Author Archives: Rebecca Johnasen

The Tower of Babel and How It Affects Us Today – Part I

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  The Bible story about the Tower of Babel may be old, but it is certainly not outdated or a legend. In fact, it teaches us about the history of mankind. It affects us today more than we realize. After the great flood, people gathered together and united as one in language and common speech. They called for brick instead ... Read More »

My Thoughts on “Lone Survivor”

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  It is the #1 movie in America. Everyone is raving about it. My family thought it was very well made, and my Dad thought it was the best war movie ever. So, my husband and I decided to see it Monday night. After seeing it myself, “Lone Survivor” was incredible. It was like a mix between “Saving Private Ryan” ... Read More »

The True Story of Rudolph

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  We all grew up hearing about a red nosed reindeer that pulled Santa’s sleigh; we watched the classic Rankin/Bass’ “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer”. The song is one of the most popular Christmas songs. My soon-to-be-three-year-old knows the lyrics and can repeat the lines spoken in the movie, while my 19-month-old dances to the song, repeating every other word she ... Read More »

How Did Christmas Carols Begin?

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  Singing Christmas carols is one of the oldest traditions of Christmas. Before they came to be known as Christmas carols, they were Pagan songs. Pagans sang what they called winter carols. These carols were sung while they danced. The word carol is derived from the French word caroler, meaning “dancer” or “dancing in a circle”, which is what they ... Read More »

The Message of Christmas: What is in a name?

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  It is Christmas. People have been planning, shopping and preparing for the most wonderful time of the year. The children are excited; the parents are stressed out or happily enjoying the preparations. People are also depressed, angry or lonely as the holidays bring flashbacks of painful memories. Whatever the situation may be among the joyful and the sorrowful, it ... Read More »

How Did the Nativity Scene Begin?

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  It is in our homes and churches; it is on the mantle, under the tree, in the yard; it is made out of wood, stone, marble, a myriad of materials, big and small, grand and simple. The Nativity Scene is a tradition that has been carried throughout the centuries. Up until the 13th century, artistic pictures and figurines depicted ... Read More »

What is the Next Step to Restore America?

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  “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.” – Deuteronomy 8:10-11 Remember the 40 Day Love Challenge I proposed ... Read More »

Systems of Government: Old Testament Vs. New Testament

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  The Bible says very little about systems of government. The nation of Israel was set up as a theocracy (a nation ruled by God or God’s direct representatives), although they chose later to be a monarchy. The Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians and Romans were all empires, which are the same as monarchies. Democracy was practiced on a limited scale ... Read More »

“Give us a king!”

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  My previous articles on divine right were an introduction to what it was and who framed the doctrine. Now, Joseph and I are teaming up to bring you the history behind absolutism, and we will write them in parts, about the how’s and the why’s as well as the causes and effects. We were working on this last year ... Read More »