We have no abiding city here

We’ve no abiding city here:

This may distress the worldling’s mind,

But should not cost the saint a tear,

Who hopes a better rest to find,


We’ve no abiding city here

Then let us live as pilgrims do; 

Let not the world our rest appear; 

But let us haste from all below.”

—Thomas Kelly (1769–1855)

Redeeming The Purity Conversation

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If you’re keeping up with the purity discussion these days (and I don’t know how many people are), there are a lot of articles out there decrying the purity lessons we were taught as young women in the church. This backlash against the purity movement reached a fever pitch when Elizabeth Smart recently made a public statement partially correlating the purity lessons she was taught as a child with her inability or unwillingness to escape from her sexually abusive captors. Most of the discussion surrounding the issue leads back to the point that the “object lessons” are the problem, because they objectify women and undermine their inherent value. Whether you are chewed up gum, an unwrapped present, or the proverbial cow who won’t be bought if the milk is free, the main conclusion of the discussion is that everything we were taught about purity was phrased wrongly. It is appalling that girls have…

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Eternally Safe and Secured.

Nice article. Very reflective

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Movies will also remind you , that an expensive painting on a wall isn’t just for decorations , it’s a hallway to the streets of “silver and gold.”
That in front of wealth and riches , there is painted canvas. Guarded with “swords of fire” configured in key passwords seemingly unlocking “glorious” wealth and riches.
How safe can it be though? How PERFECTLY safe , can it be?

A story is told. One that I choose to believe is true..
And I am retelling it in my own version , however aiming at the core of it , to me and you

A mother and the son are in the living room together. The son at the time is a young boy of about 4 years old. They are just done taking breakfast and are now heading out each to their endeavours of the day. The mother heading to work…

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The Underrated Miracle

A life in time to Preach

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One of the amazing miracles from the Gospel accounts is that of blind people like the Blind Bartimaeus receiving sight. Most of us can barely handle darkness for a minute. Imagine living all your life in darkness imagining what is all around you, touching and feeling but never seeing. And then within seconds after Jesus says the words, the world is opened to you like a newborn. Imagine seeing the mountains, people, bulls, insects, trees, rivers… all in your first ever gaze. I’m already feeling overwhelmed imagining it.

You could say every miracle must have been exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I guess that’s what happens when the impossible happens. This is what drew crowds to Jesus and it’s what many preachers crave even the ones who don’t call for the “deliverance service”. If only a miracle happened when I was preaching then people would listen to…

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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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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?

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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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