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Isaiah: 66:13 - As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.
While I was reading and meditating on this passage, I was little surprised by this verse. We generally view God as our Father, and rightly so. So when we think about God, it might be a little hard for us to think of Him as a mother.
John 4:24 says that God is the Spirit and those who worship him, must worship in truth and spirit. Thus this is not a matter of - he or she. But God uses this visual of a mother, or father for us. In other verses of the Bible, God uses different human relationships and calls us His friend, brother, or children. This is so that we know him and understand Him. In this way we also relate to Him as our personal God and enjoy intimate relation with Him.
With this verse I am reminded of the role of our mother. She bears us in the womb for nine months, nurses us, teaches us to take our first step, rocks us to sleep, helps us to talk - She raises us. Tread more
1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." 5 Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from meread more
When The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie was released, we went to see the movie with some of our friends. Every one of us enjoyed the movie. Later we were discussing about the movie and its Christian message, one of our friends did not really understand it. We then shared the representation of Christ in Aslan, the Lion. He was amazed by the deeper truths of the Narnia story.
We all like good stories. But many stories have deep, (often hidden) spiritual truths to them. If you are not careful, you can easily miss its meaning. Jesus also told many of such stories during His earthly ministry. They are also called 'parables'. Today, we are going to look at one of the most famous of parables, parable of a Sower and four soils.What is a Parable? Parable is a story that conveys deeper, some times hidden and complex truths. Bible Study Passage
3 Then he told them many things in parabread more
Yeast is a bacterial fungus or mold. It works through and permeates the dough. It is used in the bible both as symbols of positive and negative influence.Yeast as a positive growth
Matthew 13:33 - The kingdom of Heaven is like a yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.Yeast as a symbol of uncleanliness or corruption
Leviticus 2:11 - Every grain offering you bring to the Lord must be made without yeast, for you are not to burn any yeast or honey in a food offering presented to the Lord.Yeast as a symbol of hypocrisy of Heart and Old Self
Matthew 16:6 - Jesus said to them. Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees." (Also Mark 8:15)
1 Corinthians 5: 6-8 - Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch--as you really are.read more
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