In Memory of My Father

On 15th August 2002, just five days after my birthday, my dad was violently snatched away from us in a tragic motor accident. The story was that a runaway tipper truck driver (escaping a police check-point) rammed into the vehicle he was traveling in with another Reverend minister, on their way back from a meeting…

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Dead Men Don’t Pray For The Living

Walking through the British Museum in London, on a rainy Saturday afternoon in November 2016, I came upon this exhibit with the following inscription: Saints are exemplary Christians, many of whom died for their faith. Their shrines attracted large numbers of medieval pilgrims as a way of demonstrating piety and repentance. Many hoped to receive…

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Fake Vs Genuine Conversion II

In the previous article, we established that not all conversions are genuine — not all that glitters is gold. In this second part, we will go on to see the permanent characteristics of genuine conversion as we can glean from Scripture. Counterfeit Conversions In dealing with non-genuine conversions, one can distinguish between two kinds: temporal…

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Fake Vs Genuine Conversion

In the recent past, in the Gambia, there was a big stir among many in Christian circles when a former clergyman announced his conversion to Islam on a national platform. This event doubtless re-ignited the age-old discussion, “does once saved mean forever saved?” – otherwise known in theology as the perseverance of the saints. Before one…

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MAKING UP OUR MINDS: MARY OR JESUS? 

Brothers and sisters in the Lord, greetings. For some time now I have been thinking about the concept of praying to God through Mary (the mother of Jesus) instead of Jesus Christ our Lord himself. That Christians must pray to God through Jesus is undebatable. But does the Bible teach that those who believe in…

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The Acid Tests of Life

At the end of his long and complicated sentence running from Ephesians 1 verses 3 through verse 14, Paul prays for his Ephesian audience: 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my…

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TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY

Did man in sin desire salvation, and for that matter petition God for it? If we were to cast our minds back to the scene in the Garden of Eden, when man fell to sin by choosing to listen to Satan instead of to God. We hid from His presence out of guilt and shame….

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Praying as Sons

Jesus once remonstrated with two of His disciples, James and John, whom he had nicknamed ‘Sons of thunder’, when they suggested to call down fire from heaven to destroy a Samaritan village whom they perceived to be opponents of their mission. On their way through to Jerusalem, Jesus had asked the two to go ahead…

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Further Reflections on Adoption

Adoption is used in the Bible and in everyday life to refer to the transfer of an individual from one family to another. Further, adoption in the Bible connotes the placing of the person so adopted as a ‘son’ in the second family. The key verse is Ephesians 1:5. he predestined us for adoption to…

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