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WELCOME to the October  2003 edition of the Shalomindia.com E-Info Service.

"I lift up my eyes to the hills--where does my help come
from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and
earth" (Psalm 121:1-2, NIV).

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1 Pain is a gift of God

"If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God
and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to
his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on
you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I
am the LORD, who heals you" (Exodus 15:26, NIV).


Pain: the Great Motivator
Pain is not only a powerful motivator, but is also a gift
of God. Pain or sickness very often is the symptom or
danger light to warn us that something is amiss and badly
needs attention. One of the tragedies with the disease of
leprosy is that it causes a loss of feeling and pain is not
felt. This disease does not cause the loss of limbs. It
destroys the feeling in those limbs, and when a limb gets
hurt, the leper, because he feels no pain, fails to protect
and take care of that member. Eventually, he loses it. So,
if we are going to be healthy, we need to allow our pains
and sicknesses to motivate us to deal with the real cause
of our problems, and not merely the symptoms.

Finding a Cure
According to the greatest handbook ever written on
principles for daily living, the Bible, the first law of
health and healing is clean living--that is, physical
hygiene, sanitation, and moral living.

Over three thousand years ago Israel was a young nation and
had been held captive in Egypt where there was considerable
disease. When God through Moses led the Israelites out of
slavery in Egypt, he promised them a health program yet to
be equaled by modern science. God said, "If you listen
carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is
right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and
keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the
diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who
heals you" (Exodus 15:26, NIV).

Sir James Cantile, a famous London surgeon, once stated,
"We have never yet upset one of Mosesí laws in regard to
hygiene, sanitation, or medical teaching. All that the
scientists of today with their microscopes and textbooks
did was to prove the ancient lawgiver to be right."

And Dr. Paul Dudley White, the American heart specialist,
said, "It is conceivable that a few years from now we
medical men may repeat to the citizens of the United States
the advice that Moses was asked by God to present to the
children of Israel 3,000 years ago."  And that is, "If you
listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do
what is right in his eyes...."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me a listening
heart so that I will carefully hear what your Word teaches,
and give me the good sense and courage to always do what is
right in your eyes. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesusí name, amen."
 

2.  The problem science has with Jesus Christ."

A nice conversation between an  atheist   professor of philosophy and  of his  new students! "

"Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you
ever seen Jesus?"
"No sir. I've never seen Him" replies the student.
"Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?"
"No, sir. I have not."
"Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus?
Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter."
"No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't."
"Yet you still believe in him?"
 "Yes."
"According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol,
science says your God doesn't exist.
What do you say to that, son"?
"Nothing," the student replies. "I only have my faith."
"Yes, faith," the professor repeats. "And that is the problem science has with God.
There is no evidence, only faith."
The second student stands quietly for a moment,
before asking a question of his own. "Professor, is there such thing as heat?"
"Yes," the professor replies. "There's heat."
"And is there such a thing as cold?"
"Yes, son, there's cold too."
"No sir, there isn't." The professor turns to face
the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet.
The student begins to explain.
"You can have lots of heat, even more heat,
super-heat, mega-heat,
white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't
have anything called
'cold'. We can hit 458 degrees below zero, which is
no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as
cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than -458 degrees. You
see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We
cannot measure cold.
Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is
energy. Cold is not the
opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it."
Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in
the classroom, sounding like a hammer.
"What about darkness, professor. Is there such a
thing as darkness?"
"Yes," the professor replies without hesitation.
"What is night if it
isn't darkness?"
"You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something;
it is the absence of
something. You can have low light, normal light,
bright light, flashing
light... but if you have no light constantly you
have nothing and it's
called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use
to define the word. In
reality, there is no such thing as darkness, If it
were, you would be able to
make darkness darker, wouldn't you?"
The professor begins to smile at the student in
front of him. This will
be a good semester, he thinks to himself.
"So what point are you making, young man?"
"Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical
premise is flawed to
start with and so your conclusion must also be
flawed."
The professor's face cannot hide his surprise this
time. "Flawed? Can you
explain how?"
"You are working on the premise of duality," the
student explains. "You
argue that there is life and then there's death; a
good God and a bad God.
You are viewing the concept of God as something
finite, something we can
measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought.
It uses electricity and
magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully
understood either one.
To view death as the opposite of life is to be
ignorant of the fact that death
cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not
the opposite of life,
just the absence of it. Now tell me, professor. Do
you teach your students
that they evolved from a monkey?"
"If you are referring to the natural evolutionary
process, young man,
yes, of course I do."
"Have you ever observed evolution with your own
eyes, sir?"
The professor begins to shake his head, still
smiling, as he realizes
where the argument is going. A very good semester
indeed.
"Since no one has ever observed the process of
evolution at work and
cannot even prove that this process is an on-going
endeavour, are you not
teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a
scientist, but a preacher?"
The class is in uproar. The student remains silent
until the commotion has subsided.
"To continue the point you were making earlier to
the other student, let me
give you an example of what I mean?" The student
looks around the room.
"Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the
professor's brain?"
The class breaks out into laughter. "Is there anyone
here who has ever heard
the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain,
touched or smelt the
professor's brain? No one appears to have done so.
So, according to the
established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable
protocol, science says
that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.
So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?"
Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his
face unreadable. Finally, after what seems aneternity, the old man
answers. "I guess you'll have to take them on faith."

With TRIALS, we grow stronger in faith
With FAITH, we move closer to God
With GOD, we can do all things. Keep the Faith!!!

3. You are the salt of the earth.

Sodium is an extremely active element found naturally only in combined form;
it always links itself to another element. Chlorine, on the other hand, is
the poisonous gas that gives bleach its offensive odor. When sodium and
chlorine are combined, the result is sodium chloride. What is sodium
Chloride? Salt. Common table salt. The substance we use to preserve meat and
bring out its flavor. Love and truth can be like sodium and chlorine. Love
without truth is flighty, sometimes blind, willing to combine with various
doctrines. On the other hand, truth by itself can be offensive, sometimes
even poisonous. Spoken without love, it can turn people away from the
gospel. When truth and love are combined in an individual or a church,
however, then we have what Jesus called "the salt of the earth," and we're
able to preserve and bring out the beauty of our faith.

David H. Johnson.

 

WHEN I SAY, "I AM A CHRISTIAN"
By Carol Wimmer

When I say, "I am a Christian,"
I'm not shouting "I am saved."
I'm whispering "I was lost";
That is why I chose this way.

When I say, "I am a Christian,"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble,
And need someone to be my guide.

When I say, "I am a Christian,"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak,
And pray for strength to carry on.

When I say, "I am a Christian,"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed,
And cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say, "I am a Christian,"
I'm not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are too visible,
But God believes I'm worth it.

When I say, "I am a Christian,"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches,
Which is why I speak His name.

When I say, "I am a Christian,"
I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority;
I only know I'm loved.

THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

"In today's world to say 'impossible' always puts you on the losing side. Every problem is an inspiring opportunity when pursued with a vigourous belief in the possible.
A person of ideas is a shaper of 'what might be' and not shacked by 'what is.' An idea is a dream put into action; forceful, determined action."
Larry Bielat

"For nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37).

What is God calling you to do today that seems impossible?
Blessings.
Kevin & Kay Marie Brennfleck
 

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