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  • Beautiful Choir Music

    11/20/2012 7:21:11 PM PST · by firerosemom · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | unknown | unknown
    thought I'd put up some peaceful music for a bit of an oasis for Thanksgiving - Sicut Cervus found on youtube - Happy Thanksgiving
  • In Election 2012's Aftermath, Biblical Christians Will Become Increasingly Marginalized

    11/20/2012 6:18:36 PM PST · by billflax · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/20/2012 | Bill Flax
    In the election’s aftermath, the culture war looks like a rout. Few ever relished this fight; most preferred simply to be left alone. We aren’t community organizers. Sadly, neutrality was not realistic. No, being Switzerland was never an option. By not defending America’s heritage of limited government, free markets and biblical morality, we’re being overrun a la Belgium. Powerful forces array. Christians consider this battle in spiritual terms. Conservatives sense a political donnybrook. Others deplore eroding standards of conduct and lost liberty. The Left vies for our children’s hearts, souls and minds. While no majority, progressives dominate the dissemination of...
  • Prayer Request; My Father has passed

    11/20/2012 5:29:49 PM PST · by darkwing104 · 139 replies
    Free Republic | 11/20/2012 | Darkwing104
    I just received a call that my Father passed today. Please pray for my Mother for strength. They were two weeks shy of their 55th wedding Anniversary. Thanks in advanced and God bless.
  • The Birth Of Cain And Abel...Genesis 4 pt 1

    And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.(Genesis 4:1-2)By now, Adam and Eve had been evicted from their home, the garden of delight, because of their sin. They were not allowed to remain, nor to eat of the precious “Tree of Life”, in fact it would have been spiritually disastrous for them to do so. They had rejected God’s glory. They chose not to...
  • Atheists Claim Abraham Lincoln as One of Their Own

    11/20/2012 1:47:47 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 69 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 20, 2012 | JP
    It never ceases to amuse – if not infuriate – how often atheists claim as one of their own much-revered historic figures who happen to make the news for some reason or another. So it was when Neil Armstrong went to be with the Lord this past August. So it was when Albert Einstein’s so-called “God Letter” went on auction last month. And so it is now with Abraham Lincoln. The nation’s 16th president is the subject of a new motion picture, helmed by Stephen Spielberg, the Oscar-winning director, with the screenplay penned by Tony Kushner, the Tony Award and...
  • I Once Debated dismissed Maryknoll Priest Roy Bourgeois on CNN Here’s the Video.

    11/20/2012 12:49:59 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 20, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ordination Debate
  • Church of England Narrowly Rejects Women Bishops

    11/20/2012 12:32:56 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    juicyecumenism ^ | November 20, 2012 | Bart Gingerich
    (Photo Credit: The Telegraph) Today, the General Synod for the Church of England rejectedthe ordination of women bishops by a mere handful of votes. So ends for now a nearly 12 year legislative process to upend standards for episcopal office. Much of the controversy surrounded the provision of stand-in bishops for parishes opposed to women’s ordination.Passage of the ordination innovations required a 2/3 majority in all houses. The votes were 44 for and two against in the house of bishops, 148 for and 45 against in the house of clergy, and 132 for and 74 against in the house of...
  • Zephaniah 2 - Gaza Shall Be Forsaken

    11/20/2012 12:07:14 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    Wrestlers Of Faith ^ | 11/20/2012 | Jamie Northrup
    Zephaniah 2: 1 Gather yourselves together… O nation not desired ; 2 Before the decree bring forth , before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you... 4 For Gaza shall be forsaken... 5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant. God’s word is clear. There will not be a...
  • Atheist group at Dartmouth plans anti Mother Teresa event

    11/20/2012 10:30:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 11/20/2012 | Oliver Darcy
    An atheist group at Dartmouth College is planning an event aimed at skewering the reputation of the late Mother Teresa. The Atheists Humanists Agnostics (AHA) club sent out a campus-wide e-mail announcing the program on Tuesday and promising a “full-out romp against why one of the most beloved people of the century, Mother Teresa, is as Hitchens put it… ‘a lying, thieving Albanian dwarf.’” The e-mail says the group plans to screen an anti-Mother Teresa film, discuss Hitchens’ book, Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and question how the public has been “conned into thinking this woman [Teresa]...
  • Bishop Gene Robinson Considers Vouchers to Religious Schools a 'Tragedy'

    11/20/2012 9:40:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/20/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    WASHINGTON – Gene Robinson, the first openly homosexual bishop in The Episcopal Church, believes that voucher programs that benefit religious schools are a "tragedy." The controversial bishop of New Hampshire told The Christian Post on Monday his views on vouchers at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress on the issue of poverty reduction. "I am a believer in public education and I believe every dollar diverted from public education either by religious schools or by charter schools is a tragedy," said Robinson. "[A voucher] takes away from this great mission that is so embedded in the life...
  • Judge Rules Nativity Scenes No Longer Allowed in LA Beach City Park

    11/20/2012 9:35:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/20/2012 | Alex Murashko
    The nearly 60-year tradition of a Nativity scene displayed at a park and hosted by a coalition of churches in Santa Monica, Calif., has ended after a federal judge ruled on Monday that the city can ban such displays. A controversy over the display about the birth of Jesus at Palisades Park erupted last Christmas season when an atheist group "manipulated" the city's lottery system for spaces, according to a nonprofit, resulting in only two booths for the Christian group that normally uses 14 booths for the various Nativity-related scenes. "It's a very sad day when a small number of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MALO ANIMO, 11-20-12

    11/20/2012 7:33:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-20-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MALO ANIMO With evil spirit or bad intention. An action done with malice and forethought, which increases the culpability. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • All Eyes on 'Game-Changer' Welby as Church Faces Final Showdown on Women Bishops

    11/20/2012 7:11:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/17/12 | John Bingham,
    The incoming Archbishop of Canterbury is preparing a personal plea to traditionalists in the Church of England to “go forward” with the idea of women bishops next week in an attempt to end years of wrangling over the issue.In what could be one of the most decisive interventions of his leadership – even before he takes over as Archbishop – the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, will urge doubters to back the measure in the name of unity. The vote at a special session of the Church’s General Synod in London will be the first test of...
  • At EU, Faithful Christians Need Not Apply?

    11/20/2012 7:06:39 AM PST · by marshmallow
    First Things ^ | 11/19/12 | Austin Ruse
    Eight years ago the European Parliament denied towering Italian intellectual Rocco Buttiglione a position as European Commissioner for Justice because of his faithful Catholicism. Asked in a hearing if he agreed with the Catholic Church’s teaching that homosexual acts are sinful, he said yes, he agreed with the teaching, but this would not prevent him from faithfully carrying out the laws of the European Union related to everyone including homosexuals. This was too much for the sexual left firmly ensconced in the European institutions, and Buttiglione was voted down. The event caused a scandal in Catholic circles and turned Buttiglione,...
  • Obsessed With Meetings

    11/20/2012 7:01:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 11/20/12 | Father Robert Barron
    Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Accordingly, there has been a good deal of commentary from historians, theologians and even from the handful of bishops and experts who actually participated in the Council five decades ago. I was particularly struck by an observation made by Fr. John O'Malley, the Jesuit historian who penned, some years ago, an influential book called What Happened at Vatican II? The Second Vatican Council, he said, was the largest meeting in the history of the world. Indeed, some 2,600 people -- bishops, theologians,...
  • Looking Back at Election Day

    11/20/2012 6:56:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic New York ^ | 11/15/12 | Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
    Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?The 2012 campaign is over, and the dust is settling. After asking me how our recovery from Hurricane Sandy is going, most folks these days then inquire about how I think “the Church did” on election day. Such a question usually triggers a mini-catechism lesson from me, as I reply that, actually, “the Church” wasn’t on the ballot, and the election was hardly a referendum on “the Church.” The Church, I go on, was founded by the one who stated that “My kingdom is not of this world,” and whose members consider the statement of...
  • Catholics Must Face Squarely the Dire Threat to Religious Liberty

    11/20/2012 6:03:52 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 20, 2012 | Rev. George Rutler
    Of the 427 weddings in my present parish during the past eleven years (I have lost count of all the others), the band—for want of a better word—at the most recent reception was the loudest I can remember. Conversation was impossible, so some of a certain age complained loudly but not loudly enough and others of a lesser age laughed at their complaints. I have come to realize that for many of them, conversation as an art is an unknown thing.This reminded me of the line about the morally tranquilizing effects of “intolerable music” in Solzhenitsyn’s 1978 Harvard Class Day...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 20, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/20/2012 4:42:05 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/20/12 | Joel Osteen
    Enter with This Today's Scripture Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria As believers, we have the honor and privilege to enter boldly into God’s presence. Scripture says that we can come to His throne of grace and receive His mercy. Because He loves us, He has given us unlimited access to Himself 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But notice that today’s verse tells us that we shouldn’t just come any old way to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 20, 2012]

    11/20/2012 4:39:29 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Forgiveness of God "In Him we have . . . the forgiveness of sins . . ." —Ephesians 1:7 Beware of the pleasant view of the fatherhood of God: God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That thought, based solely on emotion, cannot be found anywhere in the New Testament. The only basis on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ. To base our forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can forgive our sin and reinstate us...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/20/12)[Prayer]

    11/20/2012 4:08:23 AM PST · by left that other site · 30 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11.20/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures JudgeIsaiah 33:22 For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.