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Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?
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The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded and was placed at the head of that stony coffin. Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the! one whom Jesus loved. She said, ‘They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!’Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there,while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side. Is that

important? Absolutely! Is it really significant? Yes! In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of si! ght, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not d are touch that table until the master was finished. Now if the master was done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers and mouth with that napkin and toss it on to the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, ‘I’m done.’ But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant knew that

the folded napkin meant, ‘I’m not finished yet.’ The folded napkin meant, ‘I’m coming back!’IF YOU BELIEVE HE IS COMING BACK – PASS IT ON, I DID!

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This is a joke that should bring you luck.

An elderly woman walked into the Bank of Canada one morning with a purse full of money. She wanted to open a savings account and insisted on talking to the president of the Bank because, she said, she had a lot of money.

After many lengthy discussions (after all, the client is always right) an employee took the elderly woman to the president’s office.

The president of the Bank asked her how much she wanted to deposit. She placed her purse on his desk and replied, “$165,000”. The president was curious and asked her how she had been able to save so much money. The elderly woman replied that she made bets.

The president was surprised and asked, “What kind of bets?”

The elderly woman replied, “Well, I bet you $25,000 that your testicles are square.”

The president started to laugh and told the woman that it was impossible to win a bet like that.

The woman never batted an eye. She just looked at the

President and said, “Would you like to take my bet?”

“Certainly”, replied the president. “I bet you $25,000 that my testicles are not square.”

“Done”, the elderly woman answered. “But given the amount of money involved, if you don’t mind I would like to come back at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning with my lawyer as a witness.”

“No problem”, said the president of the Bank confidently.

That night, the president became very nervous about the bet and spent a long time in front of the mirror examining his testicles, turning them this way and that, checking them over again and again until he was positive that no one could consider his testicles as square and reassuring himself that there was no way he could lose the bet.

The next morning at exactly 10 o’clock the elderly woman arrived at the president’s office with her lawyer and acknowledged the $25,000 bet made the day before that the president’s testicles were square.

The president confirmed that the bet was the same as the one made the day before.. Then the elderly woman asked him to drop his pants etc. so that she and her lawyer could see clearly.

The president was happy to oblige.

The elderly woman came closer so she could see better and asked the president if she could touch them. “Of course”, said the president. “Given the amount of money involved, you should be 100% sure.”

The elderly woman did so with a little smile. Suddenly the president noticed that the lawyer was banging his head against the wall. He asked the elderly woman why he was doing that and she replied, “Oh, it’s probably because I bet him $100,000 that around 10 o’clock in the morning I would be holding the balls of the President of the Bank of Canada !”

The origin of this Canadian story is unknown but it brings luck to everyone

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A new screening technique could double the success rate for some women undergoing IVF, experts have claimed.

Researchers at the Colorado Centre for Reproductive Medicine carried out a study on the technique – called comparative genomic hybridisation (CGH) – involving 23 patients aged between 30 and 42 years.

All of the women had been undergoing infertility treatment and had suffered 1.9 failed IVF cycles on average.

Experts at Oxford University have now analysed the results and found that the new technique – which counts the number of pairs of chromosomes in an embryo – provided all 23 women with at least one normal five-day-old embryo, or ‘blastocyst’, for transfer.

Oxford University’s Dr Dagan Wells told the BBC that the pregnancy rates achieved with the technique had been ‘absolutely phenomenal’.

He explained: ‘Chromosomal abnormalities are the main cause of implantation failure and miscarriage, and a way of detecting them should improve success rates. There is a dramatic change in implantation rate with this technology.’

SOURCE: NetDoctor.co.uk/ November  10, 2008

Women with a history of serious mental illness are at least twice as likely to give birth to babies that are stillborn or die within the first month of life, according to research.

Researchers at the University of Manchester found women with affective disorders such as schizophrenia were more than twice as likely to give birth to babies with congenital abnormalities, leading to stillbirth.

The risk of stillbirth due to complications during delivery among women with drug and alcohol problems was more than double that of healthy women.

Lead researcher Dr Kathryn Abel said: ‘We found that the chances of stillborn or newborn death from all causes were greater for babies whose mothers had a serious mental health illness.

‘The risk of stillbirth for women with schizophrenia was twice as high than healthy mothers, while women with affective disorders were also more than twice as likely to give birth to stillborn babies.’

Women with other psychotic illnesses, including mood-affective disorders, manic depression and drug and alcohol addiction, were also shown to have a much greater risk of stillborn and newborn deaths.

‘For most causes of death, offspring of women with schizophrenia had no greater risk of stillbirth or neonatal death than other psychiatrically-ill mothers,’ said Dr Abel, who is based in the university’s School of Medicine.

‘The fact that the link between the cause of death and the illness of the mother varies suggests that factors other than the mental disorder itself are involved.

‘Lifestyle, such as smoking and poor diet, and less antenatal care and poverty can also increase the chances of complication during childbirth.’

The scientists said the findings suggest further resources are needed to support vulnerable women and their children.

SOURCE: NetDoctor.co.uk / November 10, 2008

They found that children who were breastfed for at least four months had better lung function by the age of ten and were less likely to develop asthma, even if their mothers suffered from asthma or allergies

Researchers at Southampton University and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University studied data on nearly 1,500 British children who participated in the Isle of Wight Birth Cohort.

The children’s respiratory health was recorded at the ages of one, two, four and ten, and the scientists also recorded information on mothers’ smoking and breastfeeding habits and on any family history of asthma and allergies.

Children who were breastfed as infants appear to be less likely to develop asthma, according to new research published in the journal Thorax.

A spokesman for the charity Asthma UK told the BBC that the charity supports the government’s advice that babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life.

Source: NetDoctor.co.uk /November  10, 2008

A report published in the journal Critical Care today claims that applying bacterial solution in place of normal antiseptics can be effective in preventing the most common cause of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).

The authors claim the probiotic bacterium, Lactobacillus plantarum 299, can be used to ‘out-compete’ the other dangerous bacteria.

‘We hypothesised that swabbing the mouth with probiotics would be an effective (and microbiologically attractive) method of reducing pathogenic oral microorganisms in intubated, mechanically ventilated, critically ill patients,’ said Bengt Klarin from the University Hospital in Lund, Sweden.

VAP is a common complication in patients on breathing machines. It occurs when harmful bacteria from the mouth, throat or breathing tube are inhaled into the lungs and because most people on ventilation are sedated or unable to communicate, initial symptoms of pneumonia can be difficult to spot.

The authors of today’s report found that the probiotic treatment was as effective as the antiseptic and said the use of bacteria had other advantages, including the fact there are common side effects associated with antiseptic chlorhexidine (CHX) use in oral care.

The authors claim that the Lactobacillus plantarum 299 could solve these problems: ‘It is not likely to incorporate resistance genes or plasmids or to transfer genetic material. Consequently it does not contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains.

‘As the bacteria adhere to the oral mucosa, they are able to counteract potentially pathogenic bacteria around the clock, which is superior to the fairly short-term effect of orally applied chemical agents.’

SOURCE: NetDoctor.co.uk / Novmeber 5, 2008