Saturday, August 13, 2011

Students and social media

Students - you are not going to like this.  I am only sharing what I came across. 

The Jetsons

The Engineer on staff

An engineer dies and reports to the Pearly Gates. Saint Peter checks his dossier and says, "You're an engineer, you're in the wrong place."

So the engineer reports to the Gates of Hell and is welcomed. Soon, the engineer becomes rather dissatisfied with the level of comfort in Hell; he begins to design and build improvements. Shortly thereafter, Hell has air conditioning, flush toilets, and escalators. Needless to say, the engineer is a pretty popular guy.

One day, God calls Satan and says with a sneer, "So, how are things in Hell?"

Satan replies, "Hey, things are going great. We've got air conditioning, flush toilets, and escalators. And, there's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."

"What! You've got an engineer? That's a mistake - he should never have been sent to Hell... send him to me."

"Not a chance! I like having an engineer on the staff, and I'm keeping him!"

God insists, "Send him back or I'll sue."

Satan laughs uproariously and answers, "Yeah, right. And where are you going to get a lawyer?"


Texas requires detailed plan for college degree

The state of Texas recently passed a law requiring students to complete their college degree in a timely manner by submitting a plan.  The law requires students to submit a plan detailing how they will achieve their degrees – and then obtain permission any time they choose to deviate from the plan. This law will be effective as of September 1, 2011.

Here is a link to the original legislature.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Angels watching over

"For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
They will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone."
- Psalms 91: 11-12

Dear Angel ever at my side,
how lovely you must be
To leave your home in heaven,
to guard a child like me.

When I'm far away from home,
or maybe hard at play
I know you will protect me,
from harm along the way.

Your beautiful and shining face,
I see not, though you're near.
The sweetness of your lovely voice,
I cannot really hear.

When I pray, you're praying too,
Your prayer is just for me.
But, when I sleep you never do,
You're watching over me.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Students answer





Life mission

“In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” John 17:18

God has a plan for each one of us.  You and I, we are made for a mission. We are here today according to God's plan.

God is at work in the world, and He wants you and I to do His work.  This assignment is called our mission. God wants you and I, to have both a ministry in Christ and a mission in the world. Our life mission is both shared and specific.

Jesus understood His life mission on earth. At age 12 he said, “I must be about my Father’s business,” and 21 years later, dying on the cross, he said, “It is finished.”  Like the ends of a book, these two statements frame a well-lived, purpose driven life.

If you and I are willing to commit towards fulfilling our mission in life no matter what it costs, we will continue experiencing the blessing of God - in ways that few people ever experience. God will do almost everything for the men and women who are committed to serving the Kingdom of God.

If you and I want to be used by God, we must care about what God cares about; what He cares about most is the redemption of the people He created. He wants to educate His children about Him & wants His lost children found.

Just like building blocks, everyday we can be on the lookout to reach “one more for Jesus” so that when you and I stand before God one day, we can say, “Mission accomplished!”

Are you wondering, "But how...?"

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Unity at Church

“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3

Three questions to ponder upon:

1. What are we doing personally to make our church family more warm and loving?

2. Are we just visiting the church on Sundays as mere spectators?

3. Are we paying the presecribed membership fees and just waiting for God to perform miracles?

It is our job to protect the unity of our church!

Unity is the soul of fellowship. Anyone who destroys it is ripping the heart out of Christ’s Body. It is the essence, the core, of how God intends for us to experience life together in His church.

In his final moments before being arrested, Jesus prayed passionately for our unity. It was our unity that was uppermost in His mind during those agonizing hours. That shows how significant this subject is. Nothing on Earth is more valuable to God than His church. He paid the highest price for it, and he wants it protected, especially from the devastating damage that is caused by division, conflict, and disharmony.

How are we going to do this? The Bible gives us practical advice:

- Refuse to listen to church gossip.
- Focus on what we have in common, not our differences.
- Be realistic in our expectations.
- Choose to encourage others rather than criticize others.
- Practice God’s method for conflict resolution.
- And most importantly, support our church leaders.

There are many people in our community who are looking for love and a place to belong. The truth is, everyone needs and wants to be loved, and when people find a church where members genuinely love and care for each other, we just cannot keep them away - from coming and worshiping together.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Lawyer vs Lawyer

Cigar Man!
A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars. Then insured them against fire among other things. Within a month having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company.

In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost "in a series of small fires". The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason: that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued and won!

In delivering the ruling the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable "fire", and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the rare cigars lost in the "fires".

One month later...

After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.


Suicide - who causes it

Human beings can take up pain to a certain degree. They are also equipped with coping resources such as friends and families to share their pain.  When individuals reach a certain threshold - ie., when their coping resources cannot support or alleviate their pain/sufferings any longer, they then avert to the ultimate process of committing suicide.

Suicide is one of the most painful and complex issue that human beings have. A normal person cannot understand the despair felt by people contemplating their own murder - it ought to be of the highest degree. Only families that have gone through it can measure the horrors faced by the ones who are left behind.

If anyone is ever thinking about suicide, recognize that these thoughts come directly from the devil. The devil is planting a lie in our head and he convinces us, "If I'm gone, I'll no longer be a problem for my family. They won't have to worry about me and I won't have to hurt anymore." This is a miserable lie, because the fact is, our family will suffer with this forever. It will certainly haunt them, devastate them; possibly even destroy them.

If Satan is ever trying to put these thoughts into our heads, we need to seek help at the earliest - either from a trused aid or close friend. God has great plans with our life. Let's not allow the devil convince us to destroy what God has created for a purpose.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Back to school

To many of you, school opens today.  For the remainder of you, it opens next Monday.

Some of you are excited that you get new things to carry school.  Others may be bit sad that summer is over.

To some, it's a new school - middle or high.  For others, it may be a new college which follows a slightly different calendar.

Meeting friends whom you haven't seen for a while can cheer you up.  Wear a new shirt, or shoes, or carry a new backpack to make you feel good.

Pray to God and ask for wisdom before you head out the first day.  Remember to put on your smiley face.

Thank your parents and hug them before you leave.  They are going to miss you more than they express outside.

Have a great day at school.  

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Time - cover

This week's Time Magazine cover showed George Washington with a black eye - makes me feel dizzy, the more I read about current economic crisis.  We, staying here in the US, need to wake up and start thinking globally.

I also read about a suggestion that this government needs to be run by someone with tighter control - similar to how they run Wal-Mart. It is my favorite retail store and I liked it the very first time I shopped there. I have read all I could read about Sam Walton, the founder, and his principles - hoping to re-use them one day. Why Wal-Mart? Here are the reasons:

1 Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart every hour of every day.

2. This works out to $35,000 company profit every minute!

3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year
4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target + Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.

5. Wal-Mart employs 2 million people worldwide (1.4 million in US), is the world’s largest private employer, and most speak English.

6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.

7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen years.

8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.

9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.

10. Wal-Mart has approx. 3,900 stores in the USA of which 2,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had five years ago.

11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth’s population is approximately 6.5 Billion.)

12. 97% of all Americans live within 25 miles of a Wal-Mart.

13. Wal-Mart has gross sales that total more than the total revenue of all the countries in the world, except 6.


We have limited say on how the government needs to function (including our churches).  But, let us remember that we certainly have control over our own family - how we should manage the finances within our family during these times.