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  • Which is Better: Repentance or Moral Effort?

    02/22/2016 1:38:05 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 26 replies ^ | Feb. 22, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    When people fail in doing good and make bad choices some of them feel shame, others try to cover it and hide the shame. Those who hide it, promise to make an effort not to do it again. The promise of a moral effort is a good thing, but is it enough? But how can you say that you will try harder if you do not fill any remorse or repentance for the wrong you have done? See what Father Stephen Freeman writes in this article titled "When Words Fail." The promise to try harder, to work more, to be...
  • Two Types of Sorrows: Beware of the 2nd Type

    02/18/2016 6:19:54 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 2 replies ^ | Feb. 18, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    Sometimes sorrow clouds your heart and you don't know where it comes from. It seems that everything is in place: house is OK, everything is good in the family or relatives, the job situation is fine, health is good, but a certain type of unknown sorrow clouds your heart. What is it? (Also see: What Should You Ask in Your Prayers) Apostle Paul in his 2nd letter to Corinthians talks about two types of sorrows. They are: Godly SorrowWorldly Sorrow Godly sorrow is a good one. It is useful and leads to repentance. Godly sorrow clouds your heart and nourishes...
  • Look What Happened To This Man When He Run Away From God

    02/11/2016 7:13:28 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 42 replies ^ | Jan. 22, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    There was a man in the Old Testament whose name was Jonah. God told him to do something, but he run away and thought he could hide from the presence of God. Then God commanded a big fish to swallow him. Miraculously, he survived in the belly of the fish for three days. During these three days he did three things: He realized he was wrong.He repented for his disobedience to God.He believed that God can still help him and prayed to God with faith. The Scripture says “And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry...
  • JESUS THE WORD[Charismatic Caucus]

    11/30/2015 9:37:44 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    I AM the Author of My WORD there is no other and though others place man in this place by names, occasions or people "I AM THE WORD" and it MY SPIRIT speaking directly to you as these verses are read and spoken , yeah even meditated on. So Truly as My Word "It is written" it was only as these men journaled out My Heart that today it is given to you! So be my Scribe and sit at my feet for I have fresh Manna for each of you daily and it is I that desire you to...
  • Australians host national day of repentance -- for the USA.

    04/29/2015 6:00:50 PM PDT · by kvanbrunt2 · 17 replies
    RealMedia ^ | April 29, 2015 | HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE, Calif., /Christian Newswire/ —
    n addition to grassroots repentance services in many communities the first ever “global call for repentance” will take place this Thursday April 30 as part of this year’s National Day of Repentance. The call will be hosted by Australian prayer leaders whose earlier global prayer call for the USA has gone viral. Using media releases and YouTube they are calling Christians in Australia and other nations to fast and pray for America beginning April 30 for seven days leading up to the National Day of Prayer on May 7.
  • God and God Alone: A Homily for the 29th Sunday of the Year

    10/19/2014 2:29:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-19-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God and God Alone: A Homily for the 29th Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel today contains lots of interesting juxtapositions: hatred for Jesus but grudging respect for him,  real questions versus rhetorical ones, politics and faith, duties to Caesar and duties to God. The word  “juxtaposition” is from the Latin juxta (meaning “near”) and positio (meaning “place or position”). Hence juxtaposition is the placing of two things near to each other in order to see how they are similar and yet different.  In English, usually a juxtaposition emphasizes differences more than similarities.Let’s look at these one...
  • The Unrepenting Repenter

    03/21/2015 2:38:59 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 7 replies
    The Unrepenting Repenter by Jim Elliff     The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter.  He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but suffered three times the remorse until he repented with bitter tears (Mt. 26:75). Every Christian is called a repenter, but he must be a repenting repenter. The Bible assumes the repentant nature of all true believers in its instruction on church...
  • The Rationale for Wrath

    03/21/2015 11:38:12 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 14 replies
    A cartoon depicted Noah’s ark surrounded by desperate people drowning in the water, begging for help. The rains were coming down hard while Noah and his family were safe inside. On the outside of the ark was a "smiley face" with the words, "Smile, God Loves You."Are you sure God loves everybody? John the Baptist didn’t think so. He said, "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (Jn. 3:36). Why is God justified in having wrath toward...
  • The Necessity of Repentance —

    03/04/2015 11:41:31 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 45 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | April 26, 2013 | J.C. Ryle
    J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) We are told that John the Baptist came “preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” The plain meaning of this expression is, that John preached the necessity of being baptized, in token of repentance, and that he told his hearers that except they repented of sin, their sins would not be forgiven.We must carefully bear in mind that no repentance can make atonement for sin. The blood of Christ, and nothing else, can wash away sin from man’s soul. No quantity of repentance can ever justify us in the sight of God. “We are...
  • The Unrepenting Repenter

    03/03/2015 3:04:42 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 10 replies
    CCW ^ | March 3,2015 | Jim Elliff
    The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter.  He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but suffered three times the remorse until he repented with bitter tears (Mt. 26:75). Every Christian is called a repenter, but he must be a repenting repenter. The Bible assumes the repentant nature of all true believers in its instruction on church discipline. A man unwilling to repent at the...
  • Should Christians Confess Sins to An Earthly Priest?

    02/24/2015 3:56:55 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 176 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | February 11, 2013 | J.C. Ryle
    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)Ryle,I enter on this branch of the subject with sorrowful feelings. I approach it as a sailor would approach some rock on which many gallant ships have made shipwreck. I cannot forget that I have arrived at a point on which millions of so-called Christians have erred greatly, and millions are erring at the present day. But I dare not keep back anything that is Scriptural, for fear of giving offence. The errors of millions must...
  • Repentance

    02/24/2015 2:52:23 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 180 replies
    My Utmost For His Higest ^ | Dec.7,2014 | Oswald Chambers
    Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation… —2 Corinthians 7:10 Conviction of sin is best described in the words:My sins, my sins, my Savior, How sad on Thee they fall.Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (see John 16:8). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a person’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that person’s relationship with others that bothers him...
  • Bowing to God’s Verdict

    02/24/2015 7:46:30 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 7 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | November 7, 2012 | A. W. Pink
     “[Mankind] is under condemnation: ‘As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one’ (Rom. 3:10-12). Man is not on trial; he is a culprit under sentence. No pleading will avail; no excuses will be accepted. The present issue between God and the sinner is, will man bow to God’s righteous verdict?This is where the Gospel meets us. It comes to us as to...
  • The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete (First Day of Lent)

    02/23/2015 10:33:39 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7th Century | St. Andrew of Crete
    Today is the first day of Lent for Orthodox Christians. During Clean Week there are many special services of which one of the most important is The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, also known as The Great Canon of Repentance. It is a penitential hymn, the longest ever composed, that is chanted in monasteries on Clean Monday. Because of its great length it is usually broken up in parishes and chanted over the first four days of Lent as part of Great Compline. The linked video is from one of those services. This particular rendition is entirely in...
  • Bill and Susan's Story

    02/07/2015 6:51:51 AM PST · by EscondidoSurfer · 25 replies ^ | February 6,2015 | Jim Vander Spek
    Bill and Susan—not their real names—are foreign missionaries out in the field. Prior to this, Bill ministered as a pastor in the US. Married for 12 years and with 4 children, their work has been thriving and included the planting of a new church. However…. Last year, things took a turn for the worse—both in their marriage and ministry....
  • ‘Duck Dynasty': Phil Robertson’s Family Believes America Could Collapse

    11/17/2014 3:01:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Patrick Frye
    The Duck Dynasty family has made the news partially due to their politically incorrect statements, and Phil Robertson tends to be the largest contribute to soundbites. But now, Phil’s son has taken the stump and is declaring that it’s possible that America could collapse just like the Roman empire. In a related report by the Inquisitr, Phil Robertson believes that Bibles and guns are the answer to any American’s woes. The Duck Commander patriarch also had a dire warning for Sadie Robertson’s boyfriend, saying that if they do not keep it in their pants, then he would “break” them. Phil...
  • The Lord Inverts a Beloved Promise...Joel pt 12

    Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe:...
  • Joel Saw Judah's Repentance...Joel pt 3

    Wherefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people,...
  • The Subterranean Temple

    07/15/2014 4:39:23 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 26 replies ^ | 1981 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZT'L
    I am asleep, but my heart is awake Song of Songs 5:2 Our sages tell us that “when King Solomon built the Holy Temple, knowing that it was destined to be destroyed, he built a place in which to hide the Ark, [at the end of] hidden, deep, winding passageways.”1 It was there that King Josiah placed the Ark twenty-two years before the Temple’s destruction, as related in the Book of Chronicles.2
  • 48 Hours In Hell

    05/07/2014 10:00:03 PM PDT · by OneVike · 109 replies
    Gospel Tract and Bible Society ^ | 1888 | John W. Reynolds
    One of the most interesting cases of resuscitation that ever came to my knowledge was that of George Lennox, a notorious horse thief of Jefferson County. He was serving his second term. Sedgwick County sent him to the prison the first time for a similar offense - stealing horses. During the winter of 1887 and 1888 he worked in the coal mines. The place where he was laboring seemed dangerous to him. He reported the fact to the officer in charge, who made an examination, and deciding that the room was safe, ordered Lennox back to his work. The...
  • Repentance: The Nouns

    03/13/2014 6:05:19 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 1 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study (UStream) ^ | Mar 12, 2014 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    It is all about the What of repenting--what are we looking for and working on? Next week: The Verbs.Includes Paul's list of 95...From my notes: sinned, wrong, wickedness, bad, evil deeds, evil way, weight, wicked ways, wicked works, abominations, dead works, sexual immorality, adultery, blasphemy, works of our hands, idolatry, murder, sorcery, theft, filthiness, naughtiness, uncleanness, fornication, lewdness, vileness...
  • I am calling to the Remnant ones torn away ! [charismatic caucus]

    03/02/2014 4:40:03 PM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    My sustainment now shall come in waves of Glory for those broken before me for they know the place before my throne (spiritual posture) . I am revealing to those I have entrusted my heart to and have obeyed at all cost to themselves never fearing the outcome and have wept and panted at my feet for truly only the wholeheartedly surrendered can access the whole of me as EliJah and Moses. So now I am calling to the remnant ones torn away by my Spirit into a holiness and righteous walk of true trusting in me alone for this...
  • A Reflection on the Modern Error of Preaching Mercy without Repentance

    11/14/2013 1:27:11 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/14/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    There are of course many ways of describing the pastoral, liturgical and theological struggles of our day. But one very simple way of describing current problems that touches on all these areas is simply this:  that a presumptive attitude of mercy without repentance is both taught and widely held by far too many modern Catholics, and other Christians.There is much talk of how God loves us, is rich in mercy, is kind and forgiving. And all of these things are true. But another essential truth is that these gifts, these essential attributes of God, are accessed by repentance. It is...
  • False Conversion...Acts 8 pt 4

    10/21/2013 9:52:29 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 9 replies
    Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were do…(Acts 8:13)It must have been heartening to Phillip, and to the new Christians of Samaria, on the day when the notable Simon the Sorcerer was converted. What a testimony!Think of what kind of impact this man will have on the community for Christ! It was the “signs and wonders” of Phillip that got his attention, the dramatic deliverances from demonic possession, the undeniable physical healings, and of course the changed lives. He would attach himself to Phillip...
  • Is It Godly Sorrow, or Just The Blues?...repentance pt 6

    For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.( 2 Corinthians 7:8-10)The scripture above addresses a very serious aspect of the...
  • Repentance is a Gift of God...repentance pt 5

    And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.( I Timothy 2:24-26)When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.(Acts 11:18)The Christian journey always begins with repentance. There will be no salvation, no...
  • Do You Hate Evil? ...repentance pt 4

    For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.(Psalm 97:9-10)We have been striving to attain the simplest and clearest definition of repentance as possible. We have examined the mental aspects of it, for repentance is first of all a matter of ‘rethinking’ the important things, that people are prone to rationalize, such as God, the soul, Heaven,Hell and judgment, and the plan of salvation. Everyone has thoughts about these...
  • Support for 9/11 Day of Prayer (join in repentance and fasting)

    04/21/2013 2:44:04 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    WND ^ | Arpil 21, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    I never dreamed when I wrote what I assumed would be a “throwaway” column last week calling for a day of national prayer and fasting on 9/11 that my plea would be met with an outpouring of enthusiastic support from thousands of people. It clearly struck a chord. I’ve been doing media around the clock ever since. Pastors are telling their congregations about the plan. Lay activists are talking it up in Bible studies. Rabbis are writing to me expressing their support. I secured the domain name, which is where you can go to express your support for the...
  • A call for national day of prayer, fasting.

    04/15/2013 6:36:25 AM PDT · by wesagain · 4 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 14, 2013 | Staff writer
    Last Friday, WND founder Joseph Farah floated the idea – not really anticipating significant reaction. “Was I ever shocked,” he said. “By 8 a.m. Friday, by email inbox was running over with enthusiastic support for the idea, with about 1,000 people letting me know they would be participating by enlisting friends, family members, church groups, Bible studies and neighbors. They were marking the date on their calendar. Their only reservation was that the date was nearly five months away. They wanted to do something sooner.” Because of the overall response by email now from thousands of Americans, Farah is asking...
  • Her Gig Canceled After Tirade, Michelle Shocked Plays Outside in Protest

    04/03/2013 6:55:53 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 29, 2013, 3:59 pm | LARRY ROHTER
    After the punk-folk singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked made remarks critical of homosexuality and same-sex marriage while performing in San Francisco two weekends ago, clubs around the country responded by canceling bookings they had made with her. But that hasn’t stopped her: Thursday night she turned up outside one such club with her face covered and her mouth taped shut to protest the way she is being treated. The site of the sit-in staged by Ms. Shocked, who in the past has acknowledged being involved in lesbian relationships but now describes herself as a born-again Christian, was Moe’s Alley, in the university...
  • Welcome Home

    03/24/2013 6:09:33 AM PDT · by bluecollarman · 22 replies
    Using secular songs to deliver Christian messages. How do you feel about using country songs and changing the lyrics to deliver a gospel message? I don't have a good grasp of it. I felt lead to write these lyrics and sing this song.
  • Does the Bible Tell Us Not to Judge Others?

    10/21/2012 10:41:14 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 40 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 21, 2012 | JP
    “Only God can judge me.” - Elizabeth Escalona, 23-year-old Texas mom who beat and glued her 2-year-old daughter’s hands to a wall. “Holier than thou critics have nothing on Lance Armstrong.” - de Volkskrant, the Netherlands “Be Cool. Be Kind. Don’t Judge.” - A tee shirt on sale at the Ellen Degeneres online store. Ever notice how often those who lead Godless lives, who engage in immoral behavior, who commit unspeakable acts invoke the words of the Lord to defend their unrepentant sinfulness? “Judge not lest ye be judged.” Usually they direct the words at Christ followers, whom they disparage...
  • Vain Imaginations Are Costly...Psalm 2 pt 3

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.(Psalm 2:1-3)The formerly Judeo Christian world has come under the spell of a “vain imagination” just as the Psalmist predicted . Our leaders, the so-called “Kings of the earth and their rulers” have been counseled to cast off the former...
  • Theologian D.A. Carson: Hell Is Not Filled With People Who Repent of Sin

    06/26/2012 11:54:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/26/2012 | Michelle Vu
    People who end up in hell do not repent, from what the Bible tells us, said respected New Testament scholar Don Arthur (D.A.) Carson on Sunday at The Gospel Coalition National Women's Conference in Orlando. Carson, who is co-founder of The Gospel Coalition along with Pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, said that as far as he can see in the Bible, "there is no hint anywhere that people in hell genuinely repent." Pointing to the well-known parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31, Carson, who is research professor of New Testament at Trinity...
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation (as reflected by our relationship with God)

    03/23/2012 2:57:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Maronite Heritage ^ | March 23, 2012 | Fr. Antonio Elfeghali
    The Sacrament of Reconciliation  “Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and  reconciliation with the Church.” (CCC 1440).  To make a good confession, we need to go through the following:  1- Examination of Conscience  2- Contrition: Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again.  3- Confession: Confession to a Catholic priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Reconciliation.  4- Absolution: The...
  • The Tale of Two Men

    01/29/2012 7:35:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | January 29, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus told of two men who went down to worship. One was a publican and the other was a Pharisee. The Pharisee was so proud of his religious heritage and his legalistic achievement that he looked up to Heaven and said to God (I am paraphrasing here): “I thank you, Lord, that I am not like that sinner, for I have done this and I have done that and I have done the other thing and I really am a good guy.” The publican came in, bowed his head in conviction over his sin, pounded his chest...
  • Following The Truth: A (Lenten) Advent “Weight” Loss Program (Catholic or Open)

    12/12/2011 9:34:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | February 18th, 2010 | Gary Zimak
    A Lenten “Weight” Loss Program February 18th, 2010 by Gary ZimakIf you are expecting this article to provide suggestions for dropping some pounds during the Lenten season, I’m afraid that you may be disappointed.  However, I strongly urge you to continue reading since the “weight” loss that I will address will allow you to shed some of the sins and earthly attachments that keep you from getting closer to God! Let’s face it, we are all weighed down to some extent by selfishness and assorted vices.  Given a choice, very few of us will choose suffering over comfort.  Many times,...
  • Disaster Is Always a Call to Repentance!

    12/09/2011 7:23:24 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 3 replies ^ | 12/09/2011 | Clay Jones
    I need to begin with a qualification: I’ve been embarrassed when some famous evangelical leaders (no, I’m not going to name names) have blamed people for the disaster they’ve suffered through. For example, I didn’t agree with blaming 9/11 on this sin or that or blaming the Haitian earthquake victims for the earthquake because they practiced Voodoo. We aren’t in a position to say why a particular disaster strikes a particular group. Now, that being said, that doesn’t mean that disaster isn’t always a call to repentance. God certainly uses disaster, every disaster, that way. I’m just saying we shouldn’t...
  • FINALLY: Family Radio Founder Harold Camping Repents, Apologizes for False Teachings

    10/31/2011 7:02:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/30/2011 | By Nicola Menzie
    With his speech sounding somewhat slurred and labored, Family Radio Stations Inc. founder and chairman Harold Camping sought to address in a recent message why Christ failed to return on Oct. 21 as the Bible teacher had predicted. Camping confessed, after decades of falsely misleading his followers, that he was wrong and regrets his misdeeds. In addition to attempting to correct his erroneous teachings on the Rapture and God's day of final judgment on the world, Camping, 90, also confessed, "incidentally," that he was wrong to claim that God had stopped saving people after May 21 – the date which...
  • Four lessons I’ve learned since 9-11 and a prayer for our country

    09/11/2011 9:52:43 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 6 replies
    Vivificat ^ | 11 September 2011 | TDJ
    Brethren: Peace be with you, the Peace of Christ, the Peace that is unlike that which the world gives, the Peace surpassing all understanding. Today is the tenth anniversary of the terrorists attack in New York and Washington, and of the first resistance to the forces of evil resulting in the death of the passengers and crew of Flight 93 on a field in Pennsylvania. This September 11th is unlike any other I’ve observed because I am here, in Afghanistan, as a direct consequence of those attacks. I’ve been here for most of the year and will be until early...
  • What is a Christian

    08/10/2011 8:11:57 AM PDT · by janereinheimer · 139 replies
    How would you define "Christian?" I've been giving this a lot of thought lately. It goes back a couple of weeks when someone made a comment that someone who's been in the news a lot lately was not a "Christian." I take an existential view of that because I believe that anyone who has had a Christian baptism is a Christian. Where I depart company from the pious and sanctimonious definitions of others is when their definition of Christian is really a definition of being "Christ-like." Oh, for sure, I would hope that Christians everywhere would behave in a Christ-like...
  • Mexican National Repents on Death Row: "I Know Christ Has Forgiven Me"

    07/08/2011 1:18:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/08/2011 | Amanda Winkler
    Humberto Leal Garcia was executed in Huntsville, Texas, Thursday after being convicted of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl in 1994. His death comes after failed attempts by his attorney as well as the Obama administration to delay his execution until the end of this year due to concerns of rights violations. According to the local newspaper, Huntsville Item, Garcia accepted responsibility for his crimes and appeared remorseful prior to his death. While he was lying “strapped to a gurney in the death house, he apologized for his actions and said he wanted Christ in his life.” “I’ve hurt a...
  • Anointing of the Sick: A Healing Intervention at the Bedside [Catholic caucus]

    04/26/2011 11:21:05 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 7 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 4/26/2011 | Fr. Christopher M. Saliga, O.P. R.N.
    Within clinical practice, I frequently encounter well-intentioned people who erroneously confuse “healing” with cure, people such as fellow health care professionals, Catholic patients and their family members, health care proxy decision makers, among others. Following upon this confusion, they misunderstand the place of the “healing sacraments” such as the Eucharist, reconciliation, and anointing of the sick in patients’ overall quests for “healing.” When this occurs, these folks “tend to consult priests for sacramental interventions when it is thought that there is nothing left to do but pray — a last-ditch, placebo-type ‘holistic’ palliative intervention.”
  • First Confession Guide for Adults [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/05/2011 8:25:30 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies · 3+ views
    Self | April 5, 2011 | Mrs. Don-o
    Adult First Confession Candidates (preparing for Confirmation/First Communion), you need to go to confession sometime this Lent, that is, before the Easter Vigil. The Elect (preparing for Baptism), you don’t have to go to Confession this Lent, because Baptism itself washes away all sins. But sometime after Baptism, you should think about going to Confession, since regular Confession is an excellent habit to get into. Baptism --- by God’s grace -- makes you clean. Confession--- by God’s grace--- helps you stay that way. 1. Absolutely commit to doing it. Set a date. Put it on your calendar (in ink!) And...
  • When Love Isn't Really Love

    03/17/2011 9:28:16 AM PDT · by hawkins · 1 replies
    That Christian Website ^ | 03/17/2011 | Travis Main
    There are a great number of religious bodies today which advertise themselves as loving bodies of believers. This is fantastic and the way Christ’s Church should be identified. In fact, Jesus told his disciples the following in John 13:35: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another”. The Bible has much to say about love. A scan of I Corinthians 13 lists a great number of attributes of love including patience, kindness, a lack of arrogance, proper behavior, and a desire for others betterment. God is love (I John 4:8)....
  • Ted Haggard: Tiger Woods Got Restored, Why Can't Christian Leaders?

    03/13/2011 8:33:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/13/2011 | Elena Garcia
    In his third featured interview this year, former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard asks why it is so hard for the Church to live out its teachings on forgiveness and restoration, noting that the secular world is doing a better job at this than Christians. "The differentiation between the Church and everybody else is that we should respond with restoration, healing, hope to people's sin condition, our sin condition. We're losing that right now," he argues in a new video interview with Lifetree Café, a Christian-based network of local discussion groups. He expresses frustration over his observation that many celebrities –...
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    03/10/2011 6:38:07 AM PST · by sussex · 4 replies
    The Aged ^ | 10/03/11 | the Aged P
    "Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" The sharpened steel in the majestic, lyrical rolling thunder of the King James Bible gives out a clear warning to us all when we feel tempted to rush to judgement on the conduct of others. So when a man broadcasts the contents of his pleas to God who are we to comment upon the degree of his sincerity? But words are easy. Action, surely, is a more acceptable currency.
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    02/10/2011 2:19:50 PM PST · by wmfights · 1 replies
    The Moody Church ^ | Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
    David is the last man you might expect to find in such a mess. But there he was, luring a woman to bed and then lying to cover his sin. And when that didn’t work, he murdered a man to make sure that he would get by with his “secret.” We are sexual creatures who sometimes find it difficult to celebrate our sexuality. If the truth were known, we might be surprised to find how much of our time and energy is invested in sexual fantasies and struggles with lust and temptation. And in a world obsessed with sensuality, it...
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    09/07/2010 1:46:46 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 19 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 9/7/'10 | Rabbi Akiva Taitz
    "Everything goes after the beginning." This statement of our Sages contains hidden depth. The moment of conception of anything which comes into existence must contain all the elements of the future of that thing. Just as all the genes of a human being are laid down at conception and thereafter all the physical features which manifest in the child as it develops are results of those genes, so too all phenomena in the world are a reflection of the elements contained, infinitely compressed, in their beginnings.
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    07/25/2010 8:29:49 PM PDT · by Tina Grazier · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Gate ^ | 7/25/10 | Chuck Wolk
    It is being reported that the Manufacturer of all human beings is in the process of recalling all active units. The Maker of this product has determined that regardless of make or year, the product needs to have it's main energy source retrofitted, due to a serious defect in the unit's primary component.  When asked exactly what the problem with the primary component was, the Manufacturer informed us that the heart of the problem is the heart, and that He has sent out representatives to help with the recall.  The Manufacturer is also informing us that the defect which...