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  • Comatose Since Christmas 1969: A Tale of Unconditional Love and Miracles

    12/24/2012 6:56:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/23/12 | Wayne Drash
    (CNN) -- Colleen O'Bara bathed her older sister, Edwarda, and fixed her hair. She fed her through a feeding tube like she'd done countless times. It was going to be a good day, the day before Thanksgiving. With her morning routine complete, Colleen planned to fetch a cup of coffee. She bent down and kissed her big sister, told her she'd be right back. "She gave me the biggest smile she has ever given me in her life," Colleen recalls. "Her face was aglow. There was a sparkle in her eyes." But just then, Edwarda closed her eyes. For 42...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 24, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/24/2012 6:25:45 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/24/12 | Joel Osteen
    Everlasting Father Today's Scripture “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, not only is your eternity secure, but you immediately become a child of the Most High God. You instantly have an Everlasting Father! Think about that word everlasting. That means before the beginning of time, the Father was there....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 24, 2012]

    12/24/2012 6:24:15 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Hidden Life ". . . your life is hidden with Christ in God" —Colossians 3:3 The Spirit of God testifies to and confirms the simple, but almighty, security of the life that “is hidden with Christ in God.” Paul continually brought this out in his New Testament letters. We talk as if living a sanctified life were the most uncertain and insecure thing we could do. Yet it is the most secure thing possible, because it has Almighty God in and behind it. The most dangerous and unsure thing is to try to live without God. For one...
  • Unequally Yoked

    12/24/2012 6:24:09 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 16 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 12/24/2012 | Self
    Nearly everyone in American likes Christmas. For many children and many adults it's all about the presents. For others it's an opportunity to see family and extended family. For some it's much needed time off from work. Some view it as a way to share with others. And for some it's a religious celebration. However there are some that stop celebrating Christmas when they become Christians. This sounds strange and indeed it is strange in today's society where Christmas seems to be so tightly ingrained in both America and Christianity. But this has not always been so. A little bit...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/24/12)[Prayer]

    12/24/2012 5:16:37 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/24/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The Horn of My SalvationPsalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. The Hebrew word for horn is qeren (keh-renn) meaning "strength". This refers to the horn of an animal such as oxen, goats and rams which, in Jewish tradition, symbolizes strength, power and victory. Throughout the Scriptures the word "horn" is used when referring to the strength...
  • Marriage Moats-New and Known (Christmas Message)

    12/24/2012 4:36:18 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 1 replies
    Caring for Marriage ^ | Dec 21, 2012 | Lori Odhner
    Marriage Moats-New and Known Sent Friday, December 21, 2012 View as plaintext Marriage Moats Caring for Marriage My twins and I hauled up nine tins of ornaments from the basement, while my six foot son and his father let loose with a chain saw on the trunk of a tree. The grinding pain of a severed log blasted over the lilting soprano of the Hallelujah Chorus. Together the girls and I hung glass angels and woolly lambs, most of which are older than they are. There's the flannel snowmen we made in Brownies, and the pewter JOY from a friend...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-24-12, Solemnity, Nativity of the Lord [Vigil]

    12/23/2012 9:56:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 24, 2012  Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Vigil   Reading 1 Is 62:1-5 For Zion's sake I will not be silent,for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet,until her vindication shines forth like the dawnand her victory like a burning torch. Nations shall behold your vindication,and all the kings your glory;you shall be called by a new namepronounced by the mouth of the LORD.You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD,a royal diadem held by your God.No more shall people call you "Forsaken,"or your land "Desolate,"but you shall be called "My Delight,"and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-24-12

    12/23/2012 9:46:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 24, 2012 Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent   Reading 1 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 When King David was settled in his palace,and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,he said to Nathan the prophet,"Here I am living in a house of cedar,while the ark of God dwells in a tent!"Nathan answered the king,"Go, do whatever you have in mind,for the LORD is with you."But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD:Should you build me a house to dwell in? "'It...
  • Syrian Christians Fear Bleak Future After Assad

    12/23/2012 6:24:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 12/23/12 | Barbara Surk
    BEIRUT — With Christmas just days away, 40-year-old Mira begged her parents to flee their hometown of Aleppo, which has become a major battleground in Syria's civil war. Her parents refused to join her in Lebanon, but they are taking one simple precaution inside their besieged city. For the first time, Mira says, her parents will not put up a Christmas tree this year for fear their religion might make them a target. "They want to stay to guard the property so nobody takes it," said Mira, who spoke to The Associated Press in Lebanon on condition that only her...
  • The pointlessness of pornography (part 5)

    12/23/2012 5:53:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 44 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.23.2012 | John Jalsevac
    A quote of dubious origin, but often misattributed to G.K. Chesterton, goes like this: “The young man who rings the bell at the brothel is unconsciously looking for God.” It is a somewhat shocking claim, but is, I think, nevertheless true. And the corollary is obvious: that every young man or woman who searches for pornography on Google, is unconsciously looking for God. I do not believe that most people who look at pornography do so because they are particularly interested in sex, per se – at least not at first. Women, especially, are likely to confess that their interest...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/23/2012 5:27:50 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    12-23-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the LORD, O my Soul: and All that is Within me, Bless His Holy Name. Bless the LORD, O my Soul, and Forget not All His Benefits: Who Forgiveth All thine Iniquities; Who Healeth All thy Diseases; Who Redeemeth thy Life from Destruction; Who Crowneth thee with Lovingkindness and Tender Mercies; Who Satisfieth thy Mouth with Good Things; so that thy Youth is Renewed like the Eagle's.
  • It's Not Just a 'War on Christmas' - It's a War on Christianity

    12/23/2012 4:59:40 PM PST · by InHisService · 21 replies
    Consequential Commentary ^ | 12-23-2012 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    There was a time when 10 Commandment displays sat untouched in government halls and schools, when Nativity scenes were placed in parks and in front of government buildings, and when children sang traditional Christmas songs at holiday concerts. I remember my elementary school calendar, which read, “Christmas Vacation” marking a week or so off for the Christmas season. Slowly and methodically, it’s all disappearing thanks primarily to two organizations that are on a mission to eradicate any vestige of God – particularly Jesus Christ – from the public square. The Madison, Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation, (FFRF) and American...
  • The Old Testament Foretold that Mary Would Give Birth Without Pain (Catholic Caucus)

    12/23/2012 3:24:52 PM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Cantaur ^ | December 22, 2012 | DR. TAYLOR MARSHALL
    Painting: Michaelangelo's Prophet Isaiah Dear friends, We are all familiar with Isaiah's well known prophecy of Christmas: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son and his name shall be called Emmanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) However, Isaiah made another (lesser known) prophecy of Christmas: "Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a Manchild" (Isa 66:7) This verse is the basis for the Catholic teaching that Mary experienced no pain when she delivered Christ at Bethlehem. The Roman Catechism teaches that Christ passed through her...
  • A Summary of our Salvation – A Meditation on the Readings from the 4th Sunday of Advent

    12/23/2012 2:30:44 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 22, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Here on the 4th Sunday of Advent, we are but a day away, practically speaking, from the unfolding of the great mystery of the Word made flesh. It is possible for us to look right past this 4th Sunday of Advent, but we do well to pause and ponder what is taught to us today about the salvation that is to unfold. One significant way we can do this is by pondering the first reading today from the prophet Micah. In four short verses we behold a kind of summary of our salvation, a snapshot of what ails us and...
  • Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas -- for Families

    12/23/2012 1:37:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | December 1998 | MICHAELANN MARTIN
    Catholic Traditions for Advent and ChristmasMICHAELANN MARTINIssue: How can families better live the spirit of Advent and Christmas in their homes? ResponseThe Catholic Church has designated the four weeks preceding Christmas as Advent, a time to “prepare the way of the Lord” for His coming as our King and Savior. In addition, the Church teaches that: [w]hen the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating [John...
  • Is Christmas Pagan? No! It's time to learn some real history....

    12/23/2012 1:28:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 91 replies
    CatholicKnight.blogspot.com ^ | December 2012 | CatholicKnight
    Is Christmas Pagan? A Jewish Star of David Tops This Christmas Tree   THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:   About this time every year we hear the usual misnomer that Christmas is a Pagan celebration whitewashed by the medieval Catholic Church. We hear this from all corners. Secularists just accept it as fact. Catholics, rather embarrassingly, often try to gloss over it. While Protestant Fundamentalists frequently rail against it, usually calling for either a boycott of the holiday, or else a return to the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. (For some ridiculous reason, some Fundamentalists subscribe to the notion that if a certain...
  • Austria: Three Churches Burned at Same Time

    12/23/2012 1:06:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    IslamvsEurope ^ | 12.23.2012 | Cheradenine Zakalwe
    Three churches in the Austrian town of Amstetten (pop: 21,000) were burned this morning. All of the indications point to arson. Several eye-witnesses saw a suspect. As is their custom, the police and newspapers have given a detailed account of his stature and clothing, but fail to mention his skin colour. Amstetten has a large Mohammedan population.
  • Shabbat Night Live from Charlotte with Michael Rood - December 21, 2012 (Actually Dallas)

    12/23/2012 9:54:04 AM PST · by Errant · 22 replies
    A Rood Awakening ^ | December 21, 2012 | Michael Rood
    At approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes into the broadcast, Michael’s lovely wife Judith attempts to read from Michael’s Chronological Gospels as Michael continuously interrupts to explain. It all makes for both an entertaining and enlightening broadcast for those interested in learning everything they can about the roots of Christianity.
  • The Third Element

    12/23/2012 6:27:37 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 37 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | December 22, 2012 | Jack Kinsella
    The body is only one third of what God created in the Garden of Eden. God created the body out of the dust of the earth. The body is the first element of man. It is a physical shell. Then God breathed into his nostrils, and man became a living soul. The soul is the second element of man. That's the part that makes you 'you'. The Third Element is mentioned in Genesis 1:26 when God says, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. . . " What does God look like? "No man hath seen God...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/23/12)[Prayer]

    12/23/2012 5:16:06 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/23/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures ChampionIsaiah 42;13 The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.