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  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 11, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/11/2012 4:43:45 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 12/11/12 | Joel Osteen
    Don't Get Stuck in the Past Today's Scripture Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The very moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we instantly become a new creation. Our spirits are made alive in Him, the old passes away, and His peace fills our hearts. Of course, everything in your life doesn’t change instantly. Some things do, but some things God will do in your life over time as...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 11, 2012]

    12/11/2012 4:41:20 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Individuality "Jesus said to His disciples, ’If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself . . .’ " —Matthew 16:24 Individuality is the hard outer layer surrounding the inner spiritual life. Individuality shoves others aside, separating and isolating people. We see it as the primary characteristic of a child, and rightly so. When we confuse individuality with the spiritual life, we remain isolated. This shell of individuality is God’s created natural covering designed to protect the spiritual life. But our individuality must be yielded to God so that our spiritual life may be brought forth into...
  • Prayer Request For A Friend (Vanity)

    12/11/2012 4:34:22 AM PST · by poobear · 37 replies
    I humbly ask FReeper Prayer Warriors to Pray for my friend (K). He has had elevated PSA levels and is finally going in to find out if the dreaded 'C' is present tomorrow. K is way too young for this and is quite worried as he has 3 children who are dependent on him. I have been Praying for K daily but I could use some help guys. May G-d Bless all of you! Poobear...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-11-12, OM, St. Damasus I, Pope

    12/10/2012 9:47:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-11-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 11, 2012   Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent   Reading 1 Is 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;The rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory...
  • Would you please pray for my family member?

    12/10/2012 9:08:42 PM PST · by Winstons Julia · 70 replies
    12/10/12 | winston's julia
    My family member has lived with crippling back pain for years. They have done surgeries, but some have been botched. She has been living on pain killers. Tomorrow they are going to try to put a direct line into her spinal cord, or something... so that the meds can go right in.
  • Handwringing about homosexuality

    12/10/2012 7:45:16 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 73 replies
    Renew America ^ | Dan Popp
    Christians are sometimes challenged as to why we so strongly oppose the normalization of homosexual behavior. After all, there are worse sins — and more imminent threats to national security. Before I begin my answer, as I try to say whenever I write about this topic, the biblical view concerns homosexual acts — not homosexual people. The current paradigm that some are "born gay" seems to be less empirical than political. It's a weapon used to stifle discussion by intentionally confusing disapproval of a practice with hatred for a person. But even if people are born attracted to the same...
  • The Director and Stars of “The Hobbit” Share Thoughts on Bravery, Mercy and Tolkien’s Christianity

    12/10/2012 6:04:54 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies
    Patheos/Christopher Closeup ^ | December 10, 2012 | Tony Rossi
    The new film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (opening Dec. 14) has got action and adventure galore, just like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that preceded it. But the director and actors who worked on the movie are well aware of the deeper themes that lie at the heart of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), who authored all the original books, published between 1937 and 1955. At a recent press conference about the film in New York City, Richard Armitage, who portrays the Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield, said, “One of the things I find when I look...
  • Russian Solidarity for French Church

    12/10/2012 3:22:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Russia's Orthodox Church has pledged "solidarity and support" for the Catholic Church in France in its campaign against a bill to allow same-sex marriage by the Socialist Government of President Francois Hollande. In a letter, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the Moscow Patriarchate's external relations director, praised Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, president of France's bishops' conference, for his "consistent and uncompromising" opposition to same-sex marriage which represented "the truly Christian view" on the issue. He told the cardinal the Moscow Patriarchate was ready to work with French bishops "to protect the Gospel's ethical values". The Russian prelate added: "It is gratifying that...
  • The Rise of American Power in the Curia [Olmstead to Rome]

    12/10/2012 3:20:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 12/7/12 | Marco Tosatti
    The Bishop of Phoenix, Olmsted, will soon be officially announced as the new Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated LifeThe official announcement of the appointment of the Bishop of Phoenix (Arizona) Thomas J. Olmsted, as Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life is expected any day now. Olmsted should replace fellow American, Tobin, who occupied this delicate position for a very short period. Tobin heads the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Olmsted’s approach in the Congregation is expected to be far closer to the sensibilities of American bishops with regard to issue of the LCWR (Leadership Conference of...
  • The Deadliest of the Deadlies, Today

    12/10/2012 2:08:24 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 10, 2012 | Robert Royal
    If you ask still-practicing Christians about the vices of post-Christian America, many would say: abortion, divorce, promiscuity, pornography, gay marriage, and other burgeoning forms of cultural crudeness. These are serious sins and social problems, to be sure, and naturally grow wherever Christian virtues shrink. But anyone familiar with the traditional sorting of sins and vices might produce a very different kind of list. It’s telling that even Christians today usually don’t. Lust, which lies behind several vices mentioned above, is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, a very common and subtle fault. In Dante’s Divine Comedy, it’s the first sin...
  • The fight for sexual sanity in a world awash in porn (part 4)

    12/10/2012 12:55:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | John Jalsevac
    December 10, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - My roommate during my first year at college was a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. As part of his recovery he regularly attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and out of both curiosity and a desire to support his efforts, I often tagged along. So it was that under the glare of florescent lights, in dingy boardrooms in the basements of schools and churches, with the acidic smell of cheap coffee wafting under my nose, I received a better education in human nature than I ever received in any of my anthropology classes – witnessing first-hand its...
  • Three ways to kick porn out of your life (part 3)

    12/10/2012 12:51:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | John Jalsevac
    November 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - But even if we can all agree that porn is a devil, that is only the beginning. That we even come to hate pornography is no guarantee that we will be freed from its allure. Many are those who have believed that they had their porn use “under control,” but who, upon seeking to quit once and for all, have found themselves inexplicably returning again and again, in defiance of their convictions and their good sense. It turns out that the temptation of anonymous, responsibility-free sexual pleasure on demand is a remarkably enduring one, even...
  • Porn: devil or an angel? (part 2(

    12/10/2012 12:48:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | John Jalsevac
    November 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - But there is no use going any further until we can all agree that porn really is a devil. Strange as it may seem, many of our modern sex educators believe that porn use is simply a natural part of the healthy development of an adolescent sexuality, and that it is only harmful in cases where the habit interferes with the user’s capacity to perform his or her daily duties. In this view porn is, at worst, a mischievous but usually “harmless” sprite, or, at best, an angel. I once read an article about pornography...
  • My porn addiction (part 1)

    12/10/2012 12:45:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | Updated: Nov. 29, 2012 at 11:38 am | John Jalsevac
    Updated: Nov. 29, 2012 at 11:38 am November 26, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - It was in the mid 90s that we began to hear a whole lot about this new thing called “the Internet,” which could answer all of mankind’s deepest questions. At around the same time I hit puberty and began to spend my time moping about pondering the age-old riddle of what, exactly, women look like underneath their clothing. Evidently at some point I put two and two together and punched the appropriate keywords into the prehistoric version of Google, with spectacular results. So far so good, and if...
  • Why are some denominations/churches changing their bylaws on gay marriage (Or drinking, smoking...

    12/10/2012 9:27:44 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 194 replies
    12/10/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    ...gambling, rock music, etc, etc? Now, this thread isn't about debating what is sin and what isn't or what constitutes sin or doesn't. Please don't hijack this thread over the issues that I listed. Thank you. This thread is about our changing culture - and let's face it, more and more denominations/churches are ever so slowly moving towards tolerance and/or acceptance of homosexual marriage. The rest in the list (following gay marriage) that I included in the thread were put there to show that if you look back far enough at various denomination's church bylaws some churches were once against...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CHURCH BUILDING, 12-10-12

    12/10/2012 9:07:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CHURCH BUILDING In ecclesiastical law a church is a sacred structure devoted to divine worship for the principal purpose of being used by all the faithful for public divine worship. An oratory is different from a church in that it is not principally destined for public worship by all the faithful even though, in the case of a public oratory, they have the right to go there. so, too, a shrine, if principally destined to honor a particular saint in a given locality, is not technically a church. All items in this dictionary are from Fr....
  • Leo XIII: “Taxing the Rich Does Not Help the Poor”

    12/10/2012 8:08:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 12/10/12 | Anthony Esolen
    In Quod Apostolici Muneris (1878), Pope Leo XIII deplores those who “under the motley and all but barbarous terms and titles of Socialists, Communists, and Nihilists, are spread abroad throughout the world,” striving in alliance for “the purpose long resolved upon, of uprooting the foundations of civil society at large.” It may sound odd to our ears, that socialists, whose prescriptions for society are many and comprehensive, should be united with nihilists, who by definition believe in nothing. But Pope Leo, beginning as always from a rich view of human nature grounded in reason and elevated by relevation, sees the...
  • Jean-Louis Brugučs: The Man with Benedict XVI's Dream Job

    12/10/2012 8:01:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 12/8/12
    December 8, 2012. (Romereports.com) Meet the new librarian of the Holy Roman Church, the man in charge of the Vatican Secret Archives. His name is Jean-Louis Brugučs, a 69-year-old Frenchman. He has been appointed to the job then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger vied for three times under John Paul II. MONS. JEAN-LOUIS BRUGUČSLibrarian of the Holy Roman Church“When the Pope invited me, this past April 30, he let me in on a secret. Before being elected Pope, he wanted to be the Church's librarian. Now, of course he cannot do that. So then, he told me, 'I would like to realized that...
  • Pope: Mary Immaculate Teaches us Silence, Grace and Joy

    12/10/2012 7:56:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    In the act of veneration of the Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna, Benedict XVI said that big things, like Mary's Annunciation, occur in silence and go unnoticed in the "frenzy that characterise our cities." Through grace, Mary reminds us that the "power of God's love is stronger than evil, that it can fill the void that selfishness creates in the history of people," which "can become hell". For the pope, "Christianity" is a religion of joy, "good tidings," even if some believe it is an obstacle to joy because they see in it an ensemble of prohibitions and rules. [....
  • Hurts and Hopes Regarding the Recent Debates on Hell

    12/10/2012 7:52:39 AM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 9, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    As most of you know, there has been a rather vivid discussion recently in the blogosphere on the subject of hell. As one who has written rather substantially, on the topic of hell, and our need to recover a more biblical notion regarding judgment and hell, I pray that you will tolerate me adding my own voice to the recent discussions.Those who read this blog regularly, will know that I have spoken on the topic of Hell on any number of occasions. For example:The Hell of It ——–Hell Has to Be——Will Many Be Saved? ——–Sinner Please Don’t Let this Harvest...