Overview of Isaiah Chs 15-22 by M. Wallace Johnson
For the most part however these chapters concern countries which still today afflict Israel - Moab (Jordan), Syria, Ethiopia/Egypt, Assyria (Iraq) and Babylon (Iran). The difference between then and now is that in the days of these prophecies, these nations were tools of judgment that God used against his faithless people whereas today Israel has just been reborn - regathered from all the nations of the earth unto which God had scattered them.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:17:32 AM
'In Christ Alone' theme for 2016 Youth Gathering
When participants converge upon New Orleans in July 2016 for the LCMS National Youth Gathering, they will be meeting under the theme "In Christ Alone." Gathering planners met Jan. 20-21 in New Orleans -- working in a hotel conference room under the shadow of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome that will play host to the Gathering's group events -- to begin the creative process that would lead to the development of the theme.
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:30:36 AM
Pro-Life Action League Prayer Requests Provokes
Scheidler acknowledges that such a response was not unexpected, though it is totally unwarranted. "We want to challenge ourselves and the whole pro-life movement to love our enemies, just like Jesus said to," she explained. "For a pro-life activist, it can be difficult to really love those who assist in the killing of over 3,000 unborn babies every day in the United States. There is no better way to overcome that difficulty than to pray for them--just like Jesus, who prayed from the cross even for those who were crucifying him."
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:25:03 AM
Missouri Synod president shares Lenten message
"We as a church body need the mercy of Christ," Harrison says. "We're in turbulent and challenging times, there's no doubt about it. Recent events in Ukraine harken back to many wars and challenges in the past. I've been traveling in Africa and other places in the world, and right in the midst of all the difficulties and challenges, the Gospel is prospering mightily.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:23:30 AM
Voting on S. 653: Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities
The U.S. Senate should act quickly to address a "growing crisis of religious minorities" by allowing a vote on S. 653, a bill to establish a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace and the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in a March 4 letter.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:32:08 AM
Catholic Priests Urge Congressional Support for Second Chance Act
Congress should take an important step to address issues faced by the more than 650,000 men, women and juveniles who reenter society each year from prisons, jails and detention centers. This was the message of the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president of Catholic Charities USA in a March 4 letter supporting the Second Chance Act (S. 1690/H.R. 3465).
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:30:30 AM
M Wallace Johnson Overview of Isaiah Chaps 10-14
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God - Many there are who do not believe in the Scriptures, but it surely cannot escape anyone's attention, that the principle nations named in the Bible, still exist. Israel has returned, and once again she is the focus of the Battle between God and his enemies.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:13:13 AM
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, USCCB President, Issues Statement on Ukraine
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Ukraine, March 4, and cited concerns for "current tensions and troubling events which continue to unfold there." He comments followed a call of Pope Francis that all "endeavor to overcome misunderstandings and build together the future of the nation."
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:05:23 AM
Christians Leaders Oppose Mass Incarceration
WASHINGTON--Christian leaders, representing a broad coalition of Christian churches and denominations in the United States, voiced their united opposition to mass incarceration, February 7. Mass Incarceration was the topic of the 2014 annual meeting of Christian Churches Together (CCT), in Newark, February 4-7. USCCB has taken part in CCT since 2004.
Feb 26, 2014 - 6:35:16 AM
The Will of God: Creator, Lover, Judge and Savior
Ideas flooded my head as I contemplated writing a book. I settled on the theme of the title to the book "The Battle of the Three Wills." From that beginning I felt it necessary to build the basis for each of the respective "Wills" from the Holy Bible. With this background information as revealed by the Bible, it was obvious that God's Will was a Creator, Lover, Judge and Savior. Where Satan's will is diabolically opposed as a Want-to-be God, Hater, Deceiver and Destroyer. Man's will is to choose between God (good) and Satan (evil). .........So let the Battle begin.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:20:32 AM
'Carrying On' DVD - Mysteries of the Rosary
For Lent this year, Family Theater Productions is releasing a brand-new DVD paralleling the Carrying of the Cross in the Mysteries of the Rosary. "Carrying On" is a modern- day story of a girl who must face her own shortcomings. Filmed in the Philippines, it is the latest installment in the Manifest Mysteries Anthology.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:12:29 AM
Overview of Isaiah Chs 6 to 9 by M. Wallace Johnson
The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. -- God himself may not specifically 'Speak Judgment' against any particular nation in existence today, but every nation that does not have leadership that leads with righteousness is at risk of the natural consequences that befall a society that cares for nobody.
Feb 20, 2014 - 4:30:16 AM
Collection for the Church in Central, Eastern Europe Builds Future
One funded project is located in Bucharest, Romania. The Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart run the New Home Centre, which provides a place for abandoned children. Through providing nursery care and preschool education, the sisters give the children a stable, safe environment and adequately prepare them to start primary school.
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:03:02 AM
Who were the Prophets and what did they say. Isaiah Chapters 2-5
Verse 20 holds a real warning for us today when it says: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! This verse has a companion in Romans Chapter 1 verse 25. The root cause of both the sin and God's judgment is revealed in verse 24 - "because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel".
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM
Holy, Wholly or Holey? Prayer and Fasting
There are many who 'do' all the right things in their quest to become holy or close to God, but only God knows what is really in their hearts, for as is recorded in Ezekiel 33: 31-32
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:05:06 AM
Information and photographs from Archbishop Kurtz in the Philippines
Gallery of the trip, including shots of the devastation in the Philippines - Archbishop Kurtz: Philippines Blog -- Day 1 - Philippine Notes: Statistical Shock
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:13:39 AM
Idols in Ministry No 6: The Devil
There are many good God fearing Christians in the world who have without realizing it, taken their eyes off God, and focused them squarely on the Devil and while they may never consider it to be so, they have in reality raised him to a greater height, a greater prominence and with greater power than God himself.
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:20:00 AM
Free Gift for Everyone
There is not one thing you can do to pay for this gift. It is impossible. It is a completely free gift offered to all people young and old, men and women, of all nations and race. Absolutely no exceptions. It is completely free to everyone.
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:17:26 AM
Humane immigration reform legislation required
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, commented January 29, to immigration reform principles released by House Republicans at their retreat in Cambridge, Maryland.
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:07:39 AM
Idols in Ministry No 4. Doctrine
Can doctrine be considered to be an idol? Probably not but when one considers how various people treat 'their' doctrines, it really is not that difficult to see doctine as an idol. Put another way, when people make Salvation dependent upon theology, Salvation by faith through the grace of God is nullified, and replaced with a 'Salvation through theology'.
Jan 31, 2014 - 12:23:31 AM
Who's Who of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) delegation to the Philippines
Cardinal Tagle was born on June 21, 1957 in Manila. He attended Loyola School of Theology and San Jose Seminary, and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Imus (nearby Manila) on February 27, 1982. Cardinal Tagle received a master's degree in 1987 and a doctorate in sacred theology in 1991 at The Catholic University of America. He became Bishop of Imus on October 22, 2001, and Archbishop of Manila on October 13, 2011. On November 24, 2012 he was installed as a member of the College of Cardinals and participated in the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis.
Jan 31, 2014 - 12:07:29 AM
Holy, Wholly or Holey? - Moses!
God called Moses from before he was born, and in delivering him from certain death, sent him to be raised and educated a Prince. In return, Moses committed murder, hid the body of his victim, and fled the judicial process.
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:25:13 AM
The God of Israel is the God of Jerusalem
This passage debunks claims that Jews have a false claim to Jerusalem or that it has always been Palestinian.
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:02:07 AM
College Debt factor for well-educated, multi-ethic, median age 37 entering the religious life
Ten percent of those who professed final vows in 2013 had an average amount of $31,000 in college debt and the average length of delay was two years, according to "New Sisters and Brothers Professing Perpetual Vows in Religious Life: The Profession Class of 2013." The annual survey was conducted by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).
Jan 24, 2014 - 12:07:11 AM
Idols in Ministry No 5. Reputation
Very quickly they built up a huge following and the original church building capable of sitting 300 people, was insufficient to meet the needs of the Sunday Services. After quite some time of holding meetings in a large auditorium, The Baptist Minister and his Presbyterian assistant 'split' from their new found denomination and set up their own church.
Jan 22, 2014 - 1:07:30 AM
Holy, Wholly or Holey? Righteousness
If this story can be said to be one of compassion, said compassion is found in his casual dismissal of the woman. But realistically, this story is actually about self-righteous religious people, who in the first instance hypocritically pass judgement on others, and in the second, seek to do damage to true servants of God.
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:20:11 AM
Bishops' Conferences Say Hope is Essential for Peace in the Holy Land
WASHINGTON--Bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America, gathered in the Holy Land for an annual meeting, said that hope is needed to bring lasting peace to the Holy Land, January 15. Eleven countries made up the 2014 Co-Ordination of Bishops' Conference in support of the Church in the Holy Land, which issues an annual statement following their meeting.
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:07:11 AM
Beware the Jealous God of Jerusalem
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:02:26 AM
Pope's Call for 'a Poor Church for the Poor'
WASHINGTON--The 2014 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering will focus on the message and vision of Pope Francis: "Becoming 'a Poor Church for the Poor.'" The gathering will be in Washington, February 2-5, 2014. In his first audience, March 16, 2013 Pope Francis told members of the media, "How I would like a Church which is poor and for the poor."
Jan 18, 2014 - 12:43:48 AM
Human Life and Dignity in Trade Deals
WASHINGTON--As Congress has the opportunity to consider and ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in the year ahead, it should remember principles that defend human life and dignity, said the bishops who chair the Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Jan 17, 2014 - 7:25:05 AM
Catholic Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage Surrounding Roe v. Wade Anniversary
WASHINGTON--Catholics can observe the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States by participating in nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage by attending local events and by joining a nationwide novena via email, text, app and other formats, said the chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston said the over 55 million abortions since the decision reflect "with heartbreaking magnitude" what Pope Francis means by a "throwaway culture."
Jan 17, 2014 - 7:17:31 AM
Holy, Wholly or Holey? Tithing
The 'prosperity Gospel' which dictates that God will financially bless faithful Christians, requires us to believe that less fortunate Christians must be in sin. This is clearly not taught in Scripture.
Jan 12, 2014 - 12:27:35 AM
Better to be Wise than Penitent
Jan 12, 2014 - 12:02:30 AM
Humanitarian Response to U.S.-Mexican Drug Trafficking
WASHINGTON--Calling an overemphasis on military "counterproductive," the bishops who chair the domestic and international peace and justice committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged Secretary of State John Kerry to examine the funds and priorities of the coordinated efforts of the U.S. and Mexican governments against narcotics trafficking, also known as the Mérida Initiative.
Jan 11, 2014 - 2:40:21 AM
Holy, Wholly or Holey? Homosexuality
When we preach to the assembled congregation, is it not a time of teaching and edification; of prayer and worship? What part then does the preaching against what is acceptable to the non-saved play in our services?
Jan 8, 2014 - 12:05:01 AM
Collection for the Church in Latin America, Opportunity to Share Faith
WASHINGTON--The annual Collection for the Church in Latin America (CLA) is scheduled for the weekend of January 25-26 in parishes across the country. The collection supports pastoral projects in Latin America and the Caribbean that help Catholics to share their faith.
Jan 7, 2014 - 8:45:04 AM
Messiah or AntiChrist
In January 2013, the cover of Newsweek has an interesting title. It says The Second Coming: America expects; can he deliver. The pope of the Catholic Church has released a statement that says, "You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don't believe and who don't seek the faith. I start by saying -- and this is the fundamental thing -- that God's mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience." It is alarming to have these statements even raised to begin with.
Jan 5, 2014 - 12:33:30 AM
Who were the Prophets and what did they say? No 3: Micah
The message in the books of Isaiah, Amos, Hosea and Micah are almost identical. Secular and religious leaders and those with the power that comes from wealth neither paid attention to doing what was right in the eyes of God nor treated the common man with decency and dignity. When leadership fails to set the right example for society, that society crumbles
Jan 5, 2014 - 12:17:10 AM
Idols in Ministry No. 2 'Them and Us''
The underlying reason for their belief is that 'THEY and their beliefs' are the only receptacles of 'TRUTH'; the true inheritors of the promises of God; the chosen people, the one true church. To put it bluntly, 'they idolize themselves and their beliefs'.
Dec 29, 2013 - 12:17:31 AM
Idols in Ministry No 1: The Counselor
For many people, repenting of an act or behavior is not hard to do. The hard thing is to deal with the after effects in the mind and heart. We can put that into more modern language and say that the ongoing psychological effects of past causes, makes the joy of our salvation not so sweet. Then again there are the physical consequences of past behavior. (Damage from alcoholism, broken relationships from disintegrated marriages, criminal histories that haunt us to name just a few.)
Dec 22, 2013 - 5:03:30 AM