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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...
  • Update: Friend Kevin Is Cancer Free!

    12/24/2012 10:52:16 AM PST · by poobear · 22 replies
    12-24-2012
    My friend is cancer free!
  • Blaming God for tragedy nothing new

    12/24/2012 8:09:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Associated Baptist Press. ^ | 12/24/2012 | Jeff Brumley
    Why do the innocent suffer? It's a question as old as the Book of Job and as current as today's headlines. Many criticized prominent evangelicals like James Dobson and Mike Huckabee for claiming last week's Connecticut school massacre was God’s punishment of a morally disobedient nation, but don't expect such views to change. Scholars say the belief in divine retribution for personal and national transgressions not only goes back as far as the Bible's Book of Job, it’s also a concept fused into the American worldview. “This is a recurring pattern in American history since the Puritans,” said Barry Hankins,...
  • Have Yourself a Merry "Lawless" X-Mas

    12/24/2012 7:42:55 AM PST · by kindred · 6 replies
    theignorantfishermen.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    The majority of the world wants a godless and lawless existence (conservative and liberal) and desires for their lawless lives the fruits of RIGHTEOUSNESS by applying godless and lawless means (Rom. 10:2-4, 2 Peter 3:16, Jude 1:10). Even today, just as 2000 years ago the majority of the world still REJECTS Almighty God’s FREE GIFT of saving grace, redemption and ETERNAL LIFE which is found ONLY in Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:18-32). So when Christmas is in the air here in America... is it any wonder that the majority of Americans this season will be celebrating a Merry "X-Mas" and not...
  • 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.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 23, 2012]

    12/23/2012 4:39:56 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Sharing in the Atonement "God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . ." —Galatians 6:14 The gospel of Jesus Christ always forces a decision of our will. Have I accepted God’s verdict on sin as judged on the Cross of Christ? Do I have even the slightest interest in the death of Jesus? Do I want to be identified with His death— to be completely dead to all interest in sin, worldliness, and self? Do I long to be so closely identified with Jesus that I am of no value...
  • Catholic conservatives: A traditionalist avant-garde

    12/23/2012 3:59:26 AM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    The Economist ^ | 12/15/2012
    SINCE the Second Vatican Council in 1962, the Roman Catholic church has striven to adapt to the modern world... The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, started in 1965, now has over 5,000 members. The weekly number of Latin masses is up from 26 in 2007 to 157 now. In America it is up from 60 in 1991 to 420. At Brompton Oratory, a hotspot of London traditionalism, 440 flock to the main Sunday Latin mass. That is twice the figure for the main English one. Women sport mantillas (lace headscarves). Men wear tweeds. But it is not a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-23-12, Fourth Sunday of Advent

    12/22/2012 8:13:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-23-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 23, 2012 Fourth Sunday of Advent   Reading 1 Mi 5:1-4a Thus says the LORD:You, Bethlehem-Ephrathahtoo small to be among the clans of Judah,from you shall come forth for meone who is to be ruler in Israel;whose origin is from of old,from ancient times.Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the timewhen she who is to give birth has borne,and the rest of his kindred shall returnto the children of Israel.He shall stand firm and shepherd his flockby the strength of the LORD,in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;and they shall remain, for now his greatnessshall...
  • Cain's New Civilization...Genesis 4 pt 9

    And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech. And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of...
  • Is this Historical Christmas?

    12/22/2012 6:02:55 PM PST · by Phinneous · 171 replies
    Simpletoremember.com ^ | Unknown | Lawrence Kelemen
    ...An article on the pagan origins of Christmas...
  • Let The Prince Of Peace Come In

    12/22/2012 4:28:35 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 4 replies
    12-22-12 | Frank Broom
    The Prince of Peace wants to come in and give you peace, he wants to calm every fear and heal every hurt. And he has a system for doing exactly that. His word is the means of bringing you peace. James 1:21 says, "To receive with meekness the engrafted word, which has the power to save your soul." The engrafted word, which has the idea that you are going to have to put the word on the inside of you. The word of God is the sword of the spirit and with it you cut the roots which in turn...
  • 'Being Raised Catholic is Worse than Child Abuse': Richard Dawkins

    12/22/2012 3:36:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/21/12 | Daniel Martin
    Raising your children as Roman Catholics is worse than child abuse, according to militant atheist Richard Dawkins. In typically incendiary style, Professor Dawkins said the mental torment inflicted by the religion’s teachings is worse in the long-term than any sexual abuse carried out by priests. He said he had been told by a woman that while being abused by a priest was a ‘yucky’ experience, being told as a child that a Protestant friend who died would ‘roast in Hell’ was more distressing. Last night politicians and charities condemned the former Oxford professor’s views as attention-seeking and unhelpful. The remarks...