Quieting Your Soul

I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child (resting) with his mother

psalm 131:2

I remember a funny experience I had as a child, my parents had just finished whipping me for some misdeed I had probably fiendishly committed, I was pouring out tears from both eyes as I pampered my aching bottom. I entered the bathroom to freshen up and on looking at the mirror I saw my sweaty face and reddened tear emitting eyes, I was looking horrible and feeling so too. A strange thought came to my mind “how would you look if you smiled with the way you look and feel?”. I indulged the thought and smiled at myself facing the mirror, it felt weird to be smiling but it also felt empowering, that it was in my power to keep smiling and I kept smiling.Read More »

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Point of Faith

                                                        If I may touch but his clothes…Mark 5:28

Faith is the irrevocable prerequisite for pleasing God, it is the handle by which we operate spiritual realities and make them physically tangible, it goes far beyond our physical sense and many times is in conflict with those senses, it is the primal means by which we receive from God and even by which we give to God, it’s so serious that scripture declares “…whatever is not of faith is sin (Rom 14:23)”. But alas it’s not the easiest thing to walk in, in this physical world of the senses, that’s where the “points of faith” (AKA Point of Contact) comes in.

If you’ve been around Pentecostal circles for any length of time you probably have a heard a preacher say something like “lift up the item (whether money or a handkerchief or something else) as a point of faith (or point of contact)” what does that even mean? A point of faith is really a band aid to faith, a kind of support to help raise and maintain faith, this support is normally a physical entity or feeling which kindles and keeps burning the spiritual entity that is faith. Interestingly though, it didn’t start with modern Pentecostals, it’s origins are stemmed from the Holy writ, just that it was never quite given the label we now call it. Read More »

The Sexual Vision

                  (A word of advice to Christian parents & teen teachers on sexual matters)

…Write the vision, and make it plain …that he may run that readeth it (Hab 2:2)

…for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame (Heb 12:2)

It’s not enough to do the job; the job must be done well. Working with teenagers can be one of the most challenging jobs on earth. It can also be one of the most worthwhile and fulfilling engagements of life. Out of the many things that plague teenagers of this century, sex is one of the most burdensome. This wasn’t the case before. In the past, the average age at which young persons married was much lower than the average they marry now.Read More »

Going Far

It was quite a sunny day and the heat made sure we knew it was around, we stood under the shade by the river side waiting for our boat to come pick us. I lazily sat gazing at the wide sea when I saw a very interesting site; a small boat, half the size of the normal speed boats that took us was moving at the other extreme of the river pulling what can be described as a mobile gas station, it was one of those heavy fuel dispensers which looks just like the one we buy fuel for our cars from, only it was a single machine mounted on this wide floating metal platform, with probably tanks of fuel stored within, hence it was understandably weighty and it was being pulled by this little boat.Read More »