• The Pride Test
    Pride: The desire to be more attractive or important than others. Pride has always been one of the great problems of the human race—feeling superior, behaving in ways that are inconsiderate of the effect of those around us. Pride is described in the dictionary as “a haughty attitude shown by people who believe, often unjustifiably, that they are better than others.” As history has shown us, time and time again, pride is the one thing that will creep up on you with gre
  • If looks could kill
    All of us have remarked at least many times: “He is ugly. She is ugly.” Worse still, if we are the ugly ones and we see the discrimination (for lack of better words) before us.  “After all, it’s just my face. My heart is genuine,” you might console yourself within. But you have spent nights thinking about this. You have uncontrollably wept as your heart reached overwhelming points. There is no one you can talk to. On the outside you might smile at peo
  • Develop a Family Vision
    “Without a vision, the people perish.”These timeless words from the Bible have inspired mankind throughout the ages, reminding us of the necessity to think about the future and our role in it. As a parent, it’s easy to forget the vision part as we are caught up in the “tyranny of the urgent” and the day-to-day challenges of raising children.Many overwhelmed parents institute a bunch of rules and routines to help get through each day. But don’t mistak
  • God’s Call
    During one of the college days, a friend approached me to lead the praise and worship. He saw me leading one in a small prayer meet. As I do not sing very well to lead a song is out of question. What made me more nervous was, when it was first announced to the others that I was going to lead, they were surprised and some even giggled. It took sometime to convince them. I did not want to do it, but I took it as an opportunity. Anyway, on the day, I had to keep the microphone away as far
  • Grasshoppers, Grapes & Giants
    Numbers 13:33: “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Moses’ spy team of 12 arrived after a reconnaissance mission of 40 days to the Promised Land. They had seen the unexpected— giants in the land. No Twitter. No telephone. No fax. No Facebook. No email. They could not report to Moses. Moses after leading 3 million people out of the gallows of Egypt
  • Pierced by the word of God
    Hebrews 4:12-For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.The term “word of God” may mean a word spoken by God without a human mouthpiece. But in the New Testament it regularly means a word or a message that a human speaks on God’s behalf. So, for example, in Hebrews 13:7 it says, “Remembe
    You will recognize them by their fruits. Matthew 7:16(This photograph is the creative work of MTakum Aier who takes great joy in doing everything for “the glory of God alone.” He is currently undertaking an Animation Course at Arena Animation, Delhi.)
  • Remembrance
    My friend and I visited an uncle few days back. It had been months since we visited him last. He used to help us in the Bible Study during the college days. For the first half an hour we talked about what had happened after the last visit. We knew things had changed. Some of my friends had left the city and some had started a new career. And the family had new stories to tell. We wanted to hear out and share more unlike before because we still wanted to dissolve ourselves into the mome
  • Bono on faith
    “I don’t doubt God. I have firm faith absolutely in God. It’s religion I’m doubting.”“I find solace in places I never could have imagined: the quiet sprinkling of my child’s head in Baptism, a gospel choir drunk on the Holy Spirit in Memphis, or the back of a catherdral in Rome watching the first cinematographers play with light and colour in stained glass stories of the Passion. I am still amazed at how big, how enormous the love and mystery o
  • God’s responsibility
    There was a person I met in a seminar. He was a father. As we were talking about family stories I asked him, “What was the first thing that came to your mind when you held your daughter in your hand for the first time?” He paused for a while and said, “It was, ‘I am going to be responsible for my daughter’s life.’”There was not only joy but also a realization that there is a sense of responsibility. The Bible talks about bringing up a child in
  • The Golden Rule: An impractical precept?
    “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” – Mathew 7: 12 [NIV]Mathew 7: 12 (see also Luke 6: 31) sheds light on what is commonly known as the ‘Golden Rule’. The Golden Rule (also called the ethic of reciprocity) finds mention in almost all the known major religions of the world. It is a universal morality – a precept that can be understood in either of the two but not unrelated way
  • Samuel on Mount Saul
    1 Samuel 16:1: Now the LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” It was testing indeed for Samuel to go to Bethlehem and anoint another king when Israel already had one. What went through his mind as he filled the horn with oil? What goes within you when God sifts you? The rice and
  • God Matters
    God matters whether we are believers or not. It matters even with the one who does not believe in God’s existence because they are being taught or influenced by the believers. One of my friends joked, “Money is something we always need. So money is god.” Now this joke, on the serious note, raises a concern to the believers, whether Christian or Non-Christian, who God is. Otherwise, we would be defining God in our own terms, when God wanted to be called God. Any Christ
    Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Luke 8:7(This photograph is the creative work of MTakum Aier who takes great joy in doing everything for “the glory of God alone.” He is currently undertaking an Animation Course at Arena Animation, Delhi.)
  • Praise Festival at Wokha town
    Let everything that has breath praise the Lord- Psalm 150:6Perhaps, for the first time in the history of Wokha Town, believers (youth) from different denominations are coming together for a cause ‘to let God work through the unity of the believers.’ A press note issued by Thungdemo (Demo) Kyong, Wokha Town stated that  leaving aside all differences, the group (youth leaders) have taken a very bold step to come together in unity, showing oneness in the Lord Jesus Christ
  • China: Baby Corpses Reportedly Cannibalized for ‘Stamina’ Pills
    Chinese pharmaceutical companies are grinding up dead babies into stamina-enhancing pills, according to a South Korean television network. A documentary team from SBS TV, formerly known as Seoul Broadcasting Station, reported on the gruesome practice, according to the International Business Times (IBT), an online business newspaper published in 10 languages.Hospitals and abortion clinics in China cooperating in the trade quickly contact drug firms when a baby dies. The deaths normally
  • Sunken Eyes and Laryngitis
    Mathew 27:32: “Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross.” Cyrene was a city in the present day Libya, North Africa. It was founded by the Greeks and then came under Roman control later. A sizeable number of Jewish population existed in Cyrene. They also had a synagogue in Jerusalem. Simon had probably travelled to Jerusalem for the yearly feast. However, he had no idea of what he was about to face. But there is no
  • Daddy’s Princess
    {A tribute to my dad, my superman}I know you’d be amused to hear me call you superman dad, I can almost hear a witty remark from you that you were so good at. Yes dad, you are my superhero. I remember the times when you would say neither Hitler nor Napoleon were six footers when we would make fun of your physical stature. How true, greatness isn’t defined by how tall or how heavily built one is. You were a powerhouse of wisdom and knowledge, yet how little we acknowled
  • Friendship
    “So, have you decided what gift to buy for Cassie?” Ron asked Grace, as he closed the door.Grace replied, “I have something in mind but I doubt it will be there in the gift shop.”“What is it?” asked Ron.“You will know later,” Grace responded with a smile. Ron quickly turned towards aunty who was watering the flowers and shouted, “Good morning Aunt. Your flowers are really beautiful.”“Thank you!” Aunt grinned, ̶
  • God is interested in Nagaland’s doomed subsidy economy
    A young boy rubs his eyes as one of his family member looks on while waiting for customers to buy the local bamboo shoots and other vegetables and fruits in one of the marketing shed on the way to Mokokchung Town. (Morung Photo) We can’t without God; God can’t without us, if we are to cure evil in ourselves and in our Naga society. We shouldn’t let evil destroy us and our society and just watch, doing nothing. It is urgent we transform our attitude and behavior i