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Paga: The intercessor claims territory for God

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

Did a college professor punish a girl with zero grades because of her Christian beliefs?

Image Mindgutter/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND

Image Mindgutter/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND

Liberty Counsel has taken on the case of a 16 year-old girl, referred to only as G.L. who as a high school student under a special program was also attending classes at Florida’s Polk State College. According to Liberty, G.L. had a grade point average of 3.9 in high school, but while attending a class taught by college humanities professor Lance Russum had received “0” marks on four assignments.

Liberty alleges this happened because the young student would not allow herself to be influenced by the teacher’s strong anti-Christian, pro-marxist, pro-homosexual and pro-feminist beliefs. (more…)

A medieval prayer circle or magical rite?

Prayer Wheel translated into English - Dailymail.co.uk

Prayer Wheel translated into English – Dailymail.co.uk

[by Dean Smith] The Liesborn Gospel, listed for sale at $6.5 million, contains the four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The book, with a cover made of carved oak, was ordered by the Abbess of the Leisborn convent in Germany probably for a wealthy woman who had just taken her vows.

These books of the Gospels are extremely rare with only five complete sets known to exist. They were also very sacred and considered mystical as they were thought to be “the physical embodiment of the Word of God.” The books were often elaborately decorated with rare jewels.

The one being sold by Les Enluminures Gallery, an ancient manuscript dealer based in Manhattan, dates to around 980 AD and comes with a special added feature — a prayer circle. (more…)

Bread and Circuses

Rome's colosseum Photo: Moyan Brenn/Foter/CC BY

Rome’s Colosseum Photo: Moyan Brenn/Foter/CC BY

[Earl Blacklock] The Colosseum in Rome is one of the most visited tourist sites in the world. Millions come each year to view with awe its remnants. And little wonder. Designed to seat 50 thousand people, it was an architectural masterpiece. But it had a bloody history.

The arena was the place where the idle gathered to amuse themselves, and Roman society had many idle, to the extent that the state had to placate them with free food and amusement to keep them out of trouble.

By the reign of Emperor Claudius (41-54 A.D.), 159 days of public holidays were in place, of which Claudius devoted 93 days to spectacles in the arenas of the empire, of which the Colosseum was chief. Juvenal, a writer of the day, said of his fellow Romans that they “now long eagerly for just two things: bread and circuses”. (more…)

‘The Silent Scream’ — ripped apart from limb to limb — the dark side of abortion

[by Dean Smith] In April, Kansas was the first state in America to ban dismemberment abortion.

This procedure, allowed during the second trimester (fourth to sixth month), involves inserting a long bladed scissor type device through the cervix and ripping off the babies arms and legs allowing it to bleed out.

Death often does not come immediately, but it is inevitable. It is the most common method of abortion in the second trimester. (more…)

A sacrificial gift of 18 cents

Note and 18 cent donation at First Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina

Note and 18 cent donation at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina

“Please don’t be mad I don’t have much. I’m homeless. God bless.”

[by Dean Smith] These were the words of a short note written on an offering envelope containing an 18 cent donation deposited in the offering plate at the First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, during a recent Sunday service.

Charlotte has a bustling financial center. Bank of America is headquartered there, as is Well Fargo’s east coast headquarters.

Located downtown, the church is near the financial district, but is also near a homeless shelter. It is not uncommon for a few homeless people to attend services as the church provides a breakfast Sunday morning for anyone interested in joining them. (more…)

Manny Pacquiao’s faith in the ‘fight of the century’

Manny Pacquiao Photo: PatLoika/Foter/CC BY

Manny Pacquiao Photo: PatLoika/Foter/CC BY

[by Dean Smith] The fight between Manny Pacquiao, 36, and Floyd Mayweather, 38, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas has been billed the fight of the century. Whether it will end that way or not, the ticket prices are certainly there.

Though tickets were initially priced between $1,500 to $7,500, in the secondary market they rapidly escalated in value. Some tickets on the main floor of the MGM Grand were listed at $50,000 each. The median ticket price on SeatGeek was over $10,500 compared to just $3,290 for last year’s NFL Super Bowl tickets. This makes it the most expensive sporting event ever.

Boxing fans have been calling for a fight between Pacquiao (57-5-2) and Mayweather (47-0) to settle who is the undisputed best fighter in the world. Pacquiao now holds the position as the best pound-for-pound fighter and Mayweather is listed as second and was the former number one pound-for-pound fighter.

But many are unaware of Pacquiao’s faith in Christ. Manny is from the Philippines. Oddly he was born in the same town on the Philippine island of Mindanao as popular NFL hopeful and Christian Tim Tebow. (more…)

A warning not heeded

Japanese POWs stunned by announcement of Japanese surrender during World War II

Japanese POWs stunned by announcement of Japanese surrender during World War II

[by Earl Blacklock ] As a young man, Walter Judd attended a youth conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. He remembered little about the conference except the story of the rich young ruler. He saw in the story a choice – to put a Cause before himself, or to be a quitter. He went home and announced to his parents that he had chosen to be a medical missionary.

In 1925, after graduating from medical school, Judd went to a mission hospital in China, 12 days inland. After a succession of 46 malarial attacks, he was forced to return to the United States in 1931.

What he had seen in China convinced Judd that Japan was preparing for war, and that the U.S. would inevitably be embroiled in it. He tried to convince anyone who would listen that American trade was helping Japan arm. No one took his warnings seriously. (more…)

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