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Friday, August 17, 2012

You gotta be dead!

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” John 3:3

Good morning!

There are two funny stories about kids below.

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said that it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because, even though it was a very large mammal, its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible. The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah". The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to hell?" The little girl replied, "Then you ask him". :)

 “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale, and gave all my money to the church, would I get into heaven?” the Sunday school teacher asked the children. “NO!” they answered. “If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into heaven?” Again the answer was ”NO!” “Well,” I continued, ”then how can I get to heaven?” A five-year-old boy shouted, “You gotta be dead!” :)

Though they both are funny, they are true.

The first one tells us that we need to have faith in Jesus to enter Heaven. Without faith we cannot occupy the promised land. Though many Israelites saw God’s mighty hand, how He brought them from their land of slavery and how He led them through the wilderness and met their needs, they didn’t trust that they could really drive out the giants and live in Canaan. Finally Caleb and Joshua were rewarded for their faith. You must have faith in Jesus. He is the only way! You have to trust Him!

The second one says that you have to be dead to your old life of sin and to be alive in Jesus. What does that mean? The answer is seen below.

I read on the Internet about sin and its birth. How does a worm get inside an apple? Perhaps you think the worm burrows in from the outside. No, scientists have discovered that the worm comes from inside. But how does he get in there? Simple! An insect lays an egg in the apple blossom. Sometime later, the worm hatches in the heart of the apple, then eats his way out. Sin, like the worm, begins in the heart and works out through a person’s thoughts, words, and actions. We are sinners by birth. Jesus paid the price by giving His life for us, and by this we are dead to sin and are alive in Jesus! So what should we do? 

The Bible tells us, when the Pharisees brought to Jesus a woman caught in adultery, Jesus neither allow them to stone her to death nor condemn her; instead He said, “Go, sin no more.”

Thursday, August 9, 2012

It is free, but not cheap!!!!

I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalms 32 : 5

Good morning, friends! 

Is anything free in this world? A few months ago one of my friends gave me a free coupon. This blog post is all about that coupon. :)

All I had to do was to take it to the store (I forgot its name) and choose one of the electronic items listed in the coupon, for free. Yes, for free! The list included a USB flash drive, memory card and a few other items which were really useful! Since I don’t have a car, I could not drive to the store, and so I didn’t use the coupon. 

Are you wondering what’s special about this free coupon?! 

1. It is free: It’s rare to find something free these days. :) Rarely do we get such coupons here (obviously there is a marketing secret behind such free giveaways.)
2. It comes with a deadline within which the coupon should be used. Otherwise the coupon expires and you can no longer get the items for free even if you keep the coupon.
3. The coupon, if not used, can be passed on to others so they can take advantage of the deal.
4. It is mutually exclusive. Either you, or your friend, can use it. You both can’t use it if you only have one coupon.
5. The free items need to be in stock at the store. If the items go out of stock, the coupon is useless. In short, these coupons come with an asterisk (* - conditions apply).
6. When you share this with your friends, you may have to answer all their questions, like “where the store is located”, or “why are the free items out of stock”, “which is the best item to choose”, bla bla… 
Enough of these pointers!!! :)  We can compare this free coupon with Salvation!

The Psalmist says that when He acknowledged his sins and did not cover them up, God forgave the guilt of his sins. This is salvation! You don’t need to carry your sins and burdens all around. You need not live that life of guilt. Jesus calls you to confess your sins and be washed clean by His blood, and to lead a life of salvation. 

1. My fellowship leader in Chennai always says this. “Salvation is free, but not cheap.” Yes, it is free. You don’t have to pay anything. Jesus paid it all. Just because it is free, it is not cheap. He who knew no sin gave Himself on the cross for our sins. What a sacrifice! Therefore you don’t need to curse yourself for all the sins you have committed. You still can come to Him and avail this free gift!
2. There are no tight deadlines to avail this free gift. There are no extra conditions applied. You only need to confess your sins to God and believe that Jesus is God. 
3. It is not just for you. It is to be shared, unlike the free coupons.
4. You can share this gift with any number of people. This gift doesn’t have any restrictions on the number of people with whom you share it.
5. This gift can never go out of stock. It is always available until Christ’s second coming. So make an appointment before it and utilize it. Of course, God has a divine appointment for you. If you don’t know what Salvation is really about, please get in touch with some friends who can lead you in the right direction. Getting baptized just because you can gain something, or someone, isn't salvation.
6. To share this free gift, you don’t need to know everything about it. Eventually you will come to know more about it. In my Church I heard our Pastor saying, “It is simple. If you don’t know what to share just share these three things. i. How was your life before you had an encounter with Jesus? ii. How were you touched by God? iii. How has been your life changed thereafter?”

Last but not the least, “therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17” 

Please pray before you share this blog post with others. 
Have a blessed day!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Preach with your actions

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

Good morning, friends. 

A year and a half old boy carried the Television, that was kept on the TV stand, on his head when his parents weren’t watching him, and was severely hurt and admitted into the hospital. The doctors had no hope in his recovery and told this to the relatives. His cousin, who is also a little boy told his mother that he would give his savings in his piggy bank to the Lord, as an offering, so He could save his cousin from the injury. He didn’t just say it, he actually offered all his savings to God just as he said he would. You know what happened? His cousin was saved and healed completely.

I am not saying that the Lord saved the boy because of the offering, but because of the faith he had in God and the willing sacrifice he made for his cousin, even when he himself was very young. God honored his faith and his sacrifice as well as others’ prayers for the little boy.

Now, how did he come to know about having faith in God? He didn’t need somebody to tell him that he had to have faith in God. He already had it. How is that even possible? Of course, God’s Spirit was upon him. But I believe that his parents also lived a life of faith, so even at his young age, he saw them praying to God, sacrificing for others’ goodness, and learned about God’s power, and what to do when troubles such as these come.

So parents or elders, what are you doing in your family today? Are you living a moral life with faith and thankfulness? Or just grumbling against the Lord for what you don’t have yet? Are you cursing and mocking others in front of your children? Remember, what you sow is what you reap. You can never expect them to be good when you yourself are not setting a good example for them. It is not the wealth you accumulate for your children that makes them good, but the way you live your life. The things that you write in their heart when they are young remain in there forever and teach them to depend on God for everything. They teach them to praise Him for the answered prayers and sacrifices. They also teach them to rely on Him even when things don’t work out the way they want.

The role that you ought to play in their lives cannot be replaced by anyone else. If you struggle in any area which causes your family members to turn from God, please take a moment and ask God to help you overcome them, and set right it before it is too late.

May God bless you!!!