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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...