“Mark” of the Beast in the NIV Bible

According to this guys Youtube page:

The Book of Mark in the King James Bible has 678 verses.

The Book of “Mark” in the NIV (New International Version) has 666 verses!

The NIV’s book of “Mark” contains the “mark” of the Beast 666! This proves who is behind these modern, phoney, satanic perversions of the Bible.

I hope this guy never comes across “The Bloke’s Bible“, or even the The Brick Bible.

A prayer for anyone who is waiting for something to happen. (With thanks to Facebook)

“Father God, I realise that You have set an appointed time for everything, and I may not necessarily know when it will come or how it will happen. I choose to remain expectant & trust that You will bring my breakthrough no matter how long it takes. Amen”

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

Saw this on Phil Cooke’s blog, and thought it was a good way to start the week:

Filmmaker and comedian Woody Allen famously said that “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” While we laugh at it, the statement is pretty accurate. “Showing up” means putting yourself in position for something to happen. I heard of a musician who bumped into a record producer in an elevator. They started talking, and when the producer asked if the musician had recorded anything, the musician whipped out his iPhone and played him a couple of cuts. The producer was impressed enough that they scheduled a meeting and eventually worked out a record deal. That musician “showed up.” He was ready and in position for something good to happen.

Far too many of us dream of big things, but don’t actually write that book, plan that project, or develop that relationship. We dream about losing weight, but never show up at the gym.

The truth is, Woody’s right. A huge part of success in any field is showing up ready to accomplish something significant. And showing up comes from the discipline to do everything you can to get yourself in position. I like how Benjamin Franklin put it: “You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.”

What is it that you need to show up for this week?

Happy Monday everyone…

“Every Life is a Pile of Good Things and Bad Things”

I heard something today about a girl I once knew.

She’d gone travelling around Africa – gone to find herself… seek inspiration to help her change the world.

I got a phone call today… She’s come home early, due to being attacked and robbed.

Nasty Stuff.

I was going to try and write something deep…and something meaningful. Instead I’ll share the words of @notbovvered:

The sun shines and the rain pours on the righteous and wicked alike. Life isn’t fair: it just is…

I’ll leave you with the closing moments of Doctor Who – “Vincent and the Doctor”


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Social Media Verses News Reporting

Around about 10 years ago I cam across a little known movie called “Gossip”. The central idea to the film is that gossip and rumours can be looked upon as fact. In fact its summed up by the quote;

Gossip and news *are* the same thing, they’ve always been the same thing. People tell stories, that’s what makes us human.

If there has ever been an example of this, it must be this story of what happened to ITV Westcountry:

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ITV has acknowledged an “embarrassing” on-air error after a reporter claimed that a polar bear had washed up on a Cornish beach, but the animal later turned out to be a cow.

Naomi Lloyd, presenter of ITV’s West Country breakfast bulletin, told viewers that the large, white beast had been brought in on the tide close to the seaside town of Bude.

“A walker in Cornwall has caught an extraordinary sight on camera. A polar bear has washed up on a beach near Bude,” said Lloyd.

“The bear comes from the Arctic Circle and an investigation is under way as to how it could have ended up there.”

Now it turns out that the cow which was  bleached white by the sea, was spotted by dog walkers… who in turn contacted the TV station. The TV station then put this story live on air.

This has got me thinking. Is news reporting ‘fact’ or ‘word of mouth’?

If the latter, is social media replacing ‘word of mouth’?

For example, if I want to check travel information, I check Twitter – not a website. Another example is that I heard about the bomb scare in Exeter the other day via Twitter – not via traditional news mediums.

Are we really getting to the point where gossip social media is starting to over take traditional news reporting?