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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-21-14

    10/20/2014 9:11:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies ^ | 10-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 2:12-22 Brothers and sisters:You were at that time without Christ,alienated from the community of Israeland strangers to the covenants of promise,without hope and without God in the world.But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far offhave become near by the Blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he made both oneand broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his Flesh,abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two,thus...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/20/2014 5:06:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
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    He Satisfies You Today's Scripture "They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." (Psalm 37:19, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you expecting to see God supernaturally show up in your life? Are you expecting increase and abundance? Notice this verse tells us that the righteous, those who follow Gods commands, will be satisfied even in times of famine. Even when it looks like resources are slim, God has a plan to provide for His people. God always shows Himself strong on behalf...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 20, 2014]

    10/20/2014 5:03:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is God’s Will My Will? " This is the will of God, your sanctification . . . —1 Thessalonians 4:3 " Sanctification is not a question of whether God is willing to sanctify me— is it my will? Am I willing to let God do in me everything that has been made possible through the atonement of the Cross of Christ? Am I willing to let Jesus become sanctification to me, and to let His life be exhibited in my human flesh? (see 1 Corinthians 1:30). Beware of saying, “Oh, I am longing to be sanctified.” No, you are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-20-14, OM, St. Paul of the Cross

    10/19/2014 7:58:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 10-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 20, 2014Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 2:1-10 Brothers and sisters:You were dead in your transgressions and sinsin which you once lived following the age of this world,following the ruler of the power of the air,the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh,following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses,and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest.But God, who is rich in mercy,because of the great love he had for us,even when we were...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 19, 2014]

    10/19/2014 2:04:48 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Unheeded Secret " Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world —John 18:36 " The great enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ today is the idea of practical work that has no basis in the New Testament but comes from the systems of the world. This work insists upon endless energy and activities, but no private life with God. The emphasis is put on the wrong thing. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation . . . . For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21). It is a hidden,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-19-14, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/18/2014 7:47:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies ^ | 10-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 19, 2014Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 45:1, 4-6 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus,whose right hand I grasp,subduing nations before him,and making kings run in his service,opening doors before himand leaving the gates unbarred:For the sake of Jacob, my servant,of Israel, my chosen one,I have called you by your name,giving you a title, though you knew me not.I am the LORD and there is no other,there is no God besides me.It is I who arm you, though you know me not,so that toward the rising and the setting of the sunpeople may...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 18, 2014]

    10/18/2014 5:12:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Devotion " . . . they went forth for His name’s sake . . . —3 John 7 " Our Lord told us how our love for Him is to exhibit itself when He asked, “Do you love Me?” (John 21:17). And then He said, “Feed My sheep.” In effect, He said, “Identify yourself with My interests in other people,” not, “Identify Me with your interests in other people.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 shows us the characteristics of this love— it is actually the love of God expressing itself. The true test of my love...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-18-14, FEAST, St. Luke, Evangelist

    10/17/2014 7:53:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 10-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 18, 2014Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist    Reading 1 2 Tm 4:10-17b Beloved:Demas, enamored of the present world,deserted me and went to Thessalonica,Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.Luke is the only one with me.Get Mark and bring him with you,for he is helpful to me in the ministry.I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.You too be on guard against him,for he has strongly...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/17/2014 5:22:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
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    The Greatness of His Favor Today's Scripture But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us...raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:47, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Oftentimes, people set their focus on what God has done in the past how He parted the Red Sea or stopped the sun for Joshua or fed...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 17, 2014]

    10/17/2014 5:20:06 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key of the Greater Work " . . . I say to you, he who believes in Me, . . . greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father —John 14:12 " Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work. Yet we think of prayer as some commonsense exercise of our higher powers that simply prepares us for God’s work. In the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer is the working of the miracle of redemption in me, which produces the miracle of redemption in others, through the power...
  • I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old

    10/17/2014 8:13:02 AM PDT · by avenir · 15 replies
    So begins the Maskil of Asaph, Psalm 78. As synods and councils and elderships wrangle over things long ago settled by God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, I wanted to encourage fellow believers to find an audio bible they like and "baptize" their minds in the complex and glorious beauty of His Psalms. I have been richly blessed by doing so while working and riding my bike. Music? Let me tell you, the Psalms are REAL music to a believer's ears. Though steeped in the era of Law, God's manifold wisdom and loving kindness are absolutely "fresh and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-17-14, M, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

    10/16/2014 7:58:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 1017-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 17, 2014Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr    Reading 1 Eph 1:11-14 Brothers and sisters:In Christ we were also chosen,destined in accord with the purpose of the Onewho accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,we who first hoped in Christ.In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,the Gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,which is the first installment of our inheritancetoward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/16/2014 5:02:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
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    Where Strength and Joy Are Found Today's Scripture Honor and majesty are [found] in His presence; strength and joy are [found] in His sanctuary. (1 Chronicles 16:27, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you need more strength and joy in your life? The Bible tells us that in Gods presence, there is fullness of joy the most abundant and complete! And when you have His joy, you have His supernatural strength. Theres nothing that can come against you when you are filled with the strength and joy of the Lord. Notice this verse says that strength...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 16, 2014]

    10/16/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Key to the Master’s Orders " Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest —Matthew 9:38 " The key to the missionary’s difficult task is in the hand of God, and that key is prayer, not work— that is, not work as the word is commonly used today, which often results in the shifting of our focus away from God. The key to the missionary’s difficult task is also not the key of common sense, nor is it the key of medicine, civilization, education, or even evangelization. The key is in following the...
  • Psalm 83 anticipates Islam...the Bible and Islam

    Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.(Psalm 83:1-4)The Psalms of the Bible are usually considered to be inspired devotion, useful for prayer and worship, beautiful and uplifting poetry. This is true, but it is a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-16-14, OM, St. Hedwig, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

    10/15/2014 8:39:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 16, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 1:1-10 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,to the holy ones who are in Ephesusand faithful in Christ Jesus:grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,who has blessed us in Christwith every spiritual blessing in the heavens,as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,to be holy and without blemish before him.In love he destined us for adoption to himself through...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 15, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/15/2014 3:13:48 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
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    Answer the Door Today's Scripture ...Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Scripture says that joy comes in the morning. When you wake up each morning, God sends you a special delivery of joy. It comes knocking at your door. When you get up in faith and make the declaration that this is going to be a good day, do you know what you just did? You just answered the door. You just received the gift of joy that God sent to you. The problem...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 15, 2014]

    10/15/2014 3:04:36 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Work (2) " He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world —1 John 2:2 " The key to the missionary’s message is the propitiation of Christ Jesus— His sacrifice for us that completely satisfied the wrath of God. Look at any other aspect of Christ’s work, whether it is healing, saving, or sanctifying, and you will see that there is nothing limitless about those. But— “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”— that is limitless (John 1:29). The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-15-14, M, St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin & Doctor/Church

    10/14/2014 8:59:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 10-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 15, 2014Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Gal 5:18-25 Brothers and sisters:If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.Now the works of the flesh are obvious:immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry,sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy,outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness,dissensions, factions, occasions of envy,drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.I warn you, as I warned you before,that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, generosity,faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.Against such there is no law.Now...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 14, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/14/2014 5:09:39 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
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    Get Your Joy Back Today's Scripture Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. (1 Peter 1:8, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If the circumstances of life have taken away your joy, today is the day to get it back. You werent meant to live this life feeling drained, depressed and down. God wants you to be excited about your future and learn to enjoy each and every day. If you dont make the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 14, 2014]

    10/14/2014 5:07:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Work (1) " Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ’All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . .’ —Matthew 28:18-19 " The key to the missionary’s work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to look on our Lord as one who assists us in our endeavors for God. Yet our Lord places Himself as the absolute sovereign and supreme Lord over His disciples. He does not say that the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-14-14, OM, St. Callistus I, Pope and Martyr

    10/13/2014 7:49:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 14, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Gal 5:1-6 Brothers and sisters:For freedom Christ set us free;so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. It is I, Paul, who am telling youthat if you have yourselves circumcised,Christ will be of no benefit to you.Once again I declare to every man who has himself circumcisedthat he is bound to observe the entire law.You are separated from Christ,you who are trying to be justified by law;you have fallen from grace.For through the Spirit, by faith, we await the hope of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 13, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/13/2014 5:04:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
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    Set the Tone Today's Scripture I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. (Psalm 34:1, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you wake up in the morning, whats the first thing you think about? Whats the first thing you say? Do you set the tone for success, favor and blessing? Yesterday may have had some hardships or some difficulties, but its a new day. We should be on the lookout for Gods blessings. The scripture tells us that the darker it gets in the world, the brighter its going to be...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 13, 2014]

    10/13/2014 5:02:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Individual Discouragement and Personal Growth " . . . when Moses was grown . . . he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens —Exodus 2:11 " Moses saw the oppression of his people and felt certain that he was the one to deliver them, and in the righteous indignation of his own spirit he started to right their wrongs. After he launched his first strike for God and for what was right, God allowed Moses to be driven into empty discouragement, sending him into the desert to feed sheep for forty years. At the end...
  • New Memoirs Show How Archbishop Bugnini Manipulated Post-Conciliar Liturgical Reforms

    10/13/2014 10:04:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The memoirs of a noted priest show how a powerful prelate manipulated the process of liturgical reform after Vatican II. The memoirs of Father Louis Bouyer, who died in 2004, have recently appeared in France. In them, the theologian describes the late Archbishop Annibale Bugnini as someone as devoid of learning as he was of honesty. Father Bouyer served with then-Father Bugnini on Consilium, the group charged with reforming the Latin liturgy. Later Bugnini would become an archbishop and the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
  • Christ on the Flat Screen: The Renovation of the Crystal Cathedral, Orange, California

    10/13/2014 6:44:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 10/9/14 | Matthew Alderman
    Some time ago, as part of the media buzz surrounding the purchase of the Crystal Cathedral, the Catholic Diocese of Orange opened the floor to online suggestions as to what the new church should be named. I offered that it should be titled the Cathedral of the Transfiguration; after all, the feast of the Transfiguration is traditionally the patronal festival for churches dedicated to Our Lord, and its suggestions of illumination, splendor, and above all, a glimpse of Heaven afforded through physical change, seemed perfectly suited to the project, even not without a bit of reverent wit. The name chosen,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-13-14

    10/12/2014 7:47:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 13, 2014Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1 Brothers and sisters:It is written that Abraham had two sons,one by the slave woman and the other by the freeborn woman.The son of the slave woman was born naturally,the son of the freeborn through a promise.Now this is an allegory.These women represent two covenants.One was from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery;this is Hagar.But the Jerusalem above is freeborn, and she is our mother.For it is written:Rejoice, you barren one who bore no children;break forth and shout, you who were not in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 12, 2014]

    10/12/2014 1:49:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Getting into God’s Stride " Enoch walked with God . . . —Genesis 5:24 " The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening. A person’s worth is revealed in his attitude toward the ordinary things of life when he is not under the spotlight (seeJohn 1:35-37 and John 3:30). It is painful work to get in step with God and to keep pace with Him— it means getting your second...
  • Some Things to Know About Old Testament Harvests & Feasts

    10/12/2014 10:12:10 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 16 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 12 October 2014 | Matthew Olson
    There are several things to realize about the Old Testament harvests and feasts. The three harvests (Exodus 23:14-17) parallel the Crucifixion/Resurrection, Pentecost/The Church, and Christ's Return (1 Corinthians 15:23-24). The seven feasts of these harvests (Leviticus 23) correspond to the Church's liturgical seasons: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary, Lent, Triduum, Easter, Ordinary. The harvest seasons can be classified as such: the first (Spring/Summer) gave grain, the second (Summer) gave grapes, and the third (Summer/Fall) gave olives, figs, and more. The first, of grains, was smaller in weight -- because the other harvests were water-dense -- but the biggest source of food, as...
  • 2nd Chapter Of Acts live in concert 1987

    10/12/2014 9:42:31 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 43 replies
    2nd Chapter Of Acts Nightlight 2nd Chapter Of Acts Rejoice 2nd Chapter Of Acts Consider The Lilys 2nd Chapter of Acts Live -Mansion Builder 2nd Chapter Of Acts Taking The Easy Way 2nd Chapter Of Acts Spin Your Light 2nd Chapter Of Acts Easter Song Matthew Ward Glory To God 2nd Chapter Of Acts Heartstrings
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-12-14, Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/11/2014 7:59:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies ^ | 10-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 12, 2014Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesa feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,the web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe awaythe tears from every face;the reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.On that day it will be said:"Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!This is the LORD...
  • The Story of Cain Anticipates ISlam...The Bible and Islam pt7

    The Book of Genesis is foundational to all of the Revelation of God to man. It is a succinct theological account of the earth and mans beginnings. It is by no means exhaustive. Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters, for example, but Genesis focuses on the story of Cain and Abel. Every account in Genesis was hand-picked by the Holy Spirit because it offers the fundamental understanding of some aspect of either the fall or the salvation of humanity. Ironically, though Genesis is an account of the beginnings, it is also full of eschatology, the beginning corresponds to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 11, 2014]

    10/11/2014 2:58:33 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    God’s Silence— Then What? " When He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was —John 11:6 " Has God trusted you with His silence— a silence that has great meaning? God’s silences are actually His answers. Just think of those days of absolute silence in the home at Bethany! Is there anything comparable to those days in your life? Can God trust you like that, or are you still asking Him for a visible answer? God will give you the very blessings you ask if you refuse to go any...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-11-14, OM, St. John XXIII, Pope

    10/10/2014 8:24:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 11, 2014Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Gal 3:22-29 Brothers and sisters:Scripture confined all things under the power of sin,that through faith in Jesus Christthe promise might be given to those who believe. Before faith came, we were held in custody under law,confined for the faith that was to be revealed.Consequently, the law was our disciplinarian for Christ,that we might be justified by faith.But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian.For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.For all of you who were baptized...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/10/2014 3:35:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
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    Deep Waters Today's Scripture The purposes of a persons heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out. (Proverbs 20:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria You are equipped with everything you need to fulfill your passion and purpose in this life! Everything you need is on the inside of you like deep waters. You draw those deep things out when you stay open and humble before the Lord. You draw those things out when you are submitted to His Word. Thats what makes you a person of understanding. Proverbs also tells us that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 10, 2014]

    10/10/2014 3:32:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    How Will I Know? " Jesus answered and said, ’I thank You, Father . . . that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes’ —Matthew 11:25 " We do not grow into a spiritual relationship step by step— we either have a relationship or we do not. God does not continue to cleanse us more and more from sin— “But if we walk in the light,” we are cleansed “from all sin” (1 John 1:7). It is a matter of obedience, and once we obey, the relationship is instantly perfected....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-10-14

    10/09/2014 10:29:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 10-10-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 10, 2014Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Gal 3:7-14 Brothers and sisters:Realize that it is those who have faithwho are children of Abraham.Scripture, which saw in advance that Godwould justify the Gentiles by faith,foretold the good news to Abraham, saying,Through you shall all the nations be blessed.Consequently, those who have faith are blessedalong with Abraham who had faith.For all who depend on works of the law are under a curse;for it is written, Cursed be everyonewho does not persevere in doing all the thingswritten in the book of the law.And that no one...
  • Carrie Underwood Disgraces Christians Everywhere

    10/09/2014 4:39:51 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 61 replies ^ | October 7, 2014 | Jodi Swan
    The Christian community has rallied around Carrie Underwood in support of her new single, Something in the Water, which has earned her criticism from far left atheists. However, she is about to be in hot water with her Christian fan base, as recently surfaced interview transcript has revealed that the songstress supports gay marriage. After wedding NHL player Mike Fisher in July of 2010, Underwood stated, As a married person myself, I dont know what its like to be told I cant marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I cant imagine how that must feel. I definitely think...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 9, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/09/2014 4:05:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
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    He Restores Your Soul Today's Scripture The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul... (Psalm 23:13, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to restore your soul. What does that mean? Your soul is your mind, will and emotions. You are a three-part being: you have a spirit thats the part of you that lives for eternity, you have a soul, and you live in a body while youre here on earth. Your...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 9, 2014]

    10/09/2014 4:03:50 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Building on the Atonement " . . . present . . . your members as instruments of righteousness to God —Romans 6:13 " I cannot save and sanctify myself; I cannot make atonement for sin; I cannot redeem the world; I cannot right what is wrong, purify what is impure, or make holy what is unholy. That is all the sovereign work of God. Do I have faith in what Jesus Christ has done? He has made the perfect atonement for sin. Am I in the habit of constantly realizing it? The greatest need we have is not to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-09-14, OM, St. Denis, St. John Leonardi, Bl J. H. Newman

    10/08/2014 8:37:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 10-09-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 9, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gal 3:1-5 O stupid Galatians!Who has bewitched you,before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?I want to learn only this from you:did you receive the Spirit from works of the law,or from faith in what you heard?Are you so stupid?After beginning with the Spirit,are you now ending with the flesh?Did you experience so many things in vain?–if indeed it was in vain.Does, then, the one who supplies the Spirit to youand works mighty deeds among youdo so from works of the lawor from faith in...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 8, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/08/2014 6:09:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
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    Open Windows Today's Scripture Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings on you today! But, you have to do your part of this verse. Your part...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 8, 2014]

    10/08/2014 6:07:55 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Coming to Jesus " Come to Me . . . —Matthew 11:28 " Isn’t it humiliating to be told that we must come to Jesus! Think of the things about which we will not come to Jesus Christ. If you want to know how real you are, test yourself by these words— “Come to Me . . . .” In every dimension in which you are not real, you will argue or evade the issue altogether rather than come; you will go through sorrow rather than come; and you will do anything rather than come the last lap of...
  • Rochester Bishop Issues Guidelines for Celebrating Sacraments

    10/08/2014 6:28:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Bishop Salvatore Matano of Rochester, New York, has issued a set of comprehensive guidelines for the administration of the sacraments, calling for careful attention to the liturgical and canonical rules of the Church. In a cover letter introducing the guidelines, Bishop Matano urges ministers to take very seriously the implementation of all that is needed and required for the proper celebration and reception of the sacraments. His message implicitly acknowledged that the Churchs norms had frequently been ignored in parishes of the Rochester diocese.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-08-14

    10/07/2014 8:52:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 10-08-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 8, 2014Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Gal 2:1-2, 7-14 Brothers and sisters:After fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas,taking Titus along also.I went up in accord with a revelation,and I presented to them the Gospel that I preach to the Gentiles–but privately to those of repute–so that I might not be running, or have run, in vain.On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the Gospel to the uncircumcised,just as Peter to the circumcised,for the one who worked in Peter for an apostolate to the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 7, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/07/2014 4:00:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
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    Heavens Currency Today's Scripture And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. (Matthew 21:22, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the natural realm, we exchange money for the things we want and need. But in the spiritual realm, faith is what we exchange. The Bible tells us that when you pray, have faith, and you will receive it. Faith moves mountains. Faith pleases God. Faith is what opens spiritual doors. What is faith? Its believing in God and His goodness. Its knowing that He is a rewarder of those who...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 7, 2014]

    10/07/2014 3:58:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Nature of Reconciliation " He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him —2 Corinthians 5:21 " Sin is a fundamental relationship— it is not wrong doing, but wrong being— it is deliberate and determined independence from God. The Christian faith bases everything on the extreme, self-confident nature of sin. Other faiths deal with sins— the Bible alone deals with sin. The first thing Jesus Christ confronted in people was the heredity of sin, and it is because we have ignored this in our presentation...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-07-14, M, Our Lady of the Rosary

    10/06/2014 9:32:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 09-07-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 7, 2014Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary    Reading 1 Gal 1:13-24 Brothers and sisters:You heard of my former way of life in Judaism,how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measureand tried to destroy it, and progressed in Judaismbeyond many of my contemporaries among my race,since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.But when he, who from my mother’s womb had set me apartand called me through his grace,was pleased to reveal his Son to me,so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles,I did not immediately consult flesh and blood,nor did I...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 6, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/06/2014 4:32:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 8 replies
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    Know His Kindness Today's Scripture ...Gods kindness is intended to lead you to repentance. (Romans 2:4, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the natural, when weve wronged someone, sometimes its easier to avoid them than to face potential rejection. People unconsciously do the same thing to God. They think Hes mad at them or disappointed in them or that He is waiting to punish them because of their past sins and mistakes. But God isnt like that. Hes not mad at you; Hes madly in love with you! He wont reject anyone who comes to Him! Hes...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 6, 2014]

    10/06/2014 4:30:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Nature of Regeneration " When it pleased God . . . to reveal His Son in me . . . —Galatians 1:15-16 " If Jesus Christ is going to regenerate me, what is the problem He faces? It is simply this— I have a heredity in which I had no say or decision; I am not holy, nor am I likely to be; and if all Jesus Christ can do is tell me that I must be holy, His teaching only causes me to despair. But if Jesus Christ is truly a regenerator, someone who can put His...