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  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/22/2014 6:26:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    A Gift from God Today's Scripture “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We serve such a generous and loving God. He loves you so much that there isn’t anything He wouldn’t do in order to have a relationship with you. The Bible tells us that sin separates man from God, but God doesn’t want to be separated from any of us. That’s why He sent Jesus into the world — to pay the penalty for sin...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 22, 2014]

    08/22/2014 6:24:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    “I Indeed . . . But He” " I indeed baptize you with water . . . but He . . . will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire —Matthew 3:11 " Have I ever come to the point in my life where I can say, “I indeed . . . but He . . .”? Until that moment comes, I will never know what the baptism of the Holy Spirit means. I indeed am at the end, and I cannot do anything more— but He begins right there— He does the things that no one else...
  • 7 Ways to Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus

    08/22/2014 3:41:26 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 26 replies
    http://www.catholicgentleman.net ^ | June 19, 2014 | Sam Guzman
    “Behold this heart which has so loved men.” – Jesus Christ “Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of its very nature, is a worship of the love with which God, through Jesus, loved us, and at the same time, an exercise of our own love by which we are related to God and to other men.” - Pope Pius XII At the very center of Christianity is love. Love is the whole message, the whole law. Now, I don’t mean love in the sense of quickly passing infatuation or sexual attraction, two mistaken definitions of our confused culture, but...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVES, 08-22-14

    08/22/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVES Repository of confidential documents of the Holy See, going back to the early centuries. Deterioration of the original papyri, transfers, and political upheavals caused the almost complete loss of the collections earlier than Pope Innocent III. In the fifteenth century the Archives were kept in Castel Sant'Angelo. In 1810, Napoleon ordered the Archives of the Holy See to be transferred to Paris, and though later returned to Rome many documents were lost. The Archives are now housed in a special building off the Piazza of St. Peter's. to the Archives is attached the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/21/2014 5:44:29 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 8/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Break the Yoke of Average Today's Scripture “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20–21, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God never created you to be ordinary. He created you to leave your mark on this generation. God wants you to do something big. He wants you to go further than anyone in your family. You have seeds of greatness on...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 21, 2014]

    08/21/2014 5:42:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Ministry of the Unnoticed " Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . —Matthew 5:3 " The New Testament notices things that do not seem worthy of notice by our standards. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . .” This literally means, “Blessed are the paupers.” Paupers are remarkably commonplace! The preaching of today tends to point out a person’s strength of will or the beauty of his character— things that are easily noticed. The statement we so often hear, “Make a decision for Jesus Christ,” places the emphasis on something our Lord never trusted....
  • The Climax Of World History...Israel's Future pt 15

    “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10 NASB)One of the climactic scenes in the book of Genesis was when Joseph, as Pharoah’s regent, revealed himself to his brothers. They had thought that he, Joseph, was an Egyptian prince. When they realized that this was the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KIDDUSHIN, 08-21-14

    08/21/2014 6:34:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-21-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:KIDDUSHIN Literally "sanctification," the Jewish marriage service and state of matrimony. Essential to the wedding is the ring ceremony, in which the groom places the ring on the forefinger of the bride's right hand and says, "Behold thou art consecrated unto me, according to the law of Moses and of Israel." The ceremony takes place under a Huppah or (canopy), symbolizing the new home to which the groom is taking the bride. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/20/2014 5:35:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    Believe and Declare Today's Scripture “It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.” (2 Corinthians 4:13, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria There was a man who was believing to pay his house off. It was a standard 30-year mortgage, and he had 23 years left. In the natural, there was no way he could do it. But he was bold enough to say, “Father, I want to thank You that You are Jehovah Jireh; the Lord my provider. I know my job...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 20, 2014]

    08/20/2014 5:33:45 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Christ-Awareness " . . . and I will give you rest —Matthew 11:28 " Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once, asking Him to re-establish your rest. Never allow anything to remain in your life that is causing the unrest. Think of every detail of your life that is causing the disintegration as something to fight against, not as something you should allow to remain. Ask the Lord to put awareness of Himself in you, and your self-awareness will disappear. Then He will be your all in all. Beware of allowing...
  • The Nations Go Mad...Israel's Furture pt 14

    “In that day says the Lord ,I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open my eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. …In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place-Jerusalem.”( Zechariah 12:4-6)What will be the outcome of Jerusalem being made a “cup of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OMNIPRESENCE, 08-20-14

    08/20/2014 10:13:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-20-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OMNIPRESENCE God being simultaneously wherever he is, since he is present everywhere. The divine omnipresence is twofold, by nature and by grace. By nature God is present in all things by essence, knowledge, and power. This is the presence of a cause in the things that share in God's goodness. By his essence, he is substantially in all things, including the created spiritual essences (angels, demons, human souls) as the immediate origin of their existence. by his knowledge, he exercises his wisdom directly in all creation down to the least details. By his power, he operates...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/19/2014 5:45:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 8/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    You’ve Struggled Long Enough Today's Scripture “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria All through life, the enemy tries to stop us with a yoke of bondage — a yoke of depression, a yoke of low self-esteem, a yoke of compromise. He’ll try to burden you down so that everything is a struggle. You may be working hard, but you can’t get ahead because you have all these yokes controlling you. Maybe you’ve been living with a yoke your whole life. It’s been passed down...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 19, 2014]

    08/19/2014 5:42:26 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Self-Awareness " Come to Me . . . —Matthew 11:28 " God intends for us to live a well-rounded life in Christ Jesus, but there are times when that life is attacked from the outside. Then we tend to fall back into self-examination, a habit that we thought was gone. Self-awareness is the first thing that will upset the completeness of our life in God, and self-awareness continually produces a sense of struggling and turmoil in our lives. Self-awareness is not sin, and it can be produced by nervous emotions or by suddenly being dropped into a totally new...
  • Israel's Final Conflict And Deliverance...Israel's Future pt 13

    This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. (Zechariah 12:1-3)The last chapters of Zechariah have an amazing relevance...
  • Why is the Song of Solomon in the Bible?

    08/19/2014 2:05:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Patheos ^ | 08/19/2014 | Riichard Ostling
    The Song of Solomon gets a lot of ‘bad press.’ Are there spiritual lessons to be found in this book? The Song of Solomon or Song of Songs has probably roused more confusion than any other book in the Hebrew Bible, similar to the New Testament’s complex Book of Revelation. Roland K. Harrison of the University of Toronto says the Song provides “almost unlimited ground for speculation.” The Bible’s usual piety, preachments, and prayers are totally absent, nor is God even mentioned (except for 8:6 in some translations). Yet readings from the Song are chosen for Judaism’s Passover liturgy and...
  • ‘God’s Not Dead,’ But Some Are Trying: Why are they so angry at someone who doesn't exist?

    08/19/2014 9:23:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/19/2014 | Andrew Klavan
    Take a look at some of these reviews for the religious indie hit God’s Not Dead [1]:From Britain’s Socialist newspaper The Guardian [2]: ”This warped evangelist item
 veers from the suspect
 to the outright hateful: by the jawdropping climax, wherein a preacher is effectively granted divine right to mow down non-believers, ‘doing God’s work’ has become indistinguishable from Grand Theft Auto. Ban this sick filth.”Here’s one from Movie Nation [3]: ”It’s a movie where rare is the voice that is raised, but deep is the rage bubbling through its rabid anti-intellectualism. When a non-believer is considered to be better...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: IMITATION OF SAINTS, 08-19-14

    08/19/2014 8:47:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:IMITATION OF SAINTS The practice of striving to put into practice in one's own life the virtues that the saints practiced in theirs. This is one of the reasons why the Church canonizes saints, to give the faithful secure patterns of holiness in every period of Christian history and on every level of human society. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Catholic Defender: Mary, Queen Of Heaven

    08/19/2014 7:57:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 115 replies
    This coming August 22, the Feast of Mary, Queen of Heaven will be celebrated throughout the world. Deepertruth will focus this Tuesday on this most important topic. The Marian teaching “Queen of Heaven” is steeped in Old Testament tradition. There are those who misunderstand this teaching and will even claim it is Pagan. Nothing can be furthest from the truth. Some will surely want to raise the scripture coming from Jeremiah 7:16-18, “You, now, do not intercede for this people; raise not in their behalf a pleading prayer! Do not urge me, for I will not listen to you. Do...
  • The LCWR Doubles Down on Dissent

    08/18/2014 7:05:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/18/14 | Ann Carey
    Sister Nancy Schreck’s keynote address to the LCWR 2014 annual assembly was equally confused and defiant.Sister Carol Zinn, a Sister of St. Joseph, who is president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, receives a blessing before her Aug. 12 address at the annual LCWR assembly held in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 12."We have been so changed that we are no longer at home in the culture and church in which we find ourselves.”This quotation from the keynote address (PDF) of Franciscan Sister Nancy Schreck to the August 12-15 annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is startling,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/18/2014 5:29:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    Yoke Destroyer Today's Scripture “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” (Isaiah 10:27, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria A yoke is something that is put around the neck of an ox to help control the animal. It limits its movement. If the ox starts to get off course, the yoke is used to pull it back. Even though an ox is very powerful, this small yoke keeps...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August , 2014]

    08/18/2014 5:26:26 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Have You Ever Been Speechless with Sorrow? " When he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich —Luke 18:23 " The rich young ruler went away from Jesus speechless with sorrow, having nothing to say in response to Jesus’ words. He had no doubt about what Jesus had said or what it meant, and it produced in him a sorrow with no words with which to respond. Have you ever been there? Has God’s Word ever come to you, pointing out an area of your life, requiring you to yield it to Him? Maybe He...
  • Seven Things Even God Cannot Do

    08/18/2014 12:59:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 132 replies
    Break Point ^ | 08/18/2014 | By: Rolley Haggard
    It is commonly supposed that if God can't do absolutely anything and everything, then He isn't all-powerful. Yet Scripture teaches there are some things even God cannot do, though it affirms in countless places that He is, nonetheless, “almighty.” Here is a list of things the Bible says outright, or by necessary implication, God cannot do: 1. Lie (or do anything else immoral)—Titus 1:2 2. Deny Himself (i.e., do anything out of character)—2 Timothy 2:13 3. Remit/forgive sins without the shedding of blood (i.e., taking of life)—Hebrews 9:22 4. Avoid going to Calvary if man is to have hope of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DRY MASS, 08-18-14

    08/18/2014 8:39:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DRY MASS A shortened form of the Mass, customary in the Middle Ages, in which the Offertory, Canon, and Communion were omitted. It was used on a variety of occasions, such as when a second Mass on the same day was forbidden; at a pilgrimage; when a priest who was still fasting was not available; on board ship in stormy weather, then called a "naval Mass"; and during hunting expeditions, called a hunter's Mass. It survives among certain priest-monks who say a Dry Mass of Our Lady, and in the ceremony for the blessing of Palms...
  • Actor Kevin Sorbo Not Too Fond of Atheists; Says They're Always 'So Angry'

    08/18/2014 5:47:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/18/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    Actor Kevin Sorbo who starred in the Christian film, "God's Not Dead," says he did not have reservations about taking on an atheist role for the movie but he admits that he does not understand the logic behind atheist's lack of beliefs and why they are "so angry." Sorbo, who is most famous for the '90s TV series "Hercules," played an atheist professor in the film whose belief system is challenged by one of his Christian students. He recently sat down with Access Hollywood Live to discuss the film's success and his take on skeptics. "I'm a Christian myself and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 17, 2014]

    08/17/2014 2:34:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Discouraged or Devoted? " . . . Jesus . . . said to him, ’You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have . . . and come, follow Me.’ But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich —Luke 18:22-23 " Have you ever heard the Master say something very difficult to you? If you haven’t, I question whether you have ever heard Him say anything at all. Jesus says a tremendous amount to us that we listen to, but do not actually hear. And once we do hear Him,...
  • Millennial Series: Part 9: Amillennial Eschatology

    08/17/2014 10:21:22 AM PDT · by wmfights · 228 replies
    Bible.org ^ | 1950 | John F. Walvoord
    While amillennialism has its influence in all areas of theology, it is natural that it should affect eschatology more than any other. As a form of denial of a future millennial kingdom on earth, it stands in sharp contrast to premillennial eschatology. In previous discussion of amillennialism, it has been brought out that amillennialism is by no means a unified theology, including within its bounds such diverse systems as modern liberal theology, Roman Catholic theology, and conservative Reformed theology. It is therefore impossible to generalize on amillennial eschatology without dividing it into these major divisions. Aside from various small sects...
  • LCWR Members Pass Renewable Energy Resolution

    08/16/2014 1:41:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 8/15/14 | Dawn Cherie Araujo
    Joyce Rouse is an enthusiastic woman. Perhaps more well-known by her stage name, Earth Mama, Rouse is a singer/songwriter whose music combines what she calls her passion for the Earth with themes of spirituality. Born a Lutheran and now a Quaker, Rouse first became acquainted with women religious and the eco-spirituality movement when she began the master’s program in earth literacy at Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. Since then, she says the Catholic sisters have taken her under their wing, sharing her music around the world and in their own contemplative practices. And from her booth in the exhibitor hall at...
  • The battle of our century (the war within Islam that has lethal consequences for all)

    08/16/2014 1:40:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    CERC ^ | August 15, 2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    The battle of our centuryFATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZAIt is not a war between religions. It is a war within Islam that has lethal consequences for all those it touches. It began dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001. Our century is characterized by a lethal theological war in the house of Islam, with brutal consequences for the whole world, whether it be lower Manhattan or northern Iraq. Centuries are not exactly 100 years long. The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm proposed a more persuasive division of history with his "long 19th century," which began with the French Revolution in 1789 and...
  • Sister Elizabeth Johnson: ‘The Waste of Time on This Investigation is Unconscionable’

    08/16/2014 1:34:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 8/15/14 | Heidi Hall
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) A nun who drew U.S. Catholic bishops’ ire with what they consider radical feminist writings fired back Friday (Aug. 15), saying their investigation of women’s orders is wasteful when financial mismanagement and sexual abuses are being covered up. Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a theology professor at Fordham University, accepted the Leadership Conference of Women Religious’ top award and then lambasted bishops for criticism of her book “Quest for the Living God,” saying it appears they’ve never read it. “To this day, no one, not myself or the theological community, the media or the general public knows what doctrinal...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ACACIANS, 08-16-14

    08/16/2014 10:12:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 08-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ACACIANS Heretical sect named after Acacius of Caesarea (d. 366), who refused to accept the Nicene term homoousios (one in being with) the Father in reference to Christ. They claimed that Christ was merely homoios (like) the Father. Also called Semi-Arians and Homoeans. According to St. Jerome the leader of the Acacians was nominated Felix, the antipope, in 358. In the next century another Acacius, who was Patriarch of Constantinople (471-89), provoked the Acacian Schism with Rome by his compromise with the monophysites. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary,...
  • Courage and Encourage [spiritual support for persons w/ same-sex attraction who are striving...

    08/16/2014 8:51:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CERC.org ^ | 2001 | FR. JOHN HARVEY
    Courage and Encourage FR. JOHN HARVEYCourage is the Catholic Church's only pontifically approved ministry which is specifically committed to providing spiritual support for persons with same-sex attraction who are striving to live chastely, offering help to grow in understanding with others toward living more fully the Church's teachings. Notice to Reader: "The Boards of both CERC Canada and CERC USA are aware that the topic of homosexuality is a controversial one that deeply affects the personal lives of many North Americans. Both Boards strongly reiterate the Catechism's teaching that people who self-identify as gays and lesbians must be treated...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 16, 2014]

    08/16/2014 6:06:00 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Does He Know Me . . . ? " He calls his own . . . by name . . . —John 10:3 " When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (see John 20:11-18). It is possible to know all about doctrine and still not know Jesus. A person’s soul is in grave danger when the knowledge of doctrine surpasses Jesus, avoiding intimate touch with Him. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine meant no more to her than the grass under her feet. In fact, any Pharisee could have made a fool of Mary doctrinally, but one thing they could never...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 15, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/15/2014 6:26:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/15/14 | Joel Osteen
    Unlimited Supply Today's Scripture “And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe. ...” (Ephesians 1:19, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If someone had a thousand gallons of water to give you but you only had a one-gallon container, you wouldn’t be able to receive what they had for you. The problem would not be with the supply; it would be with your ability to receive. If you would get rid of the small container and get something larger, then...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 15, 2014]

    08/15/2014 6:24:28 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Evidence of the New Birth " You must be born again —John 3:7 " The answer to Nicodemus’ question, “How can a man be born when he is old?” is: Only when he is willing to die to everything in his life, including his rights, his virtues, and his religion, and becomes willing to receive into himself a new life that he has never before experienced (John 3:4). This new life exhibits itself in our conscious repentance and through our unconscious holiness.“But as many as received Him. . .” (John 1:12). Is my knowledge of Jesus the result...
  • Actor Gary Sinise: Catholic Convert and Surprise Speaker at Knights of Columbus's Annual Conventio

    08/15/2014 3:55:36 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 73 replies
    http://www.aleteia.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Susan Wills
    Gary Sinise – actor, director, bass player, patriot, philanthropist and convert to Catholicism – was a surprise guest at the Knights of Columbus’ annual convention in Orlando earlier this month. The person who was most surprised about being there may have been Gary Sinise himself. He confessed that “he and his family weren’t part of any religion” until his wife returned to her mother’s abandoned Catholic roots in 2000 and he subsequently slow-walked his way to Confirmation in 2010. He recounted his initial shock and eventual support of his wife’s decision in an interview several years ago. He’d been filming...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VICAR CAPITLAR, 08-15-14

    08/15/2014 9:35:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:VICAR CAPITLAR A cleric appointed by the cathedral chapter to administer a vacant episcopal diocese. The bishop's ordinary spiritual and temporal jurisdiction becomes the responsibility of the chapter when a vacancy occurs. But the chapter in turn must elect a vicar to assume this authority within a specified short period of time. when a diocese has no chapter, the board of consulters or its equivalent elects an administrator. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 14, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/14/2014 6:10:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 8/14/14 | Joel Osteen
    New Thinking, New Living Today's Scripture “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” (Mark 2:22, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you ready for increase? Are you ready to go to the next level, spiritually, physically and emotionally? Many times, people hear that God has more in store and something resonates on the inside. Their spirit comes into agreement with God, but oftentimes, their natural mind will be bombarded...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 14, 2014]

    08/14/2014 6:08:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Discipline of the Lord " My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him —Hebrews 12:5 " It is very easy to grieve the Spirit of God; we do it by despising the discipline of the Lord, or by becoming discouraged when He rebukes us. If our experience of being set apart from sin and being made holy through the process of sanctification is still very shallow, we tend to mistake the reality of God for something else. And when the Spirit of God gives us a sense...
  • Israel's Feasts are A Divine Schedule...Israel's Future pt 12

    And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.(Leviticus 23:1-2)God has laid out in many ways the future of Israel and of the world. Prophecy is one of them, the Song of Moses for example, Another way that the Lord has clearly told His people and whoever has ears to hear, what the future would be, is in the Festal Holidays of Israel. The word ‘feasts’ in the above cited scripture, is literally,”Appointed...
  • Hundreds Attend Emotionally Charged Meeting on Firing of Church's Gay Music Director

    08/14/2014 9:43:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/13/14 | Lisa Black
    In an emotionally charged meeting Wednesday, parishioners of Holy Family Catholic Church in northwest suburban Inverness voiced opinions over the firing of their longtime music director, who lost his job after announcing his engagement to his male partner on social media. Many of the roughly 700 people who attended appeared to support Colin Collette, who received a standing ovation when he entered the sanctuary. Members of the media were not allowed to attend, but parishioners described the scene afterward. Collette was terminated from the job he held for 17 years in late July, after being told that his same-sex relationship...
  • Why I Love My Invisible Friend

    08/14/2014 9:06:48 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.strangenotions.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Fr. Robert Barron
    One of the favorite taunts of the New Atheists is that religious people believe in an “invisible friend.” They are implying, of course, that religion is little more than a pathetic exercise in wishful thinking, a reversion to childish patterns of projection and self-protection. It is well past time, they say, for believers to grow up, leave their cherished fantasies behind, and face the real world. In offering this characterization, the New Atheists are showing themselves to be disciples of the old atheists such as Feuerbach, Marx, Comte, and Freud, all of whom made more or less similar observations. Well,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MATERIALLY EVIL, 08-14-14

    08/14/2014 8:49:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-14-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MATERIALLY EVIL Something that is objectively a moral evil, and therefore sinful, but a person does it either without knowing it is wrong, or under duress and without internal consent to the evil. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Priesthood of All Believers?

    08/13/2014 6:50:52 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 105 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 12 August 2014 | Matthew Olson
    1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15, and other verses refer to the (ordained) ministerial priesthood. 1 Peter 2:9 refers to the "priesthood" of the laity. The ministers handle preaching and the Sacraments. The laity simply participate. Scripture makes a strong distinction.ierateuma/hierateuma (lay priesthood, Greek, Strong's #2406) [1 Peter 2:9, Lexicon] sacerdotium (lay priesthood, Latin) [1 Peter 2:9] presbuteroi/presbyteros (ministerial priesthood, Greek, Strong's #4245) [1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15, Lexicon] presbyteri/presbyteros (ministerial priesthood, Latin) [1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15] —Follow me, Answering Protestants, and Catholic Analysis on Twitter, Like Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis on Facebook, Add Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 13, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/13/2014 6:06:31 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8-13-14 | Joel Osteen
    Delete & Repeat Today's Scripture “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you allowing negative thoughts to stifle your potential? Why don’t you start hitting the delete button? The experts may have told you that things are impossible or how it’s not going to work out, but those people don’t know what God has in store. He has the final say. He wouldn’t have placed that dream in your heart or given you that promise if He didn’t have a way to bring...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 13, 2014]

    08/13/2014 6:04:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 13 replies
    “Do Not Quench the Spirit” " Do not quench the Spirit —1 Thessalonians 5:19 " The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze— so gentle that unless you are living in complete fellowship and oneness with God, you will never hear it. The sense of warning and restraint that the Spirit gives comes to us in the most amazingly gentle ways. And if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice, you will quench it, and your spiritual life will be impaired. This sense of restraint will always come as a “still...
  • The Time Of Jacob's Trouble...Israel's Future pt 11

    The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GLEBE, 08-13-14

    08/13/2014 10:04:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GLEBE  A land permanently assigned for maintaining a parish. A glebe house is a parsonage or manse.All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 12, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/12/2014 4:06:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 8/12/14 | Joel Osteen
    Believe God over the “Experts” Today's Scripture “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” (1 Corinthians 1:27, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that according to all the laws of aerodynamics, a bumblebee should not be able to fly? Its wingspan is too small for the size of its body. It can’t get enough lift. But here’s the key: Nobody told the bumblebee. It didn’t get the memo. No experts were...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August , 2014]

    08/12/2014 4:04:20 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Theology of Resting in God " Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? —Matthew 8:26 " When we are afraid, the least we can do is pray to God. But our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His name have an underlying confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the ones who are reliable. Yet our trust is only in God up to a certain point, then we turn back to the elementary panic-stricken prayers of those people who do...