2Christmas Trilogy When God became a man Why God became a man Emmanuel : God with us
3Philippians 2Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross
45. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, AttitudeCareful thoughtImperative..Dominate
8Attitude of Jesus Ali....I am the greatest Don King ..I never cease to amaze my own self and I say that humblyArnold Lim....you preached a bad sermon...Attitude of Jesus
9, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.μορφη refers to that form which truly and fully expresses the being which underlies it '. The phrase εν μορφη θεου is best interpreted against the background of the glory of God, that shining light in which, according to the OT and intertestamental literature, God was pictured (view  above). The expression does not refer simply to external appearance but pictures the preexistent Christ as clothed in the garments of divine majesty and splendour. He was in the form of God, sharing God's glory. εν μορφη θεου thus corresponds with Jn. 17: 5 (the glory I had with you before the world began') and reminds one of Heb. 1: 3 (the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being ')
10Zeus and Hermes..disguised To get a reading on the level of homage people were giving to godsAfter finding out they threw away clothes to reveal themselves in splendor
14Form of God..More than meets the eye Form that expresses the being which underlies itMorpheGod is spirit no external appearanceGlory of God ,majesty, splendor, lightAnd now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. Jn 17:5
15, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, μορφη refers to that form which truly and fully expresses the being which underlies it '. The phrase εν μορφη θεου is best interpreted against the background of the glory of God, that shining light in which, according to the OT and intertestamental literature, God was pictured (view  above). The expression does not refer simply to external appearance but pictures the preexistent Christ as clothed in the garments of divine majesty and splendour. He was in the form of God, sharing God's glory. εν μορφη θεου thus corresponds with Jn. 17: 5 (the glory I had with you before the world began') and reminds one of Heb. 1: 3 (the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being ')something to be used for his own advantage
16Grasped ..arpagmon...leveraged Dr Hassan Abdul Rahmannatural human tendency to say yes to every opportunity to exploit personal advantages of position and power for selfish purposes
17I you have political clout you leverage it you take advantage of it If in bussiness your suppliers need your bussiness your sales..ask for discount..developers delay paymentInsurance companies pay late
19"As man now is, God once was; As God now is, man may be." Join company as CEO and in 5 years aim to become clerkLorenzo Snow5th President Mormon ChurchNo one goes in the opposite trajectory
20, 6 , did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, μορφη refers to that form which truly and fully expresses the being which underlies it '. The phrase εν μορφη θεου is best interpreted against the background of the glory of God, that shining light in which, according to the OT and intertestamental literature, God was pictured (view  above). The expression does not refer simply to external appearance but pictures the preexistent Christ as clothed in the garments of divine majesty and splendour. He was in the form of God, sharing God's glory. εν μορφη θεου thus corresponds with Jn. 17: 5 (the glory I had with you before the world began') and reminds one of Heb. 1: 3 (the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being ')something to be used for his own advantage
21, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, BecauseThe participial clause that begins v. 6, οσ εν μορφη θεου υπαρχων, should be understood as causal (rather than concessive), as Moule and others have claimed, and thus rendered: precisely because he was in the form of God he did not regard this equality with God as something to be used for his own advantage '.Concessive or causal
22Jesus not disguising...revealing who God is , 6 who, because he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be taken advantage of,The participial clause that begins v. 6, οσ εν μορφη θεου υπαρχων, should be understood as causal (rather than concessive), as Moule and others have claimed, and thus rendered: precisely because he was in the form of God he did not regard this equality with God as something to be used for his own advantage '.Jesus not disguising...revealing who God is
23Gods nature is to empty Himself to serve Affects our marriage our families our values system...the little guy serves the bigger guy not the other way aroundMen don't serve tea..don't wash dishesOur concepts of God wrong..all powerful aloofWarriors, kings,Not one off unusual circumstance but part of his natureDivine selflessness..Affects culture , family
24And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Rev 5:5And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain,Rev 5:6
25It shall not be so among you It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matt 20:26-28
26Incarnation7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross
27Note the difference He emptied himself God He humbled himself Himself...on one accordEvery decision and action of the one existing in the form of God led deliberately to the final climax of death on a cross.GodHe humbled himself
28KenooTo make emptyHe did not pour out half of his God nature and replace the half with human natureThe word poured out is metaphorical used to describe his service...dedicated himself to serve he poured out
29Phil 2:17 Describes Paul's service Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith,Christ poured out himself, putting himself totally at the disposal of people '.Christ did not empty himself of anything; he simply “emptied himself,” poured himself out.Christ poured out himself, putting himself totally at the disposal of people '.
30He emptied himself .....incarnation by taking the form of a servant,No rights,priv,humiliationThe one, who could have rightfully claimed the highest position in human history and justly received supreme honors, deliberately sought the lowest position and submitted himself to extreme humiliation.Entered our history. as doulos (“slave”), in essence a person without advantages, with no rights or privileges, but in servanthood to all...instead of glory..indignity.The phrase “in the form of a slave” comes first for rhetorical reasons—to sharpen the contrast with “in the form of God” and to set out the true nature of his incarnation. It thus reflects the “quality” of his incarnationhistorical entrance into humanity;...being born..authenticity..Likeness .“likeness” of human beings, because on the one hand he has fully identified with us, and because on the other hand in becoming human he was not “human” only. He was God living out a truly human life, all of which is safeguarded by this expression.He had no sinful fleshsecond one points to the empirical evidence of his humanity. They have experienced himbeing born in the likeness of menauthenticityAnd being found in human formIdentified, bapt,bodilyfunc
31The humility of all bodily functions Docetists"By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist" (1 John 4: 2- 3).First fully fledged heresy that required Council of Nicea to address in 325ADThe humility of all bodily functions
32For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
33Leon Morris“The man who yields to a particular temptation has not felt its full power. He has given in while the temptation has yet something in reserve.”
34He humbled himself ....service by becoming obedient to the point of death,even death on a crossDivine scandal
35Marcus Tullius CiceroThe cross is "the worst extreme of the tortures inflicted upon slaves." "To bind a Roman citizen is a crime; to flog him is an abomination; to slay him is almost an act of murder; to crucify him is – what? There is no fitting word that can possibly describe so horrible a deed."Roman thinker philosopher
36Gods reciprocal response ...reward or consequence . 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Reward or consequenceCan we with radical obedience earn the throne of God?Reward is not motive for obedienceIllogical as the throne was what he had in the first place he gave upStory ofThe servant's humbling of himself in the Christ hymn perfectly embodies the teaching of Jewish wisdom literature that "humility comes before honor" (Proverbs 15: 33; 22: 4), the gospel traditions of Jesus 'teaching that "whoever humbles himself will be exalted" (Matt 23: 12; Lk 14: 11; 18: 14), and the teaching of the early church to "humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up" (James 4: 10; similarly, 1 Peter 5: 6). 228He emptied himselfGodHe humbled himself
37Exaltation Given by grace Vindication Confirmation of true identity The reward given to Christ was vindication by God: God vindicated Christ's death on a cross by exalting him to the highest place. Third, the hymn views the reward as a gracious gift. God gave the name above every name not as compensation for Christ's work, but as proof of divine approval of his work. Fourth, the hymn views the reward as divine confirmation of Christ's true identity, not as an acquisition of a new position. The true identity of the one existing in the form of God and equal to God was hidden by the humiliation of death on a cross, but was revealed by God's act of exalting him and giving him the name of Lord.
38Gods reciprocal response ... . 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.The servant's humbling of himself in the Christ hymn perfectly embodies the teaching of Jewish wisdom literature that "humility comes before honor" (Proverbs 15: 33; 22: 4), the gospel traditions of Jesus 'teaching that "whoever humbles himself will be exalted" (Matt 23: 12; Lk 14: 11; 18: 14), and the teaching of the early church to "humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up" (James 4: 10; similarly, 1 Peter 5: 6). 228In ancient cosmology these three spheres of the universe were under the control of invisible spirit- powers.Is 45:23 By myself I have sworn;from my mouth has gone out in righteousnessa word that shall not return:‘To me every knee shall bow,every tongue shall swear allegiance. ’Inserting the name Jesus where it refers to God means Jesus is Godspheres of the universe were under the control of invisible spirit- powers
39a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, Is 45:23 By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousnessa word that shall not return:‘To me every knee shall bow,every tongue shall swear allegiance. ’Refers to Yahweh
43Jesus Messiah..carpenter We are all worms....but I do believe I am a glow wormW are always clinging on to some advantage in lifeArnold told you guys to call it lousy sermon...after a while he is going to feel it..what do u say if it is really badImagine the humility of ChristPeter comes o him and says you are the messiah in Mark 8Jesus replies...No lah...I am just a carpenter ....lousy carpenterJohn 10:30 I and the Father are one.”Issue is not want good sermon u preached or bad sermon it is how it affected othersL Sermon..feel itJesus Messiah..carpenter
44Phil 2:3-4Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4.Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.You don't have to trash yourself..imagine if I were to go on to work tomorrow and I have surgery first thingW put on gowns and gloves...anesthetist and nurse..I hand my scalpel to my nurse and say ok you make the first cutJesus said to consider others better than yourselvestrash yourselves..OTCar life grp
45Not about you...about serving others Your no big deal..get over yourselfToo rich or too high to do certain tasksIan Buntain brought someone to Pbc ...complained ..too many with Mercedes BenzLeslie Lai...very bad but get 100 mksArnold lim ...lousy sermonSermon help u growLess obsessed with how well u preached but more on how the word touched livesBreak free from bondage of self absorption ...walk into room ...how do I look ,how do I sound,Argument did I winReading book at class nervous ..how well we readcsocthey think wee lof us instead of did they hear,understand graspOr how humble I must sound to people...humble has more valueLooking to God for vindicationWe need to encourage...good sermon because the spirit touched lives
46Christian attitude..self forgetfulness in order to serve We emptied ourselvesImagine globe cafeWhat food is there for my tummy...I hope it is curry Nee...not beef noodles don't they realise Chinese don't eat beef...we eat pork what's wrong with them?Is there anyone I know...I don't want to sit alone..I will look like a Lone Ranger ...so pitiful..so sad...no valueLook for friend or cell member ..so I can chit chat and tell him about my week, ask him to pray for my job and my pesky mother in law to leave me aloneSomeone shows u photo if ell group....first thing ...where am I a ahh here center section at the backs ..next time I better sit in front better pictureOh my goodness my hair all over the place ...oh didn't shave...ahh that shirt does not match my trouserEnslaved to self...humility .break away put others aheadEnter room...is there someone sitting along..how can I minister..a smile..Current positionWe humbled ourselvesEnter globe
472. Practice incarnational servanthood Within the cityBeyond your limits
48Christian attitude Incorporation Current position Service Himself...on one accordCurrent positionService
49Defense againstThe church can tend to be like the Mediaeval church which dominated society and. Determined how life should be lived.They say the ugly way of the world and sought to take it back and hav the kingdom of God rule over the worldCrusadesWe see the same attitude in certain countries where Christians still sizable proportion like USA...Christian rightThe power of politics to brake back society, the cultureNo very effective
50Anabaptists 16th century Purify fromOn the other hand are the Anabaptists who in the 16 century broke off from main stream ProtestantsTheir enemies called them anabaptists as they tended to rebaptise people ESP the infantsThey saw society as irredeemably evil and lost and withdrew from societyThey refused to serve in the army
51Purify from Amish Hunterrian brethren Mennonite The church is to make society into the church or world will change the churchThe society is so bad no useJust win souls for Christ everything else will disappear just eternal soulsMennoniteTurn society in the church. Win soulsOnly bible study..train..elder
53Jews in exile at Babylon Move into the city and loose your spiritual identityStay out of the city and keep your spiritual identityMove into the city and keep your spiritual identity
54Faithful presence within the community 5Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce7But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jer 29:5,76 th century BC brutal city..living among people who values are vastly diff from their ownBaabylonians expected Jews to Move into city to loose their spiritual identity ..come into city take on its values love the culture and assimilate ..no rebellionFalse prophets Hananiah...stay away at kebar canal..stay out of cityMnimal contact with hated metropolis of Babylon..keep your spritual identityGod through JremiahServe the pagan city in which they are in exile ..seek shalom peace. And prosperity of city ...Not to compromise to pagan values rather than resemble it or run away from itLove and service.....in everyday so people will see us and yet we must not loose our distinctivenessLetter to Christian nobility ..secular sacred..priesthoodSpiritual estate vs temporal estate ..Priests, nuns vs artisans , kingsAll priestsour work are the mask of GodFarm... God could have given you grain without ploughing and plantingEg..Santa..Our work in the fieldOur workSo when the farm girl milks the cows it is God milking the cow when the baker bakes the bread or the farmer plants the field it is God in disguiseSo when you work and serve the community you are in the place of GodFaithful presence within is not taking over and it's not running awayIs not take the TV programming or politics or financial system...Christan banking, or HollywoodIt's serving the community, the poor in a radical wayYU are present in the community as fearless servants...instead of getting power then serve ...you serve and earn your riot to be heard...respect..the community will ask for your opinionHow do we handle options and derivatives, investments n reitsChurch leaders more interested in bible study and making you deacons...rest of you just give tithes
55Faithful presence within the community ..no sacred secular divide What then is all our work to God whether it be in the field or in the garden, in war or in government but such child's performance by which He wants to give us His gifts. Therefore our work, these are the masks of God behind which he wants to remain concealed and do all things.Letter to Christian nobility ..secular sacred..priesthoodSpiritual estate vs temporal estate ..Priests, nuns vs artisans , kingsAll priestsour work are the mask of GodFarm... God could have given you grain without ploughing and plantingEg..Santa..Our work in the fieldOur workSo when the farm girl milks the cows it is God milking the cow when the baker bakes the bread or the farmer plants the field it is God in disguiseSo when you work and serve the community you are in the place of GodFaithful presence within is not taking over and it's not running awayIs not take the TV programming or politics or financial system...Christan banking, or HollywoodIt's serving the community, the poor in a radical wayYU are present in the community as fearless servants...instead of getting power then serve ...you serve and earn your riot to be heard...respect..the community will ask for your opinionHow do we handle options and derivatives, investments n reitsChurch leaders more interested in bible study and making you deacons...rest of you just give tithes
56Our work in the fieldOur workSo when the farm girl milks the cows it is God milking the cow when the baker bakes the bread or the farmer plants the field it is God in disguiseSo when you work and serve the community you are in the place of GodFaithful presence within is not taking over and it's not running awayIs not take the TV programming or politics or financial system...Christan banking, or HollywoodIt's serving the community, the poor in a radical wayYU are present in the community as fearless servants...instead of getting power then serve ...you serve and earn your riot to be heard...respect..the community will ask for your opinion
57Psalm 77:19Your way was through the sea,your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.
58The first 300 yearsChristianity ultimately survived and continues to prosper, through the power of the personal influence of the people who live according to its principles, that is, normal lay faithful and families who aspire to holiness according to the model of ChristThe Rise of Christianityby Rodney Stark - published by Princeton University Press, 1996A Book Review by Father John McCloskeyAs the year 2000 approaches, more and more people are asking why we celebrate the end of one millennium and the beginning of another. Obviously the dating goes back, more or less, to the birth of Christ. There began a world movement called Christianity, which took form and continuity principally in a universal Church that has perdured up to our own times, with over a billion adherents and another half a billion of the population adhering to schismatic or imperfect forms of it. The history of Christianity will continue to the end of time; at least you believe this if you are a Christian and believe in the second coming and a final judgment. How this Church grew from one Man, to twelve apostles, to several thousand during the time of the Acts of the Apostles, then up to approximately six million by the year 300, a few short years before the Edict of Milan, is one of history's most important questions and the subject of this fascinating book. It is ironic yet satisfying to find sociology, so often used to attack dogmatic Christianity, now objectively confirming some of the claims that Christianity has made for itself.The book could not have appeared at a better moment. With the approach of the millennium and the total or near collapse of many ideologies rooted in atheism–most notably Marxism, Freudianism, and Darwinism–there appears to be an increasing return to a radical choice for humanity, not unlike the one represented in the first centuries of the Christian era, that between a fixed credal, hierarchical Christianity, with its sacramental system and the message of the " gift of self", and to a despairing hedonistic paganism with its corollaries in Gnostic and "nature" religions, the modern forms of which are worship of progress and modern science.In The Rise of Christianity (Princeton University Press, l996), Rodney Stark, professor of sociology and comparative religion at the University of Washington, has written a thought-provoking book that will challenge many of the assumptions of both orthodox Christians and hardened skeptics as to the growth of Christianity during the three centuries after the birth of Christ. He asks himself (and us) "How was it done? How did a tiny and obscure messianic movement from the edge of the Roman empire dislodge classical paganism and become the dominant faith of Western civilization? Although this is the only question, it requires many answers–no one thing led to the triumph of Christianity." This renowned professional sociologist is not looking for supernatural explanations, which ultimately are a question of faith, but rather for the hard sociological data, to the extent that it is obtainable, which might explain the unique phenomenon of Christianity on the world stage. A Christian would certainly see in this growth and continuity a clear sign of the indwelling of the divine Holy Spirit that Christ had promised would be with His Church until the end of time. However, the Christian also believes that grace perfects nature and that God prefers to use secondary causes to spread the message of Christianity.Dr. Stark uses the sociological tools of the trade and his own and others' research to explain the unique growth of Christianity. Why God chose the Jews as his Chosen people and the Catholic Church as its spiritual continuation always remains a mystery in the divine mind not accessible to us. Ultimately these methods will fall short as a total explanation but this study does provide insights into the human attractiveness of the faith which has produced a steady stream of conversions through the centuries and into the demographic factors which result from the moral attitude of the Christians towards marriage, family, and openness to life. I will examine just a few of his interesting insights and conclusions, leaving the rest to your reading of the book itself.In a few short chapters, Stark comes up with some startling conclusions. He finds that, contrary to the established thought, Christianity was not a movement of the dispossessed–a haven for Rome's slaves and impoverished masses–but rather was based in the middle and upper classes, the solid citizens of the Roman Empire. This in no way diminishes the Church's historical "preferential option to the poor," which is a continual disposition coming from Christ himself directly, that Christianity grew much more rapidly in the populated cities, while the poor peasants were largely on the outlying land. This dominance of the middle and upper classes, given the generosity of the early Christians, would lead to an effective social welfare network of relief for the elderly, widowed, and orphaned, to the establishment of Christian cemeteries, and with time, to houses of worship, which, of course, prior to the Edict of Milan, were located in familial homes.In one of the more startling conclusions from his research, Stark says that contrary to the current wisdom, the mission to the Jews of the early Christians was largely successful and continued right up to the year 300. According to Stark, the some four or five million Jews of the Diaspora had "adjusted to life in the Diaspora in ways that made them very marginal vis-a-vis the Judaism of Jerusalem, hence the need as early as the third century for the Torah to be translated into Greek for the Jews outside of Israel (the Septuagint)." For Jews who lived in the Hellenic world, "Christianity offered to retain much of the religious content of both cultures and to resolve the contradictions between them." As it is seen in the Acts of the Apostles the first Christians led by St. Paul naturally went to the Jewish communities in the big urban centers. These communities, accustomed to receiving teachers from Jerusalem, were not so easily scandalized by the Roman oppression that had been responsible, at least in part, for the crucifixion of Jesus. Archaeological evidence shows that the early Christian Churches outside of Palestine were concentrated in the Jewish sections of the cities. But Stark does not stop there. He submits that by the year 250, when there were approximately one million Christians (according to his estimate of a 40 % annual growth rate) the great majority could have been convert Jews, as many as 1 out 5 of the Jews in the Diaspora. One of the more difficult problems facing the Catholic episcopate well into the fifth century may have been persuading newly converted Jews to stop frequenting of Jewish synagogues and to abandon Jewish customs.In 165, during the reign of Marcus Aurelius, an epidemic struck that carried away during the course of fifteen years up to a third of the total population of the empire, including Marcus Aurelius himself. In 251 a similar epidemic, most likely of measles, struck again with similar results. Historians generally acknowledge that these epidemics produced a depopulation which led in part to the decline of the Roman empire, more than the normally attributed cause of moral degeneration. Stark points out that these epidemics favored the rapid rise of Christianity for three reasons. One, that Christianity offered a more satisfactory account of "why bad things happen to good people," based on the centrality of the suffering and Cross of Christ than any form of classical paganism. Second, "Christian values of love and charity, from the beginning, had been translated into norms of social service and community solidarity. When disasters struck, the Christians were better able to cope, and this resulted in substantially higher rates of survival. This meant that in the aftermath of each epidemic, Christians made up a larger and larger percentage of the population even without new converts." Last, these epidemics left large numbers of people without the interpersonal bonds that would have prevented them from becoming Christians, thus encouraging conversion. He says, "in a sense paganism did indeed 'topple over dead' or at least acquired its fatal illness during these epidemics, falling victim to its relative inability to confront these crises socially or spiritually, an inability suddenly revealed by the example of its upstart challenger."In a chapter that is of particular importance given the current confusion in the West regarding the role of women in society and in the Church, Stark produces impressive evidence that "Christianity was unusually appealing to pagan women" because "within the Christian subculture women enjoyed far higher status than did women in the Greco-Roman world at large." He shows that Christianity recognized women as equal to men, children of God with the same supernatural destiny. Moreover the Christian moral code of prohibition against polygamy, divorce, birth control, abortion, infanticide, etc. contributed to the well-being of women, changing their status from powerless serfs in bondage to men, to women with dignity and rights in both the Church and the State.
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60Servanthood releases the transformative power of the cross “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. MarkWe release the power of the cross..Transformation ...the completion of the goal of the crossWe are enslaved to ourselvesServanthood breaks that addictionIf we can't begin to be servants....if e can't deny ourselves how to die for Him?
61Bill Wilson co founder of Alcoholic Anonymous In November 1934, Wilson was visited by old drinking companion Ebby Thacher. Wilson was astounded to find that Thacher had been sober for several weeks under the guidance of the evangelical Christian Oxford Group. Wilson took some interest in the group, but shortly after Thacher's visit, he was again admitted to Towns Hospital to recover from a bout of drinking. This was his fourth and last stay at Towns hospital under Doctor Silkworth's care. It was while undergoing treatment with The Belladonna Cure that Wilson experienced his "Hot Flash" spiritual conversion and quit drinking. According to Wilson, while lying in bed depressed and despairing, he cried out, "I'll do anything! Anything at all! If there be a God, let Him show Himself!" He then had the sensation of a bright light, a feeling of ecstasy, and a new serenity. He never drank again for the remainder of his life. Wilson described his experience to Dr. Silkworth, who told him, "Something has happened to you I don't understand. But you had better hang on to it".Wilson joined the Oxford Group and tried to help other alcoholics, but only succeeded in keeping sober himself. During a failed business trip to Akron, Ohio, Wilson was tempted to drink again and decided that to remain sober he needed to help another alcoholic. He called phone numbers on a church directory and eventually secured an introduction to Dr. Bob Smith, an alcoholic Oxford Group member. Wilson explained Doctor Silkworth's theory that alcoholics suffer from a physical allergy and a mental obsession. Wilson shared that the only way he was able to stay sober was through having a spiritual experience. Dr. Bob was familiar with the tenets of the Oxford Group and upon hearing Wilson's experience, "began to pursue the spiritual remedy for his malady with a willingness that he had never before been able to muster. After a brief relapse, he sobered, never to drink again up to the moment of his death in 1950". Wilson and Dr. Bob began working with other alcoholics. After that summer in Akron, Wilson returned to New York where he began having success helping alcoholics in what they called "a nameless squad of drunks" in an Oxford Group thereHe realise he was about to fall off the wagonThe main effect for telling his story to Dr Bob was to save himselfBy saving and helping Dr Bob, Bill Wilson discovered a way to save himselfHe was able to help someone because he was weak and in helping he received strengthWe are enslaved to ourselvesServanthood breaks that addiction.In helping he received strengthBreak addiction
62My first church in Sydney...under mentor Pastor Chris Chua Washing pots and pans after church lunchMillionaire Daniel Chen ...arrived $10 in Sydney.. Textile merchantWashed toilets regularlyBreak addiction
63God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas, but for scars. — Elbert Hubbard
64David Cerqueira writes from Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. In one way or another, we all seek for honor. Sarah found it.Sarah’s parents were new to town, and Sarah was just getting to know her new classmates at church. The second-grader was full of energy and brimming with mischief. My wife was Sarah’s Sunday School teacher, which provided us with an ample supply of funny stories about little Sarah. Monday night dinner was usually served with the latest about Sarah. Everyone at church seemed to like her; falling in love with her was easy.One Sunday my wife had prepared a lesson on being useful. She gently taught the children that everyone can be useful, that usefulness is serving God, and that doing so is worthy of honor. The kids quietly soaked up my wife’s story, and as the lesson ended, there was a short moment of silence. Sarah broke the silence. In her sweet manner she softly spoke: “Teacher, what can I do? I don’t know how to do many useful things. I don’t know how to do anything that would be worthy of honor.”My wife wasn’t expecting that kind of response. So she quickly looked around and saw an empty flower vase on the window sill. “Sarah, you can bring in a flower and put it in the vase. That would be an honorable thing.”Sarah thought a moment, then said, “But that’s not important.”“Sure it is!” replied my wife. “It is if you are helping someone.”Well, sure enough, the next Sunday, Sarah brought in a dandelion and placed it in the vase. In fact, she did this Sunday after Sunday. With no more reminders or any help, she brought in her flower and placed it in the vase. My wife told all this to our pastor, and the following Sunday, he placed the vase in the main sanctuary next to the pulpit. He gave a sermon on the honor of serving others, using Sarah’s vase as an example. The congregation responded well to the sermon, and the week started on a positive note.As a pediatric physician, I have developed an uncomfortable feeling about telephone calls. During that week I received one from Sarah’s mother. She told me that Sarah’s behavior was slower than normal and that she didn’t have an appetite. I reassured the mother and made room on the schedule to see Sarah the following day. After the normal battery of tests and days of examinations, I sat in my office with Sarah’s paperwork on my desk. The test results contained tragic news.On the way home I stopped to see Sarah’s parents and personally tell them the test results. Sarah’s genetics and her leukemia were a horrible mix. Sitting at the kitchen table, I did my best to explain that there was nothing that could be done to save her life. I don’t think I have ever had a more difficult situation to deal with. Sarah’s mom looked at me with tears in her eyes and asked, “How can this happen? Why would God allow this?”As doctors, we try everything to save a life. Sometimes we find ourselves wishing to trade our life for that of one of our patients, especially when they are as dear to us as Sarah was. But sometimes it’s really true that nothing can be done, and a tragic end is only a matter of time. Sarah was to have such an ending. Such a beautiful life, ended by such pain and anguish. It became so difficult not to question the goodness of God in Sarah’s life.Sarah’s condition quickly worsened, and she became confined to bed. Although many people visited her, Sarah lost her smile. She lost a great deal of weight. And then it came: another telephone call. Sarah’s mother asked me to come see her. I dropped everything and hurried to the house. Sarah had become a small bundle that rarely moved. After a short examination, I knew that Sarah would soon be leaving this world. I advised the parents to spend as much time as possible with her.That was a Friday afternoon. On Sunday morning church started as normal. The singing, the sermon—it all seemed meaningless when I thought of Sarah. I sat there in total sadness. Almost at the very end of the sermon, the pastor suddenly stopped speaking. His stared at the back of the church with utter amazement. Everyone turned around to see what he was looking at. It was Sarah! Her parents had brought her in for one last visit. She was bundled up in a blanket and held a dandelion in her little hand.She didn’t sit down in the back row. Instead, she slowly walked to the front of the church where her vase was still placed by the pulpit. She put her flower in the vase and a piece of paper next to it. Then she turned and went to her parents. The sight of little Sarah placing her flower in the vase for the last time moved everyone. At the end of the service, people gathered around Sarah and her parents, trying to offer as much support as possible. I could hardly take it anymore.Four days later, Sarah died. I cancelled my morning appointments and sat at my desk thinking about Sarah and her parents. It all hurt so much. I remembered the funny stories that my wife had told me about Sarah. I remembered the sweetness of her voice. I remembered that telephone call that brought the sadness. Tears filled my eyes as I tried desperately not to question the goodness of God in allowing all this to end in such a horrible manner.I wasn’t expecting it, but the pastor asked to see me after the funeral. We were standing at the cemetery near our cars as people walked by us. In a low voice he said, “Dave, I’ve got something you ought to see.” He took out of his pocket the piece of paper that Sarah had left by the vase and handed it to me as he said, “You had better keep this; it may help you in your line of work.” I unfolded the paper to read what Sarah had written.In pink crayon Sarah had left this message next to her vase. It simply said this:Dear God,This vase has been the biggest honor of my life.SarahSarah’s note and her vase helped me to understand, at least in part. I now realize in a new way that life is an opportunity to serve God by serving people. And, as Sarah put it, that is the biggest honor of life.Dr. David Cerqueira writes from Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.David Cerqueira writes from Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
653. Our Hope is in final vindication Story of patient expected blessing of child because they servedTrust in gracious GodPromise of gloryMansions..prepareSell ourselves short...Serve bcos of who we are our nature not reward
66Romans 8 :17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
67Phil 1:14And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
68Fearless servants Natalya Dmytruk The election commission is lying Our society is lyingIt's ot about position end power and comfortIs about the crossAbout letting go...being a servant to serveNataliya Dmytruk (Ukrainian: Наталія Дмитрук, alternate transliteration: Natalya Dmytruk) (born 1957 or 1958) is a former sign language interpreter on the Ukrainian state-run channel UT1 news broadcasts. Dmytruk became famous for refusing to translate the official script during a live broadcast on November 24, 2004 that announced Viktor Yanukovych as the winner of the presidential election. Instead of signing the official script, Dmytruk instead signed to viewers "Our president is Viktor Yushchenko. Do not trust the results of the central election committee. They are all lies." Dmytruk's act of defiance has been regarded as one of several catalysts for many Ukrainian journalists who subsequently rejected doctored news reports in favour of a more balanced reportingAct of courageShe was a barely known sign language interpreter at the Ukrainian state-run channel UT1 but became instantly famous during the live news broadcast on November 24, 2004, when she refused to translate the official script that announced Viktor Yanukovych as the winner of the presidential election. Deviating from the official script followed by the voice announcer, Dmytruk instead signed to viewers, "I am addressing everybody who is deaf in Ukraine. Our president is Victor Yushchenko. Do not trust the results of the central election committee. They are all lies.... And I am very ashamed to translate such lies to you. Maybe you will see me again."Her solo rebellion sparked a stop-work meeting by 250 of her newsroom colleagues who made a broader stand for truth. Hundreds of her colleagues at UT-1 who were inspired by Dmytruk's action confronted the network's owners, chanting, "No more lies!" Within days UT1 had changed to a balanced reporting style. Following her act, many other news reporters in the broadcast media run or controlled by the state or the oligarchs who supported Yanukovych refused to participate in the production of the doctored news reports. Within a few days the overall political climate in Ukrainian media changed dramatically towards a more balanced coverage, while prior to these events the domination of the media is considered one of the ways Yanukovych influenced the vote."Without telling anyone, I just went in and did what my conscience told me to do." Hours after her UT1 co-workers announced on-air their intentions to report fairly, reporters at Channel 1+1 made a similar announcement. These changes were significant, because until then, most media outlets in Ukraine were influenced in some capacity by the government.Viktor YanukovychYushchenkoJudge