Saturday, February 20, 2010

5 Years

An unemployed man is desperate to support his family. His wife watches TV all day and his three teenage kids have dropped out of high school to hang around with the local gang. He applies for a janitor’s job at a large firm and easily passes an aptitude test.

The human resources manager tells him, “You will be hired at minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Let me have your e-mail address so that we can get you in the loop. Our system will automatically e-mail you all the forms and advise you when to start and where to report on your first day.”

Taken aback, the man protests that he is poor and has neither a computer nor an e-mail address. To this the manager replies, “You must understand that to a company like ours that means that you virtually do not exist. Without an e-mail address you can hardly expect to be employed by a high-tech firm. Good day.”

Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where to turn and having $10 in his wallet, he walks past a farmers’ market and sees a stand selling 25lb crates of beautiful red tomatoes. He buys a crate, carries it to a busy corner and displays the tomatoes.

In less than two hours he sells all the tomatoes and makes 100% profit. Repeating the process several times more that day, he ends up with almost $100 and arrives home that night with several bags of groceries for his family.

During the night he decides to repeat the tomato business the next day. By the end of the week he is getting up early every day and working into the night. He multiplies his profits quickly. Early in the second week he acquires a cart to transport several boxes of tomatoes at a time, but before a month is up he sells the cart to buy a broken-down pickup truck.

At the end of a year he owns three old trucks. His two sons have left their neighbor-hood gangs to help him with the tomato business; his wife is buying the tomatoes; his daughter is taking night courses at the community college so she can keep books for him.

By the end of the second year he has a dozen very nice used trucks and employs fifteen previously unemployed people, all selling tomatoes. He continues to work hard.

Time passes and at the end of the fifth year he owns a fleet of nice trucks and a warehouse which his wife supervises, plus two tomato farms that the boys manage. The tomato company’s payroll has put hundreds of homeless and jobless people to work. His daughter reports that the business grossed a million dollars.

Planning for the future, he decides to buy some life insurance. Consulting with an insurance adviser, he picks an insurance plan to fit his new circumstances. Then the adviser asks for his e-mail address in order to send the final documents electronically.

When the man replies that he doesn’t have time to mess with a computer and has no e-mail address, the insurance man is stunned. “What, you don’t have e-mail? No computer? No Internet? Just think where you would be today if you’d had all of that five years ago!”

“Ha!” snorts the man. “If I’d had e-mail five years ago I would be sweeping floors at Microsoft and making $7.25 an hour.”

Friday, February 19, 2010

Different outlook

Sometimes we wonder,

"What did I do to deserve this sort of treatment?"
"Why did God have to do this to me?"

I came across this wonderful explanation:

A daughter was telling her Mother how everything was going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother was baking a cake and asked her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter said,

"Absolutely Mom, I love your cake."

Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offered.

"Yuck" said the daughter.

"How about a couple raw eggs?"

"Gross, Mom!"

"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?" "Mom, those are all yucky!"

To which the mother replied: "Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!

God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful - superbly wonderful, if we look at it from the right perspective.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Beating depression

Here is a true story of about J.K Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, how she contemplated suicide and the way she beat depression.

In an interview with Adeel Amini for a student magazine at Edinburgh University, J.K. Rowling revealed that she had once been suicidally depressed.

Rowling, 42, went through a low period in her mid-20's, following her separation from her first husband. She had not yet found fame and fortune with the "Harry Potter" series of books and was a single mother, struggling to make ends meet.

"The thing that made me go for help," said Rowling, "was probably my daughter. She was something that earthed me, grounded me, and I thought, this isn't right, this can't be right, she cannot grow up with me in this state."

Her first attempt at getting help was a failure, however. The substitute doctor who was covering for her regular physician overlooked the signs of her suicidal urges and sent her home with an admonishment to come speak with the practice nurse if she felt "a bit low". "We're talking suicidal thoughts here," said Rowling, "we're not talking about I'm a little bit miserable."

Luckily for Rowling, her regular doctor was more sensitive and called her back into her office and got her into counseling. "She absolutely saved me because I don't think I would have had the guts to go and do it twice."

"I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed," added Rowling. "Never. I think I'm abnormally shameless on that account because what's to be ashamed of? I went through a really tough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that."

For similar stories on how other famous people beat depression, click here.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The 40 day lent

The number 40 is quite significant in our Bible.  Last Sunday, it was announced in church that the 40 day lent was starting on Monday, Feb 15th.  The sermon last Sunday was about the 40 day lent.  We remember the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying. It is said that Jesus did not even drink or eat during those 40 days, while in prayer.

If you take a look at the calendar, between Feb 15th and April 4th (Easter), there are 49 days.  Starting Feb 15th, the 40th day is on March 26th; but Easter is only after 9 more days on April 4th.  Has it ever occurred to you why we still call it the 40 day lent?  Is it a calculation error?  Or do we round it and call it 40?  That can't be - rounding 49 should make it 50.  Still, if there are only 49 days, why are we doing lent for one additional day to make it 50? How did the number 40 get in?  Does it make sense to you?

This is our topic for discussion next Sunday.  If you know the answer, do post your answer here and discuss.

Schedule 2009-10

Yesterday I received the Sunday school schedule (2009 - 10) in mail.  

Click here to download an electronic copy.  

John 3:16

In the city of Chicago, one cold-dark night, a blizzard was setting in. A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner; the people were in and out of the the cold. The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many papers. He walked up to a policeman and said, "Mister, you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight, would you? You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down the alley and it's awful cold in there.  It would be nice to have a warm place to stay."

The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, "You go down the street to that big white house and you knock on the door. When they come out the door you just say John 3:16 and they will let you in."

So he did, he walked up the steps to the door, and knocked on the door and a lady answered. He looked up and said, "John 3:16." The lady said, "Come on in, Son."

She took him in and sat him down in a split bottom rocker in front of a great big old fireplace and she went off. He sat there for a while, and thought to himself, "John 3:16...

I don't understand it, but it sure makes a cold boy warm." Later she came back and asked him, "Are you hungry?" He said, "Well, just a little. I haven't eaten in a couple of days and I guess I could stand a little bit of food." The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't eat anymore. Then he thought to himself, "John 3:16... Boy, I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a hungry boy full." She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub filled with warm water and he sat there and soaked for a while. As he soaked, he thought to himself, "John 3:16...

I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy clean. You know, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood in front of that old fire hydrant as they flushed it out." The lady came in and got him, and took him to a room and tucked him into a big old feather bed and pulled the covers up around his neck and kissed him goodnight and turned out the lights. As he laid in the darkness and looked out the window at the snow coming down on that cold night he thought to himself, "John 3:16... I don't understand it, but it sure makes a tired boy rested."

The next morning she came back up and took him down again to that same big table full of food. After he ate she took him back to that same big old split bottom rocker in front of the fireplace and she took a big old Bible and sat down in front of him and she looked up at him and she asked, "Do you understand John 3:16," and she began to explain to him about Jesus. Right there in front of that big old fireplace he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there and thought, "John 3:16. I don't understand it, but it sure makes a lost boy feel safe." You know, I have to confess I don't understand it either, how God would be willing to send His Son to die for me, and how Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't understand it either, but it sure does make life worth living.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Marketing terms explained

You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say, "I am very rich. Marry me!" That's Direct Marketing.

You're at a party with a bunch of friends and see a gorgeous girl. One of your friends goes up to her and pointing at you says, "He's very rich. Marry him." That's Advertising.

You see a gorgeous girl at a party.You go up to her and get her telephone number. The next day you call and say "Hi, I'm very rich. Marry me." That's Telemarketing.

You're at a party and see a gorgeous girl. You get up and straighten your tie, you walk up to her and pour her a drink. You open the door for her, pick up her bag after she drops it, offer her a ride, and then say, "By the way, I'm very rich. Will you marry me?" That's Public Relations.

You're at a party and see a gorgeous girl. She walks up to you and says, "You are very rich…" That's Brand Recognition.

You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say, "I'm rich. Marry me" She gives you a nice hard slap on your face. That's Customer Feedback !!!!

You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say, "I am very rich. Marry me!" And she introduces you to her husband. That's Demand and supply gap.

You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and before you say, "I am very rich. Marry me!" she turns her face towards you……she is your wife!!! That's Competition eating into your market share.

Thank you friend

Thank you for believing in me when I found it difficult to believe in myself.

Thank you for saying what I've needed to hear sometimes, instead of what I've wanted to hear.

Thank you for siding with me and for giving me another side to consider.

Thank you for opening yourself up to me.

Thank you for trusting me with your thoughts and disappointments and dreams.

Thank you for knowing you can depend on me and for asking my help when you've needed it.

Thank you for putting so much thought and care and imagination into our friendship.

Thank you for sharing so many nice times and making so many special memories with me.

Thank you for always being honest with me...

Thank you for being kind to me.

Thank you for being there for me.

Thank you for being a friend to me in so many meaningful ways.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Great Lent

The Great Lent is starting today.  Yesterday in church we heard about the significance of the Great Lent.  The lent is not about fasting and staying hungry.  It's all about receiving the grace of God by performing good deeds - a day at a time.  Helping the needy, being kind to others, and getting to know your creator better, are few things to remember.  Here is a story for you.

A man dies and goes to heaven. Of course, St. Peter meets him at the pearly gates. St. Peter says, "Here's how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven.You tell me all the good things you've done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in."

"Okay," the man says, "I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart."

"That's wonderful," says St. Peter, "that's worth three points!"
"Three points?" he says. "Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithe and service."

"Terrific!" says St. Peter, "that's certainly worth a point." "One point? Golly. How about this: I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans."

"Fantastic, that's good for two more points," he says. "TWO POINTS!!" the man cries, "At this rate the only way I get into heaven is by the grace of God!"

"That's right!, Now you have got it!" said St. Peter.

Moral: Aim to receive the grace of God by performing good deeds whenever, wherever and to whoever you can.

Valentines Day Crime

Forgetting Valentine's Day is a crime.  Read along to learn why.

Husband: “I am SO sorry that I forgot Valentine’s Day. I know you must be hurt and angry with such a fool like me. What can I do for you to forgive me?”

Wife: “I have already dealt with it”

Husband: “What did you do?”

Wife: “I cleaned the toilet bowl.”

Husband: “But how did that help?”

Wife: “I used your toothbrush.”

Sad Valentine

Another poor soul, Jim, forgot Valentine’s Day and he was seen talking with his friend Earl.

Earl asked, “How bad is it? Do you think you’ll be able to salvage your marriage?”

Jim replied, “This may be the straw that broke the camel’s back. She hasn’t spoken to me since I forgot her birthday in November and now it is three months without her saying a word to me. I think I’m going to divorce her.”

Earl thought a minute, then advised, “Hasn’t talked to you in three months? You better think it over. Women like that are hard to find.”

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Class on Feb 14

We had a full class today.  In class we talked about Old and New Testament.  We had a glance at the main characters in both these testaments.  We refreshed those major stories that make up the old testament.  Due to time constraints, we could not dive into the New Testament.  Hopefully you got some familiarity with the subject.  You may now continue doing project CARS.

By next Sunday, send me two links that you think are suitable to do your project.  I shall take a look at them and let you know.

Alex has decided to do Prophet Elijah. With this, we have everybody covered.

Take good care of the books you borrowed from me, about the prophets and saints.  They are library books and I have to return them.  Please don't put me in trouble by damaging or losing those books.

The prayers and BRS were given out today as well.

Enjoy the rest of your Valentine's day.

See you next Sunday.

Christian home

Sitting in the back of the car, little Jack was crying on his way home from church. His father and mother repeatedly asked him what was wrong.

Jack finally replied, “Our Sunday school teacher told us in her class that she wanted all of us brought up in a Christian home, but I want to stay with you guys.”