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He Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. — Mark 10:45
Dr. Paul Brand told me of a memorable Frenchman named Pierre, who had served in Parliament until he became disillusioned with the slow pace of political change. During a harsh winter, many Parisian beggars froze to death. In desperation, Pierre became a friar to work among them and organize the beggars themselves.
They divided into teams to scour the city for bottles. Next, he led them to build a warehouse out of discarded bricks and start a business processing the bottles. Finally, he gave each beggar responsibility to help another poorer than himself. The project caught on. In a few a one to serve.”
At a leprosy colony in India, Pierre met patients worse off than his former beggars. Returning to France, he mobilized the beggars to build a leprosy ward at a hospital in India.
It is you who have saved us,” he told the grateful patients. “We must serve or we die.” — Philip Yancey
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It’s been a month since typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng brought havoc in the lives of many Filipinos and yet up to now, there is still an outpour of help in the relief and rehabilitation efforts coming from different sectors to support those that have been affected.
A lot of showbiz personalities joined forces as well in helping out the flood victims.
Angel Locsin, a Red Cross Ambassador, spearheaded a campaign that will benefit typhoon victims and asked help from her celebrity friends—Anne Curtis, Dimples Romana and Kris Aquino to donate for her project called "Shop & Share." This is an online auction which showcases personal designer items of showbiz personalities whose proceeds will go to the Philippines. Read more..
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Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart. — Jeremiah 15:16
For centuries, many Christians were not permitted to read God’s Word in their own language. Instead, they were encouraged to attend Latin services that few could understand.
Then, in 1516, the Dutch scholar Erasmus compiled and published the first New Testament in the original Greek language. This landmark work was the basis for the later publication of Luther’s German Bible, Tyndale’s English Bible, and the . These translations made the Scriptures understandable to millions of people around the world.
Erasmus could not have known the influence his Greek New Testament would have, but he did have a passion for getting its message to laypeople from all walks of life. In the preface he wrote: “I would have [the Gospels and the Epistles] translated into all languages …. I long for the plowboy to sing them to himself as he follows the plow [and] the weaver to hum them to the tune of his shuttle.”
The prophet Jeremiah reflected this same passion for the Word: “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (15:16).
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"The Lord said, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'" – Isaiah 6:8
"What would you do if you knew you could not fail?" How often has Dr. Robert H. Schuller challenged us with those words? Yet how many even dare to give voice to such dreams? It is not your lack of skills, or education, or knowledge that holds you back from reaching your full potential. It's your lack of faith, your inability to believe in yourself and in God. Imagine standing before God at the end of your life and being shown all that you could have done had you just had more faith! God's work needs people just like you who are courageous enough to dream big. The bigger your dream, the more you can do for others. Think of all the people you can help just by saying yes to God's dream for your life. Say "Yes" to God today.
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The president and Vice President Joe Biden met last Friday with former Soviet premier , according to a Gorbachev who did not elaborate on what was discussed.
Presumably, President Obama wanted Gorbachev's input on how to deal with his current successor, Russian ruler Vladimir Putin, who has become increasingly confrontational toward the West.
Earlier in the week the worst president of the 20th century, one James Earl Carter, spent an hour and a half in the West Wing of the White House, reportedly for a private briefing from Obama national security adviser Jim Jones.
(Uh oh — is Carter planning another meeting with the leader of an Islamist terrorist group, like the one he had last year in Syria with Hamas leader Khaled Mashal?)
The president is said to have "briefly greeted" Carter during his visit. But if it had been more than that, no one could blame the White House for covering it up. Carter's legacy includes the fall of the shah and the consequent Islamist revolution in Iran still in power and seeking nuclear arms.
Add to that the fact that the Soviets invaded Afghanistan on Carter's watch, after he repeatedly made it clear in public statements that he did not believe the United States had much ability to influence events in the world anymore.
After just a couple of months in office and a serious economic downturn to deal with, it's doubtful our new president wants Americans to think he was spending any time meeting with a predecessor who gave the country 21.5% interest rates, stagflation and long lines at the gas pump.
Considering the faith that both Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama seem to place in government over the private sector, and conciliation over American assertiveness in foreign policy, would it be unseemly to wonder if the two did share more than a "brief greeting" last week?
Both Carter and Gorbachev are remembered indelibly as being on the wrong side of history. The answer to Soviet aggression was not to kiss Vienna, then be shell-shocked to discover he had lied as Red Army tanks rolled into Afghanistan. on both cheeks at
Instead, the answer was to announce to the world exactly what the Communists were — an Evil Empire — and rebuild our defenses.
The way to deal with the Berlin Wall was not to learn to live with it permanently, but to go there and demand that Mr. Gorbachev tear it down. Can any American imagine Jimmy Carter going there and saying such a thing? The crowds would have barely stifled their laughter.
And the solution to mutual assured destruction (MAD) by nuclear missiles was not to talk to the Kremlin's professional liars at the negotiating table. It was action, in the form of building and deploying missile defense.
As Gorbachev insisted that a human face could be put on the murderous tyranny of the USSR, and preserve it and the Communist Party that ran it, Carter's successor, , exposed it to the light and killed it.
It could indeed even be said that both Gorbachev and Carter were fooled into accepting the invincibility of Soviet communism. Reagan never was, just as Gorbachev's successor never was.
All these years later, missile defense remains important in confronting Russian imperialism. Like during the 1930s, and at the end of World War II, the great nation of Poland is hoping that the free world will not abandon it to a monstrous tyranny next door.
Polish leaders today fear Obama will renege on U.S. plans for a missile shield deployed on Polish territory to defend against former KGB operative Putin's aggression.
It isn't too difficult to surmise what Carter and Gorbachev's dovish advice to the president on the matter would be — as with matters regarding our other adversaries, from al-Qaida to Iran to China. and
Barack Obama would do better hosting a visit from the ghost of the Gipper.Read More: Europe & Central Asia
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Parts 1 to 6: Shane Murphy recounts pirate attack
Chief Officer Shane Murphy, above right, gives a blow-by-blow of the Somali pirates' attack on the Maersk Alabama in an interview Friday morning with Journal staff writer Paul Davis, left. Providence Journal photo / Steve Szydlowski
"Stop ship," said a voice on the radio. "This is Somali pirate."
Hours later, four armed Somali pirates fired on the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, where 20 Americans tried to repel the attack. At one point Murphy, carrying homemade weapons, hid in a secret passage on the ship. Others barricaded themselves in a 100-degree safe room.
Meanwhile, Capt. Richard Phillips had been taken prisoner. What could Murphy do?
Sitting at his dining room table, the 34-year-old mariner Friday recounted the harrowing April 8 pirate attack on the Maersk Alabama, which ended Easter Sunday when Navy Seals killed three pirates and arrested a fourth.
No one was surprised to see the pirate ship stalking the Maersk Alabama that morning.
Shane Murphy, at his house in Seekonk, Mass., this morning. Providence Journal photo / Steve Szydlowski
Both Murphy and Captain Phillips, a veteran seaman from Underhill, Vt., knew the waters off the rugged Horn of Africa were dangerous. The day before, in the middle of an afternoon drill, three pirate ships had chased and failed to catch the Alabama.
"I see pirates attack ships all the time," said Murphy, who spends half the year at sea.
But Murphy, a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, had never seen a pirate board his own ship.
Now, just after dawn, a pirate ship was closing in.
Someone on the Alabama sounded an alarm, and Murphy went below to secure the ship's more than 100 locks and doors. He met with other crew members.
On the radio they heard Phillips, above deck, yell, "Shots fired! Shots fired!"
The men grabbed improvised weapons: hatches, saws, and homemade shivs made by attaching flat metal to wooden handles.
"They were coming aboard," Murphy said.
The men below hid in a safe room. Murphy went back to his office -- a possible entry point on the main deck -- and shoved an overturned desk and chairs against the door.
One of the pirates fired an AK-47 outside the door. Murphy, who now wears one of spent shells on a cord around his neck, thought, " 'It's going to be a fight.'
"I wasn't willing to give up the ship to these guys yet."
The 17,000-ton container ship Maersk Alabama. AP file photo
When the pirates left the area, Murphy went on deck. Above him, he could hear the pirates yelling at Captain Phillips. They wanted to find the rest of the crew.
On the radio, Phillips sounded calm, "but you could tell he had a gun pointed at his face," Murphy recalled.
A jogger, Murphy sprinted 30 feet along the side of the ship. He knew the pirates, above him, might spot him.
"The whole time I'm thinking the back of my head will explode from a bullet."
Soon after, the chief engineer shut down the ship: lights, engine, everything. The Alabama also broke away from the pirate ship.
Now, the four Somalis were "stuck on the ship with no lights, no power and no way to get off."
Back in the safe room, more than a dozen crew members were crowded into a pitch-black space with no air, food or water.
Murphy and the chief engineer used secret passageways and tunnels to meet. They hashed out their options.
The two of them could try to escape. Or they could try to get the men in the safe room to safety. Or they could try to rescue the captain.
Elsewhere on the ship, crewmember ATM Zahid Reza -- at the wheel when the pirates boarded -- offered to help one of the pirates search for the missing crew, but only if the pirate left his weapon behind.
Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips
The two men went below. Suddenly Reza and the engineer jumped the pirate, knocked him down and took him to the safe room. Murphy gave the men duct tape to cover the pirate's mouth.
On the radio, Murphy could hear the other pirates screaming.
"They said they would shoot someone if their friend did not come back," Murphy said. "For me, that was the toughest moment."
What should he do? Should he give himself up?
Instead, he went to the kitchen to find food and water for the crew.
"It was kind of eerie," he said. That morning's meal -- cereal, juice, fruit -- was laid out on a table, untouched. Murphy grabbed some food and a kitchen knife.
"On a ship, there all kinds of tools you can use to inflict pain on someone," he said.
"But," he added, "our minds are the best weapons."
Murphy delivered the food to the safe room and found the ship's emergency radio beacon. He triggered the tracking transmitter, used by others to find ships in distress. He wrapped a blanket around the beacon's strobe light.
He then made his way to the captain's quarters. On a yellow legal pad he left a note for Phillips:
We have 1 pirate in steering gear!
Armed with a radio, Murphy found a high point on the ship and started making emergency calls.
But there was a problem. The pirates could hear the calls on the same frequency.
Murphy tried another tack.
"I told them I was in charge now, and I had their friend."
If they wanted their friend back, they would have to negotiate with him, he said.
Murphy told the pirates they could take the ship's lifeboat and the money in a safe, and go. Then he changed his voice and pretended to be the head of a rescue team.
The pirates agreed to an exchange of prisoners, and the crew started the ship. "We came out of our hiding places. Some of the guys were pale and dehydrated."
Murphy and other crew members thought the worst was over. But during the switch, Murphy said, Captain Phillips stayed behind to ensure the safety of his crew.
"He didn't want anyone else hurt," Murphy said. "I thought he was going to jump." But he didn't.
Now in charge, Murphy took the Alabama to Mombasa. Phillips stayed with the pirates in a lifeboat 300 miles off the coast of Somalia.
Murphy followed the rest of the story from afar, and called his wife, Serena, from Kenya.
After a five-day standoff, Navy snipers aboard the USS Bainbridge killed three of the pirates on Easter Sunday. A fourth -- Abduhl Wali-i-Musi, the pirate taken prisoner by the crew of the Alabama -- was arrested and is now in New York City. He will be arraigned in a Manhattan federal courtroom on Tuesday morning.
Last week, Murphy joined Serena and their two young boys in the U.S. On Tuesday, he is scheduled to speak to Congress about what the U.S. can do to protect U.S. cargo ships.
But on Friday he tried to relax. He spent the morning taking calls from the media and feeding his youngest son in a high chair. He wore a white sleeveless shirt and a shell casing -- a souvenir from the pirate attack -- around his neck. On his right bicep flashed the tattoo of a mermaid. On his left arm swam a shark.