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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KORERO WITH CHIRADEEP

Amazing are the ways in which the Lord takes care of His loved ones! Most of us have been through tough life situations - may be financial crises, difficult relationships, disappointments and losses or critical health issues. The intensity of the situations are better known by the people who live them.  One such person I …

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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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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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THE GOD WHO FLATTENS WALLS

The account of the Jericho wall falling flat after being circumambulated by the Israelites for seven days (Joshua 6:1-27) is an amazing and matchless event in the history of the world! If you are thinking that the Biblical account of the destruction of the Jericho wall is merely an interesting story or one of those …

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ENCOURAGING OTHERS WHEN YOU ARE YOURSELF DISCOURAGED

We all go through the lonely lows of life of and on – those grim valley episodes with looming wild grasses all around and giant rugged mountains closing in, in the eerie darkness. No pink, white, purple and red flowers to brighten up the way; no welcome chirping of birds to soothe the ears; no …

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LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

The lone flickering candle that dissipated the darkness in my room during the six-day long electricity outage in the aftermath of the cyclone Fani, reminded me of a Christian’s role to burn for Jesus Christ. We are in times when we generally think of candles while contemplating to have a candle-light dinner. Otherwise, gone are …

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ARE WE RACING TO WIN?

Ancient Greek mythology tells us the story of a beautiful young woman called Atalanta. She was a fast runner and had vowed to only marry the man who could beat her in a race. Many suitors tried and failed. Atalanta always won the race! Then came a young man called Hippomenes who was confident that …

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KEEP YOUR EMOTIONS ALIVE

In my first job as a Counselor in a school, I was advised by well-meaning people not to smile in front of students and to maintain a firm composure. I took the advice. Only that, I chose not to act on it! Wearing a pleasant smile is the best and priceless piece of natural ornament one …

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