|Posted by cfc_webservant on December 16, 2013 at 3:55 AM||comments (1)|
God put this song in my heart as the end of year 2013 is approaching. God has been faithful and this song is a testimony remembering every little thing that God did in our lives.
यह साल जो गुज़रा है,
दिन रात जो ढल गये
हर बीते पल को याद कर,
दिल गाना गाता है ।
ऐ ख़ुदा तू है महान,
जो कुछ हमने पाया,
सब कुछ तेरा ही दान।
फ़ुल खिले थे पथ पर,
राहों में काँटे मगर
जब भी हमने क़दम बढ़ाया,
पाया तुझे उधर।
ए ख़ुदा तू हमारी ढाल,
हर मुश्किल में तुने तोड़ी,
शैतान की चाल।
|Posted by cfc_webservant on October 28, 2013 at 4:45 AM||comments (0)|
Theme Kavita for the Youth seminar on the account of [email protected] anniversary held on 27-28 Septmber, 2013
लव् डब् लव् डब् लव् डब् लव् डब् (2) (Sound of heartbeat)
धड़के ज़ोर से प्रभु का दिल, हम बच्चों के वास्ते
हाथ थामकर संग चले वो, जीवन के हर रास्ते ।
प्रभु के दिल के द्वार पर, दिल अपना हम लाते,
तारक मान कर यीशु को, नवजीवन हम हैं पाते।
लव् डब् लव् डब् लव् डब् लव् डब् (2) (Sound of heartbeat)
यीशु मसीह आया जग में, दिल में लेकर प्यार ही प्यार ।
मेरे लिए जब क़ुर्बान हुआ, दिल उसका धड़का आख़री बार।
पर क्षण भर का था सन्नाटा वो, होना था एक चमत्कार,
क़ब्र तोड़ कर यीशु निकला, धड़कन दिल में बेशुमार।
लव् डब् लव् डब् लव् डब् लव् डब् (2) (Sound of heartbeat)
प्यार धड़कता है प्रभु का, मेरे दिल के अंदर।
हर साँस तोहफ़ा है खुदा का, वो है दया का समन्दर।
यीशु के लहु का सामर्थ्य, बनाये मुझे धुरन्धर
झूम कर नाचुँ चिललाउँ मैं, मसीही मस्त कलन्दर ।
|Posted by cfc_webservant on May 13, 2013 at 6:30 AM||comments (0)|
Malachi 3:6 - I the LORD do not change.
Everything changes. Money comes and goes. Investments are up and down. Spring becomes summer becomes fall becomes winter. Kids mature. Adults age. There are changes in jobs, homes, cities and lifestyles. Change is inevitable, except for God.
God is immutable. Although God acts and feels emotions, he is unchanging in his being, perfection and promises.
Find rest today in God’s immutability. He is “pure being and no becoming.” He is the rock. He doesn’t change like shifting shadows (James 1:17). He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He will not change his mind, his position or his promises. Let your fearful heart settle peacefully on the unchanging and unchangeable person of God.
Father, thank you for being our rock. Thank you for the certainty and security of your immutability. Thank you for never renegotiating your promises to us even when we renege on our promises to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Source: Ron Moore's blog
|Posted by cfc_webservant on May 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
James 1:17 - Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
All the good talents that we have in us is from above. It comes straight to us from the Father in Heaven. We got to be thankful to Him.
Yesterday a beautiful thing happened after the IPL cricket match between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore. David Miller from Kings XI Punjab miraculously steered his side to victory after an unbelievable show with the bat. He scored a century out of just 38 balls. It was quite a victory!
During the post-match interview, when he was asked how he felt after playing this great innings. He simply put it like this, "I have been working very hard, and thanks to Jesus Christ for giving me the talent". Beautiful, Isn't it?
A young sportsman who is filled with so many talents, thanking the Lord for giving him the talent in first place.
Do we take time to thank Jesus for all the talents that we have?
Lord, I thank you for the talents you have given each and everyone of us. Remind us that the talents we each have can be beneficial to others in some way. Lord, once again we thank you and we ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen
|Posted by cfc_webservant on May 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
Zechariah 8:16 - These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other...
Our dislike for the truth begins at a very small age. No one teaches us to tell a lie, but it comes to us quite naturally. I remember as a small kid one day while crawling on the floor, I pushed a brand new cupboard mirror and it fell on the floor and shattered into pieces. The sound of the breaking mirror instilled a kind of fear in me. That evening my Dad came in and saw what happened and enquired. Out of fear, I pointed my tiny fingers towards my elder brother, and made way to the first lie of my life (I guess :))
See! How treacherous is lie? As we grow up, it takes different dimensions and sometimes pushes us away from God.
We want our bosses to like us, so we flatter. God calls it a lie. We want people to admire us, so we exaggerate. God calls it a lie. We want people to respect us, so we live in houses we can’t afford and charge bills we can’t pay. God calls it living a lie.
One lie would make way for thousand lies so lets start to be truthful! Lets just be like Jesus and lets Tell the truth!
In Jesus' name. Amen
|Posted by cfc_webservant on May 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
Psalm 103:13 - As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
Fathers can find the perfect model for their own parenting throughout the Bible. God is the perfect Father. No other example can compare. Psalm 103 is a great encouragement for today’s fathers to see that the LORD is a merciful father full of compassion. He does not always belittle but rather teaches through experience. His love is higher than anyone can imagine and he removes our sin so far from us that it will never return.
As a father myself, I often struggle with the balance of work and family responsibilities. Truly speaking, being a dad and husband is more important to me than anything else. I take my duties seriously but realize too often, I cannot do this on my own. I always need that push from the heavens above to get up each morning and fulfill my responsibilities until I hit the bed.
I encourage all fathers to hold close Psalm 103 to their hearts. Our Lord has already modeled for us the perfect father. We do not need to invent the perfect dad role. We simply need to look to our Father who has paid for our sin debt through His Son’s blood and has forgiven us.
Abba Father, Help us so that we look to the LORD for wisdom, guidance, and inspiration as we father our children. In Jesus' name, Amen
|Posted by cfc_webservant on May 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
Mathew 25:13 - Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
This bible verse is coming at the end of a blessed evening of CFC's 20th Anniversary celebrations. As a Church, 20 years of journey is quite an awesome achievement and this was truly reflecting in the manner in which the evening unfolded.
The youths of [email protected] presented a beautiful skit and choreography that beautifully presented the bible verse of today in its theme. Keep watch - because you do not know the day or the hour of Christ's return.
We all remember the ten virgins - 5 of them wise who had oil filled readily in their lamps and 5 of them foolish who had the lamps but those were devoid of oil. When we look at the ten virgins, it would be very difficult to differentiate them on their outward appearances. All of them looked same - excited, beautiful and readily waiting for the groom. But the 5 foolish virgins lacked one thing that made a big difference. They had the lamps that symbolises God's Word but no oil which symbolises Holy Spirit. They knew the Word, but were ignorant of the holy spirit.
So very much applicable to present times. We have so many so-called Christians that relate to the 5 foolish virgins so easily. Very hard to differentiate them from the crowd of believers. But one day it would be revealed, when the hour of the Lord will come as a thief. So its, time to keep watch and get ready for His return.
God bless. In Jesus' name, Amen
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 30, 2013 at 5:25 AM||comments (0)|
Exodus 15:21 - Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.”
Tomorrow CFC is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Its going to be a day where we are going to look back on what God has done over the last 20 years and also look forward to what’s in store for CFC in the coming years.
It is good to celebrate achievements in life. The Bible is full of examples of the people of God celebrating God’s achievements. In Exodus 15, Moses and the people sing a song celebrating how God delivered them out of Egypt (Exodus 15:1-18) and we also see Miriam’s song in the Bible verse of today. In the New Testament, communion is both a looking back to Jesus’s death on the cross, to the forgiveness of our sins and a looking forward to Jesus’s return.
As Pastor said it last Sunday, CFC has seen so many challenges and also God’s miracle in so many ways. It is important to remember that Jesus doesn’t call us to sit down, get comfortable and look back but He calls us to follow him. It is not a case of “Stand by me” but definitely more a case of “Keep on running.” We are part of an exciting adventure following Jesus.
All the best wishes and prayers for CFC ministries and everyone who is a part of it on this 20th anniversary. Also thankful to all the partners and readers here for being a part of this journey.
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 29, 2013 at 6:10 AM||comments (0)|
Galatians 6:4 - Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else….
Comparing ourselves to others. We do it all the time, don’t we? From appearance to attitudes, from education to experience, from clothes to cars to career, we like to see how we are matching up with those around us. But here’s the problem. The exercise leaves me at one end or the other of the pride spectrum. I feel either “better than thou” or “woe is me.” Comparing myself to others is a lose-lose proposition.
The remedy is found in today’s passage.
When I compare myself to others, my progress is either paralyzed or puffed up. Our goal is Christlikeness. And we all have a long way to go!
Father, please keep me from falling into the trap of comparing myself to others. May You always be the focus and standard for my thoughts, words, and actions. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Source: Ron Moore's blog
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 25, 2013 at 7:30 AM||comments (0)|
Psalm 139:24-25 - Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
In today's verse from the Psalm, David is kind of requesting an X-ray of his heart from the Heavenly doctor.
Heart is a basin that has everything we have dealt with. Whether it be good, bad, the ugly - the heart captures it all. Sometimes it would be the guilt from the past, the wrongdoing which you now regret or your anger that was a cause of concern for many!!!
Well a spiritual X-ray of your soul will reveal it all! So are you interested in an extraction? Confess. Request a spiritual X-Ray. Psalm 139: 23-24 is just that
We need a prayer of grace-based confession. God, I’ve done what you say is wrong. Would you wash away my guilt and make me clean again? No special wave, burnt or grain offering needed any more. Just an honest prayer of confession. Try it!
Abba Father, Today we request you to scan our heart and remove all the filth and anxious thoughts from it. Lead us into way of eternity with your holiness. In Jesus' name, Amen
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 24, 2013 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
Psalm 5:3 - In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
After a good night sleep, when we wake up in the morning the mind is always so fresh, calm and peaceful. But slowly as the sun rises in altitude, the thoughts and the ambitions keep pouring into the mind.
The peaceful mind starts to become anxious to achieve more out of the world. Sometime, it forces us to pull our socks up and do the hardwork and some times it forces us to pull the blankets over the head and be lazy.
The psalmist here sums it up with a beautiful prayer for the morning.
Just seek to hear that guiding voice from the Lord almighty. And then one by one putting all requests into his hands and just expecting great things. Waiting then becomes a joyous task and whatever we do just adds on to our blessings.
Abba Father, Every day when we wake up let our thoughts always rest on you. Help us to be patient and wait upon you. In Jesus' name, Amen.
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM||comments (0)|
Romans 8:1 - Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Back in Kerala, we had a dog called Tiger, who is no more. He was quite faithful, lovable and obedient. But the moment he had his plate of food before him, the dark side of him used to take over. He would not resist anyone to be around when his plate is full. Every passerby at that time would be his staunch enemy.
That’s what happened one day when I got back home after college. Mom had served food for him in his plate. Unaware of that, I quickly ran to his den, trying to just play around with him. But the inevitable happened, and I got my first dog bite in my forearm. The flesh came out of my forearm and I cried in pain.
Soon after I got back from hospital, I was kind of reconciled to what had happened but Tiger didn’t! He kept his distance. When I finally saw him, his tail was between his legs, his ears drooping and eyes wet when I showed him my wounded forearm. He thought I was mad at him. He didn't knew I had already dealt with what had happened and reconciled. The moment Tiger saw my dad after the incident, he was even more dreadful and shuddered in fear.
Somewhere, sometime, you also get tangled in this kind of fear and guilt…and you’ve been avoiding God. You wonder if you could ever feel close to God again.
The message of his torn flesh on the cross is — you can. The door is open. Don’t trust your conscience. Trust the cross. You’re welcome in God’s presence!
Abba Father, Your sacrifice at the cross is the best welcome message to us who are sinners. Lord, your stretched arms are not just arms but a cushion filled pavement to salvation. Continue to lead us. In Jesus' name, Amen
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 22, 2013 at 6:00 AM||comments (0)|
Luke 6:38 - Give, and it will be given to you... The same amount you give will be measured out to you.
Jesus said: “The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.”
It’s as if God sends you to purchase your neighbor’s groceries. “Whatever you get for your neighbor, get also for yourself.” I’m crazy about Gulab Jamuns so I buy my neighbor Gulab Jamuns. But suppose on that morning your neighbor’s trash blows into your doorstep or your neighbour's pet answers nature's call on your verandah. And when you talk with your neighbour about this He seems to be in no rush to address these issues—says he’ll get to it next week.
You’re just about to have a talk when God reminds you, “Time to go to the market and buy your neighbor’s groceries.” You march right past the Gulab Jamun stall and toward the okra stall. You drive back and drop the sack of stale okra in the lap of your lazy, good-for-nothing neighbor. “Have a good dinner.”
The next time you go to your kitchen, guess what you find? What will you be eating? Gulab Jamuns or stale okra? It’s up to you.
Abba Father, Help us with your grace so that we don't love our neighbours on the basis of what we receive from them. But no matter what, help us to treat them fairly so that we can reap harvest from you as well in the same measure. In Jesus' name, Amen
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 19, 2013 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Paul had a “thorn in his flesh.” We don’t know what it was, but he described it as “a messenger of Satan to torment me.” Paul had been given a vision of heaven. He didn’t write a book about it, or go on the talk show circuit. He had seen things, he said, “man is not permitted to tell.” His “thorn” was to keep him from being conceited, after this magnificent vision. He prayed three separate times for the “thorn” to be taken away. Instead of taking away the “thorn,” God gave him the promise found in today’s passage.
God promised to give Paul all he needed. God’s grace would always be sufficient. Paul understood that his weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties would be the perfect platform for God to show his power. Paul understood the divine paradox—“When I am weak, then I am strong.”
You may be going through a very difficult time today. You feel weak and limited. You have prayed often for your “thorn” to be removed. It remains. Could it be that your challenges are a platform for God’s power? Could it be that God is using your weaknesses to show his strength? I know this is not an easy assignment. But can you say with Paul, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”? Say it again. God is using you in a powerful way…even in your limitations.
Father, I pray for those going through a difficult time. Please let them feel the tangible warmth of your presence. Let them know you understand how difficult their situation is. Show them that you are using their weakness for your glory. Remind them that you never waste our time. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Source: Ron Moore's blog
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 18, 2013 at 4:50 AM||comments (0)|
John 19:30 - Jesus said, “It is finished.”
Picture this if you will, a blank cheque. The amount of the cheque is “sufficient grace.” The signer of the cheque is Jesus. The only blank line is for the payee. That part is for you! May I urge you to spend a few moments with your Savior receiving this check? Reflect on the work of God’s grace. The nails that once held a Savior to the cross. His sacrifice was for you. Express your thanks for His grace. Whether for the first time or the thousandth, let Him hear you whisper, “Forgive us our debts.” And let Him answer your prayer as you imagine writing your name on the cheque
No more deposits are necessary. So complete was the payment that Jesus used a banking term to proclaim your salvation. “It is finished!” .
Perhaps I best slip out now and leave the two of you to talk.
Abba, The payment that you made for us is beyond our comprehension. We can only sit back and praise you in complete reverence. Continue to bless us with this eternal cheque payment. In Jesus' name, Amen
Source: Max Lucado devotionals
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 16, 2013 at 6:20 AM||comments (0)|
Psalm 18:1-2 - I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
David had been anointed as the king of Israel, but Saul did not read the e-mail blast. The king God had rejected was obsessed with killing the competition. Saul and his best soldiers were chasing David around the countryside. After a close call, David wrote the words in today’s passage thanking God for delivering him.
He declares the Lord as his:
Psalm 18 was not the last time that God delivered David from Saul, but David lived one day at a time declaring the great attributes of his great God. So can you.
Father, thank you for today’s strength, protection and deliverance. I’ll be back tomorrow in need of the same things. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Source: Ron Moore's blog
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
John 8:11 - ...Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
“We found this woman in bed with a man! The law says to stone her. What do you say Teacher?” , the crowd asked Jesus.
In her despair she looks at the Teacher. His eyes don’t glare. “Don’t worry,” they whisper, “it’s okay.” Her feet were bare and muddy. Her heart ragged, torn as much by her own guilt as by the mob’s anger. So, with the tenderness only a father can have, Jesus begins to untie the knots and repair the holes.
The woman’s accusers question, “Tell us teacher! What do you want us to do with her?” Jesus just raised His head and offered an invitation. “I guess if you’ve never made a mistake, then you have a right to stone this woman.”
Silence. Then thud. . .thud. . .rocks fell to the ground. The crowd walked away. Jesus said, “Go, sin no more!”
Jesus saw her not as she was, but as she was intended to be.
Abba Father, When you deal with us you always see what the future holds for us. Let your will be above the will of the world for us. Mould us and make us. In Jesus' name, Amen
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
John 21:15 - When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Still regretting his three denials, Peter, the former fisherman, went back to what he knew best. But when the resurrected Lord called to the fisherman from the shore and provided for a miraculous catch of fish, Peter jumped in the water and ran to Jesus.
In an intimate conversation, Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Perhaps this was an affirmation to counter each previous denial. Then he reinstated Peter and gave him a second invitation to follow.
Peter got a second chance. So can you. God has not written you off. He has not cast you aside. Your failure is not final. While we must acknowledge and repent of our sin, Jesus waits with open arms to welcome us back, reinstate us, and use us. Our past cannot define us. We are defined by who we are in Jesus—loved, accepted, significant, forgiven, and secure. Jesus forgives us and unlocks the prison of past regret. It’s time to move forward and serve him in freedom.
Lord Jesus, someone reading this today is confident that their past sins have disqualified them from a relationship with you. Please speak to their heart and remind them of Peter who was forgiven, reinstated, and restored. May today be the day when your forgiveness is accepted and freedom is provided. Amen.
Source: Ron Moore's blog
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 12, 2013 at 5:45 AM||comments (0)|
Mark 14:36 - “My Father,” He prayed, “if it is possible may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Every day, God prepares for us a plate of experiences. Unique and always offering to us something new to learn.
Some days the plates are full with non-vegetarian dishes and mouth watering desserts. But many are not! Sometimes our plate has nothing but rotis, cucumbers and tasteless vegetables. Apparently God knows we need some strength, and though the portion may be hard to swallow, isn’t it for our own good? All are important and all are from God. Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love Him.”
The next time your plate has a portion you find hard to swallow, talk to God about it. Jesus did. In the garden of Gethsemane His Father handed Him a cup of suffering so sour, so vile, that Jesus handed it back to heaven.
Abba Father, I pray that whatever you offer unto us, along with it also offer the grace to experience it with humility, faith and compassion. Let your will be done, not ours. In Jesus' name, Amen
|Posted by cfc_webservant on April 10, 2013 at 10:30 PM||comments (0)|
John 11:43 - When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
Lazarus was dead and buried. He had been in the grave for four days. Jesus directed some men in the crowd to take away the stone sealing the tomb. Then he prayed out loud so the people would know that his Father was working through him.
Now it was time for a miracle. In a loud voice Jesus called, “Lazarus, come out!” The same power that spoke the world into existence spoke life into the dead man’s body. Someone once said that it is a good thing Jesus directed his life-giving call to “Lazarus.” Otherwise, every dead person would have walked out of their tomb.
One day every dead person who knows Jesus will walk out of the tomb. One day Jesus will again give a loud call. He will come down from heaven “with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). Our eternal spirits will join our resurrected bodies and meet the Lord in the air to be with him forever. Each of us will have our “Lazarus” moment.
Lord Jesus, thank you for this promise of resurrection. Thank you for the certainty of spending eternity with you. Thank you for the power of your life-giving call. Amen.
Source: Ron Moore's blog