Saturday, October 16, 2010

Disagreement

A couple had been married for a long time. As usual they had their ups and downs. One day they had a big fight over his long working hours and things were falling apart. He was disappointed and she was angry.

After one week of silence treatment from her wife, and sleeping on the living room couch, he approached her with papers and pencils. He suggested that both of them sit down on the dining table and write down on paper what they were not happy about each other. They would then exchange the papers and discuss.

So the wife started to write without looking up because she has a lot to write about her frustration. She was able to jot down things he did several years ago and was proud about her own memory. She even used additional papers.  The husband took a long look at the wife and he too started writing.  After fifteen minutes of writing, they looked at each other and exchanged the papers.

The husband looked at the paper full of complaints. She was angry. When the wife looked at his paper, she was embarrassed and quickly tore away her own paper.

On his sheet of paper, he had drawn the following picture:





Leave letter to pastor

Dear Pastor:

You often stress attendance at worship as being very important for a Christian, but I think a person has a right to miss now and then. I think every person ought to be excused for the following reasons and the number of times indicated:

Christmas (Sunday before or after)
New Year (Party lasted too long)
Easter (Get away for holidays)
July 4 (National holiday)
Labor Day (Need to get away)
Memorial Day (Visit hometown)
School Closing (Kids need break)
School Opens (One last fling)
Family Reunions (Mine & wife's)
Sleep late (Saturday night activities)
Deaths in Family (Unpredictable)
Anniversary (Second honeymoon)
Sickness (One per family member)
Business Trips (A must)
Vacation (Three weeks)
Bad Weather (Ice, snow, rain, clouds)
Ball games (Schedule dependent)
Unexpected Company (Can't walk out)
Time changes (Spring ahead; fall back)
Special on TV (Super Bowl, etc.)

Pastor, that leaves only two Sundays per year.

So, you can count on us to be in church on the fourth Sunday in February and the third Sunday in August unless providentially hindered.

Sincerely,
A Faithful Member

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Updates

We lost our internet connection around Thursday afternoon - hence delay in postings.  Besides, I did not get a chance to troubleshoot since I a meeting and was heading out for the Eagles concert.

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The concert was a 'peaceful easy feeling' being alongside those die hard Eagles fans and listening them live!  While the music was being blasted I did not see anybody using earplugs, rather the tempo was a full throttle party mode with everyone dancing and singing to the live music.  This morning, I found out that I cannot move a single muscle of my body either :-)

There were two giant TV screens positioned either side of the stage showing close up views of the guitar maestro. Usually they entertain the crowd for over 3 hours, but yesterday they chose to limit themselves to little over 2 hours.  They tried to round it off at 20, but the crowd wanted 'more - more - more' and they finally sang the song, 'All she wants to do is dance'.  Here is what they played:

1. Seven Bridges Road
2. How Long Play
3. Take it to the Limit
4. Hotel California
5. Peaceful Easy Feeling
6. I Can’t Tell You Why
7. Witchy Woman
8. Lyin’ Eyes
9. One of These Nights
10. The Boys of Summer
11. In The City
12. The Long Run
13. Life’s Been Good
14. Dirty Laundry
15. Funk #49
16. Heartache Tonight
17. Life in the Fast Lane
18. Take It Easy
19. Rocky Mountain Way
20. Desperado
21. All She Wants to Do Is Dance

Coming back, I will resume posting at the earliest.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Church Members

Some are like wheelbarrows - not good unless pushed.

Some are like canoes - need to be paddled.

Some are like kites - if a string isn't kept on them, they fly away.

Some are like kittens - more contented when petted.

Some are like balloons - full of wind and ready to blow up.

Some are like basketballs - you can't tell which way they'll bounce next.

Some are like trailers - they have to be pulled.

Some are like neon lights - they keep going on and off.

Very few, are like the North Star - there when you need them, dependable and ever loyal.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Preacher candidates

The following is a confidential report on several candidates being considered as a preacher at a certain church.

Adam: Good man but problems with his wife. Also one reference told of how his wife and he enjoy walking nude in the woods.

Noah: Former pastorate of 120 years with not even one convert. Prone to unrealistic building projects.

Abraham: Though the references reported wife-swapping, the facts seem to show he never slept with another man's wife, but did offer to share his own wife with another man.

Joseph: A big thinker, but a braggart, believes in dream-interpreting, and has a prison record.

Moses: A modest and meek man, but poor communicator, even stuttering at times. Sometimes blows his stack and acts rashly. Some say he left an earlier church over a murder charge.

David: The most promising leader of all until we discovered the affair he had with his neighbor's wife.

Solomon: Great preacher but our parsonage would never hold all those wives.

Elijah: Prone to depression. Collapses under pressure.

Elisha: Reported to have lived with a single widow while at his former church.

Hosea: A tender and loving pastor but our people could never handle his wife's occupation.

Jeremiah: Emotionally unstable, alarmist, negative, always lamenting things, reported to have taken a long trip to bury his undergarments on the bank of a foreign river.

Isaiah: On the fringe? Claims to have seen angels in church. Has trouble with his language.

Jonah: Refused God's call into ministry until he was forced to obeyby getting swallowed up by a great fish. He told us the fish later spit him out on the shore near here. We hung up.

Amos: Too backward and unpolished. With some seminary training he might have promise, but has a hang-up against wealthy people --might fit in better in a poor congregation.

Melchizedek: Great credentials at current work place, but where does this guy come from? No information on his resume about former work records. Every line about parents was left blank and he refused to supply a birth date.

John: Says he is a Baptist, but definitely doesn't dress like one. Has slept in the outdoors for months on end, has a weird diet, and provokes denominational leaders.

Peter: Too blue collar. Has a bad temper-even has been known to curse. Had a big run-in with Paul in Antioch. Aggressive, but a loose cannon.

Paul: Powerful CEO type leader and fascinating preacher. However, short on tact, unforgiving with younger ministers, harsh and has been known to preach all night.

James & John: Package deal preacher & associate seemed good at first,but found out they have an ego problem regarding other fellow workers and seating positions. Threatened an entire town after an insult. Also known to try to discourage workers who didn't follow along with them.

Timothy: Too young!

Methuselah: Too old . . . WAY too old!

Jesus: Has had popular times, but once His church grew to 5000 He managed to offend them all, and then this church dwindled down to twelve people. Seldom stays in one place very long. And, of course, He's single.

Judas: His references are solid. A steady plodder. Conservative. Good connections. Knows how to handle money.

Conclusion: We're inviting Judas to join our church as a pastor and begin preaching this Sunday. Great possibilities here!

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Prayer of Abandonment

Father,
I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures -
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.”

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Flowery love story

Below is a love story and each underlined word is the name of a flower.
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Yellow was especially becoming to little Black-eyed Susan and so when Sweet William, that dashing Rambler invited her to a party at Four o'clock, she gratefully accepted this proof of the Lad's love and put on her yellow dress and yellow Lady's slippers in honor of the occasion.

First, she carefully arranged her Ladies tresses and then tiptoed softly out of the house so as not to Wake robin, her little brother. The mirror in the hall showed her that she was a Spring beauty, and that if her name has only been Marguerite she would have been a real English daisy.

Her escort's London pride leaped high as he saw her, though, not to be outdone, he had with careful Thrift polished his own Bachelor's buttons until they shone like a Goldenrod.

"Not one of the Fair maids of France can equal your appearance!" he exclaimed proudly.

A tinge of Maiden pink showed on her face as he spoke with such Honesty, for behind it she read aright his Bleeding heart.  But she only answered him demurely, "I hope I shall not be a Wallflower."

"Far from it," he answered warmly. "I would scale Jacob's ladder itself for a dance from you."

By that time they were at the party.

"Johnny jump up" exclaimed her escort to a boy at the door, "and give her your seat!"

"Never," answered the young Cockscomb disagreeably, and when pressed, he gave her lover such a blow that he saw his Love-in-a-mist. But when he saw the Bishop's hat approaching, he ran away.

"Oh, Billy, are you hurt?" she sobbed wildly.

He opened his Eyebright with love and answered feebly, "Will you be mine?"

"Ask Poppy," she answered shyly; while a Blush rose to her cheek. His Tulips answered in the old, old way and all we can do is wish them Speedwell.

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Eagles in Atlanta

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Eagles - my favorite classic rock band from teenage days is playing in Atlanta on Oct 15th at the Piedmont Park.  This is dubbed as 'Green Concert', to raise funds for the 189-acre park's expansion.  For this concert, the park is getting ready with 500,000 lbs of staging material, four miles of fence, and two miles of electrical cable.

Known as America's greatest band, to their credit, they have five # 1 albums, six Grammy Awards and over 120 million albums sold worldwide. These guys from the 70's never retire!

Few of their top hits (which I memorized) include:

Hotel California - also on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 'Songs that shaped Rock and Roll'.  The song's guitar solo is ranked 8th on Guitar Magazine's Top 100 Guitar Solos. This is my favorite Eagles song.

Desparado - one of the Eagles signature songs.  Due to its' success, the song was later voted in the 'Rolling Stone''s '500 Greatest Songs of All Time.'

Life in the fast lane - this title came to Glenn Frey as he was riding on the freeway with a drug dealer known as "The Count." Apparently Frey asked him to slow down and the Count responded, "What do you mean? It's life in the fast lane!"

Take it to the limit -  this song was a source of great conflict between Glenn Frey and Randy Meisner.

Lyin Eyes - the Eagles went out drinking and wrote 'Lyin' Eyes' on cocktail napkins.

One of these nights - the last Eagles album to feature Bernie Leadon, who was replaced by Joe Walsh.

Best of my love -  "Here in my heart, I give you the best of my love." A song every diehard Eagles fan knows.

I can't tell you why - the first Eagles song to feature Timothy B. Schmit (bass guitar) on lead vocals.

Peaceful easy feeling - was recorded in London, to minimize distractions and enhance a more "peaceful" environment - it worked.

Take it easy - the second verse of 'Take it easy' is set in the city of Winslow, Arizona. As a reciprocal homage to the song, Winslow built a life-size statue of a man leaning against a lamppost holding a guitar, under a sign that reads, 'Standin' on the corner.'

Tequila Sunrise.... and many more.

If my schedule permits, I will certainly go!
:-)

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Work

The work of a Beethoven, and the work of a charwoman, become spiritual on precisely the same condition, that of being offered to God, of being done humbly "as to the Lord."

This does not, of course, mean that it is for anyone a mere toss-up whether he should sweep rooms or compose symphonies. A mole must dig to the glory of God and a cock must crow.

Every task you do, do it humbly as if you are doing it for the Lord and take pride in a work well done.

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Airshow 2010


Do you like airplanes? The airshow 'Wings over Atlanta' is scheduled to be held at the Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta on Oct 16 and 17th.  Admission is free.

Apart from the stunts performed in the air, they will be displaying both military and civilian airplanes for those interested.

More info here.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

The human

You will receive a body.
You may like it or hate it,
but it's yours to keep
for the entire period.

You will learn lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time,
informal school called life.
There are no mistakes, only lessons.

Growth is a process of trial, error
and experimentation.
The "failed" experiments are as much
a part of the process as the experiments
that ultimately "work".

Lessons are repeated until they are learned.
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms
until you have learned it.
When you have learned it,
you can go on to the next lesson.

Learning lessons does not end.
There is no part of life that doesn't
contain it's lessons.
If you're alive,
there are still lessons to be learned.

"There" is no better than "here".
When your "there" has become "here",
you will simply obtain another "there"
that will again look better than "here".

Other people are merely mirrors of you.
You can not love or hate something
about another person unless it reflects to you
something you love or hate about yourself.

What you make of your life is up to you.
You have all the tools and resources you need.
What you do with them is up to you.
The choice is yours.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

10/10/10


I wanted to do something at 10:10:10 on 10/10/10, but was occupied at that time. 

What did you do at that time? 

Here is something to read about: 




The missing lamps


In a certain mountain village in Europe several centuries ago, a nobleman wondered what legacy he should leave to his townspeople. At last he decided to build them a church. No one saw the complete plans for the church until it was finished. When the people gathered, they marveled at its beauty and completeness.

Then someone asked, "But where are the lamps? How will it be lighted?"

The nobleman pointed to some brackets in the walls. Then he gave to each family a lamp which they were to bring with them each time they came to worship.

"Each time you are here the area where you are seated will be lighted," the nobleman said. "Each time you are not here, that area will be dark. This is to remind you that whenever you are not in the church, some part of God's house will be dark."

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