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Hebrews 11:6b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 26 October 2017

Read: Hebrews 11:6b

Aperson who approaches God in worship and prayer is aptly described as “he that cometh to God”. Such a person must believe the existence of the living and true God as He has revealed Himself to us in His Word. It is not sufficient to believe in some supernatural, powerful force or energy that some would vaguely refer to as “God”. One must believe that He is the God whom He Himself has revealed through His Word. And for us, that means to believe in the God who is also one with Jesus Christ. To believe in anything other than what He has revealed Himself to be...


Ephesians 4:29a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Read: Ephesians 4:29a

This is a prohibition against bad speech. The Greek word for “corrupt” denotes that which is putrid, rotten and hence corrupting, defiling and injurious. Jesus said in Matthew 15:18, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

Corrupt communication includes many kinds of bad speech, such as bad language, vulgar and profane exclamations, foolish talking, filthy conversation, unprofitable remarks, profane oaths, lies, false witnessing, angry utterances, provocative words, demeaning statements, hurtful words, curses, threatening...


Romans 8:1

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Read: Romans 8:1

The Christian’s freedom from condemnation is declared here – “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (v. 1a).

The phrase, “There is therefore”, refers us back to the previous chapter, where the Christian’s spiritual struggles against the flesh are discussed. However, it ended with a great shout of victory and joy – “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin...


Isaiah 41:10b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 23 October 2017

Read: Isaiah 41:10b

Athreefold commitment from the LORD God to His people is found in God’s “I will’s” — I will, I will, I will — in this portion of Isaiah 41:10. Oh, the certainty of the promise! His assurance to His people speaks of His foreknowledge and readiness to help them in the midst of their troubles. In its context, the Lord revealed to them the great troubles that the nation of Israel and the world around them would face. However, the Lord wanted them to know that He remained committed to them as their unchanging and unfailing God...


Ephesians 4:28b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 22 October 2017

Read: Ephesians 4:28b

AChristian should never pursue any dishonest means of material gain, such as through stealing. He is advised to “labour, working with his hands”. The thief must stop stealing and begin to put in some hard, honest labour. The Greek word for “labour” (kopiáō) denotes toil or engaging in hard work to the point of exhaustion. Paul used this word in connection with “working with his hands”. Christians should prefer hard, manual labour to stealing. The apostle Paul, when he was without any financial assistance, had given himself to hard labour, working with his hands to support the Gospel work...


Proverbs 1:10

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 21 October 2017

Read: Proverbs 1:10

This is a very necessary fatherly advice to all young people against the lure of sinners. With tenderness and gravity of heart, the young person is addressed: “My son”. It is vital that parents and those who minister to young people maintain an affectionate and yet vigilant spirit, to offer them timely advice that would guard them against the lure of sinners...


Isaiah 41:10a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 20 October 2017

Read: Isaiah 41:10a

These assuring words pertaining to God’s presence were given to Israel in the context of Isaiah’s prediction concerning the conquest by the Persian king, Cyrus. The latter is referred to as the “man from the east” in verse 2. Some two centuries before this Persian king was born, Isaiah predicted his victories, even calling him by name in later chapters (cf. 44:28; 45:1). According to verses 6 and 7, because of his allconquering military advance, the trembling nations would be driven to help and encourage one other and also to turn to their idols for help, but all to no avail...


1 Peter 5:11

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 19 October 2017

Read: 1 Peter 5:11

After emphasising God’s grace that leads us through our sufferings to eternal glory, Peter burst forth into a brief anthem of praise to God. This doxology is found at the end of Peter’s prayer. Earlier in this epistle, a similar doxology was mentioned - “that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen...


Colossians 3:16a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Read: Colossians 3:16a

What is “the word of Christ”? It refers to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Christ is their Author and their subject matter. The Scriptures testify of Him. Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

So, when we listen to the words of the Bible, we are listening to Christ Himself. It should surprise no one that Christ has such titles as “the Word” (John 1:1, 14; 1 John 1:1-2; 5:7; Revelation 19:13), “the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24, 30; Colossians 2:3), and “the truth” (John 14:6). He was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14); in fact, “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ...


2 Thessalonians 3:3

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Read: 2 Thessalonians 3:3

The certainty of our ultimate salvation is grounded in God’s faithfulness. The Lord is faithful to all His promises that He has made. The Lord cannot lie (Numbers 23:19). Neither will He alter nor fail to perform that which is gone out of His mouth.

Men may be faithless and turn out to be untrue, but not God. Though many (who are church members) may abandon their sacred and solemn vows and show no fidelity to the cause of Christ, God will never desert His great purpose on which He has set His heart and pledged His Word...



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