Calling things that are not…

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This is an entire food for thought post:

Romans 4:17 “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Do you call those things which are not as though they were or do you call those things which are as though they were not?

This is deep and I guess it may require some amount of effort for us to tune our confessions in line with God’s Word.

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[Expect|Manifest]ation

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Have you ever wondered why we even pray? The reason I ask is this: Jesus said in Matthew 6:7-8:

“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”

If God knows what we need before we ask, then why do we pray? There’s a story in Matthew 20: Continue reading

How big is your picture?

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In this post, I’d lay down some points and discuss the conclusion I arrived at.

  • Acts 6:5- Philip is chosen as one of the seven
  • Acts 8:5-13- Philip goes to Samaria and preaches the Gospel
  • Acts 8:26-39- Philip preaches to and baptizes the eunuch of Ethiopia
  • Acts 8:40- Philip settles in Caeserea.
  • Acts 10:1-8- Cornelius the centurion in Caeserea receives a vision to send for Peter who is in Joppa.
  • Acts 10:9-48- Peter goes to Caeserea with the people sent, preaches to the centurion and his household, they receive the Holy Spirit and they are baptized.

***Pause***

Food for thought:

Philip was in Caeserea; why didn’t God send Philip to pray for the Centurion? Why did He have to send for Peter who was 4 days away? Give it some thought…In the next article, I’d continue with my points and tell you what I think.

Life nugget:

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”

What then is ‘Spring’?

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This post will be more about asking questions and letting my mind wander. It is definitely going under ‘Philosophy’. The main question is this:

Is Spring a time period (range of months) or is it an occurrence?

You’d get where I’m coming from in a bit. Spring, as in the season, is so called because it is a time when things “spring forth”. So the trees start growing leaves again after shedding them in autumn/winter. Based on this definition, we can say Spring is an occurrence.

But there’s a problem: Continue reading

Your Service: Love or Conformity?

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This post is inspired by a good friend of mine who always spurs me on spiritually. It poses this question:

“Is your service to God borne out of Love or out of conformity?”

In simpler terms, do we serve God primarily because we love Him or because we want to make Heaven?

Food for thought:

I think this whole (short) post is a food for thought on it’s own.

Life nugget:

“The unexamined life is not worth living”- Socrates

Essence versus Form

I learnt some deep things in School of Disciples today. That’s why I’ve been MIA. I apologize.  I was taught by an exceptional man- lawyer taught pastor; a man given to much reading and learning (he has over 5 degrees in diverse areas of study- Theology, Education, Sociology). The most important thing I learnt is to always keep an open mind- don’t be dogmatized. But we’d talk about something else.

What’s the difference between a man and a woman? In the basest form of our makeup, there’s no difference- we are all spirit. The differences come up in our form. It means the true essence of any human being is first spiritual before it is physical (form). Understanding this difference helps us grasp the concept of faith.

What is faith? Faith is believing that you already have what you asked for even before it is physically manifested. Therefore we can say faith brings essence into form. The story of creation is one of faith because even though Gen 1:11 tells us that God created the vegetation and it was so, Gen 2:5 tells us that no plant had grown because God had not caused it to rain on the earth. How was it then so? Because it was so in the essence before it even formed.

Perhaps this will helps us understand Faith a bit more.

Food for thought:

We cannot see the air we breathe yet we know it is there. Therefore we ‘live’ everyday by faith.

Life nugget:

John 20:29 “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”