Saturday, October 24, 2009

BRS # 3 - status

BRS # 3 answers started coming in.

For those who are on the electronic track, I received two of them so far.  The first one arrived from Sherine Sam, followed by Anabella Jacks (the two of you will get a small reward in class tomorrow for turning in your BRS this early).  I admit, there were some questions that I did not know on top of my head and could not answer them without looking into the Bible.  I will not tell u which ones, unless you asks me :-)

For those of you who turn in the traditional way, I look forward for it tomorrow.  Please don't give me excuses such as, "It's in the car."  I expect you to bring it to the class when you arrive.

I have checked the previous BRS answers.  All of you are doing well so far.  If you did not hear from me on the BRS (some of you did), then you scored a 100.

If there are few questions for which you cannot find answers, let's make a list of them and discuss it in class.

Plans for Oct 25

I just posted the gospel reading for tomorrow.  Do any of you even read it - just checking.  Towards the bottom of the scripture, I try to add a brief commentary in order for you to understand it.  Is it any helpful?  The reason I do not want to write more is because most probably that's the same topic we listen as sermon.

Moving forward, I am thinking about switching to Unit 6 - Marriage.  If I were to write your text book, I would have placed the section Marriage that follows the one on Love.

For tomorrow's lecture, you do not have to read anything - I will do all the reading and deliver a lecture series.   Those of you who are interested in reading the book, the material is from pages 105 - 126.

We will go over BRS in general, to check if any of hit a roadblock.

I am not sure how many of you heard, but in last Sunday's teachers' meeting held after the class, it was announced that Mr. George Varghese is no longer continuing as the Sunday school headmaster.  I will let you know as soon as I hear who the next one is.  Please share this information with your parent(s) as well.  I want you and your parent(s) to be informed.

Gospel reading Oct 25

Gospel reading for October 24 is from St. Luke 18: 18 - 27.

18  A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

19  "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone.

20  You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'[a]"

21  "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.

22  When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

23  When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.

24  Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!

25  Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

26  Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"

27  Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

This is the story of the rich ruler who wanted to follow Jesus.  Despite having rich and fame, this man felt that he still was missing something in life - peace and happiness.  All the wealth and fame he acquired so far, could not buy him peace and happiness, and hence he approached Jesus.

However, the answer he heard from Jesus was quite disappointing.  Jesus asked the rich ruler to give up everything he possessed.  The rich ruler was unable to give himself 'whole heartedly' to God.  He still had his mind on his treasures that he possesed and was quite unwilling to part from those treasures.  The great master, Jesus, teaches us here that it is worth giving up our treasures to receive God, and thus welcome peace and happiness into our lives.

Giving up something is always difficult.  Some people give up money, some give up their time, some give up things during lent, and others in varying capacities.  Most of the times, we humans do not want to give up things that we like, due to the fear of losing it.  The more we like something, the harder it is for us to give up.  If we are willing to sacrifice something, or give up something by being generous, God blesses us with spiritual joy that far outweighs what we gave up.

U R Important

Always remember you are unique and you are important. There is no one else in the world quite like you. You are special. There never has been and there never will be anyone like you again.

Don't let people take away your respect for yourself. No matter what they say or do remember that you are very important and a worthwhile person, and always retain respect for yourself. They cannot take away your self respect and dignity, for you control what you think of yourself and no one else.

You have your own special qualities and talents, and though you may not have the talents and gifts that someone else has, you have your own talents and gifts that others do not have. No one else can be you. Only you can be you. Try to be the best you possible.

Remember also that you are important to other people. You cannot help but touch the lives of other people as you go through life. There are many people who need your love and support, and who look up to you, and want to emulate you. People you may not even be aware of need you, and watch your life, and if you give up and fail yourself, you are failing them and letting them down too.

And you are important in the eyes of God too.

Credits: Walter Westfall

Friday, October 23, 2009

Two carpenters

Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.

Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference and finally, it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.

One morning there was a knock on John’s door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox. “I’m looking for a few days’ work, ” he said. Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there I could help with? Could I help you?”

“Yes,” said the older brother. ” I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That’s my neighbor. In fact, it’s my younger brother! A few weeks ago there was a meadow between us. He recently took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us.

Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll do him one better. See that pile of lumber by the barn? I want you to build me a fence an 8-foot fence — so I won’t need to see his place or his face anymore.”

The carpenter said, ” I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I’ll be able to do a job that pleases you.”

The older brother had to go to town, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day — measuring, sawing and nailing. About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job.

The farmer’s eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence there at all. It was a bridge… a bridge that stretched from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work, handrails and all! And the neighbor, his younger brother, was coming toward them, his hand outstretched. ” You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I’ve said and done.” The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in the middle, taking each other’s hand and embraced.

They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox onto his shoulder.

No, wait! Stay a few days. I’ve a lot of other projects for you,” said the older brother. I’d love to stay on,” the carpenter said, “but I have many more bridges to build. But please remember this …

God won’t ask what kind of car you drove,
but He’ll ask how many people you helped get where they needed to go.

God won’t ask the square footage of your house,
but He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet,
but He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe.

God won’t ask how many friends you had,
but He’ll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived,
but He’ll ask how you treated your neighbors.

God won’t ask about the color of your skin,
but He’ll ask about the content of your character.

God won’t ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation,
but He’ll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates of Hell.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Try answering this quiz

You don't actually have to take the quiz. Just read straight through, and you'll get the point.

Try the quiz:
  1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  2. Name the top five news stories five years ago.
  3. Name ten presidents or leaders of the biggest countries in the world.
  4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
  5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor or actress.
  6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
  1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
  2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
  3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
  4. Think of a few people who have made you feel, appreciated and special.
  5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
  6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you. Easier?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Did u know (2)

Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.

American car horns beep in the tone of F.

No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times.

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.

Marilyn Monroe had six toes.

All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen wearing them in public.

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.

A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why.

Teacher - student conversations

The below conversation takes place in a classroom setting.  Certainly not our class - you all are lot better.
Teacher: Mary, go to the map and find North America.
Mary: Here it is.
Teacher: Correct. Now class, who discovered America?
Class: Mary.

Teacher: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
John: You told me to do it without using tables.
Teacher: George, how do you spell "crocodile?"
George: K-r-o-k-o-d-i-a-l"
Teacher: No, that's wrong
George: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.

Teacher: James, what is the chemical formula for water?
James: h I j k l m n o.
Teacher: What are you talking about?
James: Yesterday you said it's H to O.

Teacher: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have twenty years ago.
Winnie: Me!

Teacher: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
Harold: A teacher

Teacher: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
Glen: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.

Teacher: Millie, give me a sentence starting with "I."
Millie: I is...
Teacher: No, Millie..... always say, "I am."
Millie: All right... "I am the ninth letter of the alphabet."

Teacher: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?
Louis: Because George still had the ax in his hand.

Teacher: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
Simon: No teacher, I don't have to, my mom is a good cook.

Teacher: Joseph, your composition on "my dog" is exactly the same as your twin brother's.  Did you copy his?
Joseph: No, teacher, it's the same dog.
Now if I had a class like this, I would have published couple of humorous books by now and retired early.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Love - explained

As we are wrapping up our discussion on love, I thought of sharing this with you.  I may have posted this last year, but none of last year's postings are labeled.  So read on.  

In a school, a group of 4 to 8 Year-olds was asked "What does love mean?"  Below are the answers they had:

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all The time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love." Rebecca- age 8

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth." Billy - age 4

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other." Karl - age 5

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs." Chrissy -age 6

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired." Terri - age 4

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK." Danny - age 7

"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss" Emily - age 8

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen." Bobby - age 7

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate," Nikka - age 6

"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday." Noelle - age 7

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well." Tommy - age 6

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore." Cindy - age 8

"My mommy loves me more than anybody . You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night." Clare - age 6

"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken." Elaine-age 5

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford." Chris - age 7

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day." Mary Ann - age 4

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones." Lauren - age 4

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." Karen - age 7

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot, because people forget." Jessica - age 8


Old accountants never die, they just lose their balance.
Old bankers never die, they just lose interest.
Old cleaning people never die, they just kick the bucket.
Old deans never die, they just lose their faculties.
Old doctors never die, they just lose their patience.
Old journalists never die, they just get de-pressed.
Old lawyers never die, they just lose their appeal.
Old photographers never die, they just stop developing.
Old pilots never die, they just go to a higher plane.
Old postal employees never die, they just are marked “return to sender”.
Old quarterbacks never die, they just pass away.
Old schools never die, they just lose their principals.
Old sewage workers never die, they just waste away.
Old sailors never die, they just get a little dingy.
Old steelmakers never die, they just lose their temper.
Old teachers never die, they just lose their class.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Stessed out

You know that you are stressed out very much when:

The sun is too loud.

You are missing several days from a week.

Trees begin to chase you.

You can see individual air molecules vibrating.

You wonder if brewing is *really* a necessary step for the consumption of coffee.

You say the same sentence over and over again, not realizing that you’ve said it before.

You say the same sentence over and over again, not realizing that you’ve said it before.

You can hear mimes.

Things become “very clear.” Everything is “very clear, indeed.”

You ask the drive-thru attendant if you can get your order to go.

Your heart beats in 7/8 time.

It appears that people are speaking to you in binary code.

You can travel without moving.

Antacid tablets become your sole source of nutrition.

You discover the aesthetic beauty of office supplies.

You begin to talk to yourself, then disagree about the subject, get into a nasty tiff over it, lose, and refuse to speak to yourself for the next day.

Late at Sunday school

A young boy arrived to Sunday School class late.  His teacher knew that the boy was usually very prompt and asked him if anything was wrong.

The boy replied no, that he was going to go fishing but his dad told him that he needed to go to church instead. The teacher was very impressed and asked the boy if his father had explained to him why it was more important to go to church than to go fishing.

The boy replied, "Yes he did. My dad said that he didn't have enough bait for both of us."

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Class on Oct 18

We had another full house today.  I was going bit fast today since we missed last week.

This would conclude our discussion on Love.  I think you learned quite a bit about love and hopefully will remember what you learned in class.  Apply that in your practical life, and you will find peace and joy.  My only objective is to make you happy.

We wished Anabella Jacks happy birthday, and let's complete scribbling on her card.  She can keep it with her for later review, whenever she wants to travel down the memory lane.

Sherlyne Sam has typed up an electronic copy of BRS # 3.  Here is the link to download it.  Thank you Sherlyne; I am thinking of giving you extra credit for this additional work you have undertaken. All of you - can you try turning them in by next Sunday?

For the general session, I got to spend some time with you students.  All of you seem to be attentive - Nice.

Gospel Reading Oct 18

Gospel reading for Oct 18 is from Matthew 23: 1 - 12

1  Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:

2  "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.

3  So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.

4  They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

5  "Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long;

6  They love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;

7  They love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them 'Rabbi.'

8  "But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.

9  And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

10  Nor are you to be called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ.

11  The greatest among you will be your servant.

12  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Here Jesus is criticizing the priests.  We can see Jesus being quite harsh during His criticism.  According to Jesus, the priests do not do what they teach.  Instead, Jesus teaches us an important lesson here: listen to all they tell us.  That means, when the priest is preaching the scripture, listen to it.  However, do not look at priests as role models to lead your life.

The priests make up rules for ordinary people, which they themselves do not follow.  The rules are so heavy for ordinary people to bear.  Whatever the priests to, they do it as a "show off" to the public.  They are careful about their appearance, their image in the society,  and the honor they receive because of their title.

Things have not changed a bit in the past 2,000 years. If we look around us, we still are dealing with the same set of problems even now. However we lean a great lesson here.

Finally, He teaches us to humble ourselves in the service for others.  Those who humble themselves will be exalted, according to the great master Jesus Christ.  It is quite difficult to humble ourselves at times, but we should trust and believe in our Lord, that whatever he promises us is true.