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Matthew 24:35

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 03 January 2018

Read: Matthew 24:35

What a glorious affirmation by the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ concerning all the words He has revealed to us! Every word in the Bible that He has revealed is here to stay. You may sooner see the heaven and earth pass away than His words fail. The permanency of every word that the Lord has revealed by His Spirit (cf. 1 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16) is here guaranteed by Him...


Psalm 103:2

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 02 January 2018

Read: Psalm 103:2

The proper response to divine favours received is a personal commitment to bless the LORD. Thankfulness leads the beneficiary to worship the Giver, who is the LORD. In the previous verse, the psalmist has already exhorted his soul twice to bless the LORD. Now for a third time, he says, “Bless the LORD”. Such repetition denotes the earnestness of his desire to express his gratitude. Besides, he stirs up his soul to employ itself in grateful worship of the LORD. The worship of the LORD must arise from the inner man. It is a soul-work...


Psalm 103:1

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 01 January 2018

Read: Psalm 103:1

This is the first line of a psalm of praise, which glorifies the Lord for all His gracious blessings upon His servant, David. The object of praise in this psalm is the LORD; and that is clearly set forth right at the beginning of the verse, when it says, "Bless the LORD." The LORD is worthy of our praise at all times. As Psalms 145:3 tells us, "Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised...


Romans 12:15

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 31 December 2017

Read: Romans 12:15

The church being one, there should be common empathy in both sad and joyful experiences of her members. In 1 Corinthians 12:26, Paul said, “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” Likewise, in Philippians 2:4, Paul exhorts, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” We must show friendly concern in the good and ill that happens to other persons...


2 Thessalonians 3:1a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 30 December 2017

Read: 2 Thessalonians 3:1a

The apostle Paul often requested brethren to pray for him and his fellow labourers in the work of the Gospel (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:25; Hebrews 13:18). Though the apostles were called, equipped and endowed with the Holy Spirit and extraordinary miraculous gifts, they humbly beseeched the people of the church, both young and old, to pray for them. If Paul (with all his unique, miraculous apostolic gifts) required the prayers of God’s people, how much more preachers and pastors of our time need the prayer support of the church...


1 John 4:16b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 29 December 2017

Read: 1 John 4:16b

Never was more meaning encapsulated in so few words than in this short sentence – “God is love”. It is a statement of eternal magnitude. The apostle John stated this truth twice in his first epistle (cf. 1 John 4:8, 16). In fact, the message of this short verse is splashed all over the Bible.

When John wrote that “God is love”, he was not saying that “love” is the complete revelation of God. In fact, he has earlier also written in the same epistle that “God is light” (1 John 1:5), which refers to God’s holy nature...


Romans 12:9b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 28 December 2017

Read: Romans 12:9b

Since we are commanded to love without dissimulation, should we love all and sundry indiscriminately? Does love demand that we need to accept all without discretion? Can a loving person refuse to receive another in view of sin, falsehood and non-repentance?

Most certainly! Concerning charity, Paul declared in 1 Corinthians 13:5-6 that it “doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth...


Psalm 33:4

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Read: Psalm 33:4

The psalmist began this psalm with a call to praise God. Then he proceeded to give reasons why God is to be praised. The first and foremost reason he gave for praising God is that “the word of the LORD is right”.

God’s Word is absolutely right according to God’s own perfect rule of right. If anyone were to say that the Word of the LORD is not right, then he is making God a liar. According to God’s own perfect standard, His Word is right in all that it says...


1 John 4:16a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Read: 1 John 4:16a

The apostle John here speaks of his experiential knowledge of God’s love, which is not only his most cherished spiritual blessing, but also that of all other believers. All true Christians have tasted God’s love and can speak of its wondrous blessing in their lives in the most enthralling and confident manner. They do not speak of God’s love as a mere philosophical concept or ideology or possibility, but as their most intimate of experiences...


Romans 12:9a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 25 December 2017

Read: Romans 12:9a

The Bible frequently commands us to be sincere and genuine in our love for others, as it is commanded here (cf. 2 Corinthians 6:6; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Peter 1:22). “Dissimulation” means “hiding under a false appearance”. The words “without dissimulation” is translated from a Greek word anupókritos, which literally means “not hypocritical”. In our English Bible, this word has been translated as “unfeigned” (4 times), “without dissimulation” (once), and “without hypocrisy” (once). So, Paul is teaching us that our love for one another ought to be undisguised and sincere...



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