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1,127 Buddhism Tudongha Monks in Thailand

These eye-opening pictures have been happening for 12 consecutive days in Thailand. The starting date was on Jan 2, 2012 and it has been going on until today, Jan 13.  It will continue on until Jan 25, 2012 which is the last day of this special activity. Normally, Tudongha in Buddhism involves the discipline of detaching from materials as they are in order to free the mind from defilements.

Although the monks are walking from province to province instead of walking in the forest, they still have to practice their mind. This is the first time in history of Buddhism that 1,127 Theravada monks are doing Tudongha in unison for the distance of 365 km.  It will take them 24 days to walk on the path strewn with rose petals and with local people waiting along the path saying “Sadhu” to express their joy in seeing the monks doing this Tudongha on the entire route. What inspires a large number of people to carry out this activity continuously for a long time in strong heat of the afternoon sun?  These people never give up their intention even though they have to wait on the rugged roads and lack various means of comfort. They never neglect their participation even for a short time.

This is because of the peaceful temperament of the monks who have practiced their mind very well.  This enables the Buddhists to touch the real core of Buddhism by watching the monks doing their Tudongha. The monks and the people intend to walk the various routes that cover 6 provinces in order to pay homage to the 6 significant places that their Great Master used to stay.

As of today, the 1,127 Tudongha monks have walked through 2 places which are in Song Pi-Nong District, Suphanburi Province. These places are: 1. Phra Mongkolthepmuni Memorial which is the place where The Great Master was born, and 2. Song Pi-Nong Temple where The Great Master ordained.Today, all 1,127 Tudongha monks are coming to the third important place which is Boadbon Temple, Bangkuvieng, Nonthaburi Province where The Great Master attained Dhammakaya.

The monks have walked 150 km. already and they have to walk the remaining of 215 km. in 12 more days and that will be the end of this Tudongha.  We can say that this had never happened before in history.  What will happen next?  Let us continue in the next episode. For more information  www.dmc.tv.

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Preachit.org now hosts over 3000 sermons online with 225 ministers contributing

February 3rd, 2009 Preachit.org, a leading sermon resource for a fast growing number of pastors hit over 3,000 sermon submissions from its 225 contributors this week. This landmark jump in sermons submitted is a true testament to the commitment of the site owner and his 225 talented, dedicated pastors & ministers who write these in their spare time.

“My vision for this site is to make available thousands of Sermon Outlines and Bible Study helps.” Says Rev. James Smith.

“As a Pastor of a young work for over 6 years, I found it difficult at times to have well prepared messages 3 times a week. As you know, a Pastor’s time is stretched. Especially if he/she works a job outside of their Church. At times, new ideas and thoughts are hard to develop as our minds are often full of the cares of the church.” Says Rev. James Smith

Jim’s simple website doesn’t just stop at sermons. Over the years, he’s added everything from small group resources, church job descriptions for busy pastors looking to hire, church activity planning, how to take up your offering and much more.

Preach It is gifted to have a host of ministers who are getting on board the Sermons/Bible Study contributor team. This team is growing every day, however they are still anxious to have other ministers join in helping build this resource site.

They still have a need for sermons on:
* Doctrine
* Salvation
* Encouragement
* Enrichment

Jim says “Don’t be afraid to submit something. If it was a blessing to your church, it will be a blessing to another.”

Anyone looking for sermon outlines is encouraged to visit www.preachit.org or its audio version at www.preachitaudio.com

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Reason Why The Bible Is True And Helps Us To Love God

A website has been recently opened by George Pogiatzis, who has a B.A. from St. John’s College the “Great Books College” & a Master of Divinity degree, which reveals the meaning behind much of nature & history, and provides perhaps the best reason for why the Bible is true and helps us to love God with all of our heart and to have complete faith in His existence, power, and love: the very numerous & very uncommon resemblances (which could only have been planned by an eternal God who controls nature & history) between the persons of the Christian Holy Trinity- God the Father, Jesus God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit- and tons of persons/things, including:

(PART ONE) natural objects such as the Sun & constellations of stars, light, the wind, water, trios of the human body, dogs, the three chief parts of the atom (proton, neutron, & electron), energy, and the three conic sections (parabola, hyperbola, ellipse); this part also mentions the presence of the number seven, one of the most significant numbers in the Bible, throughout Nature (thus, this part includes Creation evidence and evidence against Evolution)

(PART TWO) over twenty historical persons/things in every book of the Old Testament such as Noah, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, the Passover Lamb, King David, and King Solomon (thus, this part even shows that the Jewish religion demonstrates the truth of Christianity, and that Jesus the Lamb of God is the Messiah)

(PART THREE) historical/fictional persons/things not mentioned explicitly in the Bible and of many different nations from all parts of the world, such as the trilithons (“three rocks”) of Stonehenge & other sites around the world, the Egyptian gods, the Egyptian pharaohs (kings who were thought to be incarnations of the gods Horus & Osiris), the three Pyramids of Giza including the Pyramid of Khufu which is the only survivor of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, Ancient China’s “Three Sovereigns,” the three principal Hindu gods (“Trimurti”) including Vishnu who is incarnated as Krishna (a.k.a. Crishna), the Three Fates & other Greek gods which come in sets of three, the Ancient American god Quetzalcoatl, the ancient Greek gods such as Zeus, Hercules, & Dionysus (Roman name: Bacchus), the ancient Greek heroes such as Achilles, Odysseus (a.k.a. Ulysses), & Oedipus, Aeneas, Buddha, the Chinese sage Lao-Tzu, Confucius & Socrates, Socrates-Plato-Aristotle, Aeschylus-Sophocles-Euripides, Euclid-Archimedes-Apollonius, the Parthenon of Athens, Alexander the Great & Julius Caesar (part of the First Triumvirate), Augustus Caesar (part of the Second Triumvirate), Nero Caesar, twin tower #2 of Notre Dame of Paris whose founder died on 9/11/1196, Joan of Arc, Leonardo da Vinci-Michelangelo-Raphael, Bach-Mozart-Beethoven, Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln & John F. Kennedy (JFK) (DON’T MISS THIS: FIND OUT THE REASON WHY THERE WERE SO MANY EXTREMELY ODD RESEMBLANCES BETWEEN LINCOLN & JFK AND BETWEEN THESE TWO & JESUS WHICH UNTIL NOW HAVE BEEN UNEXPLAINED, INCLUDING THE FACT THAT AN “ETERNAL FLAME” WAS MADE TO RISE FROM JFK’S GRAVE THREE DAYS AFTER HIS DEATH), Hitler, the Colossus of Rhodes & the Statue of Liberty (the resurrected Colossus), and the second of the Twin Towers which collapsed on 9/11/2001 (DON’T MISS THIS EITHER). Several of these persons, including Achilles? (maybe), all the non-Christian “gods” including Buddha & Crishna?, Alexander the Great, the Caesars, Santa Claus, & Hitler, are symbols of the Anti-Christ who will be possessed by Satan and who will seduce many away from Christ by resembling Christ in extremely uncommon ways (EX. BY PERFORMING MIRACLES, BY CLAIMING TO BE GOD, BY APPEARING TO RETURN FROM THE DEAD: SEE REVELATION 13 & DANIEL 7-12). Indeed, Daniel 7 & Revelation 13:1-2 teach that Alexander the Great (the “leopard”) & the Caesars (the fourth beast) will be represented by the Anti-Christ, the “little horn” of the fourth beast which is conceived in Rev. 13:1-2 to incorporate elements of the first three beasts.

EXAMPLE FROM PART ONE: THE SUN:
(There are many places in the Bible which suggest that the Sun is a symbol of Jesus the Son of God. For instance, Jesus, God the SON, says: “I am the light of the world.” [John 8:12] “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings.” [Malachi 4:2, the fourth last verse of the Old Testament, which is immediately followed by Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew Ch.1!]) -Existed before man, can’t escape from it on Earth, gives life -Shows that Jesus came from heaven to Earth, disappeared in a bloody red death with a crown (corona) of thorns around his spherical head, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again “on the clouds of heaven” to judge the world and “every eye will see Him”
-Shows that Jesus the Son will resurrect the dead like the Sun resurrects the trees every spring
-+ over 20 other very uncommon similarities…

EXAMPLE FROM PART TWO: NOAH
-the only way people on the Earth at his time were able to be saved was by being with him on his ark (Gen. 7:23): about Jesus, it is said by Peter that “there is salvation in no other one, for neither is there another name under the heaven which has been given among men, by which we must be saved”

EXAMPLES FROM PART THREE: ALEXANDER THE GREAT
-both said to be born of a virgin

-both called the “son of God”

-Alexander was taught by Aristotle, the third person of Socrates-Plato (said to be born of a virgin)-Aristotle whom I show to together symbolize the Holy Trinity in whom all wisdom is found: truly was Jesus taught by the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, and truly did it descend upon Him in the form of a dove when He was baptized by John the Baptist (Matt. 3:16)

-“Magi” (same word used in Gospel of Matthew) see an unusual portent (in his case, a temple suddenly being set on fire on the day Alexander was born; in Jesus’s case, a strange-looking star) which signals how unusual Alexander & Jesus are

-both conquer much of the world (for Jesus rules people everywhere, and “it is necessary for him to reign until He shall have put all enemies under His feet…all things He [God the Father] put in subjection under His [Jesus’] feet.” [1 Corinthians 15:25-27])

-both said to be miraculously handsome (The Messiah, at least when He comes again, is “fairer than the sons of men” [Psalms 45:2])

-both never lose a battle, as is also true of other types of Christ including Cyrus the Great, Scipio the Great, & King David (for God’s plans always succeed)

-both said to be uncommonly virtuous men (Montaigne, a careful reader of histories, called Alexander one of the three greatest men who ever lived, not simply because of Alex’s character), although Alexander had some flaws, as the Anti-Christ will appear to be a very virtuous man & will thereby seduce people to worship him after Christians vanish from the Earth during the Rapture

-Alexander the Great is often compared to Julius Caesar (for instance by Plutarch in his Parallel Lives), another person whom God made to be a symbol of the Anti-Christ

-as Jesus died at age 33 in AD 33 (which we can know only because of Luke 3:23), so did Alexander die at age 33 in 323 BC, and Jesus is talked about in The Old Testament’s Book of Job only in Ch. 19 and in Job 33:23! Of the tens of hundreds of years after 3003 BC, there are only about twenty other years with numbers which begin and end with 3s (such as AD 313, the year Christianity became the Roman Empire’s official religion), so this similarity between Jesus & Alexander the Great is very uncommon.

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