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Stress and Unordered Life

Stress is a major issue today. We all feel fried at times not knowing what to do. Many times unordered life makes things more complicated. Everything in life will look like a mess. At times the current of stress can be felt and we get pulled in different directions. Then come the big question- how can we find quality time for God and our family?

Recently we discussed this topic in our Men's Fellowship and I was greatly encouraged and challenged. I can't share all points we discussed in this post, but I want to share two articles which helped us in our discussion and conclusions. They are :-

FRIEDhttp://www.todayschristianwoman.com/articles/2008/september/4.52.htmlJust Say "No"http://www.todayschristianwoman.com/articles/2004/september/17.86.htm One of the main challenge was to prioritize and say "No" to things. May the Lord help if you are dealing with Stress. We will continue our discussion next month and if possible I will share more points.

Parable Lessons - The Persistent Widow

Parable:-  The Persistent Widow

Scripture Portion:- Luke 18:1-8
Observations The main observations:-
Jesus told his disciples a story.To show disciples that they should always pray and never give up.There was a judge in a certain city.He neither feared God nor cared about people.A widow of that city came to him repeatedly for justice.She had some dispute with her enemy.The judge ignored her for a while.Finally the judge was tired and he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”Jesus told them to learn a lesson from this unjust judge.Judge gave a just decision in the end. God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night.He will not keep putting them off and will grant justice to them quickly.Jesus also asked a question.When he returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith? Interpretation:- Always…

Parable Lessons - The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Parable:-  The Pharisee and the Tax Collector 

Scripture Portion:- Luke 18:9-14
Observations
Some of the main observations:-

Jesus told this story to some people who had great confidence in their own righteousness.They scorned everyone else.Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee.The other was a despised tax collector.The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed like this - "I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income."But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. He beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ Jesus told that the sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. Jesus also told that those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Int…

Parable Lessons - Two Builders, Wise and Foolish

Parable:- Two Builders, Wise and Foolish

Scripture Portion:- Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49
Observations:- The parable follows what Jesus told about last judgement when many will come say about what they did and Jesus will not accept or acknowledge them. They did miracles and wonders. They drive out demons and prophesied in Jesus name. Jesus says that those who hear the words and put them into practice is like a wise builder who built his house upon the rock. When wind and storms came against it, it stood still. Those who hear and not practice are like a man who build his house upon sand. He is called a foolish man. When wind and storms came, this house fell with a great crash.
Practical Lessons:- I need to make sure that I am building my house on the rock on a daily basis. Anyone who hears the teachings of Jesus and follows them is wise. Solid foundation will mean obedience on daily basis. Anyone who hears and ignore is foolish. So following the teachings of Jesus is key to have a solid …

Parable Lessons - The Sower and the Soil

We have started a new series on parables taught by Jesus in one of our Care Cell.  As we go through these parables, I am trying to find some practical application to make it more meaning for personal life. I want to start a series 'Parable Lessons' to share what we learn from each parable. I will try to add some observations also.

General information about parables-

Parable:- The Sower and the Soil

Scripture Portion:-  Mark 4:3-9; Matt 13:3-9; Luke 8:5-8

Observations:- The farmer went out to sow his seed. Seeds fell at different places. As he sowed, some fell along the road, and it was trampled under foot, and the birds of the sky devoured it. Other seed fell on the rock, and as soon as it grew, it withered away,because it had no moisture.Other fell amid the thorns, and the thorns grew with it, and choked it.Other fell into the good ground, and grew, and brought forth fruit one hundred times.Only the seeds which fell on good and fertile soil sprouted, grew, and produce…

Lessons from Ministry Trip

Note:-  I started this post long time ago and it was in draft.  Saw it and thought of sharing.

Last year I went on a ministry trip to India. I got the opportunity to meet and spend time with many people who are doing great work for the Lord. Wanted to share few lessons I learned which I also shared with my church.

Hindrances cannot stop you from accomplishing God’s purpose.Give your best to God and you will enjoy God's peace and joy in your life.Challenges are there but God is in control.Prepared for Ministry in Jail? Someone told me this. You should be willing to go and do ministry in any place God sends you.God uses weak people also for His glory.God works beyond our imagination. There are things which are just beyond human understanding and explanation.Secret of faithful ministry- Prayer, Faith & desire to see hand of God moving among us. I spoke about it in our church and audio link is http://mnpassembly.org/messages/05052013.mp3

God Bless You!

Thought - Christian Holidays Sidelined

Let me start by saying that I am not writing this to start any debate on this issue since it has many aspects and I don't think we need to waste our time looking into all aspects.

Last weekend was Easter weekend and many sites today had news items related to how Easter holidays are changed into Spring Bunny. On Easter Sunday, Google chose to honor an iconic figure on its front page –called the "doodle"– which of course is viewed by millions around the world.  Many would have expected that figure to be Jesus, or perhaps something related to Easter.

"Merry Christmas" is no more valid and its "Happy Holidays".  I heard a story that someone who came to US from a different country was asked to go for counselling because he was again and again using "Merry Christmas" and its offensive. Good Friday is no longer a holiday.  It's a holiday in a country like India but I worked on that day in US.  I don't want to elaborate on these points sinc…

MPA Bible Study 2013 Day 3 Conclusion

Summary of Day 3


God uses ordinary for extraordinary work. Example Moses, David etcYour background doesn't matter for you to serve God. He can change you life.Be an over-comer of the circumstances that stand against you.When we take a step of faith, God will work in advance.You have to move forward even when obstructions are there.Be an over-comer of disappointments in your life.Be an over-comer of doubt in your life.Be a witness.I can conclude that it was a great time sitting in God's presence and listening from the word of God.

MPA Bible Study 2013 Day 2 Conclusion

Summary of Day 2 Session 1


You attitude in welcoming others and Jesus will make a big difference.Going to church or meeting people won't change anything. Jesus coming in your life bring supernatural work of God in your life.Sitting and listening at Lord's feet makes a big difference.You presence at Lord's feet is more important that what you give.Many have Jesus at home but their life is distracted.Complaining shows our distraction and lack of sitting at Jesus feet.When somethings ends in joy then God takes glory and victory.When something end in fight and strife then enemy has taken victory.Jesus will never become a problem after being invited. If you feel so then Jesus has the solution.Sometimes God allows situation in our to reveal himself. Martha and Thomas only knew as a healer. But death and resurrection of Lazarus proved that Jesus can raise the dead.People who have experienced resurrection power should be different.
Summary of Day 2 Session 2
Resurrection is fundament…

MPA Bible Study 2013 Day 1 Conclusion

This weekend we are having a Weekend Bible study at our church. Pr.Biju Mathew from Oklahoma is with us and yesterday night we had a wonderful session. I wanted to post the summary of what we learned yesterday since I felt that the message had lot of things to meditate and learn from God.

Summary of what I learned:- If God knows me and if I am in the center of God's will and if I am led by the Holy Spirit then God will take care of everything in my life.We need to display the character of God in our lives.Prayer alone won't work when it comes to saving people, we also need to speak to them when we get a chance. It's not based on number of people we have. We need to sow the seed and God will help us to reap at the right time.We say God did not answer my prayers. In reality God answered many things which we did not even ask him. How many ways God opened which we did not expect.We need God to visit us because when God visits our church, people will visit us.We cannot depend on…