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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-03-15, M, St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor/Church

    09/02/2015 8:26:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 3, 2015   Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Col 1:9-14 Brothers and sisters:From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for youand asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s willthrough all spiritual wisdom and understandingto walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruitand growing in the knowledge of God,strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might,for all endurance and patience,with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has...
  • Two Spirits or One? (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/02/2015 11:34:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “There is one body and one Spirit just as also you were called in one hope of your calling” (Ephesians 4:4). Although there were distinctions of ministry, one and the same Holy Spirit has been at work in both the Old and New Covenants. The famous radio broadcast of October 30, 1938, in which Orson Welles and his fellow actors fooled many of the American people into thinking an actual invasion from Mars was occurring, is a classic example of how miscommunication can drastically distort people’s understanding of the facts. Because many listeners failed to hear the disclaimer about the...
  • Preparing for Battle (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/02/2015 11:32:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil" (Eph. 6:10-11). Adequate preparation is the key to spiritual victory. The Gulf War introduced some highly sophisticated weapons that had never been proven under live battle conditions. Most of the troops hadn't experienced war either. Yet troops and machinery combined in a display of military conquest unparalleled in history. Thorough preparation proved to be an indispensible element in that overwhelming victory. That included developing and testing high-tech...
  • A Sin Unforgiveable (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus)

    09/02/2015 5:50:47 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    “Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven” (vv. 31–32). - Matthew 12:22–32 In looking at the issue of the eternal security of the believer in Christ, one of the most difficult passages to understand is the text wherein Jesus refers to the “unforgiveable” sin. Today’s passage gives us one of the accounts of our Lord’s teaching on this subject, and we see that one transgression...
  • Catholc Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-02-15

    09/01/2015 8:51:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 2, 2015   Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Col 1:1-8 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Timothy our brother, to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,when we pray for you,for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesusand the love that you have for all the holy onesbecause of the hope reserved for you in heaven.Of this you have already...
  • Serbian Orthodox Church to Canonize Two N. American Missionary Saints

    09/01/2015 5:32:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Serbian Orthodox Western American Diocese ^ | August 2015 | Bishop Maxim
    BISHOP'S ANNOUNCEMENTWith this letter I want to share with you the most God-pleasing and most important news of the establishment of new feast days in the Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church during its regular session on May 29, 2015, added the names of Bishop Mardarije (Uskokovic) of Libertyville, and Archimandrite Sebastian (Dabovich) of San Francisco and Jackson, clergymen and preachers of the Gospel, God-pleasing servants of holy life, and inspirers of many missionaries, to the Dyptich of Saints (Calendar of Saints) of the Orthodox Church. Glory to God! Once again, through the lives of these two...
  • Those Who Go out from Us (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 10:59:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 9/1/2015
    “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.” - 1 John 2:19 Continuing our study of the eternal security of the believer, otherwise known as the perseverance of the saints, we will consider today the phenomenon of people who appear to be believers but then walk away from the faith. Since we believe Scripture teaches that all who truly believe in Christ are justified and will never fall...
  • God's Omnipresence - Chapter 14 (Ecumenical)

    09/01/2015 3:38:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Our Father, we know that Thou art present with us, but our knowledge is but a figure and shadow of truth and has little of the spiritual savor and inward sweetness such knowledge should afford. This is for us a great loss and the cause of much weakness of heart. Help us to make at once such amendment of life as is necessary before we can experience the true meaning of the words ”In thy presence is fulness of joy.” Amen. The word present, of course, means here, close to, next to, and the prefix omni gives it universality. God...
  • What Men Live By - Chapter 28 (Ecumenical)

    09/01/2015 3:27:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    HUMAN LIFE HAS ITS CENTRAL CORE where lie the things men live by. These things are constant. They change not from age to age, but are the same among all races throughout the world always. Life also has its marginal zones where lie the things that are relatively unimportant. These change from generation to generation and vary from people to people. It is at the central core that men are one, and it is on the marginal zones that they differ from each other. Yet the marginal things divide the peoples of the world radically and seriously. Most of the...
  • What About the Holy Spirit? (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 3:21:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us” (1 John 3:24). Because the Holy Spirit affects every area of the Christian life, it is vital that we have a balanced and correct view of His role. The church’s understanding of the Spirit’s Person and ministry has been seriously distorted over the past few decades. Charismatics have given an undue emphasis to certain pentecostal gifts so that subjective experience is often elevated over objective scriptural truth. At the...
  • The Reality of Spiritual Warfare (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 3:19:07 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:10-12). Victory in battle comes when you identify the enemy, resist his attacks, and then take the initiative against him. Our nation has known many wars, but Vietnam was an especially frustrating campaign....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-15

    08/31/2015 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 1, 2015   Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11 Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters,you have no need for anything to be written to you.For you yourselves know very wellthat the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.When people are saying, “Peace and security,”then sudden disaster comes upon them,like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness,for that day to overtake you like a thief.For all of you are children of the light...
  • Feast of St. Cyprian of Carthage

    08/31/2015 1:03:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    The Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, was born in about the year 200 in the city of Carthage (Northern Africa), where all his life and work took place. Thascius Cyprianus was the son of a rich pagan senator, and received a fine secular education becoming a splendid orator, and a teacher of rhetoric and philosophy in the school of Carthage. He often appeared in the courts to defend his fellow citizens. Cyprian afterwards recalled that for a long time “he remained in a deep dark mist.., far from the light of Truth.” His fortune, received from his parents and from...
  • Seeking God's Kingdom (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/31/2015 8:07:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘. . . All these things shall be added to you’” (Matthew 6:33). God will provide for those who seek what is eternal. What did Jesus mean when He said we are to seek God’s kingdom first? It means our top priority in life should be to seek what is eternal. That was the priority for the apostle Paul. In Acts 20 he was ready to leave for Jerusalem to defend the faith, not knowing if he might be put in prison or lose his life. The prospect of persecution did not deter him, for he said, “I do not...
  • Rejecting the World (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/31/2015 8:05:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15). The world is opposed to everything God stands for. Loving the world begins with thinking that God doesn't know what's best for you and is trying to cheat you out of something you deserve. That thought soon blossoms into a willingness to disregard God's warnings altogether and take whatever Satan has to offer. Love of the world started in the Garden of Eden and continues to this day. Genesis 3:6 says, "When...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-31-15

    08/30/2015 8:25:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-31-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 31, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 4:13-18 We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,about those who have fallen asleep,so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,so too will God, through Jesus,bring with him those who have fallen asleep.Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.For the Lord himself,...
  • Beautiful Christian music link for new traditional God honoring music

    08/30/2015 2:23:51 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 41 replies
    sound cloud ^ | 08/30/15 | UNTO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN
    Friends, this is some of the best modern Christ honoring music you will hear.
  • Living One Day at a Time (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/30/2015 10:30:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’” (Matthew 6:34). The believer is not to worry about his future. British pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “Although it is very right to think about the future, it is very wrong to be controlled by it.” He was right, because worry is a tremendous force that will endeavor to defeat you. It will try to destroy you today by making you upset and anxious. But if it loses today, it will take you into the future until it finds something to...
  • The Love God Hates (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/30/2015 10:28:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John 2:15-17). If you love the world, you’re engaging in a love God hates. Satan, from the very beginning...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-30-15, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/29/2015 7:23:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 30, 2015   Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dt 4:1-2, 6-8 Moses said to the people:“Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decreeswhich I am teaching you to observe,that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the landwhich the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin upon you,you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. Observe them carefully,for thus will you give evidenceof your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,who will hear of...
  • Our All-Knowing God (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/29/2015 2:00:00 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious then, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “With what shall we clothe ourselves?” For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things’” (Matthew 6:31-32). To worry is to be like an unbeliever. For us as believers, worry is needless because of God’s bounty, senseless because of God’s promise to provide, useless because of our inability to do anything, and faithless because by doing so we put ourselves in the same category as an unbeliever. In Matthew 6:32 the Greek term translated...
  • Seven Things God Hates (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/29/2015 1:45:08 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers" (Prov. 6:16-19). God is clear about the things that displease Him. God hates sin in any form, but Proverbs 6:17-19 lists seven that are especially loathsome to Him. First is haughty eyes (v. 17), which pictures a proud and arrogant person with his nose in the air and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-15, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/28/2015 9:09:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 29, 2015 Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist Reading 1 1 Thes 4:9-11 Brothers and sisters:On the subject of fraternal charityyou have no need for anyone to write you,for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more,and to aspire to live a tranquil life,to mind your own affairs,and to work with your own hands,as we instructed you. Responsorial Psalm PS 98:1, 7-8, 9 R. (9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with...
  • The Feast of the Dormition/Assumption (Old Church Calendar)

    08/28/2015 7:55:52 PM PDT · by NRx · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08-28-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    August 28, 2015, the feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, His Beatitude Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodore II and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Assumption of the Moscow Kremlin.
  • Observing the Flowers (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/28/2015 8:55:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith?’” (Matthew 6:28-30). Observing the flowers is a way to remember that God cares for you. In Matthew 6, some of the people...
  • Holy Hatred (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/28/2015 8:52:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hate evil, you who love the Lord" (Ps. 97:10). God’s hatred for evil is an extension of His love. After spending this month exploring fifteen characteristics of godly love, it might seem odd to shift suddenly to the topic of hatred. Additionally, "holy hatred" will sound like a contradiction in terms to those who view all hatred as evil. But love and hate are inseparable. You can't truly love something and be complacent about the things that oppose or threaten it. If you love your spouse, you hate anything that would defile or injure him or her. If you love...
  • Listening like Sheep (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional & Caucus)

    08/28/2015 6:20:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock
    “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand” (vv. 6–7a). - Psalm 95 God comforts our souls throughout the pages of Scripture. His promise never to leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5) assures us that no matter how difficult things seem, He is with us, carrying us through the fire of testing so that we might be purified and refined (Isa. 48:1–10). The Lord’s pledge to glorify everyone whom He justifies (Rom. 8:29–30)...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-15, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/27/2015 10:21:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 28, 2015   Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 1 Thes 4:1-8 Brothers and sisters,we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,as you received from ushow you should conduct yourselves to please God– and as you are conducting yourselves– you do so even more.For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. This is the will of God, your holiness:that you refrain from immorality,that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himselfin holiness and honor, not in lustful passionas do the Gentiles who...
  • Living Life to the Fullest (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/27/2015 1:34:19 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span?’” (Matthew 6:27). You can worry yourself to death, but not to life. Dr. Charles Mayo of the renowned Mayo Clinic wrote, “Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands and the whole nervous system. I have never met a man or known a man to die of overwork, but I have known a lot who died of worry.” We live in a day when people worry about how long they will live. That’s a harmful practice because you can worry yourself to death, but not...
  • The Triumph of Love (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/27/2015 1:32:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] endures all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love triumphs over opposition. Endurance is the final characteristic of love that Paul mentions in this passage. The Greek word translated "endures" in verse 7 is a military term that speaks of being positioned in the middle of a violent battle. It refers not to withstanding minor annoyances, but incredible opposition. Love does that without ceasing to love. Stephen is a good example of enduring love. He preached God's message without compromise, but his enemies stoned him to death. His last act was to fall on his knees, crying out with a loud...
  • The Problem with Pews

    08/27/2015 1:31:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 26, 2015 | FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER
    The queen consort of George V was consistent in her sense of duty and unswerving in how she expressed it. Crowned with dignity and corseted with confidence, at five feet six inches, Mary of Teck was the same height as the king, but they were called George the Fifth and Mary the Four-fifths. Of her many benefactions to Empire, not least, and perhaps most conspicuous, was her habit of removing climbing ivy from regal residences and public buildings. Her detestation of climbing ivy was a life-long obsession, quite the opposite of Queen AnneÂ’s love affair with boxwood. Even in...
  • Church Inquiry May Pit Pope Against a Popular Bosnian Shrine

    08/27/2015 11:20:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08-26-2015 | ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
    MEDJUGORJE, Bosnia and Herzegovina — At exactly 6:40 p.m. one sultry day this month, the peal of church bells rang though the main square of this town, bringing countless pilgrims instantly to their knees. The ringing marked the moment, 34 years ago, when a group of six youths say the Virgin Mary appeared to them. Three of them say she has continued to do so, usually at the same time, every day since. Over that period, the scheduled apparitions have drawn millions of believers to this small town, and a good dose of suspicion from skeptics, including, perhaps, Pope Francis....
  • Orthodox Church in the Philippines sees amazing growth (mass baptism)

    08/27/2015 8:51:25 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 08-27-2015 | Philippine Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate
    With great joy and gladness, we announce the reception through a mass baptism the parish and catechumens from St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. Photos taken during the mass baptism last August 21, 2015, Friday, of the newly accepted St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Ladol, Alabel, Sarangani Province, Philippines. A total of 239 catechumens are baptized including two Aglipayan (Philippine Independent Catholic Church) "bishops" and four Aglipayan "priests". Aglipayan "bishop" Esteban Valmera was baptized as STEFAN; Aglipayan "bishop Rogelio Ringor was baptized as GREGORY; Aglipayan priest Elieser Delfin was baptized as ELEASAR; Aglipayan priest Dioscoro Bergado was baptized...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-15, M, St. Monica

    08/26/2015 7:46:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 27, 2015   Memorial of Saint Monica Reading 1 1 Thes 3:7-13 We have been reassured about you, brothers and sisters,in our every distress and affliction, through your faith.For we now live, if you stand firm in the Lord. What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you,for all the joy we feel on your account before our God?Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in personand to remedy the deficiencies of your faith.Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesusdirect our way to you, and may the Lord make you increaseand...
  • Receiving Joy and Strength (Evangelical/Protestant/Lutheran/NonDenom Caucus & Devotional)

    08/26/2015 8:38:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    There is still another vital aspect to the “why” of Jesus’ departure. He said, “If I do not go away, the Helper (Paraclete) will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” Jesus’ departure was tied to Pentecost. There is no Pentecost without ascension. As the invested King of kings, Jesus had the authority together with the Father to send His Holy Spirit in a new and powerful way upon the church. Jesus spoke of a certain necessity of His leaving in order for the Spirit to come. Herein was another great advantage. He...
  • Can I Be Sure I’m Saved? (Protestant/Evangelical caucus)

    08/26/2015 8:35:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    At a practical level, people who are struggling with their assurance of salvation often approach me and ask, “How can I know I am saved?” In response, I ask them three questions. First I ask, “Do you love Jesus perfectly?” Every person to whom I have asked that question has responded candidly, “No, I don’t.” That’s why they are not sure of the state of their souls; they know there are deficiencies in their affection for Christ, because they know that if they loved Christ perfectly, they would obey Him perfectly. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep...
  • A Lesson from Nature (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/26/2015 6:46:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?’” (Matthew 6:26). If God provides for the birds, how much more will He provide for you. I can imagine our Lord standing on a hillside in Galilee, looking down over the beautiful north end of the sea, the breeze rippling across the water, the sun bright in the sky. The people were all gathered at His feet. As He was speaking to them, some birds...
  • Hoping in God (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/26/2015 6:44:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] hopes all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love refuses to take human failure as final. Even when faith falters, hope comes to the rescue. It is that long rope that keeps us linked to the sovereignty and power of God. The apostle Peter wrote to believers who were experiencing severe trials. To encourage them he began, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Pet. 1:3). Our hope is a...
  • Multiplying Freedom

    08/26/2015 6:41:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 19, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Can we talk? You and I both know that so often the church is probably the last place in the world where people are really free. We talk about freedom, we preach it and offer it to those who have not found Christ. But if you take a long look around the average church you will find people who seem to be cut from the exact same mold. Most of us look, act and talk the same way.There is, of course, a cold, dead orthodoxy among us that we have called “Christian.” Paul warned Timothy to be careful about those...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-15

    08/25/2015 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2015   Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 2:9-13 You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God.You are witnesses, and so is God,how devoutly and justly and blamelesslywe behaved toward you believers.As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children,exhorting and encouraging you and insistingthat you walk in a manner worthy of the Godwho calls you into his Kingdom and glory. And for this reason we...
  • Led To Repentance

    08/25/2015 6:25:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 20, 2015 | Jessica Thompson
    “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance” (Romans 2:1-4) Recently, I...
  • The Giver of Life (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/25/2015 7:28:37 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on’” (Matthew 6:25). God gives you life and sustains your life. If you were living in Palestine during the time of Jesus, you might have been concerned about having the basics of life. That’s because there were times when the snows didn’t come to the mountains, and as a result the streams didn’t run. When the streams dried up, there was no water. Crops didn’t always produce either. They were subject to...
  • Expecting the Best (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/25/2015 7:25:30 AM PDT · by metmom · 13 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] believes all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love always expects the best of others. In Luke 15 Jesus tells a parable about a father who had two sons. The younger son asked for his share of the family inheritance, then left home and squandered it on sinful pursuits. When he realized his folly, he decided to return home and ask his father's forgiveness. So "he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him. And the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-15, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz

    08/24/2015 9:42:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 25, 2015   Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 2:1-8 You yourselves know, brothers and sisters,that our reception among you was not without effect.Rather, after we had suffered and been insolently treated,as you know, in Philippi,we drew courage through our Godto speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle.Our exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives,nor did it work through deception.But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the Gospel,that is how we speak,not as trying to please men,but rather God, who judges our hearts.Nor, indeed,...
  • The Sin of Worry (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/24/2015 6:18:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on’” (Matthew 6:25). To worry about the future is to sin against God. Someone has said, “You can’t change the past, but you can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future.” Worry does ruin the present, but even more important for the believer is to recognize that worry is sin. Let’s look at why that is so. Worry means you are striking out at God. Someone might say, “Worry...
  • Covering Sin (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/24/2015 6:16:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] bears all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love confronts sin but protects the sinner. In 1 Corinthians 13:7 Paul mentions four qualities of love that are closely related: bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, and enduring all things. That might sound like love is indiscriminate and accepting of anything that comes along, but "all things" in that verse is qualified by the context. Love rejects jealousy, bragging, arrogance, and so on (vv. 4-6), but it bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things that are within the parameters of God's Word. "Love bears all things" speaks of love's...
  • Accepting Our Helper (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional & Caucus)

    08/24/2015 5:17:50 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    It was 3 a.m., Amsterdam, 1965. I couldn’t sleep. I was pacing the floor of our apartment like a caged lion. My body was more than ready for sleep, but my mind refused to shut down. I had spent that day studying the doctrine of the ascension of Christ, the climactic moment of His departure from this world. One statement of Jesus gripped my mind in a vise. The statement was part of Jesus’ farewell discourse to His disciples in the upper room. He said: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away;...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-24-15, FEAST, St. Bartholomew, Apostle

    08/23/2015 9:05:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 24, 2015   Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle Reading 1 Rv 21:9b-14 The angel spoke to me, saying,“Come here.I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”He took me in spirit to a great, high mountainand showed me the holy city Jerusalemcoming down out of heaven from God.It gleamed with the splendor of God.Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,like jasper, clear as crystal.It had a massive, high wall,with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationedand on which names were inscribed,the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.There were three gates...
  • A Critical Study of the New Mass

    08/23/2015 9:40:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Apologetics | September 25, 1969 | Cardinal's Alfredo Ottaviani and Antonio Bacci
    "The analysis of the Novus Ordo made by these two Cardinals has lost nothing of its value, nor, unfortunately, of its timeliness . .. The results of the reform are deemed by many today to have been devastating. It was the merit of Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci to discover very quickly that the modification of the rites resulted in a fundamental change of doctrine." - - Cardinal Stickler, November 27, 2004, on the occasion of a reprint of the Ottaviani Intervention. LETTER OF THE CARDINALS ALFREDO CARDINAL OTTAVIANI ANTONIO CARDINAL BACCI TO HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI [On September 25,...
  • Letting the Fog Lift (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/23/2015 8:49:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on’” (Matthew 6:25). God’s Word commands us not to worry. A story I once read reminded me that worry is like fog. According to the article, dense fog covering seven city blocks a hundred feet deep is composed of less than one glass of water—divided into sixty billion droplets. In the right form, a few gallons of water can cripple a large city. Similarly, the object of a person’s worry is usually...