For those of you who did not know me before I joined the community, I was a shipwreck. Think of anything messed up, obviously nothing illegal, and I dabbled in it at some point of time or the other. At this point of time, I was making a major decision, whether this community was worth my time.
I began in CFCI Singles two and a half years ago, an unconvinced Christian. I would personally call myself a nine-to-five Christian. I went for weekly mass, like I was told to. I would say the rosary with my family every evening. Confessions twice a year, in a good year, Easter and Christmas, otherwise, I would probably skip it. I didn’t think it was a major priority since I did not kill anyone nor was I in a relationship with someone else’s wife. I used the occasional swear word, at least 200 times a day, like normal people from the movies do. I had a Bible which kept the pages of my Shakespeare plays from flying every time I forgot the fan on and left the room. Continue reading
In a small town in Nazareth (a very unlikely place for the messianic era to begin), lived a pretty little girl named Mary. One bright sunny day,
the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a young virgin who was betrothed to Joseph, of the family of David. He came to her and said, “Rejoice full of Grace, the Lord is with you. You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call Him Jesus. (Luke 1:26-28,31)
Every Brand has been designed/ developed and created with unique qualities that make them stand out. Example: In the case of a Mercedes Benz, the car is known for its finesse & engineering excellence. Now, if the brand no longer displays the original, unique qualities that it stands for, then it can no longer be considered faithful to its originally intended brand image. So, for example, if Mercedes Benz started using cheap parts instead of the finest auto parts, also began reducing the price so that it becomes more affordable, and made cars that are tacky & not comfortable, it would then lose its uniqueness and the purpose for which it was created. So if there is a lesson that we can learn from the above example, it is that if a brand no longer possesses its original uniqueness and qualities that it was originally designed with, then, it has lost its purpose. The brand would then be totally rejected. Similarly, a Christian is created unique in the image and likeness of God. This calls us to be like him, failing this; we are living a life contrary to our calling. What will losing our purpose lead to? Being frustrated, empty, frequent ups and downs and being limited to what I see before me. Continue reading
I had a classmate who frequently suffered from bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts. One day, after unsuccessfully attempting to end her life, she approached me for help. Among many things, I spoke to her about Jesus and his love for us. She did not have many friends but it was this one encounter that apparently transformed her life, as I would find out years later. She is now doing very well in her career, prays regularly and never again has had thoughts of despair or suicide. Continue reading