:4 " When God speaks, many of us are like people in a fog, and we give no answer. Moses’ reply to God revealed that he knew where he was and that he was ready. Readiness means having a right relationship to God and having the knowledge of where we are. We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. Yet the man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who receives the...
  • The Rise of Aggressive Emotivism

    04/18/2014 12:01:23 PM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | April 18, 2014 | Dwight Longenecker
    In a recent case in North Carolina, a sweet faced and intellectually accomplished nun came to a Catholic high school to address the students about human sexuality. We dont have the text of sisters talk, but from the outrage expressed she not only criticized homosexual actions, but was down on divorce and sexual sin. The mother of one student reported her sons comments, We had the worst assembly today, we tried to leave but were made to sit down. There are students in this school who are openly gay and some who are not out yet. Obviously, they felt bullied....
  • Father Barron v. Bart Ehrman (Agnostic NT Scholar)

    04/18/2014 8:01:01 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com/ ^ | April 16, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    In the category of mismatched adversaries, Father Barron gives us a striking example today: In this most recent tome, Ehrman lays out what is actually a very old thesis, going back at least to the 18th century and repeated ad nauseam in skeptical circles ever since, namely, that Jesus was a simple itinerant preacher who never claimed to be divine and whose resurrection was in fact an invention of his disciples who experienced hallucinations of their master after his death. Of course Ehrman, like so many of his skeptical colleagues across the centuries, breathlessly presents this thesis as though he...
  • A Blast from the Past: "B.C." and Good Friday

    04/18/2014 3:14:07 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 9 replies
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  • Catholic Commemoration Readings, 04-18-14, Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

    04/17/2014 11:12:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2014Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)    Reading 1 Is 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper,he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.Even as many were amazed at himCso marred was his look beyond human semblanceand his appearance beyond that of the sons of manCso shall he startle many nations,because of him kings shall stand speechless;for those who have not been told shall see,those who have not heard shall ponder it. Who would believe what we have heard?To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?He grew up like a sapling before him,like...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/17/2014 6:36:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 4/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    Sunday is Coming Today's Scripture For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:34, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ this Easter season, I think about when they crucified Jesus. On that Friday, it was the darkest, most painful, discouraging day of His life. In fact, it was so bad that He sweat drops of blood earlier. It...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 17, 2014]

    04/17/2014 6:35:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    All or Nothing? " When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment . . . and plunged into the sea John 21:7 " Have you ever had a crisis in your life in which you deliberately, earnestly, and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of the will. You may come to that point many times externally, but it will amount to nothing. The true deep crisis of abandonment, or total surrender, is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of only external things may actually be an indication of your being...
  • Russian People, Like Noah, Urged Not to Let World Finally Sink in Sin, Archpriest Chaplin Believes

    04/17/2014 8:54:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/16/14
    Moscow, April 16, Interfax Humanity deserves the new Flood, but Russia is called to be the Noahs Ark, head of the Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes. If suddenly something like the Flood happens, it will be justified. If the Lord with human hands punishes big cities it will even more justified. But we still believe and hope that time for repentance will be prolonged and an example of spiritual resurrection and renovation of the whole nation will be shown in the history before the end of times, and thus sin will be condemned and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-14, Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

    04/16/2014 7:07:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2014 | Evening Mass of the Lord's SupperHoly ThursdayEvening Mass of the Lord's Supper    Reading 1 Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every one of your familiesmust procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join the nearest household in procuring one and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-17-14, Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass

    04/16/2014 6:56:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2014 | Chrism MassHoly ThursdayChrism Mass    Reading 1 Is 61:1-3a, 6a,  8b-9 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,To announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You yourselves...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/16/2014 5:00:29 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    It is Finished Today's Scripture I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Its interesting that the last thing Jesus said on the cross was it is finished. It certainly looked like the end. It looked like it was over. But I believe that wasnt just a statement of fact; it was a statement of faith. He was saying to His Father, Ive done My part. Ive fulfilled My destiny....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 16, 2014]

    04/16/2014 4:58:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Can You Come Down From the Mountain? " While you have the light, believe in the light . . . —John 12:36 " We all have moments when we feel better than ever before, and we say, “I feel fit for anything; if only I could always be like this!” We are not meant to be. Those moments are moments of insight which we have to live up to even when we do not feel like it. Many of us are no good for the everyday world when we are not on the mountaintop. Yet we must bring our...
  • His Rsum Before the Age of 4: "I Saw Jesus on a Horse"

    04/16/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 51 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jeannette Catsoulis
    The wooing of religious moviegoers a delicate operation, as the Noah backlash attests has been ramping up lately, with major players like Ridley Scott and Ben Kingsley mining the Bible for box office gold. But if theres such a thing as a safe bet in this genre, its Heaven Is for Real, a Christian sermon that even the most doctrinaire believer can applaud.
  • Jehovah's Witness prediction spurs evangelism

    04/16/2014 4:44:17 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 19 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | April 15, 2014 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The 100th anniversary of Jehovah's Witnesses' prediction that history would end in 1914 presents an opportunity for leading members of the group to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, a Southern Baptist expert on Christian sects and cults said. Christians' "first task" in sharing the Gospel with Jehovah's Witnesses is helping them "put [their official publications] away and then deal with the Bible alone," Robert Stewart, professor of philosophy and theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, told Baptist Press. "What we need is evidence -- evidence that the Watchtower Society [Jehovah's Witnesses' central organization] has...
  • Sex After Christianity - Gay marriage is not just a social revolution but a cosmological one.

    04/16/2014 4:06:41 AM PDT · by don-o · 40 replies
    Twenty years ago, new president Bill Clinton stepped on a political landmine when he tried to fulfill a campaign promise to permit gay soldiers to serve openly. Same-sex marriage barely registered as a political cause; the country was then three years away from the Defense of Marriage Act and four years from comedian Ellen DeGeneress prime-time coming out. Then came what historians will one day recall as a cultural revolution. Now were entering the endgame of the struggle over gay rights and the meaning of homosexuality. Conservatives have been routed, both in court and increasingly in the court of public...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-14, Spy Wednesday

    04/15/2014 6:47:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2014Wednesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 15, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/15/2014 5:00:29 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/15/14 | Joel Osteen
    Victory over Sin and Death Today's Scripture But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria This coming weekend, we celebrate Easter, the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So much happened at Calvarys cross over two thousand years ago; but ultimately, Jesus overcame sin and death so that we could have abundant life. Because of Jesus, we have victory over anything that would try to hold us back! No matter what bondage, fear, stronghold, sin or addiction has held...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 15, 2014]

    04/15/2014 4:58:35 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Failure To Pay Close Attention " The high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days —2 Chronicles 15:17 " Asa was not completely obedient in the outward, visible areas of his life. He was obedient in what he considered the most important areas, but he was not entirely right. Beware of ever thinking, “Oh, that thing in my life doesn’t matter much.” The fact that it doesn’t matter much to you may mean that it matters a great deal to God. Nothing should be considered a trivial matter by...
  • Journalist Astonished to Have Fooled Media with Vatican Hoax

    04/15/2014 6:07:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    A British Catholic journalist has said she was astonished when major world news outlets mistook an Vatican April Fools report she wrote for a genuine news story. The Guardian, which this week won a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting of Edward Snowdens National Security Agency leaks, was one of the organisations that reported the hoax story that the Vatican employed a hawk called Sylvia to protect the doves periodically released by the Pope. Other outlets to reproduce the story include Agence France-Presse and the Washington Times.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-15-14

    04/14/2014 9:14:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 15, 2014Tuesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,Yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the LORD has spokenwho formed...
  • Retired Army General Wants Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery Demolished

    04/14/2014 7:51:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    al Ahram ^ | 4/13/14 | Sherry El-Gergawi
    The holy monastery of St. Catherine at Mount SinaiA retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative orders regarding the demolition of the monastery's multiple churches, monk cells, gardens and other places of interest on the grounds, which he claims were all built in 2006 and thus not historic, according to Ihab Ramzy, the monastery's lawyer. However, in an interview with private channel...
  • The persecution of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel

    04/14/2014 7:11:08 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Judie Brown
    Teaching the truths about homosexuality, chastity, adultery, and how God wants us to live our lives is not always an easy thing to do. Nor is living that life. But God asks that we do our best nevertheless, for our ultimate goal is eternity with Him. We cannot plead ignorance. We cannot justify that we chose otherwise. God's word is the truth, and though some may try to silence those who tell the truth, it doesn't change the facts. April 11, 2014 (ALL.org) - Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun who has recently come under fire for a presentation...
  • African-American Pastor Horrified at How Many Black Babies Abortion Kills

    04/14/2014 6:00:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Rebecca Downs
    The Rev. Elaine Flake of Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York has recently learned of and reacted to the statistics of black women having abortions in New York City. Flake reacted in disbelief, initially wondering if the statistics were even true. The Christian Post, reporting on the Rev., dedicates one paragraph to such statistics of black women, as well as links to a previous article of theirs: As CP has reported, citing the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Black women in New York City aborted more than half of their pregnancies in 2012, topping the...