Jesus Boat a Last

“Jesus’ Boat at last?”

By JFU OKOH, Reporting from Jerusalem

Could the Boat in which Christ preached have been discovered by Archaeologists at last?

In the winter of 1986, two brothers, Moshe and Yuval Lufan, second-generation fishermen from KIBBUTZ Ginosar (on the shores of The Sea of Galilee) discovered the Galilee Boat between Ginosar and Migdal when a sever drought resulted in the lowering of the waters of the Sea of Galilee (Hebrew: Yam Kinneret).

According to the information, about that time, one remarkable thing happened. A double rainbow appeared in the sky heralding that this boat has been given to them as a Gift- binding them to the boat, the water, the earth- for everlasting time. The discovery of this boat caused a stir around the world, especially after it was conclusively dated (through the radio-carbon dating analysis) to the fateful first century – The time of Jesus and the period of the great revolt of the Jews against the Roman.

The vessel, now discovered to have been made up of twelve different types of wood had been buried in,and thus protected by, the seabed’s sediments. The Israel Antiquities Authority, assisted by many volunteers, rescued the boat in a remarkable eleven-day excavation. Excavators packaged the now weak and waterlogged hull in a cocoon of fiberglass and polyurethane foam, and then successfully floated it to the nearby Yigal Allon Centre, where it underwent an extensive but carefully monitored eleven-year-long conservation process in a specially built pool.

To conserve it, the boat was submerged in a solutionof-heated polyethylene glycol (PEG). This synthetic wax replaced the water in the wood cells. This hull was then allowed to dry slowly and cleared of excess wax, thus allowing for its present exhibition in an atmosphere-controlled museum environment.

The Boat is preserved to a length of 8.2 meters (26.9 feet), a breadth of 2.3 meters (7.5 feet) and a height of 1.2 meters. It is built in the typical tradition of ancient Mediterranean shell-based construction enjoying pegged mortise-and tenon joints to edge-join the planking. Iron nails hold the frames to the hull.

Numerous repairs, the rescue of the timbers and a multiplicity of a dozen wood types, evident in the hull, suggest that the boat had a long work life and an owner of meager means.

Based on the several criteria the Galilee boat is firmly dated to the first centuries BCE-CE. Analyses of crew sizes suggests that this is the type of boat referred to in the Gospels in use among Jesus’ Disciples, as well as that used by the Jews against the Romans in the celebrated nautical battle of Migdal in CE 67.

This humble vessel is thus, a remarkable porthole into the past providing a clearer picture of the Galilean Seafaring that forms the backdrop to both Jesus’ ministry and the Battle of Migdal.

In February of 2000, fourteen years after its initial excavation, the boat moved to its permanent home, in a new wing of the Yigal Allon Centre, which is devoted to the story of Man in the Galilee

The Friends at Yigal Allon Centre

At the Yigal Allon Centre, is a wonderful team of Jewish Families who since 1987 have been working closely with Evangelical Christians, Messianic Jews and other supporters of Israel. They are families living in the Galilee, operating a retail store in the Museum of the 1st Century Galilee Boat, otherwise known as the “Jesus Boat”.

Meet Ohad and Naama and Alex and Tova

In a Lighter Mood

In a lighter mood

THE CHURCH MAY BE BORING WHEN AND IF:

= You sit down while singing ” Stand up. Stand up for JESUS”

= Tithing is encouraged but widely ignored

= You have never heard a Sermon on repentance and the dangers of hell fire for the sinner

= You prefer being outside chatting than inside listening to Sermon

= When worship Service lasts more than one hour and people start looking at their wrist watches

= You sleep when Message begins and wakes up when it ends

– Your hands hang down while singing “So we lift our holy hands in one accord”

A Lesson Indeed! MANAGEMENT: JAPANS STYLE

A Lesson Indeed!

MANAGEMENT: JAPANS STYLE

By  Prof.  Rene, T. Domingo

Sime Darbe professor in Manufacture .  

Japanese Management took a hundred years to develop. I do not think I can adequately discuss this subject matter in one brief article. But I will try my best.

I am sure you have heard of the book, in search of excellence. After reading the book, I had mixed feelings. The first feeling was admiration because the book describes very well the best managed companies in America. The other feeling was pity- pity for the authors because they had to search for excellence in America. Had they written that book in Japan, they would not have had to do any searching because most companies there are, in my opinion, excellent. They would have tumbled and tripped upon them in any direction they fell.

In fact, every Japanese company that we hear about seems to be quite successful and a world leader – Sony, Toyota; Hitachi, etc. in fact, many of the things we own use daily are made by the Japanese – the watches we wear, the cars we drive, the TV we watch.

So why are we interested in Japanese Management? Because this seems to be the common theme, the common denominator among Japanese companies. As you may read Japanese – managed companies in America tend to be more successful than American companies managed by Americans.

Good example are the “transplants” the car manufactures in America managed by the Japanese. The Americans themselves admit this fact. These companies can operate well without unions. The Americans are quite surprised how the Japanese can managed Americans without unions and come out with quality cars. I tend to disagree that it is the Japanese who are the common success factor. I would rather think that it is the Japanese style of management. When you say it is the Japanese, then there is nothing to talk about. We cannot imitate the Japanese. So let us talk about management.

Unfortunately, in spite of the many articles and books on Japanese management, it is still not understood very well. People are curious about this because it seems to be the secret of the Japanese. You already know about traits of the Japanese   – they are hardworking they are loyal, they love their employees, they have team work, they tend to make decisions in groups. In this article, I will share with you some of my personal experiences and observations on Japanese management – the fruits of my four- year stay in Japan, studying in a Japanese university and working in a Japanese company. I thought that the best place to study their secret is in their home base. Of course, some people do not like to experience culture shock but I do, because believe that the stronger the shock, the more learning take place. Here are some of those enlightening shocks.

WHAT “HARDWORKING MEANS TO THE JAPANESE.

The Japanese are hardworking. But that does not mean that if you work hard, you will be as successful as the Japanese. In fact, many people who work hard still fail. So what does it mean to be hardworking in the Japanese contact? Let me give you ne personal experience.

When I was training with a subsidiary of Toyota in Japan, I joined a group of manufacture managers who were conducting a study of the production line. Late in the afternoon, at about four o’ clock, they told me “Ah, Rene, we are going to study the third shift. We will observe the third shift and determine its problems in quality and efficiency and compare it with the second shift”.

As you may know, the third shift works during the wee hours of the morning. Bu I decided to take the challenge and join the group. At 5.00 P.m, I asked the team leader if I could go home and rest, but the team leader said , “No no: we will not go home . we will proceed right away to observe the second and third shift, and check the changeover”.

That was my first shock. We went on to study the third shift, the transition from the second and third, eating just a few biscuits to last us until the morning. Finally, we finished our observation.

By the way, when say observation” it does not mean sitting down or staying in the office.   I mean standing up for eight hours watching the third shift, taking notes. And this was done by all of us, the members and the leader of the team without exception. Had the members of team not would have fallen asleep. But I seemed to draw energy from them.

At 7.00 am we finished the observation, so I told my boss, ” sir we have been working 24 hours now, can I go how and take a rest?” he said “No, no I ordered breakfast. We will prepare the report now”.

So we had breakfast which sort of woke me up a little. We then I told my leader, “Ah, sir we ate breakfast and finished the report, can I go home now”? I already felt weak. But he was still excited and was still going strong. He said, “No you cannot go home because we will present this report at 9. 00 a.m to the directors” we had to give the impression that we were not sleep, that we were excited about the report.

After a successful presentation at 10.00 a.m, I asked the leader, “Can I go home now?” and he finally said ” Okay, you can go home now. You can sleep, take your lunch, but please come back that afternoon I asked the secretary where my teammates were. She answered, “Oh, ” what time did they come back?” she said “what do you mean come back? They did not go home. They are still working”. Now, that gives you a real perspective of what is ‘hardworking” to the Japanese. Do you think many Asian managers even highly paid executives would do that? And these Japanese were just ordinary managers in an ordinary company. Our team was what is called a productivity SWAT team. And this happens every day, every week in every Japanese company. No complaints, no “buts” Nothing but pure hard work! so you want to be as hardworking as the Japanese? Think first of what it takes to be hardworking in their sense of the word.

WORKING EFFICIENTLY .

Let me share with you all the story about the Japanese working norm. this is one about Japanese salary men or white- collar employees. In Japan salary men do not go home early.   They usually work overtime . that is why they have unwind after working very late. This means they rarely get home early enough to have meals with their wives.

One day one salary man decided to surprise his wife by coming home early. He decided to work harder in the morning and afternoon so he could finish his work early, leave the office at 5.00 p.m. and have dinner with his family. When he reaches his home at 5.50. p.m his wife was shocked. She said, ” I am so surprised that you came home early.

You have to come inside because our ‘neighbours might see you. They might think that the company does not need you anymore so it sent home early”.

In Japan, if you are inefficient you are not given work. You do not have overtime. The husband   said, ” what do you want me to do go work to do there” And the wife said, ” you cannot stay here. Just go away, see a movies or play pachinko ( pinball). I don’t care what you do. Just come back later, at 9.00 p.m do you think other wives would treat their husbands that way? In Japan, there is a strong social pressure for the Japanese to work hard and for his family to make him work hard.

PRODUCT LOYALTY

Another trait of the Japanese is loyalty. Many of us may profess loyalty to our companies, but that does not mean we understand the meaning of the Japanese type of loyalty. Let me give you a few examples.

Mitsui and Mitsubishi are archrivals in Japan, just as Toyota and Nissan or Sony and Matsushita are. So if two brothers are working for different companies say, one is a manager in Mitsui, one a manager in Mitsubishi – and they are staying in the same house, they will eat together, they will play together, they will talk about many things, but they will never talk about their work or about company matters. They will never exchange notes about their respective companies. Of course, there is no pressure from the company for one not to talk to one’s brother about his work. How would the company know? But Japanese loyalty to the company know? But Japanese loyalty to the company is so strong it transcends family ties.

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Here is another case. I was then training in Toyota. At the end of the training in Toyota. At the end of the day, there was nobody to take me home so I requested the guard to call a taxi that could take me to my dormitory, which was about five   kilometers away. I overheard the guard talking to the taxi company over the phone, ” This is Toyota corporation. We have a passenger here who wants to go the city. Could you please send over a Toyota taxi’?

[[True enough, the taxi that arrived was a Toyota . if a Nissan car were sent, it would never be allowed to enter the premises of   Toyota Corporation.

When suppliers delver their goods to Toyota they also have to use Toyota trucks. They cannot use any other truck or would not be allowed to unload or even get paid. You could imagine the expense of the supplies to different companies. Of course, it is usual, when you enter the house of a Sony manager, to see everything there made by Sony – from the radio to the television to the video cassette recorder. Having a Matsushita radio is a “crime” for which he could get fried.

RESPONSIBILITY AND ULTIMATE   QUALITY ASSURANCE.

Now, let us talk about a very important thing – responsibility. The Japanese take their responsibility very seriously. People commit suicide or resign after assuming responsibility.      

Mystery Potential In a Seed

The principle of growing faith can be illustrated in a story of King Tut’s tomb.  King Tut (abbreviation for King Tutank Hamon) was the famous Egyptian Pharoah buried about 1357 B.C. in an extremely elaborate pyramid-grave. His tomb was discovered completely intact in 1922 by an English archaeologist. Inside, among its treasures, was found honey, wheat and corn.

Curious to see what would happen after 3,279 years, the archaeologist had the wheat and corn planted in fertile ground by the Nile River. There it would receive proper moisture and nourishment from the soil.

 Within the normal maturation period, a harvest of wheat and corn sprang up- a harvest from seed over 3,000 years old.

Though it may lay dormant for three and a half millennia, in that seed was the potential to produce and to reproduce a notable   harvest. All it needed was the proper environment in which to grow.

  Culled from   The Shepherd’s Staff, Page 32/Section D3

US Seminary honours Kumuyi

The founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor WF Kumuyi has been conferred with an honorary Doctor of Divinity by one of the frontline Christian Educational Institutions in the United States of America, the New York-based Alliance Theological Seminary.

In a citation rendered by the Seminary President, Dr. Michael G. Scales, the Seminary extolled the virtues of Christ in the Life and Ministry of Kumuyi, a former Professor of Mathematics at the University of Lagos, Nigeria until his call to preach .

“Kumuyi began a Bible study in his campus flat at the University of Lagos. Fifteen adults attended the first gathering. Eventually, loud speakers were set up outside his flat for those who gathered each Monday and by December of 1975, 1,500 people were involved in the study. The Deeper Life Bible Church was officially begun on November 7, 1982. The message was simple: “Jesus transforms lives – not only to bring healing but complete Christian character.” By 1988, The Deeper Life Bible Church was recognized as the single largest church in Africa, and the fourth largest in the world”, says Dr. Scales.

Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) is an evangelical seminary committed to preparing servants of Jesus Christ through a variety of educational, hands-on ministry and personal formation experiences. Its main campus is located near New York City in Nyack, NY with extension campuses in Manhattan, the Miami Valley, Ohio, and Puerto Rico. ( www.alliance.edu)

GOD IS HONOURING NIGERIA

-Dr. Terry Peters

An international evangelist, Dr. Terry Peters ( www.godsarmytx.com ) has joined his counterparts like Reinhard Bonke, Benny Hinn and other prominent preachers from all parts of the world to announce that God loves Nigeria.

Speaking at a 6-day crusade titled ENUGU CITY MIRACLE CRUSADE Association of Nigeria, The evangelist from Paulo Antonio, United States stated that he was impressed on how Christians worship God in this nation. “God is honouring this nation because they lift up his name. when I came to Nigeria since 2000, I was impressed on how the men of God here preach the world of God, “he said.

Speaking on the message he entitled Two Doctors, he likened himself to Nicodemus who though a teacher of the Jews, was merely religious without knowing Christ.

He said that he was somewhat like that because he was religious, going to church and all that. But he knew that something was wrong. As a doctor, he was a failure in his profession and lost wife and three children. “I go to church often, but I have never heard about born-again or salvation,” Dr. Peters said.

He said that the first time he entered a spirit filled church and saw people laughing and happy, he was surprised. When in the church with my father and I smiled, he would pull my ear.” According to him when the altar cal was made, he stooped under the cover of the chair to lift his hand up, because he did not want people to see a ‘big’ doctor like him doing such not-too wise thing.

He concluded by saying that his experience was the history of every man, and thus called on religious folks and sinners alike to accept Jesus Christ into their lives because Jesus died not for sinners only but also for the religious Christians.

It was a meeting that attracted who is who in the Body of Christ in Enugu.   

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

The Prince of Peace… The Word made man… Savior and Lord… The King of Kings… The Lion of Judah… The Lamb of God

When Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his followers, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”  They answered, “Some say you are John the Baptist.  Others say you are Elijah, and still others say you are Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  Then Jesus asked them, “And who do you say I am?”   Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus answered, “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because no person taught you that.  My Father in heaven showed you who I am.” (Matthew 16:13-17, NCV)

When Christians answer the question “Who Is Jesus?” they build their answer on the Bible – on the things Jesus said about Himself, on the prophecies from the Old Testament that foretold his coming, and the doctrines laid out about Christ through the rest of the New Testament … AND THESE ARE INCONTROVERTIBLE EVIDENCES.