Saturday, May 9, 2009

Conf call - issues

If you are unable to get onto the conference call tonight at 8:00 due to some techincal difficulties, drop me an email. I'll have my computer by my side.

Question Pattern

I have finalized your questions for tomorrow. There is a slight variation from what we talked earlier.

There will be a total of 5 main questions plus 2 extra credit questions on the exam. The main question will have to be answered in 3 or more paragraphs. Each of the main question will carry 20 points each. I timed by writing the exam, and you should have plenty of time.

Return text books

We only have a limited number of text books at our Sunday school. We've obtained these text books with some difficulty and do not want to misplace them. Those books will be used by students next year as well.

Remember to bring your text book for the exam. You have to return your text books tomorrow, prior to taking the exam.

If for some reason you did not bring your text book, you'll not be allowed to take the final exam. Once the exam is over, I am planning to come over to your house to pick it up, and then conduct your final exam at your house.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Conference call Sat at 8:00 PM

As of this writing there is almost 1 day, and 19 hours remaining for your final exam. Once you begin your preparation, you'll find that time is not enough to cover all the questions.

To make your study easier, I am planning to hold a conference call on Saturday at 8:00 PM. You can ask me questions about those areas that you are unsure of. Some of you may have missed certain classes and the text book is sometimes bit vague.

I can set up a conference call bridge, and you can dial in. The conference call number and details will be emailed to you. Is Sat, 8:00 PM convenient for all of you?

Final Exam Prep

Below are the possible questions that could appear on your final exam next Sunday. If you have not started your preparation, now is the best time to start.

Questions we discussed in class last Sunday; the ones Jiby emailed to you:
  1. What are the 3 types of love?
  2. What is the story of your second birth?
  3. Confession: why do we do it and what is the process?
  4. Why is prayer important?
  5. What kind of prayer should we be doing?
  6. Why should we listen to others?
  7. What did you learn from the group discussions about poverty and richness and the youth in modern society?
  8. Why do we pray for everybody?
  9. What is the layman’s mission? How does this relate to the church?
  10. How is marriage defined?
  11. What is the importance and mystery of marriage?
  12. What are some of the possible problems in a family relationship between parents and children?
  13. What did you learn about Orthodox faith?
  14. What is the importance of Psalms 51?
  15. Name the 12 disciples (the song that we learned in class: Matt and John.... )
  16. Who is your father? Who is your mother? Who is God? Why are we here?
These were the questions I received from Maymol (Thank you Maymol), which could appear as extra credit:
1) Who is your Father? Who is your Mother?..
2) What are the three types of love in the book?
3) Who are the twelve disciples?
4) Definition of poverty and how it relates to human society.
5) How many books are in the Old Testament? New Testament?
6) What is the importance of Marriage?
7) What is the true meaning of death?
8) What are the main differences of youth and its society?
9) What is the whole meaning of "hallow"?
10) Why is it important to have a time for just you and God?

Certain questions overlap between the ones we discussed in class and the ones Maymol sent out. If they appear in the first part, then they will not appear as extra credit questions again.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Father and Mother

A 10th grader, after attending a particular Sunday school was visiting his grandparents back in his home country. His parents dropped him off to run some errands. While the youngster was with his grandmother, a thought came to his mind; something about what he learned at his Sunday school. He recalled the words, from Sunday school, "Who is your father?", "Who is your mother" etc.

While spending lots of time with his grandmother and getting comfortable, he asked, "Grandma, am I God's child?"

Grandmother replied, "Sure you are".

The youngster double checked, "How sure are you?"

The grandmother pulled him along her side, and reassured him, "I am one hundred percent sure that you are God's child. But why are you asking me this now?", she inquired.

"Well, my parents think I belong to them", the youngster answered.

Gift for Mothers

As a mother's day gift, a dad and son decided to surprise mom.

While the mom went out to pick up some groceries, dad and son came up with a plan to clean up the house, with a special emphasis on the kitchen, and thus surprise the mom upon her return. They hurried and washed all the dishes, organized the counter-top, picked the trash, changed the trash bags, swept the floor, stocked extra vessels inside cupboards, cleaned the stove area, and finally dried the wet areas. The kitchen looked clean and tidy.

It seemed like a long time for the two, and they decided to call mom on her cell phone, to check where she was. When they found out that she was planning to stop by the library, to pick up some books on her way, dad and son decided to clean the bedrooms also. The two then went into the bedroom, changed the linen, made the beds, dusted the side tables, picked up the socks and clothes lying around, cleaned the restrooms, and were exhausted.

The son noticed mom pulling into the drive way, and the duo helped mom by opening the door. Mom carried all the grocery into the kitchen and stacked them into the pantry and fridge. Both dad and son were waiting to hear the mom speak. Without uttering a single word, mom went to one of the bedrooms, removed the comforter from the neatly tucked bed, slipped under it, picked up the remote and started flipping through the TV channels. Dad and son who followed mom to the bedroom, stood there for a minute, waiting to hear some words of appreciation filled with surprise.

After couple of minutes, the dad asked, "Didn't you notice?"

Mom replied, "Notice what?"

Then the son added, "We cleaned the house."

Mom smiled and said, "I do that everyday around here."

"And you never say a nice word to thank me", she added.

Mothers do a fantastic and thankless job maintaining the house neat and tidy. Almost all the times, we fail to notice the little things they do to keep the house tidy and organized. Mothers deserve a lot of appreciation for all their hardwork, for all the love and care they provide us, and it only makes sense to celebrate 'Mothers' day' with our best effort.

Happy Mothers' day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Singing hymns since 1761

Few weeks ago, I happened to visit a Baptist Church. While sitting on the pew, I pulled out the hymns 'Sacred Melody' and skimmed through it. To my surprise, this book was published in the year 1761. On the very first page were the following 'instructions for congregational singing':

1. Learn these tunes before you learn any others; afterwards learn as many as you please.

2. Sing them exactly as they are printed here, without altering or mending them at all; and if you have learned to sing them otherwise, unlearn it as soon as you can.

3. Sing All. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up, and you will find it a blessing.

4. Sing lustily and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep, but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, than when you sung the songs of Satan.

5. Sing modestly. Do not bawl, so as to be heard above or distinct from the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony, but strive to unite your voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound.

6. Sing in time. Whatever time is sung be sure to keep with it. Do not run before nor stay behind it; but attend close to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can; and take care not to sing too slow. This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from among us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.

7. Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your Heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve of here, and reward you when He cometh in the clouds of heaven.

After I read this, I thought, "Hmm.. human behaviour has not changed a single bit in the past 248 years!!"

Monday, May 4, 2009

This site

I have decided to leave the site the way it is, even after this Sunday school year finishes.

The topics and discussions you'll see on this site will stay the way they are now. Infact, I am planning to include those Biblical knowledge and material I read as well.

So, in the future, you are most welcome if you ever want to come stop by.

Learning about Angels

Bible talks a lot about angels. These days during my free time, I am attempting to learn more about those angels. I am also trying to understand about guardian angels - the ones who protect us while we are here on earth.

It's quite fascinating to learn about these angels. When I was young, the images of these 'little creatures with wings' had left an everlasting impression in my mind. Now, is the time I am actually doing some research about them.

I already learned quite a bit about the angels - let me share my findings once I learn some more in depth knowledge. Some of the true stories are so moving!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Exam prep

Well, today marks the end of our lectures and revision for this year.

We have talked about your ticket to the final exams several times this year, and finally today. Unless you have those tickets, you cannot write your final exams. The text book is your ticket. You first need to turn in your text book to obtain your question paper.

There will be approximately 10 questions for your final exams with couple of extra credits. Remember – you are not doing one word or fill in the blank answers. I expect to see answers well written. Write all you know related to that topic. Some of you write one line answers and let’s not do it for this exam.

When you write those answers, write them neatly. I want to be able to read your handwriting. Let’s not scribble.

I recommend you start learning for your exam early on. Do not try to cram the previous night; instead get a head start and be prepared early on.

Try to get a good night sleep the previous day. Come for the exam after being well rested.

If you have any questions on questions, you may contact me. But first refer to the textbook.

Good Luck on your preparation.