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  • The Generations of Adam...Genesis 5 pt 1

    This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred...
  • ***An Email From Ben Stein***

    01/08/2013 1:38:03 PM PST · by The Wizard · 20 replies
    email | Stardate: 1301.8
    The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS 'Sunday Morning' Commentary. My confession: I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat... Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the...
  • Liberace Movie Too Gay for Hollywood, but Not for San Bernadino

    01/08/2013 1:19:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Brokeback Mountain not as funny, says director SoderberghIn a January 5 New York Post story, movie director, Steven Soderbergh, revealed that his biopic, Beyond the Candelabra, was “too gay” for Hollywood. “Nobody would make it,” Soderbergh tells the Post. “We went to everybody in town. They all said it was too gay. “And this is after Brokeback Mountain, by the way, which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us.” The movie is based upon the tell-all book, Beyond the Candelabra by Scott Thorson, entertainer Liberace’s young homosexual lover. It...
  • Arguments begin in case of minister accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ for homosexuality remarks

    01/08/2013 11:51:43 AM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    lsn ^ | 1.8.2013 | Kirsten Andersen
    Lawyers for a Massachusetts pastor have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a foreign homosexual advocacy group accusing him of “crimes against humanity.” During a 90-minute hearing on Monday in U.S. District Court, Judge Michael Ponsor said the lawsuit filed by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) against Springfield-based minister Scott Lively poses a test of free-speech protection and the rights of sexual minorities to equal protection under the law. Ponsor heard arguments from lawyers representing both Lively and SMUG. SMUG, represented in court by the George Soros-funded “Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR),” accused Lively of...
  • Cultural Assimilation: A Threat to Catholic Identity

    01/08/2013 8:07:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/8/13 | James Kalb
    For the most part, American Catholics have wanted to be like other people. They arrived in America as immigrants from places where they had a definite (if sometimes lowly) position. They left that for a country where social positions were fluid, they would be held in contempt if they stayed as they were, and they could rise to the heights if they Americanized. So they became dedicated Americans. They were used to being part of the social whole, and that was the way to be part of it here. What they lost in security of position by moving to the...
  • Serbian Orthodox Monastery of Assumption of the Virgin Destroyed [by Kosovar Albanians]

    01/08/2013 7:58:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Orthodox Church News ^ | 1/4/13 | Kisha D Dorado
    Belgrade: Albanians last night completely destroyed the monastery “Assumption of the Virgin” in southern Serbia. Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin” which is located in the vicinity of Vladicin Han was vandalized last night. The door was smashed, and the entire interior were broken. The money from the candle sales and other item inside the monastery is stolen, and all the icons were smashed. Mother Paraskeva (62 years old) confirmed this information. She was very upset fear for her safety. “I’m afraid they will come back, but I’m not going anywhere. I’m here alone and old, but let them come,...
  • Church Can't Withhold Names in Calif. Priest Files

    01/08/2013 7:47:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 1/7/13 | Greg Risling
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles must release the names of church leaders and pedophile priests identified in thousands of pages of internal documents recounting sexual abuse allegations dating back decades, a judge ruled Monday.</p>
  • Prince Charles 'Worried About Changing Laws of Royal Succession'

    01/08/2013 7:40:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/7/13 | Caroline Davies and Juliette Jowit
    Prince of Wales reportedly met Whitehall officials to share his concerns about fast-tracked changes to the UK's constitutionThe Prince of Wales is said to have raised his fears of "unintended consequences" of the government rushing to change the laws of succession to the throne. In a private meeting with Richard Heaton, permanent secretary of the Cabinet Office, Charles reportedly voiced concerns over what would happen if his grandchild, due next year, were to marry a Roman Catholic. The succession to the crown bill, which will change the ancient laws governing the royal line of succession to ensure the Duke and...
  • Erik Davis: Jesus freaks rock

    01/08/2013 6:24:14 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 5 replies
    Boing Boing ^ | Erik Davis
    n the late 1960s and 70s, droves of hippies and freaks bounced back from various countercultural bummers by embracing the “One Way” of Jesus Christ. Though they rejected many aspects of the underground scene—fun stuff like drugs, free love, and the occult smorgasbord—the Jesus Freaks kept others very much alive. They had a strong yen for intense spiritual experiences and communal tribes, as well as an apocalyptic sense of imminent global transformation. In stark contrast to previous generations of American Christians, who largely rejected popular culture as the devil’s work, these hirsute believers also embraced countercultural media—street newspapers, bumper-stickers, coffee...
  • Has Rapper Eminem Really Become a Born-Again Christian?

    01/08/2013 5:40:50 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 37 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com/ ^ | 01/07/2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Rapper Eminem is known for his edgy music, which generally includes explicit lyrics and controversial themes. That’s why last week’s media report alleging that the performer has become a born-again Christian sparked so much interest. While it was enticing for many to pounce on the idea that the formerly-troubled star would have a “come to Jesus” moment, the entire notion of an intense spiritual transformation is based on an unnamed source who was cited on the web site AllHipHop.com. “I heard a doozie recently and I’m not sure that I can believe that its completely true,” the article announcing the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 8, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/08/2013 4:45:49 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/8/13 | Joel Osteen
    His Goodness Leads You to Him Today's Scripture “...the goodness of God leads you to repentance.” (Romans 2:4, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the natural, when we’ve wronged someone, sometimes it’s easier to avoid them than to face the discomfort or potential rejection. It isn’t surprising that people sometimes have this same approach to God. Have you ever heard someone say, “If I walk into a church, the roof will cave in?” They think they should keep their distance because of what they’ve done. But nothing could be further from the truth! God’s not mad at...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 8, 2013]

    01/08/2013 4:44:06 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Is My Sacrifice Living? "Abraham built an altar . . . ; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar . . ." —Genesis 22:9 This event is a picture of the mistake we make in thinking that the ultimate God wants of us is the sacrifice of death. What God wants is the sacrifice through death which enables us to do what Jesus did, that is, sacrifice our lives. Not— “Lord, I am ready to go with You . . . to death” (Luke 22:33). But— “I am willing to be identified with Your...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/8/13)[Prayer]

    01/08/2013 4:24:29 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/8/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Like an EagleDeuteronomy 32;11 As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(1/8/13)[Prayer]

    01/08/2013 4:19:21 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/8/13 | left that other site, Hiskid
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Deuteronomy 32;11 As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings. God Bless America!
  • Socialist Politician Says Spanish Bishop Should be 'Muzzled'

    01/07/2013 8:11:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Madrid, Spain, Jan 7, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A socialist government official in Andalusia, Spain, called for a local Catholic bishop to be “muzzled” for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba should be silenced for leveling attacks against “real and effective equality between men and women,” charged Miguel Angel Vazquez, a member of the Socialist Party and spokesman for the Andalusian provincial government. In a Jan. 4 post on his personal blog, Vazquez labeled Bishop Fernandez “a true representative of religious fanaticism” and said that the prelate provokes “controversies...
  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 3 of 14]

    01/07/2013 7:32:32 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    A good illustration is in the public schools. This view is taught in our public schools exclusively -- by law. There is no other view that can be taught. I'll mention it a bit later, but by law there is no other view that can be taught. By law, in the public schools, the United States of America in 1982, legally there is only one view of reality that can be taught. I'll mention it a bit later, but there is only one view of reality that can be taught, and that is that the final reality is only material...
  • Providence and Suffering [Habakkuk Faced what the People of God are facing in the USA]

    01/07/2013 4:14:19 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Ligonier ^ | R.C. Sproul
    http://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/providence_god_in_control/providence The Psalmist asked, “Why do the wicked prosper, while the righteous suffer?” The prophet Habakkuk asked virtually the same question in his day as he witnessed his homeland overrun with the invading armies of the Chaldeans. Initially, from Habakkuk’s perspective, he did not see God’s hand in the suffering of his people. Where was the Judge of all the earth during this time of injustice, he wondered. Here Dr. Sproul explains how God’s providence and suffering go hand and hand.
  • But why do YOU go to Mass? critical importance of rendering personal testimony in evangelization

    01/07/2013 4:07:39 PM PST · by NYer · 59 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 6, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some decades ago the argument from authority was often invoked as we answered some question about the faith. It was often considered sufficient merely invoke the existence of a rule. And thus, to my nagging question, “Why should I have to go to mass?” my parents would often answer, “Because it’s a rule!” Other variations of the answer would be, “Because the Church says so,” or, “Because it’s in the Ten Commandments.”Never mind that there might actually be reasons that there was a rule, or a commandment. It was considered enough in those old days simply to say, “It is...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - January 6th, 2013 (Dispensational Caucus)

    01/07/2013 2:58:17 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - January 6th, 2013 Pastor JD talks about how the inextricable link between Bible history and Bible prophecy points to the salvation of the Jewish nation in the seven-year tribulation, and the rapture of the bride of Christ before the seven-year tribulation.
  • Coptic Leaders Say Egypt’s Constitution ‘Prepares The Way for Islamic Caliphate’

    01/07/2013 11:52:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/7/13 | John Pontifex
    Egypt’s new constitution “prepares the way for an Islamic caliphate”, according to the acting leader of Coptic Catholics, who is among three bishops to condemn the document as a fundamental attack on human rights. The bishops expressed their profound disappointment with the constitution signed into law on December 26, saying only extremist Muslims’ rights were guaranteed by the new document and that at particular risk were women, young people and religious minorities. Bishop Kyrillos William, administrator of the Coptic Catholic Patriarchate of Alexandria, said: “We were waiting for a constitution that represents the whole of Egypt but instead we have...
  • Catholics Come Home Targets Bowl-Game Audiences

    01/07/2013 7:35:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/5/13 | Jim Graves
    Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz is featured in a commercial that will air in conjunction with the Notre Dame-Alabama BCS Championship game.MIAMI — Tom Peterson, founder of Catholics Come Home, announced that his Catholic evangelization organization will be airing a new national television commercial featuring retired college football coach Lou Holtz during college football week and ending with the BCS National Championship (Notre Dame vs. Alabama) on Jan. 7. The 30-second ad features Coach Holtz delivering a half-time “pep-talk” reminding viewers to keep focused on life’s goal: heaven. “Faith is not a spectator’s sport; it must be lived. …...
  • The Catholics Who Embrace T S Eliot

    01/07/2013 7:31:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/7/13 | Christopher Howse
    Sacred Mysteries: a great modern Anglican poet features in Roman Catholic liturgy It is surprising to find the Protestant reformer Miles Coverdale’s translation of the Psalms used in a Catholic church. His version of the Bible was burnt in Henry VIII’s reign, and even on his return from exile, when Elizabeth became queen, he did not resume his office as Bishop of Exeter. Partly by accident, Coverdale’s Psalms are used in the Book of Common Prayer, not the version from the Authorised Version of the Bible of 1611. Now they are incorporated into the service book of the Ordinariate of...
  • Top Five Under-Covered Vatican Stories of 2012

    01/07/2013 7:25:18 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 1/4/13 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Now that the dust has settled on the New Year's holiday, it's time for my annual run-down of the most under-covered Vatican stories. By that, I mean those stories that fell through the cracks in the last year or that didn't quite generate the buzz they really deserved. To be clear, this is not a countdown of the most important Vatican storylines. That list would certainly include the arrest, trial, conviction and eventual pardon of papal butler Paolo Gabriele and the crackdown by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Both stories,...
  • France's Hollande Escalates Row with Catholics Over Gay Marriage

    01/07/2013 7:21:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/6/13 | Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - France's President Francois Hollande has weighed this weekend into the war of words between his government and the Catholic Church over holding discussions in schools on the planned legalization of same-sex marriage. He defended Education Minister Vincent Peillon on Saturday for urging Catholic schools, which teach about one-fifth of all pupils in France, to stay neutral in the debate. Peillon's supporters and critics dominated the headlines and airwaves on Sunday, a week before a Church-backed protest in Paris that organizers say could draw as many as half a million people opposed to any change in traditional marriage. The...
  • 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #3 - Do You Obey God's Word?

    01/07/2013 6:02:58 AM PST · by xzins · 40 replies
    SO4J ^ | John MacArthur
    11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #3 - Do you Obey the Scriptures? SO4J ^ | John MacArthur Posted on 01/05/2013 7:35:55 AM PST by xzins Test #1 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #1 - Do you enjoy Fellowship with God and Christ? Test #2 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #2 - Are you Sensitive to Sin in your Life? Is It Real? 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation by John MacArthur - 11 Questions to help one see if they are Biblically Saved. Helps to Examine Their Faith with God's...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/7/13)[Prayer]

    01/07/2013 5:27:48 AM PST · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/7/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures GuidePsalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 7, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/07/2013 4:18:13 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/7/13 | Joel Osteen
    Your Absolute Best Today's Scripture And on going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasure bags, they presented to Him gifts--gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Can you imagine what it must have been like for the Wise Men when they saw Jesus? He was just a child in a stable surrounded by animals, but these Wise Men recognized that He was the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords; the Savior of the world....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 7, 2013]

    01/07/2013 4:17:03 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Intimate With Jesus "Jesus said to him, ’Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?’" —John 14:9 These words were not spoken as a rebuke, nor even with surprise; Jesus was encouraging Philip to draw closer. Yet the last person we get intimate with is Jesus. Before Pentecost the disciples knew Jesus as the One who gave them power to conquer demons and to bring about a revival (see Luke 10:18-20). It was a wonderful intimacy, but there was a much closer intimacy to come: “. . . I have called you...
  • Pope Says Church Must Stand Firm Against "Intolerant Agnosticism"

    01/06/2013 7:31:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/6/13 | Philip Pullella
    (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Sunday that Roman Catholic leaders must have the courage to stand up to attacks by "intolerant agnosticism" prevalent in many countries. The pope and the Church have come under increased attack because of their opposition to homosexual marriage and women priests. The pope has repeatedly denounced what he says are attempts to push religion out of public debate. The 85-year-old pontiff celebrated Mass on the day Christians in the West mark the Epiphany, and ordained four new archbishops including his personal secretary. In a homily to about 10,000 people in St Peter's Basilica in...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation

    01/06/2013 6:04:18 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 16 replies
    1-6-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 7:10 My Defense is in God, Who Preserveth the Upright in Heart.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-10-13

    01/06/2013 5:50:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-10-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 10, 2013   Thursday after Epiphany     Reading 1 1 Jn 4:19–5:4 Beloved, we love God becausehe first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,”but hates his brother, he is a liar;for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him:Whoever loves God must also love his brother. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,and everyone who loves the Fatherloves also the one begotten by him. In this way we know that we love the...
  • Israeli Priest Hounded for His Support of Israel

    01/06/2013 5:26:55 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 12 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | 1/4/'13 | Aryeh Savir/Tazpit News Agency
    Last weekend, Father Gabriel Nadaf, 39, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth, challenged a boycott against him and attempted to enter the church there to recite a prayer and light a candle. He was accompanied by Israeli Border Police officers and supporters, who came to ensure his safe passage into the church. Nadaf was excommunicated by the Orthodox Church Council after he expressed his belief that Christian youth in Israel should fully integrate into Israeli society, serving in the IDF or in the National Service. Since then, he and others, like Father André Alamiya, have been the target of virulent...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-09-13

    01/06/2013 5:22:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-09-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 9, 2013   Wednesday after Epiphany   Reading 1 1 Jn 4:11-18 Beloved, if God so loved us,we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,and his love is brought to perfection in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testifythat the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,God remains in him and he in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-08-13

    01/06/2013 5:13:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-08-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 8, 2013   Tuesday after Epiphany   Reading 1 1 Jn 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another,because love is of God;everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.In this way the love of God was revealed to us:God sent his only-begotten Son into the worldso that we might have life through him.In this is love:not that we have loved God, but that he loved usand sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Responsorial Psalm Ps 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8 R. (see 11) Lord, every nation on...
  • 11 Reasons the Authority of Christianity Is Centered on St. Peter and Rome

    01/06/2013 3:56:49 PM PST · by NYer · 3,032 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | December 19, 2012
    Bl. John Henry Newman said it best: “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” History paints an overwhelming picture of St. Peter’s apostolic ministry in Rome and this is confirmed by a multitude of different sources within the Early Church. Catholic Encyclopedia states, “In opposition to this distinct and unanimous testimony of early Christendom, some few Protestant historians have attempted in recent times to set aside the residence and death of Peter at Rome as legendary. These attempts have resulted in complete failure.” Protestantism as a whole seeks to divorce Christianity from history by rending Gospel...
  • Resurrection of the Body (Ecumenical)

    01/06/2013 3:34:53 PM PST · by narses · 20 replies
    The Bible tells us that when Jesus returns to earth, he will physically raise all those who have died, giving them back the bodies they lost at death. These will be the same bodies people had in earthly life—but our resurrection bodies will not die and, for the righteous, they will be transformed into a glorified state, freed from suffering and pain, and enabled to do many of the amazing things Jesus could do with his glorified body (cf. 1 Cor. 15:35–44, 1 John 3:2). The resurrection of the body is an essential Christian doctrine, as the apostle Paul declares:...
  • B16's Epiphany Gifts: Rings, Miters and Croziers

    01/06/2013 1:15:36 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | January 6, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    Continuing a JPII tradition he was initially loath to pick up, this morning again saw the Pope mark Epiphany by ordaining a new crop of bishops, the crop of four headlined by the elevation of his longtime personal secretary, now Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who Benedict XVI has made his ultimate gatekeeper by naming the 56 year-old German as prefect of the Papal Household. Two of the other new archbishops – the Nigerian Fortunatus Nwachukwu, 52, and the Genovese Nicolas Thevenin, 54 – will respectively serve as papal nuncio in Nicaragua and Guatemala, while the Italian Angelo Vincenzo Zani, 62, will...
  • Church of England Moves to Approve Gay Bishops, Conservatives Protest

    01/06/2013 7:37:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/04/2013 | By Stoyan Zaimov
    The Church of England has decided to drop its ban on gay clergy in civil partnerships seeking to become bishops, as long as they make a promise to remain celibate. Conservative Anglicans, however, insist celibacy would be difficult to enforce, noting that the decision undermines church doctrine on marriage. "The House has confirmed that clergy in civil partnerships, and living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality, can be considered as candidates for the episcopate. There had been a moratorium on such candidates for the past year and a half while the working party completed its...
  • Eminem Becomes A Born Again Christian?

    01/06/2013 7:34:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/04/2013 | By Vincent Funaro
    Eminem could now be a born again Christian, according to a new rumor. A source from the rapper's hometown of Detroit claims to have witnessed Eminem's transformation firsthand through some of his recent actions, according to AllHipHop.com. He stated that Eminem has been going through many changes as of late and has removed himself "from the depths of the music industry," and has also refused to conform to what is expected from him in the business. Eminem, known for his shock value lyrics as well as his vivid storytelling and superior lyrical capabilities confessed to being a Christian on a...
  • D.C. Has a Prayer [Interview with Eric Metaxas]

    01/06/2013 6:47:32 AM PST · by newheart · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Jan. 5, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    When Eric Metaxas spoke last year at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., he used the opportunity to challenge his listeners. In his new book No Pressure, Mr. President: Real Faith in a Time of Crisis, he makes his remarks available to a broader audience and recounts the journey of a writer trying to be a Christian witness. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: The e-book version of your book is titled “Jesus Hates Dead Religion.” How can you claim to know what Jesus hates? ERIC METAXAS: The Bible says that God hates what is evil. According to my sources, Jesus is...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/6/13)[Prayer]

    01/06/2013 5:51:49 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/6/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures JudgeIsaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 6, 2013]

    01/06/2013 4:42:11 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Worship "He moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord" —Genesis 12:8 Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love-gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship....
  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 2 of 14]

    01/05/2013 9:21:46 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    The world view that the final reality is only material or energy shaped by pure chance, inevitably, (that's the next word I would bring to you ) mathematically -- with mathematical certainty -- brings forth all these other results which are in our country and in our society which have led to the breakdown in the country -- in society -- and which are its present sorrows. So, if you hold this other world view, you must realize that it is inevitable that we will come to the very sorrows of relativity and all these other things that are so...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-07-13, OM, St. Raymond of Penyafort, Priest

    01/05/2013 8:41:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-07-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 7, 2013   Monday after Epiphany     Reading 1 1 Jn 3:22–4:6 Beloved:We receive from him whatever we ask,because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.And his commandment is this:we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,and love one another just as he commanded us.Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,and the way we know that he remains in usis from the Spirit whom he gave us. Beloved, do not trust every spiritbut test the spirits to see whether they belong to God,because many false prophets have gone...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-06-13, Solemnity, The Epiphany of the Lord

    01/05/2013 8:33:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-06-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 6, 2013   Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord   Reading 1 Is 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,the glory of the Lord shines upon you.See, darkness covers the earth,and thick clouds cover the peoples;but upon you the LORD shines,and over you appears his glory.Nations shall walk by your light,and kings by your shining radiance.Raise your eyes and look about;they all gather and come to you:your sons come from afar,and your daughters in the arms of their nurses. Then you shall be radiant at what you see,your heart shall throb and overflow,for the riches...
  • The Catholic Church, a Hate Group?

    01/05/2013 4:39:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    First Things ^ | 1/4/13 | Austin Ruse
    The White House has started a cockamamie procedure where regular citizens can launch petitions and if they get 25,000 signatures the White House will respond. Some are serious, like the one to exempt Hobby Lobby from the HHS contraceptive mandate. Some are silly, like the one asking for Joe Biden to be in a reality show. There is a petition for the arrest of NBC’s David Gregory for showing a magazine clip on his Sunday morning show, something that is illegal in Washington DC. A new petition has gone up, on Christmas Day no less, asking for the Catholic Church...
  • Tragic Letter from The Hobby Lobby CEO

    01/05/2013 3:20:48 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 35 replies
    The Brenner Brief ^ | January 3, 2012 | Posted by The Brenner Brief
    This letter is a very sad example of what happens when our personal freedoms and liberties are taken away. America wasn’t built on this, readers, and we absolutely must share this to show people the impact the Obama administration is having on every-day Americans. When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God‘s word....
  • Catholic churches set ablaze in Austria and France

    01/05/2013 2:22:20 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    cna ^ | January 4, 2013
    Vienna, Austria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA).- Several Catholic churches in Europe were reportedly set on fire in the days before Christmas, raising concerns of vandalism motivated by an opposition to Christianity.   The Observatory on the Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe reported that three churches were burned in Austria on Dec. 23, while a Nativity scene was burned at a church in France on December 18.   In the small Austrian town of Amstetten, three churches were set aflame, with one being severely damaged. The alleged suspect – a young man – was interrogated by...
  • Church of England to allow homosexual bishops in civil partnerships

    01/05/2013 2:06:47 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 5, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    There is a story at CNA/EWTN that made me chuckle a little.What for what is wrong with this (including the terminology). London, England, Jan 4, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church of England has decided to permit gay male clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops, provided that they promise to be celibate. [First, let's work to get Catholic news services to stop playing into the hands of the homosexualists by using the word "gay". Next, do they mean "celibate" (unmarried) or "continent" (not sexually active)?]“The House (of Bishops) believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration...
  • THE PERILS OF CIVIL RELIGION (Awesome read!)

    01/05/2013 1:39:07 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Shirt of Flame ^ | January 5, 2013 | HEATHER KING
     As I contemplated Shin Dong-hyuk and his escape from North Korea last week, I also happened to be reading Ralph C. Woods’ Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South--an unintentionally apropos pairing. One of Wood’s main theses is that O’Connor--the novelist, short story writer, and devout Catholic--preferred the excesses of fundamentalism, which at least takes God seriously enough to take him literally, to the bland “civil religion” practiced by most Americans, including most Catholics. "O’Connor discerned that something deadly had occurred when national identity had been made to trump religious faith”… “[Her] objection to a blithe indifferentism concerning truth and error,...