Monthly Archives: June 2015

Called to be God’s Special Possession

The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be
holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.’”
(Lev 19:1-2)

Today’s message is certainly applicable to all people, but let us focus on men: As we
remember the Apostles Peter and Paul – men of faith, strong evangelists, and passionate teachers – men today should particularly read lessons and learn from the lives and
teaching of these apostles. These are five quick commandments:

1. The head of every man is Christ. (1Cor 11:3)
2. In every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.
(1Tim 2:8)
3. Husbands, be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect.
(1Pet 3:8)
4. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife. (1Cor 7:3)
5. Encourage the young men to be self-controlled. (1Tim 2:6)

Giving further thought to today’s topic of reflection, Peter, especially in his first letter, writes extensively about our calling to be God’s Special Possession; he particularly draws from the call to holiness in the Old Testament and interprets this in Christ. Another man, Moses, received these instructions from God, to pass them to the entire assembly of God’s people: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.’ This means to be a
separate people from all others, abstaining from all the impurity and idolatry, and
observing the holy guidance given by the Lord. Their being distinguished from all other people by peculiar laws and customs was intended to teach them a real separation from the world and the flesh, and an entire devotedness to God. And Peter gladly points the
believers in Christ to this requirement (1Pet 1:15-16),
before defining their new status as a result of the extended calling.

The Israelites were required by law to follow some practical instructions in response; Moses’ exposition of the required holiness emphasized respect for parents, observing the Lord’s rest day, abstaining from worship of idols, offering
acceptable sacrifices in an acceptable way, and providing for the poor (Lev 19:1-10).
On the other hand, Peter’s exposition is a call to the awareness of the calling to be God’s special possession – to grow up in salvation, to offer acceptable spiritual sacrifices and to ‘declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light’ (1Pet 2:1-10). Men today have good examples to imitate, as well as good teaching to follow; only then will they fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. Remember, the head of every man is Christ.

God bless you all.

God’s Promise – Real for Sure?

scoffers will come, … They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever
since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of
creation.” (2Pet 3:3-4)

Jesus said, “I will come back and take you to be with me…”; at his ascension, angels
appeared and encouraged the ‘men of Galilee’ that Jesus would come back in the same way. Paul wrote that the Lord himself will come down from heaven, and John from his
revelations several times quoted the Lord Jesus Christ saying, ‘I am coming soon’. There are numerous Scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments pointing to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, but there are some people who doubt it. The study of the events of the last days and end times prophecy is called Eschatology. This also involves the question of the final destiny of the soul and of humankind.

From the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, we learn that “The eschatological
interest of early believers was no mere fringe to their religious experience, but the very heart of its inspiration. … The coming world was not to be the product of natural
development but of a Divine interposition arresting the process of history.” The early Church having received the witness of the eyewitnesses and apostles lived in constant
anticipation of Christ’s second coming. John’s Revelation came at a time when some were starting to grow weary of waiting; they started questioning if this promised second coming was really going to happen. Have you questioned like this before? Or, even worse, have you met scoffers who just make fun of God’s promise as predicted in 2Pet 3:3-4?

No need to doubt: whether in our time or later, the day will surely come, and our
faith should remain firm – He is only giving time and chance for more people to turn away from sin and repent. “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven … and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” (1Thess 4:16-17)

Trusting God’s promise does not just end in the heart but must be lived out in all
aspects of life. Those who live in eager anticipation of Christ are called upon to faithful stewardship and watchful prayer. It is not about just sitting there and waiting, but rather working to the highest profitability using the resources God has put in our care. He will gladly congratulate and reward the ‘good and faithful’ servants and admit them into a wonderful holiday and fellowship (Matt 25:23).

God bless you all.

Who is Jesus Christ?

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
(Matt 16:15-16)

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At one point in his life Jesus asked a question, ‘Who do you say I am?’ Maybe he knew
people were discussing about him in the background, in the streets, in bars and in their market stalls. Two things would shock you real hard: first, what people say about you when you are not there – ho! And secondly, what people will say about you at your funeral – ho! Like Jesus, just over a week ago she passed on at 33 and powerful eulogies rolled in her honour – that was Pamela Kadama – an Engineer, a wife, a mother of two, dressed with strength and dignity. This goes a long way to remind even me together with all those in their mid-30’s that life is fleeting. One in a while, care to ask some friends what is said about you out there, just as Jesus asked.

Today’s question is ‘Who is Jesus Christ?’ Before exploring what the Bible teaches about Him, consider his question addressed squarely to the Twelve, and now to you – ‘Who do you say I am?’ (Matt 16:15) This question not only requires us to give an answer from what we know today, but also to continually search and learn more about who
Jesus truly is. Jesus was called all manner of things – from a prophet, son of a mere village carpenter, to being called a lunatic or demon-possessed! The disciples reported some of what the public was discussing as the identity of Jesus. Jesus knew all of this, but He was still interested in squeezing out from the disciples what they said of His identity. Whatever the others said is neither recorded nor is it important; what Simon Peter answered was
approved by the Lord and stands as the ultimate identity that we must not only uphold but seek daily to understand, as it is amplified in many parts of the Bible – Simon Peter
answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!”

Having being convinced of this truth, a Jewish teacher of the law came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Is this your kind of response? Head knowledge that does not invoke a response profits nothing. Even after such a response, Jesus
demanded more devotion and seriousness, and he sent the teacher thinking deeper and challenged about the imminent mission: Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Matt 8:19-20). Who is Jesus Christ to you?

God bless you all.

Grow in Faith

I bow my knees before the Father, … that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power … so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith (Eph 3:14-17)

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I am glad to be back to duty after one month away. I thank God for the leadership that kept the fort alive and going – especially Rev Chrysostom Akwech who as Ag. Chaplain, and the entire Council and staff that worked with him. During that season, among many activities, I had opportunity to visit the Church in Kotido and to attend a Training in Durban focusing on ministering to children through education. From each of the activities, I come with prayer needs and tasks for follow up that I will gladly enlist the support of this Church – particularly in the area of growing the Kingdom of God and being its ambassadors. Then as soon as I returned we were headed to Namugongo to celebrate Uganda Martyrs’ Day which was hosted by our own Kampala Diocese; I thank God for the great participation of Kakumba Chapel both financially and physically, specifically in the area of Praise and
Worship.

As a nation and for many organizations, the year is ending; the budget has been passed and we have got the State of the Nation from the President’s speech. We are headed for the next half of the year, and many people should be doing evaluation, auditing and
planning for the season ahead with anticipation for growth: It may be improving financial gains, effective resource utilization, healthy relationships at work and with stakeholders, or even better performance in academics; for others, time for school is over and job-
seeking is the only point on the agenda, while many others are looking for ways to start or grow businesses. Truly, even me as I take back my seat as Chaplain, thinking of the
upcoming semester and multiple schools ministry opportunities as well as the plight and needs of our younger children as a society, I am filled or even cluttered with anticipations and plans. What is your prayer?

Our meditation today is from a very important prayer that the Apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesians – and this should top any other matter on your list; make the need expressed in this prayer the most desired and the opening prayer item at every opportunity – ‘to be strengthened with power … so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith’, and, above all other things, this is my prayer for you beloved of the Lord.

God bless you all.