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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-24-18, M, St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    01/23/2018 8:36:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 01-24-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 24, 2018 Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-17 That night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD:Should you build me a house to dwell in?I have not dwelt in a house from the day on which I led the children of Israel 319out of Egypt to the present, but I have been going about in a tent under cloth.In all my wanderings everywhere among the children of Israel, did I ever utter a word to any one of the...
  • Comprehending What You Have

    01/23/2018 5:50:52 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[I pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him" (Eph. 1:17). Your inheritance in Christ is so vast and profound that you cannot comprehend it apart from God’s enabling. The late newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst invested a fortune in collecting great works of art. One day he read of an extremely valuable work that he determined to add to his collection. His agent searched the galleries of the world but to no avail. Finally, after many months of effort...
  • The Effect of Patience

    01/23/2018 5:50:27 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with patience” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Patience is crucial to our testimony. The virtues of Ephesians 4:2-3 enable the church of Jesus Christ to have a powerful witness. Many think the key to evangelism is following a specific course or method, but according to Jesus, the greatest way to get people to believe the gospel is through our love and unity (John 17:21). Though evangelistic methods are important, often they aren’t as effective as they could be because of the church’s poor reputation among unbelievers. If the church were full of people who had genuine humility, gentleness, and...
  • Rejecting False Assurances (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    01/23/2018 5:24:56 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    If we think the Bible teaches universal salvation, we may arrive at a false sense of assurance by reasoning as follows: Everybody is saved. I am a body. Therefore, I am saved. Or, if we think salvation is gained by our own good works and we are further deluded into believing that we possess good works, we will have a false assurance of salvation. To have sound assurance, we must understand that our salvation rests on the merit of Christ alone, which is appropriated to us when we embrace Him by genuine faith. If we understand that, the remaining question...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-23-18, OM, St. Vincent, Deacon & Martyr, St. Marianne Cope

    01/22/2018 9:41:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 01-23-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 23, 2018 Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19 David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the City of David amid festivities.As soon as the bearers of the ark of the LORD had advanced six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.Then David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the LORD with abandon, as he and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORDwith shouts of joy and to the sound of the horn.The ark of...
  • Will Turkish Invasion of Syria Bring About Pre-Messianic Conflict With Russia?

    01/22/2018 4:50:13 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 21 replies
    BIN ^ | 1/22/18 | Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz
    Turkey launched a military incursion into neighboring Syria over the weekend, bringing Russian and Turkish soldiers into closer proximity in an already volatile region, making a 200-year-old prophecy of pre-Messianic conflict between Russia and Turkey appear to be closer than ever before. This 200-year-old prophecy was a closely guarded secret until just a few years ago and details described in the prophecy are strongly consistent with the situation developing to the North of Israel. A massive Turkish ground force crossed into the Afrin region of Syria to fight the Kurdish militia and push them out of Syria. The Turkish government...
  • Praying for Believers

    01/22/2018 2:25:57 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you, and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers" (Eph. 1:15-16). Your love for other Christians is as much a mark of true faith as your love for God. The Ephesian Christians demonstrated two important characteristics of genuine Christian faith: faith in the Lord Jesus and love for fellow believers. "Faith in the Lord Jesus" implies both an affirmation of Christ's deity and submission to His sovereignty. Because He is...
  • Christ's Patient Example

    01/22/2018 2:25:30 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with patience” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Jesus is our greatest example of patience in all that He endured to purchase our redemption. Paul tells us here that the worthy walk is one of patience, and once again we see that Jesus modeled it for us. Throughout the Gospels, He repeatedly demonstrated the three aspects of patience we explored in the last lesson. First, He endured negative circumstances. Before He came into the world, He was with the Father in the glory of Heaven, where the angels praised and worshiped Him continually. He left a place of total perfection...
  • Receiving Assurance of Salvation (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    01/22/2018 1:33:34 PM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies ^ | 1/22/2018
    How, then, do we receive assurance? The Scripture declares that the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. This inner testimony of the Holy Spirit is as vital as it is complex. It can be subjected to severe distortions, being confused with subjectivism and self-delusion. The Spirit gives His testimony with the Word and through the Word, never against the Word or without the Word. Since it is possible to have false assurance of salvation, it is all the more urgent that we seek the Spirit’s testimony in and through the Word. False...
  • Former pastor John Bishop arrested in California

    01/22/2018 1:24:36 PM PST · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    The Columbia ^ | January 16, 2018 | Jessica Prokop
    John Bishop, the former lead pastor of Vancouver’s Living Hope Church, is facing a federal drug charge in U.S. District Court in Southern California for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 280 pounds of marijuana into the country from Mexico. The 54-year-old was arrested Dec. 11 after he was stopped about 5:25 a.m. by U.S. Customs and Border Protection while re-entering the country through the port of entry at San Ysidro, Calif. Bishop reportedly told border patrol agents he was driving to Chula Vista, Calif., according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case. While conducting a routine inspection...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-22-18, Day of Prayer for Legal Protection/Unborn Children

    01/21/2018 11:09:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 01-22-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 22, 2018 Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Reading 1 2 Sm 5:1-7, 10 All the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said:"Here we are, your bone and your flesh.In days past, when Saul was our king, it was you who led the children of Israel out and brought them back.And the LORD said to you, 'You shall shepherd my people Israel and shall be commander of Israel.'"When all the elders of Israel came to David in Hebron, King David made an agreement with them there before the LORD, and they...
  • The Effects of Seeing The Glory of God!

    01/21/2018 5:58:17 PM PST · by metmom · 9 replies
    World Challenge Pulpit Series ^ | June 21, 1999 | David Wilkerson
    Scripture makes clear that it's possible for every true follower of Jesus to see and understand the glory of God. Indeed, our Lord reveals his glory to all who ask and seek for it diligently. Moreover, I believe the revelation of God's glory will equip his people for the perilous days ahead. Paul states that this revelation " able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified" (Acts 20:32). Contrary to some Christians' thinking, the glory of God is not a physical manifestation of some kind. It's not an ecstatic feeling that...
  • Reflecting God's Ownership

    01/21/2018 3:12:19 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    You were sealed with the Holy Spirit "with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory" (Eph. 1:14). Someday God will take full possession of all that is rightfully His. Yesterday we saw that God seals us with the Holy Spirit as a pledge of our eternal inheritance. Here Paul says He does so "with a view to the redemption of [His] own possession." That refers to when God takes full possession of all that is rightfully His. Everything is God's by creation, but Satan has usurped God's rulership to become the "god...
  • Biblical Patience

    01/21/2018 3:11:54 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with patience” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Patient Christians endure negative circumstances, cope with difficult people, and accept God’s plan for everything. In our instant, microwave, drive-through, “I want it now” culture, patience is hard to come by. We get upset if we have to wait too long in the supermarket line or get stuck behind the guy driving ten miles per hour under the speed limit. But today’s Scripture tells us that our lives need to be marked by patience. The Greek word translated “patience” literally means “long-tempered.” A patient person doesn’t have a short fuse or lose...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-21-18, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/20/2018 9:56:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 01-21-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 21, 2018 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 3:1-5, 10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah, saying:"Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you."So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD'S bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day's walk announcing,"Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed, "when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of them, great and...
  • Rejoicing in Assurance

    01/20/2018 6:52:51 PM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance" (Eph. 1:13-14). The Holy Spirit is GodÂ’s first installment on your eternal inheritance. The Holy Spirit's ministry in your life is multifaceted and profound. Among other things He brings salvation, conviction, guidance, and strength. He indwells and equips you for spiritual service and gives assurance of your salvation. He is your Helper and Advocate. He is the Spirit of promise, who seals you until the day when your redemption is fully realized (Eph. 4:30). Sealing speaks of security, authenticity, ownership,...
  • Are You Gentle?

    01/20/2018 6:52:19 PM PST · by metmom · 32 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with all . . . gentleness” (Ephesians 4:1-2). To become more gentle, begin by looking closely at your attitudes. We’ve determined that gentleness is essential for those who want to walk worthy. How can you tell if you’re gentle? I’ll give you some practical questions so you can evaluate yourself honestly. First of all, are you self-controlled? Do you rule your own spirit (Prov. 16:32), or does your temper often flare up? When someone accuses you of something, do you immediately defend yourself, or are you more inclined to consider whether there’s any truth in what’s...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-20-18, OM, St. Fabian, Pope, St. Sebastian, Martyrs

    01/19/2018 9:44:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 01-20-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 20, 2018 Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27 David returned from his defeat of the Amalekites and spent two days in Ziklag.On the third day a man came from Saul's camp, with his clothes torn and dirt on his head.Going to David, he fell to the ground in homage.David asked him, "Where do you come from?"He replied, "I have escaped from the camp of the children of Israel.""Tell me what happened," David bade him.He answered that many of the soldiers had fled the battle and that many of...
  • Embracing the Truth

    01/19/2018 6:33:59 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed" (Eph. 1:13). The gospel is true because Jesus is true, not simply because Christians believe in Him. After stating salvation from God's perspective in verse 12, Paul here states it from man's perspective. Faith in Christ is your response to God's elective purpose in your life. Those two truths—God's initiative and man's response—co-exist throughout Scripture. Paul rightly called the gospel "the message of truth" because truth is its predominant characteristic. Salvation was conceived by the God of truth (Ps. 31:5); purchased by...
  • Christ's Gentle Example

    01/19/2018 6:33:32 PM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with all . . . gentleness” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Jesus is the greatest example of gentleness: He became angry when God the Father was dishonored, but not when He, the Son, was. Jesus Christ is our supreme example of gentleness. Paul refers specifically to this in 2 Corinthians 10:1. Jesus Himself said, “I am gentle and humble in heart” (Matt. 11:29). Jesus showed righteous indignation when it was proper. When He found the Temple filled with people selling exorbitantly priced sacrificial animals, He drove them out, pouring out their money and overturning tables (Matt. 21:12). He told...