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Theology (Religion)

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  • Saluting an Unknown Soldier (James, Son of Alphaeus)

    05/24/2020 6:22:50 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "James the son of Alphaeus" (Matt. 10:3). God often uses ordinary people to accomplish great things. Like most Christians, James the son of Alphaeus is an unknown and unsung soldier of the cross. His distinguishing characteristic is obscurity. Nothing he did or said is recorded in Scripture—only his name. In Mark 15:40 he is called "James the Less," which literally means "Little James." That could refer to his stature (he might have been short), his age (he might have been younger than James the son of Zebedee), or his influence (he might have had relatively little...
  • Love Lifted Me: A Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

    05/24/2020 11:23:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 23, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Love Lifted Me: A Homily for the Ascension of the Lord In more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this Sunday. The liturgist in me regrets the move from Thursday, but here we are any way. LetÂ’s ascend with the Lord, three days late!This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago, for though Christ our head has ascended, we the members of His body are ascending with Him. Because He was ascended, we, too, have ascended. In my own...
  • JASE ROBERTSON SUMMARIZES THE ENTIRE BIBLE IN TWO MINUTES [Repost for those who missed it initially]

    05/23/2020 10:35:49 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 66 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 1, 2019 | Jase Robertson
    Begins at the 13:36 mark -- ends @ 16:16.Jase is the second son of Phil and Kay Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. This is an excerpt from a most excellent sermon Jase presented as a guest speaker. I heartily recommend the entire 54-minute video.
  • Marveling at God's Forgiveness (Matthew)

    05/23/2020 10:06:48 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Never lose your sense of awe over Christ’s forgiveness. Matthew describes himself as "Matthew the tax-gatherer" (Matt. 10:3). He is the only apostle whose name is associated with an occupation. Apparently Matthew never forgot what he had been saved from, and never lost his sense of awe and unworthiness over Christ's forgiveness. This is how he set the scene of his own conversion: Matthew 9:1-8 tells us Jesus forgave the sins of a paralytic man and then healed him of his paralysis. When the Jewish scribes accused Him of blasphemy for claiming to have the authority to forgive sins, He...
  • The pontificate of Pope Francis – why should we expect a divine intervention today?

    05/22/2020 5:13:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | May 22, 2020 | John-Henry Weston
    The pontificate of Pope Francis – why should we expect a divine intervention today? LifeSite’s John-Henry Weston yesterday delivered the following talk at the Roman  Life Forum — In these times of Coronavirus it has become for me clear that we are living in the end times, at least as that pertains to the chastisement predicted by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. Today the greatest deprivation of all time has taken place. For the first time in history the greater part of Catholic humanity has been deprived of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.We will never be able to...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] On the Role of Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two)

    05/22/2020 12:39:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 21, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope On the Role of Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two) This is part two of an article on curiosity. We are considering the following four aspects:I. Premises Related to CuriosityII. Problems Regarding CuriosityIII. Pictures Reinforcing CuriosityIV. Personal Requirement of CuriosityPlease see yesterday’s post for an introduction to the topic and a discussion of the first two items. In today’s post, we consider the third and fourth.III. Pictures Reinforcing Curiosity – We have already reflected a good deal on this aspect in the introduction. Jesus generated a lot of curiosity because of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis pontificate proving to be ‘catastrophe’ for Church: Renowned historian

    05/22/2020 9:45:10 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 22, 2020 | Lianne Laurence
    [Catholic Caucus] Francis pontificate proving to be ‘catastrophe’ for Church: Renowned historian I hold, with all respect for the office which he holds, that the pontificate of Pope Francis has proven to be a catastrophe for the Church' May 22, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The “religious and moral crisis” that followed Vatican II was a worse chastisement than the two world wars and led logically to the “catastrophe” of Pope Francis’ pontificate, says Italian historian and author Roberto de Mattei. "I hold, with all respect for the office which he holds, that the pontificate of Pope Francis has proven to be...
  • Bestselling Christian Author Francis Chan says he didn't believe in healing, miracles until recently

    05/22/2020 7:38:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/22/2020 | Jeannie Law
    Bestselling author Francis Chan said he was previously cynical of healing ministries until God illuminated the Scriptures to him. Speaking during the virtual International Association of Healing Ministries conference this week, Chan said, "What I do know is for many years I didn't believe in healing, I didn't believe in miracles, it was pretty much what I was taught in seminary.“Humbly, I have to say, I used to ridicule people who spoke in tongues or prophesied or believed they could heal, even though when I personally read the Scriptures, I saw this available.”Despite being in ministry for some time, Chan...
  • A Traitor Turns to Christ (Matthew)

    05/22/2020 1:47:36 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Matthew the tax-gatherer" (Matt. 10:3). God can use you despite your sinful past. I remember reading a notice in a local newspaper announcing the opening of a new evangelical church in our community. It gave the date and time of the first services, then added, "our special guest star will be . . ." and named a popular Christian celebrity. In its attempt to appeal to unbelievers or simply draw a large crowd, the church today commonly uses that kind of approach. Jesus, however, used a different approach. None of His disciples were famous at all....
  • On the Role of Curiosity in Evangelization

    05/21/2020 10:25:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-20-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posts Posted on May 20, 2020 On the Role of Curiosity in Evangelization In yesterday’s post we discussed how the word curiosity can have a good and a bad meaning. In that post we focused on sinful curiosity after distinguishing from good and helpful forms of it.In today’s post we look at a more positive and intriguing understanding of curiosity and apply it to evangelization.In the world of evangelization, the concept of curiosity is almost never discussed. If anything, evangelizers are encouraged to quickly satisfy any curiosity by supplying all sorts of answers to questions that arise about the...
  • Sinful Curiosity is the Root of Many Sins

    05/20/2020 11:23:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 54 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-19-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 19, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Sinful Curiosity is the Root of Many Sins Curiosity is one of those qualities of the human person that are double-edged swords. It can cut a path to glory or it can be like a dagger of sin that cuts deep into the soul.As to its glory, it is one of the chief ingredients in the capacity of the human person to, as Scripture says, “subdue the earth,” to gain mastery over the many aspects of creation of which God made us stewards. So much of our ingenuity and innovation...
  • Soldiers of the Cross, Press Onward and Be Not Offended!

    05/20/2020 7:37:52 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman
    IFB ^ | 5/20/20
    For the servant (slave) of Christ (His soldier); all that he/she possesses is at the total disposal of Almighty God, to be used for His honor and glory here in time (Romans 12:1-5). Be not offended by what God wills, allows or uses in your life to further the Gospel message to a lost and dying world (Matt 11:6, Rom 8:28). Endure hardness as a good soldier (2 Tim 2:3-4). Sometimes the very thing in which we are seeking to preserve or save is to be on the chopping block and removed. Fret not my beloved, Almighty God is in...
  • Desiring Christ's Presence (Thomas)

    05/20/2020 4:52:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Thomas" (Matt. 10:3). The follower of Christ will have an intense desire to be in Christ’s presence. When you think of Thomas, you probably think of a doubter. But if you look beyond his doubt, you'll see he was characterized by something that should mark every true believer: an intense desire to be with Christ. John 10:39-40 tells us Jesus and His disciples left Jerusalem because of threats on Jesus' life. While they were staying near the Jordan River, Jesus received word that His dear friend Lazarus was sick. He delayed going to Lazarus because He...
  • Vatican to Mark 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’ With Year-Long Celebration

    05/19/2020 5:49:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/19/20 | Hannah Brockhaus
    Vatican City, May 19, 2020 / 11:00 am MT (CNA).- The Vatican will on May 24 launch a year-long celebration of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato si’ to mark its fifth anniversary. The “special Laudato si’ anniversary year” is an initiative of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and will include a wide range of events, starting with a global day of prayer and ending in the launch of multi-year sustainability action plans. Five years from Pope Francis’ signing of the document, the “encyclical appears ever more relevant,” according to a statement from the dicastery. It noted that the...
  • The Synod of the German Church Under the Analyst's Lens. A Revolution That Self-destructs

    05/19/2020 4:50:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | May 19, 2020 | Sandro Magister / Pietro De Marco
    The Synod of the German Church Under the Analyst's Lens. A Revolution That Self-destructs There’s been a stir over the anthology published on Settimo Cielo of the working documents of the “synodal way” unfolding in the German Church, on the three central issues of powers in the Church, women's roles, and sexual morality.The first of the three documents represents a genuine revolution, a “democratization” of the Church with elective access to the leading roles and with the subseqent duty of the elected to respond not only to other “democratically chosen bodies” but also to “an independent jurisdiction.”But isn't this a...
  • Searching for Truth (Bartholomew)

    05/19/2020 8:03:38 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Bartholomew [Nathanael]" (Matt. 10:3). God knows your heart and will honor your search for truth. Despite Nathanael's prejudice, Jesus knew he was an honest, sincere, Jewish believer in whom there was no religious hypocrisy or deceit (John 1:47). He truly sought after God and looked forward to the Messiah's coming. Most of the Jewish people of Jesus' day believed that every circumcised descendent of Abraham was a true Jew and a beneficiary of the Abrahamic covenant. But in Romans 2:28–29 Paul explains that salvation is an issue of the heart, not of national origin: "He is...
  • JASE ROBERTSON SUMMARIZES THE ENTIRE BIBLE IN TWO MINUTES

    05/18/2020 11:57:42 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 39 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 1, 2019 | Jase Robertson
    Begins at the 13:36 mark -- ends @ 16:16. Jase is the second son of Phil and Kay Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. This is an excerpt from a most excellent sermon Jase presented as a guest speaker. I heartily recommend the entire 54-minute video.
  • Lessons from the Shutdown

    05/18/2020 9:52:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-17-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posts Posted on May 17, 2020 Lessons from the Shutdown The first reading from Sunday’s Mass (6thSunday of Easter) has a certain application for the Church today in this time of plague. Even though some dioceses are resuming public Masses on a limited basis, there are some practices adopted during the shutdown that we should maintain. First, let us consider the lesson from Acts 8 and then apply it.And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles(Acts 8:1).Note that...
  • It Is Good to Be Here

    05/18/2020 9:32:53 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 1 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | May 18, 2020 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    A few days ago, after hearing a very distressing bit of social news, I found myself saying, “I don’t want to be here anymore.” It was a voice of despair and sadness. The occasion had been a public altercation in which a stranger spat at a woman. It was the sort of thing that belongs among the lowest of human actions. But it happened. My topic is my own reaction. I found my mind tossed about, looking for comfort or escape. At the end of the day, I shared my thoughts with my wife and said aloud, “I don’t want...
  • Avoiding Prejudice (Bartholomew)

    05/18/2020 6:23:12 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Bartholomew [Nathanael]" (Matt. 10:3). Prejudice can destroy relationships and prevent people from coming to Christ. Prejudice is an uncalled-for generalization based on feelings of superiority. It is an ugly sin that has fueled hatred and conflicts for centuries, dividing entire nations and bringing untold misery. But prejudice is most damning when it blinds people to God's Word. The prophet Jonah was so prejudiced against the Assyrians, he refused to go to Nineveh to preach to them. Even after God convinced him to obey, he wanted to die because the people of Nineveh had repented and God...