Saturday, June 4, 2011

Real Food


When we get together, and spend time together, we enjoy the taste of good food. Some hands are so blessed that they add perfect ingredients in the right quantity while cooking the ultimate meal.  The mere thought of that delicious home made food makes my mouth water!!

But the ultimate "soul food" is the Bread of Life. This food makes you feel satisfied and content, sort of like your favorite meal. But only the Bread of Life provides lasting satisfaction and contentment. Jesus tells us He is the Bread of Life, the ultimate soul food, because only He provides us with spiritual nourishment that lasts.

For our life here on earth, we certainly need that yummy food.  But for the long haul, we should long for that real food - the soul food.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Men shopping


A wife asks her husband, “Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk." Later she added, "And if they have eggs, get 6.”

A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk.

The wife asks him, “Why on earth did you buy 6 cartons of milk?”

He replied, “They had eggs.”

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Invitation

Do you know, how it feels like to be invited?  Imagine someone you admire, or a very important person in your life is inviting you over to their house to join them.  Truly, it would be amazing.

Have you felt the pain of being left out from an invitation?  Have you kept on knocking, hoping one day you will be invited?

The King of Kings, Jesus Christ is there for help.  He is inviting all of us into His house. We have to listen to the invitation.

Further, He is standing right outside our doors and knocking to come into our lives.  If we are willing to open the doors of our heart for Him, He promises to enter our lives.  He promises to be the best friend, provide strength, love, and meet all demands of our life.

Now, isn't that quite an invitation?

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Blessing


In 1674, an Anglican priest wrote a simple song of praise for his students at England's Winchester College. Although the understated lyrics expressed praise to God for his wonderful blessings, he was careful to warn the boys to only sing the hymn in the privacy of their dorm rooms during their personal devotions.

Why all the secrecy? At that time the church believed hymns should only include words directly from the Bible. Using your own lyrics was like adding words to scripture itself. Blasphemy? No. Praise should be words consistent with scripture.

But what beautiful and simple words they were! The hymn shouted its praise to the source of all our blessings, announced with a joy and passion for all God's glory. Fortunately this hymn, which is today referred to as the Doxology, was soon taken from the shadows and saw its popularity quickly spread. Do you catch the irony here? This hymn, first used in secret, quickly became the most frequently sung piece of music used in public worship!

Just before you dive into your graduation party, consider singing these joyful words of praise as your graduation prayer:

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him, above ye Heavenly Host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Look - you are truly blessed, and am happy about it.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Love


How often we use the word 'love.' We love warm weather. We love our husband or wife. We love our children. We love the latest fashion trend. We love chocolate. We speak the word in our most tender moments and then use it to describe our feelings about a flavor of ice cream.

Do you know that you are loved? Really loved?

The God who created all of life loves you even if you don't love Him in return. He doesn't wait for you to demonstrate your love for Him. He loves you first. He clearly demonstrated His love through Jesus Christ, especially when Christ gave His life for us.

Just for the next few days, observe how many times you hear or use the word, 'love' in your conversations.  Each time you hear or use the word, think about the real love of our Lord.

Think of how much you are being loved.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Doc's office


Few conversations that took place at the doctor's office:

Doctor: “How is that little boy doing, the one who swallowed ten quarters?”
Nurse: “No change yet.”

Patient walks into a doctor’s office and said, “I think people just ignore me.”
Doctor: “Next!”

Doctor: “Did you take those pills I gave you to improve your memory?”
Patient: “What pills?”

Sleep specialist: “And did you try my plan of counting sheep coming through a gate?”
Patient: “Well, I counted up to a hundred and twenty thousand, six hundred and thirty-nine, and then it was time to get up.”

Patient: “Doctor, Doctor, I broke my arm in two places!”
Doctor: “First thing I’d advise is to stay out of those two places!”

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Discussion topics


A boy is about to go on his first date, and is nervous about what to talk about.

He asks his father for advice. The father replies, "My son, there are three subjects that always work. These are food, family, and philosophy."

The boy picks up his date and they go to a soda fountain. Ice cream sodas in front of them, they stare at each other for a long time, as the boy's nervousness builds. He remembers his father's advice, and chooses the first topic.

He asks the girl, "Do you like potato pancakes?"

She says "No," and the silence returns.

After a few more uncomfortable minutes, the boy thinks of his father's suggestion and turns to the second item on the list.

He asks, "Do you have a brother?"

Again, the girl says "No" and there is silence once again.

The boy then plays his last card. He thinks of his father's advice and asks the girl the following question, "If you had a brother, would he like potato pancakes?"

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The Law of the Garbage Truck


One day Sam hopped in a taxi and took off for the airport. They were driving in the right lane when suddenly a car jumped out of a parking space right in front of them. The taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at them. The taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy - the driver was really friendly.

So Sam asked, “Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!”

This is when the taxi driver taught Sam what he now calls, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

The trxi driver explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

The Captain's announcement



Here is the story of an airline pilot.  Let's recall those who fought and died for enabling us to enjoy the freedom we have today.
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My lead flight attendant came to me and said, “We have an H.R. on this flight.” (H.R. stands for human remains.)

“Are they military?” I asked.

"Yes", she said.

"Is there an escort?" I asked.

"Yes, I already assigned him a seat."

"Would you please tell him to come to the flight-deck? You can board him early.”

A short while later a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us.

"My soldier is on his way back to Virginia," he said.

He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words. I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughest job in the military and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the flight deck to find his seat.

We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure. About 30 minutes into our flight I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin.

"I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying is on board," she said. She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left. We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia.

The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane. I could hear the desperation in the flight attendants voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do..

"I’m on it," I said. I told her that I would get back to her.

Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail like messages. I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. (There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher.) I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me.

Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the dispatcher:

"Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on this now and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft. The team will escort the family to the ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family. The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a private area for the family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home. Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans. Please pass our condolences on to the family. Thanks."

I sent a message back telling flight control thanks for a good job. I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, "You have no idea how much this will mean to them."

Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area. The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us.

"There is a team in place to meet the aircraft," we were told.

It looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family from getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the copilot to tell the ramp controller we were going to stop short of the gate to make an announcement to the passengers.

He did that and the ramp controller said, "Take your time."

I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said, "Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking. I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement. We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect. His Name is Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX is under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army Sergeant YYYYYYY. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you."

We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shutdown procedures. A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see. I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.

When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft was clapping. Words of ‘God Bless You’, I’m sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane. They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one.

Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.

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Heavenly Father, as we remember the fallen this memorial day, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.


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Memorial Day


Yesterday, a Sunday school teacher asked her class, “What special day is next Monday?”

One student said “Memorial Day!”

Other kids looked at each other and agreed, "Hmm..He is a smart kid."

The teacher was also proud of her student and asked “What does Memorial Day mean?”  She was waiting to hear something about soldiers, cemeteries or remembering …etc.

He replied, “Memorial Day is when President Obama remembers to step out of the White House, and if he sees his shadow we have one more year of unemployment.”


Happy Memorial Day!!

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Seeking God



The Holy Spirit – is our personal guide to seeking and knowing God.



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