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  • THE VIRGIN BIRTH: A MYSTERY TO BE CRIED ALOUD

    12/08/2012 7:18:22 AM PST · by HarleyD · 51 replies
    Reformed Perspectives ^ | 2002 | John Hartog III, TH.D.
    Reprinted by permission of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary's Faith Pulpit, December, 1999. The virgin birth refers to Mary's miraculous conception of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, without any male participation, so that, though the birth process was not unlike that of other humans, Mary was still a virgin when Jesus was born. This Biblical doctrine should be distinguished from the Roman Catholic tenets of Mary's immaculate conception and her perpetual virginity (Erickson, 179). The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception According to the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Mary was "preserved free from all stain of original sin"...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 8, 2012]

    12/08/2012 5:04:23 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Impartial Power of God "By one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified" —Hebrews 10:14 We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise to forget them, is the death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the result of our personal realization of the atonement by the Cross of Christ, which He has provided for us. “. . . Christ Jesus ....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/8/12)[Prayer]

    12/08/2012 5:02:11 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/8/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures AlmightyGenesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I [am] Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.
  • Jesus Visits Muslim in Prison

    12/08/2012 4:35:17 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 5, 2012 | Uploaded by SpiritRealm712
    Jesus Visits a Muslim in Prison (Testimony) What an amazing testimony, praise God!
  • Prayer's for a dear friend's husband

    12/07/2012 11:10:56 PM PST · by Salamander · 127 replies
    self | salamander
    Prayers for a dear friend's husband, please
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-12, Solemnity, Immaculate Conception

    12/07/2012 9:49:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-08-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8, 2012 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?"He answered, "I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself."Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with me--she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate...
  • Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate Conception

    12/07/2012 8:28:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 78 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | April 2003 | David M. Bristow
    Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate ConceptionDAVID M. BRISTOWWhy do Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception? The belief means that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved without sin for her entire life. It was Mary's closeness to Christ that made her receive God's "fullness of grace" to be sinless. Without God's grace, it would have been impossible for Mary to be sinless, and she too would be like the rest of humanity. However, because of her decision to say, "yes" in giving birth to Christ, she was given a special privilege by having no sin touch her. Catholics believe...
  • Prime Minister David Cameron Backs Gay Weddings in Church [UK]

    12/07/2012 6:39:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Evening Standard (UK) ^ | 12/7/12 | Joe Murphy
    David Cameron will risk a major battle with his party next week by backing gay weddings in churches, the Evening Standard can reveal. He will go further than ever in his modernising drive by saying religious groups should be allowed to host same-sex civil weddings in churches, synagogues and other religious buildings if they choose. Organisations that reject gay marriage, such as the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church, will have legal protection from being forced to host ceremonies against their wishes, the Prime Minister will pledge. Tory MPs will have a free vote on a Bill next...
  • The Christian Origins of Islam

    12/07/2012 2:32:57 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | December 7, 2012 | Peter J. Leithart
    Near the bottom of the pit of hell, Dante encounters a man walking with his torso split from chin to groin, his guts and other organs spilling out. See how I tear myself! the man shrieks. See how Mahomet is deformed and torn! For us, the scene is not only gruesome but surprising, for Dante is not in a circle of false religion but in a circle reserved for those who tear the body of Christ. Like many medieval Christians, Dante views Islam less as a rival religion than as a schismatic form of Christianity. A handful of Western scholars...
  • A Woman Wrapped in Silence A Consideration of a Brief Remark in Pope Benedicts New Book

    12/07/2012 2:08:04 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 6, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Along with many of you, I am reading Pope Benedict’s latest book, volume 3 of Jesus of Nazareth, on the infancy narratives. I was very moved at a very brief reflection that he made on Mary, as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider on her faith in a very touching manner. I must say that I have always been moved by the faith of the Blessed Mother and intrigued too, for she is a woman wrapped in silence. The Pope’s words capture both her faith and the mystery of her. Here is what the Pope says:I consider it...
  • Barna: Romney Got Lowest Level of Evangelical Support Since Bob Dole

    12/07/2012 12:49:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/07/2012 | Napp Nazworth
    Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president this year, received the lowest level of support among evangelicals of any Republican presidential candidate since Bob Dole in 1996, according to a report by Barna Group, a Christian polling organization. Romney received the support of 81 percent of evangelicals, compared to 88 percent for John McCain in 2008, and 83 percent and 85 percent, respectively, for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Only Dole received a lower level of evangelical support at 74 percent in Barna's polling. Barna's results differ from other polls showing Romney received a higher proportion of the...
  • Jamie Foxx Defends Calling Barack Obama 'Lord and Savior'

    12/07/2012 12:42:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/07/2012 | Christine Thomasos
    Jamie Foxx caused some controversy when he referred to President Barack Obama as "our lord and savior" at the 2012 Soul Train Awards, but the Academy Award-winning actor is defending his actions. Foxx, 44, drew criticism from the likes of Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, and Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California. Donohue has been vocal about protesting Obama's policies like the HHS Mandate and released a statement calling Foxx's remarks "startling." "It just goes to show that even though Obama did not succeed in stopping the oceans from rising (as...
  • New charity rules don't forbid state funding, Vatican official says

    12/07/2012 12:01:53 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Dec-6-2012 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- New rules issued by Pope Benedict XVI for the governance of Catholic charities will not prevent such charities from accepting government funding, so long as the funding does not entail conditions that conflict with church teaching, said the second-highest official of the Vatican office in charge of applying the new legislation. Msgr. Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, spoke to Catholic News Service about the pope's apostolic letter on the "service of charity," issued "motu proprio" (on the pope's "own initiative") Nov. 11, and released by the Vatican Dec. 1. The...
  • On abortion, on homosexuality and on abuse, the mainstream media has it in for the Catholic Church

    12/07/2012 11:39:10 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | December 7, 2012 | Tim Stanley
    People wonder why conservatives moan endlessly about what they label the mainstream media. One reason is that it often displays a subconscious prejudice against religion. Catholics, for example, are sometimes presented as misogynistic cultists with the blood of millions on their hands. To anyone who occasionally attends Mass, this can come off as rather insulting. Sorry, but were sensitive that way.Take the tragic case of Savita Halappanavar, who died earlier this year in a hospital in Galway, Ireland. Heres how The Guardian reported the story:Ireland's near-total ban on abortion has come under renewed scrutiny amid an outcry over the death...
  • Why Be Catholic?

    12/07/2012 9:52:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 55 replies
    Welcome to Catholics Come Home. Were here to help you begin or continue your faith journey, so you can find true peace, happiness and purpose in life. At Catholics Come Home, we are dedicated to presenting the honest truth about even very difficult subjects. We want to share with you the beautiful, historical and miraculous aspects of the Catholic Church. People who have taken the time to explore our site are surprised to find out that there is much more to Catholicism than they ever realized
  • Presbyterian leaders in Pittsburgh reeling from latest exodus [Presbyterian Caucus]

    12/07/2012 9:10:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 7, 2012 | Ann Rodgers
    Members of Pittsburgh Presbytery expressed grief and frustration with three churches that recently voted to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) without going through the constitutional process for doing so, while the church's national moderator, who coincidentally was at their regular meeting Thursday, said he had offered to meet with leaders of those churches and two others that are pursuing the formal process for leaving. [SNIP] Recently, Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church, Round Hill Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth Township and the First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown voted to secede without going through nine to 18 months of discussions with presbytery officials...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NICODEMUS, 12-07-12

    12/07/2012 8:15:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-07-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NICODEMUS A Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, who was intellectually in sympathy with Jesus but lacked the courage to become an avowed disciple. As recorded by the fourth Evangelist, he visited Jesus and questioned him about his teachings "by night," which suggests that it was a clandestine visit (John 3:1-2). He was a lone voice in the Sanhedrin, reminding his colleagues that should not condemn Jesus without giving him a hearing (John 7:50). Convincing evidence that he was at least a silent disciple is the fact that, when Joseph of Arimathea was burying the crucified...
  • Mormon church wants more compassion for gays

    12/07/2012 7:55:00 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 90 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 6, 2012
    Mormon leaders unveiled a new website Thursday encouraging church members to be compassionate in discussions about homosexuality.Church officials insist they haven't changed the Mormon teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman and that same-sex relationships are sinful.However, the website includes an appeal to gay and lesbian Mormons to stay in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.-SNIP-"We must not judge anyone for the feelings they experience," church authorities wrote, saying homosexuality "should not be viewed as a disease or illness."The website does not use the words "gay" or "lesbian," the terms preferred by the...
  • Fr. Michel-Marie, a Cassock in Deep Marseille

    12/07/2012 7:19:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 12/4/12 | Sandro Magister
    The life, works, and miracles of a priest in a city of France. Who has made the faith blossom again where it had witheredROME, December 4, 2012 The title of this article is the same one that "Avvenire gave to a feature report from Marseille by its correspondent Marina Corradi, in the footsteps of the pastor of a quarter behind the old port. A pastor whose Masses are crowded with people. Who hears confessions every evening until late at night. Who has baptized many converts. Who always wears the cassock so that everyone may recognize him as a priest...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/07/2012 6:48:10 AM PST · by Hiskid · 20 replies
    12/7/12 | 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...