links to 5 helpful posts

1. Miracles as Experienced Reality

“If we want to understand and appreciate discourse concerning miracles in the pages of the New Testament, then from the start we must grasp that the miraculous is not an incidental or disposable component of the Christian religion; it is rather the heart and the entire point of the Christian religion.”

2. You Can’t Love God Directly by Richard Beck

“Given, then, that God is a spirit, we can’t love God directly. Oh, we can try, but we’ll find that our ‘love’ struggles to find traction and purchase in this unseen ‘spiritual’ space. Trying to love God directly Gnosticizes our love, shifts love away from tangible, physical expressions toward something vague and abstract. A ‘spiritual’ love that doesn’t have a material object or outlet tends to reduce to mere sentiment.”

3. You came to mind again today; I prayed for you by Joe McKeever

“Is that good or not good? I cannot imagine there being anything wrong with it, and we will not know until we get to Heaven if God heard and answered. But that’s pretty much the case with all the rest of my prayers too, so I’m good with that.”

4. Ein Keshatot, the Golan Heights’ Hidden Archaeological Gem Opens to Public

“The synagogue, with its ornately carved basalt Torah ark, was built in the 1st century but extensively renovated some 500 years later. … The building, which collapsed in the catastrophic earthquake of 749 CE, measured 18 meters long by 13 meters wide, and is calculated to have been 12 meters high. That impressive size made it one of the biggest of the 30 ancient synagogues discovered in the Golan Heights.”

5. Joachim Ronneberg, Leader of Raid That Thwarted a Nazi Atomic Bomb, Dies at 99

“‘There is a lot of talk about ‘never again,’ but this is impossible if we don’t remember what happened back then,’ Mr. Ronneberg said.”