New Year, New Chapter…


This is my final post for the year of 2014.

Every new year’s eve, we sit down to pray as a family a few hours before midnight, and we pray up until the clock strikes 12. Why? No particular reason. I do know that it feels great to spend the last hours of the passing year in the presence of God. So before I sit down tonight to pray, I thought I would write one final post for 2014.

As we look to the past year, let us all remember the great and wonderful things God has done to our lives, and thank Him for it – be it however small. I personally thank Him for bringing such wonderful friendships into my life and for the sweet reunions I have had, for allowing me another year to live and breathe as myself, and for allowing me the gracious opportunity to write on this blog about my soul’s single greatest passion: Jesus Christ.

As we look into the future, we all look forward to the adventures and excitements that are yet to come in the next year. We wait in anticipation for the new opportunities God may give us, the new people He may bring into our lives, the new knowledge He may give us, and the new paths we may have to take. I cannot wait to see the grandeur of the year of 2015, another year added to my life span.

Whatever happens, I hope and pray that I, my family, my friends, and any of you out there reading my blog, can grow closer to the living God each and every day. It takes effort from the individual to grow closer to God, because the closer you go to Him, the closer He comes to you. My heart rejoices to know that there are some good souls reading this post already blessing the Lord in their hearts for what He has done and some longing for His love.

Money, fame, relationships, health, intelligence – all of this can perish. EVEN TIME ITSELF can perish. But there is one thing in this world that cannot perish – GOD. And don’t forget, God is LOVE. His divine love perishes not, but lasts for an eternity. 🙂

I hope that my posts so far have been able to inspire you in some sort of way or at least make you think about the Bible and some of its ideas. To those of you who read and supported my blog, I thank you, and to my new followers to my blog, I welcome you with a loving heart and a fiery pen (i.e., keyboard, if you may).

So long to everyone for now, and see you all next year!

-Stenila Simon 

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Is Christmas alright for us?


First of all, I would like to wish all of my dear readers a very Merry Christmas!!!

By the way, I know that there are many Christians out there who think that celebrating Christmas is non-biblical, because of many reasons, like because we cannot be sure of when Jesus Christ’s birth was, or because God doesn’t instruct us to celebrate this day, or because some of the symbols of Christmas, like the Christmas tree or ornaments, etc. are similar to certain pagan symbols. For this reason, some Christians think that even wishing someone a Merry Christmas is a terrible sin and that we are partakers in paganism if we celebrate it. 

Well here is my take on the issue: If you in your heart truly believe that you are celebrating Jesus Christ, then I don’t believe that God would judge you as a pagan for the things you do like decorating your house or decorating a tree, if you prefer, out of joy for His birth!

I personally love the Christmas season, because no matter when Jesus Christ was born, Christmas day is the day for remembering His coming into this world. He came as man, lived among us, and died for us, and that is the most precious gift for all of mankind. Regardless, every single day that I live and breathe, is Christmas for me. I thank Him constantly in my heart for His sacrifice and cherish His presence, just as I believe many Christians out there do as well.

Now how we choose to remember Him on this day can differ for each and every person. If you love colors and lights, then I see nothing wrong in decorating your home, if that’s what you prefer. If another prefers to not show off in visual decoration but chooses to sing and/or listen to music then that will be their preference. 54135-Christmas-Begins-With-Christ

However, does God approve of Santa? I think not. Sure, Saint Nicholas was a person who was alive once. (Yes, that’s where the legend of Santa Claus comes from). Again it’s a matter of deciding how much importance you are giving something in your life over God. If you would rather let your kids dream of Santa for a few years, then so be it, as long as you tell them the truth later on and make sure their life emphasizes the love of God, and that they understand that God is most important in the end.

I hope this season will be one of good memories and joy for everyone out there!

And so, let us forget the differences in our views, and come together and cherish this day and every other for ages to come, uniting our hearts in remembrance of the arrival and sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Savior!!

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ARE we capable of sin? – A Discussion


Now this is an issue that many a time I have had to discuss with several of my Christian friends. The question is this: is a born again person capable of sin? Or rather, is it even possible for any man born as a human to NOT sin, regardless of whether or not they are saved? Let us take a deeper look into this and use the Word of God as our reference point.

A verse from the Romans chapter 3 states:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3:23-24) 

This verse very clearly states that ALL man has sinned. Of course we are all born of the flesh as humans, and the human being is a creation that has fallen short of the glory of 5131172-3x2-340x227God. Starting with Adam and Eve, sin entered our lives and our mankind, so it is impossible to say that any of us can be sinless.

However, Jesus Christ is the only one in the world Who was sinless, and thus He became the ultimate sacrifice for our redemption. When the most pure and innocent blood was shed as propitiation for sin, it covered the sin of the entire mankind from the beginning to the end, and thus our debts were all settled with God. The only thing He asked in return was our faith in this work He had done on the cross for us. 

So this being the story of true redemption, what will become of that man who has accepted Jesus into his heart as His savior and has been born again? Is it viable for God to expect that man to never sin again in his life? Some people think no. Some people have told me that based on the previously stated verse, no matter what, the life of every human involves sin because of the fact that no one can be perfect like God, and hence no one can be perfectly sinless like God.

But what if I told you otherwise? Would you hate me or call me a liar? Again let us turn to the scripture.

“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” (1 John 3:6) 

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:8,9) 

So as stated in these verses, sin is the seed of the devil, and committing sin is a sign that you are not of God. “But every man has sinned according to that verse in Romans. Does that mean that every human is a child of the devil? Is that a fair way of judgement?”

Well let me tell you. These are two different things, being born into a sinful world as a sinner, and actually committing sin. These verses in 1 John are talking about how a person who has truly been saved and born again is not capable of WILLINGLY committing sin. Committing sin is an action taken by a person. You can choose to do it or you can choose not to do it. And if you have truly accepted Jesus as your Savior, and if you have truly been born again, then you must be fresh and new as a newborn baby, and you will never be capable of choosing sin after having experienced the true love of the Jesus who died on the cross for your sake. However, if you claim to have been born again, and still continue in your sins, then it is high time for you to reconsider your life, and to really sit down and pray to God to help you let go of the dirty past life and become truly born again.

But by saying all this, I am in no way implying that we can be completely sinless in life. How? Well sometimes even a truly born again person may fall short because of their feelings towards something or they may be caught in a situation where they unknowingly make the wrong choice or think the wrong thing, but a true born again believer will always realize their weakness and ask God to forgive them again.

Constant cleansing of the heart and soul through prayer is the only way we can all remain pure and holy as God wants us to. None of us are perfect. We are all born into a world full of darkness and sin, a world that tortured and crucified our Lord the purest lamb that was given as sacrifice. And yet , God gives us the chance to become holy once again, and to be counted worthy of entering heaven, by allowing us the choice to believe in the sacrifice of Jesus. It is then OUR turn to choose whether or not to sin.

Choosing Jesus over sin is your ultimate key to a life of true peace and happiness, enveloped in the love of the Lord regardless of the pain and hurt of this world.

Greetings once again!


For various reasons I was not able to post anything for the past two months, and as much as I am sorry for that, I would also like to let you know that for Christmas we will be looking closer at several key verses and try to learn and grow together in Christ as much as we can!

Thank you all for all the support you give me, and stay strong and faithful in Jesus Christ!