pondělí, prosince 24, 2007

Today`s quote

Remember, a rose in every stage of its blossoming, is perfect. So you are to love yourself in every stage of your soul's unfolding.

G. Richard Rieger

 
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neděle, prosince 16, 2007

Christmas greetings

I know its a little bit early, but I wanted to greet everyone ahead of time.

The Brno Church is sending greetings too.

Hope you all have a wonderful time of Christmas. May God bless all your ways.

Merry Christmas.

sobota, prosince 15, 2007

Christmas story

Little Donkey

And so this is Christmas, and what have you done? If you're the Informer, you haven't done a damn thing, including your Christmas shopping. And if you're the rest of the industry, you haven't done much either, judging by the paltry news offerings that wafted the Informer's way this week, which counts among its events the last appearance of A Week in Wireless for 2007.

Nope, everybody's hunkering down for the holiday season, gradually drifting away from the office and into the bosom of their family. Or the local pub.

Meanwhile, let's remember that Christmas has a meaning. That's right, it's all about getting presents. And what will many kids want under the tree this year? You guessed it: the iPhone.

So, in a bid to marry the commercial and spiritual elements of the festive season, here's the Informer's wireless nativity story, complete with seasonal carols...

iNATiViTY

ON A DARK night, Jobseph, a lowly craftsman, was travelling to Cupertino, California, for there was a census. It was vital that Jobseph found
somewhere to stay, for word was out that a product was to be born unto him and that this product would be the saviour of the User Interface.

The Virgin Mobile had wanted to come along, but Jobseph told her to bugger off.

Far away, some operators sat tending their flocks of sheep. They were having a conversation about interconnection rates, but they weren't price fixing or anything. All of a sudden in a blinding flash, an Analyst appeared...

(Carol number one - to the tune of While Shepherds Watched)

While carriers fleeced their sheep by night,
With complex pricing rates,
An Analyst appeared to them
With news that changed their fates
Yes news that changed their fates

"Soon there will be a phone of such
Desirability
That all your sheep will long for one
Despite it being 2G
Despite it being 2G

"And if you want a piece of this
To Jobseph you'll be sent
But he'll want something in return
Perhaps forty per cent.
Perhaps forty per cent".

The operators were startled by the Analyst, especially his offer of 24 hours of celestial advice at a very reasonable rate. But they were intrigued by the glad tidings he had brought them.

They weren't exactly bowled over by the prospect of forking over 40 per cent of anything to anybody, if they were completely honest. But if it was
true that such a wondrous phone would be coming unto them, and stuff, they wanted to get in on the action. They resolved to travel and find this Jobseph and the phone of which the Analyst had spake.

"Ooh, what about the sheep?" one of the operators said to his fellows. "Who's going to keep an eye on them?" Fortunately, among their number was an unbeliever, called Vodafone. So Vodafone stayed behind and kept an eye on the flock, while four of the operators - AT&T, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile set off for Cupertino.

Meanwhile...

When Jobseph reached Cupertino the city was full, because of the census. There was nowhere for him to stay. Eventually, an innkeeper offered him the use of his stable, where slept the humble animals. It wasn't really to Jobseph's liking. There was no wet room, for a start, and it didn't smell too pleasant. On the upside, it had a giant plasma screen, which would be useful for the presentation that Jobseph had a feeling he was going to need to do. Jobseph settled down to await the arrival of his new phone.

At length, the phone appeared. And what a little cutie it was. For it was without buttons and was all smooth, with a lovely big touch screen. Jobseph was bursting with paternal pride and he gently laid the baby iPhone down in a manger. Even the cows were impressed, although they did look upon their clumsy hooves with a mournful expression, for never would they be able to use the iPhone.

(Carol 2 - Away in a Manger)

Away in a manger, no sign of 3G
The little lord iPhone is giggling with glee
The hype's been amazing, a marketing coup
He chuckles to hear of the size of the queue

At this point, the operators arrived. "You Jobseph?" enquired Orange.
"I am," said Jobseph.
"So, where's this iPhone of yours, then?" T-Mobile said, feigning nonchalance. Jobseph simply swept one arm outward, drawing the operators' gaze to the manger and the iPhone that lay inside it, wrapped in swaddling cloth.

"Oh, that's just to protect the screen," he said, when the operators looked askance at him. "So, what do you reckon?"

"Ooh, it's very nice," said O2. "No 3G, though?" Jobseph coughed into his hand.
"Ah, no we don't think it really needs it at this stage," he said.

"That just a two megapixel camera, is it?" asked AT&T.
"Yes, yes it is," said Jobseph,
"So there's no 3G and only a two megapixed camera?"
"Look, what do you expect," snapped Jobseph. "A miracle?"
Snatching the phone out of AT&T's hand, he said: "But look at this..."

Jobseph turned the phone on its side, and the display shifted from portrait to landscape. Everyone cooed, whipped out their pens and signed on Jobseph's dotted line.

As the operators were celebrating their good fortune, and Jobseph was pondering his triumph, two Oriental Kings arrived. Jobseph assumed that they were there to see him and his chosen one, so he began making some space in the manger for the gold, frankincense and myrrh that he'd been led to expect would be his gifts. He was, however, to be disappointed, as the Kings were actually there to talk to the operators.

"Aren't there supposed to be three of you?" said Jobseph, visibly miffed that the Kings were more interested in the operators than they were in him.

"No, no, just the two of us," said one of the kings, whose name was Huawei. The other one was called ZTE. In a bid to explain their presence, they sang a little song...

(Carol 3 - We two Kings)

We two kings of Orient are
Selling kit that's cheaper by far
We're doing our best
To conquer the west
For ours is the rising star

Oh... Western vendors scurry in fright
Slash your headcount, do what you might
Match our charging, watch your margins
Shrink and shrink 'til out of sight.

All present had to concede that the Western vendors hadn't had a very good time of it lately and so they joined in a short verse, commemorating the top executives who had departed their companies in the course of the year. They consoled one another with the knowledge that these people usually bag a handsome pay-off when they leave because of their company's poor performance.

(Carol 4 - God Rest Ye Merry CXOs)

God rest ye merry CXOs, your firm has hit the skids
Pursue new opportunities, or spend time with your kids
The shareholders have ousted you, they really flipped their lids

O Golden parachute of joy, 'chute of joy,
O Golden parachute of joy

Just like a football manager you'll pop up somewhere new
Or maybe you will choose to start a VC fund or two
A non exec directorship must surely wait for you

O Golden parachute of joy, 'chute of joy,
O Golden parachute of joy

Just then, the two Kings, the Shepherds and even Jobseph stopped their singing, in order to hearken beyond the garden walls of the stable. For the townsfolk had gathered together to witness the arrival of a great heavenly apparition. It was the big G himself, and he presented the people with a new offering, albeit with an altogether scarier name.

(Carol 5- O Little Town of Bethlehem)

O little town of Mountain View
With thoughts of wireless
They permeate your every move
They cause carriers great stress
You shaketh up the industry
With might you sit on high
Delivering advertisements
With your all seeing eye

For iPhone is born of Steven Jobs
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O Android promises to give
Open platforms for all
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

Just then Tiny Tim said "God bless us, every one." And Scrooge popped round with a goose, while Jimmy Stewart realised what a wonderful life it really is and Clarence got his wings and everybody lived happily ever after. Apart from the Grinch.

THE END

So it just remains to be said that everybody here wishes all of you out there a relaxing and peaceful break.
 
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neděle, prosince 02, 2007

Today`s qoute:

Developing a habit of moment-by-moment gratitude is one of the master keys to happiness.

G. Richard Rieger




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pátek, listopadu 30, 2007

Today`s quote:

Be love. Love the good, and love what seems to not be good, until you find the good in it.

Brad Jensen

 
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úterý, listopadu 20, 2007

Today`s quote:

Life, as you now know it, is the starting point for your better understanding of life.

Imelda Shanklin

neděle, listopadu 18, 2007

čtvrtek, listopadu 15, 2007

10 Little Christians

10 Little Christians!!!

Ten Little Christians came to church all the time. one fell out with the preacher, then there were nine.

Nine Little Christians stayed up late, one overslept on Sunday, then there were eight.

Eight Little Christians on their way to heaven, one took the low road, then there were seven.

Seven Little Christians, chirping like chicks, One didn't like the singing, then there were six..

Six Little Christians seemed very much alive, one took a vacation, then there were five,

Five Little Christians pulling for heavens shore, one stopped to take a rest, then there were four.

Four Little Christians each as busy as a bee, One got his feelings hurt, then there were three.

Three Little Christians couldn't decide what to do, one couldn't have his way, then there were two.

Two Little Christians each won one more, now don't you see, two and two make four.

Four Little Christians worked early and late each brought one, now there were eight

Eight Little Christians if they double as before in just seven Sundays we have one thousand twenty four.

In this jingle there is a lesson true you belong either to the building or to the wrecking crew

Author Unknown

sobota, října 27, 2007

Jonah's Fate

After hearing the story of Jonah at Sunday School, a little girl repeated the story at school on Monday.

Her teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because, even though it is a very large mammal, its throat is very small.

The little girl said, "But how can that be? Jonah was swallowed by a whale."Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human. "It is physically impossible!" she said.

Undaunted, the little girl said, "Well, when I get to heaven I will ask Jonah."

To this, the teacher said, "What if Jonah went to hell?"

The little girl replied, "Then YOU ask him!"

sobota, října 20, 2007

Study on Mormonism

I have met two mormon guys, and that brought me back to think about their church, and what do they believe.
Here is an article I found at www.gotquestions.org that corespond with what I have found.  You can read this artickle, or visit that site and read and listen to what is there. Pretty good site.


Question: "Is Mormonism a cult? What do Mormons believe?"

Answer:
The Mormon religion was founded less than two hundred years ago by a man named Joseph Smith. He claimed to have received a personal visit from God the Father and Jesus Christ and told that all churches and their creeds were an abomination. Joseph set out to impose a brand-new religion that claims to be the "only true church on earth." The problem with Mormonism is that it contradicts, modifies, and expands on the Bible. Christians have no reason to believe that the Bible is not true and adequate. To truly believe in and trust God means to believe in His Word. And all Scripture is inspired by God, which means it comes from Him (2 Timothy 3:16).

Mormons believe that there are in fact four sources of divinely inspired words, instead of just one. 1) The Bible "as far as it is translated correctly." Which verses are incorrectly translated are not always made clear 2) The Book of Mormon was "translated" by Smith and published in 1830. Smith claimed it is the "most correct book" on earth, and that a person could get closer to God by following its precepts, "than by any other book." 3) The Doctrine and Covenants is considered scripture by Mormons, containing a collection of modern revelations regarding the "Church of Jesus Christ as it has been restored." 4) The Pearl of the Great Price is considered by Mormons to "clarify" doctrines and teachings that were lost from the Bible and adds its own information about the earth's creation.

Mormons believe these things about God: that He has not always been the Supreme Being of the universe, but attained that status through righteous living and persistent effort. They believe God the Father has a "body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's." Though abandoned by modern Mormon leaders, Brigham Young taught that Adam actually was God and the father of Jesus Christ. Christians know this about God: there is only One true God (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10, 44:6-8), that He always has and always will exist (Deuteronomy 33:27, Psalm 90:2, 1 Timothy 1:17), and that He was not created, but is the Creator (Genesis chapter1, Psalm 24:1, Isaiah 37:16). He is perfect and no one else is equal to Him (Psalm 86:8, Isaiah 40:25). God the Father is not a man, nor was He ever (Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29, Hosea 11:9). He is Spirit (John 4:24), and Spirit is not made of flesh and bone (Luke 24:39).

Mormons believe that there are different levels or kingdoms in the afterlife: The Celestial Kingdom, the Terrestrial Kingdom, the Telestial Kingdom and outer darkness. Where mankind will end up depends on what they believe and do in this mortal life. The Bible tells us that after death, we go to Heaven or Hell based on whether we had faith in Jesus or not. To be absent from our bodies as believers means we are with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). Unbelievers are sent to Hell, or the place of the dead (Luke 16:22-23). When Jesus comes for the second time, we will receive new bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-54). There will be a New Heaven and New Earth for believers (Revelation 21:1), and unbelievers will be thrown into an everlasting lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). There is no second chance for redemption after death (Hebrews 9:27).

Mormon leaders have taught that Jesus' incarnation was the result of a physical relationship between God the Father and Mary. They believe Jesus is a God, but that any human can also become a god. Christians historically have taught that God is Triune and that He exists eternally as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). No one can achieve the status of God, only He is holy (1 Samuel 2:2). We can only be made holy in God's sight through faith in Him (1 Corinthians 1:2). Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16) and is the only one ever to have lived a sinless, blameless life, who now has the highest place of honor in Heaven (Hebrews 7:26). Jesus and God are one in essence, Jesus being the only One existing before physical birth (John 1:1-8, 8:56). Jesus gave Himself to us as a sacrifice, and God raised Him from the dead, and one day everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:6-11). Jesus tells us it is impossible to get to Heaven by our own works, only with faith in Him is it possible (Matthew 19:26). And many will not choose Him. "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way" (Matthew 7:13). We all deserve eternal punishment for our sins, but God's infinite love and grace has allowed us a way out. "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

Clearly there is only one way to receive salvation; to know God and His Son, Jesus (John 17:3). It is not done by works, but by faith (Romans 1:17, 3:28). When we have this faith, we will automatically be obedient to God's laws and become baptized out of love for Him, but not because it is a requirement for salvation. We can receive this gift no matter who we are or what we have done (Romans 3:22). "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Although Mormons are usually friendly, loving, and kind people - they are involved in a false religion that distorts the nature of God, the Person of Jesus Christ, and the means of salvation.

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neděle, září 30, 2007

Elderly Woman and Burglar

  Elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening service when she was startled by an intruder. As she caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables, she yelled "Stop, Acts 2:38."

The burglar quickly turned around and pointed his gun at her when she yelled again, "Stop, Acts 2:38."

Well this time the man stopped, dead in his tracks. The woman calmly called the Police and explained what she had done. As the Officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked him "Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a Scripture to you."

"Scripture?" the burglar exclaimed, "I thought she said she had an axe and two 38s!"

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cell # :     +420 731 576 030
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úterý, září 25, 2007

Peníze

Peníze přicházejí a odcházejí... a odcházejí... a odcházejí... a odcházejí...

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úterý, srpna 28, 2007

[Morning by Morning] Romans 8:18


Romans 8:18

Dear friends,

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Good morning! How do you get through suffering? Here's a tiny example, one that is quite easy to get through:


You just wince up a bit, and when you feel the prick you know it will be over soon and that later in the day the band-aid will fall off.

Part of the management of suffering is your capacity to slot the experience into the probably time the pain will last and imagine the time coming soon when it will stop.

Kids can't do this, so they howl when they see the syringe. But as we get older and more used to time, we can manage minor sufferings really well.

Listen to this:

18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Paul, and the persecuted Christians in Rome had huge suffering imposed on them, suffering they could have ended by leaving the faith. They dealt with that suffering by remembering that "this present time" isn't going to last. And they had a thrilling understanding of "the glory that is to be revealed."

By "this present time" Paul, following Jesus and agreeing with all the other New Testament writers, refers to the whole dispensation between the arrival of the Messiah and His Second Coming to establish God's Kingdom. They were far clearer than we are about all this, and therefore they had the power to withstand suffering, a power we can scarcely imagine. This understanding of our time is something for us to recover, and to recover through Scripture. We live in the season of harvest, during which there is a great conflict between the rule of this world and the rightful Kingdom of God. One of the great strategies of God's enemy is to completely obscure from our view the nature of the conflict and the great hope God wants us to have in His Kingdom. That hope is not about floating around so disembodied we can't sink through a cloud, each of us separated from one another, singing songs we don't like to a God we still can't see. Who would discount present suffering to get to that?

(Of course, if you're a secular person, you use the suffering of the present time as proof there isn't a personal God at all. When suffering comes there's nothing to do but just take it, until you are annihilated by death. That's why they're so sad, just below their success.)

Scripture actually reveals a great deal about Heaven, but our worldview just filters out all this information God wants us to have. I discover more about heaven on every page of the New Testament. It's a little like the experience of discovering evangelism in there, or the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We're blinded by the ruler of this age from seeing what lies on almost every page. The hope is about a resurrected Jesus coming to His resurrected people on a resurrected earth. A groaning earth will rejoice -- trees clapping their great arms and mountains skipping like rams -- when the sons and daughters of God are revealed at last and begin living the life God speaks into being, treasuring the garden He intends us to love.

Our capacity to endure the sufferings of this current mess is directly related to the clarity of our vision of the world to come. Explains a lot about current whining, doesn't it?

Love,
Jeff




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úterý, srpna 21, 2007

Forgive Your Enemies

In his Sunday sermon, the minister used "Forgive Your Enemies" as his subject. After the sermon, he asked how many were willing to forgive their enemies. About half held up their hands.

Not satisfied, he harangued the congregation for another twenty minutes and repeated his question. This received a response of eighty percent. Still unsatisfied, he lectured for fifteen more minutes and repeated his question. All responded except one elderly gentleman in the rear.

"Mr. Jones, are you not willing to forgive your enemies?"

"I don't have any."

"Mr. Jones, that is very unusual. How old are you?"

"One hundred and one."

"Mr. Jones, please come down in front and tell the congregation how a man can live to be one hundred and one and not have an enemy in the world."

The old man teetered down the aisle, slowly turned to face the congregation, smiled and said, "I outlived every one of them!"

čtvrtek, srpna 02, 2007

čtvrtek, července 26, 2007

Whats happenning in Brno?

As you can see, its a hot summer and not much is going on in Brno. Many
people go to their vacation, many people stay in homes because they
can`t get very far due to a hot weather.
As a church we`ve been fine lately. As you noticed, we had Lenka
baptised some time ago and she is doing well, physically and
spiritually. I am still planning to go to the USA, if I get Visa permit.
Today I got a letter of invitation from Eddie White. I know I am welcome
in US, but those guys in Prague ambassy don`t. So I need apply for visa
and I will see what happen.
Vitalij is getting ready to go out for a weekend with his family, as
well as Tomas, so I`ll be left alone this one sunday at the worship
service. But God is still here, and Karel Capek promised me to help.
Very nice.
I also got facebook profile, which seems to be very usefull. Even
Vitalij got his profile, so we all can stay in touch.

So may God bless you all and be sure we`ll be glad to hear from you.

Honza

P.S. If you are used to visit my www.jandadak.com site, make sure to
change address to www.honzadadak.ic.cz. The first mentioned address
won`t work since August 1.

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today`s quote:

Our principle responsibility is in keeping ourselves in tune with divine law.

Lowell Fillmore


středa, července 25, 2007

Today's Quote:

Find your own purpose first and start moving headstrong toward it. Once in that mode, all things related to your purpose will find you. And those things already attached to you will find their place as well.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

  

neděle, července 22, 2007

Today`s quote:

Love is the call toward the great union, whose attainment is the only real business in nature.

Teilhard de Chardin


Especially in the light of I.Corinthians 13:13 its a very interesting thought.

 

čtvrtek, července 19, 2007

pondělí, července 16, 2007

Today's Quote:

Success is built of successful thoughts; these thoughts are thoughts of love, good will, harmony, and peace.

Lowell Fillmore

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sobota, července 14, 2007

Today`s quote:

Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit - and man is his own gardener.

James Allen

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čtvrtek, července 12, 2007

[Morning by Morning] Romans 8:17]

[Morning By Morning - he wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught]

Romans 8:17

Dear friends,

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Good morning! It's good to be back. We're at table in the most amazing of spiritual restaurants, and today Paul serves us this verse, truly the bread of angels:

17and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Feel bold today? Me too. Come on then and let's believe this huge promise. We are heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. There's more to the verse, which we will deal with tomorrow, but for today let's dare to believe the dazzling, hopeful part. If we can grasp this, our days as wet-noodle Christians will be over.

The average congregation before hearing this verse.

Much of our Christian life is a struggle just to understand that we have been forgiven, and that the various ways we use self-talk to beat ourselves up aren't necessary any longer. It's not as though there are a few real Christians who glow at night and then there's the lousy little me who's ever-so-barely inching along in my shell down here on the floor with the other slugs. I'm actually forgiven and entitled to live in the Kingdom. The phrase that we're adopted -- a phrase Paul has used so wonderfully in this chapter already -- shows that something far beyond forgiveness has been offered us. We actually belong in the family of God. Our Father has chosen to adopt me. To adopt you. That means I am here in the community of faith, and so are you, based not on a vote by the good people, still less on the qualifications I've managed to put together, but sheerly on the decision of the Father to adopt me. Hallelujah.

But it's even more than that! We are heirs of God. Really. The Bible says so. Heirs of God, and co-heirs with Christ. This is nuts, it's so extravagant. What in the world does it mean? Obviously God isn't going to die, so we get this inheritance a little differently than the world does this inheriting business.

Most of the commentators make a point I'm happy to make here. Paul was writing to a congregation that was a mix of Jewish and Gentile followers of Jesus, but since they were in Rome, the secular law that the group would have been familiar with was Roman law, which differed from the Old Testament on the issue of family inheritance. In Israel the rule was that the oldest son inherited the largest share. In Rome, absent a will, the family assets were divided equally among all the children. Paul is saying that in Christ, this is the rule that prevails -- everyone is an heir. You too. Being adopted in is full entitlement to the family's richness.

But see that this is way beyond a financial thing. It's being a participant in the actual nature of the family itself, the atmosphere, the relational energy, the love, that is in God's most intimate family. A great verse to catch this is 2 Peter 1:4

. . . He has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature,

"Partaker of the divine nature." That's the state you are in. On every baptized believer in Jesus, the license heaven sees has your state on it: "partaker of the divine nature." Head high, now. All day.

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pátek, července 06, 2007

The Nature of Liberating Truth,June 30th, 2007

 

The more I think about the nature of the truth, the more I become convinced that it is not a «thing» which can be put in a tidy box of a certain formula. We already said that the truth is that which is real. But reality is not fixed: it is transient and fluid. The only constant in our world is change. We are slow to recognize this fact only because of our limited perception.

For instance, changes at the cosmic level are too slow, and changes at subatomic levels are too fast for us to detect them. Only the development of science in recent centuries gave us some glimpses of this universal fluidity. So, the truth we seek is not something fixed as well. Although we talk about the universal laws which we study and apply, it is essential to recognize that these laws aren’t final truths, but only approximations. We always discover more inclusive laws and new dimensions of the same reality.

To know the truth, therefore, is not to arrive at some point and to «abide» there. Knowledge of the truth is a never-ending quest. In the process of this search, we cannot afford ourselves to be complacent or dogmatic. As Rabbi Tzvi Freeman wisely said,

You don’t learn by having faith. You learn by questioning, by challenging, by re-examining everything you’ve ever believed. And yet, all this is a matter of faith – the faith that there is a truth to be found. It is another paradox: To truly question, you must truly have faith.

This is a scientific approach to reality. To practice it, we don’t actually have to become scientists. We don’t even need to have a lot of formal education. Education is helpful in many ways, but to some people it brings confusions rather than clarity. Instead of becoming searchers, these individuals turn into collectors of facts and opinions of others, or dogmatic believers in some scientific theory. But dogmatic science is just as misleading as a dogmatic religion.

As we seek, we will find. As we continue to seek, we will continue to find. That is about the most important thing we need to have in our minds. No one will ever know our inner world and the truth which concerns our life, save ourselves. All we need to realize will be readily revealed to us directly, no matter what language we may adopt to describe these revelations.

As we study our inner processes, let us not to label and not to suppress them. Let us not try to change certain things before we understand their meaning and purpose. This might be different from what we were taught to do: to call things either “good” or “bad”, and then to eradicate that which is “bad”. However, this is not what a scientific approach is about.

When we struggle and fight against some thing, it makes us naturally biased. It becomes almost impossible for is to be objective and to know the truth of that thing, especially if it isn’t evident.

Let us become quiet, watchful, and observant. Let us try to understand what causes us to think and to respond in certain ways. Why do we react the way we react? Why do we think there is only one way to respond to certain stimulus, such as to be offended when we hear unkind words, to rejoice when someone compliments us, to be confused when we encounter something unknown, and to be afraid when something seem to overpower us?

Even if we are accustomed to some course of action, that doesn’t mean that a habitual reaction is the only possible one. That doesn’t mean that it is predetermined. As we become observant, we will notice that there is always a point when we make a decision. We are not angry or joyful or fearful because we have to, but because we choose to be that way. And when we fully understand this, we are highly likely to make alternative choices – because we would not want to feel victims of circumstances. We will move on to true self-mastery and freedom.

Today`s quote:

It is good to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

Kahlil Gibran

pondělí, června 25, 2007

Wendy`s baptism

Sorry that it took so long. I have problems with internet conection nowadays.
Here are promised pictures.

We had a nice reading, prayers, and finaly baptims.

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Some facts on the girl named Wendy:

She met Tomas B. at squaredance club and she came to the church. She comes to our congragation for over three months now. She studied with Tom, and she made her decision to accept Jesus as her Lord. Halleujah.
Wendy is her nickname, real name is Lenka.
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Pray for her as she grows in the Lord.

neděle, června 17, 2007

Lord`s supper

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Tomas got an idea to remind us of how it used to be in the first century at the Lord`s supper. So instead of having just a quick reminder of Lord`s death, we had feast like this. With all the reminder anyway. So we had unleavened bread, fruit of wine, grapes.
It was nice.

Would you like it?

Here is a slideshow of pictures taken on that day.


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This Wednesday: Baptism

Its so nice to announce this:

This Wednesday June 20th, 2007 Wendy was to be baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. We are all so excited.

Wendy is a young lady that started to attend our group about two month ago or so. She met with Tomas Benkovic one day while square dancing. She felt like coming to our group could be beneficial to her. As time went she studied with Tomas, she foung out about all the people in the church that they are all fine. And finaly, that we are all saved my grace of our Lord. So made her decision and this Wednesday she will be baptised in His name.

I`ll definatelly bring you latest update on Thursday. Pray for Wendy.

Pictures will come.

Honza

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sobota, června 02, 2007

Affirmations for renewing of the mind:

I am transformed by the renewing of my mind.

I think of the things which are pure, noble, and worthy of love.

Realization of the truth of my being sets me free, in my mind and in all of my affairs.

The whole world responds to mental pictures which I hold in my consciousness.

Thought by thought, I change my life.

 

úterý, května 08, 2007

Morning by Morning] Romans 8:16


[Morning By Morning - he wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught]

Romans 8:16

Dear friends,

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We continue with the great verse from Romans about being filled with the Holy Spirit:

16The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

This is a big experience Paul is describing here, so let me list a few of the ways people have reported it.

Thomas Aquinas, the greatest of medieval Christian teachers, had published huge works reasoning from both nature and Scriptures to refute the aggressive Islam of his day and to help sceptical Westerners to believe. And then one day the abstract philosophical writings stopped and he began publishing love songs about God and about the Lord Jesus, lyrics we still sing at communion. When his friends asked him why the big change (it was when he was still at the height of his powers) Thomas said, "I have seen things that have made all my previous writings seem like so much straw."

One day D. L. Moody was preaching and then greeting the people as they left the service. Three elderly women shook his hand and brightly told him they would be praying for him to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He was a talented and committed guy, so this annoyed him for several days. He realized that something was missing however, partly because he got so annoyed. So he went and asked them to keep praying. About a month later he was walking down Wall Street when suddenly the love of God for him became so overwhelming that eventually he had to ask God to stop because he felt he was going to fall flat on the street if God kept loving him so.

As she lay dying, Mrs. Hugh Bryan (we don't know her first name) a person converted by Whitfield, called out, "I see HIm! I see Him! Now I see light!" Then later she called out, "I have seen things that would not be believed if told. Who would die without Christ?"

In fact these testimonies of the visit of the Holy Spirit assuring our own hearts that God loves us as His children fill volumes and keep being shared today. Each visit is a gift and is different. This experience can happen again and again to the same person, but there's no formula for it. Last night I was called to the hospital where a fabulous elderly woman was lying. Her knee had been replaced and wasn't healing well, her dog had died, her cat had died, and she had just broken her arm. She was in such pain she spoke of wanting to go to the Lord. Others had scolded her for wanting to give up and die. I just looked at her and let our eyes gaze easily into each other and said I understood. And then I told her how good it was that she had her hope of being with the Lord. And joy filled us both, and the Holy Spirit assured her that she was the daughter of God and would always be well.

People who experience the visitation of the Holy Spirit don't stay on some high. But they remember the moments when He comes with such tenderness and power. The first time this happened to me I was in a seminary chapel, listening to a sermon I didn't espeically like. My father had died a few years earlier and I had been pondering that a lot with the help of a counsellor. The death had happened when I was 16 and most of the grief had gone unexpressed for about 10 years. The preacher mentioned something about fathers, and suddenly I became just flooded with an awareness of the Father's care and love for me. I've remembered that moment ever since, and I know that it was the reason God called me to the whole seminary experience -- because He had something He wanted to tell me and that is what it took for me to hear Him.

Jesus urges us to ask and seek and knock until God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit. I think this is why. When the Spirit testifies to us, then our being is warmed by His love, just as the skin on our arm is warmed by the sun coming through the window. He spent His whole life moving with freedom and grace because He was fully opened to Abba Father, and He wants for our hearts to know the same love. So ask and seek and knock, as I still do these thirty five years later.

Love,
Jeff




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neděle, května 06, 2007

Abraham- theme of the Bible study

Abraham

(c. 1813 BCE - c. 1638 BCE)


According to Jewish tradition, Abraham was born under the name Abram in the city of Ur in Babylonia in the year 1948 from Creation (circa 1800 BCE). He was the son of Terach, an idol merchant, but from his early childhood, he questioned the faith of his father and sought the truth. He came to believe that the entire universe was the work of a single Creator, and he began to teach this belief to others.

Abram tried to convince his father, Terach, of the folly of idol worship. One day, when Abram was left alone to mind the store, he took a hammer and smashed all of the idols except the largest one. He placed the hammer in the hand of the largest idol. When his father returned and asked what happened, Abram said, "The idols got into a fight, and the big one smashed all the other ones." His father said, "Don't be ridiculous. These idols have no life or power. They can't do anything." Abram replied, "Then why do you worship them?"

Eventually, the one true Creator that Abram had worshipped called to him, and made him an offer: if Abram would leave his home and his family, then G-d would make him a great nation and bless him. Abram accepted this offer, and the b'rit (covenant) between G-d and the Jewish people was established. (Gen. 12).

The idea of b'rit is fundamental to traditional Judaism: we have a covenant, a contract, with G-d, which involves rights and obligations on both sides. We have certain obligations to G-d, and G-d has certain obligations to us. The terms of this b'rit became more explicit over time, until the time of the Giving of the Torah. Abram was subjected to ten tests of faith to prove his worthiness for this covenant. Leaving his home is one of these trials.

Abram, raised as a city-dweller, adopted a nomadic lifestyle, traveling through what is now the land of Israel for many years. G-d promised this land to Abram's descendants. Abram is referred to as a Hebrew (Ivri), possibly because he was descended from Eber or possibly because he came from the "other side" (eber) of the Euphrates River.

But Abram was concerned, because he had no children and he was growing old. Abram's beloved wife, Sarai, knew that she was past child-bearing years, so she offered her maidservant, Hagar, as a wife to Abram. This was a common practice in the region at the time. According to tradition, Hagar was a daughter of Pharaoh, given to Abram during his travels in Egypt. She bore Abram a son, Ishmael, who, according to both Muslim and Jewish tradition, is the ancestor of the Arabs. (Gen 16)

When Abram was 100 and Sarai 90, G-d promised Abram a son by Sarai. G-d changed Abram's name to Abraham (father of many), and Sarai's to Sarah (from "my princess" to "princess"). Sarah bore Abraham a son, Isaac (in Hebrew, Yitzchak), a name derived from the word "laughter," expressing Abraham's joy at having a son in his old age. (Gen 17-18). Isaac was the ancestor of the Jewish people.

[Abraham died at the age of 175.]


Source: Judaism 101.
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pátek, května 04, 2007

Today`s quote:

There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down, no sin that enough love will not redeem.

Emmet Fox

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neděle, dubna 01, 2007

GACS Spring Trip to Brno, CZ

Here is a slideshow for you all.
Here will appear pictures from each day as we go throught this week. At the bottom of the slideshow you will find gallery from each day separate.
Hope you enjoy the picture story and leave some positive, encouraging comments.



GACS Monday

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úterý, února 20, 2007

neděle, února 04, 2007

Temple of God

I wondered to which blog I should post this article, and I have decided for the church one. It`s all about church anyway.

Today we had a wonderful preacher who preached about a Temple of God. (I preached).
We read from the old testament, 1. Chronicles 28:1-10,20-22. Its all about David`s desire to build a temple of God for Him. He was told to leave this task for Salomon, his son.
New testament says we are the temple of God (1. Corinthians 3) and so we are to be built in His image, according to His plans. He is building the temple in us. We are to let Him and His Holly Spirit work in us, to it would be made of gold and precious.

That was a core message of today`s lesson. People liked it.
Thank You God for leading the worship today.

neděle, ledna 21, 2007

Promised pictures



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These are new pictures from yesterday worship in Olomouc, at the Holly Peak (Svaty Kopecek). We went outside to woods and it was awesome.

úterý, ledna 16, 2007

Maggie in Brno

 

Maggie in Brno, at the church. Darina is interpreting.

Maggie is happy to be in Brno, eventough just for three weeks.
She is learning czech language, getting used to Brno transport system. She is fine.
She would like to come to Brno as a missionary after she is done with her studies. Which is in two years. How serious is she you can see from her effort to learn to drive car with manuall gearing. Which is usuall in Europe. Posted by Picasa