His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Fornication and adultery are sexual sins within the church that continue to go unaddressed as the same Christians all turn in one voice (ok most Christians) to condemn the LGBT movement and its adherents. Can we first pick off, remove the log in our own eyes to help us see better the sins of unbelievers? And what exactly do we expect to be the lifestyle and code of conduct of unbelievers if not sin and sinning?
The rise of single and sexually active people in the church is worrying. I feel that it is even becoming trendy, the in-thing. Am talking about living with your boy/girlfriend before marriage and engaging in sex while at it; as well as having multiple sexual partners while married; and engaging in sex after divorce with anyone other than your living spouse.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John 1:14)
O God of all creation thank you for the people of Kenya, the glory of this nation. Kenya is known worldwide for athletics: there is no moment Kenyans are united as when they are supporting our athletes. The nation stands still as we cheer our men and women on the tracks and in the fields, its amazing. Not once have I found myself literally standing next to the Television, sometimes even touching it, as I urge my countrymen and women to finish and win the race.
The Only Begotten Son of God became flesh and dwelt amongst us. John writes that they beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son of God. It doesn’t mean Jesus was always shining or glaring in light but His life and speech exuded majesty, beauty, and honor. He was different, He represented a different Kingdom: and with every breathe He was true to His calling. We the people of the nation of Kenya are the glory of Kenya: not just by our mere existence but by own allegiance, our life, out conduct, our speech. When these are in line with honoring God who gave us this nation then we epitomize the meaning of this prayer line in the Kenya National Anthem.
O God of all creation, thank you for the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ. In Him and through Him we learn and are enabled to live honorably. We learn and are enabled to be the glory of the land of Kenya. We learn and are enabled to propagate honor. Father, help us to appropriate these and other benefits that flow from the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ. In Jesus Name, Amen!
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Back in campus when I was studying for my undergraduate there is a book we had to read for one of the courses – Peace Child by a missionary Don Richardson. The book is one fascinating read, I tell you. It spells more like a high energy fictitious Hollywood drama; only thing is its real.
Peace child is a book about a Christian couple Don and Carol Richardson’s missionary work among the Sawi people of New Guinea. The Sawi people had changed little in over one thousand years. They were untouched by outside forces and their language was unknown. Their daily chores were routine. Half of their babies died before reaching childhood. Death was frequent among them due to diseases and wars. They idealized treachery as part of their view of life that is forming friendships with the express purpose of later betraying the befriended one to be killed and eaten. They called it “ fattening with friendship for slaughter”.