Does an ancient papyrus speak of the Exodus from an Egyptian perspective?

The Departure of Israelis from Egypt by David Robers 1828 / Wikpedia

The Departure of Israel from Egypt during the Exodus by David Roberts 1828 / Wikipedia

There is an ancient Egyptian papyrus that some believe tells of the plagues that God sent on Egypt during Israel’s deliverance from that land under Moses.

Oddly the ancient document hasn’t caught the attention of many Christians simply because it doesn’t fit their time-table of who the Pharaoh of the Exodus actually was.

But it perfectly fits mine, and I believe this papyrus — written from an Egyptian’s perspective — describes the chaotic days and the plagues associated with Israel’s deliverance from Egypt.

The document officially named Leiden I 344 is on display in the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, Holland. It was discovered in 1828, but wasn’t translated until 1909, when Professor Alan Gardner discovered it was a lament speaking of a very chaotic time in Egypt’s history. He titled it The Admonitions of an Egyptian Sage from a Hieratic Papyrus.

It spoke of disasters, death, mysterious natural phenomena and  famine. And oddly it addressed a massive transfer of wealth from the very rich of Egyptian society to the poorest.

It was written by a man named Ipuwer who was an actual witness to what happened. He mixes historical with current events and was warning the current rulers of Egypt of divine retribution, such as happened earlier, if they abused their power. (more…)

Over 50% regret their decision to divorce

Why do so many people regret their divorce? Image Banjo D | Foter | Creative Commons

Why do so many people regret their divorce? Image Banjo D | Foter | Creative Commons

According to a survey — conducted in conjunction with the DVD release of a movie called The Love Punch – 54% of people who had divorced said they had second thoughts about their decision. The survey was reported by the Daily Mail.

The Love Punch, starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson, is a comedy about a divorced couple who are brought back together to try to recover a retirement fund stolen through fraud. During this process, they realize their love for each other had not died.

The survey questioned 2,000 UK men and women who had either been either divorced or separated from a long term relationship for over five years. (more…)

The real problem in the Middle East — Muslim extremists don’t want peace, they want the total destruction of Israel

In this six-minute video, radio host Dennis Prager explains the real reason there is no peace in the Middle East.

He says Muslim extremists don’t want peace, because they desire Israel’s destruction. With that as their ultimate goal, lasting peace is impossible.

Even the terrorist organization Hamas — which controls the Gaza strip– calls for Israel’s destruction in its Charter.

So who else has called for Israel’s destruction? (more…)

You are the salt of the earth, and it’s good for you and the world

Study says salt is good for you. Image Peter Nijenhuis / Foter / Creative Commons

Study says salt is good for you. Image Peter Nijenhuis / Foter / Creative Commons

Two papers published by Canadian researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine say we have it wrong when it comes to salt. The general view is the less salt we consume the better.  While Canadians consume on average 3.5 to 4 grams of salt per day, Health Canada has been pushing to reduce daily consumption to 2.3 grams daily and even suggested 1.5 grams was a good goal.

Other groups such as Hyptertension Canada have suggested a daily consumption rate of 2.o grams, this was an upgrade of its earlier recommendation of consuming 1.3 grams to 1.5 grams of salt daily.

The push for lower salt consumption is based on the notion that it will reduce cardiovascular problems. (more…)

The people of Gaza are starting to turn against Hamas

Is God preparing the people of Gaza for a move of God? Photo Gazans: Wikipedia/Ehabich Creative Commons

Is God preparing the people of Gaza for a move of God? Photo Gazans: Wikipedia/Ehabich Creative Commons

It was inevitable. After weeks of purposefully endangering their lives, the people of Gaza are starting to turn against Hamas.

Hamas has brutally ruled Gaza since it took control in 2005. Every two or three years it attacks Israel. In its most recent conflict, as it did in the past, the terrorist organization is purposefully launching its rockets from Gaza suburbs and even hospitals hoping Israel’s retaliatory strikes would result in human casualties or at the very least destroy people’s homes.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Gazans are starting to openly criticize Hamas. This is a very rare move and extremely dangerous as Hamas, similar to its ISIS cousins in Iraq, will kill fellow Muslims with little provocation. The lucky ones who criticize Hamas’ are thrown in jail.

The AP article stated: (more…)

Praying two and a half weeks for a slurpee?

The widow and the unjust judge: A testimony to unrelenting prayer.

The widow and the unjust judge: A testimony to unrelenting prayer.

A few year’s back, my wife was talking to a woman who told of struggles with her oldest son. He was having problems at school and teachers were constantly asking his mother to come in to deal with behavioral issues.

As they discussed what was happening, the woman shared that the boy was her only child from a previous marriage. Divorced, she had remarried and now she and her new husband had children of their own.

However, the step-father was finding it difficult accepting the oldest son. He found it hard to praise him and easy to criticize. 
My wife heard the story, saw the need and decided to pray about it.

For the next two and half weeks, this became the focus of her prayers. (more…)

Who is Israel and who is the church?

How are Israel and the Church connected?  Photo: Jerusalem / Wikipedia/Berthold Werner

How are Israel and the Church connected? Photo: Jerusalem / Wikipedia/Berthold Werner

With all the focus on Israel in recent weeks because of Hamas attacks, it’s time to take a look at the relationship between the church and Israel. Some believe that God is done with Israel and that the church is the new expression of God’s kingdom on the earth — the church has replaced Israel. Along with this some believe, that since Israel failed to fulfill God’s purpose, the church is God’s second choice.

But is this what the Bible really says?

How does the church fit with Israel?

In order to understand this relationship, we need to first define who Israel is. In Romans 9:6-13, Paul digs into the Old Testament to show how God views Israel.

He opens with this stunning announcement: (more…)

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