Christian Motivational/Sermon, Partnership Publishing house, Paite: A pioneer Minister, Rochunga Pudaite translated the New Testament while studying at Wheaton College of Graduate School of theology in 1958, which he completed translating the Bible to Hmar with the Old Testament in 1970. In 1957, he joined the Indo-Burma Pioneer Mission (IBPM) as Executive on invitation by Watkin R Roberts. And later in 1968, he changed IBP Mission into Partnership Mission Inc. Among others, his biographical Beyond the Next Mountain by Mawii Pudaite was made into full-length motion picture, and was translated into five languages. The 1976’ Cambridge University’s Men of Achievement winner, Rev Dr Rochunga Pudaite was famously known as ‘Man of Ideas’. Kipahna Thuguk was first published in 2004, and the Paite edition, translated by Thuamson Hangzo, was published in 2010.
“Kipahna Thuguk is a holy water which springs out from perilous Rocky Mountains, whoever drinks it found a new life. And even when stormy waves strike and disturbed the sea of life, have a delightful tune of a new song”. Written at Willow banks in 1995, during grave sickness of his wife, Lalrimawi, Rochunga Pudaite turned to God for ‘laughter’: read and re-read Psalm 23 and repeatedly recites it by-heart. He noted down whatever comes to his mind, which turn into this book. Kipahna Thuguk is a sermon on psalm 23 which describes God as Shepherd, of God’s protection and care. Psalm 23 is the best known and most popular of all psalms. Kipahna Thuguk acknowledges that the psalm is a psalm for living – it is a psalm for everyone to apply in our everyday life. Each lines of the psalm are devoted as chapters in the book.
“The lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”
King David describes God as his shepherd; that he provides our basic needs. In another psalm, it says “I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread” (Ps 37:25). The one who knows where to rest their desperation have a secret joy. Our faith is from God and that God provides strength with the faith. ‘The one who look after the birds in the sky and animals on land’ will not leave us alone. We should have faith in our creator, God as Paul has said, “My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philip 4:19).
Kum 1960 mautam kialpi atun lai in Pathian nasemtu khat in ‘Nek ding a haksa a, meikuang paisuak ka hi uh’ ahong chi hi. Midang kianga va hilh sawn leng a haksa khop mai. Pastor Chawnga in lah ‘Zusa a tam lua a buh kung teng a keitan vek ua, buhlak ding ka nei kei ua, hilehleng a hai-na ding ha honpetu in, nelou-talou in hon tutsan maimai kenteh’ a hon chi hiau a, lakdan a kibang kei khop mai.
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures”
Giving enough rest to our body is vital to maintain a healthy living. A Christian should give time to study the Bible and meditate on it by praying. Weary body and soul often leads to temptations. “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). Spending alone-time with God relaxes and strengthens as well. Our weary body will eventually wither the blooming instead of nurturing the growing.
Taksa tawldam hi mihing adia poimohtak zet a hi chih theichianta in ka kithei a, a kalnawn in Scotland gam a Pathian thugensiam George B Duncan in ka college Biakin uah thu hong gen a, Sawltak Paulin ‘Ka taksa hi ka sawi ekek a, sila in ka bawl a, huchilou in bel midangte kianga ka gen dingin keimah paihkhiak in ka om kha ding’ (1 Kor 9:2) chih thu a sermon hi. Taksa leh lungsim banah khalam tawldamsak a kiphatmoh dan agenna ah tuh ‘Mi gimlua leh sawlsam veite sawnpuk na dingin hatluat a ngai kei, huaibangin khalam a bahgawpte leng sawnpaih abaihlam hi’ achi hi. Huai tuh khalam galdouna leh kitaitehna lam ah leng ahi chi nawn sawn lai hi.
“He leads me beside the still water”
Psalm gives us a very reassuring account that God will not forsake His believers in the face of fear. He knows our fear and weaknesses and doesn’t ask of what we couldn’t take. As psalm 121:3 says, “He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber”, instead he led us away from our fear and desperation, and gives us our daily bread and a good sleep at night.
“He restores my soul”
Like our body, our soul can be sick. Weariness could envelopes it with the over-empowerment of sins. The weary soul made one bitter and greedy. Believers who are called to be named the son of God have a way through this: like King David has asked God to hide His face from his transgression, asking forgiveness with all his heart repenting. Apostle Paul says, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinth 10:13).
Belam honte’n zingsang a gamta dia ahong kisak chiangun, tatna tumta a nei chiat uhi. Sun a ni ahong sat deuh chiangin a bah deuhte’n a pu ahon zuan ua, Belampu hoih in belamte a muk uh ana nulsak a, abil uh khuatsak kawm in a houpih zeel hi. Huchibang a belam chau deuhte a pu in a kep a, a houpih guk chiangin, hatna thathak toh a lawmte tatna ah a kiik nawn a, a tatna mun uah ava tanawn hi. Ngaihsak leh awlmohna belam in a kipahpih bangin mihing inleng i kipahpih hi. Toupa kianga om a, kihoulimpih hi kipahna leh tawldamna ahi.
“He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake”
We often come across crossroads, which way to head worried us. We don’t know which way to go. There are things to be decided, which sometimes are difficult. We often treaded into the way we don’t go. And that frightens us. King David doesn’t forget how God lead his forefathers from Aigupta. How they were led by fire at night and cloud by day to reach the Promised Land. God will be there at the crossroads and he’ll point which way you go. And we have the assurance that He won’t let us walk alone.
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me”
Death is inevitable. And it is the ultimate fear anyone could have. Likewise, at time of desperation, dissertation, friction, sickness, etc we should know where to breathe fresh air of happiness; to sit down and talk to God. You don’t have anyone to talk to. Instead of walking alone in fear, say ‘the Lord is my shepherd’ like King David. Jesus knows you and he hold on to us. Spending time with Jesus is the secret of happiness, both earthly and heavenly combine.
Nupa khat gamdang a laisin a om atapa uh sihthu in hon phawng guihta maia, na asa lua ua, a pindan ah alut ua, akong khak in mi kuamah mu nuamlou in aom mai mah uhi. A houpihthei kuamah a om kei uhi. Huchibang a kuaman ahoupih theilouh lai un, a Pastor uh ahong lut a, akiang uah atu a, hih ding dan tuan a theihlouh ziakin Sam 23-na a ‘Toupa honchingpa ahi a, ka tasam kei ding…’ chi in awl-awl in a gen a, ‘Sihna limguam tawn mahleng zong…’ chih a sim khak in tua sihna tuakte nupa in leng ana zom ua ‘Thilhoih lou himhim lau kei ning, Nang ka kiangah na om ngal a’ a chi zom zel ua, a tawptan a chizom khawm uhi. Agenzoh un, a nupa un Pastorpa a en ua “Ka muhkhiat dan uh a lamdangta” chi in Pastorpa kiangah a gen ua, huchiin Toupa kianga kipahthu genkhawm in khamuanna a neitheita uhi.
“Your rod and your staff, they comfort me”
Believers, the children of God, run after the glory and richness of the world. We use wrong action to gain and make peace with lie. But doing that with intending to gain comfort, our soul suffers, sick. God uses His rod to bring us back. Still, there are some who fall into the pit! No one could have everything he wanted. However, there’s God who knows our needs, “… who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephes 3:20).
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies”
There are many things which could take over our mind to weaken our soul like cinema, alcohol, etc which could also kill us. Thieves grow, murder have become daily news. So when we pray saying ‘lead us not into temptations’ we should know who our enemies are. Satan should not have any room in our fear. The one with God have numerous enemies, and that show the strength and faithfulness of God.
Pastor Thangngur in ‘Khovel in ahon kem thei kei, a sungah kakap sunni chinin’ ana chih bang a chihsam ding a baihlam tuak khop mai. Kris pasalpha Martin Luther in tuh ‘Setan leh a lawmte hi tungleng vasate bang ahi uh. Kuamah in I tung a aleen ding uh i khou thei kei. Hilehleng i lutung a bu a seh ding uh bel i kham thei uh’ chi hi. Huchimahbangin setan leh a lawmte vasate bangin ‘I kim-I kiang ah leng vungvung mahleuh leng i lungtang i ot kei leh bu a sep theikei uhi. Setan hi Kris in azoh gawp khitsa ahi chih i phawk gige ding uh ahi’ chi in a gelh a.
“You anoint my head with oil; my cups run over”
Water quenches our thirst but when the soul is thirsty, no worldly water could satisfy it. Friends belittled us and people gossip about us. We get angry. Without any preparedness, we suffer unknown diseases. Our sons and daughters play with alcohol and drugs; we don’t have anywhere to put our glance. It’s at these times, the right time to turn to God. Kneeling down, we could give Him our struggle, hardships, weariness and humiliation. Don’t carry those again; rest them at God’s hand, stopped. Anyone going to God to give their burdens came back uplifted. Knowing God, drawing close to Him every day, then you don’t be despair. He knows what you need. He’ll heal your sickness and your weary soul too. God doesn’t keep anything away from you. You are His, Christ’s co-inheritor: the earth and everything inside it. But there is just one thing: Have you given your head so that God would anoint with oil? Are you anointed today?
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”
The worldly eye cannot see far. Its faith doesn’t reach to the heaven. The one who knows Christ always realizes and thinks of heaven daily. Some people think about things they could face and despair over them. We already think about the evening and night by morning! What about thinking the good and remembering happy moments instead of wallowing over things which are yet to come? King David says, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps 118:24). It’s God’s work, just accept it! We should believe that ‘surely goodness and mercy will follow our days’. Just laid down and sleep. Thinking about what tomorrow brings will not prepared us any better for what it brings.
Lametna hi suntanglai a huih siang nung hiauhiau bang ahia. Hiai Sam in lametna a sulian in a pung sak ahi. Upate’n ‘Lametna leh Gun dung koi a sau zaw a’ a chi sek uhi. Huailouin bel khovel a muhna uh a nai a, a ginna mit uh ban a tung ban kei hi. Kris theitu ten bel nitengin van i ngaihtuah pha hi.
“And I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever”
As feeble-mind in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrims progress has said: “I am resolve to run when I can, to go when I cannot run, and to creep where I cannot go. My mind may be feeble but it is also set on the Land beyond the river that has no bridge.” Because he had seen God, he had had very much stayed in the hand of God. Our true happiness on earth is that we can think about the place where earthly sufferings have no grounds there. Christ has given us that place. And we have tested that place here on earth. Our God said, “I go and prepare a place for you” and he also said that he would take us with Him (John 14:3).
Kipahna Thuguk adapts itself as you read. It works on you. The writer examines the annotations with songs, stories and testimonials. He successfully challenges and encourages. Though the book is a sermon, it draws a neat blank as commentary and study of the psalm. For instance, it gives the state of sheep and how important is the shepherd to them as the verses lines proceeds. Apart from the verses of the psalm, there are three added chapters – the introductory of the book entitled Kipahna Thuguk, and the following chapter as Pathian mudan Dik and the concluding as Belampu A Theichian. The introductory chapter give you glimpse of how beloved is the psalm. And how it could be use to complete the search as the title: How well people use them and how relevant it is in today world. It relief the readers and blurred the historical or theological contextual study. The other two chapters engulf the whole book or “summon” the readers.
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