Presbyter's Message

Motto for the Year 2019

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint"
(Isaiah 40:31)

October 2019

From the Presbyter's Desk:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

May the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ be praised forever and ever.

Some of the quotations said by great men and women will never leave our minds. We all have our favorite quotes and we quote certain people the most. It is a way of expressing the greatness found in humankind. It was Gandhi who said, “Strength does not come from a physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” For him, non-violence was employed not from a position of weakness, but rather from a position of great strength and will power. And as a tribute to the father of the nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and his principle of using non-violence, October 2nd is observed as the International Day of Non-violence by the United Nations.

King Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible says in Proverbs 25: 21, 22, ‘If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.’ There is violence in this verse. Heaping burning coals can be imagined to be a very painful act. But Solomon combines this act with doing good for others. It would seem like a paradox, and goes against our understanding of how we would normally handle our enemies. Later on, even Paul would advocate the same approach to overcome evil with good, in Rom 12:20.

The term ‘burning coals’, has been used in several places in the Bible. In most cases, it is used in relation with the destruction that is to be brought upon the wicked. But in 2 Sam 14:7, it is used in a different sense, where it is the fire within that drives a person to live each day and move forward. Let us also strive to protect these burning coals, i.e. the seeds from the Word of God, which has been planted in our hearts. As we celebrate our Church Anniversary this month, may the good Lord help us to be the expression of the Gospel, to the world around us.

In Christ,
Jess Mathew Achen.