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How Long Things Last, Frank Kendig and Richard Hutton, 1979

· Experts estimate that if a normal cassette tape is played about 100 times a year, sound quality will deteriorate somewhat after about 10 years. But the tape itself will play on.
· A lightening bolt lasts 45 to 55 microseconds.
· The average running shoe worn by the average runner on an average surface will last 350 to 500 miles.
· A hard pencil can write up to 30,000 words or draw a line more than 30 miles long. Most ball-point pens will draw a line 4,000 to 7,500 feet long.
· Leather combat boots have a wartime life span of six months, a peacetime life span of eight months.
· The projected life span of a baby born in the U.S. today is about 71 years, nearly double what it was at the end of the 18th century. The longest authenticated life span of a human being is 113 years, 214 days. Studies show married people live longer than those who remain single.
· A group of subatomic particles known as unstable hadrons exists for only one one-hundred-sextillionth of a second (10 to the negative 23 second)—less time than it takes light to travel a single inch.
· A 100-watt incandescent bulb will last about 750 hours; a 25-watt bulb, 2,500 hours. The number of times a light bulb is turned on and off has little to do with its life-span.
· A one-dollar bill lasts approximately 18 months in circulation.
· Practice footballs used by professionals last two to three days—a playing life of perhaps five hours. Home teams are required to provide 24 new balls each game and these last only about six minutes of playing time.

 
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GENERATIONS AND THE BIBLE

A new research report from the Barna Group examines recent nationwide studies on how different generations of American adults view and use the Bible. For the purposes of this research, the Mosaic generation refers to adults who are currently ages 18 to 25; Busters are those ages 26 to 44; Boomers are 45 to 63; and Elders are 64-plus.

Generational Similarities

There is often more that unites the various generations than divides them. The Barna research regarding the Bible confirms the central role this revered text has for most Americans. A majority of each of the four generations believes that the Bible is a sacred or holy book. Another commonality is that millions within each of the generations report reading the pages of Scripture in the last week.

There is also significant generational overlap regarding people’s views on the nature of the Bible. Similar proportions of the generations embrace the most conservative and most liberal views. For instance, the highest view of the Bible is that it is the actual word of God and should be taken literally, word for word, is embraced by one-quarter of Mosaics (27%), Busters (27%), and Boomers (23%), and one-third of Elders (34%). The extreme view on the other end is that the Bible is not inspired by God is embraced by proportions that are also statistically close to one another, including Mosaics (25%), Busters (19%), Boomers (22%), and Elders (22%).

Perceptual Gaps

However, despite these similarities, the Barna studies show that the youngest generations are charting a new, unique course related to the Bible. Here are the types of changes being forged by young adults:

Less Sacred: While most Americans of all ages identify the Bible as sacred, the drop-off among the youngest adults is striking: 9 out of 10 Boomers and Elders described the Bible as sacred, which compares to 8 out of 10 Busters (81%) and just 2 out of 3 Mosaics (67%).
¡öLess Accurate ¨C Young adults are significantly less likely than older adults to strongly agree that the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches. Just 30% of Mosaics and 39% of Busters firmly embraced this view, compared with 46% of Boomers and 58% of Elders.
More Universalism: Among Mosaics, a majority (56%) believes the Bible teaches the same spiritual truths as other sacred texts, which compares with 4 out of 10 Busters and Boomers, and one-third of Elders.

Skepticism of Origins: Another generational difference is that young adults are more likely to express skepticism about the original manuscripts of the Bible than is true of older adults.
Less Engagement: While many young adults are active users of the Bible, the pattern shows a clear generational drop-off, the younger the person, the less likely then are to read the Bible. In particular, Busters and Mosaics are less likely than average to have spent time alone in the last week praying and reading the Bible for at least 15 minutes. Interestingly, none of the four generations were particularly likely to say they aspired to read the Bible more as a means of improving their spiritual lives.
Bible Appetite: Despite the generational decline in many Bible metrics, one departure from the typical pattern is the fact that younger adults, especially Mosaics (19%), express a slightly above-average interest in gaining additional Bible knowledge. This compares with 12% of Boomers and 9% of Elders.

Research Reactions
David Kinnaman, who directed the analysis of the research, explained that the central theme of young people’s approach to the Bible is skepticism. They question the Bible’s history as well as its relevance to their lives, leading many young people to reject the Bible as containing everything one needs to live a meaningful life. This mindset certainly has its challenges but it also raises the possibility of using their skepticism as an entry point to teaching and exploring the content of the Bible in new ways.

The president of the Barna Group pointed out that since many young people want to learn about the Bible it should be an opportunity for Christian leaders.Perhaps young people want to participate more in the process of learning, not simply attend Bible lectures or be trained in classrooms. Mosaics and Busters have come to expect experiences that appear unscripted and interactive, that allow them to be open and honest with their questions, that are technologically stimulating, that are done alongside peers and within trusted relationships, and that give them the chance to be creative and visual. Their expectations may or may not be entirely healthy, but without considering these issues, the Bible will continue to lose hold on the next generation.

 
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NEW ORLEANS (BP)--An explosive new study says some gay people can turn straight if they really want to. Robert L. Spitzer, a psychiatry professor at Columbia University who led the study, said he couldn’t estimate what percentage of highly motivated gay people can change their sexual orientation But he said the research "shows some people can change from gay to straight, and we ought to acknowledge that."
Spitzer spearheaded the APA’s 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. At the time, he said homosexuality does not meet the criteria for a mental disorder, and he called for more research to determine whether some people can change their sexuality.
Spitzer, who said he does not offer reparative therapy and began his study as a skeptic, said the research was paid for out of his department’s funds. He conducted 45-minute telephone interviews with 200 people, 143 of them men, who claimed they had changed their orientation from gay to heterosexual. The average age of those interviewed was 43. They answered about 60 questions about their sexual feelings and behavior before and after their efforts to change. Those efforts had begun about 14 years before the interviews for the men and 12 years for the women Most said they had used more than one strategy to change their orientation About half said the most helpful step was work with a mental health professional, most commonly a psychologist. About a third cited a support group, and fewer mentioned such aids as books and mentoring by a heterosexual.
Spitzer concluded that 66 percent of the men and 44 percent of the women had arrived at what he called good heterosexual functioning. That term was defined as being in a sustained, loving heterosexual relationship within the past year, getting enough satisfaction from the emotional relationship with their partner to rate at least seven on a 10-point scale, having satisfying heterosexual sex at least monthly and never or rarely thinking of somebody of the same sex during heterosexual sex. In addition, 89 percent of men and 95 percent of women said they were bothered only slightly, or not at all, by unwanted homosexual feelings. Only 11 percent of the men and 37 percent of the women reported a complete absence of homosexual indicators, including same-sex attraction.

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SPENDING TIME WITH THE KIDS?

The April 6, 1990, issue of the Wall Street Journal reported that, on the average, American parents spend less than fifteen minutes a week in serious discussion with their children. For fathers the amount of intimate contact with their children is an average of seventeen seconds per day. The important role parents play in socializing children and character formation is a difficult task, but it is an impossible one if the parents fail to bond with their kids. The result is that children and adolescents are increasingly dis...

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La Televisión, Internet, Cine, video, etc. (Translation follows)

* La televisión describe un mundo donde existen diversos modos de vivir, nos “invita a escoger” el modo que mas nos acomode. En el programa “Friends” La familia se compone de varias parejas en unión libre y amigos que tienen aventuras sexuales semanales, mientras que en los años 50’s los programas y las películas se enfocaban a las familias estables y felices con valores morales muy elevados. (Nombremos algunos de ellos)
* El uso de la medicina actual, desvía nuestro modo santo de vivir, porque la promiscuidad sexual es presentada como un aspecto positivo, como la diversión en que todo el mundo participa. (A los niños se les dan condones para protegerse, pero se les invita a tener sexo antes del matrimonio. ¿Quien protege el corazón de una niña que tiene relaciones antes del tiempo que Dios ha destinado para ella? ¿Que tipo de esposo puede ser el joven que aprendió sexualidad por la pornografía? ¿Será capaz de amar a su esposa de acuerdo al plan de Dios?

La televisión y el Internet promueven la pornografía, que es una industria de miles de millones de dólares, destruyendo sistemáticamente nuestras familias y hogares. ¿Han visto los bikinis del programa de Don Francisco?
* El porcentaje de divorcio entre cristianos evangélicos y el mundo es casi el mismo, alrededor del 50 %.
* El 50 % de nuestros niños de 6-17 tiene una TV en sus cuartos. Los niños miran la TV un promedio de 1,680 minutos o 28 horas por semana. 6 de cada 10 niños viven solo con uno de sus padres.
* Hoy permitimos la entrada a cosas en nuestras casas que hace cinco o diez años nunca permitiríamos.
* TV, Internet, y hasta los juegos de vídeo toman parte en el ataque a nuestras familias.
* Los deportes, noticias y los espectáculos privan a la familia del precioso tiempo de estar juntos (Aislamiento).
* James Dobson dijo, " criar al niño es como hornear un pastel. Usted no se da cuenta del desastre hasta que es demasiado tarde. Proverbios 22:6 Instruye al niño en su camino, Y aun cuando fuere viejo no se apartará de él. Ahora que tengo su atención, le pregunto... ¿Hay un problema en SU FAMILIA?

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Television, Internet, Movies, Video, etc.

* The TV describes a world where diverse ways of living, we are "invited to choose" the way most suits us. On "Friends" the family is made up of several unmarried couples and friends who have sexual affairs weekly, whereas in the 50s the programs and films focused on stable and happy families with very high moral values. (Name some of them)
* The use of modern medicine diverts our way of living as saints because sexual promiscuity is presented as a positive aspect, as fun when everyone participates. (Children are given condoms to protect themselves, but are invited to have sex before marriage. Who protects the heart of a girl who has sex before the time that God has destined for her? What kind of husband can be the young man who learned sexuality pornography? Can he love his wife according to God's plan?)

Television and the Internet promote pornography, which is an industry of billions of dollars, systematically destroying our families and homes. Have you seen the bikinis of the program Don Francisco?
* The divorce rate among evangelical Christians and the world is almost the same, about 50%.
* 50% of our children 6-17 have a TV in their rooms. Children watch TV an average of 1,680 minutes or 28 hours per week. 6 out of 10 children live with only one parent.
* Today we allow things in our homes that five or ten years ago we would never allow.
* TV, Internet and video games to take part in the attack on our families.
* Sports, Entertainment and news and deprive the family of precious time together (Isolation).
* James Dobson said, "Raising a child is like baking a cake. You do not realize the disaster until it is too late." Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Now that I have your attention, I wonder ... Is there a problem in your family?

 
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The average coupon user spends about 20 minutes of clipping and planning and saves about $12 a week. That’s 10-12 percent off the average shopping bill. (Foster Letter 8/25/04)


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Laugh It Off: Vanderbilt University Researchers have found that 10-15 minutes of genuine giggling and laughter can burn off calories equal to those in a medium square of chocolate. (Pastor’s Weekly Briefing 6/10/05)


 
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1) ATOM: The actual material of an atom is about 1/trillionth of the volume. Meaning it is a lot of little orbits. If you compressed would make 1/trillions of original size; TAKE ME – squeeze all the space out(space between ears) would fit on head of a pin. 1 100 millionth of a cubic inch. Take that mass up to a cubic inch it would weigh about a billion pounds.
2) DROP OF WATER: Filled with molecules. Took each one and increased size up to a grain of sand then you could build a road a ft thick by ½ mile from NY to LA.
3) SUN: Temperature about 12,000 degrees. 93 million miles away. If any farther any cooler or hotter(50 degrees hotter or cooler then life impossible)
4) EARTH: Rotations, tilts, orbits: control seasons, times, years. 25,000 in circumference yet hangs in empty space. Flying through the air 1,000 a miles a hour as we spin and through space at 1,000 miles per minute. We don’t even recognize it because design is so perfect.
5) 580 million miles circle and we will be right back here in another 365 days. Without missing a beat. PERFECT ORDER AND DESIGN.
6) ATMOSPHERE: 21% oxygen. If about 40-45% then first time spark then whole earth explode.
7) WATER CYCLE: Every Minnesota farmer get 407,510 gallons of rainwater per acre per year and it is free of charge. Buy that much at Homeland. Average year.
MISSOURI: 38 inches average rain each year. 70,000 square miles. If took and made one lake: 250 miles long, 60 miles wide, 22 ft deep. FREE OF CHAR...

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Eternity4all.com allows users to build a personal Internet space using 10 photos, 3 one-minute movies, and 3 texts, with the option to update as desired. Once a user makes his or her personal space public, it’s published and saved on the company’s system for “eternity.” An impressive claim! (Springwise Newsletter 4/11/06)

 
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Eternity4all.com allows users to build a personal Internet space using 10 photos, 3 one-minute movies, and 3 texts, with the option to update as desired. Once a user makes his or her personal space public, it’s published and saved on the company’s system for “eternity.” An impressive claim! (Springwise Newsletter 4/11/06)

 
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