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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What is that?

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Exodus 20 : 12

Good morning, friends. I watched a video and it's too good conveying the following.

A gentleman reads the newspaper and his father sits beside him in the garden. The old man hears some sound from the near by bush and asks his son, "What is that?". His son turns around and replies, "It is a sparrow." A few seconds later, the father again asks, "What is that?" The young man gets tensed somehow, but replies, "I just now told you father. It's a sparrow." Then the sparrow flies and sits here and there making sound. He again asks, "What is that?" The son replies, "A sparrow dada, a sparrow" and he spells it out, "a s-p-a-r-r-o-w" and starts shouting, "Why are you doing this? I told you so many times. It's a sparrow. Can't you get it?" The old man starts walking inside the house and brings his old diary. He opens it up and turns it till he finds something and asks his son to read it aloud. The man reads, "Today my youngest son who a few days ago turned three was sitting with me in a park when a sparrow sat in front of us. My son asked 21 times what it was. I answered it 21 times that it was a sparrow. I hugged him every single time he asked me the same question again and again without getting mad, feeling affection for my innocent little boy." The guy stops reading and starts hugging and kissing his loving father.

Are you getting what it conveys? I watched it again and again. I have never seen my mom and dad buying something costlier for themselves, eating delicious food, going to tourist spots, etc,... They silently and willingly watch me enjoying everything. Whenever I think of my parents and the love they have towards me, I simply ask myself some questions. "Am I really worthy of this great love? How many times have I neglected their simple desires? How many times have I reciprocated the love I get from them? Or at least how often I pray for them? bla bla..." See, it is not too late to support them spiritually, financially, mentally with love. Better late than never. Because they deserve it!!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Unlimited offer!

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalms 34 : 18

Good morning, friends.

Today after a small prayer at my office, I kept my Bible on the sofa placed outside my ODC and went to drink water. Later I forgot about it and came to my cubicle. After lunch, I came to know that I missed my Bible and I went searching for it. I didn't find it. I asked some of the house keeping people and they directed me to the security guys and they gave me my Bible. They asked me to fill up some details in the 'Lost and Found' register. It had one column 'Worth in Rupees'. I filled 450 INR against that column and came to my place.

Last weekend was a long one as we had a holiday on Monday too. My friends cum roommates went to their hometown and I was left alone for three days. The last day went on practice at my fellowship, but the first two days were very boring to me. I did all the works at my room by myself, but still had plenty of time in my hands. I felt so bad as if I was left alone somewhere. I didn't know what to do, but then I realized that my God is the only one who is available all the time just for me. I wanted to hear from Him. I opened my Bible and started reading Jeremiah as it was the book I'm reading now. I came to know how compassionate my God is!

Though the people of Judah committed sins often and turned their backs to God, He speaks to them often through Jeremiah. He expects them to turn their faces to Him. In Jeremiah 26 : 2, He says, "Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word. Perhaps they will listen and each will turn from his evil way. Then I will relent and not bring on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done." In Jeremiah 31 : 20 He tells, "Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him." In Jeremiah 35 : 14, 15, He speaks, "I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me. Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you." When He punished them, He grieved. In Jeremiah 42 : 10, He says, "I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you, for I am grieved over the disaster I have inflicted on you." This book revealed that such a compassionate God never turns His back when someone calls. "He never rejects the brokenhearted and weary", the Psalmist says. I really got comforted through all His words. And I can boldly say that even when I have no one around me, the Lord is still there waiting to spend His precious time with me. In fact He yearns for me all the time. He is a great and the best friend we can ever have!!!

Now tell me. Can we suggest a price for The Holy Bible through which the Lord speaks to us? It motivates us to pray and place all our burdens to Him. It is invaluable indeed. Isn't it? Just think of how we use it everyday. Are we seeking His words as we seek the precious jewel? Are we lending our ears and opening our hearts as He speaks?

I remember an sms which tells something like this.

Call Jesus; you won't face any network problem. No busy tone, no waiting tone, no "please call me after sometime", no battery down, no bill, any time anywhere free. Will you please use this UNLIMITED offer?

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Appropriate gifts!

The Lord says, “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11

Good morning, friends. I got the red colored text from the Internet and hopefully I'll send many from the same website as there are lots of contents in it.

A man felt weak and tired after a long walk. He rested under a banyan tree for a while. Looking up, he saw the tiny fruits on the tall tree. In the adjacent field, he saw large watermelons on a feeble creeper plant. He laughed at the contradiction and thought that the creator was really foolish to grow the small fruits on the strong tree and the large fruits on the weak creeper.

After a while he fell asleep under the cool shade of the huge evergreen tree. Then a small fruit of the tall tree fell on his body and awakened him. Staring at the tiny fruit, he felt enlightened. He thought, “If the fruits of this tree were large like the watermelon, they would have easily crushed me to death." He thanked God and praised the propriety of His creations.

God gives the best and most appropriate gifts, qualities and capabilities to every creation including man.The Book of Genesis records that after every act of creation, God was pleased with what He saw. Genesis 1: 1-31. Sometimes when I see something which is very famous and the best, I would really think that it may be the best, but it may not be the appropriate thing for me. One such incident is below.

I was very much depressed when I was not selected in the first two interviews. When I attended my first HR interview, my HR asked, "You got a very good score and stood first in your class. This is your third campus interview, but your first HR round. Why is that so?" I replied,"Because I didn't clear my first two written rounds." He asked me, "What happened to you?" I told him, "I slept in the first written test. I did my best in the second company. Yet I don't know why I was not selected in the second company." In the form given to me before the HR round, I mentioned 'The faith in God' as my positive point. When he asked if I would be recruited by him, I told very boldly, "Yes, because my God is with me". He again asked me, "Then was the same God not with you in the first two interviews?" I don't know why I replied to him that way. I think my Lord has rightly put appropriate words in my mouth. I said, "Yes, He was with me and that's why he didn't give me anything good or better, but is waiting for me with the best opportunity suitable for me." No wonder, by Almighty's grace, I got selected in the right company, which is the best for me at that point of time. They both are also wonderful companies, but still as God holds my future He knew where I would perform well. I got allocated to my favorite domain and also in development projects, where as many of my friends were given testing opportunity. So what I'm trying to make is, the Lord knows what is suitable and right for me and will provide it for me at His time. Whenever I'm worried of my future, career, family, etc,..., I think Jeremiah 29 : 11 is the best verse to be read and claimed.

My friend, the same holds for you too. Joyce Meyer says, "The job of a believer is just to believe."

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

A memorable memento!

To the Pharisees’ question about divorce, Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read the scripture that says that in the beginning the Creator made people male and female? And God said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one.’ So they are no longer two, but one. Man must not separate, then, what God has joined together. Matthew 19: 4 - 6

Good morning, friends.

A Jewish couple did not have children even ten years after their marriage. The husband wanted to divorce his wife and marry another woman to continue his race and perpetuate his name. The wife loved him most dearly and did not like to part from him. The matter was brought before the Rabbi, who was very wise. The Rabbi told him, “As per your request, I can solemnize your divorce, but you must arrange a grand party for your guests on the day before the parting ceremony. It must be better than the party on your wedding day.” He readily agreed to conduct a party.

The party was in progress. As directed by the Rabbi, the wife poured wine into the husband’s cup again and again till he was heavily intoxicated. Then she asked him, “Darling, what shall I take from your house as a memento to my house to remember the delightful days we lived together?” He was lavish in his offer. “You may take from my home your dearest article - whatever you love most,” he offered. Very soon he fell down on his bed, in deep sleep.

The next day, he woke up and finding that he was in his wife’s house, he asked in anger, “What have you done? How did I reach here?” His loving wife was patiently waiting by the side of the cot. She answered, “I have only obeyed your words, said in public yesterday, during the party. I have carried to my home what I loved most dearly - that is, yourself!”

Her words opened his eyes. He was sorry that he could not appreciate her lasting love towards him. He embraced her most affectionately and gave up the idea of divorce. They lived together very happily. God blessed them and she conceived and gave birth to a smart and saintly son. Their joy was beyond measure.

Man was created in the image of God. The first family was created by God in the image of heaven. It is God’s wish that every family should remain as a heaven of happiness. Marital love is a great gift of God. It should be active, constant, continuous and equally strong during all seasons of the year- lasting till the last moment of life.

I know many people who are neglected by their spouses. Now-a-days, satan breaks up the bond between the couple and bring destruction to their relationship. Please spend a few minutes in prayer for those people who are at the point of divorce. Last day in my fellowship one guy shared his own experience. When he asked the Lord how he should pray for others, the Lord revealed that he should pray just like he prayed for his brother who was struggling for his life inside the operation theatre a few years back. Such a burden has to be inside us when we pray for others. Come on, let us not be idle anymore when we see something/someone that separates what God has united.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

All He wants is you!

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5 : 19

Good morning, friends. I got the following from the Internet and it does mean a lot indeed!

Once, a talented young singer sang this psalm in a melodious voice before a large audience. After the performance, there was a loud applause. The people praised the singer’s skill and clapped their hands in appreciation. Then the arrogant singer challenged the listeners to come to the stage and recite the psalm more impressively. He offered a precious prize to anyone who could surpass him in musical skill.

There was a brief silence. Then a very old man slowly moved to the front using a walking stick. He meditated for a moment and recited the same psalm from the depth of his heart, displaying deep and sincere sentiments which touched the hearts of every listener. Tears rolled down from his closed eyes and soon the audience was filled with the Holy Spirit. When he stopped the recital, the spellbound listeners spontaneously raised their hands to praise the Lord – the Good Shepherd - who was presented before them vividly by the impressive recital.

The first singer fell down at the feet of the old man, crying and apologizing for his arrogance. He declared aloud to the large gathering, “I am really sorry. I boasted that I knew the psalm and its music. But here is one who knows the Shepherd Himself.”

I would like you to listen to 'Praise looks good on you' song from Don Moen's 'God is good' album. It speaks a lot about how God sees the worship. It is such a good song which carries an awesome essence. I'm giving some of the lines from it below.

You bring your sacrifices and you offer up your praise

You lift your voice with singing, but your heart seems far away.

More than a sacrifice, I'm looking for your heart

Holy and acceptable and pleasing in my sight

So offer up your life, holy and acceptable,

A willing sacrifice, precious in My sight

But in all that you do, remember all I want is you.

We may make eloquent sermons and recite melodious music about the Word of God. But they are meaningless if we do not personally know and experience the loving Lord who composed those words for the world. There are different forms of music. But what makes it melodious is the simple hymn in a humble heart. Words overflowing from a heart filled with the love of God have the power to transform even hardened hearts.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Reserving a portion for yourself?

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Good morning friends. It was written by Reinhard Bonnke.

John had a double story house, five plus five rooms. One day there was a gentle knock on the front door. When John opened it was the Lord Jesus. “Please come in”, John pleaded, “I will give you the best room in my house – it is upstairs. Well, Jesus is a gentleman and said “thank you”. The next morning someone hammered against the front door. When John opened it who was there? The devil. “No” shouted John, “I don’t want you here” But the devil said “I’m already in” – and a big fight started. Satan poured filthy temptation on him, it was horrible. By the evening John somehow got the victory and threw the devil out. Then he said “wait a minute”. I gave Jesus the best room in the house, why didn’t he come to my rescue?” Jesus said to John “Look, you gave me one of the ten rooms…” John was on his knees and said “I can see my mistake. Sorry, Lord. Let’s make 50/50.” Jesus is a gentleman and accepted. The next day was a repeat of the day before. Somehow the devil got in and out and John was totally exhausted. “Why didn’t Jesus come to my rescue today? I need to go and ask.” The Lord said “My son, why don’t you give me all 10 rooms and then, instead of me staying with you, you stay with me?” John broke down. He pulled the key of the front-door from his pocket and handed it to Jesus. Now, he had given it all.

The next morning, it was still dark, when someone was knocking at the front door so hard that the whole building shook. John jumped frightened and shaken out of bed crying “O, it’s the devil again”, when suddenly he heard footsteps – but this time inside the house. Jesus was marching in majesty and power towards the front door. He had the key. It now was His duty to answer the door. John was wondering what would happen and stood right behind Jesus when the Lord opened the door wide. Who was it? The devil of course. But when the devil saw Jesus standing in the door he bowed low, very low indeed, and said “Sorry Sir, I knocked on the wrong door!” Some have given 9 rooms to Jesus and on the door of room number 10 they have written “Strictly Private”. It is there where they have their secret sins and live their double life. But Jesus cannot be cheated. Come on. Let’s sing it together from the bottom of our hearts “Unto Jesus I surrender, unto Him I freely give….I surrender ALL, unto thee my God and Savior, I surrender all.” This is my foolproof recipe for victory!

Jesus wants all of you, not just a part. He will take all that you give Him, but nothing more. How much of your heart have you given to the Lord? Are you keeping a portion of it away from Him? Perhaps the attacks are coming more and more each day. Why not let the Lord fight the battles for you? He is always victorious. He can alone win the battle for us. Don't even hold back a single inch. Just give Him your all. Those who leave everything in God's hand will see God's hand in everything.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Best is yet to come!

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6 : 12

Good morning, friends.

Martha told,“Preacher, could you stop by this afternoon? I need to talk with you." When the preacher went there, Martha conveyed, My doctor says I probably have six months to live as a result of tumor .” Martha’s words were naturally serious, yet there was a definite calm about her. Don’t be sorry . The Lord has been good. I have lived a long life. I’m ready to go. But I do want to talk with you about my funeral. I have been thinking about it, and there are things that I know I want. When they bury me, I want my old Bible in one hand and a fork in the other.” “A fork? Why do you want to be buried with a fork?”, said the pastor.

“I have been thinking about all of the church dinners and banquets that I attended through the years,” she explained. “One thing sticks in my mind. At those really nice get-togethers, when the meal was almost finished, a server would come by to collect the dirty dishes. I can hear the words now. Sometimes, at the best ones, somebody would lean over my shoulder and whisper, ‘You can keep your fork.’ And do you know what that meant? Dessert was coming! It didn’t mean a cup of Jell-O or pudding or even a dish of ice cream. You don’t need a fork for that. It meant the good stuff, like chocolate cake or cherry pie! When they told me I could keep my fork, I knew the best was yet to come!

“That’s exactly what I want people to talk about at my funeral. Oh, they can talk about all the good times we had together. That would be nice. But when they walk by my casket and look at my pretty blue dress, I want them to turn to one another and say, ‘Why the fork?’ And I want you to tell them that I kept my fork because the best is yet to come!”

It's really amazing when we see people focusing on the Eternal life rather than this temporary worldly life. Normally we worry too much. For e.g. When we hear about swine flu, we keep ourselves so clean. When we see people around us sneezing, our next reflex action would be to move at least a feet apart from them. But this lady tells her expectation to meet our Heavenly Father and she knows that it is the best she can ever enjoy. Just imagine how good it would be to have Jesus next to us in the bus when we travel! How amazing it would be to caress Him when we need His love! How awesome it is to chat with Him just like we speak to our friends and beloveds for long hours! So stop worrying too much, for whatever we faced, we face and going to face are already taken care by Him. Upon the successful completion of this life, are we ready to see His loving face and to be with Him forever? Or are we going to hide ourselves like Adam and Eve did when they sinned against the Lord?


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Set an example today

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5 : 13 - 16

Good morning, friends.

* A lady invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to her six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?" I wouldn't know what to say," she replied. "Just say what you hear Mommy say," the lady said. The daughter bowed her head and said: "Dear Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"

* One fine day two Crabs came out from their home to take a stroll on the sand. ‘Child,’ said the mother, ‘you are walking very ungracefully. You should accustom yourself, to walking straight forward without twisting from side to side.’ ‘Pray, mother,’ said the young one, ‘do but set the example yourself, and I will follow you.’

Do you wish to see your younger generation to be brought up in Christ's love? If yes, it is your duty to set an example. Giving advices is the easiest thing in this world. But setting an example is just the reverse. When we just speak and read a lot about the Bible and fail to do what it says, we are no more setting the examples. That's why Paul asks us to be the doers of the Word and not just the listeners. Jesus asks us to be the salt and the light of this world, but many times do you realize that we behave just as the pepper and darkness? Jesus asks us to reflect Him so that He may be glorified. Do you think we do what He says? How many times the people around you see the Lord in you? Do they see Him at least once in a while? Example is the best precept.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Unused resource

You have not because you ask not. James 4:2

Good morning, friends.

Once upon a time there was a Miser who used to hide his gold at the foot of a tree in his garden; but every week he used to go and dig it up and gloat over his gains. A robber, who had noticed this, went and dug up the gold and decamped with it. When the Miser next came to gloat over his treasures, he found nothing but the empty hole. He tore his hair, and raised such an outcry that all the neighbors came around him, and he told them how he used to come and visit his gold. ‘Did you ever take any of it out?’ asked one of them. ‘Nay,’ said he, ‘I only came to look at it.’ ‘Then come again and look at the hole,’ said a neighbour; ‘it will do you just as much good.’

We went to a prayer seminar last weekend. There we heard the speaker telling this. The Prodigal son had the relationship with his father even when he was in a foreign country. But he didn't have fellowship with his father. We know that he longed to eat the food provided to pigs and was not even able to have it. The same thing holds for everyone of us. We have a loving Father. He is always there for us and we have a relationship with him all the time no matter how far we go astray. But only when we have the fellowship with him, we can utilize all that He has for us. Otherwise you and me have to yearn for the swine's food just like the Prodigal son did.

One such is prayer. We come across many prayer warriors whose prayer brought awesome changes. The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Rather, the power resides in the God who is being prayed to. Prayer has an immense power which we cannot imagine. The prayers of the saints can save their land, change the Government, heal the diseases, change the world, open the hearts, binds up the broken relationships, etc,... The Satan's biggest weapon is to stop the saints from praying. When we pray, we are utilizing all the Godly weapons against satan, but when we don't, we are surrendering those powerful weapons to satan. The power of prayer should never be underestimated because it draws on the glory and might of the infinitely powerful God of the universe! So what are we going to do? Having just the relationship with God without the access to anything or having the true fellowship with Him to use everything of Him for His glory? Remember, Wealth unused might as well not exist.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Deadly disease!

Be on guard against every form of greed; life is not in possessions. Luke 12:15

Good morning, friends. We have two stories today. :)

The first:

It happened that a dog had got a piece of meat and was carrying it home in his mouth to eat it in peace. Now on his way home he had to cross a plank lying across a running brook. As he crossed, he looked down and saw his own shadow reflected in the water beneath. Thinking it was another dog with another piece of meat, he made up his mind to have that also. So he made a snap at the shadow in the water, but as he opened his mouth the piece of meat fell out, dropped into the water and was never seen more.

Now the second:

The greedy Midas asked the angel that he wanted everything to turn gold when he touch it, the angel granted it. He felt so happy when he saw whatever he touched turned gold. But when he was shocked to the core when his own one and only daughter became a golden statue when he hugged her.

Was it not pathetic to lose even what we have? I don't know how many of you are aware of the game 'Prime Suspect'. It is an interesting game (at least for the first time) which gives us certain hints to find out the suspects of the city. When I played it a few quarters back, it gave me a hint 'Deadly disease'. I searched AIDS, Cancer, etc,... As the time was flying, I used help and found out that it expected me to click on Greed. Did you ever consider greed as a deadly disease? But it is.

What does Bible talk about Greed? Nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6 : 10

How can we run away from this sin? Bible shows that the best way is to be content with what we have and whatever circumstances we are in. Hebrews 13 : 5 and Philippians 4 : 11

Do you believe if Christ is your shepherd you lack nothing? Then be content with all that you have. Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

There is a tiny difference between greed and need. I came across this wonderful signature tag line. Thank GOD For What We Have; trust GOD For What We Need.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

What would Jesus do?

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21

Good morning, friends.

There was a farmer who sold a pound of butter to the baker. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter to see if he was getting a pound and he found that he was not. This angered him and he took the farmer to court. The judge asked the farmer if he was using any measure. The farmer replied, amour Honor, I am primitive. I don't have a proper measure, but I do have a scale." The judge asked, "Then how do you weigh the butter?" The farmer replied "Your Honor, long before the baker started buying butter from me, I have been buying a pound loaf of bread from him. Every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him the same weight in butter. If anyone is to be blamed, it is the baker."

What is the moral of the story? We get back in life what we give to others. Whenever you take an action, ask yourself these questions: "Am I giving fair value for the wages or money I hope to make?", "Am I loyal to my friends and family?", "Am I loyal to my church?" More importantly "What would Jesus do in this case?"

Rev. Henry Maxwell speaking slowly and determinately, yet not fully realizing the implications of what lay ahead of him, repeated his astounding proposition, "I want volunteers from First Church of Raymond city who will pledge themselves earnestly and honestly, for an entire year, not to do anything without first asking the question, "What would Jesus do?"

He never dreamed of the response he would receive when he challenged his congregation. Those who answered his call included the wealthiest and the most influential of his congregation; the newspaper editor, the town heiress, the young opera star, the president of the local college. For each of them it was a moment of decision, that would change their life and their city for eternity. But together they pledged themselves to a new step of faith that changed, not just a handful of people, but an entire town for good.

The above real incident is the abstract of the book 'In His steps' written by Charles M Sheldon. This timeless classic has blessed millions of people around the world, who have asked the vital question, "What does it really mean to be a Christian?" Are we ready to make and live a new discipleship? Are we ready to reconsider our definition of a Christian? What is it to be a Christian? It is to imitate Jesus. It is to do as He would do. It is to walk in His steps.

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Kindness extended

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7 : 12

Good morning, friends.

A little boy got angry with his mother and shouted at her, "I hate you, I hate you." Because of fear of reprimand, he ran out of the house. He went up to the valley and shouted, "I hate you, I hate you," and back came the echo, "I hate you, I hate you." This was the first time in his life he had heard an echo. He got scared, went to his mother for protection and said there was a bad boy in the valley who shouted "I hate you, I hate you." The mother understood and she asked her son to go back and shout, "I love you, I love you." The little boy went and shouted, "I love you, I love you," and back came the echo. That taught the little boy a lesson that our life is like an echo: We get back what we give. Benjamin Franklin said, "When you are good to others, you are best to yourself."

Jesus clearly asks us not to judge others and instead He asks us to extend kindness in Matthew 7. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle which you may not be aware of. May God bless!

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Sharpen your axe

"But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." Luke 21 : 36

Good morning, friends.

Jo John, a woodcutter, worked for a company for five years but never got a raise. The company hired Bill and within a year he got a raise. This caused resentment in John and he went to his boss to talk about it. The boss said, "You are still cutting the same number of trees you were cutting five years ago. We are a result-oriented company and would be happy to give you a raise if your productivity goes up." John went back, started hitting harder and putting in longer hours but he still wasn't able to cut more trees. He went back to his boss and told him his dilemma. The boss told John to go talk to Bill. "Maybe there is something Bill knows that you and l don't." John asked Bill how he managed to cut more trees. Bill answered, "After every tree I cut, I take a break for two minutes and sharpen my axe. When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" This question hit home like a bullet and John got his answer.

Being an IT employee, I know I've to learn new things everyday. When some of my friends were interviewed, they were asked whether they know the recent version of the tool they use. As they told no, they simply got the answer, "We're sorry. You're technically good, but right now we're recruiting people for the latest version and we don't want to end up training you again, as we've immediate requirement." Past glory and education don't do it. In the same way, to be a true Christian, doing good works alone is not enough. How we are rooted in Christ matters more. The good relationship with God in the past is not enough. He expects more. Day by day, we've to grow in Him. Entering into Heaven should not be our goal. How we lead our life with the help from Above really matters, which in turn will automatically prepare us for the eternal glory. Now my question is, when was the last time you sharpened your axe?

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Dig for gold!

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." Matthew 7 : 1-5

Good morning, friends.

As a young Scots boy, Andrew Carnegie came to America and started doing odd jobs. He ended up as one of the largest steel manufacturers in the United States. At one time he had 43 millionaires working for him. Several decades ago, a million dollars used to be a lot of money; even today it is a lot of money. Someone asked Mr. Carnegie how he dealt with people? Andrew Carnegie replied, "Dealing with people is like digging gold: When you go digging for an ounce of gold, you have to move tons of dirt to get an ounce of gold. But when you go digging, you don't go looking for the dirt, you go looking for the gold."

What is your focus? Become a digger for gold. If you are looking for what is wrong with people or with things, you will find many. There is something positive in every person and every situation. Sometimes we have to dig deep to look for the positive because it may not be apparent. We are so used to looking for what is wrong with other people and situations, we forget to see what is right. Someone once said that even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

In Matthew 7 : 1 - 5 Jesus says how we one should deal with the people. You may find something wrong with others. But before you go and tell them, first think of yourself once and see if you have any such with you. Paul says in Romans 2 : 1, "You, therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass the judgment do the same things."

A couple moves to a new neighborhood. One morning, the woman notices many washed clothes of her neighbor from inside her home through the window and she made a comment, "She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs to change her washing soap". Whenever she makes this comment, her husband remains silent. One day she sees clean clothes of her neighbor drying out. She tells, "See, the clothes are so clean today. I don't know who taught her to do a clean wash". Her husband replies after a moment pause, "Today I woke up early in the morning and I cleaned our window".

Is it not funny when we have fault on our side and we don't recognize it, but keep on looking at others' mistakes? Remember we are God's children. God doesn't like His children whispering about one another or hurting others by our harsh words. When keep on looking to others and their faults, remember that our God continuously watches us. He even knows what's going on in our hearts. We have to be very careful before we utter anything against a person who is not in front of us at that instant. Don't even think bad of someone in your heart. You may hide something from others, but everything is naked before the Lord's eyes.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Stay rightly tuned!

And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. John 10 : 4

Good morning, friends.

Robert Fulton invented the steamboat. On the banks of the Hudson River he was displaying his new invention. The pessimists and the skeptics were gathered around to observe. They commented that it would never start. Lo and behold, it did. As it made its way down the river, the pessimists who said it would never go, started shouting that it would never stop.

Let us see two people from the Holy Bible and their attitudes. I'm sorry for more red colored text today.

Noah - God saddened at the wickedness of mankind, decided to destroy all life. But he saw that Noah was a righteous man, and instructed him to build an ark and gather himself and his family with every type of animal, male and female. I watched a DVD which shows the first 22 chapters of Genesis. It pictured the life of Noah and the flood so beautifully. When Noah built the ark as commanded by the Lord, the people around him laughed at him saying, "Why is this fool building an ark? Is he going to sail on the dry land?" But Noah didn't listen to them. The Flood came, and all life was extinguished, except for those who were with Noah.

Nehemiah - Nehemiah heard of the mournful and desolate condition of Jerusalem, and was filled with sadness of heart. For many days he fasted and mourned and prayed for the place of his fathers. At length the king observed his sadness of countenance and asked the reason of it. Nehemiah explained this to the king, and obtained his permission to go up to Jerusalem. On his arrival in Jerusalem, Nehemiah began to survey the city secretly at night, and formed a plan for its restoration; a plan which he carried out with great skill and energy. He gathered the people and they all with all their hearts started building the wall of Jerusalem. Tobiah said, "What are they building? Even if a fox climbed up on it, it would break down". But Nehemiah strengthened his people saying, "Our great and awesome God will fight for us." And the result was the whole wall was completed over an astounding 52-days span.

Can you guess why they had such a good attitude? I believe it was only because of their faith in the Living Lord. Unless we have hope on Him, we can never have such an attitude when we hear pessimistic words from others. Their focuses were only on the Lord's words and not on anyone else'. In other words, they exactly tuned their antenna to pick the signals from the Lord and not from the others. He is our good shepherd. The sheep knows its master's voice correctly. So let us all learn to stay tuned to the His voice which can easily strengthen us when we are about to give up. So just stay tuned!!!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Spanking Father

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. Proverbs 13 : 24

Good morning to you all in the matchless name of our Heavenly father. The following red colored text is available in "You can win" book.

A judge, when sentencing a man for robbery, asked if he had anything to say. The man replied, "Yes, your honor. Please sentence my parents to jail also." The judge asked, "Why?" The prisoner answered, "When I was a little boy, I stole a pencil from school. My parents knew about it but never said a word. Then I stole a pen. They knowingly ignored it. I continued to steal many other things from the school and the neighborhood till it became an obsession. They knew about it, yet they never said a word. If anyone belongs in jail with me, they do."

Isn't he right?. I guess you all would agree with this. So, if the parents allow their child to do anything without any restriction, then they are paving a smoother way for him/her to destruction. As per the above verse, they should spare their kids every now and then, when they find anything going wrong. In that way they can prevent their kid from demolition. As a daughter/son, will you allow your father / mother who is a diabetic patient to eat sweets? No, right? This is not an act of hating, instead this is a reflection of our love towards them. Are you giving up your faith when you are punished by our Heavenly father? Is He not the best father who knows how to prevent his children from ruining themselves? Remember these punishments are just for letting you to be on the safer side. He loves us a lot. Unless He punishes us on time, we won't be remaining good and on some day we'll also complain against Him just as the man did to his parents. Our clever Heavenly Father will never allow us to make such complaints.

Someone has told me that it also has another meaning. The Jewish parents will have the rod shaped scrolls which have the instructions from the Bible and whenever they have time, they will gather their children together and will teach them the decrees. In this way, they'll take these rods every now and then to correct their children through scriptures.

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