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Another testimony

Long ago I had a neighbour in the university town of Lawrence, Kansas, in the middle of the US. For some reasons we had a burden to pray for him amidst all the other neighbours surrounding our "Jesus House" which we titled, "The Mustard Seed."

This came from Randy yesterday. It makes sense to share with you. Enjoy what our God can and does do.

"Bob, I read your testimony and thought about where I fit into your time line. Summer 1974. I'm at the Bierstube with a beer in hand. You're at a table, yarmulke on head, open Bible on the table, in deep discussion with someone. I didn't know at that time we were neighbors. But the sight had a deep impact on me, and still does.

After I responded to Jesus the following year, I met two girls at the [Mustard] Seed. They were excited to see me there. They told me they had seen me in the hall at LHS the first day of school, 1974. They thought I was you and were approaching me when they realized I wasn't you. The…

Fear and faith... another view

A little girl walked to and from school daily.

Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to school.

As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with lightning.

The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school. She also feared the electrical storm might harm her child.

Full of concern, the mother got into her car and quickly drove along the route to her child's school.

As she did, she saw her little girl walking along.

At each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up, and smile.

More lighting followed quickly and with each, the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile.

When the mother drew up beside the child, she lowered the window and called, "What are you doing?"

The child answered, "I am trying to look pretty because God keeps taking my picture."

Just another sermon

Out of the shadows
Originally uploaded by bobmendo All over Singapore, an island rich in vegetation and multiculturalism, I'm preaching the Gospel of Y'shua. Most of the people in the churches are Singaporean Chinese Christians, but the other night I was amazed at the response of one particular church, the Church of Singapore, in Bukit Timah. A delightful mix of Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Sri Lankan...(and the list goes on) peoples who love the real Jesus.

The pastor was from the UK, Tim Gibson, who along with his wife Shendy, lead the fellowship. They sang Jewish songs. They worshipped the Jewish Messiah. It was humbling and full of life. They gave generously to the work of Jews for Jesus. They believe and they want to help reach Jewish people for the Lord.

The Church of Singapore is one of 4 branches of the main church which is a 3 iron shot from my hotel in Katong. I can't wait to preach at that one, or the other branches, if Bukit Timah is any indication of the love of G…

Taqiyya - Lying For Islam?

The controversy at Ground Zero continues, as the legal issue now is coming to the fore. I'm shocked. There is nothing illegal about a community center or even a mosque being built on property in the US, especially on private property. That's a constitutional right. And yet according to CNN this morning, 25% of the people they interviewed (probably in NYC, although I didn't catch exactly where) believed that the constitution did not give the private company the right to build such a place.

My problem continues to be the sensitivity to the area, to the victims, to the families of the victims. Charles Krauthammer wrote sensibly and lovingly about it last week. See Mosque story

But this video about Taqiyya, may well be in the backdrop somewhere of all the conditioning of the American public. I'm not saying it is, but there seems to be an increasing influence of 'rights' and 'anti-racism' and such.. Where will this all end? Buckle your seat belt.

Peace in Jerusalem

In June this year, the Sydney Morning Herald reported, "JERUSALEM: The Israeli President, Shimon Peres, has said his nation's policy towards the Gaza Strip has not yielded the results the government expected, and he criticised municipal plans to tear down 22 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem to make way for redevelopment.

The Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, attacked the timing of the plans to raze the Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem as prejudicial to hopes for continuing peace talks.

The national security adviser of the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, suggested the outlook for the peace talks mediated by the US was bleak."

Today’s London Telegraph reports, “Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, is expected to drop his long-standing objection to direct peace talks with Israel within days, according to leaked letter written by Baroness Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief. Raising hopes for a breakthrough after months of stalemate, Lady Ashton&#…

Abandoning the Faith

From the Associated Press, "Novelist Anne Rice says she's leaving Christianity

Photo credit: In this April 25, 2006 file photo, writer Anne Rice arrives to the opening night of the new Broadway musical "Lestat," in New York. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh, file) (Dima Gavrysh - AP)

The Associated Press
Thursday, July 29, 2010

NEW YORK -- Anne Rice has had a religious conversion: She's no longer a Christian.

"In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control," the author wrote Wednesday on her Facebook page. "In the name of ... Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen."

Rice, 68, is best known for "Interview With a Vampire" and other gothic novels. Raised as a Catholic, she had rejected the church early in her life but renewed her faith in recent years and in 2008 released the memoir "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession."

In a …

Every style

My (re)new(ed) friend Rick posted this old slip of paper (from 1969) on his facebook page today. It was a weekly ritual for me, to read and know the Top 40. The radio station WHB, the rock and roll station in Kansas City, published the list each Friday and by Saturday morning I wanted/ had to know. Where would the Beatles be listed, or the Monkees, or Simon and Garfunkel or Steppenwolf, etc.

I remember one Saturday, during the 3+ hours Orthodox Jewish services at Kehilath Israel Synagogue, where I attended each week, leaving during the rabbi's sermon. Actually we ordinarily left during the sermon. And we had just enough time to walk over to The Landing, the nearby shopping center, to go to the Toon Shop (or whatever it was called)to retrieve the sacred Top 40 Survey. It was about 1964 or 1965. The Beatles #1 song, "She loves you" was the song whose lyrics were printed on the back of the survey.

On return to my family home in Prairie Village, I emptied my pockets and was …

Good art?

Now some will say that this woman Tamara is doing a good thing. And I approve of it and applaud her effort. I think her lyrics are terrific and her desire to lift up Y'shua is clear and good.

Then the question comes, is this good art?

One re-poster said of her, "Tamara Lowe - White Girl Greatest Rapper Ever - Tamara Lowe raps on TBN.wmv" Wow, that's like Ray's pizza in New York. The greatest and the best pizza in NY. Of course there are dozens of Ray's competing with each other. Or in Sydney there are coffee places that have 'the best coffee' in Sydney. Who voted? Who has the authority to decide?

OK< that's culinary. This is art. And art has its own measure, doesn't it?

JC Jaress said in an article on evaluating art<
"1. Hold Your Opinion(s)
You may like or dislike the subject matter, application, composition, colors, theme, etc. - this is fine and understandable and inevitable - but if you wish to evaluate the work, set your emotional r…

One way mirror and absolutes

MensToilet OneWayMirror
Originally uploaded by bobmendo It's a little off putting, and then it's funny. After you check it out, of course. Patty and I went to Darwin in the Northern Territory last weekend, and it was hot. But that's Darwin. We went to a cafe, with some friends in Cullen Bay's restaurant area. And here inside the Buzz Cafe is the men's restroom. The photo is from the inside of the men's, looking at the urinal, but it certainly doesn't look like a urinal. It looks like a window. And that's what is off putting.

After you go back outside the rest room and make sure that no one can see you there from the outside, you go back inside and things are back to normal.

Perceptions are funny things. Odd maybe.

At dinner last night we talked about cultural anthropology. Some areas of the world have beliefs that so seriously differ from ours, it's hard to let them have their views without argument. Polygamy is standard in many. In one culture (proba…