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The Dead Sea. Today it's known for its healing mineral waters. At 434 meters below sea level, it boasts being the Earth’s lowest point on land. The air here is so rich in oxygen, it actually protects you from sunburn. But did you know the Dead Sea is also the site of one of God's most famous judgments? In the book of Genesis, Lot...
broken hearts break hearts
Thu 7/10/2008, 2:36 PM - Yesterday I broke the glass pitcher that was used to make tea. In a second, it shattered into hundreds of pieces. Some small, some large, some so tiny you could barely see them. As I cleaned up the mess, I wanted to get all the pieces so it would not cut anyone later, including myself....
Should Christians Celebrate Halloween
Is it okay for Christians to celebrate Halloween? A story: Once upon a time at a family reunion, a husband and wife were in the kitchen preparing the meal. In this case, dinner was a pot roast. The wife cut off both ends of the pot roast before she placed it in the pan. The husband saw this and he...
seasons of life
As I get older and older, the passage of time becomes more obvious and my awareness of time more relevant. To the young person, time is something that is in much abundance and to guard or protect it is not so important. Solomon spent a great deal of Ecclesiastes considering the dynamics of time and its effect on his...
vatican shrinks from jewish inquiry
In August 2021, the news agency Reuters (‘roy-ters’) reported on tension between Pope Francis of the Catholic Church and some of Israel’s top Jewish religious leaders. In a homily before a general audience, it seems Pope Francis had taught that the Law of Moses does not give life. Though the news report doesn’t say which Scripture the Pope was...
Jacob wrestles the angel
In Malachi 1, the Lord declares "Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated…" Wait, what? How can God hate Esau if God is love? And why would He love Jacob? Wasn’t Jacob deeply flawed? The answer is two-fold. First, on a personal level, God—being outside of time—knows the life decisions each one of us will make of our own...

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