Forgiveness.

I remember the real story of a sister who came to be prayed for severe migraine, severe headaches. The church prayed and the pastor prayed, there was absolutely no deliverance. The next fasting prayer she came again to be prayed for the same problem. This time around the pastor asked her, “Do you have bitterness in your heart?” She said, “No, I’m fine.” The pastor said, “The Lord is telling me your family. Is there anyone you hate in your family?” “Yes, my cheating husband Continue reading →

Be enthusiastic for God.

I remember going for an exhibition in palace grounds. In one stall there was a big rush and we just peeped through the crowd to see what was happening. We found a man peeling vegetables with a skin peeler. He said it is a Chinese vegetable peeler, in that we can save a lot of time using it. He was peeling potatoes, carrots, beetroots in no time. He said, “This Chinese peeler comes with blade and handle which will last you 10 years. You save Continue reading →

The devil is persistent (Illustration)

I remember the real story of husband and a wife (Jim and Nell Hamm) who went hiking – A hobby of walking in natural forest. Suddenly a lion pounced on Jim pinning him facedown to the ground. Not knowing what to do, Nell approached and screamed at the lion. Then she grabbed a branch and began beating it on its back. The lion would not let go no matter how hard she hit it. Jim who was down and was trying to tear at the Continue reading →

Prayer (Illustration)

It is said the early African converts to Christianity were very faithful to pray. As their houses were small huts with lots of people, each believer reportedly had separate spots in the forest where they poured out their hearts to God. The paths to these spots became distinctly marked; and when any one began to decline in prayer time, it was soon apparent to others. They would then kindly remind him, saying, “Brother, the grass grows on your path, please pray.” What about you? Does Continue reading →

Be excited for God (Illustration)

Summer vacations are soon approaching. Sam is in fact counting the number of days he has left to go to school this year so that he can enjoy his vacations. With each passing day the smile grows, the adrenaline level rises, the expectation of the summer vacation bursts forth in every talk. Isn’t it fun to watch the excitement grow on the faces of our children as summer vacation approaches? Have you seen your children looking forward for a picnic? They are excited, they are Continue reading →

Costly pretentions (Illustration)

A man enrolled himself as a member of the orchestra to the emperor of China, although he couldn’t play a note. Whenever the group practiced or performed, he would hold his flute against his lips, pretending to play but not making a sound. As a member of the orchestra he received a salary and enjoyed a comfortable living. Then one day the emperor requested a solo from each musician. The man was terrified. So he pretended to be sick, but the royal physician wasn’t fooled. Continue reading →

Be prepared (Illustration)

There is a fable which tells of three apprentice devils coming to this earth to finish their apprenticeship. They were talking to Satan, the chief of the devils, about their plans to tempt and to stop man from God. The first said, “I will tell them that there is no God.” Satan said, “That will not deceive many, for they know that there is a God.” The second said, “I will tell men that there is no hell.” Satan answered, “You will deceive no one Continue reading →

Disciplining our children (Illustration)

One construction company was building a big church. A passerby curious as to what was coming up ask asked a mason on the construction project what he was doing. He replied that he was laying bricks. Not getting the right answer he asked a helper carrying the cement as to what he was doing. The laborer with genuine esteem for his work said, “I am raising a great cathedral.” Parents, God has given us a great privilege and great responsibility in raising our children. Don’t Continue reading →

Prepare for the journey (Illustration)

In 1845, 138 of the finest of England’s sailors set sail for the Arctic from the British Coast. Their task was to chart a Northwest Passage around the Canadian Arctic to the Pacific. The captain, Sir John Franklin, hoped this effort would be the turning point in Arctic exploration. History shows that it was. Not because of its success, but because of its failure. They were unprepared for the voyage. Though the voyage was projected to last 2 or 3 years, he only carried a Continue reading →

Empty Tomb (Illustration)

I heard the story of a Sunday School teacher who gave each of her students plastic eggshells. She asked her students to go and find a symbol of life and put it inside the egg and bring with them on Easter. Enthusiastically every child responded and on Easter the eggs were opened with each child explaining the meaning of what they collected to be a symbol of life. In the first egg was a butterfly, second was a flower, third green grass, fourth a seed Continue reading →