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  • An ‘Error Message’ on the Screen of Western Civ (RTS Chancellor on the importance of a work ethic)

    10/12/2012 6:08:35 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 11 replies
    Reformed Theological Seminary ^ | 12/31/2011 | Dr. Michael Milton
    An ‘Error Message’ on the Screen of Western Civ? The Most Important Question Facing us in 2012 is more than an Election The most important question of the coming year is not “who will be the next occupant of the White House?” The single most important matter before us all is a question of value. It is a question that may be stated, “Will the Western world embrace the very thing that holds it together. Or will it continue the denial of the obvious and seal its inevitable decline?” Let me explain. In historiography – the study of history –...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(10/12/12)[Prayer]

    10/12/2012 5:46:19 AM PDT · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/12/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Isaiah 54:17 17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.Isaiah 54:17 God Bless America!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/12/12)[Prayer]

    10/12/2012 5:33:58 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/12/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El ElyonGenesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. Melchizedek was a Priest of "El Elyon". This Means "The Most High God", the Supreme Being, The Almighty and Eternal God. In his wanderings, Abraham encountered many kings and priests and religious leaders. But Melchizedek stands out because he was a priest of The One True God, The Only God, God Most High, El Elyon.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 12, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/12/2012 4:46:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Dream Day Today's Scripture Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint… Proverbs 29:18, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I have friends who run an orphanage in a very poor nation. Every Friday they go down to the slums and take the children to the beach. They call it “Dream Day.” As the children play in the sand and water, as they look at the beautiful ocean and watch the magnificent sunsets, they talk to them about how God knew them before they were formed in their mother’s womb, how they have seeds of greatness...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 12, 2012]

    10/12/2012 4:44:03 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Getting into God’s Stride "Enoch walked with God . . ." —Genesis 5:24 The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening. A person’s worth is revealed in his attitude toward the ordinary things of life when he is not under the spotlight (seeJohn 1:35-37 and John 3:30). It is painful work to get in step with God and to keep pace with Him— it means getting your second wind spiritually....
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (10/12/2012)[Prayer]

    10/12/2012 4:01:56 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 8 replies
    10/12/12 | 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...
  • Medicine Is In Your Mouth

    10/12/2012 12:03:36 AM PDT · by Frank Broom · 7 replies
    10-12-12 | Frank Broom
    One of the most important things people overlook in dealing with sickness is what they speak out of their mouth. You can't just speak anything because your words have an effect on your body. In the book of James he says, if you offend not in word, you are able to bridle your whole body. He also goes on to say your tongue is like the rudder of a ship, so if you want to go from sickness to healing then you are going to have to set your tongue to healing and not sickness. In 1Peter 3:10 he says,...
  • Vatican II at 50

    10/11/2012 10:05:15 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/11/12 | Kenneth J. Wolfe
    Vatican II at 50By Kenneth J. Wolfe Fifty years ago today the Second Vatican Council began with a clear indication of who had gained control of the Catholic Church’s direction. From the Latin Mass to meatless Fridays to the concept of salvation, numerous components of the faith were set to be reformed, led mostly by clerical academics who had served on preparatory commissions. So powerful were they that Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, a conservative who headed what is now the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (which the future Pope Benedict XVI would later lead), was vocally heckled and silenced...
  • Islamic-Fascist dehumanization of non-Muslims

    10/11/2012 5:31:15 PM PDT · by Milagros · 7 replies
    ISLAMIC-FASCIST DEHUMANIZATION OF NON-MUSLIMS -- NON-MUSLIMS ARE (plain) ANIMALS Senior Iran cleric calls non-Muslims "animals" Nov 20, 2005 – Iran Focus  Tehran, Iran, Nov. 20 – A senior Iranian cleric said on Sunday that all non-Muslims were “animals engaged in corruption” and defended the path of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as the only path to heaven.  Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati who heads the powerful Guardians Council and is a close adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a gathering of Revolutionary Guards commanders, “Human beings, apart from Muslims, are animals who roam the earth and engage in corruption”.  Jannati was speaking at...
  • Pope acknowledges "bad fish" in Church

    10/11/2012 4:54:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/11/12
    Pope Benedict urged lapsed and lukewarm Roman Catholics on Thursday to rediscover their faith but acknowledged there are "bad fish" in the Church itself. The pope made his comments at two large events before thousands of people in St. Peter's Square on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, a far-reaching event in the Church's 2,000-year history. "Recent decades have seen the advance of a spiritual desertification," he said in his sermon of a morning Mass, opening a worldwide "Year of Faith". "We see it all around us ... the void has spread," he said. The...
  • Forming a Catholic Conscience

    10/11/2012 2:04:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | October 11, 2012 | Randall Smith
    Now I know why Lincoln lost to Douglas. Several weeks ago, a column appeared here in which I suggested that a Catholic with a properly formed conscience cannot vote for a candidate who favors abortion over one who favors restricting it, any more than a Catholic with a properly formed conscience could have justifiably voted for a pro-slavery or pro-Nazi candidate in times past.   The response suggests it’s easy to lose sight of what’s truly important in a mass of secondary issues.Some suggested that I had compared Obama with Hitler, even though the president’s name didn’t appear anywhere in the...
  • What St. Paul’s example as both believer and Bishop can teach us about authority

    10/11/2012 1:41:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the readings for daily Mass the past few days we have been reviewing the faith journey of St. Paul who describes his personal history and also his authority in the second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. The story is interesting for three reasons. It can help correct notions that some have of PaulÂ’s rapid assent to the office of apostle (Bishop) and affirm that he was not a lone-ranger apostle. He was a man who was formed in the community of the Church for some length of time, and did not go on Mission until he was...
  • Pope Benedict XVI: May Al-Rab (not Allah) Bless You

    10/11/2012 1:21:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 11, 2012 | Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.
    CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - On the Commonweal magazine blog, Michael Peppard posted an article entitled "Pope Benedict: 'May Allah bless you all!" While it is unquestionably true that the Holy Father gave a blessing Arabic, he did not say "May Allah bless you all!" as Peppard states. Peppard says in his article that there is only one word that could have been used by the Pope, and that word was "Allah." But in fact, the whole article is built on a faulty premise.  There are other words that may be used to refer to God other than Allah,...
  • The State-Sponsored Fairy Tale

    10/11/2012 12:48:23 PM PDT · by Guido2012 · 35 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 10/11/12 | Tony Caruso
    Evolution is the proverbial big lie. It is told over and over again by government bureaucrats, teachers, scientists, university professors, news anchors, and others who should know better. It remains unchallenged in the public arena because no dissent is permitted to this state religion. Like most government lies, particularly those it tells school children in order to perpetuate Marxism into the next generation, the theory of evolution enjoys near-sacred politically correct status. It is not to be questioned. Those who do so will be scorned by the establishment as uneducated zealots, marginalized as pariahs in the world of political discourse,...
  • Request for Calvinists to help "Freep" a "Two Kingdoms" blog opposing Christian pastors in politics

    10/11/2012 11:27:52 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 19 replies
    Presbyterian Blues ^ | 10/11/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Fellow Calvinists on the Great Reformed Ping List, I need some help. Go to this website, run by a lawyer who is also an Orthodox Presbyterian elder, and you'll see what is being advocated by prominent people in Calvinist circles today who are seriously arguing not only that the church ought to steer clear from political positions but also that Christians ought not to use their Bibles when they enter the civil realm.
  • Preaching the Real Gospel Brings Persecutions {from the church}

    10/11/2012 10:15:05 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 1 replies
    From 1739 onward, Wesley and the Methodists were persecuted by clergymen and magistrates for various reasons. Though Wesley had been ordained an Anglican presbyter, many other Methodist leaders had not received ordination. And for his own part, Wesley flouted many regulations of the Church of England concerning parish boundaries and who had authority to preach. This was seen as a social threat that disregarded institutions. Ministers attacked them in sermons and in print, and at times mobs attacked them. Wesley and his followers continued to work among the neglected and needy. They were denounced as promulgators of strange doctrines, fomenters...
  • Why Would God Give America Obama or Romney?

    10/11/2012 10:06:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/09/2012 | By Wallace Henley
    If Mitt Romney is elected president of the United States, his religion, a serious, cultic distortion of the Bible and history in the eyes of many evangelicals, will have new standing and credibility, and likely experience an acceleration of its already fast expansion. Under Romney, some policies may languish in the swampy squish of centrism, one that embraces elements of Obamacare. If his leadership in Massachusetts is a sample, Romney may attempt to combine statist, modified Keynesian economics with Reaganesque supply-side policies, a mixture of oil and water. He is untested on national defense and foreign policy. If President Obama...
  • How Arius the Heretic Died in a Bathroom Before Receiving Holy Communion

    10/11/2012 9:43:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | 10/11/12 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    Arius, the Heretic Who Died of a Wretched Bowel Problem There heretic Arius is one of the most interesting characters on the stage of history. Every December I write a tribute post to Saint Nicholas about the tradition of Saint Nicholas h-slapping (heretic slapping) Arius at the Council of Nicea in AD 325. Joseph Reidy, professor of history at If you know of any 18 year olds looking for a traditional Catholic college, please send them our way.) As you know, Arius divided the Church and Empire of the fourth and fifth century by claiming that the Divine Logos, Jesus...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALUMBRADOS, 10-11-12

    10/11/2012 9:18:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALUMBRADOS A loosely organized group of spiritual persons in sixteenth-century Spain, condemned many times by the Inquisition, who taught that once a person attains the vision of God's essence in this life he can dispense with all external means of sanctification. Vocal prayer, the use of the sacraments, the practice of justice and charity, penance and bodily mortification become unnecessary. Perfect souls need give themselves only to mental prayer and ecstatic contemplation, which unite them so intimately with God that they lose personal liberty and individuality. In the state of perfection a man becomes incapable of...
  • Negative Political Ads Are Useful!

    10/11/2012 8:25:34 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789
    CSTNews ^ | October 12, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Political ads should never be vile, vicious, or vulgar but informative, instructive, and inspiring. Negative ads are very desirable and necessary to have an informed electorate. Most Americans never read anything except the sports page and comic page and watch reruns of “I Love Lucy” for the 18th time so they need to get all the information they can before they vote. That means: hit them hard, hit them early, but don’t hit them below the belt. The non-thinking do-gooders are clamoring for a ban on negative ads but to suggest a ban is incredible. What about the Bill of...