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My life before salvation was very short. I grew up in a Christian home in North Carolina. My entire family had been Christian since before I was born. I went to First Assembly of God Church in Concord, now Concord First Assembly, with my family. I attended First Assembly Christian School, which was started by the same church that we attended. I went to Missionettes, a Christian children’s club for learning more about the Bible, every Wednesday night. I understood Christianity only in the most basic sense. I knew that I believed everything that I had heard about God. I knew that I could not get to heaven without Jesus. I knew that I wanted to spend eternity with Him. When I was about five years old, I decided that I wanted to become a Christian. I told my mom and grandparents. Mom let me come to the adult service with them that Sunday; usually I went to children’s church. My mom walked to the front with me. I do remember that I was very nervous, but excited. I gave my heart and my life to Jesus Christ at a very young age. It felt wonderful. I knew that I had done the right thing. I was baptized the next year, at the age of six. I have grown up a lot since my conversion and my declaration of faith. I have learned so much more about God and Jesus Christ. I have come to understand more deeply how perfect He is and much He has done by saving me. I have been slowly making my faith my own. I have learned why I believe what I have always believed. I have even begun to lead other Christian family members and friends to grow closer to God. I never want to stop learning more about God. I never want to stop growing closer to the One who loved me before I was born.

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Liberty University has the best nursing school that I know of. Check it out at www.liberty.edu.

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This is a great picture of a nurse preparing to administer a medication by syringe.

Posted in Nursing

This is an artistic rendering by Greg Olsen. It is a great picture of Christ's forgiveness.

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This is a test of pre-algebra and algebra skills that I wrote for a student that I tutor. Can you pass it? 1. 5 + 6 = 2. 10 – 7= 3. 3 x 5 = 4. 20 ÷ 4 = 5. 3 x 4 = 6. 2 x 6 = 7. 2 x 4 = 8. 3 x 5 = 9. 2^4 = 10. 10^4 = 11. 2 + 3 = 12. 6 – 4 = 13. 3 + 1 – 2 + 4 – 3 – 2 = 14. 3 – 3 = 15. 4 – 7 = 16. 5 x 2 = 17. -3 x 2 = 18. 6 ÷ 2 = 19. 3 ÷ 4 = 20. Round the following to the nearest tens place: a. 39 = b. 734 = c. 899 = 21. 53 x 7 = 22. 53 x 47 = 23. 860 ÷ 5 = 24. 3 inches x 3 inches = 25. 10 miles x 5 miles = 26. 140 miles ÷ 2 hours = 27. True or False: 3 x 4 ≠ 34 28. 2 + 2 ? 5 (, or =) 29. 110 ? 58 + 5 (, or =) 30. True or False: 49 ≈ 50 31. True or False: 1,024 ≈ 1,000,000 32. │- 50 + 10 │ = 33. 5 + 3 x 2 + 8 ÷ 4 = 34. 3 + 52 – 6 = 35. (1 + 15 ÷ 5) + (3 – 6) x 5 = 36. Bobo is spinning five fewer plates than Nunu. If Nunu is spinning 17 plates, then how many plates are Bobo and Nunu spinning? 37. The height of a house is half as long as its width. The width of the house is 80 feet. How tall is the house? 38. The express train is moving three times faster than the local train. If the local train is going 25 miles per hour, then what is the difference in speed between the express train and the local train? 39. Aunt Effie has $732.84 hidden in her pillowcase. Aunt Jezebel has $234.19 less than Aunt Effie has. How much money do the two women have all together? 40. Four women collected money to save the endangered Salt Creek Tiger Beetle. Keisha collected $160, Brie collected $50 more than Keisha did, Amy collected twice as much as Brie, and together Amy and Sophia collected $700. All together, how much money did the women collect? 41. On a recent payday, Travis took a shopping trip. He bought six shirts for $19.95 each and two pairs of pants for $34.60 each. He then bought a jacket that cost $37.08 less than he paid for both pairs of pants. If he paid the cashier with three $100 bills, then how much change did he receive? 42. A bat and a baseball cost a dollar and ten cents. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? 43. In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the lake, then how long would it take the patch to cover half of the lake? 44. 431 ÷ 1 = 45. 28 ÷ 28 = 46. 538 ÷ 2 = 47. 625 ÷ 5 = 48. 170 ÷ 10 = 49. 51 ÷ 3 = 50. 243 ÷ 9 = 51. List the factors of 18. 52. List the first five multiples of 8. 53. List the prime factors of 84. 54. True or false: 71 is a prime number. 55. Find the greatest common factor of 28, 42, and 70. 56. Find the least common multiple of 2, 3, and 5. 57. 78/78 ? 1 58. 63/73 ? 1 59. 99/97 ? 1 60. Reduce 32/100. 61. Reduce 24/60. 62. Convert 31/3 to a mixed number. 63. Convert 5 and 2/3 to an improper fraction. 64. Simplify the following algebraic expressions. a. -2x + 5 + 10x - 9 b. 3(x + 7) + 2(-x + 4) + 5x 65. Simplify the expressions. a. (2x - 6) / 2 b. (-x - 2) / (x + 2) c. (5x - 5)/10 66. Solve for x in the following equations. a. -x = 6 b. 2x - 8 = -x + 4 c. 2x + 1/2 = 2/3 d. x/3 + 2 = 5 e. -5/x = 2 67. Evaluate for the given values of x and y. a. x^2 - y^2 , for x = 4 and y = 5 b. |4x - 2y| , for x = -2 and y = 3 c. 3x^3 - 4y^4 , for x = -1 and y = -2 68. Solve the following inequalities. a. x + 6 < 0 b. x + 1 > 5 c. 2(x - 2) < 12 69. What is the reciprocal of each of the following numbers? a. -1 b. 0 c. 3/4 d. 2 5/7 e. 0.02 70. Evaluate the following expressions involving mixed numbers. a. 3 3/4 + 6 1/7 b. (1 3/5) * (3 1/3) - 2 1/2 c. (5 2/3) / (4 1/5) d. (3 4/7 - 1 1/2) / (2 3/8 + 2 1/4) 71. Evaluate the following exponential expressions. a. -4^2 b. (-2)^3 c. (-2)^4 d. 10000 (write as an exponent) e. 5661 (write as an exponent) 72. Convert to fractions and write in simplest form. a. 0.02 b. 12% c. 0.5% d. 1.12 73. Convert to decimals. a. 1/5 b. 120% c. 0.2% d. 4 8/5 74. Convert to percents. a. 3/10 b. 1.4 c. 123.45 d. 2 4/5 75. Which of these numbers is divisible by 3? a. 156,312 b. 176,314 76. Which of these numbers is divisible by 4? a. 3,432 b. 1,257 77. Which of these numbers is divisible by 6? a. 1,233 b. 3,432 78. Which of these numbers is divisible by 9? a. 2,538 b. 1,451 79. Evaluate 8x + 7 given that x - 3 = 10. I will post the answers later this week (so no one is tempted to cheat). Do your best!

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The monster lives in the rainforests, jungles, and forests of the world. It is dark, silent, and deadly. It came out of the darkness very recently. It is shadow made solid. No one knows if a panther, jaguar, cougar, leopard, tiger, or lion mothered the beast. What we do know is that the monster was created when a panther-like big cat ate a spider. The only problem is that the male spider and the female cat were in their respective mating seasons. The ferocious feral feline gave birth in hiding. When she saw the thing that she had given birth to, she abandoned it. The young monster was force to fend for itself. Now, it hates all other creatures. The monster has grown used to solitude. For the most part, it prowls the jungles and forests alone late at night devouring lost travelers. The monster has six legs with claws on all of them. It has canine fangs and two pincers (one on each side of its mouth) and an exceptionally powerful bite. The beast is the perfect predator. It can stalk, ambush, chase, or trap its prey. It might walk slowly down forest paths, listening for and stalking its prey before rushing or ambushing. Then it will attack from cover and in a target's blind spot with a quick pounce. It might also run its prey down in the open. It might even set up its web and trap its prey. Once the creature catches its prey, it employs several different killing methods. It might bite directly through the skull of its prey to deliver a fatal bite to the brain. It might bite the throat and suffocate its victim. It might deliver a paw swipe to the skull sufficient to kill. It might even inject venom into its prey. Upon killing its prey, the beast will drag the carcass to a thicket or other secluded spot. It begins eating at the neck and chest or the midsection. It consumes the heart and lungs first. The other option is even less pleasant. The venom the creature pumps into any prey caught in its web contains digestive enzymes and once the tissues are liquefied, it sucks them out leaving behind the empty husk. The creature is a carnivore, feeding only on meat. It prefers large prey and will take humans, caimans, deer, capybaras, tapirs, peccaries, dogs, foxes, and anacondas. However, the creature will also eat any small species that it can catch including frogs, mice, birds, fish, sloths, monkeys, and turtles. The beast has become a symbol of power and strength and death. It has many names (arachnopanther, pantharachnid, spidercat, aranagato, etc). A scientist, whom no one believes, saw the creature and gave it the taxonomic name: Arachnid panthera. It is a favorite subject for Halloween stories. In fact, many believe that the beast can facilitate communication between the living and the dead on this night when monsters take charge. That is, of course, if you can manage to approach it without being eaten.

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