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  • Christianity 'Close to Extinction' in Middle East

    12/25/2012 9:01:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/23/12 | Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report.The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. It warns that converts from Islam face...
  • Pope Says Denying God No Path to Peace in Christmas Eve Mass

    12/25/2012 8:55:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/24/12 | AFP
    AFP - Pope Benedict XVI said in his Christmas Eve mass on Monday that religion can be corrupted, leading to violence and wars, but refuted critics who claim that denying God's existence would lead to peace. "It is true that religion can become corrupted... when people think they have to take God's cause into their own hands, making God into their private property," the pope told thousands gathered in Saint Peter's basilica. "Monotheism, belief in one God, is said to be arrogance, a cause of intolerance, because by its nature, with its claim to possess the sole truth, it seeks...
  • NT Wright Wrong About Eternal Torment?

    12/25/2012 7:59:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/22/2012 | By Pastor Dan Delzell
    The last thing any of us want to think about is eternal torment. And yet there we find it....smack dab in the middle of God's Word, and regularly mentioned by the very One who suffered on the cross for our sins. As much as we would like to ignore it completely....or pretend it doesn't exist....we find ourselves compelled to honestly accept everything God has placed in His Word....even when it has such extreme consequences. Nothing could be further from our natural way of thinking than the doctrine of eternal punishment in hell....and the Son of God suffering on a cross....and...
  • Modern Santa Has Little in Common With 'Original' One, Scholar Says

    12/25/2012 7:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/25/2012 | Anugrah Kumar
    No Christmas passes by without depictions of Santa Claus, and yet we know little about St. Nicholas, the real man behind the red-suited, white-bearded legend. A U.S. scholar, who discovered the truth about him, offers insights on what the "original" Santa was known for. While the vast majority of saint stories that circulated in the early church involved extraordinary miracles and healings or dramatic martyrdoms and confessions of Christ, the story of Nicholas was about a regular family facing a familiar crisis to which ordinary people could relate, writes Adam C. English, author of The Saint Who Would Be Santa...
  • Most Christians Say Jesus Wasn't Born on Dec. 25, Poll Finds

    12/25/2012 7:50:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/25/2012 | By Anugrah Kumar
    When King James Bible Online asked the 110,000 users on its Facebook page if they believe Jesus was born on Dec. 25, Christmas Day, 83 percent of those who responded answered in the negative. A majority of the respondents also said Santa Claus is a "lie." The date of the birth of Christ was among the four questions King James Bible Online asked as part of its survey, titled "What Do Christians Really Believe About Christmas," that was conducted this month. Only 11 percent of the respondents said tradition is right about the date of Jesus' birth. Six percent marked...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/25/2012 7:16:26 AM PST · by Hiskid · 13 replies
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  • Pope: Christmas Urbi et Orbi Message (full text)

    12/25/2012 6:19:40 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 12/25/2012 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Pope Benedict XVI has urged people never to loose hope in peace this Christmas, even in situations of conflict such as Syria, or nations afflicted by terrorism such as Nigeria, because the “Truth has sprung out of the earth”, with the birth of Christ. Below the full text of Pope Benedict XVI’s Message this Christmas “Veritas de terra orta est!” – “Truth has sprung out of the earth” (Ps 85:12). Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, a happy Christmas to you and your families! In this Year of Faith, I express my Christmas greetings and good...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/25/12)[Prayer]

    12/25/2012 5:30:06 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/25/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The LightIsaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 25, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/25/2012 4:58:39 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/25/12 | Joel Osteen
    God with Us Today's Scripture “Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel — which, when translated, means, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the Bible, Jesus has many names that identify His character. One of those names is Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” Before Jesus came to earth, the Spirit of God resided in the temple. The people had to go through all kinds of rituals to become clean enough to go near to Him. Today, as believers, we...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 25, 2012]

    12/25/2012 4:56:11 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    His Birth and Our New Birth "’Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ’God with us’" —Matthew 1:23 His Birth in History. “. . . that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35). Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not emerge out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being the human race can boast of— He is a Being for...
  • Goodwill to all...and Prosper...It's always been yours~!

    12/25/2012 12:57:15 AM PST · by Navy_Air · 5 replies
    Chuck Nemec
    No matter who you are, what you believe, who you believe in, I love you all!. Thank you from the bottom of...well, the top of my heart. You folks are the most enlightening folks I've ever had a chance to read. 1998 and I've lurked just about all that time, funniest, craziness and off the cliff stuff I've ever read. My hope is you've passed to generations to come all your wisdom, satire and knowledge you can impart. I know that all things will be good... I know things never end. They can't because of folks like you. Your the...
  • Pope Benedict’s Midnight Mass Homily

    12/25/2012 12:11:44 AM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Vatican ^ | 12/24/2012 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers and Sisters! Again and again the beauty of this Gospel touches our hearts: a beauty that is the splendor of truth. Again and again it astonishes us that God makes himself a child so that we may love him, so that we may dare to love him, and as a child trustingly lets himself be taken into our arms. It is as if God were saying: I know that my glory frightens you, and that you are trying to assert yourself in the face of my grandeur. So now I am coming to you as a child, so...
  • A (Borrowed) Christmas Reflection [Francis A. Schaeffer's "What Difference Has Looking Made?"]

    12/24/2012 9:37:43 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Every Square Inch ^ | December 23, 2007 | Nathan Tiemeyer
    Take a moment to consider this short excerpt from Francis Schaeffer's sermon, "What Difference Has Looking Made?" The sermon is an extended reflection on the experience of the shepherds to whom the angels appeared at the birth of Jesus, as well as what that experience has to teach us: Doctrinal clarity matters a great deal; but Luke does not allow his Gospelto end merely with a proper emphasis on the necessity of the great doctrinaltruths, and our study should not end there either. Before his ascension Jesustold the disciples "that repentance and remission of sins should be preached inhis name...
  • God's Power Is Available To His People

    12/24/2012 7:03:35 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 24 replies
    12-24-12 | Frank Broom
    God has made his power available to his people. But, we have to learn how to tap into it. Because, just because the power is there does not mean it's going to do anything. Just like the power or electricity in your home just because it's there doesn't mean it's going to do anything. You can come in one night with the lights off and sit down in the dark and all the power you need is right there and it's up to you to access it. No one would call the power company just because the lights were off...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-12, Solemnity, Nativity of the Lord [Mass/Day]

    12/24/2012 3:49:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2012 [Mass during the Day]   Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)   Reading 1 Is 52:7-10 How beautiful upon the mountainsare the feet of him who brings glad tidings,announcing peace, bearing good news,announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,"Your God is King!" Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry,together they shout for joy,for they see directly, before their eyes,the LORD restoring Zion.Break out together in song,O ruins of Jerusalem!For the LORD comforts his people,he redeems Jerusalem.The LORD has bared his holy armin the sight of all the nations;all the ends of the earth will beholdthe salvation of our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-12, Solemnity, Nativity of the Lord [Dawn]

    12/24/2012 3:43:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2012 [Mass at Dawn] Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)   Reading 1 Is 62:11-12 See, the LORD proclaimsto the ends of the earth:say to daughter Zion,your savior comes!Here is his reward with him,his recompense before him.They shall be called the holy people,the redeemed of the LORD,and you shall be called "Frequented,"a city that is not forsaken. Responsorial Psalm Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12. R. A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;let the many isles be glad.The heavens proclaim his justice,and all peoples see...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-12, Solemnity, Nativity of the Lord [Midnight Mass]

    12/24/2012 3:32:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2012 [Midnight Mass]   Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)   Reading 1 Is 9:1-6 The people who walked in darknesshave seen a great light;upon those who dwelt in the land of glooma light has shone.You have brought them abundant joyand great rejoicing,as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,as people make merry when dividing spoils.For the yoke that burdened them,the pole on their shoulder,and the rod of their taskmasteryou have smashed, as on the day of Midian.For every boot that tramped in battle,every cloak rolled in blood,will be burned as fuel for flames.For a child...
  • Prayer Request for Conor Macnessa

    12/24/2012 2:34:19 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 79 replies
    Self
    Dear Friends, At this juncture, I must ask for your prayers on my behalf. Last Friday afternoon, while driving home from work I blacked out on I-95 and rear-ended the vehicle in front of me. I was taken by ambulance to Laurel Regional Hospital and was admitted. During my three-day stay I had a head CT, a cervical MRI, an EEG, and a chest CT. They finally released me at about three o’clock this afternoon. In light of the circumstances of this accident, I am coming to the conclusion that I should not drive anymore. No one was injured...
  • I sang the special music Sunday night at Church

    12/24/2012 2:19:50 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 14 replies
    http://rescueattempt.tripod.com/Stille_Nacht_12-23-2012.wma
  • The Unholy War on Christmas

    12/24/2012 11:33:08 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 24, 2012 | JP
    My company, a major metropolitan newspaper, used to host an annual Christmas party for employees. But, this year, the paper broke with tradition, hosting instead a “holiday party,” so as not to offend the sensibilities of those that do not believe Christ the Son of the God. Well, I respect the Constitutionally-protected right of every American to practice a religion other than Christianity, the faith of this nation’s founders. Or to practice no religion whatsoever (which I suspect of many, if not most of my journalistic peers). What I find objectionable, though, is the insistence of non-Christians that the holiday...