Renaissance May-June2008 Page 1
University imposes restrictionon religious activities
Manipal University has imposed strict andimmediate restriction on religious activities. As per thenotice dated 27
December 2007, all religious activitiesinside the campus have been banned. So ever since thebeginning of the year 2008, ICPF Manipal’s Sunday service isconducted at rented halls or parsonage. However Christmasand other religious celebrations are permitted to be heldinside the campus on prior permission.
ICPF Manipal Diary
November 2007 – Mi Cristo 2007, KMC Campus6
January 2008 – Sunday Worship affected due to New Rule13
January 2008 – Farewell to Sisters Pinku, Amy & Cybil25
January 2008 – ICPF Angelos performs at Vaishanvi Sabha Hall26
January 2008 – ‘Sparkz’ ICPF Retreat at Mangalore23
February 2008 – Baptism of Sister Ancy by Pastor Titus24
February 2008 – Farewell to Pastor Shibu Matthew24
February 2008 – Pastor Biju & family takes the charge21
March 2008 – Fasting Prayer held at parsonage27
April 2008 – Farewell to Dr. Gaurav at Nehru Hall3
‘Renaissance’ launched and published
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief anddeliverance for the Jews will arise from anotherplace, but you and your father’s family willperish. And who knows but that you have cometo a royal position for such a time as this.”
Office Renewal - Reawakening - Revival
A publication of Inter Collegiate Prayer Fellowship, Manipal
Vol. 1 May-June 2008
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ordecai and Esther are two peculiar charactersof the Book of Esther. Esther was a Jewish ladywho became the queen of King Xerxes. God liftedEsther to be the queen of Persia with a purpose.After she became the queen, there was a crisisfor God’s people that the king decided to kill allthe Jews under the influence of Haman, who wassecond to the King. God’s purpose for Esther as aqueen was for the deliverance of Jews. But whenthe request came from Mordecai (Esther’s uncle)regarding the problem, Esther tried to tellexcuses to get away from her responsibilities. Atthis point of time Mordecai sends a warning toher which is relevant in our lives. “For if youremain silent at this time, relief and deliverancefor the Jews will arise from another place, butyou and your father’s family will perish. And whoknows but that you have come to a royal positionfor such a time as this.” Esther 4:14In this warning letter there are three significantpoints:
Now God’s people are in need of her help.Even if she remained silent Jews will not bedestroyed. Deliverance for the Jews will arisefrom another place.
She has to arise and help God’s people.Otherwise she will have to regret about herlife and family later.
Mordecai is reminding Esther that she hascome to this royal position for helping God’swork.
This story of Esther and Mordecai brings warningwhich is relevant for us today:
Are we silent even after knowing the need of God’s people?
God’s church and his work will not be stoppedeven if you and I are not fulfilling ourresponsibilities to God’s work. He will fulfill itthrough another person.
What will happen, if we keep ignoring theneeds of the church? Like Mordecai warns, if we remain silent we and our family will haveto regret later.
Why God has blessed us in such a goodposition now? The ultimate purpose is to useus as an instrument for the expansion of Hiskingdom. So it’s our responsibility to respondto the needs of the church.
The above points are life saving, so not only ourprayers are enough, but we need to move apragmatic (dealing with things in a practical way)spirit for a ‘Renaissance’ (new beginning).BEINGPRAGMATIC WILL MAKE US TO SPEND MORETIME WITH GOD AND HELP GOD’S WORK INWHICHEVER WAY POSSIBLE. Let us stand forGod for such a time as this.