Sports: Can “miracle” be used in the NFC Playoff Divisional Game the Minnesota Vikings “won” against the New Orleans Saints?

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#giveitalltoGod

Minnesota Vikings Players Credit the Lord for ‘Miracle’ Playoff Victory: ‘That Was God’ By Samuel Smith , CP Reporter | Jan 15, 2018 1:04 PM christianpost.com
QB: Winning Important Playoff Game Not Bigger Moment Than When I Accepted Christ
“..Minnesota Vikings players are crediting the power of the Lord after they miraculously escaped Sunday’s NFL divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints with a victory that puts them one win away from reaching Super Bowl LII, which will be held in their own stadium…

“I ran the route, my QB gave me a great throw. God took care of the rest,” Diggs, a former standout at the University of Maryland, told ESPN after the game. “If you watch the play, a guy ran into another guy. I give all the glory to God. I give him the praise on this praise Sunday.”

“I still don’t know what just happened. I really don’t,” Diggs added when asked what he was thinking when he scored the game-winning touchdown. “I give it to God because without Him nothing is possible and I wouldn’t be here.”

Fellow Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, a Minnesota native, agreed after the game and remarked, “That was God.”

“That play right there was God,” Thielen said, according to Sports Illustrated.

The 29-year-old quarterback, Keenum, who had a breakout season in 2017 after struggling through early parts of his career and will now be quarterbacking in the NFC Championship game, also praised the Lord.

“God is so good,” Keenum told Fox in a televised interview after the game. “It’s probably the third best day of my life; the day I gave my life to Jesus Christ, the day I married my wife, and probably this one.”..”

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“..”I give everything to God,” Stefon Diggs told Fox Sports. He thanked his coaches and teammates for giving him the opportunity, then pointed to God. “God did the rest, He put me here. And I’m just thankful.”

Give all glory to God….

— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) January 15, 2018

Another Vikings wide receiver, Adam Thielen, described the final play this way: “That was God. That play right there was God.”

“God is so good,” Keenum said after the game.

“It’s probably gonna go down as the third best moment of my life; behind giving my life to Jesus Christ, marrying my wife, and this one’s right there close,” Keenum continued.

Three best moments of Case Keenum’s life:
1) Giving his life to Jesus
2) Marrying his wife
3) Throwing walk-off touchdown against the New Orleans Saints
in the Playoffs pic.twitter.com/eQjlZtXCgP..

Case Keenum: I Just Threw It, Man … And He Caught It | Vikings vs Saints

Case Keenum’s Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know By Laura Amato
Updated Jan 14, 2018 at 10:06am Published Jan 14, 2018 at 10:00am heavy.com
“…That, however, hasn’t stopped the Texas native, and, now, Keenum is primed for one of the biggest performances of his career, leading the Vikings in the postseason as the squad sets its sights on Super Bowl glory. Keenum wasn’t the planned starter in Minnesota this year, but he’s hit his stride under center with a team that’s rallied around his underdog mentality. And, through it all, Keenum has relied on the his family to keep him positive. Here’s everything you need to know about the QB’s support system:..

4. Keenum Credits Family & Faith for his Success…

It’s been a challenging road to postseason glory for Keenum – he was recruited by just one Division I program out of high school, set a handful of records at Houston, but was sidelined with an ACL injury and went undrafted out of college. Still, the quarterback never lost his faith or the support of his family. In fact, throughout his season with the Vikings, Keenum has been quick to point out how important both are to his success on the gridiron.

He told Pioneer Press:

That’s why I became a Christian — being around Christian athletes through FCA. I’m not playing for the name on the back of my jersey, I’m playing to glorify God. He’s given me talents, and I’m trying to maximize those talents however I can.

There have been plenty of detractors throughout his career, but Keenum’s family hasn’t shied away from voicing their support. His father, Steve, told Pioneer Press, “He’s a good man that loves his Lord and loves his wife, loves kids and he loves to play football. I wouldn’t play golf with him, and I wouldn’t hunt with him, because he’ll make you look bad.”
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Vikings QB Keenum 3rd Best moment in life after giving his life to Jesus Christ & marrying his wife

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Vikings to face Saints in rematch of 2009 NFC championship game By Chris Tomasson | ctomasson@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press
PUBLISHED: January 7, 2018 at 6:52 pm | UPDATED: January 7, 2018 at 11:28 pm twincities.com

Eight years later, the Vikings can get some revenge against the New Orleans Saints.

With the Saints defeating Carolina 31-26 in a wild-card game Sunday at home, they advanced to face the Vikings in a divisional playoff at 3:40 p.m. next Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. It will be the first playoff meeting between the teams since New Orleans defeated Minnesota 31-28 in overtime in the 2009 NFC championship game.

The Vikings are the No. 2 seed in the NFC while the Saints are No. 4. The teams met in the Sept. 11 season opener, with Minnesota winning 29-19 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Vikings have a 2-1 playoff series edge over New Orleans, winning a wild-card game in 1987 and a divisional game in 2000. But the Saints won the most important game between the teams on Jan. 24, 2010 at the Superdome and two weeks later beat Indianapolis 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV.

Afterward, many on the Vikings alleged Saints players were trying to take quarterback Brett Favre out of the game. In 2011, the NFL initiated the “Bountygate” investigation.

In 2012, the league ruled there was a system in place in which Saints players were illegally paid bonuses for injuring opposing players. Penalties included coach Sean Payton and then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams suspended for the entire 2012 season.

The only Vikings player remaining from the 2009 NFC championship game is defensive end Brian Robison. When asked last week about the possibility of rematch against the Saints, he said, “I’m not worried about that. This is 2017. That’s a long time ago.”

The Vikings went 13-3 during the regular season and won the NFC North while the Saints went 11-5 and won the NFC South. New Orleans didn’t look like a playoff-caliber team in the loss to open the season at Minnesota and started 0-2 before winning eight straight games.
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Chris joined the Pioneer Press in 2013 to cover the Vikings. He was a longtime NBA writer with the Akron Beacon Journal, Rocky Mountain News and AOL FanHouse. Before coming to Minnesota, he covered the Miami Heat and Dolphins for Fox Sports. Chris has won six awards in the past three Pro Football Writers of America contests. Chris is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he spent his college years watching the losingest team in the history of Division I-A football.
Follow Chris Tomasson @christomasson
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Kimberly & Case Keenum Brought Together by Faith, Football & a Snow Cone Lindsey Young Assistant Editor & Staff Writer Posted Jan 12, 2018 vikings.com
“..Because at the end of the day, Case and Kimberly know they’re in this adventure together – as husband and wife, study buddies, as best friends.

“A lot of people talk about the negative along the way, but I really feel like it’s been a great experience for us,” Kimberly says with a smile. “Everything we’ve been through, God has always been there in our lives.”..”

-Eagles “Fly”

Nick Foles nearly quit NFL, but prayer led him to Chiefs. Now he’s on cusp of Super Bowl By Pete Grathoff pgrathoff@kcstar.com
January 19, 2018 10:26 AM
“..Foles, 28, talked more about that time of his life during a news conference in Philadelphia. Ultimately, prayer led Foles to reunite with Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who had drafted Foles in 2012 when he coached the Eagles.

The Chiefs signed Foles before the 2016 season and he appeared in three games, making one start. Foles completed 36-of-55 passes for 410 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

“I talked a lot to my wife and I remember just saying a prayer,” Foles said this week. “I literally said a prayer and then … my heart said go back. At that moment, it was going to back to play for coach Reid, and when I did, you know, I am a better person because of that decision.
..”

Is there an NFL conspiracy against the Eagles? Enrico Campitelli,NBC Sports Philadelphia 5 hours ago yahoo.com
“Somebody jumped the gun this week in a promotion for Super Bowl LII. Or did they?

This year’s Super Bowl will feature either the Patriots or Jaguars taking on either the Eagles or Vikings. Unless there is some conspiracy afoot!

You see, there is an image going around that the NFL posted a promo of Super Bowl LII featuring only the Patriots and Vikings along with some head-scratching text. Just another attempt to disrespect the Birds!

It included the following text:

Your team is headed to Super Bowl LII…and you could too! When you donate to United Way, you could score 2 club-level seats to watch the PATRIOTS vs. the VIKINGS battle it out for the coveted Super Bowl title! But…that’s not all! You could also WIN pre-game sideline access + other cool perks! Don’t pass up this touchdown experience – donate TODAY for your chance to WIN big

Offsides!

So are the conference championship games fixed?!? Unlikely. “

Vikings Fans Completely DISRESPECT The People of Philly!

Vikings fans put up with Eagles’ fans antics for ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ trip to Philadelphia By Jace Frederick | jfrederick@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press
PUBLISHED: January 21, 2018 at 6:50 pm | UPDATED: January 21, 2018 at 8:44 pm twincities.com
“..At one point while tailgating Sunday afternoon, Mike decided to walk over to the Vikings’ tailgating section along with former Bethel football player and Eden Prairie native Ben Wahlquist and Ben’s younger brother, J.J. To get there, they had to cross paths with a sea of Eagles fans. They paid the price for doing so.

“I took two hot dogs and a beer can (to the body) and a football almost went by my ear,” Mike said. “The hot dog actually hurt, me getting hit in the back with a hot dog.”

Said Ben Wahlquist: “That was more verbal abuse in five minutes than I’ve taken in my entire life.”

Asked what the worst thing said to him was, Wahlquist said, “I probably shouldn’t repeat it. I went to Bethel.”

That was a common theme among Vikings fans who tailgated outside Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday…

There were some fun moments with Philadelphia fans, too. As White Bear Lake’s John Howalt was driving into the tailgate lot, an Eagles fan lined up like he was going to tackle Howalt’s rental car.

“He came up, lifted up the front end, and then he gently set it down,” Howalt said, “and gave us a high five on the way (by).”

Becky Uhlenkamp, from Victoria, Minn., said “most” Eagles fans were nice, but noted there were a few beers launched into the Vikings contingent. A few of those cans did more damage than others. Eric Streich, from Madison, Minn., said one can hit a kid, but that the fan who threw that can was indeed arrested…”

Things got BLOODY at Eagles/Vikings NFC Tailgate

Vikings fan starts GoFundMe for Vikings charity http://www.kare11.com
‘..One Vikings fan is hoping to end the season on a more positive note, with some #MinnesotaNice. http://kare11.tv/2DsKpBE .”

Vikings Fan BEHIND ENEMY LINES at the NFC Championship Tailgate!

Eagles fans make ‘financial apology’ for behavior toward Vikings fans Andrew Kulp | The700Level,NBC Sports Philadelphia 4 hours ago (1.27.18)yahoo.com
“..In the words of Donovan McNabb, a handful of Eagles fans have even made a “financial apology” on behalf of the team’s supporters. ESPN’s Tim McManus reports a sizable uptick in donations to The Mike Zimmer Foundation – the Vikings’ head coach its namesake – with notes of contrition attached.

Almost $7,000 has been collected from Eagles fans since the game, per McManus, with more money flowing in.

Whether Vikings fans who complained about the hospitality are being crybabies or have a legitimate gripe is probably in the eye of the beholder…”

*see Deep Thought: Should I “repay back” with “evil” or “good”? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

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Sal: I actually did a “little” prayer during the Vikings’ 4th quarter when they were down. I prayed that God will be “glorified” if the Vikings win after reading a recent article (posted above) on Case Keenum prior to the game. I believe many others were praying too. Do you think “our” prayer were answered?

-Continue the “miracle” in various ways throughout the year..

What You Give Will Grow wygwg.org

“..
Our Mission
The spirit of giving is contagious.

And with so many people in need – it’s vital that the habit of giving back spread like crazy.

in 2014, Thomas Morstead and his wife Lauren started What You Give Will Grow as a way to help the New Orleans community and beyond – especially children battling cancer – and encourage the giving spirit…”
Morstead Foundation gives to Children’s Minnesota kare11.com (1.16.18)
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“..Saints punter Thomas Morstead, injured early on, was the epitome of sportsmanship at the end of the game. Lindsey Seavert shows us how his actions are helping others in Minnesota…”

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What does ‘SKOL’ mean?
By Ted Glover@purplebuckeye Jun 27, 2010, 4:52pm CDT dailynorseman.com
Viking fans say ‘Skol Vikings!’ Ever wonder what ‘skol’ means? Now you will, if you read this story.
‘..Anyway, at the end of the battle, Viking warriors would decapitate the king or leader of the tribe/army they had just vanquished and that night would drink from his skull–spelled skoll–as a sign of respect for the fallen opponent. It was only then, Viking warriors believed, could an opponent who had fought valiantly be allowed into Valhalla.

In battle, Vikings would urge each other forward by yelling “SKOLL” to one another. By doing so, they were telling each other to keep it up so they could drink from the skull (and the top of a lopped off skull looks roughly like a..wait for it…BOWL!!) of the Vanquished that night…”

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What were you thoughts of this “memorable” game? Are there other words to describe this game besides “miracle”?

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Sports: Baseball Spotlight-“Roberto Clemente” of Pittsburgh Pirates

Roberto Clemente Stats, Fantasy & News | MLB.com
“Year AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP OPS
MLB Career Stats 9454 1416 3000 240 1305 83 .317 .359 .834
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Roberto Clemente (The Great One) MLB Legends

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“..However, his treatment as a young player coming from his native Puerto Rico to the states was far less dignified and truly shameful. When Clemente left the island to play professional baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization he experienced unexpected discrimination based solely on skin tone — something African Americans here had long experienced.

Years earlier, as a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs in 1942, Hiram Bithorn became the first Puerto Rican to play in the major leagues. That was five years before Jackie Robinson “broke the color barrier.” But there was a big difference: Bithorn had light skin like all the other players in the majors.

Slugger Vic Power became the first Puerto Rican to play in the American League. But due to his dark skin, he received a different reception.

While racism is a most serious matter, Power was known to confront it with his quick wit. A long-told story from the 1950s recalls Power entering a diner and being told by the waitress, “We don’t serve Negroes,” to which he replied: “That’s OK, I don’t eat Negroes; just bring me some beans and rice.”..

..Black Pirates players were also excluded from viewing a film at a downtown theater that highlighted the 1960 World Series — as well as the annual Pirates golf tournament at the Fort Myers Country Club.

Wendell Smith, the groundbreaking African-American sportswriter who featured prominently in Jackie Robinson’s story, led the public campaign against training camp segregation.

Not mincing words, Smith wrote in the Pittsburgh Courier to and for black stars of the Chicago White Sox who trained in Sarasota: “Despite all your achievements and fame, the vicious system of racial segregation in Florida’s hick towns condemns you to a life of humiliation and ostracism.”..

Clemente and other dark-skinned players, who broke into major league baseball in the ’50s, would be forced to stay on the team bus while the white players enjoyed a meal in a nice restaurant. Their food came later when teammates would bring a burger or something else back to the bus.

Clemente, who was unfamiliar with such racial discrimination in Puerto Rico, saw the practice as insulting — what he considered to be “begging for food.” He told the other black players that anyone caught doing such a thing would have to fight him to get it.

It is gratifying to remember Roberto Clemente — deemed by biographer Maraniss as “baseball’s last hero” — for his gifted athleticism and the altruism that brought his earthly life to an early end.

But we need to remember more — especially this weekend. Racism is ugly, awful, sinful and inexcusable wherever and whenever it is found. It is not the will of God, yet it is not easily overcome. It lingers and even gets resurrected….


..A younger black player for the Pirates, Al Oliver, considered Clemente a mentor and person of sterling character. He told Maraniss that Clemente “had a problem with people who treat you differently because of where you were from, your nationality, your color, also poor people…”

Well, Jesus had a problem with that too. We should all see that as a problem — and give voice to it.”

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BASEBALL; Clemente’s Oldest Son the Keeper of the Flame By CLAIRE SMITH Published: January 10, 1994 nytimes.com
“… Twenty-one years later, Clemente’s gift of charity and humanitarian efforts still lives, not only in spirit, but in the person of Roberto Clemente Jr., the eldest of the three sons of the late Pirate great.

Clemente Jr., 28 years old and a former minor league ballplayer, is taking up where his father left off. Already active in baseball’s RBI program (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) in Puerto Rico, he has now set out to uplift the children of Pittsburgh. There he is organizing the Roberto Clemente Foundation, a not-for-profit organization designed to aid the needy in areas of education and athletics. ..”

MLB: Fan Fest 14′ Spotlight-Roberto Clemente (wife Vera & son Jr. sharing)

From Cuba To Cooperstown: The History Of Latinos In Baseball #Baseball #MLB uproxx.com
“..Clemente wasn’t the first player to break through into the majors as a legitimate Latino threat, though. This month, Hennessy All-Stars is celebrating Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels, a Dominican Republic star who has a Golden Glove and All-Star appearance to his name. Hennessy is honoring the history and culture of Latin athletes in the sport, athletes like Aybar and Clemente, who solidified the notion that Hispanic players were here to stay, a path later followed by David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and other stars who ingrained their heritage into the fabric of the sport…

Laying Down Roots

The roots of baseball in Latino nations can be traced back to Cuba, when young Cubans studying in the states returned home with a working knowledge of the sport. It took at least a decade for the U.S. pastime to catch on, but in 1878, the first Cuban baseball league held its inaugural game. During that time, in which Cuba assimilated the sport, Estevan Enrique “Steve” Bellán — the first Latino player to play in professional leagues in the states — made his debut in the U.S.’ National Association of Baseball Players (NABBP). Born in Havana, Cuba, Bellán studied at St. John’s College in New York, then embarked on a career in early American baseball leagues. He played big league ball from 1868 until 1873, before returning to his native Cuba to help cultivate the county’s growing infatuation with the sport as a player/manager. To this day, Bellán is credited as one of the forefathers of Cuban baseball, shuttling his experience in the states to his birthplace and using his position to infuse the first crop of Latino baseball players with the necessary fundamentals and skills to excel in the growing competition..

Breaking Barriers

Citing the growing talent of the Cuban leagues, the Cincinnati Reds visited the island in 1908 to engage in a series of exhibitions against some of the country’s top talent. In a five-game series, Cuba’s Almendares club bested the Reds, winning four of the games played. The American organization was highly impressed with two specific players: Armando Marsáns and Rafael Almeida. Marsáns and Almeida took their skills to the American minor leagues for a few seasons, but in 1911, the Reds called up the players to join their major league team, the pair becoming the first athletes from Cuba to become major leaguers since Bellán. While Almeida struggled to get off the ground — after three seasons, he was sent back to the minors — Marsáns became a rising star, ranking in the top of the National League for batting average and stolen bases. Following a career full of injuries, Marsáns ended his tenure in the majors in 1918 — last playing for the New York Yankees — then later serving as the first Cuban manager of an American minor league team….

The 1930s saw a spike in players of Latin decent entering the major leagues. Baldomero Almada debuted with the Boston Red Sox in 1933 as the first Mexican to join the upper echelon of baseball. Almada played professionally for seven seasons, and shortly after his arrival, José Góme — the second Mexican major leaguer — made his debut, becoming the first Latino player to join the Phillies organization. In 1938, a milestone was reached when Miguel Angel González — a Cuban player turned coach — became the interim manager for the St. Louis Cardinals, marking the first time a Latino held that position in the majors…

Jackie Robinson struck his fist through the racial barrier in 1947. Robinson’s signing to the Dodgers signaled that the color line, which had prevented African-Americans, as well as black Latinos from reaching the pinnacle of the sport, was about to dissolve. That dissolution became even more clear when, in 1949, the aforementioned “Minnie” Miñoso became the first black Latino player to join the MLB when he debuted with Cleveland Indians…

The floodgates for Latino players to join the ranks of professional American baseball proceeded to swing open. The aperture widened even further when Fidel Castro’s regime shut down the Cuban League in 1961, this coming on the heels of the last Negro Leagues collapsing at the tail end of the ’50s. In the ’60s and ’70s, players from Puerto Rico, Panama, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela — among other Latin American nations — started streaming into the majors, and new stars were born. Juan Marichal, Rod Carew, and Tony Perez all set out on Hall of Fame careers during this era. Showing that an affinity for the contributions of Latino players is also retroactive, Martín Dihigo — an electrifying Cuban player who was a threat in all nine positions and competed in Negro, Mexican, and Cuban leagues — was elected into the Hall at Cooperstown in 1977, without ever having played an MLB game…”

Outside of Baseball

21 Facts You May Not Know About Roberto Clemente on the Anniversary of His Debut Tim Karan April 17, 2012 bleacherreport.com
“…1. Roberto Clemente Walker was the youngest of seven children born to Don Melchor Clemente and Luisa Walker. He was born on Aug. 18, 1934, in Carolina, Puerto Rico—the same town boxers Esteban De Jesus and Alfredo Escalera called home…

7. On July 25, 1956, he became the only player ever to hit a walk-off inside-the-park grand slam. He did it in a 9-8 win over the Cubs at Forbes field.

8. Clemente enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve after the 1958 season and spent six months on active duty at Parris Island, South Carolina and Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. He served until 1964 and was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.


14. Nearly as well-known for his humanitarian efforts as his baseball career, Clemente sent shipments of aid to Nicaragua after an earthquake ravaged the country in late 1972. Clemente decided to accompany the packages when he learned that three previous shipments had been diverted by corrupt Somoza government officials….

16. Clemente’s teammate Manny Sanguillen was the only Pirate not to attend the memorial service. That’s because he instead traveled to Puerto Rico to dive into the waters where the plane crashed in an effort to recover Clemente’s body—which was never found…”

Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente robertoclemente.si.edu
“…Clemente’s name has been used for stadiums, schools, hospitals, and highways in Puerto Rico, the United States, Nicaragua, and places as distant as Germany.

After his death, Major League Baseball established an award that bears Clemente’s name, recognizing the player who, besides being a good athlete, emulates Clemente’s philanthropy and humanitarianism.

In Puerto Rico an award in his name is given at public schools to those who excel as athletes, students, and citizens…”

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Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017 – review

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“..Ian Black opens his excellent new history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, Enemies and Neighbours, with a note on terminology titled Language Matters. He points out that in colloquial Arabic used by the Palestinians, Israelis are still often called “Yahud” – Jews. On the other hand, while until 1948, the year of Israel’s establishment, the term “Palestinians” usually referred to all inhabitants of Palestine, including Jews, it only gradually came to be used to describe one side in the conflict. Only in recent decades have Israelis started to differentiate their next-door neighbours from the rest of the neighbourhood, calling them “Palestinians” instead of the more amorphous “Arabs”. Words matter. They are the building blocks of the contradicting narratives each side has continued telling themselves, and the world…”

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“Moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may have been one of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises, but experts and Palestinian officials are warning of serious consequences if he follows through…

About a decade later, lawmakers passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995, proposed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. Signed into law by President Clinton, the measure authorized the U.S. to move the embassy to Jerusalem by 1999 with one caveat — the president could indefinitely delay the move by signing a waiver, citing national security concerns…

Feith said he doubts relocating the embassy would trigger a spate of violence because he said it wouldn’t be much different than the way the U.S. already treats Israel since he said U.S. government officials hold official meetings with their Israeli counterparts in West Jerusalem “all the time.”

“As far as the Arab world going up in flames because we do this — it shouldn’t,” he said, “Because it does not, in fact, represent a significant departure. It’s not like the United States has actually been fighting the Israeli presence in Jerusalem all these years and now, all of a sudden, we’re reversing it. All we’re doing is we’re putting a label on it.”..”

Jewish Perspective

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JERUSALEM IN JUDAISM ijs.org.au
“..Jews have lived in the land of Israel for nearly 4,000 years, going back to the period of the biblical patriarchs (c.1900 BCE). The story of the Jewish people, Israel, its capital, Jerusalem, and the Jewish Temple there, has been one of exile, destruction and rebirth. In its 4,000 years of history Jerusalem has been destroyed many times and many times reborn. There has always remained a Jewish presence in the land of Israel and in Jerusalem, and the Jewish people as a whole always dreamed of returning to and rebuilding it, a longing reflected in the concluding words of Israel’s national anthem, ‘Ha Tikvah’ (‘The Hope’):

“The hope of 2000 years: To live as a free people in our own land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem.”

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The Jewish Perspective of Jerusalem – YouTube

Muslim Perspective

The Islamic perspective of Jerusalem soundvision.com
“..The city of Jerusalem is very sacred to Muslims. It is one of the three most sacred cities in Islam. Jerusalem is called al-Quds al-Sharif (the Noble Sacred Place). In order to understand the sacredness of this city in Islam, one has to understand the faith structure of Islam. There are three basic principles of faith in Islam:

1. Belief in the oneness of Allah (Tawhid).
2. Belief in the divine guidance through His chosen Prophets and Messengers (Risalah).
3. Belief in the life after death, divine judgment and heaven and hell (Akhirah).

It is the second principle of faith in Islam in Islam that is directly related to our love and devotion to Jerusalem…”

Christian Perspective

The Significance of Jerusalem to Christians Jerusalem Day Prayer Breakfast speech by Susan Michael By: ICEJ News Posted on: 2 Jun 2011 (All day)
“Jerusalem has always been significant to Christians because of the places there where Jesus ministered and, most importantly, where he died and rose again. This is the obvious and simple significance of Jerusalem to the Christian world. This is why Helen, mother of Constantine, built churches there in the 4th century that commemorated these events in the life of Jesus and is why Christians from every denomination on earth visit Jerusalem and these very churches and sites…”

“..Isaac’s Birth Promised (Genesis 17:13)

15 And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah4 shall be her name. 16 I will bless her, and moreover, I will cgive5 you a son by her. I will bless her, and dshe shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” 17 Then Abraham efell on his face fand laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” 19 God said, “No, but gSarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name hIsaac.6 I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. 20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and imultiply him greatly. He jshall father twelve princes, and kI will make him into a great nation. 21 But lI will establish my covenant with Isaac, mwhom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.” ..”

All 3 Have in Common

“..The Call of Abram (Genesis 12 )

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you…”

Both

JITLI 2010: Jewish and arab teens studing koran and bible

The Peacemaker in Jewish-Rabbinic and Arab-Islamic Traditions Daniel Roth
Volume 4. Issue 2, Spring 2011 religionconflictpeace.org

In rabbinic and Islamic law, a distinction is made between a judge engaged in arbitration (tahkim in Arabic, borerut in Hebrew) and a peacemaker engaged in conciliation (pius in Hebrew, solh or sulha in Arabic) or mediation (al wasata in Arabic, peshara in Hebrew). [5] This paper examines four questions regarding the peacemaker as found in Jewish rabbinic and Arab-Islamic traditions:

Who is the ideal peacemaker?
Should the peacemaker pursue peace only through acts of humility and nonviolence, or do certain situations warrant the use of force?
Should an offender approach a victim directly or send a peacemaker first?
Is the peacemaker permitted to lie in order to promote peace?

Each of these questions is examined in light of normative rabbinic and Islamic legal sources as well as descriptive accounts of peacemakers acting within Arab and Jewish societies. [6]
The Ideal Peacemaker

In Jewish rabbinic tradition, Aaron, the older brother of Moses and the first high priest of the Israelites, is the ideal peacemaker, known for “loving and pursuing peace.” [7] Aaron would “pursue peace between a man and his fellow, husband and wife, family and family, tribe and tribe.” [8] Aaron himself is described as never having fought with anyone: “If a man curses him, he says to him, ‘Peace be upon you!’ Should a man quarrel with him, he keeps silent.” [9] In rabbinic literature, the high priest (and eventually the rabbi) was the model peacemaker. One early legend found in the Babylonian Talmud tells the following story:

There were once two men who, being egged on by Satan, quarreled with one another every Friday afternoon. Rabbi Meir once came to the place and stopped them from quarrelling and settled them down for three Friday afternoons. When he had finally made peace between them, he heard Satan say, “Alas for this man [Satan] whom R. Meir has driven from this house!” [10]

In this story Rabbi Meir, one of the most respected rabbis of his time (second century CE, Palestine), made peace between the two individuals just by staying with them, thereby exorcising Satan from the house. [11]

One of the primary roles of the local rabbi, or hacham, was to promote peace in the community. In the sixteenth century, however, a small Jewish community under Ottoman rule believed it better for the communal peace that they not have a hacham. As time went by, communal conflicts increased and the community came to the realization that only a hacham could unite them all again and “mediate the peace, love and brotherhood” between them. [12]

In Jewish rabbinic tradition, the peacemaker was not always a holy or religious leader. Even jesters, according to a legend in the Babylonian Talmud could bridge differences:

Rabbi Beroka Hoza’ah was standing in the market of Debey Lapat. Elijah came and appeared to him. [R. Beroka] asked, “Who, in this market, has a share in the world to come?” He replied “No one.” … In the meantime, two [people] passed by and [Elijah] remarked, “These two have a share in the world to come.” [Rabbi Beroka] asked them, “What is your occupation?” They replied, “We are jesters. When we see people depressed we cheer them up; furthermore, when we see two people quarrelling we strive to make peace between them.” [13]

These jesters, while not appearing to the human eye to be particularly righteous or holy, are identified by the prophet Elijah as having a share in the world to come for their meritorious deeds, such as making peace through the use of humor. [14] In a similarly-themed legend, a distinguished character, though not a rabbi, identifies himself as a peacemaker; according to the legend, he is portrayed as more righteous than the rabbinic figure in the same story who focuses solely on the study of Torah. [15]

In Jewish history, there were individuals referred to as rodfei shalom (pursuers of peace) or mitavchey shalom (peace mediators). These peacemakers were active in communities from eleventh-century Muslim Spain through fifteenth-century Christian Prague and until twentieth-century Morocco. Unlike earlier traditions, such as Aaron, the pursuer of peace, these peacemakers were not holy or religious leaders but generally well-respected laypeople. Also in contrast to Aaron, these peacemakers did not act alone in their pursuit of peace. [16] It is interesting to note that mentions of these community peacemakers ended with the immigration of Jews to Israel from North Africa in the 1950s.

In Islamic tradition, Muhammad, known as the Prophet and Allah’s Apostle, is considered the ideal peacemaker. For example, in the hadith of Sahih al-Bukhari, several accounts of Muhammad making peace are narrated by Sahl bin Sad:

There was a dispute amongst the people of the tribe of Bani ‘Amr bin ‘Auf. The Prophet went to them along with some of his companions in order to make peace between them. … Once the people of Quba fought with each other till they threw stones on each other. When Allah’s Apostle was informed about it, he said, “Let us go to bring about reconciliation between them.” [17]

In several Arab-Islamic societies today, such as rural Jordan, [18] northern Israel, [19] Bedouin groups of Israel’s Negev region,[20] and Sunni communities in Lebanon, [21] the mediator or peacemaker is a well-respected lay leader. [22] These peacemakers may be referred to as members of the jaha (delegation), which in Arabic, according to Elias Jabbour, a peacemaker in northern Israel, “suggests that these people have attained a high level of respect in the region.” [23] The respect given to the peacemaker may be due, for example, to his advanced age, leadership position in the community, or wealth. [24] These peacemakers almost always act as part of a delegation and not alone. [25]

Alternatively, in some Arab-Islamic societies, the peacemaker is a holy or religious leader. For instance, amongst the Berber Bedouin in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, it is insufficient to be a respected member of society; to be a peacemaker one must also be born into the sect of the “saints.” [26] According to Gellner, these saints serve the Bedouin people living around them, “not only to mediate with God, but also to help with inter- and intra-tribal political mediation.” [27] Gellner also writes that the saints “claimed not to feud or litigate at all. A mediator who was himself involved in a network of hostilities and alliances would not be much use for mediation and sanctuary.” [28] According to Ginat, the saint, as opposed to the peacemaker of Bedouin and rural Arab societies, works alone in mediating conflicts. [29]

Hamzeh has noted that in Shia communities in Lebanon there has been a shift in recent years from the model of respected lay leader as peacemaker to the model of religious leader associated with the Hizbullah as peacemaker. [30] Abu-Nimer also notes that in Gaza, the peacemaker is often a religious leader, such as an imam who may be “the most trusted person in the community because of his strict observance of Islamic values and traditions.” [31]

Both Jewish rabbinic and Arab-Islamic traditions regard the identity of the peacemaker in two ways. One way is that of the religious and holy leader—a high priest, rabbi, saint, or imam, for example—who acts alone in making peace. The second is that of the respected lay leader who generally acts as one member in a delegation of peacemakers. Both of these models sharply contrast with the Western image of the peacemaker or mediator where the peacemaker rejects any claim to power or authority over the conflicting parties; The peacemaker is, instead, responsible only for the mediation process itself. [32]
Humility and the Peacemaker..”

Hundreds of Israeli Jews and Arabs rally for peace
Around 700 people form human chain in north of country, call for coexistence and condemn violence
By JTA and TOI staff October 16, 2015, 9:39 pm timesofisrael.com
“…Approximately 700 Jews and Arabs held hands in a chain in the central Galilee to call for reconciliation amidst a wave of violence throughout Israel over the past few weeks.

The symbolic gathering on Friday afternoon was organized by Givat Haviva, an educational organization that promotes Arab-Jewish coexistence. ..

After the event, entitled “Choosing to Engage,” Givat Haviva held a small ceremony with discussions.

Givat Haviva issued a declaration before the event titled “Call for a Secure and Shared Life in Israel” that condemned “any attack on body, soul or property, as well as any expression of physical or verbal abuse.”…”

Education

Peace when Jews and Arabs educate their children togetherBy Rebecca Bardach March 22, 2017 22:02 jpost.com
“…Golda Meir was one of my heroes growing up – a smart Jewish woman who worked tirelessly, selflessly, on behalf of the Jewish People to secure the establishment and security of the State of Israel. So I was taken by surprise when my children’s school principal, Nadia Kinani, came in to school one day deeply upset after visiting another local school, which had these oft-quoted words of Golda Meir embedded in a huge mural at the school’s entrance: “We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

Nadia is an Arab mother. She has spent the past 20 years of her life helping found and develop a Jewish-Arab integrated bilingual school in Jerusalem. At the time, this was almost unprecedented in Israel. She and other teachers had to innovate pedagogical approaches so students could learn each other’s languages, traditions, cultures and histories, while helping them commit to a shared future. Even now there are only nine such Jewish-Arab schools in all of Israel…”

Movies

Exodus(1960) .tcm.com
“..Brief Synopsis

A young Israeli activist fights to set up a homeland for his people…”

EXODUS – Trailer (1960)

Exodus (1960) Plot imdb.com
“…Ari Ben Canaan, a Haganah rebel who had been a decorated captain in the Jewish Brigade of the British Army in the Second World War, obtains a cargo ship and smuggles 611 Jewish inmates out of the camp for an illegal voyage to Mandate Palestine before being discovered by military authorities. When the British learn the refugees are in a ship in the harbor of Famagusta, they blockade the harbor and prevent it from sailing. The refugees stage a hunger strike, during which the camp’s doctor dies, and Ari threatens to blow up the ship and the refugees. The British relent and allow the Exodus safe passage.

Kitty has grown very fond of Karen Hansen Clement, a young Danish-Jewish girl searching for the father from whom she was separated during the war. She has taken up the Zionist cause, much to the chagrin of Kitty, who had hoped to adopt Karen and take her to America to begin a new life…”

The Pentagon Papers (2003) -James Spader-Alan Arkin – YouTube

Was Vietnam a Holocaust for Zion? Laurent Guyénot • April 2, 2018 unz.com
“The latest Steven Spielberg film, The Pentagon Papers, made me wonder about the historical significance of this glorious episode of whistleblowing and victorious struggle for freedom of the press. The leaking and publishing in 1971, by the New York Times then the Washington Post, of excerpts from this 7000-page classified report on the Vietnam War (requested by Robert McNamara before leaving the Department of Defense in 1967) is comparable to the exposure by the same Washington Post of the Watergate scandal one year later. The Watergate scandal passes today as evidence of the independence of the American media as a necessary counter-power against government abuses. But in reality, it simply illustrates the increasing involvement of the media in deep political warfare. Likewise we must go beyond the public and Spielbergian narratives on the Pentagon Papers to understand what was really at stake. In both scandals, I believe the leadership of both the New York Times and the Washington Post, the two biggest propaganda machines in the US, were acting not only in the service of truth, but also in service of a power deeper than the deep state they were exposing. After all, there are so many truths to choose from to make the front pages. And in matters of foreign policy, many suspect that the final choice is often determined by the ultimate question: Is it good for Israel?..

Johnson and the Six Day War

It was during that period that Israel chose to launch its operation to annex Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian territories, by creating the illusion that it was acting in self-defense. Johnson had given Israel a green light in a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, dated June 3: “I want to protect the territorial integrity of Israel […] and will provide as effective American support as possible to preserve the peace and freedom of your nation and of the area.”[7] Johnson also asked the CIA to transmit to the Israeli army the precise positions of the Egyptian air bases to be destroyed….

Had the USS Liberty been successfully sunk, the attack would have been blamed on the Egyptians, and would have given Johnson the pretext to intervene militarily alongside Israel, probably forcing the USSR to go to war.[8]

But it failed. The affair was successfully smothered by a commission of inquiry headed by Admiral John Sidney McCain II (father of Arizona Senator John McCain III). The survivors received a medal in an unadvertised ceremony, accompanied by a formal order never to mention the incident. Only recently have some broken the silence.[9] Johnson accepted Israel’s spurious “targeting error” explanation, and rewarded the unprovoked attack by lifting the embargo on the sale of offensive military equipment to Israel….

The USS Liberty failed false flag attack is proof of Johnson’s secret complicity with Israel, and of his high treason against the country he had sworn to protect. But Johnson had in fact always been Israel’s man. As early as 1948, his campaign for a Senate seat had been financed by Abraham Feinberg, president of Americans for Haganah Incorporated and financial godfather of Israel’s atomic bomb.[10] In 2013, the Associated Press reported on newly released tapes from Johnson’s White House office showing LBJ’s “personal and often emotional connection to Israel.” The tapes showed that during the Johnson presidency, “the United States became Israel’s chief diplomatic ally and primary arms supplier.”…

LinkBookmarkAgainst McGovern’s demand for immediate withdrawal from Vietnam, Kristol could have added: “American Jews who care about the survival of the state of Israel have to say, no, we don’t want to withdraw from Vietnam, it is important to pursue the genocide of the Vietnamese, so that America’s youthful idealists will protest against their own government rather than against Israel’s violation of international law.””

*see Now you know: What “really” happened in the Vietnam War? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Daniel Ellsberg: Secrets – Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers – YouTube

Music

The Jewish-Arab Peace Song (w/ English subtitles) – YouTube

Arabs, Jews play in symphony of peace – YouTube

Religion

Jerusalem: Three religions, three families | Faith Matters

Unity gives Jerusalem a prayer: Jews, Muslims and Christians join for worship Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Jerusalem Saturday 24 September 2016 02.00 EDT theguardian.com
Eight religious leaders brought their congregations together for eight days in one room. It was a dangerous move
“..Last week, and for just eight days, a music school in the lowest valley of Jerusalem was transformed into a communal house of prayer, named Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their congregations to worship together in one room. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated city.

The project, part of the Jerusalem season of culture, was initiated by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah almost a year ago. They reached out to six other religious figures – two rabbis, a Franciscan monk, a Catholic priest, a Coptic deaconess and a female Muslim community leader – who were very traditional in their beliefs and practices, but also open to discussions with other faiths…”

Sports

Jews and Arabs play soccer for peace Eitan Goldstein|Published: 17.08.16 , 12:44 ynetnews.com
“…A soccer camp for Israeli kids wrapped up with a world cup-style tournament last Thursday. 100 children, aged 12 – 13, were split up into six different teams each representing a “world cup” country. The tournament was made all the more unique for being held in the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye.

..”

Women

Jewish-Arab Women’s Peace Group Delivers Political Message While Avoiding Politics Judy Maltz (Barta’a) Oct 10, 2016 8:38 PM haaretz.com
During the ‘March of Hope,’ Palestinian and Jewish women walk from northern Israel to Jerusalem in support of a peaceful solution to the conflict.
“..About 40 women are participating in the two-hour hike from Katzir, a mainly Jewish town in the Wadi Ara region, to Barta’a. Roughly half of them are Women Wage Peace activists taking part in the entire 200-kilometer trek from Rosh Hanikra to Jerusalem, which began the night after Rosh Hashanah. The rest are joining them for the day…

Women Wage Peace is a grassroots organization founded two years ago, right after Israel’s last war in Gaza.. The group drew its inspiration from Four Mothers, another anti-war movement founded close to 20 years ago, which has been credited with Israel’s ultimate pullout from Lebanon.
..”

Christian Perspective

How to Be ‘Pro-Jesus’ in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Interview by Timothy C. Morgan| January 27, 2014 christianitytoday.com
What one leading Israeli Arab evangelical thinks American Christians can do to promote Mideast peace.
“A leading Israeli evangelical, Botrus Mansour, head of the 77-year-old Nazareth Baptist School, is attempting the impossible: to be realistic and hopeful at the same time about peace between Israelis and Palestinians….

.. Inside Israel, the messianic community is becoming larger and more visible. Is it possible for Arab Christians and Israeli messianic believers to work together?

It’s a good idea. We are part of one body of Christ. Messianic Jews and Arab evangelicals might agree on 90 percent of theology. This relationship is a testimony that in Christ we can become one. The barriers and animosity have been demolished, not just with God through Jesus Christ, but also between one another…

Jesus talks about peace, human dignity, and dealing with the other, created in the image of God. Give the other something so that he will not say, “I have nothing to lose. You put me in the corner, so I’m going to fight. I’m going to kill. I’m going to explode myself.”…

Pray that God will preserve the Jews and take care of them. We’re not against the Jews. I’m an Israeli citizen. I’ve known Jews all my life. My personal story is involved with the Jewish people. They have visited my home all my life. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem including Arabs and Jewish people…”

Israel’s Future Steven E. Meyer 03-02-2015 By Steven E. Meyer March 2, 2015 cpjustice.org

“…International Efforts

Europe and the United States have added to tensions in the region and to Israel’s growing isolation. The Europeans have become strong supporters of the Palestinians and several European states have withdrawn economic and financial aid to Israel, scaled back trade, and condemned heavy-handed Israeli military action. Consequently, European policies have enabled Palestinian violence and compelled Israel to dig in deeper.

American efforts to bring peace to the region have been pusillanimous and conflicted. Congress—the heartbeat of American support for Israel—stymies the meager efforts by Republican and Democratic administrations alike to force even the mildest restrictions on both sides, thereby emboldening Israeli intransigence and reinforcing Palestinian resentment. Most recently, the House of Representatives has invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress on March 3 just before the Israeli election. This not only seems designed by the House leadership to affect the outcome of the Israeli election, but it intrudes into the realm of foreign policy, normally the prerogative of the executive branch.

Peacemaking and Principled Pluralism

The Israeli-Palestinian (Arab) issue is a particularly appropriate peacemaking challenge for Christians. For one, the church has been intimately entwined with the region for centuries as the place of origin of the Gospel. However, the ongoing tensions and conflicts there have led to the dispersal of Arab Christians and the decline of the church. Of the three major religions that claim Jerusalem as a special place, only Christianity lacks a concrete role in its governance. Christians should have a vested interest in peace in the Middle East and a desire to rebuild Christian influence. Christians should have a stake in the outcome of peace efforts, including a role in the administration of Jerusalem. Although placing Jerusalem under international control benefits Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, Christians have been forced to back off because of heavy pressure from Jews and Muslims. This has created additional hurdles to overcome for Christians contributing to peacemaking…”

PEACE


*see Protecting Israel openbible.info

Blessed are the Peacemakers: Israelis and Palestinians … – YouTube

What are other ways we can bring peace?

Groups

Jews & Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies facebook.com

Good News Peace
https://www.facebook.com/groups/639527079395556/

Deep Thought: What are considered “idols”?

Samson Deliliah-What Idols need to be destoryed in your life?

*see Movie Reflection: “Samson” goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

What’s in your Home?

The Occult In Your Livingroom, by Stephen Dollins (1/2)
https://youtu.be/9dfCOaFgILw
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Published on May 30, 2017
Supposedly Ex-Satanic High Priest Stephen Dollins shows everyday occultism in our lives.

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People & Blogs”

Cartoons

Beware:Cartoons That Could Send Your Child To HELL!! – YouTube

Pokemon are EVIL – YouTube

Games

-Charlie Charlie
*see Deep Thought: Does “curiosity” really “kill the cat”? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Children hospitalised with mass hysteria, ‘mysterious bruises’ and a ‘Mexican demon’: How a video in the Dominican Republic spawned the ‘satanic’ Charlie Charlie game sending teenagers into a panic across the world By Alasdair Baverstock for MailOnline Published: 10:10 EST, 9 June 2015 | Updated: 08:11 EST, 10 June 2015 dailymail.co.uk
“..The cause? They had been trying to summon a ‘Mexican demon’ with two pencils balanced on a piece of paper, like a modern version of the ouija board.

In fact the spirit-summoning game known as ‘Charlie Charlie’ or the CharlieCharlieChallenge has since blazed a trail across the internet in recent days.

It went viral after one video surfaced in the Dominican Republic where it was taken probably a little too seriously by parents,
..”

Demons!! The REAL DANGERS of “Charlie, Charlie” (R$E) – YouTube

-Computer

WARNING: How Demons Can Enter You Through Computer Games …

-Fantasy Role-Playing

=>Dungeons & Dragons

Teen Questions about “Dungeons and Dragons” focusonthefamily.com
“..On one level, “D & D” is about strategy and mathematical skill, and there are players whose interest would remain strong even if its mystical and magical elements were replaced with other kinds of imagery. That doesn’t change the fact the game includes occultic elements. Some former players have said that “D & D” brought them into contact with demonic activity. Such claims need to be taken very seriously….”
Should a Christian Play
Dungeons & Dragons?
by William Schnoebelen books by Schnoebelen chick.com
“..For example, someone might have a problem with an addiction (from a purely psychological perspective). The counselor might suggest that the addict role-play what might happen if a friend offers him a drug. This is done several times in several ways until the addict begins to develop refusal skills. The same could be done for people with anger problems or anxiety issues. The point to remember is that role-playing is a major and effective way to teach people new ways of thinking and acting. ..”

Is Dungeon and Dragons Evil? *60 Minutes 1985 special … – YouTube

-Video

10 Dangerous Video Games Your Teen Might be Playing
Debbie McDaniel Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer 2014 26 Aug crosswalk.com
“.. Ten Dangerous Video Games for Teens:

Grand Theft Auto V..”

“Holidays”

-Christmas
*see Now You Know: Various Christmas Symbolism goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Pagan Christianity: Christmas tree a phalic symbol for Baal … –

Religious Icons

Deep Thought Vlog: Thailand Cave Rescue
https://youtu.be/CRWnC8nyPno
*see Global Country Spotlight: Thailand in Southeast Asia goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

If one is “Christian” and has these objects..

Amulet Carvings
What does God say about people who use amulets? bibleinfo.com
“..Amulets are magic charms worn by people to protect themselves from negative energies, evil and injury, and also to bring good luck. Together with other kinds of talismans, amulets are becoming very popular today. They are usually crystals, Celtic crosses, or other mystical jewelry worn as a pendant on a necklace or bracelet or hung on a chain dangling from the rear view mirror of automobiles. These so-called “sacred stones” and other engraved talisman are believed to have mystical powers, which supposedly bring personal protection, success, and prosperity. They are often regarded as transmitters of healing energies and positive vibrations that are thought to promote feelings of peace and tranquility. From archaeological evidence, we know that amulets were very common in the ancient cultures of the Bible lands, especially among pagan peoples..”

….are they “idols” too even though they “follow” Jesus?

21 Important Bible Verses About Graven Images biblereasons.com

Breaking Generational Curses
Posted on August 19, 2011 by The Still Man thestillman.com
“..If the Bible is true, then everyone who dies goes immediately to his reward, be it Heaven or Hell. Therefore, anyone who claims to communicate with dead people is actually communicating with demons.

There are many religions that practice necromancy. Roman Catholicism is probably the best known. Roman Catholics pray to the Virgin Mary and also to dead saints. The Virgin Mary of Roman Catholicism is not the mother of Jesus Christ, but an ancient goddess. However, because they believe they are praying to Mary, who is dead, Roman Catholics are actually communicating with demons. This means that Roman Catholics are practicing witchcraft. They are earning themselves a generational curse.

Moreover, because prayer is a form of worship, Roman Catholics are worshipping demons. In fact, according to Strong’s Concordance of the Bible, necromancy is a form of worship. (See Strong’s #1875 and 4161.)..”

Catholic idolatry…Please pray


“Published on Sep 2, 2015

ആത്മാവിലും സത്യത്തിലും ദൈവത്തെ ആരാധിക്കുന്ന ദൈവമക്കളെ, പപ്പാമതക്കാര്‍ രക്ഷിക്കപ്പെടാന്‍ വേണ്ടി പ്രാര്തിക്കുമോ?കത്തോലിക്കാ സഹോദരങ്ങള്‍ സ്വരൂപവണക്കം എന്ന് പേരിട്ടിരിക്കുന്ന വിഗ്രഹാരാധന നടത്തുമ്പോള്‍ സംഭവിച്ചത്. ISAIAH 30.21 ‘ THEN YOU WILL DEFILE YOUR IDOLS OVERLAID WITH SILVER AND YOUR IMAGES COVERED WITH GOLD; AND YOU WILL THROW THEM AWAY LIKE A MENSTRUAL CLOTH AND SAY TO THEM, “AWAY WITH YOU!””

Pastor Gino Jennings breaks the Virgin Mary statue, idolatry !

IDOLS AND IDOLATRY AND HOUSECLEANING demonbuster.com
“..
“Housecleaning” is what we call getting rid of anything in your home that may cause you demonic problems. Look through your home as you pray and the Lord will let you know what items need to be destroyed that have become an idol to you. Any type of collection – dolls (roots come from voodoo), owls and frogs (abominations to the Lord, as stated in the Bible), unicorns (lust and financial problems), etc. You may have only one or two of these items, but they are just as deadly as a collection. We have read and heard countless testimonies of what these items can do. Dolls levitate, walk and talk; owls caused cancer and when destroyed the person was totally healed. Please pray and seek the Lord regarding which items you must destroy. With pictures of movie stars you form a soul tie. One example is of a woman who came to us for DELIVERANCE from men and drugs. As I was praying for her the Lord impressed that the picture of Marilyn Monroe that was hanging above her bed was part of the problem. Marilyn Monroe had trouble with men and drugs and she died because of it.

..You do not have to worship any item for it to be idolatry. Just having these things in your home give demons legal right to be in your home.

Deuteronomy 7:25 “The graven images of their gods you shall burn with fire. You shall not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. 26) Neither shall you bring an abomination (an idol) into your house, lest you become an accursed thing like it; but you shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.”

Do lots of research on items that you are not sure about. You may find that their origin is rooted in idolatry…

Things to remove from our homes and churches – Ministry of Truth
shoutingfromtherooftop.com
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This is reinforced and proven through all of their pagan and idolatrous … Biblical names the origin behind religious images and icons is still pagan – it is still …. BUDDHA STATUES AND PICTURES (some Buddha statues even have rosary beads … surely use an image/idol of one as a spiritual doorway into a person’s home!..”

As stated above, pray and ask the Lord what you need to destroy. The word of God says that he who seeks shall find.

HOUSE DELIVERANCE: After these things have been destroyed then break curses over you and your family and cast the demons out of your house; also anoint your house.

PERSONAL DELIVERANCE: Confess, repent and ask forgiveness for the iniquity of idolatry for you, your ancestors, spouse, former spouses, former sex partners and their ancestors. Break the curses and cast OUT demons (of yourself) having to do with idolatry….

AUTOGRAPHS

As I watch news programs about a famous author or person being available to sign books, etc., you see long lines of people lined up for this once in a lifetime event. At the Jackson, Mississippi zoo in March, a Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback was there to sign autographs. 5,200 people showed up, and it was the biggest turnout in zoo history for a celebrity. Have you done this? Do you still have something that you treasure with an autograph? What would you feel if someone stole it or it got destroyed? You may need some DELIVERANCE in this area. It could be an idol…

-Sports

Christian Idolatry and worldly ways. Wake Up!!!!!!

Let That Idol Go! Episode 1 | Bible Study DVD Video


“Published on May 10, 2012

http://www.unlockingthebible.org/let-…

Do you serve in ministry, run a business or have a family? They are all gifts from God but can easily turn into a god if you are not careful.

Join Pastor and author Colin Smith as he sits down with a former CEO and a stay-at-home mom for seven discussions on idolatry and how it can subtly invade our work, our family and even our ministry.

Using the biblical story of Jonah as the backdrop for each session, the group explores the landscape, the hurdles, and the rewards of letting go of the idols in our lives.
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Sal: After updating this blog and “cleaning-up” my house of “idols”. I started to see “more blessings” come in my life. May this be a testimony to encourage you to seek God and ask Him-“what do I need to clean-up in my life”. See it as a “Spring-cleaning” season for you in your spiritual walk with Him. Continue to grow in your personal relationship with your Heavenly Father, who is a “holy” God!

Modern Sports & Idolatry – YouTube

Sensus Fidelium
Published on Jul 23, 2014
Our stadiums are called cathedrals by many & sports is a religion to most in our world. How has this come to be? Father speaks on the soccer violence & how sports has become an idol to most today. For more please visit http://www.audiosancto.org & remember to say 3 Hail Marys for the priest


=>Fans Getting A “little” Overboard?

Anthony Kiedis inserted himself and his middle finger into the Rockets-Lakers brawl Ben RohrbachYahoo SportsOct 22, 2018, 10:43 AM sports.yahoo.com

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Idolatry

Sensus Fidelium
Published on Nov 7, 2015
What are some sins of idolatry in our times? Santa Muerte, yoga, tarot cards, palm reading, reki, Ouija boards, witchcraft, superstition, sports, tv, etc. What is our purpose on the earth? To be saints or to do something else? For more please visit http://www.audiosancto.org & remember to say 3 Hail Marys for the priest

Baal in various forms

Baal is Back! Demons in the Deep State

References:

=>Gothard Tunnel Ceremony

World’s longest and deepest train tunnel opens in … – YouTube

euronews (in English)
Published on Jun 1, 2016
The world’s longest and deepest train tunnel has opened.

Switzerland’s Gothard tunnel is part of a high-speed rail network that will eventually stretch from the Italian city of Genoa in the south of Europe up through Germany as as far as the Dutch city of Rotterdam.

Opening Ceremony of the Switzerland Gotthard Tunnel – YouTube

HB BH
Published on Jun 1, 2016
The world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel has officially opened in Switzerland on 1 Jun 2016, after almost two decades of construction work.

Bizarre ceremony opens world’s longest tunnel – YouTube

=>Baal

ISIS Destroys Palmyra Temple in Syria – YouTube

The Temple of Baal New York on September 19, 2016 – YouTube

SATANIC BAAL WORSHIP MAKING A COMEBACK

Satanic baal worship is still going on – YouTube

-Baphomet Statue in Oklahoma

The Satanic Temple is Bringing Baphomet Monument to … – YouTube

Man: “Satan told me ‘Destroy and Piss’ on 10 Commandments” VIDEO …

God Save America Again documentary (Full) Crusade to … – YouTube

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Sports: Minnesota Vikings-NFC Wild Card Playoff Game Reflection


“Picture of Training Camp (August 2009)”

Monday, January 11th 2016– I’m no expert in football as I never played an “organized” game. However, I did play pick-up games in school and in my neighborhood growing up. I love playing the sport and watching it too. I’ve been a Vikings fan since I can remember growing-up as I started to get into it through peers (e.g. football cards). I decided to share my personal thoughts as a Minnesota Viking fan of yesterday’s heart breaker game. First of all, they had a great season (11-5) and congratulations on winning the NFC North last weekend by beating our own rivals (Green Bay Packers) at Lambeau Field!

My heart goes to Blair Walsh as I cannot “totally” relate as I’ve never was a kicker or a organized football player. However, as a person that played baseball in high school, I had “many” mistakes. One that has stuck out at times was making a “mistake” as a pinch runner and got caught leading off 3rd base, which was the 3rd out. If I stayed in a safe distance, I could’ve scored a key run in the game against the best team (Cretin Durham Hall) in our conference (St. Paul Conference). Yeah, it was NO big deal as it was just a J.V. game, but it really broke my self-esteem as a sophomore in high school. Anyways, this is my only way I can related to Walsh.

An NFL kicking expert explains what happened on the Blair Walsh miss ftw.usatoday.com
“Blair Walsh missed a short field goal in the closing seconds of the Vikings-Seahawks NFC wild-card game on Sunday, a miss that cost his team the win. Eager to understand what happened, I reached out to my old friend Chuck Zodda, who is a former college kicker and writer for Inside the Pylon.

We talked about whether Walsh kicking the laces made a difference, how the weather affected Walsh, and how he rebounds from this….

I watched the swing a few times right away, and the technique looked clean all the way. The problem that I saw is that the plant foot of Walsh was a little too close to the ball, and because of that, his foot did sort of hook around the ball a little bit. That essentially caused the ankle impact there. From my perspective, the plant foot being a little too close there was probably what did it.

That being said, there are a lot of things that could have happened that would be impossible for you or me to know having not been there. The kick before was almost blocked by Richard Sherman coming around the edge, so maybe Walsh speeds up his mechanics a little bit to try and avoid that. You have icy conditions out there, so maybe it’s a case where he’s just trying to make a solid plant, and he ends up in the wrong place because he’s changing his mechanics just that little bit. All these things could have factored in, but it’s impossible for us to know.

The icy conditions were really the X-factor here. Was Walsh keeping his leg warm? Was that a factor?

The NFL does a lot to keep players warm on the sidelines. You’ve got heated benches. Even on those benches, you’ve got areas where players can click in to keep their feet at least a little bit heated up. But when it’s -4 degrees out, there’s only so much a heated seat and foot warmers can do.

When I was kicking in college, the coldest I ever kicked in was probably 20 or 25 degrees, and even then, it’s like kicking a brick. If you make contact with the laces like that? I wouldn’t be surprised if you look at Walsh’s foot today and saw bruises up and down because of how hard it was. It’s a heavy ball, you don’t have a lot of feeling in your feet, and it’s not an easy situation to kick in…”

Sal: I just played indoor soccer several weeks ago and didn’t have the best shoes. Every time I kicked the ball, it hurt the side of my feet. I just can’t imagine Walsh’s feet after successfully kicking 3 field goals (the only points for the Vikings) in that cold weather yesterday. I’m sure his feet was already in pain and this probably played a factor.

Other Supporting Fans:

Former Viking Nate Burleson offers heartfelt support for Blair Walsh foxsports.com

“●To @blairwalsh_3 (@blairwalsh3 twitter) I know today seems like a dark day in your athletic career but you will bounce back better & stronger from this brotha. You have kicked game winners before and will make game winners in the future. And not to mention you were a huge part of why the Vikes were in the game with 3 field goals so hold your head high. ●Now to all the so called fans who have taking to social media to put him down, curse out and threaten him & his family please take a long look in the mirror. If ya’ll had your mistakes on grand display for the world to see, would you want thousands of people tearing you down with harsh words & threats. No! We have to be a little bit more sensitive to one another in the moments in which we fail. If we can’t lean eachother to encourage us through the dark times than we are lost as a society. Trust me there is nobody that feels worst than Blair Walsh right now so let’s try to build instead of destroy. “~Nate Burleson

Blair Walsh is human, so let’s treat him that way
1:32 AM ET

Kevin SeifertNFL Nation espn.go.com
“…it is not shameful, of course. It was human. There no doubt will be plenty of grumbling from football Neanderthals about kickers, from people who expect perfection in kicking but overlook errors by position players. In what was not the finest public moment of his career, coach Mike Zimmer snapped: “The snap was maybe a little high, but it’s a chip shot. He’s got to make it.”…

“I caught it and the laces were straight back,” Locke said. “I don’t know if it was me not feeling comfortable enough to spin it with the slick ball, but I’ve got to at least get the laces out of his eyes.”

Walsh was still wiping away tears as Locke spoke. It was contagious. Eyes welled up all around him. This was pain. It mattered. And it was a reminder that, in an era when cynicism about professional sports has hit new heights, some people still do truly care. Remember that as you relive Blair Walsh’s very public mistake for the next eight month..”

SKOL VIKINGS! Will always be a Viking fan no matter what as long as I live here in Minnesota.

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Neutral Perspective: Dentist had the “right” to kill the Lion: “Yes” and “No”?

Cecil the lion death backlash still raging against Minnesota dentist; legal fallout uncertain
By Tad Vezner
tvezner@pioneerpress.com
Posted: 07/29/2015 12:01:00 AM CDT twincities.com

During a nighttime hunt in early July, Palmer and his guides tied a dead animal to a car, luring Cecil out of Hwange National Park, according to Zimbabwe conservation officials.

Palmer, 55, used a bow and arrow to shoot the lion on private land. Tracking data from the lion’s GPS collar show it survived for about 40 hours before it was shot and killed with a rifle. Palmer has admitted to killing the lion but said he believed everything about the hunt was legal, and that he was simply following the directions of his guides. ..”

Good Question: Why Are We So Passionate About Animals? July 29, 2015 10:27 PM
“Researchers also point out that when humans are crime victims, people don’t often see photos or videos right away. When animals are victims, those images are more common and can resonate with us. “

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Value of Life?

Cecil the lion: We’re capable of caring about more than one thing at once

carey-lodge Carey Lodge Christian Today Journalist Published 30 July 2015 christiantoday.com
“…”ISIS kills hundreds of Christian woman and children and nobody bats an eye. A dentist kills a lion and everybody freaks out,” one meme, shared over 8,000 times on Facebook, read, to murmurs of agreement from the moral cavalry.

The problem with this argument is that it suggests there is a hierarchy of things we’re allowed to be upset about and no two causes can occupy the same amount of space. That in condemning Cecil’s death, we are implicitly condoning the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, the normalisation of abortion, global poverty… fill in your own blank.
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Abortion

Isn’t it ironic that this whole “Cecil the lion” that was killed by a hunter social media explosion happened almost the same time as this “Planned Parenthood” corruption leaked out?…

Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen

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Marco Rubio causes Twitter firestorm by comparing Cecil the Lion’s death to Planned Parenthood controversy

Maxwell Tani

Jul. 29, 2015, 3:36 PM businessinsider.com
“..In a tweet on Tuesday, the GOP presidential candidate asked why there was a lack of outrage at the organization. It has come under fire after the release of controversial videos that show a Planned Parenthood executive discussing using aborted fetuses for research. Rubio connected it to “all this outrage over a dead lion.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/marco-rubio-cecil-the-lion-abortion-planned-parenthood-2015-7#ixzz3hRdTfcc2
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Hunter’s Perspective


Hunters fight back after Cecil the lion killing
AFP
By Stephanie Findlay
9 hours ago (July 30th 2015)news.yahoo.com/
“…”It’s a different ball game altogether in Africa because the social benefits from hunting are huge.”

Zimbabwe issues an annual quota approved by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) for the number of lions that can be hunted — not usually more than 30, according to Fundira.

A hunter must have a permit, must only hunt in daylight, on private land, or approved state land, and be accompanied by a park ranger. No hunting is allowed in national reserves.

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Profesional hunter Tavi Fragoso (R) and an employee …
Profesional hunter Tavi Fragoso (R) and an employee of Iwamanzi Game Reserve load the carcass of a h …

Usually, a lion hunt costs from $60,000 to $120,000 (55,000 to 110,000 euros) and takes place over seven to 21 days. Under certain conditions, bait is allowed.

The weapon of choice is a rifle, but a select few pay a premium for a bow and arrow kill.

“You pay an extra $3,000 to hunt using a bow and arrow,” Fundira explained, adding that such hunts were “extremely exceptional”.

Cecil was allegedly lured from a national reserve outside regular hours and shot with a bow and arrow.

It is unclear whether the hunter, American dentist Walter Palmer, had all the necessary permits.

Hunting fees are meant to be ploughed back into maintenance of the land and to pay local staff, though transparency is often poor.
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MISC.

Aslan’s Death ~ The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (with The Lion King music)