Save your Soul and Body

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 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

Food for Thought

Chernobyl Disaster

Chernobyl Disaster

In 1986, a sudden surge of power during a reactor systems test destroyed Unit 4 of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant, spewing massive amounts of deadly radioactive material into the environment. While many perished, three clean-up volunteers named Alexi Ananenko, Valeri Bezpoalov and Boris Baronov – willingly met their fate. A pool of water used for emergencies in case of a break in the cooling pumps or steam pipes became flooded with a highly radioactive liquid that was in danger of blowing up. These three men suited up in scuba gear and swam into the radioactive waters of the flooded chamber, knowing fully well they would die as a result. They opened up a gate valve, which allowed the contaminated water to drain out. Days after reaching the surface all three men succumbed to radiation poisoning and were buried in lead coffins. These three persons averted a very big disaster by scarifying their lives.

All the great people, who offer sacrifice of their lives, are remembered even after their death. There are thousands of Christian missionaries, who sacrificed their lives to serve humanity, and they are remembered and honored even today. We believe that their souls are resting in heaven in eternal peace. We are often afraid to take stand against evil to avoid any harm to our body, but we forget to remember that God is there to protect us; moreover, our lives and our souls are in hands of God, He can extend or shorten our life and also save or destroy our soul. Then why to be afraid of evil, in fact fear is the instrument of devil, he uses this tool to stop us for doing right things.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  Psalm 27:1

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of courage that you give us through your powerful words. Knowledge of Your words that are written in Holy Bible gives us wisdom and bravery. Lord, we are weak, feeble, foolish and evil; therefore, we are very vulnerable to attacks by evil forces. O Lord, give us strength and courage to withstand this onslaught and remain steadfast. Accept our prayer in Jesus name. AMEN

Good and Perfect Gift

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

Perfect Gift

Perfect Gift

Food for Thought

A Father wanted to see his ever disputing twins happy, on their birthday he gave them checkers game, for some time they were happy playing checkers and then they started quarrelling like before. On their next birthday game he gave them X Box, for few days they were happy but again they started fighting with each other. He decided to get help from priest. Priest gave him a copy of bible and said you must read one story out of it daily to the kids, before going bed, the kids would be okay. Slowly and gradually, father noticed that there was a lot of change in kid’s behavior. He called the kids and asked them” what has really changed them” the kids replied “it is the change in your behavior papa”. The daily bible reading not only changed the kids, it had also transformed the father’s behavior.

When we read or listen to bible, we are in fact reading or listening to the words of God, if we really read or listen it with full concentration, it really changes our lives. We often read or listen to bible, but we are not fully concentrating on it, our mind is entangled in different worldly matters, resultantly we do not get the desired the benefit. When we come to Lord, we have to come with full heart and complete mind.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank you for Your powerful words that you have gifted us in shape of Holy Bible. Your words have ability to transform our life from bad to best. Holy Father, we are genetically more attracted towards evil than good, devil is always ready to take advantage of our vulnerabilities. Holy Father, let Your words change our life, so that after completing our worldly journey, we can dwell with you in eternal home that you prepared for us in heaven. In name Jesus, accept our prayers. Amen

Aarrogant even in prayers

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He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’  Luke 18:9-14

Food for Thought

A religious scholar was busy in praying, a person came to seek advice from him, and the scholar replied “come after sometime I am busy in my prayers”. Man came after sometime, he got the same reply. The man comes back third time, the irritated religious scholar said,” I am communicating with God, don’t disturb me again”. The man replied “How can you communicate with God, when you don’t understand how to communicate with his humble creature”.  In bible we have studied the difference in Prayers of a Pharisee and a Tax collector, the Pharisee was proud, egotistical and arrogant even in his prayers, while the Tax Collector was humble, regretful and ashamed of his deeds. God wants us to be humble and regretful rather than proud and arrogant like that Pharisee.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.  Romans 12:3

Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, we thank you that you give us in abundance, still we remain ungrateful and keep on complaining about petty things. Lord, bless us with spirit of humbleness, gratification and thankfulness. We should not be proud and arrogant; rather we should keep thanking you by serving deserving, poor and meek. We beg you to accept our prayer in precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen

 

The Cathedral of Saint Sava, Belgrade, Serbia

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The Cathedral of Saint Sava, Belgrade, Serbia

The Cathedral of Saint Sava, Belgrade, Serbia

The Cathedral of Saint Sava is an organic component of Belgrade’s contemporary skyline, and one of its key features. The Cathedral of Saint Sava is not only the largest Serbian Orthodox church; it is the largest Orthodox place of worship in the Balkans and also one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. It is located on the eastern part of the Svetosavski Trg square on the Vračarski Plato in Belgrade. It was raised on the spot where it is thought that in 1595 Sinan-Pasha burned the relics of Saint Sava, founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The project was designed by Aleksandar Deroko and Bogdan Nestorovic, aided by civil engineer Vojislav Zadjina. The church was built in the Serbian-Byzantine style, with four 44 m-high steeples. At its highest point the dome is 70 m in height, while the main gilded cross is an additional 12 m high, giving the Cathedral a total height of 82 m and a height above sea level of 134 m (64 m above the level of the Sava river). At BeogradFor this reason the church occupies a prominent place on Belgrade’s horizon and can be seen from all approaches to the city. The church occupies an area of 3500 m² at floor level, with an additional 1500 m² in the three galleries on the first level. There are more galleries 120 m2 in area on the second level, where a panoramic outside view can be seen all around the dome. The church extends 91 m in the east-west direction, and 81 m in the north-south direction. The domes are decorated with 18 gilded crosses of three different sizes, while the belfries house 49 bells.

St. Savas Orthodox Church

St. Savas Orthodox Church

The church can accommodate 10,000 believers at any one time, and the western choir gallery can hold 800 choristers. Beneath the floor of the church, there are vaults and the crypt of Saint Sava as well as the burial church of Holy Prince Lazar, totaling 1800 m² in area. The cathedral is clad in white marble and granite, while the murals, which are yet to be undertaken, will be mosaics. St. Sava is still unfinished — after 100 years of work. Despite its grandeur, the proportions are very pleasing, and the mosaics-in-progress are gorgeous.

Let your light rise in the darkness

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Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?  Psalm 118:5-6

Food for Thought

Jesus Christ suffered lot of humiliation, worst kind of torture and an extremely painful death on cross side by side with criminals, but he never gave up his mission. During difficult times we sometime blame God for all the bad things that happen to us, sometimes we are ungrateful to God and give up hope, but we must remember the sufferings of Jesus Christ and the sufferings of Job. Many other examples are available in history, where in spite of sufferings, torture and disabilities people never gave up.

We have recent example of Malala Yousafzai, who got Taliban’s bullet right in her head and almost died, yet she continue working for woman education. Helen Keller was deaf and blind, Yet not only she learned sign language, but earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, wrote 12 books and numerous articles, was a fundraiser for the blind, and campaigned for many liberal causes including women’s suffrage and workers’ rights. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  No one would have faulted her for living a quiet life of solitude, given her seemingly insurmountable disability. But she didn’t. Similarly, Beethoven began to lose his hearing at the height of his career and eventually became completely deaf. So, he sawed the legs off his piano so he could set it on the floor and feel the vibrations as he played. His Symphony No. 9, of which he never heard a single note, is one of the best known works of classical music. He could have given in to the suicidal thoughts that overtook him at first and become just another poetic tragedy. But he didn’t. We Christians get our strength from Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit, we just have to move in light of biblical teachings to achieve our destination.

 “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail”.

Isaiah 58:10-11

Family Love

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So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.  Matthew 5:23-24

Food for Thought

We often hear stories about brothers fighting with each other on petty matters; there have been cases where brother has killed his own brother. In bible, we read the story of Cain and Able.  Adam and Eve had two sons, their first son was called Cain and their second was called Abel. We know that when Cain realized that God was not pleased with his sacrifice but accepted Abel’s, his heart became wicked. He was angry and jealous of his brother and killed him out of envy. Jesus Christ wants us to have very good relations with our brothers, and he prefers that we should reconcile with our brother before we offer gifts and sacrifice to God. We must remember that definition of brother and family is very broad in Christianity. Jesus clarified it in gospel of Mark, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!  (Mark 3:33-34). All who live with Christ are his family, therefore we as real Christians have to ensure that as family of Christ, and we must live in peace, love and harmony with each other. We also need to ensure that knowingly or unknowingly, if any excess is committed by us or there is any misunderstanding, we must clarify it and then go to the church with pure and clean heart.

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  James 4:6

Anger Management

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Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.  James 1:19, 20

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A father wanted to correct his short tempered son; he gave his son a bag nails and said every time you get angry hammer a nail in wooden fence. The first day the boy hammered 30 nails and slowly he started controlling his temperament. After few weeks, the boy told his father that now he is totally in control of his temperament. Father told his son to now to take out a nail everyday he did not get angry. After some time the boy came to his father and told him that he has pulled back all the nails. Father appreciated his son and said “let’s go and see the Fence”. Looking at the holes in fence, the father said “The fence will be never same again, similarly when you say or do things in anger, it leaves a permanent mark on others heart like these holes”.

We must have observed in our daily life that while fighting people are standing close to each other but they are shouting, it is because their hearts are at a distance and sometimes the distance become so great they never come near again. Likewise, when people are in love are like each other they speaks softly, when intimacy is great they usually talk in whispers. If we look at the life Jesus, he was always polite and helpful. We as Christians are shadow of Jesus Christ; therefore, we should always be polite, courteous, caring and helpful.

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

 Proverbs 14:29