Monday, November 26, 2012

God's Faithfulness

"So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! . . . God is faithful . . . He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." (1 Cor. 10:12-13).
Not my faith but God's faithfulness!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Puffed Up or Building Up?

"But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know." (1 Corinthians 8)

How can I avoid becoming puffed up with pride? By loving others enough to give up my own rights for their good. By deferring to others. By being careful that I do not put my own freedom to do something ahead of another person's convictions. To do so not only hurts them but is also a sin against Christ.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stories of Endurance

The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, is a work that chronicles the departure of millions of blacks from the indignities and injustices of the "Jim Crow" laws of the southern states to the west and north during 1915 to 1970. In particular, it tells the story of three families and their endurance to overcome prejudice in both the south and the large cities where they settled in the north and west. I find their perseverance in the face of inconceivable humiliation and oppression inspiring. (Amie, you would like this).

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Christ Shall Never Forget You

"If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:-4).
"Love descends better than ascends. And so does the love of Christ, who indeed is love itself, and, therefore comes down to us himself . . . It is as if he had said, 'The truth is, I cannot live without you, I shall never be quiet till I have you where I am, that so we may never part again. Heaven shall not hold me, not my Father's company, if I have not you with me, my heart is so set upon you; and if I have any glory, you shall have part of it.'" (Thomas Goodwin, The Heart of Christ).
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Real Love

Real love is not a warm fuzzy feeling for another person; it is doing concrete things for others. It is sacrificial, in as much as it is an expenditure of oneself for the good of another. This is the kind of love that God has displayed for us in the giving of his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10).

2 John 6, says, "This is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands." Love is not self defined; it is God defined. It is not what I think or feel I should do on any given day of the week. It is what God has clearly commanded me to do and shown me to do in his Son, Jesus Christ.

Greg Forster writes in his book, The Joy of Calvinism, "A pastor of mine once said that love is not an emotion; love is a way of behaving. And it's a pretty difficult, strenuous form of behaviour under most circumstances! The emotional experience - the feeling - that we call love is supposed to come to us as the byproduct of loving behaviour. It's partly a support that helps us do the behaviour and partly a reward for doing the behaviour. To make the emotion the main thing you care about, and put the behaviour second - or worse, to want the emotion without the behaviour at all - Is selfish and deeply wicked. Yet that's what we all tend to do. When we separate the emotion of love from loving behaviour in our real relationships, things go off the rails pretty quickly. We get conflicts, we get coldness, we get resentment, we get betrayal. Above all, we discover that the emotional experience of love, which we wanted so badly, has itself disappeared or radically diminished."

This is the great tragedy of our self-absorbed culture. Those who claim to be the followers of Jesus Christ have been called to a deeper level of loving: to love in truth; guided by his absolute commands and Christ's sacrificial life.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Dead End vs Forever Life

The ways of the world vs the will of God: wisdom vs folly; death vs eternal life. Choose which one you will follow!

"The world and its desires pass away, the man who does the will of God lives forever." (1 John 2:17).

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Build Nations and Stop Terrorism, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, is a perfect example of overcoming evil with good. Followers of Jesus should take care note of what is means to expend oneself for the good of others. Tragically, we have adopted the values of our self-absorbed, ego-indulgent foolish pop culture.

Greg was helped by the people of an impoverished remote Pakistani village in the Hymalayas following a failed attempt at climbing K2. He returned on his promise to construct a school building for the local children. Since then his energy and passion has built dozens more and has even taken him into the remote areas of Afghanistan. An inspiring read!

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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Faithfulness Defined

In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, faithfulness is simply using what you have received for the master. There is a sobering principle imbedded in this short story: use what you've been given or lose it! (vv. 28,29).

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Saturday, September 01, 2012

The Cost of Procrastination

"And the door was shut." Matthew 25:10. The sound of procrastination. Wake up and get ready!
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Harambe and Running with the Kenyans

Just finished Running with the Kenyans by A. Finn. An inspiring account of a runner who took his family to Kenya to discover the secret of why the Kenyans have been the most successful people group in the world for long distance running.

One of the secrets is germane to Kenyan culture. It's referred to as harambe. It means "working together." When a Kenyan wins a race it is not only the result of many years of personal training and discipline but also of strong family and community support. There are no recreational runners in Kenya! A Kenyan runner makes it his occupation. And so his only means of support comes from his community. And when he wins, he shares his prize money back to his community. The whole community shares in the joys of success. ( see the Chalmers blog for this in practice in the lives of the students of Pwani Bible College).

This idea is alien to our self-absorbed western culture, where we glorify the successful for their personal skills and possessions. I believe the result of this is a pervasive sense of pride in those who "win"and shame in those who "lose." Consequently resulting in an overall sense of isolation and loneliness.

Followers of Jesus should be the leaders in harambe. The community of faith operates by the principle of "unity amidst diversity." God has made us different and yet we are all equally important to the calling of
Glorifying Christ. To this end the writers if Scripture included many imperatives around the idea of "one another." "Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves." (Romans 12:10). "Let no debt remain outstanding except the continuing debt of love." (Romans 13:8). All of these are inspired by the teaching and example of Jesus himself, "As I have loved you, so you must love one another." (John 13:34-35). He demonstrated his love by expending himself for the good of others.

I can't help imagining what a powerful change that would bring about in our culture and world if all followers of Jesus lived by the rule of harambe. May it begin with me and you!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012


"Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable." Theodore N. Vail

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Fear or Faith

When I wind-gaze rather than Lord-gaze fear prevails. However, storms have a way of enlarging my understanding of Jesus so my faith can also grow. (Matthew 14:22-33).

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

M2MS: On Seeking Happiness

"Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others." Martin Luther King Jr

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The Pearl of Great Worth

That which is priceless is worth gaining at all cost! Matthew 13:45-46

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

For Our Everlasting Good

All the affairs of the kingdom of providence are ordered and determined by Jesus Christ for the special advantage and everlasting good of his redeemed people.
He looks down from heaven upon all that fear him; he sees when you are in danger by temptation, and casts in a providence, you know not how, to hinder it. He sees when you are sad, and orders reviving providence, to refresh you. He sees when corruptions prevail, and orders humbling providence to purge them.
Whatever mercies you have received, all along the way you have gone hitherto, are the orderings of Christ for you. And you should carefully observe how the promises and providence have kept equal pace with one another, and both gone by step with you until now.
John Flavel in The Fountain of Life
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012


"He that demands mercy and shows none, ruins the bridge over which he himself must pass." (Thomas Adams)

"The the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all the debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed." (Matthew 18:32-34).

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012


"Love knows no law but the law of sacrifice." L.E.Maxwell (1 John 4:10; ROMANS 13:8).

Saturday, January 07, 2012


"The best course to prevent falling into a pit is to keep at the greatest distance from it." (Thomas Brooks). "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires." Romans 13:14