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  • The Agony and Ecstasy: How Was Scripture Inspired?

    07/29/2016 1:45:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 27, 2016 | STEPHEN BEALE
    Ezekiel had his fantastic vision of fire, wind, and four living creatures. John ate a sweet-and-sour scroll out of the hand of a giant angle. Isaiah had his lips scorched by a burning coal from the heavenly altar. Paul was in a catatonic state for three days. Then there’s the agonized lament of Jeremiah:You seduced me, Lord, and I let myself be seduced; you were too strong for me, and you prevailed. All day long I am an object of laughter; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I must cry out, violence and outrage I proclaim; The word of...
  • The Joy of Anticipated Reward

    07/29/2016 9:05:11 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "That the proof of your faith . . . may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:7). Your future reward is directly related to your present service. The joy you experience after your faith has been tested and proven genuine is largely due to your present blessings and assurance of salvation. But there's a future aspect as well: the joy of anticipating the reward you'll receive from Jesus when you see Him face to face and hear "Well done, good and faithful servant! . . . Come and...
  • Spiritual Amnesia

    07/29/2016 9:04:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins” (2 Peter 1:9). If you don’t practice spiritual virtues now, you’ll forget their significance later. Physical nearsightedness and mental amnesia both are unwanted conditions. Nearsightedness (myopia) causes people’s eyes to focus the parallel rays of light in front of the retina. They can clearly see things right in front of them, but the farther out they look, the more out of focus objects become. Amnesia, of course, is memory loss. Sometimes it’s selective, but usually it’s total—everything prior to a certain time...
  • Theological Censures Against Amoris Laetitia Revealed

    07/28/2016 7:23:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 6/27/16 | Steve Skojec
    "The apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia, issued by Pope Francis on March 19th 2016 and addressed to bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons, Christian married couples, and all the lay faithful, has caused grief and confusion to many Catholics on account of its apparent disagreement with a number of teachings of the Catholic Church on faith and morals. This situation poses a grave danger to souls.” So begins the 13-page document sent by an international group of Catholic theologians, pastors, historians, and scholars “to every one of the Cardinals and Patriarchs, of whom there are 218 living at present.” Though the document...
  • Prophecy Autopsy | The Thief in the Night EXPOSED! + Q&A!

    07/28/2016 12:20:17 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 4 replies
    eternalrhythmflow on YouTube ^ | Jul 28, 2016 | Scott Clarke
    Maybe you have asked yourself this question because of my recent video messages. If so, It is very easily answered once context is applied. Q: The church has always symbolically been a female as we are the bride of Christ. Doesn't that seem unnatural to treat the church as a male child? [More Below] This video answers this question and cross-references 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 and Revelation 12:1-5 as being the very same picture of the beginning of the tribulation. Prophecy Autopsy | The Revelation 12 Sign of September 23, 2017 [UPDATE!] Prophecy Autopsy | The Revelation 12 Child Exposed! |...
  • Looking For A New Church to attend:

    07/28/2016 11:37:02 AM PDT · by Vinylly · 41 replies
    We are looking for a new church. We have been attending the First Presbyterian Church in Seattle. The congregation voted to leave Presbyterian Churches USA, so now we are just an independent Presbyterian Church. The Presbytery took us to court to take over our church property, which we lost. They also confiscated all our assets and bank accounts. They are trying to 'starve us out and destroy us, as we will be unable to pay our bills, and pay wages to church staff and ministers. We have no funds to rent a new worship space. The wife and I have...
  • Proving Your Faith

    07/28/2016 7:28:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:6-7). Proven faith brings joy and confidence. Although some Christians fear that trials and persecutions can only rob them of their joy, Peter taught just the opposite. In fact, he said that joy comes not in spite of trouble but because...
  • Fruitfulness

    07/28/2016 7:28:22 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8). If you are a Christian, your life will produce spiritual fruit. If you want to enjoy assurance of salvation in all its richness, you need to faithfully pursue all the virtues we have been studying this past week. The reason is simple—they produce fruit in the Christian life, and nothing is a better indicator of true salvation than that. It was the criterion Christ used to distinguish between the true and false...
  • The Rapture – Indisputable Christian Heresy

    07/27/2016 8:46:41 PM PDT · by NRx · 350 replies
    Preachers Institute ^ | 04-10-2010 | Fr. Anthony M. Coniaris
    By Fr. Anthony M. ConiarisIn this brief article, Fr. Anthony expresses with clarity the truth of the false teaching known as the “Rapture” and how much it distorts the teachings of the Lord in the Holy Scriptures.As I was driving one day I encountered a bumper sticker admonishing me: “WARNING! In the event of Rapture, this car will be driverless.” The strange belief in the Rapture teaches that some day (sooner rather than later), without warning, born-again Christians will begin to float up from the freeway, abandoned vehicles careening wildly. There will be airliners in the sky suddenly with no...
  • Situational Ethics (Protestant And Evangelical Caucus/Devotional)

    07/27/2016 11:44:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/27/2016
    “When an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner of the ox shall not be liable. But if the ox has been accustomed to gore in the past, and its owner has been warned but has not kept it in, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death” (vv. 28–29). - Exodus 21:28–32 Joseph Fletcher ranks among the most influential intellectuals of the twentieth century. Fletcher, an Episcopalian priest...
  • Ten Thousand Thanks Could Never Be Enough - A Meditation on the Astonishing Depth of Every Gift

    07/27/2016 6:15:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ten Thousand Thanks Could Never Be Enough - A Meditation on the Astonishing Depth of Every Gift Msgr. Charles Pope • July 26, 2016 • In developing gratitude, we do well to remember how intertwined our lives are. None of us lives in isolation—none of us can. We may think we’re pretty self-sufficient, but we drive on roads that others built and paid for, and we do so in cars developed and built by others. We use electricity powered by coal that others mined, converted to power in power plants we neither built nor run, and delivered to us...
  • Agape Love

    07/27/2016 1:16:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . And in your brotherly kindness, Christian love” (2 Peter 1:7). Sacrificial love proves genuine faith. Classical Greek had three common terms for love. As we saw yesterday, phileo (philadelphia) is the love of give and take, best expressed in friendship. Eros is the love that takes—one loves another strictly for what he or she can get out of that person. It is typical of the world’s sexual and lustful desires, which are always bent toward self-gratification. Agape is the love that gives. It is completely unselfish, with no taking involved. This is the highest form of love,...
  • And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids Close - A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night

    07/26/2016 8:03:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids - A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night Msgr. Charles Pope • July 25, 2016 • One of the great night prayer hymns, “All Praise to Thee My God This Night,” appears in numerous hymnals of the English tradition. Sadly, it is not in our current breviary, but I hope that the new one might feature it. It was written by Thomas Ken in 1709 and is most often sung to the beautiful tune of Tallis’ Ordinal, which you can hear in the video below.Ideally, night prayer should include acts of...
  • God’s Law in Nature (Evangelical & Protestant Caucus/Devotional)

    07/26/2016 7:56:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/26/2016
    “When Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law” (v. 14). - Romans 2:14–15 If there is only one, true creator God, then only the law of our Creator can serve as the fixed, transcendent basis for human ethics. We find our Creator’s law in Scripture, particularly in the Mosaic law, which includes ceremonial and civil regulations designed for ancient Israel as well as moral commandments that apply in every time and place. In particular, as Christians from nearly every...
  • Your Secure Inheritance

    07/26/2016 4:48:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To obtain an inheritance which is . . . reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Pet. 1:4-5). Your eternal inheritance is doubly secure: it is reserved for you, and you are reserved for it. When Peter wrote his first epistle, attitudes toward Christians in the Roman Empire were not at all favorable. Because they would not worship the emperor as a god, or enter into other sinful pagan practices, Christians were looked upon with suspicion and disdain. In addition,...
  • Brotherly Love

    07/26/2016 4:48:04 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And in your godliness, brotherly kindness . . .” (2 Peter 1:7). Real Christian discipleship will include practical brotherly love. A genuine love for God will invariably lead to a love for others. That’s what Jesus said of the two great commandments (Matt. 22:36-40) that summarize the Ten Commandments. The apostle John also related love for God and love for others: “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). The...
  • Vatican Newspaper Publishes [Another] Defense of Amoris Laetitia

    07/25/2016 9:48:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    L’Osservatore Romano has published a defense of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia by Rodrigo Guerra López, a philosopher at the Center for Advanced Social Research in Queretaro, Mexico. Stating that “it is not strange to find resistance when Christian thought takes a new step forward,” López writes that the controversy over Amoris Laetitia recalls earlier controversies over whether the Second Vatican Council’s teaching on religious liberty was faithful to the teaching of Leo XIII and whether St. John Paul II’s use of phenomenology was in accord with the Church’s philosophical tradition. “Amoris laetitia is a true act of pontifical...
  • What Does Jesus Mean When He Says That We Will Be Salted with Fire?

    07/25/2016 6:38:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Jesus Mean When He Says That We Will Be Salted with Fire? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 24, 2016 • I was recently asked (through my Our Sunday Visitor column) about one of Jesus’ lesser known sayings. I would go into a little more detail in today’s post. Here is the passage:Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50).Some argue that these were separate sayings that were just stitched together,...
  • Our Ethical Basis (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    07/25/2016 5:21:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/25/2016
    “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” - Judges 21:25 Twenty-first-century America is full of citizens who profess that there is but one absolute truth, and that is that there are no absolute moral standards. It is a self-refuting belief system to be sure, for if one denies that absolute truth exists, that rules out any absolute denial of absolute moral standards. Nevertheless, people hold to this denial most absolutely, and the social cost has been enormous. Modern America is not the first culture to have embraced moral relativism,...
  • Demonic Possession as a Physical Ailment

    07/24/2016 8:33:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    Fr. Ted's Blog ^ | 07-12-2016 | Fr. Ted Bobosh
    The Gospel lesson in our current lectionary for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost is Matthew 8:28-9:1 in which Christ encounters two men possessed by demons.   At the time when the Orthodox Gospel lectionary was being formed, a story of Christ exorcising demons must have been very popular.  For in the current lectionary, the parallel version of this story from Luke’s Gospel (8:26-39) is read also on the 21st Sunday after Pentecost.   Since we have a lectionary that repeats every year, it is interesting that they thought this miracle important enough to proclaim twice during the church year...
  • Kundalini spirits in the church?

    07/24/2016 7:35:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 87 replies
    Christians Together ^ | Andrew Strom
    I just saw the video of Rick Joyner announcing that Todd Bentley is back ministering every night at Morningstar in North Carolina and now they have so-called "revival" manifestations eerily similar to Lakeland. They also announced that they are streaming these big meetings every night on their new TV channel - and they are greatly promoting the whole thing. Now I am a tongues-speaking Pentecostal myself - but can I ask a simple question here please? What kind of "spirit" was it operating in the Lakeland revival - when the leader and main focal- point of the meetings (Todd Bentley)...
  • Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer

    07/24/2016 7:30:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 23, 2016 • Photo by Michael Hoyt for the Catholic StandardLast week’s Gospel featured the Lord insisting that prayer was “the one thing necessary.” This week, we see the disciples’ request that the Lord teach them on prayer. In answer, the Lord gives three basic teachings or prescriptions for prayer.Let’s look at these three prescriptions. I. Pattern of Prayer – The Gospel opens as follows: Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us...
  • Inheriting Heaven or Hell

    07/24/2016 12:13:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 20 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[God] caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Pet. 1:3). Everyone receives an eternal inheritance—either Heaven or Hell. We have seen several aspects of the believer's inheritance, and will see more in future days. But realize that unbelievers also will receive an inheritance, for Jesus will say to them, "Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. . . . And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life" (Matt. 25:41,...
  • Self-Control

    07/24/2016 12:13:28 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance . . .” (2 Peter 1:6). Personal self-control demonstrates the certainty of your salvation. In Peter’s day, the word translated “self-control” was used to describe athletes. The successful ones abstained from sexual activity and an unhealthy diet for the sake of disciplined training exercises. You practice personal self-control when you control your desires and don’t allow them to control you. Let me share some practical tips that have helped me with self-control. 1. Start small. For example, begin by cleaning your bedroom or office, then extend that discipline to the...
  • God's Motive for Your Inheritance

    07/23/2016 11:37:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "According to His great mercy" (1 Pet. 1:3). Every dimension of life, whether physical or spiritual, is a testimony to God’s mercy. When God saved you and granted you an eternal inheritance, it wasn't because you were special or more deserving of His love and grace than others. It was because He sovereignly chose to love you and extend His great mercy to you. That's why Paul said, "God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you...
  • Knowledge

    07/23/2016 11:37:04 PM PDT · by metmom · 18 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . in your moral excellence, knowledge” (2 Peter 1:5). Moral excellence cannot develop in an intellectual vacuum. It’s a frightening thing to realize the extent to which our culture downplays knowledge in favor of emotions. These days people are more likely to ask, “How will it make me feel?” instead of, “Is it true?” Sadly, the church has bought into the spirit of the age. Many people go to church, not to learn the truths of God’s Word, but to get an emotional high. The focus of theological discussion also reflects the contemporary hostility to knowledge. To a...
  • The defining Question about Sola Scriptura and Tradition

    07/23/2016 8:40:34 PM PDT · by boatbums · 83 replies
    Apologetics and Agape ^ | May 25, 2016 | Ken Temple
    “Has the Roman Catholic Church infallibly defined a single word of Jesus or an apostle, that is not found in Scripture?” Dr. James White to Mitch Pacwa “I cannot think of any.” Mitch Pacwa This shows that everything the church needed for ministry was written down in the Scriptures. That is the clear implication of the verses below; and combined with the early church’s understanding of the rule of faith / apostolic tradition, when it is specifically spelled out, it indicates that everything needed was written down in the NT. Jude 3 – the faith was once for all delivered...
  • Spin Of The Year (Possibly the most heretical seminary in the US is going out of business)

    07/23/2016 4:16:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 100 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 07-21-2016 | Rod Dreher
    The Very Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, lesbian cleric and then president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, delivers 2009 'abortion is a blessing' address (National Organization for Women/Flickr) Via the Episcopal News Service, a press release revealing that the ultramegaliberal Episcopal Divinity School is winding things down: Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminary’s board of trustees decided July 21 on a 11-4 vote. During the next year, the board will explore options for EDS’s future, some of which were suggested by a specially convened Futures Task Force to...
  • Signers of Document Critiquing 'Amoris Laetitia' Revealed

    07/23/2016 3:43:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 7/22/16 | Joshua McElwee
    An until now unpublished list of names attached to a critique of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on family life shows the signatories to include professors at diocesan seminaries, a member of a pontifical academy, and the head of the church's ecclesiastical structure in Afghanistan. The signatories had sent a letter to the world's Catholic cardinals asking them to "respond to the dangers to Catholic faith and morals" from Francis' Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love") The letter, which attracted press coverage earlier in the month as a possible sign of wider disagreement with Amoris Laetitia, was sent to Italian Cardinal...
  • Eucharist in the creed?

    07/23/2016 9:19:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 251 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Eucharist in the creed? Msgr. Charles Pope Question: The true presence of Christ in the Eucharist is central to our Catholic faith, and many converts say it was essential to their conversion. If this is so, why is the true presence not mentioned at all in the Nicene or Apostles Creeds? Should it not be added at the end where we state things like our belief in the Communion of Saints, the resurrection of the body and so forth? — Jerry Roventini, via email Answer: There are many things that are not mentioned in the Nicene Creed. There is no...
  • Why is Original Sin Called the “Sin of Adam”?"

    07/22/2016 7:20:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why is Original Sin Called the “Sin of Adam”? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 21, 2016 • Original sin is that first sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, committed when they ate the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3:1-7). And while it clearly involved both of them, Scripture and Tradition refer to it formally as the “Sin of Adam” or “Adam’s Sin,” not the “Sin of Adam and Eve.” It is also described as coming to us “through one man,” not “through a man and a woman.”...
  • Recognizing Our Enmity (Evangelical/Protestant Caucus and Devotional)

    07/22/2016 6:00:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/22/2016
    As children we played games drawn from the scenario of war. When a friend approached we pretended that we were sentries. The dialogue was simple: “Halt! Who goes there? Friend or foe?” Our categories left no room for indifferent neutrality. They were restricted to two options, friend or enemy. Those are the only options we have in our relationship with God. No one is neutral. We are either God’s friends or God’s enemies. Jonathan Edwards once preached a sermon titled, “Man, Naturally God’s Enemies.” In this sermon Edwards declared: “Men, in general, will own that they are sinners. There are...
  • Praising God for Your Eternal Inheritance

    07/22/2016 5:32:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:3). God has blessed you richly and is worthy of your praise. The source of your eternal inheritance is God, whom Peter described in several ways. First, He is our blessed God (1 Pet. 1:3). The Greek word translated "blessed" in that verse speaks of that which is worthy of blessing, adoration, praise, or worship. Peter's praise for God is an example for us to follow. Our God is especially worthy of our praise in light of the glorious inheritance He has granted us in His Son...
  • Diligence and Excellence

    07/22/2016 5:31:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence” (2 Peter 1:5). God’s provision does not preclude our responsibility. There are some who believe that since God has provided everything needed for the Christian life, believers should expect Him to do everything for them. Their motto is, “Let go and let God!” If Peter had a motto for the Christian life, it would have been more along the lines of the popular World War II song, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!” Peter knew the Christian life is a struggle in which believers...
  • When God Allows Divorce. (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional & Caucus)

    07/21/2016 8:56:57 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7.21.2016
    “In the house the disciples asked [Jesus] again about this matter. And he said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.’ ” Mark 10:10–12 Given modern no-fault divorce laws and the allowance for divorce in cases of “irreconcilable differences,” both of which reflect a disdain for Christ’s teaching on marriage (Mark 10:1–9), it is unsurprising that many Christians believe divorce is never acceptable. Moreover, passages such as today’s text, at least on first reading, seem to lend credence to the idea that...
  • Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

    07/21/2016 7:39:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2016 • Let’s ponder a significant yet often overlooked text from Hebrews, which describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one which is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the source of our bondage. In order to unlock the secret of the text, I want to suggest to you an interpretation that will allow its...
  • Remembering Your Inheritance

    07/21/2016 5:41:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you" (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Victory over present circumstances comes when you focus on your eternal inheritance and praise God for it. One amazing privilege you have as a Christian is to be the beneficiary of a rich and exciting spiritual inheritance. Jesus gave us a...
  • Reminders of Assurance

    07/21/2016 5:41:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore, I shall always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you” (2 Peter 1:12). Remembering where you’ve been is the key to getting where you want to go. The summer of 1980 was a turning point in my ministry. After nearly a dozen years as pastor of Grace Community Church, I took a three-month sabbatical. In my heart I wasn’t sure if I would come back. I felt I had taught my congregation all I knew, and I feared boring them...
  • Top rabbis: Unmistakable signs of Messiah coming

    07/20/2016 6:07:01 PM PDT · by amorphous · 81 replies
    WND ^ | 20 July 2016 | WND Staff
    A conversation between two of the most distinguished rabbis in Israel indicates scholars of the Torah see unmistakable signs of the coming of the Messiah. What’s more, in the Messianic era, Christians will become a source of Torah learning, as believers in Jesus Christ rediscover the source of their beliefs in both Judaism and the Torah. The conversation took place between Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, both of whom are regarded as leading experts in the Torah. During the conversation, Rabbi Kanievsky reportedly predicted the imminent coming of the Messiah, before the end of the year after the...
  • Ven. Fulton Sheen on the Devil: "As Theologians Dropped the Demonic, Psychiatrists Picked it Up"

    07/20/2016 3:58:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Big Catholics ^ | July 19, 2016
    Venerable Fulton J. Sheen discusses the Devil's incessant attempts to turn our heats away from God. May we never forget that Satan, the father of lies, is a cruel deceiver of men whose only desire is our destruction. Below is a partial transcript of Venerable Sheen's remarks.The Devil - Venerable Fulton Sheen Starting at 4:43: I thought perhaps you might be interested in hearing about the Devil from a sound philosophical and theological point of view. I'm going to describe to you the Devil, first from the psychiatric point of view, and secondly from the biblical. First the psychiatric....
  • Fatherhood and Mercy

    07/20/2016 6:30:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fatherhood and Mercy Msgr. Charles Pope • July 19, 2016 • Last weekend I was out in Anacortes, Washington (about a hundred miles north of Seattle) preaching at the Faith on Fire conference. One of the talks I gave was entitled “Mercy and Fatherhood.” In it, I spoke about how a father can show mercy to his children. What follows is my notes for that talk. What does a priest know about being a father? Why don’t you read this post and then tell me? Remember that I have been the son of my father, I have two brothers,...
  • The One-Flesh Union ( Protestant/Evangelical Devotional/Caucus)

    07/20/2016 6:13:44 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/20/2016
    ” ‘A man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (vv. 7–9). - Mark 10:1–9 Every generation of Christians is called to understand the will of God and to bear witness to His truth (Heb. 6:1–3; 1 Peter 3:15–16). It is also clear that while the truth never changes, the points at which this truth is attacked are not the same from generation to generation. In our day, the...
  • Confessing joy: A Sunni Lebanese woman on becoming Christian

    07/20/2016 4:54:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aletelial ^ | July 19, 2016 | Yasmin Amin Baydawi
    She was a 7-year-old kid while he was there even before history.She loved him since she woke up to life, watching stories of him on TV, mainly on special occasions, but didn’t know him, as no one around her knew him. Those around her refused to get to know him or recognize him.She grew up and he entered her life again, without permission. She betrayed him a lot but he forgave her each and every time and she adored him even more. When her family members knew about her love story, they refused and condemned it. But she insisted on wearing...
  • Proclaiming the Excellencies of God

    07/20/2016 12:03:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "That you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Pet. 2:9). You are an ambassador of the living God. The privilege of proclaiming the excellencies of God takes us back to 1 Peter 2:9, but we consider it here because it summarizes the purpose of all our Christian privileges. The Greek word translated "proclaim" is an unusual word used only here in the New Testament. It means "to advertise" or "publish," and refers to making something known that would otherwise be unknown. "Excellencies" speak of powerful and heroic deeds....
  • Rejection Because of Your Faith

    07/20/2016 12:03:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. Do not marvel, brethren, if the world hates you” (1 John 3:12-13). Christians are rejected by the world but accepted by God. An ancient proverb states that you can judge a man’s character by who his enemies are. That is also true in the spiritual realm. The world loves its own, but since Christ chose believers out of the world, the world hates them (John 15:19). That this is...
  • Receiving Compassion

    07/19/2016 10:57:26 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy" (1 Pet. 2:10). Because of God’s compassion, He withholds the just punishment of your sin. Hosea had a unique role among the prophets. God used him and his adulterous wife, Gomer, as living illustrations of His love for unfaithful Israel. When Gomer gave birth to a daughter, the Lord told Hosea to name her Lo-ruhamah, which means "No mercy," because His mercy for Israel would soon come to an end. When Gomer later gave birth...
  • By who's Power??

    07/19/2016 10:42:55 AM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 6 replies
    Source: "Lord of All" by Chip Brogden ^ | July 19, 2016 | Chip Brogden
    July 19 His Life Cannot Fail “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” GALATIANS 2:20 The Law of Gravity brings objects to the ground. It does not matter to Gravity how large or small the object is. It works the same with acorns as it does with airplanes. Likewise, I know today that it does not matter if I am called upon...
  • Bishop Paprocki: Abp Chaput is Right to Deny Communion to ‘Remarried’ Catholics

    07/19/2016 10:11:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 67 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/18/16 | Claire Chretien
    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, July 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic bishop simultaneously skewered those celebrating supposed changes in Church doctrine and defended a fellow bishop who instructed Catholics in his diocese to follow the Church’s teaching on sexual morality. Responding to a “misleading” Associated Press article that ran in Illinois' State Journal-Register, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, wrote in the same newspaper that the guidelines Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput issued on proper disposition to receive Holy Communion “are certainly correct” because they uphold Biblical teaching. The AP article pitted Chaput’s actions against Pope Francis. The article said Chaput "is...
  • How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheroes

    07/19/2016 7:32:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheroes Msgr. Charles Pope • July 18, 2016 • There was more violence this past weekend. A man, whatever his grievance, killed three police officers and wounded four others. Pray for their souls.And what has this gotten us? More anger. And no progress on justice at all.History is replete with the failures of those who thought they could usher in justice with violence. The “war to end all wars” (World War I) demonstrated this foolish notion, as it ultimately brought about a far bloodier one: World War II.There...
  • Christianity’s Major “Pivot-Points” [vanity]

    07/19/2016 7:32:29 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 34 replies
    Vanity
    Christianity’s Major “Pivot-Points”Recently as I meditated on Scripture, the Holy Spirit drew my attention and interest to how a certain verse embodies a pivoting or inflection-point in Christianity’s long story. That caused me to want to derive and list all of the major pivot-points which have occurred—that is, pivotal incidents which substantially changed the course of events in the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan. Your list might be somewhat different, but all these seem to me to be hugely impactful. Chronologically, they are: CREATION—God creates our physical universe to house us and then He creates us, the first physical creatures...