Saturday, July 23, 2011

Goodbye, Mum


A young man shopping in a supermarket noticed a little old lady following him around. If he stopped, she stopped. Furthermore she kept staring at him. She finally overtook him at the checkout, and she turned to him and said, "I hope I haven't made you feel ill at ease; it's just that you look so much like my late son."

He answered, "That's okay."

"I know it's silly, but if you'd call out 'Good bye, Mum' as I leave the store, it would make me feel so happy."

She then went through the checkout, and as she was on her way out of the store, the man called out, "Goodbye, Mum."

The little old lady waved and smiled back at him. Pleased that he had brought a little sunshine into someone's day, he went to pay for his groceries.

"That comes to $121.85," said the clerk.

"How come so much? I only bought 5 items."

The clerk replied, "Yeah, but your Mother said You'd be paying for her things, too."

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OVBS Material - intermediate


The organizers of this year's OVBS asked me if I could volunteer to teach the intermediate class.  I agreed to it, and they sent me the study material.  While going thru the study material, I learned that it's a familiar topic - Ephesians 6:1. Now, I have to make it digestible to the intermediate kids and translate it in their language - also called as preparation.  Thought of sharing the material online with anyone and everyone interested.  Click here to access the material.

Further, I was asked if I could speak for an hour - which I agreed as well.  However, I am still searching for an appropriate topic.  I am welcome to any suggestions on topics that would be of interest.

Finally, they also asked if I could volunteer to organize a picnic on Saturday.  At this point, I said, "Yes," but have nothing in mind about how to go about doing it within the limited time and all the tasks that I have taken up on my shoulders. A picnic at a minimum needs some planning and communication.  Am asking myself - "Have I bitten off more than what I can chew?" Am reaching out to God to show me a way how to juggle all these within one weeks' time.



Two guys at a party

A lady is throwing a party for her granddaughter, and had gone all out  - a caterer, band, and a hired clown. Just before the party started, two hungry guys showed up at the front door looking for something to eat. Feeling sorry for the guys, the woman told them that she would give them a meal if they would help chop some wood for her out in the backyard. Gratefully, they headed to the rear of the house.

The guests arrived, and all was going well with the children having a wonderful time. But the clown hadn't shown up. After a half an hour, the clown finally called to report that he was stuck in traffic, and would probably not make the party at all.

The woman was very disappointed and unsuccessfully tried to entertain the children herself. She happened to look out the window and saw one of the guys doing cartwheels across the lawn. She watched in awe as he swung from tree branches, did midair flips, and leaped high in the air.

She spoke to the other guy and said, "What your friend is doing is absolutely marvelous. I have never seen such a thing. Do you think your friend would consider repeating this performance for the children at the party? I would pay him $100!"

The other guy says, "Well, I dunno. Let me ask him. Hey Willie! For $100, would you chop off another toe?"

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Age-Character spreadsheet


Let me share an age-character spreadsheet with you.

Click here to take you to the Google docs page.  Once you are there, download it.  Enter your DOB in the format YYYY/MM/DD and see what it has to say about you.  Well, I checked it for all the DOB's I know.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Holy Spirit and Peace

Chuck Colson in his book, 'Being the Body', recalls a supernatural act of forgiveness. Rusty had brutally killed several people and sat on death row. While awaiting his fate, Rusty became a Christian and immediately began to grow in Christ. He sent letters to the families of his victims, apologizing for his actions and asking their forgiveness. About a year later, one of the families arranged to visit with him. Imagine the tension as Rusty faced the family of one of the victims.

Rusty was surprised when the father said, "For years I hated you. But when I came to understand that Christ has forgiven me of all my sins, I knew I had no choice but to forgive you. We're here today to let you know that we forgive you."

Dear readers, that is not natural. That is supernatural - the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. It is a spirit that is distinct to Christianity - the willingness to forgive others that do not deserve our forgiveness at all. That's exactly what God does for us. He forgives us through the cross even though we are completely undeserving. When we have the blessing of the Holy Spirit, our hearts soften and we are willing to forget and forgive others.

When the Holy Spirit resides within us, it brings us peace with God. And this peace gives us a desire to be at peace with others - through forgiveness.

Colossians 3:13-15 is a meaningful and timely passage from the Bible:
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Let us pray for all our friends for the intervention of the Holy Spirit - for their hearts to soften, to practice forgiveness and to be at peace with others - ultimately be united as one.


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Building Relationships

When we are trying to build relationships, let's pay attention to what Jesus did.

Andrew and Peter were two avid fishermen, and fishing was the only skill they knew.  When Jesus told Andrew and Peter to follow Him, both of them had to be convinced to do so. They were risking their livelihood along with other factors including family and friends.

Andrew and Peter did not follow Jesus right the moment they met Him. In John 1:35-42, we see that they heard Him preach.  They spent a day listening and talking to Jesus and were convinced that whatever Jesus said was true and it was soothing.  They were impressed by the dynamic and charismatic personality of Jesus and believed in Him.

In order for Andrew and Peter to leave their fishing profession and follow Jesus, they also had to believe that Jesus was the right person.  In Luke 5:1-11 before Jesus calls his first disciple, He proved it to the fishing community that He was a better fisherman than the rest of them.

When they were saw Jesus was the right person, they were willing to work with Him.  When Jesus called them, they dropped everything and followed Him, to become 'fishers of men.'

For us to follow someone, or be friends with someone, we first have to be willing to meet that person - face to face.  Second, we have to take time to know this person and observe him/her with our own eyes and ears and even talk to him/her.  Finally, we should draw our own conclusion(s) about this person using our own observation and wisdom, without the influence of others.

Once we make that choice ourselves, we can choose to pursue the relationship and guaranteed it will be a strong one.  

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Peacemakers


The eighth beatitude says in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called ‘children of God'.”

All of us, we love to enjoy and experience peace.  The reason we take time off from work or go for vacation is to get away from the regular pressure of life and to meet someone different than our regular friends and family. We just love that atmosphere.  We would almost do anything to avoid any disharmony, controversy, or make anyone unhappy.  We are peace lovers.  Staying away from places or people to avoid any conflict puts us in the category of peace lovers.  

Peace means the serenity quietness, tranquility, or absence of conflict.  The biblical meaning of peace is connected closer to the word Shalom - everything which makes for a person's highest good.  During the Sunday service, the celebrant wishes Shalom - may you have all that is good and best for you.  Peace makers are those who bring out the best out of individuals, families, society, and ultimately the nation. They are the ones who are called, 'Children of God.'

Children of God are those having similar qualities that of God.  We should note that peacemaking is a characteristic of God, and when we perform that act, we are reflecting the nature of God Himself.  Whenever and wherever we take up the role of a peacemaker, we are working for God and we have his backing.

For the past many days, I've been dedicating my time and praying hard for the unity and peace of our church.  I should admit that God is working miraculously and opening up numerous doors towards this cause.  Please join me in the process of peacemaking and let's reflect the nature of goodness within ourselves to bring blessings to our people.

Interactive Health Tutorials

This past weekend, I was faced faced with a life threatening situation for my son - which I was not aware of, even after seeing his symptoms.  Fortunately, we happened to be on the church property at that time, along with numerous friends. Had they not guided us in the right path in a timely manner, our lives would have changed forever. That day we witnessed the love, affection and care these friends have towards our family. Above all, I witnessed (again) the blessings that are showered upon us.

The Patient Education Institute has put together some interactive health tutorials on numerous topics.  For someone (like me) who does not understand medical terms and conditions very well and has no easy access to a doctor, this link comes handy once in a while.

If you are are either in the medical profession or plan to enroll in the same, bookmark this link:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/

Lesson learned:
If your notice someone with a medical condition that you are unaware of, call the emergency crew.

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