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Posted 4/29/16 at 4:11 PM | Mark Ellis

Ecuador: Rescue dog that saved seven earthquake victims goes to heaven

Ibarra Fire Dept. Facebook page
Dayko

By Mark Ellis

A four-year-old Golden Labrador Retriever that helped save earthquake victims trapped under rubble died from heatstroke while performing his duties.

Dayko, a valuable member of the fire department’s K9 unit, was part of a search-and-rescue team searching for survivors following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit coastal Ecuador, about 100 miles from Quito, according to the Washington Post.

Dayko was invaluable crawling through the debris and rubble, sniffing out survivors. Amazingly, he was able to save seven people before his own death.

The Ibarra fire department said Friday that Dayko died from heatstroke after local veterinarians desperately tried to save the animal, according to the Washington Post.

The department said an autopsy showed he died after suffering a massive heart attack and acute respiratory failure. FULL POST

Posted 4/28/16 at 4:06 PM | Karen Farris

Stretching the Limits

Mount Storm King in the Olympics is a quick but intense climb since it’s 1200 feet of elevation per mile. But the last 500 feet truly test your limits.

It was Christmas Day, and as a gift to myself, I wanted to hike to the top.

The Very Top.

Beyond the end-of-trail warning sign, ropes are securely (?) tied to outcroppings enabling the fearless to climb to the summit.

From there one can see the entire glacier-fed Lake Crescent and beyond to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the watery dividing line between the United States and Canada.

A bonus on this Christmas Day climb, was fresh snow on the rugged summit. So, Tommy, my son and official Storm King guide, and I laid fresh boot tracks through a couple feet of snow. FULL POST

Posted 4/7/16 at 1:33 PM | Karen Farris

The Last Walk

Of course I didn’t realize it at the time. Things were too chaotic. In the long chapter titled, “mothering a young child”, time is elusive. Up hours before dawn to get some work done, then a rush to get work done during naptime.

Then it’s playtime, dinner time, story time before bedtime, and prized moments of my-time before it begins again.

For a break, we’d taken a weekend to visit my mom—which meant an interminably long drive with a squirming child.

Mom’s rustic cabin seemed timeless nestled in its wooded acres—and it was a child’s paradise with new things to see and touch. Including a beach with waves, shells, seagulls and miles of shoreline.

It was cold and wet—but that didn’t matter when the beach was waiting to be explored. Soon our pockets were laden with the rock and shell treasures our little girl found. I didn’t stop to wonder if she’d would remember this day. Would I even remember it? FULL POST

Posted 3/30/16 at 7:05 AM | Ruchi Gupta

Top five powerful persons of the world 2015.

Many people dreams of becoming powerful. Many try and achieve it in a negative way while many opt for the hard but positive way. Becoming powerful in a positive way in your neighbourhood becomes a difficult task. Imagine how the following list of people has made their way into being the world’s most powerful.
The list of top five powerful people:

Vladimir Putin: Yes the President of Russia seems to acquire the first most position in this list. He is obviously a man of powers, and he proves it by doing whatever he feels like. He is not afraid of the consequences as he very easily manages to escape from them. One example to prove this point would be that he managed to bomb the ISIS forces in Syria in October. Then he went and met President Assad, face-to-face. This made the United States and NATO successfully look weak. He definitely managed to re-build the Russian influence in an International level.

Angela Merkel: The German Chancellor Angela Merkel, very successfully managed to keep herself on this list for last 10 years. She definitely has that X factor in her that allows her to stay on this list without any problem. Let us take one example why she deserves to be on this list. She has very successfully omitted a recession during an immense economic crisis which was global. She gave out stimulus packages and various efficient government subsidies for companies which allowed cutting of hours for workers. She is also helping Greece revive its economy. FULL POST

Posted 3/24/16 at 7:01 PM | Mark Ellis

Brussels attack: Americans’ lives spared because they stopped for a snack

ABC News
Dr. Billiet (left) with friend Laura Harper

By Mark Ellis

Two American Christian friends from Alabama would have been at the check-in counter at the Brussels airport when a massive bomb exploded nearby, but were delayed a few crucial minutes by stopping for a snack on the way to the airport.

Dr. Laura Billiet, an internal medicine specialist, was dropping off her friend Laura Harper at the airport when they heard an explosion—the first of the two that rocked the airport early Tuesday.

Dr. Billiet has been living in Brussels temporarily with her family. She and Harper have been friends since elementary school in Huntsville, Alabama. Harper had come to visit Dr. Billiet because her youngest son was being baptized, according to AL.com.

They were running a few minutes late after Dr. Billiet’s brother-in-law had asked to stop for croissants on the way to the airport. FULL POST

Posted 3/24/16 at 2:36 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

What to Do When You Feel Disconnected From God

Although heartbreaking and brutal, the death of Jesus is hands down the most beautiful act of love this world has ever seen. And while the scriptures paint a beautifully epic timeline of this event, there is one part that has always seemed to create curiosity within my heart—the time of God’s silence while Jesus was on the cross.

“When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.”—John 19:30 

Why was God silent? Where did he Go? Why did he forsake Jesus?

My wife and I discussed this section of the scriptures, only to find ourselves having been both confused as a child, curious as to why God would leave his son alone on the cross.

At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”—Matthew 27:46 FULL POST

Posted 3/23/16 at 8:28 AM | Chris Fedorcek

The Time is Now

32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. 34 Then He said to them,“My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.” 35 He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. 36 And He said,“Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” 37 Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words. 40 And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. 41 Then He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.” (Mark 14:32-42 NKJV) FULL POST

Posted 3/22/16 at 7:51 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Impartation: Sons vs Servants

In Bible days, a mantle was an outer cloak used for additional covering and warmth, especially at night. The mantle was essentially the only "blanket" the person had so even when used as a pledge the law required it be returned before bedtime.

From the idea of something that "covers" in the natural, a mantle easily comes to represent spiritual covering also. Mantles usually refer to spiritual authority and anointing. A great example of a spiritual mantle which passed from one person to another is Elijah and Elisha.

Elijah was a prophet in Israel and Elisha was his student or disciple. Elisha ministered to Elijah and studied under him, earnestly desiring to operate the way he did. He realized that the time was drawing near when Elijah would leave the earth. Elijah also knew the time was soon and repeatedly told Elisha to depart from him. Instead, Elisha pressed in closer and refused to leave him. FULL POST

Posted 3/21/16 at 12:29 AM | Stan Arney

Is Your Destination The Lake of Fire And Brimstone

Revelation 19:19-20

And I (John) SAW The Beast, The Kings of The Earth, and Their Armies, gathered together to make War AGAINST Him (Jesus Christ) who sat on The Horse and AGAINST His (Jesus Christ’s) Army. Then The Beast was CAPTURED, and with him (The Beast), The False Prophet who worked Signs in his (The Beast’s) presence, by which he DECEIVED those (Unbelievers) who RECEIVED The Mark of The Beast and those (Unbelievers) who worshiped his (The Beast’s) image. These Two (The Beast and The False Prophet) were Cast ALIVE into THE LAKE OF FIRE, burning with brimstone.

Revelation 20:7-10

Now when The Thousand Years have Expired, Satan will be released from his (Satan’s) prison and will go out to DECEIVE The Nations, which are in The Four Corners of The Earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to BATTLE, whose number is as the sand of the Sea. They went up on the breadth of the Earth and surrounded The Camp of The Saints (Believers) and The Beloved City (Jerusalem). And FIRE came down from God (God Almighty) out of Heaven and DEVOURED them. The Devil (Satan), who DECEIVED them, was Cast (ALIVE) into THE LAKE OF FIRE and brimstone, where The Beast and The False Prophet are. And They (The Devil/Satan, The Beast, and The False Prophet) will be TORMENTED Day and Night, Forever and ever. FULL POST

Posted 3/20/16 at 4:35 PM | Stan Arney

My Dedication To YOU, God Almighty

Lord Jesus, YOU Loved me enough to die for me, upon The Cross, so that I may have Everlasting Life, now I ask YOU, what can I do for YOU? I dedicate My Life to Sharing Your Gospel with EVERYONE, who has Ears to hear and Eyes to see. My every waking hour will be spent doing Your Will, instead of my own. I want EVERONE to feel the way I do, about YOU. Thank YOU, God Almighty, for Sacrificing Your ONLY Son, because of Your Love for me. Thank YOU, Lord Jesus for Sacrificing Your Life, because of Your Love for me. Thank YOU, Holy Spirit, for it’s by YOU, Holy Spirit, that My Lord, Jesus Christ, comes to Abide within me, and YOU, Holy Spirit are My Counselor and My Guide. Father God, I can feel Your Presence in My Life, and I yearn to Serve YOU, wholeheartedly. My Life on this Earth is but a grain of sand, in The Hourglass of Eternity. Fill My Body with Your Presence, Lord Jesus. May Your Light Shine so BRIGHTLY, through me, that People see YOU, Jesus, instead of me. Please use me, Lord Jesus, as Your Vessel, to share Your Gospel with The World. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I will be in God Almighty’s Immediate Presence, one day, and I will see YOU, Lord Jesus, Face-to-Face. Until That Day, I want to serve YOU, to Worship YOU, to Love YOU, Lord Jesus, if only a fraction of how much YOU, Love me. I can never do enough to repay YOU, Lord Jesus, for EVERYTHING that YOU have done for me. After all, YOU give me Eternal Life, in The Presence of God Almighty, Yourself, The Holy Spirit, God Almighty’s Holy Angels, and all the rest of The Children (Believers) of God Almighty, for Eternity. Therefore, using my limited time, in This World, sharing Your Gospel, using The Spiritual Gifts YOU have Blessed me with, is the least I can do, for YOU, Lord Jesus. FULL POST

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