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  • Not Crowded, but Close – A Brief Reflection & Clarification/Communion of Saints in Heaven

    05/15/2015 8:38:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Not Crowded, but Close – A Brief Reflection and Clarification on the Communion of Saints in Heaven By: Msgr. Charles PopeMany of you know that I write the weekly “Question and Answer” column for the Our Sunday Visitor newspaper. Every now and again I get a question that stands out as unique, one that I had not thought of before. And such is the case with the question below. I had never thought of Heaven as potentially being crowded or considered it a drawback. But the question led me to reflect on the deeper experience of what we call the Communion of...
  • Beams of Heaven As I Go -- A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    03/01/2015 6:57:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beams of Heaven As I Go – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhat is it that gives hope, peace, and serene joy to the Christian life? Briefly, it is the vision of glory, a glimpse into the Promised Land of Heaven, which the Lord can and does give to His people. Today’s gospel shows forth a kind of process wherein the Lord lays the foundations of hope, peace, and joy for His disciples and for us. Let’s look at four aspects of how the Lord lays this foundation.I. The Paradoxical Prelude - The...
  • Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores

    03/25/2015 9:57:02 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 82 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | March 25, 2015 | David Roach
    LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife." ...The resolution, adopted by messengers to the SBC annual meeting in June, warned Christians not to allow "the numerous books and movies purporting to explain or describe the afterlife experience" to "become their source and basis for an understanding of the afterlife."
  • ACCESS THE Heavenlies in an ETERNAL Manner For You ARE ( (( ZION ALIVE )) ) ![charismatic caucus]

    03/13/2015 9:58:54 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Bible, the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-13-15 | Jedediah
    I have given you My Children My access to the Kingdom of ZION(Heavenlies) and the Fullness thereof but many see this as a distant place but truly My Kingdom is more than near you for "I AM THE KINGDOM" and I reside "IN YOU" ( (( ZION ALIVE )) ) and so how can two walk together unless they agree as Enoch does even now ?! For I AM FOR YOU not against you and My Love is your Pathway to the Highway Of Holiness for I Command Love and I AM COMMANDER of You "MY ARMY". So Come Up...
  • Hearts Aloft! A Reflection on our Mystical Transport to Heaven in Every Mass

    11/28/2014 7:11:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-27-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hearts Aloft! A Reflection on our Mystical Transport to Heaven in Every Mass By: Msgr. Charles PopeBefore November ends and our consideration of the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) gives way to Advent preparations for the great Second Coming that ushers in those things definitively,  let us turn our attention to a short, often-overlooked summons to Heaven that takes place in every Mass. It takes place in a short dialogue just after the prayer over the gifts and before the singing of the Sanctus. It is called the “preface dialogue” and it is really quite remarkable...
  • Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian

    11/25/2014 7:24:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs November winds down and Advent still looms, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God (and the things waiting for us in Heaven) as our highest priority.In this meditation, St. Cyprian has in mind the Book of James and...
  • 10 reasons popular versions of Christian heaven would actually be hell (Valerie Tarico)

    02/01/2015 12:43:34 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 90 replies
    Maybe descriptions of Hell are so horrific to keep people from thinking about how hellish popular versions of the Christian Heaven would be—even without Pat Robertson in the mix. Most Westerners are at least vaguely familiar with the popular Christian version of Heaven: pearly gates, streets of gold, winged angels and the Righteous, with their bodies made perfect and immortal, singing the praises of God forever. What’s surprising is how few people have actually thought about what a nightmare this kind of existence would be.
  • Who Are These?...Revelation 7 pt 4

    01/25/2015 11:41:11 AM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 2 replies
    01-24-15 | Bill Randles
    And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun...
  • Fabricated: 'I did not go to heaven'

    01/24/2015 11:38:38 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 9 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 23, 2015 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources' decision to stop selling a discredited book about a 6-year-old's supposed vision of heaven is being cited as a reminder that followers of Jesus should rely on the Bible rather than subjective experience for their knowledge of the afterlife. "Anytime you step away from the clear, revelatory, propositional statements of Scripture into your own experience, then you open yourself to every kind of weird existential idea out there," Chris Osborne, a Texas pastor who believes books like Malarkey's are unbiblical, told Baptist Press. "We want people bound to truth, not to what they feel...
  • The Ultimate Feast of Tabernacles...Revelation 7 pt 3

    After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and...
  • Malarkey Did Not Go to Heaven: The Foolishness of Believing that All is False or True

    01/18/2015 4:48:43 PM PST · by juliosevero · 21 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Malarkey Did Not Go to Heaven: The Foolishness of Believing that All is False or True NYT Best-Selling Author Lied About Going to Heaven By Julio Severo If you believe that a bad name can bring a curse, consider Alex Malarkey, who says now he did not die and go to heaven. He is co-author of Tyndale House Publishers’ “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” published in 2010. Now he says that his book is deceptive and he is blaming Christian retailers for selling it. Because he is recanting the story of his visit to heaven, mega news outlets —...
  • Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ actually didn’t; books recalled

    01/16/2015 1:11:35 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2015 | Ron Charles
    Tyndale House, a major Christian publisher, has announced that it will stop selling “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey. The best-selling book, first published in 2010, purports to describe what Alex experienced while he lay in a coma after a car accident when he was 6 years old. The coma lasted two months, and his injuries left him paralyzed, but the subsequent spiritual memoir – with its assuring description of “miracles, angels, and life beyond This World” – became part of a popular genre of “heavenly tourism.” Earlier this week, Alex...
  • Boy Who Claimed He Visited Heaven Reads Bible and Recants Story; LifeWay to Pull Book From Stores

    01/16/2015 7:31:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/15/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    LifeWay Christian Stores has come under fire for selling a book based on a boy who claimed he visited heaven and who is now saying that the story is false. The book, titled The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, has been available since last year and tells the story of 6-year-old Alex Malarkey who suffered a horrific car accident in 2004. The crash paralyzed Alex and it was unlikely he'd survive after slipping into a coma. He awoke two months later and claimed that angels took him through the gates of heaven to meet Jesus. Malarkey addressed the validity...
  • Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book

    01/15/2015 10:59:39 PM PST · by LucyT · 50 replies
    NPR ^ | January 15, 201510:20 PM ET | Bill Chappell
    Nearly five years after it hit bestseller lists, a book that purported to be a six-year-old boy's story of visiting angels and heaven after suffering a bad car crash is being pulled from shelves. The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story was all made up. "I did not die. I did not go to Heaven," Alex Malarkey wrote. He continued, "I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never...
  • The Mark Of The Lamb...Revelation 7 pt 1

    And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in...
  • God’s Plan will Stand – A Word of Encouragement to the Fainthearted

    12/23/2014 8:44:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-22-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Plan will Stand – A Word of Encouragement to the Fainthearted By: Msgr. Charles PopeAdvent is a season of waiting, waiting for God to fulfill his promises. We know that most of His promises from the Old Testament were fulfilled magnificently by Jesus. But as St. Paul reminds, we have received but the first fruits of his work in our soul (cf Rom 8:23). The created world and our physical bodies still await the full implications of what He has done. We still await a new Heaven and a new earth where the justice of God will reside...
  • Fr. Z: If Pets can go to Heaven, They can also go to Hell

    12/14/2014 10:55:42 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 65 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/14/14 | Judi McLeod
    Pet owners worldwide, including CFP’s beloved pet Yorkie, ‘Yankee’, can attest by the millions that Fidos have already found Heaven on Earth. The pithy posts of Father John T. Zuhlsdorf (Father Z) are among my favourite on the Internet. Just as I tune in on my much-admired friend Father Paul Nicholson’s inspiring homilies, I read Fr. Z’s blog most every day. Catholic convert Jimmy Akin of Jimmy Akin blog fame is no slouch when it comes to setting the record straight either. In time for Christmas 2014, visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, has been replaced by visions...
  • Sorry, Fido. Pope Francis did NOT say our pets are going to heaven

    12/13/2014 2:52:13 PM PST · by NYer · 91 replies
    RNS ^ | December 12, 2014 | David Gibson
    (RNS) When Pope Francis recently sought to comfort a distraught boy whose dog had died, the pontiff took the sort of pastoral approach he is famous for — telling the youngster not to worry, that he would one day see his pet in heaven. “Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures,” Francis said reassuringly.Pope Francis greets a crowd on his way to a meeting with cardinals at the Vatican on Feb. 21, 2014. RNS photo by David Gibson It was a sparkling moment on a rainy November day, and the setting in St. Peter’s Square only burnished Francis’ reputation as...
  • Pope Francis says all dogs go to heaven? Not so fast

    12/13/2014 10:44:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    CRUX ^ | 12/13/2014 | David Gibson
    When Pope Francis recently sought to comfort a distraught boy whose dog had died, the pontiff took the sort of pastoral approach he is famous for — telling the youngster not to worry, that he would one day see his pet in heaven.“Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures,” Francis said reassuringly.It was a sparkling moment on a rainy November day, and the setting in St. Peter’s Square only burnished Francis’ reputation as a kindly “people’s pope.” The story naturally lit up social media, became instant promotional material for vegetarians and animal rights groups, and on Friday even made...
  • Pooper Scoopers in Heaven?

    12/13/2014 9:34:03 AM PST · by Keli Kilohana · 31 replies
    12/13/14/ | Self
    First it was that all atheists can go to Heaven. Then it was that communist economics is Biblical. Furthermore, he and the church believes theistic evolution--"God is not a magician." (God made everything, then everything made everything. Adam and Eve's parents were apes.) The church needs to dialogue about the Sacrament of Marriage concerning divorce and unnatural marriage. Basically, the church has become RC-Lite and "all things to all sheeple." Now, he says that all dogs go to Heaven! What about other pets? Let me tell you that cat fanciers are being rubbed the wrong way! Rumors are that the...
  • To Be A Pilgrim...

    By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him...
  • RT Kendall: ‘I wouldn't be surprised to see Yaser Arafat in heaven’

    11/14/2014 8:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Premier ^ | 11/14/2014 | By Justin Brierley
    Church leader RT Kendall has said that he believes Yasser Arafat may have accepted Christ before his death a decade ago. November 11 marks ten years since the death of the PLO leader, regarded as a heroic freedom fighter by many Palestinians and a terrorist by many Israelis. The first time RT Kendall was granted rare access to Arafat,the Christian writer and speaker told him he had prayed for him every day for 20 years. According to Kendall, the 20-minute appointment turned into an hour and 45 minutes, and an unlikely friendship began. The third time Kendall visited Arafat, the...
  • Billy Graham Celebrates 96th Birthday With New Film Announcment: 'I Know I'm Going to Heaven,'

    11/08/2014 6:51:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 268 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/8/2014 | Emma Koonse
    Billy Graham is ringing in his 96th year with friends and family on Friday, and fellow faith leaders are sending an outpouring of well wishes to the famed evangelical preacher today. In a far cry from last year's birthday celebration involving over 800 guests, Graham is marking his birthday this year with a quiet celebration at his Montreat, NC home, according to a press release issued on Nov. 7. Will Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham, was unavailable for comment to The Christian Post, but his father Franklin assured fans that the 96-year-old is doing well. "Although his physical condition...
  • A Sunday Encouragement

    10/26/2014 7:47:09 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 1 replies
    And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.(John 11:43-44)Lazarus had died. He had been buried four days, embalmed and laid in the family grave. But now at the command of Jesus He stands at the door of the same tomb, fully alive. Everything around and behind him is death. He till wears the same rotting clothes he was buried in, and...
  • What heaven's really like-by a leading brain surgeon who says he's been there: Read his testimony

    10/17/2014 10:38:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2014 | Dr. Eben Alexander
    When I was a small boy, I was adopted. I grew up remembering nothing of my birth family and unaware that I had a biological sister, named Betsy. Many years later, I went in search of my biological family, but for Betsy it was too late: she had died. This is the story of how I was reunited with her — in Heaven. Before I start, I should explain that I am a scientist, who has spent a lifetime studying the workings of the brain. My adoptive father was a neurosurgeon and I followed his path, becoming an neurosurgeon myself...
  • Do Dogs Go to Heaven...?

    09/11/2014 3:09:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 76 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Church-sign war!  h/t Kirby
  • Born with a hole in her heart, she saw Jesus before angels carried her home

    06/13/2014 4:04:55 AM PDT · by rhema · 21 replies
    GodReports ^ | June 10, 2014 | Mark Ellis
    No one guessed little Giselle had a heart problem until a routine doctor’s check-up at seven months old. But her short, joy-filled life ended with visions of Jesus and heaven, a comfort to those who loved her most. “I don’t know why Giselle was born this way,” says Tamrah Janulis, Giselle’s mother. “That’s one of the questions I will ask God.” At seven months, doctors discovered a congenital heart defect known as tetralogy of Fallot, the most common cause of blue baby syndrome. Tamrah and husband Joe were completely surprised when doctors informed them that Giselle lacked a pulmonary valve...
  • How Hitler and Judas could end up in heaven

    06/04/2014 6:52:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 262 replies
    The Week ^ | 06/04/2014 | Damon Linker
    In certain schools of Christian thought, hell is not everlasting, but a more painful form of purgatory. M any Christians presume that hell is a place where brutally painful punishments are inflicted on evildoers for an indefinite, and perhaps infinite, amount of time in the afterlife. Think of a medieval torture chamber with no exit — or fire extinguishers. But this, as I argued in a recent column, makes no theological sense. If morality is good, then doing the right thing must be its own reward and doing the wrong thing must be its own punishment. To think that a...
  • "Heaven is for Real" and the Gospel of Life

    05/18/2014 9:03:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared at thecatholicthing.org I recently bought the book “Heaven is for Real” and saw the movie. That was unusual for me. I don’t typically do the books and movies everyone else is doing, especially the touchy-feely spiritual ones. Maybe it’s the snob in me, or, really, I just don’t like to do what the culture is doing. But this time, I made an exception. The story is about the near-death experience of a four-year-old named Colton Burpo, a pastor’s son from Nebraska. I’ll say up front that I didn’t care much for...
  • 48 Hours In Hell

    05/07/2014 10:00:03 PM PDT · by OneVike · 109 replies
    Gospel Tract and Bible Society ^ | 1888 | John W. Reynolds
    One of the most interesting cases of resuscitation that ever came to my knowledge was that of George Lennox, a notorious horse thief of Jefferson County. He was serving his second term. Sedgwick County sent him to the prison the first time for a similar offense - stealing horses. During the winter of 1887 and 1888 he worked in the coal mines. The place where he was laboring seemed dangerous to him. He reported the fact to the officer in charge, who made an examination, and deciding that the room was safe, ordered Lennox back to his work. The...
  • How Should Christians Think About Near-Death Experiences?

    05/01/2014 3:20:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Patheos Philosophical Fragments ^ | February 14, 2013 | Timothy Dalrymple
    A recent piece I wrote on hell was inspired, in part, by the story of 23 Minutes in Hell, an account from a gentleman named Bill Wiese of a nighttime experience in which, he believed, he was permitted to experience hell for a short period of time in order to return to the land of the living and tell everyone that hell is for real. MY own post was not a careful exegetical treatment of the issue of damnation, but a description of a personal struggle between the vision of the afterlife I have inherited from my evangelical upbringing and...
  • To Hell and Back

    ...The experience of Ronald Reagan - (not associated with ex-President Reagan)He had his little boy with him while going to a 7-11 store. He got into an argument, and there was a bottle broken, and he was stabbed multiple times by his assailant..."In 1972 my life was broken. I was a drug addict. I was a criminal. My family was broken..."'You need Jesus!'"As he was talking to me, it happened that the ambulance literally blew up in flames..."
  • HOLY WEEK SERIES He Was Despised...Isaiah 53 pt 4

    Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.(Isaiah 53:1-3)It is the climax of human history, the apocalypse, the very...
  • A Real-life Spiritual Journey is Brought to the Big Screen in Heaven is for Real

    04/16/2014 7:10:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | John Hanlon
    There are few people who know pain as heart-wrenching as a parent who believes that he or she could be losing a child. In the new film Heaven is for Real, the parents of Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) feel that pain. After a series of troubling events, that couple face that pain as they watch and wait to see if their son Colton will survive after his appendix ruptures and he’s brought into the hospital for an operation. In the weeks prior, Colton’s father Todd (Greg Kinnear) — a minister in the local Church— had faced several health crises of...
  • His Résumé Before the Age of 4: "I Saw Jesus on a Horse"

    04/16/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 51 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jeannette Catsoulis
    The wooing of religious moviegoers — a delicate operation, as the “Noah” backlash attests — has been ramping up lately, with major players like Ridley Scott and Ben Kingsley mining the Bible for box office gold. But if there’s such a thing as a safe bet in this genre, it’s “Heaven Is for Real,” a Christian sermon that even the most doctrinaire believer can applaud.
  • This life in the modern world vs. the next (vanity)

    04/12/2014 8:22:28 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    We live in a time and place that's very prosperous and where our "human rights" are respected and the importance of having our basic needs met is regarded. Does all this actually work against people, though, however, in that God Himself promises that unless one repents and trusts in His Son for salvation, life in the next world will be spent in Hell, where such rights and needs aren't respected?
  • The Cherubim and The Gospels...Rev 4-6 pt 6

    And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:7-8)John saw four “Living Beings”, called “beasts” in the King James Version, worshipping the Holy and Sovereign God in antiphon. The description of the...
  • What Else Did He See There?...Rev 4-6 pt 5

    And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.And the four beasts had...
  • The Ungodly Are Not So...Psalm 1 pt 3

    ...the ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.(Psalm 1:4-6)Psalm One is a wisdom psalm. The Spirit shows us by contrast the difference between the truly happy man, and his antithesis, the ungodly. In the sparest of language, two ways of life are shown side by side, the essence of the truly happy and of the miserable. The ungodly are...
  • Manufacturer, Recalls All Active Models

    03/04/2014 9:06:52 PM PST · by OneVike · 19 replies
    TRC Magazine facebook page ^ | 3/4/14 | Chuck Ness
    It is being reported that the Manufacturer of all human beings is in the process of recalling all active units. The Maker of this product has determined that regardless of make or year, the product needs to have it's main energy source retrofitted, due to a serious defect in the unit's primary component. When asked exactly what the problem with the primary component was, the Manufacturer informed us that the heart of the problem is the heart, and that He has sent out representatives to help with the recall. The Manufacturer is also informing us that the defect which...
  • How far is Heaven ? There is a WAY ! Joyful worship and praise which confuses the enemy !

    02/27/2014 6:13:23 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    My kingdom is Joy construsted( trustfully constructed) in you, As you rejoice and praise me for all the things that I do! My joy "is" your strength but even more ! For literally it is Heaven's door, The very structure of of my kingdom's expanse, Taste it,then drink it :o===~~~ don't just take a glance, For truly it is my Spring rising up in you \o/ \8/ ( ( ( \8/ ) ) ), As you praise me in worship I shall renew \o/ , Every cell and essence of your body and soul, My spirit in you shall cause...
  • What does Heaven Cost? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year

    10/14/2012 2:24:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 13, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel today invites us to wrestle with fundamental, essential, and focal questions, What does heaven cost? And, Am I willing to pay it?I. Problematic Pondering. A man asks Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”Now, his question is a good one, but it is problematic, because he couches it in terms of his own personal power and achievement. For, he wonders what he, himself, must do to attain eternal life.The problem is, none of us have the holiness or the spiritual wealth or power to attain heaven based merely on what we do. The kind...
  • I’m Gonna Ride the Chariot in the Morning Lord! – A Sermon for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

    11/10/2013 2:11:50 AM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Archdiocese. of Washington ^ | 11/10/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the readings today, the Church presents for us a strong reminder and teaching on the resurrection. Jesus himself leads the charge against those who would deny the resurrection from the dead and the seven Brothers of the first reading along with their mother bring up the rear. Let’s take a look at what we are taught in three stages.I. Ridicule of the Resurrection - The Gospel opens with the observation that Some Sadducees, who deny there is a resurrection, came forward and put [a] question to Jesus. These Sadducees propose to Jesus a ridiculous example about a woman who...
  • Angels are Awesome. But Please, Let’s Have a More Biblical Understanding of the Them

    09/29/2010 11:23:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 60 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/28/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Scripture consistently affirms the existence of the Angels. Today is the feast of the Archangels. We know of three of them and their names mean something: Michael (Who is Like God?!), Gabriel (God is Strong) and Raphael (God Heals).   The Catechism of the Catholic Church has much to say on angels. Here are just a few verses: The whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels….In her liturgy, the Church joins with the angels to adore the thrice-holy God….From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. “Beside each believer...
  • [CATHOLIC/ORTHODOX CAUCUS] The Feast of the Assumption Is Our Feast Too

    08/14/2010 8:32:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/14/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    This year we are privileged to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven on a Sunday. Let’s ponder this feast in three stages:1. Explained – To be “assumed” means to be taken up by God bodily into heaven. As far back as the Church can remember we have celebrated the fact that Mary was taken up into heaven. We do not just acknowledge that her soul was taken to heaven,  as is the case with all the rest of the faithful who are taken there (likely after purgation). Rather Mary was taken up, soul AND body into heaven...
  • Former CCM Singer Turned Secular Pop Star Katy Perry: ‘I Don’t Believe in Heaven or Hell’

    12/30/2013 7:02:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 86 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | 12/29/13 | Heather Clark
    In a recent interview with Marie Claire Magazine, pop star Katy Perry, a former contemporary Christian artist, announced that she no longer believes in Heaven or Hell nor professes to be a Christian. “I don’t believe in a Heaven or a Hell, or an old man sitting on a throne,” she advised the magazine. “I believe in a higher power bigger than me because that keeps me accountable. Accountability is rare to find, especially with people like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don’t want to hear.” “I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but...
  • Ho Hum on Heaven? Not only have many lost a proper fear of Hell, but also a deep longing for Heaven.

    10/31/2013 11:51:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10/31/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Many years ago I was taught that the essence of heaven is the Beatific Vision. That is, one will look upon the glorious and radiant face of God, and find in that look the fulfillment of all desires, and a joy (beatus) beyond all telling.And surely this description remains both true and worth repeating. However, I have noticed that some get stuck on the the word “vision” and to some extent on the word “face,” and tend to reduce the experience to a kind of “static” (unchanging) vision.For our experience of the “face” of another is that it does not...
  • Value Your Soul...Mark 8 pt 6

    12/19/2013 8:55:28 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles
    And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my...
  • Rob Bell's 'Love Wins' Nudged 1,000 People to Leave Mars Hill Bible Church, Says Successor

    11/19/2013 3:00:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/19/2013 | BY NICOLA MENZIE
    Mars Hill Bible Church, the congregation founded by author Rob Bell, lost about 1,000 people over their former pastor's controversial 2011 book, Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, according to the Grandville, Mich., megachurch's new pastor Kent Dobson. Dobson was chosen by Mars Hill Bible Church in 2012 to replace Bell, who founded the congregation in 1999. "There was a lot of drama with (Bell's book) Love Wins and that season feels like it's over. This year has been one of sort of settling down a bit and re-identifying our...
  • Is There an ‘A-List’ in Heaven?

    11/17/2013 7:49:23 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 86 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 17, 2013 | JP
    In a letter to newly planted churches in the Roman provinces of Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia, the Apostle Paul explained how lost souls might receive the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ. “If,” he advised, “you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Many, if not most, of us have received the gift of salvation; have the promise of everlasting life. We look forward to heaven, which the Book of Revelation describes as having twelve gates of pearl and...