Rehabilitate violence-hit in Assam: NCCI

March 23, 2013 by  
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They expressed satisfaction at the restoration of peace and reconciliation in the area.

violence hit in AssamAssam, March 21, 2013: The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) along with other groups has appealed to Assam and federal governments to provide justice and rehabilitation to those affected in the recent ethnic violence in the state.

In a two-day meeting, that concluded on Thursday in Guwahati, the participants discussed the current situation in the areas of Bodoland Territorial Area (BTAD).

The meeting was organized by the NCCI and Interfaith Coalition for Peace (ICP) along with other groups.

They expressed satisfaction at the restoration of peace and reconciliation in the area which saw violence between the ethnic Bodo community and Muslims in July last year.

The clashes claimed more than 70 lives and rendered some 400,000 people homeless.

The participants also appreciated all the efforts undertaken by the governments as well as social organizations and civil society in bringing about peace and harmony in the communities.

They noted that though peace is returning in the region, there is still some amount of fear and apprehension among the communities affected by the violence.

The participants requested the civil society and social organizations to take active role in strengthening the process of peace and confidence building in BTAD.

“We request the governments to take special efforts of counseling and taking care of the needs of women and children affected by the violence including education of the children,” they said in a statement.

They also appealed to the two communities to continue dialogue to avoid any misunderstanding and further conflict.

– press release

Its Argentian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio!

March 14, 2013 by  
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Pope FrancisThe Catholic-Christian Secular Forum (CSF), India apex activist community NGO ” thanks the cardinals at the conclave for the election of Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected the 267th pope, who takes name Francis, possibly after St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the Jesuits congregation. Jorge Mario Bergoglio comes from Latin America, a region that is home to almost half of the world’s Catholic 1.2 billion Catholics, but more importantly, he is a deeply spiritual and austere cardinal.

We hail the cardinals decision to select a non European pope, who is known for his concern for the poor and justice issues. Cardinal Bergoglio has alway rejected Roman Curia posts and is known to have only visited Vatican, when absolutely necessary.

The CSF calls upon all Indian Christians to pray for the new pope Francis I, as for the last about two weeks, Catholics the world over, have been without a spiritual father. It is a moment of great joy as the Mass for the installation of the new pope would be celebrated on March 19, the feast of St Joseph, patron of the universal church. The CSF would dedicate its annual 26th Good Friday walking pilgrimage to pray for the pope.

Miserando atque eligendo ( “Lowly, and yet chosen.” ) was the episcopal motto of Cardinal Bergoglio and it is said that because of an infection as a teenager, Pope Francis has only one lung. We the laity must be his other lung, and help breathe new life into our Church!, say Brian Burch of Catholic Vote…

The CSF seconds that view. More in our special edition.

God Bless the New Pope

Your brother in Christ,

Joseph Dias.
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Pope Francis’ First Words

Pope Francis Pope FrancisVatican City, March 13, 2013:  Here is a translation of the brief greeting Pope Francis gave from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Square following his election as the Successor of St. Peter.
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Brothers and sisters, good evening!
You know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems as though my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world to get him. But here we are. I thank you for your welcome. The diocesan community of Rome has a bishop. Thank you!

Before all else, I would like to say a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may watch over him …

[Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be] And now let us begin this journey, [together] as bishop and people. This journey of the Church of Rome, which is to preside over all the Churches in charity. It is a journey of fraternity, of love, of trust between us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the world, so that a great brotherhood may be created. I hope that this journey of the Church, which we begin today and in which my Cardinal Vicar who is present here will assist me, will be fruitful for the Evangelization of this beautiful city.

And now I would like to give you my blessing. But before I do, I would like to ask you a favor: before the bishop blesses the people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that He bless me…. the prayer of the people for a blessing upon their bishop. Let us take a moment of silence for you to offer your prayer for me.”[Silence … the Holy Father bows][Cardinal N. says … “The Holy Father, Francesco …”]“Now I will give you my blessing and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will.”[Pope’s blessing]

Brothers and Sisters,I leave you now. Thank you for your welcome. Pray for me. And we’ll see one another again soon. Tomorrow I want to go and pray to Our Lady, asking her to watch over Rome. Good night and have a good rest.

 

Boko Haram denies ceasefire as anti-Christian violence rages

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A leader of Islamist militant group Boko Haram has denied it has a ceasefire agreement with the government as atrocities against Christians in Nigeria continue unabated.

A torched Nigerian churchNegeria, March 12, 2013: In a video circulated last week, which also shows the beheading of a man accused of being an informant, Abubakar Shekau said, “We have never made a truce with anybody”.

It was a response to the declaration of a ceasefirein January by Sheikh Muhammed Abdulazeez Ibn Idris, who claimed to be a Boko Haram commander. His announcement was met with a high degree of scepticism and caution by the Nigerian authorities, not least because of the conditions attached to the so-called truce.

And as violence characteristic of the militant group, which is fighting to establish an Islamic state in Northern Nigeria, rages on, Shekau’s ceasefire denial comes as no surprise.

Christian leaders in Nigeria have reported a number of deadly attacks. On Saturday 2 March, 13 Christian factory workers were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram gunmen. The militants stormed the residence of the factory workers in Sheka, Kano state, and demanded to know why the families were not observing the evening Islamic prayers.
Bishop Ransom Bello, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kano, said:

They responded by telling the visitors they were Christians and so could not be part of the Muslim gathering. At that point, they separated the men from their wives and children and shot them dead on the spot after ordering the women and children into their homes.

Those who survived the attack fled the area.

Elsewhere, in Mubi, Adamawa state, a number of Brethren churches have been targeted; the authorities have said that Boko Haram is responsible for the attacks.

A church in Samunaka on the outskirts of Mubi was attacked twice, on 1 and 4 February; eight Christians were killed and one church member received a gunshot wound. The church building and pastor’s office were set ablaze along with a number of Christian-owned homes.

Two other Brethren churches in the town were burned down on 2 and 3 February.

The violence has paralysed the Christian community in Mubi; they are said to be too afraid to leave their homes in the evenings, and fear of further Islamist violence is preventing them from attending church services.

The Rev. Daniel Yumuna of the Church of the Brethren said:

The crisis has created a lot of hardship for Christians, as even movement to eke out a living is restricted… Christians are even afraid of going to the market to buy food and other sundry items they need to survive.

Brethren leaders report that 14 of their pastors have been killed in northeast Nigeria and a number of their buildings, in Maiduguri, Borno state, and Damaturu and Potiskum in Yobe state, destroyed.

– barnabas team

Burmese military targets its minorities

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Attacks against Kachin Christians and Muslim Rohingyas continue

Dha Der Church in BurmaBurma, March 11, 2013: Christians around the world who’ve been praying for Burma have been warned against ‘euphoria’ over reform, while Christian and Muslim minorities remain under attack by the military.
Sunday March 10 marked the 16th anniversary of the Global Day of Prayer for Burma, which celebrated some progress towards reform, but warned that grave issues remained, especially the continuing attacks against the Kachin and Rohingya ethnic and religious minorities.

The Day of Prayer followed a new report claiming government troops have destroyed 66 churches in Kachin State in the north of Burma, on the border with China and India. The report, by the Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand (KWAT), also claimed the military are using rape as a weapon of war. It said the Burma army had set fire to churches after the collapse of the ceasefire in Kachin State in 2011. A recent report by Amnesty International has condemned air-strikes against the mainly Christian Kachin.

Hkanhpa Sadan, the Joint Secretary of the Kachin National Organisation, told the prayer event in London that up to 100,000 Kachin have been driven from their homes. 75,000 had sought shelter in temporary camps along the China border. He criticised the UN for failing to bring in relief aid and said: ‘The people are living on rice and salt – that is the only nutrition they can get. The UN is not pushing hard enough to bring in humanitarian aid.’

He described the attacks as religious persecution: ‘When the Burma army come to the villages, they torch the churches but don’t touch the pagodas.’ He told World Watch Monitor: ‘They want us to be Burman, to be Buddhist, and to follow their orders.’ The mainly Christian Kachin are seeking autonomy within Burma, and say they are attacked for being both separatist and Christian.Hkanhpa Sadan was sceptical about the claim that widespread reform is taking place in Burma. ‘We don’t see this as genuine. In Kachin State we haven’t seen reform at all. All the reforms seem to be centred on Rangoon and Mandalay, and aimed at the Burman [tribal] majority.’

He went on to accuse President Thein Sein of ‘lying’ over claims that he has ordered a ceasefire in Kachin State. ‘He is the head of state and head of the army. He is the only Burmese leader ever to use fighter jets against the Kachin. Rather than rolling out the red carpet for him, the international community should send him to The Hague to be indicted for crimes against humanity. He is above the law and using the promise of reform just to get his authoritarian democracy. It is all about power. I pray that he will change his mind and have a genuine desire for peace.’

Ben Rogers, chairing the Global Day of Prayer in London on behalf of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), was also sceptical about Thein Sein’s ability to deliver a ceasefire. ‘Either he is not telling the truth about calling for a ceasefire in Kachin state,’ he told World Watch Monitor, ‘or other powers [in the army or the regime] are overruling him.’ Mr Rogers believed the continued fighting could not be put down to a rogue element in the army beyond presidential control. ‘For air power to be used, that has to be authorised at a high level.’

Amnesty International has confirmed three civilians were killed in an air-strike in January against the Kachin town of Laiza, on the border with China. Laiza is the headquarters of the Kachin Independence Army. Burma has acknowledged carrying out the air strikes, but says they were necessary to prevent rebels cutting off military supply routes. Amnesty has criticised the Kachin for positioning potential military targets near civilian areas but has accused the army of committing ‘multiple human rights violations against Kachin civilians, including extrajudicial executions, torture and other ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, forced labour and sexual violence’.

British parliamentarian Baroness Cox, the founder of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), has just returned from Kachin State. She told the BBC on March 8th: ‘We saw the Burmese army attacking civilians. There are 156 battalions of Burmese army in that one state. They are bombing civilians and committing atrocities. It is heartbreak land. It is terror.’ Baroness Cox confirmed that troops were raping civilians.

Another of Burma’s largely Christian groups, the Chin, is also facing persecution. Ben Rogers said: ‘The regime is continuing to use military-run Buddhist monastic schools, where they take Chin children from Christian families, with the promise of an education, but force them to convert and become novice Buddhist monks. This is the practice of the regime, not of ordinary Buddhists,’ he added.’ Until there is true religious freedom for all there is no freedom in Burma.’

But the most extreme religious persecution in Burma is taking place against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state, the Day of Prayer was told. Jarmal Ahamed, General Secretary of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK, said: ‘Since June 2012 more than 5,000 Rohingyas have been killed, some burned alive. Homes and mosques have been destroyed, hundreds of women and girls have been raped, often in front of family members, and 140,000 have been forced to leave their homes. Many have nothing to eat, nowhere to go, and are dying of hunger and disease.’That conflict is often portrayed as inter-communal violence between the Rohingya and Rakhine tribes; the former Muslim, the latter Buddhist. But Jarmal Ahamed described the attacks as ‘state organised and sanctioned, backed up by the federal government’.

Hkanhpa Sadan, of the Kachin National Organisation, said non-Buddhist religious minorities were being deliberately targeted under a policy of Burmanisation. ‘Their motive is “one nation, one command”. They want us to be Burman, to be Buddhist, and to follow their orders,’ he told World Watch Monitor.

While people around the world were praying for Burma, the National League for Democracy (NLD) was holding its historic first Congress in Rangoon. In a recorded message to the London event, U Tin Oo, the Deputy Leader of the NLD acknowledged: ‘There are still tangible violations of human rights along the border region. The victims are facing great damage and devastation [and] do not have access to food and shelter. Conditions there are gradually deteriorating’.

U-Tin-Oo, a former commander-in-chief of the Burmese armed forces and a Buddhist, said: ‘I do pray with you for relief and a remedy to cure the great poverty [of these] helpless refugees.’But the event heard criticism that the NLD, and specifically its newly-re-elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was not doing enough to help the persecuted ethnic and religious minorities. The opposition leader took a seat in Parliament after by-elections in April 2012 and is widely expected to be voted in to lead the country in the presidential elections in 2015.

‘Aung San Suu Kyi has been a disappointment,’ said Hkanhpa Sadan, of the Kachin National Organisation. ‘She was our only hope. But she has failed to speak up for the ethnic minorities, failed to visit the refugees. She is afraid of offending the army and has one eye towards the elections in 2015. Our message to Aung San Suu Kyi is “Please help us. Use your liberty to speak up for us.”’ It was Aung San Suu Kyi who first initiated the annual Global Day of Prayer for Burma in 1997.

Burmese president Thein Sein has been in Europe in a quest for international legitimacy and on March 4th appealed to the EU to lift remaining sanctions against his country. Europe has already suspended all non-military sanctions for a year. But Baroness Cox is adamant that sanctions must remain in force. She told the BBC that Thein Sein’s visit to Europe was for ‘propaganda’ purposes, and the international community risked turning a blind eye to injustice because of the desire to trade with Burma, which is rich in resources. She continued: ‘Do not lift those sanctions until there is peace, justice, equality and freedom for all the peoples of Burma.’

In a specially written prayer for the Global Day of Prayer, the Catholic Archbishop of Rangoon, Charles Maung Bo, said: ‘We pray that Myanmar [Burma] becomes a land whose future belongs to her sons and daughters and not to outsiders, the business makers, the peace-makers and the hundreds of NGOs…  We pray for a nation built on compassion and mercy, justice and peace’.

London event organiser Ben Rogers described the Day of Prayer as a success: ‘Our aim was to help people see that Burma still has many challenges, and while it is right to give thanks for the signs of hope, there is a danger of premature euphoria. The situation in Kachin is extremely serious and we must redouble our prayers for Burma to have genuine freedom and peace. For that to be permanent, it must turn into a peace process, a meaningful political dialogue that leads to a lasting political solution for Burma’s ethnic nationalities.’

– world watch monitor

Church encourages Mizos to have more kids

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Church leaders have always propounded the concept of multiplying in accordance with the teachings of the Bible in the Old Testament.

Mizos to have more kidsMizoram, March 12, 2013: The Presbyterian Church in Mizoram has passed a resolution to launch a campaign advocating women to conceive more children.

The decision was taken at the 45th general conference of the Presbyterian Church Women Wing in Aizawl on March 9.

The delegates decided that the matter should be taken up by the central committee of the Kohhran Hmeichhia or the Women Wing and prepare the detailed program.

The agenda was initiated by Bungkawn and Bawngkawn Pastoral women wings which said that all Mizo couples should be encouraged to have more children.

They added that poor couples who have more children should be provided some assistance.

Earlier, the Presbyterian Church leaders have issued statements encouraging Mizo couples to bear more children and the womenfolk seemed to have taken the cue by adopting the resolution.

Though it might be in contravention to the national family planning policy, church leaders have always propounded the concept of multiplying in accordance with the teachings of the Bible in the Old Testament.

The delegates also adopted an agenda that decent dress should be formulated for the bride and the bridesmaid during church wedding.

– times of india

EFI: MP Christians Targeted & Seminar Disrupted

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Christians Arrested & Beaten in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh, March 12, 2013: Two Christians were finally granted bail on 6 March after having spent more than 15 days in Khandwa jail, Madhya Pradesh. The Friends Missionary Prayer Band reported that Pastor Isaac Rajamani and Evangelist Raju Shikaria were praying for sick people in Gulai village at their request on 16 February, when the angry extremists suddenly barged in at night. They then took the two Christians to another place, verbally abused them and beat them up almost the entire night.

The next morning at about 6:30, they took them to Khandwa police station where they were beaten up again by another mob of Hindutva extremists as they got down from the vehicle. The extremists pounced on them, verbally abused them and beat them up. The two Christians sustained injuries and Evangelist Raju complained of chest pain.

The same day, the Christians were sent to Khandwa jail. The appeal for their bail has been rejected three times before they were finally granted bail on 6 March. In a similar incident in the same district, three pastors from the Maranatha Ministries were arrested on the same day after the Hindutva extremists disrupted the prayer meeting. They were also sent to Khandwa jail and released on bail on 3 March.

Seminar Disrupted in Madhya Pradesh

On 20 February in Doomartola, Ghopatpur, Dindori district, Hindutva extremists barged into a Seminar conducted by Anugrah Seva Mandir church and accused the Christians of forceful conversion. The extremists barged into the last day of the seminar conducted in the house of one believer, Sundarlal Dhurve.

The extremists from the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram and the Bajrang Dal forcefully entered the house and accused Pastor(s) Dinesh Ramkete and Mannulal Rajdiwar of forceful conversion. The Christian leaders alerted the police and at about 2:40 pm, the police took the pastors to the station and released them without any charges by 6:30 p.m.

A similar incident took place on the next day in Dongritola, Khirsary, Dindori district when the Hindutva extremists barged into the meeting of local Christians conducted in the house of one believer, Arjun Yada. The meeting was attended by about 200 people including pastors, church leaders and local believers. The extremists accused the Christians of forceful conversions.

However, local Christian leaders including women told the extremists about the positive transformation in their lives and that there was no forceful conversion. The speechless extremists thereafter left the scene.

Meeting Attacked in Madhya Pradesh

On 15 February in Dola, Annuppur, Madhya Pradesh, Hindutva extremists barged into the one day special meeting of the Christians, accused them of forceful conversion and beat them up. Some of the participants fled in different directions to save their lives. The pastors and some believers received injuries from the beating.

The police from Ramnagar reached the spot. However, the extremists fled as they saw the police. The Christians thereafter were escorted home by the police. The Christians filed a police complaint but no arrests have been made so far.

– efi

EFI: Chhattisgarh & Odisha Persecution

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Chhattisgarh Express Incident

ChhattisgarhChhattisgarh, March 12, 2013: On 25 February, frightened Christian women get off their train after the Hindutva extremists accused them of forceful conversion. A group of 19 Christian women led by Christina Nag boarded Chhattisgarh Express train from Rajnandgaon to Dongargarh stations to attend a women seminar in Betul.

When some of the Hindutva extremists co-passengers came to know that they were Christians and that they were going to attend a Christian women’s seminar, they started accusing them of forceful conversion and started making sarcastic remarks against them and even tried to stop the women when they were getting down at Gondia station to go back home.

Finally the women got down in the middle of their journey and returned to their respective homes.

Christians Chased Out from Home in Odhisa

Hindutva extremists drove out a Christian family from a village for their faith after beating them up in Bhalutangara village, Kankadahada block, Dhenkanal, Odhisa. The extremists were against Rabinarayana Marandi and his family soon after they became followers of Christ. The extremists on 1 March beat them up, took their mobile phone and chased them out from the village.

The Christians submitted a police complaint and the police and administrative officials thereafter arranged a meeting between the two parties on 8 March. However, no compromise could be worked out as the extremists insisted on imposing the village tribal law on the Christian family, claiming that they should contribute for the local Hindu puja and festival collections.

OdishaThe Christians agreed to pay towards all social welfare programmes and activities but refused to give anything towards the idols and spirits of the Hindu festivals.

The official authorities then urged the Christians to do as requested by the Hindutva extremists group and to take part in all the village activities and rituals. They further threatened to take off the government benefits if they did not oblige. The Christians were told to make their decision by 10 March.

– efi

Something to think about

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A lot of trouble would disappear
If only people would learn to talk to one another
Instead of talking about one another…..

Think about it

When people walk away from you, let them go.
Your destiny is never tied to anyone who leaves you.
It doesn’t mean they are bad people.
It just means that their part in your story is over.. !

Think about it

People nowadays are like Bluetooth,
If you stay close they stay connected,
If you go away they find new devices…

Think about it

Human life would be perfect IF…
Anger had a STOP button
Mistakes had a REWIND button
Hard Times had a FORWARD button
And Good Times had a PAUSE button !!

Think about it

A touch could heal a wound
An eye could speak volumes
A Smile can confirm I am there !!

Think about it

The bird asked the bumblebee:
“You work so hard to make the honey and humans just take it away,
Doesn’t it make you feel bad?”
“No,” said the bee, “because they will never
take from me the art of making it.”

 

– fwd: a n dass

Religious Arrogance & Six Free Doctors

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Religious Arrogance

Romans 2:1-4  You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

God's JudgmentNow we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you towards repentance? (NIV)

The Early Church had believers from two different backgrounds: Jews who knew God’s law, and Gentiles who had little knowledge of what displeased God.

The Jews were tempted to look down on Gentiles, but Paul says that they were wrong to do so.

Knowledge does not make people holy but repentance which leads to transformed behavior does. And anyway, hidden evil desires are as bad as visible sins (Matthew 5:21-22; 27-28).
It is easy to criticize others when we see their obviously bad behavior; but it is hard to see inside our own hearts. That is why we need God’s help.

Kind David prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24).

Paul is preparing his readers to understand the full scope of the gospel: it is not just for socially bad people but also for well informed religious people.

God is not looking for people to have more knowledge about right and wrong; He wants to see what they do with it – does it lead to repentance?
Religious arrogance is still a problem among believers. God is patient as He calls us to repentance, not bringing His wrath upon us earlier.

But if we think that our Bible knowledge or spiritual experiences make us superior we will be ‘puffed up’ (1 Corinthians 8:1, Colossi-ans 2:18).

Such people are spiritually useless and even dangerous. They avoid the whole point of the gospel – admitting sin, believing in Jesus the Savior, repenting and receiving His life.

So is your lifestyle one of repentance and trust or are you spiritually arrogant? Today is the day to repent.

PrayerPrayer for the day : –

Father God. Thank You for Your Word which shows me where I am wrong. Forgive me for those times when I did not believe there was anything offensive in me.

Help me to be submissive to Your truth and not arrogant; help me to live with the confidence that repentance will never hurt me, because it will release Your grace and mercy.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

SIX FREE DOCTORS

Ever heard of SIX FREE DOCTORS, whose advice is most crucial to a healthy life style?

But we do not pay any heed to it as there are no visiting fees!?

Therefore their value is unimportant! These are :

1. SUNLIGHT:Sunlight

The sun says, spend a little time with me while reading, exercising, listening to music, meditating, even chatting up with friends – do it with me! Just you and me, cause I am your BEST friend. Physically and metaphorically Sunlight is beneficial to all. Giving light, its best, to everyone, regardless of caste or creed.

2. WATER:Water

6-8 glasses of water in a day, replenishes all the liquids of the body. And H2o is oxygen to every cell in the body. Our body thrives on fresh water. It is the greatest detoxifying agent ever produced. And it is FREE!

3. AIR:
Air
Your Prana Shakti – Life breath! Just being aware of your breathing for a little while, invigorates every cell in the body. PRANAYAM ( deep breathing ) – is a must, to exhale all carbon and take in all oxygen, in a clean and open environment.It is a luxury today to breathe fresh air. Do not neglect this.Holding a breath and then releasing it, clears all the diseases in the body.

4. DIET:
Diet
After consuming 3 of the 5 natures elements (Ether, Water, Air, Earth & Fire) get to the natures produce.Vegetables & fruits.The Lord has provided plenty of choice. No need to be a Vegan, but the amount of cleansing the vegetables and fruit does to the system is amazing!
The enzymes thus produced protect every cell in the body. Proteins are present in lentils and yogurt too.
Too much meat takes away 70% of the energy to digest it. So be moderate. We are basically herbivores and not carnivorous – by nature.

5. EXERCISE:
Exercise
How can anything be consumed without the corresponding arrangement to digest the same? The body must move. Walking can be a good form of exercise!
But stretching the body is very essential. Starting from bed , when waking up and then being physically vibrant through the day.
Household work is NOT an exercise, it’s a chore!
Exercise in a proper state of mind and not under stress or duress. Relaxation is the reason for exercising a healthy state of mind. Exercise alone and not rushing!

6. REST:

Last but not the least the 6th doctor is REST!

None of the above is possible without enough sleep, relaxation and rest from meetings a deadline!
Rest is the most important factor which gives impetus to all other 5!
Rest
So do not neglect it. Resting with beautiful, positive  and creative thoughts is of course always recommended. If you have negative thoughts, keep slogging, so you do not have the time to nurture them.

When resting have all the positive thoughts, nourishing thoughts, the foremost being Thanksgiving to the Lord, followed by love and compassion towards all the relationships you encounter – choiceless in love.

– fwd: vc mathews

UN sanctions against North Korea mean little for Christians

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North KoreaNorth Korea, March 08, 2013: Following last month’s nuclear test, North Korea is spewing new threats of a first-strike nuclear attack because it claims the United States is pushing to start a nuclear war against the country. This fiery rhetoric comes on the heels of the United Nation’s approval of sweeping sanctions against the isolated nation.

Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs says, “These sanctions I think do have an effect because they do involve some commercial things and banking things and financial things; yes, they do have an effect. Is it something that’s going to really change the direction of North Korea? It’s hard to picture that happening.”

While the sanctions may be meaningless for real change in North Korea, it does signal some change, says Nettleton. “It shows that China is perhaps losing patience with the North Korean regime. So these sanctions, and the fact that China cooperated with them, may be sending them a message.”

Nettleton says Christians continue to face incredible oppression in a nation that’s considered the worst place on earth to be a Christian. “Christians are sort of singled out for the worst persecution or the worst situations in North Korea. One of the things I like to tell people is that everyone in North Korea is oppressed, but the Christians are singled out for the very worst oppression.”

Nettleton also says, “If they know you’re a Christian they’ve already arrested you. If you’re a Christian and the government finds out about it, you are arrested. You’re taken to a concentration camp.”

About the only thing Christians can do is pray. “Pray for a change in government that treats all of its people better: not only the Christians, but all of the people of North Korea. That’s hard to imagine, but obviously we serve a God who can do amazing things.”

Voice of the Martyrs is doing everything possible to encourage secret Christians, and they do it in unique ways: “Balloon launches that float over into North Korea and come down. That’s a significant way of getting the Gospel message [into North Korea]. Actually, last year we were able to deliver 50,000 New Testaments.”

– mnn

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