Month: September 2016

World Leaders Gather to Remember Shimon Peres

Looking for the Blessed Hope

peres-securitycommandcenter Israeli Command Center (Photo Credit: Times of Israel)

Israel lost the last of their modern-day founding fathers on Wednesday with the passing of Shimon Peres.  As a public servant, Peres served in almost every capacity of the Israeli government, including two stints as Prime Minister and President from 2007 to 2014.  He was a Noble Peace Prize winner for his work in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks.

Tomorrow, the icon will be laid to rest on Mt Herzl, along with other noble Israeli leaders who have passed before him.  On hand will be leaders from 80 different countries around the world.  US President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton will be in attendance, along with an estimated 20 presidents, 15 foreign ministers, 5 heads of state, and a stable of other dignitaries (reports The Jerusalem Post).  Included among dignitaries will be Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who requested and…

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In my life, and especially in my Christian life I’ve had a lot of conversations that revolve around Christianity. I’ve, way too often, had conversations that don’t glorify God or impart grace to the hearer but I’m thankful that God is growing me to understand Him better and He continues to refine me.

I’ve thought back on a conversation that I had years ago that involved following Christ and Christ-likeness. It’s an interesting conversation and one that goes like this. “I’ve been told before that you should strive not to just follow Christ but to be like Christ.” I’ve given this some thought over the years and I sort of get where this is going and you know what? I agree. We should strive to be like Christ.

However we need to back up for a moment. We can’t strive to be like Christ unless we have first followed Him…

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Today was a good day…

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20160929_193905And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

Today was a special day not because of anything I did but because of what God did.  He is the reason for all things and He has purpose in all that He does and all occurs because of Him.  But today was special and He encouraged me and the others with me on this day in an extraordinary way.

Today is Thursday and it’s the day we go to Iowa City to the Emma Goldman Abortuary.  This is one of two clinics in Iowa City that take the lives of unborn children and snuff them out before their time.  They murder these little precious souls before they have an opportunity…

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A different sunrise on the Sea of Galilee

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In looking through some photos from 2011, I noticed that the photos I made one morning were different from most sunrise photos I have taken. I thought some readers might enjoy seeing this. Click on the image for a larger photo.

Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee in 2011. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee in 2011. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

We know that Jesus utilized the evening cool and the early morning in His ministry.

32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons.
33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.
34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he…

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