“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. . . . Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:13-16).
Mrs. Baidya and her late husband were two of the original members of the Shikarpur congregation in Bangladesh, and had allowed the church to erect a small building on their property in which it met for over twenty years. Recently, when I was in the country, she sent word to me that she was ill and would like for me to come to visit and pray with her. I did so and enjoyed a very uplifting time with her, her family, and members of the church there. Such opportunities have helped me to a better appreciation of both the power of prayer and its value to Christians both individually and collectively. Continue reading “Let him pray”
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27, ESV).
The call came to the administrators of Khulna Bible College. “Mrs. Baidya has had a stroke and would very much appreciate a visit from Mike Brooks.” This elderly lady is one of the original members of a rural congregation almost three hours drive from the college campus. She and her late husband had provided the land on which the small tin and wood church building which the church used for about 25 years had stood. One son and at least two daughters still live in the village and are members of the congregation. I was happy to comply with her request and, accompanied by several men from KBC, made the trip a few days later. Continue reading “Visiting the afflicted”
Understanding the urgency of our spiritual life… Continue reading If you can, do
Give the world what they don’t expect… Continue reading What do you want?
We need to be able to see past ourselves into the hearts of others. Continue reading Christians must have empathy
One of my duties at school is to man the cafeteria during lunch hour. Although it can get rather hectic, it gives me time around children that I wouldn’t regularly see throughout the day. Continue reading An Elementary Attitude
Earthquakes have again struck the South Pacific region. The first was the strongest, occurring on September 29, registering as a magnitude 8.0. The force of the shifting plates beneath the surface of the ocean led to a tsunami. Continue reading The Ripple Effect
What do you envision when you think of “meditation”? Someone sitting in the lotus position with their eyes closed, softly humming “Ohm” repeatedly as they think of nothing? That’s what has been taught by some as they urge their disciples to “transcend” this world. Continue reading Retraining The Brain