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Suleiman the Lawgiver's Harem

   The Turkish film, The Magnificent Century, (1520-1566) accurately depicts Suleiman the Lawgiver's (or the Magnificent) harem as made up of Christian slaves.  Since Muslims were forbidden to enslave other Muslims, the Muslims would send Christians slaves to the harem.  Thus, the harem consisted of Christians, not Muslims.

Lord, we ask that You would be with the Chibok girls who have been captured as the Boko Haran's sex slaves.

Christian Slaves

My wife and I have begun watching The Magnificent Century, about Suleiman the Magnificent, or Suleiman the Law Giver (r. 1520-1566).  It is a Turkish production.  In the beginning there is a depiction of how he got his harem, by buying Christian slaves. 

Lord, we plead that in Sudan that slavery would cease.  We plead for mercy for the Christian slaves.

Science Deniers

   What is a science denier?  A science denier is someone who denies the validity of a scientific fact.  Not a scientific theory, but a real scientific fact.  An example of a scientific fact is someone who states that the earth is flat.  As we all know, the earth is a globe.  Another scientific fact is that all cells in females have two XX chromosomes and cells in males have a X and a Y chromosome.  Females also have female sexual organs and males have male sexual organs.  These are scientific facts.  Yet there are some science deniers who say that a female, having a XX chromosomes and female sexual organs, can be, if she chooses, a male, and a male with XY chromosomes and male sexual organs can be, if he desires, a female.

Facts are facts.  Science deniers exist.

Feeding of the 5,000 - II

Some modern scholars doubt that the miracle took place.  They say what really happened was that as Jesus began distributing the loaves, then the people, who had hidden their food, took it out from hiding and started sharing.  But John 6 writes "When they had all had enough to eat, Jesus said to his disciples, 'Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.' ” This was a subsistence economy so the people would have eaten and eaten as it was free bread.  Further, it does not explain how the disciples picked up 12 baskets of food after they started with five Ry-Krisps.  Finally, if the miracle was false, the 20,000 people would have told the apostles that is not what happened.  Twenty-thousand eye witnesses were there.  There is no evidence that the modern "scholar" who was not there got it right, while 20,000 eyewitness got it wrong.

Feeding of the 5,000 - I

One of the most spectacular miracles is the feeding of the 5,000.  When the Jews wrote about 5,000 men, they meant 5,000 heads of households, so there were probably many more people there, maybe 20,000 people. 
What to feed them?  Since it was near the Passover, the barley rolls may not have been leavened, i.e., they were without yeast.  John emphasizes that it was a boy with five small loaves.  The equivalent may have been five Ry-Krisps.  And he had two small fish.  Think of two herring in a kipper snack can.
Boy with five small Ry-Krisps and two kipper snack herrings.  With that Jesus feeds 20,000 people.  Wow.

This miraculous sign points to Jesus as God.  In II Kings 4, Elisha feeds 100 men with 20 barley loaves.  In John 6, Jesus feeds 20,000 men with 5 barley loaves.

Tax and Tithe

Today is tax day, the day we have to file our income tax.  Every Sunday is tithe day.  What is the difference between taxes and tithes? 
Paying taxes are a duty because we must.
Giving tithes (10%) and offerings (additional) are because we want to.  The Lord has freed us from the slavery of sin.  The Lord has saved us to serve God.  We serve God with out thoughts, words, and deeds.  And our money.  We give freely because we desire to please God.

Easter

Tomorrow morning our church will be having a sunrise service.  Because Christ rose from the dead, he conquered death and although we will die, that is not the end of us.  At the last day, Christ will return and we will be resurrected. 

Where, O death, is your victory?
   Where, O death, is your sting?

St. Paul in I Corinthians 15:55 quoting Hosea 13:14

Good Friday

Tomorrow Christians celebrate Good Friday with services commemorating the death of their hero, Jesus Christ.  Why?  Why celebrate the cruel death of the leader of your religion?  The answer is that God the Father punished Jesus (literally Savior) Christ (Hebrew:  Messiah, literally the Anointed One) until He died for my (and hopefully your) sins.  Because Jesus Christ died on the cross for me, I don't have to go to hell.  It is a Good Friday indeed.

Coptic Church Bombing - Where is the outrage?

Where is the outrage when our Christian brothers in Egypt are brutally murdered in cold blood?  Two days have gone by, and their are no protests.  There is no condemnation of evil.  By Tuesday morning, the papers were quiet. 

Christians need to arise from their stupor and pray for the persecuted church.

ISIS attacks the Coptic Christians

This morning, ISIS, attacked two Christian churches in Egypt killing 49 and wounding 73. 

Lord we pray that You would protect Your flock.

Mosquitoes and Fossils - Part II

According to Wikipedia:  "The oldest known mosquito with an anatomy similar to modern species was found in 79-million-year-old Canadian amber from the Cretaceous.  An older sister species with more primitive features was found in Burmese amber that is 90 to 100 million years old. Two mosquito fossils have been found that show very little morphological change in modern mosquitoes against their counterpart from 46 million years ago. These fossils are also the oldest ever found to have blood preserved within their abdomens."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito

Since science does not lie, how can blood be preserved in their abdomens for 46,000,000 years?  That is a physical impossibility.  Thus, the mosquito can't be 46,000,000 years old.  But the fake scientists won't change their timeline.

Lord, thank  You that You are Truth.

Mosquitoes and Fossils - Part I

Last night I was watching a program on Alaska and the narrator was marveling at the simple mosquito.  He said that they had a very fast development cycle - seven days for the larva to become a mosquito.  He said that they had evolved and then fourteen million years ago, they stopped evolving because they were perfectly formed.
Question 1:  Where is the fossil proof that they evolved for millions of years?  There should have been transitional fossils showing improvement.  But there is no fossil record showing transition.  All the fossils of the mosquitoes show fully formed mosquitoes.
Question 2:  How do the scientists know that the fossil is fourteen million years old?  Carbon 14 dating only goes back to 50,000 years.
Question 3:  If you see a car, you know that there were some engineers who designed the car.  But when the evolutionists see a flying mosquito, they say it evolved because they refuse to think outside of their box.  Science does not lie. 

Lord, help us to believe in you, the creator of the world.

Homosexuality and Suicide Rates

According to Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Canada, "Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Canada are some of the most advanced in the Americas and in the world."  In 1969, same sexual activity was decriminalized and on 20 July 2005, Canada legalized same sex marriage.  "Canada has frequently been referred to as one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world."
Despite this gay-friendly culture, suicide rates among homosexuals remains much higher. According to http://ontario.cmha.ca/mental-health/lesbian-gay-bisexual-trans-people-and-mental-health/ "LGBTQyouth [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer] and trans people face increased risk. For example:
    LGBTQ youth face approximately 14 times the risk of suicide and substance abuse than heterosexual peers
    77% of trans respondents in an Ontario-based survey had seriously considered suicide and 45% had attempted suicide."

Is this because homosexuality is a sin?  No matter how much you want to hide the sin, the conscience is made to tell us what is right.
Romans 1:27 "Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty of their perversion."

Friends

"As long as one has this stuff (opium), one doesn't want friends. . . . He knew in what strange heavens they were suffering, and what dull hells were teaching them the secret of some new joy."  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

What was true in 1890 is true today.  Drugs and alcohol make poor friends.  And the friends you have disappear.  Meanwhile Christians sing "What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bury.  O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer."

With Christ as our permanent friend, we take to Him all our griefs.