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INTRODUCTION

Have you ever heard the story about the farmer who told his wife one morning that he was going to plough the southern side of his farm ?He got off to an early start so he could oil the tractor . He needed more oil, so he went to the shop to get it. On the way to the shop, he noticed his cows weren’t fed . So he proceeded to the cattle feed , where he found some sacks of feed. The sacks reminded him that his potatoes were sprouting. When he started for the potato pit , he passed the woodpile and remembered that his daughter wanted wood in the house. As he picked up a few sticks , an ailing goat passed by. He dropped the wood and reached for the goat. When evening arrived , the frustrated farmer had not even gotten to the tractor, let alone the field!

How many times have you found yourself in a similar situation? You intended to do something you knew was important, but were distracted and never accomplished what you set out to do.

Or perhaps you can think of something that you have always wanted to do but can never find time for.

By the same question, are you aware of something that you do often that is a waste of time ?

If you are a normal person, you answered “Yes” to both questions and thought of something specific in each case. Isn’t it strange that we can want to do one thing for a long time and never get to it, and yet at the same time we freely admit that we are wasting time on other activities ?

THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO LEARN TO MANAGE OURSELVES.

HANDLING TEMPER – THE END

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I read a fable one day about the sun and the wind. They quarreled about which was the stronger and the wind said, “I’ll prove I am. See that old man down there with a coat? I bet I can make him take his coat off quicker than you can.”

So the sun went behind a cloud and the wind blew until it was almost a tornado, but the harder it blew the tighter the old man wrapped his coat about him.

Finally, the wind calmed down and gave up; and then the sun came out from behind the cloud and smiled kindly on the old man. Presently, he mopped his brow and pulled off his coat. The sun then told the wind that gentleness and friendliness were always stronger than fury and force.

The sun can make you take off your coat more quickly than the wind; and kindliness, the friendly approach, and appreciation can make people change their minds more readily than all the bluster and storming.

Remember what Lincoln said: “A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.”

When you wish to win people to your way of thinking, don’t forget to Use Part-4 – THE END

RESPECTING OTHER RELIGIONS

2 TIMOTHY 2:24 -25 And a servant of the LORD must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, In humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth.

In Acts 17 we see an example of how to respect people with other beliefs, without feeling guilty or changing our own beliefs.

When Paul came to Athens, he was upset by the statues and images of fake gods he saw all over the place. But he talked with the people there kindly, even using the words of some of their own poets(ACTS 17:28). He didn’t tell his listeners off or make them feel bad. He didn’t criticise what they believed. He simply talked about God’s greatness (VV. 24-25). He said that God is actively working in each of our lives so that people will look for him themselves and find him.

ACTS 17:27 “So that they should seek the LORD, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find him, though He is not far from each one of us;

Paul didn’t change the truth to make things easier for himself. He stuck to what he knew of God from his own relationship with Jesus, confidently telling everyone to turn to him for themselves. He said that God has given Jesus to be the Judge of the world, and proved this by bringing Him back to life.

In our schools,colleges, workplace and on our streets, we meet more and more people with different religious beliefs. Our relationship with Jesus will stand out most clearly when we avoid arguments, and simply share what we believe with kindness and gentleness. Then we can pray for God to help the people we meet understand who Jesus really is for themselves.

WE DON’t NEED TO ARGUE; WE CAN SIMPLY SHARE WHAT WE’VE LEARNED ABOUT JESUS.

HANDLING TEMPER – PART 3

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Business men are learning that it pays to be friendly to strikers. For example, when two thousand five hundred employees in the White Motor Company’s plant struck for higher wages and a union shop, Robert F. Black, the president, didn’t wax wroth and condemn, and threaten and talk of tyranny and Communists. He actually praised the strikers. He published an advertisement in the Cleveland papers, complimenting them on “the peaceful way in which they laid down their tools.” Finding the strike pickets idle, he bought them a couple of dozen baseball bats, and gloves and invited them to play ball on vacant lots. For those who preferred bowling, he rented a bowling alley.

This friendliness on President Black’s part did what friendliness always does; it begot friendliness. So the strikers borrowed brooms, shovels and rubbish carts, and began picking up matches, papers, cigarette stubs, and cigar butts around the factory. Imagine it! Imagine strikers tidying up the factory grounds while battling for higher wages and recognition of the union. Such an event had never been heard of before in the long, tempestuous history of American labour wars. That strike ended with a compromise settlement within a week-ended without any ill feeling or rancor.

HANDLING TEMPER – PART 2

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… After weeks spent in making friends, Rockfeller addressed the representatives of the strikers. It produced astonishing results. It calmed the tempestuous waves of hate that threatened to engulf Rockfeller. It won him a host of admirers. It presented facts in such a way that the strikers went back to work without saying another word about the increase in wages for which they had fought so violently.

Remember Rockfeller is talking to men who, a few days previously, wanted to hang him by the neck to a sour apple tree; yet he couldn’t have been more gracious, more friendly.

“This is a red-letter day in my life,” Rockfeller began. “It is the first tiime I have ever had the good fortune to meet the representatives of the employees of this great company, its officers and superintendents, together, and I can assure you that I am proud to be here, and that i shall remember this gathering as long as i live. Had this meeting been held two weeks ago, I should have stood here a stranger to most of you, recognizing a few faces. “Since this is a meeting of the officers of the company and the representatives of the employees, it is only by your courtesy that I am here, for I am not so fortunate as to be either one or the other; and yet i feel that I am intimately associated with you men, for, in a sense, I represent both the stockholders and the directors.” Isn’t that a superb example of the fine art of making friends out of enemies?

Suppose Rockfeller had taken a different track, Suppose he had argued with those miners and hurled devasting facts in their faces. Suppose he had told them by his tones and insinuations that they were wrong. Suppose that, by all the rules of logic he had proved that they were wrong? What would have happened? More anger would have been stirred up, more hatred, more revolt.

Lincoln said that, in effect, almost a hundred years ago. Here are his words:-

It is an old and true maxim “that a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.” So with men, if you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart; which, say what you will, is the great high road to his reason.

Stay tuned for more incidents.

…..TO BE CONTINUED

ARE WE BEING DECEIVED ?

I’m finding it hard to understand the notion spreading around of How God is angry with the earth right now and how this virus is a punishment from God. On How there’s a need for us (Christians) to repent so this can go away. First and foremost I don’t know who needs to hear this but God didn’t bring this virus to punish anyone and God is not angry with anyone because that’s not his personality.

Talking about God’s personality Jesus came and lived for three decades to show the world, the true personality of God. When we look at the life Jesus lived he was full of Grace, mercy, love and kindness. He touched the lepers, spent time with sinners, lived with the most forgotten peoples in society, waited at the well for a woman who had five Husbands, empowered a woman who was caught in the act of adultery, had supper at the home of a Tax collector. Allowed an adulterous woman to pour expensive perfume on him, picked the bible school dropouts as his disciples. NOW THAT’S THE PERSONALITY OF GOD EXPRESSED IN MAN.

Then where are we getting all this notion from, that God is angry with us and he is punishing us with this virus because of the sin on the face of the Earth? Do you think Man’s sin has caught God unaware? What happened to God is all knowing? Yes there’s sin on earth right now but his word says when the world gets darker and darker the church shines brighter and brighter, where sin abounds Grace abounds on a higher level. What happened to all these deep truths? If God is punishing the world right now because of our sins then what Adam and Eve did in the garden of Eden is more powerful than what happened on Golgotha.

Everytime Jesus was asked how it will be like in the last days he always said people will be deceived if possible even the elect. Don’t you think we are being deceived when we believe in such lies? This notion speculating is far away from the Doctrine of Christ. God doesn’t use sickness, death or disease to chasten his children. Instead he uses what the enemy meant for evil and use it to work for Good. Ask around and see how many people have different testimonies because of this pandemic. Yes the world is broken right now but God is using this evil to work for the good.

As Christians this is not the time to scare each other more or make the world more hopeless. When Jesus left he left the peace Project in our hands and part of the project is to give hope to the hopeless and Grace to those who don’t deserve it. Let’s instead spread hope, faith and Grace during this time.

Utilise your time in history so when you tell the story of the mountains you’ve climbed it will be a page in the survival guide of generations to come!

WHAT WE BRING BACK

John F. Burns spent forty years covering world events for The New York Times. In an article written after his retirement in 2015, Burns recalled the words of a close friend and fellow journalist who was dying of cancer. “Never forget,” his colleague said,”it’s not how far you’ve travelled; it’s what you’ve brought back.”

Psalm 37 could be considered David’s list of what he “brought back” from his journey of life, from shepherd to soldier and king. The psalm is a series of couplets contrasting the wicked with the righteous, affirming those who trust the Lord.

“Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither”

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand”

“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread”.

As the years add up, God’s faithfulness keeps multiplying.

HANDLING TEMPER – PART 1

If your temper is aroused and you tell them a thing or two, you will have a fine time unloading your feelings, But what about the other fellow? Will he share your pleasure? Will your belligerent tones, your hostile attitude, make it easy for him to agree with you?

“If you come at me with your fists doubled,” said Woodrow Wilson. “I think I can promise you that mine will double as fast as yours; but if you come to me and say, ‘Let us sit down and take counsel together, and, if we differ from one another, understand why it is that we differ from one another, just what the points at issue are, we will presently find that we are not so far apart after all, that the points on which we differ are few and the points on which we agree are many, and that if we only have the patience and the candour and the desire to get together, we will get together.”

Nobody appreciates the truth of Woodrow Wilson’s statement more than John D. Rockfeller, Jr. Back in, 1915, Rockfeller was the most fiercely despised man in Colorado. One of the bloodiest strikes in the history of American Industry had been shocking the state for two terrible years. Irate, belligerent miners were demanding higher wages from the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company; and Rockfeller controlled that company. Property had been destroyed, troops had been called out. Blood had been shed. Strikers had been shot, their bodies riddled with bullets.

At a time like that, with the air seething with hatred, Rockfeller wanted to win the strikers to his way of thinking. And he did it. How?

TO BE CONTINUED

DIDN’T GET CREDIT OR RECOGNITION?

Hollywood musicals were wildly popular during the 1950’s and 1960’s, and three actresses in particular-Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood, and Deborah Kerr-thrilled viewers with their compelling performances. But a huge part of the appeal of these actresses was the breathtaking singing that enhanced their acting. In fact, the classic films’ successes were actually due in large part to Marni Nixon, who dubbed the voices for each of those leading ladies and who for a long time went completely uncredited for her vital contribution.

In the body of Christ there are often people that faithfully support others who take a more public role.

The apostle Paul depended on exactly that kind of person in his ministry. Tertius’s work as a scribe gave Paul his powerful written voice (ROM 16:22).

Epaphras’s consistent behind-the-scene prayers were an essential foundation for Paul and the early church (COL 4:12-13).

Lydia generously opened her home when the weary apostle needed restoration (ACTS 16:15)

We may not always have highly visible roles, yet we know that God is pleased when we obediently play our essential part in His plan. When we “give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord”, we will find value and meaning in our service as it brings glory to God and draws others to Him (MATT 5:16).

The secret of true service is absolute faithfulness wherever God places you.

QUANTUM DOT DYE

MIT engineers have developed a way to store medical information under the skin, using a quantum dot dye that is delivered, along with a vaccine, by a micro needle patch. The dye, which is invisible to the naked eye, can be read later using a specially adapted smartphone.

Every year, a lack of vaccination leads to about 1.5 million preventable deaths, primarily in developing nations. One factor that makes vaccination campaigns in those nations more difficult is that there is little infrastructure for storing medical records, so there’s often no easy way to determine who needs a particular vaccine.

MIT researchers have now developed a novel way to record a patient’s vaccination history: storing the data in a pattern of dye, invisible to the naked eye, that is delivered under the skin at the same time as the vaccine.

The researchers showed that their new dye, which consists of nanocrystals called quantum dots, can remain for at least five years under the skin, where it emits near infrared light that can be detected by a specially equipped smartphone.

EFFECTIVE IMMUNIZATION

Tests using human cadaver skin showed that the quantum-dot patterns could be detected by smartphone cameras after up to five years of simulated sun exposure. “This study presents a novel approach where the medical record is stored and controlled by the patient within the patient’s skin in a minimally invasive and elegant way.”

The researchers believe the quantum dots are safe to use in this way because they are encapsulated in a biocompatible polymer, but they plan to do further safety studies before testing them in patients.

The research was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Koch Institute Support, Grant from the National Cancer Institute.

HERD IMMUNITY

Herd immunity is the indirect protection from a contagious infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection. 

When enough of the population is resistant to a germ, its spread stops naturally because not enough people are able to transmit it. Thus, the “herd” is immune, even though many individuals within it still are not.

Vaccines create herd immunity too, either when given widely or sometimes when administered in a “ring” around a new case of rare infection. That’s how diseases like smallpox were eradicated and why polio is close to being erased. Various vaccine efforts are under way for this coronavirus, but they may not be ready for more than a year.

The coronavirus is new, so it doesn’t appear that anyone is immune to it: that’s what lets it spread and why it can have such severe effects in some people.

For herd immunity to take hold, people must become resistant after they are infected.

The current germ’s rate of spread is higher than that of the ordinary flu, but similar to that of novel emergent influenzas that have occasionally swept the globe before.

RISKS TO HERD IMMUNITY

Mass vaccination has been highly successful in inducing herd immunity for many diseases, protecting those that are unable to build up immunity, such as people with immune deficiencies or whose immune systems are being suppressed for medical reasons. 

When herd immunity is well established, however, some people choose to behave as ‘free riders’, essentially benefitting from everyone else getting vaccinated, while abstaining from vaccination either because they choose not to or are actively anti-vaccination.  

When a population has too many of these free riders, the overall immunity level is compromised and herd immunity can be lost, putting everyone at risk.