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Why do you think Christianity is the right religion?

I was challenged by brother Thabani Mnyama Jr. to answer the question “Why do you think Christianity is the right religion?”

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This is among those questions you can write a zillion books about and still feel like a whole lot is left out, unless Christ hasn’t touch you.

I’ll go about it in two different approaches. One, with comparison to other religions. Second, my own experience after coming to Christ who is the center/heart of Christianity.

First, almost all religions recognize some form of divinity, i.e. praising a supreme being or praising themselves. Generally, people of different religions have attributes they assign to their gods, have some dos and don’ts that guide their lives as a way of setting a line between what is good and evil which may or may not dictate their lifestyles, they define LOVE in a certain way, and have some sort of concept concerning what happens “afterlife”.

That said, judging all the above, namely the attributes of their gods, their perception of morality, their definition and application of LOVE and afterlife concepts proves Christianity to be the only genuine, right and true religion.

The attributes and qualities of the gods of many religions are centered on the adherents’ needs rather than on the gods themselves which conveys enough evidence that they create, shape, mold, and ordain them as their “gods” to suit their needs and their way of life. The attributes of the God of the Bible are unique, unchanged, unmanipulatable and independent. People of other religions believe in “subjective” morality and I am pretty sure their application of LOVE is some form of hate when compared to Mat 22:37-40.

Second, Christianity is best described as a relationship with our Maker through His Son  Jesus Christ. I personally experienced changes I would not otherwise have experienced without Christ entering my life, through His love, mercy and grace. Whereas many religions focus on doing and living life a certain way by respecting a set of rules, Christians are changed from the inside out to lead godly lives and to honor their Maker.

(I tried so hard not to use scriptures since using them would mean all religions regard the Bible as the sole written authority for religion and divinity.)

M Charles

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Following Jesus!

You ask why I follow this Jesus?
Why I love Him the way I do?

When the world’s turned away from His teachings
And the people who serve Him are few.

It’s not the rewards I’m after
Or gifts that I hope to receive
It’s the Presence that calls for commitment.

It’s the Spirit I trust and believe.
The Lord doesn’t shelter His faithful
Or spare them all suffering and pain,
Like everyone else I have burdens,
And walk through my share of rain.

Yet He gives me a plan and a purpose,
And that joy only Christians have known,
I never know what comes tomorrow,
But I do know I’m never alone.
It’s the love always there more when you need it;
It’s the words that redeem and inspire,
It’s the longing to ever be with Him
That burns in my heart like a fire.

Christianity, Disciple, religion, Truth

Victory in the Guise of Defeat

Written by A.W Tozer, The Root of the Righteous.

“Our Lord Himself, St. Peter and St. Paul appeared to have been defeated.”
                                           – De Tourville

It is often difficult to tell in a given instance whether we have been defeated or are victorious in a conflict. Sometimes what looks like a defeat will be seen later to have been a positive victory.

When Joseph was sold into slavery, the end appeared to have come for the young dreamer. Years later when the deep ways of God had come to light he could say to his now repentant brethren, “Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Joseph’s humiliating defeat had turned into personal victory for him and preservation for his entire family. God might have accomplished the same end in a different way. All we know is that He did not.

When the three Hebrew children disappeared into the seven-times-heated furnace no doubt many who watched turned away shaking their heads in pity; but things looked different the next moment when the king discovered that the men of God were preserved whole without the smell of fire upon them. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego had not been sure how the whole thing would turn out. They had told the king boldly, “God whom we serve is able to deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods.” And possibly for one breathless minute they thought their time had come. But God saw otherwise and turned their defeat into victory.

And it must not be forgotten that this principle works just the same as in reverse. When David had succeeded in stealing Uriah’s wife he no doubt felt he had scored a real conquest, but subsequent events showed instead that he had suffered a stunning defeat. He was never the same after his “conquest”. What the armies of the alien could never do on the field, David himself accomplished by one act of wrongdoing;  that is, he brought about his own defeat. When he met Goliath he turned what looked like defeat into victory. When he met Bathsheba he turned a long record of victories into shameful defeat.

One thing about all this is that we cannot always be sure at the time just who is winning unless we keep our hearts very pure and our minds cool and God-possessed. When the soldiers of Pilate flung Christ to ground and began to drive in the nails, everything looked as if our Lord has ended a failure. Surely this ignominious death would not come to a man of God. There must be some mistake. The man Jesus had been an idealist,  a visionary, but now His hopes and the hopes of His followers were collapsing under the brutal attacks of tough, practical men. So reasoned the onlookers. But our Lord could die with the same calm in which He had lived. He had known all along how things would turn out. He had looked beyond the cross to the triumphant resurrection. He knew His apparent defeat would eventuate in universal glory for the human race.

A.W. Tozer, The Root of the Righteous, 1955.

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Tomorrow is NOT promised!

One day the scales
Will fall from your eyes,
You’ll see I spoke
Only truth, not lies.

One day you’ll know
My “hate speech” was a love song,
One day you’ll see
I was right, you were wrong.

One day you’ll know
My words were true,
But that day may come
Too late for you.

Tomorrow is not promised
To any man,
So I pray that today
You will understand.

Despite all your schooling
And all your degrees,
You sadly have not learned
To be truly free;

From the trappings of sin
And the pride of life,
The pleasures of this world
Which will require your life.

The words I speak are not my own
But come from the Word of God,
Yet many choose to listen instead
To the liar who kills and robs.

Though God’s voice
I may not audibly hear,
I know that my God
Is always near.

Though I have never
Seen His face,
Upon me He pours out
His mercy and grace.

One must see with his heart
Rather than his eyes,
And discern with his own mind
The truth from the lies.

For Satan is the deceiver
The father of lies,
He feeds our lusts and greed
Our desires and pride.

He wants you confused
And to follow the crowd,
He wants you lost
And in darkness enshroud.

But you must be vigilant
You must open our eyes,
Lest you fall victim
To his alluring lies.

His motive is to keep you
From following The Light,
To fool you into thinking
What’s wrong, is right.

Do not be misguided
Do not be misled,
Go to God’s Word,
Where your spirit will be fed.

There you will learn
The truth from the lies,
He’ll teach you to be
Discerning and wise.

Tomorrow is not promised
To any man,
Seek God’s direction
While you still can.

For today could be
Your final day,
Seek now the Life,
The Truth and The Way.

~ Kathy Kendrick 05/15/16

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OMNIPRESENT GOD – http://wp.me/p4sgdk-3kb

The idea that someone can be in all  places at the same time, defies reason  but then again, so does a virgin birth, resurrection from death, the triune God and just about everything having to do with Christianity.  There is no explaining it.  We simply accept these things as truth through faith and the Holy Spirit working in us.

Psalm 139 is one of my all time favorites, because David is showing through his words, exactly the kind of relationship he has with God. He shows great respect for God’s existence in every area of his life.  There’s no hiding from Him.  He’s everywhere.  He is omnipresent.

For most of us, the thought of having someone looking over our shoulder every minute is daunting.  We like our privacy – we enjoy solving our own life issues – we want our independence.  On the other hand, to know that the Creator of all things is right with you every day, in an instant, whenever you need comfort, encouragement, protection from all danger and a forever friend to get you through anything, is pretty awesome.

God was there before our conception.  He saw to it that our body was intricately woven together before it was born.  He continues to be with us throughout our lives – patching the bruises of life – guiding us through dark times – fending off those who would harm us – pushing us on when we think we can go no further.  He even took on human flesh, so He could free us from the burden of sin.

Don’t be afraid of that – embrace and hold tight to it.  Our omnipresent God cares so much about us that He  wants to spend eternity with us.

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Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?  Psalm 139:7 New International Version

How many less alcoholics and drug addicts would there be if they stopped running from The Holy Spirit?

They have done something wrong and think they have gotten away with it.

No, that is not your conscience that bothers you, that is The Holy Spirit. He will constantly nag at your conscience.
You try to hide it with alcohol, drugs, TV to no avail. You give God the finger and tell Him to bug off and leave you alone.

You cannot get to sleep so you take pills. When you do get to sleep your sleep is haunted with terrible nightmares.

He knows the day of darkness is at hand. Distress and anguish fill him with terror;troubles overwhelm him, like a king poised to attack, because he shakes his fist at God and vaunts himself against the Almighty Job 15:23-25 New International Version

Remember the old saying: “You can run, but you can’t hide.”

It is better to repent and life with a clean conscience than to deny it and be dragged down to a living hell. Joseph- Anthony: Green

Prayer: Jehovah KalEl (Jehovah, the voice of God) please always open my heart and mind to take righteous action when I sin. I humble ask this in the name of He who forgives when we repent Jesus Christ. Amen

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.

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Every prayer!

God hears our each and every prayer
and answers one by one,
Sometimes yes, sometimes no
and some answers yet to come.

God speaks in the quiet times
when we cry out in despair,
It’s in these times He’s closest
and shows how much He cares.

In that moment of surrender
when we give it all to Him,
It’s in that helpless time
that the battle we finally win.

He bears our every burden
every woe and care,
Through all life’s trials and storms
God is always there;

To comfort and console us
to catch us when we fall,
Through every situation
Jesus is our all in all.

He’s all we’ll ever need
where ever we may go,
Through life’s ups and downs
with its ebb and flow.

Speak to God often
go to Him in prayer,
For all your joys and sorrows
God does surely share.

In prayer we find comfort
in prayer we find peace,
In prayer we find joy
in prayer we find release;

From life’s worries and troubles
it’s heartaches and strife,
In prayer we find the key
to a rich, abundant life;

Not only in this world
but also in the next,
These words are true and sure
for they’re written in God’s text.

So pray and read God’s word
each and every day,
His love will lead you to
The Life, the Truth, and the Way.

~ kk

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We’re called to be Salt!

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of me.

– Matthew 5:13

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

– Colossians 4:6

SUGAR COATED PREACHING IS DANGEROUS TO YOUR SOUL!!!

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Rwanda, Africa Free Bible Project!

Recently, our church in Rwanda received free bibles, good books (authored by awesome men of God) and “Kinyarwanda” tracts to reach out to the lost from a team of born-again Christians based in United States, Aflame for God. I, and my whole family, were surprised to receive Gospel tracts in Kinyarwanda. It’s almost impossible to find them here. Unfortunately, the only people familiar with Gospel tracts are actually Jehovah’s Witness on this side of the world, which disturbs me a lot since many who are given tracts consider you a Jehovah’s Witness. The Gospel they preach is deadly and unbiblical.

April 24th was a beautiful Sunday that we were blessed with these gifts.

Here is a few points Pastor Rwihaniza Jonas, focused on in his sermon on Bible Project day

Bible passages:
– Psalms 119:40
– 1 Tim 3:16

1. He explained the importance of the Word of God and went into details about the four roles mentioned in 1 Tim 3:16,
2. The Bible was written by different people of different professions, in different ages under the guidance of the Holy Spirit,
3. The Word of God was tried in all ways and was proven to be TRUE and REAL. We should always trust in the Word of God.
4. Christians who are not guided by the Word of God walk as they please which proves that they live a lie and guided by their opinions. God’s people are destroyed by ignorance (Hos 4:6)
5. Psalm 119:11, the Word of God is like a vaccination. The paths, thoughts, actions and words of those who rely on it are perfect and godly.
6. The Word of God keeps our hearts and minds from leaving the path of righteousness in times of temptation. Mat 4:1-11 should be our example whenever we face temptations.
“It’s written.”

Photo: These two women belong to women’s choir and they, with the entire church,  were so grateful for these precious gifts 🙂