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A review of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker’…

Disney’s conclusion to the expanded Skywalker saga goes long on nostalgia, short on surprises. Steven D. Greydanus What should Star Wars be? Not what was it 40 or 20 years ago, but what should it be today? Five films into the Disney era of Star Wars, with a completed third trilogy ostensibly bringing the Skywalker saga to an end, there are two conflicting ideas — neither of which, as yet, definitively has the upper hand. One vision immerses us in a warm bath of nostalgia; another dashes revisionistic cold water in our faces. The former is a gauzy slideshow tour of well-known characters and types, locations, images, themes and story beats; the latter, a demolition project in the pursuit of renovation, of change and growth. J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII — The Force Awakens, which kicked off the n...

5 years after desecration by ISIS, cathedral in Iraq’s largest Christian town to be rebuilt in 2020…

Mosul, Iraq, Dec 19, 2019 / 03:01 am (CNA).- The Great Al-Tahira Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Bakhdida remains charred black inside, five years after the Islamic State plundered and set it aflame; however, in 2020 the Syriac Catholic cathedral will be restored as Iraq’s largest Christian community fights to rebuild and regain what was lost. “It is a very significant church because it was built from the donations of local people, agriculture workers,” Fr. Georges Jahola, a parish priest from Bakhdida, told CNA. Bakhdida, also known as Qaraqosh, is located 20 miles southeast of Mosul. Fr Jahola said that the local Christians hope that in the future their town will be referred to as as Bakhdida, the Aramaic and more historic name of their town, rather than Qaraqosh, a Turkish name that ...

My Lord, My Companion

As I stand on the world’s highest mountains, I know You are with me As I walk in the world’s deepest valleys, I know You are there As I sail on the world’s deepest seas, I know You are by my side As I view the endless blue waters, I am reminded of Your eternal love As I walk in the world’s thickets forests, I know You are by my side As I cast my eyes on the blue endless skies, I am reminded of Your infinite love As I cross the world’s largest deserts, I know You care for me As I look at the landscapes, I am glad for You created them all As I travel the world’s greatest cities, Your company keeps me whole As I fly in the world’s biggest planes, Your presence comforts me As I take a walk in the countryside, You keep me company As I inhale the spring scented morning breeze, I know You will al...

Father’s Love Letter – Almighty God

A Love Letter from our Heavenly Father. Father’s Love Letter – Almighty God

Mother’s Love

The loveliest materpiece of the heart of God is the love of a Mother. -St. Therese of Lisieux

A Mother’s Forgiveness

A Mother’s love has the ability to FORGIVE even the most difficult child. -Author Unknown

The Sin of Lying

Lying—almost everybody does it and for a variety of reasons. But how does God view it, and what can we do about it? Raphael Ferraz/Unsplash No one is immune from lying. It makes no difference whether one is a scientist, a journalist, a business professional, a college student, a spouse, a city worker or even, yes, a Christian. Almost everyone lies, sometimes several times a day. When I was in the third grade, my father gave me a subscription to National Geographic magazine for my birthday. He wanted me to see beyond my immediate world to a much greater realm. From that time in 1955 to the present, my family and I have not missed an issue of National Geographic except for the three years I was without much money in college. National Geographic opened my eyes to our planet in the way my fath...

Accident or Intelligent Design?

Accident or Intelligent Design? Science and the Origin of Life The debate over human origins has intensified, hitting the mainstream media like a tsunami. The debate is really about God, and whether or not our origins are explainable without him. Atheists such as Richard Dawkins are attempting to prove that science and belief in God are incompatible. Their premise is that the material world is all that exists. And if science has eliminated God as the source of all life, then the late materialist Stephen Jay Gould was correct in his view: “Human life is the result of a “glorious evolutionary accident” Stephen Jay Gould But new insights into our universe belie such a simplistic view. Quantum mechanics has revealed that our material world is based upon an invisible world of subatomic particle...

Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty

Aleluya, aleluya,Oh the Lord God Almighty! (x 3) Holy Holy Holy are you Lord God AlmightyWorthy is the Lamb, Worthy is the Lamb.You are Holy HolyHoly Holy are you Lord God AlmightyYou are Holy Holy are you Lord God AlmightyWorthy is the Lamb, Worthy is the Lamb. Amen. Aleluya, Aleluya, Oh the Lord God Almighty!Aleluya, Aleluya, Oh the Lord God Almighty!Aleluya, Holy, Holy are you Lord God Almighty.Worthy is the Lamb, Worthy is the Lamb,You are Holy, Holy are you Lord God almightyWorthy is the Lamb, Worthy is the lamb,You are holy, holy are you Lord God almightyWorthy is the lamb, Worthy is the lamb,You are holy, holy are you Lord God almighty…….

Starting Over (Part 4) Release It by Andy Stanley

This is the last message in Andy’s four-part series Starting Over. In this episode he explains how to release the past. This is to ensure that next time won’t be like last time. What we mean by that is if you’re in a stage of life where you’re starting over academically, professionally, a new marriage, a new relationship, a new neighborhood, a new city, you’ve wrapped up something that didn’t end as well as you thought it should, in fact you hope nobody finds out about it. If you find yourself having to start over, this is the series for you. After watching video, scroll down to see related videos. Video Highlights Here are some highlights from Starting Over (Part 4) – Release It by Andy Stanley: This is the last message in Andy’s four-part series Starting Over.  In this episode he ex...

Starting Over (Part 3) Rethink It by Andy Stanley

Sometimes we look at our past and our decisions don’t even make sense to us. In this episode Andy explains how to transform our thinking. If you’re starting over with anything or you’re about to start over, you’re just coming out of a bad job situation, a bad marriage situation, bad relationship situation, you are wrapping up a really bad semester in school, financially made some bad decisions and here you are starting over. What we’re talking about are some things that you can do to ensure that next time won’t be like last time, at least as it relates to your part in the equation. After watching video, scroll down to see related videos. Video Highlights Here are some highlights from Starting Over (Part 3) – Rethink It by Andy Stanley: I’ve seen in my own life when it comes to starting ove...