[UPDATED June 10, 2014 includes Brian Meiss’ statement] Rebekah Ogimachi described her classmate as a “kind of under the radar” type of guy. But Pacific University student Brian Meiss, 22, was dramatically thrust into the limelight when he disarmed a gunman who had already shot and killed one student on campus and injured several others (one critically). The university is located in Seattle, Washington USA. Brian who is getting married this summer is studying engineering. Friends describe him as a “devout” Christian. On the afternoon of Thursday, June 5, 2014, a gunman entered Otto Miller Hall where Brian, who was working as a monitor, was sitting at a desk in the foyer. After emptying his gun, the suspect Aaron R. Ybarra started to reload. Brian moved in, pepper sprayed the man, tackled Ybarra holding him in a choke hold.
“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; “(Psalms 139:14a NASV) When God inspired King David to write this verse, there was no asterisk or conditions attached. God said each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made. It doesn’t matter what our family life was like. It doesn’t matter if you were born out-of-wedlock or conceived by rape, your circumstances do not decide your value. All of us are full of potential. Therefore, it should not surprise us that the 2014 Miss Pennsylvania winner, Valerie Gatto, told the world she was conceived as a result of her mother’s rape. Ms Gatto, 24, will be participating in the Miss USA competition to be held on Sunday, June 8, 2014.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24 NASV) Dr. William Leslie was a pharmacist in Ontario, Canada. In 1888, after his conversion to Christ, he worked for 35 years as a medical missionary with the American Baptist Missionary Union. During the last 17 years of his ministry, William worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo among tribal people in that remote area of the world. He returned from the mission field n 1929 and until his death in 1938, William believed his ministry in the Congo was largely a failure.
Ali Pektash was a Turkish-born Muslim. He was an alcoholic and his life was falling apart. Because of these struggles, family and friends urged Ali to make a pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca believing this journey would help him get his life back together. Mecca is located in Saudi Arabia where alcohol is banned. His friends thought this time away from drink might break his addiction. They also hoped the religious experience of Mecca would change his life.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) stated that April 2014 “easily” smashed the record for the most large earthquakes in one month since the Center started recording earthquakes in 1949. The earthquakes started abruptly on April 1, when a major one, 8.2 magnitude, hit Chile. The PTWC considers earthquakes greater than a 6.5 magnitude as large. During the month of April there were 13 major earthquakes. Though smaller earthquakes occur almost on an hourly basis on the earth, a normal month only averages between one and two large earthquakes exceeding 6.5. The PTWC noted that in April five of the earthquakes were greater than 7.8, resulting in tsunami alerts.
Recent research reveals that one of the best ways to stop memory loss is laughter. In fact, laughing may go one step further and actually improve a person’s memory. According to a report by ABC News, a group of scientists from California’s Loma Linda University tested 40 people on the effects of laughter. They were divided into two groups. They asked one group of 20 to watch a funny film that lasted about 20 minutes and told the second to calmly wait until the other group was done. When the movie was over, the two groups were given memory tests. Saliva samples were also taken from each person, and they were tested for the stress hormone cortisol, as stress can have a negative impact on memory.
“And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;” (Isaiah 64:6 NASV) Remember the old slogan, “whiter than white?” For years, laundry soap manufacturers have used a little trick to keep clothes looking white, and it has nothing to do with making them cleaner. Lighter and white clothes in particular have a tendency to yellow as they age. Over time, it can leave the impression clothes aren’t clean. To get around this, manufacturers started adding a substance to the detergent called “Florescent Whitening Agents” (FWAs). A whole range of chemicals fall into this category — including such tongue twisters as tetra-sulfonated triazole-stilbenes. The first of these FWAs was discovered in 1929, which gives you some idea how long this has been going on.
I have been doing a study on the Hebrew word ‘paga’ translated as intercessor or intercession in the Old Testament. This word has a large range of meanings and each of these help us better understand intercessory prayer. In my previous article, we saw ‘paga’ meant hitting the mark and discussed how God wants to guide the prayer of the intercessor. In this post, I want to look at a third usage of the word ‘paga’ — it means conflict or war. The word is used 15 times in the Old Testament to describe battle. In fact, it became synonymous for “falling upon” people or attacking them. (1 Samuel 22:17, Judges 8:21; Judges 15:12, 2 Samuel 1:15).
When Jesus was born, the Bible records that magi through their study of astronomy realized something significant was happening. Using an ancient Biblical prophecy, God led them to Jesus (Mathew 2:1-8). We are not told how many magi there were or exactly when they showed up, but we do know they came bearing gifts. Though it’s highly doubtful Jesus was born on December 25, it is a good day as any to celebrate the occasion. The Bible focuses on Jesus’ birth much as it does His death and resurrection suggesting God wants Jesus’ birth remembered as well. One of the gifts the magi brought to honour Jesus’ birth was frankincense:
Loran Nordgren – a senior lecturer on management at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill – with his team of researchers released a study on how to escape greed and lust. The key is to avoid temptation. Though written from a secular perspective, Nordgren’s message proclaims Biblical truth. In the Book of Proverbs, King Solomon warns about the adulteress:
Paul Hickman believed Christianity was for “weak-minded” people. He considered it little more than a “crutch.” But Paul, 61, had a problem. Major back surgery decades years earlier left him in excruciating pain. To deal with the pain, he took 20 pain killers daily, but it had little effect. He even attempted suicide in a failed attempt to escape the incessant torment. In an interview with Inspire Magazine, Paul tells tells of a miraculous healing that changed his life. Paul was invited to a Christian sports dinner by former professional soccer player Mick Mellow who along with Linvoy Primus, another former soccer pro, operate a program called Faith and Football. At the dinner, event speaker Bob Maine invited people who needed healing to come forward for prayer.
According to Prof Delijanin Ilic listening to music helps people with heart problems. Dr. Ilic works with the Institute of Cardiology at the University of Nix in Siberia. She and her team studied three groups of people with heart disease. Two of the groups attended classes where they performed cardio-vascular exercises prescribed for people with heart conditions. The first group just attended the exercise sessions.
In his article, Single genes have multiple effects published in The Globe and Mail, Stephen Strauss says a little known fact about genes and mutations is causing considerable consternation in evolutionary circles. Evolutionists believe new species were created as gene’s mutated. These mutations, if beneficial, were eventually incorporated into the species and gradually resulted in the formation of new animals over hundreds of millions of year. Over the past few years, we have been inundated