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On 4th of July, 2012, we went for Skydiving near Chicago. It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of our life. Skydiving jump was at thirteen thousand feet, with free fall for about 40-50 seconds at about 120 mph. To jump out of plane at such height requires great courage. Yet your tandem instructor is right there with you, holding you tightly with all the harnesses, gears and most importantly parachutes. (Two of them, one as a backup). To jump from the plane is to trust him for your life, believing that even if you will fail to open the parachute, he will do it at the right time. When you are at such a height in plane with open doors and when you look down, all your senses may tell you, "This is not a good idea!" Your common sense look for safety and security…read more
Bible Study Topic on Luke 10: 38-42
We often host many international students from the University at our home. My wife usually prepares a wonderful, delicious and hot meal that all students would relish. But one thing that always bothers me is the time she would spend in the kitchen preparing for the food, snacks, coffee or tea, when the students are over. She has a wonderful personality, along with great leadership and communication skills. She can bring many insights in our conversations which I usually have with students. But because of her work in the kitchen she would miss out on all these opportunities.
Similar story was played out when Jesus came to Martha and Mary's home. It seems likely that Martha was the elder sister, and she being the host was busy with all the preparations that needed to be done.Distracted, Dissatisfied, Disturbed
Martha was disturbed that she was doing all the hard work while her sister was idly sitting at the feet of Jesus aread more
What does the bible say about Hell? What is the definition of the Hell in the Bible? Hell is the place of eternal punishment after death for all those who refuse to repent. Matthew 25:46 - "They will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to the eternal life." There are three words used for Hell in the Bible. Here are their descriptions with reference bible verses. Sheol: The meaning of Sheol is 'the grave' or 'place of the dead'. The word is only used in Old testaments. Job 24:19 - "Drought and heat consume the snow waters, so does Sheol those who have sinned." Psalms 16:10 - "For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay read more
Psalms 27:4 - "One thing I ask of the Lord, and this is what I seek that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in His temple."
In one of our gatherings with new college students, we started with an ice-breaker; a question, "If you are to have one last meal, what would you pick? What will be your favorite food that you want to have one last time?" The answers were funny and surprising. It ranged from mother's home cooked food to some exotic food one had a long time ago.
What if we ask a similar question for our spiritual walk. "If we are to ask one thing from the Lord, what you will ask of the Lord?̶read more
Original word for 'man' in the bible: In Hebrew: 'adham', 'Ish' in Greek: 'aner', 'anthropos' There are more than 3000 instances of word used for 'man'! There is no doubt that man is the one of the central theme of bible. Four fundamental aspects concerning Man: Origin Present Condition Salvation Destiny These are four principle aspects of the doctrine of man. You may go to any part of the world, culture, society, religion, past and present, and you will encounter these four aspects concerning man. Every religion, culture or society will try to answer these questions in various ways. Their answers shapes every area of one's life and worldview, how they read more