John 20:10-17

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

John 20:10-17 has Jesus out of the tomb discovered by Mary and some other women who notified Peter and John that went and verified that He was not there.  They hadn’t really figured out what had happened, but they went home. “No one yet knew from the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. The disciples then went back home.” That is, all except Mary.  “But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus’ body had been laid. They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?”

Mary was there dealing with the grief of losing Jesus.  The angels appear, and she engages with them.  This is one of the few places in the Bible where…

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The Importance of Editing

A Writer's Path

by Doug Lewars

If you want to become a better writer, become a better editor.

If you want to become a better editor, edit work that is not your own.

I recently joined a local writers’ group and was requested to comment on various extracts from group members completed and in-progress work. I quickly found a number of recommendations I could make for improvement, but what came as a bit of a surprise, was when I went back and started editing some of my own work, I found exactly the same things there. One common mistake is using names too frequently when a pronoun would suffice.

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Teenage Nigerian Housemaid Murders Her Septuagenarian Employer


The Police in Edo State, Nigeria on Friday, paraded a 14-year-old girl, who allegedly killed her septuagenarian employer in Benin, the State Capital Edo by smashing her head with a stone.

14-Year-Old Housemaid Narrates How She Murdered Her Madam (Photo)

Anna Amos, a secondary school student was arrested by the police on Tuesday, for the murder of 71-year-old Hellen Adodo, with whom she had lived since March 2018, as a house-maid.

Anna, from Abuja, gave the step-by-step description of how she committed the murder when she was paraded alongside 101 other criminal suspects arrested by the police.

The teenager who was in tears all through the period narrated how her victim had treated her fairly all the time she lived with her.

She, however, blamed her dastardly act on the influence of unseen voodoo spirit which possessed her.

According to the suspect, on the morning of that fateful day, she boiled water for the deceased to bathe, after which she served her meal before she killed her.
“After that, I packed the dirty plates outside to wash them. As I opened the door and stepped onto the veranda, something just came into my body as if possessing me. I no longer know what I was doing and I abandoned the plates I was supposed to wash. I stood on the stone, and later took it, went inside with it and hit it on her head,” she narrated.

“I do not know what entered my body. It was a spirit. It told me to go and kill her. She did not offend me.” she added.
The deceased was initially reported to have died after her head was smashed with a stone by unknown persons who allegedly sneaked into her residence on Guobadia Street, in Benin, at about 7am. The assailants supposedly blindfolded the teenage suspect before killing the septuagenarian.

When asked why she earlier said some people came into their house, gagged her mouth before smashing the head of the late woman, Anna blamed her dastardly act on the influence of unseen voodoo spirit which possessed her.
“The thing that entered into me was controlling me, it told me that if I expose it, it will kill me.”
She later confessed her crime to the son of the deceased, who handed her to the police operatives.

A clip obtained by journalists on Wednesday showed the teenager confessing to the crime in the presence of some residents in the area.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Chidi Nwabuzor, had stated that the Command received a distress call over the matter at about 8:30 am.

Nwabuzor also disclosed that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.
“At about 8:30 am, the Divisional Police Officer of New Etete Police Station received a distress call that the woman in question was murdered. The DPO went there and found her lifeless body in her house in a pool of blood from the head region and a stone close to the body. The (distress) caller said that two men came into the residence, murdered the woman and went away. The DPO went there with operatives only to find the body on the ground in a pool of blood from the head region.

Then on an investigation, it was revealed today that a girl who was staying with her, named Anna Amos, who came from the North with the help of the daughter of the late woman, was the one that killed the woman.

“Confession was made by this Anna Amos that she actually killed the woman. Anna Amos is 14 years old and by law, she is still a minor. But we will do all we can to see what we can do. We will not rely on the confession of that girl because she might not be the one responsible for the killing of that woman.

According to the investigation, the woman has been going through a lot of challenges with her health and before her death, she was down with a stroke. Perhaps somebody else did and asked this little girl to own up as the culprit. So, the investigation is ongoing. We will try our best to unravel the situation and the report will be made public,” Nwabuzor said