SUNDAY SCRIPTURE 28 NOV 2010 SENT BY GHUNA KUMAR FOR GOSPEL FRIENDS, P. BOX 2202 MANDAVELI CHENNAI Ě 28 SOUTH INDIA
ĚThanks be to God for his indescribable gift !Ě 2 Cor 9:14-15
Thanksgiving is over and now we are around Christmas. There should be lot of preparations going on for Christmas. But as truly committed Christians what are we expected to do during this season of Christmas. Let us follow the example of people involved in the first Christmas.
REVEALING SEASON :- The angels got involved in revealing GodĚs will and purposes to different ones. Angel announced GodĚs great favor to Mary ( Luke 1;28) An angel cleared the doubt of Joseph. (Matt 1:20), An angel conveyed good news of great joy to Shepherds. ( Lu.2:9) An angel cautioned Joseph to flee into Egypt. (Matt 2:13) An angel guided Joseph to take the family back to home land (Matt 2 : 19) Let us be an angel in this Christmas to reveal someone an encouragement, caution, or guidance of the Lord.
REFLECTING SEASON :- Luke 2:19 says about Mary, the mother of Jesus, Ě Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.Ě In the midst of Celebrations we got to set aside time to ponder and contemplate of His gracious acts in our lives. His deeds are mysterious and gracious to be pondered.
REPORTING SEASON :- The Shepherds hurried to find the babe Jesus as soon as they heard the good news. After personally experiencing of seeing the Lord Jesus Christ, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child. Luke 2:16-19. The Shepherds did not keep the good news to themselves but they did spread to others. So may this be a season of spreading time about the Savior and the Salvation He brings.
PRAISE AND PRAYER :- 1. Praise God that yesterday (30th) we celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary with much praises and meditations. Our marriage was solemnized by a close friend of mine namely Rev. Joshua at CSI church, Pollachi on 30th Nov 1978. It was a simple wedding attended by the godly and chosen ones. The way God united Jaya with me is fantastic and incredible. It was totally divine arranged. No man could have done such perfect job. Praise God for our lives together for the past 32 years and we rejoice over the purposes of God fulfilled perfectly in our married life. No doubt that we are blessed for both of our children are in full time ministry to the Lord preaching and teaching of GodĚs Word. We do not have any complaint or grudge over the years gone by. Thank you very much for those of you who have been playing a vital role in our personal, family and ministry lives.
2. We had wonderful meetings in Kingley centre at Kanthikuppam and CSI church at Elathagiri. The fellowship there was simply indescribable. Joel and Chandrakanth accompanied me. What a boost to my soul iwhen Rev. Fredrick of CSI church, Elathagiri testified just before my preaching on this 28th Nov Sunday saying that he had made commitment to follow the Lord on the 2nd October in 1984 at Satyamangalam youth conference when I preached. He also narrated the sermon I preached on that day. He also reminded me of the encouragements he received from me during his days of his early ministry. Praise God for this great testimony. 3. Kindly continue to pray for our Christmas needs. Altogether we need Rs. 7,00,000/- When you send contributions for this need please mention CHRISTMAS CLOTHING in memo. This is an urgent need. Please email me to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for further question or information. You can call me to 011 Ě 91- 9444233474. 4. May I request you to send me your new home address if you got moved. I need it for updating our file.