Theology (Religion)

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  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Anthony Grassi, 12-18-18

    12/18/2018 5:57:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 12-18-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: House of Loreto | J L Buchner | photo by unknown Blessed Anthony Grassi Saint of the Day for December 18 (November 13, 1592 – December 13, 1671)  Blessed Anthony Grassi’s Story Anthony’s father died when his son was only 10 years old, but the young lad inherited his father’s devotion to Our Lady of Loreto. As a schoolboy, he frequented the local church of the Oratorian Fathers, joining the religious order when he was 17.Already a fine student, Anthony soon gained a reputation in his religious community as a “walking dictionary,” who quickly grasped Scripture...
  • Bearing with an Exhortation

    12/18/2018 9:57:04 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I urge you, brethren, bear with this word of exhortation" (Heb. 13:22). Invitations to salvation must provide both exhortation and warning. Hell is undoubtedly full of people who did not actively oppose Jesus Christ, but simply drifted into damnation by neglecting to respond to the gospel. These are the kinds of people the writer challenges in Hebrews 2:1-4. They were aware of the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ, but weren't willing to commit their lives to Him. As a result, they were drifting past the call of God into eternal disaster. The Word of God always demands a...
  • The Privileges of Christ's Exaltation

    12/18/2018 9:56:37 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name (Philippians 2:9). Christ is exalted as Prophet, Priest, and King. Jesus exaltation was the reversal of His humble incarnation. He who was poor became rich; He who was rejected became accepted; He who had learned obedience returned to a position of power that calls all others to obey Him. Commentator William Hendricksen wrote, As king, having by his death, resurrection, and ascension achieved and displayed his triumph over his enemies, he now holds in his hands the reins of the universe, and rules all things...
  • [Catholic Caucus] On the Necessity of Prayer

    12/18/2018 8:29:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Necessity of Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • December 17, 2018 • To say that something is “necessary” is to declare that it is so essential that to be without it causes grave if not deadly harm. The word comes from Latin: ne– (not) + cedere (to withdraw, go away, yield). The root sense is that what is necessary is something from which we cannot stray, something from which there is no withdrawal, something we cannot evade. There is an expression in Latin, sine qua non, which literally means “without which not.” Its fuller meaning expresses something so...
  • Rome's Revision of the Lord's Prayer and the Coming Hour of Testing

    12/18/2018 6:55:36 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 46 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 12-17-2-18 | Jeff
    If you regularly check the headlines, then you may have read about the Vatican's efforts to revise a particular verse in what is commonly called "The Lord's Prayer." Led by Pope Francis, Rome wants to change the wording of a long-standing translation that has brought a mixture of comfort and confusion to many. The verse in question can be found in Matthew 6:13 and Luke 11:4, and in the eyes of the Pope and the leaders of the Roman Catholic institution, they believe that "lead us not into temptation" should be reworded to something like "abandon us not when...
  • Christ's Superior Destiny

    12/17/2018 8:30:56 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To which of the angels has He ever said, 'Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet'? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?" (Heb. 1:13-14). The destiny of Jesus Christ is that ultimately everything in the universe will be subject to Him. "At the name of Jesus every knee [will] bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth" (Phil. 2:10). That great promise confirms that Jesus Christ is destined to be the ruler...
  • The Meaning of Christ's Exaltation

    12/17/2018 8:30:32 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    God highly exalted Him (Philippians 2:9). The Father exalted the Son as the God-man. A question that often springs to mind regarding the exaltation of Christ is how Jesus could be exalted since He is already God. We find the answer in Jesus High-Priestly prayer in John 17, where He asked the Father to restore to Him the glory He had with the Father before the world began (v. 5). Christs request shows that He gave up something that God would give back to Him. Christ gave up His glory in the Incarnation. Beyond glorification, in His exaltation Christ would...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Hildegard of Bingen, 12-17-18

    12/17/2018 3:57:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 12-17-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Hildegard von Bingen | Line engraving by W. Marshall | Wellcome Images Saint Hildegard of Bingen Saint of the Day for December 17 (September 16, 1098 – September 17, 1179)  Saint Hildegard of Bingen’s Story Abbess, artist, author, composer, mystic, pharmacist, poet, preacher, theologian—where to begin in describing this remarkable woman?Born into a noble family, she was instructed for ten years by the holy woman Blessed Jutta. When Hildegard was 18, she became a Benedictine nun at the Monastery of Saint Disibodenberg. Ordered by her confessor to write down the visions that she had received since...
  • Of Weather and Warnings: A Pro-Life Meditation

    12/17/2018 8:44:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Weather and Warnings: A Pro-Life Meditation Msgr. Charles Pope • December 16, 2018 • The weather in Washington, D.C. was dismal on Saturday: more than two inches of rain. 2018 has now surpassed 1889 to become the wettest year since records have been kept. So far, more than 62 inches of rain have fallen this year; the annual average is only about 40 inches.On this cold, rainy December morning, a group of us stood in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic in northeast D.C, just as we do on many Saturdays throughout the year. We prayed the Rosary...
  • Christ's Eternal Existence

    12/16/2018 6:31:04 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay a foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Thy hands; they will perish, but Thou remainest; and they all will become old as a garment. And as a mantle Thou wilt roll them up; as a garment they will also be changed. But Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end" (Heb. 1:10-12). Christ existed before the beginning of the world; thus He is without beginning. Jesus Christ is no creature. To be able to lay the foundation of the earth and create the...
  • Seeing the Majesty of Christ

    12/16/2018 6:30:36 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    When [Christ] had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3). God has exalted Christ above everyone and everything. Christ in His majestic glory is heir of all things (Heb. 1:2). Thats why it is His right to have the title deed to the earth, spoken of in Revelation 5:1-7. There He opens that deed and takes possession of what is rightfully His as heir of all things. Hebrews 1 further describes Christ as the radiance of [Gods] glory and the exact representation of His nature. . . . When...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Honoratus Kozminski, 12-16-18

    12/16/2018 4:40:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 12-16-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Virgin and Child with Female Saints | Gérard David | Image designed by Mark Sullivan | Franciscan Media Blessed Honoratus Kozminski Saint of the Day for December 16 (October 16, 1829 – December 16, 1916)  Blessed Honoratus Kozminski’s Story Wenceslaus Kozminski was born in Biala Podlaska in 1829. By the age of 11 he had lost his faith. By the age of 16 his father had died. He studied architecture at the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Suspected of participating in a rebellious conspiracy against the Czarists in Poland, he was imprisoned from April 1846...
  • Is Isaiah 7:14 a messianic prophecy? Why are some scholars skeptical?

    12/16/2018 9:27:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/16/2018 | By Brian G. Chilton
    More and more scholars are becoming skeptical of Messianic prophecy in the Hebrew Biblethat is, the Old Testament. Michael Rydelnik notes that Although evangelical scholarship still recognizes that there is something messianic about the Hebrew Bible, for the most part it sees it as a story that finds its climax in Jesus, not as predictions that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled (Rydelnik, The Messianic Hope, 3-4). Yet, such skepticism is not justified. Sure, some passages in the Hebrew Bible have been stretched beyond its scope, something that can become a dangerous trend. Nevertheless, certain passages in the Hebrew Bible enjoy a...
  • Five Steps to Better Mental Health - A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

    12/16/2018 9:13:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Steps to Better Mental Health - A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 15, 2018 • In modern times, we tend to link our notions of happiness and inner well-being to external circumstances and happenstance. We think that happiness will be found when the things of this world are arranged in the way we like. If we can just accumulate enough money and creature comforts, we think we’ll be happy and have a better sense of mental well-being.Yet many people can endure difficult external circumstances while remaining inwardly content, happy, and optimistic....
  • God's Name Will not be Mentioned

    12/15/2018 5:12:11 PM PST · by pcottraux · 24 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | December 15, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Gods Name Will Not be Mentioned By Philip Cottraux I personally think theres no such thing as an atheist. Deep down inside, everyone knows theres a God. Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness (Romans 2:15). The reality is they dont believe He doesnt exist; they hate Him. The war against everything related to God, the intense hatred of all religion, and the burning desire to scrub any mention of His name from society betrays their true feelings. The murky reference to separation of church and state is a thinly-veiled false...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Mary Frances Schervier, 12-15-18

    12/15/2018 4:58:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 12-15-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Monument for Mary Frances Schervier | Aachen, Germany | photo by Berthold Werner Blessed Mary Frances Schervier Saint of the Day for December 15 (January 3, 1819 – December 14, 1876)  Blessed Mary Frances Schervier’s Story This woman who once wanted to become a Trappistine nun was instead led by God to establish a community of sisters who care for the sick and aged in the United States and throughout the world.Born into a distinguished family in Aachen—then ruled by Prussia, but formerly Aix-la-Chapelle, France—Frances ran the household after her mother’s death, and established a reputation...
  • Urgency to Save Us, as Seen in a Christmas Commercial

    12/15/2018 7:50:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus’ Urgency to Save Us, as Seen in a Christmas Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • December 14, 2018 • The John Lewis Christmas commercial shown below has a surprise ending. We are led through a traditional story line about a child who can’t wait for Christmas, but there’s a twist at the end. You may wish to watch the ad before continuing, lest my comments ruin the surprise.As I watched the commercial, I was first reminded of these Scripture passages: It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:34), and God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor...
  • The Lover of Righteousness

    12/15/2018 5:57:48 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "'Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy companions'" (Heb. 1:8-9). As the eternal God and King, Christ loves righteousness and hates lawlessness. In these days it's difficult for us as Christians to be totally supportive of our governmental leaders when we see so much of what God calls righteous compromised or ridiculed. But the King of kingsChrist Himselfis the only leader who has a perfectly right attitude toward...
  • Christ's Coronation and Intercession

    12/15/2018 5:57:16 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    God highly exalted Him (Philippians 2:9). Christ is the Sovereign of the universe and a faithful High Priest. Christ was exalted not only in His resurrection and ascension, but also in His coronation. Mark 16:19 says, When the Lord Jesus had spoken to [the apostles], He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. In Scripture the right hand is a symbol of power and authority. What is the extent of Christs authority? Ephesians 1:20-22 says, [God] seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and...
  • Cardinal Mller: Priests Duty-Bound to Resist Bishops Demanding Protestant Communion

    12/14/2018 7:14:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/12/18 | Stephen Wynne
    Says clerics 'rightly disobey' prelates ordering open CommunionROME ( - Cardinal Gerhard Mller is speaking out against bishops who order their priests to admit Protestants to Holy Communion. Mller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stressed that clerics are duty-bound to refuse such orders, saying they "rightly disobey" bishops who mandate such action. The cardinal's statements come in the wake of an erroneous pronouncement by German Bp. Felix Genn, head of the diocese of Mnster. On Nov. 20, Genn published a pastoral guide featuring new directives, introduced by the German bishops earlier this year, that...