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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-19-18

    11/18/2018 7:57:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    November 19, 2018 Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him,to show his servants what must happen soon.He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,who gives witness to the word of Godand to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw.Blessed is the one who reads aloudand blessed are those who listen to this prophetic messageand heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near. John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you...
  • Hebrews Chapt. 11

    11/18/2018 7:30:34 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-18-18, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/17/2018 8:59:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    November 18, 2018 Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 12:1-3 In those days, I Daniel, heard this word of the Lord:"At that time there shall ariseMichael, the great prince,guardian of your people;it shall be a time unsurpassed in distresssince nations began until that time.At that time your people shall escape,everyone who is found written in the book. "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake;some shall live forever,others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace. "But the wise shall shine brightlylike the splendor of the firmament,and those who lead the many to...
  • Hebrews Chapt. 10

    11/17/2018 1:29:19 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he cometh...
  • Focusing on Heaven

    11/17/2018 7:23:31 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith [Abraham] lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God" (Heb. 11:9-10). Focusing on Heaven is the best way to endure difficulties on earth. Following God's call isn't always easy. He expects us to trust Him explicitly, yet doesn't ask our advice on decisions that may impact us dramatically. He doesn't tell us His specific plans at any given point in our lives. He...
  • Living in a World of Fools

    11/17/2018 7:23:05 AM PST · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Wisdom is too high for a fool” (Proverbs 24:7). A fool wants his own way. There’s no question in my mind that we live in a world of fools. In fact, everyone born into this world comes in with congenital foolishness—otherwise known as the sin nature. Proverbs 22:15 says, “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child.” Since we live in a world of fools, let’s look at a few of their characteristics. A fool denies God. Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have committed abominable...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-17-18, M, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

    11/16/2018 10:39:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    November 17, 2018 Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious Reading 1 3 Jn 5-8 Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters,especially for strangers;they have testified to your love before the Church.Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.For they have set out for the sake of the Nameand are accepting nothing from the pagans.Therefore, we ought to support such persons,so that we may be co-workers in the truth. Responsorial Psalm Ps 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.Blessed the man who fears...
  • There’s a Battle for the Soul of America: Christians Must Stand Firm

    11/16/2018 6:34:44 PM PST · by Maudeen · 17 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | 11/15/2018 | Deborah R. Leininger
    There is a war raging throughout our nation — a battle for the soul of America. Unfortunately, a chief defender of liberty is the lukewarm, double-minded Church which embraces political correctness and has succumbed to fearful, blasphemous spirits. It is imperative that a remnant rise from the rubble, stand upon the Rock of their Salvation, and assume their roles in Church leadership and public discourse
  • Stepping Out in Faith

    11/16/2018 3:26:39 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going" (Heb. 11:8). The life of faith begins with a willingness to forsake everything that displeases God. Abraham is the classic example of the life of faith. As the father of the Jewish nation, he was the most strategic example of faith available to the writer of Hebrews. But the people to whom Hebrews was written needed to understand that Abraham was more than the father of their race;...
  • The Results of True Wisdom

    11/16/2018 3:26:10 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:18). A wise life is a righteous life. Puritan minister Richard Baxter said, “Wisdom is honorable because it is the skill of doing good.” Like Baxter, James also sees a connection between wisdom and doing good. James 3:18 is in the present tense and literally reads, “The fruit of righteousness is being sown in peace by them that make peace.” At first glance it seems strange that James would say the “fruit of righteousness is being sown” because usually seed is sown. But harvested...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-16-18, OM, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude, Virgin

    11/15/2018 9:02:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-16-18 | Revised New American Bible
    November 16, 2018 Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Jn 4-9 [Chosen Lady:]I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truthjust as we were commanded by the Father.But now, Lady, I ask you,not as though I were writing a new commandmentbut the one we have had from the beginning:let us love one another.For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments;this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning,in which you should walk. Many deceivers have gone out into the world,those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ...
  • Hebrews Chapt. 9

    11/15/2018 7:17:42 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing...
  • Rebuking the World

    11/15/2018 12:21:33 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Noah . . . condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith" (Heb 11:7). Your actions and words should rebuke our godless society. Genesis 6:5 says, "The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Before moving in judgment against the most evil and corrupt society in history, God appointed Noah to build an ark, which became a symbol of life and salvation to all who believed God. For those who disbelieved, it...
  • The Qualities of True Wisdom

    11/15/2018 12:21:06 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy” (James 3:17). True wisdom is evident in a person’s behavior. What is true wisdom? James answers that question in verse 17 by pointing out the characteristics or qualities of true wisdom. After purity, the next quality is “peaceable,” which means “peace loving” or “peace promoting.” It refers to someone who doesn’t create confusion or disorder. He doesn’t promote himself or compromise truth but makes peace. True wisdom is also “gentle.” A gentle person will submit to dishonor, disgrace, mistreatment, and...
  • Please pray for my daughter and me

    11/15/2018 6:03:06 AM PST · by firebrand · 208 replies
    Nov. 15, 2018 | me
    My daughter is in the hospital on the other side of the country from me with what seems to me to be an undiagnosed illness, possibly liver disease. She had to be taken there yesterday by ambulance from a motel where she is staying because she could no longer walk or keep liquids down. She has not eaten any food in a month. I don't know what to do if they release her. It sounds like she needs home care or a nursing home. She is too ill to travel. Please ask the Lord to find an answer to this.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-15-18, OM, St. Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    11/14/2018 11:56:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-15-18 | Revised New American Bible
    November 15, 2018 Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Phmn 7-20 Beloved:I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love,because the hearts of the holy oneshave been refreshed by you, brother.Therefore, although I have the full right in Christto order you to do what is proper,I rather urge you out of love,being as I am, Paul, an old man,and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus.I urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus,whose father I have become in my imprisonment,who was once useless to you but is now useful to both you and...
  • Hebrews Chapt. 8

    11/14/2018 5:50:48 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. 3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according...
  • Seeking After God (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    11/14/2018 5:17:36 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 11/14/2018
    How many times have you heard Christians say (or heard the words from your own mouth), “So-and-so is not a Christian but he’s searching”? It is a common statement among Christians. The idea is that there are people all over the place who are searching for God. Their problem is that they just haven’t been able to find Him. He is playing hide-and-seek. He is elusive. In the Garden of Eden, when sin came into the world, who hid? Jesus came into the world to seek and to save the lost. Jesus wasn’t the one who was hiding. God is...
  • Building a Picture of Salvation

    11/14/2018 4:12:09 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household" (Heb. 11:7). The ark is a beautiful picture of salvation by grace through faith. God called Noah to a gargantuan task. Conservative figures estimate that the ark was about 438 feet long, 73 feet wide, and 44 feet high. That makes it almost one-and-a-half times the length of a football field and more than four stories high. Its three decks totaled almost 96,000 square feet with a total volume of about 1.3 million cubic feet. Naval engineers...
  • The Motive for True Wisdom

    11/14/2018 4:11:43 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The wisdom from above is first pure” (James 3:17). A pure life is necessary for a wise life. A person whose life is characterized by true wisdom will seek to be pure. The Greek word translated “pure” in James 3:17 refers to spiritual integrity and moral sincerity. It is freedom from bitter jealousy, selfish ambition, and arrogant self-promotion. Christ is the perfect example of purity (1 John 3:3). A true believer will have pure desires. The deepest part of him desires to do God’s will, serve God, and love God. In Romans 7:15-21 the apostle Paul testifies that when he...