OYB June 3

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: II Samuel 20:14-26, II Samuel 21
NT: Acts 1
Ps: Psalm 121
Pr: Proverbs 16:18

Today´s notable verse:

The LORD will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life

Psalm 121:7 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from you & Question of the Day - What are some ways you have dealt with pride in your life in the past? Have you been able to overcome issues of judging others? Thinking you are all that? How did you overcome these pride issues?

[Note: the question of the day is in response to today's Proverbs 16:18 passage: "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."]

To combat an issue like pride and being judgemental, we must remember first that God gave us the capacity and the responsibility to control our thoughts:

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

II Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Second, we must remember that our thoughts are to be obedient to Christ, and are to reflect His Lordship in our lives and our expression of His love. This reflection demands humility:

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

Romans 12:3 (NIV)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

Finally, we must realize that what we say is the natural progression of our thoughts and our attitudes:

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Luke 6:45 (NIV)

Ultimately, we must remember that we are called first and foremost to deal with the glaring sin in our own lives before we could ever hope to address someone else's sin. I have enough to handle with this plank in my own eye; why would I concern myself with the speck of dust in my brother's eye?

OYB June 2

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: II Samuel 19:11-43, II Samuel 20:1-13
NT: John 21
Ps: Psalm 120
Pr: Proverbs 16:16-17

Today´s notable verse:

How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!

Proverbs 16:16 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog's comments for today.

Gene silencing directs muscle-derived stem cells to become bone-forming cells

Filed in ScienceTags: Stem Cells

More Adult Stem Cell (ASC) advances you won't hear about in the MSM:

Using a relatively new technology called RNA interference to turn off genes that regulate cell differentiation, University of Pittsburgh researchers have demonstrated they can increase the propensity of muscle-derived stem cells (MDSCs) to become bone-forming cells.

Why is this development important, you ask?

Cells can be divided into three primary classifications: endodermal (interior stomach lining, gastrointestinal tract, the lungs), mesodermal (muscle, bone, blood, urogenital), and ectodermal (epidermal tissues and nervous system). Bone and muscle cells are mesodermal tissue. For quite a while now, ASCs have demonstrated multipotency; this development brings the possibility of ASC pluripotency closer to reality.

Of course, if ASCs can be coaxed into pluripotency, the necessity for embryonic stem cells evaporates.

The practical result of the research:

Based on these results, the investigators believe that by turning off specific genetic factors they can control the capacity of MDSCs as a means of treating various musculoskeletal diseases and injuries.

And, the future benefit [emphasis added]:

"By understanding the genetic mechanisms that regulate a cell's propensity to differentiate into one type of cell line over another, we may be able to regulate their ability to generate bone for the treatment of various diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, such as osteoporosis or severe fractures," said first author Jonathan B. Pollett, Ph.D., research associate, department of orthopaedic surgery, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

This isn't pie-in-the-sky hope; this is real promise.

Saint Louis Songwriters’ Showcase

Filed in PersonalTags: Food/Wine, Friends, Missouri, Music, Photos, Saint Louis

Tonight I'm at the Crave Coffeehouse, just off of the SLU campus, for the Saint Louis Songwriters' group songwriters' showcase. Neat venue for a coffeehouse:

crave coffeehouse
Photo © Crave Coffeehouse

crave coffeehouse
Photo © Crave Coffeehouse

My friend Christina is one of the songwriters performing tonight.

OYB June 1

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: II Samuel 18, II Samuel 19:1-10
NT: John 20
Ps: Psalm 119:153-176
Pr: Proverbs 16:14-15

Today´s notable verse:

Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

Psalm 119:165 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog's comments for today.