Academic Dishonesty- Why Do We All Cheat?

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A recent article in the Indian Express reminded me of a common practice from my school & college days – cheating during examinations.

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You might be thinking of the much-publicized image of parents & other helpers climbing to 3rd and 4th storeys of an examination building to help students cheat during matriculation exams in a district in Bihar; an image that renewed India’s subscription to the ignominy of being known for blatant cheating. But the news article I am referring to is not about Bihar; it’s about some school students in Delhi. Continue reading “Academic Dishonesty- Why Do We All Cheat?”

Marg Church Camp 2015 – Gospel Fluency

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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.

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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!

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One of the best things church camps can facilitate is the Biblical quality of reflection. Continue reading “Marg Church Camp 2015 – Gospel Fluency”

Purity #3 : Gospel-Truths Will Conquer Sexual Temptation

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Have you faced lack of interest in reading or studying the Bible after giving in to sexual temptation?
I have. Either I couldn’t “find time”, or my “quiet time” would become two minute-long “The Fast and the Frustrated” affairs.
Even when I could find time, it would be as dry as sandpaper: there used to be tons of guilt over my sexual uncleanness- God used to feel distant and there was no motivation to know more about my dear Saviour Jesus.

Has this been your exprience? Ever wondered why all this happens?

1. Feast on God’s Word

We are beings who live by finding our satisfaction in things or people. Our spirits need spiritual food.

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Eat the right stuff.

The catch?

We were designed to find our soul’s joy only in the person of God our Father and our deepest sexual fulfillment in His designs (marriage or undefiled singleness).

Lust, sexually impure images or adultery, is spiritual poison for us. We will always choose between the feast of God and the feast of the Devil.

Which is why the Bible exhorts Christians to help ourselves to the great feast (Matt 4:4) offered within it! And to battle sexual impurity,

STEP #3: Starting now, remind yourself of the Good News by which you have been given new life, the very life of Christ. Continue reading “Purity #3 : Gospel-Truths Will Conquer Sexual Temptation”

Why Does Marg Harp About “The Local Church” So Much?

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If you have been part of Marg church gatherings, you must have heard the term ‘the local church‘ zap past you in at least a few discussions. If you are like me, you must have wondered – “whuhh, I wonder why do they say ‘local church’ and not just ‘church’?”.

How does it even matter?

There are two ways of defining anything:

Way #1 – How God defines it.

Way #2 – How everyone else defines it.

This is true for the local church too.

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My precious brothers and sisters at Marg, other Christians and friends from other faiths could ask you why do you place such importance to your local church community.

You might have an answer ready, but is your response based from the Bible? If it is not, why should any Christ-follower trust what you have to say?

Continue reading “Why Does Marg Harp About “The Local Church” So Much?”