The Great Election Day

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It was voting day in Jerusalem. Pilate, the governor, was presiding over the crowd that had gathered. The governor asked, “Are you for Christ?” “No,” they all cried, “away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas.” Their choice was made. Their vote was recorded. They had rejected the Lord Jesus Christ, and instead had chosen the murderer Barabbas. “What then shall I do with Jesus?” asked Pilate. …

Japanese Soldier Bows

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During World War I, Keiichi Fukaya felt honoured to wear his uniform as he served in the Japanese army. He had great responsibilities keeping a constant watch on the troop movements in China. In order to keep his job he was expected to bow to a picture of Emperor Hirohito. However, he felt something was not right. In his heart …

What is Salvation?

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“I acknowledge my sin unto Thee… I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord;’ and Thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin” (Psalm 32:5). Salvation is not a complex thing. It is a simple yet profound faith in Christ. It is more, however, than a casual inviting of Jesus into the heart. Salvation follows a consciousness of sin, …

Nazi War Criminal Convicted

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In February 2008, a Canadian, who was convicted of brutally torturing and killing nine people at a Nazi prison camp more than 60 years ago, was extradited to Italy. Michael Seifert faces a life sentence in Italy where, seven years ago in an Italian military court, he was convicted in absentia of war crimes committed during his time as an SS guard in the Second World War. Seifert has acknowledged being a …

Justice or Mercy?

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Under police escort, the twelve-year-old girl shuffled into the courtroom. She was wearing shackles on her ankles. A couple of times while I listened to her short tragic history, she smirked at the police escort. My emotions were reeling! This scene raises questions about our society: ‘Who are we?’ and ‘Where on earth have we gone wrong?’ The judge listened to the details very carefully, as she studied …

Is Anything Free?

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Do you ever wonder what long-lasting impacts rising prices in the marketplace will have on our lifestyle? One reporter tried to make us feel better about soaring gas prices by informing us that printer ink costs $4,468 per litre, Calvin Klein Eternity perfume costs $1,277 per litre, Red Bull drinks cost $10.44 per litre, and Evian water costs $1.59 per litre, so really the price of gas is not so …

A Home you can’t Lose

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There are some heart-wrenching stories in the United States just now about homeowners who are losing their homes. Foreclosures are rampant. It is estimated that 1.2 million families across the country can’t make their mortgage payments, and banks can’t wait any longer. Have you ever lost your home? Do you know what it’s like to empty your cupboards and pack up your belongings – not because you want to, but because you …

Man, a Living Soul

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It is a commonly believed today that humans are a fluke of evolution; a mere conglomeration of cells that over millions of years have adapted favorably to their environment, rendering a living, feeling, communicating, reasoning, and reproducing life form. The Bible, however, clearly teaches that we were deliberately designed and created by God, and that each of us possesses an immortal soul that will continue to live after our bodies have been destroyed by decay. …

Dropped into a Policeman’s Arms

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It really wasn’t blind faith nor was it a leap into the unknown. It was a deliberate rescue act. The danger above was immediate and deadly; the strong willing arms below were beckoning and trustworthy. There was no other way to safety. The tranquility of a quiet German neighbourhood was shattered when an apartment building erupted into flames and billowing smoke. The stairwell was engulfed in flames. The need to rescue …

Are you Fit?

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Much is in the news about North America’s increasing tendency towards obesity due to our sedentary lifestyle and fast-food diet. Both children and adults are affected. People are becoming concerned about their health and weight. Paul Harvey News in July 2008, told of one woman in the United States who decided to lose weight. She tried the Atkins diet, the South Beach Diet, and any other diet that she heard …