n General | Don’t Tip Like an American

In General | Don’t Tip Like an American

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Tipping culture in America is out of control. Put simply, we’re entrenching ourselves in a custom that shortchanges (pun intended) everyone. In contrast, most countries in Europe operate without tipping, so while staff are aware that Americans are prone to tipping, they’re neither expecting it nor depending on it. Instead, use tipping the way we say it works here at home, by which we mean throw a bartender or waiter a few extra euro only when the service is truly exceptional.

In General | Don’t Rush Your Meal

In General | Don’t Rush Your Meal

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On a related note, since waitstaff isn’t working for tips, they’re not focused on turnover and won’t check in on your meal as often as someone might in America. That creates a certain amount of dissonance between the paces of American and European meals. We don’t mean to insult American waitstaff, but the emphasis on tips also emphasizes turnover, which can rush diners. European staff is more focused on doing a good job than a fast one, so relax and enjoy your meal.

LIVING IN THE SAFETY OF HIS PRESENCE


He who lives in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the AlmightyPsalm 91:1(NTL)

Before the coming of Christ, we lived in the bondage sin and burden of the law, both of which has curses that brought a lot of hindrances to all the people on the earth.(Gen. 3:17; Dan. 9:11). Jesus came as the Salvation from God to redeem man from those curses and as a Light that brings revelation to the world. He paid the price for each and everyone of us who would believe in Him to live a life that is free from curses of sin and bondage of the devil. 

  • Jesus took upon Himself the curses of the world when He was crucified on the cross of Calvaryfor it is writtencursed is everyone who hangs on a tree‘” Gal 3:13

The redemption that Jesus gives is salvation from sin, and freedom from its consequences.(John 8:3136). Those in Christ should be alive to righteousness and should no longer live in a manner consistent with the sin of the flesh, but according to the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. The meaning of this is that sin will not have any more power over anyone who decides to live a life of the Spirit in Christ. 

If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousnessRom 8:10(NASB)

  • One of the things that Christ did for us was to restore the relationship with God that was lost because of sin. By the blood of His reconciliation, Christ has made it possible that we can now live in God‘s presence by the indwelling of His Spirit.(John 14:17)

The work of the Spirit is to help us in our daily Christian life, to live in agreement with God’s will, plan and purpose. The Holy Spirit is our all-round Helper up to interceding for us before God and presents to Him any cause of worry we may have even when we do not understand nor state them precisely.(Romans 8:26,27)

On a daily basis, we need to accept to live our life in line with God’s ideas, principles and thoughts as found in the Bible and as impressed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

  • It is to our own interest and benefits to live a life that is yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit. That is the best way to experience the kind of freedom, liberty, joy and peace that can only be enjoyed by Christians becauseas by the Spirit of the Lordwe are transformed into the image of Christ from glory to gloryand where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty2 Cor 3:17,18 (NKJV)

The Bible said in 2 Chro 16:9 thatthe eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him” We should make a firm decision  to live each day in the presence of the Lord and open up our heats to Him, to do His will and be obedient to the leading of His Spirit. That is the only assured way to a life of safety, peace and success.

Amen
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10 Wealthiest Countries in the World

10 Wealthiest Countries in the World

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It probably goes without saying that some countries are wealthier than others, but we said it anyway. And since we said it, we might as well rank them. In finding these numbers, we used Gross National Income(GNI) as our main metric. Put simply, a country’s GNI is the number you get when you combine a country’s Gross Domestic Product and its international income. It’s a more reliable way to evaluate how much money a country is taking in.

We should also note we used the World Bank’s 2017 GNI figures, the most complete and reliable determination we could find.

Canada

Canada

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$1.6 Trillion

At the risk of playing into the hands of a stereotype, we like to think Canada’s economic success is due to the general friendliness of its people. Of course people want to deal with Canada because Canadians are easy to deal with. There’s also a possibility that Canada’s economy is going to take a turn for the worse in 2019, though the factors influencing that seem to be similar to what’s affecting the international middle class, so we don’t know how much of that is actually Canada’s fault. Still, they’re in the top ten and will probably stay there.

Brazil

Brazil

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$1.8 Trillion

Brazil is a bit of a weird inclusion here in that the Brazilian economy isn’t exactly enviable. This past year, 2018, was the first year the country’s experienced any sort of growth since 2014, and even 2018’s growth was only one percent. That stagnation could be because the citizens overpay for goods and services, the amount of time it takes companies to prepare Brazilian taxes, seriously large interest payments and a whole host of other obstacles. But here it is at number nine anyway.

Daily trivia question

Which U.S. state is known as “The Gem State”?

Italy

Italy

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$1.9 Trillion

Italy’s another unenviable economy, despite its inclusion on this list. There’s a number of individual reasons as to why Italy’s economy has been slow to grow, with the country facing low worker productivity, an unfriendly business environment, a lack of innovation, high debt and a handful of other factors. But, like we said with Brazil, here it is anyway.

India

India

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$2.4 Trillion

India’s economic growth may be slowing, but the country’s achievements can’t be downplayed. In less than a hundred years, it went from a huge British colony to one of the wealthiest nations in the world. That’s quite an accomplishment, and while it’s not the only former British colony on the list, it’s definitely climbing faster than the other one did. In projections looking ahead to 2050, India’s expected to be the world’s second largest economy, only behind China.

France

France

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$2.6 Trillion

We don’t mean this as an insult to the French people, but France generally isn’t a country you think of as an economic powerhouse. Obviously they have been in the past, with Napoleon trampling all over Europe and the French army performing superhuman acts of defense in the First World War. But apparently modern France is no slouch, and is even predicted to overtake the U.K. in 2019. Whether or not they can hold onto that spot is up in the air, especially considering the unrest the country’s seen recently (and the reasons for it), but we wouldn’t count them out.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

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$2.7 Trillion

The United Kingdom’s been a sizable world power for an exceptionally long time, and wealth follows that kind of dominance. The nation’s modern economy was defined by low inflation and a healthy (if slightly insane) housing market, two indicators of sustained foundational health. They’ve been taking some hits with Brexit and it remains to be seen if they can truly pull out of the EU and maintain the kind of economic success they’ve become accustomed to, but all we can do there is wait and see.

Germany

Germany

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$3.6 Trillion

Germany’s gotten credit for saving the EU on at least one occasion, so it makes sense that they’d be the wealthiest country in the union. And not by a small amount either. Their closest competition is the U.K., who’s nearly a trillion dollars behind them. Brexit is also minimizing the U.K.’s chances of closing that gap. If they can get their population crisis under control, Germany’s position as the wealthiest nation in the EU seems safe.

Japan

Japan

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$4.9 Trillion

Japan’s made good use of external markets in recent years and experienced strong growth, with very light inflation and improved conditions for the Japanese labor force. Basically everything stayed good or got better for everyone involved. Things are likely to slow for them in the next few years as the country comes up against an aging and declining population which threatens their economy’s long term viability, but they’re coming up against the problem with a good foundation.

China

China

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$12 Trillion

There’s a huge jump of seven trillion dollars between the second and third entry on this list (then an equally large one from the second to the first), which is an unfathomable amount of money. But unfathomable amounts of money are what it takes to succeed on the world stage, which modern China is definitely doing, and a rate that some are predicting it will be the wealthiest nation in the world by the early 2030s (though it may not hold the spot for long). That’s not so far-fetched either, considering it’s been the world’s largest economy for three years straight.

United States

United States

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$19 Trillion

We all knew where this list was going to end and not out of an overwhelming feeling of blind nationalism. The United States is currently the world’s largest economy and has its hands in virtually every industry practiced by modern man. It has the resources of almost an entire continent, emerged as a superpower following an enormous conflict, and has experienced almost 80 years of improvements in living standards. You can debate the ethics and morality of how it was all achieved and sustained, but the fact is the United States is the wealthiest nation on Earth.