May 4, 2011

2011 May-June

June 2011
June 05 - Speaker: Bro. Bikash Cintury
June 12 - Speaker: Pastor Goutam Datta
June 19 - Speaker: Pastor Goutam Datta
June 26 - Speaker: Rev. P.S. Tingbo*
*Holy Communion

May 2011
May 01 - Speaker: Arthur Pazo
May 08 - Speaker: Bro. D. Basak of Jesus Calls Ministry (Calcutta)
 May 15 - Speaker: Bro. Bikash Cintury (Gangtok)
May 22 - Speaker: Arthur Pazo
May 29 - Speaker: Bro. Sandeep S.

May 16, 2011
O Worship The Lord
All things (and everything) is possible when we seek His Divine guidance and Counsel. 

On our Sunday Worship of May 15, 2011 we did something that we ought to have done a long time before - a negligence on the part of the eldest member of the group- i.e., myself alone to blame. For the first time since my volunteering to lead our worship, I asked the conductor, the Bible readers and the guitarist to stand in unison for a brief prayer seeking The Lord's guidance and blessing before the start of our Sunday service.
There is no doubt that each of us had individually sought The Lord's guidance, directions and blessings towards our individual task for the worship prior to arriving at church – but, we had never prayed collectively before each church service.

And what a joyous revelation! The Lord emboldened our spirits to proceed fearlessly, without any hesitation, and in the right manner. I had been praying for many months for His Divine Guidance to strengthen our small flock in the matter of fearless and uninhibited Praise and Worship time (even though we have close around 90 attendees, firm Believers among us are few).

Many of us who have been groomed at church worship in the archaic Victorian tradition are more than often uneasy in displaying our emotions in public (even amidst our own congregation) - mostly so because we were taught to maintain absolute silence as mark of fear and reverence to The Lord - my own perception on how this came about would perhaps take root from one of Christ's teaching to His disciples when He taught us how to pray (The Lord's Prayer) and proceeded to mention that our personal entreaties to Our Heavenly Father should be done in the privacy of our rooms. Yes, there is no doubt that our Lord Jesus Christ taught with Great Wisdom and truly more wisdom than any one of us ordinary human will ever attain in either our mortal or immortal self. Presumably, many of us Christians have taken this passage beyond the bounds of its context as I believe this teaching by our Saviour has more to do with our personal entreaties to The Lord where so many personal matters will come into play, and it is obvious that rarely or never will we confess our deepest darkest secrets in public.
However, when prayers to Our Lord involves purely worship and thanksgiving for all His Benevolence and Grace, why should we not offer it with shouts of joy and at the top of our voices! 

We should remember the greatest commandment that Christ revealed to us, 'To love the Lord The God with all our heart, with all our mind and all our strength.'
Having mentioned to our congregation time and again that if we can cheer loudly with pent up emotions during sports and other gala events, why should we not do the same or even more for Our Heavenly Father who has given us life and all the bounties of His Creation to enjoy - thus offering our praises to Him with joy and delight! Although having preached this point on several occasions, I had never summoned enough courage put this into practice until now.

Giving The Lord first place in our hearts is indeed very important to the True Believer but giving The Lord glory, honour and praise in the highest and above all is another thing that we should always do.

May 01, 2011 Sermon:
That, the Holy Bible is The Word of God

What a mighty blessing to know that ‘The Holy Bible Is The Word of God!’ If we only should take a little time and research two very profound prophecies;
1. Our Lord God’s blessing to Abraham in the book of Genesis, and
2. What our Lord Jesus Christ told his disciples (as recorded in The New Testament).
We have ample proof in clear evidence of the Holy Truth.

Four thousand years ago, The Lord God made a promise to Abraham to bless his descendents for posterity in the book of Genesis 12: 2-3 - “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

And sure enough we can see it today amongst the thriving Jewish people. 159 Nobel laureates in science and literature (out of the total 833 recipients to date), 400+ Olympic gold medals and some of the world’s richest people amidst a race of people that comprises barely 0.25 percent of the world’s population / 2 percent of the U.S. populations – and all of their success despite centuries of existence in ghettos and perpetual ostracization.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ said in Luke 21:33 - “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will not pass away.”

Jesus said that regardless of what happens in the world, his words will never be forgotten. Here we are 2000 years later and the words of Jesus are all around us. More people in the world follow the teachings of Jesus than of any other person in history. The Bible is the most widely published and most widely circulated book in the history of the world. Of all the people who have ever lived, could any of them have made this claim more convincingly than Jesus - that his words would never be forgotten?

Similarly, in Matthew 24:14, Jesus said; “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Jesus said that his teachings (the Gospel) would be preached throughout the world. And, the lessons of Jesus have been taught to people in every country. This feat was accomplished long before the worldwide availability of radio, television or the internet. Can any other religious figure make this same claim? Has any other religious figure ever made such a claim? Jesus did make that claim. And Jesus' claim has been fulfilled.

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