The End is Near: Seeing the Kingdom that is near, here, within, and coming.

The Kingdom of Heaven is more than meets the eye: The Kingdom of Heaven has come near you, it is here, it is within you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is coming.

I was struck by an idea presented in a recent church service: The Kingdom of Heaven is more than meets the eye: The Kingdom of Heaven has come near you, it is here, it is within you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is coming. We tend to think the Kingdom of Heaven as something in the future that we’re all waiting for, and that’s partly true, but it also carries other profound dimensions.

The phrases Kingdom of Heaven and Kingdom of God refer to the same thing. Jesus used both phrases one right after the other in Matthew 19:23-24, explaining to His disciples how difficult it was for people to enter the Kingdom of God/Heaven.

The End is Near

When Jesus sent out the disciples ahead of Him to the places He would soon visit, he told them, “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’” (Luke 10:8-9)

Jesus had been teaching His disciples about the kingdom of Heaven and now the disciples were preparing the people to hear about it, as well.

You and I are those people and God has sent out his disciples to reach us. Will we welcome his servants? Or, will we reject them and have it said against us,

Say, ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.Luke 10:10-11

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How to fix CentOS 4 Yum Breakage after End-of-Life

If you still need CentOS 4 and your yum is currently broken due to end-of-life, here’s the fix: Edit /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo, comment out the mirrorlist parameters and add a baseurl=http://vault.centos.org/4.9/os/$basearch parameter for each enabled section. Here’s the official instructions: Using Vault Repositories

If you still need CentOS 4 and your yum is currently broken due to end-of-life, here’s the fix: Edit /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo, comment out the mirrorlist parameters and add a baseurl=http://vault.centos.org/4.9/os/$basearch parameter for each enabled section. Here’s the official instructions: Using Vault Repositories

The Demise of NewsX.org

Update 2015-08-15: Good news, everyone! NewsX.org is (sort of) back! Check out the 3.0 beta at beta.newsx.org. I’ve been refactoring the code quite a bit and generalizing the headline provider code to enable multiple sources in any format I care to write the code to parse :/ It might be a little rough around the edges but the headlines and various action buttons are working. Take a look! I’m actively updating it and adding news sources for the foreseeable future. Enjoy!

I’m sorry to have to report but the NewsX.org newsfeed provider, Moreover.com, has decided to end their free feeds. That means NewsX.org doesn’t have any data to use. Maybe someday I’ll implement different backend news feeds but until then NewsX is dead in the water, unfortunately. Thanks to all the visitors over the years! It’s been fun developing it! In the meantime, enjoy a laugh over at Archive.org with a history of NewsX since 2001! If you still need your news fix then Google News is where it’s at.

And the free gift is still available.