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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The spirit of Christmas

The spirit of Christmas
-- Unknown 

"Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas.

All else is outward display--so much tinsel and decorations.

For it isn't the holly, it isn't the snow.

It isn't the tree not the firelight's glow.

It's the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again."

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

First Corinthians 13, (Christmas Version)

Christmas version of 
- LOVE - 
First Corinthians 13

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust.

But giving the gift of love will endure.

Monday, December 2, 2013

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL


Christmas is near and like you, I am equally excited. 

While I extend you my hearty greetings of the season, I am happy to tell you that during this time of the year, you can look forward to find something special on your St.Gregorios Church, Hosur website for this Christmas


Starting this Sunday, until Christmas, your Sunday Magazine will bring you lots of interesting QUOTES, STORIES, FACTS & JOKES all related to CHRISTMAS.


You are sure to love it.


Paul

Do not be afraid

Do not be afraid



Saturday, November 30, 2013

Faith Without Action

Faith Without Action

Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe can be achieved.”

While this statement sounds rather grandiose, there is certainly a measure of truth in it.

As the old saying goes, you can’t steer a ship or a bicycle to go anywhere until they’re moving.

Zig Ziglar in his book, ‘See You at the Top’, put it this way:
“The largest locomotive in the world can be held in its tracks while standing still simply by
placing a single one-inch block of wood in front of each of the eight drive wheels.The same locomotive moving at 100 miles per hour can crash through a wall of steel reinforced concrete five feet thick.”

The important thing is that we get moving!

Some people are sitting around waiting for some kind of special call or revelation from God before they get involved in His work.

It’s not likely to happen because God has already given us lots of instructions in his Word regarding what to do.

All we need to do is read these instructions … and start moving into action!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Cross

The Cross
Unknown

Cross




I carry a cross in my pocket
A simple reminder to me
Of the fact that I am a Christian
No matter where I may be.
This little cross is not magic
Nor is it a good luck charm
It isn’t meant to protect me
From every physical harm.
It’s not for identification
For all the world to see
It’s simply an understanding
Between my Savior and me.
When I put my hand in my pocket
To bring out a coin or key
The cross is there to remind me
Of the price He paid for me.
Cross
It reminds me, too, to be thankful
For my blessings day by day
And to strive to serve Him better
In all that I do and say.
It’s also a daily reminder
Of the peace and comfort I share
With all who know my master
And give themselves to His care.
So, I carry a cross in my pocket
Reminding no one but me
That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life
If only I’ll let Him be.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Praying to the Saints - XIX


Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
In Heaven and On Earth (III)

And those in heaven who offer to God our prayers aren’t just angels, but humans as well. John sees that "the twenty-four elders [the leaders of the people of  God in heaven] fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints" (Rev. 5:8).

The simple fact is, as this passage shows: The saints in heaven offer to God the prayers of the saints on earth.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Praying to the Saints - XVIII

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints?  I
In Heaven and On Earth (II)
Source - Malankara World

Not only do those in heaven pray with us, they also pray for us. In the book of  Revelation, we read: "[An] angel came and stood at the altar [in heaven] with a golden censer; and he was given much incense to mingle with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar before the throne; and the smoke of the incense rose with the prayers of the saints from the hand of the angel before God" (Rev. 8:3-4).

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Praying to the Saints - XVII

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints?  
In Heaven and On Earth (I)
Source - Malankara World

The Bible directs us to invoke those in heaven and ask them to pray with us.

Thus in Psalms 103, we pray, "Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will!" (Ps. 103:20-21). And in Psalms 148 we pray, "Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the
heights! Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host!" (Ps. 148:1-2).

Friday, October 18, 2013

Praying to the Saints - XVI

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
Answer to those who ask "Why not pray directly to Jesus?" (VI)
Source - Malankara World

In addition to our prayers directly to God and Jesus (which are absolutely essential to the Christian life), there are abundant reasons to ask our fellow Christians in heaven to pray for us.

The Bible indicates that they are aware of our prayers, that they intercede for us, and that their prayers are effective (else they would not be offered).

It is only narrow-mindedness that suggests we should refrain from asking our fellow Christians in heaven to do what we already know them to be anxious and capable of doing.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Praying to the Saints - XV

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
Answer to those who ask "Why not pray directly to Jesus?" (V)
Source - Malankara World

Having others praying for us thus is a good thing, not something to be despised or set aside. Of course, we should pray directly to Christ with every pressing need we have (cf. John 14:13–14).

That’s something the Syrian Orthodox Church strongly encourages.

In fact, the prayers of the Mass, the central act of  Syrian Orthodox worship, are directed to God and Jesus, not the saints.

But this does not mean that we should not also ask our fellow Christians, including those in heaven, to pray with us.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Praying to the Saints - X IV

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
Answer to those who ask "Why not pray directly to Jesus?" (IV)
Source - Malankara World

Also, God answers in particular the prayers of the righteous. James declares: "The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.

Elijah was a man of like nature with ourselves and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.

Then he prayed again and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit" (Jas. 5:16–18). Yet those Christians in heaven are more righteous, since they have been made perfect to stand in God’s presence (Heb. 12:22-23), than anyone on earth, meaning their prayers would be even more efficacious.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Praying to the Saints - XIII

 Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
Answer to those who ask "Why not pray directly to Jesus?" (III)
Source - Malankara World

Since the practice of asking others to pray for us is so highly recommended in Scripture, it cannot be regarded as superfluous on the grounds that one can go directly to Jesus.

The New Testament would not recommend it if there were not benefits coming from it. One such benefit is that the faith and devotion of the saints can support our own weaknesses and supply what is lacking in our own faith  and devotion.

Jesus regularly supplied for one person based on another person’s  faith (e.g., Matt. 8:13, 15:28, 17:15–18, Mark 9:17–29, Luke 8:49–55). And it goes without saying that those in heaven, being free of the body and the distractions of this life, have even greater confidence and devotion to God than anyone on earth.




Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Praying to the Saints - XII

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
Answer to those who ask "Why not pray directly to Jesus?" (II)
Source - Malankara World

Praying for each other is simply part of what Christians do. As we saw, in 1 Timothy 2:1–4, Paul strongly encouraged Christians to intercede for many different things, and that passage is by no means unique in his writings.

Elsewhere Paul directly asks others to pray for him (Rom. 15:30–32, Eph. 6:18–20,  Col. 4:3, 1 Thess. 5:25, 2 Thess. 3:1), and he assured them that he was praying for them as well (2 Thess. 1:11). Most fundamentally, Jesus himself required us to pray for others, and not only for those who asked us to do so (Matt. 5:44).

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Praying to the Saints - XI

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
Answer to those who ask "Why not pray directly to Jesus?" (I)
Source - Malankara World

Some may grant that the previous objections to asking the saints for their intercession do not work and may even grant that the practice is permissible in theory, yet they may question it on other grounds, asking why one would want to ask the saints to pray for one. "Why not pray directly to Jesus?" they ask.

The answer is: "Of course one should pray directly to Jesus!" But that does not mean it is not also a good thing to ask others to pray for one as well. Ultimately, the "go-directly-to-Jesus" objection boomerangs back on the one who makes it: Why should we ask any Christian, in heaven or on earth, to pray for us when we can ask Jesus directly? If the mere fact that we can go straight to Jesus proved that we should ask no Christian in heaven to pray for us then it would also prove that we should ask no Christian on earth to pray for us.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Praying to the Saints - X

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
Overlooking the Obvious (III)
Source - Malankara World

The problem here is one of what might be called a primitive or even childish view of heaven.

It is certainly not one on which enough intellectual rigour has been exercised.

A good introduction to the real implications of the afterlife may be found in Frank Sheed’s book Theology and Sanity, which argues that sanity depends on an accurate appreciation of reality, and that includes an accurate appreciation of what heaven is really like.

And once that is known, the place of  prayer to the saints follows.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Praying to the Saints - IX

 Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
Overlooking the Obvious (II)
Source - Malankara World

If being in heaven were like being in the next room, then of course these objections would be valid.

A mortal, unglorified person in the next room would indeed suffer the restrictions imposed by the way space and time work in our universe.

But the saints are not in the next room, and they are not subject to the time/space limitations of this life.

This does not imply that the saints in heaven therefore must be omniscient, as God is, for it is only through God’s willing it that they can communicate with others in heaven or with us.

And Boettner’s argument about petitions arriving in different languages is even further off the mark. Does anyone really think that in heaven the saints are restricted to the King’s English? After all, it is God himself who gives the gift of tongues and the interpretation of tongues.

Surely those saints in Revelation understand the prayers they are shown to be offering to God.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Praying to the Saints - VIII

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints?
Overlooking the Obvious (I)
Source - Malankara World

Some objections to the concept of prayer to the saints betray restricted notions of heaven. One comes from anti-Catholic Loraine Boettner:

"How, then, can a human being such as Mary hear the prayers of millions of Roman Catholics, in many different countries, praying in many different languages, all at the same time?

"Let any priest or layman try to converse with only three people at the same time and see how impossible that is for a human being. . . . The objections against prayers to Mary apply equally against prayers to the saints.

For they too are only creatures, infinitely less than God, able to be at only one place at a time and to do only one thing at a time.

"How, then, can they listen to and answer thousands upon thousands of petitions made simultaneously in many different lands and in many different languages? Many such petitions are expressed, not orally, but only mentally, silently.

How can Mary and the saints, without being like God, be present everywhere and know
the secrets of all hearts?" (Roman Catholicism, 142-143).

Monday, September 30, 2013

Praying to the Saints - VII

 Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
Answer to those who claim "No Contact with the dead" (II)
Source - Malankara World

God thus indicates that one is not to conjure the dead for purposes of gaining information; one is to look to God’s prophets instead.

Thus one is not to hold a seance.

But anyone with an ounce of common sense can discern the vast qualitative difference between holding a seance to have the dead speak through you and a son humbly saying at his mother’s grave, "Mom, please pray to Jesus for me; I’m having a real problem right now." The difference between the two is the difference between night and day.

One is an occult practice bent on getting secret information; the other is a humble request for a loved one to pray to God on one’s behalf.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Praying to the Saints - VI

Why do we Venerate the Saints?
Answer to those who claim "No Contact with the dead" (I)
Source - Malankara World

Sometimes Fundamentalists object to asking our fellow Christians in heaven to pray for us by declaring that God has forbidden contact with the dead in passages such as Deuteronomy 18:10–11.

In fact, he has not, because he at times has given it—for example, when he had Moses and Elijah appear with Christ to the disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:3).

What God has forbidden is necromantic practice of conjuring up spirits. "There shall not be found among you any one who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, any one who practices divination, a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. . . . For these nations, which you are about to dispossess, give heed to soothsayers and to diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you so to do.

The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren—him you shall heed" (Deut. 18:10–15).

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Praying to the Saints - V

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
One Mediator (II)
Source - Malankara World

The intercession of fellow Christians—which is what the saints in heaven are also clearly does not interfere with Christ’s unique mediatorship because in the four verses immediately preceding 1 Timothy 2:5, Paul says that Christians should interceed: "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.

This is good, and pleasing to God our Savior, who  desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:1–4). Clearly, then, intercessory prayers offered by Christians on behalf of others is something "good and pleasing to God," not something infringing on Christ’s role as mediator.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Praying to the Saints - IV

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints?
One Mediator (I)
Source - Malankara World

Another charge commonly leveled against asking the saints for their intercession is that this violates the sole mediatorship of Christ, which Paul discusses: "For  there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim. 2:5).

But asking one person to pray for you in no way violates Christ’s mediatorship, as can be seen from considering the way in which Christ is a mediator.

First, Christ is a unique mediator between man and God because he is the only person who is both God and man. He is the only bridge between the two, the only God-man.

But that role as mediator is not compromised in the least by the fact that others intercede for us.

Furthermore, Christ is a unique mediator between God and man because he is the Mediator of the New Covenant (Heb. 9:15, 12:24), just as Moses was the mediator (Greek mesitas) of the Old Covenant (Gal. 3:19–20).

Monday, September 23, 2013

Praying to the Saints - III

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints?
Can They Hear Us? (II)
Source - Malankara World

Some might try to argue that in this passage the prayers being offered were not addressed to the saints in heaven, but directly to God.

Yet this argument would only strengthen the fact that those in heaven can hear our prayers, for then the saints would be aware of our prayers even when they are not directed to them!

In any event, it is clear from Revelation 5:8 that the saints in heaven do actively intercede for us.

We are explicitly told by John that the incense they offer to God are the prayers of the saints.

Prayers are not physical things and cannot be physically offered to God. Thus the saints in heaven are offering our prayers to God mentally. In other words, they are interceding.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Praying to the Saints - II

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
Can They Hear Us? (I)
Source - Malankara World

One charge made against it is that the saints in heaven cannot even hear our prayers, making it useless to ask for their intercession.

However, this is not true.

As Scripture indicates, those in heaven are aware of the prayers of those on earth.

This can be seen, for example, in Revelation 5:8, where John depicts the saints in heaven offering our prayers to God under the form of "golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints." But if the saints in heaven are offering our prayers to God, then they must be aware of our prayers.

They are aware of our petitions and present them to God by interceding for us.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Praying to the Saints - I

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints?
Source - Malankara World

The historic Christian practice of asking our departed brothers and sisters in Christ—the saints—for their intercession has come under attack in the last few hundred years.

Though the practice dates to the earliest days of Christianity and is shared by Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, the other Eastern Christians, and even some Anglicans—meaning that all-told it is shared by more than three quarters of the Christians on earth—it still comes under heavy attack from many within the Protestant movement that started in the sixteenth century.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Letter from Heaven

A Letter from Heaven

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say, But first of all to let you know that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from Heaven, where I dwell with God above, Where there are no tears or sadness, there is just eternal Love.

Please do not be unhappy, just because I'm out of sight, Remember that I'm with you, every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me, and said, " I welcome you".

"It's good to have you back again. You were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on. I need you here so badly as part of my big plan. There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man".

Then God gave me a list of things he wished for me to do. And foremost on that list of mine, is to watch and care for you. I will be beside you, every day of the week and year, And when you're sad I'm standing there, to wipe away the tear.

And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight, God and I are closest to you in the middle of the night. When you think of my life on Earth, and all those loving years, Because you're only human, there's bound to be some tears.

One thing is for certain, though my life on Earth is over, I am closer to you now than I ever was before.
And to my many friends, trust God knows what is best. I am not far away from you, I'm just beyond the crest.

There are rocky roads ahead for you and many hills to climb, Together we can do it, taking one day at a time. It was my philosophy and please I'd like for you, To give unto the world, so the world will give to you.

If you can help someone who's in sorrow or in pain, Then you can say to God at night, my day was not in vain. And now I am contented that my life it was worthwhile, Knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

When you're walking down the street and I am on your mind, I'm walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind. And when you feel a gentle breeze of wind upon your face, That's me giving you a great big hug, or just a s oft embrace.

When it's time for you to go from that body to be free, Remember you are not going, you are coming home to me. I will always love you, from that place way up above, I will be in touch again soon.
P.S. God sends his love.

~ Unknown


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Questions From Jesus Christ - IX


Questions From Jesus Christ - IX
Do you believe I can do this? (Matthew 9:28)

When you pray to me, do you believe in your heart of hearts that I am in control of your life and that I do everything for your good?

Do you believe that you will receive that which you are praying for?

What will be the status of your faith if I choose to give you an answer (to your prayer) that is different from what you anticipate.

Will you still have faith in me and put your trust in me.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Questions From Jesus Christ - VIII

Questions From Jesus Christ - VIII
So, could you not watch with me one hour? (Matthew 26:40)

Until and unless you knowingly and willingly spend at least an hour in prayer with me how can you expect our relationship to grow stronger and better.

I am not referring to your family prayers but to your personal prayer.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Questions From Jesus Christ - VII


Questions From Jesus Christ - VII
If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest (Luke 12:26)

If you have no control over as small a thing as the hair on your head, why worry about your business, career, finances and relationships?

Entrust them to me because I made them for you.

Remember they were made for you. You are not made for them. Work for the spread of my Gospel and the glory of my Kingdom and watch how everything else in your life falls in line one by one.

When you start working for me, I will start working over your business, career, finances and relationships.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Questions From Jesus Christ - VI

Questions From Jesus Christ - VI
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God? (Luke 17:18)

When I work a miracle for non-Christians they respond by thanking me and dedicating their life to me.

As a Christian how have you responded to the many graces and blessings that I have showered on you?

I am pained to see you living a life of ingratitude and recklessness.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Questions From Jesus Christ - V


Questions From Jesus Christ - V
Do you want to be well? (John 5:6)

You are physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually ill.

While a doctor may be able to heal you physically and a counselor or psychologist may heal you emotionally or intellectually, only my Word can heal you completely.

Yes only my Word can heal you physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.

Establish a relationship with me and witness the change in your life.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Questions From Jesus Christ - IV



Questions From Jesus Christ - IV
Woman where are they, has no one condemned you? (John 8:10)
.
After all your sins and the damage that you have done to your chance of spending eternity with me, in my infinite mercy I am giving you another opportunity to start life afresh.

I forgive you and urge you to set things right because I may not give you another chance.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Questions From Jesus Christ - III

Questions From Jesus Christ - III
But who do you say that I am? (Matthew 16:15)

Am I a doctor who cures you, or a policeman who ensures law and order in your life, or a Judge who grants you justice?

Am I a miracle man who works miracles?

Seriously what is your answer?

Who am I to you and what is the place that you have given me in your life?

If you have grown in your relationship with me, you will declare what my disciple Thomas once declared – My Lord and My God.


Friday, August 30, 2013

Questions From Jesus Christ - II

Questions From Jesus Christ - II
Who do people say the Son of Man is? (Matthew 16:13)

At Baptism you were given a responsibility and that was to bear witness to me.

If today your friends and those close to you don’t experience my love through you, there is something seriously wrong with you and your life.

What you show them is what they think I am.

Your life as a Christian is so very ordinary that people around you don’t see the need for change.

Sometimes the kind of witness you bear, gives them the feeling that they are better off being what they are.

Isn’t it time your life became a testimony?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Questions From Jesus Christ - I

Questions From Jesus Christ - I
How many loaves do you have? (Matthew 15:34)

Loaf or bread represents my Word.

You cannot survive with the earthly bread alone, you need ME, the bread that came down to give you eternal life.

I am the Word made flesh. MY WORD is eternal.

Strive therefore to LEARN MY WORD.

How many scriptures do you know by-heart?

Can you call to mind and recite at least a couple of them in a crisis?

Do you practice living by MY WORD? Just as you satisfy your hunger better by having more loaves, the more the number of scriptures in your heart, the better your life.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Life with Jesus

Life with Jesus
Unknown

Jesus is with me every hour, every day,

Guiding me, leading me,  showing the way.

Since I decdied to believe on his name,

Nothing in life has ever been the same.

The addictions I suffered are soothed by his hand

My anguish of heart drifted off like fine sand.

I live every moment with guidance from above;

Every part of my heart is squeezed full of God’s love.

Once all was too hard and I despaired of all peace,

But when I took His offer all despair was released.

No problem today cannot be overcome;

My job is to pray; God gets the rest done.

What glorious relief to be under God’s shield—

Why not, my dear friend, won’t you also yield?

Give up your fight to keep walking alone;

Submit to your Saviour; He’ll welcome you home.



Saturday, August 24, 2013

GOD is recalling all units manufactured

GOD is recalling all units manufactured

RECALL  NOTICE:

The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year,  due to a serious defect in the primary and  central component of the heart.
This  is due to a malfunction in the original  prototype units code named Adam and Eve,  resulting in the reproduction of the same defect  in all subsequent units.
This defect has been identified as “Substantial  Internal Non-morality,” more commonly known as  S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some of the symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault  for this defect, is providing factory-authorized  repair and service free of charge to correct this defect.The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most  generously offered to bear the entire burden of  the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.
The number to call for repair in all areas is:  P-R-A-Y-E-R
Once connected, please upload your burden of  SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair  Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (BEST Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list, and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. For free emergency service, call on Jesus.

DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility. Thank you for your attention!

-  GOD
P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may  contact the Father any time by ‘Knee mail’!

Because HE Lives!

Working for God on earth doesn’t pay much……  But His retirement plan is out of  this world!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Your Eyes Tell The Story!

Your Eyes Tell The Story!

The eye is the lamp of the body.

Mathew 6:22-23 22. The eye is the lamp of the body.

If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23.

But if your eyes are bad your whole body will be full of darkness, how great is that darkness!

John 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

Have you ever seen a person that their eyes just sparkle and they seem to be radiant or annointed as some put it? God is light.

If you are keeping your eyes fixed on God in everything you do, say, or hear... then that light (God's light) will reflect in your eyes (spirit).

A good eye is one that is fixed on God.

The radiance belongs to Him!

Source - http://www.squidoo.com

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Can anybody see god?

Can anybody see God?
-- Author Unknown

A small boy once approached his slightly older sister with a question about God.

"Susie, can anybody ever really see God?" he asked. Busy with other things, Susie curtly replied: "No, of course not, silly. God is so far up in heaven that nobody can see him."

Time passed, but his question still lingered, so he approached his mother: "Mom, can anybody ever really see God?" "No, not really," she gently said. "God is a spirit and he dwells in our hearts, but we can never really see him."

Somewhat satisfied but still wondering, the youngster went on his way. Not long afterwards, his saintly old grandfather took the little boy on a fishing trip. They were having a great time together -- it had been an ideal day. The sun was beginning to set with unusual splendor as the day ended.

The old man stopped fishing and turned his full attention to the exquisite beauty unfolding before him.  On seeing the face of his grandfather reflecting such deep peace and contentment as he gazed into the magnificent ever-changing sunset, the little boy thought for a moment and finally spoke hesitatingly: "Granddad, I - I wasn't going to ask anybody else, but I wonder if you can tell me the answer to something I've been wondering about a long time. Can anybody, can anybody ever really see God?"

The old man did not even turn his head. A long moment slipped by before he finally answered. "Son," he quietly said. "It's getting so I can't see anything else."
---
 "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."
-- Psalm 19:1-4

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

God and Man


God and Man

B. Killebrew

Consciousness of God

Is only known by man;

But go ahead, use logic;

Rebuff Him if you can;

 But when argument is over,

You will see what must be true—

Were there not a God,

There would also not be you. 



Monday, August 12, 2013

C H U R C H

C H U R C H
Betty Killebrew
Comforted here by the ever present Lord,
Held fast by His anchor, safely moored,
Under His protection safe and secure
Rallied by his love forever pure.
Carried by faith to a peace never known
Happy in knowing we are not alone.                  

Friday, August 9, 2013

Feeding a wolf & reaping likewise

Feeding a wolf & reaping likewise
Author Unknown

Tow Wolfs



This is a story  about a Cherokee grandfather who was teaching his grandson about the life principles of his tribe. The grandfather said ‘on the inside of every person is a battle raging between two wolves. 

One wolf is evil. It is angry, jealous, proud, lazy, spiteful, hurtful and unforgiving. The other wolf is good and kind and full of self control. These two wolves fight constantly.’  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption.


The little grandson thought about this for a moment and then said ‘which wolf will win, Grandfather?’
The grandfather replied ‘whichever one you feed.’

Inside of us there is a constant war going on - to go the way of the spirit or the way of the flesh.

The one that wins is the one we feed each day.

What are you feeding? Do you complain all the time about your job or your spouse or your children?

If so, you are feeding the flesh and will reap only corruption, according to the Bible.

Your habits, whether good or bad determine your outcome. Did you know that statistics show that 90% of our behaviour is based on habits?

That means how you treat people, how you talk whether negative or positive, how you spend your money? how you eat is what you do 90% of the time. You are on auto pilot, only doing what you have always done.

Habits are a hard thing to break, but it is possible. It all begins with changing a mindset. I often think about my childhood when I think about this.

You see, I was raised by a single Mom with four girls. We didn’t have a lot extra; frankly I don’t know how she did it. Growing up, I had no reason to think life could be better than that – I wasn’t raised that way and it wasn’t taught in my home. Yet, when I became born again and found scripture in the Bible that told me there was more, that told me Jesus died that I might have life and have it more abundantly - I believed it. And you know what I did?

I began to feed that truth in me. I read scriptures daily about it and I confessed that word over my life.
Do you know what happened? I began to have more – I began to have what I was saying.

You see, what you feed will win. If you are feeding unforgiveness you will always walk in forgiveness.
If you feed low self esteem, that is what you will have. If you go around saying ‘life stinks’ then I assure you life will continue to stink. However, if you begin to say what God says about your life by faith.

If you begin to feed your faith in that area, things will begin to change in your life. You have to say it before you will ever see it. If you have a tendency to be negative, change it today, feed your spirit with the word of God.

Don’t allow negative things to come out of your mouth. It’s your life and you are the prophet of your own life.

If you feed the flesh – everything you get will come from flesh - if you feed the spirit, you will experience life and life more abundantly.

You can change the attitude of your heart and

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Church Signs

These church signs are not original material but if you haven’t read them for a while, you are sure to find them both witty and wise.
“Prevent truth decay. Brush up on your Bible.”
“The best vitamin for a Christian is B1.”
“Under same management for over 2000 years.”
“Soul food served here.”
“Tithe if you love Jesus! Anyone can honk!”
“Beat the Christmas rush, come to church this Sunday!”
“Don’t wait for the hearse to take you to church.”
“Life has many choices, Eternity has two. What’s yours?”
“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.”
“Wal-Mart isn’t the only saving place!”
“Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.”
“It’s hard to stumble when you’re down on your knees.”
“What part of ‘THOU SHALT NOT’ don’t you understand?”
“A clear conscience makes a soft pillow.”
“The wages of sin is death. Repent before payday.”
“Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive.”
“Can’t sleep? Try counting your blessings.”
“Forbidden fruit creates many jams.”
“Christians, keep the faith…but not from others!”
“Satan subtracts and divides. God adds and multiplies.”
“If you don’t want to reap the fruits of sin stay out of the devil’s orchard.”
“To belittle is to be little.”
“Don’t let the littleness in others bring out the littleness in you.”
“God answers kneemail.”
“Try Jesus. If you don’t like Him, the devil will always take you.”


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Psalm 23 – Explained

Psalm 23 – Explained
Author - Unknown

This is an eye opener… Some probably
never thought nor looked at this Psalm in this way…
even though they say it over and over again.

The Lord is my Shepherd
            - That’s Relationship!

I shall not want
            - That’s Supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
            - That’s Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters.
            - That’s Refreshment!

He restoreth my soul
            - That’s Healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness.
            - That’s Guidance!

For His name sake
            - That’s Purpose!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
            - That’s Testing!

I will fear no evil.
            - That’s Protection!

For Thou art with me
            - That’s Faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me,
            - That’s Discipline!

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
            - That’s Hope!

Thou anointest my head with oil,
            - That’s Consecration!

My cup runneth over.
            - That’s Abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
            - That’s Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord.
            - That’s Security!

Forever!
            - That’s Eternity!


Friday, August 2, 2013

Did Jesus Use a Modem at the Sermon on the Mount

Did Jesus Use a Modem at the Sermon on the Mount
By: Ellis Bush

Did Jesus use a modem

At the Sermon on the Mount?

Did He ever try a broadcast fax

To send His message out?

Did the disciples carry beepers

As they went about their route?

Did Jesus use a modem

At the Sermon on the Mount?

Did Paul use a Laptop

With lots of RAM and ROM?

Were his letters posted on a BBS

At Paul.Rome.Com?

Did the man from Macedonia

Send an E-Mail saying “Come?”

Did Paul use a Laptop

With lots of RAM and ROM?

Did Moses use a Joystick

at the Parting of the Sea?

And a Satellite Guidance Tracking System

To show him where to be?

Did he write the law on tablets

Or are they really on CD?

Did Moses use a joystick

At the parting of the Sea?

Did Jesus really die for us

One day upon a tree?

Or was it just a hologram

Or technical wizardry?

Can you download the Live Action Video Clip

To play on your PC?

Did Jesus really die for us

One day upon a tree?

Have the wonders of this modern age

Made you question what is true?

How a single man in a simple time

Could offer life anew?

How a sinless life, a cruel death

then a glorious life again

Could offer more to a desperate world

Than the inventions of man?

If in your life, the voice of God

Is sometimes hard to hear.

With other voices calling

His doesn’t touch your ear.

Then set aside your laptop and modem

And all your fancy gear.

And open your Bible, open your heart

And let your Father draw you near.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pearly Gates


Pearly Gates

-Unknown
A man dies and goes to heaven. Of course, St. Peter meets him at the pearly gates. St. Peter says, “Here’s how it works. 

You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you’ve done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. 

When you reach 100 points, you get in.”
“Okay,” the man says, “I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart.”
“That’s wonderful,” says St. Peter, “that’s worth three points!”
“Three points?” he says. “Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithe and service.”
“Terrific!” says St. Peter, “that’s certainly worth a point.”
“One point? Golly. How about this: I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans.”
“Fantasic, that’s good for two more points,” he says.
“TWO POINTS!!” the man cries, “At this rate the only way I get into heaven is by the grace of God!”
“Come on in!”

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

“I KNEW you had to be of some relation.”

 “I KNEW you had to be of some relation.”
Author Unknown

One cold evening during the holiday season a little boy about six or seven years old was standing out in front of a store window. The little child had no shoes and his clothes were mere rags. A young woman passing by saw the little boy and could read the longing in his pale blue eyes. She took the child by the hand and led him into the store. There she bought him some new shoes and a complete suit of warm clothing.

They came back outside into the street and the woman said to the child, “Now you can go back home and have a very happy holiday.”

The little boy looked up at her and asked, “Are you God Ma’am?”

She smiled down at him and replied, “No son, I am just one of His children.”

The little boy then said, “I KNEW you had to be of some relation.”

Monday, July 29, 2013

Open the rose

Open the rose
by Vernie 
It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of GOD’s design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so sweetly,
When in my hands they fade and die.
If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of GOD’s design,
Then how can I think I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
So I’ll trust in Him for His leading
Each moment of every day.
I will look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.
The pathway that lies before me,
Only my heavenly Father knows.
I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

If Jesus came to your house

If Jesus came to your house
Unknown

If Jesus came to your house
To spend some time with you,
If He came unexpected,
I wonder what you’d do.

Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room
To such an honored guest
And all the food you’d give to Him
Would be the very best.

And you would keep assuring Him
You’re glad to have Him there–
That serving Him in your home
Is joy beyond compare.

But when you saw Him coming,
Would you meet Him at the door
With arms outstretched in welcome
To your heavenly visitor?

Or would you have to change your clothes
Before you let Him in
Or hide some magazines
And put the Bible where they’d been

Would you hide your worldly music
and put some hymn books out?
Could you let Jesus walk right
in, or would you rush about?

And I wonder – if the Saviour
spent a day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing, the
things you always do?

Would you go right on saying, the
things you always say?
Or would life for you continue
as it does from day to day?

Would you take Jesus with you
everywhere you go?
Or would you maybe change your
plans for just a day or so?

Would you be glad to have Him
meet your closest friends?
Or would you hope they stay away,
until His visit ends?

Would you be glad to have Him
stay forever on and on?
Or would you sigh with great
relief when He at last was gone?

It might be interesting to know,
the things that you would do,
If Jesus came in person, to spend
some time with you.

Fill me up



LORD FILL ME UP



"There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which CANNOT BE FILLED 

BY ANY CREATED THING, BUT ONLY BY GOD..." Blaise Pascal. "God's love has been 

POURED INTO OUR HEARTS through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us," 

Romans 5:5.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Amen.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

LIFE QUOTES BY DR. HENRY BRANDT

LIFE QUOTES BY DR. HENRY BRANDT

"The heart of the problem is a problem with the heart."

"You're just a prayer away from a change of heart."

"Finding relief in your problem is fine, but it will not cure the problem."

"My environment can give me relief from sin and tension, only the Lord can cure it."

"You can manage your sin, but that's not repentance."

"If it's sin, that's good news! Sin is the simplest thing in the world to deal with."

"There's no human remedy for sin."

"Jesus wants to give you peace."

"You would think that everyone would leap at the chance to get rid of sin. Not so. They want relief not a cure."

"Your walk with God does not depend on people, places, things or events."

"You don"t have a marriage problem, you have a sin problem."

"I am a victim of my own behavior."

"God's children have a limitless supply of the fruit of the Spirit."

"Biblical counseling is listening to a person long enough until you hear a violation of scripture."

"Anger is inside you, revealed by an outside source."

"What your soul needs is a check up."

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Vocation Prayer

Vocation Prayer

Gracious God, You have blessed me with many gifts and talents.

Grant me the wisdom to know how to best use them for the glory of Your Name.

Jesus calls, come follow Me.

I want to follow Him and be faithful to my call.

Help me to see in myself what you see, and give me the courage to follow wherever You may lead.

Bless the Church with generous hearts, eager to serve Your people and to spread Your Word.

Amen.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.

by an unknown author

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.

If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us.

We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!

I asked for Strength... and God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for Wisdom... and God gave me Problems to solve.

I asked for Prosperity... and God gave me Brain and Brawn to work.

I asked for Courage... and God gave me Danger to overcome.

I asked for Love... and God gave me Troubled people to help.

I asked for Favors... and God gave me Opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted ... I received everything I needed!

May God Bless You.

May God Bless you with unspeakable joy, not only in the world to come, but in this world also.

May your path be bright and full of light everywhere you go.

May God tell darkness that it must flee at your command.

And, I pray your feet will never stumble out of God's plan.

May the desires of your heart come true, And may you experience Peace in everything you do.

May Goodness, Kindness, and Mercy come your way.

And may you gain Wisdom and grow in the Lord everyday.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Greater than God

Greater than God

Here is a simple riddle.  

Only 17% of Stanford University Seniors got the right answer when asked.

What is greater than God,
More evil than the Devil,
The poor have it,
The rich need it,
If you eat it, you will die?
By the way, Jacob (age 7) got the correct answer. No pressure though!

Think about it (dont cheat) and then scroll down for the answer.

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The answer to the riddle is "nothing"