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Re: GOSPEL FROM ASIA

Post  Admin on Sun 24 Sep 2017, 11:59 pm

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​​ It is awesome!

​"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.'" Matthew 22:36-37.

Do you love God more than anyone or anything?
Do you love God more today than a year ago?
Do you love Him less?
Do you love Him about the same?
Do you love Christ just as much as you loved Him when you first came to know Him?

Nothing is more important than us loving the Lord with all of our being.

So, what does that have to do with ​why​ we love God?
Well, the first thing to realize is that God loves you!

God loves you more than anyone on this earth loves you, more than anyone ever will.
In fact, 1 John 4:19 says, “We love, because He first loved us.”

We love God because He loved us first!
And that, my friends, is why we love Him.

In a nutshell, this is Christianity.
We love God and love others, but we can only do this when we understand that He loved us first.

We don’t naturally love God most.
We don’t naturally love others like we do ourselves.

We’re all wrapped up in ourselves, our lives, our agendas, and our priorities, yet God keeps loving us.
His love never changes.

It amazes me every time I think about the fact that God loved us before we loved Him.

And through Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the cross-
- we can finally understand that the way to know God is to know Jesus.

Then we receive the love of God personally.
Our lives are transformed and then we ​want​ to love God because we truly see that He first loved us!

Has that happened in your life?
I hope you won’t let another day go by without experiencing the love of God in Jesus Christ.

​​It is awesome, indeed!

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Re: GOSPEL FROM ASIA

Post  Admin on Mon 18 Sep 2017, 11:49 am

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Resurgence

Many years ago, when I was a young boy, my mother taught me the importance of memorizing key Scriptures.

To this day, I can recall many of them, and the promises of God’s Word have sustained and guided me through the years.

I love the Bible.
I love how the Lord speaks to my soul as I begin my days reading passages of Scripture.
I love to preach its transforming truths in conventions and crusades.

That’s why it’s my fervent hope and prayer that we will have a resurgence of interest and esteem for God’s Word.

Any renewal or revival movement must have the Bible as the centerpiece-
- for “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17.

God saves us from sin.
He does so as the truth of God’s Word is clearly proclaimed.

"Dear Father, may there be a widespread increase in desire and honour for Your Word, including in my life. May I commit it to memory and live by it daily. In Jesus’ Name, Amen."

Gospel from India"
Can’t be true?

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23:6.
If you’re a follower of Jesus, if by faith you have turned from your sins and received His forgiveness, I have news for you.

God is after you.
He’s still pursuing you--wanting more of you.
Hungry to make sure you’re experiencing every blessing that His Son died and rose again to give you, for His glory.
It doesn’t matter how defeated or discouraged you are today.
He’s still after you.

All that matters is that you are His.
“My sheep hear my voice,” Jesus said, “and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27.

Is that you?
Following Him?
Not perfectly, of course, but following?
Sometimes stumbling, but still getting up?
And following?
And trying again?
And wanting to follow Him even better, even more?
Then God Himself is also following you.
He’s on your trail.
He’s after you.
Promising you that your best days are still ahead of you, no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done.
Your greatest days of usefulness and service to God are still in the future, because “goodness” (defined as bounty and blessing) and “mercy” (loving kindness and favor) will be on your heels and hunting you down every second of the time.
Can’t be true, you say . . .

Too many failures.
“I’ve failed God too many times. No way am I on His first team anymore. I’ve blown it. I have areas in my life where I’ve never gotten victory. Even today I failed again. I’m on the shelf from here on out, and I know it.”
Too many years.
“It’s too late for me. Too much water under the bridge. It’s fine for those who came to Christ as kids or in college or whatever. But I showed up late to the party. The best I can do is just sneak into a back corner of heaven.”
Too many others.
“I don’t have any big-time gifts. I don’t have any great abilities. Other people have training and know what they’re doing. Not me. I’m just not that important. It might even be wrong for me to get in their way.”
Too many obstacles.
“I’ve got so many things going on in my life right now—work, family, health stuff, all of it—I don’t really have time. And I don’t see it changing anytime soon.”
Believe me, I’ve heard all these lies and dodges before.
They’re as old as time, because the enemy will do anything to convince you that God has lost the scent and given up on you.
But just you try staying hidden behind these shadowy half-truths.
Just you try imagining you’re out of sight, out of mind.
Just you try giving in to the unreality that your home and heart are off His grid, out of His hunting zone.
Following you “all the days” of your life-- not to rip into you,
- but to restore you and refresh you, to overwhelm all of life’s badness with His “goodness.”
"Lord God, I believe Your Word, even when I doubt myself. I believe what You have done to claim me as Your own, even when I too often resist You and choose my own way. Thank You for loving me enough to want me experiencing the full blessing of relationship with You. And thank You for relentlessly pursuing me until I’m actively living in it. In Jesus’ Name,
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Re: GOSPEL FROM ASIA

Post  Admin on Tue 12 Sep 2017, 9:31 pm

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​The way

​"Jesus answered, 'I am ​​the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" 1. John 14:6.

Stanley Jones tells of a missionary who got lost in an African jungle, nothing around him but bush and a few cleared places.

He found a native hut and asked the native if he could get him out.

The native said he could.

"All right," said the missionary, "show me the way."

The native said, "Walk," so they walked and hacked their way through unmarked jungle for more than an hour.

The missionary got worried. "Are you quite sure this is the way? Where is the path?"

The native said, "Bwana, in this place there is no path. I am the path."

When it comes to finding the way to God-
- there are various religions in the world today all claiming to have a corner on the truth and to be "the path" to God.

There are also vast numbers of people who believe that the way to God and the path to Heaven are through good works.

Or at least, they reason (as I did in youthful days), "If I do more good things than I do bad things, my good deeds will outweigh my bad deeds, and that will get me into Heaven."

According to God's Word, the Bible, this belief is also doomed for failure.
As the Bible says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest ​anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9.

It is true that Christ makes the claim that He is the ​only​ path or way to God and to God's Heaven.

Again, the Bible says: "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name (other than Jesus Christ) under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12.

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Re: GOSPEL FROM ASIA

Post  Admin on Sat 09 Sep 2017, 2:33 pm

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Guilty?

How can we say that the Lord has declared us “not guilty” of our sin?

The first thing we have to understand is that this act was completely God’s doing.
We can do absolutely nothing to remove the stain of our own sin.
It is for this reason that the Father sent His Son into the world.

The one satisfactory payment for sin is death​.
God wanted to spare us that punishment, He provided the only way out. ​Rom. 6:23​.

He gave the perfect sacrifice:
His son, Jesus Christ​. ​ Rom. 5:8.

What did this loving act accomplish?

It enabled us to approach almighty God as clean, pure, and holy men and women.

Our purity is not related to anything we ourselves have done​.
​​​I​t is due exclusively to the fact that we have been purified in Jesus’ blood.

That’s why we can say we have been “washed in the blood,” which is the only way the stain of sin can be removed.

When we come into a saving relationship with Jesus-
- the first thing to happen is that we are justified
-​ ​in other words, God declares us “not guilty.”

This means that as believers, we can stand in the presence of a perfect, holy God, because He now sees us as His own children.

Am I saying we’ll never sin?
No.

However, when we place our faith in Jesus Christ as Savio​u​r-
- the penalty for all of our sin—past, present, and future—has been paid, and we will never face God’s condemnation​.​ Rom. 8:1.

Thank your heavenly Father today-
- not only for forgiving your sin,
-​ ​but also for freeing you from the burden of ​​guilt.
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Re: GOSPEL FROM ASIA

Post  Admin on Mon 04 Sep 2017, 10:57 pm

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​​ Emptiness

​Have you accepted Christ as your Saviour?
If not, you will admit that deep down inside you is an ​​emptiness that needs to be filled.

Your heart yearns for peace and joy and forgiveness.
There is a void that the world cannot satisfy.

In the center of history, on a low hill in Palestine, a cross was erected—the cross of Christ, the Son of God.

By some wonderful miracle known only to God-
- all who look to the Lamb slain on the cross have life,
- not just the good, the respectable and the decent,
- but the vile, the despicable and the outcast.

A thief dying with Jesus looked believingly upon Him-
- and was assured of life everlasting.

The Bible says that Jesus “made peace through the blood of His cross,” and that by Christ, God reconciled “all things to Himself.” Colossians 1:20.

Give your life to Christ today.
"Dear Father God, please help me respond to Your call on and for my life, that I may be fully Yours and may grow into the relationship with You that Your heart desires for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen."
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Post  Admin on Fri 01 Sep 2017, 5:50 pm

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Heroism!​

"For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:7-8.

The ultimate act of heroism is when a person gives his or her life for another person’s life, especially friends, comrades or family.

Yet, it’s one thing to die for your friends, your buddies, or your family members.

But Christ died for those who were killing Him, who murdered Him.
Christ died for those who were not with Him.
He died for all of us! It was our sin that killed Him.

Yet, sadly, most people think-
“If I can be good enough, that will make me a Christian.”

Romans 5:8 just flies in the face of that.

We can never live our lives “good enough” to become a Christian.
The fact is, while we are sinners, while we are ungodly, while we are helpless in overcoming our sinfulness, Christ died for our sins.

​A​re you willing to accept what Christ has done for you that-
- no matter how sinful,
- no matter how much out of the will of God you are,
- no matter how ungodly your life is,
- will you accept this gift of love that Christ died, paying the penalty for your sins?

He did that, you know?
He died in your place and mine.

He laid down His life, not just for His friends, but for all of us who nailed Him to the cross.
And that, my friends, is the greatest act of ​​heroism, and love, of all.
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Post  Admin on Fri 25 Aug 2017, 5:24 pm

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Imitate!


What difference does it make who Jesus is?
Why should we take Him seriously?

The way we answer these questions will deeply impact our belief system, mold our character, and influence our lifestyle.

They will also determine where we spend eternity.

Jesus identified Himself as the Son of God and stated that He and the Father are one.
In other words, whoever has seen Christ has seen the Father. John 10:30; 14:9.

Conversely, those of us who long to know God must draw near to Jesus.
He alone reveals the Father.

The Son of God was sent here to give His life as a ransom for many.

The purpose was to rescue us from slavery to sin and prepare us for our heavenly home, where we’ll spend eternity.

Notice that in describing His mission-
Jesus said He “did not come to be served, but to serve.” Matt. 20:28.

Those who belong to Him are to ​​imitate His life of service.

Jesus testified that He does exactly as the Father commands. John 14:31.

This, too, is an example for us.
His life of obedience shows us how to please God.

Jesus knew why He came-
- and He did what was asked in order to glorify His Father. John 17:1.

There’s a plan and purpose for every one of us as well-
- and we likewise glorify the Lord by our obedience.

Matthew 28:18 gives another reason to obey:
Since Jesus said, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth,” we are to live in submission to Him.

Do you believe Jesus’ testimony?

If so, thank Him for the difference He has made in your life.
Then share with others how knowing Him has impacted you.


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Plan and purpose!
​What difference does it make who Jesus is?
Why should we take Him seriously?

The way we answer these questions will deeply impact our belief system, mold our character, and influence our lifestyle.

They will also determine where we spend eternity.Jesus identified Himself as the Son of God and stated that He and the Father are one.

In other words, whoever has seen Christ has seen the Father​.​ John 10:30; 14:9.
Conversely, those of us who long to know God must draw near to Jesus​.

He alone reveals the Father.The Son of God was sent here to give His life as a ransom for many.

The purpose was to rescue us from slavery to sin and prepare us for our heavenly home, where we’ll spend eternity.

Notice that in describing His mission-
Jesus said He “did not come to be served, but to serve​.​” Matt. 20:28.
Those who belong to Him are to imitate His life of service.Jesus testified that He does exactly as the Father commands​.​ John 14:31.
This, too, is an example for us.

His life of obedience shows us how to please God.
Jesus knew why He came, and He did what was asked in order to glorify His Father​.​ John 17:1.

There’s a ​​plan and purpose for every one of us as well, and we likewise glorify the Lord by our obedience.Matthew 28:18 gives another reason to obey:

​S​ince Jesus said, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth,” we are to live in submission to Him.Do you believe Jesus’ testimony?

If so, thank Him for the difference He has made in your life.
Then share with others how knowing Him has impacted you.​​
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Acceptable!

Sometimes teenagers decide on a course of action first and ask for input later.
And then, if the response is one they don’t want to hear, they often react negatively.

Believers can act the same way toward God.

One day a wealthy man came to Jesus and asked, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Mark 10:17-22.

Having spent his days keeping the commandments, he wanted to know what else needed to be done to secure his position in heaven.

The man erroneously believed that eternal life could be earned.

Satan, the great deceiver, promotes the false idea that man can make himself acceptable in God’s eyes.

Many of us have fallen victim to the Devil’s lies and approach God on the basis of our conduct or performance.

Just like the rich man, we may have thought, God will accept me because I am doing the right things.
Or perhaps we have assumed that our good deeds outweigh any wrong we have done.

In thinking this way, we have established our own standard of acceptability and ignored God’s.
He says we all have a flesh nature bent away from Him, and nothing we do will pay for our sin debt.

Only faith in Jesus, who died in our place, makes us ​​acceptable to God.

Through the Saviour, we are forgiven of our sins and receive life everlasting.
Apart from Christ, we face eternal punishment.

The rich young man chose to walk away from Jesus.

How do you respond when the truth of Scripture conflicts with what you believe?
Do you embrace God’s standard or turn away to follow your own desires?​​

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Post  Admin on Wed 16 Aug 2017, 9:48 pm

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"​Guilty?


Think about how you feel when doing something you know you shouldn’t.
Most likely a stinging conscience makes you realize that you feel guilty.

What is guilt?

Perhaps you think of it as a nagging sense that the Lord is out to get you.
Or you might feel isolated from God or others because of some dark cloud of regret.

Obviously, there are different ways to interpret guilt; identifying exactly what it is will allow us to move ahead on the road to spiritual maturity.

When our behaviour is in conflict with guidance from the Spirit of God residing in us, we will experience an emotional response.

That’s all guilt is:
​E​motional pain caused by something we have done.

Put another way, guilt describes our taking responsibility for doing wrong, whether it be a thought, action, careless word, or something else.

While it is good to have this inner alarm, we have to guard against the inclination to wallow in shame.

At times we behave so badly that we’re completely overcome with remorse, and we refuse to let the waves of regret pass by.

We might punish ourselves by wading in those troubled waters for a while.

When these times come, we must remember that Jesus Christ has paid the debt for all our sin.

This means that He has already paid the price of our wrongdoing, and we have been found “not guilty.”
As our sin lies dead at the cross, so does our guilt.

While we must always take responsibility for our actions-
- we have the freedom in Christ to do so without the burden of unhealthy regret.
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Post  Admin on Mon 14 Aug 2017, 9:42 pm

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Access to God

The Lord “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Tim. 2:4.

In other words-
God would like all of humanity to accept Christ as Saviour.

Today we will explore certain truths that the Father longs for His children to know.

Salvation.

It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict us of our sinfulness and bring us to the knowledge that Jesus Christ died for our sin.

When we receive the Lord as our personal Saviour, we are reconciled to God and accorded full fellowship with Him.

This happens the moment salvation occurs.
Our sin debt is paid in full so we are free from guilt.

Also, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit for eternity and set apart for God’s service.

Status.

What is our identity in the Lord?
Believers are children of God.

The Bible calls us “joint heirs with Christ”—in other words, we share in the wealth of the Lord Jesus.
Also, we have been transformed from sinners into saints.

We may not always act saintly, but a true saint is someone who has been saved and set apart for the purposes of God.

Standpoint.

Jesus Christ is always present to guide and provide for the believer.
Through Him, we have instantaneous ​​access to God the Father.

Service.

Our primary mission in life is to demonstrate Christ to the world.

Believers should live in such a way that others see the life of Jesus within us.

And because we understand the wonder of our salvation, our identity in Christ, and our position to the Father, we share about the Saviour with other people.
God wants everyone to know the truth.

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Post  Admin on Thu 10 Aug 2017, 10:28 pm

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Real Condition!

"For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus."​ ​1 Timothy 2:5.
One of the most often-asked questions regarding the Christian faith goes something like this:
"What about the person who has never heard that Jesus is the only way to God?
What about the person in the middle of the jungle who has never heard the gospel?"

The teaching that Jesus Christ is the only way to God has never been popular.
But maybe it has never been more controversial than it is today.

If you want to get someone's blood boiling, then say that Jesus is the only way to God.
The "coexist" bumper sticker on their car will catch fire.

The idea that you would have the audacity to say that Jesus is the only way is, in effect, saying that other religions are not true.

But when you dare to say that He is the only way-
- then you can be certain that will have some pushback.

But here is what it comes down to.

We have to say what the Bible says, whether it is popular or not.
It is not for me to edit the message of the Bible; it is for me, as a Christian, to simply deliver it.

It would be like a doctor's discovering a very serious problem with a patient's health-
- but then being unwilling to say what that problem is, because it might make that patient uncomfortable.

We have to tell people the truth about their real condition-
- which happens to be sinful,
- and then seek to save them,
- which is to point them to Jesus Christ as the only solution.​​
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Yet, Jesus is clear!​

“For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the created things rather than the Creator, who is forever praised.” Romans 1: 25.

In the world of “moral relativism,” absolute truth doesn’t exist. 

So when Jesus said, “I am the truth” (John 14: 6), what Jesus really said was absolute truth does exist and that He is it. 

In other words, truth isn’t found in knowledge or in a philosophy, but in a person – in Jesus.

Today, we often look to higher education for truth. 

Harvard University’s seal includes the Latin word for truth, VERITAS. 
The implication is that at Harvard, you’ll gain great knowledge and discover truth. 

That mentality has become the basis of many Universities and academics in society today; from knowledge comes truth. 

But Jesus said something completely contrary. 
He said that absolute truth is found in a person – in Him.

Why do so many struggle with this concept of truth? 
Because we’ve accepted a lie. 

We’ve exchanged the truth of God for a lie that says ultimate meaning comes from creation rather than from the Creator. 
In other words, people only believe what can be seen, touched, and felt, versus the One who created what we see, touch and feel. 
And just like the church in first century Rome struggled with this understanding of truth, much of the world does today.

People buy into this lie and focus on “stuff,” on materialism, on things we can see and explain, rather than on God. 
As a result, life becomes a never ending saga of searching for fulfillment. 

The search for truth feels hopeless and unattainable. 
​​
Yet, Jesus is clear: 
He is both the way to God and the ultimate truth. 

Do you believe Him?
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Post  Admin on Fri 04 Aug 2017, 10:41 pm

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Immerse!

"Jesus answered, 'The most important [commandment] is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your MIND and with all your strength.'"Mark 12:29-30.
As we strive to love God, all around us, every day, there is a constant battle for our minds. 
That is why we need to study the Word of God-- so we can know the mind of God and what He expects of us and how He wants us to live. 
You’re not going to learn that by reading the daily newspaper, listening to talk radio or vegging in front of the TV.
One of my favourite passages of Scripture is Isaiah 55:8 and 9. 
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” 
That’s a beautiful passage in the Word of God to describe why the Word of God is so unique. Because everything we read here in this life tends to be contrary to what God’s Word is saying. 
We need to immerse ourselves in the Word of God as a way of getting to know God-- so that we can love God with our minds.
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With our will

"Jesus answered, 'The most important [commandment] is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your SOUL and with all your mind and with all your strength.'" Mark 12:29-30.
What is our SOUL?
Our soul is our personality and the seat of our will. 
When a man and woman fall in love, they get married. 
While passion may have drawn them together-- it is a decision of the will that keeps them together in a committed relationship. 
The fact is that sinful human nature often causes us to be tempted to be unfaithful to our spouse. And if we went by our feelings we would follow the temptation! 
It’s during those times that we have to completely ignore temporary feelings and by an act of the will, decide to stay faithful. We express our love through this long-term faithfulness, loyalty, and devotion.
It’s the same with God. 
When we give our heart to God, we begin that relationship with Him. Then along the way, we’re tempted to fall into sin. 
And if we simply followed our feelings, we would give into the temptation. But if we’re really going to love God, we choose to be faithful to Him, no matter what we’re feeling at the moment.
So, how do we love God with all our soul? We do it with our will.​​
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Post  Admin on Sun 23 Jul 2017, 10:37 pm

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Even to the end

"I am with you always, even to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:20.
Ever been in a place when it seemed like everything was falling down around you? 
Your business is failing, your marriage is definitely not what you thought it would be, you’re failing a class in school, or your best friend just dropped you like a hot potato? 
When that happened, did you think to yourself-“Where are you, God? Are you even there?”
The disciples faced this very situation. 
Jesus told them to take their boat to sea while He stayed behind to pray. Suddenly, a powerful storm came up. 
The terrified disciples faced it for several hours before Jesus, making a pretty dramatic entrance, showed up to comfort them. So, why didn’t Jesus come to them right away?
Well, think about it this way. 
When we are going through storms-- it’s human nature for us to have the mindset that, “I’ve just got to work this out by myself!” 
The disciples knew Jesus was on land and probably assumed there really wasn’t anything He could do anyway. 
But Christ was praying on the shore for the disciples as He saw the storm come up. And you should realize that Jesus is also hearing your prayers in the midst of your storms.
There is no difficulty in life that is stronger than Jesus. 
The fact is that Jesus doesn’t always give us a perfect peace and calm at the very moment that we’re pouring out our heart to Him; sometimes the calm comes later. 
He will bring us His peace in His timing. 
You can face your hard times with courage-- because Jesus promises that He will be with you.​​
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Post  Admin on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 11:39 pm

Gospel from India" 
 Facing the fact

"You have not glorified the God who holds your life-breath in His hand and who controls the whole course of your life." Daniel 5:23.
Most Christians do not pant after God in the way the psalmist described in Psalm 42:1. 
Now I must attempt to make clear what I mean.
First, let me pull into focus the major problem with which we all struggle as soon as we are born. 
When God created us in the beginning-He designed us to have a relationship with Him. 
This means that deep within our being is a thirst for God which will not go away. 
It can be ignored, disguised, misunderstood, wrongly labeled, or submerged underneath a wealth of activity, but it will not disappear. And for good reason. 
We were designed to enjoy something better than this world can give us, particularly in the sphere of relationships. 
No human relationship can satisfy in the way that a relationship with God does.
This deep thirst for God that resides within us makes us dependent on God for satisfaction-- and that is something our sinful human nature deeply resents. 
Due to Adam and Eve's sin in the garden of Eden, we have all been left a legacy called "Do It Yourself."
There is something within every single one of us that wants to take charge and have a hand in bringing about our own salvation. 
So here is the problem: 
Facing the fact realistically that we inwardly thirst after God puts us in touch with a level of helplessness from which our sinful human nature shrinks. 
It reinforces the conviction that we are dependent on someone outside of ourselves for satisfaction. And that is something we don't care to acknowledge.
"Father, I recognize this elemental drive in my nature which causes me to resist standing in utter helplessness before You. But I sense that there can be no breakthrough in my life until I face this issue and deal with it. Help me, Father. In Jesus'Name. Amen."​​
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Post  Admin on Sat 15 Jul 2017, 11:00 pm

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We should fortify ourselves with the Word of God. 
Begin reading, studying and memorizing Scripture as never before. 
The Bible says:“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth.” Ephesians 6:14. The truth is the Word of God. We are to be girded and undergirded with the Word.

Read it, assimilate it, feed on it; let it be your staff and strength.
It is quick and powerful.It is the bulwark of the soul. 
Too many Christians today are entangled with the affairs of this world-- caught in a net of material interest and diversion. 
Scripture, to many, is little more than a reference book for Biblical facts. It is seldom opened and rarely relished as the spiritual staff of life that it is.

Store these Scriptures away so that if your Bible is ever taken from you-- you will have the Word of God written on the tablet of your heart.
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Post  Admin on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 9:45 pm

"Gospel from India
What's yours?

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." 
2 Corinthians 5:17.

Do you know who you are? 

Every person – man, woman, child, teenager – every person has an identity. 
What's yours?

You could be a contractor, a CEO, a doctor, a high school jock, or a homecoming queen. 
Or maybe your identity is in your marital status: married, single, divorced, or widowed. 

Perhaps, you are known as an adulterer, a liar, or maybe you're known as a kind and responsible person. 
All people are known by something that, in some way, identifies who they are.

God's Word tells us that we can take on a new identity when we are compelled by the love of God that is found in Christ. 

In other words, when our spiritual eyes are opened and we finally see how much God loves us-
- we can't help but respond to His love and give our hearts and lives to Christ in faith.

Here's some really good news. 

Paul, who wrote these words in 2 Corinthians 5:17, had been a religious terrorist. 
He was headed out to arrest, persecute and kill Christians when he encountered the Risen Christ. 

He repented (which means he changed what he thought of Jesus in a way that changed the focus of his life). 
He became a devoted follower of Christ. 

From a religious terrorist to a Christian! 
How's that for a complete change of identity!

If that can happen to a him-
I promise it can happen to anyone reading this devotion.

Trusting Christ means believing with our minds what the Bible tells us who Jesus is. 
He's the Son of God. 

It involves believing that He died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead. 

That's all-important, but believing that with our minds doesn't make us Christians. 
It is an essential part, but true belief is also entrusting our hearts and our lives to Christ completely. 

We want to follow Him. 
It's a decision of the heart and of the mind.

Have you made that decision? 
Have you taken on a new identity as a follower of Jesus? 
He promises to give us a new identity forever when we trust in Him.
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Post  Admin on Mon 03 Jul 2017, 10:39 pm

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​​  Our master is...

​"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." Matthew 6:24.
There are a lot of big choices in life. 
One choice that many have faced or will face is whether or not to go to college- and if you do, where should you go? 
Because where you go to college is certainly going to set a course for the future of your life. 
Another big decision is marriage if you're going to get married, whom are you going to marry? 
Because whomever you marry is going to greatly influence the rest of your life. 

And then there is your career – where do you choose to focus your interests, your talents, and your abilities? 
These and so many more are choices you will be facing in your lifetime.
But Jesus tells us is that our biggest choice is between God and money. 
What? 

That may shock you because you may think are bigger choices to make than money. 
Yet, Jesus knows that, for most of us, the major struggle when it comes to having Christ as Lord, is where to put our trust in choosing between God and money. 
This is what Jesus means when He says,"No one can serve two masters."
Now, when Jesus made that statement, He was also telling us that we all have a master. 
I realize that many people find that statement appalling and might respond, "I have no ‘person’ or ‘thing’ as my master. I am the captain of my soul!"
Well, I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but Jesus tells us that we all have a master.
So, who or what is our master?
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Our master is what dominates our thoughts. 
Our master is whatever takes priority in our lives. 
Our master is where we put our trust. 
Our master is where we look for our ultimate security. 

Now, sometimes our master can be something that is considered good, like our families, our spouses, our children, or our jobs. 
It can even be church, or community service. 

The fact is if any one of these things becomes the priority of our lives-
- it is not only our master,
- it is idolatry and breaks the first and second commandments of putting something before the Lord Himself.

So, what is it for you? 
Where do you put your trust? 
Where do you look for security? 

Money will disappoint and leave us empty. 
God will give us meaning and fulfillment.
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Post  Admin on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 2:50 pm

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​Masterpiece!​
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."Isaiah 64:6. 
An artist went searching the streets for a model to pose for a portrait he wanted to call -- 'The Prodigal'. 
One day he saw an impoverished beggar lying on a bench and thought: 
'He's perfect! That man would represent the prodigal son beautifully in my painting.' 
He asked the beggar if he would be willing to sit for his painting and he would gladly pay him for his time. 
Naturally, the beggar agreed.
On the day and time appointed, a man knocked on the door of the artist's small studio. 
Excitedly, he answered his door only to find a clean-shaven young man dressed in a suit and tie standing before him. 
Disappointed, he said, "You must have the wrong door sir, the law office is down the hall". 
"But you made an appointment with me," the man replied.
"No," said the artist, "I don't believe I've ever seen you before. I made an appointment to meet with a beggar here at this hour." 
"Well," said the man, "I am the beggar."
"You?" said the artist, "You're the beggar?" 
"Yes, he replied,"After you left me last week, I found some money and thought I would get a new suit of clothes before you painted me." 
"Oh," replied the artist, "Well, you're just not right for the job."
The beggar wanted to show himself a masterpiece before the artist.
But the artist wasn't looking for that. 
He wanted to create the masterpiece himself! 
Likewise, when we come to God, we must not come in our own garments of self-righteousness. 
We must come before him transparent, with no inhibitions, or worries, or pride. 
God has already seen our weaknesses and faults. 
We're not hiding anything from Him anyway.
The Master Artist has an appointment with us today. 
Let's not come disguised as someone else. 
Let's come as we are so that He can make a priceless ​​masterpiece!
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Post  Admin on Thu 29 Jun 2017, 9:54 pm

"Gospel from India" 
Transformed heart!

​"I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Jeremiah 31: 33.

Too many people have bought the lie: 

"If I do enough, then I will be good enough." 

But, the truth is we will never be good enough. 
And that's ok; because God offers us forgiveness through Jesus' death on the cross. 

The problem, however, is that too many people are still trying to earn their way to God. 
They are stuck with a head-knowledge of God, rather than a personal, life changing experience of the heart.

When we finally experience the truth of the good news of Christ on a personal level lives begin to change. 

The undeserved grace and forgiveness that comes from faith in Jesus begins to transform our hearts. 
And as hearts change, lives change. 

Suddenly, our desires begin to line up with God's desires. 
We have an inner want to and an empowerment to do so because of the grace that we've received. 

Life change begins in the heart.

Are you struggling with a restlessness in your life? 
An uneasiness in your spirit? 

Maybe you've never really encountered God on a heart level. 
Maybe you're like too many people calling themselves Christians but whom have a head-based faith. 

You believe the Bible, but have never really understood it on a personal level. 
Or, maybe you've rejected God because of the actions of flawed people in the name of religion.

The truth is simple: 

No matter your past, your pain or your doubts, God's love offers us peace. 
God's grace offers us a fresh start. 
God's forgiveness frees us from our past sins and shame. 

Knowing God's heart begins to transform our own and that is life changing. 
The greatest miracle in life is ​​a transformed heart!
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Post  Admin on Sun 25 Jun 2017, 9:53 pm

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Rejection! 

"‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’"Matthew 7:23.

There is nothing that strikes deeper into the human psyche than rejection​!​

The knowledge that someone considers us unwanted, unwelcome, or unqualified cuts to the core of our sense of self-worth. 

A rejected manuscript, failure to be accepted at our college of choice, or loss of a job—such things litter the landscape of our lives. 

Fortunately, most of us find we can handle this type of occurrence-
- though the experience is anything but pleasant.

The Bible speaks of a different kind of rejection, which is quite another matter. 

It is hard to grasp the ultimate horror that will be experienced by those who turn down God’s loving offer of salvation. 

They will hear these three words coming from the mouth of Jesus: 
“Depart from Me.” 

More than once, our Lord speaks these words in the gospels, anouncing the doom of the disobedient. 
These individuals will find their lot in the agony of eternal separation from God.

Many people have stumbled over the apparent harshness of Jesus’ words. 
They fail to recognize that this ultimate rejection is-- actually an appropriate response to the unbeliever’s refusal to receive the Lord’s solution for mankind’s sin problem. 

Yes, this rejection is the end of the road-
- but it’s a road paved with a lifetime of choices that left God out. 

Every decision to go it alone is a choice to embrace that final verdict of the Saviour. 

Or as G. K. Chesterton expressed it:
“Hell is God’s great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human choice.”​​
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Post  Admin on Sun 18 Jun 2017, 5:09 pm

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"Fathers, do not exasperate your children, that they may not lose heart." Colossians 3:21.

​​​​Dads, looking for a little help in being a good father? 

One particular verse from the Bible really helps:
"Fathers, don't provoke your children, instead bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."

Irritation!
"Don't provoke your children." 
That means don't make unrealistic demands. 

Don't crush their spirit with being overly strict or with passive aloofness. 
Every child has a fragile psyche that needs to be built up and not torn down.

Intention!
"Bring them up in discipline." 
Discipline should be fair and consistent. 

They need to know what the boundaries are and know there are negative consequences if they ignore them. 
This gives children security and it helps them know they are loved.

Instruction!
"...and the instruction of the Lord." 
Discipline precedes instruction--any good teacher knows that. 

But discipline without instruction exasperates children. 
They need Dad to teach them right and wrong, and do it with love.

It's not easy being a good dad but we sure have a great model in our Heavenly Father revealed to us through Jesus.
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Post  Admin on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 10:20 pm

"Gospel from India" 
Come to Christ! 

There are many nominal Christians. 

You joined a church, you have been baptized. 

Maybe in your church you were confirmed-
- but you really don’t know Christ. 

You’ve never had a real experience with Him so that He dominates and controls your life. 
You have not surrendered to the lordship of Christ.

If you are looking for purpose and meaning in life, give your life to Christ. 
Get into the cause of Jesus Christ and march in His army under His banner. 

We could use millions of people marching for Christ all over the world right now-
- taking love instead of hate to the world, 
- telling people how to be saved, 
- telling them how to find forgiveness and newness of life.

Jesus said, “I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.” John 17:4. 

God has given you something to do, too. 

Are you working on it? 
Have you finished it? 

You don’t have much time. 
Your life is a vapor, it’s a handbreadth, it’s grass that grows and withers. 

It may soon be over.
It may be over at any time.

Come to Christ!
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Post  Admin on Sat 03 Jun 2017, 10:36 pm

"Gospel from India" 
Come now! 

We never know how long we have to live. 
That’s the reason the Bible says, “Prepare to meet your God.” Amos 4:12. 
Be ready at all times. “Be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Matthew 24:44. 
He’s coming again-- but He’s also coming to you in death one of these days. 
Are you ready?
Redeem the time. You don’t have very much of it. 
The days are evil.Life is very brief.The time is urgent. 
Don’t waste it. 
Because-You’re going to be held accountable at the Judgment. 
There is going to be a Judgment in which every word that you’ve ever spoken, every thought you’ve ever had, every moral choice you ever faced, everything you’ve ever done will be accountable at the Judgment. 

Time calls for immediate action. Now is the accepted time; today is the day of salvation. 
And Hebrews 3:15 says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” 
Come now! If God is whispering to you, come to Christ!
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