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Romans 12:1b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 08 February 2018

Read: Romans 12:1b

Herein we have the solemn instruction of the apostle Paul concerning what entails genuine worship of God. Two words here, “sacrifice” and “service”, evoke the idea of worship. The word “sacrifice” (thusía) is used here in the sense of an offering rendered to the Lord in worship. Likewise, the word “service” (latreía) denotes a service rendered in worship of God.

All Christians are exhorted to “present your bodies a living sacrifice”. The Greek word for “present” is also translated as “yield”. We are to yield our bodies not as a dead sacrifice on the altar (as in Old Testament sacrifices), but as a living sacrifice...


Romans 12:1a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Read: Romans 12:1a

Though the apostle Paul was a firm, uncompromising teacher and defender of God’s Word, his exhortations were affectionate and gentle. Teachers of God’s Word, whether at home or in the church, while unwavering in their commitment to God’s truth, must nonetheless teach it with tenderness and longsuffering.

The word “beseech” can mean “to call alongside, summon” and thus “exhort” or “encourage”. It is a word that carries both the firmness and affection expressed in one’s communication. The apostle’s language does not give a hint that compliance to his exhortations is an optional matter...


Psalm 55:22

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Read: Psalm 55:22

The LORD is our burden-bearer. When He permits a burden to fall upon us, He does not move away from us. He stays with us in our troubles. He is ever near us to bear our burdens. “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth” (Psalm 145:18). “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble...


John 15:6

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 05 February 2018

Read: John 15:6

Those words of Christ are most disconcerting, terrifying and unsettling to everyone who claims to be a Christian and yet does not abide in Christ. He who lives in sin habitually without genuine repentance, or he who lives without bearing spiritual fruit that Christ seeks to find in a Christian, is unequivocally declared damned for eternal fire. Those words are spoken with such absolute clarity and jurisdiction that a professing Christian has no room for assurance. Unless the pretentious man repents, he will be cast into the fire! What an unambiguous, thunderous voice of judgment upon professors of religion who have no heart to live for Christ...


Philippians 3:14

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 February 2018

Read: Philippians 3:14

Paul’s Christian life was characterized by an unstoppable zeal for Christ. He did not want to be weighed down by his past experiences or distracted by the present issues. This he testified in the preceding verse, “but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before...


Philippians 3:7

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 03 February 2018

Read: Philippians 3:7

Once Christ becomes the most cherished desire of a soul, everything that was dear and profitable till then would quickly fade in its appeal and significance to his thoughts. The apostle Paul was such a person. Since his soul has embraced Christ as his Saviour and Lord, he has been totally captivated by the glory of Christ. Nothing has ever fascinated his soul as much as Christ’s love, grace, truth, glory and His person. Everything he once considered “gain” became worthless and unappealing...


Philippians 2:15b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 02 February 2018

Read: Philippians 2:15b

Christians are not to merge with the world in such a way that nothing about their faith and commitment is discernible to others. Such an idea of a Christian life is totally unbiblical. In fact, genuine Christians, being committed to a blameless and harmless life, will find themselves at odds with the rest of the society that is lost in their sins and unbelief...


Philippians 2:15a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 01 February 2018

Read: Philippians 2:15a

Herein is God’s expectation of how His children ought to be in this world of sin and violence. There must be a marked difference in their conduct from that of the unregenerate people of this world. Christians ought to shine as lights in this dark world; that would be possible if and only if they are what the Spirit of God urges them to be in today’s text...


Philippians 2:14

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Read: Philippians 2:14

We are dissuaded from engaging in two evils, namely, murmuring and disputing. Interestingly, the apostle is concerned that some engage in spiritual activities with murmuring and disputing. In other words, they practise religion without sincerity and joy. When God-given duties are done with murmuring and a disgruntled spirit, such service will be unacceptable. So, all Christians must guard themselves against such evil conduct...


Psalm 84:11b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Read: Psalm 84:11b

The first part of this verse, which we meditated upon yesterday, taught us that “... the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory.” Since the LORD, like the sun, gives us grace and glory, we have absolutely no reason to fear that He might hold back certain good things from us. According to our text, if we walk uprightly, no good thing will He withhold...



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