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  • But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

    02/07/2016 7:24:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 6, 2016 -- Today's gospel describes the call of Simon Peter. It is a call that takes place in several stages. And while it is presented in a compact time frame, for most of us it takes place over a longer period, as the Lord works to deepen our faith and heighten our call. The upshot of today's gospel is that Peter's faith is strengthened by his obedience to the Lord's command.Let's see how the...
  • Choices Reveal - and Make - Character

    02/07/2016 6:46:20 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    INTO NINE WORDS, having altogether but eleven syllables, Luke packs a world of universal truth: "Being let go, they went to their own company" (Acts 4:23). Every normal man has a "company," however small, where he feels at home and to which he will return when he is tired of being alone. The important thing about a man is not where he goes when he is compelled to go, but where he goes when he is free to go where he will. The apostles went to jail, and that is not too revealing because they went there against their will;...
  • God's Holiness Revealed (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/07/2016 6:39:21 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The Lord is righteous in all His ways" (Psalm 145:17). God's holiness is evident in everything He does, particularly in creation, the law, judgment, and salvation. The whole purpose of the Old Testament is to reveal the holiness and righteousness of God, who is utterly perfect and pure. In fact, the Hebrew word for "holy" is used more than 600 times in the Old Testament to indicate moral perfection. What are some areas in which we see God's holiness? First, we see it in the original perfection of His creation: "God saw all that He had made, and behold, it...
  • The Joy of Sacrificial Giving(from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/07/2016 6:35:35 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Saints . . . who are in Philippi" (Phil. 1:1). As you give toward the needs of others, God will supply your needs. Perhaps more than any other New Testament church, the Philippian church was characterized by generous, sacrificial giving. Their support for Paul extended throughout his missionary travels and was a source of great joy to him. In addition to money, they also sent Epaphroditus, a godly man who ministered to Paul during his imprisonment (Phil. 2:25-30; 4:18). Paul was selective about accepting financial support from churches because he didn't want to be a burden or have his motives...
  • Messiah's Timing PRedicted...miracle nation pt 39

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.(Isaiah 52:13-15)Israel has been awaiting the coming of the Messiah. Over the centuries, the Hebrew prophets described him through the Spirit of the LORD. He would...
  • It's Friday, but Sunday Is Coming! As Seen in Life and in a Powerful Video

    02/06/2016 8:10:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It's Friday, but Sunday Is Coming! As Seen in Life and in a Powerful Video Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 5, 2016 -- Some years ago in a previous parish assignment (St. Thomas More, in Washington D.C.) I was accustomed to taking a Friday afternoon walk in order to focus on my Sunday homily. At the beginning of the walk I'd often stop by the house of an elderly parishioner, Ms. Lillian, and give her Communion. Her mind was beginning to fail and it was difficult for her to get to Church.In mild weather she would often be out...
  • God Is Holy(from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/06/2016 5:38:38 AM PST · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "'There is no one holy like the Lord'" (1 Samuel 2:2). God's holiness means He transcends everything else and is completely righteous and separated from evil. Holiness is arguably God's most significant attribute. The angels don't sing, "Eternal, eternal, eternal" or "Faithful, faithful, faithful" or "Mighty, mighty, mighty." Rather, they sing, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty" (Rev. 4:8; compare Isa. 6:3). His holiness sums up all He is. The psalmist says, "Holy and awesome is His name" (Ps. 111:9). Moses sings, "Who is like Thee among the gods, O Lord? Who is like Thee, majestic in...
  • The Joy of Sainthood

    02/06/2016 5:33:40 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To all the saints in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:1). Every Christian is a saint. Many people think of saints as men and women who are especially holy or who have been canonized by an official church body. Usually only those who have been long dead and have extraordinary religious accomplishments to their credit qualify. God, however, has a different perspective on sainthood. Paul called the Corinthian believers saints (1 Cor. 1:2) then went on for many chapters correcting their sinful practices. He called the Roman, Ephesian, and Colossian believers saints but they weren't perfect either. What then qualifies someone as...
  • A Dirge (For a friend that fell)

    Oh Troubler, why do you trouble us? We had just talked to you, we thought you were doing better… Why did you take your eyes off of Him who comes to us in the midst of every storm? What did you see, when you gazed at the Babylonian garment? What misery was so great that you were willing to sell out, just to relieve it? Did it work? Are you better now? Now, we who love you are miserable? Wouldn’t it be better to suffer than to sin? Which is worse, suffering or sin? Which is the cause and which...
  • The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness

    02/05/2016 8:06:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness Msgr. Charles Pope February 4, 2016 Man who found exitThere is a phrase in the Scriptures that, while speaking of mystery, is itself a bit mysterious and is debated among scholars: the "mystery of iniquity." St. Paul mentions it in Second Thessalonians and ties it to an equally mysterious "man of iniquity" who will appear before the Second Coming of Jesus. Many modern translations (accurately) render it as the "mystery of lawlessness" but that has less of a ring to it.The Latin root of the English word...
  • God Is Three

    02/05/2016 4:09:36 AM PST · by metmom · 158 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all" (2 Corinthians 13:14). Though there is only one God, He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is one, but He exists in three distinct Persons. We call this the Trinity, a contraction of "tri-unity," meaning "three in one." The word Trinity doesn't appear in the Bible, but God's existence as three Persons in one God is clear from Scripture. Old Testament evidence of God's plurality can be...
  • The Joy of Faithful Service

    02/05/2016 4:06:19 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:1). A faithful slave fulfills the will of his master. The metaphor of Christians as slaves to Christ is common in Paul's writings. It is one his readers would have readily understood because of the prevalence of slavery in the Roman Empire. Peter, James, John, and Jude used the same metaphor of their own ministries, as did Jesus in Mark 10:45: "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." In Philippians 2:7 Paul refers to Christ as a...
  • Behold The Messiah of Israel...miracle nation pt 38

    And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord: Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.(Zechariah 6:12-13)Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him:...
  • First Anglican Ordinariate Bishop Ordained: ‘It Means We’re Here to Stay’

    02/04/2016 2:11:38 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 4, 2016 | KATHLEEN NAAB
    HOUSTON — In a majestic Mass at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday evening, history was made for the Anglican ordinariates established by Pope Benedict XVI: Their first bishop was ordained. “In a nutshell, it means we’re here to stay,” summarized Msgr. Harry Entwistle, the ordinary of Australia’s ordinariate, which is under the patroness of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. The new bishop, Stephen Joseph Lopes, 40, a native of California, was in fact instrumental in the creation of the ordinariate that he now leads — the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The...
  • God Is One

    02/04/2016 12:39:52 PM PST · by metmom · 43 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "'Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!'" (Deuteronomy 6:4). There is only one true God. When God freed Israel to take her to the promised land, He said: "You shall have no other gods before Me" (Ex. 20:3). Later Moses told the Israelites, "The Lord, He is God; there is no other besides Him" (Deut. 4:35) and "The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!" (6:4). Israel was to believe in the one and only God. But Jesus claimed to be God. Is He God number two? Not at all. In Mark 12:29-30, Jesus...
  • The Joy of Kindred Spirits

    02/04/2016 12:36:57 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:1). Despite their shortcomings, people of kindred spirit are precious gifts from the Lord. Timothy was Paul's trusted companion in the gospel. In Philippians 2:20 Paul describes him as a man "of kindred spirit." That is, they were likeminded, sharing the same love for Christ and His church. Elsewhere Paul described Timothy as his beloved and faithful child in the Lord (1 Cor. 4:17) and fellow worker in the gospel of Christ (Rom. 16:21; 1 Thess. 3:2). Those are significant compliments coming from Paul, whose standard of ministry and personal integrity was...
  • "Church-speak" – Strange Things Church People Say"

    02/04/2016 8:07:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-03-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    "Church-speak" – Strange Things Church People Say Msgr. Charles Pope February 3, 2016 Many groups have a tendency to use words that make sense to their members but are unintelligible to outsiders. I have sometimes had to decode "Church-speak" for recent converts.For example, one time I proudly announced, "RCIA classes will begin next week, so if you know anyone who is interested in attending please fill out an information card on the table just outside the sacristy door." I thought I'd been perfectly clear, but then a new member approached me after Mass to inquire about the availability of...
  • New Wine for New Wineskins (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus/Devotional)

    02/04/2016 5:59:49 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    "No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins." - Mark 2:21-22 Christians have, throughout the history of the church, created many religious structures and rituals in order to develop a closer walk with God. At their best, things such as prayer books,...
  • Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World: Draft Document Pan-Orthodox

    02/03/2016 5:19:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravimir ^ | 2/3/16
    Draft document of the Pan-Orthodox Council, adopted by the 5th Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference in Chambesy on October, 10-17, 2015.Published in compliance with the decision of the Synaxis of Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches, Chambesy, January, 21-28, 2016. 1. Orthodox Church, being the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, in her profound ecclesiastical consciousness firmly believes that she occupies a central place in matters relating to the promotion of Christian unity within the contemporary world. 2. The Orthodox Church grounds her unity on the fact that she was founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, as well as on the communion...
  • How Long,Hosea?...miracle nation pt 37

    For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him. I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will...
  • God Is Spirit

    02/03/2016 12:35:11 PM PST · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "'God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth'" (John 4:24). God is a person, but He has no physical characteristics. As we begin our study of God, we must understand first of all that He is a person, not some unknowable cosmic force. In His Word, God is called Father, Shepherd, Friend, Counselor, and many other personal names. God is always referred to as "He," not "it." He also has personal characteristics: He thinks, acts, feels, and speaks. We will learn three aspects of God's person in the next several days: God is spirit,...
  • The Joy of Exalting Christ

    02/03/2016 12:31:46 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:1). If exalting Christ is your goal, anything that furthers the gospel will bring you joy. Next to the Lord Himself, Paul is perhaps the greatest illustration that joy is not necessarily related to one's circumstances. Paul wrote to the Philippians from a prison cell, yet he spoke of joy and contentment. His life was a series of difficulties and life-threatening situations (see 2 Cor. 11:23-33). In fact the Lord, shortly after confronting him on the road to Damascus, said, "[Paul] is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before...
  • Invading the Human Soul (Protestant & Evangelical Devotional & Caucus)

    02/03/2016 8:22:56 AM PST · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/3/2016
    Biblical worship invades the human soul. It is the soul that too often has been banished from modern worship. We are a people preoccupied with self-image, self-esteem, and self-gratification. Yet in all this we don't even know what a "self" is. The human soul is in exile from our thinking. No wonder, then, that it is not considered relevant to worship. Heaven is too distant to contemplate. Our lives are lived within the restricted boundaries of our terrestrial horizon. We have so despised the notion of pie in the sky that we have lost our taste for it altogether. But...
  • Is It Ever OK to Lie?

    02/03/2016 6:37:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 89 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is It Ever OK to Lie? Msgr. Charles Pope February 2, 2016 Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor on both their newspaper side and in their magazine, The Catholic Answer. Every now and then a question comes in that seems like a good topic for the blog.The following question comes up frequently whenever I teach moral theology classes and we cover the issue of lying. In a way it is remarkable that the format of the question almost never changes, and that the usual (and I would argue questionable)...
  • Who Were the 144,000 of Revelation?

    02/02/2016 6:34:46 PM PST · by grumpa · 76 replies
    Off Grid Blog ^ | February 2, 2016 | Charles S. Meek
    Even many Christians misunderstand Revelation. For some, Revelation is so bizarre that they pretty much ignore it. Others mistakenly apply the symbolism of Revelation to our present day. But Revelation is really not so difficult once you grasp the context and symbolic language. Remember, it is part of the Bible and there is little, if anything at all, in Revelation that is not found elsewhere in the Bible. Indeed, there are hundreds of references in Revelation to the Old and New Testament. Let's just take a quick look at the 144,000 of Revelation 7 and 14. These were the FIRST...
  • [CofE] Manchester Church Hosts “Trans Jesus” Play, Bishop is Silent

    02/02/2016 3:48:01 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Stand Firm | 01-31-2016 | David Ould
    On Sunday 14 February the parish of St Chrysostom's in the Diocese of Manchester will host the controversial "Trans Jesus" play "The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven" which portrays Jesus as a transsexual (male to female). The play forms part of Manchester's "Queer Contact" festival. The play has aroused understandable protest since it's debut in 2009 as it seeks to actively rewrite Christian belief. Here's a good example from their promo video:
  • Israel,confess your Offenses...miracle nation pt 36

    For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him. I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will...
  • The Essence of Idolatry

    02/02/2016 2:27:37 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "'You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you, and state the case in order before your eyes'" (Psalms 50:21). Idolatry is more than worshiping some inanimate object; it is having an unworthy conception of God. Western society, with all its culture and scientific knowledge, is in the same satanic trap that governs the life of an aborigine bowing down to a rock. We all have our gods. Many worship the god of materialism-getting more stuff is their highest pursuit. Others worship the gods of sex or entertainment. Of course, behind all of this is the worship...
  • Joy Versus Happiness

    02/02/2016 2:24:01 PM PST · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Rejoice in the Lord" (Phil. 3:1). Happiness is related to circumstances; joy is a gift from God. Not long ago it was common to see bumper stickers proclaiming every conceivable source for happiness. One said, "Happiness is being married." Another countered, "Happiness is being single." One cynical sticker read, "Happiness is impossible!" For most people happiness is possible but it's also fickle, shallow, and fleeting. As the word itself implies, happiness is associated with happenings, happenstance, luck, and fortune. If circumstances are favorable, you're happy. If not, you're unhappy. Christian joy, however, is directly related to God and is the...
  • Surveying the Crisis of Worship (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus & Devotional)

    02/02/2016 11:51:05 AM PST · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/2/2016
    There is a crisis of worship in our land. People are staying away from church in droves. One survey indicated that the two chief reasons people drop out of church are that it is boring and irrelevant. If people find worship boring and irrelevant, it can only mean they have no sense of the presence of God in it. When we study the act of worship in Scripture and church history, we discover a variety of human responses to the sense of the presence of God. Some people tremble in terror, falling with their faces to the ground; others weep...
  • The Parish Church in a Changeable Community: Some Basic Requirements for Survival

    02/02/2016 8:30:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Parish Church in a Changeable Community: Some Basic Requirements for Survival Msgr. Charles Pope February 1, 2016 For my first assignment as a priest I was sent to a large parish located in a suburb just inside the Washington Beltway. At the time it was flourishing, with four well-attended masses each Sunday. The people there loved their parish and spoke with devotion of the former pastor who, though he had died a dozen years before, loomed large in the memories of both Church and neighborhood. He was from that generation of pastors who had an almost kingly status....
  • Pursuing the Knowledge of God

    02/01/2016 7:51:17 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ" (Philippians 3:8). God's greatest desire for us is that we seek diligently to know Him. To know God and all that He has revealed about Himself is the highest pursuit of life. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (Prov. 9:10). Such a realization...
  • Joy and Godliness

    02/01/2016 7:47:49 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I rejoice and share my joy with you" (Phil. 2:17). True joy is directly related to godly living. Philippians is often called the epistle of joy-and rightly so because the believer's joy is its major theme. Paul loved the Philippian Christians and they loved Him. When they learned that he had been imprisoned for preaching the gospel, they were deeply concerned. Paul wrote to alleviate their fears and encourage their joy. Of his own circumstances he said, "Even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share...
  • What Hosea Saw pt 1...miracle nation pt 35

    For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.(Hosea 3:4-5)Hosea was one of the Hebrew Prophets who saw the short and long term future of the nation.What Hosea saw, was that Israel, the wife of Jahweh had become a harlot,faithless to her God, but seeking after foreign alliances and...
  • Jesus Calls Levi (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and

    02/01/2016 8:27:31 AM PST · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/1/2015
    He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And he rose and followed him." - Mark 2:13-14 Mention the Internal Revenue Service of the United States to a U.S. citizen, and it is likely that some joke at the expense of the IRS or a complaint about tax rates will soon follow. It seems that nobody really likes the taxman, who often appears as...
  • Why the Acclamations at the “Mystery of Faith” Need Further Consideration

    02/01/2016 8:01:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the Acclamations at the "Mystery of Faith" Need Further Consideration Msgr. Charles Pope January 31, 2016 There is a moment in the Eucharistic Prayer in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite at which the priest awkwardly summons the people to respond by using a sentence fragment: "The mystery of faith" (mysterium fidei). The 1970 translation from the Latin tried to complete the fragment by supplying some additional words: "Let us proclaim the mystery of faith."But regardless of the specifics of the wording, it seems an awkward moment, something interjected into the action of the Eucharistic Prayer.But even...
  • Why I changed My message today in church...

    I changed my message today, in church. I had been going through a short series of messages on Psalm 1 and 2, “The One and The Many”, in which God showed me that these two Psalms are placed together and begin the Psalms for a reason. Psalm 1 emphasizes the individual, “Blessed is the man…”. As Individuals we must go to God, know God and live before Him, and one day as individuals we will answer to God. The Psalm speaks of the individuals separation from the world, in his thoughts and inner life, due to his being “Planted by...
  • IS THERE HOPE FOR AMERICA

    01/31/2016 3:05:00 PM PST · by Maudeen · 9 replies
    PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham ^ | January 26, 2016 | Jack Graham
    On today's PowerPoint, Pastor Jack Graham recalls the words of Ronald Reagan, who said, "America needs God more than God needs America," and offers a call to prayer for us to return to the spiritual foundation on which we were built.
  • What Matters Most

    01/31/2016 9:04:29 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called" (Ephesians 4:1). Compared to walking worthy of Christ, nothing else is really important. Let's review what Paul has taught us from Ephesians 4:1-6. God has chosen and called us to be part of His family, and He expects us to act like His children. He wants us to walk worthy of Christ and be unified. To follow God's will in this, we must, with His help, deal with our sin and develop godly virtues. Our lives must first be marked by "all humility" (v. 2). We...
  • Complementing Christ

    01/31/2016 9:01:23 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    God exalted Christ "and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him who fills all in all" (Eph. 1:22-23). The church was designed to complement Christ. Here Paul uses a graphic analogy to illustrate the relationship of Christ to the church: He is the head; believers are His body. Paul elaborates that we're to hold "fast to the head [Christ], from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God" (Col. 2:19; cf. Eph. 4:15-16). Just as...
  • A "Rule of Life" for Prophets - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

    01/31/2016 7:15:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A "Rule of Life" for Prophets - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope January 30, 2016 Prophets are those who speak for God. They Love God and His people; they speak the (often painful) truth of God to His people. They do so not to win an argument, but because of their love and conviction that only the undiluted truth of God can save us in the end.People-pleasing and other forms of human respect cannot supplant reverence for God and His truth. Prophets are willing to endure pain and suffering in order to...
  • How it All Ends, for Israel...miracle nation pt 34

    01/30/2016 6:42:12 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 3 replies
    01-30-16 | Bill Randles
    And the ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines seven months. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the Lord? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place.( 1 Samuel 6:1-2)We have been seeing in the story of the capture of the Ark of the covenant by the Philistines, in the book of Samuel. Not only did these events truly happen in Israel’s history, but they foretell the future history of both gentiles and Jews in their details. * Israel would endure...
  • Our Unity in the Father

    01/30/2016 2:13:28 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "One God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all" (Ephesians 4:6). There is only one God, and we will have a strong testimony by worshiping Him and holding on to what unites us. The last point of Christian unity Paul mentions in Ephesians 4:4-6 is that Christians have "one God and Father." In Paul's day, people believed in many gods; so he emphasizes our God's uniqueness. No person or object can compare with God because He is "above all," which means He is the sovereign creator and controller of the universe; He is...
  • Serving the Supreme One

    01/30/2016 2:10:24 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    God exalted Christ "far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet" (Eph. 1:21-22). Now and forever Christ is the Supreme One! Yesterday we saw that Christ has both an exalted name and an exalted, authoritative position. In verses 21-22 Paul elaborates on the extent of Christ's authority, which is "far above all rule and authority and power and dominion." "Rule," "authority," "power," and "dominion" are designations for angelic beings, whether...
  • Eucharistic Congress Speaker Claims Catholics Too Focused on What Homosexuals are 'Doing in Bed'

    01/30/2016 10:51:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/28/16 | Pete Baklinski
    PHILIPPINES January 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- A Dominican priest and recent Vatican appointee who believes homosexual activity can "be expressive of Christ’s self gift" has criticized Catholics who, he says, spend too much time focusing on what homosexuals are "doing in bed." I think people always want to know what they're doing in bed. What's in it for me to go around asking everybody what they're doing in bed? I don't do that," said Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe in an interview yesterday with Philippines social news network Rappler. Fr. Radcliffe, who was in the Philippines as a guest speaker at...
  • Christ's hidden years

    01/30/2016 8:51:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 58 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 12-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Christ's hidden years Question: One of my great frustrations with Scripture as an historical source is that it leaves so much out. Almost 30 years of Jesus’ life receive no mention at all. How can this be that the life of the most pivotal figure in history receives such vague biographical treatment?— Name, location withheld, Answer: Part of the answer to this is to understand that the Gospels do not propose to be chronological histories of the Lord’s life. The Gospels do record the things that Jesus actually said and did, but they do so in a selective way. St....
  • The Future of the Gentiles...miracle nation pt 33

    And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord; and the...
  • A comparison of Mohammad with one of Jesus’ key disciples, Peter:-h

    01/29/2016 7:22:18 PM PST · by ekeni · 9 replies
    How does Mohammad rate as a “prophet” or “messenger” of God A comparison of Mohammad with one of Jesus’ key disciples, Peter:-how does he rate as a “prophet” or “messenger” of God Whilst many in the West focus by the violence of Islamists it provides an opportunity to reflect upon the relative status of Mohammad, the role model of Muslims according to the Quran( Suras 33:6,33:21 & 68:4). What about the disciples of Jesus? Does Mohammad measure up to say Peter? Peter was a self-proclaimed Christian, and Mohammad a Muslim. Since Mohammad claimed Jesus was a “Muslim” prophet then it...
  • Blessed (and also very smart) Are the Merciful

    01/29/2016 8:13:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Blessed (and also very smart) Are the Merciful Msgr. Charles Pope • January 28, 2016 • In today's gospel the Lord gives us a very practical reminder: "The measure that you measure to others will be measured back to you." What does this mean?Well, if you were on your way to court and you received advice as to how you could influence the judge to be less severe in your case would you not seriously consider following that advice? Surely you would--unless of course the "advice" involved bribery or some other corrupt activity.And in fact Jesus, our judge, has...
  • Our Unity in Christ

    01/29/2016 4:16:56 AM PST · by metmom · 13 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "One Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Ephesians 4:5). All Christians have a common Lord, common beliefs, and a common public testimony. Yesterday we looked at what Christians have in common through the Spirit. Today's verse teaches us what we share through Christ. Christians have only "one Lord," the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12 says, "There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved." Paul says in Romans 10:12, "There is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord...