For "Scripture Sunday":
LEARNING FROM HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI
"The horrors of nuclear war were unleashed 70 years ago this August. What have we learned and what do we have yet to learn to avoid a nuclear nightmare?
In August 1945, after 3½ years of brutal fighting island to island across the Pacific, the United States and its allies were preparing to invade the Japanese homeland to finally end World War II. But a new top secret weapon changed the plans.
So on Aug. 6, 70 years ago, a U.S. bomber nicknamed Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. In seconds, 5 square miles of the city were incinerated, and an ominous mushroom cloud spread deadly radiation much farther. The bomb itself killed perhaps 100,000 people, and many thousands more died from the horrifying effects of radiation.
From the devastating descriptions in John Hersey’s 1946 book Hiroshima to the lingering aftermath of suffering and death, it became clear humanity had crossed a new threshold of horror."
Complete article at: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/discern/july-aug-2015/learning-from-hiroshima/
From me: I was 10 years old then, and remember it well. Those poor people!
What is happening to our water supplies? Will shortages affect our health, economy and lead to more conflict? What does the Bible say about future water woes?
WATER IS A BASIC NECESSITY FOR LIFE.
"Unfortunately, freshwater resources are dwindling rapidly. The world today is experiencing a surge of water-related crises, as reservoirs dry up and lake levels drop to historic lows.
At least half of the 50,000 rivers that existed in China in the 1990s have disappeared, the water drained for use by factories and farms. Pakistan’s emergency water reserves are down to a 30-day supply—a far cry from the recommended 1,000 days for semiarid countries. Last summer, the eastern basin of the Aral Sea dried up completely—the first time in 600 years.
Use of the Jordan River is drying up the Dead Sea, and now thousands of sinkholes dot its banks. The drought is so serious in southeastern Brazil, residents have begun drilling through their floors to try to reach water, and schools are discouraging students from using water to brush their teeth.
All people “must be more mindful about how much water they are consuming, and be more efficient in their water use,” Adeel says. “Governments must improve internal water policies that support efficiency and conservation. Countries need to negotiate such things as river alterations and shared groundwater usage, and not act unilaterally.” "
Complete article at: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/end-times/water-woes/
An Amazing Fact: "Most people would consider themselves fortunate should they get 150,000 miles out of a car engine. For Rachel Veitch, however, her car has passed the 150,000 mile mark well over three times. Her vehicle is a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente. She bought it new off the lot for a mere $3,289. And that low price even included all the upgrades. Rachel has given her beloved car the nickname Chariot, which is fitting considering it has safely carried her thousands and thousands of miles on the original engine. Ms. Veitch confessed that she once drove her Comet up to 120 mph “just for a mile.” She later had cruise control added because she kept getting speeding tickets.
On March 9, 2012, the 93-year-old Rachel Veitch parked her car for good. She said her eyesight was not sharp enough anymore to be driving. The 48-year-old car has actually outlasted her three husbands. Rachel adds, “With significantly less trouble.” How many miles did she clock on her beloved Mercury? Would you believe 576,000?
What’s her secret? For one thing, Rachel faithfully takes her “Chariot” in for all scheduled maintenance. We should mention she refuses to leave the Mercury’s side during any servicing or inspections. She also makes sure to show the mechanics a diagram outlining all the grease fittings on the car. Ms. Veitch is also always on the lookout for lifetime warranties on any parts, and when she finds one she makes sure to use it. Rachel’s car has gone through seven mufflers, three sets of shocks, and 16 batteries, all for the price of only one. Those half a million miles also included a recent trip to Rachel’s 70th class reunion, a trip that added over 3,000 miles to the historic odometer reading.
If a little loving care and regular maintenance can multiply the lifespan of a car, it makes one wonder how long our bodies might last with proper care? The Lord not only wants us to be in good health (3 John 2), but would have us be prepared for the Second Coming by caring for our bodies. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). God doesn’t want us to only care for our minds, but our whole being—bumper to bumper!
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. - Psalms 20:7
I didn't post on Sunday the 2nd because I was in the hospital. They found out that my pancreas was inflamed from a combination of being around some chemicals, being hungry, dehydrated, a new medicine, some very sweet cheese cake and a lot of stress. I had gone to afternoon court for Ray's eviction on an empty stomach except for some cheesecake, and afterwards I ate a bunch of samples at Kroger's when I went in there to get some bread. Suddenly I felt really bad, sweaty and pressure in my chest, so when I got home I called 911 and was rushed to the hospital. I sure was hoping that it wasn't my heart. They gave me fluids by IV, and nothing by mouth for three days. All I wanted was some Brussels' Sprouts, avocados or asparagus. Finally on the fourth day they let me eat some cream soup, and sent me home. Chris, my neighbor SPCA foster mom came twice a day to see to Nala, my foster cat.
This last Sunday, the 9th, our cable, internet and phones were out all day, so I couldn't post again. But I did go down to Jay's Mom's house and help Jay install a new AC. His sister arrived with food from Olive Garden, so that was nice. Jay only installed the AC in a temporary fashion for now, and will finish it out later when they have bought some trim.
I have a new helper, James, who comes for about two hours most mornings to help with leveling the guest house and installing the new floor. Then he goes on to his other job. He is a lot more precise than Jay, but also costs more.
We have had to replace a couple of the main floor joists, and so I am glad that James is doing it. Jay wanted to just scab onto them and not do it properly. My job is still to be "gofer" and get what tools, lumber or parts that he needs because I know where they are.
I went to church by myself, as Jay hadn't slept very well when their AC went out.
Another new couple came to church as his boss finally gave him Saturdays off. Hopefully that situation will not change. He was raised as a Jew, so he knows the importance of keeping the Sabbath. The Bible readings were Deut. 3:23-7:11, Isa. 40:1-26, Matt. 4:1-11. The Teaching was about "Being Connected" and how important it is for us to fellowship with other believers in Christ (Yeshua).
The potluck was great, as usual. I took some chicken tamales and turkey chili. My favorite dish was the pasture raised ground beef that was for the tacos, and the guacamole, refried beans and sour cream. I didn't eat the soft tacos as I don't eat white flour. There were also salads, lots of veggies and several chicken dishes. We all had a great meal and conversation together. I can't imagine not having that fellowship after church.
Even running the sprinklers, the grass isn't growing well without any rain during these very hot days.