So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.
Last year I met an old friend who shared some churchy perceptions with me. He was still a young man when his trend of going to church was halted. ‘Rogy’ was your typical church going boy and a guitarist who diligently offered his services to the praise and worship department. But he had a problem. ‘Rogy’ smoked cigarettes. He didn’t mention that he was trying to quit, but in my opinion, it’s possible that he could have, had he been shown some love and embraced by true love. Sadly, what happened is, he was judged by church members who learnt about his smoking and condemned like an outsider. So he stopped going to church.
That is the part of his story which he shared, but from catching up with this dear friend, I have also observed that while he is an elderly adult, his life hasn’t been seamless, for he has a broken family and hasn’t seen peace for the longest time. So here is the thing, Rogy still believes in God, but the only problem is that he doesn’t quite believe in the church, whereby the church, to him, translates to Christians. Now you tell me that this is not a formidable problem the church owns!
Rogy’s story inspired me to
For five seconds, Kena and Ziki stare into each other’s eyes. No words, just lengthy looks and shy smiles. A lot is communicated, a special bond emerges. Their ‘relationship’ loosens up and blooms. They go on dates. They talk about everything and then, nothing-and then in a moment, at home…the two girls get lost in each other’s eyes, overtaken by affection, their lips draw closer, to share a kiss…
Let’s take a moment and digest that. Till that point, I can almost hear the screeching confusion in your head, breathe in…exhale! You need to breathe because life is a complicated sphere. It is for so many people than imagined, as portrayed in ‘Rafiki’ (friend) – a film by Wanuri Kahiu.
Sweet girl had been sick for a while. Her parents had tried all they could to heal her. From cooking for her the best healthy meals, to searching for herbs in the woods, to taking her to the best hospitals. They probably did all this but nothing changed, she was still ill. When her father, Jairus walked out to seek help, she let go and was no more.
As parents, relatives and friends gathered to mourn the death of the little girl
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place.”
Ephesians 6:14 (NIV)
Every ‘truth’ is right! At least according to the person who believes it. Human beings have passed through trails of hyper intelligent persons. Such are historic intellectuals like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexandria the great, Confucius, just to mention but a few. These people formulated
I believe that at some level, we all have been learning about impactful witness. After realizing that Christians are designated heirs through grace, and even after receiving Jesus as Lord and savior, sin never stop badgering a believer. That is the same reason why we also should never stop pestering God to forgive our faults. However, does this mean we stop doing or trying our best to stay righteous?
According to the word,
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
He could not flex his body. His hands and feet were tied in chains. His breathe restricted in a stuffy cube. His voice was nothing but whispers, choked from wailing. And when he cried, no tears came out.
Lucas was totally defenseless at that instant. But right then, at the thought of losing it all to a force that had taken his freedom from him