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Worship (Religion)

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  • Morning Devotional: Form Versus Formalism (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/05/2015 5:57:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 8/5/2015
    “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD’ (vv. 3–4). - Jeremiah 7:1–29 Worship has always been a contentious subject for the church. Disagreements over worship sparked the Reformation, and they perpetuate church division today. Even in recent years, worship has been a point of contention among believers in the same denomination. Debates between those who advocate a “traditional”...
  • Loving Money Focuses on the Temporal(fromStrength for Today)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/05/2015 3:25:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either (1 Timothy 6:7). Temporal concerns must not crowd out the believers focus on eternal things. In Charles Dickenss memorable story A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge learns through a series of dreams that life consists of far more important values than his selfish preoccupation with business and finance. In essence, Scrooge learns a lesson that reminds us of Jesus sobering question, For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36). Dickenss story also dovetails well...
  • Languages Without Love (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/05/2015 3:21:04 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal" (1 Cor. 13:1). Love distinguishes true communication from useless chatter and meaningless noises. Paul begins his discourse on love by stating the futility of languages without love. The Corinthians were enamored with the showy spiritual gifts, apparently to the neglect of those they deemed less spectacular (see 1 Cor. 12:12-31). One of the gifts they prized most highly was tongues, which was the Spirit-given ability to declare God's truth in a language unknown to...
  • The Omnipotence of God- Chapter 12 (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/05/2015 3:12:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Our Heavenly Father, we have heard Thee say, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. But unless Thou dost enable us by the exceeding greatness of Thy power how can we who are by nature weak and sinful walk in a perfect way? Grant that we may learn to lay hold on the working of the mighty power which wrought in Christ when Thou didst raise Him from the dead and set Him at Thine own right hand in the heavenly places. Amen. In the time of his vision John the Revelator heard as it...
  • The Wrath of God: What Is It? - Chapter 26 (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/05/2015 3:02:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    IT IS RARE that there is anything good in human anger. Almost always it springs out of unholy states of heart, and frequently it leads to cursing and violence. The man of evil temper is unpredictable and dangerous and is usually shunned by men of peace and good will. There is a strong tendency among religious teachers these days to disassociate anger from the divine character and to defend God by explaining away the Scriptures that relate it to Him. This is understandable, but in the light of the full revelation of God it is inexcusable. In the first place,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-05-15, OM, Dedication, Basilica of St. Mary Major

    08/04/2015 11:18:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 5, 2015 Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Nm 13:1-2, 2514:1, 26a-29a, 34-35 The LORD said to Moses [in the desert of Paran,]Send men to reconnoiter the land of Canaan,which I am giving the children of Israel.You shall send one man from each ancestral tribe,all of them princes. After reconnoitering the land for forty days they returned,met Moses and Aaron and the whole congregation of the children of Israelin the desert of Paran at Kadesh,made a report to them all,and showed the fruit of the countryto the whole congregation.They told Moses: We went...
  • Evening Devotional: Cleansing (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/04/2015 4:06:28 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    The Orthodox Presbyterian Church ^ | 8/4/2015 | Charles and Norma Ellis
    Bible Reading: Psalm 119:9-16 9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. 13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. 14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate in thy precepts,...
  • Heres Why We Should Dress Respectfully for Mass

    08/04/2015 2:43:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Women of Grace ^ | August 4, 2015 | S Brinkman
    A brief but powerful video on the reasons why we should dress respectfully for Mass is a refreshing reminder of the extraordinary nature of the Mass and the special encounter that awaits us every time we participate. Filmed by Eric Coughlin, cinematographer and owner of Two Sense Films, the four minute video features everyday parishioners getting ready for Mass and explaining why theyre taking the time to don a dress or put on a shirt and tie The way we dress for mass shows our respect for God in a lot of ways, says Trevor Stefansky, a parishioner at...
  • UPDATE: Hillsong Issues Statement 8 Months After Worship Leader...

    08/04/2015 2:03:37 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 31 replies
    Stand Up for the Truth ^ | August 3, 2015 | Amy Spreeman
    When one of Hillsong New York Citys worship leaders announced he is a practicing, unrepentant homosexual, and that he is marrying his fellow church singer and boyfriend, Hillsong leadership says nothing. UPDATE: The couples announcement came in January, eight months ago. Today, less than 24 hours after this story published, finally, Hillsong issues a press release.)
  • Morning Devotional: The House of Prayer (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/04/2015 5:37:03 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 8/4/2015
    My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples (v. 7). - Isaiah 56:68 As Christians consider what the Bible has to say about worship, it is crucial that we consider what all of Scripture says about how we are to come before God when we offer up our sacrifices of praise. This means that we must look at the Old Testament no less than we consider what the New Testament teaches. In so doing, we have to keep in mind that not everything done in worship under the old covenant carries over into the new covenant....
  • Loving Money Ignores True Gain (from the book Strength for Today)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/04/2015 3:28:50 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment (1 Timothy 6:6). True wealth is found in contentment, not in monetary gain. Love of money and contentment are mutually exclusive. An ancient Roman proverb says, Money is like seawater; the more you drink, the thirstier you get. Ecclesiastes 5:10 summarizes the point this way: He who loves money will not be satisfied with money. History has also demonstrated that no amount of riches can compensate for a lack of contentment. Millionaire financier John D. Rockefeller said, I have made many millions, but they have brought me...
  • The Source of True Love (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/04/2015 3:25:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. . . . We love because He first loved us (1 John 4:7, 19). True love cannot be generated on the human level. Its a gift from God. Scripture often makes seemingly impossible demands of us. For example, Jesus said, Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you (Matt. 5:44). That's easy to say, but how is it possible? Our natural tendency is to love our friends and hate our enemies. But Jesus said, If you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not...
  • Love is Unnatural (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/04/2015 3:21:30 AM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies
    Key Life ^ | Aug 3, 2015 | Steve Brown
    God makes a big deal out of love. In fact, our relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ are marked by love. Love is so central to the biblical message you would think that, even if we got everything else wrong, we would at least get love right. If God talks so much about love Why do we love so little? Why dont you love? Why dont I love? Love is Unnatural I dont love because love is unnatural. In return for my love they are my accusers (Psalm 109:4). And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-04-15, M, St. John Vianney, Priest

    08/03/2015 10:18:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 4, 2015 Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest Reading 1 Nm 12:1-13 Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses on the pretextof the marriage he had contracted with a Cushite woman.They complained, Is it through Moses alone that the LORD speaks?Does he not speak through us also?And the LORD heard this.Now, Moses himself was by far the meekest man on the face of the earth.So at once the LORD said to Moses and Aaron and Miriam,Come out, you three, to the meeting tent.And the three of them went.Then the LORD came down in the column of cloud,and standing...
  • If We Walk In The Light...studies in Darkness and light pt 1

    If we walk in the light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another and the Blood of Jesus Christ Gods son, cleanses us from all sin.? (I john 1:7)What does it mean to walk in the Light? We know it doesnt mean that we walk in sinless perfection, otherwise we would not be assured that the one who walks in the light is continuously cleansed from all sin by the blood of Jesus Christ. What then does the passage mean,If we walk in the light.Earlier in the same section of scripture, John tells us that...
  • Morning Devotional: Worship from the Heart (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/03/2015 7:32:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard (vv. 35a). - Genesis 4:15 Scripture devotes its attention to many topics, and some are dealt with more often than others. Among the subjects that receive the most sustained attention are the character of God, the work of the Messiah, the plight of humanity in sin, and...
  • The Love of Money (from the book Strength for Today)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/03/2015 7:14:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). There are specific indicators that warn us if we are loving money. Todays verse is a classic reference and contains the overarching scriptural principle concerning our attitude toward money. In referring to the love of money, Paul is essentially talking about the sin of greed. That sin is a serious offense in Gods eyes, which means we ought to desire with all our hearts to have victory over it. And we can begin to achieve such victory by recognizing the major warning signs of...
  • Filling up an Empty Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/03/2015 7:12:09 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I show you a still more excellent way" (1 Cor. 12:31). Biblical love is characterized by humility, obedience to God, and self-sacrifice. In our society, love is a common word but an uncommon experience. Often those who use the word most understand it least. Many who think they've found love have really settled for something far less than God intended for them. For many, love means a romantic or sexual relationship. While Scripture has much to say about intimacy within marriage, the word love takes on a different meaning in the New Testament. Even Ephesians 5:25 ("Husbands, love your wives")...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-03-15

    08/02/2015 11:13:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org RNAB ^ | 08-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 3, 2015 Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Nm 11:4b-15 The children of Israel lamented,Would that we had meat for food!We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt,and the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks,the onions, and the garlic.But now we are famished;we see nothing before us but this manna. Manna was like coriander seed and had the color of resin.When they had gone about and gathered it up,the people would grind it between millstones or pound it in a mortar,then cook it in a pot and make it into...
  • The Right Attitude Toward Money(from the book Strength for Today Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/02/2015 8:58:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content (1 Timothy 6:6-8). Believers should not have a self-centered preoccupation with money. With all the attention modern society gives to money, what it can buy, and the dividends it can earn, Christians are continually challenged to view it properly. But Scripture provides us with much help and guidance in this area. It is replete with warnings and...
  • A Hymn of Love (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/02/2015 8:54:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I show you a still more excellent way" (1 Cor. 12:31). Without love, spiritual gifts are meaningless. First Corinthians 13 has been called the hymn of love, a lyrical interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount, and the Beatitudes set to music. It's a beautiful portion of Scripture that comes as a breath of fresh air in a book dealing with one problem after another. This chapter has often been isolated from its context, but its real power lies in the balance and correction it gives to the rest of the book. The Corinthians, like all Christians, had been gifted...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-02-15, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/01/2015 8:25:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 2, 2015 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 16:2-4, 12-15 The whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them,Would that we had died at the LORDs hand in the land of Egypt,as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread! But you had to lead us into this desertto make the whole community die of famine! Then the LORD said to Moses,I will now rain down bread from heaven for you. Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion;thus will I test...
  • Syrian Christians Wed in Bombed-Out Church

    08/01/2015 2:09:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Women of Grace ^ | July 31, 2015
    More than 2,000 locals who were driven out of their hometown of Homs, Syria, returned on July 12 to witness a moment of sweet triumph as a young couple married inside the wreckage of their beloved church.The Daily Mail is reporting on the bitter sweet story of Fadi and Rana, 28, two refugees of the years-long Syrian civil war, who met in a refugee camp. Fadi, a university graduate who was working at a pharmaceutical factory in the city before he was forced to flee, fell in love with Rana while they were both working for the U.N. Refugee Agency.When...
  • Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord

    08/01/2015 11:40:08 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord (First of the three Feasts of the Savior in August) Commemorated on August 1 Troparion & KontakionThe Procession of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: In the Greek Horologion of 1897 the derivation of this Feast is explained: Because of the illnesses that occur in August, it was customary, in former times, to carry the Venerable Wood of the Cross through the streets and squares of Constantinople for the sanctification of the city, and for relief from sickness. On the eve (July 31), it...
  • A Society of Things (from the book Strength for Today) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/01/2015 9:15:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:21). In wealthy countries, where the focus is on material things, believers must strive for the right perspective on possessions. Todays text answers the simple but age-old question, Where is your heart? When our Lord answers the question, it is clear He is referring to all of lifes major preoccupations and investmentsanything that receives most of our thinking, planning, and expenditure of energy. The religious leaders of Jesus day had their hearts in the wrong places. Among their many other sins, the Pharisees were thing-orientedcovetous, greedy, avaricious, and...
  • The Antidote for Sin (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/01/2015 9:12:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Let all that you do be done in love" (1 Cor. 16:14). The more you love God, the less you will sin. Scripture and personal experience teach us that sin always has its consequences. When you harbor unconfessed sin, you dishonor God and forfeit the blessings and joy He desires for you. Prolonged sin might even bring His chastening through pain or illness. That's what happened to Corinthian believers who partook of the Lord's Table in a sinful manner (1 Cor. 11:27-30). Paul warned the rest of the congregation to take careful spiritual inventory of themselves to avoid incurring a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 10:18:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 1, 2015 Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Lv 25:1, 8-17 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,Seven weeks of years shall you countseven times seven yearsso that the seven cycles amount to forty-nine years.Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, let the trumpet resound;on this, the Day of Atonement, the trumpet blast shall re-echothroughout your land.This fiftieth year you shall make sacredby proclaiming liberty in the land for all its inhabitants.It shall be a jubilee for you,when every one of you shall return to his own...
  • Morning Devotional: One Day in the Courts of the Lord (Protestant Devotional)

    07/31/2015 5:35:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness (v. 10). - Psalm 84:812 If you could visit any place, where would you go? That is a common question we have all likely asked or have been asked ourselves. Beach lovers might pick the coasts of California or Florida. European history buffs would perhaps choose Versailles or Berlin.Those who are really adventurous might opt for an out-of-this-world experience such as a trip to Mars or other far-off reaches...
  • The List (Ecumenical)

    07/31/2015 5:11:40 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Key Life ^ | July 30, 2015 | Kimm Crandall
    During my early thirties, my over active guilt glands were at their peak, self-introspection was killing me and depression had its long bony fingers firmly grasped around my neck. For several years, every day felt like a matter of survival. Every day felt like failure. Amongst my drawer full of books that instructed me on how to be a better Christian, wife, mother (etc.), there was a self made list to which I often added new items. It was a list of my sins. A list that grew longer as each minute passed. Every night I would pull it out,...
  • The Blessings of Assurance (from the book Strength for Today) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/31/2015 4:59:36 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    For as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble (2 Peter 1:10). Assurance of salvation lets us enjoy earthly blessings. It is encouraging that scriptural assurance results in specific, practical blessings in the Christian life. Here are six Id like to share with you today. Assurance makes you praise God. There is no way you can be filled with praise and gratitude to God if youre not sure youre saved. Assurance adds joy to your earthly duties and trials. No matter what happens to you, you can be certain that all will work out well in the...
  • Your Present Deliverance (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/31/2015 4:57:01 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls" (1 Pet. 1:9). Your present deliverance sets you free from the penalty and power of sin. In 1 Corinthians 1:18 Paul says that "the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (emphasis added). That emphasizes the marvelous reality of the believer's present deliverance from sin. Peter stressed the same truth in 1 Peter 1:8, where he says that believers obtain as the outcome of their faith the salvation of their souls....
  • Sin is Horrifying...on sin

    07/30/2015 9:42:38 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 11 replies
    07-30-15 | Bill Randles
    The Wages of Sin is death and the gift of God is eternal Life(Romans 6)And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.(Matthew 5:29-30)Once again in my life a tragic story...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-31-15, M, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

    07/30/2015 9:07:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-31-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 31, 2015 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest Reading 1 Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37 The LORD said to Moses,These are the festivals of the LORD which you shall celebrateat their proper time with a sacred assembly.The Passover of the LORD falls on the fourteenth day of the first month,at the evening twilight.The fifteenth day of this month is the LORDs feast of Unleavened Bread.For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.On the first of these days you shall hold a sacred assemblyand do no sort of work.On each of the seven days you shall...
  • Dormition Fast Begins (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    07/30/2015 6:52:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | August 2015 | Fr. Thaddaeus Hardenbrook
    Standing at your deathbed, the Apostles cried aloud in wonder: The Palace of the King withdraws: the Ark of holiness is raised on high. Let the gates be opened wide that the Gate of God may enter into abundant joy, She who asks without ceasing for great mercy on the world. Several years ago, I was sharing with an Orthodox pilgrim the thought that the Dormition fast, though short, was very intense spiritually and that hardships seemed to befall people more in those two weeks than in the long Apostles fast. Without hesitation he responded, Of course! Lent is...
  • Evening Devotional: The Poison of Death Removed (Protestant Caucus)

    07/30/2015 1:10:07 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    The Orthodox Presbyterian Church ^ | July 30 2015 | Peter G. Feenstra
    Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 Bible Reading 1 Corinthians 15:5058 Devotional We live in a world filled with assumptions. We go to bed and wake up, expecting the sun to rise, assuming life will carry on in much the same fashion as it did the day before. Yet death can disrupt and shatter our world of assumptions in a matter of seconds. The death of a loved one, parent, child, brother, sister or close friend can change us for the rest of our lives. Many people consider death...
  • Morning Devotional: Gods Lovely Dwelling Place(Protestant Caucus)

    07/30/2015 5:34:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God (vv. 12). - Psalm 84:17 You can tell a lot about a person if you know where he aims to spend his time. A self-professed family man who spends every free weekend out with his buddies and away from his wife and children has demonstrated the emptiness of his claim. On the other hand, the man who must put in a few extra hours off the clock shows...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-15. OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2015 8:52:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 30, 2015 Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 40:16-21, 34-38 Moses did exactly as the LORD had commanded him.On the first day of the first month of the second yearthe Dwelling was erected.It was Moses who erected the Dwelling.He placed its pedestals, set up its boards, put in its bars,and set up its columns.He spread the tent over the Dwellingand put the covering on top of the tent,as the LORD had commanded him.He took the commandments and put them in the ark;he placed poles alongside the ark and set the propitiatory upon...
  • Peculiar Preachers [vanity]

    07/29/2015 8:07:20 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 34 replies
    PECULIAR PREACHERS These preachers are definitely not modern-day "Billy Grahams". These preachers all claim to be guided by the Bible and the Holy Spirit (as do all Christians). "Knocking 'Em Down" Preacher (Deodorant problem?) "Oi-oi-oi-oi..." Preacher- Video Clip 1- Video Clip 2 (2nd clip is just expanded version of 1st clip) "Jovial" Preacher (of happy memory) (Holy laughter???) "Tattooed" Preacher- Video Clip One- Video Clip Two (Theology of tattoo-ology.) "Screaching" Preacher (Please turn down the volume a tad.) "Laughing" Preacher- Video Clip One- Video Clip Two (More holy laughter???) "Drunken Glory" Preacher- Video - Article "Pro-Queer-Pervert" Deacon / Sunday...
  • Bishop Roger Foys: Stop Holding Hands! (during Our Father)

    07/29/2015 5:08:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 55 replies
    http://www.praytellblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/2011-Pastoral-Letter-with-Decree-Bulletin-Ins ^ | 11/18/11 | Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, D. D. Bishop of Covington
    Special note should also be made concerning the gesture for the Our Father. Only the priest is given the instruction to extend his hands. Neither the deacon nor the lay faithful are instructed to do this. No gesture is prescribed for the lay faithful in the Roman Missal; nor the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, therefore the extending or holding of hands by the faithful should not be performed.
  • Evening Preaching Sermon .. ALL WELCOME

    07/29/2015 2:36:07 PM PDT · by knarf · 2 replies
    Faithful Word Baptist Church ^ | June 21, 2015 | Pastor Steve Anderson
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  • The Wisdom of God - Chapter 11 (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/29/2015 10:29:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Thou, O Christ, who wert tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin, make us strong to overcome the desire to be wise and to be reputed wise by others as ignorant as ourselves. We turn from our wisdom as well as from our folly and flee to Thee, the wisdom of God and the power of God. Amen. In this brief study of the divine wisdom we begin with faith in God. Following our usual pattern, we shall not seek to understand in order that we may believe, but to believe in order that we may...
  • Three Faithful Wounds - Chapter 25 (Ecumenical)

    07/29/2015 10:16:01 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    FAITHFUL ARE THE WOUNDS OF A FRIEND, says the Holy Spirit in Proverbs 27:6. And lest we imagine that the preacher is the one who does the wounding, I want to read Job 5:17 and 18: "Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: for he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole." You see, the one who does the wounding here is not the servant, but the Master Himself. So with that in our minds I want to talk to you about three faithful wounds...
  • Spiritual Amnesia (from the book Strength for Today) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/29/2015 4:51:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins (2 Peter 1:9). If you dont practice spiritual virtues now, youll forget their significance later. Physical nearsightedness and mental amnesia both are unwanted conditions. Nearsightedness (myopia) causes peoples eyes to focus the parallel rays of light in front of the retina. They can clearly see things right in front of them, but the farther out they look, the more out of focus objects become. Amnesia, of course, is memory loss. Sometimes its selective, but usually its totaleverything prior to a certain time...
  • The Joy of Anticipated Reward (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/29/2015 4:48:27 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "That the proof of your faith . . . may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:7). Your future reward is directly related to your present service. The joy you experience after your faith has been tested and proven genuine is largely due to your present blessings and assurance of salvation. But there's a future aspect as well: the joy of anticipating the reward you'll receive from Jesus when you see Him face to face and hear "Well done, good and faithful servant! . . . Come and...
  • Gathering for Mass around altar on Jeep's hood (Catholic Caucus)

    07/29/2015 4:21:41 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 13 replies
    Catholic Standard ^ | May 23, 2013 | Mark Zimmermann
    One month after Father Emil Kapaun, a heroic Korean War chaplain, received the Medal of Honor posthumously during a White House ceremony, he was remembered at a special outdoor Mass celebrated at St. Jude Regional Catholic School in Rockville. Father Paul Lee - the pastor of the Shrine of St. Jude Parish whose own family had escaped Communist North Korea as refugees - celebrated the Mass on May 9 with a makeshift altar set up on the hood of an olive-colored Jeep, just as Father Kapaun had done when ministering to soldiers on the front line more than six decades...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-29-15, M, St. Martha

    07/28/2015 9:01:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 29, 2015 Memorial of Saint Martha Reading 1 Ex 34:29-35 As Moses came down from Mount Sinaiwith the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiantwhile he conversed with the LORD.When Aaron, then, and the other children of Israel saw Mosesand noticed how radiant the skin of his face had become,they were afraid to come near him.Only after Moses called to them did Aaronand all the rulers of the community come back to him.Moses then spoke to them.Later on, all the children of Israel came...
  • ORTHODOX MONASTICISM: A BRIEF STUDY FOR THE LAYMAN

    07/28/2015 1:23:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Orthodox Research Institute ^ | 1983 | Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver
    We are living at a time in which the monastic life is not only considered abnormal, but is even ridiculed and condemned. Even they who profess to teach the word of God, especially within Protestant Christianity, cynically condemn the monastic life as useless, isolationist, abnormal, and not in conformity with the teachings of Christ. They teach that they who enter monasteries and convents certainly are not the ideal Christians.The Early HistoryYet, history witnesses to us that the ascetic life, the life of monasticism has existed within the Church from the very beginning. Even before the Church had been established on...
  • Proverbs 15:1-33 (Ecumenical)

    07/28/2015 9:50:27 AM PDT · by kosciusko51 · 15 replies
    The Holy Bible ^ | N/A | Various
    A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly. The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good. A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit. A fool rejects his father’s discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible. Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, But trouble is in the income of the wicked. The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts...
  • Fruitfulness (from the book Strength for Today) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/28/2015 6:31:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:8). If you are a Christian, your life will produce spiritual fruit. If you want to enjoy assurance of salvation in all its richness, you need to faithfully pursue all the virtues we have been studying this past week. The reason is simplethey produce fruit in the Christian life, and nothing is a better indicator of true salvation than that. It was the criterion Christ used to distinguish between the true and false...
  • Proving Your Faith from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/28/2015 6:27:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:6-7). Proven faith brings joy and confidence. Although some Christians fear that trials and persecutions can only rob them of their joy, Peter taught just the opposite. In fact, he said that joy comes not in spite of trouble but because...