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Coffee – A Sinful Thing?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 22, 2009

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As most know, coffee contains the mild stimulant, caffeine. If used in moderation, caffeine is not harmful to the body. Many appreciate the energizing effects of a cup of coffee.

 

But for some of us who drink coffee and suffer nervousness or anxiety, it’s probably better that we abstain from drinking coffee altogether. Also, for those who enjoy it, coffee must be consumed in moderation. They cannot allow it to become a necessity.

 

The Bible tells us, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand” (Phil. 4:5), and that “…every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things” (I Cor. 9:25).

 

The principle of moderation also applies to tea, which can have effects similar to those of coffee. Drinking coffee or tea is not a sin, but rather the overuse of misuse of it.

 

A new research study suggests that high caffeine consumption could be linked to a greater tendency to hallucination. People with a higher caffeine intake, from sources such as coffee, tea and caffeinated energy drinks, are more likely to report hallucinatory experiences such as hearing voices and seeing things that are not there, according to the Durham University study.

 

‘High caffeine users’ – those who consumed more than the equivalent of seven cups of instant coffee a day – were three times more likely to have heard a person’s voice when there was no one there compared with ‘low caffeine users’ who consumed less than the equivalent of one cup of instant coffee a day.

 

The researchers, whose paper is published in the academic journal Personality and Individual Differences, say their finding could be down to the fact that caffeine has been found to exacerbate the physiological effects of stress. When under stress, the body releases a stress hormone called cortisol. More of this stress hormone is released in response to stress when people have recently had caffeine. It is this extra boost of cortisol which may link caffeine intake with an increased tendency to hallucinate, say the scientists.

    Facts about caffeine (Source: Wikipedia)

     

  • Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, having the effect of temporarily warding off drowsiness and restoring alertness.

  • With ninety per cent of North Americans consuming some of form caffeine every day, it is the world’s most widely used drug.

  • In its pure state, caffeine is a crystalline white powder.

  • Caffeine is completely absorbed by the stomach and small intestine within 45 minutes of ingestion.

  • When taken in moderation, studies have shown that caffeine can increase the capacity for mental or physical labour.

  • Caffeine use can lead to a condition called caffeine intoxication. Symptoms include nervousness, irritability, anxiety, muscle twitching, insomnia, headaches, and heart palpitations. This is not commonly seen when daily caffeine intake is less than 250mg.

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Interpersonal Communication Problems

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 12, 2009

 

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That Get In The Way Of a Close Connected Relationship… 

There are many reasons why people have communication challenges in their relationships.

These five big communication challenges are: 

  1. Fear

  2. Beliefs and social conditioning that do not serve us 

  3. The desire to hold on to being “Right”

  4. Not listening to understand 

  5. Running away.

  • Notice that fear is put on the list first. 

    This is because fear is what we call the “silent killer” of communication and loving relationships. If you were to ask most people if they are fearful in their relationships, they would probably say “No.” If we were to delve deeper into their relationships, we might find that they withhold their true feelings when they are not sure how their partner will react. Whether you recognize it or not– this is fear in action. 

  • There is a belief that most people hold that says “don’t expect a great relationship to keep its spark.”  If there was ever a true disempowering belief, this is it. If you want a great relationship, don’t buy into this belief. It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

  • The next problem is the desire that most people have to be “Right.” Whenever you hold on to the need to be “Right,” you are building walls that prevent open communication.  The question is “Do you want to be ‘Right’ or do you want love?” Holding onto the need to be “Right” will always drive a wedge between you and another person. For the benefit of your relationship, If you’re doing this, you should stop it.

  • The fourth big case is not listening to understand. Most people really do listen but they don’t understand. The reason they don’t understand is that many people listen from their own agenda, listen so that they can fix the other person or a thousand other reasons. The fact is that unless you listen to other people with the intention to connect and to understand, there will always be distance and conflict. 

  • The last case is the way we react to conflict in our relationships.  When conflict arises, most of us will do whatever we can to avoid dealing with the issues that are going on. We’ve all heard of the “flight or fight” response when faced with a stressful situation.It’s been our experience that one of the biggest challenges in relationship is created when we choose to run away instead of staying present and agreeing to heal the differences between us. 

Well, these aren’t the only communication challenges that get in the way of a great relationship, but they are five of the biggest.

 

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German lovers – aged six and five – try to elope to Africa

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 12, 2009

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It is a dream that has been shared by lovers across the centuries – the chance to elope to exotic lands. But few would have been as bold and spontaneous as six-year-old Mika and his five-year-old sweetheart Anna-Bell who, after mulling over their options in secret, packed their suitcases on New Year’s Eve and set off from the German city of Hanover to tie the knot under the heat of the African sun.

 

The children left their homes at dawn while their unwitting parents were apparently sleeping, and took along Mika’s seven-year-old sister, Anna-Lena, as a witness to the wedding.

 

Donning sunglasses, swimming armbands and dragging a pink blow-up lilo and suitcases on wheels packed with summer clothes, cuddly toys and a few provisions, they walked a kilometre up the road, boarded a tram to Hanover train station and got as far as the express train that would take them to the airport before a suspicious station guard alerted police.

 

“What struck us was that the little ones were completely on their own and that they had lots of swimming gear with them,” said a police spokesman. He described Mika and Anna-Bell as “sweethearts” who had “decided to get married in Africa where it is warm, taking with them as a witness Mika’s sister”.

 

Anna-Bell told the German television station RTL: “We wanted to get married and so we just thought: ‘Let’s go there.’ “

Mika said: “We wanted to take the train to the airport, then we wanted to get on a plane and when we arrived we wanted to unpack the summer things and then we wanted to go for a bit of a stroll in the sun.”

 

Mika and Anna-Lena’s mother, who was not identified, said she had known nothing of her children’s plan. “I’m still in a state of shock. I thought ‘I’m playing a part in a bad movie.’ When we realised the kids were missing we went looking for them.” But only when the police called did they realise what had happened.

Asked why they failed to let their parents know, the children said they thought they would not be gone for long.

 

Mika told police he instigated the plan having been inspired by a winter holiday with his family in Italy. Based on this the children began to make plans for the future.

 

To allay their disappointment at being caught, Hanover police gave them a tour of the police headquarters.

 

May be they’ll have the chance to put their plan into action at a later date.

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The Three Wise Men Were Ethiopians

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 6, 2009

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The story of the Three Wise Men has been retold and embellished countless times during the past 2,000 years.

Contrary to the widespread assumption about them coming from Asia, Europe and Ethiopia, Ethiopians believe that the Three Wise Men are all of Ethiopian origin. The reasons for this claim are the following:

  • During the time of Jesus’ birth, and until Jesus Christ begun preaching the Gospel, the only two nations who knew the Almighty God were Ethiopians and Israelites. Therefore, the Wise men who came to see baby Jesus must, at least, be Men who knew God. (not some Persian or Indian magicians who were pagans at that time) . So, if the Wise men came from other than Israel, as it is stated in the Bible, the only country which is qualified to be their origin is Ethiopia.
  • According to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo tradition we are reminded of the Holy Ancestors of God and the Holy Fathers, Patriarchs, and Prophets who played a role in the coming of the Messiah. The Church reads extensively from the Holy Prophets who by Divine Inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote of the coming of the Saviour. These “Messianic” Prophets are Daniel, Micah, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.Prophecies of these Prophets foretold us about the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus, and the wise men will come from Ethiopia to bow before him and bring him presents:

Ethiopians shall bow before him….the Kings of Sheba and Seba (Ethiopia) shall offer gifts” [Psalms 72: 9-10]

In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled…” [Isiah 18:7]

  • The type of present that the wise men brought with them; that is: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh (one for each of the Wise Men, as a representation of the Holy Trinity, and, perhaps, as a symbolical incorporation of the three Sons of Noah: Shem, Ham and Japhet) has been mentioned earlier in the Bible in connection with Ethiopia. Ethiopian merchants used to send these precious goods to Jerusalem and the surrounding area.

And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.” [1Kings 10:10]

….all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.” [Isiah 60:6]

The merchants of Sheba and Raamah, they were thy merchants: they occupied in thy fairs with chief of all spices, and with all precious stones, and gold.” [Ezekiel 27:22]

  • The Ethiopian book, written in Ethiopic (Ge’ez), “Mahl’ete Ts’ge”, a detailed depiction of the Star which lead the wise men up to the birth place of Jesus, Bethlehem. No other book in the world has given a detailed description on the nature of the Star which was only mentioned in short sentence in the Gospel of Matthew. It’s known that Apostle St. Matthew went to Ethiopia to preach the Gospel, where he probably died as a Martyr. So, it is possible that he knew about The Star during his stay in Ethiopia.
  • Another source of information which tells us about the Ethiopian origin of the Three Wise Men is the Ethiopian Book of Enoch. Prophet Enoch was the only person whom the Archangel Uriel revealed the secrets of the true Calendar to.Many people mistakenly assume that Ethiopian calendar is Julian. The Gregorian calendar is actually the revisions of Julian calendar, which Pop Gregory edited or decided according to certain calculations. Ethiopians calculate the years according to the divine evaluation of Prophet Enoch.

    Nowadays, many scholars believe that the Ethiopian calendar is much closer to the birth of Jesus Christ than others. Ethiopians were able to anticipate earlier the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, because of the precise calculation that was revealed to them by God.

O Almighty God, who makest us glad with the yearly Expectation of the Birth of Thine Only-begotten Son Jesus Christ: grant that as we joyfully receive Him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold Him when He shall come to be our Judge. Thou Who liveth and reigneth now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen!

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“Jordan to Ethiopia” Is The Best Documentary

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 4, 2009

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Around The World In 80 Treasures

Jordan to Ethiopia,

has been  voted the most popular in the Best of the year Documentary online vote. In this Documentary, Dan Cruickshank of the BBC goes in search of the Ark of the Covenant, the legendary gold box handed down to Moses by God.

 

While we witness endless tragedy and unholy feud amongst Christians, Jews and Moslems in good old Jerusalem, there is peace, tranquility and spiritual hard-work in New Jerusalem (Lalibela). Thank, God!

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U.S. Falling Apart In 2010?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 3, 2009

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This must be the weirdest story of 2009… 

 

 

According to “The Wall Street Journal”,, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting for a decade that the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. Mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces — with Alaska reverting to Russian control. (In 1867, Russia sold Alaska to the United States for ludicrous $7.2 million)

 

It was at a conference in Austria, back in 1998, where he first presented his theory, in front of 400 fellow delegates, about the collapse of the U.S. In  2010.

 

“When I pushed the button on my computer and the map of the United States disintegrated, hundreds of people cried out in surprise,” he remembers. He says most in the audience were skeptical. “They didn’t believe me.”

 

At the end of the presentation, he says many delegates asked him to autograph copies of the map showing a dismembered U.S.

 

The professor says he’s convinced that people are taking his theory more seriously. People like him have forecast similar cataclysms before, he says, and been right. He cites French political scientist Emmanuel Todd. Mr. Todd is famous for having rightly forecast the demise of the Soviet Union — 15 years beforehand. “When he forecast the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1976, people laughed at him,” says Prof. Panarin.

 

So, according to Professor Panarin, California will form the nucleus of what he calls “The Californian Republic,” and will be part of China or under Chinese influence. Texas will be the heart of “The Texas Republic,” a cluster of states that will go to Mexico or fall under Mexican influence. Washington, D.C., and New York will be part of an “Atlantic America” that may join the European Union. Canada will grab a group of Northern states Prof. Panarin calls “The Central North American Republic.” Hawaii, he suggests, will be a protectorate of Japan or China, and Alaska will be subsumed into Russia.

 

Continue reading…

 

 

 

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Medieval Democratic Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 3, 2009

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Medieval Prosperous And Democratic Ethiopia

During Ethiopia’s isolation period, beginning in the 11th century, Ethiopians developed some of the most remarkable ecclesiastical architecture in the world. Between the 10th and 16th centuries churches carved from rocks became commonplace — the 13th century being the most remarkable. In the 12th century for instance Ethiopia’s King Lalibela oversaw the construction of 10 chapels and churches, dark-aisle and pillared, carved out of mountains near the capital of Roha. These skills had a long history, from the cutting of pre-Axumite subterranean tombs to the quarrying of the medieval rock-hewn churches and it seems reasonable to claim for them an indigenous origin. It should be no surprise that the inhabitants of an area as rocky as the Ethiopian Highlands should become expert in handling stone.

In the 15th century, when the Portuguese traveled to Ethiopia on their search for legendary Christian figure, Prestor John, whom they needed to help them against the Ottoman Turks, and who they believed ruled over a kingdom in Africa, they were surprised to find a kingdom much like there own. Ethiopia was closely linked with distant lands as far way as Europe, not only economically but also culturally. It was an Ethiopia very like the kingdoms of medieval Europe, a land ruled by proud and contumacious nobles bound in fealty to their king, with a hierarchy of lesser nobles and vassals below them and, at the bottom, land less peasants laboring for all
When in the 1520’s Europeans reached the Ethiopian highlands, they found and described a civilization at about the same level as their own.

By 1500 Ethiopia was at its peak. It was a rich, powerful, literate, and in many ways democratic Christian culture. The Ethiopian empire enjoyed the utmost tranquility at that time, order and security reigned everywhere.

Ethiopian priests and monks taught art, science, and other subjects. Ethiopia’s government in the middle ages was mostly democratic. The king was above the democratic process, but below him were district elections of the Tellek Sew (great man), who could be voted out of office or demoted to a lower government position with an assembly of the people in his district.

The Golden age of Ethiopian civilization, the well-being and peaceful coexistence of Ethiopians and the socioeconomic and religious advancement of Ethiopia was halted by the first Muslim Jihad that the country had to experience during the Muslim invasion lead by the Muslim militant, Ahmad ign Ibrahim al-Ghazi. In 1529, because of this devastating barbaric invasion, the Ethiopians lost an entire army and many of their ruling elite. Churches and monasteries were ruthlessly plundered and sacked and their treasures destroyed or given to the Islamic army…Many of the priceless treasures of Ethiopian literature and painting, miniatures in books or murals on church walls, were destroyed and such relics which by chance escaped destruction can today give only a rough idea of the achievements of those creative and productive centuries. In 1533 Ethiopia’s most holy place, Axum, was, razed to the ground. Almost half a Millennium has passed since that black spot has been painted in Ethiopian history, yet, Ethiopia and Ethiopians still do seem to have difficulties in recovering from the trauma. Until this time the Christian country had never been laid waste or overrun by the enemy.

By 1543, even though Ethiopians were able to defeat the Muslim army and take back their lost territory, many Ethiopians were already forced to convert to Islam, and the once great Ethiopian culture that had flourished for hundreds of years was gone. The well-planed, orchestrated and destabilizing attack on the sovereignty, dignity and peaceful life of medieval Ethiopians lead to the reign of new era, of barbarism and cruelty against all the people of color, as it opened doors to European and Arab powers to enslave and colonize other African populations in the African Continent.

Let’s remember 1533!

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