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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-02-15

    03/01/2015 8:11:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 03-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 2, 2015Monday of the Second Week in Lent    Reading 1 Dn 9:4b-10 “Lord, great and awesome God,you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love youand observe your commandments!We have sinned, been wicked and done evil;we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.We have not obeyed your servants the prophets,who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes,our fathers, and all the people of the land.Justice, O Lord, is on your side;we are shamefaced even to this day:we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem,and all Israel, near and far,in all...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-01-15, Second Sunday of Lent

    02/28/2015 8:04:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 03-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 1, 2015Second Sunday of Lent    Reading 1 Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 God put Abraham to the test.He called to him, “Abraham!”“Here I am!” he replied.Then God said:“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah.There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.” When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.But the...
  • Who Is Watching Joel?

    02/28/2015 3:37:49 PM PST · by Gamecock · 115 replies
    The Riddleblog ^ | February 26, 2015 | Kim Riddlebarger
    Who is watching Joel Osteen? Not I! But he does amaze me. How can he preach on the exact same topic every Sunday--"God wants me to be better"--and, yet make it seem different? When it comes to Christian media, and who accesses it, the numbers are revealing. Who Is Watching TV or Listening to Christian Radio? Only 8% of Americans admit to watching Christian television regularly--I'll bet the demographics here are interesting. Probably older women with blue hair, who live below the Mason-Dixon line, and east of Mississippi. 24% watch Christian TV "sometimes," 27% "rarely," and 40% "never." Christian radio...
  • Why Jesus is not the Jewish messiah

    02/28/2015 12:25:36 PM PST · by umpqua · 150 replies
    Youtube ^ | Aug. 24, 2012 | Jews For Judaism
    A brief talk on the reasons for Jewish non belief in Jesus.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-28-15

    02/27/2015 9:11:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 02-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 28, 2015Saturday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, saying:“This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and provided...
  • The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage by Evangelicals and Catholics Together

    02/27/2015 4:11:53 PM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    In the Gospel of St. Mark, the Lord Jesus teaches that “from the beginning of creation ‘God made them male and female.’” He then declares a great and beautiful truth inscribed in creation: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh” (Mark 10:6–8). For centuries, Christians have proclaimed these words at weddings, for they express the gift of marriage long recognized by all humanity and acknowledged by men and women of faith: Marriage is...
  • BRYSON UPDATE, Friday Afternoon

    02/27/2015 2:45:52 PM PST · by knarf · 21 replies
    self ^ | February 27, 2015 | knarf
    I broke Courtney's text up so I could read it
  • The Word-less Church

    02/27/2015 8:50:26 AM PST · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    Feb 27, 2015 | W. Robert Godfrey
    Many American churches are in a mess. Theologically they are indifferent, confused, or dangerously wrong. Liturgically they are the captives of superficial fads. Morally they live lives indistinguishable from the world. They often have a lot of people, money, and activities. But are they really churches, or have they degenerated into peculiar clubs? What has gone wrong? At the heart of the mess is a simple phenomenon: the churches seem to have lost a love for and confidence in the Word of God. They still carry Bibles and declare the authority of the Scriptures. They still have sermons based on...
  • Joel Osteen promotes the warrior mentality

    02/27/2015 8:36:46 AM PST · by Gamecock · 92 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 26 February 2015 | Czarina Ong
    Popular American evangelist Joel Osteen is promoting the warrior mentality among Christians, telling them not to be weighed down by their problems because all things are possible with Christ. "If you'll have this warrior mentality and do what you can do, God will help you do what you cannot do. Remember, God has armed you with strength for every battle. Keep praying, keep believing, keep pressing through because with God, you will tap into strength you didn't know you had!" he said.
  • Pope Francis arranges for homeless man to be buried in the Vatican

    02/27/2015 7:50:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 26 February 2015
    A homeless man has been buried in the exclusive Teutonic Cemetery within the Vatican.... His burial in a cemetery normally reserved for senior German clerics was funded by a donation from a German family.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-27-15

    02/26/2015 8:43:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies ^ | 02-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 27, 2015Friday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Ez 18:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil waythat he may...
  • Life After Delivery

    02/26/2015 5:46:35 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 7 replies
    CathNews ^ | February 22 2015 | CathNews
    In a mothers womb were two babies. One asked the other: Do you believe in life after delivery? The other replied, Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later. Nonsense said the first. There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be? The second said, I dont know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we cant understand now. The first...
  • There Is No Wisdom in Sin - Chapter 11

    02/26/2015 4:08:18 PM PST · by metmom · 26 replies
    THE WORLD HAS DIVIDED MEN into two classes, the stupid good people and the clever wicked ones. This false classification runs through much of the literature of the last centuries from the classics to the comic strip, from Shakespeare's Polomus, who furnished his son with a set of good but dull moral platitudes, to Capp's Li'l Abner, who would never knowingly do a wrong act but who would rather fall on his head than on his feet because there is more feeling in his feet than in his head. In the Holy Scriptures things are quite the opposite. There righteousness...

    02/26/2015 12:11:10 PM PST · by knarf · 87 replies
    self ^ | February 26, 2015 | knarf
    Some of you may remember my grandson Bryson was born last October 8th, a month premature with Downs' Sundrome and a heart and bowel condition ....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-26-15

    02/25/2015 8:08:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 02-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 26, 2015Thursday of the First Week in Lent    Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said:“God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me, who am...
  • February 23, 1945: The Mass on Mount Suribachi

    02/25/2015 9:42:34 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies ^ | February 23, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    Seventy years ago today the Marines raised the flag over Mount Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima and a mass was said at the summit. Iwo Jima probably has the sad distinction of being the most expensive piece of worthless real estate in the history of the globe. Expensive not in something as minor as money, but costly in something as all important as human lives. In 1943 the island had a civilian population of 1018 who scratched a precarious living from sulfur mining, some sugar cane farming and fishing. All rice and consumer goods had to be imported...
  • Pope Francis' Mexico remark not meant to offend, Vatican says

    02/25/2015 6:15:54 AM PST · by Gamecock · 8 replies ^ | Wed Feb 25, 2015
    A remark by Pope Francis to the effect that he hoped his homeland Argentina could avoid "Mexicanization" was not intended to offend Mexicans or to undervalue the government's efforts to fight drug trafficking, the Vatican said on Wednesday. The Vatican said in a statement that it had informed Mexico's ambassador to the Holy See that the "pope had absolutely no intention of offending the feelings of the Mexican people, whom he loves very much, nor to ignore the commitment of the Mexican government to fighting drug trafficking."
  • How Libyas Martyrs Are Witnessing to Egypt

    02/25/2015 5:13:08 AM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | February 23, 2015 | Jayson Casper in Cairo
    Undaunted by the slaughter of 21 Christians in Libya, the director of the Bible Society of Egypt saw a golden gospel opportunity. We must have a Scripture tract ready to distribute to the nation as soon as possible, Ramez Atallah told his staff the evening an ISIS-linked group released its gruesome propaganda video. Less than 36 hours later, Two Rows by the Sea was sent to the printer. One week later, 1.65 million copies have been distributed in the Bible Societys largest campaign ever. It eclipses even the 1 million tracts distributed after the 2012 death of Shenouda, the Coptic...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-15

    02/24/2015 9:13:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 02-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 25, 2015Wednesday of the First Week in Lent    Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’s bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,”when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of them,...
  • Rob Bell, Gay Marriage, and the Movie Tombstone

    02/24/2015 9:55:33 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    Canon Fodder ^ | 2/23/2015 | Michael J. Kruger
    It seems that Rob Bell and Oprah Winfrey are pretty good friends these days. Bell has appeared on Oprahs show numerous times, and just recently appeared, along with his wife Kristen, on her Super Soul Sunday episode over Valentines Day weekend. Their appearance was designed to promote their new book, The ZimZum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage (HarperOne: 2014). Now, I have to confess that I have no idea what the main title means. But, the subtitle is pretty bold. Given that marriage dates back to the very creation of mankind in Genesis, do we really need...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-24-15

    02/23/2015 7:57:39 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 02-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 24, 2015Tuesday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to me void,but shall do my will,achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm PS 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.Glorify the LORD with me,let...
  • Question: "I am a Catholic. Why should I consider becoming a Christian?"

    02/23/2015 9:53:14 AM PST · by Gamecock · 311 replies
    Question: "I am a Catholic. Why should I consider becoming a Christian?" Answer: First, please understand that we intend no offense in the wording of this question. We genuinely receive questions, from Catholics, along the lines of What is the difference between Catholics and Christians? In face-to-face conversations with Catholics, we have literally heard, I am not a Christian, I am Catholic. To many Catholics, the terms Christian and Protestant are synonymous. With all that said, the intent of this article is that Catholics would study what the Bible says about being a Christian and would perhaps consider that the...
  • Do We Deserve Heaven? Thinking that I deserve heaven is a sure sign I have no understanding...

    02/23/2015 5:15:08 AM PST · by Gamecock · 68 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | February 23, 2015 | Sinclair Ferguson
    Full Title: Do We Deserve Heaven? Thinking that I deserve heaven is a sure sign I have no understanding of the gospel. Religious people are always profoundly disturbed when they discover that they are not, and never have been, true Christians. Does all of their religion count for nothing? Those hours in church, hours spent doing good things, hours involved in religious activitydo they not count for something in the presence of God? Do they not enable me to say: Look at what I have done. Dont I deserve heaven? Sadly, thinking that I deserve heaven is a sure sign...
  • Confronting the Darkness

    02/23/2015 5:08:49 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Charles Colson speaks of a modern return to the Dark Ages. When I think of the original Dark Ages, I think of a period when culture was in decline and the progress of knowledge was static. But today we read of the problem of the explosion of knowledge. It is a time when information and communications are big business. We hear the cry from the universities that knowledge in every field of investigation is increasing so rapidly that no one can assimilate it, even in the most narrow of specialties. The age of the expert is over. The word expert...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-15, OM, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2015 6:26:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 02-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2015Monday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,“Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. “You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your God.I am the LORD. “You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.You shall not curse the deaf,or put a stumbling block in front...
  • The Old Cross and the New - Chapter 10

    02/22/2015 5:41:49 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    ALL UNANNOUNCED AND MOSTLY UNDETECTED there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial; the differences, fundamental. From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique-a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before. The old cross would have no truck with the world....
  • The Sacrament of Living - Chapter 10

    02/22/2015 5:33:05 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31 One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas, the sacred and the secular. As these areas are conceived to exist apart from each other and to be morally and spiritually incompatible, and as we are compelled by the necessities of living to be always crossing back and forth from the one to the other, our inner lives tend to break up so that we live...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-22-15, First Sunday of Lent

    02/21/2015 8:27:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 53 replies ^ | 02-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2015First Sunday of LentReading 1Gn 9:8-15God said to Noah and to his sons with him: "See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you: all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals that were with you and came out of the ark.I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyedby the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth."God added:"This is the sign that I am giving for...
  • McGivney: One Man's Dream For A New World

    02/21/2015 4:21:00 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies ^ | February 21, 2015
    The incredible true story of a heroic Catholic priest who battled corruption, violence, bigotry and even persecution from his own, in order to save the lives of countless women and children.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-15, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

    02/20/2015 8:16:39 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 02-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2015Saturday after Ash Wednesday    Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;“Repairer...
  • Reflections: My Neighbour The Catholic

    02/20/2015 12:24:08 PM PST · by Gamecock · 81 replies
    Banner of Truth Trust ^ | January 31, 2006 | Carl Muller
    You shall love your neighbour as yourself Mark 12:31 The Faces in the Crowd As I reflect on Catholicism I realize that faces come to mind, not a system, not a monolithic structure, not a demonic institution. I remember people who were very, very nice. To be sure, this is my own personal experience, but it is true nonetheless, and I suspect it reflects the experience of many others. When my elder sister died, they were very kind to me. When I was an unmannerly and disobedient brat at school the Mother Superior attempted to discipline me and show me...
  • Ye Must Be Born Again (John 3:7)

    02/20/2015 5:12:19 AM PST · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    PB Ministries ^ | Thoman Boston
    Regeneration is absolutely necessary to qualify you to do any thing really good and acceptable to God. While you are not born again, your best works are but glittering sins; for though the matter of them is good, they are quite marred in the performance. Consider: 1. That without regeneration there is no faith, and "without faith it is impossible to please God" (Heb 11:6). Faith is a vital act of the new-born soul. The evangelist, showing the different entertainment which our Lord Jesus had from different persons, some receiving Him, some rejecting Him, points at regenerating grace as the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-20-15

    02/19/2015 8:30:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 02-20-15 | Revisd New American Bible
    February 20, 2015Friday after Ash Wednesday    Reading 1 Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD:Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness,and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day,and desire to know my ways,Like a nation that has done what is justand not abandoned the law of their God;They ask me to declare what is due them,pleased to gain access to God.“Why do we fast, and you do not see it?afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?” Lo, on your fast day...
  • Obama's Lawless Agenda and the Coming Four Horsemen!

    02/19/2015 8:12:41 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 13 replies
    IFB ^ | 2/19/15
    The American progressive coop has already taken place here in America and won the day, and I challenge anyone anywhere to prove what I am saying is wrong. However the poetic justice in all of this is that Obama and the Left's delusional lawless and godless Utopian agenda and visions are heading the world straight into the Day of the Lord (Rev. 6-19) with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to greet them (Rev. 6). O Fools!! There can NEVER be a Utopia established by fallen men apart from the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (Dan. 2:43-44, 7:13-14,...
  • Chapter 3 The Christian Worker in Colossians

    02/19/2015 3:26:21 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    All in All ^ | A.B. Simpson
    "A faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord" (Col. 4:7). We have had the picture of Christ and of the Christian in Colossians. Now let us study the composite portrait of the Christian worker as presented in the different ideals set forth in this delightful apostolic letter. One of the highest qualities of a great life is to inspire others with its own spirit and aims, and reproduce its work in other workers. The divine Master has done more through the workers that He called and commissioned than through His own personal ministry. And so the great Apostle Paul...
  • Pope Francis: "The issue of married priests is in my agenda."

    02/19/2015 2:22:29 PM PST · by NRx · 40 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | Feb 19 2015 | Repubblica:
    VATICAN CITY - The event took place on Tuesday, February 10, but the Pope made it known only today during the meeting with the clergy of Rome. During the regular mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Bergoglio faced the issue of the marriage of priests. At the celebration, there were seven preiests who were celebrating their 50th anniversary of priesthood, but also five priests who left the ministry due to marriage. Following the question of one of the priests who were present, Fr. Giovanni Cereti, on the issue of married priests (in which was recalled the case of the Eastern...
  • This Blogger Being Threatened With a Lawsuit By a Prominent Vatican Official

    02/19/2015 2:20:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 2/18/15
    Fr. Thomas Rosica, through his lawyers, issues "cease and desist" demand to Canadian blogger "Vox Cantoris" and requests a public apology for material previously posted: See PDF of legal document: Letter from Fogler Rubinoff, Barristers & SolicitorsLink to Vox Cantoris blog is below:

    For the Church, Lent like Advent is a "powerful season" a season of waiting and preparing and therefore a time for sacrifice, repentance, and purification. But, in our hedonistic society of today these words seem to strike a rather discordant note. So, is it fair to ask : how do we speak today about sacrifice and how do we practice it ?? Lent lasts for 40 days - as many days as Jesus Christ spent in the desert before he took on his mission of salvation. 40 is a sacred number in the Bible : the Deluge lasted for 40...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-19-15

    02/18/2015 8:04:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies ^ | 02-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2015Thursday after Ash Wednesday    Reading 1 Dt 30:15-20 Moses said to the people:“Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom.If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin on you today,loving him, and walking in his ways,and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,you will live and grow numerous,and the LORD, your God,will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,I tell you now that you will certainly perish;you will...
  • Catholics Are More Progressive Than The Vatican, And Almost Everyone Else

    02/18/2015 5:43:21 PM PST · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    Datalab ^ | Oct 17 2015 | Carl Bialik
    Roman Catholic bishops released a draft document this week calling for the church to welcome gays, unmarried couples and people who have divorced. The document is proving to be highly controversial among conservative Catholics, and the official English translation already has had some of the welcoming tone revised out of it. But several public-opinion polls suggest that Catholics in many countries are ready to accept such change — more ready than members of many other religions.In the U.S, the General Social Survey, which is conducted by the research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, has been asking about divorce...
  • Always on His Mind (Osteen Antidevotional)

    02/18/2015 1:54:01 PM PST · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Victoria Osteen ^ | February 13, 2015 | Victoria Osteen
    Have you ever wondered what God thinks about or what is on His mind? Well, the Psalms tell us that God is mindful of us. That means He is constantly thinking about you and me. What an amazing thoughtthe Creator of the universe always has something on His mind, and that something is YOU! So many people today think God is looking down on them, just waiting for them to mess up. They say things like, "If I walk into a church, the roof will cave in!" But nothing could be further from the truth! When God thinks about you,...
  • A Classic Example of an Incoherent Worldview

    02/18/2015 7:39:18 AM PST · by Gamecock · 69 replies
    Canon Fodder ^ | January 30, 2015 | Michael J. Kruger
    As one considers the values of Hollywood and American pop culture, it would be easy to conclude that no one is concerned all that much about morality. The dominant message is that people should live whatever life-style suits their personal preferences.  What is right for one person is not necessarily what is right for another. Or so it would seem.Just about the time you are convinced that Hollywood thinks morality is relative, a major entertainment figure steps forward and speaks out vigorously about a moral cause. Maybe it’s the environment. Or perhaps its racism. Or maybe the moral cause is...
  • 3 Things to Say to a Grieving Non-Christian

    02/18/2015 6:48:34 AM PST · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | February 18, 2015 | Megan Hill
    Death for the Christian and the non-Christian alike is the terrible fall-out from the Fall. While Christians should grieve with hope (1Thess. 4:13), even we still grieve. When your non-Christian neighbor experiences a death, you can sympathize with the real horror of a life ended and a relationship severed. What’s more, in a culture where death is either downplayed and ignored or set in the realm of dignified personal choices, you may be the only one willing to acknowledge its awful and inevitable impact.  When a loved-one of a friend dies, words come hard. In the emotionally-charged aftermath of death, it’s tricky to know how...
  • Doubt and Obedience

    02/18/2015 5:11:54 AM PST · by Gamecock · 26 replies ^ | February 1st, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    One comment that Christian pastors sometimes hear from people they are counseling is that it would be easier for them to have a strong faith if they could see God doing the same kinds of miracles today as are recorded in the Bible. The unspoken assumption is that seeing is believingthat the people who lived in Jesus day found themselves more readily trusting Him because they could see His great works. Such comments show the need for a closer reading of Scripture, for there are many cases where seeing great miracles didnt move observers to faith. For example, John 11...
  • Man: The Dwelling Place of God-Chapter 9:How to Make Spiritual Progress

    02/18/2015 5:01:02 AM PST · by metmom · 8 replies
    THE COMPLACENCY of CHRISTIANS is the scandal of Christianity. Time is short, and eternity is long. The end of all things is at hand. Man has proved himself morally unfit to manage the world in which he has been placed by the kindness of the Almighty. He has jockeyed himself to the edge of the crater and cannot go back, and in terrible fear he is holding his breath against the awful moment when he will be plunged into the inferno. In the meantime, a company of people exist on the earth who claim to have the answer to all...
  • The Pursuit of God- Chapter 9 : Meekness and Rest

    02/18/2015 4:54:12 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies ^ | June 16, 1948 | A.W.Tozer
    Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.-Matt. 5:5 A fairly accurate description of the human race might be furnished one unacquainted with it by taking the Beatitudes, turning them wrong side out and saying, "Here is your human race." For the exact opposite of the virtues in the Beatitudes are the very qualities which distinguish human life and conduct. In the world of men we find nothing approaching the virtues of which Jesus spoke in the opening words of the famous Sermon on the Mount. Instead of poverty of spirit we find the rankest kind of pride;...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-18-15, Ash Wednesday

    02/17/2015 9:07:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies ^ | 02-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 18, 2015Ash Wednesday    Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion!proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the people,notify the congregation;Assemble the elders,gather the childrenand the infants at the breast;Let the bridegroom quit his roomand the bride her chamber.Between the porch and the...
  • NYC St. Patricks Parade rejects pro-life group as gay activists prepare to march

    02/17/2015 9:04:13 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies ^ | February 17, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    NEW YORK, February 17, 2015 ( -- As if it wasnt controversial enough that a homosexual activist group will be marching under its own banner in the New York St. Patricks Day parade led by New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the parade has refused a pro-life groups request to participate. inclined, rather than advocates for sinful behaviour. The group, however, is an overt promoter of same-sex marriage. The controversy heightened January 22, though, when the parade officially rejected a pro-life adoption advocacy groups application to march this year. Its absolutely been a double-cross, Dr. Elizabeth Rex, president of the Children...
  • US Won't Help Fight Boko Haram Until Nigeria Accepts Homosexuality, Birth Control, Bishop Says

    02/17/2015 1:30:31 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 35 replies ^ | February 17, 2015 | Diane Montagna
    VATICAN CITY African values are not on sale, the new Chairman of Communications for the African bishops has said. But Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Oyo, Nigeria, is convinced they are under threat from what Pope Francis has called an ideological colonization that is seeking to destroy the family. It's so bad, he says, that the United States has made clear it will not help Nigeria fight the Boko Haram terror group unless the country modify its laws regarding homosexuality, family planning and birth-control.
  • Steves Devotional Hope for Prodigals

    02/17/2015 12:14:32 PM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 12 replies
    Key Life ^ | February 16, 2015 | Steve Brown
    The message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is one of great joy and great freedom. If Jesus radically changed things (and he did), why is it so hard to see a change? We can be dying inside. We can feel so guilty. We can sin so badly that we feel dirty all the time. We can be holding on by our fingernails. We can be bleeding from the wounds of life and from the wounds of other people. Yet when someone asks how were doing, what do we say? Fine. We can all identify with the Prodigal Son...