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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-10-14

    07/09/2014 9:26:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies ^ | 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 you’re 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 ^ | July 2, 2014 | Brother-André Marie
    Patriotism is a great virtue. To be a patriot is to love one’s 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 · 36 replies ^ | 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, that’s 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 doesn’t hate you

    07/08/2014 11:57:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 45 replies
    London Community News ^ | 8 July 2014 | Sean Meyer
    As the world’s first transgendered Roman Catholic consecrated maiden, Tia Michelle Pesando has many reasons for wanting to prove Why God Doesn’t 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 God’s 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 title’s question, perhaps one of the biggest on everyone’s 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 Qur’an 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 ^ | 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 I’ve 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 don’t 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
    Don’t 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 didn’t make sense. I had never ministered before nor been to seminary. I said, “God, this doesn’t make sense to me, but I’m 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 ^ | 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 · 136 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
    “You’ll 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.” “We’re going to get a whipping with the law today.” “Why? I came to church to hear about Jesus.” “What’s Israel and Babylon got to do with my family struggles?” Or maybe you didn’t 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 ^ | 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 isn’t 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 we’ve 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, we’re thinking it’s 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 they’re old enough? Or do they need to have another wedding ceremony once they’ve 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 partner’s 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 didn’t 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 10:34–35, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! And, God’s freedom is free for everyone. It doesn’t matter what your nationality or heritage or who your family is. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or don’t 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 3, 2014]

    07/03/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Concentration of Personal Sin " Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips . . . —Isaiah 6:5 " When I come into the very presence of God, I do not realize that I am a sinner in an indefinite sense, but I suddenly realize and the focus of my attention is directed toward the concentration of sin in a particular area of my life. A person will easily say, “Oh yes, I know I am a sinner,” but when he comes into the presence of God he cannot get away...
  • Conservatives on the Supreme Court: All Catholic (vanity)

    07/03/2014 2:49:02 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 146 replies
    As has been mentioned a lot lately due to the Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court is made up of six Roman Catholics and three Jews. I have been meaning to post about this for awhile and it seems like an appropriate time to. For me, as an evangelical, I've found it increasingly troubling that all five conservative-voting justices are Roman Catholic. My belief on it is that the trend to select Roman Catholics as the "conservative" pick seems to come from the sense that they are, overall, less likely to strictly follow God's Word than would be an evangelical...
  • Anti-Catholic Full-Page Ad in the New York Times Today

    07/03/2014 2:35:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7/3/14 | Ed Lasky
    The Hobby Lobby decision has ignited liberals and unleashed their prejudice. And this ad is shameful. The New York Times has a full-page ad in its print edition today that should elicit protests around the nation (but likely won’t). Here is a copy from the website of the Freedom From Religious Foundation that wrote and paid for the ad The photo of the woman at top is that of Margaret Sanger-idol of the pro-choice movement (and the founder of Planned Parenthood) who -- this has been all but erased from the panegyrics to her greatness -- was a proponent of...
  • Kentucky Baptist Church to Hold Gay Wedding

    07/03/2014 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 27 replies
    A Baptist congregation in Kentucky has garnered national headlines for its intention to hold a gay wedding at its facility, despite most of their fellow Baptist churches' disapproval. Highland Baptist Church of Louisville recently announced their intention to hold a same-sex wedding for David Bannister Jr., 29, and Steven Carr, 25. It is scheduled for next May. Joseph Phelps, pastor at Highland Baptist, told The Christian Post that the gay couple "have been active and faithful members of the congregation for over five years." "Our deacons concluded that conscience would not allow us to welcome gay and lesbian members as...
  • Hillary Clinton Thinks Hobby Lobby Decision Was a Misogynist Plot Against Women

    07/03/2014 2:03:16 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 29 replies
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that the Supreme Court's Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby decision makes the United States akin to extremist authoritarian and theocratic nations that restrict women's rights. When asked Monday about the Court's decision, Clinton, who may run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, said, "it is a disturbing trend that you see in a lot of societies that are very unstable, anti-democratic, and frankly prone to extremism, where women and women's bodies are used as the defining and unifying issue to bring together people, men, to get them to behave in ways that are...
  • Sudan Mother: Baby Harmed Because of the Chains

    07/03/2014 2:00:15 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 8 replies
    CBN ^ | 7/3/14
    Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian Sudanese mother who was forced to give birth with her legs chained in prison, says that her baby daughter is disabled as a result. "Something has happened to the baby," she said, according to The Telegraph. Ibrahim said she doesn't know the extent of the harm her daughter Maya may have suffered, and would probably only know as she grows older. "I don't know in the future whether she'll need support to walk or not," Ibrahim said. The Christian mom, who was imprisoned in Sudan for her faith, was freed last week after her conviction of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-03-14, FEAST, St. Thomas, Apostle

    07/02/2014 8:43:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 07-03-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 3, 2014Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle    Reading 1 Eph 2:19-22 Brothers and sisters:You are no longer strangers and sojourners,but you are fellow citizens with the holy onesand members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.Through him the whole structure is held togetherand grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;in him you also are being built togetherinto a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Responsorial Psalm Ps 117:1bc, 2 R. (Mark 16:15) Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.Praise...
  • Where the Christian Right Is Strong (national map included)

    07/02/2014 5:05:48 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 157 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 2, 2014
    The religious right remains one of the most potent forces in American politics, but Northeasterners could be forgiven for forgetting. Evangelical Christians and Mormons, the two religious groups who most consistently espouse conservative political and cultural views, are basically absent in the Northeastern corridor. The map shows the number of regular Evangelical Christian or Mormon congregation members, as reported by religious bodies. The data, therefore, does not include every Mormon or Evangelical Christian in the country. Black Protestant denominations are a separate category from other Evangelical Protestant denominations in this data set, and are not represented on this map. The...
  • Obama Praises LGBT Activists at Event Attended by SBC Pastor Who Rejects Bible on Homosexuality

    07/02/2014 4:58:22 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 30 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | July 2, 2014 | Morgan Lee
    President Barack Obama highlighted Monday his administration's efforts to bolster the gay community at a reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month, which was attended by a Southern Baptist pastor who recently broke with his denomination on the homosexuality issue, and his gay son. Danny Cortez, who leads New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California, rejected his denomination's stance on homosexuality by deciding to accept the LGBT community without teaching that homosexual behavior is a sin. He and his 15-year-old son, Drew, who came out as a gay earlier this year, received an invitation to the presidential reception, which was also...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 2, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/02/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/2/14 | Joel Osteen
    Freedom in Contentment Today's Scripture “...I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Philippians 4:11, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In life, sometimes it’s easy to get so focused on our dreams and goals that we tune out everything else. We can get to the point where we’re not going to be happy until we see those things happen. But I’ve found that if we have to have something in order to be happy, our lives are out of balance. When our goals and dreams start to frustrate us, and we lose our peace and don’t...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 2, 2014]

    07/02/2014 4:33:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Conditions of Discipleship " If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also . . . . And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me . . . . So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple —Luke 14:26-27, 33 " If the closest relationships of a disciple’s life conflict with the claims of Jesus Christ, then our Lord requires instant obedience to Himself. Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a...
  • Why Do Nuns Need Birth Control?

    07/02/2014 2:57:00 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies ^ | July 2, 2014 | Joseph Backholm
    When the Supreme Court released their decision inHobby Lobby v. Sebelius on Monday it started the race to understand what it means for the other challenges to the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare. The Hobby Lobby case established that the mandate violates the religious freedom of private, family owned companies, but a number of religiously affiliated non-profit organizations have challenged the mandate as well. Obamacare includes an exemption from the mandate for churches, but that does not extend to thousands of religiously affiliated organizations like hospitals, colleges, universities, religious schools, and charities. For example, Tyndale House Publishing, which is owned by...
  • Too Many Catholics on the Bench?

    07/02/2014 6:39:31 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies ^ | July 1, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue notes the reaction of bigots to the Hobby Lobby case: “Once again an all-Catholic, all-male, all-ultra-conservative majority of five has voted en bloc to eviscerate fundamental rights,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor of the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation. Yup. Catholics always conspire to do things “en bloc” (save for Sonia). “Court’s Catholic Justices Attack Women’s Rights” is the headline of Margery Eagan’s Boston Herald article (it’s those Catholics again). The American Humanist Association issued a statement with a picture of a rosary next to birth control pills. Cute. In the Huffington Post, Ryan Grim noted that “these men...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-02-14

    07/01/2014 10:08:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 07-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 2, 2014Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Am 5:14-15, 21-24 Seek good and not evil,that you may live;Then truly will the LORD, the God of hosts,be with you as you claim!Hate evil and love good,and let justice prevail at the gate;Then it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts,will have pity on the remnant of Joseph. I hate, I spurn your feasts, says the LORD,I take no pleasure in your solemnities;Your cereal offerings I will not accept,nor consider your stall-fed peace offerings.Away with your noisy songs!I will not listen to the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 1, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/01/2014 5:01:37 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 7/1/14 | Joel Osteen
    Freedom in Forgetting Today's Scripture “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The Bible tells us that every person, no matter how much faith they have or how good they are, will face disappointments. It may be something simple like not getting a promotion you hoped for, or not closing a business deal you worked so hard on. Maybe you didn’t qualify for a house you really wanted, or maybe something more serious happened like a relationship not working out, the death of a loved one, or...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 1, 2014]

    07/01/2014 4:59:25 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Inevitable Penalty " You will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny —Matthew 5:26 " There is no heaven that has a little corner of hell in it. God is determined to make you pure, holy, and right, and He will not allow you to escape from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit for even one moment. He urged you to come to judgment immediately when He convicted you, but you did not obey. Then the inevitable process began to work, bringing its inevitable penalty. Now you have been “thrown into...
  • Hobby Lobby, going forward

    07/01/2014 1:39:25 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 4 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 | Ed Stetzer
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has given the Obama administration -- and hopefully the world -- a lesson in the first freedom: The government cannot, and must not, require people of faith to violate their sincerely-held beliefs. The June 30 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties underscores religious liberty as our "first freedom." The freedom to exercise religion, enshrined in our Constitution's Bill of Rights, is the freedom from which all of our other freedoms flow. This decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare and should not be understood to mean that all...