Archive for February, 2013

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Read: Matthew 16:21-28

Several years ago a friend of mine visited an exhibit of relics from the infamous Titanic voyage.  Exhibit visitors were given a replica ticket with the name of an actual passenger or crew member who, decades earlier, had embarked on the trip of a lifetime.  After the tour group walked through the exhibit viewing pieces of sliver dinnerware and other artifacts, the tour ended with an unforgettable twist.

A large board listed the names of all the passengers, including their status- first class, second class, and crew. As my friend looked for the name of the person whose ticket he was holding, he noticed a line across the board dividing the names of those who were “saved” and below the line all those who were “lost”.  The parallel of our life on earth is profound.  It really doesn’t make any difference how the world ranks your status.  The only thing that ultimately matters is whether you are “saved” or “lost.” As Jesus said, “What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Matt 16:26).

Perhaps you’ve already trusted in Christ for your salvation.  But what about your fellow passengers?  Instead of sizing them up by externals, talk to them about their ultimate destination. – Joe Stowell

It’s not what I achieve that qualifies, It matters not if I gain wealth or fame; the only thing I must be certain of is “Have I put my trust in Jesus’ name?” – Hess

In light of eternity, what one believes is far more important than what one achieves.

 [Source: Our Daily Bread, 24 February 2013]

 

 

The Good Egg Test

Posted: February 17, 2013 in Guten Appetit!, Live & Learn
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Some good things to know:

How to tell if your egg is fresh.  Pop it into a glass of water and observe.

If it sinks to the bottom and stays there, it’s good and fresh.

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If it sinks but then floats at an angle, it’s about a week old.

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If it floats, bin it. Bad egg

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Additional information:

How do you see if an egg is hard cooked? Spin it on a flat surface. If the egg wobbles, it’s fresh because the insides are moving around. If the egg spins smoothly, it’s cooked.

 [Source: Hungry? a book by innocent]

 

Today’s Walk: Good Wishes

Posted: February 10, 2013 in Faith
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Read: Philippians 1:9-18

In Singapore, the Chinese New Year season’s social and business dinners often begin with dish consisting of salads, dressings, pickles, and raw fish.  The name of the dish, Yu Sheng, is a pun that sounds like “year of prosperity.” It is traditional for those present to toss the salad together.  As they do, certain phrases are repeated to bring about good fortune.

Our words may express our hopes for others for the year ahead, but they can’t bring about good fortune.  The important issue is- what does God want to see in us in the coming year?

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul expressed his desire and prayer that their love “may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment”(1:9).  The church had been a great tower of support for him (v.7), yet he urged them to continue to grow to love others. Paul wasn’t talking about intellectual knowledge but knowledge of God.  Love for others starts with a closer relationship with Him.  With a fuller knowledge of God, we can then discern between right and wrong.

Giving our best wishes to others for the coming year is fine.  But our heartfelt prayer should be that we abound in love, so that we may be “filled with the fruits of righteousness…, to the glory and praise of God” (v.11). – C.P.Hia

Teach me Thy patience! Still with Thee in closer, dearer company, in work that keeps faith sweet and strong, in trust that triumphs over wrong. –  Gladden

People with a heart for God have a heart for people.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 10 February 2013]

A good read.  This message just hit me. I need some “defragmentation” process rightnow…

Read: Psalm 55:1-8

man prayEvery so often, my computer becomes sluggish.  Frequent use of certain programs and documents causes pieces of information to become scattered, requiring my computer to search for the pieces before I can use them.  To fix it, I need to run a program that retrieves the pieces and groups them together where they are easily accessible.  This process is called “defragmentation.”

Like my computer, my life gets fragmented.  One situation tugs on my emotions while I’m trying to concentrate on something else.  Demands from every direction bombard me.  I want to accomplish everything that needs to be done, but won’t start.  Soon I begin to feel weary and useless.

Recently I attended a retreat where one of the handouts included a prayer with words that expressed how I felt: “Lord, I am scattered, restless, and only half there.”

King David also went through such times (Ps55:2).  In prayer, David presented his needs to God morning, noon and evening, confident that he would be heard (v.17) Prayer can help to defragment our lives.  When we cast our cares on the Lord, He will show us what we need to do and what only He can do. – Julie Ackerman Link

O Lord, we bring our restless hearts to You in fervent prayer; now help us wait expectantly while resting in Your care – Sper

We need prayer the most when we have the least time to pray.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 2 Feb 2013]