Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Bible Jesus Read

Title: The Bible Jesus Read
Author: Philip Yancey
Publisher: ZondervanPublishingHouse
ISBN: 978-81-7362-251-9

Philip Yancey brings us through Job, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and The Prophets. I have to say that I really appreciated the different insights that he put forward, especially in Job and Ecclesiastes. One of the strengths of the book is to help the reader move from the first impression about a given Bible book to a better understanding. He uses a few analogies along the way and they deliver.

To illustrate: many people believe that Job is about suffering, when it is about pure and non-motivated faith. Some think of the prophets as only predicting things to come, but they spend a lot of time expressing things that are happening now, and expressing the mind of God. Some view the Psalms as an official worship song book, when its about pouring your heart to God. The best, for me, was to view Ecclesiastes in alongside nihilist writers, and the unavoidable comment: in times of trouble and injustice, people's mind is on seeing things change. But when everything is well, and that people are bathing in wealth, then it becomes easy to see a great pointlessness in all of human endeavours.

The book's end points to Jesus, who makes the prophecies come to life, gives a real purpose to human life and answers the itching question do we matter to God? by a resounding yes!

Now in Marriedom

It has been more than a month and, seriously, I barely had a break since them.
Getting married is an expensive and stressful project, even if you try to do it on the cheap, and my wedding was no exception.

The week before the wedding, I had a decent amount of overwork trying to make the chaos fall in place. In the end, it is the experienced church administrator who handled everything on that day.

Our wedding day was wonderful, and I have to say that I'll always keep fond memories of it.

Wedding Album

And I must say that things have been hectic after too. I never knew that I needed so many cooking vessels in the house! I really believed that I was living in a wife-ready apartment. Oh boy I was wrong!
My wife has spent a lot of energy reorganizing the place to make it a nice home, travelling great lengths so that we purchased what we needed at the lowest cost and so on.

She is a great blessing. She is full of life and of joy, and she really respects and cares for me. And did I mention that she is feeding me well too? And, even better, she is a spiritual woman who makes sure we pray twice at day together.

I am more joyful now, and you can even catch me humming a tune in the morning. My character is improving too. I feel incredibly blessed. God has made a great miracle in my life and I am truly thankful for it.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

FRRO Hyderabad

I have to say, what a 'different' office! Taking a part of the old airport's terminal and making it a govnerment office stands out!

Putting the aesthetics aside, however, I have to say that it is a major improvement over the FRO. Dealing directly with the decision-maker in the Central Government is sooooooooo much better than going through a lot of middlemen.

I got my visa extension done in 7 days. 7!!! Isn't it amazing?

De FRRO Hyderabad