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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-20-18

    04/19/2018 8:53:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 04-20-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 20, 2018 Friday of the Third Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 9:1-20 Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,went to the high priest and asked himfor letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,"Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"He said, "Who are you, sir?" The...
  • Avoiding Stagnated Growth (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    04/19/2018 10:19:27 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Millions of children in the United States begin piano lessons. I was one of them. At age eight, I embarked on a musical career that featured a blazing start and a whimpering finish. My teacher introduced me to the magic of the keyboard with the first lesson of the first volume of the ancient and venerable John Thompson instruction series. The first lesson was simple. So was the entire first book. I raced through it in what I was sure was record time. In a matter of weeks I finished Volume I and began Volume II. Five years later, I...
  • Acts of the Apostles, Ch. 25

    04/19/2018 6:49:16 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 1 replies
    1 Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem. 2 Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him, 3 And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him. 4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither. 5 Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-19-18

    04/18/2018 9:31:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 04-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 19, 2018 Thursday of the Third Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 8:26-40 The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,“Get up and head south on the roadthat goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.” So he got up and set out. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,a court official of the Candace,that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,in charge of her entire treasury,who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.The Spirit said to Philip,“Go and join up with that chariot.” Philip ran up...
  • Entering the Kingdom

    04/18/2018 3:57:18 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matt. 5:8). There are basically only two kinds of religion in the world: those based on human achievement and those based on divine accomplishment. Religion comes in many forms. Almost every conceivable belief or behavior has been incorporated into some religious system at some point in time. But really there are only two kinds of religion: one says you can earn your way to heaven; the other says you must trust in Jesus Christ alone. One is the religion of human achievement; the other is the religion of divine...
  • God's Sovereign Departure

    04/18/2018 3:56:49 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). God always must turn His back on sin, even if that meant for a short time severing fellowship with His Son. The Reformer Martin Luther is said to have gained no insight at all when he secluded himself and tried to understand Jesus’ temporary alienation from the Father at Calvary. But in the secrets of divine sovereignty, the God-man was separated from God at Calvary as the Father’s wrath was poured out on the innocent Son, who had become sin for all those who believe in Him. Forsaken means...
  • Demand for Exorcisms Growing Around the World With Decline of Christianity, Priests Say

    04/18/2018 10:28:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/17/2018 | Leonardo Blair
    The demand for exorcisms around the world has been growing with the decline of Christianity and some priests are so overwhelmed with requests for liberation from evil spirits they are being forced to rebuke demons by telephone. At a weeklong conference that kicked off at a Catholic university in Rome Monday, more than 250 priests, theologians, psychologists and criminologists from 51 countries rang the alarm on exploding demonic activity being fueled in part by access to the occult via the internet, The Telegraph reported. "Demand is growing, absolutely," Father Anthony Barratt, a British priest who is based in Albany, New...
  • Acts of the Apostles, Ch. 24

    04/18/2018 6:34:54 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul. 2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, 3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. 4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words. 5...
  • Dealing with Those Who Are Weaker (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    04/18/2018 5:47:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Let us examine some of the guidelines Paul gives in Romans 14 for dealing with those who are weaker in faith. The first rule of Christian love is that we receive others who are weaker in faith as brothers and sisters. Every Christian is a servant of Christ. Christ is his master and judge. I am not to judge those who are Christ’s. A second principle of Christian liberty is that a person should not be forced to act according to another person’s conscience with respect to “matters indifferent.” This rule presupposes that Christians are at various levels of personal...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-18-18

    04/17/2018 8:43:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 04-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2018 Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 8:1b-8 There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,and all were scatteredthroughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,except the Apostles.Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;entering house after house and dragging out men and women,he handed them over for imprisonment. Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.Thus Philip went down to the city of Samariaand proclaimed the Christ to them.With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what...
  • Breaking the Bondage of Legalism

    04/17/2018 6:36:56 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matt. 5:8). Legalism can’t produce a pure heart. By the time Jesus arrived, Israel was in a desperate condition spiritually. The Jewish people were in bondage to the oppressive legalism of the Pharisees, who had developed a system of laws that were impossible to keep. Consequently, the people lacked security and were longing for a savior to free them from guilt and frustration. They knew God had promised a redeemer who would forgive their sins and cleanse their hearts (Ezek. 36:25-27), but they weren't sure when He was coming...
  • Supernatural Darkness

    04/17/2018 6:36:32 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour” (Matthew 27:45). The darkness over the land while Jesus bore our sin was an indicator that the cross was a place of divine judgment. The biblical phenomenon of light was not associated with Christ’s death. Instead, as today’s verse says, “Darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour [3:00 P.M.].” Scripture says little about that darkness. Ancient historical reports mention an unusual, worldwide darkness that seemed to coincide with the date of Christ’s death. Astronomical records indicate that the sun and moon were...
  • Acts of the Apostles, Ch. 23

    04/17/2018 7:07:32 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. 2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. 3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? 4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest? 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for...
  • Considering Others (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    04/17/2018 6:17:29 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    There is a large sign posted next to the first tee of the local golf course. The sign declares the rules that govern play. The first rule is a preview of the specific rules that follow. It reads: “The first rule of golf is consideration of others.” Consideration for others, in the context of the Christian’s liberty in Christ, is the theme of Paul’s teaching in Romans 14. With the advent of the new covenant, some rules that were important to the Old Testament were done away with. They were fulfilled by the ministry of Jesus and were no longer...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-17-18

    04/16/2018 8:28:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 04-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2018 Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 7:51—8:1a Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:"You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,you always oppose the Holy Spirit;you are just like your ancestors.Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.You received the law as transmitted by angels,but you did not observe it." When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked...
  • Listening to Your Conscience (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    04/16/2018 10:24:36 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    “My conscience is held captive by the Word of God. And to act against conscience is neither right nor safe.” These words formed a crucial part of Martin Luther’s fateful response to authorities of church and state when he was ordered to recant of his teachings at the Diet of Worms in 1521. He was pleading that his intention was to be neither rebellious nor obstreperous, but to be faithful to Scripture. What Luther was declaring was not so much that he would not recant but that he could not recant. Luther used the metaphor of the prisoner. He was...
  • Acts of the Apostles, Ch. 22

    04/16/2018 7:25:53 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you. 2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,) 3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. 4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and...
  • Commended or Condemned?

    04/16/2018 4:09:55 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy" (Matt. 5:7). God commends merciful people but condemns the merciless. Scripture shows that those whom God blessed most abundantly were abundantly merciful to others. Abraham, for example, helped rescue his nephew Lot even after Lot had wronged him. Joseph was merciful to his brothers after they sold him into slavery. Twice David spared Saul's life after Saul tried to kill him. But just as sure as God's commendation is upon those who show mercy, His condemnation is upon those who are merciless. Psalm 109:14-16 says, "Let the iniquity of [the merciless...
  • Being Considerate of Others' Needs

    04/16/2018 4:09:10 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’” (John 19:26). No matter what trials we have, it is still possible to be concerned for others’ needs. As the time for Jesus’ death grew closer, His mother’s well-being was on His heart and mind. His concern is consistent with what we have already seen in our brief study of some of Jesus’ last words on the cross—our Lord was faithful in ministry no matter what the cost. Here the object of Jesus’ focus shifted to a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-18

    04/15/2018 8:31:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 04-16-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2018 Monday of the Third Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 6:8-15 Stephen, filled with grace and power,was working great wonders and signs among the people.Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,Cyreneans, and Alexandrians,and people from Cilicia and Asia,came forward and debated with Stephen,but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.Then they instigated some men to say,“We have heard him speaking blasphemous wordsagainst Moses and God.”27They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes,accosted him, seized him,and brought him before the Sanhedrin.They presented false witnesses who testified,“This man never...