Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Zacchaeus

Sycamore Tree
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Luke 19:1-10: 
“Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was one of the most influential Jews in the Roman tax-collecting business, and he had become very rich.  He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowds. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree beside the road, so he could watch from there.  When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! for I must be a guest in your home today.”   Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.  But the crowds were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.  Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have overcharged people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”  Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a son of Abraham.   And I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save those like him who are lost.”

Many no doubt, were converted to the faith of Christ of whom no account is kept in the Gospels; but the extraordinary conversion of some, as that of Zacchaeus, is recorded. The name Zacchaeus means pure or justified. He is the man who overcame obstacles.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Activities of the Devil (Part Two)

Busy little bee
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We have been looking at the activities of the devil. He not only imitates God but goes to any length to lead people astray and away from God. We continue today from where we stopped last Sunday.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Activities of the Devil (Part One)

Busy little bee
Image Source: Andrew Larsen

You can accuse the devil of every other thing but you can never accuse him of laziness. He is very actively at work keeping sinners from being saved and saints from being sanctified. He keeps saints from growing in grace. One person put it this way: “the devil is as busy as the bee except that he never produces honey.”  The devil is busy in all sectors – towards God and also towards man. He has never left any fallow ground.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Who is the Devil? Look at His Names

My name is Mr Lucifer

In many cultures, naming a newborn child is not a thing to be taken lightly for they believe that the name shapes the future of the child. Some parents consult their gods before they give their children names. In my village there is this saying "when you get a son, or a daughter, be careful to select a name for your child, for whatever you call him/her, that is what he/she will be in the future". Name is not just a mark of identification; it is a summation of the personality of and expectations from the bearer.

This is in no place as true as it is in the case of the devil. The Bible records a total of twenty-two names for the devil and these names reveal the various faces of this vicious creature. Like a friend once said in answer to a question: - who is this devil? His answer: - "look at his names and you will never ask the question again".

Today I want to present to you, the names of the devil.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Should A Christian Go To A Secular Therapist?

Depression
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There is a raging debate in the evangelical world pertaining to Christians and secular therapists. This guest article looks at the issue.

There is a raging debate in the evangelical world pertaining to Christians and secular therapists. Many Christians consider it taboo to see a psychologist, while others are more open to trying out new forms of medicine that claim to cure depression and anxiety. Certainly there are valid points on both sides of the argument, and it is hard to say that there is a clear cut answer, but there are a few things you should consider before leaning either way.
Sunday, July 07, 2013

Who made the devil?

Who made the devil?

I asked a number of Christians questions covering a wide range of topics on the devil and I got in some places weird looks, others gave me evasive answers and still many others asked me to prove that there is devil. I asked one Christian whether Devil has ever been a topic of sermon in his Church. He looked at me and said, such should never be preached from the pulpit. It must not be discussed in the Church. Is it therefore any wonder why many Christians are so ignorant about the devil and his activities? That is also partly responsible for the fact that many Christians unwittingly fall victim to the devil’s tactics. One of the responses I got which I want to discuss in this message is: “Who made the devil?” One man went as far as to say, "Could God have made a mistake in creating the devil only to regret it after his creation and now is not able to take him off the world?"

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The Devil made me do it

Devil made me do it

Often you hear or read people say: “the devil made me do it.” This is not a new excuse. It is as old as man himself. It was the same reason that Eve gave in the Garden of Eden when she disobeyed God. 
“And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:13) 
When you catch a thief, the usual plea is “the devil deceived me.” Catch a house boy/housemaid doing what is wrong the usual plea is “The devil made me do it” Perhaps you have yourself made this plea. What makes people so easily fall prey to the devil? Is the devil so powerful that people cannot resist him? Or are people so helpless that they cannot but succumb to the devil? Who or what is this devil that is causing this trouble everywhere? Why is he able to do this thing here in Nigeria and in all countries of the world? Does the Devil really exist or is he just a universal excuse?