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ON MEDITATION There are a few well meaning Christian friends who ask me about my leaning towards eastern philosophy and meditation. I w...

Monday, January 29, 2018



My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else guard your heart, for it is the well spring of life. Put away perversity from your mouths; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; keep your foot from evil.
-Proverbs 4:20-27 New International Version

In these wisdom sayings, we are instructed to live wisely by giving careful attention to God’s Word and God’s Wisdom. We can do this by listening very well, as in bending our ears, to God’s teachings, keeping them in mind and not forgetting them. God’s Word are the key to life to those who find them.

This also implies careful study of God’s Word. If we apply God’s teachings, we reap the amazing benefits of life and health to our bodies. God’s teaching and instruction will guide us to live in the right way and refrain from, conduct , which may cause unhealthy stress, strain, or illness in body and mind. Jesus said, “The words I speak to you are spirit and life.”

We are also reminded to guard our hearts. The heart refers to the mind and affection. We should guard our hearts for they are the well spring of life. We need to be careful what goes into our hearts (minds) for out “out of the heart of man proceed evil thoughts ( Mark 7:21-23). Our thoughts run our lives.
Then we are instructed to deal with our mouths. We should put away deceitful talks, perversity of speech and lies. We should be careful what comes out of our mouths and lips. “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29)

For the use of our eyes, this wisdom saying teaches us to fix our eyes straight ahead with singleness of purpose, looking steadily at what is good. We need to be careful with what our eyes behold, especially in the world today where all sorts of worldly attraction compete for our attention. We focus our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, for what is seen is temporal and what is unseen is eternal.

Then finally we need to deal with our feet. Our means of locomotion, which bring us to where we go. We have to know the direction where we are going, and to walk in established ways or level paths, not the unsecured or unstable way, lest we stumble or fall. We should be steadfast and determined to follow the right direction where God leads us, and should not be misled to the wrong turn.
This is living wisely.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017



We enjoy the convenience, ease and speed provided by modern technology. Travel is fast, communication quick, work is optimized, and efficient with the use of intelligent machines and gadgets; knowledge, information and advances in research grow by leaps and bounds every day using the most sophisticated super computers . These things have brought mankind to the highest level of self sufficiency far more surpassing any accomplishment since the age of renaissance.

But one thing is certain. The aircrafts, cars, computers, cell phones, cameras, television, toys, medical equipment, gadgetry, will not run without power. They become useless without power.

The same can be said of the Christian life, which fails to tap into the greatest Source of Power. A life controlled and directed by the Spirit of God is an empowered life. A life connected to Christ is well lived and fruitful, it is true life, a powerful testimony. To be disconnected from the Source means to be dead and without use.

Listen to what the Lord said, “ Yes, I am the vine you are the branches. Those who remain in me and I in them will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered to a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want and it will be granted.” (John 15:5-7 NLT)

Dr. John MacArthur succinctly explains this passage as a strong metaphor of deep significance. He said: “The vine-and-branches concept makes an ideal metaphor, because it is filled with parallels to our relationship with Christ. A branch grows through its connection with the vine, and  we grow because of our relationship with Christ. A branch is nothing apart from the vine, and we can do nothing apart from Him. A branch draws strength from the vine, and we become strong through Him.”
Think about it my friend.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017



As committed and professing Christians now more than ever we need to reaffirm our basic faith that the story of Christ’s incarnate birth, actually happened:

There was the undeniably historical figure named Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who issued a call for a census.

The journey from Nazareth was indeed long and difficult and dangerous.

The Virgin Mary truly was pregnant.

Joseph was going home for Christmas.

Bethlehem was in fact a small village.

The village Inn was full and there was no room.

Jesus was born in a stable and took his first nap in a feeding-trough.

The accounts in the Gospel of the birth of our Lord is true. These things are not legends or myths or fairy tales. It happened in the history of mankind, when God decided to enter our world, taking a most unusual route. Taking on human flesh, born as a man, born into a human family, to Jewish parents, born in poverty, in a forgotten village, in a stable.

Unexpected and unknown to the religious and political leaders of the time, the Son of God came to this earth, leaving His throne in Heaven.

Because the Gospel records this to be true, our faith does not rest on vague speculations. No, it rests on sober historical fact. Let there be not the slightest doubt among us today.

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King.”

“O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.”

It is true not because we sing it or because we say it or because we believe it. 

It is true not because our parents told us the story a long time ago. It is true because it happened.

There is left to each of us a choice. What will we do with the Christ-child this Christmas?

Will we run to meet Him and welcome Him in our hearts?

Or will we post a “no vacancy” sign again this year?

Do we sing with the angels, “Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born king” or are we too busy feasting, receiving gifts, and merry making without deeply reflecting on the significance of Christ’s coming to this earth.