Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fast & Furious 6, Retirement of Sachin & Us...

This post is written by Vishal Mangalwadi as his facebook status. Because of the importance of the matter, I am reposting it in life everlasting blog. 


On flight from LA to London, I decided to watch a mindless movie, Fast and Furious 6. It was a pleasant surprise to see the movie make a strong case for Family. The villain mocks the heroes that their commitment to family is what weakens them (relative to him, who uses others). That was secular celebrity, media, university, feminist culture mocking Christianity's "puritanical" view of the family. But the film portrays male heroism as fighting for family - even when your own woman shoots you to try and kill you. The film ends with heroes giving thanks to 'Our Father' for food, family, and, of course, fast cars. 

In London for a night, my niece's husband, Sanjay, and cricker son, Anmay, showed me the recording of the retirment speech of India's greatest cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar. It was a powerful, emotional, and very un-Indian affirmation of family, except if Sachin (already a Member of Parliament) was an American President, he would have actually kissed his wife with hundreds of cameras focused on him.

Sachin remained enough of an Indian to refrain from public expression of obedience to the Bible's unique command, "husbands love your wife." No culture other than the New Testament has ever required a husband to love his wife. .. Every culture has permitted separation, divorce, multiple partners. In the West Secular university, film, celebrity, and sport culture has undone what the Bible did in promoting its peculir view of marriage globally. So, it was refreshing to be affirmed in continuing to swim against a mighty, diabolical tsunami destroying God's view of family. 


Friday, November 15, 2013

The Frank Krause Story

Frank was raised on a dairy farm in Southern British Columbia, Canada, along with five sisters and one brother. Life was good – a dog, fishing in the creek, church, Sunday School, youth groups and more. When he was 15 things changed – no more church for him. His Dad showed deep disappointment but did not over react. At 17 he was asked to leave the home because of his new priorities of drinking, dropping out of school, and other unacceptable behaviors. Things were out of control.
Out of desperation he joined the army and was posted to Germany. Here his life with booze and pretty girls continued. Even so, Dad was happy to see him when he returned home three years later. But his lifestyle did not change. He soon met and married a girl whose father also was a heavy drinker. He seemed to fit right in.
However, Frank did not forget his Dad’s emphasis on hard work. He started his first business when
he was in his mid-twenties, and it went quite well. Then he bought a large poultry farm which also did well. But his drinking would not disappear. Realizing that he needed help he went to Alcoholics Anonymous, but was disappointed to find that all they could talk about was God.
Frank DID want to change and even started taking his kids to church. He thought he was getting very religious until the drinking started all over again. In his thirties he sold his business and bought a nice big house on the hill thinking life would be perfect. He thought he had enough money to last for a lifetime.  But it didn’t.
Then one Sunday morning he was sick in bed with a hangover. For the first time in years he found himself praying, “God I have everything I want, and I’m still unhappy. There has to be more to life than this. I ask that you do whatever it takes to get me right with you.”
Instead of getting better, things got worse. Their marriage was in a mess. Finances went down the drain. Finally, in order to stay alive, Frank had to take a job as a humble employee at a road building camp. His pride took a hit. The only positive thing in his life when he finally came home, was seeing his Dad. In spite of all the heartache he had caused he knew his Dad always cared and was happy to see him.
Shortly after one of these visits, he got a call telling him his Dad had passed away. By this time he was so hardened that he had no desire to return home because the one person he knew that loved him was gone. But he had no choice because he had been made executor of his Dad’s estate. After all had been taken care of, two things remained unclaimed – his Dad’s bedside Bible, and a book by Hal Lindsey, The Late Great Planet Earth. He tossed them into his bag and went on a two-day drunken spree, before heading back to camp for work.
As the days went by, Frank started reading more and more of the underlined verses in his Dad’s Bible. What particularly attracted his attention was the passage where it said that when Jesus died on the cross, He died for all sins: past, present and future. This stopped him cold in his tracks. So it was all about Christ, not Frank being good enough.
Right there he got down on his knees and accepted Christ’s forgiveness for his past sins. He literally found himself jumping up and down on his bed yelling, “I’m free! I’m free!”
For the first time he was free of all the turmoil. Real change started to take place.  AA helped him get victory over his drinking problem. Nearly a year later he met and married June, his childhood sweetheart. Soon he and June had a desire to serve the Lord together. They were able to go on an Amazon Jesus film project where they saw many people turn to the Lord.
June and Frank became aware of something not being right with Frank physically. On December 16, 1994 he was diagnosed with ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Life expectancy was short at best. He asked God to take away the fear of death, which he did. Knowing that he would soon go to be with the Lord, he spent time wondering what it would be like to be in the presence of Jesus. His thoughts also went back to his Mom and Dad who had loved him unconditionally through all the ups and downs.
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What about you? Are you wondering what life is all about? Do you, like Frank, feel that something is missing in your life? If so, you can find fulfilment and peace through a personal relationship with
Jesus Christ.
The Bible says (Jesus is speaking),
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3.20).
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our will.
You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Praying is simply talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Here's a suggested prayer:
Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Mother, where you this cold for me?"

On a cold Christmas Eve in 1952, when Korea was in the throes of civil war, one young woman struggled along a village street, obviously soon to deliver a child. She pleaded with passersby,
"Help me! Please. My baby."
No one paid any attention to her.
A middle-aged couple walked by. The wife pushed away the young mother and sneered,
"Where's the father? Where's your American man now?"
The couple laughed and went on.
The young woman almost doubled up from a contraction as she watched them go.
"Please . . ." she begged.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Michael Jackson, Famous but Failed


 
Today we will have a quick journey through the life of a legend in music who thrilled the hearts of billions of people around the globe. Thirty years ago, Michael Jackson enchanted us with his moonwalk. He was born on 29th of August 1958. For 50 years we saw the perfect illusionist enchant and horrify the world in equal measure. We wonder over many of his achievements. His fans say he was one of the best musicians ever lived. Here are some facts about Michael Jackson.

·         He born as eighth child of a mill worker, started performing at the age of six.

·         He rehearsed when all other kids of his age went to school

·         His first album became the best seller

·         His moonwalk thrilled the world for 30 years

·         His 5 albums broke the Guinness world record for top selling.

·         He was the most famous, costly artist in the whole world.

He was followed by millions of fans all around the globe but he miserably failed in living a successful life. See this facts

·         He was never satisfied in his life

·         Had many marriages and all were failure

·         Several child abuse cases filed against him

·         He died in deep Debt and pain.

What gives us success? Is it money? Is it fame? Is it health? Is it power? The success achieved through this means are momentary. People who achieved such kind of momentary success like Michael Jackson miss an important point in their life. The faith in God. Many times people fail in their lives even in the midst of fame and wealth because they use the God given resources in their lives for their selfish ambitions without knowing the purpose why God created it. To understand this purpose we need to have faith in God.

Nothing in this world can satisfy our life unless we trust in God in everything we do. Blaise Pascal, the great Mathematician and philosopher said like this.  “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”

 

Today let us trust God for a successful life. Let us commit our time, treasures and talents to God so that He will help us to use in a proper way which ultimately will lead to our success. We do this by telling it to Him in prayer. Let us pray

 

Prayer

God we thank you for creating us with great talents. God, many times we are failed because we tried to use it without knowing the purpose behind giving us these talents. Now we are coming to you and submitting all that we have with us. God we pray that you take and use it and let us experience a successful life. Help us to find complete rest in you. Thank you for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Reason for Everything

Everything comes from God alone.
Everything lives by his power,
and everything is for his glory.
Romans 11:36 (LB)

The LORD has made everything for his own purposes.
Proverbs 16:4 (NLT)
  



 
The ultimate goal of the universe is to show the glory of God. It is the reason for everything that exists, including you. God made it all for his glory. Without God's glory, there would be nothing.
 
What is the glory of God? It is who God is. It is the essence of his nature, the weight of his importance, the radiance of his splendor, the demonstration of his power, and the atmosphere of his presence. God's glory is the expression of his goodness and all his other intrinsic, eternal qualities.


Where is the glory of God? Just look around. Everything created by God reflects his glory in some way. We see it everywhere, from the smallest microscopic form of life to the vast Milky Way, from sunsets and stars to storms and seasons.
Living for God's glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives.
Creation reveals our Creator's glory. In nature we learn that God is powerful, that he enjoys variety, loves beauty, is organized, and is wise and creative. The Bible says, "The heavens declare the glory of God.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Seeing Life from God's View

We don't see things as they are,we see them as we are.Anais Nin



How you define life determines your destiny. Your perspective will
influence how you invest your time, spend your money, use your talents, and value your relationships.
One of the best ways to understand other people is to ask them, "How do you see your life?" You will discover that there are as many different answers to that question as there are people.
I've been told life is a circus, a minefield, a roller coaster, a puzzle, a symphony, a journey, and a dance. People have said, "Life is a carousel: Sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down, and sometimes you just go round and round" or "life is a ten-speed bicycle with gears we never use" or "life is a game of cards: You have to play the hand you are dealt."

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What Jesus is doing?


One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Ah! ... the beauty of God's creation is beyond description. As I watched, I praised God for His beautiful work. As I sat there, I felt the Lord's presence with me. He asked me, "Do you love me?" I answered, "Of course, God! You are my Lord and Savior!" Then He asked, "If you were physically handicapped, would you still love me?" I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn't be able to do and thought about the things that I take for granted. I answered,