Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Road to Travel


The Road to Travel 
by Ellen Bailey

Which road will you travel my friend?
The road to Heaven is the one I recommend

The road to Hell is rife with destruction
But on it you will find no obstructions
The road to Heaven is straight and narrow
But it is a road which one must harrow

The road to Hell will entice you with seduction
It is easily found without any introduction
The road to Heaven must be painstakingly sought
It is a road over which many have fought

It's so easy to get on the wrong road
And burden yourself with a heavy load
You need something to guide you around the bends
As you travel these two roads with your fellowmen

There is a travel guide you can use
It was written for just me and you
The Holy Bible will help you plot our route
It is a book no traveler should be without.




Friday, April 25, 2014

Parable of the Sower


Couple of days ago, a gentleman called me to wish me on my wedding anniversary. He then recalled receiving the email regarding our 'Guided Tour' completion, and the topic drifted in that direction. One point he brought to my attention was about the Parable of the Sower. 

For those of you who are not yet in New Testament, Parable of the Sower is a story which Jesus told the multitudes. It is about a sower who scatters seed, which falls on four different types of ground. 

(a) The hard ground,
(b) The stony ground,
(c) The thorny ground, 
(d) The good ground.

Jesus explains the story in detail. The seed is “the word of the kingdom.” 

The hard ground represents someone who is hardened by sin; he hears but does not understand the Word, and Satan plucks the message away, keeping the heart dull and preventing the Word from making an impression. 

The stony ground pictures a man who professes delight with the Word; however, his heart is not changed, and when trouble arises, his so-called faith quickly disappears. 

The thorny ground depicts one who seems to receive the Word, but whose heart is full of riches, pleasures, and lusts; the things of this world take his time and attention away from the Word, and he ends up having no time for it. 

The good ground portrays the one who hears, understands, and receives the Word—and then allows the Word to accomplish its result in his life. The man represented by the “good ground” is the only one of the four who is truly saved, because salvation’s proof is fruit (Matthew 3:7-8; 7:15-20).

To summarize the point of the Parable of the Sower: “A man’s reception of God’s Word is determined by the condition of his heart.” Someone who is truly saved will go on to prove it.

May our faith and our lives exemplify the "good soil" in the Parable of the Sower. I hope you are able to find God's words pleasing and soothing. God's word is magical and the more you hear, the more you want. It need not be this blog - get your daily dose from anywhere. The most important aspect is that you are filled with it so that you can continue your journey to the ultimate destination - Heaven. May our Spiritual Leader and High Priest Jesus Christ, guide you with that. 





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Train


I like to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step

Around a pile of mountains,
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare

To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down the hill

And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop - docile and omnipotent -
At its own stable door.
~ Emily Dickinson

Am heading to NY in about an hour.
Good Day!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

In the Hands of God


Hands are organs for grasping or gripping. Humans have coined numerous phrases that convey several meanings for the use of hands - hands off, second hand, many hands make light work, out of hand, I've gotta hand it to you, change hands, etc.

Hands also convey the meaning of authority, power, control, protection, provision, healing, guidance, and comfort.

When we meet a dearly loved one, we immediately hold their hands. God's hands are The Best! Imagine holding on to God's Hands.

Job claimed to have been touched by God's hands in Job 19:21.

John said with confidence that we should be called Children of God in 1 John 3:1.

Dear Child of God, here is an advice for you:
Never fear... never falter... never faint!
You are in God's hands!


Our Times are in Thy Hand

Our times are in Thy hand;
  O God, we wish them there;
Our lives, our souls, our all, we leave
  Entirely to Thy care.

Our times are in Thy hand:
  Whatever they may be;
Pleasing or painful, dark or bright,
  As best may seem to Thee.

Our times are in Thy hand;
  Why should we doubt or fear?
A father’s hand will never cause
  His child a needless tear.

Our times are in Thy hand;
  Jesus, the Crucified,
Whose hand our many sins have pierced,
  Is now our guard and guide.

Our times are in Thy hand;
  We’ll always trust to Thee,
Till we possess the promised crown,
  And all Thy glory see.


I feel being carried in the hands of God - do you?




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On-line


The other day I made a silly typo in an easter mail which I sent out to my family and friends. That fact that it went out to hundreds of people - almost everyone in my contact list, bothered me a lot; I convinced myself it was ok. I told myself - it is the aftermath of being online.

Here are some warning signs that you may be spending too much time online. This includes Facebook, Twitter or online texting.

When an office colleague shares a joke and you say “LOL” out loud.

You barely notice anymore when someone has a typo.

Folks from technical support reach out to you, with hopes of seeking answers.

When you smile, you discover yourself trying to cock your head 90 degrees - to mimic :-)

When at work, your boss frequently reminds you that the word “i” should be uppercase.

You talk in abbreviated sentences, and discontinue talking in full sentences.

You have formed the habit of double clicking your TV remote.

You have an identity crisis when you learn of someone using a screen name close to your own.

Having changed your screen names so many times, you are confused as to who you really are.

You say “Scroll up” when a friend asks, “What did you say?”




Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Story - the other side


For many of us, Easter means get ready for the 'Easter Bunny' and organize 'Easter egg hunt'. 

He is Risen!


The Easter Story
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
~ Matthew 28:1-10 

Wish you experience the presence of risen Jesus!