“The Psalms are poems or songs of praise, worship, thankfulness, and repentance, and each one of them is complete by itself. They also show a variety of feelings, emotions, attitudes and interests. . . .
Because the Psalm are written by so many people, from different time periods, and they show such a variety … Read the rest
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8, 9 NIV
I God and the Problem of Pain and Suffering
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“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” — (Esther 4:14).
I The Seeming Absence of God
II God Keeps His Instruments Prepared and Hidden
III God Causes Others to Remember You!
IV God Puts You in a Position of Influence to Fulfill His Purposes… Read the rest
Nehemiah is an outstanding character of the Old Testament. Let us take a sweeping glance at his life at the very outset. Nehemiah was a man of prayer and action. He held a high position of trust in a royal court as a cupbearer to the king.
He was a master-builder, an able administrator, a … Read the rest
Two Psalms Tell the Story
Let us begin by looking at two Psalms:
The first one, Psalm 137 talks about the captivity of God’s people in Babylon: “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion” (Psalm 137:1 NIV). The people remembered Zion, and made a resolve in their hearts not … Read the rest
Kings of Judah and Israel
The True King
God Himself is the true King of Israel. It was very much evident even to Prophet Balaam who was hired by Balak king of Moab to “to put a curse” on Israel when they came out of Egypt. But Balaam could only bless Israel and he said: … Read the rest
The Story Continues
The life of David is first presented when we find Samuel asked by God to go and anoint one of the sons of Jesse of Bethlehem (1 Samuel 16:1). That son was David. This anointing had eternal significance (Isaiah 11:1, Revelation 5:5, Revelation 22:16).
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The Book of I Samuel records the beginnings of the nation of Israel. It covers a period of about 115 years from the time of the birth of Samuel through the period of Saul and the anointing of David and ends with the death of Saul.
It teaches us valuable lessons through the life-stories of … Read the rest
Focus: Jesus, our Kinsman-Redeemer!
I Introduction: The Book of Ruth can be understood on two levels:
● One, simply as a story of the life of a woman. If you read it like that, there is tragedy, a journey, romance, wedding, the birth of a child and finally a settled home in her life.… Read the rest
Judges deals with a period of 300 to 400 years from the time of Joshua’s death to the arrival of Samuel. After Joshua there was no leader for the people of Israel. Instead the tribes acted independently most of the time.
A Pattern: Disobedience>>Defeat>>Repentance>>Deliverance>>Rest
The Book of Judges presents us with a pattern of Christian … Read the rest
Joshua means “Yahweh is salvation”. The Hebrew form is Yehoshua, which in course of time abbreviated to Yoshua and Yeshua (two variant forms). Yoshua is Joshua, Yeshua is Jesus.
I A Sunset and a Sunrise
It was time for Moses to depart. His one great task remained undone. That was leading the Israelites to the … Read the rest
After forty years of wilderness wandering the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land of Canaan. A journey of eleven days from Mt. Horeb would have taken them to this point (Deut. 1:2) but it took them forty years because of their rebellion against God.
The Book of Numbers describes their forty … Read the rest
1. Divine Provision
We have several illustration in Numbers of the ways in which God provides for his people. For example, 20:1—11; 21:1—9; 27:1—11 (see 36:1—12); 27:12—23 ; 35:1—5; 35:6—28. Think of ways in which God provides for his people today.
2. Divine Displeasure
One of the sadder aspects of Numbers is the fact that … Read the rest
Leviticus means “about the Levites.” Levites were the tribe chosen by God to be His priests. They were taken in place of the firstborn of all Israelites. The firstborn was commanded by God as devoted to Him. See Numbers 3:11—13.
The key to understanding Leviticus is holiness. In Leviticus 11:44, 45 God says, “I … Read the rest
This section of the Bible focuses on four things:
1. The Ten Commandments (Ch. 20)
2. The Offerings and the Building of the Tabernacle (Ch. 25 to 31 and 35 to 40)
3. The Garments of the High Priest (Exodus 28)
4. Moses’ Intercession and Intimacy with God (Ch. 32—34)
I The Ten Commandments (Exodus
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Exodus means “exit” or “departure.”
The Blood of the Lamb
“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” (Exodus 12:13 NIV). “For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7b NIV).
The Holiness of God
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It is quite natural to be anxious about your children. Your children are God’s gift to you. So they are precious. And they are the future.
At their young age, it is as if God has entrusted you with the awesome responsibility to raise them up as God-fearing citizens. It is up to you that … Read the rest
Make money grow little by little. You never know how much power 1 rupee has until you try to get a train ticket when you are having 1 rupee less than needed. So it doesn’t matter if your saving is small; but store it up little by little. One day you’ll be surprised that it … Read the rest
Is there any man or woman who has not been tempted? With what or by whom is not the point. The whole question is about how do you respond to temptation; whatever that be.
Now if that is the case, you need to know that if something keeps on knocking at the door of your … Read the rest
Man has not changed in spite of great advancements in science and technology.
Fashions and food habits might have changed; but the way he acts and reacts in interpersonal relations have remained the same.
It is against this backdrop that the following words of wisdom related to communication mostly penned by Solomon, the wise king, … Read the rest
“All through his life he was trying to do the best that he could. It was not perfect. But there are some kinds of failure that are better than success.” So wrote Henry van Dyke in the Preface to his classic short story The Other Wise Man.
It is the story of Artaban who tried … Read the rest
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?”1 The ones who raised this question three times in rapid succession themselves give the answer too: “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.”
Seasons of discouragement come to the best of people. … Read the rest
When everything fails and you have no one to hold on to, seek God’s mercy.
If you have wondered whether God can stretch his mercy a little bit more; yes he can and he will; for you!
He is holy; and God is a God of justice. Yet he listens to the cry of a … Read the rest
When my heart is broken,
And hope no longer I see;
When all that comes out is a sigh–
O Lord remember me.
When my heart is broken,
And regrets cloud my mind;
When joyous notes are muted–
O Lord remember me.
When my heart is broken,
And all around troubles mount;
When I in … Read the rest
When hearts are wedded in love, heaven rejoices.
Let me congratulate the newly wedded couple on this joyous occasion. Our prayers are with you. We share your joy along with your parents, relatives, teachers, and friends.
I take this opportunity to remind you that life ahead is an adventure. It will have its twists and … Read the rest
All of us face troubles big and small each day. Some of them irritate us. Others make us feel helpless. Often we feel like giving up.
Most problems are people problems. We find others unlovable and get angry at the slightest provocation. Not to mention difficulties in forgiving past wrongs. Often some fear or … Read the rest
There are two kinds of people in this world.
The first kind love to go window shopping. There is no cost involved in the process. It is aimless wandering. The time spent is utilized just to enjoy the feel of things.
There is no serious effort to pay the price and get something in return.… Read the rest
Believe in Your God-given Dreams
Joseph’s story in the Bible has always inspired young people. He was just seventeen years when God gave him dreams of greatness. But it took several years before those dreams were fulfilled. From his life we can learn several lessons about achieving success.
Dreams Are about Possibilities
The first thing … Read the rest