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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 27, 2012]

    12/27/2012 5:06:48 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Where the Battle is Won or Lost "’If you will return, O Israel,’ says the Lord . . ." —Jeremiah 4:1 Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world. The Spirit of God seizes me and I am compelled to get alone with God and fight the battle before Him. Until I do this, I will lose every time. The battle may take one minute or one year, but that will depend on me, not God. However long it takes, I must wrestle...
  • The Armies of allah: From Damascus to Jerusalem

    12/26/2012 11:10:00 PM PST · by Katechon · 16 replies
    December 27 | Katechon
    The armies of allah are CONVERGING RIGHT NOW towards Damascus. The sole obstacle is the Assad rgime. Once Assad is down (and he will be, its only a matter of time: the Obama rgime, al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia are ALL against Assad), the armies of allah will mobilize in order to raid JERUSALEM. Should we not mobilize? Should we not be trying urgently to mobilize the antisemitic "Christians" among us, with the use of Reason, to become friends of the Jewish People -- in order to get their support in the CRUSADE to protect JERUSALEM? Abram...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 12-27-12,Feast, St. John, Apostle&Evangelist, 3rd Day/Oct. Chr

    12/26/2012 8:57:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 27, 2012 Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist Reading 11 Jn 1:1-4 Beloved:What was from the beginning,what we have heard,what we have seen with our eyes,what we looked uponand touched with our handsconcerns the Word of life --for the life was made visible;we have seen it and testify to itand proclaim to you the eternal lifethat was with the Father and was made visible to us?what we have seen and heardwe proclaim now to you,so that you too may have fellowship with us;for our fellowship is with the Fatherand with his Son, Jesus Christ.We are writing...
  • Militant Islam Greatest Threat to Middle Eastern Christianity, Says Think Tank

    12/26/2012 7:29:05 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12-26-12 | Michael Gryboski
    A British think tank has released a lengthy report claiming that militant Islam is the greatest existential threat to Middle Eastern Christianity, bringing Christian communities in the region "close to extinction." The London-based Civitas, also known as the Institute for the Study of Civil Society, published the report in December. "Christianity is in serious danger of being wiped out in its biblical heartlands because of Islamic oppression," reads a statement from the group issued Sunday. "But Western politicians and media largely ignore the widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle East and the wider world because they are afraid they...
  • Anglican Head Rowan Williams Backs Gun Control in US

    12/26/2012 4:26:34 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12-23-12 | Anugrah Kumar
    The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, talked about the recent Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn., discounting the argument put forward, including by many Christians in the United States, that "it's not guns that kill, it's people." "People use guns. But in a sense guns use people, too. When we have the technology for violence easily to hand, our choices are skewed and we are more vulnerable to being manipulated into violent action," the leader of the world's 80 million-strong Anglican Communion said, delivering BBC Radio 4's "Thought for the Day" on Saturday.
  • Counting Catholics: Church of immigrants poised for growth

    12/26/2012 3:52:56 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 17 replies
    There is only one U.S. religious group, propelled in part by an enthusiastic group of young followers, that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century. Yet to hear some critics focus on generational shifts showing declining Mass attendance and doctrinal commitment among white Catholics, one might think the Catholic Church is slowly sinking in the U.S. religious landscape. So which is it for the nations largest religious group, growth or decline? The answer is some of both in a church that, as it has through much of its history, reflects the changing face...
  • Religion In America: Evangelicals Surge As Catholics Wane

    12/26/2012 3:51:03 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 20 replies
    ION Publications ^ | November 27th 2012 | science20.com
    Religion In America: Evangelicals Surge As Catholics Wane The percentage of Americans who say they are strong in their religious faith has been steady for the last four decades but a new sociology analysis claims that religious groups who have become more staunchly devout have surged while others, notably Roman Catholics, who have sought to become more liberal under Vatican II in that time, have faded in popularity. Catholics now report the lowest proportion of strongly affiliated followers among major American religious traditions. The drop in intensity could present challenges for the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S., the study...
  • A Pastoral Opportunity Lost? (USCCB pastoral message on the economy)

    12/26/2012 3:50:31 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | December 26, 2012 | George Weigel
    At their annual November meeting, the U.S. bishops failed to approve a pastoral message on the economy. The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times was approved by a clear majority of the bishops voting, but objections raised in large part by retired bishops were sufficient to deny the document the supermajority it needed. All of which strikes me as a lost opportunity. No doubt the draft document could have been improved; any ecclesial document can be improved (if you doubt that, try reading Vatican IIs Decree on the Means of Social Communication without taking a long winters nap)....
  • The Scandal of Jesus Birth

    12/26/2012 12:21:18 PM PST · by HarleyD · 34 replies
    Gutenberg College ^ | Dec 22, 2006 | Jack Crabtree
    At Christmas we celebrate Jesus birth because no more important human being has ever been born. Jesus is the first-born of all creation, the one individual for whom everything else exists. Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords, who will rule the coming age as our sovereign ruler. Jesus is more than just a man; he is the translation of the very nature and sovereignty of God Himself into human formthe image of the invisible God, the fullness of God dwelling in human form. Jesus is the supreme prophet, the one whom God sent into the world to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DYNAMISM, 12-26-12

    12/26/2012 9:53:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DYNAMISM A philosophical theory that denies the reality of extended matter or mass in the world. It seeks to explain the phenomena in the universe chiefly or only in terms of force or energy, notably material energy. (Etym. Greek dynamis, power.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/26/2012 8:23:16 AM PST · by Hiskid · 18 replies
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  • Is Christmas Good For the Jews?

    12/26/2012 8:11:23 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 40 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 15/25/2012 | Rabbi Benjamin Blech
    My parents told me many times how much they dreaded the Christmas season. Living in a little shtetl in Poland, they knew what to expect. The local parish priest would deliver his sermon filled with invectives against the Jews who were pronounced guilty of the crime of decide, responsible for the brutal crucifixion of their god and therefore richly deserving whatever punishment might be meted out against them. No surprise then that the Christian time of joy meant just the opposite to the neighboring Jews. The days supposedly meant to be dedicated to "goodwill to all" were far too often...
  • The Church and the Mandate

    12/26/2012 7:59:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | 12/19/12 | George Weigel
    The strategic situation after a year, and the terrain aheadAs the Catholic Church and the Obama administration approach the first anniversary of what has become the most serious confrontation between the Church and the federal government in U.S. history a confrontation caused by a regulatory mandate implementing Obamacare a review of the strategic situation is in order, with an eye to the terrain ahead. But given the confusions about this struggle that were sown in many minds during the presidential campaign (not least by the vice president of the United States), it is important to begin by remembering...
  • Ordinariate Priest Appointed to South London Parish [Anglican Ordinariate Gets Own Parish]

    12/26/2012 7:29:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    An announcement was made yesterday (Sunday) that the Parish of the Most Precious Blood, Borough, is to be cared for by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. By the kind invitation of the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith, the diocesan parish of the Precious Blood near London Bridge station will be cared for by Fr Christopher Pearson - a priest of the Personal Ordinariate - with the permission of the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate, Mgr Keith Newton. Replacing the Religious Community of the Society of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorians), who currently care for the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 26, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/26/2012 5:07:19 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/26/12 | Joel Osteen
    Do Not Be Afraid Today's Scripture ...an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. Joseph, son of David, the angel said, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:20, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever felt overwhelmed or even afraid of what God has called you to do? Maybe you were pursuing a dream or goal and things didnt turn out the way you planned. Joseph had planned to take Mary as his wife, but when...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 26, 2012]

    12/26/2012 5:05:23 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    “Walk in the Light” "If we walk in the light as He is in the light . . . the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin" —1 John 1:7 To mistake freedom from sin only on the conscious level of our lives for complete deliverance from sin by the atonement through the Cross of Christ is a great error. No one fully knows what sin is until he is born again. Sin is what Jesus Christ faced at Calvary. The evidence that I have been delivered from sin is that I know the real...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/26/12)[Prayer]

    12/26/2012 4:32:53 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/26/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures My Beloved...Dodi LiSong Of Songs 2:16 (and Others) "My beloved is mine and I am his."
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 12-26-12, Feast, St. Stephen, First Martyr, 2nd Day/Octave Chr

    12/25/2012 8:02:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 26, 2012 Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr Reading 1Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 Stephen, filled with grace and power,was working great wonders and signs among the people.Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,and people from Cilicia and Asia,came forward and debated with Stephen,but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But he, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked up intently to heavenand saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,and he said,"Behold,...
  • Believing in Christmas from Santa to Christ

    12/25/2012 7:59:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajama Media ^ | 12/25/2012 | Walter Hudson
    I lost the argument with my wife. Should we encourage our children’s faith in Santa Claus? I was concerned that doing so might later undermine both our credibility as parents and our children’s belief in God. It may not be a conversation that most couples have. Then again, must couples don’t include a former Jehovah’s Witness who was raised without holidays. As a child, I absorbed the cold hard truth dispensed from my parents. There was no Santa Claus. Other children’s parents cruelly lied to them. The privilege of knowing the truth served as consolation for receiving no presents.Though...
  • Catholic Christmas in Moscow

    12/25/2012 7:18:26 PM PST · by vladimir998 · 4 replies
    Voice of Russia Radio ^ | Dec 25, 2012 | Milena Faustova
    On the night of December 24, Roman Catholics and members of several other Christian denominations celebrated Christmas Eve. In the late hours of December 24, the largest Roman Catholic cathedral in Russia the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin was full of people. With an exclamation of the priest, Christ is born!, which was joyfully repeated by the people, the holiday mass began.