Category Archives: The Kingdom Of God

Today is the Day we Honor a Man who had a Dream

Dr King is a man who will long be remembered as the man who began to lead his people and the World into the awareness of the Promised Land for all humanity to dwell together in unity.

One might say he was a modern day Moses.

The Promised Land is the Kingdom of God where all will be ONE.

Where there will be no divisions of any kind.

This Kingdom will be a NEW CREATION inhabited by those who lived in the World and loved Justice, Righteousness and LOVE.

The Kingdom shall be inhabited by a New Creation the New Man where there will no longer be racism or any other “ism’s” which cause divisions among the people of this World and foment hate not love.

Imagine a World living together as ONE in PEACE having a Government ruled by a benevolent King.

This King will rule the Nations in righteousness and true holiness.

You may say I’m a Dreamer but I’m not the only one.

There are multitudes that have this same dream dormant in their hearts and deep inside they long for that day the Kingdom is established here on Earth.

It is past time we rise up together and share this dream of Love with others so they may become ONE with us.

Yes! Like Dr King we too have a dream.

“Thy Kingdom Come”

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“Now is the Time for All Good Men to Come to the Aid of their Country.”

“Now is the Time for All Good Men to Come to the Aid of their Country.”

The best thing we can all do right now is to pray for God to make a way where there seems to be no way.

Pray for the POTUS.

Pray for our government.

Pray for all believers.

Pray for our enemies.

Pray for the courage and strength to be still (Peace) and put our complete Trust in God.

God is our refuge.

God is our strong tower.

God is our Salvation.

God is our Hope.”

In God We Trust”

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Today is Our time to Shine

These are certainly dark days in which we live. And things may even get worse before they get better

May God give us the Grace to enable us in our destiny calling.

Our Heavenly Father has ordained before the foundation of this World that we would be alive during this time when the World seems to be falling apart. I believe that we are on this earth during this time for a reason. We are not here to reap the fruits of material riches nor are we here to fulfill our own self agendas. I believe we are here in this day and hour to promote the soon coming Kingdom of God.

Jesus of Nazareth taught his disciples all about the Kingdom so they would be equipped to carry on after he ascended to the Father. Christ told these simple men that they were the Light of the world. When a light shines into darkness it exposes what is hiding in that darkness. The light also is an attracting force that illuminates the way for those trapped in that darkness to escape and finally be rescued.

Christ also told his followers they were the Salt of the earth. This earth is the only known planet in the universe that has all the resources to sustain life.

What does salt add to life?

Salt adds flavor to life.

So then each of us who follow Christ are Salt and Light. We are like individual salt shakers sprinkling the flavor of eternal life on those who are attracted to us by the true spiritual light that shines from us. People are either attracted to light or they are repulsed by it.

Let us be wise as serpents and harmless as doves as we fulfill our destiny calling to this period of time Our Heavenly Father has ordained that we should live.

Now is our time to shine!

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We Have a Hope

The Lord Jesus Christ may return at any moment.

It will not take long for Christ to gather together his people.

It will happen in a moment!

In the twinkling of and eye we will be gathered together and with him

.Come quickly Lord Jesus♥️

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Letter from Pakistan

Dear Frank, 


Greetings in Christ. I hope this email finds you well. 


I wish you, your family and friends a very Happy New Year. May the new year be filled with brightness and hope so that darkness and sadness stay away from you. In 2020, which was a very challenging year, you stood by us like a rock and I hope that in the coming year we’ll again work together with more passion and zeal for the poor Christian community of my parish.

Thank you very much for what you have done for us in the last year. I thank you for your love and generosity towards our people. 


You and Jane are in my thoughts and prayers. 

May God bless you abundantly


In communion of prayers

Fr. Simon Khurshid

If anyone reading this would like to find out how you may help support the Orphan Hostel in Pakistan you may contact Frank Manasseri at:

kingdomliving09@gmail.com

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“For the Times They are Changing” A Word of Encouragement

Take heart and be strengthened in Christ.

First of all the tims and conditions in which we are now living is of no surprise to our Heavenly Father.

It is not by chance that we who are reading this are alive during this difficult time of upheaval and uncertainty. We have been chosen for this very moment. Purposefully Chosen for a specific purpose. A specific task for which we have been equipped to complete!

You and I have been selected, or you might say chosen before the foundation of this earth for one purpose and this purpose is to be part of the One Body of Christ.

This is our moment to shine!

To shine as beacons of LIGHT into the darkest darkness.

We are like tall Lighthouses built upon a rugged and rocky shoreline with a tempest of rogue waves constantly crashing against our walls as we faithfully stand tall.

Like stalwarts we persist on allowing God’s true spiritual Light to flow through us inviting all who can see the LIGHT into God’s forever Kingdom.

We are the SALT of the Earth adding flavor to all we meet with Love.

No! What is happening during our Lifetime is not by chance or fate. But it is by design and destiny.

Stop and think for a moment.

We all have been given this privilege by the True God. The Creator of the Universe has chosen us before He laid the foundations of the World to be alive today for one purpose. Which is to be Ambassadors for Christ and His soon coming Kingdom!

We (The Body of Christ) are the only ones called, equipped and sent during this time of our lives to boldly shout out the Good News of the soon coming Kingdom of God!

Yes! We are all ONE in this together with The Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

Luke 21:24-28King James Version

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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Liberty in Christ Jesus

Years ago when I was struggling to find out what the Lord wanted me do I told him I was willing to go anywhere and do whatever he desired of me.

My answer came as follows:

“ I created this Universe for you to enjoy. Go where you desire to go and do what you desire to do WITH ME Living In Your Heart.”

Now that’s Liberty!

Since then my life has been filled with interesting and fulfilling events that have taken me to many places both foreign and domestic. I’m not talking about the flashy stuff of mega ministries (they have their place) but down to earth everyday life service. This has been and I trust will continue to be moments of collecting times of daily contentment in knowing my Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Good News of the kingdom of God

The information posted are excerpts from a work I am (have been) putting together for some years now. However. I do not feel the timing is right to release the information as a finished work (Book) to the entire public. Hence the Blog,  KingdomLink.

The thesis revolves around the phrase, “Those things concerning the Kingdom of God.”

This phase is the basis for the Ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah (Christ), and was also the intention for which the Father sent the Son of the Living God to be born and to “make known” the things concerning the Kingdom of God. I have discovered this was the only thing on the mind of Jesus throughout His earthly ministry. The Kingdom of God is the central theme throughtout the entire books of the Bible!

He was born in Bethlehem, raised in Egypt and Nazareth then ministered in Galilee. He preached the Gospel (Good News) that the Kingdom of God is at hand

to the House of Israel. During the final weeks of His life, He ministered in Jerusalem and was totally rejected by the Religious Leaders and Ruling Elders of Israel, who finally had Him put Him to death by crucifixion. Three days later, He rose from the dead and continued forty days to teach His disciples the things concerning the Kingdom of God (Acts 1;1-3).

Looking at the ending verses of the book of Acts (28:16-31) we discover Paul also was teaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God. This phase is used at various times in the book of Acts and in the Church Epistles, indicating the importance placed upon the knowledge of the Kingdom of God as a present day reality to the believers.

In the beginning of the Lord Jesus’ ministry, we read in the Sermon on the Mount, that He speaking as the King, taught the disciples the Beatitudes of how to live in the Kingdom of God. Notice these are BE ATTITUDES and not DO ATTITUDES, The difference being, these were not Laws to be kept in order to become a Kingdom Citizens, but the Attitudes needed in order to live as a citizen in the Kingdom of God.Without getting into all of the eight beatitudes , a quick glance at the first one is necessary to understand what is meant by the BE ATTITUDES:“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of God” (Matt 5:3). This “poor in spirit” is the attitude of a true follower of Jesus of Nazareth. This is the opposite of arrogance or a haughty attitude. True humility and not arrogance is the manner in which Jesus lived and served those around Him during the days of His flesh. This is the first requirement of the Kingdom of God, or this is the attitude one must have in order to begin to live and be a vital citizen in the Kingdom of God.Today this Kingdom of God is not yet manifest in the material or physical realm, it is a spiritual Kingdom replete with Kingdom Blessings and Rewards for those who will learn “how” to live as a Kingdom citizen bringing glory to God and not to them.This helps define the quest we at kingdomlink are on. This quest is to investigate the scriptures in order to accurately discover what Jesus of Nazareth taught about the things concerning the Kingdom of God. In discovering the basis of True Christianity we may begin to learn and live in simple obedience to His instructions, giving Glory to the Father and resulting in receiving the Kingdom blessings now and Kingdom rewards in the future

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Letter from Fr. Simon Khurshid explaining the season of Advent from Pakistan.

Letter from Fr. Simon Khurshid explaining the season of Advent from Pakistan..

Dear Frank,

Greetings in Christ. I hope this email finds you well. I’ve been very busy during this week and will be busy till Christmas. Before Christmas we have different visits in villages just to meet people and have prayer with them. We’ve participated with you in worldwide prayer on 7 December. We’re nowadays collecting funds for the Christmas gifts for our hostel children.

I’ve been praying for you and your family regularly. I’m sure that God has really blessed you and will bless you more. Please find below my thoughts on today’s readings for the third Sunday of Advent.

First Reading: Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11;

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24;

Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28

Rejoice because the Lord is near, is the theme that permeates the entire liturgy of this Sunday. It is not a question of a superficial happiness or a passing excitement because Christmas is coming, but it is the joy of salvation. Salvation is glad tidings given to all the people of the universe and more particularly to the poor and lowly. The third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (meaning rejoice) Sunday inviting all Christians to rejoice at all times. It is a command taken directly from Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians, as in today’s second reading, to rejoice always because the Lord is near. It is a positive command, one that we are to keep at all times and in all circumstances. Today’s liturgy indicates that in the joy, salvation and a more just and human world are somehow interconnected. It is not the pursuit of human happiness and fulfillment, or of social justice, that brings salvation; rather, the salvation that comes from on high, enables us to be instrumental in bringing about a more just world and to find the joy that no one can take away. In the first reading Prophet Isaiah presents the special servant who receives the spirit of God. He has the task of proclaiming the Good News to the poor, to bind the broken hearts and bring liberty to all. In the second reading Paul while inviting the people to rejoice in the Lord, encourages them to live a lifestyle in keeping with their vocation as Christians. The joy spoken of by Paul is a gift of the Holy Spirit and we must pray for it. In the Gospel of today we learn the role of John the Baptist is to bear witness to Jesus. He tells the people that he is not Messiah and he himself is not worthy to untie the lace of his shoes.

In the first reading of today we recognize God’s prophetic and symbolic language that was being spoken through Prophet Isaiah. In this reading a servant of God thrills at the new task given by God to him. In an earlier oracle the Prophet gave a warning to nations that formed alliances and made plans not confirmed by the spirit of God. The sad consequences of these policies are clearly exhibited in the vocabulary of this reading. The prophet addresses the captives and the prisoners of such failed human policies. The servant of God now proclaims freedom and healing to a weary people. Justice will prevail where prudent and ignorance once ruled. The servant describes the new relationship between God and people as a royal wedding. Bride and groom wear jewels and crowns. In this spiritual union their robes are fashioned of salvation and justice. The life-giving transformation within the nation is compared to the change in seasons when the earth, once covered by dull grays and browns of winter bursts forth with bright colours of spring garden. This imagery also reverses the conditions that prevailed earlier with the neglect of land because of the warfare.

In the Second Reading Paul invites us always to rejoice, to pray without ceasing, to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us. We should always rejoice because God has done great things for us in our life. We should always pray to secure our daily communion with the Lord God. We should always give thanks because all things come from God for the purpose of our sanctification as His children. We should do this in the name of Jesus because it is through Christ, the only Mediator between God and man, that we receive our salvation. During the season of Advent, we are reminded of the purpose of the preparation and the reason for the joy, namely, the truly joyful occasion of the birth of Jesus. Then, we are told not to quench the Spirit, meaning not to block his inspirations in our hearts. Jesus gave us the indwelling Holy Spirit to sanctify us. Through the Spirit of God, we learn to respect the words of the prophets because in the Holy Scriptures we find the promises of God the Father. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the ability to test everything, perceiving what is good so we may hold fast to it. We have the ability to perceive what is evil so we may abstain from it. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher, our Guide, and our Comforter, the source of Divine knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Through the Spirit of the God of peace, it is God Himself who sanctifies us entirely, soul, spirit and body. It is by His power through the Church Sacraments that we keep our soul and body sound and blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In today’s Gospel Reading, the word of God tells us that God sent John the Baptist with a special divine mission, as a witness to announce the coming of the Light that is found in Jesus Christ. The poetic prologue to the Gospel of John is interrupted by the insertion of the reference to John the Baptist. This Gospel in fact wants to show the close relationship between Jesus and John but it does not give John the title the Baptizer. It is within the context of light and darkness that the reference to John is made. However, his purpose was clearly limited to one function, namely, to testify to the Light. He told his audience that he is not the light, but the one who bears witness to the light. Further John the Baptist testified that he was the voice crying in the wilderness, telling all those who came to him, to prepare themselves for the coming of the Lord. He proclaimed to the people a baptism of repentance by water, and gave testimony that the year of the Lord’s favour had now arrived. He told them that he not the Messiah or a prophet. At the same time John also testified in humility that he was not worthy to untie the thong of His sandal, of the one who was coming after him. So great was the Divine Presence of the Lord, the King of kings, that John the Baptist felt unworthy to even to perform the task of a slave. These words echo the spiritual attitude that we should embrace during the season of advent as we wait for the coming of Jesus.

The Gospel of today explains the role of John the Baptist perhaps to overcome some misunderstandings that existed mainly among the followers of John, which continued to remain close to John’s teaching even after the death of Jesus, and hoped that John might be the Messiah. Mark emphasizes the fact that John was sent by God as a messenger and there was the close relationship between the two. The evangelist did not surely aim to reconstruct the historical John. He is clarifying the faith perspective of Christians on John’s role in relationship with Jesus. He has two different groups, the priests and the Levites on the one hand and the Pharisees on the other questioning about his authenticity. It is clear that the religious leaders in Jerusalem were puzzled as to John’s role and identity. This gives John the opportunity to clarify him and to flatly deny any claims of being the Messiah. He told them that he is not Elijah who had been taken up into heaven and was expected to return to prepare the way of the Lord. Nor was he a prophet like Moses, expectations of whose return was discussed in some circles. This is equal to denying any possible connection to a messianic connection of any kind. Drawing a slightly modified version of Prophet Isaiah chapter 40, John defined his role as the voice of the one crying in the desert. He bore witness and he pointed to another who was in fact the Messiah, and was already among them. He further declared his total unworthiness before him and told them that they could not compare him to the person of Jesus. John’s answer was startling, unique and beautiful. He clarified his special role to the people and gave a special place to Jesus in his life. He told them that he was called upon to Baptize with water and present as one who prepares the way of the Lord. Stressing on the dignity of Jesus, John said that he is not even worthy to untie the sandals of the Messiah.

John’s testimony was surely the world shaking news. He was called upon to bear witness to the light and tell the world that God’s eternal plan for man is being implemented and the incarnation of his divine son has already taken place. There was the invitation to repent and to have a change of heart to re-enter into the mystery of the Trinity. For over two thousand years God has been preparing the world of man for this staggering event. He chose Abraham and a whole nation granting them the prophets to prepare for his coming. John was the last of the great line of Prophets and as Jesus himself says he was the greatest of them all. He had the privilege to point out to the audience the Son of God in human nature, indicating the Lamb of God who would take the sins away. He was privileged to listen to the God’s voice at the river Jordan when Jesus was baptized. He was surely the man sent by God. John was sent not only for his contemporaries, for the Jews of his day, but for people of all time. Over the past two thousand years the good news of Jesus reached grater part of human kind. However like the group that came to John to question about his teaching and work have been present in every generation. Like the Pharisees of those days people often are controlled by pride, self-centeredness and self-righteousness. The modern age makes them feel that God is not necessary in the world of today. Let us listen to the call of John the Baptist and respond to the God who is coming to us.

Life of John the Baptist, despite his sacrifices and hardships was full of joy that is if we define joy as a state of bliss over having or expecting something or someone that you love. In this sense Christianity is a way of life in Joy, which is not a passive waiting for the coming of Christ but an active participation in his presence. As Paul places before us the three pieces of good advice that summarizes our Christian life: rejoice, pray and render thanks. We rejoice in the glorious presence of God among us particularly in the Eucharist. We pray as Jesus did to keep ourselves in union with God in the Trinity. We express our gratitude to him who has placed on us multitude of gratuitous gifts. That is why St Augustine tells us that a Christian should be an Alleluia from head to foot. St John of the Cross says that the soul of one who serves God always swims in Joy, always keeps holiday, and is always in mood for singing. Today we are invited to be joy-filled witnesses of Jesus like John the Baptist and to be rays of sunshine in the darkness of the world.

We heard the word of God today. These beautiful texts we heard proclaimed to us in their totality remind us that true joy and happiness is to be found only in God. If we are not finding our joy and happiness in God we are under an illusion and sooner or later God will give us the painful grace of allowing that illusion to give way to reality. God is the answer. Only in God can we find true joy and happiness. Those who abandon God are on the road to sorrow and pain. Advent reminds us that the joyful answer to our problems lies in God. So when Jesus summarized the first three commandments as loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength he was really giving us a prescription for deep and permanent joy and happiness. Any unhappiness we experience is really an experience of the lack of God. God is the fulfillment of our anxieties and worries, of our needs, of our greed. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas and the coming of God into our lives through Jesus we need also to remind ourselves that we have been called to be the means to bring Jesus into other people’s lives. It is indeed necessary to have Christ at the center of a Merry Christmas. Christ is the one and only gift at the center of a Merry Christmas.

During the season of Advent we see John’s role that is very similar to ours. On the one hand, we come after Jesus and are the beneficiaries of his being among us, sharers in the life he has brought. On the other hand, it is our role to go before him, clearing the way so that he may come into the lives of other people. This is our apostolic, our evangelizing responsibility. Like John, we are not the Light but we are called, by our baptism, to bear witness to the Light by all we say and do. This has to be manifested in our daily lives living as persons who prepare the way of the Lord. Again as Paul invites us to manifest the sense of joy in our heart and to rejoice in the Lord because he is coming and is close to us. The first reading through the Prophet tells us to proclaim freedom and bring about healing to the weary people. Let us make our preparation of Christmas a happy waiting for the Lord who is coming to us, who has already come and is certain to come again. The joy of Jesus, the joy of Christmas can only be ours to the extent that we work with Jesus to bring that joy into the lives of others too. The place where Jesus is waiting to meet us is particularly in the Eucharist which is a celebration of Joy. We also discover him in the person of the poor, and of those long suffering physical or moral imprisonment – even prisons of their own making. If we bring them joy this Christmas, we ourselves will find that joy for ourselves.

May God bless you all

In communion of prayers

Fr. Simon Khurshid

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