The Power of Thanks Giving

Did you hear what Jesus did at the sea of Galilee? If you didn’t then just turn the pages of your Bible to the Gospel of John chapter six! Here’s an amazing and fascinating story of Jesus feeding five thousand people with just two fish and five loaves, remember the story now? Well its a very common story that we have been listening to since our childhood in our Sunday School classes. The story teaches us that what seems impossible to us is surely possible with God, it is a narration of one of the most fascinating miracles of Jesus. Preachers have even preached about the obedience and sacrifice of that boy who offered his two fish and five loaves while he himself would have eaten it. But we perhaps miss out one of the most important lessons that Jesus wants to teach us through this incident.

When we come before God in prayer we present a list of all our need, requirements and our desires to Him. But when God gives us what we need or desire we sometimes forget to thank Him for what He has done. In this passage Jesus not only feeds five thousand people miraculously, He not only teaches us that what is impossible for us is possible for Him but He also demonstrates the power of thanks giving. Just look at these three verses:

John 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fish as much as they would.
Joh 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
Joh 6:13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
So when Jesus received those five barley loaves and two fish He prayed over it, but in His prayer did He ask God to increase or multiply the food? No. He just thanked the Lord for the little amount of blessings which He had received in the form of those two fish and five loaves. And when He had given thanks those two fish and five loaves which could only be sufficient for a person or two fed the huge multitude of five thousand people! That the amount of blessing that this one small word of thanks can bring about.

We learn from this passage that when we are contended and thankful to God for those little amount blessings that we have God blesses those blessings with which He has already blessed us and multiplies those blessings. So we must always be thankful to God.

Many a times we thank God for big- big blessings but there are several small small blessings that we need to thank God for. Psalm 103 begins with an attitude of gratitude and gives us a list of things that we must thank God for.

He forgives ALL our sins.
He heals ALL our diseases both physical and spiritual.
He delivers our life.
He crowns us with love and mercy
Satisfies us with good substances

In the Garden of Eden when God created Adam out of dust He breathed His own breathe into his nostrils, so even the breathe that we take are of God. Have we ever thanked God for all those innumerable breaths that we have already breathed so far? And well the most priceless thing, He gave His own Son Jesus to die for us and to save us.

So let us keep thanking God just as the Bible say:

Psalm 92:1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

1Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

So let us keep thanking God in all circumstances.

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Story of a Christian born in India

I read a post on some social  media calling Christians communal for some strange reasons like not giving preference to non Christian candidates, not accepting prasad, not going to temples etc. Well here is my response. I am a Christian and I do respect other religions as well. I have never touched the feet of my grand parents or parents simply because we don’t have such  traditions or customs, but does that mean that I don’t respect them? No. Similarly I don’t go to any of the temples because my faith unlike yours is a monotheist faith that does not allow idol worship, so should I violate my own customs to prove that I respect your religion?

I am a Christian born in India who teaches in a small primary school, a Christian school having over 100 poor village children and out of them there are 4 Christian kids and 3 Muslim kids and the rest are Hindus but I still teach them with same amount of love and zeal but CERTAINLY NOT to earn a small amount of Rs. 5000 a month, while I can earn a lot more… why??? It gives me joy and satisfaction as I serve those wonderful kids that I am building better tomorrow polishing the future of the country.
I am a Christian born in India who as a child went to a public school and started each day by singing Gayatri Mantra and other songs like “Achyutam keshavam Krishna Damodaram Ram Narayanam Janki Vallabham,” “Aisi laagi lagan Meera hogayi magan wo to ghari ghari Hari gun gane lagi” etc. As small boy I sat in my Hindu neighbor’s house every year along with several girls feeling shy and yet enjoying halwa puri at the occasion of “Kanya Pujan” who loved to go to Dusshehra fair and loved to burst crackers on Diwali along with my Hindu friends with same enthusiasm as they did, I loved to imitate my Hindu friends having tilaks on their foreheads and Sikh friends wearing an Iron Kada on their wrists. A boy who walked around in wet clothes carrying a black langur like face on Holi. Why? Because since my childhood I have been taking pledge that “INDIA IS MY COUNTRY AND ALL INDIANS ARE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS” (REGARDLESS OF THEIR REILIGION) and that “In THEIR prosperity and well-being ALONE lies my happiness.” Yes I am that Christian born in India who woke up daily hearing melodious Aartis and loud Azan, who woke up late nights rather enjoying the Jagran songs sung on romantic Bollywood tunes in a temple right in front of my house without being troubled and irritated by it.
But at the same time I am a Christian who who feels that my own brothers and sisters distinguish themselves from me when they call themselves “Ram Zada” and me “haram zada.” And I just wonder whether I am a refugee sojourning in a foreign land or a native alienated in his own country. I grew up in India listening to the stories and news of Christians being persecuted by their own Indian brothers and sisters. I would cite some examples: From 1964 to 1996, at least 38 incidents of violence against Christians were reported. In 1997, 24 such incidents were reported. Since 1998, Christians in India have faced a wave of violence. In 1998 alone, 90 incidents were reported.
In Madhya Pradesh a church was destroyed and bibles were burnt in Mandla district in September 2014. In March 2015, a Bible convention was attacked in Jabalpur, with allegations that religious conversions were taking place.[18] Christian tribals were said to be living in fear with the rising incidence of attacks. Several community leaders said the attacks on Christians started to increase when the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rose to power back in 2003 and again in 2014

The 2008 wave of attacks against Christians in Karnataka includes attacks directed against Christian churches and prayer halls in Karnataka by the Bajrang Dal, with the ruling BJP government accused of involvement. The violence started from 14 September 2008 when about 20 churches were vandalized in Mangalore, Udupi, Chikkamagaluru, and in other districts of Karnataka. Minor violence was later reported from the border state of Kerala.
An outbreak of violence started on 24 December 2007 at Bamunigam village of Kandhamal District when Hindu activists forcefully removed a Christmas decoration placed on a site traditionally used during Durga Puja.
In August 2008, Swami Lakshmanananda, a Hindu swami and VHP anti-conversion and reconversion activist, was attacked and killed, along with four associates by Maoist guerrillas. The violence that followed resulted in the death of some Christians. The violence later spread to more than 600 villages in 14 of the 30 districts in the state, resulting in 5,600 christian houses burnt and 54,000 homeless. 38 christian people were murdered, while 18,000 were injured. Human rights groups estimated 100 deaths, including women, disabled and children. 295 churches and places of worship were destroyed, along with 13 schools and colleges and 5 non-profit organisation offices. As of 2015, the Christian victims were still awaiting justice and rehabilitation
In 1997 in Gujarat, 22 churches were burnt or destroyed, and another 16 damaged. Recently, there has been a sharp increase in violent attacks on Christians. A Hindu group claims to have converted 2,000 tribal Christians to Hinduism. The attackers had vandalized places of worship and thus caused strike terror among the tribals. On 18 September, the Central Government issued an advisory under Article 355 of the constitution to the Orissa government along with Karnataka
Several churches were attacked in the capital Delhi since December 2014, St. Sebastian’s Church, which was burned. A church in Mangalore was attacked in February 2015. In March 2015, a 71-year-old nun was gang raped in West Bengal during an attack on a convent school in which the school’s chapel was ransacked and sacred items stolen.,later on the Police identified all the 8 perpetrators and arrested six of them, two of which were Bangadeshi nationals. The next day, a church building under construction was vandalised in Haryana. St. George church in Mumbai was also attacked by masked persons.[53] 4 people were arrested by the police including a person who operated a gambling den, the police claimed that the accused were taking revenge on the church because they suspected that a complaint from St. George’s Church had led to a police raid on their illegal gambling den. In the same month, the cathedral of Jabalpur was attacked and more than a dozen people were injured. The same cathedral had earlier been attacked in 2008 and the entire altar burnt down. In April 2015, St. Mary’s Church in Agra was vandalised and statues of Mother Mary and the Infant Jesus were damaged.Police arrested a Muslim man who reportedly was angry about being rejected by a Christian girl. In June, a nun was sexually assaulted in Raipur.
BUT I AM THAT CHRISTIAN WHO NEVER EVEN THOUGHT OF RETALIATING I THINK NO OTHER CHRISTIAN DID, FOR THE BIBLE TEACHES US NOT TO RETURN EVIL FOR EVIL BUT TO OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD…
BUT PERHAPS THOSE ACTS ARE NOT COMMUNAL FOR COMMUNALISM IS ONLY CONFINED TO NOT GIVING ADMISSION TO A NON CHRISTIAN CHILD IN ST. STEPHEN’S SCHOOL…

I DON’T KNOW WHETHER YOU REMEMBER OR EVEN KNOW ABOUT THE 2014 CHRISTMAS SEASON. WHEN CHRISTIANS WERE THREATENED TO EITHER CONVERT OR LEAVE INDIA AND THE BIGGEST CHURCH IN ALIGARH WAS THREATENED TO BE CONVERTED INTO A TEMPLE. AND I AM ANXIOUS WONDERING WHATS GONNA HAPPEN THIS CHRISMTAS. BUT PERHAPS ITS NOT COMMUNAL RATHER ITS COMMUNAL TO NOT TO VISIT YOUR RELIGIOUS PLACES…
I am that Christian who feels bad when his Muslim brothers are called Pak agents who felt bad when he heard that his brothers and sisters massacred his Muslim brothers and sister and killed over 2000 of them in just 3 days in Gujrat. But perhaps its not communal, it is rather communal to eat beef.
Today I am a staunch Christian who may not seem to be secular enough. But I am certainly not intolerant or violent against those who don’t have the similar religious beliefs that I do. I never even thought of uttering words of hatred against your religion let alone killing anyone or destroying your worship places. And perhaps this makes me communal…
I AM INDIAN BY BIRTH AND CHRISTIAN BY FAITH, PROUD TO BE BOTH. And above all A HUMAN IN LOVE WITH MANKIND…

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The Age of Adam and Steve

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BREAKING NEWS: AMERICAN SUPREME COURT LEGALIZES SAME SEX MARRIAGE!

BAKERS WHO REFUSED TO MAKE WEDDING CAKE FOR A GAY MARRIAGE PROSECUTED!

HOMOSEXUALS MOCK JESUS ON THE STREETS!

The World began with Adam and Eve and after several millennia we are  now living in the post- modern era, a vibrant and dynamic age with constantly changing mindsets and ideologies. There are certain things which were previously not accepted by the society but now they are. And if you don’t comply with all those things you are labeled as “backward” and “conservative”

One such things is homosexuality, it has already been legalized in several places and most recently in the United States of America and has gained a massive support in the past few years, all in the good name of “modernism.” But what does the book though written in the ancient times but still relevant today, the Holy Bible has to say about it? In the book of Genesis we read that when God created Adam He saw that he was alone. So God decided to make for Adam a partner FIT for him. So He created a partner FIT for man, and guess what it was a woman! So God created Eve for Adam and Adam for Eve, certainly not for “Steve!” Just imagine if you see two positive sides of magnets attract what will be the first word to come into your mind? Let me guess, it would either be “strange,” “weird,” or “unnatural.” Same goes with sexual relationships, if same sexes attract there is something strange and unnatural in it, this is not the way God created it to be or wants it to be. This is not the way God designed us to be and hence its a huge problem that needs to be fixed.

The Holy Bible strongly condemns homosexuality, gay and lesbian marriages yes not just marriage but the relationship as a whole. Let us consider some of the Bible verses:

1. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. Leviticus 18: 22

2. If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; Their blood is upon them. Leviticus 20: 13 (I AM NOT SAYING THAT HOMOSEXUALS SHOULD BE KILLED)

3. And the man likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. Romans 1:27

4. Even the women turned away from the natural way to have sex and indulged in sex with each other. Romans 1: 26

So all these verses condemn both homosexuality in all its forms (Gay and lesbianism) and those who commit it.

Remember the Sodom and Gomorrah story? One of the major cause behind their destruction was sexual immorality which also included homosexuality. As we can clearly see in the book of Genesis chapter 19 that the men of Sodom surrounded the house of Lot when they saw the two men (angels) taking shelter in his house wanting to satisfy their lustful desires with them. So it is now evident that homosexuality is not a modern phenomenon, it existed from the very beginning and from the very beginning it has been an abomination in the sight of the Lord.

Marriage was instituted by God as the Bible describes it in the Gospel of Mark 10: 6- 9 ‘From the beginning God  created them to be male and female.’ ‘Therefore man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let not man separate.” So God created us as male and female to be one flesh joined by Him, this is only natural and acceptable both in the eyes of man and of God. The safest thing is to be within God’s perfect will and plan being outside of which leads to the path of destruction. If God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah then, He can also destroy any other nation now for the same thing. God never changes and so, His Word and statutes remain unchangeable ever. Shalom.

 

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