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Friday, January 31, 2014

Joseph Martin's Anthem

Joseph Martin's Anthem 

"Just beyond the manger, I hear no lullabies,
I see no golden hay, I feel no starlight.
Just beyond the manger I hear the hammer fall,
I see a rugged cross, I feel the chill of night.
Just beyond the manger, I see no swaddling clothes
I hear no angels sing I feel no candles' glow
Just beyond the manger I see a lonely hill the Savior crying still
I hear the thunder roll….just beyond the manger.
Forgive us Lord and grant us eyes to see in every Christmas, CALVARY.
Implant it in our hearts. Help us recall mid trees of red and gold
That on another tree raised long ago we hung God's brightest Star."



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

He Maketh No Mistake


He Maketh No Mistake
Pastor  A. M. Overton
Source - Malankara World Journal

My Father's way may twist and turn
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I'm glad to know,
He maketh no mistake.

My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away,
But still I'll trust my Lord to lead,
For He doth know the way.

Tho' night be dark and it may seem
That day will never break,
I'll pin my faith, my all, in Him,
He maketh no mistake.

There's so much now I cannot see,
My eyesight's far too dim,
But come what may,
I'll simply trust and leave it all to Him.

For by and by the mist will lift,
And plain it all He'll make,
Through all the way, tho' dark to me,
He made not one mistake.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Historic Christian 1200 year site found in china



Historic Christian 1200 year site found in China
Historic Christian site found in China



Nestorian Christian site in China dates back at least 1,200 years.

A niche in a stone wall with a cross carved above it has now been verified by experts as a repository for the ashes and bones of Christians. The experts also confirmed that this is the earliest Nestorian burial place discovered so far in China.

The discovery at the Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site in central Henan province, was made in 2009. Its verification was announced to the public this week.

Precise dating has yet to be carried out, but it would have been created at some time during China’s Ming and Tang dynasties of 316-907 AD. It has yet to be established if it is older than the well known Nestorian Stele, an inscribed limestone tablet found in Xi’an, Shaanxi, which dates back to 781 AD and is currently considered the most ancient Nestorian artefact.

The discovery was made by Jiao Jianhui, a researcher at the Longmen Grottoes Research Institute. The grottoes contain thousands of Buddhist and Daoist statues and carvings, There are many similar niches at the grottoes, carved with Buddha statues as well as inscriptions to say that the deceased are buried there.

Originating in the Middle East in the fifth century AD, the Nestorian Christian Church was initially recognized by the Tang Emperor Taizong but suppressed by his successors.

As Jiao pointed out, the discovery of the site puts a different perspective on historians’ beliefs about those early days in China. “Historical records shows  Buddhist suppression of the Nestorian Church in the Tang Dynasty,” he said. “But the niche shows some religious tolerance, as the two religions could coexist harmoniously at the Grottoes.”

- ucanews

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

World Watch List for Christian Persecution

2014 The World Watch List for Christian Persecution (WWL)

Open Doors International compiles a list of countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is most severe. Listed below is the top 25 countries for 2014 (ODI list has 50 countries) and the comparable ranking in 2013.

Note that Syria has leapfrogged from #11 in 2013 to #3 in 2014, the biggest jump in the countries studied. Both Pakistan and Myanmar also had big increase in its rankings, although not at the severity as experienced by Syria.

Country2014 Rank2013 Rank
North Korea11
Somalia25
Syria311
Iraq44
Afghanistan53
Saudi Arabia62
Maldives76
Pakistan814
Iran98
Yemen109
Sudan1112
Eritrea1210
Libya1317
Nigeria1413
Uzbekistan1516
Central African
Republic
16new
Ethiopia1715
Vietnam1821
Qatar1920
Turkmenistan2019
Laos2118
Egypt2225
Myanmar2332
Brunei2427
Colombia2546
India2831

With the exception of North Korea – ranked No. 1 for the 12th year in a row – every other country on the top 10 list had as its source of persecution, Islamic extremism. North Korea's persecution of Christians was due to communist oppression and dictatorial paranoia, explained Open Doors in its 2014 World Watch List. According to the report, the countries with the most extreme persecution besides North Korea are: Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran, and Yemen, respectively.

Open Doors', the Christian persecution watchdog, methodology involved measuring the level of Christian freedom found in five spheres of life: private, family, community, national, and church. A sixth sphere regarding degree of violence also factors in to the rankings.

Monday, January 6, 2014

God has a positive answer for everything

For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has a positive answer for it.

You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you (John 3:16 & John 13:34)

You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9& Psalm 91:15)

You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)

You say: "I'm not able"
God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28)

You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I FORGIVE YOU (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)

You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)

You say: "I don't have enough faith"
God says: I've given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)

You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Christmas gifts

Christmas gifts
Sigrid Undset

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans--and all that lives and move upon them.

He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused--and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”



God goes to those who have time to hear him

God goes to those who have time to hear him
-- Max Lucado

"Off to one side sits a group of shepherds.

They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement.

Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels.

God goes to those who have time to hear him"-- and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds."