Friday, March 30, 2012

Keys To Unlock Contentment

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Bible Reading: Phil. 4:10-13, 19; 2Cor.4:18, 12:9-10; 1Tim.6:10; Matt.6:31-33; John 10:10; 
1. Introduction:
An American dad wrote, “When our children go to McDonald’s Restaurant, they always want the same thing. They don’t want food, but the prize. The prize may be worth only 10 cents, but getting it is all that matters. MacDonald’s calls it the ‘Happy Meal.’

You are not just buying French fries, McNuggets, and a dinosaur stamp, you’re buying happiness. Their advertisements convince children that their hearts are restless till they find their rest in a ‘Happy Meal!’ But the ‘happy’ in a ‘Happy Meal’ wears off. It’s an illusion. You would think a child would catch on, but it doesn’t happen. When the excitement wears off, they need a new fix another ‘Happy Meal” (John Ortberg, Christianity Today, May 17, 1993).

When we get older, our “Happy Meal” simply gets more expensive. We forget that contentment is not instant. People say, “If you could only win the lottery!”  But winners and wealthy alike tell you that winning – be it money or a job or a spouse – doesn’t bring contentment. Contentment is a learned attitude (v.11), not fulfilling our desires. For desires, once fed, tend to grow on us. Contentment is learning independence from circumstances versus finding ideal circumstances. In Philippians, Paul learned this, and now he shares his “keys” to contentment.

2. Avoid Comparisons:
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances,”(v.11). Our tendency is to look around and compare our circumstances to others. Comparing self to others always brings discontent. Why? Have you ever gone to a “Street of Dreams” where they have model homes, and then gone home to your suddenly terrible “shack”? Have you ever spent $ 500 fixing up your car, only to see a new one in your neighbor’s drive? Have you been treated respectfully at work, only to come home to a spouse who puts you down? Have you worked hard all week, and then had sick children, and Sunday morning finds you, “frazzled and frumpy” sitting next to “Miss Beauty Queen” with perfect hair and a happy mood?

The comparison game is the pits, for you can always find someone who makes more money, who has greater opportunities, who has fewer problems, and who gets more breaks. If you are “learning to be content regardless” that should not affect your happiness. Paul says, “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2Cor.4:18). Paul looks up, not around; he refuses to waste energy making comparisons. There are 3 misconceptions about happiness:-

2.1. You Must Have What Others Have, To Be Happy: Children say, “But, Mom, everybody has one of these.” This is the myth behind all fads and fashions.

2.2. I Must Be Liked By Everyone, To Be Happy: Not so people who march to a different beat are often more content. It is not the number of people who like you that is the key issue. Rather, does God like what you are doing and do you like yourself?

2.3. Having More Will Make Me Happy: if this were true, the billionaires would be the happiest people in the world. In fact, statistics show that the wealthiest people have as many more problems and brokenness than poorer people, not fewer.

Someone asked Billionaire Howard Hughes, “How much money does it take to make you happy?” He answered, “Just a little bit more.” Paul taught that, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1Tim.6:10). Comparison to others makes us want what others have. It is always counterproductive. Stop comparing!

3. Adjust To Change:
I know what is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty…, well fed or hungry… in plenty or in want” (v.12). Life is often a series of shifts from one situation to its opposite – a movement from being up to being down- physically, emotionally, financially, relationally, and mentally. Dealing with the swing – adjusting to change – brings contentment. Learning to adapt and flex makes life relatively content. Paul wrote during his house arrest, “I am acquainted with all circumstances” (v.12, NBV), and he had learned to be independent of them. Paul’s attitude was, “I choose not to be a victim. No matter what people do to me, they are not going to control my life.”

A boy was kidnapped in California as a four-year-old and raised by the woman who did it. She taught him, “I am your mother.” Upon finding his real family at 18, he said, “I am choosing not to think about the negatives of the past. I am being positive and moving on. I am not going to let my past cripple me now.” People ask, “How are you?” We commonly say, “Pretty well, under the circumstances.”

Someone wisely retorted, “What are you doing under them? Christians should resist getting ‘under’ the circumstances.” Absolutely true!  There are 3 kinds of circumstances :- (1). Ones I can control and do, (i.e. If I’m hungry, I eat; if I am cold, I put on sweater); (2). Ones I can control and do not (perhaps because of complacency or laziness); and (3). Ones I cannot control (when things are out of our hands). We need contentment to relax and trust God.

4. Draw on Christ’s Power:
“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength”(v.13). The contented person has learned to draw on Christ’s power. This is not automatic. With Christ’s help, you can learn to handle life. If you are depending on your own strength, you get tired. Life wears you out.

What is it that you need to control in your life? Time? Mouth? Temper? A bad habit? “There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength” (v.13, JB). By faith and by prayer, Jesus brings self-control that allows you to stand up to life. Adjust to the unexpected changes that life throws at us through the power of Christ at work in us; this is contentment.

5. Trust God To Meet Your Needs:
“God will meet all your needs according to his… richess”(v.19). God is willing to do much. Learn the biblical promises and appropriate them by faith. Rest in them. Do you remember Matt.6:31-33? “Do not worry... What shall we eat… drink… wear?... pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Jesus says, “If you are unhappy and unsatisfied, it is because you are not seeking the Kingdom as a first priority.”

We often seek fulfillment in all the wrong places, running from this to that, looking for something to satisfy. We run from relationship to relationship, looking for love and security. We run from job to job and from hobby to sport to recreation, looking in fads, in therapy, in seminars, looking for the “key.”

God has laid it out clearly. You are made with a vacuum in your life, and nothing will fill that void except God. None of these commonly pursued things fill the void: possessions, people, pleasures, prestige, popularity. They don’t last. So, if you are discontented, it most likely means that Jesus Christ is not the center of your life. When you are not contented, it means you are probably looking to something else to satisfy. Jesus came to provide life, and life that is abundant (cf. John 10:10 KJV). But you have to learn to trust to become a contented person.

6. Summary & Conclusion:
What key do you need to learn? Avoiding Comparisons? Remember that it only makes you jealous, envies, prideful, miserable. It is faith in God that allows you to accept the difficult circumstances that come your way. Remember: difficulty does not mean you have been abandoned by God. In fact, it could mean that God is hard at work chiseling you into Christ’s image.

Adjusting to Change? Circumstances will be rarely perfect. Paul calls us to learn to be independent of circumstances. This means that when the low times come, our spirit will keep steady because we are anchored to the Lord. Life means change. Our task is not to resist change, but to put our hand in Christ’s and walk forcefully through it.

Drawing on Christ’s Power? By faith and prayer, we may rise above the hurts and losses of life. Face life through Christ, who is at work in us. It is a privilege of the redeemed. If we fall short of appropriating the resources, that’s our fault. When God says, “I have a spiritual warehouse full of ‘capability’ and ‘cope-ability,” we cannot blame Him if it sits there unused.

Trusting God to Meet Your Needs? Are you tired emotionally and spiritually? It probably is a sign that you need to quit trying to do all in your own power. Thus, God can infuse you with His power. Remember Paul’s insight that, “{His} power is perfected in {our} weakness” (2Cor.12:9, NASB, Weymouth). Let us confess our weakness so that, in Christ, we can become strong (12:10).

Contentment is our privilege. Contentment is only four basic steps away. These spiritual principles can be implemented by any Christian. Since this is the case, let us delay no longer.
      

Monday, March 26, 2012

You Are Not Home Yet!

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…Kum 18 liam taa mi kha March 18, 2012, Sunday-ah…
March 18, 2012 (Sunday) Chawhnu inkhawmah, Thuchahsawitu hnen ațangin tui ti takin thu ka ngaihthlak laiin, mak tak maiin ka thinlungah Thlarau Thanghlimin, kum 18 liam taa ka thu hriat  hmangin thu a rawn sawi ta tlat mai!  Ka hun kal tawh leh ka rawngbawlna ho te-te ka chhui kir a. Lalpa hnathawh dan hi a lo va Mak țhin em aw!?  Kum 18 liam taa ka thu hriat kha ka tan a lo ni reng a ni tih ka hrechhuak a!  Rilru-a hlim ru tak siin, pawnlam lang thei-ah erawhchuan awm ngaihna reng reng ka hre ta lo, ka taksa zawng zawng chu a sa up-up hian ka hria a. Biak in chhungah chuan, Pathianin min hruaina lamtluang chhui letin, lawm avanga bianga mittui luang chungin ka țhu ta reng mai a ni.

…Kum 1994 June 30-ah Ka Hre Daih Tawh…
Kum 1994 June 30 khan, Pathian thu zir turin Union Biblical Seminary, Pune-ah ka kal a. Ka thlen thlak hnu reilote-ah, kan Professor zinga 1, London ațanga lo kal hian Chapel-ah thu a sawi a. “Ringtute hian rawngbawlnaah hian a nuam leh a hahdam lam ringawt zawng lova, tuar huam leh chan huam leh mualpho huama Lal Isua kan zui a ngai a ni” tiin, Africa rama kum 40 zet missionary-a awm tawh Henry Morrison chungchang chu tehkhin nan a rawn sawi chhuak a. A sawi lai hian a ropui ka tiin, pawimawh ka ti ve em em tho naa, ka rilru-ah a lut em em lem lo. He thu ngei hmang hian kum 18 zet a liam hnu-ah, March 18, 2012-ah chuan, Thlarau Thianghlim-in na em em-in min rawn khawih ta a ni!

…Missionary Henry Morrison Leh US President Theodore Roosevelt…
Henry C. Morrison chu Africa-ah missionary-a kum 40 zet a awm hnu-ah, a haw dawn ta a. A chhungte leh kohhran chu, a hawn tur thu leh a thlen ni tur nen lam hril-in ‘thirhrui’ a thawn thlap a, New York Lawngchawlhna (harbor)-ah hmuak turin an inhrilh a.  A hun takah Morrison chuanna pawh chuan New York lawngchawlhna chu a thleng a.  Kum 40 chhung zet ram pilril a, harsatna tinreng kara a rawngbawlna-te a ngaihtuah let a, a chhungte leh kohhran miten an lo hmuak ang a, an hlim tur zia te, an ngaihsan tur zia te a ngaihtuah a, a thinlung a hlim em em a ni.

Amaherawhchu, a rinloh tak maiin, Lawng ațang a han chhuak chu, hmuaktu hmel reng reng an lang ta lova, tumahin an lo hmuak ta lo a nih chu!  Lawng ațang chuan a han thlir a, mipui tam em em hian mi an hmuak lai hi a va hmu a. Lawnga hnathawk pakhat chu a zawt ta chawt a. Chupa chuan, “Ekhai, i lawng chuanna-ah tho hian US President, Theodore Roosevelt kha a chuang ve alawm, President hmuaktute an nih saw. I chhungte leh kohhran member-te pawhin US President an hmuahna-ah sawn an tel ve vek a ni ang ” tiin a hrilh ta a ni.

Chu thu a hriat chuan Morrison thinlung chu chhun angin a lo na ta a. Pathian hnenah nasa takin a vui ta a ni. Hetiang hian Pathian hnenah a țawngțai ta hial a, “Lalpa, Roosevelt hi ka class-mate a ni a, ka aia lehkhathiam thei lo zawk a ni. Kei chuan kan class-ah khan 1st position zel ka hauh laiin, Roosevelt-a hi chuan 3rd position bak a hauh pha ngai lo tih i hriat kha. Tunah hian, ka aia lehkha thiam thei lo zawk leh i rawngbawlna aia politics ngaisang zawk chu, mi zawng zawngin an ngaisang a, an lo hmuak a ni. Kei erawhchuan, ka hlawkna tur leh ka ropuina tur zawng zawngte ka kalsan a, I thu hnial ngam lovin, nangmah avangin Africa ram pilril-ah ka kal a, kum 40 chhung hrehawm takin i rawng ka bawl a. Tunah hian chawl hahdam tura ka lo hawn ve chhunah pawh, hmuaktu pawh nei lovin ka awm a, kum 40 chhung teh meuh rinawm taka I rawng ka bawl chung pawh-a chawimawina pakhat mah ka dawng lo hi, ka rilru a na a, I chungah ka vui tak zet zet a ni” tiin, a thawmhnaw țhenkhat leh a thir-thingrem lian tak chu put pawh pu zo lovin, hruia thlungin, thlantui leh mittui nen, rilru na em em-in a hnuk țaih țaih a.  

A țawngțai zawh veleh chuan Lal Isua a rawn inlar a, “Henry, i mittui a tla elo? I țap elo? Lei leh Van Lal meuh ni mahila, ka tuarna leh ka kalkawng kha i theihnghilh ta emni? Engah nge i vui? Roosevelt chu he khawvel mi a ni a, khawvel hi a in a ni a, khawvel ta a ni. Khawvelin a chawimawi tur a ni a, khawvela nuam zawng zawng hi a neih a thiang alawm! Nang erawhchu, i in leh i khua chu Vanram a ni alawm! He khawvel hi i khualzinna leh i mikhualna ram mai a ni. Nakinah, i in-a i lo hawn hunah chuan, Vantirhkoh chhiar sen loh ten chawimawina famkim nen, ropui takin an lo hmuak ve dawn che a ni. Henry, nang chuan i in i la thleng lo asin!” (Henry, you are not home yet) tiin, Morrison-a thinlungah chuan thu a rawn sawi ta a ni. Morrison chu a harh chhuak nghal zawk mai a, a hrehawmna leh a tuarna-te avanga vui tawh lovin, hlim tak leh hlawhtling takin a hun a hmang chho thei ta a ni.

…Khawvelah Hian Mikhual Leh Khualzin Kan Ni…
Bible-in, “leiah hian mikhual leh khualzin mai an ni tih an inhriattir tawh” (Heb.11:13) a tih hi ringtuten kan thinlung pheka ziaka, a taka kan hman a pawimawh hle. Mikhual tih hi Grk. Zenos, “ama ram (khua) dik tak chhuahsan a, ramdanga reilote atana zin zawk” tihna a ni a. Khualzin tih hi Grk. Parepidemos, “khaw hmun nghet nei lo” tihna a ni. He țawngkam pawimawh tak hi Abraham (Gen.23:4), Jokoba (Gen.47:9), Davida (Ps.39:12), etc. ten an lo hmang nual tawh. Mikhual kan nih avangin, khawvel thilte hi i ngaina lutuk lovang u. Khawvel thilte hmangin i in la-muk lutuk suh ang u. Khawvel thilah hian i duham lutuk lovang u. Kan hmangaih takte min țhentu Thihna avanga Lungngaihna leh harsatna, elrelna leh sawichhiatna, dawta sual tinrenga hekna-te kan tawh chang pawhin, “lei hrehawmah leng mahila, he lei ram mi kan ni lo, kan ramhlun tur chu Vanram a ni” tih hi a Thunawn atan i hmang fo ang u. Lawmna leh malsawmna kan tawn chang pawhin, midangte mit ti-khamtu leh ti-lungngaitu ni lovin, midangte chawikan nan i hmang ang u. “He lei ram mi kan ni lo, mikhual kan ni, kan in kan la thleng lo”

*Bawngkawn Kohhran Zaipawl hian “Puan Var Sin-te” tih Hla Hmangin Sermon hi Chhunzawm Sela, i lo ngaithla ang u*


PUAN VAR SIN-TE

Khawvelah hian ringtute chuan, harsatna kan tawk țhin a,
Kan tan chuan-in lei mawina ten awmzia reng a nei si lo.

“He Puan var sin hi tute nge ni?
Khawi ațanga lo kal nge an nih?” tih mi bia a,
“Heng mite hi hrehawm tam tak tuartute kha an ni,
An puan te Beramno thisenin an su fai si a.”


Ka lei hringnun a ral hunin Lal hnenah ka thlen hun chuan,
Ka lungngaihna zawng zawngte chu, aw ka Lal ka hrilh ve ang.

Ka mit ata mittui zawng zawng min hruk-hul sak hun chuanin,
Nunna thing chungah ngei chuanin, thu ka nei ve tawh ang a.

Lei hrehawm-ah leng mah ila he lei ram mi kan ni lo,
Kan ram hlun tur Lalram ropui, aw ngaiin ka rum vawng vawng.
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Does Anyone Surprise Jesus?

Bible: Matt.8:5-13, Mark 6:6, Luke 7:1-10.
1. Introduction:
Can you surprise Jesus? Gospel stories indicate that Jesus got surprised twice. Once, in His hometown when nobody believed in Him (Mark 6:6). Jesus received a second surprise when He returned to Capernaum after delivering His Sermon on the Mount. He was pleasantly surprised by a Roman centurion (Matt.8:10). What made Jesus “astonished” must be something of importance to us today. Let us understand this man who surprised Jesus.
 
2. We Need To Be People of Compassion:
The centurion was a man of compassion (Luke 7:2). In that day slaves were ranked as living tools, without legal rights. Some ancient philosophers commended the economic value of examining all equipment, cattle, and slaves each year and throwing away the useless and sick ones. The centurion had unusual compassion for his slave.

Muretus, an ancient wandering scholar, was educated but very poor. He traveled around during the Dark Ages. During his wanderings, he got sick and was taken to the poorhouse. The medical men didn’t know he was a scholar and thus understood Latin. Discussing his case in Latin, the doctors suggested that he was only a poor, miserable creature of no value. It seemed unnecessary to spend care and money on such a worthless man. Looking up at the doctors, Muretus said in Latin, “Call no man worthless for whom Christ died!” Jesus was nailed to the Cross to die for us. That alone makes us worth a fortune!


3. We Need To Be People of Action:

The centurion was a man of action, not a worrier (Matt.8:5-6). He did what he could; he took his problem to Jesus. That’s the place to begin. God’s people must be persons of action. Chesterton said that if he were drowning, he would rather meet a burglar who could swim than a bishop who couldn’t. Action counts!

The centurion urged Jesus literally, begged Jesus and kept on asking for Jesus to help. We think talking about something is the same as doing it. We spend a lot of useless energy talking about problems when we ought to be trying some solutions. The church can’t afford to be problem-centered. We must learn to be solution-centered!


This centurion did not settle down as a sideline quarterback. He went directly to Jesus. An athlete does not develop skill and strength by wishful thinking or articulate excuses. God’s medals go to those who put action to their dreams.


4. We Need To Be People of Generosity:

The centurion was a man of generosity (Luke 7:5). Apparently he had some spiritual sympathies with the Jewish faith. He had built the local synagogue at his own expense. Jesus did say, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt.6:21). This Roman military man loved the people of God. The hunger of his spirit had not been satisfied by Plato, Aristotle, and other Greek thinkers.

Rev. Dr. Harris, pastor of First Methodist Church in Atlanta, said, “Keep your eye on the fellow who never makes a pledge, and you’ll generally find that he never does much of anything else either.” He added: I recall years ago I preached a sermon on the subject “Hitchhiking to Glory – Heroes Along Heaven’s Highway.” I never got so much violent reaction in my life except one other time. That was the time I agreed for my church treasurer to print a list of the members and next to their names, print in bold figures what they had paid that year to the church.


In short of embarrassing to drive around with a car (worth several thousand dollars) and have it known that you paid $ 27 per year to the church, when a little girl who waited tables in an all-night restaurant and had a sick husband in the vets’ hospital paid $ 204. It wasn’t the measly amount that got his goat, it was having it known.


5. We Need To Be People of Humility:

The centurion was a man of humility. Knowing that Jesus was Jewish and that a Jew was not allowed to enter a Gentile’s home, he didn’t want Jesus to break Jewish regulations. He said to Jesus, “Lord… I do not deserve to have you come under my roof…But say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Luke 7:6-7). He recognized his place in life. He made no pretense of being something else. He sensed his unworthiness in the presence of Jesus Christ. Grace is something needed but not deserved.

A man said to his pastor, “After what I have done. I have no right to pray or to expect God’s help.” No one deserves God’s goodness. Humility is honest self-appraisal. Two children built a clubhouse in their yard. On the wall, in childish lettering, they listed the club’s rules. The first rule read - “Nobody act big, nobody act small, everybody act medium.” That’s one of the best definitions of biblical humility.


Humility is not cringing self-denunciation nor arrogant self-exaltation. It is right in the middle – medium, an honest self-appraisal. J.B. Phillips makes it vivid, “Don’t cherish exaggerated ideas of yours or your importance, but try to have a sane estimate of your capability by the light of the faith that God has given to you all” (Rom.12:3).


The great Japanese Christian leader, Kagawa came to speak in USA. A committee of distinguished religious leaders met him and took him to the auditorium where he was to speak. To freshen up before the program, the group went to the men’s room. The ministers, drying their hands and faces in a hurry, threw their crumpled paper towels toward the wastebasket. Most of them fell on the floor.


Going up to the stage, they looked around. To their surprise, Kagawa was not with them. He was found, still in the washroom, carefully picking up the discarded paper towels and placing them in the wastebasket.

While thousands were waiting in the auditorium to hear him speak, the famous Kagawa was thinking of the lowly, unknown custodian. He was trying to lighten that man’s workload by picking up the towels so carelessly left on the floor.


6. We Need To Be People of Faith:

The centurion was a man of faith. His faith stands out in several ways:-

6.1. The centurion had a faith in the world of Christ: 
He said, “Lord… say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Luke 7:6-7). He realized that Jesus merely needed to speak, and His will would be accomplished. That soldier has some familiarity with the Old Testament scriptures. In the beginning, God said, “Let there be….and there was!” the psalmist said about God, “For he spoke, and it came to be, he commanded, and it stood firm” (33:9). The centurion sensed somehow that God, with all His creative power, was present in Jesus.

6.2. The centurion had a faith in the authority of Jesus: 
He said to Jesus, “For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this, and he does it” (Luke 7:8). He acknowledges his own obedience and duty to his emperor.

The authority and power he exerts is derived authority. His right to be obeyed depends on his own obedience. Somehow the centurion sensed this in Jesus. When the Lord heard that man’s analysis, He was surprised at his faith. We must place our faith in God, not in faith’s ability. Faith is not the desired gift, Jesus is the answer. Our faith must place its confident trust in the authority of Jesus Christ.


Suppose a primitive fellow from the highlands of New Guinea learned to flip an electrical switch. If he knew nothing about the electrical power plant behind it all, his faith would be in the switch, and that’s superstition. As long as the electrical power plant operated and remained hooked up to the switch, the man would get the same results. His knowledge or ignorance wouldn’t make much difference.


However, if somehow he managed to detach the switch reverently and take it back to his native highland village, packed neatly in a little box, he would soon discover the fallacy of placing his faith in the wrong object. Jesus alone deserves to be the Object of our trust and confidence.


6.3. The centurion had a faith that needed no physical proof nor sight to verify:  
The centurion was the first person recorded who realized that Jesus’ physical presence was not necessary for God’s miraculous power to act. Our centurion felt no need to have Jesus go to his house to perform the usual acts of touching the patient or mixing herbs or uttering a prayer. He had faith in Jesus’s word. Where faith is weak, signs and ceremonies become important.

A young minister came to see an old pastor. The young man was disturbed about his faith. He confided, “I am afraid I will be a failure as a minister.” The older man explained, “If you believe in a God who is big enough to solve the problems of humanity and provide the strength to be triumphant, you preach it, and leave the rest up to Him. If you have that kind of faith, God will see to it that you don’t fail. If you don’t have that kind of faith, you might as well get started in another profession.”


The young man confessed he had some doubts. The older pastor replied, “I don’t know many people who have not entertained some doubts at one time or another. You preach your faith and pray about your doubts, and God will see you through.”


6.4. The centurion had a faith that accepted his request as answered: 
This soldier of faith believed Jesus would do exactly what He said. His faith in Jesus was equal to the healing, and the healing was equal to his faith. One fellow prayed for a personal request. When he didn’t see some immediate answer, he replied, “Just as I thought!”

Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour (Matt.8:13). Thank God for that centurion’s bold faith. In the same moment, his slave friend was instantly healed. Jesus responds to faith. Your greatest need cannot stagger the imagination of God nor tax the limits of His grace! Amen!









Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Palak Dil – Mizoram-a Dil Lian Ber

1. Thu Hmatheh:
Kum 1986, Shillong-a lehkha zira ka awm laiin Mizo țhian zaho awmkhawm chu hnamdang tlangval hian “Mizoramah dil lian te, tlang lian te, lui lian te in nei ve em?” tiin min rawn zawt a.  Kan țhianpa chuan “Mizoramah chuan Dil lian tak pakhat kan nei a, a hming chu RIH DIL a ni a, mahse Burma ramah a awm,” tiin a chhang a. Chu hnamdang tlangval chu a nuih a za khawp mai a. Fiamthu kan thawh-ah min ngaihsak a ni.  Hetih lai hian ka rilru chuan, “Mizorama Dil lian ber chu Palak Dil (Pala Tipo) a ni a, Tlang sang ber chu Phawngpui a ni a, Lui lian ber chu  Beinô (Chhimtuipui/Kolodyne) a ni,” ka lo ti rilru ve neuh neuhva.  Mahse, kan boruakin a zir loh tak em avangin ka sawi chhuak duh ta lem lova.

A ni lah taka, Mizorama Dil lian, Tlang sang leh Lui lian te hi Chhim lamah, Chhimtuipui District (tunah chuan Saiha District leh Lawngtlai District a ni ta) huam chhungah vek a awm a. Mahse, Zofate hian an chanchin hi kan hre tlem hle a, ngaihsak an hlawh vak lo bawk.

Monday, March 5, 2012

March 5th Post: The Day Aizawl City Went Up in Flames

Source: www.misual.com, March 5th, 2012 1:00 am by Sandman, Original Post Written by Dr. Laltanpuii, Post at Rini Tochhawng's Blog (http://tochhawngmizogurl.blogspot.in/2009/03/zawlkhawpui-senmei-chan-ni-kha.html).

    The Day Aizawl City Went Up in Flames
 (In commemoration of the March 5, 1966 bombing of Aizawl and other villages in Mizoram)


 ‘That little thing they say has bombed Aizawl, and me I’m lost and so helpless’.


The only city the Mizo people called their own, loved by every Mizo child born of Chhinlung ‘Aizawl City’ the name on every Mizo lip- the city burning on March 5, 1966 will forever be a living memory for me.
I believe it was February 26, 1966 while sitting in the Class VII room of Govt. High School when my dearest friend Kimteii said to me, “My Dear, my Dad said that the MNF Volunteers are apparently attempting to seize the Aizawl Assam Rifles and U Tlana has also gone with some others towards the Chite river” that my young heart of fourteen years was filled with joy, excitement and apprehension. All the more so because the autumn of the previous year, I had bunked my classes at Saitual ME School to help out at the feast on the setting up of an MNF Volunteer Battalion.


Then from the night of February 28, 1966, Aizawl began to be filled with the sounds of gunfire and bomb blasts. Everyone stayed put in their houses, looking for a haven of safety and the hazardous and difficult process of relocation had already begun. There was no longer any thought of School so along with my friends Kimi and Vani, we set out to help the volunteers in any way we could. We went over to our assigned task of cooking for them at Govt. Boys M.E. School and found grown men, young men and women there. While we busied ourselves with our task, there were some who were happily singing with their guitars and dancing in joy. Words cannot adequately express the emotions of joy and anxiety mixed in our hearts during those precarious times. The time had apparently come for us, like it had for others in the outside world to find and identify ourselves with a political movement.


Friday, March 2, 2012

What is Your Benjamin? (Genesis 43)

    1.  Introduction:
When we left Jacob at the end of Genesis 42, he is faced with a choice. Initially he is fighting God’s eternal purpose, which is to re-unite Joseph with his family and to get the children of Israel into the land of Egypt. His heels dragging, his jaw set, Jacob refuses to budge in his decision that Benjamin must not leave Canaan. What blessing the patriarch is in danger of missing because of his stubbornness!

God is dealing with Jacob by turning up the volume on stress. Jacob is underneath his circumstance, fighting a losing battle against God’s design. They are now out of grain. God is trying to get Jacob to respond. The response He desires is for Jacob to let go of his youngest son.

2. We See The Stubbornness of Jacob (vv.1-10):
2.1.As Genesis 43 opens, Jacob and family have consumed most of their grain, and the famine remains server in the land. Jacob orders his sons to go back to Egypt. He knows the requirements Joseph has laid out, that there can be no trade unless Benjamin accompanies his brothers to Egypt. But he chooses to act as if the rules don’t exist. 

     At this moment, he does not plan to obey. Jacob refuses to surrender. He is tough and bullheaded. He has no intension of acquiescing to the commands of a foreign official in a faraway land. He simply tells his sons to get more food. One of the most difficult conclusions we will ever come to is to realize that there is no meaningful life in Christ until we are willing to do things God’s way.

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