The Ministry of ‘one’

Now a days, especially with the social media craze, huge numbers seem to be everything.  There are many who find their worth in the number of followers, facebook friends and video hits.  Sadly, even the church has joined the trend by glorifying in large number of church attendants. In the Book of Luke, the Bible talks about the woman who went in search for one lost coin. Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors…

What to do until the storm passes by

On the journey of life, you are sure to have bumps in the road.  From time to time you will experience delay or even be derailed.  When you are face with hard times it is crucial that you understand and know that hard times are not permanent, they eventually pass.  The question is, “how do you keep it together until the storm passes?” 1. You have to remind yourself of the many times God delivered you from other storms. 2. Encourage yourself with the promises of God found in his Word. 3. Intensify your praise and thanksgiving to God; the…

It‘s permissible but is it beneficial?

Daily we are faced with situations that demand us to make choices.  While we are free to make the choice we do not get to choose the consequence of our decision. As Christians, the Word of God should be the final authority in our lives.  We do not get to negotiate or compromise clear instructions from the Word.  But what do you do when there are no clear instructions from the Bible?  According to Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:23; we should consider if what we want to do is beneficial or constructive.  If it is not, it is suggested not…

Your were not created in vain

Am I the only one, especially in real tough times question why did God made me, or think it would have been better if I were not born? Isaiah 45 instructs us on how to deal with these negative thoughts. What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be? Ish 45:9 Firstly, we must make peace with our Creator. We did not make ourselves and we must…

Trust God’s timing

A few years ago I wanted to buy a vehicle so badly that I was willing to jump through hoops in order to get it.  After all, I was tired of taking the bus and this certainly was not the life I was accustom to prior to my divorce.  I went to a car mart, selected a van and the dealer assured me that he was able to get a loan on my behalf.  “It’s a given.” He said.  “I will submit the documents and call you when the loan is approved.” Two days later, I was called and it…

Faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted

More often than not after your studies you will be given a test or multiple tests to see if you had learned anything.   Likewise what God has said to you will also be tested.  A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted. As Christians we do not walk by explanation, we walk by faith.  God did not promise to explain everything to us.  The things of God cannot always be explained; it  can only be revealed.  We have to believe what God said He will do. God has a plan for each of us and He has special parameters around…

Character change anyone?

The story is told about a man who was awoken by the scent of rotting, stinky cheese. To get away from the scent, he quickly went outside his house but even there he could still smell the scent.  He tried moving to different places to get away from the scent but the scent seems to follow him everywhere he goes.  Soon after he found out that the reason why he continued to smell the rotting, stinky cheese is because it was on the top of his nose; placed there by his grandchildren who played a prank on him while he…

Are you deeply rooted?

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water..” (Psalm 1:3)   If your root is shallow it takes nothing to make you topple over.  Examples of someone with shallow roots are: Finding security in your job, bank account, relationship and position. However, job can be lost, investment can go south, relationship can end and position can be taken away.  For people who rely on these things, they will easily fall apart if they were to lose the very thing that makes them feel secure. But for those whose roots are planted in Christ they will…

Controlling anger that stems from divorce

One of the emotions that I encountered during the separation and the aftermath of the divorce was anger.  I was extremely angry at my ex; how he seem to just replace my kids and I with his new, younger bride and their kids in less than 4 years of the separation.  I was angry at my pastor who knew us as a couple, knew about my ex infidelity but yet officiated at the wedding of my ex and his pregnant bride.  I was angry when the photos of my ex’s wedding flooded facebook and people in our circles congratulated him. …

After infidelity, trust must be re-earned

A friend of mine always says, “Monogamy is unnatural.”  If it is, then why does infidelity hurts so much? Along with shock and disbelief, the spouse that has been cheated on will also experience feeling of lack of trust towards her spouse. In time, one usually gets over the initial shock and disbelief but somehow the feeling of mistrust seems to linger for a very long time. When I was cheated on, I experienced feelings of anxiety each time my ex cell phone would ring; if he answered I wondered who he is talking to and if he doesn’t I…