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Can You Spare a Minute?

It was a terrifying time in England. A Nazi invasion was imminent  Thousands were dying at the height of horror that was World War II.

Evil was conquering the world. Nothing on earth could stop it. Millions were lost. Hope was lost. Then in 1942, British forces started employing a secret weapon that even today, little is known about. Few talk about it. But history proves just how effective it was in turning the tide.

“Soon after the end of hostilities in Europe in 1945, a British Intelligence officer, interrogating high Nazi officials, asked one of them why he thought Germany had lost the war. This was the reply: “During the war, you had a secret weapon for which we could find no counter-measure, and which we did not understand, but it was very powerful.”
                      Brother, Can You Spare A Minute? By Brad Fenichel

Today, September 28th, 2012, there are exactly 40 days before our national elections. It seems, once again, the forces of evil are winning. The world, teetering on the brink of World War III, our military killed in action for people who hate and murder us; our way of life attacked as we are called the Great Satan. We need to open our eyes as evil is called good, good is named as bad. Millions are suffering, many more deluded and blinded by deceivers. We need help. We need a weapon, this secret weapon the Nazis had no counter-measure for. This weapon, our Greatest Generation employed to win the war.

Starting today, and for the next 40 days, I join thousands of our Minute Men and Women in this campaign.

Brother, Can You Spare a Minute? If so, Click Here and Join Me!

The Pakistan’s Telecommunications Authority has issued a list of 1,700 words it considers “offensive and obscene,” and has demanded that mobile providers begin filtering them from text messages as of Monday.

The demand letter said the order was legal under a 1996 law preventing people from sending information through the telecommunications system that is ‘false, fabricated, indecent or obscene’.

It also stated that free speech could be restricted ‘in the interest of the glory of Islam’, which explains why ‘Jesus Christ’ is on the banned list.

The Jars

By:  Vathan Shettigar from The CSF Nov 16 2011

The preacher placed two identical jars on the table next to the pulpit.  He quoted 1 Samuel 16:7 ‘The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”

These jars came from the same factory, were made of the same materials, and can hold the same amount. But they are different, he explained.

Then he upset one and

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Duty Honor Country

Instruction

Instruction

I remember getting on the bus heading to boot camp. The last ride before the Drill Sargent shouting started. Walking down the aisle there were lots of faces that didn’t look like mine. Lots of different colors and accents, none of which were familiar to this young scared farm boy. A bus full of long hair hippie types, gung-ho copycats following in their Dad’s footsteps and tough city kids – more than a few one police stop away from jail. Viet Nam as winding down but body bags were still being filled.  A bus full of individuals by chance heading in the same direction.

A few short weeks later, we were marching down the parade field. We marched as a team, a proud cohesive unit of One. Same uniform, same hair cut and we were all the same color – Army Green. We started Boot as individuals, boys mostly. We graduated that day as soldiers. In the following years of service to our country, most of us survived. Some didn’t.

To all the other Vets out there

Thank you for your service. May God Bless you.

From Boot I went on pilot Hueys for the 1st Cav Division

Heaven To Hell

By: A.J. Philip, Indian Currents 13 Novenber 2011

It is easy to level charges of abuse against anyone who runs an orphanage for girls.  This is precisely what seems to have happened at the orphanage run by P.P. Job in Coimbatore from where girls were “rescued”.  None of the children in question ever made any such allegations.

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The Rising Nepal Nation, November 5  2011 | Kartik 19,   2068 B.S. Saturday

By A Staff reporter Kathmandu, Nov. 3

Twenty-three children of remote Karnali, who were studying at an India based Christian school, are left stranded in the capital after they were brought to Kathmandu by Esther Benjamin Trust Nepal.

The Bhakundol based trust brought the students to Nepal in the name of rescuing them from what it termed as “trafficking” of Nepali girls to India.

However, the parents of the students said that some representatives of the trust- an Indian citizen named Shailaja, and Dilu Tamang, Bhaskar Jung Karki and Nir Karki brought the students to

Kathmandu forcibly from the Michael Job Matriculation Higher Secondary School without informing them.

Speaking at the programme, Alina Chauhan, one of the students, said the people of the trust claimed that they were the representatives of Nepal Government and journalists and lawyers when they reached at the India based school.

Chauhan added that “Initially we refused to come with them but later agreed when they promised that they would return us back to our school after ten days.”

“The organization brought us on September 4 from the School. It has

hampered our study. We request that a strong punishment be given to the trust people who brought us here. We also need a good school to give continuity to our education,” the studentsdemanded.

The students had been getting free education at school and they would also get free university education in India, parents said.

Parents blamed that the organization had attempted to destroy the future and character of the students, all of who are girls. They also demanded for a proper legal action to be taken against the organization and better education for all the “rescued” students.

However, Anuradhara Koirala, chairperson of the Maiti Nepal, said that parents of three to four students had requested her organization to rescue their children from the India based school.

Meanwhile, Nir Karki of the trust said that Concerned for Working Children (CWC) of India had rescued all the students and then brought them to Nepal. It later handed them to the Nepalese police in Bhairahawa and the police then handed them over to their.

The trust had also filed the case at Supreme Court on Tuesday against the alleged traffickers, who took the Nepali girls to India.

This is  a news conference with some of the girls speaking out about what has happened.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQgrkGwCUHA

We’re into our second week of activation for Tina’s (left ear) Cochlear Implant. Things are going great!

Tina was born with severe hearing loss. She has used hearing aids since she was 3 years old. Last year she had a cochlear implant in her right ear.  It’s been a fantastic improvement.  A few weeks ago they did the same on her left ear.  About 2 weeks ago, after waiting for the surgery swelling to go down, they activated (turned on) the new implant.

A cochlear implant is very different from a hearing aid. Hearing aids amplify sounds so they may be detected by damaged ears. Cochlear implants bypass damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. Signals generated by the implant are sent by way of the auditory nerve to the brain, which recognizes the signals as sound. Hearing through a cochlear implant is different from normal hearing and takes time to learn or relearn. However, it allows many people to recognize warning signals, understand other sounds in the environment, and enjoy a conversation in person or by telephone.

So Tina is going through a big transition from relying on a hearing aid that simply amplifies, to trying to understand the direct stimulation of the hearing nerve in her brain.  Right now she’s reporting that everyone sounds like the Walt Disney  animated chipmunks – Chip and Dale – all high pitched and very, very funny.  It would be like everyone you hear has just inhaled helium before speaking.  It’s funny but it’s great as she works to ‘retrain’ her brain to hear a totally new way.  We have had some tremendous successes lately, like hearing the quiet ticking of a cherished heirloom mantle clock. We’ve also had some funny misinterpretations too.

Yesterday in church was a good example.  It took all my strength to keep from bursting out laughing during Pastor Brian’s sermon. He was talking about the importance of Partnership when determining ‘What It Takes To Fulfill A Dream.’ He said God never intended for us to ‘go it alone.’ That for us to accomplish His plans we must work in partnership with other Christians.  Ephesians 4:16 says, “The whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” He said that as the church , “We work together as partners who belong to God..”  As a way of illustration Brian said, “Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto!”

Tina turned to me with a confused look on her face. In a whisper she asked me, “What does he mean, even the Long Ranger has nachos?  Why would the Lone Ranger need nachos?”  As I tried to stifle laughing out very loud, I sign language, finger spelled – T o n t o  – to her..  Ahhhhhh Tonto – got it, she said.. 😉

My prayer today is that in the same way Tina is learning to hear anew, we all will, be still, listen intently and hear God’s still, small voice more accurately.

Building…

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (New International Version)

10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

I am concerned about my current (external and internal) building program.  Being a lazy person, I hate to waste time building things that won’t last.  What will the testing fire reveal of my past work and future plans.  What do I need to change so that what I am doing is built to last.  Internally, with Christ as my foundation, what is meant by the gold, silver and costly stones I should be using?  Externally, how can I become the ‘expert builder’ so that those to whom I am responsible are built up – in Him.  Time to find out…

Checking In Decision

Life is a many things. One of these things is decisions.  Life is made up of decisions.This morning as I was sitting down to start the day, I was making the decision, should I read the Bible now or check my email first.  With my ministry work in India, most of what goes on over there is done while I’m sleeping.  So there are often important emails waiting for me when I start the day.  Of course there are many who would probably agree that the same thing happens over here too… 😉

Which should I do – study God’s word or find out what’s going on in my little email world?  If I believe God REALLY IS the author and creator of the Universe. If I truly committed my life to Him, to serve Him. If I REALLY believe He is my Boss, my Friend, my Savior, shouldn’t I prefer communicating with Him rather then anyone else?  This shouldn’t be a hard decision at all.  I think I’ll work on spending more time with Him, talking to Him, studying what He has to say to me, and listening to His still, small voice and less time with these other things.

Instead of constantly checking my email, instant messages, Skype chat, Blackberry texts, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, maybe I need to be constantly checking in with HIM.  Good decision?