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  • Smithmas 2014

    12/20/2014 6:16:13 AM PST · by Colofornian · 4 replies
    MormonDialogue.com ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | Scott Lloyd
    Rain... I've not heard of "smithmas" before, but as soon as I saw this title I knew what the term meant because for years I did see/hear far more about Joseph Smith in church than about Christ in December and it really irked me... Rain #47 In 2005...And then from there it continued throughout 2006. Talk after talk was centered on his life. I could count months when Jesus was only mentioned in the prayers. So much so that when I moved in 7/2006 I very much struggled to be obedient when I was asked to give a talk...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-20-14

    12/19/2014 8:49:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 20, 2014Saturday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Is 7:10-14 The LORD spoke to Ahaz:Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!But Ahaz answered,“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then Isaiah said:Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary men,must you also weary my God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 R. (see...
  • The Messiah Was Made Under The LAw...a nativity sermon pt 5

    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.(Galatians 4:4-5)When God became a man, He put himself under the law. In every sense possible Jesus was yoked underneath the heavy load of the Law of God. The entire moral, sacrificial and ritual law were placed upon the MEssiah from birth. At the very beginning we are told of Jesus circumcision. He too was circumcised the eighth day according to the Law...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/19/2014 4:38:35 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    Prospering in Everything Today's Scripture They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. (Psalm 1:3, NRSV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Large trees represent power, majesty and stability. Have you ever noticed the difference between a tree planted by the water and a tree far away from water? The tree next to the water is much more healthy and vibrant. Its fruit and blossoms are more beautiful. In the Bible, the Word of God is compared to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 19, 2014]

    12/19/2014 4:35:25 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Focus Of Our Message " I did not come to bring peace but a sword. —Matthew 10:34 " Never be sympathetic with a person whose situation causes you to conclude that God is dealing harshly with him. God can be more tender than we can conceive, and every once in a while He gives us the opportunity to deal firmly with someone so that He may be viewed as the tender One. If a person cannot go to God, it is because he has something secret which he does not intend to give up— he may admit his...
  • Strange Moments In Liturgical History Paragon of Liturgical Tradition Caused Unintended Effects

    12/19/2014 1:46:27 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 16, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the modern struggles and disagreements over the Liturgy, there tends to be a list of friends and opponents depending on one’s stance. For those of us with a more traditional leaning, Pope St. Pius X looms large as a friend and an image of tradition. He is usually seen as a defender of the tradition and a great proponent of what is called today the Extraordinary Form or Traditional Latin Mass (TLM)—so much so that the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) takes its name from him.And yet things, people, and movements are seldom as simple as we would...
  • Patton on Prayer

    12/19/2014 6:49:54 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 22 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations.” The famous “weather prayer” of General Patton was written by a Catholic Chaplain, Colonel James H. O’Neill, Chief Chaplain of the Third Army. Here is his article on the incident...
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon :: Morning and Evening

    12/19/2014 6:17:44 AM PST · by redleghunter · 4 replies
    Blueletter Bible.org ^ | 19 December 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon December 19, 2014 Morning Reading The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord. Proverbs 16:33 If the disposal of the lot is the Lord's whose is the arrangement of our whole life? If the simple casting of a lot is guided by Him, how much more the events of our entire lifeespecially when we are told by our blessed Saviour: "The very hairs of your head are all numbered: not a sparrow falleth to the ground without your Father." It would bring a holy calm over...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-19-14

    12/18/2014 9:52:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 19, 2014Friday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites,whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her,“Though you are barren and have had no children,yet you will conceive and bear a son. Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drinkand to eat nothing unclean.As for the son you will conceive and bear,no razor shall touch his head,for this boy is...
  • The Messiah Was 'Made of a Woman'....a nativity sermon pt 4

    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.(Galatians 4:4-5)When the apostle Paul proclaimed the coming of Christ into this world, He spoke of the Messiah as being Made of a woman. What is the apostle referring to? In what way could we say that Saviour of the world, and God Incarnate, was made of a woman? The Apostle Paul, steeped in scripture, as was Jesus and all of the apostles,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/18/2014 5:15:26 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    Go to the Place of Blessing Today's Scripture Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. (1 Kings 17:3, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the scripture, the prophet Elijah was living in a certain city. God said to him, Leave this place and go down to the brook Cherith for I have commanded the ravens to feed you there. When he got to the brook, every morning just like clockwork, the ravens brought him food. He had his provision; a prepared blessing. Heres the key....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 18, 2014]

    12/18/2014 5:13:17 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Test of Faithfulness " We know that all things work together for good to those who love God Romans 8:28 " It is only a faithful person who truly believes that God sovereignly controls his circumstances. We take our circumstances for granted, saying God is in control, but not really believing it. We act as if the things that happen were completely controlled by people. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, or object of our faith the Lord Jesus Christ. God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart, which may bring...
  • St. John Chrysostom Church Restores Beauty In Los Angeles

    12/18/2014 6:21:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Regina Magazine ^ | 11/19/14 | Enzo Selvaggi
    In 1909, a small community of farmers purchased some land for a Catholic mission church; after World War II, the area boomed with aviation and aerospace industries. St John Chrysostom Church in Inglewood, California, which seats at least 1,000, was finished in 1959 to accommodate this growing, thriving Catholic population. It is located minutes from Los Angeles International Airport and the 405 freeway.An Art Deco Revival edifice built entirely of reinforced concrete, St. Johns 182ft carillon bell tower can be seen from miles away. Art Deco-inspired architectural forms are used throughout the church, and the 42ft walls house intricate, Celtic...
  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    12/18/2014 5:57:23 AM PST · by redleghunter · 6 replies
    Blue Letter Bible.Org ^ | 18 December 2014 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon December 18, 2014 Morning Reading Rend your heart, and not your garments. Joel 2:13 Garment-rendering and other outward signs of religious emotion, are easily manifested and are frequently hypocritical; but to feel true repentance is far more difficult, and consequently far less common. Men will attend to the most multiplied and minute ceremonial regulationsfor such things are pleasing to the fleshbut true religion is too humbling, too heart-searching, too thorough for the tastes of the carnal men; they prefer something more ostentatious, flimsy, and worldly. Outward observances are temporarily comfortable; eye and ear are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-18-14

    12/17/2014 8:17:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 18, 2014Thursday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;As king he shall reign and govern wisely,he shall do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah shall be saved,Israel shall dwell in security.This is the name they give him:“The LORD our justice.” Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;but rather, "As the LORD...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/17/2014 4:25:12 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    He is Not Limited by Your Limitations Today's Scripture "Is anything too hard for the LORD? " Genesis 18:14, NIV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If you could see what God has stored up for you, the people youre going to meet, the places youre going to go, the good breaks that are going to find you, you would be amazed. Its going to be the surpassing greatness of God's favor. But too often, we make excuses. We come up with reasons why this is not going to happen for us. Well, that sounds good, but I dont...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 17, 2014]

    12/17/2014 4:21:58 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Redemption— Creating the Need it Satisfies " The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him… —1 Corinthians 2:14 " The gospel of God creates the sense of need for the gospel. Is the gospel hidden to those who are servants already? No, Paul said, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe…” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). The majority of people think of themselves as being completely moral, and have...
  • The Father Sent The Son...a nativity sermon pt 3

    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (Galatians 4:4-6)The Incarnation was the Fathers plan. There is one eternal God, eternally manifest in three persons; Father,Son and Holy Ghost. God has always been the Father, and by him Fatherhood derives its essence. Forever there has been in the Godhead, the...
  • Smithmas

    12/16/2014 9:28:12 PM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    Lds.net ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Mdfxdb
    ...mdfxdb Senior Member Posted 16 October 2014... I posted because I had never even heard of it until I moved into my new ward about a year and a half ago. It turns out it is a real thing and there are active members with callings and stuff that celebrate it. They do a cake and everything... Backroads...Posted 20 October 2014 You celebrate the birthday of someone present. Celebrating the birthday of ssomeone not present takes on a different tone that, yes, does cross into "worship" territory for me. I'm trying to understand why people would celebrate this, but in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-17-14

    12/16/2014 8:08:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 17, 2014Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Gn 49:2, 8-10 Jacob called his sons and said to them:“Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,listen to Israel, your father. “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise–your hand on the neck of your enemies;the sons of your father shall bow down to you.Judah, like a lion’s whelp,you have grown up on prey, my son.He crouches like a lion recumbent,the king of beasts–who would dare rouse him?The scepter shall never depart from Judah,or the mace from between his legs,While tribute is brought to him,and he receives the people’s homage.”...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/16/2014 4:21:10 PM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 12/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    Favor is Looking for You Today's Scripture "Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield." Psalm 5:12, NIV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to bring you to a place of abundance! A land filled with favor, opportunity, good health and great relationships. You may not be there yet, but don't worry. Your blessing is on the way. David said in Psalm 31, God has blessings stored up for those that love the Lord. There are businesses stored up for you that God wants to release. There is promotion...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 16, 2014]

    12/16/2014 4:14:27 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Wrestling Before God " Take up the whole armor of God…praying always… —Ephesians 6:13,18 " You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God, and wrestle in prayer for other people; but to wrestle with God in prayer is unscriptural. If you ever do wrestle with God, you will be crippled for the rest of your life. If you grab hold of God and wrestle with Him, as Jacob did, simply because He is working in a way that doesn’t meet with your approval, you force Him to put you out of joint (see...
  • Card. Burkes kindness

    12/16/2014 1:22:34 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 16, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Do you recall that, last year, Card. Burke consoled a little boy who was crying because he couldn’t yet receive Communion?  HEREThis is somewhat beyond the ken of most catholics, I believe.  They might console a Questioning-status minor not yet able to vote more than once in the same pro-same-sex “marriage” referendum.   But, I digress.  This shouldn’t be polemic and… there I went and did it.  Sorry!  I am under the weather.So, last year Card. Burke consoled a boy who couldn’t receive Communion.  At that time His Eminence said that his time would come soon enough.The day came!Here is a piece from...
  • The World Was made Ready For The Messiah...A Nativity Sermon pt 2

    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.(Galatians 4:4-5)Five centuries before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Daniel had a vision which showed him all of the Gentile rulers who would dominate the Jews until the end of the Times of the Gentiles. Daniel saw that the Babylonians, would be followed by the Persians, then the Greeks and finally, the Roman empire would prevail over Israel until the time of...
  • Your First Prerequisite is to Acquire My(Jesus) Presence

    12/16/2014 10:53:52 AM PST · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    Your prerequisite in all things is to first acquire My Presence for in My courts there are libraries of scrolls providing the wisdom and knowledge in first acquiring the understanding to decipher and illuminate My Word in Spirit and Truth and it is in the interpretation of your heavenly languages, "that exist even now in the alcoves of your wellspring" but these can only rise up into reality and understanding as you manifest and operate totally in the Menorah of light " The Manifold Wisdom of God " My very fullness indwelling you as "an eternal light of My Kingdom...
  • Ph.D.s and Other False Gods: Why the worship of God alone is the basis for a good world.

    12/16/2014 6:21:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/16/2014 | Dennis Prager
    I have been devoting my columns this month to the Ten Commandments because we need a fixed moral anchor to solve the problem of evil. And nothing is as effective as the Ten Commandments. Two weeks ago PragerUniversity.com released eleven five-minute video courses one for each commandment and an introduction. The series has received over 2 million views. Everything needed to make a good world is contained in these Ten Commandments. Whatever your faith, or if you have no faith, I invite you to watch the videos at www.prageru.com. They are cleverly animated with text and graphics. Here is...
  • 22. "Praise to the Man": A Review of the Annual Joseph Smith Memorial Sermons ['Smithmasing']

    12/15/2014 8:48:42 PM PST · by Colofornian · 30 replies
    BYU Religious Studies Center ^ | 2005 | Thomas E. Thunell
    One of the most significant ongoing tributes to the Prophet Joseph Smith is the annual Joseph Smith Memorial Firesides...These...began in 1944 and have been held each year since, as close as possible to December 23, Joseph Smiths birthday...Brother Chase...published a ...volume titled Joseph the Prophet, As He Lives in the Hearts of His People. SNIP ...William E. Berrett...It is an appropriate thing to remember the birthday of...Joseph...This is the birthday of our greatest countryman. Joseph Smith is the only American whose birthday is heralded around the world...People of every land and of every race are coming to honor the birthday...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-16-14

    12/15/2014 7:44:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 12-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 16, 2014Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Zep 3:1-2, 9-13 Thus says the LORD:Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted,to the tyrannical city!She hears no voice,accepts no correction;In the LORD she has not trusted,to her God she has not drawn near. For then I will change and purifythe lips of the peoples,That they all may call upon the name of the LORD,to serve him with one accord;From beyond the rivers of Ethiopiaand as far as the recesses of the North,they shall bring me offerings. On that dayYou need not be ashamed of all your...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 15, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/15/2014 5:11:27 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/15/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Good Land Today's Scripture For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills. (Deuteronomy 8:7, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God has a place prepared for you just like He prepared a place for His people in scripture. Notice that in this place God has prepared, there is no shortage no shortage of resources, no shortage of opportunities, no shortage of creativity, of friendships, of joy and peace. In the good land, you will lack no...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 15, 2014]

    12/15/2014 5:09:08 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Approved to God” " Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. —2 Timothy 2:15 " If you cannot express yourself well on each of your beliefs, work and study until you can. If you don’t, other people may miss out on the blessings that come from knowing the truth. Strive to re-express a truth of God to yourself clearly and understandably, and God will use that same explanation when you share it with someone else. But you must be willing to go through...
  • An Interview with Cardinal Burke

    12/15/2014 4:39:33 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Radical Catholic ^ | December 11, 2014 | Una Voca Austria
    On Vatican II Q. Your Eminence, you grew up before the Second Vatican Council. How do you remember those times? A. I grew up in a very beautiful time in the Church, in which we were carefully instructed in the faith, both at home and in the Catholic school, especially with the Baltimore Catechism. I remember the great beauty of the Sacred Liturgy, even in our little farming town, with beautiful Masses. And then, I'm of course most grateful for my parents who gave me a very sound up-bringing in how to live as a Catholic. So they were beautiful...
  • How December 25 Became Christmas

    12/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Society ^ | 8/12/2104 | Andrew McGowan
    On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus' birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods - these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 become associated with Jesus' birthday? The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus' nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when the hear the news of Jesus' birth (Luke 2:8)...
  • Mexican Catholics Lose Religion in the USA

    12/15/2014 8:08:30 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    New evidence from the Pew Research Center reveals that Mexican Catholics who emigrate to the United States are considerably less religious than their counterparts who remain in Mexico. A hefty majority of US Hispanics are of Mexican descent (64%), according to US Census Bureau statistics, and about a third of Mexican Americans were born in Mexico and immigrated into the US. Mexican Americans, however, exhibit differences both in religious affiliation and in doctrinal belief as compared with Catholics living in Mexico. Though the Pew study does not explore the reasons Mexican Catholics leave the Church when emigrating to the US,...
  • EWTN Live - 2014-12-3 - DR. SCOTT HAHN -Nativity of Jesus Christ

    12/15/2014 5:15:38 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 3, 2014 | EWTN - Live
    I just ran across this video. Scott Hahn and Fr. Pacwa discuss Advent and Christmas as Hahn promotes his latest book. A good and informative conversation.
  • Church - Saturday Night Live

    12/15/2014 2:28:32 AM PST · by iowamark · 17 replies
    SNL ^ | Dec. 14, 2014
    St. Joseph's Christmas Mass Spectacular features Pastor Pat (Bobby Moynihan), organist Linda Tayhoe (Kate McKinnon) and all 44 verses of "O Come All Ye Faithful."
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-15-14

    12/14/2014 8:09:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 15, 2014Monday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a When Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel encamped, tribe by tribe,the spirit of God came upon him,and he gave voice to his oracle: The utterance of Balaam, son of Beor,the utterance of a man whose eye is true,The utterance of one who hears what God says,and knows what the Most High knows,Of one who sees what the Almighty sees,enraptured, and with eyes unveiled:How goodly are your tents, O Jacob;your encampments, O Israel!They are like gardens beside a stream,like the cedars planted by the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 14, 2014]

    12/14/2014 1:45:04 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Great Life " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled… —John 14:27 " Whenever we experience something difficult in our personal life, we are tempted to blame God. But we are the ones in the wrong, not God. Blaming God is evidence that we are refusing to let go of some disobedience somewhere in our lives. But as soon as we let go, everything becomes as clear as daylight to us. As long as we try to serve...
  • In The Fulness OF Time...A Nativity Sermon ot 1

    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.(Galatians 4:4-5) The birth of Jesus was a predicted event. Centuries before it occurred it was described as to its place, time and significance. The Prophets anticipated the birth of the one who would come to crush the serpents head and remove the primal curse, and announced beforehand the conditions which would prevail at the time of the birth. Consider one of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-14-14, Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday

    12/13/2014 7:04:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 14, 2014Third Sunday of Advent    Reading 1 Is 61:1-2a, 10-11 The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,to heal the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,to announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God. I rejoice heartily in the LORD,in my God is the joy of my soul;for he has clothed me with a robe of salvationand wrapped me in a mantle of justice,like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,like...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 13, 2014]

    12/13/2014 5:01:26 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Intercessory Prayer " …men always ought to pray and not lose heart. —Luke 18:1 " You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption. Instead, you will simply be turning intercession into useless sympathy for others, which will serve only to increase the contentment they have for remaining out of touch with God. True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. Intercession means to “fill up…[with] what is lacking...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-13-14, M, St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

    12/12/2014 8:10:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 13, 2014Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr    Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days,like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,in a chariot with fiery horses.You were destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the day...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 12, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/12/2014 5:18:51 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/12/14 | Joel Osteen
    Change Your Mind Today's Scripture "Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 3:2 AMP Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you have behaviors in your life that you want to change? Maybe its a habit, a bad attitude, or even negative thoughts. No matter what you may want to change in your life, you have to start by changing your mind. You have to change your thinking so that your thoughts are in line with Gods thoughts. When you make the decision to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 12, 2014]

    12/12/2014 5:15:24 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Personality " …that they may be one just as We are one… —John 17:22 " Personality is the unique, limitless part of our life that makes us distinct from everyone else. It is too vast for us even to comprehend. An island in the sea may be just the top of a large mountain, and our personality is like that island. We don’t know the great depths of our being, therefore we cannot measure ourselves. We start out thinking we can, but soon realize that there is really only one Being who fully understands us, and that is our...
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass draws thousands in LA (Catholic Caucus)

    12/12/2014 2:12:24 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 12, 2014
    Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 12, 2014 / 11:52 am (CNA).- More than 25,000 people – including many young people – attended an outdoor Mass in Los Angeles honoring the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Scores of young boys dressed as miniature Juan Diegos and little girls donning multi-colored hair ribbons and traditional Mexican-style dresses marched beside Aztec and Matachines dancers, indigenous drummers, mariachi musicians and everyday Catholics along Cesar Chavez Avenue in East Los Angeles on Dec. 7 during the 83rd annual procession and Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe. The mile-long morning trek began at the corner...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-14, FEAST, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2014 7:35:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-12-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12, 2014Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe    Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,and he will again choose Jerusalem.Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 11, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/11/2014 4:08:20 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
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    What Are You Considering? Today's Scripture "And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own bodyhe did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform." Romans 4:19-21 NKJV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Abraham had many obstacles coming against the promise of God in his life. God told him that he would be the father of many nations. Abraham was over 90 years old before he ever saw that promise...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 11, 2014]

    12/11/2014 4:04:14 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Individuality " Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself…" —Matthew 16:24 " Individuality is the hard outer layer surrounding the inner spiritual life. Individuality shoves others aside, separating and isolating people. We see it as the primary characteristic of a child, and rightly so. When we confuse individuality with the spiritual life, we remain isolated. This shell of individuality is God’s created natural covering designed to protect the spiritual life. But our individuality must be yielded to God so that our spiritual life may be brought forth into fellowship with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-11-14, OM, St. Damasus I, Pope

    12/10/2014 8:30:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
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    December 11, 2014Thursday of the Second Week of Advent    Reading 1 Is 41:13-20 I am the LORD, your God,who grasp your right hand;It is I who say to you, “Fear not,I will help you.”Fear not, O worm Jacob,O maggot Israel;I will help you, says the LORD;your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.I will make of you a threshing sledge,sharp, new, and double-edged,To thresh the mountains and crush them,to make the hills like chaff.When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them offand the storm shall scatter them.But you shall rejoice in the LORD,and glory in the Holy...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/10/2014 5:04:36 PM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
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    Eternal Glory Today's Scripture For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Troubles and trials are only temporary! In fact, this verse tells us they are momentary. Compared with eternity, our troubles wont last long at all! When you stand strong in faith during the difficult times, you are building faith in your life and also achieving eternal glory. If you are in the middle of tough times today, look to God. The Bible says that He is the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 10, 2014]

    12/10/2014 5:02:49 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Offering of the Natural " It is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. —Galatians 4:22 " Paul was not dealing with sin in this chapter of Galatians, but with the relation of the natural to the spiritual. The natural can be turned into the spiritual only through sacrifice. Without this a person will lead a divided life. Why did God demand that the natural must be sacrificed? God did not demand it. It is not God’s perfect will, but His permissive will. God’s perfect will was for the...