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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Women Deacons? Why Not?

    10/08/2015 12:16:27 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet ^ | October 8, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Over at CRUX I weigh in on the question raised by Archbishop Dubrocher that the Church ought to consider ordaining women to the diaconate. Therefore, the evidence from the New Testament and the early Church could provide arguments for women being ordained as deaconesses. As the order of permanent deacon was re-established in modern times, the order of deaconess could also be rejuvenated. Although canon law does not presently permit it, the law could be changed. Theoretically, the Catholic Church could re-establish a distinct order of deaconess, and advocates would not be shy in pointing out the undoubted practical benefits...
  • The Hope of Christ’s Resurrection (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional&Caucus)

    10/08/2015 7:51:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (v. 20). - 1 Corinthians 15:3–34 As we continue our look at the hope of life after death in relation to suffering, it is important to note that we can have hope in our suffering only if there is an afterlife—a place where all that is wrong with this world will be set right. Much of the suffering that we endure is unjust. People slander us, besmirching our good names without just cause. Others are jealous of us and thus act with...
  • Sikhs set up food distribution in IS territory to feed Yazidis

    10/07/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by Cronos · 15 replies
    Times of India ^ | 7 October 2015 | Vibhor Mohan
    Large-hearted Sikhs have taken their traditional community kitchen to one of the most dangerous places on earth today - Syria. Giving a twist to the concept of langar, a group of Punjabi NRIs has collaborated with locals to provide fresh bread to nearly 14,000 refugees daily in the strife-torn region for several months now. Langar Aid, an extension of UK-based NGO Khalsa Aid, is located in the Pesh Harbour area, about 35km from the Kurdish city of Duhok and 10km from the Syrian border. Almost 70% of the members of Langar Aid are with Punjabi roots, besides some European...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-08-15, OM, Our Lady of Good Remedy

    10/07/2015 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 10-08-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 8, 2015   Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Mal 3:13-20b You have defied me in word, says the LORD,yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?”You have said, “It is vain to serve God,and what do we profit by keeping his command,And going about in penitential dressin awe of the LORD of hosts?Rather must we call the proud blessed;for indeed evildoers prosper,and even tempt God with impunity.”Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another,and the LORD listened attentively;And a record book was written before himof those who fear the LORD...
  • The Prerequisite for Cleansing (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/07/2015 12:36:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Continuous confession characterizes Christians. Yesterday we learned that the only condition for receiving God’s gracious forgiveness is to “walk in the light”—in other words, to be a true Christian (1 John 1:7). At first glance, today’s verse appears to contradict that truth by adding a condition—namely, confession of sin. Such is not the case, however. First John 1:9 could be translated, “If we are the ones confessing our sins, He is forgiving us.” This verse...
  • Enjoying God's Blessings (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/07/2015 12:33:54 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it" (Luke 11:28). Obeying Scripture brings spiritual blessing. When Scripture speaks of a person's being blessed, it usually refers to the reception of some temporal or spiritual benefit. It also includes the joy and sense of well-being that comes with knowing that God is at work on your behalf. The psalmist wrote, "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of...
  • Our Heavenly Home (Protestant & Evangelical Devotional/Caucus)

    10/07/2015 8:00:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (vv. 2–3). - John 14:1–4 As we have seen, Scripture tells us that there are only two ways to die. If we die in our sins, that is, without faith, we will be sent to the eternal suffering of the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11–15). If,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-07-15, M, Our Lady of the Rosary

    10/06/2015 8:24:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 7, 2015   Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Reading 1 Jon 4:1-11 Jonah was greatly displeasedand became angry that God did not carry out the evilhe threatened against Nineveh.He prayed, “I beseech you, LORD,is not this what I said while I was still in my own country?This is why I fled at first to Tarshish.I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God,slow to anger, rich in clemency, loathe to punish.And now, LORD, please take my life from me;for it is better for me to die than to live.”But the LORD asked, “Have you reason...
  • Children of Light (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/06/2015 12:47:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). God is light, and His children share His nature. First John 1:5 aptly describes God’s nature as “light” (truth and holiness). Because they partake of His nature (2 Peter 1:4), His children also walk in the light. It must be understood that we don’t become God’s children by walking in the light, but rather we walk in the light because we are His children. The Greek...
  • Preparing for Spiritual Service (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/06/2015 12:45:30 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable . . . that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Scripture equips you for spiritual service. Each week I have the privilege of interacting with more than one hundred students at The Master's Seminary. One of my greatest joys is seeing their determination to do God's work in God's way. That attitude is the key to success in ministry, as Joshua learned when he assumed leadership over the Israelites after Moses' death. At that point, God said to him, "This book of the...
  • Vanity: Freeper Advice: Thoughts on 2nd Baptism

    10/06/2015 10:35:57 AM PDT · by envisio · 253 replies
    10/6/15 | DG
    I have read a little and did some research on baptism and if there is a need to get baptized as an adult after being baptized as a child. I looked for the Church’s standing on it and I looked for scripture written about it. My research left me with the half-baked conclusion, in the eyes of the Lord, one only needs baptized once. I was baptized as a small child without any realization of what was happening. In the 40 years to follow there were plenty of times I was lost, sinning, doing the devils deeds with the liquor...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-06-15, OM, St. Bruno, Priest

    10/06/2015 7:29:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 10-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 6, 2015   Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time 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 fast...
  • Argument Over

    10/05/2015 6:57:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    City Journal ^ | 10/2/15
    New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade capitulates in a two-decade-long dispute with gay groups. One of New York City’s longest-running civic and political battles came to an end this week, not with a bang but a whimper. The organizers of the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade announced that they would allow the Lavender and Green Alliance—a group composed of gay, lesbian, and transgender people of Irish descent— to participate in the annual march up Fifth Avenue. The group’s application to join the parade had been denied every year since 1994 due, parade organizers said, to its advocacy of...
  • Synod, first day: "Unacceptable" - the danger of the Great Division has arrived {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    10/05/2015 6:43:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies ^ | October 4, 2015 | Rorate-Caeli
    A follow-up on the procedural rigging created by Cardinal Baldisseri and Archbishop Forte (and the other Bergoglian strongmen) for the 2015 Synod. The Synod has officially opened today (right now, in fact, with its opening mass), and Xavier Rynne II explains in the Catholic Herald why the manipulation of this year's Synod is even worse than last year's - in fact, it is not a "synod" at all, barely a chat at tea time. More than one Synod father has described both the procedures and the final-report commission as “unacceptable.” ... Speeches (“interventions,” in Synod-speak) to the full assembly of...
  • Children of Darkness (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/05/2015 4:12:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6). Those who deny the reality of their sin affirm the unreality of their salvation. Ours is a society that rejects the concept of individual responsibility. People blame society, their parents, their genes—anything but their own actions and choices—for their problems. The biblical teaching that all people are responsible for breaking God’s holy law is scoffed at as primitive, unsophisticated, and harmful to a healthy self-esteem. Even some who claim to be Christians refuse to...
  • Longing for the Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/05/2015 4:09:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation" (1 Pet. 2:2). Scripture is our source of spiritual growth. A newborn baby was abandoned in a pile of trash in a city alley. The mother had obviously left it there to die. The infant was near death when someone heard its faint cry and summoned medical help. The child survived, but not until it had received the attention and nourishment it needed. That situation has a spiritual parallel, which Peter used to illustrate the believer's dependence on God's...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-04-15, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/03/2015 9:09:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies ^ | 10-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 4, 2015   Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 2:18-24 The LORD God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone.I will make a suitable partner for him."So the LORD God formed out of the groundvarious wild animals and various birds of the air,and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle,all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;but none proved to be the suitable partner for the...
  • Fighting Over Directions

    10/03/2015 7:04:13 PM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Key Life ^ | September 30, 2015 | Steve Brown
    I hate church retreats.They’re too religious and too intense, and always with too many people. So when I saw on my schedule a pastors/staff retreat for a church in Nashville, I reached for Prozac and booze. Well, that’s not true. I don’t drink and haven’t had to take anti-depressants yet. I did, however, think about both. Man, did God surprise me. The church was Midtown Fellowship, and we met at a large and quite beautiful home on a lake near Nashville. I spent Monday with the nine pastors at Midtown and then Tuesday and Wednesday with the rest of the...
  • The Problem with Religion-Steve’s Devotional(Protestant/Evangelical/Non-Denom Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:49:27 PM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies
    Key Life ^ | September 21, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Do you sometimes grow tired of religious people? Do you ever want to just grunt, scream and spit? I know I do.Sometimes I just want to say something shocking. And once that’s done, I’ll think, There, I did it and I’m glad! I try to stifle those feelings because, of course, no real Christian would even think such things. That is what I thought until I read Christ’s words in Matthew 6:1-8 and 16-18. “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who...
  • The Importance of Confession (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:34:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:10). Confession is the first step toward defeating sin. It is often true that the hardest part of dealing with a problem is admitting that you have one. Beginning with Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:11-13), people have denied responsibility for their sins, and our generation is no exception. To acknowledge that one is a sinner, guilty of breaking God’s holy law, is not popular. People call sin by a myriad of other names, futilely hoping to define it...
  • The Ministry of the Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:31:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "My Word . . . shall not return to Me . . . without accomplishing what I desire" (Isa. 55:11). "Man does not live by bread alone, but . . . by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord" (Deut. 8:3). God’s Word is both productive and nourishing. The Bible contains many precious promises, two of which relate specifically to itself. First, the prophet Isaiah said that the Word is productive: "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and...
  • Too Scared to Pray? ISIL Cancels Prayers for Fear of Russian Airstrikes

    10/03/2015 3:52:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 10/3/15
    The Islamic State terror group cancelled Friday prayers in the Syrian city of Raqqa and emptied mosques there out of fear of further Russian airstrikes, according to activists and city residents. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 12 Islamic State militants were killed Thursday in Russia’s first airstrikes carried out in the group's de facto capital in Syria. "Last night, Russian strikes on the western edges of Raqqa city, and near the Tabqa military airport, killed 12 IS jihadists," Abdel Rahman, head of the observatory, told AFP. He said residents were staying indoors, and IS "has started...
  • Cardinal Burke addresses truths of marriage, family

    10/03/2015 3:05:23 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies ^ | September 13, 2015 | LAUREN RAMSEYER
    “We live at a time where the fundamental truth of marriage is under a ferocious and indeed a…diabolical attack, which seeks to obscure and sully the sublime truth of the married state as God intended it from the creation,” said His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, standing before a crowd of nearly 1,000 people in Franciscan University’s Finnegan Fieldhouse. Burke’s nearly hour-long keynote address on the evening of Sept. 8 focused on the “Instrumentum Laboris,” the draft document for the XIV Ordinary General Synod of Bishops, which will meet at the Vatican in October to address the mission of the...
  • Confraternity Bible: New Testament and Supplemental Commentary - INDEX OF SCRIPTURE TEXTS

    10/03/2015 1:57:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Haydock Catholic Bible Commentary ^ | 1941 | Catholic Biblical Association
    INDEX OF SCRIPTURE TEXTS ABRAHAM:  Patriarch, Matt. 1, 2; 22, 32; Luke 19, 9; John 8, 33; Acts 3, 25; 7, 2; Rom. 4, 1-3; 9, 7; Gal. 3, 6-9; 4, 22; Heb. 7, 1-10; Abraham's faith, Rom. 4, 1-25; Gal. 3, 6; Heb. 11, 8; Jas. 2, 21-23; spiritual children of, Rom. 4, 11 ff; Gal. 3, 7. 29. ABSOLUTION:  power of promised, Matt. 16, 19; 18, 18; John 20, 23. ACCESS TO GOD:  John 14, 6; Rom. 5, 2; Eph. 2, 18; 3, 12; Heb. 10, 19 ff; Jas. 4, 8. ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD:  Matt. 5, 12; Acts 5,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-03-15

    10/02/2015 10:11:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 10-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 3, 2015   Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Bar 4:5-12, 27-29 Fear not, my people!Remember, Israel,You were sold to the nationsnot for your destruction;It was because you angered Godthat you were handed over to your foes.For you provoked your Makerwith sacrifices to demons, to no-gods;You forsook the Eternal God who nourished you,and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you.She indeed saw coming upon youthe anger of God; and she said: “Hear, you neighbors of Zion!God has brought great mourning upon me,For I have seen the captivitythat the Eternal God has broughtupon my sons and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-02-15, M, The Holy Guardian Angels

    10/01/2015 8:01:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 10-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 2, 2015   Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels Reading 1 Bar 1:15-22 During the Babylonian captivity, the exiles prayed:“Justice is with the Lord, our God;and we today are flushed with shame,we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem,that we, with our kings and rulersand priests and prophets, and with our ancestors,have sinned in the Lord’s sight and disobeyed him.We have neither heeded the voice of the Lord, our God,nor followed the precepts which the Lord set before us.From the time the Lord led our ancestors out of the land of Egyptuntil the present day,we have been disobedient...

    10/01/2015 6:22:25 AM PDT · by knarf · 22 replies
    FB ^ | October 1, 2015 | knarf
    I just received this and considering the escalation of muslim aggression, I have every reason to believe we, in safe America, MUST be prayer warriors
  • When Darkness Is Our Companion

    10/01/2015 5:12:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness” (v. 18). - Psalm 88 Bestselling Christian books sometimes claim to hold the key to our “best life now.” Popular Christian music often has no place for grief. Both paint a picture of a Christian faith that is out of touch with the reality of life in this fallen world. For those whose spiritual diet consists solely of such things, Christianity may be a way to find success in this age or to achieve your full potential through positive thinking. But if this is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings,10-01-15, M,St. Thérèse -- Child Jesus,Virgin & Doctor/Church

    09/30/2015 9:32:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 1, 2015 Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12 The whole people gathered as one in the open space before the Water Gate,and they called upon Ezra the scribeto bring forth the book of the law of Moseswhich the LORD prescribed for Israel.On the first day of the seventh month, therefore,Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,which consisted of men, women,and those children old enough to understand.Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate,he read out of...
  • Number of Citizens of Russia, CIS States Joining ISIS Grows Hourly, There are Thousands– Kremlin

    09/30/2015 6:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/30/15
    Moscow, September 30, Interfax - Russia should start combating ISIS militants without waiting for their infiltration into Russia, Kremlin administration chief Sergey Ivanov said. "The number of citizens of Russia and nationals of CIS member states who to our great regret join the ISIS terrorist organization is growing hourly rather than daily. The issue is about thousands of such Russians, not tens or hundreds," Ivanov told journalists after the Federation Council considered president's request to use Russian armed forces abroad. "Some of them have already returned to Russia, and it is easy to suggest - no need to be a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-30-15, M, St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

    09/29/2015 7:53:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 09-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 30, 2015   Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Neh 2:1-8 In the month Nisan of the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes,when the wine was in my charge,I took some and offered it to the king.As I had never before been sad in his presence,the king asked me, “Why do you look sad?If you are not sick, you must be sad at heart.”Though I was seized with great fear, I answered the king:“May the king live forever!How could I not look sadwhen the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins,and...
  • Three Things the Lord Hates (Protestant & Evangelical Devotional)

    09/29/2015 5:03:34 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    “There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.” - Proverbs 6:16–17 In a day when many people think that God is little more than a really powerful grandfatherly figure who would never express His disapproval of anything, it is all too easy for those of us in the church to adopt a view of our Creator that leaves almost no room for divine hatred. Yet if we want to honor the Lord, we will certainly want to pay attention whenever Scripture speaks...
  • Spiritual Gifts (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/29/2015 12:42:37 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7). God wants every Christian to understand spiritual gifts and use his or hers wisely. A spiritual gift is a channel through which the Holy Spirit ministers to the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:11). The day we were born again into God’s family, His Spirit distributed to us a spiritual gift. Therefore, having a spiritual gift does not mean a believer is “spiritual.” What we really must ask is, “Is the channel clear?” Hypothetically, someone could have all the recorded spiritual gifts...
  • Praying for Others (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/29/2015 12:40:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints" (Eph. 6:18). God wants you to look beyond your own problems and pray for the needs of others. The great preacher D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, "Before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, in Barcelona, Madrid and other places, there were psychological clinics with large numbers of neurotics undergoing drug treatments and others attending regularly for psychoanalysis and such like. They had their personal problems, their worries, their anxieties, their...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-29-15, FEAST, Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels

    09/28/2015 8:49:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 09-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 29, 2015 Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;His throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming,on the clouds of...
  • Pastor's Corner: When Jesus Got “Schooled” (Episcopal "female pastor")

    09/28/2015 6:45:14 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 39 replies ^ | September 19, 2015 | Deb Seles
    It’s an embarrassing incident in scripture: Jesus and his disciples retreat into pagan, Gentile territory. They go there for a rest but Jesus’ reputation precedes him and a Syrophonecian woman pesters him to cast out the demon who is possessing her daughter. At first he will have none of it, saying his mission was to the lost sheep of Israel and then declaring, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” But the woman persists and Jesus declares that, because of her faith, her daughter...
  • Team 10: Girl barred from San Diego school due to lesbian parents

    09/28/2015 4:06:27 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 67 replies
    WGTV San Diego ^ | 9/25/15 | Allison Ash
    SAN DIEGO -- A five-year old girl is at the center of a fight that pits freedom of religion against nondiscrimination rights. It's a fight that some say could wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court in the near future. "I love my two moms." Those were the words of a little girl, who sat in front of a coffee table drawing pictures of her family instead of sitting in a kindergarten classroom at Mt. Erie Christian Academy with her peers. (snip) Team 10 reached out to the ACLU, the LGBT Center and San Diego Pride. None of the groups...
  • Pope Francis: Gov't Workers Have Right to Refuse Gay Marriage Licenses

    Pope Francis said on Monday government officials have a "human right" to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience............ Although the Argentine-born pontiff delved into some of the United States' thorniest political debates during his visit, he never specifically referred to a controversy over same-sex marriages, which the Church firmly opposes. On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing marriage licenses to gays. "Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical...
  • Inside the Religious Right’s hive mind: Why Trump was booed & Carson cheered at Values Voter Summit

    09/28/2015 7:00:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | September 28, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Over the past several days, GOP hopefuls looked to curry favor with hardcore culture warriors. Here's what happened.Last week was one for the political books. The Pope brought his message about the need to help the poor and deal with climate change to America, apparently leading Catholic Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas to boycott his historic speech to a joint session of Congress. At the same time, the evangelical activist community held its annual Values Voter Summit featuring many of the GOP presidential candidates who once would have been excited to celebrate the pope’s visit but were instead...
  • A Healthy Church (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/28/2015 5:07:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12). God has given every believer certain gifts and functions to contribute to the health of the church and enable it to communicate the gospel to the world. God fervently desires to reach the whole world with the gospel’s truth (Acts 1:8). Therefore, the Holy Spirit has specially energized members of Christ’s Body, the church, to fulfill God’s great...
  • Knowing God (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/28/2015 5:05:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints" (Eph. 6:18). Your desire to know God should motivate you toward fervent prayer. Man's highest purpose is to know God. Jesus prayed to the Father, saying, "This is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3). Of us He said, "I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me" (John 10:14). John...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-28-15, OM, St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz/Companions

    09/27/2015 9:22:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies ^ | 09-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 28, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Zec 8:1-8 This word of the LORD of hosts came: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am intensely jealous for Zion,stirred to jealous wrath for her.Thus says the LORD:I will return to Zion,and I will dwell within Jerusalem;Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city,and the mountain of the LORD of hosts,the holy mountain. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women,each with staff in hand because of old age,shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem.The city shall be filled with...
  • 'If Europe Opens its Gates to Muslims, There Will be Beheadings Here' [Lech Walesa]

    09/27/2015 10:48:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/20/15 | Yossi Melman
    More than three decades on from the events that shot him to fame, Lech Walesa, the co-founder of Solidarity, is enjoying himself as Poland’s ‘enfant terrible.’GDANSK – It was difficult to know whether Lech Walesa was cynical, joking or dead serious. Maybe all of the above. His direct approach to, and simplistic views of, a complicated international reality can embarrass the listener. Nevertheless, it is clear that the former president of the Polish Republic – a Nobel Prize laureate, who co-founded Solidarity, contributed to the collapse of the Soviet bloc and became an icon of liberty and freedom – can...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-27-15, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/26/2015 8:42:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 52 replies ^ | 09-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 27, 2015   Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Nm 11:25-29 The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses.Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses,the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders;and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied. Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad,were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp.They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent;yet the spirit came to rest on them also,and they prophesied in the camp.So, when a...
  • Pope Francis Lashes Out: Praises Illegal Aliens While Attacking Donald Trump

    09/26/2015 8:14:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Breitbart/DailyMail ^ | September 26, 2015 | Staff/Kelly Mclaughlin and Ollie Gillman
    <p>Pope Francis made a thinly-veiled swipe at Donald Trump as the Pontiff defended Latino immigrants who came to America at ‘great personal cost’ during a moving speech to 40,000 followers in Philadelphia.</p> <p>Francis called on migrants from Mexico and the rest of the world to “not feel discouraged by all the challenges and hardships” they face, saying they should never feel ashamed of their own traditions.</p>
  • Jonathan Cahn: 'We are racing to judgment' (Messianic rabbi speaks at Values Voter Summit)

    09/26/2015 3:40:48 PM PDT · by amorphous · 37 replies
    WND ^ | 26 September 2015 | Paul Bremmer
    America is inviting God’s judgment on itself just as ancient Israel did, according to Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of several books and inspiration behind the “Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” movie. The Bible teacher and bestselling author delivered this warning on the main stage at the 2015 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. Saturday afternoon. He began by reminding the audience ancient Israel was founded by God and consecrated to God, but eventually turned away from God. “They began driving him out of their lives, out of their culture,” Cahn declared. “They called their sins good and they called what was good...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-15, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2015 10:13:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 09-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 26, 2015 Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked:there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.I asked, “Where are you going?”He answered, “To measure Jerusalem,to see how great is its width and how great its length.” Then the angel who spoke with me advanced,and another angel came out to meet him and said to him,“Run, tell this to that young man:People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country,because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst.But I will...
  • Rubio, Fiorina, and Cruz up among evangelical insiders

    09/25/2015 2:31:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    World ^ | September 24, 2015 | J.C. Derrick, Washington bureau
    Latest WORLD survey shows support consolidating behind a handful of candidates. Republican Marco Rubio still holds a commanding lead in WORLD’s third evangelical insiders survey, but GOP rival Carly Fiorina is gaining ground on the heels of another standout debate performance. The findings are part of a monthly survey of 103 evangelical leaders and insiders, 91 of whom participated in September. The results are not scientific or representative of all evangelicals but offer a snapshot of how some well-connected evangelicals are leaning in the 2016 presidential election. This month’s survey took place in the days after last Wednesday’s GOP debate,...
  • 'I believe in the Bible': Trump courts Christian right

    09/25/2015 1:57:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 25, 2015 | Jill Colvin
    Donald Trump recently showed up at a gathering of Iowa conservative Christian voters with a copy of the Bible in hand. "See, I'm better than you thought," he said. Then came a black-and-white photograph from his confirmation to further prove his Christian cred. "Nobody believes this," he said to laughs. "What went wrong?" As the Republican presidential front-runner and billionaire businessman tries to maintain his lead in early polls with rivals gaining, Trump is increasingly courting a wing of the Republican Party that might seem antithetical to his brand: evangelical Christians....
  • On the Word to St. Silouan, “Keep Thy Mind in Hell and Despair Not”

    09/25/2015 1:18:03 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-24-2015 | Jesse Dominick
         The now famous saying, “keep thy mind in Hell and despair not,” is a word given by God to St. Silouan one night as he struggled intensely with demons. Six months after going to the Holy Mountain St. Silouan was blessed to experience a vision of Christ in glory, in which he experienced the full Christ, and the life of Christ. Eventually he felt this grace subsiding and so he dedicated himself to extreme ascetical struggles in hopes of attracting the grace of God again. One night, fifteen years later, mentally and spiritually exhausted, St. Silouan wanted simply...