Saturday, March 28, 2009

Humble Yourself Before God

I'd rather be a donkey for Jesus to ride
than be turned into one because of my pride".

As I began to meditate on this word that came to me from the Lord, I was guided to read the gospel of Matthew 21:1-7 "1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."

4This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5"Say to the Daughter of Zion,
'See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'

6The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
"Hosanna to the Son of David!"
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
"Hosanna in the highest!"

How am I to get the love of Jesus to the people? There are even more in these days than when He was on earth. First, I have to learn to "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2

However, if I did not learn of Him who is meek and humble of heart then the following passage was a reminder to me:

Daniel 4:28-37
28 All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 he said, "Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?"

31 The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, "This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes."

33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.

34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.
His dominion is an eternal dominion;
his kingdom endures from generation to generation.

35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing.
He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?"

36 At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble."

May the Lord Bless you my dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus and help you to walk in all humility and love.

Noel Pentony

Monday, March 23, 2009

Discipling the Found at Thiruvanmiyur

CED # 36

"Is Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives? We say He is God. But, Is He Lord?"

"When we come to the Lord, it should be with a total commitment. No holding back anything. We should not be like Annias and Saphira who held back a part for themselves and pretended to give everything"

Submit to God and be at peace by this good will come to you - We come to do your will or Lord.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Discipling the Found - Tambaram Section 1st Zone

CED # 387

“First, Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you. Commit yourselves to listen to his instructions, and store them in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored— so clean up your life."

Totally committed to serve - "Not my will Lord but thy will be done"

God has called us into fellowship with His Son, and His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us hi s very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. "

"This is my daily bread, your very word spoken to me!!"

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Discipling the Found - Beasant Nagar

CED # 37

To the Glory of God Discipling classes started in October 2008. Eight students joined and the classes began with a committment for these ordinary fisherfolk to have a change in their lives.

Rev. S. Vincent : "All Glory to the Victorious Name of the Lord! I praise God for the ICI University because the members of this church have been immensely blessed by the CED programme. This training is what we needed in our church. The members have been blessed not only materially but also spiritually . This is the first Discipleship Training Program that we have had in our church. The training was done systematically giving a deep foundational knowledge for the members. I thank Noel Pentony for sending Ramesh Daniel and I thank Ramesh Daniel for coming and teaching the members in our church to submit and walk before God. I pray that God will bless ICI Unive
rsity in all their endeavours and extend their influence to greater boundaries."

Sis. Marial Vincent (Pastor's Wife)

Offering thanks to God with a deep sense of gratitude for the change in the lives of the people after their church became a CED.

"The truths taught from the 'Sermon on the Mount' gave a new light to me and to the students"

Sis. Bhanu Student #19461/368 /08)
"I thank God first for the ICI training program and for the workers who have come to teach us to walk before God. Even though I am an illiterate person, I could understand clearly what was taught to me. I was able to learn many of the verses just by listening to what was beng taught repetitively and also to understand them. There has been a great revelation through the Word of God which has changed my life completely. This training has been very useful in the prayer meetings and to teach the new comers in the church."

(This sister does not know to read or write but she knows the eight beatitudes by heart. She is able to teach and witness to others what she had been taught-
to the amazement of the pastor and fellow believers}.

Sis. Chitra Student ID # 19462/369/08

I praise God for the ICI Training progra
m. I am an illiterate. However, God has blessed me and helped me to understand many great truths through the training I received. This has enabled me to spend more time in prayer. I was able to tell my neighbours and many others about Jesus and they have also come to the church to learn the truths taught here".

Bro. Babu Student ID # 19463/370/08
"I thank God for ICI University. I have been greatly blessed through these classes. A habit of reading the Bible every day and meditating on what I have read. A thirst for righteousness of God has been formed in my heart. Because of this I also spend much time in the presence of God praying. And God had strengthened me and enable me to overcome many troubles that came my way."

Sis. Revathi Student ID # 19464/371/08
"I thank God for ICI University for I am now filled with the joy of the Lord! Due to the training that I received I was able to overcome a deep depression that had come upon me for many days. I have also been filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues. Great joy and peace has come upon my family."

Bro. Samuel Student ID # 19465/372/08

"I have been able to learn many truths through the lessons taught in the Life of Christ. There was a lot of confusion and quarrels in my family but now, great peace and happiness has filled us. I have committed to give my entire life to the Lord in ministry.

Sis. Sathiya Student ID # 19466/373/08
"I have gained a knowledge of God through these classes. God has filled me with wisdom and strength. I am a leader in the Prayer Cell and these truths have blessed
me immensely, enabling me to minister to the people in the group
and in the neighbourhood. The biblical truths taught has helped me to change my life, which has proved a great blessing to me and my family. I am very happy that I had joined this class."

Sis. Selvi
(Student ID 19467/374/08)

I thank God for the ICI University classes. I was filled with rage before and would get angry with any and every one for no reason whatsoever and I would use abusivelanguage when speaking to others. But, now there is a great change in me. A great peace has come over me. I do not get angry with others now and I have stopped using abusive language. I have committed, come what may, to continue to come regularly for these classes which has proved a blessing to me and my family.
(Sis. Selvi's son, Padmanaban expired two weeks ago from cancer in the stomach. The boy was 18 years old. Please pray for her, her husband Bro. Sekar and daughter).

Sis. Varalakshmi
Student # 19468/375/08
"I thank God for the ICI University. Am very happy now. I had a lot of problems before. I was not able to attend the class. But after coming for the class, a change has come upon me and my family. I have therefore, decided to come regularly for the classes. These classes has helped me to grow in the knowledge of God and to love God more."

Bro.C.T. Durai (a.k.a. Juice Durai)
Student # 19491/398/08

"Through ICI I have come to know the Lord more. I have been delivered from witchcraft and demon possession. These lessons have been a great blessing to me and enabled me to accomplish a change in my life. I thank God for the truths which was revealed to me His love while studying the Highlights in the Life of Christ."

Friday, March 27, 2009
On completion of "The Highlights in the Life of Christ" a special seminar was arranged in a house in Beasant Nagar and the the students and remained for the teaching from 9.30 a.m. to 5.45 p.m.

"Let us be deeply rooted in the Word that has been taught us O Lord"

"This is the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments."

"Help us O Lord! Let the Fear of the Lord always be guide before us."

Discipling the Found - Kalpakkam

A.G. Prayer Tower Church Kalpakkam
CED # 44

This center was started in the year 2002.
It was a great encouragement to be informed by Rev. James Alaman that 40 students had joined and not only that but that the 40 students went and brought 40 of their friends to join the class.


Pastor's wife (extreme right) with the girls who have graduated.

Rev.James Alaman (standing with mike) with the graduating youth in his church.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Giving and Going

Bro. Leo Bastian and Godfrey Evans left for Jaipur, Rajasthan on September 4, 2008 along with a team from New Life Assembly of God.

The Team consisted of Rev. Wesley A. A. Stephen, Pas. Edward, Bro. Leo Bastian, Bro. Godfrey Evans, Bro. Evangelist and Bro. Jebastian. They travelled from Jaipur to Kishingar, met Ps. Edwin Sekar there and ministered at the church and the village. They then travelled to Dholpur accompanied by Ps. Sekar, visiting churches along the way and ministering there