© Schulter Etyang 4 min read There are only two ways through which we receive blessings from God. The one way is to deserve the blessings, and the other is to not deserve (undeserved) the blessings. Deserved way Undeserved way The deserved way So, how do we try to deserve blessings from God? Non-Christians try to earn their blessings from God through good works or living good moral lives. They work hard. They are honest individuals. They pay their taxes. They love their spouses and kids. They participate in community projects that uplift the poor, orphan, widow, prisoner and immigrant. They are good citizens. They obey the laws of the land. They are good people. Christians try to earn their blessings from God also by being good or in their case being spiritual. They fast and pray. They give their tithes. They go to Church. They love God with all their heart, soul, strength and mind, and love their neighbours as themselves. They participate in community projects that uplift the poor, orphan, widow, prisoner and immigrant. …
© July 4, 2018 | Schulter Etyang You have had this desire for the longest time to meet someone that you really admire. This person is very powerful and wealthy. They have influence. They have credibility. Their gifts and talents are without comparison. They have topped the list on TIME’s 100 most influential people. Not once, not twice, but since TIME magazine started compiling this list. So, you put out a tweet or Facebook post requesting to meet them. Alas, they reply back and say, let’s do this. They give you the time, date and location. They are on the other side of the world, but they promise to fly out to meet you.
By Schulter Etyang John makes this claim about Jesus John 1:18 (BBE) No man has seen God at any time; the only Son, who is on the breast of the Father, he has made clear what God is. Was he right? Yes, he was. Not even Adam and Eve? The idea seems plausible. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve heard the sound of the Lord God walking about in the garden. The scripture is not ambiguous about this. If Adam and Eve had seen God, the writers would have indicated so. Jenny and I live in a double storey flat. When she is upstairs I can hear her moving around. I could write about hearing her walking in the room upstairs but that doesn’t mean I see her.
Seven years ago, I was introduced to this revolutionary idea that the bible was all about Jesus. This idea that the bible was all about Jesus rattled and unraveled me. It did. Now I cannot but see Jesus and his free grace in every story, event or person in the bible. This has in many ways re-shaped my thinking, transformed my affections. When I interact with the Christian, I try to shed some new light on stories in the bible and help them see Jesus. With the non-Christian secular or religious person, I try to help them understand what the Christian faith is really all about.
Dietitians and nutritionists have this common saying that goes like this, “You are what you eat”. Dr. Gillian McKeith wrote a very popular book titled, You are what you Eat. It became a bestseller and sold over 2 million copies. Apparently, it changed how we think today about food and nutrition. It is very evident from the obesity spikes that our generation really exemplifies this truth. We are the most obese generation that has ever walked the face of the earth. At least that’s what the experts say. Now the health community has discovered a new disorder called orthorexia.
© April 11, 2017 | Schulter Etyang For many years as a worship leader, I encouraged people during worship to lift their hands as a sign of surrender. During worship, I made it a priority to make sure that there will be a session where the whole church would lift up their hands. I actually loved the sight of it. Seeing lifted hands in worship is a sight to behold. It really is. I think the significance of that action is tremendous because we are doing it to our God. Nevertheless, I made the church lift up their hands because I had been taught that the lifting of our hands is a sign of surrender. As you may know, we lead as we are led. We really actually parrot what we have been taught. This is one area where I just repeated what I had heard from prominent worship leaders of that time.