For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel [will be] your reward. (Isaiah 52:12)
Never need the bride of Christ, when arrayed in her battledress, proceed anxiously to meet the enemy. Nor shall she flee from villainous hoards, defeated and brought low. She is the queen of God’s right hand and ever shall He protect her comings and goings, guarding her both before and behind, and ever granting her sword arm the full measure of His omnipotent strength. Rejoice in the Lord! Rejoice in your strength!
For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel [will be] your reward. (Isaiah 52:12)
How have you stood apart from the world in your life? Are people surprised when they learn that you are a Christian? Do you compromise your beliefs in order to fit in with your friends or co-workers? Or do you seek to do everything according to God’s plan for your life?
When Daniel and his friends were studying in the palace, they were given a decadent diet which contradicted the dietary laws of the Israelites. The Babylonians not only ate what the Jews considered unclean, but what they ate had been offered to the Babylonian idols.
Instead of conforming to a new lifestyle, Daniel remembered that God had called him to a different standard. Daniel knew that God wanted him to change the world, not allow the world to change him.
So Daniel proposed an experiment which tested the results of his healthy, God-given dietary standards against those of the Babylonians. Daniel didn’t argue with his captors. He didn’t belittle their ways. He simply made a point that his traditional food would serve him better. And in the end, Daniel proved the Truth through his actions.
When we are confronted with ungodly situations, we must remember that we are called to godly behavior, no matter what pressures we face. We don’t need to enter into heated theological debates to make our point, but instead we should live a lifestyle of Christian faith and love. “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12).
Who Is The Greatest ?
Twenty-Fifth Sunday of the Year. fr Dermot Morrin explains how Jesus turns our notions of status upside down.
Who is the greatest?” This question might seem childish to us, but for those who first followed Jesus it was a very real question. We probably cannot fully grasp how deeply status was ingrained in the cultures from which the gospels come to us. Your standing affected how you lived your life from day to day, how you related to other people and they to you. Working out the appropriate honour and respect due to an individual was a constant task whether in worship, or in discussions, or in eating family meals, or receiving guests, or seating them, or greeting people in public and so on. The disciples were no different to anyone else in asking such a question. The real difference comes with what Jesus has to say on the subject. It is understandable that at this point in the narrative the issue has arisen. Shortly, before Jesus had singled out three of them, Peter and James and John, and led up a mountain to witness his transfiguration and not long afterwards the brothers James and John asked to sit on his right and his left in his glory.In this passage Jesus and his disciples are back in Galilee. In the earlier chapters, Mark describes how Jesus went through Galilee teaching, healing and casting out demons. The crowds followed him everywhere he went. There were so many people coming and going that sometimes they had no leisure even to eat (6.31). The crowds were amazed at the authority with which he taught them. The status of Jesus grows from that of someone unknown to that of a great prophet, teacher and healer. Now he is back in the same region and indeed in the very same town of Capernaum but this time there are no crowds because nobody knows that he is there. Mark says that this is because he is teaching his disciples. Mark singles out his teaching that “the Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” (9.31) The way Jesus puts it, there is no question of it not being true. It will happen. Moreover, Jesus doesn’t just say it once. He goes on saying it to them. But the disciples cannot understand him. Before this on several occasions they had asked him to explain something that they didn’t understand. But now they don’t even bring up the subject. Mark tells us that they are afraid to ask.And so Jesus speaks to them about status in his kingdom. He does this in a remarkable way. First, St Mark says that he sits down. This detail is important because it tells us that here Jesus is teaching them in a very formal way, indicating to them the importance of what he is about to say. Moreover, he calls the twelve to him. It might seem obvious that the twelve men who are named earlier as apostles should be there among his disciples but again this underlines for us that this teaching is imparted to those who will be sent to proclaim the gospel. He says, “If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” In effect he tells them that in terms of their culture and their thinking they should seek to take the place of lowest status. Of course he himself is the first of them to so when he endures the shame and humiliation of crucifixion. Here uses the word “last”. In him, the first becomes last. Interestingly, later on, in a pointed reference to his own death, in the parable of the wicked tenants in the vineyard (12. 1-12), he will this same word again. When Jesus says how the man sends his son to the wicked tenants, the same word is used to mean that the son was all that the man had left. But of course, it is the son who has first place in his heart that the son is all that he has left. Again the first becomes last mirroring the destiny of the Son of God. And then Jesus uses the example of a child. We can speculate about the meaning of a later saying of Jesus that it is to such as children that the kingdom of God belongs (10.14) but in this passage the key point about the child is that in that time and place a child had absolutely no status whatsoever. A child was totally dependent on others and in this sense powerless. If you wanted to select a person of the least importance then a child was a good choice. Jesus puts the unimportant child in the centre of the room. He gives the child the most important place and then takes the child in his arms. The one of no status is given the position of greatest honour. The last is placed first. It is in receiving such a person notwithstanding his or her total lack of standing or status or importance, that a follower of Christ will receive God the Father. Jesus turns their whole way of looking at themselves and others completely upside down.
If you were to list those in our world to whom effectively we accord no status it would be a very long list. This gospel passage asks of us that we begin to rethink our attitude to many people, and it should lead us to ponder all the more deeply what Jesus is doing when he becomes last of all and servant of all on the cross.
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What Is a HotSpot ?
A HotSpot is a location with an access point which provides wireless broadband network services. It is expected today to have Hotspots in heavily populated places such as Cafes, Public Transport , Airports, Terminals etc. Keeping up with email is a basic need for many workers. If you don’t offer WiFi Internet access people will go to another place. And this means – less profit for you !What Kind of Equipment is Required ?Basic HotSpot equipment is inexpensive. A Hotspot basically consists of an: Internet connection (ADSL, Cable etc.), a server computer that controls customers wireless laptops and the Access Point/Router. A few more access points and Wi-Fi antennas are required to cover a neighborhood with the Wi-Fi signal. If you plan to cover large area of your city, you will have to find the correct hotspot locations, like roofs of buildings with large visibility. This is required as Wi-Fi signal looses strength through walls and other objects. Although some customer can connect using refracted signal, this is not recommended because of increase in latency (ping) and signal quality. In order to connect multiple hotspot locations, you will have to build backbone links that will distribute Internet signal. This means that each HotSpot location will have one or more antennas and Access Points directed to your customers, and backbone equipment. Of course, many WiFi hotspot businesses started with single Access Point, and then grew depending on customer needs. In order to minimize later expenses, it’s good to choose one brand for network equipment (Mikrotik, Linksys, etc.) which has been proven to be stable and reliable.How Do I Make Money With HotSpot ?You make money every time someone walks into your Wi-Fi area and opens a laptop or PDA computer. Here is how it works: Your equipment should be configured as open and easily discoverable.This is what you want – customers should find your Access Point easily and be able to connect to it. They will type some URL (like http://www.google.com) in order to start browsing, but instead of getting that page, they will be redirected to your login page, which is displayed by Antamedia HotSpot software. Customer have to buy one of the predefined plans (access rights) and get his username and password. After login, customer is redirected to the website initially requested. It’s up to you if the customer will pay in your office, restaurant, or online using his/her credit card. In case of credit card payment, the amount is collected from customer by your Credit Card processing company and stored to your merchant account (account with processing company). These companies charge a specified fee for credit card processing and sometimes even yearly subscriptions. Some of the most used are PayPal, Authorize.net, but there are many other that offer additional services. A payment gateway company transfers collected money to your bank account at the end of the month or in similar time intervals.
With the larger Wi-Fi network, home users can access to the Internet from their desktop computers so you can also start a wireless Internet service providing business.
Make Money in Non-Working Hours. And in Working Hours Too !If you run an Internet café, coffee shop, restaurant, a great profit booster can be a wireless network. Things have changed over the past few years and many people go on vacation with their laptop. Imagine that you can duplicate profit of your 10 computers with an initial cost of less than the cost of one new computer ! Yes, that’s true. The cost of one Access Point and HotSpot management software is less than 400-500$, and it can serve as many customers as your Access Point can serve. Best of all, it’s automated, there are no maintenance fee for computers, licenses for software and OS. Your cafe, showing your Wi-Fi logo, will be more professional and will differentiate you in high cybercafe competition. Create authentication tickets (with the login username and password) in your HotSpot management software and sell it in your Internet café or kiosk near your café. Your customers will be able to use your services even when your Internet Café is closed.
But that’s not all. Your wireless network will reach other people in neighborhood. It’s very likely that you will get requests for permanent Internet access especially if they do not have broadband connection. This will be your test bed for your next business – becoming a WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider).What are Expenses for HotSpot Business Starters ?HotSpot can be created with little effort and expense. Of course it depends what you like to do. Expenses and terms vary in different countries. Some ISPs doesn’t allow reselling Internet connection, or at least limit the number of connections, which effectively limits your reselling ability, and some of them sells high bandwidth Internet connections which is expensive for starters and often much more than your current needs. You will have to do your homework and find a decent ISP, which will fit within your budget and grow with you.
Apart from ISP expenses there are other expenses depending how you will start this business. If you are creating it as addition to current business, you can minimize expenses if you install WiFi billing software in one of your existing computers. Otherwise a dedicated computer is required, but the same computer can be used for various other tasks (mail server, game servers, etc). WiFi HotSpot business starters are not required to have employees. This cost reduction has it’s own requirement – you should be able to receive credit card payments from your customers. Payment is done directly from their computer and instant access is granted in specified time / bandwidth limits. Employees are not needed to create and sell login accounts.
There are many other scenarios to minimize expenses: If you are running a HotSpot as an additional service, tickets can be printed in advance and sold by Hotel manager, receptionist, bartender, cybercafe operator, and you can even sell it in a vending machines. This is done by exporting accounts from the software and preparing for this purpose. You can charge customers as monthly subscriptions and receive payments directly to your bank account. We are sure that you will find an appropriate model to charge for your service and minimize expenses in the right way.Secure WiFi HotSpot NetworkUse WiFi HotSpot management software to secure your network and block unwanted users. With the HotSpot software each user is redirected to the HotSpot authentication page. Valid login accounts are required in order to gain Internet access via your Hotspot network. Without correct username and password, user will not be able to use your services. Secure usage is important for stable profit. If you accept credit cards, customers will expect SSL (Secure connection) to your payment gateway. Only then, customer will proceed to checkout page and pay for usage. If this criteria is not fulfilled, almost all users will immediately leave your WiFi hotspot and go somewhere else for Internet access.Increase Profit Offering Limited Free Internet AccessIf you run a coffee shop, bar or restaurant, a WiFi HotSpot network with free access is a great way to increase your sales. While browsing the Internet, customers will spend more time at your place and order another espresso, beer or sandwich. This is a proven concept that many have reported as a profit buster. In addition to a free access mode, you can allow faster connections for a fee. Experience shows that an Internet connection, in the right place and time, is highly appreciated by professionals doing their job on the move. Paid usage will at least compensate for expenses (and probably earn extra), made by limited free accounts. Increase your profit with minimal effort ! Limit Internet BandwidthUse WiFi billing software to limit time, bandwidth quota, download and upload speed. Bandwidth limitation is often important even if you have a flat rate Internet connection. It limits customer from occupying your entire bandwidth with different P2P, torrent programs and provides an equal experience for every customer. This also means that more customers can access your network as we know that hardware (like access points etc) also have it’s own limits. With WiFi HotSpot manager you can create different pricing schemes and charge more expensive for accounts with higher Internet connection speed.Create instant “HotSpot”Create instant HotSpot with your own access points, routers and switches. Antamedia HotSpot help you to control time and bandwidth usage of wired and wireless laptops without any client software installations.
Your customers will be redirected to your login page to pay before getting Internet access.
Buy Antamedia HotSpot software Now and start your WiFI HotSpot business.Did You Know?Public access wireless local area networks (LANs) were first proposed by Henrik Sjödin at the NetWorld+Interop conference in The Moscone Center in San Francisco in August 1993.Sjödin did not use the term hotspot but referred to publicly accessible wireless LANs. Sjödin went on to found the companies PLANCOM in 1994 (for Public LAN Communications, which became MobileStar and then the HotSpot unit of T-Mobile USA) and Wayport in 1996.
The term HotSpot may have first been advanced by Nokia about five years after Sjödin first proposed the concept.
During the dot-com period in 2000, dozens of companies had the notion that Wi-Fi could become the payphone for broadband. The original notion was that users would pay for broadband access at hotspots. Both paid and free hotspots continue to grow.
The 3 beauty of life steps
“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” – Henry James
Truly any beauty comes from appreciating from within -portrayed by nature, singing birds, the cool from the wind, peaceful lakes, magnificent buildings, tourist sites, travel, amazing food, great cars, having all material money can by, having substance, warm hearts, the wisdom from the ancient philosophers in books, innovations, interventions of all manner, company from those you adore. A new baby born, given best gifts, celebrating of an achievement, the fulfilment of accomplishing a task with excellence, hearing wonderful news, listening to great music, reflecting on precious memories, childhood days, college experience, beauty of parents, getting a first job, watching your favourite programme, living your dream, conquering your fears, receiving a breakthrough, you being the Micheal Angelo in your life thus the beauty of life and all its goodness but what is the meaning of life ?
Answer yourself with honesty !
The beauty of life is when you put a smile on someone’s face, the acts of kindness and compassion extending real peace, living life which adds value to others. Remember – It is in the shelter of each other that people live – Irish Proverb
Keys to appreciating the beauty of life
1. Look up – to the true source of life the Messiah
2. Look around – John Donne, English Poet and clergyman, said : No man is an island unto himself.”
3. Look within – your own life and cherish the best moments and experiences, true value comes from the inside.
To be continued….
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:4-5)We cannot do anything without the Lord. He is the vine; and just as the branches receive their life-giving nutrients through the vine, so we as Christians receive the things we need for life from Christ. When a branch is apart from its source of life, it is dead. And so it is with us-until we are grafted onto that eternal and life-giving vine of Christ. We abide in Christ by our faith in Him and the salvation he offers. By this faith, even we shall bear fruit.
More on David Confessing the Lord as His God
For my iniquities have gone over my head; Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me…I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long…in You, O LORD, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God…Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, be not far from me! (Psalm 38:4, 6, 15 and 21)
When the battles raged with pain and cruelty, David drew upon God’s grace by humbly confessing the Lord as his God. “I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side…But as for me…I say, ‘You are my God'” (Psalm 31:13-14). Then David added, “My times are in Your hand” (Psalm 31:15). He knew that all of his times were in the hand of his sovereign God. David demonstrated this dependence upon the Lord in all types of situations (not only during the agonizing betrayals that he faced).
When David experienced times of personal sin and failure, he turned to the Lord, his God. “For my iniquities have gone over my head; Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.” The guilt of David’s sins overwhelmed him like mighty flood waters and crushed him like a massive weight. “I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.” This left David distressed, greatly pressed down, and continually grieving. Thus, with a broken and humble repentance, he confessed the Lord as his God. “In You, O LORD, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God…Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, be not far from me!”
In other times, David confessed the Lord as his God. When he was sick and near to death, he turned to the Lord, confessing Him as his God. “O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You have healed me. O LORD, You have brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit” (Psalm 30:2-3). When David was humbly aware of his lack of innate goodness, he also confessed the Lord as his remedy. “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the LORD, ‘You are my Lord, my goodness is nothing apart from You'” (Psalm 16:1-2). On the other hand, when David was joyously abounding in the goodness of the Lord, he also confessed the Lord as his God. “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; And Your thoughts which are toward us cannot be recounted to You in order” (Psalm 40:5).
More on David and the Lord’s Lovingkindness …
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. (Psalm 36:7)
Lovingkindness is one of the terms in the Old Testament that has profound spiritual kinship with the New Testament term, grace. Lovingkindness speaks of God’s zealous love for His people. This love includes His mercy to hold back the judgment we deserve, as well as His goodness to pour out all that we need. David’s heart for God’s grace can be seen in the way he cherished the Lord’s lovingkindness. “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!” In a series of verses over a few more days, we will see why David greatly valued God’s lovingkindness. It involved the far-reaching implications of the Lord’s dealing with us according to His lovingkindness.
The first implication that David refers to here is God’s protection. “Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.” When people consider God’s lovingkindness, they are encouraged by His desire to shelter them. Thus, they draw near in faith to be safeguarded by His merciful care. “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by” (Psalm 57:1). Like a devoted bird guarding its young, the Lord displays His lovingkindness in keeping those who trust in Him.
Jesus expressed His desire to care for people in this intimate fashion, even though they might deserve the opposite. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Luke 13:34). David was one who was willing to be gathered under the loving wings of God’s care. “Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who oppress me, From my deadly enemies who surround me” (Psalm 17:8-9). What joy this brings to those who flee to the Lord’s lovingkindness. “Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice” (Psalm 63:7).
Day By Day By Grace
David Confessing the Lord as His Strength
The LORD is the strength of my life…The LORD is…my strength, in whom I will trust. (Psalm 27:1 and 18:2)
Living by grace involves depending upon God to work in our lives. For the greater part of his life, David was an outstanding Old Testament example of such living. This was certainly evident in the way David frequently confessed the Lord as his strength.
Everyone in this fallen world needs strength just to deal with the daily responsibilities and challenges of life. When you add the calling and desire of believers to please and honor God, much strength is needed day by day. David confessed the Lord as his strength for living. “The LORD is the strength of my life.” How wonderful to know that the Lord is with us to impart His strength in us for every aspect of our lives, whether home, or work, or ministry, or whatever.
In our earthly pilgrimage, we need strength to stay on course. The world, the flesh, and the devil want to prevent us from progressing down the Lord’s perfect path. David found in the Lord the strength for this need as well. “It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect” (Psalm 18:32). At times, when walking along our designated path of life, we get trapped in circumstantial nets, laid by the enemy of our souls. When David experienced these traps, he cried out to God for the necessary strength. “Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength” (Psalm 31:4). At other times along our path, the problem is not a trap, but an all-out battle. Once again, David found the strength he needed in His Lord. “For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me” (Psalm 18:39).
Sometimes, the need for strength pertains to what is going on within (or flowing forth from within). The thoughts we are thinking and the words we are expressing might need to be anchored again in the will of the Lord. David also knew how to turn to God for this essential strength as well. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). When he weakened within and stumbled in failure, David still knew where to turn for the only help that will ever prove sufficient. “My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26). Whatever the need for strength, David learned to rely upon the Lord. “The LORD is…my strength, in whom I will trust.”
O Lord, my strength, I need Your strength for daily responsibilities, strength for staying on track with You, strength for periodic battles, strength for weaknesses within, strength to please You. You are my strength; I trust in You!
Thou whom my soul loveth.—Song of Songs 1:7
It is well to be able, without any “if” or “but,” to say of the Lord Jesus-“Thou whom my soul loveth.” Many can only say of Jesus that they hope they love Him; they trust they love Him; but only a poor and shallow experience will be content to stay here. No one ought to give any rest to his spirit till he feels quite sure about a matter of such vital importance. We ought not to be satisfied with a superficial hope that Jesus loves us, and with a bare trust that we love Him. The old saints did not generally speak with “buts,” and “ifs,” and “hopes,” and “trusts,” but they spoke positively and plainly. “I know whom I have believed,” saith Paul. “I know that my Redeemer liveth,” saith Job. Get positive knowledge of your love of Jesus, and be not satisfied till you can speak of your interest in Him as a reality, which you have made sure by having received the witness of the Holy Spirit, and His seal upon your soul by faith.
True love to Christ is in every case the Holy Spirit’s work, and must be wrought in the heart by Him. He is the efficient cause of it; but the logical reason why we love Jesus lies in Himself. Why do we love Jesus? Because He first loved us. Why do we love Jesus? Because He “gave Himself for us.” We have life through His death; we have peace through His blood. Though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor. Why do we love Jesus? Because of the excellency of His person. We are filled with a sense of His beauty! an admiration of His charms! a consciousness of His infinite perfection! His greatness, goodness, and loveliness, in one resplendent ray, combine to enchant the soul till it is so ravished that it exclaims, “Yea, He is altogether lovely.” Blessed love this-a love which binds the heart with chains more soft than silk, and yet more firm than adamant!