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Joy in poverty, sickness and failure

Many people have a small view of God, a limited view of what God can do. Dangerously, people have a limited God as the God who only bring success, wealth and health. The God who does all things for my earthly comfort and anything else that doesn't fit into those three categories they would immediately and automatically say that it is not of God's doing. Those that think such ways are defitnetly not talking about the God of the bible because He is not limited. The same God who gives health weath and success is the same God who inflicts sickness,poverty and thwarts your plans. If you don't believe me Isaiah 45:7 says
'I form the light and create darkness,I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. God is by no means limited and we ought to exalt in this because when we have such a view of God, that when sickness comes we know that this is for our good. (It doesn't mean that we shouldn't pray for healing but regardless of what happens…

Election

The doctrine of Election may be a hard doctrine for many people to accept but this doctrine is clearly taught in the scripture. When we approach the doctrine of election, we should do it in great humility and kill of any pride that may tempt us to think that God chose me because there was something in me and not in the other. In fact God chose you because of His sovereign choice according to His glorious purpose and He chose you in love. God didn’t see anything in you to love or anything that was special from the rest, but because He chose to have mercy on you and He did it in love. This should give us a deep humility and great comfort in our salvation. This doctrine was and is meant to comfort believers and to be a great motive for evangelism. For we can be confidence that there will be some of God’s children in places that are yet unreached so therefore we should make it our aim to reach those people. God does everything for the praise of his glory and to those who are elect, they …

A Friend Lost

I'm sorry my friend of how I played the game
With you I was apathetic and showed no concern for your soul
I was rough and out of line, out of bound now I'm out of time.
I watched as our relationship faded to the distant blue
Where Mermaids dance and no man can reach.
I'm sorry my friend but I do wish you well
I cannot come and see you there
For pride holds me here

A Christian girl that I know

The words below were the words that came to my mind of a Christian girl that I know as she waved goodbye to me.

Those pure eyes
She truly is a lady of righteousness
In whom is no deceit
Like Nathaniel of old.
Oh I pray that she may be Like Esther
and serve her Master (Christ) well

k.oni

Trusting in God's grace rather than the freedom of the will

Here's a quote from Charles Spurgeon which highlights the sovereignty of God in saving sinners. Preachers and evangelists should approach the pulpit in like manner. We all should rely on the grace of God and put our hope on the freeness of His grace rather than the freeness of man's will because in doing this, we won't be motivated to use deceptive and manipulative means to save people but rather we will present the truth plainly, loving our fellow men with genuine affections from the heart. Below is the quote.

'I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, "You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself." My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will.' (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

Embracing the Unexpected

'It feels like I’ve gone back in time’ declared a stranded journalist on Radio 4’s PM, ‘Everyone's travelling by train and talking about the Liberals winning a general election’. After the first leaders' debate Nick Clegg's popularity soared and the eruption of Mount Eyjafjallajokull grounded all air traffic across Northern Europe for the best part of a week.

The Liberal Democrats have perennially been viewed as the spare wheel of British politics. One of those features that you know are there but doesn't disrupt the normal flow of events. Yet it is events that have brought chaos to this past week and it is often the unexpected that foils the most meticulous of plans. Just as many holiday makers expected to return last weekend at the end of their Easter break, David Cameron and Gordon Brown had campaign strategies – focus group tested and ad space bought – that suddenly went out the window.

Speaking on Newsnight earlier this week the President of Iceland adopte…

Aborting the “Wrong” Baby?

The news out of Sarasota, Florida caught many people by surprise. A doctor in the city has lost his license because he aborted what is now described as the “wrong” baby. Back in 2006, Dr. Matthew Kachinas had been asked to perform an abortion on a baby that had been identified as having Down syndrome and other congenital defects. Instead, the doctor aborted that baby’s healthy twin.

As reported in The Miami Herald:

A Sarasota doctor has lost his license for mistakenly aborting a healthy twin during a procedure targeting a deformed fetus. Immediately after the Florida Board of Medicine’s decision Saturday, Dr. Matthew Kachinas was involuntarily hospitalized because he said he planned to commit suicide. Kachinas had blamed faulty ultrasound equipment for the 2006 mistake. He was targeting a fetus with Down syndrome and signs of a heart defect.

CBS News added further details: “The woman had asked the doctor to perform a selective termination procedure on the male fetus, which had congenital…

Enjoying God

Jonathan Edwards preaching to his Northampton congregation on the beauty of God and enjoying Him wrote the following:

'The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean. Therefore it becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven, as it becomes us to make the seeking of our highest end and proper good, the whole work of our lives; to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labour for, or set our hearts on, any thing else, but that which is our proper end, and true happiness?'

K.Oni

http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/OnlineBooks/ByTitle/1590_A_GodEntranced_Vision_of_All_Things/

The Goldians

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It was a sunny day in the town called Gold
The sun shone brightly on the overflowing fountains.
The trees swayed from side to side singing with joy,
that if one was to lie beneath its branches and shut their eyes
one can hear love itself echoed so free.
Freedom was a word that the Goldians loved,
for the Goldians are the rightful citizens of the town called Gold.
Freedom was in everything and in everything was freedom.
Freedom reigned so freely
and everyone who entered the city immediately
dropped their burdens and ran with unbeatable joy.
Freedom was in the air and in the food and in the music.
No sickness was ever found in the city for freedom cured it all.

k.oni

Serving at NWA 2010

New Word Alive 2010 was amazing. A week spent with God's people was truly delightful. Love and righteousness filled the air and one could taste the joy that will run rampant in the new heavens and the new earth. Thank you Jesus that you left the clear waters of heaven to come to this muddy sea, to sprinkle it and cleanse it by your death on the cross and resurrection from the dead.

Though I was a steward and didn't get the opportunity to go to the talks I wanted to go to, yet I felt so much joy and peace and the Lord taught and showed me the joy in serving others. I loved the people I was working with and as the week went by instead of becoming more tired, my strength was being renewed.

Indeed, Jesus came to serve and give his life as a ransom for many and my prayer is that I can continue to serve people with the fullness of heart, knowing that I do it for my Lord and not for any earthly reward. Though it may be hard at times, we have a God who is great and willing to serve us …

Debating Reputation

The morning after the night before, and all the party spin-doctors are claiming victory for their side in the leaders’ debate. Last night’s meet of party heads, the first televised event of its kind in the UK , saw 9.9 million viewers tune in. It was one of the most trending topics on Twitter, and the specially designed Facebook app couldn’t handle the pressure.

The debate was about more than just the reputation of Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, but it was also about less, with policy pledges and colour of ties equally enthralling commentators.

These televised debates, as well as addressing political apathy, will give us an opportunity to reckon with the personalities and hopefully character of each candidate side by side. But what role should personality and character have in the contemporary gladiatorial arena of party politics?

In Deuteronomy (1.13) we read of Moses struggling to govern the Israelites on his own so he proposes to “Choose some wise, understanding and respe…

New Word Alive

Tomorrow morning I make my way to Pwelli, Wales for the New Word Alive conference(NWA). I am indeed very excited about it as I have never been before especially to such a large conference expecting up to 4000 people. That's a lot of people and I expect the place to be packed especially the halls where the meetings will be taking place.

My journey begins at 6am, waking up and getting ready to catch my bus to parkway station and from there to Bathspa station where a lovely kind girl has offered me a lift there, otherwise I would be catching the 625am train all the way which roughly takes about 6 hours so I am very grateful for that. I'm taking with me a couple of books and those that are actually related to what I'm studying but will also be taking pride and prejudice and faith and philosophy which I'm currently reading. I thought it good to read the pride and prejudice as it only cost me 20pence and I like the way she writes. Anyway, hopefully the trip to Wales will be…

Is your heart troubled like mine?

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Is your heart troubled like mine?
A once sweet tune now out of line
A city once moist now dry
Is your heart troubled like mine?

Despair and sorrow are my acquaintances
Morning till evening, they refuse to leave
Peace is far and rest is not found
Is your heart troubled like mine?

If my anguish be weighed
And my misery placed on a scale
Heavier than the sands of the seas it shall proof
Is your heart heavier than mine?

I have heard of a man above
Who took the sorrows of those not his own
I plea oh man will you have my own
Was your heart troubled like mine?

Permanence Before Experience — The Wisdom of Marriage

Rightly understood, marriage is all about permanence. In a world of transitory experiences, events, and commitments, marriage is intransigent. It simply is what it is — a permanent commitment made by a man and a woman who commit themselves to live faithfully unto one another until the parting of death.

That is what makes marriage what it is. The logic of marriage is easy to understand and difficult to subvert, which is one reason the institution has survived over so many millennia. Marriage lasts because of its fundamental status. It is literally what a healthy and functioning society cannot survive without.

And yet, modernity can be seen as one long attempt to subvert the permanent — including marriage. The modern age has brought the rise of individual autonomy, the collection of populations in cities, the weakening of family commitments, the waning of faith, the routinization of divorce, and a host of other developments that subvert marriage and the commitment it requires.

Added to thi…

Spiritual Gifts: An Implication for Unanswered Prayer

First, let’s just remind ourselves of some truths about spiritual gifts from 1 Corinthians 12. Then we will notice a simple implication for unanswered prayer.

1. God wants us to know about spiritual gifts.
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed” (1 Corinthians 12:1).

2. Objective truths about Jesus govern subjective spiritual experiences.
“No one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says ‘Jesus is accursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3).

3. Different Christians have different spiritual powers given to them by the Holy Spirit.
“There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:4).

4. For example, these different spiritual powers include the following:
“Wisdom . . . knowledge . . . faith . . . healing . . . miracles . . . prophecy . . . ability to distinguish between spirits . . . tongues . . . interpretation of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:8-10).

5. The Spirit of God is sovereign over w…

Of First Importance — The Cross and Resurrection at the Center

The Christian faith is not a mere collection of doctrines — a bag of truths. Christianity is a comprehensive truth claim that encompasses every aspect of revealed doctrine, but is centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And, as the apostolic preaching makes clear, the Gospel is the priority.

The Apostle Paul affirms this priority when he writes to the Christians in Corinth. In the opening verses of 1 Corinthians 15, Paul sets out his case:

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time,…

Do not be a stranger

Oh my lover, do not be a stranger to me
Do not be the poison that flows in my vein
Wont you be to me like the month of April
When the flowers begin to bud and blossom
But you are out of tune with nature
My heart buds and blooms for you
The warm blood of love leaps through my veins
Each return of spring arouses my love for you
Oh my lover, do not be a stranger to me!

K.oni

The kiss from my Lord

I’ve felt the kiss from my Lord,
the kiss at conversion
That reconciled me to my God.
The kiss still lingers and is yet warm
And shall grow hotter still
For he has accepted me,
though vile as I am,
through rich grace he has clothed me
Balmed me with his own hands in the oil of righteousness
Now he walketh me in pastures green
By still waters he restores my soul
I pant for him day after day
Waiting for him at the table of communion
Till he comes and comfort me with the kiss of reception

k.oni

This came about from reading a daily devotion from Spurgeon

A prayer for my soul

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My Father God I approach thee
With nothing in my hands
My request I withhold and stand still
To enjoy your presence is my only desire
For with this I am satisfied all my days

I love you Lord Jesus like I love nothing else
Take all that I have and be all to me
I long for a community a people totally devoted to you
A house full of love and of a common purse
A morning started with prayer and ends the night
I love you Lord Jesus like I love nothing else

Holy Spirit, fill me once again
Renew in me the thirst for righteousness
Pour in my heart the Love of God
Teach me for you are my counsellor
Let me see the glory of my redeemer

k.oni

5 reasons why we should get involve

Throughout church history, individual Christians have always been championing campaigns for social justice in their communities or worldwide. They have made it their duty to penetrate the places where injustice is at large and due to their evangelical convictions have sought to do something about it. They were not content with the current situation and willed to change it, dedicating themselves to it. They were rooted on gospel principles as well as seeking to change policies that could alleviate and eventually eradicate the sufferings. The most famous example is William Wilberforce dedicating all his life and political career to the abolishment of the slave trade. In parliament, there was a group of them known as he ‘Clapham Sect’ and usually mocked in the press and in parliament as the ‘Saints’. John Wesley, three days before his death wrote to Wilberforce to assure him that God had raised him up for his “glorious enterprise” and to urge him not to grow weary of well doing. Due to…

The God-man Jesus and the scoundrel Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman seems to enjoy stirring up controversy. He annoyed many Christians with his best-selling anti-church, anti-God trilogy His Dark Materials. And it’s evident that he was out to provoke when he made comments like, ‘my books are about killing God,’ and, ‘I’m trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief.’ He’s admitted that the latter comment, at least, was intended to wind up the reporter. Often he insists that he’s simply telling stories, not preaching an atheist message.

Still, it’s hard to think that Pullman ’s new book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, is merely telling a story. Even the title seems calculated to inflame Christians, and it’s surely no accident that it’s being published in Easter week.The story itself is a curious mixture of respectfully retelling some parts of the Gospel accounts while mangling others.

Pullman says he decided to write about Jesus after Rowan Williams asked why he’s never done so. He went back to the Gospels and read them …