Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Written Word
Romans 1:16-25: 16For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, "The one who is righteous will live by faith."
18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. 19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse; 21for though they knew God, they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened. 22Claiming to be wise, they became fools; 23and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.
24Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, 25because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen.

Question 79. Who may receive the Lord's Supper?
All baptized Christians who rejoice in so great a gift, who confess their sins, and who draw near with faith intending to lead a new life, may receive the Lord's Supper. This includes baptized children who have expressed a desire to participate, and who have been instructed in the meaning of the sacrament in a way they can understand.
· Luke 13:29 "Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God."
· 1 Cor. 11:28 "Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup."
· Phil. 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice."

legerity (luh-JAIR-uh-tee) noun: alert facile quickness of mind or body

douceur (doo-SUHR) noun: A tip or bribe.

"In this century, when evil men plot chemical, biological and nuclear terror, a policy of appeasement could bring destruction of a kind never before seen on this earth. Terrorists and terrorist states do not reveal these threats with fair notice in formal declarations. And responding to such enemies only after they have struck first is not self defense. It is suicide. The security of the world requires disarming Saddam Hussein now." PRESIDENT BUSH

Building Your Brain - Literally: Ever wish you could improve your memory? Neuroscience may soon be ready to help. A team of scientists led by Theodore Berger of the University of Southern California is about to begin testing an artificial hippocampus, the world's first brain prosthesis. The device, a silicon chip implant, aims to perform the primary function of a healthy hippocampus, the part of the brain that encodes experiences for storage as long-term memories. After spending nearly 10 years building their chip, Berger and his team will soon test it on tissues from rats' brains. If all goes well, they'll move on to live animal tests. Ultimately, they hope the device will help humans whose brains have been damaged through accident or disease. Perhaps someday a similar device might even help you remember where you left your car keys. -- Hard-wire your brain at NewScientist.com

Thieves need a Bible lesson! Pastor Stig Laegdene knows the Ten Commandments, including No. 8: "Thou shalt not steal." Car thieves in his neighborhood, however, seemed to have skipped it.
Laegdene, a Lutheran pastor who preaches to small-time criminals and others on the streets of Tromsoe, 1,100 miles north of the capital, Oslo, had his car stolen twice last week. "I know hundreds of criminals, but I don't know if it was 'my criminals' who stole my car this time," Laegdene told The Associated Press Sunday.
Since he started preaching in Tromsoe, his 1986 Saab 900 has been stolen seven times. It's typically returned - or someone tells him where to pick it up - the next day after word gets out about its owner."When they find it was my car, I get it back," he said, usually in the same condition.
The last time it was stolen, March 12, his car was returned to him with nearly everything in it, including his robe. Missing was a bottle of wine and a sheaf of his sermons. "I hope they read them," he said of the thieves. "They were pretty good." -- Web Smarts

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