Archive for November, 2011

HIS SPIRIT LIVES IN ME!

Posted in Christ, Darkness, God's Spirit, humility, Illness, Light, Sadness, Sin, Spirituality, Uncategorized on November 30, 2011 by sheriffali

The hours that the sun sheds her light

Much stronger I am within,

But when darkness brings the night

Looms the horrors of sin

 

As the evening shadows begin to fall

Sadness captures me,

No longer am I standing tall

I fall on bended knee

 

This life is hard to explain

Even to those that care,

I’m trying hard to hide my pain

And, my insatiable fear

 

I know my Lord controls the world

Despite my tragedy,

For He is the Master of my soul

And, His Spirit lives in me!

© Sheriff G Ali 2011

 

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My greatest affliction!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2011 by sheriffali

We can become able masters of the human heart, but only if we allow ourselves to be tutored in the school of “heart-felt” personal experience.

 

Kings have their troubles; the peasant has his cares; the wayfarer has many hardships; the Captain has his difficulties, and there were times when the dark valleys were too much for me, but thank God, “The Lord was my Shepherd!”

 

I was also tried in my friends and my counselors; they forsook me! They that ate my bread lifted up their heels against me, but my worst foes were that of my own household; my blood family; but especially my children, they were my greatest affliction.

 

The temptations of poverty and wealth, of honor and reproach, of health and sickness, all took a toll on me. The trials from without disturbed my peace, and from within, marred my joy. No sooner I escaped from one trial I fell into another; emerging from one season of despondency and alarm, I was again brought into the lowest depths, whilst simultaneously the waves of billows were rolling over me.

 

At the time, whatever my frame of mind, whatever ecstasy of depression, was the result of emotions propelled by incomprehensible deep hurt. Having been instructed in life’s personal experience, I have matured with God’s grace through the years, and with my Lord’s inexhaustible mercy, He placed me in “Green Pastures.” My soul, let my Lord’s grace continue to cheer and counsel thee,” this day!

 

 

Sheriff G Ali

 

 

© Sheriff G Ali 2010-2011

 

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BAGHBAN TRANSLATES “CARE-TAKER! “THE UNGRATEFULNESS OF CHILDREN”

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26, 2011 by sheriffali

This is from the movie BAGBAN which translates “care-taker.” The Parents four children had taken, and taken and taken from their parents and they ended up treating their parents like dirt, never ever remembering that their parents gave them “all” that they had!

 

This video is where the children had separated their parents who never spent one night apart in the forty years they were married. The parents had given their four children all that they had, and the father ended up having to stay with one son and the children’s mom had to stay by another son, solely because their sons thought that it was a burden having both parents in the same house was too much for them. The father asked his son to use the phone to call his wife (the boy’s mother) because it was the first night they were being apart after 40 years. When he asked his son to use the phone, the boy just walked away. Here is the son’s father, heartbroken; pangs and pines; went out into the rainy street to use the phone to call his wife. 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA8_kcENDxM&feature=related

 

MAIN YAHAAN TU WAHAAN

 

[This is what he was singing to his wife from the phone booth]

(ENGLISH TRANSLATION)

 

You and I are separate

What has life come to?

You are the only one I see

Everywhere I cast a glance

I get no sleep

I miss you badly

I can’t live without you anymore

You and I are separate

What has life come to?

 

It is as if time has come

To a standstill

There is gloom everywhere

I pine for you

I am lonely in body

Thirsty in soul

 

Not even for a moment

Why wouldn’t your face

Fade away from my eyes

Day and nights do go by

A lonely life

Just won’t go by

You and I are separate

What has life come to?

 

 

[Here he stopped singing and said to his wife, Ok then, by, “don’t forget to write.”

[Now he is about to hang up the phone and he hears his wife, as she sings]

 

Whenever I hear foot steps

I feel as if you have arrived

Life is whiff of fresh air

You have lent

Fragrance to my breath

 

These were the days

When we were always together

And time is so much different

Between us now

You and I are separate

What has life come to?

 

 

 

Their father had adopted a child that used to shine shoes and placed him in school. The boy did very well in school and went toEnglandand graduated there. He returned toIndiaand started a business. To this “boy,” his adopted father was “the image of who God is!” He got married and brought his adopted parents to their home. When you look at the short video you will see the photograph of their adopted parents. Amazing, because when his adopted parents saw this, their heart was happy and their heart was breaking as to how, their own children treated them like dirt, and this adopted son, saw them as God and Goddess! But I thought about it and thought about it, and my conclusion from my own experience in life tells me:

 

SUCH IS LIFE!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPUUKQjKxek&feature=related

 

 

Sheriff G Ali

 

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Vice President Aaron Burr vs. Former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton: the duel that shook the nation!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25, 2011 by sheriffali

After the Congressional Supercommittee failed to reconcile its differences on budget reduction this week, many disappointed citizens may have the urge to reminisce on America’s Golden Days. But those looking back should be mindful of how far they let their gaze drift. At some points in US politics, the sword, or pistol, was mightier than the pen.

Nowadays, challenging someone to a duel sounds like a line from the latest Three Musketeers remake, but dueling used to play a part in American society – and Congress. According to a New York Times article from 1859, “all of the Congressional challenges that have been sent … do not exceed twenty-five in number, and not half so many as have been fought by members of the British Parliament.” The article continues in response to British criticism of “the state of civilization” inAmerica and gives a rational-sounding recount of dueling politicians until that point in time.

 

The first recorded duel involving a member of Congress was in 1777, all of a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Army Officer Jackland McIntosh and Congressman Button Gwinnett (who actually signed the Declaration of Independence) squared off, and Gwinnett lost more than his honor. “The dispute was of a personal nature,” so the New York Times was hesitant to call it “a Congressional encounter, as it did not grow out of any act of either party connected with politics.”

At the time, such an “affair of honor” was increasingly commonplace inAmerica, after the practice was brought over by European nobles. Unlike their Atlantic counterparts, though, lower-class Americans elected to engage in gentlemen warfare. According to the PBS website, two servants of the same master, “Edward Doty and Edward Lester, of theMassachusettscolony, fought the first recorded American duel in 1621, just a year after the Pilgrims arrived atPlymouth.”

 

Dueling was a practice enjoyed all the way to the top of the society. Before becoming the seventh president and winding up on the 20 dollar bill, Andrew Jackson earned quite the name for himself as a skilled duelist, until an unfortunate encounter with Charles Dickinson (theTennesseehorse breeder, not the British novelist). At the time of the duel,Jacksonhad already served as aTennesseesenator and was practicing law, according to the History Channel website. What began as a bet on a horse race ended in Jackson and Dickinson crossing the border intoKentuckyin 1806 and exchanging fire.

As the duel began,Jacksontook a bullet in the chest next to his heart, but put pressure on the wound long enough to shoot back. His pistol misfired, and in a breach of etiquette,Jacksoncocked his pistol a second time and shotDickinsondead.Jackson’s fighting faux pas was a slight to his honor, but not enough to prevent him from later becoming president.

 

Not all politicians were so lucky. In 1804, a political duel shook the nation. Over a series of campaigns, Vice President Aaron Burr and former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton engaged in a series of personal attacks. To settle the matter once and for all, Burr challengedHamiltonto a duel. They set the location outside ofWashington, where dueling was illegal, and met in the early morning hours nearWeehawken,New Jersey. What happened next isn’t entirely clear, according to the History Channel website. Some sayHamiltondeclared the duel immoral and merely fired into the air. Others say he took a shot at Burr and missed. What then ensued is irrefutable: Burr fired back, the bullet going throughHamilton’s stomach and lodging itself next to his spine. Within a day,Hamiltonwas dead.

The country was outraged to lose a man as notable as Hamilton, one ofAmerica’s Founding Fathers. Even though Burr was charged with murder inNew YorkandNew Jersey, his immunity as vice president prevented a conviction. By the time he finished his term, he had lost so much political standing that he devised a scheme to annex theLouisianaTerritoryand establish an independent government. When he marched a militia towardNew Orleansin 1806, though, he was charged with treason. He was later acquitted, but the public labeled him a traitor, and he left forEurope, never to return to American politics. In Burr’s case, political grievances caused the country a great hardship. If current Congressmen don’t take heed of history, they might find themselves making a similar mistake.

 

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Give thanks unto the Lord Thy God, for your blessings on this very momentous Thanksgiving Day!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2011 by sheriffali

Do not bet the saint in public and a devil in private, dealing in soot by night.

 

 

A cake not turned is uncooked on one side, and so it is with us in many respects, untouched by divine grace: though there is some partial obedience, there is very much rebellion left. My soul, I charge thee, see whether this day be thy case.

 

Are we thorough in the things of God? Has grace gone through the very centre of thy being so as to be felt in its divine operations in all thy powers and thy actions, thy words and thy thoughts? To be sanctified, spirit, soul and body; should be our aim and prayer; and although sanctification may not be perfect in thee anywhere in degree, yet it must be universal in its action; there must not be the appearance of holiness in one place and reigning of sin in another, else we too, wilt be “a cake not turned.”

 

A cake not turned is soon burnt on the side nearest the fire, and although no one can have too much of God, there are some who seem burnt on black with bigoted zeal for that part of truth which they have received, or are charred to a cinder with a vainglorious Pharisaic Ostentation of those religious performances which suite their humor. The assumed appearance of superior sanctity frequently accompanies a total absence of all vital Godliness.

 

The saint in public is a devil in private! He deals in flour by day and in soot by night. The cake which is burned on one side; is dough on the other!

 

If it be so with me, O Lord, turn me! Turn my unsanctified nature to the fire of Thy love and let it feel the sacred glow and let my burnt side cool a little, while I learn my own weakness and want of heat when I am removed from Thy heavenly flame. Let me not be found a double-minded man but one entirely under the powerful influence of reigning grace; for well I know if I am left like a cake unturned and am not on both sides the subject of Thy grace, I must be consumed for ever amid everlasting burnings!

 

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BRITISH AGENTS assisted in the capture of SAIF AL-ISLAM, Moammar Gaddafi’s son, in a daring £25 million JAMES BOND-STYLE bugging mission!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2011 by sheriffali

The top-secret mission dubbed OPERATION X that gave away no clues used the latest hi-tech ELINT electronic intelligence technology to bug Saif al-Islam along with his friends and family.

 

Saif al-Islam had been hiding out in the desert for weeks but the breakthrough came when Saif made two consecutive calls to advise that he was alright. It allowed the joint British and French bugging operation to pinpoint where he was.

 

M16 Agents using the £25 million top-secret equipment to close in on Saif before calling in the Libyan Snatch Squad. Saif was targeted by the British but it was essential for the Libyans to capture him.

 

Saif al-Islam, the London-Educated son of Gaddafi was picked up with two aides while trying to flee to neighboringNiger. He was taken to Zintan in northernLibya.

 

Saif told reporters that his right bandaged hand was the result of a Royal Air Force strike during the month of October, but that he was alright!

 

Comment:

 

Saif al-Islam (39 years of age) could have done so much more with his life. He earned a PHD in Economics inLondonand seemed to have had in the past, much aspiration in helping his country to remove his father’s dysfunctional rule that kept the Libyan people in turmoil for forty-two years. But in the end he decided to collaborate with his father, in the further slaughter of the Libyan people that lead to the demise not only of his father but also, two of his brothers.

 

I do not believe that the Libyan Government would send him to the International Criminal Court, but he would be tried inLibyathat would be witnessed by outside observers. However, the inevitable outcome for Saif al-Islam would be execution. Perhaps this could be a great lesson for the other Dictators that subjugate their people for the avarice of money and power! 

 

Saif al-Islam means “Sword of Islam”

 

Sheriff G Ali

 

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How oft do they with golden pinions cleave The flitting skies, like flying pursuivant Against foul fiends to aid us militants!”

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2011 by sheriffali

To what dignity are the chosen elevated when the brilliant courtiers of heaven become their willing servitors! Into what communion are we raised since we have intercourse with spotless celestials! How well are we defended since all the twenty-thousand chariots of God are armed for our deliverance! To whom do we owe all this? Let the Lord Jesus Christ be for ever endeared to us, for through Him we are made to sit in heavenly places far above principalities and powers.

 

He is to whose camp is round about them that fear Him; He is the true Michael whose foot is upon the dragon. All hail, Jesus! Thou Angels of Jehovah’s presence, to Thee this heart offers its vows.

 

 

Our lives are no different than Kings,Queens, Presidents, Prime Ministers and the Likes, for The Almighty gives Sun, Rain, Light and Darkness to all. See how this mighty man of God handled his troubles during his time on Earth!

 

 

THE SWEET PSALMIST OF ISRAEL.” 2ND SAMUEL 23:1

 

 

Among all the saints whose lives are written in Holy Writ, David possesses an experience of the most striking, varied and instructive character. In his history we meet with trials and temptations not discovered, as a whole, in other saints of ancient times, and hence he is all the more suggestive a type of our Lord.

 

David knew the trials of all ranks and conditions of men. Kings have their troubles, and David wore a crown: the peasant has cares, and David handled a shepherd’s crook: the wanderer has many hardships, and David, abode in the caves of Engedi: the captain has his difficulties, and David found the sons of Zeruiah too hard for him.

 

The psalmist was also tried in his friends, his counselor Anithophel forsook him, “He that eateth bread with me, had lifted up his heel against me.” (Psalm 41) His worst foes were they of his own household: his children were his greatest affliction. The temptations of poverty and wealth, of honor and reproach, of health and weakness, all tried their power upon him. He had temptations from without to disturb his peace, and from within to mar his joy.

 

David no sooner escaped from one trial than he fell into another; no sooner emerged from one season of despondency and alarm, then he was again brought into the lowest depths, and all God’s waves and billows rolled over him. It is probably from this cause that David’s psalms are so universally the delight of those that “truly” believes in God.

 

Whatever our frame of mind, whether ecstasy or depression, David has exactly described our emotions. He was an able master of the human heart, because he had been tutored in the best of all schools – the school of heart-felt, personal experience.

 

As we are instructed in the same school, as we grow matured in grace and in years, we increasingly appreciate David’s psalms, and find them to be “green pastures.” My soul, let David’s experience cheer and counsel me this day.

 

 

For many people they make a calculated decision to join a particular religion or they were born into a respective religion. Many attend Churches, Mosques, Temples and what other form of worship they freely choose, but the question is how many people find “religion” and a house of worship that they attend, but “never” find that “Oneness” with God. You can find out if you have found religion or you have found God when affliction strikes. Affliction like God is no respecter of person, be it age, nationality, financial circumstances or anything that is part of this world that we live in. Death comes without any invitation and no amount of wealth can purchase even an additional second of life, for when your spirit (Spirit is derived from the Hebrew word meaning “breath”) is recalled, you must go, and naked as you came into the world, naked you shall go!

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