All posts filed under: Jesus

What happens when you offer your own “sacrifices” at the beginning of the year?

5 min read The answer to the question posed in the post’s title is—God shuts the heavens over you. God will not move on your behalf. Let me unpack this Israel was in decline. They had rebelled against Yahweh, his statutes and his prophets. Time and time again Yahweh sent prophets to warn them of impending doom but instead, they raised the middle finger to their God. Things got worse for them. They were struck with famines and droughts. They lost wars against enemies. They died from sickness and diseases. Yet despite their rebellion, God loved them, and when they turned to him he immediately turned their misfortunes into blessings. He healed them. He blessed them. He provided for them. He protected them. But as human nature loves to coil back to its default mode of sinning, they turned their backs against Yahweh time and time again.

Unto us a child is born

2 min read Every Christmas for the past seven years, these words cross my mind and when they do, I pause for a moment and just wonder. These are the words God’s answer to everything that terrorized us was not an army or king but a child. I guess I may have listened to these words in a sermon or read them in a book. I will not take credit for such impressive words. These words have lent meaning to Christmas time, for me. Ever since the gospel of grace powered itself into my heart, my appreciation for Christian celebrations came full circle. 

At Christmas, God became one of us

Estimated Reading Time: 3 min, 25 sec I don’t know how this got started but for some years now, whenever Christmas time comes around, this song, One of Us, written by Eric Bazilian, and originally released by Joan Osborne, unconsciously taps itself into play. It’s as if my memory bank set this song to auto-play whenever it’s Christmas. And it plays on repeat throughout. I wake up in the morning and the first thing I hear is the chorus of the song.  Here’s the chorus of the song What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us  Just a stranger on the bus  Trying to make his way home? Songwriters: Eric Bazilian / Eric M. Bazilian One of Us lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc When I first listened to this song, I thought it was sacrilegious. My view of God was of a being in heaven with all power and majesty. A God too pure to be equated to us. A God too lofty to be reduced down to human terms. And yet this …

Into the throne of grace

Estimated Reading Time: 2 min, 42 sec Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) Jenny and I use Hebrews 4:16 often when we pray together. Most mornings before we leave the house we ask the Lord for grace. Just ten minutes of prayer and Holy Communion does it for us, and Hebrews 4:16 will undoubtedly be used in our prayers. Aren’t we spiritual people? Lol. Roll your eyes. A gospel purist would argue that New Covenant Christians are already (present tense) at the throne of grace, that we are seated with Jesus in heavenly places, that we are at the right hand of the Father, and Hebrews was written to Jews who needed instruction on the contrasts between the Old and New Covenant. I concede.  I had a look at the Greek word for to and saw something interesting. The Greek word for to is eis, which means to or into. To or into are prepositions and …

Three things Jesus gives to hurried and hungry people

Estimated Reading Time: 4 min, 49 sec But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities.  Mark 6:33-34 (NKJV) A picture is formed in our minds. A picture that modern people are certainly conversant with. We are ever running. You and I are running from or running towards something. We are ever in continuous motion. Always in a dash, going here and there. We run from our own failures, guilt, condemnation, enemies, voices in our heads, the police, the landlord, the bank, etc. We run to the next deal, property, career position, conference, investment opportunity, network, contract, tenders, party, etc. Like Satan, we go to and from the earth, and from walking back and forth on it (Job 1:7 NKJV) And most pointedly, we run because we seek for something spiritual. We may not be conscious or able to articulate what we are seeking for, but because we are spiritual beings first, our running back and forth is a search for something that will satisfy our …

Why a correct view of God is beneficial to your health

© November 22, 2018 | Schulter Etyang There is a direct correlation or link between your view of God and your health and a general state of being. A view of God that views him ONLY as Master, and you as Slave, or Subject, could lead to health issues such as anxiety disorders (extreme fear, worry), high blood pressure, obesity, and even mental illness (depression, PTSD etc).  I am not in any way dismissing other sources of health issues such as poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and even hereditary links. For this post, I want to lay the blame for some health issues at the feet of the wrong understanding of who God is. 

Exhausted? Sick? Here’s some good news for you

© November 14, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  And having seen the crowds He was moved with compassion concerning them because they were exhausted by their troubles and their long, aimless wanderings, and had thrown themselves to the ground in an utterly prostrate condition as sheep not having a shepherd. Matthew 9:36 (Wuest – The New Testament: An Expanded Translation) Our world is full of exhausted people. From Wall Street to K-Street, boardrooms to the warehouse floors, father to the newly born baby, pulpit to the Children’s Church. We are an exhausted world. The two Greek words used for fainted and scattered in the KJV version are eklyo and rhipto, which mean to become weary (exhausted), to the point of fainting and to throw down, respectively. Imagine the Rock’s Rock bottom move in WWE. That is what it means to be thrown to the ground. Where does this exhaustion come from? 

Jesus the friend that asks, seeks and knocks

© November 2, 2018 | Schulter Etyang It is a common thread in my posts to read these words – Jesus’ ministry was under the law and his ministry was primarily to the Jews, first. Occasionally, he would be interrupted by a gentile woman or officer, but his audience was primarily the Jews. When you get these two things mixed up, you will misinterpret who Jesus is and what he did. In misinterpreting who Jesus is and what he did, two things happen. Firstly, we become proud and self-righteous because we believe we are living in obedience to everything Jesus said. Alternatively, we are overwhelmed with guilt and condemnation, if we have failed to live up to his words. 

A new reformation within the Charismatic Movement

© November 4, 2017 | Schulter Etyang This week we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On 31st October, 500 years ago, a German monk by the name of Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the All Saints Church. He also sent the theses with a letter to Albert of Brandenburg the Archbishop of Mainz. His one-act sparked religious, intellectual, political, and cultural change that completely altered the Church and the then world. What took place was earth-shattering, to say the least. The Catholic Church splintered, and the Protestant movement was formed with the after-effects still being felt to this day In his 95 theses, he argued that faith in Jesus alone and not selling of indulgences or good works was the only way to obtain pardon for sin (sola fide). He also argued for the sole reliance on scriptures (sola scriptura) as the foundation for the beliefs in the Church. Let me not get you tangled up in the weeds. Basically, his action was summed up in this – …

Jesus’ sayings – what these sayings meant

© October 16, 2018 | Schulter Etyang I think the founders of every major religion in the world, roll in their graves when they hear how their words are misconstrued by religious leaders. Every major religion in the world has had some form of their religion misinterpreted with brutal consequences. Within these religions are theologians, teachers, custodians of the traditions, etc. who have to constantly grapple with the threat posed by heretical interpretations and teachings of their faiths.  At one stage in history, the Christian faith had to grapple with the Crusades. The Muslim faith is presently dealing with their own version of “the Crusades” namely ISIL/S. ISIL/S is the “Crusades” of the Muslim faith. Here’s the point – the Crusades and ISIL/S were formed out of misconstruing the words of the founders of their faiths, which led or has led to untold suffering to millions, even billions around the world.