Thursday, February 13, 2014

House Arrest

Page one of the Hindustan Times daily today carries a heading, “Non-locals put under ‘house arrest’ in Manipur”. I had to put down my coffee cup. Without going into details I made up a mental picture of a riot breaking out and the people with authority imposing curfew to secure the safety of the mayangs (outsiders) by imposition of curfew.  

It may be recalled that northeasterners living in Delhi have a renewed sense of insecurity in the wake of the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania following an assault on January 29, the rape of a minor girl from Manipur, a brutal attack against on brothers while they went to buy vegetables and the stabbing of a youth belonging to Manipur, all within a span of two weeks. Even the Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh met home minister Sushil Kumar Sindhe and other central leaders in connection with the ‘recist’ attacks in Delhi.

I have seen and experienced the ability to the Meiteis (non-tribals) to handle complex situations. They have undergrounds and overgrounds which seemed to work in tandem. In a situation of atrocities carried out against people from the northeast, I knew that the finesse of the Meiteis will come to the rescue some time or another. Perhaps there was mob frenzy in Imphal and perhaps the authorities reacted by imposition of curfew. That’s what I thought. And I read on-    

“Reacting to the frequent ‘racial attacks’ on northeastern people in New Delhi, students’  organisations in Manipur enforced a ‘curfew’ to keep non-locals indoors from 5am on Wednesday”.
Reacting to the racial attacks? Was it a mob that reacted? Am I reading about mob violence? Are we on the verge of a civil war? And the HT report goes on-
“The 19-hour ‘curfew’ virtually put under house arrest roughly 5000,000 non-Manipuris in Imphal and adjoining areas. Most of the non-locals are traders in central government or private sector jobs. Shops and businesses establishments run by non-Manipuris remained closed while non-local students skipped schools and colleges. This followed the ‘curfew’ call by the Joint Students’ Coordination Committee (JSCC) restricting all outdoor activities including movement of non-Manipuris”
Surely there is something wrong! And the report quoted a certain Laishram Reagan, who happens to be a student leader (not a mobster) as saying, “We took the step to protest the racial attacks and discrimation against people from the Northeast in mainland India, especially the metros” And here’s is another line uttered by the spokesperson of JSCC, “We will intensify our agitation if our demand for enactment of law to fight racial crimes is not met”
Even though the report is silent on what exactly is the proposed law, still am in a positive state of mind because the JSCC spokesperson spoke about a law.
Then another question came to my mind. If JSCC has drafted legislation, will the Republic of India make it into a law because some Biharis and Marwaris are held hostage by the popular student body in Imphal? Personally, I don’t think so. But may be the JSCC leaders hold the view that something is better than nothing. Is there no other way to impress the Government about the need for legislation? This I don’t know. I never knew any solution to the problem. Even so I never lose hope.
As I have said earlier, the finesse of the Meiteis is what I have been looking forward to all these years. In fact the Meiteis are able to withhold the benefits of the provisions of the 6th Schedule of the Constitution of India for 40 years. For a race of their standard the act of holding mayangs hostage to demand enacting of a law seems a bit too clumsy.
Even the rhetoric against the mayangs is ingriguing. The target of racial discrimination in the mainland is unmistakable- the chinkies. But when it comes to the perpetrators, at least as far as the recent cases are concerned, it does not seem proper to point fingers at the mainstream Indians as a whole. In a diverse country like India, not only the northeasterners, but most residents feel insecure in Delhi and other metros, which is why people have adapted to certain norms which look odd to the free minds of the northeasterners.  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sunday Worship Service, February 2, 2014

Time 11.00 AM 
EBCC Delhi, Dwarka
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
their hands to do evil.Lord, do good to those who are good,
to those who are upright in heart.
But those who turn to crooked ways
the Lord will banish with the evildoers.Peace be on Israel.

The Pastor opened the worship service in prayer. Worship in hymns followed. Sunday offering collected in the meantime was dedicated by Upa Khamgoupau.
Normally no one wants to miss the first worship service of the month. As instructed in 1 Timothy 2, the pastor prayed for each member of the Church as they rose to receive divine blessing.
Upa Thiankhanmuan, Assistant Secretary to TBSUC handed over Baptismal Certificates to the following:-
(i) Ms H. Nemthianmawi d/o H. Thangsiam 
(ii)Ms Doihthianching d/o Vanlallian Valte
(iii) Mr Thangsonmung Tosing s/o T. Chinkhokam.
Reading out 1 Samuel 1:24-25 pastor performed dedication of infant Mr Joshua Lianmuanlal Valte s/o Singkhanlun Valte of Mohamedpur.
Sermon: Growing in faith is the precondition for ‘His will being done on earth’. Doing God’s will hinges on faith in Him without which work in the service of God merely defines a person as a moralist. As stated in the scripture, faith as a grain of mustard seed has the potential to shift the location of a mulberry tree (St. Luke 17:5-6) or of a hill (Mark 4:31).
Two questions follow from such discourse - (i) why is there a need for the faith to grow; and (ii) how to enable the faith to grow? faithlessness is something that may happen. But the one who loses faith deserves to bear a heavy burden. It would be in his interest to be sunk down in the depths of the sea with a heavy lead fastened in his neck. The reasons necessitating growth in faith: (i) to have the power to forgive and have the right kind of bonding with others; and (ii) to be able to perform miracles. This is evident from the episode in the life of Jesus as found in St. Matthew 23 wherein Jesus was encountered with a painful truth;  on his return from the Mount of Transfiguration He came to know from a man with his ailing child by his side that his disciples are not able to perform miracles. Hence the reproach- O Thou whose faith are retarded. Mere belief is not enough. Belief+ Faith is the ingredient for a saving faith. The need to grow in faith for a greater service to God cannot be over emphasized.
In a nut shell, we as Christians need the right kind of environment (the scientific equivalent of soil); obedience (the scientific equivalent of water); and the Love for God (the scientific equivalent of Sun) for growing in faith.
Thereafter the pastor briefly reminded the concerned members about the inter-departmental joint fellowship scheduled to be held on Saturday, the 8th February, 2014; and the briefing session for members and Media Team and BYF Fellowship right after the worship service ends.
The worship service concluded with blessing from Upa Thiankhanmuan through benediction. Audio version of the sermon is accessible through this link- a khangtou ginna-sermon

By- L/Upa Lianpu Tonsing
In-charge, Media Team
Hymns sung during the service:
(i) Jesu Mi'n Manpha Kisuan In;
(ii) Tou Jesu Neih Kei Adi'n Ahun;
(iii) Ka Aw Bildoh in Toupa Aw; and
(iv) Ka Damlai Na Ka Zoh Chiang.

Monday, December 9, 2013


1 December, 2013
FIRST SESSION (11 am onwards)
Justine Luaithang opened the First Session with scripture reading of Philippians 3:15-20 and prayer
Praise with ‘Zing Ninou Hongsuah Chiang’, ‘Nang Na Lian Hi’, ‘10000 Reasons’ and Mass Prayer for the 7 guys who are leaving the Children Department followed in succession.
BCD Superintendant L/Upa Thangson introduced Lianding Guite, Child Coordinator, who came to Delhi for the occasion, and the fresh graduates for whom the event was organized -
1.       Bliss Ningnem d/o N. Langel was born in Delhi on the 12 September, 1995, attended BCD, Delhi right from Beginner Class, accepted Christ as Lord and Savior on 25 October, 2008 and received baptism, does English Honors in Hindu College, wants to make her parents happy.
2.       Niangthianching d/o H. Liansangmuan was born in 20 October, 1995, joined BCD Delhi in 2013 in Senior Class, accepted Christ as Lord and Savior on 28 June, 2013 and received baptism, takes interest in singing and sketching, presently doing BBA in Softdot, New Delhi and wants to become a successful business woman.
3.       H. Nemthianmoi d/o H. Thangsiam was born in 1 December, 1995, Joined BCD Delhi in the year 2010 in Junior Class, recipient of SSPP Meritorious Award in 2011, takes interest in badminton, singing, drawing and reading, does BSc (Hons) in Botany in Deshbandu College, and wants to become a doctor.
4.       Langsangmuan s/o B. Ginkhanmang was born in 24 June, 1995, attended BCD Delhi right from Beginner Class, accepted Christ as Lord and Savior on 28 November 2010 and received baptism, has a matured mind and loves listening to music (in fact he is gifted in music) and reading, does class XII in St. Columbus and wants to become an architect.
5.       K. Lalthang s/o K. Nenghoumang joined BCD Delhi in Senior Class in 2013, accepted Christ as Lord and Savior on 23 April, 2007, has a good academic record, had received awards in the areas of Debate, Essay Writing and Speech Competition, which are his hobbies, does English (Hons) in PGDAV College and wants to become a successful journalist.
6.       Manglianthang Tonsing s/o Capt Lalsuonglien, attended BCD since 2008 whence he joined Senior Class, has a pleasing personality adored by friends, is good at drawing, sketching and painting, spends his leisure reading, does FYBA in St Xavier College, Mumbai and wants to become a well known personality and a blessing to many people.
7.       Lianthiansiam s/o (L) Ginpi, joined BCD, Delhi in 2004 in Primary Class, has bagged Sunday School Honors Certificate, accepted Christ as Lord and Savior on 15 November, 2008 and received baptism, is well behaved among friends, has a gift in music, drawing, music and gaming are his hobbies, wants to become a good animator, studies in Hope Hall Foundation.
The Superintendant handed over the list of graduates to Chairman Tualsung Baptist Saptuam Upa Committee (TBSUC) who, in turn gave a brief outline on what it means to become a responsible adult.
Pastor V. Nenglian prayed for them.
A melodious counseling from BCD Teachers to keep on the ‘Suny Side’ of life followed. In the same medium Beginner Class also expressed their desire to see their seniors ‘Happy All the Time’.
Worship in offering was dedicated by Upa T. Kaithang.
Upa Thiankhanmuan, Assistant Secretary to the TBSUC announced the (i) invitation to the Church made by Mangcha Phaltual, Mission Board Chairman of EOC at the betrothal ceremony of his daughter Miss Unity Phaltual at 2.30 pm on 7 December, 2013 at Mizoram House, Vasant Vihar; (ii) the marriage of Mr Phunggoutan s/o Upa Damsawmthang to be solemnized on 21 December, 2013 with Zamthianhoih d/o Thangkim Samte  at EBCC Vengnuam, New Lamka; and (iii) result of election for Tualsung Baptist Missions Committee (TBMC) and TB Dorcas Committee held on 17 November, 2013.
Lianding Guite reminded the congregation about the need to remain steadfast spiritually with his ‘Zesu a om’.
The Pastor had conducted counseling with the graduates the day before with a sumptuous finishing in KFC.
The 14 Sunday School (SS) teachers who facilitated the moment after painstaking teaching and mentoring were commended with a round of applause. The SS also has 3 guest lecturers, 2 from TBSUC and one from BYF (specifically assigned to teach tonic solfa once a month). A crusade was held for the children last year. Volunteers are called upon to enlist for SS Teaching work for the year 2014.
Then the Pastor welcomed the first timers.
An appropriately chosen topic of ‘Life Management’ requires of a person to (i) set priorities and (ii) implement goals, two of which always follow in that order.
The first priority is seeking the Kingdom of God, which will of course precede ‘all these thing’ in life. (Matt 6:13)
To Dr. Stroebel, an atheist the theory of creation had been nothing but a joke. But as he studied the scientific way in which life have come in to being, he was stuck with a question: who created atom? He had no answer. The result: he turned a Christian.
It’s one thing in life that matters. Jesus told Martha, “Only one thing is important” (Luke 10:41). Similarly the rich bachelor was told that in spite of his worldly possession, he still lacked one thing (Luke 10:21). In the same vein the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians that he did only one thing (Philippians 3:13)
The Pastor closed the first session in prayer. That was followed by lunch break.

SECOND SESSION (1.30 pm onwards)
After a heartwarming session of praise and worship with live music accompaniment, ‘Conductor for the second session, Mr Nicky Ginlallian called upon the main speaker.
Lianding Guite is married to Zahminglian and is blessed with a son, Minglalven.
Having read Matthew 6:33, Guite laid down a more detailed sequence of ‘to do’ list:  God-Family-Work.
He threw a question to the worshippers: How do you read the Bible, with doubt or with faith?
Life is breathed into a clay figure which became man as a result thereof.
Then there was another question: Is there life after death? For it is appointed unto men to die and face judgment thereafter (Hebrews 9:27)
It’s not only Stroebels efforts, all labour, watchfullnesses or ingenuity are bound to go in vain except under the guidance of the Lord, who gives sleep to His beloved.( Psalms 127:1-2). No wonder Moses refused to leave unless God would go with him. What Solomon, the wisest man on earth did was to love the Lord ( 1 Kings 3:3). Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. All man has to do is abide in Him (St John 14:6; 15:4). For He and only He can give one ‘rest’ (Matthew 11:28).
There is a classic example of curse as a result of disrespect of holy places. King Uziah was stuck with leprosy for having stepped temple protocol. In Joshua Achan was hiding expensive materials found in the place over run by the Israelites. Even King Saul was fascinated at the sight of livestock belonging to the enemy. But the Lord said, “Obedience is better than sacrifice”( Samuel 15 King).
The Israelites bumped upon a well of bitter water in the desert (Exodus 15). King Belshazzer was stuck with mental tension at the time of holding a grand feast (Daniel 5). There was bloodshed in David’s household (Samuel). During the time of Peter Anania and his wife Sapphira hid a piece of the sale proceeds of their property, which they were not supposed to ( Acts 5). That’s an invitation to God’s wrath.
To keep God as the first priority in life is-
Blessing for Abraham; Safety for Noah; health and freedom for Daniel and his 3 friends; a good way to build up one’s career for Joseph; success for Phrophet Nehemiah; peace even with enemy for Saint Paul
So why would a man betray God who has so much in store for man ? (Jeremiah 29:11)
Who is God??
The foundation of the earth (Hebrews 1:10)
God is big and powerful while man is tiny and helpless. How much time do you dedicate for God?
Before one’s mortal body comes to an end one must acknowledge the indispensability of God and be able to say, ‘Thy word is a lamp unto my feet’ (Ps 119:105)
There are three kinds of people:-
(i)                  Those who say ‘I’ before being born again;
(ii)                Those who say ‘I’ even after ; and
(iii)               Those who say ‘Christ’ after being born again
For the last category, there is a promise: Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways (Psalms 128:1)
Thereafter praise continued with –
‘I love You Lord’ (Primary); Prince of Pease (Junior)
The graduates are given the honor of addressing the congregation to same something about their experience or expectations.
Ms Bliss Ningnem requested the Church to pray for her in her endeavors to stick to God amid the racist taunts and all the trials and tribulations in life ahead of her.
And praise resumed with-
Here I am to Worship (Ms Chingthianhoih); Jesus loves me this I know (Ms Manhoihching)
Mr Lianthiansiam gave thanks to SS teachers for all the things they do for him. He enjoyed classes on tonic solfa and was excited to be in BYF.
Praise continued with-
This is my desire-musical (Primary); Ka Hinna Aw Toupa Phat in- Praise The Lord My Life (Ankang Band);
Ms Nemthianmoi said that she’d miss SS, the teachers and their creativity. She was moved by Superintendant’s line that there are good marks, bad marks and failures which are not as important as keeping the lessons learnt therein in life.
Praise continued with-
10000 Reasons (Intermediate); Halleluijah (Sangi, Julie and Biaksang)
Mr Liansangmuan thanked the teachers for all that they taught and wished that God would reward them many fold and the ability to continue the service. He asked the Church to pray for him.
Praise continued with-
Medley (Senior); and Above All (Ms Sarah)
Mr K. Lalthang expressed his amazement over speed with which time passes, thanked the teachers and Pastor and requested he be remembered in prayer as he strives to become a journalist.
Praise continued with-
Thildang Tampi te Sang Hong It zaw I Toupan (Sangi and her baby sister); and All Around Me (Muanching).
Ms Niangthianching spent a little time and learnt a lot in Delhi, thanked her teachers at home and in Delhi and made a prayer request for her future.
Praise continued with-
I Believe (Sangkim & Ngaimuan)
Due to paucity of time, prize distribution was postponed for the next Sunday.
In giving Vote of Thanks, Sianmang acclaimed the contributions of –(i) Richard Khuptong for having sponsored and designed the banners and brochures for the occasion; (ii) Padded Cell for generously lending musical instruments; and Muanlal and Paulalsiam for playing the music for the praise and worship.  On his request the Superintendant, L/Upa Thangson presented a memento to the main speaker Mr. Lianding Guite.
The worshippers were blessed with benediction from Upa Chinsum.

By: Lianpu Tonsing
Media Team

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mission Sunday 3 Nov, 2013

Time: 11 AM
Venue: EBCC Delhi Church, Nasirpur

Save some by snatching them from the fire. Fearing God, have mercy on some, hating even the clothing contaminated by their sinful urges.
Jude 1:23

Chairman of the Tualsung Baptist Missions Committee N. Vumsuan delivered a welcome address.

Rev Khamkholun, Director (Missions) EBCC Headquarters, had addressed the gathering of all the departments of the two EBCC churches of Delhi on the occasion of the first joint Mission Motivational Meet on Saturday the 2ndNovember, 2013 at EBCC Delhi Church, Nasirpur.

When he stood in the pulpit on Sunday morning, he turned to the word of God as written in Saint John 4:35 –Don’t you have a saying, ‘Four more months and then it’s time for harvest’? Look, I tell you: open your eyes and notice that the fields are already ripe for the harvest; and to Saint Matthew 9:37-38 that says,Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.
As the director’s stay in Delhi coincides with the Mission Sunday observed on the first Sunday of every year throughout the various Churches of EBCC, he had planned to make use of the occation to best serve EBC's commitment and the duties of each Church toward the saving work as commissioned by the Bible.

Due to the broad based commitment of EBCC, even the assurance given to the FMPB mission in Batala had not been fully fulfilled till date. The shanties wherein missionaries and local converts hold worship services need up gradation, a number of ongoing construction works and land acquisition projects has to be completed with a bit of fund injected into the system.

Still photos showing the various missionary fields and the people there reminded the congregation of the achievements and tasks lying ahead of the Church hundred years after its establishment. The gospel has been taken to Karbi Anglong, Dhemaji, Tejpur and other administrative regions in the state of Assam. In West Bengal the gospel has been established in Bhutabari which is located at a walking distance from Bagdogra Airport. In Nepal, the word of God is making headways under the auspices of the second generation local workers. Remittance from Nepalese Diaspora pouring in, the mission is on the lookout for land for construction of building.  Manipur Mission has 35 workers with 22 Churches/fellowships. During the recent time Paite Veng, Imphal alongwith Nambol and Thoubal districts emerged as hotspots of the remarkable gospel movement in the state.

Himself a cruel duel amid the culture of streets fights of the late 1960s and early 70s, Khamkholun has advocated the case for aggressive approach to save the lost soul. He referred to Jude 1:23 stressing the urgency to save some by snatching them from the fire. Taking cue from Matthew 21:43 the Director warned that in the event of inaction or passive response, the privilege and commission entitled to a Christian in the Kingdom of God is liable to be forfeited.  A Christian has a responsibility of rescuing those who are being taken captive to death and to hold them back (Proverbs 24:11). Among the various modes of rendering missionary work, giving of offers is according to the reverend, the easiest way. It’s not quite as tortuous as sweating it out in prayer or braving the not-so-friendly strange authorities, insects, topography, climate and language to spread the gospel. It’s one thing to pool up about 4,30,000 INR through tithes (3,73,790), Faith Money (41,240), Mission Sunday Offering (12,560) and others from the ladies and fasting teams, but battling it out in prayer or literally living up to the commission is something else.

Blessing through benediction was administered by Upa H. Kamsuanthang.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sunday Worship Service 10.11.2013

Time: 11.00 hours
Venue: EBC Church Delhi, Nasirpur

Worship in Hymn:
1.         Aw Don Zel Ni Bethlehem Tang
2.         Mial in Lei a Tuam Lai in
3.         Khovel Thukhen
4.         Mangpianni Lenmual
5.         Toupa Hon Pii Dan
6.         Aw Jesu Tui Hing Lui Nahi
7.         Tung Thangvan Gamnuam Ah

The worship in offering was dedicated to God by Upa Thianzakham. Pastor Nenglian then took the stand to thank God for the birthdays, anniversaries, other success stories and pray for the challenges ahead of the Church and its members.

Brother Samson Peter from the India Sunday School Union spoke at length about the Union and upcoming schedules in its endeavor to bring about a holistic and harmonious growth and development of persons, facilitating them to make Christian responses to life, to become active participants in the Church and in human history, and to extend God’s rule in human society.

The youth wing of the Church sang praise as a part of rehearsal, of the all time favourite John Newton’s masterpiece, “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound” which earned them INR 200,000 later in the day being in the second position of the competition organized by the Tangkhul Christian Charitable Society, Delhi.
The pastor talked about ‘The Bond Between Believers and the World” on the basis of the scripture 1 John 2:15-17 which states in NIV Bible thus- 

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

He highlighted the changing trends in the history of humanity. First man was steep in certain beliefs, then the craze for empirical evidence to confirm genuineness of one’s faith had reigned. In the post-modern period we experience something like ‘nothingness’ where there is no absolute right. No one- parents, leaders, teachers, etc. seem to hold supreme authority. In such situation which is experiencing the literal perishing of matters of the world, the relevance of the role of believers as ‘light of the world’ holds an unprecedented prominence as stated in Matthew 5:14. The monastic life as a more or less accepted conduct of the 15th century had long been redundant. The Bible uses the analogy of ‘salt’ as a Christian’s role in the society. In fact even as salt dissolves in water, its saline effect is homogeneous and active throughout the water. In the same way the presence of a Christian is not necessarily visible. But the impact thereof is potent and highly active. On the other hand to love the world is to subscribe to its ways.

The faithful are being extended the honor of making contribution towards the ongoing construction of the Gospel Centenary Hall in Lamka, in the coming Sunday Worship Service.

Then the congregation rose to the hymn, ‘Pathian in Hon Itna a Lamdang Mah Mah’ and thereafter proceeded to the tea stand with the blessings of Upa Thiankhanmuan.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Welcoming Ceremony in Honour of Campers and Resource Persons

EBCC Delhi The 29th September, 2013
Time: 11.00 AM
Worship in hymns began with ‘Hon Suakta Sak’ - He Liberated Me. That was followed with ‘Ka Nunna in Toupa Ngai In’ – My Soul Yearns for You; and ‘Kris Sisan Pha’ - The Precious Blood of Christ and Mass Prayer. Side by side the Ushers facilitated worship in offering which was formally dedicated to the Lord by Upa Kaithang.
Report on the Discipleship Training Camp
The discipleship training camp organized from 26 to 28 September, 2013 was successfully completed. Against the target of 120 campers about 280 campers of varied age groups – from 3 months old to 70 years old participated and got a fresh lease of life through the lively interactions and 8 valuable sermons. The contribution of Child Evangelist Ms Esther during the camp was particularly effective. After thanking all for their contribution, Pastor Nenglian called upon Kimte to share her response to the camp.
Camper Response
To a born again Christian like Kimte, the term, ‘Discipleship Camp’ itself sounds prima facie interesting. She highlighted the extent of connect created by the speakers with the campers who were made to relish lively and delectable sermons about-
(i)            The fact that man, zealously engineered by God has fallen in sin due to desire;
(ii)          Tribulation presented in a logical way, which is not entirely frightening;
(iii)         The origin of sin and the need to be cautious against hollow and deceptive philosophy;
(iv)         Deconstruction of sin and the possible ways of murdering and other vices;
(v)           Redemption from sin and the indispensability of Jesus;
(vi)         Repentance the need of which does not discount the sin of the prodigal son’s brother- displeasure over his father’s reaction on his younger brother’s return;
(vii)        Wages of sin which eventually comes to the sinner. The need to focus one’s attention on life and not on sin; and
(viii)       Back-sliding and the heavy penalties attached with it compared with the price paid on being a disciple
The sermons were not only logical, but were a presentation of absolute truth. The camper has decided that any time she realizes that she has strayed from the path of God, she would take a U-Turn at the first crossing ahead.
Introduction of Resource Persons
The Pastor introduced the two main speakers during the camp- (i) Rev. K. Kamchinkhup, MS, Director of Ministries, EBCC; and (ii) Rev Gin Malsawm, MA, M.Th, Divisional Superintendant, Imphal, EBCC. Occupying the pulpit in turns the two comrades engaged in banters and lighten the mood of the gathering.

Rev. K. Kamchinkhup equated the tottering state of society and spiritual life of Lamka to the physical condition of Jerusalem during the time of Anani. The fight against immorality had started from the Bijang and Rengkai side of the town, which seemed to sweep evils to the heart of Lamka. The response of ladies folk in prayers and deeds had succeeded in suppression of bootlegging in Damkam Bazar. More prayers are needed, he said.
Applauding the Nehemiah Project he reminded the Church members that the youth at home look upon Delhi for inspiration. He was programmed to deliver a full sermon in EBCC Central Delhi later in the day.
God’s Way, Not Man’s
Rev. Gin Malsawm captivated the attention of the worshippers with the story of Israelites who were taken from Egypt towards Canaan through a circuitous road. Instead of marching through the land of Philistines, they took a winding road where they had to witness the miracle of parting red sea and spend 40 years in the desert. God was with them as cloud by day and as fire by night. The fastest way of achieving success is not necessarily God’s way. Even Martha felt that Jesus should have come right over when his brother died.
There were some things in the long and circuitous route.
The Israelites faced the Red Sea. From behind them the highly incensed battalion of Egyptian soldiers was chasing. At the time there was tension and panic of extreme proportions Moses gave a controversial order: ‘Stand firm’. Sometimes life of a Christian appears like a joke. And upon the stretching of Moses’ hand the sea was divided leaving a patch of dry land in between. So does the pains and tensions a Christian bears on behalf of God eventually have an exit. However, that was not end of the journey.
On the other side of the Red Sea stretched a dry land hounded by bitter water and poisonous snakes. And that’s the will of God!.
Apostle Paul was given an enormous task and a defective eye sight. He wanted his shortcoming removed. But God replied, “My Grace is sufficient for you”. Ridiculous by worldly standards!
Malsawm, who almost lost his adoring son to a strange ailment, drove home the point that the stories of the Israelites and Apostle Paul are relevant to the contemporary Church members. God wants them to live through the deserts, the marrahs, the serpents and the short-sightedness of the Government and society in Manipur. That is simply a process of hardening in preparation for the huge responsibilities to be handled in the Canaan of life.
Obedience, poise and opening up one’s heart to the commands of God at the time of confusion are vital for earning the respect and admiration of others.
When the Pastor is back to the Lectern, he announced the upcoming wedding ceremony of Wilson T. Goulal s/o Chingzalun and Naobi at 4 PM, the 5thOctober in the Church; and the planned observance of the following day as Worship Sunday. Then he introduced guests and a just married couple.
Then the Worship Team led the hymn, ‘Tul Ngei Lou’ – Joy Forever
Thereafter the worshippers merrily dispersed with the blessings of Upa Kamsuanthang in Benediction.
 By- Lianpu Tonsing
Medai Team

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sunday Worship 22.09.2013

Pastor V. Nenglian dedicated the service with a special appeal to God to open up the hearts of the parishioners and the sick and bed ridden to be able to receive salvation in body and mind.Biakna Late Number 170, titled ‘Ka Hinna Nang Kon Pia Hi’ reminded the disciples of the Life and the number of blessed years gifted by God.  Two more hymns, ‘Ngaklah tak in Aw Ka en’ and ‘Toupa Nasiam sa lei Mihing te’ followed in succession.
Depending on the level of devotion and hunger for Christ, the worshippers were allowed a brief moment of communiqué with God.
‘Esau Silhpuan’ the outburst of emotion over the undeserved righteousness, is one of the most inspiring gospels in the contemporary Christian life. Even as the worshippers poured out their hearts to God with the music, the offering bowl was brought in. Upa Chinsum executed the ceremonious handing over of the offering.
Point-wise resolutions arrived at during the Tualsung Baptist Saptuam Upa Committee (TBSUC) Meeting held on 15 September, 2013 was heard from Upa Kamsuan, Secretary:-
(i)                 Election of Baptist Youth Fellowship Committee for 2014 scheduled on October 20, 2013
(ii)               Election of TBSUC for 2014 scheduled on Novermber 17, 2013
(iii)             Election of Tualsung Baptist Missions Committee and Dorcas Committee for 2014 scheduled on November 24, 2013
(iv)        Appointment of Upa G. Khamgoupau as Convenor and Upa Chinsum, Local Upa Khamchin Naulak and Local Upa Songzalian as members of the Committee for the upcoming Christmas and New Year Celebrations.
(v)        The planned closure of all department accounts pertaining to the current year by the 31st of December, 2013 and report by the 20th of January, 2014. Local Upa Thangkhosiam as Chief Auditor; and Piangrouding Ngaihte, Goukhangin, Thangson and Lam Benson as Auditors.
(vi)            The planned participation in the North-East Choral Competition to be conducted by the Tangkhul Christian Charitable Trust. Upa G. Khamkhanpau would be the Music Incharge.
(vii)          The birth of a child from Mrs and Mr Pauzakham of Moonlight Ministry have been felicitated with 5000 INR.
(viii)          Award of Penalty is basically aimed at purification and amending of the Church members, which is part of witnessing ministry amongst us mortals, not an act to condemn or discriminate. The following three cases have come up for consideration:-
(a)   Ginsuanmung, s/o M. Ginzalian of Pearsonmun, who eloped with Ms Mercy Lalremruati since September 5, 2013
(b)   V. Langsong s/o V. Thongkhothang, who eloped with Nengneithem since August 4, 2013
(c)    Chingbiaksang who eloped with Aditya Sarin, a non-believer since September 3, 2013.
Through the pastoral prayer followed by public approval as token of having witnessed and being in agreement with the same, the official award of penalty was formalized.

Praise resumed with ‘Who Am I’ through Olivia and Mung after which the Pastor puts a question mark on the significance of ‘Repentance’ in Salvation.

Biblical Repentance
                                                                                                            Luke Chapter 3
As part of the subject of Salvation (, the Pastor treated the issue of Repentance as a different topic altogether,  drawing from the Luke 3:1-14.
It’s common knowledge in Christian society that ‘we are baptized in Christ’s death’. But the crucial question is ‘how?’. If one feels sorry about the sin that inheres in, and manifests through him, that is not simply enough. A change in life comes only through a change at heart.
The prodigal son asked for his share of the property, ran away, spent on friends and pleasures. And when all is gone, he fed pigs. And then he resolved a resolution to be ready to become one of his father’s servants. And then he repented. That’s the Biblical Repentance which is not about reformation, but about transformation and regeneration.

The Vice of Non-Repentance
In the parable of the Matthew Chapter 21 the master told his sons to work in his vineyard. One of the sons refused but repented and eventually went to work nevertheless while the other agreed but did not go to work. In the case of Judas Iscariot, he repented having sold Jesus but he didn’t go back to Jesus. Ultimately he had to commit suicide. Similarly many of us turn from sin, but all those who turned from sin do not necessarily turn to God. That’s where the tragedy lies.
When Jesus kicks off His ministry he said ‘repent’ (Matthew 4:17). And when He sent disciples He told them to “ask people to repent” (Mark 6:24) which is the key to escape peril.
This is an issue of debate among Christian scholars. A rebirth sans repentance is not enough. Without repentance a man is likely to bring in his ego and cause so much of consternation in the Church and the Christian community.

Repentance, the Key to Salvation
We can safely say that being born again was earlier conceived of as ‘change in ownership’ while it is actually freedom from bondage. And there is bound to be no looking back. You have a new set of pre-occupations and matters over which you take delight in. The author of Psalms has appropriately outlined the reward of repentance, ‘..but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,  and who meditates on His law day and night’.  That is the message of John the Baptist as may be drawn from St Luke chapter 3 and Mark 1:4, ‘the baptism of repentance’, the ultimate pre-condition for attainment of salvation.
During the days of Herod, Antipas (4 BC to 39 AD) of Galilee, a client state of the Roman Empire which coincided with the days of Anna and Caiaphus in the Jewish society, word came to John the Baptist for repentance of all. Inspite of having performed baptism to numerous people, John was on record saying, “I baptized with water, but the One who comes after me will baptize in Holy Spirit”. Thus there is an undertone that points to the fact that the baptism of repentance the likes of which are administered by John the Baptist, should not be a new birth in the full sense of the term, only paving the way for the ultimate baptism to be given by Jesus Christ. The tradition in the contemporary Churches like EBCC might not follow the exact sequence, but the meaning is clear and unambiguous; the requirement of complete denunciation of pride and prejudice due to ancestry and other worldly virtues as a pre-condition for obtaining baptism by the Holy Spirit.

Changed Perspective and Complete Safety
After such repentance/baptism, a man who has anything- clothes, food, etc is advised to share to the one who has not, a revenue collector not to collect more than what is due, a soldier to abjure from violence and false accusation and be content with his pay.
As a consequence of complete disintegration of the mind, a person naturally turns to his/her master in every situations and circumstances. In other words, even at the moment of your loneliness and frustration you’ll not end up in a rope, because you have the Cross to turn to. Therein lies the value of repentance. For the scripture says that there would be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance (Luke 15:7).

One may be clear about forgiveness, but unless the Biblical Repentance is missing, one is bound to be lonely, frustrated and is liable to end up in extreme steps like jumping or hanging.

The sermon was followed by announcements about (i) test exams last conducted; (ii) discipleship training camp to be held from the 26th September, 2013 onwards; and (iii) introduction of first timers.

Then the congregation rose to the last hymn, ‘Toupa Na siamsa Lei Mihing te’ a musical entreaty to re-herd the scattered believers.

Thereafter the worshippers were blessed by Upa Damsawmthang.