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Looking Unto Jesus

Hebrews 12:1-4 contains some interesting truths about this journey called life.

First off, it is clear from verse 1 that each and every one of us that have come into Christ – accepted His payment for our sins by His blood and been baptized into Him (Romans 6:3) – has a course set before us and a race to run. It’s not a race in competition with others but to attain the prize at the end.

We are enjoined to “look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect.” (v.2, NCV)

Why?  

Here are some reasons I was able to come up with.

  1. It helps to prevent distraction

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Tick Tock, Tick Tock

I recently underwent surgery and for the two nights I stayed at the hospital, I shared a room with a lady who had come in for a mastectomy. She was battling breast cancer, having undergone a lot of chemotherapy before undergoing the surgery. As I left the hospital upon my discharge, it gave me food for thought. I asked myself a question I will put to us all:

If you were diagnosed with cancer, what would you do? Read more →

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Similar yet different

Still on the issue of comparison, I wonder why we compare ourselves with others (myself included).

Matthew 25:14-30 tells the parable of the kingdom of God being compared to a man going away on a trip and giving capital to his servants – 5 talents, 2 talents and 1 talent, respectively (talents were a form of currency back then). The master gave the servants talents “depending on their abilities”. So he knew what each servant was capable of handling and gave them capital that he knew they could multiply.

I find it instructive that when the master returned, he didn’t compare the returns on investment (R.O.I) from each servant. What he got from the first two servants was 100% and that was what mattered. It didn’t matter that 100% for servant A was 5 talents while 100% for servant B was 2 talents.  Read more →

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Different paths, pains and prizes

I’ve been going through a period of examining my life; asking myself questions like, “What are you really doing with your life?” I don’t know exactly what triggered it off but I found myself in that sober, dark place where one has to dig deep in order to break out into the light with clarity and focus.

To be honest, I recently found myself envious of some other lives that seem to ‘have it all together’ and seem to be doing great on all sides. Yep, I got caught in the web of comparison. Read more →

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Learning From The Hymns series #4

Take My Life and Let it Be

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.

Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee. Read more →

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Who Do We Revere?

“Oh my! I can’t contain my joy. I am in the same room with Pastor @Benny_Hinn. This is huge. This is so huge!”

This was tweeted by somebody recently. It caught my attention.

We are a people who take respect to another (unhealthy) level where we reverence people because of something we believe they have attained – wealth and fame, for the most part. In Yoruba land, praise singers make a living doing just that – singing the praises of people. The people being exalted revel in the exaltation and those doing the exalting are simply doing what is in their heart.

The question that came to my mind when the tweet I quoted above was shared with me was, “Do we feel this same way in God’s presence?”

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Learning from the Hymns series #3

How Great Thou Art

[Verse 1]
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

[Chorus]
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

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God’s Word and Daily Living

As I did my run this morning, I got the chance to apply some scriptures in an interesting way and to think on those scriptures.

I think I should first give a little background. Since the beginning of October, I have increased the distance of my bi-weekly runs by 3km. I pray for grace at the start of each run because I know I’m pushing my boundaries, as it were. You know it takes faith and, I believe, grace to stretch yourself…..to break the ceiling you had placed on yourself for a season. Sure, it’s easier to just stay at whatever level you’ve gotten used to but isn’t that just so boring? After all, they that know their God shall be strong and shall do exploits. Right?
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