Exhibit explores Israeli artists’ complex relationship with Jesus

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Exhibit explores Israeli artists’ complex relationship with Jesus Jesus:JERUSALEM (RNS) At the center of the Israel Museum’s blockbuster exhibit “Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art” is a life-size photograph of a woman draped in black caressing the head of a small baby asleep on her lap. Micha Kirshner’s 1988 image “Aisha El-Kord, Khan Younis Refugee Camp” may evoke the politics of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it just as powerfully conjures the pietà, or the Roman Catholic tradition of painting and sculpture in which the Virgin Mary holds the dead body…

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Instructing Your Children in the Ways of God

A home is not only a place where a family lives; but it is also a training center, with the parents as the primary instructors. If you don’t teach your children about God and His value system, most likely they won’t follow after Him and His ways. But before any effective instruction can be given, a solid relationship must be developed between you and your children. To understand God’s intentions for the family, we must first go back to the Book of Beginnings.

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The Many Forms of Prayer

Last year I went on a spiritual retreat during Holy Week. It was the first time in years I had set aside time to be still and know God. For four days, I was completely unplugged—no cell phone, no laptop. Except for the two or three short guided group conversations throughout each day, it was just me, my Bible, and my journal.The first day I tried to quiet myself and get my brain into prayer mode. Instead, I fell asleep for several hours and woke up in time for dinner.…

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Relationship With Christ

Various words are used to illustrate different truths of the gospel. In our previous study, we looked at the word justification, which comes from a law-court setting, and redemption, which comes from a financial setting. But salvation involves much more than those words can convey. Scripture also uses several other terms. In this study we will examine some of the words that describe our relationship with God and Christ. 1. Before we had faith in Jesus Christ, we were alienated from God, cut off from him. Whether we thought of…

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Heart: Do You Want to Be Saved – Even More – by Jesus? – Romans 5:10

Heart: “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:10 God sent his Son, Jesus, to die so that our sins could be forgiven and we could life life in heaven for all eternity. Because of Jesus’ death, we can also have a direct relationship with God, the Father. This reconciliation and relationship is only possible by the blood that Jesus shed on the Cross for you…

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God’s Knowledge of the Future Is Unlimited

In the last few decades a movement has developed within Christianity that has come to be known by the term ‘open theism’. Proponents of this view believe that God’s knowledge of the future is limited. They argue in this way: God gives human beings genuine free will (often known as libertarian free will or contra-causal free will); if God knew all the future, the future would be fixed, and a fixed future is incompatible with humans having genuine free will; therefore God cannot know everything that will happen in the…

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Want to Strengthen Your Marriage?

When people need advice in any area of life, they can turn to the Bible for Godly answers. What does the Bible say about marriage? Plenty, beginning with the successes and failures of the first husband and wife, Adam and Eve.People are always interested in relationships—how to have them and how to maintain them—and it seems this is especially true in the area of marriage. What makes a marriage work? Is there some special secret, or is it a hit–and–miss proposition?God created the institution of marriage in His creation of…

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Marriage: As Designed by God

The institution of marriage involves a covenant between a man, a woman, and God. Man and woman, by mutual consent, enter the arrangement. But the procedure, in order to be valid, must be consistent with divine law. The Origin of Marriage:According to anthropologists, there is no society wherein marriage does not exist in some format (Montague, p. 240). The institution is, therefore, a universal phenomenon. Since every effect must have an adequate cause, there must be some reasonable explanation for this feature of global society. Actually, there are but two…

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Are You Storing Up Earthly Treasures?

Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”  Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” Then he said, “Beware! Don’t be greedy for what you don’t have. Real life is not measured by how much we own.”And he gave an illustration: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. In fact, his barns were full to overflowing. So he said, `I know! I’ll tear down my barns and…

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The key to a solid relationship with God through prayer

How’s your prayer life? A common thing I hear is that people’s prayer lives aren’t what they want them to be. People find prayer hard for various reasons…. busyness, not knowing what to pray, etc. So, what are the keys to a solid relationship with God through prayer?The book of Psalms has been titled by many as “a book of prayers”. When looking into the Psalms we are looking into a number of relationships with God through prayer. The first Psalm sets the foundation of a fruitful believer who prays.

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You Can Build a Happy Marriage

How many truly happy married couples do you know?—and are you even sure of these? Is your marriage happy? Are you enjoying the life you anticipated? Statistics suggest the answer is probably “No.”Most married people are unhappy—with many a virtual study in misery. They have no idea what to do about it or where to turn for answers. Millions stumble along, bouncing off one marital problem into another, never knowing how to address them—let alone solve them!Married life has been the brunt of endless jokes, where traditional conduct and the…

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The Purpose of Marriage Ever Obsolete?

Marriage is under assault as never before. Will it—can it—survive? Adultery is exploding—why? Traditional home and family life is blurring. The once-typical family is becoming extinct—why? Most do not know where the institution of marriage came from. And they have no idea why, or if, it is even necessary. This booklet reveals the true meaning—the astounding purpose—of MARRIAGE and FAMILYThe world is exploding with problems. Much knowledge is available about them, but little understanding. The breakdown of marriage and the family is a classic example. Seemingly everyone knows it is…

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How to Have Life After Death

Off the coast of Maine, there was a Navy ship sailing in a very dense fog. This night, the midshipman saw a fixed light in the distance and immediately contacted his captain. “There’s a light in the distance heading straight for us, what do you want me to do?” The captain told him to flash a signal to the vessel, directing it to change course. The vessel signaled back, “No, you change your course.” Again the captain instructed the midshipman to command the oncoming vessel to change its course immediately.…

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What’s My Purpose in Life?

Consider a hammer. It’s designed to hit nails. That’s what it was created to do. Now imagine that the hammer never gets used. It just sits in the toolbox. The hammer doesn’t care.But now imagine that same hammer with a soul, a self-consciousness. Days and days go by with him remaining in the toolbox. He feels funny inside, but he’s not sure exactly why. Something is missing, but he doesn’t know what it is.Then one day someone pulls him out of the toolbox and uses him to break some branches…

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Is There a God?

Just once wouldn’t you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God’s existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, “You just have to believe.” Well, here is an attempt to candidly offer some of the reasons which suggest that God exists.But first consider this. When it comes to the possibility of God’s existence, the Bible says that there are people who have seen sufficient evidence, but they have suppressed the truth about God.1 On the other hand, for those who want to know God if he is there,…

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Working Toward Love

There’s no avoiding it — creating a lasting and loving marriage takes a lot of work. That’s just the way it is. Marriage demands a lot and gives a lot. If you want the benefits of a deeply committed and loving relationship, then you have to be willing to put in the effort to make it happen.It’s not mystical.It’s as simple as preparing for a marathon. If you don’t follow a daily training regimen, you won’t finish the race. And if you don’t train for marriage by working on your…

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Men, Women and Forgiveness

Our relationships are strengthened or weakened by hundreds of small actions and communications we share with each other. When we are paying attention and offer help or empathy or thanks, for something, it strengthens our relationships.Insults, neglect and ignoring, whether intentional or not, create a breach in relationships.When your spouse, your child or your friend expects you to be there for them and you either ignore, neglect or even forget them, that creates a breach in the relationship. This can then lead to resentment by the offended party. What happens…

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Romantic Comedies May Save Your Marriage

Can watching romantic comedies make your marriage better? A new study by the University of Rochester suggests it might – if couples then talk about the movies afterwards.Marriage counselors have traditionally focused on helping couples who already are experiencing problems. “The prevailing wisdom was that the best way to keep relationships healthy and strong was to help couples manage difficulty” says Prof. Thomas Bradbury, Director of UCLA’s Relationship Institute.He, along with University of Rochester Professor Ronald Rogge, wondered if there was another way to help couples safeguard their marriages.

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5 Things a Man Needs to Do in a Successful Relationship

Ben is sensitive and tries hard to please Miriam, but when there’s a problem that needs to be dealt with, he seems oblivious. When she asks for input on a decision, he says, “It’s up to you.” He wants to be nice but he doesn’t realize he’s frustrating her.I understand why Ben is unsure of his role. Like a lot of men these days, I received so many messages on what a man in a relationship should be, I was bewildered. Every few years, the media tells us new ideas…

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“What is Christianity and what do Christians believe?”

The core beliefs of Christianity are summarized in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, was resurrected, and thereby offers salvation to all who will receive Him in faith. Unique among all other faiths, Christianity is more about a relationship than religious practices. Instead of adhering to a list of “do’s and don’ts,” the goal of a Christian is to cultivate a close walk with God. That relationship is made possible because of the work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.Beyond these core…

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Power for Life Change

Sometimes it’s a good idea to reflect on our behavior! Are we truly living the abundant life God has for us, or are we settling for less? One of the ways we can think about this is to ask ourselves, “Am I carnal or am I spiritual?” These are two biblical words with important implications. Knowing what these words mean, and understanding how they play out in our lives can determine the difference between having effective human relations and poor human relations.Paul describes carnality this way – “For whereas there is among you…

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Emotional Resilience and Relationship Collapse – Can They Co-Exist? Yes!

When a relationship collapses for whatever reason most people take it quite hard and fall prey to many seemingly “normal” feelings such as sadness, grief, anger, regret, rage, a deep sense of loss, low self worth, feelings of emptiness and loneliness, fears of being alone, low self esteem and so on. Are all these so called normal feelings actually “normal” or even “necessary”? Find out why not.In most cases, given the state and foundation upon which relationships are based, individuals look to their partners to fulfill many of their unmet…

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Relationship Breakup – Learning to Love Again

After a relationship break down the painful event remains stored in each partner as a memory that has embedded within it energy that hinders one’s ability to return to a new relationship easily or at all. For many this outcome feels severely limiting. Did you know that such an outcome is not only “not” normal it is also completely unnecessary! Let me explain.Human beings on this planet are so used to believing that negative memories are inherently part of their past, that they teach them positive lessons about life, that…

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Permanently Heal Old Relationship Scars That Make You Feel Vulnerable And Depressed

Permanently Heal Old Relationship Scars That Make You Feel Vulnerable And Depressed:Are you coming off a bad relationship? Are you still feeling the emotional wounds from your ex? Do you have old deeply buried wounds from previously failed relationships? Well if you’ve answered yes to any one of these then I can guarantee that these scars will, whether you like it or not, assist in undermining your current relationship at some point. To find out why and how read on.

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Your Relationship is in Trouble: Has Your Partner Changed or Just Your View of Then Vs. Now?

The title of a great and popular old Off-Broadway play captures one of the most common sentiments I’ve seen when working with distressed couples: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.If you have discovered that for some reason you and your partner are no longer growing together as a couple, it might be useful to look at why you actually got together in the first place, and how the things that originally attracted you to each other may look different once that initial attraction is gone. For example, if initially…

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How Can I Help a Loved One who is In an Abusive Relationship?

A reader named “Sister-In-Law” recently submitted a spiritual conundrum in which she describes the situation of her husband’s brother, “John” (not his real name), who is married to a woman who abuses him verbally and physically. The woman has a child from a previous marriage. The two of them also have one child together, and another one on the way.Here are a few of the relevant pieces of information based on Sister-In-Law’s account:John’s wife puts heavy pressure on him to make poor financial decisions and to leave his well-paying job,…

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Nations are People, My Friend!

On December 31, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un gave a New Year’s speech, vowing that his country would open up a new phase and make a radical turn-around in its economy during the coming year. He also made overtures of peace toward South Korea.Skeptical Western analysts responded, “We’ve heard all of this before.” And in fact, the same speech included plans to upgrade North Korea’s military capabilities against all comers.Embedded in much of the reportage on the event is a fascinating comment by  John Delury, an Assistant Professor of…

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Marriage As Covenant

When the Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a covenant, it is using an ancient and rich biblical concept to describe how God’s steadfast and exclusive love for his people is a model for the loving union of a married couple.The Old Testament writers trace the relationship between God and the chosen people of Israel by speaking of the covenant he offers to them through Abraham, Moses. This covenant is an invitation to enter into a relationship in which “I will be your God and you will be my people”…

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Reframing Christian marriage

Modern Christians have radically reframed marriage from the way the Bible does.  Where the Bible shows the husband in headship and the wife as submissive, modern Christians have turned this upside down.  The re-framing is so pervasive that most Christians have no idea that it has even occurred.  I’ve charted out the details below, but there are three fundamental changes which are at the core of the radical reframing of Christian marriage:The command to husbands to love their wives has been transformed into a command that he make his wife…

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What is the Purpose of Marriage?

Heading into marriage, it is crucial to have a clear and realistic view of what marriage is all about. Our culture screams messages of vanity, happiness, lust, and other false emotional fulfillment. While marriage is certainly fulfilling and the source of much joy, happiness, and love, that’s not the heart of it.The heart of marriage is three-fold.First, marriage provides strength in numbers. God knew that life would be tough and we would need support. Marriage provides that added strength and reinforcement to fulfill God’s calling and purpose for our life…

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