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  • Is Isaiah 7:14 a messianic prophecy? Why are some scholars skeptical?

    12/16/2018 9:27:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/16/2018 | By Brian G. Chilton
    More and more scholars are becoming skeptical of Messianic prophecy in the Hebrew Bible—that is, the Old Testament. Michael Rydelnik notes that “Although evangelical scholarship still recognizes that there is something messianic about the Hebrew Bible, for the most part it sees it as a story that finds its climax in Jesus, not as predictions that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled” (Rydelnik, The Messianic Hope, 3-4). Yet, such skepticism is not justified. Sure, some passages in the Hebrew Bible have been stretched beyond its scope, something that can become a dangerous trend. Nevertheless, certain passages in the Hebrew Bible enjoy a...
  • Five Steps to Better Mental Health - A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

    12/16/2018 9:13:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Steps to Better Mental Health - A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 15, 2018 • In modern times, we tend to link our notions of happiness and inner well-being to external circumstances and happenstance. We think that happiness will be found when the things of this world are arranged in the way we like. If we can just accumulate enough money and creature comforts, we think we’ll be happy and have a better sense of mental well-being.Yet many people can endure difficult external circumstances while remaining inwardly content, happy, and optimistic....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/16/18)[Prayer]

    12/16/2018 8:56:25 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/16/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Acts of the Apostles 
 (New Testament) Acts 20 Through Macedonia and Greece 20 When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. 2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, 3 where he stayed three months. Because some Jews had plotted against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. 4 He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and...
  • Crimea: Authorities Return Church of Saint Clement in Sevastopol to Catholic Church

    12/16/2018 7:00:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interview with Bishop Jacek Pyl, Delegate of the Holy See for Apostolic District of Crimea and SevastopolEarlier this year, in accordance with a law for the restitution of religious buildings, the authorities returned the church of Saint Clement in Sevastopol to the Catholic Church. The church, which was built in 1911, was extensively damaged by bombing during the Second World War. In 1948 it was rebuilt by the Soviet government as a children’s cinema, with an auditorium able to accommodate up to 300 spectators. The return of the church – which took place in early June this year – was...
  • ‘May the Lord Be Glorified!’ Say Chinese Christians Facing Persecution

    12/16/2018 6:56:02 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Stream ^ | 12/13/18 | Aliya Kuykendall
    A Chinese Christian college student was released Dec. 12 after spending several days in a Chinese reeducation center. The student, named Zhou Xiaojuan, reported to her church that more than 50 students are still detained unlawfully at the reeducation center, where they have been for several days. The students negotiated with police to have their Bibles given back and have corporate worship. They are fasting and taking turns leading worship services twice daily. “The brothers and sisters there have transformed that place into a sanctuary through their fiery faith,” said a prayer update from the church. Police broke into Early...
  • Poland and Hungary Block ‘LGBTIQ Rights’ From Being Enshrined in EU Legislation

    12/16/2018 6:51:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/12/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    BRUSSELS, December 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Poland and Hungary blocked the inclusion of “LGBTIQ” rights in a common European Union statement. Last week representatives from Poland and Hungary annoyed other European Union (EU) member states by vetoing the inclusion of the “LGBTIQ” acronym in a joint statement by employment and social affairs ministers meant to promote “gender equity in the digital era.” LGBTIQ is a reference to people who derive their identity from lesbianism, homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, intersexuality, or an experimental “questioning” approach to sexuality. The European employment and social affairs ministers collectively form the EU Employment, Social Policy, Health...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-16-18, Third Sunday of Advent (Guadete Sunday)

    12/15/2018 8:51:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-16-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 16, 2018 Third Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!Sing joyfully, O Israel!Be glad and exult with all your heart,O daughter Jerusalem!The LORD has removed the judgment against youhe has turned away your enemies;the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,you have no further misfortune to fear.On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!The LORD, your God, is in your midst,a mighty savior;he will rejoice over you with gladness,and renew you in his love,he will sing joyfully because of you,as one sings at...
  • Gospel of John Chapt. 6

    12/15/2018 7:46:59 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. 2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. 3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. 4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. 5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6 And this he said to prove him:...
  • The Strasbourg Attack and Islam Concealed

    12/15/2018 6:30:54 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | December 13, 2018 | Andreas Becker and Martha Burger
    The Strasbourg Attack and Islam Concealed The attack in Strasbourg, Islam and the "problems" of the media telling the truth. By Andreas Becker and Martha Burger The attack in Strasbourg, Islamic terrorism and the media with the self-imposed muzzle. In Strasbourg, yesterday in an attack on a Christmas market, three people were killed and many injured. Despite being obliged to provide information, the "leading media" are having a hard time telling the truth to their audience. Rita Katz, the founder and operator of Site, a private documentation center for monitoring the activities of the Islamic State (IS), reported with evidence...
  • Pope Francis and the Devil: Misreading the Signs of the Times

    12/15/2018 5:13:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | December 15, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    Pope Francis and the Devil: Misreading the Signs of the Times Despite his penchant for theological innovation, Pope Francis seems to hold some fairly traditional beliefs about the devil. Here’s an example from Gaudete et Exsultate: It is precisely the conviction that this malign power is present in our midst that enables us to understand how evil can at times have so much destructive force… Hence, we should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end...
  • God's Name Will not be Mentioned

    12/15/2018 5:12:11 PM PST · by pcottraux · 9 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | December 15, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    God’s Name Will Not be Mentioned By Philip Cottraux I personally think there’s no such thing as an atheist. Deep down inside, everyone knows there’s a God. Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness (Romans 2:15). The reality is they don’t believe He doesn’t exist; they hate Him. The war against everything related to God, the intense hatred of all religion, and the burning desire to scrub any mention of His name from society betrays their true feelings. The murky reference to “separation of church and state” is a thinly-veiled false...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Mary Frances Schervier, 12-15-18

    12/15/2018 4:58:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-15-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Monument for Mary Frances Schervier | Aachen, Germany | photo by Berthold Werner Blessed Mary Frances Schervier Saint of the Day for December 15 (January 3, 1819 – December 14, 1876)  Blessed Mary Frances Schervier’s Story This woman who once wanted to become a Trappistine nun was instead led by God to establish a community of sisters who care for the sick and aged in the United States and throughout the world.Born into a distinguished family in Aachen—then ruled by Prussia, but formerly Aix-la-Chapelle, France—Frances ran the household after her mother’s death, and established a reputation...
  • Bulgarian Metropolitan: Ukrainian “unification council” is non-canonical

    12/15/2018 4:32:06 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Christianity | 12-15-2018 | Staff
    Today’s Ukrainian “unification council,” a project of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, is non-canonical and will only serve to deepen the schism in Ukraine, His Eminence Metropolitan Daniil of Viding of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church believes. In an interview posted on the official site of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Met. Daniil stated that, although the Bulgarian Holy Synod has not formulated its collegial opinion on the Ukrainian question yet, a statement is necessary because “the dispute in Ukraine is not just a dispute between two local Orthodox churches. It affects the entire Orthodox Church.” Met. Daniil was one of three metropolitans...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Socci: Horror!

    12/15/2018 10:01:52 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 15, 2018 | Francesca Romana
    Socci: Horror! Socci: Horror! From Antonio Socci's Facebook December 14, 2018 Questioned by journalists, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin (Bergoglio’s right-hand man) declared that presently there is no diplomatic activity involving the Holy See to bring Asia Bibi and her family to safety.  He said verbatim: “It’s an internal question that regards Pakistan, I hope it will be resolved in the best ways possible”. An internal question that regards Pakistan? The cynicism of the Bergoglians towards persecuted Christians is horrifying!                                  ...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/15/18)[Prayer]

    12/15/2018 7:56:14 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/15/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Acts of the Apostles 
 (New Testament) Acts 19 The Riot in Ephesus 23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there. 25 He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and...
  • Urgency to Save Us, as Seen in a Christmas Commercial

    12/15/2018 7:50:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus’ Urgency to Save Us, as Seen in a Christmas Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • December 14, 2018 • The John Lewis Christmas commercial shown below has a surprise ending. We are led through a traditional story line about a child who can’t wait for Christmas, but there’s a twist at the end. You may wish to watch the ad before continuing, lest my comments ruin the surprise.As I watched the commercial, I was first reminded of these Scripture passages: It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:34), and God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, December 15, 2018 [prayer]

    12/15/2018 6:46:09 AM PST · by OneVike · 26 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | Dec 15, 2118 | OneVike
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God:that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes Judges 21:25 Allow me to digress before I begin my prayer. I have long said that we live in the time of...
  • The Lover of Righteousness

    12/15/2018 5:57:48 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "'Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy companions'" (Heb. 1:8-9). As the eternal God and King, Christ loves righteousness and hates lawlessness. In these days it's difficult for us as Christians to be totally supportive of our governmental leaders when we see so much of what God calls righteous compromised or ridiculed. But the King of kings—Christ Himself—is the only leader who has a perfectly right attitude toward...
  • Christ's Coronation and Intercession

    12/15/2018 5:57:16 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “God highly exalted Him” (Philippians 2:9). Christ is the Sovereign of the universe and a faithful High Priest. Christ was exalted not only in His resurrection and ascension, but also in His coronation. Mark 16:19 says, “When the Lord Jesus had spoken to [the apostles], He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.” In Scripture the right hand is a symbol of power and authority. What is the extent of Christ’s authority? Ephesians 1:20-22 says, “[God] seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and...
  • Ukraine Orthodox priests to establish independent church

    12/14/2018 10:34:46 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    bbc.com ^ | December 15, 2018 | BBC
    Ukrainian Orthodox priests are due to hold a historic council in Kiev to create a new national church - a move condemned as schism by Russian clergy. This comes after the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodoxy, recognised the independence of the Ukrainian Church from Moscow.