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1 Corinthians 10:13a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Read: 1 Corinthians 10:13a

What does Paul here mean by the word “temptation”? The Greek word that is used here (peirasmós) can mean either a temptation of sin or a trial. Generally, temptation is an incentive, enticement, or provocation to sin. When afflictions are brought upon us by Satan, he would also attempt to stir within us doubt, impatience, and even apostasy. But as it was in the case of Job, God will use the trial and temptation brought by Satan to prove the faith and fervency of His children...


Acts 19:20

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 21 August 2017

Read: Acts 19:20

When the apostle Paul and his team arrived in the city of Ephesus, they preached the Gospel to the Jews first. Paul went into the Jewish synagogue and “spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God” (Acts 19:8). But some of the hearers “were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude” (v. 9). He was forced to move out of the synagogue, and thereafter taught in the school of Tyrannus. The hostility notwithstanding, Paul undauntedly preached the Word, influencing the Jews as well as the Greeks in that city and its surrounding region...


Ephesians 2:5

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 August 2017

Read: Ephesians 2:5

No one has become a Christian by his sheer power of decision or action. Man has no power or disposition to save himself, for “we were dead in sins”. This is a dreadfully emphatic pronouncement — “dead in sins”! Could there be a worse spiritual state than this? To be dead in sin is to have no real spiritual ability or experience. Whatever a man who is dead in sin might do, it cannot be a genuine expression of spiritual life! All his physical, rational and moral experiences and activities are under the overwhelming power of sin and spiritual deadness...


James 1:20

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 19 August 2017

Read: James 1:20

Here we are given the reason for James’ earlier admonition that every Christian ought to be slow to wrath. “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

A great number of Christians are in need of this reminder, for many seem to be ignorant of this truth or have conveniently forgotten about it. Christians so often foolishly fly into a rage without having full understanding of a matter, or worse, after having misunderstood or misjudged a matter...


Colossians 1:12

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 18 August 2017

Read: Colossians 1:12

Gratitude is due to God, our Father in heaven. Heartfelt, genuine thankfulness should grow out of our daily experiences of God’s goodness. God’s children should never forget what God has done for them as their loving and most benevolent Father. God, who has given us His only begotten Son to be our Sin-bearer and Saviour, will also freely give us all things...


Psalm 34:4

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 17 August 2017

Read: Psalm 34:4

The title of Psalm 34 indicates that it is “A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.” That particular incident is described in 1 Samuel 21:10-15. Being pursued by a very jealous and angry King Saul, David knew his life was in danger and ran away to Achish, the Philistine king of Gath. (By the way, Achish is referred to as Abimelech in this psalm’s title as Philistine kings were commonly known by that designation.) Despite trying to conceal his identity...


Colossians 3:2

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Read: Colossians 3:2

Those who are risen with Christ have not only a new spiritual pursuit (Colossians 3:1), but also a new passion, which Paul describes in our text for today.

The verb “set your affection” (phroneo) means “direct your mind to something”. A Christian’s thoughts should be directed to Christ and the things associated with where He now dwells. That is our ultimate destination; hence it must be our preoccupation while we live on this earth. We are to be heavenly-minded (“on things above”) because, as Paul says in Philippians 3:20, “For our conversation (or citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour...


1 John 4:19

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Read: 1 John 4:19

Genuine Christians are lovers of God, hence the assertion: “We love him”. They cherish great affection for God. This is certainly not representative of humanity at large. The vast majority of mankind ignore or oppose God. What Scripture tells us about the human race is that “there is none that seeketh after God” (Romans 3:11). We who now love God were once also His enemies until He loved us and sought to reconcile us to Him through Christ. Colossians 1:21 declares, “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in...


Psalm 100:4b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 14 August 2017

Read: Psalm 100:4b

To be thankful to God is the Christians’ great moral and spiritual duty. Just as in Psalm 100:4, the apostle Paul also encourages us in Colossians 3:15 to “be ye thankful”. Paul further says, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17).

Thankfulness to God is composed of many holy emotions towards God. In thankful hearts, there are lively feelings of pure joy for the gifts they have received, and fervent love for their benevolent Giver. Those stirrings of holy sentiments will gush out in songs of thankful praise...


Philippians 4:6b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 13 August 2017

Read: Philippians 4:6b

Herein we have the remedy to the terrible malady of anxiety. Prayer helps us to battle anxiety and get rid of it from our hearts. By praying to God, we can repress anxiety. Prayer frees us from anxiety.

Prayer is the expression of our faith in the Lord. We tell the Lord all our needs and troubles in prayer because we trust in His help, which He has promised. When we pray, we affirm that God cares for us, and that His care for us is the best. Every praying man declares that no one ever cares for him like his God. When the heart is taught to believe in the good providence of God and encouraged to express that faith by communing with God in prayer...



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