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Advent Christmas at State Banquet Hall
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Dec. 2010 12:27 AM IST
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“History tells us that many leaders try to bring peace in the world, but peace will not come through signing MoU or covenant of peace or by bringing two monsters together to sit together on a table,” said Rev Moa Longchar, Pastor, Baptist Mission Church.
Delivering the advent Christmas message at the State Banquet Hall here Sunday , Rev.Moa said every leader has a dream, while referring to the messiah syndrome of many powerful leaders in the world including the US President Barack Obama who has been a strong advocate of peace in the world.
Rev Moa said that the Bible did not say anybody can bring peace but that peace can be experienced when we have Jesus in our hearts.
He pointed out that today people practice Christianity that has only brought external and not internal changes since many think that to be a good Christian was to hold a bible, go to church and give tithes.
He said such beliefs have led people to practice a form of religion but without internal peace.
Rev.Moa emphasized that even if people give everything-time, tithe, material etc, but without having Jesus there will be no peace in their hearts. He urged the gathering to keep Jesus in their heart this Christmas. “I don’t need to change my heart, wife and house I live, but we need to have Jesus in our heart this Christmas,” he said.
NBCC general secretary, Rev Anjo Keikung in his exhortation said there were five lakh Baptists in the state and a million members in the state. He reminded that Christmas time revolved around the story of Jesus Christ and referring the books of Matthew and Luke, he said that there was a big controversy when Jesus was born. “If we look at the Scripture, Jesus Christ is divine, but He was 100 percent human and sinless,” Rev Anjo said.
Earlier, minister for urban development & higher education Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu in his Christmas greetings reminded tat Christmas was a time for peace and merry making. He said it was also a time for praising God and goodwill. “Nagaland need peace” he said.
The pre-Christmas celebration was however marked by the absence of many legislators including ministers, parliamentary secretaries and bureaucrats. Not a member from the opposition party attended the celebration. The formal service and Christmas Carol which was led by Dr. Nicky Kire was followed by dinner.

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