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Be Bold Be Strong for the Lord thy God is with you


Welcome Hi Y’all, Glad to write to you through this issue of Minim. It is in His grace that we are sustained. After finishing a CD project for St. Luke’s Singers, I was very much impressed by their song “Be Bold, Be Strong, for the Lord thy God is with you”. We all are into our life’s journey that’s filled with ups and downs, joy and sorrow, east and west, sharps and flats, what not, its full of everything. Amidst all these things, we are bold to proclaim the Gospel in one way or the other. We are strong to stand firm for Him who strengthens us in our weaknesses. When we are down, we need songs like these to encourage us and help us run our journey. From cover to cover, I assure you will have a good time reading articles, poems, thoughts and see some albums, advertisements etc. So don’t miss a page and don't forget to write to us. As Christmas is on the way, Chordiels are busy in Christmas tours singing in many places across the state. They are also keen in helping the needy during this season too. Join hands with us this year to help some people who are really in need. Write to us or call us. Visit our webpage or facebook page and know what we do. Getting ready for another season of caroling. Advance Merry Christmas & Happy New year, dear friends.

Dr. S. Justus is the Founder-Director of Chordiels Music Group. He is a singer, composer and songwriter who is passionate in the creative art forms of music, and in promoting Gospel Harmony Music. He is a full-time Professor working with the School of Computing Science & Engineering, VIT University, Chennai.


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Our new DVD video

Bold & Strong Nicodemus Editors Dr. S. JUSTUS Dr. V. Immanuel

His bold life and stand

Smile Be strong - a Poem

Associate Editor Dr. V. HEPSIBA JUSTUS

Be Bold, Be Strong by Clement Williams

Head Publishing Shri. L. CHARLES SELVARAJ

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Article Contributors Dr. Justus S Dr. Anita Joshua Shri. Clement Williams

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Bold & Strong People by Dr. Anita Joshua

Xmas Concerts Tours & Dates

Silver Bells X-MasPoem

Where to Begin? Sermon & thought

Magnificat New Audio CD

Music Book Let us sing in harmony

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by Dr. S. Justus

Nicodemus, is a Pharisee, a leader for the Jewish people, and a member of the Sanhedrin. The high court of Israel is called the Sanhedrin, and being member of the court means to be in high position in the society, respected by the Jewish people and his colleagues. He knew the Torah well and was aware that the Jewish community is waiting for their Messiah's arrival. The expected Messiah would come and deliver the people from the bondages of Romans. Being a well educated leader, Nicodemus also waited on the Lord's revelation as Messiah. A man of this high stature, Nicodemus heard of Jesus and his teachings. He thought to himself that this Jesus should be the Messiah. Also his thirst to know ‘what is more than life?' and 'that something beyond this earthly life.' He knew Jesus would have answers for all these questions. However, being a Pharisee and a leader, Nicodemus could not go out to meet Jesus in the day time. So he chose to meet the Master at the night hours, when he can spend a lot of time with Jesus, and without others knowing his association with Christ. He is afraid of people, his colleagues and his position in the Sanhedrin. Jesus answered all the questions Nicodemus had. Jesus taught about being born again to enter the Kingdom, believing in the only begotten Son of the omnipotent God, and all about the everlasting eternal life. Nicodemus started believing in Jesus. He became a follower and a secret disciple of Christ. Slowly he got that strength to stand bold for his Master. Over the years he became strong and bold. When the time has come for Jesus to be crucified on the cross, Nicodemus stood boldly for Jesus when Pharisees were conspiring against Him. Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, "Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?" (John 7:50-51) He boldly stepped out to help Joseph the Arimathea to take the body of Jesus from the cross and lay it in a tomb, at a greater risk of his safety and reputation. He did not care what others would think when he did this to Jesus. His decisions were firm and strong. He became a visible disciple of Jesus at this moment. Usually, a burial would cost just 35.25 dinars in Israel at those days. But Nicodemus spent 75 dinars, double the amount, for Jesus burial because he knew Jesus is the King of kings who would come back with His great army to Judge this Earth. Dear friend, as we are enjoying the high positions, ranks, with top-level roles and responsibilities in this world, are we ready to step out boldly and proclaim His Gospel. Yes, we live in a world of end times, where preaching a Gospel would cost us our lives, our luxuries and our comfort. Yet are we determined to do what Nicodemus did? Do we have that courage to tell to a friend about Jesus? Are we bold enough to proclaim that Christ is Messiah who is to come to judge the good and the bad? Is our strength enough to live a life for the One who gave us His life? Let's ask our Provider the strength and the courage to stand firm and tall for Him who called us by name. He is faithful to make us strong. So be bold and be strong.


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Be strong! We are not here to play, to dream, to drift; We have hard work to do, and loads to lift; Shun not the struggle?face it; ’tis God’s gift. Be strong! Say not, “The days are evil. Who’s to blame?” And fold the hands and acquiesce? oh shame! Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God’s name. Be strong! It matters not how deep intrenched the wrong. How hard the battle goes, the day how long; Faint not? fight on! To-morrow comes the son


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Bold Strong By Clement Williams

Usually it is the fear of the unknown; when we are certain about anything we seldom have fear but when an element of doubt creeps in then it brings fear along. My daughter has the habit of running up to me & jumping into my arms each time I return after a long trip. She knows that she will not fall because I will catch her. She may have been scared for the first time but now she knows that I will hold her securely. She knows that I am in control. Too often in life we let the uncertainties that are beyond our control cause fear in our lives. It may be a simple decision or a life changing one, we undergo a lot of stress and turmoil because we tend to believe in our abilities alone despite the many things that are beyond our control. We fret about all that can possibly go wrong and then we pray for a miracle. My daughter does not ask a miracle, every time she jumps she lets go because she knows that I will hold her. How often do we let go? Do we remain assured that in the midst of uncertainty there is someone in control and when He is there, there is nothing to worry. We started work on our CD to raise some funds for the project to rebuild our church that has been our second home for close to four decades. We started with no money on hand and we have faced many setbacks along the way but we know that though there are many unknowns around us there is one thing we are sure of; that our God is there and our God is in control. We know that when God is with us there is No fear. We have reworked an old song that is in our list of favourites for our album “Magnificat”. This is a song that we usually sing for reassurance. The lines are as follows: “ Be bold, be strong! For the Lord thy God is with you. Be bold, be strong! For the Lord thy God is with you. I am not afraid! No! No! No! I am not dismayed! For I’m walking in faith and victory, Come on and walk in faith and victory For the Lord thy God is with you! Be bold!” So go ahead, Be Bold, Be strong, The Lord our God is with you!


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Helen Satya Classic Hymns Octet Cantabile Chordiels Quartet New Covenant Singers Lutheran Men’s Voices


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Bold & Strong People

by Dr. Anita Chelliah


'Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.' Josh 1:9 When I read this verse I am always encouraged, bold to face the situation looming in front of me .How often we have heard our parents or friends helping us to face situations saying don't be afraid, go ahead, be bold. What is it to be like being bold ? To be bold means an action, or an idea showing a willingness to take risks; to be confident and courageous. Being bold is having courage and speaking out against what's wrong no matter what others think or say. It's doing God's will and continuing on the path that He put you on regardless of the hardship you face. Just as how God commanded Joshua long ago ,he commands us now to be bold ,to be courageous for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.2 Tim 1:7 Proverbs 28:1 says “ The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” We need to remember that in all we do God is there to help us ;we can face an army and we can scale a wall .When we face challenges, crossroads or tight situations where we need to be bold to uphold Christ's principles and teachings we should not fear. Let us remember Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? A meek Moses, who was so afraid that he put forth many excuses boldly lead more than 6 lakh people through the wilderness to the promised land . Gideon who was afraid to face the Midianites boldly defeated them with just 300 men . Peter who denied the Master for fear of his life boldly proclaimed the gospel in the temple courts and baptized 3000 believers in a day. Paul who had the vision of Christ when on the road to Damascus to persecute the Christians in that city was empowered to live for Christ. He proclaimed the kingdom of Godand taught about the Lord Jesus Christwith all boldness and without hindrance! How did these men become bold ? Boldness comes when our faith is in place .We see Paul in Eph 3:12 say that he with other followers have boldness and access with confidence through their faith in Christ .

Further in 2 Corinthians 3:12 Paul writes “ Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” Boldness comes when we are in close relationship with our Saviour “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4 :13 All this occurred after a man has been healed, Peter boldly proclaims the Gospel in Solomon’s porch and he and John are arrested for their presentation of Christ. The next day the two apostles are called to answer to the religious leaders for their actions. Peter does not lack the boldness in any way, choosing instead to proclaim the Good News again. In verse 18 Peter and John are warned not to speak in Jesus’ name. They both answer that they cannot stop speaking about their personal experience with Christ. Boldness comes when we are empowered by the Holy Spirit for we see the unschooled ,fishermen were all filled with the Holy Spirit in the upper room and to the amazement of all people who had gathered there they boldly proclaimed the gospel adding on numbers to the faith day after day . When called in by the Sanhedrin and warned not to speak, the disciples who had fled that day in Gethsemane boldly said “we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard” they also prayed” And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:29,31 Just as Paul said we too should ask God ‘And also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel’ Eph 6:19. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 1john 3:21 We have to be bold in our personal life ,with people .with God .Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 4:16 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.


A clear, biblically true grasp of Christ is what will set a person's heart on fire so that one cannot rest until everything is done to advance Christ’s glory. Yes at times we need to suffer shame ,or we may plunge into depths of depression or fear like Elijah after He had boldly faced the king and his 400 baal priests .Rejoice for as we draw closer to the Lord by prayer and meditation of His word ,the Holy Spirit helps us to bounce back . Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zech 4:6 how do I become bold ? The first thing we need to realize as we are seeking God for boldness is that boldness comes from the realization that we are not alone. That God is with us wherever we go and that if we will just be faithful to open our mouths, He will be faithful to back us up. If God is for us, then who can be against us? The reason we do not speak up is because we are either afraid of what people will say or we are so discouraged in our faith that we no longer have the heart to say anything. We get too focused on the consequences of what will happen if we do speak up rather than on the fact that God is in control of our lives and is in control of the consequences. Boldness is supposed to be a part of the Christian life. We see it comes from realizing the fact that God is with us. We have to spend time alone with Jesus ,reading the word ,praying , meditating and listening to Him We need to surrender to God’s will for He uses us ,even us in His universal plan and we need to be there to do what He wants us to do .

‘His voice leads us not into timid discipleship but bold witness ‘ Charles Spurgeon . Though we may be as small as David, with God on our side we can face the Goliaths of this world . We are called to be bold and we are never alone; no never alone . Fear not, I am with thee; Blessed golden ray, Like a star of glory, Lighting up my way! Through the clouds of midnight, This bright promise shone, I will never leave thee, Never will leave thee alone. No, never alone, No, never alone; He promised never to leave me, Never to leave me alone; No, never alone, No, never alone; He promised never to leave me, Never to leave me alone Roses fade around me, Lilies bloom and die, Earthly sunbeams vanish— Radiant still the sky! Jesus, Henna-flower, Blooming for His own, Jesus, heaven’s sunshine, Never will leave me alone. Steps unseen before me, Hidden dangers near; Nearer still my Savior, Whispering, “Be of cheer“; Joys, like birds of springtime, To my heart have flown, Singing all so sweetly, “He will not leave me alone.” Eliza E Hewitt

Dr . Anita Chelliah is a woman of faith with a passion for evangelism She shares the gospel to all groups of people. A lover of music she sings with the St Andrew's Church choir where she leads worship and also serves as a musician. Anita is part of a trio ‘Ambassadors for Christ’ with her husband Joshua Chelliah and son Rajan Chelliah. She is also a full-time medical practitioner.


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Silver Bells City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, Dressed in holiday style In the air There's a feeling of Christmas Children laughing, People passing Meeting smile after smile and On every street corner you'll hear Silver bells, silver bells It's Christmas time in the city Ring-a-ling, hear them sing Soon it will be Christmas day Strings of street lights Even stop lights Blink a bright red and green As the shoppers rush home with their treasures Hear the snow crunch See the kids bunch This is Santa's big scene And above all this bustle You'll hear


Where to Begin? Our text tells us how to celebrate Christmas. In its most literal sense, this passage describes the various responses of people to the birth of Christ. In his sermon on this passage, Charles Spurgeon points out that certain activities fit certain periods of the year. In our own culture Christmas means holly and mistletoe, parties, gifts, carols, eggnog, big meals, a decorated tree, and lastminute shopping. While I would venture to say that these things are not objectionable in themselves, none of them (with the exception of giving gifts) has anything to do with the circumstances surrounding the birth of Christ. No one knows for certain when Jesus was born. It might have been December 25 but there is no way to be sure. And it doesn’t matter since the New Testament doesn’t say anything about it. The principle of celebrating the coming of Christ to the world is certainly a good idea. Some Christians frown on Christmas for various reasons and some even oppose it altogether. It is easy to decry the commercialization of Christmas and to bemoan the Christmas parties that cater more to drunkenness than to anything relating to the birth of Jesus. But bad as those things are, we who are Christians ought to enjoy this season of the year. It would be a double shame if we allowed the world to take this holiday (a word that really means “Holy Day") away from us. Should we celebrate Christmas? By all means! How should we celebrate this great day? The first and most obvious answer is this. You should celebrate Christmas by becoming a Christian. After all, this is why Jesus came to the earth. He was born to be a Savior. And until you can call him “my Savior,” you will never fully understand what Christmas is all about. Many of our carols speak to this point: Good Christian men, rejoice, With heart and soul and voice, Now ye need not fear the grave; Jesus Christ was born to save! Calls you one and calls you all, To gain his everlasting hall, Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save! Would you like to become a Christian? You must give assent to three propositions: I am a sinner. As a sinner I need a Savior. Christ is the Savior I need. Do you agree with all three statements? Are you willing to trust Christ with all your heart as your Savior and Lord? If you are, you can be saved right now. It’s truly as simple as reaching out in faith and believing what God has said about His Son. Those who trust in Christ are saved forever. This is where Christmas should begin for all of us. What should be added to this? Our text describes four responses of those who first heard the news that Christ had been born. Each verse tells of a different response, and the four responses together tell us how to celebrate Christmas—not just in December but all year long.


Magnificat A new audio album from

St. Luke’s Singers 13 Gospel Songs sung by Kids, Teens, Seniors of the Luke’s Singers Choir of St. Luke’s Church Anna nagar, Chennai Our hearts Lord to whom shall we go Be Bold Be strong I lift my eyes Do you know My soul Magnifies At all times Plans for you God’s love - Medley St. Luke’s Song Music Direction & Production: Justus S Lyrics & Tune: Clement, John, David, Diviya, Dhivya Recorded & Mastered at: Handel Studios Album is available now at http://store.chordiels.com/home/47-magnificat.html


Music Book A collection of 100 Christian Gospel songs - 60 Tamil and 40 English songs in four-part music notations arranged in SATB and TTBB. Tamil and English Convention songs, Hymns, Keerthanais, and some time-tested songs from Dr. Emil Jebasingh, Mr. Samuel Abishekara, Mr. Judson, Mr. Jacob, Mr. Stephen Dharmaraj, and from great song writers and composers of our time. All songs from Chordiels Music’s albums sung in Chordiels Style, and some contemporary arrangements of hymns and keethanais. Contemporary harmony scores from Mr. Victor Thangadurai, Mr. Augustine Paul, Dr. Prabhu Devaraj, Mr. Danie Prakash, and Dr. Justus.

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