Saturday, August 27, 2016

Two Courses Christians Take

For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good work, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10)

The word that’s translated “Workmanship” in Greek is “Poiema” and it the word in which we get the English word- “Poem”. So we are God’s poem, we are not something he has manufactured, but we are His creative masterpiece created in Christ Jesus. 

What really blesses me when I mediated on this is- when God wanted to show the universe what he could create to display his creative ability to the whole universe and all of it has been created by Him. Just to prove what He can do, HE went to a scrap piece (dust) for His material, and that’s where He formed you and me. At least I know where I was (see- Genesis 2:7). And God says you want to see what I can do out of the scrap? And this is going to be my crown of all my creative genius- it’s the Church of Jesus Christ, the bride of Jesus Christ, that’s what we are, we are His poem, we are His creative masterpiece, we are created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepare beforehand that we should walk in them. 

That brings out the same truth in 2st Timothy 1:9. We don’t have to decide what we are going to do, we don’t have to fashion a career for ourselves, we have to FIND OUT what God has the good work prepare beforehand for us to walk in. 

I have seen Christians walk in TWO different courses. Some of them are saved, but are personally ambitious, and they want to make something of by themselves in this world. So they go about the ordinary way, like get, education and so on, they work hard on it and they become something. But it probably isn’t what God intended them to be. And there are other Christians who abandoned themselves to God, they give up their personal ambition. They say, God make me what you want. 

Derek’s personal testimony: When I married my first wife and became father to those eight girls, I renounced a very promising university carrier, the leader of my university told me that I will get such and such positions and really I was set for success if you know the British education system before world war-II. If you had become the fellow of King College at Cambridge University at the age of 24, you had it made. And a lot of people, and my friend thought I had thrown off my life away, to give up all that and took responsibility of the eight girls. 

Well, if I’d gone back to Cambridge and got the position that maybe I could have got, I would have to retired at the age of 65, if not sooner, with a very minimal pension. Here I am, 74, I am not even thinking of retiring, I am travelling the world. I am doing thing that I enjoy most. I am seeing life continually change. Why should I have not give up for some little career at the university?   

You’ve all heard David Livingstone I am sure, the missionary who really opened up Africa, a world famous name. He became a Doctor, and went to Africa. His brother also became a Doctor. So when David went to Africa, his brother though he was doing totally wrong thing. He said, I don’t want that kind of life, I want to make a name for myself. Today, in the British Encyclopedia, David’s brother has just one life- stating he is the brother of David Livingstone, and David has 16 paragraphs. 

You see in the long run, it always pays to TRUST GOD. There always will be step of FAITH, and you will always have to give up something. Jesus said, you should give up your own life but if you lose your life, you will find the life that God has for you. Which is exciting, challenging. I don’t suggest for a moment that you will have the same kind of life, but you will have a life that will be rich and exciting and challenging. And when you come to an end of your life, you won’t look back on your many years back that has produce nothing permanent value, you will have fruit that will endure for eternity.

So bear in mind, you are God’s Workmanship, created for something special that He has for you to do. And you will never find full satisfaction until you find that special something.
How to find/steps to discover what God wants you to be?
Continue reading- Romans 12   

Excerpt from Derek’s Sermon: How to Find Your Place

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

It’s about relationship! And once you get it, you got all

Food, fun, fame, these are good and some essential, but what supersedes them all, and is essentially important of all in this life is human relationship. And if human relationship be destroyed and broken, food, fame, fun, future, will only show us eventually how despairing and meaningless life is. Right relationship is important first. And if people give no importance, nor cherish, neither work out, or give no seriousness in human relationship, it is the most pitied thing. Nothing but futility await at the end only to be realized that there is no reverse when our lives end.

Some people believes, as I do, that one should not undermine human relationships, be it family relationship, relationship between couples, friends, communities, etc. because human relationship is vital and is one of the driving forces in shaping our lives, our aspirations, desires, and hopes. And if this is true, again, how foolish and pity it is for human beings, not to have right relationship, not to work out, nor cherish, or give no importance to building true relationship.

Furthermore, if right human relationship is what it does as we know, how about having relationship with God, our creator, sustainer, our Father, who loves us so much. What impact could it have to be in right relationship with God?

Having the right relationship with God our Father is the most important thing ever in this life. The unfolding of the beauty and purpose of our very existence will be revealed and celebrated when we have the right relationship with God, which starts through Jesus Christ, His Son. If not today, when, if not us, who?


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Absurdity of Life without God (William Lane Craig)

The Necessity of God and Immortality: Man, writes Loren Eiseley, is the Cosmic Orphan. He is the only creature in the universe who asks, "Why?" Other animals have instincts to guide them, but man has leamed to ask questions. "Who am I?" man asks. "Why am I here? Where am I going?" Since the Enlightenment, when he threw off the shackles of religion, man has tried to answer these questions without reference to God. But the answers that came back were not exhilarating, but dark and terrible. "You are the accidental by-product of nature, a result of matter plus time plus chance. There is no reason for your existence. All you face is death."

Modern man thought that when he had gotten rid of God, he had freed himself from all that repressed and stifled him. Instead, he discovered that in killing God, he had also killed himself. For if there is no God, then man's life becomes absurd. *Click here-Continue reading*

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Jerusalem

“Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her,
    all you who love her;
rejoice greatly with her,
    all you who mourn over her.
For you will nurse and be satisfied
    at her comforting breasts;
you will drink deeply
    and delight in her overflowing abundance.”
For this is what the Lord says:
“I will extend peace to her like a river,
    and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream;
you will nurse and be carried on her arm
    and dandled on her knees.
As a mother comforts her child,
    so will I comfort you;
    and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”
When you see this, your heart will rejoice
    and you will flourish like grass;
the hand of the Lord will be made known to his servants,
    but his fury will be shown to his foes.
(Isaiah 66:10-14)

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Prophecy of Israel: 16 Biblical Prophecies of Israel and the return of Christ

One of the unique futures of Israel was that their whole history was foretold before it took place in the prophecies of the Bible. There is no other nation on the earth that has anything to compare with that.

16 Biblical Prophecies of Israel and the return of Christ
From the 6-part series, "Israel: Past, Present and Future" by Derek Prince
The History of no other nation compares with this: 

1.      Their enslavement in Egypt was predicted to Abraham. (Genesis 15:13)
2.      Their deliverance with wealth out of their enslavement, predicted to Abraham. (Genesis 15:14)
3.      They would take possession of the land of Canaan was predicted to Abraham. (Genesis 15:18–20)
4.      Moses and others predicted that they would turn to idolatry, they did. (Deuteronomy 32:15–21)
5.      God would establish a center of worship in the city of Jerusalem, which He did. (Deut. 12:5–6; )
6.      The captivity of the northern kingdom into Assyria.. (Amos 5:27; 6:14; 7:17)
7.      The captivity of the southern kingdom into Babylon.. (Jeremiah 16:13; 21:10)
8.      The destruction of the first temple was clearly predicted.  (2 Chronicles 7:19–20)
9.      The return of a remnant from Babylon was predicted and fulfilled. (Isaiah 6:11–13; 48:20)
10.  The destruction of the second temple, Herod’s temple.  (Matthew 24:2; Luke 19:43–44)
11.  They would be scattered among all nations was predicted and fulfilled.    (Leviticus 26:33–34; Ezekiel 12:15.) It is estimated in Israel the Jews have returned to this nation from approximately one hundred other nations.
12.  It was predicted that during their dispersion they would be persecuted and oppressed.
13.  Their regathering from all nations was clearly predicted and is being fulfilled. (Isaiah 1:11–12; Zechariah 10:9–10.) The second exodus will pale the first exodus of Egypt as insignficant (Jeremiah 16:14-15) [1]

There are 3 remaining prophecies: 
14.  It’s predicted that all nations will be gathered together against Jerusalem. (Zechariah 12:2–3; 14:1–2)
15.  It’s also predicted that there will be a supernatural revelation of Jesus as Messiah to the people of Israel collectively. (Zechariah 12:10–14)  
16.  Finally, number 16, it’s predicted that the Messiah will return to the Mount of Olives in power and glory to establish His kingdom on earth. (Zechariah 14:3–5) 



[1] 2014 a record breaking year for aliyah Jewish Agency statistics for 2014 show that immigration to Israel hit 10-year high with the arrival of about 26,500 new olim. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4609941,00.html. Jewish immigration to Israel hit a ten-year high in 2014, with over 26,500 people making aliyah over the course of the year, the Jewish Agency said Wednesday. According to statistics released by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Ministry, Israel saw a 32% rise in immigration compared to 2013, and the highest immigration rate since 2002, when 33,539 made aliyah. http://www.timesofisrael.com/immigration-to-israel-hits-10-year-high-with-record-french-influx/.
[1] 400 New Immigrants from France to Arrive in Israel, July 16, 2014, Jerusalem Post, accessed June 6, 2016. http://www.jewishagency.org/blog/1/article/18946.
[1] Throughout the years, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has spent more than $180 million on aliya, bringing olim from all corners of the world to Israel.
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Welcoming-new-immigrants-to-Israel-410710

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Last Days Perilous Times

(2 Timothy 3) _KJV
 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Filthy-Monstrous Pornography

Do not be ashamed to talk about the filthy-disastrous-monstrous pornography that is slaughtering the life, young and old in the world today. The monstrous pornography must be exposed. We all need to be aware of what it is, what it does, and how we must be on guard against it. There is absolutely nothing good in pornography, but abuse, violence, greed, shame, guilt, and destruction. Abhor it, hate it, reject it, expose it.     

Pornography:

Oxford dictionary defines pornography as: “Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual excitement.”

The Oxford dictionary definition that captures the purpose of pornography as intended to stimulate sexual excitement is unlikable (whatever one regards the word 'excitement' -intended, it is vague, can be misleading, sounds inoffensive). Pornography actually is deeply offensive, destructive, and wicked, thus, we must not back down in defining and naming it. A phrase or a sentence definition stands feeble to capture its evil. It must be exposed. What is it in essence?  

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CONFLICT: Peacemaking


What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God (James 4:1-2).

"Conflict happens when you are at odds with another person over what you think, want, or do."

 “Peace is worth our greatest effort.”

-          People are different and want different things. That’s often the SPARK of conflict
-          Differences get worse when sinful selfishness and pride drive our reactions. That’s the GASOLINE of conflict.
-         Destruction results when we fail to respond properly and allow our sinful desires to continue driving our words and actions. That’s the FIRE of conflict.

“Just knowing the right things to do never bring peace; we all know we should love.”

Conflict Responding:

-        Peace-faking- escape responses (fighting over issue, denial of conflict, suicide)
-       Peace-breaking- attacking Reponses (Blaming/ assaulting one another, murder)
-       Peace-making- Overlook, reconcilation, mediation, arbitration, accountablity, PEACE.
       4G:: Go Higher (Focusing of God in the situation), 
               Get Real (accepting one’s mistake and part that contributed the conflict), 
              Gently Engage (willing and helping others see their parts of contributing to conflict and gently dialogue), and; 
               Get Together (offering forgiveness and help reach out reasonable solution and be reconciled).


Ken Sande, Kevin Johnson, Resolving Everyday Conflict. 14, 18, 25, 37-98.


Friday, May 20, 2016

CULT-WATCH

Cultwatch:Two main definitions of what a cult is:

First, a group that uses manipulative psychological “mind control” techniques to recruit and control their members. These techniques might be “love bombing”, instant friends or emotional blackmail. At extremes it might include keeping people away from their friends and family and isolating them both physically and emotionally.

The second definition we use (when saying a group is a cult) is any group which claims to be a Christian group yet teaches something that is not primarily a Christian belief. For example, a group that teaches that Jesus was an alien from another planet but claims to be Christian.

 LINK# CULT WATCH>COM. 


Also, resources dealing with Cults:


“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because inequity shall abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he that shall endure unto the end,, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then the end shall come”_ Jesus Christ (Matthew 24: 10-14).

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Indigenous Naga Revival Songs:

(Indigenous Naga Revival Songs):

In 1960s and 70s, God sent mighty revival in the Land of Nagas (Nagaland). It was during this era, many Nagas witnessed and experienced God’s mighty power and signs of wonders and miracles. It was a time of spiritual awakening in the whole Land of Nagas. During this era, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, revival songs were also written, which are sung in Naga Churches and prayer houses/centers to this day.

From my personal experience, whenever I sing revival songs, my soul is uplift; I experience the presence of the Holy Spirit. Singing revival songs bring tears of joy; and we feel the presence of God and the assurance of His Word and Love. I have here posted some revival songs (Written in Rengma Naga vernacular language, also translated in English), in the hope that if somewhere, someone, come across these songs may find them to be a blessing, and perhaps sing them along. In the near future, I also hope to find some musicians and singers, do the music recording of revival songs and post here  .

Song Title: Npugü Ale Nho 

1.    Khengtsenyü ale Npugü sithe ti,
Npugu a n hon le,
Tson nyu ale chetsü kela me thyü-e,
Npugü a n hon le.

Ch#
Tseng kenbu terhü thyü-e Jisu hon le,
Tsen kegwa ka-e ale Jisu hon le,
Hisi ki-e ale n hon thyü ti,
Npugü a n hon le.

2.    Mele a ntsu a keniya tse-e
Npugü a  n hon le,
Apfunyu aphu a khe la ya tse-e
Npugü a n hon le,

3.    Ale kazü liki hiki hü ayi,
Npugü a n hon le,
Ale si-e rhüng-e lihi thyü hü-e,
Npugü a n hon le.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Grace & GRACE

Abandoned at the age of four to wander the war-torn Korean countryside, Stephanie Fast has a remarkable story of survival. She was persecuted and tortured because of her bi-racial ethnicity. Abused on the city streets and finally discarded and left to die in a garbage dump, Stephanie was miraculously rescued by a World Vision nurse.

A few years later, a childless missionary couple visited a World Vision orphanage and met Stephanie, who was covered with boils and dirt, lice infected, worm ridden and cross-eyed from malnutrition. Stephanie was so dead emotionally that she rejected compassionate love. However, this missionary couple heard God speak to their hearts, "She is the one for you…" The Merwins obeyed and adopted Stephanie. 

Despite the rich, healing love her adoptive parents poured into her, Stephanie's past tormented her throughout her teens. A deeply personal encounter with Jesus Christ enabled her to exchange her pain with Him at the cross, and see her identity and purpose in the light of God's love. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Your Everlasting Word

Everlasting and Eternal is thy Word; it is my shelter, my guide, and my refuge;

Doubts and fears and uncertainties that surround me vanish before thy Word;

Like fresh water poured over me on a scorching day, certainly fresher than the fresh water is thy Word;

Thy Word gives me sights when I am blinded by my thoughts and by the world where everything is temporary and will all soon pass away;

When my mind is web with the things of this world, the worries, the pleasures, the fears, thy Word rescued me;

Thy Word is the potion that heals my broken heart and brings healing to my bones;

The only and sure hope that I cling on in this short journey of life is on thy eternal Word;

For I now know thy Word never fails and there is nothing too difficult, there is nothing impossible;