Saturday, October 20, 2012

Burying the dead



Once, a preacher in a small town went to his church office one Monday morning and discovered a dead skunk in the church yard. He called the police. Since there did not appear to be any foul play, the police referred the Preacher to the health department.

They said since there was no health threat that he should call the sanitation department. The manager said he could not pick up the skunk without authorization from the mayor.

Now, the Preacher knew the mayor and was not to eager to call him. The mayor had a bad temper and was generally hard to deal with, but the Preacher called him anyway.

The mayor did not disappoint. He immediately began to rant and rave at the Pastor and finally said, “Why did you call me any way? Isn’t it your job to bury the dead?”

The preacher paused, then replied, “Yes, Mayor, it is my job to bury the dead, but I always like to notify the next of kin first!”

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Angels - few facts



When we are down and weak, God sends His angels near us to comfort us - it could be in the form of a friend, a stranger or someone else. Here are some facts about Angels

Their make:
Angels seem so ethereal and mysterious compared to flesh-and-blood human beings. Unlike people, angels don’t have physical bodies, so they can appear in a variety of ways. Angels can temporarily show up in the form of a person if a mission they’re working on requires doing so. At other times, angels may appear as exotic creatures with wings, as beings of light, or in some other form.

Appearance:
Despite the many ways they can appear, however, angels are still created beings that have an essence. So what are angels made of? Since angels have in them no matter or bloodiness at all, for they are pure spirits, they are not individuated. This means that each angel is the only one of its kind. It means that each angel is a species or essential kind of substantial being. Hence each angel is essentially different from every other angel.

Love:
Most importantly, believers say, faithful angels are filled with divine love. Love is the most basic law of the universe. God is love, and any real angelic encounter will be filled with love, because angels, since they come from God, are filled with love, too.

Intellect: 
When God made angels, he gave them impressive intellectual capabilities. The Torah and the Bible mention in 2 Samuel 14:20 that God has given angels the knowledge about "all things that are on the earth."

Strength:
Even though angels don’t have physical bodies, they can nevertheless exert great physical strength to perform their missions.

Light:
Angels are often lit from within when they appear on Earth, and many people believe that angels are either made out of light or work within it when they visit Earth.

Incorruptible:
God has made angels in such a way that they retain the essence that God originally intended for them.

Whatever angels may be made of, they’re made to last forever!



Credits: About.com

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Another friend - gone

Last evening, when I got home after work here were several cars including a police car parked in front of our house. I went and checked what was going on - only to learn that my neighbor friend, who lives right across our house has passed away.

He was a happy and jovial man, always talking to us when we meet him outside - commenting about our flowers, giving me advice, talking about his family, asking about my folks in India etc.  I used to help him with his garden and offer tips when he wanted to grow plants. He was a good neighbor and used to treat me like one of his sons.

The thought of him passing away is bit disturbing because the presence of death angel in our neighborhood bothers me. In fact, recently there has been deaths in 4 out of 5 houses around us - 2 houses on either side of ours.

I am trying to pray to God but with all that's going on around me, I just cannot. If I had a choice, I would have taken a break for couple of days - just to stay alone. We will go participate in the wake of this friend and give him a final farewell, remembering that we all have to  leave one day.

In all these, I learn how temporary is our presence on this earth. And, the only time when we appreciate the true value of someone is when we lose someone.




Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Notes - coming up

As promised, I will update the notes for the first few chapters soon.  At first, I tried uploading lectures on youtube, but it has a 10 minute limitation and hence I did not go that route. The text book was not that easy to understand when I read it the first time - it's all about people fighting with each other and forming new churches. I am not a big proponent of that. I want to get through those lessons at the earliest, because that is not what I want you guys to remember and follow. There are lot better things to learn at Sunday school.

Click here to take a look at the Sunday school calendar. Looking at the calendar, mid term exams are scheduled for Nov 18th and you should have lots of time to prepare. By the way, you will not see me at Church this Sunday as well.

Thank you for turning in the BRS answers - I have not graded them, and shall try to do it sooner.

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Tough times

Getting through last week has been extremely hard due to few reasons. My friend was supposed to be here with me spending his holidays this week and instead, he is battling with his life in a hospital bed. He is surrounded by the very best physicians and medical facilities.

He is dear to me for numerous reasons and am very close to him. Regardless of what the entire world says or thinks of him - I know his heart and will stay as his friend no matter what. I traveled my journey of life with him and will not forsake him. Sometimes, certain relationships can be thicker than blood relationship.

Yes, it is hard to pass time when something happens to one of your loved ones. However, most I can do right now is worry a lot, pray for him, call up morning and evening to check his status/condition.