Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Shot of the Day for February 4, 2009

Red On Black

Photo by Flickr Member Patty Colmer

Good News From Mary Feb. 4, 2009

The President, the Passengers, & the Patience of God

Sometimes we are so overwhelmed at being treated better than we deserve that we must exult in the all-sovereign God—the God of birds' flight and Obama’s rise. When King David pondered how many were God’s “wondrous deeds,” he said, “I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told” (Psalm 40:5). That’s the way I feel watching God’s public mercies in the last few days.

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Closer Than I Knew

A year studying abroad. I should have been thrilled. But I missed my family and longed for something familiar.

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Exercising etiquette: Don’t be a gym diva

Heading to the gym to blow off some steam? Good idea, as long as you don’t take out your stress on everyone around you.

It’s likely that anyone who’s spent time at a health club has seen some bad behavior, including the equipment hogs, the slobs who leave cardio machines dripping with sweat and the muscle men who grunt loudly as they lift oh-so-heavy weights that they have no intention of putting away.

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Obama signs children's healthcare bill

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a law expanding a health program to include 3.5 million uninsured children, advancing an overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system despite the embarrassing withdrawal of his nominee to lead the initiative.

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January may mark new low for retail salesA drop in gift-card use and a reliance on post-holiday clearance sales are likely to be the main culprits when major U.S. retailers report lower January sales results this week.

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Wednesday, February 4 is a Good News Day (posted by Mary Beth)

The Planet vs. the Poor?: A False Choice

"Yesterday, I told you that the science surrounding man-made global warming was hardly 'settled.' I noted the skepticism of respected scientists and said that, given these doubts, we ought to resist being panicked into taking drastic and costly measures."

Read more of Chuck Colson's commentary here.

What are you studying? - a devotion

"What are you studying? Where are you focused? Those are the things that will color your thinking and your actions."

Click here to learn what the apostle Paul suggests.

This devotion is part of a series. Click here for the entire series.

A mystery portrait of Obama as a young man?

"Sure, President Obama's busy trying to solve the nation's problems.

But Megan McCluer and her husband, Michael Heffner, would like just a minute of his time to settle a mystery: As a young man, did he sit for a portrait painted by an obscure Los Angeles artist? And what's up with the shirt?"

More on this Presidential mystery here.

Fresh breath or fish breath? Seal gets a brushing

"Thirteen-year-old Chuck’s breath may not be exactly minty fresh, but he is a little more pleasant to be around because of his daily toothbrushing."

Check out the video of Chuck's daily adventure here.

Ghost town’s final days

"A little known ghost town slated for demolition and development will get one last public hurrah thanks to members of the town’s historical society."

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Ghost town hunters looking for next subject

"Don Chaddock, editor of the Folsom Telegraph, and photographer Philip Wood have investigated and reported on three California ghost towns. They are looking for other subjects."

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Zatarain's starts its own petition to make Mardi Gras a national holiday

"To many New Orleanians, Mardi Gras is a much-deserved gift that eases the pain of living in a high-crime city with political shenanigans, mega-potholes and piles of trash. Local company Zatarain's Inc. wants everyone in the country to have this gift, so the Gretna-based food producer has launched a petition to make Mardi Gras a national holiday."

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Have a Good News Day!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 Good News Posts from Margaret

How Much to Plant Per Person in the Vegetable Garden

I am ready for Spring and gardening and I guess it is showing in the articles I have been posting. Here is one that will help you know how much to plant per person.

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Maintaining body temperature important in cold

"How cold weather affects the body when exercising outdoors depends on what activity is being performed, as well as how cold it is outside. But the primary focus should be on maintaining as normal a body temperature (98.6 degrees) as possible."

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Earlham professor shares sabbatical experiences

"Tim Seid, associate dean and assistant professor of New Testament Studies for the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Ind., has recently completed an six-month sabbatical.

He participated in a five-week study seminar at the American Academy in Rome during which he studied the material culture of the lower classes of people in the early Roman Empire. His research focused on the role of the household philosophical adviser as a way of understanding the Apostle Paul's function within households and his writing of letters of moral exhortation to those groups."

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VeggieTales World TV Premiere on GMC Sat. Feb. 7

"Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and their VeggieTales® friends make their Gospel Music Channel (GMC) television network debut when GMC ( presents the world television premiere of the new VeggieTales® DVD, Abe and the Amazing Promise on Sat. Feb 7 at 9:00 a.m. ET (Also 10a, 11a, 2p, 3p, 4p.) "

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Playing hide-and-seek with God

"So much of our lives are spent hiding from others. We're afraid they may not like what they see.

Our solution is to construct 'fronts' and defenses to hide behind. True, that permits us to hide but it also penalizes us by making intimacy with other people difficult.

Unless we are truly known we cannot be truly loved."

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