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    Jesus, speaking to Trump, from His word; "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first".......
  2. Catholic in origin........... In Christianity, Lectio Divina (Latin for "Divine Reading") is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word.[1] It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the living word. What happened to: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,rightly dividing the word of truth. Quote; "The concept of Scripture being something to absorb, take in, and digest slowly has its origins in the 3rd century when Origen Adamantius began to explore the idea of there being a larger wisdom behind the written word of God than can be immediately read." "Lectio Divina continues to be a fundamental part of Benedictine life today. Outside of the monastery it experienced a revival in the 20th century when Pope Paul VI included it as an important practice in Christian faith, in his document Dei Verbum, as part of the Second Vatican Council reformations and changes. This may have been in part a response to the 19th century's more historical approach to Scripture. Revitalization of the Lectio Divina continues in the 21st century with Pope Benedict XVI saying: "I would like to mention the spread of the ancient practice of Lectio divina or 'spiritual reading' of Sacred Scripture. It consists in pouring over a biblical text for some time, reading it and rereading it, as it were, 'ruminating' on it as the Fathers say and squeezing from it, so to speak, all its 'juice', so that it may nourish meditation and contemplation and, like water, succeed in irrigating life itself." (Sunday Angelus, November 6th, 2005) So, Reading up on this, where they are reducing the passage to one word, repeating the word over and over, creating a mantra, and use breathing in conjunction with the repetitions, sounds just like a Transcendental Meditation (eastern India)course I took many many years back, before I was a believer. Though not a Christian at the time yet, my religious upbringing started flashing red warning lights and I dropped out when they ask us students to kneel and pray silently the mantra to what I do not remember, but it wasn't God. The origin of Lectio Divina is catholic, from the Benedictine order.
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    Retreats for Solitude with the Lord

    I rest my case...........................
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    Roman verses disputed

    As a young believer, I was taught to memorize the Roman road, a very good basic tool for witnessing. Very cool.... Roman Road: The Gospel of Grace Follow Me: Romans 1:20-21: "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened." We must acknowledge God as the Creator of everything and accept our humble position in God's creation. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” We must all realize that we are sinners and that we need forgiveness. We are not worthy of God’s grace. Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Through Jesus, God gave us a way to be saved from our sins. God showed us His love by giving us the potential for life through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” If we remain sinners, we will die. However, if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and repent of our sins, we will have eternal life. Romans 10:9-10 “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Just confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved! Romans 10:13 “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” There are no religious formulas or rituals -- Call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved! Romans 11:36: "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen." Determine in your heart to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life today.
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    Retreats for Solitude with the Lord

    With your penchant for warning everybody against the RCC ad nauseam, what better opportunity for you to simply go to their retreats with the true gospel, to those who would need it the most. That would definitely be very productive, friend. You may not know this friend, but it cost money to purchase land, and clear it and plant and maintain lawns and plants, to say nothing of the 'buildings' and facilities for sleeping and meals and lighting or heat and air, showers and rest rooms, hiking and camping grounds. Our church is supported by it's members, (money-time-labor) and we support the group retreat, money-time-labor). Many people go free as guests, and when our kids went on special activities, they would find sponsors to help them financially, which gave the sponsors a part of the blessing. (NOT the burden). Our youth considering the ministry, are given opportunities to bring a message (preach) to the younger youth, and gain experience. My wife and I have been to marriage retreats there with other friends, with cool guest speakers, at a real lay back atmosphere, usually outdoors. And still had much alone time, for time to listen to the Lord. I think Debp has exhausted herself trying to make you understand. I think most understand she is sharing her own thoughts about finding a place, quiet, in a nice outdoor setting with the trees and flowers, wildlife or river streams, and think/talk/listen to God. A Christian retreat. Too bad she mentioned the "Catholic" retreat. My daughter was born in a catholic hospital, but that didn't make her a catholic.
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    Retreats for Solitude with the Lord

    Check with a local Baptist church, Debp. Like our church, they could have a shared retreat available. Our church has a place in the hill country near rivers that has facilities for camping, walking paths, or for ladies/men's retreat. All taken care of by several sister churches. Other church denominations may also have them. Actually, I brought this up in our men's bible study. Though the fellas at first had a good laugh, later they realized they also could relate. As I work at home out side in my shop, I frequently go to the facilities in my home, a one minute walk. While walking, and then while 'sitting', I'm most often reviewing what I may have accomplished (or not) in cabinet making business, and many other decisions made through the day, phone calls, grand kids needing a flat tire fixed, wife honey do's, robophone calls, etc. I start thinking/remembering (reflect) my recent actions, conversations, attitudes, patience or lack, willingness or not to be a blessing to others, yet still accomplish some cabinet production. I have never had a problem as a believer, to be totally honest with God, knowing it will go better for me. That room, is where I "pause" in my busy thinking, and I find my self discussing/confessing my thoughts with God, through out the day. I also at first considered the room was not the best place to show reverence to my creator, then remembered the word; 1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice evermore Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Pray without ceasing. Whenever. Wherever!
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    Who Do You Look Forward to Meeting?

    Dennis, I can honestly say I don't know how it all works. But it has always been my belief that my faithfulness, or not, in sowing seeds is NOT the determining factor in others salvation. That is the job of the Holy Spirit, moving upon each individual. My job is to share the gospel to whosoever. I have spent much time witnessing to certain old friends, and brothers, sister, Catholics, parents, atheists, planting seed, over and over, and the soil was not fertile very often (A prophet in his own town). Others, my children, grand kids, a brother, strangers, received the word without hesitation. I believe if the soil is ready, (God can prepare the soil) they can receive the seed, and watered, it can grow to fruition. It does not matter how/who planted the seed. I have presently no idea of the results of much of the seed I have sown, but perhaps some day. I do not press for professions. The birth of a child comes with a shout.
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    Who Do You Look Forward to Meeting?

    I have read somewhat about Independent Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican communion, and other 'catholic' churches that have separated from the "Roman" catholic hierarchy. Some priest have vehemently stated 'No more Rome ties" A good stand. Couldn't find the site, but there is a move to distance them selves from the Rome influence. My mom and I had a bazillion talks about 'salvation by grace only' and she agreed, only to state later (over emphasize) works. It just would not penetrate. She worked herself to the bone, with her works, but couldn't grasp grace. It wasn't in the catechism book. A total brainwash, no room for 'what if'. She couldn't handle any criticism of the 'holy mother' church. The true gospel was hid. But then, maybe inside, her spirit knew, but wouldn't admit publicly. Time will tell. Regardless, she was a GREAT mom. A tough great depression survivor, who took care of nine of us, with a paralyzed first born, and an alcoholic husband. She firmly believed it was only Jesus who got her through it all.
  9. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. On earth, our eyes are corruptible. In heaven they will be incorruptible. On earth, we see through a glass, darkly; but then (heaven) face to face: now (on earth) I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. "If only I could talk to the Lord face to face..."Why can't I see Him now? We can not. Adam and Eve took care of that, when sin entered man. He reveals Himself through His spirit, and truth, the word. How would the opportunity for faith be revealed if we could see God's face. Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. We worship in spirit. Not looking for manifestations. Nor should we seek manifestations, for proof, as some assemblies churches and K Copeland, looking for signs and manifestations. Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Exodus 33:20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”
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    Who Do You Look Forward to Meeting?

    A Dark History of the Catholic Church; a must read for any Catholic. Fidei could not have posted a better research of the RCC. On to OP; I hope I see my mom, who was a staunch rigid catholic, in heaven. But I know her love for the 'holy mother church' took priority, over scripture, what little she was taught, or knew. Only the Lord knows.
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    “But One Thing Is Needful”

    I just gave you (reacted) to your post above, with a "Thanks" clapping hands. If someone wants to show their 'reaction' to what you posted, they click on the closest symbol. Then you get a notification (the red bell) above at the top right, or sometimes also at the bottom right that pop's up. And emails if you are quoted. Hope this helps.
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    “But One Thing Is Needful”

    Messed up, but see below..........................
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    The Changeless Christ

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    Who Do You Look Forward to Meeting?

    And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. I don't know the answer. However, I believe we will know each other, but through different eyes, and with a different heart. Incorruptible. "that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
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    Who Do You Look Forward to Meeting?

    Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gave-st me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. John 17:20-26