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Theology (Religion)

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  • Risking True Peace

    04/22/2018 6:38:15 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). True peace exists only where truth reigns. People often define peace as the absence of conflict, but God sees it differently. The absence of conflict is merely a truce, which might end overt hostilities but doesn't resolve the underlying issues. A truce simply introduces a cold war, which often drives the conflict underground, where it smolders until erupting in physical or emotional disaster. James 3:17 says, "The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable." Godly wisdom, purity, and peace go hand- in-hand. Peace is wisdom...
  • The Church Testifies to the Resurrection

    04/22/2018 6:37:48 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand” (1 Corinthians 15:1). The true church has consistently testified to the power of the Resurrection. Kenneth Scott Latourette observed in his History of the Expansion of Christianity: “It was the conviction of the resurrection of Jesus which lifted his followers out of the despair into which his death had cast them and which led to the perpetuation of a movement begun by him.” This statement was true for the church at Corinth, even with its many problems....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis must end this 'reign of confusion'

    04/22/2018 5:22:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | April 22, 2018 | Barbara Simpson
    Roman Catholics were just entering the critical weekend of their Easter celebration – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, perhaps the most important commemorations in their religion – when Pope Francis threw another of his religious bombshells into the lives of his followers. ... It’s time for Pope Francis to step aside and spend time in deep reconciliation with his faith and God – thus putting an end to his reign of Catholic confusion.
  • [Catholic Caucus]Why Pope Francis's Gaudete et Exsultate won't make you Holy, but ...

    04/22/2018 4:18:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Monitor ^ | April 20, 2018 | Fred Martinez
    Pope Francis's document Gaudete et Exsultate, which is supposed to be a call to holiness, has a lot of flowery religious Catholic language and even mentions prayer. This is why Dan Hitchens in First Things says of the document "there is an orthodox interpretation," but then writes: "But there is a different interpretation: that when someone says 'The Church teaches that X is intrinsically wrong,' he is probably a bit of a Pharisee. The history of Amoris Laetitia suggests that more expansive interpretation often gains the upper hand." (First Things, "An Ambiguous Exhortation," 4-12-18) Hitchens suggests that this papal document...
  • The Bible, the Reformation, and G.K. Chesterton

    04/22/2018 10:01:33 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 77 replies
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com ^ | June 19, 2017 | Dale Ahlquist
    The Protestants, in separating the Bible from the Church, turned the Bible against the Church. Forgotten was the fact that it was the Church that gave us the Bible. Forgotten was the fact that the Bible was, and still is, a Catholic document. Forgotten, too, was that the Protestant Bible is an abridgement of the Catholic Bible. “I suppose it will take centuries to unwind the coil of confusion and stupidity, which began when the Reformers quite irrationally separated the Bible from the Church.” Although G.K. Chesterton is admired by both Protestants and Catholics and even non-Christians, the above line...
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    04/22/2018 8:11:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-21-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The King of Love My Shepherd Is - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 21, 2018 • The Good Shepherd, St. John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, by Alfred Handel. Photo credit: Toby HudsonOn this fourth Sunday of Easter we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the King of Love, He shepherds...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/22/2018 6:31:46 AM PDT · by OneVike · 5 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • The Great Danger of Triumphalism

    04/22/2018 3:44:11 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 4 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | April 16, 2018 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    On April 16, 2018, the administrators of the Facebook group ‘One Million Connected Catholics’ did not publish my post: “How many Catholics today could answer simple questions such as the following? … “Who Decides The Truth?” (http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2014/06/who-decides-truth.html). (See below for the complete post.) In the Description for the group ‘One Million Connected Catholics’, we find: “Dan Burke established One Million Connected Catholics. … You can ALWAYS post things from the National Catholic Register and any EWTN News outlet…” “EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo: ‘Good Catholics’ can’t ignore controversy over Pope Francis” https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ewtns-raymond-arroyo-good-catholics-cannot-ignore-the-controversy-surroundi (Note: When pasting this document into Free Republic, it seems...
  • We Can Still Call Fire Down from Heaven

    04/21/2018 2:14:18 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 15 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | April 21, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    By Philip Cottraux Israel was steeped in idolatry under King Ahab, and God had cursed them with a drought. Rainfall was crucial to a civilization’s survival in the ancient world; drought was usually followed by famine. But God was getting ready to shake things up. And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth (I Kings 18:1). Rain was coming; but first the Lord had a plan to rid Israel of its wickedness. Elijah...
  • The surprising reason why LGBT and abortion activists have been close allies from the beginning.

    04/21/2018 11:00:54 AM PDT · by jonrick46 · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Apr 17, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The pro-abortion and LGBT movements are linked spiritually, ideologically and politically, a Christian pro-family advocate says. Because of this, it has become more important than ever before for pro-life and family advocates to unite against these enemies of life and the family. Former abortion volunteer and Christian convert Linda Harvey explained to a recent pro-life conference how the LGBT and abortion movements have the common elements of rejecting God’s plan for humanity and targeting children. Children are the targeted of sexualization via comprehensive sex education in schools, Harvey said, and through dangerous and...
  • Salvation and Church

    04/21/2018 9:30:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 349 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 03-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Salvation and Church The teaching of ‘no salvation outside the Church’ is important and one that must rightly be understood Msgr. Charles Pope 3/14/2018 Question: I hear the Catholic Church teaches there is no salvation outside the Church. This would seem to condemn most to hell. Or am I missing something? — Name, location withheld Answer: It is in fact a doctrine of the Church often repeated by the Fathers of the Church and taught formally. However, it must be understood properly. The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say by way of explanation: “‘Outside the Church...
  • The Cushion of Peace

    04/21/2018 5:43:00 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). God’s peace cushions the soul during difficult times. I remember reading about what is called "the cushion of the sea." The ocean surface is often greatly agitated, but as you descend, the water becomes increasingly calm. At its greatest depths the ocean is virtually still. Oceanographers dredging ocean bottoms have found animal and plant remains that appear to have been undisturbed for hundreds of years. Similarly, Christians can experience a cushion of peace in their souls regardless of their troubled surroundings. That's because they belong to...
  • The Centrality of the Resurrection

    04/21/2018 5:42:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said’” (Matthew 28:5-6). The fact of Jesus’ resurrection is the culmination of redemptive history and the essential basis of the Christian faith. Without the Resurrection, our Christian faith would just be a lot of wishful thinking, no better than human philosophies and speculative religions. In fact, the noted seventeenth-century philosopher John Locke, some of whose ideas were incorporated into the Declaration of Independence, wrote, “Our Saviour’s resurrection is truly of great importance...
  • [Cath Cauc] Anticipating Attempts To Excommunicate Faithful Catholics - And Combating Them

    04/20/2018 12:01:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    restore-dc-catholicism ^ | April 19, 2018 | restore-dc-catholicism
    Anticipating Attempts To Excommunicate Faithful Catholics - And Combating Them As said in the previous post, Cardinal Burke gave an address at a conference in Rome last week.  The conference was called, "Catholic Church: Where Are You Going?"  He broached the consequences of any needed disobedience to Pope Francis.  He is speaking primarily of the direction that Amoralis Lamentia explicitly states in its infamous chapter 8 footnote regarding the administration of Holy Communion to adulterers. The question of excommunication was raised.  The Cardinal said we must be ready to suffer such consequences with Christian patience. My question is, if such...
  • [Cath Cauc] Don't whitewash history: Paul VI was front and center the creator of the New Mass

    04/20/2018 10:46:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 19, 2018 | New Catholic
    Don't whitewash history: Paul VI was front and center the creator of the New Mass of Paul VI Sandro Magister, the great Vaticanist of our age, has an article today with important excerpts from a biography of Paul VI in which it is claimed that he was almost a victim of the liturgical revolution, a bystander who had almost no control over what Bugnini did at the Consilium for the application of the liturgical reform. Sorry, we don't buy that. Saying Paul VI had little responsibility for the New Mass of Paul VI is like saying Louis XIV had no...
  • Apostolic Exhortation or Aggravation?

    04/20/2018 9:16:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | April 19, 2018 | David Martin
    In an apparent move to rebut conservative allegations that the pope has been denying tenets of the Faith—a crisis that culminated during Holy Week with the pope’s alleged denial of hell and the immortality of the soul—Pope Francis on April 8 issued his newest Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate“ (Rejoice and Be Glad), in which he bewails the “defamation and slander” being spread online by traditional Roman Catholic journalists and bloggers. In this newest document, the pope repeatedly mentions Satan, but seemingly with the implication that tradition-minded journalists and clergy who challenge his ideas are guided by the devil. He...
  • VIDEO: Vatican orchestrated child abuse

    04/20/2018 9:00:33 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | April 16, 2018 | Louie Verrecchio
    Yesterday afternoon, the Jorge Bergoglio Show was filmed before a live audience at San Paolo della Croce parish in Rome. The truly sickening spectacle that took place there (a portion of which can be viewed in the video clip below) called to my mind the following words taken from the 1971 hit song, American Pie:Oh and as I watched him on the stage My hands were clenched in fists of rage No angel born in Hell Could break that Satan’s spell And as the flames climbed high into the night To light the sacrificial rite I saw Satan laughing...
  • Your Life is Not About You, As Illustrated in a Biblical Story

    04/20/2018 8:15:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Your Life is Not About You, As Illustrated in a Biblical Story Msgr. Charles Pope • April 19, 2018 • Stoning of Stephen With Saul Holding Cloaks, Fra AngelicoIn Wednesday’s reading, the Acts of the Apostles sets forth an event that amounts to a tale of one Church in two cities or regions. It illustrates well a couple of points: that the Church is always in need of reform and that our lives are not merely about us and what we want. Let’s look at the event in two scenes.Scene 1: The Church in Jerusalem –There broke out a...
  • Here Is What Pope Francis Told Crying Boy Who Asked Whether His Atheist Father Is in Heaven

    04/20/2018 7:54:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/20/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pope Francis was tasked on Sunday with answering a challenging question by a little boy, who asked whether his late atheist father, described as a "good" person, is in Heaven. According to Catholic news site Aleteia, the encounter took place when the Vatican leader was meeting with parishioners of St. Paul of the Cross before celebrating Mass. A boy identified only by the name Emanuele was invited to whisper a question he had for Francis, which he did, but was too overcome with emotion to repeat it in public. The pontiff then shared with the parishioners what Emanuele had whispered...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/20/2018 6:31:35 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart of man is like...