The only narrative we have heard in our schools about slavery concerns the 'Atlantic Slave trade', reminding us of the millions who were taken by force, over a period of 400 years, from Western Africa to the Americas (North and South America), to work against their will, and whose progeny number in the millions today. There is, however, another side to the story that is rarely told.
Leading commentator Janet Daley's article in Saturday's Telegraph ‘The West is at war with a death cult’ stands for everything that is woeful about European elites’ response to Islamic jihad. It is a triumph of religious illiteracy. ... In his blog entry, Mark Durie analyses her newspaper article and explains the true motivation behind the Paris attacks.
We see the situation in the Mid-East and the status of Jerusalem are continuing hopeless tragedies from man's viewpoint. Many people have tried to solve these problems. Various groups push their historic and religious interests. God has made Jerusalem "like a cup of staggering and a burdensome stone." Our future, individually, can depend upon our relationship with the future ruler of Jerusalem. God is also preparing a New Jerusalem.
The refugee crisis in Europe has dominated headline news and is
evoking all kinds of responses. In fact, many are struggling to grasp
the magnitude of this humanitarian disaster. Imagine, over the last
6 months half a million people - mostly Muslims - fleeing from
escalating violence in their homelands. Furthermore, the EU president
has warned that “millions” more asylum seekers will come unless the
EU acts to secure its borders! While discussing this crisis with a
Muslim friend, I shared how I came across a remarkable prophecy
that seems to describe with uncanny accuracy the sectarian conflict
in the Middle East. He listened as I read a thought provoking question
posed by the prophet Isaiah 49:24-26, “Can plunder be taken from
warriors, or captives be rescued from the fierce?” In reply God
says, “I will contend with those who contend with you, and your
children I will save. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh;
they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine.” Admittedly
this scenario begins with a rather gruesome picture, however, by the
end we see a beautiful picture. Yahweh, the God of Israel, makes
himself known to the world for who he really is, “your Savior,
The Islamic State’s (ISIS) establishment, growth, and political-military success, has caused considerable alarm in the West. Debates concerning their legitimacy and authenticity as an “Islamic” state are now occurring. Some pundits regard them as true Muslims practicing a perverted and extreme form of Islam while others regard them as simple criminals and thugs who are not true Muslims practicing true Islam. In order to determine if they are real Muslims practicing real Islam you have to compare their actions and teachings to the most “real and true” Muslim of them all: Muhammad. This article compares Muhammad and Jesus and the kingdoms they’ve established. It provides a very quick summation on how Muhammad established his “kingdom of Allah” and how the subsequent four Caliphs continued to lead, establish, and grow the “kingdom of Allah.”
Scripture says, “God has planted eternity in the human heart.”
This gem of wisdom resonates with Jews, Christians and Muslims.
This intriguing proverb lends itself to engaging one another in
meaningful faith conversations. Another commonality which can
stimulate meaningful conversation is the cornerstone of the Ten
Commandments, the oneness of God. A third crucial commonality
is God's power to save. The prophets repeatedly affirmed that
“salvation comes from God alone.” (Jonah 2:9) The Lord saves
but other so-called gods cannot save. Indeed, this signature
attribute proves that Jehovah is the one true God. (Exodus
18:8-11; Hosea 13:4; Isaiah 45:21-23) Can you think of a better
way to explain the Gospel (Injil) than weaving these themes into
one seamless tapestry?
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