EBOLA: REPORT FROM THE FRONTLINE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST WEST AFRICA'S DEADLY OUTBREAK

 

Fr ThemiA former Australian rock-star atheist, who found Christ and became a fearless missionary to war-torn Sierra Leone, West Africa, has given a dramatic report from the centre of what he calls “the deadliest outbreak of Ebola so far in human medical history".

     He is Fr Themi Adams, who was once a member of The Flies, that shared the stage with the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, and now runs the Holy Orthodox Mission in Freetown, the capital city of the troubled West African nation.

     “I find myself situated in a quasi-apocalyptic end time scenario of which I would never have imagined could be possible," he writes in his latest update to supporters, posted on the internet.

     “Some mornings when I wake up with a sniffle or a symptom of any type, I think to myself, ‘This is it. I have Ebola', and then laugh it off wondering that if I make it to Heaven, will I be put in quarantine for 21 days before our Lord lets me in.”

     DAN WOODING, of ASSIST News Service, reports (with DAVID ADAMS)... |  more... | 

 

 

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31st October, 2014

THOUSANDS OF AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIANS TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PERSECUTED CHURCH AS THEY JOIN WITH MILLIONS WORLDWIDE

More than 660 Australian churches will spend at least part of their service this Sunday standing in "solidarity" with persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria.

The Australian Christian Lobby - which is promoting the day as 'Solidarity Sunday' - said at least 664 churches would take part in the day which falls on the first of two Sundays being recognised worldwide as the International Days of Prayer for Persecuted Christians.

Lyle Shelton, the ACL's managing director, said that the rise of the so-called Islamic State (IS), has "brought terrible destruction and disruption to the lives of so many Christians, Yazidis and Muslims".

DAVID ADAMS reports... |  more... |


THE DAILY STATISTIC:

31st October, 2014

Number of people affected by asthma worldwide:

334 million

Source: The Global Asthma Report 2014

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27th October, 2014

WORLDVIEW: UKRAINIANS PRAY AS ELECTIONS BEGIN AMID WAR

The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which suffered persecution under Communism, has urged voters to act against corruption and political candidates to stay away of populism.

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk made the appeal in a wide ranging interview ahead of the first parliamentary elections since the February overthrow of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Ukrainians, he said, must be united and “not think about new positions, new honours, new profit” but “how to save our country, how to preserve a free and independent Ukraine”.

He told Vatican Radio that voters should primarily “act against corruption” and “not sell their votes”, a common practice in impoverished Ukraine. Shevchuk warned a candidate who tries to buy votes is not capable of “keeping to the moral level of voters’ demands and of Ukrainian society”.

BosNewsLife reports on the Ukrainian elections...  |  more... |

 

30th September, 2014

SOAPBOX: BUT I HAVE ROOM MINISTER MORRISON - AN OPEN LETTER TO THE IMMIGRATION MINISTER AND A PLEA FOR MERCY

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EGYPT: YEARS OF POLITICAL TURMOIL AND PERSECUTION SEES CHRISTIANS PRESENTED WITH "GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY" TO SHARE THEIR FAITH

 

CrossWhile the West may characterise the most recent of Egypt’s political upheavals – the overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi in August last year – as a military coup (albeit, in many circles, a welcome one), Egyptian Christian Michael says that for the local church, it was “an answer to our prayers”.

     Michael, a Christian worker from Cairo who has been brought to Australian by persecuted church advocacy Open Doors to share his story at churches in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania over the next two weeks, says that during the time of Morsi’s regime – when Egypt was in the “iron grip of the Muslim Brotherhood” – the country was on the brink of civil war.

     “Not between Christians and Muslims but between the Muslim Brotherhood and the majority sector of society who did not accept their dominion over Egypt. We as Christians had to pray...and seek protection from above because it really looked very ugly, where we were moving.”

     Michael, whose last name has been withheld for security reasons, says following the 2011 "Arab Spring" revolution which saw the Muslim Brotherhood come into power, life became particularly hard for the country’s Christians, which various sources estimate to number anywhere between six and 12 million.

     DAVID ADAMS speaks to Egyptian Christian 'Michael' - currently visiting Australia with persecuted church advocacy Open Doors - about how the political turmoil of the past four years has affected - and inspired - the church in that country... |  more... | 

 

 

NIGERIA: MUSLIM EXTREMISTS KILL 31 CHRISTIANS IN TARABA STATE

 

Armed Muslim extremists stormed two churches in Taraba State in the country's east on 19th October and killed 31 people as they worshipped, a church leader said.

     Two pastors, one pastor’s son, and 28 other Christians were slain in the attacks in the villages of Gindin Waya and Sondi, said Rev Caleb Ahema, president of the Christian Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria. Ahema said the onslaught was the seventh attack on Christian communities in Wukari Local Government Area since February.

     “The attack on Christians in Taraba state is a planned genocide against Christians by Islamic insurgents who have invaded the southern part of the state, inhabited mostly by Christians, since February,” he said.

     Rev Ahema said the Muslim extremists, who wore military uniforms, were members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram who came from outside the state. Recently insurgents from Boko Haram, based in Borno state, have reportedly joined ethnic Fulani herdsmen in attacks on Christians in Taraba and other northeastern states.

     Morning Star News reports on the attacks in Taraba State while DAVID ADAMS brings the latest on the hopes the more than 250 kidnapped schoolgirls from Chibok would be released... |  more... | 

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IRAQ: UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE CHRIST AMONG THOSE FACING ISLAMIC STATE ATTACKS, SAYS AID GROUP

 

Christian relief workers serving in Iraq say the aid and assistance they are providing to people driven from their homes by the Islamic State is leading to unprecedented opportunities to share the love of Christ.

     US-based Christian Aid Mission report that a team working in the northern Iraq city of Erbil were recently able to share the love of Christ with a colonel in the Kurdish Peshmerga - one of the groups fighting IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

     When the colonel had asked why they were providing aid such as food, clothing, beds and medicine and where it had come from, the organisation said its team director had been able to share that their motivation came from Christ.

     “We spoke with him explicitly, explaining everything to him, saying that Christ taught us to love and express our love to the people in a practical way...” the organisation quoted the team's unnamed director as saying.

     DAVID ADAMS reports... |  more... | 

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IRAQ: MORE THAN 26,000 CIVILIANS KILLED OR INJURED AMID "STAGGERING" REPORTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

DAVID ADAMS reports on the findings of a UN report into human rights abuses in Iraq... |  more... |

 

 

SUDAN: AIRFORCE BOMBING KILLS SIX CHRISTIAN CHILDREN

 

Nuba MountainsThe Sudanese Air Force on 16th October dropped bombs on Nuba Mountain civilians that killed at least six Christian children and seriously injured another.

     In Heiban, South Kordofan, a Russian-made Antonov dropped five bombs - three on a crowded square during the weekly market day, and two others nearby, including one that hit a house where a Catholic family lived, sources said. The government is fighting a three-year battle against rebels in the Nuba Mountains, but there is no military presence in the area bombed, they said.

     Playing outside their home when the first three bombs hit the market 50 metres away, four siblings from one Catholic family were running to foxholes common in the area when the fifth bomb struck their house and two others. A source told Morning Star News that the four children killed as they ran for cover were Anour Jafar, 8; Sariya Jafar, 12; Zahara Jafar 14; and Aziza Jafar, 16.

     Another child from a Christian family, six-year-old Kuku James, was also killed in the bombing, the source said.

     Morning Star News reports on the latest deaths in an ongoing aerial campaign by the Sudanese Government which the Nuba people believe, as well as targeting rebels, is also targeting Christians... |  more... | 

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OPEN BOOK - HUNCHES ABOUT JESUS: PREPARING FOR PASSOVER

JerusalemJesus knew that He, the Son of Man, the one John the Baptist had pointed to, had come to fulfil what all Jews celebrated in their Passover feast. The release from captivity in Egypt, under the mighty hand of God, was celebrated as a pointer to the coming of the Lamb of God in their midst. That's why He did not want His disciples to miss it.

     It wasn't just that they were in Jerusalem and had visited the temple. It was more important than that. He had long wanted to celebrate the Passover meal with His friends to fix their minds upon what they were about to experience. He had prepared thoroughly. He had arrived in Jerusalem at the time He had planned. He had taught in the temple what needed to be taught. And then He prepared their Passover celebration taking care of all the arrangements.

     It was done with great care and thoughtfulness. It was an occasion they would always remember. He acted as the Host; He did the inviting.

      BRUCE C WEARNE looks at a passage in which Mark talks about the preparations Jesus' disciples were making for Passover...  | more... |

 

POSTCARDS: HOW ONE OKLAHOMA TOWN HAS EMBRACED 'PRAY DOWN AT HIGH NOON'

Billboard“In this manner, therefore, pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen’” - Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV).

     If you enter Ardmore, Oklahoma, off I-35 near the 12th Street exit, you’ll see a billboard on the west side of the road. Facing south, the billboard proclaims, “Ardmore Prays ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ at High Noon Daily.”

     Sponsored by Pastor’s Hope, the billboard’s message has become a mission for the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church Ardmore. After hearing Dr Terry Teykl speak at an 17th August prayer workshop, Jessica Moffatt Seay was impressed by the Holy Spirit to encourage others to begin praying The Lord’s Prayer at high noon.

     Dr Teykl, national prayer teacher and author of 18 books related to prayer, founded “Pray Down at High Noon” with the goal of raising up a million people worldwide who pray the Lord's Prayer at noon every day. So far, 800,000 have signed up to participate.

     In a piece first published on ASSIST News Service, CAROL ROUND writes about how one Oklahoma town in the US has taken on a national prayer initiative... | more... |

 

GREAT PRAYERS: THE METHODIST COVENANT PRAYER

Wesley“I am no longer my own, but yours.”

     So begins the prayer known as the Wesley Covenant Prayer which was adapted by Methodism founder John Wesley for use in a special annual service in which believers’ would renew their ‘covenant’ with God.

     Wesley drew on the works of 17th century Puritans Joseph and Richard Alleine in creating the service which has since been updated. The modern prayer is believed to be an adaptation of what was originally Alleine's work.

     Every year, Methodists in the UK still hold the Covenant Service – often on the first Sunday of the year - in which the prayer – which is all about putting aside the self as we once again surrender all to God ("I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things" runs one line in the prayer) – is recited by the faithful.

    DAVID ADAMS takes a look at the Methodist Covenant Prayer... | more... |

 

SIGHT-SEEING: ON FASTING

Empty plateWhat are the reasons people fast? Is it just to lose weight or show that you are more spiritual than others in your church? The reasons or purposes for fasting are much more important than those superficial thoughts. For a Christian, the motivation should be centered on God and a relationship with Him, not on our body or our relationship to others.

     We live in a very materialistic society today. This is true whether you live in a relatively rich country or a poor one. While some individuals in our country may not be captivated by things, it seems the world today is very “me” focused and never content with what we have.

     The Word is full of examples of not seeking after the worldly things; of looking instead to the precious things we have in the Lord, and being satisfied with what you have. Materialism - the Bible often uses the word gluttony - is the enemy of fasting. Denying yourself of food, pleasure and material goods is the avenue that fasting uses to help you re-align your focus on God. Some use fasting as a way of seeking God for a need in their life such as healing or a particular answer they are looking for.

     Fasting has become an increasingly common practice among people, often for health-related reasons - Ocsober, anyone? But here GREG ILLINGWORTH explores why fasting is an important spiritual discipline for Christians to practice...  | more... |

 

THIS LIFE: CELEBRATING THE WONDER OF CHILDREN

Children's handsThroughout the history of mankind, the natural progression of life has been a birth ultimately followed by death at some point in time, except for a few notable exceptions that are recorded in the Holy Scriptures.

     When we observe the wonder of birth, we are immediately struck by the complete and utter helplessness of that newly born child. The life and the future of the child is in the hands of adults.

     Children are the most vulnerable of all human beings and are totally dependent on the adults around them for their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.  There is much about them and how they should be treated in the Scriptures, as we will see.

God says:

• The child is made in His image.

Genesis 1:26: “Let US make man in our image”

• The child is wonderfully and fearfully made.

 Psalm 139:14: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that well.”

      This week is National Children's Week in Australia and to mark the event, GRAHAM McDONALD reflects on what the Bible says about them... | more... |

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IN HIS HANDS...

16th October, 2014
VenezuelaThis is the story of a very ordinary person with no claims to any special attributes or exceptional virtues but who is bursting inside to tell what the Lord has done for her.

I am recounting this with a heart full of deep gratitude. I am humbled by the fact that a spiritual being, maybe a guardian angel or the hands of the almighty God, saved me from serious harm on two occasions. I have remained silent for too long and it would dishonour and diminish the work of our Lord if I did not tell the story.

     I was 12-years-old, living in Caracas in Venezuela, when I joined the girl scouts, and remember vividly my first excursion. Armed with all the required scout “gear” - including a medium size machete - we set out to conquer Mount Avila, a 2,740 metre high mountain. In 1977, when this excursion took place there were no such things as mobile phones or GPS equipment.

     TANIA NEALE tells of two occasions in which she credits God with saving her life... | more...|

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DISCOVERING ANZACS

Discovering AnzacsA joint project of the National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand marking the centenary of World War I, this newly launched website features the digitised service dossiers of every Australian and New Zealander who served in World War I. Simply entering the name of the person you're looking for will bring up a list of associated files (which may mean taking some time to find the particular John Smith you're after) and while looking for the records of a relative may be your first impulse, you can also search for the records of more famous figures like war correspondent Charles (CEW) Bean or he of "Simpson and his donkey" fame, stretcher-bearer John Simpson Kirkpatrick or simply spending some time browsing (including by location).

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RESOURCING MISSION A "VALUABLE RESOURCE" IN UNDERSTANDING HOW CHURCHES WORK

Resourcing MissionAn ideal way of learning the art of studying ecclesiology and ethnography is seeing the approach of other practitioners. I appreciate practical theology case study books not just for what my students and I can learn form the issues under analysis, but also what we can learn about the process and methodology of theological reflection and ethnographic investigation.

     Helen Cameron is an experienced practical theologian who, when she wrote this book, had been an active church researcher for 18 years. She was the first fulltime director of the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology (OxCEPT), and for a decade taught an MA in consultancy for ministry and mission.

     In Resourcing Mission, Cameron argues that to understand change in local churches we need to analyse it theologically (using the pastoral cycle) and consider the cultural forms (of five different types of congregations). She outlines these two assumptions in the first two chapters, and then discusses seven illustrative case studies.

     DARREN CRONSHAW finds Resourcing Mission a "valuable resource" for anyone interested in understanding church congregations...  | more... |

 

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CAMP A SIMPLE STORY OF HOPE REGAINED

CampThis family-friendly film provides a warm-hearted – and yes, somewhat sentimental - take on the American genre of summer camp films with Christian overtones in place of the more usual 'boy meets girl' or 'city dwellers surviving in the wilderness' themes.

     Early on, we’re introduced to troubled 10-year-old Eli (played by Miles Elliot), an abused child who has been taken into state care and ends up being a last minute inclusion at a Christian camp for at-risk children.

     Arriving at the camp, Eli is paired with another last minute inclusion – a first-time camp counselor, Ken Matthews (Michael Mattera), who has only taken on the position to further his career in the world of financial services.

     As one would expect, their initial meeting is fraught with tension and their time at camp almost comes to a premature end early on.

     DAVID ADAMS watches Camp...  | more... |

 

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U2'S SONGS OF INNOCENCE "WORTH THE WAIT"

Songs of InnocenceLast Wednesday was a good day for me. In fact it was a Beautiful Day. You might even say it was Magnificent. Do you see where I’m going with this? Yes, The Miracle has occurred. After years of speculation, the latest U2 album is finally here. And, just like that other miracle in Luke 9:10-17, hundreds of thousands of iTunes users have downloaded it for free and had their fill.

     But can you ever get your fill of a U2 album? I have listened to this one a few times already and while I prefer some songs over others, those lesser ones are growing on me. You could say a U2 song is like pizza, chocolate or sex: when it’s good it’s really good, and when it’s bad it’s still pretty good!

     This album has definitely been worth the wait. The first six songs have the potential to become classics, some of them even anthems. I can just picture them ringing out around massive stadiums around the world (although they would have to be pretty special to beat the sheer spine-tingling electricity of Where the Streets Have No Name being performed live).

      NILS VON KALM listens - and then listens again - to U2's new release, Songs of Innocence...  | more... |

 

Soundbite31st October, 2014

THE TCM UPDATE: AUSTRALIANS NOMINATED IN AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, AND NEEDTOBREATHE (PICTURED) MAKING IT BIG...

     To hear CAM WANT with this week's edition of The TCM Update, simply click on the link... | more... |

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KNOW IT ALL: G20

G20The G20 Leader's Summit in Brisbane is less than a month away. So before we get all carried away with the hype, we're taking a quick look at what the G20 is all about...

• The G20 started in 1999 with a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in the wake of the Asian financial crisis.

• The first Leader's Summit was held in 2008 and the leaders have met eight times since, annually since 2011.

• The United States is the only country to have hosted the Leader's Summit twice - in Washington, DC, in 2008, and in Pittsburgh in September, 2009.

    DAVID ADAMS provides a quick primer on the G20...  | more...|

 

ORIGINS: NATIONAL REPOSITORY OF AUSTRALIA'S AUDIO-VISUAL HERITAGE MARKS 30 YEARS

NFSAAustralia's National Film and Sound Archive - repository of more than two million moving images, recorded sounds, documents and artefacts - is this month marking 30 years since its creation.

     The NFSA was established in 1984 when the then Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, Barry Cohen, announced its creation as an autonomous body for collecting, preserving and sharing the nation's audio-visual heritage on 5th April of that year.

     The organisation moved into its new home - a 1930s Art Deco building previously occupied by the Australian Institute of Anatomy in October that year. The building was officially rededicated by Prime Minister Bob Hawke on 3rd October the same year.

    DAVID ADAMS writes about the founding of the National Film and Sound Archive...  | more...|

 

Silent Night ChapelSEE YOU THERE! SIGHT'S NEW TRAVEL DEALS COLUMN...

Sight is unveiling a new travel deals column for our Australian readers. Every week, we'll try and bring you a new deal that might be of interest.

This week - spend Christmas in Salzburg, Austria, with a side excursion to a memorial service at the Silent Night Chapel on Christmas Eve.

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TRENDSPOTTER: ALTERNATIVE CURRENCIES LOOK TO CASH IN

BitcoinsAlternative currency systems have been around for centuries, but the growth of the internet has, in more recent times, led to the rise of a new generation of alternative, digitally-based currencies. While among the most often mentioned of thse cryto-currencies is Bitcoin, others include Dogecoin, Litecoin and Ripples. Bitcoin itself was apparently invented by the somewhat mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009. Used to pay for a range of things - from real estate, both real and virtual, to tickets to musical gigs, restaurant bills and at a range of online businesses.

     DAVID ADAMS takes a look at the growing use of alternative, digital currencies like Bitcoin... | more...|

 

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WORDPLAY CHALLENGE #4

This wordcloud represents the words contained in a oft-quoted passage from the Bible (with the more frequently used words shown in larger type). The challenge for you is to identify the passage - which book and chapter does it come from? Follow the link to see the answer to this challenge - we'll post another shortly... | more... |

 

THE BIG PICTURE: WHY I BELIEVE...

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Why I believe - Laureate Professor Graeme Clark (AC, FAA, FRS, Hon FRCS)
      At the Cavendish Physics Laboratory, Cambridge University, are the words from Psalm 111:2 “Great are the works of the Lord, they are pondered by all who delight in them".
      I have been committed to science for a number of decades and also spent the same period considering the importance of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I have come to learn that many leading philosophers and scientists see the laws that have produced the physical universe and the origin of biological life on Earth are the result of a remarkable intelligence, and their origin is next to impossible from mindless chance.

     One of the most exciting discoveries in the last two centuries has been the functioning of the human brain: probably the most complex structure in the universe. The brain is more than an incredibly complex arrangement of electrical circuits, connections and proteins; it is responsible for our thinking, feeling, morality and creativity. This is a great mystery, and I believe can be best explained by the fact that we have been created in the image of a God who is personal.

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THE WEEKLY SNAPSHOT

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    20th October, 2014

    Men taking the strain in old Warsaw by TONY KERRIGAN

    Taken on the 25th anniversary of Polish democracy in June, 2014.

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"(T)his week's events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world. We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel and on our institutions of governance are by their very nature attacks on our country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all. But let there be no misunderstanding: we will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated."

- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking after gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau murdered Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial in Ottawa before opening fire in the nation's Parliament House where he was shot dead by Sergant-At-Arrms Kevin Vickers on 22nd October, 2014. The events followed an earlier incident in which another soldier, Vincent Patrice, was killed in a hit-and-run attack outside Montreal.

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31st October, 2014

Things might seem bleak in many parts of the Middle East but, as MARK ELLIS writes in an article on Godreports, "God is touching hearts in powerful ways". You can read his article 'The extraordinary move of God in the Middle East' here...


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30th October, 2014

PAUL CLARK

I did a funeral for a 99-year-old recently. She and her husband were quite renowned in the community for their generosity and kindness. Her daughter said she lived by the motto, "You can’t be happy unless you live right". You can’t be happy unless you live right.
This is in stark contrast with the motto of the world and most television shows: "You can’t be happy unless you live wrong; unless you do wrong."

Life seems like it is going to be more fun if you break the rules, but I speak with the people at the other end; lives wrecked by drug addictions, broken relationships, lost opportunities and drowned dreams.

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ENGLAND'S PLOT TO SEIZE NESSIE; NZ ALL ABUZZ OVER CHOC MILK; AND, WINDOWLESS PASSENGER PLANES...

It was the plot to capture Nessie. A newly found letter shows how in 1934 - a year after the first sighting of the monster which purportedly lurks in Loch Ness - an official at the Natural History Museum in London urged any bounty hunters who came across the monster to shoot it on sight and deliver the carcass to the museum. The official - responding to a question as to what the museum's policy on the beast was - also states that should the whole carcass not be available, "a flipper, a jaw or a tooth would be very welcome".

DAVID ADAMS writes about the odder side of life... | more... |


THE MYSTERIES OF KHIRBET EL-MAQATIR
A tiny excavation that started with a handful of people in 1995 has become one of the largest excavations in Israel and may help Bible scholars determine not one but two Biblical locations. The site known as Khirbet el-Maqatir is located about nine miles (14 kilometres) north of Jerusalem.

Bryant Wood, of Associates for Biblical Research, began the excavation to search for evidence to support his belief that Maqatir, and not the nearby site of et-Tell, was the location of Ai, the city conquered by Joshua after the destruction of Jericho.

In an article first published by ASSIST News Service, GORDON GOVIER writes about findings on one of the largest excavation sites in Israel... | more... |


AN END...AND A NEW BEGINNING...

What's on my mind?... Thanks for asking, Facebook.
Time to say goodbye to Just Been Thinking after many years, stops and starts. Thank you for your attention over the years, readers. Thank you for your endless commitment, encouragement and patience, David Adams- editor extraordinaire.
And now...I migrate back across to sightmagazine.com.au to begin a Coach Column, sharing insights in the area of human behaviour and life design.
 The final instalment in ANN WOJCZUK's blog about 'life, the universe and possibly everything'...
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THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS IN JERUSALEM FOR FEAST OF TABER-NACLES...
Despite the recent tensions in Syria, over 5,000 Christian pilgrims from nearly 100 nations will descend on Jerusalem for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem's annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles.

The festival began last Friday evening in Ein Gedi at the Oasis Hotel and continues to Jerusalem's International Convention Center for the remainder of the week of Sukkot. The weeklong celebration is expected to generate $US16 million in revenues, and is the largest annual tourist event to Israel.

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