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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hope still for today?

I am a grandmother--there were other parents and grandmothers and grandfathers involved in the horrible killing on this December day who now only have memories for this Christmas instead of special small ones to hold close and dear.  Mine aren't close but at least I know others who will be able to hold them close. Those powerful guns didn't kill those dear children and wonderful staff; the blackened heart (by what we do not know) led to inanimate objects being used for bad by a very living human being.  Does that make all guns bad? Does that make all human beings bad?  No it does not.  But the only thing that can make a bad heart right and PROBABLY not resort to senseless works of darkness is through the Spirit of God who can dwell in our hearts to take away the 'night' and turn it into day...I read a saying online a few moments ago--Christ was born in the night--his parents met him in the dark; they dwelt amongst hard dark times as well (the ruler was seeking to kill all babies and children 2 and under).  Christ was born to change dark into light.  As we pray for these hurting families and for hurting hearts of those that now might live in fear--let us remember the ruler of light is Jesus Christ and through Him is all darkness taken away.  Be a shining light this Christmas if you know Christ; and if you don't--you can KNOW Him. 

1Timothy 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 

I trust the parents and grandparents of the families involved will be comforted and helped during their dark days. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Natto--purifying bacteria


Natto is fermented soy beans. The beans are boiled, wrapped in straw and left to ferment for several days. They have vitamins, fiber and protein and thus are a good source of nutrition.
Natto dates back at least 1000 years and eventually became a favorite of people living in Edo, the capital city of Japan at that time.
People sold natto basically door-to-door. Some people added it to miso, others added minced onions and soy sauce and then poured the entire mixture over  hot rice. It's cheap and has a rather strong odor.
Natto is sometimes used as a breakfast food, mixed with beaten raw egg and soy sauce, then poured over steaming hot rice. Natto is definitely not a favorite of non-Japanese, though, and even many Japanese do not care for it.
 But there is more:
Big Bio Co. in Fukuoka started to make porous concrete blocks with natto bacteria (Bacillus subtilis natto). Beneficial bacteria, the ‘subtilis natto group’, are encapsulated into blocks made of porous rocks which can then degrade and eliminate ammonia and organic substances that pollute water.
The blocks were placed in a fish tank and within a week the green algae was gone. One tank’s water was not changed for eight years and remained clear of all algae thanks to the beneficial bacteria. Indeed an interesting use of natto
The beneficial bacterium flourishes in both fresh and salt water. Laying down EcoBio-Blocks in murky rivers or lakes results in cleaner water without causing any overload to the environment.
A string of orders for the EcoBio-Block are coming in from around the world. The company has developed a wide range of EcoBio-Block products such as the little EcoBio-Ring made to remove bad odors and slime typical to home aquariums.

God goes one step further--He can take away all the impurities in our life --take care of inner contamination through the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ--all we have to do is believe that He is God and ask Him to take away our sins and repent of those sins! He is just and forgives us of all unrighteousness it says in Romans 4:5  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

The opposite result if we do not accept His gift of 'cleansing'--2 Thessalonians 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.   

How about you? You can receive the gift of salvation and have all your impurities washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ!!  He waits for you! All you have to do is call on Him!