GOD ADDRESSES OUR ‘IFS’

Have you had a few ‘if-moments’ in your faith journey – those faith-put-to-test moments? If God exists, why . . .? If God is good, why . . .? If God could have prevented this, why . . .? Unless God answers, how . . .? Many such ‘ifs’ and ‘unlesses’ often creep into our …

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IS GOD GETTING YOUR ATTENTION IN THE MIDST OF THIS PANDEMIC?

The world is going through an extremely precarious time, fighting a pathogen - a seemingly invisible enemy. Fear, anxiety, anguish and uncertainty loom large the world over. The enemy has stealthily crept into the whole world. No guns, missiles or weaponry from the most sophisticated arsenal can, even with the best and smartest of all …

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THE TOUCH THAT RELEASES GOD’S POWER

The Bible narrates an incident of a woman who was sick with having a flow of blood for twelve years (Matthew 9:20–22, Mark 5:24-34, Luke 8:43–48). She had consulted many physicians and had spent all her livelihood in treatments, but could not be healed by any. Instead of improving, her condition only worsened by the …

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OF OATHS, PLEDGES AND PROMISES

In my school days, it was very common among kids to swear in order to convince friends about something. In the childhood innocence of knowing things, convincing others and getting convinced, a swear had enough strength to convert denial into faith. The highest forms of swears were ‘mother promise’ and ‘God promise’ which find acceptance …

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ONE-SIDED VIEW

We humans have eyes only on one side of our bodies. So, in effect we have unidirectional vision – in the sense that we can clearly view only what lies in front of us, though we can roll our eye balls a little bit. If we are to look at things to our left, right …

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GOD PROMISES TO CONVERT YOUR MARAH INTO MOTAQ

In the several bittersweet events of life, often those that are bitter rob the joy of the pleasant life events. What is bitter, may be different for different people. For someone it may be the death of a loved one, for someone else it may be a divorce. For one person it may be joblessness, …

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‘MONEY’ IS NOT THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

Poor Dollars, Pennies, Cents, Rupees, Yens, Lire, Riyals, Dinars and all the other various currency denominations! How much are they blamed for being the root of all evil in society! I pity the predicament of the bloodless, lifeless and soulless numeric entities for bearing this burden of guilt sealed onto them from ages long across …

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THE LEAVEN OF MALICE

The Collins Dictionary defines malice as ‘behaviour that is intended to harm people or their reputations, or cause them embarrassment and upset.’ Merriam Webster defines malice as ‘desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another.’ The Oxford Dictionaries defines malice as ‘the desire to harm someone; ill will.’ Malice, thus, is an intentional covert feeling that gives expression to certain overt behaviour. …

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FROM MOUNT SINAI TO MOUNT ZION

Mount Sinai is famously remembered by people familiar with the Bible, as the mountain on which God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. It was located in the south of the Sinai Peninsula. Liberated from slavery in Egypt and three months into their journey towards the Promised Land of Canaan, the Israelites camped in the …

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THE LEAVEN OF HYPOCRISY

The English Oxford Living Dictionaries defines hypocrisy as ‘the practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case.’ Merriam-Webster defines hypocrisy as ‘a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not : behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel.’ Collins English …

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