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Meet Jet-Man

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I was pretty sure I could fly when I was little. Only for brief soars, nothing pretentious—rather like the Wright brothers’ first attempts—but they seemed auspicious.
This fellow never gave it up.  Check out the startling video if you knew it was true, too.

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Jet-Man

Real Name: Yves Rossi
Yves Rossi is a Swiss professional pilot and aeronautical engineer (we hope, since he designed his own jet pack) who, claiming to be inspired by his hero Batman, realized the first jet-pack-powered flight. […]

Jet-Man’s jet pack is capable of flying at a speed of 160 mph for up to six minutes. After those six minutes, Yves has to activate his secondary power, the Go-go-gadget-oh-please-God-don’t-let-it-fail-parachute since there is no way to land the jet pack without becoming a red and chrome stain on the ground.

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September 19, 2008 at 7:19 pm

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“Someone’s premiums” bought my lunch on gold-rimmed china

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Wendell Potter, former CIGNA exec, tells of the change of heart that caused him to leave the industry. While visiting family members in Tennessee, he drops in on a medical expedition, staffed by volunteers, at a Virginia fairgrounds, in a county where people have little health care access …
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I had no idea what to expect, but when I walked through the fairground gates, it was just absolutely overwhelming … [P]eople … were lined up in the rain by the hundreds … and they were being treated in animal stalls … They also had set up tents. It looked like a MASH unit. It looked like this could have been something that was happening in a war-torn country, and war refugees were there to get their care […]
It was just unbelievable, and it just drove it home to me, maybe for the first time, that we were talking about real human beings and not just numbers […]
[T]wo or three weeks later, I was [flying to a meeting] on one of the corporate jets … I was served my lunch on a gold-rimmed plate, was given gold-plated flatware […]
it just dawned on me, for the first time, that someone’s premiums … were paying for my lunch on gold-trimmed china […]
I thought about those men and women that I had seen in Wise County … not having any idea that this is the way that insurance executives lived and how premium dollars were being spent … I had to leave […]
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One dollar of every three we send to our health insurance companies goes to something other than healthcare. Those who struggle to pay high premiums to protect themselves and their children buy corporate jets, skyscraper penthouses, and fine china for insurance executives. Those who won’t, or can’t, often die prematurely.

Should we really have choose between paying for corporate luxury or risking an early death?

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From the center of who you are (Readings for Sunday, August 31)

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ove from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.  – Paul, in Romans 12:9-21 (The Message)

Man!  When I scroll through that list I think two things:
What a world these would make! And …
Oh yes, thanks for the reminder! I want to tune this up in my own life.

Soak in it with me this week, if you like.  I might print those verses for the fridge door.

And here are the rest of the readings for this Sunday.

Cheers!

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August 28, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Lou Ann on the way home

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Lou Ann Lou Ann and team left Zhalantun on Wednesday, traveled by train to Beijing, and spent some of Thursday touring in Beijing. Friday and Saturday (today) are travel-to-the-States days. Here are her requests:

– Pray that the team will be open and receptive to what the Lord is trying to teach them and how he is changing their hearts and lives

– Pray for flights to run on schedule, connections to be made, luggage to make it

– Pray for health of team, who will be fighting off jet lag and returning to work, many with extra work to do

– Pray that the team will share well what God has done

– for the team’s “returning home” Bible studies and for the Lord’s mighty work in their hearts and minds as they realize we cannot out-give “the Giver” nor can we do anything without him.

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October 21, 2006 at 2:06 pm

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