Friday, March 4, 2011

Profound statements


Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference.

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

To write with a broken pencil is pointless

When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

A thief fell and broke his leg in wet cement. He became a hardened
criminal.

Thieves who steal corn from a garden could be charged with stalking.

We’ll never run out of math teachers because they always multiply.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U C L A.

The math professor went crazy with the blackboard. He did a number on it.

The dead batteries were given out free of charge.

If you take a laptop computer for a run you could jog your memory.

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Should we laugh?


A man and a women who had been friends for many years, died and went to heaven. They told Saint Peter they wanted to be married.

"Take you time and think about it," Saint Peter said. "You have eternity to think about it here. Come back and talk to me in about 50 years," added Saint Peter.

Fifty years later, the couple returned and again told Saint Peter they wanted to be married.

"Take your time and think some more about it," Saint Peter said. "Come back and see me in another 50 years... and if we don't have a priest or bishop up here by then, I'll marry you myself personally."

To laugh or not to laugh - that is the question. Whether it is nobler in the mind to control the impulse and maintain decorum, or give in and enjoy the joyous sound of mirth.

Church worship has always been in a state of tension between our understanding of piety and the joy that fills the heart by the good news of the gospel.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fellowship


What is meant by fellowship in the bible? Gossip? Cups of tea? Tours? No. What is being referred to is something of a quite different order and on a quite different level. "They met constantly to hear the apostles teach, and to share the common life, and break bread and to pray. A sense of awe was everywhere. All whose faith had drawn them together held everything in common. With one mind they kept up their daily attendance at the temple, and, breaking bread in private houses, shared their meals with unaffected joy as they praised God" (Acts 2:42-47, New English Bible). That is fellowship as the new Testament understands it, and there is clearly a world of difference between that and mere social activities.

The Greek word for fellowship comes from a root meaning common or shared. So fellowship means common participation in something either by giving what you have to the other person or receiving what he or she has. Give and take is the essence of fellowship, and give and take must be the way of fellowship in the common life of the body of Christ.

Christian fellowship is two-dimensional, and it has to be vertical before it can be horizontal. We must know the reality of fellowship with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ before we can know the reality of fellowship with each other in our common relationship to God (1 John 1:3). The person who is not in fellowship with the Father and the Son is no Christian at all, and so cannot share with Christians the realities of their fellowship.

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Credits: James Packer

Monday, February 28, 2011

An activity


If you have some free time, here is an activity for you to do - especially if you are sitting around.

Go to the nearby store or vending machine and get a package of plain M&Ms.  Make it your duty to test the strength and robustness of the candy as a species. Try holding M&M duels.

Take two candies between your thumb and forefinger, apply pressure, squeezing them together until one of them cracks and splinters. That is the “loser,” and you can eat the inferior one immediately. The winner gets to go another round.

In general, the brown and red M&Ms are tougher, and the newer blue ones are genetically inferior. You will soon be hypothesized that the blue M&Ms as a race cannot survive long in the intense theater of competition that is the modern candy and snack-food world.

Occasionally you will get a mutation, a candy that is misshapen or pointier or flatter than the rest. Almost invariably this proves to be a weakness, but on very rare occasions it gives the candy extra strength. In this way, the species continues to adapt to its environment.

When you reach the end of the pack, you are left with one M&M, the strongest of the herd. Since it would make no sense to eat this one as well, you should pack it neatly in an envelope and send it to: M&M Mars, A Division of Mars, Inc. Hackettstown, NJ 17840-1503 U.S.A., along with a 3×5 card reading, “Please use this M&M for breeding purposes.”

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Holy Spirit reveals truth


Yesterday, after a long break, both me and my wife, we attended the church general body meeting. We did not have any intention of speaking anything at all.  However from the moment we arrived there for the meeting, we could see people with stressful faces, the atmosphere was tense, partiality being carried out at the house of our Lord.  My first reaction was to react and stand up for the truth.  Whenever I have done so in the past, I have irritated only those who were part of the manipulation/fabrication.

I prayed to the Holy Spirit for justice, for the truth to be revealed, and am still doing so.  The Holy Spirit of truth reveals the truth about God, man, sin, judgment, atonement, salvation, eternal life, etc. This special revelation is the work of the Spirit of truth. Without this special revelation we are helpless in knowing God.

The “Spirit of truth” opens our blind eyes so the unregenerate heart can see the truth. He unfogs the cloudy mind so that it can understand the truth. He prods the stubborn will so that it responds in full commitment to the truth.

With the blessing and help of the Holy Spirit, we were able to visualize several things that were not in accordance to the norms that the church is supposed to follow.  It was truly amazing how things were revelaed one after the other to us. Still, at this very moment, many people have not seen anything and are blind still.

There were times in the recent past when I asked my Lord, "Aren't you seeing all these that are going on in your name?  Do you still want me to go to this church to worship you?  How long can you hide from me?

Based on my prior experience with the Holy Spirit, I know this much - truth prevails, especially in the house of the Lord.  The Holy Spirit leads us to deeper understanding of the truth itself.  He will reveal it to us only when it is time.  Our time is not necessarily His time.

Here is a Bible verse I came across, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come." - John 16: 12-13.

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