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  • Which Versus Did the NIV Delete

    Which Bible verses did the NIV delete? WHOLE Bible verses deleted in the NIV The following WHOLE verses have been removed in the NIV--whether in the text or footnotes.. here is but an example but there is over 40 IN ALL!!! The NIV also is a collaberator with the JWB or Jehovah's Witness "Bible". Matthew 12:47 -- removed in the footnotes Matthew 17:21 -- COMPLETELY removed [also deleted from the Jehovah's Witness "Bible"]. What are you NIV readers missing? KJV: "Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." Matthew 18:11 -- COMPLETELY removed [also deleted from the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-26-14, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/25/2014 7:54:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 26, 2014Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 22:20-26 Thus says the LORD:"You shall not molest or oppress an alien,for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me,I will surely hear their cry. My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword;then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans. "If you lend money to one of your poor neighbors among my people,you shall not act like an extortioner...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 25, 2014]

    10/25/2014 3:34:43 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Submitting to God’s Purpose " I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some —1 Corinthians 9:22 " A Christian worker has to learn how to be God’s man or woman of great worth and excellence in the midst of a multitude of meager and worthless things. Never protest by saying, “If only I were somewhere else!” All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them. Unless we have the right purpose intellectually in our minds and lovingly in our hearts, we...
  • Amazing Story: The Beard That Lost This Cardinal The Papacy

    10/25/2014 10:52:19 AM PDT · by millegan · 5 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    If only he had shaved that morning. Basilios Bessarion grew up in an Eastern Orthodox community in present-day Turkey in the early 15th century. He become a monk, then an abbot, and was eventually appointed to be a metropolitan bishop by the Byzantine Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, with whom he attended the ecumenical Council of Florence with hopes to reunite eastern and western Christianity. Though Bessarion was originally against reunion with Rome, he quickly changed his mind and became the most important Eastern Orthodox advocate for reunion at the council. Pope Eugene IV was so impressed by him that he...
  • I Knew a Priest Who Could See the Dead

    10/25/2014 9:19:13 AM PDT · by millegan · 293 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Ill call him Fr. John. He was a charismatic Anglo Catholic priest. A friend of my brother Daryls well call Henry died suddenly in a plane crash and he was upset because although Henry was a believer he was away from God when he died. So Fr. John said, We have to have a requiem Mass for Henry. They went into church and locked the door for privacys sake. Another priest well call Fr. George celebrated the Mass. Henry was about twenty years old. He was just over five foot tall with a shock of blonde hair and a wide...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-25-14

    10/24/2014 8:20:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 25, 2014Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 4:7-16 Brothers and sisters:Grace was given to each of usaccording to the measure of Christ’s gift.Therefore, it says: He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;he gave gifts to men. What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descendedinto the lower regions of the earth?The one who descended is also the one who ascendedfar above all the heavens,that he might fill all things. And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,to equip the holy ones for...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 24, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/24/2014 2:52:22 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/24/14 | Joel Osteen
    With Your Whole Heart Today's Scripture Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might... (Ecclesiastes 9:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you do something to the best of your ability because you want to honor God, it opens the door to His blessing. That means it will be easier, it will go better, and you will accomplish more. Thats why no matter what we do, we should give it our best. This is especially true even in the little things. For example, when youre doing the dishes or mowing the lawn, dont...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 24, 2014]

    10/24/2014 2:50:02 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Proper Perspective " Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ . . . —2 Corinthians 2:14 " The proper perspective of a servant of God must not simply be as near to the highest as he can get, but it must be the highest. Be careful that you vigorously maintain God’s perspective, and remember that it must be done every day, little by little. Don’t think on a finite level. No outside power can touch the proper perspective.The proper perspective to maintain is that we are here for only one purpose— to be...
  • Ordinary: The New Radical

    10/24/2014 11:20:02 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 6 replies
    Key Life ^ | October 24, 2014 | Michael Horton
    Radical. Epic. Revolutionary. Transformative. Ultimate. Extreme. Emergent. Alternative. Next. Impactful. On The Edge. Beyond. Awesome. Legendary. Innovative. Breakthrough. Everything has to have an exclamation point to catch our attention these days. For many of us, the worst word in our vocabulary is ordinary. Who wants a bumper sticker that announces to the neighborhood, My child is an ordinary student at Bubbling Brook Elementary? Who wants to be an ordinary person in an ordinary town, a member of an ordinary church with ordinary friends and callings? Our life has to count. We have to leave our mark, a legacy, make a...
  • Americas Spiritual Founding Father

    10/24/2014 11:13:58 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    Patheos - Evangelical ^ | October 23, 2014 | johnturner
    In time for the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of George Whitefield (pronounced Whit-field), my co-blogger Thomas Kidd has just published a biography of the man he terms Americas Spiritual Founding Father. [Yale University Press identifies October 28 as the book's release date, but it is already shipping].portrait-of-george-whitefield.jpg!Blog Kidds George Whitefield is an eminently readable and informative book. It begins with a simple yet critical argument: George Whitefield was the key figure in the first generation of Anglo-American evangelical Christianity. Wesley started what became a major denomination. Edwards made far more serious and sustained theological contributions. Whitefield, though, tied...
  • Love Makes All the Difference

    10/24/2014 8:47:07 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Approximately 92% of mothers who learn they are carrying children with Downs Syndrome abort their child. The Daily Mail has an article by a deeply evil woman who bemoans the fact that she didnt have that option: Questions I couldnt answer raced through my mind: Had I caused his disability? How terrible would his life be? What impact would it have on his brother Andrew, then only two? How on earth would Roy and I cope? That was the day normal life ended for Roy, Andrew and me. Perhaps youd expect me to say that, over time, I grew to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-24-14, OM, St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

    10/23/2014 8:13:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 24, 2014Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eph 4:1-6 Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the spiritthrough the bond of peace; one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 23, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/23/2014 5:53:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/23/14 | Joel Osteen
    Greater Than the Past Today's Scripture "The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house, says the LORD Almighty. And in this place I will grant peace" (Haggai 2:9, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to amaze you with His goodness! We are living in a day where God is increasing His favor. Maybe you have seen Gods goodness to a certain degree in the past; but in reality, you havent seen anything yet! God has favor in your future that will supersede anything that youve seen! The scripture...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 23, 2014]

    10/23/2014 5:50:48 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Nothing of the Old Life! " If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new —2 Corinthians 5:17 " Our Lord never tolerates our prejudices— He is directly opposed to them and puts them to death. We tend to think that God has some special interest in our particular prejudices, and are very sure that He will never deal with us as He has to deal with others. We even say to ourselves, “God has to deal with other people in a very strict way, but of...
  • Pope Francis to investigate 'playboy priests' who posed naked online in scandal-hit disocese

    10/23/2014 3:20:58 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 61 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/23/2015 | Nick Squires
    A Catholic church representative is to probe the 'black sheep' diocese of Albenga-Imperia for alleged sexual harassment of parishioners and involvement in pornography A scandal-ridden Catholic diocese in Italy where priests posted naked photos of themselves on gay websites, raided church coffers and sexually harassed parishioners is to be investigated by a special envoy to Pope Francis. The bishop himself is not accused of any wrongdoing, but is reported to have been overly-charitable in recruiting black sheep priests with distinctly chequered pasts, including trainee priests expelled from seminaries for misconduct. They include a priest who was found guilty of organising...
  • Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

    10/23/2014 1:37:07 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 170 replies
    catholicnews.com ^ | Oct-23-2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a "penal populism" that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. "It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another means than capital punishment to defend peoples' lives from an unjust aggressor," the pope said Oct. 23 in a meeting with representatives of the International Association of Penal Law. All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to struggle not only for abolition of...
  • Hillsong: We haven't shifted at all.

    10/23/2014 6:58:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/20/2014 | Andrew Walker
    In light of new comments from Hillsongs head pastor, Brian Houston, I wanted to add some additional thoughts to the critical comments I made on Friday. On Saturday, the Christian Post reported the following statement from Brian Houston: I encourage people not to assume a media headline accurately represents what I said at a recent press conference. Nowhere in my answer did I diminish biblical truth or suggest that I or Hillsong Church supported gay marriage. I challenge people to read what I actually said, rather than what was reported that I said. My personal view on the subject of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-23-14, OM, St. John of Capistrano, Priest

    10/22/2014 9:13:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 23, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 3:14-21 Brothers and sisters:I kneel before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his gloryto be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;that you, rooted and grounded in love,may have strength to comprehend with all the holy oneswhat is the breadth and length and height and depth,and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,so that you...
  • California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions, Churches Refuse to Comply

    10/22/2014 6:14:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/22/14 | Cheryl Sullenger |
    To the dismay of Californias people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a basic health service under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions. Operation Rescue opposes this policy that forces men and women who deeply oppose abortion on religious grounds to fund surgical abortion in violation of their faith, and encourages others to oppose it as well. Since Obamacare was first introduced, we warned that the day could come when Christians would be...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/22/2014 5:13:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    Know Who You Are Today's Scripture "If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be." (1 Corinthians 12: 17-18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the New Testament, John was baptizing a crowd of people and drawing a lot of attention. Somebody came up and said, John, are you the Christ or should we keep looking?...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 22, 2014]

    10/22/2014 5:10:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Witness of the Spirit " The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit . . . —Romans 8:16 " We are in danger of getting into a bargaining spirit with God when we come to Him—we want the witness of the Spirit before we have done what God tells us to do.Why doesn’t God reveal Himself to you? He cannot. It is not that He will not, but He cannot, because you are in the way as long as you won’t abandon yourself to Him in total surrender. Yet once you do, immediately God witnesses to Himself—He cannot...
  • Swiss Guards Vatican cookbook promises feast fit for a pope

    10/22/2014 2:35:26 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22 October 2014 | Lizzy Davies
    Pope Francis is known to enjoy a spot of cooking and used to make a mean paella when archbishop of Buenos Aires. Now some culinary inspiration has come from within the Vatican and, should the pontiff ever find himself yearning for a new dish, he could do worse than have a word with one of his Swiss Guards. It is known that Cardinal Bergoglio liked cooking himself. Hopefully he would like our suggestions, writes Geisser in Buon Appetito, which is currently only available in German. A soldier can only fight and wage war when he has eaten well, and enough,...
  • Cardinal Dolan Says Pope Francis 'Reminds Me of Jesus' in Synod Speech on Homosexuality

    10/22/2014 2:30:04 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    Christian Post Reporter ^ | October 22, 2014 | Vincent Funaro
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan recently addressed the new document approved by the Vatican regarding the church's relation to Catholic divorcees, gays and married gays, and expressed his admiration for Pope Francis during the segment. In an interview with ABC News George Stephanopoulos Dolan concurred that the Pope's recent statements on homosexuality at this month's Synod represent an 'evolution,' not a 'revolution' within the Catholic Church. "Pope Francis never ceases to surprise us," said Dolan to ABC News. "Just when you think you might have him figured out, he offers another fresh innovative way of looking, that talk to which you just...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-22-14, OM, St. John Paul II, Pope

    10/21/2014 9:57:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-22-14 | Revised New American Bibl
    October 22, 2014Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 3:2-12 Brothers and sisters:You have heard of the stewardship of God’s gracethat was given to me for your benefit,namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,as I have written briefly earlier.When you read thisyou can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,which was not made known to human beings in other generationsas it has now been revealedto his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus...
  • Pope Francis, Barack Obama & The Rise of the Beta Male

    10/21/2014 6:55:08 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 9 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 10/21/2014 | David L. Gray
    After Pope Francis published his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which, in part, attempted to highlight the concern that the rich should have for the poor and the marginalized, he became known in conservative circles as the Pope of the Redistribution of Wealth; to which, liberals would have preferred a more fun title Pope of Economic Justice. Nevertheless, due to the Popes interest in governments and corporations sharing their booty he was compared to President Barack Obama. Perhaps, to a very limited degree, Pope Francis and Barack Obama do have a common interest in economic justice, but what everyone has...
  • A rabbi, an imam and pastor will conduct Sunday service at Coral Gables church

    10/21/2014 5:04:37 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 10/21/2014 | PARADISE AFSHAR
    Rabbi Mark Kula and Imam Khalid Salahuddin are looking forward to attending church Sunday. Yes, church. The pair are two of several religious leaders who will take part in an interfaith service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, across from the Biltmore Hotel, at 3010 De Soto Blvd. The fourth annual service, organized by MCCJ, formerly known as the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews, is themed, Pursuing Peace: A Common Path. What we see, what we believe, affects the way we interact with people, said Kula, of Bet Shira Congregation, a Conservative congregation in Pinecrest....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/21/2014 4:58:32 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 10/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Sharpen Your Skills Today's Scripture "Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings" (Proverbs 22:29, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Too often, its easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and over every day. But if we are going to live at our absolute best, we should constantly be growing and sharpening our skills. We should strive to learn and grow every single day because when we stop learning, we stop growing. When we stop growing, we stop living. What are you doing to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 21, 2014]

    10/21/2014 4:55:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Impulsiveness or Discipleship? " But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith . . . —Jude 20 " There was nothing of the nature of impulsive or thoughtless action about our Lord, but only a calm strength that never got into a panic. Most of us develop our Christianity along the lines of our own nature, not along the lines of God’s nature. Impulsiveness is a trait of the natural life, and our Lord always ignores it, because it hinders the development of the life of a disciple. Watch how the Spirit of God gives a...
  • What Jesus Really Thinks About Dying With Dignity (Huffington Post)

    10/21/2014 3:53:33 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 31 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 10/17/14 | Cindy Brandt
    Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old newlywed with a diagnosed terminal illness is choosing to end her life in a dignified manner. Since then, there have been an overwhelming response from my fellow Christians decrying this decision, an Open Letter from Kara Tippetts hosted by wildly popular author Ann Voskamp, as well a letter from renowned evangelical influencer, Joni Eareckson Tada. I don't face a terminal illness diagnosis, but I am drawn to this conversation because I believe the brutality of such an impossible decision owns potential for profound beauty. To consider how to die is a tandem reflection on...
  • Abortion Is Great (Slate)

    10/21/2014 2:22:33 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | 10-13-14 | Hanna Rosin
    - "Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter. I had an abortion. I was not in a libertine college-girl phase, although frankly its none of your business. I was already a mother of two, which puts me in the majority of American women who have abortions. Six out of 10 are mothers, which makes sense, because a mother could not fool herself into believing that having another baby was no big deal. I start the story this way because Katha...
  • GOD TV founder left wife 'for Austrian woman'

    10/21/2014 10:25:31 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Oct 2014 | 10 Oct 2014
    Wendy Alec, the co-founder of the international television network GOD TV, has revealed that her husband and ministry partner of over 20 years has left her for a divorced singer in Austria. Her comments came after the TV channel confirmed last week that Rory Alec would be stepping aside as chairman and chief executive with immediate effect following an undisclosed "moral failure". In a lengthy statement broadcast live on GOD TV, Wendy said Rory had been having an affair and that he is currently staying on the farm belonging to the woman's father in South Africa. She also stated that...
  • The Liberal Environmentalist Nobody Knew Was Catholic

    10/21/2014 9:39:56 AM PDT · by millegan · 3 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Joseph Pearce
    Few realized when Small is Beautiful was published that E.F. Schumachers economic theories were underpinned by solid religious and philosophical foundations, the fruits of a lifetime of searching. In 1971, two years before the books publication, Schumacher had become a Roman Catholic, the final destination of his philosophical journey.
  • Sing with All the Saints in Glory (All Saints Day Caucus)

    10/21/2014 9:21:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies
    Hymnsite ^ | 1873 | William Irons
    Sing with All the Saints in Glory Lyrics: William Irons Music: Ludwig von Beethoven; arr. by Edward Hodges Tune: HYMN TO JOY, Meter: 87.87 D 1. Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song! Death and sorrow, earth's dark story, to the former days belong. All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease; in God's likeness we, awaking, know the everlasting peace. 2. O what glory, far exceeding all that eye has yet perceived! Holiest hearts, for ages pleading, never that full joy conceived. God has promised, Christ prepares it, there on...
  • Hillsong Church, Relevance & Pariahs...declined to give the church's position on same-sex marriage

    10/21/2014 8:59:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | October 20, 2014 | Mark Tooley
    Full Title: Hillsong Church, Relevance & Pariahs. Hillsong's pastor, stressing the church's need to stay relevant, declined to give the church's position on same-sex marriage Theres a good piece by Andrew Walker in First Things on a popular international church network called Hillsongs apparent equivocation on marriage. At a recent New York press conference, the ministrys leader, Brian Houston, declined to answer whether the ministry affirms the biblical position. Instead, he stresses the churchs need to stay relevant. Earlier this year the pastor of Hillsongs New Yorks congregation, the ultra hip Carl Lentz, shared similar views with CNN. His wifeadded:...
  • SATIRE: Bouncers Hardest Hit

    10/21/2014 5:46:55 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    50. Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony? Language from the Relatio rejected by the Synod. Over at the blog That the Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill, that is a mouthful, brings news of this latest development: Londons Catholic Churches are already undergoing a...
  • Lecture by Dr. Adam Miller, Professor of Philosophy: 'Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon'

    10/21/2014 5:16:46 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    When: September 18, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmWhere: Albrecht Auditorium Claremont Graduate University The Claremont Colleges,925 North Dartmouth Avenue,Claremont,CA 91711 USA Title: Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon Abstract: Zombies and vampires bend the rules of time. Death arrives for them but, even after its arrival, their lives continue. They die but, rather than passing on to the next world, they continue in this one. In this sense, zombies and vampires model an important aspect of Christian life: the Christians preemptive abandonment of their own life (their willingness to be crucified with Christ), in order to begin...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-21-14

    10/20/2014 9:11:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 2:12-22 Brothers and sisters:You were at that time without Christ,alienated from the community of Israeland strangers to the covenants of promise,without hope and without God in the world.But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far offhave become near by the Blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he made both oneand broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his Flesh,abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two,thus...
  • Hell's Best Kept Secret

    10/20/2014 8:40:21 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    Living Waters ^ | 1982 | Ray Comfort
    "No zeal for the lost, no hunger for the Word, no burden to pray...strangers to holiness." This describes a large number of the people who sit in our church pews today. This is the result of our man-centered gospel which is being served up in our pulpits. We have multitudes of lukewarm Christians with a false sense of security regarding their salvation. This man-centered gospel also has a massive casualty rate. It's producing 90 backsliders per 100 decisions. These people are not really backsliders. I would like to suggest they have never slidden forward. These people have not been warned...
  • (SBC) cuts ties with California church over pro-gay marriage stance

    10/20/2014 6:39:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 9-25-14 | Michael Gryboski
    The Southern Baptist Convention withdrew a California church known for its "third way" on gay unions and homosexuality from its church membership, officials announced Tuesday.New Heart Community Church of La Mirada was removed by SBC's Executive Committee by a unanimous vote.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/20/2014 5:06:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    He Satisfies You Today's Scripture "They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." (Psalm 37:19, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you expecting to see God supernaturally show up in your life? Are you expecting increase and abundance? Notice this verse tells us that the righteous, those who follow Gods commands, will be satisfied even in times of famine. Even when it looks like resources are slim, God has a plan to provide for His people. God always shows Himself strong on behalf...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 20, 2014]

    10/20/2014 5:03:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is God’s Will My Will? " This is the will of God, your sanctification . . . —1 Thessalonians 4:3 " Sanctification is not a question of whether God is willing to sanctify me— is it my will? Am I willing to let God do in me everything that has been made possible through the atonement of the Cross of Christ? Am I willing to let Jesus become sanctification to me, and to let His life be exhibited in my human flesh? (see 1 Corinthians 1:30). Beware of saying, “Oh, I am longing to be sanctified.” No, you are...
  • Idaho Pastors Face Jail Time, Thousands in Fines for Not Performing Gay Weddings

    10/20/2014 10:08:03 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Two ordained Christian pastors in Idaho have filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for temporarily restraining Coeur d'Alene city officials from forcing them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or face prosecution for violating "non-discrimination" laws. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the lawsuit and the motion on behalf of Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel and have been required by city officials to perform gay ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city says its non-discrimination ordinance requires them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have...
  • 17 Intriguing Facts You Didnt Know About Religion in the U.S.

    10/20/2014 8:29:26 AM PDT · by millegan · 7 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    People say America is one of the most religious countries in the world. But is it religious in the way that you think it is? Youre bound to learn something new in this list:
  • Mormon Vampires in the Garden of Eden [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/20/2014 8:16:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    TouchstoneMag.com ^ | November/December 2009 | John Granger
    ...Stephenie Meyers Twilight books...featuring atypical vampires and werewolf champions are allegories...a re-telling of the Garden of Eden dramawith a Mormon twist. Here, the Fall is a good thing, even the key to salvation and divinization, just as Joseph Smith...the Latter-day Saint prophet, said it was... The key word in...Meyers dream is not vampire...but meadow....Mountain Meadows,...means something much less pastoral and positive and much more visceral and painful to...LDS. ...2003 saw the publication of three books...focused on the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, in which...Mormon faithful in Southern Utah executed...120 men, women, and children on their way to California from Arkansas. All...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-20-14, OM, St. Paul of the Cross

    10/19/2014 7:58:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 20, 2014Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 2:1-10 Brothers and sisters:You were dead in your transgressions and sinsin which you once lived following the age of this world,following the ruler of the power of the air,the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh,following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses,and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest.But God, who is rich in mercy,because of the great love he had for us,even when we were...
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    10/19/2014 2:04:48 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-19-14, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/18/2014 7:47:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 19, 2014Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 45:1, 4-6 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus,whose right hand I grasp,subduing nations before him,and making kings run in his service,opening doors before himand leaving the gates unbarred:For the sake of Jacob, my servant,of Israel, my chosen one,I have called you by your name,giving you a title, though you knew me not.I am the LORD and there is no other,there is no God besides me.It is I who arm you, though you know me not,so that toward the rising and the setting of the sunpeople may...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 18, 2014]

    10/18/2014 5:12:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
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  • 11 of the Best #ThingsJesusNeverSaid

    10/18/2014 2:12:09 PM PDT · by millegan · 24 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    All of these are from the Things Jesus Never Said Facebook Page.
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    10/18/2014 11:16:10 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.cruxnow.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Ins San Martn
    The final report The final document of the Synod of Bishops is being written by Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő, general relator of the summit; Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte, the synod’s special secretary, and Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of the Vatican’s office for the synod of bishops. It is expected to be presented early next week. Eight other synod members, with at least one representative from each continent, were additionally assigned to the document’s drafting committee, including Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl. The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops that is now coming to an end was called by Pope Francis to lay...