Thanks for packing my parachute..!

Who is packing your parachute?

Air Commodore Vishal was a Jet Pilot. In a combat mission his fighter plane was destroyed by a missile. He however ejected himself and parachuted safely. He won acclaims and appreciations from many.

After five years one day he was sitting with his wife in a restaurant. A man from another table came to him and said “You’re Captain Vishal ! You flew jet fighters. You were shot down!”

“How in the world did you know that?” asked Vishal.

“I packed your parachute,” the man smiled and replied.
Vishal gasped in surprise and gratitude and thought if parachute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.

Vishal couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. He wondered how many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because, he was a fighter pilot and that person was just a safety worker”

So friends, who is packing your parachute?
Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day.

We need many kinds of parachutes when our plane is shot down – we need the physical parachute, the mental parachute, the emotional parachute and the spiritual parachute.
We call on all these supports before reaching safety.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important.

We may fail to smile, say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.

As you go through this year, this month and this week onwards recognize the people who pack your parachute.

I just want to thank everyone who packed my parachute during 2015 in one way or the other – through their words, deeds, prayers, etc!!

Wish you a blessed year ahead.
God bless you!

Happy new year!

Thanks & Regards,
Silas Zechariah V.
[Freely You Have Received, So Freely Give. Matt.10:8]
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Song for Birthday greeting

The traditional birthday song doesn’t make much sense.

So, here is a version that we sing at church. It goes to the same old tune of ‘Happy Birthday to you’.

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Birthday Greetings Today!
May God Bless you we pray
Live for Jesus dear —–
May He guide you always
Happy Birthday to you
to Jesus be true
May God’s richest blessings
Be ever with you.

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New Movies on the List…

Dear Family in Christ,

Greetings to you!

After a long gap, new movies have now been added to the Edifying Christian Movies List.

The most recently added movies(Top 5) on the list are…

Don’t forget to share these with your loved ones.

Thank you for your love and prayers. God Bless You!

​​Your brother in Christ,

Silas Zechariah V.

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Nothing is Impossible

What’s your impossible?
The Things that are impossible with people are possible with God. (Luke 18:27)

We thought it was impossible for an old barren couple like us to have a son who would bless all nations. But we did. His name is Isaac.
-Abraham and Sarah


I lost my family, fortune and health. I thought it was impossible to live after such tragedy. But God restored everything two-fold.
-Job


When we came to the Red Sea, the Egyptian army on our heals, we thought it was impossible to escape. But God parted the water!
-Hebrew Family


After lies, adultery, murder, I would have thought it impossible that God would call me a man after His own heart. But that’s exactly what He called me.
-David


I was a prostitute. I thought it was impossible to be spared when the wall of Jericho came down much less to be an ancestor of Jesus. But God extended His mercy to me!
-Rahab


Rather than kill me, my jealous brothers sold me into slavery. When my master’s wife accused me wrongly, I went to prison. I thought it was impossible to ever be free. But God was with me.
-Joseph


I thought it was impossible for me, a virgin, to bear a son. But I did. His name is Jesus.
-Mary, mother of Jesus


I was carrying my only son out of the city to be buried. To ever see him alive again was impossible. But Jesus appeared. He spoke and my son opened his eyes.
-Widow in Nain


We only had five loaves and two fish. How were we supposed to feed 5000+ people? For us it was impossible. For Jesus, it was enough.
-The Apostles


I thought it was impossible when people were hurling stones at me that someone would step up and defend me. But Jesus did. He rescued me.
-Adulterous Woman


My desperate friends dug a hole in the roof and lowered me on a mat to see Jesus. I thought, I’m paralyzed. This is impossible! But He spoke. I got up, took my mat and walked home.
-Paralytic Man


I thought it was impossible when I washed Jesus’ feet with my hair and tears that He would defend me in the midst of important people like Simon the Pharisee. But He did. He honored me.
-Sinful Woman


When I climbed up that tree, I thought it was impossible that a man like Jesus would want to dine with a man like me. But He invited me!
-Zacchaeus, Chief Tax Collector


I thought it was impossible to ever be whole, to be seen in public without being shunned. Then I thought, maybe if I can just touch the hem of His garment!
-Woman with Blood Issue


I thought it was impossible for Jesus to bring my dead brother back to life. But He spoke and Lazarus got up like he’d been dreaming!
-Mary of Bethany


I thought it was impossible for someone like me at the last hour to be saved… but I am in Paradise with Him!
-Thief on a cross beside Jesus


We thought it was impossible that we would ever see Jesus again after seeing Him die. But there He was in the middle of the room with us!
-The Eleven


I thought it was impossible that Jesus was alive until He showed me the scars in His hands!
-Thomas


We all thought it was impossible to go to the tomb that morning and find it empty and Jesus alive. But it was empty and He is Alive!
-Mary Magdalene


After denying Jesus three times, I thought it was impossible to overcome the grief and guilt. I deserved to die. But the Holy Spirit filled me on the day of Pentecost and 3000 people were baptized!
-Peter


Persecuting Christians was my life. To think that God could or would use me to further His Kingdom was impossible. But all things are possible through God!
-Paul


I thought I can never be an over-comer and live a life of victory over sin. But Jesus cleansed me and wrote faith in my heart. Now even I’m an over-comer through the power of the Holy Spirit.
-Silas Zechariah

Dead Works – Zac Poonen

The New Testament speaks of the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19) as well as of dead works (Heb. 6:1).

Those who indulge in the works of the flesh such as immorality, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, etc, will certainly not inherit the kingdom of God. These works are so obviously sinful that it would be difficult for a believer to practice any of them without being convicted in his conscience.

Dead works, however, are more deceitful. They are externally good works, but they spring from a corrupt source (for nothing good dwells in our flesh) and are therefore like a filthy garment in God’s eyes (Rom. 7:18; Isa. 64:6).

We are therefore commanded to repent not only from sin but from dead works too. It is only after we have laid such a foundation, that we can press on to perfection (Heb. 6:1).

It is well known among believers that the blood of Jesus can cleanse us from all sin. What is not so well known is the fact that the blood of Christ must cleanse our conscience from dead works too before we can serve the living God aright (Heb. 9:14).

It is essential therefore that we have a clear understanding of what dead works really are.

1. Works Done Without Joy

God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7). He also loves a cheerful doer of His will. He meets those who rejoice in doing righteousness (Isa. 64:5). When the Israelites did not serve the Lord with joy, they were punished by being made to serve their enemies (Deut. 28:47,48). The kingdom of God consists of righteousness accompanied by the joy of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). Only those who delight to do His will can bring joy to the heart of God.

Consider the matter of tithing, for example. This was a law under the old covenant. But it is never commanded by Jesus or the apostles to those under the new covenant. Yet multitudes of covetous pastors compel their congregations to tithe compulsorily either through promises of divine reward or through threats of divine judgment. The people pay up, but without joy. It is not spontaneous giving, but grudging, reluctant giving. The pastors are happy when the offering boxes are full, but God is not. Pastors love large givers, but God loves only cheerful givers!

The new covenant principle is NOT, “Give as much as you can give”, but , “Give as much as you can give cheerfully“. God does not want any more than that. Of course you will receive in the same proportion as you give (2 Cor. 9:7; Lk. 6:38) – but that is another matter. God does not, however, desire any labour or gifts that are unwillingly given. What we do without joy is a dead work.

2. Works Done Without Love

To love God and man are the two pegs on which every other commandment hangs (Matt. 22:40). Remove these pegs and everything falls to the ground. This was why the leader of the Ephesian church was rebuked. His works were no longer motivated by love for God and man (Rev. 2:2,4). If we obey the commandments of God without keeping their spirit, our works become dead works. If we are to be appointed by the Lord as shepherds of His flock, He will first test us (as He did Peter) to see whether we love Him supremely (Jn. 21:15-17). Otherwise our service would be worthless. Likewise, it is not enough just to bless those who curse us. We are to love them from our hearts too. Otherwise we keep the letter of the Word but not its spirit. Similarly, if we serve the brothers and sisters in the church, because we are taught to do so, but still criticize them (perhaps for not being thankful to us), then our service becomes a pile of dead works. All our sacrifice for the Lord’s work are worthless dead works if they do not spring out of love for Him.

3. Works Done Without Zeal

“I know your works … you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot … be zealous therefore” (Rev. 3:15-19). Half-hearted works are dead works. We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength (Mk. 12:30). Our worship and praise must be wholehearted, not lifeless and dead. Our praying must be with burden and our prophesying with zeal. We are to be “aglow with the Spirit” at all times (Rom. 12:11). The fire must burn on the altar perpetually (Lev. 6:13). We are to constantly fan to a flame the gifts of the Spirit that God has endued us with – not despise them or scorn them just because many have abused them (2 Tim. 1:7). Most Christian assemblies are today in a lifeless condition lacking the burning fire of the Holy Spirit. They are ready for being rejected by the Lord (Rev. 3:16) for their lack of zeal. We need to repent of such dead works in our own life.

4. Works Done Without Faith

As faith without works is dead (Jas. 2:26), even so works without faith are dead works. Many prayer meetings are dead because of the lack of faith. Five minutes of faith filled prayer is more living and powerful for the accomplishment of God’s purposes than an all night prayer meeting that has been gone through as a feat of endurance. Jesus prayed all night and so must we, when there is a need for this – but certainly not as a dead work. Faith also means personal conviction (Rom. 14:22). What we do without personal conviction, is a dead work. Merely because some great man of God believes and teaches some particular doctrine, it does not mean that we are to imitate him. Yet Christendom is full of believers who blindly follow other men, without any personal conviction. Imitation always brings death. The Israelites crossed the Red Sea by faith. The Egyptians imitated them and were drowned (Heb. 11:29). This has been written for our warning. Do not imitate the actions or the ministries of others. We are not to imitate the emphasis that another man has in his ministry either. That too would be a dead work. We are to prophesy according to the proportion of our own faith (Rom. 12:6). God wants each of us to be ourselves, for He has a unique contribution to make through our own distinct personality to the body of Christ.

5. Works Done For Personal Gain And Honour

“I know your works that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead” (Rev. 3:1).

Here was a man who was spiritually dead, but who was still satisfied because he had a name that he was alive. He sought the praise of man more than the praise of God (Jn. 5:44; 12:43); and as a result all his works were dead works. Anything we do to impress man is a dead work. Anything that we do, which we want others to know about, is also a dead work (Matt. 6:1-18). Living works are done in secret before God’s face alone, with every possible attempt made to conceal it from the eyes of men. Whenever we glory in our accomplishments for God, we have begun to “worship the works of our hands” (Acts 7:41), and our works immediately become dead works. This is how Babylon is built, as Dan. 4:30 makes plain.

As soon as we are tempted to think about the opinion of others concerning ourselves or our work, we must throw those thoughts into the sewage system, where they belong. Even the opinions that great men of God have about us must be thrown out of our minds and sent into the sewage pipes. “Our righteousness in human eyes is an abomination (fit only for the sewage) in the sight of God” (Lk. 16:15).

Only one who is radical like this can hope to escape dead works. In the same way, work done for the Lord, for a salary, is a dead work. Work done for a salary is not Christian work. It is secular work – even if it takes the name ‘Christian’. It is impossible to serve God and money.

6. Works Done Merely To Ease One’s Conscience

The heathen are prompted to certain works such as fasting, praying and giving alms because of the accusations of their conscience (Rom. 2:15).

It is possible for Christians also to do such works merely to ease their conscience. Many read the Bible and pray daily, simply to relieve the accusations of their conscience. For the same reason, they go to meetings, pay their tithe, give alms to beggars, etc. All such works are dead works. There are preachers who capitalize on this weakness in believers and urge them to do something for the perishing millions ‘without Christ’. “Either give or go”, people are told. As a result, some give money, and others leave their jobs and go for Christian work. But both groups having acted without the leading of the Lord, but only on the emotion of the moment to relieve a guilty conscience, wind up in an endless round of dead works.

7. Works Done Out Of Fear Of Divine Judgment

To avoid sin because we fear the judgment of God is good, but that is certainly not the motive with which Jesus avoided sin. Jesus avoided sin because He wanted to please the Father. This is to be our motive too. Supposing there were to be no punishment for lusting after women, or for telling lies, or retaining a bitterness against another, would we indulge in those sins? Or would we still avoid them because our basic desire was to please God? Let each person answer that question for himself, and work out his own salvation from dead works with fear and trembling. To forgive others merely because we do not want to get some sickness as a judgment from God, or because we want God to forgive us, is a dead work – for it is motivated by a selfish fear of judgment. What shall we say then about those who read the Bible and pray in the mornings merely to avoid having any accidents during the day! That falls into the same class as the worst heathen superstition!

8. Works Done For The Sake Of Obtaining A Reward

While it is true that Jesus will reward the faithful ones (Rev. 22:12) and while it is also true that the ultimate desire of our life should be to please the Lord (2 Cor. 5:9) so that we can hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant” from Him one day, yet Jesus Himself warned us against the self-centered desire for even a heavenly reward, motivating us in our sacrifices and our service for Him.

When Peter compared himself favourably with the rich young ruler (who had just turned away from Jesus) and asked the question, “What shall we get for all that we have given up for you?” (Matt. 19:27), Jesus replied with the parable of the labourers (Matt. 20:1-16). There we find that those who worked for pay (reward) ended up last, while those who worked without any thought of reward ended up first (even though they had done only a small percentage of the work that the former had done).

Quantity versus quality – there we see the difference between dead works and living works. Works done with the hope of our ultimately being promoted above other believers and finding a place in the bride of Christ, will be exposed as dead works in the final day.

If you purify your thought-life, do good to others, and love your wife or submit to your husband, all with the thought of being exalted in some future day, then `Self’ is still at the center of your life, and all your self-centered `good’ works are dead works!

Those who do get crowns in glory are quick to cast them down at the feet of the Lord, saying, “Thou alone art worthy” (Rev. 4:10). It is only when we have purged ourselves from motives other than the desire to glorify God, that we can be freed from dead works. If we keep a record in our memory of all the good works that we have done, those good works become dead works.

Jesus gave us two pictures of the final judgment day – one where people listed before the Lord all the good things that they had done in their earthly lives, “Lord, we prophesied in Your name, we healed the sick in Your name, etc” (Matt. 7:22,23). These people were rejected by the Lord. In the other picture we find the righteous surprised when they are reminded by the Lord of the good that they had done in their earthly lives. “Lord, when did we do that?”, is their surprised cry (Matt. 25:34-40). They had forgotten about the good that they had done – for they had not done those works for reward. There we see a clear contrast between dead works and living works. Which category do we fit into?

9. Works Done Without Bearing The Dying Of Jesus

Living works are only those which flow from the life of Jesus within us. It is impossible to have this life of Jesus without first bearing the dying of Jesus – the daily cross (2 Cor. 4:10). If we merely control our tongues from speaking angrily or our faces from scowling, but are still boiling with anger and irritation inside, that is not victory – it is suppression. That is the teaching of yoga and not of Jesus Christ. Jesus told us to take up our cross daily. That means to put the flesh to death daily (Gal. 5:24). Death by crucifixion is a long process – unlike shooting or hanging. The flesh cannot be shot or hung in a moment; it can only be crucified. But if we are faithful to keep this criminal on the cross, death will set in, in due course – and we shall one day cease from sin – even inwardly (1 Pet. 4:1). Then the living works of the Spirit will flow as rivers of living water from our innermost being (Jn. 7:38). Our inner attitudes will then correspond with our external appearance and works. There will then be no more need for artificial smiles or for any other form of external piety.

10. Works That Originate From Our Own Human Reason

Martha’s unselfish and sacrificial work for the Lord and His people, is a good example of good works that are dead works (Lk. 10:38-42). She did that work merely because she felt that it was a good work to do. But “the most important thing about a servant is that he does what his master tells him to do” – not what he feels like doing himself (1 Cor 4:2 LB). Thus, Mary was wiser, in that she first sat at Jesus’ feet to hear what He wanted her to do.Heb. 4:10,12 says that God’s word divides between the soulish and the spiritual; and just as we are to cease from sin, we are to cease from doing our own works too. Soulish works are dead works. Jesus never did anything on His own initiative (Jn. 5:30). Even today God is looking not for those who have bright ideas about how to do His work (for such can only produce ‘Ishmaels’), but for those who are humble enough to acknowledge their lack of wisdom and strength, and who will make themselves available for God to use, as it pleases Him. God looks, not for ability but availability.

Having heard about dead works now, the great danger for some of us may be that of backing away from the cliff of ‘dead works’, and falling over the cliff on the other side of the narrow way – the cliff of ‘doing nothing’. That would be worse. The living works of the Spirit can be produced through us only as we cooperate with the Spirit in living a disciplined life – not law, but discipline.

Let us then cleanse ourselves not only from all defilement of the flesh, but also from that of the spirit (2 Cor. 7:1), so that our righteous deeds may become our wedding dress on the day of the marriage of the Lamb (Rev. 19:8).

Source: Christian Fellowship Church website.

The True Essence of the Season – A Must know!

Dear brothers & sisters in Christ,

Please be aware of the truth as CHRISTmas is coming.

2 years back I shared an article on Christmas & Easter. I’d recommend each and everyone to read it and know the truth behind today’s Christmas.

Men are likened to sheep. And sheep have a tendency to follow the crowd without questioning. Jesus however came and taught us to examine everything by God’s word. The Pharisees exalted human traditions. Jesus exalted God’s word. Man was to live by every word that proceeded from God’s mouth (Matt. 4:4). Continue reading…[Christmas and Easter – Christian or Pagan? – Zac Poonen]

Here is  a song I recently came across, that brings the real essence to Christmas.

'Jingle Bells' Redeemed..!

O the world is lost
As satan has his way
Blinding us with myths that cost
Our Lord His special day.
Let's give it back to Him
No santa, snow or tree
Only Christ our Lord & King
Was born to set us free.

Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
Was born for you and me,
To save us all from sin He came
That we might all be free... yeah
And bought our victory.....hey
Jesus Christ ...

O you little ones
Let's correct what's wrong
Tell the world and teach for once
This real Christmas song.
Jesus is the way
the truth, the life He is
No matter what all do or say
Let's sing this song for Him.

Lyrics: Leo Salins
Music & Vocals: Sheldon Bangera

Here’s another song that highlights the true meaning of Christmas.

And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. John 8:32.

If you haven’t yet watched the movie titled ‘The Perfect Gift’, watch it now.

The Perfect Gift – Watch Online / Torrent Download

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May God Bless you…!

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