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  • Marriage as a Lifetime of Suffering

    06/18/2018 10:31:30 AM PDT · by NRx · 39 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 06-18-2018 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    When couples come to ministers to talk about their marriage ceremonies, ministers think it’s interesting to ask if they love one another. What a stupid question! How would they know? A Christian marriage isn’t about whether you’re in love. Christian marriage is giving you the practice of fidelity over a lifetime in which you can look back upon the marriage and call it love. It is a hard discipline over many years. – Stanley Hauerwas No issues in the modern world seem to be pressing the Church with as much force as those surrounding sex and marriage. The so-called...
  • Evangelicals Oppose Drilling in the Arctic Refuge

    06/18/2018 9:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/18/2018 | Mitch Hescox
    Over 16,000 pro-life Christians have recently signed a petition asking that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be protected from drilling. The reason we are speaking out is because we are "called by God to be a steward of America's majesty." And the Arctic Refuge is one of the most majestic places in our nation. Unfortunately, the Arctic Refuge has never been more imperiled. After four decades of attempts, last year drilling proponents succeeded in attaching an amendment allowing drilling to a must-pass spending bill. Even past staunch Republican defenders of the Arctic Refuge voted the wrong way this time. Before...
  • Tim Tebow 'Sad' About Rumor That 'Tebowing' Was Abortion Protest, Like NFL Anthem Protests

    06/18/2018 9:37:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/18/2018 | Jeannie Law
    Former NFL quarterback turned Minor League Baseball player Tim Tebow spoke out against a viral post that's been circulating on social media which accused him of "Tebowing" for political protest.Tebow said it was "disappointing" and "a little bit sad" that people are misrepresenting his famous pose to add fuel to political protest."Let's not forget about Tim Tebow, the NFL quarterback that kneeled in protest of abortion during the National Anthem in 2012," a post shared by rapper T.I. which has since went viral read in part.The post compared Tebow to Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco quarterback who knelt during the national...
  • Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense?

    06/18/2018 8:49:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 64 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense? Msgr. Charles Pope • June 18, 2018 • In daily Mass for Monday of the 11th Week of the Year, we read a passage from the Sermon on the Mount. It is a challenging text that raises many questions if read in a literal or absolute manner.You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    06/18/2018 6:47:00 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 18 (NKJV) The Name of the LORD Is a Strong Tower 01 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; 00 He rages against all wise judgment. 02 A fool has no delight in understanding, 00 But in expressing his own heart. 03 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; 00 And with dishonor comes reproach. 04 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; 00 The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 05 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, 00 Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 06 A fool's...
  • Prayers for those awaiting test results

    06/18/2018 6:23:31 AM PDT · by infool7 · 33 replies
    self | 06/18/2018 | self
    Please pray for all those that are getting tests and awaiting results that may indicate a serious cancer. This morning a second and much too humble FReeper who (for the moment) will remain nameless has requested prayers for an upcoming scan. Please add your first name to this thread and we will all pray for your complete healing and freedom from all anxiety by name to the Divine Physician and in prayer may we all be drawn nearer to each other in unity with our brother, Lord and Savior Christ Jesus who desires that we all be as one.
  • Treasuring Redemption’s Price (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    06/18/2018 5:57:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    The key to understanding the cry of Jesus from the cross is found in Paul’s letter to the Galatians: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree’” (Gal. 3:13, NIV). To be cursed is to be removed from the presence of God, to be set outside the camp, to be cut off from His benefits. On the cross, Jesus was cursed. That is, He represented the Jewish nation of covenant breakers who were exposed to the curse and took the...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(6/18/18)[Prayer]

    06/18/2018 5:39:44 AM PDT · by left that other site · 7 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 6/18/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Shared Meal 
 (New Testament) Matthew 26 Jesus Anointed at Bethany 6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman?...
  • Ephesians Ch. 2

    06/18/2018 4:26:36 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 8 replies
    1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 6-18-18 {Prayer}

    06/17/2018 11:10:34 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 18 replies
    6-18-18 | Kitty Mittens
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Psalm 7:10 My Defense is in God, Who Preserveth the Upright in Heart.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-18-18

    06/17/2018 9:35:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 18, 2018 Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 21:1-16 Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreelnext to the palace of Ahab, king of Samaria.Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden,since it is close by, next to my house.I will give you a better vineyard in exchange, or,if you prefer, I will give you its value in money.”Naboth answered him, “The LORD forbidthat I should give you my ancestral heritage.”Ahab went home disturbed and angry at the answerNaboth the Jezreelite had made to him:“I will not...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Ephraem the Syrian, Deacon, Confessor and Doctor of the Church (Gueranger)

    06/17/2018 9:02:44 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Double SAINT EPHRAEM, MONK AND DEACON, the contemporary of St. Athanasius, St. Basil, St. Gregory of Nazianzen and St. Gregory of Nyssa, was with them one of the glories of the Christian East so rich in testimonies to faith and sanctity during the first centuries. He takes his place in the liturgical cycle among the doctors of the Universal Church. It is only fitting that the ancient piety of Edessa and Nisibis should be represented in the Roman calendar by him who was always held to be tht most illustrious of her sons. St. Ehpraem was honored by...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saints Mark and Marcellian, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    06/17/2018 9:02:41 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Simple WE HAVE ALREADY MET with these noble athletes of today’s feast, for on January 20th, when celebrating Saint Sebastian, the brave defender of holy Church, Mark and Marcellian appeared at his side as the noblest conquest won by the sainted head of the prætorian guards. There are other heroes likewise, gained over by his zealous intrepidity, whose names gild the pages of the Martyrology; but these two whose festival we are keeping were the immediate occasion of Sebastian’s leading to God so goodly a troop of valiant Christians. Their conversion prepared Sebastian’s martyrdom by reason of his...
  • The Impartiality of God

    06/17/2018 5:11:51 PM PDT · by metmom · 29 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). Because God is impartial, we as Christians must be impartial too. People are prone to treat others differently based upon external criteria such as looks, possessions, or social status, but God is utterly impartial. He never shows favoritism and always judges righteously. Favoritism can be defined as a preferential attitude and treatment of a person or group over another having equal claims and rights. It is unjustified partiality. James 2:1-13 confronts it as sin and admonishes us to avoid...
  • Integrity Incurs the World's Wrath

    06/17/2018 5:11:20 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath, and his facial expression was altered toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. He answered by giving orders to heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. And he commanded certain valiant warriors who were in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, in order to cast them into the furnace of blazing fire” (Daniel 3:19-20). Persecution is the world’s futile attempt to silence the voice of godly integrity. King Nebuchadnezzar was a brilliant and powerful man who had built an enormous empire by bringing entire nations under his control. Yet...
  • Vatican to Host Conference on ‘Migration, Xenophobia, and Politically Motivated Populism’

    06/17/2018 4:46:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/16/18 | Thomas D. Williams
    The World Council of Churches (WCC) has announced a joint venture with the Vatican to co-host a meeting next September on “migration, xenophobia, and politically motivated populism.” The WCC said it is partnering with the Vatican department for Promoting Integral Human Development in preparing the conference to be held September 17-20 as part of ongoing work toward “peace-building and migration.” The General of the WCC, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, said the meeting would be a “very useful and significant workshop to dig a bit deeper” into the problems of xenophobia as an expression of populism, as well as its links...
  • Vatican Official Explains Why Cardinal Parolin Attended Bilderberg Meeting

    06/17/2018 4:42:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/15/18 | Ed Pentin
    After much deliberation, the Vatican Secretary of State decided to take part in order to convey Catholic social teaching to those who would not otherwise hear it.Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, accepted an invitation to address the controversial and secretive Bilderberg Meeting earlier this month in order to take the teaching of the Church to a group who would not otherwise hear it, a Vatican official has told the Register. The Vatican official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Italian organizers of the visit were persistent in extending an invitation to the most senior Vatican...
  • 84,000 Signatures Gathered for Revival of Moscow Monastery Destroyed by Communists

    06/17/2018 4:39:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/14/18
    The community of the Moscow Strastnoy (Passion) Monastery held a festive prayer meeting at Pushkin Square on Tuesday, and a procession around the historical territory of the Strastnoy Monastery, destroyed by the atheist soviets in 1937. The event was dedicated to the 360th anniversary of the founding of the holy monastery, for the restoration of which Orthodox activists have gathered more than 84,000 signatures, reports the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism of the Russian Orthodox Church. A festive moleben was celebrated by the rector of the Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God at Putinki in Moscow...
  • Medical Professional Revolt Anticipated as Ireland Prepares to Force Abortion Compliance

    06/17/2018 4:33:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/15/18 | SPUC
    June 15, 2018 (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) – Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted that doctors will be forced to refer women for abortions when legislation is introduced following the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. The remarks came after the National Association of GPs (NAGP) passed a motion that the body should "advocate for conscientious objection, without obligation to refer". Motions were also passed to call on the Health minister to ensure an "opt-in" provision for doctors who wish to provide abortion, and for him to confirm that he does not intend to "make a termination of...
  • Sacred Treasures: Choral masterpieces of the Russian Orthodox Church

    06/17/2018 2:24:19 PM PDT · by NRx · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 03-12-2016 | kourostatis
    You don't have to be Orthodox to enjoy this. (Appx 1hr in Church Slavonic)