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Theology (Religion)

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  • What the Coronavirus is Saying to Today's EXPONENTIAL Laodicean Church Age and World!

    05/17/2020 10:36:27 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/17/20
    Dear friends, do you have ears to hear during this time of isolation and confinement under the Coronavirus (Isa. 55:7; 59:7-8; 65:2, Matt. 13; Rev. 3:20; 22:17, 20)? The way to see today properly and in perspective is to see things from today's biblical - Laodicean church age - ETERNAL perspective (Rev. 3:14-21)! In light of the Coronavirus; Almighty God is seeking to get us to slow way down and listen to His still small voice, which is found in His Holy Word (Acts 17:24-31; Rev. 3:20; 22:17, 20). We as a nation and world have been moving at EXPONENTIAL...
  • Living the Lessons of Love - A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

    05/17/2020 8:11:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-16-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 16, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Living the Lessons of Love – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter In the Gospel for today’s Mass, Jesus gives us three lessons on love meant to prepare us for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They also go a long way in describing the normal Christian life.Too many Christians see the Faith more as a set of rules to keep than as a love that transforms—if we accept it. Let’s take a look at the revolutionary life of love and grace that the Lord is...
  • What is the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUSNESS of Almighty God?

    05/17/2020 6:11:09 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/17/20
    The RIGHTEOUSNESS of Almighty God is the complete ETERNAL estate of moral and spiritual PERFECTION. Nothing lacking, nothing adding, perfect and absolute in all its ways. Incorruptible, indestructible, unchanging, and undefinable. Never can it be tainted nor altered. The fruit and outworking of RIGHTEOUSNESS can ONLY produce peace, completeness, equity, stability, harmony, and order (Isa. 32:17, 48:18, Rev. 21, 22:1-5). Almighty God is ETERNALLY RIGHTEOUS and in ALL His ways HE is ETERNALLY RIGHTEOUS, COMPLETE, WHOLE, LACKING NOTHING, NEEDING NOTHING, ABSOLUTE and PERFECT in ALL HIS WAYS (bible verses). For example; 2+2=4 is an absolute. It is complete, whole, perfect,...
  • Fisher's of Men - A Song of Personal Testimony of God's Calling for His Blood Brought Child

    05/17/2020 6:06:01 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman
    IFB ^ | 5/17/20 | Unto the Chief Musician Music!
    A song of God's calling for a child of God which is never in vain and for His ETERNAL purpose and glory! Matt. 4:16-20, 2 Cor. 5:17-21, Phil. 2:12-13, Heb. 11:6
  • Overcoming Pessimism (Philip)

    05/17/2020 12:59:05 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Philip" (Matt. 10:3). Pessimism will blind you to the sufficiency of Gods resources. It's been said that an optimist sees a glass half full; a pessimist sees it half empty. An optimist sees opportunities; a pessimist sees obstacles. In one sense Philip was an optimist. He recognized Jesus as the Messiah and immediately saw an opportunity to share his discovery with Nathanael. In another sense, Philip was a pessimist because on occasions he failed to see what Christ could accomplish despite the apparent obstacles. On one such occasion Jesus had just finished teaching and healing a...
  • Encouragement for a Strange Time

    I have been asking the LORD for a Word of Encouragement. Our world is changing, and as my friend Tony Koretz says, the change lately has been at warp Speed. In the space of a few weeks, so many familiar things have been shut down; Sports, Restaurants, many ,many jobs, public gatherings, and even churches have been closed. So many of us just want to get back to normal but I am beginning to think that we will never get back to the normal we once knew. The world seems to have entered into another phase in the process which...
  • Friendship Evangelism (Philip)

    05/16/2020 4:39:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Philip" (Matt. 10:3). Friendships can provide the most fertile soil for evangelism. Philip was probably a fisherman and acquainted with Peter, Andrew, James, John, Nathanael, and Thomas prior to their all becoming disciples. We first meet him in John 1:43-46, which says, "The next day [after Jesus encountered Peter and Andrew], He purposed to go forth into Galilee, and He found Philip, and Jesus said to him, 'Follow Me.' Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, 'We have found Him of whom Moses in...
  • Prophecy In Light of Today's Pandemic: Have the 7 seals of the book of Revelation been opened?

    05/15/2020 8:43:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/15/2020 | Michael Brown
    The same, unusual subject came up three times on the same day, this past Monday, May 11. Was God sending a message to me about the end of the world, taken straight from the pages of the Book of Revelation?First, a caller to my radio show asked if we might be in the first phase of the breaking of the seven seals in the Book of Revelation and therefore in the beginning of the tribulation.Then, a friend left a message on my cell phone asking what he should make of a respected Christian leader in another country telling him that...
  • It Is The Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us - A Teaching on the Catholicity of the Early Church

    05/15/2020 7:48:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 77 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-14-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 14, 2020May 14, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope It Is The Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us – A Teaching on the Catholicity of the Early Church The first readings at daily Mass this week recount the Council of Jerusalem, which scholars generally date to around 50 A.D. It was a pivotal moment in the history of the Church, because it would set forth an identity for Her that was independent of the culture of Judaism per se and would open wide the door of inculturation to the Gentiles. This surely had a significant effect...
  • Speaking the Truth in Love (John)

    05/15/2020 4:58:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "John" (Matt. 10:2). Seek to maintain a proper balance between truth and love. Some people picture John as overly sentimental and egotistical, lying with his head on Jesus' shoulder and constantly referring to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. But that's not an accurate characterization of one of the "Son of thunder"! He loved Jesus deeply and was amazed that Jesus loved himespecially after he wanted to burn up the Samaritans and then secure a prominent place for himself in Christ's kingdom. Calling himself "the disciple whom Jesus loved" (e.g., John 21:20) was simply his...
  • Coronavirus - True Hope NOT False Hope

    05/15/2020 4:54:41 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 2 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | Saturday, May 8, 2020 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    When describing the great tribulation (Mt 24:21), one of the first things that Jesus mentions is PESTILENCES (Lk 21:11). After the outbreak of the Corona virus, one finds various false hopes offered on the mass media. In Italy one finds often the banners with the slogan, Andr Tutto Bene, All Will Go Well, with the New Age rainbow. Many new nuances of the New Age ideology are promoted all over the mass media e social networks. These banners came out immediately after the outbreak of the Corona virus, as if they were already prepared. In this crisis, Satan does not...
  • Tempering Zeal with Sensitivity (James, Son of Zebedee)

    05/14/2020 4:35:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "James the son of Zebedee" (Matt. 10:2). Zeal without sensitivity can destroy your life and ministry. There's the story of a Norwegian pastor whose motto was "All or nothing!" His life and preaching were stern, strong, powerful, uncompromising, and utterly insensitive. Reportedly the people in his church didn't care much for him because he didn't care much for them. In his zeal and ambition to advance the kingdom and uphold God's standard, he neglected everything elseincluding his own family. One day his little daughter became so ill the doctor warned him that if he didn't move...
  • Famous Catholic Convert reveals his take on Pope Francis

    05/13/2020 6:59:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 13, 2020 | John Henry Westen
    Famous Catholic Convert reveals his take on Pope Francis Steve Ray converted to Catholicism in his late 30s. He believes there are elements in the Catholic Church trying to change the deposit of faith. Today I had the chance to speak with well-known Catholic apologist, author, and veteran tour guide of the Holy Land Steve Ray about a wide variety of topics, including his thoughts on Pope Francis. A former Baptist, Steve shared with me what it was like converting to Catholicism and what his views are on the coronavirus and the crisis in the church. I was born and...
  • These States Banned Religious Gatherings But Kept Liquor Stores Open

    05/13/2020 2:16:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 12, 2020 | Mary Margaret Olohan
    Several states banned religious gatherings due to the coronavirus but have allowed liquor stores to remain open. Governors in California, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, and Vermont prohibited in person religious gatherings through stay-at-home orders implemented as the coronavirus took hold of the United States, data from the Pew Research Center shows. Some of these states have since begun the process of reopening that loosens restrictions on religious gatherings. But when governors initially banned religious gatherings, liquor stores remained opened in California, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, and Vermont. Churchgoers in several of these...
  • Remaining In the Lord

    05/13/2020 10:38:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-12-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 12, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Remaining In the Lord The text from today’s Gospel (Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter) speaks of the need to remain in the Lord.Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in...
  • Being Zealous for the Lord (James, Son of Zebedee)

    05/13/2020 4:37:04 AM PDT · by metmom · 19 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "James the son of Zebedee" (Matt. 10:2). God can use overzealous and ambitious people for His glory. Like Peter and Andrew, James and John were fishermen. One day as Jesus walked the shores of the Sea of Galilee, He saw them in a boat with their father Zebedee and some hired servants. When Jesus called them to follow Him, they immediately left the boat and went with Him (Mark 1:19- 20). James and John were zealous and ambitious menso much so that Jesus nicknamed them "Boanerges," which means, "Sons of Thunder" (Mark 3:17). At times their...
  • The Modern Church WANTS to be Nonessential

    05/12/2020 5:34:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Remnant Newpaper ^ | May 11, 2020 | Michael J. Matt
    The Modern Church WANTS to be Nonessential Remember the Amazon Synod? Seems like a lifetime ago, and yet it was the last thing anyone saw before the lights went out.Francis says the Covid pandemic is Pachamama's response to climate change. I would argue that it's actually God's response to Pachamama. But who am I to judge? One good thing about the pandemic? It put the Francis Road Show to Perdition on hold. The humble pontiff was right in the middle of building his new Tower of Babel when God stepped in: No "Global Education Pact," no Economy Francesco, no World...
  • Politically correct modifications to prayers do not help the Church to know the truth

    05/12/2020 2:02:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 12, 2020 | Peter Kwasniewski
    Politically correct modifications to prayers do not help the Church to know the truth In the reformed liturgy, to the detriment of the people, the language is softer and 'nicer.' May 12, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) -- If one pays close attention to the differences between older (pre-Vatican II) and newer (post-Vatican II) prayers that are supposed to be for the same intention, one sees ample evidence of a disturbing tendency: the doctoring of prayers to say something softer and nicer than they used to say. This was no mere accident; it was part of a deliberate program to encourage a vaguer...
  • In Justice, We Owe God Our Worship

    05/12/2020 10:20:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-11-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 11, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope In Justice, We Owe God Our Worship There is a strong tendency today to regard sacred worship as more for us than for God. Some complain of “not being fed,” of Mass being boring or lasting too long. Masses are generally assessed as “good” if they please those in the pews, are “relevant” to their experiences, engage their interests, and are culturally sensitive. The focus is anthropocentric and, to the degree that they think of God, they are certain that if theyare happy then He must be, too.I may exaggerate,...
  • Playing Second Fiddle (Andrew)

    05/12/2020 2:32:40 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Andrew" (Matt. 10:2). Andrew is a picture of all believers who humbly minister behind the scenes. It's been said that no one likes playing second fiddle, but that wasn't Andrew's perspective at all. Growing up in the shadow of an aggressive, outspoken brother like Peter would be a challenge for anyone. Even in the biblical record Andrew is known as "Simon Peter's brother" (e.g., John 1:40). Yet when Andrew met Jesus, his first response was to tell Peter, knowing full well that once Peter became a disciple he probably would run the group. But Andrew was...