Memorial Day 2021 – Remembering our Fallen Heroes.

David, Israel’s warrior king, wrote in Psalm 144, “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow” (vv. 1-4). The shepherd boy who conquered giants and ruled a nation understood that even the mightiest of men is utterly dependent on the Lord’s power, and that life and death are in God’s hands.
Joshua, God’s trusted commander, sought for guidance after Moses’ death in leading his people into battle for the Promised Land, and the Lord instructed him, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses…No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. And Joshua commanded the officers of the people…” (Joshua 1:3-7; 9-10a).
Shortly before his death, the apostle Paul reassured the young pastor Timothy of God’s faithfulness in time of struggle:
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself (2 Timothy 2:1-13).
And finally, Jesus Christ, the First and the Last, the Eternal One, comforted his disciples with these words before he went to claim victory over the enemy at the cross, “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends’” (John 15:8-13).
Our prayers go out to all the families and loved ones of the devoted men and women who have offered the ultimate sacrifice to our grateful nation. Thank you for your love and thank you for your courage. All gave some. Some gave all. God sees all that you have given, and he does not forget.
Thus says the Lord:
“Keep your voice from weeping,
    and your eyes from tears,
for there is a reward for your work,
declares the Lord,
    and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
There is hope for your future, declares the Lord...”
(Jeremiah 31:16-17a)






All scriptures are from the English Standard Version translation.

Prayer Request for India

Beloved Prayer Warriors,
I just received this urgent prayer request from a dear friend in India, where everyone is suffering so terribly with a new outbreak of the Covid virus. Please join us in prayer for healing, strength, peace, and hope, and that God's saving grace will touch all the people of this nation. 




India is facing a new threat with this new “black fungus” being found in patients who are being treated for Covid . Nearly 21000 new cases have been found with black fungus which are turning to be lethal . Drugs are in shortage to deal with this .


Also while other states are kind of having a decrease in Covid cases, our state Tamilnadu has shown a significant increase over last week becoming the state with high number of cases everyday . Chennai is leading the entire state with this number .


Since the complete lockdown is extended , poverty will be worse than COVID . People are starving to death .


The death rate in Chennai alone has increased by 17%. If someone dies they have wait for a day at least to get a coffin box . This time many youngsters are dying .


Doctors and nurses are dying .


Shortage of vaccines, life saving drugs, oxygen and ventilators . Mostly importantly medical staff are in great demand .


This is causing a severe recession.





All scriptures are from the English Standard Version translation.

Psalm 91 - 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

You will only look with your eyes

and see the recompense of the wicked.


Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—

the Most High, who is my refuge—

no evil shall be allowed to befall you,

no plague come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways.

On their hands they will bear you up,

lest you strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the adder;

the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;

I will protect him, because he knows my name.

When he calls to me, I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will rescue him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.”


The Seven “I Am” Statements in the Gospel of John: “I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.”

John chapters 13 and 14 happen in Jerusalem in the Upper Room, during the Last Supper. Chapter 13 opens with Jesus laying aside his garments so that he can wash the disciples’ feet. In the Ancient Near East, hospitality was considered a great virtue and it was the custom whenever one had invited guests to partake of a meal that the servants would wash the visitors’ feet as they entered the house.
Foot washing was considered the lowliest of tasks, and yet Jesus, who was the host of this gathering, wrapped a towel around his waist, and washed the feet of his followers. “He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, do you wash my feet?’ Jesus answered him, ‘What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered him, ‘If I do not wash you, you have no share with me’” (vv. 6-8).
Once Jesus had washed all the disciples’ feet, he put on his outer garments and resumed his place, and said, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (vv. 12b-17).
Afterward, Jesus was troubled in his heart, and after Judas left on his mission of betrayal, Jesus instructed the eleven who remained, “Little children, yet a little while I am with you…A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (vv. 33-36).
Peter became distressed, asking, “Lord, where are you going?” To which Jesus answered, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward” (v. 36). These things began to worry all the disciples, and Jesus reassured them, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me… I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going” (John 14:1-4).
Then Thomas asked, “How can we know the way that you are going?” To which Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (v. 6). Next, Philip exclaimed, “Lord, please show us the Father!” Jesus answered, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves” (vv. 9-11).
When Jesus called Simon-Peter and his brother Andrew he said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). Calling Matthew, the tax collector, he said “’Follow me.’ And he rose and followed him” (Matthew 9:9). And he said to all who would follow him, “…If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Luke 9:23). Again, and again, by his words and his works, Jesus set an example for us to follow. That is why when Thomas asked him “How can we know the way you are going?”, Jesus replied, “I AM the Way.” And he said to Philip, “I AM in the Father, and the Father is in me, and I prove this by my works.”

Even though these eleven men had been with Jesus throughout his earthly ministry, at the end of three years they still could not understand that when Jesus set an example by washing their feet, he was demonstrating that even though he is King of the Universe, he came to serve, and he expected his followers to serve as he did.
Therefore, we can recognize the heart of the Father through the actions of the Son. As Jesus said, “All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:27-29). Jesus reveals the Father by showing himself to be gentle and lowly, not by being loud and proud. And he asks us to do the same. He is the Way, and the Truth, and he asks us to follow him by living and acting from the same humble willingness to serve others, in his name.
At the Last Supper, Jesus prophesied over his disciples, “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” When we ask the Father for anything in Jesus’ name, it is not that we are simply saying the words, “in Jesus’ name,” it is that we come to the Father in the Spirit of his Son – in reverence, humility, and gratitude.

During the Last Supper, Jesus instructed the disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15); and he explained a few minutes later, on the way to Gethsemane, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:10-13).
Following the Master’s example by laying down one’s life in service is the way to keep his commandment and it is also the way to be full of joy – to have the same Joy that Jesus felt, abiding in us! This laying down one’s life in humble, loving service is what Jesus was referring to when he said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:24-25).
 Jesus is clearly stating that the Way to Life is through the cross. Paul described this in Philippians 2:1-8,

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
This is not to say that our salvation unto eternal life is gained by our works. On the contrary, the people to whom Paul was writing were members of the Philippian church, who had received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. However, the Holy Spirit, through Paul, is proclaiming the Truth that Jesus demonstrated: that the Way to Life leads from the manger, to the cross, to the empty tomb, to the demonstration of God’s unfailing love by each disciple who has been chosen by the Father to bear much good fruit, as ambassadors and servants of his kingdom. 




All scriptures are from the English Standard Version translation.