Praise the Lord
Christmas is not about Santa n his gifts, Christmas trees, snowman, and food or merry making… So I’m sorry i can’t wish you Merry Christmas,
But True Christmas is about a King,
A God who chose to pay the ultimate sacrifice on the cross as a gift to deliver me and you from sin and slavery to sin,
It’s about that tree out of which the old rugged cross was made, it’s about resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
Christmas was the plan for Calvary.
So my wish for you all is a blessed and happy Christmas… May today be centered around Jesus and may we reflect Him through us…
Br. Enoch Kumbanaden
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.
Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man couldn’t hear the band – he could see it. In his mind’s eye as the gentleman by th! e window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days and weeks passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.
It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.
She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”
Be the encourager.. Lift others
8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
All of us want to be the good soil which brings forth much fruit, but little do we realize that even the good soil bore 30%, 60%, 100% fruit.
So let’s decide whether we want to be the 30%, 60% or do we want to be the 100% fruit bearing soil..
God bless you
May you bring forth much fruit in Jesus name.
Luke 8:4 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: 8:5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 8:6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 8:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Somebody once asked a Christian friend, “I can’t understand you Christians because India is the home of many religions that it is an exceedingly religious country .Why then do you introduce yet another religion and add to the confusion? Surely, India has enough religions.”
The *Christian* friend answered, “Friend, I’m *not interested in religion*, but I’m *deeply interested in the Gospel*. I would not walk across the streets for religion, but I’m willing to go around the world for the sake of the Gospel. There is a difference between the two.”
*Religion is man made; the Gospel is God given*,
Religion is what man does for God; the Gospel is what God has done for man,
Religion is man’s search for God; the *Gospel* is God’s search for man,
Religion is man trying to climb the ladder of his own self-righteousness, with the hope of meeting God at the topmost rung; the Gospel is God coming down the ladder of the incarnation of Jesus Christ and meeting us as sinners at the lowest rung (forming the steps of a ladder),
*Religion is good views; the Gospel is good news*.
Religion is good advice; the Gospel is glorious announcement.
Religion takes a man leaves him as he is; the Gospel takes a man as he is and makes him what he ought to be.
Religion ends in an outer reformation; the Gospel ends in an inner *transformation*.
Religion white washes; the Gospel washes white.
Religion often becomes a farce; the Gospel is always a force, the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.
*There are many religions, but only one Gospel.*
🍂 _Never again will I say *”I CAN’T”* because I can do all things through Christ Jesus._
📖 *Philippians 4:13*
🍂 _Never again will I say *”I DON’T HAVE”* because my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches._
📖 *Philippians 4:19*
🍂 _Never again will I say *”I AM AFRAID”* because God has not given me a spirit of cowardice but a spirit of power._
📖 *2 Timothy 1:7*
🍂 _Never again will I say *”I LACK FAITH”* because God has given to every man a measure of faith._
📖 *Romans 12:3*
🍂 _Never again will I say *”I AM WEAK”* because the Lord is the strength of my life._
📖 *Psalm 27:1*
🍂 _Never again will I say *”SATAN IS POWERFUL”* because greater is the God that is in me than the evil in the world._
📖 *1 John 4:4*
🍂 _Never again will I say *”I AM DEFEATED”* because we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus._
📖 *Romans 8:37*
🍂 _Never again will I say *”I LACK WISDOM”* because Christ has become for us the wisdom of God._
📖 *1Corinthians 1:30*
🍂 _Never again will I say *”I AM ILL”* because through His stripes we are healed._
📖 *Isaiah 53:5*
🍂 _Never again will I say *”I AM BURDENED”* because I cast all my burdens upon Jesus who cares for me._
📖 *1 Peter 5:7*
🍂 _Never again will I say *”I AM IN BONDAGE”* because where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom._
📖 *2Corithians 3:17*
🍂 _Never again will I say *”I AM CONDEMNED”* because there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus._
📖 *Romans 8:1*
*May God bless you Today Tomorrow and Always.
An old man lived alone in an American town. His only son was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son.
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren’t in prison.
Shortly, the old man received this telegram:
‘For Heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up the plot. That’s where I buried the GUNS !!’
At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns. Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what had happened, and asked him what to do next.
His son’s reply was: ‘Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad. It’s the best I could do for you, from here.’😇
NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE WORLD, IF YOU HAVE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING DEEP FROM YOUR HEART, YOU CAN DO IT. IT IS THE THOUGHT THAT MATTERS, NOT WHERE YOU ARE.
I like this name ‘Ransomeware VIRUS’ which shook the software/computer world for past 4 days and occupied the headlines of all news papers and social media.
Why this name ‘Ransomeware’?
It’s because, once the virus enters a system, it takes complete control over the admin and demand a ‘Ransome’ (money to be paid) to get away from the system and to give the control back to the owner. Or else it destroys the whole data in the system.
Doesn’t it sound like ‘an already heard old story’ ?
Yeah, the real story of Sin.
Sin is a Ransomeware virus. When it enters a man it takes complete control over him and can’t leave till the Ransome is paid. The Ransome it demands is death.
But the inventor of the system (God) send His own Son as ransom for our sin so that we will be freed completely from sin and can get the control back.
But this time we can’t keep the control to ourself because the virus can attack again. So now the control should be given to the creator and the saviour who paid the ransom for you and myself.
He controls us in the right path and no virus can attack our system when he is given the control.
Are you willing to give your control to Him? If so, do it now.
Jesus: No one can snatch my sheep’s from my hands and from my Father’s hands. (John 10: 28-30)
The safest place for sheep is under the Shepherd’s arms. Because the wolf (devil) doesn’t fear the sheep but the Shepherd.