Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Lord of War - Jun 16

Read about the fallen one in Ezekiel 28:12-19:

You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.

You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.

You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.

Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.

Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.

By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching.

All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.

Is it any small wonder we are in so much trouble? Take a gander at this video from metacafe on terrorism and the media polluting young minds in the Middle East.

The Media Of Terrorism And Its Effects

Satan is a busy boy, isn't he? There's no doubt that all hatred of the Jews and Christians comes from the wicked one. From threatening missionaries with death in India, to stirring up jihadi activity in North Africa and in Lebanon (with thanks to Hezbollah), and the constant barrage of one-sided criticism that both Israel and America face every day it's a small miracle that God's work still gets accomplished. God is still sovereign and He's still in control.

Given their situation, shouldn't the Israelis be a dour, pessimistic lot? Yet amazingly, most Israelis are optimists! Amongst the Jews, 83% were happy and 71% of Israeli Arabs reported to be content. When you realize how many Israelis have a loving relationship with your Creator it shouldn't surprise us at all. Now consider the lot of the Palestinians and non-Israeli Arabs: Nothing but poverty and despair! When the light of Jesus Christ is pushed out, darkness and strife abound. So whether it be an individual or an entire nation, being dependent on Him is the surest path to happiness.

I haven't had a sports commentary here for awhile but two items of interest have caught my attention. With the Anaheim Ducks winning the Stanley Cup and the San Antonio Spurs capturing the NBA title (see above photo), it seems to me that there's a paradigm shift: If you want to win a championship, go west or go south.

The second item that caught my attention is the NHL floating the idea that the Nashville Predators may come north to Hamilton if new owner Jim Balsillie has his way. The NHL board of governers will have their say and will move a franchise only as a matter of last resort. Not to suggest that this idea is an impossibility, it isn't, it's just that I see many a Hamiltonian who put down a big chunk of money for possible season tickets slinking back to get their refund. I've seen this before: A well-placed rumor is circulated, everybody gets excited and then nothing happens. I sincerely hope the good people of Hamilton don't get screwed in this.

I've just done a big upgrade for today. In the sidebar you'll find seven (!) new links and two new headings. Good News Booklets has four very good end-time links. You can view them in html format or in pdf format using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you're not into reading in a big way you can click on one of three of the Anti-Jihad Flash Videos from Naturally, you'll need flash to view the videos. Like D'uh!

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