Friday, August 26, 2011

A healthy church

One of the questions Christians usually ask themselves is whether there is a need to go to a church to be a Christian.

The obvious answer is, "No." - makes sense.

However, being part of a church allows us to have a spiritual relationship with Jesus.  There is a popluar idiom, "Out of sight, out of mind." If you do not see someone or something frequently, you will forget about it. We will forget about people who have moved away. If our utility bill somehow got moved to the bottom of the stack on our desk, we forget all about paying it - out of sight, out of mind.

Next, people wonder, "If we have to go to a church, how do we spot a healthy church?"

The simple answer is, "Look for a church firmly planted in prayers."

Prayer is a critical indicator of a healthy church because the Christian church actually began though a prayer meeting. After the resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples explaining the mission of the church. After His ascension, the disciples waited in the upperroom in a 10 day prayer meeting to receive the Holy Spirit.

Throughout Bible, we see Jesus regularly immersing himself in prayer with His Father, thus setting an example for His followers.  The significance of Prayer is described numerous times in the Bible and Jesus taught us how to pray. He even said, "My house will be called a house of prayer." The 11th graders have a portion dedicated to prayer which I will cover this year, and emphasis the importance of prayer.

A healthy church can be spotted by just looking at a single indicator - prayer.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Spice names translated

Here is a list of spice names that I came across, translated - for future reference.

Patta/Karugapatta – Cinnamon

Elakka – Cardamom

Grambu – Cloves

Jathikka – Nutmeg

JathiPoo – Mace

Takkolam – Star Anise

Kus Kus – Poppy seeds

Jeerakam – Cumin

Perum Jeerakam (Saumph or Moti saumph in Hindi) – Fennel Seeds/ Sweet Cumin

Saumph (Patli Saumph or Choti Saunf in Hindi) – Aniseed/Anise – (Aniseed and Fennel Seeds are often Confused. Aniseed is used as Mouth Freshener and is expensive. Fennel seeds are often used in Kerala Cuisine.)

Karinjeerakam (Kaala Jeera or Shah Jeera in Hindi) – Black Cumin/ Black Caraway – (Nigella Seeds are also known as Black Cumin though it is entirely different from Kaala Jeera.)

Sheema Jeerakam (Shia Jeera) – Caraway seeds/ Persian Cumin/ Meridian Fennel (Caraway seeds and Black Cumin are often confused. Black Cumin is used in Biryani and Caraway seeds are used for flavoring Breads and Cakes in some cuisines.)

Ayamodagam – Ajowan caraway / Thymol seeds/ Carom/ Ajowan/ Ajwain

Ellu – Sesame seeds

Kunkumapoov – Saffron

Uluva – Fenugreek

Kayam – Asafoetida

Tulasi – Basil

Karuva Ella – Bay leaf

Karutha Uppu – Black Salt

Karivepala / Vepala – Curry Leaves

Malliyilla / KothaMalli – Cilantro / Coriander Leaves

Manjal – Turmeric

Malli – Coriander

Mulaku – Chilly

Kurumulaku – Pepper

Monday, August 22, 2011