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.
J. Peter Daniel
Glocal youth vision
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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)