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  • Catholic Word of the Day: WORD AND DEED. 10-02-14

    10/02/2014 8:57:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-02-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WORD AND DEED Speech and action as objects of moral responsibility, whether of praise or blame. Between the two, deeds are mroe important, as testified by Christ (Matthew 7:21). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • ISIS, Ebola and Nicolas Cage: Is the end of the world near?

    10/02/2014 8:31:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Dr. Robert Jeffress
    You can lay aside your Mayan calendar and quit gazing into the sky searching for the “four blood moons.” There are fresh signs that the end times are near . . . and coming soon to a theater near you. The new Nicolas Cage movie “Left Behind,” based on the book series that has sold 60 million copies, opens this weekend, and it promises to spark discussion once again about the end of the world.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-02-14, M, The Holy Guardian Angels

    10/01/2014 9:48:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 2, 2014Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels    Reading 1 Jb 19:21-27 Job said: Pity me, pity me, O you my friends,for the hand of God has struck me!Why do you hound me as though you were divine,and insatiably prey upon me? Oh, would that my words were written down!Would that they were inscribed in a record:That with an iron chisel and with leadthey were cut in the rock forever!But as for me, I know that my Vindicator lives,and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust;Whom I myself shall see:my own eyes, not another’s, shall...
  • The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans (Slate)

    10/01/2014 5:11:20 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | 10/1/14 | Amanda Marcotte
    Tuesday, my colleague Will Saletan chronicled the various ways that Republican candidates are running away from "culture war" issues like gay marriage and reproductive rights. "Republicans are mumbling, cringing, and ducking," he notes, before providing a number of examples. "They don’t want the election to be about these issues, even in red states." Saletan's not the only who noticed the sudden cowardice of Republican politicians on social issues. At this year's Values Voters Summit, held this past weekend, religious right leaders were showing fear of being left behind. "There was a palpable fear throughout the conference that the Republican Party...
  • Republican candidates are retreating from debates on abortion, gay marriage, and contraception

    10/01/2014 4:53:44 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    Slate ^ | 9/30/14 | William Saletan
    ne month before the midterms, the general election debates are underway. Aiming at a broad electorate, candidates are looking for issues where the public agrees with them and dodging issues where they might lose votes. Democrats aren’t talking much about President Obama, and nobody’s gloating about the economy. But on social issues, the tide of cowardice is running the other way: Republicans are mumbling, cringing, and ducking. They don’t want the election to be about these issues, even in red states. Let’s take a look at some recent encounters. Watch the Democrats attack and the Republicans squirm.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 1, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/01/2014 3:35:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 10/1/14 | Joel Osteen
    Growing Strong through Praise Today's Scripture "No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God." (Romans 4:20 AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that when you praise, you are putting your faith in action? And just as putting your physical body into action will make it grow strong, putting your faith in action through prayer, worship and thanksgiving will make it to grow strong, too! Notice what this verse says about Abraham: No...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 1, 2014]

    10/01/2014 3:31:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Place of Exaltation " . . . Jesus took . . . them up on a high mountain apart by themselves . . . —Mark 9:2 " We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But God will never allow us to stay there. The true test of our spiritual life is in exhibiting the power to descend from the mountain. If we only have the power to go up, something is wrong. It is a wonderful thing to be on the...
  • What About Ex-Gays? Does their existence prove that it's impossible to change sexual orientation?

    10/01/2014 8:46:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/01/2014 | Michael Brown
    While speaking in Singapore at a seminar sponsored by Focus on the Family, I was asked the question: What about ex-ex-gays? Does their existence prove that it is really impossible for people to change their sexual orientation? This past July, Time magazine ran a story entitled, "9 Ex-Leaders of the Gay Conversion Therapy Movement Apologize." The article stated that, "Former members of organizations that advocated therapy to 'cure' homosexuality have joined LGBT groups in rejecting the concept." Last year, John Paulk, formerly a very prominent ex-gay married to his ex-gay wife Anne, went back to his gay lifestyle after 15...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings,10-01-14, M,St. Thérčse ofthe Child Jesus,Virgin &Doctor/Church

    09/30/2014 8:10:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-01-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 1, 2014Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Jb 9:1-12, 14-16 Job answered his friends and said: I know well that it is so;but how can a man be justified before God?Should one wish to contend with him,he could not answer him once in a thousand times.God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;who has withstood him and remained unscathed? He removes the mountains before they know it;he overturns them in his anger.He shakes the earth out of its place,and the pillars beneath it tremble.He commands the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 30, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/30/2014 5:16:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 9/30/14 | Joel Osteen
    Send it Today Today's Scripture “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.” (Psalm 118:24–25, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In scripture, David said, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” We quote this verse often, but the next verse is very interesting. He goes on to pray, “Oh, Lord, I beseech You, send prosperity now.” He could have said, “Send it tomorrow. Send it next week....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 30, 2014]

    09/30/2014 5:14:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Assigning of the Call " I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . . —Colossians 1:24 " We take our own spiritual consecration and try to make it into a call of God, but when we get right with Him He brushes all this aside. Then He gives us a tremendous, riveting pain to fasten our attention on something that we never even dreamed could be His call for us. And for...
  • Can a person converse with the Divine?

    09/30/2014 12:27:18 PM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 10 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 2, 2007 | Rabbi Hillel Goldberg
    "Why me?" Such is the plaint, often, of people who are suffering. Rabbi Levi Meier offers an approach that is so direct and obvious that it is virtually never thought of. The obvious, often, is missed precisely for staring us in the face. Meier is a clinical psychologist and hospital chaplain in Los Angeles, author of "Ancient Secrets: Using Stories of the Bible To Improve Our Everyday Lives." He writes of a hospital patient who had never prayed. "He had thought of prayer as a recitation of a lot of memorized verses; he had thought praying as a form of...
  • A Mormon St. Peter’s in Rome

    09/30/2014 11:31:35 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 51 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | September 28, 2014 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    A Mormon St. Peter’s in RomeA new Latter-day Saints temple looms large on the Roman horizon, and the Vatican’s prelates, truth to tell, are not too enthusiastic about what they see. ROME, Italy — On the outskirts of Rome along the ancient Catholic pilgrim route known as the Via Francigena and not far from a giant shopping center featuring a massive IKEA and the French do-it-yourself Mecca called Leroy Merlin, cranes are hoisting giant spires onto the top of a Baroque-revival-style church. But unlike most of the religious edifices erected in Catholic Rome, this Roman temple is being built by...
  • Richard Dawkins: "Theistic evolutionists are deluded"

    09/30/2014 8:37:44 AM PDT · by fishtank · 14 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Posted 9-30-14, excerpted earlier. | CMI staff running Dawkins video clip
    "Many people think that theistic evolution blends faith with scientific credibility, but these comments from Dawkins show that this compromise is even more ridiculed than biblical creationism, which is at least consistent. A powerful argument from a hostile witness."
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-30-14, M, St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

    09/29/2014 9:08:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 30, 2014Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church  Reading 1 Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.Job spoke out and said: Perish the day on which I was born,the night when they said, “The child is a boy!” Why did I not perish at birth,come forth from the womb and expire?Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth,like babes that have never seen the light?Wherefore did the knees receive me?or why did I suck at the breasts? For then I should have lain down and been tranquil;had...
  • The Crusades, a new docudrama from EWTN

    09/29/2014 7:50:08 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://christendomblog.blogspot.co.uk ^ | September 25, 2014 | EWTN
    Let the truth be victorious The Crusades, a new docudrama from EWTN Episode one of the new EWTN mini-series, The Crusades will be broadcast on 8th October in the USA at 10pm and 9th October at 9.30pm in the UK, the following 3 episodes will be shown on consecutive days at the same time slot. There will also be a continuous showing of all 4 episodes on Saturday 11th starting at 7pm in the Britain and Ireland. The series is a co-production between EWTN, St Clare Media Foundation of the UK, Buckfast Abbey Devon and Lux communication of Slovakia. The...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/29/2014 5:01:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 9/29/14 | Joel Osteen
    Faith of a Child Today's Scripture “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Think about the faith of a child. They believe whatever they are told. They have a constant expectancy in their hearts. They keep on asking for what they desire and believe they will receive it! Scripture says that we must become like little children in our faith. What does that mean? That means we need to have complete reliance on God. We need to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 29, 2014]

    09/29/2014 4:59:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Awareness of the Call " . . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! —1 Corinthians 9:16 " We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you received the call of God and can explain all about it, I question whether you have truly been called. The call of God does not come like that; it is much more supernatural. The realization of the call in a person’s life may come...
  • Refreshing: Consider Reviving the Traditional Use of the Word "Shame"

    09/29/2014 9:34:02 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 2 replies
    Ann Barnhardt's Blog ^ | 9/27/2014 anno Domini | Ann Barnhardt
    More Notes on Shame: John the Baptist, Salome and Mrs. Beryl Muspratt - snip - 2. There are a few more points on the subject of shame that I would like to expand upon. The first comes from the novel “Brideshead Revisited”, which demonstrates, completely contrary to the Modernist, post-Christian, “church of Nice” heresy, how shame is a medicinal mercy. If we can self-generate shame without having to have it applied from the exterior, then so much the better. But for many people, the shaming must be generated, at least initially, externally. This is a function of charity – true...
  • Jihad, Heresy, and Authority in Islam

    09/28/2014 11:15:03 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 49 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 29 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    I have established that Islam has never been peaceful. But, when confronted by Muslim heretics, Protestants, especially, have an innate tendency to cower over this. Just like Protestants, these Muslims protest against their tradition, with heresies of Qur'an-alone, "tolerance", and so on. Just as Protestants attempt to discard the tradition of the Church, "the pillar and support of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15), so some Muslims attempt to discard their tradition. These Muslims rely on faulty translations and interpretations of Qur'an 17:46 and others, taken out of context. As in Christianity, their central text does not exist in a vacuum...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-29-14, FEAST, Sts. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael, Archangels

    09/28/2014 8:25:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 29, 2014Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels    Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;His throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming,on the clouds of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 28, 2014]

    09/28/2014 1:55:06 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Unconditional Identification " Jesus . . . said to him, ’One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor . . . and come, take up the cross, and follow Me’ —Mark 10:21 " The rich young ruler had the controlling passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never places anyone’s personal holiness above everything else when He calls a disciple. Jesus’ primary consideration is my absolute annihilation of my right to myself and my identification with Him, which...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-28-14, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/27/2014 9:11:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-28-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 28, 2014Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time  Reading 1 Ez 18:25-28 Thus says the LORD:You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!"Hear now, house of Israel:Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed,he does what is right and just,he shall preserve his life;since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed,he shall surely live, he shall not die....
  • THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY: Condemned as Heretical by 2 Popes in the 5th and 6th Centuries

    09/27/2014 11:05:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1,492 replies
    christiantruth.com ^ | William Webster
    Full Title: THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY: A Roman Catholic Dogma Originating with Heretics and Condemned as Heretical by 2 Popes in the 5th and 6th Centuries The Roman Catholic doctrine of the assumption of Mary teaches that she was assumed body and soul into heaven either without dying or shortly after death. This extraordinary claim was only officially declared to be a dogma of Roman Catholic faith in 1950, though it had been believed by many for hundreds of years. To dispute this doctrine, according to Rome’s teaching, would result in the loss of salvation. The official teaching of the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 27, 2014]

    09/27/2014 9:20:55 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The “Go” of Renunciation " . . . someone said to Him, ’Lord, I will follow You wherever You go’ —Luke 9:57 " Our Lord’s attitude toward this man was one of severe discouragement, “for He knew what was in man” (John 2:25). We would have said, “I can’t imagine why He lost the opportunity of winning that man! Imagine being so cold to him and turning him away so discouraged!” Never apologize for your Lord. The words of the Lord hurt and offend until there is nothing left to be hurt or offended. Jesus Christ had no tenderness...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-27-14, M, St. Vincent de Paul, Priest

    09/26/2014 8:56:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 27, 2014Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest    Reading 1 Eccl 11:9-12:8 Rejoice, O young man, while you are young and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.Follow the ways of your heart,the vision of your eyes;Yet understand that as regards all thisGod will bring you to judgment.Ward off grief from your heartand put away trouble from your presence,though the dawn of youth is fleeting. Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,before the evil days comeAnd the years approach of which you will say,I have no pleasure in them;Before the sun...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 26, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/26/2014 4:47:33 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/26/14 | Joel Osteen
    Close the Door on Fear Today's Scripture “And do not give the Devil an opportunity to work.” (Ephesians 4:27, ISV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to creep in and take root in their lives. Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold us back. Fear is not from God. Scripture tells us that fear brings torment. It’s designed to paralyze us and keep us from God’s blessings. The good news is that God is greater than fear. His power...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 26, 2014]

    09/26/2014 4:44:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The “Go” of Reconciliation " If you . . . remember that your brother has something against you . . . —Matthew 5:23 " This verse says, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you . . . .” It is not saying, “If you search and find something because of your unbalanced sensitivity,” but, “If you . . . remember . . . .” In other words, if something is brought to your conscious mind by the Spirit of God— “First be reconciled to your brother, and then...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-14, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2014 7:55:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 26, 2014Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eccl 3:1-11 There is an appointed time for everything,and a time for every thing under the heavens.A time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.A time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to tear down, and a time to build.A time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance.A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;a time to embrace, and a time to...
  • We Can Already See Who Are The 200 Million Man Army That Will Invade Israel

    09/25/2014 7:32:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/25/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Will Israel someday cry out “The two hundred million Chinese are coming”? Perhaps they will cry out “The Russians are coming”?While such an army of 200 million will definitely include Chinese, but it will not be China and while it will definitely include nations that were part of Russia, it will not be Russia.And we are already seeing the nations working to unite whose armies constitute even more than 200 million man army. But the enemies who are preparing to come against Jerusalem will deny the Trinity and will all be Muslim.All we need to know to see this is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 25, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/25/2014 5:38:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 9/25/14 | Joel Osteen
    He Has Another Seed for You Today's Scripture “...For God has appointed another seed for me...” (Genesis 4:25, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In Genesis, Eve went through a great disappointment. Her son Cain killed her son Able which was the first murder in the Bible. I’m sure Eve, like any mother, was devastated and heartbroken at the passing of her son. But I love what Eve said in Genesis 4:25, “God has appointed another seed for me.” In essence, she was saying, “I don’t understand it. It doesn’t make sense, but I trust God. This is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 25, 2014]

    09/25/2014 5:36:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Relationship " Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two—Matthew 5:41 " Our Lord’s teaching can be summed up in this: the relationship that He demands for us is an impossible one unless He has done a super-natural work in us. Jesus Christ demands that His disciple does not allow even the slightest trace of resentment in his heart when faced with tyranny and injustice. No amount of enthusiasm will ever stand up to the strain that Jesus Christ will put upon His servant. Only one thing will bear the strain, and that...
  • Christian Pastor Who Defended Rights of Believers Shot by Pakistani Police

    09/25/2014 5:35:18 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | Sep 25, 2014 | Leah Marieann Klett
    A Christian pastor who worked to protect the human rights of Pakistani believers was killed by Pakistani policeman after being accused of blasphemy Reuters reports that pastor Zafar Bhatti was shot and killed in jail on Thursday while imprisoned in Rawalpindi, next to the capital, Islamabad. Bhatti, who worked to protect the human rights of the country's Christian minority, was on trial after an Islamic leader accused him in 2012 of sending text messages derogatory to the Prophet Mohammed's mother--a crime punishable by death. However, his family member say police investigations show the phone was registered to someone else. During...
  • Johnstown-area priest held on charges of molesting boys in Honduras

    09/25/2014 5:22:38 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | September 25, 2014 | Torsten Ove
    Federal agents have arrested a Catholic priest in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese on charges of engaging in illicit sex with minors in foreign countries and possession of child pornography following an investigation into his travels to Honduras and elsewhere. HSI had been conducting an investigation since February of Rev. Maurizio, who traveled regularly to Honduras and other nations to have sex with children, agents said. Agent Rock went to Honduras this summer and interviewed several male juveniles who said they had been molested by Rev. Maurizio, according to the affidavit.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-25-14

    09/24/2014 9:25:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-25-14 | Revisedd New American Bible
    September 25, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eccl 1:2-11 Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!What profit has man from all the laborwhich he toils at under the sun?One generation passes and another comes,but the world forever stays.The sun rises and the sun goes down;then it presses on to the place where it rises.Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north,the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds.All rivers go to the sea,yet never does the sea become full.To the place where they go,the rivers keep on...
  • Why is pornography a sin?

    09/24/2014 8:05:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    he virtue to which we are called with regard to sexual relationships is called chastity. Through integrity and self control, the chaste person observes the true meaning and intimacy of sexual relations. Pornography is gravely offensive to this. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, "[pornography] perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others. It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world" (CCC...
  • LI priest accused of molesting, giving 6-year-old girl STD

    09/24/2014 6:32:15 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 59 replies
    Pix11.com ^ | Sep 24 2014 | Ayana Harry
    HAMPTONS BAY, Long Island (PIX11)– A Long Island priest is accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl, resulting in her contracting an STD. Rev. Augusto Cortez, 50, a Catholic priest of the Vincentian congregation, is wanted by police for sexually assaulting a little girl from Long Island, according to police. Her family, who will not be named in order to avoid identifying the alleged victim, is deeply distraught, particularly because their child’s suspected molester is someone they trusted and turned to for religious guidance. “It’s the deepest pain that any mother can ever feel,” the victim’s mother said. Cortez spent numerous...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 24, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/24/2014 5:31:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 9/24/14 | Joel Osteen
    His Call Remains Today's Scripture “For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.” (Romans 11:29, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you think about your future, what do you see in your mind’s eye? Maybe at one time you were excited about your life — you had big goals and big dreams, but you went through some disappointments or life didn’t turn out the way you planned and now you’ve just settled where you are. Understand, God’s plan for your life didn’t go away just because you had some disappointments and setbacks or because somebody...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 24, 2014]

    09/24/2014 5:28:01 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Preparation " If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift—Matthew 5:23-24 " It is easy for us to imagine that we will suddenly come to a point in our lives where we are fully prepared, but preparation is not suddenly accomplished. In fact, it is a process that must be steadily maintained. It is dangerous to become settled and complacent in our...
  • Human Rights Campaign Accuses Christian Conservatives of Inciting Fear and Hate

    09/24/2014 2:36:38 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 9/22/14 | Michael Brown
    The pictures are dark and ominous, the charges chilling: "There exists a network of extremists . . . [who] spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science." Just who are these evil people and what are they doing? According to the Human Rights Campaign, the world's largest gay activist organization, this "network" consists of American, conservative Christian leaders "who are working tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn." I have made it onto this list – unfortunately, only with a "dishonorable mention" – adding to my already impressive résumé of being marked by groups like GLAAD,...
  • ‘We Do Not Allow Sectarian Materials': Charter School Removes Books Over Christian Content

    09/24/2014 2:30:28 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 9 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 9/22/14 | Heather Clark
    TEMECULA, Calif. – A Christian legal organization in California is denouncing officials at a charter school in the state for removing books from its library simply because they were deemed to be Christian. The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), based in Sacramento, reports that Springs Charter Schools, also known as River Springs Charter Schools, recently targeted books because of their content or religious affiliation. The school, which is stated to be “created and operated by parents” according to its “Vision and Mission” page on its website, also outlines, “We value parent choice and involvement, using the community as the classroom, fostering...
  • Christian Harry Potter? Evangelical Mom Rewrite Removes Witchcraft / ‘Devil Worship’

    09/24/2014 2:27:34 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 17 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 9/24/12 | Jack Phillips
    A housewife allegedly rewrote the Harry Potter series to remove all instances of witchcraft and spellcasting, and replaced them with “prayer and miracles.” The story was posted on FanFiction.net before it went viral a few days ago. Part of it reads: “Hagrid beamed widely. He had been praying so hard to save a soul today; and he was so happy to have saved the soul of such a sweet, earnest little one. The poor boy, being raised by two parents who were not Christian; and who both went to work and left him with a babysitter all day long. It...
  • Christian group at Sonoma State runs afoul of anti-discrimination policy (InterVarsity)

    09/24/2014 2:23:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | 9/22/14 | Matt Brown
    A newly enforced anti-discrimination policy at Sonoma State University has caused a Christian organization to lose its campus recognition and potentially thousands of dollars that come with being an officially sanctioned club. The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a national student organization that has operated at SSU since 1962, was stripped of its campus recognition at the beginning of this school year as the California State University system began enforcing a three-year-old policy that prevents clubs from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation or disability. InterVarsity accepts all members, but...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-24-14

    09/23/2014 9:12:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 24, 2014Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Prv 30:5-9 Every word of God is tested;he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.Add nothing to his words,lest he reprove you, and you will be exposed as a deceiver. Two things I ask of you,deny them not to me before I die:Put falsehood and lying far from me,give me neither poverty nor riches;provide me only with the food I need;Lest, being full, I deny you,saying, “Who is the LORD?”Or, being in want, I steal,and profane the name of my God. Responsorial Psalm...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 23, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/23/2014 5:57:02 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/23/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Time of God’s Favor is Here Today's Scripture “That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him all the days of his life...” (Joshua 4:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What an amazing promise God gave to Joshua. He said, “Joshua, today I will begin to make you great in the eyes of all the Israelites.” He was saying, “Today, I’m going to start releasing more of My favor, My blessing, My increase.” But notice, there was a specific time in his life that God began...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 23, 2014]

    09/23/2014 5:54:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Goal " He . . . said to them, ’Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem . . . ’ —Luke 18:31 " In our natural life our ambitions change as we grow, but in the Christian life the goal is given at the very beginning, and the beginning and the end are exactly the same, namely, our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him—”. . . till we all come . . . to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . .” (Ephesians 4:13), not simply to...
  • George Will: I Am a 'Low-Voltage Atheist'

    09/23/2014 5:30:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 41 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Jason Devaney
    In a wide-ranging interview, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer George Will discusses baseball, politics, and his status as an atheist. "I'm an atheist. An agnostic is someone who is not sure. I'm pretty sure. I see no evidence of God," Will told Real Clear Religion. "The basic question in life is not, 'Is there a God,' but 'Why does anything exist?' St. Thomas Aquinas said that there must be a first cause for everything, and we call the first cause 'God.' Fine, but it just has no hold on me. "I majored in religion in college. I was very interested, but I...
  • Americans fear religion losing influence, say churches should speak out more (Pew poll)

    09/23/2014 5:27:57 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 9 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 9/22/14 | David Lauter
    ix years into a Democratic administration widely seen as pushing a secular agenda, nearly three-quarters of Americans say religion is losing influence in American life and about half say churches and other religious institutions should express their views on political issues.. The findings, from a new Pew survey, underscore a persistent pattern in American politics: During conservative administrations, the public tends to become more liberal and during liberal ones, more conservative. In this case, only about three in 10 Americans see the Obama administration as “friendly to religion.” About four in 10 rate the administration as neutral and another three...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-23-14, M, St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest (Padre Pio)

    09/22/2014 9:02:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-2314 | Revised New American Bible
    September 23, 2014Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest    Reading 1 Prv 21:1-6, 10-13 Like a stream is the king’s heart in the hand of the LORD;wherever it pleases him, he directs it. All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes,but it is the LORD who proves hearts. To do what is right and justis more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart–the tillage of the wicked is sin. The plans of the diligent are sure of profit,but all rash haste leads certainly to poverty. Whoever makes a...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/22/2014 6:18:11 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    Faith for Today Today's Scripture “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So often, we have faith for the future. We believe “one day” God is going to do something great. One day we’ll get a good break. One day we’ll start to feel better. One day we’ll see a problem turn around. It’s good to have faith for the future and believe that God is going to take care of us, but we can become so future-minded that we lose sight...