Whoever says Social Media is not good must have left earth together with Cain, the first son of Adam. Social Media has brought a lot of good to the human race of today. The best among them is an easy alternative of being blessed on earth here and also easily getting into Heaven. With this new technology, you do not have to strictly obey the numerous commandments in the Bible. You do not have to necessarily follow or imitate Christ. You do not have to worry your head over Christianity and all its confusing doctrines. Continue Reading
A smile spread across his face like a wild bush fire, even as the rain drops beat the top of his roof. In anticipation of the rain, he had cleared his land, removed tree stumps, burnt the gathered bush, tilted the ground and planted crops. “I can’t wait to see the harvest time”, he said to himself; as he dozed off.
in the dying moments of the game, thunderous chanting, vigorous drumming, heightened tension, flying emblems of both teams amidst breathless spectators awaited a winning goal. It was the finals of the UEFA champions’ league and supporters of both teams could not wait to see their team lift up the trophy.
Earlier that day, nothing could be appreciated more than the effect of friction on that day of examination, even as students scribbled codes that seem to be answers to a complicated puzzle.The perturbation on the faces of students could not be left unnoticed, as the results were about to be pasted.
Whilst sitting in the office, I felt like a grilled chicken, every question from the panel turned to cook a part of me. This job opportunity has been a dream all this while. Yet, the interview was a skull-cracker. Inexplicable cardiovascular reaction seized my trembling body as I receive a call from the company.
In preparation for a promise made centuries ago, we’ve got our passports ready. We have proclaimed abroad the indubitable truth of a KING whose reign will last throughout eternity. A blast of the trumpet and merrily we will be singing into HIS kingdom. Not defiling ourselves, we wait blithely for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
By: Justice Seke.
2 Peter 2:1 – ‘But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction’ – King James version
In recent times, the Christian community all over the world is witnessing what I call increasing ‘scandalous’ scandals involving most people who choose to call themselves ‘men of God’. As to if they are truly men of GOD, the end will surely justify that. The Ghanaian Christian community is perhaps one of the hardest hit. This is causing a lot of uproars and people are trying to give all kinds of reasons and meanings to recent happenings. I also have my own reasons to whatever is happening to the church of God. Continue Reading
They walked by my hut neatly dressed. Their ladies were in long skirts and modest cloth. They swung their Bibles with pride and had smiles all over their faces. They knocked on my door. I welcomed them into my house and asked of their mission. They held a booklet with pictures and took me through the story of JESUS. They told me wonderful stories of this man. They said if I believe in him everything will be ok. It does not cost much. They said I should turn from my evil ways. Continue Reading
There is this captivating story in 1 KINGS 17. Elijah announces to King Ahab that there shall be no dew or rain for three years except by his words. True to this pronouncement, there occurred a three year severe drought in Israel. But in the midst of all these calamities, God provided Elijah with a stream called Cherith. Also, he was fed by ravens daily. Then one day river Cherith dried up. Has your Cherith ever dried up? Your river Cherith could be your most adored pal, your comfortable academic standing, your spiritual life, your finances and the like. Did you ask yourself why your Cherith dried up?
Take it that you have this friend who stimulates your heart, soul and mind. Someone you spend all your good times with and think about the whole day through. Then one day you wake up to the news that that special someone is gone forever. Either she is dead or he is gone far from you. Suddenly, the path you threaded together is no more. Maybe in your first to third year, you worked very had and you’ve placed yourself in a very comfortable first class division. Then in your final year, before you could say jack, you drop drastically to second class lower. Nothing seems to be going on well in your academics. The stream is dry!
You started a wonderful walk with Christ when you were a freshman on campus. But after sometime you couldn’t just bring yourself to pray or study the Bible or even go for fellowship meetings. Your stream has run dry. It could be money matters. They could metamorphose from good to worse. Once you ate five times in a day. But it got to a time that you had to embark on involuntary hunger strike. Have you ever quizzed yourself why these things happen to us? The reason is quite clear. These comfort zones (loved ones, money, uninterrupted success, etc.) cannot perpetually satisfy us. The dangerous thing about our comfort zones is that, as we hung too long around them, we fall in love with them and forget about the Provider.
When your Cherith keeps flowing, you cultivate pride. Will you not walk about with both your nose and mouth in the sky if you were to have everything you dreamt of? Will a trouble-free relationship or enough spending money lose sight of the fact that we are only pilgrims passing through planet earth to a better land? Elijah nearly forgot about why he was in Israel until the stream dried up. Good things that come our way are not recipes for us to recluse, but for us to rest. The Cherith flowing in your life is for you to take a sip, and then continue your journey. Perhaps you’ve being tempted to quit and stay near a free flowing stream in your life. This could be perilous, so God dries up the stream and tells you, “It’s time to move on. There is more land to cover”.
When river Cherith dried up, Elijah had to follow God’s command and go to meet the needs of a dying widow and her son. Sometimes, when we are riding smoothly on the tides of life, we tend to forget about the vicissitudes of others. God’s blessings on our lives at times become barricades that keep us from drawing closer to HIM.
People of God, do not cry too long over your dried stream! Lift up your eyes to God who gave all these blessings – there are better days ahead. Next time a dear one disappears to nowhere, your average drops or you get broke, it is God saying “BREAK OVER PLEASE!”
TO ALL CHRISTIAN SINGLES OUT THERE- YOU GOT TO READ THIS.
there is this American pastor whose sermons and blogs i have grown to love so much. he states the word how it is supposed to be. he does not try to please his audience. he speaks to the very ills of society and to me, he is an end time prophet. he did this piece on relationship and its kinda worth reading. check it out. remember that i did not write it.
A Match Made in Heaven”
Singles Week Revisited – Part 1
Proverbs 3:6 – “Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct
your paths.” NLT
The vow of marriage is a vow. Therefore, we cannot experiment with casual dating, premature intimacy, and multiple simultaneous relationships. We must follow God, even while we are in the dating stage. If you are single, God must lead you! Many single’s conferences will tell you that there is no match made in heaven and that you choose your spouse on your own. They will say that it’s your choice who you choose to spend the rest of your life with. But my bible tells me that in all my ways, I should acknowledge God’s power, and he will direct me. How can I see the future? How could I ever know, with the stakes so high, that I’m choosing the right woman or man? You can’t, unless you are lead by the Spirit of the Lord. I refuse to believe that God won’t lead us to the spouse of his choosing. With society’s methods of raising children and exposing them to all kinds of spirits as they are growing up, there’s no telling these days what kinds of issues you are marrying into. God has to be first in order to be heard! So, if he is speaking to you at all, then why can’t he speak that man or woman of your dreams to you? Why can’t he say Yea or Nay before you say “I do?”
I encourage all singles to find yourselves and your place in God first. Before you ever pursue a relationship, pursue God. Wait until you hear the voice of God about your life, your future, and your purpose. Until the bible speaks to you, don’t do it! Until you are sure that God is leading you, don’t do it. Don’t leave it to chance! Do you honestly believe that God can lead you to the right job, or the right career, or can empower you to cast out devils, and heal the sick, but he can’t show you who your spouse should be? Trust God. Something as important and lasting as a marriage covenant should not be given to chance. And before you are ever blessed to marry the person of your dreams, you must first become a blessing for them!
Suggested Reading: Psa. 37:4, Matt. 6:33, Prov. 16:9, Prov. 19:21
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THE CHURCH ON CAMPUS AND POLITICS.
I remember it so vividly. It is almost a year now. After a marathon crisis meeting deep into the night to discuss issues relating to my hall and its bigger role in the affairs and future of KNUST, I decided to have a short nap before the day breaks up on me. I got to my room which faces the KATANGA lawn tennis court only to lose hope of any chances of sleep.
The voices were so loud they could wake the former Israeli Prime minister, Ariel Sharon from his years of coma. The first question I asked myself was, ‘which group of people were they?’. I decided to pay attention to the words. For the first ten minutes, they were speaking in ‘other languages’ so I could not get the purpose of this special prayer session. Then, all of a sudden I heard a chorus, ‘WE DECLARE PATRICK ADONU, THE SRC PRESIDENT OF KNUST, AMEN!!!’ This chorus became another prayer topic for God knows how long. Since I could not sleep again, I also begun to pray, declaring Katanga the beacon of hope for my university and an abode of peace.
The following day I got information that those who besieged the tennis court were a group of staunch Christians and prayer commandos who believed it was time to put one of their own in the helm of affairs, to change the dwindling image and immoral face of our student politics. I also heard a number of such people who some Christian groups on campus thought, could help salvage our politics, were introduced in some of our campus ministries. Some of these political aspirants are also leaders of various Christian groups on campus.
This year, as students take to the polls once again, this idea and agenda has shot up again. It has left me scratching my head and asking so many unanswered questions? Is this whole idea divinely inspired? Are the reasons behind them tangible? Are these current trends in line with the teachings and doctrine of the Holy Book, the Bible? Have the few who have benefitted from this innovation been able to vindicate the cause? Do we really force decisions on God or we follow the grand plan of our Maker? Until these questions are answered with all sincerity and with the fear of the Most High, some few raw observations need to be pointed at?
Is it not dangerous for the church to go deep into politics? Who then becomes the gate watcher? People are given church platforms to declare their political intentions. The cliché-like excuse given always is, ‘we didn’t let them campaign. They were only introduced’. Fair enough. In politics, introduction forms part of the campaigning process. The practise itself might not be wrong but the danger it poses is that, should that particular individual win, he carries the image of the church and portrays the very principles of the church. So what if that person wakes up daily and frantically decides to break the record of Satan, by telling untruths almost every minute. What if he decides to be a trouble maker instead of the peace makers the Bible admonishes us to be? What if he ends up being more corrupt than the earlier days of tax collector, Zacheus? Is that not the image of the church they are dragging in the mud? Is that not what the church is purportedly portraying to the world? To put the records straight and let anyone challenge me to it, the few people who had the advantage of church platform and support have and continue to be great disappointment to the Christian fold. They are doing worse things than the ills they promised to go and correct. Let anyone challenge me to it and I will put substantial evidence on board.
There is also this growing trend that anytime any of these so-called devout brethren of the Christian fraternity are up for political competitions, they plan and organise religious programs to coincide with the campaigning season. They put their faces on these religious posters either as speakers, hosts or organisers. Watch this space carefully. Since when did we start taking undue advantage of the things of God for our own personal ambitions? When it is noticed and talked about, the usual response is, ‘it was a coincidence’. Coincidences happen every year and so frequently that I think the meaning of the word must be changed.
Is it not so surprising that some people go to most of these large denominations on campus, take part in activities that will make them conspicuous, not because they take delight in doing the work of the Lord, but to get noticed for political reasons? Next time you see an out of place usher in your church who tries to clean your shoes with his own handkerchief or welcomes you anytime you pass by him, watch out. He might be the next kid on the SRC band wagon.
No one is against devout and firebrand Christians standing for political positions on campus. However, the right thing must be done. In my three years of active life in student politics, I have seen a lot which will make me speak to these issues very boldly. I have come across people who utterly desecrated the very church platforms which helped them to political power. I have seen people who have also lived up to the tenets of the faith so well. So the best solution is let the church handle its core business and leave the issue of politics to the political world for now. We can support these persons individually in prayers, in cash, in kind and other means without necessarily using church platforms or imposing them on God as those people did on the tennis court last year. Can we then speak against racism and tribalism in politics? Are we not practising a form of discrimination?
There are more demanding issues of equally political nature that the church on campus can handle for now. The intolerance portrayed by some of our Christian groups towards our Muslim brothers should be an issue of concern. I don’t believe a Muslim group will ever walk to a place they have seen Christians worshipping, get very close to them and decide to do their own thing. So what happens when we who are to be ambassadors of peace, decide to be nuisance to other religions. Will those acts of intolerance help us convert these people to the saving grace? Let us watch this behaviour carefully and ask ourselves if it portrays our faith. Let us also pay particular attention to the way we post our posters around. Are Christians conforming to the indiscipline of the world? These are equally worrisome political issues we should look at and work on.
Let the church concentrate on the kingdom business and let student politics not infiltrate the corridors of the church. Let the church hold on to its watchdog role and rebuke where it is needed irrespective of the person in charge. It is my fervent prayer that as some of us take our last nostalgic steps out of the walls of the university, we would not go with these practices into our mother churches. Those lucky ones who are still in school should know that a child who repeats the mistakes of his grandfather and father is the greatest fool in the world. He who has ears and a discerning heart should heed.