Saturday, November 1, 2014


In her book "A Friend in the Storm", Cheryl Ricker delves deep into the dregs of human suffering, calming the aching hearts of people facing the most dire and distressing circumstances, leading them patiently, step-by-step through their sufferings into the ever-waiting arms of a faithful and compassionate God, with soothing words of poetic truth.

© Miriam Jacob

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


God wants us to give to help His people for the glory of God. Our giving is to God and He rewards us. We give to the Lord to honor Him in gratitude. We rejoice in His approval of our giving. Christian giving is an act of worship. When we give to God, we worship Him in His Word. Christ’s sacrifice is our standard to give. He gave His all for us. The least we can do for Him is to help others. Give to others in the light of the Lord’s sacrifice. Do whatever you can, be it little or much. Give to others as God gives to you.

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it" - (Malachi 3:10). God gives to us and we give to the Lord. “He who sows sparingly reaps sparingly, and he who sows bountifully reaps bountifully” - (2 Corinthians 9:6). When you help others, God will help you. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full - pressed down, shaken together, to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give is the amount you get back" - (Luke 6:38).

God requires us to give to others with a grateful heart, mindful of what God does for us. Wealth is a good thing only if it is freely shared. Sacrificial giving is an integral part of Christian stewardship. The law of Christian giving states that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Are you happier to give than to get? Does giving give you happiness? You will take nothing out of it when you die. Where your treasure is, there your heart is also. Does your heart belong to a world that is doomed? If you love money, can you love God? You cannot serve God and money. Either one or the other. Definitely not both.

We are to store up treasures in heaven, where it will not be lost. Heaven is our only trusted bank and God is our honest banker. Our hearts belong to heaven where Christ is and where our true home is. Our money belongs to God and He can take it away at any time. When we give, we  acknowledge His rightful claim as Ruler and Owner of all we have. To not give is to reject His divine Authority, Lordship and Kingship in our lives.

© Miriam Jacob

Monday, August 4, 2014


Christian mentors are trusted counselors who give Biblical training on how to live a successful Christian life to their protégés. Christ leads and we follow. The mentor is the role model who leads the protégés to follow and emulate. Christian mentoring submits to the leadership of Christ in a mutual role of sharing and trust with the protégésThe mentor is a trusted confidante who relies on the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit for wisdom and insight to impart spiritual truths to the protégé. Mentors train disciples to transmit the faith to others. Mentors are committed to follow Christ and live up to their calling. Christian mentors equip others to mentor.

Mentors train protégés to worship Christ and lead good Christian lives. They offer wholehearted guidance and support in mutual love and obedience. This takes a lot of clear-sighted vision and understanding of the Bible. The mentor trains potential leaders, who in their turn, mentor and train others to become leaders. The extraordinary skills and unique abilities of a mentor sets him apart to be an obedient child of God, with selfless dedication and unquestioning obedience to God's call. Protégés are taught to live for Christ. The Christian mentor is a force for the Kingdom to be reckoned with. It is a giant leap of faith.

You, as the Christian mentor, give your protégés spiritual support to become good disciples, help them to grow and mature in faith, realigning their beliefs and behavioral patterns to enable their character to line up with their call. You use your gifts and talents to have a contented life, filled with His Spirit. When serious setbacks and tiresome troubles come into your life, you deal with them fearlessly and learn precious lessons from them. You will be a mentor to someone, as a shining beacon of God's divine light. 

To be a good Christian mentor, keep your faith in Christ. Christianity requires a level of faith that is costly. It needs our untiring and selfless obedience. Our faith protects us from what we fear most. It inspires us to do our very best in Christ. As a mentor, you will teach and inspire others. You are a role model, growing in the Lord. You obey His Word. God uses you to impart spiritual learning to others. Being a mentor to your protégé is a relationship and a process. It is about God's love pouring His precepts into us. Be a caring, supportive mentor for Christ.

© Miriam Jacob

Sunday, July 13, 2014


It is an extremely challenging, demanding and rewarding task to train students worldwide to bear witness to Christ and His cause. There is a global community of student movements, exclusively to engage the universities with the gospel of Christ, making a profound impact upon the world. Students are creatively trained and equipped to engage the university with a unique strategy to inspire student initiative - teaching students the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ, enabling them to become committed disciples of Christ, as they serve the Church with zeal, spreading the gospel far and wide.

For students to release their creative energy into fruitful channels of service to influence their communities for Christ, the clear-sighted vision of growth and significant assessment of the estimated depth of impact focuses on specific strategic points to determine the priorities and progress of student initiative. We must communicate the gospel of Christ effectively to students worldwide, cutting across community lines, bypassing the boundaries and borders of cultures and climes. Student leaders are trained with truth, honesty and integrity to make a real, lasting impact upon the university, society, and the world at large. Graduate fellowships become stronger as they nurture the student ministry to become effective witnesses for Christ by offering them unstinted support through generosity and hospitality.

Students, as an integral part of the global body of Christ, must respond boldly to current affairs and contemporary issues from within a Christian context, framework and perspective, as they engage the university constructively, with an enlightened, emboldened vision and an elevated worldview, to demonstrate the active blending of biblical faith with academic virtues and disciplines. Supported and nurtured by graduate fellowships, student ministries will demonstrate the wisdom of Christian governance, with an inspiring growth and development in organizational skills, well-structured and girded with a firm, wisely-built foundation, enabling students to achieve well-charted goals and strategic partnerships, cutting across communities and cross-cultural lines, to make an impact upon the world.

To achieve our Christ-inspired mission and divinely-oriented vision, our lives must be strongly supported and firmly strengthened by three important factors. We must search the Scriptures daily to grow and mature in our relationship with God through personal Bible study and deep reflection, applying the precious biblical truths to our own lives. As a global community of born-again Christians, we will grow with other believers in mutual fellowship to achieve our vision. We prayerfully depend on God's help to direct our plans. Let us seek the Will of God for our lives. We are called to sound the clarion call clearly to spread the gospel creatively to students worldwide, in thoughts, words, and actions, in and through our relationships, within and across cross-cultural communities.

We render no greater service to ourselves and to the whole world than to engage the universities for Christ, for in the heart of the universities reside the intelligentsia of the future. This is the important strategic nature of Christian ministry among students. Student ministry gives us an opportunity to spread the gospel among thoughtful young people at a profound time of character development, attitude formation and decision-making in their lives. Students are very enthusiastic, idealistic and open to new ideas.

All discussions must be Christ-centered as we engage with students to come to terms with their faith. It provides a God-given opportunity for believers to become disciples of Christ, consciously putting down deep roots as Christians for a lifetime of service. We must encourage students to develop a personal walk with the Lord and get involved in Bible study to see how Scripture applies to every area of life. This helps them to develop a strong sense of values to govern the decisions they make.

Student ministry is viewed in many ways - as a bridge between the church and the university, which is a part of the world; a partnership between students and the church to engage the university with the gospel of Jesus Christ; and as an extension of the ministry of the church into the university. A good majority of cross-cultural workers in various countries have graduated from student ministries. There is a healthy, growing interest among students to take the gospel to the whole world. Committed Christian graduates put down deep roots in Christ to form a strong Christian mindset while they were still undergraduates. The best way to assess the student ministry is to look at what the alumni or graduates are doing many years later. The Church needs believers to act as salt and light and spread the gospel by all possible means in every sphere of service in society.

There are many kinds of student ministries. Evangelical focuses on the truth of God's word, and its significant relevance to the world. Evangelistic takes the gospel of Christ – evangel - to the university, and to the world's stage. Interdenominational is exactly what its name says. Student ministries focus on student initiative to help students to connect with their friends, become good leaders, and learn from their successes and failures so that they have more to offer Christ. Student ministries exist by the shared vision and united faith of the graduate-student movements worldwide.  A global network of supportive fellowship enhances the various movements whose major vision is to create autonomous, evangelistic student ministries in all the countries of the world where none previously existed.

In student ministries, the responsibility for witness lies with the students themselves. Spirit-inspired students are most suitable and best equipped to reach students, being aware of the issues and challenges they face. Students are best committed to encourage student responsibility and initiative in fellow students, to pass on the baton to others. It is a spiritual partnership that moves beyond culture and clime to unite together as the Body of Christ. It is a growing movement and the work is not done yet. There is still more to come, so much more, that the whole world will not be able to contain it.

Firmly committed to missions, equipping students to be effective witnesses for Jesus Christ, student ministries are: Gospel-centered with the life, death, resurrection and second coming of Christ right at the heart of it; Inter-denominational, having Christians from various denominations and creeds, with different perspectives, united around the core doctrines of the Gospel; Evangelism is at the heart of the work, including discipleship and world mission. The task is complex but the commission is crystal-clear. Go and make disciples for Christ.

© Miriam Jacob

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Being a Christian in the universities of today’s world is a challenging task. Universities change fast, often beyond recognition. All the dramatic changes affecting students cause drastic changes in lifestyles and  values. Relativism, apathy, hedonism and narcissism are some of the issues confronting students in universities today. Relativism states that different things are right for different people. People can live by different truths and standards. There is no absolute truth, only what people want to believe. People can have different views about everything. All truth, criteria and standards of judgement depend upon the people and situations involved. All points of view are equally valid. Relativism is wide-spread. Nobody challenges anyone else’s beliefs. Relativism is a contradiction of beliefs, disguised as a positive virtue and portrayed as a tolerant position to hold in today’s relativistic society. How can truth be valued professionally and yet despised personally?

Apathy, a general indifference and disinterest in important matters, is deep-rooted in student life in universities. When materialism is the main aim and goal, it is difficult to consider issues of life and faith. This is certainly not on the agenda. Live life on its own terms. Hedonism is the inordinate pursuit of pleasure for its own sake. Narcissism is defined as the excessive love of self, a peculiar fascination with oneself and innate vanity. Both issues cover up the real questions at the heart of the matter. The significant fact is that nobody wants to change the world. Everybody wants short-term satisfaction, not long-term security in the passionate zest for life. Students get into wayward lifestyles for self-expression and personal enjoyment, putting everything on hold for the time being, refusing to face the real issues at stake. People leave everything to chance with nothing concrete to build on, believing that better things will come along eventually, sometime, somewhere. The crux of the matter is that life itself is a fleeting dream, with nothing of substance to hold it in place.

How do we engage the university to reach the professionals and students in a fiercely antagonistic culture and a totally disinterested society? The world hates Christians because it hated Jesus first (John 15:18). Jesus told us exactly what to expect when He gave us the Great Commission. Disciples will be made to the ends of the earth. Christ will do it through us. We are His chosen instruments. It is God who convicts the hearts of people. It is His work, not ours. Consider how important personal relationships and honest values are in a totally relativistic world, where the human self reigns supreme, and the only important relationships are those to gratify the self. Christian students enjoy the best of relationships as they are spiritually related in the Lord Jesus Christ. They portray the love of Christ as the only true answer to life’s perplexing questions. Jesus gives us the true meaning of life, in all its fullness. God reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, who died to save us from our sins. Our relationships with each other portray and reveal His loving relationship with us. “We love because He first loved us – (1 John 4:19).

The question of values is an incredibly complex one in today’s world. In this materialistic world, there is nothing worthy of value, nothing worth living for. Relativism, with its equal value concept, deprives everything of their true and actual value. In the face of relativism, the gospel offers real hope of knowing the truth which will set us free. A God who reveals the truth and who will judge on the Last Day. Christians cherish the gospel for its permanent nature in a transient and transitory world. It deals with sin and not cover-ups for sin, new life and life after death. Jesus died to reconcile us to God. The gospel truly satisfies because its only purpose is to glorify God. The sad irony of life is that the world, once created to glorify God, is now glorifying man who perishes like the flowers of the field. 

How can Christian students present the gospel in universities in a relevant way? This is the true essence of Christianity, to analyze what the Christian faith is all about and its relevance to humanity. Personal evangelism is always the best and most fruitful way to tell others about Christ. As we interact with others face-to-face, people will see the true work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of those who love Christ. The lives of students are transformed through discipleship-cum-fellowship programmes like one-to-one and two-by-two. The real focus on evangelism is appealing to the person seeking the truth and searching for answers. It is difficult for young Christians to overcome peer pressure, to stand out different from the rest, to take the giant leap of faith or to shun the degrading standards of the world. However, to those who take up the cross for Christ, with eternity’s values in view, it is of immeasurable worth and inestimable value. 

Let us pray for Christian students to speak out for Jesus and to witness about the saving power of Christ as they face enormous pressures to conform to the standards and values set by the world. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness does not understand it – (John 1:5). The Holy Spirit illuminates our hearts with God’s light and opens our eyes to see His truth. Evangelism is God's own work. The venerable university can be a veritable battlefield for those vulnerable to temptation. Nobody openly challenges your ideas and beliefs, but in the face of staggering popularity and popular public opinion, new students hesitate to admit their Christianity for fear of rejection, opting instead to keep their faith under cover. This is a most perilous path to be avoided at all costs. It is better to admit one’s faith and be counted than to hide our faith from the world. 

Christ is the Light of the World who illuminates the darkness of sin with His bright truth. To enter the kingdom of heaven, a person must be “born again” (John 3:3). This is an act of the heart, a conscious decision to serve Christ. The gospel saves us from sin and restores us to our rightful inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade’ (1 Peter 1:4). There is a cost to be paid and a reward to be reaped. Christian witness brings opposition to believers at all stages of life but gives us the crown of life at the end. Christian students face perplexing crossroads at university, unable to obey two masters, one in the world and One in the Church. “No one can serve two masters” - (Matthew 6:24). Pray for a better understanding and a clearer vision of the issues confronting Christian students in universities, to enable us to pray for student ministries in our state, across the country and abroad.

© Miriam Jacob

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Science and the Bible are intricately linked in the most remarkable way. Both have God’s imprint on them. Both are divine records of God’s speech. God is the Author of the Bible and the Creator of Science. He instituted the laws of nature which govern the earth. God reveals Himself in Creation, in the Bible and in Science. God created the Universe with evidence to prove that He created it, evidence that is indisputable, irrefutable, undeniable, unquestionable and inarguable. Does Science discredit the Bible? Certainly not. The Bible revealed scientific facts before Science ever did. Did evolution produce man? Definitely not.

God created the Universe, the Earth and everything in it. He sustains the Universe and mankind by His Word. The great Architect and eternal Designer – the Creator God – is at the helm of His creation. A detailed analysis of Science and Faith reveals many facts worthy of notice. Faith does not contradict Science. It only affirms the basic principles of Science. Science does not oppose faith or render it unacceptable. When Science and the Bible are viewed in the correct perspective, they mutually support one another. Modern Science presents compelling evidence in scientific data that testifies to an intelligent Designer and a supernatural Creator who created the Universe.

Life is full of questions about the relationship between Science and the Bible. The most important question is “Does God exist?” This is the fundamental question of life. If God does not exist, we cannot search for Him. In order to prove the existence of God, we must convince Science about Creation. The evidence to prove God’s existence is very convincing. Consider the Creation of the Universe. To say that it came into existence by accident raises a volley of questions with no satisfactory answers. The Big Bang  theory does not prove where the original matter used for the formation of the Universe came from. A Big Bang cannot create something from nothing. How can the amazingly complex and perfect life forms of earth evolve out of nothing?

Science demands proof for life’s existence but the stark reality is that evolution does not prove anything at all. Contrary to its high-handed claims, evolution does not have all the answers to the complex issues of life. “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism” raises its voice among scientists doubting Darwinism, who are skeptical of claims that random mutation and natural selection can account for the complexities of life. Modern scientific research reveals the inadequacy of Darwinism to account for the huge amounts of information stored in living things.

Can Science prove that the perfect order, unique design and universal laws of the Universe came into existence from a Big Bang? Does Science affirm that an eternal Brain did not create such astounding perfection from the exquisite beauty of nature, to the sheer expanse of outer space, right down to the most minute , microscopic organisms? Scientifically, there is now much more evidence to support the existence of an intelligent Designer behind the creation of the Universe than there ever was against it. Today, a lot of contemporary scientists tend to believe in the dominance of creation over evolution. Such a perfectly created Universe can never come about by chance. God wins in the dramatic debate of creation versus evolution.

God created the Universe at His express command. What is seen did not emerge from anything visible. God brought the Universe into existence by the power of His Word. Creation had a specific beginning from the Word of God. It all began with the Creator God as the Bible specifically states. God, the eternal Designer, who made the world and everything in it, also instituted the universal laws of nature, as eternal Law-giver. He is the Lord of heaven and earth. The most valid evidence for creation is man, who has a unique personality and a conscience, with the power to make independent and intelligent choices, and distinguish right from wrong. “Man is fearfully and wonderfully made.” Evolution can never produce such extraordinary human qualities.

Can anyone fathom the mysteries of God? Science has to analyse and explain mysteries using reason and logic. God is beyond the scope of Science because He created it. Neither Science nor Creation can understand the Creator for choosing to do things the way He wills. Both Creation and Science can only accept and live within the limits imposed by the Creator. God is beyond man’s understanding. We can only understand God as He chooses to reveal Himself to us through His Holy Word and through prayer as we communicate with God. Let us bow before the Creator God, the Maker of heaven and earth. To Him be the honor and glory for ever. Amen.

 © Miriam Jacob


Christians are made in the image of God, our Creator, to create music and art to praise His name. Music sets the truths of the Christian gospel in musical form to praise the Creator. The tone and fabric of our lives is set to music by the art we create for God’s glory. Christian artists work from a deep faith in the heart, in a tryst with God, their destiny. Everything glorifies God in nature and in life, from the least to the greatest. When artists study the world God has created in such exquisite and intricate detail, their work takes on an added depth and beauty. This is art, drawn with passion and integrity, to celebrate the beauty of the world, God’s amazing handiwork.

Do Christians care about music and art? We cannot ignore the arts, whether we like it or not. Wherever we look around us, we are confronted by art in the beauty of nature and on the canvas of life. It creates the vivid, imaginative world in which we live. Artistic media shapes the creative consciousness of our culture in a unique way. Worship use words and music in artistic form. God is the great Artist who holds the world in the palm of His hand, the Sculptor who shaped man out of dust, the Musician who composed songs and lyrics to sing.
The only reason for man’s existence is to glorify God. We are made to create music and art to honor Him and His amazing creative power. We celebrate His creativity, as we respond to His grace. God spoke creation into being. God breathed life into us. “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord” - (Psalm 150:6). All creation excitedly pulsates with life. His mercies are new every morning. Through our music and art, we offer the sacrifice of praise to God.
What is the function of Christian art? The church needs arts to present the gospel to modern culture. Christian artists must consider what their artwork reveals to the world. Does it create the greatest impact for the Kingdom of God? Created art reflects the soul of the creator. When Christian artists love God with all their hearts, their creativity is inspired by their love for God. Art speaks loudly to the culture of our times.
Music is an expression to worship the Creator. Worship is an act of reverence. Every great work of music is created for the glory of God. The classic hymns of the Christian faith, presented in a two-thousand year repertoire of music in Christian hymnody, reverberates awesomely through the ages of time. Hymns are distilled from the spiritual truths of God, to lead us to praise and worship Him in spirit and in truth. Hymns have a timeless and eternal freshness and power. They are a veritable fountain of divine edification. Hymns and songs proclaim God’s truth. Just like the well-gleaned promises of the Bible, a hymn is available for each need of ours, covering every single circumstance we will ever face in life.
God blesses people in every age and clime with the amazing ability to compose songs and music to glorify His name in all the earth. Sifting through the overarching heritage of our hymnody, we come to the root core of praise. The history of the church is recorded in her soul-stirring hymns while the story of Christianity can be read in its inspiring songs. All creation sings God’s praise in a magnificent crescendo of sights and sounds as nature magnifies its Creator. The Lord created us with an extraordinary capability and unique capacity for music and song. We are designed and destined to sing His glorious praises. God loves music. He lives in the heart of our praises. When we sing His praises, our spirits respond to God’s truth. God sings through the voice of His church.
Christian artwork is as relevant today as it was in the past. It has stood the test of time for centuries. The artwork of the great artists of all time testify to the importance of art in history. Christian art is a way to teach Biblical truth to people, an art unsurpassed in the art world. Students of art study paintings and sculpture to bring the Bible alive, bridging the wide gap between Christians and modern culture, shattering the barrier between church and state and giving voice to Christian principles.
Each form of art has its own place and is powerful in its own right. Christian artwork is a modern-day parable speaking to a new culture. Christian artists reflect truth in their art to appeal to the modern culture around them, a perfect set up for the Christian artist to impact and influence the world. Artists create art for the glory of God to make an lasting impact on people. Using imaginative and innovative ways to accomplish this is the ultimate challenge of the day, just as it was in time immemorial.
We cannot underestimate the importance and significance of prayer in the creative process. Prayer connects Christian artists with a creative God, who inspires them to create music and art. Prayer purifies and softens the heart of the Christian artist, who is Spirit-led, as the Holy Spirit resides within.
Faith is the foundation of the Christian’s intellect. “By faith, we understand” – (Hebrews 11:3). Faith does not need understanding to work. This is blind faith. Faith does not need all the answers. It flows in the Spirit and seeks solutions that are out of this world. “The one who joins to the Lord is one spirit with Him” – (1 Corinthians 6:17). Connecting with the Lord of Creation opens up the clogged lines of dialogue and communication, drawing creativity and fresh inspiration from the author of Creativity.
Creativity is an integral part of the Christian life. It is the Christian’s birthright. Man was made in the image of God. We were created to create. The Bible opens with a dramatic flourish of creativity as God creates the universe. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1). God is the greatest artist of all time. He unveils his handiwork with His imprint. 
It is all about creating art through the Holy Spirit. Our hearts must receive creative inputs from the Holy Spirit. Why don’t you invite the Holy Spirit to create art with you? He longs to be involved in every aspect of your life. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Allow Him to partner with you creatively by acknowledging your God-given imagination. God gave you an imagination for a reason. It is to do some Holy Spirit-inspired creating. Dedicate your imagination to the Lord. Ask Him to fill it with inspiring ideas and thoughts. 

The Bible is full of God using out-of-the-box ideas to communicate to His people. Focus on the goodness of the Lord. As you do this, you will taste the sweet fellowship of a good relationship with the Lord. 
Christian art influences the world. Let your life and artwork tell the world about God. How is the world influenced by art? Turn on the radio, television and internet to find out. Art is all around us. 

How does a Christian fit into this creative world of art? Ephesians 2:10 states, “We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” We are God's artwork created to influence the world around us. 

Creativity boldly acknowledges who you are in Christ, as you submit yourself to Him wholeheartedly, to be used as He chooses. Our lives are living testimonies for the Kingdom of God. What kind of story does your life tell to a world that thirsts for a touch from God? Let us reflect the glory of God in our lives, and create art to attract people into the Kingdom.

© Miriam Jacob

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