‘Something Very Important Disappeared from People’s Lives…’

As people struggle to make sense out of what happened in Las Vegas (Was it a false flag? Was Paddock a patsy? Were there multiple gunmen? Did a shooting even happen? Ciu bono, who benefits?–the questions are endless), a quote from one of the articles I’m posting below particularly resonates, or at least it does for me…

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Some Thoughts on the Latest Church Vandalism in Israel

Father Antonio Scudu, caretaker at the St. Stephen Church, west of Jerusalem, examines a portion of a shattered statue of the Virgin Mary. The vandalism of the church took place on September 19, 2017.

By Richard Edmondson

There still has been no arrest in the vandalism of St. Stephen’s Church, a Christian site near Jerusalem which vandals entered and desecrated on the night of September 19. I am, for that matter, not especially hopeful an arrest will be forthcoming. Israel has an extremely sorry history when it comes to investigating and prosecuting criminal cases of this sort. The record speaks for itself.

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Palestinian Bishop Spat on, Insulted by Christ-Hating Jewish Settlers

[ Ed. note – Theodosios Atallah Hannah is archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. A native Palestinian, he was first ordained a priest in 1991. This past Tuesday night he came under attack by a group of Jewish settlers who surrounded him, spat on him, and hurled insults.

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Sight or Blindness: Which Do We Choose?

By Richard Edmondson

One of the most beloved of Christian hymns is the song “Amazing Grace.” It combines a beautiful melody with an uplifting message (that we can be forgiven for our sins is nothing short of “amazing”) and offers up two of the most famous and memorable lines ever written: “I once was lost but now am found/was blind but now I see.”

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The Biblical Land: Given By God But Not Without Conditions

The presenter in the video above makes a good point. While according to the Old Testament, God issued a land grant to Abraham and his descendants, the biblical texts also tell us that the gift did not come without conditions. It was a contract basically. And the Israelites failed to live up to it. This is what’s recorded in the biblical narrative. Sadly, many Christians today seem oblivious to the fact that the modern day state of Israel is following the same blind path. Hopefully the above video can make things a little clearer for them.

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Paul’s Dictum on Rulers in Romans 13: Was He Employing Satire?

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[ Ed. note – Anyone who has ever read Paul’s letter to the Romans has probably stumbled and gasped when they got to chapter 13, for it is here the apostle expresses the rather startling view that all earthly rulers (presumably including Roman emperors, and, if we extrapolate to modern times, war mongers like John McCain) are divinely appointed by God–and that whoever opposes them is in reality opposing God.

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