Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the Church of God in Kenya together with all saints throughout Africa:
Grace and Peace to you from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I continually praise God and the father of our Lord Jesus Christ wherever your faith is being mentioned in other parts of the world. It is reported that your nation has one of the highest number of Christians in the world and that is commendable. Just like the church in Corinth you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly await for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
However am astonished as some of the reports I have read about your conduct. It is being mentioned that the number of churches are exceedingly increasing each day do too many divisions amongst yourself. In fact, the divisions have risen due to the desire of most to peddle the word of God for profit. This competition is so intense to the point that some churches amongst you are proclaiming themselves to be the only true church, dismissing others a synagogues Satan.
I need to remind you of the greatest commandment that our Lord Jesus Christ sent us to make disciples of all nations and not converts to our churches.
It is even shameful that your services have turned the holy pulpits to political arenas in the name of fundraising. Some politicians, who even some are non-believers are using the church to hurl abuses at each other while you are applauding them. Need to remind you of the words of Lord Jesus Christ who when kicking people out of the holy temple in Jerusalem said that the house of God is house of prayer for all nation and not a den of robber. I do pray that the same zeal of Lord Jesus may be with you.
As a result of this the name of our Lord Jesus Christ is being profaned by those who are not believers. To the shame of the church, it is even mentioned that some churches have become a conduit of corruption money stolen from public scoffers.
Just like I urged Titus in regard to church of Crete rebuke those who are doing this, so that they will be sound in their faith. To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.
They are disobedient, detestable and unfit for doing anything good. As mature believers you ought to know how to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God , the pillar and foundation of truth.
We therefore have a mandate to the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We should preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct , rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.
For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? If the church in Kenya would go back to the first love and be of one in spirit and mind then Kenya would prosper as a nation and the you would receive a great reward in heaven. I do pray and hope that, the would be a new spiritual revival in your nation. The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit (Proverbs 18:21). Most of the times we deceive ourselves that words of men cannot harm us but we never do realize that it takes time for a seed to mature and produce fruits. In the long run or short time those words would conceive and give birth to doubt and when doubt is full grown would result in distrust in God and consequently spiritual death of our lives.
For it is in God that we find the purpose of our lives and satisfaction in the toilsome labor of a few years we are to inhabit the earth. And from one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out to him and find him, though he is not far from each of us (Acts 17: 26-27).
It is within this context that we need to find out the God’s will into our lives or the philosophers of this world, words of men and the social media status would define us and woe unto us if they are edifying to us. Every day we are being bombarded by strange ideas of men who in thinking of being wise they became fools. They go into details of their idle notions and claim to hold the secrets keys of life while they are afraid of the physical death. We are not to be afraid of them or of their words but we should believe in the words of who is the alpha and omega, Jesus Christ our Lord and savior.
We should always be ready for the battle for we are not waging war against flesh and blood but against the authorities, against powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Remember the ancient serpent has always been the father of lies and his powerful weapon against the children of Eve, has always been lying to their offspring s they may distrust the plan God has for their lives. And the only way to overcome the devil is by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:11). So it is my encouragement that all of us can start to speak life into our lives by reading the word of God and spending time in prayer. May God bless you and may he receive all the glory and honor forever and ever. Amen.
Time waits for no man, whether great or small. As I celebrate another year of GOD faithfulness, am continuously gratefully for every person who has been part of my life. The past year has been marked with special key moments in my life that would go in a long way to shape this new day.
There have been times have made mistakes that needed not to be made and hope this year would bring on freshness of a new character to face the difficulties and the challenges that each day brings. I am also full of gratitude for the well-being God has kept me to this day. I can surely say that I have enjoyed good health and all has gone well with me even as my soul is getting along well.
It is also this past year that our good LORD has granted me a special gift as my best friend. This friend has been key in challenging me to be a better man and has been source of great joy in whatever I have purposed to do. I do pray that, this New Year would be bringing forth what is best in us as we pursue our goal to the glory of God. Special thanks to my family that has endured my failures and has been a soft landing wherever I have fallen off from those great heights.
Thank you all who have taken time to wish me a happy birthday and may you be blessed in everything you purpose to do. I hope to do more blogs this year and would be patiently waiting your feedback on what areas that I need to improve. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is work within us, to him be the glory throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
He waited patiently on the queue to be served. Today it was moving a little bit faster than usual. In other normal days, the cashiers on the counters would take unnecessarily long breaks consequently making the long wait frustrating. Today seemed to be a good day as they diligently served and the security attendants were more polite than they usually are. Though he had been in the banking hall for more than an hour, his feet had been strengthened by the hope that his request would be successful. He starred aimlessly on the surroundings and his thoughts seemed to be far off. He now came face to face with his own image in the mirror that had been fixed on one of the pillars in the hall. It is at this moment he noticed that he had started to grow some grey hair.
Mamboleo was a retired government civil servant who had served government diligently in the days of his strength. Age had caught up with him some five years ago and had bowed out of public service. He had come to Uchumi cooperative society to check on the status of a loan he had applied some few days ago. This had been his last resort to take his last-born child, Said, to one of the prestigious university in the city.
Life had not been fair to Mamboleo. His first-born son had been killed by government security personnel on allegations that he had been part of a criminal gang. The quest to get justice from the state had drained his retirement benefits and left him on the verge of bankruptcy. The second-born child and his only daughter had deserted studies in her final year at the campus and disappeared into oblivion with the boyfriend. Said, his last-born child had shown great academic prowess in the national exams and had been called to one of the leading university in the country to pursue computer science. The boy had renewed his confidence in life and he felt the urge to keep on fighting for a better tomorrow.
“Next!” the male cashier roared as his thoughts came back to the hall. He had not realized how the queue had moved fast and it was his turn to be served. He literally took a step of faith with his face beaming with a smile as he approached the cashier on the counter. He presented his documents as he anxiously waited for the cashier to confirm his loan request.
“I am sorry, Sir. Your loan request has been rejected”, the cashier confirmed his worst fears. Mamboleo pleaded with him to check again in the system to confirm if he keyed in the correct information. The cashier looked at him with a lot of sympathy and handed him the letter explaining why his loan had been rejected. As he took the letter, the man looked so much disheartened and he felt like the body weight was too heavy for his two fragile legs. The turmoil in his mind was too heavy to bear. He did not know what he would tell his son back at home. Why always me? What wrong did I ever do to deserve this? Would his sickly wife have the courage to bear with the news? He kept on walking with no specific destination in the mind.
The dusty roads on the streets clouded him every time an automobile would pass by at high speed. “There is no way I would give up at this point. Said has to go to the university”, he encouraged himself as he took a turn towards the almost complete magnificent Pentecostal church. He took one more glimpse of the gigantic golden cross that was being erected on the rooftop of the church. He grinned with joy as he recalled the melodious hymn they sang in the choir.
At the cross at the cross
Where I first saw the light
And the burden of my heart rolled away
It was there by faith I received my sight
And now I am happy all the day
Bang! A loud thud was heard in the air as Mamboleo was thrown up in the sky by the impact of track. He landed on the tarmac road and lost consciousness. He had somehow got lost in thoughts and could not hear the sound of the track coming. People rushed to the scene as some called ambulance. He had been badly injured and was bleeding excessively. It required one to have strong faith to believe that Mamboleo. As people stood by shocked, sirens of ambulance could be heard from a distance. It was no longer the quest for provision but quest for survival.
Hope you are fine. I am also doing fine. I know you are wondering why I am writing to you a letter at such a time. Every generation has that mandate to prepare the next generation for the future. Moreover, such is the time for me to answer that call and let you know few things that would be of utter importance to your life. My generation has lost out many moral values and we have defined truth to be relative. I want you to know that truth is always absolute and never shall it be relative to what each one of us perceives it to be. Right is right even when no one is doing it and wrong is wrong even when everyone is doing it. I do not want you to make same mistakes that I have made in life. Mistakes that have in one way or the other come along with dire consequences. You also need to understand that the world is in dire need of men; Men who are strong in character and have no fear for standing out for what they believe.
Time waits for no man and time is a way that keeps everything from happening at once. As you would be growing up, you would realize, people manifest in seasons but time and chance happens to them all. As a result, you have to make use of every opportunity you get and desire for wisdom above all. Son, we have to plan our lives as if we shall live 100 years and live our lives as if Jesus Christ is coming now.
In the few days you would be on this earth, you will realize that there are men of depraved minds. They claim to know God, but by their actions, they deny him. Have nothing to do with such men. They are kind of those who define masculinity with petty things like the kind of car they drive, level of education, physical appearance or by the size of their pockets. All things that I have mentioned are important but never in your lifetime should they define you. Manhood would never be defined by what you have rather by who you are. Take delight in this, that greatness of a man does not consist in abundance of his possessions but by the cause for which he lives for and the price is willing to pay for it.
Son, identity crisis is a major cause that destroys most people. They all want to be like so and so, forgetting God created them to be unique. I urge you, not to be conformed to the patterns of this world but rather be transformed by the renewal of mind. On this note, I charge you never to put the necklace of pride. Pride has destroyed great men than war has done in our generation.
In conclusion, there are other things that I would love to write to you but am still struggling to learn some of them. In due time when I would manage to conquer them, then we would create time to talk about them. When you are considering marriage, just remember this, “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” You are always to remember, if you cannot love unconditionally, then kindly reconsider marriage. Pass my greetings to your mother and take good care of her. Love you so much son.
Rudeness is the act of being impolite. It is closely associated with pride but mostly manifested through the power of the tongue. It is often said, it does not matter what we say but how we say it. Different people may carry the same message but how they convey it to their audience is what really matters. When Ravi Zacharias was being commissioned for the Christian ministry, his mother told him, “There is no need of giving someone a flower when you have cut off his or her nose. Her message to the son was ever to remind him of the importance of not being rude to his audience.
We are leaving in a generation where churches have given themselves out to win souls for Christ, yet the church has continued to repel many from accepting its faith. I am of strong opinion that is not because our gospel is veiled but rather our springs pour out both salty and fresh water (James 3:11). If those of us who call ourselves Christians would consider carefully what we say, we would save millions of shillings spent years on crusades and other reaching out programmes. No greater love has it ever been manifested than of Jesus Christ dying on the cross at Calvary. If we are to preach this message of love, it has to have worked in our lives and being rude should not be our portion.
Apostle Paul in defense of his ministry says that he preaches the gospel not with words of human wisdom lest the cross be emptied of its power (1st Corinthians 1:17). He continues by affirming that all he wanted was that the faith of his hearers might not rest on men’s wisdom but on God’s power. If we are to demonstrate this kind of power then it has to be though on how we communicate with other people not primarily preaching the gospel. This kind of power can only come by those sanctified by the Holy Spirit.