Jesus Appears in a Woman's Bruise

Mary Massa, from Florida, was extremely excited when she took off the bandages from her routine blood samples to see the face of Christ in the bruise resulting from the two needle punctures. The Squirrel thinks it looks more like John Lennon.

Her family now jokingly call her 'Our Lady of the Haematoma.'

If she were in my family I'd jokingly tell her 'I am going to beat you until you see Jesus.'

Woman who Starved her Kids uses Jesus as her Heavenly Appointed Attorney

Some women want Jesus to be their boyfriend or husband. This lady just wants Jesus to be her lawyer.
NEWTON, N.J., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A New Jersey judge must decide whether a woman who refuses to work with her lawyers because she believes God will defend her is competent to stand trial.

Estelle Walker, 50, is charged with starving her children while they were living in a lakefront cabin in New Jersey belonging to her church. She faces four counts of child endangerment.

A three-day hearing in Sussex County Superior Court is scheduled to begin Wednesday, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported. The witnesses include two psychiatrists, one for the defense and one for the prosecution.

Judge Peter Conforti asked Walker why she was not cooperating with her lawyers after they reported she would not talk to them.

"God will defend me," she answered.

Walker, a resident of the borough of Brooklyn, N.Y., moved to the cabin on Lake Hopatcong belonging to Times Square Church in 2005 to get away from an allegedly abusive husband. She refused to move out in 2006, saying God and told her to stay there, and the church moved to evict her.

Investigators said Walker's children often went without food for days at a time.

Conforti found Walker competent to stand trial in October 2007 after a psychiatric evaluation.

Jesus says he will take the case but reminded Estelle that his strategy of being silent in court, other than admitting to who is he, may not work well for her either.

Can your Youth Group make Edgy, Christmas Videos?

The youth department of Church on the Move, out of Tulsa apparently really loves Christmas, even though their video editing could use a bit of work.

Best Movie Quote of the 2009

"SQUIRREL!" -- Dug the Dog, in UP

Was Crossing the Border Un-Christian?

According to the report by Ethan Cole at the Christian Post Reporter, Robert Park, an American who crossed the border into North Korea on Christmas, is under fire from South Korean Christians who see his action as dangerous.
“The Gospel shouldn’t be presented aggressively…It doesn’t help to increase religious freedom,” said the Rev. Kim Tae-hyon, director of the church and ecumenical relationship department of the National Council of Churches in Korea.

Kim and other Korean church leaders raised concern about how North Korea would interpret actions of Robert Park.

They said the North could think the Christian activist was politically motivated or being intentionally disrespectful to the government.

Father Raphael Seo Jong-yeob, executive secretary of the Korean Bishops’ Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People, went further and predicted that Park’s action will “aggravate the North’s hostility toward the South and the rest of the world” and hinder the reunification process of the peninsula.

While crossing the Tumen River, Park reportedly shouted, “I am an American citizen. I am coming here to deliver God’s love. God loves you.” He also carried a letter addressed to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il that proclaimed God’s love and forgiveness toward the dictator, and called on him to shut down the country’s prison camps, release all political prisoners, and open the country up to humanitarian groups.

Friends and family of the Korean-American activist say he was willing to die to raise awareness of the human rights abuse in North Korea.
Other Christians in South Korea support the action of Park, a 28-year-old from Tucson, Ariz.

“His act could be another chance to evangelize North Korea if we see it positively,” the Presbyterian pastor said in defense of Park.

Similarly, Mi Young Kim, research department head at Korean War Abductees Research Institute, defended Park and his motivation for entering North Korea.

Kim said she witnessed his “passionate” prayer at a North Korea prayer event several years ago in South Korea. In a commentary posted on Christian Today Korea, she wrote how she believes everyone that attended the event “could testify with what heart he had as he crossed the [Tumen] river” when they recall the tears he had shed for the North Korean people during the event.

“I am on the side of this strange youngster,” Kim wrote, “for I can understand that what he took to North Korea is the heart of God.”
North Korea has announced that it has arrested and was interrogating an American who crossed it's border. Maybe they should just hand him back to the South Korean Christian leaders for more verbal thrashing of how to properly share the Gospel.

Didn't Jesus cross a border into a country that might misunderstand his message?