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 Matthew 24:42  “Therefore be on alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming!"

Scientists Find Huge World of Hidden Galaxies, Changing Our Understanding of the Universe   


Scientists have found a vast array of hidden galaxies, which together could change our understanding of how the universe works. The mysterious galaxies, which were previously unknown to researchers, were discovered by a breakthrough new approach that allowed astronomers to look more deeply than ever before into the universe.

 

The astronomers describe the new find as a treasure trove, representing a huge set of galaxies. It could help solve some of the most deep and fundamental questions about the universe, including the mysteries of supermassive black holes and dark matter.  Some researchers had long thought that such hidden galaxies might be out in the universe, waiting to be found. But now they have finally been discovered and cosmologists will have to rethink their understanding of how the universe works.

 

Scientists got an unprecedented look at the universe when the Hubble Space Telescope was sent into space, and began looking around. But it could not see some of the most fundamental parts of what surrounds us. The new research allowed scientists to tie together a variety of different observatories and use them to look more deeply than ever before and see the huge set of galaxies.

 

"This is the first time that such a large population of massive galaxies was confirmed during the first two billion years of the 13.7-billion-year life of the universe," said Tao Wang, from the University of Tokyo.

"These were previously invisible to us." This finding contravenes current models for that period of cosmic evolution and will help to add some details, which have been missing until now."

 

From "The Independent"

Clash Undermine Fragile Truce Over Jerusalem Holy Site

 

It wasn't inevitable that the overlap of Jewish and Muslim holidays would lead to clashes at a Jerusalem site deeply revered by both faiths. But when rumors circulated that Israeli police would allow Jews to visit the hilltop compound during Muslim prayers, it appeared to many Palestinians that Israel was further chipping away at their claims to the site.

 

As demonstrators massed at the gates and began throwing stones at the police, it became a self-fulfilling prophecy. After an outcry by right-wing Israeli leaders, the police reversed an earlier decision to bar the Jewish visitors and let them in, as stun grenades echoed and tear gas filled the air.

The holy site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, has long been a flashpoint for Israeli-Palestinian violence. But sensitivities are especially high at the moment, with the peace process a distant memory and Israel heading to elections next month.


The compound is the holiest site to the Jewish people and the third holiest in Islam, after Mecca and Medina. It was the site of two Jewish temples in antiquity and is the home of the iconic gold Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque. On Sunday morning, tens of thousands of Muslims flocked to the site to mark the start of Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday honoring the time God stayed Abraham's hand after asking him to sacrifice his son. Hundreds of Israeli religious nationalists also showed up in observance of Ninth of Av, when Jews mourn the destruction of the temples and other historical calamities. The site is located in east Jerusalem, which Israel seized along with the West Bank and Gaza in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians want those territories to form their future state, with east Jerusalem as their capital. Israel annexed east Jerusalem in a move not recognized internationally, and views the whole city as its capital.


From "AP"

Christian Group Warns Against Rise of ‘Christian nationalism'


A group formed by Christian leaders is warning against the rise of "Christian nationalism," saying the merging of Christian and American identities poses a threat to U.S. democracy and religious communities. 

"As Christians, we are bound to Christ, not by citizenship, but by faith," Christians Against Christian Nationalism's statement reads.  "Whether we worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, or temple, America has no second-class faiths. All are equal under the U.S. Constitution."

The statement is endorsed by at least 17 Christian leaders from various churches and organizations, according to the group's website. The leaders say "Christian nationalism" seeks to bind Christianity and American citizenship in a way that "provides cover for white supremacy and racial subjugation."

"Christian nationalism demands Christianity be privileged by the State and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian," the group said in its statement. The group's credo includes a list of beliefs centered around the Constitution's religious equality and calls on Christians to "reject this damaging political ideology."

Among the groups endorses is the Rev. Michael B. Curry, the bishop who presided over the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. "The violence, intimidation and distortion of scripture associated with 'Christian nationalism' does not reflect the person and teachings of Jesus Christ," Curry said.

From "The Hill"

Burger King Manager From Viral ‘Go Back to Mexico' Video Accepts Apology From Woman Who Claims She Had ‘Just Buried' Her Best Friend


A Burger King employee who was told to "go back to Mexico" by two women in a viral video says he's accepted their apology. The general manager of the Eustis, Fla., location posted an image of a letter he claims to have received from the women to Facebook. In the letter, the women describe their actions as "very bad behavior" and claim that they had recently hit an "emotional brick wall." Ricardo Castillo captioned the photo with, "Wherever y'all are, I would like to say that apology is accepted and I'm truly sorry for what you've been through..." In the apology letter, the two women describe the emotional situation that led to their behavior.

 

"One of us has become a widow last week," the letter explains. "Our irrational moment at your restaurant when our hearts were still painfully raw resulted in lashing out at you, causing you undeserved pain and embarrassment." The letter describes the women's situation, "The overwhelming realization you just buried your best friend, you're faced with insurmountable debt with very little income now and no savings."

 

They go on to describe their behavior as "irresponsible" and "hurtful," and the letter ends, "Our hope is that you will extend your hand to us in forgiveness and accept our heartfelt apology." The letter doesn't give either woman's real name, instead only identifying them as "two old but much wiser ladies."

Castillo continues on in his post to say that he's opening up a GoFundMe account to raise money for the two women. "Remember, like they said in this letter, Jesus Christ said be kind and compassionate to one another," Castillo wrote. "So, please, let's help them."

 

From "Fox News"

 

Is Sex Before Marriage OK? ‘The Bachelorette' Shows Most Unmarried Christian Say ‘Yes'

 

If you are a Christian, where do you fall in the sex before marriage argument? Statistics state that 80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) say they are having sex. The average age for marriage for women in the 90's used to be 24 now, according to the U.S Census Bureau that same age has climbed up to 27 and for men 29.

So with our population, getting married later and later. And our culture becoming overly sexualized and "liberated" where do Christians fall in this matter? Many say that the beliefs of waiting for sex in marriage are old fashioned and antiquated. They paint God out to be more of a progressive God than we think, saying that many things are permissible in His eyes, but are they?

Relationships in this day and age are more recreational than purpose or goal-driven. For the sake of fun, a high or a good time, young adults and teens are giving into sexual pressures and curiosities instead of practicing abstinence. This season on The Bachelorette this argument was front and center when contestant Luke Parker and Hannah Brown talked about their true intentions in moving forward physically.

We do commend Luke, who is a firm follower of Jesus, for sticking up for what he believed in. Luke told Hannah that he wanted to abstain from sex until they got married. Parker has been a controversial contestant this season due to anger outbursts and prideful remarks made toward the other men in the house in a competitive fashion. Parker also told the Bachelorette that if she had intercourse with any other contestants, he would be sending himself home. She had, in fact, slept with other contestants stating, "I have had sex, and Jesus still loves me."

Hannah is a strong Christian as well but does not believe in abstaining from sex before marriage. So what is the right answer? Parker paraphrased this verse of the Bible before he left, "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral" (Hebrews 13:4).

I believe there is a deeper underlying issue here than just the sex argument. It begs the question: Do we take God at His word this day in age as Christians? That is the real challenge-do we take God seriously enough? Do we believe that we are actually honoring God, in His holiness, when we choose self-discipline in regards to sex outside of marriage?

We have to know that obedience to God is a sacrifice, and it will not look anything like the patterns of culture. God instead longs to protect us from bonding our hearts and souls to someone before its time (Song of Solomon 8:4).

While The Bachelorette did open quite the discussion forum for those who fall on various sides of the spectrum in this argument; know that God's promises can be trusted and there is a reward for honoring Him with our bodies, especially with sex, that can become an idol quickly. Don't exchange intimacy with God for an idol. On the other hand, if you have had sex outside of marriage God does still love you, He is just calling us to a different way of living, a different loving standard. If you are a believer, take up the challenge and see what God can do through your obedience to Him in this area.

From "Christian Post"

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