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AUG 04 - JULY 05



Special three year   anniversary 9-11 edition


Blasi on Board Brings Brightness!


President Bush's inaugural address focuses on freedom, friendship, and faith!


Pop singer Michael Jackson acquitted of all 10 counts!




'Driven', 'Proven' and 'Results Matter' slates sweep SGB election!

Endorsing the fabulous five for Student Government Board (SGB) elections on Nov 17!


Election 2004:



Kerry for a weaker America: Running for president, they call him Kerry!


PSelect-cision 2004 asks: "What are issues that are most important to you that you are basing your vote on and why?"


PSelect-cision 2004 asks 40 students, "Which presidential candidate will best lead this country and why?"


Kerry for DRAFT which Bush is against!


Trial advocate Edwards could not defend Kerry against charges!


Who cares for the the 2nd victim!


Republicans are the political party for African-Americans and people of different ethnicities!

Answering, "Voting for neither candidate of a major political party is going to bring us closer to God."




Carnegie Library corrupts the morals of a minor!


SGB and Rainbow Alliance’s view of homosexuality is not held by all!


Juveniles escape of death penalty could influence abortion decisions.


FDA should continue to ban gay sperm and ignore editorials opposing them!




Archives of Daily Devotionals Delivers Dosage!


Christian groups seek to provide haven for incoming students!


Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling knows all about spiritual strikeouts!


Vote for the perfect candidate 24-7!




The Pitt News editorial, 'Troop casualties undercounted by 17,000'  makes it sound like......


Rebuttal to Daniel Masny's Feb 03,05 Pitt News column




Pitt  2004 Cheerleading and Dance Team surrounded Schenley Quad with their Squad!


Pitt Cheerleaders and Dance team try to cheer up Panther fans!


"Golf’s New 'Sultan of Swat' Victorious Again"

There’s a New 'Berg' in the ‘Burgh.'


Three Panther fans weather the floods at 6:30 a.m.

Steelers Open Season with Home Victory

Pitt's Track and Field could go the distance!


Pittsburgh Steelers come back with rookie and backup players!


Deja Vu for the Steelers




Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith




"Top 25 reasons given for why students think the original candy cane was made with red and white stripes and was in the shape of a candy cane?"


Top 14 answers to "Love is....."


My Kiss of a Lifetime hopes to be special!


Top 14 responses to 'A Loving friend is........'
In celebration of Valentine's Day, the top 50-26 responses to 'Love is....'


In celebration of Valentine's Day, the top 25-1 responses to 'Love is....'


Top 5 responses given by students to, "What is the most important lesson your mom taught you?"


Acrostic Poem for Mother's Day!


Greek Life


Greek communities can communicate charity and care!


Kappa Kappa Gamma sister Jessica shows her Pitt spirit with her friends!


Newest sisters of Delta Zeta sorority enjoy a meal at Schenley Cafe after their initiation!


Student Government Board member Liz Blasi enjoys a meal at Schenley Cafe with her Chi Omega sisters!




PGSIS 2005 Taste with Haste Cereal Poem


PGSIS Class of 2005 Favorite Cereal Survey Results



Human Resource Management Final Exam Sample Questions II

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“Deliverer Openly Understands Bringing Total Salvation." (D.O.U.B.T.S)

By Ramesh C.Reddy
Pittsburgh Standard

Friday, June 23, 2006

Editors note: This devotional is taken from the archives of Gospel of Mark, chapter 6.

Quiet Times (Psalm 21, Proverbs 21, Mark  6:16-18)

“But when Herod heard this, he said, "John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead! For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison.” (Mark 6:16-17, NIV)


I asked myself what happened to John, the Baptist.

  1. He was arrested by Herod.

  2. He was bound and put in prison.

  3. He was beheaded.

From these two verses, no reason is given for John’s beheading or why he is in prison. Those will be answered in the later verses that I saw, but I wanted to focus my time on v. 16-17.


I asked myself what was John, the Baptist known for.

Before being sent to prison, John, the Baptist had done a lot of things and was excited for Jesus’ coming. During those days, people had expected a Deliverer to come and free them from the oppression of Rome and from the puppets of the Roman government. King Herod was one of them. They were expecting a Messiah to bring earthly deliverance from their oppressors. John, the Baptist had prepared the way.

 “And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:4-9, NIV)

John, the Baptist had done all this and now he sees himself bound and in prison. What could have been going through his mind?

To find that out, I decided to look at the Gospel of Luke to shed more light into this situation. I wanted to know how John, the Baptist was feeling especially on the inside. I got my answer from Luke 7:20-23.

"When the men came to Jesus, they said, 'John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?'" (Luke 7:20)


I asked myself what happens near Jesus.

1. Men came to Jesus.

2. They tell Jesus that they were sent by John the Baptist to ask a question.

3. They ask Jesus, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?'


I asked myself what is significant about the men’s question.

The question that the men asked Jesus is very significant. It reveals to me something about John the Baptist. Jesus began His ministry after John the Baptist was put in prison (rf. Matthew 4:12-17, Mark 1:14-15). John was bound and in prison when he had asked some men to go and ask Jesus that question.

What's the big deal?

It becomes a big deal when we know how long John the Baptist prepared the way for the Lord. He is the one who also baptized Jesus in the Jordan River (rf: Mark 1:9). Now it seems like John is not sure about Jesus.

We need to ask ourselves why?

Being in prison may have raised doubts in John's mind. He easily could have been in despair. Also, he may have wanted to assure himself even though he is in prison that what he stood for all along was right! (rf: Luke 3:1-20, v.19 & 20 reveal why he was put in prison)

How can a prophet who believed in Jesus, prepared the way for Jesus, and baptized Jesus all of a sudden be filled with doubts?

Sometimes circumstances we are in can make us have doubts. John the Baptist is a human just like us.

What does Jesus do?

"So he replied to the messengers, 'Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me." (Luke 7:22-23)

1. Jesus wants the men to go back to John.

2. Jesus wants them to report to John what they have seen. (rf Lk 7:21)

3. Jesus wants them to report what they have heard.

I asked myself what is the content of the report Jesus wanted John the Baptist to hear. 

Jesus tells them to tell John the Baptist 7 things:

1. Blind receive sight

2. Lame walk.

3. Those with leprosy are cured.

4. Deaf hear.

5. Dead are raised.

6. The Good News is preached to the poor!

7. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.

I asked myself the significance of Jesus’ actions.

It is very interesting to know that Jesus did not ignore John the Baptist when he had doubts but took the effort to answer his doubts. He sent the messengers with evidence to reassure John the Baptist that what he stood for before going to prison was right! We learn the love of Jesus for others. If people have doubts concerning Him, He does not just abandon them even if they have served Him for a long time and then enter the times of 'despair and doubt'.

We have seen John the Baptist live for Jesus and all He did for Jesus. We also learn that he was put in prison for standing up for what is right. Now he is in despair and doubt. We also see Jesus coming along and sending a message of hope to John the Baptist. Especially v.23 'Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.'


Jesus has taken care of me all these years and has brought me through trials and tribulations. Jesus still takes care of me. You would think I would not have any doubts about anything but it has not happened that way.

Doubt started taking control until Jesus intervened with His promises. What keeps coming to me is, “Do not be afraid, just believe.”

I keep telling myself to wait on the Lord and not to be afraid but just believe the Lord in the situation. Jesus does comfort me.

After everything Jesus has done, my situation will not be difficult for Jesus. If Jesus wants that situation to go in the direction I expected it to or wanted it to, it will happen that way. If it does not happen that way, Jesus will confirm his peace to me so I do not have to be doubtful about the situation but move on.

Just as Jesus met John the Baptist in his doubts and comforted him by sending him 7 messages, I see Jesus reaching out to me in multiple ways too. It has been through His Word, through circumstances, and dreams. I felt like there were messages for me too!

Seeing Jesus in my dream has been the best message  I have ever had topped by Jesus’ words, “Do not be afraid just believe” after waking up.

Jesus could have just ignored me in my doubts but Jesus has not. As a follower of Christ, when I do have doubts, He reaches out to me in different ways and lets His presence and purpose for my life be known. In His timing, I know I will also have the peace no matter what the outcome of the situation will be for He will instill His peace.

Doubts about anything can be the hardest to deal with but thanks be to God for Jesus Christ in my life who will get me through each day. He wants me to trust in Him and not try to understanding everything that happens along the way but to lean on Him. Jesus knows what He is doing more than I can ever know. This morning in my Quiet Times, Jesus brought two verses to my mind and comforted me with them.

“I want you to trust in me in your times of trouble so that I can rescue you and you can give me the glory.” (Psalm 50:15, TLB)

"Since the Lord is directing our steps; why try to understand everything that happens along the way.” (Proverbs 20:24, NIV)

It is talking to the Lord everyday that has been bringing me through. As Jesus takes care of me, whatever you are going through, Jesus will not abandon you too especially in your doubts. All we have to do is look how Jesus handled the situation with John the Baptist and Doubting Thomas.

Dear friends, I ask you now how do you handle doubts?

Dear friend, we live in a world where doubts can creep into our lives because of situations that happen and situations that do not happen. Especially when we are sure about a situation for ourselves but then it does not happen; it can be a doubtful day. Whatever doubts you are going through, you are loved and precious in the Lord’s sight.

When you came to Him, He decided never to leave you nor forsake you. This is exciting to know friend. The pain of a situation may still be there but His comfort can be there too. Jesus sent word to comfort John the Baptist in his doubt. Jesus will get you through. Whether it has to do with your career situation, academic situation, relational situation, health situation or any major situation in your life, you are not alone.

Yes, you are not! Jesus wants to be there for you and wants you to hold on to His promises. John the Baptist had expectations from Jesus but his situation gave him doubts but Jesus assured him through his doubts about why He came!

No matter what the despair and doubt, remember that Jesus will not abandon you. He will reach out to you just as he reached out to John the Baptist. Oh Yes, He will. When you feel down and in despair, remember all that the Lord Jesus has done already in your life and in the lives of others.

John the Baptist's men interceded on his behalf what he was going through. You may not even know how many are interceding on your behalf before the Prince of Peace. You are not alone. You can talk directly to the Lord what you are going through. Yes, you can! Just pour out to Him! Don’t feel like, you talked to Him once about the situation and that should be enough. Everyday, continue to talk to Him and there will come a day when you will experience His peace shattering the doubt.

Jesus goes a step further and praises John the Baptist for all that he has done in serving Jesus. (rf Luke 7:24-28)

“After John's messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: “'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.' I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." (Luke 7:24-28, NIV)

Jesus reaches out to you too and will not forget what you have done for Him and your service to Him.  In your circumstances that are filling you with doubt and despair, come to the Lord and stand upon His Word and promises.

May you find the peace and joy in the Lord and blessed are those who do not fall away on account of Jesus!

We will all face trials and tribulations but the important thing is what do we do with those trials and tribulations! God loves you my friend and it may be hard to face what you are going through. The Lord suffers with you and knows your pain. Lean on Him!

More than anything even if the situation we are hoping for does not come the way we want it, Jesus will be our Prince of Peace through the situation and give us the strength to bear through it and give us His joy. You are never out of His love and never out of His reach. He loves you as you are and reaches out to you friend. Jesus gives you the Fruit of the Spirit to give you a wonderful taste even through the doubt.

I want to share with you a poem called ‘Bible Academy III: Fruit of the Spirit’, the Lord helped me to write years ago.

Bible Academy III: Fruit of the Spirit
By Ramesh C. Reddy

LOVE is a plumpy peach

sweeter than pistachio dough,

peachy like Christ's love.


JOY is a green grape

tastier and happier than onions.

Joyful to know Christ.


PEACE is a banana,

white and fragrant than Havana.

Looks for Prince of Peace.


PATIENCE is a plum,

stickier as a fruity gum,

loving God with patience.


KINDNESS is Honeydew,

sweeter than sweet honey,

reminding me of Christ.



Brighter than luscious orange.

Faith brings you to God.



Softer than teddy's cherries,

cherishing Jesus Christ.


SELF-CONTROL is strong,

Stronger than a pineapple

Showing Christ's love.


GOODNESS eats papaya.

Popeye neutralizes Satan

using Word of God.


May you be uplifted knowing Deliverer openly understands bringing total Salvation! Amen!

“Deliverer Openly Understands, Bringing Total Salvation.”(D.O.U.B.T.S)/”How do you handle doubts?”

Oh Father God, we just come before you now. Thank you so much Father God for your Son Jesus Christ, for sending Him into this world to rescue sinners like me. Oh Lord Jesus, thank you so much for being with me through all these days.  Even in my doubts you never left me and kept to your promises and you will continue too. Oh Lord I thank you for loving us so much. Your Word shows us that trials and tribulations are a part of life but you will be with us. You want us to remember all that you have done for us even when we are filled with despair. You want us to trust in you and we do that Oh Lord. I thank you Lord for reaching out to John the Baptist in his time of despair and doubt. Thank you for reaching out to us too. We are so sorry for all our sins and ask you to forgive us and rescue us. Light the fire in our hearts again Oh Lord and fan the flame. Make us whole Oh Lord. You know Oh Lord where we have been and we need you. Light the fire that once burned so bright for you. I thank you Jesus. We give our selves to you and rest in you Lord. We rest in your love and care. Give us an undivdided heart that we may praise your Name. Thank you for hearing us and answering us! In Your Name We Pray Jesus! Amen!

If you would like to invite Jesus Christ into your heart and make Him a daily part of your life, you can this very moment. You will never be alone. You can claim God's promises for you in the Bible and see them come true, before your eyes, in His wonderful timing. You don't have to wait for a special time to come to the Lord. You can come right now as you pray this prayer, meaning it in your heart.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner Lord. I am so sorry for my sins. I confess my sins to you. I confess the wrong things I have done and messed up my own life. I need you Lord right now and in the years to come. I have gone my own way and have not found what only you can give me. You alone have the words of Eternal Life. You alone love me unconditionally for who I am. I thank you Jesus. I accept you Jesus into my heart. Thanks Jesus for coming into my heart. Thanks for forgiving me of all my sins. Thanks for giving me a new identity in you. I acknowledge you as my Lord and Personal Savior as I believe in my heart that you died and came back to life to save me now and forever. I give myself to you and ask you to be in control of my life. Thank you Jesus through the  days, we can do things together. Thanks for being my Lord and Personal Savior. Thank you Jesus you have heard my prayer and answered me. Thanks Jesus for changing me and helping me through life's storms and winds. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

Friend you may feel something or may not feeling anything but do not go by your feelings. When you ask Jesus to come into your life, He will and does. He will take over from here as you depend on the Lord and let Him work in you and through you! This is exciting friend! May each one that came to know Jesus be filled with His Holy Spirit forever more and those that know Jesus come to know Him more and more! Amen!

Get yourself involved in a campus Bible study, fellowship, and most of all find a Bible believing church and be involved to grow in your Christian walk with the Lord. They all need to be supplements for your own precious time with the Lord in prayer and meditating on His Word. If you need a Bible, please let me know!

As the movie DaVinci Code opened across the theaters on May 19, 2006, which speaks against the church and most importantly degrades the Name of Jesus Christ, we need to make ourselves available to speak the truth to the falsity presented in the movie and the novel. If you plan to watch the movie or have read the book and have questions or your faith seems to be shaken, please email me or give me a call at 412-720-4579 so we can discuss the false claims in the book that are presented as fact even though the book itself and the movie is presented as fiction. May the Lord bless you and guide you!

If you need anyone to talk to, pray with, or study the Bible with this Spring or Summer of 2006, you can email me at reddy4hisglory2004@yahoo.com or call me at 412-720-4579. Please do not hesitate. One-one Bible studies can be so powerful to because the Holy Spirit is still in the midst.

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

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How seriously do you T.E.S.T.I.F.Y to prophecy?  (Sept 01, 05)

Who do you P.O.I.N.T to? (Sept 02.05)

"Will you take a S.T.A.N.D?" (Sept 03.05)

How is your loving P.R.A.I.S.E? (Sept 06.05)

"How do you handle T.E.M.P.T.A.T.I.O.N?" (Sept 07.05)

"Who controls your T.I.M.E?" (Sept 08, 05)

"What kind of P.R.O.F.E.S.S.I.O.N are you in?" (Sept 09, 05)

"Whose T.E.A.C.H.I.N.G.S do you listen to?" (Sept 12, 05)

"What C.A.P.T.I.V.I.T.Y are you facing today?" (Sept 15, 05)

"Where do you need H.E.A.L.I.N.G?" (Sept 19, 05)

"Where do you need an A.N.S.W.E.R?" (Sept 20, 05)

"Where do you find S.O.L.I.T.A.R.Y time with the Lord?" (Sept 21, 05)

"Where do you want to be C.L.E.A.N?" (Sept 22, 05)

"What do you actions C.A.U.S.E?" (Sept 24,05)


"What kind of F.R.I.E.N.D are you?" (Sept 26, 05)

"Where does P.A.R.A.L.Y.S.I.S take hold of you?" (Sept 28, 05)

"What are you thinking in your M.I.N.D?" (Sept 29, 05)

"What do you represent by your A.C.T.I.O.N.S?" (Sept 30, 05)


"Where do you look for A.C.C.E.P.T.A.N.C.E?" (Oct 04, 05)

"Who Do You I.N.V.I.T.E?" (Oct 05,05)

When do you F.A.S.T? (Oct 24, 05)

How do you see your L.I.F.E? (Oct 25,05)

"What kind of L.E.A.D.E.R are you?" (Oct 26,05)

"What does the S.A.B.B.A.T.H mean to you?" (Oct 27,05)


What are your N.E.E.D.S? (Oct 28, 05)


What is your I.M.P.A.C.T?  (Nov 01,05)

What S.P.A.C.E  do you give yourself? (Nov 07, 05)

"What has E.V.I.L done to you?" (Nov 08, 05)

"How is your R.E.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.H.I.P with Jesus?" (Nov 14,05)

"Who will give God T.H.A.N.K.S.G.I.V.I.N.G because of you?" (Nov 25, 05) (Taken from Gospel of Luke)

"Where is your A.P.P.O.I.N.T.M.E.N.T in?" (Nov 29, 05)


"Where do you G.A.T.H.E.R?" (Dec 01, 05)

"How are your actions seen by your F.A.M.I.L.Y?" (Dec 02, 05)

"How do you handle S.L.A.N.D.E.R?" (Dec 03.05)

"What is your V.I.E.W of Jesus?" (Dec 28, 05)

"What are you doing with G.O.D.'S  W.I L.L?" (Dec 31,05)



"What do the P.A.R.A.B.L.E.S mean to you?" (Jan 04, 06)

"What kind of  F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L receiver will you be for Jesus?" (Jan 05, 06)

"How is your W.A.L.K with God?" (Jan 17, 06)

"What kind of L.A.M.P are you?" (Jan 18, 06)

"What do you C.O.N.C.E.A.L?" (Jan 25, 06)

"What do you do with what you H.E.A.R?" (Jan 26, 06)

"What do you do with the W.O.R.D of God?"(Jan 30, 06)

"What will you do with the S.E.E.D?" (Jan 31,06)


"What kind of  F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L receiver will you be for Jesus?" (Feb 05, 06)

MARCH 2006

"What kind of S.T.O.R.M.S are you facing?"  (March 11, 06)

APRIL 2006

"What does P.A.S.S.O.V.E.R  C.R.O.S.S mean to you?"  (April 13, 06)

MAY 2006

"What kind of P.R.O.F.E.S.S.I.O.N are you in?" (May 01, 06)


"Where is your T.O.R.M.E.N.T coming from?"  (May 15, 06)

"Where do you need  H.E.A.L.I.N.G?" (May 16, 06)

"What do people R.E.P.O.R.T about you?" (May 17, 06)

"Are you A.F.R.A.I.D of Jesus too?" (May 18, 06)

"Will you T.E.L.L about Jesus?" (May 19, 06)

"What do you do with your T.E.S.T.I.M.O.N.Y?" (May 20, 06)

"Will you G.A.T.H.E.R before Jesus?"  (May 22, 06)

"What place do you give P.R.A.Y.E.R in your life? "   (May 23, 06)

"Where do you feel U.N.C.L.E.A.N?" (May 24, 06)

"Where do you need F.R.E.E.D.O.M?" (May 25, 06)

"Who's T.I.M.I.N.G are you following?" (May 27, 06)


"Where do you seek W.I.S.D.O.M, in Jesus of the Bible or Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code?" (May 29, 06)

"What is your C.A.L.L.I.N.G?" (May 30, 06)

"Where is your I.D.E.N.T.I.T.Y?" (May 31, 06)

JUNE 2006

"Do you feel A.C.C.E.P.T.E.D?" (June 01, 06)

"How is your F.A.I.T.H?" (June 03, 06)

"What do you T.E.A.C.H?" (June 05, 06)

"Where are you S.E.N.T?" (June 09, 06)

"Where are you S.T.A.Y.I.N.G?" (June 10, 06)

"How is your Spiritual H.E.A.L.T.H?" (June 12, 06)

"What have people H.E.A.R.D about you?" (June 20, 06)

"What do you T.H.I.N.K about Jesus?" (June 21, 06)





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