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The Preacher's vanity

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I knew a man once upon a time
Who went around the town saying all is vanity!
He began his sermon with an outright cry
"Vanities of vanities! All is vanity."
What shall we make of such speech
Shall we heed or shall we leave 
But wisdom calls to listen before a decree
So let us enter his court to give our ears.


"What man may gain from all his toils
What man may gain when all its done?
When all at last the grave shall call
bidding him to forsake all He has done!


The sun rises and the sun goes down
The streams run an ever ending race
The eye forever sees never satisfied
The years wearies man but the earth remains!


Tell me my hearers what tomorrow may bring
Joy or sorrow its all a striving after the wind.
And of laughter what use is she 
Unfaithful like today who will perish with all riches gained!


O vanity of vanities all is vanity
Once I did pursue wisdom forsaking the fool
Then sat I down under the eternal sun
Only to conclude what happens to the fool will happen to me!


Therefore my hearers hate…

Keep the Presence of God

On vacation, I kept a copy of Jonathan Edwards’ sermons on my bedside table as a way of going to sleep with a God-centered mind. One of those sermons was called “Keeping the Presence of God.” It was preached on a colony-wide fast day in April 1742. The second wave of the First Great Awakening had crested in the vicinity, and Edwards was seeing both the good and bad fallout of revival. He saw spiritual dangers lurking everywhere. In the next year, as he preached his famous series on the religious affections, he would become the most careful analyst and student of human hearts that had been wakened in the revival. What he saw in those hearts was mixed. So in this sermon, “Keeping the Presence of God,” his aim was to stir up awakened Christians to be vigilant that their exuberance not become pride. He exhorted them to give themselves to watchfulness and prayer so as to remain broken, humble, and happy in the good work of God in their lives. Oh, how different is the path of Christian mat…

Jesus and the Wild Animals

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It’s one of the stranger asides in all the Gospels.
In Mark’s first chapter, verses 12–13, after Jesus’s baptism, “The Spirit immediately drove him into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan.And he was with the wild animals . . . .”
Say what? Jesus with the wild animals? What significance does that carry in this grand opening chapter of Mark?
No Random Detail
Mark has such limited space to tell about the history-altering life of the Son of God come as man. Why bother mentioning that in his forty-day wilderness venture Jesus “was with the wild animals”? I doubt we should assume it’s a random detail. Mark’s narrative is much too carefully crafted to think that. Then what’s the point?
Back to Adam
The conceptual connection appears to reach back to the Garden where Adam was with the animals before the Fall. For Adam, the setting was perfect: a beautiful garden, more pristine than we’ve ever seen, with tame animals around him — animals over which he…

Women of the Bible: Rebekah

Genesis 24:58 And they called Rebekah and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" She said, "I will go."
Romans 9:10-12  And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad--in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls-- she was told, "The older will serve the younger."
Rebekah was the one whom God appointed for his servant Isaac for she was the one who met the requirement of Abraham servant’s proposal to God. Rebekah among all the daughters of the men of the city was the one who was advanced in kindness than all the other females who came to the well. She was the only princess who said to Abraham’s servant, “Drink and I will feed your camels also.” This sweet feminine spirit is of an unusual kind for she not only cares for the condition of the man but also of the animals. She l…

Woman of the Bible: Sarah

Sarah is introduced to us in the New Testament as a woman of faith. She was a friend and sister of Abraham but more his wife. Her conduct in marital life is the example exalted for all woman of faith to emulate as she obeyed Abraham, adorning herself with a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. Who Sarah was as a sister, a friend, a daughter, we do not know but we do know her as the wife of Abraham, a woman whose name God changes from Sarai (my princess) to Sarah (Princess), a princess not merely of Abraham but of all the families of the earth.
The first introduction of Sarah to us in the Old Testament is an introduction that causes a jubilation and pitiful lamentation. Jubilation because Abraham found a wife for it is written “whoever finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favour from the LORD”. And what a good thing Abraham acquired, for Sarah became to him an excellent wife who did not bring shame like rottenness to his bones. Abraham loved Sarah to t…

Witness the scenes from last night

The morning clouds cry
Witness the scenes from last night
Little kids fly something in the world ain’t right
Blasted in with a gonzo
Spraying the air with a weapon that shouldn’t exist
It’s a terrific madness strapped with major sadness
Mama cries, can you forgive the killers crime
I hear 14 dead, 14 less mouth to feed
Lay em down, the world breathes can’t stop to sleep
Shedding tears but they far away 
Can’t really cry for a fish I never caught
Gotta role, change the channel watch the next news
Can’t seem to shake last weeks persecution break
Can’t really relate but I seem to pray till the day break.
God give me a heart and a pen to live my life with ink
Living words bring hope, let me write it till I’m deceased. 
K.Oni

Olympian Shambles….

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I accidently bumped into the Olympic torch last week. There was a happy queue of motorists smiling as the cavalcade of police cars, vans and busses passed by.

It was a different story on the M4 as a 32-mile tailback of irate commuters cursed the launch of the “Olympic Lanes” - a badly executed plan to supposedly help the athletes and their families arrive safely and smoothly into the Olympic village.

Chaos continued as some of the teams’ coaches, devoid of Sat Navs and experienced London drivers, took unconventional routes to Stratford. This was a problem almost prophetically foreseen by writers of the hit BBC comedy series Twenty Twelve. A case of sport imitating art.

Now further controversy has hit the headlines, as the Japanese world champion football team were forced to travel from Tokyo to Paris in economy class while their other (less successful) squad got to travel first class. The difference between the two teams: gender. The world champions are the women’s team, who travelled…

Ken's newsletter 6

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(PRR)

So much has happened in the last year that has increased my faith in God and my love for Him. I would like to thank you all, my friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ for your continual prayers and support for me. It has been a great pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Woodlands church in declaring the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through speech and in practical ways. I am humbled by the greatness and majesty of God, and lost in wonder that he uses us, jars of clay to accomplish his sovereign purposes. 


One way recently that God has used me and us as a team (foundation team) was when we were in Romania for a short term mission. We had the privilege to work with Project Romania Rescue (PRR), the churches in Constanta and another organization that works with street children and the elderly. Our role was to help and encourage, and I believe that we accomplished what we set out to do there. 


PRR help children to come off the streets and provide them with accommodation…

Women of the Bible: Adah and Zillah

The Sin of Adam and Eve resulted in the fall of humanity. Every generation after them became wicked and that is why scripture affirms, ‘that there is no one righteous, no, not even one.’ Mankind became enslave to the passions of its flesh, its desires became its ruler and men followed the natural dictates of their hearts; and were it not for Sovereign grace, the race of men would now only be read of by angels in the library of extinct creatures. Adam and Eve witnessed the consequences of their sin in the death of their beloved son, Abel, by the hands of Cain who murdered his brother in anger and was thus sent away from the presence of God. My dear sisters, sin is not only sin when it is found in its extremes, sin is also sin in its subtlety and vanity. Sin is sin when one's affection is set on another and not on God, when one lives to please a thing or a being which is not God; this is also sin.
This becomes especially evident in the lives of Adah and Zillah the wives of Lamech. Th…

I have betrayed Jesus

My poor saints of Christ, I see that your soul is very troubled and miserable because of the sins which you have committed. It pricks you like a thorn and crushes you like a heavy blow. You cannot breathe for it feels like there is a very large man sitting upon your chest and worst of all, you cannot enter into that sweet communion of your Lord. To put it simply, you feel as if you have betrayed the Lord. You feel like a Judas. After spending time in his presence and Christ was ever so good to you in bestowing to you his love and enjoyment and granting you great privileges in his kingdom, yet you have approached him with the heart of betrayal by kissing sin and embracing that which you promised to forsake. Oh miserable pitiful sinner, I feel the magnitude of your condition but I beseech you not to go and hang yourself or resolve finally to pick up your former trade because of the awful heaviness of your betrayal.

I beseech you with this considerations. Why poor sinner do you think th…

More Short Poems

Itsparamount, tainted love Broken down again, the story is getting old Can’t wait for the day to end To forget to move on Take up my picture See your reflection smashing the mirror  Burn my heart let the smoke rise Smell the incense like rose that’s the fragrance of my love for you.
Youwere my good habit 
Dammit sitting where you lie
Can’t try to even understand it
Everything is smelling just like you 
Gotta walk away - forsaking all my intentions
I just wanna knock on your door
Bring you flowers, my apologies
For running you down
Now I’m wondering why 
Too late now to introduce you my grandmother’s smile
Real diamond for a real girl 
Living a real life gotta say goodbye to my true love.

Youand I still under one sky But not reunited Same city but still two hearts Two houses two lives  Two dreams  Every time we meet there’s always a good bye.
Youcan cut the ropes and let me fall
Letting her go I knew she would never love me back
I am healing but its taking so long 
I turned into her 
She’s pretty contagious
We die onc…

Preach God's Word

There is no doubt that if you were to ask those who hated Christ and his religion, they would say that Jesus Christ was a drunkard and a wine bibber. They would accuse him of starting a new religion, of departing from the way of Moses and incorporating new doctrines into the Monotheistic Jewish tradition that the prophets knew nothing about. To put it simply, they would accuse him of heresy, and as history for our sake has recorded, they crucified him. Yet, Christ maintained his doctrines and taught his disciples the way of God regardless whether the society at large loved them, understood them or cherished them. Christ would not bow down to the rule of Rome, to the cries of the masses, nor to the will of the religious rulers; but Christ did bow down to this, namely, the will of God. We see the evidence of this in Jesus’ own words “Joh 4:34  Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.And also in Joh 6:38For I have come down from h…

Miscellanies 48: There is a fountain flowing for the soul unclean

My friends have you not heard that there is a fountain flowing for the soul unclean, that is, if you have any filth, any guilt, any unclean thing inside of you that you know is unclean and that you feel yourself to be a wicked person, then let me tell you that there is a fountain flowing for you. There is a fountain as big as the ocean and deep as the sea that no matter how filthy your uncleanness is, there is enough to wash it all away. Do you feel yourself to be full of envy, strife, jealousy, deceit, maliciousness, slanderers, haters of God, and insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, and ruthless? Or do you feel yourself to be sexually immoral, a failure, worthless, to put it simply a sinner, then there is a fountain flowing for your soul unclean. The fountain my sinful friends is the blood of Jesus Christ. It is spotless, clean and without any blemish. In our world when anything unclean, let’s say that you were to add…

Nothing could ever cure it

(A rap) Take a look outta window watch the rainfall Your granddaddy use to tell me heavens crying all the things wrong You gone, not for long baby I’ll be coming home soon Wait for me cuz the sadness killing me quickly Quicker than making money, aint nothing much now I used to live it up with you now I’m running round Chasing life round the corner, coroner close the casket I used to hold your basket now we looking up to the sky Like we had it. Your granddaddy, I still see him don’t worry he misses you like me Say my prayers eat my dinners aint blessed My heart throbbing with pain what’s there to gain Ball nights, cinema dates, declared together by fate Now all there’s left is hate Regrets and mistakes I shouldn’t have made.
Look at your name set in stone ingrained in the frame In silence and tears we parted left me broken hearted I love to hear you speak, O heaven a goddess release Let me for one night please, see the love that changed me Hark; how often my sorrow and tears be The first day was …