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Pastor Dr. T. Valson Abraham Founder/ President India Gospel Outreach Director India Bible college& Seminary There is a popular concept among some church people that as far as the church is concerned, “organism” is good and spiritual, but that “organization” is bad and unspiritual. I believe this is false. Organization is necessary for any enterprise. As far as the church is concerned, the vital question is this: what is the spirit that controls the organization? Is that spirit the spirit of the world or is it the Spirit given to us by Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ is the Architect, Builder and Head of the Church because He is the One anointed by the Father, the Son of the living God. Because of the church’s divine Authorship, not even all the forces of hell will prevail against the church (Matthew 16:16-18). Therefore, it is imperative that we, as church people, must make sure that we come fully under His divine and holy authority and fulfill His purposes. To do so brings His pleasure, blessing and joy, both for us and many others. To fall short in our divine mission as a church is to bring displeasure and humiliation from a holy God. We must get it right. When He walked this earth, Jesus Christ harshly criticized the Jewish temple and sacrificial system, not because it was large, complicated and organized, but because it had forgotten the purpose for which God the Father established it in the first place. The sacrificial system was meant to prefigure the Lamb who would offer the perfect sacrifice for sin. The priests and religious leaders... read more



Pastor Dr. John K Mathew In His farewell message, our Lord Jesus Christ said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Later on, His beloved apostle Paul admonished his beloved son Timothy to entrust this doctrine to reliable men, who will also be qualified to teach others. This admonition clearly depicts the importance of teaching. The church needs reliable teachers to teach the truth, yet, somehow this ministry has been neglected in the church down the road. Knowingly or unknowingly, a wrong notion crept into the church that deems preaching as the best ministry. As a matter of fact, all ministries are equally important, since God established them. Each is important because they are given to prepare God’s people for service in order that the body of Christ is built up. We know that teaching and learning are two sides of the same coin. When we neglect teaching, we neglect learning. We live in a changing world. The amount and availability of information doubles every twenty-four hours. If we don’t keep up with the changing pace, we lag behind. The West has advanced a lot in terms of education. Adult education often becomes a laughing matter in our culture. How many pastors in our culture are willing to attend classes for six months? They are all too comfortable with the knowledge they received twenty or thirty years earlier, prior to the World Wide Web. We have become disconnected over the years with... read more

“Put God first in everything we do!” The church always reminds us that quote. Yes, we may be busy for a number of things, but we must remember that everything is just temporary here on Earth. We may live in a bed of roses, but we should not forget the one who made us, the one who sacrificed for our sins, and the one who loves us above all things, and that is Him. Some of us may not believe in Him, but we should open our minds and most especially our hearts that the second coming is near. We should not wait for a long time before we realize that it is too late. We may not give all our time to him, but we must find a way to let others informed about Him. We may not force them to be one of us, but we could touch their hearts to let them feel that there is God. He is just there, ready to accept us as His beloved child. If we want to show the world of His love, we could create a blog. We may not travel around the world, but we can disseminate His messages. But, before that, we should know how to start a blog. Remember, our aim is to make Him known by everybody.


Timothy Institute An undisciplined generation is the fundamental mistake of this age. Has the new psychology and teaching methodology spoiled a generation in the Western world? This theory slowly penetrating of the third world countries. Spanking a child is barbaric and uncivilized way of discipline a child, says the modern thinkers, so the rod is spared and the whole world is suffering its consequences. A new generation without any respect and responsibilities has been created. The result is alarming; the crime rate is rising among youths. We have seen more than 5 juvenile murder cases in our small Kerala state alone last year. Insulting the opposite sex is highest in Kerala compared to other states in India. In the western world, shooting happens regularly in colleges. The whole materialistic concept and unhealthy competition created in the mind of our children resulted in hate which in turn is now overflowing in the form of crime. The electronic media and entertainment also are encouraging the new generation to terrorism and other extremist actions. Generation Gap A father while encouraging his son to score more marks in exams said, “do you know George Washington at your age scored A+ ?”. Son responded like this “Dad, when he was at your age he was the president of United States”. The story sounds humorous, but it points that the new generation thinks and acts sharply and express their views openly. I heard once a preacher saying “The main reason our young people rebel today is because the adults allow it”. Modern parents do not give children responsibilities. They protect and pamper them, in due... read more


Evg. Ajeesh George department of practical Ministry, India Bible College & Seminary, Kumbanad Introduction “Children! Who can estimate the value of a child? Not gold, houses, or lands, possessions or honors, art, science or fame, but a child! A living, breathing, throbbing thing; a brain to think, a heart to love; a being endowed with marvelous capacities, gifts and responsibilities which may later lead and move multitudes. A child who may become a voice for righteousness, justice and purity, and inspired from above, shall impress cold, selfish men and women, and make them run to follow the Christ as rivers rush to seas”. Ministry among the children is the integral part of the training program of IBC&S. Because we recognize childrenare the most important part of the family, society and the church. The Bible teaches us that they are amazing gift from God. But in today’s world children experience a life time subjugation, unwanted before birth, deprived of privileges as babies, drudgery in childhood, sexually violated in adolescence, undernourished in adulthood, and outcast in old age. Children need time, energy, attention, care, protection, provision, affection and love to survive in the world’. Under the title ‘Children’s Ministry’ the church and mission organizations focus to reach out to children and to meet, their spiritual, and physical and material needs. ‘Children Ministry is exciting and challenging. The church has tremendous significant and strategic role to play in the lives of the children. The church has the stewardship for the children. In many churches, children are a neglected group. The negligence is well evidenced in the budget, programs and priorities of the... read more


Faculty, India Bible College & Seminary, Kumbanad Introduction Children constitute principle assets of any country. Children’s development is as important as the development of material resources and the best way to develop national resources is to take care of children. India has the largest child population in the world. Not only does India have the world’s largest number of children, but also the largest number of vulnerable child population of them nearly 44 million is in difficult circumstances. ‘Children at Risk’ includes orphans, abandoned children, destitute children, working and street children, victims of natural calamities, children with disabilities, HIV/AIDS affected children, children of sex workers, children in conflict with law, children of refugees, migrant and construction workers. This article deals with the ‘Children at Risk’ especially working children, victims of child abuse, street children and children live with HIV/AIDS. Child Labour Child labour is one of the worst forms of violation of child right. The elevated scale of the child labour makes it a primary concern for national government. When a child is earning wages to support himself or his family, in a manner that directly or indirectly interferes with his growth and development, it is child labour. This includes work in any sector formal or non-formal, within and outside the family. Even family labour that is detrimental to the child’s education, recreation, physical, mental or moral health is deemed child labour. Present Scenario In India, the government estimates that 12.6 million children under the age of 14 are working in various occupations including hazardous ones. NGO estimates put the number of children employed in domestic work and roadside...

Children's rights were first recognized after World War I, with the adoption of the Declaration of Geneva in 1924. With the help of UN, the process of recognition of children’s rights continued with the adoption of the Declaration of children's rights in 1959.

On November 20, 1989, the recognition of the children's interest and their rights became real with the adoption of the International Convention on the Rights of Child, which is the first international legally binding text recognizing all the fundamental rights of children.

In December 1946, European children faced famine and disease after World War II. In order to help them, the United Nations created UNICEF to provide food, clothing, and health care to children. For 70 years, UNICEF was able to work and improve the lives of children and their families. If you want to know more about children’s rights, you can check the free web directories.

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Professer of Counseling, travels and teaches internationally, Author of books on “Play Therapy An understanding of child development helps us raise children into the adults we hope them to be. Many parents refer to their children as a “gift from God” (Psalm 127). Indeed they are. These gifts have many needs, stages, and tasks to be experienced and mastered to achieve their full potential. This article will provide a review of these, with the prayer that those reading this, whatever their role in the lives of children, will provide what is needed for healthy development. God puts many people into the lives of children: parents, aunties, grandparents, pastors, youth pastors, and teachers, among others. None of us do it alone. Together, we all impact the children who live among us. The movement from infancy to adulthood is a weaving together of many complex dynamics. It appears simple; children just grow up. However, it’s not only their physical growth. Other developmental areas require attention as well. Emotional, psychological and spiritual needs exist too. When working with parents and other adults we find that many of them missed some of their own developmental needs and tasks. These unmet developmental areas of their own impact how they function as adults as well as how they parent. I find most adults do the best that they can. But with God’s grace and a caring community of Believers, we can all come along side each other and fill-in those gaps. Understanding Development: Weaving It All Together Child development is organized by general age ranges: infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Woven within and... read more


Dr. Annie George Faculty, Faith Theological Seminary Increasing levels of aggression and deviant behaviour in children and youths have caught nationwide attention. In August 2015, Times of India noted a steady increase of the rate of juvenile offences in the last decade. Also the overall rate of increase in crime is much faster than population growth. Sociologists have noted various underlying causes for delinquent behaviour in children: • individual risk factors (low intelligence, lack of proper education, impulsive behaviour, and uncontrolled aggression) • family risk factors (proper parental supervision, ongoing parental conflict, neglect and abuse) • mental health disorders • substance abuse In India, the family has undergone changes in structure and function. The increase of educational opportunities and women in workforce have redefined role of men and women in families. Besides, the family is affected by the invasion of television, mobile phones, internet, consumerism which have led to value erosion. These created changes in families which have caused instability, conflict, anxiety and unhealthy child rearing patterns. In this context, it is important to revisit the significance of families and encourage families to adhere to the instructions in the Bible in raising children to be godly mature adults. Significance of the Family Family is seen as the foundation of Indian society. Thus we take pride in our families. Family support and supervision are important for children’s development. Support of families is one of the most powerful predictors to reduce delinquency and drug use in children. Many social problems in children are associated with weakening of the family’s care for children. Peers can be a negative influence but parents have... read more


Dr. Saji K. P. Ph.D Pastor, Teacher, counselor We use the term “single parenting” to mean the aspect of parenting where one of the parents take care of child /children either alone or as part of a large family but without a spouse or partner. Single parenting can be the result of various circumstances such as the death of a spouse, departure of a spouse due to job in a distant place, divorce etc. Single parenting is one of the major issues in parenting today in our context and it results in scores of emotional and psychological imbalances in children. Unless special attention and guidance provided to the family, they may end up in building up unwanted pressures. It is daunting and fearsome when all in a sudden one of the spouse is left alone to take care of the child/children. The emotional pressures of the parent due to the separation will directly reflect on the emotional bonding between the parent and child/children. Raising a happy child is the most important responsibility in the modern world. We can think of nothing more critical to a child’s happiness than to have two happy parents. Parenting is the most difficult, most demanding, and most responsible job anyone will ever undertake. It is not a job for the insecure, unstable, or unhappy. Every parent has psychological, emotional social and spiritual needs.They also have the need to feel:Acknowledged, Accepted, Admired, Appreciated, Approved of, Competent, Encouraged, Heard, Liked, Listened to, Important, In Control, Loved, Powerful, Recognized, Respected, Safe, Significant, Supported, Trusted, Understood, Valued. These needs may not be sufficiently met by any one especially... read more

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PKEAbrahamPastor K.E. Abraham, founder of Indian Pentecostal Church of God, was born in 1st March 1899, in Puthencav, near Chenganoor, in Kerala, India. His parents were members of the Syrian Orthodox Jacobite Church. At the age of 7 he was sent to a Marthomite Sunday School. From his young age he was saved and lived as a Son of God. In 1914, he dedicated his life to gospel work in a meeting conducted by Moothamplackal Kochukunju Upadesi. In 1915 after he passed his 7th class, he was appointed as a schoolteacher. He also began his gospel work at the same time. He was baptized in water on 27 February 1916 at the age of 17, and separated from the Jacobite Church. That same year, K.E. Abraham and later Mrs. K.E. Abraham resigned their teaching jobs.

As he understood the doctrine of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, he tarried for this and was baptized in the Spirit on 22 April 1923. Many dependent local churches were started in Kerala through the ministry of Pastor K.E.Abraham. In the beginning, they had no special name. When they faced the need for marriage registration, they chose the name “South Indian Pentecostal Church of God.”

Monthly fellowship meetings began in 1924. The first General Convention of the Church took place at Ranni, April 1-5, 1925. On 1 May 1930, Pastor K.E.Abraham and his family moved their residence from Mulakuzha to Kumbanad. Obeying the inspiration God gave him, K.E. Abraham started Hebron Bible School in June 1930.The work of the church began to spread in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and North India. In 194, the name of the church was changed to “India Pentecostal Church of God”

Pastor K.E. Abraham and his co-workers began to travel into other Indian States, and finally outside India. He visited Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and the United States, among others, witnessing the gospel of Christ. His two sons Pastor T.S.Abraham and Pastor Oommen Abraham followed the footsteps of their father. During January 6-13, 1974, the 50th General Convention of the Church took place at Hebron, Kumbanad. Pastor K.E.Abraham was promoted to glory on 9 December 1974.

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