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  • The Pity of Christ

    07/28/2015 11:26:48 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/28/15 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Christ cannot be psychoanalyzed because he is perfect. It would be like seeking flaws in pure crystal or long shadows at high noon. That is why he may seem from our fallen state in a singularly ill-contrived world as both severe and merciful, ethereal and common, rebellious and routine, rustic and royal, solitary and brotherly, young and ageless. His perfection is a stubborn enigma to the imperfect, but if there is to be one hint of the art that moves his mind, it will be in his pity. It will be in his pity for the whole world when he...
  • Proverbs 15:1-33 (Ecumenical)

    07/28/2015 9:50:27 AM PDT · by kosciusko51 · 15 replies
    The Holy Bible ^ | N/A | Various
    A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly. The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good. A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit. A fool rejects his father’s discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible. Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, But trouble is in the income of the wicked. The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts...
  • Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

    07/28/2015 7:43:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West Msgr. Charles Pope • July 27, 2015 • Yesterday’s post dealt with the capacity of this world, by God’s promise, to provide sufficient food for us. While hunger does exist, it is due more to human sinfulness than insufficient resources.But even more prevalent these days than physical hunger is spiritual hunger, if not outright starvation. As is the case with physical hunger, the source of spiritual hunger is not God, who has given us abundant grace and truth; it is we who are the source. It...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/28/15)[Prayer]

    07/28/2015 6:31:31 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/28/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Elijah 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:16-17) New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
  • Fruitfulness (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/28/2015 6:31:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8). If you are a Christian, your life will produce spiritual fruit. If you want to enjoy assurance of salvation in all its richness, you need to faithfully pursue all the virtues we have been studying this past week. The reason is simple—they produce fruit in the Christian life, and nothing is a better indicator of true salvation than that. It was the criterion Christ used to distinguish between the true and false...
  • Proving Your Faith from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/28/2015 6:27:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:6-7). Proven faith brings joy and confidence. Although some Christians fear that trials and persecutions can only rob them of their joy, Peter taught just the opposite. In fact, he said that joy comes not in spite of trouble but because...
  • I’m Confused about God (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/28/2015 6:25:09 AM PDT · by metmom · 13 replies
    Key Life ^ | July 27, 2015 | Steve Brown
    I grew up religious and always felt that, if I could ever believe the religious stuff, I would somehow find meaning, reality and joy. Then, years later, after much agonizing doubt, I came to believe the truth that God had revealed. I finally knew the truth and believed all of it. Then I waited for the promised meaning, reality and joy—and, for a very long while, I thought I had it. Sometimes, during those days, I had the feeling that God was saying that it was nice that I now knew the truth and even tried to live it. But...
  • Sola Scriptura or Sola Cardia? (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/28/2015 6:19:59 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 7/27/2015 | Eric Raymond
    Protestants speak of the term sola Scriptura as foundational to our understanding the Bible. But, what does it mean? And, why is it important? The Reformation principle of sola Scriptura has to do with the sufficiency of Scripture as our supreme authority in all spiritual matters. Sola Scriptura simply means that all truth necessary for our salvation and spiritual life is taught either explicitly or implicitly in Scripture. (John MacArthur via Ligonier)“The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from scripture:...
  • Morning Devotional: Boasting About the Future (Protestant Caucus)

    07/28/2015 5:39:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” - Proverbs 27:1 Knowing that the Jews in exile would have a hard time believing that God was willing and able to keep His promises of restoration and return them from Babylon, Isaiah the prophet wrote to the exilic community about the character and attributes of the Lord in comparison to those of the pagan idols. In describing what set Yahweh, the covenant Lord of Israel, apart from the gods of the other nations, Isaiah emphasized God’s knowledge of the future. He is the One...
  • New York Churches Receive Tearful Farewells

    07/28/2015 4:49:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/26/15 | Melanie Grayce West
    Thousands of Catholics attend final services at parishes set to closeParishioners of the Roman Catholic Church of All Saints in Harlem openly wept at Mass on Sunday as the sounds of the choir lifted up to the soaring ceilings. Rosalind Maybank, president of the usher board, broke into tears as she thanked congregants for spending one last Sunday “with your family.” “It’s very hard, but the love that we share among each other will always be with us no matter where we go, whatever church we go to,” said Ms. Maybank, 68 years old, as sunlight poured in through the...
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Our Nation

    07/28/2015 1:31:27 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 6 replies
    July 28, 2015 | Jeanbl
    Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. Then justice shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness shall abide in the fruitful field. And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and confidence for ever. And my people shall abide in a peaceable habitation, and in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting-places. Isaiah 32:15-18
  • THE HOLY TRINITY AND THE PAROUSIA OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ACCORDING TO ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

    07/27/2015 9:54:56 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Research Institute ^ | uncertain | Prof. Stylianos Papadopoulos
    Distinction and Relationship in the Divine HypostasesIn Antioch and in its spiritual sphere of influence, all the familiar solutions had been tried and even proposed synodically to bridge the chasm separating the teaching of the First Ecumenical Council from the Arian heresy. These solutions were, of course, being offered to Arius, but were more or less diminishing the doctrine of Nicaea. Chrysostom who certainly knew these solutions, accepted the Homoousion of Nicaea, but was also familiar with the theology of the Cappadocians, at least in general. He particularly knew the distinction of the three divine Hypostases and the one nature...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-28-15

    07/27/2015 8:14:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 28, 2015   Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28 The tent, which was called the meeting tent,Moses used to pitch at some distance away, outside the camp.Anyone who wished to consult the LORDwould go to this meeting tent outside the camp.Whenever Moses went out to the tent, the people would all riseand stand at the entrance of their own tents,watching Moses until he entered the tent.As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come downand stand at its entrance while the LORD spoke with Moses.On seeing the column...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Everyone’s a Bit Knotty

    07/27/2015 7:38:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 07-27-15 | Sarah Maw
    July 27, 2015Everyone’s a Bit KnottySarah Maw When glancing over the myriad of Marian devotions in the Catholic Church, it’s easy to find yourself pondering: “How do I pick one? Can I pick only one? In the end, aren’t they all just prayers to Mary?” Yes, our Marian prayers do all end up in the same place, in God’s hands through Mary. But, the long list of devotions isn’t simply a way for Mary to accumulate as many awesome titles as possible. Each Marian devotion has a unique message behind it, directed to a specific audience, and is accompanied by...
  • Exclusive Report—The Devil in Detroit

    07/27/2015 6:22:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/27/15 | Michael Voris
    It took only a moment and it was over. But in that moment, much changed. In a warehouse near the river in downtown Detroit, on the eve of the feast of St. Anne, patroness of Detroit, a statue to the demon Baphomet was unveiled. The event was sponsored by the Satanic Temple and was described as the "largest public satanic ceremony in history." Whether that claim is true or not, hundreds of people turned out for the event by first being directed by e-mail to a decoy location — a deserted bank in a seedy Detroit neighborhood — where they...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/27/2015 1:51:39 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 5 replies
    7-27-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 59:16,17 I will Sing of Your Strength, In the Morning I will Sing of Your Love; For You are my Fortress, My Refuge in Times of Trouble. O my Strength, I Sing Praise to You; You, O God, are my Fortress, my God of Mercy.
  • Evening Devotional: The Resurrection Story (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 12:52:28 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    The Orthodox Presbyterian Church ^ | July 27 2015 | Peter G. Feenstra
    Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 14:3–4 Bible Reading 1 Corinthians 15:3–5 Devotional Do you want to hear a good story? Most of us, adults and children alike, enjoy stories. There are certain stories that we love to hear over and over again. If you ask young children to bring you a book to read, they may bring you one that you have read to them five times already. As children of the Lord we like to sit...
  • Lexington County (SC) investigators arrest man wanted for 18 months, scammed churches

    07/27/2015 12:26:39 PM PDT · by Gamecock
    The State ^ | July 24, 2015 | HARRISON CAHILL
    LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — A man who was wanted for 18 months for failure to pay child support payments is also believed to have scammed several churches throughout the Midlands, according to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department officials. Sheriff Jay Koon said James Fletcher “Les” Spires, 42, was taken into custody in Camden with the assistance of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department and Camden police. Investigators say Spires used a network of people to help him evade law enforcement. Koon said Spires was living in an office building in Camden and was using only cash to “stay off the grid.” Spires...
  • Yahoo Writer Wants MORE Satanic Statues In More Cities

    07/27/2015 11:54:32 AM PDT · by TangibleDisgust · 25 replies
    Yahoo! Homes ^ | Jeremiah Budin
    Regardless of how you feel about the Satanists and their tactics, however, there's one thing we can all agree on, and that is that this is a great statue, and it probably looks even better in bronze, and literally any city would be lucky to have it.https://homes.yahoo.com/news/more-satanic-statues-major-cities-150002405.html
  • Proselytizing climate change from the church pulpit

    07/27/2015 11:20:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 7/27/15 | Judi McLeod
    The triumvirate imposing man-made global warming on civil society as the 21st century’s top issue may have started at the United Nations, but it picked up steam with President Barack Obama somewhat, then surrealistically moved on to include the Vatican through Pope-Gone-Activist-Francis-Bergoglio. The climate change movement has long dictated what the masses could eat and wear, what they could drive and where they would live. They are now dictating to the masses what religion to practice, and their green religion is not Christianity. The hierarchy of the global warming/climate change movement pay loyal allegiance to the pagan religion of Gaia...
  • On Park Avenue, a Picture of the Catholic Church Divided [Opposing Interpretations of Vatican II]

    07/27/2015 11:06:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/27/2015 | by NICHOLAS FRANKOVICH
    Two opposing interpretations of the Second Vatican Council divide the Catholic Church. This divide is more complex than the casual observer tends to appreciate. Within the complex divide, however, is a clear, simple divide: the familiar quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns. Each of the two parties is marked by a definite taste in liturgy, music, architecture, and art. The Eucharist being “the source and summit of the Christian life,” it should come as no surprise that the central object of disagreement between the Catholic Ancients and the Catholic Moderns is the Mass. In the Roman rite, it can...
  • Behold the Newly-Discovered Painting in Rome's Catacomb of Callixtus

    07/27/2015 9:41:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rome, Italy, Jul 21, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent discovery in the Catacomb of Saint Callixtus, an early Christian series of tombs beneath Rome which once held the bodies of 16 Popes, has been christened the “Orpheus cubicle” after the figure from Greek mythology. The small room, located in front of the Crypt of the Popes, was poorly conserved until a recent excavation by the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology. The “Orpheus cubicle” is named for its painting of Orpheus with a lyre, surrounded by birds, sea monsters, and flowers, representing the whole of creation. Orpheus was...
  • Vatican Astronomer Discusses Discovery of Kepler-452b

    07/27/2015 9:31:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Father José Gabriel Funes, the director of the Vatican Observatory, said he was "very skeptical" that the discovery of Kepler-452b will lead to an encounter with extraterrestrial life in the near future. Writing in the Vatican newspaper, the priest reviewed the positions of St. Albert the Great, Nicholas of Cusa, and others on the possibility of extraterrestrial life and said that Jesuit Father Angelo Secchi, a pioneer in astrophysics, thought that there were other inhabited worlds. "It seems that the vast majority of stars in our galaxy ... at least potentially can have planets where life could develop," Father Funes...
  • NOW ARCHANGEL BATTLES DEVIL IN DETROIT

    07/27/2015 9:30:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    wnd ^ | July 27, 2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    After weeks of speculation and protests by Christian leaders in Detroit, the unthinkable took place.Just after 11p.m. on July 25, a satanic organization unveiled a 9-foot statue of the goat-headed Baphomet, a pagan symbol of Lucifer. The 1-ton statue features two young children looking up adoringly at the devil.Leaders of the Satanic Temple have been saying for weeks they planned to unveil the statue somewhere in Detroit and leave it there temporarily before moving it to Arkansas, where they plan to set it beside the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol. This is the same statue they attempted to erect...
  • Agape Love (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:41:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . And in your brotherly kindness, Christian love” (2 Peter 1:7). Sacrificial love proves genuine faith. Classical Greek had three common terms for love. As we saw yesterday, phileo (philadelphia) is the love of give and take, best expressed in friendship. Eros is the love that takes—one loves another strictly for what he or she can get out of that person. It is typical of the world’s sexual and lustful desires, which are always bent toward self-gratification. Agape is the love that gives. It is completely unselfish, with no taking involved. This is the highest form of love,...
  • Rejoicing in Your Inheritance (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:39:12 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In this you greatly rejoice" (1 Pet. 1:6). Contemplating your eternal inheritance should give you joy that transcends any temporal circumstance. Joy is a major theme in Scripture. The psalmist said, "Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; praise is becoming to the upright" (Ps. 33:1); "My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to Thee; and my soul, which Thou hast redeemed" (Ps. 71:23). Even creation itself is said to rejoice in the Lord: "Thou dost make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy. . . . Let the heavens be glad, and...
  • Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves/Fishes

    07/27/2015 6:34:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes Msgr. Charles Pope • July 26, 2015 • The multiplication of the loaves and fishes that we read about at Sunday Mass this week was a miracle so astonishing that it is recounted in all four Gospels. And a second, similar instance is recorded in another Gospel. In other words, this sort of miracle by Jesus is recounted five times within the four Gospels.There are many theological reasons for this. Clearly, Jesus was fulfilling the promise of Moses: that after him a greater One...
  • Ireland's Top Archbishop Holds Historic Talks with Catholic Gay Group

    07/27/2015 6:14:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 7/24/15 | Jane Walsh
    Pro-gay faith groups have met Dr Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. The meeting with the Archbishop was requested by Faith in Marriage Equality (FiME) during the recent referendum campaign on same sex marriage. The meeting took place at the Archbishop's residence in Armagh, on Wednesday, July 22. Dr Richard O'Leary of Faith in Marriage Equality said “We believe it is a positive step to open dialogue with the Catholic Church as a contribution to the 'reality check' signalled by the Church after the vote for civil marriage equality.” He was referring to the...
  • The Left Wants To End the Separation of Church and State (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | James Mann
    If there is one thing consistent about the tides of the culture wars, it is that whenever one side is emboldened, it inevitably leads to overreach. The secular Left is proving this point with gusto in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to nationalize gay marriage, calling for the removal of tax exemptions for churches and religious non-profits who continue to hold the tired old definition of marriage that existed all the way up until yesterday. This step, which would crush the budgets of many churches and non-profits, reveals an amusing hypocrisy of the modern Left’s turn against civil...
  • Morning Devotional: The Vain Search for a Righteous Man (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 5:43:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 7/27/2015
    “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” - Ecclesiastes 7:20 Nobody’s perfect, the old saying goes, and this truth is confirmed every day in our experience. We might pore over our work for hours, even days, seeking to catch every error, and yet the report we handed to our boss ends up having mistakes here and there. We measure and remeasure a wall so that we can center a picture that will bring some beauty to our living room, but then after hanging it, it is positioned just a hair too much...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/27/15)[Prayer]

    07/27/2015 4:48:17 AM PDT · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/27/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Elijah 17 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-27-15

    07/26/2015 7:31:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 27, 2015   Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 32:15-24, 30-34 Moses turned and came down the mountainwith the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,tablets that were written on both sides, front and back;tablets that were made by God,having inscriptions on them that were engraved by God himself.Now, when Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting,he said to Moses, “That sounds like a battle in the camp.”But Moses answered, “It does not sound like cries of victory,nor does it sound like cries of defeat;the sounds that I hear are cries...
  • What is the source of the Church’s authority?

    07/26/2015 7:30:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 111 replies
    The source & nature of Church authority is one of the major issues that beginning Catholics have to examine and come to terms with. The Catholic Church makes an amazing claim: it teaches, governs, and sanctifies with the authority of Christ himself. Catholics believe that this gift of Church authority is one of the jewels that Christ has given to us as an aid to our salvation. Keep three things in mind: There is a large amount of evidence in Scripture to support the Catholic Church’s claim to authority, as well as from early Church history. The nature and scope...
  • Pennsylvania Congregation Pays UMC $100K to Leave Denomination Over Homosexuality Debate

    07/26/2015 6:09:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/26/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A congregation in Pennsylvania has voted overwhelmingly to leave the United Methodist Church over the growing debate that the mainline denomination is having regarding its position on homosexuality. Wesley Church, a congregation in Quarryville that has an average weekly worship attendance of about 650, voted to leave the UMC after months of discernment. Chris Lenhart, associate pastor at Wesley Church, told The Christian Post that leadership for the congregation saw a "considerable chasm forming between what Wesley believed and affirmed about the nature of God's word and what the denomination believed and affirmed about the nature of God's Word. "The...
  • Indiana Deputy Clerk, Fired For Refusing To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licences, Sues

    07/26/2015 5:16:42 PM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    Louisville Courier, Religion Clause.Blogspot.com ^ | Friday, July 24, 2015 | Howard Friedman
    Linda Summers, a former deputy clerk in the Harrison County, Indiana Superior Court Clerk's Office, last week filed a federal court lawsuit alleging violation of her First Amendment free exercise rights. religious discrimination in employment.  The Louisville Courier Journal reports that after the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of a case from Indiana upholding marriage equality, County Clerk Sally Whitis sent an e-mail to all employees telling them that even if it conflicted with their religious beliefs, they were required to process licenses for same-sex couples. Summers responded with a hand-delivered letter asking that she not be required to do so...
  • Priest shocks flock by leaving wife for younger man

    07/26/2015 3:34:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/26/15 | Julie Kay and Isabel Vincent
    An Episcopal priest shocked his Queens congregation recently when he left his wife and married someone else — a much younger man. The Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, announced over Facebook last week that he got married in a Los Angeles church. The Cuban-born prelate was pictured on a beach with the caption: “I’m in Miami Beach with my new husband. God is good.” One churchgoer said many parishioners severed ties to the church after Quevedo-Bosch came out as gay at the pulpit a month ago....
  • Billionaire Brothers Donate $15 Million to Ted Cruz Super PAC to Further Their Religious Agenda

    07/26/2015 3:02:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Patheos' The Friendly Atheist Blog ^ | July 26, 2015 | Hemant Mehta, editor
    Make no mistake about it: Religion and politics are closely intertwined. And in the Republican party, they’re practically synonyms. Yesterday, we learned that billionaire brothers Farris and Dan Wilks were donating $15 million to Ted Cruz‘s Presidential campaign (via a super PAC), making it the largest political contribution for any candidate this cycle and among the largest ever. And they’re doing it, in large part, because it’s the best way to further their religious agenda: “Our country was founded on the idea that our rights come from the Creator, not the government. I’m afraid we’re losing that,” Farris Wilks, a...
  • Forgiven & Forgotten

    07/26/2015 12:28:39 PM PDT · by metmom · 48 replies
    Key Life ^ | July 13, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Right now you may be feeling guilty about one thing or another: what you said to your spouse last night, those unrelenting thoughts, something you did years ago and regret, actual lying and cheating. What do you do with this guilt? Do you try to ignore it? Bury it? Would you like to know how to handle it for good, how to find true and lasting forgiveness? Let me give you an important principle for believers: Definition is a prerequisite to recovery. In other words, if you can define a problem, you can usually deal with it. Vague anxiety without...
  • The Shemitah Unraveled: What 2015-2016 Could Bring

    07/26/2015 12:10:38 PM PDT · by metmom · 158 replies
    CHARISMANEWS ^ | 3/10/2015 | Troy Anderson and Jessilyn Justice
    As the world waits to see what the end of a seven-year biblical cycle known as the Shemitah may bring this fall, New York Times best-selling author Rabbi Jonathan Cahn issued a warning to prepare for economic calamity, war in the Middle East or even worse. *snip* In The Mystery of the Shemitah, Cahn described how this biblical pattern is connected to numerous events in modern history, including the rise of America to superpower status, World Wars I and II, the return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland, the Six-Day War and even the rising of the World...
  • Ukraine Church Leaders Reject Constitutional Move on Same-Sex Rights

    07/26/2015 9:37:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/26/15 | Jonathon Luxmoroe
    A letter to the Ukrainian president said the constitutional ammendment would 'seriously threaten' family life Ukrainian Church leaders condemned plans to permit same-sex partnerships under a series of constitutional reforms. The Ukrainian parliament has been debating the issue of same-sex partnerships while plans call for adopting the amendments in autumn. The amendments were drafted as pro-Russia rebels continued to hold the eastern region of the country and also have been criticised by Russia for allegedly failing to include enough autonomy for the separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as outlined in a February cease-fire agreement. The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and...
  • Christ Our Passover Lamb: Jesus' Real Presence In The Eucharist

    07/26/2015 9:13:49 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 7,14, 2015 | Alex Brittain
    "Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death. By the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste -or foretaste- of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires....
  • What to do if you missed the Rapture

    07/26/2015 8:55:19 AM PDT · by MHGinTN · 513 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ed Hinson
    Here is yet more information, for those who miss the Rapture and are here after the event. This is for people, not any particular congregation of people. Please, think about it ...
  • Francis Fund donating to Planned Parenthood-affiliated charity?

    07/26/2015 8:48:51 AM PDT · by Diago · 7 replies
    SaveJerset.com ^ | July 23,2015 | Matt Rooney
    By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey BlogThis one is hard to wrap your mind around, Save Jerseyans.The obvious takeaway will be “is there anyone, or anything, left that’s worthy of our trust?”Background: “Six Camden-based charities will receive funds through the Francis Fund, a short-term fund in honor of the papal visit” ahead of Pope Francis’s much-celebrated World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this fall. It’s apparently a project of the event’s affiliated Hunger and Homelessness Committee; Sister Mary Scullion, a Sister of Mercy, chairs the committee, and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput provides a welcome message on the site.New Jersey...
  • False Doctrine

    07/26/2015 7:38:37 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 5 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 24 Jul 2015
    Sermon Video 21:24KEY PASSAGE: Deuteronomy 6, 7 SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 6:20 | 2 Peter 3:17-18 | 2 John 1 SUMMARY Our children live in a culture filled with spiritual dangers. The philosophies of atheism, agnosticism, and various other false teachings threaten to lead our kids into error and unbelief, while rampant moral corruption pressures them to succumb to sinful practices. With so much stacked against them, there’s a great need for the influence of godly fathers who love the Lord and know His Word. When the Israelites were about to cross into the Promised Land, they were entering an...
  • A Vatican conference with a pronounced leftward political tilt

    07/26/2015 7:27:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 24, 2015 | Phil Lawler
    If we had the name of a Republican politician who was invited to attend last week’s Vatican conference on climate change and human trafficking—any Republican, just one Republican—we might feel just a bit better about the result. But the strongly partisan cast of the final statement that issued from that conference, together with the strongly partisan cast of characters in attendance, creates the impression that this event was not so much a conference as a political rally. California’s Governor Jerry Brown was there. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was there. Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh was there. But among the...
  • What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year

    07/26/2015 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 25, 2015 • We have in today’s gospel the very familiar miracle of the loaves and the fishes. One is tempted to say, “Oh, that one …” and then tune out. But the gospel today contains a personal appeal from the Lord’s lips to your (my) ears: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”Immediately, objections begin to pop up in our minds. But let’s be still and allow the Lord to instruct us by...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/26/15)[Prayer]

    07/26/2015 5:34:41 AM PDT · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/26/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Elijah 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. (Matthew 11:14) New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
  • Brotherly Love (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/26/2015 5:24:00 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And in your godliness, brotherly kindness . . .” (2 Peter 1:7). Real Christian discipleship will include practical brotherly love. A genuine love for God will invariably lead to a love for others. That’s what Jesus said of the two great commandments (Matt. 22:36-40) that summarize the Ten Commandments. The apostle John also related love for God and love for others: “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). The...
  • Your Secure Inheritance (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/26/2015 5:20:48 AM PDT · by metmom · 17 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To obtain an inheritance which is . . . reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Pet. 1:4-5). Your eternal inheritance is doubly secure: it is reserved for you, and you are reserved for it. When Peter wrote his first epistle, attitudes toward Christians in the Roman Empire were not at all favorable. Because they would not worship the emperor as a god, or enter into other sinful pagan practices, Christians were looked upon with suspicion and disdain. In addition,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-26-15, Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    07/25/2015 7:30:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 26, 2015   Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Kgs 4:42-44 A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God,twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits,and fresh grain in the ear. Elisha said, “Give it to the people to eat.” But his servant objected,“How can I set this before a hundred people?” Elisha insisted, “Give it to the people to eat.” “For thus says the LORD,‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.’” And when they had eaten, there was some left over,as the LORD had said. Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:10-11,...