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Matthew 4:19

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Read: Matthew 4:19

This verse records the words which the Lord Jesus spoke to Andrew and Simon. What a glorious call Jesus extended to those fishermen of Galilee! He took great pleasure in those people who were at the lower strata of society and offered them what they could not have otherwise inherited. His words are full of invitation, incentives and promises. They are for the joyful contemplation and obedience of anyone, regardless of status...


Matthew 10:38

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 28 May 2018

Read: Matthew 10:38

What is peculiar about the “cross” that every follower of Christ must bear? The cross was usually two rough wooden beams – one long and one short – joined together near the top of the long beam. It was an apparatus meant to inflict pain and death. Victims were forced to carry it to the place of their crucifixion. It placed on them not only a heavy burden, but also shame and disgrace. Thus the phrase “carrying the cross” has become a symbolic expression for shame, suffering and death one must endure...


Colossians 3:21

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 May 2018

Read: Colossians 3:21

The advice given here for “fathers” is also for “mothers”, as the Greek word patēr is also translated as “parents” elsewhere in our English Bible (Hebrews 11:23). What is said here should be received by all who are parents.

All parents are commanded not to provoke their children lest they be discouraged. They should immediately refrain from any attitude, word or action that would cause irritation and emotional outburst. They must also be careful not to cause discouragement in the children...


Colossians 3:20

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 26 May 2018

Read: Colossians 3:20

God commands us to have proper conduct towards our dear ones in the family. God is insistent on how His children would regard and relate to one another in the home. All our family relationships are to be managed and nurtured according to the divine guidelines given in His Word. If we truly fear God and maintain a life of piety, then it ought to be seen in our conduct at home, in our relationships to our parents, our children, our spouses, our siblings and our other relatives...


Colossians 3:19

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 25 May 2018

Read: Colossians 3:19

Concerning the domestic affairs of Christians, God has stipulated differing but complementing duties to husbands and wives. While the wife was commanded to be submissive to her own husband, the husband is commanded to be the loving head of her and the family. In order that the family may function with peace and harmony, and for all of God’s special will and purposes concerning the family to be carried out, both husband and wife must fulfil their roles with great commitment...


Colossians 3:17

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Read: Colossians 3:17

This is an immensely concise divine precept that applies to every word and action of a Christian. It is a succinct, yet comprehensive rule for a victorious Christian life. In any circumstance of life, it will serve as a golden rule for a God-honouring life. All of life’s scope is addressed with the words “whatever you do” and “in word or deed...


Colossians 3:16c

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Read: Colossians 3:16c

The singing of Christians ought to rise from their hearts unto the Lord. It cannot be heartless singing. Our sacred songs ought to be the vocal expressions of our inner devotion to the Lord. David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, once said, “I will praise thee with my whole heart” (Psalm 138:1). Heartfelt singing must characterise all our singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs...


Colossians 3:16b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 21 May 2018

Read: Colossians 3:16b

The songs that Christians sing must have marked difference from that of the world. Our music cannot be like the music of the world. While we sing unto the glory of God, the world sings to the pleasure of man. Most of the world’s music reflects the worldly thinking, passions and pursuits. The character of Christians’ songs and music must reflect the spiritual purposes for which the Lord has ordained singing in the church. Our songs should not be chosen for their entertainment value...


Colossians 3:16a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 May 2018

Read: Colossians 3:16a

What is “the word of Christ”? It refers to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Christ is their Author and their subject matter. The Scriptures testify of Him. Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

So, when we listen to the words of the Bible, we are listening to Christ Himself. It should surprise no one that Christ has such titles as “the Word” (John 1:1, 14; 1 John 1:1-2; 5:7; Revelation 19:13), “the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24, 30; Colossians 2:3), and “the truth” (John 14:6). He was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14); in fact, “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ...


Psalm 19:13a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 19 May 2018

Read: Psalm 19:13a

This was a prayer that David, the king of Israel, made to God. In this prayer, he presented himself to God as “thy servant”. Though David was a mighty king on earth, he was never ashamed to think of himself as God’s servant. He acknowledged, at the height of his reign, that it was God who had placed him on the throne in order to do His will. So he humbly confessed before the Lord, “I am thy servant...



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