Jesus Christ is the son of God that is seated at the right hand of God in the heavenly realms as the creator and sustainer of the universe. It was through Him that God created the universe. He is the heir of all things, the radiance of God’s glory and the exact Image of God. He is our saviour and redeemer. Jesus Christ is superior to the angels. Angels are ministering spirits and serve God daily in His heavenly court. Angels ministered to Jesus while He was here on earth and they will accompany Him at His second advent. Angels are also created to serve and attend to Christians and they are not to be worshipped. They are only servants!
Saturday, 18 May 2013
Looking at the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a young maiden, I see a life in sharp, direct contrast to that of the youths of today.it is so unfortunate that despite the high rate proliferation of churches and moral decades that is highly on the increase, I wonder how many of our youths and teenagers that will boldly say like Mary, “….Since I do not know a man?” or simply put, I have not had intercourse or sex with a man since birth. Again, I see a lot of people blowing a trumpet about their self centered spirituality and holiness, going about announcing themselves, doing more of the talking than the doing. If holiness is more al about the talking, Mary of all maidens won’t have been singled out. I think it is a lot better to live a holy life than to talk about it. Know this for sure that lighthouse does not ring bells and fire cannon to call attention to their shinning because they just shine. It is in this light that I would say to you that you should stop that talking! Move on to action! Move to holy living and I am sure you will be glad you did! - By Jokpeme Joseph Omode
In this world we live in today, we all need a stronghold, a place of security, a place of protection, a hiding place so that we would not be defeated by life’s troubles. The Scripture has cautions about the last days. Here is how some versions of the Bible describe the last days in 2 Timothy 3:1: “perilous times” (New King James Version); “difficult times” (Good News); “terrible times” (New International Version); “grievous times” (World English Bible); “dangerous times” (Common English Bible); “violent periods of time” (God’s Word); “times… full of danger” (J.B. Philips); “very hard times” (Contemporary English); “times of stress” (RSV) . It is obvious that the times described in the various Bible versions are already here with us, stressful times indeed. At such a time as this, we all need a stronghold, a place of security, a place of protection, a hiding place so that we would not be defeated by life’s troubles. Our world is going through times of stress: religious persecutions, economic hardships, social vices, etc. some of us have become prisoners of the world’s systems, captives of worry, pressure, circumstances, etc. and need deliverance. Please I would admonish you to understand this: “the salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble” (Ps. 37:39 New International Version). There is hope in Jesus. Go to Him! - By Jokpeme Joseph Omode
Few years ago, fertilizer became a common feature in public discuss as it concerns agriculture. It was said to be subsidized and distributed to farmers who turned out to be politicians who did not know the roads to the farms. This led to some boos and cries amongst genuine farmers, farming being their mainstay and source of livelihood.
In the Bible according Genesis 26:11-22, Isaac by express and divine instruction was asked to stay in Gerar, a land that was not evidently lucrative. He demonstrated faith in obeying a tough order. If it were some, they may redefine the instruction to soothe their fleshy desires. They may start shuttling between Gerar and Egypt or Nigeria and Saudi Arabia or even United States of America and Great Britain as the case may be, or remain in Gerar and take their families to Egypt.
Friday, 17 May 2013
Today, we shall be pointing to a land that has God as, amongst other things as the Surveyor, the Architect, the Builder, the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Town Planner, the Chief Security Officer, etc. It is not a city where you labour to water your crops, the land drinks from the rain o f heaven. It is not a land of grass but of grace, not of gun, but of glory. It is a land in the hands of God.
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Our being alive today is due to God’s incontestable ability to deliver. Think of all the difficulties and challenges and even the dangers you went through in this life and the eventual testimony that turned out. God does not take pleasure in the captivity of His children. He is not happy with their afflictions because He has nothing to gain from it. Anything that makes you to wail and weep instead of worshipping God is an error and God is set to correct it.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
One common lie which some parents teach their children is to tell those who want to see them (parents) that they are not around when they are actually inside. It is unfortunate that parents encourage such ungodly habit that may eventually live with children through life. It would be more appropriate for the children to use the term “ not available” which does not necessarily mean that someone is not present at a particular location but that such a person, for one reason or the other, may not be able or interested in seeing or attending to the visitor or caller. God is ever present. But there may be a time; He may not be interested in availing people of Himself.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Jesus involvement in such an apparently mundane thing as a wedding and its festivities may appear rather difficult for some people to understand. Surely, the saviour of mankind must be such more concerned with things that are sublime and of eternal value!
But we must know that a wedding, with its festivities, is about man and about people. The people to whom he brought salvation.