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President Obama has announced today that official U.S. policy toward Israel is to return its land to the Palestinians before the 1967 war.  This was a war in which Israel took preventative measures to protect itself against imminent invasion from Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

Obama’s announcement comes only a week after Palestinians — with Syria’s encouragement — tried to storm Israel’s borders.  It comes only one day before Israel’s Prime Minister comes to visit Obama — a slap in the face of Benjamin Netanyahu — and of our one ally in the Middle East.

Obama has done a similar thing on several occasions with our number one ally in the world — England — callling instead France our closest ally.

President Obama knows this policy will embolden terrorists to attack Israel.  He also knows the facts about the land dispute: First, the Palestinians and Arabs have rejected every single offer Israel has given them to trade “land for peace” since before the “Six-Day War” in 1967 — dating back to 1948.

Second, the Palestinians have never had a “State” in what is the land of Israel.  Third, this land was divided up by the Balfour Declaration in 1917, offering Arabs and Palestinans territory and Israel territory — and both the Arabs and Palestinians rejected it.

The solution from the Arabs?  To drive out hundreds of thousands of Arab “moderates” in 1948 when the United Nations voted to give Israel its land and bring war between radical Arabs and the Jews.

Finally, neither the Palestinians nor the Arabs recognize Israel’s right to exist as a nation — a fact that they state publicly and repeatedly.  Worse: they publicly declare their intent to destroy Israel by whatever means necessary.

President Obama knows all of this.  His actions are hostile to Israel and reprehensible.

Here is the article from Yahoo: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110519/ap_on_re_us/us_obama_mideast_palestinians_1

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Here is a sample of the prayer that I’ve been praying virtually ever day since 1986 to protect myself and to be victorious over spiritual warfare.  Please let the Lord lead you to change the wording however He chooses.  Again, it’s a sample prayer, most of it (and more) what I pray and declare for myself the first thing every morning:

BECAUSE MY MIND NEEDS RENEWING EVERY DAY AND BECAUSE THE DEVIL TRIES TO LIE TO ME ABOUT WHO I
AM IN CHRIST:

“Today I choose, Lord, to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of Your might.  I put on the full armor of God, that I may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

“For my fight is not against people, Lord, but it’s against the rulers, against the powers, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Therefore, I take up Your armor that I may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

“I stand firm, therefore, having girded my loins with truth.  I gird my loins with the truth, Lord, that I’m your son (daughter); that I’m a man (woman) of God, an ambassador for Christ, a minister of reconciliation.

“I thank You that You love me, that Your hand is upon me, that You never leave me or forsake me.  I gird my loins with the truth that I’ve been crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ who lives within me.

“And the life that I now live I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  Lord Jesus, I was buried with you in baptism and raised to walk in newness of life.

“Therefore I consider myself to be dead to sin (name the sins you struggle with), but alive to God through Christ Jesus.”  I thank You for Your grace, Your mercy and Your favor that rests upon me.  You are for me and not against me; You plan for my success and not my defeat.

And I agree with You that because You are holy, I am to be holy today.  Please fill me with Your Spirit and help me to walk in Your holiness at all times today, in Jesus’ name.

BECAUSE THE BATTLE IS ALSO FOR MY EMOTIONS:

“I put on the breastplate of righteousness now Lord and I thank You Lord Jesus that You are my breastplate and You are my Righteousness.

“You have declared me to be righteous in Your sight and worthy before You.

“Help me to walk now in Your truth and righteousness at all times.  Please protect my emotions today.  I come against and take authority over…(name whatever the enemy attacks you with or whatever tempts you or that you struggle with, i.e. strife, heaviness, oppression, pride, a critical spirit,  discouragement, discontentment, lust, fantasy, etc.  Do it boldly, recognizing your authority  as a believer).

For example: “I take authority now over every spirit of strife that would come  against me; I bind moodiness and irritability; I bind accusation and every lying spirit.  I take authority over discontentment and choose to walk in Your contentment.”

BECAUSE THE DEVIL TRIES TO STEAL OUR PEACE AND JOY:

“Father, I shod my feet with the preparation of the  gospel of peace…Thank You that You are my peace and my joy; fill me now with Your Spirit and help me to abide in  Your peace, in Your joy, in Your love and in the power of the Holy Spirit, at  all times, no matter what the difficulties or circumstances.”

BECAUSE THE DEVIL TRIES TO BRING DOUBT:

“Father, in addition to all that I take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the fiery-tipped darts of the evil one, for You are my shield and You  are my faith.

“Thou, O Lord, art a shield about me; You’re my glory and the lifter of my head.  Help me today to be full of faith and full of
the Holy Spirit; help me to walk by faith and not by sight or emotions, in the  Spirit and not in the flesh.

“Help me to trust You, to rest joyfully in You; to be settled, surrendered and submitted to You; to be persevering and confident in You and discerning at all times.”

BECAUSE THE BATTLE IS FOR THE MIND:

“Father, I put on the helmet of salvation and I ask You  to protect my mind and my thoughts; help me to think like You, to act like You
and to respond like You at all times, in the name of Jesus.  Let my mind be off limits and impenetrable by  the devil.”

BECAUSE OF MY NEED TO BE BOLD IN THIS BATTLE AND TO SPEAK THE WORD OF GOD AGAINST MY ENEMIES:

“Father, I take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and I ask You to help me to speak Your word with all boldness,
authority and power, quickly against the devil, in the name of Jesus.

Now, clothe yourself with Christ (from Col. 3):

“I clothe myself with humility, with love and compassion, with kindness and gentleness, with patience and self-control, with holiness and purity and with forgiveness.  Please help me to walk this way before You and man at all times today, in the name of Jesus, amen!

Note: this prayer has worked for me since 1986 and I’ve been praying this way nearly every day since.  It works!  I offer this as an example, but the Holy Spirit I’m sure will customize it for you!

The prayer is based upon my teaching on the full armor of God and the prayer is based upon careful study of Eph. 6:10-18, in its context of
prayer.  May the Lord help you to be His mighty warrior!

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Was Osama Bin Laden’s death at the hands of the U.S. military justified, biblically?  Some would say that Jesus would not condone murder.  But was this an act of “murder”?

First of all, all of Scripture is inspired by the entire Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16). 

Thus, it is theologically accurate to say that Jesus is the author of the entirety of Scripture, as John Calvin wisely notes: “and, accordingly, whenever the name of God is used indefinitely, the Son and Spirit, not less than the Father, is meant.”[1]

Second, people routinely misuse and misinterpret the commandment against murder in Ex. 20:13 and refer to it as “kill.” 

However, the Hebrew word is one of seven Hebrew words that can be translated “murder”; this one, ratsach, involves the vengeful taking of another’s life for personal retribution.

That the death penalty is sanctioned in Scripture (again, Jesus is the One who inspired all of Scripture) can be seen in Gen. 9:6 (cf. Ex. 21:12-14; Lev. 24:17; Num. 35:33; Deut. 19:11-13). 

In His humanity, Jesus even reinforces this (Mt. 26:52).  Moreover, the New Testament continues the biblical call for justice against the taking of lives or against any lawbreaking in society by the State (Rom. 13:1-5).

Furthermore, note that in Rev. 6:9-11, saints who have been martyred actually cry out for justice from God against those who killed them (the State apparently did nothing) and they were told to wait “for a little while longer” (v.11).

That their cry for justice would be granted can be seen later in Rev. 19:19-21 – after more efforts by the Lord to get men to repent than we’ll ever know. 

It is customary for people taking the traditional pacifist view to quote Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount as requiring the State to give passive, non-resistance.  However, context always determines sound interpretation.

That passage can be found in Mt. 5:38-42, with its context that of individual persecution (cf. vv.43-44) – not societal requirement for justice against an evil deed (note Eccl. 8:12 on this point).

Finally, God’s desire is to redeem every human being back to Himself, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Osama Bin Laden is included in the general call of John 3:16. 

We have no evidence that Bin Laden made Jesus Christ his Savior; whether or not that happened, only God knows. 

Assuming Bin Laden rejected Jesus as the only way to heaven, we’re left to carefully consider Ezek. 33:11: Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.’

Moreover, Prov. 24:17-18 warns us: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; or the LORD will see it and be displeased and turn away His anger from him.”

Thus, in one sense, a Christian must be grieved at the thought of anyone slipping into an eternity of literal, conscious suffering and torment apart from Jesus. 

But may an American Christian be glad that justice was served against an extremely pompous, wicked man who caused the deaths of 3,000 people on 9/11/2001?  I believe the answer to that to be a humble “yes.”


[1] John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, trans. Henry Beveridge (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989), 1.13.20, 127.

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