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BREAKFAST WITH THE PRESIDENT
www.joelrosenberg.com/ ^ | February 2, 2007 | Joel C. Rosenberg

Posted on 02/02/2007 10:59:00 AM PST by Squidpup

"For one brief shining moment yesterday, bitter partisanship was replaced by prayer, and it couldn't have been more refreshing.

Lynn and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 55th Annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton, along with 4,000 business and political leaders, diplomats, military officials and journalists representing all 50 states and 160 different countries." ...

"The highlight of the morning, however, was the keynote address by Dr. Francis S. Collins, the director of the Human Genome Project and thus arguably the most important doctor and scientist on the planet today. He and his colleagues have mapped out the 3 billion letters of the human genetic code imprinted into each of our cells. ("Three billion -- that's a very large number," he deadpanned, "even in Washington.") They are figuring out the Creator's "instruction book" for the human body, and thus racing to find cures for cancer, diabetes, and so many other horrible diseases. And for him, it is a journey of faith as well as science.

Dr. Francis explained that he was raised on a small farm in Virginia by a family for whom religion was not that important. He developed a fascination with medicine and science early in his life and along the way, like many of his colleagues, thought of himself as an agnostic, and eventually as an atheist.

But one day, an elderly woman who was a patient of his and dying of cancer, explained to him that she had no fear of dying because she had a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. She explained the good news that God loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives, and offers us a way to eternal life through Jesus, and then she asked, "Doctor, what do you believe?" Dr. Collins said he fled the room as fast as he could. He was touched by the woman's story, and moved by her faith, but he didn't have a satisfying answer to her question, and he said it was as if all of a sudden "the atheistic ice under my feet was cracking." Though he was a scientist, he said he had never really considered the evidence for whether Jesus was the Messiah and Savior that He claimed to be. Why not? What was he afraid of?" ...

"The more he learns of how God has created and wired us, the more he feels he has "caught a glimpse of God's mind." "


TOPICS: Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: breakfast; genome; prayer
Click through to Joel's blog. Ignore the political people attending and scroll to the keynote speaker, Dr. Francis S. Collins, the director of the Human Genome Project.
1 posted on 02/02/2007 10:59:05 AM PST by Squidpup
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To: Squidpup
They are figuring out the Creator's "instruction book" for the human body, and thus racing to find cures for cancer, diabetes, and so many other horrible diseases. And for him, it is a journey of faith as well as science.

I love this stuff.

I was diagnosed with metastatic cancer last year (carcinoid) and just three weeks ago have been told by the specialist that he expects me to live another 35 years,with a decent quality of life, though I'll have cancer the entire time.

Anyway, 35 years is a lot of time for a cure to be found, and I believe my answer to my prayers will be achieved and I will be cured. I have to say, though, that that life expectancy news was a big answered prayer in and of itself.

:-)

2 posted on 02/02/2007 11:33:41 AM PST by alnick
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To: alnick

All the very best to you!


3 posted on 02/02/2007 11:47:51 AM PST by OldFriend (Swiftboating - Sinking a politician's Ship of Fools by Torpedoes of Truth)
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Thanks, OldFriend. I'm fine. As I've heard a few people say, if you've got to get cancer, carcinoid is the one to get. It grows slowly and, in my case, can be managed. I'm thanking God every day. :-)


4 posted on 02/02/2007 11:58:25 AM PST by alnick
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To: alnick

Agreed - earnest prayers for you and many others. Wouldn't it be amazing if a cure for cancer comes soon through this research.


5 posted on 02/02/2007 12:38:01 PM PST by Squidpup (sheep have two speeds: 'grazing' and 'stampede')
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