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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/6/13)[Prayer]

    02/06/2013 5:45:48 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/6/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohim Machase Lanu - GOD Our Refuge(Psalms 62:8) Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
  • Slouching Toward Gay Takeover of Boy Scouts

    02/06/2013 5:07:29 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 23 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 6, 2013 | JP
    One of the more memorable sketches to air on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” featured actor Alec Baldwin and comedian Adam Sandler as members of a Boy Scout troop. Baldwin played a gay scoutmaster, “Mr. Armstrong.” Sandler reprised his role as “Canteen Boy,” a scout clearly suffering arrested development. In the sketch, Mr. Armstrong makes a sexual advance on Canteen Boy, brushing his unshaven face against the lad. So uncomfortable is Sandler’s character, who is not so dimwitted that he doesn’t know a pedophile when he sees one, that he flees into the woods. The sketch was uproariously funny. But what...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 6, 2013]

    02/06/2013 4:41:48 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Are You Ready To Be Poured Out As an Offering? (2) "I am already being poured out as a drink offering . . ." —2 Timothy 4:6 Are you ready to be poured out as an offering? It is an act of your will, not your emotions. Tell God you are ready to be offered as a sacrifice for Him. Then accept the consequences as they come, without any complaints, in spite of what God may send your way. God sends you through a crisis in private, where no other person can help you. From the outside your life...
  • Should Richard III Receive a Catholic Burial?

    02/06/2013 4:11:39 AM PST · by NYer · 104 replies
    First Things ^ | February 4, 2013 | Mark Movsesian
    You thought there couldn’t be a law and religion angle to today’s news—fascinating for us history nerds—that archaeologists have discovered the mortal remains of Richard III beneath a parking lot in Leicester? Think again. Plans are underway to re-inter the bones in the city’s Anglican Cathedral. Not so fast, say some: the hunchback king wasn’t a Protestant, but a Catholic, and he requires a Catholic burial. In fact, as Shakespeare fans know, Richard died at Bosworth Field (“A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!”), defending his throne from Henry Tudor. Henry went on to reign as Henry VII;...
  • Does Joyce Meyers teach a “feel good” Gospel and Christianity – or am I just misinformed?

    02/05/2013 10:00:31 PM PST · by damonw · 30 replies
    THE WORD on the Word Of Faith ^ | 02/05/13 | Damon Whitsell
    This is just an excerpt from our article here http://thewordonthewordoffaithinfoblog.com/2013/02/06/does-joyce-meyers-teach-a-feel-good-gospel-and-christianity-or-am-i-just-misinformed/ Does Joyce Meyers teach a “feel good” Gospel and Christianity – or am I just misinformed? I got notice of this thread on ChristianForums.com via a pingback to our groublog when this article was posted there. I thought since this thread about dreams and idols turned into a debate about Joyce Meyers and comments were made like she is “anything but a feel good preacher” and “the last thing Joyce Meyers teaches is feel good Christianity”,, I would chime in a post some resources from our groupblog concerning Meyers and...
  • Founder of Ground Zero Mosque 'spent more than $3 MILLION on lavish trips, luxury sports cars..

    02/05/2013 9:12:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2013 | Staff
    The founder of the controversial Ground Zero Mosque allegedly spent more than $3 million that had been donated to charity to fund a first-class lifestyle that involved 'lavish trips, luxury sports cars and personal real estate.' Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was slapped with a $20 million lawsuit by, Robert Leslie Deak, a major backer to his nonprofit who alleges the wild spending in the papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Rauf's charity, the Cordoba Initiative, received $3 million from the Malaysian as well as another $167,000 from private donors. That money was meant to counter anti-Islamic sentiment but instead went...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-06-13, M, St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

    02/05/2013 8:08:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-06-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 6, 2013   Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs     Reading 1 Heb 12:4-7, 11-15 Brothers and sisters:In your struggle against sinyou have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lordor lose heart when reproved by him;for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;he scourges every son he acknowledges.Endure your trials as “discipline”;God treats you as his sons.For what Ason” is there whom his father does not discipline?At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for...
  • ...Police investigate claims that Mormons kept wives from escaping Utah enclave

    02/05/2013 8:08:03 PM PST · by Colofornian · 69 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Jan. 23, 2013 | Sam Webb
    Arizona Attorney General claims sect is holding women against their willHe says police in Hildale and Colorado City are holding the womenMarshal's office in Mormon stronghold strongly denies the claim Police in a Utah town dominated by one of the largest polygamous sects in the U.S. have been stopping women from leaving, according to a top lawman. Arizona's attorney general Tom Horne yesterday announced a criminal probe of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and the Marshal's Office, which serves as a small police force in the twin polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah, and...
  • What do you know about black history? [BYU students offensive to point of tears--laughing & crying]

    02/05/2013 7:50:30 PM PST · by Colofornian · 59 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | Feb. 7, 2012 | ScratchmyBackerman
    ...Follow me on Stand up comic, Dave Ackerman, goes to Brigham Young University to find out what BYU students know about Black History Month.
  • Social justice vs. kingdom work

    02/05/2013 7:47:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Chistian Chronicle ^ | The March 2013 Edition | Bobby Ross, Jr.
    AT A NATIONAL MEETING of youth ministers, the key role of the local church is emphasized. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Love Jesus. Tolerate the church. At a time when Americans’ confidence in organized religion has hit a 40-year low, that mindset seems particularly prevalent among younger Christians. At the recent National Conference on Youth Ministries, Scot McKnight — one of the keynote speakers — challenged what he described as the modern tendency to lift up social justice efforts as “kingdom work.” “It’s like a tsunami, beginning to overtake the church, and the church is losing significance in local communities because...
  • Who Was Paul VI?

    02/05/2013 7:40:53 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | February 2013 | Robert J. Siscoe
    Who Was Paul VI?A review of Msgr. Villa’s Paul VI Beatified?By Robert J. Siscoe It was during the 35th Assembly of the Italian Bishops that Cardinal Ruini, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, announced his intention to submit the cause for beatification of Paul VI. On May 13, 1992, he issued an Edict that appeared in the Roma Sette, inviting “every single faithful to communicate to us directly… any information which, in any way, may argue against the reputation of sanctity of the Servant of God [Paul VI]”. Fr. Luigi Villa, editor of Chiesa Viva, answered the call. In the...
  • Why Christians Need Confessions

    02/05/2013 6:29:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    New Horizons ^ | February 2013 | Carl R. Trueman
    Despite claims to the contrary, the Christian world is not divided between those who have creeds and confessions and those who just have the Bible. It is actually divided between those who have creeds and confessions and write them down in a public form, open to public scrutiny and correction, and those who have them and do not write them down. The reason is simple: every church (and indeed every Christian) believes the Bible means something, and what it thinks the Bible means is its creed and confession, whether it chooses to write its beliefs down or not. Of course,...
  • The Fullness of Iniquity

    02/05/2013 4:38:32 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 6 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | February 5, 2013 | Pete Garcia
    'And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin. This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.' (Daniel 5:25-28) By the time our Founding Fathers got around to establishing us as a nation, American’s had already been roughing it in the wilderness colonies for almost 200 years. The first colonies began in the late 1500’s with settlements in places like Roanoke and Jamestown. As the colonies...
  • The Book of Genesis (chapters 7 and 8) ... Pastor Rick Booye.

    02/05/2013 3:57:24 PM PST · by fishtank
    Willing Heart Radio ^ | May 10, 2000 | Rick Booye
    Skeptics say: "Man is capable of destroying mankind, but God isn't." (my own title summary) Hi all. I have a new favorite radio preacher, Rick Booye. I bumped into him on local radio a few weeks ago, and have been IMPRESSED with him ever since. On his May 10, 2000 message on the book of Genesis....
  • Cultural Pandering No Boon for Shriveling United Church of Christ

    02/05/2013 3:16:54 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 2-4-13 | John Lomperis
    Advocates for churches and Christian institutions reconsidering biblical teaching on sexual morality frequently claim that such cultural accomodationism is "needed" if Christian communities are to have any hope of surviving in an America whose secular culture is increasingly intolerant of moral boundaries for sexual expression (beyond consent). If one is going to take such arguments seriously, it makes sense to consider how well that has worked in the denomination that has most prominently pioneered enthusiastic abandonment of biblical values on marriage and sex. The United Church of Christ (UCC) attracted heaps of polarized public attention in 2005 with its embrace...
  • Love is as Loves Does: A Meditation on the Litany of Love In St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians

    02/05/2013 2:38:22 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 4, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In his great treatise on the Theological Virtue of Love, St. Paul sets forth a kind of symphony in three movements. In yesterday’s post we saw the first movement, wherein he teaches on the primacy and prerequisite of love to inform other virtues, lest they lack either a proper balance or proper object. Indeed, without love many of our excellencies, good though they are can become detached, disordered, and even dangerous.Today is set forth the second movement wherein St. Paul and the Holy Spirit describe love in a litany-like manner. The litany is both memorable and vivid.MOVEMENT II. The PORTRAIT...
  • Can abortionists really be Christians?

    02/05/2013 2:22:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 41 replies
    LAN ^ | Cassy Fiano
    There’s something disturbing about abortionists, and the activists who support them, pretending that Jesus would be totally cool with abortion. You can kill babies all day long and still be a Christian, like, for sure! That’s the latest claim from one abortion supporter, Reverend Matthew Westfox, the associate minister at All Souls Bethlehem Church. He’s insisting not only that you can be an abortion worker and still be a Christian, but that you’d also be serving God as you rip the little babies from their mothers’ wombs! Hallelujah! Many times in my ministry, a conversation with abortion clinic staffers that...
  • Quebec school to appeal to Canadian Supreme Court for right to teach Catholic religion course

    02/05/2013 2:12:25 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 4, 2013 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    MONTREAL, Quebec, February 4, 2013(LifeSiteNews.com) – A private Catholic high school in Montreal has decided to appeal to Canada’s highest court in its fight for academic and religious freedom. Loyola High School will appeal a decision by Quebec’s Court of Appeal that forces the Jesuit-run school for boys to cease teaching its Catholic course on religion and morality and switch to the “secular” and “neutral” Ethics and Religious Culture course (ERC) provided by the province’s government. Catholic critics of the ERC have said that the course promotes moral relativism as well as ethical positions that clearly violate Catholic teaching. In...
  • Making sense of another ambiguous ‘compromise’ - Bishops Must Take ‘Right Action Whatever Cost’

    02/05/2013 2:05:36 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | February 4, 2013 | Archbishop Chaput
    To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance). No misfortune can disturb it (and this is fortitude). It obeys only [God] (and this is justice), and is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence). – Augustine The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that prudence is the auriga virtutum, the “charioteer of virtues.” It’s “right reason in action,” the...
  • Gandhi and Guns: The Mahatma Championed Right to Bear Arms

    02/05/2013 12:15:31 PM PST · by ubipetrusest · 1 replies
    The College Fix ^ | January 20, 2013 | Kushagra Aniket
    At a time when President Obama has announced severe gun control proposals, it might come as a surprise to note that Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest champions of non-violence and someone whom the president counts among his personal inspirations, actively campaigned for the right to bear arms during the Indian freedom struggle. Today it is often argued that a large part of the purpose behind the Second Amendment—protection against the prospect of government tyranny—is unjustified or irrelevant. But this argument is strikingly similar to the one advanced by the British colonialists who presented themselves as the redeemers of their...
  • Same-Sex Wedding Cake Refusal Could Cost Christian Baker

    02/05/2013 9:14:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 72 replies
    EWTN ^ | 2/5/13
    The Oregon state attorney general's office is investigating a Christian baker who declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Aaron Klein, owner of the Gresham, Ore. bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, told The Oregonian newspaper he chose not to make the cake because he believes marriage is “a religious institution between a man and woman as stated in the Bible.” “When someone tells me that their definition is something different, I strongly disagree. I don’t think I should be penalized for that.” His business, which he co-owns with his wife, could face as much as $50,000 in...
  • Ignore 'Prophets of Doom' Predicting End of Religious Life, Pope Says

    02/05/2013 9:11:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 2/4/13 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI asked nuns, brothers and priests not to listen to the "prophets of doom" who say that consecrated life has no future or that it has no meaning in today's world. "Do not join the prophets of doom who proclaim the end or the lack of meaning of consecrated life in today's church; rather clothe yourselves with Jesus Christ and put on the armor of light ... remaining awake and vigilant," Pope Benedict told consecrated virgins and men and women who belong to religious orders. Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass with the religious Feb....
  • With God in Russia

    02/05/2013 8:25:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | 1/23/13 | Tim Kelleher
    Colbert Report chaplain and envoy-at-large to the entertainment community, Jim Martin, S.J., has announced the very good news that Walter Ciszek’s With God In Russia, is now available on Kindle, courtesy of America Press. For anyone not yet familiar with Ciszek or this book, I urge you to get hold of it. You will be rewarded by encountering heroic sanctity, not through the hagiographic distancing of centuries, but in the searing light and existential detail of a time still very much our own. It is an opportunity to be with someone who loved God the way so many of us...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: IMMURATION. 02-05-13

    02/05/2013 7:40:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-05-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):IMMURATION A shutting up, an enclosing. The symbolic closing of the door of a cloistered cell, voluntarily done, by a religious who attends the religious services through an opening in the chapel wall. In some cases, rare nowadays, food, light, and air are received through a window of the hermitage that is built adjoining the chapel proper. It also refers to a method of burial by which bodies are enclosed in chambers and vaults of solid masonry, for example where the native soil is impracticable for burial. Mummified bodies recovered from such places were falsely exhibited...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    02/05/2013 7:03:43 AM PST · by Hiskid · 17 replies
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  • Were those who assembled on the Day of Pentecost already believers (saved) before that Day arrived?

    02/05/2013 6:54:39 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    2/5/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Many saw Jesus ascend into heaven on the Mount. Before this, Jesus told them to tarry in Jerusalem where they would be endued with power. Not many days afterwards, on the Day of Pentecost, tongues of fire appeared above those who had assembled together, and they spake with tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance. Now, a question that I have asked more than one person is this: were those who spake with tongues saved (believers) before the Day of Pentecost or before the moment they spake with tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance? If these believers were already...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/5/13)[Prayer]

    02/05/2013 4:57:28 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/5/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohim Kedoshim - Holy GOD(Joshua 24:19) 14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 5, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/05/2013 4:44:19 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 2/5/13 | Joel Osteen
    Declare the Shift is Coming! Today's Scripture “You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways.” (Job 22:28, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Today I declare that a shift is coming. Whatever you need — a shift in your health, a shift in your finances, or a shift in a relationship. It may not look like anything is happening in the natural, but we serve a supernatural God. He’s about to breathe in your direction in a new way! The enemies you have seen in the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 5, 2013]

    02/05/2013 4:43:12 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Are You Ready To Be Poured Out As an Offering? (1) "If I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all" —Philippians 2:17 Are you willing to sacrifice yourself for the work of another believer—to pour out your life sacrificially for the ministry and faith of others? Or do you say, “I am not willing to be poured out right now, and I don’t want God to tell me how to serve Him. I want to choose the place of my own sacrifice....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-05-13, M, St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

    02/04/2013 10:41:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-05-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 5, 2013   Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr   Reading 1 Heb 12:1-4 Brothers and sisters:Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to usand persevere in running the race that lies before uswhile keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus,the leader and perfecter of faith.For the sake of the joy that lay before himJesus endured the cross, despising its shame,and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners,in order that you may not...
  • Pro-choice pastor: Churches must “lead charge” against abortion stigma

    02/04/2013 5:17:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    Many times in my ministry, a conversation with abortion clinic staffers that began with talking about the spiritual needs of patients ends on a far more personal note…. An office manager told a colleague of mine that she braces herself every time she checks the mail, wondering how many hate letters she’ll come across, and wants a sacred community to turn to for support. One clinic counselor said she misses the rituals and music of her faith community, and often thinks about trying to find a church, but worries about being judged or shunned when small talk leads to questions...
  • World’s largest Marian statue unveiled in Bolivia

    02/04/2013 4:33:22 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 72 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February - 4 - 2013
    La Paz, Bolivia, Feb 4, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- The largest statue of the Virgin Mary in the world, dedicated to Our Lady of Socavon, was inaugurated at a Feb. 1 ceremony in the city of Oruro, Bolivia. Rolando Rocha, the lead sculptor for the project, told reporters that more than simply “a work of engineering and art,” the monument “is an act of faith that strengthens our traditions.” Towering at 149 feet, the statue is located on a 12,000-foot mountain south of La Paz, the country’s second largest city. It stands 22 feet taller than the Christ the...
  • Catholic hospital acknowledges error [St Thomas More Hospital unaware of lawyer's "fetus" arguments]

    02/04/2013 12:45:07 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/4/2013 | Associated Press
    DENVER (AP) — A Catholic hospital on Monday acknowledged it was "morally wrong" for its attorneys to argue in court that a fetus is not a human being under Colorado law. [SNIP] In joint statements released Monday morning, the Bishops and CHI said the operation was "unaware" of the lawyers' legal arguments. They said that CHI executives acknowledged "it was morally wrong" to make that contention because it "directly contradicts the moral teachings of the Church." The statements also noted that, while the legal status of the fetus was key to getting the case dismissed before trial, the hospital also...
  • Catholics shopping season begins for Lent, Easter

    02/04/2013 12:39:39 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    Catholic.org ^ | 2/4/2013 | Catholic Online
    LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Whether it's blessed Papal rosaries, devotional icons, or wedding bands for the summer, Catholics like to shop. Unfortunately, a common challenge for Catholics is finding where to shop. While most communities have catholic stores, shoppers tend to find limited selection and are locked into paying a single price, or worse, having to choose to visit a secular store for their gifts. Thankfully, the internet is making shopping as easy as a Google search. Catholic Online has managed to make shopping easier for Catholics by aggregating in one place, hundreds to thousands of products sold...
  • 'Not believing in God makes life more precious': meet the atheist 'churchgoers'

    02/04/2013 9:53:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/04/2013 | Esther Addley
    "I feel sorry for the church next door, waiting for their three people to trickle in," says Nick Julius, glancing at the small adjacent hall that will shortly be hosting its own gathering. There are still 40 minutes before the Sunday Assembly, an atheist service run by two standup comedians, is due to begin, but a queue of eager congregants is already forming outside a grand but crumbling former church in Islington, north London, hands shoved deep into pockets against the cold. Julius arrived an hour early, just to be sure of a place at the service, which is described...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JEROBOAM II, 02-04-13

    02/04/2013 7:47:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-04-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JEROBOAM II The son of King Joash of Israel. Jeroboam ruled the Northern Kingdom from 783 to 743 B.C., a long, prosperous reign. Several important military victories and relative instability in the Assyrian court enabled Jeroboam to extend his territory and exercise firm control. But the prophets Hosea and Amos deplored the moral and religious condition of the country (II Kings 14:23-29). His reign illustrated the oft-repeated historical phenomenon of economic prosperity corrupting the spiritual life of a people. "Yahweh indicts the inhabitants of the country; there is no fidelity, no tenderness, no knowledge of God...
  • Limits of Religious Tolerance: Protestantism in Belarus

    02/04/2013 7:26:29 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    Belarus Digest ^ | 24 January 2013 | Paula Borowska
    Last month New Life, a Protestant Church in Minsk, celebrated its victory: the authorities allowed them to pray in the cowshed. Over the last five years, this Protestant community had to go through over 30 court hearings and their success has a bitter aftertaste. Protestantism in Belarus undergoes a renaissance. Albeit the Protestant communities appear to be the fastest-growing, the case of the New Life proves how the authorities make their life difficult. Today restrictive legal framework hinders activities and growth of Protestant churches. The authorities create obstacles which prevent Protestants from obtaining buildings for prayers and unfriendly attitude of...
  • "The Pope's Project" – In US Debut, Rome's "Grand Inqusitor" Talks the Ordinariates

    02/04/2013 7:21:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | 2/2/13 | Roccp Palmo
    In his first American appearance as the Vatican's chief guardian of church teaching, the new CDF prefect Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller delivered the keynote earlier today at a Houston symposium (video) on Anglicanorum coetibus, marking a year since the establishment of the H-Town based ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter. Under the provisions of B16's 2009 constitution that carved a path for groups of Anglicans to enter the Catholic communion en masse while maintaining aspects of their spiritual, liturgical and juridical heritage, Müller's "Holy Office" is tasked with global oversight of the project, which now encompasses three diocese-like jurisdictions...
  • Pret A Manger forced to withdraw 'Virgin Mary' crisps ["it's 'offensive to Jesus's mother'"]

    02/04/2013 7:19:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3 February 2013 | Helen Collis
    Coffee and sandwich chain Pret A Manger has withdrawn its 'Virgin Mary' brand of crisps after a flurry of religious complaints. The coffee-shop made the costly decision to pull the brand after campaigners on the Protect the Pope website pointed out the offensive crisps branding to its members. Responding to the complaints, the religious website says Pret a Manger has 'apologised for any unintentional offence they have caused and have indicted that they will give any unsold crisps to the homeless'. Posting on the website, Deacon Nick Donnelly, says: 'Clive Schlee (Pret CEO) has admitted to a reader of Protect...
  • USCCB, 4 Protestant Communities Agree to Recognize One Another’s Baptisms

    02/04/2013 7:12:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Presbyterian Church-USA, the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ have signed an agreement formally pledging to recognize one another’s baptisms when water and the Trinitarian formula are used. In 1948, the Holy Office declared that “baptism conferred in the sects of the Disciples of Christ, the Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, [and] Methodists” is “presumed as valid unless in a particular case it is proven to the contrary,” as long as “the necessary matter and form have been used.” In 1993,...
  • US Protestants More Likely Than Catholics to Own Guns, Poll Says

    02/04/2013 6:54:55 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 33 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Feb 04, 2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    Gun owners in the country tend to be men, white, married and living in the South, shows a Gallup study published Friday. The analysis of surveys for the last five years also shows that Protestants are more likely to own guns than Catholics. An average of 30 percent of Americans said they personally own a gun and another 14 percent said they did not personally own a gun but live in a household with someone who does, according to an analysis of Gallup surveys of some 6,000 U.S. adults from 2007 to 2012. The study also found that men, at...
  • Church Should Have More Control Over Russian Life: Putin

    02/04/2013 6:43:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/1/13
    (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday the Orthodox Church should be given more say over family life, education and the armed forces in Russia, as he celebrated the leadership of its head Patriarch Kirill. Faith runs deep in Russia after the fall of the officially atheist Soviet Union and Putin has looked to the largest religion in Russia for support since he began his third term as president after a wave of protests against his rule. He has also tried to mix spirituality with his own brand of patriotism in order to unify the officially secular country where...
  • Romanian Court Orders Skyscraper Demolished to Protect Catholic Cathedral

    02/04/2013 6:10:56 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    NC Register ^ | February 4, 2013 | VICTOR GAETAN
    BUCHAREST, Romania — David defeated Goliath, again, last week in Romania’s capital city when an appeals court issued a final ruling in favor of a humble cathedral pitted against a gigantic steel office tower, concluding a seven-year legal and political struggle. In an unprecedented, definitive decision, the court ordered a 19-story skyscraper demolished and the land restored to its prior condition — a small, city park. Concurring with several lower court decisions, the judge concluded that the office tower, known as Cathedral Plaza, was illegally constructed without proper permits or authorizations in a brazen gesture that threatened the cathedral’s physical...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 4, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/04/2013 5:09:18 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | Joel Osteen
    The Year of Acceleration Today's Scripture For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I believe with all my heart that this year, God’s people are coming into a shift. For those who have been faithful and have honored and obeyed God, I declare that He is going to put you in a position that you could not have ever gotten into on your own. He is bestowing favor and honor...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 4, 2013]

    02/04/2013 5:07:10 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Compelling Majesty of His Power "The love of Christ compels us . . ." —2 Corinthians 5:14 Paul said that he was overpowered, subdued, and held as in a vise by “the love of Christ.” Very few of us really know what it means to be held in the grip of the love of God. We tend so often to be controlled simply by our own experience. The one thing that gripped and held Paul, to the exclusion of everything else, was the love of God. “The love of Christ compels us . . . .” When you...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/4/13)[Prayer]

    02/04/2013 4:36:26 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/4/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohe Mauzi - GOD of My Strength(Psalms 43:2 For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-04-13

    02/03/2013 8:38:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-04-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 4, 2013 Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Heb 11:32-40 Brothers and sisters:What more shall I say?I have not time to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah,of David and Samuel and the prophets,who by faith conquered kingdoms, did what was righteous, obtained the promises;they closed the mouths of lions, put out raging fires,escaped the devouring sword;out of weakness they were made powerful, became strong in battle,and turned back foreign invaders.Women received back their dead through resurrection.Some were tortured and would not accept deliverance,in order to obtain a better resurrection.Others endured mockery, scourging, even chains...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/03/2013 7:09:05 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    2-3-13 | Kitty Mittens
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - February 3rd, 2013 (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/03/2013 5:03:03 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 3, 2013 | Uploaded by JD Farag
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - February 3rd, 2013 Pastor JD talks about the significance of the Israeli strike on a convoy on the Lebanon-Syria border as it relates to Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49.
  • A word for the Body Of Christ [charismatic caucus]

    02/03/2013 4:54:02 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    I am creating a Regime change , though I bring you pastors, though I bring you prophets and leaders and though I bring through My Spirit and Messengers miracles , signs and wonders "KNOW" I AM Your First Fruit and "TRUE SHEPHERD " ! Heed My words that are about to come for I am constructing , pruning and restoring My Bride into one "AS ONE" . Do not struggle with this but welcome it for you are about to be joined together into My River Of Life as " ONE BODY IN CHRIST " and this shall be a...