bundle in hands
Big white bundle

1 Corinthians 3:12,13” Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire…”

It was my last day after three days of ministry in that city, I was preaching in the morning service in a particular church after which I was going straight to the station.  It was time for offering and all I had in my handbag was a five hundred rupee note, I was swiftly looking for any other cash but that was all I had, nothing else.  I had to take a cab to the railway station so I needed that money; however, I picked up that five hundred rupee note from my bag and put it in the offering bag.  I lifted my hands (now that I was empty, I could lift up my hands higher ) and worshipped the Lord and got ready to preach.  It was a simple church in one of the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, as I finished praying for the congregation, the pastor came to see me and put a ‘big white bundle’ into my hands; it was too heavy and I was unable to carry it, he said, ‘ we decided to give the entire offering collection that we received today to you.’  My five hundred rupee note was also inside it!

Give all you have to God, not tomorrow but today! Give, and it will be given to you. “A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)  Read 1 Corinthians 3 given above, before I delve into the message, it’s just three lines, don’t skip it, you will miss the gold.  Are you listening?  We have time to sit for 3 hours movie and half hour TV drama, but seldom sit to read His Word, well, the scripture says, ‘at the end of our life, God would filter all our works, our earnings, our efforts, our running around, our busy agendas, all the thousand educational degrees and what not, and only the things pertaining to godliness would be retained.  You can have thousand things in your upper shelf gathering dust in your house, properties and everything but what you have done and given for God is what remains in the end, everything else is just wood, hay and straw!

Have you blessed the work of God with your offerings?  Some procrastinate because it takes long to do an online transaction, others are lazy to write a cheque, the rest are least bothered. I speak to the one who is stirred in your heart to bless my ministry, do it today, the needs are enormous.  Click OFFERING for details, you can also do a PAYTM transfer to our mobile 9573207753, after which do not forget to give your name and address.

God bless you.


Pearl seeker

Mathew 13:45            “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

From where do you get pearls?  Have you wondered?  Do they grow on trees? Can they be found under earth? No…no… Pearls come from a living sea creature: the oyster. Rare, gorgeous round jewels that are not found under the sea, inside the oysters. I have enclosed a video where they show how a pearl is harvested, through so much of difficulty. How is the pearl  produced inside the pearl? A foreign particle like sand gets into the oyster,  when the sand enters the oyster, it is painful for the oyster because it irritates the soft part of the oyster, it is unable to push away the sand particle out of the shell, hence the sand remains inside the oyster. Then  a biological process happens within the oyster and it becomes a PEARL. Who would have thought that out of the rough, broken, coarse-looking shell, as it appears on the outside, through the suffering of the soft oyster,  that the glistening loveliness and preciousness of the pearl could be produced Imagine!

Sometimes what irritates us turns into a pearl! Wow! This right here deserves a shout of praise! Hallelujah!  Initially, when I said ‘hallelujah’, many of them got irritated, but they don’t understand my pain that finally gave me the praise.  Say Hallelujah!   Irritations in your life can turn into actual pearls that you could make a necklace out of. You get wisdom out of pain, read: Job 28:18”….And the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls. “  When life gets you down and things irritate you, keep your eyes open. Maybe there’s a lesson you’re supposed to learn. Cultivate patience and persevere through the rough times.

When I was admitted in the hospital during my second pregnancy, which was highly complicated, I would get irritated about a dirty mat in the hospital bathroom but right there in that emergency room, God revealed the huge dirt inside my heart that had to be dealt with and removed.  God humbled me with severe pain, complications in pregnancy, uncertainty and the grand finale of the birth of my son Joshua actually brought me to salvation and then my surrender for ministry.  My testimony became a channel for the salvation of many of my family members that included my husband also.  Did you see that?  That pain led you to the real Pearl in your life – His name is Jesus Christ!  Amen.

God sent you

You came like an angel

Genesis 45:5″Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.”

Mother of four little children stood by the gate last year during the time of admission and requested me, ‘can you take my children in your school?’ There were many people around me with fake salutes, cunning, flattery language, phony respect and sly smile but she was devoid of such craftiness, but instead was very nervous when she approached me. Her fourth boy was below four years old, so I took all the three of her kids who were in the age group of 7,6 and 5; all I knew about them was their father left them; however, I had a very tough time of grooming them for nearly a year, in fact, on one particular day, I met the mother at the gate and said, ‘I just cannot manage them, they are very unruly’, with tears she begged me to discipline them. God strengthened me, within 6 months, the children transformed after hearing the Word of God in the assembly and their academic performance also improved and they are not average but scored top marks. Glory to Jesus! Her grandmother one day met me and said, ‘God sent you like an angel into our life, if not the lives of my grandchildren would have been ruined.’ Here is their pic:

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I shivered as I heard those words because when ‘God sent me’, MARK the words, ‘God sent me’, to Hyderabad, the journey was not pleasant or convenient, in fact, we ran short of money for the transport and we had to sell certain items to make up for it, while the goods were sent in the lorry, I travelled in the train on the same day with my maid and son alone, because my husband and daughter had to stay back and finish some work. Since there was a marriage party travelling in our compartment, we did not get a wink of sleep, not a pleasant journey at all. When we reached Hyderabad, we had no garlands or friends to receive us, we were escorted by a believer who did not even help us with our luggage (our training started there in the railway platform itself) All these struggles are frivolous compared to the way God is using us now to build the lives of little children in Hyderabad through our ABIDE SCHOOL (Click to view).

Coming to the scripture, Joseph looked at his brother after 22 years and said, ‘God sent me to preserve life’, did you hear that? He was emotionally broken, hurt, betrayed, abandoned, no words to cohesively put his emotions together; nevertheless, he states, ‘my pain had a purpose!’ Stop running away from struggles, but gain strength from your struggles and live for a greater purpose than just burgers.


Double checkdouble check

Proverbs 2:6”For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

Hey friend, there is no excuse for stupidity, are you listening? Many highly intelligent, Computer savvy professionals are penny wise but pound foolish. Do not allow the devil to steal the hard earned money, double check whatever you plan to buy. Recently we went to purchase power glasses for my husband, after spending more than an hour of testing, selection of spectacle lens and frame, when it was time to give cash, the sales man said, ‘you have to purchase 2 spectacles, because when you buy one you get one free.’ What? This sales gimmick has started everywhere, caveat! This was ridiculous and hilarious because he was charging us double, the amount was far more than what we had planned; however, we left that place to DOUBLE CHECK. We went to another good optical shop and verified, they were ready to offer us single spectacle for normal, good rate, since we DOUBLE CHECKED, we escaped from that ‘free offer’ crazy scheme. If someone wants to buy two pairs then let them go ahead, but wooing and manipulating the customers with ‘one pair free’ slogans got to be double checked! Nobody wants to give you anything FREE by the way, be wise and cautious!

Before sending an important email at office, double check, even after you send double check if it has been sent and also check the ‘sent’ folder. While making payments, double check before you click the OK button. Many disastrous consequences could have been avoided if only you had double checked with GOD , anybody listening? God told us to be kind but not stupid, everywhere you go, whatever you do…. double check…..double check…to avoid loss and pain.

Is someone is confusing you on a particular Bible topic, go into the Bible and double check for yourself, do not be naïve and get deceived by false doctrines. If anybody is prophesying, do not immediately get emotional, double check with God, double check the life of the prophet who is giving you the word and then wait patiently for it to come to pass.

Multiple checks would be still greater…………..
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Hi friends,

We would be celebrating Christmas on December 23rd, with our Abide School students and their parents in a grand scale.

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The programs include skits, Christmas nativity drama, dance and songs by the students.

Besides gifts for the students, love feast of special non-vegetarian food will be served for the students as part of Christmas celebrations.  Further the children and the guests will be served cakes and drinks at the venue.  Would request you all to partake in this work for the Kingdom of God by offering your best for God.

Given below are few pics of last year:IMG_20161218_183608


God bless you

Bala Samson



To: All Believers, Christians of all denominations, Church workers, Church leaders, Preachers, Pastors, Youth leaders, Church group leaders, Camp Organizers and to all Christians who are serving the Kingdom of God in any capacity (small or big).

We all have a great responsibility!


2 SAMUEL 10:2”Then David said, “I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent some of his servants to console him concerning his father. But when David’s servants came to the land of the Ammonites”


My teaching is based on the above scripture which is very crucial, sometimes difficulties are compounded in our life because of that ‘one unwise decision’ that we had taken, anybody listening? All of us have personal kinks to work out, and we all make mistakes, who does not err, you may ask; however, some mistakes have serious repercussions which cannot be undone. This is not serious Bible study; however, we all have precious lessons though, to learn through this chapter, let us see.




Chapter 9 opens like this:  2 Samuel 9:1”Then David said, “Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”  The magnanimity and kind heart of David in showing love to Mephibosheth, the grandson of his enemy Saul is mind-boggling, David said, “Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul; and you shall eat at my table regularly.”  Observe this: ‘at my table regularly’, feeding the enemy from far is one thing but making him sit at his own table all the days of his life and completely transforming his status is something incredible, such is the kind heart of David.  We must always remember, we are not reading history or geography but the Word of God, so it is bound to dig deep into the crevices of our heart to find if we have any bitterness in our heart towards people who have wronged us.  I shared this word with my family during our early morning prayer and also allowed the Holy Spirit to cleanse us from all hurts and pain, check out yours too!




As we bask in this ‘kindness’ and stroll into the next chapter, here we read about David showing kindness to his enemy the Ammonite, now wait a minute, did not Jesus tell us to love our enemy and also pray for our persecutors? Yes, He did, but Jesus never told us to be unwise, in fact, Jesus said: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”(Mathew 10:16)  Anybody listening?


David sent a friendly embassy to Hanun king of the Ammonites, He showed kindness to me, says David (v. 2), so David wanted to reciprocate, having enjoyed satisfaction from showing love to the family of Saul, David was doing a repetition. Danger! Caveat!  We need discretion for every decision that we take, we cannot do a repetition just because we felt good about it the previous time, anybody listening?  Let me show you who this Nahash is, he was a cruel enemy of Israel who said, 1 Samuel 11: 2  “I will make a treaty with you only on the condition that I gouge out the right eye of every one of you and so bring disgrace on all Israel.” Look what happened because of this mistake, the servants who obeyed David by entering into the enemy territory were humiliated, “shaved off half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle as far as their hips, and sent them away.”  It may sound a ‘simple act of kindness’ but look at the serious impact it has created, there was also a battle because of this.  We could have avoided many of the troubles in our life,  if only we had acted cautiously and not presumptuously!  


  1. Crown comes with responsibility!


Now let us draw personal applications in our life through the above Bible portion. The splendor of a king is just not in his crown alone, that crown comes with responsibility!  Anybody listening?  Whatever may be the leadership role that you are holding today, even if it is the head of a family as a father – everything has great responsibility on your shoulder. Are you hearing me?


While pilots are rarely seen by the passengers, every passenger appreciates a pilot who handles and manages the plane well.  The pilot, also called “Captain”, is responsible for everything that occurs on the ground, during the flight, and until it is safely parked again.  A pilot’s initial responsibility is to check the weather throughout the flight path and confirm flight schedules. Pilots are also responsible for running a comprehensive preflight checklist of all systems, including fuel, engines, hydraulics and electronics.  Even before the flight begins, Pilots typically report to work an hour before departure in order to meet with flight crew and review weather and airport conditions. The captain then goes through a series of safety checklists of switches and instruments in the cockpit with the first officer (co-pilot). Every instrument is checked and double-checked. In addition, the captain communicates with the air traffic controller and the ground crew in preparation for takeoff. Observe this: During takeoff, landing, and during the flight, the pilots continue to communicate with one another as well as with the air traffic controllers, his eyes, ears and entire concentration has to be on his job.


Likewise, all leadership roles, whether pastor or father, mother, teacher, preacher, builders, constructors, WHATEVER……we are responsible for the safe landing, do not take your roles lightly.  GOD BLESS YOU!



Principal, teacher, preacher,

writer, blogger, spiritual mother for many,

wife and mother of two children

New strength

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 Isaiah 41:1”….let the peoples gain new strength..”

There’s a craze for something ‘new’ today, have you watched food cooked in open air near the stream have million views, swanky, clean kitchen and hitech kitchen tools and utensils are passé! This is crazy, we already have iPhone 8,  cars, refrigerators, washing machines are all getting upgraded with new forms! Phew! Great!  While I worked for a multinational bank about two decades back, plastic cards ( credit cards) were a craze and status symbol but today it is norm and a ‘demonic symbol’ (consuming people through debts). Well, today I am going to talk about ‘new strength’, which helps you when all of  the above fall, fail, vanish and perish!  Give God a mighty hand of praise!  After two decades of resigning my job and entering the vineyard of the Lord as full time servant with nothing but ‘faith’ in my hand, I still stand tall and strong!  All glory to Jesus!


Awe moment!  This morning during our family early morning prayer,  my husband asked my daughter, ‘why do you like your mom so much?’ She immediately replied, ‘because she is so strong and also teaches me to be strong.’ Awwww! This conversation I would cherish in my heart as long as I live, though many people get strengthened through me but being a blessing for your own family is something beautiful.  Though I am very weak physically with some pain or the other somewhere, a person who is emotional as well; yet, this appreciation is ‘pure gold’ for me.  Well, I receive this spiritual strength at His feet!  Anybody listening?  Besides my school duties as a principal, my writing, cooking, preaching, children hostel work, supervision of teachers and other workers, I was able to completely read my Bible twice this year and I am seriously targeting for the third time before this December.  It is midnight 1.30 am, as I type this on my laptop, I am spending the entire night in prayer today, I get my strength here as I sit and read His Word and pray, nothing shakes me though, because I know His love for me is steadfast.


It’s not about how many cars, houses, properties you have, all that is nothing…compared to how much of new faith, more love and more holiness you have gained.  Do you have the strength to stop drinking, smoking, cussing, blaming, murmuring, grumbling, sleeping too much, eating greedily and spending recklessly?  Tell me.  This requires NEW STRENGTH! Come close to Jesus today!

Why has the LORD defeated us?

No mango Jelly this…..


1 Samuel 4:3”the elders of Israel said, “Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines?”


Now, I gave a funky title so that you guys open and read it out of curiosity! Period.  This is a serious topic but let me open with a comedy though, this happened a few years back, I went to visit a very close family of ours; however, the lady of that house had to go out on an important work, so I pitched in to cook for the family that day.  She had actually cooked the dhal so I entered the kitchen to make the traditional south Indian ‘sambar’.  My sambar receives raving reports so I very proudly went about making it with super confidence, at the end, the color of the sambar was different, it did not have that goldish look.  The family ate it quietly – no comments though, I left confused.  For a long time, I wondered why didn’t that family give me ‘sabash’ report?  Finally when I was casually talking to that woman one day, she said, ‘I boiled only plain dhal, I did not add anything else’ – I got a shock.  Ah! So, I had actually made the sambar that day without tomatoes! Now everything became clear, I presumed that the dhal was cooked with tomatoes and garlic which I normally do, no wonder the sambar tasted weird!  I pitied the family who quietly ate the sambar mixed rice.


Coming back to our anchor scripture that we are meditating, the elders of Israel wondered “Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines?”, but the truth of the matter is they were responsible for the chaotic situation of Israel!  My conundrum is: why did they not get it, get it, get it……..? The House of God was neglected, Bible was ignored, adultery happened inside the church, offerings were being looted, Leader was casually napping – so can the leaders now deny their lackadaisical role in the deterioration and devastation of the church? NEVER.  Squarely every leader was/is responsible and accountable to God!


  • Why did I lose my job, where is God ask many Christians, my question is, did you tithe, did you read the Word, did you pray….. ?
  • Why did my marriage fail, why did God allow it? ask some Christians, my question is, did you have family prayer?
  • My child is on drugs and alcohol, why did this happen ask Christian parents, my question is, did you teach him the Bible, send him to Sunday class and were you role model for him?


When things go wrong instead of blaming God, why not turn the focus on us and search our hearts for iniquities?

If the date of salvation is already fixed by God, then why should I pray hard?

If the date of salvation is already fixed by God, then why should I pray hard?


Genesis 18:32 Then he said, “Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once; suppose ten are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the ten.”

I write this on a day of fasting and prayer, because the fire of God’s anointing is needed to percolate into the hearts of the people and bring understanding.  Stay tuned to His voice now.  The deception of the devil is to keep you away from God but my desire is to see you and your family saved. Amen.  It has taken me  more than 3 to 4 hours to write this devotion, after intense Bible study, which you would be reading in five minutes; however, I am determined in my commitment to expound the Gospel.


Someone told me, ‘Bala, we got to patiently wait, because only in God’s time the person will be saved.” Ah! I felt this got to be explained otherwise the devil is going to keep people lethargic and irresponsible in this very important subject of salvation. Salvation isn’t  magic, we got to be patient I agree, but not lazy in praying, so much so, when you slow down your intensity in praying, the devil grabs the person through calamities.   Suicides, heart attacks and accidents can overtake, if you are not intense in your prayer, do not take God for granted.  The devil twists the words of God and thereby today we have umpteen false doctrines; however, if you are a humble person reading the Word of God with a pure mind, God would surely reveal the truth to you.  I would give few incidents from the Bible and explain this to you:



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In Genesis 18, we see Abraham boldly stand in front of God and plead on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah, he prayed, ‘will you save the cities for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it?’ and then slowly brings the number down to 10, God agrees to his request. This is the power of intercession prayer, but alas, not even 10 righteous are found in Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities were destroyed.  When you pray God listens!  The idea, ‘God is anyway going to save the person only in His time’, takes the onus away from intense praying, wrestling in prayer for the unsaved person, intense fasting and also thereby takes away the guilt of prayerlessness.  Spiritual lethargy finds excuses to take the tough route!  (Make a note of this statement and keep it in your bedroom, so that you wake up at 5 am in the morning and pray for your loved ones without fishing for excuses.) Be warned today, when you don’t pray enough and make changes in your life too then some souls will not be saved and deliverances may not take place. PRAYER, PRAYER…PRAYER  is the answer…..


Numbers 16 in the Bible gives us an account of God’s wrath and how ‘ONLY’ prayer can change a situation.  Even after the bunch of Korah group were swallowed in earth quake, even after they witnessed first-hand the results of rebellion; yet, the Israelites murmured, verse 41 ‘But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron….” OMG! Can people be so hardhearted and brash to talk against the servants of God after witnessing such catastrophes?  When they did that, God commanded Moses and Aaron to get away so that He could kill them, but Moses tells Aaron, “Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone forth from the LORD, the plague has begun!”  This part is crucial, hear me:


Numbers 16:47”Aaon ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had (already)begun among the people…” (so, any slowing down on your part is going to affect the sinners..)  Listen to this, the plague stopped after Aaron prayed; nonetheless, 14,700 had already died.  I remember an incident, I preached exactly the same message with passion and tears rolling down my cheek in one of our FIRE CAMPS; at the end of the message, we received a call from the family of one of the participants saying, ‘her father committed suicide by consuming poison.’ Pray fervently for the lost ones, don’t delay !


Yes, only after Hannah got up from her seat of complacency and prayed intensely and forcefully, was she able to conceive Samuel.  Are you hearing me?  Flippant, nonchalant, powerless prayer achieves nothing, remember when your situation is grim and serious, you got to pray more and press more. Can I remind you of the prayer of Jesus at Gethsemane, “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”(Luke 22:44)


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There is power in the Word of God, so they got to hear the Gospel, I remember leaving my children with my husband to take them to church, while I waited in my friend’s place to take her entire family to church, the travel to the church was not pleasant though, everything possible happened to stop us, there were hassles in parking the car also, we made it anyway.    Many miracles happened in that family after that, someone has to make a sacrifice and take an effort.  It’s the Word of God that brings faith for salvation: “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17)  “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed,,” Rom 10:14




James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”  So, we understand that there are rewards when we walk righteously, despite the loss and sufferings that goes with it.  God hears their prayer!  We cannot remain dishonest, unreliable and wicked and expect our prayers for the salvation of our loved ones to be heard, is anyone understanding please?  You can get saved but still gossip, get angry, fight, smoke, drink, be vengeful, merciless, create confusion,  slow to forgive and much more; so be fruitful for effective answers for prayers.



Why not be wronged?

Why not be cheated?suffer wrong


1 Corinthians 6:7”…….Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?


Observe Paul’s tone, he is annoyed and angry at believers running around to people to solve their problems.  Each time I get to this scripture, I have never stopped feeling nonplussed and startled at the high expectations of God from us!  In my experience, I have watched Bible-reading, born-again, big-talk Christian families run to the police station, courts and relatives to solve silly family disputes.  They trust police stations and courts more than church and the leadership of the church, anybody listening?  Sadly, most of the them are highly educated people too,  but do not have Bible  knowledge though, which is exactly the reason why they run the opposite direction and blasphemy the name of the Lord.  Police stations and courts are not wrong places; however, what the Bible emphasizes is that solve them yourself or endure, rather than run around for silly matters.


Someone has taken your parking space, damaged your car inadvertently, the neighbor and his ten dogs disturb you miserably, arrogantly someone parks his car right in front of your gate, noise, dirt, disturbance, property disputes and million other things irritate us every day, but the Bible tells us to suffer wrong and not make a great scene when cheated.  Anybody listening?  Is it possible to remain silent when you are affected?  I guess, none of us can do this on our own, but we can do this through Jesus Christ who gives us the strength.  When Abide School moved into the new rented building (we stay now), initially the unruly boys of that locality started throwing stones inside our school, the teachers and the children got very scared, we spoke to the parents and also rebuked the boys but the problems got worse than stop, now along with my husband, I started praying for the neighbors and good relationship between us every day, we went around the school daily and  prayed.  After about a year, (note, it didn’t happen immediately) the family that stayed opposite our school and created the most racket, approached me two weeks back and donated rice and dhal for the students.  Glory to Jesus! Jesus can reverse the situation when you pray, do you hear me?


Let me tell you something, surrounded by idol worship and secular people who have no clue about our God and the Bible, are looking at us and our life!  Caution!  Your kindness, gentleness, compassion, long-suffering and patience should impact them and bring them to Christ!