(Wall between Israel and West Bank) The Palestine Authority comprises two separate parts in the middle of Israel – the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.  They claim Jerusalem as their capital and control most of the major towns, but Israel controls the access points.  They lost most of their land in 1948 and the conquest of the remainder by Israel in 1967.  This event dominates the lives of most of the Palestinians living there. There are over 10 million Palestinian Arabs globally.  Between 2 and 3 million live in Jordan, over 1 million in Israel, and the rest spread elsewhere in the Middle East and the West.  Between Israeli occupation and Islamist persecution, there is not much of a […]
 Matthew 21:12-13 ~ Cleansing the Temple   Jesus went into the temple complex and drove out all those buying and selling in the temple. He overturned the money changers’ tables and the chairs of those selling doves. And He said to them, “It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer. But you are making it a den of thieves!” Until now in the gospel of Matthew, the disciple and author Matthew has shown us Jesus’ magnificent compassion for the people, his miracles and healing, and has given us his great Sermon on the Mount.  But now we come to a more serious Jesus.  He is angry at what is taking place in God’s temple.  The gospel of John […]
Most people believe Jesus existed, some believe he is Christ, and others are somewhere in between – believing in a modern-day Jesus but not really believing all those Old Testament stories.  You remember the ones, taught to us a children in Sunday School… Jonah and the big fish, David and Goliath, parting the Red Sea.  Many of us stopped believing those stories once we grew up, but Jesus often referred to these Old Testament events and people when he was speaking to the Pharisees and the crowds.  Matthew 12:38-45 ~ Jesus and Jonah and the Whale   Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation demands a sign, but […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.