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  • Chuck Colson Dead at Age 80

    04/21/2012 4:26:55 PM PDT · by sreastman · 16 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/21/2012 | DeMossNews.com
    Chuck Colson Dead at Age 80 FaithIssues Evangelical Christianity lost one of its most eloquent and influential voices today with the death of Charles W. "Chuck" Colson. The Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview founder died at 3:12 PM ET today at the age of 80. After a brief illness, Colson passed away at a Northern Virginia hospital with his wife, Patty, and family at his bedside. On March 30th, Colson became ill while speaking at a Colson Center for Christian Worldview conference in Lansdowne. The following morning he had surgery to remove a pool of clotted blood...
  • Give GOD the thanks, praise, honor, and glory in all things and through all things in your life.

    04/21/2012 3:28:11 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 4 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Know that our GOD knows all, created all, and allows many things. HIS eye is constantly on us. Knowing all we are doing and going to do. HIS love corrects us when we are wrong, edifies us when we are trying to understand, and guides us when we are constantly seeking to do HIS will; from the heart.
  • Setting Captives Free: Remembering the life and legacy of Charles Colson

    04/21/2012 11:44:51 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 5 replies
    World Magazine ^ | May 5, 2012 | Emily Belz
    WASHINGTON—When President Richard Nixon's knee-capper went to prison after pleading guilty to a Watergate-related crime, he touched off one of the most compelling stories of conversion and a redeemed life in the modern American church. Charles Colson, 80, hovered near death in Fairfax, Va., as WORLD went to press April 19. "It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother, and founder will soon be home with the Lord," wrote Prison Fellowship CEO Jim Liske in an April 18 message, as his wife and children gathered at his bedside. Colson...
  • Exhibit A for Explaining the LCWR Report

    04/21/2012 10:41:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Patheos ^ | 4/19/12 | Thomas L. McDonald
    The keynote speaker for the annual conference of the LCWR is New Age quack Barbara Marx Hubbard. If you’ve never heard of her, just try to imagine a combination of Deepak Chopra and Ray Kurzweil with an extra helping of crazy. Her big thing is Conscious Evolution, which is the latest repackaging of “est” with an added transhumanist/post-humanist subtext. Here she is on her website explaining Conscious Evolution, which sounds like a combination of X-Men comics, techno-fetishizing, narcissism, New Age nonsense, paganism, trite bromides, bad grammar, Gnosticism, and good old heresy. (Emphasis added.) It has become obvious that a creative...
  • Russians Overwhelmingly Endorse ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban

    04/21/2012 10:31:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/19/12 | Hilary White
    MOSCOW, April 19, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A proposal to outlaw propaganda from the homosexualist movement, particularly that aimed at children, has met with overwhelming approval from the Russian public. A poll conducted by state-run pollster VTsIOM, showed 86 percent of 1,600 respondents nationwide said they supported a ban on the promotion of homosexual relationships. Recently, the Russian Federation delegation at the G8 Summit refused to endorse a joint statement by foreign ministers that included “lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender” people in its affirmation of human rights. A footnote to the statement read, “The Russian Federation disassociates itself from this language...
  • Crisis Proves a Curse for Greece's Orthodox Church

    04/21/2012 10:24:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/20/12 | Harry Papachristou
    * Government cutting priests' numbers and salaries* Demand for church charity soaring as crisis bites* Conservative church turns to modern business dealsATHENS, April 20 (Reuters) - Close links between the Greek state and the Orthodox Church are turning from a blessing for the clergy into a curse as the debt-laden government struggles to fund the ancient institution, just as impoverished Greeks need its charitable work most. Starved of money as the state makes huge spending cuts, the deeply conservative church which grew from one of the earliest centres of Christianity is seeking new sources of funds. But despite a new...
  • Anti ‘gay bullying’ leader calls Christian students ‘pansies’ for walking out on anti-Bible tirade

    04/21/2012 9:26:00 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4-20-12 | Kathleen Gilbert
    In an ironic twist, the nation’s top “gay bullying” opponent called Christian students “pansies” for walking out of his anti-bullying speech when he insulted the Bible, according to one report. Karla Dial of CitizenLink reported Wednesday that controversial syndicated columnist Dan Savage of the “It Gets Better Project,” a popular Internet-based campaign encouraging respect for homosexuality among youths, made the remarks during a journalism conference for students in Seattle. One source, a 17-year-old student from California, told CitizenLink that Savage called her and other Christian students “pansies” after they walked out of his anti-bullying speech when he referred to the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 21, 2012]

    04/21/2012 4:09:11 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Don’t Hurt the Lord "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?" —John 14:9 Our Lord must be repeatedly astounded at us-astounded at how “un-simple” we are. It is our own opinions that make us dense and slow to understand, but when we are simple we are never dense; we have discernment all the time. Philip expected the future revelation of a tremendous mystery, but not in Jesus, the Person he thought he already knew. The mystery of God is not in what is going to be-it is now, though we look...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (4/21/12)[Prayer]

    04/21/2012 4:01:13 AM PDT · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/21/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Psalm 125 The LORD Surrounds His People. A Song of Ascents. 1. Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. 2. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever. 3. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous, So that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong. 4. Do good, O LORD, to those who are good And to those who are upright in their...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-12, Opt. Mem, St. Anselm. Bishop & Doctor/Church

    04/21/2012 1:22:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-21-12 | Revised New American bible
    April 21, 2012   Saturday of the Second Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 6:1-7 As the number of disciples continued to grow,the Hellenists complained against the Hebrewsbecause their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,"It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,filled with the Spirit and wisdom,whom we shall appoint to this task,whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayerand to the ministry of the word."The proposal was acceptable to the whole...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-20-12

    04/21/2012 1:17:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-20-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 20, 2012   Friday of the Second Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 5:34-42 A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,and said to the Sanhedrin, "Fellow children of Israel,be careful what you are about to do to these men.Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,and all those who were loyal to himwere disbanded and came to nothing.After him came Judas the Galilean at the...
  • Love the LORD with all your heart. Let the peace of GOD rule your hearts!!

    04/21/2012 12:53:10 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 2 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love the LORD with all your heart. Christ is the light of our lives.
  • Vatican Crackdown on U.S. Nuns a Long Time Brewing

    04/20/2012 7:40:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/20/12 | Stephanie Simon
    (Reuters) - When Pope John Paul II arrived in the United States in 1979, the president of the nation's most powerful organization of nuns met him with a challenge. In a bold welcoming address, Sister Theresa Kane called on the pope to include women "in all ministries of our church," including the priesthood. The pope sat silent, his expression stony. That moment did not change Vatican policy. But it unveiled growing tensions between the Vatican and American nuns. The conflict would continue to mount for the next three decades, until this week the Vatican finally moved to reassert control over...
  • Ailing Venezuelan Bishop Says President Chavez Must Repent

    04/20/2012 7:31:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Caracas, Venezuela, Apr 19, 2012 / 02:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Retired Bishop Eduardo Herrera Riera of Carora, who is suffering from terminal cancer, called on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to repent of his “injustices” against the country. “As a Head of State, you have the most gravest of obligations, first and foremost, to procure the peace and security of Venezuelans,” the bishop said in an open letter April 9. “Unfortunately, you have been very weak and negligent in confronting this most serious of problems.” The controversial president has battled illness himself in recent years, traveling last month to Cuba in...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes & Nation

    04/20/2012 7:20:00 PM PDT · by tajgirvan · 14 replies
    4-20-2012 | tajgirvan
    "One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock." ~~Psalm 27:4,5 ~~
  • Surviving life's shipwrecks

    04/20/2012 7:08:15 PM PDT · by hope · 7 replies
    WND ^ | 4/20/12 | Greg Laurie
    Greg Laurie contrasts 'prosperity preachers' with the troubles of Paul In April 2008, I began teaching a series in the book of Acts at my church. Little did I know at the time that pretty much in the middle of that series, the greatest tragedy, trauma and shipwreck of my lifetime would take place. I have had my share of hardships in life – more than many, but not as many as some. I had hoped that maybe the big shipwrecks were over. I always knew there would be storms and difficulties in the Christian life, but hopefully no big,...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    04/20/2012 2:28:17 PM PDT · by Sopater · 2 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | April 20 | Henry Morris III, D.Min.
    Pay Attention April 20, 2012  "Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." (Philippians 4:9)  From earliest childhood, we learn by watching the actions and lives of others. First, of course, our parents, then our peers and educators, politicians, business leaders, musicians, celebrities--the list is nearly endless. We learn by what we receive, hear, and see.   Jesus said, "They shall be all taught of God" (John 6:45). The foundational learning process that enables the receiving and hearing of further truth must...
  • LCWR: getting to the truth of the matter (the blogosphere response to CDF document)

    04/20/2012 2:17:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    hancaquam ^ | April 20,
    Reactions to the CDF's assessment of the LCWR are flooding the Catholic blogosphere.   So far, 99% of these reactions have been predictably supportive of either the Left's narrative of Hierarchical Males Oppress the Alternative Spiritualities of Women or the Right's narrative of Holy Mother Church Finally Punishes Naughty Daughters. There have been a few reactions that hit closer to the truth of the matter. Tom McDonald makes a point that needs to be repeated like the "Hail Mary": The LCWR is a toxic organization that has slowly poisoned the church since the 1970s. . .They do not represent the 60,000+ women’s religious...
  • Medieval Abbot's Grave Uncovered

    04/20/2012 2:08:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | April 19, 2012 | SHAWN TRIBE
    Extraordinary discovery of 12th century abbot's grave For something like seven centuries he had lain undisturbed. He – or at least his remains – survived Henry VIII’s destruction of his abbey in 1537, eluded the grave-robbers that followed, and avoided discovery by Victorian archaeologists. Even deep excavations and the underpinning of the crumbling building in the 1930s failed to unearth him. But the abbot who headed Britain’s second richest and most powerful Cistercian monastery may soon be unmasked... [...] The skeleton of a portly figure was discovered almost by fluke when emergency repairs had to be made to the abbey...
  • When God says “No”

    04/20/2012 1:52:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 19, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is common for all of us to have to struggle as to the great mystery of God’s providence and will. If it is not our own struggle then we must often commiserate with others who are in distress. One person is losing her young daughter to cancer, a friend is struggling to find work, still another has a husband who is drinking. Some will say to me, “I’ve been praying, Father. Nothing seems to happen.” I am not always sure what to say and God doesn’t often explain why we must suffer, or why he delays, or why he...
  • Peoria Bishop Under Fire For Obama-Hitler Comparison

    04/20/2012 1:38:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    cbslocal ^ | April 19, 2012
    Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky (CBS) CHICAGO (CBS) – The Roman Catholic bishop of Peoria has set off a firestorm of controversy, comparing President Obama’s policies to those of Hitler and Stalin.Bishop Daniel Jenky made the comment Sunday. As the crowds who gather round him will attest, he is a firebrand outside and inside the pulpit.“Hitler and Stalin at their better moments would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care,” Jenky said over the weekend. “In clear violation of our constitutional rights, president Obama with...
  • Bashir Uses Book Of Mormon To Sentence Romney To Damnation [For Lying...per Lds 'scripture' verses]

    04/20/2012 12:45:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | April 19, 2012
    On his MSNBC program this afternoon Martin Bashir not only accused presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of lying, but dragged Mormonism into the fray. "It doesn't matter how many times he hears the truth, Mitt Romney prefers to tell lies," Bashir said after castigating Mitt Romney as a liar three times. "Which brings us to the moral codes of Mormonism that Mr. Romney claims to live by. In Section 63, in verse 17 of the Doctrine and Covenants of the Mormon Church we find this: 'All liars, and whosoever loveth and and maketh a lie, and the whoremonger, and...
  • Prayer request for my brother

    04/20/2012 9:29:07 AM PDT · by DukeBillie · 45 replies
    April 20, 2012 | DukeBillie
    This is my first prayer request on FR. My brother has had MS for 20 years. He has been on permanent disability for 15. Two weeks ago he had surgery to reattach a pump that is connected to his spine. Yesterday they discovered he has an infection in his spinal cord from the first surgery. They are going to perform another surgery today. He is truly my hero, a very decent family man and devote Christian. He never complains. Instead of saying Why me? he says Why not me? It had to happen to someone. I can handle it. His...
  • Michael Savage Is Wrong About The Bible

    04/20/2012 7:11:13 AM PDT · by WXRGina · 44 replies
    For Freedom – Galatians 5:1 ^ | April 18, 2012 | Michael D. Day
    Let me be clear: I love Michael Savage. He is a great champion of traditional conservatism and a defender of America and freedom. On most points, I stand shoulder to shoulder with him. However, in his latest book, Trickle Down Poverty (an absolute must read for all freedom-loving Americans) he misrepresents the Bible. In chapter three, page 63, addressing “Christian terrorism”, he points out that the Koran instructs, “smite an infidel and put a knife to his neck”, adding, “If you look at the Old Testament of the Bible, it has similar edicts.” While I agree with his main point,...
  • Complaint Filed With IRS Over Homily by Peoria Bishop

    04/20/2012 7:05:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/19/12 | Manya A. Brachear
    <p>A prominent advocate for the separation of church and state filed a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service Thursday, accusing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria of violating federal law by intervening in a political campaign.</p> <p>The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, alleges that a fiery homily by Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky last Sunday effectively urged Catholics to vote against Obama in the 2012 presidential election.</p>
  • Raising the Bar: Christianity and Liberal Arts in the University

    04/20/2012 6:58:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 5/19/12 | Randall B. Smith
    I fear we Christians have lived so long in the shadow of the Enlightenment that, in our apologetic mode, we sometimes forget something we should undoubtedly remember: that in an earlier time, the question was not (as it so often is now) “Can a great university be Christian?” but rather “Can a great university be anything other than Christian?”But let me be clear about the question. I’m not asking whether it’s possible to have some sort of vague collection of departments brought together under the auspices of a common financial administrator and with a common devotion to a central heating...
  • Belonging Without Believing [Ireland]

    04/20/2012 6:49:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/19/12 | Michael Kelly
    While 84 percent of Irish people self-identify as Catholics, support for key Church teachings is at an all-time low.During a meeting at the Vatican in 1946, Msgr. Giovanni Battista Montini—the future Pope Paul VI—told Ireland’s ambassador to the Holy See, “You are the most Catholic country in the world!” The latest figures from the country’s census show that, in some respects at least, Ireland remains an overwhelmingly Catholic country. Bucking a trend all across Western Europe, the census recorded that the Catholic population in Ireland rose by around 5 percent from 2006-2011. Eighty-four percent of Irish people now describe themselves...
  • China’s Church: Awakening the Dream of Hope

    04/20/2012 6:42:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/17/12 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    There is plenty of bad news to be heard about Catholics in China. But there is good news that usually goes unreported.Courage in a Time of UncertaintyAristotle famously wrote that, “Hope is a waking dream.” Hope, to indeed be hope, must awake; it must be a dream that is made real. China’s dreams for religious freedom and tolerance have for nearly a century been slumbering under a strong anesthetic, but recent months have shown slow but tangible signs of waking. China’s Catholics have embraced the “new evangelization,” and have decided that, as J R. R. Tolkien once said, “There is...
  • The test of the 'Eighth Day' is one of a lifelong struggle to prevail over the pitfalls of life

    04/20/2012 6:36:49 AM PDT · by Former Fetus
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4/20/2012 | Rabbi Berel Wein
    Full title: The test of the 'Eighth Day' is one of a lifelong struggle to prevail over the pitfalls and vicissitudes of life and its constant problems The name of this week's Torah portion, Shemini, is taken from the description of the events that transpired on the eighth day after the dedication and opening of the services of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the desert. The term "eighth day" means more than just the count of the number of days that elapsed since the Tabernacle came to life and to service. It signifies the moment that euphoria ends and reality sets...
  • CAMPAIGN AGAINST JON STEWART BEGINS (Graphic content)

    04/20/2012 6:36:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic League ^ | April 19, 2012 | Bill Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:Jon Stewart refused to apologize last night for the unprecedented assault on Christian sensibilities he launched on April 16. In that episode, “The Daily Show” featured a naked woman with her legs spread and a nativity scene ornament placed between her legs; with the picture on the screen, Stewart laughed at what he called the “vagina manger.” To see the picture, click here.Our effort against Stewart includes asking his most consistent sponsors to pull their advertising (if necessary, we are not ruling out a boycott of their products), and a lengthy public relations...
  • Two Things Conservative Catholics Should Stop Doing

    04/20/2012 5:25:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 4/19/12 | Bonchamps
    Has the title of this blog post got your attention? Good. Many of this blog’s regular readers and com-boxers could be classified as conservative Catholic, myself included (though I do my best to elude fixed categories). So I hope you will take this to heart, and maybe even take the debate outside the confines of this blog if you feel so moved. I like Bill Donohue. I sympathize with him and his organization, The Catholic League. I share many of their sentiments, including outrage and disgust, whenever the media decides to take another whack at Christianity. So I certainly don’t...
  • ‘New Law Will Compel Churches to Offer Same-Sex Marriages’ [UK]

    04/20/2012 5:18:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/20/12 | Simon Caldwell
    David Cameron will not be able to exempt the Churches from a duty to offer marriages to gay couples, a senior Catholic barrister has warned. Neil Addison, the director of the Thomas More Legal Centre, said that the Prime Minister’s assurances to the Church that they would not be compelled to perform religious marriage for gay couples are worthless. He said two judgments by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg combined with a Court of Appeal ruling in 2010 clearly showed that the Government would be acting illegally if it legalised civil gay marriages without permitting them on...
  • Islamic genocide: 1912 - 2012 = at leat 12 Million victims

    04/20/2012 5:04:14 AM PDT · by Milagros · 13 replies
    Islamic genocide: 1912 - 2012 = at leat 12 Million victims 1.) Targeting Christians (750000 Assyrians, 500000 Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians.* = 2.7 million) by Islamic Turkey (as an ethnic cleansing* as well as a jihad*), was genocide! 2.) Annihilating 3 million * Bangalis in 1971 by Pakistanis who thought they are ethnically and religiously inferior or not "pure"*, was genocide. 3.) Massacring three million of Igbo/Biafrans between May 30th 1967 and January 1970 by the Islamic government of Nigeria * was genocide. 4.) Targeting by apartheid* Syria, Arab-Islamic Alawites supremacists upon Sunnis to kill as many as possible...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (4/20/12)[Prayer]

    04/20/2012 4:37:17 AM PDT · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/20/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Isaiah 49 Promise to Zion 14 But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, And the Lord has forgotten me.” 15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. 16 “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me. 17 “Your builders hurry; Your destroyers and devastators Will depart from you. 18 “Lift up your eyes and look around; All of them gather together, they come...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 20, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/20/2012 4:20:49 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    He Delivers You from All Today's Scripture “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Isn’t it good to know that we serve a Deliver? You might feel afflicted today, but God is working to bring you out of that difficult situation. It may not be in the way you thought, but you have to trust that God has your best interest at heart. An affliction is defined as the cause of persistent pain or distress. I know that afflictions can take...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 20, 2012]

    04/20/2012 4:20:05 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Can a Saint Falsely Accuse God? "All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen . . ." —2 Corinthians 1:20 Jesus’ parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25:14-30 was a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacities. This parable has nothing to do with natural gifts and abilities, but relates to the gift of the Holy Spirit as He was first given at Pentecost. We must never measure our spiritual capacity on the basis of our education or our intellect; our capacity in spiritual things is measured on the...
  • Why Mitt Romney Is Hobbled by His Mormon Faith [Lds prophet's son calls Christians 'corrupt']

    04/20/2012 3:28:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 33 replies
    Spiegel ^ | April 19, 2012 | Gerhard Spörl
    SNIP ...Could anybody seriously object to such a candidate? The answer...: Yes, they can. Among the main objectors are Baptists and Evangelical Christians...as well as members of the Tea Party...Together, they form a majority within the Republican Party, and they are all suspicious of Romney because he's...Mormon. Traditionalists hold that Mormons like him are not Christians because they claim that God was a human being and that human beings can be gods... Romney is too cautious to confidently address the issue of his faith. Nevertheless, his friends are telling him that the only way to make peace with the religious...
  • The First Lady's Curious Theology

    04/19/2012 11:20:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2012 | Rev. Michael Bresciani
    In America we elect presidents, we don't worship them. But the Weekly Standard blog offered a headline on April 17, 2012 that seemed to contradict this traditional practice. In a short piece by Daniel Halper the headline was "Michelle Obama: 'This President Has Brought Us Out of the Dark and Into the Light' If it were not a direct quote taken from Michelle Obama's rally speech at a campaign event in Nashville, Tennessee earlier the same day, we could only imagine that some virulent anti-Obama politico went too far and just made up a false and despiteful headline to hurt...
  • The Anti-Mormon Moment: LDS critics capitalize on Romney's GOP nom [Shine light on dark UT corner]

    04/19/2012 9:03:29 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 41 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | April 18, 2012 | Eric S. Peterson
    When presidential contender Rick Santorum bowed out of the GOP White House race April 10, it cleared the way for Mitt Romney’s all-but-inevitable nomination. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will for the first time see one of the faithful nominated for president by a major political party. But while the faithful rejoice, so do the church critics, whose cries of hosanna may be just as loud as LDS members’. For them, Romney’s nomination is an opportunity for the nation to finally pick up on their rebuke of the church’s beliefs and practices, as a wider...
  • Test of Fire

    04/19/2012 8:33:24 PM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2012 | Various
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  • On the Apostles' Response to Persecution

    04/19/2012 8:23:46 PM PDT · by ELS · 10 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 19, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Apostles' Response to Persecution "In the face of trial, they pray, they get in touch with God" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave at the general audience Wednesday. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, After the great feasts we return to the catechesis on prayer. In the audience before Holy Week we reflected on the figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary, present in the midst of the apostles when they were awaiting the descent of the Holy Spirit. An atmosphere of prayer accompanied the Church’s first steps....
  • Be in the world and not of the world! Believe and follow JESUS and this is possible.

    04/19/2012 8:14:30 PM PDT · by jesus4life
    FAITH | GOD-inpsired
    Love the LORD with all your heart and love thy neighbor. Remember and believe what HE says, does, and lived and all we need to do is do the same; eternal life is our promise.
  • Updated: The Mormons (Part III) [Counterfeit Christianity evidenced by anemic blood of Christ]

    04/19/2012 7:31:52 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    Fetch Your News.com (Fannin County, GA) ^ | April 16, 2012 | Ralph Barker
    In the first two parts of this series we discussed Mormonism’s positive points including its belief in a strong family unit, impressive missionary activities, and an exemplary moral code. We discussed its founder, Joseph Smith, and the history of the Mormon faith. Today we will look at what clearly sets Mormonism apart from other traditional Christian denominations; its theology. Here we cannot escape controversy. Facts are facts and history is history. There is far too much material to detail in this short presentation, but I will highlight just a few of the areas that most Christians would consider the most...
  • A Defense of Monergistic Regeneration

    04/19/2012 7:20:55 PM PDT · by armydoc · 24 replies
    monergism.com ^ | Gannon Murphy
    Is the saving grace of God irresistible or resistible? Moreover, is the regenerating power of God installed in the believer's life before or after the decision is made to receive Christ as Savior?
  • Colson Associates Expect His Imminent Death

    04/19/2012 6:54:44 PM PDT · by sreastman · 6 replies
    Fatih Issues ^ | 4/19/2012 | Priosn Fellowship
    Colson Associates Expect His Imminent Death Faith Issues/DeMossNews.com "It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother and founder will soon be home with the Lord," said Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, in a statement. Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, gave the following update Wednesday to the staff and supporters of Prison Fellowship, Justice Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview: "Dear Friends: It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother and founder will...
  • Family Research Council Sues Over Decision to Ban Bibles from Walter Reed

    04/19/2012 6:51:41 PM PDT · by sreastman · 9 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/19/2012 | Christian Newswire
    Faith Issues/Christian Newswire Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the US Department of the Navy on behalf of the Family Research Council (FRC). The FOIA lawsuit, (Family Research Council, Inc. v. Department of the Navy (No. 1:12-cv-00589)), seeks access to records concerning a policy announced in a September 14, 2011, memo issued by the Commander of the Walter Reed National Military Medial Center banning the use and/or distribution of Bibles and other religious items during visits with wounded, ill or...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 19, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/19/2012 4:04:43 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    How Will You Accomplish Your Dreams? Today's Scripture “ ‘...Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you facing a situation that seems impossible? Have you been fighting a battle for a long time? The key is: don’t go around talking about how big the problem is. Don’t go around confessing that you’re never going to make it. No, start declaring, “The gracious hand of God is upon my life!” When you realize God’s hand of favor is upon you, you will accomplish...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 19, 2012]

    04/19/2012 4:03:11 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Beware of the Least Likely Temptation "Joab had defected to Adonijah, though he had not defected to Absalom" —1 Kings 2:28 Joab withstood the greatest test of his life, remaining absolutely loyal to David by not turning to follow after the fascinating and ambitious Absalom. Yet toward the end of his life he turned to follow after the weak and cowardly Adonijah. Always remain alert to the fact that where one person has turned back is exactly where anyone may be tempted to turn back (see 1 Corinthians 10:11-13). You may have just victoriously gone through a great crisis,...
  • Catholic Teaching and Healthcare Reform: The Proper Role of Government

    04/19/2012 3:40:02 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 16 replies
    Life And Liberty/ SummorumPontificum.net ^ | April 2012 | Mark Chuff and Mark Frederick
    Thursday, April 19, 2012 Catholic Teaching and Healthcare Reform: The Proper Role of GovernmentBy Brian Kopp The following full page ad is being run in newspapers in Altoona, Johnstown, and Pittsburgh PA by our local pro-life group. Anyone who would like to use this for advertisements in their own market is free to use/reproduce the text of this ad:       In adhering to the doctrine of the Church, Catholics must follow specific moral teaching relative to the life issues (i.e. abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, etc.), and Catholic social teachings which include the person, society and the role of...
  • Radical feminist nuns’ group ‘stunned’ by Vatican criticisms, reform plan

    04/19/2012 3:19:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 54 replies
    Life News ^ | 4/19/2012 | Hilary White, Rome Correspondent
    VATICAN CITY, April 19, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The announcement yesterday by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) that one of the most notoriously liberal radical feminist organizations in the American Catholic Church is to be the subject of a major reform effort has been met with surprise from the group and condemnation from some of its members. An initial statement from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) leadership says they are “stunned” by the critical comments made by the CDF in their doctrinal assessment. The CDF had specifically criticized the organization for its refusal to...