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The Many Names of Christ

The Many Names of Christ

The Many Names of Christ

To the Artist, He is the One Altogether Lovely.

To the Architect, He is the Chief Corner Stone.

To the Baker, He is the Living Bread.

To the Banker, He is the Hidden Treasure.

To the Biologist, He is the Life.

To the Builder, He is the Sure Foundation.

To the Carpenter, He is the Door.

To the Doctor, He is the Great Physician.

To the Educator, He is the Great Teacher.

To the Engineer He is the New and Living Way.

To the Florist He is the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley.

To the Geologist He is the Rock of Ages.

To the Horticulturist He is the True Vine.

To the Judge, He is the Righteous Judge, Judge of All Men.

To the Jeweler He is the Pearl of Great Price.

To the lawyer, He is the Counselor, the Lawgiver, the Advocate.

To the Newspaper, He is the Good Tidings of Great Joy.

To the Oculist, He is the Light of the Eyes.

To the Philanthropist, He is the Unspeakable Gift.

To the Philosopher, He is the Wisdom of God.

To the Preacher, He is the Word of God.

To the Sculptor, He is the Living Stone.

To the Servant, He is the Good Master.

To the Statesman He is the Desire of All Nations.

To the Student, He is the Incarnate Truth.

To the Theologian He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith.

To the Toiler He is the Giver of Rest.

To the Sinner, He is the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the World.

To the Christian, He is the Son of the Living God, the Savior, the Redeemer and the Lord.

– Author Unknown

Meditation: With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.2 Samuel 22:26-27

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The Stones of Life

The Stones of Life

The Stones of Life

A construction supervisor from the 16th floor of a building was calling a worker who was on the ground floor. But because of the noise, the worker did not hear his call.

To draw his attention, the supervisor threw a $50 note down in front of the worker. He picked up the note, kept it in his pocket and continued his work. Again, the supervisor threw a $100 note and the man this time quickly picked it and kept it in his pocket.

Now exasperated, the supervisor picked a small stone nearby and threw it at the man. The stone hit him, and this time he looked up, so the supervisor was now able to communicate with him.

Now think about this… God wants to communicate with us, but we are usually too busy doing our things to pay Him attention.

Then, He gives us small gifts and big gifts to draw our attention to Himself, but we only keep them and continue with our life. We keep on enjoying the gifts He keeps throwing at us without much of a thank you. At most, we just say: we are have been blessed.

But, when we are hit with a small stone which, we call problems, then we remember God. That is when we look up to pray and communicate with Him. God gives and forgives, while we get and forget. It’s time we changed our attitude.

Don’t wait for stones to be thrown at you before you realise you have to commune with God. Always remember Him in your everyday endeavours and make it a duty to always say, “Thank You, Lord!”

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them.” – Ecclesiastes 12:1

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Be Wise!

Be Wise!

Be Wise!

Buffaloes kill 7 people every year.
Lions kill some 500 people every year.
Hippos kill about 800 people every year.
Spiders kill an estimated 5,000 people every year.
Scorpions kill an estimated 7,000 people every year.
Snakes kill an estimated 10,000 people every year.

And then, surprisingly, Mosquitoes kill an estimated 2.7 million people every year. Yes, the smallest are the deadliest!

Small sins, hardly noticed by many, are the most deadly to your spiritual life.

Avoid excuses for not praying and allotting few moments of your day to your Creator. Sins of omission are just as deadly as sins of commission.

Gossiping and small lies, are committed more frequently and are deadly. Mind those little compromises that you do daily. They are the ones that will bring your downfall.

Successful people have two things on their lips, “Smile and silence”. A smile can solve problems, while Silence can avoid problems.

Sugar and salt may be mixed together but ants reject the salt and carry away only the sugar. Select the right people in life and make your life better and sweeter.

If you failed to achieve your dreams, change your ways, not your Creator. Remember, trees change their leaves, not their roots.

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. Haters will see you walking on water and say it’s because you can’t swim. Even if you dance on water, Your enemies will accuse you of raising dust.

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your own hands.

Remember Don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. – Ephesians 5:15-17

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Me, An Idol Worshiper?

Me, An Idol Worshiper?

Me, An Idol Worshiper?

I wondered why I was in the queue of the accused at all. I am intelligent, aggressive, young, totally committed to my God. What am I doing here with this sheet of supposed sins in my hand? I wondered.

I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t fornicate, I don’t steal, I am righteous. Others should be here not me.

It was finally my turn to face the Man.

I placed my sheet before Him, He glanced at it and sighed softly. He looked at me and calmly said, ‘Guilty of idol worship.’

Imagine my anger, my fury, my indignation. I jumped out of the chair and said ‘Of course not! Check the sheet again, check the name, It can’t be mine.’

He sighed again and mentioned one of my names that no one knows.

I would not be stopped. It’s impossible’ I yelled. I worship only God, the Most High, Maker of heaven and earth, the King of kings and Lord of lords. I bow down to none, I have no talisman, no amulet, no pot underneath my bed.

‘You are guilty of idol worship’ He repeated calmly.

He looked at me, I looked at Him. It seemed like forever. The room was silent. I could hear the clock ticking.

Then slowly I understood.

I am never late for my British Airways flights but I am always late to church – I blinked.

My payments to unfaithful PHCN and water board are never late, but I haven’t paid my tithes in three months – I looked down.

When meeting one of our local chiefs last week I would not even pick a call in the presence of earthly royalty, but I WhatsApp in church – I swallowed.

I wouldn’t interrupt my performance appraisal with my boss for anything but I missed church last week because of a movie on TV – I squirmed uncomfortably.

I wouldn’t let a day end without talking to my spouse, but today I just said, “Hi God, Bye God.” And I didn’t even pray last night – The room began to feel hot.

I would never miss going to the bank because of the weather, but I missed the fellowship on Tuesday and Thursday because it looked really cloudy – It seems the AC in the room wasn’t working.

I would wear my party colours to party meetings and not care what anyone thought of me, but I hate to talk to my colleagues about God because of what they will think of me – Someone should fix this AC or put it on 0 because 10 was too hot for me.

I always have the latest tech toy you can think of but my bible is so worn out. I can’t even find the book of Jude in my bible anymore.

I wished the Man would get a call and leave, but He doesn’t allow anything to interrupt when He is with His children.

I felt so hot in the room, nervous sweat on my forehead, I felt so ill and weak, all of my anger and self-righteousness was gone, leaving immense guilt in its wake.

I slowly got off the chair and knelt by His feet and said ‘I am sorry, I am guilty as charged, guilty of idol worship, guilty of placing others; humans, toys; before You. I am guilty of idol worship.’

He smiled gently, looked at me with those passionate eyes of His full of love and He gave me a fresh sheet!

Deliver people from idolatry today. Deliver souls.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. – Exodus 34:14

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And They Crucified Him

And They Crucified Him

And They Crucified Him

A medical doctor provides a physical description:

The cross is placed on the ground and the exhausted man is quickly thrown backwards with his shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square wrought-iron nail through the wrist deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flex and movement. The cross is then lifted into place. The left foot is pressed backwards against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees flexed. The victim is now crucified.

As he slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating fiery pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain — the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on the median nerves. As he pushes himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, he places the full weight on the nail through his feet. Again he feels the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the bones of his feet.

As the arms fatigue, cramps sweep through his muscles, knotting them deep, relentless and throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push Himself upward to breathe. Air can be drawn into the lungs, but not exhaled. He fights to raise himself in order to get even one small breath.

Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the bloodstream, and the cramps partially subsided. Spasmodically, he is able to push Himself upward to exhale and bring in life-giving oxygen.

Hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-renting cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain as tissue is torn from His lacerated back as he moves up and down against rough timber. Then another agony begins: a deep, crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart.

It is now almost over. The loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical level. The compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissues. The tortured lungs are making a frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. He can feel the chill of death creeping through his tissues.

Finally, he allows his body to die.

All this the Bible records with the simple words, “and they crucified Him” (Mark 15:24).

By C. Truman Davis

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Voice Like His

Voice Like His

Voice Like His

Pastor Mark Thompson of Faribault, Minnesota, suffered terrible knife wounds from an assailant in his home, in October 1988. One of the many consequences of his difficult recovery was being forced to miss watching his son Chris run in the state cross-country championship meet.

Pastor Thompson commissioned his brother Merv to go in his stead. According to the account in the St. Paul Pioneer Press & Dispatch, Mark told his brother, “I can’t be there to see Chris run. So I want you there at the beginning of the race. Holler a lot… Then at the end, I want you to really cheer loudly. And I want you to make your voice sound like mine.”

Merv heeded the advice, and Chris ran a strong race, finishing second. Merv, also a pastor, discerned the theological truth in the story. “That’s what Jesus wants us to do.” he said. “Make your voice sound like mine.”

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”.John 10:25-29

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