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Saturday, February 25, 2017

More Mars Pictures (NASA Images)

The Book of the Law

The Book of the Law of the Lord given by Moses disappeared for a while. It was later found during the restoration of the Temple taken by king Josiah, king of Judah. It was found by Hilkiah the priest. For all the time it was missing, the Book was there in the "House of the Lord".

For more on this story, read the Book of 2 Chronicles in the Holy Bible.

God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob

The Holy Bible teaches us and prepares us to know our God. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is our Heavenly Father. He is patient, very merciful, and tenderhearted. The Bible teaches us that our Lord repent toward the evils we commit against Him. "There is no wrongdoing with the Lord our God, no partiality nor taking of bribes." 2 Chronicles 19:7

Also see the Prayer of King Manasseh in the Holy Bible.

The Holy Bible is guided by the Holy Spirit. It is a guide to Heaven. The Holy Bible is man's salvation from the devil. All the books in the Bible point toward Jesus Christ. There is nothing there written that does not belong to Him, our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Prayer of King Manasseh

King Manasseh was one of the rulers of Judah. He became king at age 12 and he ruled Judah for 55 years.His father was king Hezekhia. Initially, king Manasseh sinned against the Lord, but later on he repented. In his repentance prayer, king Manasseh asked the Lord of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to forgive him by acknowledging that he sinned against the Lord. This beautiful prayer is found in the Book of 2 Chronicles following the last chapter. It is a must read for every sinner to learn how to ask the Lord for forgiveness.

King Manasseh revealed in his prayer a wonderful fact. Manasseh stated that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob "have not sinned against You". They lived their life free of sins. It is sensible, therefore, to study their lives in the books of the Bible.

Also, Manasseh told us something wonderful about our Lord. The king declared in his repentance prayer "Your merciful promise is immeasurable and unsearchable. For You are the Lord Most High , and are tenderhearted, patient, very merciful, and who repent toward the evils of man." Prayer of King Manasseh 7.

For more on this prayer, read the complete text of the Prayer of King Manasseh found following the last chapter in the Book of 2 Chronicles.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Faces from Mars (NASA Images)

A Clean Heart

Give us Lord a clean heart and teach us how to love you and fear you. A prayer that is found in the Bible in so many forms. The good Lord is not partial to anyone. He does not take bribes, because there is no wrongdoing with the Lord (2 Chronicles 19:7)

For more on this idea, read the Book of 2 Chronicles in the Holy Bible.

What to expect from a prostate biopsy

Prostate biopsy has become a state of art of detecting cancer of the prostate. The procedure is done with an ultrasound that detects the presence of the most "problematic' areas in the prostate. Surgeons perform the biopsy either under local anesthesia or "conscious sedation". The latter is better because you won't remember a thing, similar to that done during colonoscopy. Find a surgeon who is willing to do the conscious sedation in your area. Sometimes you have to shop around. On the day of the procedure, you check in with the facility and give them your medical insurance information. You are asked to go the floor where the "surgery" is performed. A nurse takes initially your vital signs and asks you to fully disrobe and put on a hospital gown (I tend to think that these gowns are meant to keep you trap at the hospital unable to run away.)  Afterward, the nurse comes back to collect personal and medical information on you and listens to your lungs with a stethoscope. Then, she/he hooks you to a solution to replenish your fluid and electrolytes through the catheter they placed in your arm (it appears there is one nurse who specializes in this thing at every facility). They have you sign consents for the procedure and anesthesia and other things. Don't bother to read them, remember you are already wearing the gown. No escape is possible from this point on. Just sign these documents and smile. Afterward, the anesthesiologist comes in and ask you a few questions about your health, like breathing issues, asthma, and others. He/she asks you to look in your mouth. I think it is important to make sure nothing is blocking the airways like loose teeth or chewing gums. After that you will be given a light sedative to prepare you for the journey to the biopsy room. Once you are there, there are a few personnel who greet you. They place an oxygen mask over your face and voila. You are back to your bed not remembering a thing. Some men may require to have a catheter to let urine out for a few days after the procedure (this usually is done if you retain too much urine in your bladder after voiding.) They check the residual volume of urine in your bladder with an ultrasound scanner. Once this done, they discharge you.The surgeon normally orders for you antibiotic to take one day before surgery, on the day surgery, and the next day after the biopsy. The actual surgery takes about 15-30 minutes, but prepare to be there several hours. Ask your facility if they allow you to take the antibiotic pills on the day of surgery, especially if you are consciously sedated. Some surgeons may also give you antibiotics during the procedure intravenously. Also, to clear the rectum from feces, the surgeon asks you to give yourself an enema the day of the surgery prior to arriving at the hospital. This probably is the most unpleasant step in the entire thing. The next day of the surgery a nurse calls you to inquire on how you are doing (a courtesy phone call). They also ask you to make an appointment with your surgeon to remove the catheter and to go over the results. Best wishes if you are doing it. Under conscious sedation it ain't bad.

A Sad Sad Day

I lost one of my coworkers today. I worked with him at the same company for 28 years, since 1989. BG was a gentle and humerus man. He was a pharmacologist, a neuro-pharmacologist. BG was a Christian man who accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. I will miss my good friend BG, but I know he is today in the Lord Kingdom.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Have you been offered something you could not refused?

Jesus Christ came from the lineage of king David. As a king of the old age, your power came in part from the number of people you ruled over. But, the Lord God had forbid the kings of Israel to number their people because the kings' power came from the Lord directly. Even king David failed to follow God's commends. The Bible says that David followed Satan's suggestions: "Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel." 1 Chronicles 21:1

So Satan "moved David" to sin against the Lord and David acted according to Satan's wishes. Because of David's sin 70,000 men of Israel died. Kings' sin can destroy nations.

For more on this story, read the Book of 1 Chronicles in the Holy Bible.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

King Solomon's Great Throne

King Solomon built a throne for himself. The throne was made of pure elephant tusks and overlaid with pure gold. On each side of the throne stood a lion. Leading up to the throne were six steps, and on the sides of the steps stood 12 lions. King Solomon loved gold. All his vessels were made of pure gold. The Bible says "So King Solomon surpassed all the Kings of the earth in wealth and wisdom." 2 Chronicles 9:22.

Why was he the richest king on earth? Because when God told him that he could ask for anything he desired, king Solomon asked for wisdom. Because of this God granted him wisdom and all the wealth he could have.

For more on this story, read the Book of 2 Chronicles in the Holy Bible.

Who Built the First Temple?

The first Temple was built by king Solomon. None of the 153,600 men who helped build the Temple was an Israelite. All the workers were foreigners. King Solomon assigned their duties as follow: those who bear burdens were 70,000; those who quarried stones were 80,000; and those who oversaw, the leaders, were 3,600. The stones of the Temple came from the mountains.

For more on this story, read the Book of 2 Chronicles.

Who Built the City of Bethlehem?

The City of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, was built by king Rehoboam who was king Solomon's son.

For more on this story, read the Book of 2 Chronicles.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Moses' Serpent

See our previous blog post on Moses' Serpent. That copper/bronze serpent that healed people from snake bites just by looking at it. The nation of Israel worshiped it by offering incense to it until it was destroyed. I was wondering if we were to get hold of it in 2017, would the church offer incense to it? I think I know the answer.


Emotional or physical stress can cause great harm if it persists beyond a threshold. People differ in their tolerance to stress, but regardless of how we cope with it, eventually stress breaks everybody if it reaches a critical mass, and can collapse you, literally speaking. Adaptogens are agents that combat stress. The best known adaptogens to man are the ginsengs. For example, Panax ginseng is highly regarded in Asia to restore youth and combat stress in all its forms. It is said that stress is the cause of 80% of all diseases, and contribute a great deal to the causation of chronic diseases (cancer, diabetes, heart failure, etc.) Prevention is better than treatment. Prevent stress by eating healthy, exercise, meditation, praying, supplementing with adaptogens, therapeutic bodywork, and laughter. Yes, laughter! Don't take life too seriously. Take time to smell the roses. Enjoy the rain, the snow, the wind, and the sunshine. Go hiking, biking, surfing, camping, fishing, etc. Don't wait for life to come to you. Become life.

A Martian Face Side-way on a Rock (NASA Images)

Easter Pardon

We go through life meeting and interacting with people and nature. The Bible says all have sinned against the Lord. This is my confession to all of you out there humans and natural beings. I beg your forgiveness whether I have done it intentionally or unintentionally. I pray to the good Lord to forgive my trans-passes as I forgive those who trans-pass against me. We are entering a very holy season, Easter. We need to prepare ourselves to the Savior by washing off our sins. We look forward to the risen Christ. Amen.

Messages to My Sons: I Appreciate You and I Know Your Pain

Dear Babas: I was looking at old pictures today of you growing up. I am glad the photographs I took captured that moment. I can see you struggling in you own little world of unknowns. I see it in your eyes, in your movements, in your looks, on your faces, in everything that picture had captured. I know exactly what each of you feels then and now. It is not easy for you. Your journey has been but a difficult one. It is not easy to grow up "alone" without knowing your roots. It is not easy to say "why me?" I hope the future will be brighter for you and compensate for your loss and hardship. You are all good boys in your sweet ways. Each of you is a gift to your mom and me. I could not think my life without you. Love. Dad

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dear Diary: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Occasionally, you worry about something in your life. Some occasions are more "serious" than others, and perhaps some of those you would like to avoid by all cost. Wednesday, February 22 is one of those days that I wished it won't ever come. Yet, I am happy in some weird way that it is finally happening, because I won't have to think about it anymore. My hope is to write a blog post describing Wednesday, and in my head there are two different and opposite speeches. I guess you can say similar to the winning and loosing speeches that presidential candidates normally prepared before the day of election. But, this ain't an election. I have a medical procedure that I have been fighting to have for the past two years. If it weren't for the peace of mind I would never have thought to accept to take it. The funny thing is that I am not certain what to make of it. My chemistry with the test has been, to say the least, confusing. I got scared, really scared, last July upon learning about the results. I became really worried this past December when the results came back even worse than I would like to have. The last results I took in February were "normal", my normal that is. What I meant by that was that the February results were similar to those I had ten years ago. Anyhow, I decided to do the test and the big day is this Wednesday. I'll keep you posted, dear diary.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ruins (NASA Images) (Feb. 2017)

Who Made the Ark?

The person who made the Ark was Bezalel.

For more on this story, read the Book of Exodus (38:1-8) in the Holy Bible.

Moses' Serpent

When the people of Israel began to speak against God and Moses when they came out of Egypt, the Lord sent them venomous serpents. The people asked Moses to do something about it. The Lord instructed Moses to place a copper serpent on a signal pole. If any person got bitten by a serpent all he/she needed to do was to look at the copper serpent to heal. Because of its healing power, the people began to offer incense to it, disobeying the Lord God for not worshiping idols. This serpent on a pole was called Nehushtan.

So, where is this serpent now? Don't bother looking for it. It was destroyed by king Hezekiah of Judah. The king destroyed it into pieces so that the people would not worship it.

For more on this story, read the Book of Numbers (21:4-9) and the Book of 4 Kingdoms (18:4) in the Holy Bible.

The Sin of Jeroboam

Many kings of Israel that inherited the kingdom following king Solomon committed a sin. This sin caused the good Lord to punish the nation of Israel. It was the "Sin of Jeroboam". King Jeroboam was one of king Solomon's servants. He actually was put in charge of the male laborers of the "house of Joseph". Ten tribes of Israel chose Jeroboam as a king over their nation following Solomon's death. The two other tribes, Judah and Benjamin, chose Solomon's son Rehoboam as king. Thus, a division was created that split the nation of Israel into two. One was named Israel and the other was named Judah.

Now king Jeroboam fearing that his ten tribes would follow Judah, he created for Israel places for them to worship instead of Jerusalem. (Because Jerusalem was ruled by Rehoboam.) King Jeroboam made two calves made of gold and placed one in Bethel and the other in Dan. He even made a feast on "fifteen of the eight month" for his people to worship in "high places" that he also created. He appointed his own priests that were not the sons of Levi (a commandment that the Lord made for all priests to be from the tribe of Levi.) He himself went up to the high places, to Bethel and Dan and sacrificed calves to these idols.

Many kings that inherited the kingdom after Jeroboam followed his tradition of worshiping the same idols. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was furious with all of them and He punished the "chosen people" for it.

Friend, are you still practicing the Sin of Jeroboam? What are your idols that you have created to worship? Do you find yourself doing things in your life other than following the Lord's commandments. Many of those kings who committed the Sin of Jeroboam were actually "good people". They tried to obey the Lord, except for this one, the Sin of Jeroboam. Our God is a jealous God. He loves you and wants you to be with Him. He even has prepared for you a dwelling in heaven. Is your idol a computer, TV, a nightclub, a mistress, a bad habit, or an evil spirit, etc.? Get rid of it right now. Jesus Christ has paid the price for the Sin of Jeroboam on the cross. You are free. You just have to believe and confess it.

For more on this story, read the Book of 3 Kingdoms in the Holy Bible.

The Ten Commandments

EXODUS 20:1-17 (The Orthodox Study Bible)

"Now the Lord spoke all these words, saying;

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth. You shall not bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, recompensing the sins of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me; but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: neither you, nor your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your cattle, nor your stranger who sojourns with you. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day and hallowed it.

Honor your father and mother that it may be well with you, and your days may be long upon the good land the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his house, and neither shall you covet his field, nor his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, any of his cattle, or whatever belongs to your neighbor."

Bible Dates (The Orthodox Study Bible)

Genesis (Moses) (During Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness-the period between crossing the Red Sea and the entrance into Canaan)

Exodus (Moses) (During Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness-the period between crossing the Red Sea and the entrance into Canaan)

Leviticus (Moses) (The period during the sojourn at Mt. Sinai)

Numbers (Moses) (Following the exodus from Egypt)

Deuteronomy (Moses) (Near the end of Moses' life and before the entrance into Canaan)

Joshua (Joshua) (600 BC)

The Book of Judges (Samuel) (Three centuries after Israel entered Canaan and covers the period of these centuries)

Ruth (Unknown) (1300 BC)

The First Book of the Kingdoms (Samuel) (1070-970 BC)

The Second Book of the Kingdoms (Samuel) (971-890 BC)

The Third Book of the Kingdoms (Jeremiah) (600-550 BC)

The Fourth Book of the Kingdoms (Jeremiah and Others) (651-609)

The First Book of the Chronicles (Ezra) (450 BC)

The Second Book of the Chronicles (Ezra) ( 450 BC)

The First Book of Ezra (Uncertain) (150 BC)

The Second Book of Ezra (Ezra) (538-410 BC)

The Book of Nehemiah (Nehemiah) (445-425 BC)

The Book of Tobit (Unknown) (400-200 BC)

The Book of Judith (Unknown) (135-105 BC)

The Book of Esther (Mordecai) (450 BC)

The First Book of the Maccabees (Unknown) (104 BC)

The Second Book of the Maccabees (Unknown) (124 BC)

The Book of Psalms (David) (1000-several centuries thereafter)

The Book of Job (Unknown) (1600 BC)

The Proverbs (Solomon) (970-931 BC)

The Book of Ecclesiastes (Solomon) (935 BC)

The Song of Songs (Solomon) (965-960 BC)

The Wisdom of Solomon (Unknown) (30-10 BC)

The Wisdom of Sirach (Jesus of Sirach) (180 BC)

The Book of Hosea (Hosea) (750 BC)

The Book of Amos (Amos) (754 BC)

The Book of Micah (Micah) (Before 720 BC)

The Book of Joel (Joel) (740 BC)

The Book of Obadiah (Obadiah) (587 BC)

The Book of Jonah (Jonah) (784-772 BC)

The Book of Nahum (Nahum) (663-612 BC)

The Book of Habakkuk (Habakkuk) (605 BC)

The Book of Zephaniah (Zephaniah) (627-625 BC)

The Book of Haggai (520 BC)

The Book of Zachariah (Zechariah) (520-480 BC)

The Book of Malachi (Malachi) (500-350 BC)

The Book of Isaiah (Isaiah) (745-680 BC)

The Book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (627-582 BC)

The Book of Baruch (Baruch) (After 586 BC)

The Lamentation of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (October 587-December 587 BC)

The Epistle of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (597 BC-Exile to Babylon)

The Book of Ezekiel (Ezekiel) (595-572 BC)

The Book of Daniel (Daniel) (605-530 BC)

The Book of Matthew (Matthew) (50-70 AD)

The Book of Mark (Mark) (70 AD)

The Book of Luke (Luke) (70-80 AD)

The Book of John (John) (96 AD)

The Book of Acts (Luke) (75-85 AD)

The Book of Romans (St. Paul) (55-57 AD)

The First Book of the Corinthians (St. Paul) (55 AD)

The Second Book of the Corinthians (St. Paul) (55 AD)

The Book of Galatians (St. Paul) (Uncertain)

The Book of Ephesians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Philippians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Colossians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The First Book of Thessalonians (St. Paul) (50-51 AD)

The Second Book of Thessalonians (St. Paul) (51 AD)

The First Book of Timothy (St. Paul) (64-65 AD)

The Second Book of Timothy (St. Paul) (65-67 AD)

The Book of Titus (St. Paul) (63-65 AD)

The Book of Philemon (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Hebrews (St. Paul) (70 AD)

The Book of James (James) (55-60 AD)

The First Book of Peter (Peter) (50-67 AD)

The Second Book of Peter (Peter) (63-67 AD)

The First Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Second Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Third Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Book of Jude (Jude) (60-80 AD)

The Book of the Revelation (John) (81-96 AD)


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