• John the Baptist: Forerunner of Christ

    John the Baptist had a very short public ministry. Yet in that time, he managed to fulfill all the prophecies about him being the forerunner, lived a humbled life, all the while pointing to Jesus as the Messiah. John the Baptist played a pivoted role in the economy of salvation, by being the last of the Old Testament Prophets and being the first follower of Jesus Christ.   Prophecies carry a lot of weight in the Jewish Culture, and in order to understand John the Baptist one needs to look at the prophecies that predicted his coming, and spoken at his conception and birth. The prophets who predicted his coming as the forerunner…

  • Families Back Home

    Spouses, They work three jobs, One for money, Another is taking care of the family, And third, Supporting love ones in action. Parents, They spend every waking moment praying, Praying that their sons or daughters will make it back home, Home alive. Families back home, They have the hardest jobs, Every phone call could bring bad news, News of that love one is dead, Or a letter in a mailbox with that same message. Yet they make it through somehow, So that their love ones will have something to come back to.   I wrote this for a friend, whose husband is in the military. Frances LejeuneFrances Lejeune is a…

  • Through the Night

    Through the night I hear the cries of men And men near death Through the night, I hear the shots of a machine gun, A machine gun on the enemy side. Through the night, I hear the bullets flying past my head As I hay in my freshly dug foxhole. Through the night, I think of things back home, And that I will make it back home alive. Through the night, My concentration is constantly distracted, And I cannot fall asleep, However when morning comes, I must rise from my foxhole, And fight as if I had a good night rest. I wrote this in the memory of those that…

  • “You Will Be Assimilated”

    “Strength is irrelevant … Freedom is irrelevant … Resistance is futile … Your life as it has been is over. From this time forward, you will service… us” is a line from Star Trek: The Next Generation when members of the Starship Enterprise encounter the Borg for the second time. In the episode, Captain Picard was assimilated into the Borg, which is a collective of minds, ran by a super computer. In 1984, the people are controlled not by a super computer, but by Big Brother. However, the goal of Big Brother and the Borg Collective is the same: to eliminate the individual. Now unlike the Borg, whom had cyborg…

  • The Great Schism of 1054

    The Great Schism of 1054 was of a long time in the making. For one the language used was different, as well the culture and beliefs of both sides. The one way that they were alike, is that they were unmovable when they believed that they were right. By the 7th century the official language of the Byzantine Empire was Greek, were as Latin was the primary language of Western Europe. The differences in language led to many misunderstandings, as well as difficulties. When the Normans invaded parts of Southern Italy in 1040s, they “replaced Greek bishops with Latin ones. People were confused, and they argued about the proper form…

  • The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships

    Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand faces, is mentioned throughout Greek mythology. However, despite the stories told about her, there is not much known about the person Helen. Did Helen exist, and if so was she as beautiful as legend would like us to believe? Was Helen the real reason that Troy was attacked and fell? Could Helen just be an excuse that was made up in order to bring the land that Troy was on under Sparta rule? And was Helen even there? To know if Helen of Homer and Virgil are real, one must look at the Myths about Helen of Troy, and the facts…

  • St Paul Theologian, Apostle, and Missionary

    St. Paul was born as Saul in Tarsus, modern day Eastern Turkey. While there is not much know about Saul’s parents it is known that they were of the Tribe of Benjamin, and that Saul’s father was a Roman citizen. Saul’s parents were natives of Gischala in Galilee and had moved to Tarsus before Saul’s birth.[1] Saul’s parents sent him to Jerusalem to study the Torah under the Rabbi Gamaliel. Through Gamaliel’s guidance, Saul would become one of the greatest Apostles, and travel further than any of the Apostles. What we know about Saul comes from his letters and from Acts. The three main missionary trips that Saul goes on…