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Category: Adversity

Let The Ice-Cream Melt

Topic: Contentment                                                                              Printer Friendly
Source: “Scientists Discover Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt” By LOUISE DEWAST, posted ABC News, LONDON — Aug 31, 2015, 8:13 AM ET
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Scientists from the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh have formulated a new recipe for an ice cream that doesn’t melt. The recipe is the result of the discovery of a new protein,BsIA, that binds the air, fat and water in ice cream to make it more stable.

The new ice-cream could be available within three to five years, and it is anticipated to contain lower levels of saturated fats, fewer calories and a smoother consistency.

This advancement will also benefit manufacturers, allowing it to be more easily transported.
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The Man Without A Brain

Topic: Faith                                                                                                          Printer Friendly
Source: “The Healthy Man Who Was Missing a Brain” by Ross Pomeroy, Real Clear Science
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Do you ever find yourself thinking you’d do better if you just had a little more of something–like a little more time, or money, or brains? Well perhaps you’re wrong, at least about the brains.

From the category of the unbelievable comes this article by Real Clear Science:

… A 44-year-old happily married man with a white-collar job and two children visited a hospital in Marseille, France complaining of mild weakness in his left leg. Some time later, he concluded his hospital episode with his leg weakness cured, but with another, intriguing diagnosis in tow: he was missing most of his brain.
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Man Burns House Down Killing Spider

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Topic: Peace
Scripture: John 14:27
Source: “Man Tries to Kill a Spider and Ends Up Burning His House Down” by Samantha Grossman, TIME Online, July 16, 2014
Author: Scott Maclean / Illustration Exchange

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A Seattle man accidentally burnt his house to the ground recently after trying to kill a spider with a cigarette lighter and a can of spray paint. The man later told police that the spider had been lurking in the laundry, and he had accidentally lit the wall on fire with his makeshift flame thrower.

Surprisingly, this happens more often than you might think! Just a few weeks earlier, Ginny Griffith of Hutchinson, Kansas, lit her laundry on fire after seeing a spider crawl into a pile of towels. The fire quickly got out of hand, and her home went up in flames. She’s been charged with aggravated arson.

Application:

Too often, we tend to overreact to problems. As believers, we need to remember that even in the midst of trouble, it’s possible to have a trouble-free heart. Jesus didn’t say we wouldn’t have problems, but He did say: Let not your heart be troubled.

Don’t take a flame thrower to the spiders that lurk in your life. Remember that it is more important to experience God’s peace than it is to rid yourself of life’s annoyances.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

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The Power of Doing Something

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Topic: Evil
Scripture: Romans 12:21
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Author: Albert Einstein / Mitchell Dillon

“The wold is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

[Albert Einstein 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity. He is regarded as the father of modern physics.]

Application:

Albert Einstein’s words were spoken at a time when evil seemed to have an upper hand in the world. Communism and Fascism marched across much of Europe, while the rest of the world was left to choose how to respond.

The same struggle continues today. By God’s design, there continues to be enough evil in the world to test those who have it in their power to do good. And by God’s design, there continues to be enough good in the world to overcome those who have it in their hearts to do evil.

So, the question is this: Will those who love good do what is in their power to do to overcome evil? God does not place the fate of the world in the hands of evil men, but in the hands of those who can and must do something to stop them.

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good’ (Romans 12:21).

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God Is Bigger Than Your Troubles

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Topic: Anxiety
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6-7
Source: SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT by Raymond McHenry, p. 141
Author: Raymond McHenry / Illustration Exchange

Inspirational writer Raymond McHenry notes that in times of uncertainty it is good to know these simple facts from Isaiah 40:

* The oceans of the world contain more than 340 quintillion gallons of water, yet God holds them “in the hollow of his hand” (40:12).

* The earth weighs 6 sextillion metric tons, yet God says it is but “dust on the scales” (40:15).

* The known universe stretches more than 30 billion light years (200 sextillion miles), but God measures it by the width of his hand (40:12).

* Scientists claim there are at least 100 billion galaxies and each galaxy is made up of about 100 billion stars. To such mind-boggling math Isaiah reminds us that God calls each star “by name” (40:26).

[Dr. Raymond McHenry has served as pastor of Westgate Memorial Baptist Church. He earned his Master of Divinity and his Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Bible Seminary.  Through his books and quarterly newsletter, IN OTHER WORDS, he has become a highly respected compiler of biblical illustrative materials.]

Application:

If God can hold the waters of the ocean in the hollow of His hand, consider the weight of the Earth as but dust, measure the width of the Universe with span of his hand, and call each start by name, surely he can handle the details and dramas of our lives.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).

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Catch a Falling Tear

Printer Friendly Topic: Sorrow
Author: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 56:8; Revelation 21:4
Source: Lachrymatory.com

They’re called tear bottles, tear catchers, tear vials, unguentaria, and lachrymatories. In them, tears are collected as a token of grief and mourning. Legends of tear catchers go back millennia to the days of Rome when, purportedly, mourners would bury their tear bottles with the dead as symbols of respect. It’s also reported that professional mourners (called wailers) would be paid to collect their tears for the dead–the loader the wails and the fuller the tear bottles, the better the pay.

The use of tear bottles enjoyed a resurgence during the Victorian period of the 19th century. Mourners would place their tears in a bottle with porous stoppers. The complete evaporation of the tears would mark the end of the mourning period.

During the Civil War, women would catch their tears in a bottle and kept them to show their husbands how much they were missed while away on the field of battle.

Today, tear bottles are enjoying yet another resurgence in popularity. You can buy them online and in trendy gift stores to give as gifts and tokens, not just of mourning, but for shared tears empathy over present struggles, and even for shared tears of joy.

Application:

References to tear bottles actually predate even Roman culture. King David, in his sorrow, cried out to God saying, “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” (Psalm 56:8, KJV). The New Living Testament says it this way: “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”

What beautiful imagery. God sees each tear we cry and tracks each one. No sorrow goes unnoticed. No pain goes unmourned by our loving and compassionate Father. And one day, just as with the lachrymatories of the Victorian era, all our tears will evaporate, wiped away by the hand of a loving Savior.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (Revelation 21:4, NLT).

The time of mourning will be over!

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An Unlikely Rescue

Printer Friendly Topic: Adversity
Author: Walter A Maier / Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 10:9
Source: Decision Magazine

A shipwrecked man managed to reach an uninhabited island. There, to protect himself against the elements and to safeguard the few possessions he had salvaged, he painstakingly built a little hut from which he constantly and prayerfully scanned the horizon for the approach of a ship.

Returning one evening after a search for food, he was terrified to find the hut completely enveloped in flames. Yet by divine mercy this hard affliction was changed into a mighty advantage. Early the following morning he awoke to find a ship anchored off the island. When the captain stepped ashore, he explained, “We saw your smoke signal and came.”

Everything the marooned man owned had to be destroyed for him to be rescued!

Application:

The process of experiencing salvation can be very similar. Confession and repentance feel like giving up things that are precious to us. But the reality is all we give up is being shipwrecked, marooned and impoverished.

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

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