Monday, August 27, 2007

Set an example before Others

Christians need to set an example before others. Once a person comes to the leadership role it is more important. A person has to be very careful about how he behave.
Paul says few things to Timothy Like this:-
1 Tim 4:12-16
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Paul then says to Titus that:-
Titus 2:6-8
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Setiing an example before others should be a concern to us. Remember that you influence a lot of people and many look up to you even though you may not know it. Hence its very important that we set an example for others to follow.
May God Bless You!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Christian Maturity-Dissapointments

Last friday I took a Bible Study in my church on Christian Maturity-Dissapointments. It was a big blessing for me as I prepared it and also many people later acknowledged that it was indeed a blessing. I am going to publish it as podcast in 2 parts. You can hear it from the podcast section of site. The link is http://www.gospel-link.com/podcast.php

You can also find the full message at our church website. Link is :- http://www.blcmn.org/audios/ It’s the Spiritual Maturity-Tinku Thompson-Friday, August 17, 2007.

If you interested in the pps of the Study then the link is :-http://www.gospel-link.com/uploads/CM-Disapointments.pps

You are free to use the presentation or distribute it anywhere you need. Freely God has given his word and the gift of salvation so let us also give it free to others.

At this time the second part of message is not published. But it will be published tomorrow.

May God Bless You!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Gospel-Link.com Podcast

I am happy to tell you that I have started a podcast- Gospel-Link.com Podcast.

Link is:- http://www.gospel-link.com/podcast.php

My goal is to publish inspiring messages, Bible Study, News updates etc on a regular basis. I will also publish messages & testimonies of different people. The first post is already there i.e. Goodness in Brokenness. If you don’t know how to use it and need instructions for ipod then see http://www.gospel-link.com/podcast_instuctions.php

I hope it will be a blessing for many people. You are free to sent your comments & suggestions.

May God Bless You!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Idols in Heart

Ezekiel 14:4 says about people of Israel having Idols in heart. When we read the entire book of Ezekiel we know that God was angry with people of Israel because they made Idols for themself, defiled the temple of God, made vile images etc.

When God gave 10 Commandments mentioned in Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21 he made in very clear that :-

You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

But many times when we think of Idols, the only thing which comes to our mind is that of man made Idols we have seen or we see. But when we meditate on those things then we can know few things. Before that let me put 2 verses from New Testament. They are:-

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

So we can know that now our hearts are the temple of God and Spirit of God dwells in out heart. But many times Jesus is removed from the throne of our heart and many things takes the place. When we meditate on this then we can know that many times many things become Idol in our life.

Anything which takes the glory and the position of God in our lives literally becomes an Idol. It can be our job, family, children, husband, wife, internet, music, movies etc. What all things snatches away the time which we are supposed to spend with God literally becomes and Idol in the way that it takes control of us and gradually takes us away from God and his presence.

Lets examine our life and see if we have any Idol in our life. If there are some then let us remove it and only have Jesus at the throne of our hearts.

May God Bless You!