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Sunday, 12 April 2009
Deliver Us From All Kinds Of Evil

The above title is my variation on "Deliver us from evil" from "The Lord's Prayer".

As well as accidents, diseases, criminal assaults and delusions, today, we also need protection from nuclear warfare, terrorists, alien abductions, and severe economic downturns.

Individuals are vulnerable to evil activities outside of their own sphere of control. We need divine protection from negative forces great and small that could take our life or cause us and our families extreme physical and mental distress. 

Christian stewardship is one way to exert influence over a larger area than ourselves and family.

I would like to wish every reader an inspirational Easter in celebration of the Resurrected Life of Christ.

The old universe was dominated by the life cycle from "birth to death". In "The New Universe" it's in reverse: "from death to life". "As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall be made alive".

 


Posted by qualteam at 11:05 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 12 April 2009 12:39 PM EDT
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Movie Review 129: The Robe

This is one of the best biblical epics ever made. It's not preachy. It puts  the events of the Crucifixion on personal level with the Roman Tribune, Marcellus (Richard Burton), who crucified Jesus.

Racked by quilt Marcellus goes to Jerusalem again to destroy Christ's Robe which he thinks has driven him mad. Needless to say, he is helped by members of the Early Church to find forgiveness and some meaning to life.

The Roman elite fear that Christianity will destroy "Imperial Rome" and take measures to suppress the religion.

There are many wonderful scenes between Marcellus, Demetrius (Victor Mature), Diane(Jean Simmons) and Simon Peter(Michael Rennie).

For those who are looking for a good Easter movie this week, I would recommend it wholeheartedly. Four Stars.

Other Reviews

 


Posted by qualteam at 3:53 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 9 April 2009 4:32 PM EDT
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
My Top Ten "Meaning Of Life" Insights

Recently, the Toronto Star challenged its readers to come up with "The Meaning Of Life" in 140 characters or less.

I reviewed the material that I knew from my life, the Star and the internet and came up with this top ten list.

  1. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.(Jesus from the Bible)
  2. To explore strange new worlds
    To seek out new life and new civilizations
    To boldly go where no man has gone before.(
    Star Trek/Gene Roddenbury)
  3. For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.
    (Grantland Rice)
  4. We're here for a good time
    Not a long time. So have a good time
    The sun can't shine everyday
    (Trooper)
  5. Life is a game. A game consists of freedom, barriers and
    purposes.(
    L Ron Hubbard)
  6. Four F words: faith, family, friends and fun.
    – mainacita
  7. To not take life too seriously – no one gets out alive.
    – dresserali
  8. Life isn't about showing people what they know you can do, it's about proving you can do what they say you can't.
    – TruVisionary
  9. Without the bitter, the sweet isn't as sweet.
    – cynthiajpaulus
  10. Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
    – Egypt

Everyone has a different answer to "The Meaning Of Life Is....?" Feel free to share your own insights on this subject. It can be more than a sentence or two. E-mail me.


Posted by qualteam at 5:43 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 7 April 2009 6:26 PM EDT
Saturday, 4 April 2009
What Happened In "The Three Of Hours Of Darkness" At The Crucifixion?

That's not the only question that arises from the crucifixion of Jesus. How can the righteous death of one person bring about salvation and the forgiveness of sins for all believers everywhere at every time? If Satan failed to tempt Jesus away from the crucifixion (Plan A), what was he going to do to stop the resurrection (Plan B)?

If believers have "The Mind Of Christ" wouldn't they be able to recall this event and others? "I am the vine. You are the branches". This implies full connection to Christ and his experiences.

Christians, don't we all have three hours of darkness in our minds?

No eclipse could have caused the darkness above and it was physical phenomenon. I have pondered on this event for some time. It was part of my spiritual journey. "Ask and it will be answered". "Knock and the door will be opened."

To begin with, Satan knew that Jesus had no problem resurrecting bodies,  after all, he resurrected Lazarus. The only way Jesus could be stopped from resurrecting was to apply overwhelming physical force that would throw him out of time and space.

I believe that Jesus was pulled spiritually through a "Black Hole", "a quantum singularity" that altered space/time/mass/energy and sent him back to the beginning of the universe towards the full force of the "Big Bang". In the midst of these overwhelming physical forces, he was told that "When you're dead, you stay dead. You're dead forever."

Needless to say, Jesus found himself in a timeless, spaceless realm where anything was possible. In less than a micro second,  sins were forgive, and a new universe was created that ended the aging and death process.

I believe that God wants us to know what happened during those "three hours of darkness". Hopefully, I've been able to shed some light on this subject.

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:39 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 5 April 2009 1:01 AM EDT
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
The Pursuit Of Wellness

Religiously, for the last month and I half, I've been going to the gym at the Gateway Post Office. Fortunately, postal workers can continue their membership into retirement.

I worked out for less than a hour, three days a week on equipment in the gym. This included the stationary bike, the treadmill and an assortment of weights for ever muscle of the body.

The workout created a good sweat on my body. Not only did I get a nice warm feeling in my muscles, I lost weight as well, ten pounds in seven weeks.

In the past, I was rather spotty with my physical exercise, but now I equate working out with basic physical survival.

I take vitamins and supplements that assist my digestive and cardiovascular systems.

I also drink V-8, cherry and pomegranate juice for additional dietiary benefits. All of this is part of the wellness lifestyle that I'm applying to my life.

There's lots to find out about "Wellness" on the internet. It takes discipline and a good attitude to set a course for optimum survival.

 


Posted by qualteam at 9:45 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 1 April 2009 10:39 PM EDT
Sunday, 29 March 2009
One Person Can Make A Difference In This World

Most of the advances of mankind, scientifically, artistically, spiritually and culturally have come from individuals who went against the grain of "expert" and "herd" opinion. Tesla, Martin Lurther, Jesus, Harvey, Keynes, RoddenberryJohn Lennon, L Ron Hubbard, Tim Berners Lee are some examples. 

I've always encouraged blog readers to do their best at whatever motivates them in life.
Below are my top ten inspirational sayings of all time:
  1. Some people look at things and ask, ‘Why?’ Others dream things that never were; and ask, ‘Why not?".
  2. Forget yesterday: Life is in you today and you make tomorrow.
  3. Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
  4. The steeper the mountain, the harder the climb, the better the view from the finishing line.
  5. We are what we think. All that we are arises from our thoughts.
    With our thoughts, we make our world.
  6. A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
  7. If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
  8. You may only be someone in the world, but to someone else, you may be the world.
  9. And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
  10. One person can make a difference and every person should try.

If music can get you going in the right direction try this webpage: Clarissa's Inspirational Pages.

Mankind is still in the greatest recession in modern history. It will take many hands and skills to create the new ideas and products for the 21st century.

Inspirational Quotes


Posted by qualteam at 12:33 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 29 March 2009 2:25 PM EDT
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
The Stock Market Surge

After the financial disaster last year that wiped out $11 trillion dollars in average U.S. household worth, it was refreshing to see North American stock markets (Dow and TSX) surge over 400 points.

It's time to put the doom and gloom behind us and build the new realities of the 21st century.

Personally, I bought into a financial Exchange Traded Fund at Ishares Canada (XFN.TO). This ETF will be paying dividends to its holders at the end of this month. Banks have some of the biggest dividends in Canada.

I have asked for more divine involvement into the world's economic situation at www.prayway.com. What may not be possible with man is possible with God.

Oversight begins and ends with higher powers

 


Posted by qualteam at 9:30 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 24 March 2009 10:43 PM EDT
Saturday, 21 March 2009
AIG: Arrogance, Incompetence And Greed

Apparently, the executive bonuses paid out at AIG have climbed from 175 million to 220 million. Again, the doctrine of entitlement is still rift in the financial communicity.

However, I must point out there are many conspirators in the financial crisis who were well paid for selling "toxic products" to other financial institutions. I wrote a blog entry about this called "The Poster Boys Of The Financial Crisis".

The normal business practice is to reward executives for jobs well done. When CEOs are rewarded for incompetence or even criminal behavior, it tells me that something is grossly wrong with "basic business policy".

There should be a complete investigation of the policies and actions of these financial institutions over the last five years. Individuals should be investigated for acts of "Financal Terrorism": A fresh broom sweeps clean.

Individuals and companies responsible for the financial crisis could be fined millions even billions of dollars. Jail time and community service would be served by those found guilty.

Any kind of political, financial or corporate aristocracy that thinks they are above the law or the rules of business should be taught a lesson.

The American Revolution and The French Revolution were responses to "The Entitled Few" exploiting "The Tax-Paying Many".

 


Posted by qualteam at 12:18 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 21 March 2009 12:51 PM EDT
Thursday, 19 March 2009
The Toronto Stock Exchange Is Up 15% In Two Weeks

In the midst of a recession, the TSX (The Toronto Exchange) was sure full of life. The financials lead the way last week with an 18% gain and that was followed this week by an upsurge in oil and gold stocks.

Canada has some great oil and gold producers like Suncor Energy (SU), Petro Canada (PCZ), Barrick Gold (ABX) and Kinross Gold (KGC). These are well run companies with good balance sheets and they will probably buy weaker competitors during the recession.

If you want to bet on base metals for infrastructure projects here in Canada and the U.S., please look into Mercator Minerals for copper and Thompson Creek Mines for molybdenium (a material used to strengthen steel).

If you want to go with something more conservative and which follows the Canadian financial sector, try an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) from ishares (XFN)which tracks Canadian banks and insurance companies.

It's highly likely that Canadian stocks will retreat a bit over the next few days, but wait until there's some good news about the world economy. The TSX is going to resume its climb and you can get on the ground floor with some great Canadian stocks and ETFs.

 


Posted by qualteam at 11:57 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 20 March 2009 12:30 AM EDT
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Canadian Banks Are A Good Investment

Since January of this year, I've made my best stock market profit from "The Royal Bank of Canada" (i.e. RY.TO). It has climbed more than 8 dollars a share in three weeks. All of the Canadian Banks have done well over that time period.

As you might know, Canadian banks are rated the best in the world. They did not have the exposure to the subprime mess like the U.S. and European banks.

The highest paying dividend stocks in Canada are banks. Even with the recent surge in their stock prices, every bank is well below it's 52 week high.

In previous recessions, it was the bank stocks that led the recovery.

Banks attract big money from pensions and mutual funds, so I think its the best place to put your money in the first half of 2009.

 


Posted by qualteam at 11:53 AM EDT

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