for pet lovers

If you are looking for a gift idea for someone who has pets, you might want to consider ThermaCheck 100 products from Land’s End. They guarantee that it will repel pet hair/lint and is static free for the life of the product. I bought several half zip tops and I love them! They are much more easier to launder than the traditional polar fleece. :bliss:

And since it’s cyber Monday, the tops are about $21.00 or so.

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Turkish Military Planned Attacks on Christians

Senior Turkish military officers had made extensive plans to terrorize non-Muslims in Turkey. In the large Ergenekon1 scandal recently a well-planned terrorist operation was revealed. The operation which is called “Kafes Operasyonu Eylem Plani”, in English meaning “the execution of the cage – operation” was to eliminate the remaining small group of Christians living in Turkey today.

The plan was revealed when police arrested Levent Bektas, a major in the Turkish army. The evidence seized reveals more than 27 officers and senior military officers involved in the conspiracy against Christians.

In order to identify key persons among the Christians and then kill them, this terrorist network has broken into a Greek church congregation compound and stolen computers. The purpose of this was to access the congregation’s member lists.


Soul Care: New Term, Same Ol' Thing

Soul Care: New Term, Same Ol’ Thing

Posted by Lighthouse Trails Editors

Contemplative terms always seem to be changing. What is called one thing today may be exchanged for a new term tomorrow. A relatively new term for “Spiritual Direction” is “Soul Care.” In Biola University’s Masters program, Spiritual Formation and Soul Care , the program “trains leaders in soul care to be spiritual mentors, directors and teachers who will assist others in their journey of growth in Christ and His body.” This program incorporates contemplative experiences and “Soul Care Practicum.” Clearly Biola sees a relation between soul care and contemplative spirituality.

Where did the term Soul Care come from anyway? In the late nineties, contemplative and New Age promoter, David Benner, wrote a book called The Care of Souls, and then later wrote one called Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls. Thomas Moore wrote Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life , and there are other books with similar titles. Nearly all of them promote spiritual direction and contemplative spirituality.

What exactly is meant by Soul Care? According to an article on the Natural Care College site, “soul care is the artistry of helping a person to find their personal and relational path to the sacred, where they are able to open to and live from their deeper self, reaching a higher level of living and loving through their own unique soul-nurturing spirituality and way of being in the world.” In other words, soul care is finding the divinity that is within each person.:dizzy: Interestingly, that is what spiritual direction means too. As Thomas Merton put it, it is coming to the realization of what is already there Ð God Ð in every human being. Rick Warren’s colleague, Leonard Sweet (who agrees with Merton), explains this in his book Quantum Spirituality.

Soul Care is just another term for the same ol’ New Age spirituality. The New Age started in the Garden of Eden when the serpent told Eve she could be like God. Satan still tries to convince man of this today, just as he did many thousand years ago. Nothing has changed. And the same goes for contemplative spirituality, which has a New Age premise. Terms may be exchanged for new ones, but this is just a disguised effort to conceal a terrible and damaging belief system.

Netanyahu Blocks Construction in J'm Neighborhoods

Netanyahu Blocks Construction in J’m Neighborhoods

Reported: 17:14 PM – Nov/30/09

( Reports continue to stream in that PM Netanyahu is suspending construction and growth in the capital city of Jerusalem.

The latest report comes from correspondent Ariel Kahane, who writes that Netanyahu turned down plans to build 130 units in Har Homa and 30 in Pisgat Ze’ev. Both are large neighborhoods built on land liberated by Israel in 1967.

'IAF hit Dir a-Zur with nuclear bombs'

‘IAF hit Dir a-Zur with nuclear bombs’

Nov. 30, 2009 Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

IAEA inspectors have visited the suspected nuclear facility in the remote eastern Syrian city of Dir a-Zur and retrieved samples from the site in order to determine the source of uranium traces found at there, Qatari newspaper al-Watan reported on Monday.

In November, it was reported that inspectors who visited the site – in ruins since 2007 – found traces of highly processed plutonium, indicating that Syria’s nuclear program was further along than was previously assessed.

The facility, named al-Kibar, was demolished in September 2007, allegedly by IAF fighter jets.

Damascus has repeatedly denied claims that it was aiming to produce a nuclear weapon, adamantly insisting that Syria envisions a Middle East free of nuclear arms.

According to the al-Watan report, it now claims the uranium found at al-Kibar was left there by Israel.

Syria’s leadership “assessed that the source of the uranium is tactical nuclear bombs dropped by Israel during its attack on the facility,” Al-Watan quoted two Syrian sources as saying.

“This is a clear example of international hypocrisy. After all, international bodies estimate that Israel possesses an arsenal of over 200 nuclear warheads,” they said, expressing outrage over the lack of scrutiny of Israel’s alleged nuclear facilities by the IAEA.

A report by the nuclear watchdog, however, refuted the Syrian claims, stating that the uranium found in Dir a-Zur was a significant discovery. …

A coalition for Jerusalem

A coalition for Jerusalem

Nov. 29, 2009


The good news is that the hastily organized, barely advertised, after-Shabbat rally against ultra-Orthodox religious coercion in Jerusalem swelled to several thousand participants by the time it peaked in Zion Square. Unfortunately, such numbers fall woefully short of ensuring a city whose ethos needs to be tradition and tolerance. The demonstration was supposed to bring together secular, Reform, Masorti and modern Orthodox Jerusalemites. But while there was a scattered representation from progressive Orthodox quarters, the middle-of-the-road kipa sruga crowd was mostly absent.

Part of the problem, we suspect, is that Jerusalem is a small “c” conservative city. You won’t draw the multitudes in defense of a woman’s right to wear a tallit – even in the public plaza adjacent to the Western Wall – probably because many Jerusalemites are culturally Orthodox even if non-practicing.

Moreover, last night’s rally featured both Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz and Meretz municipal council member Pepe Allalo, thus signaling that this was a protest not just for people opposed to haredi bullying, but for those who also champion religious egalitarianism and gay rights.

The modern Orthodoxy are willing to take ideas from the outside world, perhaps interpret Halacha in a more broadminded way, but this does not connote laxity in observance on a drift on core tenets. Granted, theologically progressive Orthodoxy is pushing the envelope on women’s participation at gender segregated services. At the end of the day, however, Orthodoxy is not egalitarian and simply cannot embrace homosexuality as being on par with heterosexuality.

That being the case, it would be more practical to pursue a broad-based Zionist coalition aimed at bringing together socially conservative Jerusalemites, the modern Orthodox along with progressives of various stripes to campaign for:

• Protecting mixed and secular neighborhoods from haredi encroachment,……….

Big Bang collider sets particle beam record

“Big Bang” collider sets particle beam record

Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:09am EST

By Robert Evans

GENEVA (Reuters) – The “Big Bang” experiment at CERN near Geneva scored a world record on Monday by accelerating beams to the highest energy ever achieved in a particle collider, the research center announced.

Scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said the achievement marked a major milestone on the way to tests next year which they hope will unlock secrets of the origins and make-up of the universe.

The energy of the twin beams circulated around 27-km tunnels deep underground went, at 1.18 trillion electric volts (TeV), well past the previous highest — just under 1 TeV — in a collider at the U.S. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

The achievement in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) came 10 days after the world’s largest scientific experiment was restarted following an accident soon after its launch in September 2008.

“We are still coming to terms with just how smooth the LHC commissioning is going,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer as the record was announced. “It is fantastic.”

The beam energy now achieved in the LHC — a vast complex of huge magnets, electronics and computers costing some……….


Michael Moore warns Obama over Afghanistan

Michael Moore warns Obama over Afghanistan

Nov 30 09:02 AM US/Eastern

Filmmaker Michael Moore urged President Barack Obama on Monday not to expand the war in Afghanistan, as Washington prepares to announce a surge of US troops in the conflict-torn nation.

Moore, visiting Japan this week to promote his latest documentary “Capitalism: A Love Story,” told reporters that he had sent Obama a message from his father, a World War II veteran.

“I passed on to him a personal request from my father and his Japanese friend: ‘Mr. Obama, you do not know war. We both know war and want it no more’,” he told reporters.

The activist director, whose latest movie targets corporate greed, held his first press conference in Japan at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, where he passionately discussed freedom and protection for the socially weak, and dished out harsh criticism against former US president George W. Bush.

Moore repeatedly praised the traditional values of Japan, but he criticised Tokyo for supporting Bush’s policies, including by sending non-combat troops to Iraq and adopting pro-market economic policies.

Asked to offer a message to the Japanese public, Moore urged them to return to a “society of peace and respect.”

“As much as I like America, quit being like us. Be Japan,” he said. …

An Unlikely Heroine

An Unlikely Heroine

[COLOR=Red]”By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace” (Heb. 11:31).

Our final Old Testament hero of faith is an unlikely addition to the list. Not only was she a prostitute, she also was a Gentile–and a Canaanite at that.

The Canaanites were an idolatrous, barbaric, debauched people, infamous even among pagans for their immorality and cruelty. Yet in the midst of that exceedingly wicked society, Rahab came to faith in the God of Israel.

Joshua 2:9-11 records her confession of faith to the two men Joshua had sent into Jericho as spies: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And when we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath” (emphasis added).

Rahab demonstrated the genuineness of that profession by risking her life to hide the spies from the king of Jericho, who sought to capture them.

Because Rahab lied to protect the spies (vv. 4-5), some people question the validity of her faith. Surely genuine believers wouldn’t lie like that–or would they? Abraham did. Sarah did. Isaac did. Jacob did. But the important thing to understand is that God honored their faith, not their deception.

As with all the heroes of faith before her, Rahab’s faith wasn’t perfect, nor was her knowledge of God’s moral law. But because she trusted God, she was spared during Jericho’s conquest, then given an even greater honor. She became the mother of Boaz, who married Ruth, the great-great-grandmother of David, thereby becoming an ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:5).

Suggestions for Prayer:

Praise God for receiving even the vilest sinner who turns to Him in faith.

For Further Study:

Read all about Rahab in Joshua 2:1-24, 6:22-25, and James 2:25.[/COLOR]