During Christmas celebrations at schools and churches, we often see many young children dressed up as angels in bright and shining clothes and waiting in the wings behind stage. The very spectacle reminds us of the first Christmas when angels played key roles in the unfolding drama.
Innocent remarks made by others in our troubled times trigger emotional reactions in us; don’t they? Why is it like that? It is because we have made our problems seem bigger than it really is. So what steps can you take to see them differently?
“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.”
“See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.”
You might have prayed long about closed doors in your life.
You kept knocking at many of them but they did not open. And you are disheartened. Yet the promise is true because the One who … Read the rest
All the four gospels show us that the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove and rested on Jesus at the time of his baptism. If the Son of God needed the Spirit of God in his life and ministry, can we do ministry without the enabling of the Holy Spirit? Think … Read the rest
Here is a claim no man or woman in human history has made. The complete mastery over death is what Jesus claimed. The resurrection of Jesus is proof of the sinless life that Jesus lived and the complete acceptance of his shed blood … Read the rest
“ ‘Shepherd’ was the name he [God] gave then to those to whom he had entrusted the political, moral, and spiritual leadership of his people. In Ezekiel 34, God rejects the shepherds who had failed and he himself promised to come … Read the rest
Jesus took time to talk with individuals during his ministry. In John’s gospel we have a record of many conversations that Jesus had. Each one of them impacted the people to whom he talked with. Here let us look at Jesus’ Conversation with Philip.
Many Christians are often tormented by the fear of death. Yet it is a deceptive attack of the devil. When he succeeds in putting the fear of death in your minds he effectively destroys your peace of mind and also destroys your ability to tell others about Christ.
He guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions (Deuteronomy 32:10z, 11 NIV).
God cares for you. He cared for Jacob and his descendants like guarding the apple of … Read the rest
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side” (2 Kings 4:3,4 NIV).
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that will