Holy spirit – In different languages, but sounding similar

Holy Spirit

In Hebrew:-

רוח קודש

(Ruach Ha Kodesh)

In Arabic:-

الروح القدس

(Ruh Al Qudus)

In Aramaic:-
(ancient language spoken by Jesus, almost extinct today)

holy spirit in Aramaic

(Rukha d’qudsha)

When you hear these being pronounced they sound more similar 🙂

This isn’t meant to be some kind of ‘all-religious-are-mostly-similar-get-together-and-hug’ in reconciliation thing.

This is the beauty of the languages that come out of the middle east show similarities as our Lord and Saviour Jesus came from this region and the gospel went different directions.   True peace and true reconciliation is a beautiful thing! 🙂


Is the bogus “Emerging Church” movement coming near you?

Years ago, I heard about these two American pastors who were at an event in Bethlehem, the “Christ at the Checkpoint” event , which was a new strategy to sway Christian evangelicals from support of Israel, to Palestinian fulfillment theology, a theory of making another Islamic state run by the two different groups who hate each other, Hamas and Fatah would make an extra new nation that would some how make peace between Jews and Arabs.   The organisers were Arab Christians who hold onto this idea, even though their Islamic government would keep them as poorly treated minorities, where as Arab Muslims and Christians living in Israel have freedom of speech and live in a democracy. (although plenty of room for improvement)   There is no mention of the Jewish/Arab victims of Islamic terror at this event.

These two American evangelicals were a well known pastor called Tony Campolo who is in his 80s and his dreadlocked head scarfed companion Shane Claybourne.   Something immediately didn’t seem right in my spirit about these two even way before I could see what side they were coming from.

Fast forward to 2016.  This is a hard blog post to write.   I was shocked to see Shane Claiborne was speaking in two different churches I really respect, one of these in Portsmouth, where I am from. 😦   He is also due to headline a popular Christian festival also.

In the past, there has been several fads in Christian teaching, some that are particularly appealing to Christian youth.   This is the “Emergent church” movement.

Looking at Campolo’s Red Letter Christians web site is basically a classic example of this movement.   There is no statement of faith, and is keen to support New Age themed ideas on spirituality, unbiblical acceptance of homosexuality and general void of sound biblical teachings.   It frequently often bangs on about being “ordinary radicals” and “New Monastic” (whatever that means)

The most popular figure of the Emergent Church movement is Rob Bell who was kicked out of his church for his Universalism, and denial of the existence of hell.  Yet he has sold 2 million books and still has a blog and pod cast on his weirdo ideas.   The Zimzim of love anyone?    You really want your Christian youth into this garbage??

The Emergent church is liberal sugar coated drivel that doesn’t feed Christians with knowledge of the bible and you should steer clear of it.   We need to show love to people caught in ways of the world by preaching the gospel out of kindness, and relying on God to change them and turn away from sin.

This web site exposes some of the dangerous false teaching by the Emergent Church and its main people such as Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne, Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, Brian McClaren and more.   I think its interesting all of Paul’s books have a section to warn about false teachers, particular in latter times.


not emergentThis book was recommended to me by a friend which I’d like to get hold of soon “Why we are not emergent” by by Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck http://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-Were-Not-Emergent-Freedom-ebook/dp/B00125L8DK/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458332803&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=why+we+are+not+emergent

In all honesty, I don’t like thinking of people of groups to bash on my blog. I’d rather look for things to provide joy and encouragement to others and myself.  I’d love to share with you things that have helped young Christians grow with their walk with Lord and help them be passionate for Christ in another post soon.

1 Timothy 4 : 1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

1 Timothy 4 : 6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,a you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.



Could a Chromecast be a killer tool for church & ministry?

At my work place we ordered a bunch of Chromecast devices to use in meeting rooms.   These are a gadget that looks like a USB flash drive but fit in a HDMI port of a standard flat screen TV, but also need a separate power adapter or tap 5 volts of a USB port of the TV.

I was quite impressed by these devices so I bought one myself.   They are only GB£30 or so, but I got a returned/open box of the newer 2nd generation one from ebay for £22.   You can’t buy these from Amazon, because they sell a similar rival in-house developed product called ‘Fire stick’

my tv with chromecast

When your Chromecast is in idle mode but the TV is set to the right  channel it will show random pretty pictures that Google Plus users have chosen to be made public.

chromecast dongle chromecast extension

Its pretty much intended to be used purely with the Google Chrome browser with a dedicated Chrome browser extension, therefore you can send content to it from a Windows PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Android device.

This could be hugely useful in a church or in your organisation’s reception or lobby, and easy to get content sent wirelessly.

chavah in chromecast

I used this to display a Messianic radio station made by my good friend Judah who is also nifty with technology.

Its designed to work seemlessly with Youtube, so I predict the end of trashy MTV in bars, and instead get music videos in bars sent to a TV instead using a Youtube playlist!!

I think there is a ton of opportunities for this in churches and Christian ministry for worship, teaching or digital signage.   Strangely I don’t see these devices listed on online computer stores in Israel like BUG or KSP, so wonder if these have reached the holyland yet.

Magic teabags in the Arab quarter of Jerusalem


I took this picture about 5 years ago.   Tea bags from a quack doctor seems to have a cure for everything! (there was another 10 similar boxes for other ailments there)

For those people who know me, I am rapidly balding as I am in my late 30s.   I asked the vendor if he had something to get my hair back.   He said he had something out the back 😉

Various different news articles I see about conferences about “peace” in the middle east and roughly similar in the range of truth as these products I think. 🙂

1950s stamp book shows Palestine Occupation different from what you think

stanley gibbonsInteresting find I discovered a few weeks ago.

I saw a Commonwealth Stanley Gibbons stamp collectors book in a charity shop.   Its basically a British book publisher that’s considered an authority on the value of old stamps.     This book dates from 1956.

This book just covers countries of the British Commonwealth only.   I didn’t end up buying, just snapped a couple of photos;

This caught my eye.   This stamp dates from 1918.

palestine stamps

The one Piastre refers to a small value coin used by the Ottoman Empire, ie: the Turkish.  In the 1920s these stamps were made obsolete by the British who took over.

Therefore these stamps showing “Occupied enemy territory” is not referring to Jewish people, its referring to Islam.

To avoid putting big files on my WordPress account, I’ve listed these on my Google drive cloud storage space to share if you would like a closer inspection.   Apologies the 2nd page is a bit blurry.