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K.P. Yohannan ( - Present)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker K.P. Yohannan in text and pdf format. Dr. K.P. Yohannan, the Metropolitan Bishop of Believers Church, was born and brought up in Niranam, Kerala. Niranam has immense historical significance in the tradition of Saint Thomas, a disciple of Jesus Christ who planted the first church there in AD 52. K.P. Yohannan dedicated his life to God at a young age to serve the needy and downtrodden. He prayed, â€śOh my Lord, let my heart break with the things that break Your heartâ€ť and his life was never the same. Itâ€™s his belief that one can only demonstrate Godâ€™s love by loving people. After over four decades of selfless service, he says, I have no regrets in praying that prayer for I know God has touched millions through what He did in and through me. It is all Godâ€™s grace.
He spent the early years of his service in North India and traveled to the remote villages sharing the love of Christ and doing charitable works. Through numerous encounters during those years, he was instilled with an increasing passion to bring hope, peace, and comfort to the needy and deprived. His sacrificial commitment, farsightedness and aptitude to perceive helped him to lead a life of unhindered devotion to serve Christ and His church. K.P. Yohannan is also the voice of Athmeeya Yathra, touching millions through his daily radio and TV broadcasts. His 250 books offer practical and spiritual guidance on hundreds of subjects.
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Paulâ€”A Man Like Us
Apart from the Lord Jesus Himself, there is no person, living or dead, whose life has encouraged me more on this journey than the Apostle Paul.
Before his conversion, Saulâ€™s life was similar to that of many affluent people today. Born and raised in the ... read more
Peace Through Humility
Have you ever wondered how much of your humility and servant attitude is truly Christlike? You can easily find outâ€”the next time you are given the opportunity to submit yourself to someone who, in your estimation, should be serving under you. How do you ... read more
Peoples of Privilege*
Most of us are already vaguely aware of our material privileges, although we rarely pause to thank God for them. But we may be less aware of our spiritual bounty.
First of all, we know about Jesus. Even if His beautiful name is used as a curse word or jo ... read more
Philippians 2:3Â–4 tells us, Â“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.Â”
H ... read more
Point to Jesus
I heard it said one time, â€śThe church is not here to meet the needs of the people, but to connect them to the only one who can.â€ť How true that is.
Early one morning my telephone rang. The call was from the senior leader of our work in India. He calle ... read more
Practical Steps Toward Restoration
The simplest way to bring about change, as I mentioned in Chapter 3, is to start with yourself. If I demand or expect change from others but refuse to do so myself, I will never see any difference. I must take the initiative and lead by my example. This w ... read more
Pray in faith
Study the lives of Hannah, Moses, David and Paul. You will find this passion in their prayers as well. In Ephesians, you read about Paul praying for these people. ItÂ’s like he is in anguish. He talks about his Â“tribulationsÂ” for them (see Ephesians 3:13). ... read more
Pray with a thankful heart
He answers prayer not based on how great or mighty or holy we are. No. It is His grace. Â“[Nothing] shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our LordÂ” (Romans 8:39). This truth needs to be drilled into our hearts and minds ... read more
Week after week in GFAÂ’s headquarters, we read letters from people who write to us saying, Â“Would you please pray for this?Â” We get prayer requests from all over, and we take these requests seriously and pray. Later we hear the praise reports: Â“Nobody can ... read more
Prayer in Action
We on the mission field have an aware ness that we are on the verge of some major breakthroughs for the kingdom in many of the countries in which we are work ing. We hear statements such as: Â“Soon the whole country of Nepal will have a Christian witness i ... read more
Prayer in Action
We on the mission field have an awareness that we are on the verge of some major breakthroughs for the kingdom in many of the countries in which we are working. We hear statements such as: â€śSoon the whole country of Nepal will have a Christian witness i ... read more
Prayer Is Not..
Prayer is not a new product to be marketed. Today we have prayer towers, prayer cloths, dial-a-prayer, live prayer lines, books, prayer letters, tapes, maps, diaries, prayer clocks, beads, charms and trinkets galore-but less prayer than ever. There are en ... read more
Praying Like Jesus
The New Testament Church was born in a prayer meeting at Pentecost. Jesus promised power to His Church if they would but wait on Him. Paulâ€™s writings are filled with so many references to prayer it almost seems as if he spent his entire ministry simply ... read more
Precious in the Sight of God
The fear of God is greatly treasured in heaven. It is a mark of one who is special in Godâ€™s eyes. Listen to what God says of His servant Job: â€śThere is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evilâ€ť (Job 1 ... read more
Pride and Humility
Two men went to the temple to approach God in prayer and seek His favor. One, a Pharisee very sure of his outstanding spiritual achievements, recounted to God his flawless service record. He even thanked the Lord that he was better than others, especially ... read more
Principles in Maintaining a Godly Organization
â€śWhere there is no vision, the people perish . . .â€ť Proverbs 29:18, KJV
When we look back at the history of church movements and Christian organizations, we often find they began with great dreams and ambitions. The leadership was strong and on fire ... read more
problems, doctrines and differences
Please let us not get stuck on the problems, doctrines, or differences that are bound to occur in living and serving with people. Instead, choose to get stuck on love, extending grace and compassion to your brother or sister, praying for them and loving ... read more
If Jesus showed His disciples how to walk in love, in humility, in submission and in the power of the Holy Spirit through the events of life, He desires to show each of us the same lessons through the events of our lives. Think about certain situations yo ... read more
Purified in His Presence
Why is doing the Lordâ€™s work the Lordâ€™s way so important? If the job is getting done, doesnâ€™t that justify the means?
The answer is no.
Why is it so critical for us to continually take the time to wait upon Him and hear from Him, drawing close and ... read more
Real Love Shares
The streets of Indiaâ€”especially in the bloated, overpopulated cities like Bombay and Calcuttaâ€”are maddening to Western visitors. Millions of homeless people are born, live and die in them. Part toilet, part barnyard, part roadwayâ€”they are also the b ... read more
Reflecting His Image
Growing up by a river flowing with crystal-clear water, we boys swam in it almost every day. Those times added much joy to my childhood. But that was long ago, and now that river is polluted. The fish in the river are dying, and hardly anyone goes swimmin ... read more
Relying and Depending on God Alone
Our opportunities are unlimited. Beyond the challenge to spread the Gospel into developing nations, something else is far more pressing: We are totally dependent on God. If we do not look to Him but rather to ourselves to meet our needs, only disaster can ... read more
Righteousness Is a Gift â€“ Godliness Is Not
When a famous scientist, artist or celebrity is interviewed on television, the host will ask about his or her amazing talents and most outstanding achievements.
If Christ were on such a show, I believe He would simply answer: â€śThe most significant th ... read more
Rivers of Living Water
After the initial excitement and tremendous joy over our salvation ebb away a little, we make an amazing discovery: God isnâ€™t satisfied yet with what we look like! We learn from His Word that â€śGod didnâ€™t create man to tend His garden, and He didnâ€™ ... read more
Romantic love, for most Indians, is something you read about only in storybooks. Daring cinema films, while they frequently deal with the concept, are careful to end the film in a proper Indian manner. So I was faced with the big problem of communicating ... read more
One of our great difficulties in life is that we try to understand Christ and relate to Him in terms of time and space. When we talk about being near someone or looking at someone, we think in terms of our eyes and ears and distance. But time and space ar ... read more
Seeing Him Who Is Invisible
Hebrews 11:27 says, â€śBy faith [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.â€ť Oftentimes when we read these Bible verses, we skip over them so fast, never really understanding the struggles the ... read more
Here is an excerpt from a letter I recently received from the mission field:
Many times we were stoned while preaching, forced to leave the place where we ministered and the village we lived in, threatened not to win souls, denied a place to sleep or foo ... read more
Seven Marks of Service
I want to point out seven things we can be sure of when we do the Lordâ€™s work in His way.
What God initiates, He will stand by. Whatever the Lord gave you to do, when you do it His way you can be sure that He will be faithful to you in it until the end ... read more
Shipwrecked by pride
Over the past nearly 30 years, I have observed a phenomenon common among those with great potential. Take a young person who is smart and talented. In the beginning, he or she may be given only minor leadership opportunities while waiting for maturity and ... read more
Sin and FailureÂ—Good or Bad?
So if God is able to bring about His perfect will even though we sin, is there any reason to avoid the traps into which we so easily fall? Why press so hard toward the mark when everything seems to work out well even when we fail?
Pay attention! Althou ... read more
Uzziah must have been trembling with fear when he was made king over Judah after his fatherâ€™s death. Although the royal crown was sitting on his head, he was just a 16-year-old kid who didnâ€™t know what to do with life, much less with leading a nation. ... read more
Somewhere Down the Road
It was an exciting day for the Christians in Antioch. The whole church had gathered together to pray for Paul and to send him off on his second missionary journey.
Everybody was curious to see who would be on his team this time. You see, just a few days ... read more
Sparks of Sin (Part 1)
The sin which is conceived in a person does not stay within him; it affects others. Slowly it moves towards the people around him, to the society and to the country and attacks them severely and wipes them out. Sin works the same way as ripples in a lake ... read more
Sparks of Sin (Part 2)
Here, the Israelites were ashamed in front of the people of Ai. Their defeat meant they would be a failure in front of the whole world. Their enemies would jump on them and tear them down if they came to know about Israelitesâ€™ failure in Ai.
In Joshua ... read more
Sparks of Sin (Part 3)
So, first we have to find a solution for the sin rooted in us. The Holy Bible teaches us that God will not hear the prayer of a sinner who does not repent. So first, we have to repent and consecrate ourselves. Only Jesus, the Son of God, can forgive sins: ... read more
Sparks of Sin (Part 4)
Sin is like an epidemic. If you donâ€™t take prevention at the proper time it will enter the veins of the country and destroy the entire nation or society.
Letâ€™s discuss an incident.
Consider an aristocratic family with parents and f ... read more
Starting from Zero
Each one of us would be absolutely terrified if we were asked to walk along the edge of the Grand Canyon during a pitch-dark night without any light. After all, we could fall off the cliff and die. We might be more willing to do it if we had a travel plan ... read more
Every time I ran into him, I found him to be optimistic, smiling and full of enthusiasm. But a few months ago, I found him kind of down and out, his eyes no longer bright, the smile missing.
Over a cup of tea, we began to talk about the struggles he had ... read more
And then I can hear someone like Peter speaking up, saying, Â“Well, IÂ’m not surprised at the way Jesus treated Judas. Jesus loved us until the very end and that includes him. I betrayed Jesus as well; I denied HimÂ—and not just once, but three times. With H ... read more
Striving for Unity
The whole world agrees we are in need of peace and
unity. Governments turn to force and strict laws to
keep people from destroying each other. On a much
smaller scale, millions of families and married couples have
their own difficulties as they seek t ... read more
In the 1950s, Charles Templeton was a household name among evangelical Christians. He was a close friend of Dr. Billy Graham and the pastor of a large and growing church in Toronto, Canada. He was also a mighty evangelist and in some ways was more eloquen ... read more
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Him (Part 1)
What is the Greatest Good?
The famous Greek philosopher Epicurus taught that â€śpleasure is the greatest goodâ€ť. His theory is known as Epicureanism. â€śEat, drink and be merryâ€ť is the motto of the Epicureans.
The wise King Solomon said that everythi ... read more
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Him (Part 2)
Doctor Drops Career to Move to the Slums
Once I talked to a medical doctor who believes firmly in Christian values and I was touched by his experiences. His testimony is like this: he drew a salary of 20,000 rupees and extra allowances. But he resigned f ... read more
Talk to Him
In Psalm 73, we read of a godly man who, in the midst of tremendous discour agement and inner struggles, finally rec ognized the nearness of God. After all was said and done, he cried out saying, Â“The nearness of God is my goodÂ” (Psalm 73:28, NASB). His p ... read more
â€śYou know one of the hardest things I have to deal with is to sit in front of a man who has done awful, stupid things in his life or ministry yet has no conviction of sin. Even if he is caught, he acts as if there is no problem and simply asks for a tra ... read more
That They All May Be One
â€śThat they all may be one,as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You;that they also may be one in Us,that the world may believe that You sent Me.â€ť John 17:21
One of my all-time favorite books is The Calvary Road by Roy Hession. This book was written i ... read more
The Acid Test
The acid test of our commitment to Christ is the depth of our involvement in what concerns Him the mostâ€”world evangelization.
How can we say He is Lord unless we are seeking to fulfill the greatest longing of His lifeâ€”to carry out His orders and fini ... read more
The Answer to Godliness
Imagine with me that someone bought a whole bunch of bright red, crisp apples and tied them onto an apple tree. Everyone who casually walked by the tree would think, Wow, that tree looks great. See all of those apples? Unless of course they studied it car ... read more
The Beauty of Christ Through Brokenness
â€śBut on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My wordâ€ť Isaiah 66:2
My reason for sharing on this subject, which I believe is close to the heart of God, is for us as the Body of Christ to understand t ... read more