Canada 1. St Johns New Foundland

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St John’s sits in the extreme north east corner of Canada

I took a trip to Canada in August to see a close friend of mine I was with whilst in Israel.

I booked my flight later than I should of and the best deal I could get to go from London to Winnipeg required two stop overs.   One in St John’s New Foundland and one Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This is the longest flight I have done, and the first time I have been to North American continent in 15 years, with multiple stops travelling westwards you are going backwards across time zones.

St John’s is the capital of New Foundland and Labrador, the cluster of small provinces (Canada’s way of equivalent of individual states) on the east coast, along with New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are called the Maritimes.

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Shipping is quite a big thing here.   This is a small capital city but a lot of young people, and good selection of interesting antique shops and bars and restaurants.

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I think it was still something like 8 in the morning and there was this weird fog shrouding the city in a mystery which was quite fun.   The taxi driver took me to Signal Hill which I was advised by friends this was a good place to explore as I had 7 hours free before my next flight.

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I got a cuddle with this lovely huge dog!   A Newfoundland dog was here with his owner enjoying the park.

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Poutine!   Canada’s own fast food.   A kind of mix of cheese and gravy served with chips.   I would of got some but I already had lunch here.

Everyone I met here, even the airport security was super friendly.   I had a great chat with the Bangladeshi taxi driver who took me from the airport to the main city.   He was driving part time and also at university.   Canada is great place for new immigrants, there is enough space and work to fit in so many new people.   The other taxi driver that took me back was a local guy with a very thick accent which sounded almost Irish.   Its quite clear that the folks of St John’s have strong Irish and Scottish descent.

Trip to Turkey 28. Flight home from Adana

I took a train from Tarsus to Adana to head home.   This still required (I think with any flight in Turkey) a change at Istanbul.

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There was this vintage train outside of Tarsus station.   Many years ago, trains went from Israel to Lebanon through Syria into Turkey.

These flags were not out when I went.   The station in Adana is quite a big grand looking place in a modern looking city, it looks a bit like the large Moroccan city of Cassablanca when I went in 2015.

Not much more than 200km from Syria!   If I did my journey the opposite way round, flying to Adana, I know people going off to join ISIS tend to enter Syria or Iraq from south east Turkey, I’m certain I’d get flagged up and put on some kind of list or something.

I didn’t really get a chance to look around Adana.  Its a really big city and this was my final destination before taking a plane home.   I took one stop to buy a small pizza from a bakery.  The two men there were friendly but they didn’t speak English at all.   Neither did my taxi driver I waved down.   Most of the folks I was speaking to required gestures to make myself understood.

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Turkey has been a popular place for holidays, but really Istanbul and Ankara, as its warm and quite cheap.  Turkish people are friendly and hospitable.    Just before I did this trip terrorism reared its ugly head, and I wasn’t swayed as going to smaller towns.   It does seem Turkey has taken a turn for the worse with more unrest, restrictions on the internet and putting journalists in jail.   Would I go again?   if troubles quieten down maybe, if I haven’t lived in the middle east before I would not of been I think.   I am really glad I did this trip when when I did in April 2016.

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Trip to Turkey 26. Unusual Turkish cuisine

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Fomented carrot juice.   This really looks tempting.  Ahem.   Especially when its a colour different to what you think carrots should be.   This was from a road side kiosk shop that sold cigarettes and newspapers.

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These market carts are popular in Tarsus selling all kinds of wares.   I bought a jar of honey for 12TL (£3) which I later had confiscated in the airport as I had in my carry on, as honey is a type of liquid.  Bah.  Wasn’t impressed.

fryupAs well kebabs and mezes which are found in Turkish run places all the big cities in the UK, Turkish food can also be refined also, I like the fact there are many places to eat outside with nice gardens and fountains.   This restaurant back in Goereme provides meals on hot plates not dissimilar to candle powered heaters in Indian restaurants I have seen.

 

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Trip to Turkey 25. Museum of Tarsus

Ok, time to get back to final parts of this.  Tarsus doesn’t seem to promote itself very well to Christian visitors.   But there is this museum, I didn’t get a picture of it from the outside, so heres this Streetmap view.

turkish-museum3This concrete building, has market outside to buy home made local foods.

Inside the museum, there is a lot of early Islam like this grave stone and these rooms of how Ottoman people lived.  There is a quite creepy severed hand of a woman that was dug up which was quite macabre.

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There a large number of coins on display from the Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Akkadian – but not from Jewish people.

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This sign board was quite shocking.   Bad English, whited out bits, and ‘Cult Christianism’ and ‘showed the characteristics of a secret cult’   Umm, ok…..

This was the most disappointing museum I have seen in a long time.

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Stephen Sizer dropped by publisher about to flout CoE ban and launch new ‘peace’ ministry

I wrote a letter to Christian publisher IVP to re-consider stocking Sizer’s books which I got a kind but generic response about 5 years ago.  So I was surprised to see this link a friend sent me last week.

http://blog.camera.org/archives/2016/11/breaking_intervarsity_press_in.html

He likes to meet up with holocaust deniers, and have tea with Ayatollah of Iran’s family and got disciplined by the church of England for in 2015 for saying Israel was responsible for 9/11.  With a bit of Googling, you can see this man is a menace and a truly dreadful example to the church and witness to Jewish people.

Sizer looks like a typical gentle spoken silver haired vicar of a church in a village in Surrey but is obsessed in attacking Israel and the Jewish people, under the guise of some kind of false middle east peace project.

https://www.bod.org.uk/sizer-set-to-end-clergy-career-under-cloud/
http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/165549/stephen-sizer-warned-after-attending-anti-israel-meeting

It seems in recent months Sizer is completely unrepentant on his hostility to Jewish people, not stopped by being threatened with being fired, and as he is about to finish up from his church in Easter, he is planning another faux peace project.   All the people in yellow are Palestinians or have been involved with spreading hate about Israel pushing a Palestinian state at the expense of weakening Israel’s security.

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from statement from Bishop of Guildford’s web site here;

“It is therefore my decision that Stephen’s work in this area is no longer compatible with his ministry as a parish priest.
“In order for Stephen to remain in parish ministry, I have therefore asked for – and received from him – a solemn undertaking, in writing, that he is to refrain entirely from writing or speaking on any theme that relates, either directly or indirectly, to the current situation in the Middle East or to its historical backdrop.”

I would be curious to know what the Bish thinks about Church of England buildings being used for high charged political events after this warning which the reverend has blatantly violated?

I have driven through this main road in Virginia Water a few times to an away day with my church at a hotel 4 miles away.   Virignia Water is a idyllic looking English village that hides a pastor obsessively bent on hurting the nation of Israel.   Spin your mouse around to see the church behind.

For the gospel to successfully go out to the Jewish people, church leaders who are hateful to Israel and Jewish people are not fit to serve and should be removed as soon as possible.

Peace to Jewish and Arab people will only happen as per the bible’s framework.   Attempting to divide up God’s land which is not to be offered to any other part apart from the Jewish people comes with a catastrophic warning. Joel 3:2

Beware of the cult of the Black Hebrew Israelites

There’s a lot of cults on London where I live.

I’ve seen the Hari Krishnas, The Moonies, Falong Gong, Scientologists, evangelical Islamists telling us we need Shariah law and also one or two self style Messiah figures, around the streets of London.

In Israel, the Falong Gong, Hari Krishnas and Scientologists are there too, and a few other weird ones.

So when some folks tell me all religion is the same and there is a select bad bunch of a few, I tend to roll my eyes and shake my head.   Its no surprise that Paul spoke about it a lot, as did Peter, and Jesus said himself, there would be false Messiahs, false prophets and false religions would deceive people.   In this particular time and age stuff like this is increasing.  The Black Hebrew Israelites are some of the very worst groups I think around.   They are racist and stir up hate.

I first so these folks actually in Oxford Street in London.   They might seems like a limited fringe group, but they seem extremely active on the internet and they seem to be growing.  Among forums and Facebook groups, they seem to pop up quite often.

On the surface, BHI appear to be just some young black men who love the bible and have an interest in Israel and Jewish people and practices.

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‘Teaching material’put in front of these men.   Not my foot, a few people watching seemed quite astonished by them.

 

The group of 5 young black men preaching in Oxford Street had a cartoon showing that Jesus was a black man, and that traditional Christianity is worshiping an imposter.

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I didn’t get a closer picture of these guys for obvious reasons.  They are bigger then me and crazy.

I’m trying to help and encourage a friend who has got into very similar teaching to this.  Let me tell you this.   I am going to no mince words here, this teaching is a lie from the pit of hell that breaks families, churches and communities.   If you ever see folks from this teaching in your congregation or bible study remove them straight away and pray for protection on you and your family.

When you delve into their teaching they think that they are a lost tribe of Israel, or, and heard this quite a few times that ordinary Ashkenazi (white European Jews) are imposters, and that they should be the ones living in Jerusalem.  They also read out a passage from Revelation 3:9 to reinforce this.    They are driven by extreme arrogance and pride, I think they could easily turn nasty.

Some of these people are frequent speakers in London, one of these is close to Stratford station and some are in cult/weirdo-magnet ‘Speaker’s Corner’ in Hyde Park.

There are real black Jews of course.  BHI is nothing to do with them.    I’ve met many of the Ethiopian Jews in Israel, and be to some bars and restaurants owned by them.  They are kind and gentle people.

Update 2018 – Back in 2014 I came across these people in a congregation in London called “Beit Nitzachon”   this was once a Messianic Jewish congregation which I found out later their African Hebrew Group took it over and threw out the original leadership and preached their own peculiar gospel.  The front row consisted of women with prayer shawls (which in traditional Judaism is a male garment)    I walked out of their congregation part way when they were trashing the Trinity and several other heresies.  This was sad.   Later on, they got big into the Flat Earth Movement and got a new leader called Tony Kakouri who used to be part of former Waco death cult leader David Koresh’s church!!!!.  I’ve spoken to several ex-members (real Jewish believers and those from a conventional Christian background) who have got free of it. 

There is no doubt this a very dangerous cult indeed.

 

Introducing Miqedem, new Messianic music from Israel

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Really enjoying this new album by Miqedem, a new bad from Israel, featuring the former worship leader Jamie Hilsden from my old church, Israel’s largest congregation King of Kings Jerusalem.

This is an entirely Hebrew album, with traditional Middle East/Israel style sound with one song with Arabic style melody.

This is well worth spending $7 on the download.

https://miqedem.bandcamp.com/releases
http://www.miqedem.net/