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18:6 When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they stepped back and fell to the ground.

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12:9 When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.

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Violence haunts every corner of the movie “Of Gods And Men”, but seldom breaks out in the open, with one short but gruelling exception.

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According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, in 2008, 63 armed conflicts around the globe resulted in 56,000 casualties. In 2014 six years later 180,000 people died worldwide as a result of 42 conflicts.

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On 7 November 1938 Herschel Grynzspan a 17-year-old Polish Jewish student, desperate about the fate of his family who had been deported from Germany, but refused admittance to Poland, walked into the German embassy in Paris and shot the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath.

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In the shadow of the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada a week ago today, it may seem callous to sit down over this weekend with family and friends to a sumptuous meal in thanksgiving for the many blessings of this life. What right do we have to relish the gifts we enjoy when there is so much suffering so fresh upon the land?

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Jesus’ teaching on non-resistance to evil is hard.

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Recently, I received a difficult and probing question on IASP.

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From 1940 to 1943 the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto struggled for survival under unimaginable conditions.

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If our Christmas observance is ever going to move beyond food, frolic and festivity we are going to need to bring to our celebration a little shard of faith.

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