Over the past several years, I have gained a greater awareness of the evil of human trafficking going on in America and around the world. If I ever needed a reminder of just how fallen this world is, this modern day slavery does the trick. What I am learning is that it is in my own backyard. People are being sold every day and treated as if they are less than human. To make it worse, children are often the victims.
“Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It involves controlling a person through force, fraud, or coercion to exploit the victim for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or both.”
The month of Elul is the last month on the Jewish calendar. It is often a time to reflect and take inventory of one’s life over the past year in preparation for the upcoming High Holy Days. One of the traditions associated with the month of Elul is the daily blowing of the shofar as a call to repentance. Continue reading →
For believers in Jesus, Isaiah 9:6 is a powerful passage speaking about the Messiah. A traditional translation is:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (NASB). Continue reading →