June 26, 2020
In today’s Christian world many teachings sound good but have a wrong basis or emphasis. Others are simply wrong, being a mixture of God’s Word and man’s imaginations. We must follow the instructions of Paul in such matters, as he wrote: “...Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). This responsibility begins with us by self-evaluation. We must look at the Word of God, which is that “mirror ourselves to see,”
We live in a country where myths (a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events) and karma (the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences) rule people’s imaginations.
The Gospel of the Lord Jesus has to be in purity. It is quite challenging sometimes. We can't do it all...can't just do it... We're dependent on sources like Prayer, Prayer, Prayer (James 5:16b-17) The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Fruitful ministry despite obstacles
Past two weeks of June were fruitful, though we were strictly administered by the government officials under home quarantine for 21 days, as we returned back to the Bengaluru home after 78 days with all inter-state transit permissions.
First things first: all things were in-place’ no one had broken in. We cleaned the house, installed new broadband connection, and were checked by government medical officials.
Though we were confined inside the walls, God renewed our strength to re-focus on sharing the Gospel, pure Gospel, singing, praising, worshiping. We started online Sunday worshi, ;two ministers from different parts of India ministered on Facebook live daily.
What’s App Prayer Partners Groups with two different languages (Hindi/Telugu):
1. Simple text forwards have been touching many lives.
2. Small Biblical Video clips in the Telugu language have been a blessing to many new converts and seekers.
Sister A told us over a call to stop sending verses from the Bible. I assured her that they would not be sent. But numbers being unknown, and she being unable to figure me out from her number, the text messages kept going. Last week the same sister returned to seek prayer for her family and received Jesus in her life.
Friends ask that I should keep forwarding the messages, as they forward them to their fellow believers.
Prayer requests kept pouring in for different needs:
Pastor P shares his joy of conducting fellowship over the phone. One new fellowship started this Friday in a new location, bringing the total to 3 fellowships to minister in a week.
Pastor K recorded his new song written by his wife. He ministered from a remote location via mobile network on a mountain top over the Facebook.
I greatly rejoice to have found favor to minister in His vineyard. Away from this rented house, I was able to take care of family & parents in the remote village of mine. This would be the first time ever that I stayed in my father's village for a long period, where temperature reached 46 degree Celsius (114+ Fahrenheit) . On a occasions I got involved in the community effort to fight Covid-19 in my village. Returning back to base seemed impossible, yet God heard our prayers to get online permissions for transit.