- “That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” [John 17:21-23]
- “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” [1 Corinthians 12:27]
- “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” [Hebrews 10:24-25] Continue reading 21 Steps to Biblical Fellowship
Here are three links that will (hopefully) inform, inspire and encourage you today. Enjoy;
- In ABORTION AND THE GOSPEL, Russell Moore discusses how abortion is really a Gospel issue. He highlights the fact that most people who carry out abortions are actually Pro-Life. They are conservative, Christians who believe that abortion is murder. Still, they go ahead and do it. Why? Read and find out.
- If you’re a regular visitor at this blog, you’ve probably noticed that I tend to put a lot of emphasis on knowing “the right things” about God and knowing them in “the right way”, which may have ended up making Christianity look a bit too complicated and intellectual. I hope this post, HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO KNOW? by Michael Horton, will encourage you by dispelling many misconceptions about how much one needs to know to be considered a true convert.
- Finally, JESUS WAS A DIRTY, DIRTY GOD is a fresh look by Johnnie Moore, on the humanity of Christ, and why this should encourage rather than discourage us. “In Jesus we meet a Savior who understood the desire to sleep just a few more hours, and who had to control his temper sometimes. In Jesus we find a God we can relate to because he chose to relate to us.”
Enjoy your reading and have a blessed day.
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” [John 21:25]
I love reading. I think anyone who has followed this blog for a while has already noticed this. I also write a lot, not just because I have the gift of writing, but also because I read a lot. It’s only natural that the two habits go together. If there’s any word that describes a writer, it is that he or she is a reader. In the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of visiting places with lots of books. Good, biblical books for that matter (and other great mainstream books, too). From my pastor’s house, to the church library to my (future) publisher’s bookshop; a constant reaction in all these encounters with thousands of unread books has been, “So much to read, but so little time!” Continue reading Heaven Will Not Be Boring
“Salvation belongs to the LORD.” Psalm 3:8a
Some words are easier said than believed, and the words above are no exception. Do we really believe that salvation belongs to the LORD, and entirely so? I am not sure I always do. What happened last week is just one of many awakening reminders. I was at the park, hanging out with a couple of friends when this young man, probably in his early twenties, approached us. He looked fairly decent. Although his clothes were dirty, he was not haggard. I was aware of all the stories of con-men faking distress and seeking handouts from unsuspecting people. As a matter of fact, one had just passed by and I did not talk to him. I am not sure why this particular man was different. Probably because he spoke in impeccable English, with surprisingly too many vocabularies.
“Sir, if you don’t mind, I would just like to snatch a few minutes of your time and have a short discourse with you…”
He went on about how his mother had come to Nairobi, seeking medical treatment. He had come to visit her at the hospital a few months back… *incoherent details*… Now he was stranded in Nairobi and needed money to get back home, to Kisumu. It is the classic con-men story that I had heard and ignored a dozen times before. Continue reading Unmoved by the Gospel
Here are three links to some enlightening and encouraging reads to start off your week:
- AUGUSTINE: ON EVIL is a summary of Augustine’s ontological description/explanation of evil. For those who often have to deal with the question of why an all-good and all-powerful God would allow (not create) evil, it is my hope that this article will enlighten and encourage you. “The point is that evil and good are related, but that the relationship is not symmetrical. Evil (nothingness) is dependent upon good (existence), but good does not depend on evil. So it is correct, by Augustine’s reasoning, to say “There can be no evil without good” whereas it is mistaken to say “There can be no good without evil.””
- D. A. Carson’s FOR THE LOVE OF GOD devotional for 26th January explores the mysterious nature of God’s providence: “Providence is mysterious. It must never be used to justify wrong actions or to mitigate sin: Isaac and his family are more than a little sleazy, Judas is a deceitful wretch, Haman is vile, and the Roman court trying Paul is more than a little corrupt. Yet God sovereignly rules, behind the scenes, bringing glory out of gore and honor out of shame.”
- Finally, in 13 REASONS CHRISTIANS DON’T HAVE TO BE AFRAID, Jonathan Parnell, quoting John Piper, reminds us that fear is really just a distrust of God’s sovereignty, power and goodness.
May you find rest in God’s sovereignty. Have an enlightened and fearless day, friends.
This song reminds me of an earlier post written on a related subject, Volunteers in Hell, in which I noted that “God doesn’t send people to hell, they volunteer.” Woe to the man who has grown up hearing the law of God, and the call of the Gospel, but still chooses to ignore it. Here’s a YouTube link to the song in-case you haven’t already listened to it.
The first verse reminds those who grew up in a Christian subculture, attending Sunday School and constantly being bombarded by Christian messages; that they have no excuse for ignoring God. They cannot claim ignorance. The song is in Swahili, so, here’s (my best effort at) an English translation: Continue reading Lyrical Review: WANAJUA by Mwenyehaki ft Pitson
Here are the links to blog-posts that I think are worth the break from whatever you’re doing today:
- Why are you a member of your local church? MARK DRISCOLL ISN’T MY PASTOR provides a sober and sobering perspective on what it means to be a member of a local church, despite the controversies and imperfections that may saturate that or other churches. “In the context of local church, it’s not my job to police the world, it’s my job to serve quietly, lead well, counsel gently, love deeply, walk humbly, do justly in the lives with whom I’m covenanted.”
- You’ve probably seen me use this phrase in some of my blog-posts, but WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “PREACH CHRIST”? David Murray gives it a shot. Preaching Christ is much more than just mentioning the name of Jesus in your message, or using Jesus as an example in a sermon, or even linking passages to the crucifixion of Christ.
- Finally, this poem by one of Kenya’s finest poets, Number 8’s NEW TESTAMENT is not just word-play, it is word-pray. This is one of the reasons I thank God for the gift of poetry. Enjoy.
Have a blessed reading time, friends.