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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-15-12, Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

    04/14/2012 8:50:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 62 replies ^ | 04-15-12 | Revised New American Bible
      April 15, 2012   Second Sunday of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 4:32-35 The community of believers was of one heart and mind,and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,but they had everything in common.With great power the apostles bore witnessto the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,and great favor was accorded them all.There was no needy person among them,for those who owned property or houses would sell them,bring the proceeds of the sale,and put them at the feet of the apostles,and they were distributed to each according to need. Responsorial Psalm Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 R....
  • JOHN HARPER True Hero on the Titanic

    04/14/2012 8:18:06 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 10 replies
    The Titanic's Last Hero ^ | 4/14/2012 | Author Unknown.
    ......On board the ship that night was John Harper and his much-beloved six-year-old daughter Nana. According to documented reports, as soon as it was apparent that the ship was going to sink, John Harper immediately took his daughter to a lifeboat. It is reasonable to assume that this widowed preacher could have easily gotten on board this boat to safety; however, it never seems to have crossed his mind. He bent down and kissed his precious little girl; looking into her eyes he told her that she would see him again someday. The flares going off in the dark sky...
  • Black Pastors Silent as Farrakhan Attacks Christianity

    04/14/2012 1:48:19 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 51 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 14, 2012 | JP
    Not a word from Jesse Jackson. Not a peep from Al Sharpton. Not one black pastor stepped up this week to respond to the attack upon the Christian faith by Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam. In separate appearances at predominantly black Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala. and Miss ionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., Farrakhan declared that black Christians are self-hating; that they are following the white man’s religion. “See,” said Farrakhan, “you’ve got a song you sing in the church, ‘Ride on Kind Jesus.’” What it really means, he told his black audience, is “Ride...
  • Iraq Rebuilding Its Military, Even as They Rebuild Babylon: Prophetic Significance?

    04/14/2012 5:28:00 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 13 replies ^ | April 13, 2012 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    Bible prophecy indicates that in the End Times, the nation we know today as the Republic of Iraq—known variously in Scripture as Babel, Babylon, Babylonia, Mesopotamia and Shinar—will emerge as the global center of wealth, power and terrible evil. Eventually Iraq will pose a direct and existential threat to the State of Israel, particularly during the Tribulation. Since the fall of Saddam Hussein and his regime in 2003, Iraq has not been a regional threat, much less a danger to Israel. Some have assumed, therefore, that Iraq would no longer play a major role in Middle Eastern or global affairs...
  • Transitions in the Book of Acts (Dispensational Caucus)

    04/14/2012 5:12:58 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 18 replies ^ | April 13, 2012 | Dr. Thomas Ice
    Virtually all students of the Bible would acknowledge that the Book of Acts is a transition from Israel to the Church, as God’s instrument through whom He uses to spread His message. There are three major passages that should be understood in order to properly grasp what this transition is about. Those three passages are Acts 1:3–10; 3:11–26; 15:6–21. Let me also state up front that the New Testament teaches that the church is a mystery (Rom. 16:25–27; Eph. 3:3–9; Col. 1:26–27), always part of God’s plan for history but hidden from man until the Apostle Paul reveals it in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 14, 2012]

    04/14/2012 4:09:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Inner Invincibility "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me . . ." —Matthew 11:29 Whom the Lord loves He chastens . . .” (Hebrews 12:6). How petty our complaining is! Our Lord begins to bring us to the point where we can have fellowship with Him, only to hear us moan and groan, saying, “Oh Lord, just let me be like other people!” Jesus is asking us to get beside Him and take one end of the yoke, so that we can pull together. That’s why Jesus says to us, “My yoke is easy and My burden...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-14-12, Saturday within the Octave of Easter

    04/13/2012 8:18:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 04-14-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 14, 2012   Saturday within the Octave of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 4:13-21 Observing the boldness of Peter and Johnand perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them,they could say nothing in reply.So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin,and conferred with one another, saying,"What are we to do with these men?Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable signwas done through them, and we cannot deny it.But so that it may...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 13, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/13/2012 4:42:14 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Get Ready for the “New” Today's Scripture “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined” (Luke 5:37, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you ready for a new chapter in your life? In order to move forward into the blessings God has for you, you have to be willing to let go of the old. The things that are behind you are not nearly as important as what is out in front of you. It’s...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 13, 2012]

    04/13/2012 4:40:56 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    What To Do When Your Burden Is Overwhelming "Cast your burden on the Lord . . ." —Psalm 55:22 We must recognize the difference between burdens that are right for us to bear and burdens that are wrong. We should never bear the burdens of sin or doubt, but there are some burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off. God wants us to roll them back on Him— to literally “cast your burden,” which He has given you, “on the Lord . . . .” If we set out to serve God...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-13-12, Friday within the Octave of Easter

    04/12/2012 7:32:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies ^ | 04-13-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 13, 2012 Friday within the Octave of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 4:1-12 After the crippled man had been cured,while Peter and John were still speaking to the people,the priests, the captain of the temple guard,and the Sadducees confronted them,disturbed that they were teaching the peopleand proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.They laid hands on Peter and Johnand put them in custody until the next day,since it was already evening.But many of those who heard the word came to believeand the number of men grew to about five thousand. On the next day, their leaders, elders, and...
  • Protestant Croydon flock follows vicar to Catholic church {Ecumenical}

    04/12/2012 8:06:25 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies
    Local guardian ^ | 12 April 2012 | Hannah Williamson
    A Croydon congregation has taken an extraordinary leap of faith by switching their beliefs to follow a popular preacher. Parishioners at a Church of England parish church have converted to Catholicism after their vicar left to join a neighbouring Catholic church six weeks ago. Father Donald Minchew, together with 69 of his previous congregation - almost half his flock - and three new members, were received into the full communion at St Mary's Church, in Wellesley Road, on April 3. Former Anglican bishop, Monsignor John Broadhurst, received and confirmed the group, who will now form the Croydon Ordinariate. Father Donald...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 12, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/12/2012 4:50:24 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Keep Seeking Today's Scripture “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Is there something you are believing God for today? Does it seem like it’s taking a long time to come to pass? Be encouraged because the Bible says that through faith and patience you will inherit His promises! If you’ll stay in faith, if you’ll keep on seeking Him, it won’t be long until you see that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 12, 2012]

    04/12/2012 4:48:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Complete and Effective Dominion "Death no longer has dominion over Him. . . . the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God . . ." —Romans 6:9-11 Co-Eternal Life. Eternal life is the life which Jesus Christ exhibited on the human level. And it is this same life, not simply a copy of it, which is made evident in our mortal flesh when we are born again. Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift of God. The...
  • Obama: Jesus Is ‘A Son of God’

    04/11/2012 9:39:17 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | Apr. 4, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    ( - Speaking to a group of Christian clergy at the Easter Prayer Breakfast he hosted at the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama referred to Jesus Christ as “a son of God.” ... “And for me, and I’m sure for some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured--not just as a Son of God, but as a human being.” The Christian faith teaches that Jesus is the only Son of God.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-12-12, Thursday within the Octave of Easter

    04/11/2012 7:29:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies ^ | 04-12-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 12, 2012   Thursday within the Octave of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 3:11-26 As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John,all the people hurried in amazement toward themin the portico called "Solomon's Portico."When Peter saw this, he addressed the people,"You children of Israel, why are you amazed at this,and why do you look so intently at usas if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesuswhom you handed over...
  • Was C.S. Lewis a Crypto-Mormon

    04/11/2012 4:15:32 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 12 replies ^ | R. M. Sivulka
    Was C. S. Lewis a Crypto-Mormon? If you would like for us to consider adding your comments here, please send an e-mail to Many LDS writers have been fascinated with C. S. Lewis to the point of making him an "honorary member" of the LDS Church. A recent article stated, "Lewis wrote about the nature of God and how man's ultimate potential is to become like deity, something that seems to resonate with LDS audiences." To LDS, this means that we can become gods like our God is a God for us. In his book, The Mormon Faith: A...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 11, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/11/2012 4:53:31 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    The Reward of Diligence Today's Scripture The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied Proverbs 13:4, RSV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God longs to pour out His favor and blessing on you. He has rewards, victory and promotion for you, but these things don’t happen automatically. You have to do your part. You have to be diligent. First of all, you have to be diligent to seek His ways and follow His commands. Then you also have to be diligent with what you have in your hand—your...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 11, 2012]

    04/11/2012 4:51:40 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Complete and Effective Divinity "If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection . . ." —Romans 6:5 Co-Resurrection. The proof that I have experienced crucifixion with Jesus is that I have a definite likeness to Him. The Spirit of Jesus entering me rearranges my personal life before God. The resurrection of Jesus has given Him the authority to give the life of God to me, and the experiences of my life must now be built on the foundation of His life. I can have...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-11-12, Wednesday within the Octave of Easter

    04/10/2012 6:40:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 04-11-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 11, 2012   Wednesday within the Octave of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John were going up to the temple areafor the three o'clock hour of prayer.And a man crippled from birth was carriedand placed at the gate of the temple called "the Beautiful Gate" every dayto beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,he asked for alms.But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,and said, "Look at us."He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.Peter said, "I have...
  • Mormon priesthood holder compares PH power to government power [Edit to fit]

    04/10/2012 1:02:18 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 29 replies ^ | April 10, 2012 | Anon
    Until very recently, when I discovered I had a heart problem, I was employed as a cop. I loved the job because it gave me the unique opportunity to combine my love of helping people, with my joy of firearms and driving fast while not having to worry about traffic tickets. Admittedly, I was never what you would call a super-cop, but I showed up to work, did my job, and for better or worse had a major impact on some peoples lives, most of whom I can't remember, even though they took the time to painfully describe what they...