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A Prodigy on Train

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A journey on an Indian train is bound to run one into some prodigy of exceptional talent. The circumstances, however, being contrary to the bliz and glitz of media stars, doesn't provoke any fandrum. Yet, these nameless and faceless but vibrant singers, gymnasts, and instrumentalists do ask for a living in an honourable way. They are dejected despite their talents because the world is ashamed of them. I often have marvelled at the dexterity with which a kid's fingers had performed on a single string fastened from the end of any container to a one foot pole attached to it. He or she would play both the rhythm and the melody on that simplistic lyre. I've also often gazed with wonder at little three to five year old kids perform gymnastics, within the train alley, on rings and ropes. These all go unrecognized by the world. We are passers by little glittering gold, as we struggle for passions that we can never hold: while this world does afford us our little space, let's a…

Quotes

"he who refuses to rule is liable to be ruled by one who is worse than himself."~ Plato (The Republic)

Ibadat Karo by Anil & Reena Kant (Lyrics and Translation)

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IBADAT KARO – ANIL & REENA KANT
CHORUS:
Hei duniya ke logon oonchi aawaj karon
O people of the world, lift up your voice Gawon khushi key geet
And sing the songs of joy Uska gungaan karo
Declare praises of Him Ibadat karo uski Ibadat karo (x2)
Worship Him, Worship…
(Repeat Chorus) 1. Yaad karo ki vahi ek Khuda hein
Remember that He alone is God Hum ko ye jeevan useene diya hein
It is He who has given us this life Us charagah se hum sab hein aaye
We all have come from that (spring) Humd o sana ke hum geet gaaye
Let’s sing the song of His praise Rab ka tum shukar karo
Give thanks to the Lord Oonchi aawaj karo
Lift up your voice Gawon khushi key geet
And sing the songs of joy Uska gungaan karo
Declare praises of Him Ibadat karo uski Ibadat karo (x2)
Worship Him, Worship… 2. Naamey Khudawand kitna mubaarak
How blessed is the Name of the Lord! Mera Khudawand kitna bhala hein
My God, How good is He! Rehmat hei uski sadiyon purani
His compassion is from ageless past Wafa ka azar se yahi silsila hein
(From endless faithfuln…

The Marks of a Covenant Leader (Malachi 2:5-7)

Malachi 2:5-7

1. GODLINESS FORMS HIS CHARACTER (FEAR)
# HE IS RULED BY DIVINE REVERENCE
# HE IS RUN BY DIVINE PRINCIPLES
# HE IS RESPONSIBLE TO DIVINE AUTHORITY ALONE

2. GRACE FLOWS FROM HIS LIPS (TRUTH, JUSTICE, DIVINE EDIFICATION, WISDOM)
# HE INFORMS PEOPLE
# HE IMPACTS PEOPLE
# HE INFLUENCES PEOPLE (TURNS MANY)
# HE INVESTS IN PEOPLE

3. GLORY FILLS HIS PATH (OT SHEKINAH)
# HE LIVES IN GOD'S PRESENCE (HABITAT, ENVIRONMENT OF GLORY)
# HE WALKS IN GOD'S PRESENCE (FELLOWSHIP OF GLORY)
# HE COMES OUT OF GOD'S PRESENCE (MESSENGER OF GLORY)
# HE BRINGS PEOPLE INTO GOD'S PRESENCE (SOUL WINNER)

The Blessings of His Covenant (Malachi 2:5-7)

1. DIVINE LIFE (V5)
2. DIVINE PEACE (V5)
3. DIVINE ATTITUDE: FEAR, REVERENCE (V5)
4. DIVINE REVELATION: LAW OF TRUTH (V6)
5. DIVINE FELLOWSHIP: WALKED WITH ME (V6)
6. DIVINE CO-WORKING: IN PEACE & EQUITY (V6)
7. DIVINE MISSION: TURNED MANY (V6)
8. DIVINE WISDOM: KEEP KNOWLEDGE (V7)
9. DIVINE LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE LOOK TO HIM (V7)
10. DIVINE POSITION: AUTHORITY: MESSENGER (V7)

The Sift of Faith (Luke 22:31-34)

LUKE 22:31-34
31 And the Lord said,[3] "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."
33 But he said to Him, "Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death."
34 Then He said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me."
INTRODUCTION
Judas agrees to betray Jesus, The Last Supper is over, Jesus talks about His death and about the coming Kingdom.

The Divine Caution – “That your faith may not fail”

1. The Gift of Faith (is both a fruit and a gift)
The fruit of the Spirit – What the Spirit produces in us, in character, through the Word
The gift of the Spirit – What the Spirit produces in us, in a specific situation, through the Word
Eph. 2:8, in both cases, is essentially, a gift of God.

2. The Sift of Faith (the trial of faith)
“Satan has ask…

Word for the Day - Pr.3:6 [Inside His Car]

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart...and he will make straight your paths" (Pr.3:6, ESV). Once you get inside His car, you know it's going to be a smooth and safe ride.

Word for the Day - Ps.39:6 [What things keep you busy?]

"Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: he bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it" (Ps.39:6). What things keep you busy and why? Invest your time and energy discreetly so as to reap eternal benefits (cf. Mat.6:20; Lk.16:9).

Spirit-Ruled Affections

Spirit-Ruled Affections
1 Jn. 2: 14-17

30 March 2007
Domenic Marbaniang

Horace W: ‘The world is a comedy for those who think but a tragedy for those who feel.’
Men are powerfully ruled by their affections.
Antiphanes: ‘Only two things a man cannot hide: that he is drunk and that he’s in love.’

1. AFFECTIONS DEFINE IDENTITY: What we love is what we become like. Our affections mirror our inner self. Who are we?

a. In Pedigree: We are Children of God (1Jn. 4:7; 3:1). You have divine nature.
b. As Possession: We are Sheep of God (Jn. 10: 27-29). You have divine allegiance.
c. In Position: We are Disciples of Xt (Jn. 13:35). You have a divine commission.
How do you look at the world & how does the world look at you?
‘The depth of Christian experience can be measured by the intensity of horror one senses on hearing the word ‘world’.’
Christ described a Christian’s relationship with the world in two ways:
a. He is unattached to the things of the world – Lk. 9: 23-27
b. He is hated by the world – Jn. …

Fount of Blessings - James 3

FOUNT OF BLESSINGS 7 Dec 2007 Domenic Marbaniang
Jas 3:11Does the fountain out of the same hole send forth the sweet and the bitter?
Talking about the tongue. As a fountain sends forth water, so does the tongue send forth words. V. 10 it is not fitting for the tongue to assume a double nature.

We all know what kind of words we should speak and so I’ll not focus chiefly on that: sweet, seasoned, edifying, and God pleasing talk.
Let’s focus on the problem of double-tonguedness. Deacons are commanded not to be double-tongued (1 Tim. 3:8).  God hates double-tonguedness, i.e., saying one thing to one person and the other thing to another. There is neither integrity nor constancy in such speech.
This dual-nature is manifest in both words and actions of a double-minded man.
1.An inner dichotomy. Lack of Harmony. No correlation between BELIEF AND PRACTICE. 2.A hidden restlessness. Uncertainty. Stony ground. Not at home with one’s own convictions. G. B. Shaw’s Andronicles & the Lion, Ferrovius. U …

True Identity

TRUE IDENTITY Matt. 26. 6-13 Domenic Marbaniang Adapted from Sermon 7 April, 06 Friday Eve. At Rev. V. T. Felix’s Cottage
INTRODUCTION She would never regret what she did. A great act of honor before His crucifixion.The disciples derided but Jesus commended. The wrong words we speak can harm or edify.
*What we do establishes our identity Our identity before God is more important than before men ID Card tells our name and job. We were enemies of God by our works – Col 1. 21 We can glorify God by our works – 1 Pt. 2.12 # If you are a believer, your faith will be known by your works. Jas. 2. 17 # If you are a child of God, your works will declare so of you. 1 Jn. 3.10 A tree will be known by its fruit – Mt. 12. 33
Reputation – what people say you are Character – what you are
Your reputation before God equals your character demonstrated in works.
“Why this wastage?”
When Social Service Supercedes Divine WorshipWorship – Adoration, Prostration, Self-giving. Queen of England – “I’ll l…

Work As Divine Service

Work as Divine Service
Domenic Marbaniang
PCG, Itarsi 9 April 2005

Introduction
A.The Prattle About Work – Shopkeepers, Housewives, Office bearers, Teachers, etc.
B.Views About Work – Physics (Energy in transit), Sociology (“the expenditure of effort to supply goods or services, whether by physical, mental, or emotional labour, and for use by either self or others” /Encarta/), Philosophy, Economics, Psychology (Freud - “Will to Pleasure”, Adler- “Will to Power”, Frankl- “Will to Meaning”), Religion.

I.Work is a Dynamic Feature of the Triune God
God is love – Unity in Community within the Trinity. Communication, Conference, Consideration, Cooperation, Co-action.
God is Creator, Sustainer, Savior, and Judge. Heb. 1:3 (Sustains), Ps. 121:4 (Doesn’t Sleep), 2Chr. 16:9
Jesus Christ came to serve, save, and finish the God-given work. He intercedes, will come back to judge.

II.God Created & Authorized Man to Work on Earth In Service of God
Gen. 1: 27, 28; 2:15 – Exploitation of Nature for Selfish P…

Three Ministerial Temptations

Three Ministerial Temptations Matthew 4
M.Div. Class Feb 7, 2006 Domenic Marbaniang
1.Focus on Basic Needs rather than on the Ministry of the Word – Serving Belly. Result:Ministry is commercialized. 2.Desire to Promote Self rather than Christ – Serving the Flesh. Result:Ministry is monopolized and becomes one-man centered. 3.Compromise with the World – Serving the World. Result: Ministry is secularized.

The Unchanging God

The Unchanging God
Domenic Marbaniang
Feb 5, 2007
Introduction
A newly commissioned Navy captain took great pride in his first assignment to be in command of a battleship. One stormy night the captain saw a light moving steadily in their direction. He ordered the signalman to send the following message: "Change your course ten degrees to the south." The reply came back: "Change your course ten degrees to the north."
The captain was determined not to give way to another vessel, and so he sent a counter message. "Alter your direction ten degrees. I am the captain." The answer flashed back promptly: "Alter your direction. I am the lighthouse."

Flux and flicker are characteristic of the world we live in. Kingdoms rise and fall, fashions come and go, facts are proven and unproven, and desires are created and killed.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus preached that All is Change. His words were “There is nothing permanent except change.”
Genghis Khan, the 13th …

Hearing God’s Voice

Itarsi: October 17, 2004 Dr. Matthew K. Thomas (Senior Pastor, Pentecostal Church, Itarsi)
Introduction-Gen.3: 8a – the voice of God. -In our age, we are bombarded with different voices all the time. -We need to choose what to hear and whom to hear. -Our God is not a distant deity; we need to recognize God’s voice. -God is speaking, but our minds are cluttered and clouded with trendy voices.
I. How God Speaks. - Through A.His Word B.Holy Spirit C.Church D.Circumstances E.People
II. Six Reasons Why God Speaks A.Because He loves us. Love always communicates. B.To have intimate relationship with us. C.To give us guidance and direction. D.To give us comfort. E.To give us assurance so that we’ll be strong. F.So that we can know Him.
III. How To Recognize God’s Voice A.Be in range. A radio needs to be placed in range of the waves, moving it from one corner of the room to another till it comes into range. The range is God’s presence. B.Tune to the right channel. Even if we fast and pray for God to get Vishwani bea…

Word for the Day - Ps.37:37 [Peace of Mind]

"Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace" (Psalm 37:37 - that's ready mnemonic). The man of integrity is never anxious of his future, for he knows his God.

Word for the Day - Ps.37:8 [Cease from anger]

"Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret--it only causes harm" (Ps.37:8, NKJV). ANGER is one letter short of DANGER, someone astutely noted.

Hillsong -You Hold Me (Hindi Lyrics)

ENGLISH HINDI On that day when I see All that You have for me When I see You face to face There surrounded by Your grace
All my fear is swept away In the light of your embrace When Your love is all I need And forever I am free
Where the streets are made of gold In Your presence healed and whole Let the songs of heaven rise to you alone
No weeping, no hurt or pain No suffering You hold me now You hold me now No darkness no sick or lame No hiding You hold me now, You hold me now
In this life I will stand Through my joy and my pain Knowing there's a greater day There's a hope that never fails
When Your name is lifted high And forever praises rise For the glory of Your Name I'm believing for the day
When the wars and violence cease All creation lives in peace Let the songs of heaven rise to you alone
No weeping, no hurt or pain No suffering You hold me now You hold me now No darkness, no sick or lame No hiding You hold me now, You hold me now
For eternity All my heart will give All the glory to Your name
© Hillso…

The Chariot Returns on Another Round

The chariot returns on another round,
The Charioteer marks the rounds to go;
The dust grows thicker hurting vision and air,
The spectators shout with fixed stare;
The wheels clank, screech, and shiver,
The horses gasp, gallop, and whine;
The muscles tweak, strain, and quiver,
As the race rages harder on each round --
The horses do tire but they run the race,
They keep moving faster at the pull of the reins,
They see no future, but they know that their place
In the dream of their Master is to win the race.

© Domenic Marbaniang, Feb 6, 2010.

Word for the Day - Ps.36:7 [How priceless is Your love!]

"How priceless is Your unfailing love!" (Ps.36:7, NIV). He who has known God's love has renounced the world - it absolutely holds no attraction.

Struggle for Separate States

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Nationalism and patriotism have been admirable concepts. There must now be a new term to describe "zeal for separate state"; perhaps, it should be "State Nationalism," for the term "Cultural Nationalism" has weak political bearings. The independence struggle symbolized a unity against foreign rule. The modern freedom fighter seeks independence from his own brother. Well, we do have much talks about brotherhood, though in practicality "brother" is nowhere, while hoods are everywhere. The Gorkhas of Darjeeling dream of a Gorkha Land; the Bodos, of a Bodo Land; the Karbis of a separate Karbi state; in Andhra, it's been a 40 year old struggle for Telangana; in Assam, again, for Dimaraji state; in Jammu and Kashmir, for Ladakh; in Uttar Pradesh, for Harit Pradesh and Purvanchal; in Bihar, for Mithilanchal; in Madhya Pradesh, for Vindhya Pradesh and Bundelkhand; and in Maharashtra, for Konkan, Marathwada, and Vidarbha [For a full list click here]

Did you know that: Maxims - Necessity & Invention

Did you know that the saying "Necessity is the mother of invention" actually comes from Plato? Yes, it does. Here is an excerpt from The Republic in which Plato presents this idea:
Then, I said, let us begin and create in idea a State; and yet the true creator is necessity, who is the mother of our invention.[1]__________________
1. Plato, The Republic and Other Works, Trans. Benjamit Jowett (New York: Anchor Books, 1989), p.53.

Word for the Day - Mt.28:20 [He's gone nowhere]

"Lo, I am with you always" (Mt.28:20). When, all of a sudden, everything looks negative, cold, dark, and confused, do not get alarmed; it's just a power failure: get reconnected to the Lord, for He's gone nowhere, He's always here. Check your fuses.

Emperor Ashoka and His Humanitarian Approach to Religion

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From the book Secularism in India: A Historical Outline (2005)

As far as secularism is concerned, Buddhism is best remembered in India for its dearest adherent, the Emperor Ashoka, whose religious policies are some of the closest to the modern principles of humanism. Chandragupta Maurya died in 300 B.C. Bindusara succeeded him and, after his death in between 273-272 B.C, Ashoka ascended the throne in 269-268 B.C.[1] After his painful experience in the Kalinga war, he converted to Buddhism and, having united the whole of the sub-continent under his rule, gave India one of its rarest times of peaceful governance. Ashoka gave great importance to the ideal of tolerance towards different ideologies and religions. According to Romila Thapar, Ashoka’s definition of social ethics is based on a respect for all religious teachers, and on a harmonious relationship between parents and children, teachers and pupils, and employers and employees.[2]

The religious policies of Ashoka grew out of his c…

Sab Kuch Badal Gaya with lyrics and English captions

This one is one of my favorites.

SAB KUCH BADAL GAYA
LYRICS
Mujh mein koyi khoobi na thi
There was nothing great in me
Mujh mein koyi soorat na tha
Neither was there any form me
Kaun tha kaha tha mein
What was I and who was I
Zindagi se hara huwa
Defeated by life


Chorus:
Phir bhi toone mujhe chun liya
Still, You chose me
Apna bana liya
And made me Your own
Prem se toone mujhe beta kaha
In Love You called me as son
Sab kuch badal gaya ho ho ho ho
Everything's changed ho ho ho ho
Sab kuch badal gaya
Everything's changed

Manjil se mein bhatka tha
I was lost from destiny
Aashayen bhi bikhri huwi
All hopes scattered as well
Koyi raah na dikhta tha
No road could I see ahead
Bekabu thi ye zindagi
And life was out of hold

Chorus:
Phir bhi toone mujhe chun liya
Still, You chose me
Apna bana liya
And made me Your own
Prem se toone mujhe beta kaha
In Love You called me as son
Sab kuch badal gaya ho ho ho ho
Everything's changed ho ho ho ho
Sab kuch badal gaya
Everything's change…

Public Speaking: 2 Notes and 5 Principles

2 NOTES
1. PERSUASION. Public speaking or rhetoric is an art of persuasion. One must keep in mind that it is more important to win a person than to win the argument; therefore, humility, gentleness, and meekness count a lot. Jesus, when giving the call to discipleship, said “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). He made the learning situation easy and bereft of all egotistic tensions. How we treat the audience determines how they take us. An Indian maxim avers “Do not cut someone’s nose [i.e. insult him/her] and then give a rose to smell.” The speaker’s attitude speaks louder than his words.

2. IMPACT. “There are three kinds of speakers,” says Indian Christian Leader and International Speaker Dr. Matthew Thomas, “the first are those who speak from their intellect – they reach the intellect, the second are those who speak from their heart – they touch the heart, the third are those who speak fr…

Watch & Pray

He struggled whole night until at Peniel He changed his name....
He watched 40 nights as the Infinite Lord revealed His ways....

He prayed, He prayed, He cried with groans of agony as He wrestled and battled on in prayer....

One day just passes, another arrives,
"My son, did you watch and pray?"

How Many Grains Make A Heap? - The Sorites Paradox

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Have you ever wondered what a heap really is? Well, I don't think so. But, let's look at this. Suppose you removed a grain of sand from a heap a sand, will it still remain a heap? Of course, it will. Now, you go on removing each grain of sand until you think you have removed that grain by which the heap stops to be a heap anymore. Oh, you say that is impossible. So how many grains does it actually take to make a heap?

This is a kind of paradox of vagueness and is commonly referred to as the Sorites paradox.

For more information check Sorites Paradox at SEP.

My Lines Have Fallen In Pleasant Places

A candle lights the distant horizon,
It silhoettes sharp my contours of day;
Its fire engulfs all solar traces,
And forces my wish to espouse its way -
My lines have fallen in pleasant places.
(2Pet.1:19; Ps.16:6)

The colors of the rainbow witness the story
Of ignited anger and torrential rains;
The skies couldn't also withhold His fury,
Except He stopped for He knew my days -
My lines have fallen in pleasant places.
(Gen. 7:11; 8:1; 9:13; Eph.1:4; Ps.16:6)

One stooped in honor of truth and love,
To heal my wounds and bear my pains;
He plunged beneath this temporal surface
To save my soul, to blot my stains -
My lines have fallen in pleasant places.
(Phil.2:6-8; Isa.53:2-5; Ps.16:6)

Before my mother could hold me in arms,
Your love had touched my innermost parts;
I've trekked the mountains and walked through valleys;
But Lord, it's You who holds my paths -
My lines have fallen in pleasant places.
(Ps.139:1-3, 13-17; Heb.13:5; Ps.16:6).

You poured Your precious oil of unct…

Studies in Ezekiel: God's Watchman (3:16-18)

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Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, "You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. (Ezekiel 3:16-18)


God appoints Ezekiel as a watchman for the house of Israel (3:17).
The Nature of His Position is: 1. Sacred. He is appointed by God. “I have made you a watchman” (v.17). 2. Specific. It relates to the people of Israel. “for the house of Israel” (v.17). 3. Serious. It concerns life or death. His faithfulness in watchfulness and warning will mean life or death to the ones he’s called to minister. “I will hold you accountable for his blood” (v.18). 4. Solitary. He can’t depend on anyone or anyone’s compliance…

Views of Time: Eternalism, Presentism, Linear or Cyclical

Did you know that there are two ways people look at time?

1. The Eternalist View. The universe is viewed as a block in which past, present, and future are already just there. In this popular view, the Terminator can travel back and try to kill John Corner or Harry Porter can travel back and save Harry Porter!! Similarly, you can travel into future... or perhaps just see it?? Not that time-travel is possible, but this is the theoretical setup for such views.
2. The Presentist View. Time flows here. The universe is only the present which flees as soon as we can catch the present. The past and the future don't exist in the moment, though the past is fixed, and the future indefinite. Did you know that St. Augustine tried to locate the point in time where the universe is said to be present? Well, divisibility is infinite, so better not try it. No doubt, Kant called the grapes sour by taking refuge in idealism - time for his is just mental.
Also,
1. Linear Time: Time is a line that began s…

Incarnation Vs. Avatar: 8 Differences

Some tend to confuse the incarnation of Christ with the avatars of Hinduism. There are a few who even consider Christ to be the tenth avatar or the Kalki avatar. However, there are significant fundamental differences between the incarnation and the avatars. Following are a few of them:


THE INCARNATION THE AVATAR 1. Real. Christ truly incarnated in flesh, real flesh. 1. Appearance. The avatar appears to be in flesh. The physical body is a mere garment that the soul puts on and puts off (Bhagavad Gita 2.22). 2. Permanent. The incarnation was permanent and irrevocable. Christ continues to be in flesh. 2. Impermanent. The avatar returns to its former form after the fulfillment of its mission. 3. Complete. Christ became full man. He is full man and full God. 3. Partial. The avatar is semi and partial. It is never fully incarnated. The avatar is considered to be purna (full) when the divine is fully manifested in the human; however, it does not mean that the avatar is also fully huma…