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Frozen

 

Nature performs many astonishing feats, yet it is a different matter altogether when we human beings push past the boundaries of normal. It was a viciously cold morning in Lengby, Minnesota, when a man discovered his 19-year old neighbour, Jean Hilliard, lying in the snow.

Her whole body was frozen solid from the night before, when temperatures dropped twenty-five degrees below zero. Apparently, Jean was trying desperately to reach her neighbour for help after her car skidded off the road. When her body was discovered she was immediately sent to the local hospital, where her condition stunned the doctors.

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Jon Hilmarsson   Angel or Jesus appears in Northern lights. Beautiful formation in the most vivid northern light display I have ever seen over mountain Akrafjall in the west part of Iceland.

Photo: Jon Hilmarsson
Angel or Jesus appears in Northern lights. Beautiful formation in the most vivid northern light display I have ever seen over mountain Akrafjall in the west part of Iceland.

Image of Christ the Redeemer

Appears In The Aurora Borealis Above Iceland

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Interesting comparison between Jesus and Muhammad

I enjoyed this article because it addresses the fact that throughout history religion has been used as an excuse for war. People have killed in the name of their God. Given this undisputed fact, how can we describe Christianity or Islam as a religion of peace? How do we decide if either or neither are inherently peaceful?

It turns out that the best way to judge a religion or political ideology is to look at both the words and the actions of the person who started the movement in the first place. If I start a religion and I tell my followers to never eat meat and I write my rules down for never eating meat and I myself never eat meat, then any follower who eats meat is therefore not a true follower. They have no right to call themselves a follower of my religion as they do not emulate my actions, my words or my rules.

Islam claims to be a religion of peace. Christianity also claims to be a religion of peace. Are both claims true or is only one of the two religions truly of peace?

 

Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Muhammad PBUH Quotes

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Photo: Andrew Thayer. My name is Philly Jesus, And I bring the story of Christ to life to the streets of Philly by portraying the role of Jesus, And sharin' the Gospel with all.

Photo: Andrew Thayer.
My name is Philly Jesus, And I bring the story of Christ to life to the streets of Philly by portraying the role of Jesus, And sharin’ the Gospel with all.

For God’s Sake

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Now the Prime Atheist is gone it is safe for Labour MPs to believe in God again

David Clark is an outlier in the modern Labour party, where the aggressive secular elite dismiss Christianity as something only the ignorant practice as no thinking person like them could ever believe in christianity. Non christian religions are acceptable. As long as they are not Jewish…or the Exclusive Brethren

Name one of your heroes outside politics.

I guess this sounds a bit cheesy but ultimately the Biblical Jesus is something of a hero to me, unsurprising given that I’ve got a background as a minister of religion. He was someone who stood up for the poor and vulnerable and was concerned about social justice issues and not afraid to take on the authorities of the day to ensure fairer outcomes for those who were struggling.  Read more »

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Thoughts for the Sabbath

Regular readers will know that I am a Christian. They will also know that though I was brought up a Presbyterian and lost my way for a time that a good friend brought me back to God in my darkest years. He is a Seventh Day Adventist and since that time 6 years ago I have every Monday having lunch with a small group of business blokes sharing our experiences and learning about God. It is a journey and it is hugely educational.

My good friend, along with several others in my group are very wealthy people. They attribute their wealth in a large part to several things:

  • Giving, as in tithing. These guys give a huge amount. They have given away more than some people earn in a lifetime of working.
  • Honouring the Sabbath. They do no work on the Sabbath, their businesses close their doors and they do not transact.
  • Only investing in good money projects. Gambling, tobacco, pornography…you get the drift are out.

I have learned a great deal from these guys. Not through preaching, not through bible bashing but through watching and experiencing these Christian men living life well.

Now don’t get me wrong, we are not sooky la-la shadows of men in our group. We are all pretty larger than life, we take no prisoners, there are no sooks in our army of friends. We are also all sinners. There is no finger pointing, no blaming and we maintain a open and frank discussion amongst the team. We have drinkers, rooters, liars, cheaters, swearers, bashers, shirkers and criminals, but we are all working to better ourselves.

Saturday is the Sabbath for SDA members, and so I have been thinking about sharing some of my experiences on the Sabbath. I have been hesitant, but the catalyst was reading yesterday a post on Andrew Sullivan where there has been discussion about Christian sports people being open and proud about their christianity.

There was a quote from Aaron Rodgers, ironically pointed out to me by a non-Christian friend who thought it may be useful one day for a post for me. It resonated with me as it clearly describes my experience of my christianity:

“I feel like my stance and my desire has always been to follow a quote from St. Francis of Assisi, who said, ‘Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.’ So basically, I’m not an over-the-top, or an in-your-face kind of guy with my faith. I would rather people have questions about why I act the way I act, whether they view it as positive or not, and ask questions, and then given an opportunity at some point, then you can talk about your faith a little bit. I firmly believe, just personally, what works for me, and what I enjoy doing is letting my actions speak about the kind of character that I want to have, and following that quote from St. Francis.”

Anyway, I thought that I would leave my readers with that thought on the Sabbath today. I hope this post lets you understand a little bit more about me and my beliefs.