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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.

Bread and Circuses

Rome's colosseum Photo: Moyan Brenn/Foter/CC BY

Rome’s Colosseum Photo: Moyan Brenn/Foter/CC BY

[Earl Blacklock] The Colosseum in Rome is one of the most visited tourist sites in the world. Millions come each year to view with awe its remnants. And little wonder. Designed to seat 50 thousand people, it was an architectural masterpiece. But it had a bloody history.

The arena was the place where the idle gathered to amuse themselves, and Roman society had many idle, to the extent that the state had to placate them with free food and amusement to keep them out of trouble.

By the reign of Emperor Claudius (41-54 A.D.), 159 days of public holidays were in place, of which Claudius devoted 93 days to spectacles in the arenas of the empire, of which the Colosseum was chief. Juvenal, a writer of the day, said of his fellow Romans that they “now long eagerly for just two things: bread and circuses”. (more…)

‘The Silent Scream’ — ripped apart from limb to limb — the dark side of abortion

[by Dean Smith] In April, Kansas was the first state in America to ban dismemberment abortion.

This procedure, allowed during the second trimester (fourth to sixth month), involves inserting a long bladed scissor type device through the cervix and ripping off the babies arms and legs allowing it to bleed out.

Death often does not come immediately, but it is inevitable. It is the most common method of abortion in the second trimester. (more…)

A sacrificial gift of 18 cents

Note and 18 cent donation at First Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina

Note and 18 cent donation at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina

“Please don’t be mad I don’t have much. I’m homeless. God bless.”

[by Dean Smith] These were the words of a short note written on an offering envelope containing an 18 cent donation deposited in the offering plate at the First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, during a recent Sunday service.

Charlotte has a bustling financial center. Bank of America is headquartered there, as is Well Fargo’s east coast headquarters.

Located downtown, the church is near the financial district, but is also near a homeless shelter. It is not uncommon for a few homeless people to attend services as the church provides a breakfast Sunday morning for anyone interested in joining them. (more…)

Manny Pacquiao’s faith in the ‘fight of the century’

Manny Pacquiao Photo: PatLoika/Foter/CC BY

Manny Pacquiao Photo: PatLoika/Foter/CC BY

[by Dean Smith] The fight between Manny Pacquiao, 36, and Floyd Mayweather, 38, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas has been billed the fight of the century. Whether it will end that way or not, the ticket prices are certainly there.

Though tickets were initially priced between $1,500 to $7,500, in the secondary market they rapidly escalated in value. Some tickets on the main floor of the MGM Grand were listed at $50,000 each. The median ticket price on SeatGeek was over $10,500 compared to just $3,290 for last year’s NFL Super Bowl tickets. This makes it the most expensive sporting event ever.

Boxing fans have been calling for a fight between Pacquiao (57-5-2) and Mayweather (47-0) to settle who is the undisputed best fighter in the world. Pacquiao now holds the position as the best pound-for-pound fighter and Mayweather is listed as second and was the former number one pound-for-pound fighter.

But many are unaware of Pacquiao’s faith in Christ. Manny is from the Philippines. Oddly he was born in the same town on the Philippine island of Mindanao as popular NFL hopeful and Christian Tim Tebow. (more…)

A warning not heeded

Japanese POWs stunned by announcement of Japanese surrender during World War II

Japanese POWs stunned by announcement of Japanese surrender during World War II

[by Earl Blacklock ] As a young man, Walter Judd attended a youth conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. He remembered little about the conference except the story of the rich young ruler. He saw in the story a choice – to put a Cause before himself, or to be a quitter. He went home and announced to his parents that he had chosen to be a medical missionary.

In 1925, after graduating from medical school, Judd went to a mission hospital in China, 12 days inland. After a succession of 46 malarial attacks, he was forced to return to the United States in 1931.

What he had seen in China convinced Judd that Japan was preparing for war, and that the U.S. would inevitably be embroiled in it. He tried to convince anyone who would listen that American trade was helping Japan arm. No one took his warnings seriously. (more…)

US Geological Survey warns of the big ONE — a great earthquake

Tent city in Haiti after 2011 "Great" earthquake. Photo: United Nations/Foter

Tent city in Haiti after 2011 earthquake. Photo: United Nations/Foter

[by Dean Smith] In a recent report, the US Geological Survey (USGS) warns the chances of a great earthquake in California has increased by nearly 50%. Based on their analysis of geological faults, the USGS states the chances of a “great” earthquake of 8.0 or greater in the next 30 years has increased from 4.7% to 7%.

Tom Jordan, Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, states that the pressure on the tectonic plates that make up the San Andreas Fault is building increasing the likelihood of a massive quake. It is likened to increasing pressure on a spring that will at one point be released.

Aside from a great earthquake, there is a 99% chance of an earthquake of 6.7 or higher over the next 30 years. (more…)

The New Enemies of Islam

Clashes between Muslims in Cairo, Egypt Photo: Jonathan Rashad/Source/CC BY-NC-SA

Clashes between Muslims in Cairo, Egypt Photo: Jonathan Rashad/Source/CC BY-NC-SA

[by Sandy McIntosh] The Middle East is in turmoil. That’s not news, but western Christians may believe they are targets of a new religious crusade, as the persecuted enemies of Islam. There is some violence against western Christians by Muslims, but we are not a prime target.

Muslim Arab and Jewish Israeli rivalry is also becoming an old story.

New forces are emerging, “Great Satan” U.S.A. and the Israeli Zionists are not the only concern now.

In 2013, in a suburb of Cairo Egypt, a mob of thousands of Muslims attacked a worship service in a house. They set the house on fire, dragged four men into the street, and beat them to death while the police watched and did nothing. (more…)

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