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  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015. Theological Virtues" Charity

    03/04/2015 2:57:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency.com ^ | not given | CNA.com
    Charity Or: Loving as God Loves The two terms "love" and "charity" are frequently used interchangeably, and with good reason, since the virtue of charity is in fact a kind of love. However, the two are not identical; not all forms of love are also charity. For example, we often hear expressions like, "I love hot chocolate," or "I love basketball," or even "I love America," and these kinds of love, while all good in themselves, still fall somewhat short of the love that is charity.What sort of love is charity, then? Quite simply, charity is the Love of...
  • Fr Peter Heers on Secularism, Church, and Family Life (Ecumenical)

    03/04/2015 1:54:28 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04 March 2015 | Fr. Peter Heers
    A lecture on the effects of secularism on the Church and the life of the Christian Family.
  • Promises Fulfilled [Devotional Thread]

    03/04/2015 1:38:59 PM PST · by Alex Murphy
    Day By Day with John Calvin | John Calvin
    Let us learn that the holy fathers under the Old Testament were not ignorant that in this world God seldom or never gives his servants the fulfilment of what is promised them, and therefore has directed their minds to his sanctuary, where the blessings not exhibited in the present shadowy life are treasured up for them. This sanctuary was the final judgment of God, which (as they could not at all discern it by the eye) they were contented to apprehend by faith. Inspired with this confidence, they doubted not that whatever might happen in the world, a time would...
  • The Lord's Supper: solemn symbolism or corporeal flesh and blood?

    03/04/2015 12:31:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 31 replies
    Peace By Jesus ^ | March 4,2015 | Peace by Jesus
    Preface: This is an extensive examination of the Roman Catholic sacrament of Eucharist (which means thanksgiving) as regards the doctrine of the “Real Presence.” This deals with the question as to whether Scripture teaches that Jesus is literally and wholly present—body and blood, soul and divinity—under the appearances of bread and wine by transubstantiation of the elements of bread and wine. And by which believers thereby receive life in themselves. Or whether, consistent with other examples of figurative language and teaching, the elements are representations of Christ, and that eating and drinking Christ in John 6 refers to receiving and...
  • Christs childhood home found?

    03/04/2015 11:46:03 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 3/4/15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The historical Jesus is only of passing interest in comparison to the Lord of Salvation. The Daily Mail has a piece about how archaeologists, reading medieval manuscripts, have identified a likely place Hewn into a hillside, this is the humble stone and mortar house where a scholar believes Jesus was raised. It has been dated to the early 1st century by a British archaeologist who says an ancient text points to the building as being the home in Nazareth where Mary and Joseph brought up the son of God. Professor Ken Dark says De Locis Sanctis, written in 670...
  • The Necessity of Repentance

    03/04/2015 11:41:31 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 23 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | April 26, 2013 | J.C. Ryle
    J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) We are told that John the Baptist came preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. The plain meaning of this expression is, that John preached the necessity of being baptized, in token of repentance, and that he told his hearers that except they repented of sin, their sins would not be forgiven.We must carefully bear in mind that no repentance can make atonement for sin. The blood of Christ, and nothing else, can wash away sin from mans soul. No quantity of repentance can ever justify us in the sight of God. We are...
  • Can a Pope Be a Heretic?

    03/04/2015 9:35:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 3/4/15 | Jacob W. Wood
    Recently, Cardinal Burke stated that, if Pope Francis were to endorse a position on marriage and sexuality that were contrary to the tradition of the Church, that he would be obliged to resist the pontiff. Although the cardinal clarified that he was speaking of a purely hypothetical situation, he hit upon a nerve that gets struck from time to time among Catholicsin instant messages, in passing, on Facebook, though almost never in printWhat if? What if Cardinal Kaspers ideology takes over the upcoming Ordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family? What if the behind-the-scenes machinations of his supporters ultimately win...
  • Breathtaking Videos of 11 Beautiful Christian Sites Taken with Drones

    03/04/2015 9:24:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church POP ^ | March 2015 | Brantley Millegan
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are becoming cheaper and easier to use all the time. Combined with cheap high-quality cameras, and were living in a new age of video recording. A drone plus an HD camera can enable a regular person take absolutely breathtaking video from angles never before possible (or at least that were very, very difficult to do before). While YouTube is chalk-full of amazing videos shot with drones, here is just a sampling of videos shot with drones of beautiful Christian sites. For each video, Ive included a picture, a few gifs, and then...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    03/04/2015 9:00:11 AM PST · by Hiskid · 7 replies
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  • Quit Catholic Schools if You Cant Stand Our Principles

    03/04/2015 8:53:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Ghana Web ^ | 3/14/15
    The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu has dared students who cannot comply with the religious rules and practices in Catholic schools to quit and move to other schools, if they so desire. According to him, many of the students who attend Catholic schools chose the schools because of the age- long discipline and religious ethics that have existed in those schools. His comment follows a statement by the Bishops Conference Tuesday that directed heads of Catholic schools to remain resolute and continue with all religious practices and training associated with the Catholic faith despite a...
  • Anchoring Your Soul

    03/04/2015 7:02:06 AM PST · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 3/4/2015
    The God of Christianity is not a frivolous God. He is not given to caprice or arbitrary acts of violence. His actions are not irrational expressions or whims. We do not know why at a given place or a given time natural catastrophes take place. Easy equations of guilt and disaster are ruled out by statements in the book of Job and the ninth chapter of Johns gospel. When inexplicable disasters occur, we must say with Luther, Let God be God. When Job cried out, The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the...
  • A Worldwide Must-Read: Robert Spencers Blogging the Quran

    03/04/2015 6:59:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/04/2015 | Robert Spencer
    Back in 2007 and 2008, I ran a weekly feature at my website Jihad Watch [1]: “Blogging the Qur’an.” Now, with the Obama administration repeatedly reiterating the claim that Islam is fundamentally peaceful and that promoting its true and benign face will ultimately conquer the global jihad, it is time to revive it.Here at PJ Media I’ll be presenting a new, revised version of the series.Why Read the Qur’an To understand the motives and goals of Islamic jihad terrorists, a good place to start is to explore what they themselves say about why they’re doing what they’re doing, and...
  • Righteous reputations of churches that dont care (Protestant Caucus)

    03/04/2015 6:09:01 AM PST · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | Feb 28, 2015 | Boz Tchividjian
    Earlier this week, the Dallas Observer published a cover story about a former minister who was recently convicted of sexually abusing children in Mississippi. According to the article, prior to this offender getting caught for these crimes, he served as a youth minister in a Dallas area megachurch. The story reports that while serving in that position, a minor who had been part of the youth group stepped forward and disclosed to another pastor on staff that this individual had sexually abused him. The article reported that instead of reporting the youth minister to the police, the megachurch allowed him...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/4/15)[Prayer]

    03/04/2015 5:32:31 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/4/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Joshua New International Version (NIV) 26They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27They gave Moses this account: We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw...
  • The Best Model of Believing [Devotional Thread]

    03/04/2015 4:45:12 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    Day By Day with John Calvin | John Calvin
    The LORD had said to Abrahm, "Leave your country, your people, and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." -- Genesis 12:1, NIV Abraham alone ought to be to us equal to tens of thousands if we consider his faith, which is set before us as the best model of believing, to whose race also we must be held to belong in order that we may be the children of God. What could be more absurd than that Abraham should be the father of all the faithful, and not even occupy the meanest corner among...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-04-15, OM, St. Casimir

    03/03/2015 10:18:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 4, 2015Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent    Reading 1 Jer 18:18-20 The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said,“Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests,nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets.And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue;let us carefully note his every word.” Heed me, O LORD,and listen to what my adversaries say.Must good be repaid with evilthat they should dig a pit to take my life?Remember that I stood before youto speak in their...
  • 11 Reasons the Authority of Christianity Is Centered on St. Peter and Rome

    03/03/2015 8:04:25 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 65 replies
    http://www.stpeterslist.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | SPL Staff
    Bl. John Henry Newman said it best: To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant. History paints an overwhelming picture of St. Peters apostolic ministry in Rome and this is confirmed by a multitude of different sources within the Early Church. Catholic Encyclopedia states, In opposition to this distinct and unanimous testimony of early Christendom, some few Protestant historians have attempted in recent times to set aside the residence and death of Peter at Rome as legendary. These attempts have resulted in complete failure. Protestantism as a whole seeks to divorce Christianity from history by rending Gospel...
  • Christians Under Pressure in West - Lavrov

    03/03/2015 7:22:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/3/15
    Geneva, March 3, Interfax - Aggressive secularism is picking up pace in the West, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "I can't leave out problems which Christians have been experiencing in many counties, where it is deemed politically incorrect to speak about one's Christian identity and where Christian values, the nucleus of European civilization, are being shunned," he said at a high-level conference on the defense of Christians in Geneva. "Aggressive secularism is picking up pace, and the notions of moral decency and traditional ethnic, cultural and religious identity are being eroded," the Russian foreign minister said. "Vandalism and the...
  • At Last, A Council for the Ages?

    03/03/2015 6:57:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    First Things ^ | 3/3/15 | Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis
    The Great Council of the Orthodox Church in 2016A Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church has been scheduled for 2016. In March of 2014, the leaders of all the autocephalous (independent) Orthodox Churches met in Istanbul, the sacred see of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which historically (since at least the fifth century) coordinates such assemblies, facilitating unity while serving as a center of appeal among these churches. Arguably the foremost decision unanimously agreed upon at that assembly of church heads was the convocation of a Great Council in 2016, tentatively planned to be held in the Church of Haghia...
  • An Icon of the Coptic New Martyrs of Libya

    03/03/2015 6:52:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 2/25/15 | Gregory DiPippo
    I am sure that all of our readers are aware of the recent massacre in Libya of a group of Egyptian Copts, who were killed for their faith by Islamic terrorists. The Patriarch of Alexandria, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, has officially recognized them as martyrs, and ordered that their commemoration be inserted into the Synaxarium; their feast will be kept on February 15th, the same day as the Presentation of the Lord in the Alexandrian Rite. The title New Martyr was originally used in the East for those killed by heretical Christian rulers, but has subsequently been extended to...
  • Walking With Jesus as a Former Catholic

    03/03/2015 6:43:06 PM PST · by Gamecock · 60 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | October 16, 2009 | Kevin DeYoung
    We have free-floating guilt, can identify the Ave Maria within thre notes, and likely have rosary beads somewhere in the attic. We also own at least one study Bible, listen to sermons in the car, and know that a ‘quiet time’ is different from a nap. We are followers of Christ who grew up Roman Catholic and are now Evangelical Protestants.” That’s how Chris Castaldo begins his helpful, irenic, and humorous book, Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic. Chris was raised in an Italian, Roman Catholic family on Long Island, eventually graduated from Moody and Gordon-Conwell, and...
  • Moscow Opens First Church Dedicated to the Royal Martyrs of Russia (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    03/03/2015 6:32:33 PM PST · by NRx · 33 replies
    Royal Russia ^ | 03 March 2015 | Paul Gilbert
    The construction of a church in honour of Tsar Nicholas II and his family has been completed in Moscow. The ground breaking and initial construction began three years ago, in March of 2012. On March 8, 2013 the Head of the Russian Imperial House, HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna visited the site of the new church during an official visit to Moscow. The grand duchess lit a candle in memory of the Holy Royal Martyrs, and then took the time to speak and have tea with local parishers. The first liturgy was held on July 17, 2014 in a temporary...
  • I'm Back After 6 Weeks in Hospital, Thanks for Prayers (Ecumenical, No Fighting)

    03/03/2015 4:38:20 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 117 replies
    Mrs. Don-o | March 3, 2015 | Mrs. Don-o
    I've been discharged from Rehab and am now home. "Going slow, but still going." Thank you all for about a million prayers. What follows is my recollection --- or reflection --- or maybe raving --- about one thing I experienced while in critical condition. ------------------------------Raving----------------------------------- Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. Mark Twain Hello, friends, this will have been your first and probably your last communication from me until Christ our God grants a better body/brain recovery. But I wanted to write what I can before it all disappears down the Memory Hole. Collapsed on Jan 19, septic...
  • Why Our Children Dont Think There Are Moral Facts

    03/03/2015 4:35:14 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/2/15 | Justin P. McBrayer
    What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that its wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised? I was. As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students dont believe in moral facts. While there are no national surveys quantifying this phenomenon, philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in their classrooms view moral claims as mere opinions that are not true or are true only relative to a culture. What I...
  • Anglican Decline and Its Biblical Remedy

    03/03/2015 4:01:41 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 3, 2015 | TYLER BLANSKI
    For years, I thought I was called to be an Anglican priest. My wife and I wanted to plant an Anglican church in Minneapolis. To that end, I attended a beautiful Anglican seminary couched in the forests of Wisconsin. There, surrounded by men and women much holier than myself, I was challenged to grow up in Christ. During the course of my studies and discernment, I came to believe that Christ intended his Church to be apostolic—and also that Rome had greatly exaggerated Peter’s role in the apostolic college. I had many opinions about the papacy, most of them...
  • Incarnation and Redemption (Ecumenical)

    03/03/2015 3:13:41 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 2005 | Archpriest George Florovsky
    The Incarnation and Redemption "The Word became flesh:" in this is the ultimate joy of the Christian faith. In this is the fullness of Revelation. The Same Incarnate Lord is both perfect God and perfect man. The full significance and the ultimate purpose of human existence is revealed and realized in and through the Incarnation. He came down from Heaven to redeem the earth, to unite man with God for ever. "And became man." The new age has been initiated. We count now the "anni Domini!" As St. Irenaeus wrote: "the Son of God became the Son of Man, that...
  • The Unrepenting Repenter

    03/03/2015 3:04:42 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 10 replies
    CCW ^ | March 3,2015 | Jim Elliff
    The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter. He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but suffered three times the remorse until he repented with bitter tears (Mt. 26:75). Every Christian is called a repenter, but he must be a repenting repenter. The Bible assumes the repentant nature of all true believers in its instruction on church discipline. A man unwilling to repent at the...
  • The Emperors New Gender (Why Pope Francis is speaking out)

    03/03/2015 3:00:35 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 3, 2015 | DALE OLEARY
    The Church and the heresies always used to fight about words, because they are the only thing worth fighting about. G. K. Chesterton, The Ball and the Cross. When Pope Francis listed Gender Theory among the most destructive threats we face today, many people had no idea what he was talking about. "Gender" used to be a perfectly respectable word a grammatical term. In English some pronouns have gender: masculine, feminine or neuter. Living things, on the other hand, are categorized by sex: male or female. Recently, however, on forms rather than being asked for our sex, we...
  • The Day God Barged Into My Life: Fr. John Riccardo's Amazing Testimony

    03/03/2015 2:15:58 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 3, 2015 | Fr. John Riccardo
    My first memory is of the crucifix in my boyhood parish, Holy Name in Birmingham, Michigan. I do not know how old I was, but I knew Jesus had died forme and my whole life was suppose to be a response to this.This is certainly not a typical first memory but my family was anything but typical. My father, John, was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for the Chrysler Corporation, and also a devout Catholic. My father proved that religion was not just a crutch for the weak. Every night he was on his...
  • Three Degrees of Religious Knowledge - Chapter 12

    03/03/2015 1:11:54 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    IN OUR KNOWLEDGE OF DIVINE THINGS three degrees may be distinguished: the knowledge furnished by reason, by faith, and by spiritual experience respectively. These three degrees of knowledge correspond to the departments of the tabernacle in the ancient Levitical order: the outer court, the holy place, and the holy of holies. Far in, beyond the "second veil," was the holiest of all, having as its lone piece of furniture the Ark of the Covenant with the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy seat. There between the outstretched wings dwelt in awesome splendor the fire of God's presence, the Shekmah. No...
  • The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

    03/03/2015 12:36:24 PM PST · by redleghunter · 6 replies
    Grace to You ^ | 3 March 2015 | John MacArthur
    You cannot study the New Testament long without seeing that there is a dichotomy between what we are responsible to do as Christians and what has already been done on our behalf. To understand the distinction is to get a grip on the basics of our faith. On the one hand, Scripture makes clear how we are to live, act, think, and speak. We are enjoined to be this or to commit ourselves to do that. But on the other hand, much of the New Testament emphasizes what Christ has already done for us. It says that we are called,...
  • The Problem with Going to Heaven

    03/03/2015 11:15:08 AM PST · by bad company · 9 replies
    http://blogs.ancientfaith.com ^ | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    That man might become God On its surface this statement simply sounds blasphemous. Interpreted in a wrong manner, it would be worse than blasphemous. When read correctly, however, it is the very essence of salvation itself. To go to heaven from my childhood this phrase has been used as the goal of a Christian life. But, interpreted in its most common manner, it is only a Christianized version of paganism. The distinction between these two statements can be found in their treatment of the interior life. The first, to become God, suggests profound, even transcendent change within a person. The...
  • Two Things to Keep in Mind When Evangelicals Turn Catholic

    03/03/2015 10:50:38 AM PST · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | June 7, 2012 | Kevin DeYoung
    As you may have heard, a few days ago Jason Stellman, a PCA pastor in Seattle area, announced on his blog that he was leaving the PCA because of questions surrounding sola Scriptura and sola fide.  By all appearances Stellman, a graduate of Westminster Seminary (Escondido) and the author of a 2009 book arguing for a Two Kingdoms theology, is leaving Protestantism for Rome. This move has generated even more interest because Stellman recently pressed charges against Peter Leithart in the Pacific Northwest Presbytery for deviating from the Westminster Standards with the latter’s Federal Vision theology. Not surprisingly, Leithart has weighed...
  • The West Misses the Pointand Lesson of Buddhist Anti-Muslim Sentiment

    03/03/2015 9:19:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/03/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Ongoing reports decrying “anti-Muslim” Buddhists seem to miss the point: this antipathy did not appear out of thin air but rather in response to Islamic aggression—the same Islamic aggression the rest of the world is trying to cope with. A Financial Times editorial titled “Buddhist militancy triggers international concern” opens by describing the “traumatic first-hand view” of a Muslim woman whose home was attacked and possessions plundered by Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Says the woman: “If I could meet those responsible, I would ask: ‘Sir, does your Lord Buddha teach this?’”Some paragraphs down, readers discover that her home was attacked...
  • Catholics and Jews pan film defending wartime Pope Pius XII

    03/03/2015 8:41:16 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Daily Mail / Reuters ^ | March 3, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY, March 3 (Reuters) - A new Italian film that attempts to defend wartime Pope Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust has been panned by the Vatican as well as Catholic and Jewish media. "Shades of Truth" is the account of a fictional present-day American journalist who starts off as a critic of Pius and changes his mind after research in Israel, Rome and elsewhere in Europe. [SNIP] After a screening on Monday near the Vatican, the film, which calls Pius "the most misunderstood person of the 20th century", was universally panned. The...
  • The Cross in the Cosmos A Meditation on a Teaching by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

    03/03/2015 8:39:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cross in the Cosmos – A Meditation on a Teaching by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Wisdom Tradition of the Scriptures emphasizes that God speaks and is discerned in things He has made. Scripture says, The heavens declare the glory of God, the firmament (stars) shows forth his handiwork (Psalm 19:1). Indeed, when God spoke His Word, creation came forth.And the Word that God spoke was the Logos, Jesus. Scripture says, Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (Jn 1:3). It also says, For by Him all things were created, both in...
  • 'The Greatest Persecution of Christians in History' (Part I)

    03/03/2015 8:37:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 3/2/15 | Deborah Castellano Lubov
    Historian Michael Hesemann Says There is Proof Pope Benedict XV Tried to Stop Armenian GenocideJust before the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, well-known German historian Michael Hesemann announced the discovery of 2000 pages of hitherto unpublished documents on, what he calls the greatest persecution of Christians in history in the Vatican Secret Archives. In this in-depth analysis with ZENIT, the historian discusses his findings, whats often not realized about the Armenian genocide, and its victims, items which he discusses in his new book. He also speaks about the Holy Fathers recent visit to Turkey, why he...
  • The Conversion of a Catholic Priest

    03/03/2015 7:43:25 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 63 replies
    Remnent of God ^ | march 3,2015 | Vincent O'Shaughnessy
    The Conversion of a Catholic Priest Vincent O'Shaughnessy From Dead Religion To New Life In Christ! As a very small boy I remember rolling out of bed to my knees each morning to say my prayers. We began with the Morning Offering, which my mother taught me, together with the Our Father and Hail Mary. I still remember the Morning Offering going like this: "Oh Jesus, through the most pure heart of Mary. . .etc." To me this meant that to get to Jesus I had to go through Mary. I had no other way to Jesus. I also have...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/3/15)[Prayer]

    03/03/2015 6:57:09 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/3/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Joshua New International Version (NIV) 13The Lord said to Moses, 2Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders. 3So at the Lords command Moses sent them out from the Desert of Paran. All of them were leaders of the Israelites. 4These are their names: from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua son of Zakkur; 5from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat son of Hori; 6from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;...
  • Pat Boone to represent evangelicals at Bibi speech

    03/03/2015 6:51:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    WND ^ | 03/02/2015 | Drew Zahn
    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress Tuesday, seated in the gallery will be a man designated to represent the evangelical Christian communitys support for Israel: recording legend Pat Boone. [SNIP] I expect to be sitting in a gallery position, where if my friend Bibi Netanyahu wants to mention that evangelical Christians are among, as he knows, Israels most staunch supporters that number in the tens of millions in the United States, he can point to me as a representative of evangelical Christians, Boone explained. He is aware of it; it will...
  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/03/2015 5:49:33 AM PST · by redleghunter · 4 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 3 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 3, 2015 Morning Reading I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. Isaiah 48:10 Comfort thyself, tried believer, with this thought: God saith, "I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame? Yea, is it not an asbestos armour, against which the heat hath no power? Let affliction come-God has chosen me. Poverty, thou mayst stride in at my door, but God is in the house already, and He has chosen me. Sickness, thou mayst intrude, but...
  • Judge Rules That Church, Not Presbytery, Owns Property

    03/03/2015 5:06:39 AM PST · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    The Layman ^ | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
    A judge has ruled in favor of First Presbyterian Church in Houston in its legal battle with New Covenant Presbytery for its property. On Feb. 20, Judge Wesley R. Ward granted the churchs request for summary judgment, finding that there is no genuinely disputed issue of material fact and that plaintiff is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. In his decision, Ward found that there was no enforceable trust or property interest created by any version of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Order or the Presbyterian Church of the United States Book of Church Order under the...
  • John MacArthur's Position on the Lordship of Christ

    03/03/2015 3:07:55 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 4 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 3/3/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    John MacArthur's Position on the Lordship of Christ Dr. John MacArthur is the Pastor of the Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California. According to a statement made on the cover of one of his books, his Bible teaching and tape ministries reach millions across the globe. He is the author of many books (most of which are published by Moody Press) including several full length commentaries on certain New Testament books. His local church is large, but his influence goes far beyond his local church because of his published writings and public tapes which are distributed widely....
  • The Relationship Between Good Works and Salvation

    03/03/2015 2:55:39 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 10 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 03/03/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    The Relationship BetweenGood Works and Salvation Salvation is NOT BY WORKS (Ephesians 2:8-9) Salvation is UNTO GOOD WORKS (Ephesians 2:10) Good works are not the MEANS of salvation (Titus 3:5). Good works are the RESULT of salvation(Titus 3:8). Good works are not the CAUSE of salvation. Good works are the CONSEQUENCE of salvation. Good works are not what a person must do to be saved. "But to him that WORKETH NOT, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Rom. 4:5). Good works are what a saved person does."This is a faithful saying,...
  • AM I A TRUE BELIEVER?

    03/03/2015 2:48:37 AM PST · by RaceBannon
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 03/03/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    span.WPParaTextBox { border-width: 0.0133333in; border-style: solid; border-color: black; padding: 5px; margin: 0px; display: block } <p>div.WPParaTextBoxWrapper { padding: 0px; float: none } <p>p { margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px } <p>body { font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal }             Am I A True Believer?   In this brief study we want to consider the important, soul-searching question: Am I a true believer? To help you answer this question, consider the following questions. Think about each one in an honest, personal way. Take time to look up the Bible verses that are given along with each question. Ask...
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Our Nation

    03/03/2015 1:37:56 AM PST · by Jeanbl · 9 replies
    March 3, 2015 | Jeanbl
    Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! Psalms 95:6
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-03-15, OM, St. Katharine Drexel, Virgin

    03/02/2015 10:35:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | Revised New American Bible
    March 3, 2015Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent    Reading 1 Is 1:10, 16-20 Hear the word of the LORD,princes of Sodom!Listen to the instruction of our God,people of Gomorrah! Wash yourselves clean!Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;cease doing evil; learn to do good.Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right,says the LORD:Though your sins be like scarlet,they may become white as snow;Though they be crimson red,they may become white as wool.If you are willing, and obey,you shall eat the good things of the...
  • Israel, Nukes and the Limbaugh Doctrine!

    03/02/2015 7:10:03 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    IFB ^ | 3/2/2015
    When the present world in which we are living in is becoming extremely more hostile and aggressive towards Israel - including America's policies under Obama, ISIS, Iran, Turkey, Hezbollah and Hamas breathing threats and her border enemies following suit - DO NOT expect to see Israel idly stand by and let the world decide their fate and eradicate them from off of the face of the earth. Israel is a military might in that region with nukes and is armed to the teeth. They have one of the best armies in the world and have been soldiers of war continually...
  • Why This Priest Has Spent 50 Years Fighting With The New York Times

    03/02/2015 6:45:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/1/15 | Mary Rezac
    New York City, N.Y., Mar 1, 2015 / 04:23 pm (CNA).- A lot has changed in journalism since 1961, but not Msgr. Daniel S. Hamiltons resolve to rebut the New York Times on its editorial opinions regarding matters of faith and morals. The New York priest has submitted Letters to the Editor of the publication since 1961 and recently compiled them all in a self-published book entitled Jousting with the New York Times 1961-2014: Worldviews in Radical Conflict.Why has he written so faithfully? Among various instruments contributing to and constituting the political process, newspapers with their editorials and Letters to...
  • Saudi Award Goes to Muslim Televangelist

    03/02/2015 5:23:39 PM PST · by entropy12 · 13 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Ben Hubbard
    He has publicly declared that the Jews control America, that apostates can be killed, that the United States is the worlds biggest terrorist and that the Sept. 11 attacks were an inside job by President George W. Bush. But last weekend, Dr. Zakir Naik, a prominent Muslim televangelist from India, appeared at an elaborate ceremony at a luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia, where the new monarch, King Salman, gave him one of the countrys highest honors.