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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-20-18

    03/19/2018 9:17:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 03-20-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 20, 2018 Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9 From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,to bypass the land of Edom.But with their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,"Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!" In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,"We have sinned...
  • New Age Oprah Mocks God and Jesus on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    03/19/2018 2:58:38 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 29 replies
    Christian Journal ^ | 3/15/18 | Emily
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert hosted a blasphemous segment with New Age Oprah that they called, “‘Oprah Winfrey gets some career advice from a slightly less famous figure: the Lord.” During the show, they openly mocked God and Jesus. As the show opens, Steven Colbert begins to introduce Oprah, but she interrupts before he can say her name. “We’re here with” Colbert begins, then Oprah blurts out, “God.” Colbert continues, “Miss Oprah Winfrey.” Being that there was a skit planned with a character “god” later in the segment, many would wipe this off, but with all the hype around...
  • Acts of the Apostles, Ch. 3

    03/19/2018 12:26:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On
    1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 6 Then...
  • Forsaking Self-Centered Prayer

    03/19/2018 9:27:16 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy kingdom come" (Matt. 6:10). Relinquish your will to Christ’s sovereign rule. Attempting to explain all that is involved in the phrase "Thy kingdom come" is like a child standing on a beach attempting to scoop the entire ocean into a little pail. Only in eternity will we grasp all that it encompasses, but the poem "His Coming to Glory" by the nineteenth-century hymnwriter Frances Havergal captures its essence: Oh the joy to see Thee reigning, Thee, my own beloved Lord! Every tongue Thy name confessing, Worship, honor, glory, blessing Brought to Thee with glad accord; Thee, my Master and...
  • Looking Out for Others' Interests First

    03/19/2018 9:26:47 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4). The Lord wants us to have a general but sincere concern for the ministry interests of fellow Christians. We live in a world that is preoccupied with special interests. On the national and international levels, interest groups push for public acceptance of their particular agendas. Likewise, on the local level most people care only about their own personal interests. They’re concerned about their jobs, their families, their hobbies, and perhaps their favorite sports team. In addition to those, if you’re a...
  • Walking in Wisdom (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/19/2018 5:00:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” - Proverbs 28:26 In the book of Proverbs, we find many sayings that call us to become wise, and as they do so, they show us what characterizes the fool. Today’s passage features one of these statements, as it juxtaposes foolish self-reliance and walking in wisdom. Certainly, there can be a positive form of self-reliance, one in which we soberly take stock of our abilities and use them, refusing to become an unnecessary burden on anyone. Such self-reliance is in keeping with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-19-18, SOL, St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/18/2018 9:32:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies ^ | 03-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19, 2018 Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David,'When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,and I will make his kingdom firm.It is he who shall build a house for my name.And I will make his royal throne firm forever.I will be a father to him,and he shall be a son to me.Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;your throne shall...
  • Placing Others Above Yourself

    03/18/2018 5:51:01 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself” (Philippians 2:3). One important way to prevent factionalism in the church is to regard other members as more important than yourself. “Humility of mind” is a distinctive New Testament expression. There were similar terms in secular writings, but none that exactly fit the purposes of the New Testament writers. One form of the Greek word was used to describe the mentality of a slave. It was a term of derision, signifying anyone who was considered base,...
  • Praying for Christ's Rule

    03/18/2018 5:50:32 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy kingdom come" (Matt. 6:10). When you pray, “Thy kingdom come,” you are praying for Christ to reign on earth as He already does in Heaven. When we hear the word kingdom we tend to think of medieval castles, kings, knights, and the like. But "kingdom" in Matthew 6:10 translates a Greek word that means "rule" or "reign." We could translate the phrase, "Thy reign come." That gives a clearer sense of what Christ meant. He prayed that God's rule would be as apparent on earth as it is in heaven. God's kingdom was the central issue in Christ's ministry....
  • Acts of the Apostles, Ch. 2

    03/18/2018 6:02:10 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies
    1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-18-18, Fifth Sunday of Lent

    03/17/2018 9:33:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 03-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Jer 31:31-34 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathersthe day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they broke my covenant, and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD.But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD.I will place...
  • Displaying God's Holiness

    03/17/2018 5:37:23 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hallowed be Thy name" (Matt. 6:9). Sound theology that results in holy living hallows God’s name. We have learned that hallowing God's name requires setting it apart from everything common, and giving Him first place in our lives. That starts with believing He exists. Hebrews 11:6 says, "He who comes to God must believe that He is." Beyond mere belief, you must also know the kind of God He is. Many people who claim to believe in God aren't hallowing His name because they have erroneous concepts of who He is. The Israelites thought they were worshiping the true God...
  • The Danger of Selfishness and Conceit

    03/17/2018 5:36:56 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself” (Philippians 2:3). Selfishness and conceit can prevent us from doing God’s will. Selfishness and conceit are all too common among people today. It seems there is hardly a prominent entertainer or sports figure who doesn’t portray those characteristics to excess. Yet those traits are the very opposite of what should characterize the humble follower of Christ. “Selfishness” in today’s passage refers to pursuing an enterprise in a factional way. It involves an egotistical, personal desire to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-18, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2018 10:32:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 03-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2018 Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:"Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;let us cut him off from the land of the living,so that his name will be spoken no more." But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,searcher of mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,for to you I...
  • Hallowing God's Name

    03/16/2018 7:53:03 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hallowed be Thy name" (Matt. 6:9). God is holy and deserves your highest respect and your humble obedience. To most people the word hallowed elicits thoughts of Halloween, ivy-covered walls, or starchy religious traditions. But those are all far from its biblical meaning. "Hallowed" in Matthew 6:9 translates a Greek word that means "holy." When Christ said, "Hallowed be Thy name," He was saying in effect, "May Your name be regarded as holy." When you hallow God's name, you set it apart from everything common and give Him the place He deserves in your life. Throughout Scripture, holiness is attributed...
  • Threats to Humility: Doctrine and Hypocrisy

    03/16/2018 7:52:33 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with all humility” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Avoid pride in your position, intelligence, or spirituality. Years ago, when my children were young, my son Mark told my youngest child, Melinda, to take something out of the room. She said, “You’re not my boss.” Mark replied, “Dad is the boss of Mom, Mom is the boss of Matt, Matt is the boss of Marcy, Marcy is the boss of me, and I am the boss of you.” So Melinda obeyed. After that, Melinda decided she was the boss of the dog, and the dog was boss of nobody. No...
  • Oregon High Court Suspends Judge Who Refused to Marry Gays

    03/16/2018 5:34:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    San Francisco Gate ^ | 3/15/18 | Tom James
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday handed down the longest suspension in its history to a judge who refused to marry gay couples in the state, but stopped short of removing him from office. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day had come to the attention of authorities after allegations he had refused to marry gay couples and had broken gun laws. In 2016, an ethics commission recommended that Day be removed from office. Instead, the court ordered Day suspended for three years. Despite public attention garnered by Day's actions toward gay people following same-sex marriage...
  • Embracing the Truth (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/16/2018 6:10:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Openness to truth where truth may be found is a long-standing virtue that worked on the assumption that there is such a thing as objective truth, to which we should be open. Students of higher education now taught one overarching virtue: to be “open.” The purpose of their education is not to make them scholars but to provide them with a moral virtue—an openness, a relativism that eschews any form of fixed objective values or truth. Its simplistic creed is that there are no absolutes. Without objective standards of truth, we are left with feelings, impressions, and intuitions that can...
  • Acts of the Apostles, Ch. 1

    03/16/2018 3:30:32 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 1 replies
    1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-16-18

    03/15/2018 9:59:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 03-16-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 16, 2018 Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Wis 2:1a, 12-22 The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright:"Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;he sets himself against our doings,Reproaches us for transgressions of the lawand charges us with violations of our training.He professes to have knowledge of Godand styles himself a child of the LORD.To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us,Because his life is not like that of others,and different are his ways.He judges us debased;he holds aloof...