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  • Church under fire for anti-Planned Parenthood sign

    08/29/2015 3:34:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    news12.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | news12.com
    COLD SPRING - A Baptist church in Putnam County is under fire after posting a controversial, anti-abortion sign outside its building. The sign outside the Church on the Hill in Cold Spring reads, "Defund Planned Parenthood... a person's a person no matter how small." The message went up a few days ago after videos surfaced suggesting that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue. Pastor Tim Greco put up the message himself. Speaking with News 12 via Skype, he says that he wanted the community to know where the church stands on the issue. "I think the churches should stand up...
  • Our All-Knowing God (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/29/2015 2:00:00 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious then, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “With what shall we clothe ourselves?” For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things’” (Matthew 6:31-32). To worry is to be like an unbeliever. For us as believers, worry is needless because of God’s bounty, senseless because of God’s promise to provide, useless because of our inability to do anything, and faithless because by doing so we put ourselves in the same category as an unbeliever. In Matthew 6:32 the Greek term translated...
  • Seven Things God Hates (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/29/2015 1:45:08 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers" (Prov. 6:16-19). God is clear about the things that displease Him. God hates sin in any form, but Proverbs 6:17-19 lists seven that are especially loathsome to Him. First is haughty eyes (v. 17), which pictures a proud and arrogant person with his nose in the air and...
  • The Consistent Ethic of Life and Archbishop Blase Cupich

    08/29/2015 1:42:15 PM PDT · by yongin · 6 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 28, 2015 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    In response to the series of Planned Parenthood videos that clearly reflect the utilitarian ethos of the global abortion organization, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago advanced an extreme application of the “consistent ethic of life.” Yet his own interventions on social teaching indicate that the principal criticism of the “consistent ethic” approach, namely that it serves to marginalize abortion in the Church’s public witness, is valid in Archbishop Cupich’s case. ‘No Less Appalled’ “The widespread revulsion over the tapes arose because they unmasked the fact that, in our public conversation about abortion, we have so muted the humanity of the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/29/2015 9:31:02 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 6 replies
    August 29, 2015 | Irish Rose
    He who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns blackness into dawn and darkens day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land – the LORD is his name – he flashes destruction on the stronghold and brings the fortified city to ruin. (Amos 5:8-9)
  • Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God – A Meditation on a Moving Video

    08/29/2015 7:38:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God – A Meditation on a Moving Video Msgr. Charles Pope • August 28, 2015 • When my father lay dying, I remember that one of the losses I began to grieve was that he was the keeper of so many family stories. He was the one who could look at an old family photograph, identify all the people, and tell you something about each one. As I saw him lying there, no longer able to talk much, I thought of all the memories stored up in his mind, all the...
  • An Open Letter to Donald Trump

    08/29/2015 7:30:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/29/2015 | Michael Brown
    Like millions of Americans, I am intrigued with your meteoric rise to the top of the polls. You have truly captured the imagination of this nation. Because I would love to see you succeed, I've got some unsolicited advice for you. And you're going to love this. It's free! If you'll allow me to introduce myself, I'm a Jewish follower of Jesus (just like Peter and Paul and John and the rest of the apostles), an author, professor, minister, and national talk radio host. My wife, Nancy, and I have been married for almost 40 years, and we have two...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/29/15)[Prayer]

    08/29/2015 6:03:49 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/29/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Jonah4 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4 But the Lord replied, “Is it right for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-15, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/28/2015 9:09:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 29, 2015 Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist Reading 1 1 Thes 4:9-11 Brothers and sisters:On the subject of fraternal charityyou have no need for anyone to write you,for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more,and to aspire to live a tranquil life,to mind your own affairs,and to work with your own hands,as we instructed you. Responsorial Psalm PS 98:1, 7-8, 9 R. (9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with...
  • St. Petersburg Cossacks Deny Involvement In Mephistopheles Relief Destruction

    08/28/2015 8:35:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 8/28/15 | Anna Dolqov
    A Cossack organization denied that one of its members was responsible for the removal of a 100-year-old bas relief depicting the mythical demon Mephistopheles from a historic building in St. Petersburg after a man claiming responsibility for the act said he was a member of the group. In a letter sent to the editors of St. Petersburg news site Fontanka.ru, a man named Denis Gorchin — the self-described former leader of a group known as the Cossacks of St. Petersburg — said his organization was responsible for the removal of the bas relief from the building on Lakhtinskaya Street, which...
  • The Feast of the Dormition/Assumption (Old Church Calendar)

    08/28/2015 7:55:52 PM PDT · by NRx · 28 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08-28-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    August 28, 2015, the feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, His Beatitude Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodore II and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Assumption of the Moscow Kremlin.
  • Poll: 38% born-again Christians believe prayer boosts wealth, 24% think wealth sign of God’s favor

    08/28/2015 7:06:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/28/2015 | AllahPundit
    A little comments food-fight starter for a slow Friday news cycle. Even your friendly neighborhood atheist blogger is surprised by this result: My memory of youthful Christian lessons is rusty but I do vaguely recall something about rich men and heaven and camels and the eye of a needle. Then again, there’s a difference between praying for a Lamborghini and praying for a pay raise to help make ends meet. Wanting more wealth doesn’t necessarily make you greedy.The question: Why are born-again Christians more likely than those who don’t describe themselves as born again to tie wealth to faith?...
  • Seminar Speakers Advocate Change on Communion for the Divorced-and-Remarried

    08/28/2015 5:50:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/28/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Aug 28, 2015 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this year the Pontifical Council for the Family organized three seminars which gathered scholars to discuss marriage and family life in the run-up to the Synod on the Family being held in October. The lectures at these seminars were published June 2 by Libreria Editrice Vaticana in Italian as Famiglia e Chiesa, un legame indissolubile (Family and Church, an indissoluble bond), and feature a preface written by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. On the whole, the book suggests a “penitential path” that would...
  • Near Death, Nearer to God: A Catholic Author's Recent Experience of Almost Dying

    08/28/2015 2:30:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 27, 2015 | JOSEPH PEARCE
    I would not describe myself as a mystic, nor would I say that I am particularly attracted to mysticism. On the contrary, I tend to shy away from such things. I would even go so far as to say that I have a sneaking sympathy for Ronald Knox’s quip (or was it Newman’s) that mysticism begins in mist and ends in schism. It’s not that I don’t respect mysticism—as long as it is grounded in orthodoxy. I have a great love for the mystical meanderings of St. John of the Cross, and who but a fool does not have...
  • Swiss Catholic bishops enlist pro-gay activist to author their report for Synod

    08/28/2015 10:30:00 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 1 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/28/15 | Maike Hickson
    While the Swiss Bishop Vitus Huonder of the Diocese of Chur is still under public criticism for upholding the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexuality, the Swiss Bishops' Conference is coming under pressure because of its alliance with a man who has been himself promoting the homosexual and gender agenda for many years. Dr. Arnd Bünker is the head of the Swiss Institute for Pastoral Sociology, which wrote the Swiss Bishops' Conference much-criticized report in preparation for the upcoming 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome. The report explicitly and insistently requests that the Church cease...
  • Pope Francis' Vatican Sends “Blessing” to Publisher of Homosexual-Friendly Books for Children

    08/28/2015 10:23:45 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 55 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 8/28/15 | John Vennari
    August 28: Pope Francis reportedly sent an encouraging letter to lesbian founder of publishing house for children’s books. Today’s Il Giornale reports, “The Pope blesses gender ideology books. To the author he writes: “Go ahead.” The report continues, “Pope Francis still amazes, writing a long letter to the author of the books that the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, wanted to ban from its schools. After the Synod on the family that threatens to split the church, the Pope again lines up in defense of the same-sex couples.” Francesca Pardi, founder with her partner Maria Silvia Fiengo of the publishing...
  • Questions on Acts 3

    08/28/2015 9:01:39 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 16 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Some will tell you the Bible can't be understood. Others say you can't understand it without a theology degree, or an ordained teacher, or a special vision/revelation. I challenge those claims, and invite everyone to read Acts 3 and see whether the following questions are too difficult. And when you're done, you might find you know more than your preacher. :-) 1. What was the lame man expecting to receive from Peter and John? 2. Did the people recognize this man? Why were they amazed when they saw him? 3. How had the Jews treated their Messiah/Christ? 4. What proofs...
  • Observing the Flowers (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/28/2015 8:55:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith?’” (Matthew 6:28-30). Observing the flowers is a way to remember that God cares for you. In Matthew 6, some of the people...
  • Holy Hatred (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/28/2015 8:52:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hate evil, you who love the Lord" (Ps. 97:10). God’s hatred for evil is an extension of His love. After spending this month exploring fifteen characteristics of godly love, it might seem odd to shift suddenly to the topic of hatred. Additionally, "holy hatred" will sound like a contradiction in terms to those who view all hatred as evil. But love and hate are inseparable. You can't truly love something and be complacent about the things that oppose or threaten it. If you love your spouse, you hate anything that would defile or injure him or her. If you love...
  • Lost merely in translation?

    08/28/2015 8:40:43 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 8/28/15 | Fr. José Miguel Marqués Campo
    There is an old Italian adagium which says: Traduttore, traditore, in Castilian (Spanish): Traductor, traidor, in English: Translator, traitor. It’s one of those brief proverbs that say so much in so few words, graced with common sense, popular wisdom, and not without reason! For indeed in just two words, this proverb sums up a fact, proven beyond any reasonable doubt: that translations oftentimes are so lacking, are so bad, as to provoke a traitorous assault on the original meaning. Be that as it may, translation is fascinating work, but it certainly has its shortcomings. It can be very easy sometimes,...
  • Pope Under Pressure As Half A Million Catholics Urge Him To Reaffirm Traditional Marriage

    08/28/2015 8:06:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Nick Hallett
    More than 500,000 Catholics, including many senior clerics, have signed a petition calling on Pope Francis to reaffirm traditional teaching on marriage and the family after months of confusion over his supposed liberal stance on the issue.
  • St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers

    08/28/2015 7:00:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers Msgr. Charles Pope • August 27, 2015 • On this Feast of St. Monica, who prayed at length for her son, I’d like to say that my mother prayed for me, too! And I really needed (and still need) her prayers.Satan hates priests and seeks above all to get to us. Jesus remarked laconically and pointedly, quoting from Zechariah (13:7), Strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. This is why Satan hates priests and seeks to topple them. Corruptio optime pessima (The corruption of the best is the...
  • Listening like Sheep (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional & Caucus)

    08/28/2015 6:20:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock
    “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand” (vv. 6–7a). - Psalm 95 God comforts our souls throughout the pages of Scripture. His promise never to leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5) assures us that no matter how difficult things seem, He is with us, carrying us through the fire of testing so that we might be purified and refined (Isa. 48:1–10). The Lord’s pledge to glorify everyone whom He justifies (Rom. 8:29–30)...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/28/15)[Prayer]

    08/28/2015 6:12:18 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/28/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Jonah 3 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-15, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/27/2015 10:21:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 28, 2015   Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 1 Thes 4:1-8 Brothers and sisters,we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,as you received from ushow you should conduct yourselves to please God– and as you are conducting yourselves– you do so even more.For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. This is the will of God, your holiness:that you refrain from immorality,that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himselfin holiness and honor, not in lustful passionas do the Gentiles who...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (8/28/2015) [Prayer]

    08/27/2015 9:06:53 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 21 replies
    28 August 2015 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? Ezekiel 18:23 (NIV) ----
  • Planned Parenthood Travesty - The Archdiocese Of Washington Makes Its Mind Known

    08/27/2015 7:18:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Archdiocese of Washington has made a statement regarding Planned Parenthood's sale of babies whom they have murdered. Click on the player to hear one of their spokespeople speak of the concern that the chancery has regarding this matter. (audio at link) That's about the size of it! Two weeks ago the Catholic Standard buried this blurb towards the back of the print edition when the first few videos were released. Today I received the August 27th edition. Bearing in mind that this is the first edition out since the massive Planned Parenthood protests this past Saturday, with 70 thousand...
  • Archbishop Chaput Chastises Critics of Organizing Team for World Meeting of Families

    08/27/2015 7:10:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has denounced two activist Catholic groups that called attention to connections between officials of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and politicians who support legal abortion. The WMOF will be held in Philadelphia in September, with an appearance by Pope Francis as the highlight. In preparation for the event, the Philadelphia archdiocese assembled a team of organizers, including both full-time executives to arrange the events and community leaders to serve in advisory or honorary roles. The Lepanto Institute and ChurchMilitant.com issued reports earlier this week, revealing that Robert Ciarrufoli, the head of the WMOF leadership...
  • Quote of the day... (Ecumenical Thread)

    08/27/2015 6:40:07 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    The Sayings of the Desert Fathers | 08-27-2015 | St. Xanthias
    “A dog is better than I am, for he has love and does not judge.” + St. Xanthias
  • ‘No Shaking’ on Sodomy [Nigerian bishops: "The culture of same-sex marriage is alien...]

    08/27/2015 5:53:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/27/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    The Nigerian bishops won't budge in their firm stance against same-sex "marriage." That's the latest word from Abp. Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria and leader of the Jos archdiocese. He told a recent Catholic assembly in his archdiocese, "The culture of same-sex marriage is alien to our understanding of the family and should not be imposed on Nigerians." These words were met with heavy applause. The archbishop then shifted to Nigeria's Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which took effect in 2014. He is an ardent supporter of it, and at the time he lauded Nigeria's president,...
  • Pope Francis' (mis)citations of Saint Thomas Aquinas

    08/27/2015 5:13:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The "Denziger-Bergoglio" ^ | August 27, 2015
    In this sense, the citations of Saint Thomas Aquinas in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium have drawn our attention. So it’s a good idea to examine each one of the affirmations of Aquinas in their original context, with the objective of analyzing the fidelity and concordance of this application to his line of thought.
  • German Bishops’ Conference website promotes homosexual unions as sacrament

    08/27/2015 4:47:39 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 25 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/27/15 | Maike Hickson
    On August 25, Katholisch.de, the official website of the German Bishops' Conference, published an interview with the German moral theologian Stephan Goertz concerning his new book, Who Am I to Judge? Homosexuality and the Catholic Church. In the interview, Goertz makes the claim that homosexuality should no longer be condemned because the times have changed. In biblical times, says the theologian, "procreation was the first God-given purpose of sexuality." At that time, "sexuality had as its first purpose to secure the survival of the people"; however, "that is obviously not any more our situation, and that is since the [Second...
  • Papal visit organizers unveil marketing campaign

    08/27/2015 4:37:51 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    phillyvoice.com ^ | 8/26/15 | John Kopp
    Organizers for the World Meeting of Families announced Wednesday a grassroots marketing campaign aimed at encouraging business and residential participation during the papal events in late September. Standing outside Jack's Firehouse in Fairmount, WMOF Executive Director Donna Crilley Farrell unveiled window signage and buttons depicting Pope Francis alongside the marketing slogan #OpenInPHL. The signage and buttons will be distributed to businesses throughout Center City as part of the "I'll Be There" campaign. Businesses that will be open during the papal visit are being asked to use the window signs. The marketing campaign comes amidst residential grumbling regarding the massive street...
  • Pope's Visit May Bring Out the Best, or Worst, in Washingtonians

    08/27/2015 3:20:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Jostling for tickets, preparing to introduce special legislation, pushing pet causes, and gearing up for the kinds of crowds that could rival those of a presidential inauguration day are some of the ways Washington, D.C., is getting ready for Pope Francis. Yep, that sounds just like Washington.  The Pope will be in the nation's capital Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 22-24, and the coveting of papal event tickets might be just as strong in Congress as it is in parishes.  Previous popes have celebrated public Masses in Washington—the last was Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Stadium in 2008—and visited the White...
  • "THERE ARE MONKEYS OF JEWISH ORIGIN; NONE DENY THIS WHO BELIEVE IN THE QURAN"

    08/27/2015 2:28:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    F ^ | 08/27/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
      Critics of Islam are often accused of bigotry. The accusers tend to overlook the kind of crazy racism that Islam teaches. And we are talking really, really crazy racism. (via Religion of Peace) Al-Mosharraf, whose Elaph blog posts often contain anti-Semitic overtones, argues that some monkeys are Jews whom Allah punished for desecrating the Sabbath, as is told in the Quran. He included numerous photos of macaque monkeys in his post, and pointed out the similarities between their behavior and Jewish behavior. Sure. Who can forget the time that six Muslim armies were defeated by an army of...
  • Catholics Support Gay Marriage as Much as General Population, Believe Pope Francis Has Backed It

    08/27/2015 2:15:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/27/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A study by the Public Religion Research Institute released in August on the beliefs of American Catholics has found that despite the Church's teachings, they support same-sex marriage and abortion just as much as the general population. What is more, a large percentage of Catholic respondents mistakenly believed Pope Francis has backed gay marriage. A profile on American Catholics shared by PRRI noted that they make up roughly one in five, or 22 percent of all American adults, with 59 percent of Catholics categorized as white non-Hispanic, while 34 percent identifying as Hispanic. When asked about whether gay and lesbian...
  • Living Life to the Fullest (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/27/2015 1:34:19 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span?’” (Matthew 6:27). You can worry yourself to death, but not to life. Dr. Charles Mayo of the renowned Mayo Clinic wrote, “Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands and the whole nervous system. I have never met a man or known a man to die of overwork, but I have known a lot who died of worry.” We live in a day when people worry about how long they will live. That’s a harmful practice because you can worry yourself to death, but not...
  • The Triumph of Love (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/27/2015 1:32:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] endures all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love triumphs over opposition. Endurance is the final characteristic of love that Paul mentions in this passage. The Greek word translated "endures" in verse 7 is a military term that speaks of being positioned in the middle of a violent battle. It refers not to withstanding minor annoyances, but incredible opposition. Love does that without ceasing to love. Stephen is a good example of enduring love. He preached God's message without compromise, but his enemies stoned him to death. His last act was to fall on his knees, crying out with a loud...
  • The Problem with Pews

    08/27/2015 1:31:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 26, 2015 | FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER
    The queen consort of George V was consistent in her sense of duty and unswerving in how she expressed it. Crowned with dignity and corseted with confidence, at five feet six inches, Mary of Teck was the same height as the king, but they were called George the Fifth and Mary the Four-fifths. Of her many benefactions to Empire, not least, and perhaps most conspicuous, was her habit of removing climbing ivy from regal residences and public buildings. Her detestation of climbing ivy was a life-long obsession, quite the opposite of Queen AnneÂ’s love affair with boxwood. Even in...
  • Church Inquiry May Pit Pope Against a Popular Bosnian Shrine

    08/27/2015 11:20:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08-26-2015 | ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
    MEDJUGORJE, Bosnia and Herzegovina — At exactly 6:40 p.m. one sultry day this month, the peal of church bells rang though the main square of this town, bringing countless pilgrims instantly to their knees. The ringing marked the moment, 34 years ago, when a group of six youths say the Virgin Mary appeared to them. Three of them say she has continued to do so, usually at the same time, every day since. Over that period, the scheduled apparitions have drawn millions of believers to this small town, and a good dose of suspicion from skeptics, including, perhaps, Pope Francis....
  • Orthodox Church in the Philippines sees amazing growth (mass baptism)

    08/27/2015 8:51:25 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 08-27-2015 | Philippine Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate
    With great joy and gladness, we announce the reception through a mass baptism the parish and catechumens from St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. Photos taken during the mass baptism last August 21, 2015, Friday, of the newly accepted St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Ladol, Alabel, Sarangani Province, Philippines. A total of 239 catechumens are baptized including two Aglipayan (Philippine Independent Catholic Church) "bishops" and four Aglipayan "priests". Aglipayan "bishop" Esteban Valmera was baptized as STEFAN; Aglipayan "bishop Rogelio Ringor was baptized as GREGORY; Aglipayan priest Elieser Delfin was baptized as ELEASAR; Aglipayan priest Dioscoro Bergado was baptized...
  • God’s Eternal Reign (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional)

    08/27/2015 7:49:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    “The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting” (vv. 1–2). - Psalm 93 Psalm 19 begins by asserting that the heavens proclaim the glories of God (v.1), showing that creation’s purpose is to declare the goodness and majesty of its Creator. Yet, the physical world is not alone in being tasked with extolling and revealing the Lord’s glory. As we see throughout Scripture, those whom God has...
  • Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church

    08/27/2015 7:08:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church Msgr. Charles Pope • August 26, 2015 • There are some who would have the Church step back to avoid persecution or giving offense. Perhaps there are assets like buildings and land to protect. And maybe some rapprochement with the world will attract more members. Or so the thinking goes.But a study of earlier periods of persecution reveals a different plan for the way forward: confidence, courage, boldness, and love—even for our enemies. Let’s look at some texts.Earlier this week we read from St....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/27/15)[Prayer]

    08/27/2015 6:50:32 AM PDT · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/27/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Jonah 2 1 [a]From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord,     and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,     and you listened to my cry. 3 You hurled me into the depths,     into the very heart of the seas,     and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers     swept over me. 4 I said, ‘I have been banished     from your sight; yet I will look again     toward your holy...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(8/27/15)[Prayer]

    08/27/2015 6:32:48 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/27/15 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm Isaiah 41:10 “… fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
  • Everybody Wants to Rule Their World

    08/27/2015 4:26:21 AM PDT · by DWW1990
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 8/26/15 | Trevor Thomas
    When one abandons eternal truth, there is virtually no limit to the extremeness and no end to the amount of folly that will follow. Modern liberalism again demonstrates this well. Because of his commitment to liberalism, which makes him unable to call the public display of women’s breasts that is occurring in Times Square what it really is (offensive, absurd, gross, and yes, wicked and sinful), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to wield one of the favorite tools of modern liberals: the dreaded “multiagency task force.”
  • A CHILD SAVED BY MOTHER MARY

    Introduction : In the first centuries of the Church it was the custom to give to little children who had not yet lost the innocence of their baptism the "Consecrated Species" which remained after the Communion of the Faithful. One day, a child the son of a Jewish Glass Founder of Constantinople while going to school with other "Christian Children" had followed them to the Church and innocently presented himself like the others and received the fragments of the "Holy Eucharist". A Frightful Ordeal : Having returned home, he narrated simply to his Father what he had done. The Father,...
  • His Holiness Patriarch Kirill receives delegation of Anglican Church in North America

    08/26/2015 10:04:24 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    ROC ^ | 08-25-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    ...Greeting the delegation of the Anglican Church in North America, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill noted the difficulty of the situation in which this denomination had been established six years ago. “At the time your Church was undergoing a very difficult period in her history, which required from believers fortitude and the ability to resist great temptations,” His Holiness said. “It is my firm belief that in the course of her history, the Church faces challenges which she must overcome with all her courage,” he continued, “There are two models of behavior of the Church and Christians. The first one implies...
  • Urgent Prayers Needed right now for the missionaries in Iraq

    08/26/2015 8:06:23 PM PDT · by Chong · 24 replies
    Urgent email from our Pastor | Aug 26, 2015 | Dr. Becky Peters
    We just received this email forwarded from our pastor. (I left out the detailed contact info of the originator on purpose.) Please join us in prayers for all involved. From: XXXXXXXX Sent: 8/26/2015 1:21:36 P.M. Central Daylight Time Subj: Urgent prayer request from Pastor Cori Here is an opportunity to pray for brothers and sisters who are strong in the LORD and willing to go the distance for Him. We just received this in an email from the Missions Office at First Baptist Atlanta. Prayer Request from Dan and Marilyn Wilson. Missionaries who are in the areas that are being...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-15, M, St. Monica

    08/26/2015 7:46:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 27, 2015   Memorial of Saint Monica Reading 1 1 Thes 3:7-13 We have been reassured about you, brothers and sisters,in our every distress and affliction, through your faith.For we now live, if you stand firm in the Lord. What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you,for all the joy we feel on your account before our God?Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in personand to remedy the deficiencies of your faith.Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesusdirect our way to you, and may the Lord make you increaseand...