General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 19, 2014]

    09/19/2014 5:01:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Are You Going on With Jesus? " You are those who have continued with Me in My trials —Luke 22:28 " It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations, but are we going on with Him through His temptations? Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch when God changes your circumstances to see whether you are going on with Jesus, or siding with the world, the flesh, and the devil. We wear His name, but are we going...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-19-14, OM, St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr

    09/18/2014 7:32:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 19, 2014Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 15:12-20 Brothers and sisters:If Christ is preached as raised from the dead,how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?If there is no resurrection of the dead,then neither has Christ been raised.And if Christ has not been raised, then empty too is our preaching;empty, too, your faith.Then we are also false witnesses to God,because we testified against God that he raised Christ,whom he did not raise if in fact the dead are not raised.For if the dead are not raised,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/18/2014 6:25:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    Attitude in Adversity Today's Scripture “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria There’s an old saying, “attitude determines altitude.” In other words, a positive, faith-filled attitude will cause you to rise higher in life, but a negative, self-defeated attitude will only drag you down. When we face adversity, our attitude affects the outcome. Are we going to treat people right even when we’re being mistreated? Are we going to stay full of joy even when the bottom falls out? So many people get all...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 18, 2014]

    09/18/2014 6:23:58 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His Temptation and Ours " We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin —Hebrews 4:15 " Until we are born again, the only kind of temptation we understand is the kind mentioned in James 1:14, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” But through regeneration we are lifted into another realm where there are other temptations to face, namely, the kind of temptations our Lord faced. The temptations of Jesus had no appeal to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-18-14

    09/17/2014 8:16:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 18, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 15:1-11 I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,of the Gospel I preached to you,which you indeed received and in which you also stand.Through it you are also being saved,if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,unless you believed in vain.For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures;that he was buried;that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures;that he appeared to...
  • Why do bad things happen to good people

    09/17/2014 7:06:26 PM PDT · by impactplayer · 80 replies
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    Why do bad things happen to good people? There is no real answer to this question, because it is a flawed question! The question assumes we are good. There really are no “good” people, so how in the world could any of us tell “bad” things from “good” things? The question we actually need to ask is: “Why would a good God let those trying to do His will suffer?” This question has real answers. First, we need to review where we stand. We are fallen creatures, inclined to do wrong, and wrong thoughts and acts have bad consequences –...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/17/2014 6:14:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    Be a Prisoner of Hope Today's Scripture “Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.” (Zechariah 9:12, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When things get difficult, it’s easy to want to give up. It’s easy to get down and discouraged. But, that’s not God’s plan for us. God wants us to be so full of hope, so full of expectancy that we just can’t help believing for the best. He wants us to be prisoners of hope! When you’re a prisoner of something, it’s...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 17, 2014]

    09/17/2014 6:11:32 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is There Good in Temptation? " No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man . . . —1 Corinthians 10:13 " The word temptation has come to mean something bad to us today, but we tend to use the word in the wrong way. Temptation itself is not sin; it is something we are bound to face simply by virtue of being human. Not to be tempted would mean that we were already so shameful that we would be beneath contempt. Yet many of us suffer from temptations we should never have to suffer, simply...
  • My Year As an Abortion Doula (Slate)

    09/17/2014 5:24:53 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    Slate ^ | 9/15/14 | Alex Ronan
    My first patient ever stares at me blankly when I say the doctor will see her soon. Her two small children treat the waiting room chairs like monkey bars; they’ve been sitting around for hours. Dee (some names have been changed throughout) is here to get laminaria inserted, the small seaweed sticks positioned in the cervix that expand upon contact with moisture, producing enough dilation to enable a second trimester abortion, which will happen tomorrow. I know I’m not succeeding at giving her the warm, confident assurance I’ve practiced in the mirror. -snip- Women have historically supported other women through...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-17-14, OM, St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    09/16/2014 9:03:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 17, 2014Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Cor 12:31-13:13 Brothers and sisters:Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tonguesbut do not have love,I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.And if I have the gift of prophecyand comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;if I have all faith so as to move mountains,but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give away everything I own,and if I hand my body over so that I may...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/16/2014 6:25:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    When the Intensity Gets Turned Up Today's Scripture “Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.” (1 Chronicles 16:35, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Whenever life gets difficult and it seems like the intensity has been turned up, that’s a sign you are closer to your victory. When those lies are bombarding your mind, when you’re tempted to get discouraged or feel like throwing in the towel, that’s not the time to back down. That’s...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 16, 2014]

    09/16/2014 6:22:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Praying to God in Secret " hen you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place . . . —Matthew 6:6 " The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the desire to be known as a praying person. Find an inner room in which to pray where no one even knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. Have no motivation other than to know...
  • Marian Ibraheen: Embassy Wouldn't Listen To Me, Thanks Lanier

    09/16/2014 5:00:35 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Mariam Ibraheem, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity reported that officials at the US Embassy in Sudan initially “refused to deal with” her, while thanking the current US Charge D’Affairs to Sudan, Ambassador Jerry Lanier for his work on her behalf, through a translator on Monday’s “Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-16-14, M, Sts. Cornelius, Pope, & Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

    09/15/2014 7:12:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 16, 2014Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs    Reading 1 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a Brothers and sisters:As a body is one though it has many parts,and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,so also Christ.For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Now the body is not a single part, but many. Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts of it.Some people God has designated in the Churchto be, first, Apostles;...
  • If You Struggle Over an Issue… You Must Be Right!

    09/15/2014 6:32:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    Aquila Report ^ | 15 September 2014 | Timothy Hammons
    I’m doing some research around the web and came across Rachel Held’s Evans post on God and the Gay Christian. In there she tells us that she has another post that is in the works about why she changed her mind on God and the gay Christian. Gee, can’t wait. Her testimony and preface for this upcoming post is simply that she has struggled over the issue, she has had many sleepless nights. She has really wrestles with it… therefore, her conclusions must be sound. Here are her words: "Certainly there are many other Christians struggling to make sense of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-15-14, M, Our Lady of Sorrows

    09/14/2014 8:50:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 15, 2014Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows    Reading 1 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33 Brothers and sisters:In giving this instruction, I do not praise the factthat your meetings are doing more harm than good.First of all, I hear that when you meet as a Churchthere are divisions among you,and to a degree I believe it;there have to be factions among youin order that also those who are approved among youmay become known.When you meet in one place, then,it is not to eat the Lord’s supper,for in eating, each one goes ahead with his own supper,and one goes hungry...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 14, 2014]

    09/14/2014 1:27:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Arguments or Obedience " . . . the simplicity that is in Christ. —2 Corinthians 11:3 " Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly until a long time passes, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think through spiritual confusion to make things clear; to make things clear, you must obey. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will only think yourself into further wandering thoughts and more confusion. If there is something in your life upon which God has put...
  • Are You Beautiful?

    09/14/2014 5:18:47 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/14/14
    What exactly is this True Beauty, one might ask? Quite simply, "true beauty" is a FREE gift from Almighty God (Rom. 5:16-17; 6:23). The FREE GIFT of TRUE beauty is provided to all by Almighty God (1 Cor. 1:30). TRUE beauty is our greatest need in the light of ETERNITY'S FOREVER. This pinnacle of wondrous beauty is nothing less than the glorious RIGHTEOUSNESS that Almighty God has provided for His fallen creation in Jesus Christ. This TRUE beauty is found nowhere else but in Christ Jesus, the Savior of the whole world (Rom. 10:4; 2 Cor. 5:21). "Let us be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-14-14, FEAST, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    09/13/2014 9:05:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 14, 2014Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross    Reading 1 Nm 21:4b-9 With their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,“We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.”So Moses prayed for...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 13, 2014]

    09/13/2014 9:19:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    After Surrender— Then What? " I have finished the work which You have given Me to do —John 17:4 " True surrender is not simply surrender of our external life but surrender of our will— and once that is done, surrender is complete. The greatest crisis we ever face is the surrender of our will. Yet God never forces a person’s will into surrender, and He never begs. He patiently waits until that person willingly yields to Him. And once that battle has been fought, it never needs to be fought again.Surrender for Deliverance. “Come to Me . ....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-13-14, M, St. John Chrysostom, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    09/12/2014 8:37:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 13, 2014Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 1 Cor 10:14-22 My beloved ones, avoid idolatry.I am speaking as to sensible people;judge for yourselves what I am saying.The cup of blessing that we bless,is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ?The bread that we break,is it not a participation in the Body of Christ?Because the loaf of bread is one,we, though many, are one Body,for we all partake of the one loaf. Look at Israel according to the flesh;are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?So...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 12, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/12/2014 2:58:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 9/12/14 | Joel Osteen
    Ascend Today's Scripture “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3–5, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria You were meant to rise high in heavenly places. You were meant to stand with God above the cares of this life. But notice that this verse tells us that in order to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 12, 2014]

    09/12/2014 2:56:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Going Through Spiritual Confusion " Jesus answered and said, ’You do not know what you ask’ —Matthew 20:22 " There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.The Shrouding of His Friendship...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-12-14, OM, Most Holy Name of Mary

    09/11/2014 10:01:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-12-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 12, 2014Friday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27 Brothers and sisters:If I preach the Gospel, this is no reason for me to boast,for an obligation has been imposed on me,and woe to me if I do not preach it!If I do so willingly, I have a recompense,but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.What then is my recompense?That, when I preach, I offer the Gospel free of chargeso as not to make full use of my right in the Gospel. Although I am free in regard to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 11, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/11/2014 4:02:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 9/11/14 | Joel Osteen
    He Makes All Things New Today's Scripture “And He Who is seated on the throne said, ‘See! I make all things new...’ ” (Revelation 21:5, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When God puts a dream in your heart, when He puts a promise on the inside, He deposits within you everything you need to accomplish that dream. He wouldn’t give you the desire to do something without giving you the ability to fulfill it. In fact, the scripture tells us that God gives us the desires of our heart. In other words, He puts the desire inside...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 11, 2014]

    09/11/2014 3:58:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Missionary Weapons (2) " If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet —John 13:14 " Ministering in Everyday Opportunities. Ministering in everyday opportunities that surround us does not mean that we select our own surroundings— it means being God’s very special choice to be available for use in any of the seemingly random surroundings which He has engineered for us. The very character we exhibit in our present surroundings is an indication of what we will be like in other surroundings.The things Jesus did were the most menial...
  • bonhoeffer on what a christian under the cross can offer that a secular therapist cannot

    09/11/2014 7:50:13 AM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies
    TGC ^ | 9/8/14 | Justin Taylor
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: Whoever lives beneath the cross of Jesus, and has discerned in the cross of Jesus the utter ungodliness of all people and of their own hearts, will find there is no sin that can ever be unfamiliar. Whoever has once been appalled by the horror of their own sin, which nailed Jesus to the cross, will no longer be appalled by even the most serious sin of another Christian; rather they know the human heart from the cross of Jesus. Such persons know how totally lost is the human heart in sin and weakness, how it...
  • 9/11 - America's Unheeded Wake Up Call!

    09/11/2014 4:10:33 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 15 replies
    IFB ^ | 9-11-14
    Today ( thirteen years after 9/11), as the global events and the godless out workings of base (corrupt) man continue at a “breakneck” speed, the stage is being set for the horrific events on the horizon called “The Tribulation Period”, or “The Day of the Lord” (Matt. 24:21-22). The entire world - including America - will be absolutely oblivious to the realities and dire consequences of events to unfold during that time. Ever since the civilization of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9), the world has basically lived in a godless delusion of apathy and subjective narcissism. They have willfully rejected the eternal...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-11-14

    09/10/2014 8:30:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 11, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 8:1b-7, 11-13 Brothers and sisters:Knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up.If anyone supposes he knows something,he does not yet know as he ought to know.But if one loves God, one is known by him. So about the eating of meat sacrificed to idols:we know that there is no idol in the world,and that there is no God but one.Indeed, even though there are so-called gods in heaven and on earth(there are, to be sure, many “gods” and many “lords”),yet for us there is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/10/2014 5:26:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 9/10/14 | Joel Osteen
    Love So Amazing Today's Scripture “Not height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Nothing can ever separate you from the love of God! His love is truly amazing. It goes beyond any human love we could ever know. There’s nothing we can do to make Him love us more and nothing we can do to make Him love us any less. His love is true and everlasting. Oftentimes, when people...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 10, 2014]

    09/10/2014 5:23:39 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Missionary Weapons (1) " When you were under the fig tree, I saw you —John 1:48 " Worshiping in Everyday Occasions. We presume that we would be ready for battle if confronted with a great crisis, but it is not the crisis that builds something within us— it simply reveals what we are made of already. Do you find yourself saying, “If God calls me to battle, of course I will rise to the occasion”? Yet you won’t rise to the occasion unless you have done so on God’s training ground. If you are not doing the task that...
  • How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children (Salon)

    09/10/2014 10:27:41 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 82 replies
    Salon ^ | 9/10/14 | Kristin Rawls
    My interest in homeschooling was first sparked nearly 20 years ago, when I was a socially awkward adolescent with a chaotic family life. I became close to a conservative Christian homeschooling family that seemed perfect in every way. Through my connection to this family, I was introduced to a whole world of conservative Christian homeschoolers, some of whom we would now consider “Quiverfull” families: homeschooling conservatives who eschew any form of family planning and choose instead to “trust God” with matters related to procreation. Though I fell out of touch with my homeschooled friends as we grew older, a few...
  • Megapastors take Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS—but where did the money go?

    09/09/2014 8:43:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life Site ^ | Dustin Siggins
    Last week, several prominent megapastors took the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge. A LifeSiteNews inquiry into whether the pastors donated to the ALS Association or another organization found that the pastors were, for the most part, unwilling to publicize where their monetary support went. In challenge videos reported by the Christian Post, Perry Noble, pastor of NewSpring Church; Jentezen Franklin, pastor of Free Chapel; Life Without Limbs ministry leader Nick Vujicic; Dr. Ed Young, pastor of Second Baptist Church Houston; and TD Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House, all promoted ALS research donations. However, only Young's spokesperson provided donation details...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-10-14

    09/09/2014 8:10:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-10-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 10, 2014Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 7:25-31 Brothers and sisters:In regard to virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord,but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.So this is what I think best because of the present distress:that it is a good thing for a person to remain as he is.Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek a separation.Are you free of a wife? Then do not look for a wife.If you marry, however, you do not sin,nor does an unmarried woman...
  • Wicked Bishops

    09/09/2014 7:59:37 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | ChurchMilitantTV
    Resign Cardinal Dolan. Resign now for the sake of your soul.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 9, 2014

    09/09/2014 5:57:06 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 9/9/14 | Joel Osteen
    Nothing Will Be Impossible Today's Scripture “...now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” (Genesis 11:6 KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the Old Testament, the people were trying to build a tower to the heavens. The scripture says, “Nothing they imagined was impossible to them.” Their imagination was so powerful that God had to send confusion to keep them from accomplishing something for the wrong purpose. That same principle is true today. If we can get our imagination working for the right purpose, if we will let God paint a new...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 9, 2014]

    09/09/2014 5:55:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Yourself (2) " . . . bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . . —2 Corinthians 10:5 " Determinedly Discipline Other Things. This is another difficult aspect of the strenuous nature of sainthood. Paul said, according to the Moffatt translation of this verse, “. . . I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ . . . .” So much Christian work today has never been disciplined, but has simply come into being by impulse! In our Lord’s life every project was disciplined to the will of His Father. There...
  • "The Blasphemy of a Homophobic Jesus" (Time/Patheos)

    09/09/2014 5:29:28 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 24 replies
    Well my goodness, it would seem that yet another “pastor” in yet another “Christian” church has found his 15 minutes of fame on the interwebs by intentionally whipping up theologically inaccurate, fear-based, power-hungry homophobia. Get a load of this little ditty as reported by Raw Story: "Brainerd Baptist Church Senior Pastor Robby Gallaty devoted his entire hour-long sermon on Sunday to justifying Christian opposition to the sexuality of LGBT people. "After spending about 20 minutes recounting the perils of homosexuality throughout history, Gallaty asserted that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God because of gay sex..."
  • Is the Catholic Church ‘Evolving’ on Gay Marriage? (Time magazine)

    09/09/2014 5:18:48 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 101 replies
    Time ^ | 9/8/14 | Christopher J Hale
    Bit by bit Last week New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave his okay to the St. Patrick Day Parade Committee’s decision to allow a gay group to march in the 2015 parade under their own banner. This was a remarkable shift from one of Dolan’s predecessors Cardinal John O’Connor who in 1993 declared that to allow a gay group to march in the parade would be a slander to the Apostle’s Creed. This closes a remarkable summer in which a number of high-ranking Catholic prelates have signaled that Pope Francis’s more open posture on gay issues has permeated through the...
  • Rob Bell Joins Oprah’s ‘Life You Want’ Tour

    Rob Bell will be out on the road as part of a new speaking tour. But unlike the intimate theater shows he used to host, his new platform will be in arenas around the country. Oprah has announced that Bell will be among the guests on her eight-city “The Life You Want Weekend” tour, kicking off this fall. In a press release, Oprah said, “All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space. I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to...
  • Pro-Russian mercenaries seize Protestant Church in Luhansk Region

    09/09/2014 4:40:11 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 9 replies
    PRO-RUSSIAN MERCENARIES SEIZE PROTESTANT CHURCH IN LUHANSK REGION 9 September 2014, 09:55 | Temples, church property | 0 | | Code for Blog | | Mercenaries of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (which the Ukrainian court names a terrorist organization) on September 8 occupied the building of the Church in Anthracite (Luhansk region). Armed men with two priests of the Orthodox Church entered the meeting house and demanded that all leave the church. Pastors organized a bomb shelter and charity kitchen in the basement of the House of Prayer for All Peoples. People with disabilities were also taken care of...
  • Holy Cuteness! Rare Photos of 12 Saints as Children {Catholic Caucus}

    09/09/2014 11:20:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.churchpop.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | ChurchPop Editor
    The older a person gets, the more they can usually appreciate the incredible potential that exists within every young child. What will they learn? What will they discover? Will they have a family of their own? What will be their greatest highs? What will be their darkest lows? Maybe it’s because most of us realize that we haven’t used our own potential to its fullest extent. The saints are far from perfect, but they are individuals whom the Church holds up as examples of people who truly followed after Christ, lived in God’s grace, and demonstrated heroic virtue. But they...
  • Onward Catholic Soldiers: The Catholic Church during the American Civil War

    09/09/2014 10:52:49 AM PDT · by Pelham · 82 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | Fall 2011 | Mark Summers
    It is a common, even clichéd saying that the American Civil War pitted "brother against brother." Certainly, the conflict divided the nation as the seceded Southern states fought for independence, while the Northern and Border states fought to preserve the Union. Even within the sections, there were politicians, civilians, and soldiers who sympathized with the other "side." The issues of Slavery, "States-Rights," and the meaning of the Federal Constitution created passions and hatreds, which leapt from the ballot box to the battlefield. Even churches— especially churches— were prone to this division. Each section, denomination, and parishioner believed God to be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-09-14, M, St. Peter Claver, Priest

    09/08/2014 10:27:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-09-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 9, 2014Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest   Reading 1 1 Cor 6:1-11 Brothers and sisters:How can any one of you with a case against anotherdare to bring it to the unjust for judgmentinstead of to the holy ones?Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world?If the world is to be judged by you,are you unqualified for the lowest law courts?Do you not know that we will judge angels?Then why not everyday matters?If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters,do you seat as judges people of no standing in the Church?I say this to shame...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 8, 2014

    09/08/2014 6:33:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 9/8/14 | Joel Osteen
    Keep the Right Things in Your Life Today's Scripture “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he...” (Proverbs 23:7, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God created us as visual beings. It’s so important that we create the right image in our minds because the way we see ourselves is what we move toward. Visualization is simply seeing yourself the way you want to be. It’s creating a picture in your mind of accomplishing your goals, overcoming your obstacles, and fulfilling your God-given destiny. Our imagination is extremely powerful. The way we see ourselves in these...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 8, 2014]

    09/08/2014 6:31:04 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Yourself (1) " . . . casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God . . . —2 Corinthians 10:5 " Determinedly Demolish Some Things. Deliverance from sin is not the same as deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature, such as prejudices, that the saint can only destroy through sheer neglect. But there are other things that have to be destroyed through violence, that is, through God’s divine strength imparted by His Spirit. There are some things over which we are not to fight, but only...
  • J. Gresham Machen on Church Unity

    09/08/2014 5:07:26 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 10 replies
    Reformed Forum ^ | April 30th, 2014 | Jared Oliphint
    In light of the recent discussion on “The Future of Protestantism,” I thought I would post Machen’s take on church unity as he deals with this topic in his classic work, Christianity and Liberalism: We are not dealing here with delicate personal questions; we are not presuming to say whether such and such an individual man is a Christian or not. God only can decide such questions; no man can say with assurance whether the attitude of certain individual “liberals” toward Christ is saving faith or not. But one thing is perfectly plain—whether or not liberals are Christians, it is...
  • Are Christians required to pay tithes?

    09/08/2014 3:44:25 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 98 replies
    9/8/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    When pressed for an answer to "Paying tithes was under the Law", some retort that Christians are required to pay tithes because Abraham's paying of tithes to Melchizedek preceded to Law. In reply to that, do the scriptures say in Genesis chapter 14 that Abraham was compelled to pay tithes, or was it rather a free will tithe offering, unlike the compelled tithe that was enacted under the Law? In Deuteronomy 14:26 (NIV), it says that those who attended a particular feast day that they could "...Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-08-14, FEAST, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    09/07/2014 8:13:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-08-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 8, 2014Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Mi 5:1-4a The LORD says:You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah,too small to be among the clans of Judah,From you shall come forth for meone who is to be ruler in Israel;Whose origin is from of old,from ancient times.(Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the timewhen she who is to give birth has borne,And the rest of his brethren shall returnto the children of Israel.)He shall stand firm and shepherd his flockby the strength of the LORD,in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;And they shall remain,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 7, 2014]

    09/07/2014 2:39:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Fountains of Blessings " The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life —John 4:14 " The picture our Lord described here is not that of a simple stream of water, but an overflowing fountain. Continue to “be filled” (Ephesians 5:18) and the sweetness of your vital relationship to Jesus will flow as generously out of you as it has been given to you. If you find that His life is not springing up as it should, you are to blame— something is obstructing the flow. Was Jesus...