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Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon explains the historical

facts relating to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. The video explains where the

terms “West Bank”, “occupied territories” and “67 Borders” originated and how

they are incorrectly used and applied.

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Origin of the Name Palestine

Where did the name Palestine come from?

The name Palestine refers to a region of the eastern Mediterranean coast from the sea to the Jordan valley and from the southern Negev desert to the Galilee lake region in the north. The word itself derives from “Plesheth”, a name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English as “Philistine”. Plesheth, (root palash) was a general term meaning rolling or migratory. This referred to the Philistine’s invasion and conquest of the coast from the sea. The Philistines were not Arabs nor even Semites, they were most closely related to the Greeks originating from Asia Minor and Greek localities. They did not speak Arabic. They had no connection, ethnic, linguistic or historical with Arabia or Arabs.

The Philistines reached the southern coast of Israel in several waves. One group arrived in the pre-patriarchal period and settled south of Beersheba in Gerar where they came into conflict with Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael. Another group, coming from Crete after being repulsed from an attempted invasion of Egypt by Rameses III in 1194 BCE, seized the southern coastal area, where they founded five settlements (Gaza, Ascalon, Ashdod, Ekron and Gat). In the Persian and Greek periods, foreign settlers – chiefly from the Mediterranean islands – overran the Philistine districts.

From the fifth century BC, following the historian Herodotus, Greeks called the eastern coast of the Mediterranean “the Philistine Syria” using the Greek language form of the name. In AD 135, after putting down the Bar Kochba revolt, the second major Jewish revolt against Rome, the Emperor Hadrian wanted to blot out the name of the Roman “Provincia Judaea” and so renamed it “Provincia Syria Palaestina”, the Latin version of the Greek name and the first use of the name as an administrative unit. The name “Provincia Syria Palaestina” was later shortened to Palaestina, from which the modern, anglicized “Palestine” is derived.

This remained the situation until the end of the fourth century, when in the wake of a general imperial reorganization Palestine became three Palestines: First, Second, and Third. This configuration is believed to have persisted into the seventh century, the time of the Persian and Muslim conquests.

The Christian Crusaders employed the word Palestine to refer to the general region of the “three Palestines.” After the fall of the crusader kingdom, Palestine was no longer an official designation. The name, however, continued to be used informally for the lands on both sides of the Jordan River. The Ottoman Turks, who were non-Arabs but religious Muslims, ruled the area for 400 years (1517-1917). Under Ottoman rule, the Palestine region was attached administratively to the province of Damascus and ruled from Istanbul. The name Palestine was revived after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in World War I and applied to the territory in this region that was placed under the British Mandate for Palestine.

The name “Falastin” that Arabs today use for “Palestine” is not an Arabic name. It is the Arab pronunciation of the Roman “Palaestina”.

Quoting Golda Meir:

  • The British chose to call the land they mandated Palestine, and the Arabs picked it up as their nation’s supposed ancient name, though they couldn’t even pronounce it correctly and turned it into Falastin a fictional entity. [In an article by Sarah Honig, Jerusalem Post, November 25, 1995]

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There are Arabs who lived in Palestine, just as there were Jews. They were all “Palestinians”
in that sense. Yasser Arafat coined the term “Palestinians” for the Arabs who who emigrated
from Israel on recommendation of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, just
before they attacked the new nation of Israel. They were Arabs before they emigrated, and
they are still Arabs. They are not Palestinians. They are palestinian Arabs, just as the Jews
who live in the West Bank are Palestinian Jews. There are even Palestinian Christians.
All because in ancient times, the Roman legions have mandated that area, that is east of the
Mediterranean, as “Palestine”.  But, in truth, there is NO Palestinian people!
 
 



Rock Flowers

♥ “Thou hast shewed thy people hard things” (Psalms 60:3). ♥

bloom of rock flowers

I have always been glad that the Psalmist said to God that some things were hard.

There is no mistake about it; there are hard things in life.

Some beautiful pink flowers were given me this summer,

and as I took them I said, “What are they?”

And the answer came, “They are rock flowers; they grow and bloom

only on rocks where you can see no soil.”

Then  I thought of God’s flowers growing in hard places;

and I feel, somehow, that He may have a peculiar tenderness for

His “rock flowers” that He may not have for His lilies and roses.

♣ Margaret Bottome ♣

rock flowers growing in "character" in hard places

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The tests of life are to make, not break us.

Trouble may demolish a man’s business but build up his character.

The blow at the outward man may be the greatest blessing to the inner man.

If God, then, puts or permits anything hard in our lives,

be sure that the real peril, the real trouble, is what we shall lose if we flinch or rebel.

♠ Maltbie D. Babcock ♠

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  “Heroes are forged on anvils hot with pain,

And splendid courage comes but with the test.

Some natures ripen and some natures bloom

Only on blood-wet soil, some souls prove great

Only in moments dark with death or doom.”

by Mrs. Charles Cowman – Streams in the Desert

“God gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”


The Magnet and the Nail Family

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Objects:

1. A Magnet.

2. Young Children of the Nail Family—small, bright, shiny Nails.

3. Mr. Nail (father), large nail, a bit rusty—invisible string attached, concealing

large bottle under the table.

4. Mrs. Nail (mother) middle-size nail; invisible string attached concealing

deck of cards.

5. Big Brother Nail, tall, bright nail; invisible string attached, concealing

a filthy rag.

6. Bent, rusty Nail (Grandpa Nail).

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We have the NAIL family before us this morning, boys and girls.

See them here on the table!

They picture a good many families living all about us today.

And what is this? (Exhibit magnet.)

Someone says, “a MAGNET.”

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Yes, this is a magnet. It has drawing power. In John 12:32 the Lord Jesus said,

“And I, if I be lifted up will draw all men unto Me.” He was speaking of His death

on the cross, which would enable Him to draw men and women from sin unto

Himself as Saviour.

We will let the MAGNET picture the Lord Jesus/Yeshua.

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Lord & Savior Jesus/Yeshua_little children drawn to Him

Let us put the magnet in among the Nail family. See the bright, shiny nails fly

to it? These are the small children in the Nail family. Like many other small

children, they are eager to accept the Lord Jesus in their youth. (Eccl. 12:1.)

They gladly accept His loving invitation to the children, “Suffer the little children

to come unto Me and forbid them not.” — Luke 18:16.

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But what about the other members of the Nail family? Some seem unmoved,

while others make an attempt to come, but something seems to hold them back.

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father_an alcoholic

father_an alcoholic

Let us look at each one separately. This tall, strong looking nail, is Mr. Nail,

the father of the household. Surely, Mr. Nail, as the head of the house, should

accept the Lord Jesus as His Saviour. But no, he refuses to come, though he

does seem moved as the story of God’s love is presented to him. Something

seems to hold him back. Let us see what it is. (Beer Bottle in hand)

Ah—this tells the story.

Mr. Nail is bound down by a habit which seems to have the better of him.

This bottle tells not only of a habit, but of worldly friends and pleasures,

which are keeping him away from the church and the Lord.

Is there no hope for Mr. Nail?

Oh, yes, the Lord Jesus is able to break every fetter. He says, “Him that

cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” — John 6:37.

Now, see Mr. Nail cling to the magnet! Hear him sing:

“Other refuge have I none, Hangs my helpless soul on Thee.”

mother_addictive gambling vice

With Mr. Nail a Christian, he is anxious for Mrs. Nail and the other members

of the family to accept the Lord Jesus as Saviour. Mrs. Nail has surely seen

a change in Mr. Nail since he became a Christian, she would like to come to

the Lord Jesus, but something seems to be exerting an influence over her.

Let us see what it is … Why, attached to Mrs. Nail is a deck of cards.

So this is the reason Mrs. Nail will not put her trust in the Lord as her

Saviour — she loves the world and the pleasures of the world.

Finally she too, accepts the invitation of the Lord Jesus. She hears him say,

“Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

— Matt. 11:28.

What rest and peace she found in Christ—a peace that the world never knew

or offered.

grandpa_grumpy and bitter in sin

Another member of the Nail family is Grandpa.

This bent, rusty nail is Grandpa Nail. He is getting old, all of his life has been

lived for self, with practically no thought of God. He hears of the Lord Jesus

from his son and daughter-in-law, but it doesn’t seem to be for him.

He feels he has lived in sin too long. Again and again they tell him of Jesus’

love. His heart seems changing—he listens with more interest. Finally one

day as Mr. Nail repeated Romans 5:8, “For God commended His love toward

us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” — a joy filled his heart

and life as he exclaimed, “He died for me! He died for me!”

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With Grandpa Nail in the fold, there was only one other member of the family

left untouched by the Gospel. This was Big Brother Nail. Big Brother was a

Senior in college. He couldn’t understand what was happening to the family.

His mother and father tried to tell him, but he was always too busy, besides,

he said such things were “old fashioned.” How they all yearned over Big

Brother and longed to see him come to the Lord Jesus and accept Him as

Saviour.

big brother_insufferable conceited self-righteousness

This tall, bright looking nail is Big Brother. Let us see if we can find out why

he refuses to come to the Lord Jesus. Something seems to be preventing him

from even listening to the “Good News.”

Ah, see what is attached to Big Brother — a filthy rag!

What can this mean?

God’s Word says that self-righteousness is in His sight as “filthy rags,”

(Isa. 64:6). Big Brother feels that he has a righteousness of his own, and so

does not need a Saviour. But the prayers of the Nail family are not to go

unanswered. At last Big Brother is brought to realize that, “All have sinned

and come short of the glory of God.”— Romans 3:23.

He turns his back on his own righteousness, takes his place as a sinner in

need of  a Saviour. What rejoicing there was in the Nail household the day

that Big Brother came to the Lord. “Praise God from whom all blessings flow,”

they all sang that night as they gathered around the family altar.

What happened in the Nail family can happen in your family too, boys and girls.

The Lord Jesus longs to DRAW unto Himself those who know Him not.

“The Son of Man is come to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10),

and “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”—John 6:37.

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excerpted from “www.moreillustrations.com”

 Sermon Illustrations



Words of Wisdom

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:

a good understanding have all they that do His commandments:

His praise endureth for ever.

Psalms 111:10

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Proverbs 21 to 30   =  Counsel for Kings and Rulers

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“Self-Control” – a guarded mouth makes for a serene soul.

*He that is keeping his mouth and his tongue is keeping his soul

from distresses.*

Proverbs : 21:23

“Reputation” – choose a good name rather than great riches.

*A name is to be chosen rather than abundant riches; favor is better

than even silver and gold.*

Proverbs : 22:1

“Soberness” – red wine is colorful but calamitous.

*Do not look at wine when it exhibits a red color, when it gives off its

sparkle in the cup, [when] it goes with a slickness.

Proverbs : 23:31

“Counsel” – the sober judgment of a sane thinking group is more

reliable than your own opinion.

*For by skillful direction you will carry on your war,

and in the multitude of counselors there is salvation.*

Proverbs : 24:6

“Women” – better solitude on top of the house than sojourning in the

house with a nagging woman.

*Better is it to dwell upon a corner of a roof than with a contentious wife,

although in a house in common.*

Proverbs : 25:24

“Gossip” – fire goes out when fuel gives out; scandal stops when mouths are stopped.

*Where there is no wood the fire goes out, and where there is

no slanderer contention grows still.*

Proverbs : 26:20

“Tomorrow” – there is never a tomorrow, only today.

Get it done now, for now soon becomes then.

*Do not make your boast about the next day, for you do not know what a day will give birth to.*

Proverbs : 27:1

“Understanding” – rank does not guarantee an understanding heart.

*A leader that is in want of true discernment is also abundant in fraudulent practices,

but he that is hating unjust profit will prolong [his] days.*

Proverbs : 28:16

“Bribes” – seek justice and our land shall stand; accept bribes and it will fall.

*By justice a king makes a land keep standing, but a man out for bribes tears it down.*

Proverbs : 29:4

“Security” – a trust in Yahweh/Jehovah Almighty God in heavens above is the only safe soul armor.

*Every saying of God is refined. He is a shield to those taking refuge in him.*

Proverbs : 30:5

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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:

a good understanding have all they that do His commandments:

His praise endureth for ever.

Psalms 111:10

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Proverbs 1 to 10   =   Counsel for Young Men

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“Wise Up!” … Worship is the first step to wisdom.

*The fear of Jehovah/Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge.

Wisdom and discipline are what mere fools have despised.*

– Proverbs 1:7

“Walk Straight!” … The straight and narrow has the lowest accident rate.

*The purpose is that you may walk in the way of good people

and that the paths of the righteous ones you may keep.*

– Proverbs 2:20

“Directions” … Ask Almighty God Jehovah/Yahweh about everything;

He knows every road.

*In all your ways take notice of Him, and He Himself will make your paths straight.*

– Proverbs 3:6

“Watch Your Step!” … Every step molds your character; Step Well.

*Smooth out the course of your foot, and may all your own ways be firmly established.*

– Proverbs 4:26

“Listen” … to the voices of the sages and walk on straight paths set

by Lord God Almighty Jehovah/Yahweh from heavens above.

*For the ways of man are in front of the eyes of Jehovah, and He is contemplating all his tracks.*

Proverbs : 5:21

“Jehovah/Yahweh God’s Black List”

… pride, lies, murder, deceit, mischief, betrayal, discord.

There are six things that Jehovah does hate;

yes, seven are things detestable to his soul:

Lofty eyes, a false tongue, and hands that are shedding innocent blood,

a heart fabricating hurtful schemes, feet that are in a hurry to run to badness,

a false witness that launches forth lies,

and anyone sending forth contentions among brothers.*

– Proverbs 6: 16-19

“A Bad Woman” – read carefully and heed the warnings about

conniving loose immoral women.

*That is why I have come out to meet you, to look for your face, that I may find you.

With coverlets I have bedecked my divan, with many-colored things, linen of Egypt.

I have besprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.

Do come, let us drink our fill of love until the morning;

do let us enjoy each other with love expressions.

For the husband is not in his house; he has gone traveling on a way of some distance.

A bag of money he has taken in his hand.

On the day of the full moon he will come to his house.”

She has misled him by the abundance of her persuasiveness.

By the smoothness of her lips she seduces him.

All of a sudden he is going after her, like a bull that comes even to the slaughter,

and just as if fettered for the discipline of a foolish man,

until an arrow cleaves open his liver, just as a bird hastens into the trap,

and he has not known that it involves his very soul.

And now, O sons, listen to me and pay attention to the sayings of my mouth.

May your heart not turn aside to her ways.

Do not wander into her roadways.

For many are the ones she has caused to fall down slain,

and all those being killed by her are numerous.

The ways to She´ol her house is; they are descending to the interior rooms of death.*

Proverbs : 7:15-27

“Riches” … Rubies of wisdom commands the highest price on the market of character values.

*For wisdom is better than corals, and all other delights themselves

cannot be made equal to it.*

– Proverbs 8:11

“More Fun” … Nothing you ought NOT to do is ever more fun. Wait till you see what results.

*“Stolen waters themselves are sweet, and bread [eaten] in secrecy—it is pleasant.”

But he has not come to know that those impotent in death are there,

that those called in by her are in the low places of She´ol.*

– Proverbs 9:17-18

“Wanted! Silence” … wordy men seldom are wise men.

*In the abundance of words there does not fail to be transgression,

but the one keeping his lips in check is acting discreetly.*

– Proverbs 10:19

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Jerusalem of Gold

by Marty Goetz

The olive trees that stand in silence
Upon the hills of time
To hear the voices of the city
As bells of evening chime.

The shofar sounding from the Temple
To call the world to prayer
A shepherd pauses in the valley
And peace is everywhere.

Yerushalayim shel zahav
Ve-shel nehoshet ve-shel or
Ha-lo le-khol shirayikh
Ani kinnor.

The water well for those who thirsted
The ancient market square
Your golden sun that lights the future
For all men everywhere

How many songs, how many stories?
These stony hills we recall
Around her heart my city carries
A lonely ancient wall

Yerushalayim shel zahav
Ve-shel nehoshet ve-shel or
Ha-lo le-khol shirayikh
Ani kinnor.

My simple voice cannot acclaim thee
Too weak the words I choose
Jerusalem if I forget thee
May my right hand its cunning loose


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Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Forever new, yet forever old
My heart will sing your songs of glory, Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, O City with a heart of gold
My heart will sing your songs of glory, Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM OF GOLD

by Naomi Shemer

As clear as wine, the wind is flying
Among the dreamy pines
As evening light is slowly dying
And a lonely bell still chimes,
So many songs, so many stories
The stony hills recall …
Around her heart my city carries
A lonely ancient wall.

Yerushalaim all of gold
Yerushalaim, bronze and light
Within my heart I shall treasure
Your song and sight.

Alas, the dry wells and fountains,
Forgotten market-day
The sound of horn from Temple’s mountain
No longer calls to pray,
The rocky caves at night are haunted
By sounds of long ago
When we were going to the Jordan
By way of Jericho.

Yerushalaim all of gold
Yerushalaim, bronze and light
Within my heart I shall treasure
Your song and sight.

But when I come to count your praises
And sing Hallel to you
With pretty rhymes I dare not crown you
As other poets do,
Upon my lips is always burning
Your name, so dear, so old:
If I forget Yerushalaim
Of bronze and light and gold …

Yerushalaim all of gold
Yerushalaim, bronze and light
Within my heart I shall treasure
Your song and sight.

Back to the wells and to the fountains
Within the ancient walls
The sound of horn from Temple’s mountain
Again so loudly calls,
From rocky caves, this very morning
A thousand suns will glow
And we shall go down to the Jordan
By way of Jericho.

Yerushalaim all of gold
Yerushalaim, bronze and light
Within my heart I shall treasure
Your song and sight.



 

2011 FOOD CRISIS

Grain shortages, soaring prices, food riots Mar 2011’s beginning

Violent food riots in Iran, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco
and Mozambique and mounting protests in
India, Jordan, Indonesia and elsewhere at the very
outset of 2011 are alarming many government officials.
They fear extreme weather conditions that have wiped out
thousands of acres of crops in the world’s largest grain exporting
nations portend skyrocketing prices and widespread
uprisings throughout the world as the new year
begins.
In 2008, higher grain prices triggered food riots and
protests in nearly three dozen poor countries, including
Egypt, Indonesia, Mexico, Kenya, Somalia, Burkino Faso
and Cameroon. Philippe Chalmin, a French economic adviser,
said Jan. 6 that violence could especially flare this
spring because of a spike in cereal grain prices.
“I’m very concerned. … For the cereals, I expect very
strong tension around March, April. There are no more
stocks available with the large exporters,” Chalmin told the
Bloomberg news agency, which reported that corn prices
rose 52 percent and wheat prices 47 percent in Chicago last
year.
The Washington Post reported on Jan. 14: “The state of
emergency in Tunisia has economists worried that we may
be seeing the beginnings of a second wave of global food
riots. Battered by bad weather and increasing demand from
the developing world, the global food supply system is
buckling under the strain.”
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization
(FAO) announced that its food price index jumped 32 percent
to an all-time high in the second half of 2010, “surpassing
the previous record, set in the early summer of
2008, when deadly clashes over food broke out around the
world, from Haiti to Somalia,” the Post reported. “We are
entering a danger territory,” a top FAO official warned.

 

FOOD RIOTS IN ALGERIA

Algeria_Food Riots_Survival of the Fittest


Estimated corn reserves were cut to about half the level in
storage at the start of the 2010 harvest; soybean reserves
are at the lowest levels in three decades, and the ratio of
stocks to demand is expected to fall later this year to “levels
unseen since the mid-1970s,” msnbc.com reported Jan. 14.
“I haven’t seen numbers this low that I can remember in the
last 20 or 30 years,” Dennis Conley, a University of Nebraska
agricultural economist, told MSNBC. “We are at
record low stocks. So if there is any kind of glitch at all in
the U.S. weather, supplies are going to remain tighter, and
we might see even higher prices.”
Many mainstream news media outlets and economists
are starting to realize that massive grain shortages,
steeply rising food costs and worsening hunger in Third
World countries pose a grave threat to the global economy
and world peace.
These ominous end-time developments were predicted hundreds
of years ago in Bible prophecy and are coming to
pass with alarming speed! So far this year, corn is up 63
percent; wheat, 84 percent; soybeans, 24 percent; and
sugar, 55 percent in price!
As the Philadelphia Remnant recently forewarned regarding
the black horse of famine described in the Book of
Revelation: “The black horse symbolizes grain shortages,
steeply rising food costs and mass starvation, which is beginning
to accelerate as the black horse starts to gallop
throughout the world! … This scene described by the Apostle
John shows extreme inflation and severe grain
shortages. No longer will food costs be relatively inexpensive!”
(“The Black Horse Gallops,” September/October issue)
“The price of grains began to rise last fall after fires in Russia
wiped out hundreds of thousands of acres of grains and
heavy rain destroyed much of Canada’s wheat crop. The
problems were followed by hot, dry weather in Argentina
that devastated the soybean crop of the key exporter. This
month, floods in Australia destroyed much of the country’s
wheat crop,” the Washington Post reported. Much of the
Ukraine’s grain harvest also was eradicated by extreme
heat.
JP Morgan, a major investment bank, said Australian food
prices could rise as much as 30 percent in coming months
as a result of devastating floods in the Queensland region,
which is one of the world’s largest exporters of wheat and
sugar cane. Other grains, fruits and vegetables also have
been adversely impacted.
“The bank’s chief economist in Australia said 50 percent of
crops had been affected by the floods, with 20 percent
wiped out,” the BBC reported on Jan. 11. Flooding also
damaged crops in Pakistan last year.
In a Jan. 12 article, the Financial Times reported: “The
world has moved a step closer to a food price shock after
the U.S. government surprised traders by cutting stock
forecasts for key crops, sending corn and soybean prices to
their highest level in 30 months.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the nation’s
2010 corn stockpiles will fall to 745 million bushels or 18.9
million tons, the lowest since 1996. It predicted that global
corn production will plunge by 20.1 million tons, 17 percent
worse than expected in December.

ONION/POTATO VENDOR IN INDIA WITH SCALES

India_onion potato vendor with scales


U.S. soybean stockpiles may slide to
3.82 million tons before this year’s
harvest from 4.49 million tons estimated
last month and 4.1 million tons
last year, the USDA said. Global soybean
inventories were projected at
58.28 million tons before the next harvest
versus 60.1 million tons estimated
in December and 60.2 million tons a
year ago.
Meanwhile, soybean production in Argentina,
the world’s third-largest producer,
is forecast to fall 15 percent to
47 million tons this year because of
severe drought. India’s billion people
are seeing food prices rising at an annual
rate of 18 percent – with the steepest increases for
onions and potatoes, which have doubled in price.
“Some experts warned that the world could be on the verge
of a ‘nightmare scenario’ of cut throat competition for the
control of shrinking supplies,” the Telegraph reported on
Jan. 7, noting millions of the world’s poor must spend 80
per cent of their income on food. Adding 80 million people
a year, the world’s population is expected to soon exceed
seven billion. A sharp increase in prices could be catastrophic.
Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute president, told the
Telegraph: “The reality is that the world is only one poor
harvest away from chaos. We are so close to the edge that
politically destabilizing food prices could come at any
time.”
Brown said if a heat wave were to hit Chicago and the Midwest
(the U.S. breadbasket), like what scorched Moscow
and Russia’s crops last year, the U.S. harvest could slump
40 percent, spiraling prices “off the chart” and causing “the
global economy to start to unravel.” Such weather extremes
are increasing, he noted.
In the Jan. 10 issue of Foreign Policy, Brown observed: “In
France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, wheat yields
are no longer rising at all. These three countries together
account for roughly one-eighth of the world wheat harvest.”
He predicted the unrest in recent weeks is “just the beginning.

… It is … spreading food shortages and rising food
prices – and the political turmoil this would lead to – that
threatens our global future.”

Revelation 6:5-6 describes this frightening development
with graphic symbolism: “When He (Christ) opened the
third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come and
see.’ So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who
sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a
voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, ‘A
quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for
a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.’ ”

This scene shows extreme inflation and severe grain shortages.
No longer will food costs be relatively inexpensive!

Christ showed in the parable of the vineyard workers that a
denarius, a form of Roman currency, was a full day’s
wage! (Matthew 20:1-2)

The black horse symbolizes a time when a full day’s wage
will buy only about a quart of wheat and only three quarts
of barley for extremely expensive loaves of bread! No
longer will bread be abundant or inexpensive!
Look for global food shortages to become more acute,
prices to soar and tensions to escalate into violence in
2011 as hungry people turn desperate and Bible
prophecies are fulfilled in greater intensity!


excerpted from “Philadelphia Remnant Magazine January/February 2011”



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WHY IS “HUMILITY” AN INGREDIENT IN WISDOM?

  
 

Humility generates truth and objectivity.


Humility is freedom. Your personality expresses

itself in an organic, internally generated, and

more real way.


Humility is pleasure. Arrogance is pain.


Humility enables you to embrace others.


Humility deepens your relationship with God.


Until you know what you are willing to die for,

you have not yet begun to live.


 
 


If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!


*** Rudyard Kipling ***



“If one is patient in a moment of anger,

one would escape a hundred days of sorrow.”


“Anger of the mind is poison to the soul.”


“When a man is wrong and won’t admit it,
he always gets angry.”


There are severe consequences and ramifications if we let our self-control

run rampant; so we need to learn how to control the emotions of the flesh,

the weakness in every soul. Anger is detrimental to our emotional and

spiritual well-being and do remember that anger is a friendly “sister”

trait to the Devil.  If we let anger simmer inside of us every time that

we’re being provoked, intimidated, wrongly rebuked or accused or

even rightly reprimanded due to our own faults; and stop to think

rationally for a moment before we fly off the handle to fight back for

the sake of  perceived rightful justification, we are bound to overstep

into boundaries of no return and be on the precipice of doing something

that we’ll regret for a lifetime. So, cut off the wrong and bad attitudes

of pride, anger and rebellion and not let it take root for the Devil is

always waiting on the sidelines for opportunities and moves in

for the kill to plot our downfall and thus when we are so dispirited

with our failures in life, we’ll start to lose our faith in God.

Anger nullifies all the humility and love that personifies us as a loving

child of God.


“When you are caught in the heavy rains of anger,
open the umbrella of mind, take refuge under the
roof of reason!”


Do not turn into “HULK” all the time,
it doesn’t pay …in the end.


The price is too high for our loss of self-control; whatever situation we

find ourselves in, from bad habits to anger to lust to envy to fear and not

forgetting arrogance and pride, we should have a gauge to measure our

self-control always and it’s got to be kept at bay and checked because our

Almighty True God JEHOVAH in the heavens above is never pleased

with that and we’ll definitely be admonished and pruned in a manner

worthy in God’s eyes.


keziah

4th July 2010



comfort and shade under a Plane Tree


TWO TRAVELERS, worn out by the heat of the summer’s sun,

laid themselves down at noon under the wide spreading

branches of a Plane-Tree. As they rested under its shade,

one of the Travelers said to the other, “What a singularly

useless tree is the Plane! It bears no fruit, and is not

of the least service to man.”

The Plane-Tree, interrupting him, said, “You ungrateful

fellows! Do you, while receiving benefits from me and

resting under my shade, dare to describe me as useless,

and unprofitable?”



SOME MEN UNDERRATE THEIR BEST BLESSINGS!



a beautiful comfortable shady plane tree

MORAL :


DO NOT TAKE YOUR PARENTS FOR GRANTED

BLESSINGS FROM GOD WILL NOT BE ADDED

A FOOL ALWAYS COMPLAIN AND LAMENT

A WISE MAN IS MOSTLY THANKFUL AND CONTENT



BUSY: Being Under Satan’s Yoke?


The Devil’s Convention ….


Satan called a worldwide convention of demons.

In 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 savior.”

“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

Almighty God Jehovah and Jesus Christ, His Son.”


“This is what I want you to do,” said the devil: “Distract them from gaining

hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!

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

“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 at night.”

” Give them headaches too! “If they don’t give their husbands the love they

need, they will begin to look elsewhere; thus committing adultery!”

“That will fragment their families quickly!”

“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 earthly causes they have no time to seek

power from Jehovah God and His Son, Jesus Christ.”

“Let them be involved in soul-winning, but crowd their lives with so many causes

that they have no time to seek power from God and Christ. 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 devilish clever plan!

The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere

to get busier and more rushed, going here and there and everywhere.

Having little time for their God or their families.

Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.

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

You be the judge!!!!!

 

Does “BUSY” mean: Being Under Satan’s Yoke?


Satan’s goal is to take our minds away from Jehovah God and Jesus Christ

and steer us towards the cares of the world. God wants us to enjoy life,

but He must be our first priority in our lives.If we are too busy for the

One True God Jehovah and His Son, Jesus Christ, then we are too

busy being earthly busy. The Day of Wrath of Jehovah and Jesus Christ

Second Coming is upon the whole world; Wake Up and Pray Up and

not be lead away by Satan’s schemes and temptations or else we’ll have

to face the consequences with regrets and be written out of the

Book of LIFE and God’s Kingdom.


The HOUR is at HAND.


The Hour is at Hand



♠  ♣  ♥  ♦

♠  ♣  ♥  ♦

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn
not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest,
in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance
away.

♠  ♣  ♥  ♦

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the

third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they

had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe

what they had seen.


The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said no-it was covered with green buds and full
of promise.
The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with blossoms that
smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful
thing he had ever seen.
The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and
drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because
they had each seen but ONLY one season in the tree’s life. He told
them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season,
and that the essence of who they are – and the pleasure, joy, and
love that come from that life – can only be measured at the end,
when all the seasons are up.

α

If you give up when it’ s winter, you will miss the promise

of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of

your fall.

Ω


Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

Don’t judge life by one difficult season.

Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are

sure to come some time or later.


It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how things are in themselves.
The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
~ Carl Jung ~

wildflowers


Flowers often grow more beautifully on dung-hills than in gardens that look beautifully kept.
~ Saint Francis de Sales ~


 



 

 




Ω♣♥ PRIORITIES ♥♣Ω

α Ω α

William Gladstone (1809-1898) was England’s Prime Minister four times, and one

of the most important political figures of his era. He was also famous for being an

active Christian.

Every day as Gladstone went up the steps of the Parliament building, he bought

a newspaper from the same newsboy and said an encouraging word about how

Jesus loved him.

One day, as Gladstone and his secretary were going into Parliament, another

newsboy stopped them. “Hey, Mr. Gladstone, you know the bloke you usually

get’cher paper from?

Well, yesterday he was run over by a carriage and he’s going to die.

He wants you to come get him in.”

“What do you mean, ‘get him in’?” Gladstone asked.

“You know–get him in to Heaven.”

Gladstone’s secretary protested. “No, no, no, you don’t have time to go see

a newsboy! You know how important your speech today is. It could change

the course of history!”

Gladstone thought a moment, then said, “One immortal soul is worth more

than my speech in Parliament.”

So he went to the little garret where the newsboy lay dying.

Gladstone prayed with him to receive Jesus.

He “got him in”–and then the boy died.

By the time Gladstone made it back to Parliament, a heated discussion was

already under way. He gave his speech, and his side went on to win the vote.

Afterwards his secretary asked, “Sir, how could you have gone off like that

and almost miss making such an important speech?”

“The speech was a very important and good thing,” Gladstone replied, “

but getting that boy saved and into Heaven was a better, more important

thing!”

♦♦ * * * ♦♦

*David Brandt Berg*

♦♦ * * * ♦♦

To comprehend a man’s life, it is necessary to know not merely

what he does,  but also what he purposely leaves undone.

There is a limit to the work that can be got out of a human body

or a human brain, and he is a wise man who wastes no energy

on pursuits for which he is not fitted; and he still wiser who,

from among the things that he can do well, chooses and

resolutely follows the best.

** ♦ ♦ ♦ **

There is but one question of the hour:
How to bring the truth of God’s Word into vital contact with the
minds and hearts of all classes of people.

** ♦ ♦ ♦ **

♣ William E. Gladstone ♣



 

“Papa, look!” Someone had just given a six-year-old a string

of plastic pearls, and she was bubbling over

with excitement as she ran to show them to her father.

faux pearls
faux pearls

“These are beautiful,” her father said.

For a long, thoughtful moment he turned themover in his hand and

watched them shine in the light from the lamp next to his easy chair.

Then he asked, “Will you do something for me?

Will you give me these beads in exchange for

something I will give you tomorrow?”

“Have I ever asked you to do anything that wasn’t for your good?”

“What’s that?” asked the little girl.

“You’ll see tomorrow,” her father replied.

The little girl’s eyes betrayed her inward struggle.

“It’s up to you,” the father said. “You don’t have to make the trade just

because I am asking you to, but have I ever asked you

to do anything that wasn’t for your good?

Can you trust that I know best?”

It wasn’t easy, but the little girl handed the beads to her father.

He slipped them into his pocket, and gave her a big hug that said,

“I’m proud of you.”

The next day, the father gave the little girl a gift that was far

more beautiful and valuable

—a delicate gold chain with a genuine pearl pendant.

The little girl forgot all about the string of plastic pearls.

beautiful pearl pendant with gold chain
beautiful pearl pendant with gold chain

“I did this to teach you to trust the Father in Heaven,”

her father explained.

“Many times in your life,

He will ask you to give up something you want,

or to avoid something that to you looks good, and often

you won’t understand why.

But if you trust your heavenly Father as you have trusted me,

you will find that He always knows best.

When He asks you to give up some things,

it’s because He wants to give you much better things.”

In one of the parables that Jesus told,

He likened the Kingdom of Heaven to a pearl so rare,

so beautiful, and so costly that one man sold everything

he owned in order to buy that one pearl

(Matthew 13:45-46).

We can have a little bit of Heaven here and now,

but the gifts and treasures of the spirit come at a price.

To experience and enjoy the things of eternal value,

we have to make room for them;

we have to be willing to give up some of our “trinkets,”

the trivialities and fleeting pleasures of this life.

Jehovah God satisfies the hungry hearts with good things,

but the rich—those who are too busy or satisfied with other things

—He sends away empty

(Psalm 107:9; Luke 1:53).

Will you “sell” the things of this world in order to gain the true riches?



alone on each stalk but beautiful

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.

I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

Ω

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.

I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

Ω

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon

I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow; if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic; to remember the limitations of being human.

Ω

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.

I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

Ω

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

Ω

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here.

I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

Ω

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

Ω

♦ ♦ ******** ♦ ♦

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and

if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

contentment in just being alone

contentment in just being alone

by OriahMountainDreamer copyright © 1999 by Oriah Mountain Dreamer



Θ ∞ Θ

Ω

α

Morality may consist solely in the courage of making a choice and choices

made are acted upon the *free will* given by God above. Free will means God

does not force our conscience not our actions on any decision that we make.

Free will allows one to choose between being righteous and doing what is right

or being wicked and doing what is evil in the eyes of Almighty Jehovah God.

In life, there’s always two choices or two roads, righteous or evil which leads

to good or bad ramifications. This is the freedom of free will.

Two Roads

Choosing the one that is easy and smooth but wicked, no back breaking

effort to attain whatever your heart desires; a shortcut to everything

which is much much easier than virtue itself, will only bring one reward

and that is, the easy way, with no substance or anything of glory to shout

about and maybe even have to do time behind bars chained with irons of

sorrow and a lifetime full of regrets.

Two Choices

The other of good but harder road with it’s winding twist, bends and turns

will inevitably reward with the right results because this path taken is walked

with righteousness and peace with right thoughts and actions and the blessings

it brings, will be satisfying, self-gratifying and worthy of the Lord God Almighty.

You’ll have to face the consequences of your own acts and if your actions are

right and pure in God’s eyes and also that in your fellow man’s eyes, you’ll reap

good consequences; if not, you’ll suffer and sorrow terribly for it. Though, for

some, punishment may not be immediate but it follows on in your life and in

the lives of your son/sons and later generations to come. They’ll have to pay

the penalty for your sins.

It’s in the wise sayings of King Solomon, “You’ll reap what you sow.”

It’s the unchangeable laws of nature.

Sooner or later everyone sits down to their own banquet of consequences.

In other words, you can choose what you want to do, but you can’t choose

the consequences for your choices! So, act wisely and carefully, because

you are ultimately accountable to Jehovah God and also to Jesus Christ

in the end. You will reap what you sow into your life, whether you sow bad

and evil seeds or good and fruitful seeds. To each his or her own.

Henceforth, good trees will bear fruitful productive fruits while bad trees

yield rotten bad fruits; and so shall a man be defined by what flows out

from his heart through his words and thoughts.

To surmise this in brevity :

It’s the nature of life, you can never lose anything that really belongs

to you, because it’s what God has accounted and measured out to you

according to the seeds you sow; and you cannot keep whatever that

which belongs rightfully to someone else.

© Keziah – January 7 2009



∞ ∞ ∞
*** The Battle Within ***

Two Wolves


An old Cherokee describes an experience going on inside himself….

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.


One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity,
guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

menacing-and-evil-wolf

evil and menacing


The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness,
benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

gentle-and-good-wolf

good and gentle

This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:
“Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

*Author Unknown*



hermit meditating

A hermit was meditating by a river when a young man interrupted him.

“Master, I wish to become your disciple,” said the man.

“Why?” replied the hermit.

The young man thought for a moment. “Because I want to find God.”

The master jumped up, grabbed him by the scruff of his neck, dragged
him into the river, and plunged his head under water. After holding him
there for a minute, with him kicking and struggling to free himself,
the master finally pulled him up out of the river.

The young man coughed up water and gasped to get his breath.
When he eventually quieted down, the master spoke. “Tell me, what
did you want most of all when you were under water.”

“Air!” answered the man.

most-essential-element-for-survival
taken for granted, most essential life supporting element, *AIR* – provided by the only One True God JEHOVAH

“Very well,” said the master. “Go home and come back to me when you
want God as much as you just wanted air.”

*Author Unknown*


wisdom :

Seek GOD with earnestness and in all true honesty, and with every fibre of our being,

as in how we desperately seek the air that He provides for our survival for existence;

then and only then, we’ll find GOD and the only One True GOD, *JEHOVAH*,

will fill us up spiritually.



∞ The Two Seas ∞

Δ

Θ

galilee-sea_dead-sea

Ever visited Israel? If you did, then you know that Israel has two lakes. The one up

in the North is the Kinneret, also known as the sea of Galilee, because it is up in the

area called the Galilee. From this lake comes most of the water in the tiny state.

The ancient city of Tiberias, located on its shores, is today a flourishing city.

Here the delicious St. Peter’s fish is caught by the local fishermen and prized as a

delicacy.

 
 
sea-of-galilee
north sea of Galilee_life giving
 
 

From the Kinneret, the water is purified and pumped into large pipelines that bring

the life-giving water to the towns and cities all over the country. From the Kinneret,

the Jordan river winds it’s way down to the Dead Sea. It is much smaller now than

in the times of the Bible, but still enough to give life and green to the plants all along

it’s path.

dead-sea
south dead sea_death awaits

The second of Israel’s lakes is the Dead Sea. The dead sea is an area of desolation.

Even though the sweet waters of the Jordan flow into it, yet the salty mineral water

is too heavy to be diluted. No plants grow around the banks of the dead sea, and no

fish or plant life exist in the heavily salty waters. The salt concentrate is not like that

of the average oceans of the world. It is so great that when a bather walks into the

water, at a point approximately at his chest, the dense water lifts him up and he will

float. Indeed no one is able to swim in the water. The salt and mineral content is so

great that it burns the eyes and any open wound. After being in the water, a bather

must wash to cleanse himself from the salt and mineral residue.

What a contrast! Compare the life-giving water of the Kinneret in the North to the

deathly parched area around the Dead Sea.

α Ω

Yet we are told that this is similar to two basic types of people:

There is the giver, the person who gives generously whether of his time or his money.

And there is the taker, the person who only takes, and any giving on

his part is only in his own self interest, to promote more taking.

The giver, gives, and life grows around him.

The taker only takes and death is around him, nothing sprouts.


ζ

Yes, there are contributory rivers that flow into the Kinneret, but their waters are

not kept there, but distributed to other needy sources. The giver is the sustainer

of life. The Dead Sea is located in the lowest part of Israel and one of the lowest

parts of the world. The Dead Sea keeps all of it’s water to itself. Similarly, the taker,

only takes and keeps it only for himself. No one else benefits from him. Nothing is

lower that this.

Even from the geography of the Holy Land of Israel, we learn deep lessons on

how to conduct our lives. Let’s be a giver. Let’s concern ourselves with the other

person. Remember, even smiling at the next person is an act of giving. Let’s go

beyond our needs and see what we can do to help the next person.

by S. Wasserman


Thoughtless words can wound like a sword …

PROVERBS 12:18

He who guards his lips guards his life,

but he who so speaks rashly will come to ruin …

PROVERBS 13:3

Try your very best NOT to use destructive language

as it will hurt others as well as yourself;

so here are the “DIRTY THIRTY”

you should take great care to avoid!

*THE DIRTY THIRTY*

by Hal Urban

1.   Bragging

2.   Swearing and Other Gross-Out Language

3.   Gossip

4.   Angry Words

5.   Lies

6.   Mean-Spirited and Hurtful Words

7.   Judgmental Words

8.   Playing ‘poor me” — the Self-Pity Game

9.   Making Discouraging Remarks

10.  Embarrassing and Humiliating Others

11.  Excessive Fault-Finding and Criticism

12.  Complaining, Whining, Groaning, Moaning

13.  Rude and Inconsiderate Language

14.  Teasing

15.  Using Words to Manipulate Others

16.  Phony and Insincere Compliments, Flattery

17.  Ethnic and Racial Slurs

18.  Sexists Comments

19.  Age-related Put-downs

20.  Being Negative — Always Pointing Out What’s Wrong

21.  Threats

22.  Arguing

23.  Interrupting — Not Letting The Other Person Finish

24.  Playing ‘Trump” — Always Topping Someone Else’s Story

25.  Being a Know-It-All

26.  Sarcasm

27.  Yelling, Screaming

28.  Talking Down to People — Being Condescending

29.  Exaggerating, Blowing Things Out Of Proportion

30.  Blaming and Accusing Others



5 vital senses

5 vital senses .. all souls cannot do without

♥ ♥ ♥

In the seeing eye …

We stand in awe by the colorful splendor of God’s rainbows.

We are spellbound and breathless with the beauty of God’s sunsets

♥ ♥ ♥

In the hearing ear …

We resonate with the majestic crashing waves against the shore.

We lull and soothe to the sweet refrains of the melodious harp

♥ ♥ ♥

With the tasting mouth …

We are satisfied with palatable food; given as a gift from God above. 

We are understood from the words put forth in honesty and kindness.

♥ ♥ ♥

In the feeling of the hand …

We feel the textures of the earth and the clear power of water.

We touch with the give and take from the expressions of love.

♥ ♥ ♥

From the smelling of the nose …

We gravitate towards the aroma of succulent food and juicy fruits.

We are intoxicated with the perfumed notes of flowers in a bottle.

♥ ♥ ♥

Moral :

Do not take these for granted, for our five vital senses are deemed the utmost precious gifts,

for one cannot do without the other.

It should be counted and prized the highest or else if one is handicapped;

it’s deemed as one momentous casualty.

© keziah boey 12th August, 2008



δ

Yesterday_Tomorrow_Today

There are two days in every week that we should not worry about,
two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One is Yesterday, with its mistakes and cares,
its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
Yesterday has passed, forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday.
We cannot undo a single act we performed.
Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said
Yesterday is gone!

Yesterday's Gone
Yesterday’s Gone But YOU CAN LEARN FROM IT ..

The other day we shouldn’t worry about is Tomorrow,
with its impossible adversaries, its burden,
its hopeful promise and poor performance.
Tomorrow is beyond our control.

Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendor or
behind a mask of clouds – but it will rise.
And until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow,
for it is yet unborn.

Tomorrow's Beyond Control But GOD IS IN FULL CONTROL
Tomorrow’s Beyond Control but GOD IS IN FULL CONTROL ..

This leaves only one day – Today.
Any person can fight the battles of just one day.
It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday
and tomorrow that we break down.

It is not the experience of today that drives people
mad – it is the remorse of bitterness for something
which happened yesterday, and the dread of
what tomorrow may bring.

today, live it!
Today, LIVE IT THE BEST WAY YOU CAN ..

Make TODAY the best day it can be, and let us,

therefore,


Live our lives

whichever Best way we can;

one day at a time.

δ

~Author Unknown~



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“From dust we are formed and so to dust shall we return;
Yet we prolong our fate of death for it is everlasting life we yearn.”

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Adam and Eve banished by God from Garden of Eden

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Humanity suffers eternal damnation from sins of Adam and Eve; a bad decision

on account of the influential sweet-talking-promising-the-world Devil aka Satan.

Eve’s weakness on juicy temptations clearly signifies how we as humans make

poor judgment most of the time and suffer the ramifications of our choice for

a long time. Men must always remember and take note also that women are

powerfully innocent creatures by subtle ways of influence because Eve by

persuasion alone has gotten Adam to sin as well with a forever-stuck-proof

of an “Adam’s apple” and eternally laboring for needs and wants.

By disobeying God and listening to smooth-oiled words of Satan, they chose

the tree of knowledge rather than the tree of life and humanity has been

sweating and toiling their fruits of disobedience till now and still will

go on infinitely. The irony of it is that mankind with their expansive

knowledge haven’t a clue where the elixir of eternal life lies; they with

their arrogant ways attempt and endeavor on all sorts of variety of cures

of magical wonder drug to delay and prolong a mortal soul; which in fact

God had already set in motion a plan to grant humans an everlasting life

to begin with. This was a gift given freely by God Himself when He first

created Mankind. And that gift had charred and went up in smoke; just

by two souls who weren’t strong enough to resist temptation and their

disobedience to God’s commands.

So, at the end of everyone’s journey on earth, one still die and sleep in

one’s grave till ‘the way to eternal life’ Jesus Christ comes the

second time around. When we die, our body and soul dies in sleep

but our spirit is taken back by God. Some of us will be resurrected

to everlasting immortal life and some will be to eternal damnation

and extermination, come God’s judgment day; that is the

Day of Jehovah, the Day of the Wrath of GOD.

There is life following death after all, and that is the transformation

from a mortal and bodily soul to an immortal spiritual one on condition

that we accept Jesus Christ as our Messiah and also acknowledging

him as the son of God. Jesus is the only one and true way, the elixir

of life to Jehovah God and without him as our redeemer, mankind

and their unrepentant evil wicked ways will cease to exist.

We cannot be reconciled with God if not for the intervention of Jesus

on our behalf; a Mediator and Savior for our lives.

I am the Light and the Way to GOD and Eternal Life

I am the Light and the Way to GOD and Eternal Life ...

“BELIEVE IN ME AND ALSO BELIEVE IN HIM WHO SENT ME;

FOR YOU SHALL GAIN EVERLASTING LIFE.

ANYONE THIRSTING, COME FOLLOW ME

AND I SHALL TAKE YOU TO MY FATHER’S HOUSE

AND TO THE RIVER OF WATER OF LIFE

FOR IT IS FREE TO ANYONE WHO WISHES TO DRINK FROM IT.”

© keziah boey 13th June 2008



DO IT ANYWAY

THE PARADOXICAL COMMANDMENTS

by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.

Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down

by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.

Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.

Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.

Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you have anyway.

If you find happiness and serenity they may be jealous;

Be Happy anyway.

You see in the end the final analysis, its between YOU and GOD;

It was never between YOU and THEM Anyway!



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