The Rio 2016 Olympics was a golden success, especially for the United States. A total of 207 nations, consisting of 11,303 athletes, competed in 28 Summer sports, in which 306 sets of medals, 918 in all, were awarded. Olympic history was made by several, including Maryland swimmer Michael Phelps and runner Usain Bolt of Jamaica.
But two outstanding Olympians did not get one of those 918 medals. Instead, American runner, Abbey D’Agnostino, was awarded the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Medal. A New Zealand runner, Nikki Hamblin, was also awarded this medal. It has only been awarded 17 times in all previous Olympic Games. It is awarded to those who display an extraordinary act of sportsmanship. Continue reading The Amazing Race
“When you come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession, and he that owns the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, It seems to me there is a plague in the house. Then the priest shall command that they empty the house before the priest go into it to see the plague… ” (Leviticus 14:34-35).
In Scripture, leprosy is always symbolic of sin and evil. It was a terrible plague in those days. Lepers were totally cut off from all society, families, and loved ones; nor could they go to the tabernacle to worship God. Lepers were cast outside of the city in camps, and a leper could not return to his family until he was cured, which only the priest could pronounce. But could a house have leprosy? Because the same rituals and commandments that a recovered leper had to follow to be reinstated to society, God also commanded to be applied to a house determined to have leprosy.
Continue reading Can A House Have Leprosy?
“To burn or not to burn?”
The question asked by countless Americans over the past hundred years, addressed by State legislatures enacting laws to protect the flag from desecration such as burning, the U.S. Congress who approved the Federal Flag Desecration Law in 1968 to protect it from this and other acts of contempt, and ultimately answered by the Supreme Court of the United States in June 1990. Continue reading America the Bannerful
It was the third day the disciples were with their new teacher, Jesus. He was invited to a marriage celebration at Cana, located on the picturesque Sea of Galilee, and they were also invited. It was probably the marriage of a family member or very close friend, as His mother Mary seemed to know the family of the bridegroom very well.
Continue reading June: Month of Love… Weddings & Anniversaries. The Best Is Yet To Be!
At the time of Israel’s exodus from Egypt, there were about 70 Gentile nations in the earth. From these God specifically isolated the nation of Israel to be His peculiar, separated people as prophesied in Numbers 23:9: “…The people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.”
God had sent nine terrible plagues upon the land of Egypt; yet Pharoah would not let the Hebrews go. God told Moses that one final plague would humble Pharaoh to surrender: The death of all firstborn throughout Egypt. In order for their firstborn to be safe, the Israelites had to slay a lamb and strike its blood upon the doorposts of their houses and stay inside. God said: “At midnight I will smite all the firstborn throughout all of Egypt, but when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” Pharoah was broken by his son’s death and let the Hebrews go. Continue reading The Cohanim Y Chromosome