Why Easter Is One Of The Most Practical Celebrations Ever

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Practical.  praktɪk(ə)l/

1. concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas.
2. to succeed or be effective in real circumstances; feasible.

Easter was this Sunday. Already gone. Traditional. Church buildings. Easter bunnies and eggs. How could such a holiday be practical to someone like you, me and to Narinder?

Narinder does not exist. But many could vouch for the existence of people like him in India. He was, until two years ago, a drunkard who lived a sorry existence which ended mercifully when He heard from the Bible, of God making a sacrifice for his sins in a way that displayed astounding love. He doesn’t want to be the old wife-beater and terror to his children anymore. Continue reading “Why Easter Is One Of The Most Practical Celebrations Ever”

Sanctified Time Pass – Poverty and Suffering

Welcome back to the Monday edition of helping you pass the time at work or home with some good reading from around the world wide web. Enjoy!

5 Heart-piercing, thought-provoking articles

Is there any future for the impossibly hopeless people in our communities?
The author pointedly shows our arrogance and pride towards those we feel as hopeless in our societies? Are they the ones who are hopeless or are we?

Different kinds of poverty
That previous article brings us to a different question. What does poverty really mean? If we think it means just monetarily poor, we have it all wrong.

Life as a Boko Haram captive
This is gruesome account of harrowing tales of women who have endured and survived what it means to be in one of those camps of poverty. Read this with a deeply prayerful heart.

Christians, you will suffer
Don’t start to think that suffering is only for… them. This will wake us up to the fact that this is what we are called for, and this is one of our best witnesses to a lost world.

We complain because we forget
Now while going through that promised suffering, the temptation for us is to complain and whine about the situation. Well, here we have a diagnosis and a solution for our complaining.

Verse of the Week

1 Peter1:6-7
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Faith-strengthening video

This video recounts the story of a pastor’s wife who suffered from life-ending breast cancer. Keep some tissues handy, it will be hard to watch this without shedding a tear or two.

Three Things You Might Not Know About Good Friday

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If you are not a Christian, this is for you!
I am almost certain you already know that ‘Jesus died for sins’ on Good Friday. Yada yada.

Here are three things even some Christians may not know about Good Friday.

While #3 is for your consideration, try #1 and #2 on them when they come back “from church”. Test their religious knowledge- on Good Friday!

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The governor washes his hands off Jesus.

1. The Bible never commands Christians to remember Jesus’ death on Good Fridays

Your religious Christian room-mate/colleague is “attending church” especially today. Continue reading “Three Things You Might Not Know About Good Friday”