Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.”(Ephesians 6:4)
Are you tired with parenting?
Love your children as Christ loved you. Children need love - that is the food and water for their growth. Neglecting your children is not parenting, but irresponsibility for which we are answerable to the Creator. With love, care and support from the parents/family, any positive change can be brought about in a child. Bringing a child into this world is a special gift from above, and we should do justice to the opportunity given to us. That way, we participate in the process of creation, growth and blessings. Parenting is not easy - it takes a lot of patience to raise children in a loving Christ-honouring manner. Frustration and anger should not be the cause for discipline. Instead, parents should act in love, treating their children as Jesus treats the people he loves. This is vital to children’s development and to their understanding of what Christ is like.
Alesha Deece-Caisidy grew up feeling useless, unimportant and unloved. Her mother was always yelling at her. “It was even worse when she would come home drunk, hit me and tell me to go away,” she said. The situation changed when she was put in a foster home at age 8. She says, “I was one of those kinds who hated myself, and blamed myself for everything that my mother had done to me”. But she was lucky that a loving family had adopted her. “Having a family who supports you, even when you’re being difficult, totally changes your life,” the 14 years old Canadian teen said.
Every kid in the world deserves a family, especially the difficult and challenging ones. Who will hear the cries of the innocent children? Who will understand their challenges, fear, shame and shyness? The answer is clear - We, as parents and guardians, have to love and guide them, and ensure that we are always there for our children.
Jesus, you said, “let the children come to me, don’t stop them; heaven is for these children.” We pray for all those who struggle with parenting. May the kids who have challenges and difficulties be supported and loved always. All we asked in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Please forward this to your dear and near ones.
Toronto, Saturday, 6th November 2010
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012