Topic: grace

This saving knowledge, received by faith, is very different than being saved by mere knowledge. For Calvin (consistent with the Wisdom School), the divine Wisdom is a rich and comprehensive wisdom. Th ... discuss

July 21, 2017Saint Anne Novena - Day 5Great Saint Anne, how far I am from resembling you. I so easily give way to impatience and discouragement; and so easily give up praying when God does not at ... discuss

It was one of those days. I was feeling kind of grumpy and I was not in a good place spiritually. So, in an attempt to combat the funk that I was in I decided to do something that I don’t often do. ... discuss

Some of the greatest Christian examples in my life are (and were) uneducated.  They gave themselves to the study of God through the pages of the Scriptures.  What a tremendous example it is for the ... discuss

Get outside the church, and tell somebody about Jesus. Few things redirect us from our troubles like helping others understand the grace of God. Even if nobody listens, your obedience to the Great Co ... discuss

The Marrow of Modern Divinity is still worth reading today. It gives not only doctrine but great pastoral wisdom. Regardless of whether or not one reads the book, the issues remain current today. We ... discuss

July 20, 2017Saint Anne Novena - Day 4Glorious Saint Anne, I kneel in confidence at your feet, for you also have tasted the bitterness and sorrow of life. My need, the cause of my request, is…( ... discuss

In the 2017 G3, we held two Q&A sessions and below is the second session in full.  One of the highlights of all conferences often centers around the Q&A sessions.  Consider joining us in Atlanta ne ... discuss

Double (1954 Calendar): July 19Vincent de Paul, a Frenchman, was born at Pouy, near Dax, in Aquitaine, and from his boyhood was remarkable for his exceeding charity towards the poor. as a child he fed ... discuss

was born at Caesarea, Cappadocia. Her parents were Basil the Elder and Emmelia, and her grandmother was Macrina the Elder. Among her nine siblings were two of the three Cappadocian Fathers, Basil the ... discuss

In the Reformation, the Reformed Churches appealed to the unrevoked divine promises to Abraham, “I will be a God to you and to your children, which the Apostle Peter reiterated in Acts 2:39 and thus ... discuss

This letter, written by the Apostle John is to a Christian lady and her children.  “Walking in the Truth I rejoice greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, even as ... discuss

Video Testimony:Life before Jesus, for me, was a living nightmare. And that’s in no way an exaggeration. Even before drugs took control in my story, it was still basically a life of confusion, and q ... discuss

July 19, 2017Saint Anne Novena - Day 3Beloved of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, mother of the Queen of Heaven, take us and all who are dear to us under your special care. Obtain for us the virtues you i ... discuss

I had a revelation last week. I do not have to spend money traveling the world, I only have to try to be silent and in the present moment to realize my mind will bring me to a million different places ... discuss

One of the greatest challenges of my early college years was evangelism. It was a time of major transitions for me. I was relatively new in my faith. I was still wrestling with a lot of the basic apo ... discuss

Over the past eleven weeks, our church has been studying through D.A. Carson’s book—Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation in Sunday school.  That study nicely intersected with t ... discuss

Schneider was born in Pferdsfeld, Germany in 1897, the second of three sons born to Gustav-Adolf Schneider and Elisabeth Schnorr. He had a strong love for his mother and a great respect for his father ... discuss

The Word of God is holy and inerrant. There is neither “gender apartheid” nor “toxic masculinity” in Scripture but the creational differences and order between male and female are clearly reve ... discuss

Yet, even in this extreme distress, David never loses faith or falls into complete hopelessness. His anguish leads him to prayer, and the first words of the prayer are “My God.” Even in his suffer ... discuss

"margin-bottom: 0in;">“The Sower”Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23Now here is a parable of Jesus – and a most blessed example – in that he actually spells out its meaning. Thanks be to God that ... discuss

Optional Memorial – July 18thSt. Camillus' mother was nearly sixty years old when he was born [in 1550]. As a youth, he gave himself to the sinful pleasures of this world. His conversion dates from ... discuss

July 18, 2017Saint Anne Novena - Day 2Glorious Saint Anne, how can you be otherwise than overflowing with tenderness toward sinners like myself, since you are the grandmother of Him who shed His ... discuss

Yesterday, I finished our series through the book of Ephesians.  It was bittersweet.  To come to the end of a lengthy study is a good thing, but it also makes you realize that it will likely be man ... discuss

July 17, 2017Day 1 - St. Anne NovenaGreat Saint Anne, engrave indelibly on my heart and in my mind the words that have reclaimed and sanctified so many sinners:“What shall it profit a man to gain th ... discuss

Saint Anne’s feast day is on July 26th, so the Saint Anne Novena is traditionally started on July 17th; however, you can pray it anytime. St. Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, An ... discuss

There is nothing more incompatible and mutually exclusive than light and darkness. Where there is the one there is not the other. So how could we expect there to be any fellowship between light and da ... discuss

Entertainment is a good thing, but its purpose is the refreshment of the mind and body, not the transformation of the mind or the edification of the spirit. The danger of entertainment in worship is n ... discuss

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July 16th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is universal. Many Catholics are familiar with the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, also known as the Brow ... discuss

Although Saint Anne is not mentioned in Sacred Scripture, she is the holy mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. When we pray the St. Anne Novena, we are asking help from our Blessed Mother’s moth ... discuss

16 July, Old Testament Ruth, the subject of the book bearing her name, is an inspiring example of God's grace. Although she was a Gentile, God made her the great-grandmother of King David (Ruth 4:17) ... discuss

The son of Baptist peasant farmers, Ivan “Vanya” Moiseyev entered the army at eighteen to perform two years of required military training and service. Because he spoke openly of God, which was for ... discuss

We don’t really understand grace. Somehow, we talk about grace while working as if our approval from God were dependent on our efforts. We use work to avoid other issues. Occasionally, work keeps ... discuss

“When we approach the subject of leaving our children a spiritual inheritance, we should be asking ourselves a series of diagnostic questions. These are only a few of the questions that we shoul ... discuss

Question "At the beginning of Psalm 33 (in the Septuagint), which we hear often in the liturgical services, is the line "In the Lord shall my soul be praised." This seems a strange way of putting thin ... discuss

On June 22nd, I arrived home from work at roughly 8:30 p.m. Like the nights before it, I figured that my wife and I would rest on the couch and watch Netflix before retiring to bed. But this quiet ni ... discuss

In a recent discussion with Voddie Baucham, I asked him about preaching’s role in the work of discipleship.  When we think of discipleship, we often think of the small group setting or the cof ... discuss

The baptism itself was anticlimactic. Perhaps it had to be. I was too distracted by my wet shirt and too worried about my daughter’s tears to be present in the moment. And then there’s the fact th ... discuss

CHAPTER III – ON ANIMAL LIFE (CONTINUED) We constantly speak of animals as free. A fish, says Ruskin, “is much freer than a Man; and as to a fly, it is a black incarnation of freedom.” It is ... discuss

When toddler Daniel Farbrace died last month, his grieving mother took one last photo as she kissed him goodbye. Ali Farbrace, of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England, shared the heartbreaking photo with ... discuss

T he Christian life is not a sprint.  If you watch a long distance race, the runners often start much slower than a sprint, and there’s a reason for it.  The distance runner cannot win the ma ... discuss

Why do you forfeit grace? Why do you lack strength to stand? Why have you diminished the comfort that you crave? Why is heaven-sent help delayed (from a human point of view before a sovereign God Most ... discuss

[W]hen the believer enters into a profound relationship with God he cannot be content with living in a mediocre way, with a minimalist ethic and superficial religiosity. In this light, one understands ... discuss

July 13thHenry, surnamed the Pious, Duke of Bavaria, became successively King of Germany and Emperor of the Romans; but not satisfied with a mere temporal principality, he strove to gain an immortal c ... discuss

In a recent discussion with Voddie Baucham on the subject of discipleship, I asked him about the church’s commission regarding discipleship.  You will appreciate his answer. Are Those Who ... discuss

12 July AD 1998 Bo Harald Giertz was born 31 August 1905 in Räpplinge, Borgholm, Öland (Kalmar), Sweden. He came from a prominent family and his father was a noted surgeon and head of one of Sweden ... discuss

Note well the development.  The Reformation recovered the preaching of the Word — and with it a church architecture which made the means of grace central, especially preaching.  The heirs (and hei ... discuss

Of most interest to our present discussion is the Son’s peculiar operation in the giving of the Law on Mt. Sinai. By general inference from the inseparable operations of the Trinity, we can conclude ... discuss

Don’t assume that depression has been caused by specific personal sin. That is a common reaction depressed people find in the church. You get cancer, or you get heart disease, and no one asks, “Wh ... discuss

Corrie Ten Boom used to say that when she was a child, her father would take her on train trips. While waiting, she’d ask her father for her ticket, but he’d say, “I’ll give you your ticket ju ... discuss

Thomas More Society has filed a lawsuit against Parkland High School and Parkland School District on behalf of students Elizabeth (Liz) Castro and Grace Schairer. The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern Dis ... discuss

Washington Nationals second baseman and Major League Baseball star Daniel Murphy detailed his ongoing baseball story, his faith and his family in a recent Fellowship of Christian Athletes Magazine art ... discuss

Surrender. It’s a beautiful thing. Beautiful, yet difficult. Like every Christian, I battle with this. Flesh warring against Spirit. I’ve sensed my human, sinful instinct to rebel rise up within ... discuss

A few days ago Jack Phillips broke his silence for the first time since the announcement that the Supreme Court would be hearing his case.  He appeared on “The View” to answer questions ... discuss

By Jean M. Heimann July 11 is the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, the twin brother of St. Scholastica, the founder of Western monasticism. In 1964, Pope Paul VI declared him patron of Europe and in ... discuss

(c. 480 AD – 543 AD) was born at Nursia (Norcia) Italy to a wealthy Roman family, making him liberiori genere, ‘of good birth.' Tradition gives him a twin sister, Scholastica.Benedict’s Italy wa ... discuss

When you attend a gay person’s birthday party, you’re joining in celebrating their birthday, right? That’s great. When you invite your gay or lesbian friend over for dinner, you’re celebrating ... discuss

(c. 983-1073) was a monk and the founder of the monastic tradition in the Kievan Rus'. Also called Anthony of the Caves (Russian: Антоний Печерский, Ukrainian: Антоній Пече ... discuss

Pentecost 5July 9, 2017Matthew 11:25-30“Rest in Christ”We're just coming off of a holiday weekend, and I hope you've gotten, or will soon get, some vacation time this summer. Maybe you'll be trav ... discuss

Yesterday morning, I had the privilege to complete the section on the armor of God as we’re nearing the end of our series through Ephesians.  What better way could Paul have ended that particu ... discuss

Perhaps, to use Payne’s phrase, the little controversy over the Truth’s Table episode shed more heat than light. But it wasn’t random. It happened in the context of on-going, contentious, form ... discuss

“But the believer whose eye has been opened to the riches of this benefit, sees the matter differently.  He has come to the humble acknowledgment that good works, whether these consist of emoti ... discuss

Sermon notes Proper 9 July 9, 2017 Scripture: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Audio: The audio is from the 10:30 service. Since I only use notes, the sermon as preached varies somewhat between services, and f ... discuss

Accompanying Video:Message Audio:We’ve talked about topics like theology, sociology, philosophy, government, and other topics, looking at a litany of spheres of life to discover how our Christian fa ... discuss

Fr. Charles IrvinSenior PriestDiocese of Lansing(Click here for today’s readings)When it comes to facing failures in life, the farmer in today’s Gospel parable sounds a lot like many of us. We wor ... discuss

From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:66. In what sense do we understand man and woman as created "in the image of God"?The human person is created in the image of God in th ... discuss

It is essential to properly apply scripture to understand the Mosaic Covenant of the Old Testament  and the New Covenant of Grace revealed in the New Testament. In this episode of Echo Zoe, Ryan Ha ... discuss

At first blush it may sound like that Van Til is prioritizing systematic theology over the Bible. There is nothing further from the truth. What Van Til is eschewing is the practice of myopic and atomi ... discuss

However, we’re not talking about “preferences” any more than an Anglican is who expects to worship with the Prayer Book. Prayer Book worship is what Anglicans do, and have done, since 1549. When ... discuss

There is no one to lean on apart from Jesus.  He alone faileth not, and it is exceeding joy to think that He can never change.St. Therese of LisieuxThe world has never been a truly sane place sin ... discuss

When Paul came to Corinth (probably in the year 50), he met Priscilla (or Prisca) and her husband Aquila, tentmakers by trade like Paul, Jewish, and just arrived from Rome, from which city the Emperor ... discuss

SemiDouble (1954 Calendar): July 8Elizabeth, of the royal race of Aragon, was born in the year of our Lord 1271. As a presage of her future sanctity, her parents, contrary to custom, passing over the ... discuss

“Luther rejects the idea that man stands in the middle and can choose between a good spirit or bad flesh, or that original sin has only partially hindered man’s ability to perform acts of righ ... discuss

Sister Vassa Larin recently sparked a controversy by posting her advice to a mother who has a 14 year old son who "came out" as a homosexual. She has been a popular figure in the English speaking Orth ... discuss

On June 27 delegates at the BMA annual representative meeting (ARM) voted to support the decriminalization of abortion. You can listen to the whole debate here and five brilliant two-minute speeches ... discuss

I recently sat down with Voddie Baucham and talked about discipleship.  Below is a short excerpt of that conversation (more to be released soon). 4 Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liber ... discuss

1. The Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel begins on July 7 and ends on July 15. You can find all the novena prayers here on Catholic Fire.   2. The Novena to St. Anne is the second July novena. Sa ... discuss

Editor’s note: When discussing evangelism, disciple-making, and church planting, the challenge of the prosperity gospel often looms large in the background, especially in the Global South. To that ... discuss

Tony Funderburk - The Rhyme and Reason Author Singer Songwriter Grace is enough of a gift to last forever Do you ever think about the bad things you’ve done in life? How you’ve hurt others ... discuss

He loves, He hopes, He waits. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rather than keep us waiting an instant.—  St. Maria Goretti__________________________________________Pray ... discuss

Note: This article is taken directly from the SSPX website.On the feast of the Sacred Heart, the Consoling Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus held a moving ceremony at Vigne di Narni in Italy.Two Am ... discuss

A popular campaign that many churches are promoting in our day is titled: “I Love My Church.”  How many churches do you know who may pass out bumper stickers or t-shirts with this slogan ... discuss

6 July, Old Testament Isaiah son of Amoz is considered to be the greatest of the writing prophets and is quoted in the New Testament more than any other Old Testament prophet. His name means "Yahweh ... discuss

Sexburga was the eldest daughter of King Anna of East Anglia and his second wife, Saewara: one of four saintly sisters. She married King Erconbert of Kent and became mother of the future Kings Egbert ... discuss

We express this embodied totality in corporate worship through our shared symbols, rites, and rituals; through our posture and gestures as we bow, kneel, or lift our hands; through our actions when we ... discuss

If the guide is what is “best,” then worship becomes a matter of preference. Why must we choose what is best and by what criteria are we to judge it? If I don’t care for The Metropol ... discuss

Its organization reminds of the three categories of guilt, grace, and gratitude in the Heidelberg Catechism, which was written twenty years later. Some of its language is also similar, raising the pos ... discuss

Saint Maria Goretti died on July 6, 1902. The following is excerpted from the homily by Pope Pius XII at her canonization Mass on June 24, 1950. It is found in the Divine Office of Readings for the Fe ... discuss

July 6th, is the optional memorial of Saint Maria Goretti. It is a rare thing for an immediate family member to be present at a saint’s canonization. It is even more uncommon for a murderer to be th ... discuss

Once there was a girl who was very good at hiding. She loved to play hide-and-go-seek when she was younger, always ready to crouch under the table or peek out from behind curtains. But as the years p ... discuss

In January, the 6th annual G3 Conference will be held in Atlanta.  View this short video to hear about why you and your local church should be interested in attending if possible.  This is not a pa ... discuss

June 28, 20171 Kings 18:20-40Matins - Higher Things Conference "Here I Stand"Here I stand. And there Elijah stood: It's time to fish or cut bait, people. You've been going back and forth, to and fr ... discuss

Exercise your hope much. Repeated acts strengthen habits. The promises of God are hope’s object to act upon. Meditate on the promises, set some apart for yourself, and drink in the refreshing truths ... discuss

When we gather for public worship, we do so primarily as citizens of a universal body of believers, as citizens of the heavenly city, whose builder and maker is God (Heb 11:10). That is why in rightly ... discuss

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July 5thYears after Maria's death, when her assailant Alessandro was still in prison, she appeared to him in a dream, and forgave him once more. From that day forward, Alessandro experienced a convers ... discuss

July 2ndHappy birthday, mumsie dear, on this middle day of the year! 😘 💕 🎂 🎁 🎈 ✨ 🎉In honor of my mom's birthday, I want to share what she wrote for Lily's Celebration of Life ... discuss

One of the things that happens in the evangelical church world that mirrors the culture is that local churches often engage in the trends of the day.  For instance, if community churches are in vogu ... discuss

  Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. – Psalms 33: 12 Today, July 4th, we celebrate our nation’s independence, the 241st birthday of the United States of America. This is a day ... discuss

The Collect. O ETERNAL God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these libertie ... discuss

I try to do a fair amount of spiritual reading (not near as much as I probably should), mostly writings of the saints, in a quest to understand how people become saints.  Pope Francis has said sa ... discuss

July 4thSaint Maria was a deeply pious child. She couldn't read or write, but she learned her Catechism and received her First Communion just one year before she died. She attended Mass as often as sh ... discuss

Dear Friends, From its very beginnings, America has always been the destination of freedom seekers. Immigrants from all over the world have flocked to America’s shores in the hope of finding so ... discuss

For most people the 4th of July means cookouts,  fireworks, and the celebration of the Independence of America. For me, it was a day if torment, a major abortion connector; the day I know I got ... discuss

Day NineJesus says: “Blessed are you when they revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on My account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.” ... discuss

Yesterday I had the privilege to preach Ephesians 6:17 as we continued our series through Ephesians.  As we’re nearing the end of this rich letter penned by the apostle Paul, we have engaged i ... discuss

Today, June 3, is the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, whose name derives from a Hebrew root that means “paired, twin”. In fact, John’s Gospel several times calls him “Dydimus”, a Greek nic ... discuss

Not only do we forget our need for God and his grace, but such forgetfulness often leads to pride, “My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.” We readily trust in ourselves, th ... discuss

July 3rdSt. Maria Goretti Novena Prayers - Day 6St. Maria Goretti, beautiful model of christian suffering, pray for me. You carried your cross so courageously while you underwent surgery without anest ... discuss

Day EightJesus says: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”Pier Giorgio responds: “To live without faith, without a patrimony to d ... discuss

The Visitation is the visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Saint Elizabeth as recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke 1:39-56. It is also the term for a Christian feast day commemorating this visit.Mary, ... discuss

The Collect.O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may, by thy mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adv ... discuss

The Protestant doctrine of vocation sure looks a lot less complicated and a whole lot more compelling. By the Holy Spirit Christians offer up sacrifices to God through the duties they perform as part ... discuss

I wish that 40 years ago when I joined the PCA that the denomination’s elder statesmen had raised their voices warning those of us who came into Presbyterianism from other traditions, be they Baptis ... discuss

July 2ndMaria was born to a poor farming family in Italy, one of six children. Her father died when she was only 9 years old. After his death, Maria had to taking care of the rest of the children in t ... discuss

July 1stIt's said that St. Maria's greatest virtue was her forgiveness of her attacker, even in the midst of terrible physical suffering. That's why she is called the, "little saint of great mercy." S ... discuss

In the 10th session of the G3 Conference, Conrad Mbewe preached on the subject, “Biblical Reformation Requires Courageous Preachers of God’s Word.”  You will find this sermon not ... discuss

The hounding of Tim Farron about his attitudes towards gay-sex reveals, however, much more than a personal tragedy. It exposes the deep intolerance of contemporary liberal secular society to those who ... discuss

I am an Eeyore by nature. I tend to see the dark side of things and assume the worst. I see the glass as half empty rather than half full. I tend to view God’s interactions with me as an angry fathe ... discuss

“Some pro-life people are against the killing of unborn babies, but they won’t speak out in support of the girl who chooses to keep her baby. Honestly, that makes me feel like maybe the abortion w ... discuss

The Bible tells us explicitly and shows us implicitly that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. David knows this to be true. As broken as he is, he knows God and how God relates to pen ... discuss

Ancient Roman historians (non-Christian) relate the first wholesale massacres of Christians by the Roman government as follows: In the year 64, much of the city of Rome burned. It was widely speculate ... discuss

June 30thToday we pray for chastity. It's something we are all called to practice, regardless of our vocation. The most basic definition of chastity is the virtue of saving sex for marriage and remain ... discuss

Today is a great solemnity in the Church - the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul.  St. Peter was our first pope, and St. Paul was a Jewish convert who is arguably considered to be our greatest e ... discuss

Jesus Christ was once asked about marriage and divorce.  He replied in this way:“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ an ... discuss

On June 27, the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I have had a long-time devotion to Our Blessed Mother under many titles, but began praying to Our Lady of Perpetual Help ear ... discuss

  By Jean M. Heimann June 29 is the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, who are the co-founders of the Catholic Church. Both were martyrs for the faith. “Both apostles share the same feast day, ... discuss

CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION of The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live In, by Sir John Lubbock Published in 1892 The world we live in is a fairyland of exquisite beauty, our ver ... discuss

  PCA by the numbers: Comparing 2015 with 2016 reported statistics, in 2016: We had 1,545 churches, an increase of 11. We had 347 mission churches, an increase of 20. We had a total membership of ... discuss

We, as Christians, must participate in charity––not to meet the requirements of “economic justice,” but to demonstrate the grace of God in the gospel. We can’t communicate the gr ... discuss

Lily Katherine was remembered by her South African friend Lily-Grace on holiday (I love how they call it that 😉 ) at Happy Wanderers at Kelso Beach, South Africa. She also collected some ... discuss

The world loves to talk about the struggle for authenticity. As many teens (and adults) will recognize, we constantly encounter messages in mainstream culture such as “be yourself!” and “let t ... discuss

When I was nineteen years old I shattered pieces of myself. I lost purity, dignity, and fruits of the Spirit I was sure would never return. That winter I found myself in a self-dug pit, tangled in co ... discuss

“Confessing Christ. Confessed by Christ.”Pentecost 3Matthew 10:5a, 21-33June 25th, 2017As most of you know, this year marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation – 500 years sin ... discuss

Yesterday evening, our church gathered for a corporate prayer meeting.  Our typical prayer meeting is during our midweek service on Wednesday evening, but we decided several weeks ago to hold one un ... discuss

This week, as we traveled down the highway, our family spotted a beautiful rainbow to the east as the sun was setting in the west.  The contrast of colors filling the sky was stunningly beautiful. ... discuss

Is the Reformation over? Here we are 500 years after the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, and we often ask ourselves if the Reformation is over? For many reasons, the Reformation is not over, ... discuss

In a recent statement about the progress of Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested that the social media platform was able to fill the gap of falling church membership.  With an expanding populatio ... discuss

There was an excellent meditation in today's Magnificat magazine which explained, in clear and simple language, God's way of salvation, gradually bringing those trapped by sin to repentance and accept ... discuss

We live in a word with many wrongs that need to be righted.  That is another way of saying, we are fallen human beings living in a fallen world.  Many people will devote a large part of thei ... discuss

June 27thSaint Maria Goretti is the Church's youngest canonized saint. She was born near Ancona, Italy into a poor peasant family. Known for her cheerfulness and piety, Maria attended Mass often and l ... discuss

Christ being led to His Crucifixion, Monastery Decani, Deçan, Kosovo."Whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me."Our Lord shows us the way to eternal salvation. He t ... discuss

June 28thToday we pray that St. Maria Goretti will intercede for us to grow in our love of the Lord, our neighbor, and even our enemies. Maria's neighbor attacked her when she was only 11 years old. I ... discuss

St. Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons, a Doctor of the Church and 2nd century martyr, was a disciple of St. Polycarp. The spread of Gnosticism in Gaul prompted him to successfully combat its errors. As the fi ... discuss

June 29thToday we pray that St. Maria Goretti will intercede for us to forgive those who sin against us. When Maria lay dying in the hospital, these were her last words: "I forgive Alessandro Serenell ... discuss

26 June, Old Testament The holy prophet Jeremiah is counted as one of the four "major prophets" of the Old Testament, along with Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. His name means "Established (or Raised up) ... discuss

29 June, New Testament The Confession of Saint Peter ("You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God") is commemorated on 18 January, and the Conversion of Saint Paul on his approach to Damascus a wee ... discuss

Accompanying Video: Audio Message:I’m not going to die, I’m going to live forever. Christ Jesus our savior has done it. So we have a future. We are the blessed ones, who need not fear death, bu ... discuss

Double (1954 Calendar): June 25St. William was the Piedmontese religious founder (1085-1142).  He lived as a hermit in various regions of Italy. While he was on a height between Nola and Benevent ... discuss

25 June AD 1530 Note: Please see Ask the Pastor for more on the history and theology of the Augsburg Confession and its presentation. The Augsburg Confession, the principal doctrinal statement of the ... discuss

Our world has changed; women now do other things besides secretary, nurse and teacher. Now they’re senators and executives and doing well. Do we welcome that or were the Amish right after all: we sh ... discuss

Saint Maria Goretti is the Church's youngest canonized saint. She was born near Ancona, Italy into a poor peasant family. Known for her cheerfulness and piety, Maria attended Mass often and loved God ... discuss

Photo sourceThis feast, a segment of Advent in the season of Ordinary Time, makes us aware of the wonderful inner relationship between the sacred mysteries; for we are still in the midst of one Church ... discuss

This Sunday’s Gospel reading is from the Matthew, chapter 10. Our Lord instructs the twelve apostles (and us), "Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not ... discuss

The Catholic blogsophere, as I have previously written, does not like Father James Martin.  They write scathing posts against him because he refuses to condemn homosexuals. Father John Zuhlsdorf ... discuss

“A Southern Baptist Calvinist could get the impression that he is not welcomed in the SBC and, as another prominent SBC leader suggested, should consider looking for a home in a Presbyterian den ... discuss

“With leadership comes certain privileges and prerogatives. You have a title, a name, a platform, a budget, a staff, better benefits – nothing inherently wrong, just things that are inherently ... discuss

Senate ‘Reform Is A Major Improvement Over The U.S. Health-Care Status Quo That Will Worsen If The Bill Fails’TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: Senate Proposal ‘Moves Us In Such A Better Direction Then W ... discuss

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. So I'm reposting. The links may be old, but they're tasty.On the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we give special honor to the source and symbol of the love Ou ... discuss

In the recent 2017 Ligonier Regional Conference, Discovering the God of the Bible—John MacArthur preached on “The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Ps. 27:1). In conjunction with the 201 ... discuss

“Do Not Worry For this reason I charge you not to be over-anxious about your lives, inquiring what you are to eat or what you are to drink, nor yet about your bodies, inquiring what clothes you are ... discuss

June 23rdThe Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost. In addition to the sacred liturgical celebration, many devotional e ... discuss

The Christian life is a long and arduous journey rather than a short swift sprint.  During the journey of faith, we will often face periods of intense struggle.  At one point, Jesus reminded Peter ... discuss

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St. Alban was born in the third century in Roman Britain, and was martyred around 304. According to the English Christian historian, the Venerable Bede, Alban was a pagan, and a soldier in the Roman A ... discuss

When it came to agreeing on the sixth sub-point, whether Christ is bodily present in the elements, the most distinguished minds of Protestantism slammed into an insurmountable obstacle.  While Zwingl ... discuss

The Naming of John the Baptist, Fra Angelico, 1435. Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the BaptistJune 24, 2017By Msgr. Bernard BourgeoisIsaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 139; Acts 13: 22-26; Luke 1 ... discuss

June 22, 2017Let us pray for more hopeful hearts so to live in imitation of Christ each day. May we face every cross and trial with confidence in the promises of Our Savior. This version of the novena ... discuss

Dr. Alan Keyesby Dr. Alan Keyes: As its original Latin root literally suggests, a congressional subpoena demands compliance "subject to the penalties of law." Nonetheless, the Constitution says plain ... discuss

I've already talked about my soft spot for Esau. Let's look over his resume to see what we can apply from his example to our own lives.I haven't mentioned this before, but one of my favorite parts of ... discuss

A few months ago, Les Lanphere interviewed Paul Washer for his own project. In this short (extended) interview, you will hear Paul Washer explain the essentials of the gospel. Why Refusing to Res ... discuss

The saint of the day for June 21 is St. Aloysius Gonzaga, an Italian Jesuit priest, the patron saint of teenagers. He is also the patron of AIDS care-givers and AIDS patients, and relief from sore ... discuss

There are certainly important and marked differences between Lutherans and the Reformed traditions, e.g., the rule of worship, Christology, the Supper, Baptism, church government, perseverance of th ... discuss

On the national level, commissioners from churches make decisions at General Assembly (GA) that set the course of future decades in the work of ministry. GA is not a minor irritant or an opportunity f ... discuss

The truth is, the heart of the matter is the heart. What our children need most is a new heart. They need the Spirit to bring them from death to life. They need the Spirit to work in them, sanctifyi ... discuss

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is June 23rd. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, the Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was privileged to receive visions of Christ beginning in childhood ... discuss

The death of a muslim teen on Monday June 19th was a tragic result of road rage; an illegal immigrant murdered the young girl with a baseball bat… Appallingly, albeit unsurprising, countless med ... discuss

Those of us who are the recipients of God's amazing love, mercy and forgiveness have been given an important mission: to spread that same love, mercy and forgiveness to others. God didn't bring His ... discuss

Tony Funderburk - The Rhyme and Reason Author Singer Songwriter Shut your mouth and tolerate If you wanna make sure more bad things happen in the world, shut your mouth. And put down your pen and keep ... discuss

Tony Funderburk - The Rhyme and Reason Author Singer Songwriter Rhymes and Reasons about… Click or tap on these links to the topics I talk about in this week’s podcast… Why drugs a ... discuss

An Act of Reparation From the Angel of of Peace at Fatima as taught to the three young children one year before Mary appeared in Fatima.  Let us pray this prayer during this Feast of Corpus Chris ... discuss

Tony Funderburk - The Rhyme and Reason Author Singer Songwriter Grace to you – now, that’s as good as it gets Is life tossing you monkey wrenches on a daily basis? Is your patience being t ... discuss

Being Pro Adoption Without Being Scammed Adoption is an idea that rests in the heart of many couples, but fails to come to fruition for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes fear holds them back.  Hearin ... discuss

Falling into the arms of love. Brothers and sisters, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. The grace o ... discuss

The First Sunday after Pentecost The Feast of the Holy Trinity, or Trinity Sunday, is a movable festival on the Church calendar in Western Christendom. Its date of celebration depends, as do Lent, As ... discuss

When Martin Luther died his close friend, and leader of the Protestant Reformation, Philip Melanchthon, delivered a powerful eulogy.  In his tribute, Melanchthon addresses Luther’s well-known b ... discuss

Tony Funderburk - The Rhyme and Reason Author Singer Songwriter What does it mean to have an effective prayer life? Are your prayers effective? Do you even know? Is there any way to know? What evidenc ... discuss

What is the devotion known as the 14 Holy Helpers Devotion?To modern Catholics who have seen much of their heritage forgotten and neglected - especially over the last 100 years - few likely have heard ... discuss

Remember not. O Lord, our offenses, nor those of our parents: neither take thou vengeance of our sins.Lord have mercy.Lord have mercy.Christ have mercy.Christ have mercy.Lord have mercy. Lord have mer ... discuss

Reprinted with permission from The Sargent County Teller (Milnor, ND: June 2, 2017) By Paige Cary  Who, exactly, is Jesus? That is the question Pastor Matthew Richard of Gwinner explores in his n ... discuss

Pentecost, Then and NowActs 2:1-21June 4, 2017The Day of Pentecost. Another one of these yearly observances in the church that can be a little puzzling. Most of us have heard the story of that day, ... discuss

Simple (1954 Calendar): June 2The following is taken from The Liturgical Year by Abbot Gueranger:The glory of martyrdom illumines this day with a profusion rarely met with in the cycle; and already we ... discuss

Tony Funderburk - The Rhyme and Reason Author Singer Songwriter Christians are more than conquerors If you could take a minute to try and see yourself from God’s perspective, you might get a bet ... discuss

Today, May 31st, is a deeply Marian today.  Today is not only the Feast of the Queenship of Mary but also the Feast of Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces and the Feast of Our Lady, Queen of All Sai ... discuss

As I wrote a couple of days ago, I am re-reading the autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. It is a magnificent book by a great saint and doctor of the Church. One recurring theme in the book is S ... discuss

It is a wise policy, issuing from experience, and one hopes not from cynicism, to distrust email messages that begin by saying that the writer is “excited to share” something. Inevitably, this inv ... discuss

28 May AD 1577 After Martin Luther's death, political changes altered the face of the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church. Emperor Charles V exercised control over all of southern Germany and most of the n ... discuss

There is a resurgence of confessional Anglicanism in the United States. What do I mean by “confessional” Anglicanism? I mean an Anglican identity based on the Reformation principles outlin ... discuss

Tony Funderburk - The Rhyme and Reason Author Singer Songwriter Is it worth your while to be redeeming the time you have? What does redeeming the time you have left even mean? After all, time isn̵ ... discuss

“Strange Things”Acts 17:16-31Easter 6May 21, 2017Perhaps you've noticed that during the Easter Season the Old Testament reading is replaced by reading from the book of Acts. This has tripped up m ... discuss




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