Jesus And The Old Testament

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them [Matt 5:17].

Many sincere believers who take God’s Word seriously face genuine road-blocks as they try to read through some portions of the Old Testament. We love the Psalms – they provide us comfort in times of stress and adversity. The Proverbs too are okay as they seem to offer us practical wisdom for day to day living. The historical books are easy to understand and some of the stories quite interesting. But some portions of the Old Testament such as detailed laws in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, and some sections of the prophets such as in Ezekiel and Daniel…these can sometimes seem far removed and irrelevant to life as we know it in the 21st century. If we are honest we must admit that the temptation to skip over those tedious and confusing sections of the Old Testament can be hard to resist. Read more

More Precious Than Rubies

It is so powerful that God’s Word calls women more precious than rubies.

“….who can find a virtuous and capable wife ? She is more precious than rubies.” – Proverbs 31:10

What makes rubies precious ?

Rubies are loved because they are rare, expensive and unique. They have a beautiful red glow and the colour and brightness of a ruby makes them precious. The darker the shade of red, the more the worth.

What makes God’s woman more precious than rubies ?

The godly woman described in Proverbs 31 is priceless.

She is :     Read more

HE HAS RISEN!

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay (Matthew 28:5-6)

The women on the First Easter morning, ‘went to look at the tomb’ (28:1). They went to mourn the death of their beloved teacher, the One who had given them a new purpose for life. Over the weekend, they relived many memories of the teachings and miracles of the Rabbi. As they walked to the tomb, it seemed as if ‘it was all over’. The One they loved, the Master, the Lord and everything they hoped HIM to be was behind the tomb. A closed chapter and a painful memory of Someone they truly loved and worshipped.

Often, our lives are like the walk to the tomb. Our hopes and dreams are dashed, because we imagine Jesus is dead behind the tomb and ‘it is all over’.

But, at the tomb, the women experienced an earth-shattering experience (read Matthew 28:2-4), and the angel of the Lord had a special message for them. A message that changed it all.

Changed it all…for them and us!

‘He is not here; he has risen, just as he said…’

Regardless of whatever be the circumstances in our lives, our lives can be anchored on this message:

  • Just as He said: Whatever are His promises over your life, God will always do it!
  • He is not here: The empty tomb is a reminder that nothing is impossible with God!
  • He has risen: Jesus is the resurrected Lord and He reigns over you and your every situation!

 

As we celebrate Easter today, let us seek to be like the women at the tomb (read Matthew 28:8): filled with joy, exuberant to share the life-changing message!

One Thing is Essential

Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength [Isa 30:15]

Our heavenly Father has made incredible promises to us, his children, but he does not force them on us. He’s promised his nearness, his affections and an eternal life spent with him. But God’s word won’t have power in our lives if we don’t read it. We won’t hear God effectively if we’re not listening. And we can’t experience his nearness if we constantly fill our lives with other things.

Our world equates busyness with success, but as a result of society’s epidemic of busyness, our spiritual lives tend to be neglected. In the well-known account of Jesus’ visit to Mary and Martha’s home [Luke 10:38-42], Jesus gently calls busy Martha to follow her sister’s example and focus on the one thing that’s essential in God’s eyes. We tend to value time filled with service and action. But that’s not what Jesus valued – he valued Mary’s willingness to make time to be with him.

God wants us to make room in our lives to encounter him. Busyness and monetary gain aren’t the definition of success in God’s eyes. We must be willing to rest and make time to experience God’s presence and his promises. Will you choose to rest in God’s presence when the world is putting pressure on you to get busy? If you are too busy to make time for God you are too busy! Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what needs to change in your life. What do you need to get rid of or say “No” to? Make time to wait on God today.

Eat This Book

“I am the bread of life… This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.” JOHN 6:48-50 NRSV

Well-known author Eugene Peterson wrote a book entitled, Eat This Book, which encourages every Christ-follower to the vital practice of meditating on God’s Word daily. He draws the attention of every Christ-follower that the Bible, all of it, is livable; it is the text for living our lives. It reveals a God-created, God-ordered, God-blessed world in which we find ourselves at home and whole.

He invites us as Christ-followers to: ‘…feed on Scripture. Holy Scripture nurtures the holy community as food nurtures the human body. We don’t simply learn or study or use Scripture; we assimilate it, take it into our lives in such a way that it gets metabolized into acts of love, cups of cold water, missions into all the world, healing and evangelism and justice in Jesus’ name, hands raised in adoration of the Father, feet washed in company with the Son.’

Our time daily in God’s Word is not just a ‘drive-thru’ mobile facility where we ‘pick and choose’ from the Bible what is most convenient for us as we rush off for the day. We should seek to prepare for our time alone in God’s Word as we prepare to eat a major meal in a day.

  • Find a location that helps you concentrate the most and get least distracted.
  • Physically and mentally prepare yourself to actively enter the world of God’s Word.
  • Avoid multi-tasking with other devices and activities while you read God’s Word.
  • Beware of the tendency of wanting to rush off to the next appointment while you read the Word.
  • Take a few moments at the end of your time of ‘Eating The Word’ to reflect on what you just read.

Man Shall Not Live on Bread Alone

Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” [Matt 4:4]

Scripture is God’s voice available for you in every moment, situation and crisis you face. We can be sure God desires to speak to us because he has given us his voice through the Bible. God desires to reveal to you his will and has given us his Spirit to guide you into all the truth…[John 16:13]. God has given us his Holy Spirit as our guide and tutor, and when you read Scripture with the help of this Teacher, the Bible is no longer just a book written thousands of years ago, but a source of life-giving revelation. Read more

Listen To The Voice Of The Spirit

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth [John 16:13, NLT]

Just as any good parent loves talking with their children, your heavenly Father loves talking to you, his child. His desire to communicate with us has led him to share the gift of the Holy Spirit with each of his children. This `Spirit of truth’ now dwells within you and through him you now have access to the heart of God. You can hear God’s voice, discern his will and live with the knowledge of his love.

The Spirit’s voice is perfect, full of love and always truthful. He longs to tell you how God feels about you, and to guide you to the Father’s perfect will and wonderful plans. Allow that truth to sink into your heart for a minute. Your Creator wants to help you with your decisions, relationships, work, finances, problems – with every aspect of your life. He longs to fully know you and be known by you. God speaking to you is less about your ability to hear his voice – it’s more about his desire for you to know him. His voice in your life is just another reflection of his grace, his unmerited favor, towards those who have put their trust in him.

Like any conversation, you will only hear God’s voice when you are listening. But like any good conversation, God longs to hear from you as well. Draw near to him with the assurance that he loves you and wants to speak to you. Let the weight of your conversation rest on God’s shoulders, as you take time to quiet your heart and learn to listen to the voice of the Spirit. If you’ve never done it before…start today!

Read The Bible on a Device of your Choice

God wrote a love letter to us through the Bible. Reading it doesn’t have be a daunting task. It can be fun, simple and exciting. We introduce to you the Youversion Bible App. Read The Bible on a Device of your Choice wherever you go. The best part is it’s FREE!

Get into God’s Word in these simple steps:

Step 1:

Download the Youversion Bible App on your device (phone, tablet etc.) Vist: https://bible.com to view on your computer.

Step 2:

Login/register into the Youversion Bible App using your facebook or google IDs.

Step 3:

Once you sign in – it has multiple features to help you engage with the Bible. Here are some of the key features:

  • Bible in various versions and language translations. NIV, KJV, NLT, MSG, NASB. Hindi, Bengali, etc.
  • Highlight verses in different colours.
  • Write down Notes  on the passage you just read. These notes can be kept private or shared with friends
  • Read the Bible using various Devotional Plans which are available. Some of these plans include videos to help you Love the Word better.
  • Devotions or Bible reading doesn’t have to be alone. Read it with friends through ‘Plan with Friends’ feature.
  • Share Scripture Verse Images which are pre-made for you. You can also make your own scripture verse image to share on social media as well.

The Devotional Plans that we recommend:

  • BIBLE PROJECT – The Gospels (90 days) If you are new to the Bible, and in your relationship with Jesus, We would recommend you start with this Bible plans. It covers all the four gospel accounts of Jesus and His life & teachings.
  • BIBLE PROJECT – (Paul and epistles) or (Luke/Acts) – For those of  you who have been following Jesus for the last couple of years, and want to start a discipline of reading the bible faithfully, this is the plan for you to take your faith to the next level.
  • BIBLE PROJECT (The Bible) Every Christ follower who wants to commit to read the entire bible in the next 12 months, this is it.

We as a church are committed in helping you deepen your spiritual journey by reading God’s word daily. Love the Word! Learn the Word! Live the Word!

Hope in a Broken World

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer [Rom 12:12]

On the 1st of October one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history took place as a gunman opened fire at a music concert in Las Vegas. Close to fifty people were killed and more than five hundred injured. Such random acts of violence make seeing the good in the world increasingly difficult, and when we are constantly confronted by all that heartache, loss and tragedy, it’s hard to have hope. It’s hard to believe that in spite of all the madness and chaos, there is hope for the world. How can we continue to have hope in a broken world? Read more

Listening Prayer

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know [Jer 33:3]

It blows your mind and boggles the imagination, doesn’t it? To think that our heavenly Father would offer us glimpses into his mind and heart – share with us …marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own [Jer 33:3, MSG]. How does that happen? In order for us to truly engage with God in prayer, we must Call to him and learn what it means to Listen

Mother Teresa said: Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depth of our hearts. Taking time to listen to God in prayer is at the very core of what it means to be a child of God. You and I have no less ability to hear God than Mother Teresa or any of the disciples. We can hear God’s voice if we are simply willing to make space and time to seek his presence in faith and wait on him patiently.

He invites us to Be still, and know that I am God [Psa 46:10]. In stillness we grow in our knowledge of who God truly is. God longs to make us a people who know him the way we know our family and friends. And learning to encounter God throughout your daily life starts with getting alone in the secret place, quieting your heart, and growing in your knowledge of God.

Brother Lawrence said: There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. All of the blessings of life in all its fullness flow from a place of intimate and continuous fellowship with our heavenly Father. Ask the Lord to reveal himself to you in the secret place today. Take time to simply listen to God. Pay attention to the way you feel as you quiet your heart – be sensitive to thoughts, ideas and shifting desires that he places in your heart.

May you experience a greater level of the joy of intimacy with Jesus – let your heart come alive as you spend time in the presence of a God who longs to speak to us…if we will take time to listen!