Applying Biblical Principles into my Daily life. (Speech)

Today, my speech is on Applying Biblical Principles into my Daily life.
Over the years, I have gathered a lot of knowledge about God through the Bible, Sermons, and through Bible studies
And… Knowledge is important, but it is only the start of the Christian Life.
What really matters, is that you Apply what you Learn to your life, to live out God’s words.
But the thing is, I find that applying Biblical Principles to my daily life is very difficult,
In fact, sometimes some of us don’t even know where to start.
The good thing is that Micah 6:8 tells us, saying, “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? But to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.”
The Bible tells us to act justly, this can be done by doing things right and living according to Justice. Now, this is easy to say, but treating others properly, telling the truth, and confessing my sins, can all be very hard. And I am doing my best to implement this into my life, but the problem is that I just don’t have the self-control to do it. For example, my parents have set a no gaming rule in my house, the reason being that I get addicted if I start playing video games. But I find this rule hard to keep, and although most of the time I control myself and not play. I occasionally let in and play some games. This has let me realize that I really am a sinner and that I need God in my life. Therefore, I have to trust in God and pray. To acknowledge my wrongs and to ask God to help me. And not only that, but I have to repent of my sins and stop. As C. S. Lewis said, “A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on. Evil can be undone, but it cannot ‘develop’ into good. Time does not heal it.”
The second thing God requires of us is that we love kindness and mercy. That we put others before ourselves, see money as ways to Bless others, forgive others, and also that we love our neighbours as ourselves. But the problem is, certain people I know I find hard to even tolerate, much less forgive.
All this leads me to an awareness that I haven’t been loving mercy or kindness, and that I really am self-centred in areas like these. But, loving-kindness should be the way I live, for doing so will give me Eternal life, and treasures in heaven, which are far greater than material possessions here on earth. Therefore it is one of my new year’s resolutions to love kindness and mercy.
The last point offered was that we should walk humbly with the Lord our God. You see, God gives us the gift of learning and also gives everyone certain talents. And I believe that learning is Important, allowing us to achieve great things. But we have to be careful to stay humble. And not only should we be humble, but we should also do our best to use our talents in the right way. To use what God has given us to further his Kingdom. Therefore, as a Christian Student, I find it important that I study hard, and that I work hard in whatever I do, All for the glory of God, as taken from 1 Cor 10:31.
Throughout this journey, I learned that I really am a sinner and that it is impossible for us to overcome Satan’s temptations without God to help us. That we Need God in our lives. I believe that the mindset that all Christians have to take is that we should do Justice, Love Kindness, and walk humbly with the Lord Our God. That we should become a Good and Faithful Servant. I have just started this Journey, but you can do this too, to apply what you learn to your life, whether it be through reading the bible, listening to a sermon, or even through your buddies. Micah 6:8 is a great verse that is repeated through the scripture multiple times, and gives us valuable information on how we should live our lives.
So why don’t you Apply What YOU learn in your life?
Thanks for Listening

Memento Mori: Why Christians Shouldn’t Fear Death (Speech)

Honorable Judges, Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m Matthew, and today I will talk about why we Shouldn’t Fear Death.
Now, next to all the people I know fear death, some of the main reasons being that it is the one permanent thing in our lives. The one thing that can never be stopped. The one thing that is certain. Death is also scary because us humans fear the unknown. We fear death because we don’t know what will happen, and when it will happen. No one knows for sure what it’s like. We might fear death because we don’t know how others are going to fare when we are gone, or just because everything we worked for or wanted to, would all be gone. That it is the end of everything.
But the great thing is, for Christians, that is not the case! Because we will always have Jesus, who has already beaten death through his resurrection, and who has prepared for us a place in heaven.
Another thing is that we are all strangers in this world, aliens. Only to stay here for a little bit, then to go on and live in heaven with God forever after. To be in a place much better than where we are now.
We should not fear death because, for Christians, death is not the end, life continues on in heaven, much much better than now. And… our God has defeated death already, what is there to fear? Another very important thing to remember is that God does all things for our good, and that we always can keep in contact with him through prayer.
But the thing is, many people, even Christians, do their best to avoid the topic of death. In fact, it is important to realize that we must die one day, we must face it one day anyways. Just, take out your hands, and look at your palms. If you look carefully, you hands will have creases that look like an M. Monks used to look at their hands and meditate on the two words, Memento Mori, Latin for, “Remember, You Must Die.” Those are the four words that we should repeat every single day of our lives. In fact, the bible tells us to do this. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Which literally means that we should realize that life is short, and to learn to live life well.
It is important to remember that time IS running out. You cannot relive former moments, or spend 100$ to get 1 more day. TIME IS RUNNING OUT. We don’t have plenty of it left. There is no guarantee that there will be a tomorrow, or a someday. As Pablo Picasso said, “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die left undone.”
Knowing that we will die gets us to value our possessions less, making us realize that we can’t take any of it with us when we die. We start to use our possessions to help form relationships and experiences, and other things that actually matter, such as forwarding God’s kingdom, and earning eternal treasure in heaven. Wasting time is a big thing. We might think that we don’t have much time here on earth, but that isn’t so. In fact, we have a lot of time, but the thing is, we waste most of our time doing useless things. So with knowing that the future is uncertain, we start to waste time less, and to work on what we think really matters in our lives.
And, by doing all this, our fear of death will gradually fade away, and our lives will slowly improve. You see, knowing that life is not certain and that it is possible to die next week, or even tomorrow, is when we can truly improve our lives.
In Conclusion, not only do Christians not have to fear death but can find comfort in the thought of death. That we can be truly united with our God again. But still, we have to daily repeat those four words, “Remember, you must die.” And to live our lives to the very best we can. You see, in life, we don’t get a second chance, so don’t let it slip away.
Thanks for listening.

How I should Prepare Myself for University. (Speech)

Hi, I’m Matthew and Today I will talk about How I should prepare myself for University. Now University is a big step up, even more so than preschool to primary school, or from primary school to High school, University is the time where you choose which pathway you want to take in life because your major will usually determine what jobs you will get.
The first choice I will have to make is to choose which pathway I will walk, that is, which major I’m going to choose for University. Then I will have to find a school which offers this course, and also to find out what I will have to do to get into the course. To get into university, budgeting time, working hard, and doing extra will be what can get me into a difficult program.
The program I want to get into is Computer Science, and one of the universities I’ve considered is the University of Waterloo. Their requirements are that you have lots of knowledge in Math and English, and can also program really well. Therefore, to do extra, I will do multiple math contests, have written more than 200 essays on my websites, and also will do programming side-projects. Another important thing is to have self-learning skills. That is why I use the Ron-Paul Curriculum and Khan Academy. Both are self-taught curriculums which will teach me self-learning skills.
I also recommend taking a major which actually interests you, because then you won’t just waste the majority of your life doing something you hate. But then it is important to consider that you also need a job which can bring food to the table. It is also important to take university seriously because it will affect the rest of your life. Of course, there are people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerburg who all dropped out of University, but they truly knew what they wanted to do, they had a dream.

Thompson’s Theory of Relationship Between Sanctions and Slavery

Recently I’ve been reading an autobiography by John Thompson, who was born a slave in Maryland, 1812. He was one of 7 children, and later in his life managed to escape slavery and become a free man.

Now Thompson was a Christian and did not hate slavery. What he did hate, however, was when owners abused their power and treated their slaves in an unjust manner. He believed that those who treated their slaves well were rewarded by God through prosperity and those who didn’t were punished. Thompson describes in his autobiography, that the owners who treated their slaves well, had much more co-operation with their slaves than those who didn’t.

I believe that this applies to our daily lives as well. For example, a Boss who treats his employees in an unjust manner, and makes everyone hate their job only gets those under him to perform as required. While a Boss who treats those under him well, and gets everyone to love their job manages to get high performance out of his employees. While positive sanctions usually achieve a much higher result, negative sanctions create tension and retaliation. I believe that this is Thompson’s perspective.

Thompson believed that treating slaves like actual people, and applying positive sanctions, they would, in turn, help you much more than if you applied negative sanctions without cause.

Irresistible Offer: Comparing ads.

Recently I’ve been reading a book for Business class, called “The Irresistible Offer,” by Mark Joyner. In his book, Joyner said that 3 main parts made up a great advertisement. First of all, it had to have a High Return on Investment for the buyer, that is, the buyer must think that the product is a great deal. Second of all, there must be a Touchstone offer, which is where you give the facts, and what it will do for the buyer. Lastly, you must provide some proof that you are trustworthy, and that the offer is not too good to be true. I was asked to examine four different ads, and see which one was most efficient.
The first commercial is one from M&M’s and was made in 1957. It includes M&M’s popular slogan, “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands,” and also gives some proof, which is of a man holding normal, melted chocolate in one hand, while the other hand had fully intact M&M’s. The ad also included different choices for the buyer, and did give reasons on why the buyer would want it. The problems with this ad, however, is that no price was included, and that there was no information on where M&M’s can be bought.
The next commercial shown was the RadioShack TRS-80. This ad is good because it shows all the good parts about the product, the price, where you can buy it, and also how it will benefit you. The ad also showed how the computer worked. The problem is that it didn’t say why this certain computer was better than any other on the market.
After that was the Commodore IBM PC. This ad was much longer, and also pretty boring, the speaker not being very enthusiastic about the product. This ad, however, did show a High Return on Investment offer. That being the fact that the Buyer can save time transporting it back and forth, and also that it can do everything the bigger computers can do. The ad also has a good touchstone offer, because it does explain how the computer will help you, the specific facts, and the price.
The final ad was an American Express card ad. The only benefit stressed in this ad, however, was that it is widely accepted everywhere. Things like the price, where you can buy it, how you can trust it, and how it is better than other cards are not in this ad.
I think that the best ad shown was the RadioShack TRS-80 ad, because it had a High Return on Investment for the buyer, it had a good Touchstone offer, and also has proof that it works. The Commodore IBM PC is also very good, the only thing being that they didn’t have as much proof and also that the salesman didn’t sound very energetic. The M&M’s ad also works pretty well, but it had some pretty big flaws. The ad would persuade the buyer to buy it but would give no indication of the price, or where it could be gotten. In last place is the ad for the American Express card, because that ad did nearly nothing to persuade the customer to buy the card.
In conclusion, when I want to make an ad in the future, I will have to persuade the customer that the product has a high return on investment, that the product can do a lot for the customer, and also provide some proof for that.

Free Market Capitalism

Do you think it is moral to grade exams so that everyone gets the same grades? No? Then is it moral for the state to redistribute incomes? I don’t think so. You see, many people think of Free Market Capitalism as Immoral, but that is not so. In fact, it is both morally and financially superior to any other organization.
In a Free market, to get something from someone else, you have to do something for them. And that is what money represents, a certificate of performance, proving the good deeds you have done for your fellow man. Other people think that the Free Market is a one-sided game, where one person wins, and the other loses, but they’re wrong. In fact, most of the time, it’s a win-win scenario. You do something good for me, like fixing my bike, and I’ll do something good for you, such as giving you $10. The funny thing is, is that it’s the state who is making these one-sided deals, you get your food stamp, but you are taking it out of the paychecks of many others, who worked hard to get their money. Isn’t it more moral for someone to serve others for your food, rather than not serve others, and get it anyways?
Some others worry that giant co-operations might have too much control in our lives, but you see, in a free market, the businesses that satisfy its customers go up, and those who dissatisfy go down. Profit becomes a measure of how well the company has served others. But right now, the government can undo this. The government takes our taxes and then bails out giant corporations that are not half as efficient as they should be.
Many people also think Free Enterprise isn’t fair and that it is driven by greed. But the thing is, Entrepreneurs can only help themselves through helping others. Therefore, in a free market, it is the Voluntary effort of citizens, not the government, that drives the economy. That sounds pretty moral to me.