Study shows even casual marijuana use affects the brain

Areas of brain affected by marijuana usage. Image Wikipedia/

Two areas of brain affected by marijuana usage — n. accumbens and amygdale. Image Wikipedia/

“The interaction of marijuana with brain development could be a significant problem.” Dr Han Breiter, Professor of Psychiatry and co-study author

A team of researchers has warned that even casual marijuana use can damage the brain.

Previous studies have shown that significant marijuana usage by teens can have a profound impact on the person’s brain even leading to serious mental illnesses such as  schizophrenia.

Now researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Harvard University have found even casual marijuana usage by teens, as little as once a week, can affect their brain. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Neuroscience. (more…)

Is New York City discriminating against Christians?

Is liberty setting in New York City? Photo: Statue of Liberty Flicker/Mromega

Is liberty setting in New York City? Photo: Statue of Liberty Flicker/Mromega

While recent revelations suggest communist China may be marginally easing its persecution of Christians, New York City seems to be heading in the opposite direction.

A court has ruled that New York City can legally discriminate against Christians.

The case involved the New York City Board of Education’s (NYCBE) refusal to rent schools to Christian groups for worship services over the weekend, simply because they are Christian. Meanwhile, it allowed others to rent the same property. (more…)

Is China’s ‘underground church’ making Jesus more popular than Mao on Twitter?

Is the underground church in China ruling the Chinese twitter universe? Photo Tiananmen Square China Wikipedia/Derzsi Elekes Andor

Is China’s Underground Church ruling the Chinese twitter universe? Photo Tienanmen Square China Wikipedia/Derzsi Elekes Andor

Well it is not exactly Twitter, it’s Weibo which is the Chinese-sanctioned version of Twitter.

According to an analysis of activity on Weibo, by Tea Leaf Nation, Jesus is tweeted more times than Mao Zedong the founder of Chinese communism and famous for his “Little Red Book” of quotes, ready-made for Weibo.

It appears Chinese censors (estimated at 100,000) are now allowing more religious tweets on Weibo. In the past, censors deleted religious tweets. (more…)

The man who inspired ‘God’s not dead’ movie

Ming Wang's story was portrayed by Martin Kip in the movie God's Not Dead Photo: Martin Kip

Ming Wang’s story was portrayed by Martin Kip in the movie God’s Not Dead. Photo: Martin Kip website.

When Ming Wang immigrated to the U.S. from communist China in 1982, he had no idea 32 years later his story would help spark a popular Christian movie — God’s Not Dead.

He landed in the U.S. with a Chinese English dictionary in one hand and $50 in the other. He was an atheist and an off spring of Mao Zedong’s cultural revolution.

After being accepted into Harvard Medical School, Wang went on to become a cataract surgeon and now runs his own clinic in Nashville, Tenn.

While at Harvard, Wang befriended a Christian professor who shared his faith with Wang. (more…)

Irish priest surprises couple at their wedding with a personal rendition of ‘Hallelujah’

Father Ray Kelly was marrying Chris and Leah O’Kane at the Roman Catholic church he pastors in Oldcastle, Meath Ireland. Half way through the ceremony, Father Kelly had a surprise for the couple and began to sing a hit song by Leonard Cohen called “Hallelujah.”

He changed the words to sing about their marriage. The first line of the song was:

“We join together here today, to help two people on their way, as Leah and Chris start their life together.” (more…)

Paralyzed woman reportedly healed during a church service in Pompeii, Italy

Who caused this miracle t the Catholic church in Pompei, Italy: Wikipedia/Velvet

Who was the source of a miracle at this Catholic church in Pompeii, Italy? Wikipedia/Velvet

In April 2003, Michelina Comegna, 74, was partially paralyzed after going through treatment for breast cancer. During surgery to remove a lump in her breast, she had an aneurism which left her paralyzed. She went on to have a mastectomy and chemotherapy treatment.

On March 23, 2014, during a service at a Catholic church in modern Pompeii, Italy, Comegna was reportedly healed.

In an interview with a local newspaper, Gazzetta del Sud Online, Comegna told what happened: (more…)

Paga: The intercessor claims territory for God

Intercessors claim territory for the Kingdom of God.

Intercessors claim territory for the Kingdom of God.

I am doing a series on the Hebrew word ‘paga’ translated intercession in the Old Testament. The word has a broad range of usages that offer unique perspectives on intercession. In my earlier article, I discussed how the word was used to describe the spiritual warfare associated with intercession.

Another one of the unusual ways ‘paga’ is used in the Old Testament is in staking out and claiming territory. After Israel entered the Promised Land, each tribe was given an inheritance of land.

In Joshua 16:5-7, we have a record of the territory given the tribe of Ephraim described as “the border of their inheritance.”

“It went down from Janoah to Ataroth and to Naarah, then reached (paga) Jericho and came out at the Jordan.” (v 7 NASV)

The word ‘paga’ is repeatedly used throughout this section to mark the territory or boundaries of each tribe’s inheritance. In almost every instance it described the outward border (see Josh 17:10, 19:11, 22, 26, 27 etc). (more…)

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