In the previous posts we examined the importance of accurately understanding ancient history. We have seen the dual nature of that conflict: Spiritual as well as worldly. In the last two essays we examined the spiritual conflict in depth.
In this essay we will examine the conflict from the world’s perspective. From the worldly perspective, the Middle East conflict has two fundamental root causes:
o Squatters’ rights
o Family feuds.
Let us examine each briefly. Read more…
Every fall people flock to corn mazes and hay mazes that spring up throughout the countryside. Famers create these mazes by cutting labyrinthine paths in corn that stands taller than a man, or by constructing labyrinthine walls of hay bales higher than a man.
Upon entering the maze no one can see where they have been, where they are, or where they’re going. Navigating one’s way out of such mazes is challenging and time-consuming. While in these mazes, do we know where we are? Kind of, but not really.
However, if we had an accurate map of the maze and an accurate record of where we’ve been, we could know exactlywhere we are and where we’re going. We could even plan and reliably follow a route to get out of the maze.
It is the same with history. If we want to know what the future might hold – though we cannot see the future clearly – it is necessary to know where we started, where we’ve been, and where we are. We can then make some reasonable projections of the future based on that knowledge. However, the more accurately and the farther out into the future we wish to make our projections, the farther back in time we must look to maintain reasonable accuracy of prediction. Read more…
“Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl? …never heard of him! Who is he?”
“He is a 27 year old POW in Afghanistan. He has been held captive by the Taliban for over 4 years now.” Read more…
A great motivator for young Muslim jihadists is the certain prospect of 70 virgins awaiting them in Paradise if they die in the cause of jihad. Here is a great American idea on how to remove that motivation. Now, that could be chilling to the Islamic terror movement. Brilliant, simply brilliant! Read, smile, and pray.
Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, was sentenced a month ago to eight years of imprisonment in Iran’s infamous Evin Prison because he failed to recant his Christian beliefs. (He had already been imprisoned by Iranian authorities for 4 months prior to his trial and “conviction.”) At first the Obama Administration ignored the matter entirely, but of late has made several demands for his release.
It is said that no one leaves Evin Prison alive, and for the past month no one had been able to contact him or find out if he was still alive. Please pray for Pastor Saeed. You may also choose to join the campaign for his release and sign the petition at http://savesaeed.org/.
A letter has recently been received from Pastor Saeed.
In this letter he recounts his torture and failing health. But he has not recanted his faith and closes his letter with the following words of worship and prayer:
It is during these harsh conditions, that I deeply need God’s Saving Grace so that I can be the fragrant scent of Christ in the dark house of Evin prison. I have often seen the Shining Morning Star in the darkness of this prison and I have seen His amazing and supernatural works. Oh, how beautiful is seeing the light of the Shining Morning Star of Christ in such evil darkness.
- See your golden opportunities in pressures and difficulties.
- See the Shining Morning Star in the dark times of your life.
I Love Him! He is Gracious, Merciful, and Righteous to me. I now know that I have not been forgotten and that we are together in this path. God gives me Grace.
This is my message for the Church: Stay Strong for His Glory. He will come back soon! Be with God and give your best efforts for His kingdom.
Pastor Saeed, servant of Jesus Christ in chains for endurance of Gospel. I love you all.
Could we all be such faithful followers of Christ Jesus! May we never fail to give glory to Jesus!
Please pray for Pastor Saeed.
Please consider joining the ACLJ’s campaign for Pastor Saeed’s release. Sign the petition at http://savesaeed.org/.
Progress is being made. Let’s keep up the pressure. Read more…