China and Prophecy

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China’s influence is spreading politically and militarily around the globe. China’s president Xi Jinping recently visited Islamabad to promote $46 billion in Chinese investments in Pakistan’s infrastructure, and Pakistan’s prime minister commented, “Friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy… Today, we have planned for the future” (Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2015). Recently, China gave $5 billion in financing to Venezuela, on top of billions in development loans already allocated to the Latin American region (BBC, April 20, 2015). In the South China Sea, “China’s island building program in the South China Sea is going unabated in such a pace it is going to take total control of some of the world’s most important waterways” (International Business Times, April 18, 2015). According to the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, “If this activity continues at this pace it would give them de facto control of the maritime territory they claim” (ibid.).  The Chinese are also “building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea, according to new satellite images” (The Guardian, April 17, 2015). 

China’s influence is spreading politically and militarily around the globe. China’s president Xi Jinping recently visited Islamabad to promote $46 billion in Chinese investments in Pakistan’s infrastructure, and Pakistan’s prime minister commented, “Friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy… Today, we have planned for the future” (Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2015). Recently, China gave $5 billion in financing to Venezuela, on top of billions in development loans already allocated to the Latin American region (BBC, April 20, 2015). In the South China Sea, “China’s island building program in the South China Sea is going unabated in such a pace it is going to take total control of some of the world’s most important waterways” (International Business Times, April 18, 2015). According to the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, “If this activity continues at this pace it would give them de facto control of the maritime territory they claim” (ibid.).  The Chinese are also “building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea, according to new satellite images” (The Guardian, April 17, 2015). 

Avoiding Divorce Prevents Heart Attacks

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“Divorcees are more likely to have a heart attack than their peers who stay married, US research suggests” (BBC, April 15, 2015). According to a Duke University study of over 15,000 people, “Women who divorced once were 24% more likely to have had a heart attack in the study than women who were continuously married. The figure was 77% for those having multiple divorces” (ibid.). One researcher noted “This [heart attack] risk is comparable to that of high blood pressure or if you have diabetes, so it’s right up there, it is pretty big.” Sadly, re-marriage after divorce barely reduced the heart attack risk, according to the study (ibid.). Researchers believe that “chronic stress, linked to divorce, had a long-term impact on the body.” Men are also at increased heart attack risk from divorce, but the risk is lower than for women (ibid.). 

“Divorcees are more likely to have a heart attack than their peers who stay married, US research suggests” (BBC, April 15, 2015). According to a Duke University study of over 15,000 people, “Women who divorced once were 24% more likely to have had a heart attack in the study than women who were continuously married. The figure was 77% for those having multiple divorces” (ibid.). One researcher noted “This [heart attack] risk is comparable to that of high blood pressure or if you have diabetes, so it’s right up there, it is pretty big.” Sadly, re-marriage after divorce barely reduced the heart attack risk, according to the study (ibid.). Researchers believe that “chronic stress, linked to divorce, had a long-term impact on the body.” Men are also at increased heart attack risk from divorce, but the risk is lower than for women (ibid.). 

A Willingness to Serve

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My parents have always been given to hospitality. They would encourage their children to bring friends “over to the house.” This invitation would enable us, their children, to have an opportunity to share enjoyable times with our friends and allow our parents to become better acquainted with our peers. We, as teenagers lacking the understanding of the physical effects a houseful of youngsters placed on two adults, would invite the “whole gang” to spend the night, and to leave from our home when we would be traveling with a group to an out-of-town event. Good times for everyone, right?

My parents have always been given to hospitality. They would encourage their children to bring friends “over to the house.” This invitation would enable us, their children, to have an opportunity to share enjoyable times with our friends and allow our parents to become better acquainted with our peers. We, as teenagers lacking the understanding of the physical effects a houseful of youngsters placed on two adults, would invite the “whole gang” to spend the night, and to leave from our home when we would be traveling with a group to an out-of-town event. Good times for everyone, right?

A Matter of National Trust?

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Last week, Pope Francis made news as he acknowledged the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. His statements were welcomed by Armenians and their supporters, but angered Turkish leaders who reject the label of “genocide” for the murders of nearly two million Armenians from April 1915 until the end of World War I.

Last week, Pope Francis made news as he acknowledged the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. His statements were welcomed by Armenians and their supporters, but angered Turkish leaders who reject the label of “genocide” for the murders of nearly two million Armenians from April 1915 until the end of World War I.

School Days

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“School days, school days, dear old golden rule days, readin’ and ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic taught to the tune of the hickory stick” (1907, by Will Cobb).

“School days, school days, dear old golden rule days, readin’ and ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic taught to the tune of the hickory stick” (1907, by Will Cobb).

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