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  • “Whole Nations Will Be Annihilated”: Obama, America, and the Errors of Russia, PART II

    10/29/2012 9:25:15 AM PDT · by MJVO5342 · 2 replies
    Obama and Communism ^ | 10/22/2012 | Mike
    “Whole Nations Will Be Annihilated”: Obama, America, and the Errors of Russia, PART II Error #4: Obama, Marriage, and the Unnatural Vice “...such a [Communist] doctrine logically makes of marriage and the family a purely artificial and civil institution...[Communism says that] there exists no matrimonial bond of a juridico-moral nature that is not subject to the whim of the individual or of the collectivity.”—Pope Pius XI, Divini Redemptoris, n. 11 (Italics added) “I’m a Christian. I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.” (1)—Barack Obama, 2004 “I’ve...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 29, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/29/2012 4:56:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    The Time of Favor Today's Scripture “That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life...” (Joshua 4:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I love the promise that God gave to Joshua. He said, “Joshua, today I will begin to make you great in the eyes of all the Israelites.” He was saying, “Today, I’m going to start releasing more of My favor, My blessings, My increase.” But notice, there was a specific time in his life that God began to release favor in a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 29, 2012]

    10/29/2012 4:53:37 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Substitution "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" —2 Corinthians 5:21 The modern view of the death of Jesus is that He died for our sins out of sympathy for us. Yet the New Testament view is that He took our sin on Himself not because of sympathy, but because of His identification with us. He was “made. . . to be sin. . . .” Our sins are removed because of the death of Jesus, and the only explanation for His death is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-29-12

    10/28/2012 8:02:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 10-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 29, 2012   Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eph 4:32-5:8 Brothers and sisters:Be kind to one another, compassionate,forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,as Christ loved us and handed himself over for usas a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you,as is fitting among holy ones,no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place,but instead, thanksgiving.Be sure of this, that no immoral or...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - October 28th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    10/28/2012 6:53:54 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 28, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - October 28th, 2012 Pastor J.D. talks about the Tsunami warning in Hawaii, and the super storm on the East Coast.
  • Have Darwinists Finally Found The Missing Link?

    10/28/2012 9:06:23 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 37 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 28, 2012 | JP
    They never stop – the God-deniers who worship at the altar of evolution. Who pay homage to their high priest, Charles Darwin. Who continue to place their faith in theories they contend to be indisputable science. The latest example is a new fossil study, published in the journal Science, co-authored by David Green, an anatomy professor at Midwestern University in Illinois, and Zeresenay Alemseged, chair of the anthropology department at the California Academy of Sciences. The study claims that that the 3.3 million-year-old remains of a baby monkey, discovered in Ethiopia, somehow confirm that our early human ancestors swung from...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 28, 2012]

    10/28/2012 4:39:12 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Justification by Faith "If when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life" —Romans 5:10 I am not saved by believing— I simply realize I am saved by believing. And it is not repentance that saves me— repentance is only the sign that I realize what God has done through Christ Jesus. The danger here is putting the emphasis on the effect, instead of on the cause. Is it my obedience, consecration, and dedication that make me right with God? It...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-28-12, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/27/2012 8:30:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 60 replies ^ | 10-28-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 28, 2012 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jer 31:7-9 Thus says the LORD:Shout with joy for Jacob,exult at the head of the nations;proclaim your praise and say:The LORD has delivered his people,the remnant of Israel.Behold, I will bring them backfrom the land of the north;I will gather them from the ends of the world,with the blind and the lame in their midst,the mothers and those with child;they shall return as an immense throng.They departed in tears,but I will console them and guide them;I will lead them to brooks of water,on a level road, so that none...
  • Vatican: Savile's papal honor cannot be removed

    10/27/2012 3:00:33 PM PDT · by EBH · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 10/27/12 | SYLVIA HUI
    The Vatican said Saturday it never would have given Jimmy Savile his papal knighthood had it known of allegations the British TV star was a child sex predator, but that it can't rescind the honor now that he has died. The Catholic Church of England wrote to the Holy See last week, asking it to consider whether it could posthumously remove the honor awarded to Savile because of the many recent child sex abuse allegations against him. Savile, a much-loved BBC children's television host, died last year at age 84. The church said its leader, Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols,...
  • The Perfect Storm 2

    10/27/2012 1:12:30 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 10 replies ^ | October 27, 2012 | John McTernan
    But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea. (Jonah 1:4) Many people have contacted me about this hurricane and what might be the spiritual root. At this point, I have no idea, and we are going to have to let it play out to see what is happening. Right now, Hurricane Sandy is projected to hit Washington, DC and then come directly over my house! I live in central Pennsylvania and the storm is scheduled to hit here Wednesday. Hurricane Sandy is being compared to the Perfect Storm...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 27, 2012]

    10/27/2012 4:21:41 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Method of Missions "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . ." —Matthew 28:19 Jesus Christ did not say, “Go and save souls” (the salvation of souls is the supernatural work of God), but He said, “Go . . . make disciples of all the nations . . . .” Yet you cannot make disciples unless you are a disciple yourself. When the disciples returned from their first mission, they were filled with joy because even the demons were subject to them. But Jesus said, in effect, “Don’t rejoice in successful service— the great secret...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-27-12

    10/26/2012 8:25:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 10-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
      October 27, 2012   Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eph 4:7-16 Brothers and sisters:Grace was given to each of usaccording to the measure of Christ"s gift.Therefore, it says: He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;he gave gifts to men. What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descendedinto the lower regions of the earth?The one who descended is also the one who ascendedfar above all the heavens,that he might fill all things. And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,to equip the holy...
  • A Great Bible Search Engine

    10/26/2012 8:04:38 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 15 replies
    "Search for any English word in the KJV Bible plus the following Bible dictionaries (CBC, ISBE, KJV, Nave's, Vines, Torrey's, Hitchcock's Bible Names, Easton's Dictionaries, and the BLB Thematic Subject Guide)---A Strong's number search tool that searches a Hebrew/Greek concordance ---Browse through an alphabetical listing of 53,000+ entries from nine Bible dictionaries--------
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 26, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/26/2012 4:43:18 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    A Brand New Thing Today's Scripture “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun!” (Isaiah 43:19, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Can you see the “brand new thing” God is doing in your life? Sometimes it’s easy to see the hand of God moving, and sometimes the storms of life can cloud our vision. But no matter where you are in life today, meditate on this truth that God is working even when you can’t see Him. Like a seed buried deep in the ground, it may seem dark and lonely and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 26, 2012]

    10/26/2012 4:42:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    What is a Missionary? "Jesus said to them again, ’. . . As the Father has sent Me, I also send you’ " —John 20:21 A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of people, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in our service for God is behind us, not ahead of us. The tendency today is to put the inspiration out in front— to sweep everything together in front of us and make it conform to our definition of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-26-12

    10/25/2012 7:38:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies ^ | 10-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 26, 2012   Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time     Reading 1 Eph 4:1-6 Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the spiritthrough the bond of peace;one Body and one Spirit,as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 25, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/25/2012 4:41:37 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Forgiveness is for You Today's Scripture “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that the ability to forgive others is a gift from God? The Bible tells us that if we don’t forgive others, we cannot be forgiven. If we don’t forgive, we are blocking the ability for God to work in our lives. But when we choose to forgive, we are choosing God’s way and opening the door for Him to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 25, 2012]

    10/25/2012 4:40:54 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Submitting to God’s Purpose "I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some" —1 Corinthians 9:22 A Christian worker has to learn how to be God’s man or woman of great worth and excellence in the midst of a multitude of meager and worthless things. Never protest by saying, “If only I were somewhere else!” All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them. Unless we have the right purpose intellectually in our minds and lovingly in our hearts, we will very...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-25-12

    10/24/2012 9:39:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 10-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 25, 2012 Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eph 3:14-21 Brothers and sisters:I kneel before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his gloryto be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;that you, rooted and grounded in love,may have strength to comprehend with all the holy oneswhat is the breadth and length and height and depth,and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,so that you...
  • Mid East Prophecy Update - October 21st, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    10/24/2012 2:27:28 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 70 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 21, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid East Prophecy Update - October 21st, 2012 Pastor JD talks about how that something significant may happen in the weeks ahead, prior to, and or after, this years elections.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 24, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/24/2012 4:43:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Heavy With Favor Today's Scripture “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Notice that today’s verse doesn’t say that the glory of the Lord is going to come on you one day. It doesn’t say, “Maybe when the economy gets better, when you graduate from college, or when you get that good break.” No, it says God’s glory is already on you! The word “glory” in the original language indicates that God’s favor, blessing and splendor is on you in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 24, 2012]

    10/24/2012 4:42:06 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Proper Perspective " Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ . . . " —2 Corinthians 2:14 The proper perspective of a servant of God must not simply be as near to the highest as he can get, but it must be the highest. Be careful that you vigorously maintain God’s perspective, and remember that it must be done every day, little by little. Don’t think on a finite level. No outside power can touch the proper perspective.The proper perspective to maintain is that we are here for only one purpose— to be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-24-12, OM, St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

    10/23/2012 9:53:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 10-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 24, 2012   Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eph 3:2-12 Brothers and sisters:You have heard of the stewardship of God's gracethat was given to me for your benefit,namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,as I have written briefly earlier.When you read thisyou can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,which was not made known to human beings in other generationsas it has now been revealedto his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,and copartners in the promise in Christ...
  • Holy Photoshop! LSU Erased Christian Football Fans' Crosses

    10/23/2012 9:09:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/22/12
    A group of Louisiana State University football fans whose admiration for the Tigers is second only to their love for Jesus is outraged after the school digitally erased the tiny crosses they painted on their bare upper chests at a recent football game. LSU officials sent out a photo of The Painted Posse, Christian students who paint their bodies with LSU school colors and small crosses for home games, in an email about the LSU game against South Carolina on Oct. 13. The students were shocked to see the photo, which appeared to be otherwise untouched, in the newsletter that...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 23, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/23/2012 4:43:00 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Make Room Today's Scripture “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.” (Proverbs 13:22, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Notice, God has already laid up contracts, houses, businesses, promotions and good breaks. They already have your name on them. If you’ll keep honoring God and making room for them, then eventually they will find their way into your hands — the hands of the righteous. That means right now something is headed your direction; not bad breaks, not disappointments, not lack, not mediocrity....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 23, 2012]

    10/23/2012 4:42:16 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Nothing of the Old Life! "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" —2 Corinthians 5:17 Our Lord never tolerates our prejudices— He is directly opposed to them and puts them to death. We tend to think that God has some special interest in our particular prejudices, and are very sure that He will never deal with us as He has to deal with others. We even say to ourselves, “God has to deal with other people in a very strict way, but of course He...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-23-12, OM, St. John of Capistrano, Priest

    10/22/2012 10:08:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 10-23-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 23, 2012 Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eph 2:12-22 Brothers and sisters:You were at that time without Christ,alienated from the community of Israeland strangers to the covenants of promise,without hope and without God in the world.But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far offhave become near by the Blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he made both oneand broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his Flesh,abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two,thus...
  • More Brits Believe in Aliens Than in God, Survey Claims

    10/22/2012 8:29:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 10/21/12 | Anugrah Kumar
    The number of those who believe in extraterrestrial life is significantly higher than those who believe in God in the United Kingdom, a survey commissioned by a new alien-themed video game claims. The survey, for which the "XCOM: Enemy Unknown" videogame hired market research agency Opinion Matters to conduct, suggests that 52 percent of U.K. adults believe UFO evidence has been covered up because widespread knowledge of their existence would threaten government stability, as opposed to 44 percent who say they believe in God. Around 10 percent of the country also claims to have seen a UFO, with almost a...
  • Various Financial Sector Reports [Rank of best ministries]

    10/22/2012 7:50:13 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 6 replies ^ | 2012 |
    Various Financial Sector Reports Select a sector, and select which type of financial efficiency rating group to display Sorting: Click on a column header to sort. Hold shift key + click to sort by multiple columns if the first clicked column has multiple rows of identical data. Ministry Noteworthy Efficiency Rating Efficiency Rank Sector Breath of Life, Inc. #1 (100%) Educational Media Children's Medical Ministries (CMM) #2 (99.7%) Relief and Development World Help #3 (99.4%) Foreign Missions Christian Blind Mission /CBM #4 (99.1%) Relief and Development Citihope International #5 (98.8%) Relief and Development Persecution Project Foundation #6 (98.5%) Advocacy Kingsway...
  • Cat Discovers 2,000-Year-Old Roman Catacomb

    10/22/2012 6:51:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10/18/12 | Tom Kington
    Rome resident Mirko Curti stumbles upon tomb piled with bones while chasing wayward feline near his apartmentRome may not exactly be short of catacombs, but one discovered this week is more deserving of the name than the city's countless other subterranean burial chambers. For Mirko Curti stumbled into a 2,000-year-old tomb piled with bones while chasing a wayward moggy yards from his apartment building. Curti and a friend were following the cat at 10pm on Tuesday when it scampered towards a low tufa rock cliff close to his home near Via di Pietralata in a residential area of the city....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 22, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/22/2012 4:38:53 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Stored Up Blessings Today's Scripture “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Scripture talks about how God has blessings stored up for those that honor Him. Think about that. God has contracts, houses, ideas, good breaks that already have your name on them! They’ve been stored up for you. The question is, how do you see them released? Number one: by honoring God...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 22, 2012]

    10/22/2012 4:37:15 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Witness of the Spirit "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit . . ." —Romans 8:16 We are in danger of getting into a bargaining spirit with God when we come to Him—we want the witness of the Spirit before we have done what God tells us to do.Why doesn’t God reveal Himself to you? He cannot. It is not that He will not, but He cannot, because you are in the way as long as you won’t abandon yourself to Him in total surrender. Yet once you do, immediately God witnesses to Himself—He cannot witness to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-22-12

    10/21/2012 8:09:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 10-22-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 22, 2012   Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eph 2:1-10 Brothers and sisters:You were dead in your transgressions and sinsin which you once lived following the age of this world,following the ruler of the power of the air,the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh,following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses,and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest.But God, who is rich in mercy,because of the great love he had for us,even when we...
  • Is God in Total Control of Everything (Dispensational Caucus)

    10/21/2012 4:42:00 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 25 replies ^ | October 20, 2012 | Jack Kelley
    There’s a theory, only hinted at in Scripture, that Planet Earth had been the domain of Satan prior to his rebellion. Although he was only a created being, Satan was an enormously powerful dignitary in God’s Universe (Jude 1:9). He was the overseer of the Cherubim (the guardians of God’s Throne) and a leader of the angelic host. He was God’s most impressive creation (Ezekiel 28:12-15). Because of his position, his power, and his beauty he became proud and rebelled (Ezekiel 28:17, Isaiah 14:13-14), bringing about a judgment that destroyed planet Earth. All this seems to have happened between Genesis...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 21, 2012]

    10/21/2012 4:41:21 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Impulsiveness or Discipleship? "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith . . ." —Jude 20 There was nothing of the nature of impulsive or thoughtless action about our Lord, but only a calm strength that never got into a panic. Most of us develop our Christianity along the lines of our own nature, not along the lines of God’s nature. Impulsiveness is a trait of the natural life, and our Lord always ignores it, because it hinders the development of the life of a disciple. Watch how the Spirit of God gives a sense of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-21-12, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/20/2012 3:28:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies ^ | 10-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2012   Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Is 53:10-11 The LORD was pleasedto crush him in infirmity. If he gives his life as an offering for sin,he shall see his descendants in a long life,and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him. Because of his afflictionhe shall see the light in fullness of days;through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,and their guilt he shall bear. Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.Upright is the word of...
  • Priest Treks Across US on Pro-Life Pilgrimage

    10/20/2012 11:23:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 9/23/12 | Emily Stimpson
    Father Dan Pattee spent his summer spreading Gospel of Life and witnessing firsthand the devastation of abortionRising at dawn and offering Mass is nothing out of the ordinary for any priest. Walking 30-plus miles after the Mass, across America’s highways and byways with a bunch of college students, however, is a little less ordinary — unless you’re Father Dan Pattee. In the summer of 2012, Father Pattee, a professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, teamed up with Crossroads for the second time (the first was in 2007), and walked across America, from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., on...
  • No More Conscience of Sins

    10/20/2012 8:32:12 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 11 replies
    brownbible ^ | Ken Brown
    Hebrews 10:2 'For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins'-- Hebrews 10:1 'For the law having a shadow of good things to come.' (we are not under the law).-- Hebrews 10: 14 'For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.'(in our spirit we are complete forever).--Ephesians 1:7 'In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins'(forgiven forever). How can it be said that we are dead to sin(s) and freed from it if God is holding certain...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 20, 2012]

    10/20/2012 4:24:16 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is God’s Will My Will? "This is the will of God, your sanctification . . ." —1 Thessalonians 4:3 Sanctification is not a question of whether God is willing to sanctify me— is it my will? Am I willing to let God do in me everything that has been made possible through the atonement of the Cross of Christ? Am I willing to let Jesus become sanctification to me, and to let His life be exhibited in my human flesh? (see 1 Corinthians 1:30). Beware of saying, “Oh, I am longing to be sanctified.” No, you are not. Recognize...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-20-12, OM, St. Paul of the Cross, Priest

    10/19/2012 10:02:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-20-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 20, 2012   Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eph 1:15-23 Brothers and sisters:Hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesusand of your love for all the holy ones,I do not cease giving thanks for you,remembering you in my prayers,that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelationresulting in knowledge of him.May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,what are the riches of gloryin his inheritance among the holy ones,and what...
  • U.S. Postal Service Issues Holy Family Forever Stamp

    10/19/2012 7:00:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/10/12
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The dramatic story of the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt has been depicted in art and music for centuries. Today, the story travels on millions of Forever stamps with the U.S. Postal Service's issuance of the Holy Family stamp as the nation prepares for the holiday mailing season. The stamp goes on sale today at Post Offices nationwide and can be purchased online at or by phone at 800-Stamp24 (800-782-6724). The stamp was unveiled at Bethlehem Chapel, the earliest completed portion of Washington National Cathedral. The center panel of the limestone...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 19, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/19/2012 4:50:49 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    A Gift from God Today's Scripture For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We serve such a loving, gracious and generous God. He loves you so much that there isn’t anything He wouldn’t do in order to have a relationship with you. The Bible tells us that sin separates man from God. But God doesn’t want to be separated from us. That’s why He sent His Son into the world—to pay the penalty for sin so that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 19, 2012]

    10/19/2012 4:49:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Unheeded Secret "Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world" —John 18:36 The great enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ today is the idea of practical work that has no basis in the New Testament but comes from the systems of the world. This work insists upon endless energy and activities, but no private life with God. The emphasis is put on the wrong thing. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation . . . . For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21). It is a hidden, obscure thing....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-19-12, M, Sts. John de Brébeuf & Isaac Jogues, companions

    10/18/2012 8:51:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies ^ | 10-19-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 19, 2012 Memorial of Saint John de Brébeuf and Saint Isaac Jogues, priests and martyrs, and their companions, martyrs   Reading 1 Eph 1:11-14 Brothers and sisters:In Christ we were also chosen,destined in accord with the purpose of the Onewho accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,we who first hoped in Christ.In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,the Gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,which is the first installment of our inheritancetoward redemption as...
  • Lance Armstrong’s Fall From Grace

    10/18/2012 11:32:12 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 21 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 18, 2012 | JP
    Seven-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong has long rejected the idea that God has dominion over his life. He has refused to accept that his Creator saved him from testicular cancer (“If there was a God, I’d still have two balls,” he once sneered). He has refused to credit the Almighty for his exceptional athletic prowess (“One of the redeeming things about being an athlete is redefining what’s humanly possible,” he once declared.) The Bible warns that “God opposes the proud.” And Armstrong’s stunning fall from grace offers proof that God’s Word does not return void. The disgraced...
  • Virginia Teacher Charged With Assault: Girl’s Hand Cut in Forced ‘Islamic Hand Sign’ Drill

    10/18/2012 8:49:09 AM PDT · by GraceG · 53 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/18/2012 | Jason Howerton
    An elementary school teacher in Chesapeake, Va. has been charged with simple assault after a parent claimed her daughter’s hand was cut open as a result of the teacher yanking her arm aggressively while trying to teach students an “Islamic hand sign.” Officer Leo Kosinski, a spokesman for the Chesapeake Police Department, told TheBlaze that Tara Harris was criminally charged with a misdemeanor on Oct. 11 and released on a summons. The case is currently under investigation. “It’s still a criminal charge. It happened at the school and it involved a student,” Kosinski said. The police department could not release...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 18, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/18/2012 4:42:52 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Say Continually Today's Scripture Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, ‘Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.’ Psalm 35:27, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Notice in today’s verse, God’s people were commanded to go around saying continually, “Let God be magnified. He takes pleasure in prospering me.” I believe one reason they were supposed to say it all the time is so it would get down on the inside of their hearts. See, when we hear something long...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 18, 2012]

    10/18/2012 4:40:35 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Devotion ". . . they went forth for His name’s sake . . ." —3 John 7 Our Lord told us how our love for Him is to exhibit itself when He asked, “Do you love Me?” (John 21:17). And then He said, “Feed My sheep.” In effect, He said, “Identify yourself with My interests in other people,” not, “Identify Me with your interests in other people.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 shows us the characteristics of this love— it is actually the love of God expressing itself. The true test of my love for Jesus...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-18-12, Feast, St. Luke, Evangelist

    10/17/2012 10:31:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 10-18-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 18, 2012   Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist   Reading 1 2 Tm 4:10-17b Beloved:Demas, enamored of the present world,deserted me and went to Thessalonica,Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.Luke is the only one with me.Get Mark and bring him with you,for he is helpful to me in the ministry.I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.You too be on guard against him,for he has...
  • God is Not a Torturer: Debunking the Doctrine of Eternal Torment

    10/17/2012 5:32:20 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 79 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 10/17/2012 | Michael Peabody
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 [caption id="attachment_5052" align="alignright" width="215" caption=""The Water Torture.— Facsimile of a Woodcut in J. Damhoudčre's Praxis Rerum Criminalium: in 4to, Antwerp, 1556.""][/caption] Pouring water over the covered face of an immobilized person is a brutal thing to do. The captive experiences severe pain and an overwhelming sensation of drowning. Some victims have even been known to break their bones as they struggle against the restraints. But waterboarding is nothing compared with what American theologian...