Daily Archives: July 20, 2014

Prime Minister Netanyahu, call the nation of Israel to prayer & fasting during this Gaza war.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Bible-Hebrewmanuscript(Washington, D.C.) — It is time for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to call his nation to a special time of prayer, fasting and reading the Bible.

This is what all the wise kings of Israel and Judah did in ancient times when facing war and serious threats, and it is time to do so again.

This was the message I shared on the Fox News Channel today as I was interviewed by anchor Shannon Bream.

You can watch the interview by clicking here (it begins 1:50 minutes into the clip). You can also read a transcript of the interview below.

First, here are just two Bible passages that describe great and wise kings of Israel and Judah calling the people to turn to the God of Israel in prayer during times of war and conflict:

* King Solomon called the nation of Israel together to pray for God’s help and mercy in time of…

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GAZA WAR UPDATE, Day #13: Netanyahu set to address nation. Growing signals of a much longer, more intense IDF operation in Gaza.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Netanyahu tracking war developments with his generals. Netanyahu tracking war developments with his generals.

(Washington, D.C.) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to address the nation of Israel tonight, together with his Minister of Defense and military chief of staff. The live broadcast is scheduled for 8pm Israel time, 1pm eastern.

(I’ll be on the Fox News Channel at 1:40pm eastern time today to comment and discuss the Gaza war in the context with much of the epicenter on fire.)

At the moment on Day #13, what I’m hearing from friends in Israel as well as seeing in news coverage is much fiercer fighting, rising casualties on both sides, and a growing sense that Israel is preparing for a much deeper, much longer invasion of Gaza.

Why? To fully identify and destroy the terrorist tunnels under Israel and Gaza, to fully destroy the terrorists’ stockpile of rockets and rocket launchers, to smash Hamas command and control, to arrest or kill terror…

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CultureWatch: Whackos, Oddities, Curiosities and Stray Moonbeams (Hamas war against Israel)

Finally, consider the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, particularly the Hamas war against Israel. I find more muddled morality and threadbare thinking on this issue than I can stomach. With yet more hundreds of rockets raining down on Israel, the loonies are again out in force, incredibly claiming that all this is somehow Israel’s fault.

Or they foolishly claim that both sides are equally at fault here. They are utterly clueless as to what is actually going on. They are living in a dream world, and a PC one at that. Israel of course does everything possible to minimise civilian casualties, including telling their enemy beforehand when and where they are striking.

Hamas does everything it possibly can to maximise civilian casualties, especially by targeting civilians, and carrying out its attacks hiding behind civilians. They will launch missiles from homes, schools and hospitals, waiting for Israel to defend itself.

Then when civilian casualties take place, just as Hamas intended (and they even command civilians not to get out of harm’s way), a loathsome mainstream media will come in with their cameras blazing, seeking to further demonise Israel. There is no moral equivalence here whatsoever.

But those who are clueless or simply Israel haters keep rambling on and on about this. They really should stop relying on the ABC or SBS and actually seek to learn a few facts here. Even paying attention to a few headlines such as the following would be a good place to start:

-Washington Post Sees Hamas Missiles Moved Into Gaza Mosque During Humanitarian Ceasefire (VIDEO)

-20 missiles found in UN-run school in Gaza
UNRWA apologizes to Israel, condemns a ‘flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises’ and promises investigation; Israel calls on UN to ‘act strongly’

-Israeli military foils attack from Gaza tunnel
The Israeli Defence Force releases footage showing how it thwarted an attempt by 13 Hamas militants to infiltrate Israel from a tunnel in Gaza

In addition, see the last three links below for some brief but helpful articles offering moral clarity on the Gaza situation. But some people seem to prefer blissful ignorance and kneejerk emotional reactions instead of actually dealing with facts and reality.

Consider one fellow who made this claim: “There is a better way … its time the IDF learned how to play ice hockey, and teach this to the Gazans.” He sent in a link about this, with the headline: “Middle East peace on the ice: Hockey team brings Jewish, Muslim kids together.”

When I suggested that this would likely do zippo to deal with the deep-seated problems in the Middle East, he came back insisting that this was the way to go, offering this bit of wisdom: “Games are an excellent practical effort to consider as an alternate to what we have now. Think Chess, Olympic Games, Soccer …”

I really thought for a moment that this guy must be a stand up comedian or something, and was just having me on. But sadly, I think he was actually serious here! According to this, for all these centuries we have missed this perfectly obvious answer to obtaining world peace.

Yep a hockey game will solve all the problems in the Middle East. How foolish of us all to miss it. Had Hitler and the Allies simply sat down for a few ping pong matches, WWII would never have taken place! If we can just have Obama and Kim Jong-un get together and play a game of darts, everything will be sweetness and light in that part of the world.

And there I thought that most of the Muslim world had sworn to destroy Israel, but it is just the lack of a good badminton match that would bring lasting peace to the Middle East. I must say I am baffled that such ideas can actually be put forward with a straight face.

Sadly far too many people – Christians included – are absolutely ignorant or blind to the situation Israel faces. It is surrounded by enemies who have vowed to drive it into the ocean. The Hamas charter states that peace “will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them) …” But all we get from many folks is more mindless moral equivalence, or hockey match diplomacy.

As I say, this is all just par for the course. I get inundated with sort of stuff every day. It speaks much to where so much of the West is at nowadays. And it can be extremely worrying.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/07/18/washington-post-sees-hamas-missiles-moved-into-gaza-mosque-during-humanitarian-ceasefire-video/

http://www.timesofisrael.com/20-missiles-found-in-un-run-school-in-gaza/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10973141/Israeli-military-foils-attack-from-Gaza-tunnel.html

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/abc-still-blind-to-the-savagery-of-terrorist-group-hamas/story-fni0ffxg-1226991404277

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-moral-clarity-in-gaza/2014/07/17/0adabe0c-0de4-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/gazans-real-enemy-is-hamas-not-israel/story-e6frg6z6-1226994082509

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What happens to people who have never heard the gospel when they die?

WINTERY KNIGHT

One of the most difficult questions for Christians to answer, especially when posed by adherents of other religions, is the question of what happens to those who have never heard of Jesus? In this post, I will explain how progress in the field of philosophy of religion has given us a possible (and Biblical) solution to this thorny question.

First, Christianity teaches that humans are in a natural state of rebellion against God. We don’t want to know about him, and we don’t want him to have any say in what we are doing. We just want to appropriate all the gifts he’s given us, do whatever we want with them, and then have eternal bliss after we die. We want to do whatever we want and then be forgiven, later.

Along comes Jesus, who, through his sinless life and his death on the cross, heals that rift of rebellion…

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GodLife: How to Be Confident You Are Going to Heaven

Scripture: “This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God – who does not lie – promised them before the world began.” Titus 1:2

“If you die today, how confident are you that you will go to heaven?” Someone asked me that question many years ago and my response was 90%. I thought I was being humble and realistic. After all, no one is perfect! But I was a “good” person and went to church regularly. However, I did not realize that I had just denied Jesus and made my salvation based on my own good works.

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The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:18-20 ESV)

It seems that the default theology of Man is “Justification by Death.” Justification is a legal term where a person is declared “not guilty” by a judge. No one seems to have a problem with the concept of all people being sinners. However, our culture says that all people will be sent to Heaven when they die regardless of how they lived their lives. Once there, they…

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