The Israelites had really messed it up! They had compromised in every area of their lives –
  • Their walk with God was just a bunch of rituals done to get a ‘yes’ to their prayers!
  • Their personal lives were self-centered and flirtatious!
  • Their society was in shambles because each one lived for themselves!
Worse still, they had forgotten that God had redeemed them from slavery in Egypt and that they were in a Covenant relationship with God – they were His people and He was their God – God’s children, set apart to be a Holy Nation, called to be a light to the surrounding nations!

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When Jesus walked this earth, one time he asked his disciples this question: Who do people say the Son of Man is? The disciples gave their answers but the one that Jesus commented about was Peter’s answer…Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16).

When Peter called Jesus “THE CHRIST,” he was calling Jesus, “the Messiah.” All Israel was looking for the Messiah, i.e., the Deliverer who would defeat the Romans and drive them out…the nation of Israel wanted a Deliverer like David who would drive out the heathen and rule over them.

The title Christ, or Messiah, means “the anointed One.” Read more

1. They keep their lives de-compartmentalized. They are the same man, husband and father regardless of where and when. This directly connects to the character of these men. None are perfect, but I would trust everyone of them with my kids.

2. They realize that their manhood and fatherhood are directly tied to their relationship with God. This means time in God’s Word, time in prayer and time with God’s people are essential parts of their lives.

3. They uphold their wives as their number one friend and co-worker in life. They realize that loving their wives is one of the greatest things they could ever give their kids, and they protect their marriage like it’s their life.  Read more

For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be the glory forever! Amen. [Rom 11:36, GNT]

God has created us to do great things with the gifts, resources and opportunities he gives us in this life. But when we seek to achieve greatness for our own fame and reputation, we take upon our shoulders a weight only God can bear. In Isaiah 42:8 God says, “I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.” God alone can bear the burden of glory. With glory comes great responsibility—responsibility you and I will never be able to bear. Living for your own glory will only lead you to a life of dissatisfaction, striving, burdens, and failure. Read more

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure [Heb 6:19]

As this year draws to a close, it’s good to take time to reflect on what God has done and allow him to prepare us for what’s to come. A new year marks a new beginning and God longs to make things new as the new year begins. His powerful love can make all things new for you even as you enter the New Year. Read more

It is almost Christmas… less than two days left!! Most people are running through their check-lists… house painted? New curtains/bedsheets? Decorations and lights? Special food items? Cakes for the home and to distribute? New clothes for the whole family? Greeting cards? Gifts for family and friends?… All done? Sure?
One last thing… what gift have you got for Jesus this Christmas? It is Jesus’ birthday that is being celebrated! In all of our preparations and planning… what gift will be perfect for Jesus? May the lyrics of this song help you decide your gift for Jesus this Christmas…

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My friend Kenny and his family had just returned from Disney World. “I saw a sight I’ll never forget,” he said. “I want you to know about it.”
He and his family were inside Cinderella’s castle. It was packed with kids and parents. Suddenly all the children rushed to one side. Had it been a boat, the castle would have tipped over. Cinderella had entered. Read more

The little girl was dead! Her body was getting cold. Memories of her growing up, flashed across the mind of her mother, as she hung on dearly to the corpse of the one, she once called ‘Talitha’. She lost her to sickness, death was rejoicing and the powers of darkness seemed triumphant, the mist of hope was replaced with the clarity of hopelessness. Read more

The Commands of God is also called as the ‘law of God’. The law of God is not simply a list of Do’s and Don’ts but it reveals the heart of God for our well-being. God’s commandments are not meant to hurt us or take away our joy; God’s laws are meant to guard us, guide us, and ultimately point us to Jesus!

When we understand the law correctly then we will be able to say like the Psalmist in Psalm 119:97, “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” Reading, meditating and loving God’s Word is a daily discipline and a life-long practice.

The children in their Sunday School song teach us…

Read your Bible, pray everyday, Pray everyday, pray everyday

Read your Bible, pray everyday. And you’ll grow, grow, grow

God wants us to grow…We must grow! We grow by loving God and His Word. There are many things we love…We love God, our family, our friends, our church and things special to us. May we have a special love for God’s Word.

Few Reasons why we love God’s Word:

  1. It is God’s creative power! (Genesis 1)
  2. It is Alive! (Hebrews 4:12)
  3. It is full of Surprises! (Isaiah 43:19)
  4. It is powerful in practical ways! (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  5. It centers on Jesus! (John 5:39)
  6. It brings people to Jesus! (1 Peter 1:23)

The question is how much of your heart is full of God’s Word?

“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” – Deuteronomy‬ ‭7: 6-9 ‭NIV‬‬
God invites us to make an awesome and absolute commitment to follow Him. He invites us to this supreme level of followership, because He goes all in to give His all for us.
He exhibits and expresses His commitment to us:
  • We are His treasured  choice: He chose us above everyone else to be most precious treasured possession for God
  • His extravagant love is poured out on us: He set his affection on us and poured out his love on us more than anyone else
  • He displays His unchanging  faithfulness to us: He is a God who ever faithful to us and will fulfil His promises to us.

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