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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Proclaiming the Excellencies of God

    07/20/2018 9:07:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "That you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Pet. 2:9). You are an ambassador of the living God. The privilege of proclaiming the excellencies of God takes us back to 1 Peter 2:9, but we consider it here because it summarizes the purpose of all our Christian privileges. The Greek word translated "proclaim" is an unusual word used only here in the New Testament. It means "to advertise" or "publish," and refers to making something known that would otherwise be unknown. "Excellencies" speak of powerful and heroic deeds....
  • Rejection Because of Your Faith

    07/20/2018 9:07:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. Do not marvel, brethren, if the world hates you” (1 John 3:12-13). Christians are rejected by the world but accepted by God. An ancient proverb states that you can judge a man’s character by who his enemies are. That is also true in the spiritual realm. The world loves its own, but since Christ chose believers out of the world, the world hates them (John 15:19). That this is...
  • Interpreting the Logos (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    07/20/2018 6:56:10 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 7/20/2018
    In Greek philosophy, the logos remains an impersonal force, a lifeless and abstract philosophical concept that is a necessary postulate for the cause of order and purpose in the universe. In Hebrew thought, the Logos is personal. He indeed has the power of unity, coherence, and purpose, but the distinctive point is that the biblical Logos is a He, not an it. All attempts to translate the word Logos have suffered from some degree of inadequacy. No English word is able to capture the fullness of John’s Logos when he declared that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-20-18, OM, St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr

    07/19/2018 10:26:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    USCCB ^ | 07-20-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 20, 2018 Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 When Hezekiah was mortally ill,the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came and said to him:"Thus says the LORD: Put your house in order,for you are about to die; you shall not recover."Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD: "O LORD, remember how faithfully and wholeheartedlyI conducted myself in your presence,doing what was pleasing to you!"And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: "Go, tell Hezekiah:Thus says the LORD, the God of...
  • Gospel of Mark Ch. 16

    07/19/2018 8:54:40 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. 3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? 4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man...
  • Receiving Compassion

    07/19/2018 4:24:51 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy" (1 Pet. 2:10). Because of God’s compassion, He withholds the just punishment of your sin. Hosea had a unique role among the prophets. God used him and his adulterous wife, Gomer, as living illustrations of His love for unfaithful Israel. When Gomer gave birth to a daughter, the Lord told Hosea to name her Lo-ruhamah, which means "No mercy," because His mercy for Israel would soon come to an end. When Gomer later gave birth...
  • Discernment Between Truth and Error

    07/19/2018 4:24:25 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world” (1 John 4:1-3). God’s children are able to discern false doctrine. A sure...
  • Accepting the Atonement of the Cross (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    07/19/2018 5:52:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 7/19/2018
    The apostle Paul wasn’t even present at the crucifixion of Christ, yet he declared that this act was an act of cosmic and supernatural proportions. This was a real drama of theological redemption. Here the curse of God’s law was visited on a man who bore the sins of His people. For Paul, the crucifixion was the pivotal point of all history. Paul was not satisfied to give an account of the event. While affirming the historicity of the crucifixion, Paul added the apostolic interpretation of the meaning of the event. He set forth propositions about the death of Christ....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-19-18

    07/18/2018 10:43:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 19, 2018 Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19 The way of the just is smooth;the path of the just you make level.Yes, for your way and your judgments, O LORD,we look to you;Your name and your titleare the desire of our souls.My soul yearns for you in the night,yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you;When your judgment dawns upon the earth,the world's inhabitants learn justice.O LORD, you mete out peace to us,for it is you who have accomplished all we have done. O LORD, oppressed by your punishment,we...
  • The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

    07/18/2018 7:06:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit” (1 John 4:13). Experiencing the ministry of the Holy Spirit is evidence of genuine saving faith. In John 14:26, Jesus described the Holy Spirit as “the Helper.” One of the most important ways He helps us is by assuring us that we belong to God. Several works of the Holy Spirit, if present in our lives, give evidence of the genuineness of our salvation. In 1 Corinthians 12:3 Paul writes, “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by...
  • Illuminated by the Spirit

    07/18/2018 7:05:40 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "That you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Pet. 2:9). God has granted you the ability to understand the truth and live accordingly. In the natural realm, darkness can be a debilitating and frightening thing. The story is told of a missionary who was on board ship one dark night when suddenly he was awakened by the frantic cry of "Man overboard!" Immediately he arose from his bunk, grabbed the portable lamp from its bracket, and held it at the window of his cabin. He couldn't see anything,...
  • YWCA Supports Law to Permanently Legalize Killing Babies in Abortions

    07/18/2018 3:26:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 18, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    Several branches of the New York YWCA put their support behind legislation Tuesday that could permanently legalize the killing of unborn babies in the state. Fearing the future of Roe v. Wade may be at stake, leaders of the YWCA Niagara Frontier and YWCA Western New York publicly came out in support of a New York state bill that would keep abortions legal if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the infamous case, the Lockport Journal reports. “At no time in our recent past has it been more critical for New York State officials to put aside partisanship in order to...
  • Neopagans in Iceland Will Build the First Temple to Thor and Odin in 1000 Years

    07/18/2018 11:55:30 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 50 replies
    ancientorigins.net ^ | 7/11/18 | Alicia McDermott
    About 1000 years ago, paganism was practically stamped out in Iceland, while Christianity was ushered in. But Nordic neopaganism, under the name of Ásatrúarfélagið (sometimes called Asatru), has now become the fastest growing belief system in the country. And after years in the making, the believers of this faith are on the brink of worshipping in their first temple. Business Insider Nordic reports the statistics on just how fast Ásatrúarfélagið has grown, “From 570 members in 2002, the ‘association of the faith of the Æsir’ – Ásatrúarfélagið – now numbers 3900 Icelanders, making it the largest non-Christian religion in the...
  • Facebook and Google Censor Pro-Life Christians While Pro-Abortion Liberals Get Free Reign

    07/18/2018 9:14:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 18, 2018 | Rep. Lamar Smith
    Americans deserve the facts, objectively reported. They know media bias is pervasive. A recent Morning Consult poll found that only a quarter of voters now trust the media to tell them the truth, a record low. The media savages President Donald Trump and portrays his administration in the worst possible light. Over 90 percent of his network news coverage has been negative, higher than any other president. The muting of conservative voices by social media also has intensified. Social media companies have repeatedly censored, removed, or “shadow banned” conservative journalists, news organizations, and media outlets that do not share their...
  • Understanding the Cross (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    07/18/2018 6:08:20 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 7/18/2018
    What really happened on the cross? Was the death of Jesus a human tragedy whereby a good man was brutally and unfairly slain? Was His death an example of faith, obedience, and self-sacrifice? Was it a ransom paid to the Devil? A victory over the Devil? A manifestation of moral influence? Was the cross an atonement? Did it involve expiation and propitiation for sin? Was it a supernatural act done to satisfy the wrath and justice of God? Each of these individually and several in combination have been set forth as the real meaning of Christ’s death. How we understand...
  • Does The Glorified Body of Christ Have Blood?

    07/18/2018 1:52:36 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 124 replies
    Shameless Popery ^ | December 5, 2012 | by Joe Heschmeyer
    One of the strangest beliefs that I’ve come across through this blog is the idea that the glorified Body of Jesus Christ contains Flesh and Bones, but no Blood. I first came across it in a reader comment; since then, I’ve heard this view advanced by several Protestant apologetics websites, like the popular Calvinist apologetics blog CARM (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry), along with Let Us Reason Ministries, and Bible.ca. Additionally, this appears to be the traditional Mormon view, one endorsed by their founder, Joseph Smith. As you’ll soon see, this theory suffers from a number of problems: the Scriptural...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-18-18, OM, St. Camillus de Lellis, Priest

    07/17/2018 10:43:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 18, 2018 Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 10:5-7, 13b-16 Thus says the LORD:Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger,my staff in wrath.Against an impious nation I send him,and against a people under my wrath I order himTo seize plunder, carry off loot,and tread them down like the mud of the streets.But this is not what he intends,nor does he have this in mind;Rather, it is in his heart to destroy,to make an end of nations not a few. For he says:“By my own power I have done it,and by my wisdom, for...
  • Gospel of Mark Ch. 15

    07/17/2018 5:49:36 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    1 And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it. 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. 4 And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee. 5 But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled. 6 Now at that...
  • Differences and Universals in Music Across Cultures; An Evaluation Guide for Missionaries

    07/17/2018 7:59:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/17/2018 | Scott Aniol
    A missionary cannot properly evaluate the differences among cultural expressions until he has understood their universals.At the root of the most thoughtful defenses of contemporary worship today is an appeal based on a missions philosophy that stresses indigenous ministry. If, as the International Missionary Council asserted as far back 1938, an indigenous church is one that "spontaneously uses forms of thought and modes of action natural and familiar in its own environment," then it makes sense that a church use those music forms that are most common in its culture. A pastor or a missionary should not expect a church...
  • Adopting Christ’s Attitude (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    07/17/2018 7:45:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 7/17/2018
    “Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on the cross!” (Phil. 2:4–8, NIV). Here the attribute of glory is ascribed to all three members of the Trinity. This glory...