|A periodic letter to my friends / 7 January 2007|
Many Churches and Ministerial organisations pick up a Biblical promise or theme to be claimed and studied throughout the year. This is an excellent practice. Besides what your Church or organisation serves through its magazine and meetings, give yourself to a personal study of the subject with the help of Reference Bibles, Concordances and Bible Study software. It is God’s desire that you are enriched in the knowledge of His will through His Word (Col 1:9; 3:16). The Blessing Youth Mission has declared 2007 as the Year of Faith. What a theme! We are saved by faith (Eph 2:8); Our Captain is the Author of Faith (Heb 12:1,2); We belong to the Family of Faith (Gal 6:10); Our life is in the Spirit of Faith (2 Cor 4:13); Our message is the Word of Faith (Rom 10:8); Our cry unto God is the Prayer of Faith (Js 5:15); We are the Children of Faith (1 Tim 1:2); Our battle is a Fight of Faith (1 Tim 6:12); and so on. One of my Corrective Teaching Sermons, preached on 2 Sept 2006, is just released under the title, How not to Believe, as a 3 VCD pack of 3 hrs 15 mts duration. It’s in English to Tamil. The first audience testified that it was an eyeopener to them. This is available with me at Rs. 150/- per pack. It doesn’t matter if you cannot follow Tamil. The time in between each English sentence and its Tamil translation can be used for taking down notes and for contemplation! Here are the 10 subtitles of this Talk—
There were certain works I could not do while I was the Chief Executive
of the Blessing Youth Mission from 1971 to 2003. There were simply too
many things demanding my time and energy. After my retirement from the
organisation (not from ministry, of course) I have started to take up
some of those untouched works one by one. Bringing out my recorded sermons
in VCDs is one of them. I started this in a humble way two years ago.
I am surprised that the number of my sermon VCDs released so far in
English as well as with vernacular translations has exceeded 75. This
is the Lord’s doing! I’ve enclosed herewith a Catalogue.
This is a time-consuming job but I do it joyfully as a “service”
to the Body of Christ to edify, exhort and encourage its members. Ours
is an audiovisual age. Last month, the Blessing Youth Mission has purchased
from me 8000 sets of the “How not to Work” VCDs for its
life subscribers for the year of 2006 which it observed as the Year
of Excellence. This Talk I had delivered in the BYM’s Annual Camp
of 2006. Kindly go through the Catalogue and find out if you would thus
need large quantities of any one or more titles for your Church or Organisation.
The series of Talks I delivered in Germany, English to Tamil, in 1993
and 1995, respectively on the themes, “Holiness unto the Lord”
and “First His Kingdom,” each for a duration of totally
15 hours, are now made available in MP3 format, each as a 3-CD set.
Earlier these were in audiotapes only. It has been an enriching experience
to thousands who listened to these tapes. Each MP3 set of 3-CDs is Rs.
150/- only, plus forwarding. Order these from the Blessing Literature
Centre, 21/11 West Coovam Road, Chintadripet, Chennai 600 002, Tel:
The afternoon Talk I delivered in the Trichy Bible Conference on 2
Sept 2006 titled, Ministry or Business? has impacted many. In this 1hr
30 mts English to Tamil Talk I have pointed out the following 7 differences
between a “ministry” and a “business.”
I have received so many requisitions for the Application Forms for the “Preach Better Seminar” scheduled for May 22-24. Here’s a bookmark for your prayer. If interested, ask for an Application for yourself or a friend, before Jan 31.
Praise God for the wide circulation of my 432-page Daily Devotional,
Better Everyday, in English, Tamil, Hindi and Kannada. Pray for the
speeding up of the translation work in Malayalam, Oriya, Telugu, Marathi
and Gujarati. Do you own a copy? The price is Rs. 150/-
Besides inviting people to listen to my Sermons and to read my books,
I have been regularly introducing to them various authors and preachers
over the years. The cost of the overseas edition of Leonard Revenhill’s
Revival classic, Why Revival Tarries, was prohibitive for an average
Indian buyer. With his permission I got it reprinted in India in the
1970s by the Blessing Youth Mission. The same has been translated into
several Indian vernaculars. Another one is Rev. J. David Pawson from
England, a Conference Speaker and Author, whom I greatly respect. The
BYM reprinted his book, The Normal Christian Birth, in India and had
him as the Guest Speaker for its Bible Lovers Camp in Danishpet in 1992.
He is now 76. It’s difficult to come across another Bible Teacher
like him. With his permission I am now reproducing his audio and video
CDs in India. His 66-VCD or 44-DVD set of Unlocking the Bible, an overview
of the whole Bible book by book from Genesis to Revelation, is going
like hotcakes. Enclosed is a pamphlet about it. Order this precious
teaching material for you and your friends.
I have several such projects in mind, to equip God’s people.
But I am ever-conscious of the Word: “It is not of him who wills,
nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy” (Rom 9:16). David
was a man after God’s own heart. It was in his heart to build
a Temple for God. But God did not allow him to build it. He gave that
assignment to Solomon. Let God be God!
I beseech you to pray for a rich anointing on me and for good health
as I prepare to preach in the forthcoming meetings of this month and
During the last two years I have been sending out letters like this one, only in Tamil, to some of my Tamil friends. From now on I will send the same in English also, responding to numerous requests from non-Tamil friends and to be in touch with new non-Tamil friends. You may give copies of this letter to anyone who would love to pray for me. I shall be happy to add them to my address list. A line of acknowledgment now and then from you will be an encouragement. My prayers are with you that you would find God’s enabling grace sufficient for you each day of the year.