Who Is in Control?

This is a great little article by Nancy and Peter Ryall (Missing Pieces Blog) that asks a couple of questions that we should all be considering the answers to. Enjoy!

Missing Pieces

who is in controlIn my last blog we examined the story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel to examine how people rely on themselves and their own devices instead of trusting YHVH. The Bible is packed with such illustrations for good reason. There is one true stronghold (YHVH) and one false stronghold (self) and for each person there is a lifelong battle between the two.

Since the fall of Adam and Eve, evil has infested our planet and now many people agree that we are in or near the end times when evil increases (2 Tim 3:1-17). Although Yeshua clearly stated that no one knows the hour of His return except the Father, predictions and rumors (often conflicting) are more rampant than ever. Many of us feel the need to be informed and prepared, and so we should. However, we should not be concerned with the predictions and the rumors, but rather with Scripture…

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Low-Carb Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo (Nope, No Noodles!)

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

This is John’s new favorite recipe – this evening he told me that he would eat it every night with no fuss!  Our dinner guest said her family makes it, and it is her favorite dish, too  (She’s also eating ketogenically and is thrilled to be losing so much weight!)

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Two House… Unavoidable conclusion.

It always astonishes me when folks want to assert that God is dealing only with Christians today, and that they want to completely disregard the hundreds of scriptures describing the Father’s on-going dealings with the descendants of Abraham.   Pete Rambo (natsab blog) gives folks a simple way to challenge themselves and prove their stand one way or the other. Take the dare!

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Twice in the last couple days I have run into well-meaning individuals who denigrated the ‘Two House’ understanding of Scripture.

I realize, God has to open eyes and bring understanding, but at the same time, it is frustrating to deal with people who haven’t even taken the time to do something very simple:

-take a sheet of paper
-divide it into two columns
-label one column

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AQABA, JORDAN – Being There – The People

Aqaba Jordan
On a main road into down town Aqaba.

It’s 5 pm and I am sitting in my living room being serenaded by the call of the mu’addin (Arabic) or muezzin (Turkish) (meaning crier or announcer) calling the faithful to prayer at a nearby mosque.   It’s a sad sound – he always sounds like he is in mourning.   In a moment, he will be joined by many other criers all over the city, all of whom sound equally depressed.   I suppose it is the Arabic expression of reverence.   Continue reading AQABA, JORDAN – Being There – The People

Love of God and Wrath of God though the Filter of Human Experience

One of the best and most thoughtful articles I’ve read in a long time!

Navigating by Faith

by Treasure Noel Tatum by Treasure Noel Tatum

We should never be afraid to confront the most difficult questions or statements. Truth us truth, and God and truth necessarily must necessarily be harmonious. Richard Dawkins says,

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
― Richard DawkinsThe God Delusion

The angry God of the Old Testament problem is often a line of first defense (or is it offense?) for those who do not believe in God, or at least do not believe in “the God of the bible”. It is a problem that believers wrestle with too.

The sermon in church today was on the book of Ezra. Ezra 8:22 reads,

“The gracious hand of our God…

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