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Post  Admin on Sat 15 Aug 2015, 10:16 pm

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"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it."Amos 8:11-12.

As India celebrates the 15th of August,the Independence day-
- we're often reminded of the price that was paid for our freedom.

But today, in that spirit-
I want to recall a time when a heavy price was paid for a translation of our Bible.

William Tyndale, a 16th century Englishman, translated the Bible into English while living in Germany.
Finally in 1525, he was able to publish a New Testament in English.

But the church authorities at the time were not pleased and they angrily sought to destroy Tyndale and his translation.

Finally, he was caught and brought back to England where he was burned at the stake.

As he was dying, he uttered these words:
"Lord open the eyes of the King of England."

His prayer became a prophecy-
- as it was the King of England, King James,
- who finally did publish the entire Bible in English about a hundred years later.

Our English Bible translations became a reality-
- through William Tyndale's heroic sacrifice and bravery,
- ultimately at the price of his lifeblood.

This Independence day-
- don't let your Bible sit on the shelf gathering dust.

Considering the cost that was paid so you could read it in your native tongue-
- let's all take full advantage of this precious gift.

The freedom that we so enjoy on this day is-
- only a taste of the real freedom we have in Jesus Christ;
- the promise of permanent forgiveness and freedom from sin.

The cost of that freedom was the precious blood of the saviour Jesus.

William Tyndale offered his life so we could read about this spiritual freedom in our own language.

As we celebrate our earthly freedom this Independence Day-
- let's not forget to also give thanks for our eternal liberty that we find in our Lord.

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Post  Admin on Sun 09 Aug 2015, 9:30 pm

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“Will a man rob God?Yet you have robbed Me!But you say,‘In what way have we robbed You?’In tithes and offerings.You are cursed with a curse,For you have robbed Me..." Malachi 3:8-10.

You know that-
- the hardest thing for you to give up is your money. 

It represents-
- your time, your energy, your talents, your total personality converted into currency!

We usually hold on to it tenaciously-
- yet it is uncertain in value and we cannot take it into the next world. 

The Scripture teaches that we are stewards for a little while of all we earn. 
If we misuse it, as did the man who buried his talent, it brings upon us the severest judgment of God. 

The tithe is the Lord’s. 
If you use it for yourself, you are robbing God. 

We are to take the tithe as a minimum standard-
- but to go beyond the tithe is an indication of our gratefulness for God’s gifts to us. 

In the midst of sorrow and trouble-
- this life has many blessings and enjoyments which have come from the hand of God. 

Even our capacity for love is a gift from God. 
We show our gratitude by giving back to Him a part of that which He has given to us.

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Post  Admin on Fri 07 Aug 2015, 8:50 pm

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Almost every week-I receive at least one letter from someone who'sbeen trapped by pornography over the Internet!

The Internet can beused for great good.But it also can be used for great evil.

And thewidespread availability of pornography over the Internet may be itsgreatest evil.

Realize!The first step is to realize that this is sin in God's eyes. 

It isn'tjust a bad habit, nor is it only something that appeals to your lustsor your craving for excitement. 

It is sin!And you must not excuseit or deny it or say that it doesn't really matter.It is sin!Andthe Bible warns that "after desire has conceived, it gives birth tosin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." James1:15.

Repent!This is why I urge you to turn to Jesus Christ and open your heart andlife to Him. 

He doesn't love your sin.But He does love you.

And He wants to come into your life and take away your sins and begin tochange you from within. 

Replace!Commit your life to Him.
And then ask Him to fill you and replace everything that is evil or wrong with Hisgoodness and purity. 
"..whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9.

Then take practical steps to fight this habit. 

Get a program for yourcomputer that will filter out unwanted sites, and use it. 
Move yourcomputer into a place where others can see what you are doing. 
Inaddition, share your problem with a trusted friend who can hold youaccountable for what you watch.

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Post  Admin on Tue 04 Aug 2015, 9:31 pm

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"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank him for his answers." Philippians 4:6.

Historians will probably call our era “the age of anxiety.”

Anxiety is the natural result-
- when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will for us.

When we make anything else our goal-
- frustration and defeat are inevitable.

Though we have less to worry about than previous generations, we have more worry. 
Though we have it easier than our forefathers, we have more uneasiness. 
Though we have less real cause for anxiety than our predecessors, we are inwardly more anxious.

Calloused hands were the badge of the pioneer-
- but a furrowed brow is the signia of modern man.

God has never promised-
- to remove all our troubles, problems, and difficulties.

In fact, sometimes I think the truly committed Christian is in conflict with the society around him more than any other person.

Society is going in one direction.
And the Christian is going in the opposite direction.

This brings about friction and conflict. 

But God has promised-
- in the midst of trouble and conflict, 
-​​​ ​a genuine peace, a sense of assurance and security, 
-​ ​that the worldly person never knows.

"Lord Jesus, teach me to keep my eyes centered on You rather than on myself and my anxieties. Help me to allow You to give me peace of heart and mind today.Amen!"

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Post  Admin on Sat 01 Aug 2015, 11:01 pm

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"See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ." Colossians 2:8.

Legalism, in Christian theology, is a term referring to an over-emphasis on discipline of conduct, or legal ideas, usually implying an allegation of misguided rigor, pride, the neglect of mercy, and ignorance of the grace of God, or emphasizing the letter of law at the expense of the spirit. 

Did you get all that?

One reason fundamentalist Christians are so resented is-
- quite frankly, because some fundamentalists have added words to Scripture. 

Well-intentioned people feel there is a need to add to Scripture and not trust Scripture to be enough. 

Throughout the years, we have seen certain legalisms permeate many denominations. 

Every denomination grabs hold of certain legalisms with the best of intentions. 

Of course, there are no greater legalists today than the secular legalists who espouse political correctness. 

They have become the modern day Gestapo-
- when it comes to enforcing select legalisms of their choice.

Understand that man-made legalisms are an insult to God and to His Word. 

It’s like saying the Bible is incomplete-
- and we have the knowledge to correct the scriptures with added insight on what is right and wrong. 

In fact, we are getting into some very scary territory when we do that. 

God’s Word plainly says:
“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” Proverbs 30:5-6.

That’s strong! 
The Word of God is enough!

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Post  Admin on Wed 29 Jul 2015, 9:16 pm

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"Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." James 2:17.

Napoleon Hill said, "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe can be achieved." 
While this statement sounds rather grandiose, there is certainly a measure of truth in it. 

It's somewhat similar to what Jesus said two thousand years earlier: 
"According to your faith be it unto you." Matthew 9:29.

As the old saying goes, you can't steer a ship or a bicycle to go anywhere until they're moving. 

Zig Ziglar in his book, 'See You at the Top', put it this way: 
"The largest locomotive in the world can be held in its tracks while standing still simply by placing a single one-inch block of wood in front of each of the eight drive wheels. The same locomotive moving at 100 miles per hour can crash through a wall of steel reinforced concrete five feet thick."

The important thing is that we get moving! 
As James said, "Faith without works is dead."

Some people are sitting around waiting for some kind of special call or revelation from God before they get involved in his work. 

It's not likely to happen because- God has already given us lots of instructions in his Word regarding what to do. 
All we need to do is read these instructions-...and start moving into action!

Be a doer of God's Word and not just a hearer.

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Post  Admin on Sun 26 Jul 2015, 8:09 pm

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Since Vivekananda first introduced yoga to the West more than a hundred years ago, yoga has become as American as apple pie.

As noted by New Age expert Elliot Miller, “Yoga is rapidly becoming integrated into such traditionally secular institutions as public education, health care, and the workplace. 

It has been widely embraced by Roman Catholics and mainline Protestants, and over the past several years a Christian yoga 
movement has been thriving among evangelicals.” 

Because of its rock-star status-
I’ve developed the acronym Y-O-G-A to give you a memorable overview on what this practice entails.


“Y” reminds us that the word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word “yogah,” which means “to yoke or to unite.” 

Indeed, the goal of yoga is to uncouple oneself from the material world and to unite oneself with the god of Hinduism-
- commonly understood to be Brahman, the impersonal cosmic consciousness of the universe. 

Put another way-
- yoga is the means by which the user’s mind is merged into the universal mind.


“O” represents the Hindu mantra “om”-
- a Sanskrit syllable cherished by Hindu yogis as the spoken quintessence of the universe. 

Repeating such mantras as “Om” over and over is a principal means by which yoga practitioners work their way into altered states of consciousness. 

The objective of achieving an altered state of consciousness is always the same: 
- to dull the critical-thinking process because the mind is seen to be the obstacle to enlightenment. 

As noted by the late Indian guru Rajneesh, “the goal is to create a new man, one who is happily mindless.” 

Shockingly-- what was once relegated to the kingdom of the cults is now being replicated in churches. 

Despite such dangers as possession or insanity-
Hindu gurus openly encourage trance states through which devotees tap into realms of the demonic and discover their “higher selves.” 

Whether experiencing involuntary movements or encountering illusory monsters, all is written off as progress on the road to enlightenment.


“G” is reminiscent of the "gurus" who developed and disseminated yoga for the express purpose of achieving oneness with the impersonal god of Hinduism. 

Most noteworthy among the gurus is Patanjali who founded yoga around the second-century BC Of particugar significance in the 
West is the aforementioned Vivekananda, a disciple of the self-proclaimed “god-man” Ramakrishna. 

In 1893 Vivekananda used the Parliament of World Religions to skillfully sow the seeds for a new global spirituality. 
Second only to Vivekananda in the Westernization of yoga was Yogananda—proudly hailed as “Father of Yoga in the West.” 

Finally, of special note is Muktananda, popularizer of kundalini yoga, a method by which divine energy thought to reside as a coiled serpent at the base of the spine is aroused; ascends through six chakras; and aims for union with the Hindu deity Shiva in a seventh center allegedly located in the crown of the head. 

Such Hindu gurus have been so successful in exporting yoga to the West that today it is common fare in classrooms, corporations, and even churches.


Finally, the “A” will serve to remind you of the Hindu word "asana." 

As repetition of the word “Om” is used to work devotees into altered states of consciousness-
- so too a regiment of asanas—or body postures—are used to achieve a feeling of oneness with the cosmic energy flow of the universe. 

Coupled with breathing exercises and meditation practices, asana positions are the pathway to serenity and spirituality. 

According to Yoga Journal,“asanas are their own type of meditation; to perform difficult postures you have to focus on your body and breath and relax into the pose.” 

While multitudes are being seduced into believing that asanas are spiritually neutral, nothing could be farther from the truth. 

Indeed, as pointed out by one Param of the Dharma Yoga Ashram-
- to think of asanas as mere body positions or stretching exercises is analogous to believing “baptism is just an underwater exercise.”

In sum, while an alarming number of Western Christians suppose they can achieve physical and spiritual well-being through a form of yoga divorced from its Eastern worldview, in reality attempts to Christianize Hinduism only Hinduize Christianity.

"Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace.." Hebrews 13:9.

Yoga is not just a harmless physical exercise, it opens the door to demonic control. 

On which side do you ultimately want to stand? 
The devil’s or Christ’s? 

The consequences are more serious than you might realize.

We live only once, and while here in this life-
- we are to follow the example of Jesus Christ as presented in the Bible. 

When we die-
- ""we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad""  2 Corinthians 5:10.

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Post  Admin on Wed 22 Jul 2015, 11:33 pm

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"I was hungry, you gave me food..." Matthew 25:35.

During the war a church in Strasburg, Germany, was totally destroyed.

But a statue of Christ which stood by the altar was almost unharmed. 

Only the hands of the statue were missing. 

When the church was rebuilt-
- a famous sculptor offered to make new hands.

But, after considering the matter, the members decided to let it stand as it was—without hands. 

“For,” they said, “Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work on earth. If we don’t feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, entertain the stranger, visit the imprisoned, and clothe the naked, who will?” 

Christ is depending on us to do the very things which He did while upon earth. 

If the gospel we preach does not have a social application-
- if it will not work effectively in the work-a-day world, 
- then it is not the Gospel of Christ.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:8-10.

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Post  Admin on Sun 19 Jul 2015, 11:08 pm

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Spotless present!

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9.

It is unfortunate in a marriage-
- if there is an array of sordid memories of past sins on the part of either partner. 

If young people could only realize that-
- a happy marriage depends not only on the present, but upon the past, 
- they would be more reluctant to enter into loose, intimate relations with anyone and everyone. 

Many a marriage has been imperiled-
- by the backlash of past sins, 
- which were not just confessed, 
- but “found out.”

As to the necessity of confessing past sins to one’s mate-
I don’t think it is always advisable or necessary. 

I have known of homes that were wrecked by such confessions-
- insisted by few foolish pastors and preachers. 

When He has cast all his/her sins into the depths of the sea-
- why should you bring it to the surface? Malachi 7:19.

The Holy Spirit buries every sin in the blood of Jesus.
The evil spirit exposes every sin to everyone.

Whose work you are trying to do?

The main thing is to confess any past wrongs to God-
- resolve to be true to your marriage vows; 
- and absolve the black past by a spotless present!

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Post  Admin on Sat 18 Jul 2015, 12:44 pm

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Stay Away from Yoga!

We are bombarded by messages of yoga’s peaceful and healthful benefits.
But what we don’t hear, specifically in India, is the true origins of this type of lifestyle. 

Yoga postures are offered to the 330 million Hindu gods. 
They are offerings to their gods. 

If you do these postures and you do this breathing technique and this meditation, then you will be accepted by a god, little “G.” 

That’s a real danger.


We see most of the people doing yoga poses in front of the statues of the gods.

But the Bible says:
We are to "offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God.” Romans 12:1-2.
So we abstain from things offered to idols. Acts 15:29.


In yoga they do what they call pranayama breathing. 

Prana is the Hindu word for life force, the same concept as the word chi in some martial arts. 

Yoga breathing attempts to manipulate that life energy is perilous. 
That is a dangerous thing.

We are coming out from under the blood of Jesus when we do stuff like that, and we are no match for the enemy in those areas. 

I think of what Paul said in Ephesians 2:2, that Satan is the prince of the power of the air. 


A third area of concern in yoga is the concept of emptying the mind, which is contradictory to what the Bible teaches. 

We are transformed by the renewing of our minds, not the emptying. Romans 12:1-2.


Along with emptying the mind-
- yoga guides people into astral travel, 
- which is where people actually leave their bodies.

I wonder with those experiences when I left my body what got in there when I was gone?

Only at our departure from this world-
"We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:8.

Christians should be careful before heading to the local gym for a yoga class. 

But if you are a Christian who thinks it’s all right to attend yoga classes because you think you are strong enough not to fall prey to demonic deception that’s being taught and you enjoy the physical benefits, please consider a younger believer or weaker Christian who is watching your lifestyle. Romans 14:19.

If you go to a yoga class-
- chances are they might be inspired to go also, 
- and they could fall completely off track in their walk with God.

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Post  Admin on Mon 13 Jul 2015, 9:07 pm

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I believe that the changing of people’s hearts is the primary mission of the church. 

The only way to change men and women is to get them converted to Christ. 

Then they will have the capacity to live up to the Christian command to “love your neighbour as yourself.” Mark 12:31.

We as Christians have two responsibilities: 

- to proclaim the Gospel of Christ as the only answer to mankind’s deepest needs. 

- to practice as best we can the principles of Christ to the social conditions around us. 

The world may argue against a creed-
- but it cannot argue against changed lives. 

This is what the simple Gospel of Christ does when it is preached, proclaimed and practiced in the power and authority of the Holy Spirit.

I would call the church today back to its main task-
- of proclaiming Christ and Him crucified. 

He can change lives and meet the deepest spiritual needs of mankind, as the only panacea for the problems that face the world.

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Yoga is Satanic Worship!

One of the biggest and the fastest growing cult in the world is yoga. 

It is a spiritual pandemic-
- that is contaminating the entire world, 
- including our churches and our people.

Yoga is one of the greatest evangelisation tools of Hinduism, Buddhism and The New Age Religion. 
Most people among them are yoga promoters.

They could be your fitness instructor, your doctor, your physiotherapist, schools your kids attend, your friends, your employer, and sadly even some churches promote yoga.

Yoga is rooted in occult and satanic rituals.

Yoga is deceptive!

Most people are deceived into thinking that yoga is just a sequence of exercises that promote health, relaxation and wellbeing. 

Far from it, it is demonic worship and an open door for satanic attacks on people that practice them.

Every pose in yoga is a worship position to a Hindu deity. 

Hinduism is based on pantheism, which believes everything is a god and everybody is a god including yourself and yoga helps attain this oneness with other gods (demons) and brings you with the self-awareness that you are a god.

In simple words, yoga is tapping into the demonic realm and the more positions, exercises or techniques you perform, the more demons you give access to in your life.

If you have practiced yoga and you think it has benefited you immensely and you have not encountered any demonic manifestations within yourself, just don’t jump to the conclusion that it is harmless.

Yoga is devious!

If yoga was the only form of exercise you have known, that does not mean you cannot exercise again.

There are other forms of exercises to remain fit and healthy, for instance, walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, rope jumping, rowing, weight lifting, muscle building, etc. depending on your fitness level.

Be prayerful and discerning before exercising, especially stretching as most of the stretching pose involves yoga. 

Stretching by itself is not wrong, but doing yogic poses for stretching is wrong.

Transcendental meditation involves reciting a word (mantra) or focusing on a geometric occult symbol (yantra) is also yogic and satanic, therefore avoid such practices.

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death."Proverbs 14:12.

Yoga is dangerous!

As a Christian you should not practice it.

Remember the first commandment. “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:2-3. 

Here’s something you need to know. 

Many times demons that manifest in people are like a two year old child that throws tantrums when they cannot have their own way. 

Demons that don’t manifest are the ones that are most 

It’s easy to diagnose and treat a disease, if you know the symptoms. 
If the symptoms don’t show up, a person can remain undiagnosed and untreated. 

What you don’t know has the potential to destroy you, if you hold on to it and continue doing yoga.

Yoga is demonic!

When Jesus cast out demons from two men from the region of Gadarenes, the demons asked Jesus to send them to the pigs.

The pigs preferred to drown and die rather than be demon possessed. 

Demons prefer human bodies for possession, if they are unable to get a human, they settle down to possess animals or plants. Matthew 8:28-32.

Demonic possessions and oppressions don’t bring health, relaxation and wellbeing.

They bring with them disease, depression, suicidal tendencies and create disharmony in your life.

Whenever Jesus cast of demons from people, those people were also cured of physical and psychosomatic illnesses. 

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. Matthew 4:23-24.

If you have ever been involved in any kind of yogic practice, renounce this evil practice immediately.

Repent of your involvement in yoga and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you and receive deliverance from every familiar spirit associated with yoga. 

Once you have repented and have been delivered, keep away from any yogic practice and involvement in the future.

You will face the temptation of restarting yoga, but keep on resisting the devil and he will go away. 

If you give into it, your life will be worse than it was when you first got into it. “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.

Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” Matthew 12:43-45.

Therefore once you are delivered, be filled and remain filled with the Holy Spirit and never go back to any form of demonic rituals.

Some Christians have Christianised yoga by using the name of Jesus or scripture verses to do yogic meditation. 

That too is demonic as you cannot worship the True Living God using satanic rituals.

This is an abomination!

These are evil days and we need to be vigilant, prayerful and discerning.

"Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons."1 Timothy 4:1.

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Some  of us have trouble depending on anyone. 

Usually it stems from being burned-
- having had a parent who walked out on us, 
-a husband or a wife who betrayed us, or
- someone significant who let us down and made us think twice before we depended on anyone again. 

We find ourselves thinking "I don't need anyone. I'm on my own. And I'm doing just fine."

But how that mindset must hurt the One who longs for us to ​​depend on Him​!​

If you've prided yourself on not needing anyone, or have just feared trusting another person because of disappointment or betrayal-
God wants to more than make up for your disappointment in someone else by showing you, in His Word-
- that He's the most reliable One you could ever depend on.

Scripture tells us wonderful things about the God who wants us to ​​depend upon Him!

God  can be trusted with your-
- provision!

When we think of someone to depend on, we often think in terms of financial stability. 

God has been always faithful to me in providing for me. 
"My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19.

Jesus, Himself, knew we would be concerned about material things like food, clothing and making ends meet, and therefore, He told His followers: 

"Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink or about your body, what you will wear...Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:25-26. 

That sounds like a pretty clear "Don't worry about it" statement from the Son of God. 
In other words, "You have a God who is in control; so don't feel that you have to be." 
Those are reassuring words for anyone who feels they have no one to depend on.

God can be trusted with your-
- protection!

We can invest in a top-of-the-line security system for our homes and take all sorts of pre-cautionary measures to protect all that we have-
- but ultimately God is the one who protects us and keeps us safe. 

The Psalmist tells us: "I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." Psalms 4:8. 
And Psalm Psalms 121:2-3 assures us "My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip -- he who watches over you will  not slumber." 

God can be trusted with your-
- problems!

We can plan out our lives, but ultimately God is in control of our destiny. 

Scripture tells us He knows the beginning, as well as the end of our days and has assigned us our "portion" and established our "delightful inheritance" Psalms 16:5-8. 
That means He knows every event that occurs in our lives and every incident that takes us by surprise. 

God is so gracious that even when we take the reins and start trying to control things and we mess up, He steps in and gets us back on the right path. 

Psalm Psalms 37:23-24 tells us "If the Lord delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord uphold him with his hand."

And we who know Christ have the wonderful assurance from Scripture that God will work every bad move, unexpected situation, mistake on our part, or tragedy on the part of someone else, and work it for good in our lives. 

As Romans Romans 8:28 assures us:  "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose." 

Deuteronomy 33:26 says “…no other god is like ours – he rides across the skies to come and help us. The eternal God is our hiding place; he carries us in his arms….”

Whether it's protecting you, providing for you, or working out your troubles-
God can be trusted to care for His own.  

Won't you start looking to Him as the One you can depend on?

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"Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called." 1 Corinthians 7:20.

In Webster's Dictionary, you will find there are fifty-nine definitions of the word, "calling!" 


What is the Biblical definition of calling? 
A "calling" is a summons by God.

Those of you that were drafted into the military know what it's like to get a letter saying you've been drafted into the military. 

That is a summons by the government for you to serve in the military. 

God gives a summons!
It's a summons to follow Him. 
It's a summons to trust Him. 

As a matter of fact, in all callings-
- there is a calling to serve, 
- a calling of sanctity, 
- a calling of sacrifice. 

That's why military service often is referred to as a calling, 
- because the same kind of things are involved-
- sacrifice, sanctity, service, 
- when you are receiving a calling of God. 

But that's not all. 

There's also a calling-
- to leave the familiar and 
- venture into the unknown. 

And that causes us to feel inadequate and insecure at times about the calling. 

But this is good-
- for it forces us to depend on God. 

When Jesus Christ calls-
- it is most of all a call to follow Him. 

Then, as we follow Him-
He calls us to specific places of service. 

Have you accepted His call?
​I have!

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Why is there such a thing as Christian yoga? 

It certainly has no biblical basis in support of it. 
Yoga is a Hindu practice and has no place in the church. 

The description of yoga is contradictory with Christianity.
Its practice strives to unite the individual soul with the "greater soul" of the universe. 

It is a whole series of ritual appreciations to the sun, being thankful for that source of energy.

If I were to go to a Hindu temple and tell them-
"Get on your knees, clasp your hands together and repeat over and over again, I accept Jesus Christ as my personal saviour". 

Do you think they would embrace it? 
So why do you as Christians embrace their religious prayer, meditation or practice? 

When you ask them about why they practice yoga, it is almost always related to stress relief. 

Yoga’s main selling point is stress relief. 
Supporters of yoga state that the stress relief comes from the practice of yoga. 

Stress relief doesn't come-
- from a practice, 
- but from a person:

He says,"Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28.

If your reason for practicing “Christian” yoga is to come closer to God-
- why would you believe that a Hindu ritual would accomplish this? 

I believe that many Christians who practice yoga may genuinely want to come closer to the Lord-
- but due to a lack of proper biblical knowledge they resort to a false practices!

So why is there "Christian" yoga at all?

Many are simply ignorant that it is a Hindu religious practice.
Many churches look it as a "hip" new way to attract people. 
Increasing the numbers coming into the church is more important than worrying about its Hindu religious roots.

Rather than trying to persuade Christians that they are in error-
- they have chosen to accommodate their error and call it "Christian" yoga to make them feel better.

Why do we need to combine any form of exercise with prayer? 

When the disciples asked Jesus how they should pray-
- did he respond by saying let’s begin with push ups? 

No, of course not. 
We can easily pray and without any exercise or gymnastics.

Keep churches-
- as a place as a worship center,
- not as a fitness club.

Study the Bible to come closer to God!

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"Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2:11.

I once read a strange story in the news about a plumber who was called in to unclog a drain. 

He had one of those snake-like devices that runs down into a drain and keeps running until the drain is cleaned out.

But this time, the "snake" did a strange thing. 
It went outside of the house through an open vent and into the house next door. 

Then it went down through a vent, came out, and grabbed a ten-year-old girl who was playing in her backyard. 

Fortunately, her little brother started crying, and they stopped. 
The fire department had to use cable cutters to set the girl free.

After reading that story-
I thought about how sin can be that way. 

You never know where it's going to go. 

When we commit a sinful act-
- we don't realize the repercussions that can take place and the other lives that can be impacted by it.

Billy Graham once said, "Immorality is an epidemic in our churches just as it is in the secular world at large...No wonder the world is in crisis."

God has a lot to say about immorality-
- and specifically adultery, in Scripture. 

It made His Top Ten list-
- the Ten Commandments. 

It was, in some cases, punishable by death. 
And we see it addressed in the New Testament as well.

God has told us not to commit adultery for good reason. 

When you cross that line of protection that God has placed around your and your spouse's life, you do so at your own peril. 

And the repercussions of that sin can last-
- for months, years, and yes, even a lifetime.

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“The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, ‘Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.’ Elisha replied to her, ‘How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?’ 2 Kings 4:1-7.

‘Your servant has nothing there at all,’ she said, ‘except a little oil.’ 

Elisha said, ‘Go around and ask all your neighbours for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.’

She left him and afterward shut the door behind her and her sons. 

They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 

When all the jars were full, she said to her son, ‘Bring me another one.‘ 

But he replied, ‘There is not a jar left.’

Then the oil stopped flowing. 
She went and told the man of God, and he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.’”

At the place where you have nothing at all, in your desperation, look and see the “little oil” that you have, not what you don’t have. 

It may be-
- a financial need, or 
- the grace to handle a difficult person, or 
- the courage to try something new. 

Your identity may be at stake, because in the Old Testament world when a woman’s husband died, she lost her identity and standing in the community. 

Do not major on your inadequacy or lack. 

Don’t bind yourself with-
“I can’t...” “It’s impossible...” “I’ll never be able to…”

Look into the face of God, listen for his voice, and follow his instruction. 

Whatever he says, do it quickly and thoroughly. 

Gather “empty jars,” as many as he says. 
Behind closed doors, in your prayer closet, present the vessels to him in the secret place. 

The widow poured oil into each one until it was full. 

Keep doing whatever God says. 
The oil flowed until all the vessels were filled, as many as the widow presented to God. 

Today be blessed to know that whatever “jars” of your emptiness you present-
God will fill them full with provision for today and for the future.

Watch over this process of obedience to him. 

The wise widow did not tell the neighbours what she was doing. 

Some people cannot understand your journey. 
Everyone does not see what you see or have the relationship with God that you have. 

You are uniquely in process with him. 

Others may try to talk you out of your faith, or discourage you, or make you feel inadequate and unworthy. 

Listen to God and protect his communication with you by knowing when to speak and when to be silent.

Be confident that your Father takes good care of what is his. 
Sparrows find nesting places, and panting deer find water. 

You are more valuable than all of these.Matthew 6:26. 
He numbers the hairs on your head, and he knows your needs.Matthew 6:32. 
He promises to feed you with the finest wheat and satisfy you with honey from the rock.Psalm 81:16. 

He himself is your provision. 
Be blessed in his daily blessings, answered prayers, and undeserved favours.

Be blessed in the name of the Eternal God,whose everlasting arms uphold you.Deuteronomy 33:27.

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"For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come."1 Timothy 4:8. 

For many, yoga is-
- simply a system of physical exercise, 
- a means of strengthening the body, 
- improving flexibility, and 
- even healing or preventing a variety of bodily ailments. 

But if we inquire into the history and philosophy of yoga we discover that “much more than a system of physical exercise for health, Yoga is an ancient path to spiritual growth.” 

It is a path enshrined in much of the Hindu literatures of India.

Thus, if we truly want a better understanding of yoga-
- we must dig beneath the surface and examine the historical roots of the subject.

Before we begin digging, however, we must first understand what the term “yoga” actually means.

According to tradition, ‘yoga’ means ‘union,’ the union…of the finite ‘jiva’ (transitory self) with the infinite’...Brahman’ (eternal Self).

Brahman” is a term often used for the Hindu concept of “god,” or Ultimate Reality. 
It is an impersonal, divine substance that “pervades, envelops, and underlies everything.”

With this in mind, let’s briefly look at three key texts that will help us chart the origin and development of yoga within India.

It appears that one can trace both the practice and goal of yoga all the way back to the Upanishads, probably written between 1000-500 B.C.

One Upanishad tells us: “Unite the light within you with the light of Brahman.”

Clearly, then, the goal of yoga (i.e. union with Brahman) is at least as old as the Upanishads.

In addition, the word “yoga” often appears in the Bhagavad Gita, a classic Hindu text possibly written as early as the fifth century B.C.
In chapter 6, Krishna declares: “Thus joy supreme comes to the Yogi...who is one with Brahman, with God.”

In about A.D. 150, the yogi Patanjali systematized yoga into eight distinct “limbs” in his Yoga Sutras. 
These eight limbs are like a staircase, supposedly leading the yogi from ignorance to enlightenment. 

In order, the eight limbs are: yama (self-control), niyama (religious observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), pratyahara (sense control), dharana (concentration), dhyana (deep contemplation), and samadhi (enlightenment).

It’s interesting to note that postures and breathing exercises, often considered to be the whole of yoga, are steps three and four along Patanjali’s “royal” road to union with Brahman.

We see that yoga is an ancient religious discipline deeply rooted in the religion of Hinduism. 

This being so, we may honestly wonder whether it’s really wise for a Christian to be involved in yoga practice. 

Let's examine some of the important doctrinal differences between yoga and Christianity.

What are the Differences?

Many people today (including some Christians) are taking up yoga practice. 

We’ll later consider whether yoga philosophy can truly be separated from yoga practice-
- but we must first establish that there are crucial doctrinal differences between yoga and Christianity. 


Yoga and Christianity have very different concepts of God. 

As previously stated, the goal of yoga is to experience union with “God.” 
But what do yogis mean when they speak of “God,” or Brahman? 
Exactly what are we being encouraged to “unite” with? 

Most yogis conceive of “God” as an impersonal, spiritual substance, coextensive with all of reality. 

This doctrine is called pantheism, the view that everything is “God.” 
It differs markedly from the theism of biblical Christianity. 

In the Bible, God reveals Himself as the personal Creator of the universe. 
God is the Creator; the universe, His creation. 
The Bible maintains a careful distinction between the two.Romans 1:18-25.


A second difference between yoga and Christianity concerns their views of man. 

Since yoga philosophy teaches that everything is “god,” it necessarily follows that man, too, is “god.” 

Christianity, however, makes a clear distinction between God and man. 
God is the Creator.
Man is one of His creatures. 

Of course man is certainly unique, for unlike the animals he was created in the image of God.
Nevertheless, Christianity clearly differs from yoga in its unqualified insistence that God and man are distinct.


Let’s briefly consider how yoga and Christianity differently conceive man’s fundamental problem, as well as its solution. 

Yoga conceives man’s problem primarily in terms of ignorance; man simply doesn’t realize that he is “God.” 
The solution is enlightenment, an experience of union with “God.” 

This solution (which is the goal of yoga) can only be reached through much personal striving and effort. 

Christianity, however, sees man’s primary problem as sin-
- a failure to conform to both the character and standards of a morally perfect God. 

Man is thus alienated from God and in need of reconciliation. 
The solution is Jesus Christ, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

Through Jesus’ death on the cross-
God reconciled the world to Himself.

He now calls men to freely receive all the benefits of His salvation through faith in Christ alone. 

Unlike yoga-
Christianity views salvation as a free gift. 

It can only be received.
It can never be earned.

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"Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you." 1 Timothy 4:16.
Make no mistake about it: 
The devil is a master manipulator and imitator. 

One of his most effective tactics is to imitate, offering a counterfeit version that is close enough to be believable, but far away enough to be damaging. 

And he has done this with the gospel. 
I believe much of what we hear today that is offered as gospel preaching actually is a false gospel.

That is why Scripture tells us as believers to rightly divide the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15. 

The Apostle Paul warned against straying from the gospel when he wrote:
"I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:6–8.

A false gospel would tell you that all you have to do is believe, but not that you need to repent. 
A false gospel would tell you there is a heaven, but would not warn you of a hell. 
A false gospel would talk only about Calvary cross, but would not teach about carrying of the cross. 

That is not the true gospel. 

Think of repentance and believing as two wings of an airplane.
It needs both. 
Or think of repentance and belief as two sides of a coin. 
They are connected. 

Repentance is letting go of something.
Believing is grabbing hold of something. 

We need to keep both our understanding and our presentation of the gospel true to God's Word.

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"Thy LORD makes poor, and makes rich: He brings low, and lifts up." 1 Samuel 2:7.

All my changes come- - from Him who never changes!   If I had grown rich- I should have seen His hand in it. And I should have praised Him.   Let me equally see His hand- - if I am made poor. And let me as heartily praise Him.   When we go down in the world- - it is of the LORD! And so we may take it patiently!!   When we rise in the world- - it is of the LORD! And we may accept it thankfully!!   In any case- The LORD has done it! And it is very well done!!

It seems that the Lord's way is- - to lower those whom He means to raise and - to strip those whom He intends to clothe.   If it is His way- - it is the wisest and best way!   If I am now enduring the bringing low- I may well rejoice, because I see in it the preface to the lifting up.   The more we are humbled by grace- - the more we shall be exalted in glory!  That impoverishment which will be overruled for our enrichment is to be welcomed!

"LORD! You have taken me down of late and made me feel my insignificance and sin. It is not a pleasant experience. But I pray to you to make it a profitable one to me. You would thus fit me to bear a greater weight of delight and of usefulness.Amen!"

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My Manna   Imagine you are in a plane on the runway.

The pilot has come on the intercom and told you that there is a delay because of the fog.   You glance out your window and it looks so gloomy and dark. You wonder if the sun is shining.   The fog lifts enough for the control tower to give the pilot the green light. And the plane takes off.   It's still cloudy. But the plane starts climbing, climbing, and climbing.   Suddenly, the plane bursts through the clouds.  And it is so gloriously bright that you have to blink your eyes.   Now, you realize the sun has been there all the time.   That's the way it is with the Lord God! The Sun of righteousness with healing in His wings.
Malachi 4:2-3.   He is always loving, always giving. He is waiting for you to see Him now.

Are you worrying about something today? What is it?   Name it and give it to God. He is more than able to carry your burden and solve your problem! . Ask Him to give you faith to trust Him with your burden. Certainly He will lead you from gloom to glory!

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" Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23. 

Years ago, a power plant in a tinyvillage caught fire one evening, alocal fire truck stood, unused, in perfectly working conditionas the plant burnt to the ground. 

Damageto the plant was great. 

And why did this stateof the art firetruck go unused? 
So sad... simply nobodyin the town knew how to operate it.

This is what Irealized. 
Amidst the everyday fires we face in our lives-
God hasgiven us precious, perfectly good working, state of the artpromises. 

Unfortunately, it seems that-
- either we are ignorant of them 
- orfail to know how to operate them!

D.L. Moody says that manyof the promises God has given to His people, to us, "seem to bepretty pictures of an ideal peace and rest, but are not appropriated aspractical helps in daily life. And not one of these promises is moreneglected that the assurance of salvation. An open Bible placesthem within reach of all, and we may appropriate the blessingwhich such a knowledge brings." 

Are youburning to put God's promises to work in your life today?

I knowI am! 

Let's get into God's Word-
- get to know the depth of Hiscommitment to us, 
- and put His wonderful promises to action!

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"Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28.

Even when you're young and strong-- life can wear you down sometimes, 
- both physically and emotionally. 

There is one form of weariness, however, that no nap, bubble bath, or summer break can touch--spiritual exhaustion.

This usually happens gradually and imperceptibly. 
You might not even be aware that your spiritual strength is draining-- but one day you realize your soul feels heavy from all you've experienced. 

It happens...

-When you stop spending time with God as you once did.
-When you allow unconfessed sin or bitterness to weigh you down.
-When you hold on to your anxieties instead of giving them to God.
-When you wrestle with decisions God has already made for you.

These things can subtly eat away at your spiritual strength until you finally hit the wall. 

You'll know it when it happens-
- because you'll consider your Christian life a drain-
- a burden rather than a joy.

It doesn't have to be that way, however. 

Jesus offers you a perfect, peaceful rest that no human therapy could ever give you. 

He can give you strength, not only to get back on your feet, but to "soar on wings like eagles." Isaiah 40:31. 

He loves you. 
He wants to carry your burdens. 

Go to him and find rest for your soul.

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"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renewtheir strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run,and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31. 
We've all heard the word "nesting" but have we ever takena close look at true nesting in action? 

When a mother eagle starts building her nest-- she begins usingitems we wouldn't at all expect for such a job -- sharp thorns, brokenbranches, rocks etc. 

Later, she places on top of it a layer of wool, feathers,and fur from animals she has killed, making it soft and comfortable for hereggs. 
Her eggs eventually hatch and her little ones grow to flying age. 

Aswith any creature, growing up is never an easy thing. 
That's precisely whenmom begins "stirring up the nest." 

With her strong talons, she beginspulling up the thick carpet of fur and feathers, bringing the sharp rocksand branches to the surface. 
As more of the bedding gets plucked up, thenest becomes more uncomfortable for the young eagles. 

Eventually, this andother urgings prompt the little eagles to leave their once-comfortableabode and move on to bigger and better things like learning to fly andeventually making homes and families for themselves.

I think some of us may have gotten a little too comfortable in ournests. 
We've had all the warmth, comfort and free meals we could want butall good things come to better things, with the Lord! 

It's time to fly!

Let's not be bitter at the Lord for pluckingup our comfortable nests. 
He wants us to be all that we can be! 
He wants usto accomplish all the things He has for us-- to reach our fullestpotential,- to experience the amazing sensation of flying, 
- even soaring,high above our problems and issues and 
- whatever other distractions hold usback from growing up in Him. 

Let's take the leap of faith today.

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"Wait for the Lord; be courageous and let your heart be strong. Wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:14.

Waiting is one of the hardest things to do in all the world! 

If you have to wait for someone who's late, or if you're expecting something important in the mail, or if you're waiting for the phone to ring, it can almost drive you crazy! 

Waiting means you're not in control. 
Someone else,besides you,is getting to determine what happens next.

Waiting on the Lord, however, is a different matter. 

When God delays in giving you something, he has a good reason. 
It's not that he doesn't love you or that he wants to make you squirm. 

It's a matter of timing.

Waiting on God reminds us of just how much our lives depend on him. 
Every day we wait is another day to realize how helpless we are apart from his strength. 

This is why waiting on God can be one of the most spiritually rewarding things we ever do. 
Waiting on God doesn't mean sitting around doing nothing. 

It involves action on our part:

* We should pray.
* We should continue doing what God told us last.
* We should watch for what he does next.
* We should check our hearts to see if sin is hindering God's answer.
* We should be patient for God's timimg.

If you're waiting on God for something right now, don't consider the time an idle, frustrating experience. 

Trust that he loves you.And that his answer will come.

"For you have need of endurance-- so that after you have done the will of God, 
- you may receive the promise." Hebrews 10:36.

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"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22.

Three birds are sitting on a telephone wire.
Two of them decide to fly south.

How many are left?


It's three.

This is because deciding to fly south isn't the same as doing it.

It's a bit like the difference between a want and a wish.

I may want to lose some extra kilos and decide to do it-
- but don't do anything about it.

This makes my desire and decision to lose weight nothing more than a wish.

In life it's not what I say, wish, or decide that counts.
It's what I do.

Action always needs to follow one's decision.
Otherwise it is meaningless.

Have you been wanting to make amends with a friend whom you hurt or who has hurt you, or with whom you had a difference?

Have you been meaning to visit a shut-in elderly person, make a phone call, send a card, or write a letter to a friend in need, buy flowers for your wife or special friend?

Then don't delay.
Do it today.

Good intentions are simply not enough.

Our character is defined and our lives are determined not by what we want, say or think, but by what we do.

And as God's Word says-
"Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."

"Dear God, please help me to be a doer of your word and not just a listener. Help me to be a proactive person and make good things happen and not be an uninvolved bystander. And help me to always practice what I preach. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, Amen."

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