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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cross At The Center of The Universe

This is the actual image at the very center of our universe,found at the core of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)
Not long ago, a certain very young Pastor Louise who himself also, is a NASA/space enthusiast- preached in Spain about the incomprehensible enormity of our universe. It was a very eloquent message,very well explained and accompanied by his own actual visual collections from NASA. He articulately (however hard he tried to..) showed the vastness of GOD (more than that, the vastness of GOD's Love for us) . ...consider, at 60,000 or 70,000 ft. above the sealevel, all structures on earth's surface would hardly be visible through the naked eye, lowfast lamborghinis or ferraris, jetplanes,villas and mansions, the most luxurious malls and most importantly-people would seem inexistent. If you travel farther,beyond our own solar system or even outside our Milky Way galaxy, the Earth would seem to be only a dot.And men, you or me would be insignificant(or seemingly inexistent) size-wise. The universe, as most prestigious NASA researchers claim, is ever expanding. The wealth of cosmic wonders and beauty all function in perfect harmony and order. But, is it true that inspite of the vastness, and still expanding universe, life form only exists on earth? That no other planet is like our earth, with the crystal clear blue and green seas, rich fluvial forests,golden deserts, animal kingdoms, plant kingdoms?A planet dedicated and catering to life. It's as if, all the universe has been created for our (earth's) benefit. And yet, our LORD Jesus, Who has created all these things, contained Himself in human form, came to our earthhome to show GOD's Love.To save His own creation. GOD's Word says HE was slain from the foundation of the world. GOD may have marked the center of our universe with this cross, Before HE created or founded the world as a sign of HIS own love to us through the sacrifice of HIS own Only Son,Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins. To our GOD Be the Glory.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Redeemer Lives:Nicole C. Mullen

Today, we weren't able to attend the church worship.We contented ourselves in watching Christian programming on TV.Thankfully there is an italian version of Christian broadcasting TBNI where today they played this special music video by Nicole C. Mullen
(I couldn't find the original music video on youtube) but here's the equally spectacular performance of the renowned Christian music artist. Although Nicole C. Mullen personally composed this song
, all the words of this song are found in the bible (meaning,every context is true literally). Need I elaborate on the Truths that accompany this melody?There is a GOD Who loves me and you.Who Proved HIS love by dying on the cross to pay for my sin and your sin, so that we wouldn't be judged guilty and condemned.
(Why, would you wonder?Even our secular society implements laws that punish the violators/criminals.Even so,there exist heavenly standards)
But how great is this Love? I guess (or definitely!) nobody would ever comprehend in this lifetime but let this song somehow try to convey the vastness of HIS Mercy and Love. The One Who created the entire universes,stooped down to our earthly level to save us.

GOD BLESS, everyone of us Tremendously.

PostScript: For those who might appreciate the lyrics of My Redeemer Lives

Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning?
And who told the ocean you can only come this far?
And who showed the moon where to hide till evening?
whose words alone can catch a falling star?

Well I know my redeemer lives
I know my redeemer lives
All of creation testifies
this life within me cries
I know my redeemer lives

The very same God
that spins things in orbit
runs to the weary, the worn and the weak
and the same gentle hands that hold me when I'm broken
they conquered death to bring me victory

Now I know, my redeemer lives
I know my redeemer lives
let all creation testify
that this life within me cries
I-I-I know
my redeemer

He lives
to take away my shame
and he lives
forever I'll proclaim
the amount of pain that bought my sin
was the precious life He gave
and now he's alive and
there's an empty

And I know
my redeemer lives
I know
my redeemer lives
let all creation testify
that this life within me cries
I-I-I know my redeemer

I know
my redeemer lives
I know my redeemer lives
I know my redeemer lives
He lives
He lives
*I spoke with him this morning!*
He lives
*I'm gonna tell everybody

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Ark (L'Arca) Private Beach Resort; Rome


The Ark (L'Arca; in italian) is the name of the private beach resort where we went (it's a common culture for westerners to take their children to the beach for a breathe of the iodine-rich sea breeze,during summers) recommended time for sunbathing is from 8:30am until 11am,beyond this time the sun's rays become harmful to skin health. So, we had to rise-up at 6:30am and take a quick sip of capuccino and biscuits and dress-up and practically drag my little daughter out of her crib. I wrapped her with a thin sheet when we were going out to protect her from the cold morning air. Poor little one, she was only able to take a small croissant after one and a half hours,upon arriving at the beach, after me,putting on cream on her.
I took a brief video of the pre-lunch activity led by the young staff (volunteers) of The Ark (wearing red shirts as uniform with 'staff' printed on the back of the shirt).Apparently these youngsters which come from different italian provinces (I've heard of one group that came from Montova) are parish youth members, doing some mission particularly for the elderly. They are highly trained and corteous and disciplined and helpful to everyone,young and old alike. They serve the clientele in ways one might not have expected, like putting on cream on the body, assisting older people in swimming on the beach, entertaining the beachgoers with serenades, carrying tables or chairs where needed, assisting with the games (again, for the old and young alike), organizing a dance and beauty contest or simply being available for some small chat and laughs. Apart from the satisfactory personalized customer services, they also serve affordable and very delicious,fresh complete meals.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Rome Streets and Sceneries

This is the long road that leads to a residence where I regularly conduct private lessons to 3 beautiful kids. This is Via Rosseou along Nomentana. It is found in the midst of a peaceful minipark overlooking a main highway where many commodity shops sit.

Picture no. 1 Shows the rearview of our community church called Santa Assunta which is a few minutes on-foot from our house, and situated just across a supermarket. Adjoined with the church is this spacious sports area catering to the parish youth.

Picture no.  2 Shows a picturesque area of a big garden / park where the Rome Zoo is located

Picture no.  3.  Is the tranquil garden at our backyard where little children usually play and bike around with their parents. I like our peaceful neighbourhood.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Blessed Birthday

We have celebrated our daughter's third birthday, it has been another milestone in our family life. I know 'milestone' is a big word for a simple and normal human interrelations. But, for one who came from a below-poverty stratum of a third world country, and who has never celebrated and never received birthday gifts as a young child, this indeed is a red-letter day! She received many beautiful gifts from people with whom we celebrated her last 2 birthdays. Alessandro and Elena the newly-wed couple for whose wedding my daughter was a flower girl in white, gave her a complete plastic set of musical instruments trombone,drumset,maraccas and cymbals. I gave her a plastic guitar and her father gave her microphone as she loves to sing. Her beloved Aunt and Uncle gave her a beautiful moving and musical airplane filled with passengers, and their son-inlaw's parents gave her two educational animals books, purple winter jacket and purple long- sleeved dress,her fatherside 'grandmother', having left early to spend her summer vacation outside of Rome, was also the first to give her a white dress which, we were instructed was to be worn on the day of her birthday, Fabrizio and Michele (with their 2-month old liitle baby) gave her a big writingboard with all the different types of coloring (pentel, pastel and crayon). We all enjoyed the momentous night specially the part when she entered on her beloved uncle's arms with her birthday cake and the garden was lit by her birthday candle on the cake while we all sang to her. That night added another joy  to our hearts, we finished at a little past midnight. We went home to our respective addresses, my daughter as soon as she climbed the bed, played some offkey tune on her trombone and slept hugging her plastic trombone which she then played again,immediately upon waking-up,this morning. This day is another blessedj day for our family and I Always Praise my GOD for HIS Goodness and Mercy and Might, through Jesus our Saviour and Lord.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

SEO,Keywords, whatnot

When I started this blog I intended something through which I can make known GOD's Mercy and Might in my personal and family life. Along the (information high-)way, I have learned the different factors that have effect in "blogging" mainly SEO's, keywords and other tools that drive traffic (and therefore, higher revenue s) to the blog publisher. Due to financial motives,I have been tempted to delete entirely this blog and set-up a new format which might draw more traffic, but I remembered the purpose and the pact of this site so I settled emphatically in my mind that come heaven and high waters I must keep on keeping on with this, even though I find it hard to update more often or regularly the posts. 

As I was watching 'The Embassy of GOD' , I listened to Pastor Sunday Adelaja (of african origin, whose church is the most attended or largest Christian congregation in Ucraine); as he interviewed a certain Pastor Bob (I didn't get the interviewee's last name, sorry). Pastor Bob was recounting of a vision from GOD, of a shooting, big rock. The meaning being, that the Kingdom of GOD is manifesting on earth, in a faster way then GOD gave him a name of a Pastor John Sloan in Florida USA,  of whom he never heard or seen before. Upon contacting Pastor Sloan (after 8 or nine times of calling.. .) as he was about to hang-up, Pastor Sloan answered  the phone. He introduced himself and Pastor Sloan said that GOD gave him exactly the same vision and the same meaning of the vision.

I believe GOD is always involved in every aspect of our lives, we might be awed at how vast beyond comprehension (and still, expanding) our universe is, the the billions of vast galaxies, the billions and billions of stars including the sun; and everything functioning in perfect order (for us); nevertheless HE sees each one of our little hearts, our needs, our cries, our laughters and pain. I never cease to be amazed at the awesome Glory of GOD, HIS tender heart towards this feeble being as I am.But Through HIS mercy I am able to rise up, everytime.Even, at the lowest moment.Everytime.  HE is Here.With you.With me. Through Jesus my GOD and Saviour, to whom be Glory and Honour forever.Amen.