Quick question – what hymns or songs did you sing this Easter morning?
Though it is the most momentous Sunday in Christianity and the most incredible event on planet earth, our fickle memories can even turn Easter into a distant memory. The tears about Jesus’ death – Good Friday – have long been wiped and so has been the Sunday sermon on Jesus’ resurrection. The final busy week of March is upon most of us, employee appraisals hang like Goliath’s sword above our heads and it’s India vs. West Indies at World Cup T 20 tonight. Thank you, but move on Easter!
As the intensity of that empty tomb in Israel dwindles down to “harmless” levels, here’s an encouragement for all Christians out there.
Easter is more than an annual festival. It’s a quiet revolution that should rightly turn your world upside down, one day at a time.
For starters, consider what Billy Graham once said –
“There is more evidence that Jesus rose from the dead than there is that Julius Caesar ever lived or that Alexander the Great died at the age of thirty-three.”
The undeniable reality of Jesus coming alive three days after dying a bloody, brutal death on the cross is so solid a supernatural event, that I still wonder how as a knowledgeable Hindu, I was not aware of this truth for twenty-one years.
Siblings just don’t know how to live with one another. At least, that’s what you would say if you tried to trace out the lives of most siblings in the Bible.
We see Cain murder Abel, Jacob tricking Esau and Joseph being sold into slavery by his own older brothers. Jesus’ biological brothers made fun of the very Son of God- we’re glad He did not zap them with thunderbolts in return. If you’ve had siblings, you would have had your (un)fair share of animosity, bruises and tears.
But sibling apathy is another matter. This less-intensive but destructive phenomenon is easily noticeable in adults.
Come 2016 & at least those of us who are not too dejected have made our new year resolutions. Two weeks into the year, have you already felt the pinch of failure that has dented your confidence?
Hopefully you have made reasonable resolutions.
Here’s a look at some common & uncommon resolutions that are dumb, because they’re unattainable. But it’s interesting how so many of us resolve to live and behave as if these resolutions are true and are goals that are totally worth it.
Get ready for some resolution bubble-bursting!
Resolution 1: “To land my dream job in 2016”.
In one sense, a lot of people will get jobs this year- by hook or crook- that they desperately wanted to be in. In that sense, yes, yes many will get their “dream jobs”. But to get there, we will have bought into the devil ‘s delusion that this new job will keep us permanently happy, will give us a sense of fulfillment each week, where we won’t feel like leaving- EVER!
What wishful thinking! Jobs were never designed to make us happy. in the first place. The last I remember, God in response to mankind’s rebellion cursed our first ancestor that he would work by the sweat of his brow to earn his bread (Gen 3:17-19). Continue reading “Six Asinine New Year Resolutions for 2016”
Marg churches travelled to YMCA Lakeside, Nilshi on Friday, 18th December 2015 for our annual church camp. Our trip began slightly delayed, but finally all the saints from sundry workplaces arrived, all the children piled up into the LUV machine and all the adults stopped having pseudo-lunch. Soon, a convoy of cars was speeding towards Talegaon under the winter sun.
After a detour from the closed railway crossing near Kamshet (why do they have to repair the track when WE go to Nilshi, why? Last year, same drama!), we found ourselves sharing a badly maintained road with other vehicles and herds of buffalo. The road soon became better as it meandered splendidly between some hills and the Andhra lake.
We arrived at YMCA Lakeside before sundown and settled down in our rooms that were surrounded by nature all around – literally. The rooms are underground and surrounded, even on their top, by grass and shrubs, making the campsite a natural green spectacle.
Over the next two days, we had three sessions based on the theme Gospel Fluency. You can read about the session details below. We also had enough time to go swimming and kayaking in the lake and to play some nail-biting and yet hilarious cricket matches. Some of us managed to play board games right into the night and sit in front of a bonfire under the constellation-studded, deep blue night sky. Nothing beats family time with one another in the church!