Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Boy and The Apple Tree

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Bible stops bullet

According the news agency DYN, last thursday, a Bible stopped a bullet and saved a pastor's life in an attempted mugging in Argentina's Mendoza province.

Two muggers asked the protestant minister for more money, but he only had a few pesos on him along with his Bible. One of the muggers lost his cool and shot him from point-blank range.

The pastor held up his Bible to protect himself and the hard cover stopped the bullet. He suffered only minor injuries.

Accidental shot

A 3-year-old California girl accidentally shot and killed her two year old brother after finding a pistol under her parents' bed.

Click here to read more.

The Pencil

A Pencil Maker took a pencil aside, just before putting him into the box. There are 5 things you need to know, he told the pencil, before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.

One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone's hand.

Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil.

Three: You will be able to correct mistakes you will make.

Four: The most important part of you will always be what's inside.

And Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with you; always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God's hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.

Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems, but you'll need it to become a stronger person.

Three: You will be able to correct mistakes you might make or grow through them.

Four: The most important part of you will always be what's on the inside.

And Five: On every surface you walk, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to serve God in everything.

By understanding and remembering, let us proceed with our life on this earth having a meaningful purpose in our heart and a relationship with God daily


Author Unknown

Friday, May 29, 2009

Spelling Bee 2009


The Scripps National Spelling Bee final was held yesterday at Grand Hyatt in Washington DC. The prize amount was $40,000 and a trophy. Kavya Shivashankar, a 13 year old from Kansas bagged the first place for spelling the word L-a-o-d-i-c-e-a-n. Earlier Kavya had finished 10th, 8th and 4th in previous championships.

After winning the championship yesterday, she spelled V-I-C-T-O-R-Y and C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-O-N.

Traditionally, the spelling bee contest has been won by immigrant Indians. Hope this will be an added inspiration for all of us, who migrated from India.

Results

A Priest dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket, and jeans.

Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates addresses this guy, 'Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven?'

The guy replies, 'I'm Joe Cohen, taxi driver, of New York City.'

St. Peter checks his list. He smiles and says to the taxi driver, 'Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven.'

The taxi driver goes into Heaven with his silken robe and golden staff, and it's the minister's turn. He stands erect and booms out, 'I am Joseph Snow, pastor of Calvary Church for the last forty-three years.'

St Peter checks his list again.

He says to the priest, 'Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven.'
'Just a minute,' says the minister. 'That man was a taxi driver, and he gets a silken robe and golden staff. How can this be?'

'Up here, we work by results,' says Saint Peter. 'While you preached, people slept, while he drove, people prayed.'

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Patience In Prayer

When the idea is not right, God says, "NO".

No - when the idea is not the best.

No - when the idea is absolutely wrong.

No - when though it may help you, it would create problems for someone else

When the time is not right, God says, "SLOW".

What a catastrophe it would be if God answered every prayer at the snap of your fingers.

Do you know what would happen?

God would become your servant, not your master.

Suddenly God would be working for you instead of you working for God.

When you are not right, God says, "GROW."

The selfish person has to grow in unselfishness.

The cautious person must grow in courage.

The timid person must grow in confidence.

The dominating person must grow in sensitivity.

The critical person must grow in tolerance.

The negative person must grow in positive attitudes.

The pleasure-seeking person must grow in compassion for suffering people.

When everything is all right, God says, "GO."

Then miracles happen:

A hopeless alcoholic is set free.

A drug addict finds release.

A doubter becomes a child in his belief.

Diseased tissue responds to treatment, and healing begins.

The door to your dream suddenly swings open and there stands God saying, "GO!"

Remember: God's delays are not God's denials.

God's timing is perfect.

Credits: Rev. Robert H. Schuller

The Ant

Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff. In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope, and started up the face of that rock. Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda's eye and knocked out her contact lens.

Well, here she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn't there. Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it.

When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse that says, "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth." She thought, "Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me."
Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, "Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?"

Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it!

Brenda's father was a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, "Lord, I don't know why You want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it, and it's awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You."

At the risk of being accused of being fatalistic, it would probably do some of us good to occasionally say, "God, I don't know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But, if you want me to carry it, I will."

"God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called."

A true story by Josh and Karen Zarandona

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Kids' prayers

Another set of kids' prayers:

"Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay?"

"Dear God, I read the Bible. What does 'begot' mean? Nobody will tell me."

"Dear God, I really want to go to heaven some day, as long as You promise my sister won't be there."

"Dear God, I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big, but with not so much hair all over."

"Dear God, is it true my father won't get into heaven if he uses his golfing words in the house?"

"Dear God, my mom says I should learn the 10 commandments. But I don't think I want to because we already have enough rules at our house."

"Dear God, I'd like to know why in the Bible all the things you said are in red?"

"Dear God, of all the people who work for you, I like Noah and David best."

Genuine prayer

Here is a genuine prayer:

"So far today, God, I've done all right.

I haven't gossiped, haven't lost my temper, haven't been greedy, or grumpy, nasty or self-centered. Haven't complained about the food, yelled at the kids, been worried about work or out-of-sorts.

I'm really glad about that.

But in a few minutes, God, I'm going to get out of bed, and then I'm going to need a lot of help.

Thank You.

Amen"

Strange prayers

Talking about prayers, below is a strange collection of prayers by kids:

Dear God, I read that Thomas Edison made light, but in Sunday school they say that You did. I bet he stole your idea. ~Amanda, age 9

Dear God, thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. ~Jared, age 5

Dear God, I bet it is very hard for you to love everyone in the world, I only have 4 people in my family and I could never do it. ~Jennifer, 12

Dear Lord, why did you trust Noah to get all the animals in the ark? He missed the unicorn, my favorite. Next time, send Michael the Ark Angel to do the work, okay? ~Angie, 13

God, My mom prays TWICE every night. First, she prays with me when she tucks me into bed. Then, I hear her outside my door saying "Thank God he's finally in bed". ~Nate, 10

Protect me from knowing what I don't need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don't know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen. ~Douglas Adams, 'Mostly Harmless'

And Lord - Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer. ~Douglas Adams

Be Thankful

BE THANKFUL

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?


Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.

It is hard to complain when you're praising God. There is much good to say about a positive attitude.

Always BE THANKFUL

Author unknown

Hi Tech Prayers

Information age has caught up on every facet of life. Ever felt guilty that you were unable to pray a particular day? For those who are too busy in their daily lives to have fellowship with God, no problems – all you need is a computer and it will do it for you. Here is a service that I recently came across - a web service that specializes in doing prayers for you. It is called the Information Age Prayer. You can actually purchase a prayer and they will do it for you, for a small fee (of course). They have prayers for Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and other religions. According to their website (click here) this is how it works:

Information Age Prayer is a subscription service utilizing a computer with text-to-speech capability to incant your prayers each day. It gives you the satisfaction of knowing that your prayers will always be said even if you wake up late, or forget.

We use state of the art text to speech synthesizers to voice each prayer at a volume and speed equivalent to typical person praying. Each prayer is voiced individually, with the name of the subscriber displayed on screen.

At Information Age Prayer we think our service should be used like a prayer supplement, to extend and strengthen a subscriber’s connection with God. Traditional prayer is an integral part of this connection and should never be forgone, even after signing up.

You can subscribe for yourself, or you can purchase a subscription as a gift to friends or family.

All you have to do is get out your credit card, and you can:
Purchase a prayer for your children for $1.99.
Purchase a prayer for peace daily for $3.99.
Purchase the “Hail Mary” prayer for .07 each.
Purchase a prayer for health for $4.95 a month.
Purchase the Lord’s prayer for $3.95 a month

I felt like laughing out loud when I came across this. Note that the fee is non-refundable. They even say that traditional prayers are the way to go, but hey - we are talking about 21st century folks who are busy. The interesting thing is that numerous news agencies have given coverage about this service. Click here to read them - interesting. I even wonder who would sign up for such services – maybe there are people who would do this; I do not know of anyone.

The closest joke I ever heard is when video cameras became popular. “We don’t have to go to church anymore, now that we can watch Church service at home”.

When we refer the Bible, we see numerous quotes that stress the importance of prayers. At least I am yet to discover one where it says, let your computer pray for you. If you ask me, this is the height of nonsense.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Stretching the truth

Do not try the story below at your home.

A college student wrote home about final exam results: “Dad, I got a 100 on my tests today!” And sure, his Dad was proud!

As the school year was over, the proud Dad came to visit campus and learn more about the great work his boy did. It was only after talking to a few of the professors that he found out that the 100 was a “50 in English, 30 in math,and 20 in science.”

The above story teaches us how certain people use facts and the way they present it. In corporate world, it's called 'stretching the truth'. On a daily basis, we come across such truths that are stretched from advertising companies misleading us to buy their products.

Learned from kids

Summer is here, and most of you are spending time around the house. While spending time with your parents, they learn something too. Below is a compiled list of wisdom a parent learned from the kids:

It’s more fun to color outside the lines.
If you’re gonna draw on the wall, do it behind the couch.
Ask why until you understand.
Save a place in line for your friends.
If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.
Making your bed is a waste of time.
If your dog doesn’t like somebody, you probably shouldn’t either.
Toads aren’t ugly. They’re just toads.
Keep banging until someone opens the door.
Don’t pop someone else’s bubble.
You shouldn’t ask to start over just because you’re losing the game.
Chasing the cat is more fun than catching it.

Credits: Ann Landers