“Wondrous Miracles” Grow Pastor’s Church

This article was posted back on 7/25 on the GFA website, but I was reminded of it when I read the last article they sent me.

And it made me think back to a class the adult group in church was having on euthanasia in bioethics. The “lecturer” proceeded to inform us about the Terri Schiavo case insomething like this:

Life is precious. [Therefore, we should seek to preserve all life.]

Seemed pretty secular to me. Firstly, no one is going to argue that life isn’t precious. Even the Extremist Muslims in the Middle East feel that life is precious. Unfortunately, they just have a different view of what that means for them on earth. To segue, secondly, Jesus’ idea of life was entirely different than the one secular humanism believes in.

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Matt 10:39

In any case, because this particular man was a doctor, I’m sure he thought (as I learned, through a heated discussion) that his experience in the field would thereby lend credibility to his case. But here were my questions: what about the will of God and the power of God?

Wouldn’t God have allowed Terri Schiavo to live if he so chose? Wouldn’t prayer and a sincere heart for God have worked a miracle? I doubt he would’ve answered yes.

Moreover, it is indicative of an increasing self-reliance vs. reliance on God.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Matt 7:24-25

Miracles are in no short supply! They just don’t tend to happen where people have little to no faith.

http://www.gfa.org/gfa/latestnewsarticle?wid=DnfnePbS0lVrA3ABz0HrmA

Pastor Darpan’s church is thriving.

“God is using Pastor Darpan vigorously and doing wondrous miracles as he ministers and prays for the sick and needy who approach him,” writes a GFA correspondent.

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Emergency Flood Request; GFA Missionaries Respond to Massive Indian Floods

A reminder of what some of the things that will be happening, who they will be happening to, and what their reaction will probably be – utter despair – in the coming years. A look at the overall post-Katrina, post-2004 Tsunami, and post-Pakistan earthquake situations paints a telling story about who the true humanitarians are and aren’t, doesn’t it? About who stands for their fellow man and who doesn’t. About who is truly concerned about following Jesus in good orthodoxy and its respective orthopraxis and who doesn’t. What’s the saying? “Good intentions pave the road to hell.”

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent; I was not a communist.

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Dalit Liberation: The True Answer

Fellow Christians, please take heed. For all others, please discuss. Does the thesis Yohannan present hold weight?

FYI, the Wiki Dalit article. Ghandi, anyone?

http://www.gfa.org/gfa/latestnewsarticle?wid=PuLfZqX6Zx_LPoG51DmVGQ

A Commentary by Dr. K.P. Yohannan, President of Gospel for Asia

–> Global awareness of the plight of Dalits (“Untouchables”) in Asia is on the increase. For thousands of years, Dalits and other low-caste groups have endured poverty, discrimination, illiteracy, and ostracism—all in the name of religion. Today, not only is their story being told, but the world is starting to listen. For that I am glad.

Yet I have a growing concern over what I see as a new form of “liberation theology” rising up within the evangelical world in an attempt to deal with injustices against Dalits. This way of thinking is not new; in fact, it has been around for as long as man has walked the earth. But if we think it will bring freedom to Dalits, we are wrong.

Let us look at some historical examples of this kind of theology and follow them to their logical end. Let us also examine what the Word of God says is true liberation for Dalit men, women and children.

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