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  • Outsourced prayer lines confuse callers

    12/18/2012 6:27:38 PM PST · by Gamecock · 52 replies
    DES MOINES — Last month, Lori Danes, 43, called the prayer line of a major television ministry and requested prayer for her mother’s persistent ulcers. But her prayer representative, who called himself “Darren,” prayed in a strong Indian accent that “all the gods would bless her mightily.” “I was stunned,” Danes says. “It was like I’d called a demon prayer line.” The manager of India Prayer Solutions, located in Mumbai, India, apologized for the incident and fired the employee who, he said, had not been properly trained. But dozens of similar incidents have rattled U.S. callers since major ministries...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Ecumenism: What is the relationship of Catholic, Orthodox & non-

    12/18/2012 6:13:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 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...
  • Muslims demand gay marriage exemption

    12/18/2012 4:48:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    guardianuk ^ | 12.18.2012 | staff
    Muslim leaders have demanded the same legal exemptions as the Church of England in legislation to introduce gay marriages. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), with more than 500 affiliated mosques, charities and schools, said it was "appalled" by "utterly discriminatory" legislation on same-sex marriage set out by the government. The proposals would allow faith groups to conduct gay marriages but would ban the CofE and the Church in Wales from doing so. The MCB secretary-general, Farooq Murad, said his organisation had strongly opposed gay marriage alongside other religions and was seeking an urgent meeting with culture secretary, Maria Miller,...
  • The REAL cause of the New Town shooting

    12/18/2012 2:39:33 PM PST · by truthczar2000 · 44 replies
    12/18/2012 | Truthczar2000
    AS I have scrolled around the web absorbing information about the school shooting in New Town, CT., I have noticed a glaring absence of understanding of what motivated Adam Lanza to kill his mother and a class full of kindergarteners. There is an answer, but nobody seems to want to express it. I, for one, am unafraid to speak to this issue, as I see it. The real cause of this massacre has nothing to do with the proliferation of guns, nor does it have anything to do with a lack of mental health. The real cause of these kinds...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 18, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/18/2012 9:52:44 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/18/12 | Joel Osteen
    Perfect Love Today's Scripture “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear...” (1 John 4:18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When unexpected things happen — trials, difficulty or tragedy — the enemy sends a whirlwind of fear to try to shake our faith and steal our focus. His goal is to take our eyes off of God and cause us to feel overwhelmed by circumstances. But if we will choose to stay focused on the love of God, if we choose to meditate on His goodness, the truth will set us free from...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 18, 2012]

    12/18/2012 9:50:14 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Test of Faithfulness "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God . . ." —Romans 8:28 It is only a faithful person who truly believes that God sovereignly controls his circumstances. We take our circumstances for granted, saying God is in control, but not really believing it. We act as if the things that happen were completely controlled by people. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, or object of our faith— the Lord Jesus Christ. God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart, which may...
  • Muslims Demand Gay Marriage Exemption [UK]

    12/18/2012 9:29:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12/18/12 | PA
    Muslim Council of Britain says it is appalled by 'utterly discriminatory' legislation on same-sex marriageMuslim leaders have demanded the same legal exemptions as the Church of England in legislation to introduce gay marriages. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), with more than 500 affiliated mosques, charities and schools, said it was "appalled" by "utterly discriminatory" legislation on same-sex marriage set out by the government. The proposals would allow faith groups to conduct gay marriages but would ban the CofE and the Church in Wales from doing so. The MCB secretary-general, Farooq Murad, said his organisation had strongly opposed gay marriage...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD, 12-18-12

    12/18/2012 8:44:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-18-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD The glorification of the appearance of Jesus before his Resurrection. It took place in the presence of Peter, James, and John. While he was praying on a mountain, suddenly "his face did shine as the sun," while "his garments became glistening, exceeding white." The frightened witnesses saw Moses and Eligah appear before them and converse with Jesus and heard the voice of God. the extraordinary vision vanished as suddenly as it appeared (Luke 9:28-36; Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8). the Church's celebration of this event occurs as a feast day on August...
  • ‘Religious Right’ Accused of Exploiting School Massacre

    12/18/2012 8:40:21 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 18, 2012 | JP
    “Wicked.” “Crazy.” “Extremist.” Those are the words Americans United For Separation of Church and State uses in reference to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. But the organization, which claims to fight to “ensure religious freedom for all Americans,” is not using those words to describe Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who shot and killed 27 innocent souls. No, its reproach is directed at the “religious right,” including such figures as Mike Huckabee and William J. Murray, for daring to suggest that the eviction of God from the nation’s public schools just might have contributed to the rise of school-related violence and...
  • The Sovereignty Of God..[ Paramount; supreme. Having supreme rank or power]

    "….However, he had come to believe that it was the Lord that caused all his problems. He had resigned himself to the "sovereignty of God." I believe this is the worst doctrine in the church today. I know that this is a shocking statement and is near blasphemy to some people, but the way sovereignty" is taught today is a real faith killer. The belief that God controls everything that happens to us is one of the devil's biggest inroads into our lives. If this belief is true, then our actions are irrelevant, and our efforts are meaningless….. What will...
  • (Baptist) Minister: Stop Having So Many Children!

    12/18/2012 8:05:31 AM PST · by Cronos · 49 replies
    creative Minority ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Melani Manel Perera
    'Might our religion be killing us?' That's what a Baptist minister was asking recently in an editorial in USA Today. Rev. Oliver "Buzz" Thomas writes: Be fruitful and multiply," says the book of Genesis, and Lord knows we have. To the tune of more than 300 million at home and more than 6 billion abroad. But as we go about the heavenly task of multiplying, a poignant question arises: Might our religion be killing us? Insert the deep dark foreboding music. We all remember the Aztecs. Some say their religion, with its penchant for violence and human sacrifice, played a...
  • Anglican vicars threaten to defy gay marriage ban

    12/18/2012 7:57:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 15 Dec 2012 | Edward Malnick
    Leading Anglican campaigners have warned that Government plans to exempt the Church from the new legislation will lead to hundreds of homosexual clergy and worshippers marrying in Quaker and Unitarian services and then returning to the Church. In a letter to The Sunday Telegraph, dozens of clergy, including Lord Harries, the former Bishop of Oxford, today urge homosexual Anglicans to follow this course of action.“Until the Church of England allows us to solemnise same-sex marriages in our churches, as a matter of pastoral expediency we will counsel lesbian and gay members of our congregations to marry in those churches willing...
  • St. Rufus {Ecumenical}

    12/18/2012 7:51:28 AM PST · by Cronos
    Rufus and Zosimus were citizens of Antioch (or perhaps Philippi) who were brought to Rome with St. Ignatius of Antioch during the reign of Emperor Trajan. They were condemned to death for their Christianity and thrown to wild beasts in the arena two days before the martyrdom of Ignatius. Feast Day December 18.
  • New Sexual Abuse Claims At St Ambrose College, Cheshire

    12/18/2012 7:24:32 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne
    Detectives investigating alleged sexual abuse at a Catholic boys' school are looking into new allegations after receiving more calls from former pupils. Last month, a 63-year-old former teacher was held on suspicion of indecent assault and possession of indecent images dating back to the early 1980s.
  • Conversion of Members of One of First Anglican Religious Orders Heralds End of Anglo-Catholicism

    12/18/2012 7:12:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/18/12 | William Oddie
    It was announced last week that at 10am on January 1, eleven Anglican Sisters, members of the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, one of the first post-Reformation Anglican religious communities to be established in England in the wake of the Tractarian movement, will be received into the Catholic Church. They will be received into the ordinariate by Mgr Keith Newton, leader of the ordinariate in England and Wales, at St Aloysius, Oxford, the Church of the Oxford Oratory (which, as it happens, is my own parish church). This will, of course, be a wonderful and joyful occasion....
  • The Decline of Evangelical America

    12/18/2012 6:45:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/15/12 | John S. Dickerson
    IT hasn’t been a good year for evangelicals. I should know. I’m one of them. In 2012 we witnessed a collapse in American evangelicalism. The old religious right largely failed to affect the Republican primaries, much less the presidential election. Last month, Americans voted in favor of same-sex marriage in four states, while Florida voters rejected an amendment to restrict abortion. Much has been said about conservative Christians and their need to retool politically. But that is a smaller story, riding on the back of a larger reality: Evangelicalism as we knew it in the 20th century is disintegrating. In...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/18/2012 6:44:50 AM PST · by Hiskid · 15 replies
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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/18/12)[Prayer]

    12/18/2012 5:11:27 AM PST · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/18/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures CommanderPsalm 2 Isaiah 55:4 1. “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. 3. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will...
  • Why the shock and awe?

    12/18/2012 4:19:14 AM PST · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/15/2012 | Franklin Graham
    . . . When tragedies like these occur, why do we respond with such shock and awe? Psychiatrist Keith Ablow said, “This kind of shock registers with people…because it seems like the unthinkable keeps moving into the sphere of our reality.” The “unthinkable” first surfaced in mankind thousands of years ago when Cain killed his brother Abel out of mere jealousy and rivalry. God had warned Cain, “Sin is crouching at your door,” but Cain ignored God’s word and committed murder. God punished Cain for taking innocent life but the violent shedding of blood has continued for centuries. Why? The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-18-12

    12/17/2012 8:07:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-18-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 18, 2012   Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent     Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;As king he shall reign and govern wisely,he shall do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah shall be saved,Israel shall dwell in security.This is the name they give him:"The LORD our justice." Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,when they shall no longer say, "As the LORD lives,who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt";but rather, "As...