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  • Peace comes from the Middle East

    This video was made for a contest that General Electric (GE). The contest was to make a short video that outlined an idea that would change the world! We think this does…..

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  • Repent you Sinners!

    ….Kingdom of God is near. Words from Jesus.

    What first comes to mind when you hear the word “repent?” It probably depends on your background doesn’t it? You might hear it with a heavy southern drawl being angrily yelled. Or…you might hear a street preacher with a bullhorn. Or maybe you don’t have any of that baggage and you haven’t heard the word much at all. It is a bit out of vogue after all…

    But Jesus said it quite a bit. Scholars way smarter than I (which is almost everyone) say that it is probably better translated as:

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  • Questions about Islam #1

    Mustafa Akyol discusses Questions we all have about Islam. Very helpful.

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  • 5 Reasons not to give up on the Middle East

    Counting backwards:

    #5: The Arab Spring is real. Democracy, freedom, human rights, all take time. Look at America. The modern USA began (arguably) in 1776 with Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Remember that it took us almost 100 years to allow black men to vote and another 50 years before women could vote. And legalized segregation was still common during my lifetime. So we need to be patient with this budding democratic movement called “the Arab spring.”

    It’s one thing for a group like the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt to sit on the sidelines and critique the existing government of tyrants like (former) President Mubarak. It’s another for them to effectively run a complicated country like Egypt. Two more rounds of elections and a more real and balanced democracy is likely. Patience!

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  • Jesus?

    The longer I live, and the more I think – I mean, really think…it seems like “religion” is a scam.

    Yes, Yes, I know. It all depends on how I define religion. If we agree that we’d let the majority in the world define it – then it’d be something like: “A shared system of beliefs and doctrines by humans about the afterlife and a deity.”

    If we let the Bible define it, then we see it used positively just once – and it’s caring for orphans and widows. I’d be happy to be in that one, but I haven’t seen much of it yet.

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  • Do you Know Any Muslims?

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  • My Most Embarrassing Moment

    Recently one of our kids told me that if I ever wrote an autobiography I should call it “Fertilizing the Middle East: WMD’s and International Incidents of Diarrhea,” or something like that. I must have more stories of loose bowels in inappropriate places and with the greatest possible amount of embarrassment than anyone in the world. Here’s the funniest of all time!

    I went to Iraq in May of 2001. Three months before 9/11. Saddam Hussein hosted a Muslim-Christian dialog conference in Baghdad and I was invited to attend. There were about 50 Westerners total (mostly Christians) and the other 4950 were Iraqis and other Arabs (mostly Muslim, but some from Christian backgrounds).

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  • Is there an “art” to being a good neighbor?

    Mostly our neighbors are good to us. They’ve watched our house when we’re gone. They’ve mowed our yard. Taken out our garbage. Fed our dog and cat. Sprayed our weeds (mostly so they don’t invade their yards). Got our mail. And that’s all in the last month.

    Most of them know our garage code. Our girls have babysat all their kids. Held neighborhood art classes. They’ve all ate at our house. We share eggs and milk. They’re just good people. So….what’s the secret? Ready? Here it is – we’re nice to them. They’re nice to us because we’re nice to them. Or is it the other way around? I don’t even know who was nice to who first. Doesn’t matter. We all like each other.

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  • Choose Compromise!

    When was the last time someone of faith said to you – “You really need to compromise more often brother.” It’s probably never happened.

    I am sometimes accused of “compromising.” Usually the person means that I didn’t speak or act in a manner that upheld their standard of what i should have said or done. Fair enough. For sure there are things we should never waiver on. But those things have become less and less for me as I grow older and (I think) closer to God. Jesus said in John 6:29 that the “work of God is to believe in the one he has sent.” God’s work is believing in Jesus. I won’t compromise on that. But….believe what? How? And where?

    Paul said in First Corinthians 2:2 that he has “resolved to know nothing but the crucified Christ.” Imagine if we knew NOTHING but Christ. Just Jesus. That’s either not very much, or everything, depends how you look at it.

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  • What’s Going on in Syria – Behind the Scenes

    Have you wondered what the REAL story is in Syria? What’s motivating things behind the scenes? No one knows for sure, but here’s my opinion.

    It’s about Iran and Israel. Here’s why.

    The country of Iran is not an imminent or direct threat to Israel’s security. President Ahmadinejad likes to threaten Israel, but it’s for show. The Hamas are also not a threat – they are contained and have no real weapons. They are more of a thorn in the flesh than an actual threat. The only real threat to Israel is the Hezbollah of Lebanon.

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