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While Western U.S. Burns, Congress Fiddles with Budgets & Hatreds

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 14:55 PM
August 28, 2013

Current-Large-Fired-2013    Just as poor regional and national planning leaves American cities running out of water, the same can be said about the soaring costs of Western wild fires, spurred on by Global Warming and rapid increases of homes in expected fire areas.

And again politicians do nothing about it.  In ‘Wildfires Are Getting Worse.  Why Is Congress So Unprepared?,’ Brad Plumber explains:  “There are a couple of big reasons why wildfires, particularly out West, have been getting bigger and more destructive over time. Climate change has heated up and dried out the region, making forests more flammable.

“But there’s another key factor driving up costs: The number of people living in fire-prone areas has grown dramatically. Some 250,000 new residents have settled in Colorado’s “red zone” over the past two decades, . . . Not only can that increase the odds of a fire starting in the first place. . .  it increases the cost of suppression, as firefighters focus on protecting nearby homes.”

In a separate article, ‘Why Western Wildfires Keep Getting Worse,’ Plumber quotes Craig Allen from the U.S. Geological Survey :  “. . . as more and more people push deep into forested regions, that increases the risk of accidents. More smokers, more ignition from motorized vehicles… even more arson.’

For example Allen adds: “The record-setting Las Conchas fire in New Mexico last year, which consumed 40,000 acres, began when an aspen tree toppled onto a power line that was serving just six homes in a remote area.”

Reminder:  isn’t that why 19 Arizona fire fighters lost their lives last June, trying to protect homes built in fire-prone idaho_wildfire_AP350189261249_620x350areas where they never should have been allowed in the first place?  And oh yes, widows of some of those 19 heroes are not getting benefits because their husbands were ‘part-time’ employees for Uncle Sam.

Such inept planning by local and national governments must stop.  Now instead of considering these factors, Congress has drastically cut fire fighting budgets.  In ‘Federal Budget to Fight Wildfires Is Depleted,’ Darryl Fears argues:  “[T]he federal government has run through its budget for fighting wildfires amid a grueling, deadly season and will be forced to move $600 million from other funds, some of which help prevent fires.”  Moreover, in 2011 Congress took $ 200 million from fire fighting budgets, and this year’s sequester cut $ 115 million more.”

They say Nero fiddled while Rome burned.  But this is not just historical reference.  In this 21st Century, America’s law-makers ‘fiddle’ with political hatreds rather than looking after the nation’s total welfare.

Well do used Christian Bibles prophesy God’s soon coming government.  Though He will do so in love, when The LORD Jesus governs nations, “He shall rule them with a rod of iron (Revelation 2: 27).”  Then people will live where they should, and workers who risk their lives will get full pay and benefits.

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What Are the Odds? Debate: Which U.S. City Runs Out of Water First?

posted by Jael Ever @ 16:03 PM
August 27, 2013

running-out-of-water-2    It may not be as ‘sexy’ as overseas wars, diplomatic entanglements, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes or rising seas––but while few people are paying attention, several American cities will run out of fresh drinking water first!

Some studies say at least nine American cities top the list.  Other research claims 30 cities in one state alone will soon see empty water tanks, wells, and even aquifers. And many of these cities are near what use to be large, safe water sources.

Based conclusions on the U.S. Drought Monitor, Michael B. Sauter and Alexander E.M. Hess report in ‘Nine Cities Running Out of Water’: “Severe drought continues to threaten the water supply of large parts of the Western U.S.”

Their list includes: Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico; Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, and Lubbock,Texas; and Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado. With 100% extreme drought coverage, Lubbock tops the list:

“Nearly half of the Lubbock area on average has been in a state of exceptional drought since 2011, worse than anywhere else in the nation with a population of more than 75,000. . . more than three quarters of the area was under exceptional drought in an average week, also worse than anywhere else in the nation.”  A major source, White River Lake, will soon be unable to deliver water.

In the same discussion, 24/ puts other cities up front: Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth, Texas; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; Atlanta, Georgia; and Orlando, Florida.

This report widens the low-water problem to other than Western states.  Nick Wiltgen’s article for confirms this trend. He adds Tampa, Miami, St. Petersburg, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Lancaster-Palmdale, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Ana, San Diego, San Jose, Oxnard and Mission Viejo,  California; Lincoln, Nebraska, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Charleston, South California; Cleveland, Ohio; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and San Antonia, Texas.

In other words, most of the U.S. is going dry! Jo Borras of claims over 30 towns in Texas alone “willdry-creek-bed soon be out of water,” and blames it on fracking. For whatever reason, Doug Hornig and Alex Daley of Casey Research conclude that these cities will soon fight water wars.

Wars breaking out because this nation build cities, wildly increased populations, continued to dig underground with no restraint, and followed real estate developers––all rather than using common sense about one element necessary for human life, water!

And now cities and states everywhere will suffer because national leaders had no foresight.  As Bible prophecies promise:  “Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29: 18).”  The same can be said where there is no water!

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‘At the Brink’? August 2013 Forecasts: U.S./World Economic Collapse

posted by Ida B. Wells IV @ 10:33 AM
August 26, 2013

us_economic_collapse    Maybe its summer doldrums, but several economic forecasts converge on the same conclusion: economies in the United States and around the world now quickly fall to a state of collapse. Call it recession, depression whatever you want!

In the U.S. the problem is, as 24/7 Wall Street points out, most of the ‘10 Largest Employers in the U.S.’ hire part-time minimum wage workers who do not earn enough purchasing power to spur the economy forward.

Alexander E.M. Hess says these companies include Walmart, with 1.3 million workers, the largest in the country; McDonald’s 440,000 employees; Kroger Co.’s 343,000 workers; Target’s 361,000 workers; Home Depot’s 340,000 employed; United Parcel Service’s (UPS) 399,000 mostly part-time help!  Get the picture?  Scions have ‘part-timed, minimum waged’ US into economic free-fall.

The Sovereign Investor also insists in “The Wal-Mart Indicator Signals an Economic Collapse,” the party’s over! He quotes retail consultant Howard Davidowitz:  “Wal-Mart didn’t suddenly become stupid. . . . The economy is in a state of collapse. That’s what’s going on.”

In ‘This Age of Bubbles,’ Paul Krugman extends the bad news internationally, as he writes “another BRIC hits the wall.” BRIC means the economies of Brazil. Russia, India and China.  He says Western investors pumped these nations up with billions for expansion, and now they pull their monies out!

Just as those U.S. money ‘mavens’ went ‘mad’ for low-wage, part-time jobs, Krugman insists politicians went ‘mad’ with shapeimage_22lawless economic rules: “. . . obvious culprit is financial deregulation—not just in the United States but around the world, and including the removal of most controls on the international movement of capital. . . Cross-border flows of hot money. . .erupting. . .” Bubbles have burst!

Also Kazumasa Oguro, formerly Senior Economist at the Ministry of Finance’s Policy Research Institute, tells Zero Hedge that, in spite of leader Abe’s insistence that Japanese economists keep quiet––Japan’s economy is not in that good of a shape either.  And as usual, most EU nations sport unemployment rates above 25%.  So, as the old lady use to cry, “So where’s the beef?”  There is none!

Market Watch writes that Marc Faber, author of ‘The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report,’ tells his CNBC audience to brace for a Stock Market drop of 20% by the end of the year. Zero Hedge and Hindenburg Omen agree with Faber.

If only the wealthy in these nations had followed the teachings in wholesale Christian Bibles:  “. . . the labourer is worthy of his hire (Luke 10: 7) The labourer is worthy of his reward. . . For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. The labourer is worthy of his reward (1 Timothy 5: 18).”

Instead now they must expect the judgments foretold in James:  “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days (5: 1 – 7).”

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China ‘Horrified’ by Never-Ending Japanese Nuclear Leaks

posted by admin @ 22:52 PM
August 22, 2013

0600news_3m_2013-04-10_3(360)        In rather opaque language, Japan’s nuclear watchdog––i.e. Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA)––appears to say another large nuclear leak has erupted from a different Fukushima storage tank. (Excuse me while I scream!)

NRA told Mari Yamaguchi of Associated Press today:  NRA “proposed Wednesday to define a fresh leakage of highly radioactive leak from one of the hundreds of storage tanks at Japan’s crippled atomic power plant this week, its worst leak yet from such a vessel.” Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) says:

“The leak is the fifth, and the worst, since last year involving tanks of the same design at the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, raising concerns that contaminated water could begin leaking from storage tanks one after another.”

[Here comes another scream as I pull my hair out.  Where is Jael?  This is insane.  I must be reassigned.]  Mari also tells AP:  “During the meeting, officials also revealed that plant workers apparently have overlooked several signs of Japan-nuclear-inspectors leaks, suggesting that their twice-daily patrols were largely just a walk.

“They have not monitored water levels inside tanks, obviously missed a puddle forming at the bottom of the tank earlier, and kept open a valve on an anti-leakage barrier around the tanks.” [OK Now I’m livid, jumping up and down!]

Get Rev. Repriestly!  This is insane!  Want more? This goop was stored in rubber tanks:  “TEPCO says the tanks that have leaked use rubber seams that were intended to last about five years. TEPCO spokesman Masayuki Ono said it plans to build additional tanks with welded seams that are more watertight, but will still have to rely on ones with rubber seams.” Rubber seams for nuclear waste????

Mari ends her report:  “Contaminated water that TEPCO has been unable to contain continues to enter the Pacific Ocean at a rate of hundreds of tons per day. Much of that is ground water that has mixed with untreated radioactive water at the plant.”  Look out U.S. West Coast.  It’s coming your way.

Think I’m upset?  Listen to what Chinese officials tell Reuters News Service:  “China [is] shocked to hear contaminated water [is] still leaking from the plant, [we] urge Japan to provide information in a timely, thorough and accurate way. We hope the Japanese side can earnestly take effective steps to put an end to the negative impact of the after-effects of the Fukushima nuclear accident.”

Under the circumstances, that doesn’t seem to much to ask.  After all, that nuclear-filled water hits China first!  Isn’t there an International Nuclear Regulatory Agency?  Why aren’t they coming over here to help these ‘scientists’?

What about Japanese people? This stuff is in their water and air.  Please Rev. Repriestly, this calls for serious prayer.  That verse on plus size Christian sweatshirts promises: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him (James 1: 5).” As this could eventually affect the whole world, please ask God for wisdom to solve it.

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Wake Up! We’re In the Last Days: Egypt Now: Here Later? Part 3

posted by Sandra Repriestly @ 15:17 PM
August 21, 2013

Churches-620x412    Signaled by The New York Times and Washington Post, mainstream media is at last looking at the ways Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is destroying Christian churches. Hmm! Wonder why it took them so long, and what new news they bring.

Kareem Fahim Times’ story, ‘Islamists Step Up Attacks on Christians for Supporting Morsi’s Ouster,’ cites specifics on the number of churches lost in the attacks, as well as Christians killed:  “A Coptic Christian group, the Maspero Youth Union, recorded at least six deaths and the destruction of at least 38 churches, as well as attacks on at least 23 more.”

Fahim explains “The signs of trouble started to appear in Nazla about two weeks before the attack when graffiti appeared on some 300 Christian homes: “‘We’ll protect legitimacy with our blood,’ a mantra of Mr. Morsi’s supporters, who have insisted that he be restored to power.”

He adds that Christians in Nazla spent 13 years collecting money to build a church, school, youth center and wedding hall––all destroyed by Brotherhood mobs.  Even one Christian orphanage was burned to the ground. Again, in all cases, The Times reports, police and firefighters were no where to be found.

In her Washington Post story, ‘Ravaged Churches Reveal Sectarian Split Feeding Egypt’s Violence,’ Abigail Hauslohner summarizes citizens in Beni Mazar had to borrow keys to a fire truck hoping to save an evangelical church:

“It was one of more than 60 churches that have been attacked, vandalized and in many cases set aflame across Egypt Church-Fire-Sohagin a surge of violence against Christians.” Yet the government still has not provided security for churches.

Hauslohner’s title is based on cities in the Nile Valley which have much larger Christian populations than the 10% norm for Egypt, saying sectarian rivalries between Muslims and Christians frequently turn violent.

She adds:  “Some “five or six” bearded Islamists with assault rifles broke through the evangelical church gate in Beni Mazar around midday Aug. 14, the owner of a Christian bookstore next door said in an interview this week.

“The accomplices carried off thousands of dollars’ worth of computer, video and audio equipment, as well as air conditioning units, before setting the church on fire.”  But when they saw two Washington Post reporters inspecting damage done to a Christian charity, plainclothes police officers carrying assault rifles ran up to claim that they couldn’t help because they were under attack themselves.

These newspapers are the major beacons for truth in the U.S. If they had spoken sooner lives, homes and churches may have been saved.  Our writers would normally end this blog with Scriptures about the duties of journalists as watchmen.

But bigger quandaries are silences from U.S. church leaders.  Do they care nothing for Christians overseas?  Jesus’ words in wholesale Christian Bibles says it best:  “Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me (Mark 7:6).”

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News from Third and Second Worlds––Same O, Same O, Only Worse

posted by John J. Jr. @ 12:02 PM
August 19, 2013

Dispatches from our Newspaper Boys and Girls Around the World:

sudan-flood    Sudan:  Beginning the first of this month, heavy rains and flash flooding from annual rain falls have displaced some 150,000 people in Sudan, half of whom are in the capital Khartoum.

The U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says the rains toppled over 26,000 houses, and brought some 56 victim to their deaths. The homeless sleep on streets. This year’s flooding is the worst in years.

Indonesia:  Volcanoes and earthquakes continue to shake many of this nation’s hundreds of islands.  One of the hottest volcanoes in years at Mount Rokatenda, in East Nusa Tenggara province, led to evacuations of hundreds of villagers, and at least six deaths.  Other villagers refuse to leave their homes.

AFP News says: “Rescuers have been battling through roads blocked by ash to reach affected areas and persuade reluctant villagers to leave their homes. More than 500 have so far been taken off the island to a camp in Maumere, on Flores.

“There are a lot of people here who seem to be traumatized due to the eruption,” says Bakri Kari, from the rescue team.  “Many lost their homes after they ran in a panic. People are in despair.” A 6.3 earthquake’s center was in the sea.

Philippines:  A typhoon dubbed Utor hitting this island nation with gusts of 124 miles an hour brought floods and mudslides to remote towns, destroying roads, farms, trees, homes and untold numbers of deaths.

Japan:  Kids reporting to Earthend journalist Feermeno say that at least nine people died from heat stroke in Japan last killing-heat-wave week as the temperature there hit 106 degrees Fahrenheit.  In July massive heat waves there killed at least 12 people.

The government is begging people to stay indoors, drink plenty of liquids, and use their air conditioners, putting more strain on an already over-loaded system depending on coal and oil since the Fukushima nuclear shut down in 2011.

China:  The kids say Feermeno is in China covering the execution of two men in Xinjiang’s Kashgar Prefecture after violent unrest among Muslim populations.  AFP says China calls them “terrorists,” but freedom rights groups argue China uses that term to justify force against Muslim Uighur minorities. Is it because China doesn’t want people believing in any god other than the state?

I sent these dispatches to my Dad and Brother Michael for their prayer teams, as well as to Jael, hoping she assigns a blog about people in Communist countries willing to die for their faith, and those in our country who give up very little for their faith in The LORD Jesus Christ.

As wholesale Christian tee shirts say, “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased (Hebrews 13: 16).”

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Wake Up! We’re In the Last Days: Egypt Now: Here Later? Part 2

posted by Sandra Repriestly @ 16:41 PM
August 16, 2013

message-to-obama-no-peace-in-mideast-without-coptic-christians    Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations demanding their leader’s reinstatement are just excuses to continue persecutions of Christians, and consequently take their properties and businesses.  Police and the military, usually of Muslim faith, do little to protect Egypt’s Christians or their church or personal properties.

MidEast Christian News reports: “Islamists have demolished and looted the archaeological monastery of Virgin Mary and Anba Abraam in the Delga village, southern Egypt and said they would turn the monastery into a mosque for prayers.

“Bishop Aghabious of Deir Mawas has sent a call to national and international authorities to request help to save what is remaining of the monastery, which dates back to the fifth century AD.” Muslim looters took anything of value.

A priest of the St. George Coptic Catholic Church said:  “Militants surrounded the ancient church, demolished and looted it. They smashed the icons and the marble inside.”  No one saw security forces trying to stop the pillaging.

Angella Johnson of narrates the ceaseless attacks on a Father Matthew Awad and his family:  “Awad had refused to reveal the whereabouts of a Muslim woman who had converted to Christianity. For this offense, he was assaulted, suffered death threats and barely escaped with his life.”

Egyptian police officers “sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood,” arrested and tortured Awad’s son, Marco, who told the Daily Mail:  “Muslim fundamentalists are killing our priests, kidnapping our women and burning our churches. Since the 2011 revolution, Coptics like me have lived in fear of our lives. I’m being forced to live apart from my family because of my faith.”

Since then his sister Feeby is missing as well.  Marco was only saved because his wife contacted the Egyptian Federation for Human Rights.  When Marco was eventually freed, he was dumped unconscious out of a car.

Head of that Human Rights Federation, Dr. Naguib Gobraiel, a Christian, labels this Nazi-like genocide as ethnic cleansing:  “It’s a pogrom.  I have three sons in their late 20s and they all emigrated with their families since Morsi took egypt-cairo-clashespower. I’ve been threatened with death and my office burned three times.”

He also claims a huge increase in false allegations against Christians, particularly teachers, since the Brotherhood came to power last year, when ex- President Morsi quickly criminalized blasphemy as insulting of Islam.  Gobraiel says Christians receive the most imprisonments for that ‘blasphemy.’

Again, why has U.S. national media not highlighted this news from Egypt?  Whether Morsi is returned or not, this genocide continues––unless the U.S. government steps in with what little influence it has left in Egypt!

Egyptian Christians must take hope in what The LORD Jesus Christ told Apostle Paul, who, before he was converted, persecuted believers:  “And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest (Acts 22: 8).”  Now here are Bible prophecies for Muslim Brotherhood members.  Judgment Day is coming!

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Wake Up! We’re In the Last Days: Egypt Now, . . . Maybe Here Later!

posted by Sandra Repriestly @ 1:13 AM
August 16, 2013

Coptic Christians protest against the killings of people during clashes in Cairo between Christian protesters and military police, in Los Angeles        Maybe it is diplomatic newsspeak, but mainstream media talking heads seem outraged at military action against ex-Egyptian President Morsi’s supporters. Have they forgotten Morsi’s sly moves to enforce Sharia laws dictating the number of children Egyptian women must bear, to disempower the Egyptian parliament, to dismiss courts, to redraw streets, and to ignore Muslim persecution of Christians?

The Moslem Brotherhood has sent repeated signals to Egyptian Christians before and since last November when Morsi refused to attend ceremonies to install Bishop Tawadros as the 118th Coptic Pope, and Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and All Africa––that Egypt is unsafe for Christians.

And those signals are repeated each time Coptic priests and even bishops disappear as kidnapped and usually turn up murdered.  And all this was happening even when Morsi was still in office.  Should anyone expect less now?

Now mobs, angry about Morsi’s ouster, roam throughout the country burning scores of Christian churches.  Benjamin Weinthal of the Jerusalem Post adds Muslim Brotherhood supporters also “wreaked havoc on Coptic Christian businesses, property [and] Christian institutions throughout the country.”

Charlene Gubash reporting for NBC News writes:  “Thousands of Egypt’s Coptic Christians are fleeing to Europe, the United States and elsewhere rather than face mounting discrimination at home. . . . Many Copts feel Egypt’s Islamist-led government is not doing enough to protect them from religious hate crimes and inflammatory rhetoric––so many are leaving.”

Thankfully, many Egyptian Christians are coming to the United States. Gubash states:  “The number of Egyptians receiving asylum in the U.S. has jumped more than five-fold in recent years. In 2010, the year before the revolution, just 531 Egyptians received asylum in the U.S.; in 2012, that number jumped to 2,882, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s statistical data for 2012.”

Bishop Anba Suriel, the bishop for the Coptic Orthodox Church in Melbourne, Australia warns:  “These attacks on the egypt-christianCopts is unprecedented in the modern era.”  He insists the international community must not be passive.

Weinthal quotes Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian justice minister and current Liberal MP, who says the “Army should be providing more protection to the Copts.  The anti-Christian violence by radical Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood supporters is taking place within ‘a general culture of impunity.’”

Dexter Van Zile, the Christian media analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America told Weinthal, “Progressive Christianity does not want to confront Islamic violence.” But where are the progressive Christians?

As Apostle Paul commands in used Christian Bibles: “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep . . . (Romans 13: 11).”  To paraphrase a famous American writer, “if they come for me at night, they will be there for you in the morning.”  Wake up!  Defend and Help Egyptian Christians!

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Impossibility of Understanding Universe’s Truths Thru ‘Space Science’

posted by Jim Seerfar @ 16:55 PM
August 14, 2013

380px-CMB_Timeline300_no_WMAP    Today’s media world is bombarded with various theories of ‘science’ about space, time and earth’s destruction.  Take for example, The New York Times’ discussion, ‘A Black Hole Mystery Wrapped in a Firewall Paradox’ by Dennis Overbye, which reveals confusions among ‘space’ scientists.

Overbye quotes Joseph Polchinsky from the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, as one of the theorists who set off this turmoil:  “It points to something missing in our understanding of gravity.”

From this point of enlightenment, Overbye adds: “Down this rabbit hole are many of the jazzy magical mysteries of modern physics: Black holes. The shortcuts through space and time called wormholes.”  Is he saying black holes and wormholes are the same? Isn’t one literal and the other only possible imagination?

Polchinsky and three other guys formed a team called AMPS. They decided that “following the known laws of physics wold lead to a contradiction, the firewall paradox.” Such thinking set off a pandemonium: if they are right, “one of three ideas that lie at the heart and soul of modern physics, had to be wrong.”

Then everything exploded so to speak: quantum entanglement theory clashed with quantum field theory––which was used for discovery of the Higgos boson, otherwise known as the ‘god particle,’ I think.

The clash is so exhausting that even the great British cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who decided that black holes rr0305b-lgleaking particles would explode leaving a star so huge its death is “longer than the age of the universe”––had to surrender.

Fellas, fellas!  Please let me help you figure this out.  The Bible, you know That Great Book which says that God––Jehovah Elohim, The Eternal Creator––keeps His ever-expanding universe all together (Genesis 2: 4 – 25).

As the prophet Isaiah asks:  “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding (40: 28).”

And the prophet Amos, just a lowly sheep herder, advises men: “Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,  Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is His name (5:7-8).”

One must wonder how a man without worldly education knew the names of stars and planets. He must have gotten his education from That Eternal Creator.  Tell you what, try one of our plus-size Christian sweatshirts quoting Amos:  “Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion.” Come on.  It’s not hard.  His Name is Jesus.  Ask Him into your heart.  He’ll straighten out your confusion with faith!

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Florida Sink Holes Destroying More Than Disney Resorts

posted by Jim Seerfar @ 0:55 AM
August 14, 2013

Sinking-Building-Resort-FloridaSwank resorts 10 miles from Florida’s Walt Disney World sank into a 60-foot-wide sinkhole this week causing guests to flee their rooms in fear. Some 36 people were evacuated from two structures as one sank into a 15 feet deep crater.

Those fleeing the main sinking building have probably lost all their belongings.  Safety officials in Summer Bay, the hotel’s town, said the swallowed structure is a total lost.  Some may be able to enter the second structure soon.

However, Manoj Chopra, engineering professor at the University of Central Florida, advises:  “I wouldn’t send anybody to the next structure over, or anybody to the whole area for a while [as] an open sinkhole may open other sinkholes.”

At least a third of the main three story structure collapsed into the sinkhole.  That building includes 24 units, and some 20 people were living there when the building started to crack and shake with windows blasting out.

Timothy F. Kirn writes in insurance that sinkholes have caused property insurance premiums in Florida toflorida-sinkhole-walt-disney-world steadily rise.  He says: “more houses are being built in Florida, so more houses might be on unstable land.

“When a house is found to be sitting on a sinkhole and its foundation is in danger, concrete has to be pumped into the hole to fill it and that process can cost $200,000.”  He also points out that farmers pumping out groundwater to preserve agriculture can cause sinkholes to open in some areas.

In fact in 2010, when strawberry growers and farmers pumped billions of gallons of water a day from a Florida aquifer to save their crops from a cold spell, it caused at least 30 home owners to lose their properties to resulting sinkholes.
Homes, fresh and well water loses came because Florida does not regular farmers.

Marc Lallanilla of LiveScience also points out: “Florida’s groundwater has been disappearing rapidly as the state’s population grows at breakneck speed: By 2015, Florida is expected to hit 20 million residents, making it the third-largest state.” New people use water putting pressure in aquifers and stabilizing limestone.

This will of course create even more sinkholes, as will the recent lack of rain fall in the state. Such drought, farmers preferred use of ground water, collapsing limestone and other bedrocks, and growing populations spell trouble for the state.

If only the people of Florida and the rest of the nation relied on Almighty God for their water.  As He promises in Christian prayer books:  “I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water (Isaiah 41: 18).” Time for prayer!

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