Man Night – Rock Church, San Diego

Hi,

Just sharing an interesting sermon I watched today evening, targeting men and how they ought to relate with God. Its by Pastor Miles McPherson of Rock Church, San Diego, USA. It was a blessing to me and I hope it will bless you too. Oh! And a quote that caught my hear, from the sermon 🙂

If God gives you a woman, love her to death.

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The Mindset of Christ

Adapted from Leading Transformation in Africa by Delanyo Adadevoh.

To know the mind of Christ is to know the will of God. The will of God is in constant pace with His nature and character of God and has been revealed to humankind through the person of Jesus Christ.

If anyone is new in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold new things have come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)

Same Script, Different actors; we find ourselves seeing things from the worldly perspective. We have relied for too long on a mindset that is not only godless but has no positive lasting impact. But God sent His Son so that we may know His will for us the lost sheep.

Characteristics of the mind of Christ

The mind of Christ:

  1. Seeks to honour God – John 5:19-20
  2. Is a humble mind – Philippians 2:1-9
  3. Seeks the abundant life – John 10:10
  4. Is a productive time – Mathew 25:14-30
  5. Values the human above the material – Mathew 16:26
  6. Values the eternal above the temporal – Mathew 10:28
  7. Values godliness over external religious performances – Mark 7:20-22
  8. Is spiritual – 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
  9. Loves all without partiality – Luke 10:25-37; John 4:4-26; Mathew 19:14
  10. Is sacrificial – Mathew 20:28
  11. Seeks the salvation of the lost – Luke 19:10
  12. Is a kingdom mind

So, lets all start seeing things in God’s perspective. Its all starts with prayer 🙂

A Passion For Purity

When we are struggling with sin, when we are faced with tempation, do we just pray passively. John Piper says that we should fight our mind battles with all our might. Faith without works is useless. He encourages us to have a very detailed image of Christ’s crucifixion as described below. This is an excerpt from the article, “A passion for purity vs. Passive Prayers”, from Desiring God website:

Demand of your mind to fix its gaze on Christ on the cross. Use all your fantasizing power to see his lacerated back. Thirty-nine lashes left little flesh intact. He heaves with his breath up and down against the rough vertical beam of the cross. Each breath puts splinters into the lacerations. The Lord gasps. From time to time he screams out with intolerable pain. He tries to pull away from the wood and the massive spokes through his wrist rip into the nerve endings and he screams again with agony and pushes up with his feet to give some relief to his wrists. But the bones and nerves in his pierced feet crush against each other with anguish and he screams again. There is no relief. His throat is raw from screaming and thirst. He loses his breath and thinks he is suffocating, and suddenly his body involuntarily gasps for air and all the injuries unite in pain. In torment, he forgets about the crown of two-inch thorns and throws his head back in desperation, only to hit one of the thorns perpendicular against the cross beam and drive it half an inch into his skull. His voice reaches a soprano pitch of pain and sobs break over his pain-wracked body as every cry brings more and more pain.

By John Piper. ©2012 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org

So next time you’re having temptation struggles literally fixate your eyes on Christ 🙂

Back in Business

So its been two and a half months since I last posted in this blog. You can call it a busy schedule for me, with work, projects and post grad. studies OCCUPYING my space. Am back. Not with a bang. But with new things I have learnt. I will sharing a bit on the book of Jeremiah, with its powerful metaphors that God uses to express His displeasure towards sin. Its a serious book. I’m studying it for the first time after all these years. Anyway, there’s a time for everything. God bless and take care til next time when I’ll touch on Jeremiah chapter 1.

2012 Scripture Theme

Psalm 121

A song of ascents

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

EPIC ENDING!

I love movies, that is, good ones. That’s why you’ll find me sometimes using them as examples in my blog posts. Good movies mostly have lessons that can be drawn from. Unfortunately, there is a friend of mine who doesn’t like movies but enjoys animation. So I guess come 2012 I will try to convince her that movies are enjoyable. Unajijua 😉

Anyway, the year is coming to a close in less than 24 hours and I’m sure most of us are reviewing what our lives have been like in the past one year. As usual, there have been ups and downs, struggles and achievements, births and deaths, joy and sadness; but at the end of the day we come to Read More

The Christmas Genealogy

This is part of a series of posts under the Sunday Breakfast category. In these posts I share what I learn in church every Sunday; Bible messages that really ministered to me on a particular Sunday. All Bible references


Today’s topic was ‘The Christmas Lesson’.

Mathew 1:1-17 goes like this:

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,

And so forth. Have you ever wondered why the book of Mathew starts off like this? Why this long list is there in the first place? I always skip this part of the book of Mathew; a lot of names, some long, some difficult to pronounce (Ouch! My head and tongue hurts).
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The Fit, The Misfit and the Shapeshifter

There are two kinds of people in this world my friend; those with the rope around the neck and the people who have the job of doing the cutting. I run the risks – Tuco (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly).

A quote I got from the movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), a 3 hour (approximately) western/cowboy classic film. Humour, action and emotional drama all in one package; they don’t make movies like they used to, I think. The film is about three individuals hunting for gold coins buried in some graveyard during the American Civil war; the good guy, the bad guy and the ugly guy. The above quote is from the ugly guy called Tuco. He’s the funniest of all the characters. This guy will definitely leave you in stitches. He is a wanted man but he makes an

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