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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.

Man of the Year

Photo: Salvador Nobre da Veiga/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

Football like it is supposed to be played. Photo: Salvador Nobre da Veiga/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

[by Greg Blacklock] Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas was established in 1885 by the Methodist Episcopal Church to provide students with a liberal arts education. In 1951, the school took pride in its athletic program, and in its coach Harold Hunt.

It was a difficult time for the school. The year before, a major fire had ravaged its administration center. With only 350 students, the school’s football team was always up against larger schools, and Coach Hunt had only 27 in his entire squad. College football was in trouble throughout the United States because of news stories about bribes and dirty play.

The opening game against Central Missouri State College was one Southwestern badly wanted to win. Before a crowd of 2,000 fans, the team didn’t give an inch on defence for the entire first half, and the half ended with no score from either team. (more…)

Weird Bicycles and Booze

Photo: artstandere/Foter/CC BY-ND

Photo: artstandere/Foter/CC BY-ND

[by Sandy McIntosh] I’m a fan of DIY projects, where people make things instead of just buying something off the shelf. The problem with new ideas is that they show our wrong thinking. And it turns out, we are set in our ways and we don’t know what the truth is.

One odd trend is reverse steering bicycles. It’s a new fad.

Reverse steering means the handle bars turn one way, and the wheel turns the other. There are many Internet videos about these experiments. Search “reverse steering bicycle” to see what I mean. (more…)

Did the Turkish president just call for Muslims to invade Jerusalem?

President Erdogan on billboards in Istanbul, Turkey Photo: Jofre Ferrier/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND

President Erdogan on billboards in Istanbul, Turkey Photo: Jofre Ferrier/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND

[by Dean Smith] Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been president of Turkey for 13 years. In a recent speech to admiring supporters in the Turkish city of Erzincan, Erdogan called for Muslims to invade and conquer Jerusalem.

In his speech, reported by the Anadolu Agency, Erdogan said:

“We Muslims have lost our way toward Jerusalem. The water of our eyes froze making us blind, and our hearts that are destined to beat for Jerusalem is now instead conditioned for rivalry being in a state of war with each other.”

In the last part of the statement, he was referring to the bitter rivalry between Shia and Sunni Muslims who have warred with each other for decades. Instead of fighting each other, Erdogan said the two groups must unite against their common enemy Israel. (more…)

Is your problem a giant or an optical illusion?

Bodian Castle is one big optical illusion. Photo: alh1/Foter/CC -BY-ND

Is Bodiam Castle one big optical illusion? Photo: alh1/Foter/CC -BY-ND

[by Dean Smith] I love castles. One of my bucket list goals is to visit England and explore at least a couple ancient fortresses. However, there is one, Bodiam Castle, that I may take a pass on. Located in Kent, it is a popular castle and because of its huge moat very photogenic. You may have already seen pictures of it.

But there is something strange about this castle. It is not all that it seems.

Sir Edward Dalyngrigge was given permission to build the castle in 1385. He had been a faithful servant to King Richard II fighting for the English king in the Hundred Years War. It seems back then, like a car, you had to have a license or “crenellate” as it was called then to build a castle.

I guess Kings wanted to control who built castles because they could be used for you or against you. (more…)

Was a girl healed from a critical injury after a friend laid hands on her and prayed?

Taylor Hale goes from brain dead to graduation after friend lays hands on her for healing Photo Youtube capture

From brain-dead to high school graduation: Was Taylor Hale miraculously healed after a friend laid hands on her and prayed for healing? Photo Youtube capture

[by Dean Smith] In 2011, at the age of 14, Taylor Hale of Waukee, Iowa was with friends when she fell off the hood of a car hitting her head on the pavement. Unconscious, she was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

According to an article in USA Today, the doctors medically induced a coma to help heal her brain trauma. Over the next six days medical staff worked on Taylor, but the news wasn’t good. Her head was sinking into her spinal canal, and according to doctors this was irreversible.

But the sixth day, September 17, 2011, proved eventful. Early in the morning, Taylor suffered a massive brain hemorrhage.

With no brain activity, the doctors recommended to Taylor’s parents, Stacy and Chuck Taylor, that their daughter be taken off life support. The family agreed and began planning for her funeral. (more…)

It took 10 years, but Southern Baptists will now accept missionaries who speak in tongues

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY Photo: wbchan/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY Photo: wbchan/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

[by Dean Smith] It took nearly ten years, but on May 13th, 2015, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) announced it will now allow missionaries into its organization who speak in tongues. In 2005, SBC’s missionary arm passed rules stating it would no longer accept any who spoke in tongues to serve in its organization.

Speaking in Tongues is a practice commonly found among Charismatic and Pentecostal churches. Many believe it is a sign of being filled with the Holy Spirit and is considered one of the spiritual gifts.

The gift was prominent in the early church as it was one of the main gifts manifested on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). As the first century closed the gift and filling of the Holy Spirit began to wane and for centuries speaking in tongues was relegated to groups the Catholic Church often considered heretical.

However, the Azusa street revival that took place in Los Angeles, California in 1906, thrust the gift into main stream Christianity. (more…)

Do trumpet sounds in the sky have a divine origin?

[by Dean Smith] Around the world, people are hearing strange sounds in the sky that oddly sound like trumpet blasts. They have been heard in Germany, Belarus, US, Canada and the Ukraine.

England’s Daily Mail, recently did a story on these sounds describing them this way:

“Sounding like a trumpet or a collective from a brass section of an orchestra, a selection of videos shot from Canada to Ukraine, via the US, Germany and Belarus show strange goings on above us.”

These blasts have been loud. The one heard in Kiev, Ukraine, in August 2011, was recorded by people almost 40 kms apart. That noise was so unusual, it even made nightly news casts. (more…)

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