Disciples Renewal Ministries

January 2010

Prisoners of the Past

Peter Daniel

A Rear mirror is used to view a vehicle that is coming behind us.  It is installed at center line of the vehicle near to the driver’s seat, second mirror on right hand side and third mirror on the left hand side.   The driver has to glimpse the mirror to align his vehicle according to the need and press on towards his destination.   Sometimes he has to adjust the vehicle by steering the wheel to left or right with the glance of the rear mirror.

The use of the rear mirror is minimal and for few moments.  Some of the drivers glare on the rear mirror and forget to see the front view.  It leads to an accidence and loss to the property of others.  For instance,   the driving school instructor has instructed one of the students to look both the rear mirror often to navigate the car according to the rear vehicle. He also mentioned to the student not to look only rear mirror but used it for few moments.

In believers life’s journey, many times we have been dwelled in past glorious experience, emotional hurts, bad experience which has curtailed us to see the future properly.  In addition, the bad experience has become a focal point in our life.  The past incidences have to be considered as a rear mirror to look and learn from the incidence.

Paul in his experience he has written a lot of principles related to looking forward and move forward in a Christian journey.

I. Press on:

Paul wrote in Phil. 3:4-9 as an accountant by providing loss and gain statement.   He considered his experience, confidence in the flesh, status, religious knowledge, zeal for traditions etc. in the loss column and excellence of the knowledge of Jesus Christ, Knowing the power of His resurrection and fellowship of His suffering in the profit column.   At last, Paul mentioned that he is putting all the loss behind of him and reaching forward to the profit of knowing Him.

In Jesus life also, He never mentioned about His miracle to any one or in His preaching.  He kept His focus on saving the world from sin.  Just like Jesus, we have to put behind past glory which we have done for the Lord, scars and experience behind and think about Him and move forward.

II. Press toward the upward call:

The road has a lot of humps and bumps that have to be crossed to reach the destination.  It may blur our vision when we are travelling in bump or hump.    But we have to press on towards the destination without turning back.  In Phil 3:14 Paul asks us to focus on upward call of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  His call is moving upward to Him.

Many of Christian believers are living without purpose even though they are born again.  The life without purpose is just like tree with green leaves without fruits.  As a believer, we ask God to give us a vision to move forward according to His call.

As we have entered into New Year, let us put behind all the sorrows, happiness, scars and press on to reach the destination with the help of His call and vision.

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

GYV

Wish you

A

Happy New Year 2010

93 pc of Brits to skip the church on Christmas

London, Dec 25 : A new survey has revealed that almost 93 per cent of Britons would be skipping the church on Christmas Day.

They would either be spending Christmas eating turkey, drinking champagne or opening presents – but will not attend the church.

The study by Opinion Matters only 11 per cent had the intention of attending Midnight Mass last night on Christmas Eve, while 86 per cent said they sent Christmas cards.

Daily Express columnist Ann Widdecombe told Express.co.uk: “If you”re not going to church on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day then why are you celebrating Christmas?”

“What does Christmas mean if you are not going to church?” she asked.

The survey also showed that a huge 87 per cent of 16-24-year-olds are opting out, compared with only 72 per cent of over 55s.

Widdecombe said political corre”Political correctness is surpressing Christianity. You can no longer say what you think because you be accused of offending other faiths,” she added.

Women are more likely to attend church over Christmas than men.

Only 11 per cent of men said they would spend the holy day there, compared with 14 per cent of women.

Rector Thomas Holme said low numbers of church attendance are down to secularisation.

“The country has become much more secular,” he said

“”When am I going to church?” is still very much down on the list of thoughts at Christmas.

“I am not encouraged by the future of the church and organised religion – it is in decline,” he added.

Giant spiral UFO over Norway baffles experts:

The appearance of a huge spiral of light over Norway yesterday morning has left experts stunned and bewildered as to its origins. Thousands of awe-struck Norwegians bombarded the Meteorological Institute with questions about the incredible light, which could be seen in the pre-dawn sky for hundreds of miles. Experts believe the space spectacle, which has been dubbed ‘Star-Gate’, is an entirely new astral phenomenon, though the world’s top scientists and the military have admitted they are baffled. Theories about the light being a misfired Russian missile, meteor fireball, never-before-seen type of northern light, ‘black hole’ and even alien activity were all proposed. Witnesses across Norway, who first glimpsed the space show at 8.45am, all described seeing a spinning ‘Catherine wheel-style’ spiral of white light, centred around a bright moon-like star. A blue “streaming tail” appeared to anchor the spiral to earth, before the light “exploded” into a rotating ring of white fire. The spiral spectacle, which lasted for two minutes, was seen by vast swathes of the Scandinavian country’s almost five million population, with sightings as far north as Finnmark to Trondelag in the south. Norway’s most celebrated astronomer, Knut Jorgen Roed Odegaard, said he had never seen anything like the spiral before. Chief Scientist Erik Tandberg, at the Norwegian Space Centre, said that he too was “totally amazed” by the spiral. He agreed with many other experts that a missile from Russia could have caused the spiral pattern, something the Russian military have strongly denied. Meanwhile, Nick Pope, former UFO analyst for the Ministry of Defence, added that the Norwegian sighting was a “real mystery”.

97,000 kids tested with AIDS from 2007-2009

The highest was in Andhra Pradesh with 22,559 children testing positive for the disease followed by 21,835 in Maharashtra and 15,082 in Tamil Nadu.

Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Trivedi said: “The government has taken several steps to protect children from HIV infection.

“Identification, counseling and prophylactic treatment to HIV positive pregnant women and new born babies, diagnosis of HIV positive children and spreading public awareness.”

‘Two persons die of TB in India every 3 minutes’

Wed, Dec 16 05:55 PM

Ranchi, Dec. 16 — Two persons die of tuberculosis (TB) in India every three minutes, and India is one of the 22 high TB burden countries in the world, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) TB Report-2009, published recently.

This was informed by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dinesh Trivedi in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday in reply to a question from Jharkhand’s RS member Parimal Nathwani. Trivedi also informed that there were 16 other countries in the world with a higher rate of TB incidences than India.

Responding to a query from Nathwani, the minister said, NGOs, private TB service providers, corporate hospitals, medical colleges etc were being actively involved in the fight against TB. Schemes under the Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP) were available since 2000 for involvement of the NGOs and private providers, Trivedi said and added these schemes had been further revised in 2008 to make them more flexible and in line with the newer initiatives.

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S(W)IN(E)  FLU

J. Peter Daniel

Swine flu has aroused the panic level higher all over the world.   People are cautioned via Media and other contemporary technologies.  The talk of the town is also swine flu rather than anything else.  The schools are closed to curb the spreading of this disease.  The precaution measures are implemented effectively by arranging mask and guidelines for protecting from the diseases.

Recently, I went to school for paying fees for my children.  I was screened by the paramedical staff before entering into the school.  I wondered how the people are afraid of a tiny virus that has the capability of endangering human life.

In this world, we are thinking of protecting our body from the attack of virus.  But we are reluctant to take any precautionary measures to prevent the attack of evil around us.   Many a times, we are not scared of evil virus which is producing within us and also not aware of the evil flu that passes on to our offspring.

Let us see how the instruction of swine flu that will help us in escaping from the evil flu.

1.  Keep one meter gap from the affected person:

The ministry of Health in Bahrain has advised us, to keep one meter distance from the sick patients and to instruct the people to avoid hugging anyone even a child as well.  Everyone has obeyed and followed the instructions without fail.

God has given a lot of instructions to deal with evil flu, which damages our spiritual life and takes away our eternal life.   In Ps.1.1, God has commanded us not to walk, stand and sit with evil person.  It means, we have to avoid them completely.

Paul said to flee from evil, sexual immorality (I Cor. 6:18), Idolatry (I Cor. 10-14-15),  evil desires of youth (2Tim 2:22).  In the Bible, we see that Joseph fled away from the youthful lust and sexual immorality.   Just like him, we have to run away from evil flu. One of the Bible teachers requested the youth congregation to follow 3:3:3 formulas when speaking with opposite sex.  He explained that we have to keep 3 steps distance from the person, 3 (Physical) persons (Should not say God is there) has to be there and 3 minutes conversation is allowed.  This formula is applicable for the married ones too.

2. Take precautionary Measures:

Swine flu has the capability to pass on to the next person via coughing, sneezing etc.  To avoid this, the government has recommended safety precaution method of providing masks and using sanitizer.  Similarly, the precautionary measures have been spelled out in Bible to fight with evil flu.    First, the word of God will protect us from the evil.  That’s why, meditating and delighting in the word of God is more important than anything in this world (Math4:4, Ps. 1: 2).  God instructed Moses to educate the Israelites to teach the word of God to the children by talking with them, when they are walking, lying down, getting up and tie them as symbols on hands, doorframes (Deut 6:5-9)

Secondly, we have to pray to God to deliver us form the evil one and also not to lead in to temptation.  These two prayer points are important in everyday walk of our life.  Thirdly, we need to have fellowship with fellow brethren to escape from the evil flu.  God has asked us to commune with one another, share the burden with one another.  This will give us boosting to move forward in our spiritual journey.

Let us come to the Lord to get His guidance to flee from evil and also to protect from evil temptation and forces.  If we live like this we will surely cast away evil flu from our life.

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

GYV

Wish you

A

happy Christmas

and

Happy New year 2010

Who will reach out Indian students in other countries like USA, Australia, Canada, and Germany………… Are you able to go as a tentmaker / student missionary?

Indian students in US cross 100,000 mark: The number of students from India enrolled in US universities and colleges crossed 100,000 for the first time ever this year As the number of international students at colleges and universities in the US increased by 8% to an all-time high of 671,616 in the 2008/09 academic year, students from India made up 103,260 of the overall number, according to the Open Doors report, which is published annually by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with the US government. The Indian numbers went up 9.2 per cent from 94,563 in 2007/2008 to cross 100,000 for the first time to retain its position as the top place of origin for international students in the United States. China remained in second place, although there was a sharp 21 per cent spike in students from China, going up from 81,127 last academic year to 98,235 this year. South Korea (69,000 to 75,000) remained in third place. This is the eighth consecutive year that India has remained in the top spot. In course of a preview of the forthcoming visit to Washington of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next week, Indian officials said on Monday that Indian student inflow contributed nearly $ 3 billion to the US economy last year. Overall, international students contribute $17.8 billion to the US economy, through their expenditures on tuition and living expenses, according to the US Department of Commerce. The largest growth this year was seen in undergraduate enrollments, which increased by 11%, compared to a 2% increase in graduate enrollments. This growth was driven largely by increases in undergraduate students from China, suggesting that increased affluence is enabling Chinese to send their children to US for undergrad education, where there is typically less scholarship and funding. According to Open Doors 2009, universities in California hosted the largest number of foreign students with 93,124, up 10%, followed by New York with 74,934, up 7%, and Texas with 58,188, up 12%. The New York City metropolitan area continues to be the leading city for international students, with 59,322 enrolled in area schools, up 8%. The Los Angeles metropolitan area is in second place with 42,897 international students, up 11%. For the eighth consecutive year, Open Doors reports that the University of Southern California hosted the largest number of international students, this year reporting 7,482. New York University held in second place with 6,761 international students, and Columbia University, also holding steady in third place, hosted 6,685. Rounding out the top five 2008/09 host institutions are University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (6,570 students) and Purdue
University (6,136 students). Open Doors reports that 171 US campuses each hosted more than 1,000 students. The top ten most popular fields of study for international students in the United States in 2008/09 were Business and Management (21% of total), Engineering (18%) and Physical and Life Sciences (9%), Social Sciences (9%), Mathematics and Computer Science (8%), Health Professions (5%), Fine & Applied Arts (5%), Intensive English Language (4%), Humanities (3%), Education (3%), and Agriculture (1%). There was also a significant 20 per cent uptick in the number of American students studying in India, part of the an overall growth in American students going abroad for academic purpose. The number of Americans studying in India rose from 2627 in 2006/2007 to 3146 in 2007/2008, making India the 17th in the list of countries for US students. The top five spots went to UK, Italy, Spain, France and China, the last of which had more than 13,000 American students.

(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Indian-students-in-US-cross-100000-mark/articleshow/5240338.cms accessed on 23 November 2009)

Lady doc held for swindling Re. 7.5 crore Tsunami aid fund:  A lady doctor and her nephew were arrested by Chennai police for allegedly swindling Rs 7.5 crore, which was disbursed by a US-based funding agency to a Church of South India (CSI)  church in Royapettah for tsunami rehabilitation work.  Police have also confiscated two luxury cars, valued at Rs 18 lakh each, which the accused is believed to have purchased through the funds. A hunt is on for the doctor’s parents, who were office-bearers of the CSI church, for their complicity in the fraud. A US-based NGO Episcopal Relief Development had given Rs 17.63 crore to the CSI church in Royapettah for rehabilitation of tsunami-affected people living in coastal Chennai. “Recently new office-bearers assumed responsibility of administering the church and approached the US funding agency for more money to complete the ongoing rehabilitation work. However, officials at the ERD sought the account summary for the money allotted earlier and the work done till date. The church secretary Moses Jayakumar asked his predecessor Pauline to submit the accounts, but she refused claiming that the ERD funds were allotted to her in individual capacity and argued that she was not accountable to the church office bearers. This led to a tussle and an internal audit carried out by the new office bearers revealed a mismatch in funds allotted and the rehabilitation work completed to the tune of Rs 7.5 crore. Immediately, Moses Jayakumar lodged a complaint with the Chennai police commissioner T Rajendran seeking an investigation into the fraud,” a senior police officer said. The central crime branch police conducted a probe during which it came to light that Pauline and Sathyamurthy had engaged their daughter Dr Benedicta and her nephew Robert Sunil as consultants for the Tsunami rehabilitation project. “Both Benedicta and Sunil were entrusted with the funds and were also paid in the order of Rs 80,000 to Rs 90,000 per month in addition to other emoluments including luxury cars for official use. “Nearly Rs 7.5 crore meant for building houses for displaced fishermen, buying fishing nets and boats were siphoned off in this manner,” the officer said. While Benedicta and Sunil have been picked up, Pauline and her husband are missing. (A Selvaraj, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/city/chennai/Lady-doc-held-for-swindling-Rs-75cr-tsunami-aid-fund/articleshow/5113896.cms accessed on 12 October 2009)

* Thanks to Rev. J.N. Manokaran for sending email reg. above news.

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November 2009

The chief Physician

J. Peter Daniel

“Just a tiny prick on the wound; initially, it will be painful; after that, it will be alright” the Nurse informed the patient named Maran in the treatment room.  Actually, he had come to the Hospital with a swelling on his right thumb.  The damage had occurred when he had tried to close the main door in his house.   Initially, he didn’t care about it.  After a week, it developed into swelling which was posted for operation.

While the nurse was conversing with him, a Doctor in white coat entered the room with a stethoscope.  Quickly, he explained the procedure step by step to Maran.  His heartbeat had gone up when he listened to the words of knife, scissors, stitching, etc.   Slowly, the Doctor finished the procedure and prescribed medicines for alleviating the pain.  After a week, Maran entered the Doctor’s cabin and showed his healed hand and expressed his gratitude to the Doctor.  Moreover, Maran quite forgot the prick and the pain.

This episode teaches lessons related to life.  The outward appearance of the swelling is actually indication of inward damage.  The cure of the swelling depends on the healing of inward part.  For complete cure, the swelling has to be operated to remove the pus as well as administer antibiotic medicine to suppress the virus and bacteria.

Similarly, the world has been immersed with evils such as social injustice, casteism, terrorism, drug addiction, immortality, debauchery, same sex marriage, rivalry among brothers, divorce, accumulation of wealth in one place and poverty in another.  The outbursts of evils are due to the inward selfish attitude of people.  For instance, gratification of sexual desire leads a father to rape his own daughter of nine years with a help of his wife and greed for wealth leads one to kill his own son to get rid of a curse, and so on.

These evils are like the wound and have disturbed whole human race.   People try to undo past, present and future ‘karma’ by doing a lot of outward religious activities.  It hasn’t either cured their inner turmoil or delivered them from evil.  It has aggravated the problem instead of alleviating it.  One of the scholars said that he wanted to do good things but he was doing evil.  He wanted to escape from this but no one can do it.  Who will help this type of a wretched person?

We have tried our best to untangle ourselves from the spider’s web but ended up with a new problem.  In the end, we feel lonely and depressed because of our attitudes haunt us day and night.  It may be a relationship problem, emotional hurt, hurting others, cheating, etc.

We have to realize and accept our inability to deal with our own problems. The acceptance of inadequacy helps us realize that we need a specialized physician who can clean and transplant our heart. The human doctor cannot perform this type of operation because they have studied to treat the patients physically. In this operation, we need a doctor who is flawless and sterile from all those evils.

If you are in this situation, it is better to start searching for a specialized Doctor; just we are finding out the right Doctor for our kind of disease.  The first question is how to recognize such a person?  First of all, the person should not have done any evil or sin in one’s life time on earth.  Secondly, the birth of the person should be different from other persons’.  Otherwise, the inborn nature of evil comes as a default. Thirdly, the person should endure hardship and death just as we do. Fourthly, the person has to face the consequence of death. Fifthly, the person has to resurrect from death.

Second question comes, who is that person?  It is better to analyze the criteria. The fifth point deals with the resurrection as per the sequence. The word ‘resurrection’ has not been attached with any leader. It has been credited only to Jesus Christ who has resurrected and is living today. His tomb was left open. He came to this world with the purpose of delivering a people from power and presence of sin. He lived and died for us. His birth was unique and different from normal.

Third question rises, what do we have to do?  For instance, the doctor should get permission from the patients before touching them. Similarly, Jesus Christ is being standing at the door of our life and knocking at our heart. He will not enter unless until we open the door because the key is with us. Once we open our heart to Jesus Christ, then He will come and dwell and dine with us. We have to confess our sin as well as confess that Jesus Christ is our Lord who has incarnated as human after setting aside all His power and glory. He substituted our place on a cross. He was buried on the same day and kept in the borrowed tomb which was guarded by the soldiers. On the third day, the stone was rolled away and Jesus Christ was raised and revealed to many people before going to heaven. He promised that He will come back as He has gone up to heaven.

The following prayer, done silently, will help you feel the burden rolling away from you. Moreover, you will feel the presence of God and power of God.

“Lord, I believe You came to this world to die for me and my sin. I often try to act as though I am a saint but I am a sinner when compared with your holiness.  I accept my sinfulness. I have to die but you have died for me and paid the penalty of my sin.  Thank You, Lord Jesus for being my substitute. Lord, please accept me as Your child and give me a new heart, new life, new thoughts, new purpose, new Spirit and a new vision.  Do come into my heart and be the Master of my life. Please give me a peace which can’t be given by this world. Give me a heart to seek You and know You more. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Amen.

This prayer makes you feel His presence in your life.  You have to continue to be in touch with God reading the Word of God (The Bible) and praying to Him about everything going on in our minds and life, and have fellowship with like-minded people who have accepted Him just like you.

P.S. You can use the above article as tract for distributing among patients

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

I.  A touching story by a girl.

“When I was a little girl, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had  made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.

On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of fruits and extremely burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if  anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom, and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him  that night, but I do remember Watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite!

When I got Up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad For burning the toast. And I’ll never forget what he  said: ‘Baby, I love burned toast.’

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if He really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, ‘Debbie,  your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides-a little burnt toast never hurt anyone!’ You know, life is full of  imperfect things…..and imperfect people. I’m not the best housekeeper or cook.

What I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults – and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences – is the one of  the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting marriage relationship.

And that’s my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your married life and lay them at the  feet of GOD. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a marriage where burnt toast isn’t a deal-breaker! We could  extend this to any relationship in fact – as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!! “

“Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.”

II. Helicopter Parents:  Parent types:  1) Helicopter:  parents hover overhead, rarely out of reach, whether their child needs them or not.  2) Rotor Blade: The overfly fussy parent, fidgeting constantly over their off spring.  A lot like the rotor-blades of a chopper.  3) Curling:  As in the Olympic ice sport of curling, parents who try to ‘sweep ice’ (obstacles) out of their child’s path.  4) Black Hawk: Like the US military helicopters, aggressive parents who will do whatever it takes for their child’s success.  Today, parents need counseling.  They should understand that every child cannot be forced to excel in everything, and that a child needs unstructured play time. Children should be given space to take charge of their life.  ‘Parental anxiety’ is predominant worrying for the best environment for their children.  In a generational shift three factors are true:  First, parents will be highly involved in their children’s lives; Second, parents opt for fewer children, wait longer to have them and are more affluent, so they tend to micromanage children’s lives and have trouble letting go;   Third, An outward sign of economic anxiety, parents want to prepare their children for fierce competition they are likely to face in an uncertain job market.  In an effort to be aware of every aspect of their child’s life, and therefore control it a lot of parents take the ‘friend’ approach.  Unfortunately, buddy parents often turn overprotective due to lack of faith, and time for their child.  Hovering can frustrate children and make them stifled, and some react to become ‘rebel’.  Setting boundaries is a good practice, with freedom to move within those limits.  Here are some signs to recognize: 1) Quick fixers: Always opt for shotgun solution to suit their child.  If the child does not like a teacher, parents will demand the principal replace him or her.  2) Ranters & Ravers: Loudly complain about anything that doesn’t go their child’s way: always crib about unfair treatment or about losing out to those with better contacts.  3) Attention seekers: Believe the world revolves around their child.  If their kids want to run up and down airplanes aisles, so be it.  Be expected to ooh and aah over them.  4) Rule bakers:  Show little respect for the views and needs of others, or fo authority.  They always side with their child, no matter how poorly behaved or bratty.  5)  A telltale sign:  Parents masquerading as their child online.  There needs to be a balanced between protective parenting and permissive parenting.  The household needs to be a democratic set-up.  Parents should be authoritative, but not authoritarian, they need to discuss disciple and responsibilities.   (Nandini Narayan & Sharmi Ghosh Dastidar, India Today 21 September 2009, p. 60-64)

Half of world’s hungry live in India:

India is high on the hunger map. Despite the government’s tall promises on the food security bill, nearly 50 per cent of the world’s hungry live in India and the global economic crisis may add more as food prices decline. Nutritional and health indicators are also extremely low.

About 35 per cent of India’s population – around 350 million – do not know where their next meal will come from. Nearly nine out of ten pregnant women aged between 15 and 49 years suffer from malnutrition and anemia.

Though many hope that the economic recession, will not last more than a year or two, there is one segment that is going to feel its impact lifelong. A majority of children below five in the country whose health may be compromised forever. Experts warn that the country cannot afford to wake up when its too late, when shocking figures start showing up in health data.

Balamma carries leftovers from the home where she works as domestic help for her two children. Her two-year old toddler, crying in hunger usually gets his first meal at noon. Balamma’s husband Krishna has not been keeping well and getting work as construction labour has been very erratic recently. “It’s very difficult, even when we have to buy oil and dal once a week. I don’t give the children any milk because I can’t afford it,” she says.

In India, 40 to 45 per cent of the children under five are already undernourished and stunted in growth. And 70 per cent of the children consume less than 50 per cent of the micronutrients they are supposed to consume. This deprivation, made worse by economic recession could be a healthy future lost forever for an entire generation.

Dr B Sesikeran, Director of National Institute of Nutrition says, “Even those marginally better nourished, will be pushed into the undernourished bracket because of the economic recession. That is a major concern.”

For children less than two years old, this will leave a lifelong imprint.

Dr G N V Brahmam, community data expert on nutrition, says, “Diet survey have shown intake of protective foods like pulses, leafy vegetables and other vegetables is very, very low. Midterm solution is to fortify foods with micronutrients because we are not able to meet through balanced diets.”

Nutritionists point out that this is nothing less than an emergency and existing infrastructure must be quickly geared up to meet the challenge. http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/hunger_crisis_a_future_lost.php accessed on 16 October 2009

Humor

Gloria Greenwood

From half way across the store, I could hear a mother calling for her son: “Jimmy, Jimmy!”  I turned a corner into another aisle and found a sis-year-old playing by himself.

“Are you Jimmy?” I asked.

“Yes”

“Didn’t you hear your mother call?”

“Yes”

“Aren’t you going to go to her?”

He shook his head.  “She ‘s not hysterical yet.”

Note: Item II and III has been taken from Glocal Urban Vision – Rev. J. N. Manokaran – http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com

October 2009

“You see to it?”

J. Peter Daniel

“Brother, Pray, God will deliver you from all your problems” – usual statement comes forth from the Christian believers after listening to the problems or issues of person.  It is just like telling indirectly, look after your problems by yourself.   It is easy to wash our hands by pointing towards the direction to God.  It is true to focus the problem to God.  But there are certain times or situations, people come to us with guilt of doing some mistakes or seeking solution for their own problems in their life.  It has to be dealt properly otherwise it will aggravate their problem, sometimes it leads to depression.

In Bible, we see in two occasions the same statement has been used to send the person away by washing their hands.

1. Judas, the betrayer: Matt 27:3-5

Judas was purchased by the chief Priests to execute their schemes.  Planned move of capturing Jesus Christ was worked out beautifully.  So they were very happy. At that moment, Judas went to meet high priest to confess his own sin and guilt.  But the high priest who is in the position of counselling and interceding for others has used Judas just like a disposable cup and uttered the word, “what is that to us?”

The chief priests have forgotten their duties and sent him with his own guilt. He committed suicide.  If the high priest could have counselled him then there might be a change in his life. Many times, just like a high priest we forget to take some time off to counsel others when they are coming to us with a need.   In addition, we are not giving adequate counselling to the people according to their needs.  For this, we need to have closure walk with a Counsellor Jesus Christ who can put His word in our mouth to counsel the counselee.

2. Pilate: Matt 27:24-26

Pilate has tried his level best to release Jesus Christ from the accusation of Jews.  His wife also warned him not to do anything against Jesus Christ.  But he was not able to do so, due to the persistent shouting from high priests.  At last he washed his hands and handed over Jesus Christ to their desires by uttering the same word “You see to it”.

As Christians, we have to stand out for the truth and contend for faith.  Instead, of  we are giving in to the whimsical of the world pressures that leads to give up our values, ethos, vision and mission of God’s calling in our life.

We have to evaluate ourself and see whether we are standing out for the justice or giving up our values to the pressure of this world.

Let us take a stand for Christ, counsel the friends with the help of the counsellor and bring many to His fold.

J. Peter Daniel

Glocal youth vision

Kingdom of Bahrain

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

Skype: peterpearline

www. glocalyouthvision.wordpress.com

www.kirubai.org

http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com


Integration of Maintenance

J. Peter Daniel

A word ‘Maintenance’ is used until the life time of the equipments.  The other related words such as  ‘design’, ‘sales’, ‘purchase’ and ‘Execution’  are for a limited occasion.  For instance, the word ‘sales’ would be used until selling the equipments. The word ‘Execution’ would be used until the completion of the project.  In addition, the maintenance is an integral part of sales, design and Execution.   It should not be segregated or viewed as a separate section.

Maintenance has to be decided during the initial discussion of procuring the equipments.  Some of the companies quote the rate less, when compare with other companies.  But they will catch up with the price of other companies by way of quoting high for spare parts and annual maintenance contract.  At that time, there would be less chance for negotiating or downsizing the cost.

Secondly, the provision for maintaining the equipments  are very important to discuss in the initial stage rather than waiting until handing over the equipments to the maintenance department.  In many occasion, the maintenance department blame the project department for excluding the provision for accessing the units.  To avoid such incidence, we have to involve maintenance personnel up to some extent of sending the equipment drawing to get their opinion about it.  It will surely ease the tension.

Thirdly, the aesthetic look is mostly hiding the need of providing proper provision for maintenance.  The architecture desires for aesthetic look in each and every areas.  For instance, the architectural engineer wanted to keep the light at the centre of the toilet.  The centre point is exactly located at access panel.  It is not possible to install the light.   The option is to reduce the size of the panel or move the light.  In other way, whether we have to think of aesthetic look or maintenance.

Fourthly, the compromise attitude possesses a big problem in later stage.   It starts with squeezing all the services in one small space.  In later stage, it is impossible to unscrew or reach the damage parts in the equipments or pipeline in the shaft.

Fifthly, the provision for  maintenance of unit  is not providing small opening to touch the Unit that is located above the false ceiling.  Actually, the maintenance provision should be given for removing the unit for doing major repair work and also replacing the unit.

Maintenance is integrated with the other related works; “Designing, ‘Procuring” and “execution”.  Maintenance is the centre and the focal point. It portrays the importance of focussing maintenance in each and every stage.  In addition, the design, Purchasing and execution have linked with each other.  It is obvious that the three stages are equally important that has to be focus on maintenance.

—Article Published in Al-Mohandis Issue 50 – Bahrain Society of Engineers Sept. 2009


The Nature of Success

Set Realistic Goals

When I was a freshman in college I learned an unforgettable lesson.

I was having a rough week when there was a lot to do and very little time to do it. I was overwhelmed. I panicked.

That night a friend stopped by my dorm room. When I told him my problem, he said, “Mac, I’ll share something with you that my grandmother told me a few years ago. She said to always remember: ‘Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard.’I said, “Bob, here I am drowning in work and your lifeline is a quote from your grandmother. Come on!”

After he left, however, those twelve little words kept dancing in my head. I took out a piece of notebook paper and listed all the things I had to do in the next three days. That night I began knocking them off one by one.

Three days later I took out that paper and marked through the last thing on the list. It felt great! And then I took out another piece of paper and wrote down the words: “Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard.” I then folded the paper and put it in my wallet. As many of you know, I’ve been collecting quotes ever since.

You see, over the years I’ve learned that success doesn’t come cascading like Niagara Falls; it comes one drop at a time through short-term, realistic goals.

Experts on motivation disagree on a lot of things, but one thing they all agree on is that your levels of motivation are directly tied to your expected probabilities of success. In other words, if you believe you can do something (the goals are realistic), you’re likely to be highly motivated. If, however, you think you can’t (because the goals are unrealistic) your motivation level falls greatly.

The lesson here is to continue to dream big dreams, but realize that the short-term goals that take you to the next plateau are the real keys to success.

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August – September 2009

Winner or Loser

J. Peter Daniel

The trend of the younger generation is to have victory in all the fields. They are not able to accept the word ‘failure’ or ‘defeat’ or ‘loser’.  This has been clearly indicated in the cricket scenario.  The cricketers will be praised when they win.  But they will be ruined when they fail to win.  The failure is a bitter pill that will take long time to digest it.

As a Christian believer, it should not take longer time to digest it.  If it is so, then first, it will raise a lot of doubts about God, besides anger against God and starts to blame ourselves and finally it ends up in depression.   For instance, my family has prayed for my driving license everyday. The younger one has prayed everyday in family prayer.   Test date has come. I failed on the test.  I have to reappear again after two month.  I informed to my wife about the failure.  She took it at the right sense.  After some time, I received SMS from my wife’s phone stating that I am a loser with crying smiley.  I was angry with the message and answered it that the failure is not final.  I went home and found that my elder daughter has sent the message to me.  I talked with her for 10 minutes about what made her to send the message.  She told that God is not answering our prayer. I explained her that God will provide everything according to His will not by our own desire. Later on, I understand that God has allowed the failure to teach my daughter about the Great truth of God’s way of answering our prayer.   Ultimately, I am a winner even though I failed in the driving test.

In Bible, we are seeing that failures are a way for teaching the people to use them for God’s future ministry.  Moses drove away to wilderness after murdering Egyptians.  God trained him for forty yeas wilderness life that has helped him to lead the people in wilderness for forty years.  There were ups and downs in David’s life.   He was chased for 40 years by Saul, after God anointed him as a king. This experience has given him a support when he fled from his palace due to Absalom.  He learnt how to be in high position and also abased when the situation called for.  Joseph was in wilderness and Potiphar’s house.   He learnt the life as a slave as well as to manage Potiphar’s house that has made him to manage the food grains for whole country.

We have to understand that God allowed certain things in our life that will be painful in the beginning stage but it will be good to us as well as to others in a long run.  (Rom. 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”).

Let us consider failure as a stepping stone of our spiritual growth.   So, we move forward with a hope of growing in to perfection.

J. Peter Daniel

Glocal youth vision

Kingdom of Bahrain

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

Skype: peterpearline

www. glocalyouthvision.wordpress.com

www.kirubai.org

http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com

Psalm 23
(For the Work Place)

The Lord is my real boss, and I shall not want.
He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me.
He gently reminds me to pray and do all things without
murmuring and complaining.

He reminds me that He is my source and not my job.
He restores my sanity everyday and guides my decisions
that I might honor Him in all that I do.

Even though I face absurd amounts of e-mails, system
crashes, unrealistic deadlines, budget cutbacks, gossiping
co-workers, discriminating supervisors and an aging body
that doesn’t cooperate every morning, I still will not stop—
for He is with me! His presence, His peace, and His power
will see me through.

He raises me up, even when they fail to promote me.
He claims me as His own, even when the company threatens
to let me go. His Faithfulness and love is better than any bonus check

His retirement plan beats any 401k there is!
When it’s all said and done, I’ll be working for Him a whole lot longer and for that, I BLESS HIS NAME!!!!!!

Are You Blessed?

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness……….you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…….you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep…you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace……. you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married……..you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful…..you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you prayed yesterday and today……..you are in the minority because you believe God does hear and answer prayers.

If you can read now, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

If you are still regretting over anything today, make yourself understand that you are blessed more than many people around you.

Try cheering them up in some way, you will be satisfied more with your life. Bless you.

China bans controversial electric-shock therapy for Internet addicts

Tue, Jul 14 06:05 PM

Beijing, July 14 (ANI): The Chinese Health Ministry has ordered a halt to the controversial electroshock therapy, which it was useing to treat teen Internet addicts. The ministry has said that the therapy, which was administered by a clinic in Linyi, Shandong province, is not safe. There is still a fierce debate over whether electroshock therapy was appropriate for young internet addicts or not. “We have no clue whether this freaky treatment has side-effects,” said Kong Lingzhong, editor of a domestic Internet addiction-themed portal.

The Shandong clinic stopped giving shock treatment to teenagers as soon as they received the Health Ministry’s notification, Yang Shuyun of the clinic said. She, however, emphasized that the program led by Dr. Yang Yongxin was not exclusively about electrotherapy, and said it had important medical and psychological elements too.

More than 3,000 young people were being tricked or forced into in to the four-month long course. To enroll their children, parents or guardians had to sign a contract acknowledging that they would be given electric shocks of up to 200 milliamperes. The treatment cost 6,000 yuan per month. Patients were considered “cured” or “reborn” once they admitted to their addiction. It was reported that shocks were given if patients broke any of the center’s 86 rules, which included prohibitions on eating chocolate, locking the bathroom door, taking pills before a meal, and sitting in Dr. Yang’s chair without permission.

Details of the treatment first became public when former patients wrote about their experiences online.

Internet addiction is a growing problem in China, which now has nearly 300 million Internet users, including many adolescents who spend several hours each day playing computer games. (ANI)

India can have over 300 new hypermalls by 2011: Study

Indian cities have the potential to have over 300 new hypermarkets by 2011, mostly in tier-I and tier-II cities, according to a joint study by global auditor KPMG and the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Assocham).

The study, Reinventing India’s Retail Sector, said, “Even in 2008, 212 towns had sufficient market potential for hypermarkets for break-even existence. It is a different matter that this potential is yet to be realised.”

Organised retail is growing at 20 per cent annually, and encouraging mall building, which would ultimately amount to the creation of hypermarket chains, it added.

According to Assocham president Sajjan Jindal, given the expected growth in income and consumption in the 25 leading cities, five or more hypermarkets are feasible in every city even in 2009.

“Going forward, in 2011, this number is anticipated to grow to 52 cities as a few tier-III towns will also gain the market potential to support five or more hypermarkets,” he said.

Jindal said after 2011, organised retail would grow at 15 per cent as enough competition will have emerged by then.

UK to crack down on ‘tantriks’, ‘babas’

LONDON: British authorities are cracking down on the many ‘tantriks’, ‘babas’ and psychics who prey on the fears and desires of the Asian community by promising them remedies, everlasting love and good fortune.

Most newspapers published in Indian languages here carry hundreds of advertisements from such individuals, promising ‘100 per cent guarantee’ of love and riches, or promising to cure cancer and lift curses. The soothsayers industry is said to be worth 40 million pounds every year.
Now, authorities in the east Midlands town of Leicester, better known as ‘Little India’, have announced  a campaign against such ‘babas’ and ‘tantriks’, most of whom have origins in the Indian sub-continent.

Deputy mayor Manjula Sood said: “I have heard of people being asked for 500 pounds and more for prayers  or talismans. They think a curse will be placed on them if they refuse.

One recently came to Leicester and took a room at a hotel where she charged clients 500 pounds for 10-minute sessions.”
Resham Singh Sandhu, chairman of the Sikh Welfare and Cultural Society, said the Sikh community was lobbying with newspapers to stop publishing advertisements from such people.

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Recession – Economic or spiritual???

J. Peter Daniel

Indeed, recession has fetched gloominess in the world.   Even, the ruler of the nations has not able to unearth the reasons or solutions for the same.  But the repercussion of the problems are well known by the closure of unshakable business, rise in unemployment increase in suicide rate.   The questions rise to each and everyone that why good God has plunged uncertainties into the earth while the economy was booming with development of IT and other fields.

If you flip into the Bible, we will see the same incident happened to Israelites, who God has chosen to be His representative of whole nation.   Come with me to the Book Haggai to get the glimpse and solution for the contemporary issues.

1.  Identification of recession:

The recession has never come in one day suddenly just like magic.  It has penetrated slowly and steadily.  For instance, pin hole in ‘HEPA’ filter (used for bone marrow transplant patient) has become useless because it won’t filter dust particles carried by the air.  It ruins the sterility and safety of the patient.  Similarly, Haggai 1: 6, 7, we are seeing that the people are toiling for keeping their life as a state of art.   The word ‘sown’, ‘eat’, ‘drink’, ‘clothe’, ‘wages’ reveals their quantum of their work and luxurious lifestyle.  At last, it has ended up in flushing out in a tiny hole (Haggai1:6b).

Secondly, Israelites has looked much for their hard labour but all were crashed down to nothing.  Booming of real estate has become murky.   Blossom of share markets has become sour.

2. Reasons for recession:

God has brought Israelites out of slavery to their promised land of Jerusalem to build God’s temple.  But these people have started to build their own houses(Haggai. 1:4).  They have completely forgotten the purpose of coming back to God’s chosen place.

First, they have said that the time has not come to build God’s house (Haggai 1:2).  Whereas, they have built their own houses.  Displacement of priority has caused the damage to their life as well as to the nation..

Secondly, Haggai has repeatedly given a wake up call of “consider your ways” (Haggai 1:5,7,15).  For, their ways were drifted away from the path of God.  They started to choose their own path just like a prodigal son.

Thirdly, Israelites worked and offered unclean offerings to God (Heb. 2:14).  They have neglected God in their life.   In our life, we are giving meagre amount as a tithe to pacify God and forget to fulfill His mission.    God never accepts our own way.  He wants us to do His will in our life.

3.  Originator of recession:

The Americans are struggling to conclude about origin of the recession.  Experts are blaming Globalisation, mishandling of resources, finance policy etc..  The prophet Haggai has clearly mentioned that God has brought the recession on Israelites.   In Haggai 1:9, God has blown it away whatever they brought it to their home.  He called for a drought on the land and the mountains on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labour of your hands (Haggai 1:11).

4. Solution for Recession:

Obama, the President of USA won the election by coining a word ‘Change’.  But he is not able to change even iota of the problems.  The problem is lingering and becomes worst than before.   The recovery of recession is clearly depending on our ways. Here we are seeing that God is challenging the Israelites to look forward of blessings before laying of stones (Haggai 2:15,18).  God showers His blessings when we think in our heart to do His ministry in this world.

Let us consider our ways, shed off the selfish life and move on to do God’s work for His glory so that the nation will prosper.

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

1.  Free breakfast for school kids in Thiruvananthapuram:

The city corporation here has launched a free breakfast scheme for school children up to the eighth standard in what is billed as the first such programme in the country. The scheme called ‘Unarvu” (awakening), which got underway yesterday, covered around 25,000 children studying in government schools and 15 aided schools in the coastal stretch of the state capital. The project is mainly financed by the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation with the support of the Parent-Teachers Association of the respective schools. As a beginning, most of the schools served ‘idlis’ and ‘sambar,’ whereas the inaugural fare in some schools included chapathis’, vegetable curry and ‘vada’. “The scheme was launched as we are keen that no child should fail to attend schools because of hunger. A survey some time back found that there are lot of students who find it difficult to concentrate on lessons in classes as they come to schools without proper breakfast,” City Mayor C Jayan Babu said.

To start with, the Corporation had set apart Rs 50 lakh for the scheme.

(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Free-breakfast-scheme-for-school-kids/articleshow/4641115.cms accessed on 11 June 2009)

3. 119 schools get zero pc result:

The SSC result, this year, reflect poor teaching standards in many schools in Gujarat.  Ahmedabad city also had its fair share of zero’ schools their number being 12. Besides, 12 schools each in Vadodara and Surat districts recorded zero per cent pass percentage, while 13 schools from Panchamahal district figured in this category. There are 1,236 schools in the state whose result averaged between zero and 30 per cent this year, compared to 968 schools last year. Of those schools with 100 per cent result, Rajkot district topped the list with 36 schools, while Ahmedabad city and Anand district stood second with 31 schools each and Surat came third with 29 schools.

(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/119-Ahmedabad-schools-get-0-result/articleshow/4618683.cms accessed on 5 June 2009)

4. Divorce cases filed every day:  Between January and June 2009, as many as 1,400 couples in the city have decided they cannot live with each other and have filed for divorce in family courts.  A trend is new as the year 2008 saw only 5,000 cases. When the family court was set up in 1984 because divorce cases in civil courts were taking too long, there were 800 pending cases. Today, say family court officials, there are an average 25 cases of matrimonial discord being filed every day. While a mutual consent petition may be resolved in as little as two months, cases are known to drag on for 5-6 years, and more, in some cases.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Bangalore-25-divorce-cases-filed-daily/articleshow/4618574.cms accessed on 5 June 2009)

5.  Corporation schools closed down The Chennai Corporation’s decision to merge its schools that lack patronage has led to the closure of 30 schools in various localities in the city. The number of schools run by the civic body has come down to 283 after the merger.. A total of 313 schools – 139 primary, 109 middle, 38 high and 27 higher secondary schools – are run by the civic body. Corporation schools in Chintadripet, Thousand Lights, Chamiers Road, and T.Nagar are among those that have been merged with the schools nearby. “The vacant school buildings will be properly used for achieving educational goals,” said Mayor M.Subramanian. The number of students in corporation schools had increased in the recent years and now it was 1,37,000, but in some schools the number had been declining, he said. (Aloysius Xavier Lopez, http://www.hindu.com/2009/06/10/stories/2009061057670100.htm accessed on 10 June 2009)

6.. Every 2nd student in India enrols in pvt college: Despite higher education being vital to a rapidly developing country like India, the government’s share in higher education — in terms of number of institutes and student enrollment — has dwindled over time. Simultaneously, academics note, the stake of profit-seeking politicians in the higher education business has risen. In 2001, when private unaided institutes made up 42.6% of all higher education institutes, 32.89% of Indian students studied in them. By 2006, the share of private institutes went up to 63.21% and their student share went up to 51.53%. In other words, every second student in India signed up with a private institute. Globally too, the private sector has seen opportunities in higher education, but there have been few takers in comparison to India.. For instance, although there are 39.1% private higher education institutes in China, merely 8.9% students study in them. In the US, private universities constitute 59.4% of higher education institutes, but only 23.2% of American students pursue their education in them. “It does signify that higher education in these countries is predominantly a public service,” noted Ved Prakash, vice chancellor of the National University of Education Planning and Administration (NUEPA). Academics in India have researched on how public spending by the Union and provincial governments has fallen. In his work, Prakash notes that between 2002 and 2006, deemed universities — or ‘doomed universities’ as one academic waggishly described them — grew by a whopping 96%. In the same time span, central and state universities grew by a modest 11% and 22% respectively. This unabated growth without any quality check has forced academics from Harvard University to scrutinize this sector and note, “The rapid expansion of capitation fees colleges came about as a result not of great middle-class pressure or demand, but rather the entrepreneurial activities of politicians.”  Even the Supreme Court recently expressed its concern about the quality of education in private institutes and the corruption that is rampant there. Within private higher education, the professional streams have seen the maximum growth. Private engineering colleges, which accounted for just 15% of seats in 1960, now account for over 85% according to data from the All-India Council for Technical Education, the regulatory body for professional technical education. From a tiny base in 1970, medical colleges in the private sector have grown by an eye-popping 900%. The private sector now accounts for over 45% of medical colleges in the country. In 2006, Sanat Kaul in his paper ‘Higher education in India: Seizing the opportunity’ highlighted instances of a single politician running more than 100 educational institutes. “There are rampant cases of malpractice in the form of illegal charges for allocating seats from the management quota. Income tax raids have revealed that seats are sold for cash, and a medical seat can fetch as much as Rs 25 lakh. The black money involved runs into thousands of millions of rupees,” Kaul observes in his study funded by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations. But none of this has elicited any action from the government. And naturally so. In their 2004 paper, ‘Indian higher education reform: From half-baked socialism to half-baked capitalism’, Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta, both fellows of Harvard College, argued that politicians who had been sugar and liquor barons had turned to higher education as an industry because of its high returns.. “Even as political parties rail against de jure privatization, de facto privatization continues unabated,” they noted. Kapur and Mehta acknowledged that while there was no statistical data, “there is little doubt that a majority of private institutions have been supported or made possible by the direct involvement of politicians.” (Hemali Chhapia, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Every-2nd-student-in-India-enrols-in-private-college/articleshow/4682368.cms accessed on 21 June 2009)

(The above news has been taken from Rev. Dr. J.N. Manokaran website: http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com

June 2009

Burial Mound……

J. Peter Daniel

Last month, one of my colleagues celebrated his Birthday for the sake of celebrating it.   Because, he hated to know that he is growing old.  Moreover he thought that it is a reminder of nearing to grave. It shows that he was not able to accept the fact, the life is short.

In a short span of life, the people are living as dead even though they are alive..  Jesus has pointed out the same in Luke 11:37-54.  He picked out the specific group of people who are living but they are living as though there is no life in their lives.   Let us see the title and their activities that God has explained in this passage.

1. Living graves:

A Burial mound is a place for burying dead people.  In Middle East, there is no identification of dead person just like name and duration of life on this earth.  It looks like a 6 feet hump all around the places. There is no surprise if the same place may be turned in to construction site or landscape of ‘twin towers’ in the near future.

In verse 44, God had specifically mentioned Pharisees and Lawyers as a living grave. They were known by all of them because they were sitting on the higher places and expectation of applauses from his people.  Robes were flowing from top to bottom to show their strength.   They were famous law makers and then breakers of their own law.

God had equalized them with grave.  Because their deeds are clean outwards (v. 39) but inward parts were full of greed and wickedness. Their activities were more important than their attitudes. They lifted one law as to be followed but left alone other laws.  Making the law has burden for other people but not willing to help them for a moment.

In our present day to day life, we are seeing a lot of people are living without Christ like characters and biblical values.   Further, there is no thin line between the world and the Christian believers.   Their lives are equivalent to nameless graves that everyone walks over it.  Living but really they are dead.

2. Build the tombs:


Living graves people will build the tomb for prophets and saints (v.47) who lived during their father’s time.   The reason is to hide their father’s iniquities and to escape from the curse of forefathers’ sin.   Likewise, present day Christians have started to build a lifeless structure (tomb) just like symbolic of washing the feet, talking lengthy about apologetics without having any purpose, arranging irrelevant programs, procuring more advanced gadgets (sound system, LCD, gospel vehicles) to show the fellow Christians and the world that they are doing God’s ministry.  But they have left the core of bringing new souls to Church everyday.

God calls Peter to leave fishing job, a profession of caught and killed.  He was asked to take up the life giving job of catching the men. Let us analyse ourselves, are we building the tomb or are we living as a tomb in this world.  If we do God’s work in bringing souls then we are catching the men for giving eternal life.  Let us realize that we are here to seek the lost to give a life through Jesus Christ.

J. Peter Daniel

Glocal youth vision

Kingdom of Bahrain

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

Skype: peterpearline

https://glocalyouthvision.wordpress.com

www.kirubai.org

Rick Warren

(Rick Warren was the Pastor at Pres. Obama’s inauguration)


You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having ‘wealth’ from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, ‘Purpose Driven Life ‘ author and pastor of Saddle back Church in California


In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said: People ask me, what is the purpose of life?   And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity.. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.


One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body– but not the end of me. I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act – the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.


We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.  Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one.


The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.


We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character.


This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.  I used to think that life was hills and valleys – you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don’t believe that anymore.


Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.  No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.


And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for. You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems:


If you focus on your problems, you’re going into self-centeredness, which is my problem, my issues, my pain.’ But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.

We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her- It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.

You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life. Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.


It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don’t think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease. So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence.  First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit.. We made no major purchases.


Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.


Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.


Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back.. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.


We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?


Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God’s purposes (for my life)?


When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn’t put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He’s more interested in what I am than what I do.


That’s why we’re called human beings, not human doings.


Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.

Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.

Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.

Painful moments, TRUST GOD.

Every moment, THANK GOD.


Global News

Reconversion plan in Orissa.

Bhubaneswar: April 30: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has planned a grand “reconversion” ceremony in riot-hit Kandhamal district of Orissa soon where an estimated 400 Christians are scheduled to return to Hindu fold. Senior functionaries of the VHP’s “dharma prasar” wing are scheduled to meet over a three-day conclave in Puri, 65 km from here, starting from Friday where the programme is likely to be given the final shape. “We have not yet decided the place and timing. The Puri meeting would take the final decision”, VHP dharma prasar unit’s eastern region secretary Harihar Tripathy told this newspaper on Thursday. The reconversion ceremony is most likely to be held in June, he indicated. Mr Tripathy further indicated that nearly 1,100 Christians have returned to Hindu fold in Kandhamal district since January. The church and the Sangh Parivar have been on a collision course in Kandhamal district over conversion. Kandhamal recently witnes sed widespread communal violence following last year’s murder of VHP leader Swami Laxmananand Saraswati, who was opposed to conversions by the churches. The violence had led to death of at least 38 people. Meanwhile, the VHP “reconverted” 733 tribal Christians to Hinduism at Jada village in Sundergarh district two days ago. (Asian Age 1/5/09)


Seven year old girls marry frogs.

Women have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince, according to the well know expression, but two seven year old girls in India cut short the quest and married the amphibians.  Vigneswari and Masiakanni wore traditional Indian bridal saris and gold jewellery for a double wedding in their remote village in Tamil Nadu.  The marriages were conducted as part of a centuries old Tonga harvest tradition to “prevent the outbreak of mysterious diseases in the village”

Hundreds of villagers in Pallipudpet, 150 miles from Madras, walked to the temple, carrying the brides on their shoulders while the frogs were tied to sticks decorated with flowers.  At the ceremony, a priest tied the brides’ hand on behalf of the grooms and pronounced them frogs and wives before a holy fire.  After the ceremony, the frogs were thrown back in the pond.


Young Saudis say a loud no to high dowry

Young Saudi man have started an online campaign to boycott marrying Saudi Women because dowries and marriage costs ae spiraling.  “Let her become a spinster!” is the theme of the campaign which is attracting a large number of young Saudi men who can’t afford to marry Saudi Women and are looking for non- Saudi brides.  The websites leading the campaign want Saudi society to intervene before the cost of marriage gets completely out of control.  The websites areasyeh.com, almgha.com, toyota4arab.com, tomaar.com, alhora.com, and montdiatna.com.  “The theme of the campaign may a bit harsh… but these young men have their reasons”. Said Abdullah Aljefn, an Islamic Scholar and researcher.  He said the campaign touches on an important issue which should be studied in Universities and schools.  “For most young Saudis, getting married is a dream that is becoming increasingly hard to achieve”. Said AlJefn said. “Shariah law allows the girl to ask the man for whatever dowry she likes: this is not wrong or banned in Islam”. He said.


Goat accused of trying to steal car

Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempting to steal a car.  The animal was handed over by a vigilant group.  Which claimed it was a car thief, who had used black magic to turn himself into a goat to escape arrest.  Another man also attempting to steal the car had escaped, a police spokesman said reports citing a different police spokesman said the animal was being held at the station.


Man tried to trade daughter for beer.

A Mexican father in California has been arrested for arranging to sell his 14 year old daughter for $ 20,000 and 100 cases of beer.  Police arrested Marcelino de Jesus Martinez after he approached them because an 18 year old man had failed to pay the bride price.  Authorities in Greenfield, a small rural town 50 miles south of San Jose, said Martinez was unaware of united States laws prohibiting the sale of children.

Burial Mound……

J. Peter Daniel

Last month, one of my colleagues celebrated his Birthday for the sake of celebrating it.   Because, he hated to know that he is growing old.  Moreover he thought that it is a reminder of nearing to grave. It shows that he was not able to accept the fact, the life is short.

In a short span of life, the people are living as dead even though they are alive..  Jesus has pointed out the same in Luke 11:37-54.  He picked out the specific group of people who are living but they are living as though there is no life in their lives.   Let us see the title and their activities that God has explained in this passage.

1. Living graves:

A Burial mound is a place for burying dead people.  In Middle East, there is no identification of dead person just like name and duration of life on this earth.  It looks like a 6 feet hump all around the places. There is no surprise if the same place may be turned in to construction site or landscape of ‘twin towers’ in the near future.

In verse 44, God had specifically mentioned Pharisees and Lawyers as a living grave. They were known by all of them because they were sitting on the higher places and expectation of applauses from his people.  Robes were flowing from top to bottom to show their strength.   They were famous law makers and then breakers of their own law.

God had equalized them with grave.  Because their deeds are clean outwards (v. 39) but inward parts were full of greed and wickedness. Their activities were more important than their attitudes. They lifted one law as to be followed but left alone other laws.  Making the law has burden for other people but not willing to help them for a moment.

In our present day to day life, we are seeing a lot of people are living without Christ like characters and biblical values.   Further, there is no thin line between the world and the Christian believers.   Their lives are equivalent to nameless graves that everyone walks over it.  Living but really they are dead.

2. Build the tombs:

Living graves people will build the tomb for prophets and saints (v.47) who lived during their father’s time.   The reason is to hide their father’s iniquities and to escape from the curse of forefathers’ sin.   Likewise, present day Christians have started to build a lifeless structure (tomb) just like symbolic of washing the feet, talking lengthy about apologetics without having any purpose, arranging irrelevant programs, procuring more advanced gadgets (sound system, LCD, gospel vehicles) to show the fellow Christians and the world that they are doing God’s ministry.  But they have left the core of bringing new souls to Church everyday.

God calls Peter to leave fishing job, a profession of caught and killed.  He was asked to take up the life giving job of catching the men. Let us analyse ourselves, are we building the tomb or are we living as a tomb in this world.  If we do God’s work in bringing souls then we are catching the men for giving eternal life.  Let us realize that we are here to seek the lost to give a life through Jesus Christ.

J. Peter Daniel

Glocal youth vision

Kingdom of Bahrain

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

Skype: peterpearline

www. glocalyouthvision.wordpress.com

www.kirubai.org

Rick Warren

(Rick Warren was the Pastor at Pres. Obama’s inauguration)


You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having ‘wealth’ from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, ‘Purpose Driven Life ‘ author and pastor of Saddle back Church in California


In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said: People ask me, what is the purpose of life?   And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity.. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.


One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body– but not the end of me. I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act – the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.


We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.  Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one.


The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.


We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character.


This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.  I used to think that life was hills and valleys – you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don’t believe that anymore.


Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.  No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.


And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for. You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems:


If you focus on your problems, you’re going into self-centeredness, which is my problem, my issues, my pain.’ But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.

We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her- It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.

You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life. Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.


It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don’t think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease. So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence.  First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit.. We made no major purchases.


Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.


Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.


Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back.. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.


We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?


Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God’s purposes (for my life)?


When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn’t put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He’s more interested in what I am than what I do.


That’s why we’re called human beings, not human doings.


Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.

Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.

Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.

Painful moments, TRUST GOD.

Every moment, THANK GOD.

Global News

Reconversion plan in Orissa.

Bhubaneswar: April 30: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has planned a grand “reconversion” ceremony in riot-hit Kandhamal district of Orissa soon where an estimated 400 Christians are scheduled to return to Hindu fold. Senior functionaries of the VHP’s “dharma prasar” wing are scheduled to meet over a three-day conclave in Puri, 65 km from here, starting from Friday where the programme is likely to be given the final shape. “We have not yet decided the place and timing. The Puri meeting would take the final decision”, VHP dharma prasar unit’s eastern region secretary Harihar Tripathy told this newspaper on Thursday. The reconversion ceremony is most likely to be held in June, he indicated. Mr Tripathy further indicated that nearly 1,100 Christians have returned to Hindu fold in Kandhamal district since January. The church and the Sangh Parivar have been on a collision course in Kandhamal district over conversion. Kandhamal recently witnes sed widespread communal violence following last year’s murder of VHP leader Swami Laxmananand Saraswati, who was opposed to conversions by the churches. The violence had led to death of at least 38 people. Meanwhile, the VHP “reconverted” 733 tribal Christians to Hinduism at Jada village in Sundergarh district two days ago. (Asian Age 1/5/09)

Seven year old girls marry frogs.

Women have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince, according to the well know expression, but two seven year old girls in India cut short the quest and married the amphibians.  Vigneswari and Masiakanni wore traditional Indian bridal saris and gold jewellery for a double wedding in their remote village in Tamil Nadu.  The marriages were conducted as part of a centuries old Tonga harvest tradition to “prevent the outbreak of mysterious diseases in the village”

Hundreds of villagers in Pallipudpet, 150 miles from Madras, walked to the temple, carrying the brides on their shoulders while the frogs were tied to sticks decorated with flowers.  At the ceremony, a priest tied the brides’ hand on behalf of the grooms and pronounced them frogs and wives before a holy fire.  After the ceremony, the frogs were thrown back in the pond.

Young Saudis say a loud no to high dowry

Young Saudi man have started an online campaign to boycott marrying Saudi Women because dowries and marriage costs ae spiraling.  “Let her become a spinster!” is the theme of the campaign which is attracting a large number of young Saudi men who can’t afford to marry Saudi Women and are looking for non- Saudi brides.  The websites leading the campaign want Saudi society to intervene before the cost of marriage gets completely out of control.  The websites areasyeh.com, almgha.com, toyota4arab.com, tomaar.com, alhora.com, and montdiatna.com.  “The theme of the campaign may a bit harsh… but these young men have their reasons”. Said Abdullah Aljefn, an Islamic Scholar and researcher.  He said the campaign touches on an important issue which should be studied in Universities and schools.  “For most young Saudis, getting married is a dream that is becoming increasingly hard to achieve”. Said AlJefn said. “Shariah law allows the girl to ask the man for whatever dowry she likes: this is not wrong or banned in Islam”. He said.

Goat accused of trying to steal car

Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempting to steal a car.  The animal was handed over by a vigilant group.  Which claimed it was a car thief, who had used black magic to turn himself into a goat to escape arrest.  Another man also attempting to steal the car had escaped, a police spokesman said reports citing a different police spokesman said the animal was being held at the station.

Man tried to trade daughter for beer.

A Mexican father in California has been arrested for arranging to sell his 14 year old daughter for $ 20,000 and 100 cases of beer.  Police arrested Marcelino de Jesus Martinez after he approached them because an 18 year old man had failed to pay the bride price.  Authorities in Greenfield, a small rural town 50 miles south of San Jose, said Martinez was unaware of united States laws prohibiting the sale of children.

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