Category: By Fred Saleh

What does Christmas remind us of?

Holidays, family gatherings, festivities, fireplaces, carols, shopping sprees and bills? Or it reminds us of our loneliness, our problems, the good old days, the pain of not being able to cope with the demands of our children, and the lack of food? What does Christmas remind us of? Does it remind us that about two thousand years ago, a child was born in a manger in a small village called Bethlehem, who grew to give humanity the hope of finding its destiny? Does Christmas take us back even further in time when humanity, by turning their back on God,...

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What is Christianity all about?

Very recently, as I was going through a few boxes of books donated to the church library, I came across a publication for pastors, which aimed at helping them function more efficiently. This publication was “A Resource for Christian Leaders”. As I was flipping through it an article entitled Evangelism and Then What? caught my attention. The author asked: “Why this disparity? Why so many churchgoers, so many “born-again” people, and so little effect?” The word disparity in this context referred to a Gallop poll indicating that fifty million Americans claim to be born again and yet there is...

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How sweet are your words

“How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” Psalm 119:103 Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life” John 6:63 True Christianity and faith in Jesus Christ is a new life by the Spirit of God communicated by the Word of God – a very subjective experience. Unfortunately, Christianity has become an objective religion with no power to change lives. There is knowledge like never before; tremendous knowledge about Christianity but little experience; a lot of mental knowledge with no real and proper understanding. Luke...

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Trust in the Lord

As Christians we have to learn to deal with the so-called successes or failures of our pilgrimage in the world. Neither success nor failure is an end in itself. What we learn in the process is what counts. Recently, the Lord has been speaking to my heart through a passage in I Peter 1:6-7, specifically the fact that the “various trials” of our lives are for the purpose of testing our faith and ensuring that it is genuine and durable under pressure, if and when it is applied. How can we manage to come out of trials victoriously? The...

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Almost Consumed

Recently, as I was reading Psalm 119, a word in verse 87 caught my attention. The verse reads, “They almost consumed me upon earth; but I did not forsake your precepts.” The word that struck me was “almost”. Not quite, but almost. In this verse, the psalmist (David) has more than a physical destruction in mind. He is referring to a threat to the great purpose for which God has placed him upon the earth, and which involves the whole plan of the redemption. On top of that, David was also involved in personal conflict with the power of...

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