*By Omobola Oludele One piece of advice that rings out loudly from very many Nigerian pulpits during wedding ceremonies is that Christian couples should avoid a third party at all cost in their relationships. They are instructed to settle their differences and deal with whatever life presents without involving any third party. Apart from being wrong, I consider this injurious to homes. At the risk of sounding like … Continue reading Mentoring in Christian Marriage
A life without hope is dead! Hope is the very essence of life! Where there is hope, there is life. Hope and faith are Siamese twins, conjoined and inseparable! Where there is hope there is faith, and where there is faith there is hope. Hopelessness is not new to humanity. Disappointments and faithlessness beget hopelessness. Disappointment and hopelessness are in great supply in our world. … Continue reading REVIVE THY HOPE IN US, FATHER!
Our lands are parched, Father! There’s large-scale religiosity going on. Numerous religious centres but few Churches; numerous “pastors” but only a few can bring down your glory, lock and unlock the widows of Heaven like your servant, Elijah! Many of us, your servants, are complacent and are too much at ease in Zion! Some are snoring at the laps of Delilah, while some have been … Continue reading LET THERE BE WATER (PART II)
Abba Father, will you allow your grace and investment over my life to go to waste! Will you allow politics, whether it be partisan, church or ministerial? Will you allow spiritual attacks, man-made limitations and macddhinations to stop me from fulfilling the purpose for which you have sent me here! I desire to do more for you, Oh Lord! I desire to conquer more lands, … Continue reading LET THERE BE WATER!
By Joyce Mwangi “ . . . But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy . . .” Excerpt From Prayer of Humble Access, Book of Common Prayer Case Study one – Achan Told you that we would take a closer look at Achan in my earlier post ‘Inquire of the Lord’, this is me keeping my promise. We are … Continue reading HAVE MERCY UPON ME!
By Joyce Mwangi 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment … Continue reading Inquire of the Lord!
I’m “We don’t encourage young people to get pregnant before marriage; we encourage them to have sex before marriage though!” -Anon No Pregnancy, But Sex Allowed By Samuel Ayodele Iwarere Certain acts are considered normal in the society in which we now live in, even amongst professing Christians. To make matters worse, some of these behaviours are spoken lightly about by our youths. For example, … Continue reading NO PREGNANCY, BUT SEX ALLOWED!
Besides the Word of God and prayer, nothing connects my heart more to God than classical hymns. I just can’t have enough of them. Classical hymns have been a great part of the church liturgical tradition for several centuries. Our forebears in faith found the hymns as great tools for their spiritual growth. We owe a lot to them for passing this great spiritual resource along to us. Hymns have benefited my spiritual life significantly. They remind me of the sovereignty God, the depth of His love and height of His grace. Hymns educates me on the importance of prayer, faith, love in my Christian walk as well as the hope that I have in Christ Jesus. Hymns assure me of God’s presence while going through the ups and downs of my day to day living. Hymns are a great source of revival and inspiration to me. Unfortunately, this great practise of the early Church that had helped in deepening the faith of many is now being ignored by some churches and Christians today. Perhaps the shallow impact of the Christian faith on our society nowadays could partly be as a result of replacing these life transforming songs with entertaining songs in some our churches today. While I am not condemning the use of contemporary music; we must admit that no any other form of music has been spiritually thick enough to replace or displace classical hymns in the Church of Jesus Christ over the years. We must not allow this tradition to die! Below are some the reasons why I love classical hymns so much:
1. Because almost all their composers are no more alive with us, I tend to focus my worship solely on God rather than man while singing the hymns. Sometimes, one could easily be distracted by the performances of the
Worship leaders in our churches today. Continue reading “Ten Reasons Why I Love Classical Christian-Hymns”
By Guest Blogger Joyce Mwangi* Christianese is my pet subject. It is one that I have been talking about to my family and friends for some years know. I was feeling so enthusiastic and such a pioneer for having discovered or rather coined a new term in English. So, after getting vocal about my pet subject on my Face book page for some days I … Continue reading What is Christianese?
Professor Andrew F. Walls is not only a towering figure in the study of the contemporary World Christianity; he is undoubtedly one of the most prolific scholars of the nature, history and the future of African Christianity today. Long before the recent numerical shift in the center of gravity of world Christianity from the to the global South and East took place, Walls has been … Continue reading Leader-shift in the context of World Christianity