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  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 1 of 14]

    01/04/2013 9:59:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is based on one of his books, which bears the same title. [Part 1 of 14] Christians, in the last 80 years or so, have only been seeing things as bits and pieces which have gradually begun to trouble them and others, instead of understanding that they are the natural outcome of a change from a Christian World View to a Humanistic one; things such as overpermissiveness, pornography, the problem of the public schools, the breakdown of the family,...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (1/4/2013)[Prayer]

    01/04/2013 8:02:54 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 18 replies
    1/4/2013 | smithsk
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1 (KJV) ----
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PREFACE, 01-04-13

    01/04/2013 8:00:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-04-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PREFACE The act of thanksgiving, which begins the Eucharistic liturgy. By it the priest, in the name of all the people of God, offers praise and gratitude to God the Father for the whole work of redemption or for some special benefits commemorated in the liturgy. (Etym. Latin praefatio, preface, prologue; literally, a saying beforehand.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 4, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/04/2013 7:38:14 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/4/13 | Joel Osteen
    Wise Men Continually Seek Him Today's Scripture “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria After Jesus was born, the Bible tells us that Wise Men came from the East to bow before Him and worship Him. They went to great lengths just to get a glimpse of the child and traveled a long distance for many months, following the star. When they saw Him, they were so overwhelmed. The scripture says they fell on their faces to honor and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 4, 2013]

    01/04/2013 7:35:52 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Why Can I Not Follow You Now? "Peter said to Him, ’Lord, why can I not follow You now?’" —John 13:37 There are times when you can’t understand why you cannot do what you want to do. When God brings a time of waiting, and appears to be unresponsive, don’t fill it with busyness, just wait. The time of waiting may come to teach you the meaning of sanctification— to be set apart from sin and made holy— or it may come after the process of sanctification has begun to teach you what service means. Never run before God...
  • 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #1 - Do you enjoy Fellowship with God and Christ?

    01/04/2013 7:15:20 AM PST · by xzins · 117 replies
    SO4J ^ | John MacArthur
    11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation - In 1746, about six years after the Great Awakening, in which Jonathan Edwards was the primary instrument of God to preach the gospel and bring about the greatest revival in American history thus far, Edwards wrote A Treatise Concerning the Religious Affections. He wrote it to deal with a problem not unlike one we face today: the matter of evidence for true conversion. Many people want the blessings of salvation, especially eternal security, but no more. In the explosive drama of the Great Awakening, it seemed as though conversions were occurring in great...
  • Slouching From Gomorrah: Remembering Robert Bork

    01/04/2013 7:13:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/3/13 | Paul Kengor
    It has been a couple of weeks since the death of Robert Bork, which occurred shortly before Christmas and didn’t really get the news coverage that Bork merited. Bork died at age 85. In 1987, he became a national headline when President Ronald Reagan nominated him to the Supreme Court. He was a judicial conservative, a “strict constructionist.” He warned about the road America was embarking upon in neglecting its Constitutional principles, and saw doom and gloom ahead. He was grimly pessimistic about America generally, dreading modern liberalism’s grip on the nation. Liberalism, Bork insisted, was pushing America toward decline....
  • Cardinal Mauro Piacenza Writes to Mothers of Priests, Seminarians

    01/04/2013 7:02:44 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 1/3/13 | Ann Schneible
    Prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy Notes Role of Family in Forming VocationsWriting on the occasion of the solemnity of Mary Mother of God (January 1), Prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, addressed a letter to mothers of priests and seminarians. "In welcoming the Eternal Word into her immaculate womb," he wrote, "Mary Most Holy gave birth to the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the world… By adhering to God's Will, Mary participated in a unique and unrepeatable way in the mystery of our redemption, thereby becoming the Mother of God,...
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Documentary to Premiere in DC

    01/04/2013 6:50:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A new documentary about the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe will premier Jan. 24 in Washington, D.C. and explore how the event helped spread the Catholic faith throughout the Americas. The trailer for movie “The Blood & The Rose” says Our Lady of Guadalupe “delivered hope” and shared “a message that would change the continent, and the world.” Director Timothy Watkins said Jan. 2 that the film relates the “fascinating historic details that point to the guidance of Divine Providence.” “It truly is our story, one that the entire world...
  • X-rays Reveal Hidden Secrets of Tudor Portraits

    01/04/2013 6:41:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/3/12 | Paddy Allen and Mark Brow
    National Portrait Gallery surprised to find image of the Virgin and Child under painting of Queen Elizabeth I's loyal spymaster, Sir Francis WalsinghamHe was the eyes and ears of Elizabeth I, the loyal spymaster and ruthless counterterror chief: Sir Francis Walsingham was the man who knew everything. Or not quite everything, it seems. Certainly not that his portrait was secretly painted over an overtly Roman Catholic image of the holy Virgin and Child. “He would not have been delighted,” speculated Dr Tarnya Cooper, standing in front of the remarkable new discovery going on show at the National Portrait Gallery. “You...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/4/13)[Prayer]

    01/04/2013 5:17:58 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/4/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures GovernorPsalm 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-04-13, M, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

    01/03/2013 8:35:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 01-04-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 4, 2013   Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious  Reading 1 1 Jn 3:7-10 Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,just as he is righteous. Whoever sins belongs to the Devil,because the Devil has sinned from the beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil. No one who is begotten by God commits sin,because God’s seed remains in him;he cannot sin because he is begotten by God. In this way,the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;no one who...
  • A culture war – or a war against Christ?

    01/03/2013 5:57:16 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    One News Now ^ | Jan. 3, 2013 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    Some in the media have popularized the term "culture war," giving the impression that the war being waged against Christianity is the same thing as a war against everything that is traditional. But in 2013, let's change the term. Let's call it what it is: "A war against Christ." Certainly there are many American traditions rooted in Christian teaching and history. But mixing some traditions with what is purely Christ-honoring -- although it may recruit support from non-Christian traditionalists or conservatives -- dilutes the Christian dye. Take for example the ACLU's war against Christians praying in public schools while obliging...
  • “Excommunication, I’m still glowing”

    01/03/2013 1:20:24 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Splendor of Truth ^ | January 2, 2013
    Marc Barnes says of this women’s ordination video “Ordain a lady: that “This might be the greatest video ever to happen to the Catholic Church.” and goes on in post Why The Catholic Priesthood Is Composed of Dudes Ordain A Lady YouTube Video This is certainly the funniest thing I have seen in a while and one of the best defenses for the Church’s teaching. I would have been hard-pressed to make a better parody and the words are genius. Well at least it would be a genius video if it wasn’t real.Though one thing that really gets my ire...
  • A Day in the Life of the Church: How the Lord Still walks this Earth in His Mystical Body

    01/03/2013 12:58:31 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 2, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many Catholics seldom think past their own parish when the consider the Church. And yet the Catholic World is huge and quite vibrant: 1.2 Billion Catholics in the World.412,236 Priests721,935 Religious Sisters221,055 Parishes92,847 Catholic Elementary Schools with 31 million students.43,591 Catholic Secondary Schools with 17 Million Students [*]117,000 health care facilities, including hospitals, clinics, orphanages,” as well as “18,000 pharmacies and 512 centers” for the care of those with leprosy, all comprising 26% of the total of the world’s health care facilities. [*] There is probably never a moment during the day in which Mass is not being celebrated somewhere...
  • Why “Celebrate” Christmas—and the Epiphany?

    01/03/2013 12:46:41 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 3, 2013 | Bruce Frohnen
    Did you know that Christmas celebrations were banned in Scotland until 1958? I certainly didn’t, not until my son started working on his sixth grade “Christmas around the World” report. I haven’t looked up what the English did in this regard (Scotland always has had a good deal of autonomy within Britain, and never stopped following its own legal code). But it seems the good Presbyterians of the established Church of Scotland (“the Kirk,” ironically enough for traditional conservatives) thought Christmas was a Catholic holiday, best stamped out with criminal penalties for unwholesome celebrations (pretty much anything outside of church),...
  • Pope chooses new auxiliary bishop (a convert) for Atlanta

    01/03/2013 12:01:05 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | January 3, 2013
    Bishop-designate David P. Talley. Credit: Archdiocese of Atlanta. Atlanta, Ga., Jan 3, 2013 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has named Atlanta priest Monsignor David P. Talley, a convert to Catholicism, as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said Jan. 3 that he announced the appointment “with great joy.” “The Holy Father has selected a wonderful member of this zealous local presbyterate for the episcopacy and I know that he will bring all of his many gifts and talents to this new office,” he said in a statement. The...
  • “The Goodness and Humanity of God”

    01/03/2013 10:13:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/3/12 | Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.
    The sub-title of J. Budziszewski’s 2009 book, The Line Through the Heart, reads as follows: “Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction.” The initial dedicatory citation in the book, from which the book derives its title, is a memorable one from Alexander Solzhenitsyn. It reads: “The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” Needless to say, this sentence is soul-wrenching. It compels us all to stop blaming external causes and systems for the conditions of our souls and of our society. This insight is but a graphic adaption of Plato’s affirmation that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NECESSARY FAITH, 01-03-13

    01/03/2013 8:44:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-03-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NECESSARY FAITH The irreducible minimum that everyone must believe as a condition for salvation. Also called the "necessity of means" to be saved, it applies to those who have reached the age of reason. It certainly includes belief that God exists and that he rewards the good and punishes the wicked: "It is impossible to please God without faith, since anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who try to find Him" (Vulgate: "who seek Him") (Hebrews 11:6). Probably one must also know and believe, at least implicitly, in the...
  • Karl Barth’s “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know….” Answer: Can Anyone Verify It?

    01/03/2013 8:02:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Patheos ^ | 01/03/2013 | Roger E. Olson
    Most Christians have heard it as a sermon illustration. I’ve heard and read many variations of the story. According to the story, Karl Barth was fielding questions from the audience after a lecture in Rockefeller Chapel on the campus of the University Chicago in 1962. A student stood and asked him if he could summarize his life’s work in theology in one sentence. According to the story a gasp went up from the audience–responding to the student’s perceived audaciousness. Also, according to the story, Barth didn’t skip a beat. He said (paraphrasing) “Yes. In the words of a song I...