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  • Chris Pratt Declares Love for God at Teen Choice Awards: I Love God, You Should Too

    08/14/2018 9:08:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/14/2018 | Jeannie Law
    "Jurassic World" actor Chris Pratt accepted an award at the Teen Choice Awards Sunday where he again unashamedly spoke about his love for God. "I'm so thrilled to be here. ... I want to thank God. I always do that when I'm up on a big platform in front of a bunch of young faces. I say, 'I love God!' That's my thing, I love Him — and you should too!" Pratt declared while accepting the "Choice Summer Movie Actor" award for "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" along with his co-star Bryce Dallas Howard. Earlier this year, Pratt made a similar...
  • Trump Admin. Directive Protects Faith-Based Contractors From LGBT Discrimination Policy

    08/14/2018 9:01:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/14/2018 | Samuel Smith
    The Trump administration has issued a directive to protect the rights of faith-based federal contractors who have religious objections to same-sex marriage and homosexuality. On Friday, the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs issued the directive to "incorporate recent developments in the law regarding religion-exercising organizations and individuals." Specifically, the directive cites three recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings and executive orders on religious freedom issued by President Donald Trump. The agency suggests that while discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity are still not permitted under Executive Order 11246 (as amended by former President Barack Obama...
  • Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden

    08/14/2018 8:51:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden Msgr. Charles Pope • August 13, 2018 • Flowers, besides being beautiful, have often been used in Christian tradition to signify virtues and remind us of the saints. For example, consider this brief meditation of St. Augustine on the virtues related to our state in life:I tell you again and again, my brethren, that in the Lord’s garden are to be found not only the roses of his martyrs. In it there are also the lilies of the virgins, the ivy of wedded couples, and the violets of widows. On no account...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 14 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/14/2018 6:53:59 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 14 (NKJV) The Ways of Life and Death 01 The wise woman builds her house, 00 But the foolish pulls it down with her hands. 02 He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, 00 But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. 03 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, 00 But the lips of the wise will preserve them. 04 Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; 00 But much increase comes by the strength of an ox. 05 A faithful witness does not lie, 00 But a...
  • Teleios Research Estimates Government Aid to Persecuted Countries

    08/14/2018 6:18:26 AM PDT · by Teleios Research
    PRLOG ^ | August 14, 2018 | William C. Stewart
    We evaluated the amount of United States government aid (total and military) as well as trade policy with the top 50 countries on the Open Doors persecution of Christians list website (https://www.opendoorsusa.org/2018-world-watch-list-report/). The primary source noted of persecution in each country in the Open Doors list was: Islamic oppression (n=33), dictatorial paranoia (n=6), religious nationalism* (n=5), communist and post-communist oppression (n=4), or organized crime and corruption (n=2). We used the Office of the United States Trade Representative website (https://ustr.gov/) and the US Agency of International Development website (https://www.usaid.gov/) as the primary sources of information supplemented by Google searches. We collected:...
  • 10,000 Sign Petition to Stop Fr James Martin Speaking at World Meeting of Families

    08/14/2018 6:09:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/13/18 | Alex Defert
    Organisers say they will not change the line-upOver 10,000 people have signed a petition to withdraw an invitation to Fr James Martin from the World Meeting Of Families. The petition, started by the Irish branch of Tradition, Family, Property, opposes Fr Martin’s attendance on the grounds that he “supports trangenderism for children,” and “favours homosexuals kissing during the mass.” Included with the petition is a letter, sent to Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, criticising Fr Martin’s support for the pro-LGBT New Ways Ministry organisation. In particular, the letter denounces Fr Martin for having “publicly accepted an award from this group, delivered...
  • Missouri Bishop: Homosexuality at Root of Abuse Crisis

    08/14/2018 6:04:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/9/18 | Stephen Wynne
    Bp. Edward Rice backs article slamming gay infiltration of ChurchSPRINGFIELD, Mo. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A southern Missouri bishop is signaling that homosexuality is at the root of the clerical sex abuse crisis. On Tuesday, Bp. Edward Rice of the diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau published a column on his diocesan website affirming that the McCarrick scandal is but one component of a vastly larger crisis, and that the crisis springs from homosexuality. Titled "'Dear Troubled Catholics': Church needs spiritual renewal," the reflection began with Bp. Rice's direct observations. "I, along with all those who love the Church, am dismayed, disgusted, and numbed...
  • Christians in Turkey Forced to Sign Paper Saying They Aren’t Persecuted

    08/14/2018 5:58:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 8/10/18
    Christians in Turkey were recently pressured by Erdogan’s government to sign a declaration that they face no religious persecution in the nation, according to a representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared last Wednesday that Turkey has no problems with religious minorities. “Turkey has no problems related to [religious] minorities. Threatening language of the U.S. evangelist, Zionist mentality is unacceptable,” he said, according to the Andalou Agency. His statement comes on the heels of the signing the day before of a joint declaration by every non-Muslim community, including Greek Orthodox, Armenian, and Jewish leaders, denying allegations of...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/14/18)[Prayer]

    08/14/2018 5:56:06 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/14/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Gospel of John 
 (New Testament) John 1 John’s Disciples Follow Jesus 35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” 39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with...
  • [UK] Conservatives Launch Investigation into Boris Johnson's Comments on Burkas

    08/14/2018 5:47:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | 8/9/18 | Aubrey Allegretti
    The former foreign secretary faces a probe that could see him expelled, as a source close to him says "the world had gone mad".Boris Johnson is facing investigation by an independent panel after comparing women in burkas to "letter boxes" and "bank robbers". The former foreign secretary, who resigned last month, faces claims he breached the Conservative Party's code of conduct in an article for the Sunday Telegraph. In it, Mr Johnson questioned why Muslim women who wear the full-face veil would "go around looking like letter boxes". He added he would "feel fully entitled" to ask a woman "looking...
  • Probing the Remote Purpose (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    08/14/2018 5:14:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 8/14/2018
    “Why did God allow it to happen?” This question seeks to probe the remote or ultimate purpose. The question assumes something crucial to our understanding of God. It assumes that God could have prevented the thing that happened. If we deny this verity, we deny the very character of God. If God could not have prevented it, He would no longer be God. By asking why, we also assume something else that is vital. We assume there is an answer to the question. We assume that God had a reason or a purpose for the thing that occurred. The question...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - August 14, 2018 (Prayer)

    08/14/2018 1:41:24 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 13 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 8/14/18 | Jeanbl
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. The wicked are so far from Salvation, for they do not care about Your message of Truth. . . I grieve when I see how the faithless ones live, for they just walk away from Your Promises. ....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-14-18, M, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

    08/13/2018 10:48:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-14-18 | Revised New American Bible
    August 14, 2018 Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr Reading 1 Ez 2:8—3:4 The Lord GOD said to me:As for you, son of man, obey me when I speak to you:be not rebellious like this house of rebellion,but open your mouth and eat what I shall give you. It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me,in which was a written scroll which he unrolled before me.It was covered with writing front and back,and written on it was: Lamentation and wailing and woe! He said to me: Son of man, eat what is before you;eat...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vigil of the Assumption (Gueranger)

    08/13/2018 9:01:21 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Violet   WHAT IS THIS AURORA before which the brightest constellations pale? Laurence, who has been shining in the August heavens as an incomparable star, is well nigh eclipsed, and becomes but the humble satellite of the Queen of Saints, whose triumph is preparing beyond the clouds. Mary stayed on earth after her Son’s Ascension, in order to give birth to his Church; but she could not remain forever in exile. Yet she was not to take her flight to heaven until this new fruit of her maternity had acquired the growth and strength which it belongs to a...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saints Pontian and Hippolytus, 08-13-18

    08/13/2018 8:38:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 08-13-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Photo of Il Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata | photo by Giovanni Novara Saints Pontian and Hippolytus Saint of the Day for August 13 (d. 235)  Saints Pontian and Hippolytus’ Story Two men died for the faith after harsh treatment and exhaustion in the mines of Sardinia. One had been pope for five years, the other an antipope for 18. They died reconciled.Pontian. Pontian was a Roman who served as pope from 230 to 235. During his reign he held a synod in Alexandria which confirmed the excommunication of the great theologian Origen. Pontian was...
  • Winning Through Non-Retaliation

    08/13/2018 11:57:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Love is patient" (1 Cor. 13:4). Love does not retaliate. We usually think of patience as the ability to wait or endure without complaint—whether it's with people or circumstances. But the Greek word translated "patience" in 1 Corinthians 13:4 refers specifically to patience with people. It literally means "to be long tempered," and speaks of one who could easily retaliate when wronged but chooses not to. That kind of patience is a spiritual virtue reflective of God Himself (cf. Gal 5:22). It can't be duplicated on a purely human level. But for Christians, it's to be a way of life....
  • Giving Generously to the Lord

    08/13/2018 11:57:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 12 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven’” (Matthew 6:20). The believer is to be generous in his giving. The early church was not interested in accumulating great wealth for itself. In Acts 2, for example, thousands of pilgrims gathered in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. When Peter preached the gospel on that day, 3,000 persons became believers, and soon afterward thousands more were added to the church. The pilgrims who became believers didn’t want to return to their former homes since they were now part of the church. So the believers in Jerusalem had to absorb them. Since many...
  • Catholic LGBT group rejected by event pope will attend in Dublin (World Meeting of Families)

    08/13/2018 11:44:06 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Mon 13 Aug 2018 | Harriet Sherwood
    An organisation representing LGBT Catholics around the world has been denied permission for a stall at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, which Pope Francis is attending on 25 August. The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, which represents 60 organisations, has been told that due to “logistical considerations” it has not been allocated a booth in the gathering’s exhibition hall. The WMF, an international event held by the Roman Catholic church every three years, opens in Dublin next Monday. Pope Francis will spend 36 hours in Ireland attending events. The GNRC was told only in the past few days...
  • Women in France with Down syndrome find community in religious order

    08/13/2018 11:03:46 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    LiveAction ^ | August 12, 2018 | Cassy Fiano-Chesser
    People with Down syndrome are not often valued in society; they are often discriminated against and targeted for death. But one religious order in France, the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, aims to give women with Down syndrome a community, where their sense of worth is acknowledged and celebrated. Down syndrome Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb The order was founded when Mother Prioress Line met a girl named Veronique, who has Down syndrome, but also felt a calling to religious life. Mother Prioress Line knew it would be difficult — if not impossible — for Veronique to...
  • The Black Man's ONLY TRUE Friend in America - The Lord Jesus Christ!

    08/13/2018 10:13:53 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/13/18
    The white and black oppressors of the lawless Left Democratic Party, who abhor Almighty God the Creator and His RIGHTEOUSNESS (Rom. 1:18-32) only seek to agitate, control, use, enrage and scare their black Democratic voters and to keep them on their state plantation. The very ones who are their lawless oppressors are usually put back in power each time by Black America; making heavier their chains of social ills. The Left is horrified of losing their political strangle hold and power and truly care nothing about black America. The black population are only a vessel to be used and oppressed...