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The Seven Days of Creation – A Bible Story Mural

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

The Seven Days of Creation

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Genesis 1:3-31 (New International Version)

“Sadly, many Christian adults have been all too quick to concede that the Genesis account of creation may be an allegory and not fact. It’s my personal conviction that if you can’t believe the Genesis account of creation, there is no reason to believe the rest of the Bible. He would be a weak God indeed if He couldn’t inspire the human writers of the Bible to get the details of creation correct.”
-Doug Westbrook, Artist of “The Seven Days of Creation – A Bible Story Mural”

Does Genesis chapter 1 mean literal 24-hour days?

See Mr. Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals here.
Bible Story Murals
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Anti-War Groups Blame Iraq War for Kansas Tornado Response

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

And just like their liberal governor, the anti-war groups are wrong.

(CNSNews.com) – Cleanup of the damage caused Friday when an F-5 tornado tore through the Kansas town of Greensburg has been slowed because National Guard resources are in Iraq, according to a group of anti-war activists and the Kansas governor.

The White House fired back, pointing to what it said was the failure by Kansas Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to ask for cleanup equipment that is available from other states and the federal government.

But after absorbing so much criticism for the way it handled Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Bush administration is once again under attack following a natural disaster.

“Here we are looking at Tuesday, and they’re still doing search and rescue because they’ve had to bring in support” from other states, Jane Bullock, chief of staff to former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director James Lee Witt, said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday.

“What is most disheartening is the fact that we now lack the equipment needed to clean up and go in and help the citizens … because they were shipped over to Iraq,” Kansas Democratic State Sen. Donald Betts said during the call sponsored by the National Security Network and Americans Against Escalation in Iraq.

The groups argue that National Guard troops and resources that could be used in rescue and cleanup efforts for natural disasters have been used and depleted in Iraq. They called on the Bush administration to bring troops home and re-equip the National Guard and Reserves.

“We can spend $2 billion a week taking care of another country,” Betts said of the war in Iraq, “but we don’t have the resources to take care of our own states.”

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White House Press Secretary Tony Snow on Monday deflected Sebelius’ criticism about Guard resources being tied up in Iraq and implied that Sebelius had not taken the necessary steps to request heavy equipment from other states or the federal government.

“Well, first, take a look at whether such help has been requested,” Snow said in a press briefing. “But there’s been an enormous amount of help on the scene already, frankly, when it comes to what’s been going on with the tornado.”

He said the Bush administration is “doing whatever it can. And if there’s a need for equipment … it will arrive.” Snow said there are “pre-positioning points throughout the country for National Guard and other equipment in the case of emergency. So some of those plans, again, if called upon, are going to be put into motion.”

The Kansas National Guard has 88 percent of its forces and between 60 and 85 percent of its equipment on hand, according to National Guard Bureau Public Affairs Officer Randal Noller.

In a statement Monday, Noller said Kansas has 400,000 guardsmen from other states available to assist in recovery. “However, Kansas has not yet requested assistance from other states.”

Ministry Says Muslims’ Confusion Opens Door for Truth of Christ

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

For those who believe that Christians and Muslims act the same, you need to read this article. It highlights the differences between the actions of violent Islam versus Christians “walking in Jesus’ footprints”.

An official with the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) says the stabbing deaths of three Christians — and subsequent offering of forgiveness by their widows — are having an impact among Muslims in Turkey.

The three Christians were killed last month by a group of young Muslims who gained the trust of the Christians by asking questions about their faith. Police arrested at least ten suspects, all Muslims, who claimed the murders were committed for religious reasons. Since the brutal murders, the victims’ widows have appeared on Turkish television, offering forgiveness for the murderers.

In an interview on Mission Network News, Johan Candelin, executive director of the WEA Religious Liberty Commission, says the murders have caused a sense of confusion among Muslims.

“As the Muslims are saying that Islam is a religion of peace and harmony, and then they see on television these three Christians who have been killed by a group of young people, and the young people say that they have done it in the name of religion — it has created a lot of confusion,” says the WEA spokesman. “But there are also strong nationalistic groups in Turkey that see the Christians as something that will split the Turkish nation.”

Candelin says the tragedy has enabled Christians in Turkey to talk openly about their faith. “Many Muslims were confused, as I said, when the widows came out and said ‘we forgive,'” he shares. “So they showed that Christianity is a religion of forgiveness, not of hate or revenge — and that opens up a big door for the gospel.”

The WEA has sent a letter to the Turkish prime minister, asking him to publicly support the work of Christian missionaries.

Original Link.

Another One (Abortion Clinic) Bites the Dust

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Another abortion clinic out of business and the location of this former infanticide center is going to be converted to a “Culture of Life Center”.

Another former abortion clinic – this one in Indiana – is to be converted into a ministry of life, according to officials with Operation Rescue, one of the nation’s leading edge abortion opponents.

Former Rescue leader Bryan Brown has confirmed he has purchased the building that previously was the abortion clinic called Women’s Health Clinic in Fort Wayne, Ind., and plans to establish a “Culture of Life Center” in the facility.

“We will be involved in commemoration, communication and litigation in support of natural law and pro-family issues,” Brown said.

It’s the second such situation where pro-life advocates have moved onto ground once held by the abortion industry: Operation Rescue’s own headquarters in Wichita, Kan., previously were used by an abortion business.

Ironically, the Fort Wayne location is the same building where Brown once protested abortions in his hometown, and where he once was fined $61,600 for his protests.

Those fines, from the early 1990s, later were dropped. However, at the time they prompted him to move from Indiana to Kansas, where he participated in Operation Rescue’s 1991 Summer of Mercy.

He later stayed on to earn a law degree and eventually become the chief of the Consumer Affairs Division of the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.

The building actually was purchased through Brown’s organization, Donnagal Corridor, which was named after an Irish mountain pass secretly opened to American airmen during World War II so they could refuel while hunting German submarines in the North Atlanta.

The purchase price is also about the same as the fines earlier ordered against Brown for protesting there.

“This furthers the trend of Christians buying abortion clinics and redeeming them for righteousness,” said OR President Troy Newman. It was under his direction that Operation Rescue bought the Wichita abortion business early in 2006. It’s now being remodeled.

“This is an amazing picture of God’s redemptive power,” he said. “We congratulate Bryan Brown on his new endeavor in Indiana and look forward to seeing many great pro-life victories as a result of his commitment of faith to the protection of the innocent.”

In Wichita, Operation Rescue had learned that Central Women’s Services was behind on its rental payments and the building was for sale. It quickly purchased the structure through a third party, with a stipulation that the current tenant be removed.

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Extreme Weather, Fires Befall Nation

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Here’s some things to think about when reading this post.

“Nature’s fury made life miserable Wednesday from one end of the nation to the other, with people forced out of their homes by wildfires near both coasts and the Canadian border and by major flooding in the Midwest.” My Way News.

“The Jewish people and the nation of Israel stand alone. Now that the US is shifting positions on the war on terror, we can no longer hold on to the illusion that the US will stand in solidarity with Israel in the next war against Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon. We can no longer delude ourselves in believing that the US will aggressively confront Iranian nuclear threats against Israel. Hatred of Jews and Israel is escalating dramatically and the world remains silent. Liberal and leftist Jews rail against the Christian Zionist movement in the United States and accuse them of a nefarious agenda, while these organizations have displayed unanimous support for Israel and for Torah institutions. There’s nothing like alienating allies at a juncture in history when authentic allies are truly scarce.” “NEXT STOP: TEHERAN” by Fern Sidman.

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Genesis 12:1-3 (New International Version).

Just food for thought…

NEW YORK (AP) – Nature’s fury made life miserable Wednesday from one end of the nation to the other, with people forced out of their homes by wildfires near both coasts and the Canadian border and by major flooding in the Midwest.

And although the calendar still said spring, the first named storm of the year was whipping up surf on the beaches of the Southeast.

Overall, it wasn’t quite a day for the record books.

“It’s a major flood,” National Weather Service meteorologist Suzanne Fortin said Wednesday of the flooding in Missouri. “It won’t be a record breaker, but it will be in the top three.”

However, a three-week-old fire in southern Georgia had become that state’s biggest in five decades after charring 167 square miles of forest and swamp.

Smoke-filled air created a burning smell and a dusting of ashes that coated cars and buildings through much of Florida and southeastern Georgia. The haze over most of Florida even closed several highways and sent people with breathing problems indoors.

The flooding was produced by the drenching weekend thunderstorms across the Plains states that also devastated Greensburg, Kan. In addition to 11 tornado deaths, two drowning deaths were blamed on the storms, one each in Oklahoma and Kansas.

High water had poured over the tops of at least 20 levees along the Missouri River and other streams in the state, authorities said Wednesday.

Missouri National Guard troops were helping. And Highway Patrol troopers were working 24-hour shifts near Big Lake, a village town of about 150 permanent residents in the state’s northwest corner, which was inundated by five levee breaks along the Missouri River and four smaller ones on other streams, said patrol Lt. John Hotz.

In Missouri’s Jackson County, authorities evacuated 300 to 400 residents of Levasy on Wednesday. At least a dozen homes were partially under water from the Missouri River, a dispatcher said.

In central Missouri, the state capital, Jefferson City, was preparing for flooding. After floods in 1993 and 1995, the city raised the elevation of its riverside sewage treatment plant, and the federal government bought out scores of homes on the north shore of the river, but the airport and businesses are still vulnerable.

On the West Coast, in view of many Los Angeles residents, a blaze had covered more than 800 acres in the city’s sprawling Griffith Park behind the iconic Griffith Observatory.

The danger to homes south of the park had eased Wednesday and many of the hundreds of residents evacuated overnight were allowed to return. However, fire officials warned that conditions could change.

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair Announces His Resignation

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Prime Minister Blair has been indicating, for some time now, that he was going to do this.

TRIMDON, England — Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday that he will step down as prime minister on June 27, after a decade in office in which he brokered peace in Northern Ireland and followed the United States to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Blair will leave office as soon as a new leader is elected for the Labour Party.

Original Link.

Hawking Draws Sold-Out Crowd (Says Nothing Existed Before Universe)

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Jason, you’re making a lot of extra work for me today. OK, here is the appropriate post to make your point. Go for it…

Hawking spoke to a packed audience in Zellerbach Hall about how Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity and quantum theory explained the creation of the universe.

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Hawking appeared as part of the “On the Same Page” program, which distributed 4,000 free copies of Hawking’s book “A Briefer History of Time” to freshmen and faculty members.

Hawking, largely regarded as one of the world’s most popular scientists, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neural disorder that attacks and destroys the motor nerves.

“Hawking is a combination of his brilliance and the challenges he faced in his life,” said Mark Richards, dean of the physical sciences in the College of Letters and Science. “Someone told me he was told to choose an easier subject for his Ph.D. dissertation because doctors didn’t think he would live to finish it. Now he’s 65 years old, and he’s still producing science.”

His lecture, which touched upon subjects such as black holes and spacetime, was peppered with quips that drew laughs from the audience.

“If one believed that the universe had a beginning, the obvious question was, what happened before the beginning,” Hawking said. “What was God doing before He made the world? Was He preparing hell for people who asked such questions?”

According to Hawking, the origin of the universe can be depicted as bubbles in a steam in boiling water. Small bubbles that appear and then collapse represent mini universes that expand only to disintegrate.

A few “bubbles,” Hawking said, will grow to a certain size until they are safe from collapse, and will begin to develop galaxies, stars and eventually human life.

“The universe began with accelerating expansion which we call inflation, because the universe grows in the way prices go up in some countries,” Hawking said. “It expanded in a million trillion trillionths of a second.”

Original Link.

In Iraq It’s Islam or Death

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Christians in Iraq are leaving their homes because they have been told they would be killed unless they convert to Islam. Frankly, I cannot believe the insurgents are not killing them on sight. Thankfully, God has protected them and most will be given the chance to leave. We need to pray for these people who are forced to leave what they love in order to worship the One True God.

BAGHDAD — Christians are fleeing in droves from the southern Baghdad district of Dora after Sunni insurgents told them they would be killed unless they converted to Islam or left, according to Christian leaders and families who fled.

Similar episodes of what has become known as sectarian cleansing raged through Baghdad neighborhoods last year as Sunnis drove Shiites from Sunni areas and Shiites drove Sunnis from Shiite ones, but this marks the first apparent attempt to empty an entire Baghdad neighborhood of Christians, the Christians say.

The exodus began three weeks ago after a fatwa, or religious edict, was issued by Sunni insurgents offering Christians a stark choice: to convert to Islam and pay an ancient Islamic tax known as jizyah, or to depart within 24 hours and leave their property behind. If they did neither, they said, they faced death.

Sunni gunmen have been enforcing the edict by knocking on doors, posting leaflets on walls and with a dozen or so kidnappings and a shooting — actions that have prompted hundreds of Christians to leave an area that was once home to one of Baghdad’s largest Christian communities.

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“NEXT STOP: TEHERAN” by Fern Sidman

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

In a radical departure from US foreign policy, it has been reported that US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice held high-level meetings with Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid Muallem during a regional conference in Sharm e-Sheikh. According to a report in The Jerusalem Post, (05/03/07) these talks marked the first time in years that the US conducted any direct negotiations with Syria.

The report stated, “The Bush administration has shunned Syria, accusing it of fueling tensions in Iraq and Lebanon. It sharply criticized a visit to Damascus last month by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But the White House has been under pressure to open dialogue with Syria and Iran.”

A chief demand of the US is that Syria takes action to stem the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq, which has been exacerbating the tensions and factional fighting there. An unnamed Israeli official admitted, “that the meeting did represent a change in US policy, which for the last few years had been to isolate Damascus. The official said Israel was “not taken by surprise” by the meeting. “They tried to ostracize Damascus, and that didn’t work,” the official said.

The report also stated that, “the Iraqi government is pressing for Rice and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to hold talks during the gathering, saying Washington’s conflict with Teheran is only fueling the instability in Iraq. Both the US and Iran had also spoken favorably of a possible meeting, but the chances for that remained unclear, and neither side had commented publicly on any immediate arrangements.”

It is clear that the Bush administration is being pushed against the wall. So much for the bombastic rhetoric that once characterized President Bush’s stance on terrorism. So much for the promise to isolate those who harbor and feed terrorists and aid and abet them in any fashion. With President Bush’s popularity at an all time low and criticism steadily mounting on his handling of the war in Iraq, the administration in Washington is now chartering a course of inclusion of states that sponsor terror against both the United States and Israel. The movement in the United States calling for President Bush’s impeachment is growing by leaps and bounds. The failure of the Bush administration to create a plan of departure for US troops in Iraq is serving as fodder to the bevy of Democratic candidates in this high-pressure election year. President Bush is under pressure by his own party to ensure victory in Iraq, thereby giving a Republican candidate a possible chance of being elected.

If negotiations with Syria, a chief sponsor of Hezbollah and Hamas terrorists can be a viable US foreign policy option, it is clear that direct talks with Iran are sure to follow. Despite US condemnations of Iran’s uranium enrichment program and Iran’s reluctance to cease the expansion of it’s nuclear arsenal, the United States is now sending signals in Teheran’s directions that negotiations can become a reality. Let us not forget the vow of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to wipe Israel off the map and his bellicose rhetoric towards the US. Let’s not forget that Iran is the breeding ground for terrorists of all stripes and is the hotbed of Islamic extremism.

The Jewish people and the nation of Israel stand alone. Now that the US is shifting positions on the war on terror, we can no longer hold on to the illusion that the US will stand in solidarity with Israel in the next war against Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon. We can no longer delude ourselves in believing that the US will aggressively confront Iranian nuclear threats against Israel. Hatred of Jews and Israel is escalating dramatically and the world remains silent. Liberal and leftist Jews rail against the Christian Zionist movement in the United States and accuse them of a nefarious agenda, while these organizations have displayed unanimous support for Israel and for Torah institutions. There’s nothing like alienating allies at a juncture in history when authentic allies are truly scarce.

It is time to dispense with the belief that we can “raise our eyes unto Washington and from Congress shall come forth our salvation”. Rather, it is time to hearken to the voice of the G-d of Israel, to return to His ways and walk in His commandments. We must recognize the “wake up calls” that we see and hear everyday. In these days before the holiday of Shavuos, we must storm the gates of Heaven with our heartfelt prayers and we must reconcile to cleave to our Holy Torah, to listen to its prophecies and to embrace its timeless teachings. We must remember that we are never alone. Hashem will be with us, if we only allow Him in our hearts and souls.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.