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  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/16/2014 6:25:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    When the Intensity Gets Turned Up Today's Scripture “Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.” (1 Chronicles 16:35, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Whenever life gets difficult and it seems like the intensity has been turned up, that’s a sign you are closer to your victory. When those lies are bombarding your mind, when you’re tempted to get discouraged or feel like throwing in the towel, that’s not the time to back down. That’s...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 16, 2014]

    09/16/2014 6:22:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Praying to God in Secret " hen you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place . . . —Matthew 6:6 " The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the desire to be known as a praying person. Find an inner room in which to pray where no one even knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. Have no motivation other than to know...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-16-14, M, Sts. Cornelius, Pope, & Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

    09/15/2014 7:12:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 16, 2014Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs    Reading 1 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a Brothers and sisters:As a body is one though it has many parts,and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,so also Christ.For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Now the body is not a single part, but many. Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts of it.Some people God has designated in the Churchto be, first, Apostles;...
  • Does God Exist to Make Man Happy? [Victoria Osteen Seems to Think So]

    09/15/2014 2:23:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/15/2014 | Dan Delzell
    God has always existed, and He was perfectly fine without man. He always was, is and will always be. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were already having a good time together. Everything they do is good and fulfilling, and so they didn't need man in order to be complete. Nevertheless, God chose to create man and, through worship, allow him to get in on the joy. Man tends to think in wrong ways about this entire arrangement. Man is prone to assume that it's all about him. How foolish of man. It's always been about God, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-15-14, M, Our Lady of Sorrows

    09/14/2014 8:50:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 15, 2014Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows    Reading 1 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33 Brothers and sisters:In giving this instruction, I do not praise the factthat your meetings are doing more harm than good.First of all, I hear that when you meet as a Churchthere are divisions among you,and to a degree I believe it;there have to be factions among youin order that also those who are approved among youmay become known.When you meet in one place, then,it is not to eat the Lord’s supper,for in eating, each one goes ahead with his own supper,and one goes hungry...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 14, 2014]

    09/14/2014 1:27:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Arguments or Obedience " . . . the simplicity that is in Christ. —2 Corinthians 11:3 " Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly until a long time passes, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think through spiritual confusion to make things clear; to make things clear, you must obey. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will only think yourself into further wandering thoughts and more confusion. If there is something in your life upon which God has put...
  • What Does Opposition to the Traditional Mass Really Signify?

    09/14/2014 9:31:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 9/24/14 | Peter Kwasniewski
    In the post-Summorum world, the ancient Roman Rite can no longer be considered forbidden, dubious, marginal, or obsolete. It enjoys equal rights of citizenship with the Novus Ordo: two forms of the Roman Rite—one called Ordinary because most recently promulgated and more widely used, the other called Extraordinary, the usus antiquior, deserving respect for its venerable use—with each able to be freely celebrated by any priest of the Roman Rite, no special permission needed. One would think that, as a gesture of reconciliation at the heart of the Church, the two forms would be flourishing side by side, with Catholics...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-14-14, FEAST, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    09/13/2014 9:05:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 14, 2014Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross    Reading 1 Nm 21:4b-9 With their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,“We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.”So Moses prayed for...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 13, 2014]

    09/13/2014 9:19:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    After Surrender— Then What? " I have finished the work which You have given Me to do —John 17:4 " True surrender is not simply surrender of our external life but surrender of our will— and once that is done, surrender is complete. The greatest crisis we ever face is the surrender of our will. Yet God never forces a person’s will into surrender, and He never begs. He patiently waits until that person willingly yields to Him. And once that battle has been fought, it never needs to be fought again.Surrender for Deliverance. “Come to Me . ....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-13-14, M, St. John Chrysostom, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    09/12/2014 8:37:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 13, 2014Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 1 Cor 10:14-22 My beloved ones, avoid idolatry.I am speaking as to sensible people;judge for yourselves what I am saying.The cup of blessing that we bless,is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ?The bread that we break,is it not a participation in the Body of Christ?Because the loaf of bread is one,we, though many, are one Body,for we all partake of the one loaf. Look at Israel according to the flesh;are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?So...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 12, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/12/2014 2:58:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 9/12/14 | Joel Osteen
    Ascend Today's Scripture “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3–5, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria You were meant to rise high in heavenly places. You were meant to stand with God above the cares of this life. But notice that this verse tells us that in order to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 12, 2014]

    09/12/2014 2:56:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Going Through Spiritual Confusion " Jesus answered and said, ’You do not know what you ask’ —Matthew 20:22 " There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.The Shrouding of His Friendship...
  • Saint of the Day: Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    09/12/2014 6:15:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (January 3); both have the possibility of uniting people easily divided on other matters. The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and in 1671 was extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1683, John Sobieski, king of Poland, brought an army to the outskirts of Vienna to stop the advance of Muslim armies loyal to Mohammed IV in Constantinople. After Sobieski entrusted himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he and his soldiers thoroughly defeated the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-12-14, OM, Most Holy Name of Mary

    09/11/2014 10:01:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-12-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 12, 2014Friday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27 Brothers and sisters:If I preach the Gospel, this is no reason for me to boast,for an obligation has been imposed on me,and woe to me if I do not preach it!If I do so willingly, I have a recompense,but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.What then is my recompense?That, when I preach, I offer the Gospel free of chargeso as not to make full use of my right in the Gospel. Although I am free in regard to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 11, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/11/2014 4:02:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 9/11/14 | Joel Osteen
    He Makes All Things New Today's Scripture “And He Who is seated on the throne said, ‘See! I make all things new...’ ” (Revelation 21:5, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When God puts a dream in your heart, when He puts a promise on the inside, He deposits within you everything you need to accomplish that dream. He wouldn’t give you the desire to do something without giving you the ability to fulfill it. In fact, the scripture tells us that God gives us the desires of our heart. In other words, He puts the desire inside...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 11, 2014]

    09/11/2014 3:58:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Missionary Weapons (2) " If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet —John 13:14 " Ministering in Everyday Opportunities. Ministering in everyday opportunities that surround us does not mean that we select our own surroundings— it means being God’s very special choice to be available for use in any of the seemingly random surroundings which He has engineered for us. The very character we exhibit in our present surroundings is an indication of what we will be like in other surroundings.The things Jesus did were the most menial...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-11-14

    09/10/2014 8:30:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 11, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 8:1b-7, 11-13 Brothers and sisters:Knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up.If anyone supposes he knows something,he does not yet know as he ought to know.But if one loves God, one is known by him. So about the eating of meat sacrificed to idols:we know that there is no idol in the world,and that there is no God but one.Indeed, even though there are so-called gods in heaven and on earth(there are, to be sure, many “gods” and many “lords”),yet for us there is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/10/2014 5:26:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 9/10/14 | Joel Osteen
    Love So Amazing Today's Scripture “Not height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Nothing can ever separate you from the love of God! His love is truly amazing. It goes beyond any human love we could ever know. There’s nothing we can do to make Him love us more and nothing we can do to make Him love us any less. His love is true and everlasting. Oftentimes, when people...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 10, 2014]

    09/10/2014 5:23:39 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Missionary Weapons (1) " When you were under the fig tree, I saw you —John 1:48 " Worshiping in Everyday Occasions. We presume that we would be ready for battle if confronted with a great crisis, but it is not the crisis that builds something within us— it simply reveals what we are made of already. Do you find yourself saying, “If God calls me to battle, of course I will rise to the occasion”? Yet you won’t rise to the occasion unless you have done so on God’s training ground. If you are not doing the task that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-10-14

    09/09/2014 8:10:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-10-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 10, 2014Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 7:25-31 Brothers and sisters:In regard to virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord,but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.So this is what I think best because of the present distress:that it is a good thing for a person to remain as he is.Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek a separation.Are you free of a wife? Then do not look for a wife.If you marry, however, you do not sin,nor does an unmarried woman...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 9, 2014

    09/09/2014 5:57:06 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 9/9/14 | Joel Osteen
    Nothing Will Be Impossible Today's Scripture “...now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” (Genesis 11:6 KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the Old Testament, the people were trying to build a tower to the heavens. The scripture says, “Nothing they imagined was impossible to them.” Their imagination was so powerful that God had to send confusion to keep them from accomplishing something for the wrong purpose. That same principle is true today. If we can get our imagination working for the right purpose, if we will let God paint a new...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 9, 2014]

    09/09/2014 5:55:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Yourself (2) " . . . bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . . —2 Corinthians 10:5 " Determinedly Discipline Other Things. This is another difficult aspect of the strenuous nature of sainthood. Paul said, according to the Moffatt translation of this verse, “. . . I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ . . . .” So much Christian work today has never been disciplined, but has simply come into being by impulse! In our Lord’s life every project was disciplined to the will of His Father. There...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-09-14, M, St. Peter Claver, Priest

    09/08/2014 10:27:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-09-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 9, 2014Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest   Reading 1 1 Cor 6:1-11 Brothers and sisters:How can any one of you with a case against anotherdare to bring it to the unjust for judgmentinstead of to the holy ones?Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world?If the world is to be judged by you,are you unqualified for the lowest law courts?Do you not know that we will judge angels?Then why not everyday matters?If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters,do you seat as judges people of no standing in the Church?I say this to shame...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 8, 2014

    09/08/2014 6:33:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 9/8/14 | Joel Osteen
    Keep the Right Things in Your Life Today's Scripture “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he...” (Proverbs 23:7, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God created us as visual beings. It’s so important that we create the right image in our minds because the way we see ourselves is what we move toward. Visualization is simply seeing yourself the way you want to be. It’s creating a picture in your mind of accomplishing your goals, overcoming your obstacles, and fulfilling your God-given destiny. Our imagination is extremely powerful. The way we see ourselves in these...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 8, 2014]

    09/08/2014 6:31:04 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Yourself (1) " . . . casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God . . . —2 Corinthians 10:5 " Determinedly Demolish Some Things. Deliverance from sin is not the same as deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature, such as prejudices, that the saint can only destroy through sheer neglect. But there are other things that have to be destroyed through violence, that is, through God’s divine strength imparted by His Spirit. There are some things over which we are not to fight, but only...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-08-14, FEAST, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    09/07/2014 8:13:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-08-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 8, 2014Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Mi 5:1-4a The LORD says:You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah,too small to be among the clans of Judah,From you shall come forth for meone who is to be ruler in Israel;Whose origin is from of old,from ancient times.(Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the timewhen she who is to give birth has borne,And the rest of his brethren shall returnto the children of Israel.)He shall stand firm and shepherd his flockby the strength of the LORD,in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;And they shall remain,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 7, 2014]

    09/07/2014 2:39:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Fountains of Blessings " The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life —John 4:14 " The picture our Lord described here is not that of a simple stream of water, but an overflowing fountain. Continue to “be filled” (Ephesians 5:18) and the sweetness of your vital relationship to Jesus will flow as generously out of you as it has been given to you. If you find that His life is not springing up as it should, you are to blame— something is obstructing the flow. Was Jesus...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-07-14, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/06/2014 7:16:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-07-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 7, 2014 Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 33:7-9 Thus says the LORD:You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel;when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ”and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way,the wicked shall die for his guilt,but I will hold you responsible for his death.But if you warn the wicked,trying to turn him from his way,and he refuses to turn from his way,he shall die for...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 6, 2014]

    09/06/2014 4:54:30 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Far-Reaching Rivers of Life " He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water —John 7:38 " A river reaches places which its source never knows. And Jesus said that, if we have received His fullness, “rivers of living water” will flow out of us, reaching in blessing even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8) regardless of how small the visible effects of our lives may appear to be. We have nothing to do with the outflow— “This is the work of God, that you believe. ....
  • Victoria Osteen Chides Critics: Chides Critics: I Didn't Mean Parishioners Shouldn't Worship God ...

    09/06/2014 10:55:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/06/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    After weathering a blistering week of scorn and ridicule for controversial comments she made during a worship service at the popular Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, including a declaration that worship is not for God, co-pastor Victoria Osteen now says that's not what she meant and dismissed the notion as "ridiculous." "While I admit that I could have been more articulate in my remarks, I stand by my point that when we worship God and are obedient to Him we will be better for it," she told The Blaze in a statement Friday. "I did not mean to imply that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-06-14

    09/05/2014 8:50:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-06-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 6, 2014Saturday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 4:6b-15 Brothers and sisters:Learn from myself and Apollos not to go beyond what is written,so that none of you will be inflated with pridein favor of one person over against another.Who confers distinction upon you?What do you possess that you have not received?But if you have received it,why are you boasting as if you did not receive it?You are already satisfied; you have already grown rich;you have become kings without us!Indeed, I wish that you had become kings,so that we also might become kings...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 5, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/05/2014 5:26:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 9/5/14 | Joel Osteen
    Be Great in the Midst of Criticism Today's Scripture "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you." (Matthew 5:44, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If you’re going to pursue greatness, if you’re going to be a great businessperson, a great teacher, a great parent, a great leader, you have to understand that not everyone is going to cheer you on. I’d love to tell you that your family, friends and co-workers will celebrate you,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 5, 2014]

    09/05/2014 5:24:02 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Watching With Jesus " Stay here and watch with Me —Matthew 26:38 " Watch with Me.” Jesus was saying, in effect, “Watch with no private point of view at all, but watch solely and entirely with Me.” In the early stages of our Christian life, we do not watch with Jesus, we watch for Him. We do not watch with Him through the revealed truth of the Bible even in the circumstances of our own lives. Our Lord is trying to introduce us to identification with Himself through a particular “Gethsemane” experience of our own. But we refuse to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-05-14, OM, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta

    09/04/2014 8:33:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-05-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 5, 2014Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 4:1-5 Brothers and sisters:Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christand stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is of course required of stewardsthat they be found trustworthy.It does not concern me in the leastthat I be judged by you or any human tribunal;I do not even pass judgment on myself;I am not conscious of anything against me,but I do not thereby stand acquitted;the one who judges me is the Lord.Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time,until the Lord...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 4, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/04/2014 5:40:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/4/14 | Joel Osteen
    Giant Slayer Today's Scripture "A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men." (Proverbs 18:16, NASB) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When people hear the story of David and Goliath, sometimes they think, “That was all God.” And yes, in a sense, it was all God; but God didn’t sling the stone. David had a role to play, too. God gave David the skill that he had to develop in order to be prepared for that defining moment. Like David, God has put skills inside of you so that you can slay the giants...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 4, 2014]

    09/04/2014 5:37:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His! " They were Yours, You gave them to Me . . . —John 17:6 " A missionary is someone in whom the Holy Spirit has brought about this realization: “You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). To say, “I am not my own,” is to have reached a high point in my spiritual stature. The true nature of that life in actual everyday confusion is evidenced by the deliberate giving up of myself to another Person through a sovereign decision, and that Person is Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit interprets and explains the nature of Jesus to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-14

    09/03/2014 8:22:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-04-14 | Revised New Ameirican Bible
    September 4, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 3:18-23 Brothers and sisters:Let no one deceive himself.If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age,let him become a fool, so as to become wise.For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God,for it is written: God catches the wise in their own ruses, and again: The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you,Paul or Apollos or Cephas,or the world or life...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 3, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/03/2014 3:30:35 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/3/14 | Joel Osteen
    Water the Right Seeds Today's Scripture “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” (Mark 4:8, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When somebody calls you something, either good or bad, that seed is planted in the soil of your mind. However, you get to determine whether or not that seed takes root and grows. When you dwell on what was said, you are watering the seed. You’re giving it a right to become a reality. That’s why it’s so important to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 3, 2014]

    09/03/2014 3:28:55 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Pouring Out the Water of Satisfaction " He would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord —2 Samuel 23:16 " What has been like “water from the well of Bethlehem” to you recently— love, friendship, or maybe some spiritual blessing ( 2 Samuel 23:16 )? Have you taken whatever it may be, even at the risk of damaging your own soul, simply to satisfy yourself? If you have, then you cannot pour it out “to the Lord.” You can never set apart for God something that you desire for yourself to achieve your own satisfaction. If...
  • The Hail Mary of a Protestant

    09/03/2014 6:36:07 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 940 replies
    http://www.abouttherosary.com ^ | September 3, 2014 | Robbe Lyn Sebesta
    A little six-year-old Protestant boy had often heard his Catholic companions reciting the prayer “Hail Mary.” He liked it so much that he copied it, memorized it and would recite it every day. “Look, Mommy, what a beautiful prayer,” he said to his mother one day. “Never again say it,” answered the mother. “It is a superstitious prayer of Catholics who adore idols and think Mary a goddess. After all, she is a woman like any other. Come on, take this Bible and read it. It contains everything that we are bound to do and have to do.” From that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-03-14, M, St. Gregory the Great, Pope & Doctor/Church

    09/02/2014 9:21:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-03-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 3, 2014Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 1 Cor 3:1-9 Brothers and sisters, I could not talk to you as spiritual people,but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ.I fed you milk, not solid food,because you were unable to take it.Indeed, you are still not able, even now,for you are still of the flesh.While there is jealousy and rivalry among you,are you not of the flesh, and walking according to the manner of man?Whenever someone says, “I belong to Paul,” and another,“I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely men?...
  • Christian man tortured and killed by Islamic State militants for refusing to convert to Islam

    09/02/2014 8:49:53 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    ANIT ^ | 09/02/2014
    Baghdad (AsiaNews) - Islamic State fighters spills more Christian blood in Iraq as they continue to persecute unarmed civilians, including children. Sources within the Chaldean Patriarchate told AsiaNews that yesterday Sunni fundamentalists tortured and killed a Christian man in Bartala, a small predominantly Syriac town in the Niniveh Plains that has been occupied by Jihadists for the past few weeks. He was part of a small group who did not flee when the place was overrun. According to reports from a witness, the martyr - as the Patriarchate calls him - was a man of 43, Salem Matti Kourki. He...
  • Pope Benedict Meets with Juventutem and Populus Summorum Pontificum Leaders

    09/02/2014 7:20:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 9/2/14 | Jennifer Donelson
    According to Zenit News, MessainLatino.it, and Vatican Insider, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI surprised Cosimo Marti, the treasurer of the International Juventutem Federation, with an invitation to visit him yesterday. Marti had asked some time back to meet with His Holiness, but had thought that the request was forgotten, only to be surprised by a letter from Bishop Gänswein inviting him to visit. On the visit, he was accompanied by Joseph Capoccia, one of the co-founders of "Populus Summorum Pontificum.""Populus Summorum Pontificum" is the annual pilgrimage of people devoted to the extraordinary form of the Mass, now in its third year,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 2, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/02/2014 5:47:07 PM PDT · by Vision · 9 replies
    Email ^ | 9/2/14 | Joel Osteen
    Hold Your Peace Today's Scripture “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.” (Exodus 14:14, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time in scripture when the Israelites were facing an impossible situation, God told them, “Hold your peace. Remain at rest, and I will fight your battles.” Notice there was a condition, something the Israelites had to do. They were told, “Hold your peace.” It’s the same for us today. A command like that indicates that something is trying to take your peace away: thoughts of worry, fear or...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 2, 2014]

    09/02/2014 5:44:31 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    A Life of Pure and Holy Sacrifice " He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow . . . —John 7:38 " Jesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but, in essence, “He who believes in Me will have everything he receives escape out of him.” Our Lord’s teaching was always anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a person— His purpose is to make a person exactly like Himself, and the Son of God is characterized by self-expenditure. If...
  • Faith is rooted in God - not human approval, Pope Francis says

    09/02/2014 8:45:18 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Ann Schneible
    Vatican City, Sep 1, 2014 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith is not founded upon human wisdom, but on the power of God, as made manifest in the Gospel. This was one of the main themes of Pope Francis' homily on Monday morning, resuming daily Mass at the Santa Marta residence following the summer holidays. Addressing the congregation, the Pope said that we do not read the Gospel simply to learn, but to find Jesus. This is “because Jesus is truly in His Word, in His Gospel.” One ought to receive the Word “as one receives Christ: that is, with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-02-14

    09/01/2014 8:01:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 2, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 2:10b-16 Brothers and sisters:The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.Among men, who knows what pertains to the manexcept his spirit that is within?Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.We have not received the spirit of the worldbut the Spirit who is from God,so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom,but with words taught by the Spirit,describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 1, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/01/2014 3:49:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 9/1/14 | Joel Osteen
    Live Skillfully Today's Scripture “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings...” (Proverbs 22:29, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Too often, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and over every day. But if we are going to live at our full potential, we should constantly be growing and sharpening our skills. We should strive to learn and grow every single day because when you stop learning, you stop growing. When you stop growing, you stop living. In this season of your life,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 1, 2014]

    09/01/2014 3:45:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Destined To Be Holy " . . it is written, ’Be holy, for I am holy’ —1 Peter 1:16 " We must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of life. We are not destined to happiness, nor to health, but to holiness. Today we have far too many desires and interests, and our lives are being consumed and wasted by them. Many of them may be right, noble, and good, and may later be fulfilled, but in the meantime God must cause their importance to us to decrease. The only thing that truly matters is whether a person will...
  • st. augustine and confession {catholic/orthodox caucus}

    09/01/2014 7:37:44 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://santarosacatholic.org ^ | 2012 | Bishop Robert F. Vasa
    As a priest I have frequently seen the beauty and effectiveness of the sacrament of reconciliation, or, if you prefer, confession. So convinced am I of its efficacy, indeed its necessity for saving souls that I frequently speak about it as a regular topic of catechesis when I travel throughout the diocese. While it is perhaps possible to say, in the most legalistic and narrowly scripted fashion that confession may not be absolutely, categorically, definitively, and unequivocally “necessary” for salvation, I would, again, still maintain we need it, it is good for us, it was given to us by Jesus...