Friday, July 21, 2006

Hizbollah and Israel : Dateline 1996 Or is it 2006 ?

I just happened to stumble upon this eery piece of reporting .

You'll be doing a double take or two or three just to make sure they didn't get the date wrong on the report.

Only goes to show how "plus ca change plus c'est la meme chose" (the more things change the more they remain the same).

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Aish is Having a Rant About Missionaries in NYC

Here is what they have to say :

"After filing the unwelcome gift in appropriate receptacles, many then telephoned Jewish organizations like Agudath Israel of America, and Jewish newspapers, to warn others about the high-tech wolf in sheep's clothing."

"the wolf in sheep's clothing" ?

Hmmm. Wonder who said that first ? (Hint : Matthew 7:15)

Love it.

Love you, Lord.

"For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen." (Romans 11:36)

Separated at Birth

Ray Porter, Director World Missions, Oak Hill CollegeWarren Buffett, Billionaire Philanthropist

Verse of the Day

"But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband."
1 Corinthians 7:2 (New International Version)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Islamic Conception of Authority?

"Most often used in my personal experience by Arab military officers to excuse failure, and essentially transfer responsibility for the failure to God - I suspect a perversion of the original intent of the concept - but used in the listed instance to essentially say, "Bummer, I've been insufficiently pious, I will pray more often/better, think pure thoughts, etc, and take the test again next week. But you can't fire me/fail me because, well, God has already punished me and who are you to trump God?"

Source : Argghhh! The Home of Two of Jonah's Military Guys

UPDATE : HERE is an interesting study dealing with attitudes not far removed from that which is represented in my own post. What follows is a video interview with the academic who conducted the experiment. He has some very interesting observations especially toward the end :

UPDATE 2 : The Emirates Economist has more on the subject HERE.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Verse of the Day

"This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it."

Isaiah 30:15

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Christ in Whom are ALL the Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge

Do you know this JESUS ?

"One of the most precious truths that we have in Chrisitianity is that "Leader" of our religion is alive and near to each one of us. Jesus promised to be with us until the end of the age. This He fulfills through His Spirit. Because of His nearness He is able and does speak to each one of us individually. This is a fulfillment of the promises of the New Covenant: "No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord.' For they all shall konw Me, from the least of them to the greateest of them says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more (Jer 31:34)." No other religion has a God so near (echo of Deut 4:7)."

H/T MOJO & Girls

Monday, July 03, 2006

The Bible teaches that we are born once physically and die once physically, and after that comes the judgment:

Hebrews 9:27
"Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment."

In the spiritual sense, the Bible says that we must be born twice but not reincarnated:

John 3:3
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

1 Peter 1:23
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

Titus 3:5
he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit ...

Jesus taught that a person who is born again in Christ dies once (physical death) but never faces spiritual death:

John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

John 5:24
(Jesus is speaking) "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

Meanwhile, the Bible says a person who is born once spiritually and is never born again dies twice (both physically and spiritually):

Revelation 21:8
"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

That's why you sometimes see bumper stickers that say:

Born Twice, Die Once
Born Once, Die Twice

H/T Apologetix FAQ

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Milton Friedman on Limited Government

Chomsky on Just War Theory

Go HERE to watch a video of a lecture Chomsky delivered at West Point Academy.

Apparently the lecture is somehow connected with a new book of his entitled "Failed States".

The lecture revealed to me how difficult it is for people without a supernatural horizon to ethically come to grips with some of most disturbing realities of life and of nations.