How do we know that someone loves us? If we want to be nice and proper we might say it is by the actions that the other person does, what he/she speaks, the care that he/she shows etc. But if … Continue reading
Good morning and Happy Easter to all of us. Today we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. As all of know, this is the triumphal epilogue of the Good Friday Story. In my Good Friday message we saw … Continue reading
Allow me to start with a well-known and (may be poor) joke about marriage. You all know about the three rings of marriage right, It starts with the engagement ring, it gets solemnized with the wedding ring and then continues … Continue reading
New years are time to generally reflect and to look forward to new things. Despite the fact that it repeats every 365 days, it is still something to look forward to. We all have heard multiple jokes about New Year … Continue reading
We are into yet another Christmas Season. And immaterial of the number of times we have done Christmas before, and have failed, we still want to do things right. We want to make all possible efforts to make things as … Continue reading
We all have heard about the prosperity gospel and none of us sitting here actually like it. Well mostly. I might want to take a look at it if I can get my hands on that BMW next week, because … Continue reading
When we are in trouble, when we need help, when we want to be saved from something, we generally turn to good men/ women; don’t we? It is natural for us to take the help of Good Men (I will … Continue reading
If I ask you who is Jesus to you this morning, what would be your answer? We are all in church, and hence the most appropriate answer would be Lord, Saviour, Master, redeemer, Messiah etc. and you would be right. … Continue reading
The season of festivals has begun , isn’t it? It is the month of Aadi for the Tamilians, soon to be followed by the Onam month for the Mallus, Dasara for Kannadigas, Divali for mostly everyone, Pujas for the Bengalis, … Continue reading
Discontentment is one of the biggest problems that human beings face today. Spouses get discontent with each other and divorces happen. Children get discontent with parents and move away. Congregation members get discontent with their pastors and churches break up … Continue reading
Today, let us start with a basic question. Why do we come to church? Our church is a small congregation, and hence the number of responses we can get here might be limited. But if you do a poll in … Continue reading
Good evening. I realise that there are three categories of people here. First category are the new students who are eager to know what lies ahead of them. You are all charged up, all excited to be part of this … Continue reading
First of all, Let me wish you all a very happy and blessed new year ahead. Well: Here we are. Yet another New year, yet another opportunity to look at the blessings of the previous year and give thanks. Yet … Continue reading
I am still fresh from the Leadership Summit held this weekend, where we had lot of people from the business world. Hence we are going to have a lesson based on company laws this morning. A few months back, Ian … Continue reading
We are meditating on the topic of Fellowship this month. All of you know that we are called the Bangalore Bible Fellowship. How many of us know what we stand for, what BBF stands for? What is our purpose? I … Continue reading
This month’s topic is Word of God and for the past two weeks both the pastors have given us some serious messages on what is the Word all about. I would like to turn the table and focus on “What … Continue reading
I want to you to think about your best friend this morning. How do you define a friend? One of the online dictionaries define “friend” as follows “a person who you like and enjoy being with a person who helps … Continue reading
We are in yet another Lent season, meditating on the Power of the Cross, and this week we are specially focusing on the Supremacy of Christ. Rightly, so, the pastor has chosen the first four chapters of the Book of … Continue reading
Our Responses to the issue of Suffering I have spoken on the topic of Suffering on the last two occasions that I have spoken here. I am going to continue the series with another aspect of Suffering. This time we … Continue reading
Praise This month we are going to look at the topic of Worship and pastor has asked me to start the topic off with the subject of Praise. Praise is a commonly used word, and it simply means to say … Continue reading
Main Passage 2 Tim 3: 1-7 It is advent season again. It is time to sing carols, eat Christmas cakes, wear new cloths, decorate homes, put up the stars, and wish people Merry Christmas. It is that time when we … Continue reading
Leadership Inspiring Thoughts for Evangelist Servants
A News Letter from Menorah Leadership Ministries
You have heard the much clichéd saying “ Actions speak louder than words”. Much clichéd it might sound, but it is a basic fact. People do not see our intentions, they do not see our knowledge or skills, they do not get an idea about our love, and they do not care how much of the bible we know, unless they see these things in our behaviour. Consistently demonstrated becomes a style, or in leadership jargon, it becomes your leadership style. And our ability to influence others depends a lot on our demonstrated and observable behaviour.
But have you wondered what makes different people behave differently? What really impacts our behaviour?
For Christians, the basic difference should always be in the identity that we derive from Christ. Our whole being should develop from the core of Christian Identity. And it is not something that will come naturally, because the Natural identity is always defective. Christian Identity needs to be intentionally developed, after shedding the natural identity that we are born with. Follow my study on the topic by clicking here.
One of the very controversial topics in Christianity is the concept of Personality. Many people believe that Christians should not worry or be concerned about the concept of personality. I am of a different opinion. Follow my thoughts on this topic by clicking here.
Would you like to know your personality? The personality that God gave you. Please remember that the idea is not to try and change your personality, but to use the knowledge of your personality to serve God better. If you wish to know, try out the tool that I have developed and made available to you free of cost by clicking here.
Do let me know your thoughts on the topic.
Stay blessed in the meantime.
Leadership Inspiring Thoughts for Evangelist Servants
A News Letter from Menorah Leadership Ministries
What comes to your mind when we hear the word “Abuse of Power”. If you are like me, the first names that come to your mind would be Hitler or Saddam Hussain or some other dictator in the history or current world. We normally do not think that abuse of power is a day to day activity, prevalent in many of our own lives or the lives of those around us. Take the treatment of women in our society for example. Feminists claim that patriarchy (the affirmation of male authority over females) is the basis for most social pathology and for virtually all domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. And they have reasons to claim this. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse by men is shockingly prevalent in our culture (in any culture for that matter). Even in the so called advanced society like US, domestic violence perpetrated by males account for more adult female emergency room visits than traffic accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, it is the greatest single cause of injury to American women. World Health Organization research indicates that at least one in five of the world’s females have been physically or sexually abused by a man or men at some time in her life.
And that is not the only area where we see abuse of power in day to day life. Look at the way personal staff like maids, cooks, drivers, security guards etc are treated by employers, look at the way children are treated by teachers and grown ups. The list goes on!!
The painful fact is we do not need to look only in history or leadership positions or elsewhere to find abuse of power. We might be surprised by the proximity of that to our own personal life. Christian homes, Christian organisations, Churches etc are no exception.
Is there an antidote? Thankfully yes!! There is an antidote. A study of different relationships from the bible will point us to the antidote called Servant Leadership
Why do some of us fall into this trap? How do some of the Christians “justify” such behaviour? What is the antidote to this? Think along with me as we study the concept of headship, the misunderstandings around the same, and the application of servant leadership in day to day life. Click here to follow my thoughts on the topic of “Applications in Everyday life”
Let us keep the conversation going. This is a serious subject. And we can make a difference. I would love to hear from you about stories of abuse and application of servant leadership in day to day life. Contact us and let us know your views.
Stay Blessed in the meantime!!!
1 Samuel 15:1-23 Let me start with some simple statistics. A Gallop Poll of Church Members reported that 17% say that they tithe– but only 3% actually do. 40% will give nothing in a year. Tithers make up only 10-25 … Continue reading
Menorah L.I.T.E.S Leadership Inspiring Thoughts for Evangelist Servants A News Letter from Menorah Leadership Ministries June 15th 2015 We all know that “Choosing to do” something is always better than “Having to do” something. If it is some activity that … Continue reading
It’s about others Menorah L.I.T.E.S Leadership Inspiring Thoughts for Evangelist Servants A News Letter from Menorah Leadership Ministries June 1st 2015 It is a “dog eat dog” world out there!! People are taught to climb the ladder of success even … Continue reading
Church Revival Part II – A Beautiful Mess (I have borrowed the term “Beautiful Mess” from the book “Messy Church” by Ross Parsley) Main readings Ezekiel 34:11-16 and Rev 2:12-17 We are in the topic of Church Revival and when … Continue reading
Church Revival/ Corporate Revival (Main reference Rev 2:8-11) Do you know the definition of a good sermon? It should have a good beginning, it should have a good ending, and they should be as close as possible. So let us … Continue reading
Menorah L.I.T.E.S Leadership Inspiring Thoughts for Evangelist Servants A News Letter from Menorah Leadership Ministries May 2015 Many of you consider yourselves as leaders and many of you don’t. We sometimes attach leadership to positions or titles or designations. John … Continue reading