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God's word is your assurance

"My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55:8-9

The statement "a penny for your thoughts", was put to a young man seated on a park bench by a woman who had been jogging and was resting for a while. Suddenly the young man flashed a smile and said "Thank you, thank you". He began to tell the story of how he came to be sitting in the park. He was planning to spend his last day on Earth and was at a dark stage in his life.
As a youngster his mother brought him to this park, but she died and life was rough for him as he went from foster home to foster home. For him, life dealt him a heavy blow and he was not prepared to go any further. People didn't care. There was no love shown. Jobs were hard to find and money was scarce. Nobody really thought that much of him to even ask him a question, so where did this lady with a kind voice who sat next to him come from?
The statement "a penny for your thoughts" caused him to emerge from his thoughts of gloom and death into hope and gladness. He had met the wife he had long prayed for and was at the beginning of a brand new life chart.
Some people find the very concept of divine revelation difficult. They cannot come to accept that God discloses himself to mankind in so many strange and mysterious ways; but without divine revelation, we as human beings are like a boat drifting without a rudder in turbulent waters.
The vastness of the difference between the mind of God and the mind of man is indescribable; for mankind to strike a balance, he must acknowledge that almighty God is his creator and the creator of all that is on the Earth, in the Earth, above the Earth and beneath the Earth.
"My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says the almighty.
How many times in our lives do we think thoughts and do deeds that are contrary to the will of God. We smile, laugh and fraternize, but it is only from our lips and not from our hearts. We say things that people would like to hear but completely ignore and scorn their wishes and requests.
Consider God's thoughts. Can we discover his thoughts or read his mind? We can't even read each other's thoughts. Certainly someone saw James Holmes, the young man responsible for the Colorado massacre that night at the theater.
What if they were able to read his mind as he entered, or knew his thoughts as he purchased weapons? Going through high-powered body scanners at airports and elsewhere cannot bring on screen the thoughts of those who would pass through.
The global situation of tragedy by reason of mass killings, bombings, shelling, give true reason why we should cry out to God more for the cleansing and healing of cruel and wicked thoughts of those who have no remorse, shame or guilt. It moves them not one iota to see innocent children and defenseless women and men dead and soaked in their own blood.
How we pray that more than ever, God will reveal himself to us and speak to our hearts, so our souls could hear. Speak to our hearts, father. calm every doubt and fear. Help us to know that the enemy has not gotten the better part of us. You make plans for your children beyond their wildest imagination. Your mercies are new every day and so are your blessings.
We confess that your thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways your ways. We acknowledge that as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are your ways higher than our ways and your thoughts than our thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall your word be that goes forth from your mouth, it shall not return to you empty.
Thank you father God for the blessed assurance of your word.
o E-mail rubyanndarling@yahoo.com or write to P.O. Box 19725 SS Nassau, Bahamas with your prayer requests, concerns and comments. God's blessings!

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The AIDS Foundation and SageEden
The AIDS Foundation and SageEden

SageEden Media Group presented computer equipment to the AIDS Foundation -- two desks, two chairs and an all-in-one printer, scanner and copier.

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State-of-the-art fraud detection lab opens at airport

THE Bahamas Immigration Department at the Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport is now in possession of a new computer laboratory and software to better determine the veracity of travel documents.

The Document Imaging Software Suite (DISS) computer lab was presented to the Bahamian government by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The travel document and fraud detection lab - only the second of its kind in the Caribbean region - also includes equipment such as decoders, an e-passport reader, software, scanners, video and photo cameras, microscopes, computers and printers.

The new lab is part of an IOM regional border management and enhanced security project that includes the ...

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SageEden donates to the Bahamas AIDS Foundation

Nassau, Bahamas - SageEden Media Group recently presented computer equipment to the AIDS Foundation which included two desks, two chairs and an all-in-one printer, scanner and copier.

The equipment will be used by students at the foundation, and was purchased using money raised by a silent auction at "Constellations", a SageEden networking and re-branding event.

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New Magistrate's Court complex set to be operational by September

THE new Magistrate's Court complex on South Street is "substantially completed" and is expected to be operational by late September, Attorney General John Delaney said yesterday.

Construction of the modern, 12-court complex began in 2005. In 2008, Adler Construction was awarded a $6.4 million contract to complete the job.

The new complex will include a high-security system, including metal scanners at its entrance.

It will also have separate elevators for the public and magistrates.

The three-storey building will be equipped with a separate entrance for prisoners, and male and female holding cells.

While tourin ...


By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Staff Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

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Thank God for the blessed assurance of his Word

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
As you pick up this newspaper and begin to read this column, I know that many people are thinking many things -- whether success will ever come your way; at which point your life will be freed from the lies told on you, and when the truth will be told; why your children are neglecting you after all the sacrifices you made for them to succeed; whether you're suffering because of a generational curse; and whether you will escape your family history of illness.
The truth is there is none void of some thought, good or bad, complex or perplex.
Most of the crime committed in our land today is as a result of bad and evil thoughts manufactured in the hearts of those who choose not to allow the thoughts of good, faith and values to be purveyors of moral and spiritual wellness.
The question "a penny for your thoughts" was put to a young man seated on a park bench by a woman who had been jogging and was resting for a while. All of a sudden the young man flashed a smile and twice said "thank you, thank you," and with that began to tell the story of how he came to be sitting in the park. He was planning to spend his last day on earth and at dark, take his life.
As a youngster his mother brought him to the park, but she died and life was very rough for him as he went from foster care to foster care. For him, life dealt him a heavy blow and he was not prepared to go any further. People didn't care, there was no love shown, jobs were hard to find and money was scarce. Nobody really thought that much of him to even ask of him a question, so where did this lady with a kind voice come from and then to sit next to him?
The question "a penny for your thoughts" caused him to burst out of the darkness of gloom and death into blue sunny skies of hope and gladness. Did he know that this was the wife he had long prayed for and the beginning of a brand new life-chart? I don't think so.
Some people find the very concept of divine revelation difficult. They cannot come to accept that God discloses himself to mankind in so many strange and mysterious ways, but without divine revelation we as human beings are like a boat drifting without a rudder in turbulent waters.
The vastness of the difference between the mind of God and the mind of man is indescribable, and for mankind to strike a balance, he must acknowledge that Almighty God is his creator and the creator of all that is on the earth, in the earth, above the earth and beneath the earth. "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says the Almighty.
How many times in our lives we think thoughts and do deeds that are contrary to the will of God? We smile, laugh and fraternize, but it is only from our lips but not from our hearts. We say things that people would like to hear but completely ignore and scorn their wishes and requests.
Consider God's thoughts. Can we discover his thoughts or read His mind? Why we can't even read each other's thoughts. Certainly someone saw the young man responsible for the Colorado massacre that night at the theater. What if they were able to read his mind as he entered, or know his thoughts as he purchased weapons from various stores? What if they had known the thoughts of the contractor who dismembered his significant other? Passing through body scanners at airports and elsewhere cannot bring on screen the thoughts of those who would pass through.
The global situation of tragedy by reason of mass killings and bombings give true reason why we should cry out to God more for the cleansing and healing of cruel and wicked thoughts of those who have no remorse, shame or guilt. It moves them not one iota to see innocent children and defenseless women and men lay dead and soaked in their blood.
How we pray that more than ever, God will reveal himself to us and speak to our hearts so our souls would hear...speak to our hearts Father, calm every doubt and fear. Help us to know that the enemy has not gotten the better part of us. You make plans for your children beyond their wildest imagination. Your mercies are new every day and so are your blessings.
We confess that your thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways your ways. We acknowledge that as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are your ways higher than our ways and your thoughts than our thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall your word be that goes forth from your mouth, it shall not return to you empty.
Thank you Father God for the blessed assurance of your Word.

o E-mail rubyanndarling@yahoo.com, or write to P.O. Box 19725 SS Nassau, Bahamas with your prayer requests, concerns and comments. God's Blessings!

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Girl fined $1,000 for school break-in

A magistrate yesterday fined a 17-year-old girl for breaking into a school and stealing electronic items and a vacuum cleaner.

She was one of four people who were initially charged in connection with the theft of the items from St. Francis and St. Joseph Catholic Primary School in August 2009.

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OAS welcomes opportunity to monitor Bahamas general election

A day after Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham invited international organizations to monitor the upcoming general election, the director of the Organization of American States (OAS) said he welcomes the opportunity.
"We never reject any request because we think it's very positive - the possibility to observe all of the countries in our hemisphere," said Pablo Gutierrez, director of the OAS' Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation.
Gutierrez spoke to The Nassau Guardian yesterday via telephone.
The benefits of a visit by an electoral observation mission to The Bahamas, said Gutierrez, include improved election procedures, infrastructure and technical procedures.
"We have a lot of experience in the different countries, for example, countries that have electronic voting or electric transmission systems with scanners, or other kinds of machines," he said.
"I think with the possibility to observe, we can make recommendations to the country, and of course recommendations are the best way, I think, to improve the electoral process in The Bahamas."
Explaining the process, Gutierrez said the OAS has a "special process in its rules".
After a request from a nation's foreign affairs ministry is received, that request then goes to the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation, and then an answer to the request is given.
Electoral observation missions are impacted by many issues, he said, for example, the type of election, the number of polling stations and the geography of the country.
In the case of the Caribbean, the OAS would usually deploy staff (around 15-20), a day before the election starts and they work after the election until the results are given, he said.
"In the case of, for example Grenada or Guyana in their last elections, we deployed like 25 to 30 observers," he said.
According to Gutierrez, there are typically two stages in an observation, the first being a preliminary mission, and the second being the deployment of the OAS' specialists, coordinators and observers to the country.
The preliminary mission involves a visit of the chief of the mission (observation) to the country.  A meeting is held with the prime minister, the candidates, the leaders of the political parties, the media and civil society, said Gutierrez.
"I think that [if] the prime minister gave us this opportunity, [it would] be very important because I know that [it would be] the first time we had the opportunity [to observe Bahamian elections]," he said.
On Wednesday, Ingraham told reporters in Grand Bahama that he welcomes any organization that wants to monitor the upcoming general election.
"They can let us know and we will facilitate them and accommodate them, whether it's the OAS, the United States of America, the UN (United Nations), whoever monitors elections in the world.  If they want to come to The Bahamas to see how an election is done, they can come," Ingraham said.
"We are going to have an open, fair and transparent process and so we are taking time to ensure the election procedures and things that need to be done, are done, prior to calling an election," he added.

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