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All Lives Matter on World Leprosy Day

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World Leprosy Day is January 29, 2017. Leprosy? Is that still a thing? I know Jesus healed people of leprosy, but is leprosy still around? Sadly, yes. Despite new treatments that can cure leprosy, the stigma of having an infectious disease keeps people from seeking treatment, especially when society shuts out people with leprosy. More than 200,000 new cases are reported every year, with more than half of them in India (World Health Organization). If treated early using multidrug therapy (MDT), people can recover without permanent disfiguration. Instead, most people with leprosy are forced to live in leper colonies, which are little more than garbage and sewage dumps. This contaminated environment only makes things worse.   Jesus Loves Lepers In the New Testament we find Jesus unafraid to touch lepers. He could have spoken the word to heal them, but He touched them, adding a social and...

Touching Godliness by K.P. Yohannan

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Touching Godliness by K.P. Yohannan My rating: 5 of 5 stars In a culture where people nearly regard belligerence as a virtue, it’s refreshing to hear a quiet, soothing voice remind us that the path to godliness leads through brokenness and submission to authority. K.P. Yohannan has a gentle way of pointing out our human tendency to rebel against authority. He doesn’t point fingers, blame, or condemn. He shows the error of pride and the rich benefits of submission so that you WANT to choose the latter. This is the second time I’ve read this book. I think there was an earlier edition I read some time ago. But I wanted to pick it up to read again because of the political angst going on. I wanted to remind my spirit that submission is always best because it keeps me under the umbrella of God’s protection. Of course, submission isn’t my natural bent. I’m a strong-willed, first-born child,...

When We Have Failed—What Next?

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After some recent failures, both public and private, I picked up When We Have Failed—What Next? to help make sense of my propensity to blow it. K.P. Yohannan gives biblical examples of those who have had very public failures and God brought them back to become great servants of God. The difference in whether one can recover from a failure or not is in one’s willingness to humble themselves after failure. Those who are proud and try to cover up, minimize, or run away from their failure will continue to live that way. Those who humble themselves before God and others to seek forgiveness will eventually develop the humble character of Jesus, marked by compassion for the shortcomings of others. If you or someone you know has failed (who hasn’t?), then When We Have Failed—What Next? is a short but helpful read.   Brief Excerpt Toward the end of Jacob’s journey, God changed his name, which...

Discouragement: Reasons and Answers by K.P. Yohannan

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Despair. Discouragement. Disappointment. We each encounter these dark obstacles in life. Sometimes we become stuck in them. K.P. Yohannan offers some biblical advice on how to overcome discouragement. He begins by uncovering the deceptions involved in discouragement. This is the Deceiver at work, clouding our ability to see good and fixing our eyes on difficulties. The second chapter covers the reasons for discouragement. Sometimes we know what brought on our despair and other times we feel stuck in a fog. Identifying the reason for our discouragement helps s work through it to come out the other side quickly. “When we are depending on ourselves, God will often use discouraging circumstances to show us our need for Him.” –K.P. Yohannan, Discouragement: Reasons and Answers   After that, the author shows us the way to victory. He encourages the reader to not sit there and take it...

Journey with Jesus by K.P. Yohannan

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Journey with Jesus provides a glimpse of the life of Christ as the disciples must have experienced His life and teachings. The emphasis remains on the truth that Jesus could do nothing on His own. Jesus sought direction and empowerment from God. We must live in that same humble, dependent relationship to experience the direction and power of God in our lives. Here’s a brief sample from the text: Yet even in the familiarity of Bible verses, we still find it difficult to love one another. Why is that? One of the reasons is because we do not want to pay the price. You see, love is always costly. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave … “ (emphasis mine). Gave what? What was the price of God’s love? His Son, Jesus. The cross was the price God paid because of His love for us. We can ask ourselves the same question: What is the price of our love? Put your name in that...