Paga: The intercessor claims territory for God

A look at the different meanings of the Hebrew word 'Paga' which is translated intercessor.

Is this any way to treat your friends?

[by Dean Smith] The way things are going, it seems the last friends left for Israel are Evangelical Christians. Yet, some orthodox Jews seem intent on driving Evangelicals away.

According to reports, The Jerusalem Municipality, that runs the city of Jerusalem, will now receive prior approval from a group of Jewish Rabbis before allowing Christian events at the Jerusalem Pais Arena (JPA) — a multipurpose facility that seats up to 11,000 people.

This happened because a group of orthodox Jews referred to as haredi accused Christians holding an event at JPA of forcing Jews to convert. (more…)

Justin Bieber wears offensive Marilyn Manson t-shirt at Hillsong conference. How will Christians react?

Justin Bieber wearing a Marilyn Manson t-shirt at Hillsong conference in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Image capture Daily Mail Video

Justin Bieber wearing a Marilyn Manson t-shirt at Hillsong conference in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Image capture Daily Mail Video

[by Dean Smith] Canadian pop star Justin Bieber comes from a Christian home. He has been in the news the past couple years for several  altercations involving the police both in the US and Canada ranging from egging a neighbor’s house to racing down the streets of Miami.

But since then Justin seems to be sincerely trying to turn his life around and has turned to several Christian pastors for help. He recently became involved with Hillsong, a Pentecostal mega church originating out of Australia with branch churches around the world. It is perhaps most famous for its worship music with songs hitting gold and platinum level sales.

Justin started attending a branch church in New York city and was reportedly water baptized in a bathtub in June 2014 by New York Hillsong pastor Frank Houston. He has also become close friends with Pastor Joel Houston, grandson of the founder of Hillsong. Joel has taken on a mentor role in Justin’s life.

But there have been a few bumps in the road in Justin’s journey back to God. (more…)

Christian-owned business Chick-fil-A tops the charts

Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays to allow workers to go to church. Photo: Lord is Good/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays to allow workers to go to church. Photo: Lord is Good/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

[by Dean Smith] Chick-fil-A was just awarded the top fast food franchise in America. It topped a list compiled each year by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). This was the first year, they included Chick-fil-A in the survey.

It not only topped the list but according to ACSI with a rating of 86, the chain received the highest score ever given to a restaurant in the fast food category. ASCI determined the index after a survey of 5,000 people. (more…)

Heavenly Joy’s response to Howard Stern was so cute

I was watching America’s Got Talent and this cute five-year old girl named Heavenly Joy came out. Her talent was singing.

She was incredible and actually reminded you of child-star Shirley Temple (1928 – 2014) whose Hollywood film and singing career started in 1932 at the age of five.

Heavenly Joy received a standing ovation for her expressive performance of “In Summer” from the movie Frozen. The judges unanimously voted her through to the next round.

One of the judges, Howard Stern, turned to Heavenly Joy and said, “I think Shirley Temple is living somewhere inside of you, is that possible?”

Heavenly Joy replies emphatically, “Not Shirley Temple, Jesus.”

“There you go, now you are talking,” Stern replies.

Japan’s Christian Voice

Japan: Picture by Moyan Brenn on Flickr

Japan: Picture by Moyan Brenn on Flickr

[by Earl Blacklock] Throughout his life, Toyohiko Kagawa was a respected  voice in Japan, representing Christian truth and witness.

Born to a concubine, Kagawa was raised by his father’s wife and her mother who, in their indignation, took turns beating the boy until he was old enough to be sent away to school. There he met two missionaries who taught him that all men were created by a God of love, and that any person could accomplish good simply by devoting himself to service.

Inspired by their example, he plunged into study for the ministry, only to be struck down by tuberculosis. During his recuperation, he wrote Across the Death Line, a novel that was to play an important role in his life. (more…)

As in the days of Noah: Is history repeating itself with manipulation of human genes?

Gene tampering as in the days of Noah?

Gene tampering as in the days of Noah?

[by Dean Smith] On April 18, 2015, scientists from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangdong, China publicly announced in the online journal Protein and Cell, they had edited the genes in a non-viable human embryo using a gene editing technique called CRIS PR-Cas9. This procedure enables them to remove genes, splice new ones in and basically recode any gene strand they want.

They apparently modified a gene in a number of embryos thought to cause disease. It is less than exacting because of the 28 embryos they tampered with only seven attempts were successful.

This is the first time that scientists have openly admitted to modifying human genes is an effort to create “designer” humans, even though in this instance the embryos did not survive, or so they said. (more…)

A woman’s perspective: “No, I am not sorry”

[by Barb Smith] Not long ago,  I was conversing  with a co-worker.  I was telling her about  a YouTube video I had  seen.  It portrayed how often women say  “sorry” in a day.  She looked at  me and said, “you say sorry a lot”.

I started paying attention to how often I said “sorry”.

I remember looking for an item at work. I asked a co-worker ,  “sorry, where is the soap kept?” Simply,  I didn’t know where it was, and she did.  No apology was necessary. (more…)

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