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The Sorcerers of Pharaoh

CNN ran this headline today:

ISIS fighter was trained by State Department

This is one of those claims that really stretches the intellectual faculties of a sane man.

If false, it is just one more lie in the veritable sea of deception put forth by Isis/Isil/Dead Terrorist Army #1 in their quest to return the world to a former, more-savage slave pit of hopelessness, murder, rape, mutilation, desecration, and angel-worship.

If true, however, it is just one more betrayal in the veritable sea of betrayal by our own government, our military, our intelligence forces, and those “contractors” they hire (you know, the torturers and assassins they license to circumvent the Uniform Code of Military Justice, our founding principles and documents, and probably the Geneva Convention to boot – why leave anything out?) in creating the very regional and global threats to peace and prosperity they were invented to stop.

If you are under 14 years of age you have never lived in an America that was not at war. You live in a country that has never known peace. You are probably one of tens of millions of media-dozed spectators indifferent to the fact your country has contrived a forever war against a noun.

You know what these guys are, these officials, these bureaucrats, these assassins? They are the sorcerers in the court of Pharaoh who, when the nation was being crippled, brought to its knees by catastrophes, didn’t stop those catastrophes or those plagues, but boasted to Pharaoh “See? We can re-create these catastrophes and plagues too!”

They added to the catastrophe. They increased the problem: they compounded it and called it wisdom and power.

They amplified the anguish of their own countrymen, bragged about it, then padded themselves on the back for their ingenuity.

What did Pharaoh, the ruler of the world, do? He didn’t know any better: he too rose up from the ranks of career court fools. He was impressed his own staff exacerbated the disasters, not stunned in horror by it.

Impressed.

Presidents, like Pharaohs, seem easily impressed… and often about the wrong things.

You decide: Murderers Inside Our Republic

The Message

The Message

16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

19-21 “This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”

Gospel of John 3:16-21

This translation is from The Message: The Bible is Contemporary Language. It was originally published in segments between 1993 to 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson, an American clergyman, author, scholar, and poet.

I discovered shortly after praying for an idiomatic translation of the Scripture for my friends and family, and I have to say I have fallen in love with The Message.

It has easily done as much for me and my study as I hope it will for them.

You can buy The Message at bookstores, download it as an app for your phone, but I usually read it in my office through http://www.BibleGateway.com which has all translations available.

This first link is to Gospel of Luke chapter 6: https://goo.gl/1fN6Fh

This is a good mid-chapter sample to evaluate the style of the translation.

Here are the four Gospels in order:

Matthew: https://goo.gl/DZK2Oa

Mark: https://goo.gl/s0RAZ0

Luke: https://goo.gl/grTpNx

John: https://goo.gl/xIf3Td

If you are looking for an easy, technically correct translation of the Bible… give The Message a try.

Let me know what you think.