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God’s I WILL in the law and God’s I WILL in the gospel and why it matters

© September 14, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Whether you are a Christian or a non-Christian, in order for you to know and understand the Christian faith, you need to get somebody who is able to rightly divide the Bible and its contents for you. I cannot emphasize this point enough. It is crucial, even lifesaving, that you understand the Bible, to then properly apply its teachings. If the Bible is misunderstood, it can lead to untold suffering. Yes, it can. The Bible in the hands of a novice will become an Uzi submachine gun – a novice with trigger happy fingers, ready to shoot and kill at will. The Bible, on the other hand, in the hands of a gospel centered expert, will become a well spring of joy. When the Bible is properly understood, it can lead to unspeakable joy and delight.

The scariest​ verses in the Old Testament

© August 8, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  In my view, these are the scariest and most devastating verses in the Old Testament. Jeremiah 15:1-2 (NKJV) Then the Lord said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favorable toward this people. Cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth. And it shall be, if they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you shall tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Such as are for death, to death; And such as are for the sword, to the sword; And such as are for the famine, to the famine; And such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.” If I were a Jew, these words would have devastated me. I would have broken out in a cold sweat. A chilling shiver would run down my spine. 

Jesus obeyed all of God’s commands​ for you

© August 1, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  Jeremiah 11:3-5 (NLT) This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Cursed is anyone who does not obey the terms of my covenant! For I said to your ancestors when I brought them out of the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt, “If you obey me and do whatever I command you, then you will be my people, and I will be your God.” I said this so I could keep my promise to your ancestors to give you a land flowing with milk and honey—the land you live in today.’” Then I replied, “Amen, Lord! May it be so.” Which covenant is this?  It is the Old Covenant, the law of Moses given to the nation of Israel in Exodus 20 NLT.

How beautiful are the feet​

© July 30, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  A few months ago, I met a Christian leader who wanted me to help him set up his blogging site. In our discussions, he specifically insisted that his bio must reference his work as a life coach. He did not want any outright reference to his work as a minister. His take was that most people don’t want spiritual talk or solutions to their issues. In his view, most people he encountered wanted principles that would make their lives better. Therefore, he needed to shed off his ministerial references if he could reach a wider audience other than just the church. Many years ago, I wanted my bio to read the same. I wanted to become a leadership guru. My theological and ministry training was geared towards acquiring top-notch leadership knowledge and skills to train leaders and run a world-class organization. I also did not want any reference to my religious credentials. 

The nameless servant

© July 24, 2018 | Schulter Etyang The prophet’s words in Isaiah 42:1-9 reveal an unnamed servant. “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! Who is this servant? Of course, the prophet’s prediction was about Jesus. The prophet tells us that Jesus, the second person of the Godhead would show up, and be without a name, and be seen and not heard.  He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street This is ridiculous. We know what a servant does, right? The Hebrew word used is ebed from abad, which means to work, to serve, to enslave, to keep in bondage, to make to serve. 

Thank you, Nelson Mandela!

© July 17, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Nelson Mandela, what a man! What a life. His persona, endearing. His heroic deeds, unmatched. A man who lived way before his time. A man who peered into the future, anchored himself in the present, reconciled the past and led not only South Africa but also the rest of the world into the future he envisioned. His future? Black and White living together in a non-racial South Africa – all of humanity living together in harmony. This was his vision. A few events have been planned around Johannesburg to commemorate the centenary of Nelson Mandela. This year, he would have been 100 years old. In particular, Barack Obama, the first African American president of the United States will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation, in Johannesburg on 17 July 2018.

A grace perspective on the Parable of the Talents

© June 29, 2018 | Schulter Etyang I still maintain that the Bible is not about us but about Jesus and his work for us. Failing to do so makes reading the Bible a dangerous endeavour. Whenever we superimpose ourselves on the Bible, two things happen; pride or apathy. When we read the Bible and discover that we have attained to its ideals, it produces in us pride. Ask the Pharisees, Sadducees and religious leaders of Jesus’ day. When we read the Bible, on the other hand, and discover that we have failed to attain to its ideals, it produces in us apathy or indifference. Which leads me to this parable in Matthew 25:14-28 about the man who left his workers with some money. This particular parable has been used to enforce an ROI (Return on Investment) thought that has been of great disservice to the storyteller and its hearers. We have made this parable about us and not about Jesus. 

The party tent

Edited by WordPress.com staff © June 26, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Amos, an Old Testament prophet, belts out this fascinating words about the restoration of a fallen tent. He calls this tent, David’s tent. He tells the nation of Israel that God will repair the holes in it, restore its ruined places and will rebuild them as they were a long time ago. (Amos 9:11-12 GW) What is he talking about? Hundreds of years later, the same words are repeated by the leaders of the early Church when they met to discuss what to do with these Gentiles whom God had saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 15:16-18 GW) We have to go to King David and see what this tent was all about. David took the Ark of the Covenant that he had abandoned in Obed Edom’s house and brought it back to Jerusalem. Initially, he had tried to bring it, from Abinadab’s house, but things didn’t go so well. On his second try, he did it the right way, and brought the Ark of the Covenant …

No way Jesus, You come!

© June 21, 2018 | Schulter Etyang I’m sure you are familiar with Peter’s story and how he walked on water. It’s a Bible story that is as old as your Harry Potter’s novels or your Lord of the Rings trilogy. Even if you are the irreligious type, you have certainly heard of this story. It’s a popular cultural expression for doing something that seems nearly impossible.  This particular sticking point that Jesus and Peter walked on water, however, has made many people to disprove the Christian faith. Who can walk on water, they ask. Such stories, they believe, are a figment of our imagination.

Happy Father’s Day

© June 17, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  On Father’s Day, many of us will wake up with a feeling of angst. It is supposed to be a day when we are celebrated but to most of us, it’s a day burdened with regrets because everything will be geared towards reminding us of our failures.  Worse, the day is on a Sunday. We will feel “obligated” to accompany our spouses and kids to a religious service. At the religious service, the speaker will talk about how true manhood looks like, how our religious founder exhibited those qualities, and that we now have to live up to his standard.