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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A cloak to Jesus!

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Proverbs 3 : 27

Good morning to you all. For so many days, I was not able to send out this email, but today God gave me a wonderful chance to send this across. Kindly go ahead and read the following with burden. If God speaks to you, don’t forget to reply me.

St. Martin of Tours was born as the son of a senior military officer of the Roman army. Attracted by the Christian doctrines, he went to the church as a candidate for baptism at the age of ten, even against the wishes of his pagan parents. At the age of fifteen he had to join the military.

On a bitterly cold winter day, he was passing through the city gates of Amiens. He saw a scantily dressed poor beggar, shivering in the snow storm. No one cared for him. Out of compassion, Martin cut his fine military cloak into two pieces with his sword. He gave one piece to the poor man who thankfully wrapped himself with it as a shawl. Martin covered himself with the other half. That night, Martin had a dream. Jesus appeared before him, dressed in the half-cloak which he had gifted to the beggar. Jesus showed the mantle and said to the surrounding saints and angels “Martin has covered me with this cloak.”

Martin remembered the words of Jesus: “I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did this for me” Matthew 25: 40. He renounced the army and announced that he would be a soldier of Christ. He spent the rest of his life as a zealous missionary, preaching the word of God and suffering humiliation and punishment to uphold his faith. He lived as a monk and formed the first monastery in France. Later he was ordained as the Bishop of Tours. The piece of the cloak kept by him became a holy relic, known as ‘St. Martin’s cloak’.


The early Christians cared for everyone, especially the sick and needy and shared their assets equitably to benefit everyone. Acts 4: 32-37. “Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat. What good is there in your saying to them, “God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!”- if you don’t give them the necessities of life? So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead” James 2: 15-17. St. John advises, “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action” 1 John 3:18. “If someone says he loves God, but hates his brother, he is a liar. For he cannot love God, whom he has not seen, if he does not love his brother, whom he has seen”1 John 4: 20, 21. “Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. Never tell your neighbour to wait until tomorrow if you can help him now” Proverbs 3: 28.

Now comes the main thing for you to act. In our organization we have an employee who is just 27 and right now he is suffering from Cancer and he is very serious. He needs many lakhs of rupees to undergo Chemotherapy. We have a plan to visit him at CMC, Vellore to pray for him and help him financially. If God creates a burden in you, please reply back to me. I’ll share with you the email he sent along with the attachments. Kindly support him. Your little help (may be the money you spare for a coffee in Coffee Day) will save a life. Above all pray for him, as our Lord alone can heal him.

May God bless you all!

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Monday, February 8, 2010

William Carey, the Father of Modern Missions

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19,20

Good morning friends. In my fellowship, the guys are going to Surat to share the love of our Christ. So I thought that knowing about the missionaries will help increasing the burden to sow the seeds of Jesus, the only hope to mankind. I’ve already shared this last year. Now I added a few more to it.

I saw the film ‘Candle in the dark’ which tells about 'William Carey' and his awesome work for God.

William Carey was an English protestant missionary. He was called as 'Father of Modern Missions'. He along with his family left his country and reached Kolkata, India. He longed to preach in India. He was very intelligent that he began to learn Bengali when he was in travel to India. He mastered in Bengali and he translated the Holy Bible in Bengali, there after in many other Indian languages. In those days, he and his family members had to support themselves. They suffered a lot, because they even lacked basic needs like shelter and food. In spite of all these things, he struggled hard to work for the vision he had. His wife Dorothy didn’t render any support to him. In the mean time he lost one of his sons and he was not even there to bury him. Dorothy buried her son. There were years of discouragement (no one accepted Christ for seven years), debt, disease, deterioration of his wife's mind, death, but by the grace of God and by the power of the Word Carey continued and conquered for Christ! When he saw the practice of 'Sati' - young women were burnt along with their dead husbands, he was so burdened. He cared a lot for the people around him. He spent nearly seven full years to translate the Bible in Bengali. But all his efforts ended up in vain, when he and his team saw fire eating the work of their hands. With the strength of God, his team again started working on the translation. In the mean time, he joined with 'Raja Ram Mohan Roy' of India and by their joint effort 'Sati' was abolished from India.

On his deathbed Carey called out to a missionary friend, “Dr. Duff! You have been speaking about Dr. Carey; when I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey, but speak about Dr. Carey's God.”

His famous quote was, “Expect great things from God; accept great things for God.”

It is because of this man who sacrificed a lot, the Indians have Bible in our regional languages. Later many schools and colleges were also established. Many superstitious beliefs were eradicated. Without the thirst in his heart, he could not have suffered and done these many things in a foreign country where he gave up all his pleasures.

This is the thirst which our Lord wants from you and me. Are you not having many friends around you, who don't know what the solutions to their problems are? Are you hunger enough to show them the right path? Are you longing to live righteously, in spite of the problems you'll face as you are righteous? Once you do, the Lord will use you mightily and you'll be a blessing to others, even to nations. May the Lord strengthen us to live righteously without giving up while facing difficulties, so that we can enter Heaven one day along with many souls for Lord!

May God bless you all!
 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Wanna spread EAFLU? Part VI

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7 : 12

Good morning, friends. Let us read about the last letter ‘U’ today. It’s nothing but ‘Understand.’ The following is narrated by someone on Emotional Intelligence.

One day I was trying to get a defective product replaced before I started a trip overseas. I made several phone calls and tried to explain the situation several times to several different people. I kept getting passed around from one department to another. People kept debating with me and telling me what the company policies were without listening to me. No one seemed to understand or care that it was important to me that the product be replaced before I left for my trip. I was feeling more and more frustrated, even exasperated. Finally I found someone who understood what I was trying to say and what I needed. I could literally feel the tension releasing from my body. I thought to myself," Finally. Someone who understands!" I realized then how important understanding was.

Now you could have realized how understanding is needed. In any argues, you can hear people saying, “Please try to understand me.” That is when the people explicitly tell others that they have to be understood. In judicial courts, we see the accused getting chances to explain his situation that caused him to go wring. The pathetic situation with us is many times, we always stay at a point where we leave no place for others to explain things to us and so we don’t spend our times in understanding them. In short, we always judge others even before we know the truth. Remember if you judge someone, you can never understand them. While the accused gets a chance to explain him, why don’t you give a few more chances to your friends, your family members and beloveds?

My grandfather and my grandmother love me so much. In fact when I was young almost all my vacations were spent in their home. No other dares to stay there as it’s a village, but I loved to stay there and serve them. I always expected when my vacation would start to go there. One incident happened when I was doing my Engineering and that broke the relationship. They told some statements against my father (their son-in-law) to defend their son. I was not able to forgive them. But as years passed by, I forgot what they did to us, instead remembered how much they loved me before. As they are getting older, they now don’t remember what happened exactly. But one thing they know for sure that we’re here and we would go and meet them when we get time.

‘F’orgiveness and ‘U’nderstand go hand in hand. Do you want someone to explain themselves to understand them? Friends, not always you’ll get a chance to hear them asking for forgiveness. Give up your ego. Just try to understand people even if they don’t confess things to you.

The world is craving for love. If you’re lacking in any of these five, Encouragement, Appreciation, Forgiveness, Listening and Understanding, just workout something to possess them. I’ll show you a shortcut to it. You can win the whole world by practicing what the Holy Bible says. I’m able to feel that the entire ‘Be attitude’, in other words ‘Sermon on the mount’ Matthew 5, 6 and 7 collectively speaks about all these qualities. Kindly take some time to read these three chapters, by which you can get a good idea on how to possess them all and to inherit Eternal Kingdom.

May God bless you all!

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Wanna spread EAFLU? Part V

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7 : 12

Good morning, friends. Let us read something about what the letter L means. Listen!!! I’ve shared this incident earlier. But I’m sending this again as this is very much related to our study.

One day while I was waiting for a train, an old man sat next to me. He was to rush to Egmore to catch a train to his native place. He started talking to me. He told about his family in spite of my silence. He told that he was working in a foreign country to earn lots and lots of money. He spent some 50000 to 100000 rupees to visit India once in a year. After getting the satisfaction of earning money, he returned to India to spend the rest of his years with his lovable family. He invested his money in share market which he earned after so many years of hard work, that too in a foreign country where he survived without his family. Soon the profit went down and he lost almost all his money. And he told that he was feeling a lot for he had left his family to earn money which went away in vain. He too told that he didn't even spend a little of his huge amount. He believed that his son would help him restore things back to normal. But that too didn’t happen. Bla bla… And then we saw a train coming over there and I left him and came.

He didn't know me before. I didn't start the conversation even. But by keeping all the worries within himself, he needed a person to lend his/her ears for his burdens. He wanted to share his pains with someone. He definitely knew that I would never be able to help him out, but he shared that to me. Whether you realize this or not, we all want to be listened by others. I’ve heard people saying, “Sharing the burden with others give them a little relief.” My mom and dad are too far from IT world. They don’t know anything related to software. But still, whenever I’m depressed, I’ll call them and tell everything to them both. I know that they are not able to understand in depth about what I’m talking, but I’m pretty much sure that they care for me. The next moment I disconnect the call, I know that they’ll kneel down to the Lord to pray for me.

When we want others to listen to us, then definitely we’ve to listen to them. Mere listening will never help them. We’ve to pray for them. We should have a burden for them. Only the Lord can take away their pains and give the rest to them. Your job is to lead them to Christ.

Jesus tells, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Joyce Meyer tells, “When you’re depressed, run to the throne of our King of kings and not to the phone.

Though you want others to listen to you, don’t depend on them. We don't even know whether the person is interested to hear all our stories or not. But we want them to. They too may not be in a good mood to hear you always. We should never expect anyone to hear us always. They too have their own worries. Friend, His arms are wide opened and He calls us all to Him. And He too promised us that He would give rest which we need. Is there anyone who could give the rest? No. Certainly not. No one could give a secured rest as Jesus gives. 

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