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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/7/13)[Prayer]

    02/07/2013 5:23:07 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/7/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Eli Maelekhi - GOD My King(Psalms 68:24) They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(2/7/13)[Prayer]

    02/07/2013 5:16:36 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/7/13 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. God Bless America!
  • Ex-WoF Testimony: Ex-WoFer is also a Former Witch who says The Word of Faith is Witchcraft

    02/07/2013 4:49:08 AM PST · by damonw · 23 replies
    THE WORD on the Word Of Faith ^ | 02/07/13 | Damon Whitsell
    SNIPPET: "I posted an article I wrote on Joyce Meyers at FreeRepublic.com and when someone responded that they liked her I claimed that The Word of Faith teaching is really Witchcraft veiled in Christians terms. In disbelief he said that he had attended one of Meyer’s meetings with his daughter and son-in-law and that he “didn’t really see anyone there who looked like a good advocate for witchcraft”. I responded…" ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Article is a testimony from a former witch who became word of faith after coming to Christ, and after time came to believe she had Gods blessing to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 7, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/07/2013 4:48:32 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/7/13 | Joel Osteen
    Unexpected Shifts Today's Scripture “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I know a man who had been out of work for over three years. He’s in construction management. For 25 years, he had a very good position at a successful company. But a few years ago when the economy went down,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 7, 2013]

    02/07/2013 4:47:38 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Spiritual Dejection "We were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened" —Luke 24:21 Every fact that the disciples stated was right, but the conclusions they drew from those facts were wrong. Anything that has even a hint of dejection spiritually is always wrong. If I am depressed or burdened, I am to blame, not God or anyone else. Dejection stems from one of two sources— I have either satisfied a lust or I have not had it satisfied. In either case, dejection...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-07-13, OM, Bl. Pius IX

    02/06/2013 8:30:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-07-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 7, 2013 Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Heb 12:18-19, 21-24 Brothers and sisters:You have not approached that which could be touchedand a blazing fire and gloomy darknessand storm and a trumpet blastand a voice speaking words such that those who heardbegged that no message be further addressed to them.Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said,“I am terrified and trembling.”No, you have approached Mount Zionand the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,and countless angels in festal gathering,and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,and God the judge of all,and...
  • Why Did God Create Man? (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/06/2013 4:34:44 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 14 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | February 5, 2013 | Jack Kinsella
    The Bible tells us that it is the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Creator of all things, including the heavens, the earth, and even hell. This mystery is revealed in the first chapter of the Book of John. John takes us back to creation, saying, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (1:1) In John's Gospel, the 'Word' (logos) is capitalized as a proper noun, since it is used in the sense of a title. "The same was in the beginning with God." John also reveals that, "All things...
  • National Evangelical Association urges Obama administration to drop HHS mandate

    02/06/2013 3:50:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    lsn ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), representing 40 denominations with more than 45,000 congregations, have released a statement urging President Obama to drop the proposed Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on contraceptive and abortifacient coverage, even after the administration offered a limited ‘compromise’ slightly expanding religious exemptions to the rule. “The minor modifications announced today still require many Americans and their religious organizations to either violate faith and conscience or face heavy financial penalties,” wrote the group on Friday. “At the very least he should exempt all religious employers who object on grounds based in religiously informed...
  • Shape or be shaped: Christians in an era of marriage decline

    02/06/2013 3:29:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LSN ^ | Carolyn Moynihan
    Christians throughout the West are dismayed at plummeting church attendance figures. They blame video games, or left-wing teachers, or Richard Dawkins. But perhaps the real answer is closer to home -- their own families. Divorce, single motherhood and cohabitation have been destabilising family life in America and other developed countries for decades. About one million children in the US each year experience the divorce of their parents, and more than half the children born to women under 30 are now born outside marriage. Reproductive technologies are also adding ambiguity -- and potential fault lines -- to family relationships. Christians as...
  • British Parliament Redefines Marriage

    02/06/2013 2:15:52 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | February 5, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Today the UK Parliament took the first legal steps to sanction same sex marriage. The implications of their re-definition of marriage are very ominous indeed, and the ignorant arrogance of their lawmakers is breath taking.Think about it for a moment. Nowhere, not in any time or any place, not in any culture or civilization from the most primitive jungle dwelling tribe to the most sophisticated society has marriage between two people of the same gender ever been contemplated. Some societies have accepted homosexuality or been lenient toward such practices, but no one has ever suggested that marriage could ever be...
  • Love Perfects and Completes All: The Conclusion of St. Paul’s Great Treatise on Love

    02/06/2013 2:03:49 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 5, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the great treatise on Love of 1 Corinthians 13, St. Paul sets forth a symphony of sorts in three movements, wherein he describes the Theological Virtue of Love. Over the past two days we looked at the first two movements:Movement I – The PRIMACY and PREREQUISITE of LoveMovement II – The PORTRAIT and POWER of Love today we conclude withMovement III – The PERFECTION and PERMANENCE of LoveThe text says,Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ORDINARY JURISDICTION, 02-06-13

    02/06/2013 1:19:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-06-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ORDINARY JURISDICTION The right to exercise authority when this right is attached to an ecclesiastical office. This is the jurisdiction enjoyed by the Pope over the entire Church, by a bishop over his diocese, and in the internal forum by the pastor over the members of his parish. Jurisdiction can be either personal or vicarious, depending on whether it is exercised by the officeholder or by someone he delegated. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Viewpoint: Dispelling the darkness [One BYU student recounts her battle with depression]

    02/06/2013 1:04:13 PM PST · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Aug. 17, 2012 | Katie Harmer
    I had my first panic attack somewhere around the age of 12... I thought...I would grow out of such episodes over time...As I got older, the attacks and periods of depression only grew more frequent and intense... For those inexperienced with depression, it’s not simply a few bad days or fleeting moments of unhappiness, but a constant, oppressive feeling of hopelessness. It interferes with your day-to-day life. It was difficult to focus or do anything. Some days it would take me hours to get out of the house simply because I couldn’t summon the will to do anything. Several times...
  • UVU professor's study puts focus on LDS women and depression

    02/06/2013 1:03:42 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    Deseret News [Owned by Lds church] ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Ben Lockhart
    ...LDS women in Utah are at risk for depression due to "toxic perfectionism" and a host of other cultural factors, according to a recent study presented at Utah Valley University... UVU professor Kris Doty..conducted a "qualitative exploratory study" by repeatedly interviewing 20 women over a one-year period. The women were diagnosed as depressed, signed up for the study and identified themselves as active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In her findings, Doty identified five major factors that she said led to depression among the study's participants — genetics, history of abuse, family relationships, feeling judged...
  • Pio Nono; Catholics and Cremation/ Life and Turbulent Times of [Blessed] Pius IX

    02/06/2013 12:02:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | February 07, 2008 | Elizabeth Lev
    Pio Nono; Catholics and Cremation Life and Turbulent Times of Pius IX February 07, 2008 |  By Elizabeth Lev ROME, FEB. 7, 2007 (Zenit.org).- It seems hard to believe that eight years have already passed since the 2000 Jubilee. For those in Rome the Holy Year remains memorable for many things, from the 25 million pilgrims to the ubiquitous presence of John Paul II exhorting people to sainthood in St. Peter's Square or manning the confessionals in the basilica. This week however, we remember another event of the year 2000: the beatification of Pius IX. The 256th successor of...
  • I’m telling you, it’s those Christians we need to worry about – ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF PEACE

    02/06/2013 10:50:33 AM PST · by damonw · 25 replies
    The Religion Of Conquest ^ | 4/7/13 | Damon Whitsell
    Post contains the following article from 2008, a cool and humorous picture and video to make a point about Christian Terrorism (AKA abortion clinic bombings)- that being that they hardly ever happen and it is ridiculous to claim Christianity poses anywhere near the threat level of Islam. Even what is termed Christian Dominionism is way overblown by Liberals to point at Christianity when talking about Islam (there is a link in the article to material refuting those claims). So if you have a freind that says something along the lines of Christians are more of a concern that Islam,, send...
  • Archbishop Chaput slams phony ‘compromise’ on Obamacare HHS mandate

    02/06/2013 10:03:04 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    LSN ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    PHILADELPHIA, February 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Monday condemned the Obama administration’s proposed ‘compromise’ on the HHS birth control mandate in his weekly column for his diocesan newspaper. “The White House has made no concessions to the religious conscience claims of private businesses, and the whole spirit of the ‘compromise’ is minimalist,” the Archbishop wrote in the column, called Making Sense of Another Ambiguous ‘Compromise.’ At issue is the HHS mandate requiring private employers to provide health care plans that include contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacient drugs to female employees without copays. Churches are currently exempt...
  • The Rich, Not States, are Called to Help Others

    02/06/2013 9:17:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 2/6/13 | Anthony Esolen
    At the end of part eight in this series, I observed that Pope Leo XIII lays a heavy obligation upon the rich. What is that obligation? Who are the rich? Like Thomas Aquinas, whom he admired so well, Leo is quite practical. It is right for a man to provide for his family so that they may live in a “becoming” way, worthy of their high calling. That implies more than bare necessities. Think of the life of the Church. She is not Puritan. She does not follow the worldly pseudo-asceticism of Judas, who complains that the adulteress has lavished...
  • At 900 Years, Knights of Malta Confronts Modernity

    02/06/2013 9:09:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    CBs Atlanta ^ | 2/5/13 | Nicole WInfield
    ROME (AP) - Matthew Festing - aka His Most Eminent Highness The Prince and Grand Master of the Knights of Malta - bounds into the sitting room of his magnificent Renaissance palazzo sweaty and somewhat disheveled, and asks an aide if he should take off his sweater to be photographed. Garrulous and self-effacing, Festing embodies some of the paradoxes of a fabled Catholic religious order that dates from the medieval Crusades: Steeped in European nobility and mystique, the order's mission is humility and charity - running hospitals, ambulance services and old folks' homes around the globe. It has many trappings...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Will Put Catholics Under ‘Intolerable Moral Pressures’, Says Bishop [UK]

    02/06/2013 9:01:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/6/13 | Madeleine Teahan
    The legalisation of gay marriage will place Catholic professionals under “intolerable moral pressures”, the Bishop of Portsmouth has said. Following the vote on Tuesday night, where a majority of 225 MPs voted in favour of the Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Bishop Philip Egan said: “Just as the Church has been forced to abandon its adoption services, so too Catholics who work in the medical profession and in social services are going to find themselves under intolerable moral pressures. These pressures will also arguably be felt throughout our Catholic schools, by teachers, staff and parents.” The bishop expressed his...
  • German Catholic Church May Back Some "Morning-After Pills"

    02/06/2013 7:55:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 2/5/13 | Tom Heneghan
    PARIS (Reuters) - Germany's Catholic Church may approve some so-called morning-after pills for rape victims after a leading cardinal unexpectedly announced they did not induce abortions and could be used in Catholic hospitals. Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, an ally of German-born Pope Benedict, changed his policy after two Catholic hospitals refused to treat a rape victim because they could not prescribe the pill, which is taken after sex to avoid pregnancy. The Catholic Church firmly opposes abortion and artificial birth control. Many Catholics see all emergency contraceptives as abortion-inducing drugs banned by this policy, but Meisner said some prevent...
  • Same-Sex Couples Cannot Adopt Russian Children

    02/06/2013 7:51:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/5/13
    Moscow, February 5, Interfax - Same-sex couples are prohibited to adopt Russian orphans, Presidential Children's Rights Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said in an interview published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Tuesday. "Our fundamental laws - the Constitution and the Family Code - have already declared that position. They define a marriage as a union of a man and a woman. Nothing else. Period," Astakhov said. There have been public protests in countries pondering same-sex marriage laws, such as France, the ombudsman said. Many people think they need a law banning homosexuality propaganda, just like Russia has endorsed, he said. "They say that...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    02/06/2013 6:55:14 AM PST · by Hiskid · 17 replies
    2/6/13 | Hiskid
    At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. (Col. 1: 3-4)
  • 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...