September 2020

Reflections on Sermon 14: “The Repentance of Believers”

My wife and I serve as pastors to an Asian Indian ministry in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In our ministry, we find frequent opportunities to interact with others and discuss our faith in Jesus with our non-Christian student friends on the college campus of the University of Texas. Most of these friends are Hindus. Normally, we share our Christian faith and the importance of repentance; they talk about their faith as well. The Hindu concept of repentance, which is called Prayascitta, involves accepting responsibility for the errors and misdeeds they perform in this life.

Reflections on Sermon 123: “The Deceitfulness of the Human Heart”

During my father’s first official visit to Mumbai City, he set out to do some shopping in this vast city before returning home after work. In one shop’s showcase, he spied a spectacular dress shirt. It was as white as snow. Although it was expensive, he bought it! When he arrived home, he was eager to wear his new shirt, but he thought he should first wash it before he wore it. However, as he pulled the shirt out from the laundry, he discovered the cloth had shrunk and the material fell apart in his hands. He had been deceived!

Reflections on Sermon 73: “Of Hell”

Oh, the agony! To this day, I vividly remember the scorpion sting as if it just happened even though it’s been many years since that day when I was a young boy growing up in India. Overcome with excruciating, unrelenting pain, sweat immediately saturated my clothes. Nothing I did brought relief. Never again in my life do I wish to experience a scorpion sting!

Reflecting on John Wesley’s sermon, “Of Hell,” I’m reminded of the unfathomable and relentless pain and agony awaiting those condemned to spend eternity in Hell, where neither pain ends nor death is a choice!

Reflections on Sermon 7: “The Way to the Kingdom”

These days, many of us rely on GPS and believe it is the best navigator. But on occasion, I’ve doubted that claim. One day, I was heading toward my destination by following GPS directions. However, without warning, my GPS suddenly announced, “You have reached your destination” despite me being in the middle of nowhere! I could see nothing but open fields. This situation reminded me why, in my home country of India, we usually trust the direction of the locals, who know the surroundings and neighborhoods, much more than the GPS!