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  • [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Josaphat, 11-12-18

    11/12/2018 5:34:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Icon of St. martyr Josaphat Kutsevych, Archbishop of Polotsk | photo by Mykola Swarnyk Saint Josaphat Saint of the Day for November 12 (c. 1580 – November 12, 1623)  Saint Josaphat’s Story In 1964, newspaper photos of Pope Paul VI embracing Athenagoras I, the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, marked a significant step toward the healing of a division in Christendom that has spanned more than nine centuries.In 1595, the Orthodox bishop of Brest-Litovsk in present-day Belarus and five other bishops representing millions of Ruthenians, sought reunion with Rome. John Kunsevich—who took the name Josaphat in religious...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Office of Bishop

    11/12/2018 8:48:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Office of Bishop Msgr. Charles Pope • November 11, 2018 • credit: J. Lippelmann, Catholic StandardFortuitously, the first reading for this Monday, which is the day that the annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Baltimore begins, speaks to the qualifications of a bishop. The full reading from Titus is as follows:Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ for the sake of the faith of God’s chosen ones and the recognition of religious truth, in the hope of eternal life that God, who does not lie, promised before time began,...
  • He Is Lord (Final Thoughts on the Wood-Hijab Showdown)

    11/12/2018 8:37:48 AM PST · by OddLane · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/12/18 | Gerard Perry
    I give my parting thoughts on the Mohammed Hijab-David Wood debate which took place at York College last week, as well as dissect the Muslim approach to "debate," and explain how the Bible does show Jesus's sonship and lordship.
  • Seeking God's Reward

    11/12/2018 4:04:07 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him" (Heb. 11:6). All who come to God in faith will receive the reward of eternal life. We've seen that without faith it's impossible to please God. And the first step in faith is believing that God exists. In addition, we must also believe that He answers our prayersmore specifically, that He redeems those who come to Him in faith. Scripture repeatedly tells us that God not only can be found, but also desires to be found. David said to...
  • Identifying False Wisdom

    11/12/2018 4:03:39 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic (James 3:15). True wisdom is from God; false wisdom is from the Devil. Wisdom that is bitterly jealous and self-centered is not from above. Such traits constitute a wisdom that doesnt come from God, the source of true wisdom (cf. 1:5, 17). Human wisdom, rather than being from above, is earthly (3:15). It is limited to the sphere of time and space and marked by the curse of mans own fallenness, which is characterized by pride and self-centeredness. Everything the world initiates in the way...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Martin of Tours, 11-11-18

    11/11/2018 12:09:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Statue of Saint Martin of Tours on the dome of the Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours | photo by ZohaStel Saint Martin of Tours Saint of the Day for November 11 (c. 316 – November 8, 397)  Saint Martin of Tours’ Story A conscientious objector who wanted to be a monk; a monk who was maneuvered into being a bishop; a bishop who fought paganism as well as pleaded for mercy to heretics—such was Martin of Tours, one of the most popular of saints and one of the first not to be a martyr.Born of...
  • The Paradox of Poverty - A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

    11/11/2018 8:10:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Paradox of Poverty - A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 10, 2018 • Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath, Bernardo Strozzi (1630s)The first reading in today’s Mass (1 Kings 17:10-16) speaks to us of the paradox of poverty: it is our poverty, our neediness, that provides a doorway for God to bless us with true riches. Our emptiness provides room for God to go to work.In our worldly riches, we feel we have “too much to lose”; the Gospel just seems too demanding. In our poverty, emptiness, and detachment from...
  • Being Honest

    11/11/2018 4:56:42 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    If you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth (James 3:14). Humility is the hallmark of a wise person. James says that if a person has a self-centered motive for life, he should stop arrogantly boasting. He should stop claiming to possess true wisdom. Why? Because he is lying against the truth. In verse 13 James indicates that if a person claims to have Gods wisdom, he must show it. If I see you are motivated by self-centeredness and pride, you ought to stop your arrogant boasting about...
  • Believing in God

    11/11/2018 4:56:14 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is" (Hebrews 11:6). Nothing you do can please God apart from faith. Throughout history, people have tried everything imaginable to gain favor with God. Most turn to religion, but religion apart from Christ is merely a satanic counterfeit of the truth. Many trust in their own good works, not realizing that even their best efforts are offensive to God (Isa. 64:6; Phil. 3:8). And the more we try to justify ourselves, the more we offend God, because "by the works of the...
  • Walking With God

    11/10/2018 2:19:26 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Enoch walked with God" (Genesis 5:24). Walking with God includes reconciliation, obedience from the heart, and ongoing faith. When Scripture speaks of walking with God, it's referring to one's manner of life. For example, Paul prayed that the Colossian believers (and us) would be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so they could walk (live) in a manner worthy of the Lord (Col. 1:9-10). To the Ephesians he said, "Walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind . . . [but] be imitators of God, as...
  • Living Unselfishly

    11/10/2018 2:19:00 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    If you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth (James 3:14). A wise person lives for God and others, not for self. Having characterized spiritual wisdom in the preceding verse, James begins to analyze worldly wisdom in verse 14. Worldly wisdom is not of God. It has no relationship to Him, is not obedient to Him, and has no knowledge of His truth. What is the motive of someone who lives according to worldly wisdom? Bitter jealousy and selfish ambition. The Greek word translated bitter also means harsh...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Leo the Great, 11-10-18

    11/10/2018 1:27:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Meeting between Leo the Great (painted as a portrait of Leo X) and Attila | Raphael | photo by Art Renewal Center Saint Leo the Great Saint of the Day for November 10 (d. November 10, 461)  Saint Leo the Great’s Story With apparent strong conviction of the importance of the Bishop of Rome in the Church, and of the Church as the ongoing sign of Christ’s presence in the world, Leo the Great displayed endless dedication as pope. Elected in 440, he worked tirelessly as “Peter’s successor,” guiding his fellow bishops as “equals in...
  • Walking By Faith

    11/09/2018 6:27:34 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God" (Heb 11:5). When you walk by faith, you enjoy intimacy with God. Our second hero of faith is Enoch. Genesis 5:21-24 records that "Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah. Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch...
  • Knowing the Right Answers

    11/09/2018 6:27:06 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (1 Corinthians 1:20). Knowing Christ makes the believer wiser than the world. Lawrence Toombs, in his 1955 article O.T. Theology and the Wisdom Literature, said, Wisdom is to be found with God and nowhere else. And unless the quest for wisdom brings a man to his knees in awe and reverence, knowing his own helplessness to make himself wise, wisdom remains for him a closed book (The Journal of Bible and Religion, 23:3 [July 1955], 195). Its wonderful to have the book of Gods wisdom opened to us as believers....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Dedication of St. John Lateran, 11-09-18

    11/09/2018 6:20:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Archbasilica of St John Lateran, Rome | photo by Livioandronico2013 Dedication of St. John Lateran Saint of the Day for November 9  Story of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the pope’s main church, but they are wrong. St. John Lateran is the pope’s church, the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome where the Bishop of Rome presides.The first basilica on the site was built in the fourth century when Constantine donated land he had received from the wealthy Lateran family. That structure and its successors suffered fire, earthquake,...
  • All Things, Small and Great

    11/09/2018 8:32:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-08-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    All Things, Small and Great Msgr. Charles Pope • November 8, 2018 • There is a notion that ushering in reform or change requires large numbers, majority percentages, and the like, but a passage from the First Book of Maccabees reminds us that Heaven’s math is not always ours:But Judas said: “It is easy for many to be overcome by a few; in the sight of Heaven there is no difference between deliverance by many or by few; for victory in war does not depend upon the size of the army, but on strength that comes from Heaven. With...
  • Will Christian's get lost teeth, limbs, etc in heaven?

    11/08/2018 8:17:55 PM PST · by foreverfree · 130 replies
    foreverfree | 11/8/18 | foreverfree
    In a few days, my 81 yo mother will be going to an oral surgeon to have two rotted rear teeth removed. In mid December, my dentist will extract a split tooth of mine. (I'd have it done sooner if not for my commuting schedule and the fact that she is booked solid on the only day of the week I'm available for the next few weeks.)My mom and I are believing Christians (MO Synod Lutherans). Will we Christians get our lost body parts back when God takes us home? Please cite Scripture.I ask this because my belief that we...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed John Duns Scotus, 11-08-18

    11/08/2018 6:50:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 11-08-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Stained glass in Franciscan Convent Chapel in Paris | Saints Bonaventure, John Duns Scotus, Anthony of Padua, and Paschal Baylon | André Pierre and P. Villette | photo by GFreihalter Blessed John Duns Scotus Saint of the Day for November 8 (c. 1266 – November 8, 1308)  Blessed John Duns Scotus’ Story A humble man, John Duns Scotus has been one of the most influential Franciscans through the centuries. Born at Duns in the county of Berwick, Scotland, John was descended from a wealthy farming family. In later years, he was identified as John...
  • Video: Why Paul Wrote Titus

    11/08/2018 4:13:36 PM PST · by pcottraux · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 6, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Good evening, everyone! Hope you're all ready for a little break from politics, us being in the aftermath of the midterms. This is part 12 (I can't believe I've done a dozen of these) of our vlog series on Why The New Testament Was Written - this week focusing on Titus.Why Paul Wrote TitusTitus is a short book, so a short video this week (clocks in at 6:44).
  • Submitting to Wisdom

    11/08/2018 3:52:14 PM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments (Psalm 111:10). Saving faith is obedient faith. The wisdom of God resulting from the fear of the Lord leads to obedience. When we fear the Lord, we submit to His wisdom and commit ourselves to keeping His commandments. In the New Testament Jesus said the same thing: If you love Me, you will keep My commandments (John 14:15). We arent always as obedient as we ought to be, but the pattern of our lives turns from disobedience to a submissive...