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Glory be to God for He has answered my prayers. Not only has He answered them, He has given me results beyond my expectations.

Accounting for Decision Making: The Group Assignment and 3 Individual Assignments was indeed done excellently and I was extremely happy with the results. A great teaming effort for the former. When it came to the exam, I felt that I had done excellently in the Cost Accounting questions, but it took me 2 hours of 3 leaving only 1 hour for Financial Analysis of an Australian Public Listed company from the viewpoint of a newly appointed Director. I was practically clamoring to complete the Financial Analysis. I directly went into Dupont Analysis method for results posted 2008 and the previous year, 2007. However, the last 15 minutes of the exam, I felt like I was trying to write the remaining closing paragraph showing what Sales Growth Rate would sustain the business from going under. This rush made me 2nd guess myself on whether I did badly here since we were never taught Sales Growth Rate. I had learnt it from my extra-curricular readings that was encouraged upon us. I was indeed surprised that I received a Excellent Grade (DISTINCTION) which was well beyond my expectations.

Creative and Accountable Marketing: From the onset, the lecturer was highly unpredictable. We were told that our Group Assignment and 4 Individual Assignments were done well only. In the exam, the case study on Godiva Chocolatier was tough and the remaining questions were also equally confusing. I was taken aback, I answered short of 1 Question which automatically costs me 10 marks. This indeed got me worried that I was possibly at the verge of failure, since the criteria for a passing grade is no failures in Individual Assignments and Exam. However, I was surprised beyond belief when the results came out that I had received a Good Grade (CREDIT) which was at least 3 levels beyond my expectations. Now to think of it, if I had answered the question on luxury liners in the exam, where I could have quoted the marketing concepts of the Cunard Luxury Liners (my brother-in-law used to work on board as a Sous Chef), I might have gotten an Excellent Grade (DISTINCTION) instead. No matter, I’m truly happy with the results given; I had expected much much less. I had done some extra-curricular readings of Harvard Business School articles and maybe this had helped me quote more unique ideas for the examiners’ palate.

All in all, I give the full Glory to God. Amen.

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Praise Him Even More

I don’t recall ever being asked to explain the importance of breathing.  It’s pretty well accepted that breathing is a good idea and that we should do it many times every day – a lack of breathing is definitely bad for our physical health.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that praise is as important, should become as natural, and occur as often as our breathing.  For if we choose not to live a life of praise, we will just as surely suffocate and spiritually die.

The life of praise requires only a little instruction and a great deal of application.  To begin with, we must learn to ALWAYS praise!

Philippians 4:4
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Notice that rejoicing is so important that Paul decided to repeat himself.  If we are living to love and glorify God, He has promised to work ALL things together for the good (Romans 8:28); so why do we wait for what appear to be the proper conditions for praise?  If we really understood and believed that God is in control, wouldn’t we praise Him regardless of our particular situation?  “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).  There is never a wrong time to praise God and there are never circumstances which don’t deserve our thankfulness.

Job lost absolutely everything he had except his wife.  He then developed sores over every part of his body and was so miserable that his wife encouraged him to “Curse God and die!” (Job 2:10).  Job was in great pain and heavy sorrow, but he knew all things came from God with a purpose; “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10).  God is in the good as well as the trouble; we must learn to praise Him in ALL situations!

Our life can become difficult and painful; we may feel bored and unfulfilled, cheated and abused.  But if we look at the reasons which keep us from praising, we will find “self” expectations and pride – we will find a life lived according to the desires of the flesh and not according to the fruit of the Spirit.  Every portion of our life is to be offered “as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1).  As we fix our eyes on the eternal glory we have through Jesus we will find more and more reasons to praise.

Let’s never allow our earthly circumstances to direct our praise: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6).  If we’re still breathing, we should still be praising!  He has given us eternal life – an eternity of worship in His presence…and that’s a GREAT gift!  Let’s look for the hand of God working around us each and every day.  Let’s praise Him with all our heart, and then let’s praise Him even more!

Have a Christ Centered Day!

Steve Troxel
God’s Daily Word Ministries

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0_quiz_dna_splitsRecent research into the structure and workings of genes and DNA has revealed incredible evidence of God’s wonderful design. Dr. Jerry Bergman, professor of science at Northwest College, Archibold (Ohio) has recently published an excellent technical paper in the Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal, 1 detailing how genes manufacture plants and animals.

We have excerpted portions of his report for this article.

Vast Databases

At the moment of conception, a fertilized human egg is about the size of a pinhead. Yet it contains information equivalent to about six billion “chemical letters.” This is enough information to fill 1000 books, 500 pages thick with print so small you would need a microscope to read it!

If all the chemical “letters” in the human body were printed in books, it is estimated they would fill the Grand Canyon fifty times! 2

This vast amount of information is stored in our bodies’ cells in DNA molecules and is coded by four bases-adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine. The key to the coding of DNA is in the grouping of these bases into sets that are further sequenced to form the 20 common amino acids. Together, these genetic codes form the physical foundation of all life.

We’ve all been exposed to the basic concepts of DNA and its double-helix structure in our high school biology classes. Perhaps you remember being taught that cells divide through the “unzipping” and subsequent replication of the double helix. In all likelihood, though, the incredible evidence of design in this process was not discussed.

A Complex Engineering Puzzle

Suppose you were asked to take two long strands of fisherman’s monofilament line-125 miles long-then form it into a double-helix structure and neatly fold and pack this line so it would fit into a basketball.

Furthermore, you would need to ensure that the double helix could be unzipped and duplicated along the length of this line, and the duplicate copy removed, all without tangling the line. Possible?
This is directly analogous to what happens in the billions of cells in your body every day. Scale the basketball down to the size of a human cell and the line scales down to six feet of DNA.

All this DNA must be packed so the regulator proteins that control making copies of the DNA have access to it. The DNA packing process is both complex and elegant and is so efficient that it achieves a reduction in length of DNA by a factor of 1 million. 3

When the cell needs to divide, the entire length of DNA must be split apart, duplicated, and repackaged for each daughter cell. No one knows exactly how cells solve this topological nightmare. But the solution clearly starts with the special spools on which the DNA is wound.

Each spool carries two “turns” of DNA, and the spools themselves are stacked together in groups of six or eight. The human cell uses about 25 million of them to keep its DNA under control. 4 (As shown in Figure 3 on the previous page, DNA is wound around histones to form nucleosomes. These are organized into solenoids, which in turn compose chromatin loops. Each element in this complex, yet highly organized arrangement is carefully designed to play a key role in the cell replication process.)

Cell Replication

The details of cell replication are too complex to be described in detail here. A simplified outline is given below to illustrate the incredible process involved: 5

1. Replication involves the synthesis of an exact copy of the cell’s DNA.

2. An initiator protein must locate the correct place in the strand to begin copying.

3. The initiator protein guides an “unzipper” protein (helicase) to separate the strand, forming a fork area. This unwinding process involves speeds estimated at approximately 8000 rpm, all done without tangling the DNA strand!

4. The DNA duplex kinks back on itself as it unwinds. To relieve the twisting pressure, an “untwister” enzyme (topo-isomerase) systematically cuts and repairs the coil.

5. Working only on flat, untwisted sections of the DNA, enzymes go to work copying the strand. (Two complete DNA pairs are synthesized, each containing one old and one new strand.)

6. A stitcher repair protein (DNA ligases) connects nucleotides together into one continuous strand.

Read and Write

The process described above is only a small part of the story. While the unwinding and rewinding of the DNA takes place, an equally sophisticated process of reading the DNA code and “writing” new strands occurs. The process involves the production and use of messenger RNA. Again, a simplified process description: 6

1. Messenger RNA is made from DNA by an enzyme (RNA polymerase).

2. A small section of DNA unzips, revealing the actual message (called the sense strand) and the template (the anti-sense strand).

3. A copy is made of the gene of interest only, producing a relatively short RNA segment.

4. The knots and kinks in the DNA provide crucial topological stop-and-go signals for the enzymes.

5. After messenger RNA is made, the DNA duplex is zipped back up.

Adding to the complexity and sophistication of design, the genetic code is read in blocks of three bases (out of the four possible bases mentioned earlier) that are non-overlapping.

Moreover, the triplicate code used is “degenerate,” meaning that multiple combinations can often code for the same amino acid-this provides a built-in error correction mechanism. (One can’t help but contrast the sophistication involved with the far simpler read/write processes used in modern computers.)

A Common Software House

All living things use DNA and RNA to build life from four simple bases. The process described above is common to all creatures from simple bacteria all the way to humans.

Evolutionists point to this as evidence for their theory-but the new discoveries of the complexity of the process, and the fact that bacterial ribosomes are so similar to those in humans, is strong evidence against evolution. The complexities of cell replication must have been present at the beginning of life.

A simple explanation for the similarities of the basic building blocks can be found if one realizes that all life originates from a single “software house.” He is awesome indeed!

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[Ed Note: Dr. Jerry Bergman is a professor of science at Northwest College, Archibold (Ohio) and is working on his third Ph.D. in molecular biology. He also has degrees in biology, psychology, and evaluation and research.]

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Let’s say you have a typical life and try to live it in the healthiest way. You might allocate your 24-hour weekday this way:

Sleep: 8 hours
Exercise: 1 hour
Work: 8 hours
Eating: 2 hours (leisurely)
Hygiene: 1 hour
Travel: 1 (Commute, errands)

That leaves you three hours for family time, sex, shopping, food preparation, chores, household repair, volunteering in the school, and so on. If you have a dentist appointment, or your talkative relative calls, or American Idol has a two-hour special, you’re tapped out.

It’s a challenge to live a happy life if you aren’t giving enough attention to all of those categories, yet doing so is nearly impossible.

One time management strategy is to be independently wealthy, freeing up eight hours a day. But that option isn’t available to many. And apparently it isn’t fulfilling because most rich people continue to work full schedules.

Another strategy is to ignore the fact that you are slowly killing yourself by not sleeping and exercising enough. That frees up several hours a day. The only downside is that you get fat and die.

A third path is to work less than you could, live economically, enjoy each day as it comes, and try not to think about living on cat food when you retire.

Which strategy have you picked?

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It’s been 2 weeks now since I started pondering on the idea of “Going Back To School.” Immediately on the initial weekend, I heard the sermon on Joshua Chapter 1. In a way, it is about taking leadership – in this case Joshua taking leadership from Moses, as a precursor of going into the Holy Land.

What strikes me is the truth that God always know when we are ready to take a “leap of faith” as he has always been the Alpha and the Omega (The Beginning and The End). In those 1st few days, whenever I browse to onto the Internet and even at other instances where I read supplements from Our Daily Bread (a supplement from RBC Ministries), the scripture that keeps jumping up at me was that of Joshua Ch1 v8-9 (KJV) , “v8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
v9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

joshI did pray to God for direction and sincerely believe he has answered my prayers with these verses. Hope these scripture will be an encouragement for those of you who are at crossroads in life. I am at mine. To go forth and claim victory as God has promised to His people.

Incidentally, I’ve uploaded Dr. Charles W Missler’s (former CEO of Western Digital Corp) exposition on Book of Joshua Chapter 1 onto the BoxNet archives of my LinkedIn account. Connect to me to access these files.

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