Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Deepika padukone's vogue video...

I noticed a lot of hue and cry about Deepika Padukone's vogue video.
Being a believer one would I guess expect me to object to it as any reasonable person would do.I even saw a spoof saying 'It is my choice to have a beer belly.....'which i felt too lazy to open.I was all ready to condemn the video myself but when I actually saw the video I changed my mind.
The video does not promote issuess like sex before marriage,homosexuality..it just promotes the idea of choice.Most of the issues addressed goes against the very grain of the faith I believe in and would not possibly wish it on any of my near and dear ones but one thing struck a chord on the person in me which has grown up in a family in which parents have never differentiated us on the basis of sex that we are born into.We owe the world everything and yet we do not owe the world anything.I find it difficult to understand and accept why women are treated as second class citizens in most places.Often it is the women who lead in carrying such torches.
I think the video merely emphasises that noone has the right to impose anything on anybody.
I would never have become a believer had the faith been imposed on me.It was and always is a heart change ,a sudden dawning,a grace which startles you because you don't deserve it and that is why it is a complete turn-around.
I do and don't do certain things because I have convictions that arise from a deep seated faith where there can be no compromises.
It is Grace and not the law which compels me to obey.It is the Love of Christ which gives me the freedom to make the right choice .
I guess that was the difference between the rich young ruler and mary magdalene and the way Christ perceived them both.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To Him be the glory!

It has been a difficult month,the last.There has been a lot of wear and tear with constant and continuos returning to the rock of my salvation.It is always difficult to correct colleagues and just let insubbordination simmer but through it all I have felt the hand of God guiding me, loving me because I love Him so.I have wept at the ruins in the walls of Jerusalem,and yet have been kept by our Lord Jesus Christ who lovingly holds us and assures us again and again that' I' am His beloved.
I have seen what the' Word of God 'can do to people,I have seen mighty hand of God act upon people and situation,I have seen people getting healed through prayer,I have prayed in oneness with the family of God..I have seen God moving..I have seen dear ones thriving amidst trials and difficult situation ,I have known God and His ways and I have walked with my God through fire and I love Him even more because he is indescribably wonderful ,amazingly beautiful,all powerful ,almighty God and I am the apple of His eyes.
To Him be all glory and honour because He alone deserves it.
To God the father,to Jesus His beloved son and the king of my heart and soul and the counsellor the Holy spirit .

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cooking the lent way...and modest manifesto!

Cooking vegetarean food for ten people every sunday can be adventourous .I invite the bachelor doctors and nurses over for bible studies and cook dinner for them.The catch is one of them is observing lent very strictly,another one is allergic to chicken and still another one is allergic to egg.So I find myself doing ballistics on sunday afternoon with cabbage ,cauliflower,tomatoes,onion, garlic,ginger,flour and carrots.Bread helps as well.
Today I managed to cook some fresh crunchy cabbage and onion dumplings,potato and carrot mash and a vegetable gravy with tomato,cabbage and cream.I also managed a pudding with bread,biscuits and milk.
We were going though the book of 1st Samuel,half way through I was away ,I misplaced the book so we started on Mark.I suddenly chanced upon the previous book the other day so we are back into Samuel and his paraphenalia.
It is a struggle getting the young together.They are from different backgrounds'different spiritual levels,they invariably have duties they have to attend to and it goes on..
They give you a blank stare ,some of them participate rest of them try to take the corner most seat and prefer to be inconsipicuos as possible.
I have often wondered ,we work in these missionary hospitals for a lifetime and many of us do not even have our basic theology right,it might be interesting to do a research cut across the hospitals to see what theology we prescribe to or do we prescribe to it at all!
Yesterday we got a manifesto circulated by our ED.It was Billy Graham's ministry's manifesto they had carved at the onset of their ministry and it is beautiful in it's simplicity and relevance.

1. Money

It was common practice among evangelists to put a lot of emotion and flourish into taking love offerings. This could bring unnecessary criticism - and temptation. The men vowed not to emphasize the offering. To avoid criticism they would always have the local campaign committees oversee the offerings and disbursements of funds - they would accept a straight salary regardless of how high the offerings were.
2. Immorality

Religious leaders especially those who traveled were regularly falling to this temptation. The men agreed continually to pray for God to guard them from it. They also set up some rules to follow. They would never allow themselves to be alone with women - lunches, counseling sessions, or rides to auditoriums or airports. And they would always get their hotel rooms close together as another safeguard.
3. Exaggeration

The phrase evangelistically speaking has been coined to label exaggerated figures of the number attending meetings or the number saved. The men vowed not to fall to this practice. If numbers were mentioned they were the ones generated by the local police, fire departments, or arena managers.
4. Criticism.

Often evangelists would criticize local pastors and churches from pulpits. The men vowed not to do this, nor would they ever criticize pastors who openly criticized them.

(Discipleship Journal, Issue 84, Nov/Dec 1994, Page 45)