Sermons

The School Of Suffering

John Newton

I suppose you are still in the ‘school of the cross’, learning the happy are of extracting ‘real good’ out of ‘seeming evil’, and to grow tall by stooping. The flesh is a sad untoward dunce in this school; but grace makes the spirit willing to learn by suffering; yes, it cares not what it endures, so that sin may be mortified, and a conformity to the image of Jesus be increased. Surely, when we see the most and the best of the Lord’s children so often in heaviness, and when we consider how much He loves them, and what He has done and prepared for them, we may take it for granted that there is a need-be for their sufferings. For it would be easy to His power, and not a thousandth part of what His love intends to do for them should He make their whole life here, from the hour of their conversion to their death, a continued course of satisfaction and comfort, without anything to distress them from within or without. But were it so, would we not miss many advantages?

In the first place, we would not then be very conformable to Jesus, nor be able to say, “As He was, so are we in this world.” Methinks a believer would be ashamed to be so utterly unlike his Lord. What! The master always a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief, and the servant always happy and full of comfort! Jesus despised, reproached, neglected, opposed, and betrayed; and His people admired and caressed! He living in the poverty, and they filled with abundance; He sweating blood for anguish, and they strangers to distress!

How unsuitable would these things be! How much better to be called to the honor of experiencing a measure of His sufferings! A cup was put into His hand on our account, and His love engaged Him to drink it for us. The wrath which it contained He drank wholly Himself; but He left us a little affliction to taste, that we might remember how He loved us, and how much more He endured for us than He will ever call us to endure for Him.

Again, how could we, without sufferings, manifest the nature and truth of the Christian graces! What place should we then have for patience, submission, meekness, forbearance, and a readiness to forgive, if we had nothing to try us, either from the hand of the Lord, or from the hand of men! A Christian without trials would be like a mill without wind or water; the contrivance and design of the wheel-work within would be unnoticed and unknown, without something to put it in motion from without. Nor would our graces grow, unless they were called out to exercise; the difficulties we meet with not only prove, but strengthen, the graces of the spirit. If a person were always to sit still, without making use of legs or arms, he would probably wholly lose the power of moving his limbs at last. But by walking and working he becomes strong and active. So, in a long course of ease, the powers of the new man would certainly languish; the soul would grow soft, indolent, cowardly, and faint; and therefore the Lord appoints His children such dispensations as make them strive and struggle, and pant; they must press through a crowd, swim against a stream, endure hardships, run, wrestle, and fight; and thus their strength grows in the using.

By these things, likewise, they are made more willing to leave the present world, to which we are prone to cleave too closely in our hearts when our path is very smooth. Had Israel enjoyed their former peace and prosperity in Egypt, when Moses came to invite them to Canaan, I think they would hardly have listened to him. But the Lord allowed them to be brought into great trouble and bondage, and then the news of deliverance was more welcome, yet still they were but half willing, and they carried a love to the flesh-pots of Egypt with them into the wilderness.

We are like them. Though we say this world is vain and sinful, we are too fond of it; and though we hope for true happiness only in Heaven, we are often well content to stay longer here on earth. But the Lord sends afflictions one after another to quicken our desires, and to convince us that this world cannot be our rest. Sometimes if you drive a bird from one branch of a tree he will hop to another a little higher, and from thence to a third; but if you continue to disturb him, he will at last take wing, and fly quite away. Thus we, when forced from one creature-comfort, perch upon another, and so on. But the Lord mercifully follows us with trials, and will not let us rest upon any; by degrees our desires take a nobler flight, and can be satisfied with nothing short of Himself; and we say, “To depart and be with Jesus is best of all!”

I trust you find the name and grace of Jesus more and more precious to you; His promises more sweet, and your hope in them more abiding; your sense of your own weakness and unworthiness daily increasing; your persuasion of his all-sufficiency, to guide, support, and comfort you, more confirmed. You owe your growth in these respects in a great measure to His blessing upon those afflictions which He has prepared for you, and sanctified to you. May you praise Him for all that is past, and trust Him for all that is to come!

I TI NAW NA!! Part-II (Math 21:25-32)

Rev. Dr H.M. Songate

1971 kum D M College kan kai laia kan ruolhai pakhat in Mizo thuvar I hriet zing ding pahni hril ka che a mi tih a. Chuonghai chu (1) ‘Fak der tu laka tangin fimkhur rawh’, ti le (2) ‘I dang nal ah ka tawlh thlu nang e’ ti hai hi an nih. Hlem awlsam deu a ami ngai lei am ani, annawleh ami hmangai leia a mi hril amani chu ka hriet nawh! Ka tangkai pui em em. Mizoram le hmun dangah rawngbawlna le inzawmin ka fe ngun bawka, theinghil ka tum naw hrim hrim!

A naupa naupang lem pa chanchin ka en po leh, Mizo thuvar hai khi ka hriet dawk hlak. A dang nala intawl thluk ti aum ngei! Tawngbau in an tlan zo vawng a nih. Pathien kona dawn nuom lohai inhawi muola dak an um nawh ti record Bible ah hmu ding a um teu. Unau, nang khawm Pathien in a kona che kha ngaitha naw raw khai. Lalpa grep huona sin thaw ve dingin ka fiel che a nih.

Zawna pakhatna: An leh Grep huona sin thaw dinga kotu hi tu’m ana? Dawnna pakhatna: Grep huon neitu hi Pathien ani leiin, ei Pathien a nih. Pathien in a nauhai sinthaw na dinga a dit na hmun tak chu ‘Lalpa Grep huon ah’ a nih. Isu sinthaw bangkhai sunzawm ding le ama hringna anga ei hring vena dingin a mi ko a. Hi fielna pawm nuom nawhai chun ‘Grep huon puopa ah’ sin an thaw hlaka.

Chuchu Lalpa grep huon tak takin a thaw hla hlak. Lalpa’n ama grep huona sin thaw dingin a mi ‘ko hrana’. Eini rawi ruok chu ‘ei in ko fawm’ hlak. Chuleiin Hmar khuo ah pawl 7 dam pawl 10 chen umna dam ei um a nih! Lalpa grep huona sin thaw lovin Setanin ‘Inkhik inkhalna huon ah’ ami thuoi lut tawl hi thil pawi tak anih! Hnam danghai mak ti khawpin ei inthang lien!! Pawl tam taluo leia Hla pawl bukima sak khawp thalai nei zo lo khuo iemani zat ei um!

Zawna pahnina: Lalpa Grep huon chu khawla’m a uma? Dawnna: (A): Tienlai chu ‘chanchin tha puong dar’ ei ti hlaka. Tulai khawm ei la hmang tho. Lalpa Isu hnungzuitu ei ni leiin, Isu’n hnuoia a hung nasan paruk Isai 61:1 quote in Luke 4:18-19 khan chieng takin a hril. “Riengvai hai laia chanchin tha….. hril ding damin a mi ko”. Hihi Bible thiem haiin ‘Nazareth Manifesto’ an tih.

Kohran popo innghat na ding ani hrim a nih. Hi manifesto zawmtu kohranhai chu an pung deu deu hlak (Naupang chawmna le sum inpeka inzawr leia pung ni lovin). UK (London) a kohran pung tak chu Salvation army le Assemblies of God hai an nih. An rawngbawlna Luke 4:18-19 ah an innghat lei a nih. Rethei le fahrahai lai, intangna in le kawt thlerah, a ngiel a anganin anla thaw zing. Chun, North America, USA, hai kohran inthang lien tak hai chu Salvation army le charismatic (contemporary) kohranhai an nih.

Presbyterian le Baptist haiin kiem tieng an pan. Michigan First Presbyterian church ah Pathien thu hrilna ka neia, thalai member pali an um! An pastorin ‘kan thalaihai tulai pawl lo (contemporary) biekin tieng an inlawi vawng tah’ a ti. Europe le khawthlang tienga kohran an sietna bek bek chu an Pathien biekdan le hlasak kawngah a ni deu tak

Dawnna (B): Rawngbawlna kaupeng hran hran 25 vel a uma hang ngai inlahospital, rethei, old age, hmeithai, mission, education le a dang dang hai. India ram a khawm hieng hai pawl hin ram an lak nasa em em. Missionary pawl pakhat hai chun India ramrila ringawt nikum sung khan ringthar 8700 neka tam an lak lut. Rawngbawlna ki hran pawimaw lova ei ngai hai hin traditional (pawl bik kohran) hai nekin ram an lak nasa lem. Maharastra state a kan ruolhai kohran chun kum tin ‘house church’ 800 neka tam an indin zie. Hienghai rawngbawlna lei hin India ram ah Lalpa grep huon ah ni tin mi 8000 le 12000 inkar thuoilut an nih. A ropui tawp.

Dawnna (C)- Fellowship in Diaspora: Hnam hran hran khawpui dang danga um chek hai laia rawngbawl na nei mek hai hi an nih. Entirna dingin Zomi in diaspora in US an uma, fellowship iemani zat an um. Pawlbik um lovin hnam in or tawngin an inpumkhat.

Entirna dingin unau Kuki tieng chun Kuki Worship Service (KWS) India ram khawpui ah KWS 11 an neia, Biekin inzapui umlo pathum an nei bawka, Malaysia ah an neia, London ah an nei bawka, USA a lem chu iemani zat an nei tah. Nikhat laia Utah, USA an inkhawmna lem a khan chu unau Kuki hai an tam hle el.

Singapore a ZCF (Zomi Christian Fellowship) hai lem chu member 400 vel in an in tiem. Professional deu vawng anni bawk. Pathienin nasatakin a thuoi in ka hmu. Korean in Diaspora US, Singapore le Europe a hai an neia, chun Chinese hai le Philippines hai khawmin chuong ang bawkin an ni mi ramdanga umhai lai rawng an bawl.

Hieng Fellowship hai hi nasatakin rawngbawlna ram ah an hrat. Naga hai khawmin chuong ang bawkin NCF (Naga Christian Felloship) tiin ram dang dang ah an nei ve. Khawvel inthang lien pei leiin hieng ang rawngbawlna hi ngai pawimaw a um hle. Eini rawi khawm India ram sung ah khawpui hmun riet vel ah ei nei vea. Lawm a um em em. Mitin in tawngtaina le sum le paia thangpui ding an nih. Pawl phun dan ding ngaituo khum lova, sukhrat dan ding ngaituo pui a tha. Eini rawi hi India ram sung ti lo khawlai hmuna khawm in fellowship khawp ei la um nawh. Nawchizawr hai le Siekhawntuhai hnung hnawt inlau a um ngei!

Indawnna: An leh ieng chen am ei thaw ding ana? Dawnna: Thi chenin Lalpa Grep huonah sin ei thaw ding anih. Indawnna:An leh, A nauhai hi tuhai am anna? Dawnna: A upa lem pa hi lungril inthlakthleng nachang hre mi (transform) mi piengthar ani leiin, a pa thu a zawma, a nuom lei ni lovin kova a um leiin grep huona sin a thaw a nih.

Chuleiin, ama hi chu Siekhawntu hai le Nawchizawrhai hnung a hnawt ring aum nawh. Chuong ang hnam le kohranhai mizie an entir a nih. A pahnina pa ruok hi chu, misuol, lungril inthlakthleng nuom lo, thabo le mi zawm thaw tak Bible in ‘suok suol le zawmthawpa’ a ti hai ang kha a nih. Thu a tiema chu a thaw nawh. Tawngbauin an tlan zo vawng. Chuleiin, siekhawntu le nawchizawrhai hnung a hnawt a nih.

Bible in “Lalpa Pathiena nei hnam hai chu an ham a tha’ a ti ang bawkin Lalpa Pathiena neia insal sia, a thu zawm naw tuhai chu an vangduoi ding a nih. Mi depde, titaklo, ring umlo, le mihlem hmanghai thlatu a nih. Chuleiin, hi pa thlahai hin mi inhnuoi lemhai hnung an hnawt a nih. I hnam in mi hnung a hnawt ta chun, Pathien thutak I zamsan tah tina a nih. Chuchu hnam le kohran ta dinga thil tium tak a nih.

Unau, Lalpa Grep huona sinthaw dingin hung ve ta la. Lalpa’n hmangaina rawlin a ko zing che. Amen!

The Path to Peace with God

Rev.Dr.Billy Graham

Step 1: GOD’S PURPOSE: PEACE AND LIFE

God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life—abundant and eternal.

The Bible says “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” —Romans 5:1 (NIV)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” —John 3:16 (NIV)

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” —John 10:10 (NIV)

Why don’t most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have?

Step 2: THE PROBLEM: OUR SEPARATION

God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and a freedom of choice.We chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God

The Bible says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” —Romans 3:23 (NIV)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”— Romans 6:23 (NIV)

Our Attempts to Reach God
People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God …

The Bible says …
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” —Isaiah 59:2 (NIV)

No bridge reaches God … except one.

Step 3: GOD’S BRIDGE: THE CROSS

Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.

The Bible says …
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.” —1 Timothy 2:5 (NIV)

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”—1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” —Romans 5:8 (NIV)

God has provided the only way. Each person must make a choice.

Step 4: OUR RESPONSE: RECEIVE CHRIST

We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation.

The Bible says …
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” —Revelation 3:20 (NIV)

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” —John 1:12 (NIV)

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” —Romans 10:9 (NIV)

Where are you?

Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?

Here is how you can receive Christ:
1. Admit your need (I am a sinner).
2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave.
4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit.
(Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)

How to Pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins.I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

God’s Assurance: His Word
If you prayed this prayer, The Bible says …

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. ” —Romans 10:13 (NIV)

Did you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to come into your life? Where is He right now? What has He given you?

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” —Ephesians 2:8,9 (NIV)

Receiving Christ, we are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. This is called regeneration, or the “new birth.”

This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ. To deepen this relationship you should:

1. Read your Bible everyday to know Christ better.
2. Talk to God in prayer every day.
3. Tell others about Christ.
4. Worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached.
5. As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.