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  • YOUR Purpose and Calling [ Charismatic Caucus]

    10/05/2015 9:01:44 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible,the joshua Chronicles ^ | holy Spirit , bible
    My love for you my children far exceeds endless for as you travel on the Highway of Holiness and become accustomed to my endearing love it is then that you realize it is paved in the blood of my sacrifice for I AM Love and this IS the path(sacrifice) you must walk daily for the eyes of understanding to reveal the purpose of your calling and the doors of assignments open up all your appointed endeavors of My love working through you . . . Ephesians 4:1-2 Unity in the Body 1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore...
  • Children of Darkness (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/05/2015 4:12:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6). Those who deny the reality of their sin affirm the unreality of their salvation. Ours is a society that rejects the concept of individual responsibility. People blame society, their parents, their genes—anything but their own actions and choices—for their problems. The biblical teaching that all people are responsible for breaking God’s holy law is scoffed at as primitive, unsophisticated, and harmful to a healthy self-esteem. Even some who claim to be Christians refuse to...
  • Longing for the Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/05/2015 4:09:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation" (1 Pet. 2:2). Scripture is our source of spiritual growth. A newborn baby was abandoned in a pile of trash in a city alley. The mother had obviously left it there to die. The infant was near death when someone heard its faint cry and summoned medical help. The child survived, but not until it had received the attention and nourishment it needed. That situation has a spiritual parallel, which Peter used to illustrate the believer's dependence on God's...
  • A PSalm For The Sabbath...(To my European Readers especially)

    10/04/2015 7:09:52 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    10-04-15 | Bill Randles
    Psalm 92It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:The mark of the Christian, is that He praises God! The dead praise not the Lord we are told, but those infused with the gift of Life are alive and can respond to Him. 2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,Morning and evening,The mercy of God and his covenant faithfulness is lauded by those of the Redeemed. The lost don’t understand this, and think we are silly for always having the song...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-04-15, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/03/2015 9:09:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 10-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 4, 2015   Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 2:18-24 The LORD God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone.I will make a suitable partner for him."So the LORD God formed out of the groundvarious wild animals and various birds of the air,and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle,all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;but none proved to be the suitable partner for the...
  • Fighting Over Directions

    10/03/2015 7:04:13 PM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Key Life ^ | September 30, 2015 | Steve Brown
    I hate church retreats.They’re too religious and too intense, and always with too many people. So when I saw on my schedule a pastors/staff retreat for a church in Nashville, I reached for Prozac and booze. Well, that’s not true. I don’t drink and haven’t had to take anti-depressants yet. I did, however, think about both. Man, did God surprise me. The church was Midtown Fellowship, and we met at a large and quite beautiful home on a lake near Nashville. I spent Monday with the nine pastors at Midtown and then Tuesday and Wednesday with the rest of the...
  • The Problem with Religion-Steve’s Devotional(Protestant/Evangelical/Non-Denom Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:49:27 PM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies
    Key Life ^ | September 21, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Do you sometimes grow tired of religious people? Do you ever want to just grunt, scream and spit? I know I do.Sometimes I just want to say something shocking. And once that’s done, I’ll think, There, I did it and I’m glad! I try to stifle those feelings because, of course, no real Christian would even think such things. That is what I thought until I read Christ’s words in Matthew 6:1-8 and 16-18. “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who...
  • The Importance of Confession (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:34:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:10). Confession is the first step toward defeating sin. It is often true that the hardest part of dealing with a problem is admitting that you have one. Beginning with Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:11-13), people have denied responsibility for their sins, and our generation is no exception. To acknowledge that one is a sinner, guilty of breaking God’s holy law, is not popular. People call sin by a myriad of other names, futilely hoping to define it...
  • The Ministry of the Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:31:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "My Word . . . shall not return to Me . . . without accomplishing what I desire" (Isa. 55:11). "Man does not live by bread alone, but . . . by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord" (Deut. 8:3). God’s Word is both productive and nourishing. The Bible contains many precious promises, two of which relate specifically to itself. First, the prophet Isaiah said that the Word is productive: "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and...
  • The U.N. is an Endtimes Player...Armeggeddon pt 3

    For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. (Joel 3:1-3)This past week has been incredibly compelling from a biblical Prophecy perspective. So much...
  • 7 Ways St. Jerome’s Vulgate Helped Shaped the Church

    10/03/2015 1:37:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | September 30, 2015 | STEPHEN BEALE
    For roughly one thousand years, it was the Bible of Western Christendom. It was the version to which European Christians turned to compose their prayers and liturgies, that great saints consulted in their meditations, and that the greatest scholars quoted in their treatises.ItÂ’s harder to think of a translation of the Bible that has had more staying power than St. JeromeÂ’s Latin version, known as the Vulgate, which was completed late in the fourth century and held sway over the Church through the Council of Trent, in the mid-1500s. Of course, the Vulgate is not the work of Jerome...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-03-15

    10/02/2015 10:11:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 10-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 3, 2015   Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Bar 4:5-12, 27-29 Fear not, my people!Remember, Israel,You were sold to the nationsnot for your destruction;It was because you angered Godthat you were handed over to your foes.For you provoked your Makerwith sacrifices to demons, to no-gods;You forsook the Eternal God who nourished you,and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you.She indeed saw coming upon youthe anger of God; and she said: “Hear, you neighbors of Zion!God has brought great mourning upon me,For I have seen the captivitythat the Eternal God has broughtupon my sons and...
  • Work on church honouring [sic] murdered Egyptian Copts to begin in days

    10/02/2015 11:54:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | 09-29-2015 | Emir Nader
    Work will begin in the coming days in Minya on a church that was planned to honour the deaths of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians who died in a brutal sectarian attack by militants in Libya earlier this year. Plans and licences for the ‘Church of the Martyrs’ have been finalised to begin the work, head of the Samalout municipality in Minya said, as reported by MENA state news. Major General Gamal Mubaral Qinawy confirmed that the church will be built in the village of Al-Awar, in the district of Samalout. Qinawy said that work on the construction of the church...
  • Sovereign over Suffering (Protestant & Evangelical Caucus/Devotional)

    10/02/2015 5:07:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (v. 20). - Genesis 50:15–21 Conversion to Christ brings with it a great number of blessings. Chief among these are that we have peace with God, receive Him as our Father, and have the sure hope of eternal life (John 1:12–13; 3:16; Rom. 5:1). We also benefit from the joy that is given to us as part of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Yet at the same time, we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-02-15, M, The Holy Guardian Angels

    10/01/2015 8:01:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 10-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 2, 2015   Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels Reading 1 Bar 1:15-22 During the Babylonian captivity, the exiles prayed:“Justice is with the Lord, our God;and we today are flushed with shame,we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem,that we, with our kings and rulersand priests and prophets, and with our ancestors,have sinned in the Lord’s sight and disobeyed him.We have neither heeded the voice of the Lord, our God,nor followed the precepts which the Lord set before us.From the time the Lord led our ancestors out of the land of Egyptuntil the present day,we have been disobedient...
  • Russia is a player in Prophecy, but not the USA...

    To all who have any discernment,we are currently witnessing the diminishment of the 70 year US sphere of influence in the Middle East. I cringed as I witnessed the spectacle of Vladimir Putin’s U.N. speech excoriating the western nations for ignoring international law, dis-embowling Libya, Syria and creating ISIS through our meddling in the Middle East. Putin is a supporter of embattled Syrian President Bashir Assad. He has committed Russian ground troops, tanks, ships and an air strike force to defend Assad. Putin is also an ally of the terrorist Iranian regime. They too have poured troops into Syria to...
  • When Darkness Is Our Companion

    10/01/2015 5:12:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness” (v. 18). - Psalm 88 Bestselling Christian books sometimes claim to hold the key to our “best life now.” Popular Christian music often has no place for grief. Both paint a picture of a Christian faith that is out of touch with the reality of life in this fallen world. For those whose spiritual diet consists solely of such things, Christianity may be a way to find success in this age or to achieve your full potential through positive thinking. But if this is...
  • Queen of Heaven's Rosary

    Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - Hope for the World Introduction : Our Lady at various times has appeared and requested that her "Rosary" be said for specific causes. In our own century, she has made it known that her Rosary is a "Power" for overcoming "Paganism and Materialism". Many Stories can be told of conversions brought about by the recitation of the Rosary. A Miracle wrought by the Rosary: Saint Vincent Ferrer was once called to the sick bed of a dying man to administer the sacraments. The Sick Man would have nothing to do with the Priest...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings,10-01-15, M,St. Thérèse -- Child Jesus,Virgin & Doctor/Church

    09/30/2015 9:32:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 1, 2015 Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12 The whole people gathered as one in the open space before the Water Gate,and they called upon Ezra the scribeto bring forth the book of the law of Moseswhich the LORD prescribed for Israel.On the first day of the seventh month, therefore,Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,which consisted of men, women,and those children old enough to understand.Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate,he read out of...
  • Russia Muscles In...Syria in Prophecy pt 1

    Vladimir Putin has received authorization to use Russian military power in defense of besieged Syrian President Bashir Assad. He has wasted no time, having launched a series of airstrikes against the terror group ISIS, but there are ominous reports that Putin has also attacked US backed rebel army elements as well. The situation is very confusing, but I think it would profit to try to make some sense of it, since it has extremely serious Geopolitical implications and most importantly it is of immense prophetic significance as well. How did the world arrive at this mess? The Syrian Civil War...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-30-15, M, St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

    09/29/2015 7:53:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 09-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 30, 2015   Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Neh 2:1-8 In the month Nisan of the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes,when the wine was in my charge,I took some and offered it to the king.As I had never before been sad in his presence,the king asked me, “Why do you look sad?If you are not sick, you must be sad at heart.”Though I was seized with great fear, I answered the king:“May the king live forever!How could I not look sadwhen the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins,and...
  • For Him Who Has Ears To Hear...Mystery Babylon pt 3

    Thank you for your kind words. Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. In my own name, and that of the entire Catholic community, I wish to express to you, Mr Ban Ki-moon, my heartfelt gratitude…Address of …Pope Francis to The General Assembly of the United NationsDid you catch that? The Pope, is one of the Gentile Kings of the Earth, having episcopal authority over the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, and claiming to be the vicar of Christ on...
  • Spiritual Gifts (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/29/2015 12:42:37 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7). God wants every Christian to understand spiritual gifts and use his or hers wisely. A spiritual gift is a channel through which the Holy Spirit ministers to the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:11). The day we were born again into God’s family, His Spirit distributed to us a spiritual gift. Therefore, having a spiritual gift does not mean a believer is “spiritual.” What we really must ask is, “Is the channel clear?” Hypothetically, someone could have all the recorded spiritual gifts...
  • Praying for Others (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/29/2015 12:40:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints" (Eph. 6:18). God wants you to look beyond your own problems and pray for the needs of others. The great preacher D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, "Before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, in Barcelona, Madrid and other places, there were psychological clinics with large numbers of neurotics undergoing drug treatments and others attending regularly for psychoanalysis and such like. They had their personal problems, their worries, their anxieties, their...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-29-15, FEAST, Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels

    09/28/2015 8:49:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 09-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 29, 2015 Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;His throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming,on the clouds of...
  • A Healthy Church (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/28/2015 5:07:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12). God has given every believer certain gifts and functions to contribute to the health of the church and enable it to communicate the gospel to the world. God fervently desires to reach the whole world with the gospel’s truth (Acts 1:8). Therefore, the Holy Spirit has specially energized members of Christ’s Body, the church, to fulfill God’s great...
  • Knowing God (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/28/2015 5:05:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints" (Eph. 6:18). Your desire to know God should motivate you toward fervent prayer. Man's highest purpose is to know God. Jesus prayed to the Father, saying, "This is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3). Of us He said, "I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me" (John 10:14). John...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-28-15, OM, St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz/Companions

    09/27/2015 9:22:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies ^ | 09-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 28, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Zec 8:1-8 This word of the LORD of hosts came: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am intensely jealous for Zion,stirred to jealous wrath for her.Thus says the LORD:I will return to Zion,and I will dwell within Jerusalem;Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city,and the mountain of the LORD of hosts,the holy mountain. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women,each with staff in hand because of old age,shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem.The city shall be filled with...
  • UNTO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN: Good Christian Music

    09/27/2015 6:06:52 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    Unto the Chief Musician ^ | Unto the Chief Musician
    This is the youtube channel of a wonder Christ honoring music ensamble

    09/27/2015 4:55:43 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 27, 2015 | Nicole Winfield,Rachel Zoll
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to "miracles of love," closing out his joyful six-day trip with a message of hope for families, consolation for victims of child sexual abuse and a warning to America's bishops.
  • An Explanation of the Traditional Russian Orthodox Three-bar Cross

    09/27/2015 10:38:09 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Synaxis ^ | Synaxis
    The symbolism of the "complete" Cross (much of which is contained in the Old Rite Russian prosphora seal and on metal and wood icons) is quite complex. Since the OId Rite tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church is much richer than the New Rite Church in its use of symbolism to teach the faithful, this article should be of benefit to those unfamiliar with this tradition.Through the Cross came our Salvation. We are constantly reminded that Christ died for us when we see the Image of the Cross (depicting the crucified Lord), and we are reminded that He rose...
  • Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life Giving Cross (Devotional)

    09/27/2015 10:26:50 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-27-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from the services for the Exaltation of the Holy & Life Giving Cross. (Traditional Church Calendar)
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-27-15, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/26/2015 8:42:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 52 replies ^ | 09-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 27, 2015   Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Nm 11:25-29 The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses.Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses,the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders;and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied. Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad,were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp.They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent;yet the spirit came to rest on them also,and they prophesied in the camp.So, when a...
  • Radical Traditionalism Breathes with Both Lungs? (Orthodox - Catholic caucus)

    09/26/2015 6:03:54 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Opus Publicum ^ | 09-25-2015 | Opus Publicum
    I am normally disinclined to write about ecclesiastical gossip on Opus Publicum, especially when it involves the fringes of either the Catholic or Orthodox churches. However, this one is too good to pass up. Although there are very few concrete details at the moment, it appears that Bishop Ambrose (Moran), a (former?) member of the Old Calendarist Genuine Orthodox Church in America (GOCA), has aligned himself with the so-called “Resistance,” a very loose confederation of traditionalist Catholic priests de facto headed by former Society of St. Pius X Bishop Richard Williamson. Moran, as the story goes, was either “received” or...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-15, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2015 10:13:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 09-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 26, 2015 Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked:there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.I asked, “Where are you going?”He answered, “To measure Jerusalem,to see how great is its width and how great its length.” Then the angel who spoke with me advanced,and another angel came out to meet him and said to him,“Run, tell this to that young man:People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country,because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst.But I will...
  • The Need for Understanding (From the book Strength For Today)(Protestant/Evangelical caucus)

    09/25/2015 5:59:08 AM PDT · by metmom
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will speak no more to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father’” (John 16:25). Jesus’ teaching in figurative language revealed the need for further enlightenment by the Holy Spirit. Jesus left His disciples a storehouse of valuable information that would require additional teaching from the Holy Spirit to make it understandable. The “figurative language” our Lord sovereignly used was made up of many veiled but pointed statements, filled with rich meaning. Even Christ’s closest followers, when they first heard...
  • Butterfly, Botanist, or Bee? (from Drawing Near)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/25/2015 5:55:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). Your attitude toward Scripture will determine your effectiveness in spiritual battle. I remember enjoying the observations of a perceptive man who was gazing at a beautiful garden. First he saw a butterfly flitting from flower to flower. It spent a few seconds on the edge of each, but derived no particular benefit from any of them. Next he saw a botanist with large notebook and microscope in hand. As the botanist carefully observed each flower and plant, he made copious entries in his...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-25-15

    09/24/2015 9:56:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 09-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 25, 2015   Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hg 2:1-9 In the second year of King Darius,on the twenty-first day of the seventh month,the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai:Tell this to the governor of Judah,Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel,and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak,and to the remnant of the people: Who is left among youthat saw this house in its former glory?And how do you see it now?Does it not seem like nothing in your eyes?But now take courage, Zerubbabel, says the LORD,and take courage, Joshua, high...
  • A New Ecclesiology for the Orthodox Church? (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    09/24/2015 6:37:05 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy ^ | 09-23-2015 | Seraphim Danckaert
    Orthodox Christians often find themselves answering the following question: why is Orthodoxy divided along ethnic lines into different churches? At least officially, the answer to that question has been quite clear: we are not divided; we are one Church, united in faith and worship, with an administrative structure that organizes itself along local lines, in accordance with the ancient traditions and canon law of the first millennium of Christian history. In recent years, however, there’s been a problem: while the answer given above is true in theory, it’s often not implemented in practice. Starting in the late 19th century, and in increasing...
  • The Goodness of God – Chapter 16 (Ecumenical)

    09/24/2015 1:18:04 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Do good in Thy good pleasure unto us, O Lord. Act toward us not as we deserve but as it becomes Thee, being the God Thou art. So shall we have nothing to fear in this world or in that which is to come. Amen. The word good means so many things to so many persons that this brief study of the divine goodness begins with a definition. The meaning may be arrived at only by the use of a number of synonyms, going out from and returning by different paths to the same place. When Christian theology says that...
  • Religious Boredom (Ecumenical)

    09/24/2015 1:11:33 PM PDT · by metmom · 23 replies
    THAT THERE IS SOMETHING gravely wrong with evangelical Christianity today is not likely to be denied by any serious minded person acquainted with the facts. Just what is wrong is not so easy to determine. In examining the situation myself I find nature and reason in conflict within me, for I tend by temperament to want to settle everything with a sweep of the pen. But reason advises caution; nothing is that simple, and we must be careful to distinguish cause from effect. As every doctor knows there is a wide difference between the disease and the symptoms; and every...
  • The Spirit's Intercession (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/24/2015 1:04:16 PM PDT · by metmom · 12 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26). Because He understands our struggles in this life, the Holy Spirit continually prays for us before the Father’s throne. In the midst of life’s many difficulties and stressful times, there is hardly anything more comforting than knowing you have a friend—someone on your side. In the legal realm, an attorney formally argues your case when you need to settle a judicial or financial dispute. This concept of friend and advocate is right at the heart of the Holy Spirit’s role as our Paraclete, one called...
  • Learning from Christ's Example (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/24/2015 1:01:55 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). To wield the sword of the Spirit is to apply specific Biblical principles to specific situations. Jesus gave us the perfect example of skillful and precise use of the sword of the Spirit. Following His baptism, "Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, command that...
  • Being Clothed in His Righteousness (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    09/24/2015 5:44:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    The church is our mother, but it is Christ’s bride. In this role, we are the objects of Christ’s affection. We, corporately, are His beloved. Stained and wrinkled, in ourselves we are anything but holy. When we say that the church is holy or refer to her as “holy mother church,” we do so with the knowledge that her holiness is not intrinsic but derived and dependent upon the One who sanctifies her and covers her with the cloak of His righteousness. As the sensitive husband shelters his wife and in a chivalrous manner lends her his coat when she...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-24-15

    09/23/2015 9:11:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 09-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 24, 2015   Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hg 1:1-8 On the first day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius,The word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggaito the governor of Judah, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel,and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak: Thus says the LORD of hosts: This people says:“The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.”(Then this word of the LORD came through Haggai, the prophet:)Is it time for you to dwell in your own paneled houses,while this...
  • Guaranteed Heavenly Glory (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/23/2015 3:52:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him” (Romans 8:17). The Holy Spirit confirms within our hearts the hope of eternal glory. I believe people today instinctively know they are devoid of glory (see Rom. 1:18-21), but they explore all the wrong avenues in seeking to regain it. They look for personal glory by building successful careers, spending many hours in community service, being generous to charities, and so forth. But such efforts only lead to jealousy and pride. Unregenerate...
  • Taking the Offensive (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/23/2015 3:50:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). God’s Word is your primary offensive spiritual weapon. All the armor Paul lists in Ephesians 6 is defensive, with one exception: the sword of the Spirit. That's your offensive weapon for defeating Satan. We've seen that Roman soldiers carried two swords: the large broadsword and the small dagger. The Greek word translated "sword" in verse 17 refers to the dagger, which was anywhere from six to eighteen inches in length and was carried in a sheath or scabbard at the soldier's side. The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-23-15, M, St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest (Padre Pio)

    09/22/2015 9:25:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 09-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 23, 2015 Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest Reading 1 Ezr 9:5-9 At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my wretchedness,and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees,stretching out my hands to the LORD, my God. I said: “My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you,O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped up above our headsand our guilt reaches up to heaven.From the time of our fathers even to this daygreat has been our guilt,and for our wicked deeds we have been...
  • Yom Kippur;Call No Man Father...Mystery Babylon pt 3

    09/22/2015 11:02:14 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 12 replies ^ | Sept 23 2015 | Bill Randles
    But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.( Matthew 23:8-10)Isn’t it interesting that the man who is hailed as the very “Vicar of Christ” , and who in the name of the Church of Christ recently signed a peace treaty with the so-called “Palestinian State” has come to America to meet with the man who virtually gave the terrorist state...
  • The Spirit and Adoption (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/22/2015 3:51:28 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:14-16). The Holy Spirit confirms in our hearts the reality of adoption into God’s family. In first-century Rome, people did not practice adoption exactly the same as they do today. A father sometimes adopted a young man outside the...