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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.

A generous peace

Japan Photo: mino2066/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND

Modern Japan Photo: mino2066/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND

[by Earl Blacklock] Japan will long be remembered as the perpetrator of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, followed by years of astonishing cruelty against those it conquered. This made them beyond redemption in the minds of most Americans. An associate of Dulles once called the behavior of the Japanese during the war “unforgiveable”. Dulles’ response? “Christ teaches us that nothing is unforgivable.”

John Foster Dulles was born into a devout Christian home, a pastor’s family, in 1888. His grandfather, John Foster, was part of the team that negotiated an end to the Sino-Japanese war in 1895, and served as Secretary of State. His parents wanted him to follow his father into ministry, but his grandfather had other ideas. (more…)

Be Careful Little Mouth What You Say

Needing to look our best. Photo: Arbyreed/Foter/CC BY-NC

Needing to look our best. Photo: Arbyreed/Foter/CC BY-NC

[by Sandy McIntosh] I train truck drivers. Commercial driver training is part of my repertoire, and I warn them about the province of British Columbia, where the highways are surveyed by CCTV cameras. Offenders are tracked from central governments and are easily caught, even on remote highways. Truckers call BC the province of “bring cash.” It’s the new reality.

I also do safety and first aid training, and I warn everyone to be modest and discreet. Most people carry a phone with a camera, for still shots or videos. Drivers should avoid all rude gestures, especially near a company logo. Internet videos never die.

Britt McHenry is a pretty blonde woman who is also a sports news anchor for ESPN. She showed the world recently that her potty mouth is not so pretty. Her car had been towed and she had to pay to get it back from the impound. No one enjoys that experience, but it’s good to remember that towing companies have security cameras. (more…)

No infrared, no proof, but still most atheists believe in aliens

No life here. Attennae Galaxies taken from NASA's Hubble space craft Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Foter/CC BY-NC

No alien civilizations here. Attennae Galaxies taken from NASA’s Hubble space craft Photo: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center/Foter/CC BY-NC

It is a strange irony. While on one hand atheists claim they can’t believe in God because there is no scientific evidence to prove His existence, yet polls show the majority of atheists believe in aliens even though there is no scientific evidence to prove their existence. Oh sure, there are YouTube videos of people claiming aliens abducted them for experimentation, but that is hardly evidence.

In fact, in a documentary produced by the Discovery Channel, famed atheist and physicist Stephen Hawking expressed concern about an advanced alien society plundering earth’s resources along the Hollywood theme of War of the Worlds or Independence Day.

Well, Hawking and other like-minded atheists needn’t worry, Penn State just released its analysis of 100,000 galaxies probed by NASA’s Wise space observatory. They were looking for evidence of advanced alien civilizations and found none. (more…)

After the hospital declared his son brain dead, the dad visited the hospital with a gun, and then a miracle happened

George Pickering, 59, was desperate. His adult son George Jr, 27, was lying in a coma at the Tomball Medical Regional Center in Tomball, Texas. He had suffered a series of strokes and the doctors told George his son was brain-dead and they were planning to take him off life support.

Pickering, who is remarried, did not have medical power of attorney in the situation. And oh yeah, the hospital was interested in harvesting his son’s organs.

But desperate people do desperate things.

On January 10, 2015, with gun in hand George walked into the intensive care ward where his son was under care and ordered the medical staff out of the room. In an interview with The Blaze, Pickering said he had a very simple plan, he and his son were going to die together. (more…)

Survey finds world youth most religious and Britain one of the least religious nations

St. Annes Church, Alderney, England Photo: neilalderney123/Foter/CC BY-NC

If the current trend continues, Christians will be a minority religion in England by 2050. Photo: St. Annes Church, Alderney, England — neilalderney123/Foter/CC BY-NC

A recent international survey by WIN/Gallup International (WGI) found that England is now one of the least religious countries in the world where only 30% of respondents said they were religious.

WGI asked 64,000 people in 65 nations to rank their religious beliefs according to three statements: “A religious person,” “not a religious person” and ” a convicted atheist.” It did not break down the faith according to beliefs.

Britain now joins China where only 7% considered themselves religious, Japan at 13%, Sweden 19%, Holland 26% and the Czech Republic 27% as among the least religious countries in the world. (more…)

Muslims threw Christians off refugee boat crossing the Mediterranean

Refugees loading onto boat. Photo: Flickr/United Nations Chad

Refugees loading on to boat. Photo: Flickr/United Nations Chad

[updated April 18, 2015 ] Italian police are reporting that Muslims on board a refugee boat crossing the North Mediterranean Sea from Libya threw 12 Christians off the boat. The 12 were murdered simply because they were Christians.

The rubber boat held 105 people when it left Libya on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Somewhere along their journey Muslims on board became aware of the Christians. The Muslims were from Senegal, Ivory Coast and Mali.

[Since we posted this story, there have been more revelations on what happened on board the raft carrying the 105 refugees. Apparently, the rubber boat started leaking and people began praying. The Muslims on board became enraged when they heard a boy praying to God instead of allah. Screaming allah is great they threw the boy overboard. When other Christians tried to help the boy, the Muslims turned on them as well.]

The murdered Christians were from Ghana and Nigeria and were likely fleeing the escalating Muslim violence against Christians in those countries. (more…)

Do Gospel singers have the safest and best lives?

Bill Gaither trio in 2011 -- left to right David Phelps, Gordon Mote and Bill Gaither: Wikipedia/ruthdaniel3444

Gospel singers (left to right) David Phelps, Gordon Mote and Bill Gaither in 2011: Wikipedia/ruthdaniel3444

[by Dean Smith] According to a report by Dianna Theodora Kenny of various musical genres, Gospel singers have the safest and best lives. Kenny is a professor of Psychology and Music at Australia’s University of Sydney.

In her study, reported in The Telegraph, Kenny tracked the deaths of 12,665 musicians between 1950 and June 2014. The singers represented 14 different musical genres including gospel, rap, country, rock, metal, punk and pop.

She broke their cause of death into basic categories — the top five being accidental, suicide, homicide, heart and cancer. (more…)

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