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Nepal Trip and Holistic Approach to the Needs


AN-Satya

Friends, I just got back from Nepal. I travelled half way around the globe and spent one whole month in Khokana, my birthplace which is also one of the most affected areas by the recent earthquake.  The 7.8 magnitude scale earthquake shook the very foundations in western and central region of Nepal on 25th April 2015.  Waves of aftershock followed by another fresh 7.4 Rector scale quake destroyed other remaining infrastructures in Khokana. The aftershocks of 4-5 magnitude scale are persistently felt almost every day. I was there for a relief work, solely focusing on the community health project. Needs are sky high; generous gifts from people and national/international humanitarian agencies have been helping people with basic needs.

My one month stay was fruitful, in a sense, that I was able to build six permanent toilets for a displaced community of more than 100 people which consists of 27 households living in their temporary shelters in a public property called Bäkhä (pronounced as Baa Khaa). Prior to my arrival there, they had only two makeshift toilets made of only some bamboos and corrugated galvanized zinc roofing sheets. No proper sewage management or privacy. One of them was already knocked down thus unusable.

Basic needs for survival are demanding, as they will be living in the temporary shelters for, at least, next two years. Some of those living in the shelters will never be able to come out and move back to the old resettlement due to poverty. They might end up living in the slum. Yet, these people did not look broken. I saw their will to come out of this situation. I saw their resilience to get up and move on. Meantime, the spirit of dependence on outsiders also was prevalent among other survivors. Those in need had less or nothing, but others who already had were amassing more. Greed, selfishness, dissensions, discord, and jealousy are pervading the once generous hearts.

Sometimes, we easily lose sight  of eternity when something bad happens to people, and we tend to care only about their physical needs. As much as they need help in the midst of this magnitude of calamity, they also need a redeemer who can see them through and through and change their hearts. God has called us to be ambassadors to show his love through our actions. Please pray for the survivors that Christ’s love will be manifested in their lives. And also pray for God’s people who are working to bring the hope of Christ to the displaced people.

Find out more about what’s happening in Khokana.

Free eBook Deal: God Can’t Sleep


In this follow-up to his acclaimed debut, True Religion, Palmer Chinchen helps believers develop a God-centered response to suffering.

As Christians, we often act as if the right beliefs and behavior will allow us to avoid the darkness of pain. Yet everyone is touched by loneliness, heartbreak, and losing loved ones. And when pain happens, it can seem as if God is asleep, indifferent to our struggles.

In God Can’t Sleep, Chinchen tackles challenging questions: Where is God when life hurts? How long will I stay in darkness? When the world is so full of bad people, why do I have to suffer? Readers will be encouraged to embrace a Savior who is always awake, and inspire them to carry His light to a hurting world.

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The Book of Job and the Implication for Understanding My World


Prasha Maharjan.

Recently finished reading the book of Job, I have gleaned two significant principles from it and their implications for understanding my world, God’s operation in it, and for my work and ministry.

1. RIGHTEOUSNESS DOES NOT GUARANTEE BLESSING IN THE WORLD

This is one concept that I gleaned from my study of the book of Job. It is unquestionable that Job was a righteous man not only in the sight of people but of God too. Just like Job, many of us think that we are too good for anything bad to come upon us. We apply the simple principle of retribution in our life as though God had set on stone that he would do that. This is a very simple principle that many Christians adhere to. Those who have relied on this principle also have been easy to backslide. Having become a Christian and with a renewed body and spirit, we may be living a godly life and expect good things to happen. The life of Job shows very bluntly that this expectation is not always met. We honor God by living holy lives yet God is not bound to bless us on that basis.

As Christians, we are called to live a holy and righteous life depending on the Spirit of God. In spite of our godly choices, we may face unfortunate circumstances. However, we are in no position to question God’s authority and sovereignty. We are too small to understand God’s ways and his purposes. Our perspective is too narrow to understand his perspective.

2. SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS REAL

The topic of spiritual warfare is not a hot topic among Christians. Many Christians are living without a conscious knowledge that war between God and Satan is ongoing. The moment we accepted Christ and allowed the Spirit of God to dwell in us, our war with Satan had begun. He is continually attempting to snatch us away from the grip of God. He does that through the material world that surround us, through the lies that gratify us, and often times through success that blinds us. This warfare is even fiercer among Christians with a lifestyle of ministry and evangelism.  Satan does not want to lose any soul to the kingdom of God.

Spiritual warfare may not be as dramatic as in the book of Job where Satan has challenged God, and God has Job as his prop. Spiritual warfare in this day and age nonetheless is still prevalent. The war with the principles of darkness is not a dated issue. It is real.

Both these principles that I gleaned from the study of Job gives me a biblical understanding of the world that I was devoid of before I became a Christian and studied the life of Job. The idea that righteous must be rewarded and evil be punished is a common and popular concept in most religions. If this does not happen, they find logic to get around it. In Hinduism, the good and prosperous life that one has is due to the good life he lived in his previous life. If anything bad should happen, he is still paying for the evil he did in that life.

Biblically, God made us in his image. We still have a portion of him that desires to do well and be good. Yet, the fall has distorted that image. Sin has affected us and the world. Hence, after receiving Christ there is a continual battle between the flesh and the spirit. Since we are the workmanship of Christ made for good works we strive to do good works, but Satan tries to work in our flesh. This is the spiritual battle.

Many times in ministry I have fallen in this trap of boasting that my prayer for a certain person is going to bring about miracles or that my righteous move will certainly please God and he will move a human heart to work in my favor. Too many times I have been disappointed with this attitude because that is not how God works. My Christ-like love and concern for a non-Christian will not always be rewarded by his coming to Christ. Neither will such love and concern move my Christian friends to live a revolutionary Christian life. The book of Job teaches me that just like Job suffered regardless of his righteousness, I will suffer in some measure. This is where the spiritual warfare comes into play as well. When I fail to win people over to Christ, Satan will make me feel defeated and doubt God’s power. I have struggled many times when my efforts have gone fruitless and found doubting God. Indeed, I have learned in my walk with God so far that Satan loves it when we feel defeated. This is the time I look at God and seek his strength and not feel completely defeated. God has his higher and better purposes that I cannot relate to or fathom.

As a Christian, I know that we have one life to live and eternity to face. The good or evil choice that I make now may not necessarily affect my present life but it does affect me in eternity. Thus, I do not stop doing good works because I do not see the results now. I certainly should not expect righteousness to be awarded. A righteous living is a not a choice, it is a command that we live regardless of blessings.

Considering the Goodness and Sovereignty of God in the Midst of Suffering (John Lennox)


Why? Considering the Goodness and Sovereignty of God in the Midst of Suffering (John Lennox)

Paul Copan on the Problem of Evil


Tomorrow, the USA as a nation is going to commemorate the day as a Memorial Day – the day around 3000 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in the Twin Towers in New York City and Pentagon in September 11, 2001. The whole nation mourned and shocked in disbelief that the most powerful nation in the world was under heinous terrorist attack. People from all walks of lives questioned how that could have happened! Followed by the 9/11 incident, Christian faith on the existence of good, powerful, and benevolent God was put under fire. Our faith was challenged. Many Christian ministers and apologists were posed with the classical questions about the existence of God and the problem of the evil in academia as well as invited to debate in public.

In this video, Paul Copan, a Christian theologian, apologist, analytic philosopher and author provides a brief summary of the problem of evil and answers to the questions how good God can allow something evil happen in the world if He is all-powerful and all-good.