Contentment: A virtue to be pursued

Once upon a time there lived a king who wanted to become the richest king on the earth. So he prayed to his gods to turn everything he touched turn into gold. His gods granted him his wish but under one condition: “This gift cannot be returned back”. The king was very happy and started to touch everything around him. He enjoyed seeing them turning into gold. He touched the walls of the palace and it turned into a golden palace. He touched the sand Continue reading →

The cost of disobedience

Are we obedient to God? If we do not like something, the basic human tendency is we either do not do it or just keep away from that situation. Not doing God’s will and keeping ourselves busy against God’s will is all disobedience or rebellion in God’s sight. The Lord commanded Jonah to preach to the city of Nineveh and call its people to repentance. Jonah disobeyed God and ran away from the Lord. However, God’s command to preach remained unchanged. It is impossible to Continue reading →

Freedom from abuse

God’s institution of family is for us a place to belong, to love, and to feel loved. Too often we see Christian homes turned into places of terror. Sadly, abuse happens even in the so-called Christian homes. Abuse includes actions, words, and attitudes that oppress, afflict harm, or denigrate a person. An abuser seeks to diminish or oppress another person. Some people feel they must emotionally pummel others so they can remain in charge or dominate. Such people unknowingly take the abusive path to be Continue reading →

Release your burden

We all have different burdens in life. A burden can be heaviness of heart, soul, or spirit which can weigh us down physically, emotionally, or spiritually. God knows our limit and He knows exactly how much to burden us with. How do we deal with our burden? First of all we must understand the different kinds of burden we face. Some of us face the burden of sin. Sin prevents us from enjoying God’s presence in our lives. Jesus can deal with this burden if Continue reading →

Esther – an example.

We are familiar with the story of Esther in the Bible. Orphaned early in her life, Esther was destined to rise up from her circumstances to become a great influence over a king. Her story is about a simple young woman who was able to save one whole nation from perishing. Women can make eternal differences, not only at home but also in our societies, churches, and nations too. To cite a few examples from our own country, we have Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, among Continue reading →

Give our best to God

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word or truth” (2Timothy. 2:15 RSV). We need to give our best to God. The act of worship is in fact giving ourselves to God. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1. Some Jews were not offering their best and the bible condemned Continue reading →

Asking big from God

It is that time of the year again where one ponders over the year gone by and takes time to reflect over things that could be accomplished and otherwise. What was your New Year resolution and what did you ask from God this New Year? Do you limit God by asking small things or do you ask God big things according to his plan for your life? God desires to bless us abundantly—not with a surplus of material goods, but with spiritual fruitfulness. For that we have to ask Continue reading →

The call of Abraham

With a father who worshiped idols and a city dedicated to wickedness, Abraham was not raised in the best of environments. Yet, when God called, Abraham believed God and by faith followed God’s instructions. Hebrews 10:8, states that: “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should later receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” Abraham heard the voice of God. There is no hint that when God spoke to him that he Continue reading →

Should Christians observe Christmas?

There are many who argue that Jesus Christ was not born on a Christmas night and some even denounce Christmas as a pagan religious holiday. I fully agree that no believer should ever observe pagan religious holidays like Christmas and Easter. We must never incorporate pagan customs into the worship of our God. We must not observe any religious holiday. We should attach no spiritual, religious significance to any day. Yet, we do not need to act like super-pious religious fanatics over a day that Continue reading →

Recession – a regression or progression?

Burdened by desperate financial times, worries of losing jobs by techies have increased by 50% in the past few months. A huge chunk of people have mortgage arrears and have fallen behind with repayment on loans secured against their property. Recession – Isn’t that the most used word in the world today? Even the professionals are depressed about the financial crunch. Many of them find it difficult to share their financial problem with their family members and friends. The number of people struggling with debts Continue reading →