Another Trick from the devil: Lower expectations on God’s blessings for your life

Another Trick from the devil: Lower expectations on God’s blessings for your life

Are we buying into cleverly crafted arguments that lower our expectations of what God is able to do in our lives? Is this a copying mechanism so that we should not be frustrated when our prayers apparently go unanswered? Which one would you rather be: try to shoot for the stars or simply not shoot for anything at all?    ...

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Your Responses to my two books on Amazon

I wish to express buckets of gratitude and appreciation to all of you who are ordering my two books ‘Receiving the Love of God‘ and ‘Stewarding the Love of God‘ from the Amazon Kindle Store, and especially to those of you who are taking time to email to let me know what you have liked about them. Importantly, some of you have even taken time to let me know what has not worked well in the books and have pointed out some typos. I really do appreciate this feedback. Your comments help my team and I sharpen the delivery of the important message of God’s love to frustrated Christians who are on the verge of giving up due to the ‘Gospel’ of Condemnation and Manipulation common in the Church today. We are therefore working tirelessly to address...

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Growing in Grace

Growing in Grace

The Bible calls on us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18). In effect, it calls on us to take charge in the process of our growth. In my reading, the Bible seems to assume that we have some measure of influence on how we can grow. And I have seen this principle repeated in various passages of Scripture. However, when I speak about this reality to Christians, some of them quickly respond that spiritual growth is something that is not in their sphere of influence; it is God’s doing all the way. They immediately warn me to be careful not to take on God’s role of influence but rather to know my limits. They even challenge the spirit of this principle and instead advocate for prayers aimed at asking God to make them grow in grace and in the...

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The real reasons behind ‘go and sin no more’

The real reasons behind ‘go and sin no more’

When you read the words of Jesus: “go and sin no more,” there is a temptation to summarise that the Gospel is all about telling people to stop sinning. At other times, it appears to be about believing that Jesus says this because God is holy and wants us to be holy so that we can dwell with Him. There are also undertones of the threat of going to hell.   When I looked at these verses, however, I see a different pattern emerging when I approach them from the perspective of understanding God’s love for humankind. Basically, I am seeing two new strands which are not really discussed but which I believe are even more powerful and in effect the best way to understand these stories. First, in every situation that Jesus said: Go and sin no more,...

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How Jesus processes our suffering

How Jesus processes our suffering

In the Bible, the instance Jesus first encountered Saul of Tarsus shows us God’s true character. Saul, on orders of the High Priest, was on his way to Damascus to deal with a group of people who had fallen under what the religious establishment considered a dangerous heresy – the first Christians. In Acts 9:4b (NIV), Jesus appeared to Saul and said: “Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?” Notice that, although Saul had never met Jesus until this point, Jesus did not acknowledge the Christians Saul was persecuting. Instead, without any narration, Jesus accused Saul of directly persecuting him. Jesus owned the entire persecution and suffering that the first Christians were going through. This is how closely Jesus associates himself with the suffering of...

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Why is it so hard to take a compliment?

Until recently, I really didn’t think my reluctance to accept compliments was a big deal. I always thought that I had to avoid coming across as pompous and self-important. And apparently, a significant number of people are either generally or in specific situations unable to accept compliments for pretty much similar reasons. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there were several postings online that addressed this particular issue. Interestingly, this reluctance to accept compliments also features in the Bible. Gideon was called the mighty man of valour (Judges 6:11-18). Mary was called called the blessed one. Yet both were troubled because God spoke to them positively. Zachariah actually went blind for a few months when he doubted God’s...

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