Sunday, September 15, 2013

"War Against Evil". The Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur. Feast of Tabernacles! Near Death Experiences and the Bible. First Tanks. Battle of Britain.


For “Scripture Sunday”:

"War Against Evil"

“Pope Francis called for a day of fasting and prayer "against evil". God has His own day of prayer and fasting to protest against evil.”

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What is the Day of Atonement and why is it God's statement against war and evil?

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Day of Atonement - Part 2

“The removal of Satan, pictured by the Day of Atonement, will mark the beginning of a new relationship with God for all mankind...truly being at one.”

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Yom Kippur = Day of Atonement. 

“Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר, IPA: [ˈjom kiˈpuʁ], or יום הכיפורים), also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and repentance.”

“Some notable athletes have observed Yom Kippur, even when it conflicted with their playing their sport.

In baseball, Sandy Koufax, the Hall of Fame pitcher, decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur. Koufax garnered national attention for his decision, as an example of the conflict between social pressures and personal beliefs. When pitcher Don Drysdale took Koufax's place and fared poorly, giving up seven runs in 2-2/3 innings, he told his manager as he was pulled from the game: "I bet right now you wish I was Jewish, too.”

Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg attracted national attention in 1934, nearly three decades earlier, when he refused to play baseball on Yom Kippur, even though the Tigers were in the middle of a pennant race, and he was leading the league in RBIs. The Detroit Free Press columnist and poet Edgar A. Guest wrote a poem titled "Speaking of Greenberg," which ended with the lines "We shall miss him on the infield and shall miss him at the bat / But he's true to his religion—and I honor him for that." When Greenberg arrived in synagogue on Yom Kippur, the service stopped suddenly, and the congregation gave an embarrassed Greenberg a standing ovation.”  More at:


Have a Wonderful Feast of Tabernacles!

“We're taking a two week break for the Feast of Tabernacles.”

“It's time for the Feast of Tabernacles! The Feast gets Jelly dreaming of a world of peace and harmony after Jesus Christ returns to establish the wonderful Kingdom of God. (Isaiah 11:6, Leviticus 23:29-43)

God's plan for mankind involves restoration. The Feast of Tabernacles symbolizes the restoration process.

Watch the video: Jelly is Dreaming of the Kingdom "


The program on WGN TV this morning:

Near Death Experiences and the Bible

“While many people have experienced this sensation, learn why it is not the biblical description of death.”

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On This Day:

Tanks introduced into warfare at the Somme, Sep 15, 1916:

“During the Battle of the Somme, the British launch a major offensive against the Germans, employing tanks for the first time in history. At Flers Courcelette, some of the 40 or so primitive tanks advanced over a mile into enemy lines but were too slow to hold their positions during the German counterattack and subject to mechanical breakdown. However, General Douglas Haig, commander of Allied forces at the Somme, saw the promise of this new instrument of war and ordered the war department to produce hundreds more.

Except for its effect of diverting German troops from the Battle of Verdun, the offensive was a miserable disaster. It amounted to a total advance of just five miles for the Allies, with more than 600,000 British and French soldiers killed, wounded, or missing in action. German casualties were more than 650,000. Although Haig was severely criticized for the costly battle, his willingness to commit massive amounts of men and resources to the stalemate along the western front did eventually contribute to the collapse of an exhausted Germany in 1918.”


Tide turns in the Battle of Britain, Sep 15, 1940:

“The Battle of Britain reaches its climax when the Royal Air Force (RAF) downs 56 invading German aircraft in two dogfights lasting less than an hour. The costly raid convinced the German high command that the Luftwaffe could not achieve air supremacy over Britain, and the next day daylight attacks were replaced with nighttime sorties as a concession of defeat. On September 19, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler postponed indefinitely "Operation Sea Lion"--the amphibious invasion of Britain. Although heavy German aid raids on London and other British cities would continue through spring 1941, the Battle of Britain was effectively won.

Germany needed to master the skies over Britain if it was to safely transport its superior land forces across the 21-mile English Channel. On August 8, the Luftwaffe intensified its raids against the ports in an attempt to draw the British air fleet out into the open. Simultaneously, the Germans began bombing Britain's sophisticated radar defense system and RAF fighter airfields. During August, as many as 1,500 German aircraft crossed the Channel daily, often blotting out the sun as they flew against their British targets. Despite the odds against them, the outnumbered RAF flyers successfully resisted the massive German air invasion, relying on radar technology, more maneuverable aircraft, and exceptional bravery. For every British plane shot down, two Luftwaffe warplanes were destroyed.

By denying the Germans a quick victory, depriving them of forces to be used in their invasion of the USSR, and proving to America that increased arms support for Britain was not in vain, the outcome of the Battle of Britain greatly changed the course of World War II. As Churchill said of the RAF fliers during the Battle of Britain, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."


From me:  After the two awful World Wars, you would think that mankind had had enough of war.



After Wendy and I had our usual Saturday morning phone call, I got ready for church, and then took Misty for a little walk around here.  Then I picked up Jay.

As I had a lot of Mexican food in my freezer, which was originally readied for the afternoon church south of Willis, I thought I might as well take some to the new morning church where we have been going lately.  So, I took chimichangas, and Jay took cantaloupe.

The congregation was even smaller this Sabbath, as one of the elders and his family were not there, as he is in the hospital.  The Bible reading was a continuation of Deuteronomy starting with chapter 26, read by one of the guys we know from the other church.  Then Isaiah 60:1-22 was read by another elder.  The guitarist accompanied us while we sang some songs of praise.  He also gave the sermon about The Day of Atonement, and about God’s Words telling us to remember His laws, quoting Leviticus, Acts, Numbers, 2 Peter, and Psalms.

Another elder, his wife and daughter were visiting from Cisco, TX, and they brought some of their locally home grown veggies and fruit for the potluck.  My chimichangas, and Jay’s cantaloupe didn’t last long. 

One lady had brought some homemade challah bread, and it was delicious.  It was made with real wheat flour and had some ground flax seed and other healthy ingredients in it.  Much better than the store bought, like most food.  She has three children, and bakes real bread for them all the time.  I have to commend her for that.

There was a great array of different foods, and they were all good. I dived into the raw spinach, tomato, celery and onion salad, twice.  Jay enjoyed all the good food, especially the beef roast in gravy, which was unusual for him, as he doesn’t like ‘soupy’ food.  Then we found out why it was so good, it had been cooked in a crock-pot all day.

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