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  1. filistine says:

    I very much agree with and appreciate #1–both for the enjoinder to love, but also that you are writing it, which fulfills your task/duty/purpose/etc. to write.

  2. filistine says:

    #6 = amen.

  3. Michael says:


    I think you and I both want to address the issues of the day in a way that brings understanding and furthers us down the path of discipleship.

    The problem for me is knowing that even the most biblical applications will cause some to become angry…while slapping a political label on you that , to them, explains everything.

    Writing seems pointless…even as I continue to do so.

    I do not have a clue how to solve the conflict in the Middle East…but I think I know what won’t work…and I wrestle with my own flesh greatly….

  4. Linn says:

    #3 Last week I was scolded by a Jewish co-worker (with family in Israel) regarding my ignorance of the situation after I expressed concern about ordinary Palestinians caught up in the mess caused by Hamas. Meanwhile, my friend who was doing humanitarian work with an Israeii medical organization has disappeared. No one knows where he is. I keep checking lists on the internet, but no one is responding.

    Israel is God’s chosen people. They are also fallen and sinful, just like other people. I understand wanting to clear Hamas out of Palestine, but at what expense? I remember that our actions against Iraq were supposed to rid America of its 9/11 enemies. It ended up costing us years of fighting, thousands of casualties (including one of my nephews), and more hatred for the US than existed before

  5. Michael says:


    Well said…praying your friend is found safe.

  6. Linn says:

    Thanks, Michael!

  7. Alex says:

    #9, #10 – I know the truth of these personally. Groaning would have no benefit, except for some bit of release, if it weren’t combined with hope. Groaning needs hope to redeem the suffering. The church has lost the ability to properly and deeply lament.

  8. Alex says:

    Also, #5. I often resort to this to warn people about myself…

  9. Michael says:


    I affirm your first comment…and that video is simply wondrous. Liam and I are highly amused… 🙂

  10. Elena says:

    Well said Michael!
    And I understand about groaning; today a did it twice, my desperation was so strong that could not find word… instead sobbed and groaned… till God’s presence brought peace to my soul.
    Thank you Lord!

  11. Terry says:

    Those that argue against Christian Zionism tend to downplay the significance of Israel becoming a nation in their historic homeland. I’m not saying I AM a Christian Zionist, but their return and what is going on almost continuously the past 80 years is not without meaning.

    Before I gave up on eschatology 10 years ago, my best guess was that a Jewish antichrist, based in Jerusalem, was the most likely end times scenario. American Christians would instantly embrace him as a great leader of God’s chosen people. I’m not sure many other countries would.

    But I know longer spend my time trying to figure it all out. That doesn’t mean I might not have to endure watching it all play out as an old man.

  12. Idahoan says:

    #6 I’ve listened to some podcasts about military thinking after WWI, and in all countries they became obsessed with shortening the next war by bombing the enemy into submission… and it generally didn’t work out as they hoped. Back when Absalom wanted to be king, his friend gave him smart advice to send a small force and kill just his enemy (father) and win over the people. But God sent David’s friend to give him the dumb advice to mount all-out war, and it didn’t work out as he hoped.

  13. Michael says:


    Much love to you, my friend.
    You have endured much in Jesus name and your reward will be great…I pray that the Lord will advance you some of that in this life…

  14. Michael says:


    I am not a Christian Zionist…but I do wonder what significance to place on the formation of a Jewish state…I’m not clear on that at all.

  15. Michael says:


    Wise words and a great analogy, I think…

  16. Em says:

    #7-AMEN, AMEN and AMEN

  17. Em says:


  18. Michael says:

    There are reports that Israel just blew up the Anglican Hospital in the middle of Gaza…if true…this is a war crime.

    Pakistan just threatened to nuke Israel.

    Things are getting hot…

  19. DavidP says:

    It’s obviously unconfirmed, but I’m also seeing reports that a misfired rocket malfunctioned and hit the hospital. The prayers for peace are becoming more frequent in my day…

    I’ve read of an Orthodox Church in Palestine that is housing many refugees. I also read of a Catholic cardinal in Jerusalem who has offered himself up in exchange for the kidnapped. I think I know who I want to be like when I grow up….

  20. DH says:

    Israel just wants to exist, and has offered peace many times but is surrounded by people who want to eradicate them.
    Imagine what Israel would be doing in Gaza right now if they didn’t have the miracle Iron Dome.

  21. Michael says:


    I think that’s an oversimplification of the situation…Israel is not blameless.

  22. Michael says:

    Al Jazeera reports that it was a misfired Hamas rocket that wiped out the hospital…

  23. Em says:

    “Israel is not blameless?” have to think on that observation…….

  24. Jean says:

    Michael, I am looking for the Al Jazeera report and can’t find it. I was under the impression that Hamas does not have the payloads to flatten a hospital with a single rocket.

  25. Michael says:


    It was reported on Twitter…the rocket probably blew up a weapons state under the hospital.

    I don’t fully believe anything I read at this point…even this report.

    Truth is going to be impossible to discern in this war…

  26. Jean says:

    I would say that if Al Jazeera reports it was a Hamas rocket, that is a relatively credible report. I will just wait to see if it was a hacked report or actual Al Jazeera.

  27. Michael says:

    I don’t see the actual report on AJ’s Twitter feed and they are reporting live from Gaza.

    A deleted Tweet shows Israel Air Force taking “credit” for the blast…there’s a propaganda war going on and technology is our enemy if we’re looking for truth…

  28. The New Victor says:

    I can’t imagine Israel purposely targeting a hospital. True about the propaganda war. Jordan and Egypt (both no friends of Palestinians) canceled the summit with President Biden over this.

  29. Linn says:

    My “lost” missionary friend made himself known today. He had been in and out of a bunker the last week and a half with spotty cell surface. He is trying to help with the wounded and plans to stay two more months.

  30. Muff Potter says:

    The New Victor wrote:
    “I can’t imagine Israel purposely targeting a hospital.”

    I can, especially when Hamas uses hospitals, schools, and mosques to hide their rockets and other weaponry. I’d purposely target those places too. Outrage is a luxury item that only those who don’t have high-explosive warheads raining down on their heads can afford.

  31. Terry says:

    It’s a pithy quote, but:

    “In war, truth is the first casualty.” – Aeschylus

  32. Everstudy says:

    I imagine many people are disappointed to find that the hospital wasn’t bombed by Israel, that 500 people weren’t killed, and that the misfired Hamas/Islamic Jihad rocket misfired.

  33. Everstudy says:

    misfired Hamas/Islamic Jihad rocket /landed in a parking lot/

  34. Michael says:


    I’m glad your friend is safe…and wish he’d just come home.

  35. Michael says:


    I doubt that anyone here finds any happiness in the deaths of other humans or the pile of propaganda we have to sift through to know truth.

  36. Linn says:

    I wish he would come home, too, but he has been in the ME since the 80s and knows his way around better than most. As long as he stays in the Tel Aviv area he’ll probably be okay. I spent my 7 years in Colombia during some of the worst of the narcotraffic wars and guerrilla armies, and saw two of my colleagues kidnapped (thankfully, they were returned a couple of months later). I stayed three more years until a family emergency brought me home. God has different ways of calling people to different peoples, and if you really have that calling, you’ll go/stay/and leave when God calls home.

  37. Em says:

    Terryy @9:10

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