QUESTION:   4 yrs ago I lost my wife. We served and loved the Lord for many years together. I led her to Him and know with all my heart she was saved and now is with Him. But since this happened I have slid so far from God. I have withdrawn from any organized church teachings, for I was led to believe that with prayer and faith my wife wouldn’t die. I was told that just by speaking it in faith and standing on his word she would be healed. I did all that and when my wife was called home I lost my faith in Him. Now I have this deep yearning to get back. But how do I ask Him to forgive me for the bitterness I have had and really expect to be forgiven?

ANSWER:  The Lord promised we could be healed of our diseases (James 5:14-15) but He never said we could live forever. And because of my studies on our life to come, I’ve begun to see death as the perfect healing. Paul said, “To live is Christ and to die is gain (Phil 1:21).

Your sadness and bitterness over this was not a surprise to the Lord. He knew about these things when He went to the cross and He forgave you for them there (Colossians 2:13-14) long before you were born. Remember, His was a once-for-all-time sacrifice for sins (Hebrews 10:12).

You can expect to be forgiven because the Bible says if we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). It’s a promise from God.

Think of the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). When the son realized his mistake, turned back to his father, and sought his forgiveness, it was immediately and unconditionally granted. So it is with the Lord. He’s been waiting for you to return, and when you do you will be immediately and unconditionally forgiven.

I encourage you to turn to Him now and bring this time of sadness to an end. You’ll soon be with your wife again, but by receiving the Lord’s forgiveness you’ll be able serve and love Him again in the time between now and then.



Matt. 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand




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·         Israeli intelligence helped thwart dozens of terror attacks worldwide

·         Insisting on evidence, two U.S. lawmakers want a bipartisan commission to consider the Iranian nuclear deal

·         Opinion The key to peace: It’s the economy, stupid!


An individual who, for purposes on this column will be called a senior Israeli defense official, appeared a bit worried. There are a lot of balls in the air in the Middle East, but no one is capable of really assessing where things are going, which crisis will ebb and what element could pose the risk of an explosion in the region.

The Americans are preoccupied with the North Korea crisis while their president regularly and deliberately sparks controversy on Twitter, with the latest incident involving star football and basketball players. U.S. President Donald Trump has also been trading warnings with Tehran against the backdrop of American deliberation over whether to pull out of the Iranian nuclear agreement. Meanwhile, Russia is dictating the tone in Syria and opening the door to greater Iranian involvement in the country.

Saudi Arabia is confused and having a hard time solidifying a Sunni Muslim coalition to block Tehran’s growing influence. Egypt is continuing to advance its efforts at bringing about reconciliation between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, but a possible failure could spur Hamas to again consider escalation vis-à-vis Israel, as the infrastructure in Gaza continues to deteriorate. For his part, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is combative, frenetic and unpredictable.

My source implies that in recent months, the entire region mirrors the elderly Palestinian leader’s conduct. The Middle East hasn’t known a moment of quiet, certainly not since the outbreak of the Arab Spring in December 2010, but the current instability and uncertainty appear even greater than the past. The assessment of the Israeli army’s intelligence corps remains unchanged: The chances of a war initiated against Israel are low. However, the danger that a local eruption could spiral from a tactical event to a strategic crisis has grown considerably.

History never exactly repeats itself, but it appears that these matters carry greater weight when you consider the calendar. September 29 is not only the 17th anniversary of the outbreak of the second intifada, which began as a violent Palestinian protest in Jerusalem the day after former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount. And according to the Hebrew calendar, Yom Kippur, which starts on Friday night, will mark the 44th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. In other years, too, the fall Jewish holidays have been a particularly sensitive time between Israelis and Palestinians.

As I spoke to the senior official on Wednesday, the final touches were being put on a so-called state event marking the 50th anniversary of the settlement enterprise in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. The political system was in a tumult over a decision by Supreme Court President Miriam Naor not to send a representative of the judiciary branch to the ceremony.

Israel Defense Force Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot wisely chose to stay away, sufficing with sending the head of IDF Central Command, Maj. Gen. Roni Numa, as the representative of the sovereign in the territories. (Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who himself is a Gush Etzion resident, was absent for technical reasons. He was returning from a visit to Croatia, where he discussed the sale of an antiquated F-16 squadron that the Israel Air Force is seeking to retire in preparation for additional F-35s).

Somehow the pompous speeches at Gush Etzion prompted memories of a Labor Party ad on the eve of Yom Kippur in 1973, which resurfaced a few weeks ago on Twitter. The ad, which was put out a month before the Knesset election (it was ultimately pushed back to late December of 1973 due to the war) boasted about the existence of the Bar-Lev line, a reference to Israeli fortifications along the Suez Canal – a term that later would cease having a positive connotation a few days.

“Quiet prevails at the edge of the Suez Canal,” the ad read. “And the same holds for Sinai, the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] and the Golan. The secure lines, the open bridges, united Jerusalem; the settlements are being established and our diplomatic standing is strong. This is the result of level-headed, courageous and farsighted policy.”




By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz –

“Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.” Psalms 139:12 (The Israel Bible™)

On Yom Kippur, October 6, 1973, while Jews around the world were praying for God to redeem their souls, the still young State of Israel went through a trial of fire which it came very close to losing. For the first three days of the Yom Kippur War, Israel’s fate hung in balance while overwhelming Arab forces advanced almost unopposed into the heart of the tiny country. Only the heroic acts of a few individuals saved the tiny State of Israel from total annihilation. 

Exactly 44 years ago, a coalition led by Syria and Egypt and supported by the former Soviet Union, launched a surprise attack on Israel. The enemy attack focused on the Golan Heights and the Sinai, territories gained in the 1967 Six Day War that gave Israel a strategic buffer zone necessary for its survival. Israel, with 400,000 troops supported by 1,700 tanks and 440 combat aircraft faced a combined force of almost one million enemy soldiers supported by 3,600 tanks and 450 combat aircraft.

32,000 Egyptian troops crossed the Suez Canal in a massive but meticulously planned operation, advancing almost unopposed into the Sinai Peninsula. They quickly overwhelmed the Bar Lev Line, a series of fortifications that Israeli military experts had claimed was impenetrable.  

Even more threatening was the Syrian attack in the north. While most of Israel was fasting and praying, Syria opened fire on Israel’s northern border with 140 batteries of artillery as 1,260 Syrian tanks began to advance on the Golan Heights. Under cover of brutal anti-aircraft batteries and deadly SAM’s, the Syrians were impervious to the notorious IAF. The Israeli Air Force initially lost 40 planes from Syrian anti-aircraft batteries. The next day, Israel began to counterattack, but their attempt failed. The lauded Israeli Air Force was nowhere to be seen in the skies over the Sinai desert since air-support was needed in the north, and Russian SAM missiles in Egyptian hands proved devastating. Crippled due to President Nixon withholding a promised full-resupply, Israel reluctantly accepted a ceasefire on October 12, but Egyptian President Anwar Sadat refused.

After the overwhelming initial success, 28,000 Syrian troops, 800 tanks, and 600 artillery pieces began their offensive push forward. The only thing standing between the massive Syrian army and Israel were 160 Israeli tanks, outclassed and outnumbered almost 10 to 1. The Syrian tanks were equipped with night vision, an innovation the Israeli tanks lacked. This forced the Israelis to use a daring tactic: the Israelis had to allow the Syrians to advance to ranges close enough for night fighting before opening fire. On October 9, only six Israeli tanks remained in action, defending a clear path into northern Israel. After the brigade’s tanks were down to their last few rounds, they began to pull back. However, right then, a force of some 15 tanks which had been scrambled together arrived. Although the group was, in fact, a scratch force of repaired tanks which had injured men among their crews, the Syrians believed that the Israeli reserves were now arriving, and began to retreat.  

With the Syrian attack repulsed and the threat removed from the heavily populated northern half of Israel, Israel was now able to turn its attention to the south. By the end of the war, a newly reinstated General Ariel Sharon had surrounded the Egyptian Third Army, crossed the Suez Canal, advanced to positions some 101 kilometers from Egypt’s capital, Cairo, and occupied 1,600 square kilometers west of the Suez Canal.

The victory was spectacular but it came at a horrifying cost. 2,500 Israelis had been killed and over 8,000 wounded. 293 IDF soldiers were captured and Egyptian and Syrian atrocities perpetrated on unarmed prisoners of war were discovered. The IDF was crippled, with 400 tanks destroyed and 100 IAF’s combat aircraft shot down

A UN ceasefire brokered by US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was signed, with Israel pulling back from all territories it had conquered west of the Suez Canal, and other territories in the Golan.

This was the closest Israel had come to defeat at the hands of the Arabs. After the sustained euphoria that still remained after the victory of the Six Day War, the painful victory of the Yom Kippur War just six years later made it clear that there was no guarantee that Israel would always dominate the Arab states militarily. The dismay and disappointment in the government after the war led to the dissolution of Golda Meir’s government.

Below is just one example of the multitude of individual heroic efforts that saved the Jewish State:  

Zvika, a 21-year-old lieutenant, was visiting his parents at Kibbutz Lohamei HaGheta’ot (ghetto fighters) near Haifa for the holiday. It was a short leave from the army before he began a company commander course. When he heard that war had broken out, he hitchhiked to the Nafah base in the Golan. All of the tanks were on the battlefield, engaged in holding back the enemy wave, so Zvika helped with the wounded that were flowing into the base. When two damaged Centurion tanks were repaired, Zvika jumped at the chance, taking command of random soldiers and unfamiliar tanks.

His first encounter with the enemy was the 51st Syrian tank brigade that had broken through. In the first moments of battle, Zvika’s tank accounted for six kills. In the darkness, the Syrian tanks had approached to within ten meters of Zvika, which in tank-terms is point blank. The exploding enemy tank knocked out his radio, and in the heat of battle, he jumped from his tank and took command of the second tank. Night fell and the two Israeli tanks, with no radio, lost each other in the dark.

Zvika was alone when he faced the 452nd tank battalion. A long line of Syrian tanks, with better fighting ability and night vision, came at him. He dodged the enemy, shooting and moving, using the cover of dark to his advantage. In frustration, the Syrians turned on their searchlights, making Zvika’s job easier. Ten Syrian tanks were either damaged or dead when the Syrian forces pulled back, convinced they had encountered a large Israeli force.

Afraid the enemy was listening in on radio communication, Zvika did not want to give away the desperate situation and the fact that he was fighting alone. He identified himself to the Israeli high-command as “Zvika Force”. Colonel Yitzhak Ben-Shoham, the brigade commander, assumed it to be at least company strength.

Later that night, Zvika Force joined up with two platoons of reserve tanks. They encountered a large force of Syrian tanks. In the first moments of the engagement, Zvika’s tank was hit, injuring his crew and leaving him badly burned. He leapt from the tank, his uniform on fire, and commandeered another. For the rest of the night, he battled the Syrians, changing tanks several times, fighting on despite his injuries.

By morning, “Zvika Force” was winning the battle against the Syrian 51st tank brigade, but they got a desperate call to pull back. Nafah, the command center for all the Israeli forces in the Golan, was being threatened by 80 T-62’s, the most advanced tanks at the time. Zvika arrived with the 679th Reserve Armored Brigade in time to see IDF forces abandoning the base as Syrian tanks smashed their way in.

When the IDF forces finally repelled the Syrian attack, Zvika climbed out of his tank and collapsed, mumbling, “I can’t anymore.” He had been battling the enemy for 20 hours non-stop, changing tanks six times as they were shot out from under him, meanwhile claiming at least 20 kills. Other estimates put that number at 40.

Israel had destroyed over 900 Syrian tanks, while only seven Israeli tanks remained operational at the end of the fight. Over 2,600 Israeli soldiers were killed and 9,000 wounded, making it the second bloodiest war in Israeli history, after the War of Independence.

At the end of the Yom Kippur War, the IDF awarded Zvika Greengold the Medal of Valor for his extraordinary heroism. He is one of only eight soldiers to have earned the medal.




President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Russell Moore, condemned the “idea of success” propagated by the late Playboy magazine founder, Hugh Hefner, and called out “many church leaders” who seem “fine” with the situation as civil rights activist, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, saluted the iconic businessman’s influence on American culture.

Playboy Enterprises announced Hefner’s death from natural causes Wednesday at the Playboy mansion in California. He was 91.

“Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, the Playboy mansion, surrounded by loved ones. He was 91 years old,” the company said in a statement.

At the time he launched the iconic magazine described as an emblem of the sexual revolution, Hefner, according to The New York Times, was a new father married to the first woman he slept with.

Playboy grew, however, to become “the largest-selling and most influential men’s magazine in the world, spawning a number of successful global businesses,” the company said. It is currently published in more than 20 countries and the company grosses more than $1 billion in sales annually.

The late icon’s son, Cooper Hefner, who serves as chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, celebrated his father’s influence as a champion of civil rights and sexual freedom.

“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom. He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history,” Cooper Hefner said.

Hefner’s “Playboy’s Penthouse,” was the first televised program to feature mixed groups of African-American and white performers and audience members together. He also fought against racist Jim Crow laws in the South by integrating Playboy Clubs in Miami and New Orleans, his company said.

He also fought the U.S. Post Office all the way to the Supreme Court to force the delivery of Playboy magazine through the mail. His winning landmark decision was widely considered a victory for free speech. He was also an activist for gay rights.

Remembering Hefner on Thursday, Jackson in a tweet saluted his record of civil rights support.

“Hugh Hefner was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. We shall never forget him. May he Rest in Peace,” Jackson said.

Feminists argued, however, that Hefner exploited women personally and professionally. And in a post on his website Thursday, Moore condemned Hefner’s idea of success.

“The death of any person is a tragedy. Hugh Hefner is no exception to that. We can’t, though, with his obituaries, call his life ‘success’ or ‘a dream,'” Moore said

“Hefner did not create, but marketed ingeniously the idea that a man’s life consists in the abundance of his possessions and of his orgasms. To women, he marketed frenetically the idea that a woman’s value consists in her sexual availability and attractiveness to men,” he continued.

He further pointed out that: “The ‘bunny’ logo was well-chosen because, in the end, Mr. Hefner saw both men and women as essentially rabbits. … And yet we are not actually rabbits. We can see our deaths coming, and we outlive those deaths to give an account of our lives.”

He then urged his audience to look to the man who remains faithful to his wife into old age as a sign of success. Moore chagrined, however, that many church leaders appeared to be fine with Hefner’s idea of success.

“In the short-run Hefner’s philosophy has won, on both the Right and the Left. The Playboy mansion is every house now. Many church leaders implicitly or explicitly say, ‘This is fine.’ In many cases, those who hold to what the church has always taught on sexual morality and the value of women are the dissidents now, regardless of how ‘conservative’ a movement proclaims itself to be. Thou hast conquered, O grotto,” he said.

He insisted, however, that “The sign of the good life is not hedonism but crucifixion. The sign of the good life is not a bunny but a cross.”




Bill Wilson –

Given the already nasty nature of politics and the media and the mind-boggling issues facing the United States, the outcome of upcoming elections will have a pivotal impact on the future of our nation and our families. The general mindset of the elected official is globalist. There are a few, such as Alabama Senatorial Candidate Roy Moore, who will stand up for what is right, and when they do, the news media and their political opponents severely demonize them. It is arguable that we have become a nation where morality and financial responsibility have been replaced by moral relativism and politically correct fiscal models. We indeed face immense challenges as a people.

Jesus said in Matthew 12:25, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” He later says in verse 39. “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters abroad.” Politicians and the leftist media are trying to consolidate their power by pitting class against class, conservative against liberal, have not’s against haves, women against men, children against parents. They are trying to divide rather than unite. If you do not understand, just look at any news coverage and listen to the politicians of both parties. Little is being said about how to unite together to fix problems. But there’s a lot of finger pointing.

Many think this nation is on the verge of a civil war. Trouble is, few really care, but everybody has an opinion. The ones who do care are marginalized as hate mongers or extremists or both. This kind of divisive speech only further drives wedges into disagreement. But the problem is far deeper than the ranting of political opponents. Informed citizens should be able to discern between truth and lie. The real problem is what Jesus said, “he that is not with me is against me.” The nation as a whole is not with Jesus. The nation tolerates sodomy, abortion, covetousness, idolatry, lies, and false teachings as “judging not lest we be judged,” using the Bible to justify tolerating abomination.

We need to get back to finding what God wants for us. The first part of Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask about the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls…” This is good advice. If we as a people could find it in ourselves to find the good way on the ancient path, we would be on the way to healing ourselves, our families, our communities, and our nation. Unfortunately, like in Jeremiah’s time, our nation is so divided, the resolve of the people is as in the second part of Jeremiah 6:16, “But they said, We will not walk in it.”

Meanwhile, enemies of the state gather like vultures, and America remains divided and separated from Jesus.

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