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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.

Study shows teens using marijuana regularly 60% less likely to finish school

Why are governments rushing to legalize marijuana when it has a devastating impact on teens?

Why are governments rushing to legalize marijuana when it has such a devastating impact on teens?

[by Dean Smith] Researchers from Australia’s University of South Wales have concluded if a person starts smoking marijuana before age 17, they are 60% less likely to finish college than their counterparts who do not use the drug. They were also more likely to drop out of high school.

While activists try to paint Cannabis as a safe drug to have it legalized, study, after study, after study, and after study are showing that marijuana is anything but safe.

The results of Australian study published in The Lancet Psychiatry showed similar dangerous results. Compared to non users, teens who used Cannabis regularly were: (more…)

Update on Houston City Council subpoenas of sermons of five city pastors

[by Dean Smith] According to Foxnews commentator Todd Starnes, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot sent a strongly worded letter to the Houston City Attorney David Feldman, telling the city to stop its persecution of five Houston pastors and to withdraw the city’s subpoenas of these church leaders.

The Houston attorney’s office subpoenaed the pastors’ sermons, notes and any correspondence (texts and emails included) sent to members of their congregation on issues of homosexuality, gender identity and Mayor Annise Parker — Houston’s openly lesbian mayor.

In his letter, Abbot described the city’s actions as “aggressive and invasive.” He added the city disregarded “the very serious First Amendment considerations at stake.” (more…)

Is the City of Houston trying to bully and intimidate pastors into silence?

A dark day for Christians in Houston, Texas Photo: Houston City Hall digital-dreams | Foter | CC BY-NC-SA

Dark days for Christians in Houston, Texas  Photo Houston City Hall: digital-dreams | Foter | CC BY-NC-SA

[by Dean Smith] We expect this type of behavior in China or Iran, but to have it happen in the U.S. is beyond comprehension. Foxnews commentator Todd Starnes recently exposed the abuse of Christians taking place in America.

The City of Houston has gone to court demanding several pastors turn over all sermons, notes and any communications to church members related to issues regarding gender identity, homosexuality and city mayor Annise Parker. If the pastors do not obey this order, they could be held in contempt and jailed or fined.

Parker is Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor.

The city’s demand stems back to a law it passed in June called the “bathroom bill” which would allow men or women to use bathroom and shower facilities of the opposite sex. The law would allow trans-gender people to use public facilities of their choice. (more…)

Israel receives a downgrade, ISIS says Christians are now its number one enemy

The Vatican's St. Peter's Square with insert image of Dabiq magazine. Main image Storm Crypt | Foter | CC by-NC-ND

The Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square with insert image of the cover of Dabiq magazine. Background Image: Storm Crypt | Foter | CC by-NC-ND

[by Dean Smith] Arutz Sheva — an Israeli news site — reports the Islamic State (which go by a variety of acronyms IS, ISIS, ISIL) has just declared Christians as its number one enemy.

This news was broadcast loudly on the most recent cover of the organization’s propaganda magazine called Dabiq.

In its fourth edition, the cover of the English version featured a photo-shopped picture of the Black ISIS flag on top of the Egyptian obelisk in the Vatican’s St Peter’s square. The magazine — titled “The Failed Crusade” — compared the West’s efforts to stop IS to the Roman Catholic crusades. (more…)

The greatest horror show of all time and why it happened?

Image thewebprincess | foter | CC-by-ND

My nomination for the greatest horror show of all time may surprise you. Image thewebprincess | Foter | CC-by-ND

[by Dean Smith] What is the greatest horror show of all time? I am sure a number could be thrown out. For the record I hate horror shows, but while attending Bible School I ended up going to the movie Alien. I remember my friend and I almost running back to the car after watching it, we were so terrified.

On Halloween evening in 1938, a CBS radio station in New York City broadcast a script of Orson Wells’ book War of the Worlds. During the first two-thirds of the broadcast, it was treated as an actual news cast. People were so caught up by the story that portrayed an invasion of New York City by Martians that many actually fled their homes in fear. CBS was bombarded by calls about the invasion.

Surely these would be considered contenders, but still they are not terrifying enough to top my list. (more…)

More turtles all the way down

Science, faith and turtles

Science, faith and turtles

[by Earl Blacklock] In an earlier article, I discussed the irrationality of the argument of “9/11 Truthers” (who could also be called reality deniers), and equated them with scientists who insist that “science only” is the only rational approach for understanding life and the universe.

Christians, of course, believe that there is a God, and that He personally intervened to create matter and life out of nothingness. There is currently circulating on the Internet a light-hearted response to this argument. It purports, with tongue firmly in cheek, that in fact the Flying Spaghetti Monster was responsible for creation, and this pasta-based pseudo-deity is personally intervening in the universe “with his noodly appendage” to distort scientific results. They reason that if science must recognize the possibility that God is Creator of all, then why not give the Flying Spaghetti Monster equal time? (more…)

Giant Squid attacks submarine in the Bering Sea

[by Dean Smith] This is a cute video of a giant squid attacking a submarine in the Bering Sea. It is the body of water separating Russia and Alaska. The submarine was chugging by underwater when it was suddenly attacked by the squid, which flailed its ten tentacles at the sub.

In response, those on board the submarine, owned by Greenpeace, shone a bright light to try to scare off the squid. The light annoyed the squid even more and it attacked again, this time unleashing a massive ink blob at the submarine as well. The squid then swims away with both beast and submarine unharmed. (more…)

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