An era ends when a leader passes away or his followers diverted from his principles. Many leaders have passed away without their followers to take up their principles till the end. The communist rule was curtailed after the death of Stalin. The military rule came to an halt after Ediamen passed away. Therefore the death came as a separating agent, snubbing the ideas of the leader.
Historically, the death of Jesus Christ made a remarkable change in these patterns. His death becomes the beginning of a new era. This has remained fruitful even after 2000 years. Moreover it will continue until the return of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.
A death of Jesus Christ brought in a new dimensional spiritual kingdom to the earth. In the initial ministry, Jesus announced God’s kingdom which has been fulfilled after His death. The death of Jesus on the cross made us a way to cross three important mile stone on this earth.
I. Darkness (Matt 4:16):
The person feels the importance of light when he experiences darkness. Every man experiences darkness in his life. It may be bitterness, guilt, backbiting, betrayal, false accusation etc. This cripples a person from enjoying in the present life in all its fullness. Moreover, it curtails his movement and he feels the heaviness in his heart. This is called the inner darkness due to sour relationship with the society, family, friends and failure in life.
In Matt 27:45-46, the land was covered with darkness for three hours during His curicification. The reason for the darkness was that the Light of the earth had been extinguished on the cross for us to cross over from inner darkness to eternal light. His death has changed our life tso that we can see the difference between darkness and light, evil and good. His death on the cross has become a meaning in our life.
For the first time an earthly court had awarded the death penalty to the innocent holy man, Jesus Christ even though the witnesses had declared Him as faultless. This gives us the evidence that Jesus Christ had voluntarily taken ofthis cruel penalty to set us free from sin. The cross is the instrument for the man to get their forgiveness from the sin. The cross has become the bridge for us to cross to reach God.
The word ‘death’ is not being used prominently among people. It carries the meaning as “end of everything”. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross is the end for the death penalty of the sin. He died on the cross to cross over fear from the death. He had taken the consequences of death. The death of Jesus Christ never ended an era. It started the first and foremost step for resurrection. He crossed over from death to resurrection. This was the reason why Paul said that we are dead to sin and alive in Christ. In the same way, The cross has given the following hopes in our life.
- If we dead today, we will resurrect with Him
- He is living today.
- He will come back.
The word ‘resurrection’ is used for rising today from spiritual death by believing that Jesus Christ died for me and the resurrection from the physical death when he will come with His angels to judge this world.
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The Vatican has extended its list of deadly sins to include genetic modification, polluting, obscene wealth, human experimentation and taking drugs — which leads to this and another injustice. But before asking for absolution, we turn to Web search to help us identify some of these new “shalt nots.” We have these genetically altered cats, this pinnacle of financial gluttony; and did you know this causes pollution? The new modern-day no-no’s will be added to the original “deadly seven” list, which includes lust and pride. How well do you know the other sins?
This sin is synonymous with the color of money, emeralds and the Chanel alligator tote. Coincidence?
This sin gave reason for all those Alka-Seltzer commercials. Plop, plop …
This sin is a lot like “Seinfeld”: It’s a sin about (doing) nothing.
This sin is ruled by Mars. Khan, in “Star Trek II,” had it.
Two hours, 192 drunken driving cases
10 Mar 2008, 0107 hrs IST , TNN
BANGALORE: Don’t drink and drive on city roads. The traffic police have decided to go all out to discipline motorists, especially at night.
On Saturday night, in less than 2 hours, the traffic police booked 192 drunken driving cases in Bangalore East division.
“The special drive to check drunken driving will surely reduce the number of accidents. It will also bring in road discipline. The police want everyone to enjoy the weekend and it should not be monopolised by one section (drunken drivers),” said a police officer.
The police have suggested that party-goers engage drivers or hire taxis.
Fibreglass LPG cylinders soon
From Aditya Raj Das,DH News Service,New Delhi:
Come June, Bangaloreans can look forward to junking the clumsy-looking iron-made LPG cylinders in favour of swanky fibreglass cylinders, adding a new element to the dcor of their kitchens.
The petroleum ministry has just given its nod for launching a pilot project for introducing fibreglass LPG cylinders in three cities — Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai — targeting high-end consumers.
According to Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dinshaw Patel, the ministry has conveyed its “in-principle” approval to the state-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) for expanding their product line through introduction of such composite cylinders.
With the concept of gas-supply service through pipeline to the kitchen-point becoming popular among consumers, the OMCs have been toying with the idea of replacing the bulky iron-bodied LPG cylinders.
The fibreglass cylinders, weighing 50 per cent less, will be transparent and non-corrosive.
“Apart from giving a clean look, the fibreglass cylinder is definitely going to be a hit among consumers, as it would eliminate any chances of pilferage,” a top marketing official in the Indian Oil Corporation told Deccan Herald.
As the fibreglass cylinders are transparent, consumers can see whether they contain the right amount of gas, the official said. But they will come only on demand and with a steeply higher price tag. “There will be no subsidy element for the LPG. The initial deposit for such connections will be much higher than the current deposit collected for conventional LPG cylinders,” sources in the ministry said.
“It is proposed that for every fibreglass refill of 10-kg capacity, a consumer would have to shell out Rs 60 per kg of gas, as against the subsidised rate of Rs 21 per kg,” the sources said.
Jackson family in the dumps!
31 Mar 2008, 0000 hrs IST , TNN
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Gary, Jermaine, Randy, Michael and Marlon formed Jackson 5, which was one of the most influential and successful vocal groups of all time.
A popular internet site reports that now some of the members are working in supermarkets stocking shelves and even as car mechanics. The most famous one, Michael, is about to lose his Neverland ranch, as well as the family home in Encino. He is currently holed up in Las Vegas.
Brother Marlon works in the supermarket in San Diego and had to move into an extended-stay hotel with his wife while Tito formed a band and earns up to $500 to $1,500 for gigs.
Randy served as Michael’s business manager during the molestation trial but got into trouble when he made three people take out lines of credits against their homes to help Michael pay for attorney fees. Michael never paid them back.
Sister Janet seems to be the only one doing well. She has a new album out and bought her mom a house in Las Vegas in anticipation of losing the family mansion to foreclosure.
In spite of all this, their father Joe said: “We can get back out there and set the world on fire. If the Rolling Stones can still rake in the money, so too can my boys.”
NO talking to each other, school tells its teachers
Apparently fed up of its teachers constantly found chatting in the corridors, the management of Fatima High School in Ghatkopar issued a circular banning them from personal talk on school premises. Even official talk has to be routed through a committee
Penalizing talkative students is easy, but what happens when it is the teachers who are too talkative? The principal of Fatima High School at Ghatkopar has come up with a unique solution — banning teachers from talking to each other.
The teachers of Fatima High School claim they were handed a circular last week instructing them to restrict conversation with colleagues on the school premises, not to indulge in personal conversation during recess hours and to interact officially only with a special supervisor’s permission. They said the circular categorically stated that teachers ignoring the circular would invite disciplinary action.
The teachers are, of course, outraged. “We were shocked to receive a circular like this. We went to the authorities to complain but they refused to budge from their stance and said this was to maintain discipline on the campus. How can they stop us from speaking to each other during recess hours?” said an irate teacher requesting anonymity.
The reasons for issuing such a circular are not stated in the circular but the staff was told that there were serious problems of discipline with the students because teachers also indulge in personal talk and ignore their responsibilities.
“This is becoming like a jail. How can we function without any personal interaction? This is ridiculous and the management is supporting it with baseless allegations like teachers leave the class unattended, they step out and talking to each other in the corridor, there is a lot of noise from the staffroom and so on,” a teacher said.
“These are issues which should be dealt with on an individual basis. Teachers who are spotted doing this can be reprimanded. Why make it general?” added the teacher.
Father Francis Gonsalves, manager of the school, who issued the circular, said, “I stand by my instructions to the staff to refrain from discussing their personal problems on the school premises. For official discussions with each other, they have to go through a supervisory team which will deal with academic issues.”
He added, “We now have assigned separate cubicles for the teachers in the staff room where they can sit and do their work. I have asked them not to talk in the corridors or during class hours.
“Sometimes teachers form a group and start talking in the verandas disturbing the class. Some teachers also leave their class unattended and talk to colleagues. All these practices have to be checked keeping in mind the discipline at the school. I do not think I have done anything wrong. I have to think of taking my school to the next level. What is wrong in taking a few positive steps towards the same?”
Fr Francis denied that the teachers had brought their displeasure over the circular to the notice of the principal. “If they have a problem with any strictures being passed, they should come to us, we would have explained why this move was important,” he said.
*This is becoming like a jail. How can we function without any personal interaction?
Kerala youth webcasts last moments to lover
Tuesday March 18 2008 05:12 IST
KANNUR: No matter how dubious the distinction is, the credit for becoming the first state in the country, and perhaps in the world, where a suicide was demonstrated online by the victim or the hero himself, goes to Kerala.
The biggest irony of the situation was that it was a medical student, doing his BDS, who set the precedent in this connection and stunned the world.
Keeping the web camera linked to his computer on, he demonstrated to his girlfriend living in Delhi how a man could hang himself to death probably for the cause of love. Was it the senseless deed of a jilted lover. No one knows, except the boy and the girl themselves. The police are trying to decipher it using the web camera and the computer left behind by him.
The death of V.S. Karthik, 21, a 2005 batch student of the Pariyaram Medical College, in a hostel room a couple of days ago, wasn’t just another incident of suicide going by the evidence available now.
A section of the media opted to publish it in the obituary page possibly on the ground that the bigger question of ethics of journalism was involved in reporting the death in detail.
It was on Friday evening that the body of Karthik was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his hostel room. The recorded piece of conversation available from the computer recovered from his room by the police show that Karthik, an introvert who had not many friends in his classroom, used to chat regularly with his girlfriend in Delhi.
Incidentally, on Friday evening the conversation centred on suicide. There were some hurdles in the fulfilment of their love affair, if the replies of the girl to the queries raised by the boy recorded in the computer were anything to go by.
What Karthik had been talking to the girl could be understood through the response of the girl. As the chatting was confined itself to suicide the girl was heard pleading with him not to take recourse to the extreme step.
Minutes later, Karthik was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his room. Possibly the girl could be helplessly watching it all on her computer screen as the web camera kept in Karthik’s room was focused on the ceiling fan from which his body was found hanging the next day.
The police made no attempt either to question Karthik’s girl-friend or to find out what she had seen on the computer screen that evening, although her response to what he had been asking for and talking about was recorded in his computer.
“No doubt, it is a case of suicide, but we aren’t sure how the girl would react if we go ahead with the probe and we can’t be instrumental in causing another such act” said a senior police official who refused to be identified.
300,000 children toil in India’s cotton fields
Mon, Mar 31 10:08 AM
New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Making their way under the cover of darkness, unscrupulous dealers whisk away thousands of children from Rajasthan in trucks to neighbouring Gujarat to make them work in the state’s booming cotton fields.
An estimated 300,000 children, most of them below 14 years, work in India’s cotton fields in subhuman conditions, say officials of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
Though Gujarat is where most of them are headed, the children – mostly from the tribal belt of Rajasthan – are also taken to Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Worried by this trend, the commission has summoned the secretaries of both Rajasthan and Gujarat Wednesday to its headquarters in New Delhi.
‘We have asked the secretaries of both the states for consultation. We will be sitting together and will come out with a plan to be implemented in the two states to stop the migration of children to cotton fields,’ commission chairperson Shantha Sinha told IANS.
‘The issue is very serious and it needs our focussed attention as the trend continues to intensify,’ she explained.
The commission was set up by an Act of Parliament in December 2005 in recognition of the need to ensure that children enjoy their childhood and all their entitlements as a matter of right.
India has the largest number of child labourers in the world today, with 12.7 million economically active children of 5-14 years, according to Census 2001. Unofficially, child rights activists put the figure at nearly 60 million. There are 420 million children in the age group of 0-18 years in the country.
Sinha said the four states – Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu – account for 95 percent of total cottonseed production in the country, thus leading to a demand for cheap labour, she said. Gujarat is the largest producer of cottonseed.
She said they came to know about the trafficking of children, especially tribal children, when they held a public hearing on child labour last August in Rajasthan’s Dungarpur district.
‘We found that national and multinational companies paid a commission to local agents from the tribal communities of Rajasthan to recruit children to work as cheap labour in the fields of Gujarat,’ she said.
Sinha, who is the first chairperson of the commission, said they had heard horror stories about how children were trafficked from their villages and were vulnerable to health hazards and abuse.
‘They are subjected to violence and toil for hours in the heat and dust. They also complain of headaches, giddiness and depression,’ she added. ‘There is a growth in the number of child labour in the country, mainly in the informal sector and in agricultural activities,’ Sinha said.
Following the meeting, the commission planned to crack down on this practice and is establishing a vigilance committee with officials and non-officials to prevent trafficking of children.
They also plan to construct housing facilities for the rescued children and provide them education.
Sociologist Neera Burra, who recently submitted a detailed report to the commission on the issue, said the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, does not prohibit all forms of child labour, making it possible for many more children to be drawn into the labour force.
‘The parents of these children are given some money and promised that their sons and daughters will live a better life – which is never the case. These dealers escape being detected, pack the children in trucks and take them away under the cover of darkness,’ she said.
She added that the trend has been seen for the past few years, and most of the children come from the tribal belt of Rajasthan. ‘Some of these children also work as maidservants and in shops,’ she explained.
Agreeing that the problem exists, Congress MP from Andhra Pradesh Madhu Goud Yaskhi said: ‘I have no reason to disbelieve that 300,000 children are working in cotton fields.
‘I know that the practice is followed in Gujarat and other states. I know it is a huge number. And we politicians are as guilty for not taking up this issue seriously. We need to do something about child labour,’ said the Lok Sabha MP, who was present at a meeting of the commission.
(Kavita Bajeli-Datt can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)