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The Wise and Foolish Builders - Part II

Posted by: Administrator on May 27, 2002 2:22:48 AM (17182 Reads)



Building the "Physical Life"

(Social, Economic, Political, Scientific)



If the SPIRITUAL LIFE is founded on the “Rock” which is the TRUTH, PHYSICAL LIFE should stand on what is RIGHT. Jesus Christ as model showing the Way called this, “the will of the Father.” Bible characters who followed the Way lived this kind of “two-fold lives.” Perfection of the SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL LIFE is directed in the following:


“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. ” (1 Thes. 5:23)


Man was created in the image of God upon creation (Gen. 1:27). The image of God is JESUS CHRIST (Col. 1:15-16) who is “portrayed” in the following:


Mat. 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles. ”


Jesus was a man (1Tim. 2:5) having a body, soul, and the Spirit of the Father. That was the “image” of man upon creation. However, sin separated him from God. Thereafter, man was composed only of body and soul. The body is made up of the senses and everything related to them, while the soul is composed of the intellect and feeling. Sin turned man into a NATURAL MAN:


1 Cor. 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ”


It is the fulfillment of the TESTAMENT OF SALVATION that the Spirit of God can be restored or “brought back” to the Natural Man. This is accomplished after man humbles himself like a little child before God. This is the “born again miracle” that Jesus Christ told Nicodemus in John 3:3. It marks the conversion of the Natural Man into a Spiritual Man:


1 Cor. 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. ”


This article therefore is directed to the perfection of these “two-fold lives” of a real Christian or the Spiritual Man. The SPIRITUAL LIFE consists of the Spirit of God and the soul (referred to as spirit in 1 Thes. 5:23 ), while PHYSICAL LIFE is composed of the body and the soul. These "twin lives" of a real believer should always be "in agreement" in the journey to eternal life, as directed in:


Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”


The life of a real Christian, composed of SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL, is the TEMPLE of God :


1 Cor. 3:16 " Know ye not that ye are the temple of God , and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? "


The chosen or real Christians are co-laborers with God in building the "spiritual temple."


1 Cor. 3:9 " For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building."


The SPIRITUAL LIFE is guided by the TRUTH revealed by God through His words. This is acquired by humbling oneself as a "little child" (Matt. 18:3), with rewards of divine knowledge and wisdom:


Matt. 11:25 “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”


2 Tim. 3:15 " And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."


In SPIRITUAL LIFE, God is "all in all," and the chosen’s only role is humility from the beginning to the end.


Eph. 4:6 “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”


The PHYSICAL LIFE is the believer's domain. He/she is expected to maintain and preserve it. Jesus showed the example and Paul followed Him. Watch how Jesus speaks in parables or “spiritual things” when He told His Disciples:


Matt. 6:31 “ Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”


From the Natural Man’s point of view, God will provide these necessities. However, Jesus Christ, by example, earned His living working as a carpenter (Mark 6:3). Paul followed the Way working as a tent maker (Acts 18:3), and now directing the chosen to follow his example:


1 Cor. 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”


Acts 20:33 “I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. 34Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.”


And yet our Lord told His Disciples:


Matt. 6:8 “… your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”


God therefore has to expound on this great misconception, because many people ask Him for these material-physical things. However, God says.


Phil. 2:12 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”


The real Christians “work out their own salvation” in the two-fold lives as follows:

  1. For the SPIRITUAL LIFE, our only role is to humble ourselves like “little children” (Matt. 18:3, 11:25 ) that God will have a free hand shaping it as the “Potter to the clay (Jer. 18:3-6).”
  2. For the PHYSICAL LIFE, with the intellect, feeling, and physical strength provided as gifts “before we ask God,” it is our role to sustain and keep it acceptable to Him.

Matt. 6:8 " Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him."


Jesus Christ, as man, showed the Way in conducting His PHYSICAL LIFE. Never did we see Him asking the Father for His material-financial needs. Paul saw this and followed it. Paul worked for our Lord and now enjoining the real Christians:


1 Cor. 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”


2 Thes. 3:10 “Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”


This truth has been in force since the Old Testament:


Prov. 6:6 “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. 9How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”


This is what is meant by “ For we are labourers together with God,” that of taking the responsibility of keeping our PHYSICAL LIFE acceptable to God. If TRUTH is for SPIRITUAL LIFE, what is RIGHT is for PHYSICAL LIFE. The intellect and feeling determine what is RIGHT. These are the faculties “given by God even before asking Him." What is RIGHT follows the legal and moral path.


Our Lord laid the principle of maintaining the “two lives” and the line that separates them:


Mark 12:17 “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.”


The PHYSICAL LIFE of real Christians and their relationship with other people is mandated to civil or government authorities:


1 Pet. 2:13 “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”


Rom. 13:1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers…the powers that be are ordained of God. 2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good,… 4For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”


The PHYSICAL LIFE is “preserved blameless” by the proper use of the mind, feeling, and the senses through self-discipline and mind conditioning. For this, God directs His people to be fed with “goats’ milk.”


Prov. 27.27 " And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food…"


Real Christians are called sheep while the Natural Men (1 Cor. 2:14 ) as goats:


Matt. 25:31 " When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats."


Christ recognizes the benefit that His chosen will get from the Natural Men in the following:


Matt. 10:16 " Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."


Satan is also called the “old serpent”:


Rev. 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world…”


God classifies the people of the world into Spiritual Men (1 Cor. 2:15 -16) or “children of light,” and Natural Men (1 Cor. 2:14 ). Since Satan is the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4), the Natural Men who are “of this world” are referred to as “serpents.” Thus, Jesus told His Disciples to learn from them on matters of worldly wisdom. Natural Men, who are also called “children of this world,” are adroit or more skillful on the things of the world that Jesus recognizes in the following:


Luke 16:8 “And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.”


In the wilderness God heard the Israelites complaining:


Numbers 21:5 "And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread."


How could there be "no bread and water" when God provided them with Manna from above and water from the Rock. "Soul loathing this light bread" therefore refers to "spiritual food" that God provided them for their SPIRITUAL LIFE. The people who were longing for the "weighty kind of food" must be referring to their PHYSICAL LIFE.


Numbers 21:6 "And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people… 8And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."


The bronze serpent symbolizes Jesus Christ, a human being, who lived in this world, "the kingdom of Satan ."


2 Cor. 4:4 "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ…should shine unto them."


Jesus Christ took the symbol of a serpent to indicate that, as a human being living in this world, He had to be “wise” like a Natural Man on matters pertaining to His PHYSICAL LIFE. Real Christians therefore who are tempted to only see the "light bread" or solely the “spiritual food” that God is providing, should look at Jesus who showed the Way living as a HUMAN BEING. How He earned His living as a carpenter, related and dealt with the people socially, and the other aspect of PHYSICAL LIFE. There are two aspects of life that Jesus acted as mediator between God and men:


  • The spiritual aspect showing the Way in building the SPIRITUAL LIFE,
  • The physical aspect, as model showing the example of building the PHYSICAL LIFE.


1 Tim. 2:5 "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."


“Jesus is the Way.” As man He showed the example, of growing in stature both physically and spiritually, to the real believers:


Luke 2:52 “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God [spiritual] and man [physical] .”


Jesus Christ conducted His PHYSICAL LIFE in a simple but honorable way.


Mark 6:3 "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?"


Jesus lived normally and nothing is written that He ever asked the Father for His physical-material needs. Paul followed the example on this physical aspect of life and telling the real believers to go after him:


1 Cor. 11:1 "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ."


Acts 20:33 "I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. 34Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me."


Perhaps many religious leaders failed to notice this facet of life that they depend on other people for a living. This is contrary to this directive:


2 Thes. 3:7 “For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us… 8Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”





For PHYSICAL LIFE, God recognizes human wisdom coming from Natural Men. The following maxims will certainly help real Christians sustain life in this world. Then, life in the "1 st heaven" will be more tolerable and less miserable. All these are in preparation for their "flight to the 2 nd heaven," and ultimately to the “3 rd heaven.” For details read the article FIRST-SECOND-THIRD HEAVEN www.purechristianity.org/first_second_third_heaven.htm)



On Success, Failure, Happiness and Character


(W. Edward McVaney’s advice to his grand children on their life's journey .)

  1. Wisdom should not be confused with intelligence. Many intelligent people lack wisdom.
  2. If you want to have a bad day, be a grump (complainer) and blame others for everything!
  3. Keep your promises.
  4. Lack of self-control is the quickest and easiest way to ruin your life.
  5. Everyone has to learn to deal with stress, but allowing it to control your life can hurt you.
  6. Generosity liberates you. Greed makes you self-centered.
  7. Choose your friends carefully. Surround yourself with people of character.
  8. Think for yourself. Give consideration to what others think but don't follow blindly.
  9. It's nice to be popular but not at the cost of being superficial.
  10. Humility is the beginning of a happy, and peaceful life.
  11. Patience, endurance, fortitude, and perseverance are virtues that will make your dreams come true.
  12. Be neat and clean. If you want to improve your looks, put on a big smile and be cheerful. Happy people are always good looking.
  13. Don't waste time pursuing too many things. Limit yourself to a few constructive passions.
  14. Keep life simple. Be thrifty and save money.
  15. Boys: Be the kind of man who brings out the best in others. Treat all women with the highest respect.
  16. Girls: Carry yourself well in a man's world but never fall victim to crudeness. Women who act respectfully get respectful treatment. Women who flirt and tease start a process that's difficult to stop.
  17. Be honest. Admit your mistakes and don't make excuses.
  18. Repeated mistakes show a lack of wisdom, character, and self-control.
  19. A mature person is wise, serene, at peace with himself, kind and considerate, pleasant and able to deal with adversity.
The engine of success (Lou Holtz): • ABILITY is what you are capable of doing • MOTIVATION determines what you do • ATTITUDE ultimately is the engine of success for how well you do it

Rotary Club’s Four-way Test


Is it the truth (right thing)?

Is it fair to all concerned?

Will it build goodwill and better friendship?

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?



Adage of Great Men

  1. “In order to succeed we must first believe that we can.” (Michael Korda)
  2. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” (Beverly Sills)
  3. “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” (B.B King)
  4. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
  5. “Effective management always means asking the right question.” ( Robert Heller)
  6. “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” (Barry LePatner)
  7. “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” (Tom Stoppard)
  8. “In the space age the most important space is between the ears.” (Thomas J. Barlow)
  9. “While experience is the best teacher, so they say, it is actually the worst teacher because it gives the test before presenting the lesson.” ( Vernon Law)
  10. “He who knows others is clever; he who knows himself is enlightened.” (Lao-Tzu)
  11. "There is something good in everything and everybody, but only a few see it." (Confucius)
  12. “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” (Colin Powell)
  13. “A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it’s a whisper.” (Barry Neil Kaufman)
  14. "Hatred, which has no place in SPIRITUAL LIFE, is a canker slowly debilitating rationality of PHYSICAL LIFE."
  15. "Problems are man's birthright that carries them till the last breath."
  16. "Don't ever look behind a mirror."
  17. "Who is the last person to know a man but himself."
  18. "Other people know a person better for he/she has only the mirror to depend on."
  19. Glory for achievements are waiting to a person for every act properly done.
  20. Doing the right thing is a refreshing hobby.
  21. Don't throw stones when you are living in a glass house.
  22. In a battle, assess the enemy's forces. If they are stronger, send a messenger for a reconciliation."
  23. "Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults." (Benjamin Franklin)
  24. "The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people." (Theodore Roosevelt)
  25. "Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults." (Benjamin Franklin)
  26. "No matter how much a man can do, no matter how engaging his personality may be, he will not advance far in business if he cannot work through others." (John Craig)
  27. "It is said one gauge of accomplishment is measured not so much of successes, but by the perseverance displayed in overcoming every failure that comes to one's life."
  28. Marriage is another Casino with a much better chance of winning.
  29. From Go Kim Pah -- Founder of Equitable-PCI Bank
    • "Wealth and power do not last forever. If the name is destroyed and virtue gone, of what use is money?
    • "Corporate success achieved without a thousand days of sweat and blood may flourish for a while, but will not last long and its fruits will not be enjoyed."
    • "Do not spend money you haven't earned. Do not buy things you don't need no matter how cheap."
    • "Don't lose your self-respect because of poverty."
  30. In computer parlance, "Garbage in, garbage out." Simply stated:
    • What you sow is what you reap.
    • Plant palay and reap rice.
    • Plant weeds and you reap rubbish.
  31. "Simple living is the best formula for a wholesome life and this is done by living within one's means."
  32. "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing."
  33. Hatred cannot be mixed with pity? Choose the choice of the few.
  34. When nature or somebody hands you a lemon, make lemonade.
  35. There are many "I" specialists and not ophthalmologists.
  36. Make hay while the sun is bright.
  37. "It is said one gauge of accomplishment is measured not so much of successes, but by the perseverance displayed in overcoming every failure that comes to one's life."

Dale Carnegie’s principles on human relation


Fundamental techniques in handling people:

  1. If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.” (Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.)
  2. Human interest is centered on:
    • Health and the preservation of life
    • Food
    • Sleep
    • Money and the things money will buy
    • Life in the hereafter
    • The well-being of our children
    • A feeling of importance
  3. Give honest and sincere appreciation.
  4. Arouse in the other person an eager want. (He who can do this has the whole world with him. He who cannot walk a lonely way.)

Six ways to make people like you

  1. Become genuinely interested in other people. (Do this and you will be welcomed everywhere.)
  2. Smile -- a simple way to make a good first impression. Its value:
      • It costs nothing, but creates much.
    • It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give.
    • It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
    • None are so rich they can get along without it, and none so poor but are richer for its benefits.
    • It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in a business, and is the countersign of friends.
    • It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and Nature’s best antidote for trouble.
    • Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody till it is given away.
  3. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  4. Be a good listener. Encourage people to talk about themselves . (An easy way to be a good conversationalist.)
  5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interest. (How to interest people.)
  6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely. (How to make people like you.)

How to win people to your way of thinking

  1. You can’t win an argument. (The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.)
  2. A sure way of making enemies – and how to avoid it. (Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say, “You are wrong.”)
  3. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
  4. A drop of honey. (Begin in a friendly way.)
  5. The secret of Socrates. (Get the other person saying “yes, yes” immediately.)
  6. The safety valve in handling complaints. (Let the other person do a great deal of talking.)
  7. How to get cooperation. (Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.)
  8. A formula that will work wonders for you. (Try to see things honestly from the other person’s point of view.)
  9. What everybody wants. (Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.)
  10. An appeal that everybody likes. (Appeal to nobler motives.)
  11. The movies do it. TV does it. Why don’t you do it? (Dramatize your ideas.)
  12. When nothing works does, try this. (Throw down a challenge.)

How to change people without giving an offense or resentment

  1. If you find fault, this is the way to begin. (Begin with praise and honest appreciation.)
  2. How to criticize -- and not be hated for it. (Call attention to people’s mistake indirectly.)
  3. Talk about your own mistakes first (before criticizing the other person).
  4. No one likes to take orders. (Ask question instead of giving direct orders.)
  5. Let the other person save face.
  6. How spur people to action. (Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.”)
  7. Give a dog a good name. (Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.)
  8. Make the fault seem easy to correct. (Use encouragement.)
  9. Making people glad to do what you want. (Make the other person happy about doing the things you suggest.)

[From the book HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE by Dale Carnegie. The book is highly recommended for reading and application.]



Money’s Worth

  1. Money will buy a bed, but not sleep.
  2. Money will buy books, but not brains.
  3. Money will buy food, but not an appetite.
  4. Money will buy finery, but not beauty.
  5. Money will buy a house, but not a home.
  6. Money will buy medicine, but not health.
  7. Money will buy luxuries, but not happiness.
  8. Money will buy religion, but not salvation
  9. Money will buy a passport to anywhere but not heaven
  10. If we are to take side with either hatred or compassion, which side shall we be?
  11. Don’t ever point a finger at somebody for three fingers are pointing at you.
  12. Solve and not create problems.

Positive Thinking for Emotional Peace

  1. Thou shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
  2. Thou shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.
  3. Thou shall not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one has yet succeeded in accomplishing this.
  4. Thou shall face each problem as it comes. You can only handle one at a time anyway.
  5. Thou shall not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.
  6. Thou shall not borrow other people's problems. They can better care for them than you can.
  7. Thou shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is gone forever. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now.
  8. Thou shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.
  9. Thou shall not become "bogged down" by frustration, for 90 percent of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.
  10. Thou shall count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.
  11. To enjoy life in this “ kingdom of Satan ”? Delight in everything for the glory of God.

1 Cor. 10:31 " Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."



What I Can Give?

  1. Myself: respect
  2. My friends, neighbors, and children: a good example
  3. My opponent: understanding
  4. My enemy: forgiveness at all cost. (Beyond: consult civil mediators. Farther: follow judicial processes.)

To Look at

  1. If you want to be distracted, look around.
  2. If you want to be disgusted, look within.
  3. If you want to be uplifted, look to Him.

Counting 5


1. I count my blessings instead of crosses


I count my gains instead of losses.


2. I count my joys instead of woes.


I count my friends instead of foes.



3. I count my smiles instead of tears.


I count my courage instead of fears.


4. I count my full years instead of lean


I count my kind deeds instead of mean.


5. I count my health instead of wealth.


I count on God instead of myself



“One Shot Lines”


1. Do I have the time?


"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Thomas Jefferson, Jose Rizal, and Albert Einstein."


2. Is learning such heavy?


"Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily."


3. Be a king


"Build your own kingdom and be the king. Try to expand it if you can.”


4. The invisible mirror


"See the best in others, and you will be your best."

"Seek to understand, and you will be understood."

"Listen, and your voice will be heard."


5. Ha, ha, ha


"Lead your life so you won't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip."


6. Bad invitation!


"You don't have to attend every argument you're invited to."


7. When to correct is wrong


"You cannot correct a mistake with another mistake."


8. Ready to die?


"Make sure all you got to do is die."

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."


9. Part of knowledge


"To know one's ignorance is part of knowledge."


10. The best preparation for tomorrow


"Making the most of today is the best preparation for tomorrow."


11. Who is the "poor" person?


"The poor person is not one without money, but the one without a dream."


12. What is wrong?


"There is something wrong if you are always right."


13. Friction in life


"Most friction in life is caused by the tone of the voice."


14. One way of measuring wealth


"One measure of wealth is how much a person would be worth after losing all his money."


15. Straightening a curve


"A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight."


16. Making children obey?


"Shouting to make your children obey is like using the horn to steer your car, and you get about the same results."


17. One half only


"A fault recognized is half corrected. The other half is correction."


18. Sure way to failure


"By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail."


19. The wrong way


"There is no right way to do a wrong thing."


20. Bitter or better?


"Tragedy can make you bitter or better."




  1. Make a game of finding something positive in every situation -- 95% of your emotions are determined by how you interpret events to yourself. (Brian Tracy)
  2. Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It's up to you to choose which you will be. (Harvey MacKay)
  3. "I can't do it" never accomplished anything. "I will try" had accomplished wonders. (George P. Burnham)
  4. Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. (Zig Ziglar)

Walking on Life’s Hot Spots


1. Perseverance:


I keep on walking, for a sure-fire way to get burned is to stop. When I am afraid, or under extreme stress, or hurting -- I keep on going. I will get through if I keep dealing with the everyday tasks at hand to the best of my ability.


2. Patience:


I will always remember that this difficult time will pass. It may feel that I am in a repeating time warp, but I should realize that pain is time-limited. All problems have a beginning and an end.


3. Courage:


I try to make rough times work for me. Not everything is good, but the Bible reminds me that everything can be used for good if I submit my will to God. I look for ways to learn, grow, and cope with my pain or stress.

4. Contentment:


I take "what is" and make the most of it. I make lemonade from lemons. I am not called upon to create perfection from every situation, only to make the most of it. I don't waste my time on ceaseless complaining, but look for meaning and joy in all situations.


5. Responsibility:


I clean up my own trash. Stand on my own feet and don't try to blame others for my problems. I am not a victim. I choose to live the rest of my life with controlled response to what is happening.


6. Integrity:


I am true to myself. Then, I will have more strength for dealing with ordeals in life if I have the courage to be true to my own values. Hypocrisy destroys my internal energy.

7. Gratitude:


I should be glad, not mad. Expressions of gratitude calm my mind and feeling.


8. Humor:


I should have as much fun as I can. Anticipation of fun raises the level of my energy. I learn to laugh through my trials.


9. Exhibit Internal Control:


I determine what is within my control. I cannot control what happens to me, but I can choose the frame I put around my experiences. I can choose how I will deal with all situations.


10. Passion:


I should be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm literally means, "Truth in me." Truth is the Light that should always shine in my life.



Ten beads I will always count


If someone is rude, impatient, unkind... I will not respond in a like manner.



If I come across someone who treats me harshly or unfairly, I will be thinking how to share the truth that the person may also see the light. That "enemy" could be a family member, neighbor, co-worker or stranger.



I will carefully choose and guard my words, certain that I do not spread gossip.


I will find ways to help share the burden of another person.


I will forgive any hurts or injuries that come my way.


I will reach out anonymously and bless the life of another.


I will practice the golden rule -- "Do not do unto others that you'd not want to be done unto you."



My smile, my words, my expression of support, can make the difference to someone who is wrestling with life.



I will eat the right foods, exercise my body, and thank God for it.




I will count my spiritual blessings, "for now my eyes are opened to see Christ that now God no longer is a mystery," "opened my ears to understand the truth," and “I was raised from spiritual death."



What is your vision?

  1. Do not set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.
  2. Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them life is meaningless.
  3. Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past nor for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you will live all the days of your life.
  4. Do not give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
  5. It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other. Do not be afraid to encounter the risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
  6. Do not shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give love; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly.
  7. Do not dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope; to be without hope is to be without purpose.
  8. Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

On Marriage


Dr. Ed Wheat has an excellent suggestion for marriage. How is this done? He has a number of suggestions. Which of these are presently true of your relationship? Which ones need to be implemented?

  1. Make a decision to never again be critical of your partner in thought, word or deed. This should be a decision backed up by action until it becomes a habit that you would not change even if you could.
  2. Spend time studying your spouse so you develop an intuition to the areas in which the person feels a lack. Discover creative ways to build your spouse up in those weak areas.
  3. Spend time thinking daily of positive qualities and behavior patterns you admire and appreciate in your spouse. Make a list and thank God for these.
  4. Consistently verbalize praise and appreciation, and do this in a specific and generous manner.
  5. Recognize what your spouse does, but also who your spouse is. Let him or her know that you respect them for what they accomplish.

Avoiding temptation


A true story is told of a woman from Switzerland who was served dinner on a domestic American flight.


She immediately opened up her dessert -- a delicious looking piece of chocolate cake.


She heavily salted and peppered it.


The flight attendant was shocked and said to the passenger, "Oh! It's not necessary to do that!"

"But it is," the woman replied, smiling. "It keeps me from eating it!"



Ten Commandments on human relations


1. Speak to people.


There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting. (Psalm 19:14 "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." )


2. Smile at people.


It takes seventy-two muscles to frown, only fourteen to smile. (Proverbs 13:9 "The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out." )


3. Call people by name.


Music to anyone's ears is the sound of his/her own name. (Romans 12:10 "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.")


4. Be friendly and helpful.


(John 13:35 "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." )


5. Be cordial


Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure, and if it isn't, learn to make it so. (Philippians 2:3 "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.")


6. Be genuinely interested in people.


You can like almost everybody if you try. (Proverbs 20:6 "Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?")


7. Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.


(Romans 12:10 " kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.")


8. Be considerate with the feelings of others.


The ultimate engine of success is (By Lou Holtz): ABILITY is what you are capable of doing, MOTIVATION determines what you do, ATTITUDE is the engine of success for it determines how well you do it.

There are usually three sides to a controversy: yours, the other fellow's, and the right one. (1Peter 2:17 "Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king." )


9. Be alert to serve.


What counts most in life is what we do for others. (2 Corinthians 4:5 "For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as servants for Jesus' sake.")


10. Add to this a good sense of humor, a big dose of patience, and a dash of humility, and you will be rewarded manifold through life.


(Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.") [With due respect to the author]



Scars remain


There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.


  • Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
  • Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.
  • The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.
  • The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same.
  • When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this.
  • You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there.
  • A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.
  • Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us. Let us show our friends how much we care.


Happiness is my gift to myself


  • Try as you might, you cannot make yourself happy with what you do not have. When you wait for happiness or make it conditional, it never does materialize.
  • Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.
  • No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy.
  • Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.
  • Happiness is what you are, not what you have.
  • Happiness depends solely upon your own attitude.
  • You can be happy no matter what your circumstances might be.
  • You can never get happy, but you can always be happy.
  • Lift your own self-imposed restrictions on happiness. Count your many blessings, and be happy.
  • Spread your happiness and it will grow. (Ralph Marston)


Potatoes, eggs, and coffee beans


Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn't know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.


  • Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter.
  • The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them a bowl.
  • He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. "Daughter, what do you see?" "Potatoes, eggs, and coffee," she hastily replied.
  • "Look closer", he said, "and touch the potatoes." She did and noted that they were soft.
  • He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
  • Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face. "Father, what does this mean?" she asked.
  • He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity - the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently.
  • The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.
  • The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid content until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.
  • However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new. "Which are you," he asked his daughter.
  • "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?" In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.


Fruit of resourcefulness and hard work [ "What will my reward be?" ]


One day a fisherman was lying on a beautiful beach, with his fishing pole propped up in the sand and his solitary line cast out into the sparkling blue surf. He was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun and the prospect of catching a fish.


  • About that time, a businessman came walking down the beach, trying to relieve some of the stress of his workday. He noticed the fisherman was sitting on the beach. He decided to find out why this fisherman was not fishing, and working harder to make a living for himself and his family.
  • You aren't going to catch many fish that way,” said the businessman to the fisherman. “You should be working rather than lying on the beach!”
  • The fisherman looked up at the businessman, smiled and replied, “And what will my reward be?”
  • “Well, you can get bigger nets and catch more fish!" was the businessman's answer. "And then what will my reward be?’ asked the fisherman, still smiling.
  • The businessman replied, “You will make money and you'll be able to buy a boat, which will then result in larger catches of fish!” “And then what will my reward be?” asked the fisherman again.
  • The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman's questions. “You can buy a bigger boat, and hire some people to work for you!” he said. “And then what will my reward be?” repeated the fisherman.
  • The businessman was getting angry. “Don't you understand? You can build up a fleet of fishing boats, sail all over the world, and let all your employees catch fish for you!” Once again the fisherman asked, “And then what will my reward be?”
  • The businessman was red with rage and shouted at the fisherman, “Don't you understand that you can become so rich that you will never have to work for your living again! You can spend all the rest of your days sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset. You won't have a care in the world!”
  • The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “And what do you think I'm doing right now?” (Adopted)


Life is an echo


A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: "AAhh!!!"


  • To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: "AAhh!!!"
  • Curious, he yells: "Who are you?" He receives the answer: "Who are you?"
  • Angered at the response, he screams: "Coward!" He receives the answer: "Coward!"
  • He looks to his father and asks: "What's going on?"
  • The father smiles and says: "My son, pay attention."
  • And then he screams to the mountain: "I admire you!" The voice answers: "I admire you!"
  • Again the man screams: "You are a champion!" The voice answers: "You are a champion!"
  • The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains:

"People call this an echo, but really this is life. It gives you back everything you say or do.


  • Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence.

This relationship applies to all aspects of life. Life will give you back everything you have given to it. (Author Unknown)



Ten Principles of Attitudinal Healing ( Gerald G. Jampolsky )


  • Health is inner peace. Healing is letting go of fear. (To make changing the body, our goal is to fail to recognize that our single goal is peace of mind.)
  • Giving and receiving are the same. (When our attention is on giving and joining with others, fear is removed and we accept healing for ourselves.)
  • We can let go of the past and the future. (We experience inner peace when we let go of our attachments to the painful past and the fearful future and learn to live in the present.)
  • Now is the only time there is. (Pain, grief, depression, guilt and other forms of fear disappear when the mind is focused on loving peace in this instant.)
  • We learn to love others and ourselves by forgiving rather than judging. (Forgiveness is the way to true health and happiness. When we choose to see everyone as a teacher of forgiveness, each moment gives us an opportunity for happiness, peace and love.)
  • We can become love-finders rather than faultfinders. (Regardless of what another person's behavior might be, we can always choose to see the light of love in that person, instead of their lampshade.)
  • We can choose and direct ourselves to be peaceful inside regardless of what is happening outside. (Despite the chaos in our lives, we can choose to be peaceful, knowing that we are connected and sustained by our loving peaceful source.)
  • We can focus on the whole of our lives, rather than on the fragments. (It is an illusion to believers that our lives are separate from each other. Healing is focusing on our interconnectedness with each other and all living things.)
  • Because there is life hereafter, death need not be viewed as fearful. (We begin to let go of our fear of death when we truly believe that what is real never changes.)
  • We can always see others and ourselves as extending love or giving a call for help. (Rather than seeing anger and attack, it is always possible for us to recognize a call for help and to answer with love.)


Overcoming Obstacles

  1. The history of the human race is the history of ordinary people who have overcome their fears and accomplished extraordinary things. (Brian Tracy)
  2. If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me." (Ann Landers)
  3. Rough spots sharpen our performance. And more often than not, obstacles can be turned into advantages. You just can't let your disappointment get in the way. (Harvey MacKay)
  4. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. (Mary Kay Ash)
  5. I always view problems as opportunities for greater heights. (Henry Kaiser)
  6. The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. (Vince Lombardi)
  7. There is an opportunity for success in every obstacle.


  1. Did you know that practicing some form of daily relaxation is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself?
  2. Taking a few minutes each day to quiet your mind and breathe deeply can make a big difference in how you feel throughout your day and into the night.
  3. We're told that the word 'relax' has its origin in the Latin word 'relaxare,' which means "to loosen." When we relax, we are in effect loosening tension, releasing tightly held energy and letting go. From the state of relaxation we can experience calm peacefulness.
  4. Relaxation also means taking regular time off work. Extended periods of rest are a biological necessity. The human body is like an old fashioned wind-up clock. If it is not rewound by relaxing every few days, ultimately it will run itself down.
  5. A group of Americans made a trip with Brazilian natives down the Amazon River . The first day they rushed. The second day they rushed. The next day they rushed. One day, anxious to continue the trek, they were surprised to find the natives seated together in a circle.

When asked the reason for the delay, a guide answered: "They are waiting. They cannot move further until their souls have caught up with their bodies."


Do you owe yourself time to let your soul catch up with your body?



The Value of a Real Christian


A real Christian spoke before his brethren holding a P1000 bill. In the room of 100 fellow true believers, he asked, "Who would like this P1000 bill?"

Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this P1000 to one of you but first let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the peso bill up. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air. "Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.


He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty, "Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.


"My brethren, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, we still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth P1000."


Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, we will never lose our value in the eyes of God. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, we are still priceless to Him.

God is love and He does not look at us as the world sometimes does. People sometimes respect us because of our stature in life. But God wants us to forget about the treasures of this earth and think about His treasure that is Eternal.


II Corinthians 4:18 says, "While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."


The worth of our lives comes not from what we do or who we are in the eyes of men, but by whose we are! We are God's precious possession.



More Adage

  1. Punishment to another for hurting you brings you no healing but just emotional refreshment.
  2. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  3. Life is change...growth is optional -- choose wisely.
  4. True character is unveiled in misfortune.
  5. Exercise the body to avoid atrophy, so is the mind to avoid retrogression.
  6. The tears of today may be just enough eye water to cleanse and clear my vision for seeing a tremendous tomorrow. (Brian G. Jett)
  7. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. (Aristotle)

Accounting for our time


Imagine we have a bank that credits our account each morning with P720!


  • Although this account is ours, the bank will not allow us to carry over our balance from one day to the next. Each evening, the bank cancels whatever money we fail to use during the day. What should we do? Common sense tells us to draw out every peso!
  • Amazingly, each of us has an account like this! Its name is "TIME."
  • Every morning, we have 720 minutes for the day. Each night, TIME is written off and lost if we do not "invest." There is no going back or drawing against "TOMORROW."
  • We must live in the "PRESENT" using "TODAY'S" deposit.
  • Invest our "TIME" well, so that in the end we will have no regrets about how we spent our "TIME."


Symptoms Of Inner Peace


Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many people have already been exposed to inner peace, and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it. Under the right circumstances, inner peace could reach epidemic proportions. This situation could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

  1. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears, which are based upon past experience.
  2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each and every moment.
  3. A loss of interest in judging other people.
  4. A loss of interest in judging yourself.
  5. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  6. A loss of interest in conflict.
  7. A loss of the need and even the ability to worry.
  8. Frequent, almost overwhelming episodes of appreciation and gratitude.
  9. Frequent attacks of smiling
  10. An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
  11. An increased susceptibility to feeling the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it back.
  12. An unmistakable feeling that everything is OK.

To Be Your Best Self


  • The good you find in others is in you too. Explore and find them.
  • The faults you find in others are your faults as well. After all, to recognize something you must know it.
  • The possibilities you see in others are possible for you as well.
  • The beauty you see around you is your beauty.
  • The world around you is a reflection, a mirror showing you the person you are.
  • To change your world, you must change yourself.
  • To blame and complain will only make matters worse.
  • Whatever you care about is your responsibility.
  • What you see in others shows you yourself.
  • See the best in others, and you will be your best.
  • Give to others, and you give to yourself.
  • Appreciate beauty, and you will be beautiful.
  • Admire creativity, and you will be creative.
  • Love, and you will be loved.
  • Seek to understand, and you will be understood.
  • Listen, and your voice will be heard.
  • Show your best face to the mirror, and you'll be happy with the face looking back at you. (Syntra Maharajh)





1) Cures


Cure For Anything That Ails You Is As Close To Your Supermarket Shelves

- By Susan Jimison






Eat plenty of fish - fish oil helps prevent headaches. So does ginger, which reduces inflammation and pain.

Hay Fever


Eat lots of yogurt before pollen season



Prevent buildup of fatty deposits on artery walls with regular doses of tea.



Use honey as a tranquilizer and sedative.



Eating onions helps ease constriction of bronchial tubes.



Salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines actually prevent arthritis.

Upset Stomach

Bananas, Ginger

Bananas will settle an upset stomach. Ginger will cure morning sickness and nausea.

Bladder Infections

Cranberry Juice

High-acid cranberry juice controls harmful bacteria

Bone Problems


Bone fractures and osteoporosis can be prevented by the manganese in pineapple.



Women can ward off the effects of PMS with cornflakes, which help reduce depression, anxiety and fatigue.

Memory Problems


Oysters help improve your mental functioning by supplying much-needed zinc.



Clear up that stuffy head with garlic.


Red Pepper

A substance similar to that found in the cough syrups is found in hot red pepper.

Breast Cancer

<p> Wheat, Bran, Cabbage

Wheat, bran and cabbage help maintain estrogen at healthy levels.

Lung Cancer

Orange & Green Veggies

A good antidote is beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A found in dark green and orange vegetables.



Cabbage contains chemicals that help heal both gastric and duodenal ulcers.


Apples, guava leaves

Grate an apple with its skin, let it turn brown and eat it to cure this condition. Boil guava leaves in water as drink.

Clogged Arteries


Monounsaturated fat in avocados lowers cholesterol.

High Blood Pressure

Olive Oil, Celery

Olive oil has been shown to lower blood pressure. Celery contains a chemical that lowers pressure, too.

Blood Sugar Imbalance

Broccoli, Peanuts

The chromium in broccoli and peanuts helps regulate insulin and blood sugar.

2) Health Tips– Super Fruits


kiwi : tiny but mighty

This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin e & fiber. Its vitamin c content is twice that of an orange.


Apple : an apple a day keeps the doctor away?

Although an apple has a low vitamin c content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin c thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attach & stroke.


Strawberry : protective fruit

Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer causing, blood vessels clogging free radicals.


Orange : sweetest medicine

Taking 2 –4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessen the risk of colon cancer.


Watermelon : coolest thirst quencher composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione that helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene – the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin c & potassium.


Guava & papaya : top awards for vitamin c

They are the clear winners for their high vitamin c content.. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.


Aloe : is good for many skin diseases.



3) Tips on how to stay young


Research has found that people who generally live longer do so partly because of good habits. Here, Dr Vernon Coleman and others provide some of the following good habits for longevity.


  • Laugh & have fun, don’t be gloomy
  • Let bygones be bygones. Dwelling on the past inflicts unnecessary stress.
  • Early to bed, early to rise, is healthy & wise.
  • Stay lean; being just 30% overweight is bad.
  • Keep learning, reading & socializing – an alert & active mind keeps brain cells healthy.
  • Keep working, doing something you like. Don’t retire; it slows down your body.
  • Be the boss of your own life. Letting others push you around produces stress.
  • Too many pills ruin your body; take just what you need.
  • Constantly alternating between weight gain & loss is bad.
  • Exercise, quit smoking and eat less fatty foods.
  • Do not worry about health & death, just get on with your life and enjoy it.




How it combats cancer : Research has revealed that a chemical component called indole-3-carbinol can combat breast cancer by converting a cancer-promoting estrogen into a more protective variety. The phytochemical sulforaphane raises the levels of certain cancer-fighting enzymes that defend the body from cigarette smoke, fumes, pesticides & other known carcinogens.


Diet tips: Broccoli leaves actually contain more beta-carotene (i.e. pre-Vitamin A) than the florets - use leaves in purees, soups, stir-fries. To preserve broccoli’s valuable nutrients, steam or microwave, being careful not to overcook. Avoid garnishing broccoli with fatty cheeses and creams instead,squeeze on some lemon juice or sprinkle with toasted bread crumbs.




How it combats cancer : Its plentiful store of vitamin C works as an antioxidant and may also reduce absorption of cancer-causing nitrosamines from the soil or processed foods. Papaya contains folacin (also known as folic acid), which has been shown to minimize cervical ysplasia and certain cancers.


Diet tips: Choose papayas that are at least half yellow in the store - fully green ones were probably picked too soon and won’t ripen properly. You can serve papaya in fruit salad, add it to a garlic-and-spinach pasta mixture, or just eat it on its own, letting the juice dribble down your arm.




How it combats cancer : Garlic’s immune-enhancing allium compounds block carcinogens from entering cells and slow tumor development. Diallyl sulfide, a component of garlic oil, has also been shown to render carcinogens in the liver inactive. Studies have linked garlic - as well as onions, leeks, and chives - to lower risk of stomach and colon cancer.


Diet tips: Add raw garlic to salads, use it fresh in marinades and sauces;

rub freshly cut garlic around the insides of salad bowls and over chicken and fish fillets. Avoid dried or powdered garlic, which is less

concentrated - and less effective




How it combats cancer : Research has shown that indoles, nitrogen compounds found in kale and other leafy greens, may help stop the conversion of certain lesions to cancerous cells in estrogen-sensitive tissues. In addition, isothiocyanates, phytochemicals found in kale, are thought to suppress tumor growth and block cancer-causing substances from reaching their targets.


Diet tips: A cruciferous vegetable, kale requires quick cooking - blanching or steaming - to preserve its nutrients. When you’re done, save the nutrient-rich cooking liquid for soups or sauces. You can also use whole large leaves to wrap fillings or to layer in lasagna.




How it combats cancer : This nutrient-dense food contains many anticancer properties. It’s loaded with beta-carotene, which may protect DNA in the cell nucleus from cancer-causing chemicals outside the nuclear membrane.


Diet tips: Go for freshness when picking potatoes – canned varieties contain less beta-carotene and vitamins C and B. Naturally sweet and creamy, mashed sweet potatoes can be enhanced with a little apple juice. Or whip the cooked tubers with orange zest or orange juice and season with cinnamon,nutmeg, and ginger.




How it combats cancer : Grapefruits, like oranges and other citrus fruits, contain monoterpenes, believed to help prevent cancer by sweeping carcinogens out of the body. Some studies show that grapefruit can inhibit the proliferation of breast-cancer cells in vitro. It also contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folic acid.


Diet tips: Grapefruit can be sweetened with brown sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup or honey; vanilla extract, fresh mint, and almonds also accent the fruit’s flavor. Grapefruit juice will give you the antioxidants and phytochemicals that fight cancer, but it’s missing the fiber that fresh,whole grapefruit offers.




How it combats cancer : Avocados are rich in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that attacks free radicals in the body by blocking intestinal absorption of certain fats. Ounce for ounce, avocados also supply 60 percent more potassium than bananas and are a strong source of beta-carotene.


Diet tips: Store avocados at room temperature until they soften. If you don’t eat the fruit immediately after cutting, sprinkle on some lemon or lime juice to keep it from darkening. Add chunks or slices to salads and sandwiches or spread mashed avocado on bread.




How they combat cancer : Seaweed and other sea vegetables contain beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B12, fiber, and chlorophyll, as well as chlorophylones - important fatty acids that may help in the fight against breast cancer. Also, many sea vegetables have high concentrations of the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and iodine.


Diet tips: Sea vegetables come fresh, dried, or powdered. Both the Japanese & the Irish regularly use them as flavorings for broths & soups,stir-fried over rice, or as a wrap for fish and other seafood. Varieties such as dulce, wakame, kombu, and hijiki even appear in pancakes,salads,puddings, and sandwiches.




How it combats cancer : Soy contains several types of phytoestrogens -weak, nonsteroidal estrogens that could help prevent both breast and prostate cancer by blocking and suppressing cancerous changes. Genistein,one type of phytoestrogen, also lowers breast-cancer risk by inhibiting the growth of epithelial cells & new blood vessels that tumors require to flourish.


Diet tips: Tofu is made by coagulating the protein in soybeans - much the way cheese is produced. While bland on its own, tofu absorbs other flavors when cooked, making it perfect for stir-fries, dips, spreads,shakes, even cheesecake. It’s also a good high-protein substitute for meat, whole milk & mayonnaise.


Forwarded by KEM member: SA on 18 Sept 1999

KEM (Kelab E-Mail NURY)


ADDITIONAL NOTES (From Mansor Hj Sukaimi)


Please note that ALL cruciferous vegetables (like cabbage, broccholi, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts) SHOULD NOT be taken raw as they contain oxalates which is excessive, and this can lead to gall stones. To the get maximum benefit from these vegetables, please do not overcook them. Just “celuh” and take them with the crispy “krek-krek” taste still intact.





The number ONE killer in Singapore is cancer (followed by Heart Disease & Stroke). Not all cancers are the same. 1/3 is curable. 1/3 is preventable. 2 factors of cancer that cannot be controlled are AGE & FAMILY HISTORY.


Causes of cancer:


1. Smoking is very often the main cause of cancer. It kills us silently and drains money from us quietly. There're 4,000 harmful chemicals (though in diluted form) in one stick of cigarette. Taking one puff is 600 times worst than inhaling the exhaust fumes from vehicles.


2. Some food that cause cancer are:


a. Barbecued Food


b. Deep Fried Food


c. Overheating Meat


d. Food that is high in fat causes our bile to secrete acid that contains a chemical that is a promoter of cancer cells.


e. Food that contains preservatives, too much salt or nitrates (e.g. Canned food, Salted egg & veggies, sausages, etc.)


f. Overnight Rice (where Aflatoxin is accumulated)


g. Food that is low in fibre: Our body needs 25 gm of both soluble & insoluble fibre daily. We must drink at least 1.5 litres of plain water a day.


h. Contaminated Food (e.g. moulded bread causes our body to secrete toxins that may eventually lead to liver cancer in the long run. Never eat bread that is kept in room temperature for more than 2 days especially in a humid weather like Singapore 's.


3. Types of fat and which is the best?


a. Highly Recommended for Health:-


Olive Oil - The best of all oils. It does not absorb in our body.

Fish Oil - Omega 3 (contained in NI's Circulytes) has poly-unsaturated fat. It's good for our brain cells.

Peanut Oil - It contains Vitamin E. A small dosage is recommended only.


b. Not Recommended for Health


Vegetable Fat - Palm oil is worst than coconut oil. It is high in cholesterol and highly unsaturated.

Coconut Oil - It has saturated fat.


4. Specific Food & Beverages


a. Egg when eaten too much can cause High Colon Cancer. Risk Ovary Cancer and Prostate Cancer.


b. Cabbage is highly recommended for health reason.


c. Tomato is best eaten raw with a bit of olive oil for better absorption. Other alternative is to take tomato sauce.


d. Coffee is good because it contains 2 anti-oxidants. However, the residue of over-burned coffee is extremely bad for health. It can cause cancer. Inhaling the coffee aroma is very good for the health.


e. Tea, as long as it is in its original tea leaves and not processed into BOH or Lipton packets, is good for health. Tea contains 30 anti-oxidants. Recommended dosage is 4 cups a day.





Rinsing the mouth with a glass of salt water for sore throat can reduce inflammation. This has been proven medically.

Pain in the joints/spine/body (especially for old people who have rheumatism) may find relief with this. Simply fry salt and let it settle down for a while before applying on affected areas.


And if you have a problem of Hair Loss, you can prepare a pail of salt water and rinsing the scalp/hair with it (it takes about 2 weeks to a month). It will not help in growing of new hair but can prevent loss.


After strenuous exercise, soaking your feet with salt water can help prevent cramps and pain, and also prevent skin irritation.





It is found that a mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures many diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Ayurvedic as well as Yunani medicine have been using honey as a vital medicine for centuries. Scientists of today also accept honey as a Ram Ban (very effective) medicine for several kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects. Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. A famous magazine named Weekly World News published in Canada dated 17 January, 1995 has given a list of diseases that can be cured with Honey and Cinnamon as researched by western scientists.


The list is shown below:




Curing way



Take one part honey to two parts of warm water and add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, make a paste and massage it on the itching part of the body slowly. It is noticed that the pain recedes slowly. Or arthritis patients may take two tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon power in a cup of hot water. If drunk regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research done at the Copenhagen University , it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast. They found that within a week out of the 200 people so treated practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain within a month. Most of the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.



Those suffering from hair loss or baldness, may apply a paste of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder before bath and keep it for approx. 15 min. and then wash the hair. It was found very effective if kept for 5 minutes also.



Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of luke warm water and drink it. It destroys the germs of the bladder.




Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be done 3 times a day daily till such time that the tooth has stopped aching.



Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, if given to a cholesterol patient, reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken 3 times a day any chronic cholesterol is cured. As per the information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complains of cholesterol.



Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon warm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear the sinuses.



Yunani and Ayurvedic have been using honey for years in medicine to strengthen the semen of men. If impotent men regularly take two tablespoon of honey before sleeping, their problem will be solved. In China , Japan and Far-East countries, women who do not conceive and to strengthen the uterus have been taking cinnamon powder for centuries. Women who cannot conceive may take a pinch of cinnamon powder in half teaspoon of honey and apply it on the gums frequently throughout the day, so that it slowly mixes with the saliva and enters the body.



Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomachache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.



According to the studies done in India & Japan , it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.



Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread or chappati instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, are kept from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and regulates the heartbeat. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that due to the increasing age the arteries and veins, which lose their flexibility and get clogged, are revitalized.



Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.



Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before lunch or dinner, relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.



A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient, which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.



Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly arrests the ravages of old age. Take 4 spoons of honey, 1 spoon of cinnamon powder and 3 cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, 3 to 4 times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age.



Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.



Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.



Daily in the morning, 1/2 hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup water. If taken regularly it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also drinking of this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.



Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that patients suffering from stomach and bone cancer found relief by taking one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month 3 times a day.



Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is helpful than detrimental to the body strength. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon power in equal parts are more alert and flexible.



People of South America, first thing in the morning gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water. So their breath stays fresh throughout the day.



Drink mix with honey & lemon juice helps sinus headaches.





For those of who love Coke/Pepsi, try the following:


1. To clean a toilet:


Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl.

Let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean.

The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

No scrubbing, no sweat - guaranteed.


2. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:


Rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of aluminum foils dipped in Coca-Cola. More economical than the stuff from Smart Shop.


3. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals;


Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.


4. To loosen a rusted bolt;


Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.


5. To remove grease from clothes;


Empty a can of Coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle.


6. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.


Hey, what do we have here?


The world's first soft drink disguise as a multi-purpose cleaner? Or should it be a multi-purpose cleaner disguise as a soft drink!!!


Besides that, if you pour Coke (yes, the soda) on a slab of pork, wait a little while, you will SEE WORMS crawl out of it.





The average pH of soft drinks, e.g. Coke, Pepsi is pH 3.4. This acidity is strong enough to dissolve teeth and bones! Our human body stops building bones at around the age of 30. After that it'll be dissolving about 8-18% of the bones each year through the urine, depending on the acidity of the food intake (acidity does not depend on the taste of the food, but on the ratio of potassium / calcium / magnesium / etc. to phosphorus).


All the dissolved calcium compounds accumulate in the arteries, veins, skin tissue, and organs. This affects the functioning of the kidney (kidney stones). Soft drinks do not have any nutritional value (in terms of vitamins and minerals). They have higher sugar content, higher acidity, and more additives such as preservatives and colorings.


Some people like to take cold soft drinks after each meal, guess what's the impact? Our body has an optimum temperature of 37 degrees for the functioning of digestive enzymes. The temperature of cold soft drinks is much less than 37, sometimes quite close to 0. This will lower the effectiveness of the enzymes and put stress on the digestive system, digesting less food. In fact the food gets fermented. The fermented food produce bad smelling gases, decays and forms toxins, which are absorbed in the intestines, circulate in the blood and is delivered to the whole body. This spread of toxins can lead to the development of various diseases. Think before you drink Coke or Pepsi or any other soft drink.


Have you ever thought what you drink when you drink an aerated drink? You gulp down carbon dioxide, something that no sane person in the world would advise you to do. Few months ago, there was a competition in Delhi University "Who can drink the most Coke?". The winner drank 8 bottles and died on the spot because too much carbon dioxide in the blood and not enough oxygen. From then on, the principal banned all soft drinks from the university canteen.


Someone put a broken tooth in a bottle of Pepsi and in 10 days it is dissolved! Teeth and bones are the only human organs that stay intact for years after death. Imagine what the drink must be doing to your delicate soft intestines and stomach lining! To all COKE / PEPSI LOVERS, think again the next time before you say " CHUP ".





The following is from Dr. Lee Say Fatt -- Pork Awareness (worth reading)

(FYI No more 'zhu zha tang' or yummy 'bak kut teh'...)


Try this and see whether the pork you bought has worms. There goes with your "Bak Kut Teh" for those who love it. Most men love to eat this so watch out before it's too late. If you pour Coke (yes, the soda) on a slab of pork, wait a little while, you will SEE WORMS crawl out of it.


A message from the Health Corporation of Singapore about the bad effects of pork consumption. Pork contains MANY TOXINS, WORMS and LATENT DISEASES.


Although some of this infestation is harbored in other animals, modern veterinarians say that hogs are PREDISPOSED to these illnesses than other animals. This could be because PIGS like to SCAVENGE and will eat ANY kind of food, INCLUDING dead insects, worms, rotting carcasses, excreta including their own, garbage, and other pigs.


INFLUENZA (flu) is one illness that pigs share with humans. This affects the LUNGS of pigs during summer and human in the cooler months. Sausage contains bits of pigs' lungs, so those who EAT pork sausage tend to SUFFER MORE during EPIDEMICS of INFLUENZA.


Pork contains EXCESSIVE quantities of HISTAMINE and IMIDAZOLE compounds, which can lead to I TC HING and INFLAMMATION; GROWTH HORMONE which PROMOTES INFLAMMATION and growth; sulphur containing mesenchymal mucus which leads to SWELLING and deposits of MUCUS in tendons and cartilage, resulting in ATHRITIS, RHEUMATISM, etc. Sulphur helps cause FIRM human tendons and ligaments to be replaced by the pig's soft mesenchymal tissues, and degeneration of human cartiliage. Eating pork can also lead to GALLSTONES and OBESITY, probably due to its HIGH CHOLESTEROL and SATURATED FAT content.


The pig is the MAIN CARRIER of the TAENIE SOLIUM WORM, which is found in it flesh.


These tapeworms are found in human intestines with greater frequency in nations where pigs are eaten. This type of tapeworm can pass through the intestines and affect many other organs, and is incurable once it reaches beyond a certain stage. One in six people in the US and Canada has RICHINOSIS from eating trichina worms, which are found in pork. Many people have NO SYMPTOMS after eating pork. When they do have any sickness in long term, they resemble symptoms of many other illnesses. These worms are NOT noticed during meat inspections.



9) URGENT MEDICAL WARNING Alert!! - Medicine Removal


By Terisa Truesdell


Hello All, Please read and copy this notice to the people you love. This is not a matter to be taken lightly. This medical alert was broadcast on the news. Stop taking anything containing the ingredient Phenylpropanolamine. It has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in brain) among women ages 18-49 in the three days after starting us of medication. Problems were not found in men, but the FDA has recommended that everyone (even children) seek alternative medicines. Having taken a few of this medicine at one time or another, I called CVS to see if there was any truth to this email. They said that it was so, and if! I have any of these products at home, I should stop using them. CVS has removed all products containing this chemical from their shelves.


http://www.cvs.com/otherCVS/drugDisclaimer.as p


The following medications contain Phenylpropanolamine: (If you care about your health it is advised that you discard any of these medications as soon as possible!! :-


Alka-Seltzer Plus Children's Cold Medicine - Effervescent

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold medicine (cherry or orange)

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Original

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine Effervescent

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent! t

Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time cold Medicine - Effervescent

BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder

BC Sinus Cold Powder

Comtrex Deep Chest Cold & Congestion Relief

Comtrex Flu Therapy & Fever Relief Day & Night

Contac 12-Hour Cold Capsules

Contac 12-Hour Caplets

Coricidin D cold, Flu & Sinus

Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets

Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels

Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir

Dimetapp Elixir

Dimetapp 4 Hour Liqui Gels

Dimetapp 4 Hour Tablets

Dimetapp 12 Hour Extentabs Tablets

Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops

Permathene Mega-16

Rob itussin CF

Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congestion

Triaminic DM Cough Relief

Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head Congestion

Triaminic Syrup Cold & Allergy

Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough

Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant

Plus Diary Supplements

Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control

Dexatrim Caffeine Free

Dexatrim Extended Duration

Dexatrim Gelcaps

Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free> > > >


Please read and copy this notice and send to people you love. This is not a matter to be taken lightly.




Mark Idrovo Biopharmaceuticals Dept.

Tracy Chan

HR Administrator

HR Services CVS: 7229 2713 Tel: (65) 548 2713

Fax: (65) 548 2657



Exercise and be fit


Have a balanced lifestyle. Exercise regularly.


F : Frequency: 3 to 5 times a week.

I : Intensity: Exercise till we sweat and breath deeply.

T : Types of exercises: Find one that suits our age, lifestyle, etc.



Have regular check-up


Once we reach the age of 45 & above, it is recommended that we go for regular comprehensive health examination. Early detection may save lives.

  1. "The body and its “parts” need to be exercised to avoid atrophy."
  2. good exercise that can be developed into a habit is squat repeated several times, shadow boxing, push-ups, and lifting “light barbells” upon rising up in the morning, with two glasses of cold water.

How to survive a heart attack when alone


  • Without help, the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
  • However, the victim can help himself/herself by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
  • A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
  • Deep breaths and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
  • Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating.
  • The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.




For SPIRITUAL LIFE, those who are of the TRUTH as explained by God through His words.


For PHYSICAL LIFE, those who submit to civil authorities, subscribe to public policy and public order, and value their health and honor.


The "two-fold lives" are supposed to walk in perfect agreement (Amos 3:3)






"Saresa" leaves are good for arthritis.