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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.

Is the Canadian government moving towards a cashless society?

The Canadian government is considering its own digital money. Image: anitakhart | Foter | CC BY-SA

The Canadian government is considering its own digital currency. Image: anitakhart | Foter | CC BY-SA

The Bank of Canada, which prints and manages Canada’s currency, has stated it is exploring producing its own version of digital money.

Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins suggested this move in a speech at the University of Waterloo in Ontario in early November.

The announcement, reported in The Globe and Mail, was prompted by the rise of  digital currencies such as Bitcoin. There is concern that virtual currencies could eventually challenge the Bank’s monetary authority.

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Does the “Sandwich theory” help us understand a puzzling Bible story?

What is the sandwich theory? Image alexbartok | Foter | CC BY-NC-SA

What is the sandwich theory? Image alexbartok | Foter | CC BY-NC-SA

[by Dean Smith] In Matthew 21:18-22, we have the strange story of the fig tree. Jesus who was hungry saw a lone fig tree by the road and went to it looking for figs.

When He found no figs, Jesus cursed the tree and it withered and died. The disciples were shocked by what happened and Jesus gave them a brief teaching on faith and they continued their journey into Jerusalem.

However, what makes the story a bit odd is that it was not the season for the fig tree to produce fruit — which Mark notes (Mark 11:13). Jesus and the disciples knew this and in this odd statement we realize one thing — the story is not about the fig tree. (more…)

Rethinking the “desires of your heart”

Are you trapped by the desires of your heart? Image Neal. | Foter | CC BY

Are you trapped by the desires of your heart? Image Neal. | Foter | CC BY

Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 NASV)

Many have used this verse believing if we seek after God, He will give us everything we desire — a big home, a great job, a new car…. the list is endless.

But is this how we should interpret this verse. As we struggle with sin, we know in our mind it is wrong and we realize we need to stop.  But the biggest part of our struggle is that we still want this sin. We still desire the pleasure it brings or the rush it gives us. Some even miss it, when they try to stop.  So it is a battle between what our mind knows and what our heart wants.

Maybe God wants to change your desires so you no longer want the porn or the new pair of shoes or the drugs or whatever bondage enslaves you. Instead of praying for the big house, ask God to give you the actual “desires of your heart.”

So You Hate Your Job, Chapter Three: Lose the attitude

Does your office with a view define your success? Image: Tunnelbug | Foter | CC BY-NC

Does your office with a view define your success? Image: Tunnelbug | Foter | CC BY-NC

[by Sandy McIntosh] In your job, or career, or business, are you proud of your success? Are you stressed about not getting what you deserve? Is recognition too slow sometimes?

I once worked in a prestigious place where winners had window offices, and losers had cubicles. When I learned that a former Director’s office was vacant, I did my best lobbying and I got it, with my Director’s old desk. He was upgrading too.

So I had a large window office with a big wooden desk; and no I did not have emotional problems with that. It felt good.

Soon after, Stan came by my new office. He seemed impressed and asked “How did you get an office like this? You’re doing pretty good for a …” Stan didn’t finish his sentence, and I never learned my rank in the local religion. (more…)

Abortion debate at England’s Oxford University cancelled because of “mental security issues?”

Why is Oxford University stifling free speech? Image: pcgn7 | Foter | CC BY-NC

Why is Oxford University stifling free speech? Image: pcgn7 | Foter | CC BY-NC

[by Dean Smith] A pro-life group at England’s infamous Oxford University had booked campus facilities on November 18, 2014 for a debate on abortion. Both sides of the issue were to be represented.

Everything was going fine, until a feminist group at the university complained. This resulted in the University stepping in and cancelling the debate citing “mental and physical security issues.” How a debate on campus could cause mental security issues is a bit beyond my pay grade, but the university said protestors could get violent. (more…)

Alien attacks, War of the Worlds, Martians and evolution

Martians attacking HMS Thunder Child from War of the Worlds: Wikipedia

Martians attacking HMS Thunder Child from War of the Worlds: Wikipedia

[by Dean Smith] Atheists and evolutionists like to discredit Christians for our belief in God who created the heavens and earth. They in turn insist their beliefs are all about the science.

But that is often not the case. In fact, a recent poll showed that over half of atheists believe in life on other planets without any credible evidence for their existence. Atheists do have faith — it is just in Aliens.

At the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in Illinois held Saturday, November 22, 2014. Physicist Dr. John Brandenburg presented his scientific evidence that there was an ancient civilization living on Mars that was completely destroyed when another Alien race attacked the planet. (more…)

It’s so annoying when the facts don’t line up with your theories

Why is the Antarctic ice bed over twice as thick as global warming scientists expected it to be. Image Antarctic Ice Christopher.Michel | Foter | CC By-NC

Why is the Antarctic ice bed over twice as thick as global warming scientists expected it to be?  Image Christopher.Michel | Foter | CC By-NC

[by Dean Smith] The journal Nature Geoscience is reporting more bad news for those promoting man-made global warming.

Not only is the size of the ice bed growing in the Antarctic, but using  a robot — an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) —  a group of scientists from the UK, US and Australia have discovered that the Antarctic ice bed is over twice as thick as their global warming computer models said it should be.

This is significant as using these same models, scientists were predicting (due to melting ice in the Antarctic and Arctic) rising oceans would sink islands and swamp coastal areas. This fear mongering was just one of the reasons activists were clamoring for governments to  spend billions of dollars to cut C02 emissions. (more…)

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