Yesterday the Islamist group ISIS read out an ultimatum to Chrisians from its Mosques. It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.
The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as “dhimma,” under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a “jizya”.
"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," the Isis statement said.
Please keep the native Christians of Iraq in your prayers as they face this threat against their very existence.
Western media have been so lax about reporting the very real, and torturous persecution Christians are facing in Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria and others. For example, a 14yr old Altar boy was taken from serving Mass and Crucified against the front door of the Church not very long ago in Mosul/Ninevah. Elsewhere, a Priest was decapitated and his head left on the front steps of his Church.
But you won’t find out about it on the Internet, or in the newspapers, because Western Media doesn’t care. The only reason I happen to know this is because my (Benedictine) Priest has (Religious Order) friends that escaped from Iraq recently, and this was their lived experience.
Oh and by the by, when ISIS say that “they will have nothing but the sword”, it’s worth being aware that in parts of ISIS controlled territory, crucifixion is the preferred treatment for Christians. A dozen men were crucified in a town square just a couple of months ago, because they refused to recant or pay the jizya - that was in Syria, but the belief that ‘the sword is too good’ for Christians is strong in certain areas. (Rather like the Roman Empire - St Paul wasn’t crucified because he was a Roman Citizen, and crucifixion was kept for non Romans, as “lesser” human beings.
Signal boost the heck out of this, and please, please pray.
(and it shouldn’t need said, but please, do also remember that this is not the will of the majority of Muslims, who are just as horrified - if not more so - as we are at this reckless, awful treatment of other human beings.)
Focusing on the pragmatic effects of marriage undermines the very power of marriage to achieve the effects we desire. In other words, for the sake of all these beneficial practical effects, we should not focus on them. This is the way life is designed by God to work. Make him and the glory of his Son central, and you get the practical effects thrown in. Make the practical effects central, and you lose both.
… I want people to flourish in every way. I want the poor to rise into joyful, self-sustaining, productive work and stable households. Therefore, for the sake of these good effects of marriage, let it be heralded with joy that there are reasons for marriage that are vastly more important.
Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically; it is mainly about displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children. Being united to Christ by faith is a greater source of marital success than perfect sex and double-income prosperity.
If we make secondary things primary, they cease to be secondary and become idolatrous. They have their place. But they are not first, and they are not guaranteed… . So it is with marriage. It is a momentary gift. It may last a lifetime, or it may be snatched away on the honeymoon. Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. If we make secondary things primary, we will be embittered at the sorrows we must face. But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be, not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.
Meow. Sweet Lover.
New research, led by scientists at the University of Southampton, has found that neurogenesis, the self-repairing mechanism of the adult brain, can help to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Prion or Parkinson’s.
The progressive degeneration and death of the brain, occurring in many neurodegenerative diseases, is often seen as an unstoppable and irrevocable process. However, the brain has some self-repairing potential that accounts for the renewal of certain neuronal populations living in the dentate gyrus, a simple cortical region that is part of the larger functional brain system controlling learning and memory, the hippocampus. This process is known as neurogenesis.
While increased neurogenesis has been reported in neurodegenerative diseases in the past, its significance is unclear. Now a research team, led by Dr Diego Gomez-Nicola from the Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton, has detected increased neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus that partially counteracts neuronal loss.
Using a model of prion disease from mice, the research identified the time-course of the generation of these newborn neurons and how they integrate into the brain circuitry. While this self-repairing mechanism is effective in maintaining some neuronal functions at early and mid-stages of the disease, it fails at more advanced phases. This highlights a temporal window for potential therapeutic intervention, in order to preserve the beneficial effects of enhanced neurogenesis.
Dr Gomez-Nicola says: “This study highlights the latent potential of the brain to orchestrate a self-repairing response. The continuation of this line of research is opening new avenues to identify what specific signals are used to promote this increased neurogenic response, with views focused in targeting neurogenesis as a therapeutic approach to promote the regeneration of lost neurons.”
Absolutely Astounding Mountains Photography by Max Rive
Rive is a talented and creative photographer. He is much inspired from nature so he traveled through the Europe with his camera to capture the nature photos. He said, “many people live within unhappy circumstances and they don’t take the step to change their situation just because of conditioned to a life of security, conservatism and conformity.” Max Rive did not stop himself at one place so he traveled from around the Europe and took the beautiful nature photographs. Here I have a set of Max Rive’s mountains photography that you will love to see.
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This beautiful man is releasing a video for this song.
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