May 31, 2012

The Titanic’s Last Hero

John Harper was born to a pair of solid Christian parents on May 29th, 1872.

 It was on the last Sunday of March 1886, when he was thirteen years old that he received Jesus as the Lord of his life.
He never knew what it was to “sow his wild oats.” 
He began to preach about four years later at the ripe old age of 17 years by going down to the streets of his village and pouring out his soul in earnest entreaty for men to be reconciled to God.
As John Harper’s life unfolded, one thing was apparent…he was consumed by the word of God.
When asked by various ministers what his doctrine consisted of, he was known to reply “The Word of God!” After five or six years of toiling on street corners preaching the gospel and working in the mill during the day, Harper was taken in by Rev. E. A. Carter of Baptist Pioneer Mission in London, England.
 This set Harper free to devote his whole time of energy to the work so dear to his heart.
Soon, John Harper started his own church in September of 1896. (Now known as the Harper Memorial Church). This church which John Harper had started with just 25 members, had grown to over 500 members when he left 13 years later. During this time he had gotten married, but was shortly thereafter widowed. However brief the marriage, God did bless John Harper with a beautiful little girl named Nana.

Ironically, John Harper almost drowned several times during his life. 
When he was two and a half years of age, he almost drowned when he fell into a well but was resuscitated by his mother. At the age of twenty-six, he was swept out to sea by a reverse current and barely survived, and at thirty-two he faced death on a leaking ship in the Mediterranean.
 Perhaps, God used these experiences to prepare this servant for what he faced next…….
It was the night of April 14, 1912.
 The RMS Titanic sailed swiftly on the bitterly cold ocean waters heading unknowingly into the pages of history. On board this luxurious ocean liner were many rich and famous people. At the time of the ship’s launch, it was the world’s largest man-made moveable object. At 11:40 p.m. on that fateful night, an iceberg scraped the ship’s starboard side, showering the decks with ice and ripping open six watertight compartments. The sea poured in.
On board the ship that night was John Harper and his much-beloved six-year-old daughter Nana.
According to documented reports, as soon as it was apparent that the ship was going to sink, John Harper immediately took his daughter to a lifeboat. It is reasonable to assume that this widowed preacher could have easily gotten on board this boat to safety; however, it never seems to have crossed his mind. 
He bent down and kissed his precious little girl; looking into her eyes he told her that she would see him again someday. 
The flares going off in the dark sky above reflected the tears on his face as he turned and headed towards the crowd of desperate humanity on the sinking ocean liner. As the rear of the huge ship began to lurch upwards, it was reported that Harper was seen making his way up the deck yelling
Women, children and unsaved into the lifeboats!” 
It was only minutes later that the Titanic began to rumble deep within. Most people thought it was an explosion; actually the gargantuan ship was literally breaking in half. At this point, many people jumped off the decks and into the icy, dark waters below. John Harper was one of these people.

That night 1528 people went into the frigid waters.
 John Harper was seen swimming frantically to people in the water leading them to Jesus before the hypothermia became fatal.
 Mr. Harper swam up to one young man who had climbed up on a piece of debris. Rev. Harper asked him between breaths,
 “Are you saved?”
The young man replied that he was not.
Harper then tried to lead him to Christ only to have the young man who was near shock, reply no.
John Harper then took off his life jacket and threw it to the man and said
Here then, you need this more than I do…”
 and swam away to other people. 
A few minutes later Harper swam back to the young man and succeeded in leading him to salvation. Of the 1528 people that went into the water that night, six were rescued by the lifeboats. One of them was this young man on the debris.
 Four years later, at a survivors meeting, this young man stood up and in tears recounted how John Harper had led him to Christ. 
Mr. Harper had tried to swim back to help other people, yet because of the intense cold, had grown too weak to swim. His last words before going under in the frigid waters were 
“Believe on the Name of the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”
Does Hollywood remember this man? No. Oh well, no matter. This servant of God did what he had to doWhile other people were trying to buy their way onto the lifeboats and selfishly trying to save their own lives, John Harper gave up his life so that others could be saved.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends…” 
John Harper was truly the hero of the Titanic!
—- “The Titanic’s Last Hero” by Moody Press 1997

May 30, 2012

Watchman Nee - At the Prison (Must read blog)



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The Communist government imprisoned Watchman Nee on charges of defying the law by preaching the Gospel.

They did this in a stern way to prevent Nee from preaching the truth of the Word of God. By the time Nee was imprisoned there were countless number of believers and churches made through his relentless life and teachings on Christ.

The Communists couldn’t find any fault with him; yet they had him under arrest for the next twenty years.

Did this Deter the Man of God from doing what every Christian is called to do?....


In the Prison Nee started his next campaign for Christ.

 It was the beginning of a new era in the Chinese prison history. The Unthinkable and Unbelievable started rolling.

The Prison walls were imprinted with sounding scriptures.

Every moment Nee walked across the cells or the corridors Christ was preached.

Prisoners to the Crime they had committed became prisoners to Christ. Countless number of convicts came to Christ and the communists were enraged with the workmanship of Nee.

They strictly warned him to stop preaching; but the more they warned him; the more he grew firm in Christ.

Communists couldn’t find a way to stop Nee from preaching; so they decided to chop off his legs.

They devised a plan and chopped both his legs in an effort to make him silent. But the unthinkable happened; Nee started writing. He employed his hands and started passing the transcripts to the cell doors and the mission of Christ continued to expand.


This time... Nee was called and both his hands were chopped off..

With both his limbs lost for Christ .. Nee used his tongue to the fullest in proclaiming and praising God to the Work He was committed... And this time the communists trimmed his tongue.....

Their actions could hardly stop Watchman Nee to the Commitment of Christ and the Gospel....

This time... with nothing left to express or proclaim the Good News..
Nee was used by God in an amazing way....

Whenever someone crossed the cell doors of Nee; they would walk born again as they crossed...
You know what happened.....

Every time a person looked into Nee’s eyes; the Holy Spirit would convict the person of his sinful nature and the person would receive Christ that moment...

And seeing this..
 the Communists poured hot coal into his eyes and blinded Nee.....

And few years later after serving the Lord Nee went home to be with the King....

What an amazing Victory....

By the time Nee was taken dead.... the Prison doors were opened in the lives of many.....


Watchman Nee didn’t consider this life or his own body as anything but nothing for the cause of the proclamation of the Gospel...

In today’s Christianity we need to train people in proclaiming the Gospel; which should be natural for a born again Christian....
it’s really pathetic in seeing the current state of believers..

When will you rise up Oh So called believer !!! When will you Commit Yourself completely to Christ!!!!

Are you truly Born in Christ?.....
If so; it’s time to check our reflections....

Men and Women like Nee are Partakers of the heavenly family..... and Suffering is a Part of the Package in following Christ...

Are you ready to Suffer?...
Then come and join...... and God will bless you in all your sufferings in Christ....

May 29, 2012

I know That You are Worried


Excellent Quotes on Worry

 Let’s listen to some experts....



It's not the work which kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction.
Henry Ward Beecher

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.
Corrie Ten Boom

Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.
Corrie Ten Boom

Worry is like racing the engine of an automobile without letting in the clutch.
Corrie Ten Boom


Worry is like a rocking chair-it keeps you moving but doesn't get you anywhere.
Corrie Ten Boom

It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down. For the needs of today we have corresponding strength given. For the morrow we are told to trust. It is not ours yet. It is when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.
George Macdonald


Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
George Washington

A hundred load of worry will not pay an ounce of debt.
George Herbert

Most Christians are being crucified on a cross between two thieves: Yesterday's regret and tomorrow's worries.
Warren Wiersbe


While we worry about how fast we grow, God is concerned about how strong we grow.
Rick Warren

I'll give you some symptoms of a sign that your faith is deteriorating--whenever you face all of your problems and you trust only your plans to get you out--it is a sign that your faith is deteriorating.
T.D. Jakes

No one can pray and worry at the same time.
Elisabeth Elliot

Worry is the antithesis of trust. You simply cannot do both. They are mutually exclusive.
Elisabeth Elliot
Source: Discipline - The Glad Surrender, Revell, 1982


Worry, like a rocking chair, will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere.
Vance Havner

What is needed for happy effectual service is simply to put your work into the Lord's hand, and leave it there. Do not take it to Him in prayer, saying,
"Lord, guide me, Lord, give me wisdom, Lord, arrange for me,"
and then arise from your knees, and take the burden all back, and try to guide and arrange for yourself.

Leave it with the Lord, and remember that what you trust to Him you must not worry over nor feel anxious about.
Trust and worry cannot go together.
Hannah Whitall Smith


You find no difficulty in trusting the Lord with the management of the universe and all the outward creation, and can your case be any more complex or difficult than these, that you need to be anxious or troubled about His management of it?
Hannah Whitall Smith

Christians, who have given themselves into the care and keeping of the Lord Jesus, still continue to bend beneath the weight of their burden, and often go weary and heavy-laden throughout the whole length of their journey.
Hannah Whitall Smith

It is not worrying, but rather trusting and abiding in the peace of God that will crush anything that Satan tries to do to us. If the Lord created the world out of chaos, He can easily deal with any problem that we have.
Rick Joyner


Worry is nothing but practical infidelity. The person who worries reveals his lack of trust in God and that he is trusting too much in self.
Lee Roberson

Knowing that God is faithful, it really helps me to not be captivated by worry. But knowing that He will do what He has said, He will cause it to happen, whatever He has promised, and then it causes me to be less involved in worrying about a situation.
Josh McDowell

For some reason, we think of doubt and worry as "small" sins. But when a Christian displays unbelief...or an inability to cope with life, he is saying to the world, "My God cannot be trusted," and that kind of disrespect makes one guilty of a fundamental error, the heinous sin of dishonouring God.
That is no small sin.
John MacArthur


Worry is the sin of distrusting the promise and providence of God, and yet it is a sin that Christians commit perhaps more frequently than any other.
John MacArthur

Worry, by nature, is the product of a lack of faith and trust in God.
John MacArthur

Do not quarrel ... with your lot in life. Do not complain of its never-ceasing cares, its petty environment, the vexations you have to stand, the small and sordid souls you have to live and work with.
Henry Drummond

May 27, 2012

How to make India beggar free nation

Do you know that begging in India is Rs.200 crore industry and this has been said after two year survey by Dr. Rafiuddin, on average a beggar earns Rs.24,000/- per month in cities. There are instances of rich beggars in India for example a beggar was found with Rs.8,00,000/- in his garbage bag or a beggar with an insurance of Rs.36,000/- per year or has 7 flats in Mumbai and though there are rich beggars the income is spread unevenly across the country.

As a regular traveler in Train I see these beggars regularly.First let me share why we are giving than how we can stop this menace.

Normally regular travelers don't give alms and you will be surprised that these beggars normally don't disturb the regular commuters.But the new ones when someone new face them they feel pity on them and thus the way people give.Begging is not much in Tamilnadu.When the train goes to Andhra and Karnataka beggars business is in full.

Once Bro Augustine Jebakumar when he was travelling in a train handed over some money to a beggar and asked him if he want to accompany him to Bihar where he can have all the facility and also he can study.His immediate answer was no as he was the one who was earning for the house.

Some of the beggars are under gangsters and mafias are running this business.
Where they are closely followed by their leader.

We need to stop this and that starts from us.If we take a decision of not giving and encourage others not to give than surely we can bring this to an end.I have few ngo friends who take care of beggars and even you can support them.One among that is Seal Ashram www.sealindia.org
Will update this topic in regular.If you commit that just leave a comment.

The Three Sisters - A Vision


Once a pastor had a vision.
Three sisters were kneeling and praying, when Jesus came by.
Jesus did not even go near the first one. He smiled at the second one, and when He came to the third one He laid His hand on her head.
Seeing this vision the pastor thought that perhaps the first sister did not love the Lord .
"The second one at whom Jesus smiled may love Jesus a little," he thought, "but the third one must love the Lord very much indeed!"
As the pastor was thinking like this, the Lord spoke to him:
"My son, the truth is the other way round. I did not go near the first sister because I know the she loves Me very much and that she trusts My love so much that even if I don't immediately answer her prayer or speak to her, she will not be shaken or leave Me. The second one is a bit unsteady. At least once in a way I must show her My love and care for her, or she may get upset. The third one is spiritually very weak; she has only a shallow love for Me. If I don't immediately give what she asks for, she will murmur and complain and become cold in her love for Me, and may even leave Me."
Dear child of God, are you like the third sister?
Is your love for the Lord shaken when the Lord does not answer your prayer or if your plans and desires are not fulfilled.
May the Lord help us to say as St. Paul said,
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."  Romans 8:35
May the Lord fill our hearts with such a strong love that nothing can separate us from His love.
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May 24, 2012

Why Women Cry?



More than Men


A little boy asked his mother,
"Why are you crying?"

 "Because I'm a woman," 
she told him.

 "I don't understand,"
he said.

 His Mom just hugged him and  said,
"And you never will."

Later the little boy asked his father,
"Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?" "All women cry for no reason,"
was all his dad could say.

The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.

Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone, he asked,
 "God, why do women cry so easily?"

God said: 
"When I made the woman she had to be special. I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort.

I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.

I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and  take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.

I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly.

I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.

I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.

And finally, I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed."

"You see my son," said God,
 "the beauty of a woman  is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart - the place where love resides."

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Here is one of the inspiring article from this life changing book.
Title
Never Quit


   In 1894,a sixteen year old found this note from his rhetoric teacher at Harrow,in England,attached to his report card:"A conspicuous lack of success."The young man kept on trying and went on to become one of the most famous speakers of the 20th century.His name was Winston Churchill.

   In 1902,an aspiring 28 year old writer received a rejection letter from the portry editor of the Atlantic Monthly.
Returned,with a batch of poems he had sent,was the curt note:"Our magazine has no room for your vigorous verse."he kept on trying,however,and went on to see his work published.The poet's name was Robert Frost.


   In 1905,the university of bern turned down a Ph.D.dissertation as being fanciful and arrelevent.The young physics student,who wrote the dissertation,kept on trying and went on to develop some of his ideas into widely accepted theories.His name was Albert Einstein.


   When rejection shakes your resolve and dims your goals,keep on trying.If you do not quit,one day,you will be living out your dreams!


Key Verse : The righteous will move onward and forward,and those with pure hearts will become stronger and stronger.JOB 17:9


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May 23, 2012

THANATOS (Death)


THANATOS
Everyone Will Face It...


What does the Bible say about death (thanatos in Greek)?
The Bible presents death as separation:
Physical death is the separation of the soul from the body, and spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God.
Death is the result of sin.

 “For the wages of sin is death,”
Romans 6:23a.


 The whole world is subject to death, because all have sinned.

“By one man sin entered the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”
(Romans 5:12).

 In Genesis 2:17, the Lord warned Adam that the penalty for disobedience would be death
- “you will surely die.”

When Adam disobeyed, he experienced immediate spiritual death, which caused him to hide
“from Lord God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8).

 Later, Adam experienced physical death (Genesis 5:5).

On the cross, Jesus also experienced physical death (Matthew 27:50).


 The difference is that Adam died because he was a sinner, and Jesus, who had never sinned, chose to die as a substitute for sinners (Hebrews 2:9).

Jesus then showed His power over death and sin by rising from the dead on the third day (Matthew 28; Revelation 1:18). Because of Christ, death is a defeated foe.
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”.
(1 Corinthians 15:55; Hosea 13:14).

For the unsaved, death brings to an end the chance to accept God’s gracious offer of salvation.
 “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

 For the saved, death ushers us into the presence of Christ:
“To be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23).

So real is the promise of the believer’s resurrection that the physical death of a Christian is called “sleep” (1 Corinthians 15:51; 1 Thessalonians 5:10).

 We look forward to that time when “there shall be no more death” (Revelation 21:4).