Arpan speaks up on Eldership

As I write this article on eldership and me I am once again awed by God’s grace in my life. I am eternally indebted to Christ for having known me before the foundation of the world, living for me a perfect sinless life, suffering for me to the point of death, dying on the cruel cross in my stead, rising …

What it means to be an Elder?

As we approach our first elder affirmation this Sunday, it would be a good for all of us to understand what it means to be an elder. An elder is expected: to lead a life worthy of emulation (Hebrews 13:7) to joyfully watch over the souls of the flock as one who will give an accounting for each of them to …

Dealing with Complacency

In my last sermon I dealt with two sins that hinder the pursuit of knowing the strength from joy of the Lord – covetousness and complacency. In my earlier post I had talked about dealing with covetousness, today I will talk about dealing with complacency. Complacency may be due the sin of feeling lazy or due to ignorance. When complacency is …

Sam speaks up on eldership

It was sometime in 2007 I think, when I was staying in Ma’Owz (the place where I stayed in Jayalaksmipuram along with Aubrey, Justin and KaKKi), we were having a discussion regarding church and Aubrey mentioned that it is his desire to see me, as an elder, one day. I just smiled at him that day, but I said to …

My vote counts; so does Yours!

Background Last year when the church introduced its membership, I was thrilled. I had never been a part of a church where I was an active member. Yes, I was a member according to the records; but I had no clue on what I was part of. What the church believed in, what I was getting into etc., My parents …

Dealing with Covetousness

In my last sermon I dealt with two sins that hinder the pursuit of knowing the strength from joy of the Lord – covetousness and complacency. Today I will talk about the sin of covetousness. Covetousness is the sin of greed. I am particularly talking about coveting the gifting of others whose God given gifts may cause them to be more visible …

The story of the Bible

If you have attended Sunday classes or vacation bible schools during your child hood, you would have heard stories of the heroes in the Bible. I used to be fascinated with the story of Daniel in the lion’s den and the story of David and Goliath. I used to think that we need to live a life like Daniel, David …

We are still not perfect!

I down with cold this morning. So, I plan to sit back and relax for a bit before I attempt any work. But my thoughts are filled with last night’s celebration. The reminiscence of the last seven years at the anniversary celebration was a wonderful experience. To remember how God has been faithful and how he is working in us …

The heart of a loving father

Recently in one of the home group gatherings, we were reading and discussing the passage of the account of creation of the heavens and the earth from the book of Genesis 1:1-25. It was a blessing to be a part of that discussion that we slowly dealt with the passage, unpacking each and every event happened in the beginning. We …

Count your blessing

Recently, I attended the school annual day celebration of my son, Daniel. It was fun to watch little kids dancing and singing. This song which the little kids sung spoke to my heart and made me think of the countless blessing that God had poured out in my life. The hymn goes like this… Count your blessing! When upon life’s …

Did you read your Bible today?

God communicated to human through his divine revelation, the word of God which is the Bible. The Bible was written by the people of God who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible comprises of 66 books which were written over a period of 1600 years by approximately 40 men. The time of the writing was from 1500 BC …

Are you proud to be a Christian?

We talk about things which we cherish in our heart, things which fill our heart, mind and everything. If our hearts are extremely delighted by a happening in our life, then we can’t keep ourselves from talking about it. You would feel like shouting out to the whole world that they may rejoice with you. You would feel ever excited …