Matthew 4 In his book, For the love of God, Don A Carson said, “What we do not need is an arrogant “can do” mentality that tacks God onto the end, or a clichéd spirituality that confuses passion with passivity; … Continue reading
The Book is supposed to be received as part of the sacred Scriptures. It’s a Book given and received by God. I have no reason to doubt the authorship of the Book neither do I want to enter into the … Continue reading
Hebrews 10 The writer of this great Book in his quest to making a 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 things … Continue reading
The day of Pentecost, filled with many miracles, signs and wonders had come and gone, the disciples had waited at the Upper Room for the coming of the Holy Spirit, they had spoken in other dialects and language, and many … Continue reading
The Gnostics taught that in addition to salvation or believing in Christ, one must also receive the gnosis or the esoteric knowledge. This was rebutted by the Apostle and even the early church fathers that lived in the period after … Continue reading
The disciples had been with Jesus for quite sometime now; they experienced the miraculous and healing power of the Almighty as Jesus healed the sick, the oppressed and went as far as raising the dead. The Jews will only be … Continue reading
Matthew 13 The most important parable taught to all by Jesus, is the Parable of the sower and the seed. He declared the importance of this parable when His disciples came to Him for an explanation on the parable. He … Continue reading
Jesus, in one of His teachings admonished us to have love one for the other as believers. He taught that we should love our neighbors and most especially our enemies. Most Christians if not all are aware of this commandment … Continue reading
Season Greetings to you my friends in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Jesus is the reason for Christmas; He had no choice but … Continue reading
The great Apostle Paul turned on his fellow countrymen whom he felt would cast aspersions to the Gentile race because they felt the Gentiles were on a dark spiral downward. He made it clear to the Jews that they would … Continue reading
Romans 1 and 2 We read about the story of two different categories of people in the Epistle written by Apostle Paul to the Church in Rome. This is one of the chewiest epistles from this great man of God. … Continue reading
There was a lady who suffered from what the medical experts would label CIPA. CIPA is an acronym that means, Congenital Insensitivity to Pain with Anhidrosis. It is an exceptionally rare inherited disorder of the nervous system, which prevents the perception of pain, heat, cold or any nerve related sensation, which also includes feeling the nudge to urinate.
People with this disorder are very likely to injure themselves in ways that would normally be avoided by feeling pain. For example, anyone suffering from this could burn him or herself severely and not even notice or feel any pain. The main signs of this disorder are lack of pain sensation, painless injuries of the arms, legs and oral structures.
You can then imagine what this lady’s parent would be praying and wishing for; they would wish for her to feel the sensation of pain at the very least. Imagine she steps on a piece of nail and no one knows and the same gives her serious infection…it could or would lead to her death.
This is what happens when we are not aware of the so-called evil around us.
1) All of us are well aware that God created all things so the question then is:
2) Is Evil part of the things God created?
3) If the above question is correct, did God create Evil?
Please join me on the 18th of November as we discuss this and more!
Genesis 12, 13 Terah hailed from the Ur of the Chaldees and majorly, they were idol worshippers. Terah was Abram’s biological father and Abram had other brothers – Nahor and Haran. Haran also had a son named Lot. According to … Continue reading
The writer of the book of James wasn’t that James (the son of Zebedee) who was killed by Herod if we read the Book of Acts and in chapter 12. Initially, James wasn’t one of the disciples of our Lord … Continue reading
James 5: 12 – 20 We come to the concluding part of the Book and letter of James to his audience, whom we have highlighted as predominantly Jews coupled with the fact that majority of his teachings and doctrines were … Continue reading
James 5:7 – 11 We understood from last week’s write-up, how bad it was to oppress those who have-nots, especially in the church. We understood that the labourer or our employees should be properly and promptly paid for the work … Continue reading
James 5:1 – 6 James begins to write the final part of his letter to the scattered Jews in diaspora who thought they were waiting for the tribulation and had acquiesced to the many forms of pain, problems and thorns … Continue reading
James 4: 13 – 17 James was not one of the twelve Apostles that were disciples of Jesus. Not until the resurrection, James never believed in the ministry of Jesus. When Jesus was raised by the Spirit of God and … Continue reading
1) We are well aware that God created all things.
2) Is Evil part of the things God created?
3) If the second statement is correct, did God create Evil?
Please find out on the 23rd of September 2017 0900Hrs…
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James 4:6 – 12 Looking back at the beginning of this chapter or more so towards the end of chapter three, we were able to garner that there are two natures in the life of every believer – one is … Continue reading
James 4: 2 – 5 We are reminded again and again that the Book and the message of James was written and directed towards the Jews in dispersion. They had received and responded positively to the message of the Gospel … Continue reading
Matthew 14:15-33 The disciples were with Him on the day He multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed the multitude that wanted His attention – representing thousands of people that must have benefitted from just that one miracle. From … Continue reading
James 3: 14 – 18, 4:1 The only creatures on planet Earth carrying two kinds of nature are the Believers. There is what we call the Old Sin Nature or OSN – the original nature we were born with, infused … Continue reading
James 3: 7 – 13 We are reminded that the Book of James was written predominantly to the Jews who were in diaspora. There was no mention of the Gentile world or people in this book and as such, many, … Continue reading
James 3: 3 – 6 We have come to understand through studying this Epistle of James that the content and message of the Book was predominantly to the Jewish sect in diaspora; many of the issues mentioned in the book … Continue reading
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
For these and more, please join us at the Upper Room on the 24th of June 2017, 09:00am.
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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.
For more, please join us at the Upper Room, Breakfast Meeting coming up on Saturday 11th of February 2017…0900Hrs.
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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