Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Power of Testimony

I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, LORD, as you know. … I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness… (Ps 40:9-10)

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Working on one project that ended late last year 2015, we made over 20 trips to the Karamoja region, covering over 30,000km of travel. We thank God for His safe keeping. Over the long journeys we would see vegetation change in shape and colour, from thick forest to scanty shrub, blooming green to dry brown; we once got stuck for four hours at Kapedo in the neighbourhood of the risky wild animals of Kidepo Valley National Park. From Bishop James Nasak we listened to frightening stories of the then warriors and saw the place where they shed the blood of innocent travelers including the late Grace Gonahasa. I also took opportunity to share the gospel with a team from Kakumba Chapel. We thank God for his safe keeping.

When US citizens are preparing to travel to Uganda, they get stern briefings of the form at http://www.osac.gov website: Driving requires particular caution and fulltime attention. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Uganda has one of the highest rates of traffic fatalities per vehicle in the world. Roads are poorly maintained, inadequately marked, and poorly illuminated. … Road travel outside Kampala is dangerous during the day and treacherous at night. The road lighting in larger cities is inadequate at best and virtually nonexistent in smaller towns. Driving hazards at night include: broken-down vehicles in the road, pedestrians in the road, drunk drivers, stray animals, poor road conditions, and the possibility of armed robbery. Yet you have been preserved! Thank God indeed for His safe keeping.

To give thanks to God and tell of his great wonders in the hearing of many people is a good thing. Some people will ascribe their success to chance, or their own hard work, or their taking precaution; but we ascribe greatness to our God, the Rock – his work is perfect and all His ways are just, a God of faithfulness (Deut 32:3-4). He has done great things for you and for us all. I personally celebrate many more victories: Our church should be filled with joy when we see many graduating and we have made a contribution during their academic life. On the other hand, some of us have grown schools and the smiles of growing children brighten our skies. Take time to count your blessings, and determine to declare some praise in the congregation to give Him glory.

God bless you all

Leadership God’s Way

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

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It is good to desire to lead, and the Apostle Paul writes to Timothy that ‘Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.’ John Maxwell asserts that leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit; leadership is not about position; it’s about influence. For those of us rising into leadership responsibilities, let me encourage you
with two words. First, learn what God requires of you, beginning with prophet Micah’s admonition in the verse above: act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. Secondly, ‘be strong and courageous’ and keep the Word of God near you – take the encouragement that God gave to Joshua and His power will thrust you into the
success of leadership.

I love the song that says, ‘Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane, but the church of Jesus ever shall remain.’ Leaders come and go – even the most celebrated and those whose names are suffixed ‘the Great’. Moses was such a leader. He wrestled down the oppressive superpower of that time and Pharaoh gave in. If some liberation efforts had come up sometimes within the 430 years of the Jewish stay in Egypt, Moses’ uprising was not just one of those – it resulted in the release of over two million people who left in one group, leaving the Egyptians startled and looking on in utter bewilderment. Moses was that kind of leader, but later he died. In the meantime, the God who had raised Moses to this stature had trained a successor to whom he could now say, ‘Over to you Joshua’.

The mission is not yet done; the journey ahead has some fierce battles, and the land must be divided among the tribes with fairness. These were Joshua’s tasks, and it must have been frightening to take over leadership at such a time. Looking back at the legacy of his predecessor, Joshua must have wondered if he will measure up, if
he will manage the tasks, if internal rebellion will not overthrow him – many if’s can clog the mind at such a time. Yet the Lord God who calls encouraged and assured him of victory in keeping with a longstanding promise. The hymn writer added: ‘Death and hell and Satan never shall prevail – we have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail’. No matter how tough the task, no matter how high the calling, as long as the God who called you made a promise, you will not fail. After Moses, many other great leaders have come and gone; we miss them, but more
important is the voice of God that is heard in many ears saying ‘over to you’. In our own days the mission is not yet done; there are battles ahead and lands to take, and the Lord has called many to leadership. Hear the caller, and lead His way and you will be blessed.

God bless you all.

Over to you Joshua (Josh 1:1-9)

“the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. … Be strong and courageous,
for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I
swore to their ancestors I would give them.”

You are warmly welcome to Kakumba Chapel.
Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane, but the church of Jesus ever shall remain. Leaders come and go – even the most celebrated and those whose names are suffixed ‘the Great’. Moses was such a leader. He wrestled down the oppressive superpower of that time and Pharaoh gave in. If some liberation efforts had come up sometimes within the 430 years of the Jewish stay in Egypt, Moses’ uprising was not just one of those – it resulted in the release of over 2 million people who left in one group, leaving the Egyptians startled and looking on in utter bewilderment. Moses was that kind of leader, but later he died. In the meantime, the God who had raised Moses to this stature had trained a successor to whom he could now say,
‘Over to you Joshua’.

The mission is not yet done; the journey ahead has some fierce battles, and the land must be divided among the tribes with fairness. These were Joshua’s tasks, and it must have been frightening to take over leadership at such a time. Looking back at the legacy of his predecessor, Joshua must have wondered if he will measure up, if he will manage the tasks, if internal rebellion will not overthrow him – many if’s can clog the mind at such a time. Yet the Lord God who calls encouraged and assured him of victory in keeping with a longstanding promise. The hymn writer added: ‘Death and hell and Satan never shall prevail – we have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail’. No matter how tough the task, no matter how high the calling, as long
as the God who called you made a promise, you will not fail.

After Moses, many other great leaders have come and gone; and the memories of Rev. Canon Ephraim Musiime are fresh on our minds: he passed on 07th Jan 2016 and left behind a strong legacy of a revolutionary Chaplain, a firm administrator of impeccable integrity, a lover of all people, a devoted family man, a great mentor, and much more. He will be sorely missed by many of us, yet after him the voice of God is heard in many ears saying ‘over to you’, and the best we can do is to embrace the challenge. In our own days the mission is not yet done; there are battles ahead and lands to take; but the Lord has encouraged us to confidently embrace the call to and responsibility of leadership. In His Name and with His leading, we match forward.

God bless you all.

Equipped to Equip

Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me
say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be
qualified to teach others. (2Tim 2:1-2)

You are warmly welcome to Kakumba Chapel. Happy New Year!
In the last year we listened to God saying ‘Abide’, and particularly walked with Ruth
as she clung and found a place among the people of God. The theme this year is a
call sustainable discipleship. It is action that is part of the major response to the
question that Micah brings to us in his sixth chapter is worth giving attention. This
question matters, lest we waste time misfiring and going astray. Before you start the marathon, you need to clearly know the track map, know the way and the rules of the race. You may have drawn many plans, but to stop and ask Micah’s question
could help refocus your plans to achieve much more and for longer lasting benefit.
The question is: What does the Lord require? What does the Lord require of you?

We ended the year 2015 commemorating the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ:
‘and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his
government and peace there will be no end. He will reign … with justice
and righteousness from that time on and forever.’ Looking back at the governments in the days of Isaiah and Micah left us convinced that the promise of a better reign – one of justice and righteousness – must have been received with great enthusiasm and eagerness. There was great need for just governance internally as well as liberation and protection from external threats. Our times are not very different; we need the Messiah.

Ample time will be allowed to explore the subject of sustainable discipleship. However, suffice for today to ask the prophet Micah’s question in this expanded context: what does the Lord require in terms of spreading the Gospel? And what does the Lord require in terms of faithful stewardship in the marketplace? Just like the teacher whose job has
metamorphosed, many workplaces and government agencies are now spoiled for choice when it comes to technical expertise; what they seek in the prospective employee are
cross-cutting issues, and most importantly, integrity. Integrity and the need therefore have caused the overhauling of entire government authorities in the recent past.
Today’s Engineer, Doctor, Lawyer, Businessman, Accountant – every professional and every worker and every leader – listening to the question ‘what does the LORD require’, is called to doing what the Lord requires and passing these principles and actions to reliable people that will continue growing these institutions and areas of work for the welfare of God’s people and the glory of God

God bless you all.

‘What does the LORD require?’

“With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God?”
… And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to
walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:6-8)

We ended the year 2015 commemorating the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ:
‘and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign … with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.’ Looking back at the governments in the days of Isaiah and Micah left us convinced that the promise of a better reign – one of justice and righteousness – must have been received with great enthusiasm and eagerness. There was great need for just governance internally as well as liberation and protection from external threats. Our times are not very different; we need the Messiah.

As we begin the New Year, the question that Micah brings to us in his sixth chapter is worth giving attention. It is a question that matters, lest we waste time misfiring and going astray. Before you start the marathon, you need to clearly know the track map, know the way and the rules of the race. You may have drawn many plans, but to stop and ask Micah’s question could help refocus your plans to achieve much more and for longer
lasting benefit. The question is: What does the Lord require? What does the Lord require of you?

The importance of this question today is augmented by the nature of our times –
dynamic and fast changing. For example, at school then, it the teacher was required
to dispense knowledge to her students, test them and give them feedback; a successful student was one that followed through that discipline and finally graduated. This graduate found a ready job waiting for him, and the future would be bright ever after. Gone are those days; today’s information is no longer in the custody of the teacher, but rather it is easily accessible in vast quantities through electronic media on TV, computer and mobile phones. Today’s teacher must break loose from the shackles of the old mould and herself, ‘What is required of me today?’ And the same process is required for all other marketplace participants, in business and in governance.

Many people love God and desire to honour Him. A deep reflection on what the
LORD requires today is vital if we are to please Him in the year ahead and beyond. In your work and at home, among friends and in your technical sphere of influence the LORD
requires you ‘to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’.

God bless you all. Happy New Year!

His Government and Peace (part 2)

And he will be called … Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and
peace there will be no end. He will reign … with justice and righteousness
(Isaiah 9:6-7)

“What then is this child going to be?” Indeed every successful birth of a child brings
great joy after a time of anxiety and expectation; but for baby John, the events
around Zechariah astounded everyone, and they asked this question (Luke 1:66).
What would they say about the much more provoking birth of baby Jesus? After the
numerous foretelling writings about the Messiah in virtually all the books of the Old
Testament, it was not difficult to notice this unique and the fulfillment of the prophecies. Matthew’s gospel offers many references to show that the events were ‘to fulfill what was written by the prophets’… but let us ponder some more on the name Isaiah called him – Prince of Peace. The name depicts the child as a ruler in the making, and one of unique excellence.

It was to King Ahaz that the most comforting words of the prophet were directed.
However, they came not without many stern warnings about the moral and spiritual
decadence of the time. When he took the throne, although so young, Ahaz seems at once to have struck out an independent course wholly opposed to the religious traditions of his nation. His first steps in this direction were the causing to be made and circulated of molten images of the Baals, and the revival in the valley of Hinnom, south of the city, of the abominations of the worship of Moloch, where human sacrifice was made at a firy altar. He is declared to have (sacrificed and) made his own son “pass through the fire” (2Kings 16:3). These kind of abominations incited great fury from the Lord!

As he faced threats from stronger neighbouring kingdoms, chief of whom was Syria,
Ahaz sought favourable alliances from the Assyrians to fortify his stand; these are the common warfare and power tactics common in our own days. When Hezekiah
ascended the throne after Ahaz, he almost fitted the description of the promised son ‘messiah’. But in many ways he neither matched the need of the day nor delivered the troubled nation.

As the Jews asked, ‘What then is this child going to be’, and later asked the same
man, ‘who are you?’ there was great expectation and waiting for the fulfillment of the promised Messiah. Now we can celebrate with certainty that Jesus is He – the Prince of Peace whose government will be the expression excellent justice and righteousness. As Uganda prepares for elections, may this Christmas bring a loud reminder that the Prince of Peace is here, and his government will be of perfect peace and justice, and the better news is that it will be an everlasting one.

God bless you all.