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  • Smilingly Leading You to Hell

    11/09/2012 2:02:37 PM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Challies.com ^ | 11/05/12 | Tim Challies
    One of these is unlike the others: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, niceness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. According to Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia, all but one of these is what he refers to as the fruit of the Spirit, which is to say, visible evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian. If you are a Christian, your life will necessarily be marked by this kind of character. But which one is foreign to the list? Niceness. Humans seem to be naturally drawn to niceness. Niceness is comfortable. To be nice...
  • Pop Culture Presidency (what impact does personality have on the electorate)

    11/09/2012 1:45:43 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Splendor of Truth ^ | November 9, 2012 | Jeff Miller
    After election analysis can be interesting, but when it comes from the same people who got the pre-election analysis wrong it should be taken with many grains of salt. After election reactions can also be rather elitist. I know it is easy to want to disparage those who voted against a supported candidate in a “How dare you” tone. Political junkies kind of expect everybody else to be political junkies.Still I was trying to understand the dynamics of this election and was not really finding a key to understanding it. I was listening to Al Kresta and he said something...
  • Getting the Marriage Conversation Right (avoiding traps in the marriage debate)

    11/09/2012 1:17:30 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 8, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the most common and quickest traps and which most of us fall in the marriage debate about recognizing same-sex couples is that we allow the conversation to center around the couple themselves, that is, to center on the adults. But intrinsically marriage as an institution is not fundamentally about adults, it is about children.William May recently wrote a short book on this matter: Getting the Marriage Question Right: a guide for effective dialogue. I want to summarize one of the key points he makes.Marriage unites a man and a woman with each other, and any children born from...
  • What I think...

    11/09/2012 11:12:13 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 40 replies
    Holy Bible (KJV) | 09 Nov 2012 | US Navy Vet
    Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV) 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places I think that because of almost 1 Century of This country ignoring and abandoning G*D's for this country will he has let Satan have his way with us.
  • Churches Not Necessarily For Public Good, Says Charity Watchdog [UK]

    11/09/2012 9:37:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/4/12 | Rowena Mason
    The Church of England and other religious groups are not necessarily acting for the good of the public, Britain’s charity watchdog said in a decision letter.Its officials cited a tribunal ruling that religion is not always for “the public benefit” as it denied charitable status to the Plymouth Brethren, an exclusive Christian group, for one of its churches in Devon. In a letter to the Plymouth Brethren, the watchdog set out a recent tribunal decision that “there is no presumption that religion generally, or at any more specific level, is for the public benefit, even in the case of Christianity...
  • On God's Election of Obama

    11/09/2012 9:29:40 AM PST · by Arkansas Toothpick · 39 replies
    Parchment and Pen Blog ^ | November 7, 2012 | C. Michael Patton
    I have kept an eye on what people are saying in my circles about Obama’s re-election. Things don’t look too good there. Fear, anger, frustration, and hopelessness are filling the thoughts of those of us who are supposed to have the most hope. There is no time that the sin of idolatry comes to light more than after a Presidential election. One person I know says that they are taking off a week of work to recover. Another says they are leaving the country. Yet another says this is the downfall of America. It is the end. The downfall of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAETARE SUNDAY, 11-09-12

    11/09/2012 7:49:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): .subadimg { text-align:center; } .subadimg a img { border:none; }   LAETARE SUNDAY The fourth Sunday of Lent, when the introductory word of the Introit is laetare, "Rejoice O Jerusalem." As it is Mid-Lent Sunday, rose vestments are worn, flowers are permitted on the altar, and the organ is played. On this day the Golden Rose is blessed. The day is referred to also as Mediana, Mid-Lent, Mi-Caręme, Mothering, Rose, or Refreshment Sunday. See Also: GAUDETE SUNDAY All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with...
  • Catholics and Evangelicals: Past, Present, and Future

    11/09/2012 6:45:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 11/7/12 | Carl E. Olson
    An interview with Kenneth J. Collins, author of "Power, Politics, and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism"Kenneth J. Collins, PhD is professor of historical theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of several books, including The Theology of John Wesley (Abingdon) and The Evangelical Moment (Baker). His most recent book, Power, Politics, and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism (InterVarsity Press, 2012), is a history of American Evangelicalism from the late 19th century to the present day, focusing on the cultural influence and political fortunes of Evangelical Protestants; it also addresses many facets of Catholic-Evangelical relations....
  • Czech Parliament Approves Return Of Church Properties

    11/09/2012 6:31:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 11/9/12
    The Czech Parliament has approved a plan to return billions of dollars in church properties that were confiscated by the previous Communist regime. The Catholic Church in the Czech Republic has welcomed the deal, after years of negotiations. Under the legislation, churches will receive lands, properties and compensation worth some $7 billion over a period of 30 years. It includes about six percent of the country's forests and fields that once belonged to mostly Christian churches. That land, which was confiscated by the previous Communist regime after 1948, could in future be developed, rented or sold to help pay for...
  • Green Bay Diocese's Tax Status Challenged After Bishop's Voting Letter

    11/09/2012 6:27:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Green Bay | 11/8/12 | Paul Srubas
    Article cannot be posted due to copyright issues but click HERE for the full story.
  • We aren’t supposed to have wonderful lives (vanity)

    11/09/2012 6:26:38 AM PST · by EverHopeful · 7 replies
    It's fitting that we lament the uncountable violations of fundamental rights that will likely result from the last election, but it's foolish to despair. In fact, we should be glad and rejoice. We, in general, aren't supposed to have a long life, good health, a loving spouse, fantastic sex, nurturing parents, respectful children, wealth, power, fame, honorable leaders, civilized neighbors, wise teachers, an interesting career, empathetic supervisors, obedient subordinates, and so on. Future generations aren't supposed to have them either. We were created to be kind to the unkind, patient with the impatient, generous to the selfish, and even gentile...
  • Washington Bishops Seek Stronger Catechesis After Same-sex Marriage Vote

    11/09/2012 6:24:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    CathNews USA ^ | 11/9/12
    Voter approval of a Washington state referendum legalizing same-sex marriage was greeted by a call for “real and respectful dialogue in our church” by the organization of Catholics supporting Referendum 74 — and by bishops’ statements their sees to stronger catechesis on traditional and sacramental marriage. “We are very proud that Catholics around the country followed their consciences rather than the rigid position of the hierarchy, and their voting reflected the spirit of Catholic social teaching,” said the statement from Catholics for Marriage Equality Washington, alluding to other successful popular votes legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine and Maryland. “Sadly, our...
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem(11/9/12)[Prayer]

    11/09/2012 4:56:41 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/9/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Wonderful CouselorIsaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 9, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/09/2012 4:43:15 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | Joel Osteen
    The Gift Today's Scripture Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1, ESV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you see every day as a blessed gift from God? Many times when we hear this, we may be tempted to brush it off and say, “Yeah, yeah, I know. Every day is special.” But truly it is! God ordained this day before the foundation of the earth. He has already ordered blessings for you. He has already orchestrated the right opportunities for you. He has already made the right...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 9, 2012]

    11/09/2012 4:42:12 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Sacred Service "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ . . ." —Colossians 1:24 The Christian worker has to be a sacred “go-between.” He must be so closely identified with his Lord and the reality of His redemption that Christ can continually bring His creating life through him. I am not referring to the strength of one individual’s personality being superimposed on another, but the real presence of Christ coming through every aspect of the worker’s life. When we preach the historical facts of...
  • Corrupt Politicians Aren't the Problem....Just a Symptom of the Problem

    11/09/2012 1:54:39 AM PST · by goodn'mad · 18 replies
    Vanity
    Unless we have a national soul searching, life changing revivial, I'm afraid that our nation is at an end. Right has become wrong and wrong has become right. I don't think we are at the crossroads; we've already passed that with this election. The Lord is our only hope but you know, He always has been. We as a nation just haven't been listening. I'm as guilty as anyone. Regarding the election, Obama and the liberal senators who were just swept into office are not the problem. They are just a symptom of the problem. Our problem is a spiritual...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-09-12, Feast, Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

    11/08/2012 8:20:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-09-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 9, 2012   Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome   Reading 1 Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 The angel brought meback to the entrance of the temple,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the façade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple,south of the altar.He led me outside by the north gate,and around to the outer gate facing the east,where I saw water trickling from the southern side.He said to me,"This water flows into the eastern district down...
  • Russia Church Leader Embarks on Holy Land Visit

    11/08/2012 8:14:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Orthodox Church ^ | 11/9/12 | AFP
    MOSCOW (AFP)—Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday will make his first visit to the Holy Land since becoming head of the powerful church in 2009, in a trip which underlines his global influence as a religious leader. Kirill’s first official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories will be held “under the sign of peace,” spokesman of the Russian Orthodox Church, Father Alexander Volkov, told AFP. The visit will see Kirill meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres, the Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas and King Abdullah II of Jordan in a new sign of his importance as a global religious...
  • Following the Truth: One Way To Be Sure You’re Following God’s Will… [Catholic & Open]

    11/08/2012 7:07:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    http://www.followingthetruth.com/blog/ ^ | Apr 12th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    One Way To Be Sure You’re Following God’s Will… Apr 12th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  “Do you really believe God loves you? If you do, you know that everything that happens in your life is for your good. And it isn’t always a peaceful experience.” (Mother Angelica)How do I know what God wants me to do with my life? How can I be sure that I’m following His will?While this is a concern for anyone who is sincerely trying to follow the Lord, the answer is simpler than you realize. Although there are decisions that must be made in the course...
  • "The Om School Movement" By Dr. Peter Jones

    11/08/2012 6:28:20 PM PST · by truthxchange · 10 replies
    www.truthxchange.com ^ | Nov. 6, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Do you believe the claim Newsweek made in 2009 that “We are all Hindus now”? Phillip Goldberg does. In his book American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Has Changed the West (2010) he makes the compelling case that many Americans have adopted the spiritual Hindu principle of Advaita, meaning “not two,” and now believe that all is “one.” So Bill Clinton uses Eastern meditation, we speak freely of mantras, avatars, karma, mandalas, and…we practice yoga. Yoga is big in Southern California, even among Christians, and even in the schools. Is yoga just exercise, or is it part of the Hinduization of...