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[30 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 151 views]

The Security Council of the UN often ends resolutions with the obscure phrase, “remains seized of the matter”.
Turns out that the entire body is not supposed to debate an issue that’s been seized by the Security Council. (Not that the United Nations is a role model for active problem solving… they often do their best work by exhausting everyone instead).
It’s fascinating to think of issues as being seized. What happens if you take something off the table and make it yours until it’s dealt with?

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[29 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 189 views]

The Birds sing before the dawn breaks. They trust what they know instinctively. The darkness will be vanquished. Don’t sing by what you see, Sing from what you know!

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[28 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 282 views]

Approximate Distribution of U.S. Protestant and Other Christian Churches by size
(excluding Catholic/Orthodox)
ATTENDANCE
# OF CHURCHES
WEEKLY WORSHIPERS
PERCENT
7-99 177,000 churches 9 million congregants
59% of all North American churches
100-499 105,000 churches 25 million congregants
35% of all North American churches
500-999 12,000 churches 9 million congregants
4% of all North American churches
1,000-1,999 6,000 churches 8 million congregants
2% of all North American churches
2,000-9,999 1,170 churches 4 million congregants
.4% of all North American churches
10,000-plus 40 churches .7 million congregants
.01% of all North American churches
TOTALS
approx. 300,000
approx. 56 million
100%
94% of all churches in North America have less than 499 members, not …

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[25 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 222 views]

The mantle holds special significance in scripture. Perhaps the following article of the “mantle” in nature would lend to some creative understanding of the power of the spiritual mantle?
From http://futurity.org/earth-environment/mantle-flow-can-move-mountains/
Mantle that sinks at the plate boundary flows back up farther away, pushing on the crust and causing uplift and crustal motions detectable by a global positioning system, the authors found. The slow but inexorable motions can move mountains—both gradually and through earthquakes or eruptions.
A study in the journal Nature suggests that volcanoes and mountains in the Mediterranean can grow …

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[24 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 181 views]

You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.

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[23 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | 379 views]

Are violent video games benign, values-neutral entertainment? Not according to the case of Daniel Petric.
Teenager Daniel Petric had an obsession with a violent video game that warped his sense of reality. When his parents realized its harmful effects and took the game away, he murdered them his mother and nearly fatally wounded his father by shooting them both in the head. The AP news story quotes the judge as saying, “I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed …

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[22 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 191 views]

“Looking back is almost always tantamount to going back.

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[21 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 189 views]

by Charles R. Swindoll
1 John 1:5-7
You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is required. The stars neither require it nor demand it” (Annie Dillard).
A lot of things in life are like that, aren’t they?
A piano sits in a room, gathering dust. It is full of the music of the masters, but in order for such strains to flow from it, fingers must strike the keys . . . trained fingers, representing endless hours …

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[19 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 245 views]

The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.
Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.
A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration — 100 years ago, June 19, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth.
According to the U.S. Census, the …

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[19 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 214 views]

The bean counters at Fast Company did the math on Dad’s holiday.
100th anniversary of the first observance in 1910.
There are approximately 66,000,000 FATHERS in the U.S.
Consumers spent an average of $91 on Father’s Day in 2009.
One in Four dads spend less than an hour with their kids each day. Thirty-eight percent of working dads say they’d take a pay cut for more time with their children.
Father’s Day is the FIFTH most popular DINING-OUT DAY. The top three beneficiaries: Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, and Applebee’s.
Up to 1 in 25 men suffer …