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For some years now, I’ve developed a habit of reading through the whole bible. I formed this habit out of the rediscovery of the gospel of grace. I heard these words from several people, that “the bible is all about Jesus”, and these words ignited a desire in me to read this ancient text to find out if what they told me was true. It is true. The bible, this ancient text is all about Jesus.
This year, I got myself a new bible and begun following a bible reading plan. If you are interested, I use the Olive Tree app. The app has several bible reading plans. I use the Chronological plan. This plan helps you to move through the bible in chronological order—according to recent historical research as the order of events occurred. I enjoy it. Try it.
Genesis 1-3 was my first reading of the year. Genesis 1:22 reads and God blessed them. Them? Swarms of living creatures in the waters and the birds of the sky.
Vs 28 and God blessed them and said to them. Them? Adam—a general term for humankind. By this time, Eve wasn’t there yet. So, in a generic sense, God blesses all humankind—Adam.
What did God say over them?
Genesis 1:28 NLT
Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
As usual, some words give me an itch I have to scratch. The word blessed is such. The Hebrew word for blessed is barak, which means lightning (noun). Its verb form means to kneel, be adored, to lavish with praise and affection.
Continue reading “God’s barak over you in 2020.”
It’s been a while since my last post. Been busy moving house. I’m only catching my breath now. They say moving house is the next most stressful thing after a family member dying. I always thought the former was a joke until it happened. What a stressful time it has been. The moving scrambled my reading and writing rhythm. It was hectic. Anyway, Jenny and I are beginning to have a semblance of normalcy in our new home. With this “normalcy”, I thought I should sign off 2019 with a list of literary works I’ve enjoyed reading.
So, here we go
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South Africa’s national rugby team known as the Springboks or the Boks arrived from Japan with the Webb Ellis Cup. They defeated the English Roses with an emphatic 32-12 win. They made history. Siya Kolisi was the first black captain of the team. This was a momentous achievement. You need to live in South Africa to know what this meant to the nation and especially to black South Africans. Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe were the first players in rugby history to score tries in a final. It hadn’t happened before. The Springboks were also the first team in history to have lost their first game against the All Blacks and gone on to win the main cup. A lot of firsts.
When they landed at ORTIA—the O. R Tambo International Airport, jubilant South Africans from across the nation met them. It was a glorious homecoming. I watched on TV the scenes unfold at the airport. Jenny was on her laptop finishing some work. Bad!
As usual, I see grace; I see the gospel everywhere. Grace is present everywhere. The point of this short post is to showcase grace in this historic win.
Here is grace
Continue reading “Echoes of grace in the Springboks Rugby World Cup Win”
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Pop psychology tells us to do this—believe in yourself, all you need is inside you, look within you. We are constantly being bombarded with images and stories that tell us if we believe in ourselves, we would get the promotion at the workplace, or become a better spouse, or do well at school, etc. In our age of social media, insta-influencers post pictures, videos and write inspirational blog posts on the power of believing in yourself. Pop psychology teaches us the ills we see in ourselves and in the world are because we don’t really believe in ourselves—that we have low self-esteem.
Now Peter one of Jesus’ first followers tried pop psychology and….
Here’s the story.
Continue reading “Trippin’? Here’s some good news for you.”
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A few days ago, l listened to Tim Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church talk on personal prayer, and in his message, he made this statement that “Prayer is an act of rebellion against the status quo.” This line of thought seemed out of place with the rest of his talk because his subsequent points did not match. The thought stood out on its own like a sore thumb, like a socket out of joint. The feelings it provoked in me, though, were stunning almost breathtaking, blows to the gut feelings and yet restful and comforting.
Think of this, most Christians consider prayer a nuisance, an interference, a waste of time, a break in the stride. Why pray when I could just solve this problem, when I can just send that email, tweet or Facebook post, when I can just take my wife on holiday and our marriage will come right, when I can just kiss the ring and I will get the promotion, when I can just sleep with him or her with no commitment, when I can just work myself to death to live in that suburb or drive that latest BMW series? Why pray? U domkop wena for praying, an Afrikaans and Zulu saying that means you are stupid, a dunderhead, literally you are dumb for praying and not doing something about your situation. When ego, strength, power, control, planning, etc., are celebrated, praying, a counterintuitive act goes against the grain, it’s an act of rebellion against the status quo.
Suddenly, it seems as if that statement opened the floodgates for other ideas. I thought about what rebellion means, what status quo means and developed these thoughts.
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There are no Bible verses that have suffered more at the hands of charismatic preachers than these I’m about to share with you. There are many of them but these rank as the worst. These Bible verses are a staple among charismatic Christians—a movement I belong to and cherish.
The misinterpretation and misapplication of these Bible verses have produced three kinds of charismatic Christians.
- Those who have seen their prayers answered because they did what these verses told them to do. They have tremendous stories of things that have happened in their lives. They applied the principles taught in these verses and voila, everything changed for them.
- And then there are those who prayed and prayed some more, and nothing happened. The ones who eventually left the charismatic movement, disillusioned by having no results in their lives.
- And there are those who still pray, pray and pray some more, hoping their persistence will pay off. They are desperate. They will hang in there until God blesses them. Like Jacob, they will not let go until God blesses them. They are still at it, even to this day.
The misery and carnage left behind by these verses are of untold proportions.
Let’s follow the story. Shall we?
Continue reading “Have no doubt”
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Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. “What is your request?” he asked. She replied, “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.” But Jesus answered by saying to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?” “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!” Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup. But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. My Father has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.” Matthew 20:20-23 (NLT)
Oh, mothers and their sons. They will do anything for their sons. James and John’s mother is one suburbanite lady who is always looking out for their best. She gets her sons into the best schools, social clubs, and even restaurants. She is a pusher. She knows the mayor’s wife and had good social connections. She is a career woman. She frequents beauty spa’s twice a week. Her exercise regimen, bar none. Her marriage is not that great, but hey, her two sons are her pride and joy, her significance and worth. Of course, they are. Most important of all, she is a spiritual woman. Oh, she goes to Church. She leads the lady’s ministry. She sings with the worship team. She is a super mum.
She approaches Jesus, kneels down and asks Jesus a favor. “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left. Is that workable, Jesus? Could you make that happen? These are good boys. I have raised them well. Look, they even follow you. I mean, I raised them as instructed by King Solomon, If a child is trained up in the right way, even when he is old he will not be turned away from it. See I have done my part, now do yours.”
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5 min listen This song “Great Jehovah” is from the yet to be released album titled Broken Record by Travis Greene. The album is set to be released on October 11, 2019. You can buy the song on Apple Music. Go get it. This is a grace-full song. Travis Greene makes much of grace. Yes. Before there was life You were seated on high From there You … Continue reading Great Jehovah by Travis Greene
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This is a short post by
Kathy writes a straight to the point poignant post about the challenges faced by two people of different faiths. In this case, Christian single people seriously considering getting married to a non-Christian.
If you are a Christian single man or woman, you should really consider the valuable wisdom Kathy Keller shares in her post. You could be saved from a lifetime of misery and heartache.
She writes, Marriage is HARD ENOUGH (emphasis mine) when you have two believers who are completely in harmony spiritually.
I ask, what about two people who don’t share the same faith? A million times harder.
Check it out.
Continue reading “Don’t Take It from Me: Reasons You Should Not Marry an Unbeliever by Kathy Keller”
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Last year, as Jenny and I celebrated our 7th year anniversary, I wrote on the 8 lessons we’d learned in our marriage. These are tough humbling lessons we’ve learned by observation and experience. You can read last year’s post here. In keeping with this tradition, this is what we’ve learned in our 8th year of marriage.
YOU CAN BE BOTH RIGHT AT THE SAME TIME.
Time and time again in our 8 short years of marriage, Jenny and I have had to make decisions, be they simple or complex ones, and both of us were right, at the same time. Let me share two examples.
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