The Growth Story

So now i know; the only way to grow, in business, art, science, innovation, education, technology… is to read. I have lived well enough escaping this fact, but now realize there is no development without positive change. And there is no positive change without information. Moving on to the best reading years of my life…. Join me?

By Faith

So the question arose, what makes a person a follower of Jesus Christ- A Christian? I would imagine a few other questions would be answered before that one… For example…

1. Who is Jesus Christ?
I suppose He is believed to be one of two things- the Son of God, the One who died on a cross to pay the debt of sin that we could not pay, the One who made all things, the One who holds all things together… or some one who lived a long time ago. Period. For us to believe in the former, I suppose we would need to believe in something or someone that says as much…which brings us to

2. Who is God?
Again, many of us might believe that He is A supreme being, one with great power and knowledge. Others, may believe that He is The Supreme Being with All Power, All knowledge and is present Everywhere… Again, for us to believe the latter, we would need to know for sure.. say if we believed something or someone who says as much… Like the Bible…

3. What is the Bible?
Some of us believe that it is the written word of God, His own words, inscribed in the hearts of men to speak truths from His mouth… Others, however, either have never actually thought about it, or truly believe that the Bible represents the thoughts of mortal men like you and me…

So suppose we believed that the Bible is the written word of God? Then we would believe that God is All Powerful, All Knowing, and is present Everywhere? We would trust that Jesus is the Son of the Almighty God, He is fully God Himself, and He did die, a physical death, and came back to life on the 3rd day, and that by this sacrifice, our eternal debt is paid. We’d believe that we had a debt. A great one that we never would have paid.

I submit to you that there are 2 kinds of people in this world- those who believe in God and His word and strive daily to walk in His way, and those who don’t. Half believe is no belief at all. Half faith is no faith at all. Half obedience is no obedience at all.

Revelation 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Answering this call… makes us followers of Christ- Christians.

Somebody Died.

Somebody died today
Somebody important died today
Today, many years ago
Somebody died.
The King of Kings
The Lord of Lords
The Prince of peace
The Lion of Judah
The Lilly of the valley
The Rose of Sharon
The Alpha and Mega
Died today.
And not because He was too weak to resist
But because He was strong
Not for lack of things to do
But in their abundance
Because He loved, first.
Because He knew, He understood the need
He died.
He died because ”Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin” (Hebrews 9:22)
He died ”so that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met” (Romans 8:4)
So that ”there is no more condemnation” (Romans 8:1)
So that You, I can have life
Eternal life, life in abundance (John 10:10)
He died to set the captives free
So that ”if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved” (1 John 1:9)
He died so that I can be free
”Was pierced for my transgressions” so that ”by His stripes I am healed (Isaiah 53:5)

Somebody died today
Somebody important died today
And because He died I can live
Because He was bound I am free
Free to sit as ”an oak of righteousness,
A planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor” (Isaiah 61:3)
It cost Him everything, even His life
So that it can be free for me
He died folks!
Jesus died.
So live.
Live for Him.
Live to love and stand to be the testimony that it is true.
It is true that somebody died.
Somebody important died today.
And He died for you.

Praise the Lord oh my soul!

But the Blood….

Listening to Kirk sing about the cleansing power that takes the guilt away…

“No more condemnation. The debt of man is paid by the blood…. But for the blood”.

Oh my. But for the blood. But for the blood we would be lost. Dead. We would be irresponsible drunks who don’t provide for our families. We would be prostitutes, giving ourselves to anyone for the degrading of our bodies. Drug addicts. We would be people who are useless to ourselves and to the society. But for the blood. We are redeemed by that blood. We are rescued. Adopted into God’s family. And it doesn’t end there. It doesn’t end at being given the right to be called sons of God. No. He goes further to choose the weak things of this world to shame the strong. To use the foolish things to shame the wise. The things that are not to bring to naught the things that are. (1 Cor.) He doesn’t just welcome us into the house… He gives us a place at the table and says there is now no condemnation for us. (Rom. 8 ) No matter what we were. We would have been judged by those things we did… Didn’t do. But for the blood. But for the precious blood of Jesus which speaks better things that the blood of Abel. (Heb. 12) The blood that paid for the remission of our sins. Oh that that blood would take effect in our lives. That the blood of Jesus that was shed for me, because of me, that it would not be wasted. That it would not be wasted on you. Jesus paid a heavy price for your freedom. Let the chains fall. Let the blood of the Lamb have effect in your life. No need to carry guilt, shame, fear. Oh my. Fear. No need. It would have been necessary, mandatory even, to bear the full consequence of your, my actions. But for the blood. Let the blood of Jesus wash you clean. He is able.

Lord Jesus, I accept that I am a sinner and I cannot redeem myself. I ask that You would come into my life, into my heart. Wash me clean. Make me over again. Teach me to walk in Your way. This I ask in Your precious name, Amen.

Grey? Not!

How can one believe in….nothing? How does one ask, does God really exist? Did He really create the heavens, the earth, the sea below and everything in them?
Well, this is what I think:

Psalm 19
1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; 4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

Birds in the air, responding to seasons and migrating with no human intervention. The birth of a baby. Butterflies. Children’s laughter. Tears. Healing…. A big bang? Really? A big bang made the smile on a happy face? The joy of a parent when their baby takes their first step? A big bang? Oh wait, or nothing. Nothing, no one made anything. There is no certainty that someone made any of these things. Yeah. Sure.

Moving on:

18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Which side are you on? There is no shade of grey… Any shade of grey equals lukewarm. And we know what He says about lukewarm.

Revelation 3
16 So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Dear friends, let not pride rob us of eternal life. God is real. And He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Everything

My portion
My inheritance
My anchor
You are my shield
My defense
My strong tower
You are everything to me

So I will raise this voice
To give you praise
Declaring aloud that
You are good
I will lift my voice
To tell the nations
That you are
You are everything to me

In the darkness- You are my Light
When I am afraid- You are the voice that stills my heart
In the desert- You fill my cup to overflowing
In the storm- You are my peace
The palm of Your hand- it knows my tears
My heart it knows your comfort
In You I am alive, I am blessed, I am free
You are everything to me

So I will raise my voice
To give you praise
Declaring aloud that
You are good
I will lift my voice
To tell the nations
That You are
You are everything to me

I am SautiNdogo. Because my voice is small.

I am SautiNdogo. Because my voice is small. Listen all the same. There may be something in that whisper for you. For us. For everyone. At least for someone.  Listen because I’m asking you to. Listen because you say you care. You think you care. You want to care. You want me to think you care. Listen because it’s the end of the day, and at the end of the day people listen. Listen so that I stop nagging. Maybe I’ll stop nagging. Just listen. To my heart. To my lips. To my tears. To my movements. Listen to anything. But please just listen. When you do, if you do, it will be better. Everything will be better. I won’t be so complicated. I won’t be so silly or so fussy. I’ll be beautiful if you listen. I promise. I’ll be better. I’ll be stronger. I’ll even be less than too much and more than not enough.

Whatever you do, please just stop and listen. To the warning signs, the sirens, the police lines saying “scene of crime, do not cross.” Just cross. This once, just cross. Listen carefully. I am SautiNdogo. Listen hard because my voice is small.

A sorry waste

Sitting in a classroom, the young lady stares across the room. She’s supposed to be the teacher. Fascinating. Because everyone in the room seems smarter than her. Younger than her, older than her, they all seem to be grasping what she’s teaching faster than she’s teaching it. She’s afraid they’ll realize. But more than afraid she’s heartbroken. Because they don’t realize. So they’ll go on being passive as they have been all semester. They’ll not do their homework. They’ll not use the skills, talents even, that they have. They will hardly ease out of their comfort zones to spread their wings and fly. No. they remain, as most others their age. As most others their nationality. They remain right where  they are when they could have gone so much farther. Remain who they are when they could have been so much more. They have everything at their disposal. The money to pay for the best education. The resources to learn, grow. The clients to earn a living from. But no. because they don’t realize it, they remain doing what they have always done, even when they could have done so much more.

Written for my software development class,

May 6, 2011.

New Beginnings.

So I’ve always wanted to do this. Set up a blog where I can write things that I think are important, or would have an impact on someone. Let’s see how far I go with that. Random thoughts for a maiden blog…hmmm…

New beginnings. I am never the starter. I make a good enough follower but I’m never the brave person who steps out into uncharted territory to make a new way. I’m way too timid, to careful for that. Not adventurous. Not experimental. So today, I begin something. For once in my life i begin something. It’s small, insignificant even, but for my overly cautious self, it’s huge. Wish me luck!

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