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An Anthology of Poems August 6, 2010

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Peace August 6, 2010

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The copters up grinned as down dropped the bombs -
“How easily have we humanity erased!”
“No, it’s not we but they who pilot us
That have first erased humanness from their own hearts!”

The copters bladed away as bullets ripped the air -
“Metal kills metal as men kill men!”
“No, metal is lifeless, men are alive;
Only metal kills men and metal alike!”

“So, these men are as us without mercy or shame,
What made them so lifeless, what power what name?”

“Fear, anger, hatred, and doubt
Are the negatives that deaden their hearts.”

A little girl below (running with her brother in arms):
“Cry not, my brother, my little dear doll,
The copters will go away and with it all noise!”
“I want my mother, I can’t see her around!”
“She is now in heaven, and sees us here down.”

The girl cries…
“O mother, O mother, we’re left all alone,
We’re left with no mother, we’re left with no home!”

The copters returned with more anger and ire,
They poured all their fury in brimstone and fire.

The girl ran for shelter with the toddler in arms,
The bombers rattled after unaware of this all -
For, as the smoke and the dust rose into the sky
The eyes of truth were curtained.

The next morning, a Priest wails:
“Why God, my Master, did You all this allow?
O terrors of darkness, what else you seek now?”

GOD answers:
“This history is yours. It’s you who’ll write
The story of man devoid of His God.”

“The story is sad… it’s still You who allowed -
the guillotines, the gas chambers, the fiery clouds!”

“If it was I who should have governed the earth,
Then why create man to have dominion on earth?
These are your inventions, your wisdom, your resolves
That drive these divisions, that compel these discords.
It’s you who for religion hate each other and all
And become more repulsive in the eyes of God.
It’s you who for your mission of justice for all
Give in to the religion of violence and harm.
It’s you who for riches of this fleeting world
Have exploited your brothers, your own flesh and blood.
And, shall I not requite this faithlessness of you all
Who abused your power while stewards in My house?
I’ll return your violence into your bossom,
Your withdrawal of justice, of mercy and compassion.
For, the end of all things will surely come,
Men shall be judged for all they’ve done.
For, what could be rewarded unless it were done;
But, you’ve chosen hatred and love you’ve shunned.
O, turn now from evil, turn now from shame!
Turn from judging each other by some name!
For your hearts are fashioned all alike,
But, evil is a venomous viper that strikes;
So, beware and make amends, make peace with all first,
Cease from all violence, from treachery and lust.
Then, shall righteousness spring forth from the ground
And bless you with assurance of glory from above.”

The little girl comes in between…
“God, I see Your answer is so true and so wise;
But, we’ve lost our mother, we’ve lost all we had!”

GOD answers:
“You’ve lost not your heart, my daughter,
You’ve lost not your child-like faith.
One day and sooner after,
The world will get a bold shape.
Then, you shall reign in glory
Over princes, rich and strong,
And they who are now stronger
Will then be proved wrong.
Keep this heart of yours as innocent
As I’ve made it with my heart;
I’ll return to give you justice,
I’ll come back with my reward.”

Then, GOD vanished into thin air;
And, the copters bladed through the air again.

© Domenic Marbaniang, 2010.

The Person of Christ (Masih ka Vyakti) August 6, 2010

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निकिया के संघोष्टि (345 ईसवी) में अरियस के गलत शिक्षाओं के विरोध में यह धर्मवैज्ञानिक कथन पर मुहर लगा:
परमेश्‍वर पुत्र प्रभु यीशु मसीह त्रिएक परमेश्‍वर के हर व्‍यक्ति के साथ

1. सहशास्‍वत
2. सहस्‍वरूप – सहतात्विक
3. सहसमान है।
अर्थात कोई किसी से निम्‍न या उच्‍च नहीं।

खलसिदोन की संघोष्टि (451 ईसवी) में पादरियों की बैठक ने मसीह के ईश्‍वरीय एवं मानवीय स्‍वभाव के विषय में यह बयान जारी किया: मसीह का ईश्‍वरीय और मानवीय स्‍वभाव

1. अमिश्रित
2. अपरिवर्तनीय
3. अखण्‍ड
4. अविभाजनीय हैं।

वह संपूर्णत: ईश्‍वर एवं संपूर्णत: मनुष्‍य हैा उसके देहधारण में न तो दैवीय स्‍वभाव में परिवर्तन हुआ न तो मानवीय स्‍वभाव में कोई परिवर्तन हुआ।

3 Forms of Memory – Lectures in Psychology August 6, 2010

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Notes:

1. Sensory Memory (SM): Remembrance of a sensation lasting from a split of second to some 10 seconds. It is like a spark that is intense and strong but evaporates.

2. Short-term Memory (STM): Stores limited information for a limited amount of time. The older data will give way to the newer to accomodate space.

3. Long-term Memory (LTM): Stores unlimited information for unlimited amount of time. Must be retrieved by means of memory bookmarks, clues. But, thanks for the mind’s ability to self-organize; the search isn’t very difficult, given the proper clues.

Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali, 1931

LTM is like the Library
STM is like the Desk
SM is like the Page I’m reading

Illustration:

  • I remember the taste of the candy while eating: Sensory Memory. It is so real; that’s one reason why SM has more appeal than LTM. Joke: “A philosopher gives up his philosophy over a tooth-ache”.
  • I remember the taste for some time after: Short-term Memory.
  • I recall the taste, but indefinitely: Long-term Memory.

STM can be etched into LTM by repetition. Other factors: impression, interest, motive.

Hindrances: Ageing, Interference, etc.

Tomb of Ezekiel in Iraq August 6, 2010

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The prophet Ezekiel prophesied to the Jewish exiles in Babylon (modern day Iraq) from 593-586 BC. Situated between the towns of Hillah and Najaf, 130 kms south of Baghdad, there is a tomb called the tomb of Dhu’l-Kifl which is considered to be the tomb of Ezekiel. Dhu’l-Kifl is considered by many to be a Quranic rendering of the name of Ezekiel.

Jews at the Tomb, 1932

Jews at the Tomb, 1932

Earlier, a large group of Jews used to visit this tomb during the Passover. According to ArchNet,

The site was originally a place of Jewish pilgrimage as it housed the tomb of the prophet Ezekiel. The Iraqi authorities assert that in 1316 the Ilkhanid Sultan Uljaitu acquired the rights of guardianship over the tomb from the Jewish community. Consequently, the shrine was re-named according to the Islamic nomenclature for the same prophet. Sultan Uljaitu added to the structure by building a mosque and a minaret. As well he restored the shrine implementing some alterations made clear by comparing its present state with pre-Ilkhanid travelers’ descriptions. The site remained a Muslim pilgrimage place until the beginning of the nineteenth century when Menahim Ibn Danyal, a wealthy Jew, successfully converted it back to a Jewish site and restored it. The minaret remained as the only witness to its tenure as an Islamic site.

The Muslims regard Dhu’l-Kifl as a prophet. The Quran mentions:

And (remember) Ismail and Idris and Dhul-Kifl, all were from among those who observe patience.[Qur'an 21:85–86]
And remember Ismail and Al-Yasa and Dhul-Kifl, and they were all from the best.[Qur'an 38:48]

In 2009, there were reports that the Iraqi government had launched a project to renovate the Shrine (See Jerusalem Post of 1 May, 2009). However, it was later reported that there were no intentions to convert the tomb into a mosque (See Jerusalem Post of 14 May, 2009).

To the Ground My Face August 4, 2010

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I wept and cried, but still I failed,
‘Cos all the while my heart was still veiled;
I sobbed, I shuddered, I wriggled in anguish;
Yet, all the while my self didn’t relinquish.
And, as with words and thoughts the pulpit mounted I,
My ‘I’ did mount tho’ so humble felt I.
If but a prick would have touched my skin,
The ire would’ve oozed out with ounces of sin.
Yet, in Your deep mercies You’ve chastened my soul,
You took me through failures to make me whole.
I may, yet, fail a number of times, but this assurance I’ve forever,
That Your mercies from me shall depart never.
Lord, forgive Your child, cover me with grace.
Unworthy I shall be to ever see Your face.
These days will pass, one day You’ll return,
The elements will melt, the universe will burn.
Then, these shadows of falsehood shall dissolve in Your Sun,
Eyes shall see Your Glory and wail at Your return.
For, what is man, this particle of dust,
A mask of vanity, a vagabond on earth!
I cover my eyes, I cover my face,
Oh Lord, my Savior, I can only live by Your grace.
I fall before You, Master: to the ground my face!

Domenic Marbaniang, August 2010.

3 Offices of Christ (Masih ke Teen Paden) August 4, 2010

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मसीह के तीन पदें

1. भविष्यवक्ता
मरकुस 6:15; यूहन्ना 4:19; 6:17
वह यशयाह या यर्मयाह समान और एक दूसरा भविष्‍यवक्ता नही।

अ. वह भविष्यावाणी का सार है।
‘यीशु की गवाही भविष्यद्वाणी की आत्मा है’ (प्रकाशितवाक्य 19:10)।
आ. वह भविष्यीवाणी का स्रोत है।
‘उन्हों ने इस बात की खोज की कि मसीह का आत्मा जो उन में था, और पहिले ही से मसीह के दुखों की और उन के बाद होनेवाली महिमा की गवाही देता था, वह कौन से और कैसे समय की ओर संकेत करता था’ (1पतरस 1:11)।

2. याजक
इब्रानियों 2:14-16; 8:3

याजक मनुष्य की ओर से परमेश्वर से भेंट करता हैं। भविष्यवक्ता परमेश्वर की ओर से मनुष्य से बातें करता हैं।

अ. वह मनुष्य बना।
मनुष्य के लिए परम प्रधान परमेश्‍वर का याजक बनने के लिए उसे मनुष्य बनना पड़ा (इब्रानियों 2:14-16)।
आ. वह मध्यस्त बना।
वह हमारे लिए निरन्तएर मध्येस्ति करता हैं (रोमियों 8:34; इब्रानियों 7:25)।

3. राजा
भजन 110:1-4; जकर्याह 6:13

अ. वह प्रभु है। (फिलिप्प्यिों 2:10)
स्वामी, पालनहारा, रक्षक, तारणहारा
आ. वह न्यायी है। (रोमियों 2:16; 2तिमोथि 4:1)

Spontaneous Recovery & Memory – Lectures on Psychology August 3, 2010

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Notes:

Unconditioned & Conditioned Response
Spontaneous Recovery (SR)

MEMORY
Unconscious and Conscious
Bottom and Surface

Things that are immediately useful (interesting) are put on the desk. The others are thrown in the stores.

SR – the brain searches the stores for clues, etc to meet the immediate situation. The presentation of CS is the clue and stimulus of the SR-CR

“My Flesh is Food Indeed” – Jn.6:55 August 3, 2010

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Pentecostal Church, Itarsi
Tuesday, 03 August, 2010. 7:15PM

My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

(Joh 6:55)

η γαρ σαρξ μου αληθως εστιν βρωσις και το αιμα μου αληθως εστιν ποσις

Sarx mou alethos estin brosis
Aima mou alethos estin posis

In other words, “My flesh is the real food, my blood is the real drink”
Are you eating something real today?
What is that food that really fills your hunger and the drink that really quenches your thirst?
That is the Bread of Life, that is the Liquid of Life.
The rest are intermediary.

Background
The speech was given in a Synagogue of Capernaum says John (v.59).
He’s talking about the Bread that gives eternal life.
Jn.6:35The Great Declaration = “I am the Bread of Life”.
JOHN’s Gospel is about LIFE
Jn.6:51The Great Transition = “the bread (artos) that I shall give is My flesh (sarx), which I shall give for the life of the world.”
Jn.6:53 – The Great Application = “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.”
He spoke of the real sacrifice of His body.
What did He mean by “eat My flesh and drink My blood”?

THE PASSOVER: “This is my body that is broken…”
Debate in Church History: Whether the Bread really became Flesh.

What did He mean by partaking of Him? Of course, the Lord’s Supper is a sacrament that reminds us of our partaking of His Body? But, what exactly does He mean by eating His flesh and drinking His blood?

The Answer is in the same chapter:
Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
Joh 6:35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Joh 6:40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Joh 6:47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
Joh 6:57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

By Faith – believing – and looking to Him to the salvation at His Second Coming.
1Pe 1:8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
1Pe 1:9 receiving the end of your faith–the salvation of your souls.
2Tim 4:8 unto all them also that love his appearing.

And, what do we do in the Lord’s supper…
1Co 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Because He has promised that He’ll raise us up on the last day!

REV. 21:5 Behold, I make all things new!
No thirst, no hunger, no tears, no pain….
The power of the resurrection life.

1Jn.5:4 Faith overcomes the world

What is faith?
Faith is acting in accordance to what Christ has said.
Faith is exactly doing what Christ told us to do.
Faith is the act of partaking of the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. When we do that we abide in Him and He in us. We become one with Him.

Joh 6:56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
Joh 6:57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
[[… Matt. 4:4 "It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."]]

1. The WORD became FLESH
Jn.1:14
THE BODY: TRUTH, GLORY, WILL (PURPOSE)
Made of Virgin Mary, Flesh & Blood like us (Heb.2)

a. Christ is the embodiment of the Truth of God – The Logical [Greek]:: Knowledge
PREACHING, TEACHING
b. Christ is the embodiment of the Glory of God – The Beautiful [Roman]:: Art, Order, Government, Power -HEALING, SAVING
c. Christ is the embodiment of the Will of God – The Good [Hebrew]:: Values
OBEDIENCE, FULFILLMENT

To partake of Christ is to partake of the Truth of God (In Him is hid all the treasure of wisdom and knowledge)
To partake of Christ is to partake of the Glory of God (justifying, consecrating, and enduement power)
To partake of Christ is to partake of the Will of God (He is the end of the Law)

In our flesh, there’s nothing good (Rom.7).
Christ the Good embodied in Flesh. Blameless, spotless; therefore, the perfect sacrifice.

2. The SON gave His FLESH
Jn. 6:51
THE ALTAR: WOOD, FIRE, SMOKE
a. FLESH ON THE WOOD – Curse of God. “Cursed is everyone that hangs on the tree” (Gal) The Son of God has taken away our shame and given us the Crown of Glory.
b. FIRE UPON THE FLESH– Judgment of God. The sting is removed. He became sin for us and abolished the power of death in His Flesh. The Son of God has taken away our sin and given us the Crown of Life.
b. SMOKE OF THE FLESH – Satisfaction, Fulfilment, Completion of the Divine Writ. The Wrath of God is appeased. The righteousness of God is fulfilled. The justice of God is satisfied. A way is made for us through the flesh – the TORN VEIL

OLD TESTAMENT – THE BLOOD IS POURED OUT IN THE BASIN BENEATH THE ALTAR
CRUCIFIXION – THE BLOOD FLOWED OUT OF HIS VEINS AS HE HUNG ON THE CROSS

3. THE FLESH-WORD IS THE BREAD OF LIFE
Jn. 6:51
THE TABLE: COMMUNION, NOURISHMENT, LIFE

a. COMMUNION of the SON through the SPIRIT. 1Cor.6:17; 12:13:: THE CHURCH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST. The distinction of belonging to CHRIST. Bought by His blood.
b. NOURISHMENT from the SON through the SPIRIT. Eph.4:15,16. CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY. The 5-fold Ministry.
c. LIFE in the SON through the SPIRIT. Jn.6:63. Jn.1:4; 1Jn.5:11,12

1Pe 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
1Pe 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1Pe 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

APPLICATION
1. A PAST SUBSTANTIALITY
It’s not Lord’s Supper today.. But, it would be great to have it everyday. Look at the elements. The Body that was broken on the cross for us, The Sacrifice.  The Bread of Life. The Blood by which we are bound into the New Covenant. The Table that He has set before us. His BODY, the CHURCH, where we have fellowship with each other, where we grow, and where we experience the life of Christ through the Spirit of Resurrection.

2. A PRESENT EXPERIENCE
The inner witness, the inner strength, the communion of the Spirit, the power of His ministration, His outworking power, His peace, the eternal life dwells in us….

3. A FUTURE EXPECTATION
He said that He will raise us from the dead. A Kingdom of glory. An eternity with God.
Are we worthy of such a blessing? If Christ had not come….
Let’s rejoice in the salvation of God.

© Domenic Marbaniang, August 2010.

The Alabaster Box of Love (Luke 7:36-50) August 2, 2010

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Chapel, Monday, 2 August, 2010, 8:30AM

Text
Luke 7:36-50

The story of a woman known as a sinner in the city, who dared to come into a Pharisee’s house while Jesus was there and broke open her alabaster box of precious oil on the feet of Jesus, which she also washed with her tears and wiped with her hair. Jesus remarked that she loved much because she was forgiven much…

Background
This incident took place in Galilee. Must be differentiated from the incident at Bethany where Mary anointed the feet of Jesus.

It’s a story of love…

We all have an alabaster box of love. Where do we break it open on? She broke it open on the feet of Jesus….

1. The Box of Concentrated Love

Oil is the concentrated essence of a thing. Its richness. Spikenard (in Mary’s story) cost above 300 denarii, over Rs.50,000. A highly concentrated oil is highly fragrant.

Love is a concentrated thing. It is unmixed, undistracted, indifferent to its surrounding. It cannot be diluted.

a. She didn’t care for what people were thinking of her
b. Her affections were focussed on the Son of God
c. Your concentrated love can only belong to one.

The object of your love is always the focus of your attention. Where are your affections concentrated upon?

Do you pursue theology for the sake of intelligence, or for the sake of His love? That makes a difference.

Are you engaged in this ministry for the sake of ministry or work or even money, or because of your love? That makes the difference.

Where is your love concentrated upon? Concentrated love overpowers your consciousness.

2. The Box of Consecrated Love

Jesus looked to the woman and told Simon a story about the two debtors. This woman loved Jesus more.

a. Love Consecrated is Love Repented. It has turned away from the false and delusive world of sin that stands in enmity against God. It is consecrated to God.
b. Love Consecrated is Love Sanctified. Repentance is the response of our hearts to the Spirit of His love, to His Word. The depth and concentration of our repentance signifies the depth of the Spirit’s working in us.

How deep is your repentance? Is any part still left over?

Love is sanctified the moment it touches the holy feet of Jesus.
Your heart is sanctified the moment you fall in love with Jesus.

The essence of holiness is love.

Where do you pour out your alabaster box of love? What is the thing that occupies your mind most often?
Where are your affections set?