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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 23, 2012]

    04/23/2012 4:33:41 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do You Worship The Work? "We are God’s fellow workers . . ." —1 Corinthians 3:9 Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him. A great number of Christian workers worship their work. The only concern of Christian workers should be their concentration on God. This will mean that all the other boundaries of life, whether they are mental, moral, or spiritual limits, are completely free with the freedom God gives His child; that is, a worshiping child, not a wayward one. A worker who lacks this serious controlling emphasis of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-12, Opt Mem St. George, St. Adalbert, Bishop, Martyrs

    04/22/2012 8:39:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 04-23-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2012 Monday of the Third Week of Easter Reading 1Acts 6:8-15 Stephen, filled with grace and power,was working great wonders and signs among the people.Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,Cyreneans, and Alexandrians,and people from Cilicia and Asia,came forward and debated with Stephen,but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.Then they instigated some men to say,"We have heard him speaking blasphemous wordsagainst Moses and God."They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes,accosted him, seized him,and brought him before the Sanhedrin.They presented false witnesses who testified,"This man...
  • Another Christian Athlete Makes Good

    04/22/2012 11:59:19 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 7 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 22, 2012 | JP
    Phil Humbers Christian walk has had peaks and valleys. Yesterday was a peak for the Chicago White Sox hurler as he became only the 21st pitcher in major league baseball history to throw a perfect game. Humber faced 27 Seattle Mariner batters, retiring them one after another, in the Chisoxs 4-0 victory. His perfect game appeared most in jeopardy in the 9th inning when he ran the count to 3-2 with two batters, risking imperfect bases-on-balls. But the pitcher punched them both out. God is so good, said Humber, in a televised interview following his historic outing. And he was...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 22, 2012]

    04/22/2012 5:16:51 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Light That Never Fails "We all, with unveiled face, beholding . . . the glory of the Lord . . ." —2 Corinthians 3:18 A servant of God must stand so very much alone that he never realizes he is alone. In the early stages of the Christian life, disappointments will come— people who used to be lights will flicker out, and those who used to stand with us will turn away. We have to get so used to it that we will not even realize we are standing alone. Paul said, “. . . no one stood...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-22-12, Third Sunday of Easter

    04/21/2012 9:08:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies ^ | 04-22-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 22, 2012 Third Sunday of Easter Reading 1Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Peter said to the people:"The God of Abraham,the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus,whom you handed over and denied in Pilate's presencewhen he had decided to release him.You denied the Holy and Righteous Oneand asked that a murderer be released to you.The author of life you put to death,but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.Now I know, brothers,that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;but God has...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 21, 2012]

    04/21/2012 4:09:11 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Don’t Hurt the Lord "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?" —John 14:9 Our Lord must be repeatedly astounded at us-astounded at how “un-simple” we are. It is our own opinions that make us dense and slow to understand, but when we are simple we are never dense; we have discernment all the time. Philip expected the future revelation of a tremendous mystery, but not in Jesus, the Person he thought he already knew. The mystery of God is not in what is going to be-it is now, though we look...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-12, Opt. Mem, St. Anselm. Bishop & Doctor/Church

    04/21/2012 1:22:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 04-21-12 | Revised New American bible
    April 21, 2012 Saturday of the Second Week of Easter Reading 1Acts 6:1-7 As the number of disciples continued to grow,the Hellenists complained against the Hebrewsbecause their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,"It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,filled with the Spirit and wisdom,whom we shall appoint to this task,whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayerand to the ministry of the word."The proposal was acceptable to the whole...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-20-12

    04/21/2012 1:17:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies ^ | 04-20-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 20, 2012 Friday of the Second Week of Easter Reading 1Acts 5:34-42 A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,and said to the Sanhedrin, "Fellow children of Israel,be careful what you are about to do to these men.Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,and all those who were loyal to himwere disbanded and came to nothing.After him came Judas the Galilean at the...
  • Michael Savage Is Wrong About The Bible

    04/20/2012 7:11:13 AM PDT · by WXRGina · 44 replies
    For Freedom Galatians 5:1 ^ | April 18, 2012 | Michael D. Day
    Let me be clear: I love Michael Savage. He is a great champion of traditional conservatism and a defender of America and freedom. On most points, I stand shoulder to shoulder with him. However, in his latest book, Trickle Down Poverty (an absolute must read for all freedom-loving Americans) he misrepresents the Bible. In chapter three, page 63, addressing Christian terrorism, he points out that the Koran instructs, smite an infidel and put a knife to his neck, adding, If you look at the Old Testament of the Bible, it has similar edicts. While I agree with his main point,...
  • The test of the 'Eighth Day' is one of a lifelong struggle to prevail over the pitfalls of life

    04/20/2012 6:36:49 AM PDT · by Former Fetus
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4/20/2012 | Rabbi Berel Wein
    Full title: The test of the 'Eighth Day' is one of a lifelong struggle to prevail over the pitfalls and vicissitudes of life and its constant problems The name of this week's Torah portion, Shemini, is taken from the description of the events that transpired on the eighth day after the dedication and opening of the services of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the desert. The term "eighth day" means more than just the count of the number of days that elapsed since the Tabernacle came to life and to service. It signifies the moment that euphoria ends and reality sets...
  • Two Things Conservative Catholics Should Stop Doing

    04/20/2012 5:25:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 4/19/12 | Bonchamps
    Has the title of this blog post got your attention? Good. Many of this blogs regular readers and com-boxers could be classified as conservative Catholic, myself included (though I do my best to elude fixed categories). So I hope you will take this to heart, and maybe even take the debate outside the confines of this blog if you feel so moved. I like Bill Donohue. I sympathize with him and his organization, The Catholic League. I share many of their sentiments, including outrage and disgust, whenever the media decides to take another whack at Christianity. So I certainly dont...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 20, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/20/2012 4:20:49 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    He Delivers You from All Today's Scripture Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all (Psalm 34:19, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Isnt it good to know that we serve a Deliver? You might feel afflicted today, but God is working to bring you out of that difficult situation. It may not be in the way you thought, but you have to trust that God has your best interest at heart. An affliction is defined as the cause of persistent pain or distress. I know that afflictions can take...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 20, 2012]

    04/20/2012 4:20:05 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Can a Saint Falsely Accuse God? "All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen . . ." —2 Corinthians 1:20 Jesus’ parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25:14-30 was a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacities. This parable has nothing to do with natural gifts and abilities, but relates to the gift of the Holy Spirit as He was first given at Pentecost. We must never measure our spiritual capacity on the basis of our education or our intellect; our capacity in spiritual things is measured on the...
  • The First Lady's Curious Theology

    04/19/2012 11:20:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2012 | Rev. Michael Bresciani
    In America we elect presidents, we don't worship them. But the Weekly Standard blog offered a headline on April 17, 2012 that seemed to contradict this traditional practice. In a short piece by Daniel Halper the headline was "Michelle Obama: 'This President Has Brought Us Out of the Dark and Into the Light' If it were not a direct quote taken from Michelle Obama's rally speech at a campaign event in Nashville, Tennessee earlier the same day, we could only imagine that some virulent anti-Obama politico went too far and just made up a false and despiteful headline to hurt...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 19, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/19/2012 4:04:43 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    How Will You Accomplish Your Dreams? Today's Scripture ...Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty (Zechariah 4:6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you facing a situation that seems impossible? Have you been fighting a battle for a long time? The key is: dont go around talking about how big the problem is. Dont go around confessing that youre never going to make it. No, start declaring, The gracious hand of God is upon my life! When you realize Gods hand of favor is upon you, you will accomplish...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 19, 2012]

    04/19/2012 4:03:11 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Beware of the Least Likely Temptation "Joab had defected to Adonijah, though he had not defected to Absalom" —1 Kings 2:28 Joab withstood the greatest test of his life, remaining absolutely loyal to David by not turning to follow after the fascinating and ambitious Absalom. Yet toward the end of his life he turned to follow after the weak and cowardly Adonijah. Always remain alert to the fact that where one person has turned back is exactly where anyone may be tempted to turn back (see 1 Corinthians 10:11-13). You may have just victoriously gone through a great crisis,...
  • St. Thomas [Aquinas] and the Keeping of Pets

    04/19/2012 11:56:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Dominicana ^ | 4/16/12 | Br. Bonaventure Chapman
    There is a wonderful story about St. Thomas, teleology and a bunch of birds. It goes like this. A grand duke was visiting St. Thomas in the convent of St. Jacques in Paris and wanted to express his appreciation for St. Thomas and the Dominican Order by offering some sort of gift. The two went for a walk along the Left Bank of the Seine River and came upon a number of birds in cages being sold to passers-by. (I am told you can still buy birds at the spot today!) At this point, Thomas has an idea: will the...
  • Top US Republican Rejects Criticism by Catholic Bishops

    04/19/2012 1:30:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/18/12 | Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday defended his party's proposed deficit-cutting federal budget plan against complaints by Roman Catholic bishops that it would hurt the poor and violate certain "moral criteria." House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner argued that matters would worsen, with the government eventually unable to afford programs for the needy, unless it stops spending more money than it takes in. Boehner, who is Catholic, acknowledged that the bishops have a "moral argument," but said, "I want them to take a bigger look." "The bigger look is if we don't...
  • Pop Artists Turning to Satanic Imagery to Drum up Controversy, Sales, Experts say

    04/19/2012 1:28:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/19/12 | Jo Piazza
    NEW YORK Its an age-old saying in Hollywood that sex sells, but with consumers finding themselves oversaturated with sexual imagery, todays top acts are turning to something even more sinful to get our attention: Satan. Performer Nicki Minajs Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is getting a lot of buzz this month, due in large part to her infamous Grammy performance earlier this year, where she acted out scenes from an exorcism onstage. While critics, particularly religious groups, blasted the imagery in that performance as ill-timed and awkward, there is no denying that Minaj garnered the attention she was looking for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-19-12

    04/18/2012 6:29:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies American Bible ^ | 04-19-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 19, 2012 Thursday of the Second Week of Easter Reading 1Acts 5:27-33 When the court officers had brought the Apostles inand made them stand before the Sanhedrin,the high priest questioned them,"We gave you strict orders did we not,to stop teaching in that name.Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teachingand want to bring this man's blood upon us."But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,"We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.God exalted him at his right hand as leader...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 18, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/18/2012 4:42:52 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Youve Got It! Today's Scripture ...his favor lasts a lifetime... (Psalm 30:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Friends, success in this life isnt necessarily about how popular, influential or educated someone is. Success is about living a life of excellence in obedience to Gods Word. When we step out to do what God has called us to do, scripture says that His favor surrounds us like a shield. When we have His favor, we have everything, and we have an advantage for success! Gods favor opens the right doors. His favor will bring good breaks. The favor...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 18, 2012]

    04/18/2012 4:41:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Readiness "God called to him . . . . And he said, ’Here I am’ " —Exodus 3:4 When God speaks, many of us are like people in a fog, and we give no answer. Moses’ reply to God revealed that he knew where he was and that he was ready. Readiness means having a right relationship to God and having the knowledge of where we are. We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. Yet the man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who receives the prize...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-18-12

    04/17/2012 7:52:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 04-18-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2012 Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter Reading 1Acts 5:17-26 The high priest rose up and all his companions,that is, the party of the Sadducees,and, filled with jealousy,laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail.But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison,led them out, and said,"Go and take your place in the temple area,and tell the people everything about this life."When they heard this,they went to the temple early in the morning and taught.When the high priest and his companions arrived,they convened the Sanhedrin,the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 17, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/17/2012 4:43:03 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    The Gracious Hand of God Today's Scripture For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them (Psalm 44:3, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever thought about the fact that the victories you saw in your past werent just your own doing? When you made it through a difficult time, when you received an unexpected break, when things turned around for no reason, it was because God...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 17, 2012]

    04/17/2012 4:41:28 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    All or Nothing? "When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment . . . and plunged into the sea" John 21:7 Have you ever had a crisis in your life in which you deliberately, earnestly, and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of the will. You may come to that point many times externally, but it will amount to nothing. The true deep crisis of abandonment, or total surrender, is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of only external things may actually be an indication of your being in total...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-17-12

    04/16/2012 8:38:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 04-17-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2012 Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter Reading 1Acts 4:32-37 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. Thus Joseph, also named...

    04/16/2012 8:47:49 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around someone, no hands to experience touch, or to hold another hand with. Or what about being born without legs? Having no ability to dance, walk, run, or even stand on two feet. Now put both of those scenarios together: no arms and no legs. What would you do? How would that effect your everyday life?
  • Kate Upton Plays Hoochie Nun in Stooges Flick

    04/16/2012 7:40:18 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 65 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 16, 2012 | JP
    Im not Catholic. But I can certainly understand why my Catholic friends are offended by the new Three Stooges movie, helmed by the irreverent Farrelly Brothers, released by Twentieth Century Fox. The film would have been fine had Peter and Bobby Farrelly stuck to the slapstick comedy for which Moe, Larry and Curly are beloved by Stooges fans. But they had to ruin it, had to court controversy, by their sacrilegious portrayal of a Catholic nun as some sort of hoochie. Cast as Sister Bernice, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton wears a nuns veil, an oversized rosary and a...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - April 15th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    04/16/2012 5:03:49 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 15, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - April 15th, 2012 This week's topic: Pastor JD explains why it is that there's a conspicuous silence concerning everything that's happening in the world today.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 16, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/16/2012 4:51:39 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    The Favor Factor Today's Scripture Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me... (Nehemiah 2:18, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Theres a popular talent show on television called The X Factor. The judges study the different contestants and try to figure out who has that indefinable something that makes them stand out. You cant necessarily put your finger on it. Its not just talent, looks or personality. Theres something about them that gives them an advantage. Ive heard the judges say, I dont know what it is, but youve got...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 16, 2012]

    04/16/2012 4:50:45 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Can You Come Down From the Mountain? "While you have the light, believe in the light . . ." —John 12:36 We all have moments when we feel better than ever before, and we say, “I feel fit for anything; if only I could always be like this!” We are not meant to be. Those moments are moments of insight which we have to live up to even when we do not feel like it. Many of us are no good for the everyday world when we are not on the mountaintop. Yet we must bring our everyday life...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-12

    04/15/2012 9:13:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 04-16-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2012 Monday of the Second Week of Easter Reading 1Acts 4:23-31 After their release Peter and John went back to their own peopleand reported what the chief priests and elders had told them.And when they heard it,they raised their voices to God with one accordand said, "Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earthand the sea and all that is in them,you said by the Holy Spiritthrough the mouth of our father David, your servant: Why did the Gentiles rageand the peoples entertain folly?The kings of the earth took their standand the princes gathered togetheragainst the Lord...
  • Unlikely Spiritual Pilgrim Walks 70 Miles From Frat House to Shrine

    04/15/2012 7:29:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/14/12 | Jen Christensen
    Andrew Dominis feet were blistered and bloodied. He could barely walk by the time he finally made it to a pink marble church and crawled the last 90 feet to a quiet shrine tucked into the corner. As he paused a couple of weeks ago in front of the wooden coffin that held the remains of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and prayed, the 19-year-old said he finally felt at peace. Domini had walked nearly 70 miles, becoming an unlikely spiritual pilgrim. But the religious shrine wasnt in Rome, Jerusalem or some other officially holy city. It was in St. Mary-of-the-Woods,...
  • The Souls of Cylons [Mormon vs. Christian]

    04/15/2012 4:58:06 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 12 replies ^ | Ellen Leventry interviews Ron Moor
    Glen Larson, creator and producer of the first show, is a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints. He based much of the first series on Mormon cosmology. Was there a concerted effort to move away from that in this version? Not specifically, no. I looked at the original series as mythos and the way it dealt with religion as sort of a global sense. I was aware that Glen had used Mormon influences and how he had created the cosmology, but I'm not that familiar with Mormon belief or practice. To me there were things that were sort of...
  • Today would be Corrie ten Boom's 120th Birthday

    04/15/2012 1:21:30 PM PDT · by passionfruit · 15 replies
    April 15, 2012 | Patti Filley Messenger
    Today, April 15, 2012 is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Corrie ten Boom. It is also the 29th anniversary of her death. She wrote the book The Hiding Place, about her family's story. In WWII, they lived in Haarlem Holland. They hid Jews in a small room in their home. The Nazis came and arrested the ten Boom family and sent them to concentration camps. Corrie was the only one who survived. But the Jews that were hiding there survived and escaped. You can read more about Corrie at the link. Happy birthday Dear Lady!Better yet, buy a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 15, 2012]

    04/15/2012 4:47:54 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Failure To Pay Close Attention "The high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days" —2 Chronicles 15:17 Asa was not completely obedient in the outward, visible areas of his life. He was obedient in what he considered the most important areas, but he was not entirely right. Beware of ever thinking, “Oh, that thing in my life doesn’t matter much.” The fact that it doesn’t matter much to you may mean that it matters a great deal to God. Nothing should be considered a trivial matter by a child...
  • 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 1Acts 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 PsalmPs 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 mans religion. See, said Farrakhan, youve 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 Iraqknown variously in Scripture as Babel, Babylon, Babylonia, Mesopotamia and Shinarwill 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 Gods 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 1:310; 3:1126; 15:621. Let me also state up front that the New Testament teaches that the church is a mystery (Rom. 16:2527; Eph. 3:39; Col. 1:2627), always part of Gods 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 1Acts 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. Its...
  • 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 1Acts 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 its 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 youll stay in faith, if youll keep on seeking Him, it wont 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 Im sure for some of you, its 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.