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Thursday, April 28, 2011

"But the day and hour no one knows"

On my drive to work, I noticed a billboard sign that read: "Judgment Day is coming May 21, 2011."  Curiously, I decided to visit the website, FamilyRadio.com.  The website provides a countdown clock to "Judgment Day." 

Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping believes the world will end on October 21, 2011.  Before Armageddon, however, Camping believes Christians will be saved on May 21, 2011 in a massive ascension, known as the rapture. 

The rapture was described in a letter Paul the apostle wrote the Thessalonians.  Paul spent some time in Thessalonica (present day Thessaloniki) preaching the Word to Gentiles, Greeks and some Jews before leaving to Corinth and Athens.  Paul later wrote a letter of gratitute and encouragement meant to strengthen the followers' practice and beliefs.  In the letter, Paul mentions that the second coming of the Lord will rise the dead and those who believe in the Word: 

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound fo the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

Many since have attempted to predict the second coming of Christ.  Most notably is Harold Camping's mathematical equation that dates the beginning of the end of times in May.  Of course, Camping also predicted that the second coming would occur on September 6, 1994.  I didn't--a fault he blames on bad math.

When Jesus was asked by his disciples when his return would occur, he warned of false prophets:

"...Take heed that no one leads you astray.  For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of was; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this but the beginning of the birth-pangs." - Matthew 24:4-8

Furthermore, Jesus stressed that no one, except for God himself, would be able to predict his second coming.

"But the day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only." - Matthew 24:36

Perhaps Camping's equation will be correct; although, I doubt it.  I guess we'll see on May 22nd.

Sources: Wikipedia; The New Oxford Annotated Bible, 1962; http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-01-01/bay-area/17466332_1_east-bay-bay-area-first-time-camping; http://www.ebiblefellowship.com/may21/; http://www.familyradio.com/index2.html

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Parkour

While I am sitting here blogging, there are people out there in the world who are achieving extreme physical fitness, such as Damien Walters from the UK.



You can see his YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/damienwalters.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Good-bye picnic spills

Japanese company, Furukawakikou, has developed a new technology to clean up those countertop spills such as ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard

Yes, a paper towel can do the same thing, but can it do without changing the mass. 



You can read more here.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Are you an American citizen?

Newsweek recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens questions that are found on the official U.S. citizenship test to see how well they knew their American history.  The citizenship test is a civic test given to individuals who wish to become U.S. citizens. 

To put this in perspective, my grandma, Nana, who was born in Mexico but lived for over 20 years in Corpus Christi, passed her citizenship test 20 years ago to become a proud American citizen.  Although her English was choppy, she had an appreciation of American history and civic duty--she worked as a poll worker.

The Newsweek poll findings are embarrasing alarming.  40% of the respondents didn't know who the United States fought against in World War II.  73% of those surveyed didn't know we feared communism during the Cold War.  Only 30% of respondents knew that the supreme law of the land was the U.S. Constitution.

Test your knowledge and see if you are indeed an American citizen. 
Take the Quiz: What We Don't Know - Newsweek

Honestly, I got a few questions wrong myself.


Sources: Newsweek, March 28 & April 4, 2011; http://uscitizenshiptestguide.com/text/newtest.html

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fitness Magazine addresses stretching myths

Freelance writer, Melissa Daly provides some answers to three common stretching myths in a recent issue of Fitness Magazine:

1. You should stretch before working out.
2. You should hold a stretch for several seconds.
3. Stretching will prevent pulls and strains.

See what her research found: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/tips/strategy/exercises-and-stretching-facts/

Source: Fitness Magazine, March 2011

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lady Gage - Born this way

Music Appreciation
 Many have criticized Lady Gaga as steeling from Madonna.   Perhaps, but so freaking what! 

My generation saw our Madonna and enjoyed her music.  I'll be the first to admit that I stayed up way past my bedtime to watching Madonna's Justify My Love. Yes, I love it all.

But why should we deprive our next generation from their "Madonna?"  Lady Gage may not reach the Madonna stature, but that's not for us to judge.



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Friday, April 8, 2011

Confessions of a gym dweeb: Part 3

Continued.

I've been going to the gym at least twice a week; almost to the point that I am feeling more comfortable with myself.  Perhaps maybe too comfortable.  I'll explain what I mean.

Gyms, such as mine, offers distractions to help their clients get through their workout.  For example, Golds Gym offers TVs along the cardio section, which are usually turned to ESPN or the news.  There is also "Cardio Cinema" that runs the latest rental movies.

If a client forgets their headsets, they need not worry.  Gold's Gym's playlist offers pretty good songs to make your workout enjoyable.

Speaking of headsets, the girl working out next to me forgot hers. I didn't know this until after I let out a gross and disgusting burp.  She looked towards me in a revolting manner.  I slowly turned towards the guy next to me as I caught her glace from my peripheral. 

Smooth, huh? 

Of course, perhaps the etiquette for when working out at the gym is to make the belch silent.  Not everyone has headphones to excuse you from acting in such poor manner.  Right?

Confessions of a gym dweeb: Part 4

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Why one shouldn't drink...

...on flights.

You can view the story by the Dallas Observer here.



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Monday, April 4, 2011

On a Greyhound Bus

Actually, before there was Greyhound, Trailways was the only "dependable" bus that would travel from Corpus Christi to McAllen, Texas. 

My Nana and I would travel by bus between Corpus Christi and McAllen.  Uncle Henry would drop of us off at the terminal in downtown Corpus Christi. I remember him dressed in a short sleeve button down shirt and beige slacks. He would watch us off as we rode away from the terminal.

Sometimes I wonder if he felt relieved to have us both leave the house.  Today I wonder if he felt a bit remorse or sadness as he saw me off.

Nana always packed something for me to eat.  A banana.  An apple.  An orange.  There was always something in her bag that was meant for me.

Clearly, she spoiled me.  Spoiled me rotten, needlesstosay.  I was the prince.  She was my Nana.  I ruled the world.  I had the power to travel by bus and everything revolved around me.

Of course, I was young and naive. 

My Nana took care of me because she loved me.  She cared for me and made sure I was taken care of. 

I recall her displeasure when Greyhouse bought-out Trailways.  She hated going through Harlingen than Alice.  Harlingen had nothing.  Alice had a nice cafeteria and to her the people were more pleasant.  It was heartbreaking when the route changed from Alice to Harlingen.

Nana would turn to me during our trip through the towns asking me if I was hungry.  I would often tell her that I was indeed.  I recall enjoying eating a banana with her on the bus as I looked out the bus window.