Divergent will never be the next Hunger Games or Twilight

After reading the last chapter of Divergent, I was so shocked, how often does the main character die in these things? I’ve always thought it was a little unrealistic how the hero always manages to escape unscathed after staring danger and death in the face over and over again. No closure on what so ever on part of Four. I was crushed and confused on the writer decision how to end the book. Come on, why do you think the Twilight and Hunger Games series were so successful? Lets face it, they were both very basic stories, a girl in love with a boy that out of her league and girl fighting back against tyrant, but they both delivers a very happy ending and concluded very wisely.

Ok not everyone loves to have a happy ending, but just to be different on other best sellers book is not an escaped to go against the based on the beginning of your story. Half of the fan base that finished the last book, tell people that they wished they’d never started the series is not a good book. Remember this is a young adult genre, they doesn’t want perfect character, Twilight and Hunger Games stumbled in their final installments, but the movie audience showed up because they knew how the stories ultimately ended and they knew that, despite the missteps along the way, they would get their payoff.

Maybe it just me… still reading a happily ever after stories, have hang ups with Cinderella and Snow white. But this is entertainment, I craving for happy ending and still believing that happy ending still existing though we don’t have perfect life.

The Cracked Pot

“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 18:6

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. ‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.’

The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?’ ‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’ For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them. So, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Six Sensible Thoughts of Three things in Life

I wake up this afternoon and inspired by mommy Susan forwarded email. Six sensible facts of life that when we think about it, we know this facts revolve around us.

I. Three things that never come back
Time
Words
Opportunity

II. Three things that can destroy a person
Anger
Pride
Unforgiveness

III. Three things that should never lose
Hope
Peace
Honesty

IV. Three things that most valuable
Love
Family & Friends
Kindness

V. Three things that are never certain
Fortune
Success
Dreams

VI. Three things that make a person
Commitment
Sincerity
Hardwork

Simply live for You

Yesterday, I was moved by the song “Simply live for You” and it really touch my heart. I realized that on each passing day without God grace I am nothing. Things happened or might happen but with God on our side whom will stand against us.

The peace that I felt today, was the result of my words of whisper with Him in the morning. I remember the story of the bird that still singing beautifully in middle of storm. It was the same peace that in my heart today. Words are not enough to express my great appreciation to the Almighty whom given me abundance of blessing.

I Simply Live for You

Words and Music by Russell Fragar
Album: For This Cause
Track: I Simply Live for You

Say the word and I will sing for You.
Over oceans deep I will follow.
If each star was a song
And every breath of wind praise.

It would still fail by far
To say all my heart contains.
I simply live,
I simply live for You.

As the glory of Your presence
Now fills this place.
In worship we will meet You
Face to face.

There is nothing in this world
To which You can be compared,
Glory of glory,
Praise upon praise.

You bind the broken-hearted.
And save all my tears.
By Your word You set the captive free.
There is nothing in this world
That You cannot do.
I simply live,
I simply live for You.

Love By John Lee

I Corinthians 13
By John Lee

Paul lists fifteen characteristics of Christian love.

  • Love is patient. The Greek word (makrothumein) means patience with people and not patience with circumstances. It is the word used of the man who is wronged and who has the power to avenge himself but will not. It describes the man who is slow to anger and it is used of God himself in his relationship with men. Such patience is not the sign of weakness but the sign of strength; No one treated Abraham Lincoln with more contempt than did Stanton . He called him "a low cunning clown", he nicknamed him "the original gorilla". Lincoln said nothing.

    He made Stanton his war minister because he was the best man for the job and he treated him with every courtesy. The years wore on. The night came when the assassin’s bullet murdered Lincoln in the theatre. In the little room to which the President’s body was taken stood that same Stanton and looking down on Lincoln ’s silent face, he said through his tears, "There lies the greatest ruler of men the world has ever seen." The patience of love had conquered in the end.

  • Love is kind. Origin had it that this means that love is "sweet to all." So much Christianity is good but unkind. There was no more religious a man than Philip the Second of Spain, and yet he founded the Spanish Inquisition and thought he was serving God by massacring those who thought differently from him. There is in so many good people an attitude of criticism. So many good Church people would have sided with the rulers and not with Jesus if they had had to deal with the woman caught in adultery.
  • Love knows no envy. It has been said that there are really only two classes of people in this world–"those who are millionaires and those who would like to be." There are two kinds of envy. The one covets the possessions of other people. The other is worse. He grudges the very fact that others should have what he has not; he doesn’t so much want things for himself as he wishes that others had not got them at all.
  • Love is not boastful. True love will always be far more impressed with its own unworthiness than its own merit. Some people are in love with the idea that they are doing somebody a favor. But the real lover cannot ever get over the wonder that he is loved. Love is kept humble.
  • Love is not proud. The really great man never thinks of his own importance. William Carey, who began life as a cobbler, was one of the greatest missionaries and certainly one of the greatest linguists the world has ever seen. He translated at least parts of the Bible into no fewer than thirty-four Indian languages. When he came to India , he was regarded with dislike and contempt. At a dinner party a snob, with the idea of humiliating him, said in a tone that everyone could hear, "I suppose, Mr. Carey, you once worked as a shoe-maker." "No, your lordship," answered Carey, "not a shoe-maker, only a cobbler." He did not even claim to make shoes–only to mend them.
  • Love is not rude. It is a fact that in Greek the words for grace and for charm are the same. There is a kind of Christianity which takes a delight in being blunt and almost brutal. There is a graciousness in Christian love which never forgets that courtesy and tact and politeness are lovely things.
  • Love is not self-seeking. There are those in this world who are always thinking of what life owes them and there are those who never forget what they owe to life. Most of our problems which surround us today could be avoided if we would think less of our rights and more of our duties. Whenever we start thinking about "ourselves" and "our place" we are drifting away from Christian love.
  • Love is not easily angered. Christian love never becomes exasperated with people. Exasperation is always a sign of defeat. When we lose our tempers, we lose everything. Kipling said that it was the test of a man if he could keep his head when everyone else was losing his. The man who is master of his temper can be master of anything.
  • Love keeps no record of wrongs. The word translated keeps (logizesthai) is an accountant’s word. It is the word used for entering up an item in a ledger so that it will not be forgotten. That is precisely what so many people do. One of the greatest talents in life is to learn what to forget. Many people nurse their wrath to keep it warm; they brood over their wrongs until it is impossible to forget them. Christian love has learned the great lesson forgetting.
  • Love does not delight in evil. Better to translate this that love finds no pleasure in anything that is wrong. It is not so much delight in doing the wrong thing that is meant, as the pleasure which comes to most of us when we hear something derogatory about someone else. It is one of the traits of human nature that we prefer to hear of the misfortune of others rather than of their good fortune. It is much easier to weep with them than to rejoice with those who rejoice. Christian love finds no pleasure in bad reports.
  • Love rejoices with the truth. That is not as easy as it sounds. There are times when we definitely do not want the truth to prevail; and still more times when it is the last thing we want to hear. Christian love has no desire to veil the truth; it has nothing to hide and so is glad when the truth is revealed.
  • Love always protects. It is possible that this may mean "love can cover anything," meaning it will never drag into the light of day the faults and mistakes of others. Love would rather mend things than publicly displaying them. It can also mean that love can bear any insult, any injury, and disappointment.
  • Love always trust. This characteristic has a twofold meaning. (1) In relation to God it means that love takes God at his word. (2) In relation to our fellow men it means that love always believes the best about other people. We make people what we believe them to be. If we show that we do not trust people, we may make them untrustworthy. If we show people that we trust them, we may make them trustworthy.
  • Love always hopes. Hope here means to expect to know! Love "knows" that god has everything under his control and rests in that promise. (Psalms 25)
  • Love always perseveres. The verb used here (hupomenein) is translated to bear or to endure but what it really describes is not the spirit which can passively bear things, but the spirit which can conquer. (Philippians 4:13)

Paul has three final things to say of Christian love.

  • Love never fails. When all the things in which men glory have passed away, love will still stand. The Song of Solomon 8:7 says "Many waters cannot quench love, rivers cannot wash it away." The one unconquerable thing is love. Barclay says "When love is en tere d into, there comes into life a relationship against which the assaults of time are helpless and which transcends death."
  • Love perfects us. Love makes us complete. (I John 4:12-18) Love matures us, it allows us to see ourselves as we truly are and God for who He truly is. Love grows us: it keeps us from acting like children only concerned for our own desires. It is a process which will not be complete until Christ’s return.
  • Love is supreme. Great as faith and hope are, love is still greater. Faith without love is cold, and hope without love is grim. Love is the fire which kindles faith and it is the light which turns hope into certainty.

Gospel Music Award

The 40th Annual Gospel Music Association Awards, most commonly known as the GMA Dove Awards, the Gospel music’s biggest night of the year, will be air live on April 23 at 8 pm et, Thursday at Gospel Music Channel.

They will features artists from every style of gospel/Christian music coming together for a night of music and celebration. Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Fireflight, Marvin Sapp, Third Day, tobyMac and Chris Tomlin have been nominated by the GMA membership for Artist of the Year.

While (1) “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”; Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Traditional (2)“Cinderella”; Steven Curtis Chapman (3) “Empty Me”; Chris Sligh, Clint Lagerberg, Tony Wood (4) “Give Me Your Eyes”; Brandon Heath, Jason Ingram (5) I Will Not Be Moved”; Natalie Grant (6)“I’m Letting Go”; Francesca Battistelli, Tony Wood, Ian Eskelin (7) “Mighty to Save”; Ben Fielding, Joel Houston (8) “Never Going Back to OK”; Matt Fuqua, Josh Havens, Brad Wigg, Dan Muckala (9)“Reason Enough”; Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey (10)“You Reign”; Bart Millard, Barry Graul, Steven Curtis Chapman, nominated as Song of the Year.

For the first time, an interactive voting will be held, fans will become stakeholders in the Dove Awards with an opportunity to vote for the winner of Artist of the Year along with New Artist of the Year, which includes nominees Addison Road, Francesca Battistelli, Fee, Jonathan Nelson, Remedy Drive, Chris Sligh and Tenth Avenue North.

Fan voting, which will be conducted through the Gospel Music Channel website www.gospelmusicchannel.com/dovesvoting, www.gospelmusicchannel.com/doves/sms (VIA SMS) and at www.doveawards.comMore About the Gospel Music Award

Uplifting Body

My Mom drag me at the church tonight, we have a visitor, a special couple whom serving God from three decades and have a gift of  healing.

While we are praying and acknowledging the Lord presence, I just experienced my whole body was floating on the thin air. It was a wonderful, it like letting go all yourself, literally you became like balloons without weight on shoulder, focused on God alone and all those sorrow, fear, anxieties will be gone.

This is a great day, my Uncle and his family received God as their personal savior. I saw my cousin face changed into much happier shape. I saw her moms into another set smile.

I didn’t ask for healing rather a request from God, that he may give the desire of my heart. I know the day I told him to changed my life once again and totally give up everything, I been experiencing my everyday miracle.

I am still a work on progress, but tonight I saw how lucky I am. I don’t have to change anything. I just need to accept Gods plan for me. Just a tiny seed of mustard of faith, a little patience to wait for God perfect timing and I will be fine. Thanks Marty for the prayers.  God will bless you more, your ministry and your personal relationship.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.” Jas 1:17