Saturday, May 22, 2010

Knowledge and Wisdom


Knowledge is a noun that refers to the information, understanding and skills that you gain through education or experience. It refers to the hard facts and the data that can be available to anyone if he has the right resources. For example, you can have practical, medical or scientific knowledge. You can also say that someone has a wide knowledge of, for example, the taxation system.  Knowledge also refers to the state of knowing about a particular fact or situation. Knowledge can also be used as an idiom . For example, something can be common or public knowledge implying that everyone in a particular group or community knows about it. For example, you can say someone’s dishonesty was common knowledge in the club.

In a nutshell, knowledge is something that can be gained by learning.

Wisdom, on the other hand, is a noun that refers to the ability to make sensible decisions and give good advice because of the experience and knowledge that you have. Someone may have all the knowledge about a subject but may not have the wisdom to utilize this knowledge properly to be able to act in a sensible manner! That is why they say you can gain knowledge by educating yourself but you can gain wisdom only by experience. Wisdom can also be used as referring to the sensibility of doing something. For example, you can say I question the wisdom of giving a child so much money. Wisdom also refers to the knowledge that a society or culture has gained over a long period of time. For example, the wisdom of the Native American people.

In plain words, wisdom is all about how to use the knowledge.

When we pray to the Holy Spirit, we ask the Holy Spirit to provide us with wisdom - to learn how to apply our knowledge.

Further, there is a Divine language or Language of God, also called the Angelical language.  This is the language in which angels communicate with God.  According to the Angelical language, there are 50 gates of wisdom.  Even the Hebrew scriptures talk about those 50 gates.  Solomon is believed to have passed through all those gates of wisdom.

The journey through these topics are truly amazing and mind boggling.  

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Temperance sermon

A minister was completing a temperance sermon.

With great emphasis he said, “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river!”

With even greater emphasis he said, “And if I had all the wine in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.”

And then finally, shaking his fist in the air, he said, “And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river!”

Sermon completed, he sat down.

The song leader stood very cautiously and announced, with a wry smile, “For our closing hymn let us sing Hymn #723, “Shall We Gather at the River.”

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The sheep


In the Highlands of Scotland, a sheep would often wander off into the rocks and get into places that they couldn't get out of.  The grass on these mountains is very sweet and the sheep like it, and they will jump down ten or twelve feet, and then they can't jump back again and the shepherd hears them bleating in distress.  They may be there for days, until they have eaten all the grass.

The shepherd will wait until they are so faint that they cannot stand, and then they will put a rope around him, and he will go over and pull that sheep up out of the jaws of death.

A man once asked the shepherd, "Why don't you go down there when the sheep first gets there?

The Shepherd answered, "Ah!  They are so very foolish they would dash right over the precipice and be killed if they did; and this is the way with men; they won't go back to God till they have no friends and have lost everything."

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Flat tire


Four high school boys were late to their morning classes one day. They entered the classroom and solemnly told their teacher they were detained due to a flat tire.

The sympathetic teacher smiled and told them it was too bad they were late because they had missed a test that morning.  But she was willing to let them make it up.

She gave them each a piece of paper and a pencil and sent them to four corners of the room.  Then she told them they would pass if they could answer just one question:

Which tire was flat?

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Heaven


A little girl was walking with her dad under a starlit sky.

After several moments of silence, she remarked, "Father, I've been thinking. If the wrong side of heaven is so beautiful, just imagine what the right side will be!"

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Picnic


A pious but cranky old lady was greatly annoyed because her neighbors forgot to ask her to go on their picnic.

On the morning of the event they suddenly realized their affront and sent a little boy to ask her to come along. "It's too late now," she snapped. "I've already prayed for rain."

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Following the shepherd


A gentleman traveling in Syria, relates how he stopped to watch three shepherds who were at a well watering their flocks. The three flocks were all mingled together at the watering place. The traveler could see no difference between them, and he wondered how they would get them separated again without great trouble.

One of the shepherds stood forth and called out, "Menah," the Arabic for "Follow me," and sure enough thirty sheep immediately separated themselves from the indiscriminate mass and began to follow the shepherd up the hill.

Then, a second shepherd lifted the cry, "Menah," and a second flock separated themselves and started after him, while the rest of the sheep remained as unconcerned as if no one had spoken at all.

The traveler was so astonished that as he saw the third shepherd preparing to depart, laying his hand to his crook and beginning to gather a few dates fallen from a palm beneath which he had been resting, he stepped up to him and asked: "Would your sheep follow me if I called them?"

The man shook his head. "Give me your shepherd's cloak and crook and let me try."

The traveler said he even wound the shepherds turban round his head and standing forth began to cry, "Menah, Menah!" but no sheep stirred. They only blinked at him lazily in the sunshine.

"Do they never follow anyone but you?" asked the traveler.

"Only when a sheep is sick; then the silly creature follows any one," the shepherd said.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fish of the day


Oh - these Australians*

Outback is an Australian themed steakhouse chain.

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BBQ time


Schools are about to close and we are about to enter the summer and BBQ season. Hence, it is important to refresh our memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity, as it’s the only type of cooking a ‘real’ man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved.

When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:

Routine…

(1) The woman buys the food.

(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.

(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill.

Here comes the important part:

(4) THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL.

More routine….

(5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.

(6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beverage while he deals with the situation.

Important again:

(7) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN.

More routine….

(8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.

(9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all:

(10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.

(11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed ‘her night off.’ And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women.

(12) Friends begin frantically dialing 9-1-1

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Affirmation wishlist

Affirmations I wish I could say in the morning by looking into the mirror daily:

I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia.

I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else’s fault.

I no longer need to punish, deceive or compromise myself. Unless, of course, I want to stay employed.

In some cultures what I do would be considered normal.

Having control over myself is nearly as good as having control over others.

I honor my personality flaws, for without them I would have no personality at all.

I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me.

I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper and complain.

The first step is to say nice things about myself. The second, to do nice things for myself. The third, to find someone to buy me nice things.

As I learn to trust the universe, I no longer need to carry a gun.

All of me is beautiful and valuable, even the ugly, stupid, and disgusting parts.

When someone hurts me, forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit. But not nearly as gratifying.

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Pearls of wisdom

Just remember, a hard boiled egg is really hard to beat.

Seeing a hungry man, you go to your bank and withdraw money, and give the man $10. You may have fed him for a day or two. However, if you teach that same man to rob that same bank, you have fed him for twenty-five-to-life.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing and mean your mother.

What’s the difference between a kitty-cat and a comma? One has its claws at the end of its paws; the other has its pause at the end of its clause.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those who can’t.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Picture

A mom was watching her 4 year old son draw a picture, and she heard him talking theology to himself: “I have two dads. God the Father and my Dad. God the Father is a boy and God the Son is a boy.”

Then she heard him add quietly, “The Holy Spirit is a girl.”

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Outside

There was a boy riding on his bike outside a church.

The priest saw him and told him to come into the church and the boy said,"...But they'll steal my bike."

The priest explained how the Holy Spirit would take care of it, so they went inside.

The priest showed the boy how to make the sign of the cross and told the boy to repeat it..."In the name of the Father, The Son...Amen"

The priest said,"What about the Holy Spirit?"

The boy replied, "The Holy Spirit is outside taking care of my bike!"

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Few reminders


The Holy Spirit dwells inside our spirit. So inside you and inside me is the Holy of holies. The Holy of holies is in you. Search no further.

The Holy Spirit always points us to Christ. He always points us to forgiveness, to the cross and to the blood of Christ.

This week, while we are waiting for the Holy Spirit, let us ask the Holy Spirit to lead us in ways that are pleasing to Him.  The Holy Spirit will produce in our lives the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self control.”

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Holy Spirit

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Oh blessed trinity
One living God divinely three
King for eternity

You make of me Your dwelling place
You guide me in all truth
Anoint my life for serving You
Erase my sins of youth

Pour into me and fill me up
Your love I can’t deny
You search me through and know my thoughts
Of Christ You testify

You teach me how to yield each day
And make the holy choice
My breath of life, flow through me now
You are my still small voice

You know me more than I myself
And lead me by the hand
You counsel me in ways of life
To help me understand

Bestowing me with gifts unearned
Defending me from sin
Like mighty wind, expose my guilt
Restore me from within

My praise for You will never cease
Be my one desire
I’m sealed until redemption day
Warmed by holy fire

You claim me as a child of God
Always there to witness
You comfort me and ease the pain
Healed by Your holy kiss

Renewing as the latter rain
Your love is so immense
Regenerating hearts for Christ
With fruitful evidence

The stamp of Your eternal pledge
Proves purchase at a price
Your gift of grace is free for all
By faith in Jesus Christ.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

This week

At the begining of our class year, many of knew very little about the Holy Spirit.  During our final exam, one question the entire class got right was about the Holy Spirit.  This gives me immense pleasure to learn that I was able to introduce Holy Spirit into your lives.  From now on, whenever you hear the word 'Holy Spirit', I am sure it will ring a bell in your ears and you will pay attention.

Just like how we go on a holiday to recharge our batteries and replenish our energy, this week is the time to replenish the fruit of Holy Spirit within ourselves.  This week is the time we spend in waiting to receive the Holy Spirit.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit include:

Wisdom - desire for the things of God, and to direct our whole life and all our actions to His honor and glory
Understanding - enable us to know more clearly the mysteries of faith
Counsel - warn us of the deceits of the devil, and of the dangers to salvation
Fortitude - strengthen us to do the will of God in all things
Knowledge - enable us to discover the will of God in all things
Piety - love God as a Father, and obey Him because we love Him
Fear of the Lord - have a dread of sin and fear of offending God

So, as you already guessed, most of this weeks' posts will be related to the Holy Spirit.

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An Illuminated Bible


One day, Mariya asked her friends, "Do any of you have an 'illuminated' Bible at home?

“No,” said her friends, “I have a King James version Bible; I have an NIV Study Bible; I have an Orthodox Bible.”

Mariya said, "Ah! that is all very well, but have you an illuminated Bible?

“Yes, I have a large family Bible with pictures in it. There is a picture of John the Baptist baptizing Christ by pouring water on His head, and many other nonsensical things," told her friends.

"But that is not what I mean: have you an illuminated Bible," inquired Mariya.

“Yes, I have a Bible with splendid engravings in it,” told one of her friends.

"Yes; I know you may have; but have you an illuminated Bible?" asked Mariya again.

“I don’t understand what you mean by an illuminated Bible.” Her friends chimed in together.

Finally Mariya decided to explain:

"Well, it is the Christian man who has an illuminated Bible. He does not buy it illuminated originally, but when he reads it,

“A glory gilds the sacred page,
Majestic like the sun
Which gives a light to every page,
It gives, but burrows none.”

There is nothing like reading an illuminated Bible, beloved. You may read the Bible to all eternity, and never learn anything by it, unless it is illuminated by the Spirit; and then the words shine forth like stars! The book seems made of gold leaf; every single letter glitters like a diamond."

Oh, it is a blessed thing to read an illuminated Bible lit up by the radiance of the Holy Spirit!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

The rags

A beggar lived near the king's palace. One day he saw a proclamation posted outside the palace gate. The king was giving a great dinner. Anyone dressed in royal garments was invited to the party.

The beggar went on his way. He looked at the rags he was wearing and sighed. Surely only kings and their families wore royal robes, he thought.

Slowly an idea crept into his mind. The audacity of it made him tremble. Would he dare?

He made his way back to the palace. He approached the guard at the gate. "Please,sire, I would like to speak to the king."

"Wait here," the guard replied.

In a few minutes, he was back. "His majesty will see you," he said, and led the beggar in.

"You wish to see me?" asked the king.

"Yes, your majesty. I want so much to attend the banquet, but I have no royal robes to wear. Please, sir, if I may be so bold, may I have one of your old garments so that I, too, may come to the banquet?"

The beggar shook so hard that he could not see the faint smile that was on the king's face.

"You have been wise in coming to me," the king said. He called to his son, the young prince. "Take this man to your room and array him in some of your clothes."

The prince did as he was told and soon the beggar was standing before a mirror, clothed in garments that he had never dared hope for.

"You are now eligible to attend the king's banquet tomorrow night," said the prince. "But even more important, you will never need any other clothes. These garments will last forever."

The beggar dropped to his knees. "Oh, thank you," he cried. But as he started to leave, he looked back at his pile of dirty rags on the floor. He hesitated. What if the prince was wrong? What if he would need his old clothes again. Quickly he gathered them up.

The banquet was far greater than he had ever imagined, but he could not enjoy himself as he should. He had made a small bundle of his old rags and it kept falling off his lap. The food was passed quickly and the beggar missed some of the greatest delicacies.

Time proved that the prince was right. The clothes lasted forever. Still the poor beggar grew fonder and fonder of his old rags.

As time passed people seemed to forget the royal robes he was wearing. They
saw only the little bundle of filthy rags that he clung to wherever he went. They even spoke of him as the old man with the rags.

One day as he lay dying, the king visited him. The beggar saw the sad look on the king's face when he looked at the small bundle of rags by the bed.

Suddenly the beggar remembered the prince's words and he realized that his bundle of rags had cost him a lifetime of true royalty. He wept bitterly at his folly.

And the king wept with him.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Real you

One woman describes herself as "Five feet, three inches tall and pleasingly plump." After she had a minor accident, her mother accompanied her to the hospital emergency room. The admitting nurse asked for her height and weight, and she blurted out, "Five-foot- eight, 125 pounds."

The nurse pondered over this information and looked over the patient. Then the woman's mother leaned over to her and gently chided, "Sweetheart, this is not the Internet."

If you could change your appearance in life as easily as you can make one up on the Internet, would you remake yourself? It's tempting to think so. We live in an age when most of us are increasingly dissatisfied with our bodies. We want liposuction, face lifts, tummy tucks, silicon implants and cosmetic surgery - too often for no other reason than to look like someone else!

And don't think we are only talking about women. Men too place great emphasis on their bodies. Studies show that in 1972, one in six men didn't like their appearance; today, almost 50% of men surveyed reported being unhappy with their looks.

Poet Khalil Gibran said, "Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." When we choose to believe that our most attractive qualities lie within, we can let go of those unrealistic expectations of our bodies.

Let's care for our bodies; we'll keep them for the rest of our lives. Let's be thankful for them and treat them well.

But remember, the real you, the essence of you, cannot be improved by a bottle or a pill or a salon. It is a beautiful and glorious light shining from your heart to the heart of the world.

Cherish the real you - it's pretty terrific. And let it shine.. let it shine.

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Business

If you express yourself on a subject, you are trying to run things.
If you are silent, you are dumb or have lost interest.

If you are at your office, why don't you get out and learn what's going on.
If you are out when they call, why are you not tending to your business, or studying.

If you are not at home at night, you are out having a good time.
If you are home, you are neglecting important outside contacts and activities.

If you don't agree with persons, you are bullheaded.
If you do agree, you don't have any ideas of your own.

If you give someone a short answer, you are "too big for you britches."
If you attempt to explain the pros and cons of an issue, you are a know-it-all.

If you are well dressed, they think you are a big shot.
If you are not, then you are a poor representative of your office.

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Management translations

MANAGEMENT: That's very interesting.
TRANSLATION: I disagree.

MANAGEMENT: I don't totally disagree with you.
TRANSLATION: You may be right, but I don't care.

MANAGEMENT: You have to show some flexibility.
TRANSLATION: You have to do it whether you want to or not.

MANAGEMENT: You obviously put a lot of work into this.
TRANSLATION: This is awful.

MANAGEMENT: Help me to understand.
TRANSLATION: I don't know what you're talking about, and I don't think you do either.

MANAGEMENT: You need to see the big picture.
TRANSLATION: My boss thinks it's a good idea.

MANAGEMENT: We're going to follow a strict methodology here.
TRANSLATION: We're going to do it my way.

MANAGEMENT: I'd like your buy-in on this.
TRANSLATION: I want someone else to blame when this thing bombs.

MANAGEMENT: We want you to be the executive champion of this project.
TRANSLATION: I want to be able to blame you for my mistakes.

MANAGEMENT: We need to syndicate this decision.
TRANSLATION: We need to spread the blame if it backfires.

MANAGEMENT: It's not possible. It's impractical. It won't work.
TRANSLATION: I don't know how to do it.

MANAGEMENT: It's a no-brainer.
TRANSLATION: It's a perfect decision for me to handle.

MANAGEMENT: I'm glad you asked me that.
TRANSLATION: Public relations has written a carefully phrased answer.

MANAGEMENT: There are larger issues at stake.
TRANSLATION: I've made up my mind so don't bother me with the facts.

MANAGEMENT: I'll never lie to you.
TRANSLATION: The truth will change frequently.

MANAGEMENT: The upcoming reductions will benefit the vast majority of employees.
TRANSLATION: The upcoming reductions will benefit me.

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