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The Prayer of Jabez

November 14th, 2009

Hi all,

In this post I would like to present you a really small but awesome book that my friend gave me as a gift.

The Prayer of Jabez, Breaking Through to the Blessed Life by Bruce Wilkinson, published in 2000, became an international bestseller, topping the New York Times bestseller list and selling nine million copies. It received the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Book of the Year award in 2001.

The whole book is based on two verses of the Old Testament from the Holy Bible: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10

9 – Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 – And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

In the book, Wilkinson encourages Christians to invoke this prayer for themselves on a daily basis:

I challenge you to make the Jabez prayer for blessing part of the daily fabric of your life. To do that, I encourage you to follow unwaveringly the plan outlined here for the next thirty days. By the end of that time, you’ll be noticing significant changes in your life, and the prayer will be on its way to becoming a treasured, lifelong habit.

I also personally encourage you to take the challenge as I did, it really works!

The book itself is presented in a very small format and only has 92 pages, it took me a only few hours to read. It is one of the greatest book I read up to now. I recommend it for all of you.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.ca/Prayer-Jabez-Breaking-Through-Blessed/dp/1576737330?&camp=212529&creative=383477&linkCode=waf&tag=karaziblu-20

Thanks,
Karim Aziz

Musical suggestion – Jeremy Camp

November 14th, 2009

Hello folks,

I would like to present you a great christian artist my good friend Mary Demian made me discover few months ago, his name is Jeremy Camp. There is something special about his voice, his songs, his lyrics and his music that comforts you.

You can read more about him here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Camp and here: http://www.jeremycamp.com/?q=about

Or visit his website at: http://www.jeremycamp.com/

I highly suggest you listen at his albums especially the one named “Speaking louder then before”.

Here is the track list of this album, my favourite one, click on the titles to hear the song on YouTube (When available)

  1. Slow Down Time
  2. Capture Me
  3. Speaking Louder Than Before
  4. There Will Be a Day
  5. I Know Who I Am
  6. I’m Alive
  7. You Will Be There
  8. Healing Hand of God
  9. So In Love
  10. My Fortress
  11. Giving You All Control
  12. Surrender
  13. Christ Is Come (iTunes Track)

Thanks for reading, I truly hope you enjoy his music as much as I do.
Karim Aziz

CopticMission.org

November 11th, 2009

Here is a Christian Coptic Mission that is present in a few countries in Africa that I particularry like and that I may be joining for this summer if everything goes well. I encourrage you all to take a look at it and if interests you to fill and send the application form in order to go help out by serving.

Vision: http://copticmission.org/ourvision
Churches in the mission: http://copticmission.org/copticmission
Ministeries: http://copticmission.org/ministries
Medical: http://copticmission.org/medical
Service opportunity: http://copticmission.org/serviceopp
How to prepare for the mission: http://copticmission.org/preparing
Testimonials: http://copticmission.org/testimonials

http://copticmission.org/

OrthodoxSermons.org

November 11th, 2009

Here is some advertisement for a nice website that I just came across a few months ago and that I particularly like.

St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Washington, DC is extremely proud to bring you OrthodoxSermons.org! By God’s grace, we are happy to provide the largest collection of Orthodox sermons in English on the web for absolutely FREE! Our goal is simple: to spread the word of God and the Orthodox faith to all the ends of the earth by offering a free and accessible database full of spiritually-enriching materials. Check back often as we promise to keep the site updated regularly.

Make sure to checkout the sermons by Fr. Anthony Messeh from the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Washington, DC he and his sermons are AWSOME!

Here is the link to his page: http://orthodoxsermons.org/sermons/fr-anthony-messeh

http://orthodoxsermons.org/

Bible vs Science, Bible wins :)

November 9th, 2009

Leviticus 15:13, “And when he that hath an issue is cleansed of his issue; then he shall number to himself seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in RUNNING WATER.” God said to wash the infected flesh in RUNNING WATER. Science didn’t discover that until two men named Pasteur and Koch in the late 1800s. Doctors were washing their hands in a bowl of water and spreading the germs like wild fire. It wasn’t until the invention of the microscope and the science of bacteriology that doctors started washing under RUNNING WATER. Leviticus was written around 1490 B.C. SCIENCE WAS ABOUT 3000 YEARS BEHIND! Isn’t it embarrassing how science always lags about 2000 years behind that Amazing Book!

Job 38:19, “Where is THE WAY where light dwelleth?” How come Job didn’t say where is THE PLACE where light dwelleth? Because light is always moving. How did Job know something in 1500 B.C. that science didn’t find out until Einstein? How can the men who wrote that Amazing Book, with their limited scientific knowledge – BE SO FAR AHEAD OF SCIENCE?

Ecclesiastes 1:6, “The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again ACCORDING TO HIS CIRCUITS.” How did the writer of Ecclesiastes know the wind traveled within circuits? How did he know something that the aerologists and meteorologists are just now discovering? THINK ABOUT IT! How can these men, with their limited knowledge thousands of years ago, be so far ahead of science?

Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the DUST OF THE GROUND, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.” Surely, you don’t take Genesis 2:7 seriously? Do you? November 1982, Reader’s Digest had an article titled How Life on Earth Began. It stated that according to scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center the ingredients needed to form a human being can be found IN CLAY. The article said, “The Biblical scenario for the creation of life turns out to be NOT FAR OFF THE MARK.”(Reader’s Digest, November, 1982 p.116) No, it’s “not far off the mark” – it’s right on it! Scientists have laughed at the possibility of Genesis having any scientific credibility whatsoever – and yet, the more we learn, the more we find it to be SCIENTIFICALLY CORRECT!

Psalm 8:8, “. . . whatsoever passeth through the PATHS OF THE SEAS.” After reading Psalm 8:8, Matthew Maury, a U.S. Naval officer, set out to locate these curious “paths in the seas.” He discovered the oceans have paths which flow through them. He became known as the “pathfinder of the seas”. How did David (the writer of Psalms) know, over 2,000 years ago, there were “paths in the seas”? David probably never even saw an ocean! HOW DID HE KNOW?

Ecclesiastes 1:7, “All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.” How did the writer of Ecclesiastes know the water cycle of condensation and evaporation? The sun evaporates water from the ocean, water vapor rises and becomes clouds. This water in the clouds falls back to the earth as rain, collects in rivers, and makes its way back to the ocean. This wasn’t known until Galileo in 1630! How did the writer of Ecclesiastes know this in 1000 B.C.? 2500 YEARS AHEAD OF SCIENCE!

Luke 17:30, “Even thus shall it be IN THE DAY when the son of man is revealed. (vs 31) IN THAT DAY . . . (vs 34) I tell you, IN THAT NIGHT . . . ” Nobody in Luke’s day thought it could be day and night at the same time! They thought the earth was flat! Luke was written around 65 A.D. How did Luke know something that the scientists didn’t know until the 16th century?

Isaiah 40:22, “It is he that sitteth upon the CIRCLE OF THE EARTH.” How did Isaiah know in 700 B.C. the earth is round? The scientists of Isaiah’s day thought the earth was flat. They didn’t discover the earth is round until the early 1500s when Magellan sailed around the world. How did Isaiah know something over 2000 years ahead of science?

Job 26:7, “. . . and hangeth the earth upon NOTHING.” During the time of Job, it was believed a god named Atlas held the earth on his shoulders! Nobody believed the earth “hangeth upon NOTHING!” Job is the oldest book in the Bible! Written over 3500 years ago! How did Job know something that was IMPOSSIBLE to know during his day?

Proverbs 6:6-8, “Go to the ant. . . gathereth her food in the harvest.” Life’s Nature Library “The Insects” (p.163) commenting on Proverbs 6 reads, “One of the entomological puzzles of the last century concerned this observation by Solomon. There was no evidence that ants actually harvested grain. In 1871, however, a British naturalist showed that Solomon had been right after all. . .” How did Solomon know that in 1000 B.C.? How did Solomon CLEARLY, detail a scientific FACT, that was IMPOSSIBLE for him to know in 1000 B.C.?

Proverbs 17:22, “A merry heart doeth good like a MEDICINE.” An article in The Birmingham News, titled Laughter: Prescription for Health, said, the LATEST medical evidence reveals that, “At some point during laughter, your body issues A PRESCRIPTION from the pharmacy in your brain.” How did the writer of Proverbs know that – 3000 YEARS AHEAD OF MEDICAL SCIENCE?

Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.” That’s the most accurate, scientific statement ever written about the blood!

  • It is the blood that carries on all the life processes of the body.
  • It is the blood that causes growth, builds new cells, grows bone and flesh, stores fat, makes hair and nails.
  • It is the blood that feeds and supports all the organs of the body. If the blood supply be cut off from an arm, that arm will immediately begin to die and rot.
  • It is the blood that repairs the body. It is the blood that clots wounds, that grows new flesh, new skin and even new nerves.
  • It is the blood that fights disease. When they give you a vaccine against a disease, they give you a shot into your blood stream.

For thousands of years, doctors treated people by a practice called “bleeding.” They thought illnesses could be cured by removing blood. In 1799, less than 200 years ago, George Washington was literally bled to death. They bled poor George four times, the last time they took over a quart of his blood! They didn’t know, but they were literally draining away his life by removing his blood. It wasn’t until the early 1900’s that a man named Dr. Lister discovered that the blood provides the bodies immune system – THE LIFE OF THE FLESH IS IN THE BLOOD!

A prophecy in Ezekiel 26:1-6 reads, “. . . the word of the LORD came unto me, saying. . . Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee. . . And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock. It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. . . ”

Three years later, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon surrounded Tyrus. But before he came, the people of Tyre escaped to an island, a half-mile offshore. After thirteen years of siege, the Babylonians “broke down her walls” and “broke down her towers”, destroying the city on the mainland. By that time, the escaped people had re-built the city of Tyre on the island. And because Nebuchadnezzar had no navy, the city on the island remained untouched. Even though Nebuchadnezzar, destroyed the city, he didn’t fulfill Ezekiel’s prophecy. But 250 years later, Alexander the Great took the rubble Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction left, and they “scraped her dust”, the wood, rock and stubble from the destroyed city, and they built a causeway, like “the top of a rock”. They marched on the rubble-causeway, into the island and destroyed it. And if you travel to site of old Tyre today – you’ll see fisherman “spreading their nets” to dry on what was Tyre! Exactly, as Ezekiel prophesied around 586 B.C.! Over 2500 years before it happened!

Source: STGJ Coptic Church Newsletter

Few YouTube Clips

November 9th, 2009

Here are a few YouTube clips I like.

Does God Exist ? Albert Einstein: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvhGeNzdRZA

The REAL Iron Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiuLAOauIFQ

Satan’s Meeting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm-mW9tPX-A

The Truth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsPBVNecOMo

Why did Jesus die?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gZXacSOxgE

Don’t worry, God’s there (Arabic Hymn): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgdJ4gqbM0g

Hillsong – Mighty to Save: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-08YZF87OBQ

I hope you enjoy,
Karim Aziz

MyOnlySalvation.org

November 9th, 2009

Here is some advertisement for a organization that I just came across a few weeks ago and that I particularly like.

Lost in the dust next to the ruins of one of the greatest and most historic countries in the world, the present and future of Egypt and its Coptic community has been tarnished with poverty. Children, widows, and a massive population are stricken with hunger & thirst. They live their lives under extreme, unsanitary conditions.

MY ONLY SALVATION (MOS) has united with the youth near and abroad to create a movement to save lives from such indigence. We endeavor to appeal to the youth of the entire world. This service is an incentive to create one of the strongest services established by this generation’s youth.

As a forerunner and aid, MOS is organized as a retail clothing line by selling designer apparel. In turn, 100% of net profit will be donated to charities & organizations specialized in servicing the less fortunate.
With your help, this movement will reach and greatly improve the lives of families in Coptic communities all across Egypt.

Unfortunately they do not ship outside the USA for now :(

http://myonlysalvation.org/

Don’t worry, Be Happy!

November 9th, 2009

“Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. A award winning song that was coincidently released on the same month I was born on (September 1988). It is one of my favourite song and I specially like to listen at it in loop when I feel sad.

Listen to the original clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-diB65scQU

Today while doing on research, I found a nice sermon that uses this song to illustrate it’s teaching.

You can find that sermon here: http://www.foresthillspres.org/DontWorryBeHappy.htm

Here is a Christian version of the song in arabic, that my lovely cousin Mary Habib just sent me, it is written by His Holiness the Pope Shenouda III: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgdJ4gqbM0g

Let me know what you think about it!

Thanks for reading,
Karim Aziz

God Positioning System

November 9th, 2009

Hello,

As promised here is my first religious essay, I hope you enjoy, there will be more to come!

Our Lord is just like all those standard GPS devices that you find in almost every car now. In His case, the three letters abbreviation “GPS” we use to describe such a system means “God Positioning System” instead of ‘‘Global Positioning System”. At the opposite of a conventional GPS on which you can lookup several different destinations, he is preset to only lead you to one single destination and uses only the most optimized path according to Him to do so. This destination is common to all and known by all. If you follow his path, the GPS will lead you to Heaven at the feet of our Lord. Since we are all leaving from a different starting location and we each have a different way of transportation, the path and the different pit stops we make to get there will be different for each one of us. All you need to do is to follow the line he draws on your screen and I can assure you that you will get to destination safely. But if you take the wrong exit, no matter how many time you miss the exit, do not worry, he will always automatically recalculate a new road for you in order to bring you back on track as quickly as possible. To do so you only need to do a u-turn when indicated. Unlike a car GPS, our Lord GPS never loose reception in remote areas or in tunnels, His system works everywhere in the universe at full reception and is flawless. Since His signal is 100% universal and backward compatible with all the previous technologies so anyone pointing his antenna at the right angle can catch His signal. Best part of all, this system is packed with a never ending battery, just so you never get short of power when you need it the most like with all those other gadgets.

Please note: Such device cannot be bought in store as it is exclusively reserved and freely given to all upon baptism.

Act fast! Stocks are unlimited.

*See the Holy Bible for more details.

Mid-terms = DONE!!! :)

November 2nd, 2009

Hello dear friends,

Just a quick post to let you know that I’m finally done with my mid-terms at University, in general everything went good.

I will now have more free time to accomplish several things that where pending. I can’t wait to get all those things done!

The publication of my first religious essay should follow shortly, stay tuned!

K.