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Psalm 69

An Urgent Plea for Help in Trouble To the Chief Musician. Set to The Lilies. A Psalm of David.

2 I sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me. 3 I am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for my God. 4 Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it. 5 O God, You know my foolishness; And my sins are not hidden from You. 6 Let not those who wait for You, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed because of me; Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel. 7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face. 8 I have become a stranger to my brothers, And an alien to my mothers children; 9 Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me. 10 When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting, That became my reproach. 11 I also made sackcloth my garment; I became a byword to them. 12 Those who sit in the gate speak against me, And I am the song of the drunkards. 13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, Hear me in the truth of Your salvation. 14 Deliver me out of the mire, And let me not sink; Let me be delivered from those who hate me, And out of the deep waters. 15 Let not the floodwater overflow me, Nor let the deep swallow me up; And let not the pit shut its mouth on me. 16 Hear me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies. 17 And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in trouble; Hear me speedily. 18 Draw near to my soul, and redeem it; Deliver me because of my enemies. 19 You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; My adversaries are all before You. 20 Reproach has broken my heart, And I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; And for comforters, but I found none. 21 They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. 22 Let their table become a snare before them, And their well-being a trap. 23 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see; And make their loins shake continually. 24 Pour out Your indignation upon them, And let Your wrathful anger take hold of them. 25 Let their dwelling place be desolate; Let no one live in their tents. 26 For they persecute the ones You have struck, And talk of the grief of those You have wounded. 27 Add iniquity to their iniquity, And let them not come into Your righteousness. 28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, And not be written with the righteous. 29 But I am poor and sorrowful; Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high. 30 I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving. 31  This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bull, Which has horns and hooves. 32 The humble shall see this and be glad; And you who seek God, your hearts shall live. 33 For the Lord hears the poor, And does not despise His prisoners. 34 Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them. 35 For God will save Zion And build the cities of Judah, That they may dwell there and possess it. 36 Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it, And those who love His name shall dwell in it.

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The Student and The Professor

Professor: You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?

Student: Yes, sir.


Professor: So you believe in God?

Student: Absolutely, sir.


Professor: Is God good?

Student: Of course!

Professor: Is God almighty?

Student: Yes.


Professor: My brother died of cancer, although he often prayed for God to heal him. Many of us would try to help someone in need. Yet God didn’t help him. So how can God be good? Hmm?

[The student remained silent]


Professor: You don’t have an answer do you? Let’s start this conversation over, young man. Is God good?”


Student: Yes.


Professor: And Satan, is he good?

Student: No.


Professor: Where does Satan come from?

Student: From… God…


Professor: That’s right. Tell me, son. Does evil exist in this world?

Student: Yes.


Professor: Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And didn’t God create everything?

Student: Yes.


Professor: So, who created evil?

[The student didn’t answer]


Professor: Is there sickness in this world? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness. All the terrible things… don’t they exist in this world?

Student: Yes.


Professor: Who created them?

[The student didn’t have an answer]


Professor: Science says you have five senses that you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen God?

Student: No, sir. 


Professor: Tell me, have you ever heard your God speak?

Student: No, sir.


Professor: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God or smelled your God? In fact, have you ever sensed your God at all?

Student: No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.


Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student: Yes.


Professor: According to the rules of empirical, testable and demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student: Nothing, I have my faith.


Professor: Yes, faith. That is what science has a problem with.

Student: Professor, is there such thing as heat?

Professor: Yes.


Student: Is there such a thing as cold?

Professor: Yes.


Student: No, sir, there isn’t.


(The classroom became very quiet)

Student: You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We can hit 273 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further than that. There is no such thing as cold. Otherwise, we would be able to go colder than -273°C. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat can be measured in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.


(The classroom remained in silence)

Student: And what about darkness, professor? Does darkness exist?

Professor: Yes. What is night, if it isn’t darkness?

Student: You are wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light or flashing light, but if you have no constant light, you have nothing and it’s called darkness, right? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man?

Student: Sir, my point is that your philosophical premise is flawed.

Professor: Flawed? Can you explain how?

Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood wither one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students that they evolve from a monkey?

Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.


Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist, but a preacher?

(The class is in uproar)

Student: Is there anyone else in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class breaks out in laughter)

Student: Is there anyone who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it?… No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room is silent. The Professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable)

Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student: That is it sir. The link between man and God is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving and alive.

Unknown Author

P.S.:
I am sure you enjoyed this conversation. And if you did, you will probably want your friends and colleagues to enjoy it too, right?

Share this with them to increase their knowledge, or faith.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

To hear God, Get near to him

Noah built the ark by faith. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:7a NKJV) How did he believe these things that had never happened before would actually happen?

Because Noah could hear God! So how do you do that? You say, “I want to trust God, but I don’t hear him.’ To hear God you’ve got to get near God. You don’t hear God when your mind is filled with a thousand other distractions. You’ve got to get alone with God and be quiet.

The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” That means sit down and shut up. That’s how you hear God and get near to God. You got to sit alone and just be quiet with your Bible, and say, “God, is there anything you want to say to me’? You read God’s Word and you talk to him about what’s on your heart.

Genesis 6:9 NKJV
This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The Lion and the Mouse

A Lion was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying; “If you would spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness.” The Lion laughed and let him go. It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by strong ropes to the ground. The Mouse, recognising his roar, came and gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free, exclaiming:
“You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, not expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favour; now you know that it is possible for ever a Mouse to confer benefits on a lion”.

Never despise anybody you might need his help some day.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The Sin Of Pressumption

There is a legend of a woman who had a faithful dog. This dog was so faithful that the woman could leave her baby with it and go out to attend other matters. She always returned to find the child soundly asleep with the dog faithfully watching over him..

One day something tragic happened. The woman as usual, left the baby in the “hands” of this faithful dog and went out shopping. When she returned, she discovered rather a nasty scene. There was a total mess. The baby’s cot was dismantled and his nappies and clothes torn to shreds with bloodstains all over the bedroom where she had left the child and the dog.

Shocked, the woman wailed as she began looking for the baby. Presently, she saw the faithful dog emerging from the under the bed. It was covered with blood and licking its mouth as it had just finished a delicious meal. The woman went berserk and assumed that the dog had devoured her baby. Without much thought she clubbed the dog to death.

But as she continued searching for the “remains” of her child, she beheld another scene. Close to the bed was the baby who, although lying on bare floor, was safe. And under the bed the carcass of a jackal torn to pieces in what must have been a fierce battle between it and the dog which was now dead. Then the reality hit the woman who now began to understand what took place in her absence.

The dog fought to protect the baby from the ravenous jackal. It was too late for her now to make amends because in her impatience and anger, she had killed the faithful dog. A dog deserving praise and adoration that fought to save the life of her dear beloved child received death in return.

How often have we misjudged people and torn them to shreds with harsh words and even with physical assault before we have had time to evaluate the situation?

It is called the SIN OF PRESUMPTION.

Presuming things are one way without taking the trouble to find out exactly what the situation really is. A little patience can drastically reduce major lifelong errors.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The Eagle

The eagle has the longest life-span of its’ species. It can live up to 70 years, but to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision in its 40s.
Its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food, its long and sharp beak becomes bent.
It’s old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to it’s chest and make it difficult to fly.
Then Eagle is left with only 2 options: die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days for survival.

The process requires that eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the Eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, Eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back. When its’ new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its’ old-aged feathers and after 5 months, eagle can take its’ flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.

Moral: Many times, in order to survive, we have to start a change process. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, we can take advantage of the present and future. Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn to let go. Release the hurt and fear, refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang on to that part is holding you back from a new life. If we stay imprisoned by fear and judgment of our human nature, we will miss out on the whole reason for being here!

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. Let’s change to make a change!!!

“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.”

30. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31. But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40)

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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