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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.

Ben Carson says prison proves gay lifestyle is a choice, later apologizes

Ben Carson speaking at CPAC in 2015.  Photo Greg Skidmore/Foter/CC BY-SA

Ben Carson speaking at CPAC in 2015. Photo Greg Skidmore/Foter/CC BY-SA

[by Dean Smith] In an interview on CNN, Ben Carson, a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination, was asked if being gay was a choice. There are several pushing the idea that homosexuality is genetic, however, a number of studies on identical twins suggest this is not the case.

In a response to Chris Cuomo’s question, Carson said he believes being gay is a choice.

Using the prison system as his example, Carson stated:

“Because a lot of people who go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

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How God loved and chased down an atheist lesbian university professor

[by Dean Smith] If there was anyone I would have written off as an impossible case for conversion, it was Dr Rosaria Champagne Butterfield.

She was a left-winger, lesbian, atheist and an English professor at Syracuse University. In my world, three strikes and you are out. But thankfully, a reformed Syracuse Presbyterian pastor and his wife, Ken and Floy Smith, had more faith than I did.

In her testimonial, “My Train Wreck Conversion,” on Christianity Today, Rosaria tells how God chased her down.

One of my favorite lines from her article is: “As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians. Then somehow I became one.” (more…)

Is the Muslim Dome of the Rock really sitting on the original site of the Jewish Temple?

Is the Dome of the Rock really the site of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem? Photo: Serithian/Foter/CC BY-NC

Is the Dome of the Rock sitting on an old Roman fortress? Photo: Serithian/Foter/CC BY-NC

[by Dean Smith] The Muslim’s Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem has been a source of conflict between Muslims and Jews for years. In a video at the end of this article, you will see a confrontation between a group of Muslim agitators and US senator Dennis Ross when he recently visited the Dome.

According to tradition, the Dome of the Rock sits on the original site of the Jewish Temple before the Romans destroyed it in 70 AD. The Dome, built in 691 AD, is considered one of Islam’s oldest buildings. The State of Jordan operates and manages the Dome, which is probably Jerusalem’s most notable land mark.

But recently some are suggesting the Dome of the Rock was not the original site of the Jewish Temple. (more…)

Has Jesus’ childhood home been discovered?

Nazareth at dusk Photo: 1yen/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

Nazareth at dusk Photo: 1yen/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

[by Dean Smith] In a Biblical Archaeological Review article, archaeologist Ken Dark reports he may have found Jesus’ childhood home in Nazareth. According to the Bible, Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1), raised in Nazareth (Luke 4:16) and eventually moved to Capernaum (Matthew 4:13) where He started ministering.

In 670 AD, an Irish Monk named Adomnan from Iona wrote a document called De Loctis Sanctis that discussed the pilgrimage of Bishop Arculf to Nazareth. During his journey, Arculf visited a church at the site of the home where Jesus grew up. (more…)

The Incomparable Observer

Photo: Daiju Azuma/Foter/CC BY-SA

Photo: Daiju Azuma/Foter/CC BY-SA

[by Earl Blacklock] From his childhood, Jean Henri Casimir Fabre was a gifted self-taught observer of nature whose extensive research and writings on insect and arachnid anatomy and behavior set the highest standard for scientific inquiry.

Fabre won a scholarship to a school for teachers, where he taught himself Latin and Greek. While studying a text on entomology, he discovered an error. The book said that the hunting wasp kills beetles before feeding them to its larvae. Through careful observation, Fabre saw that the wasp instead paralyzes its prey, delivering them to its young still alive. From that observation, Fabre learned the principle that in science, all authority must be questioned.

A teacher of biology at a high school for boys in Avignon, Fabre devoted his free time to the study of insects and arachnids. He would spend hours after school studying and recording the drama of the lives of creatures that lived nearby, from the way they would signal their presence to how they killed their prey. (more…)

Jihad versus the Crusades

I know it’s the politically correct thing to do — blame all the Muslim’s woes and outrage on the crusades that happened 11 centuries ago.  Even on the video when ISIS brutally beheaded 21 Coptic Christians on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, its spokesman indirectly referenced the Crusades.

And in that spirit, President Obama did exactly the same thing at the National Prayer Breakfast held in Washington D.C. on the morning of Thursday, February 5, 2015.

During his address to a largely Christian crowd, President Obama talked about the brutality of ISIS and then in almost the same breath spoke of the terrible brutality of the Crusades, “justified in the name of Christ.” (more…)

The Putin ISIS War … and Nehemiah

Putin Photo: World Economic Forum/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

Vladimir Putin Photo: World Economic Forum/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

What Nehemiah Did and How You Can Do Anything: Chapter 5 and conclusion, Locate the North Star.

[by Sandy McIntosh] Today we have ISIS, a militant group that has kidnapped and sold young women as slaves, beheaded Egyptian Christians with knives, and burned a Jordanian pilot with gasoline, in a cage. The group strives with great energy, but success eludes them.

We also have Vladimir Putin in Russia who lost controlling influence over Ukraine when its corrupt government collapsed. He responded by occupying Ukrainian Crimea, resulting in the devastation of that region’s economy. Crimea was followed by the subversive invasion of eastern Ukraine. Affected areas of Ukraine are now in ruins and the population is growing desperate. Success also eludes Mr Putin, in spite of his great efforts. (more…)

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