Sunday Service [13th December 2020]
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The Christian spiritual life is a journey that doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Christianity requires a community to exist in and teachers from whom to learn the faith, and features a cloud of witnesses cheering us on (Heb 12:1). The Holy Spirit animates the Church and, among other things, gives it the gifts of knowledge, wisdom, understanding, fortitude, good counsel, and fear of the Lord, piety. We have an obligation to build on those gifts sealed in us at our confirmation: and one of the most effective ways is spiritual reading eBook Library
“ஆவிக்குரிய சந்தோஷக் கீதங்கள்” என்னும் பெயருடன் கூடிய இந்த சிறு நூலினை வெளியிடுவதில் கர்த்தருக்குள் நான் மகிழ்ச்சியடைகிறேன். தேவனுடைய நாமத்தை பாட்டினால் துதித்து, அவரை ஸ்தோத்திரத்தினால் மகிமைப்படுத்துவேன் (சங்-69:30) என்று தாவீது ராஜா கூறியிருக்க, ஊழியத்திலே பாட்டு ஒரு முக்கிய பகுதி என்பது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.
“கர்த்தரைப் பாடுங்கள், அவர் மகிமையாய் வெற்றி சிறந்தார்” என்று மோசேயும், இஸ்ரவேல் புத்திரரும், ஆரோனின் சகோதரியான மிரியாமும் கர்த்தரை புகழ்ந்து பாடினார்கள். (யாத் - 15:21)
“நான் ஆவியோடும் பாடுவேன், கருத்தோடும் பாடுவேன்” என்று பவுல் அப்போஸ்தலன் சபைக்கு எழுதியதுபோல, தேவனுடைய சபை மக்கள் யாவரும் எப்பொழுதும் ஆவியில் நிறைந்து இப்பாடல்களைப் பாடி மகிழவும் இப்புத்தகம் அபிஷேகம் பண்ணப்பட்ட ஆயுதமாக சபைகளையும் உங்கள் வீடுகளையும் அலங்கரிப்பதாக என வேண்டுகிறேன்.
“பூமியின் குடிகளே எல்லாரும் கர்த்தரைக் கெம்பீரமாய் பாடுங்கள்” (சங்-100:1)
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Charles Spurgeon rightly noted,
“You may build up laborious definitions and explanations and yet leave your hearers in the dark as to your meaning; but a thoroughly suitable metaphor [illustration] will wonderfully clear the sense.”
To alleviate the lack of illustrations for the inexperienced preachers we have gathered and linked illustrations fom existing sources and attributing them to the original author as far as possible, read, ponder and preach with these stories as you please Story Pages
There was once a very wealthy man who lived in a sprawling palace with many servants. Among the many servants, he had three special servants. One day, this man called all the servants, gave them hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement benefits and dismissed them. He then called his three special servants and told them, “My dear servants, you have been special and have faithfully served me all these years. Now, ask what you want and I will freely give them to you.” The servants could not believe their ears.
The first servant said, “Master, I will be satisfied with just one million dollars.” The master immediately wrote out a cheque and gave it him. The second servant said, “Master, I’ll be satisfied with just a hundred acres of your fertile land.” Since the wealthy man had his lawyer present too, he immediately made out a deed to that purpose. The third servant fell at the feet of the Master and cried. The master lifted him up and asked him why he was crying. The servant said, “Master, all these years you had loved me dearly. Now where shall I go? I don’t want gold or silver. I only want you. Please allow me to serve you till I die.”
The master was pleased and granted the request. Day by day, the Master and servant became like father and son. Finally, on his death bed, this Master called his servant and said, “My dearly beloved servant, you have faithfully served me all these years, not desiring gold and silver. I now adopt you as my legal son and bequeath all my wealth to you. As my son, you shall inherit everything that I own.”
I once read of a very moving story concerning a newly born again young man called Jim. Jim was very notorious, especially for always spewing foul language out of his mouth. One day, he got saved and his life changed dramatically.
Jim worked at the mine in the town and everyday on his way to the mine he used to pass by a church. After he got saved, he started to stop by the church everyday. As soon as he entered the church, he would kneel beside a pew and say, “Jesus, this is Jim. I have come to present myself to You.” Tears of thankfulness and gratitude would then flow like rivers from Jim’s eyes as he recalled the goodness of God in saving a wretched sinner like him. This act of grateful humility became a regular habit of his life.
One day, there was an accidental explosion in the mine. Jim was badly injured and had to be hospitalized. The next morning, when the clock struck eight, Jim began to cry like a child, for that was his usual time to stop by the church to present himself to Jesus. He was crying sorrowfully because he was not able to present himself before the Lord.
Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. A benign-looking gentleman wearing a long white robe walked in. The man looked at Jim and said, “Jim, this is Jesus. You could not present yourself to Me, so I have come to see you, son.”
When you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you (Jas. 4:8).