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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

For starters in the first month of January I would be dwelling on the theme of the "Christian Journey", with the material being arranged in a Book-like format under which the pages would be opened ( i,e..displayed on-line) on each succeeding day.

So here's wishing you a happy & an edifying read....

Suresh Manoharan




January 19th

Quick, off the blocks...



And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it" - Numbers 13:30
 
  In our study of similarities between the journey of emancipated Jews towards the Promised Land & that of Christians towards the ethereal one of their own, we had meditated yesterday on call of Caleb (captioned scripture portion above)to take-up in unison the God-ordained Conquest campaign (Note: Our Old testament counterparts were on the threshold of entering the Promised land, at that time).

  Today, let's turn our attention to the urgency in his call. As much as he was calling for unity in their actions, he was also calling for promptness in the same. "If God has promised to be with us, success beckons, so why delay any longer Ė letís launch our conquest together immediately?" was in essence his fervent plea to his mates.
 
  Dear friends, how pertinent it is in our churches to be not only united whilst undertaking different projects but also to be quick off the blocks, whilst going about them. I am always reminded of the Relay race, when it comes to various Church projects eg...setting up of branches in the rural areas', beginning a Mid-week Bible study programme etc, for they entail that we not only work together but set-off quickly in our assignments. Just as perfect team spirit & agility are the hallmarks of any successful relay team, they are the hallmarks of many a God-honoring congregation.
 
  Ever wondered, why in the parable of talents, the man with the five talents was most successful in his assignment of trading his talents on behalf of His Master. Consider this verse, where the key operative words have been highlighted....
 
  "The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more" - Matt 25:16
 
  Not for him in any last-minute rush! Should one need to say more?
 
  Prayer:

Father, even as we confess our apathy to Thy work sometimes on account of our indolence, we pray that You would re-kindle in us the desire to not only take-up those works which bring glory to Thy Name in unity with each other but also take up the same without any kind of procrastination. In Jesusí name. Amen.
 
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