Lessons From The Magi

Sermons on the “The Three Wise Men” have featured in many a Christmas sermon since my Sunday school days, till date. This is one of few common themes that are hardly missed in the yearly seasonal messages. The background text is found in Matthew 2:1-12. In this article, I would like us to examine this…

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Writing Stories With Our Words

A study in 2007 showed that both men and women speak approximately 16,000 words per day. According to Wikipedia, books written for children are about 16,000 words long and the average novel about 60,000-80,000 words long. Going by the average person’s spoken- words-count, each of us writes at least 8 books a month with our words—a…

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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

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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OH LORD PLEASE EMPOWER YOUR CHILDREN

Oh Lord, please empower Your children in our daily wrestle against the powers of evil — even at the peril of our lives. Evil men and pretenders abound, Oh Lord empower Your people! Wolves in sheep clothing have infiltrated our ranks, Oh Lord empower Your people! The Gospel of Your holy Son Jesus is  perverted…

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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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