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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • A Pastoral Message from Bishop Dunlop

    06/01/2020 7:23:57 AM PDT · by lightman · 1 replies
    Lower Susquehanna Synod ELCA ^ | 21 May A.D. 2020 | Bishop James Dunlop
    May 21, 2020 Ascension of Our Lord Dear Siblings in Christ, Grace and peace to you! As I have since the COVID-19 health emergency began, I share the gratitude of our whole synod for the creativity and diligence that you have shown in serving God’s people. Thank you! Our office has been working to keep you updated during this crisis. Today I bring no new information, however I want to clarify some of my previous recommendations and provide insight in light of numerous questions that have arisen. When will things be better or back to normal? Authorities tell us that...

    06/01/2020 6:58:02 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 2 replies
    King James Bible | 6/1/2020 | pilgrimsprogress
    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7 KJV).
  • Pittsburgh Diocese to Consolidate 61 Parishes Into 15

    05/31/2020 7:57:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Crux ^ | 5/28/20 | AP
    PITTSBURGH - The Diocese of Pittsburgh has announced plans to consolidate 61 parishes into 15 new parishes. The mergers, to be completed July 1, will reduce the number of parishes in the diocese of Pittsburgh from 152 to 106. Bishop David Zubik told parishioners in a letter that “This has not been a simple task” but spoke of the need for sacrifice and said “You are positioning your new parish for more effective ministry by addressing financial needs, sharing resources and allowing your clergy to focus on the spiritual work for which they were ordained.”

    05/31/2020 5:48:20 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 1 replies
    King James Bible | 5/31/2020 | pilgrimsprogress
    “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink” (Proverbs 31:4).
  • Vatican cardinal exhorts faithful to channel St. Francis (not Pope Francis), convert others

    05/30/2020 4:01:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 29, 2020 | Maike Hickson
    Vatican cardinal exhorts faithful to channel St. Francis (not Pope Francis), convert others Cardinal Angelo Comastri has been a beautiful encouragement and witness to the Faith during these months of trial. May 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the pope’s vicar for Vatican City, stated on May 28 that we need to recover the “courage” of Saint Francis of Assisi, who, in 1219, went to the Sultan of Egypt inviting him to believe in Jesus.” We should all have that courage and become missionaries, even unto death, the elderly cardinal added. Today, the last day of his daily Angelus...

    05/30/2020 5:41:42 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 2 replies
    King James Bible | 5/30/2020 | pilgrimsprogress
    “Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty” (Proverbs 30:10).
  • Italian Cardinal Calls for Better Spiritual Guidance for Gays, Lesbians

    05/29/2020 6:04:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 5/26/20 | Claire Giangrave
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Now more than ever, the Catholic Church has begun to address how to minister to members of the LGBT community, especially when it comes to spiritual guidance. Following in Pope Francis’ footsteps, an Italian archbishop invited Catholics to look at gays and lesbians “as God looks at them.” “When communities will truly begin to look at people as God looks at them, then homosexual people — and everybody else — will begin to feel, naturally, a part of the ecclesial community,” said Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, the archbishop of the northern Italian town of Bologna, in...

    05/29/2020 5:17:03 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 1 replies
    King James Bible | 5/29/2020 | pilgrimsprogress
    “A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer. Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him” (Proverbs 29:19-20).
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, May 28, 2020 [prayer]

    05/28/2020 5:19:31 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 26 replies ^ | May 28, 2020 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for our nation.

    05/28/2020 5:16:49 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 1 replies
    King James Bible | 5/28/2020 | pilgrimsprogress
    “A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him. Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once . . . To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress. He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him” (Proverbs 28:17-18, 21-22).
  • Yekaterinburg Diocese Bans Services of Priest Who Cursed Those Who Close Churches Over Pandemic [Russia]

    05/27/2020 5:52:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 5/27/20
    Yekaterinburg, May 27, Interfax - The Yekaterinburg Diocese has banned Schema-Hegumen Sergy (Romanov), who has cursed those who close churches during the Covid-19 pandemic, from conducting services and wearing a pectoral cross. "Due to the public speech by Schema-Hegumen Sergy (Romanov), who violated an archbishop's Decree 32 of April 27, 2020, this clergyman is banned from conducting services and wearing a pectoral cross starting from today," the press service for the Yekaterinburg Diocese said. The schema-hegumen's activities will be addressed by the diocesan court of the Yekaterinburg Diocese. Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye said in his address to the...
  • Amir on Netanyahu, Middle East, Pentecost, and the Future 5/27/20

    05/27/2020 4:56:17 PM PDT · by firebrand · 2 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | May 27, 2020 | Amir Tsarfati
    Do not miss this inspiring message from Amir, one of his best presentations ever. Get your thoughts off COVID-19 for a while and look at the rest of the world and what we should actually be doing. The first part is a discussion of Netanyahu and what is going on politically in Israel. The middle section is probably the only lucid account of the confusing scene over there in the Middle East that you will hear. The third and best part is an inspirational and superbly well-informed explanation of Pentecost and what it means to us as believers, with a...

    05/27/2020 5:52:10 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 3 replies
    King James Bible | 5/27/2020 | pilgrimsprogress
    “A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself. Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend . . . As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man” (Proverbs 27:15-17, 19).
  • Cdl Sarah: Corona Crisis Has Laid Bare ‘Insidious Disease’ of Church Thinking She’s a ‘Worldly Institution’

    05/26/2020 5:17:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/20/20 | Jeanne Smits
    The Cardinal said it’s time for the Church to return to preaching about eternal life. May 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – “The Church has messages for this world, but only because she has the keys to the other world.” With these words, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, underscored the Church’s mistaken bid to appear necessary to the world on the world’s terms. According to Cardinal Sarah (read his full remarks below), the COVID-19 crisis has revealed both the world’s incapacity to come to terms with the scandal of death and the Church’s failure to bring to...

    05/26/2020 5:21:37 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 1 replies
    King James Bible | 5/26/2020 | pilgrimsprogress
    “As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool” (Proverbs 26:1).
  • Wuhan pastor interrogated by Chicom Police after Zoom evangelism event: 'I will only live for Christ'

    05/25/2020 8:25:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/25/2020 | Anugrah Kumar
    A local pastor in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the origin of the novel coronavirus, was taken away by police for interrogation while he was leading an online meeting of Christians on evangelism and church planting, according to the Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness. The Zoom meeting, “Proclaim Jesus Gospel Gathering,” was underway when the police in Hubei province’s Wuhan city came over, looked for evangelism materials or publications, and took away the pastor, identified only as Luo, from Nanjing Road Church, the U.S.-based Christian persecution watchdog International Christian Concern learned from the Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness, which speaks...

    05/25/2020 5:25:59 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 1 replies
    King James Bible | 5/25/2020 | pilgrimsprogress
    “It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory” (Proverbs 25:27).
  • WHAT NOW? (You Tube)

    05/24/2020 1:22:19 PM PDT · by Maudeen · 7 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 5/24/2020 | J.D. Farag
    Pastor J.D. Farag addresses the issue of what happens now by virtue of the fast moving changes, specifically concerning that of reopening after the shutdown. WHAT NOW?
  • Mass with Father Mike Schmitz

    05/24/2020 9:26:40 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 2 replies
    This priest, Father Mike Schmitz, has been getting my family through this storm with mass streaming every Sunday. He is really great and has very thought provoking homilies. Today he even threw in the foolishness of those who think walls have no place and a very nice, gospel backed commentary on Memorial Day. He has a great series on Youtube for teaching topics too.

    05/24/2020 6:36:44 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 1 replies
    King James Bible | 5/24/2020 | pilgrimsprogress
    “Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer” (Provers 24:26).