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BREVITY OF LIFE AND THE FLEETING TIME
After attending half a dozen funerals within a span of one month, this writer is deeply exercised to consider the brevity of human life afresh and ponder upon related truths.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR OUR DEPARTURE?
Never underestimate the life and privileges that we enjoy today, which are the gracious provisions of God. The health, resources, and favorable circumstances at our disposal today may disappear within no time.
A Gaze into The Biblical Gaza
There are a lot of discussions and debates happening about the Gaza Strip.
UNCERTAINTY TO CERTAINTY
Godliness, fear of God, and wisdom equip us to face uncertainty first and then that which is certain.
Footprints in the sands of time or Footholds in the Rock eternal?
Let's not look for footprints in the sands of time but at the footholds in the Rock of Ages cleft for us at Calvary.
Do all Good Things have to End?
We are awaiting the dawn of a brand new year (2024), hoping that things might get better concerning our finances, careers, education, health, relationships, etc.
Basically selfish and rebellious In such a society, the word of God exhorts the followers of Christ to be characterized by mutual submissiveness and humility.
SUBMISSIVENESS IN THE FAMILY
Submission is a word disliked by many in today’s post-modern times. It is a word that generates a lot of controversy.In the family, it is clearly evident that ideally and scripturally there is submission at the following levels...
Submission in the Assembly
If sumissiveness is so critical in a believer’s life, how much more would submission be crucial for the proper functioning of an assembly, which is actually a body of such believing ones?
The Harmony of Wills
When the child does this willingly, we may well call that submission. Submission is not so much one’s bending of knees as one’s bending of will.
ISRAEL – PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE
God has a purpose for this nation, and it will not fail, but will be fulfilled. Israel is the only nation in the history that has a Past, Present, and Future.
COMFORT AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER
In the area of mutual obligation, encouraging and comforting one another is one of the most important instructions found in the scripture.
HOLY SPIRIT: ANOTHER COMFORTER
In our Lord’s Upper Room discourse, it is well evident that all the future hopes of the disciples were crashed combined with their uncertainty of the Master as they sensed His last moments.
THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT!
There is a perennial question with most people – why do bad things happen to good people? After all, shouldn’t God’s children experience relatively worry-free lives even on this earth?
Comfort in Hopelessness
There are situations in our lives where our hope of a recovery is tested, such as situations of sickness, financial and job loss, rebellious children, and many more such.
THE HEART OF MAN
In the Bible, the heart represents the totality of the mind - the centre of our thoughts, imaginations and will (Proverbs 4:23)....
Brokenness vs Rebelliousness
God’s people have always been bruised and wounded; for His desire is to transform them into the image of His Son Jesus Christ.
God Wounds and Binds Up (Job 5:18)
God’s people have always been bruised and wounded; for His desire is to transform them into the image of His Son Jesus Christ.
What Repentance Is Not...
The crux of the message which Lord Jesus preached is, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17).
Value and Desire Brokenness
Brokenness – the word in itself does not sound very comfortable. Usually, when things in our houses break, we no longer value them.
BROKENNESS: THE BASIS FOR BLESSINGS
Brokenness has been one of the prerequisites for divine favor and blessings whether in the Old Testament or in the New.
If God who has all the right to punish sinful man, chose not to impute their sin unto themselves, but declared them innocent in Christ, how can we harbor hostility against anyone?
FORGIVENESS – OUR EFFECTIVE WEAPON!
The scripture requires us to use forgiveness as one of the choicest weapons of defense against the prevailing vices and trust in the mighty power of God.
FORGIVE FOR JESUS’ SAKE (Eph 4:32)
Many psychiatrists have observed that people who have emotional problems often have an unforgiving spirit.
Forgiven and Free
Have you ever felt the need to set your relationship right with someone you’ve offended - that longing to be reconciled; that need to be free from guilt?
CONCERN FOR THE CHURCHES
Do we love and care for the Church? What is the goal of our spiritual activities? Is to build up the church of Christ or something else?
CHRIST AND THE CHURCH
One of the sad realities of present-day Christendom is the gross neglect of Christ’s ownership and authority in His church.
Falsehood and Deception
Many tend to think that tricks and tactics are more valuable than honesty and openness. For them, truthfulness and sincerity are old-fashioned, not respected virtues!
FALSEHOOD And TRUTHFULNESS
False reports and lies are affecting many people today; some even become sick mentally as well as physically. Fabricated stories about a good person, will affect his normal life.
WORRY-FREE LIVING (Matthew 6:25 - 34)
Worry and anxiety are the world’s biggest mental health issues today. According to recent reports, one in every 8 people the world over is living with some form of mental disorder, especially anxiety.
FREEDOM FROM ANXIETY
Anxieties, fear, worry and, stress etc.lead to disruption of normal individual lives, create havoc in family situations, generate struggles at workplaces, etc.
By fulfilling the holy demands of God for sin, Christ has perfected the forgiveness of sin through his death and resurrection.
The Truth about Sin
Holiness and faithfulness are rarely admired by the modern society; drunkenness and adultery are everywhere.
What is True Biblical Revival?
Revival is the talk of the town today....if a true revival would manifest itself today, what should we expect?
“Sin No More” John 5:14
Our Lord’s response to the helpless man at the pool of Bethesda will always comfort and strengthen all who feel lonely and needy.
Growing in the Knowledge of Christ
Our entire Christian life depends upon how well we know our Lord.
Let Nothing Move You
Let nothing stop you from serving the Lord, let nothing rob you of your zeal and joy of serving Christ in His vineyard.
Straying into a Slippery Path! Joshua 1:7, 8
If we don't follow the Scripture, then our indifference will ultimately bring about a complete defeat.
Rejuvenation and Renewal
Not only God renews the face of the earth, but He also regenerates and transforms man from the deformity caused by his fall.(Psalm 104:30)
BEING IN HIS FATHER’S BUSINESS
How tragic it is, humanly speaking, to learn that they ‘lost’ Him for about four days (cf. Luke 2: 41 – 49).
The Way to God
Turn our attention to the Lord Jesus Christ who declared that He is “… the way, the truth, and the life..” (John 14:6).
“Why do bad things happen to good people?”, has been an age-old puzzling question....explore
GOD’s PROVIDENCE EVEN WHEN HIS PEOPLE ARE TROUBLED
In the midst of confusion and anxiety, our trust and confidence should be in the providence of God alone.
The beautiful flavor of life
One of the most interesting facts - life has many flavors to color it and make it fruitful
Today, are you also stumbling at who the Lord Jesus is?
The Apostles’ Doctrine!
The Lord has made the apostles’ doctrine available for us; however, are we interested in studying God’s word?
The Whole Armour of God (Ephesians 6: 14-18)
Just as the word of God reveals the reality of believers’ spiritual warfare, scripture also tells us of the resources provided to fight well..
Irrespective of our understanding and response, the fact remains that God’s people are in a battlefield, and spiritual warfare is a reality.
CAN OR WILL A CHRISTIAN COMMIT SUICIDE?
There might be someone facing extremely hard circumstances and he or she is contemplating suicide.....
The sin of murder – Is suicide ‘the unforgivable sin?’
But in the case of suicide the person doesn’t have a chance to confess and hence will be condemned to hell. ....
Whom Do We Manifest?
As a born again Christian do we manifest the qualities of our heavenly Father like love, compassion and mercy towards the unworhty.......
Do not just assume everything is right with your spiritual health, do a thorough investigation just like a health check up....
“Your God Reigns!” Isaiah 52:7
One of the truths that inspire the people of God everywhere at any age is the Sovereignty of our God....
The Sovereign Plan of God for our Lives
All believers do love God to some level. But none does it perfectly and there is always room for improvement ...
Overcome Evil with Good
Satan often works on the human ego to create division and threaten the necessary unity among the believers....If there is room for improvement,.....let us begin praying earnestly with united hearts....
Misunderstandings: Reasons and Remedy
One of the major reasons behind conflicts among individuals, families and even communities....understand the cause, consequences, and the cure for such interpersonal issues....
WHAT’S IN YOUR BOX?
Ron lived in slums, grew up playing in the streets ......He was a base-minded person, aggressive ......One fine day, as he was reading the Bible, he read.....
SIGNS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH
For a church to be healthy and productive the congregation should respond individually as well as collectively.
The Need for Preachers with Quality
A discussion on the preaching and preachers among the brethren today.
Your Mind Matters: Control your Thoughts
A discussion on the importance of our thoughts and how to control our imaginations for good.
A tribute: Easow Josifus (1940 – 2022)
Author remembering the life of this godly business man of Mumbai.
Blindness for God’s glory! John 9:1-3
One of the most puzzling yet thoroughly reassuring verse that we find in the Bible is here in Romans 8:28 is illustrated in John 9
A Christian Response to the Rights of the Mighty
Discussing the rights of the mighty and powerful in the context of the war between Russian and Ukkrain
LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY THE YEARS WE LIVED.
A tribute by Brother Tom Johns USA, remembering his brother who went to be with the Lord at the age of 7
A Believer’s Priority
Our priorities reveal our values and determine our lifestyle and success- a study on Priority
Perfectionism: Healthy or Unhealthy?
A discussion of perfection and perfectionism and what to remember as we strive for perfection.
Time Management: Christ’s Example
A study on how Christ managed His time well to finish earthly mission well in time.
A New Beginning
How to start life all over again. Read this detailed note.
THE SIGN OF JONAH Matthew 12:39 - 41
Lessons based on Prophet Jonah's experience.
CONVERSION AND REPENTANCE
A study on conversion and repentance according to the bible.
A Balanced Approach to Life
A brief study on the need to maintain balance while we obey God’s word.
Light Alone Prevents Darkness
Bro. Joy exhorts Christians everywhere to reflect the light of Christ to the dark world.
Spiritual Lessons from Covid-19
Bro. Sajeet Samuel tells us how we can draw lessons for spiritual life from the way we are responding to covid – 19 pandemic.
Divine Perception of this World
In the midst of unprecedented uncertainties and turmoil around us, consider three important things about the world.
A Tribute: Lewis James Samraj (3rd April 1930 – 16th July 2021)
He was not just an able Bible teacher and preacher, but one who was absolutely committed to the New Testament church principles.
Do not be just a Recipient, be a Giver too
Writer is calling upon believers to sympathize with the suffering people and comfort them.
Believer’s Freedom in Christ
An analysis of Christian's freedom in Christ which is the real freedom unlike the political freedom in India.
Beware, Selective Justice Everywhere
A biblical response to recent death of Father Stan Swamy and demolition of a church building in New Delhi
Christ Our Sympathizer
Beloved, rejoice, our Lord lives to empathize and help. He can save us to the uttermost. Go to Him at any time to receive mercy and obtain much grace. (Hebrews 4:16; 7:25)
Our Security: Christ’s Concern, John 17: 11, 12, 15
What wonderful privilege a believer in Christ has! In spite of all the adverse circumstances around us, we have no need to be worried about tomorrow or even the days ahead. Our well-being is in Christ’s hands.
Road to Restoration and Revival, 2Chro 7: 13, 14
God’s own counsel to King Solomon, how to respond when divine chastening take place....
Be ready to correct the fault wherever it is, even if it has been introduced by the strong and influential ones..
The Mind of Christ: The Believer’s Privilege 1Cor. 2:16c
God’s people can maintain a divine thinking pattern and practically experience and enjoy the blessedness of having the mind of Christ.
Believers’ Penetrating Vision Heb. 11:13
One of the features of true faith life is the ability to see what is invisible. Let us consider three wonderful outcomes of such a magnifying spiritual viewpoint.
Divine Presence in the Midst of Uncertainties
God’s unfailing presence with the people of God is a reassuring reality. In the midst of all the unprecedented and uncertain developments around us we can hold on to the promise of our Lord Jesus to His disciples, "lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age". Matthew 28:20b
“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!" Mark 7:16
Five lessons based on the phrase Christ used repeatedly during the His public Ministry.
The Anguish and Assurance of Aspah:
Psalm 74 – a meditation
Lessons based on Psalm 74 where we see the anguish of Asaph, his appeal and assurances. These are very much relevant for today as we are facing unprecedented troubles because of Covid 19 pandemic.
Brethren - a collection of articles written by Dr. Justus Samuel covering various asepctes of Brethren Assembly life in India, particularly, Kerala in pdf
When Trials Come!
In the context of covid pandemic and the related sufferings so many are facing today the author finds biblical answers to comfort the hearts of all the grieved ones
Corona Pandemic – learn from Israel’s wilderness life
In the background of Corona pandemic the author call up on Christians to get up and full the will of God in their life instead of enjoying life as earlier
Danger of formalism: Spirituality without Reality
About the ritualistic religious services that does not affect internal spiritual life then it is formalism which has no substance at all
A believer’s Response to unprecedented Calamities
In view of the latest global pandemic the writer calling upon Christian believers everywhere to search the Bible and return to God
“Dead still speaks” – Four Things Allen Chau tells us
Lessons based on the martyrdom of 26 year old Canadian young evangelist in the North Sentinal Island
Persecution and Christians
It seems that Christians today in India are facing a new wave of persecution. It’s not only about one country; all over the world, Christians are being persecuted. In this regard, let's consider eight things.
Ten things about confession
Whether a sinner or saved believer, while confessing their sins needs to understand few biblical truths related to confession.For a born again child of God confession is needed to mend or strengthen fellowship. Find ‘confession’ explained very briefly according to the Bible.
Eleven Things about Salvation according to the Bible
As in the case of many other biblical terms ‘salvation’ also is a confused concept for many. A clear understanding of salvation as revealed in the pages of the Holy Bible not only helps us to be assured of our salvation as God intended, but also save ourselves from false confidence. Consider few important things about salvation very briefly.
'You must be born again.' John 3:7
"You must be born again" - this is not the idea of any man. The Lord Jesus who loved us and came to die on our behalf emphatically declares this. Without this experience no amount of religious activities can help us once we leave this shore.
ENJOY TRUE FREEDOM
Even as we celebrate our political freedom, let us examine for a while, are we freed indeed? Lasting freedom in all true sense can be achieved only by experiencing deliverance from the bondage of sin and Satan.
An index to the
LIFE & TEACHINGS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The four gospel writers give us a complete picture of His life, works and teachings. In these pages we try to make these writings simple by classifying his teachings and explaining His story.
Twleve things involved in our salvation- 2. Justification
A clear comprehension of justification helps a believer very much in enjoying and living out the work of salvation God has wrought in His life.
Twleve things involved in our salvation - 1 Election
God’s saving work in an individual involves many things, not just rescuing us from the coming judgment. There are many other things into which a believer enters as soon as he believes the gospel.
'NOW'- YOU CAN BE SAVED
It’s most unfortunate that a large number of people in the Christian community have yet to experience the joy and assurance of salvation of their souls.This booklet explains, how you can attain salvation NOW, based on the Holy Bible.
THE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST & THE PRESNT WORLD
A special message, calling upon Christians everywhere to seriously consider the satanic opposition to Christ and His people and do the needful.
Seven Basic Facts to Understand the Bible Well
7 fundamental facts that will help one to understand the Holy Bible more easily and meaningfully.
END TIME BIBLE PROPHECIES
A list of Biblical prophecies prophesied more than 2000 years ago. Some already fulfilled, and some are being fulfilled today. It shows the uniqueness of the Bible and signs for the end time.
NEED PRAYER WARRIORS IN THE CHURCH
“God does nothing without prayer”, said John Wesley. Author encourages the people of God every where to pray more in these last days.
SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP – Master’s style:-
Author looks to the leadership style of the Lord Jesus Christ as an example for leaders in the local assemblies today.
An introduction to the book of Timothy: Part of a series of studies on 1Timothy
PRAYER IN THE CHURCH: A study based on 1TIMOTHY 2: 1 – 8
PRAYER FOR THE SALVATION OF SOULS: A study based on 1TIMOTHY 2: 4 – 7
Fifteen Facts about the Lord’s Work
Basic truths about christian ministry that many misunderstand and some others misuse. Easly readable simple points.
SALVATION IN VARIOUS DISPENSATIONS
Study series on Salvation part no. 8. What about those who lived before Christ came to die for our sins!
THE CHANNEL OF SALVATION
The work of salvation is complete, yet not all are saved automatically. True saving faith involves conviction, confession and conversion.
The Beginning of the Church
- The New Testament very clearly differentiates between the church and Israel. A study on the formation of the Church helps us to rightly understand God's plan for Israel as well as the Church.
The basis of salvation
- On what basis God saves those who trust Christ. what exactly happened on the cross of Calvary.
Eleven things about Christian Baptism
Eleven important things about Christian Baptism. Summarized study notes covering most aspects of baptism.
Four Practical Principles on Evangelism
Training is necessary, qualification is good, but in spite of all what we are and what we have learnt, we can do nothing by ourselves . He has to work in and through us.
The Way of Salvation The ways of salvation as man tried his best.
A death towards Life -
Significance of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ
The uniqueness of Christ extends even to His death and beyond.
Salvation - The Need
Bible very clearly says that as far as His spiritual life is concerned, man is in a dangerous condition. He may not be aware of it.
Salvation: - According to the New Testament
Third part of the study on salvation, how does the New Testament reveals the doctrine of Salvation accomplished through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Salvation: - According to the Old Testament
Second part of the study on salvation, how does the Old Testament reveals this truth'.
Salvation: - According to the Bible
Introducing a detailed study on Salvation. How others look at it.
Our Redemption – A motivating factor.
A study on 1 Peter 1:18—21.
‘Church’ vs. ‘Assembly’
A detailed study on the word 'ekklesia' and 'church'.
What is Church?
One of the most misunderstood biblical terms. Right understanding of Church as revealed in the Bible helps us to examine our position with the Church of Christ. A study
Fifteen Facts about Death
Sooner or later we will have to face it. Then its better, today itself, know more about death, and find the best way to prepare for it. (Summarized points )
Twelve unique features of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Important plain truths about the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Summarized points )
“Be Saved” Acts 2:40c - Peter’s Passionate Call
A meditation on the main theme of the first Christian sermon.
Threefold duties of a Christian
Study based on 1 Peter 1:13—17. Apostle Peter encourages the suffering, scattered saints not only to rejoice in their great salvation, but also to act accordingly.
Eight important things about Marriage & Family
Another topic in the ‘plain truth’ series. Some basic truths on marrige & family based on the New Testament, without much explanation.
GOSPEL & CULTURE
Bro. Felix Muchimba (Zambia) gives some summarized points on presenting the gospel to Africans considering their specific cultrue. Applicable for any other land.
The Greatness of Salvation
Study based on 1 Peter 1:10—12. The writer takes up salvation in detail and explains how it’s so unique, to prove that the reader’s are so privileged and must keep on rejoicing.
Christian Joy in the midst of trials.
A study based on 1 Peter 1:6—9. True Christian living is a joyful life irrespective of the painful situations we go through. Suffering is part of Christian life, so is happiness.
Eight things about God’s Love.
A gospel message based on John 3:16. God’s love is unique, universal, unmerited, and personal. It’s saving, sacrificial and demands just one thing....
Ten Timeless Truths about the Bible
Some unique and amazing features of this holy book challenge us to read and benifit.
Some Unique facts about the Church
22 summarized points on the Church of Jesus Christ found in the Bible. Very useful for further study.
Fourfold great works of God.
A study on 1Peter1:3—5, considering the wonderful works God does in our lives, in His great mercy
True & Abounding Love
Evangelist David Joseph Goa, explains what is real and lasting love as revealed in the Lord Jeusus Christ.
The process of our redemption.
A study of 1Peter 1: 2 The procedure by which God’s election and purposes are fulfilled in our life.
Two encouraging truths about Christians
A study of 1Peter 1:1, 2 Two facts - pilgrim status as well as the elected position-that can encourage us to face difficulties in life.
Honorable behavior in our workplace
A study of 1Peter 2:18 --25 Christian’s behaviour in the workplace must be characterized by submissiveness.
Honourable Conduct in the Society
A study of 1Peter 2:13--17 A believer’s conduct should be excellent everywhere. As law abiding citizens they must be submissive to the authorities
Who is this Jesus anyway?
Was He real or just a myth? Does it matter to own or disown Him? Any normal man should have the curiosity to know more than the passing knowledge of who this man was, and why such a passion towards things to do with Him?
LEADER AND HIS RELATIONSHIPS
Study on leader's relationships. With out having a right relationship with God, family and believers, ministry can not be effective or blessed by God. 3 pages
Honorable Conduct of a Christian.
A study of 1Peter 2:11, 12 A Christian can not live in any way as it seems good to him. He can not imitate his past life style, or the trend seen around him. . 2 pages
Features of a Growing Christian.
A study of 1 Peter 1:22—2:3 Growth is a natural result of life. Just as we expect a normal growth in proportion to the age, every born again child of God should grow in his / her spiritual life.
Our Spiritual Privileges and duties
A study of 1 Peter 2: 9—10 We are a chosen race, royal priesthood, holy nation and God's own possession. Such a wonderful position has equal duty too. 3 pages
Our Privileges in Christ and His Qualities
A study of 1 Peter 2: 4—8 The Person of Christ as a stone and the blessings we get as we go to Him. 6 pages
Leader and the Enemy.
A study presented at an Assembly Leader's Conference in Maharashtra, India. Deals with some important area where Christian leaders tend to fail!
THE FAITHFULNES OF GOD
An encouraging truth about our God. He is unchanging. He keeps His word. A detailed study.
The Humanity of Christ The Lord Jesus Christ was not only perfect God, but He was also perfect Man a detailed study on His humanity. 7 Pages
Local Churches & Growing persecution Argument against the need for ‘federation' by independent local churches in India in order to present a forceful united voice to Government authorities.
Autonomy & Authority A detailed study on the local church according to the New Testament. Timely study on a very important truth, which many tend to ignore today. 11 pages
The truth of separation. A detailed study on Christian believer's separated life in this world. What is the world and how should we respond to the system of this world. The reasons, the area, the extent and the result of living a separated life, are dealt with in detail. 7 pages
Spiritual Edification Do not be just satisfied with the experience of salvation. We need to grow, move forward. God has just begun a good work, still much more to be done. The Meaning, Importance & the Means of edification. 4 pages
Ministry or Merchandising It is a blessed privilege to be associated with the ‘business' of the Almighty God. But the sad and shocking thing is, many Christian ministries blindly adopt the style of the market of this world!
The man whom God will use. What made God to use Joshua as a mighty leader and warrior for Israel after Moses? Lessons for aspiring leaders.
Ministry & leadership: An introduction
A brief note on the importance and meaning of Christian leadership.
The Deity of Christ. Seven reasons why we believe that Jesus Christ is God Almighty.
Know more about Christ. 11 Biblical reasons to study more about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Heaven & Its Features. A brief study on heaven- the hope of a Christian.
Hell & Its Features. A brief study on the place that God prepared for the fallen angels.
Devil & Demons A study on Satan and his activities. It is important know our enemy to stand against his tactics. 3 pages
Why am I here? The meaning of life is lost without a definite aim in life. A study on the purpose of man's life. 3 pages
Where am I come from? A brief study on the origin of man. 3 pages
Seeking Actual Love. A message for those who were seeking love
Faith Under trial. The reasons why God tests our faith. Different aspects of faith.
A New Beginning. You can start all over again. It is not the end of life. Read it carefully to know how to experience a fresh start in life. 5 pages
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