Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

20:1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard.
20:2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
20:3 “About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.
20:4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’
20:5 So they went. “He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing.
20:6 About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
20:7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
20:8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
20:9 “The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius.
20:10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.
20:11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.
20:12 ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
20:13 “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius?
20:14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you.
20:15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
20:16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

(New International Version, The Book of Matthew)

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美丽的哈瓦那

感谢西里、走亲戚、Xiaorenmeng及诸位网友。万万想不到那句不经意的一问,会换来此时此刻俺这般奇妙的心境。

这比记忆中还完美的旋律,把我引入时光隧道,回到三十多年前。

那时,还是一个乖巧而羞涩的小男孩。我们住的居民区有很多很多知青姐姐、知青哥哥。想来她们当年该是十七八岁的样子吧,正是青春期里爱情的芽才萌发的时候,跟弟妹们比,他们真腼腆的可以。不好意思跟异性独处的,便总要领着我做掩饰,说领着弟弟出来玩的。我就是在这时候,听到了这首美丽的哈瓦那。在微风的夜空里,在幽静的独室中。

害羞或是相对无语的难堪时,每每要小声地哼唱这首美丽的哈瓦那。又总是抢着跟我说话,说一些莫名其妙的我根本听不懂的话。

旋律跟我记忆中略有些差别,歌词按我当时的能力,也只能记住头两句了。我才一直以为她是一首知青歌曲。只是不明白他们当年为什么不敢放开嗓音唱的。

三十多年了,我由过去的小男生变成了邋遢的、常留着黑髭的中年人,而那些知青兄姊们也早已不再雄伟和俊俏。

只有这首美丽的哈瓦那,还是那样的美。

Apostles` creed

I believe in God, Father Almighty, Creator of heavens and earth; I believe in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord, Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Given birth through Virgin Mary, Suffered under Potius Pilate, Was crucified, died and buried; He was descended into the death, and the third day was raised again from the dead. He ascended into the Heaven, seated at the right hand of Father Almighty, And will come back from there to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal Church, the communion of the saints, The forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, And life everlasting. Amen!

About Desiray

I am a woman who has purposed in my heart that I will declare and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I will not compromise His word for anyone or anybody. I love meeting new people and sharing stories. I am an Expository Preaching, Apologetics, Hermeneutics and Exegesis of the Bible.

I am a happily married woman and I thank God for my blessing everyday. Besides being a wife ,I am Mother, Grandmother, Minister and Author of the book, “The Devotion Cafe’ which is on Amazon.com as well as the founder and President of The Devotion Cafe.

The Devotion Cafe, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3). The Devotion Cafe, Inc. purpose for which the corporation is formed are as follows to spread the word of God through Issuance  of bibles, educational materials, etc and provide hope for those in need.

I enjoy many things from sight-seeing, taking photographs, going to my little boutique stores, occasionally  Barnes & Nobles, we have several coffee shops in my city where they have books and so me and my husband will visit them while  mingle with other people in the community, while sipping on my favorite flavor coffee.

I get great pleasure out of reading God’s word and teaching it to other people as it relates to our daily needs.

As you read my daily devotions you will see a lot of myself I share in these postings, I am a very firm believer that if a person is not real and transparent about themselves people find it hard to be able to allow them to minister to them.

Each day I am learning how to live life to the fullest the way God intended us to live it…Thank you Jesus, for everything.

In July 2013 I started a petition. “Telling The World about Jesus Love”.

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骄傲与谦卑

周金海牧师 著

彼得和雅各两位使徒都告诉我们说:「神阻挡骄傲的人,赐恩给谦卑的人。」这是因为他们认为这是主极宝贵的教训。主说:「我心里柔和谦卑,你们当学我的样式。」这也是众使徒所学的生命功课,因为这是神对待人的基本原则。这节经文前半句是神的警告,后半句是神赐恩的应许,我们如果领受,将成为我们一生的保障和祝福。
骄傲与谦卑是出于两个截然不同的源头,前者是出于魔鬼撒但,后者是属于耶稣基督。骄傲,是撒但引诱人类始祖犯罪时所种在人里面的毒素;谦卑,是基督来到世上赐给信徒的属天美德。撒但原为天使长,牠因为骄傲「从天坠落,被砍倒在地上」;而神喜悦耶稣最主要的原因,是因为祂从与神同等的最高地位,降卑到最低之处,并且「存心顺服,以至于死,且死在十字架上。所以神将祂升为至高,又赐给祂那超乎万名之上的名」。
主耶稣多次教训门徒们说:「凡自高的,必降为卑,自卑的,必升为高。」神恨恶骄傲,远胜一切罪恶。「耶和华必拆毁骄傲人的家」,这意思就是神决不放过骄傲的人。我们看骄傲,应该比癌症更可怕,癌细胞如何需要被割除,骄傲更需要被剥夺;癌症对人的伤害和致命是今生的事,骄傲所带来的损失却是永远的。
除去骄傲乃是神在我们生命中所要做的基本工作,为要将基督的谦卑赐给我们。谦卑是基督的属性和最高美德,不是效法或修练出来的,乃是基督藉着祂的圣灵,住进信徒的心里,而渐渐活出来的生命特征。我们唯有相信并接受祂作我们生命的主,让祂美丽的生命来取代我们老旧的生命,才能活出祂谦卑柔和的性情来。

The story of Zacchaeus

19:1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.
19:2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
19:3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.
19:4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
19:5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
19:6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
19:7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.'”
19:8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
19:9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.

(Luke19:1-10)

The Echo of Life

A son and his father are walking in the mountains.
Suddenly, the son falls, hurts himself and screams: AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”
To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”
Curious, he yells: Who are you?”He receives the answer: Who areyou?”
Angered at the response, he screams: Coward!” He receives the answer: Coward!”
He looks to his father and asks: What’s going on?”
The father smiles and says: My son, pay attention.”

And then he screams to the mountain: I admire you!” The voice answers: I admire you!”
Again the man screams: You are a champion!” The voice answers: You are a champion!”
The boy is surprised, but does not understand.
Then the father explains: People call this Echo, but really this is Life. It gives you back everything you say or do.
Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.
If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence.
This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life. Life will give you back everything you have given to it.”
Your life is not a coincidence. It’s a reflection of you!

This, then, is how you should pray

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

(New International Version)

珠宝 (莫泊桑创作短篇小说)

《珠宝》是法国作家莫泊桑创作的短篇小说。讲述了一位丈夫发现妻子收藏的“假珠宝”是真的之后的心理转变。《珠宝》是一篇道德小说。朗丹曾拥有一个幸福、美满的小家庭。他真诚地爱着妻子,妻子也热烈地爱着朗丹。珠宝真假之谜的开解,对朗丹是沉重地一击,“真与假”在一瞬间全部对换了位置:假珠宝变成了真珠宝,真诚的爱情变成了虚假的爱情。 
这篇小说继承了莫泊桑以往一贯的写作风格:构思和布局的巧妙性,取材于平凡的日常生活,通过引人入胜的情节安排使小说生动富有吸引力。小说揭露了资本主义社会金钱的罪恶一面,以及小市民在金钱面前爱慕虚荣的嘴脸,小说通过细致的人物心理描写和出乎意料的结局安排,鲜明地体现了莫泊桑的创作特点。

作品主题
小说中朗丹之所以惊愕,是因为其妻子是无论如何都买不起如此昂贵的首饰的,绝对买不起。那么这是别人送的礼物了?而其余的珠宝也都是别人送的了?莫非……?究竟谁是第三者?作者一直没有交代真相,也就是说读者在阅读之余,除了得自朗丹先生的一些感觉外(比如,他的薪水在妻子手里,足够家里的开支,而剩下他一人时,反而不够用了,他感到奇怪),其他一无所知。其实,生活中妻子或丈夫有了外遇而一直瞒着对方的事例是屡见不鲜的,可以说是生活导演了作者的构思。
妻子接受情人馈赠的首饰当然不敢向丈夫袒露,只好颠倒黑白,真说作假,以便公开把玩佩带,这种虚情假意在小说的开始显得温馨无比,因为有时晚上夫妻在壁炉边喝茶时,她就把装着朗丹先生所谓“便宜货”的摩洛哥皮匣子捧到茶桌上,开始热情地细细观看那些假珠宝,好象其中有一种无穷的、秘密的乐趣似的。她还一定要把一串项链挂在丈夫的脖子上,为的是挂上以后,好痛痛快快的笑一番,“接着就扑到他怀里,象发了疯似的吻他”。这就是小说艺术最具强烈效果的反讽。妻子公然在丈夫面前欣赏所谓的“假货”,回味与情人度过的欢乐时光;她坚持给丈夫戴上项链取乐,不啻给丈夫戴上绿帽。朗丹确实很滑稽,很可笑,和一个用情不专的女人同床异梦,并和她分享第三者的馈赠(日日有佳肴美酒),他还觉得甜蜜无比。
更滑稽、更可笑的是,妻子死后,朗丹陷入痛苦的泥潭里,妻子似乎带走了他的灵魂。他甚至在上班时常走神,一想到妻子便放声大哭,这个细节的讽刺其实是很辛辣的。正是因为“假首饰”变成真首饰,使他震惊、使他从梦中回到现实。饥肠辘辘,口袋空空,而那串项链值一万八千法郎!一万八千法朗,多么诱人的数字!他在首饰店对面的人行道上不断徘徊,饥饿推他进店,但羞耻心却拦住他,然而饥饿的大口最终吞噬了羞耻心,他在金钱面前起初话语结巴、双手颤巍,后来若无其事,口吻严肃。金钱最后成了统帅一切的将军。他一鼓作气,卖掉了妻子遗下的所有珠宝:“他撕破脸皮争价钱,他发脾气,要人把帐簿给他看;随着金额的增加,他的嗓门也越提越高”。当商人用开玩笑的口吻说:“这些东西的主人把所有的积蓄都存在珠宝上了”时,朗丹却一本正经地说:“这也是一种存钱的方法,并不特殊”。
末了郎丹成为金钱的俘虏,这个结局是意味深长的。它体现了作者思想的深刻和理性的深刻:古老的传统道德基石在物欲横流的生活风气冲击下,已塌陷,资本主义似一张盘根错节的罪恶之网,纯朴的人生、真挚的爱情、高尚的情怀将被渐渐毁灭。
纵观整篇小说,可以看到,郎丹在前一段婚姻里,原本是幸福的,生活也“好像过得很阔绰”,从物质到精神都很快意、满足。真相大白后,原先的幸福感只会让他更痛苦,原来自以为幸福的婚姻带给他的只有欺骗、耻辱,好在他后来“有钱了”,应该享受到有钱带来的幸福了,但是,第二段婚姻仍带给他“许多痛苦”,虽然妻子“很规矩”。前后两段婚姻对比起来,作者想告诉读者的是他对婚姻生活的看法:婚姻的本质就是痛苦。无论所娶的女人是规矩的还是不规矩的,脾气好还是不好,都各有各的痛。所以婚姻生活最终带给人的都是痛苦。
艺术特色
这篇小说在艺术上具有鲜明的特色。首先,心理描写非常细腻。作品中除了运用真接的心理显示的方法外(如当朗丹推测出珠宝的来源后的一系列的心理活动),还通过人物的行为和语言对人物的心理进行间接的描写和剖析。这两种方法的结合,使作品全面地、深刻地刻画出了人物的心灵轨迹,触及了人物的灵魂深处,从而塑造出了性格鲜明的人物形象,有力地表现了主题。其次,结构单纯而严整。作品以“珠宝”为线索安排故事情节,头绪清晰,结构单纯;但珠宝由“假”变真,又使情节生动、富有波澜。在安排结构时,作品略写朗丹妻子的堕落,详写朗丹继承亡妻珠宝的过程,既避免了雷同(特别是人物性格、心理的雷同),为情节的发展蓄足了悬念,又使结构本身显得非常严整,避免了枝叶纷繁可能导致的结构主干的散漫。此外,小说语言洗炼而细腻。凡涉及情节过程的交代一律用洗炼的简笔,而在描写人物心理时则用细腻的语言,以求绘色传神、入木三分。作者对语言的使用是服从于刻画人物和安排结构的需要的,是和它们相统一的。