Monday, May 14, 2018

Stop Making The Devil Famous


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"The Devil is a liar" shouted his wife as she tried to turn on the car.

"How is the Devil a liar? What has the Devil done this time?" He asked his wife as he sat on the passenger seat. She was to drive today.

"Well, we've run out of fuel and we need to get to the Church event quickly. I am preaching today and the Devil is trying to frustrate me. Ashindwe. The Devil is a liar" she said then declared some Bible verses.

He laughed and looked to the side.

"What are you laughing at?" She asked him turning to face him.

"Why are you making the Devil famous?" He asked her.

She looked at him surprised. Giving him that shhhpiritual face.

"Honey, the Devil is not to blame for the low fuel, we are. You forgot to go to the petrol station yesterday after the visit from your mom. You are giving the Devil too much credit. When things go wrong it is not always the Devil's fault. He is not that powerful. Many times it is just a matter of poor human decisions and laziness" he said.
She looked at him intently.

Silence.

He smiled and continued, "Yes honey, like the day we were financially struggling. That wasn't the Devil plotting against us. It was just us who were making a mess and not making good financial decisions. We were borrowing too much, spending too much and living above our means. Once we got more disciplined, we attracted wealth. Look at us now, we were able to buy a new car and we've built our own home"

She unbuckled her seat belt and listened to her husband.

"When we were struggling to raise our teenage daughter. It wasn't the Devil who was messing our family. It was us as parents who didn't take time to understand how to raise a teenager. We didn't listen to her, we were talking down at her demanding respect and believing that since we love God she will tow the line. Once we went for the parent's seminar and we learnt the strategy on how to raise a teenager, our relationship with our daughter has improved. She even tells us she loves us these days, she hugs you, takes us out for lunch occasionally" he continued.

She sighed.

"When I applied for that job that I wanted so much. We prayed and prayed about it. But the truth is, I didn't get the job, not because of the Devil as we used to say; but because I wasn't qualified. The most qualified person got the job. I wasn't blessed by it, but God blessed another with it. And look how things turned out. Because I didn't get the job, I ventured into business and look at how successful I have been" he told her.

She put out a smile.

"When our marriage was going through difficulty and we used to say that the Devil has cursed us, we used to wonder whether we were carrying generational curses since both our parent's marriages failed. We were wrong. The moment we put effort to better our communication and to spend more quality time together, our marriage improved" he said looking at her smile.

"When we had a car accident. That wasn't the Devil as we used to say 'Shetani ashindwe'. That was my fault, my recklessness for driving while exhausted, battling fatigue. It was a bad choice, not the Devil. Many Christians are used to blaming the Devil thereby shifting responsibility from themselves. They don't work on their mess and much of what they do is say the Devil is at work. Many marriages are failing, not because the Devil is this powerful being succeeding; but because of laziness, irresponsibility and indecision by the couple. So no Honey, we will not make the Devil famous. We will declare more about God's goodness and be good stewards of our blessings. We will not live in fear thinking the Devil is coming for us yet we have God on our side to protect us. We will take responsibility. When we fail to do something, we will own up and do better" he spoke further.

"Have I ever told you how much I admire you my amazing husband?" she told him.

He smiled and said, "You can tell me one more time"

She kissed him and said, "I love you. Honey, let's board a matatu. We don't have much time. The sermon I am going to preach has changed. I will preach on exactly what I have learnt from you: Stop making the Devil famous. No more giving the Enemy that has been defeated free publicity

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

21 Great Bible Verses About Giving (What Does The Bible Say?)






I decided to do a little study to find a bunch of verses about giving just to help me get my heart back to where it needed to be.

These are 21 of the more popular giving Bible verses – feel free to add others to the comments…

Deuteronomy 15:10
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

Deuteronomy 16:17
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.

1 Chronicles 29:9
Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly.

Proverbs 3:27
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

Proverbs 11:24-25
There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.

Proverbs 21:26
…the righteous gives and does not hold back.

Proverbs 22:9
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

Proverbs 28:27
He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.

Malachi 3:10
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

Matthew 6:3-4
But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Mark 12:41-44
And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”

Luke 3:11
And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”

Luke 6:30
Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.

Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him wouldn’t perish, but would have eternal life.

Acts 20:35
In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Romans 12:8
…Or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

2 Corinthians 9:10
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;

Philippians 4:15-17
And you yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for even in Thessalonica you send a gift more than once for my needs. Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.

James 2:15-16
If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?


Source:     ChristianPf

Sunday, April 1, 2018

It's Easter Sunday






On the 1st day of the new week that is the 3rd day following His betrayal, trial, condemnation, crucifixion, death and burial, Jesus the Christ rose from the dead, thus making an indelible world history.

And over 2000 years now, this story has made the rounds and no one has been able to controvert it.

It remains as true as the Word of God Himself because it was prophesied that He Who would offer the eternal and last sacrifice, shall be condemned by those He came to save, He would be put to death but on the 3rd day He would rise again so that He could be the Master and Lord of both the dead and the living.

In overcoming death and rising again from the dead, Christ gave us - believers - the power to also overcome death because even though we die, we shall rise again at the end of the age when He shall come to take us to His Home on High where we shall be with Him for ever.

Be not afraid therefore, because Jesus conquered death and gave us victory

As we commemorate His resurrection, let us always bear in mind that He did all that JUST FOR US.

He Who had no sin by himself died a shameful death even the death on the Cross for the sake of those who He came to save.

May His resurrection bring us everlasting peace and joy

Christ is risen
He is risen indeed

Alleluia

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hymn For Today - Palm Sunday






1.      All Glory, Laud and Honour
To Thee Redeemer King
To Whom the lips of Children
Made sweet Hosannas ring

2.      Thou art the King of Israel
Thou David's Royal Son
Who in the Lord's Name cometh
The King and Blessed One

Refrain:
All Glory, Laud and Honour
To Thee Redeemer King
To Whom the lips of Children
Made sweet Hosannas ring

3.      The Company of the Angels
Are praising Thee on High
And mortal men and all things
Created make reply

Refrain:
All Glory, Laud and Honour
To Thee Redeemer King
To Whom the lips of Children
Made sweet Hosannas ring

4.      The People of the Hebrews
With  palms before Thee went
Our praise and prayer and anthems
Before Thee we present

Refrain:
All Glory, Laud and Honour
To Thee Redeemer King
To Whom the lips of Children
Made sweet Hosannas ring

5.      To Thee before Thy Passion
They sang their hymns of praise
To Thee in Glory Reigning
Our melody we raise

Refrain:
All Glory, Laud and Honour
To Thee Redeemer King
To Whom the lips of Children
Made sweet Hosannas ring

6.      Thou didst accept their praises
Accept the prayers we bring
Who in all good delightest
Thou Good and Gracious King

Refrain:
All Glory, Laud and Honour
To Thee Redeemer King
To Whom the lips of Children
Made sweet Hosannas ring


Amen

It's Palm Sunday - Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of The Lord







Hello People

Thank God we made it to this brand new day, the first day of the last week of March 2018 and which is heralding the "Holy Week" of Passion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It's Sunday but this is not just like any of your regular Sundays, it is a special Sunday - the #PalmSunday.

Today, the Churches of the World are commemorating the Triumphant Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem as He prepared Himself to take on the sins of the world.

Today in history (not exact by day or date), He was treated like King on His official outing
Today in history (not exact by day or date), He sat upon a never before used Donkey and people treated Him to a red carpet event as they brought out the freshest of their fine linens for the donkey to walk on
Today in history (not exact by day or date), they shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David, Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord"

As Jesus rides into Jerusalem today, to conquer and to save, have you invited Him to come take a ride into your life to conquer and save you too?

That's a personal question, do give a credible answer to it

It's Palm Sunday, enjoy the songs and praises


#SirDrJTF

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lent 2018 - LITANY V





Tuesday                      20th February 2018

Lent 2018 - LITANY V

Reader:
From fornication and all other deadly sin
And from  all deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil

Responsorial:

Good Lord, deliver us

Monday, February 19, 2018

Lent 2018 - LITANY IV





Monday                      19th February 2018

Lent 2018 - LITANY IV

Reader:
From all blindness of heart
From pride, vainglory and hypocrisy
From envy, hatred and malice
And all uncharitableness

Responsorial:

Good Lord, deliver us