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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.

Having dwelt on the topics
  1. “The Christian journey”
  2. “ The Conquest of Canaan” and the
  3. “Lent season”.

in the previous months, now in the months of April and May, considering that post resurrection of Christ (one of our concluding themes’ you would remember in the meditations of March, was Resurrection), birth of the Church was a landmark event in Biblical history, I want to cast the spotlight on the Book of Acts (which records the birth and growth of the Church). This would ensure to a large extent continuity of thought albeit under the ambit of new subject.

Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…

Suresh Manoharan




April 24th

Third Party Certification



And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also - Acts 17:6 (KJV)
 
  Yesterday, we meditated on the impact the Apostles transformed demeanor had on the Jewish religious leaders…a look of genuine astonishment at their new-found confidence may have at best registered itself on the countenance of Jewish religious hierarchy. But the Apostles passionate approach to God-ordained work allied with their stupendous miracles, which continued to draw a massive following elicited, as we see in the above-captioned Scripture portion, a reaction from Church opponents that defies conventional wisdom.

We of the 21st century Market-driven, highly competitive economy are increasingly observing a tendency in the Companies’ to incorporate in their advertising profile “a third-party certification”. Reason? The world may not notice if the Business houses’ blow their own trumpets about their product or service quality but third party certification… it is a different cup of tea altogether! The rational world would always take the word of the NEUTRAL PARTY (read third party) with no selfish stakes in the organization, it is certifying, seriously.

If third-party certification itself carries, so much of weight in modern-day, ultra-competitive markets, consider a scenario when the BIGGEST COMPETITOR in the Industry, gives his business rival a certificate of being a World-shaker? Unthinkable, isn’t it? Yet, that is what happened in the First Century competitive “SPRITUAL MARKET”. The Church received it’s accolade of “turning the World upside down”, not from its insiders or well-wishers but from it’s bitter enemies.

Amazing isn’t it! HALLELUJAH! By the way, how are we faring in the “local spiritual market”?

Prayer:

Father, we see persecution coming our way, as we sincerely go about Thy mission. While persecution is a sign, that we have shaken-up the adversary’s domain, give us the strength, to continue Thy work, enthusiastically. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
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