Missives

A collection of apologetic and encouraging notes for Christians in need of some power-boosts from time to time.

Nuzi, a mound 150 miles directly north of Baghdad, Iraq, was excavated in 1925-1931 by a joint expedition of the American School of Oriental Research in Baghdad, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum.
The Tel el-Armana (mound of Armana) lay halfway between Memphis and Thebes, and was the remains of Pharaoh Akhenaton's model capital city which was spoiled and left to ruin around 1358-50 B.C.
It is exceedingly rare to encounter ancient relics which provide a visual glimpse of Israel's past.
Archaeological findings and reconstructions from the ruins of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus and the Apostles is fascinating in its own right.
Two years ago, archaeologist Eilat Mazar was working near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, sifting for finds in an area called the Ophel which dates to the time of Israel's monarchy in the 8th century BC.  She discovered two amazing bullae – baked clay impressions used to officially seal the owner's written communication. 
Jesus Christ is King over the entire world – as sovereign Judge, yes; as a Redeemer, no.
Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Rev. 1:5b-6)
I was glad. Such are the feelings of the hearts of the righteous who gather for worship. The wicked who have not God are given over to their sinful ways. Not so for the people of God.
When the most righteous Man Who ever walked the earth stood before representatives of the world's two most powerful kingdoms – the Gentiles' Roman government, and the supreme religious authorities of Judaism – accused of crimes worthy of capital punishment, His defense appeared rather lackluster.
There were times when God's hand was heavy upon Israel, as noted in the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.