Thursday, July 28, 2016

2 Corinthians, chapter 5, verse 11
Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we are clearly apparent to God, and I hope we are also apparent to your consciousness.

Paul here is talking about the judgment seat of Christ. All will be judged on what they accomplished or failed to accomplish while sojourned here in flesh on earth. Imagine if at your judgment you discovered that you were using inches and feet as a measuring tool when all the time God was using the metric system. (The metric system has been legal in the US since 1866. However, we still don’t understand it.) According to John Maxwell we may be received into the kingdom but our rewards could be different.

Rewards versus Inheritance[1]

1) We are indeed saved by the merits of Christ; but our reward will be based on our service. 2) We are given freely God’s grace; but our reward will be given in proportion to our work. 3) We receive the Kingdom because the Holy Eucharist forms us to the image of Christ; but our reward is based on our life as a servant of Christ. 4) Christ’s blood poured out for us and our baptism gives us a birthright but our reward is based on our obedience to the eternal spirit. 5) Our faith makes us secure but our reward is in being faithful to Him, which is still pending.

Here is a question to ponder on. Are you a cash cow[2] for the Lord or the world?

World Hepatitis Day[3]

World Hepatitis Day seeks to raise awareness for the spectrum of Hepatitis diseases. Hepatitis diseases cause inflammation of the liver cells. There are five main types of hepatitis, A, B, C, D and E. It is estimated that around 250 million people worldwide are infected with Hepatitis C and 300 million people are Hepatitis B carriers.

World Hepatitis Day was proclaimed by the World Health Organization. It is celebrated annually on July 28th.

World Hepatitis Day Facts

The 2016 Theme for World Hepatitis Day is Elimination.

Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by consuming contaminated food or water or coming into contact with an infected person's feces.

Hepatitis B is a sexually transmitted disease. It is transmitted through exposure to infected blood or body fluids.

Hepatitis B is spread via blood of an infected person.

Hepatitis can also be caused by alcohol and other toxins and infections.

Life Matters: Embryo Research[4]

The Nuremberg Code (1947) was prompted by the horrific and often deadly experimentation on human beings in Nazi concentration camps that came to light during the “Doctors’ Trials” before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals. The main principles of the Nuremberg Code require that experiments involving human subjects cause no unnecessary risk, be undertaken with the full and informed consent of the subjects, and must never knowingly cause serious injury or death. Nazi doctors were not the first, nor the last, to perform inhumane and sometimes disabling research on unsuspecting human subjects living in poverty, in prisons, mental health institutions, and orphanages. The Tuskegee syphilis experiments, the Stateville Penitentiary Malaria Study, and the Willowbrook (Long Island) State School experiments—in which children with mental disabilities were intentionally infected with viral hepatitis—are just a few examples of cases in which doctors put the pursuit of knowledge and “cures” ahead of the lives and well-being of individual human beings. The Nuremberg Code inspired other declarations of medical and research ethics. In 1948, the World Medical Association approved a statement addressing the ethics of physicians, the Declaration of Geneva. As originally adopted, it read in part: “I will maintain the utmost respect for human life, from the time of conception; even under threat, I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.”




[1] John Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Bible.
[2]Cash cow is business jargon for a business venture that generates a steady return of profits that far exceed the outlay of cash required to acquire or start it.

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