Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Thriving Talk - Travels & Storms

 Episode 18 of Thriving Talk came out last week. The topic is "Travels & Storms" This is another Dad-Son edition in which Tim, my son, sits with me and asks questions about life, purpose, spirituality, faith, etc. 


The links mentioned in this episode are -

Details about Thriving Talk Podcast - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2022/08/thriving-talk-podcast-links.html

https://gospel-link.com/podcast-thriving-talk/

https://anchor.fm/gospel-link

YouTube Link to the latest episode - https://youtu.be/v25HKZxqYig




Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Thriving Talk - Technology Addictions




Episode 17 of Thriving Talk came out last week. The topic is "Technology Addictions" This is another Dad-Son edition in which Tim, my son, sits with me and asks questions about life, purpose, spirituality, faith, etc. 

The links mentioned in this episode are -

Details about Thriving Talk Podcast - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2022/08/thriving-talk-podcast-links.html

https://gospel-link.com/podcast-thriving-talk/

https://anchor.fm/gospel-link

YouTube Link to the latest episode - https://youtu.be/AJ7pyHkvD74







Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Forgiver Motivation

  I want to share the sermon I preached last Sunday at my church.


YouTube Link - 
  https://youtu.be/CeslSnNAKn0

Main Points from the messages.


Message Portion:- Philemon 1:19-25
Main Verse:- Phil. 1:21
Since I am confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 

Introduction
  • Eph. 4:31-32 - 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
  • Mathew 6:14 - “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
  • Col. 3:13 - “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
  • Mark 11:25 - “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
  • Prov. 17:9 - “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”
  • “You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.” - Jan Glidewell

  1. What do we owe? (19)
  2. Forgiveness is beneficial and refreshes the heart (20)
  3. Forgiveness is a matter of obedience (21)
  4. Response to Godly Leadership (21,22)
  5. Forgiveness brings restoration (23-24)
Conclusion

And you know, when you've experienced grace and you feel like you've been forgiven, you're a lot more forgiving of other people. You're a lot more gracious to others. - Rick Warren

Thriving Talk - Struggles with Bi-Vocational Ministry


Episode 16 of Thriving Talk came out last week. The topic is "Struggles with Bi-Vocational Ministry." This is another Dad-Son edition in which Tim, my son, sits with me and asks questions about life, purpose, spirituality, faith, etc. 

The links mentioned in this episode are -

Details about Thriving Talk Podcast - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2022/08/thriving-talk-podcast-links.html

https://gospel-link.com/podcast-thriving-talk/

https://anchor.fm/gospel-link

YouTube Link to the latest episode - https://youtu.be/MCln2gOsBQM



Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Forgiver Actions

 I want to share the sermon I preached last Sunday at my church.



YouTube Link -  https://youtu.be/PONXAa7jDGg

Main Points from the messages.


Main Verse:-  Philemon 1:11   
Onesimus hasn’t been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us.


Introduction
• “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
― C.S. Lewis
• Forgiveness is not a matter of the heart but also requires actions

Actions needed with Forgiveness 
  1. Receive (12) 
  2. Restoration(15)
  3. Restitution (18)

                  Conclusion

                  • “Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” ― Corrie Ten Boom
                  • I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one. - Henry Ward Beecher

                  Wednesday, November 2, 2022

                  Thriving Talk - Temptation

                   

                  Episode 15 of Thriving Talk is out. The topic is "Temptation." This is another Dad-Son edition in which Tim, my son, sits with me and asks questions about life, purpose, spirituality, faith, etc. 

                  The links mentioned in this episode are -

                  Details about Thriving Talk Podcast - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2022/08/thriving-talk-podcast-links.html

                  https://gospel-link.com/podcast-thriving-talk/

                  https://anchor.fm/gospel-link

                  YouTube Link to the latest episode - https://youtu.be/NSuijjv16_M



                  Wednesday, October 26, 2022

                  Thriving Talk - Anger Management

                  Episode 14 of Thriving Talk is out. The topic is "Anger Management." This is another Dad-Son edition in which Tim, my son, sits with me and asks questions about life, purpose, spirituality, faith, etc. 

                  The links mentioned in this episode are -

                  Details about Thriving Talk Podcast - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2022/08/thriving-talk-podcast-links.html

                  https://gospel-link.com/podcast-thriving-talk/

                  https://anchor.fm/gospel-link

                  YouTube Link to the latest episode - https://youtu.be/8pKrfGgkUtI

                  Forgiver Traits

                  I want to share the sermon I preached last Sunday at my church. 



                  YouTube Link -  https://youtu.be/I6dZZ44ocpw

                  Main Points from the messages.


                  Main Verse:-  Philemon 1:7
                  Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people. (NLT)

                  Introduction
                  • The letter is written to convince Philemon to forgive his runaway servant Onesimus and to accept him as a brother in the faith.
                  • Forgiveness is the economy of the heart. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits. - Hannah More
                  • In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feel like a decision to reward my enemy. But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to another. – Andy Stanley, It Came from Within!

                  1. Greetings (1:1-3)
                    1. Paul was in prison, or he was under house arrest.
                    2. Timothy was with him
                    3. He considered Philemon as a co-worker
                    4. Philemon was a wealthy member of the church in Colosse. He got saved under Paul's ministry.
                    5. Colossian church met at his house.
                    6. Churches met at homes. 
                  2. Thanking God for Philemon(4-5)
                    1. Faith
                    2. Love for all of God's people
                  3. Prayer for action (6)
                    1. What we have in Christ is understood and experienced.
                    2. He put into action the generosity
                  4. Refreshing the hearts (7)
                    1. Your love has given me much joy and comfort
                    2. Your kindness has refreshed hearts.
                  5. Forgiver basic traits
                    1. Faith
                    2. Love
                    3. Understand and experience all the good things they have in Christ 
                    4. Put into action the same generosity
                    5. Shows Kindness that refreshes hearts

                  Conclusion
                  Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious. - Phillips Brooks

                  The man who refuses to forgive destroys the bridge over which he himself must cross. - John Irving


                  Friday, October 21, 2022

                  Adoptive Family

                  Growing up, I often heard this phrase: "Blood is thicker than water." It is a proverb in English, meaning that family bonds will always be more robust than other relationships. Honestly, I did not experience that it is valid in all circumstances. In my own life, others came to my help more often, and I also found some other relationships to be stronger.  

                  Last year when I was battling with sickness, I did experience it again. I am not saying family members were not there or did not express concern, and I found that others were genuinely concerned about me. When I tried to think about it, I found the real reason. It is possible in my adoptive family.

                  Few Bible verses-

                  God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (Eph. 1:5)

                  So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God's Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, "Abba, Father." (Rom. 8:15)

                  And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. (Rom. 8:23)

                  Bible teaches us that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become God's children and part of His family. That means we have a large family with God's people. Many times, people do not realize it. If you feel like you do not have anyone or are disowned or neglected by your family, remember that you are part of God's family.

                  Sometimes I am surprised that people take side with their family members and opposes brothers and sisters who belong to the household of God. They neglect justice and righteousness to stand and support their blood relations. I also see people treating others like they will never want to see them. We cannot mistreat anyone if we hope to spend eternity with others in heaven. We have to wait for the prodigal sons to return and accept them.

                  What a privilege it is to be part of God's family. It not only gives us comfort but encourages us to lead a humble and balanced life in this world.   

                  Final Judgement

                  I want to share the sermon I preached last Sunday at my church. 



                  YouTube Link - https://youtu.be/enF5VF6LB70

                  Main Points from the messages.

                  Main Verse:-  Rev. 20:15

                  And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

                  Introduction
                  • There is good news and bad news.
                  • Some things are certain, and some things can be debated.
                  • THE FINAL JUDGEMENT from the Church website: There will be a final Judgment in which the wicked dead will be judged according to their works. Whosoever is not in found in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast, and the false prophet will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Mt.25:46; Mark 9:42-48; Rev. 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).
                  • One certain thing is that one day we will stand in judgment.
                  • For Christians, the final judgment will be a time to receive the Goal of our Faith. - J. S. Gyimah
                  1. Death and then Judgment (Heb.9:27)
                    1. And just as it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment.
                    2. We have an appointment with our creator.
                  2. God is a righteous Judge (Math. 5:48)
                  3. God cannot be deceived (Gal. 6:7-9)
                  4. God has fixed a day to judge (Acts 17:30-31)
                  5. Final Judgement White Throne Judgment
                    1. Lake of Fire is the final destiny for those whose name is not in the Book of Life.

                  Conclusion
                  • God is a good God. We hear so much about Him being a good God, and I believe He is a good God. That’s right. He is a good God. But if He’s a good God, He’s got to be a just God. He can’t give us a commandment to do something another, and we disobey it and expect to escape the Judgment. He’s also a God of wrath, a God of judgment. That’s what makes Him a good God, because He keeps His Word. He watches over It. - William Marrion Branham

                  Wednesday, October 19, 2022

                  Thriving Talk - Time Management

                  Episode 13 of Thriving Talk is out. The topic is "Time Management." This is another Dad-Son edition in which Tim, my son, sits with me and asks questions about life, purpose, spirituality, faith, etc. 

                  The links mentioned in this episode are -

                  Details about Thriving Talk Podcast - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2022/08/thriving-talk-podcast-links.html

                  https://gospel-link.com/podcast-thriving-talk/

                  https://anchor.fm/gospel-link

                  YouTube Link to the latest episode - https://youtu.be/Ut6-Mzm0AkE






                  Friday, October 14, 2022

                  Shameless Boldness

                  I want to share the sermon I preached last Sunday at my church. 




                  YouTube Link - https://youtu.be/Xq1VGq9Xrls

                  Main Points from the messages.

                  Main Verse:- Luke 11:8

                  I tell you, even though he won’t get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his friend’s shameless boldness, he will get up and give him as much as he needs. (CSB)

                  Introduction
                  • When compared to the time you spend on things of this world, how much time was spent in prayer?
                  • Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. He will never talk well and with real success to men for God who has not learned well how to talk to God for men.- E.M. Bounds
                  1. Jesus was asked a question- "Teach us to pray" (Lk. 1:1)
                  2. Lord's or Model Prayer (Lk 11:2-4)
                    1. The Lord’s Prayer is commonly divided into two parts:
                      1. A prayer directed toward God (Matt 6:9–10; Luke 11:2)
                      2. A prayer for daily needs (Matt 6:11–13; Luke 11:3–4).
                        1. Give us each day our daily bread - Give us each day the food we need
                        2. Forgive us our sins
                        3. Do not bring us into temptation- don’t let us yield to temptation
                  3. Shameless boldness to ask difficult things (Lk 11:5-8)
                  4. Ask, Seek and Knock (Lk 11:9-13)
                  5. Ask for Holy Spirit (Lk 11:13)

                  Conclusion
                  • Have felt led to pray for others this winter as never before. I never before knew what it was to work all day and then pray all night before God for another… In college or at parties at home, I used to keep such hours for myself, or pleasure, and can I not do as much for God and souls? - John Hyde
                  • In prayer, do you approach Father with shameless boldness?

                  Thursday, October 13, 2022

                  Benefits of Delegation

                  We all encounter the challenge of lack of time. We are busy and have more tasks to do than we can. We compromise on the time we should take out to relax and rest. Most of the time, we are catching up. This can lead to an experience in which our private life is not in order.

                  I had been in a similar situation some time ago, and then I changed a few things, and it got better, but still, there was this hurry and busyness. When I got sick last year and spent most of my time in the hospital bed and recovery, everything I was doing came to a standstill. I was left with nothing much to do—no more preaching or taking the pressure of conducting meetings. No work, no more involvement in ministry and was free most of the time.

                  It gave me time to reflect and think a lot. This led me to make many changes in my life, giving me many benefits. One significant advantage is that I am no more in a hurry or busy. People may not get it, but I am more organized and purposeful now. I am not worrying about what I cannot do. More focused on doing faithfully what I can do today to the best of my ability.    

                  I have learned that consistency is the key to success in many areas of our life. Along with everything, one thing I am intentional about now is delegating, and it has helped me immensely since I am reaping the benefit in many ways. 

                  One incident we see in the Bible, which teaches us about delegation, is in Exodus 18. The advice is given to Moses by his father-in-law Jethro.

                  18 “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. 19 Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing their disputes to him. 20 Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives. 21 But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. 22 They should always be available to solve the people’s common disputes, but have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. 23 If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.” (NLT)

                   

                  Jethro’s Advice on Delegation

                  • Don’t try to resolve all the problems by yourself. You will wear yourself out.
                  • Doing everything on your own is a heavy burden.
                  • Teach people the laws and principles they should apply to be successful.
                  • Let them handle the common issues, but significant cases can still come to you.
                  • They can make their own decisions and not become dependent on you.
                  • Delegate the decision-making process to able people, with assigned responsibilities according to their abilities, and supervise their activities.
                  • This will free them and you.
                  • You will be able to handle the pressures better.
                  • It will save time.

                  The Selection Criteria for Delegation

                  • Capable
                  • Honest
                  • Men who fear God and
                  • Hate bribes

                  One big challenge with delegation is that it is sometimes easier to delegate tasks but not authority.

                  “Don’t just delegate tasks to the next generation. If you delegate tasks, you create followers. Instead, delegate authority to create leaders.” – Craig Groeschel.

                  If we want to develop leaders, we must delegate authority. At times this cannot be done all of a sudden. This may require time and training. It will be worth the effort in the end. The goal of delegation should be to make leaders who can also function effectively in your absence. The temptation is always there is have a tight grip on everything. Then how long can we hold on? One day we will have to let everything go. Will there be people ready at that time? Sometimes people may motivate and encourage you to hold on to everything since they feel you do things better and want you to do them. Again, we cannot yield to those suggestions when we look at the bigger picture.  

                  We have to start doing delegation as it will help us and will benefit us in the long run.

                  Wednesday, October 12, 2022

                  Thriving Talk - Tragedy and Hope

                  Episode 12 of Thriving Talk is out. The topic is "Tragedy and Hope."  In this episode, I interview Pastor Sunil Korade from Odisha, India. He has experienced some personal loss in the family recently. In this interview, he shares his hope and the outcome of the difficult situation.   

                  The links mentioned in this episode are -

                  Details about Thriving Talk Podcast - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2022/08/thriving-talk-podcast-links.html

                  https://gospel-link.com/podcast-thriving-talk/

                  https://anchor.fm/gospel-link

                  YouTube Link to the latest episode - https://youtu.be/ExOr8L040Rg



                  Thursday, October 6, 2022

                  Change Style with Role

                  We all grow in many areas of life with time. Our roles and responsibilities also change. We hear about people who started at the bottom of an organization and grew up to become top-level executives. In some cases, the changes are based on people’s desires, and circumstances and situations sometimes force them to transition to a different role.

                  We have different seasons in spiritual life and ministry, and we may not always be given the same assignment. There will be changes and movements, and our role may change. I taught Sunday School for many years in different churches, and it is now more than ten years since I have taken a Sunday School class regularly. My first job was as a teacher. In a few years, I moved on to programming and, after some time, moved to another role.

                  One area we see the change of role is leadership. Many people do not spend time training or equipping themselves as they transition to a new position and struggle, and they do not change their approach and style when moving to a different role. When I say style, I mean “a manner of doing something.

                  In the Bible, we see many people transitioning to different roles with time and based on need. Nehemiah served the king in the palace, but he picked up the burden of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem when he was made aware of the situation. He becomes a builder and then governor. In every situation, he functioned as needed. He identified a need and then came up with a solution. He also delegated the responsibility. He not only motivated people but also worked with people.

                  Nehemiah was a leader who combined prayer and planning. He operated as the situation demanded, but one thing consistent was his prayer life. He encountered his burden and challenges with prayer. As God gives us different assignments or responsibilities, we need to adapt to the situation, but one thing which needs to be consistent to see success is prayer.  

                  Yes, we may have to change our style of operation based on the situation and the role we are assigned, but we need to remember that to be successful as Christian leaders, we need to be prayerful. One style that should not change or get impacted as our responsibilities change is our prayer style. It should improve or increase but not go down as we progress in life. 

                  Wednesday, October 5, 2022

                  Thriving Talk - Christians and Sports

                  Episode 11 of Thriving Talk is out. The topic is "Christians and Sports." This is another Dad-Son edition in which Tim, my son, sits with me and asks questions about life, purpose, spirituality, faith, etc. 

                  The links mentioned in this episode are -

                  Details about Thriving Talk Podcast - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2022/08/thriving-talk-podcast-links.html

                  https://gospel-link.com/podcast-thriving-talk/

                  https://anchor.fm/gospel-link

                  YouTube Link to the latest episode - https://youtu.be/s-GpaJzdW68



                  Response to Crisis

                  I want to share the sermon I preached last Sunday at my church. 

                  Main Points from the messages.

                  Main Verse:- Daniel 2:17-18

                  17 Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what had happened. 18 He urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them his mercy by telling them the secret, so they would not be executed along with the other wise men of Babylon.

                  Introduction
                  • We all face crisis situations in life, and it is inevitable. 
                  • Crisis- a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger.
                  • Question- what do we do, or what is our first response?
                  • Most Christians long to see miracles, but they don’t want to be put in a position where they will need one. - Rick Joyner
                  • Bible teaches us that one of the best responses is to go into corporate prayer.
                  Some incidents from the Bible.
                  1. Going to be killed - Daniel and friends
                    • Dan. 2:  17 Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what had happened. 18 He urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them his mercy by telling them the secret, so they would not be executed along with the other wise men of Babylon. 19 That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.
                  2. War declared - Jehoshaphat
                    • 2 Chro. 20:  After this, the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites declared war on Jehoshaphat. 2 Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea. They are already at Hazazon-tamar.” (This was another name for En-gedi.) 3 Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting. 4 So people from all the towns of Judah came to Jerusalem to seek the Lord’s help.
                  3. Responding to a prophecy - Jonah in Nineveh
                    • Jonah 3: 3 This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all.[a] 4 On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” 5 The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow. 6 When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes. 7 Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city: “No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. 8 People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. 9 Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.” 10 When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. 
                  4. Asked to stop the mission - 1st-century church
                    • Acts 4:18 So they called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.
                    • 23 As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. 24 When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them
                    • 31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
                  5. Leader to be executed - Peter in jail
                    • Acts 12:1 About that time King Herod Agrippa[a] began to persecute some believers in the church. 2 He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword. 3 When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter. (This took place during the Passover celebration.[b]) 4 Then he imprisoned him, placing him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover. 5 But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.
                    • 24 Meanwhile, the word of God continued to spread, and there were many new believers.




                  Friday, September 30, 2022

                  Thriving Talk - Good Habits

                  Episode 10 of Thriving Talk is out. The topic is "Good Habits." This is another Dad-Son edition in which Tim, my son, sits with me and asks questions about life, purpose, spirituality, faith, etc. 

                  The links mentioned in this episode are -

                  Details about Thriving Talk Podcast - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2022/08/thriving-talk-podcast-links.html

                  https://gospel-link.com/podcast-thriving-talk/

                  https://anchor.fm/gospel-link

                  YouTube Link to the latest episode - https://youtu.be/Jpq4HeJ0sAk



                  Wednesday, September 28, 2022

                  What do you say?

                  I want to share the sermon I preached last Sunday at my church. I spoke in Malayalam with translation to English. 

                  Main Points from the messages.

                  • Main Verse:- Numbers 14:28
                  Now tell them this: ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say. 
                  അവരോടു പറവിൻ: ഞാൻ കേൾക്കെ നിങ്ങൾ പറഞ്ഞതുപോലെ തന്നേ, എന്നാണ, ഞാൻ നിങ്ങളോടു ചെയ്യുമെന്നു യഹോവ അരുളിച്ചെയ്യുന്നു
                  1. What do you say to yourself? - Do you say many negative things against what God has already told you.  
                  2. What do you say to others? - Do you spread things that build faith or destroy faith.
                  3. What do you say to God? - Do you tell everything to God?

                      “Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt






                  Finishing well as a Leader

                  It is claimed that Bible has around one thousand leaders listed. There is more data than just the name of about one hundred leaders. I heard that someone did a study and found that nearly one-third of these finished well while the rest failed. Most of those who failed encountered failure during the last half of their life.  

                  It was a little surprising to me as I thought that the chances of failure are reduced as people mature and grow. I was wrong, and the critical issue I found is “mature and grow.” Do we stop growing after a point as we realize that we have figured out the formula to keep things stable while giving the impression to everyone that we are doing good in all areas of life? Are we growing or just going forward based on experience and our wisdom? 

                  I heard a man of God say that “Strong leaders have strong weaknesses. The key is allowing God to control our weaknesses.” In my view, the life of leaders we find in the Bible and the recent history of leaders validate that statement. We have heard about leaders who were considered giants in faith and service fall. In some cases, it is a severe issue that may take a long to recover, and in other cases, there is little hope of restoration.  

                  It is humbling to see that God takes people with weaknesses and uses them to advance His kingdom. Our imperfections do not automatically disqualify us from God’s service. God is there to strengthen us, but we have to be careful that we follow His steps consistently if we have to finish well. Inconsistency is dangerous as it may be during one of the weak, inconsistent moments that we may end up doing or saying something which may ruin everything.

                  We cannot afford to stop growing and maturing in Christ as it is another danger zone from where we can quickly fail. Our relationship cannot become static, and our hearts should not be left cold for a long time. Sin will find its way back into our life, and we will encounter failure, which we may have never anticipated would happen to us.

                  Starting well is good but finishing well is equally important. We have an enemy who will try to distract and plant traps to make us fail. We must trust God, rely on His grace daily, and move forward. Our years of experience do not guarantee that we will not fail. Daily dependence and being truthful with our actual condition of heart and conduct in the presence of God is critical. Having anything fake or secret is a sure path to failure. Being transparent and truthful can guarantee a good finish.   


                   

                  Thursday, September 22, 2022

                  Qualities of a Good Disciple


                  Discipleship is a key term we use and hear all the time in church and ministry. A few years ago, I was in a meeting where a person accused all the pastors who served his church that they never spoke or taught about discipleship. I was shocked to hear that since discipleship is core to Christian faith life. I just felt like this person was exaggerating, as I cannot comprehend how pastors can ignore discipleship without ignoring Jesus Christ itself.

                  The mission statement of the church I pioneered and serve now is “Making disciples who will make disciples.” There are two aspects: those who make or train others to be disciples of Jesus and those who are being trained to be disciples of Jesus Christ. You cannot teach others to be disciples unless you are a disciple.

                  I want to share a few things I noticed while going through some training. If you want to disciple someone, choose someone you know well enough to discern their weaknesses. Once you decide on someone, remember to focus on their potential and not their problems.

                  People who are disciples trying to learn must have some essential qualities to be successful. Some of the key attributes are: -

                  • Faithful – There is no need to explain this. Without faithfulness, it is impossible to make much progress as a disciple.
                  • Available – You must be available to become a disciple, which means you must prioritize and let go of a few other things to focus on. If you cannot be available, then forget about becoming a good disciple.
                  • Initiating – This is a critical aspect that many people ignore. To me, this is very critical, and I feel like people who do not have this quality will not make much progress in ministry. You cannot be passive and lazy; you have to be active and take the initiative to make progress.
                  • Teachable – If a person is not teachable, there will be challenges, and we cannot expect much progress.

                  Making disciples is exciting, but we cannot do it unless we ourself is committed to a committed disciple of Jesus Christ. To be a good disciple, we must be faithful, available, initiating, and teachable.

                    

                  Thriving Talk - Christians and Missions

                  Another episode of Thriving Talk is out. The topic this week is Christians and Missions. 

                  Details about Thriving Talk Podcast - 

                  On Gospel-Link.com website - https://gospel-link.com/podcast-thriving-talk/

                  Links to different podcast platforms - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2022/08/thriving-talk-podcast-links.html

                  YouTube Link to the latest episode - https://youtu.be/7ojY9w8qTMY



                  Tuesday, September 20, 2022

                  Daily Commitment

                   Sharing the sermon, I preached this Sunday at my church. It is in English.  

                  YouTube Link - https://youtu.be/rjtPzHTVX8o


                  Summary of the message


                  Main Verse:- Luke 9:23
                  23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. 

                  Introduction

                  • The call of Jesus is one of daily commitment.
                  • If you do not plan to live the Christian life totally committed to knowing your God and to walking in obedience to Him, then don't begin, for this is what Christianity is all about. It is a change of citizenship, a change of governments, a change of allegiance. If you have no intention of letting Christ rule your life, then forget Christianity; it is not for you. - Kay Arthur

                  1. Following is optional.
                    1. Lk 9:23 - If any of you wants to be my follower
                    2. There is no forced conversion, and it is unbiblical.
                    3. We preach or share the message with an invitation, and people can accept it freely. 
                    4. There is no indication of any trick or scheme to make one accept Jesus or obey His commandments.
                    5. Follow God
                      1.  Heart, soul, mind, and strength.
                      2. Mark 12:29-30 - 29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’
                  2. Deny - Themselves
                    1. Not a life of self-satisfaction
                    2. Self vs doing the will of God
                    3. Hebrews 10:32 Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ.[j] Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. 33 Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. 34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever. 35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!
                    4. Heb. 11:13 All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. 14 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 15 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 16 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
                  3. Take up cross - Daily
                  a. Absolute Surrender
                  b. Cross was not a glorified symbol. It meant one thing- Death.
                  c. Willing to die
                  d. Discipleship involves sacrifice
                  e. It is a daily commitment and not a part-time or Sunday thing.
                  4. Three people and response (Luke 9:57-62)
                  a.1st Person - volunteered- "I will follow" - No place- It is a walk of faith.
                  b.2nd person was called by Jesus - He wanted to put off until he was free from all obligations.
                  c.3rd person- Volunteered- "I will follow" - But he wanted to go and say bye to everyone.

                  Conclusion

                  • If Follow-> then Deny and Take up cross Daily.
                  • A life totally committed to God has nothing to fear, nothing to lose, nothing to regret. - Pandita Ramabai

                  Thursday, September 15, 2022

                  When I decided to quit!

                  God created humans as relational beings. We are created with emotions; at any given moment, we can experience different emotions and behave and act based on what we feel. We could be feeling angry, anxious, ashamed, hopeless, lonely, concerned, disappointed, hurt, jealous, stressed, annoyed, bored, calm, confused, tired, curious, confident, excited, focused, happy, ambitious, determined, grateful, included, proud, etc.

                  Many types of emotions are defined, and if we do not learn to understand and control ourselves, we could make decisions or actions we will regret later. There is a saying that broken glass can be taped together but will never be the same as old. You can try to repair the damages you caused due to your childish attitude or carelessness, but it won't be easy to regain trust. Thinking before you say or act in a particular way is better. The hurt you create may last your entire life.

                  One of the common human reactions to show displeasure or protest is to withdraw or quit. You try to become passive initially and then try to get out. When we do it, we often want to be back and do it to get attention. If I have to put it plainly, I will say we try to threaten others. Then there are other times when we are serious because we are tired and cannot handle a situation anymore.

                  In my life, I remember a few incidents when I wrote a resignation letter. Two times, my managers were able to make me withdraw it by giving me a raise in salary. I was serious, but I was taking that step because I felt underpaid. When the issue was addressed, I was back. On another occasion, I decided to move on and my manager asked me what my demand was and offered even to double my salary. At that time, my answer was a plain "NO." The reason was not salary but my goal for life.

                  There are other times when you feel like quitting when going gets tough and you are disappointed with others' behaviors. You approach everything sincerely, and you have no idea why people react and behave in a particular way. You will question yourself and get a feeling that you may be the reason for the problem and that it is better that you go away. You will feel things will get better if you get out of the picture. It is true in ministry and mainly in pastoral ministry. I had moments when I decided to stop doing everything and then lead a peaceful life. Why take all these burdens of ministry and be a source of discomfort for others? The respect and appreciation you get at your secular workplace are often missing on the ministry side.

                  I had my moments like Elijah when I decided to quit. It is enough, Lord, and I am no better. Then something happens, and God reminds me of my calling and purpose. I have realized that my current location and assignments are within the plan and purpose of God. God has placed me and assigned it to me. The only one who should ask me to move or quit is my master, who appointed me. The enemy or others cannot decide my moves. I must follow God's instructions as long as I am in His hands. I do not have an option or opinion when I see the bigger picture.

                  The tree with fruit will face stones. The more fruitful you become, you will be a blessing for many, but also expect stones coming your way. You do not have to focus on the stones. Focus on the one who called you and continue to be a blessing. You will be rewarded for sticking around and not quitting before time.

                   

                   

                  Wednesday, September 14, 2022

                  Thriving Talk - Kingdom Vs. Individual View

                  Episode 8 of Thriving Talk is out. The topic is "Kingdom Vs. Individual View." This is another Dad-Son edition in which Tim, my son, sits with me and asks questions about life, purpose, spirituality, faith, etc. 

                  The links mentioned in this episode are -

                  Link to blog - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2018/05/individualistic-view-to-kingdom-view.html

                  Link to paper - https://www.bethel.edu/seminary/about/initiatives/work-with-purpose/resources/tinku-thompson-colloquy.pdf

                  Details about Thriving Talk Podcast - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2022/08/thriving-talk-podcast-links.html

                  YouTube Link to the latest episode - https://youtu.be/rT7Q0IeDpFs




                  Monday, September 12, 2022

                  Overflow of Heart

                  Sharing the sermon, I preached this Sunday at my church. It is in English.  

                  YouTube Link - https://youtu.be/aLSra4L7yas



                  Summary of the message


                  Main Verse:- Luke 6:45
                  A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. (CSB)

                  Introduction
                  • Keeping our hearts in check is very important.
                  • How far we go in conversations, and talk determines our standard. 

                  Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature. Simplicity is in the intention, purity in the affection; simplicity turns to God; purity unites with and enjoys him. - Thomas A Kempis

                  1. Do not judge others (Lk. 6:37)
                  2. Forgive others to be forgiven
                  3. Trying to correct others while ignoring our own needs (Lk. 6:41-42)
                  4. Tree and Fruits (Lk 6:43-44)
                  5. Overflow of Heart (Lk 6:45)
                    • Desires of our heart placement- Mathew 6:21 -  Wherever your treasure is, the desires of your heart will also be.
                    • Heart determines what we speak - Math. 12:33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
                    • Heart can become hardened (Math. 13:15)
                    • Heart can be far away. (Math. 15:8)
                    • Heart can produce bad things (Mathew 15:19)
                    • God knows our hearts. (Luke 16:15)
                    • Heart can get dulled - “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, (Luke 21:34)
                  Conclusion
                  Don't worry about having the right words; worry more about having the right heart. It's not eloquence he seeks, just honesty. - Max Lucado



                  Thursday, September 8, 2022

                  Thriving Talk - Life Management

                  Episode 7 of Thriving Talk is out. The topic this time is "Life Management." This is another Dad-Son edition in which Tim, my son, sits with me and asks questions about life, purpose, spirituality, faith, etc. 

                  Details about Thriving Talk Podcast - https://tinkuthompson.blogspot.com/2022/08/thriving-talk-podcast-links.html

                  YouTube Link to the latest episode - https://youtu.be/ZbAvrNG9EEs



                  Outcome or Process?

                  The end or outcome justifies the means” is a statement that many people use when you point out something that is not quite right or something fishy. People steal things, give them to the poor or needy, and may feel good. Recently I heard about someone who does things that are not legal, but he said he is doing a good thing as he helps others by doing what is illegal.

                  When it comes to spiritual life, something similar exists. As long as I am blessed and have no problem, God is happy with everything I do and is in my favor. In Psalms 73, Asaph shares his concern about a similar matter. Ps. 73:3-8 (NLT)

                  3 For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.

                  4 They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong.

                  5 They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.

                  6 They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty.

                  7 These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for!

                  8 They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others.

                   

                  Asaph shares his concerns and finds an answer towards the end. Ps. 73:17 (NLT)

                  Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.

                  Asaph saw wicked prospering, and he thought his integrity was in vain. He finally understood the reality. The main issue is not with people who do not know God but with those who claim to follow Jesus. They do not seem to care to follow the basics of the Bible and still think that since outcomes are satisfactory, it is all good. One example I want to bring up here is how Moses lost his chance to enter the land of Canaan. The issue was simple. He hit the rock when God commanded him to speak for water to come (Num. 20:12). Water did come irrespective of disobedience, but God was not happy and gave the verdict.

                  Are we happy with the water coming out? If we are, then we are only focused on the outcome. In the Bible, we learn that obedience matters to God. Bible teaches us that obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Sam. 15:22). The process of how we achieve something is critical. The outcome may look good, but how we got it matters to God.

                  We should not deceive ourselves by the outcome and should pay careful attention to the process of achieving it. Obedience to God’s word and commands should be fundamental, even if the result is not what we expected. Obedience will pay off in the long run. Good outcomes with a shady process will not last long and fall apart, and it will be like a house built on sand. Let us build on rock and ensure we do not ignore the process.  

                   

                  Tuesday, September 6, 2022

                  Reward for Faithfulness

                  Sharing the sermon I preached this Sunday at my church. It is in English.  

                  YouTube Link - https://youtu.be/Tq5A7Q5XtF8


                  Summary of the message

                  Main Verse:- Daniel 1:15
                    • At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. (NLT)
                  Introduction
                  • Faithfulness is a key principle in the Bible.
                  • To be faithful is to be reliable, steadfast, and unwavering.
                  • Faithfulness: 
                    • an attribute of God, 
                    • a positive characteristic of some people, 
                    • a characteristic that many people lack, 
                    • fruit of the Holy Spirit.
                  1. Daniel and friends - Changes experienced 
                    1. Geography/Location change - Jerusalem to Babylon
                    2. Freedom - Now follow the instructions.
                    3. Name change (1:7)
                    4. New Learning - Language and Literature of Chaldeans (1:4)
                    5. Circumstances change- 3 years of training
                    6. Food change- Royal Food and Wine from King's provision (1:5)
                  2. Daniel's Decision - Negotiable vs. Non-negotiable 
                    1. Not defile with the food or drink the wine 
                    2.  One step opened a series of Reward or supernatural provisions
                      1. Health - (1:15)  - They looked better and healthier than others
                      2. Relief from ongoing pressure to eat (1:16)
                      3. Knowledge and Understanding in literature and wisdom (1:17)
                      4. Daniel understood visions and dreams of every kind. (1:17)
                      5. They were 10 times better, and no one was equal in matters of wisdom and understanding. (1:20)
                  3. NT encouragement on faithfulness
                    1. Luke 16:10 - “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. 
                    2. John 8:31-  Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.
                    3. 2 Tim. 4:7-8 -  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
                    4. Colossians 3:17, "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
                  Conclusion
                  • So God uses people who are willing to serve Him in small things. The man God uses is faithful. - Chuck Smith





                  Be Alert: Do not fall into this trap!

                  Introduction Recently, a Pastor visited me, and I took him to the Mall of America, the biggest mall in America.  As we were walking, we met ...