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Funeral service for Sybil Peters, 69 yrs., a resident of #1416 Chestnut Street, Pinewood Gardens, who died on 21st November, 2011, will be held at Zion Baptist Church, East & Shirley Streets, on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. T. G. Morrison, assisted by Rev. Anthony Sampson, other Associate Ministers, Deacons & Evangelist. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
Left to cherish her memories are her caring & devoted daughter: Roslyn Peters; 2 sons: Elton & John Peters; stepmother: Leona McClain; 5 sisters: Gwendolyn Oliver of Mastic Point, Andros, Hildred Clarke of Freeport, Val McClain Roberts, Patricia Rolle & Deborah Bain; 7 brothers: Wendell McClain of Miami Fl, Floyd, Randy, Patrick & Allen McClain & Gregory, Carl Oliver of Mastic Point, Andros; granddaughters: Vanessa Seymour, Kaylisea Peters, Brittany & Berline Peters; great grand daughter: Jhayda Larkin; grandsons: Deron Sands, Kemier Lamm, Carlos Peters, Fabio Peters & Perry Gaitor Jr.; adopted daughters: Shantell Rolle & Estella Gray; adopted sons: 2572 Glenroy Sweeting of the Royal Bahamas Police Force & Eugene Moss; cousins: Clifford, Henry, David, Rahcael Dawn; nieces & nephews: Irene Capron, Paula Oliver, Julia Oliver, Faith & Michael Rolle, Francia Oliver, Suzette & Harcourt Nixon, Carl Jr. & Lisa Oliver, Antonio Oliver, Janice & Javon Pinder & Jerome Oliver; grand nieces & nephews: Ivana Capron, Patrico Wallace, Kraschanda Oliver, Pedro Oliver, Dashanique Oliver, Randina Oliver, Latisha Stubbs, Melissa Rolle, Antoniqua Oliver, Antonio Jr. Oliver, Michael Jr. Rolle, Taquivia Rolle, Christina Oliver, Everette Miller; daughters-in-law: Shamon, Angel & Keva Peters; granddaughter-in-law: Phylicia Sands; other relatives & friends including: her loyal and devoted friend, Althea Morley, Janet Darling & family, Pearl, Vanda, Ms. Thompson, Miss Woodside & family, Violet Miller, the Neeley family, the Ramsey family, the Johnson family, the Francis family, Dorcas Kemp & family, Harrison Smith & family, Kendall McPhee & family, Ferguson family, Patsy Anderson & family, Patricia Larkin, Michelle Larkin, the Scavella family, the Daxon family, the Moss family, Pamela Morrison, Zion Baptist Church family, Rev. T.G. Morrison & family, the entire Chestnut Street family, Tracey Curry & family, Mark, Truit, Tristan & Miranda Thompson, Wellington Bullard & family, Shalriqua Mackey & family, Trovette, Marissa, Pasha, Felicia Fisher & family, Rudenko, Keno, Lashan Clarke, Ruth McIntosh & family, Henson & Benjamin Oliver & family, Samuel Romer & family, the KFC staff Robinson Road, Herman Rolle, Bernard Bodie, Lorriane Oliver, Edney & Emma Pickstock & family, Shavonne Burrows, the Key West Street family & the entire Crooked Island family.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Saturday & on Sunday from 10-12:30 p.m. & at the church from 1:30 p.m. until service time.
The scripture reading comes from the gospel according to Mark. - Mark 8:31-33.
There can be no doubt that this is one of the most challenging passages of the New Testament. For, in it Jesus sternly rebukes Peter, calling him chief disciple "Satan".
Why did the master find it necessary to rebuke Peter in this very harsh manner? At first sight, it is hard to understand the reason for his action.
After all, was not Simon one of the first disciples called by Jesus at the beginning of his ministry? Moreover, was not Simon one of the three chosen disciples to accompany Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, and later in the Garden of Gethsemane?
And most significantly, was it not Simon who, when Jesus asked "Whom say ye that I am", declared, "Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God?" The more perplexing it becomes to understand why Jesus rebuked Simon Peter so harshly!
Now some scholars have sought to soften the impact or the master's rebuke here by suggesting that Jesus called him a devil. It was Satan, a fallen angel cast of heaven for rebellion against God, who tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They yielded to temptation and as a result all of humankind became subject to sin and death. In the book of Job, Satan appears as the adversary who challenges God concerning the integrity of his servant Job. Again, it was Satan who sought to tempt Jesus at the beginning of His ministry, but was trumpeted by him. Again, we are left to wonder why Jesus called Peter "Satan".
The clue to this question is to be found in reflection upon the teaching of Jesus concerning his own ministry as the Messiah.
Now the Messianic hope in ancient Israel arose from a longing for a king like David, for it was during the reign of King David (c. 1000 BC) that ancient Israel achieved the pinnacle of its imperial power. For that comparatively brief period in the history of the ancient Near East, Israel became a great and powerful nation. Then under Solomon, his illustrious son, Israel attained wealth and prestige. It was indeed, "the golden era" in Israel's long history.
When a new king came to the throne, high hopes were entertained that he would be a king of the stature of David. Thus arose the Messianic hope - the rise of a powerful king who like David, would subdue his enemies and make Israel a "superpower".
But there was another concept of the Messiah. It was that of the Messiah as the suffering servant as proclaimed by the Prophet Isaiah in the four servants song. These culminated in the prophecy of one who would redeem people by means of his own suffering.
Now, these two concepts of the role of the Messiah were current during the ministry of Jesus. Very significantly, Jesus held to the concept of the suffering Messiah, one who would bring about victory, not by means of military might, but by the sacrifice of his own life for the salvation of humankind. Thus, he declared what was the first prediction of the passion after Peter had declared him to be the Christ or the Messiah. As a result, he prepared his disciples for his coming passion by proclaiming that "the son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again."
Simon Peter, however, could not "take it". You see, Simon preferred the popular concept of the Messiah as a conquering military leader who would subdue the hated power of Rome. And Simon sought to rebuke his master. It was then that Jesus found it necessary to rebuke and, indeed correct his chief apostle. He accused Simon of being on the side of man rather than God. Concisely, the master reminds Peter that he can't follow the Master and then "side with the world". Simon had to learn that if he were to continue to be a disciple, that he must seek to be governed by the teaching of Jesus, not by the whims of the people. Jesus was inviting Peter then to take the road less traveled, the way of truth rather than the way of popularity.
Is there not a very important lesson for us all here during this Lenten season? We are called to exercise the Lenten principles during this season - to practice discipline in our eating, by devoting ourselves to prayer and Bible study. It is easy to slip into the way of the world and to indulge ourselves in pleasure, and even to become so caught up in politics that we find little time to devote to the cultivation of our soul. To us, as to Simon Peter comes the decision to decide whether we shall be faithful to the teaching of the master or to lapse into the easygoing attitude of indulging our appetite, "doing our own thing" rather than what God requires. Let us bear this in mind as we continue our spiritual sojourn through this Lenten season, the spiritual preparation for the proper celebration of the passion, crucifixion and glorious resurrection (Easter) of our Lord.
Q & A on pet adoption with the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
We will be announcing a fantastic holiday adoption special very soon and thought it might be useful to answer some commonly asked questions and debunk a few myths along the way.
You have so many dogs and cats - why don't you just give them away for free?
Good question! We charge a nominal adoption fee for two reasons. One; it costs us (often far more than the adoption fee) to care for each pet, to provide medical care like vaccines, deworming and preventatives for heartworm and fleas and ticks. Sometimes animals come to us with injuries and illnesses and this adds to the cost of their care. The nominal adoption fees we normally charge - $75 for dogs and puppies, $50 for cats and kittens - allow us to recoup at least some of these costs which then allows us to continue to treat and care for more animals in need. And two: if adopters can't afford our very reasonable adoption fees, we wonder if they can afford to provide proper care for their adopted pet. However; we often run specials with much lower fees, and senior citizens (65 and over) are never charged a fee. (Although we welcome donations at all times!)
You have so many dogs and cats - why are you so picky and why do you have to come to my house?
One of the reasons we have so many dogs and cats is because not everyone buys, adopts or takes in a stray animal for life. Not everyone is truly prepared to provide everything that pet needs. A large number of the animals that enter our shelter are surrendered by their owners for various reasons. A small sampling of those reasons: moving and can't take the pet, fleas or ticks, the pet is sick or injured and don't want to pay a vet bill, the kids are not taking care of the pet, the dog barks too much, or not enough; the cat is scratching the furniture, the cat or dog "won't stay home", the dog digs up the plants or pulls the clothes off the line, tired of the dog or cat having too many babies, can't afford to take care of anymore, and we've even heard "got new furniture and the cat has to go", and "moving to an upscale area and the dog and cat won't fit in"! Many more animals are picked up or brought in as strays, yet they are friendly, some even wearing a collar, and it's obvious they had a home but no one ever come looking for them.
An advocate for physical fitness, I keep myself in shape with regular exercise, strength training four days a week, running on a treadmill three days a week, and eating healthy food. I have a lean body, normal blood pressure, a healthy heart and a great attitude about life in general.
How many times have you heard someone say their neighbor is trying, or has poisoned their pet? Often, the pertinent clinical signs are unrelated to any toxin, however, many times, toxicosis is the source of clinical signs. Most toxic exposure in animals is accidental. Many pets may ingest plants, pesticides, automotive products and over-the-counter prescription drugs available in or around the home, despite the owner's best efforts to prevent them from doing so.
Today, because of the age of the Internet, there are a lot of truths, half-truths and untruths out there. There are so many rumors, and misinformation, that one must be careful on the Internet. I will try to give good information that has been verified as good about certain poisoning.
Ingestion of grapes and raisins may result in acute renal failure in dogs. Vomiting, lethargy and polydipsia (thirst) may occur five to six hours after ingestion, followed by loss of appetite and diarrhea. The owner should induce vomiting and place the animal on fluids.
Ingestion of sugarless candy or gum containing xylitol is poisonous to dogs. Weakness, ataxia and total collapse may occur 30 to 60 minutes following ingestion. Xylitol promotes insulin release by the pancreas which results in profound hypoglycemia.
Ingestion of chocolate can poison cats and dogs. All chocolates contain caffeine and theobromine which are toxic. This causes restlessness, cardiac arrhythmia, seizures, vomiting and diarrhea.
Onions and garlic can be bad for dogs. Too much onion and garlic in the diet can produce depression, rapid heart and respiratory rates and pale mucus membranes.
Ingestion of poinsettia flowers or leaves can make cats and dogs sick. This plant contains a milky lard sap that contains diterpenoid esters. These are irritants to the gastrointestinal system.
Macadamia nuts produce muscle weakness in dogs. Weakness, depression and vomiting usually occur six hours after ingestion.
Centipedes if eaten by pets can cause harm. All centipedes are venomous and can inflict harm by their stings, or because they have been ingested.
Vitamins A and D have toxic potential for many animals. Excessive amounts of vitamin A promote bone lesions. Excessive amounts of vitamin D will result in hypercalcemia and calcium deposits on soft tissues.
Herbal products can harm cats and dogs. When left open and available, potpourri, garden herbs, cooking powders, perfumes and any various odorants or similar scent products are attractive to cats. They are very irritating to the gastrointestinal tract.
Greenie dental treats are not risk free for cats and dogs. Greenies are hard, green, molded bone-shaped treats that contain wheat gluten and other additives. They are intended to be chewed before ingestion to help prevent oral odors, tartar buildup and gingivitis. Unfortunately, pets occasionally will swallow large pieces of the hand treats rather than chew them, resulting in gastrointestinal upset.
Clorox bleach contains sodium hypochlorite which is corrosive and may cause harm due to eye and skin contact. Too often, Bahamian owners wash their floors or kennels on a daily basis, resulting in a lot of skin lesions as a result of the bleach.
Anything and everything can potentially be toxic for a companion animal because the dose alone makes all the difference.
Daily I receive emails that may have some validity, or may be clearly erroneous, or sometimes are half-truths concerning different toxins. I have to use my knowledge, experience and common sense to provide appropriate, realistic and professional information. Because there is one true toxicology lab available to veterinarians in The Bahamas, many times we are at a disadvantage and hence we do miss some diagnoses.
o Dr. Basil Sands can be contacted at the Central Animal Hospital at 325-1288.
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? - Mark 8:31-38.
The hit song, "Can't Buy Me Love" was released by the Beatles in 1964. The song was written by Paul McCartney. When asked what the song means, McCartney expressed that one can place any interpretation to it. He further stated, "The idea behind it was that all these material possessions are very well, but they won't buy me what I really want."
Worldly possessions are good, but the most important thing that we want or need, cannot be had through worldly possessions. Muammar Gaddafi was a very wealthy man, yet at the end, his money was no good to him. It did not save his life.
Yes, money can buy many material things in this life, but it cannot buy the most important thing - everlasting life. In your getting, keep the cross of Jesus Christ in focus.
A pastor was once on his way to visit a parishioner when he encountered another person going to visit the same parishioner. The gentleman was about to step aside and let the pastor go ahead of him. However, the pastor suggested that he go first since he was there first. The gentleman, an insurance underwriter, said, "You go first. What you have is for life."
He was right. The pastor carried insurance for life after death. Life insurance underwriter carried insurance for this life. The person whose life it covered did not even get to enjoy it. The gift of salvation is for life and the person covered enjoys the benefit.
We are often tempted to reach for the world. Satan encourages us to gain all that we can. He entices, "The world ours to claim."
The above text is Jesus' response to Peter following Peter's attempt to chide him for talking about his eminent suffering and death at Jerusalem. Satan had enlisted Peter to tempt Jesus and entice him with earthly things.
Peter and the other disciples were focused on earthly things as apposed to heavenly things. They were expecting Jesus to set an earthly kingdom, with them at the helm.
Satan, having failed to tempt Jesus during his 40-day sojourn in the desert, thought this a most opportune time to play on Jesus' emotions and get him to abandon his earthly mission. He decided to use Peter to accomplish his objective.
Satan does the same thing to you and to me. He uses whatever means that is convenient for him. He tells us that we need a little more money. We need more power. We need to work a little harder.
Therefore, we forsake our God, our families, and the church in order to acquire more of the world. Satan tells us, if we are to succeed, we must forsake all and move hurriedly. But by the time we achieve the world, our family and health are gone. We have gained the whole world, but what do we really have?
Wealth and fame are no good to us once our health is gone. They cannot get us the most important things that we need. They cannot buy love. They cannot buy good health. And most definitely, they cannot buy our way into eternal life.
Therefore, what is the use of having all the money and power in the world if they cannot buy the things that really count? Mind you, Jesus is not saying that we should not enjoy a good life or become rich. God gives the things of this world to us to enjoy. Our wealth comes from Him. He is saying that we should not allow ourselves to be consumed by life's transient treasures. In our getting, keep the cross in focus.
Without Jesus in our life, we are nothing. We have nothing. Amen.
oRev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: email@example.com; Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.
haunted houses, costume parties and fire- works . Halloween is full
of fun things for you and your family to enjoy, but it's one of those
holidays that is enjoyed more by people than by pets. Keep the following
precautions in mind when preparing for the frightfully fun festivities
and help ensure that everyone in your family--including your pet--has
a safe Halloween and Guy Fawkes.
Keep your pet in a quiet
place, away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities.
You may know that the miniature monsters and goblins who come knocking
on Halloween aren't real, but pets don't...
THE EXCITEMENT of the recent Patronal Festival of St Peter's, Simms will linger in the hearts and minds of many of its members. It also signifies the start of Vacation Bible School Week that will be held in the Parish of St. Peter's at the Glinton's Primary School in North Long Island.
Fr Chester Burton along with a cadre of members worked feverishly on St Peter's during the course of the week so that edifice would look immaculate when their companion parish of St Matthew's on Shirley Street visits to assist with Vacation Bible School. The connection between St Matthew's and St Peter's in Simms spans many decades having begun under the rector ship of Archdeacon James Pa ...
By Basil Sands
BECAUSE we live in a tropical region of the world and in an archipelagic country- a group of many islands in a large body of water there is always an over abundance of tropical pests such as insects, spiders, snails, rodents and weeds.
And each day we see on TV or hear on radio, a new product on the market to eliminate the problematic pests, but sometimes at a huge price. All too often our pets are the unintended targets of these chemicals.
The summer seems to be a risky time or our pets. The long warm days of summer will put our pets at increase risk to injuries, fleas and ticks etc. Also during this time there is an increase usage of household pesticides and chemicals around ...
WHEN the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, hundreds of thousands of animals were killed and left without shelter, according to an article published by www.cbsnews.com.
As families prepare for the hurricane season, hammering hurricane shutters, cutting down tree limbs and hustling through the aisles of grocery stores to secure necessary food items, their pets' safety is often overlooked.
Just as families prepare to weather the storm, they should make arrangements for their pets Dr Basil Sands, veterinarian at the Central Animal Hospital told The Tribune
"Pets are ...