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As I get older, the saying “God works in mysterious ways” is becoming much less a mere platitude for me and much more a powerful statement of divine truth. Biblically speaking, we see this truth throughout the Holy Bible, from the Old Testament to the New Testament. In particular, this mysterious truth is clearly apparent in God’s use of very unlikely historical people to achieve God’s ends for the sake of his believers and followers. For instance, King Cyrus the Great of the Persian Empire comes to mind. (more…)

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We walked into Jerusalem’s Old City at the Jaffa Gate through its ancient high fortified walls. We walked to Greek Catholic Patriarchate Street and turned left onto this street. When we came to St. George Alley, we turned right onto this alley and soon came to a shop in an ancient building along the alleyway that has a sign above it which says the following: “Razzouk Tattoo: Tattoo With Heritage – Since 1300.” (more…)

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11011833_10207465329207603_1638278708850792123_n - CopySha’alu Shalom Yerushalayim (“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”) is a Hebrew exhortation and blessing from Psalm 122 of the Holy Bible.  In this Psalm, God both exhorts us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and promises us a blessing, saying, “May they prosper who love you.” (more…)

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f0856ad5eb9aa351c1a1df4d970c7969We live in a time in which many assert that Jesus of Nazareth never existed, or they assert that Jesus really did exist but they say they know Jesus better than Christians know him. So we live in a time in which all Christians need to be more engaged as apologists and evangelists for Christ, much like it was early on in Church history during the Apostolic Era of our faith. (more…)

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Masada-Israel-3While in the Holy Land of Israel and Jordan, we visited many stone ruins. Some of these ruins were of ancient fortresses, like the mountain fortress of Masada near the Dead Sea. However, whether it was the great fortress of Masada in Israel or even the amazing city of Petra in Jordan, these stone fortifications ultimately failed those who made them. Consequently, after visiting these sites, I invited our travel group to sing “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”… (more…)

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xmas2011According to the ancient tradition of the Church of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord was born in the town of Bethlehem of Southern Israel (Judea) and raised in the town of Nazareth of Northern Israel (Galilee).  And his being born in Bethlehem has important significance for our Christian faith and spirituality. (more…)

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