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 October 2013

 Fruit bearing disciples…

Peter D Joseph

“No parking” sign board warns the driver to park in the allotted area not in other places.  It is basically to provide information to the people.  In turn, people have to read the sign carefully, understand, accept and follow accordingly.

Jesus used parables as a sign board to convey a point to the listeners in the gospel.  Mark usually pitches the parable at the correct spot to attract the readers towards a point.  In this line, he has inserted a seed parable in a correct spot.  After Jesus ministry preparation, Mark highlighted two important things to be adopted in a disciple’s life: “word of God” and ‘faith’ which runs through the Chapter.4.  The theme of the chapter is listening to the word of God that enriches a little faith.

In Mark 4:1-12, Jesus compared the word of God with a seed that is diffused in the soil by the farmer.  The seed falls on four different types of soils, namely; pathway, rocky soil, thorny place and good soil.   Each soil has its own nature and outcome.  The pathway seeds are taken by the bird which is compared with a devil who has taken away the word immediately.  The rocky soil has no moisture or depth, so it grows up for a short time.  In the thorny soil the seed grows, but the thorny plant chokes it and stops the growth.  The thorny is compared with worldly pleasure, worries and wealth chokes the growth.  The good soil bears fruit in thirty, Sixty and One hundred.

The four soils are four different types of heart / Person:

  1.  Careless Person (Pathway): A person, who listens to God’s word but has no proper understanding to accept it.  This is the person who doesn’t have a longing heart to receive God’s word or understanding God’s word.  The devil play a spoilsport to remove it immediately
  1. Callous person (Rocky path):  A person, who listens to God’s word, but lack of understanding as well as there is no depth in the heart to accept it.  There is no growth due to lack of strength to withstand troubles and persecution comes because of the word.
  1. Confusing person (thorny Path):   A person, who listens, receives, accepts and understands God’s word but choked by the worries of the world, deceitfulness of wealth and desires of others which confuses him to grow spiritually.
  1. Confident Person (Good Soil): A person, who listens, receives, accepts, understands God’s word and also bears fruit.  This person has a confidence on God’s word and also allows His word to dwell in His life instead of worldly things.

As a listener, we have to have hunger for His word, receive the word in our hearts and allows to grow in depth, sprout upward and reveal our faith to the world and bear fruits in spite of difficulties, persecution, worries and fear of the future which is the evidence of our spiritual life.

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Is church a dangerous place?

J.N. Manokaran

In the month of June 2013 I met a young couple who are IT professionals.  They are blessed with a son who is about 8 years old.  Both of them are committed Christians having their priorities right and have passion to live for our Lord and extend His Kingdom.  They are members of a local church which has a very rich tradition of reaching out to unreached people.  Of late, there were problems in the church.  Alas, one Sunday morning the worship was conducted with police presence as there was rivalry and expectation of violence to break out.  After the service, one angry member pours hot cup of coffee on another.  There is lot of gossips.  The eight year old boy is a passive witness of all that is happening.  When they reach home they analyze the situation and the boy is hearing their conversations. The exasperated father said:  “Is the church safe place for my child to grow?”  I was shocked and did not know what to say.

Later, I thought about this.  What is the biblical teaching about the Church?  And I tried to find some answers.

 Who founded the church?

The most important question, we have to ask is:  Who is the Founder of the Church.  The Scripture clearly teaches that Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary, was buried and rose up again.  The Bible states that the Church was purchased and redeemed by the Blood of Lord Jesus Christ.  It was huge price to pay for the Son of God.  If God has founded the Church, human beings or Satanic forces cannot extinguish the Church.

Divine or Human Institution

The Church is a divine organism and functions as the body of Christ in the world.  The members of the church are all Fallen human beings, washed by his blood and are in the process of becoming saints.  So, the church is not full of saints, rather sinners becoming saints.  That demonstrated the power of the transformation of the church.

Timothy Keller writes in his book “Reason for God” writes: “The answer is not to abandon the Christian faith, because that would leave us with neither the standards nor the resources to make correction.”[1]  The Church has the capacity and apparatus to self-correct.  This is amazing to note right through the history, the Church reformed and transformed itself.

Resources provided for the Church

How can the Church do a course correction?  As human beings the leadership of the church is vulnerable to misjudgment, wrong decisions and going astray.  These things could be just temporary as the course correction would soon happen.

  1. a.     Word of God

The Word of God (Bible) has been given to humanity and especially to the Church to know the truth and walk in truth.  In fact, the Bible could be described as Maker’s Manual.  Social customs, economic pressure, political convenience and popular cultural trends could impact the vision and mission of the church.  However, God speaks to the Church through the Scripture, admonishing the Church to make course correction.

The slave trade in UK was abolished because few evangelical Christians aroused the conscience of the nation and correct the blunder of slavery.  In fact, it was a great economic loss for the British in doing that.  “They agreed to compensate the planters for freed slaves, as astounding sum up to half of the British government’s annual budget.  The Act of Emancipation passed in 1833, and the costs were so high to the British people that one historian called the British abolition of slavery ‘voluntary econocide’”.[2] Such thing cannot happen without the Word of God and the Church obeying His Word.

  1. b.     The Holy Spirit

The Spirit of God works in the hearts of men.  The Holy Spirit was poured and the Church began in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost.  The Church is sanctified by the tireless work of the Holy Spirit.  Until the Lord comes, the Holy Spirit would be relentlessly working for the growth and cleansing of the Church.

  1. c.      The Prophets and Reformers

In every generation God raises prophets and reformers.  The challenges of each generation would be different, and God raises his faithful witnesses in each generation.  These men of God boldly proclaim the truth and call the Church to repentance.  Many times, these prophets could be harmed and even killed.  However, they do not count life more worthy than the truth they proclaim. Their message could not be silenced, even when the prophets are silenced by death penalty or martyrdom. The Protestant movement emerged in the shadows and valleys of death.

  1. d.     Remnant

There is always a group of people who do not compromise under all situations.  There may be widespread lack of faith and apostasy, but there would be a remnant. Prophet Elijah thought that he was the only one who was following the Lord.  However, Lord reminded Elijah that there was a remnant who were faithful and did not compromise, and the number was seven thousand. (I King 19:18)  Elijah as a leader in the nation was not connected or known to that seven thousand.  God has faithful witnesses in each and every situation and in every generation.

Judgment

God will not just ignore the lawlessness, inequities, rebellion, hypocrisy and disobedience.  The children of Israel were punished, sometimes through the invasion of ruthless nations.   “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (I Peter 4:17) “God will not spare individuals, families and organizations.  “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)

  1. a.     An individual judged: Eli (I Samuel 2)

Eli had the honour of serving the Lord as High Priest.  Certainly, he had spiritual insights and discernment. Amazingly, he mentored Samuel to listen to the Lord.  However, he failed as father to discipline his sons.  Eli’s sons were notorious that they grabbed meat before it was sacrificed from pious and devout worshippers.  They also involved in sexual immorality.  Though he tried to reason with his sons, they did not listen.  Ultimately, God judged his sons they died, Eli also died and his whole household was rejected from priesthood.

  1. b.     Family judged: Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5)

In the Jerusalem church, young couple Ananias and Sapphira wanted to have reputation within the church as great ‘donors’.  They pretended that they gave all the money they sold the land for.  In fact, they had some money for their personal use and security.  They dared to lie before the Holy Spirit and they were judged.  Both died instantly, within few hours.  That is a warning that God does not overlook sins and punishment is imminent if not immediate.

  1. c.      An institution judged: Cleansing of temple (Mark 11:15-19)

During the ministry of Lord Jesus Christ on this earth, Jerusalem temple became notorious for ‘Ananias Bazaar’.  The High Priest ran a racket, that all items to be used in worship should be purchased in certain shops run by the Priest family.  Any sacrificial lamb would be simply rejected if not purchased from particular shops.  The exploited worshippers may raise their voice but were powerless.  Lord Jesus cleansed the temple and demonstrated his wrath against commercialization of worship and exploitation of people in the name of religion.

Challenge

The Global Church is not perfect.  There would be always sinners who in the process of being transformed into saints.  However, God is working that the Church may become spotless and holy through His Word, Spirit, Prophets and faithful witnesses or remnant.  Also, he judges individuals, families, organizations and institutions to cleanse the Church.  One day the Church would be perfect and on that day the Lord will come to take His Bride to Eternal Glory.  Then, it gives every Christian inner resource to bring change and guide the Church to perfection.

Rev. Dr. J.N. Manokara, Community Bible Study International, 298 Golden George Nagar, Vasantha Street, Chennai  600107  India, Phone:  +91-44-43180864, +91-94440-27221, Skype: jnmanokaran

E-mails:  jnmanokaran@yahoo.com, jnmanokaran@gmail.comhttp://cbsinternational.org/

BEYOND THE BORDERS

BEYOND THE BORDERS  

Peter Daniel

Man talks about settling down in many occasions during his course of life journey. Thinking of job settlement comes after completing graduation. Then followed by marriage, settling of children and the list goes on and on. Basically, individuals like to settle in their own areas after being in one place many years.

The word ‘settlement’ or ‘settle down’ are not in believers dictionary. From Genesis to Revelation God has revealed that the man’s journey is a pilgrimage and not sitting in one place. He keeps the person for short period to do His mission and then moves from that place to another needy places.

In Gen. 1:28 God commanded mankind to fill the earth and subdue it. It has not been fulfilled due to the fallen nature. Further they had planned to be in one place by building a tower of Babel (Gen 11). In New Testament, we see that God has sent His own son (beyond heavenly border) to rescue us from the fallen nature and also to reinstate the commandment to His disciples after His resurrection. The commandment is to go throughout the world in order to make disciples. But, disciples had settled down in Jerusalem instead of going all over the world. God intervened in the history by making Stephen as a martyr that has made disciples to spread over the world. Moving beyond the borders for the purpose of mission has been defeated due to different reason. Let’s turn the page of Bible and reckon the factors which make us to confine in our areas instead of spreading our tentacles beyond the borders.

A. Complacent:  Complacent penetrates into human’s life after achieving any task. In 2 Sam 10:18, we see that David killed seven hundred charioteers and forty thousand horsemen of the Syrians and struck Shobach the commander of their army who died there. Next chapter, we see that David switched on to complacent mode that has made him to fall and the rest of the book describes the consequence of his fall. As a believer, we tend to relax between the accomplishment of short task and not moving forward to do more for God. The crucial period is standing on the middle of the road by thinking of great achievement that creeps complacent in to our heart. In the life journey of Jesus Christ, He never ever recalls or boasts about His past achievements or miracles. He focussed on the Cross and moved forward. Let us also focus on great reward in heaven and move forward without any intermittent complacent stopping.

B. Comfort: Comfort confines our move from going beyond borders. Jesus rebukes Peter and John when they suggested putting a tent in Mount Zion during His transfiguration event on the mountain (Math 17:1-13). Peter & Co. wanted to be in a spiritual and physical comfort zone instead of coming down to being with people. Similarly, people like to have spiritual tent in the form of enjoying revelation, prophecy, miracles, 24/7 praise and worship with contemporary music’s etc. The same zeal may not be visible when one talks about prayer, Bible reading (quiet time and personal Bible study) and mission of reaching out other souls and doing God’s will. Leaving a comfort zone is difficult task for anyone in this world. But only, God’s Spirit works in such a way that will break our comfort areas and make us to move forward. The book of Acts is an example of people moving from city to city, country to country and nation to nation. The book of Acts can be called as the book of beyond the borders. For instance, Aquila and Priscilla moved from Italy to Corinth due to Claudius rule (Acts. 18:2). Paul had three missionary journeys.  Let us break away our Spiritual, emotional, mental and physical comforts and trust on Comforter’s comfort in order to move forward to fulfil His mission in our life.

C. Closeness: Silent is one of the best ways to avoid revealing the inner closeness (lack of openness) about disagreement of the facts or not able to understand the facts. Closeness develops in a spiritual man by his ignorance, forefathers teaching, Culture, customs, set of rules, tradition and at last but not least is Satan. The closeness leads to numbness which is dangerous to revive the spiritual man. For instance, set of rules that has gone in to the back of mind such as ‘going to developed country is to earn money but going to underdeveloped country is a mission. Missionary has to wear slippers with a shoulder bag and to live in a remote place’. The closeness comes when our eyes are not opened to see the reality. Nehemiah had seen the reality and went to Jerusalem with a mission. But the people in Jerusalem had missed it. Mordecai who was living out of palace saw the dangerous law passed by the king. But the queen Esther didn’t know even though she is living inside the palace. In this context, Jesus rebuked disciples after He conversed with Samaritan woman due to the earthly thinking of food and water not about God’s will. Further, He commanded the disciples to open the eyes to look at the field in John 4:34, 35b. “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest”. As His disciples, Let us not be complacent by doing little things for God and telling it again and again. Further let us not be talking about past spiritual experience and forget about the present need. Finally, come out from closeness and see the reality of this world and ask God to do His will in our life.

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Peter Joseph  Glocal youth vision  423, Railway Road, Shenton Park, WA 6008Australia.

Email: peterpearline@yahoo.co.in  Skype: peterpearline  www.Glocalyouthvision.wordpress.com  www.kirubai.org  http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com/

What is Sexting:

• Exchange images of a sexual nature with a boyfriend r girlfriend. • Sharing images of a sexual nature with someone you like  • Passing around images of a sexual nature to groups or friends without permission.

What is post Christianity?.

Postchristianity[1] is the decline of Christianity, particularly in Europe and Australia, in the 20th century, considered in terms of postmodernism. It may include personal world views, ideologies, religious movements or societies that are no longer rooted in the language and assumptions of Christianity, at least explicitly, though it had previously been in an environment of ubiquitous Christianity (i.e.,Christendom).   Australia News:   • 51% of Australian 8-11 year olds use social network services including Bebo, Club Penguin, Facebook, MSN Messenger and My space. • 80% Australian Teens have a facebook network. • More than 75% of Australian Teens are considered to be heavy internet users. • 43% of Australian Teens aged 16-17 years say that their mobile phone is extremely important in their lives and 29% said the same of the internet.

WA: • 37% West Australian over than 15 years of age who drink at high risk levels and long term harm.

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July 2010

Ripple Effect

J. Peter Daniel

“Every action there will be an opposite (re)action” – familiar statement used by us frequently to justify our action.  One action will never revert.  But it will give more positive impact (effect).   In addition, the starting point of such an effect will become evident after the effect has been ignited.  This is known as ripple effect.  For instance, if you throw a stone on a pool then the water creates a small circle and later on it will become big and reach to the edge of the water. .

In line with, the believers have to live a life of ripple effect rather than be a reacting Christian.

1.  Cast your bread Upon the waters (Eccl. 11:1)

The world is moving fast into downward spiral.  Economic recession is an evident that people suffer without a job and a home.  The environment catastrophe is another area where scientists are predicting the end of earth’s life.   The end is eminent.  At this juncture, the first part of verse is requesting us to cast God’s word to this world.

The second part of the verse clearly mentions that the reward of what we are doing is not seen but it will be visible in near future.  For instance, the job satisfaction relies on getting reward after toiling for long hours.  But in God’s work, there is no way of getting the reward immediately.  Many people will get disappointed by doing God’s work.  The reason for the delay reward is that the ripple effect of preaching the Gospel will take long time to bear fruits in individual life.  Paul says that bearing fruit is equivalent to child labour.

As a believer, we have to preach the Gospel without seeking immediate returns.

2.  Evident of Ripple Effect:

One man can make an impact on others life by giving the Gospel to him.  The person who received the Gospel in turn spread the Gospel to others.  Similarly, it will happen till the end of the earth.  For that purpose, God has commanded us to preach Gospel and also make disciples.

Paul preached the Gospel to Timothy, Timothy to reliable men and it spreads to others (2 Tim 2:2).

Let us pass on God’s message and influence them to take up the God’s message and preach to others.  Let us pray that each believer has to make a ripple effect around the world.  These ripple effects surely bring the whole world to Christ.

J. Peter Daniel

Glocal youth vision

Email: peterpearline@gmail.com / yahoo.co.in

Skype: peterpearline

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‘Most Indian kids under online sex, violence threat’

New Delhi Seven out of 10 Indian kids have been exposed to nudity and violence, or have been asked by a stranger to meet them in person when they are online, security software-maker Symantec said.

According to Symantec’s Norton Online Family Report 2010, 77 per cent of Indian kids have experienced some ‘negative’ situation online, while only half of the Indian parents interviewed thought their children had such an experience.

For example, only 24 per cent of the parents interviewed thought it was possible for a stranger to try to add their child as a friend on a social networking site, but 55 per cent of the children surveyed said it has happened to them.

“This report provides a glimpse into the online lives of children and how tuned in parents are to their online activities,” Symantec Consumer Business Head Asia Effendy Ibrahim said.

The third edition of the report, which is part of a global survey of 2,800 children and more than 7,000 adults across 14 countries, examined the actual online experiences of kids compared to their parents’ perception.

Though parents have an idea of the amount of time their children spend online, only 45 per cent of parents realise their kids are having negative experiences, the study said.

“While parents are generally aware of the kid’s activities online, they underestimate the extent to which kids download music and videos. During the process, kids may be exposed to inappropriate content and may be encouraged to disclose personal details,” Symantec Country Sales Manager (India) (Consumer Products and Solutions) Gaurav Kanwal said.

These negative online experiences result in an emotional impact as well. While 41 per cent of the children surveyed felt angry, 40 per cent said they were upset by the experience and 35 per cent said they were afraid.

“Along with a variety of emotions like being scared or angry, we have also met kids who feel personally responsible for these negative experiences, especially downloading a virus or being scammed,” Ibrahim said.

Kids, however, now find it easier to talk to parents about their online activities.

“In addition to relying on their parents if something bad happened online, nearly nine in 10 report they follow family rules for Internet use,” Ibrahim said.

Symantec suggests that parents undertake an open discussion with their children and set rules for Internet usage.

“These days, a lot of softwares are available that allow parents to keep a tab on the activities of the kids online.

However, it is important to discuss it with them rather than forcing them,” Kanwal said.


Woman falls for SMS offer, loses Rs. 57 lakh

CHENNAI: A woman who responded to an SMS was relieved of Rs.57 lakh by a gang that operated from India and abroad.

The 52-year-old graduate of Mylapore, who was promised a huge prize money as part of the ‘World Cup Promotion Draw,’ deposited the money in different bank accounts over a period of one month, starting third week of May. After realising the fraud, she lodged a complaint with the police.

According to police sources, the woman received an SMS in May second week, stating that she had won a cash prize worth a few crores of Indian currency. She responded to the email account that was mentioned in the SMS.

Days later, the complainant received an email in which the accused persons said the money would be delivered in India after obtaining necessary clearance from different agencies, including the United Nations and the Reserve Bank of India. They communicated the movement of the person bringing the cash box and asked her to deposit her money in various bank accounts for obtaining clearance from the immigration and customs authorities. A majority of the accounts into which the woman deposited money, ranging between Rs. 87,000 to Rs. 7.5 lakh, were opened in ICICI Bank. When there was no trace of the prize money even after depositing Rs.57 lakh, the victim lodged a complaint with Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran last week who directed the Central Crime Branch to form a special team and investigate the case.

“A major portion of the money was deposited in the accounts of Zulfikar Zariar, Javed Khan and Imran Zari. We have written to ICICI Bank to share the details of these account holders. The money was drawn from ATMs across the country, including New Delhi and Mumbai. Video footage recorded by cameras in ATM machines could provide a clue to the identity of the suspects,” an investigator told The Hindu.

“One of the accounts from which emails were sent was ukembassyact@yahoo.com. When contacted, Yahoo asked us to get in touch with law-enforcing agencies in the United States to get the user details,” he said. Police suspect that the accused used fictitious names and documents to open bank accounts.

May 2010

Spiritual Numbness

J. Peter Daniel

A human being has a very short memory.  We remember the incidences such as Tsunami, Twin tower crash, etc for only certain period or until another new catastrophe comes by.  People like to talk about the present new disaster rather than speaking about past incidences.  But we often recall the past incidences when the same incidence repeats itself again.   Whereas, the level of intensity subsides when the incidence precedes further.  This is human tendency of forgetting things. For instance, first page of the newspaper flash the fresh disaster happens in the world.  After some days it goes inside the state or regional or country column.  Sometimes it comes in the editorial for a long time.  Next it moves to the last paragraph of last page.  Finally it vanishes away.

The intensity of being with the Lord is very high when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal saviour. After some years it just becomes a habitual thing to have quiet time and prayer.  Next it becomes a least priority in life and finally it eradicates from our life.  Due to this, we are not able to sensitivity to the sin or not able to differentiate between left and right hand. So we are coolly doing sin against God without any pricking from God’s word.  This is called spiritual numbness

I. David :

God chose David to lead His people.  He took him as a Shepherd and made him a  Soldier and from soldier to be the king of Israel after a great struggle with Saul.  During his journey, David sang lot of songs related to God’s statutes and commandments.  In Ps. 19:7(NKJV), he mentioned that the word of God converts the soul.

Such a Godly man sinned against God by having lusting another man’s wife Bathsheba (2 sam. 11) and also murdered Uriah by his strategic plan.  And even after his sin he had no regrets because his conscience was numb.  So God sent Nathan to warn Him using a beautiful illustration.  The story stimulates him to think about his life.  After that, he wrote a pertinent prayer in psalm 51.

Let us ponder on the various causes of spiritual numbness

a. Despising God’s word (2 San 12:9)

David was a worship leader at that time.  He wrote and composed a lot of worship songs.   His talent is revealed in the book of Psalm.   He had written a lot but he followed only a little.  In our life also we are studying the word of God but we are not applying it properly.   Sometimes, we are questioning the veracity of the Bible.

Let us read, meditate and implement the word of God in our day to day life.

b. Unsatisfactory Life (2 Sam 12:7,8)

David had a lot of legal wives and concubines.  He was not satisfied with this and he wanted to satisfy his desire with other man’s wife.  It shows his greed for having more.

Nowadays people are not satisfied with what they have.  They crave for more and more.  When we start to have more and more then it leads to gluttony, lust etc.

Let us ask God to give us satisfaction in what we are having.

c. Forsaken the first Love (Rev. 2:4):

The Ephesus church had forsaken the first love.  So God warned them to return back to Him.   David’s love for the Lord diminished because he despised God’s word.   So he had fallen from the summit.

Similarly, God requests us to think about our darkened past and how He brought us to His light. This will give you a joy of salvation and also a stimulate us to move forward in life.

Let us evaluate, think and remove the things which that induce spiritual numbness in our lives, so that we will be able to ask God to take away the numbness and give us His spirit to fight against sin. (Heb. 6:6)

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J. Peter Daniel

Glocal youth vision

Email: peterpearline@gmail.comyahoo.co.in

Skype: peterpearline

http://www. Glocalyouthvision.wordpress.com

www.kirubai.org

http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com

Click herer to read Ebook – The word and the world – J Peter Daniel.

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Seven tips for living a dynamic life…

1.      Accept every challenge as an invitation to expand your creativity and deepen your wisdom. Remember that each small victory is one step closer to a larger goal.

2.      Honor your commitments in all things. Dare to build a legacy of integrity.

3.      Build a support network. Seek the support of others who appreciate you and will encourage and assist you in achieving your goals.

4.      Create a healthy self-nurturing environment. Balance activities that nourish body, mind, and spirit. Balance provides the energy to live passionately, joyfully, and actively.

5.      Look backward to learn, and look forward to achieve. Expand your horizons to include new goals for a day when you have achieved your current goals.

6.      Expect and accept only the best. Do not settle for something that does not align with your values or purpose.

7.      Express gratitude daily. Allow the rarity of each day’s beauty to fill your moments with memories to treasure throughout your life.

“Toys”

Capitalism – He who dies with the most toys, wins.

Hari Krishna – He who plays with the most toys, wins.

Judaism – He who buys toys at the lowest price, wins.

Catholicism – He who denies himself the most toys, wins.

Anglican – They were our toys first.

Greek Orthodox – No, they were ours first.

Atheism – There is no toy maker.

Polytheism – There are many toy makers.

Evolutionism – The toys made themselves.

Church of Christ, Scientist – We are the toys.

B’Hai – All toys are just fine with us.

Amish – Toys with batteries are surely a sin.

Taoism – The doll is as important as the dump truck.

Mormonism – Every boy may have as many toys as he wants.

Voodoo – Let me borrow that doll for a second…

7th Day Adventist – He who plays with his toys on Saturday, loses.

Church of Christ – He whose toys make music, loses.

Baptist – Once played always played.

Jehovah’s Witnesses – He who sells the most toys door-to-door, wins.

Pentecostalism – He whose toys can talk, wins.

Existentialism – Toys are a figment of your imagination.

Confucianism – Once a toy is dipped in water, it is no longer dry.

Non-denominationalism – We don’t care where the toys came from, let’s just play with them.

Thanks to

Rev. Dr. J.N. Manokaran, Managing Director,
Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC)
6B1 Doshi Flats, 59 Chetty Street,
Ayanavaram, Chennai 600023
91-44-26602864
http://glocalleadersnetwork.com/main/

782 mn Indians would be living on under USD 2 a day by 2015: WB-IMF

A whopping 782 million Indians will be living on less than USD 2 a day by 2015, a joint report by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund said in Washington on Friday.

The report titled ‘Global monitoring report 2010: The MDGs after the crisis’, said the number of poor Indians living on less than USD 2 would decline to 686 million by 2020. But the report adds that by the turn of the next decade as many as 268 million Indians will be living on less than USD 1.25 a day, while in 2015 the figure would be 295 million.

These figures, however, are almost double the revised number of the poor in the country which is pegged at around 400 million.

The report says China reduced its poverty rate from 60 per cent to 16 per cent, as the absolute number of extremely poor fell from 683 million to 208 million between 1990 and 2005. On the other hand, “India reduced the share of its population living in poverty from 51 per cent to 42 per cent, but because of population growth, the number of poor people actually rose from 436 million to 456 million (between 1990 and 2005),” it said.

With the pre-crisis surge of growth in the Sub-Saharan Africa nations, the proportion of Africans living on less than USD 1.25 a day fell from 58 per cent in 1990 to 51 per cent in 2005, but the absolute number of the poor rose from 296 million to 388 million. Despite Africa’s recent progress, the pace of economic growth is still not fast enough there to cut the 1990 poverty rate by half in 2015, it said.

The new analysis of maternal deaths in 181 countries found a significant decline globally, with the aggregate maternal deaths decreasing by over 35 per cent from about 526,300 in 1980 to 342,900 in 2008.

More than half of all maternal deaths are concentrated in six countries – India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Congo.

“All told, maternal deaths for every 1,00,000 live births decreased markedly from 422 in 1980 to 320 in 1990 and to 251 in 2008. The yearly rate of the decline in the global maternal mortality ratio since 1990 was 1.3 per cent (with an uncertainty range of 1.0-1.5),” it said.

With regard to poverty reduction, the report said, “The two large countries, China and India, are exceptions in the sense that, despite their starting points in income and poverty rates, poverty reduction has been rapid not just because of the high growth rates but also because the poverty gap and the average income distance from the poverty line have been relatively low.”

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SPIRITIUAL RECESSION

J. Peter Daniel

The world is going through a tremendous economic recession.  Highly qualified person has started  working in low paid and low level job to sustain his family.  Many families have sold their houses and moved into units.  In Education sectors too, many schools have been closed and asked their parents to move their children to some other schools. The children also affected by the change of circumstances, situation, low level comfort and some are missing their old friends.  This shows that the repercussion of the economic recession.

The people are aware of the economic recession in their life.  In industries, it is evident that the employees are interested to see their boss to bring new job to the company which has not happened in the past.  Some times, the boss brings very low margin order and squeezes the workers to make huge profit.

In spiritual era, believers are not able to understand their spiritual recession in their life.  It is better to see what some of the indications of spiritual recession from the disciple’s life before and after crucification.

1.  Recession in Prayer Life:

Jesus has gone to Gethsemane to pour out His life to God before undergoing the pain, persecution on the cross.  He pleaded to God for doing His will in His life.  At that time, He requested disciples to pray for Him(Lk. 22:40).  But they have slept.  He pleaded them for three times (Math 26:40-43) but their eyes were swollen and red Lk. 22:45).

The recession of prayer life is immediately evident in the forth coming event.

a. Fear of soldiers (Math 26:56) Betrayal Judas entered into the garden with the soldiers to capture Jesus Christ.  While, they asked about Jesus Christ, all the disciples engulfed in the fear. They all vanished within micro seconds.

b. Fear of servant girl: “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” (Math 26:33) – Challenger Peter has denied Jesus Christ three times before the servant girl (Lk. 22:56). It is a pathetic situation of Peter because of lack of prayer, fear engulfs him.

Do you have fear in your life?  Are you not able to stand for the Lord?  Are you not able to witness and tell about the Christ to Others?  Do you have of fear of yourself?  Answer for this is… you have to increase your prayer time.

2.  Recession in Fellowship with Him:

Jesus was taken to Pilate to question and enquire him.  At that time, Peter was following Him from the distance (Lk. 22:54).  He didn’t like to follow Him closely. He became a spectator of court activities. He was not able to acknowledge Him before others.  It has become a trap for him to deny Christ Jesus for three times.  Peter cried and repented for his backsliding life.

Coming back from the backsliding life is a difficult one.  Let us see what he was doing after Jesus’ resurrection.  He is the person who has gone inside the empty tomb to verify and certify His resurrection. Recession in following him, made him to do two things which affected him as well as others.

a.  Revert back to old life: If you are not following Him whole heartedly then you are following your old life.  In Luke 5:11, Peter had left his own profession (net, boat), his family, friends, colleagues and followed the source of blessing Jesus Christ. He bought his own brother and other disciples to God.  In Jh. 21:3, after resurrection of Jesus Christ, he has gone back to his old profession.

The pulling of old life will be there in our life due to the sinful nature.  But we should not allow the things to happen in our life.  For that we always have to follow Him – 24X7 calling.

b. Revert back others to old life. Peter was an attractive leader.  When he came to the Lord he bought others to Him.  But in his backsliding life, He pulled others for old previous life.

Christian spiritual life should be a growing one.  It should not have recession at all.  If you have recession then you have to check your life and correct it then and there.  Otherwise you will fall and you will become a person for others to follow their old life.

3. Recession in obeying His mission:

Peter and his disciples have gone back to their profession.  So, Jesus Christ has done the same miracles again to restore him back to His fold.  After the miracles, Jesus asked exactly three times equivalent to three times denial of Jesus Christ about his love towards Him.  In response to peter’s answer Jesus repeated three times about his responsibilities of tending the sheep in this earth.

a. Forget His love: Peter loved Jesus Christ more than the other disciples.  His reaction and his temperament show when he answered to Jesus Christ’s questions.  He rebuked Jesus Christ when He revealed about His death.  But here his love is in the recession stage.

Let us think about ourselves and evaluate how our love is when we accepted him as a Saviour and the present stage.  Is there difference then the spiritual recession has started in your life.

Let us come to the Lord and tell, Yes you know Lord that I loved you.

b. Forget His call: Jesus called peter as Cephas, it means stone (Jh. 1:42).  In Matt 16:17-20,  Jesus commissioned Peter after revealing who He is –  “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.  19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

But, Peter forgot His calling and went back to do his old mission.

God has called us to do His great work.  Let us think about ourself, why are we not doing His mission.  It may be due  to the materialistic blessings, comfort life, busy life or lazy to follow him, no time to set apart for His work, married so no need to his work for one year, no concern for the dying soul, fear of people, ashamed to do,  it is a work of Pastors – excuses.

During the Easter, let us take a decision that we will follow Him at any cost, Obey His Mission and pray for the nations know that Jesus is the Saviour and Lord.

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J. Peter Daniel

Glocal youth vision

Email: peterpearline@gmail.comyahoo.co.in

Skype: peterpearline

http://www. Glocalyouthvision.wordpress.com

www.kirubai.org

http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com

Book: “The World and the World”

STRANGE FRIEND

A while ago, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger…he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies. If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn’t seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to

leave.)

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home… Not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My Dad didn’t permit the liberal use of alcohol. But the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked… And NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents’ den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name?………

We just call him ‘TV.’

(Note: This should be required reading for every household!) He has a wife now….We call her ‘Computer.’

Their first child is “Cell Phone”.

Second child is “I Pod”

Glocal News

Free slumber classes for teenagers

Adam Gabbatt

Parents have struggled for years to encourage children to go to bed on time. In Scotland, however, all the family should be enjoying sweet dreams in the future, as pupils are to be given lessons in how to sleep. The charity Sleep Scotland is providing classes free of charge in a pilot scheme at three schools in Glasgow in an attempt to tackle problems caused by a lack of sleep.

Glasgow city council estimates that as many as one in four teenagers are not getting the appropriate nine hours of slumber a night, and said there was “increasing evidence” suggesting a link between lack of sleep and obesity, lower academic achievement and depression. Jane Anstell, the director and founder of Sleep Scotland, said lack of sleep among U.K. teenagers was a “huge problem”.

“We started off working with kids with special needs with sleep problems,” she said. “And basically in my teenage clinic I felt I’d got a lot of kids who maybe didn’t have ADHD or Asperger’s — they had total sleep deprivation.” Ansell said the classes could help improve teenagers’ behaviour. Nikki Cameron, a sleep counsellor at Sleep Scotland, put together an outline for the lessons and offered them to the council using funding from Children in Need. Here are Sleep Scotland’s top tips for better sleep:

— Make sure you have a substantial main meal at a regular teatime.

— Restrict homework, exercise and computer games to the early evening.

— The hour before bedtime should be for relaxing and bathing, and should include no stimulating activities.

— Switch off the computer, mobile and television before having a bath. Try listening to music, radio, or read a book.

— Avoid chocolate, caffeine, additives, alcohol and nicotine before bedtime. Have have a warm milky drink instead.

— Your bedroom should be quiet and dark; make sure it is a media—free zone.

— Keep to a regular bedtime.

— In order to have a good sleeping pattern it is important to be consistent. This also includes having a set waking time. — © Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2010

http://www.hindu.com/2010/03/16/stories/2010031655821100.htm accessed on 16 March 2010

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March 2010

OUT-OF-THE-BOX

J Peter Daniel

“It is undemocratic that the Congress is still led by a Gandhi. But it’s the reality… My position gives me certain privileges. It is a fact of life in India that success in politics depends on who you know or are related to. I want to change the system.” – anti- dynasty statement 2008 and  unpredictable idiom of political discourse by Rahul Gandhi  who will be king by virtue of being born into the Nehru-Gandhi family, attack the very basis of his political legitimacy.  Just like Rahul  Gandhi, we need more people to think out of the box so that awareness will come and the people’s monotonous thinking will go off.  This will bring many changes  in India.

In the spiritual era, believers are not thinking of bringing gospel to the 21st century generation in a different approach.  My brother Rev. Dr. J.N. Manokaran has quoted like this “Sing 18th century songs, Use 19th Century Methods, Have 20th century mindset and reach 21st century people, will we succeed?”.  Now the need of the hour is that God has to raise young and energetic people with a renewed vision of reaching out the present generation.  In nutshell, we need a person who can think out of the box to bring good news to the post-modern generation.

In Bible, we see David’s characters that have seen outside of the box to bring changes in their own generation.

David approaches Goliath:

Saul and his soldiers were sitting comfortably in one mountain to see that Goliath was coming to Ellah valley, giving his famous speech for forty days.  His speech was focussed on defiling the living God of Israelites.  Saul and co. listened and did nothing against Goliath due to fear of his appearance and talent that he possessed.   Saul and co. also had garments like Goliath.  But, none has approached to fight with Goliath.

It was then, David came to the battle field to see the welfare of his brother.  But he saw the sickness of Israelite soldiers and the defying living God voice from Ellah valley.  David decided to fight against Goliath (1 Sam. 17:32).

a. Saul gave his tools and techniques (2 Sam 17:38):

Saul gave his own tunic to David for fighting with Philistine.  This was the approach of Saul’s soldier over many years.  They were surrounded by the thinking of, going to war means using all protection and weapons to fight the opponents. But the verse says that David removed all these things and went to the battle field with his own tools and techniques.

b. David used different Techniques:

David knew out to swing the sling only, not used to the hi-fi battle field equipments.  He went by trusting God with 5 stones and one sling without proper tunics of soldiers.  He won the battle in flying colours.

David used different approach to face the giant Goliath but the end result was same.  In the 21st century, we have to approach the people with different methodology and present the same Gospel.

In this juncture, I like to prescribe one methodology to win the present generation to Christ.  Firstly, we have to think a little bit out of the box to find out the need of the people. Secondly, we have to give the proper feeding according to the need such as, finance management (saving with a limited salary), Personality development, interpersonal relationship, career guidelines. Thirdly, we have to invite them for Christmas / Easter.  Slowly, the people will come to know about the Lord Saviour Jesus Christ through our life.

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J. Peter Daniel
Glocal youth vision
Email: peterpearline@gmail.com / yahoo.co.in
Skype: peterpearline
https://glocalyouthvision.wordpress.com
http://www.kirubai.org
http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com

Haters

A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all their time trying to make you look small so they can look tall. They are very negative people to say the least.  Nothing is ever good enough! When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters… That’s why you have to be careful with whom you share your blessings and your dreams, because some folk can’t handle seeing you blessed…

It’s dangerous to be like somebody else… If God wanted you to be like somebody else, He would have given you what He gave them!  Right?

You never know what people have gone through to get what they have… The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don’t know my story…If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too!

We’ve all got some haters among us!

Some people envy you because you can:

a) Have a relationship with God

b) Light up a room when you walk in

c) Start your own business

d) Tell a man/woman to hit the curb (if he/she isn’t about the right thing)

e) You are a strong person and don’t let people run you over

f) You have a strong and loving marriage and they can’t get in-between spouses to spoil it

Haters can’t stand to see you happy. Haters will never want to see you succeed.

How do you handle your undercover haters? You can handle these haters by:

1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are *(VERY IMPORTANT!!)

2. Having a purpose to your life: Purpose does not mean having a job. You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be. Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you.

3. By remembering that what you have is by divine prerogative and not human manipulation.

Fulfill your dreams!  You only have one life to live…when it’s your time to leave this earth, you want to be able to say, ‘I’ve lived my life and fulfilled my dreams, Now I’m ready to go HOME!

When God gives you favor, you can tell your haters, ‘Don’t look at me…Look at who is in charge of me…’

Cigarette-holding Jesus in school book triggers row: Pictures of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette in one hand and a beer can in another, in a book for primary classes have triggered a row in Meghalaya and the state government is now contemplating legal action against the New Delhi-based publisher. The objectionable pictures of Jesus Christ found in the cursive writing exercise copies at a private school in capital Shillong were brought to the notice of the influential church by some guardians. “We are shocked and hurt by this act where Jesus Christ has been portrayed in a highly objectionable manner. We condemn the total lack of respect for religions by the publisher,” Dominc Jala, the Archbishop of Shillong, said. New Delhi-based Skyline Publication produced the copies meant for students of Class 1. “Just imagine students at such an impressionable age being dished out objectionable images which are nothing but blasphemous,” said T. Jrwa, another church leader. The Meghalaya government acted swiftly and confiscated all copies from the school and from book shops. “Although private schools are not bound by the prescribed text books of the Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education, still we took immediate action by seizing all the copies and if deemed fit we might even take legal steps,” said Meghalaya Education Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh. An estimated 72 percent of the 2.32 million people in Meghalaya are Christians. (http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/cigarette-holding_jesus_in_school_book_triggers_row.php accessed on 19 February 2010.)

Italians turning to astrology to beat recession: Report

At unease due to recession, Italians are increasingly turning to astrology and fortune telling to get rid of their financial woes.

A new report by European Consumers Association has revealed that Italians are spending millions of Euros a year to seek advice from astrologers and fortune tellers, instead from banks and brokers, on financial matters.

In fact, according to the report, more than 30,000 Italians are paying between 20 and 600 Euros each day to tarot card readers and fortune tellers for financial advice, amid rising unemployment and gloom over the state of the economy.

Southern Italy is the most superstitious part of the country but it is the north and centre where most money is spent — a reflection of those regions’ wealth compared with the underdeveloped south.

The inhabitants of Lombardy, the region which includes Italy’s financial capital Milan, spend the most on fortune tellers and card readers, splashing out 90 million euros a year. Next comes Lazio, the region which encompasses Rome, the report says.

Women account for about 53 per cent of those weighing financial decisions on a roll of the dice or the turn of a tarot card, with an average age of 42, according to the report, produced with research from Telefono Antiplagio, an Italian voluntary service which helps victims of con artists.

“Italians are very susceptible to trying their luck on anything esoteric and they are extremely superstitious,” ‘The Daily Telegraph´ quoted Carlo Climati, who wrote a book on superstitious beliefs, as saying.

Indian-origin girl crowned Australia’s brainiest student

Mon, Feb 1 04:15 PM

Melbourne, Feb 1 (ANI): A 14-year-old girl of Indian-origin has been crowned as Australia’s brainiest student in a battle of neuroscience knowledge in Sydney.

Uma Jha, from Perth’s Shenton College, in inner-west Shenton Park, outsmarted more than 4000 competitors from across Australia to bag the title.

The 2010 Australian Brain Bee Challenge is designed to test high school students on a range of topics, including intelligence, memory, emotions, sleep, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.

Uma has to compete against other state winners in the national final of the competition, which included a brain-teasing anatomy exam, doctor-patient diagnosis and a neuroscience quiz.

“The competition was tied right up until the end and it was a really nerve-wracking finish,” News.com.au quoted Uma as saying after the event.

“I’ve never won a national science competition before, so it’s amazing,” she added.

However the hard work does not stop here for Uma. She will now travel to California for the International Brain Bee Challenge in August. (ANI)

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February 2010

Coverage Area…..

J. Peter Daniel

“A cat closes her eyes and think that the world is blind”- a saying in Tamil Nadu.  The meaning is very simple that the world hasn’t seen whatever we are doing in the dark. This is one way of fooling ourself in uttering the statement like this.   For instance, Rathore, DGP killer has been punished for molesting Ruchika, budding tennis player, 19 year old girl, committed suicide aftermath of this incidence.

He had done the mistake and did a lot of things to escape from the ‘law’ coverage area.   But nothing has been worked out in his favour. What he had done in the room that has been brought out in to the world.

In our spiritual life also, we like to be in the non coverage area of the Lord to hide our mistakes.  In addition, we try to run away from his presence just like the contemporary sales man who used to switch off the phone or try to be away from the coverage area to avoid unnecessary call.  But, this is not possible, because David told in Psalm139:7-10, “7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  God will bring out the incidence that we want to dump it in non coverage area.

Let us glance how God has brought King David’s sin from the non coverage area to the coverage area and his confession.   In that incidence, God has used two prominent people to bring him back to God’s coverage area.

A.  A loyal servant, Uriah:

Joab and his soldiers were in the battle field and fighting with Ammonities and Rabbah.  But David remained in Jerusalem without any work.  He got up from the bed and walked around the roof of the palace to see the woman bathing.  He sent his messengers to get her to his bed.  He slept with her and sent her back.  After some days, Bathsheba the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite sent the message that she was pregnant.  The message had shocked him.  He wanted to conceal by sending her husband to sleep with her to avoid his name to be in the picture.  He wanted Uriah to be the father of his child (On those days there were no facilities of testing DNA).

But the things haven’t gone as he thought.  Uriah, didn’t go to his house instead he spent the night with the masters servant room.  David called Uriah and enquired about the reason for not going to the house.  Uriah, committed David’s soldier told that the time is not for enjoying when my masters are in the battle field.  After that, David planned a strategic to kill Uriah.  He did it with the help of Joab by sending him to forefront of the battle field and retreat from him, that he was killed by Ammonites.

Here, we see that God has intervened to bring the mistakes of David by not allowing Uriah to enter into his house.  If he would have entered into the house, things would have gone in the favour of David.

B. The prophet, Nathan:

After killing Uriah, David has decided to put everything aside. He thought that the things were away from God’s coverage area.  But, God sent Nathan to warn him with a beautiful story.

2 Sam 12:1-7

The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle,  but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!

God has used two persons to bring David to His coverage area.  In our life also, we think that we can run away after sinning against God.   But, God will make the situation and warn through the people and incidence to bring you back to His fold.  God has no coverage problem.  He is everywhere to monitor and guiding you.  Let us come to His presence, feel His presence and follow His presence.

J. Peter Daniel

Glocal youth vision

Email: peterpearline@gmail.com / yahoo.co.in

Skype: peterpearline

http://Glocalyouthvision.wordpress.com

www.kirubai.org

http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com

I was forced to eat human excreta by Christians: Dalit youth

Published on Thu 14th Jan 2010 13:13:23

Dindigul (TN), January 14: In a shocking case of caste discrimination, a dalit has alleged that he was forced to eat human faeces by a group of ‘high caste Christians’ for walking with chappals in their street in the district.

The dalit youth, in his complaint to Batalagundu police inspector, said “a group of high caste Christians forced human faeces into my mouth after beating me for walking with chappals in their street”.

Sadayandi, who is from Indhira Nagar in Meikovilpatti in Dindigul district, claimed the incident occurred on January 7 when a group of more than 10 ‘caste christians’ stopped him and asked if he was not aware of the “order” that dalits should not walk with chappals in their street. Then they asked him to remove his chappals and slapped him with it, he said.

“One of them suggested that I should be fed human excreta       http://www.zopag.com/news/i-was-forced-to-eat-human-excreta-by-christians-dalit-youth/12695.html)

Let Catholic weekly use the word Allah, Muslims urged

Kuala Lumpur, January 4: The Malaysian government has urged Muslims across the country to remain calm, and respect the High Court’s verdict to allow Catholic weekly ‘Herald’ to use the word ‘Allah’.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Jamil Khir Baharom, said that the groups should be patient and allow the matter to be resolved through the legal process.

“I will meet the NGOs soon to hear their views and to discuss the matter further with them,” The Star Online quoted Baharom, as saying.

On Thursday, Judge Lau Bee Lian had ruled that use of ‘Allah’ was constitutional as long as the periodical was confined to educate the followers of the Christian faith.

However, former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad didn’t agree with the High Court’s decision.

“This is because ‘God’ in other religions is translated as ‘Tuhan’ in Bahasa Melayu or Arabic, not ‘Allah’. Allah specifically refers to God in Islam. If they understand that, they would use the word ‘Tuhan’, not ‘Allah’,” he said after presenting a keynote address at the Malay Undergraduates Convention at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

http://publication.samachar.com/pub_article.php?id=7276124&nextids=7274885|7276124|7276125|7276126|7274881&nextIndex=2

Saudi schoolgirl to get 90 lashes for carrying mobile:

A 13-year-old schoolgirl in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 90 lashes and two months in prison for carrying to her classroom a mobile phone equipped with a camera. The girl, who has not been named, was sentenced to 90 lashes in front of her classmates followed by two months in detention. A Saudi court pronounced the judgement after she was caught with a cell phone equipped with a camera. The gadget is banned in girls’ schools in the country, (http://www.hindustantimes.com/Saudi-schoolgirl-to-get-90-lashes-for-carrying-mobile/H1-Article1-500399.aspx accessed on 22 January 2010

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