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At in-gathering offerings and celebrations, we give thanks to God for bountiful harvests and joyfully celebrate as a family and congregation the successful completion of another season.

Though their first winter in the New World was hard, tough and difficult, the Pilgrims and many early settlers took the spring to learn from Native American Indians how to cultivate their new lands and adapt to their new home.

The peace pact between the settlers and the natives gave a peaceful atmosphere that colored their first in-gathering celebrations in the fall of 1621, and thus the first American Thanksgiving.

Today I give thanks to God for a good life, a happy family, a kind, understanding, and loving wife and godly children.

It’s been a wonderful experience in life to be transformed from a gentile into partakers of the blessings and covenants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is great to understand that God loves me so dearly and gives me the wonderful gift of Jesus Christ.

Life has given me caring tutors, wonderful schools and colleges, and a very rich education to touch and gladden other lives and people. This is not just a coincidence but the wonderful benevolence of God to His undeserving children. God I thank you. Jesus I praise you.

Life has taught me many things, one of which is the fact that God cares, and performs His wonders in mysterious ways.

Heikki Koivu was once the MD of Perusythyma, the Finnish Civil Engineering Construction Company, where I started my working career.

Armed Robbers attacked one of the project sites of the organization where I was the Accounting Officer. The Police arrested me and locked me up as their prime suspect. Heikki Koivu trusted me, flew down to site, and went through a rough ride with the police to get me released. Though the police vehemently refused but Mr. Koivu spoke glowingly of me and stuck out his neck to sign all necessary papers which led to my release from detention.

Three months afterwards the robbers were caught and tried as they attempted to cash expatriate staff’s traveler’s checks stolen during the robbery. Heikki Koivu was proved right and I was vindicated. Had Mr. Koivu not taken the risk my life would have gone in a different direction, probably pitched with gangsters and criminals. Have a great thanksgiving day, Heikki!

Thanksgiving is a golden opportunity to remember that life has been so good, that some people such as Heikki Koivu had been so nice and supportive, and that God has been so caring despite daunting challenges, difficult moments, and unpalatable circumstances.

You may not be rich or wealthy, but if Jesus makes a great difference in your life then you must be living a rich, peaceful, virtuous and abundant life. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

You must remember on this day of Thanksgiving that God’s only Son came to change your gloom to brightness. He has come on wounded feet to roll out your ailment and smooth your scattered sick-bed.

Christ enters your life with spike-pierced hands to soothe your pain with His balm and His precious blood that was shed on Calvary.

Jesus Christ washes away your grief and discomfort with His undefiled living waters.

Whatever need or challenge you may have in life, you only need to “taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

Oh give thanks to The Lord; Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the people!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His steadfast love endures forever! 
(1 Chr 16:8,34).

Jesus is knocking the door of your heart to come inside. He wants to breathe His words of faith into your gentle ears and your soul because “fear and anxiety, grief and gloom could not live where He is.” He cares for you, even while you were running from Him.

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
with a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near? 


O yes, He cares, I know He cares!

His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Saviour Cares.

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As men, we are often inclined to ascribe personally unto self credits for all of our achievements. It is human to glory in our successes, and blame God or fate for our woes, calamities and life failures. Nevertheless, human beings are created to glorify God and praise Him for giving us the opportunities, the ability, and the possibility to excel.

APPLE

Apple Computer’s History began out of friendship. Friendly relations between Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak during their teens blossomed into cooperation, partnership, and the formation  of  Apple Computers .

Though born out of wedlock to two intellectuals, Steve Jobs was adopted at birth and brought up by a much less literate couple. Nevertheless, his unusual life story of a misfit and inadequate early life did not prevent him from turning out as a wizard whose creativity and acumen continue to impact on very many lives, institutions and businesses across the world.

GOD moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform!

The Apple I was actually hand-built by Steve Wozniak, a friend and partner of Jobs, and first shown to the public in attestation of Wozniak’s creativity and technological acumen. But it was Steve Jobs that prevailed on his friend to publicize the breakthrough and market the acumen, leading to the founding of Apple Computers, the fore-runner corporate body of Apple Inc.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust Him for His grace!

Steve Jobs

It wasn’t a secret that Steve Jobs in his younger days dabbled in recreational drugs, LSD, and the use of marijuana and hashish. Steve boasted unrepentantly that such mind-altering substances gave him a ‘life-changing’ effect, and were “one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.”

Steve Jobs“think different” trait and approach eventually took over Apple’s corporate style and was often credited for placing Apple’s designs and products way ahead most of her competitors and contemporaries.

Think twice when God is absent in your success story.

It appeared Apple and her co-founder had overridden the Dilemma of Determinism – the need to reconcile freedom of will with a deterministic universe.

The world is bemused with the moral responsibility of a role model and his pace-setting organization as they both thrive and flourish with his queer lifestyle and approval of wildly dangerous hallucinogens and intoxicating substances.

Rather than glorify God for His benevolences, Steve thinks LSD may have contributed to the “think different” approach that still puts Apple’s designs a head above the competition.

Though raised a Christian, Steve Jobs traded off the love of Jesus Christ for Zen Buddhism. He traveled to India for enlightenment, to meditate and learn about a simpler way of life.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (Joh 14:6).

Steve Jobsbiggest mistake was most probably not about Apple Inc. but rather about himself. He was so engrossed withgate gate paragate parasangate bodhi svahdl” – “going, going, going on beyond, always going on beyond, always becoming Buddhato the point he was thinking his cancer away for about nine months! Too late and so bad he could not survive the infectious onslaught. Steve had tremendous success despite his doubts on Christ!

“But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? (Psalms 73).

It is forever golden to abide and wait upon God for enduring breakthrough. The righteous are guided and led by the Word of God which puts divine good thoughts on their mind and fortify them against Satan’s temptations and deceptions.

It pays always to serve Jesus because faith and grace will always prevail. The righteous man’s afflictions end in peace, therefore he is happy; the wicked man’s enjoyments end in destruction, therefore he is miserable.

Tim Cook

Recently, current Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote about his sexuality, saying: “I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me”. Does God condemn homosexuality and give men “the greatest gifts” of gays at the same time?

Though recognized in some quarters as the most powerful gay person simply because he sits atop the executive branch of the most valuable company in the world, Tim Cook cannot be as powerful as the least saint in the Kingdom of God.“Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Mat 11:11).

Tim Cook’s thought that so if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy“, are Tom Cook’s.

Decision determines destiny. The most powerful CEO might just be trading off his eternal life for the fame and glamour of a fast spreading lifestyle.

Homosexuality

Homosexuality has gained prominence today. Lesbians and gays are coming out of the closet in larger numbers to flaunt their pride in a lifestyle which is disdain to culture and condemned by God.

Man has always been disobedient to God, offensive to His way, and has learnt to distrust Him right from the early days of creation. The thieves and the robbers, the adulterer and the prostitute, blood-thirsty rulers as well as the very corrupt men and women in public service and private enterprises have always existed in the history.

Though illegal and criminal in about eighty nations across the world, homosexuality is fast gaining ground in many Western nations and cities. Gay marriage is now legal in the federal District of Columbia and 32 out of the 50 states of USA. More and more gays and lesbians are boldly coming out to declare their sexual orientation to the public while living their normal lives, with much more people expressing understanding and acceptance than in the past.

The United States National Football League – the NFL, drafted its first openly gay player recently. The New York Magazine recently displayed on her front cover the picture and story of a transgender woman who is the highest-paid female executive in the United States, and probably in the world.

People’s attitudes in the West are changing at a fast rate in favor of acceptance for ‎LGBT community and lifestyle. The number of Americans living in states and counties where gay marriages are legal will soon reach 60%, while more and more high profile people are testifying to their LGBT culture.

Pope Francis on gay rights affirms that gay people should not be marginalized but integrated into the society. He stressed that the position of the mother church was that homosexual acts were sinful, but homosexual orientation was not.

When tennis legend, Martina Navratilova propose to longtime partner, Julia Lemigova, and the event was beamed across the world on the giant screen during a 2014 US Open semi-final duel, we know that gay life acceptance was really gaining ground. Despite the hype, the big screen and the glamour of it all, a simple marriage between two truly loving opposite sexes brings plentiful joy in heaven because God is in it.

Country Where No One Is Gay

God is not ashamed as the God of all truly repenting sinners, who willingly arise and return to his Father, believing in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary, to cleanse from all sins and iniquities.

There is a great joy in Heaven

  • because of your decision to have Jesus Christ in your life,
  • because you crossed from death into life,
  • because you crossed from the path of iniquity unto the way of life, and
  • because your name is now written in Heaven’s Book of Life.

To such ones who would come out of homosexuality, lesbianism, and all sorts of immorality and queer lifestyle, believing in faith, desiring a heavenly inheritance, God is not ashamed to receive unto Himself in the same way He took back and honor the prodigal son.

God Himself will be their father, and they will become His people, living with Him throughout eternity, in joy and happiness, in a Country-Where-No-One-is-Gay

“Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Gal. 6:7,8).

 

The marriage institution is God’s ordained ordinance and plan for humanity, and should not be perverted in contrast to His declaration in the Bible.

Life itself is a risk and every man must live as a pilgrim on earth, wading through the hazards and uncertainties of every single day, toiling on from day to day, with a firm focus on Heaven.

It is those who master to hear the inner voice, the Divine Spirit within, and not the devilish urge from the crowded world, that gains true success and enduring achievements in life.

You must live through risks, trials and temptations to gain eternal life.

To determine what amounts to your holy grail, and decide how to pursue and prosecute its achievement rests upon you and the urge of the Divine Spirit within. It is those who master the ways of The Spirit and understand the urges of the Divine that would eat the fruits of the good land. The large majority which follows the crowd and the dictates of Satan and the world would end up in utter dejection.

“Clear conscience is the greatest armor” says a Chinese proverb. Your disposition in life is good and true when you keep up a clear conscience toward God and man.

To paraphrase Plato, If what each man believes to be true through sensation is true for him, then each man would hold his own opinions for himself alone and there would be no standard with which to measure man, whether heterosexual or homosexual, saint or sinner.

But the Creator has taken care of such anomaly. A man’s natural inclination is not just dictated by the sheer wisdom of this world but rather through his conscience, his God-given inclination and message, which speaks in his blood and reason out of his mind that this is the way to go to reveal the power of God in his life.

If a man therefore overrules his conscience to contravene accepted standards of morality and conduct, and chose to walk contrary to the dictates of the way of God, he would have to bear the resultant social disgrace or inner censure as well as the attendant mental trauma of his immorality.

Though she was a national heroine in her own right, well-known, and a highly respected public figure, the first American woman in space, Ms Sally Ride kept it a well guided secret until her obituary that she was gay. It must have been a lifetime torment in her conscience.

Who do you think you are, Mr. Cook?

No One Can Legislate Morality

In his reply to a letter protesting sexual permissiveness, President Ronald Reagan wrote: I don’t believe the answer rests with the government. No one can legislate morality. What we need is a spiritual awakening and return to the morals of a Christian society.

“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying,

This is the way, walk ye in it,” (Isa 30: 21a)

Who Do You Think You Are?

As strangers and pilgrims on earth, we are living and dwelling temporarily amongst many worldly sinners, yet unaffected by their sinful ways through our faith and the grace of our savior Jesus Christ. Whatever practice in life, career, home and play that fails to give glory to God must be avoided by heavenly minded Christians.

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” (1 Pet 2:11).

 

Jesus Christ will come at the rapture to take home all genuine Christians who are faithfully waiting for Him.

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1Co 15:51-53)

“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1Th 4:17 ).

Heavenly minded Christians could only partake in issues and affairs or programs that edify the saints of God, fellow Christians and believers, and not to try and please self, family or colleagues to sin against God.

Does your life style and character edify the body of Christ and promote the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God in you?

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom 12:1,2).

Who do you think you are?

“Do you know where you are going, and do you carefully consider your end?

Do you keep watch, looking ahead for the shore?

What shore are you expecting to see?

For what purpose are you living?

What is the end and drift of your daily action?”

But, remember there’s a Country-Where-No-One-is-Gay!

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The subject of success and personal achievement has gained much popularity and desire in the affairs of men from time immemorial. Success, personal achievement, wealth, and prosperity have become cultural idols with which men, communities, nations and continents are defined.

The ideas of the rich against the poor, the successful and the unsuccessful, the prosperous against the needy, the developed nations against the developing or poor nations, the industrialized against the under-developed, the superpowers against the less powerful group, has been in the categorizations of men and communities from time to time.

This kind of orientation is usually classified in line with the so-called American Dream phenomenon – “You can get it if you really want to get it, just try, try, and try, and you will succeed at last” or “If you work hard enough, you can be anything you want to be.”

Success in anything at all is to have a peace of mind and self-satisfaction in your achievements.

This state of inner calmness and tranquility together with a sense of freedom, when thoughts and worries cease, and stress, strain or fear disappear can only come from God when you do His will.

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Php 4:7).

The biblical ‘Parable of the Talents’ offers profound insight into the true meaning of success and the real purpose of work and human labor. Three servants were given different amounts of money, denominated by talents, each according to his ability. A servant was given five talents, another was given two talents, and the third servant was given one talent.

The first and second servants doubled their investments and received the master’s praise. The third servant, who was given one talent, safeguarded the money but did nothing to increase it. The third servant was condemned by the master for his inactivity.

Lessons of life have taught us that we cannot travel the journey of life all alone. You need The Lamb’s guide and lead at every twist and turn. God gives the in-born talents and gifts plus the tools with which to achieve success. Your faithfulness in trading rightly and correctly for good profitability is all that God require from you.

You get into the trenches, roll up your sleeves and get reconciled with God to become a partaker of the kingdom of God, and then go out to fulfill the Great Commission, making disciples of men and women. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Into what have you cultivated and invested your God-given talents – is it unto your selfish ego and personal aggrandizements or unto furthering the kingdom of God. It takes faith to plough our God-given talents into doing the will of God and in furtherance of His kingdom, whether you have been given one, two, or five talents.

This is a higher kind of stewardship, and the one that could only fetch you enduring happiness and eternal reward. It is the only stewardship from which you will receive the commendation: “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

It is your love of the Master that drives and inspires your work. And since the end always justify the means, you will never lack bread and butter on your table, children in your house, and peace of God in your family and life.

I am not unmindful of the popular pattern and formulas for success by imitating the life-styles and methods of renowned rich men, industry leaders, and economic gurus. The Bible does not teach us how to become the next Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Mark Zuckerberg or King Solomon.

There are so much trainings in visualization, meditation, hypnosis, brainwave entrainment, visualization, NLP – neuro-linguistic program processes, subliminal messaging, mindfulness, Emotional Freedom Techniques – EFT, Law of Attraction, Tapping, and so many other techniques and programs.

The simple message of the scriptures is to guide every willing heart how to receive the Master’s well done – the praise of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” Pro 3: 5 – 10).

Bible reading is a great way to start to understand the way of God and His pattern for your life. The Bible is not arranged in the same way as your regular books. Rather, the Bible is its own interpreter and best teacher of the scriptures.

Life is full of friendly foes and unrelenting enemies, yet God cares.

Whether you are wrapped all over and all around with snares, miseries, calamities, plagues, and death, God always have a great plan for you.

God walks with the simple and reveal Himself to the humble.

He gives wisdom and great understanding to all who are teachable like babes.

To those who are pure in mind God opens the ken of knowledge and good sense. But His grace, very clear and glaring in man and nature, is hidden from the proud and the arrogant.

God moves in mysterious ways to perform His wonders in the lives of men.

Those who strive to live unto God, who trusts in Him, are never ignorant of the divine sweetness and support promised for the persevering and unwavering believer.

While many people mistake Christianity for religion, the blessing of walking with Christ goes beyond the provision of bread and butter for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and sound health and care for the sick and needy, a better life is assured all who walk in faith with the Savior, not only in this life, but in His coming Kingdom.

Walk on, through the wind
Walk on, through the storm,
And don’t be afraid of the dark
He’ll appear and take your feeble hands,
You’ll never walk alone!

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