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  • BillionGraves Webinar to Highlight New Genealogy Technology

    10/31/2012 11:05:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 29 replies
    Lds.org ^ | Nov. 15, 2011
    A new mobile device app called BillionGraves, which combines GPS location data with the pictures users take of gravestones...
  • Happy Reformation Day!

    10/31/2012 10:48:21 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Let Christ Lead ^ | October 31, 2012
    Im just going to come right out with this I do not like Halloween. Dont get me wrong, if you have your kids out there dressed up as little Jedis and Harry Potters visiting your neighbors and enjoying some extra treats, theres not anything wrong with that. The fact that Halloween has become the holiday second only to Christmas in spending in the United States is a little disconcerting though. I do generally take my kids trick or treating at an event before Halloween, or as I prefer to call it Reformation Day. We usually participate in a campground...
  • Reformation Day: What the Original Protestant Actually Taught

    10/31/2012 7:09:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Catholic Sistas ^ | 10/30/12 | Tiffany P
    Today marks one day shy of 495 years since Martin Luther first initiated what would become known as the Protestant Reformation, by nailing his ninety-five thesesprotests against the Catholic Churchto the door of All Saints Church in Wittenburg, Germany. Many Protestants around the world celebrate or publicly acknowledge today, October 30th, as Reformation Day. I have witnessed many evangelical Protestants elevate today as a joyous day in Church history, claiming that Martin Luther was led by God in his disputes. But what did Martin Luther stand for, exactly? Indeed, most Catholics and Protestants alike associate him with his five solas...
  • Xavier University Keeps Contraception Coverage

    10/31/2012 6:43:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/30/12 | Catherine Harmon
    Last April, Xavier University in Cincinnati made headlines when its president, Father Michael J. Graham, SJ, announced that the school would be dropping contraception and sterilization coverage from its health insurance plan as of July 1. That change was not implemented, however, and Father Graham now regrets his previous announcement, according to a recent interview. In the spring, Graham reviewed Xaviers insurance policies in light of the Obama administrations mandate that all policies provide coverage for contraception and sterilization. The Jesuit university was already covering those services under its plan, and in an April 2 letter to the university community,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 31, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/31/2012 4:35:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Close the Door on Fear Today's Scripture Do not give the devil an opportunity to work. (Ephesians 4:27, ISV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So many people today are living with less than Gods best because theyve allowed fear to creep in and take root in their lives. Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold us back. Fear is not from God. Scripture tells us that fear brings torment. Its designed to paralyze us and keep us from Gods blessings. The good news is that God is greater than fear. His power in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 31, 2012]

    10/31/2012 4:34:29 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Trial of Faith "If you have faith as a mustard seed . . . nothing will be impossible for you" —Matthew 17:20 We have the idea that God rewards us for our faith, and it may be so in the initial stages. But we do not earn anything through faith— faith brings us into the right relationship with God and gives Him His opportunity to work. Yet God frequently has to knock the bottom out of your experience as His saint to get you in direct contact with Himself. God wants you to understand that it is a...
  • The treasure of Sacred Scripture: "If thou didst know the gift of God!!!"

    10/31/2012 3:47:21 AM PDT · by koinonia · 4 replies
    The Absolute Primacy of Christ website ^ | October 31, 2012 | Fr. Maximilian M. Dean
    An amazing story told by Fr. Dean: Reading The Fire of the Word reminded me [Fr. Dean] of a story, a true story A woman was browsing through some used books for sale in an antique store, more for curiosity than anything else, and she spotted a title which grabbed her interest. The books were a quarter a piece, so she unceremoniously grabbed the book and went to the counter. She paid the twenty-five cents and the store owner asked, You you like a bag for that? No thanks, she said, Ill just put it in my purse. With that...
  • Faith Facts: All Hallows' Eve

    10/30/2012 6:13:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Catholics United for the Faith ^ | 9-98 | CatholicsUnited for the Faith
    All Hallows' EveIssue: Is the celebration of Halloween a pagan feast? May a Catholic celebrate Halloween in good conscience? What is the history of this popular American holiday?Response: We celebrate Halloween on the evening before All Saints Day. The word itself is a shortened form of "All Hallows Eve," which quite literally means "the eve of All Saints." From the earliest days of the Feast of All Saints (mid 700s A.D.), Catholics observed October 31 as the vigil of this November 1 celebration. This feast commemorates the lives of Christians who lived exemplary lives of faith. Pope Sixtus IV introduced...
  • Are We Too "Negative"?

    10/30/2012 4:09:24 PM PDT · by fwdude · 9 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | October 1991 | Dave Hunt
    Critics have long leveled the charge of divisive and negative against those who would warn the church of unbiblical teachings and practices. I prayerfully consider such accusations, for my heart echoes the same concern. I long just to preach the gospel and to put behind me the controversy that has become such an unwelcome part of my life. Yet in preaching the pure gospel one must carefully distinguish it from the clever counterfeits all around. How negligent it would be not to warn the sheep of poisoned pastures and false shepherds who promote lies in the name of truth. Yet...
  • Martin Luther's other theses, Heidelberg Theses of 1518, propelled Reformation forward

    10/30/2012 1:58:22 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    ChicoER.com ^ | Rev. Donald Jordan
    On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 Theses at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. These theses were never debated following their posting, so they never gained much influence. Many have a basic understanding of Luther's theology and the 95 Theses. The theology and history of the Reformation is beneficial in order to understand that this was not a rebellion or de-formation of the church catholic, but a purifying of doctrine to conform it to scripture. In fact, tomorrow is known as Reformation Sunday, when attention is drawn to the great changes in the church that occurred after 1517....
  • What do the Kerygmatic Sermons of Acts have to teach us about the New Evangelization?

    10/30/2012 1:53:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 29, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Yesterday on this blog we discussed what was meant by the term Kerygma (by the way, pronounced “kay-ROOG-ma” where the first “a” is long and the last “a” is short. Some also pronounce it Kah-REEG-mah). If you missed that discussion you might do well to look at it here: What do we mean by the Kerygma?.Briefly reviewed however, the term κήρυγμα, (Kerugma) is a Greek word meaning “proclamation”. The Greek word κηρύσσω, (kerusso) means “herald,” or one who proclaims. And thus the Kerygma is what is proclaimed. As the Apostles began the work of preaching and proclaiming Christ, they proclaimed...
  • Martin Luthers Revolution: A Reformation Day Lesson on Democracy

    10/30/2012 10:22:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    Last weekend many protestent churches celebrated the Reformation of the Catholic Church. But I believe people of all faiths should stop and pause, because Martin Luther’s actions have a much larger, ripple affect – extending far beyond church doctrine. In Europe during the 16th Century, several key events inspired Martin Luther’s revolutionary action: Pope Leo X wanted to reconstruct Saint Peter’s Basilica – the crown jewel of the Vatican. But there was one small problem: The Church was broke.When the Pope approached Venetian bankers to finance his vision, they balked at the Church’s credit.The Papacy devised a plan to satisfy...
  • A mighty fortress is our God: that other holiday on Oct. 31

    10/30/2012 8:34:45 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    MJ Times-Herald ^ | October 30, 2012 | Joel van der Veen
    When I was growing up, there was one event we looked forward to every fall, right at the end of October. For us, it was an annual tradition, an evening of mischief and treats, a celebration to share with our friends. Of course, Im talking about Oct. 31 Reformation Day. I realize this might require some explanation for those of you who didnt hang out with the cool crowd, so bear with me. For Protestant Christians, especially members of the Lutheran and Reformed churches, Oct. 31, or the closest Sunday to it, is celebrated as Reformation Day each year...
  • Polish Catholic Church in Halloween Warning

    10/30/2012 6:32:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/29/12
    Poland's Catholic Church has warned that modern Halloween rituals risk promoting the occult. In a statement on its website, the Church said that celebrating Halloween could contradict Church teachings and Christianity. One archbishop said the 31 October celebrations were promoting paganism to young people. Archbishop Andrzej Dziega warned that Halloween was behind a "culture of death". "This kind of fun, tempting children like candy, also poses the real possibility of great spiritual damage, even destroying spiritual life," the archbishop of Szczecin-Kamien wrote in a letter to be read out at Sunday sermons, according to the Polish Press Agency. He wrote...
  • Fr. McBrien of Notre Dame Says Long Arm of Bishops Cant Reach Catholic Colleges

    10/30/2012 6:23:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 10/29/12 | Matthew Archbold
    Many progressive Catholics remain in the Church only because they have found refuge on college campuses where the long arms of a bishop cannot reach, writes Fr. Richard McBrien, the Crowley-OBrien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, in his latest screed against the Vatican and the U.S. bishops. Father McBrien writes in The National Catholic Reporter that ultra-conservatives are staging a wholesale assault on nuns for the soul of the Church. And McBrien is also looking forward to the next pope who, he predicts, will lead the Church more in line with his own progressive vision for...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 30, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/30/2012 6:00:19 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    A Different Spirit Today's Scripture But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. (Numbers 14:24, NASB) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time in Scripture, Moses sent twelve men to spy out the Promised Land. The people of Israel were camped right next door and excited about possessing the land. But after 40 days, ten of the men came back with a negative report. They said, Moses, there are giants in the land,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 30, 2012]

    10/30/2012 5:59:26 AM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Faith "Without faith it is impossible to please Him . . ." —Hebrews 11:6 Faith in active opposition to common sense is mistaken enthusiasm and narrow-mindedness, and common sense in opposition to faith demonstrates a mistaken reliance on reason as the basis for truth. The life of faith brings the two of these into the proper relationship. Common sense and faith are as different from each other as the natural life is from the spiritual, and as impulsiveness is from inspiration. Nothing that Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, but is revelation sense, and is complete, whereas common...
  • The Meaning of Objects Held by Saints in Icons

    10/29/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Wall of SaintsIconography can be an extremely concise way of communicating the Faith. Therefore, what the Saints hold in their hands in portrait icons help in identifying them and in telling us about their lives. I hope to show that what is held in the hands of the Saints in Icons is their instrument of Salvation; i.e. the tools by which God saved and glorified these people. First, a Cross, which indicates the Saint is a Holy Martyr. The reason martyrs are shown holding a cross is two-fold: firstly, martyr comes for the Greek for witness, and so these witnesses...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INDULT, 10-29-12

    10/29/2012 9:00:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-29-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INDULT A temporary favor granted by the Holy See to bishops to permit them to do something not otherwise allowed. If given for a certain time, it must be renewed by competent ecclesiastical authority. Thus according to the Code of Canon Law, an indult is required for a priest to practice surgery and a cloistered nun needs an indult to travel outside the cloister. 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 - October 29, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/29/2012 4:56:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    The Time of Favor Today's Scripture That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life... (Joshua 4:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I love the promise that God gave to Joshua. He said, Joshua, today I will begin to make you great in the eyes of all the Israelites. He was saying, Today, Im going to start releasing more of My favor, My blessings, My increase. But notice, there was a specific time in his life that God began to release favor in a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 29, 2012]

    10/29/2012 4:53:37 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Substitution "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" —2 Corinthians 5:21 The modern view of the death of Jesus is that He died for our sins out of sympathy for us. Yet the New Testament view is that He took our sin on Himself not because of sympathy, but because of His identification with us. He was “made. . . to be sin. . . .” Our sins are removed because of the death of Jesus, and the only explanation for His death is...
  • A Life of Faith: Papal Theologian Speaks on the Grace of Faith

    10/28/2012 1:23:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | October 2012 | Edward Pentin
    A Life of Faith Papal Theologian Speaks on the Grace of Faith By Edward PentinSince around the time of the Reformation, too much emphasis has been placed on providing answers for the faith generated by science and reason, and not enough on how a life of faith begins.This is the view of Fr. Wojciech Giertych, O.P., the Popes theologian, who shared his opinion on the all-important aspect of the beginnings of faith which he sees as especially crucial during this Year of Faith.In a rare interview on the side lines of a recent event in Rome, Fr. Giertych explained how...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 28, 2012]

    10/28/2012 4:39:12 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Justification by Faith "If when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life" —Romans 5:10 I am not saved by believing— I simply realize I am saved by believing. And it is not repentance that saves me— repentance is only the sign that I realize what God has done through Christ Jesus. The danger here is putting the emphasis on the effect, instead of on the cause. Is it my obedience, consecration, and dedication that make me right with God? It...
  • Russias War on Halloween

    10/27/2012 4:32:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 61 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/26/12 | Kirit Radia
    MOSCOW While many in the U.S. bemoan what they see as a war on Christmas, in Russia a very different holiday is under attack: Halloween. Here some dont see it as the holiday of tricks and treats, but as a sinister celebration that endangers children. The latest salvo came from a group of Russian Orthodox Church leaders and a group of Cossacks, who are spearheading an effort to cancel Halloween celebrations in the region of Stavropol Krai, in southern Russia. A nearby region, Krasnodar Krai, recently prohibited celebrating the holiday in schools. But why are the church and the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CELEBRET, 10-27-12

    10/27/2012 11:23:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-27-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CELEBRET A document stating that the owner is a priest in good standing and requesting that he be permitted to say Mass. It must be signed by his bishop or religious superior. Without it he may meet with a refusal to say Mass if he is stranger locally. (Etym. Latin celebret, let him celebrate.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 27, 2012]

    10/27/2012 4:21:41 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Method of Missions "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . ." —Matthew 28:19 Jesus Christ did not say, “Go and save souls” (the salvation of souls is the supernatural work of God), but He said, “Go . . . make disciples of all the nations . . . .” Yet you cannot make disciples unless you are a disciple yourself. When the disciples returned from their first mission, they were filled with joy because even the demons were subject to them. But Jesus said, in effect, “Don’t rejoice in successful service— the great secret...
  • Purgatory: An Objection Answered

    10/26/2012 2:28:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 154 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | October 26, 2012 | Francis J. Beckwith
    In Catholic theology, Purgatory is a state (or a process, not necessarily a place) to which one’s soul travels if one has died in a state of grace, but nevertheless retains unremitted venial sins and certain ingrained bad habits and dispositions. That is, Purgatory is a state for the redeemed who are not yet perfected. It is not a halfway house between Heaven and Hell. In Purgatory, you willingly undergo the quality and quantity of pain and suffering that is uniquely prepared for you so that you may enter Heaven unblemished. But the dead in Purgatory do not go through...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LUTHERANS, 10-26-12

    10/26/2012 7:36:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): .subadimg { text-align:center; } .subadimg a img { border:none; } LUTHERANS Those Protestants who follow the teaching of Martin Luther (1483-1546), as expressed in distinctive confessions of faith that are contained in the Book of Concord, published at Dresden in 1580. In the confessions the Bible is declared to be the only norm of belief, to which even the historic creeds and other traditional statements of faith are to be subordinated. Yet the Bible itself is subordinated to the single basic principle of justification by faith without good works. Since human beings lost their...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 26, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/26/2012 4:43:18 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    A Brand New Thing Today's Scripture For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! (Isaiah 43:19, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Can you see the brand new thing God is doing in your life? Sometimes its easy to see the hand of God moving, and sometimes the storms of life can cloud our vision. But no matter where you are in life today, meditate on this truth that God is working even when you cant see Him. Like a seed buried deep in the ground, it may seem dark and lonely and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 26, 2012]

    10/26/2012 4:42:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    What is a Missionary? "Jesus said to them again, ’. . . As the Father has sent Me, I also send you’ " —John 20:21 A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of people, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in our service for God is behind us, not ahead of us. The tendency today is to put the inspiration out in front— to sweep everything together in front of us and make it conform to our definition of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DAYDREAMS, 10-25-12

    10/25/2012 9:31:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-25-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DAYDREAMS Gratifying reveries usually of wish fulfillment. They are images permitted to arise and linger in one's mind for the purpose of giving oneself the illusion of living a life different from real life and to experience whatever sensations may be connected with such an illusion. A person looks for in fantasy what he or she desires in reality, or the thing is not yet attainable (as with the young) or no longer attainable (as with the old). Daydreams are to be judged morally according to their content and the purpose one has in conjuring up...
  • Archbishop Chaput: We Are Catholics Before We Are Americans

    10/25/2012 7:04:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/24/12 | Jeannine Hunter
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia urged the faithful to put their faith ahead of politics, according to an interview with Catholic News Service within two weeks of the presidential election. The Catholic leader clarified the duty of Catholics as he discussed the politics of abortion. He emphasized a need to honor God above country, of Catholic identity taking precedence over everything. Were Catholics before were Democrats. Were Catholics before were Republicans. Were even Catholics before were Americans because we know that God has a demand on us prior to any government demand on us, he said in a new...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 25, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/25/2012 4:41:37 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Forgiveness is for You Today's Scripture Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that the ability to forgive others is a gift from God? The Bible tells us that if we dont forgive others, we cannot be forgiven. If we dont forgive, we are blocking the ability for God to work in our lives. But when we choose to forgive, we are choosing Gods way and opening the door for Him to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 25, 2012]

    10/25/2012 4:40:54 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Submitting to God’s Purpose "I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some" —1 Corinthians 9:22 A Christian worker has to learn how to be God’s man or woman of great worth and excellence in the midst of a multitude of meager and worthless things. Never protest by saying, “If only I were somewhere else!” All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them. Unless we have the right purpose intellectually in our minds and lovingly in our hearts, we will very...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 24, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/24/2012 4:43:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Heavy With Favor Today's Scripture Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Notice that todays verse doesnt say that the glory of the Lord is going to come on you one day. It doesnt say, Maybe when the economy gets better, when you graduate from college, or when you get that good break. No, it says Gods glory is already on you! The word glory in the original language indicates that Gods favor, blessing and splendor is on you in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 24, 2012]

    10/24/2012 4:42:06 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Proper Perspective " Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ . . . " —2 Corinthians 2:14 The proper perspective of a servant of God must not simply be as near to the highest as he can get, but it must be the highest. Be careful that you vigorously maintain God’s perspective, and remember that it must be done every day, little by little. Don’t think on a finite level. No outside power can touch the proper perspective.The proper perspective to maintain is that we are here for only one purpose— to be...
  • Why Converting Muslims is Taboo in the Catholic Church

    10/23/2012 8:48:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/22/12 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Christianity does not contradict Middle Eastern cultureWhat are they talking about at the Synod for Evangelisation? This article by Sandro Magister tells us that the Bishops have broached the taboo subject of conversions from Islam to Christianity. It makes interesting reading, despite the rather ponderous translation, (read the original here ) and I was particularly struck by this section of it, which I beg readers to consider carefully: Particularly well developed was the reflection of Archbishop Joseph Absi, auxiliary and protosyncellus in Damascus of the Greek-Melkites in Syria, who noted that the openness of some Muslims to Christianity, undoubtedly helped...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ABBESS. 10-23-12

    10/23/2012 8:06:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-23-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ABBESS Feminine counterpart of abbot. The spiritual and temporal superior of a community of nuns, symbolizing her role as mother of the religious women under her care. Over the centuries an abbess has enjoyed some extraordinary privileges, such as wearing a special ring and bearing the crosier as a sign of her rank. But an abbess does not have ecclesiastical jurisdiction corresponding to that of an abbot. See Also: ABBOT 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 - October 23, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/23/2012 4:43:00 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Make Room Today's Scripture A good man leaves an inheritance to his childrens children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. (Proverbs 13:22, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Notice, God has already laid up contracts, houses, businesses, promotions and good breaks. They already have your name on them. If youll keep honoring God and making room for them, then eventually they will find their way into your hands the hands of the righteous. That means right now something is headed your direction; not bad breaks, not disappointments, not lack, not mediocrity....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 23, 2012]

    10/23/2012 4:42:16 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Nothing of the Old Life! "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" —2 Corinthians 5:17 Our Lord never tolerates our prejudices— He is directly opposed to them and puts them to death. We tend to think that God has some special interest in our particular prejudices, and are very sure that He will never deal with us as He has to deal with others. We even say to ourselves, “God has to deal with other people in a very strict way, but of course He...
  • American priest celebrates receiving Ratzinger award in Rome

    10/22/2012 12:57:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | October 22, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    Fr. Brian Daley, Ratzinger Award winner, poses with his award in Rome on Oct. 20, 2012. Credit: Alan Holdren-CNA. Rome, Italy, Oct 22, 2012 / 01:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An American priest and scholar who was awarded the annual Ratzinger Prize for Theology by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 20 was both thrilled and surprised to receive the honor. “It was a total surprise for me, but I'm really touched that they would think of me for this and that it would bear the name of our present Holy Father, whom I have always admired a lot,” said Father...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NIHIL EX NIHILO; 10-22-12

    10/22/2012 9:42:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-22-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NIHIL EX NIHILO Nothing (comes) from nothing. A statement of the principle of causality, that every effect must have a cause; and of the principle of sufficient reason, that everything must have an adequate reason for its existence or operation. (Etym. Latin nihil, nothing.) 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 - October 22, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/22/2012 4:38:53 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Stored Up Blessings Today's Scripture Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! (Psalm 31:19, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Scripture talks about how God has blessings stored up for those that honor Him. Think about that. God has contracts, houses, ideas, good breaks that already have your name on them! Theyve been stored up for you. The question is, how do you see them released? Number one: by honoring God...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 22, 2012]

    10/22/2012 4:37:15 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Witness of the Spirit "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit . . ." —Romans 8:16 We are in danger of getting into a bargaining spirit with God when we come to Him—we want the witness of the Spirit before we have done what God tells us to do.Why doesn’t God reveal Himself to you? He cannot. It is not that He will not, but He cannot, because you are in the way as long as you won’t abandon yourself to Him in total surrender. Yet once you do, immediately God witnesses to Himself—He cannot witness to...
  • Blessed Anna Schaffer: A life of pain and suffering (now Saint) [Catholic Caucus]

    10/21/2012 2:02:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    ManilaTimes.net ^ | not given | ManilaTimes.net
    Blessed Anna Schaffer: A life of pain and suffering Blessed Anna Schaffer MOST people often perceive suffering and illness as a curse or a punishment from God. However, to some faithful, pain and suffering means an opportunity to offer ones self to God, to submit to His will and identify with the sufferings of Jesus Christ for the sake of redeeming mankind.. Such was the case of Blessed Anna Schaffer, a German laywoman, who along with Filipino Pedro Calungsod, is expected to be canonized this yeardeclared a saint to be emulated by the universal Church. As a Blessed she...
  • Does the Bible Tell Us Not to Judge Others?

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

    10/21/2012 10:26:07 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 8 replies
    Concise Theology ^ | Unknown | J.I. Packer
    "The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD" (Pro. 16:33). "God's works of providence are his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions" (Westminster Shorter Catechism Q.11). If Creation was a unique exercise of divine energy causing the world to be, providence is a continued exercise of that same energy whereby the Creator, according to his own will, (a) keeps all creatures in being, (b) involves himself in all events, and (c) directs all things to their appointed end. The model is of purposive personal...
  • Is God in Total Control of Everything (Dispensational Caucus)

    10/21/2012 4:42:00 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 25 replies
    GracethruFaith.com ^ | October 20, 2012 | Jack Kelley
    Theres a theory, only hinted at in Scripture, that Planet Earth had been the domain of Satan prior to his rebellion. Although he was only a created being, Satan was an enormously powerful dignitary in Gods Universe (Jude 1:9). He was the overseer of the Cherubim (the guardians of Gods Throne) and a leader of the angelic host. He was Gods most impressive creation (Ezekiel 28:12-15). Because of his position, his power, and his beauty he became proud and rebelled (Ezekiel 28:17, Isaiah 14:13-14), bringing about a judgment that destroyed planet Earth. All this seems to have happened between Genesis...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 21, 2012]

    10/21/2012 4:41:21 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Impulsiveness or Discipleship? "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith . . ." —Jude 20 There was nothing of the nature of impulsive or thoughtless action about our Lord, but only a calm strength that never got into a panic. Most of us develop our Christianity along the lines of our own nature, not along the lines of God’s nature. Impulsiveness is a trait of the natural life, and our Lord always ignores it, because it hinders the development of the life of a disciple. Watch how the Spirit of God gives a sense of...
  • The Return to Rome, Five Years Later (Former sedevacantist nuns - with a twist)

    10/20/2012 3:23:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 19, 2012 | Jim Graves
    Members of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church pray outside the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center in Spokane, Wash., in June 2007. (CNS photo) Five years ago, a major change came to the lives of Sister Mary Eucharista, a member of the Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI), and 14 of her fellow sisters living at Mount St. Michael (“the Mount”) in Spokane, Washington. Bishop Mark Pivarunas, the Superior General of the CMRI organization, told the sisters they had to leave the community if they did not stop promoting “heterodox” views among the other 35 sisters. But...