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  • Bishop Soto [Sacramento] Suspends Hand Holding, Shaking Hands During Mass

    01/18/2019 5:51:28 PM PST · by marshmallow
    To avoid spread of fluThe following comes from a Jan. 10 notice on the Sacramento diocese website.The California Department of Public Health has reported that the incidence of flu and flu-like illnesses is widespread and has reached a level requiring that we enact preventive measures to mitigate the possibility of infection at Mass. In order to protect the health and well-being of everyone, Bishop Soto has issued the following directives: – The use of the Communion cup is suspended temporarily. – Receive the Body of Christ in the hand (although receiving on the tongue is permitted) – Do not shake...
  • January 18 - Don’t Count on Sensationalism

    01/18/2019 6:00:38 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, “He will command His angels concerning You”’” (Matthew 4:6). Throughout history, sensationalism has often appealed to average people who are looking for dramatic events that titillate the senses and pander to fleshly curiosity. Toward the end of His ministry Jesus warned, “False Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:24). Even when signs are from God, they usually do not bring unbelievers to faith, but only confirm the faith of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-18-19

    01/17/2019 9:05:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies ^ | 01-18-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 18 2019 Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 4:1-5, 11 Let us be on our guard while the promise of entering into his rest remains, that none of you seem to have failed. For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did. But the word that they heard did not profit them, for they were not united in faith with those who listened. For we who believed enter into that rest, just as he has said: As I swore in my wrath, "They shall not enter into my rest,"...
  • January 17 - Jesus Refuses to Test God

    01/17/2019 12:58:29 PM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple” (Matthew 4:5). In confronting our Lord Jesus Christ, Satan persisted in trying to undermine or destroy the Son’s relationship to His Father. This time he goaded Jesus with this statement: “If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down.” To fortify his challenge and make it more plausible, the adversary— with a subtle and clever twist—quoted Scripture: “For it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, so that You...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-19, M, St. Anthony, Abbot

    01/16/2019 10:35:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 01-17-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 17 2019 Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot Reading 1 Heb 3:7-14 The Holy Spirit says: Oh, that today you would hear his voice, "Harden not your hearts as at the rebellion in the day of testing in the desert, where your ancestors tested and tried me and saw my works for forty years. Because of this I was provoked with that generation and I said, 'They have always been of erring heart, and they do not know my ways.' As I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter into my rest.'" Take care, brothers and sisters, that none...
  • January 16 - Trust in God Transcends the Temporal

    01/16/2019 3:49:21 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”’” (Matthew 4:4). James, the Lord’s earthly half-brother, reminds us that this life is very temporary and uncertain—it is not even guaranteed that we will have an earthly future. James’s practical letter teaches us: “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-16-19

    01/15/2019 10:04:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 01-16-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 16 2019 Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 2:14-18 Since the children share in blood and Flesh, Jesus likewise shared in them, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the Devil, and free those who through fear of death had been subject to slavery all their life. Surely he did not help angels but rather the descendants of Abraham; therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to...
  • (Catholic Caucus) Directives Regarding Liturgical Practices During the 2019 Flu Season

    01/15/2019 6:26:51 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Santa Fe ^ | January 14, 2019 | Celine B. Radigan, Director
    ALBUQUERQUE – Monday, January 14, 2019–IMMEDIATE RELEASE—New Mexico is one of the states listed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having widespread flu outbreaks and high Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Activity. Due to the severity of the flu season, the archdiocese will be taking the following steps in regards to the celebration of Mass: • During the Sign of Peace, instead of shaking hands or hugging, as is practiced in some parishes, it would be best to simply nod your head and avoid bodily contact.
  • January 15 - Trusting Self Is Never Justified

    01/15/2019 3:55:07 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”’” (Matthew 4:4). Christians are never justified in trusting solely in themselves to meet their basic needs. No matter how worried we might become, if we turn to God in faith and obedience, He will meet all our essential needs in His own way, according to His sovereign schedule. Implicit in this understanding is that God will meet every need, both physical and spiritual, as Paul promises us, “My God will supply all your needs...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-15-19

    01/14/2019 9:22:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 01-15-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 15 2019 Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 2:5-12 It was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. Instead, someone has testified somewhere: What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, subjecting all things under his feet. In "subjecting" all things to him, he left nothing not "subject to him." Yet at present we do not see...
  • News from around the Middle East as it relates to Bible prophecy from Amir Tsarfati 1/14/19

    01/14/2019 8:48:47 AM PST · by firebrand · 11 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Jan. 14, 2019 | Amir Tsarfati
    More on the Israeli strikes at Damascus airport. What's going on in Iran, some bad and some good! The discovery of Turkey's part in supplying armaments for the Ezekiel war. The United States and the Kurds. The two main forces in Europe, and the continuing fight against the emerging New World Order. A word of caution about the dangers from within Christianity itself.
  • January 14 - Jesus’ Real Food—Obeying the Father

    01/14/2019 7:13:29 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”’” (Matthew 4:4). Above all, Satan’s temptations of Jesus Christ solicited His rebellion against the Father. But Jesus had come to earth to do the Father’s will and nothing else. In fact, His will and the Father’s were precisely the same (John 5:30; cf. 10:30; Heb. 10:9). Case in point: In the ultimate test of obedience, just prior to His arrest and betrayal, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “My Father, if it is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-14-19

    01/13/2019 9:30:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 01-14-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 14 2019 Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 1:1-6 Brothers and sisters: In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe, who is the refulgence of his glory, the very imprint of his being, and who sustains all things by his mighty word. When he had accomplished purification from sins, he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on...
  • [Cath Cauc] 50 YEARS LATER: An Everyman Reflection on the Revolution of Vatican II

    01/13/2019 3:42:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 12, 2019 | Anthony Massey
    50 YEARS LATER: An Everyman Reflection on the Revolution of Vatican II “Given constant exposure to the new mass, a family’s faith would be largely extinguished within two generations.” - A faithful priest's prediction many years ago...  MILLIONS OF WORDS have been written and spoken for and against the revolution within the Catholic Church called Vatican Council 2. The Council was such a stark break with tradition, a hermeneutic of rupture as they say, that it demands a choice of every Catholic. Nothing was left unchanged following the Council, but most significantly the liturgy was progressively changed beyond recognition both...
  • Judaism - Hebrew - Noahide - Request For Information (vanity)

    01/13/2019 1:30:31 PM PST · by Jingle · 38 replies
    self | self
    Long time lurker here, but a family member has been a long time FReeper. One reason I recently decided to sign up too, was so I could ask the vast, well-informed, FReeper family for some important information about Judaism, the Hebrew language, and Noahidism. (I also wanted to possibly participate in future threads on all these subjects, maybe asking additional questions of those more knowledgeable here about those subjects, who might be able to answer them for me.) I know it is frowned on here to post "vanities", and I don't intend to ever do it again (I swear!), but...
  • There is Always Hope In Jesus...

    No matter what comes in this life, there is always hope in Jesus. What I mean is that no matter how bad things can get in this life, the one who believes in Jesus always has something better to look forward to. This is because the most important aspect of life is to be made right with your Creator. When he hung between heaven and earth on the cross of the curse of God, Jesus cleared up the issues which separated us sinners from our Creator. He put us back on God’s side, and made a way for the LORD...
  • January 13 - Testing Jesus’ Divine Rights

    01/13/2019 5:35:18 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread’” (Matthew 4:3). Before Satan tempted Jesus more directly, he threw out a cynical challenge to test Christ’s deity. The devil’s conditional statement, “If You are the Son of God,” assumed that Jesus was indeed God’s beloved Son (3:17). But he hoped to persuade Him into a demonstration of divine power that would violate God’s plan, which called for Jesus to set aside His divine power while on earth and use it only when the Father commanded. If Satan could make Jesus presume upon His divine rights and...

    01/12/2019 8:36:30 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 24 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/12/19
    My salvation is fully accomplished (John 19:30). I have eternal life as a present possession (John 5:24; 6:47; 1 John 5:11-13). I have Jesus Christ as my present possession (1 John 5:12). I know the one, true God (John 17:3; 1 John 2:3; 5:20). I have been saved by His grace (Eph. 2:1-10). I have been justified by His grace (Tit. 3:7). I have passed from death unto life (John 5:24; 1 John 3:14). I have been quickened (made alive) by God (Eph. 2:1,5; Col. 2:13). I have been made fit for heaven (Col. 1:12). I have the forgiveness of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-13-19, FEAST, The Baptism of the Lord

    01/12/2019 7:52:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 01-13-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 13 2019 The Baptism of the Lord Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. a bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching. I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,...
  • January 12 - The Tempter Is Real

    01/12/2019 6:02:53 AM PST · by metmom · 13 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And the tempter came and said to Him . . .” (Matthew 4:3). It is not popular today to believe in a literal, personal devil, even among professing Christians. The devil is increasingly seen as being somewhere between a figment of our imagination and a useful device to coerce obedience. Yet in addition to the name used here (“tempter”), the New Testament gives Satan many other names: “ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11); “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2); “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4); “Abaddon” and “Apollyon,” both of which mean...