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  • The Hermeneutic of...Oh I Give Up.

    07/12/2014 8:50:54 AM PDT · by Legatus · 29 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 07/11/14 | Patrick Archbold
    Some Papal Quotes that somehow and in some way beyond my meager intellect are in continuity with each other, or something. First Quote Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441. ex cathedra (infallibly defined): “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-12-14

    07/11/2014 9:25:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-12-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 12, 2014Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Is 6:1-8 In the year King Uzziah died,I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,with the train of his garment filling the temple.Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings:with two they veiled their faces,with two they veiled their feet,and with two they hovered aloft. They cried one to the other,“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!All the earth is filled with his glory!”At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shookand the house was filled with...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 11, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/11/2014 6:28:20 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/11/14 | Joel Osteen
    Speak to Your Mountains Today's Scripture And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done. (Matthew 21:21, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Weve all had seasons when the challenges of life feel overwhelming. During those times, its tempting to talk about how bad things are. Maybe you received a bad medical report,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 11, 2014]

    07/11/2014 6:25:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Spiritually Vigorous Saint " . . . that I may know Him . . . —Philippians 3:10 " A saint is not to take the initiative toward self-realization, but toward knowing Jesus Christ. A spiritually vigorous saint never believes that his circumstances simply happen at random, nor does he ever think of his life as being divided into the secular and the sacred. He sees every situation in which he finds himself as the means of obtaining a greater knowledge of Jesus Christ, and he has an attitude of unrestrained abandon and total surrender about him. The Holy...
  • Pop Atheism and the Power of the Gospel

    07/11/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | Dan Dewitt
    Meanwhile, I am left with the Atheist on my hands, Dorothy Sayers once penned to C.S. Lewis in a letter in which she sought some practical advice from the popular Oxford apologist. She went on to write, I do not want him. I have no use for him. I have no missionary zeal at all. While many Christians likely attempt to project a little more enthusiasm for evangelism, Im not sure they do not, deep down, resonate with Sayers sentiment. With the relentless barrage of new atheist bravado over the last decade, believers are liable to grow weary in well-doing....
  • Well Done Phil! (Solo Scriptura Is Not Sola Scriptura)

    07/11/2014 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    Effectual Grace ^ | 20 October 2011 | John Samson
    (Original title: "Well Done Phil" It seems odd, that certain men who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to themselves, should think so little of what he has revealed to others. C. H. Spurgeon, Commenting and Commentaries (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1876), 1. Tradition is the fruit of the Spirits teaching activity from the ages as Gods people have sought understanding of Scripture. It is not infallible, but neither is it negligible, and we impoverish ourselves if we disregard it. J.I. Packer, Upholding the Unity of Scripture Today, JETS 25 (1982): 414 Although tradition does...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-11-14, M, St. Benedict, Abbot

    07/11/2014 6:45:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 11, 2014Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot    Reading 1 Hos 14:2-10 Thus says the LORD:Return, O Israel, to the LORD, your God;you have collapsed through your guilt.Take with you words,and return to the LORD;Say to him, “Forgive all iniquity,and receive what is good, that we may renderas offerings the bullocks from our stalls.Assyria will not save us,nor shall we have horses to mount;We shall say no more, ‘Our god,’to the work of our hands;for in you the orphan finds compassion.”I will heal their defection, says the LORD,I will love them freely;for my wrath is turned away from them.I...
  • Why Sola Scriptura Honestly Scares Me

    07/10/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 210 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | July 22, 2013 | Ryan Adams
    Being raised in a Protestant home, the Scriptures were (and in many ways still are) the end-all-be-all of the faith for me. However, there is a reason I am no longer a Protestant. This reason has many branches but all points back to one thing, context. Given the necessity of context, I find the whole idea of Scripture Alone horrifying. What it is: Sola Scriptura is the idea that Christianity ought to be based off of Scripture Alone (which is the English translation of Sola Scriptura), that is to say, it should be without ritual, or the teaching authority of...
  • (Catholic Caucus) Blessed John Paul II: Champion of Religious Freedom

    07/10/2014 5:47:22 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Knights of Columbus ^ | April 27, 2011 | Most Reverend William E. Lori, S.T.D.
    Blessed John Paul II: Champion of Religious Freedom Most Reverend William E. Lori, S.T.D. Address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Washington, D.C. April 27, 2011IntroductionLadies and gentlemen: On the threshold of a new millennium, we are witnessing an extraordinary global acceleration of that quest for freedom which is one of the great dynamics of human history. This phenomenon is not limited to any one part of the world; nor is it the expression of any single culture. Men and women throughout the world, even when threatened by violence, have taken the risk of freedom, asking to be given a...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/10/2014 5:05:21 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/10/14 | Joel Osteen
    Words Matter Today's Scripture The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. (Isaiah 50:4, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Your words are important. They matter. Even more so, Gods Word matters. When your words become His Words, thats when youll see an explosion of His goodness, favor and abundance in your everyday life! Not only that, there are people God has placed in your life who are waiting for you to speak Gods...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 10, 2014]

    07/10/2014 5:02:31 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Spiritually Lazy Saint " Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together . . . —Hebrews 10:24-25 " We are all capable of being spiritually lazy saints. We want to stay off the rough roads of life, and our primary objective is to secure a peaceful retreat from the world. The ideas put forth in these verses from Hebrews 10 are those of stirring up one another and of keeping ourselves together. Both of these require initiative— our willingness to take the first step toward...
  • How Americas Biblical ignorance enables the Christian right

    07/10/2014 4:08:45 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 51 replies
    The Bible doesnt mention anything about contraception or abortion, but this hasnt stopped 89 million American evangelicals acting as if thou shall not consume a pregnancy pill were one of the Ten Commandments. For the benefit of my mostly American audience, its not. In fact, the first four of the Hebrew Gods Decalogue amount to nothing more than maniacal throat clearing, to steal a phrase from the late Christopher Hitchens. The decision of the five conservative justices to rule in favor of Hobby Lobby, thus granting religious personhood to 90 percent of U.S. corporations, which means that certain for-profit companies...
  • Poll: Majority of Americans Say Religion Is Answer to Today's Problems

    A new Gallup poll revealed that a small percentage of Americans consider religion old fashioned while the majority of Americans think it can actually solve today's world problems. The recent poll asked over 1,000 adults about their views on the topic and found that 57 percent of individuals surveyed are optimistic about religion and only 30 percent find it to be out of date. "The majority of Americans continue to believe that religion can answer today's problems, another indicator that the nation, by far, remains a religious country," said Frank Newport, Gallup's editor-in-chief, in a statement. "And, with the trend...
  • Christian bookstores are the next gay-marriage battleground

    The battle over gay marriage is being fought in nearly every corner of American society from public schools to the highest courts, and from television sitcoms to neighborhood barbecues. Religious Americans particularly evangelical Christians have often been at the center of these debates, attempting to hold the line on traditional understandings of marriage. But as support for same-sex marriage grows (a clear majority of Americans now favor same-sex marriage), many Christians are starting to shift. Indeed, the majority of white mainline Protestants, white Catholics, and Latino Catholics now back same-sex marriage rights. Strong majorities of white evangelical...
  • Was the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision Also a Victory for Gay Rights?

    07/10/2014 3:41:19 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 3 replies
    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Courts historic ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and religious freedom, some homosexual advocates claim the decision was also a victory for the gay rights movement. As previously reported, the Supreme Court decided last week that the federal government cannot force closely-held companies to obey regulations which violate the owners religious beliefs. The ruling was seen as a historic victory for religious rights, and many Christians praised the courts decision. ... However, in the wake of the Hobby Lobby ruling, a few commentators have suggested that the decision might also be a victory...
  • Evolutionists Infuriated by Creation Cartoon Shown in Public School

    07/10/2014 3:37:58 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    ATLANTA A furor erupted recently at an Atlanta high school after a science instructor showed an illustration from Christian apologist Ken Ham to her students. According to reports, Anquinette Jones of Henry W. Grady High School taught a freshman Biology class last spring. Using a 52-slide PowerPoint presentation, Jones introduced the theory of evolution to her students, as required by the Atlanta Public Schools science curriculum. The PowerPoint presentation is primarily pro-evolution, asserting that evolutionary theory is supported by numerous scientific fields, including anatomy, embryology, and biochemistry. 96% of the human genome is the same as the chimpanzees [sic]...
  • Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Law Forcing Church Signs to Be Displayed at Night

    07/10/2014 3:35:41 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    GILBERT, Ariz. The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a municipal law in Arizona that indirectly forces churches to display their signs at night, while allowing other types of signs to be displayed 24/7. As previously reported, in 2008, Good News Community Church of Gilbert filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to obtain an injunction against the citys sign ordinance, which prohibited entities from displaying temporary directional signs on the public ways more than 12 hours before services and more than 1 hour afterward. The church had found itself in disputes with the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-10-14

    07/09/2014 9:26:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-10-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 10, 2014Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Hos 11:1-4, 8e-9 Thus says the LORD:When Israel was a child I loved him, out of Egypt I called my son.The more I called them,the farther they went from me,Sacrificing to the Baalsand burning incense to idols.Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,who took them in my arms;I drew them with human cords,with bands of love;I fostered them like onewho raises an infant to his cheeks;Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,they did not know that I was their healer. My heart is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 9, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/09/2014 4:26:07 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/9/14 | Joel Osteen
    Choose Life and Blessing Today's Scripture I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live. (Deuteronomy 30:19, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that with your words you can either bless your future or curse your future? Your words have creative power. If you want to know what your life is going to be like five years from now, just listen to what youre saying about yourself today! Too many people...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 9, 2014]

    07/09/2014 4:23:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Will You Examine Yourself? " Joshua said to the people, ’You cannot serve the Lord . . .’ —Joshua 24:19 " Do you have even the slightest reliance on anything or anyone other than God? Is there a remnant of reliance left on any natural quality within you, or on any particular set of circumstances? Are you relying on yourself in any manner whatsoever regarding this new proposal or plan which God has placed before you? Will you examine yourself by asking these probing questions? It really is true to say, “I cannot live a holy life,” but you...
  • In the Big Apple, musicians sang to 'Open Up the Heavens'

    07/09/2014 1:03:34 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 2 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 8, 2014 | Barbara Denman
    NEW YORK (BP) -- Can the still, small voice of God be heard amid the sensory overload of Times Square's bombastic billboards and teeming crowds of people from life's every corner? That voice was heard by Nick, a young Marine from New Jersey who came to the Big Apple on leave with his buddies. Listening to the Florida Baptist Worship Choir and Orchestra sing "Open Up the Heavens" at the exact location where the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball drops, Nick heard the message God had for his ears -- and heart. The Marine asked Wes Ratliff, worship pastor...
  • Catholic and Patriotic

    07/09/2014 9:38:41 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://catholicism.org ^ | July 2, 2014 | Brother-Andr Marie
    Patriotism is a great virtue. To be a patriot is to love ones fatherland. This means that it is to love the land of the people that sired you. Patriotism is a natural overflow of the virtue of piety that is, the virtue of the home. As piety would have us rendering what is due in justice to parents and other family members, patriotism would have us render the same to our nation, its government, and our fellow citizens. Both of these are a matter of justice, for the virtues of piety and patriotism are parts of that cardinal...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-09-14, OM, St. Augustine Zhao Rong/comp, Martyrs

    07/08/2014 9:47:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-09-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 9, 2014Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12 Israel is a luxuriant vinewhose fruit matches its growth.The more abundant his fruit,the more altars he built;The more productive his land,the more sacred pillars he set up.Their heart is false,now they pay for their guilt;God shall break down their altarsand destroy their sacred pillars.If they would say,“We have no king”—Since they do not fear the LORD,what can the king do for them? The king of Samaria shall disappear,like foam upon the waters.The high places of Aven shall be destroyed,the sin of Israel;thorns...
  • Twelve Ways to Know God

    07/08/2014 6:25:55 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    Jesus defines eternal life as knowing God (Jn 17:3). What are the ways? In how many different ways can we know God, and thus know eternal life? When I take an inventory, I find twelve. 1. The final, complete, definitive way, of course, is Christ, God himself in human flesh. 2. His church is his body, so we know God also through the church. 3. The Scriptures are the church's book. This book, like Christ himself, is called "The Word of God." 4. Scripture also says we can know God in nature see Romans 1. This is an innate, spontaneous,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 8, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/08/2014 5:48:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/8/14 | Joel Osteen
    A New Season of Goodness Today's Scripture "The tongue can bring death or life" (Proverbs 18:21, NLT). Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to do new and incredible things in your life! He has a new season of goodness in store for you today. The power to see His plan come to pass in your life is found in the power of your words. When you get in agreement with God, when you say what He says, thats when things will change in your life. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. No one...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 8, 2014]

    07/08/2014 5:45:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Will To Be Faithful " . . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . —Joshua 24:15 " A person’s will is embodied in the actions of the whole person. I cannot give up my will— I must exercise it, putting it into action. I must will to obey, and I must will to receive God’s Spirit. When God gives me a vision of truth, there is never a question of what He will do, but only of what I will do. The Lord has been placing in front of each of us some...
  • Chase Bank employee surveys asks about "LGBT" support (vanity)

    07/08/2014 2:35:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies
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    According to Chase Bank employees, it has added to an employee survey a question about whether or not they are LGBT supporters, as the put it. The survey isn't anonymous as each one is tied to individuals through a unique number. I heard of this in an email today from the American Family Association, and see that numerous sites are reporting it; however, I can't cut and paste from the phone I'm posting from, and it's hard to type in links, so sorry for no link, but it should be very easy to find stories on it.
  • Book by transgendered Roman Catholic consecrated maiden explains why God doesnt hate you

    07/08/2014 11:57:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 45 replies
    London Community News ^ | 8 July 2014 | Sean Meyer
    As the worlds first transgendered Roman Catholic consecrated maiden, Tia Michelle Pesando has many reasons for wanting to prove Why God Doesnt Hate You, which is also the name of her new book. The 35-year-old London resident says the extensive research she did while writing her book shows Gods love for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification. From a theological perspective, I think I have a solid argument, Pesando said. People are leaving the church because they feel the God of love has betrayed them, and betrayal is one of the worst feelings you can imagine. So I...
  • Has Islam ever been peaceful?

    07/08/2014 3:17:45 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 18 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 6 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    In this episode, I answer the titles question, perhaps one of the biggest on everyones minds today: Has Islam ever been peaceful? I herein go through some of the most important historical battles and events for Muslims, also mentioning the Quran when relevant. WATCH ON YOUTUBE (Alternative link, via Vimeo.) Summary: I start out the show by running through Islam's violent beginnings, then transition into its tyrannical rule in Jerusalem and Cordoba. Then, I talk about the key battles of Covadonga and Lepanto, at which Islam was curtailed. Next, I skim over the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-08-14

    07/07/2014 10:52:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-08-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 8, 2014Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Hos 8:4-7, 11-13 Thus says the LORD:They made kings in Israel, but not by my authority;they established princes, but without my approval.With their silver and gold they madeidols for themselves, to their own destruction.Cast away your calf, O Samaria!my wrath is kindled against them;How long will they be unable to attaininnocence in Israel?The work of an artisan,no god at all,Destined for the flames—such is the calf of Samaria! When they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind;The stalk of grain that forms no earcan yield...
  • Guest Post: Ignoring Logic And The Misrepresentation Of Ordain Women [Non-OW questions Lds leaders]

    07/07/2014 9:11:38 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    The Exponent ^ | July 2, 2014 | LoriAnn
    As Ive thought about the issues of asking questions, faithful agitation, and looking for a much-needed change regarding gender inequality in the Church, I have come to the conclusion that we as a church dont know all there is to know about God. None of that has to take away from the truthfulness of the Gospel, but the suggestion that the Church is perfect makes the declaration of having a living prophet seem a bit confusing. If there are not things that we are waiting to open our eyes to (which means God is waiting on us to ask him)...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 7, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/07/2014 6:37:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 7/7/14 | Joel Osteen
    Dont Wait for the Water to Part Today's Scripture When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you... (Isaiah 43:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When my dad died in 1999, I knew I was supposed to step up and pastor the church. I felt it so strongly inside, but in my mind it just didnt make sense. I had never ministered before nor been to seminary. I said, God, this doesnt make sense to me, but Im going to take a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 7, 2014]

    07/07/2014 6:35:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    All Efforts of Worth and Excellence Are Difficult " Enter by the narrow gate . . . . Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life . . . —Matthew 7:13-14 " If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all efforts of worth and excellence are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but its difficulty does not make us faint and cave in—it stirs us up to overcome. Do we appreciate the miraculous salvation of Jesus Christ enough to be our utmost for His...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-07-14

    07/06/2014 7:34:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-07-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 7, 2014Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Hos 2:16, 17c-18, 21-22 Thus says the LORD:I will allure her;I will lead her into the desertand speak to her heart.She shall respond there as in the days of her youth,when she came up from the land of Egypt. On that day, says the LORD,She shall call me “My husband,”and never again “My baal.” I will espouse you to me forever:I will espouse you in right and in justice,in love and in mercy;I will espouse you in fidelity,and you shall know the LORD. Responsorial Psalm Ps...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 6, 2014]

    07/06/2014 10:42:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Visions Become Reality " The parched ground shall become a pool . . . Isaiah 35:7 " We always have a vision of something before it actually becomes real to us. When we realize that the vision is real, but is not yet real in us, Satan comes to us with his temptations, and we are inclined to say that there is no point in even trying to continue. Instead of the vision becoming real to us, we have entered into a valley of humiliation.Life is not as idle ore, But iron dug from central gloom, And battered by...
  • The Reformers' Hermeneutic: Grammatical, Historical, and Christ-Centered

    07/06/2014 3:39:40 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 149 replies
    Reformation Theology ^ | March 23, 2006 | Unknown
    It is widely recognized that the formal principle underlying the Reformation was nothing other than sola scriptura: the reformers' diehard commitment to the other great solas was an effect arising from their desire to be guided by scriptures alone. The exegesis and interpretation of the bible was the one great means by which the war against Roman corruption was waged; which is almost the same thing as saying that the battle was basically a hermeneutical struggle. In light of these observations, one could say that the key event marking the beginning of the Reformation occurred, not in 1517, when Martin...
  • 7 Reasons the Old Testament is Neglected

    07/06/2014 3:19:13 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 60 replies
    Ligonier Ministry ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | David Murray
    Youll find our text this morning in the Old Testament I know this is a rare announcement on a Sunday morning, but when you heard it last, what did you think? Oh no! Not another historical lecture. Were going to get a whipping with the law today. Why? I came to church to hear about Jesus. Whats Israel and Babylon got to do with my family struggles? Or maybe you didnt just think it. You said it or emailed it to the pastor afterwards. And pastors are feeling the pressure. Some surveys put the ratio of Old Testament to New...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-06-14, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/05/2014 8:26:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-06-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 6, 2014Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time  Reading 1 Zec 9:9-10 Thus says the LORD:Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion,shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!See, your king shall come to you;a just savior is he,meek, and riding on an ass,on a colt, the foal of an ass.He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim,and the horse from Jerusalem;the warrior’s bow shall be banished,and he shall proclaim peace to the nations.His dominion shall be from sea to sea,and from the River to the ends of the earth. Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14 R/ (cf. 1) I will praise your name...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 5, 2014]

    07/05/2014 6:10:45 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Don’t Plan Without God " Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass —Psalm 37:5 " Don’t plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. We get ourselves into circumstances that were not chosen by God, and suddenly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him— that we have not even considered Him to be a vital, living factor in the planning of our lives. And yet the only thing...
  • Pope: No-work Sundays good, not just for faithful

    07/05/2014 7:28:35 AM PDT · by delchiante · 125 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2014 | Associated Press
    CAMPOBASSO, Italy Pope Francis says abandoning the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays isnt such a good change. Francis on Saturday traveled to Molise, an agricultural region in the heart of southern Italy where unemployment is chronically high. While he said poor people need employment to have dignity, he disagreed with opening stores and other businesses on Sundays as a way to create jobs.m
  • Former part-time BYU instructor charged with sexual abuse

    07/05/2014 5:14:44 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | May 28, 2014 | Dallin Morris
    An arraignment hearing has been set for a former BYU-UVU part-time faculty member charged with sexual abuse. Michio Zushi, 55, is set to appear on July 14 on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child after the victim recently came forward to talk to investigators. According to 4th District Court records, Zushi inappropriately touched her beneath her clothing. The incidents occurred between August 2010 and August 2011, and police arrested Zushi in March. Zushi taught Japanese calligraphy at both BYU and UVU but is no longer employed by either university following his arrest. If he is convicted, the presumptive...
  • Hobby Lobby 4th July Message

    07/04/2014 8:28:19 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://www.hobbylobby.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Hobby Lobby
    Hobby Lobby wishes everyone a blessed 4th of July.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-05-14, OM, St. Elizabeth of Portugal, St. Anthony Zaccaria

    07/04/2014 8:16:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-05-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 5, 2014Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Am 9:11-15 Thus says the LORD:On that day I will raise upthe fallen hut of David;I will wall up its breaches,raise up its ruins,and rebuild it as in the days of old,That they may conquer what is left of Edomand all the nations that shall bear my name,say I, the LORD, who will do this.Yes, days are coming,says the LORD,When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,and the vintager, him who sows the seed;The juice of grapes shall drip down the mountains,and all the hills shall run...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 4, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/04/2014 3:07:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 7/4/14 | Joel Osteen
    Stand for Freedom! Today's Scripture You have been set free from sin... (Romans 6:18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Today in America, we celebrate Independence Day. July 4, 1776 was the day America declared its independence, but the battle for freedom went on until 1783 seven years later. Even though the people declared their freedom in 1776, they had to stand and fight for many years before the British would accept and recognized the United States of America. In the same way, we have to declare our freedom and be determined to stand against the opposing...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 4, 2014]

    07/04/2014 3:06:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    One of God’s Great “Don’ts” " Do not fret— it only causes harm —Psalm 37:8 " Fretting means getting ourselves “out of joint” mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say, “Do not fret,” but something very different to have such a nature that you find yourself unable to fret. It’s easy to say, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to “rest in the Lord” then?...
  • What Does it Mean to Have Your Marriage Blessed? Part II

    07/04/2014 4:20:41 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 2 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | July 3, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: My family is doing genealogical research, and weve discovered discrepancies in the birth-dates of a couple of our great-grandparents. They married very young, and depending on which birth-dates are correct, were thinking its possible they may really have been too young to marry validly in the Church. If a marriage is invalid due to the age of the spouses, does it automatically become valid when theyre old enough? Or do they need to have another wedding ceremony once theyve reached the minimum age? Frank
  • Christopher Hitchens: The Last Good American Atheist

    07/04/2014 1:33:35 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 23 replies
    America (big tip o'the hat to Hot Air) ^ | 07/01/14 | Sean Salai, S. J.
    I asked the middle-aged man across from me, Who was the last good American president? It was the year 2000. As a 19-year old college journalist studying history and political science, I was eager to know my drinking partners response to this question. He had just finished railing against Presidents Clinton, Reagan and Bush '41. At this point, I was wondering if he liked any U.S. president at all. To my surprise, I didnt have long to wait for an answer. Without hesitation, Christopher Hitchens leaned across the table, looked me in the eye, and quipped with boozy conviction: Eisenhower....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-04-14

    07/03/2014 8:43:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-04-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 4, 2014Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Am 8:4-6, 9-12 Hear this, you who trample upon the needyand destroy the poor of the land!“When will the new moon be over,” you ask,“that we may sell our grain,and the sabbath, that we may display the wheat?”We will diminish the containers for measuring,add to the weights,and fix our scales for cheating!We will buy the lowly man for silver,and the poor man for a pair of sandals;even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!” On that day, says the Lord GOD,I will make the sun...
  • First Scientific Proof Of God Found

    07/03/2014 5:43:52 PM PDT · by free_life · 51 replies
    http://witscience.org ^ | June 22, 2014 | Dr. Richter DasMeerungeheuer
    W.I.T. scientists, in conjunction with the Human Genome Project and Bob Jones University, have made what may be the most astounding discovery of this, or any generation. While working to understand and map the function of sequences of DNA in the human genome known as Junk DNA (for their lack of known function), scientists at W.I.T. noted that while the DNA sequences they were seeing bore little resemblance to the coding for biological function, they bore a striking similarity to the patterns of human language. Gene Bmp3 has a Retrotransposon sequence which translates to the well-known 1 Cor 6:19 Do...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 3, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/03/2014 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/3/14 | Joel Osteen
    Freedom for All Today's Scripture ...God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. (Acts 10:3435, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! And, Gods freedom is free for everyone. It doesnt matter what your nationality or heritage or who your family is. It doesnt matter how much money you have or dont have. God wants you free from everything that would hold you back in this life. He wants to pour out His blessing on all who...