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It’s continuing to escalate – let’s hope that reason prevails… say some prayers. I’ll post a video next about some dreams/visions people have had about this potential outbreak in Korea.

The Extinction Protocol

 
March 28, 2013NORTH KOREAReclusive North Korea is to cut the last channel of communications with the South because war could break out at “any moment,” it said on Wednesday, days of after warning the United States and South Korea of nuclear attack. The move is the latest in a series of bellicose threats from North Korea in response to new U.N. sanctions imposed after its third nuclear test in February and to “hostile” military drills under way joining the United States and South Korea. The North has already stopped responding to calls on the hotline to the U.S. military that supervises the heavily armed Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the Red Cross line that has been used by the governments of both sides. “Under the situation where a war may break out at any moment, there is no need to keep north-south military communications which were…

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Aggressive posturing is not new for North Korea, but this is starting to sound a bit more desperate and serious than what’s preceded it. Who knows – at some point you would think they would have to back up their rhetoric with some action or risk losing all credibility (if they haven’t already). Dangerous times…

The Extinction Protocol

March 26, 2013NORTH KOREANorth Korea stepped up its aggressive rhetoric on Tuesday, ordering its rocket and long-range artillery units to be combat ready and on the “highest alert” and issuing new threats against U.S. bases on Hawaii, Guam and mainland America. Pyongyang warned that U.S. facilities would be “reduced to ashes and flames the moment the first attack is unleashed,” according to a military order issued by the pariah state’s military “supreme command.” It comes in response to joint military drills by U.S. and South Korean forces which began in the area early this month and which have seen U.S. bombers flying sorties threatening the North. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects an army landing exercise on Monday. South Korea’s defense ministry said it saw no sign of imminent military action by North Korea Tuesday, according to Reuters. The announcement marked a further increase…

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For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

– 1 Corinthians 5:7

Well, Passover is here once again. I’ve been slow to learn of the significance of the Jewish festivals, but I’m getting there bit by bit.

The most significant festival for me is Passover. We all know the story – Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, the final and worst plague sent to kill the male firstborn, the blood of the spring lamb painted over the lintel and posts of the doors of every believer, thereby securing a “passover” of the angel dealing the destruction.

That’s not the reason it is significant to me. It was not until I realized that this story was in fact a foreshadowing of Christ’s future work that I really sat up and took notice. As the above scripture says clearly – Christ is our passover lamb.

So, what does that statement mean, really? The answer lies it the dichotomy between the Old and New Testaments.

As a neophyte Christian myself, I really struggle with the concept of sacrifice – especially all the animal sacrifices that go on throughout all of the Old Testament. All that bloodshed, sprinkling of blood on the altar, burning the meat on the altar, burning the fat, etc. What is it all about??

I don’t claim to know the complete answer to that, but I have learned a part of it that reveals much about Christ. It boils down to this statement:

For the wages of sin is death…

– Romans 6:23

That means, that if you sin (and everyone has), you will die for it. Those are your “wages,” or what you have earned.

Now, in the Old Testament – or the pre-Christ era – there was a way to escape this just reward for sin. Blood for blood. That’s when the idea of a “scapegoat” came in.

A scapegoat is simply a goat that could be killed in the sinner’s place – offered as a substitute – thereby allowing the sinner to “escape” the deserved punishment. Blood is needed to be shed for this because it says in Leviticus 17:11 “for the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” Life is in the blood – a life is required for sin. Therefore – blood sacrifice is required, either your own, or that of a substitute. As for why this is, only God knows.

Enter Christ. It was his purpose to become the final “scapegoat” for all of mankind – the last sacrifice – the true passover lamb. The entire story of the final days of his ministry mirrors this. He entered Jerusalem 5 days before the passover, when the lamb was to be inspected and selected. He was that lamb without defect, perfect, without blemish. He was anointed with precious oil at Bethany, which he said was “for my burial.” He ate the last supper the day before the Jews would sacrifice their passover lamb in the temple at precisely 3pm, the time at which Christ said on the cross “it is finished,” and gave up the ghost.

In these ways it is clear that Christ truly is our passover lamb, the one who died in our place and paid the price that we deserved to pay. Take time to reflect on the grace of this gift this passover season, and give thanks to the Lamb of God.

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This man’s philosophy has been mine also for a long time now. The desire to live close to land, to that which sustains you, and escape the rat race that modern civilization has become.

The key – which Jon doesn’t come right out and admit – is land. And land is getting more difficult to acquire these days. But with that key in your possession, you can start living and growing the life that Jon is talking about here. You can build your house using the natural clay that is under your feet. You can dig a fish pond and grow high quality protein. You can plant a garden to offset your needs to purchase vegetables at the market. In time, you might come very close to 100% self-sufficiency.

As Jon says very clearly here, the most important benefit of living in this way is happiness. If life is easy, and you find it a simple thing to provide daily requirements, then stress falls away. When stress falls away, happiness fills the void. Seems like a worthwhile pursuit to me.

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…it won’t be free forever.

Hi everyone – this is just a reminder that my new novel, The Translation of Daniel, is still available to download for Free right here at Amazon.  Just follow the link, choose your platform, and download immediately.

There’s not a lot that can be had for free anymore. All I ask is that if you download it for free and like it, please take a moment to give it a favorable review at Smashwords. That helps more than you know. God Bless.

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Here’s another “Quick Guide” for indie authors – this time aimed at the creation of your own book trailer.

Independent authors know how crucial promotion is, and one great way to promote your novel – not only on Youtube, but also right on your  book listing – is to create an attention grabbing book trailer. This 3,281 word eguide will get you there quickly and painlessly (well, as painless as humanly possible), and not too mention, without spending anything other than this book’s humble price. It goes into detail how to get up and running quickly using Window’s Movie Maker (which comes free on most Windows PCs), and includes online resources on where to find free images, music, and sounds. Now available on Amazon.

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