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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.

Lift me up

F86 Sabre Jet Photo: V_silvestri/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND

F86 Sabre Jet Photo: V_silvestri/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND

[by Earl Blacklock] In November of 1951, Captain John Paladino was a fighter pilot, flying an F-86 Sabre jet fighter over North Korea. He was flying home from an air attack on enemy railroads when the unthinkable happened. At 32,000 feet, Captain Paladino’s oxygen equipment failed, and he passed out, unconscious. “The first I knew I was in trouble was when the instruments went hazy.

That’s all I remember”, Paladino recalled.

Flying with the stricken pilot were friends Jack Miller and Wood McArthur.  They watched with concern as they saw Paladino take a sharp drop to the left. After dropping a few thousand feet, Paladino’s plane went through the sound barrier, then suddenly pitched up into a climb. (more…)

Can we change the past through God?

Changing the past? Photo: Alan Cleaver/Foter/CC BY

Changing the past? Photo: Alan Cleaver/Foter/CC BY

[by Dean Smith] I won’t pretend to understand anything these guys are talking about, but I am always fascinated when scientists talk of Quantum mechanics. In a recent study, a scientist has suggested that contrary to our personal experience time runs both forward and backwards.

Our experience with time is that it goes from the past to present to future and only the past and present can affect the future. However, professor Kater Murch from Washington University has been looking at quantum mechanics and discovered that time in the quantum world seems to run both ways.

And by doing so, the future has the ability to change the past.

As odd as this sounds, I sometimes wonder if these strange theories may help us understand some puzzling statements made by Jesus in the Gospels. But before we get to those verses, let me explain a bit more about Murch’s theory. (more…)

Mary and Me

We are no different than Mary! Photo: Wonderland/Foter/CC BY

The only difference between you and Mary, is you don’t have a statue! Photo: Wonderland/Foter/CC BY

[by Wayne Johnston] Now that Christmas is behind us for this year, I would like to write about Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Lots has been written over the years of her great attributes, her holiness and purity of spirit; many songs have been written, paintings painted, and her statues fill churches all over the world, signaling her out as the “highly favoured one” of God (Luke 1:28).

Can you imagine how you would feel if God sent Gabriel to you one night to announce that in God’s eyes you are a “highly favoured one”? Would you look for your statues in churches alongside Mary’s? (more…)

A woman’s perspective: Where is the balance?

Looking for a balance in our life.

Are you looking for a balance in your life?

[by Barb Smith] For the past two years, I have been  on a journey seeking answers for my damaged emotions which, I believe, also affected my physical well-being.

I realize now, my greatest struggles have come from my fear of rejection stemming from insecurities about myself, my appearance and my relationships.

I couldn’t say “no” to anything or anyone because I was trying to please people. I spiritualized my actions thinking I was denying myself and making sacrifices. It felt biblical. (more…)

Book of Revelation warns global warming is coming, just not yet, and not because of CO2

Global warming sign buried in snow in England: Photo source unknown

Global warming warning sign buried in snow in England. Photo source unknown

[by Dean Smith] This past January, it was broadcast that 2014 was the warmest year on record. As I recently wrote, a major English newspaper, The Telegraph, reported there was some re-jigging of the original temperature data that resulted in 2014 winning the award for the hottest year.

One area in South America showed some of the highest temperatures. However, when others fact checked the original temperature data they found something strange.

Between 1950 and 2011, the original temperature data from rural weather stations in Paraguay showed temperature had dropped 1 degree C. However, once this temperature data was adjusted, the temperature data instead showed a 1.5 degree Centigrade increase. (more…)

After praying for a sick woman, Christian leaders imprisoned for practicing medicine without a license

Laos village farf_/Foter/CC BY-NC

Laos village Photo: farf_/Foter/CC BY-NC

Bordered by Cambodia, China, Vietnam and Thailand, Laos is a landlocked, communist country in Southeast Asia. Officially called Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Transparency International labelled Laos as one of the most corrupt nations in the world.

Last year, the government charged five church leaders with practicing medicine without a license because they prayed for a sick woman.

Morning Star News is reporting on a legal decision that came down February 12, 2015, the five Christians were each fined US$62 and sentenced to nine months in jail. The group must also pay the family of the deceased woman US$2,448 for emotional distress and funeral costs. (more…)

Study says if you are looking for gore and horror turn on a children’s show

Who is influencing your children?

Who is influencing your children?

[by Dean Smith] If you are looking for films with a bit of death and gore, you may find exactly what you want in the cartoons set aside for your children.

According to a report released in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) this past December, children’s cartoons and movies are full of death often surpassing levels found in adult dramas.

The research team, led by Ian Colman, associate professor of epidemiology at Canada’s University of Ottawa, used a “Kaplan-Meler survival analysis” to compare when the first death occurred in a group of top 135 grossing movies — 45 considered children’s entertainment and 90 adult-themed. (more…)

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