Gold wrapping paper

March 2, 2015 by admin  
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gift wrapThe story goes that some time ago a mother punished her five year old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and she became even more upset when the child used the gold paper to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her mother the next morning and then said, ‘This is for you, Momma.’

The mother was embarrassed by her earlier over reaction, but her anger flared again when she opened the box and found it was empty. She spoke to her daughter in a harsh manner.

‘Don’t you know, young lady, when you give someone a present there’s supposed to be something inside the package?’

little girlShe had tears in her eyes and said, ‘Oh, Momma, it’s not empty! I blew kisses into it until it was full.’

The mother was crushed. She fell on her knees and put her arms around her little girl, and she begged her forgiveness for her thoughtless anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later, and it is told that the mother kept that gold box by her bed for all the years of her life.

Whenever she was discouraged or faced difficult problems she would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us, as human beings, have been given a Golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family and friends… There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

As you can see, Friends are like angels who lift us to our feet, when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

- bg koshy / george e mathew

How will You help fulfill the great commission?

February 27, 2015 by admin  
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“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

jesus ascension

You have a mission; we all do.
When we become a part of God’s family, our mission is given to us by God himself:
to help others join that family, too.
Since God loves everyone, there is no one in the entire world he doesn’t want to be in his family.

jesus in the family

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV).

When Jesus tells the Church to go to “all nations,”
he isn’t talking about countries; he’s talking about people groups.
He tells us to go to every people group and make disciples.

make disciples

Today, there are 13,000 people groups in the world;
6,350 of those people groups have churches among them,
but less than 2 percent of the population is Christian.
Christianity has spread to every major language group in the world.

Yet there are 3,800 people groups that,
2,000 years after Jesus’ death on the cross,
still have no church in their language. Why?

We simply don’t care enough.
We’re too busy with our own lives to care about people who are dying spiritually.
Instead of telling those 3,800 people groups about the love of Jesus,
we tell them by default to “go to Hell.”

Certainly, it’s a huge task. God’s mission is global.
But it’s not mission impossible; it’s mission inevitable.
The Great Commission will be fulfilled. It’s a certainty.

In fact, the Bible gives us a picture of its fulfillment in Revelation 7:9:
“There before me was a great multitude that no one could count,
from every nation, tribe, people and language,
standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”

Revelation

One day there will be people from every language group in the world standing before the throne of Jesus.
The only question for us is this:
Will our generation be the ones to do it?
Or will we give up our responsibility and pass it on to someone else?

Will another generation be the ones
who get the privilege of fulfilling God’s great mission
that he created the whole universe for in the first place?

- fwd: v c mathews

Don’t fight temptation. Flee it!

February 22, 2015 by admin  
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“Be alert. Continue strong in the faith.
Have courage, and be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13 NCV)

temptations

Many people are intimidated by the fact that they are tempted,
like they shouldn’t even be in that situation or that they should be able to control it.
But you shouldn’t feel guilty about temptation.

It’s not a sin to be tempted.
It’s a sin to give in to temptation.

The Bible says that Jesus experienced every temptation known to man, but he didn’t sin.
Temptation is not a sin.
It’s how you respond to it that matters.

be alert

The Bible says we need to flee temptation:
“Be alert. Continue strong in the faith.
Have courage, and be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13 NCV).
To “be alert” means to know what tempts you so that you can stay away from it.

There are two things you need to stay away from:
tempting situations (circumstances)
and tempting associations (people who tempt you).

stay away

John Baker, says,
“You hang around the barber shop long enough, you’re going to get a haircut.”
It’s true!
If you have a problem with alcohol, you don’t go to the bar to eat a sandwich.
You stay away from it.

You need to know
what tempts you,
when it tempts you,
where it tempts you,
who tempts you, and then just stay away from those situations and people.

If you get tempted in airport bookstores, don’t go to airport bookstores.
If you get tempted by a certain channel, don’t have that channel on your TV.

We have parental block on our TV, and the youngest person in our house is my wife, Kay.

temptation

We don’t have kids at home any more,
but I don’t want to even risk going through channels
and stumbling upon something I don’t need to see.

You also need to avoid tempting associations.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:33,
“Do not be fooled. ‘Bad companions ruin good character’” (TEV).

bad company

There are some people you need to stop relating to.
There may be some friends who maybe should not be your friends,
because it’s always easier for them to pull you down than for you to pull them up.

If they’re leading you away from Christ, they’re not friends.
Bad company corrupts good character.

So what should you do if you try to avoid those tempting circumstances
and people but still find yourself in a sticky situation?

Get out! Don’t just walk away — run!
You don’t fight it; you flee it.
And you go after the good stuff in life instead.

- fwd: v c mathews

Message For all 40+ & 50+ people…

February 20, 2015 by admin  
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WHERE YOUR LIFE STANDS
HERE ON EARTH…..
IT IS LIKE NOON IN YOUR LIFE…..

Because none of us have many more years to live, optimistically we are in mid life or 2nd half of life & we can’t take along anything when we go…

MoneySpend the money that should be spent,
enjoy what should be enjoyed, donate what you are able to donate,
but don’t leave all/much to your children or grandchildren, for you don’t want them to become parasites who may be waiting for the day you will die!!

Don’t worry about what will happen after we are gone,
because when we return to dust, we will feel nothing about praises or criticisms. The time to enjoy the worldly life and your hard earned wealth will be over !!!

Don’t worry too much about your children, for children will have  their own destiny & should find their own way….

childrens-slaveDon’t be your children’s slave.
Care for them, love them, give them gifts, but also enjoy your moments…. Enjoy your money while you can.

Life should have more to it than working from the cradle to the grave!!

40-year old like you, don’t trade in your health for wealth by working yourself to an early grave anymore.
Becoz, your money may not be able to buy your health…

When to stop making money?
Or how much is enough….lakhs, crores, million, ten million…???

Out of thousand hectares of good farm land, you can consume only three quarts (of rice) daily;
Out of a thousand mansions, you only need eight square meters of space to rest at night.

One day passes without happiness, you will lose one day.
One day passes with happiness,
& then you gain one day.

in-good-spiritIn good spirit,
sickness will cure…
In a happy spirit,
sickness will cure faster..
In high & happy spirits;
sickness will never come…

Above all, learn to cherish the goodness around… and FRIENDS… They all make you feel young & “wanted”…..Without them, you are
surely to feel lost !!

Stress means the gap between expectations & reality.
More the gap, more the stress.
Expect nothing
& accept everything….

Don’t believe in Tit for Tat rule…
because we can’t bite a dog who has bitten us…so don’t spoil our level just to teach others…..

Moral……
“Think twice..Act wise..”

Learn to “LET GO”….
Because You cannot have the next breath until you let go the existing one….

- fwd: vathan shettigar

Books of the Bible: A Story

February 19, 2015 by admin  
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I went to Genesis Hotels through Exodus road.
On the way, i saw Leviticus recording the Numbers of people at Deuteronomy,
while Joshua was waiting at the beautiful gate for Judges
to see Ruth calling loudly “Samuel, Samuel“.

Bible Teachings

At a stage, the, first and second Kings of Chronicles were coming to
visit Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther for the misfortune of Job their brother.

Then they noticed that Mr. Psalms was teaching his children Proverbs
concerning Ecclesiastes and Songs of Solomon.

This coincided with the period that Isaiah and Jeremiah were engaged
in Lamentation for Ezekiel and Daniel their friend.

Bible

By that time, Amos and Obadiah were not around.

Three days later, Hosea, Joel and Jonah traveled in the same ship with Micah and Nahum to Jerusalem.

Habakkuk then visited Zephaniah who introduced him to Haggai a friend of Zechariah whose cousin is Malachi.

Immediately after the old tradition, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John got involved in Acts with the Romans
who were behaving like the Corinthians, who were also always at loggerhead with the Galatians.

Bible

At that time too, the Ephesians realizing that the Philippians were close to the Colossians,
suggested to the Thessalonians that they should first of all see Timothy
who had gone to the house of Titus to teach Philemon his younger brother how to read and write in Hebrew.

On hearing this, James asked Peter to explain to him how the three Johns have disclosed to Jude the Revelation of my journey.

- fwd: basil / vathan shettigar

Louis Armstrong: A true story

February 16, 2015 by admin  
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louis armstrong as a childA Grandson of slaves, a boy was born in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans known as the “Back of Town. His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant, His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his sister had to live with their grandmother.

Early in life he proved to be gifted for music and with three other kids he sang in the streets of New Orleans . His first gains were the coins that were thrown to them.

A Jewish family, Karnofsky, who immigrated from Lithuania to the USA had pity for the 7-year-old boy and brought him into their home. Initially given ‘work’ in the house, to feed this hungry child. There he remained and slept in this Jewish families home where, for the first time in his life he was treated with kindness and tenderness.

louis armstrong as a childWhen he went to bed, Mrs. Karnovsky sang him a Russian Lullaby that he would sing with her. Later, he learned to sing and play several Russian and Jewish songs. Over time, this boy became the adopted son of this family.

The Karnofskys gave him money to buy his first trumpet; as was the custom in the Jewish families. They sincerely admired his musical talent. Later, when he became professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish melodies in compositions, such as St. James Infirmary and Go Down Moses.

The little black boy grew up and wrote a book about this Jewish family who had adopted him in 1907. In memory of this family and until the end of his life, he wore a star of David and said that in this family he had learned “how to live real life and determination.”

Louis Armstrong

This little boy was called Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Louis Armstrong proudly spoke fluent Yiddish.

- fwd: lalita joshua

Let’s teach our children

February 4, 2015 by admin  
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“I (God) will instruct them, so they will learn always to reverence me,
and so that they can teach my laws to their children” (Deuteronomy 4:10).

I was staying with two of my granddaughters.
We agreed it wasn’t babysitting anymore because after all they were six and eight years old now.

They were having a bedtime snack when I noticed a Bible verse on the fridge door.
“Is this your memory verse for this week?” I asked.

Verse of the week

“Yes,” one of them replied, “but I don’t memorize it until Saturday night, so I won’t forget it.”
“It says, ‘God has created us to do good works.’

God created us

What does good works mean to you?” I asked.
“How do you do good works?”
I was surprised at how eager they were to discuss the question and ready with answers.
“Worship God,” said Mercedes.

Worship God

“Yes, you are right, but how do you do good works at home,
with your mom and sister?” “Be kind, share.”

Be Kind

It was exciting to hear them answer these questions.
And then we all prayed and asked God to help us do “good works.”

Good works

How encouraging!
I could tell they were accustomed to having talks about Bible verses and praying.

Their mother has been faithfully teaching them.
Five generations (maybe more) of Christian parents in our families
have been and are teaching their children to follow and obey God.

Teaching the Bible

It is good to think ahead.
A parent (or grandparent) not only teaches their child to love and obey God for their own benefits,
but because they in turn will influence future generations.

What you teach your children today will be passed on to many others.
God’s Word will bear fruit.

- fwd: v c mathews

Sir Winston Churchill: Whisky

February 2, 2015 by admin  
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Sir Winston Churchill was once asked about his position on whisky.

Sir Winston Churchill

Here’s how he answered:

Whiskey“If you mean whisky, the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children;

if you mean that evil drink that topples men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fiber of my being.”

“However, if by whisky you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the elixir of life, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes;

WhiskeyIf you mean good cheer, the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning;

If you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget life’s great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow;

If you mean that drink the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of pounds each year, that provides tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities, and community colleges in this nation… then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favour of it..!!!”

This is my position, and as always, I refuse to compromise on matters.”

- fwd: bg koshy

Are you BUSY?

January 28, 2015 by admin  
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Satan called a worldwide convention of demons.

BusyIn his opening address he said,
“We can’t keep Christians from going to church.”
“We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.”
“We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their saviour.”

“Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”
“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, BUT steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ..”

“This is what I want you to do,” said the devil:
“Distract them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!”

“How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.

Busy“Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered.

“Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow.”

“Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.”

“Keep them from spending time with their children.”

“As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!”

“Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice.”

“Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive.” To keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly.”

“This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”

“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.”

“Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.”

“Invade their driving moments with billboards.”

Busy“Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes..”

“Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives. “

“Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands”

“That will fragment their families quickly!”

“Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas.”

“Give them an Easter bunny so they won’t talk about his resurrection and power over sin and death.”

“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.”

“Have them return from their recreation exhausted.”

“Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.”

“Keep them busy, busy, busy!”

“And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences.”

“Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus.”

“Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause.”

“It will work!”
“It will work!”

It was quite a plan!

The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there.

Having little time for their God or their families and friends.
Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.

WHATEVER THEY DO, DO NOT LET THEM SHARE THE GOSPEL WE WILL HAVE MORE WORK TO DO IF THEY EVANGELIZE…

Busy

I guess the question is, has the devil been successful in his schemes?

You be the judge!!!!!

Does “BUSY” mean : B-eing U-nder S-atan’s Y-oke?

- fwd: vathan shettigar

10 One liners about India that are completely true!

January 26, 2015 by admin  
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1. If you want to know how divided we are, just look at matrimonial page of our newspaper!

2. India is running the software of tomorrow on the hardware of yesterday!

India

4. If the mobile gets spoiled blame the child, if child gets spoiled blame the mobile!

5. If someone asks for dirty cloth to clean something you are in India!

dirty-colth

6. The only country where people fight to be termed ‘backward’!

7. In India, you don’t cast your vote, you vote your caste!

Vote

8. An incredible country where actors are playing cricket,  cricketers are playing politics, politicians are watching porn and porn stars are becoming actors!- vicious circle indeed!

9. Sarcasm is like electricity, half of India doesn’t get it!

no electricity

10. And the ultimate one:

Where liking a Facebook post and sending messages on WhatsApp gets you arrested, while raping does not!

- fwd: kenneth d’sa

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