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  • When You Should NOT Submit to a Church

    07/23/2014 8:15:29 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    9marks.org ^ | 7.18.2014 | Jonathan Leeman
    All of us will, at times, be called to endure humbly a leader’s mistakes and sins. Nonetheless, should you find yourself in a church where the leadership is characteristically abusive, I would, in most cases, encourage you to flee. Flee to protect your discipleship, to protect your family, to set a good example for the members left behind, to serve non-Christian neighbors by not lending credibility to the church’s ministry. How do you recognize abusive leadership? Paul requires two witnesses for a charge to be leveled against an elder (1 Tim. 5:19), probably because he knows that leaders will be...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/23/2014 8:14:16 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 23 (NKJV) Listen to Your Father 01 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, 00 Consider carefully what is before you; 02 And put a knife to your throat 00 If you are a man given to appetite. 03 Do not desire his delicacies, 00 For they are deceptive food. 04 Do not overwork to be rich; 00 Because of your own understanding, cease! 05 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? 00 For riches certainly make themselves wings; 00 They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. 06 Do not eat the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    07/23/2014 7:15:37 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 6 replies
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  • Responding to “Spiritual but Not Religious” Christians

    07/23/2014 7:07:07 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies
    http://www.jonsorensen.net ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jon Sorensen
    Over the last several years I have encountered a fair number of Christians who claim they are “spiritual but not religious.” In other words, they do not identify with a particular Christian denomination, using the Bible alone to guide their faith. It’s an ideology that says religious institutions are outdated and unnecessary. People may reach this conclusion for a multitude of reasons. Some are disillusioned by what they perceive to be corruption and hypocrisy in religious institutions. Others may feel like they are not being “fed.” Others yet may feel that these intuitions teach something contrary to their beliefs regarding...
  • Moscow Worried by Persecution of Religious Minorities in Iraq - Foreign Ministry Statement

    07/23/2014 6:06:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/23/14
    Moscow, July 23, Interfax - The Russian Foreign Ministry is concerned about the persecution of members of religious minorities in northwestern Iraq by Islamists from the radical militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and is calling on the international community to prevent inter-religious strife in the region. "Moscow is deeply concerned about the fact that ISIL militants are persecuting members of religious minorities living in northwestern Iraq, forcing thousands of Christians and adherents of other faiths to hastily leave their traditional places of living," the ministry said in a statement available on its website. "We believe...
  • One more Flipboard E-zine by yours truly: New #Christian Martyrs

    07/23/2014 5:44:20 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 1 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 23 July 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren: Peace be with you. I want to share with you one more e-zine project by yours truly: New Christian Martyrs. The hand-picked documents I'll put in here will document what Pope Francis has called "the new ecumenism of blood", that is, the blood shed by trinitarian Christians worldwide in imitation of Christ and for His sake. I will also the more subtle yet blatant persecution that Christians are suffering in developed countries, particularly in the U.S. The magazine is better appreciated when you subscribe to it via the Flipboard app for either your Apple or Android device. Also, you...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/23/14)[Prayer]

    07/23/2014 5:06:31 AM PDT · by left that other site · 3 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/23/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Job40:15 Behemoth New International Version (NIV)  15 “Look at Behemoth,     which I made along with you     and which feeds on grass like an ox. 16 What strength it has in its loins,     what power in the muscles of its belly! 17 Its tail sways like a cedar;     the sinews of its thighs are close-knit. 18 Its bones are tubes of bronze,     its limbs like rods of iron. 19 It ranks first among the works of God,     yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.
  • Obama’s Executive Order and What it Means for Catholic Organizations

    07/23/2014 3:51:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 22, 2014 | John Paul Shimek
    President Barack Obama speaks in Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 17, 2013. (CNS photo/Paul Faith, pool via Reuters) I called it. One month ago, I warned readers of CatholicVote.org about a new executive order that would be coming out from the Obama White House. The article garnered more than 45,000 views and in excess of 5,600 Facebook “likes.” Then, I took to the air waves, appearing on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio network and the Relevant Radio network, among others, to warn listeners about the forthcoming order. I said this was going to be serious stuff. At first, out ahead...
  • Major Newspaper Breaks Media Silence: Global Conspiracy Silence On Persecution Christians Iraq

    07/23/2014 3:25:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 22, 2014
    FULL TITLE: MAJOR NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL BREAKS MEDIA SILENCE: Why the Global Conspiracy of Silence on Persecution of Christians in Iraq? It is to the greatest honor of Le Figaro, by far the largest and oldest national French daily, that it becomes this Wednesday the first major world newspaper to put on its front page and as its main headline the persecution of Christians in Iraq: "The Calvary of the Christians of Iraq". Also on its front page, the main editorial for today, "Silence, on persécute!" (Silence, We are Persecuting!), a dire direct accusation of the accomplices of this genocide, those...
  • Gay and Transgendered: What Comes Next?

    07/23/2014 2:40:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 7/22/2014 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In 1965, Lyndon Johnson prohibited Federal discrimination in hiring based on race, religion, gender and nationality. President Obama’s latest executive order amends that to include sexual orientation and gender identity. In 1969, Richard Nixon prohibited any sort of discrimination in Federal employment practices based on race, religion, gender, nationality, age or disability. Bill Clinton later amended this to include sexual orientation. President Obama’s new executive order amends it to include gender identity. This applies to all organizations which receive federal contracts. What’s next? Just about anything could be next, because this latest executive order is completely divorced from reality. It...
  • Obama's LGBT Executive Order And The Bishops' Disingenuous Protests

    07/23/2014 2:11:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Yesterday the Messiah Most Miserable issued a dictatorial fiat executive order stating that no federal contractor can "discriminate" in its personnel practices based on employees' gender identity and/or sexual orientation.  Churches and related organizations are NOT exempted.  The USCCB pitched a fit.  My question is, "would this order of Obama's had been a blip on their radar screens if they had been exempted?"  Given prior behaviors, I must opine that had Obama exempted churches, they wouldn't have given a rat's rump regarding the matter. But since the USCCB and so many of the dioceses are officially on the federal...
  • Pelosi: Border Children Should Be Treated Like Refugee Baby Jesus

    07/23/2014 12:57:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | July 22, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tuesday on MSNBC "Morning Joe," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed the humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border. The congressional leader dismissed the strain on our nations financial resources to care for all the children of the world in troubled areas, saying she believes the U.S. government should look at the children like "baby Jesus," who she added "was a refugee from violence." Pelosi said, "In Washington, I see an embrace of the idea that this is a humanitarian crisis by people who are not politicizing the issue. What we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-23-14, OM, St. Bridget of Sweden

    07/22/2014 9:29:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 23, 2014Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 1:1, 4-10 The words of Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah,of a priestly family in Anathoth, in the land of Benjamin. The word of the LORD came to me thus: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you,a prophet to the nations I appointed you.“Ah, Lord GOD!” I said,"I know not how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD answered me,Say not, “I am too young.”To whomever I send you, you shall go;whatever I command you, you...
  • The Philosophers and the Jews: Black Eggs and White Cheese

    07/22/2014 8:26:25 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 3 replies
    www.TheYeshiva.net ^ | July 2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson (Yosef Yitzchak)
    Full title: The Philosophers and the Jews: Black Eggs and White Cheese The Secret of Jewish Resilience. The Inner Story of The Three Weeks Note: only 40 min long and the rabbi translates everything, very little 'yeshivish' (annoying mix of English, Hebrew, and Yiddish) A beautiful explanation on polar opposite sides of the Jewish calendar-- the 3 weeks between the 17th of the Jewsish month of Tammuz (the day the walls of Jerusalem fell to Nebuchadnezzar) and the 9th of Av (the day of the destruction of both Holy Temples) AND the 3 weeks between Rosh Hashana and [the day...
  • Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza Shelters Muslims Fleeing War

    07/22/2014 8:06:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 7/22/14 | Nidal al-Mughrabi
    GAZA (Reuters) - About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise would rarely if ever enter, the city's 12th-century Greek Orthodox Church. Despite its thick walls dating back to the Crusades, the Church of Saint Porphyrius was still not a very safe haven. Shortly after they arrived, Israeli aircraft bombed a nearby field, spraying shrapnel on the church and damaging graves. But children from the Shejaia district, where some 72 Palestinians - many of them women and children - were killed during fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants...
  • Catholic Seminarians Boycott Graduation from Beijing Seminary

    07/22/2014 7:53:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/19/14 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    Conflict over excommunicated bishop may result in suspensions of seminary students and a loss of vocations China’s Catholic community reeled recently as news spread that Beijing’s seminarians had boycotted their graduation ceremony, scheduled for late June. The decision was made after the seminarians discovered that the illegitimate – and excommunicated – rector of the seminary, Bishop Ma Yinglin, was scheduled to offer the graduation Mass. When the students voiced their objection to assisting at a Mass celebrated by a bishop who is not in communion with the Pope, the seminary officials suggested replacing Bishop Ma with Bishop John Fang Xingyao,...
  • Catholics Just Be Calm About Obama's LGBT Executive Order

    07/22/2014 6:48:45 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 12 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 07/22/14 | David L. Gray
    Essentially what this new Executive Order does is amend the preexisting Equal Employment Opportunity Executive Orders No. 11478 (for federal gov’t) and No. 11246 (for federal Contractors and Subcontractors and federally-assisted Construction Contractors and Subcontractors). Where those previously Executive Orders once prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,” will now include “sexual orientation and gender identity.” While there is a just issue to be made as to why ‘voluntary’ behaviors would be added to federal non-discrimination law, or the addition of a new race/class/species of people of people (called LGBTQ) that scientists have...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/22/2014 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    His Ways are Higher Today's Scripture "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria A lot of times, we have our own ideas about how things should work out in life. But God’s ways are not our ways. In scripture, God brought water out of a rock. Jesus told Peter to go catch a fish, open its mouth, and there was the money he needed for taxes. Another time, God caused a young lady named Mary...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 22, 2014]

    07/22/2014 5:48:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Sanctification (1) " This is the will of God, your sanctification. . . —1 Thessalonians 4:3 " The Death Side. In sanctification God has to deal with us on the death side as well as on the life side. Sanctification requires our coming to the place of death, but many of us spend so much time there that we become morbid. There is always a tremendous battle before sanctification is realized— something within us pushing with resentment against the demands of Christ. When the Holy Spirit begins to show us what sanctification means, the struggle starts immediately. Jesus said,...
  • Nun: The Sign of Genocide (Please join Aug 1 Day of Solidarity and Prayer)

    07/22/2014 2:30:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 19, 2014
    Please, join the August 1st Day of Adoration, Prayer and Solidarity for Persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East In solidarity with our Persecuted Brethren in Iraq and Syria Nun (ن), the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet (the equivalent of letter N in our Roman alphabet), is the first letter of the word Nasara (نصارى : Nazarenes), the way Muslims have called Christians since the beginning of their invasion of the Christian world in the 7th century -- Christians under Muslim rule never called themselves thus, since the intent of Muslims was to portray Christians as a contemptible and...
  • ‘Christianity is Abhorrent’: More Atheistic Materials to be Distributed in Public Schools

    07/22/2014 2:28:15 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 14 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/17/14 | Garrett Haley
    ORLANDO – A federal judge has given a secular organization the green light to distribute more atheistic and anti-Christian materials to Florida public school students, in spite of the materials’ graphic content and offensive language. As previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned last year that a Christian ministry had made Bibles available to Orlando high school students on “Religious Freedom Day.” To counter the Bible distribution, FFRF sought permission from the school district to give students a variety of atheistic and anti-Christian materials. According to reports, the Orange County School Board permitted FFRF to distribute several books...
  • The Muslim who gave up his life for Mosul’s Christians

    07/22/2014 2:23:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 21, 2014 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Chaldean website ankawa.com says a university professor was killed after speaking out against anti-Christian persecution. Meanwhile, the Islamic State has set the jizyah at 450 dollars Christians leave Mosul He refused to keep silent about the violence agaist Mosul’s Christians  who are forced to choose between converting to the Muslim faith, paying the jizyah (the Islamic tax for non-Muslims) or fleeing. Professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a law professor who lectures on pedagogy at the University of Mosul, had the courage to make a stand against this brutal duress which he believes go against the Muslim commandments. But he paid for...
  • "Jesus Was Not a “Bible Believer” let Alone an Evangelical" (F-word warning)

    07/22/2014 2:22:53 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 96 replies
    Frank Schaeffer/Patheos ^ | 7/22/14 | Frank Schaeffer
    Jesus certainly was not a “Bible believer,” as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity that’s used as a trade-marked product to sell religion. Jesus didn’t take the Jewish scriptures at face value. In fundamentalist terms, Jesus was a rule-breaking relativist who wasn’t even “saved,” according to evangelical standards. Evangelicals insist that you have to believe very specific interpretations of the Bible to be saved. Jesus didn’t. He undercut the scriptures. A leper came to Jesus and said, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” If Jesus had been a good...
  • IRS Settles with Atheists, Agrees to Crack Down on Churches for ‘Electioneering’

    07/22/2014 2:07:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 33 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against ‘electioneering.’ As previously reported, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the IRS in 2012, asserting that many non-profit religious organizations have been “blatantly and deliberately flaunting … electioneering restrictions,” but the government has not enforced its rules pertaining to the matter. According to the IRS website, “Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or...
  • "How Hobby Lobby Split the Left and Set Back Gay Rights" (The Atlantic)

    07/22/2014 1:56:20 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/21/14 | Molly Bally
    In the Hobby Lobby decision handed down last month, the Supreme Court was asked to strike a balance between women’s rights and religious freedom. But the major conflict that has erupted in the wake of that decision has been between religious freedom and gay rights. The resulting controversy has split gay-rights and faith groups on the left, with wide-ranging political fallout that some now fear could hurt both causes. One chapter of the controversy is set to close on Monday, when President Obama plans to sign a long-awaited executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gays and lesbians, according...
  • ISIS militants ransack Syrian Catholic monastery in Iraq / missile strikes Franciscan monastery

    07/22/2014 11:41:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    RT ^ | July 21, 2014
    Islamic militants have seized a monastery in northern Iraq, kicking out its Christian monks as well as Christian residents of Mosul. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) insurgents stormed the ancient Mar Benham monastery in the Christian town of Qaraqosh Sunday, near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which was overrun by ISIS on 10 June. Mar Benham is a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church. A member of the Syriac clergy said the monks pleaded to be allowed to save some of the monasteryÂ’s relics but the ISIS fighters refused and ordered them...
  • Obama's LGBT Order: Here are 2 Things Churches and Christian Non-Profits Should Know

    07/22/2014 8:37:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for federal contractors. What does this mean for Christian organizations that remain faithful to the biblical teaching on homosexual behavior? Here are two main points that those groups need to be aware of: First, the order only applies to government contractors and sub-contractors, it does not apply to groups that receive government grants. Most religious non-profits that provide services for the government do so through a government grant. They would not be affected. A grant recipient is awarded money for general purpose,...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/22/2014 8:27:34 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KOIMESIS, 07-22-14

    07/22/2014 8:22:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at randomKOIMESIS The feast of the "Falling Asleep" of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or Mary's Dormition, as celebrated in the Byzantine Liturgy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • ISIS Plundered Assyrians As They Fled Mosul; Families March 42 Miles

    07/22/2014 8:02:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    (AINA) -- More than 200 Assyrian families fled in panic from Mosul on July 17 and 18 as the ISIS deadline for converting to Islam approached (AINA 2014-07-20). ISIS had issued a statement asking all Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam, pay the jizya, the poll tax on Christians, or face the sword. ISIS gave July 19 as the deadline to comply with its demands. Most Assyrians of Mosul responded by fleeing the city. ISIS setup checkpoints at the Araby and Shallalat neighborhoods (AlSada and Biawaizah) and robbed and plundered Assyrians who were fleeing the city. ISIS took money...
  • Is the “Missio ad Gentes” Still a Priority for Pope Francis’ Church?

    07/22/2014 6:28:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | 7/21/14 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    That Pope Francis is very attentive to the dialogue with non-believers is clear from his most recent conversation with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of the Italian leftist newspaper “La Repubblica”. Scalfari, a self-proclaimed atheist, who even wrote a book entitled “Me and God”, on his being a non-believer. The conversation published by “La Repubblica” on July 16 – which was partly downplayed and its content clarified by Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office – also showed that what the secular press think about him is very close to Pope Francis’ heart. This is ultimately the original...
  • ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul; Priest Says City Is 'Now Empty of Christians'

    07/22/2014 6:02:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    chistian Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | LEONARDO BLAIR
    (Photo: Shoebat.com)An 1,800-year-old church being burnt to the ground in Mosul, Iraq. Members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly torched a 1,800 year-old Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq and have effectively left that city "empty of Christians" as believers fled the area in fear of their lives, according to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako.Sources told Shoebat that the ISIS group in Mosul called "Daash" completely burned the Syriac Catholic Diocese and its contents in Mosul. A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian Website released photos of the church in flames Saturday.Free Sign Up CP Newsletter! RelatedISIL Members...
  • @USCCB: Latest @BarackObama's Executive Order "unprecedented and extreme and should be opposed"

    07/22/2014 5:58:17 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 51 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 22 July 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren: Peace be with you. I wanted to share with you this press release issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): "'Freedom of conscience'? What's that?" WASHINGTON–The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity” discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection. Two USCCB...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/22/14)[Prayer]

    07/22/2014 4:54:57 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/22/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Bears New International Version (NIV)  32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” 33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck...
  • Benghazi tragedy! Non-Muslim Filipino worker beheaded by militiamen in Libya

    07/22/2014 4:06:43 AM PDT · by granada · 3 replies
    AP ^ | July, 21, 2014 | AP via Yahoo
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino construction worker kidnapped by militia men in Libya has been beheaded by his captors, becoming the first Filipino casualty in the renewed violence in the North African state, the Philippine government said. Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the Filipino worker was kidnapped on July 15. He was subsequently beheaded and his decomposed body was found Sunday in a hospital in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city. "The vehicle he was riding in was stopped in a checkpoint. There were three of them - a Libyan a Pakistani and a Filipino and he was...
  • Another decision that illustrates what social radicals really mean by “tolerance.”

    07/22/2014 2:54:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/21/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In another show of selective tolerance from those who support the “gay” agenda, President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to “gay” and “transgender” workers in the federal government after being convinced by advocates of what he called the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” However the “tolerance” of the administration does not give religious organizations any exceptions in terms of considering sexual orientation or gender identity. While Churches also are able to hire ministers as they see fit (based in a 9-0 Supreme court decision against this administration which sought even to require churches to hire practicing gays in ordained ministerial positions) there is little...
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Nation

    07/22/2014 2:05:46 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 8 replies
    July 22, 2014 | Jeanbl
    “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” Daniel 6:16
  • ‘We Stand With Israel’: The Overwhelming Message Around the World

    07/21/2014 10:39:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Chabad.org News ^ | July 18, 2014 | Karen Schwartz and Carin M. Smilk
    Rows of candles were set up last week at the home of Rabbi Zalman and Toba Grossbaum, co-directors of Chabad of Livingston, N.J., so community members and family could welcome in Shabbat and pray for the people of Israel.With the Sabbath approaching, Israel Defense Force troops are on the ground in Gaza, with Jews everywhere praying for their safety. Throughout the world came calls for prayer and good deeds on behalf of the Israeli soldiers, and all people threatened by ongoing missile attacks, with special emphasis on Jewish women and girls lighting Shabbat candles, and for families to join with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-22-14, M, St. Mary Magdalene

    07/21/2014 10:02:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 22, 2014Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene  Reading 1 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20 Shepherd your people with your staff,the flock of your inheritance,That dwells apart in a woodland,in the midst of Carmel.Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,as in the days of old;As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,show us wonderful signs. Who is there like you, the God who removes guiltand pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;Who does not persist in anger forever,but delights rather in clemency,And will again have compassion on us,treading underfoot our guilt?You will cast into the depths of...
  • Muslims Declare War Against Catholicism, And Attack Priests And Monks...

    07/21/2014 6:35:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/21/2014 | Theodore Shoebat and Walid Shoebat
    Muslims in Iraq have declared war against Catholicism, attacking monks and priests and forcing them to leave immediately. They forced monks and priests to leave the beautiful monastery of Deir Behnam. The history of the monastery of Deir Behnam goes back to the fourth century AD and is associated with the story of the Assyrian Prince Sennacherib II who built it after converting to Christianity with his sister Sarah and forty of his followers at the hands of St. Matthew.It was built by the Assyrian king Sennacherib II as penance for killing his son, Behnan. Today, the fate of St....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/21/2014 6:23:24 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    He Doesn’t Need a Cloud Today's Scripture "Is anything too hard for the LORD? . . ." (Genesis 18:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One day, we were in the backyard on a beautiful, sunny day. We were just enjoying the blue sky when all of the sudden, out of nowhere, it began to rain even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It was as blue as can be. The sun was out and very bright. But for about three minutes, there was this downpour. We thought, “Where in the world is this rain coming...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 21, 2014]

    07/21/2014 6:21:01 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Doorway to the Kingdom " Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . —Matthew 5:3 " Beware of thinking of our Lord as only a teacher. If Jesus Christ is only a teacher, then all He can do is frustrate me by setting a standard before me I cannot attain. What is the point of presenting me with such a lofty ideal if I cannot possibly come close to reaching it? I would be happier if I never knew it. What good is there in telling me to be what I can never be— to be “pure...
  • Woman in same-sex marriage sues Missouri diocese following dismissal from parish position

    07/21/2014 5:40:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    A Missouri woman who is civilly married to a female Lutheran minister has sued Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph after she was dismissed from her position as her parish’s coordinator of social ministry. Colleen Simon said that she told both the current and former pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, a Jesuit parish in Kansas City, that she was part of a same-sex marriage, and neither objected. After her relationship was discussed in a local newsmagazine, she was dismissed, the Kansas City Star reported. Simon, whose same-sex marriage ceremony took place in Iowa,...
  • ISIS targeting Christians: “The West must step in now… or we will be wiped out.”

    07/21/2014 5:26:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/21/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    How grim is you life?  We watch in horror as Christians in Iraq are being persecuted, driven, hunted by Islamic terrorists.  The Religion of Peace… right? ‘Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil [in Kurdistan]. For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians’Chaldean patriarch Louis Sako From the Daily Mail: Thousands of Iraqi Christians pour out of Mosul after ISIS jihadis give them deadline to convert, pay or face deathThousands of Iraqi Christians today poured out of Mosul after ISIS jihadis gave them an ultimatum – convert, pay or face...
  • Rise of the Christian left: Why the religious right’s moment may be ending (Salon)

    07/21/2014 4:34:55 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | 7/21/14
    It’s hard to tell if the near-constant stream of millennial-centric political think-pieces are perpetuating or reflecting growing curmudgeonly fears about the future of the country. Maybe it’s a little of both, and Fox is probably observing within its competency when it pegs more than a handful of us as “deluded narcissists” – but it appears there’s room for some political optimism among all the moral panic and the reign of the religious right. With millennial religious and political attitudes in flux compared to our predecessors, the upcoming years could be the Christian left’s big moment. Which isn’t to say the...
  • Religious Freedom Not Protected in Obama's LGBT Employment Order, Conservatives Say

    07/21/2014 4:20:07 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/21/14 | Michael Gryboski
    Conservative groups have denounced the recently signed executive order by President Barack Obama on LGBT employment discrimination, arguing that the measure does not offer sufficient religious liberty protection. Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, said in a statement that with the executive order "Obama has ordered employers to put aside their principles, and practices in the name of political correctness." "This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior," stated Sprigg. "This order gives activists a license to...
  • Pro-Abortion Lena Dunham’s Book Tour May Be Coming to a Church Near You

    07/21/2014 4:07:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | Cortney O'Brien
    Lena Dunham isn’t exactly the first person you’d expect to see singing hymns in the pew behind you. Starring in the raunchy HBO show ‘Girls’ and bragging that voting for President Obama during the 2012 election for the “first time” was like losing her virginity are just a couple examples of Dunham’s racy behavior that would make any Christian blush. But, the controversial actress is embarking on a tour for her new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” coming out in September, that will take place in some churches around the country. On her tour, Dunham will be reading excerpts...
  • Neb. priest contributes to article linking contraception, breast cancer

    07/21/2014 3:08:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | S.L. Hansen, Southern Nebraska Register
    Credit: Jess Hamilton (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Lincoln, Neb., Jul 21, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- In an upcoming issue of The Linacre Quarterly, the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association, an article entitled, “The Breast Cancer Epidemic: 10 Facts,” will explore the scientific evidence that connects artificial contraception to breast cancer. Father Christopher Kubat, executive director of Catholic Social Services of southern Nebraska and a medical physician, is one of the co-authors. He was asked to contribute a small portion of the article by two of the main authors, A. Patrick Schneider II, M.D., M.P.H., and Christine Zainer, M.D....
  • Pope laments exodus of last Christians from Mosul

    07/21/2014 2:53:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 21, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave. “They are persecuted; our brothers are persecuted, they are driven out, they have to leave their houses without having the possibility of taking anything with them,” Pope Francis voiced in his July 20...
  • ‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians (leave money, gold, jewelry)

    07/21/2014 1:51:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Following an ultimatum from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to leave Mosul, convert to Islam, or be killed, the city’s remaining Christians left for other parts of Iraq. ISIL, the jihadist group that controls large sections of Syria and Iraq, confiscated the Christians’ possessions as they departed from Iraq’s 2nd-largest city. “The heinous crime of the Islamic State was carried out not just against Christians, but against humanity,” said Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, as quoted by the Reuters news agency. In an urgent appeal, the Iraqi Patriarch reported...