After the murder of a priest in France by jihadist killers, the Pope said that 'the world is at war' (28th July 2016). He linked the escalating terrorism attacks in Europe with the first and second world wars. He was basically saying that Europe has entered the third world war.

In our times horrific killings in the name of ‘so called Islamic State’ (IS)are appearing in the news with incredible regularity. If not directly linked to this particular terrorist group they are often perpetrated by vulnerable, mentally unstable individuals who have certainly been influenced by IS. Ideologically they crave a totalitarian Islamic State, their method is to destroy and terrorise all that oppose them. These acts of murder are all the more heinous because they are randomly targeted at defenceless civilians; families on the beach, or watching a fireworks display. But that’s the point, they want secular European society and government to know that we are all the enemy.

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The Quest of Kings

Even though Lefevre stood abreast of all other teachers and professors in his day, his faith combined with his perpetual humility and desire for the truth continued to propel him, and he never ceased to grow in knowledge. Lefevre deeply loved the church, and he grew up firmly attached to her dogma, rituals and worship. As a gift, Lefevre decided to embark upon writing a history of the lives of previous saints and to aid in his study, turned his attention to those canonised in the Bible rather than just those that had been canonised by the Catholic Church. Having studied almost every other subject, in 1507, and at an age well into his seventies, Lefevre finally turned his attention to the study of the Bible as another original source that he was yet to conquer. Little did he realise that he would be the one who was about to be conquered by it. The dramatic change it would provoke would not just be in his own life but the life of His beloved France.

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Why did Jesus come when he came – why not much earlier, circumvent Abraham, Moses etc.? Assuming – based on Scripture which helps with assumptions!! – that God’s intention was always that of Incarnation, why the ‘delay’ in coming? In Galatians there is the phrase ‘when the fullness of times had come’:

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"You see

They gave you their rules and
They gave you their regulations
And they told you to live by them

And they told you when to sit
And they told you when to stand

And they gave you their songs
And they told you when to sing them

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