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  • Maintaining Spiritual Integrity

    02/21/2018 6:32:10 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ" (Phil. 1:10). Seek to have a life that bears scrutiny. In our society, those whose lives are marked by moral soundness, uprightness, honesty, and sincerity are usually thought of as people of integrity. However, society's standards often fall far short of God's. Spiritual integrity calls for the highest possible standard of behavior and requires supernatural resources available only to those who trust in Him. Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-10 outlines the path to spiritual integrity. It begins with love that abounds with knowledge and discernment (v. 9) and...
  • God's Great Mercy

    02/21/2018 6:31:44 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). Because of His mercy, God desires to lift sinners out of their pitiful condition. Several years ago I spent about a week in India. Each day I saw countless starving, diseased people with no home but a few square feet of filthy street. I could not help but feel compassion and pity on those people who lived in such misery....
  • Democrat Politicians Harass Church for Offering Counseling to Gays

    02/21/2018 6:19:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/21/18 | Rodney Pelletier
    Representatives Adam Zemke and Darrin Camilleri pushing radical LGBT agenda, persecuting ChristiansLANSING, Mich. ( - Michigan Democrats are harassing a church for offering to counsel teenage girls struggling with their sexual identity. On February 8, Adam Zemke and Darrin Camilleri, both Democratic members of the Michigan House of Representatives, condemned the "Unashamed Identity Workshop" sponsored by the Metro City Church in Riverview. The announcement for the workshop — now taken down from the group's website — is a counseling session for girls aged 12–16 years old, asking, "Does your child or grandchild struggle with sexual identity? Do you see the...
  • ISIS Claims Responsibility for Dagestan Church Shooting

    02/21/2018 6:13:46 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 2/20/18
    ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting that took place on Sunday at the Cathedral of St. George in Kizlyar, Dagestan, Russia. A young man opened fire on parishioners exiting the church on Sunday, leaving five women dead, two more parishioners wounded, and two security guards wounded. Four of the women died instantly, while the fifth later died in the hospital. The parish had just served the Rite of Forgiveness in which everyone asks for and offers forgiveness for all their sins against one another, thus entering the Great Fast, and for these victims, eternity, with pure hearts. The...
  • Underground Catholic: We Are Excluded from Dialogue Between China and the Holy See

    02/21/2018 6:09:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/19/18 | John
    Catholics of the unofficial Church complain that the "imminent" agreement between Rome and Beijing on the appointment of bishops forgets all the persecutions that the Christian communities are subject to. A criticism also to Msgr. Giuseppe Wei Jingyi, who - according to the author - is "underground” in name but not in nature. The repentant bishops show "repentance" only in private, but continue government policy in public.Beijing (AsiaNews) - The news of an "imminent" agreement between China and the Holy See on how to appoint bishops is arousing tensions, debates and the taking of positions among the official and unofficial...
  • Church Spires to Boost Digital Connectivity in Rural Areas

    02/21/2018 6:05:18 PM PST · by marshmallow ^ | 2/18/18
    Church spires across the UK will be used to boost digital connectivity in rural areas following an agreement between the Government and the Church of England. The accord (PDF, 74.9KB, 3 pages) , signed by the the National Church Institutions (NCIs) of the Church of England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) encourages the Church of England to use its buildings and other property to improve broadband, mobile and WiFi connectivity for local communities. 65% of Anglican churches and 66% of parishes in England are in...
  • Sedevacantism

    02/21/2018 5:56:13 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 02-21-2018 | Fr John Hunwicke
    Readers will be aware that I do not enable any comments which even delicately hint at anything even remotely like Sedevacantism. Even if a Bishop of Rome were personally a heretic, even if, like Pope Honorius I, he actually promoted and propagated heresy, he would still be pope. I have no doubt whatsoever about this. And it is the duty of every Catholic to be in Full Communion with him. Sedevacantism is illogical and unhistorical rubbish. But I must admit that I have no worked-out solution to the following very hypothetical hypothesis. Suppose a pope were, additionally, to require of...
  • Diocese of Lexington goes gay: Bishop serves as adviser to pro-same-sex marriage ministry

    02/21/2018 5:42:55 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Joseph Sciambra ^ | February 21, 2018 | Joseph Sciambra
    Diocese of Lexington goes gay: Bishop serves as adviser to pro-same-sex marriage ministry On February 18, 2018, the pro-same-sex marriage advocacy ministry Fortunate Families posted to their official Facebook page a series of photos and one short video taken at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, which featured the First Sunday of Lent homily from Deacon Steve Hester. They later added a YouTube video of the complete homily. The subject of his homily: the rainbow. In terms of the rainbow and its contemporary relationship to the LGBT community, Hester had this to say:
  • Scenes from the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts (Russian Orthodox- English/Church Slavonic)

    02/21/2018 4:55:31 PM PST · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 04-16-2013 | Holy Trinity Monastery Jordanville NY
    It is the ancient custom of the Church that no liturgy or mass is offered during the weekdays of the Great Fast except on the Feast of the Annunciation (which this year actually falls on a Sunday). In order to provide the faithful with the opportunity to commune the Holy Mysteries without having to wait a full week Pope St. Gregory the Great of Rome composed a special service whereby the faithful could partake of a special reserve of the Body and Blood consecrated on the previous Sunday.
  • Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete for the third day of Lent (Clean Wednesday)

    02/21/2018 4:38:29 PM PST · by NRx
    St. George's Orthodox Church ^ | 03-05-2012 | St. Andrew of Crete
    The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete for the third day of Lent (Clean Wednesday) in English. Appx 1 hr.
  • Francis Again Refuses to Kneel in Front of Eucharistic Adoration

    02/21/2018 2:30:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 52 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | February 21, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Vatican News (February 21) published pictures of an Eucharistic Adoration which took place during the ongoing retreat of the Roman Curia in Ariccia near Rome. The participants of the retreat all kneel in front of the monstrance except Francis who is standing. Rumours that Francis has knee-problems have proven to be false since he has knelt on several occasions in front of refugees on Holy Thursday or when visiting an Anglican shrine in Uganda in November 2015.
  • [Catholic Caucus] St. Peter Damian: Gay Clergy ‘Are Deserving of Death’

    02/21/2018 2:09:43 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Church Militant ^ | February 21, 2018 | Bradley Eli
    In his zealous letter penned in 1049, famously titled The Book of Gomorrah, St. Peter Damian admonishes bishops to stamp out the "epidemic of sodomy among the priests of Italy," which was part of a "plague of sexual perversion" and a "larger crisis of moral laxity in the priesthood" of his time. In his letter, St. Peter decried the silent bishops who failed to take action against clerics immersed in the grievous moral perversion of sodomy: Listen, you do-nothing superiors of clerics and priests. Listen, and even though you feel sure of yourselves, tremble at the thought that you are partners in...
  • Gospel of Matthew, Ch. 7

    02/21/2018 1:34:16 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt...
  • 42 Million Babies Born to Unmarried Mothers Over Last 30 Years

    02/21/2018 8:12:18 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 40 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/20/18 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The percentage of babies born to unmarried mothers dipped below 40 percent for the first time in 9 years in 2016, dropping to 39.8 percent, according to the final birth-data report for that year published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, there were 1,569,796 babies born to unmarried mothers in the United States during that year, according to the report. That made 2016 the 29th straight year (1988-2016) that more than a million babies were born in the United States to unmarried mothers. Over the past 30 years on record (1987-2016), according to CDC data, there have...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/21/18)[Prayer]

    02/21/2018 7:57:09 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/21/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Meditating Upon The Names and Attributes of God 

"YHVH Machsi - The LORD My Refuge" (Old Testament) Psalm 91:9 9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”     and you make the Most High your dwelling, (End of Scripture Passage) 

"YHVH Machsi - The LORD My Refuge" During Hurricane Katrina, there were some who objected to the term "REFUGEE" for those who were seeking shelter. Nowadays, there is a new group of people who call themselves "Refugees" but are not. Perhaps they are "Migrants", or even "Invaders", but they are not "people seeking refuge"....
  • An Overview of the Seven Deadly Sins

    02/21/2018 7:13:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-20-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    An Overview of the Seven Deadly Sins Msgr. Charles Pope • February 20, 2018 • The Seven Deadly Sins, Hieronymus BoschDo you know what the Seven Deadly Sins are? It is valuable to name and begin to understand these deep drives of sin within us because the more we do so the more we can grow in self-knowledge. Further, it helps us to “know their moves” and gain mastery over them. As they stir deep within us we can recognize evidence of this and begin to take greater authority over them.Too many Christians know little about twisted nature of...
  • Billy Graham: Pastor to Presidents

    02/21/2018 7:08:30 AM PST · by oxcart · 17 replies
    Billy Graham has often said, “Whether the story of Christ is told in a huge stadium, across the desk of a powerful leader, or shared with a golfing companion, it satisfies a common hunger. All over the world, whenever I meet people face-to-face, I am made aware of this personal need among the famous and successful, as well as the lonely and obscure.” Every U.S. President since World War II has met with Billy Graham. Both Johnson and Nixon, the two who probably sought him the most, offered him high positions in government — which he quickly and politely refused....
  • An Open Letter to Conferences of Catholic Bishops across the World

    02/21/2018 7:05:00 AM PST · by ebb tide
    Free Catholics in ^ | unknown | several
    Since yesterday’s afternoon, our petition website of the Open Letter was under distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack, and the internet protocol addresses of the attackers were from Tianjing. The page resumed normal operation at around 12:30pm today after repairing. We condemn such cowardice act. We will not be cowed into silence by such attack, and we will never stop voicing out for the Church. Again, we appeal to the faithful who loves the Church: Please join the petition, and continue to pray for the persecuted Church in China. An Open Letter to Conferences of Catholic Bishops Across the World Regarding the Possible...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    02/21/2018 6:39:27 AM PST · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Key words: Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is...
  • Analyzing Unanswered Prayer (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    02/21/2018 5:50:02 AM PST · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    Our prayers are sometimes not answered because we pray in vague generalities. When all our prayers are either vague or universal in their scope, it is difficult to experience the exhilaration that goes with clear and obvious answers to prayer. If we ask God to “bless everyone in the world” or “forgive everyone in town,” it would be difficult to see the prayer answered in any concrete way. Not that it is wrong to have a large scope of interest in prayer, but if all prayer is given to such generality, then no prayer will have specific and concrete application....