Archive for October, 2011

THE KEY TO PROSPERITY

2 Chronicles 31:21 

There is a way to ensure that you prosper in what you do: serve the Lord with all your heart! Hezekiah, King of Judah, lived in a dangerous and tumultuous time. He faced powerful enemies. Idolatry was the popular religion of the day. His parents had rejected God and encouraged people to worship other gods (2 Chronicles 28). Hezekiah had the opportunity to re ject God as well, yet he chose to serve God with all of his heart. He did everything in his power to promote worship of the true God diligently follow God’s commandments. As a result of Hezekiah’s thrived in an unsettled time because he resolved to follow God despite popular opinion.

God will honor the heart that commits to follow Him (2 Chronicles 26:5). In time when worshiping God is not in vogue and when the forces of day oppose Him, it takes courage and resolve to seek after God. God is  pleased to prosper those who strive to to please Him rather than to seek the approval of people (1 Samuel 2:30). Hezekiah stands in stark contrast to Rehoboam an earlier king of Judah. It is said  of Rehoboam that “he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the lord” (2 Chronicles 12:14) . When you do not set your heart to seek the Lord, calamity is the inevitable result. The surest way to prosper in your endeavors is to diligently pursue the will of God.

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HISTORY

Isaiah 51:1

A Christian, we ought never to overlook our heritage. An awareness of our Christian heritage helps us to understand our identity, and it gives us a sense of were God is leading us.

The Israelites had a rich heritage. Their nation began as a result of Abraham and Sarah’s faithfulness. The generations that followed included Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph as their faithful leaders. God richly blessed His people and made them prosper. God continued to show favor on the Israelites by leading them out in Egypt into prosperous land of their own. God established His nation  through some of the most awesome miracles in history. God continued to provide strong leaders, such as Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Solomon, Deborah, Samuel, and David. He sent mighty prophets such as Elijah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. Unfortunately, in Isaiah’s day, God’s people had reach a point they had forgotten their heritage. They lived as spiritual paupers rather than as heirs to a rich heritage and members of royal priesthood.

Your spiritual heritage is even richer than that of Isaiah’s generation. Your spiritual ancestors include Mary the mother of Jesus, John the baptist, the disciples, the Apostles Paul, and a host of saints down through the ages. Even more important, you look to Jesus as the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrew 12:2). You may have family history of faithfulness that goes back several generations.

Do you see the full picture of God’s redemptive work? God’s plan involves you, just as it has included each Christian throughout centuries. God wants you to participate in His continuing work to redeem a lost world. Your obedience today will provide a legacy of faithfulness to the generations that follow.

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GADDAFFI’S LAST FORMAL SPEECH:(re-post)

THIS IS VERY MOVING:

In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful…

For 40 years, or was it longer, I can’t remember, I did all I could to give people houses, hospitals, schools, and when they were hungry, I gave them food. I even made Benghazi into farmland from the desert, I stood up to attacks from that cowboy Ronald Reagan, when he killed my adopted orphaned daughter, he was trying to kill me, instead he killed that poor innocent child. Then I helped my brothers and sisters from Africa with money for the African Union.

I did all I could to help people Understand the concept of real democracy, where people’s committees ran our country. But that was never enough, as some told me, even people who had 10 room homes, new suits and furniture, were never satisfied, as selfish as they were they wanted more. They told Americans and other visitors, that they needed “democracy” and “freedom” never realizing it was a cut throat system, where the biggest dog eats the rest, but they were enchanted with those words, never realizing that in America, there was no free medicine, no free hospitals, no free housing, no free education and no free food, except when people had to beg or go to long lines to get soup.

No, no matter what I did, it was never enough for some, but for others, they knew I was the son of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the only true Arab and Muslim leader we’ve had since Salah-al-Deen, when he claimed the Suez Canal for his people, as I claimed Libya, for my people, it was his footsteps I tried to follow, to keep my people free from colonial domination – from thieves who would steal from us.

Now, I am under attack by the biggest force in military history, my little African son, Obama wants to kill me, to take away the freedom of our country, to take away our free housing, our free medicine, our free education, our free food, and replace it with American style thievery, called “capitalism” ,but all of us in the Third World know what that means, it means corporations run the countries, run the world, and the people suffer.

So, there is no alternative for me, I must make my stand, and if Allah wishes, I shall die by following His path, the path that has made our country rich with farmland, with food and health, and even allowed us to help our African and Arab brothers and sisters.

I do not wish to die, but if it comes to that, to save this land, my people, all the thousands who are all my children, then so be it.

Let this testament be my voice to the world, that I stood up to crusader attacks of NATO, stood up to cruelty, stoop up to betrayal, stood up to the West and its colonialist ambitions, and that I stood with my African brothers, my true Arab and Muslim brothers, as a beacon of light.

When others were building castles, I lived in a modest house, and in a tent. I never forgot my youth in Sirte, I did not spend our national treasury foolishly, and like Salah-al-Deen, our great Muslim leader, who rescued Jerusalem for Islam, I took little for myself…

In the West, some have called me “mad”, “crazy”, but they know the truth yet continue to lie, they know that our land is independent and free, not in the colonial grip, that my vision, my path, is, and has been clear and for my people and that I will fight to my last breath to keep us free, may Allah almighty help us to remain faithful and free.

– Mu’ummar Qaddafi.

DEATH BRINGS MUCH FRUIT

John 12:24

Some things must die in order to be productive. Certain seeds will not germinate into a plant unless they freeze during the winter. Jesus know that His death would bring salvation to the world.

A moment you become a Christian, your sinful nature died (Romans 6:6), but there remained sinful aspects of your character that had not gone to their graves willingly. Before you become a Christian, were you self-centered? You will discover selfishness lingering in your life when you ought to be freely sharing what you have in the name of Christ (Matthew 10:8). Did you have a volatile temper. Now as a believer, you experience moments when anger wells up within you. Were you driven by ambition? You may still find yourself in the same motivation as you strive for recognition and position in the kingdom of of God.

In this sinful attitudes are allowed to remain alive, they will stifle the fruits of the Spirit. Your temper may prevent some from coming to Jesus. Your selfishness will hinder you from being a blessing to those around you. Your ambition could cause you to use others to meet your goal. Your family may be suffering because of some areas of your life that you have never allowed Jesus to put to death. It is futile to say, “but that just the way i am.” That is the way you were. But the person died with Christ; you are new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). allow God To complete His work in you and see what fruit your life produces.

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NO SIN

1 John 3:6

Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sin has never seen Him nor known Him.

The bible makes two things clear about sin. first, living a lifestyle of sin indicates that you are not walking in the power of Holy Spirit, regardless of what you say about your spiritual condition. You cannot regularly spend time studying and meditating on God’s Words, praying and walking in a fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and persist and in sin.

Second, if you do not hate sin the way God does, then you do not truly know Him. There are those who continue in their sin yet insist that they Love God and belong to Him. John makes it clear: If you have lifestyle of sin you have not seen Him and do not know Him. You may not have prayed a ” sinner’s prayer,” or made a commitment in your church or been baptized, but the evidence of Holy Spirit’s presence in your life is that you are defeating sin. This does not mean that you will never sin,but is does mean that you refuse to make sin a lifestyle and you immediately seek forgiveness when you sin ( 1 John 1:10). It means that you are opposed to sin, as God is, and you allow Holy Spirit to eradicate every trace of sin in your life. It means that when you sin, you immediately confess it and repent of it and do whatever is necessary to avoid repeating your sin.

If you find yourself falling into sinful habits and not grieving over your sin as you once did, this indicates that you are not abiding Christ. Return to Him in repentance; restore your fellowships with Him; and you will once again experience victory over your sin.

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DIGMAANG PELOPONNESIAN

Sanhi
Pagkaroon ng alitan ng dalawang lungsod estado ang Corinth na kaalyado ng Sparta at Athens.
431BCE-naganap ang digmaang Peloponnesian na kinasangkutan ng kasapi ng Delian League sa pamumuno ng Athens at kasapi ng Peloponnesian League na pinangunahan ng Sparta na tumaggal ng 27 taon. Natalo ang mga Athenian sa labanang ito dahil sa pagkamatay ni ppericles na sanhi ng isang epidemya na kumalat sa Athens.
Sa loob ng 60 taon naghirap halos lahat ng lungsod estdo sa Greece dahil sa patuloy na pakikidigma ng bawat lungsod estado sa Greece, sa panahong ito walang katahimikan, gulo at digmaan laban sa kapwa griyego ang nangyari. Halos kalahti ng mamayan ang nawala dahil sa digmaan.
388 BCE- hindi napigil ng mga griyego ang paglusob ng mga taga Macedonia, at madaling nasakop ang Greece sa pamumuno ni Haring Phillip II.
Macedonia- matatagpuan sa hilagang bahagi ng Greece.
Haring Phillip II- naging hari ng Macedonia noong 359 BCE, na may malaking pagmamahal sa Greece, binalak niyang sakupin at pagkaisahin ang Greece kaya nakuha niya ang ilang suporta ng lungsod estado. Piñataysi darius ng kanyang mga opisyal habang nagpapalano na sakupin ang Persianoong 366BCE.
Alexander the Great- anak ni Darius na humalili sa kanya bilang hari sa edad na 20 taon, nabuhay mula 356-323 BCE na siyang nagtatag ng pinakamaliking imperyo na nasaksihan sa kasaysayan. Siya ay likas na mahusay na mndirigma, sinasabi na noong siyay 9 na taong gulang pa lamang napaamo niya ang isang mailap na kabayo na walang sino man sa mga tauhan ng kanyang ama ang nakagawa. Buchepalus ang pangalan ng kanyang kabayo,na mula noon ay lagging kasama niya sa pkikipaglaban hanggang sa itoy namatay banda sa Pakistan.
Hellespont-isang kipot na sa pagitan ng timog Europe at asia minor na tinawid ni Alexander kasama ang 3500 sundalo noong 334 BCE, naganap.
Granicus river-naganap ang unag sagupaan nina Alexander at Sparta.
335BCE-naganap ang ikalawang digmaan laban sa persiyano na umabot sa 75,000 sundalo, nagwagi ang Macedonian at umatras si Haring Darius III ng Persia. Sinakop ni Alexander ang Phoenicia.
332 BCE- nilandas ni Alexander ang kanlurang asya at narrating ang Egypt na bahagi ng imperyong persiyano, malugod silang tinanggap at tinanghal si Alexander bilang isalng pharaoh. Itinatag niya dito ang lungsod ng Alexandria na naging sentro ng kalakalan.
327 BCE- napasailalim ni Alexander ang imperyong persiyano ng pinatay si darius III ng kanyang mga opisyal noong 330 BCE.
Sa loob ng 13 taon naitatag ni alexnder the great ang pinakamalawak na Imperyo sa buong mundo sa edad na 32 taong gulang ng walang pagkatalo sa alin mang laban.
323 BCE- pagbalik sa Babylon, dinapuan ng sakit si Alexander the great, pagkaraan ng ilang araw siya ay binawian ng buhay na walang malinaw na tagpagmana sa iniwang imperyo.
Nahati sa 3 kaharian ang imperyo, pinamunuan ni Antigonus I ang Macedonia at Greece, Seleucus ang Persia at Egypt naman kay Ptolemy.
Kulturang Hellenistic- paglaganap at pag-unlad ng kulturang greek na humalo sa ibang kultura ng pangkat ng tao na ang naging sentro ay pinaghalong kultura ng silangan at kanluran ay ang lungsod Alexandria sa Egypt.
Matematika
 Isinulat ni Euclid ang elements of geometry at pinag-aralan nya ang tungkol sa angle at line.
 Binigyan diin ni heppharcus ang asignaturang trigonometry
 Pinag-aralan ni Archimedes ang konsepto ng pulley at screw.
 Isinagawa ni Herophilus ang pag dissect ng tao ang pinag-aralan ang tungkol sa puso, artery, at utak ng tao.
Pilosopiya (philos at Sophia) pag-ibig sa karunungan
Socrates- unang pilosopo na tumalakay sa suliranin ng tao at sansinukob.may prinsiyong malalaman ang lahat sa pamamagitan ng matalinong pagtatanong, o tinatawag na Socratic dialect o method.
Plato- isang mag-aaral ni plato na may akda ng The Republic na naglalarawan ng ideyal na estado.
Aristotle-itinuturing na pinakamatalinong tao ng manunulat ng kasaysayan.

TBC…. God Bless
Preapared by: Nacier D. Besa
October 14, 2011

DIGMAANG PERSIYANO (490-479 BCE)

Sanhi
Bago pa man dumating ang mga persiyano sa fertile crescent, sa baybayin ng Asia Minor mayroon ng mga naunang lungsod estado na Greek na tinaguriang Ionian Greek (Ionia).
546 Bce-nakarating ang mga persiyano sa Asia Minor at sinakop ang mga lungsod estado ng greek sa pamumuno ni Cyrus the Great.
499 BCE-nag alsa ang mga lunsod estado ng Miletus, nagpadala ang Athens ng 20 barko at hukbo para tulungan ang Ionian Greek ngunit ang kanilang pag-aalsa ay nabigo.
Darius- nagdeklara ng digmaan bilang ganti sa Athens sa pagtulong sa mga lungsod-estado ng Ionia at inihanda ang hukbo upang sakupin ang Greece.
492 BCE- naganap ang unang pagsalakay ng mga Persiyano.
Labanan sa Marathon- noong 490 BCE sumalakay muli ang may 30000 persiyano, mula dito 34 km ang layo mula sa Athens.
Meltiades- namuno sa mga Athenian na buong tapang na nakipaglaban sa mga persiyano at 6000 sundalo ng imperyo ang nasawi at 192 lamang sa mga greekdahil sa paninibago sa lupain.
Pheidippides- isang Athenian ang nagbalik sa Athens upang ibalita ang tagumapay ng Athens sa labanan, tumakbo siya ng 26 na milya mula Marathon hanggang Athens.namantay si darius habang naghahanda sa muling pagsalaky.
Labanan sa Thermopylae- noong 480 BCE naganap ang muling pagsalakay ng mga persiyano pagkaraan ng 10 taon sa pamumuno ni Xerxes (anak ng dating hari na si Darius) na may 20000 at plota na may 700 sasakyang pandagat.
Haring Leonidas- namuno sa 300 spartan na tumulong sa Athenian na ipagtanggol ang Greece sa mga mananakop, sa loob ng 3 araw ay nanalo sila sa labanan.
Ephialtes- isang taksil na Griyego na nagturo sa mga persiyano ng lihim na lagusan sa Thermopylae, dahil sa kanya napatay ang mga tumulong na Spartan samantalang umatras ang mga Athenian.
Labanan sa Salamis- dito sa salamis lumikas ang mga Athenian ng nasakop ng mga persiyano ang Athens at sinunog kabahayan, dahil sa pag aakalang nalupig ni xerxes ang mga greek nilusob ng mga barkong pandigma ng persiyano ang kipot ng Salamis.
Triremes- isang barkong pandigma na gamit ng mga griyego, magaan, maliit at madaling maniobra, natalo ang mga persiyano sa labanan sa Salamis dahil di nila inaasahan ang babaw at makitid na kipot ng Salamis kaya madaling napalubog ang kanilang mga barko.
Labanan sa Plataea- noong 479 BCE, ang mga nalalabing hukbo ng persyano ay nilabanan ng mga Spartan sa Plataea at bumalik sila sa Asia minor at di na muling nagtangkang sakupin ang Greece.
Bunga
Dahil sa pagkapanalo ng greek sa labanan ito ang nagbigay daan sa pagiging makapangyarihan ng Athens at pagkamit ng ginintuang panahon.
Delian League- alyansa na pinamumunuan ng Athens na may 140 kasaping lungsod estado na nagmula sa distrito ng Delos.
Pericles- isang estadistang pinuno na naghatid sa Athens ng kanyang ginintuang panahon.
Peloponnesian League- alyansa itinatag ng Sparta dahil sa inggit at takot ng mga na hindi kasapi ng imperyo ng Athens sa paglawak ng kapangyarihan nito. Mula sa distrito ng Peloponnesus,upang pangalagaan ang layunin nitong pabagsakin ang imperyo.

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