Verse of the day: Psalm 42:5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Thought for the day: We visited couple of elderly folks in a nursing home the other day. Some of them go through what is called as “loneliness” in their lives. Loneliness is the “hidden killer” of the elderly people according to British campaigners. They warn that lonely older people are at increased risk of depression, lack of exercise and bad diet. A lack of social interaction can make old people more vulnerable to depression and to problems such as excessive drinking, poor diet and a reduction in exercise. Not just older people, loneliness can hit any age group and cause tremendous damage including loss of life. People may be found in the crowd or may be living with families, but still they experience loneliness in their lives. Sudden separation and disappointments seem to be the cause of loneliness in most of the victims. There is no medication or therapy for loneliness. Only God can bring healing in their lives. You and I need to encourage such victims to develop a closer relationship with God. I am sure God is well pleased in our service.
Balan Swaminathan Feb 13, 2011
Verse of the day: Proverbs 24:17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
Thought for the day: It was a two lane road and I was driving to my office in the morning. The traffic on the right lane was slow; I changed to the left lane. The flow was good on the left lane for some time. Suddenly the left lane slowed down and the right lane speed increased. I was not happy about that as I was already late to my office. After a while I found my lane was picking up speed and I was happy about that. More than that, I rejoiced within me when I realized that the right lane almost came to a standstill. All the cars passed me by earlier were held behind in the right lane. I was saying within me, “How clever I was to take the left lane and stay on the left lane”. This is part of the thrill most of us enjoy while driving. Having pleasure thinking that we are better than someone else and rejoicing when someone else is in trouble are the desires of the flesh. We may not show it outside, but that is how we respond internally. God is particular about our attitude than our service.
Balan Swaminathan Feb 10, 2011
Verse of the day: Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Thought for the day: At times the highway sign boards are quite confusing. Even though we are sure about our destination, if we are little careless, we end up in taking wrong exit and driving towards wrong destination. There are many voices around us everyday giving direction for our living. If we listen to every voice, we may not live in the way we want to live. We easily get into trouble not due to lack of advice, but due to excess of advice. It is true even in our Christian walk in this earth. We listen to teachings not only in the church, but in the radio, television, CDs, podcasts, downloads, and many other means. We also read various books, articles, magazines, etc. Many are confused with these different types of Christian teachings currently in the world. As everyone claims that their teaching is the one according to the Bible, we are tossed here and there without knowing what to follow. If we want to do God’s will and walk in His ways, we need to listen from Him. Anything other than God’s voice is from the devil or from the flesh. Be careful about what we listen and from whom we listen. We need to know our destination and take the right exit in order to reach.
Balan Swaminathan Feb 09, 2011
Verse of the day: Mark 13:36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.
Thought for the day: Some of us can control pretty much anything except sleep. We don’t really care where we are, we doze instantly. Winter has become an excuse for most of us to sleep extra hours. When we are on duty, if we are found sleeping we are entitled for punishment. Sleep has caused security lapses in the history. Sleep has brought many into poverty. Sleep has also hampered God’s work on earth. God has kept us at the door to watch for the movement of the enemy. Enemy walks in and plunders the souls, but we have no idea about that. God is constantly pursuing us to be awake. But we fall into sleep again and again. Remember, we are appointed by God in this earth with a specific mission. One day the Master is going to come without any notice. Let Him not find us sleeping.
Balan Swaminathan Feb 08, 2011
Verse of the day: Romans 12:9-10 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Thought for the day: One of the toughest things to do in my life is to love others. I don’t have problem in loving people of my choice. I struggle within me to extend this love to others who are in need of love. I don’t really care about time, effort and money when I have to show my love to the person of my choice. But I am tightfisted in the matter of loving those who are in need of love. Most of the time I am tempted to love the person who will love me back. I am not ready to love unless there is an assurance of love in return. The sincere love must be unconditional. There are people out there in the world longing for real love. Only God’s love is the real love. But unfortunately they don’t see God, but they see me walking everyday in front of them, ignoring them. I got an opportunity to see my hardened heart in the mirror one day and found what is missing in it. 1. Humility – manifestation of God’s love, 2. Sacrifice – result of God’s love.
Balan Swaminathan Feb 07, 2011