It’s Already Hard to Be A Christian: Following God in Crisis and Suffering

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Lose your life to Save it
The call to discipleship is an invitation to a life of crisis in this life. It’s a call to stand out and live for Jesus amidst opposition from the world, the devil, and even our own sinful flesh (Ephesians 2:1-3). It’s a call to move against the tide following Jesus in life and death. To lose our lives for his sake and his Gospel and in return gain eternal life.

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. (Mark 8:34-35).

When we commit ourselves to the Lord Jesus, we get a guarantee of…

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[Review] Don’t Waste Your Life

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don_t_waste_your_lifeJohn Piper, Don’tWasteYourLife, Crossway, 189 pages.

A great book for Good Friday reviewed by Barnabas Omenda: 

John Piper’s Don’t Waste your Life is a worthy additional to the shelves of any young person whether a Christian or a non-Christian, who would like to know the essence of his/her life.

He begins his book by pointing to a story of an old man, who after considering the life he had led, he sadly says he has wasted it. Also a plaque with inscription ‘only one life, ‘Twill soon be past’… These were riveting forces to young Piper. Despite the prevalence of existentialism in those years (late 1960s) Piper realized that there’s an answer to life; it’s not for him to invent or create but its outside.

His focus in joining a seminary was closely tied to 2 Tim. 2.15 ‘rightly handing the Word of truth.’ As Daniel…

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HELP!! I AM WORRIED ABOUT TOMORROW: HOW THE GOSPEL HELPS DEAL WITH ANXIETY

When anxiety sets in.. learning to trust God. It’s a wonderful piece.

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Uncertainty can be quite unsettling. Sometimes in life, things we would want to be sure of get out of control, which sometimes leads to anxiety. These times of a pandemic have led to many in the world asking big questions; What does the future hold for me? Will a cure for this disease be found? How is work going to be? For how long can I feed myself and my family on unpaid leave? Am I even going to lose my job after all?

I have found myself anxious, especially in times of transition in my life and when faced with uncertainties. However, Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:25-34 have been particularly helpful to anchor my soul. I am aware that anxiety can be a medical disorder at times, but I do not intend to handle this in this article. I will share a bit of what…

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The Reality of Death in COVID 19 Times

“Kwiranira Miatu..” catch the meaning at the end.

“There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. “Sure the Promise still stands

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It is difficult to talk about death in the African context. The very mention of it causes fear as it is seen as ‘gutheetha[1]‘ – wishing for it to happen.  In our traditional understanding, death is sinking into the unknown, the abyss of all reality, the unfortunate end of life, and joining the ancestral spirits who roam restlessly, often causing harm in the lives of the living unless appeasement happens. Yet, death is inevitable and, in fact, universal. Every person will die. In the famous words attributed to Benjamin Franklin – two things are certain: death and taxes!  

In the last few months, a new strain of Corona Virus has swept the world and taken the lives of many. Currently, the virus does not have a cure or a vaccine, and it is highly infectious. In Kenya, we have deaths in triple digits so far. The…

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Why All Work Matters

A nice reflection here.

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Why All Work Matters

The last two months has seen majority of employees work from home, without routine and their productivity reduced significantly. Questions have begun to emerge about work or what we commonly refer to as a job. Questions such as; why am I engaging in this kind of work? What value does my work add to society? Is my job unimportant now that I am supposed to be at home by 7 PM to beat the curfew hour?

On the other extreme of the spectrum are those who find themselves in the essential services jobs. The challenge here is that their work hours have increased, their income is still intact and for some, income has increased in this season. The Spiritual danger here is that this category might over-identify with their work and make it the primary source of satisfaction.

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The Gospel And Human Suffering

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Two years ago, I met a young man during a door to door evangelism. I remember this particular day because the young man allowed us to hold the conversation for a few minutes and then stopped us. He went on to ask us a tough question I still remember to this day.

“You are talking of a God who loves me, loves his people, yet he allowed my mother to die a painful death from cancer. As if this was not enough, my girlfriend left me during the same period. Why did he allow me to go through such a painful loss? Why did my mother who trusted him so much endure such pain?”

We couldn’t engage further because he didn’t want to listen to more talk about God. We left.

The subject of human suffering is one that elicits many feelings. We live in a world full of painful…

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Who wants eternal boredom?

A life in time to Preach

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Most times what puts people off the Christian faith isn’t merely the cost it demands but what we imagine it offers. Sure everyone wants eternal life. But who wants to sing with the choir of angels forever. In our limited imagination we assume heaven would be one long Sunday service. It might have the best preacher but not exactly what comes to mind when you think about living life to the fullest.

We fail to imagine righteousness and fun going hand in hand. It’s like having the church in a bar. Those two places cannot coexist together. One is reserved for boundless fun and the other for the killjoys. In that case,  many would prefer a lifetime in the bar to an eternity in the church.

But we have two problems here. One we assume the only way to have fun and live life to the fullest is to…

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Rethinking Youth Ministry in the face of Covid-19

To the youth nation for such a time as this. I loved the flow and message. Reach them with the gospel

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With the new rhythm of ‘social distancing’, when our congregations are no longer meeting, one can wonder what happens to youth services. What is the state of youth ministry in such an unusual season? I want to believe this season has presented us with time to think again, clearing our mind of clutter, rethinking about life in light of the gospel in this altered world. It would be very unfortunate for us to return after Covid-19 with no renewed mindsets and ministry priorities.

We can no longer talk of youth services as “lit” and other attractive and “fun” programs are all cut. What could be the fate of youth ministry as we know it? I don’t have answers to all questions but I’ve been thinking about this subject and wondering what the Bible says. It’s unfortunate that for some youth workers after this pandemic, they will have to begin fresh…

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A peculiar Hope: Our steady Anchor in hardships and stormy seasons

Our hope is certain. Hope in Jesus Christ. Born into an imperishable inheritance in heaven.

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Jim Reeves wrote a song back in the years titled, “This world is not my home I’m just passing through.” In one of the verses, he puts it this way,

My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue,

The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door.

And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore,

Oh Lord you know I have no friend like you,

If heaven’s not my home, then Lord, what will I do?

These words cannot be more real for us during these trying times of Covid-19 and the challenges that come with it. The pandemic has disrupted our lives. There is a “new normal.” Jobs lost lives taken away, millions infected, and economies shattered. One is left wondering whether this is all there is in life?

How can we go through difficult times well, hopeful, and still rejoice? We thank God that graciously through…

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Why praise as you pray?

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20200319_112740Why praise as you pray?

This is a question I should have asked when they taught me the ABC of prayer as a young Christian. But back then I didn’t think it was right to question matters of faith as that would seem like a sign of doubt or unbelief. But now I know God would have wanted me to ask that question because he’s interested not with my blind faith but with my Biblically informed faith and trust in him.

So why then do we praise as or before we pray? Is it that God just loves being praised? Is this how we bribe him so he can act on our behalf? Why did Jesus teach his disciples to start with honoring God’s name in the Lord’s Prayer? David in the Psalms and the apostles all seem to adopt this approach when they write their prayers. Is it merely…

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