Archive for February, 2010

Great Marriages Make for Great Families

At one of our Sunday services, I heard a beautiful statement that still echoes in my ears:
“Great marriages make for great families and great families make for great churches.”

How true! Billy Graham’s wife Ruth was once asked if they ever argued and if she ever thought of divorcing him. She said they argued many times, but she never thought about divorce. But yes, she did think once about murdering him! Honest lady, indeed.

Well, no one is perfect. Love as a feeling is transient. So when you base your affections upon the emotion of love, you are vulnerable to its opposite – hatred. But love as a virtue is perfected by Jesus Christ himself, who died for us so that we could have happy marriages; so that our relationships could be healed through faith in him. And when we learn to love our spouses like he loves his Church, we too can walk in perfect love for our spouses. This is especially true for husbands, who the Bible says, should love their wives “just as Christ also loved the Church and gave himself for it.” (Eph.5:25)

Before I upload the next post, let me step back and assess if I love my wife the way Christ loves the Church!

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Promised Land: Foreshadow of Things to Come

And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:7, 8)

God had a great plan for the lives of His people. He promised that He would take them out of bondage and being slaves to the Pharaoh in Egypt. He would take them to the Promised Land. However, many of them grumbled. They continued in their wicked ways and rebelled against the true living God and consequently died. But God was faithful Moses and kept advancing the group towards the fulfillment of His promise. In the end, only a handful of them managed to step into the territory God had promised. But irrespective of people’s sinful ways, God did hold fast to His promise! And “the rest,” as they say, “is history.”

With the birth, life, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, God turned history to our advantage. How? He now promises to set us free from bondage to sin and the resultant spiritual death. This freedom can be had by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and mankind’s only Saviour – your personal Saviour. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9)

It’s easy…it’s free. No conditions…no fine print…no hidden cost (because it’s free!).

Learn more about God’s simple plan of salvation here

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Tongues at Babel vs. Tongues at Pentecost

“And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”” (Genesis 11:4)
“…the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 11:9)

God is the great restorer! The people at Babel thought that by trying to build a tower, they could get to heaven on their own. So the Lord confused their tongues and they began speaking in diverse languages, not understanding each other. Thousands of years later, Jesus gave the promise of restoration. What was it?

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth;” (John 15:13)

And He did. At Pentecost, God sent tongues of fire from heaven. People began speaking in different national languages. Representatives of different nations began to hear the Gospel in their respective national languages and believed. Some did not. The fact remains though, that at Babel, God sent His judgement upon sinners; while at Pentecost He sent the message of forgiveness through Christ Jesus – both using the same tool – tongues (languages). And He’s still doing it!

Did you know that the Bible has been translated into 4027 languages and still counting? Read 10 Bible Facts Worth Knowing. Read it to learn how the Bible can become your trusted and friendly companion wherever you are and wherever you go. (You can buy one from Christianbook.com)

O He loves us so much, doesn’t He! Not only did He give the gift of His Son Jesus, but also made sure that we all got a chance to hear this message. Truly, to praise Him, a whole lifetime is not enough!

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Praise and Worship: A Lifetime is Not Enough

“God is great!” We have often heard this expression. It’s true. He is so great; you could go on singing His greatness all your life and it would not suffice. But is that really so? Let’s find out…

Lazarus should know
Lazarus – Mary and Martha’s brother – was dead and in the tomb 4 days. Yet Jesus gave him a command to come out of the tomb, and there he was…wrapped up in graveclothes (John 11:44). He lived thereafter. Imagine how thankful he must have been to the Lord for raising him back to life!

I have personally been very sick in my childhood. Had pricks on my arms and foot, tubes in my waist and nostrils and a scar to show on my abdomen. I have been through some pain and yet I say that my pain was nowhere near what Jesus endured for you and for me. When I look back at what Jesus did for me, I cannot help but thank God over and over again – He has taken me out of pain and sin and placed me on the rock of safety viz. Jesus. Jesus is the rock of my salvation, indeed. Read more about what Jesus did for you – here

Tornadoes Flee in Jesus’ Name
Kenneth Copeland shares the story of one of his ministry partners who lived right in the path of a tornado. This person reported a miraculous escape when he and his family commanded the storm in Jesus’ name to depart from their way! The storm passed their house by and went further up and flattened several other structures. Now this man surely would tell you how much indebted he is to God for fulfilling the promise in Psalm 91, verse 7: “A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.” In a single act of faithfulness, God fulfilled another verse for this family:

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) The family stood its ground, resisted the adverse situation in Jesus’ name, and overcame. While they stayed in the house, the tornado fled!

God is so great, lovingkind, slow to anger and abundant in mercy, that in order to fully praise Him for what and who He is, our earthly life was not enough. So God rightly gifts us everlasting life in heaven if we receive His Son Jesus. In heaven, we will keep glorifying Him. Our pastor once said, “In Heaven we won’t magnify what we did while we were on the Earth. We will magnify what Jesus did.” Truly, one lifetime is not enough. (This does not mean we reincarnate – the Bible says there is only one earthly life. We will look at the reincarnation myth in a later post.)

If you love Praise and Worship music, read this post

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