Archive for January, 2011

People’s Revolt-Biblical!!

Posted: January 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

We are updated on the recent political developments around the globe. People’s revolt in Tunisia is considered to be a major development in the larger scenario. The Tunisian dictator Bin Ali had to flee from his country that he had ruled for few decades. In the same spirit, Egyptian population has an ongoing revolution against the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. On yet another similar note, Yemen undergoes the same kind of pressure from the people’s movement against their ruler Saleh. In all these cases; a majority was pushed to the fringes of society; yet a few enjoyed all the benefits of being in power. Poverty, Unemployment and Corruption were benchmarks of these rulers. It is not surprising that people began to raise voices against these injustices done to them. Biblical narratives, especially the history of Israel in captivity and their resistance against the Pharaoh brings parallels in history. Jesus’ missionary activities also targeted the money looters and the hypocrites of his time that neglected the vulnerable communities.

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STORY OF APPRECIATION

Posted: January 28, 2011 in Uncategorized
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One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic
achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the
youth answered “none”.

The director asked, ” Was it your father who paid for your school fees?” The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, ” Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, ” Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes
before?” The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go back today, go and
clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.*

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time. Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked: ” Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered, ” I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

The Director asked, ” please tell me your feelings.” The youth said, Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not the successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.The director said, ” This is what I am looking for to be my manager.

I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?*

You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

Christianity began as a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When it went to Athens, it became a philosophy. When it went to Rome, it became an organization. When it went to Europe, it became a culture. When it came to America, it became a business.”

L. Ron Hubbard (Founder of Scientology) once said “Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.” While our modern day evangelists have not started their own religion, they have unquestionably improved on Hubbard’s idea. Capitalizing on Christianity has proved to be far more lucrative than starting a new religion. But as Scripture says

“ … people do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and through smooth speech and flattering, they deceive the hearts of the innocent”. Romans 16:1
Click the link for further reading on the subject
http://www.inplainsite.org/html/tele-evangelist_lifestyles.html

Mother Teresa

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

Words of Wisdom from Bible

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Words of Wisdom from the Bible
A word fitly spoken in like apples of gold in pictures of silver. — Proverbs 25:11

Let thy words be few. — Ecclesiastes 5:2

The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. — Ecclesiastes 10:12

Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city. — Ecclesiastes 7:19

And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding — Daniel 2:21

Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: for oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others. — Ecclesiastes 7:21-22

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches. — Corinthians 2:13

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.

She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Proverbs 4:7-13

When Stressed………

Posted: January 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Martin Luther, a leader in the Protestant reformation would sometimes become discouraged with the stress of his life and when that would happen he would say to himself, “I am baptized” and that fact alone would give him strength and hope.

http://www.nathancolquhoun.com/2009/12/21/a-left-handed-infant

Traditions of New Year around the Globe
China – The Chinese New Year is known as “Yuan Tan”. Among all the other New Year traditions around the World, the Chinese celebrations are very famous and colorful.

The traditional Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar and it may fall between January 1 and February 19. The Chinese New Year celebrations last for 10-15 days. Some of the different ways to express joy is by playing drums, setting off fireworks and beating the cymbals. The Chinese believe that it wades off the evil sprits and brings fortune. People exchange red envelopes with gold coins in it as a symbol of good luck.

Denmark – It is pretty surprising but, it is very auspicious to find the door heaped with pile of broken dishes on New Year in Denmark. Throughout the year people save all the old dishes and then throw them at the entrance of the homes on the New Year eve. It is believed that the number of broken dishes you have, that many friends you have which is considered very auspicious.
In most of the parts of Scandinavian countries, New Year celebrations are done with great joy and preparation. There are many Danish cuisines which served on the New Year party eve. Kale, is among the favorite dishes which is served with sprinkled sugar and cinnamon with white sauce.

African – American – The New Year is very commonly referred as – Emancipation Day or Jubilee Day. In 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was announced which was abolition of slavery and it was read in Boston.

With the change in time the way of observing the New Year day changed. In the present time, ‘watch services’ are held in most of the African- American churches. Most of the traditions are associated with food that includes, serving of ham hocks, collard greens, black eyes peas and macaroni with cheese. Benne wafers are presented to all the near and dear ones which symbolize money, future prosperity and fortune.

Greece – January 1st is the most important date in the history of Greece. The day is not only observed as New Year but, also as St Basil’s Day. The Greek Orthodox churches considered St Basil as one of the forefathers.

Special New Year bread is baked by all the family members. A coin is buried in the dough which is considered very auspicious. Greeks celebrate the New Year with great pomp and show. They share traditional sweet bread with everyone. The coin brings good luck and fortune for the year.

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” – By Benjamin Franklin