In the early days of the Church, the season of Lent was a time of preparation for new converts as they readied their hearts to enter into Christian Baptism on Easter Sunday.  Since these new members were to be received into a living community of Faith, the entire community was called to preparation.  Also, this was the time when those who had been separated from the Church because of explicit sin would prepare to rejoin the community of Faith.
 
Today, the season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, self-examination, and penitence for all Christians as we prepare to celebrate Easter. Through this forty-day journey, we are reminded that we are totally unworthy before God, that we have nothing with which we can obtain salvation, and that our best efforts at being righteous fall far short. This season reminds us how much we need grace in our lives in order to live a transformed life that reflects God's love. We are called to renew our commitments and our faith as we continually acknowledge our need of God's transforming presence with us.
 
I invite you to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. To make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, take time to invite God to examine your heart  and wait silently before him.
Dear People of God:
 
Isaiah the prophet predicted that with the coming of Jesus there will be an "increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this"  (Isaiah 9:7). What is the promise?  More government: not bad but good government with justice and righteousness. God has come to establish his throne on earth. 
 
In our country, neither Democracy nor the Constitution nor the three branches of government have ensured justice and righteousness consistently. Our history confirms that our collective consciousness and interpretation of what is good is a record of accumulated bias and inability to be equitable for all.  In the quicksand of our current politics what is the role of the church?
 
The Church is called to be the prophetic voice that ushers in the kingdom of Jesus in such a way that it challenges the preserved power structures. Pharaoh had Moses, David had Nathan, Ahab had Elijah, Herod had John the Baptist; these bold prophets, at great personal risk, spoke truth to their rulers and in each speaking demonstrated God's zeal for his government on earth. 
 
Lord give us Prophets who speak truth to the powerful!
 
Your servant, 
J. David Singh
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation 1:8).  There is nothing more life-giving than to begin with God and to end in God.  This is my DNA and my destiny. 
 
Jesus is the one "who is." He is always present with us and in us.  His last words on earth were "And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). He also said, "I will never leave you or forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5b).  This ever-present Jesus gives us the confidence to say "Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
 
It is not the past that determines my destiny, it is the future.  He is my beginning. He is also the end.  At every point in my life He is always there. 
 
May this year be blessed of the Lord as you walk in his love and abiding presence!
 
Your servant, 
 
J. David Singh
The bible describes the Holy Spirit as both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. "You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him" (Romans 8:9).
 
Jesus gives us the promise: "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you" (John 14:16).
 
The indwelling of the Spirit is a fundamental requirement for every disciple to know God and Jesus Christ.  This knowing is not just knowing Jesus and having an understanding of the Holy Spirit.  It is receiving the Helper that Jesus promised.  And this is what the Helper will do.  He will make the word a revelation of Jesus Christ and God.
 
Let us earnestly seek the Holy Spirit to teach us more about God and Jesus Christ!
 
Your servant
 
J. David Singh
The Christmas story is amazing for the many ways in which God offers himself to us in such deep and personal ways. In Luke 1:41 we hear this: "And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit."  Meeting Jesus is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit comes to reveal and glorify the Son.  
 
The greatest mystery is that God chooses to become man.  The smallest yet unborn child John, as well as the old mother Elizabeth, both have a connection to God. God is not just what we believe but the one who moves in us. It is a full body, mind and spirit experience that transcends generations and time. 
 
This meeting of Mary and Jesus, and Elizabeth and John is a profound moment in human history. It is the intersection of Old and New Testaments. The promise and the fulfillment. The coming of Jesus at Christmas reminds us that He is coming again. When Jesus comes back our experience of Jesus will be far beyond what happened here. 
 
My prayer for you is to echo Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3:19  "to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." 
 
Your servant, 
J. David Singh