General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-03-14, M, St. Gregory the Great, Pope & Doctor/Church

    09/02/2014 9:21:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-03-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 3, 2014Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 1 Cor 3:1-9 Brothers and sisters, I could not talk to you as spiritual people,but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ.I fed you milk, not solid food,because you were unable to take it.Indeed, you are still not able, even now,for you are still of the flesh.While there is jealousy and rivalry among you,are you not of the flesh, and walking according to the manner of man?Whenever someone says, “I belong to Paul,” and another,“I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely men?...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 2, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/02/2014 5:47:07 PM PDT · by Vision · 8 replies
    Email ^ | 9/2/14 | Joel Osteen
    Hold Your Peace Today's Scripture The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest. (Exodus 14:14, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time in scripture when the Israelites were facing an impossible situation, God told them, Hold your peace. Remain at rest, and I will fight your battles. Notice there was a condition, something the Israelites had to do. They were told, Hold your peace. Its the same for us today. A command like that indicates that something is trying to take your peace away: thoughts of worry, fear or...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 2, 2014]

    09/02/2014 5:44:31 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    A Life of Pure and Holy Sacrifice " He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow . . . —John 7:38 " Jesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but, in essence, “He who believes in Me will have everything he receives escape out of him.” Our Lord’s teaching was always anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a person— His purpose is to make a person exactly like Himself, and the Son of God is characterized by self-expenditure. If...
  • Gods Good Law

    09/02/2014 5:23:49 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 28 replies
    Genevan Institute for Reformed Studies ^ | Sept 19, 2011 | Bob Burridge
    Lesson 23: Romans 7:1-12 God’s law is not appreciated by fallen man. The corrupted moral nature we inherit from Adam makes us long to be free from moral obligations, and free from our feelings of guilt. Some who abhor the idea of answering to some higher authority than their own desires make fun of the moral laws of Scripture. They ridicule the God of the Bible. They believe they are naturally smarter than believers because of what they see as superior assumptions about the way things are and came to be. By convincing themselves that they are more intelligent, they...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-02-14

    09/01/2014 8:01:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 2, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 2:10b-16 Brothers and sisters:The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.Among men, who knows what pertains to the manexcept his spirit that is within?Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.We have not received the spirit of the worldbut the Spirit who is from God,so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom,but with words taught by the Spirit,describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 1, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/01/2014 3:49:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 9/1/14 | Joel Osteen
    Live Skillfully 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 full potential, we should constantly be growing and sharpening our skills. We should strive to learn and grow every single day because when you stop learning, you stop growing. When you stop growing, you stop living. In this season of your life,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 1, 2014]

    09/01/2014 3:45:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Destined To Be Holy " . . it is written, Be holy, for I am holy 1 Peter 1:16 " We must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of life. We are not destined to happiness, nor to health, but to holiness. Today we have far too many desires and interests, and our lives are being consumed and wasted by them. Many of them may be right, noble, and good, and may later be fulfilled, but in the meantime God must cause their importance to us to decrease. The only thing that truly matters is whether a person will...
  • [Former UK Attorney General] Dominic Grieve: 'British Christians Forced to Hide Belief

    09/01/2014 5:54:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/23/14 | Steven Swinford
    Interview: the former attorney general says he fears that 'aggressive' secularism is pushing the Christian 'faith out of the public space' Britain is at risk of being sanitised of faith because an aggressive form of secularism in workplaces and public bodies is forcing Christians to hide their beliefs, a former attorney general has warned. Dominic Grieve said he found it quite extraordinary that people were being sacked or disciplined for expressing their beliefs at work. He described Christianity as a powerful force for good in modern Britain and warned that Christians should not be intimidated and excluded for their beliefs....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-14, [Labor Day -- USA]

    08/31/2014 7:40:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-01-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 1, 2014Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 2:1-5 When I came to you, brothers and sisters,proclaiming the mystery of God,I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom.For I resolved to know nothing while I was with youexcept Jesus Christ, and him crucified.I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling,and my message and my proclamationwere not with persuasive words of wisdom,but with a demonstration of spirit and power,so that your faith might rest not on human wisdombut on the power of God. Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:97,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 31, 2014]

    08/31/2014 2:05:02 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “My Joy . . . Your Joy” " These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full —John 15:11 " What was the joy that Jesus had? Joy should not be confused with happiness. In fact, it is an insult to Jesus Christ to use the word happiness in connection with Him. The joy of Jesus was His absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice to His Father— the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do— “. . . who for the joy that was set...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-31-14, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/30/2014 9:20:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-31-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 31, 2014Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 20:7-9 You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.All the day I am an object of laughter;everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I must cry out,violence and outrage is my message;the word of the LORD has brought mederision and reproach all the day. I say to myself, I will not mention him,I will speak in his name no more.But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,imprisoned in my bones;I grow weary holding it in, I...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 30, 2014]

    08/30/2014 2:10:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Usefulness or Relationship? " Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven —Luke 10:20 " Jesus Christ is saying here, “Don’t rejoice in your successful service for Me, but rejoice because of your right relationship with Me.” The trap you may fall into in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service— rejoicing in the fact that God has used you. Yet you will never be able to measure fully what God will do through you if you do not have a right-standing relationship with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 10:46:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 30, 2014Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:26-31 Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.Not many of you were wise by human standards,not many were powerful,not many were of noble birth.Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,those who count for nothing,to reduce to nothing those who are something,so that no human being might boast before God.It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus,who...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/29/2014 6:23:23 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/29/14 | Joel Osteen
    Eat the Good of the Land Today's Scripture If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land. (Isaiah 1:19, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants you to have the best in life. He wants to give you the good of the land. God tells us in His Word how to take hold of His promises in our lives. Notice this verse doesnt say that just obedience will cause you to eat the good of the land; it says we have to be willing and obedient. In other words, God isnt...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 29, 2014]

    08/29/2014 6:19:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Unsurpassed Intimacy of Tested Faith " Jesus said to her, ’Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’ —John 11:40 " Every time you venture out in your life of faith, you will find something in your circumstances that, from a commonsense standpoint, will flatly contradict your faith. But common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense. In fact, they are as different as the natural life and the spiritual. Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-14, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/28/2014 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 29, 2014Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:17-25 Brothers and sisters:Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel,and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.For it is written:I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the learning of the learned I will set aside. Where is the wise one?Where is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 28, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/28/2014 5:36:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/28/14 | Joel Osteen
    Never Stumble Today's Scripture Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. (Psalm 119:165, NKJV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Everything you need in this life is found in the Word of God-direction, healing, peace, joy and provision. No matter what situation you may be facing today, you can live in peace and victory and find your answer by studying Gods Word and applying it in your life! Notice this verse says that the people who love Gods Word have great peace. How do you love Gods Word? By studying it, meditating...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 28, 2014]

    08/28/2014 5:34:24 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Purpose of Prayer " . . . one of His disciples said to Him, ’Lord, teach us to pray . . .’ —Luke 11:1 " Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-14, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/27/2014 9:26:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-14 | Revised New Americann Bible
    August 28, 2014Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:1-9 Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Sosthenes our brother,to the Church of God that is in Corinth,to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.Grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your accountfor the grace of God bestowed...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 27, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/27/2014 5:34:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 8/27/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Way You Should Go Today's Scripture I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you need direction in your life today? Maybe you are facing an important decision in your job, at home or in your relationships. Know this: God Himself will teach you what you should do. He promises to show you the path you should take. Hes watching over you and giving you advice every step of the way! Understand that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 27, 2014]

    08/27/2014 5:32:39 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Living Your Theology " Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you . . . —John 12:35 " Beware of not acting upon what you see in your moments on the mountaintop with God. If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness. “If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23). The moment you forsake the matter of sanctification or neglect anything else on which God has given you His light, your spiritual life begins to disintegrate within you. Continually bring the truth out into...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-14, M, St. Monica

    08/26/2014 9:13:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 27, 2014Memorial of Saint Monica    Reading 1 2 Thes 3:6-10, 16-18 We instruct you, brothers and sisters,in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,to shun any brotherwho walks in a disorderly wayand not according to the tradition they received from us.For you know how one must imitate us.For we did not act in a disorderly way among you,nor did we eat food received free from anyone.On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked,so as not to burden any of you.Not that we do not have the right.Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 26, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/26/2014 5:51:47 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 8/26/14 | Joel Osteen
    Breaking Strongholds Today's Scripture For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Scripture tells us that there is a battle going on in our minds. Our thoughts dictate our actions. Thats why the enemy will do everything he can to get you thinking in the wrong direction. Sometimes, its not our own thoughts that are holding us back; sometimes its that weve believed the negative things that other people have spoken. Those words are like seeds. If you dwell on...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 26, 2014]

    08/26/2014 5:49:09 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Ever Troubled? " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you . . . —John 14:27 " There are times in our lives when our peace is based simply on our own ignorance. But when we are awakened to the realities of life, true inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When our Lord speaks peace, He creates peace, because the words that He speaks are always “spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? “. . . My peace I give to you. ....
  • WHY CATHOLICS ARE SO OBSESSED WITH SEX

    08/26/2014 8:38:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    Regina ^ | Beverly De Soto
    Why is it, said Jessica, my long-time friend, a non-observant Church of Scotland member, that the Catholic Church wont just, er, enter the modern era? Why are they so obsessed with sex? Um, I thought, here we go. We were sitting in a coffee place in Edinburgh, trying to catch up from our busy lives. Even though our lives have taken different paths, Jessica and I go back a long time. I took a deep breath. For the same reason that traditionally Jews forbade pre-marital sex, and sex outside marriage, I said evenly. After all, Christianity is an offshoot of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-14

    08/25/2014 8:28:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17 We ask you, brothers and sisters,with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christand our assembling with him,not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly,or to be alarmed either by a “spirit,” or by an oral statement,or by a letter allegedly from usto the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand.Let no one deceive you in any way. To this end he has also called you through our Gospelto possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore,...
  • In Ethiopia, an Adrenaline-Filled Act of Faith

    08/25/2014 7:44:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/22/14 | Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll
    Ethiopias little-known churchesWith their sheer cliffs, surreal rock formations and vertical spires, northern Ethiopias Gheralta Mountains recall stretches of the southwestern United States red desert landscape. The primary difference: perched high and tucked away into these mountain cliffs are some of the countrys least visited rock-hewn Ethiopian Orthodox cave churches, some of which are more than 1,000 years old. The Gheralta cluster, located in Tigray Province, includes more than 30 structures. Although local legend claims that these churches date to between the 4th and 6th Centuries, historians believe that they were more likely built from the 9th to 12th Centuries....
  • Pro-Lifers Slam Massive Fines Obama Wants on Catholic Nuns Who Oppose HHS Mandate

    08/25/2014 7:09:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    On Friday, the Obama administration revised the HHS mandate rules the first revision since losing to Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court. The revisions provide no relief from the mandate and essentially restate how pro-life groups, like the Little Sisters, will have to pay huge fines if the violate the mandate. The upshot of the new rules? As Arina Grossu, Director for the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, tells LifeNews, its the threat of crippling fines on non-profits who stand up for their freedom of conscience. littlesisters2Congressman Chris Smith, the top pro-life advocate in the...
  • The Hardest Place for Us to Take Our Special Needs Child? Our Church

    08/25/2014 7:02:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 123 replies
    life news ^ | Jesi Smith
    I am new to this journey. My daughter Faith is only 5 years old. She is mentally and physically disabled, still small enough to carry, quiet . . . mostly, and has not developed the larger, louder, and strange movements and sounds that many older people who are mentally and physically disabled seem to develop as they try to express themselves yet. We have taken our daughter to concerts, plays, movie theatres, political speeches, pro-life fundraisers and community events, and spend a lot of time in hallways and lobbies when she does get loud. However, weve found that the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 25, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/25/2014 6:43:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/25/14 | Joel Osteen
    Your Original Software Today's Scripture Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Our minds work like a computer. The way you program it is the way its going to function. You can have the most powerful computer made, but if you put the wrong software in it, its not going to function like it was designed. Weve all had...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 25, 2014]

    08/25/2014 6:41:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Sacrifice and Friendship " I have called you friends . . . —John 15:15 " We will never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we surrender in every detail of our lives. Yet self-surrender is the most difficult thing for us to do. We make it conditional by saying, “I’ll surrender if . . . !” Or we approach it by saying, “I suppose I have to devote my life to God.” We will never find the joy of self-sacrifice in either of these ways.But as soon as we do totally surrender, abandoning ourselves to Jesus, the Holy Spirit...
  • Conservative Editorial Overload With Zero ETERNAL Insight

    08/25/2014 4:16:22 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/25/14
    Today there is absolutely no shortage of political commentary from the Right and as a matter of fact, it has become a deluge of daily commentary that is drowning the conservative laymen with no REALITY or ETERNAL hope (John 1:12, Acts 16:28-30, 1 Cor. 2:2, 1 John 2:15-17)! I have found that much of this commentary is just gazed over by conservative readers and that conservative commentary writers are just preaching to conservative commentary writers the majority of the time. It seems like everybody who is anybody has a blog or a political editorial column on the Internet, or a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-14, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2014 9:12:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 25, 2014Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the Church of the Thessaloniansin God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters,as is fitting, because your faith flourishes ever more,and the love of every one of you for one another grows ever greater.Accordingly, we ourselves boast of you in the churches of Godregarding your endurance and faith in all your persecutionsand the afflictions...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 24, 2014]

    08/24/2014 1:57:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Spiritual Search " What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? —Matthew 7:9 " The illustration of prayer that our Lord used here is one of a good child who is asking for something good. We talk about prayer as if God hears us regardless of what our relationship is to Him (see Matthew 5:45). Never say that it is not God’s will to give you what you ask. Don’t faint and give up, but find out the reason you have not received; increase the intensity of your...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-24-14, Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/23/2014 8:48:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 24, 2014Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 is 22:19-23 Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:“I will thrust you from your officeand pull you down from your station.On that day I will summon my servantEliakim, son of Hilkiah;I will clothe him with your robe,and gird him with your sash,and give over to him your authority.He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,and to the house of Judah.I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim’s shoulder;when he opens, no one shall shutwhen he shuts, no one shall open.I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-23-14, OM, St. Rose of Lima

    08/23/2014 5:50:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 23, 2014Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 43:1-7ab The angel led me to the gate which faces the east,and there I saw the glory of the God of Israelcoming from the east.I heard a sound like the roaring of many waters,and the earth shone with his glory.The vision was like that which I had seenwhen he came to destroy the city,and like that which I had seen by the river Chebar.I fell prone as the glory of the LORD entered the templeby way of the gate which faces the east,but spirit lifted...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 23, 2014]

    08/23/2014 5:13:01 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Prayer— Battle in “The Secret Place” " When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly —Matthew 6:6 " Jesus did not say, “Dream about your Father who is in the secret place,” but He said, “. . . pray to your Father who is in the secret place. . . .” Prayer is an effort of the will. After we have entered our secret place and shut the door, the most difficult...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/22/2014 6:26:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    A Gift from God Today's Scripture For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We serve such a generous and loving God. He loves you so much that there isnt anything He wouldnt do in order to have a relationship with you. The Bible tells us that sin separates man from God, but God doesnt want to be separated from any of us. Thats why He sent Jesus into the world to pay the penalty for sin...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 22, 2014]

    08/22/2014 6:24:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “I Indeed . . . But He” " I indeed baptize you with water . . . but He . . . will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire —Matthew 3:11 " Have I ever come to the point in my life where I can say, “I indeed . . . but He . . .”? Until that moment comes, I will never know what the baptism of the Holy Spirit means. I indeed am at the end, and I cannot do anything more— but He begins right there— He does the things that no one else...
  • black mass nixed in oklahoma city

    08/22/2014 4:39:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    There was to be a Black Mass performance at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21, using a consecrated Host. But after Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley succeeded in getting a judge to issue a restraining order, on the grounds that the Host had been stolen, the attorney for the Satanic group returned the Host to a Catholic priest. The archbishop then dropped his lawsuit. Here is how the story played out over the summer. When we learned of this scheduled performance, we issued a news release on July 2 calling attention to what a Black Mass entails. We...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-22-14, M, Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/21/2014 8:09:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-22-14 | Revised New American Bble
    August 22, 2014Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Ez 37:1-14 The hand of the LORD came upon me,and led me out in the Spirit of the LORDand set me in the center of the plain,which was now filled with bones.He made me walk among the bones in every directionso that I saw how many they were on the surface of the plain.How dry they were!He asked me:Son of man, can these bones come to life?I answered, “Lord GOD, you alone know that.”Then he said to me:Prophesy over these bones, and say to them:Dry...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/21/2014 5:44:29 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 8/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Break the Yoke of Average Today's Scripture Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:2021, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God never created you to be ordinary. He created you to leave your mark on this generation. God wants you to do something big. He wants you to go further than anyone in your family. You have seeds of greatness on...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 21, 2014]

    08/21/2014 5:42:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Ministry of the Unnoticed " Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . —Matthew 5:3 " The New Testament notices things that do not seem worthy of notice by our standards. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . .” This literally means, “Blessed are the paupers.” Paupers are remarkably commonplace! The preaching of today tends to point out a person’s strength of will or the beauty of his character— things that are easily noticed. The statement we so often hear, “Make a decision for Jesus Christ,” places the emphasis on something our Lord never trusted....
  • Top 12 Catholic Instagrammers

    08/21/2014 4:34:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    ProjectYM ^ | 8/20/14 | Matthew Schneider
    Instagram is famous for people posting tons of selfies and pet pictures. However, it can be used for good. Ive found a few Catholics who really use it as a platform for their faith. It will never be a complete catechism but it can help you in your walk with the Lord. Instagram is all about being beautiful and beauty is an important way to see God today (as my Instagram bio reminds you). These Instagrammers are good for every Catholic to follow; adult or teen, in ministry or barely hanging onto their faith. I chose these based on a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-21-14, M, St. Pius X, Pope

    08/20/2014 9:17:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 21, 2014Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope    Reading 1 Ez 36:23-28 Thus says the LORD:I will prove the holiness of my great name, profaned among the nations, in whose midst you have profaned it.Thus the nations shall know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD,when in their sight I prove my holiness through you.For I will take you away from among the nations,gather you from all the foreign lands,and bring you back to your own land.I will sprinkle clean water upon youto cleanse you from all your impurities,and from all your idols I will cleanse...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/20/2014 5:35:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    Believe and Declare Today's Scripture It is written: I believed; therefore I have spoken. Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak. (2 Corinthians 4:13, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria There was a man who was believing to pay his house off. It was a standard 30-year mortgage, and he had 23 years left. In the natural, there was no way he could do it. But he was bold enough to say, Father, I want to thank You that You are Jehovah Jireh; the Lord my provider. I know my job...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 20, 2014]

    08/20/2014 5:33:45 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Christ-Awareness " . . . and I will give you rest —Matthew 11:28 " Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once, asking Him to re-establish your rest. Never allow anything to remain in your life that is causing the unrest. Think of every detail of your life that is causing the disintegration as something to fight against, not as something you should allow to remain. Ask the Lord to put awareness of Himself in you, and your self-awareness will disappear. Then He will be your all in all. Beware of allowing...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-20-14, M, St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

    08/19/2014 9:25:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 20, 2014Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Ez 34:1-11 The word of the Lord came to me:Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel,in these words prophesy to them to the shepherds:Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the shepherds of Israelwho have been pasturing themselves!Should not shepherds, rather, pasture sheep?You have fed off their milk, worn their wool,and slaughtered the fatlings,but the sheep you have not pastured.You did not strengthen the weak nor heal the sicknor bind up the injured.You did not bring back the strayed nor seek the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/19/2014 5:45:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 8/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    Youve Struggled Long Enough Today's Scripture The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria All through life, the enemy tries to stop us with a yoke of bondage a yoke of depression, a yoke of low self-esteem, a yoke of compromise. Hell try to burden you down so that everything is a struggle. You may be working hard, but you cant get ahead because you have all these yokes controlling you. Maybe youve been living with a yoke your whole life. Its been passed down...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 19, 2014]

    08/19/2014 5:42:26 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Self-Awareness " Come to Me . . . —Matthew 11:28 " God intends for us to live a well-rounded life in Christ Jesus, but there are times when that life is attacked from the outside. Then we tend to fall back into self-examination, a habit that we thought was gone. Self-awareness is the first thing that will upset the completeness of our life in God, and self-awareness continually produces a sense of struggling and turmoil in our lives. Self-awareness is not sin, and it can be produced by nervous emotions or by suddenly being dropped into a totally new...