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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Becoming Part of the Bride (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    06/22/2018 5:38:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    When Christ purchased His bride, He bought a bride who was “damaged merchandise.” His bride was sullied by manifest impurities. She was covered by spots and marred by wrinkles. Yet what He purchased He also sanctifies: Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for herto make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Eph. 5:25–27, NIV) Christ prepares His bride for His wedding feast envisioned in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-22-18, OM,Sts. John Fisher & Thomas More, St. Paulinus/Nola

    06/21/2018 9:18:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-22-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 22, 2018 Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20 When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah,saw that her son was dead,she began to kill off the whole royal family.But Jehosheba, daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah,took Joash, his son, and spirited him away, along with his nurse,from the bedroom where the princes were about to be slain.She concealed him from Athaliah, and so he did not die.For six years he remained hidden in the temple of the LORD,while Athaliah ruled the land. But in the seventh year,Jehoiada summoned the...
  • God's Choice of the Poor

    06/21/2018 9:39:01 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man" (James 2:5-6). Showing favoritism to the rich is inconsistent with God’s choice of the poor. Wealth and poverty are not necessarily spiritual issues. Many wealthy people are godly Christians and many poor people are unbelievers. But generally speaking, God has chosen poor people to populate His kingdom. Jesus said, "It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven....
  • Integrity Glorifies God

    06/21/2018 9:38:30 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, ‘Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who put their trust in Him, violating the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore, I make a decree that any people, nation or tongue that speaks anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb and their houses reduced to a rubbish heap, inasmuch as there is no other god who is able to deliver in...
  • Bearing Spiritual Fruit (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    06/21/2018 6:52:24 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    By grace, God offers the righteousness of Christ to all who put their trust in Him. For all who believe, all who have faith in Him, the merit of Christ is reckoned to their account. Does this exclude good works in the life of the believer? By no means. Our justification is always unto good works. Though no merit ever proceeds from our works, either those done before our conversion or those done afterward, good works are a necessary fruit of true faith. “Necessary fruit?” Yes, necessary. Good works are not necessary for us to earn our justification. They are...
  • Ephesians Ch. 5

    06/21/2018 3:56:36 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-21-18, M, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious

    06/20/2018 9:22:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-21-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 21, 2018 Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious Reading 1 Sir 48:1-14 Like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lord's word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You brought a dead man back to lifefrom the nether world, by the will of the LORD.You sent kings down to destruction,and easily broke their power into pieces.You brought down nobles, from their beds of...
  • Chris Pratt Talks God in MTV Awards Speech: 'God Is Real and Loves You; Grace Was Paid For'

    06/20/2018 5:41:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2018 | Jeannie Law
    "Jurassic World" actor Chris Pratt accepted the Generation Award at this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards which aired Monday night and used the platform to share nine points of advice that were humorous and offered strong Christian guidance. Pratt, 38, was introduced to the stage by two of his co-stars, Bryce Dallas Howard ("Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom") and Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation"). Pratt first honored his family and said that while they didn't have a lot growing up, they always enjoyed being together. "This being the Generation Award, I'm going to cut to the chase and I'm going...
  • Guarding Your Motives

    06/20/2018 4:09:43 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "If a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, 'You sit here in a good place,' and you say to the poor man, 'You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,' have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?" (James 2:2-4). Favoritism is motivated by an evil desire to gain some advantage for yourself. The story is told of...
  • Integrity Is a Powerful Witness

    06/20/2018 4:09:06 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he responded and said, ‘Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!’ Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire. And the satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king’s high officials gathered around and saw in regard to these men that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their trousers damaged, nor had the smell of fire even come...
  • Ephesians Ch. 4

    06/20/2018 6:26:55 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-20-18

    06/19/2018 11:05:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-20-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 20, 2018 Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14 When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind,he and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here;the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan.”“As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live,I will not leave you,” Elisha replied.And so the two went on together.Fifty of the guild prophets followed andwhen the two stopped at the Jordan,they stood facing them at a distance.Elijah took his mantle, rolled it upand struck the...
  • chuck missler funeral service

    06/19/2018 8:37:15 PM PDT · by the_daug · 15 replies
    Koinonia House ^ | Jun 18, 2018 | Koinonia House
    Charles "Chuck" W. Missler went to be with the Lord May 1, 2018. This is the funeral service celebrating the earthly ministry of an incredible man. 00:00:15 Chuck's Body Carried In 0:01:10 ♫ Aotearoa | God Defend New Zealand 0:07:18 ♫ Amazing Grace 0:10:00 Ron Matsen's Introduction 0:11:27 Ron Introduces Hal Short 0:11:58 Hal Short's Tribute to Chuck 0:16:59 Ron Introduces Ian Worby 0:17:54 Ian Worby's Tribute to Chuck 0:28:22 Ron Introduces Graham Preston 0:29:38 Graham Preston 0:42:46 Ron introduces Kathy Packwood 0:45:21 Kathy Packwood 0:50:33 Ron Matsen's Tribute 1:17:27 Ron introduces Brian Hughes 1:17:41 Brian Hughes' Eulogy 1:43:55 Brian's...
  • Ministering to the Poor

    06/19/2018 4:01:00 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "If a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, 'You sit here in a good place,' and you say to the poor man, 'You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,' have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?" (James 2:2-4). You must show equal respect to poor and rich alike. Partiality is an age-old problem that exists in...
  • Integrity Never Stands Alone

    06/19/2018 4:00:27 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he responded and said to his high officials, ‘Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?’ They answered and said to the king, ‘Certainly, O king.’ He answered and said, ‘Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!’” (Daniel 3:24-25). God will never leave His children alone. King Nebuchadnezzar was livid with rage when he had Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego bound...
  • Ephesians Ch. 3

    1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should...
  • Accepting Graduated Responsibility (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    06/19/2018 5:31:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    There is an oft-neglected principle taught in the New Testament. I call it the principle of “graduated responsibility.” This principle is taught by Jesus in Luke 12:48: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded” (NIV). This saying is part of the parable of the faithful steward. It underscores the terms of the judgment the lord in the parable renders to his servants. The punishment meted out is given in direct proportion to the prior knowledge each servant had: “That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-19-18, OM, St. Romuald, Abbot

    06/18/2018 11:35:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 19, 2018 Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 21:17-29 After the death of Naboth the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite:"Start down to meet Ahab, king of Israel,who rules in Samaria.He will be in the vineyard of Naboth,of which he has come to take possession.This is what you shall tell him,'The LORD says: After murdering, do you also take possession?For this, the LORD says:In the place where the dogs licked up the blood of Naboth,the dogs shall lick up your blood, too.'"Ahab said to Elijah, "Have you found me out, my enemy?""Yes,"...
  • Looking Beyond Externals

    06/18/2018 6:54:11 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism" (James 2:1). Your true worth is based on the value of your soul, not on external considerations. Jesus is "our glorious Lord" (James 2:1)—the Sovereign One who rules over all His creation, and the One in whom the fullness of God's glory is revealed. John said, "The Word [Jesus] became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). Paul said, "In Him all...
  • Integrity Triumphs Under Fire

    06/18/2018 6:53:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then [Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego] were tied up in their trousers, their coats, their caps and their other clothes, and were cast into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire. For this reason, because the king’s command was urgent and the furnace had been made extremely hot, the flame of the fire slew those men who carried up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up” (Daniel 3:21-23). When God doesn’t deliver you from a trial, He refines you through the trial....