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Shechem, Mount Gerazim, and Ramallah

Finished the conference in Jerusalem and today we hired an Arab driver to take us to Shechem, Mount Gerazim, and Ramallah in the West Bank. On board are Tim Sigler (Moody Bible Institute), Richard Averbeck (TEDS), Randall Price (Liberty U.), and Jim Sibley (Israel College of the Bible), among others, so we are well guided!

Here’s the checkpoint between the Israeli controlled area and the Palestinian territory. We noticed that the Israelis were having to check every car that was crossing over from the Palestinian side – but the Palestinians weren’t checking the Israeli cars that were coming from the other direction. So it’s obvious that no one thinks anyone from Israel is coming across the border to hurt anyone. The Palestinian soldiers don’t even bother to check the Israeli cars.


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A Word to Religious Leaders

So-called “Christian” leaders and denominations are partakers in our culture’s continuing demise when they approve and even applaud the very sins and perversions that are helping to take us down. It’s reminiscient of pre-exilic OT times when Israel’s corrupt clergy was coddling and reassuring the nation and telling them that everything was fine – when in fact, the nation was in great peril due to their sinful behavior. In the verses below (from Ezekiel 13), the LORD is speaking to us today just as surely as He was speaking to ancient Israel. He has little patience with religious leaders who fail to warn rebellious people about the consequences of their behavior!


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Turkey to Allow Use of Key Air Base

Here’s a significant development, reported by the New York Times. It’s been years since Turkey has allowed the US to use its air bases as a staging area for military operations in the Middle East. The US and Turkey announced today that they have reached an agreement that will change the old order of things and take the joint war against ISIS up a notch. As the article below correctly notes, this is a game changer, folks. The Turks, of course, have a vested interest in this because once Syria falls to ISIS, Turkey could be next. ISIS has an insatiable appetite and judging from the geography, it looks like the next entrée on the menu could be roasted Turkey and gravy.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/24/world/europe/turkey-isis-us-airstrikes-syria.html?_r=0


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Iran Deal Will Bring Chaos to the Middle East

Some people are saying we should at least give the new Iran nuke agreement a chance to work. Ordinarily, that might not be a bad approach. But in this instance, there is no room for error because the consequences of Iran’s non-compliance could be cataclysmic. Remember: they believe it’s okay to lie and deceive as long as it advances their Islamic agenda!

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/07/israel-isaac-herzog-iran-nuclear-deal/398705/


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The Gift of Cultivating Greatness

THE GIFT OF CULTIVATING GREATNESS

A grandson of slaves, a boy was born in 1901 in a rough neighborhood of New Orleans known as the “The Battlefield.”

His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant.

His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his sister went to live with their grandmother.

Early in life he proved to be gifted for music, and with three other kids he sang in the streets of New Orleans.
His first gains were the coins that were thrown to them.

A Jewish family, the Karnofskys, who had immigrated from Lithuania to the USA, had pity for the 7-year-old boy and brought him into their home.

Initially, they gave him “work” around the house and they fed the hungry child.

There he remained and slept in this Jewish family’s home where, for the first time in his life, he was treated with kindness and tenderness.

When he went to bed, Mrs. Karnovsky sang him a Russian lullaby that he would sing with her.

Later, he learned to sing and play several Russian and Jewish songs.

Over time, this boy became the adopted son of the Karnovskys. They loved him and he loved them.

He later said that he identified with this Jewish family because they, too, had experienced the bitter sting of racism and bigotry—much like the black community.

The Karnofskys gave him money to buy his first musical instrument, as was the custom in Jewish families.
They sincerely admired and encouraged his musical talent.

Later, when he became a professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish melodies in compositions, such as St. James Infirmary and Go Down Moses.

The little black boy grew up and wrote a book about this Jewish family, who had adopted him in 1907.

In memory of this family and until the end of his life, he wore a star of David and said that in this family, he had learned “how to live real life and determination.”

You might recognize the little boy’s name: Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, the greatest jazz trumpeter in the history of modern music.

He was a lifelong friend of the Jewish people and proudly spoke fluent Yiddish.

When Louis Armstrong died in 1971, his honorary pallbearers included Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Pearl Bailey, Count Basie, Harry James, Frank Sinatra, Ed Sullivan, Earl Wilson, Alan King, Johnny Carson and David Frost. Peggy Lee sang The Lord’s Prayer at the services while Al Hibbler sang “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.”

More information: https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/about/faq.htm#LA1


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