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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Revelation 2:8-11 (the church in Smyrna)

    01/22/2019 7:21:33 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give...
  • January 22 - Satan Revealed as a Liar

    01/22/2019 9:42:04 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “[The devil] said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me’” (Matthew 4:9). Satan’s promises for better things, obtained more quickly and in a “preferred” manner to God’s plan, are actually counterfeit offers. He always wraps them in claims that seem easier, less expensive, and far less burdensome. After all, that’s the savvy way to success, he reasons. Our adversary’s argument is essentially just a form of the old “end justifies the means” concept. But Satan has been a liar from the beginning of redemptive history. With his third temptation of Jesus...
  • Pursuing the Quest for Purpose (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    01/22/2019 5:05:14 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 1/22/2019
    In the quest for purpose, we must distinguish between proximate and remote purposes. The proximate refers to that which is close at hand. The remote refers to the distant, far-off, ultimate purpose. The football player’s proximate goal is to make a first down. The more remote goal is a touchdown. The even more remote goal is to win the game. The ultimate goal is to win a championship. We remember the poignant meeting between Joseph and his brothers, when the brothers feared recriminations from their powerful brother for the treachery they had committed against him. But Joseph saw a remarkable...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-22-19, Day of Prayer -- Protection of Unborn Children

    01/21/2019 10:19:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-22-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 22 2019 Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Reading 1 Heb 6:10-20 Brothers and sisters: God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones. We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises. When God made the promise to Abraham, since he had no one...
  • Revelation 2:1-7

    01/21/2019 7:16:17 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 9 replies
    1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast...
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - January 22

    01/21/2019 7:00:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture & Spirit and Life (HLI) ^ | 01.22.19 | Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula
    MASS READINGS January 22, 2019 (Readings on USCCB website)COLLECT PRAYER God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother's womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. January 22 is the anniversary...
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - January 22

    01/21/2019 6:54:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Libreria Editrice Vaticana & CERC ^ | 05.24.15 | Pope Francis
    Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children POPE FRANCIS We need to develop a new synthesis capable of overcoming the false arguments of recent centuries. When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities — to offer just a few examples — it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.  Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble, for "instead of carrying out his role...
  • How to keep college students in church amid high dropout rates?

    01/21/2019 7:01:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/21/2019 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett
    To combat the growing number of young people who leave the church, leaders must invest in student ministry and make an intentional effort to focus on individuals during traditional college years, the director of student ministry at LifeWay has said.A 2017 LifeWay Research survey released on Tuesday reveals that 66 percent of Americans between 23 and 30 years old said they stopped attending church on a regular basis for at least a year after turning 18, compared to 70 percent in 2007.The five most frequently chosen specific reasons for dropping out were: moving to college and no longer attending (34...
  • January 21 - Satan’s Promises—Corrupt Strings Attached

    01/21/2019 6:29:34 AM PST · by metmom · 13 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory” (Matthew 4:8). Satan offered the world’s kingdoms to Jesus on his own corrupt terms. God allowed this test to prove that Christ was and is a worthy Son, fit to one day inherit the world and rule from His throne. The devil, on the other hand, wanted to prove the Son’s unworthiness by getting Him to prematurely grab the kingdoms God had already promised Him. The enemy approaches Christians also with corrupt bargaining chips. Whatever they might want in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-21-19, M, St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

    01/20/2019 9:33:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-21-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 21 2019 Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Heb 5:1-10 Brothers and sisters: Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. In the same way, it was not Christ who glorified...
  • Revelation Chapt. 1

    01/20/2019 6:40:47 PM PST · by Faith Presses On
    King James Bible Online
    1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be...
  • 20 years from now, I will be in Heaven

    01/20/2019 2:14:34 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 25 replies
    email ^ | 1/4/2009 | Nonie Darwish
    20 years from now, I will be in Heaven -This was written by a woman born in Egypt as a Muslim. Joys of Muslim Women By Nonie Darwish In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child. Consummating the marriage by 9. The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy. Even though a woman is abused she cannot obtain a...
  • January 20 - Satan Tests Jesus’ Ultimate Allegiance

    01/20/2019 4:13:57 AM PST · by metmom · 16 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain” (Matthew 4:8). Satan’s final temptation was a last-ditch effort to corrupt and derail Christ and His saving mission. The greatest of all adversaries sought to complete a sinister bargain in which extremely attractive and enticing possessions were offered to Jesus in exchange for His subservience to Satan. The location (“a very high mountain”) where Satan took Jesus no doubt allowed them to have a comprehensive view of the earth for hundreds of miles in every direction. But their vantage point was clearly spiritual and supernatural as well. They would have...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-20-19, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/19/2019 9:20:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-20-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 20 2019 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 62:1-5 For Zion's sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch. Nations shall behold your vindication, and all the kings your glory; you shall be called by a new name pronounced by the mouth of the LORD. You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem held by your God. No more shall people call you "Forsaken, " or your land "Desolate,...
  • Jude Chapt. 1

    01/19/2019 7:41:49 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning...
  • January 19 - Why Jesus Rejected Sensationalism

    01/19/2019 4:46:06 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘On the other hand, it is written, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test”’” (Matthew 4:7). The Lord Jesus had two good reasons for not participating in a worldly spectacle such as jumping from the temple roof. First, such sensationalism is captive to the laws of diminishing returns. To generate and hold people’s allegiance to Him merely by stunning signs, Jesus would have needed to produce greater and greater signs. People would never have been satisfied and would always have demanded just one more miracle, one additional showy event. Real faith would not have been certain;...
  • Just got back from Santiago de Compestela's Portico of Glory

    01/19/2019 2:53:35 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 14 replies
    Myself ^ | Jan. 19, 2019 | Oshkalaboomboom
    We just returned from a visit to the city of Santiago de Compestela where we went to see the newly reopened Portico of Glory at the Cathedral. We stayed at the Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos, which is a treasure in its own right and steps away from the cathedral so we could easily take the first tour of the morning.There is good news and bad news about the Portico. The bad news is that you can no longer walk into it. It has been sealed off from the rest of the cathedral so other restoration work will not damage it...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-19-19

    01/18/2019 11:11:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-19-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 19 2019 Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 4:12-16 The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account. Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not...
  • January 18 - Don’t Count on Sensationalism

    01/18/2019 6:00:38 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, “He will command His angels concerning You”’” (Matthew 4:6). Throughout history, sensationalism has often appealed to average people who are looking for dramatic events that titillate the senses and pander to fleshly curiosity. Toward the end of His ministry Jesus warned, “False Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:24). Even when signs are from God, they usually do not bring unbelievers to faith, but only confirm the faith of...
  • Is Saving the Earth More Important than Saving Souls? (10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity)

    01/18/2019 5:58:36 AM PST · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    Canon Fodder ^ | January 2, 2019 | Michael J. Kruger
    Here is the next thread in this series. I will be posing them in descending order, starting with #10. If you would like to be on or off of this ping list please let me know! ____________________________________________________________ _________________ Over the past year, I have slowly worked my way through my series on “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity.” It’s an examination of 10 core tenets of progressive (or liberal) Christianity offered by Richard Rohr, but really based on the book by Philip Gulley. We finally come to the tenth and last “commandment” of progressive Christianity and this one is a...