My sheep hear my voice

For over 1000's of years God has spoken to his prophets and to his children. However, many times man has failed to hear and obey God. Interestingly, the voice of God becomes very clear to people when they have had some major life challenge, like the pandemic today. Some say there is no God while some Christians say that God has stopped speaking now. Here is a true testimony about how God spoke to me so clearly between the years 2000-2002, when I went through one of the most traumatizing years of my life, which changed the course of my life from serving myself to serving God. God has continued to speak to me in many different ways over the years. This testimony is just one of the many examples which has helped me know there is a God who cares & loves everyone.  
Jesus is alive and what he has done for me, he can do for you. I know some of my friends are going through similar or worst trials. Hence, I want to encourage you to focus on Jesus, allow the manifestation of the Holy Sp…

Are you becoming sensitive to sin or being hardened by it?

Josephus, the Jewish historian, described crucifixion as “the most wretched of deaths.” People in those days recognized its gruesomeness that suicide was preferred over crucifixion. This is what Jesus took on and suffered excruciating pain on the cross, for each one of us.On that day, a long nail was driven between the bones of his feet, lodged firmly enough between those bones to prevent it from tearing through his feet as Jesus arched upward, gasping for breath. In order for him to breathe, he had to push himself up by his feet, which were nailed to the vertical beam. However, because the pressure on his feet became unbearable, it wasn’t possible for him to remain long in this position, so eventually he would collapse back into the hanging position. As Jesus pushed up and collapsed back down again and again over a long period of time, his shoulders would eventually be dislocated and pop out of joint. Soon the out-of-joint shoulders would be followed by the elbows and wrists. These w…

Why is Bread and Wine/Grape Juice used in Communion?

From the first century onward Christians have had two key traditions, which were established by Jesus himself. The first is the Believer’s baptism and the second is Communion or Lord’s Supper. To focus on the subject at hand, I am going to focus on the second tradition.After the resurrection of Jesus, the apostles, and the new Christian believers regularly practiced communion as often as they met. This tradition has continued over the past 2000 years. However, over the years different church groups have been split over the way communion was practiced. This was partly due a false understanding of the Bible or due to some man made traditions. My goal here is to evaluate the purpose and practice of communion through the Bible ONLY. Here are some deductions that we can make based on what we read in the Bible.Jesus established Communion - Jesus established Communion before dying on the cross and we see in Matthew 26:26–29 (NKJV)And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke i…

Overcome your Fears

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
When we allow fear to overcome our lives, we begin to lose what we were destined for.The Bible says that God has not given us a spirit of fear.When things do not happen the way we desire, we allow the spirit of fear to take residence in our lives.Fear makes us lose what God wanted us to receive.Fear acts like a fog in front of us and many of us may give up before the race is over.
There is this story about Florence Chadwick who was a competitive swimmer. However, on July 4, 1952, Chadwick attempted to become the first woman to swim 21 miles across the Catalina Channel, from Catalina Island to Palos Verde on the California coast. The weather that day was not auspicious-the ocean was ice cold, the fog was so thick that she could hardly see the support boats that followed her. However, after about 15 hours and 55 minutes, with only a half mile to go, she felt that she couldn't go on,…

A Pig and a Cat

The other day I was reminded of the differing characteristics between a pig and a cat.  The pig loves the dirt so much that it keeps going back into the swamp, as if the dirt is pulling the pig into the swamp.  However, the cat has a total opposite nature.  The cat is a clean animal, the moment a single drop of dirt falls on its body it immediately cleans itself. Interestingly, I saw a similar analogy in our lives. 
I am sure if you look into your life you will find some things or some characteristics that you seem to be constantly struggling with or inadvertently doing.  Many times we wonder why we keep doing those things?  We make every effort to cover it up, read books to understand the root cause to possibly resolve them, sometimes we try counseling for help, and sometimes we even talk to friends or family for assistance.  No matter what we seem to do we never seem to get complete deliverance from these infirmities that exist in our nature.  For some people this nature is openly …

Are we willing to be Faithful?

The year 2019 offers us three bible verses as promises for us. First, in the book of Exodus, the Israelites under the leadership of Moses are delivered from Egypt’s 400+ years of bondage as God amazingly takes them through the Red Sea on dry ground. He then feeds them manna in the desert. But when they reach Meribah the Israelites begin to complain about being brought to the desert with no water and then God brings out water from a rock. As they reach Mt Sinai, God gives Moses the two tablets of 10 commandments and when he comes down the mountain Moses sees the Israelites again rebelling against God by creating a golden calf. God is angry at the people and Moses pleads for them. That is when we see God saying in Exodus 34:10 (ESV)10 And he said, “Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord, for it is an awesome thing that I …