When I say that ‘I am a Christian’, I am not shouting that ‘I am clean living. I’m whispering ‘I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.’
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I don’t speak of this with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not trying to be strong. I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not bragging of success. I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not holier than thou, I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!
Today is Beautiful Christian Person’s Day.
Pretty is as Pretty does but, Beautiful is just plain Beautiful..
Be Blessed, Be a Blessing.
- fwd: janet dsouza
“Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don’t fall into the river.”
The little girl said: “No, Dad. You hold my hand.”
“What’s the difference?” Asked the puzzled father. “There’s a big difference,” replied the little girl.
In any relationship, the essence of trust is not in its bind, but in its bond. So hold the hand of the person whom you love rather than expecting them to hold yours….”
- fwd: basil massey
EVERY SEED OF POMEGRANATE IS A SEED OF LIFE FOR YOUR HEART!!!
Two things are full of benefits for the human being, lukewarm water and pomegranate.
I prepared a decoction boiling the fistful of dried seeds in half liter of water for 10 minutes, squeezed the seeds, strained the decoction and advised those patients suffering from painful angina to use a glass of lukewarm decoction on an empty stomach in the morning.
Amazing result was observed, the decoction of dried pomegranate seeds worked like a magic, the feelings of tightness and heaviness of chest and the pain had gone.
It encouraged me to try more experiments on all types of cardiac patients so I tried other experiments on patients who were suffering from painful angina, coronary arterial blockage, cardiac ischemia (insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle) etc., waiting for a bypass surgery. The same lukewarm decoction was used on an empty stomach in the morning. The patients experienced quick relief in all symptoms including painful condition.
In another case of coronary arterial blockage the patient started using half glass of fresh pomegranate juice every day for one year, although all symptoms were completely relieved within a week but he continued taking it for a whole year, it completely reversed the plaque build-up and unblocked his arteries to normal, the angiography report confirmed the evidence.
Thus decoction of dried pomegranate seeds, fresh pomegranate juice or eating a whole pomegranate on empty stomach in the morning proved to be a miracle cure for cardiac patients. But the lukewarm dried seeds decoction proved to be more effective compared to eating a whole pomegranate or fresh pomegranate juice.
Use of pomegranate in any way has demonstrated even more dramatic effects as blood thinner, pain killing properties for cardiac patients, lowers LDL (low-density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol) and raises the HDL (high-density lipoprotein or good cholesterol). There are more than 50 different types of heart diseases, the most common being coronary artery disease (CAD), which is the number one killer of both women and men in some countries, and there has been no medicinal cure for this disease.
Many cardiac patients have reversed their heart diseases on my advice using one glass of lukewarm decoction of pomegranate dried seeds, half glass of fresh pomegranate juice or eating a whole pomegranate on empty stomach in the morning. It was the very first real breakthrough in the history of cardiology to successfully treat the cardiac diseases by a fruit.
The more super foods to obtain the even faster results for cardiac patients which are most promising curative and protective agents like fresh raisins, quince, guava, prunes (dried plums), natural vinegar, mixture of grape fruit juice and honey in the morning (empty stomach), basil leaves, chicory leaves, powder of oregano leaves and rock salt in equal quantity (in case the patient is not hypertensive) and sesame oil as cooking oil for cardiac patients.
It is regretted to say that treating the heart patients and bypass surgery has become far more profitable business around the world which has failed to help avert life threatening heart attacks and life time cardiac complications resulting in almost paralyzed life. A regular use of pomegranate in any way ensures a healthy cardiac life, thinning your blood, dissolving the blood clots and obstruction inside the coronary arteries, maintains an optimal blood flow, supports a healthy blood pressure, prevents and reverses atherosclerosis. (Thickening of the internal lining of the blood vessels) from whatever I experienced and observed in last several years, I can say:
“A pomegranate a day keeps the cardiologist away” you can try and see the wonder.
- fwd: menino martis
Not only about the warm water after your meal, but about Heart Attacks. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating.
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid , it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon , this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
Common Symptoms Of Heart Attack….
A serious note about heart attacks – You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the hurting of left arm. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.
You may never have chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.
A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this message sends it to their friends, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life. It could save a life…
- fwd: ajoy gomes
The farmer replied, “There is a pond near my house that is full of frogs – millions of them. They all croak all night long and they are about to make me crazy!”
So the restaurant owner and the farmer made an agreement that the farmer would deliver frogs to the restaurant, five hundred at a time for the next several weeks. The first week, the farmer returned to the restaurant looking rather sheepish, with two scrawny little frogs.
The restaurant owner said, “Well… where are all the frogs?”
The farmer said, “I was mistaken. There were only these two frogs in the pond. But they sure were making a lot of noise!
Next time you hear somebody criticizing or making fun of you, remember, it’s probably just a couple of noisy frogs. Also remember that problems always seem bigger in the dark. Have you ever laid in your bed at night worrying about things which seem almost overwhelming like a million frogs croaking? Chances are pretty good that when the morning comes, and you take a closer look, you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)
- fwd: reuben tellis
A friend of mine told me a story about when he was a kid he was in the hospital and nearly dying. His grandmother came to the hospital and told a family member to go buy her a large onion and a new pair of white cotton socks.
She sliced the onion open then put a slice on the bottom of each of his feet and put the white cotton socks on him. In the morning when he awoke they removed the socks. The slices of onion were black and his fever was gone.
In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.
The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.
Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work.. (And no, she is not in the onion business.)
The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.
For flu cure:
Cut both ends off an onion put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar… placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs… sure enough it happened just like that… the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.
Onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
One more thing, never store cut onions and consume the next day.
- fwd: diago
TO THOSE OF US WHO ARE ALREADY THERE AND TO THOSE WHO WILL SOON BE THERE
The Secrets of Old Age
Before middle age – Do not fear!
After middle age – Do not regret!
Enjoy Your Life While You Can!
Do not wait till you cannot even walk just to be sorry and to regret.
As long as it is physically possible, visit places you wish to visit.
When there is an opportunity, get together with old classmates, old colleagues & old friends.
The gathering is not just about eating; it’s just that there is not much time left.
Money kept in the banks may not be really yours.
When it is time to spend, just spend, & treat yourself well as you’re getting old.
Whatever you feel like eating, just eat! It is most important to be happy.
Food which are good for health – eat often and more – but that is not everything.
Things which are not good for health – eat less but once in a while do not abstain from them totally.
Treat sickness with optimism. Whether you are poor or rich,
Everyone has to go through the birth, aging, sickness and death.
There is no exception, that’s life.
Do not be afraid or worried when you are sick.
Settle all the outstanding issues before hand and you will be able to leave without regret.
God handles your life & loves you,
but be in charge of your own moods
If worries can cure your sickness, then go ahead and worry.
If worries can prolong your life, then go ahead and worry.
If worries can exchange for happiness, then go ahead and worry.
Our kids will make their own fortune.
Look After Four Old Treasures
1. Your old body – pay more attention to health, you can only rely on yourself on this.
2. Retirement funds – money that you have earned, it is best to keep them yourself.
3. Your old companion – treasure every moment with your other half, one of you will leave first.
4. Your old friends – seize every opportunities to meet up with your friends.
Such opportunities will become rare as time goes by.
WITH FRIENDS, EVERYDAY YOU MUST LAUGH, DANCE & BE HAPPY !!!
Running water does not flow back.
So does life!
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT
- fwd: jacintha saldanha
Rumbared Bongeke, a famous gospel preacher, had a mobile tent which had a capacity to accommodate nearly 45000 people. Once he fixed his tent in one of the cities in Africa and made all the arrangements for a convention. But unfortunately, the previous evening came a heavy rain storm and the tent completely fell off. Everyone got disappointed and the organizers felt the convention would not take place. But Rumbared was not at all disappointed. He knelt down and prayed. To everyone’s surprise first time ever in his preaching ministry more than 75000 people attended the convention.
The incidents in the life of Rumbared and many others and our own lives makes it clear that we are people who fix limits for God’s works. Our big plans are very small in front of the plans of God for us. Only when our plans gets destroyed and our calculations go in vain we would understand the plan of God in our lives.
Most of the failings and crises in our lives are not meant for our destruction. But they really lead us to a greater goodness. If Rumbared were to rebuild the destroyed tent or if he were to postpone his preaching till the tent gets ready he would have missed the grace of God had for him and for many thousands people. Therefore, whenever your plans gets destroyed or your hard works do not yield desired fruits do not get panic or lose heart, but allow the Lord to work in you.
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God; who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28)
- by fr arun, logos retreat center
Once upon a time lived a cloud – that was grown up over a very beautiful country. One day, she saw another much bigger cloud and she felt so much envy, than the cloud decided that in order to get bigger and grow more, her water would never abandon her, and will never start raining again.
Indeed, the cloud grew up, while his country was getting dried. First, rivers dried up, then people, animals, plants, and finally, the whole country became a desert. The cloud did not care much, but she also did not realize that by being over a desert there was no place where she could obtain new water to keep growing. So slowly, the cloud began to lose size, and was unable to do anything to stop it .
The cloud then realized her mistake, and that her greed and selfishness were the cause of her vanishing; but just before evaporating, when she was just a sigh of cotton, there started blowing a gentle breeze. The cloud was so small and weighed so little that the wind took her far away, to a faraway beautiful country, where once again she recovered her original size.
Having learned this lesson, our cloud remained small and modest, but she became so generous when raining, that her new country became even greener, giving away to all people there the most beautiful rainbow in the world.
God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7).See More
- fwd: reuben tellis
- fwd: vc mathews
“He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.” -(Acts 18:24-25, 27-28).
Thoughts for Today
First thing that we need to understand when we analyze our personal spiritual arsenal is that every weapon with which we have been armed is from God. There are no exceptions. All of our gifts and abilities come to us by the grace of our Heavenly Father, and we are to use them in service to Him.
Now I realize that you’ve worked really hard at honing your intellect, or strengthening your physical abilities, or sharpening your public speaking skills, or developing a killer talent with creative writing, or whatever else you pride yourself on being great at. But once you start to trace the origins of your personal knacks and aptitudes, it doesn’t take long for God’s hand to clearly appear in the picture. He planted a seed in your mind or body, grew it daily by guiding your life in a certain direction, and brought it to fruition by mercifully preserving your faculties so that you could use this gift to His glory and in service to your neighbor.
That’s one type of weapon, and these God-given/God-grown abilities can certainly be useful in battling the unbelief that is so rampant in our dark world. But unless they are coupled with the Word of God and with the faith that is given to us through the Holy Spirit, they will never penetrate the enemy’s defenses.
The real armaments of God are undisputable gifts to us, given in mercy by the grace of a loving and caring Father. He has caused the Word of God our Sword of the Spirit, a weapon of keen power and flawless design to be passed down to us through many generations by the miracle of faith in every age. He has sent His Holy Spirit to stir up our hearts in faith toward Him, enabling us to use the many abilities we possess as munitions against Satan’s worldly onslaught.
Apollos was certainly a force to be reckoned with. He possessed a brilliant mind. He had been given a fine education. He was endowed with remarkable boldness, tremendous public speaking skills, and profound powers of persuasion. But even with all this, he would have been a useless drone if it weren’t for the other gifts of God: his knowledge of the Scriptures, his Christian upbringing and instruction, and the faith that grew out of this spiritual training.
Like Apollos, you have been given many personal abilities and gifts that could be used for a variety of worldly purposes. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; invest your energies first and foremost into study of the Scriptures, prayer, worship, and receiving the Word of God and His Sacraments. Witness the miracle as your own faith grows and is strengthened by God’s grace. Then all that you are and all that you possess will be transformed into a weapon of Divine Light as God uses your whole person in His service.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Our Loving Heavenly Father, I thank and praise You for the many gifts and abilities which You have bestowed upon me. I thank You most of all for the free gift of salvation through the faith that You have granted me by Your grace. Help me to use all that I have and all that I am in service to You, glorifying You for Your great mercy and serving those around me in love; Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen.”
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