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  • Record number of justices attends Red Mass

    10/01/2012 4:07:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Cath News ^ | October 1, 2012
    Six of the nine Supreme Court justices attended the annual Red Mass at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Sunday.The event’s speakers spoke about using faith in decision-making but largely stayed away from the controversial issues the court will face in the coming months.Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice Elena Kagan all attended the 60th annual Mass. This was Kagan’s first Red Mass.Having six justices in attendance ties a record set in 2009. The only justices to not attend this year...
  • The Blood Paid Your Debt

    10/01/2012 3:40:56 PM PDT · by Frank Broom · 13 replies
    10-01-12 | Frank Bromm
    There are people that don't fully understand what the blood of Jesus has already done for them. So, they continue to live as if Jesus never shed his blood. But, he did and he did it for a reason, for you. You see sin calls for punishment and the punishment for sin is death. Now, that doesn't mean just physical death. It includes all the things that came as the result of sin (sickness, depression, poverty, fear, and everything else). Those things are punishment for sin. Now, the scripture says God is the judge of all the earth and he's...
  • Egypt: The International Welfare Window is Closed!

    10/01/2012 2:52:59 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 7 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | September 30, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Muslim fanatics throughout the Middle East have taken time from beating their wives to riot, burn, kill, and destroy American property. Their leaders in Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia have tethered their camels and come in from the desert to lecture Americans on free speech, dignity, and film making. Those Muslim leaders want the UN to criminalize blasphemy against the Koran, Islam, and Mohammed using the amateur, anti-Muslim film by a Coptic Christian (who immigrated to America) as a justification for their demands. At the same time they make their demands about insulting the Koran, they insult our Constitution! I am...
  • Mid-East Prophecy - September 30th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    10/01/2012 2:26:24 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 30, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy - September 30th, 2012 Pastor JD talks about the prophetic significance three speeches given at the UN General Assembly.
  • Warning Letter to 60,000 Pastors: Were Watching What You Preach

    10/01/2012 1:06:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies ^ | 9/29/12 | Rebecca Hamilton
    Americans United for Separation of Church and State evidently sent copies of this letter to 60,000 pastors recently. Its important to remember that Americans United is not an official agency of any governmental entity. This letter has no force of law and is just their opinion. Our local AU affiliate here in Oklahoma has sent similar letters to pastors in my House district in the past. The pastors I talked to about it tell me they threw it in the trash.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PAIN OF SENSE, 10-01-12

    10/01/2012 8:32:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 10-01-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PAIN OF SENSE The suffering in hell caused by some agent called "fire" in Scripture, external to the person and secondary to the main punishment, which is the loss of God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Cheerleaders temporarily allowed to use Bible-verse banners at football games

    10/01/2012 8:07:10 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 13 replies
    Global Post ^ | September 30, 2012 19:40
    Cheerleaders at Kountze High School in southeast Texas were banned last week from displaying banners with inspirational Bible passages on them at football games, Fox News reported. But now a judge has granted a temporary restraining order that will let them to display the signs until a hearing on the matter takes place Oct. 4. In September, the Kountze Independent School District told the cheerleaders to stop using the religious banners, which the Kountz High football team runs through at games, after the Freedom From Religion Foundation accused the students of violating the Constitution, the Houston Chronicle reported. **SNIP** The...
  • Christian Growth in the Heart of Islam; Kazakhstan; and the Butler's Trial

    10/01/2012 7:04:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/30/12 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Media theorists like to talk about the power of a "narrative," meaning a storyline that's often more influential than reality in shaping perceptions. For instance, violent crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, yet popular psychology, shaped by Quentin Tarantino and "CSI," remains gripped by a narrative of pervasive danger.{C} Pope Benedict XVI recently returned from his fourth trip to the Middle East, where there's a strong Christian narrative these days: decline and possible extinction. Given the steep drop in the native Christian population, some fear the region will soon be a "spiritual Disneyland," full of holy...
  • Grenade Hits Kenyan Sunday School

    10/01/2012 6:53:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | 9/30/12
    NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A grenade attack on a Catholic church Sunday school in Kenya killed one boy and critically injured six other children, the Red Cross said. The attack happened around 10:30 a.m. at the St. Polycarp Catholic church in Nairobi and was immediately blamed on Somalia's al-Shabaab Islamist militants, the BBC reported. Nairobi Police Chief Moses Ombati told the Sunday Nation newspaper some of the injuries were caused by a panic stampede after the blast.
  • Pope: There May be Something Catholic, Even Outside the Catholic Church

    10/01/2012 6:49:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Asia News ^ | 9/30/12
    Christians should not be jealous of the good that is done outside of the Catholic Church. Instead, the good that is done by the various ecclesial realities within the Church should be respected and appreciated. Using wealth "in solidarity and for the common good, ensuring equality and morality, at all levels." Appeal for refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tomorrow the Pope returns to the Vatican.Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) - "Just as one can find that which is not Catholic in the Catholic Church - that is, in the Church -, one can also find something that may be Catholic...
  • New Jersey Archbishop Myers: Catholics Who Back Gay Marriage Should Not Receive Holy Communion

    10/01/2012 6:45:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 9/27/12 | John-Henry Westen
    NEWARK, NJ, September 27, 2012 ( - On Tuesday Newark Archbishop John J. Myers released a pastoral letter calling on Catholics, especially Catholic politicians, who do not accept the teaching of the Church on marriage, to in all honesty and humility refrain from receiving Holy Communion. The Archbishop said that to continue to receive Holy Communion while so dissenting would be objectively dishonest. The New Jersey prelate made a distinction between those struggling at times unsuccessfully against sin, and those who would willingly oppose Church teaching. He said: there is a difference between trying to live the whole Gospel while...
  • Vatican in Row Over 'Drunken Tourist Herds' Destroying Sistine Chapel's Majesty

    10/01/2012 6:29:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9/29/12 | Tom Kington
    Author Pietro Citati calls for limit on crowd numbers to preserve Michelangelo's art in Vatican City, RomeA fierce row has broken out over the future of the Sistine Chapel, after one of Italy's most respected writers slammed it as an "unimaginable disaster" where tourists resemble "drunken herds". Centred on the image of God reaching out to give life to Adam, the chapel ceiling is renowned as Michelangelo's masterpiece and offers a defining image of the Christian faith. But as the crush of visitors grows year by year, this home to Michelangelo's majestic 16th-century frescoes often feels more like a packed,...
  • Buddhist Statue Made From Meteorite

    10/01/2012 6:24:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 10/1/12 | AP
    <p>An ancient Buddhist statue that a Nazi expedition brought back from Tibet shortly before World War II was carved from a meteorite that crashed on Earth thousands of years ago.</p> <p>What sounds like an Indiana Jones movie plot appears to have actually taken place, according to European researchers publishing in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science this month.</p>
  • State Will Keep Believers Safe From Attacks - Kremlin

    10/01/2012 6:19:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/1/12
    Moscow, October 1, Interfax - The government will keep believers safe from attacks, said Kremlin chief of staff Sergey Ivanov. "The state will use the force of law in its entirety to defend our citizens' religious feelings and our national and spiritual values from blasphemy and insult," Ivanov said in Moscow on Monday, opening the 16th Frontiers of History - Frontiers of Russia World Russian People's Assembly. History must be remembered, including the dramatic 20th century history, "when erosion of the spiritual foundations marked the beginning of the nation's breakup and plunge into revolutions, tremors and civil confrontation," he said....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (10/1/12)[Prayer]

    10/01/2012 4:47:20 AM PDT · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/1/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jerusalem In The Scriptures Nehemiah Inspects Jerusalems Walls 11. I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12. I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on. 13. By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 1, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/01/2012 4:39:09 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Dont Let Others Limit Your Dreams Today's Scripture What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify Gods faithfulness? (Romans 3:3, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have the opinions of other people caused you to water down your dreams? There will always be critics and naysayers in life. Its not whats said about you that affects your life, but what you say and believe about yourself. One of the most important things you can learn is that other people dont have to believe in you in order for your dreams to come to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 1, 2012]

    10/01/2012 4:37:03 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Place of Exaltation ". . . Jesus took . . . them up on a high mountain apart by themselves . . ." —Mark 9:2 We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But God will never allow us to stay there. The true test of our spiritual life is in exhibiting the power to descend from the mountain. If we only have the power to go up, something is wrong. It is a wonderful thing to be on the mountain with...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (10/1/2012)[Prayer]

    10/01/2012 4:17:59 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 9 replies
    10/1/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings,10-01-12, M,St. Thrse of the Child Jesus, Virgin&Doctor/Church

    09/30/2012 8:34:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies ^ | 10-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 1, 2012 Memorial of Saint Thrse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading 1Jb 1:6-22 One day, when the angels of God came to present themselves before the LORD,Satan also came among them.And the LORD said to Satan, "Whence do you come?"Then Satan answered the LORD and said,"From roaming the earth and patrolling it."And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job,and that there is no one on earth like him,blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?"But Satan answered the LORD and said,"Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing?Have...
  • In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins

    09/30/2012 8:08:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Gallup ^ | 06/02/2012 | Frank Newport
    Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God's guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.
  • "Rejoice...Be Wholly Happy", Says the Bible on Sukkot - Tonight

    09/30/2012 3:55:27 PM PDT · by jjotto · 11 replies
    israel National News ^ | 9/30/2012 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Jews world over have built their sukkot, chosen their "4 species", and are ready to fulfill the Bible's command to rejoice on this festival. Sunday evening at sundown is the start of the holiday of Sukkot (Tabernacles), one of the three major festivals (shlosha regalim) of the Jewish calendar in which, in Temple days, the Jewish People were enjoined to "go up to Jerusalem." Sukkot, coming immediately after the solemn month of Elul and the High Holydays, is the holiday on which the Bible encourages all of us to "be wholly happy". In recognition of that joy, the entire Halled...

    09/30/2012 2:56:08 PM PDT · by RichSr · 6 replies
    MY HEART | 09/30/2012 | Rich Sr
    ANOTHER REQUEST FOR OUR NATION Father, GOD, Creator, Yahweh, Jehovah Jireh, I pray that YOU will hear us as many of us lift our hearts to YOU, There are still many of us who are trying to do right by YOU. We know you are the true and just and only GOD. YOU started watching over us so many centuries ago; even before we were aware of how wonderful YOU a re. Many of us understand that what we deem bad things may be happening soon: so let me now Bless you because You are You. You Spoke and light...
  • The great Church scholar who lived in a cave for 32 years

    09/30/2012 2:44:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 30, 2012
    Tintorettos painting of the ascetic and acerbic St Jerome Jerome (c 347-420), the greatest scholar among the Church Fathers, made the Latin translation of the Bible which became known as the Vulgate.He was, however, a contentious individual, with a penchant for sarcasm which readily created enemies. If he will only conceal his nose and hold his tongue, he wrote of one opponent, he might yet be taken as handsome and learned.Jerome was born at Stridon, near Ljubljana in modern Slovenia. He was not baptised until he went to study in Rome as a teenager.His early propensity for idleness and amusement...
  • The Three Kings Of Daniel 11 (Dispensational Caucus)

    09/30/2012 2:37:04 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 7 replies ^ | 9/29/2012 | Jack Kelley
    The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place". (Daniel 11:36) At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. (Daniel 11:40) Three separate...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes And Our Nation

    09/30/2012 12:59:04 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 12 replies
    9-30-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with You. Do not be Dismayed; I am Your God. I will Strengthen you; I will Help you; I will Uphold you with My Victorious Right Hand.
  • The Unseen Force Of Faith

    09/30/2012 12:07:54 PM PDT · by Frank Broom · 5 replies
    09-30-12 | Frank Broom
    The tittle may sound a little strange, but that's how I want you to view faith. Not just something cute that you keep in your heart, but a force. A force is defined as- Capacity to do work or cause physical change; strength; power. I like that, cause physical change. Let me tell you where I got the tittle, I was watching television one day and I happened to come upon a compass. So, I picked it up and started to move around the room with it and as I moved that compass moved. And the Holy Spirit quickened my...
  • Theologians Find Matthew Vines' 'Homosexuality Is Not a Sin' Thesis Not Persuasive

    09/30/2012 7:48:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/30/2012 | Lillian Kwon
    Editor's Note: This is part two in a three-part series that will feature both sides of the debate on the Bible and homosexuality. The series launched with an interview with Matthew Vines. This second story features responses from evangelical theologians. Ending the series will be guest contributions from Christians who have chosen not to engage in homosexuality and those who don't believe a gay lifestyle conflicts with the Bible. "Being gay is not a sin" is the mantra that one young Harvard student is trying to promulgate. But while Matthew Vines has attracted a growing following with what some are...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (9/30/2012)[Prayer]

    09/30/2012 7:13:14 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 18 replies
    9/30/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • From Prospect to Priest: Grant Desme Leaves the A's, Becomes a Monk and Tries to Find His Peace

    09/30/2012 6:25:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/27/12 | Jess Passan
    SILVERADO, Calif. On the morning Grant Desme ceased to exist, he was at peace. He spent years searching for serenity, convinced it was coming soon, next, now. It never did. Life was a blaring stereo, and he had become numb to its noise. The sound finally abated when he arrived here. He believed God muted it. So on Christmas Eve two years ago he and seven other men marched into the church at St. Michael's Abbey and readied for a transition the church considered spiritual death. Grant Desme would go by another name. His plainclothes would become a head-to-toe...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/30/12)[Prayer]

    09/30/2012 5:13:22 AM PDT · by left that other site · 21 replies
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jerusalem In The Scriptures Artaxerxes Sends Nehemiah to Jerusalem 1. In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before, 2. so the king asked me, Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart. I was very much afraid, 3. but I said to the king, May the king live forever! Why should my...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 30, 2012]

    09/30/2012 4:25:07 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Assigning of the Call "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . ." —Colossians 1:24 We take our own spiritual consecration and try to make it into a call of God, but when we get right with Him He brushes all this aside. Then He gives us a tremendous, riveting pain to fasten our attention on something that we never even dreamed could be His call for us. And for one radiant,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-30-12, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/29/2012 9:28:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies ^ | 09-30-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 30, 2012 Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1Nm 11:25-29 The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses.Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses,the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders;and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied. Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad,were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp.They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent;yet the spirit came to rest on them also,and they prophesied in the camp.So, when a...
  • Muslim Criticism of U.S.: Like a Skunk Accusing a Rabbit of Having Bad Breath!

    09/29/2012 9:09:11 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 3 replies
    CSTEWS ^ | September 28, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    The Prime Minister of Turkey and other non-thinkers want us to believe that hatred of Jews for being Jews is equivalent to criticizing a group for what they believe, teach, and practice! Someone has some screws loose. They tell us the UN effort to Ban criticism of Muslims worldwide is a civil rights issue. No, it is a Protect-Islam-at-all-costs-since-Islam- cant-be-defended-rationally issue. It is pointed out that Pakistan and other nations have laws about speaking ill of the prophet or the Koran. Oh, yes, Pakistan is a great example for us! Like honor killings of daughters if they are raped! Or...
  • At U.N., Muslim world questions Western freedom of speech

    09/29/2012 7:48:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 28, 2012 | John Irish
    Muslim leaders were in unison at the United Nations this week arguing that the West was hiding behind its defense of freedom of speech and ignoring cultural sensitivities in the aftermath of anti-Islam slurs that have raised fears of a widening East-West cultural divide. A video made in California depicting the Prophet Mohammad as a fool sparked the storming of U.S. and other Western embassies in many Islamic countries and a deadly suicide bombing in Afghanistan this month. The crisis deepened when a French magazine published caricatures of the Prophet. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said it was time to...
  • What the Schneck?: Medicaid's good justifies abortion's evil

    09/29/2012 4:58:39 PM PDT · by qwertyz · 21 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Oct. 1, 2012 | Jonathan V. Last
    What the Schneck? A Catholic University scholars data-free theory on Romney and abortion:Professor Stephen Schneck is a conundrum. Hes a Catholic who works for the Catholic University of America (CUA). But hes involved with the group Catholics for Obamadespite the church hierarchys view that the president is attacking the religious freedom of Catholics. Hes pro-life. But he supports Democratic politicians universallyeven though the party has become manifestly hostile to pro-lifers. Schnecks most puzzling contradiction is this: He claims that while Democrats support abortion rights, its really Republicans who cause abortions. Schneck is very specific about it. He has numbers. At...
  • A Doctors Ministry, Bridging Science and Spirit

    09/29/2012 3:58:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    The New York Times ^ | 9/21/12 | Samuel G. Freedman
    Forty years ago, long before the recent afternoon when Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky knelt at the warped feet of his 4-year-old patient, he was a small-town teenager approaching his Catholic confirmation and needing to select a patron saint. He made an unlikely choice, a newly canonized figure, St. Martin de Porres, the illegitimate child of a former black slave in 16th-century Peru. Back then, in the early 1970s, as the child of a factory worker and a homemaker, Joseph had no aspiration toward medicine. Nor did he know that Martin de Porres had been elevated to sainthood in part because of...
  • Russia and Islam: The End of Peaceful Coexistence?

    09/29/2012 3:50:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Until recently traditional Muslims and Salafists lived harmoniously side-by-side in Tatarstan. No longerFOR years Tatarstan was held up as a model of stability and tranquillity as the Muslim-majority republics of the Russian north Caucasus became embroiled in a separatist conflict that spawned a still-continuing civil war along religious lines. More than half of Tatarstans 4m people are Sunni Muslims who have long enjoyed friendly relations with the rest of Russia. Kazan, the regional capital on the Volga river 450 miles (724km) east of Moscow, is a prosperous and attractive city. That sense of calm has changed since July, when assassins...
  • "Twelve things to know about angels"

    09/29/2012 1:56:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | September 29, 2012 | Peter Kreeft
    As today is the Feast of of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels, here is a popular post years I am "recycling" for those who missed it before. It is an excerpt from Angels (and Demons): What Do We Really About Them? (Ignatius Press; 2004, sixth printing) by Peter Kreeft:The Twelve Most Important Things to Know About Them 1. They really exist. Not just in our minds, or our myths, or our symbols, or our culture. They are as real as your dog, or your sister, or electricity. 2. Theyre present, right here, right now, right next to you, reading...
  • Christian Groups Petition Hobby Lobby Over HHS Lawsuit

    09/29/2012 12:43:20 PM PDT · by jr48154 · 24 replies
    Charisma News ^ | Sept. 28, 2012 | Gina Meeks
    Christian activists are demanding Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. drop its lawsuit opposing the Health and Human Services preventive services mandate. The Rev. Lance Schmitz, pastor of the Capitol Hill Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma City, Okla., was turned away from Hobby Lobby's headquarters Thursday when he attempted to deliver a petition. I thought they'd let me drop off the package, Schmitz said. I thought a Christian business would be interested in hearing from a pastor with a petition signed by thousands of people of faith. I guess Hobby Lobby is more interested in using their faith to score political...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/29/2012 11:35:34 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    September 29, 2012 | Irish Rose
    O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit. Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:3-5)
  • Pueblo councilman wants to keep prayer before meetings

    09/29/2012 10:54:19 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 1 replies
    KRDO-Colorado Springs ^ | September 29, 2012 | Lindsay Watts
    PUEBLO, Colo. - After a lawsuit threat from an atheist group, the city of Pueblo said it would get rid of the opening prayer at council meetings. But one council member says it's the wrong plan. Pueblo city leaders said they would replace the invocation with a moment of silence after receiving a letter earlier this month from watchdog group The Freedom From Religion Foundation. "We may need to improve our process and adapt so we are in compliance, and I think that's important," said council member Chris Nicoll. "But I don't want to do away with it completely." The...
  • Atheist Hate Group Attacks the Ten Commandments

    09/29/2012 8:08:24 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 29, 2012 | JP
    The Connellsville Area School District in Pennsylvania was sued this week in U.S. District Court for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments that has stood for more than 50 years on the grounds of its junior high school. That follows a similar federal lawsuit against the New Kensington-Arnold School District in Pennsylvania, which was filed two weeks ago, and which objects to display of the Ten Commandments in front of one of the districts high schools. Both legal actions were initiated by the so-called Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist hate group based in Madison, Wisconsin. It...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (9/29/12)[Prayer]

    09/29/2012 5:57:06 AM PDT · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/29/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jerusalem In The Scriptures Nehemiahs Prayer 1. The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah: In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, 2. Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. 3. They said to me, Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (9/29/2012)[Prayer]

    09/29/2012 5:43:58 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 12 replies
    9/29/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 29, 2012]

    09/29/2012 4:22:12 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Awareness of the Call ". . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! " —1 Corinthians 9:16 We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you received the call of God and can explain all about it, I question whether you have truly been called. The call of God does not come like that; it is much more supernatural. The realization of the call in a person’s life may come like...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-29-12, Feast, Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Archangels

    09/28/2012 8:31:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 09-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 29, 2012 Feast of Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael, Archangels Reading 1Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;His throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming,on...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes & Nation

    09/28/2012 7:59:36 PM PDT · by tajgirvan · 7 replies
    9-28-12 | tajgirvan
    Blessed be the Name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise, And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him. I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to...
  • Vatican Newspaper: 'Jesus Wife' Document a Fake

    09/28/2012 7:29:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/28/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A Vatican City newspaper has claimed that a controversial ancient document that alludes to Jesus possibly being married is a fabrication. L'Osservatore Romano ran an article by Alberto Camplani, a leading scholar on Coptic documents, who said that the Coptic papyrus recently unveiled as saying Jesus was married is a fake. "In spite of the drift in the media marked by tones which are quick to shock, unlike so many other items presented at the conference, the papyrus was not discovered in the process of excavation but came from an antiquarian market," wrote Camplani. "Such an object demands that numerous...
  • Crown Nominations Commission Deadlocked [new Archbishop of Canterbury]

    09/28/2012 7:25:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 9/28/12 | George Conger
    Selection of a new Archbishop of Canterbury delayed until the "Autumn"The Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) has been unable to agree upon a candidate for the post of Archbishop of Canterbury. This weeks third and final meeting of the CNC was to have provided two names to Prime Minister David Cameron a first choice and an alternate. However, on 28 Sept 2012 the Church of England press office released a statement at the close of the three day meeting of the Commission that indicated it had not been able to agree upon a candidate. The statement read: This week's meeting...
  • Ephesians 5:1-20 (New International Version)

    09/28/2012 3:19:56 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 1 replies
    New International Version ^ | between A.D. 60-63. | The Apostle Paul
    Follow Gods example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for Gods holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy personsuch a person is an idolaterhas...