James 3:1 – 2 We continue in our study of the Book of James and in the third chapter, the writer of the Book intends to continue to push the Gospel of Works as he further speaks about the many … Continue reading
James 2: 20 – 26 So far, we have been able to identify the different perspectives from which Apostle James and Apostle Paul wrote from. James wrote from the perspective of the Old Testament while Paul wrote the New Testament … Continue reading
James 2:18 – 19 As we continue in our study of the Book of James and the subject of Faith versus Works, we are reminded of the audience being predominantly Jews who were in diaspora. We are reminded of the … Continue reading
Maybe I should have kept the dreams from my Mother, Father and even my Brothers. I am in trouble now! Maybe I should have picked Leah (Reuben’s Mum) to be my mother; this hatred would have been avoided. Daddy wouldn’t … Continue reading
Sovereignty means, “what a sovereign has” such as control over his/her kingdom.
God’s sovereignty presents an idea that God is in control of the whole of His kingdom – universe.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honour come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength – 1Chronicles 29:11 – 12
Psychologically speaking, knowing that God is in control of the universe presents an idea that an all-good and all-powerful God is in charge of all that happens to us, which means peace and tranquillity coupled with absolute security.
Does this then mean that God is oblivious to the choices that we are going to make concerning life – He is waiting with bated breath to see how things are going to turn out?
“Men will allow God to be everywhere but on his throne. They will allow Him to be in his workshop to fashion worlds and make stars. They will allow Him to be in His almonry to dispense His alms and bestow his bounties. They will allow Him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends His throne, His creatures then gnash their teeth. And we proclaim an enthroned God, and His right to do as He wills with His own, to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in the matter; then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on His throne is not the God they love. But it is God upon the throne that we love to preach. It is God upon His throne whom we trust.” ― Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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James 2: 14 – 17 One of the definitions of faith taught in the body of Christ today, especially in the Pentecostal and the Charismatic sect is that FAITH is a subjective force, which when applied releases the desires and … Continue reading
James 2: 14 We come to one of the crucial part of this Book of James and to the part responsible for so many great debates among the Jews, the disciples of Jesus and particularly the present Body of Christ. … Continue reading
James 2: 8 – 13 James continues to speak to his fellow Jews in diaspora as they were going through tough times, numerous temptations and tribulations giving rise to enormous and excruciating pain. He began the letter by encouraging them … Continue reading
James 2: 5 – 7 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God. This statement was made by Jesus and it stretches on the fact that the more we come to the end of ourselves … Continue reading
James 2:1 – 4 Like I have iterated, there are many things we can learn from this Book of James; we have learnt from the first chapter that we ought to be slow in our response to issues, slow in … Continue reading
James 1:26 – 27 Apostle James had his attention on the Old Covenant Law of Moses and as such, he couldn’t speak beyond what he knew and had to maintain his presentation on it. According to his presentation to the … Continue reading
Today, many Christians place more emphasis on the celebration of Christmas than they do when they celebrate Easter. Growing up as a child, Christmas was described as the bigger festivity and was more likely to be celebrated than Easter. We … Continue reading
James 1: 22 – 25 We continue in our study of the Book of James and are reminded of the audience as being predominantly Jews – who were going through trials and temptation as a result of their stand in … Continue reading
James 1: 19 – 21 We have been able to glean at the fact that James’ presentation was limited to the Old Testament because the Book of James was one of the earliest Books written in the New Testament. His … Continue reading
James 1: 12 – 18 He returns to his earlier theme of encouraging his Jewish counterparts in the midst of temptation and trial. One would have thought that he had ended his treatise on the subject, but he presents another … Continue reading
James 1: 9 – 11 James had just finished his presentation on the issue of double mindedness, and according to the Greek culture, the word was described as dipsychos in the Greek language, which perfectly describes someone who is two … Continue reading
James 1: 5 – 8 From our last publication, we understood that the Jews were under intense trouble, pain and persecution because of the various challenges they were subjected to from their taskmasters. We were also able to learn that … Continue reading
James 1: 1 – 4 As we read the first chapter and verse of this book as the introduction by James, one would have expected him to start his introductory notes as being the brother of our Lord Jesus, but … Continue reading
Now we know who his audience was and the reason (the Jews were under immense trials, tribulation and were in pain) why this Epistle was penned in the first place. James was the half-brother of our Lord Jesus; he joined … Continue reading
One of the hormones secreted by the adrenal gland is called ADRENALIN. Medical experts have arrived at a conclusion that this is the hormone responsible for, or is used to stimulate human beings to fight, to flee or to be frightened. It increases glucose and cardiac output to the muscles and is stimulated by the emotions.
Emotion can then be said to be a subjective experience associated with mood, temperament, personality and disposition, root of which is motivation. Sometimes, we tend to associate truth to our feelings or our emotions; we tend to ask or are asked about what we feel on issues.
Adolph Hitler was described as a very persuasive and radical dictator. As an idealist, he became so powerful because to most Germans, he was their hope… he was their “Savior”. But his radical deliberations and goals were eventually too much for the world to brushoff, so he eventually led to the country’s eventual decline…
Adolph Hitler said, “I use EMOTIONS for the majority and reserve REASON for the few”. In other words, he discovered that many are ruled by their emotions and very few are thinkers.
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We continue in our study as we introduce the writer of the Book of James. From our last article, we understood that the Epistle was written by the stepbrother of Jesus who became a Christian when he discovered that Jesus … Continue reading
The New Testament part of the Bible, mentioned a few people by the name James and there is also an Epistle of James written by one of the mentioned James. Our remit in this piece, is to make known to … Continue reading
Welcome to 2017. Like the Apostle prayed, we pray and ask that God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, would give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you may grow in your knowledge of God. We pray … Continue reading
Hebrews 13 The phenomenal writer of the Book of Hebrews concludes in this Chapter. He had dedicated the writing of the First to the Eleventh chapter of this book to Doctrine, and this was dedicated predominantly to the Jews – … Continue reading
Hebrews 12: 16 – 29 We continue in our study of the Book of Hebrews as we conclude in the twelfth chapter. The writer began the Chapter by associating running in a race to the Christian walk especially when some … Continue reading
Hebrews 12: 12 – 15 We continue our study on the twelfth chapter of the book of Hebrews. The writer understands how crucial the present situation is, therefore, pens down and makes a presentation on this part of the letter … Continue reading
Hebrews 12: 9 – 11 The Psalmist once said, those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever. Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds … Continue reading
Hebrews 12: 5b – 8 The writer turns his attention on the Jews who had made a choice for the Lord by responding positively to the message of the Gospel and more importantly, abandoning Judaism to walk in this new … Continue reading
Hebrews 12: 4 – 5 We continue our study on this Book written by an elegant and intriguing writer and we come to yet another integral part of the Book. He told his unbelieving friends and countrymen that they could … Continue reading
Hebrews 12:1 – 3 With the so many examples cited by this brilliant writer, the unbelieving Jews at this time would have no excuse to give as they prepared to respond positively to the message of the Gospel. A negative … Continue reading
Hebrews 11:32 – 40 As we draw to a close on this informative chapter of the Bible, the writer did not fail to mention some of the fascinating characters (some might find these almost impossible, but they made it to … Continue reading
Hebrews 11:30 – 31 A common error amongst popular Christian preachers and Pastors today is that they see Hebrews 11 as a chapter in the Bible used to gain material blessings from God. They tend to use the chapter predominantly … Continue reading
Hebrews 11:23 – 29 Our attention is brought back to the audience of this great writer as he makes yet another presentation to his fellow unbelieving Jews and brethren. He continued in the statement that he made about their ancestors … Continue reading
Hebrews 11:20 – 22 There has been so much confusion in the Church and the Body of Christ as a whole over the messages and doctrines we have been teaching and preaching. If you meet ten different Pastors, General Overseers, … Continue reading
Hebrews 11: 8 – 19 One of the striking things about this chapter is that the writer is making the same point from different angles and perspective so that his unbelieving counterparts are left with no choice but to respond … Continue reading
Hebrews 11:7 One of the many mistakes we make as Christians today is to read the Bible with the intention of replicating the many miracles and instances that happened to many of the people God used as a vehicle to … Continue reading
Hebrews 11: 5 – 6 The template of Faith as we have discussed starts with the message from God. The idea is a message comes from God to mankind and we are meant to believe and respond positively to the … Continue reading
Hebrews 11:4 As we continue our study on the subject of FAITH, particularly in this very popular chapter of the Bible, we’ve discovered that there is a template of FAITH – the substance is the foundation, what we can stand … Continue reading
Hebrews 11: 1 – 3 We continue in our study of the Book of Hebrews as we delve into the 11th chapter. For some this chapter is the bedrock on the subject of FAITH in the bible. They see the … Continue reading
Mark 11: 22 – 24 Our article from last week stressed on the fact that Jesus had just come back from the Temple where He reminded those who cared to hear about the reason and purpose for having the Temple. … Continue reading
Mark 11 One of the strong points used by the Word of Faith preachers when they make presentations on the subject of FAITH, is quoted from Mark 11 – which seems to be used as a principle or strategy at … Continue reading
Norman Vincent Peale once said about imaging that it consists of vividly picturing in your conscious mind, a desired goal or objective, and holding that image until it sinks into your unconscious mind, where it releases great and untapped energies.
He further said, “When the imaging concept is applied steadily and systematically, it solves problems, strengthens personalities, improves health, and greatly enhances the chances for success in any kind of endeavor.”
In plain terms, the idea as said by some of our Church Pastors, “if you cannot see the future, you cannot feature in it”.
Is this FAITH? Is the power of imagination becoming confused with the inspiration and power of the Holy Spirit?
“If I see right, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is rather a new bright ornament upon the bosom of self-assured and carnal Christianity. The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it.” – A Tozer
What exactly is Biblical Faith?
Paul Yonggi Cho declared that it was through the imaginative powers of God that the World was created and because man is a “fourth dimension” spirit being like God, he too, whether Christian or Non- Christian, can create his own world through the same power of Imagination.
Is Faith a formula or a principle, which one applies so that the good things of life come to us or is FAITH a tool we use to drive our troubles away?
What happens (in the context of these definitions) when your FAITH doesn’t seem to be working? Does it mean that God will withhold the said “blessings”?
Is FAITH having a positive attitude, having a positive approach to life, or refusing to say the negatives that we are befuddled with?
Is this the Doctrine of Faith?
OR have we confused the Christian FAITH with mind Science?
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Hebrews 10: 26 – 39 The writer, having just concluded his message to the believers, asked them to stay together as a unit even in times of challenges or what we call times of trouble today. He urged them not … Continue reading
Hebrews 10: 1 – 39 One will have no choice but to accept that the thrust of the Book of Hebrews borders on Salvation; written by a prolific writer whose desire was for his people to turn back to God. … Continue reading
Hebrews 10: 32 – 39 The Book of Hebrews, like the Old Testament was written strictly to the Jews and not to the Gentiles. This part of the Bible forms the part where the content is restricted to our learning, … Continue reading
Hebrews 10: 26 – 31 Again and again the writer of this great book brings into perspective the message to the Jews, knowing that he had different categories of people in his audience. There were Believing Jews who had converted … Continue reading
Hebrews 10:19 – 25 The writer of this great Book has concluded his presentation and distinction between the Old and New Testaments; comparing what the High Priest, the rituals, ceremonies and sacrifices represented as patterns and shadows of the good … Continue reading
Hebrews 10: 1 – 18 The writer of this great book is winding down on his presentation especially to the Jewish community on the subject of accepting the complete work of Salvation. He remained focused as he made presentations on … Continue reading