Six Powerful Words

Six Powerful Words

“But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.'”1

I have read how a parts manager for a small electronics shop had occasion to order part No. 669 from the factory. But when he received it he noticed that someone had sent part No. 699 instead.

Furious at the factory’s incompetence, he promptly sent the part back along with a letter giving them a piece of his mind. Less than a week later, he received the same part back with a letter containing just four words: “TURN THE PART OVER.”2

You’d be amazed at how many people get mad at me because they can’t receive their Daily Encounter. I need to remind them that our server only has the control of the sending. The receiving is totally out of our control. Others get mad at me because they can’t unsubscribe. Very often it is because they are trying to unsubscribe an address they aren’t subscribed as. After I have checked everything at our end and explained the above situations, not one subscriber has ever apologized to me for blaming me for their error.

Sadly, too many of us are a too quick to blame others for our “mistrakes” and too slow to apologize for them.

When it comes to relationships, blaming others for our problems can be disastrous. Tell me … I’ve taught in divorce recovery classes for years and I’d say about 90 percent of the divorcees I’ve worked with primarily blame their former spouse for the break up of their marriage—without even considering that every one of us contributes something to a failed relationship.

True, we all make mistakes, but the one who wins in the long run is not the one who plays the blame-game but the one who can say and genuinely mean it, “I was wrong. Please forgive me.”

Furthermore, the only person God can help is the one who can say from the heart, “O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.”

from Daily Encounter, 03-03-2008

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U.S.official warns of global warming

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A U.S. energy official has acknowledged that responding to global warming while meeting energy needs will be one of the greatest challenges faced by humanity.

Raymond L. Orbach, the U.S. Department of Energy’s undersecretary for science, reaches that conclusion in a two-part podcast entitled “Confronting Climate Change,” published Tuesday as part of the American Chemical Society’s Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions series.

Orbach says this challenge will require “transformational breakthroughs in basic science” — meaning revolutionary discoveries rather than common step-by-step scientific advances.

As an example he cites the development of artificial photosynthesis, the natural process used by plants to produce energy from water and sunlight. Artificial photosynthesis, or “photosynthesis without the plant,” as Orbach put it, could potentially open the door to fueling cars of the future with water rather than gasoline. Water could be split by artificial photosynthesis into hydrogen and oxygen, allowing clean-burning hydrogen fuel, Orbach explains in the podcast.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

from Arcamax Science and Technology e-zine, 08-28-2008

By record…

This night is one of those nights when I stay out ’til late. But this is very different; say, a new record for me. I, actually, arrived at the apartment at 11pm.

But I have nothin’ against it. This night’s been sensible.

And I can’t say enough to thank ’em both…

Dreams: God’s Forgotten Language? Part II

“Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.”1

Dreams not only give valuable personal insights but also have given many creative insights. Some inventors, for example, have received profound ideas from dreams. I recall reading how the inventor, Elias Howe, designed the first sewing machine. He was having great difficulty in conceiving a workable needle. When he was close to running out of money, he had an unusual dream. He dreamt that he was about to be executed because he failed to design a sewing machine for the king of a strange country.

In his dream he was surrounded by guards, all of whom held spears that had been pierced with holes near the tip. Howe woke up and immediately rushed to his workshop. The perfect concept for the sewing machine needle came to him in this dream. Within a few hours the first sewing machine design was well on the way to being completed.

I have heard it said that the theory of relativity came to Einstein in either a dream or a vision. Apparently he saw it on a beam of light. I have also read that the design for the first radio tube came to the inventor in a dream.

Was it time for these discoveries to come into the world and did God give them to the persons who were trained to understand them and put them to use? Or did they just happen by chance? I prefer to think the former.

So whatever we think about dreams, as we said yesterday, they are a God-given gift in that he gave us the ability to dream. Whether we repress them as many do, ignore them as most do, or use them for creative purposes as some do is entirely up to each individual.

If you want to remember your dreams, keep a pen and pad at your bedside and record any dream that makes a strong impression on your mind. Speaking personally, dreams have given me some valuable insights for growth and recovery.

from DailyEncounter, 02-28-2008

Bering glacier melting at a faster rate

HOUGHTON, Mich. (UPI) — New measurements show the Bering Glacier in Alaska is melting at double the rate that scientists had thought, researchers said Friday.

Robert Shuchman, co-director of the Michigan Tech Research Institute, said the glacier, the largest in North America, is releasing about 30 cubic kilometers of water a year — more than twice the amount of water in the entire Colorado River.

“This could potentially change the circulation of coastal currents in the Gulf of Alaska,” Shuchman said.

The measurements were made with a new sensor — designed by Michigan Tech, the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Bureau of Land Management — that provides a more accurate measurement of glacial ice melt, the university said Friday in a release.

“Our glacier observations are 10 times better and 10 times less costly than data collected the old way,” Shuchman said.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

from Arcamax Science and Technology e-zine, 08-19-2008

Old bacteria relied on arsenic, not water

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they have discovered ancient bacteria that relied on arsenic, rather than water, to grow during photosynthesis.

The discovery, which the scientists said likely dates to a few billion years ago, came in research funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Exobiology Program and the U.S. Geological Survey.

The finding is said to add an important dimension to the arsenic cycle “and highlights a previously unsuspected process that may have been essential for establishing the arsenic cycle on the ancient Earth,” the USGS said. The arsenic cycle occurs when enzymes trigger microorganisms to convert inorganic arsenic to organic arsenicals.

The discovery came during a study of two small hot spring-fed ponds on the southeastern shore of Paoha Island in Mono Lake, Calif.

The research that included scientists from Duquesne University, the University of Georgia and Southern Illinois University appears in the journal Science.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

from Arcamax Science and Technology e-zine, 08-21-2008