Posts from 2021

Posts from 2021

I Know Who God Says I am

One song I have come to love very much is “I know who I am” by Sinach.  There is this affirmation of the relationship we have with God in the lyrics that is soothing and assuring.  I also find that the songwriter kind of concludes that the knowledge of oneself as a result of knowing who God says I am.  “I know who God says I am, what he says I am, where he says am at, I know who…

Only God

Someone sent me a video this week of a well-known motivational speaker who was talking to an audience about friendships and relationships. I called her a motivational speaker because very often her talks are not based on the Word of God.  I must confess though that I find a lot of her talks very interesting.  In this one she was talking about how one needs to move on and find other friends the moment you become the most successful among…

Give Life To Your Pastors In Encouragement

This week, Pastors in many churches are being appreciated by their congregants.  Most will be appreciated with money or material gifts, which is awesome.  We show our appreciations of people and situations mostly by giving material gifts.  Pastors could however use a lot more than material gifts.  Pastoring a Church or Ministry in general is never easy.  If it were just about writing and delivering sermons, gifted writers and orators will make Pastoring a stroll in the park.  It however…

What Are You Called?

When my son was born, it was a brand-new experience for us.  My wife then and I had never experienced anything like that.  So, we did not know what to do as we were, so to say, novices in this wonderful life experience.  We were also many thousand miles away from home, so the usual mother-in-law coming to help was not available for us.  We had Lamaze class, but that was just to take us through the birth itself.  We…

Marked For Service

Several years ago, a group of college boys showed up at the door of our Church.  They had been invited by a young lady from their college to come and worship with her at her Church.  So, they showed up and it was obvious that coming to Church was not their forte.  Many of them had tattoos on their bodies and the typical Christian would have written them off as non-starters.  Fast forward to the end of the Service, some…

Sharing The Grace Of Friendship With Our Neighbors

At our Bible fellowship last week, we watched this movie titled “The Good Lie”, an American Drama written by Margaret Nagle.  It was a captivating story of how five orphans along with other children embarked on a difficult journey to Kenya and ultimately to the United States.  One thing very obvious in the movies is the brotherhood, sisterhood, and sense of camaraderie that existed among all the children who embarked on this journey.  The sacrificial love that these children were…

Privileged To Be A Blessing

Many of us are highly privileged, although we seldom accept that we are.  Privileges can often lead one to become dispassionate about the social issues that are going on around us.  In fact, privileges are quick to become instruments of oppression.  A person who grew up in an affluent family is quick to look down on those from modest backgrounds and call them lazy.  Folks from privileged backgrounds often blame people stricken with poverty for their own misfortune.  We tend…

Seeing Myself As God Sees Me

There is a great revelation for us when we are able to see spiritually.  We can finally see ourselves the way God sees us.  How do we see ourselves the way God sees us?   This kind of vision involves a change in our mindset that only the spirit of God can help us achieve.  Many times, we tend to see ourselves from the mirrors that the world hands to us rather than the one the Lord has given us through…

ALWAYS FULL OF THANKSGIVING

“Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, NIV). Many times I do wonder about my prayer life. I wonder how many times I remember to thank God for His goodness over me, considering the uncountable number of times the Lord has shown Himself faithful in my times of distress.  Prophet Habakkuk’s example is quite instructive. He was complaining about why the wicked prospered while the righteous suffered.…

Overcoming Misperceptions By The Spirit

Several years ago, I was on a trip with my boss from Athens, Ohio to Tulsa, Oklahoma.  We were traveling in his private Airplane, a Beechcraft Bonanza.  Before then, my boss has been encouraging me to take up flying lessons, but I was not in the least interested.  The problem was, although my profession requires flying, I was very afraid of heights.  My calculations were that somehow, I can avoid the flying part of my job.  Being only two of…

Loving Our Neighbors: The Challenge Of “Otherness”

It is no secret that our place or location in life often determines how well we recognize the needs of others.  Folks who are well placed many times miss the point when it comes to recognizing needs.  In fact, well-to-do Christians find it difficult to love people who are still struggling to meet basic needs of life because they might consider them as not being in their class or as lazy people who have squandered their opportunities.  The problem is…

Grace To Grow Even In The Mess Of Our Sins

On Thursday I was talking to the Kingdom Men of our Church about personal Ministry.  We talked about how important it is for every man to grow spiritually in order to be the man that the Lord wants us to be.  The neutral point of our discussion is that personal ministry is very important for a man to grow spiritually but that in order for this to happen a man has got to get off the bench and get into…