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September 6th, 2010

Investments In The Bank Of Paradise

Investments in Paradise

Each time there is an act of mercy towards a fellow human from our side, it results in a deposit in our account in heaven and each time we deny mercy to a fellow human it results in a withdrawal and decrease of net worth of our account in heaven. Eventually, on the day of reckoning when Jesus takes stock of our account, if it runs into a negative balance, we run the risk of losing our place in heaven.

In Matthew 6: 19 –21, Jesus says  – “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.

Is it wrong to be rich?

Why does Jesus say in Matthew 19: 23, “truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven”? Is it because being rich is a sin or a crime? Definitely not, Jesus is not averse to a person being rich but what concerns him is our attitude towards money and possessions. Abraham and Job two of the most righteous men that we come across in the Bible were blessed with an abundance of wealth and possessions. Despite being very rich they placed their life firmly in God and gave him priority over every other person or possession in their lives.

Jesus wants us to be selfless in our use of wealth and possessions. At the end of the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12: 21, Jesus tells us what the right attitude towards wealth is – “So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.”

How does one become rich towards God?
(1) By being selfless and
(2) By investing in the Lord’s real estate (his most cherished properties) – the meek, strangers and foes.

Acts of mercy

On the day of reckoning what do we want Jesus to be – a Judge or a Savior?

The parable of the wicked servant in Matthew chapter 18 verses 23-35 highlights the difference in the approach of a Savior and that of a Judge. While the Judge goes strictly by the law a Savior is always merciful. Verses 32-34 tell us how the Savior becomes a Judge. “Then his Lord summoned him and said to him, you wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you? And in anger his Lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt”.

What should we then do to have Jesus as our Savior? Live Matthew chapter 25 verses 35, 36. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me”.

– – – written by L.A. Lajan Miranda

September 1st, 2010

Does God Exist?

Does God Exist

Does God Exist? Yes or No? 

Here is an attempt to candidly offer some of the reasons which suggest that God exists.

When it comes to the possibility of God’s existence, the Bible says that there are people who have seen sufficient evidence, but they have suppressed the truth about God. On the other hand, for those who want to know God if he is there, he says, “You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.” Before you look at the facts surrounding God’s existence, ask yourself, If God does exist, would I want to know him? Here then, are some reasons to consider…

1. The complexity of our planet points to a deliberate Designer who not only created our universe, but sustains it today.

2. The universe had a start – what caused it?

3. The universe operates by uniform laws of nature. Why does it?

4. The DNA code informs, programs a cell’s behavior.

5. We know God exists because he pursues us. He is constantly initiating and seeking for us to come to him.

6. Unlike any other revelation of God, Jesus Christ is the clearest, most specific picture of God revealing himself to us.

What proof did Jesus give for claiming to be divine?

He did what people can’t do. Jesus performed miracles. He healed people…blind, crippled, deaf, even raised a couple of people from the dead. He had power over objects…created food out of thin air, enough to feed crowds of several thousand people. He performed miracles over nature…walked on top of a lake, commanding a raging storm to stop for some friends. People everywhere followed Jesus, because he constantly met their needs, doing the miraculous. He said if you do not want to believe what I’m telling you, you should at least believe in me based on the miracles you’re seeing.

If you want to begin a relationship with God now, you can.

This is your decision, no coercion here. But if you want to be forgiven by God and come into a relationship with him, you can do so right now by asking him to forgive you and come into your life. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock. He who hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him [or her].”19 If you want to do this, but aren’t sure how to put it into words, this may help: “Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins. You know my life and that I need to be forgiven. I ask you to forgive me right now and come into my life. I want to know you in a real way. Come into my life now. Thank you that you wanted a relationship with me. Amen.”

God views your relationship with him as permanent. Referring to all those who believe in him, Jesus Christ said of us, “I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.”20

So, does God exist?

Looking at all these facts, one can conclude that a loving God does exist and can be known in an intimate, personal way. 

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– – – written by Marilyn Adamson

August 29th, 2010

Story : Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love in Action

There was a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. He hesitated only for a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.”

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away”.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her. But why do we not wonder, that he was ready to die for his sister!

Read another story of unconditional love here.

Unconditional Love of God

The Bible tells us that “God is Love” (1 John 4:8). There are many passages in the Bible that give us God’s definition of love. The most well known verse is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” So one way God defines love is in the act of giving.

However, what God gave (or should we say, “who” God gave) was not a mere gift-wrapped present; God sacrificed His only Son so that we, who put our faith in His Son, will not spend eternity separated from Him. This is an amazing love, because we are the ones who choose to be separated from God through our own sin, yet it’s God who mends the separation through His intense personal sacrifice, and all we have to do is accept His gift.

God is Love, and His love is very different from human love. God’s love is unconditional, and it’s not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn’t love us because we’re lovable or because we make Him feel good; He loves us because He is love. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him, and He sacrificed His own Son (who also willingly died for us) to restore that relationship.

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