Daily Text of Monday, July 27, 2015
We wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things. This is taken from Hebrews 13:18. Because we are determined to “conduct ourselves honestly in all things,” we avoid taking advantage of our Christian brothers. For example, if they work for us secularly, we make sure that they are fairly treated and paid in line with the agreement we have made with them. As Christians, we deal honestly with our employees and with all others. And if we are employed by a fellow Christian, we deal honestly with our employees and with all others. And if we are employed by a fellow Christian, we are careful not to take advantage of him by demanding special privileges. How often we hear expressions of appreciation from those in the world who have dealings with Jehovah’s Witnesses! For example, the director of a large construction services organization noticed that Jehovah’s Witnesses keep their word. “You always stick to what you have agreed to do,” he said. Psalms 15:4 tells us: “He rejects anyone who is contemptible, But he honors those fearing Jehovah. He does not go back on his promise, even when it is bad for him.” Such conduct helps us to maintain our friendship with Jehovah. Moreover, it brings praise to our loving heavenly Father.
The blue whales are the largest animals on the planet and in the ocean. This animal can weigh up to 200 tons that is like 33 elephants. Their length is 80 feet to 105 feet. Their diet is carnivore and they life up to 80 to 90 years in the wild. They are very endangered. Blue whales are baleen whales, which means they have fringed plates of fingernail-like material, called baleen, attached to their upper jaws. The giant animals feed by first gulping an enormous mouthful of water, expanding the pleated skin on their throat and belly to take it in. Then the whale’s massive tongue forces the water out through the thin, overlapping baleen plates. Thousands of krill are left behind—and then swallowed. Blue whales live in all the world’s oceans occasionally swimming in small groups but usually alone or in pairs. They often spend summers feeding in polar waters and undertake lengthy migrations towards the Equator as winter arrives.
During the 20th century, the blue whale was an important whaling target and even after it was protected and commercial whaling stopped in 1966, exploitation efforts by the former Soviet Union persisted. Just like all animals they have a threat. They have died from loss of habitat and toxics. They can become entangled in fishing gear and harmed by ship strikes. Also, thee blue whale is loosing it’s feed to climate change. If you want to know how you can help them, then look at the link under “Blue Whale”.
“Blue Whales, Blue Whale Pictures, Blue Whale Facts – National Geographic.” National Geographic. Web. 27 July 2015. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/blue-whale/
“Blue Whale Surrounded by Tuna Photo by Jimmy Mann — National Geographic Your Shot.” National Geographic Your Shot. Web. 28 July 2015. http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/4214251/?source=gallery
“Blue Whale.” WorldWildlife.org. World Wildlife Fund. Web. 27 July 2015. http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/blue-whale
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