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  • Former Muslim: Dreams of Jesus, Miracle Healings Leading Millions to Christ Despite Persecution

    07/21/2018 7:47:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/21/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A pastor who has started hundreds of churches in Pakistan, where he suffered persecution for his faith, has chronicled his extraordinary journey in a new book where he says that divine healings and prophetic dreams are leading many Muslims to Jesus Christ.Pastor M El Masih, who started Cry of the Persecuted Church and now lives with his family in the United States, shared in an interview with The Christian Post some of his most difficult challenges growing up in Pakistan, where he studied and followed Islam and the Quran for years.In his book, From Persecution to the Promised Land, Masih,...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/21/2018 6:04:16 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • Chinese Newspaper Alludes to Possible Visit by Pope Francis

    07/21/2018 5:44:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/17/18 | John Burger
    Government-approved periodical quotes expert comparing possible papal visit to Nixon's historic opening to China.News images of President Richard M. Nixon and the first lady, Patricia Nixon, walking along the Great Wall of China in 1972 stunned millions of television viewers because China and the United States had not had diplomatic relations since Mao Zedong’s victory in 1949. America was still fighting the Vietnam War, and the “Red Chinese” were still aiding the communist North Vietnamese. An equally stunning image could be broadcast on screens around the world in the near future: the white-clad pope of the Catholic Church being welcomed...
  • [Irish] Archbishop Says Youth Alienated by Catholic Church

    07/21/2018 5:37:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 7/16/18 | Patsy McGarry
    ‘Catholics must learn new ways in which they can win young hearts,’ says Diarmuid MartinIrish Catholicism today is “foreign” to young people and needs to wake up to the situation, according to Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. “Change is painful; there is, however, no alternative,” he said. “Irish religious culture is changing. The main body of the membership of Irish Catholicism and its leadership belong to an age and cultural group that is in many ways foreign to the culture of young people. The Irish church needs to waken itself to the urgency of this situation,” he said. “This will...
  • Shriners Circus of Abominations

    07/20/2018 11:27:58 AM PDT · by fishtank · 141 replies
    Dr. William Schnoebelen ^ | Published on Jul 16, 2018 | Dr. William Schnoebelen
    "Shriners hide the terrifying abuses of a secretive organization behind smiling clowns, candy and tear-jerking, sentimental ads for children’s hospitals while soliciting millions from an unsuspecting uninformed public."
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Birth of Humanae Vitae: Woe to Those Who Mishandle It*

    07/20/2018 11:11:42 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    Settimo Cielo/Espresso ^ | July 19, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    *Original Title: "Humamae vitae: cosi le nata e guai a chi le tocca" Google translation, lightly copy-edited for clarity The demolition project aimed at "Humanae Vitae" --- Paul VI's 1968 encyclical that said no to artificial contraceptives --- now faces an unexpected stumbling block in a book that reconstructs the genesis of that text, thanks to the access, for the first time, to the secret documents concerning it, authorized by Pope Francis in person: Gilfredo Marengo, "The birth of an encyclical, 'Humanae vitae' in the light of the Vatican archives", Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City, 2018. The stumbling block is...
  • Uniting Church in Australia Changes Marriage Definition to Include Same-Sex Couples

    07/20/2018 9:07:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/20/2018 | John Paul Sunico
    The Uniting Church in Australia's Assembly voted Saturday to change the denomination's definition of marriage and allow ministers to officiate weddings for same-sex couples. In a statement posted on the Church's website, Uniting Church in Australia President Deidre Palmer announced the changes that were made by the 265-member assembly that gathered in Melbourne, saying: "To honor the diversity of Christian belief among our members, we will hold two equal and distinct statements of belief on marriage." The first statement of belief regarding marriage is one that the Uniting Church has been following for a long time. "The existing statement of...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/20/2018 6:40:18 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart of man is like...
  • Bishop Paprocki Goes Against US Bishops on Unions

    07/19/2018 4:42:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/12/18 | David Nussman
    Illinois bishop openly rejects USCCB position on Supreme Court's Janus v. AFSCMESPRINGFIELD, Ill. (ChurchMilitant.com) - An American bishop is voicing his disagreement with an official statement from the American bishops' conference. On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public sector employees cannot be required to pay fees for labor unions that they don't want to be a part of. The case, Janus v. AFSCME, had an Illinois state employee arguing that he should not be forced to pay union dues on the grounds that the union was giving money to political organizations with agendas contrary to his own...
  • ECHR Orders Russia to Pay Some 48,000 Euros to Pussy Riot Members Over 2012 'Punk Prayer' Case

    07/19/2018 4:36:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/17/18
    Moscow, July 17, Interfax - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the way Russian authorities handled the trial of the members of the punk group Pussy Riot who performed a 'punk prayer' protest at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in 2012 violated the applicants' right to a fair trial. "The ECHR ordered [Russia] to pay 16,000 euros each to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina and 5,000 euros to Yekaterina Samutsevich. The court also ordered Russia to pay 11,750 euros in respect of costs and expenses," the Pussy Riot members' lawyer Irina Khrunova told Interfax on Tuesday....
  • University Chaplain Sacked After Holding Service of Reparation for Gay Pride [UK]

    07/19/2018 4:27:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/19/18 | Staff Reporter
    Fr Mark Morris held a Rosary and Benediction service to atone for the 'gross offence' of Glasgow PrideA priest who offered a service of reparation for the “gross offence against God” of Glasgow Pride has been removed as a university chaplain. Fr Mark Morris offered a Rosary, Litany and Benediction at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Balornock, Glasgow on Monday night. Glasgow Caledonian University sacked him as Catholic chaplain the following day, saying his views were at odds with those of the educational institution. University Principal Professor Pamela Gillies said: “Following due consultation Father Mark Morris will not return...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/19/2018 12:31:46 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Key words: Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he...
  • Change Teaching on Contraception, British Minister Tells [Catholic} Church

    07/18/2018 6:55:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/16/18 | Nick Hallett
    Penny Mordaunt spoke after meeting the President of the Pontifical Academy for LifeA British minister has called on the Church to permit artificial contraception after a meeting with senior Vatican officials last week. Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, said 800 girls and women lose their lives every day due to pregnancy and childbirth complications, and claimed that wider access to contraception would help alleviate the problem. Faith leaders should help change “deeply held beliefs and attitudes” in order to allow women greater access to “reproductive healthcare”, she said. Ms Mordaunt disclosed her words to the Daily Telegraph after meeting...
  • Vatican Discusses Crisis of Closed Churches

    07/18/2018 6:50:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/13/18 | David Nussman
    How to preserve architecture without disrespecting sacred groundsVATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - An international conference discussing the rash of closed churches and how to dispose of them is scheduled at the Vatican for November. On Tuesday, Vatican officials announced they were planning a two-day conference to address the many parishes being shuttered around the world and sold off for profane use. They explained that the purpose of the conference is not "whether or when to dispose of or sell a church — the ultimate choice is that of the bishops and sometimes it is an obligatory choice — but rather to...
  • Patriarch Kirill: “Royal Passion Bearers from their Golgotha Entrusted Caring....” [Shortened]

    07/18/2018 4:33:37 PM PDT · by lightman · 4 replies
    Pravmir.com ^ | 18 July A.D. 2018 | atriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
    Your Beatitude! Your Excellence and Your Eminence! Dear fathers, brothers, and sisters! I congratulate you all on the Lord’s Day! By historical circumstances, we had the opportunity to celebrate a Divine Liturgy here and consecrate the church in honor of the Theodore Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos which is associated with the Romanov dynasty: this church was built next to the site of the death of the Holy Martyr Elizabeth Feodorovna, Nun Barbara, and other representatives of the royal family. Looking at this place, this nearly buried mine, it is hard to imagine that fear and terror that engulfed...
  • Neopagans in Iceland Will Build the First Temple to Thor and Odin in 1000 Years

    07/18/2018 11:55:30 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 50 replies
    ancientorigins.net ^ | 7/11/18 | Alicia McDermott
    About 1000 years ago, paganism was practically stamped out in Iceland, while Christianity was ushered in. But Nordic neopaganism, under the name of Ásatrúarfélagið (sometimes called Asatru), has now become the fastest growing belief system in the country. And after years in the making, the believers of this faith are on the brink of worshipping in their first temple. Business Insider Nordic reports the statistics on just how fast Ásatrúarfélagið has grown, “From 570 members in 2002, the ‘association of the faith of the Æsir’ – Ásatrúarfélagið – now numbers 3900 Icelanders, making it the largest non-Christian religion in the...
  • In Reply to a Beloved Black Christian Brother Regarding the Kavanaugh SCOTUS Nomination

    07/18/2018 8:10:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/18/2018 | Darrell B. Harrison
    I recently came across an article on Christianity Today by John C. Richards, Jr., a self-described "Christian person of color", entitled 'Brett Kavanaugh Is a Troubling Supreme Court Pick For Black Christians'. As the article's title suggests, Richards is expressing concern over the potential impacts the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court by President Donald J. Trump might have on black Christians in America. The commentary was penned as a reply by Richards to an article written by Dr. Ed Stetzer, who supports the Kavanaugh nomination. Richards, who, according to his article, has partnered with...
  • History Explains Eastern European Hostility to Islam

    07/18/2018 7:38:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/18/2018 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Why have several Eastern European nations been so adamant against taking in Muslim migrants? Most recently, when Polish lawmaker Dominik Tarczyński was asked earlier this month how many "refugees" Poland has taken in, he flatly responded: "Zero." When the British interviewer, whose nation has taken in millions of Muslim migrants, scoffed, "And you're proud of that?," he said: "We will not receive even one Muslim, because this is what we promised [to voters] ... this is why our government was elected; this is why Poland is so safe, this is why we have not had even one terror attack." Considering...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/18/2018 5:36:57 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 18 (NKJV) The Name of the LORD Is a Strong Tower 01 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; 00 He rages against all wise judgment. 02 A fool has no delight in understanding, 00 But in expressing his own heart. 03 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; 00 And with dishonor comes reproach. 04 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; 00 The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 05 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, 00 Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 06 A fool's...
  • Differences and Universals in Music Across Cultures; An Evaluation Guide for Missionaries

    07/17/2018 7:59:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/17/2018 | Scott Aniol
    A missionary cannot properly evaluate the differences among cultural expressions until he has understood their universals.At the root of the most thoughtful defenses of contemporary worship today is an appeal based on a missions philosophy that stresses indigenous ministry. If, as the International Missionary Council asserted as far back 1938, an indigenous church is one that "spontaneously uses forms of thought and modes of action natural and familiar in its own environment," then it makes sense that a church use those music forms that are most common in its culture. A pastor or a missionary should not expect a church...