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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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    BibleProphecyBlog.com ^ | 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
    BibleProphecyBlog.com ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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
    (CNSNews.com) - 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    MormonInfo.org ^ | 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 Rob@MormonInfo.org. 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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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 · 28 replies
    Exmormon.org ^ | 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...
  • Our National Pride

    04/10/2012 7:10:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/10/12 | Rev. Robert Johansen
    “I’m proud to be an American.”Those words are more than the refrain of a country-western song. This sentiment encompasses both reflection on our past and national aspiration. We look back on our history and see things we can be proud of as a nation, and we look forward to dream of pride in what we might become. National pride might be called the daughter of patriotism. In this election year, candidates are expressing their American pride. Mitt Romney has proclaimed that he has a blueprint for “restoring American pride” A corollary of plans for restoring “American Pride” are calls for...
  • Imitate Jesus Christ

    04/10/2012 4:51:59 AM PDT · by hawkins · 1 replies
    Church of Christ Articles ^ | 4/10/2012 | Travis Main
    The apostle Paul called upon mankind to imitate himself (I Corinthians 4:16, Philippians 3:17), others who served God (Hebrews 6:12, 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9), and the Churches of God (I Thessalonians 2:14). However, hear his ultimate call: “Imitate Jesus Christ!” (I Corinthians 11:1). Paul addressed the Thessalonians in I Thessalonians 1:6, noting they imitated Jesus Christ. Though persecution came to them, they joyfully embraced the inspired Word of God. Three verses earlier, Paul praised them for three behaviors: their work of faith, labor of love, and steadfastness of hope. By these, the Thessalonians demonstrated unity with Christ.To students of scripture, the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 10, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/10/2012 4:45:10 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    It Has a Great Reward Today's Scripture “Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward” (Hebrews 10:35, NASB) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you been praying and believing for something that seems like it’s taking a lot longer than you anticipated? Many times, people can miss God’s best simply because they give up before they see their “due season” come. Don’t let that be you! Be encouraged today; your answer is closer than you think! If it seems like things are getting more difficult, remember, when the intensity heats up, that means you are...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 10, 2012]

    04/10/2012 4:44:13 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Complete and Effective Decision About Sin ". . . our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin" —Romans 6:6 Co-Crucifixion. Have you made the following decision about sin—that it must be completely killed in you? It takes a long time to come to the point of making this complete and effective decision about sin. It is, however, the greatest moment in your life once you decide that sin must die in you-not simply be restrained, suppressed, or counteracted, but crucified—just as...
  • A Message of Friendship: Muslims and Latter-Day Saints

    04/10/2012 12:16:06 AM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 13 replies
    FairLDS.org ^ | David Stewart
    Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that Muhammad was an inspired teacher raised up by God to teach His word.
  • People on Other Worlds

    04/09/2012 10:05:05 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 155 replies
    LDS.org ^ | April 1971 | Kent Nielsen
    Long before our God began his creations, he dwelt on a mortal world like ours, one of the creations that his Father had created for him and his brethren. He, with many of his brethren, was obedient to the principles of the eternal gospel. One among these, it is presumed, was a savior for them, and through him they obtained a resurrection and an exaltation on an eternal, celestial world. 8 Then they gained the power and godhood of their Father and were made heirs of all that he had, continuing his works and creating worlds of their own for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-10-12, Tuesday within the Octave of Easter

    04/09/2012 8:28:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-10-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 10, 2012   Tuesday within the Octave of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 2:36-41 On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,"Let the whole house of Israel know for certainthat God has made him both Lord and Christ,this Jesus whom you crucified." Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,"What are we to do, my brothers?"Peter said to them,"Repent and be baptized, every one of you,in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.For...
  • JOHN HARPER: True Hero on the Titanic

    John Harper was born to a pair of solid Christian parents on May 29th, 1872. It was on the last Sunday of March 1886, when he was thirteen years old that he received Jesus as the Lord of his life. He never knew what it was to "sow his wild oats." He began to preach about four years later at the ripe old age of 17 years old by going down to the streets of his village and pouring out his soul in earnest entreaty for men to be reconciled to God. As John Harper's life unfolded, one thing was...
  • Attitude of Servitude

    04/09/2012 6:03:44 AM PDT · by Former Fetus
    Holy Land Moments ^ | 4/9/2012 | Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
    “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me”’.” — Exodus 9:1 “Let my people go” is probably the most famous line in the entire exodus story. God, via Moses, commands Pharaoh to let the people of Israel leave Egypt. However “let my people go” is only half of the line, and it represents only half of the story. The rest of the verse reads “so that they may worship me.” God wants the Israelites...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 9, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/09/2012 4:40:02 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    He is a Rewarder Today's Scripture “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you see God as a rewarder today? Notice this verse doesn’t say that God rewards those who “deserve” it or have “earned” it. It doesn’t say that God rewards those who act perfectly and never make mistakes. No, God’s blessing isn’t based on our performance, it’s based on our faith — our belief in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 9, 2012]

    04/09/2012 4:38:59 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Have You Seen Jesus? "After that, He appeared in another form to two of them . . ." —Mark 16:12 Being saved and seeing Jesus are not the same thing. Many people who have never seen Jesus have received and share in God’s grace. But once you have seen Him, you can never be the same. Other things will not have the appeal they did before.You should always recognize the difference between what you see Jesus to be and what He has done for you. If you see only what He has done for you, your God is not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-09-12, Monday within the Octave of Easter

    04/08/2012 8:42:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RAB ^ | 04-09-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 9, 2012   Monday within the Octave of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 2:14, 22-33 On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,raised his voice, and proclaimed:"You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. "You who are children of Israel, hear these words.Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by Godwith mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,you killed, using lawless...
  • The on-coming Romney onslaught against Christian conservatives [VANITY]

    04/08/2012 8:37:38 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 70 replies
    You watch, Romney's campaign is going to throw allegations of religious bigotry at Christian conservatives like you can't believe. Let me tell you something. The Romney people have some of the best political consultants in the country and they don't get there because they're always wonderful people. The RINO/GOPe are tough. They're very tough. We saw how they undermined Governor Palin during the last election, and the scorched earth policy they carried out against Romney's primary opponents who were conservative or Christian. I've worked with some of them on other campaigns, they're the best there is in the business. And...
  • “He’s Alive!”

    04/08/2012 2:35:47 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | April 8,2012 | annem040359
    Today, Christians around the world are taking the time to honor the day in which, Jesus Christ, three days after suffering and dying on the cross on a hill called Calvary, on the very same third day, rises from the dead. Jesus, savior of all, wins the great victory over the enemy, death, and sin.
  • Whatever day you treat special. All days or one. Edify one another. Love one another.

    04/08/2012 11:35:03 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 3 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love one another. Love everyone as CHRIST loved and loves us. Have patience with one another the way you would want them to have patience for you.
  • Easter Interview: The Woman Who Was There

    04/08/2012 7:22:58 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 8, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    Call me Mary -- not the one who bore Him, but she who was borne up by him, little did I know it at the time. And you? You say you're some sort of scribe. Lord knows there is always something to write about in Judaea.I do not mean to be inhospitable, young man. Blessed be he who comes, as they say. Recline. Rest yourself. Have you had something to eat, a glass of wine for your stomach's sake? You must wash your feet, change your sandals. For I know it is a long, dusty trip up here, and with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 8, 2012]

    04/08/2012 4:11:55 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    His Resurrection Destiny "Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?" —Luke 24:26 Our Lord’s Cross is the gateway into His life. His resurrection means that He has the power to convey His life to me. When I was born again, I received the very life of the risen Lord from Jesus Himself.Christ’s resurrection destiny— His foreordained purpose— was to bring “many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10). The fulfilling of His destiny gives Him the right to make us sons and daughters of God. We never have exactly the same relationship to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-08-12, The Resurrection of the Lord

    04/07/2012 9:03:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 56 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-08-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 8, 2012 The Resurrection of the LordThe Mass of Easter Sunday  Reading 1 Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Peter proceeded to speak and said:"You know what has happened all over Judea,beginning in Galilee after the baptismthat John preached,how God anointed Jesus of Nazarethwith the Holy Spirit and power.He went about doing goodand healing all those oppressed by the devil,for God was with him.We are witnesses of all that he didboth in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be...
  • The buzz on the new "Exultet": here come the bees! [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2012 5:37:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Patheos.com via TheDeaconsBench. ^ | Mar 15th, 2011 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The buzz on the new "Exultet": here come the bees! Mar 15th, 2011 by Deacon Greg Kandra With Easter rapidly approaching, deacons everywhere will be clearing their throats and getting ready to give voice to the great hymn of the Paschal Proclamation — also known as “The Exultet,” a seven-minute a capaella chant that fittingly, as the lyric proclaims, “humbles earthly pride.”    It is the Mother of All Chants, an epic best approached with a strong heart and steeled nerves.(For those interested, there’s an excellent downloadable version here that I’ve used for the last three years.)My pal Elizabeth...
  • MSNBC's O'Donnell on Romney's "Mormon Problem": How Moronism Was "Invented"

    04/07/2012 2:48:46 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 136 replies
    MSNBC via YouTube ^ | April 4, 2012 | Lawrence O'Donnell
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_5hww4HNDQ And so begins the MSM turn on the Republican nominee. And as much as I hate to credit the MSM, and particularly O'Donnell, I cannot find anything in his rant that is inaccurate, other than the number of wives Joseph Smith claimed. O'Donnell says 48, but I believe the most consistent number put forward by historians is 27. On the other hand, Brigham Young claimed 56 wives, so O'Donnell is certainly within range.
  • Walk in love with everyone, as Christ does the same with us. We are all a work in progress!

    04/07/2012 10:10:22 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 5 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    We are a work in progress. Treat others as you want to be treated. Walk in love. No one is perfect.
  • Meditating on Good Friday with St. Francis de Sales

    04/07/2012 5:41:33 AM PDT · by sayuncledave · 2 replies
    Catholic Champion ^ | April 6, 2012 | Matthew Bellasario
    Meditating on Good Friday with St. Francis de Sales But could God not have provided the world with a remedy other than that of His Son's death? Certainly, He could have done so, and by a thousand other means. Could He not have pardoned human nature with absolute power and pure mercy, not invoking justice or the intervention of any creature? Doubtless He could, and who would have dared to question or criticize Him? No one, for He is Sovereign Master and can do all He wills. Besides, if He had wanted some creature to undertake our redemption, could He...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 7, 2012]

    04/07/2012 4:20:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Why We Lack Understanding "He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead" —Mark 9:9 As the disciples were commanded, you should also say nothing until the Son of Man has risen in you— until the life of the risen Christ so dominates you that you truly understand what He taught while here on earth. When you grow and develop the right condition inwardly, the words Jesus spoke become so clear that you are amazed you did not grasp them before. In fact, you...
  • Historical Questions About the Resurrection (Special TSP Easter Post and Podcast)

    04/07/2012 12:35:42 AM PDT · by Mighty_Quinn
    The Sacred Page ^ | 4/7/12 | Michael Barber
    Click below (scroll to the bottom of this post) to listen to the special TSP Easter podcast. Of course, you can also listen on iTunes. (Have you subscribed to the podcast yet?)St. Paul makes it clear that Resurrection is an essential aspect of Christian faith. He states, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.” (1 Cor 15:16–19). Yet...
  • War on Mormons [Brigham Young vs. Tax 'em Young; Lds baptize dead; Democrats have the dead vote]

    04/06/2012 9:47:32 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 38 replies
    Fishersvillemike.blogspot ^ | April 5, 2012 | Fishersville Mike
    ...anti-Mormon stories coming out now that it looks like Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama in November. Mormons vs. Democratic morons. Brigham Young vs. Tax 'em Young (aka Tax 'em Old, Tax 'em All). Mormons baptize the dead. Democrats have the dead vote. It's going to be a fun election season.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-07-12, Holy Saturday - Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

    04/06/2012 9:06:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-07-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 7, 2012   Holy Saturday - Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter   Reading 1 Gn 1:1; 2:2 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said,"Let there be light," and there was light.God saw how good the light was.God then separated the light from the darkness.God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night."Thus evening came, and morning followed-the first day. Then God said,"Let there be a dome in the middle of the...
  • Good Friday Observations

    04/06/2012 9:03:51 PM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies
    Original ^ | 4/6/2012
    It’s interesting how things work. Recently, I got a link across the transom to the story of Ken Kirby, a 52-year-old police officer who had a massive heart attack and rushed to the hospital. When he got there, he had no heart beat. He was dead. Apparently, Officer Kirby and his wife had been fighting a lot in the time just before that. She was distraught, of course. Having no other treatments to offer, the emergency room staff turned to prayer. Well, 45 minutes after his arrival, Ken Kirby recovered. He was back from the dead. This police officer, a...
  • The Creeping Darkness Has Me Counting The Days Till Glory (Dispensational Caucus)

    04/06/2012 1:09:55 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 17 replies
    WorldView Times ^ | April 5, 2012 | Jim Fletcher
    My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (John 10:27,28) It is three days since the Mid-America Prophecy Conference in Tulsa, and I am alone this evening and thinking about Charles Spurgeon, taking comfort in the fact that he battled depression from time to time. I really think he hated this world. And I mean that in a good way. My wife is working at the hospital tonight, and our kids are now...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 6, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/06/2012 4:44:18 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Resurrection Power at Work Today's Scripture "He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen" (Matthew 28:6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We have a reason to celebrate every day because we serve a God who is alive and filled with resurrection power! Not only did He resurrect Jesus from the dead, but He wants to extend His resurrection power to every area of your life, today! Maybe you have a dream to get out of debt, pay off your house or be free from that burden of lack, but it looks like it's...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 6, 2012]

    04/06/2012 4:42:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Collision of God and Sin ". . . who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree . . ." —1 Peter 2:24 The Cross of Christ is the revealed truth of God’s judgment on sin. Never associate the idea of martyrdom with the Cross of Christ. It was the supreme triumph, and it shook the very foundations of hell. There is nothing in time or eternity more absolutely certain and irrefutable than what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross— He made it possible for the entire human race to be brought back into a...