On the Move…..
Today, the people in this world are migrating from one place to another. The women also join this bandwagon by moving to different countries, to carry out their work. The rural youth has moved to nearby cities. The youth in one city move to another city or even other countries depending upon their requirements. The movement is a part and parcel of life, which was not the case in the nineteenth century. In Bible, we see that God has told Adam to multiply and fill this earth. It means to go throughout the world and inhabit it. Recent technologies have fulfilled the same. This is the reason that the world has named itself as a “Global village’. Moving from one country to another country is a great calling of God to many stalwarts in the Bible. Let us see how and what were the reasons for God to move people from place to place.
1. PERSECUTION moves us:
Jesus Christ, as a child moved from place to place with the help and guidance of the Lord. His move has been recorded in Mathew as a prophecy of Old Testament prophets. The wrath of the king has made the prophecy and God’s will fulfilled in His life.
In our life too, God allows some of the persecutors to drive us away from our comfort zones to fulfill His will in our life. God allowed persecution through Pharaoh so that the Israelites could run away from Egypt with the help of Moses. Aquila and Priscilla were moved from Corinth due to Persecution. It helped them to take care of Paul as well to mentor Apollos
2 . NEED moves us:
God’s plan is beyond imagination and no one can comprehend. He took Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem . Though the move may look insignificant but it was a significant move for the shepherds. Due to this,the shepherds had the oppurtunity to come and worship the Lord Jesus Christ.
The movements of Jesus benefited not only for the shepherds but also Simon and Anna, the servants of God who were waiting for Messiah.
God wants us to move from one place to another not only for reaching out the unreached soul but also for the benefit of the servants of God. It is good for us to be ready for the move whenever he calls us to do so.. He may call us to leave our own comfort zone like own house, car, salary to another place where you may not have suchcomforts. Are you ready to move for the dying soul as well as for God to revive His servants?
• Be in tune with God’s frequency.
• Expect the move
• Accept the move when it comes.
• Enjoy the move
• Be willing to move
• Be ready to move again.
Wish you a happy New year 2009.
J. Peter Daniel M.E.
Glocal Youth Vision
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THE ANT AND THE CONTACT LENS
(A true story by Josh and Karen Zarandona)
Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff.
In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold of the rope, and started up the face of that rock. Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda’s eye and knocked out her contact lens. Well, here she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn’t there.
Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it.
When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that
Bible verse that says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.” She thought, “Lord, you can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.”
Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, “Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?”
Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it!
Brenda told me that her father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, “Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But, if this is what
You want me to do; I’ll carry it for You.”
I think it would probably do some of us good to occasionally say, “God, I don’t know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But, if you want me to carry it, I will.”
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
To me, that is not only a faith builder, but also a reminder that I need to stop asking questions and simply carry the load that the Lord has given to me. It is God that does the work! We just carry the contact lenses!
1. E-Prostitution sends shock waves: Anti-Vice Squad of the city busted an online prostitution racket by arresting a 28 year old pimp at a bungalow on Ayanavarm-Konnur High Road on 11th December. A female model based in Bangalore and a woman from Mumbai was rescued from the gang, which allegedly ran the online racket, police said. Enquiries reveal that the women were brought to Chennai promising great future in modeling. During investigation, it was found to be operated mainly in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkat and Chennai. (Kellys Talk, 14-29 December 2008, p.1)
2. Student suicide rate in city comes down: According to recent statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau for 2007, the rate of suicides by students in Chennai has reduced by nearly half compared to figures for the previous year. In 2006, 226 students committed suicide – highest among Indian cities. This figure fell by 48.23% to 117 in 2007, putting Chennai at second place among cities. The 2007 statistics put Delhi on top of the list with a total of 120 suicides. Bangalore occupied the third spot with 116 suicides, one less than the figure for Chennai while Mumbai was fourth with 82 students taking their lives. However, there has been an increase on 6% across India in the number of suicides (from 5857 in 2006 to 6248 in 2007). In other words, 17 students ended their lives every day in 2007. (Karthika Gopalakrishnan, The Times of India, 15 December 2008, p.7)
3. More men committed suicide in India than women: Report: India reported 122,637 suicides last year — an average of 336 every day — with more men ending their lives than women, the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has revealed. Although suicide was a nationwide phenomenon, five states — Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka — registered consistently higher number of suicidal deaths during the last few years. Overall, 2007 recorded an increase of 3.8% over the previous year’s figure of 118,112. Poverty was surprisingly not the major reason for suicide with more people ending their lives due to family (23.8%) and health problems (22.3%) than bankruptcy or sudden change in economic status (2.7%), love affairs (2.8%), dowry dispute (2.6%), unemployment (2%) and suspected/illicit relation (1.1%). Only 2.3% of people committed suicide due to poverty. Incidentally, it is not the comparatively poor states like Bihar, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh which witnessed suicides in higher numbers. The dubious distinction, in fact, went to well-off states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Out of the total 122,637 suicides committed in the country last year, the highest, 15,184, was reported from Maharashtra followed by Andhra Pradesh (14,882), West Bengal (14,860), Tamil Nadu (13,811) and Karnataka (12,304). These five states accounted for 57.9% of the total suicides reported in India. The remaining were reported from the other 23 states and seven Union Territories (UTs). UP, the most populous state (16.6% share of population) reported comparatively lower percentage, accounting for only 3.2% of total suicides. As far as suicides committed by farmers (16,632) are concerned, Maharashtra (4,238) surpassed all other states with its Vidarbha region becoming the focal point. According to the NCRB’s report, Karnataka saw 2,135 farmer suicides, Andhra Pradesh (1,797), Chhattisgarh (1,593), Madhya Pradesh (1,263) and Kerala (1,232). Although the overall figure shows a slight fall from 17,060 in 2006, the broad trend remained unchanged with indebtedness becoming the main cause. The number of farmers who committed suicide in Maharashtra accounted for more than a quarter of the total suicides reported in the state.
Referring to the sex profile of persons committing suicide during 2007, the NCRB report said social and economic causes led most males to kill themselves whereas emotional and personal causes mainly drove women to end their lives.
(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/More_men_committed_suicide_Report/articleshow/3842361.cms accessed on 16th December 2008)
1. Students in US don’t mind lying, stealing & cheating: In the past year, 30% (35% of boys and 26% of girls) of US high school students have stolen from a store and 64% have cheated on a test, according to a new, large scale survey suggesting that Americans are too apathetic about ethical standards. The Josephson Institute, a Los Angeles-based ethics institute, surveyed 29760 students at 100 randomly selected high schools in US, both public and private. 36% said that they used Internet to plagiarize an assignment. 42% said they sometimes lie to save money – 49% of the boys and 36% of the girls. (The Times of India, 2 December 2008, p. 11)
2. Global child porn racket busted, 170 arrested: More than 170 people around the globe, including at least 61 in the United States, have been arrested in a major operation targeting international child pornographers. So far, Operation Joint Hammer has rescued 11 girls in the United States, age three to 13, who were sexually abuse by child pornography producers, US Attorney General Michael Mukasey and representatives of the European Union said at the Justice Department. Dozens more were located in Europe, including several young female victims in Ukraine. Authorities found connections between producers, distributors and customers in nearly 30 countries as a single investigation grew to a global inquiry into the dark corners of brutality and child abuse for sexual pleasure. The investigation, code-named Operation Koala in Europe, was first developed when investigators determined a pornographic video found in Australia had been produced in Belgium. “This joint EU-U.S. coordinated effort began with the discovery in Europe of a father who was sexually abusing his young daughters and producing images of that abuse,” Mukasey said. Further investigation showed a number of alleged online child porn rings. Some included dangerous offenders who not only traded child pornography, but also sexually abused children, the officials said. Agents are still attempting to locate child victims whose images have appeared in photos and videos and more arrests are expected as the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Postal Inspection Service continue the investigation. A Postal Service official said ringleaders primarily targeted prepubescent female victims to satisfy their customers, but noted that other groups produce photos and videos of boys and girls of all ages — or even infants. (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/global-child-porn-racket-busted-170-arrested/80443-2.html accessed on 13 December 2008)
Item No I and II has been taken from http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com