Monthly Archives: February 2017

Man with new face is given new life 

OCHESTER, Minn. — He’d been waiting for this day, and when his doctor handed him the mirror, Andy Sandness stared at his image and absorbed the enormity of the moment: He had a new face, one that had belonged to another man.
His father and his brother, joined by several doctors and nurses at Mayo Clinic, watched as he studied his swollen features. He was just starting to heal from one of the rarest surgeries in the world — a face transplant, the first at the medical center. He had the nose, cheeks, mouth, lips, jaw, chin, even the teeth of his donor. Resting in his hospital bed, he still couldn’t speak clearly, but he had something to say.
He scrawled four words in a spiral notebook:
“Far exceeded my expectations,” he wrote, handing it to Dr. Samir Mardini, who read the message to the group.
“You don’t know how happy that makes us feel,” Mardini said, his voice husky with emotion as he looked at the patient-turned-friend he had first met nearly a decade earlier.

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Mercy,  forgiveness for Omaha woman who killed her mother

Read the story right here.

Facing Your Funeral

Here is an old radio sermon I had to listen to, for one of my Bible college classes. I hope will bless you too. 

Local Ten-Year-Old Believing God For Tripled Allowance


TOLEDO, OH—Ten-year-old Jacob Riley is putting his faith into action and believing God for a threefold increase in his weekly allowance, sources reported Tuesday.

“I’m just laying claim to the material blessings that belong to me in Christ,” explained the fifth grader, echoing the beliefs his parents have discussed in front of him countless times.
“God didn’t create me to be average, to just get by,” Riley, flanked by his parents, explained to reporters. “He created me to prosper, to succeed, to dream big, to be above average. I’m no ordinary Joe; I’m a child of the most high God, and my heavenly Father does not desire for me to live in lack.”
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As a Creighton University basketball fan this makes me sad ,( a Creighton basketball star in trouble with the law ) 

Omaha police have issued an arrest warrant for Creighton basketball player Maurice Watson Jr.

WOWT 6 News has confirmed a 1st degree sexual assault warrant was issued for Watson Jr. following an investigation. According to reports, police were called to a local hospital around 10:30 in the morning on February 4th, 2017. A woman there reported that she had been sexually assaulted earlier that morning, saying that a suspect allegedly had non-consensual sex with her in the bathroom of a home.

Omaha Police confirm that the man suspected in the assault is Watson Jr.
On Wednesday, Creighton University announced that Watson Jr. had been suspended from university athletics functions, but the only reasons given were that he had allegedly engaged in “actions that are contrary to University policies and core values.”
( Read the rest of this story. As a long time Creighton fan this makes me very sad.My prayers are with the young lady who was hurt.I pray justice will be done for all.I feel bad for the young fans who looked up to Watson. I feel bad for Watson. If he is guilty his life forever has been changed.If he did not do the crime, his life still has been changed. If he is guilty ,I pray if he has not he would come to repentance for this sinful act.He can forget about playing in the NBA. I above all pray everyone involved will be touched in their hearts, and souls for the Lord. I am sadden by this. )

How wrong a crime against girls who were selling cookies 

Woman uses fake money to buy Girl Scout cookies

Evil does not rest, The International Fund for Evil

Evil does not rest. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.
You might remember that President Trump reinstated the “Mexico City Policy,” which bans U.S. funding to foreign non-government organizations that provide or promote abortions.
As I said at the time, it’s great news. What I didn’t expect was that other nations would rush in to replace the loss of U.S. funds for overseas abortions.
That’s what happened. So far, as reported at the Stream.org, eight countries have agreed to establish an international fund to kill babies: Canada, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, and Cape Verde.
As one Swedish official bloviated, if women can’t “control their own bodies,” that would have serious consequences for “gender rights” and “global poverty eradication.”
And, I’ll add human life eradication.
While there’s comfort in knowing our tax dollars won’t be funding abortions overseas, evil does not rest. Nor should we.
Please, come to BreakPoint.org/21days and get your free download of our “21 Days of Prayer for Life” prayer guide. Join with us in prayer for the unborn.

Alan Colmes ( Feb. 23, 2017 ) 

Fox News Channel’s Alan Colmes Dies at Age 66 ) 

    I enjoyed watching Alan even though I disagreed with his politics.It appears he was a decent man. Lets pray for his family, and friends. Above all I hope he embraced Christ before he left this world. ( John 1:12 ) 

Your Body, Your Spirit, and a Good Night’s Sleep

Because our bodies matter to God—and not just in a moral sense—our rest matters to God, too. So much so, He built it into the rhythms of the universe.
Do you proclaim with the psalmist: “Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations” (Psalm 57:8)?
Do you climb out of bed each morning and sing with joy about God’s unfailing love (Psalm 59:16)?
If not, (and for the record, I rarely do), maybe it’s because we are among the one in three Americans who don’t get enough sleep. Seriously.
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control declared a new public health crisis: sleep deprivation. Millions are failing night after night to get the recommended seven to nine hours of rest, putting them at increased risk for health problems from anxiety and depression to diabetes and heart disease.
By some estimates, widespread lack of sleep is costing American employers over $100 billion annually “in lost production, medical expenses, and sick leave.” More in-depth research finds that twenty straight hours without sleep is the equivalent of being legally drunk. And sleep specialists are sounding the alarm that “drowsy driving” is just as deadly as drunk driving—and more common.
So what’s behind this epidemic of sleep deprivation? Why are Americans these days so incapable of turning off the lights and going to bed? The answer is in our pockets.
A growing body of research demonstrates that the frequency of light produced by smart phones, laptops and tablets triggers the release of chemicals in our brains that tell us, “It’s time to wake up! Its morning!”
The dreary glow of screens also drains our concentration and creativity. A study in the journal Social Psychology reported that even having a smart phone nearby degraded the quality of subjects’ work and studies, because it reminded them of their online social circles.
So what do we do to counteract this perfect storm of sleep deprivation and tech addiction?
Writing at Motherboard, Kaleigh Rogers describes her radical solution: She banned screens from her home for a full month. No TV, computers, or smart phones. Cold turkey.
Unlike healthy eating and exercise—good habits that take weeks or months to make a difference—Rogers says her tech-free experiment yielded immediate and astonishing results.
The first few days were like a dream, she writes. “We’d come home, put on some music, cook dinner together, and then—unimaginably—we’d sit at the table and eat. After dinner, Stuart would play guitar while I read. Chores were done promptly and without hesitation. It was blissful.”
Okay, that’s all great. But BreakPoint isn’t a self-help program. So what’s all this got to do with a Christian worldview?
Well, let’s go back to the beginning. God created day and He created night. A time to work, and a time to rest. The Sabbath, remember, begins in the evening, and we enter into an earthly rest in anticipation of resting eternally in God’s presence.
Remember too that we’re not pure spirits. We’re embodied spirits. The state of our body affects the state of our spirit. It’s why we avoid drunkenness and bodily immorality. It’s why we try to stay fit.
It’s no wonder then, as Kate Shellnutt writes at Christianity Today, that those who get quality sleep report feeling closer to God and having better faith lives overall.
And also, as Charles Spurgeon said, “God gives us sleep to remind us we are not Him.” We have limits. He doesn’t. We lie down at night trusting in God’s care, open to Him speaking to us, trusting him to revive these earthen vessels of ours in the morning—ready once again to join with God in His work to restore all thing in Jesus.
Now I’m not saying give up your cell phone or Facebook (especially if you read BreakPoint on them). But I am saying don’t let them deprive you of God’s gift of sleep, and in turn all the personal interaction, productivity, creativity, and especially spiritual vitality that make us fully human as God intended.

 The NFL commissioner and his staff should focus on how to attract back the many viewers who turned off NFL games last year. Let the leaders of the state focus on how to keep the folks in Texas safe !

Tony Perkins asks a good question. “If NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thinks football unites us, then why is his league taking political sides?” The National Football League has had trouble keeping TV viewers this year. There are many theories for the rating drop ranging from concern about concussions to the ongoing Colin Kaepernick controversy.
So, you would think that the NFL would focus on how to attract more viewers for next season. But shortly after the Super Bowl in Houston, the NFL decided to once again wade into the culture wars. The NFL warned Texas not to pass the Texas Privacy Act or face the fact that no future Super Bowl would be held in Texas.

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