May 15, 2011

The Blue Ribbons

A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in high school by telling them the difference they each made. She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time. First she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters which read, "Who I Am Makes a Difference."

Afterwards the teacher decided to do a class project to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a community. She gave each of the students three more ribbons and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgment ceremony. Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom and report back to the class in about a week.

One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby company and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt. Then he gave him two extra ribbons and said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd like you to go out, find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back to me and tell me what happened."

Later that day the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and would he give him permission to put it on him. His surprised boss said, "Well, sure." The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss' coat above his heart.

As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said, "Would you do me a favor? Would you take this extra ribbon and pass it on by honoring somebody else? The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school and we want to keep this recognition ceremony going and find out how it affects people."

That night the boss came home to his 14-year-old son and sat him down. He said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine. He thinks I'm a creative genius. Then he put this blue ribbon that says 'Who I Am Makes A Difference' on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor.

As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon and I thought about you. I want to honor you. My days are really hectic and when I come home I don't pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school and for your bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You're a great kid and I love you!"

The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn't stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, "I was planning on committing suicide tomorrow, Dad, because I didn't think you loved me. Now I know you care. This is the happiest day I've known."

The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a grouch but made sure to let all his employees know that they made a difference. The junior executive helped several other young people with career planning and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his life...one being the boss' son. And the young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson.

Remember, who you are DOES make a difference! I give you a blue ribbon.

May 14, 2011

How you felt the grace of God in your life?

There are many incidents where we can say that because of his grace I am alive or escaped some dangerous situation?I want you to share as many incidents where you can firmly say that his grace is sufficient for me.
Please answer and also share with your friends.The best answer will win a NIV study bible worth Rs.1000/-. 
Some clues 
1.salvation
2.escape from accident
3.escape from the death
4.passing out
and many more............

May 10, 2011

....The Armour Bearer......


hieeee....
Praise be to God alone.......:):):)
Hope you guys doing great by the grace of our Lord Almighty....
i wanna share something what i have learnt last week only....
me and my team members met for a small get together,where i have learnt that beautiful fact...i would love to share.....

1 Samuel 14-6 to 8


Jonathan said to his young Armour Bearer,"Come,lets go over to the outpost of those Circumcised fellows.Perhaps the Lord will act on your behalf.Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving,whether by many or by few."
"Do all u have in mind."his armour- bearer said."Go ahead ; I am with u heart and soul."
Jonathan said,"Come,then we will cross over the men and let them see us. If they say to us,'wait there until we come to u,'we will stay where we are not go up to them.But if they say,'come up to us',we will climb up,because that will be our sign that the Lord as given them in to our hand.....

This is the story of Jonathan and his Armour-bearer....
Jonathan is the son of King Saul....N Armour- bearer means the one who protect u from any harm....:):)

it was the story when they went to attack philistines King Saul wanted to wait until philistines attack But Jonathan wants to fight with them.....
he asked his armour-bearer....:):):)armour-bearer is the one who protect Jonathan from any attack....:):):) a kind off protector....:):):)
Look .. Jonathan God a vision from Lord to Fight wid philistine....n Armour-bearer supported him.....He said that i am with u hear and soul....:):):)

the same thing we can relate with our own life.....:):) Look Our leaders got a vision for Youth ,Church and we all different team (welcome,media,worship,choreo) members are supporting him to follow up there Vision....:):)we just have to be available whenever they need us.... :):):)we need to Pray for them ,make them more strong...help them in there way....:):)

like wise we can relate it with our relationships...the love of God we hold for each other....:):)we have to be good and faithful armour bearer.....:):)
The one whom we love is fighting the battle in his Field we have to act like a good armour bearer....we have to support that person......:):)we have to be there for that person...to make that person strong....to encourage.....Jesus put u on n d better state to that person not because u are very good because his grace is upon u.....Pray for that person there are so many people...who r really in need of love and care....a single word of encouragement....Be a Good Armour-bearer n help them out.....Be a Good Armour bearer of Lord.....:):):) and lead so many souls to Lord....:):)
now its like a high time for each and everyone.....End time is very near.....Jesus gonna come back soon.....:):):)

Be good n ready to face the challenges.....:):):)

Jesus loves u all....
Jesus saves....
be blessed....:):):)


May 9, 2011

100 Truths About Jesus

Jesus claimed to be God - John 8:24; 8:56-59 (see Exodus 3:14); John 10:30-33
Jesus is called God - John 1:1,14; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:8
Jesus is the image of the invisible God - Heb. 1:3
Jesus abides forever - Heb. 7:24
Jesus created all things - John 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-17
Jesus is before all things - John 1:1-3; Col. 1:17;
Jesus is eternal - John 1:1,14; 8:58; Micah 5:1-2
Jesus is honored the same as the Father - John 5:23
Jesus is prayed to - Acts 7:55-60; 1 Cor. 1:2 with Psalm 116:41; (John 14:14)
Jesus is worshipped - Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; John 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6
Jesus is omnipresent - Matt. 18:20; 28:20
Jesus is with us always - Matt. 28:20
Jesus is our only mediator between God and ourselves - 1 Tim. 2:5
Jesus is the guarantee of a better covenant - Heb. 7:22; 8:6
Jesus said, "I AM the Bread of Life" - John 6:35,41,48,51
Jesus said, "I AM the Door" - John 10:7,9
Jesus said, "I AM the Good Shepherd" - John 10:11,14
Jesus said, "I AM the Way the Truth and The Life" - John 14:6
Jesus said, "I AM the Light of the world" - John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46; Luke 2:32
Jesus said, "I AM the True Vine" - John 15:1,5
Jesus said, "I AM the Resurrection and the Life" - John 11:25
Jesus said, "I AM the First and the Last" - Rev. 1:17; 2:8; 22:13
Jesus always lives to make intercession for us - Heb. 7:25
Jesus cleanses from sin - 1 John 1:9
Jesus cleanses us from our sins by His blood - Rev. 1:5; Rom. 5:9
Jesus forgives sins - Matt. 9:1-7; Luke 5:20; 7:48
Jesus saves forever - Matt. 18:11; John 10:28; Heb. 7:25
Jesus discloses Himself to us - John 14:21
Jesus draws all men to Himself - John 12:32
Jesus gives eternal life - John 10:28; 5:40
Jesus resurrects - John 5:39; 6:40,44,54; 11:25-26
Jesus gives joy - John 15:11
Jesus gives peace - John 14:27
Jesus has all authority - Matt. 28:18; John 5:26-27; 17:2; 3:35
Jesus judges - John 5:22,27
Jesus knows all men - John 16:30; John 21:17
Jesus opens the mind to understand scripture - Luke 24:45
Jesus received honor and glory from the Father - 1 Pet. 1:17
Jesus reveals grace and truth - John 1:17 see John 6:45
Jesus reveals the Father - Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22
Jesus bears witness of Himself - John 8:18; 14:6
Jesus' works bear witness of Himself - John 5:36; 10:25
The Father bears witness of Jesus - John 5:37; 8:18; 1 John 5:9
The Holy Spirit bears witness of Jesus - John 15:26
The multitudes bear witness of Jesus - John 12:17
The Prophets bear witness of Jesus - Acts 10:43
The Scriptures bear witness of Jesus - John 5:39
The Father will honor us if we serve Jesus - John 12:26 see Col. 3:24
The Father wants us to fellowship with Jesus - 1 Cor. 1:9
The Father tells us to listen to Jesus - Luke 9:35; Matt. 17:5
Everyone who's heard & learned from the Father comes to Jesus - John 6:45
We come to Jesus - John 5:50; 6:35,37,45,65; 7:37;
The Father draws us to Jesus - John 6:44
The Law leads us to Christ - Gal. 3:24
Jesus is the Rock - 1 Cor. 10:4
Jesus is the Savior - John 4:42; 1 John 4:14
Jesus is the King - Matt. 2:1-6; Luke 23:3
In Jesus are the treasures of wisdom and knowledge - Col. 2:2-3
In Jesus we have been made complete Col. 2:10
Jesus indwells us - Col. 1:27
Jesus sanctifies - Heb. 2:11
Jesus loves - Eph. 5:25
We sin against Jesus - 1 Cor. 8:12
We receive Jesus - John 1:12; Col. 2:6
Jesus makes many righteous - Rom. 5:19
Jesus sends the Holy Spirit - John 15:26
Jesus offered up Himself - Heb. 7:27; 9:14
Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins for all time - Heb. 10:12
The Son of God has given us understanding - 1 John 5:20
Jesus is the author and perfector of our faith - Heb. 12:2
Jesus is the Apostle and High Priest of our confession - Heb. 1:3
Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven - John 14:1-4
Jesus is the Light of the world - Rom. 9:5
Jesus has explained the Father - John 1:18
Jesus was crucified because of weakness - 2 Cor. 13:4
Jesus has overcome the world - John 16:33
Truth is in Jesus - Eph. 4:21
The fruit of righteousness comes through Jesus Christ - Phil. 1:11
Jesus delivers us from the wrath to come - 1 Thess. 1:10
Disciples bear witness of Jesus Christ - John 15:27
Jesus died for us - 1 Thess. 5:10
Jesus died and rose again - 1 Thess. 4:14
Jesus was a ransom for many - Matt. 20:28
The Christian dead have fallen asleep in Jesus - 1 Thess. 4:15
Jesus tasted death for everyone - Heb. 2:9
Jesus rendered the devil powerless - Heb. 2:14
Jesus is able to save completely - Heb. 7:25
Jesus came to serve - Matt. 20:28
Jesus came to be a high priest - Heb. 2:17
Jesus came to save - John 3:17; Luke 19:10
Jesus came to preach the kingdom of God - Luke 4:43
Jesus came to bring division - Luke 12:51
Jesus came to do the will of the Father - John 6:38
Jesus came to give the Father's words - John 17:8
Jesus came to testify to the truth - John 18:37
Jesus came to die and destroy Satan's power - Heb. 2:14
Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets - Matt. 5:17
Jesus came to give life - John 10:10,28
Jesus came to taste death for everyone - Heb. 2:9
Jesus came to proclaim freedom for believers - Luke 4:18

King David - A Man After God's Own heart

You would be hard pressed to find the person that doesn't at least know the plot line of the David and Goliath story. It's become the cliché story for the underdog champion. This story was only the beginning of David's remarkable faith. So remarkable was David in fact, that God called him a man after His own heart. (1 Samuel 13:14)

Wow. Imagine being that special to God. Very young, David devoted his life to God. As a shepard, he spent a great deal of time alone in the fields with his sheep. He used this time wisely, praising God and learning to hear God's voice. The majority of the Psalms are written by David and express his deep commitment and willingness to discuss everything with God. David used this time to become attuned to God.

In Psalm 18, we see David's total reliance on God, "2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies." (vs 2-3 NKJV) David takes nearly everything to God and trusts Him for answers to all his problems. Not only is his reliance on God remarkable, his humility is too. So often, I think that I can take care of all my problems and only when they have trampled me do I surrender them to God.

Though David was special to God, it didn't spare him from difficulty. He had to face many challenges and even lived as a fugitive. Samuel had anointed David to be King after Saul. David became almost a brother to Saul's son, Jonathan and was husband to Saul's daughter, Michal. Saul saw David receiving love and favor from God and his country and became jealous. He tried many times to kill David or have him killed; David had to live as a fugitive. (1 Samuel 19)

Even as he was pursued and under threat of death, David trusted in the Lord. God had told David he would be king and David believed and trusted God. He knew that God would see him through adversity.

But David was far from perfect. When he sinned, he sinned big. David became infatuated with Bath-sheba, a woman married to David's soldier, Uriah. David had an affair with Bath-sheba and she became pregnant. He compounded his sins by trying to cover them up. He arranged for Uriah to be sent into a particularly hot battle where Uriah was killed. (2 Samuel 11)

The Lord sent Nathan to David with a story about a man wronged. David decreed the wrongdoer should be killed and the wronged man should be restored four times over. Then Nathan says that David is the wrongdoer and David confesses to his sin. Without hesitation, David asks for forgiveness and accepts the consequences of his sin. "So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord." And Nathan said to David, "The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die." (2 Samuel 12:13-14 NKJV)

David's sins were severe and so were the consequences of his sins. Yet, he didn't try to hide from them or blame God for their consequence. He accepted responsibility for his actions and dealt with the pain they caused. Many of us try to hide from our sins, too and even when confronted with them we deny them. We get angry at the hardships that are brought on by our own choices instead of accepting the responsibility for them and doing better.

The world has become a litigious place; if anything happens to us we're ready to sue someone. We look to place blame on anyone and anything other than ourselves. It's not too hard to imagine a man in David's position first claiming the heat of passion to get out of the penalty of his sins with Bath-sheba and then suing God for the loss of his child. So many lawsuits are brought by people unwilling to take personal responsibility and suffer the consequences. Imagine what it would be like if we were more willing to be like David and shoulder the blame and the penalty.

From David we can also learn a great deal about praying. David didn't sit across the table with God and have discussions with Him. He had only prayer, just as we do. So, how did David reach God and hear God's answers? By studying the Psalms, we learn how David talked to God. We glean several models for prayer.

Not all the Psalms are by David but at least 73 of them are. In the Psalms by David, we find prayers of devotion and worship. Psalm 138 begins: "1 A Psalm of David. I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You. 2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name" (NKJV) David's Psalm is saying that God is above any god that we could create, any heavenly being like angels. He worships God by acknowledging and proclaiming His sovereignty.

Many of David's Psalms are prayers of thanks. As difficult as things were for David, he never forgot to thank God. From Psalm 103 "1 A Psalm of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. " (NKJV)

If you struggle with knowing how to pray and learning how to hear God's voice, spend some time with the Psalms of David. He learned to talk to and listen to God like perhaps no one else ever has besides Christ. In prayer, David found comfort, forgiveness and direction. Prayer can do the same thing for us if we only spend the time to do it.

David was a remarkable man. Obedient and patient, he persevered through hardships trusting in God. He relied entirely on God. When he did stumble, he was quick to repent and ask forgiveness and didn't repeat his sins. He took personal responsibility for his actions and didn't try to get out of the consequences. He took the time to learn God's voice and thank God in everything. All of us could learn from David.

May 8, 2011

Baby


A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said: 'Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I'm pregnant again. I don't want kids so close together. So the doctor said: 'Ok and what do you want me to do?' She said: 'I want you to end my pregnancy, and I'm counting on your help with this.' The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: 'I think I have a better solution for your problem. It's less dangerous for you too.' She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request. Then he continued: 'You see, in order for you not to have to take care 2 babies at the same time, let's kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we're going to kill one of them, it doesn't matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms. The lady was horrified and said: 'No doctor! How terrible! It's a crime to kill a child! 'I agree', the doctor replied. 'But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.' The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point. He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that's already been born and one that's still in the womb. The crime is the same! If you agree, please SHARE. Together we can help save precious lives! "Love says I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person. Abortion says I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself..." Jesus sacrificed Himself for the good of sinners! That's perfect love!
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May 7, 2011

Changing Besetting Habits-The $10 Challenge


Changing Besetting Habits-The $10 Challenge
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin." - John 8:34

"I hate being late," my friend lamented. "It has been a problem for me all my life."
"Do you really want to change that?" I asked.
"Yes, I do."
"All right. Every time you are late to work or anywhere else where you have committed to be at a particular time you must give me $25."
"No way!" my friend responded. "I would go broke! But I will do $10."
"All right, $10 it is. It has to be a large enough amount of money for it to hurt your pocketbook."
"Believe me, that will hurt," my friend said. About a month later my friend found great motivation to be on time to every place she had to be. In the first week, I got only $10 from my friend. The next week, $20. The third week, nothing. By the fifth week, my friend had changed a lifelong habit that had hindered her all her life. In order for my friend not to be resentful of me for the money she had to give, we put it in a jar to be given to some other Christian cause. This ensured my motive was only for her best interest.
Some might be reading this now and say it is legalism. For my friend it was freedom. For the first time she had some means of changing a behavior that had caused her problems in relationships and her own work habits. Psychologists tell us that it takes 21 days to form a habit. So, if you need to change some habit, you need to be actively engaged in that new behavior at least 21 days. My friend needed help to change a habit she didn't like about herself. It took another individual to hold her accountable, and it took a potential loss of something to provide the added incentive.
A successful businessman was experiencing a difficult marriage. When counseling the couple over dinner one night, a friend of mine noticed that the man often criticized his wife. After further counsel it was determined the man simply could not love his wife. My friend asked him if he truly wanted to see change in his marriage. When the man said he did, my friend said, "Every time you criticize your wife you must agree to give me $100." This man was well-off and needed substantial incentive to change his behavior. After the man rebelled and retorted, he agreed in front of his wife. A few weeks later a report came back that things were changing. This man did not want to write any checks to my friend. Although it was a competitive game to the man, it was also yielding some positive changes in his marriage. He began to acquire the habit of avoiding criticism of his wife, which was killing her spirit.
What are the habits that keep you from becoming all that God may want you to become? Do you desire change enough to be accountable in a way that it costs you something when you fail? Ask a friend to hold you accountable in an area that needs change. You will find new freedom as you conquer old besetting habits.

Bible Day Celebration

We have father's day,mother's day, children's day, Valentine's day and so on.These days we give gifts.Then I thought why not to celebrate the bible day which is living and giving life to many.Then I searched through Google and found nothing like this.Hence I want all who is reading this blog to answer the following questians.
1.Should we start bible day celebration?
yes or no
2.If yes what are all the activities we can have
choose from the following and also suggest anything else.
1.purchase bible
2.gift bible to non Christian
3.gift bible to loved one
4.heavy discount in the book store
5.exchange the old bible with new to get additional discount
6.start a new book store
7.suggest a date..

May 6, 2011

Need Any Help?




Need Any Help?
  

I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work. Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum. From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money.

There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don’t want to be bothered. This was one of those “don’t want to be bothered times.” “I hope he doesn’t ask me for any money,” I thought. He didn’t. He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn’t look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.

After a few minutes he spoke. “That’s a very pretty car,” he said. He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him. His scraggly blond beard keep more than his face warm. I said, “thanks,” and continued wiping off my car. He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came.

As the silence between us widened something inside said, “ask him if he needs any help.” I was sure that he would say “yes” but I held true to the inner voice. “Do you need any help?” I asked. He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget.

We often look for wisdom in great men and women. We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments. I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke the three words that shook me. “Don’t we all?” he said. I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum in the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge shotgun. Don’t we all?

I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare, but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day. Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too.

No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help. Even if it’s just a compliment, you can give that. You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. They are waiting on you to give them what they don’t have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.

Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe he was more than that. Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise, to minister to a soul too comfortable in themselves. Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum, then said, “go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help.” Don’t we all?

[Author Unknown]

How to Study and Preach


How to Study and Preach

A visitor to the manse was visiting with an old man who lived there with the family after Robert McCheyne's death. "Tell me, how did McCheyne study and preach?" the visitor inquired.
The old man took the visitor into Mr. McCheyne's study and said: "Sit down. Now put your hands over your face, and let the tears fall; that is the way my master studied."
Then the old man asked the visitor to follow him into the church and up the platform to the pulpit. "Lean over; lean way over, and stretch your hands toward the congregation," continued the old friend of McCheyne's, "and now let the tears fall. That is the way my master preached!"

Three imprisoned Iranians released!


(Source: Middle East Concern)
Three Iranian believers were set free on April 30, after 239 days in prison. A fourth, Pastor Vahik Abrahamian, who was arrested at the same time, remains in custody. On April 28, Arash Kermanjani, his wife Arezou Teimouri and Sonia Keshish-Avanesian were brought before a judge. Their lawyers were asked to present their cases. Unexpectedly, they were set free. It is unclear whether the charges against them have been dropped or whether they will face further hearings. Sonia is uncertain why her husband was not freed at the same time, and she is extremely worried about him.
The two couples were detained on September 4, 2010, in Hamadan. They have been accused of various offenses, including propagating Christianity, opposing the Islamic Republic of Iran and having contact with exiled opposition figures. Several others detained at the same time are understood to have been released within several weeks.
Praise the Lord for the release of Arash, Arezou and Sonia! Please pray for Pastor Vahik. Pray he will know the peace and presence of Jesus and be an effective pastor to those around him. Pray those released will know the healing touch and close presence of Jesus. Pray all charges against them will be dropped. Pray, too, that all involved officials will act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow him.

May 5, 2011

Missionary call


Only a Boy

The old Scots minister climbed wearily into the pulpit. Bowed and dejected, he had just faced the harsh criticism of one of his deacons. "Sir, there is something radically wrong with your ministry. Only one person has been saved this year, and he is only a boy."
The words stung him, for he, too, felt heartbroken that so few had responded to the Gospel; yet still he trusted God for the results.
The service concluded, but the weary man of God lingered on in the church, wondering if there was any point continuing in the ministry. A young lad saw him and waited behind. Please, sir... ." "Yes, Robert?" "Do you think if I worked hard for my education that I could ever become a preacher?" "God bless you, my boy," replied the old man with tears in his eyes. "Yes, I think you will become a preacher!"
It was years later that an elderly missionary came back to London from Africa. He had pushed back the boundaries of geographical knowledge and brought savage chiefs under the influence of the Gospel of Peace, given tribes the Bible in their own tongues; but most of all, he had followed the Lord with all of his heart.
Robert Moffat-"only a boy," won to Christ by a tired old man-had become a soul winner!
On one visit to England, Robert told of the need of Africa. Among those who heard him that day was a young Scottish medical student who had given his life to God for missionary service. Robert Moffat's words pierced his heart: "There is a vast plain to the north where I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been."
Filled with the vision of what God wanted him to do, the student asked Mr. Moffat, "Would I do for Africa?" The direction of David Livingstone's life had been changed.
Who can tell what impact was made through the ministry of the first old Scotsman? "Only a boy" it seemed-yet far-off generations and tribes knew the effect of it!
You never know what God is doing and can do through your witness. Do not be discouraged. But trust and pray on!

Cutting Hearts


Cutting Hearts

Years ago in Atlanta, Georgia, some workmen were laying a sidewalk of stones. One Monday morning a preacher passed by. He watched these busy men with interest for a long time. How impressed he was that a workman could take a tool, strike a stone, and cut it as if it were warm butter.
The man cutting stones kept moving along on his knees cutting more stones and putting them in place.
Shortly the preacher interrupted: "Say, I wish I could cut the hearts of men with my sermons the way you are cutting those stones with that instrument."
The man laying the sidewalk looked up and said, "Did you ever try it like I am doing it-on your knees?"
Preaching That Transforms
There was a butcher who ran a little shop on the edge of London. He decided one Sunday that he would go into town and hear the great preacher, Charles Spurgeon. His wife chose not to go with him. So the butcher went to town, went to church, and returned home. That afternoon his wife began to question him about the service.
"What songs did they sing?" He said, "I do not remember." "Well, what was his text?" Again he said, "I do not remember." Somewhat exasperated, his wife wanted to know: "What good did it do for you to go to church this morning?"
The butcher was quiet for a moment. And then he said, "What good? I will tell you what good. You know those scales out in the shop that really weigh just 14 ounces to the pound? Well, before we open for business in the morning, I am going to correct those scales to where they weight a full 16 ounces to the pound."

May 4, 2011

Can a believer marry a non believer?Pls explain...

As I interact with many believers and always most of them ask me that can I marry a non believer boy who is not born again.Please do answer with prayers and hope this blog is a blessing to many.

May 3, 2011

A carrot and an egg to examine……..

A carrot and an egg to examine……..

A student complained to his learned teacher about the difficulties he has to endure in his life. He came from a very poor family and had to look after his home and support his aged and sick parents and his younger siblings by working hard every day after the classes in school while his wealthy class-mates could play and rest without any stress or strain. He was almost exhausted and had even thought about committing suicide. The wise teacher gave him a carrot and an egg to examine. He was asked to comment on their hardness. He said that the carrot was sufficiently hard that it cannot be crushed by hands. The egg could be easily cracked and the liquid contents would leak out with ease. Then the teacher put the carrot and egg together in a pan, added some water to cover the articles and then boiled the water over the flame. After some time, the teacher took out the articles from the pan and asked for the comments of the student. The boy observed that the carrot, which was hard earlier, had become very soft after boiling. The egg, on the other hand, became very hard during the boiling. Its contents had solidified and now would not flow out even when the shell is shattered. The teacher told the boy, “Earlier, you were like the carrot. Your courage and strength of mind were lost when you were exposed to the hard realities of life. You became weak and could be smashed easily.” Next, he displayed the egg and told, “Be like the egg. You are soft and tender by nature, but the adversities of life should make you bolder and stronger. Then you can gain the courage to face any harsh moments with confidence.” He then narrated the biography of successful persons who could overcome the hard times of early life with confidence and earnest efforts. Bible tells in John 12:24, a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains”.

May 2, 2011

The Shock Absorbers


The Shock Absorbers 
  

Oh, that ditch again! I was driving home and—as I had done every day for months—had to drive very slowly over a dip in the road to avoid a bone-jarring jolt.

My car was due for a general servicing, so I took it to the mechanic I regularly go to. As he got behind the wheel to pull it into his shop, I was feeling pretty good about myself for having remembered to have my car serviced. He had moved it only inches, however, when he stepped on the brakes, turned to me with a look of surprise, and asked, "How can you drive your car like this?! Your shock absorbers are gone!"

My reflex reaction to the instant diagnosis was to question the mechanic's motives. How could he be so sure, so quick? But since the car was 10 years old and my past experience with this mechanic gave me no reason to mistrust him, I asked him to check the shocks and replace them if necessary, which he did.

Oops, that ditch again. As I was driving my newly serviced car home, my mind was somewhere else and I didn't think to slow down for the familiar dip until it was too late. I braced myself for the inevitable impact—tailbone to floor and car body to wheels—but hardly felt that old ditch. The mechanic had been right. I had gotten so used to driving my car with no shock absorbers that I had forgotten what it was like to have them.

If you drive only on good roads you hardly need shock absorbers, but when the road gets rough or you come to one of those bone-jarring dips or potholes, it's a different story. Isn't life a lot like that? Most of the time, thank God, the ride is pretty smooth. But what about when we lose someone close to us, or suffer a business failure, or an injury shakes our lives? What if there is a power failure and we are stuck in an elevator for hours, or we find ourselves in an earthquake or other disaster?

What kind of "shock absorbers" can help us make it through incidents like these in one piece?

Ask the Man who walked the rough and rugged road to Mount Calvary and gave His life there for you and me. He should know—and He does.

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

So many people drive through life with absolutely no shock absorbers, carefully trying to avoid every bump and hole in the road that could give them a jolt. They try to only drive on the smoothest roads because they know they're not prepared for any sudden bumps. They don't have the peace that Jesus offers—shock absorbers for their earthly vehicle. Maybe they don't even realize they need shock absorbers, or how much wear and tear these things can spare them.

There are going to be bumps on the road of life. That's inevitable. But with Jesus' loving hands underneath you, you'll hardly notice them. You can just relax, enjoy the ride, and arrive safe and sound at your final destination. Put yourself in His hands, and see the difference it makes.

[Matthew Nantes]
 

May 1, 2011

Leah

Leah – an unwanted blessing



Leah was considered by Jacob as a discarded blessing in his life. Leah’s father Laban cheated Jacob by marrying Leah to him, at whom Jacob had no interest at all. Bible says Leah had weak eyes while Rachel who was Laban’s second daughter was lovely in form and beautiful. Jacob was waiting for seven years to marry Rachel the second daughter of Laban while without his knowledge he had to take Leah as it was not a custom to marry the second girl while having the first.

Anyway days scrolled by while Leah had to long for her husband’s love. She must have tried her level best to impress her husband; Alas she failed and got distressed. But God who does not look at us the same way man looks at. God sees even the deepest thoughts of our heart. In Gen 29 31, we see when God saw that Leah was not loved, He opened her womb. Lord’s special blessing came upon her and she gave birth to children one by one, every single time fervently waiting for her husband’s love and she even said after giving birth Reuben that her husband might love her since she gave forth a son. After giving birth to three sons she says since I gave forth three sons my husband will become attached to me now. But she got disappointed then also.


But God gives value for our distresses, hurts and disappointments. He is a God who can turn any evil into good like Joseph says in Gen 50 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. God brought forth the two important tribes of Israel Levy and Judah from an unwanted blessing called Leah who was not admired by anyone.

Also there is an important lesson we learn from the life of Leah. Though Leah was rejected by people, her communication with God was perfect. According to Gen 30 17, God listens to Leah which means she sends her plea and communes to God which was accepted by Him. As God was pleased with her, He listened to her.


God allows certain humble beginnings and anguish periods in our lives. The end will be really good if we are able to please God like Leah so that God would make us to produce what He intends us to.