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  • The Baptism and The Filling: The Baptism in the Spirit and The Filling

    03/06/2015 3:20:08 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 40 replies
    Middletown Bible Church | 3/6/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    The Baptism and The Filling  The Baptism in the Spirit and The Filling of the Spirit ***A Comparison and A Contrast*** THE BAPTISM THE FILLING Definition: The Baptism in the Spirit is that work of God whereby the believer is immersed into Jesus Christ and into His body which is the church (1 Corinthians 12:13 and Gal. 3:27). Definition: The Filling of the Spirit is that work of God whereby He fills and controls and enables the believer who is yielded and dependent and fit for the Master's use (Ephesians 5:18). The BAPTISM is presented as a fact to be...
  • Bob Dylan...Slow Train Coming [1979 Song Rings So True Today]

    The link above (not the picture) will take you to this somewhat prophetic song.
  • Thoughts On The Judgment Of God

    10/04/2014 2:42:21 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 51 replies
    Reformed for His Glory ^ | March 2, 2011 | Fernando
    A large part of Christianity does not understand the holiness of God and because they fail to understand His majesty, they have a very difficult time with God's judgment against sinners. What aggravates the problem even more is when people only talk about the love of God as if His wrath is outdated and wrong. I present that we will never truly understand nor appreciate just how much God does indeed love His people unless we understand how "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY" HE is which includes vindicating His name in pouring out His judgment on sinners. The beautiful thing about the...
  • The Hole in Our Holiness

    06/29/2014 3:32:21 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 3 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | November 23, 2010 | Kevin DeYoung
    I have a growing concern that younger evangelicals do not take seriously the Bible’s call to personal holiness. We are too at peace with worldliness in our homes, too at ease with sin in our lives, too content with spiritual immaturity in our churches. God’s mission in the world is to save a people and sanctify his people. Christ died “that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Cor. 5:15). We were chosen in Christ “before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy...
  • Evidence of the Spirit's Filling

    05/25/2014 1:37:53 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 46 replies
    `ICR ^ | May 24, 2014 | Henry M. Morris
    “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18) This classic verse on the filling of the Holy Spirit can be rendered as follows: “And don’t begin to be drunk with wine, which involves profligacy, but be continually being filled with the Spirit.” That is, one cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit (which implies complete control by the Holy Spirit) if he has come to even the slightest degree under the control of wine (or anything else, for that matter). Being fully controlled and guided by the Spirit is not just...
  • Faith Leaders Wrestle Over Growing Support for Marijuana

    02/05/2014 3:37:20 AM PST · by xzins · 53 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | February 04, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Sunday’s Super Bowl was dubbed by some as the “pot bowl,” as the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks hail from the two states where fans can soon get marijuana as easily as they can get pizza. As public opinion has shifted in support of legalized marijuana, religious leaders are wrestling over competing interests, including high prison rates and legislating morality. According to a 2013 survey from the Public Religion Research Institute, 58 percent of white mainline Protestants and 54 percent of black Protestants favor legalizing the use of marijuana. On the other side, nearly seven-in-10 (69 percent) white evangelical Protestants...
  • Holiness is more than being “Nice.”

    10/16/2013 3:10:43 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10/15/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    We live in a time that has tended to reduce holiness to merely being nice and agreeable. In this manner of thinking holiness tends to be variously thought of as: getting along well with everyone, being kind, agreeable, helpful, likable, generous, pleasant, mild mannered, amiable, good humored, middle of the road, even tempered, placid, benevolent, friendly, forbearing, tolerant, thoughtful, and the like. It can all be summed up by saying that “so-and-so” is “basically a nice person.” And thus the goal seems more to be nice than holy.If you think this isn’t so, listen to how people talk at funerals....
  • Entering into Your Priesthood

    08/27/2013 5:55:48 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 8/27/13
    In the sixteenth century, Martin Luther formulated the concept of the priesthood of all believers. Contrary to widespread misconceptions of this doctrine, Luther did not mean to reduce the supernatural concern of personal redemption to a core or essence of social concern. In reaction to the modernist-fundamentalist controversy, many evangelicals, zealous to retain the biblical concern for personal redemption, began to minimize or even reject the social agenda of the New Testament. Social concern and relief ministry became identified with liberalism. Ministry to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the imprisoned was often all-too-willingly surrendered to the state or...
  • Episcopal priests offer spiritual support for gay unions

    12/12/2012 10:27:36 PM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 3 Dec 2012 | Lois K Solomon
    Gay couples who seek spiritual affirmation of their relationships can now sanctify their unions with special blessings at South Florida's Episcopal churches. Priests in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida have been given permission to perform a distinct rite, different from the marriage between a man and a woman. Called "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant," the ceremony, to be introduced this month, was approved by national convention delegates over the summer. Lorraine Michels and Joan Van Ness were married in 2009 in Massachusetts, but decided to participate in a nine-couple blessing ceremony in April at All Saints...
  • Episcopalian Exodus Over Gay Issues continues

    12/12/2012 10:18:02 PM PST · by Cronos · 19 replies
    Inquisitor ^ | 19.Nov.2012 | inq
    Divisions in the Episcopal Church on the subject of gay marriage have led yet another diocese to break from the national US Episcopal Church. Reuters reports Bishop Mark Lawrence of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina received a letter Oct. 15 from Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori saying he had “abandoned the church” and barring him from exercising his office. The local diocese however had previous stated that it would disassociate with the national church if it took exercised any hierarchical authority. It did, and the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina became the fifth US diocese to break from its mother...
  • Presbyterian leaders in Pittsburgh reeling from latest exodus from denomination

    12/12/2012 10:31:59 PM PST · by Cronos · 44 replies
    Post Gazette ^ | 7 Dec 2012 | Ann Rodgers
    Members of Pittsburgh Presbytery expressed grief and frustration with three churches that recently voted to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) without going through the constitutional process for doing so, while the church's national moderator, who coincidentally was at their regular meeting Thursday, said he had offered to meet with leaders of those churches and two others that are pursuing the formal process for leaving. Representatives from only one of the five, later identified as Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Oakland, agreed to meet with the Rev. Neal Presa. About 140 churches are in the countywide presbytery. Recently, Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian...
  • Franklin Graham to Newsmax: 'We Have Turned Our Backs on God' [Video at link]

    11/15/2012 6:50:41 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 15 2012 | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    The Rev. Franklin Graham charged in an exclusive Newsmax TV interview that America is in a deep economic quagmire because “we have turned our backs on God.” “The more we turn our backs on God, the bigger our problem becomes,” Graham, the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, tells Newsmax in a wide-ranging interview. “I didn’t hear any of the candidates say that we needed to call our nation to prayer. I didn’t hear any of the candidates say that we needed to ask God for help.
  • Think You Can Rest Now? Challenge The Rebbe's relentless call for every Jew to never rest

    08/19/2012 12:04:02 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 1 replies ^ | circa 2003 | Various
    Video on a precept of Judaism...we increase in holiness. Every Jew, no matter what level of observance, should see the discussion at 15:30.
  • Peace with all men. Prayer. GOD first.

    07/14/2012 5:31:43 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 7 replies
    faith | GOD-inpsired
    Let us have grace, whereby we may serve GOD acceptably with reverance and godly fear. For our GOD is a consuming fire.
  • The State Of Liberty

    07/04/2012 9:49:04 AM PDT · by marcbold
    National Catholic Register ^ | 7/4/2012 | Patrick Archbold
    Two hundred thirty and six years ago our founding forebears risked their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to secure their liberty and bequeath it to their heirs. So precious and fragile, they sought to protect it from every enemy and thief, be they foreign or domestic. Time and again their inheritors were called upon to defend that treasured heirloom from enemies foreign with their labor, their ingenuity, and too often their blood. To secure it from that most rapacious robber, ourselves, they again called upon their ingenuity and wisdom to devise a system of constitutional domestic government based upon limiting...
  • SET THE CAPTIVES "FREE" [ charismatic caucus]

    11/30/2011 10:50:47 AM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    The Joshau Chronicles ^ | 11-30-11 | Jedediah
    You are " MY CLOUD" I bring "MY RAIN" through that releases those held captive in their dreams of iniquity and strife. Those that the forces of darkness have harnessed to the plow of guilt. And so through you I shall bring the rains of freedom from all the lies the enemy that they may walk with Me in the Garden of My ways releasing MY Kingdom "That is in Eternal Harvest" and as they drink in ~ The Nectar of My Virtue ~ and devour The Will Of The FATHER , they to shall become My cloud and rain...
  • Four Aspects of Divine Righteousness ( Protestant caucus )

    03/09/2011 1:48:44 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 4 replies
    Word of Life Baptist Church ^ | 03/09/2011 | Fred Zaspel
    God's "retributive" righteousness is that aspect of His nature which inflicts punishment for all unrighteousness in His creatures. It is variously referred to as His "punitive" or "vindictive" or "avenging justice." It has to do with the infliction of penalties for failure to conform to His righteousness. It was first expressed in the Garden of Eden: "In the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die" (Gen.2:17). It is reiterated in the law: "Cursed is every one who continues not in all things written in the law to do them" (Deut. 27:26). It is echoed in the Writings:...
  • The Pursuit: Pursue Holiness

    01/21/2011 8:18:22 AM PST · by DBCJR · 2 replies
    Facebook ^ | 1/21/11 | 422CHURCH.COM Victory Christian Fellowship
    The Pursuit: Pursue Holiness On a trip to South Korea one thing stood between the Crenshaws and visiting the Demilitarized Zone - blue jeans. Pastor Ed was really looking forward to seeing the DMZ but he didn’t get to enjoy this part of the trip because he was wearing blue jeans. Did you know you were created to know the glory of God? Habakkuk 2:14 says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD.” But just because you were created for that knowledge you don’t necessarily know the glory of the Lord. Psalm...
  • Feast of the Holy Family: The Christian Family is a Domestic Church

    12/27/2010 9:12:40 AM PST · by tcg · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/26/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ..."But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way." (1Cor. 12:31) I woke up in church this morning. Not on a cold dark floor or surrounded by votive candles and stained glass, but next to my partner in faith, my best friend, my beloved wife of 34 years, Laurine. We are staying overnight this Christmas at the home of our oldest daughter. She wanted to host Christmas this year for the first time. She is the first of our five grown children. Her home is filled to overflowing with love, and the floors...
  • GOD's Love and Authority in the Overcomer !

    12/19/2010 2:59:34 PM PST · by Jedediah · 8 replies
    Beneficiaries of your love are beginning to come back around , For I am giving you the words that astound , And although some are resistant as you see , Their rebellion as strange fire has come before me , So vanquish all your foes as Korah for to you my glory has come , They will see my glory surrounding you as priest of my kingdom, And as you raise my sceptor and staff of authority , I shall vanquish your foes as the parting of the Red sea , For as they advance towards you it is me...
  • The Law is Spiritual,I am Carnal...Romans 7

    For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.(Romans 7:14-15)The seventh chapter of Romans was not written to relate Paul’s inward struggle with sin. The chapter is famous for this passage but often the overall point of the teaching is missed. Romans 7 is written to show that the right and true as it...
  • Dr Beeke Walking as Active Pilgrims

    09/21/2010 2:40:36 PM PDT · by Lexinom · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 2010 | Dr. Joel Beeke
    Dr. Joel Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, speaking in London
  • Benedict XVI Urges Children To Pursue Sainthood

    09/19/2010 10:25:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | 17-September-2010 | CNA/EWTN News
    17-September-2010 -- Catholic News Agency   Benedict XVI Urges Children To Pursue Sainthood LONDON, ENGLAND, September 17 (CNA/EWTN News) - Today the Holy Father encouraged schoolchildren in the U.K. to aim high and "not to be content with second-best." Seeking holiness and "true happiness" in their lives, he said, will lead them to sainthood. An estimated 4,000 children were in attendance from all over Great Britain for the event, which was held on the sports field at St. Mary's University College campus in London. The encounter was broadcast to all the Catholic schools in Scotland, England and Wales. Observing...
  • America Repent for your portion has been measured and found lacking !

    09/08/2010 8:34:38 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 59 replies · 1+ views
    America your portion has been measured in full and the time of true shaking has come ! Now watch as I touch your pocketbooks , watch as I annihilate the sin in your lives and watch as All this occurs I set the captives free and destroy the rebellious as korah for I shall swallow up sin and it's roots . I shall cleanse this nation as never before . There shall be crevasses where there has been great rivers allowing the ocean in , Deserts where there has been pools of great waters , Mountains where there has been...
  • Give Your All To . . . ? . . . . [A Rel Forum Research thread--Open]

    04/30/2010 8:03:48 AM PDT · by Quix · 2,697 replies · 14,256+ views
    Bible, Vultus Christi, Quix's noggin ^ | 28 APR 2010; 30 APR 2010 | Jesus, Mark Kirby & Quix
    GIVE IT ALL TO . . . ? . . . . --A Research Thread-- . . . . 7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! 9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11...

    08/11/2009 12:59:08 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 17 replies · 1,122+ views
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Jesus the author and finisher
    Ordinary measures will not do any more , For I have swung wide the door , Warfare that is behind shall stay there , I am raising you to new levels of warfare , An understanding beyond my heavenly hosts , What I am about to release to you not even my arch angel Michael can boast , But a depth , a knowing farther than you now see \o/ , You shall go behind enemy lines and their encampments you shall see , Their plots and schemes , their strategy from a god's eye view , And even their...
  • Happy Mothers Day: Queen of the Holy Ordinary

    05/09/2009 6:38:04 AM PDT · by tcg · 6 replies · 421+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/9/09 | Jennifer Hartline
    ...I am awestruck by what our great God did for us and how He did it. It is truly what sets Christianity apart from every other religion. God could have chosen to take human flesh and come among us as a grown man, fully capable of taking care of Himself. But He didn’t. He came to us utterly helpless and vulnerable. He came to us the same way we have all come to be – through a mother. By inhabiting the womb He proclaimed the honor and dignity of motherhood. By choosing to submit Himself to the care and authority...
  • Happy Birthday (Belated) Pope Benedict

    04/17/2009 5:02:36 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 2 replies · 274+ views
    The Anchoress ^ | April 16, 2009 | Elizabeth Scalia
    It seems almost silly to say I am bringing coverage of Benedict XVI’s extraordinary sojourn in America to a close (actually, my final final thoughts are here) because the truth is I will likely be reading all of his addresses more closely and bringing them up in coming weeks, but the wall-to-wall writing will end here. I do want, though, to end with a thought that blipped through my head when Benedict was in DC, and again as he addressed the United Nations.
  • This Friday Makes the Whole World Good

    04/10/2009 9:50:55 AM PDT · by tcg · 1 replies · 192+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/10/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    In one of his encounters with the Pharisees we read these words of Jesus, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.” (Mark 10:18) At first they may seem enigmatic, yet upon prayerful reflection they provide a framework for scratching the surface of the mystery which the whole world pauses to recall on Good Friday. In Jesus Christ we see the human face of God, “Good” Incarnate revealed in the purity of a love which no man or woman could ever see until His Incarnation. In His great voluntary gift of Himself which culminates in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Holy Hombres ( “Hombre’ – noun. A man. A fellow. A man among men.” )

    12/13/2008 11:57:58 AM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 184+ views
    Catholic Men's Quarterly ^ | 2006 | Father J. Patrick Serna
    Home Holy Hombresby Father J. Patrick Serna “I have come to light a fire on the earth. How I wish the blaze were ignited!” Luke 12:49     “Hombre’ – noun. A man. A fellow. A man among men.”  There lived, and there live today, Holy Hombres.  Since Holy Hombres will be the focus of this light reflection, we must first look at the greatest lady who stood behind the most important man of all time, and even non-time.  “Behind every great man, there is a woman,” says the adage, and we can certainly apply this adage to the God...
  • Catholic Caucus: St Bernadette: ‘My business is to be ill’

    12/10/2008 1:04:55 PM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 410+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/10/2008 | By Anthony Foley
    Bernadette was declared a saint 75 years ago and she still has much to teach us about living with pain.
  • Pope: Holiness is the Call of all the Baptized

    08/20/2008 6:19:35 PM PDT · by tcg · 2 replies · 72+ views
    Holiness “is not a luxury,” something reserved for the few, but is the “natural vocation” of those who have been baptised. Indeed, not all saints are known and famous because ‘there are those whose name is known by God alone,” said the Pope. In today’s general audience the vocation to holiness was the main topic Benedict XVI talked about before the 8,000 people assembled in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo. The occasion was characterised by a festive mood, delighted by songs and music performed by the bands of the groups present and by the thousands of...
  • 'Jesus' deflowers virgin sexpot in new comedy

    07/30/2007 5:04:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 147 replies · 3,751+ views
    World Net ^ | 30 Jul 07 | Joe Kovacs
    A new comedy spoof on the Ten Commandments portrays Jesus Christ deflowering a sexy virgin, and is raising some eyebrows in the Christian community. "The Ten," rated R for pervasive strong, crude sexual content, language and some drug material, stars Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Gretchen Mol and Liev Schreiber among others. The movie which opens Friday features ten separate stories, each inspired by one of the Ten Commandments from the Holy Bible. One storyline has Gretchen Mol playing a virtuous librarian "who has a sexual awakening in Mexico with a swarthy local" who is really Jesus, according to Wain. .....In...
  • The Recovery of the Sacred

    06/30/2007 10:17:05 AM PDT · by Theoden · 3 replies · 214+ views
    RC Diocese of Paterson ^ | 6/30/2007 | Bishop Arthur Serratelli
    The Recovery of the Sacred The Dutch historian and philosopher of religion Gerardus van der Leeuw once said, “The modern man is not capable of finding himself in several circles simultaneously as his primitive cousins did. ‘When we dance, we do not pray; when we pray, we do not dance. And when we work, we can neither dance nor pray.’” In a word, the sense of the sacred has disappeared. But not completely nor irretrievably. The Liturgy of the Church is a moment where all the dimensions of our lives come before the living God. It is the place where...
  • The Loss of the Sacred

    06/25/2007 3:29:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 249+ views
    RC Diocese of Paterson ^ | June 25, 2007
    In the 17th century, Descartes, the father of modern philosophy, rejected the philosophical traditions of Aristotle and the Scholastics.  For Descartes, the very fact that we think is the proof that we exist.  Cogito, ergo sum.  I think, therefore I am.  He rejected the use of his senses as the basis for knowledge.  In so doing, he wounded the unity between mind and body found in classical philosophy.  Over the course of time, the wound has widened.  The spiritual and the material have drifted apart.  The sacred and the secular clearly divided.Besides modern philosophy, other factors have contributed to the...

    09/20/2006 7:41:05 PM PDT · by streetpreacher · 18 replies · 524+ views
    Victory Over Sin ^ | Unknown | Malcom Smith
    STOP TRYING TO BE GOOD by Malcolm Smith In the last years people of all denominations and faiths have experienced a meeting with God in a personal and life-changing fashion. However, what has followed in the wake of that renewal is disturbing. As I travel the land talking to these people, I hear the low cry of despair. At times, I feel I am in a spiritual Egypt listening to the cry of God's people in slavery, crying under the whips of the taskmasters. The situation today is much the same as among the Galatian Christians prior to Paul...

    09/17/2006 5:36:50 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 151 replies · 1,111+ views ^ | Unknown | JOHN D. WILSEY
    The holiness of God is one of the most neglected subjects in Christian circles today. It seems that there is a certain reluctance on the part of many preachers, writers, and teachers to explore the intricacies of the holiness of God. This is a great tragedy. Without a deep appreciation for God’s holiness, several problems exist. One of these problems is hamartiological. An inadequate recognition of the holiness of God, on the part of the believer results in little or no motivation to repent. There will also be an inability to recognize sin when it presents itself. There is also...
  • Love Your Heavenly Enemy

    07/22/2006 5:49:32 PM PDT · by AlbionGirl · 12 replies · 271+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 2004 | Miroslav Volf
    Love Your Heavenly EnemyHow are we going to live eternally with those we can't stand now? When my Yale colleague Professor Carlos Eire visits his elderly mother, he often ends up as a resident theologian for a small Cuban-immigrant community of her friends. "Is it possible," one woman asked him, "for Castro to convert on his deathbed and end up in heaven?""It is possible," Professor Eire assured her. "This is what Christian faith is all about. Nobody is beyond the pale of redemption.""Well, if that were to happen," said the woman, "then I would not want to be in heaven."Karl...

    05/18/2006 9:51:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies · 415+ views ^ | 05-18-06 | Mike Brown
    The Mailbag:TO OUR DEAR BISHOPS: WITH ALL RESPECT, THE TIME HAS COME TO REFORM CHANCERIESWe have always urged obedience to our bishops as they adhere to Vatican rule and always will. Obedience is greater than sacrifice (says the Good Book) -- and we have always held that dear. We urge it for everyone.But these are distressing times, and we are often forced to report unpleasant trends. One of them is what seems like growing dissatisfaction on the part of the faithful with how chanceries are run. While maintaining faith in the Church itself (Mass attendance has held steady despite the...
  • God's immeasurable love for us

    04/11/2006 8:06:04 PM PDT · by DallasMike · 1 replies · 228+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | April 11, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    We cannot understand in this present life how much God loves us. Much of it is due to the fact that our earthly minds do not understand God's holiness and the the truly destructive power of sin. Even more, we cannot understand God's love for us that he would take our sins upon himself so that we may be re-united with him.What is holiness? It means that God is separate, not just separate like an ant is to a man, but transcendentally separate in a way that we cannot understood. We are created in his image, but our power, understanding,...
  • The Concept of Holiness Baffles Most Americans

    02/20/2006 8:28:46 AM PST · by hiho hiho · 12 replies · 351+ views
    The Barna Group ^ | February 20,2006
    (Ventura, CA) – The concept of holiness is woven throughout the Bible and is one of the foundational teachings of many Protestant churches. From Old Testament passages such as Leviticus 19:2 (in which God says, “Be holy because I am holy”) through the more than two-dozen times in the New Testament where God’s people are described as holy, there is little doubt that holiness is a central tenet of the Christian faith. However, a new nationwide survey conducted by The Barna Group indicates that most adults remain confused, if not daunted, by the concept. Holiness Is Possible Overall, three out...
  • Unexpectedly skewered

    12/10/2005 10:11:58 AM PST · by sionnsar · 5 replies · 374+ views
    The Waffling Anglican ^ | 12/09/2005 | Mike the Geek
    Do you ever have those moments when some particular turn of phrase – usually regarding something with which you are very familiar – skewers you in a new and unexpected way? I was reading a Sunday-school level introduction to Eastern theology, in a section talking about the believer’s call to holiness. “We cannot imagine using a chalice for cocktails – it has been set apart for the service of God. However, we too have been consecrated and set apart for His service.” There’s nothing conceptually new in that paragraph, but for some reason the phrase really got to me. As...
  • J.C. Ryle on Sanctification

    10/27/2005 8:20:27 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 290+ views
    Prydain ^ | 10/27/2005 | Will
    Also from the book Holiness by Bishop J.C. Ryle, this portion on "Sanctification" speaks of the nature of sanctification:Sanctification is that inward spiritual work which the Lord Jesus Christ works in a man by the Holy Spirit, when He calls him to be a true believer. He not only washes him from his sins in His own blood, but He also separates him from his natural love of sin and the world, puts a new principle in his heart and makes him practically godly in life. The instrument by which the Spirit effects this work is generally the Word of...
  • Further from Bishop J.C. Ryle on "Holiness"

    10/26/2005 5:59:02 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 425+ views
    Prydain ^ | 10/25/2005 | Will
    Further from Bishop J.C. Ryle on "Holiness" This continues the selection I posted recently from the discourse on "Holiness" by the late Bishop of Liverpool, J.C. Ryle. As the first portion was on the nature of true practical holiness, so this one is on the importance of practical holiness:Can holiness save us? Can holiness put away sin, cover iniquities, make satisfaction for transgressions, pay our debt to God? No, not a whit. God forbid that I should ever say so. Holiness can do none of these things. The brightest saints are all "unprofitable servants." Our purest works are not better...
  • Can We Be Saints? Some False Notions Swept Away

    10/02/2005 5:13:54 PM PDT · by murphE · 203+ views
    The Catholic Newspaper ^ | June 2004 | Abridged from the writings of Frank Duff
    Can We Be Saints? Some False Notions Swept Away Abridged from the writings of Frank Duff What is a Saint? The answer usually is this: One who does extraordinary penances and works miracles. But the man who works a miracle does not raise himself in God’s eyes. And while penance is necessary, the teaching of the saints guides us not to perform bodily penances of a terrifying kind, but rather to the strict avoidance of delicacies, softness, and comfort. We are told not to injure our health and to eat enough plain food to enable us to work and...
  • Grace of the Eucharist is secret to holy priests, says Pope

    09/19/2005 6:07:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies · 1,101+ views ^ | Catholic News Agency
    RELATED NEWS: US Bishop’s conference says document on gays in priesthood coming soon New TV series features life of parish priests Catholic Clergy group recommits to orthodox preaching of the Gospel, defense of human life Priest must be reflection of Christ, says bishop at international meeting Grace of the Eucharist is secret to holy priests, says PopeVatican City, Sep. 19, 2005 (CNA) - Before his noontime Angelus prayer at the papal Castelgandolfo summer residence yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI said that the key to holy priests and to a sanctified Church lies in the celebration of the Eucharist. As the...
  • "Delightful Secrets of Sex" (Vanity)

    08/09/2005 10:51:53 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 155 replies · 4,006+ views
    Touchstone Magazine ^ | 2004 | Juli Loesch Wiley
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    04/05/2005 8:31:44 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 45 replies · 492+ views
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