Friday, October 14, 2011

Class helps deaf Bhutanese refugees restart their lives | Seattle/LocalHealthGuide

There is a tremendous need for this among the Bhutanese-Nepali refugees. So many hearing-impaired and deaf among them. Bravo to the folks in Seattle that have gotten this program going.

Class helps deaf Bhutanese refugees restart their lives | Seattle/LocalHealthGuide:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Reflection: If I withdraw my love . . .

If I withdraw my love from one follower of Jesus, I withdraw my love from all of them.

If I don't love Sue, I don't love Steve.  Neither merits my love more than the other.  Both are wretched and redeemed.  If I say that Steve is easier to love, don't I really mean that I enjoy Steve more?  Don't I really refer to what Steve has done for me?  In which case, I am not really loving Steve at all.  I am only loving what Steve does and can do for me.  I am loving myself.  Self-love.


If I withdraw my love from one follower of Jesus, I withdraw my love from all of them.

Christians crucified Christ.  All of us.  Yet he does not withhold His love from any of us.  Because He finds no reason to love us, His love does not depend upon us.  His love comes to us without condition.  Thus, there can be no condition for its removal.  Jesus finds no reason to remove his love from any of his followers.  How can I? If He hasn't stopped loving Sue, what right have I to stop loving? And if I do, my love to all of God's people becomes suspect.  If I can come up with a reason to stop loving one, it would surely prove to be a selfish reason.  It might be a reason for many things, but it cannot be a reason to stop loving.  If there can be a reason for me to withdraw my love when there cannot be a reason for Christ to withdraw His, my love proves to be merely self-love.

If I withdraw my love from one follower of Jesus, I withdraw my love from all of them.

I might say that I love Steve more than I love Sue, but what can I say about them that goes deeper than that together they crucified Christ and that both alike are unconditionally loved by Him.  If I withdraw my love from Sue, I have introduced conditions to my love.  But it is impossible to love one person conditionally and one unconditionally.  By withdrawing my love from Sue, perhaps because of her behavior, I have cheapened my love for Steve.  Now, as much as I may feel my love for him, it is only if he toes the line.  My love proves conditional, selfish.  It is self-love.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

What is Hadith 2425?

A little something I saw today at AOMin:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Ohio Prison System Working Towards Sharia Compliance

How do you feel about the following?

Answering Muslims: Ohio Prison System Working Towards Sharia Compliance: "A decision by Ohio officials to remove all pork products from prison menus in response to a lawsuit by Muslim inmates is not sitting well with the state's pork producers and processors.

Both promise action of their own, including a possible counter lawsuit, to address what they consider an unfair and illogical decision.

"We really think it's not in the best interest, frankly, of the whole prison system," said Dick Isler, executive director of the Ohio Pork Producers Council. "It seems like we're letting a small group make the rules when it really isn't in the best interest of the rest of prisoners.""

How Different Denominations See Each Other (illustrated chart)

Just for fun today . . .

Thursday, October 6, 2011

दशैंको चिन्नहरु (The Symbols of Dashain)-- An Explanation

The Symbols of Dashain
     Dashain is a great time for devotees of the Lord Shri Jesus Christ!  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to worship the Holy Spirit. Together with all our Nepali and Bhutanese friends and family, we can use the rich symbols and traditions of Dashain to express our faith, honor our families, and celebrate Nepali culture.  There are many symbols and traditions in Dashain. Two of the most important are called “tika” and “jamera.” Beginning on the day of “Bijaya Dashami” tika and jamera are used to show love and blessing to family and close friends.
     Followers of Jesus should feel confident to use these symbols also. First, all these things were created by God for His glory. Second, the red tika reminds us of the blood of the Lord Shri Jesus that provides our salvation. The rice in the tika reminds us of the seed of faith that we have in Christ. Finally, the jamera reminds us of the Holy Spirit’s work to help us grow.   Together, these symbols provide a powerful reminder of the victory that we have through TriEak Parmeshwar. So, we can say with joy, “Bijaya Dashami!”

दशैंको चिन्नहरु
     दशैं येशु भक्तहरुको लागि एकदम राम्रो समय हो । यो पवित्र आत्मलाई पूजा गर्नुको निम्ती मङ्गल बेला हो सबै नेपाली-भुटानिहरुसंग हामिले दशैंको चिन्नहरु संस्कृतिद्वरा हाम्रा विश्वास प्रमाण् दिनु हाम्रा परिवार्हरुलाई मान्नु सकौं   दुइटा ठुलो चिन्नहरु टिका जमरा हुन् । बिजय दशमिदेखी मनिसहरुले टिका-जमरा परिवार र नजिक साथिहरुलाई आशिष दिनु प्रयोग गर्छन् ।
     येशु भक्तहरुले पनि यि चिन्नहरु प्रयोग गर्नसक्छन् । पैले, त्रीएक परमेश्वरले सबै थोक उहाँका महिमको निम्ती सृष्टि गर्नुभयो । दोस्त्रो, रातो टिकाले प्रभु श्री येशुको रगतले हामिलाई सम्झाउछ । यो रगतद्वरा हाम्रो मुक्ती आउँछ । टिकाको चामल विश्वासको बिउजस्तो छ । यो विश्वासको बिउदेखी मुक्ती आउँछ । र, जमराले पवित्र आत्मको काम हामीलाई सम्झाउछ । उहाँले हाम्रा जीवनमा आफ्न फल उब्जाउनुहुन्छ । जम्मा, यि चिन्नहरु हाम्रो परमेश्वरको विजय एकदम शक्तिशाली सम्झौटो हो । साँच्चै, हामीले भन्दछैं, "बिजय दशमि!"

Songs : Nepali Isai Mandali

Here's a source for a number of Nepali Christian songs. They can be downloaded legally and freely from this site.

Songs : Nepali Isai Mandali:

Maha Navami at TriEak Parmeshwar Mandali

Come for Prayer & Blessings on Wednesday, October 6th (between 10AM-10PM) 

Mahanavami
Prayers and Scripture readings, prasaad, tika, worship, bhajan-singing, blessings for families
TriEak Parmeshwar Mandali
(Prabhu Shri Yeshuko Tika may be received from the Mandali beginning at 10AM this day) 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dashain Daily Prayer (दशैं दैनिका प्रार्थना): Self-Control Day



Wednesday, 10/5/2011
नवमी (Ninth Day)
Self-control Day


पवित्र आत्माको फल संयम हो ।
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control.

पर्खलहरु भत्किएको नगरझैँ आत्मसंयम नभएको मानिस हो । (हितोपदेश २५:२८, Proverbs 25:28)

Today, pray especially for Nepali youth to have self-control. Ask God to give you victory over sin and temptation. Fix your mind on TriEak Parmeshwar.

आज, प्रार्थना गर्नुहोस्-

प्रभु श्री येशु, म मेरो चित्त तपाईंमाथि ध्यान गर्छू । मलाई र सबैलाई संयम दिनुहोस् । मेरो पाप क्षामा गर्नुहोस् ।

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Dashain Daily Prayer (दशैं दैनिका प्रार्थना): Gentleness Day

Tuesday, 10/4/2011
अष्टमी (Eighth Day)
Gentleness Day


पवित्र आत्माको फल नम्रता हो.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is gentleness.

तिमीहरुका भित्री हृदयलाई भलो र शान्त आत्माको अविनाशी रत्नले सजाओ, जो परमेश्वरको दृष्टिमा साह्रै मुल्यवान् छ । (१ पत्रुस ३:४, 1 Peter 3:4)

Ask God to give you gentleness and humility so that your relationships with others can be improved.

आज, प्रार्थना गर्नुहोस्-

“पिता परमेश्वर, मलाई अरुहरुसंग शक्त र आनन्दित् सम्बन्धहरु चाहियो । यसकारण हे प्रभु, ममा कमलो हृदय सृजानुहोस । “

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dashain Daily Prayer (दशैं दैनिका प्रार्थना): Faithfulness Day

Monday, 10/3/2011
सप्तमी (Seventh Day)
Faithfulness Day


पवित्र आत्माको फल बिश्वस्तत हो ।
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is faithfulness.

हामी पछि हट्ने र विनाश परिनेहारुमध्य्का होइ्नौं, तर विश्वास गरी बचाइएकाहरुमध्य्को हौं ।
(हिब्रु १०:३९, Hebrews 10:39)

Pray that Nepalis everywhere will put their trust in the Lord Sri Jesus and receive his salvation.

आज, प्रार्थना गर्नुहोस्-

“पिता परमेश्वर, सबै नेपाली र भूटानीहरुलाई प्रभु श्री येशुमाथि विश्वस दिनुहोस्, ताकी तीनिहरुले तपाईंको मुक्ती ग्रहण्
गर्छन् ।“

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Leaders in India Gather to Address Corruption - Lausanne Movement

Applauding this ...

Leaders in India Gather to Address Corruption - Lausanne Movement: "On September 2, 2011, Christian leaders from across India gathered together in Bangalore in an unprecedented and historical meeting to discuss the issue of corruption particularly in the church. Named “Operation Nehemiah”, the meeting aimed to “bring together concerned senior Christian leaders in India to deliberate on the issue of corruption and to create a united movement with a vision to make the Indian Church corruption-free.”"

Dashain Daily Prayer (दशैं दैनिका प्रार्थना): Goodness Day


Sunday, 10/2/2011
षष्ठी (Sixth Day)
Goodness Day

पवित्र आत्माको फल भलाई हो ।
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is goodness.

प्रिय हो, खराबिको अनुकरण नगर,तर भलाईको अनुकरण
गर । जसले भलो गर्दछ, त्यो परमेश्वरको हो, जसले खराबी गर्दछ, त्यसले परमेश्वरलाई देखेको छैन ।
(३ युहन्ना १:११, 3 John 1:11)

Today, ask God to help you do something good for another person.

आज, प्रार्थना गर्नुहोस्-

“पिता परमेश्वर, तपाईंको निम्ती के गरुँ ? के राम्रो कुरा मैले अरुहरुको लागि गर्नुपर्छ, आज ? “

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Refugee Students Grapple with Racism

Rundlett students talk about hate speechI like how the schools in Concord, NH are getting real about racial tensions involving refugees. Most news articles I've read seem to deny that violence against refugees has anything to do with race, culture, or identity. Those of us on the ground know better. This is helpful article and certainly inspires me to open the conversation up more in our community.

Students grapple with racism | Concord Monitor: "They don't understand why anyone would drive past a park and yell racial epithets and obscenities at kids, they said. They don't understand why someone would write paragraphs of hate on three homes this weekend, proclaiming the refugee residents "unwelcome" "mud people" who have brought death and crime to the city."

UPDATE: Seems the people of Concord are uniting against the anti-refugee hatred that has been spewed out by some in that city.  The following article speaks of a "Love Your Neighbor" rally that was held there during which the Mayor and other officials publicly welcomed refugees from many nations that now have been resettled there.  Bravo!  http://www.nhpr.org/concord-residents-rally-support-refugees

Dashain Daily Prayer (दशैं दैनिका प्रार्थना): Kindness Day


Saturday, 10/1/2011
पञ्चमी (Fifth Day)
Kindness Day


पवित्र आत्माको फल दया हो ।
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is kindness.
प्रभुको सेवक झगड़ालु हुनुहुँदैन,
तर हरेकको लागि दयालु हुनुपर्छ ।
 (२ तिमोथी २:२४, 2 Timothy 2:24)

Today, pray that God will bless all Nepalis with hearts full of kindness towards others. Pray that all quarreling will end.

आज, प्रार्थना गर्नुहोस्-

“पिता परमेश्वर, तपाईंको आत्मद्वारा सबै नेपालीहरुलाई दयालु हृदयको वरदान दिनुहोस । सबै झगड़ाहरु खतम गर्नुहोस । “