ILLUSTRATED POETRY, MIRIAM JACOB

BEAUTY OF NATURE – Miriam Jacob

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BEAUTY OF NATURE

The beauty of nature
is unlimited and free.
It takes the ordinary
and presents it to us
in an inspiring way,
casting an elegance,
and magnificence
over everything.

Soft sunsets, brilliant sunrises,
thundering ocean waves,
cascading waterfalls,
trees in the forest,
beautiful flowers
growing in a field.
Snow-capped mountains,
deep canyons, volcanoes,
beautiful beaches.

Nature often has
amazing gifts to give,
Sight and sounds
to dazzle and inspire.
It fills us with awe
and we wonder at
the soft fragrance
and inspiring beauty
of this world of ours,
God’s divine creation.

© Miriam Jacob

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PRICELESS TRUTHS

Priceless Truths

“I’ve learned …. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.”

“I’ve learned …. That when you’re in love, it shows.”

“I’ve learned …. That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’, makes my day”

“I’ve learned …. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.”

“I’ve learned …. That being kind is more important than being right.”

“I’ve learned …. That you should never say no to a gift from a child.”

“I’ve learned …. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way”

“I’ve learned …. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.”

“I’ve learned …. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand”

“I’ve learned …. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.”

“I’ve learned …. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.”

“I’ve learned …. That money doesn’t buy class.”

“I’ve learned …. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.”

“I’ve learned … That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.”

“I’ve learned …. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.”

“I’ve learned …. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.”

“I’ve learned …. That love, not time, heals all wounds”

“I’ve learned …. That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.”

“I’ve learned …. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.”

“I’ve learned …. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.”

“I’ve learned … That life is tough, but I’m tougher.”

“I’ve learned …. That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.”

“I’ve learned …. That when you harbour bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.”

“I’ve learned …. That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.”

“I’ve learned …. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.”

“I’ve learned …. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.”

“I’ve learned …. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

“I’ve learned …. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.”

ILLUSTRATED POETRY, MIRIAM JACOB

A LIGHT IGNITED – Miriam Jacob

A LIGHT IGNITED

‘Turn out the light, ‘
said the world around me,
but in my soul
a light had been ignited,
that could not be extinguished,
a light that would burn
like the strong noonday sun,
casting an illuminating glow
that would turn
the whole world upside down,
a light ignited
by the Lord Jesus Christ
to burn forever.

© Miriam Jacob

KERALA FLOODS

O KERALA, FLOOD ENGULFED!

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(Photo Courtesy: Google images, www. siasat. com)

O KERALA, FLOOD ENGULFED!

The flood waters surged on devastatingly,

in a terrible fury and vengeful rage,

flooding roads and sweeping away bridges,

engulfing houses in a series of landslides,

flooding entire cities, towns and villages,

leaving nothing behind, in its horrifying wake.

Keralites watched in utter shock and disbelief

as almost everything people owned

were swept away into oblivion.

People in low-lying areas awoke

to see their houses submerged,

the flood waters on the ground floor,

rising steadily to the top of the first floor.

They were evacuated in the nick of time

by canoes and helicopters before

their homes became their graves!

Keralites can never, ever forget

the thousands and thousands of helping hands,

the non-residents of Kerala, the foreigners

and all the other states in India,

trying their best to uplift the suffering people.

Rescue teams gave up their lives to save others,

the sons of the sea, the poor fishermen,

who if they had not come,

so many lives would have been lost.

When the flood victims saw death face to face,

those poor fishermen saved their lives.

The small boats and the big boats,

the small canoes and the big canoes,

whatever they had, they brought with them.

Keralites can never forget their

selfless dedication and commitment.

A humane heart, with a passion to save lives,

offered his own back as a stepping stone

for women to step into boats as

the height was too much for them to climb,

honorable humanity at its very best!

Thousands of youngsters, the middle-aged,

the older generation and even the children

stormed from all over Kerala to

help in the relief and rescue work.

The Army, Navy and Air Force,

Coast Guard, Police and Fire Force

rallied together and worked selflessly

day and night to save flood victims.

With hearts full of gratitude,

we give thanks to all of them.

All the other states in India marveled

at the unity of Keralites.

Anticipating the impending disaster,

we organised our own

disaster management systems,

personal control rooms

and information centres.

We worked so hard

to help to save our people.

Our brethren in other countries

burnt the midnight oil

to give assistance to the

rescue operations at home.

To respond to challenges,

to resist difficulties,

to fight unitedly in the quest for life –

these admirable qualities

are ingrained in our blood.

We have a unique mindset.

We are overcomers.

We Keralites are united

as one heart, one mind, one people.

Let us move forward as one,

with holy hope in our hearts,

shattering all barriers,

erected by man,

to separate his brothers.

Let us touch the hearts of our people,

to know their sorrows,

stand with them in their heartbreaks,

and share unparalleled goodwill and love

for one another in times of grief,

irrespective of caste, creed or religion.

O, our Mother State, how beautiful you were!

The rivers and the mango groves,

the paddy fields and the pineapple fields,

the big forests of rubber trees,

O the greenery, how many times

we stared upon your beauty

in the early morn and sunset.

All of a sudden, the rupture of nature

swallowed you up, bits and pieces

left behind untainted, untouched.

The beautiful cardamom estates

and the lovely tea plantations,

the toil and sweat of thousands

and thousands of workers,

all swept away in the flash of a second!

O Mother Nature, were you cruel to us?

O, did we do anything to annoy you?

Pardon us, forgive us…..

The beautiful forests, the elephant-sized teak trees,

where the deer and the mighty, famous Indian elephants,

all enjoyed your beauty, Mother Nature!

O, the horrible landslides swept away

the awe-inspiring beauty of God’s own country,

O Mother, when will we get it back?

We Keralites enjoyed your beauty,

especially the children during their long holidays,

O Mother, where will they go next time?

Mother Earth, you broke down.

The beautiful mansions were swallowed by you.

Were you so hungry? Did we not feed you?

O Mother, forgive us…..

The innocent animals,

our cows, dogs, cats and fowls,

all cried out in despair.

The pathetic sight of a mother dog

carrying her puppy in her mouth

was a really heartbreaking sight.

Alas, the mother dog and her puppy

were swept away in the flood waters.

No help came from you, O Mother Nature,

you swallowed them into the river of your wrath.

Modern technology, all man-made inventions

closed their eyes and stood dumb-founded

in the horrific face of your raging fury.

The little torch was the only flicker of light.

The child in the womb did not wait

for the horrendous cruelty of nature.

The helicopter’s helping hand

airlifted the mother and her unborn child

to the hospital, where within minutes,

the baby boy was born into the world.

The rich and the poor, all escaped

barefooted to the same camp,

with only the wet clothes they wore.

We all learnt a lesson that we are all one.

Mother dear, we are your beloved children,

Working hand in hand,

We will beautify you,

Each seed we will plant,

Whether it is papaw or teak tree,

We will sow it.

The paddy field will regenerate,

With paddies blooming,

Looking at the sunshine,

Waiting for the dewdrops.

Mother, we come to you for help.

O Kerala, we bow our heads before you,

O the land of coconut trees,

how you fell!

That sight broke our hearts.

We, Keralites are proud of you,

the tiny, small piece of land

at the extreme southern tip of India,

you are the star,

you are the light.

We will rise,

we will build the new Kerala,

our mother state.


© Miriam Jacob


FLOODS UPDATE

Floods Update – Forwarded by a friend

All my relatives affected by the floods say, “We all were petrified looking at the rising water …. till the Army came ….smiling …. their actions are so reassuring …. that we forget all our fears and calm down…. the army even set up camps for motivation and cheering up kids who are missing school! The moment the TV cameras arrive, the Army disappears …. My uncle asked a colonel why they move away from the lime light? To which he smiled and said our light is with you …. when you are at peace our lives light up and will be lit up till eternity …. camera lights are temporary ! How true. My uncle who narrated this said he and many eyes were moist when they heard this. Thought of sharing this; we are proud of your tribe.

ANITA T.

Picture Prayers – Anita T.

I have a picture in my head that I am praying by now. I love picture prayers because it is so specific. My picture is a big rock that is my Jesus, my cornerstone. Around it is arranged small stones. Each one depicting family and friends who know me, and love Him, and their prayers to Him. Outside that circle are stones that are small but not as small as pebbles but these stand for all the people in this whole world who don’t know me but are still keeping me in their prayers. I have always loved picture prayers. You wouldn’t believe the miracles that have happened because of it. If it’s not too amusing for any of you, give it a try. Not just my picture but your personal pictures. Maybe some of you do it already and that’s great. So it is a three concentric circle pattern with the biggest rock in the centre. Maybe, think rock instead of stones. Stones are too small. Changed my picture to rocks. The smallest to the biggest in the centre.

One of my dearest friends once asked me to pray for her husband who didn’t get a visa to visit his sister in another country, suffering from Stage 4 breast cancer, (by God’s Grace she is still alive). Then he came to another city, trying to apply from there. There wasn’t much of a chance because he was rejected once, and if he didn’t get to see his sister, he would have gone into depression. So I told my friend to earnestly pray with the picture of her hubby hugging his sister, and keep concentrating on that picture as she prayed, because that was the answer to this specific prayer. He got his visa so easily. So it was a miraculous prayer.

Just a glorious way to pray and I want more people to use the option of praying like this. Maybe many people do and have or haven’t shared it. That’s their choice. But my choice after the answers to my personal picture prayers need to be shared with you.

© Anita T.

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PUTTING GOD ABOVE ALL ELSE – Jingo Christopher

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PUTTING GOD ABOVE ALL ELSE

1 Kings 11:4 – For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

God, I pray my treasure will always be in You and not in my possessions or the distractions of this world. Help me to never make an idol out of anything or anyone, or put them before You in any way. I give You honor and gratitude for all the good things You have given me. You are my greatest desire, and I put You above all else in my life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

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HUMBLED IN HIS PRESENCE – Jingo Christopher

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HUMBLED IN HIS PRESENCE

1 Kings 8:27 – But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

Dear Lord, I thank You for Your presence in my life. I am thankful and humbled that You—through Your Holy Spirit—live inside me. Help me to never be full of myself, but rather to always be freshly filled with more of You each day. Help me to have a sense of Your presence, especially as I read Your Word and pray and live in obedience to Your ways. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CONFESSION – Jingo Christopher

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CONFESSION

2 Samuel 24:10 – And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

Lord, I pray You would show me any sin in my life so that I can confess it before You. I don’t want guilt in my conscience to dilute my walk with You or inhibit my prayers because I am ashamed to come before You in cinfidence. Help me to always have a repentant heart before You so that I will quickly turn away from sin. Keep me from doing foolish things. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

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A Soul-winner’s Prayer – Jingo Christopher

Inspiring Words:

People may ignore our caring or reject the Godly inspired messages we sent, but they are defenseless with our consistent and heartfelt prayer for them. So let’s just trust God and have faith that one day, God will cause something beautiful in the process of healing, and in His appointed time, they will all come and bow down before Him with an open heart. Never give up. Let’s keep on winning more souls for Jesus!

Words To Ponder:
“We owe it to future generations to preserve the testimony of how God helped us change our lives and how He fulfill His purposes on earth.”

A Soul Winner’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, Thank You, for touching the heart of your people through the messages You sent through me. Thank You, for opening the eyes of their spiritual understanding. Thank You for filling me with courage, patience, and divine wisdom to step forward and do the extra miles. Thank You for leading and filling me with Your Holy Spirit as i humbly and strongly depend upon Your strenght to do my tasks. Thank You, for helping me stay in tune with You all day so I can do my work diligently and effectively. Thank You, for making me a willing vessel so I could do my divine duty and responsibility to fulfill Your purpose into the lives of Your beloved people. May You continue to bless me with extra phisical, spiritual, and mental strenght and good health, as I work hard daily to win more souls for Your kingdom. This I ask and pray in Jesus name. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

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WHEN GOD DOESN’T ANSWER – Jingo Christopher

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WHEN GOD DOESN’T ANSWER

1 Samuel 28:6 – And when Saul enquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

God, I thank You that You always hear my prayers. Give me the patience to wait for the answers to come in Your way and in Your perfect timing. Give me peace to accept Your answer—even if it is no. Help me to never take matters into my own hands to try to make something happen that is not Your will. I trust that You know what is best for me at all times. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

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GOD DELIVERS – Jingo Christopher

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GOD DELIVERS

Judges 3:9,15 – And when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 15 But when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.

Dear God, I don’t want anything to seperate me from You. Nothing is worth that. I want to confess to You anything I have done wrong, and anything that is not pleasing in Your eyes. Whenever I have worshipped other gods or harbored what You would consider an idol in my life, reveal it to me and I will confess it, repent of it, and get rid of it. I want to serve only You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

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GET PERSONAL WITH GOD – Jingo Christopher

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GET PERSONAL WITH GOD

Judges 2:20-21 – And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice; 21 I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died:

Father God, I don’t want to ever fall away from You by neglecting to spend time in Your Word and in prayer. I want to always be gaining a closer walk with You. Help me to know You better and to become more and more like You. Enable me to resist temptation, sin, or laziness. Teach me how to listen to You directing me so I can have a new and deeper experience with You every day. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

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GOD LOOKS ON YOUR HEART – Jingo Christopher

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GOD LOOKS ON YOUR HEART

1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Dear Lord, I am grateful that You do not judge me the way people do. Thank You that You look on my heart to see my thoughts, attitudes, and love for You, and not how successful or attractive I am. Show me anything in my heart that should not be there, and I will confess it before You. Remove all selfish and sinful desires and fill my heart with Your love, peace, and joy. Give me a heart that pleases You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

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INQUIRE OF THE LORD – Jingo Christopher

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INQUIRE OF THE LORD

Joshua 9:14 – And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord.

Father, I pray You would help me to not run off on my own, trying to do what I think is right, instead of inquiring of You about everything so that I will do what I know is right. Help me to not fall into the traps the enemy has laid for me by forgetting to consult You about everything—even the things I may think I can handle on my own. Help me to pray about everything and seek Your guidance in all matters. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

PATRICK LARLEY (Composer)

THE SALUTATION – Thomas Traherne – Patrick Larley

Patrick Larley is a composer, conductor, harpsichordist and organist. He studied organ and singing at the Royal Manchester College of Music and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He reveals 'an innate feeling for traditional form and style, yet his music is imaginative and inventive in its rich harmonic texture, strong melody and beautiful use of dissonance.' Patrick Larley's music is "listener accessable and performer possible." With a background steeped in sacred music, Patrick Larley 'weaves opposing strands of influence together, with his firm grounding in harmony, counterpoint and form, into the most beautiful musical structures which are, on the surface, uncomplicated, yet have great inner depth.' His musical style is fresh, tonal and approachable, with soft dissonances, soaring melodies and lilting syncopation. Patrick's choral works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed widely in the UK and in America.
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ROADBLOCKS TO PRAYER – Jingo Christopher

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ROADBLOCKS TO PRAYER

Joshua 7:10-11 – And the Lord said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? 11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.

Lord, I know my prayers have no effect if I have sin in my life for which I have not repented or confessed. Reveal to me any sin I am harboring, and I will confess it so that nothing comes between You and me. I don’t want to give place to any hinderances to my prayers, and I don’t want to put up a roadblock to all You want to do in my life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

AUTHORS, BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP - REVELL, LINDA EVANS SHEPHERD

Praying God’s Promises: The Life-Changing Power of Praying the Scriptures – Linda Evans Shepherd

Revell, Pub Date 03 Jul 2018.
ISBN: 9780800723897
PRICE $13.99


When we pray according to God’s will, He delights to answer our prayers. What is God’s will? How can we know it and pray it? God’s will is revealed in His Word through His promises.

Linda Evans Shepherd explains how to pray God’s powerful promises into our lives. This book inspires us to pray according to God’s will and to wait patiently for His glorious answers in our lives.

God is a God of Promises, fulfilled in Jesus Christ. All God’s promises are Yes and Amen in Christ. God controls everything in our lives. He loves us with an everlasting love. He is our Mighty Warrior. He fights all our battles. He is our Divine Doctor. He heals all our diseases.

God’s promises make a huge difference in our lives. God can be trusted, no matter how big our problems are. God’s promises calm our storms and delivers us out of them all. God’s promises are real. We are living proof of this. God’s promises prove true and cause a deep trust to well up in our spirits.

Miriam Jacob,

Reviewer,

Revell Reads

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LOOKING FOR GOD’S WILL – Jingo Christopher

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LOOKING FOR GOD’S WILL

Joshua 1:8 – This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Dear Lord, I pray that every time I read Your Word, You will teach me all I need to know. Help me to understand Your truth and speak to me specifically about how each passage I have read relates to my life and to the lives of others. Help me to meditate on Your Word and take steps of obedience so that I can live in Your perfect will and prosper as You have promised. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

 

AUTHORS, ROY LESSIN

BEAUTY IS HOLINESS – Roy Lessin

Beauty is holiness. The purer the stream the more lovely its waters—we want to swim in untainted oceans, fish in clear lakes, and drink from unpolluted fountains. We enjoy looking at clear skies, breathing air that is not polluted, and walking on pathways that are not covered with litter. The purest stream flows from the heart of God. Every aspect of beauty is found, in its fullness, in God alone. He is the most beautiful person in the entire universe. He is beautiful because He is holy. God has no flaws, no stains, no impurities, no defilement. His holiness allows us to delight in Him, enjoy Him, and behold Him in deepest adoration.

– Roy Lessin

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GOD IS YOUR REFUGE – Jingo Christopher

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GOD IS YOUR REFUGE

Deuteronomy 33:26-27, 29 – There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. 27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

Lord, You are great and there is no other God but You. You are my safe refuge from the storm. Help me to find my rest in You as You go to battle against all that opposes me. No matter whether my battles are with finances, relationships, health, or obedience, I know that because of Your presence in my life, I will never face those challenges alone. I depend on Your strength and not mine. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher
CHRISTIAN DEVOTIONAL POEMS

A SONG I LOVE

“Never made a fortune,
It’s probably too late now.
Oh, I don’t worry about that much,
Coz I’m happy anyhow,
As I go along life’s journey,
I’m reaping better than I sowed.

I’m drinking from my saucer,
Coz my cup has overflowed.

Ain’t got a lot of riches ,
Sometimes, the going’s rough,
But I’ve got a friend in Jesus,
And that makes me rich enough.

I thank God for all His blessings on me,
And the mercy He’s bestowed.

I’m drinking from my saucer,
Coz my cup has overflowed

Oh! Sure,I’ve been through some storms,
And yes, I’m sure there were times my faith must have got a little faint,
But you know what it seemed like?
One day, all at once, those dark clouds broke,
And you know what, the sun, all at once, she started shining,
So, Lord, help me not to complain
About the tough roads.

And if I should go on living,
If the way gets steep and tough,
I won’t ask for other blessings,
Coz I’m already blessed enough.

May I never be too busy
To help another bear his load,
I keep drinking from my saucer, Lord,
Coz my cup has overflowed.”

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PRAISE GOD FOR HIS GREATNESS – Jingo Christopher

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PRAISE GOD FOR HIS GREATNESS

Deuteronomy 32:3-4 – Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. 4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

God, I praise You for Your greatness and goodness. I worship You as the God of creation and the Lord of my life. I praise You in the good times and in the difficult times as well. Thank You that You show Your love for me by protecting me, providing for me, delivering me, and giving me Your peace and power. You are greater than anything I face. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher
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GOD IS NEAR WHEN WE PRAY – Jingo Christopher

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GOD IS NEAR WHEN WE PRAY

Deuteronomy 4:7 – For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

Lord, I thank You for being close to me when I pray. Thank You that You hear and will answer me. Thank You that in Your presence there is transformation for my soul and my life. I draw close to You now and ask for an ever-increasing sense of Your presence. I ask that You would help me to pray more and more every day and give me increasing faith to believe for the answers. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

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DO NOT BE AFRAID – Jingo Christopher

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DO NOT BE AFRAID

Deuteronomy 1:21 – Behold, the Lord thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.

Thank You, Lord, for all the wonderful things You have done for me in the past, that You are doing for me today, and that You will do for me in the future. Keep me from fear and discouragement as I look at the challenges ahead. Thank You that You go before me with a plan for battle. I look to You for guidance so I may possess all You have for me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PROMISE – Jingo Christopher

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PROMISE

Numbers 30:1-2 – And Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded. 2 If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

God, I pray You would help me to always honor my word and keep my promises. Give me the wisdom to not promise something I cannot do or give. Where I have already given my word or said I would do something and have not done it, help me to make the amends necessary to rectify that. Where I have vowed to do something for You, enable me to do all that I have said. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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The Essence of Christianity – Jingo Christopher

It is Christianity to do good always- even to those who do evil to us. It is Christianity to love one another and to love our neighbor regardless of their indifference or unpleasant treatment to us. It is Christianity to do to all men as we would have them do to us. It is Christianity to be gentle, merciful, and forgiving, and to keep those qualities quiet in our own hearts, and never make a boast of them, or of our prayers or of our love of God, but always to show that we love Him by humbly trying to do right in everything. Let us always remember the life and lessons of our Lord Jesus Christ, and try to act up to them. If we do, we may confidently hope that God will forgive us our sins and mistakes, and enable us to live and die in peace.

Inspiring Words
Let us be more kind and merciful. Let us get the arrogance out of our lives, the conceit, the egotism, the wrong application of pride, and let us be more compassionate, gentler, filled with more forbearance, patience, forgiveness, and a greater measure of respect for one another. In so doing, our very example will cause others with whom we associate to be more merciful, and we shall have greater claim upon the mercy of God who in His love will be generous toward us.

© Jingo Christopher

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 4 June 2018 – Jingo Christopher

This is what God has put in my heart to dwell on today;

“And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28)

Fear of and revenge for God are fundamental to the believer’s relationship with God.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)

Fearing the LORD makes us concerned and alert that we don’t offend our holy God. Without this foundation, no true wisdom exists and no redemptive experience will stand the test of time and temptation…

What is the Word God has given you today? If God has not given you His Word to dwell on today, dwell on the Word He has given me…

© Jingo Christopher

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 3 June 2018 – Jingo Christopher

You are my hope, O Heavenly Father. You are the King and Lord of my life. I wait on You and move cautiously in my decisions. I’m not ashamed to trust in Your guidance, Lord. I feel thankful for the encouragement and surety of Your promises. As I trust in You, I am filled with peace. Throughout the day, my thoughts often turn to You for direction and strength. In quiet and confidence I find the strength only You can give. Indeed You are the God who truly cares, love, and blesses Your people. Thank You for Your mercy and goodness my Heavenly Dad. In Jesus mighty name. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

Point To Ponder:

“How dull, how lonely, and boring, is the life without God’s divine direction.”-

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 25 May 2018 – Jingo Christopher

MAKING SACRIFICES

Lord, I know You want me to surrender everything to You—including the dream in my heart. And even when that dream is from You, You still ask me to let go of my hold of it. So I surrender every dream in my heart to You right now. I don’t want to cling to something You will not bless, or give up on something that is Your will for my life. I know my greatest blessings comes in trusting You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

© Jingo Christopher

Genesis 22:1-3 – And it came to pass after these things, that God
did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 24 May 2018 – Jingo Christopher

Dear God, help me to have faith enough to believe You will answer my prayers. Give me the patience to wait for the answers to appear. Keep me from giving up and taking matters into my own hands. Instead, enable me to trust that You have heard my prayers and will answer in Your perfect way and time. Help me to rest in peace during times of waiting, knowing that my strong faith pleases You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Genesis 15:1,6 – After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

© Jingo Christopher

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 23 May 2018 – by Jingo Christopher

Lord, I want more than anything to have a close walk with You. Help me to not forfeit that wonderful intimacy by being drawn toward the distractions of this world. Enable me to hear Your voice calling me so that I will answer without even a moments delay. Help me to never hide from You for any reason. I don’t want anything to separate me from all You have for my life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Genesis 3:8-9 – And they heard the voice of the Lord God
walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where are You?

© Jingo Christopher

 

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 22 May 2018 – by Jingo Christopher

Lord, thank You for the breath of life You have given me. I pray You will breathe new life into me today. Just as You spoke and brought about life in Your magnificent world, help me to speak words that bring life into my own small world as well. How grateful I am to be closely connected to You in every way. Thank You that You created me for Your purpose. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Genesis 2:7 – And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the
ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

© Jingo Christopher

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 21 May 2018 – by Jingo Christopher

Lord, I love experiencing the pleasure of Your company because I find joy in Your presence. Come fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit right now so that Your joy rises up in my heart and crowds out all sadness and oppression. I know that joy does not depend on circumstances; it depends on my openness to allowing Your Spirit to have control in my life. Lord, I surrender my life to You today. Make me to be known as a person of great joy. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Psalm 16:11 – You will show me the path of life: in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

© Jingo Christopher

 

DR. CHARLES R. SOLOMON, HANDBOOK TO HAPPINESS, TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS

Handbook to Happiness – Dr. Charles R. Solomon

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Handbook to Happiness – by Dr. Charles R. Solomon
Book Review
Handbook to Happiness counsels hurting people by teaching them to exchange their life for Christ’s. Instead of “trying to live the Christian life,” which still centers on our own efforts, we need to allow Christ to live His life in us. This removes all reliance on human effort and frees us to become totally Christ centered.
Miriam Jacob has written a chapter-by-chapter book review and summary. Read a full chapter-by-chapter summary here: https://cld.bz/pCvR8Ze

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 18 May 2018 – by Jingo Christopher

Lord, I confess that my hope is always in You. Help me to hold on tight to You and not waver, no matter what is happening in or around me. Regardless of what storms arise, let me not be shaken and drawn toward doubt. I trust in Your Word and the promises You have there for me. Thank You that You are always faithful to keep Your promises. Give me the patience, peace, and confidence to wait for Your perfect timing in all things. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Hebrews 10:23 – Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

© Jingo Christopher

 

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 15 May 2018 – by Jingo Christopher

Lord, You are my God of hope. I hope in You and I find hope in Your Word. I pray that You would so fill me with Your hope, joy, peace and faith that I become strong and unwavering. Help me not to be shaken or become weak in any of these areas when difficult things happen. No matter how negative the people around me are, help me to remain strong in the positive attributes of hope, joy, peace, and faith. By the power of Your Spirit, help me to overflow with Your love toward others every day. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

© Jingo Christopher

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Martin Luther – by Aleyamma Jacob

Conrad, a German married Ursula. They lived happily but they were struck by a tragedy. Their youngest son died and was buried in the wet soil of the cemetery. The very next day, they heard a boy singing at their doorstep, “Foxes to their holes have gone, every bird to its nest, but I have wandered here alone and for me, there is no rest.” Even though he was a beggar boy, he had a sweet voice. The couplr welcomed him to their house. They all sat near the fireplace and the boy narrated his pathetic story to them. They adopted him and gave him the bed of their son who had died a few days back. They sent him to school and later he became a priest. This boy was the great MARTIN LUTHER.

© Aleyamma Jacob

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Amy Carmichael – by Aleyamma Jacob

Amy Carmichael worked in India for fifty years. Her service was among the destitute widows and orphans. She was called the mother of Dohnavur. She had a terrible fall and was bedridden for twenty-two years. But during these years, she wrote many books which inspired thousands of people. She always enjoyed the presence of the Lord in her room. In 1957, Billy Graham visited her and he was told to pray. He started to pray but he could not continue it, overwhelmed by the sense of God’s presence. Amy had to complete the prayer. How many times do we question God? How many times do we grumble? Lord, forgive us.

© Aleyamma Jacob

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 7 May 2018 – by Jingo Christopher

Lord, I thank You for the liberty You have given me. You have set me free from so much already, and I know You will continue to liberate me from things I am not even aware of now. Deliver me today from any yoke of bondage on my life, and help me to stand strong when the enemy tries to entrap me. Keep me from ever being drawn back into any bondage from which You have liberated me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Galatians 5:1 – Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

© Jingo Christopher

 

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 6 May 2018

POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 6 May 2018

Lord, I lift up to You all my concerns and any areas of my life where I have unrest. I ask that You would take this burden away from me and bring Your joy and peace into my life. My hope is in You, and I praise You for Your hand of blessing on me. Thank You that as I look to You, You shine the light of Your face on me and on the path I need to walk. My hope is in You, and I will look to no other one to guide me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Psalm 42:5 – Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

© Jingo Christopher

BIBLE STUDIES, THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

A Picture-book For Children Of All Ages 

PixTract: A Unique Tool To Spread The Gospel

Here is a Picture-book (PixTract) that presents the full story from creation, fall up to redemption and even the second coming of Christ.

Children simply LOVE this book. 

By: Dr. Johnson C. Philip & Dr. Saneesh Cherian
Copyright: 2018

By
Logos Literature Service Electronic Tracts
This Book Has Been Placed In Creative
Commons Copyright.

Electronic Tract Division
Logos Literature Service
English Electronic Tract 009

 

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 5 May 2018

POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 5 May 2018

Lord, Your Word says that having integrity will be a guide to me. It will help me make sound moral judgments. I pray that You would help me to be a person of integrity—one who is honest and upright. Help me to be sound and complete. Make me whole so that my wholeness will keep my integrity from ever being compromised. Let my integrity guide me so that I am always able to make the right decision at the right time. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Proverbs 11:3 – The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

© Jingo Christopher

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CRY OUT TO GOD FOR OUR CHILDREN – Aleyamma Jacob

Dr. Torry was a famous evangelist. He led many to Christ. When he was young, he led a wretched life. His mother, a staunch Christian, cried day in and out for her son. Tired of his mother, Torry left home. She cried aloud and told her son “When you find life worthless, turn to my God.” Not long after that, he did the same thing. He fell on his knees and accepted Jesus. The Lord heard his cry.The Lord used him to bring many to Christ. Here also, we find a mother’s cry. Let us also cry out to God for our children.

© Aleyamma Jacob

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POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 4 May 2018

POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER – 4 May 2018

Lord, You have delivered me many times from the hand of the enemy. I wouldn’t be alive today without You. The enemy’s plan for my destruction would have succeeded if it had not been for You defeating him. I am so grateful that You have redeemed me out of the enemy’s hand forever. Help me to tell others of Your deliverance and redemption in my life. Help me to comfort those who hide in fear because of enemy torment. Help me to tell them that what You have done for me, You can do for all who look to You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Psalm 107:2 – Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

© Jingo Christopher

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PARENTS MUST PRAY FOR CHILDREN – Aleyamma Jacob

Charles Spurgeon’s mother prayed, “O that my son might live for Thee.” At the age of fifteen, he accepted Jesus. He preached his first sermon at the age of fifteen before a small congregation. He was known as the Prince of Preachers. Spurgeon’s mother’s prayer was answered. St. Augustine’s mother, Monica prayed for him for 17 years. At last, he was struck by the Word of God and was saved. John Newton’s mother prayed for 6 years for her pirate son. At last, the pirate became a flagbearer for Jesus. We parents must pray for our children unceasingly.

© Aleyamma Jacob

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MAN WILL DIE – Aleyamma Jacob

Man will die but his deeds will never die out. If we think seriously about this, we will have that urge to do good always because it will live forever. So many people died long ago but their deeds remain alive. Father Damien and Mother Teresa are a few among them. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna – in his younger days, he had been a pupil of the apostle John and had enjoyed the company of many who had seen the Lord. He became a martyr. Before he was killed, he asked for one hour to pray to get courage to face the ordeal. His last words were “Eighty six years I have served Him and He has done me no wrong. How can I blaspheme ny King who has saved me?” Polycarp died but his deeds are still alive after almost two thousand years. Let us remember that one day we all will die but our deeds will live forever.

© Aleyamma Jacob

REVELL READS

A RUMORED FORTUNE by Joanna Davidson Politano

“A Rumored Fortune” by Joanna Davidson Politano is a treasure hunt in itself, with a heroine that everyone loves, a hero to be proud of and a family mystery that ends up in the discovery of a Rumored Fortune.

In this delightful debut of a poignantly sweet romance, a cleverly crafted story-within-a-story, full of dramatic Victorian intrigue, the rules of nineteenth-century England are explored in the complex pecking order of British society.

Extremely witty, deeply heartfelt and exquisitely penned, this inspirational historical romance is a most captivating story with an intriguing plot, dramatic plot twists, strong faith themes depicting how God works in human lives to make faith grow in the hearts of His children.

© Miriam Jacob