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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-12-16

    02/11/2016 9:51:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-12-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 12, 2016 Friday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD:Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness,and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day,and desire to know my ways,Like a nation that has done what is justand not abandoned the law of their God;They ask me to declare what is due them,pleased to gain access to God."Why do we fast, and you do not see it?afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?" Lo, on your fast day...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (2/12/2016) [Prayer]

    02/11/2016 9:04:52 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 4 replies
    Collection of Presidents Prayer Blessed the people is whose God is the LORD. Psalm 144:15 (NIV) ----
  • Look What Happened To This Man When He Run Away From God

    02/11/2016 7:13:28 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 14 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Jan. 22, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    There was a man in the Old Testament whose name was Jonah. God told him to do something, but he run away and thought he could hide from the presence of God. Then God commanded a big fish to swallow him. Miraculously, he survived in the belly of the fish for three days. During these three days he did three things: He realized he was wrong.He repented for his disobedience to God.He believed that God can still help him and prayed to God with faith. The Scripture says “And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry...
  • How Does One Walk By The Spirit?

    02/11/2016 7:02:10 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 11 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Jan. 22, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    If you from various kinds of bad thoughts and you lost your peace, this is a sign that "you live according to the flesh." Do you know that when you think of the Spirit of God there is neither ‪sadness nor ‪‎disappointments? Have you ever seen a disappointing saint? That's why the Apostle Paul taught to walk "by the spirit." (Romans 8: 5; Gal. 5:16). This is the only real way to overcome worldly difficulties and bad habits because when your mind is governed by the Spirit the result is peace and real life. If you want peace, walk by...
  • Do Not Waste Your Time Remaining In The Past Because Your Best Days Are Still Up Ahead

    02/11/2016 6:54:26 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 17 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Jan. 21, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    We need to live this life not looking through the rear-view mirror. If someone has hurt you, forgive and move on. Leave it for God and he will care for it. Every time you have been disappointed, God has already set a new beginning for you. This is why you are still in this world. Every morning, every instance is a new beginning and a new opportunity for your salvation, which is life with God in His Kingdom. Your best days are still up ahead. The Scripture says in Ecclesiastes... Continue Reading here.
  • The Francis / Orthodox Meeting in Cuba

    02/11/2016 4:57:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | February 10, 2016 | John Vennarri
    Ecumenism is not really a union of religions. It is the union of non-doctrinal sentimentalists within various religions, whose principle of unity is A.B.T.D. (Anything But True Doctrine). Presently, the most visible case-in-point of A.B.T.D. activity is the highly publicized meeting between Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. The encounter is scheduled to take place at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport on February 12, a brief stopover during the Pope's upcoming trip to Mexico. Francis, following the A.B.T.D. principle of unity that emanates from Vatican II, has no intention of calling the Orthodox to "formal corporate reunion"1 based...
  • Why So many Are Blind To The Times...miracle nation pt 43

    The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?(Matthew 16:1-3)And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known,...
  • Vatican II: Concilium contra Papa Ratti – Part One

    02/11/2016 1:07:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | February 11, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    The Second Vatican Council represents a departure from tradition so severe that Yves Congar, an influential figure among the architects of the revolt, once boastfully described it thus: "The Church has had, peacefully, its October Revolution." In addition to being an assault against tradition in the most general sense, however, Vatican II was also in many ways an offensive against the legacy of Pope Pius XI in particular, beginning with the events leading up to its calling. Writing in the inaugural encyclical of his pontificate, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, Pope Pius XI touched briefly on the possibility of reconvening the...
  • N.Y. Bishops Won’t Oppose Gov. Cuomo’s Rule To Stop Health Coverage for Gay Conversion Therapy

    02/11/2016 12:58:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 9, 2016 | Michael W. Chapman
    Although the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered," constitute "grave depravity," and can never "be approved," the Catholic bishops of New York State "have not taken a position" on past bills and "do not foresee taking a position" on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new order banning private and public health insurers from covering gay conversion therapy for minors. Cuomo, a Catholic who supports homosexual marriage and abortion, made his announcement about prohibiting health care coverage for conversion (or reparative) therapy on Saturday, Feb. 6. In a press release, Cuomo's office said, "Multi-agency regulations announced today ban public and...
  • God Is Always with Us (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/11/2016 12:25:57 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth" (Psalm 145:18). Understanding God's omnipresence should encourage us in times of distress and keep us from sinning. It is a great comfort as a Christian to know that God is always present in me both essentially and relationally. No matter what the trial, He is there. Sometimes He might seem faraway, but He's really no further away than He's ever been. His promise to us is, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you" (Heb. 13:5). God is always...
  • The Joy of Intercession (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/11/2016 12:21:41 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all" (Phil. 1:4). Intercessory prayer is a powerful tool in the hands of a righteous person. There's the story of a special nurse who knew the importance of intercessory prayer. Each day she used her hands as instruments of God's love and mercy toward those in her care, so she found it natural to use her hand as a scheme of prayer. Each finger represented someone she wanted to pray for. Her thumb was nearest to her and reminded her to pray for those who were closest and dearest....
  • Did You Know? God Has Given You Enough Strength Sufficient for The Day. Here How

    02/11/2016 8:26:45 AM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 10 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Feb. 11, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    Do not be upset when things don't happen in your timetable. It takes strong will to move forward and our Lord gives you the necessary strength for it daily. “My grace is sufficient for you,” he said to St. Paul in 2 Corinth. 12:9. If today you are weak, that's where His power works: in weakness. But in weakness do not lose your hope. Instead, increase your hope because the power of God is working in your if you put your hope only on Him. Yes in weakness. That's what St. Paul says in that very verse quoted above....
  • An Early Lenten Meditation on Spiritual Warfare

    02/11/2016 7:54:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    An Early Lenten Meditation on Spiritual Warfare Msgr. Charles Pope - February 10, 2016 - As we begin Lent, we do well to recall that we are engaged in a great and dramatic battle for our souls. The opening prayer for Ash Wednesday Mass makes use of the image of a military "campaign" and mentions weapons and battle: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. The First Sunday of Lent lays out the...
  • Tares Among the Wheat (evangelical/protestant caucus)

    02/11/2016 6:49:31 AM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/11/2016
    "He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him" (vv. 9-10). - Mark 3:7-10 Pastors and church elders well understand the difficulty of knowing the hearts of the people in their congregations. Though there are signs of spiritual maturity that leaders can look for, they are not omniscient, so they cannot know with absolute certainty the states of the souls under their care. A church may have a large membership, but not everyone...
  • Pope Invites Divorced, Remarried Catholics to Vatican Audience

    02/11/2016 6:24:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/9/16 | Ines San Martin
    ROME - As the countdown builds toward a major document in which Pope Francis is expected to address the controversial issue of Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the pontiff has invited a group of divorced and remarried believers to a private audience. While the outreach certainly confirms Francis' interest in better pastoral care for divorced Catholics who have remarried outside the Church, it doesn't quite tip his hand in terms of which way he may be leaning on the Communion debate. Francis invited a diocesan group in Italy that started a program to reach out to those who...
  • Indigenous People of Mexico Demand Apology from Pope on Eve of Visit

    02/11/2016 6:17:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/9/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Pope Francis will officially authorise the use of indigenous languages in Catholic liturgies when he visits Mexico later this week. It is expected to be one of several such gestures he will make. The Vatican said the Pope will present the language decree when he celebrates a special service for indigenous people in Chiapas state next Monday. It is hoped this and other moves in Mexico will go some way to healing the hurt left by centuries of pain and conflict, some of which is certain to emerge during the visit. The Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan, Mexico, has already...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/11/16)[Prayer]

    02/11/2016 5:52:02 AM PST · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/11/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Paul (Paul's First Letter to The Corinthians) 13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(2/11/16)[Prayer]

    02/11/2016 5:28:32 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/11/16 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-11-16, OM, Our Lady of Lourdes

    02/10/2016 8:39:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-11-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 11, 2016 Thursday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Dt 30:15-20 Moses said to the people:"Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom.If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin on you today,loving him, and walking in his ways,and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,you will live and grow numerous,and the LORD, your God,will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,I tell you now that you will certainly perish;you will...
  • How To Patiently Wait For God’s Timing in Prayer

    02/10/2016 7:42:59 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 7 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    http://www.armenhareyan.com/2016/02/11/how-to-patiently-wait-for-gods-timing-in-prayer/When you pray with faith and without doubt, God schedules the answer in His own time. He has a set time for it in the sense that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). The Lord sends the answer in His own time and it’s always on time. We need to learn to trust God’s timing because he knows what’s the best time for us to receive or not to receive what we are asking for. We don’t give everything, which our children ask from us, do we? We don’t...
  • JOY FOREVER IN THE GLADNESS OF GOD'S LIGHT[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/10/2016 7:16:57 PM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Juggling things is not what I would have you do so inquire of me and recognize the sound of my voice through others with great humility for as David waited for the sound of my heavenly army through the trees truly I will sound out through the mighty oaks I have placed in the forest of your life. So listen to the rustling of my spirit's breath moving through this garden of your life and be drawn to my fruit for truly there is no other fruit that bears my eternal fragrance and life and you can eat the leaves...
  • A Great Deprivation

    02/10/2016 6:49:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | February 10, 2016 | Fr. Robert Mann, SCJ
    There can be no disguising the fact that for Catholics serious about their faith the almost daily stream of ambiguous and dangerous words and actions emanating from this Papacy give good cause for alarm. Not that there was no cause for concern with previous post-Conciliar Popes. However, in these times, the revolution has moved up a gear with almost no pretence of disguising the ultimate goal of bringing "irreversible changes" to the Catholic Church in terms of attitudes to doctrine and universal disciplines intrinsically bound up with that doctrine. Perhaps one of the greatest tragedies in all of this is...
  • 40 Days for Life: It all starts today! Prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil -- Ending March 20

    02/10/2016 5:27:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    40 Days for Life.com ^ | 02-10-16 | 40 Days for Life
    DAY 1: CLOSED! Abortion centers out of business February 10, 2016 https://40daysforlife.com/updates/It all starts today! Prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil are powerful … and needed now more than ever in our culture.Right now, there are babies scheduled to be aborted close to where you live — and your peaceful presence could be the difference. Find your nearest vigil here:https://40daysforlife.com/browse-campaigns/Moms do turn around at the last moment. For the abortion industry, that means one thing — lost income.We start this 40 Days for Life campaign with good news … as we’re now aware of TWO more abortion facilities that have CLOSED...
  • Pope Francis despatches 1,000 'super-confessor' priests

    02/10/2016 5:20:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10 February 2016
    Pope Francis has sent more than 1,000 priests on a global mission to forgive grave sins that normally only he, or a top Church official, may pardon. The Missionaries of Mercy, nicknamed the super-confessors, were given the special license for the Vatican's Jubilee year, which ends in November. Grave sins include defiling consecrated bread and wine, violating confessional secrecy, and plotting to kill a pope. ...
  • One Practical Advice For Those Who Don't Have The Will Power During Lent To Fast

    02/10/2016 3:53:11 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 1 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    In this society following the Lenten requirements of our faith and fasting are not in fashion and are not encouraged. Neither the TV, nor the newspapers will encourage you to to fast during this season. The most they may do, is to report on the Ash Wednesday, and the Holy Week, culminating with Easter (i.e. the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ). What can you do, if you don't have the strong will to fast during the 40 days of Lent. There are various levels of fasting. The earliest Church fasts severely restricted all foods, but this gradually eased. Pope...
  • Urges Are Temporary Thoughts, How You Can Change Bad Habits

    02/10/2016 3:21:34 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 18 replies
    Armen Hareyan ^ | Feb. 10, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    Change your bad habits by not giving in to urges. You think your urge is strong and has power. It is strong, but it doesn't have inherent power because the urge is armless and legless desire that, for example, forces you to run the red light. Do not focus on the strength of the urge because if you consider yourself as a child of God and call Him "Our Father," then know, that "the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." (1 John. 4:4) These are just common ways the devil attacks you, especially...
  • Dan Walker to become the new face of BBC Breakfast - but he won't work on Sundays

    02/10/2016 3:10:41 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 02-10-2016 | Lexi Finnigan
    Sports presenter Dan Walker has been announced as the new co-presenter of BBC Breakfast. He will replace Bill Turnbull who announced in September that, after 15 years, he was leaving the programme. The 38-year-old, who is the son of a Baptist preacher, has reportedly planned his career around his commitments as a Christian - including not working on Sundays. When he was younger, Walker dreamed of being a professional footballer, but turned down invitations from youth teams of major clubs because they played their matches on Sundays. And when he became a TV presenter, fronting various sporting events and hosting...
  • Preconditions for Israel's Restoration...miracle nation pt 42

    And the Lord said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah. Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger for ever. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord. Turn, O backsliding children, saith the...
  • The Islamization of America? Contemplating the Unthinkable

    02/10/2016 2:24:43 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 8, 2016 | William Kilpatrick
    Terrorist groups and lone wolves might make life very uncomfortable for us, but the thought of America turning into an Islamic society is difficult to entertain. But is it really so far fetched? (us.fotolia.com | morgan rauscher) Some places in Europe—Parisian suburbs, areas of Brussels, all of Sweden—are well on their way to Islamization. But the possibility that this could happen in America may seem remote. Our Muslim population is small, the Middle East is oceans away, our military is powerful, and our police are well-trained. Terrorist groups and lone wolves might make life very uncomfortable for us, but the...
  • Bible - Quran Text Analysis Reveals More 'Violence' In Bible [Elevate Islam to Destroy Christianity]

    02/10/2016 11:13:33 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    Huffington Post UK ^ | 2/09/2016 | George Bowden
    An analysis of the Bible and the Quran has found that violence and destruction are discussed more frequently in Christian scripture than in the Islamic text. This Is What Happens When People Hear The Bible But See The Quran. In an effort to dispel the oft-mentioned argument that Islam is an "inherently violent religion", an American software engineer processed the Holy books in order to find out how frequently savagery is mentioned. Tom Anderson said: "The project was inspired by the ongoing public debate around whether or not terrorism connected with Islamic fundamentalism reflects something inherently and distinctly violent about...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/10/16)[Prayer]

    02/10/2016 9:41:09 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/10/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Paul (Paul's First Letter to The Corinthians) 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body-whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand,...
  • NASA Banning 'Jesus,' Censoring Christian Employees' Religious Speech, Workers Claim

    02/10/2016 8:32:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Christuan Post ^ | 2/9/16 | Michael gryboski
    NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, has been accused of censoring religious speech among its Christian employees, including banning the name Jesus. "NASA has a long history of respecting the religious speech of their employees, including defending, in court, the astronauts who read the biblical account of creation while orbiting the moon. That tradition should continue here," said Liberty Institute Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys to The Christian Post in an interview Tuesday. Dys is alluding to the 1969 case O'Hair v. Payne, in which atheist activist Madalyn Murray O'Hair sued NASA for allowing Apollo 8 astronauts to read Genesis...
  • 5 faith-based movies coming in 2016 that are worth your time and money

    02/10/2016 8:26:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CATHOLIC ONLINE ^ | 02/10/2016
    Faith-based films with an overt Christian message have been making inroads in the nation's box offices. The film industry is responding to audiences who want Christian themes in their entertainment, and even more films that are Christian are coming to theaters in 2016. To date, most of the Christian films released to date have been low budget, independent affairs. This year sees a new faith-based film from America's leading film director, Martin Scorsese and a lavish Biblical picture about the resurrection, "Risen." According to Ryan Duncan on the Crosswalk blog, these five Christian films coming to theaters in 2016 are...
  • Pope Francis Sees Putin as 'Only Man' to Defend Christians Around the World

    02/10/2016 7:48:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    The upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill will not only be a historic religious event, but could also have major benefits to Christians around the world, the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported. In an attempt to defend Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world where they're being persecuted, Pope Francis wants to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin for help. According to Pope Francis, Putin is "the only one with whom the Catholic Church can unite to defend Christians in the East." With the help of Putin, Pope Francis hopes to reach...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    02/10/2016 7:47:16 AM PST · by Hiskid · 17 replies
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  • How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today

    02/10/2016 7:39:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today Msgr. Charles Pope • February 9, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lippelmann for the Catholic Standard.As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea of having dirty ashes smeared on my forehead. I didn't like it at all and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I'll admit I still don't like it too much, I behave myself and don't...
  • The controversy at Mount St. Mary’s goes national after professors are fired

    02/10/2016 7:09:49 AM PST · by detective · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | FEB. 10, 2016 | Susan Svrluga
    Professors from universities across the country - from Stanford to North Carolina Central to the University of Nebraska to Harvard - signed a petition Tuesday calling on the Mount St. Mary's University administration to reinstate professors who had been fired. Within hours of being posted, the petition had more than 2,400 digital signatures, a symbol of the outrage from some in the campus community as well as in broader academic circles who viewed the terminations as retribution against faculty who had opposed the president. They also said the decisions threaten the academic freedom at the private Catholic university in Maryland...
  • Christians “Should be Eradicated”: Researchers Document Anti-Christian Agenda Among Elite

    02/10/2016 6:53:33 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 26 replies
    The New American ^ | 2/4/2016 | Selwyn Duke
    A student is punished for refusing to "stomp on Jesus," a Christian baker faces a year in jail for refusing to cater faux marriages, two men are arrested for reading the Bible aloud near a government building, a school "purges" Christian works from its library. Critics asserting the existence of an institutional anti-Christian bias, and a resultant war on the faith, have often been labeled paranoid. But now two University of North Texas sociologists have produced research showing that just such an agenda exists — among America’s most powerful people. Professors George Yancey and David Williamson shared their findings in...
  • The Pharisees’ Hard Hearts (Evangelical/Protestant Caucus)

    02/10/2016 6:31:38 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/10/2015
    "He said to them, 'Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?' But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, 'Stretch out your hand.' He stretched it out, and his hand was restored" (vv. 4-5). - Mark 3:1-6 Having noted His authority over the Sabbath and proclaiming that it was made for the sake of human well-being, Jesus goes to the synagogue (Mark 2:23-3:1). Like the other Jews of His day, Christ presumably enters...
  • God Is Everywhere (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/10/2016 5:54:34 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "'But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Thee'" (1 Kings 8:27). God is in all places; He is not confined by space. No matter how big the universe is, God is bigger. His being fills up all of infinity. He is omnipresent-everywhere present. God says, "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" (Jer. 23:24). Solomon said at the dedication of the temple, "Will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Thee, how much less this house which I have built!" (1 Kings...
  • The Joy of Recollection

    02/10/2016 5:50:35 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you" (Phil. 1:3). A key to Christian joy is to recall the goodness of others. Though Paul was under house arrest in Rome when he wrote to the Philippians, his mind wasn't bound. Often he reflected on his experiences with the Philippian Christians. As he did, his thoughts turned to prayers of praise and thanksgiving for all that the Lord had done through them. I'm sure Paul remembered when he preached in Philippi and God opened Lydia's heart to believe the gospel (Acts 16:13-14). Subsequently everyone in her household was saved...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-10-16, Ash Wednesday

    02/09/2016 7:30:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-10-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion!proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the people,notify the congregation;Assemble the elders,gather the childrenand the infants at the breast;Let the bridegroom quit his roomand the bride her chamber.Between the porch and the...
  • A Christian Investigation of David Bowie's "Blackstar"

    02/09/2016 5:35:48 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 26 replies
    Secular Humanism Examined ^ | 1/24/16 | Faith Presses On
    What's in "Blackstar" (To make it easier to follow the song/video description below, I've given numbers to different areas of the song/video. ) 1. The video begins by showing close-ups of an unmoving human being apparently in an astronaut suit, which is patched up here and there with duct tape. Then from a greater distance, the astronaut is shown, lying motionless against a rock. He is in a world which resembles an alien planet or a moon. It's very rocky, barren and cold looking, and a large "black sun" or "blackstar" is in an equally black, star-filled sky. Just as...
  • PCUSA on Track to Lose Over 400K Members by 2020

    02/09/2016 8:15:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/08/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    Presbyterian Church (USA) is expecting to see a loss of over 400,000 members between 2015 and 2020, according to a reported internal document. PCUSA's Office of the General Assembly and Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee held a meeting last Wednesday when projected losses were discussed, according to a recent account by the conservative Presbyterian publication The Layman. "The slide [from the meeting] also showed that COGA is predicting membership losses of 100,000 for both 2015 and 2016," reported The Layman. "Membership losses for 2017-2020 are projected to be 75,000 each year. That is more than the membership losses in...
  • Lutheran Leaders Emphasize 'Quest for Unity' with Catholic Church

    02/09/2016 7:36:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 74 replies
    The leaders of the Lutheran World Federation have issued a statement welcoming Pope Francis's upcoming trip to Sweden to commemorate the anniversary of the Reformation. "It is historic that Catholics and Lutherans are commemorating the anniversary of the Reformation together in October 2016," Martin Junge, the federation's general secretary, said in a statement published on February 4. "In Lund we come together to give thanks for the gifts of the Reformation and our 50 years of dialogue together, repent for the human suffering and disunity of the church that followed the Reformation, and commit to joint witness in the world."...
  • U.S. Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Launched, Chicago Archbishop Cupich to Co-Chair

    02/09/2016 7:31:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Rekigion News Service ^ | 2/8/16 | David Gibson
    (RNS) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Monday (Feb. 8) that it was starting a new National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue group, an initiative driven in part by growing anti-Islamic sentiment that many bishops have denounced. "As the national conversation around Islam grows increasingly fraught, coarse and driven by fear and often willful misinformation, the Catholic Church must help to model real dialogue and good will," Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of Springfield, Massachusetts., said in a statement. "Our current dialogues have advanced the goals of greater understanding, mutual esteem and collaboration between Muslims and Catholics, and the members have established lasting...
  • Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent -- A Meditation on a Teaching from Diadochus of Photice

    02/09/2016 7:24:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-08-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent -- A Meditation on a Teaching from Diadochus of Photice Msgr. Charles Pope - February 8, 2016 - There is a remarkable passage in the breviary from Diadochus of Photice (pronounced Di-áh-do-cuss of Fóe-tah-chee). Little is known of his life. He lived from around 400 to 485 A.D. He was a mystic and theologian who particularly refuted Christological heresies and upheld the teachings of the Council of Chalcedon. He became bishop of Photice, a region in northwestern Greece. His writings emphasized the stillness, rest, or quiet that is necessary for...
  • Hampton Court Vespers Mark First Catholic Service Since Reformation

    02/09/2016 7:23:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    (Vatican Radio) English Cardinal Vincent Nichols will preside at Vespers in the Chapel Royal of Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday, for the first Catholic service to be held there in over 450 years. The Anglican bishop of London Richard Chartres will preach the sermon at the service, which will be preceded by a conversation between the two Church leaders, focusing on the history and unique musical tradition of the Chapel Royal. World renowned ensemble 'The Sixteen' which specializes in early English polyphonic music, will perform works from the Reformation period, highlighting how - in the cardinal's words - "music can...
  • A Decentralized Church: What Would Be Acceptable?

    02/09/2016 7:11:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/6/16 | Edward Pentin
    NEWS ANALYSIS: An assessment of the positives and negatives of giving more power to bishops and their flocksVATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' landmark address last October - in which he outlined his vision for a more collegial, decentralized and "listening" Church - was "one of the most powerful" of Francis' pontificate, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, said last month. So much so that the cardinal and the synod secretariat will be hosting a symposium Saturday through Tuesday to "build a discussion" on the topic, with doctrine as its "starting point," and the goal of encouraging...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/9/16)[Prayer]

    02/09/2016 5:24:48 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/9/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Paul (Paul's First Letter to The Corinthians) 23  "I have the right to do anything," you say-but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"-but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. 25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, 26 for, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." 27 If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before...