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  • Rejecting Synergism and Returning to Monergism

    12/09/2012 11:34:49 AM PST · by HarleyD · 28 replies
    Critical Issues Commentary ^ | Unknown | Bob DeWaay
    ”For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9) A key idea in the contemporary evangelical movement is that revival can be engineered. The Purpose Driven Web site says, “Peter Drucker called him [Warren] ‘the inventor of perpetual revival’ and Forbes magazine has written, ‘If Warren’s church was a business it would be compared with Dell, Google or Starbucks.’”1 The Purpose Driven movement can cite this business management guru approvingly only because they have a...
  • " It Will Take a Moral Movement "

    12/09/2012 7:53:19 AM PST · by virgil283 · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Christopher Chantrill
    " After the election, conservatives are still full of foreboding -- and also a pessimistic hope...... McLoughlin argues that the great reforms in North American history have always been preceded by a religious Awakening. Liberal economist Robert William Fogel was so impressed that he wrote The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism to warn liberals of the coming threat to their power...... What was going on just before the American Revolution? It was the massive Great Awakening led by the Wesley brothers and Jonathan Edwards. ......" ---This concept goes deeper than this article suggests. I would recommend this...
  • Bishop Joe Devine Attacks David Cameron’s Morals [UK]

    12/09/2012 6:38:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | 12/9/12 | Eddie Barnes
    THE tensions between Church and state have provoked their fair share of war and bad blood over the centuries. But an infuriated Catholic bishop in Scotland, appalled over social reforms being carried out by David Cameron, has taken things to a whole new level. In an intemperate two-page letter to the Prime Minister, Bishop Joe Devine of Motherwell has accused him of being “out of his depth” and suggested he is “devoid of moral competence” over his attitude to Christianity. Not only that, he also tells Cameron that he is responsible for a political culture in which “words mean nothing”...
  • Healing Priest Fr. Suarez reaches out to Fil-Ams

    12/09/2012 6:28:42 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Asian Journal ^ | 12/8/12 | Mico Letargo
    LOS ANGELES – Renowned Filipino healing priest Fr. Fernando Suarez recently reached out to Catholics in Los Angeles -- Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike. Although he made a few stops in some other places in the west coast, one of the notable events in his 2012 ministry was his Dec. 5 healing mass at the St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Reseda. In an exclusive interview with Asian Journal, Fr. Suarez admitted that the reception of the people to his ministry has been very overwhelming. “I think you can attest to that because there are so many people everywhere I go....
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Coptic Church

    12/09/2012 6:07:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Coptic Church 1251. I have read recently that the Abyssinians belonged to the Coptic faith, the earliest sect of the Christian denominations, to which all the Christian world adhered until the rise of the Church of Rome. It is true that the Abyssinians belonged to the Coptic Church. But the rest of the statement is erroneous. Firstly, a sect is a group of dissentient people who abandon a previous position in order to set up a new form of Church. If the Coptic Church were the original Church to which the whole Christian world adhered, then it is not a...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/9/12)[Prayer]

    12/09/2012 5:57:23 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/9/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The Small, Still Voice1 Kings 19:11-13 King James Version (KJV) 11. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12. And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 9, 2012]

    12/09/2012 4:30:48 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Opposition of the Natural "Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires" —Galatians 5:24 The natural life itself is not sinful. But we must abandon sin, having nothing to do with it in any way whatsoever. Sin belongs to hell and to the devil. I, as a child of God, belong to heaven and to God. It is not a question of giving up sin, but of giving up my right to myself, my natural independence, and my self-will. This is where the battle has to be fought. The things that are right,...
  • Zetsche, Mercedes-Benz Deliver New Popemobile

    12/09/2012 12:12:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    BenzInsider ^ | December 8, 2012 | (Ryan)
    The new specially-made Popemobile was delivered recently in Rome, straight to Pope Benedict XVI himself. On hand was Daimler AG chairman and Mercedes-Benz Cars Head, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, to personally deliver the special vehicle to the head of the Catholic Church at the Vatican. … The vehicle, which is a modified M-Class, comes with a ‘diamond white’ paint job and has a reduced height. Mercedes-Benz has been working on the vehicle for some 9 months prior to delivery. …
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-09-12, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/08/2012 8:46:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-09-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9, 2012 Second Sunday of Advent   Reading 1 Bar 5:1-9 Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery;put on the splendor of glory from God forever:wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,bear on your head the mitrethat displays the glory of the eternal name.For God will show all the earth your splendor:you will be named by God foreverthe peace of justice, the glory of God's worship. Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights;look to the east and see your childrengathered from the east and the westat the word of the Holy One,rejoicing that they are remembered by...
  • Immaculate Mary

    12/08/2012 8:23:14 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Donald R. McClarey
    Something for the weekend. There can only be one song on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Immaculate Mary. A Lourdes hymn, it was probably first sung in 1873. No one really knows who wrote the lyrics of the hymn although it has been attributed to Abbe Gaignet, a priest of Lucon. The melody is from a traditional Pyrenean song. It has long been a favorite hymn of Catholics in America. The belief that Mary was conceived without the taint of original sin had its champions long before it was proclaimed as dogma of the Church in 1854 and some...
  • Governor Palin: Happy Hanukkah

    12/08/2012 8:12:52 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 20 replies
    Motivation Truth via Sarah's Facebook ^ | December 8th, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    Todd and I and our family wish a very Happy Hanukkah to all throughout the world who gather this week to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with our friends in Israel who in a special way embody the Hanukkah message by being a light of freedom in a region too often darkened by chaos and oppression. May that light shine ever brightly. - Sarah Palin
  • Healing Is On The Table

    12/08/2012 6:01:46 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 5 replies
    12-08-12 | Frank Broom
    One of the biggest misconceptions about healing is that because I have a pain or sickness I need God to heal me. But, let me give you an example or parable-let's say a person is hungry so they go to a resturant, the waitress takes their order, goes back and gets the food, and brings it to him and puts it on the table. Now, once she provides him with his order he is considered served. Now, the food is right there in front of him, he can see it, he can smell it, he can feel the heat coming...
  • Former Episcopal priest grateful to Pope for Catholic ordinariate

    12/08/2012 2:34:25 PM PST · by NYer · 73 replies
    cna ^ | December 8, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Former Episcopal priest Larry Gipson. CNA file photo. Houston, Texas, Dec 8, 2012 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Former Episcopal priest Laurence Gipson, who became Catholic in October, says his reaction to the Catholic ordinariate for former Anglicans is one of “gratitude.” “The ordinariate, I think, is a wonderful opportunity for people like me, Anglican clergy and Anglican laity, who are seeking Catholic faith,” he said. On Jan. 1, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI established the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter to allow Anglican and Episcopalian groups in the U.S. to become Catholic as groups, not only as...
  • Catholics, Protestants, and Immaculate Mary

    12/08/2012 2:24:39 PM PST · by NYer · 4,999 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 8, 2012 | David G. Bonagura, Jr.
    Do Catholics worship Mary? This question is as old as the Protestant Reformation itself, and it rests, like other disputed doctrinal points, on a false premise that has been turned into a wedge: the veneration of Mary detracts from the worship of Christ. This seeming opposition between Mary and Christ is symptomatic of the Protestant tendency, begun by Luther, to view the entirety of Christian life through a dialectical lens – a lens of conflict and division. With the Reformation the integrity of Christianity is broken and its formerly coherent elements are now set in opposition. The Gospel versus the...
  • Tufts Univ. reinstates Christian ministry

    12/08/2012 2:09:44 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 12-7-12 | Leigh Jones
    Student religious groups should not have to appoint leaders who do not share their beliefs, a student judiciary at Tufts University announced on Wednesday (Dec. 5). It was a big victory for a Christian group on campus that had lost official recognition in October. Like several other private colleges, Tufts has an "all comers" policy that requires official student organizations to be open to all students for both membership and leadership, regardless of beliefs. But in reviewing a discrimination complaint filed against Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF), the largest evangelical group on the Medford, Mass., campus, the Tufts Committee on Student...
  • On Strange Names and the Curse of Individualism

    12/08/2012 12:50:55 PM PST · by NYer · 171 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 7, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Living and working the African American Catholic Community I have been subject to some time with names that are often unpronounceable. It is a controversial practice even in the Black community for parents to name their children all sorts of crazy, made-up names that are often intentionally misspelled.DeQuanna, Sharkeisha, LaDarrius, Shamyra, Marketta, Shontella, LaRochelle, Shandrika, Charmonique, Myosha, LaKeisha, DeQuan, Rhondella, Raviona, Rominthia, Tomika, LaVenia, Trishela, LaTasha, ABCDE, Tyeisha, Mootron, Knoshon, Keyshawn, Tarquisha, Q’J'Q’Sha, Laquintas, Jamarcus, JoNathans, et al.I trip over this especially at Baptisms when I am supposed to solemnly pronounce the name of the child. Even after the irritated...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/08/2012 10:52:11 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    December 8, 2012 | Irish Rose
    Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (Isaiah 46:9-10)
  • Priest remembers Alfred Hitchcock's faith

    12/08/2012 10:15:04 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | Deember 8, 2012 | Carl Bunderson
    New York City, N.Y., Dec 8, 2012 / 06:06 am (CNA).- In a Dec. 6 article for the Wall Street Journal, Jesuit priest Father Mark Henninger recounted his time with famed director Alfred Hitchcock towards the end of his life. In 1980, Fr. Henninger was invited by his friend Father Tom Sullivan to visit Hitchcock's house in Bel Air, Calif. one afternoon to say Mass there. Recalling his introduction to the director that day, Fr. Henninger said that “Hitchcock awoke, looked up and kissed (Father) Tom's hand, thanking him.” The priest noted that seeing scripts from Hitchcock's films, such as...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SANTA CRUZ, 12-08-12

    12/08/2012 9:01:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SANTA CRUZ "Holy Cross." A mission church founded on September 25, 1791, on Monterey Bay at Santa Cruz, California. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • History, Reality and Prophecy

    12/08/2012 8:59:16 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 7 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | December 7, 2012 | Jack Kinsella
    Israel promised to respond to the UN General Assembly's recognition of Palestine as a state, in violation of the Oslo Agreement, by building an additional 3,000 settlement units on land claimed by the Palestinians. This immediately prompted cries from the Arab League-dominated UN about Israel's "expansionist" policies requiring immediate UN intervention. The UN General Assembly voted to recognize Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders. If they are pre-1967 borders, then what does that mean? It means the borders which existed prior to the Six Days War, which means the borders as they existed in 1948. Let's fire up the WayBack...
  • 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 Journey…The 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 1 Gn 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 Benedict’s 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 we’re sensitive that way.Take the tragic case of Savita Halappanavar, who died earlier this year in a hospital in Galway, Ireland. Here’s 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. We’re 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...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/7/12)[Prayer]

    12/07/2012 5:44:36 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/7/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Shiloh Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 7, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/07/2012 4:44:47 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/7/12 | Joel Osteen
    Reach Out Today's Scripture “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The way to tell how mature you are is by the way you treat people who can’t do anything for you. We can all be kind to the boss. He may give us a promotion. We can all be friendly to the popular person at school. If they like us, everybody will be our friend. That’s easy. But if we’re going to live...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 7, 2012]

    12/07/2012 4:43:06 AM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    Repentance "Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation . . ." —2 Corinthians 7:10 Conviction of sin is best described in the words:My sins, my sins, my Savior, How sad on Thee they fall.Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (see John 16:8). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a person’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that person’s relationship...
  • Baptist World Alliance observes United Nations Human Rights Day Dec 9th

    12/07/2012 2:58:44 AM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | 6.Dec.2012 | Bob Allen
    Timed nearest to the anniversary of the Dec. 10, 1948, adoption of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, Human Rights Day has been sponsored for more than 20 years by the Baptist World Alliance . This year the date coincides with a BWA delegation visiting Nigeria, Dec. 4-10, to observe Human Rights Day and draw attention to episodes of violence committed by extremist rebels in northern and central Nigeria. “As people of faith, there should be continuous encouragement to pray for and act on behalf of all people facing human rights threats and violations in different parts of the world,”...
  • Pakistan's Shia genocide

    12/07/2012 12:46:55 AM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 26.Nov.2012 | Murtaza Hassan
    In the days leading up to the religious holiday of Ashura, leading members of the Pakistani Shia community in Pakistan received anonymous text messages warning of violence to come: "Kill, Kill, Shia". In recent years,Ashura - has become an annual flashpoint in Pakistan's increasingly sectarian and violent religious culture. .., this year's Ashura in Pakistan signified a continuation of the country's spiral into self-destructive communal violence A suicide bomber in the city of Rawalpindi hurled a grenade into the midst of a Shia procession before detonating his vest and killing 23 people, while other attacks throughout the country from Karachi...
  • Knights of Columbus members are Asked to Donate thier Columbia Magazines to Catholic Organizations

    12/06/2012 8:23:14 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies
    Knights of Columbus To inform Catholics about important issues and raise awareness of the Knights of Columbus and its work, Spirit of Christ Council 12979 in Arvada, Colo. donated Columbia magazine subscriptions to the libraries of local Catholic high schools, colleges and student centers. Each month, the council also collects back issues of Columbia from members and places them in church lobbies and public libraries. A printed label covers the donor’s address and invites eligible men to join the Knights. With the permission of your church’s office, find a place where you can put the back issues of your Catholic...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-12, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    12/06/2012 7:32:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-07-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2012   Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church   Reading 1 Is 29:17-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:But a very little while,and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,and the orchard be regarded as a forest!On that day the deaf shall hearthe words of a book;And out of gloom and darkness,the eyes of the blind shall see.The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.For the tyrant will be no moreand the arrogant will have gone;All who are alert to do evil will be cut...
  • Soldiers starving for spiritual support

    12/06/2012 7:02:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicHerald.com ^ | 11-28-12 | CHELSEA WEIKART
      Soldiers starving for spiritual support MP3 players loaded with spiritual material bring faith to the frontline.   CHELSEA WEIKART Catholic News Service   WASHINGTON — American troops have a strong presence around the globe, serving in 75 percent of the world's countries, yet "one soldier told me they are starving for spiritual support," said Cheri Lomonte, founder of Frontline Faith. The Catholic nonprofit organization gives MP3 players loaded with the Mass, stories and prayers to active-duty members of the military. In the two years since its founding, Frontline Faith has distributed 30,000 MP3 players. The organization started with Lomonte,...
  • Requiescat in pace: Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing"

    12/06/2012 6:13:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    InsightScoop.typepad.com ^ | December 2012 | Carl OIson
    Requiescat in pace: Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing" Dave Brubeck, legendary jazz pianist and pioneer, died earlier today on the cusp of his 92nd birthday. From the Chicago Tribune: Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd. Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure, en route to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” said Gloyd. Throughout his career, Brubeck defied...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Jesus Christ: How is he true God and true man?

    12/06/2012 5:35:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    SanCarolo.PCN.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...