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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.

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 “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…)

Ship of Fools

The other side of Henry Ford.

The other side of Henry Ford. Image Henry Ford | Wikipedia

[by Earl Blacklock] Henry Ford was an extraordinary man. Founder of the Ford Motor Company, he developed the assembly line which completely transformed manufacturing. An inventor, he held 161 U.S. patents, and his Model T made road transportation affordable to the working class. He spoke to princes and presidents, and counted Thomas Edison as his friend.

Henry Ford was also an anti-semite, publishing and supporting outrageous claims of a Jewish world-wide conspiracy. And he was a fool. Nowhere was this more evident than his underwriting of a Peace Ship to transport pacifists to Europe in December of 1915. His intent was to try to stop World War I by arousing public opinion. (more…)

The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them

This surveillance video taken November 13, 2014 of an individual skulking in the backyard of a home is about as close as you will get to seeing Proverbs 28:1 in action:

The wicked flee when no one is pursuing,
But the righteous are bold as a lion. (NASV)

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