Best way to resolve all conflicts

October 22, 2014 by admin  
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In this African tribe, when someone does something harmful, they take the person to the center of the village where the whole tribe comes and surrounds them.

person to the center of the village

For two days, they will say to the man all the good things that he has done.

The tribe believes that each human being comes into the world as a good. Each one of us only desiring safety, love, peace and happiness.

african tribes

But sometimes, in the pursuit of these things, people make mistakes.

The community sees those mistakes as a cry for help.

I am good

They unite then to lift him, to reconnect him with his true nature, to remind him who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth of which he had been temporarily disconnected: “I am good.”

- fwd: alfred

Faith to pursue the seemingly impossible

October 18, 2014 by admin  
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Faith brings things within the range of possibility.

An impossible attitude may say, “no more beyond,” but faith says, “there is more beyond”.
Sometimes we may feel that we have come to the end of the rope,
but it is never the end of our hope.

Until 1954, running a mile under 4 minutes was considered impossible.
But that year, Mr. Roger Bannister broke the barrier.

Mr. Roger Bannister

A year later in 1955, 37 others succeeded, and over 300 in the proceeding year.
Now the figure has shot upto 20,000!

Roosevelt, the former President of USA was confined to a wheel chair;
Milton was blind; and Beethoven was deaf.

President Roosevelt

But they showed us how to triumph over limitations.

A victim of arthritis, Hulda Crooks decided to learn mountaineering
on her 70th birthday and after rigorous exercise,
was able to climb Mount Fuji at the age of 95!

Hulda Crooks

Yes, all of us can definitely make some difference
with each day that the Lord gives us.

Of course, we should not assume that things will take care of themselves
or will be taken care of by others.
It takes time and practice to develop new habits.

Booker T. Washington said:
“success is to be measured not so much by the position
that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles
one has to overcome while trying to succeed.”

Success

It is said that strong faith leads to good attitude,
while vibrant faith sustains a person in times of crisis.

This means, we don’t have to define life by limitations,
but fill our thoughts with things that we CAN do.

Attitude

Suppose, we draw a line and write above it,
the things that we believe we can’t do,
and below it, the things we believe we can.

Such a line can be defined as the ‘line of limitation’.
If we desire to reach seemingly impossible goals, we have to raise the line.

Often our tendency is to bring down the line since we are reluctant to try.

When we try to do,
that which we once thought we cannot accomplish, the line is invariably raised.

We may also be tempted to bring down the line of limitation
when we face unexpected setbacks and failures.
However, we should persistently try to raise the line against all odds.

Against all odds

We must not allow frustration to rip us apart.
Failure is not a sign of weakness;
It brings opportunities to devise new ways of succeeding.

“Our focus must be on the goal, not on the failures “
We should put our mind around the limitless power of God.
Exaggerating difficulties affect the utilization of our talents.
We must focus on what we can do with what we have at hand.

The belief that we can’t do something is merely a rationalization for our unwillingness to take the risk.

Instead, we must live with positive expectation.
We will inevitably attract what we focus our mind on.

” Small steps of change in our attitude
can make a big impact in the long run “.

Thorough preparation for an upcoming event will enhance our capacity
to overcome fear and other obstacles.

We identify our strengths and maximize it.
We may have difficulties during the initial attempts.
But we will find that after awhile, they fade out.

” When God becomes ‘greater’,
the problems will appear to be smaller in comparison “.

Our God is Greater

Therefore, we need to learn to take a brief look at the problems and
a long look at the One Who is able to help us triumph over.

It is said that faith is to see the invisible.

If we are prepared to see the invisible (with the eyes of faith),
we will be able to make possible, the seemingly impossible.

- Dr George Samuel

Characteristics of a pharisee

October 15, 2014 by admin  
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One of the Characteristics of a Pharisee
Pharisees neglect their family responsibility in the name of religion

Jesus replied,
“And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?

For God said,
‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’

Pharisee

But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition (Matthew 15:3-6)

The Pharisees invalidated God’s commandment to honor parents by saying that a person need not support his needy parents if he had given his money in the temple treasury box.

Parents

Let the poor father be sick and die, because his “holy” son has given his money for missionary work.

A modern-day equivalent would be something like this:

The Pharisee would say to his wife,
“I have to go to the church meeting this evening. So I cannot help you with the work at home.”

Pharisee Ministry

Or he could be sitting with his bible in the morning, studying the tabernacle asking God to speak to him, while his wife is struggling to get the children ready for school, preparing breakfast or lunch for the family, and looking after a crying baby.
The Lord will be trying to tell this Pharisee,
“Shut your Bible, forget about your ‘tabernacle-study’ and go help your wife in the kitchen”!

But he cannot hear God, because his Pharisaical ears have become deaf to God’s voice.

Listen-to-God

A major part of our being spiritual is to take responsibility for any work that needs to be done at home.
“If a man does not care for his family needs, he is worse than an unbeliever”
(1 Timothy 5:8)

- fwd: samuel machado

The eagle who thought he was a chicken

October 13, 2014 by admin  
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A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.

Eagle chicken

All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat on his strong golden wings.

Eagle

The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbour. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we’re chickens.”

Eagle

So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.

Eagle

- fwd: allen johannes

7 warning signs of heart attack

October 9, 2014 by admin  
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Here are 7 signs that can be taken as warning and could help avert a catastrophic situation:

1. Discomfort in the Chest
Discomfort-in-the-ChestThe most common warning sign of a heart attack is the feeling of discomfort or heaviness in the chest.
This feeling could also be more of a burning sensation.
Any of these symptoms should not be taken lightly, and if it occurs more than once, you need to rush to your doctor.
If another person is complaining of the problem, chances are they have experienced the feeling before and are only expressing it now.
So, rush them to the nearest doctor or hospital immediately for a check up.

2. Shortness of Breath
Shortness-of-Breath

If your breathing gets heavy and the breath falls short even after a short walk, climb or other form of movement or exercise, it should be a huge cause of worry.
Even if this condition is not accompanied with chest discomfort, it should be taken as a warning sign.

3. Sweating
Sweating

Whilst sweating is inevitable in the scorching heat of May and June, excessive sweating even in cool conditions is uncalled for.
If you notice such sweating, consult a medical professional immediately.

4. Nausea
Nausea

Regularly feeling nauseous of dizzy could imply the onset of a heart attack.
Do not treat is callously as a sign of tiredness.
This could happen due to the artery getting blocked.
It could also display itself via excessive stress, fatigue after short spans of movement or exercise, or a feeling of weakness despite eating and sleeping well.

5. Numbness in Arms
Numbness in Arms

If your arms feel numb and seem to be drifting to the sides, heart problem may be the cause.

6. Unresponsiveness
Unresponsiveness

If certain parts of your body begin to stop responding, do not ignore the circumstance.
The affected parts may be the shoulders, arms or back of the neck.

7. Slurring while Speaking
SlurringDifficulty while speaking need not necessarily occur after a bout of drinking with the buddies.
It could be a graver situation than that! Inability to speak coherently could be the sign of a great attack.
If you think you are suffering this ask a friend or relative to help by asking them to understand what you are saying.
A heart attack can be avoided if the warning signs are read correctly and in time.
Seek medical aid immediately if one or more of the above symptoms are noticed.
They could be the result of a choked artery.

Even if heart attack is not the result, a check up should definitely not be avoided! Take care.

- fwd: v c mathews

Co-operating with the Holy Spirit

October 6, 2014 by admin  
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“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking.” (Ephesians 4:23 CEV)

Throughout the Bible, we see an important truth illustrated over and over:

The Holy Spirit releases his power the moment you take a step of faith.

Joshua

When Joshua was faced with an impassible barrier,
the flood waters of the Jordan River receded only
after the leaders stepped into the rushing current in obedience and faith.

joshua-and-the-elders

Obedience unlocks God’s power.

Don’t wait to feel powerful or confident.

Move ahead in your weakness, doing the right thing in spite of your fears and feelings.

Faith

This is how you cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and it is how your character develops.

Paul explains our three responsibilities in becoming like Christ:

First, we must choose to let go of old ways of acting.
“Everything connected with that old way of life has to go.

let-go

It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it!” (Ephesians 4:22 MSG)

Second, we must change the way we think.
“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking” (Ephesians 4:23 CEV).
The Bible says we are “transformed” by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).

Renew your mind

Third, we must put on the character of Christ by developing new, godly habits.
Your character is essentially the sum of your habits; it is how you habitually act.
The Bible says, “Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24 NIV).

Christ like

Talk About It
What God-directed action have you put off because you felt inadequate or weak?
What old habits do you need to do away with?

- fwd: vc mathews

Do you feel useful?

October 1, 2014 by admin  
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Ask a flower in the field:
‘Do you feel useful? After all, you do nothing but produce the same flowers over and over?’

Flowers

And the flower will answer:
‘I am beautiful, and beauty is my reason for living.’

Ask the river:
‘Do you feel useful, given that all you do is to keep flowing in the same direction?’

River

And the river will answer:
‘I’m not trying to be useful, I’m trying to be a river.’

Nothing in this world is useless in the eyes of God.
Not a leaf from a tree falls, not a hair from your head, not even an insect dies because it was of no use.

Everything has a reason to exist.

Purpose

Even you, the person asking the question. ‘I’m useless’ is the answer you give yourself.
Soon that answer will poison you and you will die while still alive, even though you still walk, eat, sleep and try to have a little fun whenever possible.

be-yourself

Don’t try to be useful.
Try to be yourself: that is enough, and that makes all the difference.

- Paulo Coelho

Strategies for getting promoted

September 30, 2014 by admin  
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Paul desired a career in the building industry.

Early in his career, he was working with a large ministry to help direct several of their construction projects.
As the projects were completed, Paul was asked to stay on for future projects.

To keep him busy he was given a number of jobs – one of which was cleaning toilets.
He recalls getting down on his knees each day and complaining to the Lord,
“Lord, I’m a college graduate!”

Praying

Discouraged, Paul told the Lord, “I will not leave here until You promote me.
Please give me contentment with my circumstance.”
Paul felt totally forgotten by God.

Left alone

A few months later, Paul received a phone call from a man in the Midwest
who owned five successful businesses who wanted to interview Paul for a job.

This came as a total surprise to Paul.

As he drove to the interview, he told the Lord,
“I only want your will in my life, nothing else.
I am content to remain obscure for the rest of my life if I have You.

You must override my lack of experience for me to get this job.”

Interveiw

The owner of the company asked Paul a surprising question:
“If I asked you to clean a toilet, what would you do?”

Paul sat there, stunned.
He wanted to burst out laughing.

Paul assured him that he would simply pick up a sponge and start cleaning.
Amazingly, Paul was hired even though other candidates were more qualified.

After several months of success Paul asked his boss why he hired him.
His boss replied, “Paul, I still have a large stack of applications from people who wanted this job.

Do you remember the first question I asked you in the interview?

I asked each one the same question.
You were the only one who said he would clean the toilet.

Cleaning

Paul, I am a wealthy man, but I grew up dirt poor.
I clean my own toilets at home.

I can’t have people running my businesses who are too proud to clean a toilet.”

Too Proud

” Sometimes God places us in situations
to see if we will be faithful in those
BEFORE He is willing to promote us to greater things

- fwd: v c mathews

His listening heart

September 27, 2014 by admin  
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One of my sons when he was little had an endearing habit of grabbing my face
so that I would look at him while he was talking.
I confess that as a busy mom I was often distracted and found myself half-listening to my talkative son
and this was his way of grabbing my attention and ensuring that I was focused on him.

Child

Even at such a young age, my son had a built in longing to be heard and understood,
to be loved and valued for who he was.

We all have a yearning deep in our soul to be heard and understood, love and valued for who we are.
Have you ever been talking on the phone with a friend when you get a little niggling doubt
that they might not really be listening to you?

It can be devastating to bear your soul, only to discover later in the conversation
that they haven’t even heard a word you’ve said.

Do you ever secretly wonder if God is the same way?

He’s got so much on His mind, demanding His attention,
how could He ever have time to listen to your concerns?

God

Does He really have the time to stop, bend down and listen to you?

Look at what Psalm 116:1-2 says,
“I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!”

This is God in relationship with us!
Drawing close.  Bending down.  Listening intently.   Loving fully.
Isn’t this the kind of God we’ve been searching for?

Just as a child longs to have his parent’s undivided attention,
our heart longs for God’s ever attentive love.
He made us this way.  He put within us this longing.

Listening

But so often we go away from Him and not towards Him.
We ignore the need of our heart and turn to other things to satisfy the deep longing of our soul.

Then because these things never completely satisfy us, we get disillusioned in our faith,
wonder if God even cares and question whether He is really listening or not.

come back

But amazingly He is listening and He is waiting for us to turn to Him.
And when we finally do He bends down and gently takes our face in His hands,
wipes the tears from our eyes and says,
“I’m listening, my child, what do need to tell me?”

- fwd: vc mathews

Prayer by Sir Francis Drake : Turn back to Jesus Christ

September 26, 2014 by admin  
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Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

close-to-the-shore

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,

We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

The Stars

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

Horizon

Amen

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