Monthly Archives: September 2009

Taking Up Serpents

"They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."Mark 16:18

From the emergence in the early 1900s of Pentecostalism from the Holiness movement, various denominations arose whose members speak in tongues (glossolalia), cast out demons, prophesy, and engage in faith healing. There are those who, located in the Appalachian Mountains and their foothills from West Virginia to northern Alabama and Georgia, began to separate themselves from the larger and more organized Holiness and Pentecostal groups by taking literally the command of Mark 16 and hearing the call from one George Hensley thorough the formation of the Church of God With Signs Following.

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Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

On April 1, 1933, the Nazis began their boycott of Jewish businesses across the country.  It was not the first indication of the persecutions in store.  A week earlier, thirty brownshirts had broken into Jewish homes in a small town in southwest Germany, herded the occupants into the town hall, and beaten them up.  The boycott, however, was something different.  As Saul Friedlander has commented, it was “the first major test on a national scale of the attitude of the Christian Churches toward the situation of the Jews under the new government.”

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Onward Christian Soldier

According to French President Jacques Chirac, George Bush told him that the Iraq war was needed to bring on the apocalypse:

In Genesis and Ezekiel Gog and Magog are forces of the Apocalypse who are prophesied to come out of the north and destroy Israel unless stopped. The Book of Revelation took up the Old Testament prophesy:

“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”

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End of Summer

They, only set on sport and play,

Unweetingly importuned

Their own destruction to come speedy upon them.

So fond are mortal men,

Fallen into wrath divine,

As their own ruin on themselves to invite.

- J. Milton, Samson Agonistes

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Sasquatch Dreams…Sasquatch Nightmare!

People say that they look like monkeys. Monkeys make you smile, but a bigfoot strikes you with horror

Russian writer Ivan Turgenev met someone that looked like a troglodyte. The horror of the encounter remained in his mind throughout his whole life. It happened, when Turgenev was a young man. Years after, he told the story to his French friends. Here is what Guy de Maupassant wrote about it:

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