Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
“Do not drink with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you.” ( Ephesians 5:18)
“We can change an apathetic culture of teenage driving and drinking” - victim’s father.
Medical science without any doubt clarifies that drinking in any form for any ages is not desirable for a healthy living. Alcohol in any form is more dangerous than any type of drugs available. It is a major factor in three leading causes of death for people aged 15-24 - car crashes, murder, and suicide. Even 75% of rapes happens when at least one person involved is under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol leads to dehydration, dulled senses, decreased reaction time, impaired judgement, impaired memory club with weight gain, and mostly death when one is drunk and driving. The Bible speaks clearly that drinking is a sin. Some group of Christians ban any use of alcohol since it pulls away the people from a good relationship with God. Some others do modest drinking and consider drinking itself not wrong
(justification: After all Jesus turned water into wine). But the Bible and the medical science outright ban all types of intoxicated drinks, wine or beer. Social alcoholic drink parties should be shunned. Christian homes, meeting places and churches should be devoid of alcohol. Parents should not tempt the teenagers in this regard. Whatever we can do to stop teenage drinking, we should do it now. Otherwise it will be out of control resulting in death, destruction and tears.
In memory of his daughter who was killed by a drunken driver in 2007, Leo Mac Cathy started “Mariah’s Challenge.” The non-profit organization give college scholarships to teenagers who pledge not to drink while they are underage. Nearly $150,000 has been awarded as scholarship money. “We can change an apathetic culture of teenage drinking and driving,” Mac Cathy said. “Hopefully, one day we will not need ‘Mariah’s Challenge’.
Prayer: Jesus let us fill ourselves with the Holy Spirit and not with the spirit of alcohol. We pray for all those who are addicted to drinks to come out from its satanic and poisonous web. We pray for the families who are suffering with this problem. We pray for the people and organizations who are at the service of Jesus to stop teenage drinking, like Mac Cathy’s ‘Mariah’s Challenge’. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Wedensday, 26th September 2012
- 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