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  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 1, 2012 [Devotional]

    03/01/2012 4:44:02 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies · 11+ views
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Miracles All Around You Today's Scripture “Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world” (Isaiah 12:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time, I read about this medical doctor. He was in his late 80’s, but he still went to the office every day. He loved to operate. His friends and family tried to get him to retire, but he just wouldn’t do it. He had invented a procedure that he had performed over 10,000 times. He was asked in an interview if he ever got tired...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 1, 2012]

    03/01/2012 4:43:24 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Piercing Question "Do you love Me?" —John 21:17 Peter’s response to this piercing question is considerably different from the bold defiance he exhibited only a few days before when he declared, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” (Matthew 26:35 ; also see Matthew 26:33-34). Our natural individuality, or our natural self, boldly speaks out and declares its feelings. But the true love within our inner spiritual self can be discovered only by experiencing the hurt of this question of Jesus Christ. Peter loved Jesus in the way any natural man loves...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-01-12

    02/29/2012 10:31:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies · 1+ views
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 1, 2012 Thursday in the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids,from morning until evening, and said:"God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me, who am alone and...
  • The Big Easy

    02/29/2012 9:02:27 AM PST · by TBP · 1 replies
    A wonderful, inspirational speech from the newly elected Spiritual Leader of Centers for Spiritual Living, Dr. Kenn Gordon. This is very powerful. Enjoy!
  • It's No Longer Just Peter Singer

    02/29/2012 6:42:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Mirror of Justice ^ | 2/27/12 | Robert George
    It wasn't that many years ago that Peter Singer and Michael Tooley stood virtually alone in defending infanticide. But in recent years they've been joined by others on the left, following out (as they rightly see it) the logic of their commitment to a right to abortion. This week, the Journal of Medical Ethics, a peer reviewed journal for health professionals and researchers in medical ethics, has published an article by two Australian philosophers, Alberto Giubilini and Francesa Minerva, entitled "After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?" Their answer, of course, is that the baby should not live---he or she...
  • Church Could Be Forced To 'Give Up' Public Work, Cardinal George Warns

    02/29/2012 3:44:36 AM PST · by EBH · 26 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | 2/28/12 | Cardinal George
    The Obama administration is effectively telling Catholics to abandon their work in the public square, according to Chicago's Cardinal Francis E. George. 'This year, the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must 'give up' her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations. This is not a voluntary sacrifice,' warned the cardinal and former president of the U.S. Catholic bishops' conference. In his Feb. 26 Catholic New World column, the cardinal said these public ministries may come to an end because of the 'much-discussed Department of Health and Human Services regulations now...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-29-12

    02/28/2012 11:53:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies · 2+ views
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 29, 2012   Wednesday of the First Week in Lent   Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:"Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you."So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD's bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day's walk announcing,"Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,"when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-28-12

    02/28/2012 9:49:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies · 3+ views
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-28-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 28, 2012   Tuesday of the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to me void,but shall do my will,achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.Glorify the LORD with me,let...
  • Vatican Bank President Calls for Reindustrialization of US, Europe

    02/27/2012 10:09:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Amid austerity measures following a recession marked by the indebtedness of “families, businesses, financial institutions, and states,” the president of the Vatican Bank foresees an end to the “delocalization” of industrial production. “Europe and the United States, after years of productive delocalization must now be reindustrialized in order to sustain internal employment and to rediscover new competition,” writes Ettore Gotti Tedeschi. Editorial: The strategy of solidarity (L'Osservatore Romano)
  • Religious Liberty Homily

    02/27/2012 8:08:12 AM PST · by mkmensinger · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-5-12 | Youtube
    Religious liberty homily
  • History of Joseph Smith

    02/27/2012 7:17:40 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 59 replies · 2+ views
    Kristus.dk ^ | 1853 | Lucy Mack Smith
    Taken from chapter 13, the entire book is available at the link. In chapter 13, Lucy Mack Smith, mother of the "prophet" Joseph Smith, is relating visions of her husband, Joseph. father of the "prophet". I thought it was insightful into the life of Joe Jr. and how his father influenced his life and "visions". The formatting is mine, the book as printed on line is a little hard to read, with so few paragraph breaks, parts of chapter 13 follow: About this time my husband's mind became much excited upon the subject of religion; yet he would not subscribe...
  • Failed Vatican Hack Attack Sheds Light on Anonymous' Methods

    02/27/2012 7:06:15 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    MCNBC ^ | 2/27/12 | Nicole Perlroth and John Markoff
    Hackers apparently aimed to draw attention to child sexual abuse by priestsSAN FRANCISCO — The elusive hacker movement known as Anonymous has carried out Internet attacks on well-known organizations like Sony and PBS. In August, the group went after its most prominent target yet: the Vatican. The campaign against the Vatican, which did not receive wide attention at the time, involved hundreds of people, some with hacking skills and some without. A core group of participants openly drummed up support for the attack using YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Others searched for vulnerabilities on a Vatican Web site and, when that...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - February 26th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/27/2012 12:08:54 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 3 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | February 26, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - February 26, 2012 This week's topic: Pastor JD talks about the perilous problem in Syria and the far reaching implications for the United States.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-27-12

    02/26/2012 7:46:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies · 2+ views
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 27, 2012   Monday of the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,"Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. "You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your God.I am the LORD. "You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.You shall not curse the deaf,or put a stumbling block in...
  • Israel the End Times Prophecies (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/26/2012 1:00:17 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Omega Letter ^ | February 23, 2012 | J.L. Robb
    ''Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago. You dig the soil and you find pottery from Davidic times, coins from Bar Kokhba, and 2,000-year-old scrolls written in a script remarkably like the one that today advertises ice cream at the corner candy store.'' Charles Krauthammer - The Weekly Standard, May 11, 1998 The Children of Israel settled in the Land of Canaan in 1200 BC with the conquests...
  • 'Beauty and Belief' - Acclaimed Islamic art exhibit at BYU [Mormon]

    02/26/2012 7:34:23 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 55 replies
    LDS Church News ^ | February 25, 2012 | Jason Swensen
    'Beauty and Belief' - Acclaimed Islamic art exhibit at BYU Curators hope collection helps bridge Islam and Western culture By Jason SwensenChurch News staff writer Published: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 PROVO, UTAH Why would Brigham Young University — a Church-owned institution found in the heart of Mormon culture and heritage — play host to a massive exhibit of Islamic art grounded in the day-to-day culture of the Muslim world?It's a fair question. One that exhibit and museum directors are eager to answer and engage. Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir, project director of the new Islamic-themed "Beauty and Belief," said she is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-26-12, First Sunday of Lent

    02/25/2012 9:11:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies · 3+ views
    USCCB.org.RNAB ^ | 02-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 26, 2012 First Sunday of Lent   Reading 1 Gn 9:8-15 God said to Noah and to his sons with him: "See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you: all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals that were with you and came out of the ark.I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyedby the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth."God added:"This is the sign that...
  • Dr. Stanley's 30 Life Principles

    02/25/2012 8:06:24 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 49 replies
    InTouch.org ^ | Not Dated | Dr. Charles Stanley
    1. Our intimacy with God – His highest priority for our lives – determines the impact of our lives. More about Our Intimacy with God 2. Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him. More about A Life of Obedience 3. God’s Word is an immovable anchor in times of storm. More about Our Anchor in Times of Storm 4. The awareness of God’s presence energizes us for our work. More about Energized by His Presence 5. God does not require us to understand His will, just obey it, even if it seems unreasonable. More about The Unreasonable Will...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-12

    02/24/2012 10:38:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies · 2+ views
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-25-12 | Revised New American Bibll
    February 25, 2012   Saturday after Ash Wednesday   Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall raise...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 24, 2012 [Devotional]

    02/24/2012 1:36:46 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Dig Deeper Today's Scripture “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I read that back in the 1800’s some explorers were going across a huge desert and didn’t bring enough water. They started digging at different spots underneath the surface about a foot or two trying to find water. They ended up losing their lives in the desert because of a lack of water. Many years later, it was discovered...
  • Marriage Advocate Offers Petitions to Vatican Addressing Marriage Abandonment

    02/23/2012 10:20:39 PM PST · by Catholic Iowan · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Spero News ^ | 02/23/12 | Spero News
    Two canon lawyers reviewed the "Vindicate Rights Petition."Philip Gray, J.C.L, says "in the vast majority of cases today, divorce has become an 'easy out' to avoid responsibility, pass blame, obtain revenge, or somehow justify problems in the marital relationship or between parents and children." Canon lawyer Fr. Chuck Zmudzinski, C.P.M., J.C.L. explained, "I worked in a marriage tribunal for about five years and one of the reasons I eventually quit was because I did not agree with how strongly biased the tribunal officials seemed to be against the bond of matrimony."
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-24-12

    02/23/2012 8:11:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 24, 2012   Friday after Ash Wednesday   Reading 1 Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD:Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness,and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day,and desire to know my ways,Like a nation that has done what is justand not abandoned the law of their God;They ask me to declare what is due them,pleased to gain access to God."Why do we fast, and you do not see it?afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?" Lo, on your fast...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 28, 2012]

    02/23/2012 6:07:50 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    "Do You Now Believe?" " ’By this we believe . . . .’ Jesus answered them, ’Do you now believe?’ " —John 16:30-31 Now we believe. . . .” But Jesus asks, “Do you . . . ? Indeed the hour is coming . . . that you . . . will leave Me alone” (John 16:31-32). Many Christian workers have left Jesus Christ alone and yet tried to serve Him out of a sense of duty, or because they sense a need as a result of their own discernment. The reason for this is actually the absence of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 25, 2012]

    02/23/2012 6:02:46 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Destitution of Service ". . . though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved" —2 Corinthians 12:15 Natural human love expects something in return. But Paul is saying, “It doesn’t really matter to me whether you love me or not. I am willing to be completely destitute anyway; willing to be poverty-stricken, not just for your sakes, but also that I may be able to get you to God.” “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor . . .”...
  • Exclusive: Marco Rubio's Mormon Roots

    02/23/2012 8:52:35 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 62 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | February 23, 2012 | McKay Coppins
    In the compelling personal narrative that has helped propel Florida Senator Marco Rubio to national political stardom, one chapter has gone completely untold: Rubio spent his childhood as a faithful Mormon.Rubio was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his family at around the age of eight, and remained active in the faith for a number of years during his early youth, family members told BuzzFeed. Rubio spokesman Alex Conant confirmed the story to BuzzFeed. Conant said Rubio returned to the Catholic church a few years later with his family, receiving his first communion on Christmas...
  • Dutch Reporters Miss Stories on “Do Not Euthanize Me” Cards

    02/23/2012 7:36:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/22/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    I have received some comment from correspondents claiming to be Dutch and reporters, contesting my article yesterday that describes some of the Dutch euthanasia horrors. They don’t claim I am wrong that about 1% of Dutch deaths are “termination without request or consent,” e.g. non voluntary euthanasia. They don’t deny that Dutch doctors commit infanticide. They don’t deny that the country is moving toward euthanizing the elderly who are “tired of life.” No, they contest that some people carry cards in their wallets saying that they don’t want to be euthanized if they become incompetent or are brought to a...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 23, 2012 [Devotional]

    02/23/2012 4:38:06 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Remain in Him Today's Scripture “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever thought about the relationship between the branch and the vine? We don’t use these kinds of word pictures very much anymore, but think about it — if the branch is not attached to the vine, it withers and dies. The very life of the branch depends on being attached to the vine....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 23, 2012]

    02/23/2012 4:34:36 AM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Determination to Serve "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve . . ." —Matthew 20:28 Jesus also said, “Yet I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:27). Paul’s idea of service was the same as our Lord’s— “. . . ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5). We somehow have the idea that a person called to the ministry is called to be different and above other people. But according to Jesus Christ, he is called to be a “doormat” for others— called to be their spiritual...
  • The Left’s Manufactured “Game Change” False Perception of Sarah Palin

    02/23/2012 4:25:42 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 2/23/12
    The Left’s Manufactured “Game Change” False Perception of Sarah Palin It is amazing to watch the abominable lying liars of the secular godless main stream media and Hollywood always doing their best to politicize, destroys, advance their secular agenda, and take advantage of any news story or headline that fits their narrative. These on the Left have absolutely no conscience and are quite willing to state whatever it takes to maintain and achieve power (Jude 1:10). These totalitarians of lawlessness – to provide cover for their masters - do what they ALWAYS do best: that is to exploit any occasion...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-12, Opt. Mem. St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2012 9:22:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-23-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2012 Thursday after Ash Wednesday   Reading 1 Dt 30:15-20 Moses said to the people:"Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom.If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin on you today,loving him, and walking in his ways,and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,you will live and grow numerous,and the LORD, your God,will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,I tell you now that you will certainly perish;you will...
  • The Dual Prophecies of Iran - Part 2 (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/22/2012 3:57:49 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 4 replies
    BibleProphecyBlog.com ^ | February 22, 2012 | Bill Salus
    Welcome to part two of this study regarding Iran in Bible prophecy. Part one, called “Why Iran’s Absent from Psalm 83,” lodged logical explanations as to why Iran is not part of the Psalm 83 Arab–Israeli war. Part two provides logistical reasons by demonstrating that Iran seemingly faces a double jeopardy in the days to come. This entire study is taken from the commentary of Revelation Road, Hope Beyond the Horizon. Even though Iran appears to be absent from the climactic, concluding Arab-Israeli War, they are not excluded from two other significant end-time’s events. The one most widely taught among...
  • SANTORUM'S SATAN WARNING... Is Dead On!

    02/22/2012 1:35:23 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 39 replies
    IFB ^ | 2/22/12
    SANTORUM'S SATAN WARNING... Is Dead On! Of late Rick Santorum has made some statements referring to the spiritual war - led by Satan - that is all around us and against Judeo/Christianity and its institutions (Eph. 6:12). For a Catholic (an apostate Christian philosophy) that is a remarkable statement and he should be praised for it! There IS a GREAT spiritual war raging ALL around us which is preparing this world for the soon reception of Satan’s manifestation and global worship, along with his anti Christ and his global worship (2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev. 13).Does this REALITY sound like a...
  • Keep a True Lent

    02/22/2012 11:40:57 AM PST · by TBP · 4 replies
    Tiger's Eye Dowsing and Unity ^ | Years ago | Charles Fillmore
    A great Lenten resource.
  • Lent—Why Bother? To Lead us to Christ

    02/22/2012 8:21:05 AM PST · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    White Horse Inn Blog ^ | Feb.22, 2012 | Michael Horton
    While Israel’s neighbors celebrated the cycle of seasons as shadows of the realm of the gods, Israel celebrated the interventions of God in historical events of judgment and deliverance. The major feasts include Passover, Firstfruits (Pentecost), the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Tabernacles (Sukkot). In commanding these feasts, God was incorporating them into his unfolding drama, anchored in his promises and their future fulfillment in Christ. Unlike the Old Testament, however, the New Testament does not prescribe a church calendar. Furthermore, Lent became associated in the medieval church with all sorts of rules and superstitions. For the most part,...
  • His Catholic Conscience [Scorcese]

    02/22/2012 7:20:30 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies · 2+ views
    America Magazine ^ | 2/27/12 | Robert E. Lauder
    Sin and grace in the work of Martin ScorseseIn the opening moments of Martin Scorsese’s HBO documentary “George Harrison: Living in a Material World,” there is a brief but important montage. Scorsese uses a shot from a home movie in which the former Beatles’ lead guitarist, as an infant, is being baptized a Catholic; he follows it with a shot of World War II fighter planes flying over Europe. The montage, a revealing contrast of sacred and profane, the holy and the violent, vividly depicts Harrison’s essential quest: how to be spiritual in a material world. The montage also summarizes...
  • Does Rick Santorum Have a Satan Problem?

    02/22/2012 6:52:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 2/21/12 | Peter Grier
    Parts of a 2008 speech by Rick Santorum have surfaced online, in which he says Satan is subverting great American institutions. Its appearance comes at a time in the campaign when Santorum's rivals are trying to make voters think twice about supporting him.Does Rick Santorum have a Satan problem? Specifically, is it a political negative for him that the Drudge Report all day Tuesday has highlighted a story about a 2008 speech he gave at Ave Maria University in Florida in which he said America is under assault by Satan? “Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 22, 2012 [Devotional]

    02/22/2012 4:29:35 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    The Pruning Process Today's Scripture “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In life, we all go through a pruning process. God will prune our lives so that we can bear much fruit. To “prune” means something is cut away, something is removed. In other words, maybe a good friend that you counted on moved to another city. Maybe a business shut down that you were connected to, or...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 22, 2012]

    02/22/2012 4:28:36 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Discipline of Spiritual Perseverance "Be still, and know that I am God . . ." —Psalm 46:10 Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered. Our greatest fear is not that we will be damned, but that somehow Jesus Christ will be defeated. Also, our fear...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-12, Ash Wednesday

    02/21/2012 10:14:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies · 1+ views
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-22-12 | RevisedNewAmericanBible
    February 22, 2012   Ash Wednesday   If the blessing and distribution of ashes take place outside Mass, it is appropriate that the Liturgy of the Word precede it, using texts assigned to the Mass of Ash Wednesday. Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet...
  • Ashram Encounter with Jesus Led to Salvation

    02/21/2012 8:35:55 PM PST · by sreastman · 10 replies
    FaithIssues ^ | 2/21/2012 | FaithIssues
    Ashram Encounter with Jesus Led to Salvation Godreports My years after high school centered upon work during the week and partying on Balboa Island on the weekends. A weekend party began early Friday night and ended sometime late Sunday. My house became one of the hot spots in Newport Beach for some five years. But one day I grew tired of all the drinking and one night stands and thought it was about time I got married. Maybe that would bring a little more satisfaction and fulfillment into my life. So I ended up marrying a pretty girl from Newport...
  • Memorial Stones

    02/21/2012 8:18:38 AM PST · by hawkins
    That Christian Website ^ | 2/21/2012 | Travis Main
    Early in our life, my wife and I lived in Springfield, Oregon.  When my wife and I lived there, we lived in an undesirable location.  We were young, in college, and couldn’t afford any better.  The apartments we lived in certainly did not house the upper echelon of society.  Drugs, foul language, fights, crime, and yes, even shootings were characteristic of the area.  Despite the chaos surrounding us, we created two little 5×8 strips of lawn next to our back patio.  We tried to make lemonade out of lemons.  Years after having moved, we would drive by where we once...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 21, 2012 [Devotional]

    02/21/2012 4:56:54 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies · 8+ views
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Stay in Sync Today's Scripture “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever tried something and got the results you wanted and then tried the same thing again and got different results? This happened to Moses in the Bible. They needed water and God told Moses to strike the rock. He struck the rock and water flowed out freely. Another time they needed water again, and God told Moses, “Speak to the rock.” Do you know what Moses did? He went...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 21, 2012]

    02/21/2012 4:55:01 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Do You Really Love Him? "She has done a good work for Me" —Mark 14:6 If what we call love doesn’t take us beyond ourselves, it is not really love. If we have the idea that love is characterized as cautious, wise, sensible, shrewd, and never taken to extremes, we have missed the true meaning. This may describe affection and it may bring us a warm feeling, but it is not a true and accurate description of love.Have you ever been driven to do something for God not because you felt that it was useful or your duty to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-12, Opt. Mem. St. Peter Damian, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    02/20/2012 7:40:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2012 Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jas 4:1-10 Beloved:Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?You covet but do not possess.You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;you fight and wage war.You do not possess because you do not ask.You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly,to spend it on your passions.Adulterers!Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of...
  • Southern Baptists to hear recommendation on name

    02/20/2012 3:19:02 PM PST · by WKB · 108 replies
    AP ^ | 2\20\12 | TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest protestant denomination will definitely remain "Baptist," but leaders are thinking about whether it will be "Southern" for much longer.
  • Hispanic Mormons Speaking Out Against Romney

    02/20/2012 8:03:01 AM PST · by Utah Binger · 21 replies
    The Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | 02/20/2012 | Russell Contreras
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When Honduran-born Antonella Cecilia Packard converted to the Mormon Faith 20 years ago, she said it was like “coming home.” The Catholic-educated Packard, who grew up in “the middle of Mayan ruins,” appreciated the faith’s strong sense of family and conservative values. She also saw her own history in the Book of Mormon with stories of migrations, tragedies and triumphs of a people many Mormons believe are the ancestors of some present-day Latinos. But two decades after her conversion while a college student at Mississippi State, the 43-year-old Packard finds herself on a new mission: defeating Mitt...
  • Why Iran is Absent from Psalm 83 (Part 1) (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/20/2012 7:37:14 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 12 replies
    BibleProphecyBlog.com ^ | February 19, 2012 | Bill Salus
    As the Psalm 83 confederates image depicts, Syrians and Iraqis find association through Assyria, Hezbollah via Tyre in Lebanon, and Hamas hailing from Gaza connects with Philistia. However, there is no mention of Iranians by their three primary historical names, Elamites, Medes, or Persians. This is puzzling, considering Iran reportedly formed bona fide war-pacts in December, 2009, with Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas. Because Iran is presently providing weapons to Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas, some suggest Iran may be included in Psalm 83 as part of the Assyrians. The Assyrians seem to be among the stronger members in the psalm, because...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 20, 2012 [Devotional]

    02/20/2012 4:54:38 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    When God is Your Boss Today's Scripture “For exaltation (promotion) comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another” (Psalm 75:6–7, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I know this man who was upset because his boss was really against him. The boss was always trying to make him look bad and would never give him any kind of recognition. The truth is that his boss was jealous of him. But, this man just kept being his best, working unto God. There...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 20, 2012]

    02/20/2012 4:52:43 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Taking the Initiative Against Daydreaming "Arise, let us go from here" —John 14:31 Daydreaming about something in order to do it properly is right, but daydreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong. In this passage, after having said these wonderful things to His disciples, we might have expected our Lord to tell them to go away and meditate over them all. But Jesus never allowed idle daydreaming. When our purpose is to seek God and to discover His will for us, daydreaming is right and acceptable. But when our inclination is to spend time daydreaming...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - February 19, 2012 (Dispensational Caucua)

    02/20/2012 3:41:49 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 19, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - February 19, 2012 This week's topic: Pastor J.D. takes a closer look at Bible prophecy concerning Petra, located in modern day Jordan, and how it's now being readied for its ultimate fulfillment at the middle of the seven year tribulation.