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  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 12-17-18 {Prayer}

    12/16/2018 10:18:34 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 1 replies
    12-17-18 | Kitty Mittens
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. (Isaiah 40:31) They that Wait Upon the LORD Shall Renew their Strength; They Shall...
  • Amir from Slovenia on Growing Antisemitism in Europe and Other Topics

    12/16/2018 9:33:48 PM PST · by firebrand · 2 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Dec. 16, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    A small church in Slovenia but an encouraging sign at the end of the service. The growing antisemitism in Europe, with comments on May and Macron. Comments on the climate-change movement and why a global issue is necessary for those who want to take over the world. And a word on the growing recognition of Jerusalem as capital. Notes on the future! Also, a reminder of the real meaning of Christmas.
  • [Cath Cauc] The China-Vatican Accord Is Secret Only in its Actual Words. Here’s How It Works

    12/16/2018 12:03:02 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | December 16, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    The China-Vatican Accord Is Secret Only in its Actual Words. Here’s How It Works About the accord signed on September 22 between the Vatican and China, it has been said only that it concerns the appointment of bishops. Its contents have been kept secret. But from then until now so many things have happened that it has become all too clear how it works.Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun (in the photo), 88, made a special trip from Hong Kong to Rome to personally deliver to Pope Francis an impassioned seven-page letter of appeal on the dramatic situation into which the “underground,” or...
  • Underground Bishops Expected to Subject Themselves to Communist Ones as Sign of Obedience

    12/16/2018 10:37:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | December 15, 2018 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Underground Bishops Expected to Subject Themselves to Communist Ones Favored by Pope as Sign of Obedience “Gesture of obedience": Archbishop Celli with legitimate bishops of China, who have to resign in favor of bishops who belong to the state. (Beijing) Two legitimate bishops were called to resign yesterday on behalf of Pope Francis. They have to give way to Patriotic bishops loyal to China’s Communist regime. Underground Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin was the Bishop of Mindong, officially recognized by Rome. He was rejected by the Communist government in Beijing. At the insistence of Rome, he will now resign to...
  • ‘May the Lord Be Glorified!’ Say Chinese Christians Facing Persecution

    12/16/2018 6:56:02 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Stream ^ | 12/13/18 | Aliya Kuykendall
    A Chinese Christian college student was released Dec. 12 after spending several days in a Chinese reeducation center. The student, named Zhou Xiaojuan, reported to her church that more than 50 students are still detained unlawfully at the reeducation center, where they have been for several days. The students negotiated with police to have their Bibles given back and have corporate worship. They are fasting and taking turns leading worship services twice daily. “The brothers and sisters there have transformed that place into a sanctuary through their fiery faith,” said a prayer update from the church. Police broke into Early...
  • Poland and Hungary Block ‘LGBTIQ Rights’ From Being Enshrined in EU Legislation

    12/16/2018 6:51:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/12/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    BRUSSELS, December 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Poland and Hungary blocked the inclusion of “LGBTIQ” rights in a common European Union statement. Last week representatives from Poland and Hungary annoyed other European Union (EU) member states by vetoing the inclusion of the “LGBTIQ” acronym in a joint statement by employment and social affairs ministers meant to promote “gender equity in the digital era.” LGBTIQ is a reference to people who derive their identity from lesbianism, homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, intersexuality, or an experimental “questioning” approach to sexuality. The European employment and social affairs ministers collectively form the EU Employment, Social Policy, Health...
  • Pope Francis and the Devil: Misreading the Signs of the Times

    12/15/2018 5:13:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | December 15, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    Pope Francis and the Devil: Misreading the Signs of the Times Despite his penchant for theological innovation, Pope Francis seems to hold some fairly traditional beliefs about the devil. Here’s an example from Gaudete et Exsultate: It is precisely the conviction that this malign power is present in our midst that enables us to understand how evil can at times have so much destructive force… Hence, we should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Socci: Horror!

    12/15/2018 10:01:52 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 15, 2018 | Francesca Romana
    Socci: Horror! Socci: Horror! From Antonio Socci's Facebook December 14, 2018 Questioned by journalists, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin (Bergoglio’s right-hand man) declared that presently there is no diplomatic activity involving the Holy See to bring Asia Bibi and her family to safety.  He said verbatim: “It’s an internal question that regards Pakistan, I hope it will be resolved in the best ways possible”. An internal question that regards Pakistan? The cynicism of the Bergoglians towards persecuted Christians is horrifying!                                  ...
  • Mindong: Msgr. Guo Xijin, Underground Bishop, Gives Way to Formerly Excommunicated Msgr. Zhan Silu

    12/14/2018 7:34:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 12/13/18
    The handover in the state hotel in Beijing, in the presence of Msgr. Claudio Maria Celli. Pope Francis reportedly asked for this "sacrifice" from Msgr. Guo to save the unity of the Church and to guarantee the signing of the agreement between China and the Holy See. Msgr. Celli also requested the withdrawal of the elderly Bishop of Shantou, Msgr. Zhuang Jianjian.Mindong (AsiaNews) - Msgr. Vincent Guo Xijin, an underground bishop of Mindong, recognized by the Vatican, but not by the government and to date ordinary bishop of the diocese, will leave his ordinary post and give it to Msgr....
  • Russian Orthodox Church Calls on Pope Francis, UN for Help in Ukraine

    12/14/2018 7:28:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/14/18 | Nataliya Vasilyeva
    MOSCOW, Russia - The Russian Orthodox church on Friday called on Pope Francis, the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics. Ukraine’s Orthodox clerics will gather for a meeting Saturday that is expected to form a new, independent Ukrainian church, and Ukrainian authorities have ramped up pressure on priests to support the move. The Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian church for centuries, while enjoying broad autonomy, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has pushed for the creation of an independent...
  • [Catholic Caucus] After guilty verdict, questions raised about Pell trial

    12/14/2018 6:48:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 14, 2018 | Ed Condon
    Washington D.C., Dec 14, 2018 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- After reports of a guilty verdict emerged in the trial of Australian Cardinal George Pell, some in Australia have questioned the integrity of a process undertaken under the veil of a media blackout. The cardinal was convicted Dec 11. on five charges that he sexually abused two altar servers while serving as Archbishop of Melbourne in the late 1990s. The unanimous verdict followed an earlier mistrial in which, CNA has confirmed with multiple sources, a jury was deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of a “not guilty” verdict.The guilty verdict comes ahead of...
  • A Christmas Song from Luke 2:36-38 about Anna

    12/14/2018 2:41:22 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    This song tells the story of Anna, her hope in the GOD of Israel and her seeing the Messiah of GOD, her Lamb and God!! What a godly women in such a day! She waited for Messiah's first coming as we wait for Messiah's trumpet blast and meeting in the air!
  • [Catholic Caucus] Underground and Patriotic Catholic Church: Merged in Two Dioceses?

    12/14/2018 1:37:00 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | December 14, 2018 | Massimo Introvigne
    Underground and Patriotic Catholic Church: Merged in Two Dioceses? AsiaNews reported on December 13 that Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli went to Beijing as special envoy of Pope Francis to “accept” the resignations of the bishops of the Underground Catholic Church for the dioceses of Mindong, Mgr. Vincent Guo Xijin, and Shantou, Mgr. Peter Zhuang Jianjian. The Vatican will now recognize Mgr. Vincent Zhan Silu as bishop of Mindong and Mgr. Joseph Huang Bingzhang as bishop of Shantou. These are bishops of the Patriotic Catholic Church, whom the Vatican has previously excommunicated, but later pardoned as part of the Vatican-China Deal...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A priest on his knees amid the “gilet jaunes”

    12/14/2018 11:19:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 14, 2018 | Francesca Romana
    A priest on his knees amid the “gilet jaunes” An image that has no need of comments and which represents all the priests, and men and women of good will, who, in these tremendously grave times continue to pray for Italy, France, Europe and the entire world… “But you, O priests! Why do you not run weeping between the vestibule and the altar, begging for the end of the afflictions? Why don’t you take up the shield of faith, get onto the rooftops, into the houses, streets, piazzas and every place, even the most inaccessible, to bring the seed...
  • The Authenticity of the Virgin Birth

    12/14/2018 7:36:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/14/2018 | Erick Erickson
    F. F. Bruce is one of those scholars I have had to spend a lot of time reading in seminary. He researched and wrote some of the best material on the history of the Bible and its accuracy. In studying the ancient texts that we have, Bruce has noted that there are only around nine or 10 manuscripts of Caesar's Gallic War, which was composed between 58 and 50 B.C. The oldest manuscript we have originates from 900 years later.Bruce writes: "The History of Thucydides (c. 460-400 BC) is known to us from eight (manuscripts), the earliest belonging to circa...
  • Doctrine Plus Character...Anton Bosch

    12/14/2018 7:36:20 AM PST · by pastorbillrandles
    Christians have been confused by the fact that there are Christian ministers and teachers who, in spite of serious sin, continue to teach the word in a doctrinally correct way. We understand that none of us is perfect and that we all sin. What I am referring to here is ongoing sin which has not been repented of. This is often glossed over with terms such as “character flaws” or “weaknesses”. Often a vile temper is excused as “righteous anger”. Hatred, an unforgiving spirit, bitterness, strife etc. is often brushed aside by the claim to righteous zeal. A judgmental and...
  • Lauren Daigle and homosexuality: Why we should all be prepared to answer the question

    12/14/2018 7:25:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2018 | By John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris
    When yet another Christian celebrity fails to give a straight answer on a hot-button moral issue, it reveals a deeper problem. Back in September, an article in Rolling Stone announced, “A Christian Singer is Bigger than Drake and Arianna Grande this Week.” That singer is Lauren Daigle, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter whose brilliant voice, soulful style, and hope-filled lyrics has won fans well beyond the Contemporary Christian genre. She’s becoming a regular on talk shows and in national publications, and has officially earned the coveted status of “crossover artist” at just 27 years old. But with broader appeal comes a challenge:...
  • Russian State to Award Those Who Fight Against Abortion

    12/13/2018 6:16:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/12/18
    At the Congress of Commissioners for Children’s Rights yesterday, December 11, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation presented a new project in defense of the unborn that will award those who lead the fight against abortion in a wide range of fields, reports Pravoslavie.ru.The award is designed to motivate people to speak out about how they stand in defense of life and against abortion. “This prize will be awarded to those activists, each in his own sphere, be it politics, social activities, medicine, business-society, journalism, or art, who are not ashamed to say that they speak out in defense...
  • Preferred Gender Pronouns Required in Virginia's Public Schools. The Bible? Not Allowed.

    12/13/2018 7:53:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/13/2018 | John Ellis
    Last Tuesday, unbeknownst to me, my son stuffed his beloved Bible into his bookbag. He was planning on using his class's show-and-tell time to share with his classmates what he was reading in God's Word. Keep in mind, my son is a second-grader in the Arlington County, Va., public school system. One of the most progressively leftist communities in the country, Arlington County has little room for conservative Christianity. Our neighborhood is filled with multi-colored yard signs proclaiming, "Love trumps hate!" or "All Are Welcome Here!" followed by a scolding for those who don't accept that boys can be girls...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, December 13, 2018 [prayer]

    12/13/2018 4:41:45 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 25 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | December 13, 2018 | 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 mercy and healing for our nation.