Why go to school when you can get the Leakage?

As we gear towards National Exams and even end of term/semester exams. Here are some thoughts on education.

Living by His Word

PencilsThe rampart cheating in 2015 was perhaps the most obvious and worst it has ever been on the Kenyan history. What really is wrong with our education system? What are we missing? What really is education? Why do you go to school? Just to pass exams?

What is education?

The Complete Christian Dictionary defines education as “Development of the mind and character”, or “A system of training and instruction, especially for children and young people”.

Education is a daily thing.  You are always learning, adding to the knowledge you have.  You are developing your mind and your character, as you are trained and instructed systematically in school.  You pattern your life after a lifestyle based on certain principles and convictions.  That is what character is.

What is it for?

The purpose of developing the mind and character is to make a personal contribution of goodness toward a better society.  God…

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The Sacredness of Romantic Relationships – Part One

bibleheartOften most of us will get into romantic relationships for different reasons. Few of us really get to reflect on how important romantic relationships are. A number will fast, perhaps the only time they get to do it for more than a day and even visit the prayer center. Meaning they have an idea that the relationship is a great deal and they will need to trust God to lead them. Those are few, the majority tends to take it casually and make arbitrary decisions concerning the relationships.

But why are romantic relationships sacred? Why should they be taken seriously? Romantic relationships are sacred because of many reasons. Let us consider a few of them in this article and consider two others in part two.

  1. Romantic relationships are sacred because they form one of the strongest evidence of your encounter with the Gospel.
  • The Gospel caused us not to live for ourselves and our happiness (2 Cor 5:15). This means that we do not get into relationships for fun or personal gain. We know why God instituted them and so seek to honor Him in our motives.
  • Through the Gospel, we were delivered from the bondage of sin (Romans 6-8). Sexual purity is a great commitment for every believer. We do not remain pure because we want a glorious wedding or even have a steaming wedding night. Even though valid reasons, they would be meaningless if we never marry. We remain pure because we are Christians and God has commanded us to do so. Being able to remain pure therefore throughout your courtship period is a mark of Jesus redemption. We are now able to say NO to all forms of sin because the power of sin is broken.
  • The Gospel taught us to love graciously- an answer to the heartbreaks and selfish ways of relating among the young people. The rise in divorce even among believers is an indication of a high level of selfishness among us. We seek relief at every small discomfort and inconvenience. Even though these may not be the only cause of divorce, it sure is among the leading ones. The Gospel has taught to stick through hard times seeking the good of the other person rather than yourself. 1 Corinthians 13 is a classic of what love is.
  • The Gospel broke down the walls of hostility that divides humanity and made us one in Christ (Ephesians 2:14-16). How glorious is the fact that now you can marry across the boundaries even when your tribesmen  are fighting? Romantic relationships are sacred because they give us an opportunity to display this powerful truth to our families and friends who fight over such lines.
  • The Gospel demonstrates the permanence of the union with Christ. God will never divorce us. This is perhaps one enough to remain married to the person you gave your vows. Romantic relationships are sacred because they demonstrate the kind of relationship God has with His church. We will look at this deeper in the last point.
  • The Gospel has given us the opportunity to share life with our friends. Romantic relationships are sacred because they are a powerful witnessing tool to your non-believing friends. When your roommate is cohabiting with his girlfriend, when he dumps one and picks up another and when they sleep around without care, your conduct in a romantic relationship will be a strong witness. When you get into a relationship for the right reasons and walk in purity until your wedding day, the message will speak loudly.  Has your relationship prompted unbelievers to ask “How do you do that?”

 

  1. Romantic relationships are sacred because they play a role in the ending of the chain of the pain of dysfunctional homes.

The continual rise of dysfunctional homes in our country and the world is worrying.  Many of us come from homes where love and the meeting of basic needs are rare.  You rarely come across someone who has a godly heritage from home.  So it is very important that we take responsibility for breaking the chain of pain and lay foundations for the generations that will come after us.  In order to end this kind of hurtfulness, we must be deliberate in starting a new generation that fears and obeys God. This does not happen when we get married, it must happen now – before you enter into a relationship.  Many of us came from homes where people do not honor God and have no respect for His ways.  You are a light for that home.  When God saved you, He did it not just for you but for your family and the many generations ahead of you.  How do you want them to remember you?

The decision our grandparents made about their marriage and how they lived it has continued to affect us to this day.  Similarly, the decisions you make about your future spouse will not only affect you and that person, but will affect your children, their children, and their children’s children up to the umpteenth generation.  Taking this important relationship casually means taking the lives of those people casually.  It assumes that the people who will be born out of your union are insignificant and all that matters is your happiness.

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It is Easter again, what makes it special?

TombIt is Easter again, what makes it special?

The Gospel

This is the Good News of our salvation. It is the message that is of first importance. It is the message that must be communicated as the most important thing any time we meet a non-believer. Paul writes to the Corinthians;

1 Corinthians 15: 1-6

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

  • The centrality of our faith is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus,
  • The atonement for our sins
  • and our blessed hope, the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ

If this is the Good News, what is the bad news?

The bad news as stated in Ephesians 2

  • We were dead in our transgression (v1)
  • We walked following the course of this world (v2)
  • We were under the dominion of satan (v2)
  • We were sons of disobedience (v2)
  • We lived in the passions of our flesh (v3)
  • We were by nature the children of wrath (v3)
  • We were separated from Christ (v12)
  • We were strangers to the covenant of the Promise (v12)
  • We were far off (v13)
  • We were without hope and without God (v12)

Elsewhere

  • We strayed like sheep each of us turned in our own separate ways (Isaiah 54:6)
  • We all sinned and fell short of His glory (Romans 3:23)
  • We were under the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13)
  • We were alienated and hostile in mind and doing evil things (Colossians 1:21)

This is just to mention but a few

What happened when the Good News happened?

  • He conquered the enemies of God :

Sin: Has no dominion over me: (Hebrews 9:26-28)

Death: we have hope beyond the grave. (1 Corinthians 15:13-22, 1 Corinthians 15:55)

Satan:  we are no longer under the power of satan. (Romans 16:20 , Acts 26:16-18)

  • He became the propitiation for our sin (1 John 4:10)
  • He canceled the record of debt that stood against us (Colossians 2:13-14)

From Ephesians 2

  • He made us alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
  • He raised us with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (v7)
  • We are His workmanship (v10)
  • We have been brought near (v13)
  • He is our peace (v14)
  • He has broken down the wall of hostility (v14)
  • He has reconciled us back to God (v16)
  • We have access in One Spirit to the Father (v18)
  • We are no longer strangers but fellow citizens (v19)
  • We are the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sin (Ephesians 1:7)
  • He made known to us the mystery of His will (Eph 1:9)
  • We have been sealed with the Promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 1:14)
  • He redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13)
  • In Christ the blessing of Abraham came to us the Gentiles (Galatians 1:14)
  • We are children of Promise (Galatians 4:28)
  • We have been known by God (Galatians 4:9)
  • We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession (1 Peter 2:9)
  • We have an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading kept for us in heaven (1 Peter 1:4)
  • We are God’s children (1 John 3:2a )

These are just but a few insights of so much more! Indeed in Townend’s words,

How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measures that He could give His only Son to make a wretch His treasure. How great the pain of searing loss, the Father turns His face away, As wounds that mar the Chosen One, bring many sons to Glory!

Have a reflective Easter Friends!

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Project ‘X’: A reason to retract our steps

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By Bishop David Oginde

It most certainly caught almost everyone’s attention readily becoming the talk of town and easily upstaging the usual political rhetoric. The audacity of its adverts and the boldness of its promised recklessness was perhaps beyond what we are used to. Project-X challenged the safety of our discourse in every respect — especially on drugs and promiscuity. Parents have been waxing livid and the religious communities are off the stage, united in condemnation of the faceless organizers of this crude event. At some point, though, I wondered whether it was not all but a hoax. But I was duly silenced by some young people who confirmed that these parties do happen. For them, the only new thing was the brazen manner in which the organizers went public.
Indeed, further reading reveals that since the film by the same name was released in 2012, these kinds of events…

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Why go to school when you can get the Leakage?

PencilsThe rampart cheating in 2015 was perhaps the most obvious and worst it has ever been on the Kenyan history. What really is wrong with our education system? What are we missing? What really is education? Why do you go to school? Just to pass exams?

What is education?

The Complete Christian Dictionary defines education as “Development of the mind and character”, or “A system of training and instruction, especially for children and young people”.

Education is a daily thing.  You are always learning, adding to the knowledge you have.  You are developing your mind and your character, as you are trained and instructed systematically in school.  You pattern your life after a lifestyle based on certain principles and convictions.  That is what character is.

What is it for?

The purpose of developing the mind and character is to make a personal contribution of goodness toward a better society.  God created us with a purpose in mind. All of us were formed to fulfill certain purposes in God’s plan. We were created to make certain good contributions to society. To deliver this, the kind of education we receive is supposed to prepare us to fit into that purpose.  Education is that important.

Education is supposed to train us to be Godly.  We should have godly principles and convictions on which to base our lives.  These godly principles will help you to play the different roles that life will bring as you get more and more responsibilities.  For example, you will probably be a parent one day.  As a parent you will need to make serious choices concerning the company you will keep, where you will live with your family and the values your family will live by.  Are you prepared to make good choices on these issues?

You need Look at education as a way to equip yourself for what God destined you to be. That way you will be fulfilled all your life. On the other hand if you focus on exams and mean grades, most likely you will always be under pressure to perform and if you don’t do as well as you thought you could, then frustration creeps in.  You will never shake the feeling that you are a failure.  But you are not a failure.  There is so much more you could be in this life.  You could be the best there ever was in so many other things.  Passing an exam or failing one should not seal the fate of who or what you will become.  Don’t let it!!

Just for Exams?

Unfortunately, the picture we get of many current education systems today is that training in schools focuses on passing examination. We are trained to pass exams, qualify for university and get good jobs. We are trained to look at education from two perspectives: Passing or Failing.  If you look back through your school life you are either among the top students or the average ones.  Worse still, you could be among those that have come more often than not among the “last” students in class. So your studies have been based on performance rather than learning.

Unhealthy Competition

Another bad effect of focusing on passing exams is that it creates unhealthy competition among students.  Instead of appreciating one another, we as students are ever worried about how to beat everyone else and be ahead of the pack.  We are always working hard to prove ourselves, to out-do others, to be the popular one, and so rather than look at our peers as colleagues, their presence creates fear in us.  We are threatened that they may do better than us. In such a scenario rather than build healthy relationships with them we strive to either bring them down or ignore them altogether. Competition has turned us against each other.  Rather than build our society, we have torn it apart with strife, division and pride.  Competition creates in you such insecurity that you do not desire to give toward anyone else’s progress.  “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”(Philippians 2:3-4)

In the biblical parable of the talents, Jesus illustrates in Mathew 25:14-30 that God gives talents, not to see who will be ahead of the pack, but to see who will be faithful.  Verse 15 says, “To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability”.

God will never judge us for what He did not give us but for what He gave us. We need to be contented and use whatever ability we have to our best capacity, not to compete with others but to faithfully contribute to society.

What Am I To Do?

Acknowledge that life is more than material prosperity.  It is God who gives good living.  If you had much money, a very good car, a great job, and a palace for a house but had cancer, you may realize that there is more to life than money

Decide that you will pursue that purpose.  Say to your heart, “I want to fulfill the purposes that God had in store for me when He made me.

Go for total education.  Determine in your heart that you want to develop your mind, your body and your soul for integrated growth.  Make character your primary concern.  Guard your heart for out of it comes the issues of life.  Practically, you may want to reserve some time to read educational material that has nothing to do with Maths and Biology.  Do you read the Bible studiously?  Do you take it as seriously as you take Physics?  You need to value it even more.  Study it carefully, seriously and purposefully.  Study it with others of a like mind.  Read other godly books and find out God’s mind on marriage, money, greatness, knowledge, wisdom, leadership, children, and practically every important area of life.  There are values there you will need.

Don’t give yourself a raw deal in life.  Choose education that prepares you to fully live.

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The Church in the club? Part Two

peopleworshipingThis post is part two of this post

So what did this gifted writer talk about when he said, Get the church out of the club? If all this is NOT church, then who is the church, or what is the church?

Jonathan Parnell defines church as a community of Christians who live as the on-the-ground expression of the supremacy of Jesus by advancing the Gospel in distance and in depth.  The church is a people of “God’s possession to proclaim the Excellencies of Him who called them out of the darkness into his marvelous Light” (1 Peter 2:9), a people called the church. The scriptures are clear also on who is the church. The church is the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:25-27). Christ has already paid the bride price. It was an expensive affair. He did not just pay with anything else but by His blood. It cost Him His very own life to redeem her, to purchase her from the world to Himself (1 Corinthians 6:20). That bride is waiting for the grand feast, the wedding of the lamb where she will be married to her Groom, according to the scriptures and will be with Him to all eternity (Revelation 19:7). Meanwhile, she is preparing for that Grand Day.

The Church, the bride of Christ, therefore cannot mix itself with a world that it has been redeemed from. She knows, even though not entirely, how much it cost to purchase her. She knows her role is to express the supremacy of her Groom in a lost world. Her Groom warned her that the world would hate her, just like they hated Him (John 15:18-25). That was a warning that they should not expect to be celebrated. He reminded her that the world “would be against her not on her side” (John 15:19).   He told her that without him she could do nothing, that she had no potential of her own (John 15) and so cannot believe in herself. Paul reminds her that she should “not be unequally yoked with non-believers” (2 Corinthians 6:14). This did not mean that she should not be mingling with non-believers, but that she should not have fellowship with them or be yoked with them. John tells her “not to love the world, and all that is in it” (2 John 2:15-16).

You see, the church, those who have been redeemed, those who have been brought from darkness into His marvelous Light, cannot therefore fit in the club. Whatever is in the club is NOT the church. The church will never even enter there. It cannot fit. It is too low a standard to conform to. The church of Christ is strong. It is spiritual, it honors her Groom. It multiplies from the grassroots. It expands when it has been persecuted. It is a spiritual force. She is the agent that her Groom uses to expand His Kingdom. It is recorded that ‘the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.’(Acts 9:31). The church walks in the fear of her Groom and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

The local gatherings of people, scattered all over the world, is the expression of that church. The church is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). The Church is the flock, a holy temple, the building, a royal priesthood, a peculiar people, the bride and she has a mandate- and she will multiply like the in Judea and Samaria. The church has NOT died, it cannot die. It has a mandate that is not physically visible but its fruits are evident. The church will make disciples until the “earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord like the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14). She is unstoppable; she will triumph fully when her Groom is revealed.

So comedies like Pray and Prey cannot mock the church. That is NOT how the church lives. The church is HOLY and PURE. She knows that her Groom is coming and cannot therefore defile herself with the pleasures of this world. They are nothing compared to her “blessed hope, the glorious return of Her Lord Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). So let no non-believer be deceived that the church is dying, that it has lost its saltiness. The church of Christ is ALIVE and “God knows those who are His” (2 Timothy 2:19).

Let the mockers be warned however that “God is NOT mocked “(Galatians 6:7). And those of us, who claim to be part of this church, the body of Christ and are participating and sitting behind the screens to watch and be entertained, be warned to, you may actually not be part of the Church. Examine yourself, like Paul tells the Corinth church, whether you are still in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).

 

Ban on Sexual Content – Long Overdue!

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Yeah!  Its OVER!

Yesterday, 7th January 2016, something historic and worth noting happened in the media fraternity. The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) banned sexual content to be aired on Free to Air Channels between 5 am and 10 pm, a period that is known as the Watershed Period. The rules read in part  ”no broadcasting station shall air programs including interactive call-ins or discussion sessions, whose content is suitable for adult-only audience during the watershed period”

Director General of CA Francis Wangusi also went ahead to put a ban on the notorious shows  where cheating spouses or people in  debt are exposed on air. “Telephone calls or interviews must not be aired without informing the other party before hand,”  the code continues.

Further the regulator has banned any advert or content which are not suitable for children or which might cause them physical, mental, psychological or moral harm.” “Music videos with content that may be harmful to children in terms of lyrics, video images and dressing should be avoided during the watershed period when most children are likely to be watching or listening,”  the code states. The Media houses have six months to comply. How I wish it was immediate!

The advertising Industry has slowly but very subtly evolved from advertising a certain product to almost nudity and sexual stuff in almost every product. The fresh Fry ad, the Lux and Vaseline just to mention but a few were top most notorious in their communication. These products have nothing to do with sex yet the ads are completely xRated and you could not sit with your two-year old when the commercial airs. The adverts are sensual and difficult if not impossible to watch. The Bill Boards perhaps are even worse because they stay on for a couple of weeks and you have to put up with them every time you pass by them.

The Breakfast shows on almost all the FM stations are filled with nudity and explicit sexual discussions that are aired well in the morning as most of us go to work. Young and old alike are subjected to uncouth discussions that are shamelessly put across for everyone in the Matatu to listen to. It is even worse if you are in traffic as it is the ordinary case every morning. The worst part is if you try to make a case and  persuade the Matatu Crew to tune to another station! Usually your plea is met with hostility and suggestions to get into another Matatu. This ban really is a savior for the voiceless!

These directives were long overdue. At some point I had lost hope that the morality of our Nation had gone to the dogs. It seems that all is not lost. This post really is to congratulate Francis Wangusi for this very bold and courageous move to save the morality of this country and the future of our children. Let him know that I and many of my friends from the Christian fraternity are behind him fully in this particular move.

In the same directives, the Director has also banned the so called ‘seed’ preachers. This is something that I also believe should have happened a long time ago. As I had said in an earlier post, these guys do not represent the Church of Christ and most of them are con men that should be in jail for crimes of obtaining money falsely. Any none believer out there should be aware and should only respond to an altar call when the TRUE Gospel has been preached.

Anyone who purports to preach the Gospel and preaches a different one is an enemy of the Cross of Christ. His destiny is destruction, his god is his stomach and his glory is in his shame! (See Philippians 3: 19).  Banning them on TV and Radio may not bring them to their end but it serves a warning to the non-believer to look for a Gospel-centered Church and for the believer to go out of their comfort zones and preach the Gospel to a lost world.