Reproduced in full, from “Journeys into Salvation: finding your way in life” by The Voice of One, 2019. pp176–180 with the kind permission of the publisher.

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Pascal was a 17th Century French scientist who was also a Christian. He tried to use his study of probabilities to arrive at the probability that God exists. In his calculations, Pascal came up with an interesting result. He found out that the chance that God exists is 50/50. In other words, there is as much a chance that God exists, as there is a chance that there is no God. In his day, as is the case today, God is seen as the One Who can give eternal life in heaven and eternal punishment in hell. …

Are you getting the most from reading the Bible?

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Illuminating my T-shirt

Let me begin by telling a true story. One day, as I prepared for an outing, I put on a T-shirt, checked myself in the mirror, and all was okay — or so it seemed. I went out, returned home, and proceeded to the kitchen. There was a mirror in the kitchen and lots of sunlight.

But as I looked in the mirror while washing my hands, I noticed that the T-shirt I had gone out in had some awful stains, and they were not fresh. Although the stains were there all along, I did not notice them when I…

The Error of Misrepresentation of Scripture and the Sad Repercussion of Moral Laxity

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Whenever people, including renowned ministers of God, quote 2 Chronicles 7:14, they somehow omit a vital part of the Scripture verse. Sometimes I wonder if this error is intentional because it has deceived the church. The erroneous quote is,

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

There is a major and crucial portion of this scripture verse missing, and it is emboldened below:

If My people who are called by My name will humble…

Who can you trust with absolute confidence?

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As we walk on the streets, we see many things

If only we observe and meditate on the things around us, we would be shocked at the lessons we may have been overlooking for years. Certain things occur on a day-to-day basis which brings to the fore lessons we can learn.

The life of the blind

One of such observations is the life of the blind individual. A blind person is led by someone to a location in town every morning and is set down where they beg for alms. In the evening, the same individual who led the blind individual out returns to lead them home. …

Culled from The Pursuit of God (Updated, Annotated) by A. W. Tozer. (pp. 71–75). Aneko Press. Kindle Edition. Reproduced 100%, with permission.

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Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)

A fairly accurate description of the human race might be furnished to one unacquainted with it by taking the Beatitudes, turning them wrong side out and saying, “Here is your human race.” For the exact opposite of the virtues in the Beatitudes are the very qualities which distinguish human life and conduct.

In the world of men, we find nothing approaching the virtues of which Jesus spoke in the opening words of the famous Sermon on the Mount. Instead of poverty of spirit, we find the rankest kind…

An illustration of what real change looks like for the Christian

A goat with grass in its mouth
A goat with grass in its mouth
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Let us meet Goatee

There once was a goat, called Goatee, who loved to eat grass, as all goats do. Unfortunately, Goatee’s owner, who had a luscious garden, understandably, did not share Goatee’s passion for eating grass.

Goatee’s quick thinking thwarted every attempt by his owner to warn it off his garden. For instance, when Goatee’s owner built a hedge around the garden, Goatee ate his way through, and when he made a fence around it, Goatee head-butted his way in. Not knowing what else to do, Goatee’s owner decided the goat needed counselling.

Goatee goes for counselling

So, off to counselling they went. The trained counsellor, a…

One reason is that you have unconfessed sin in your life!

Lady praying with hands lifted.
Lady praying with hands lifted.
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God can do absolutely anything, but why not what I ask?

Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:1–2, NKJV)

The prophet Isaiah tells us that God is so powerful; He can do anything that you may ask Him. But then we wonder why is He not doing anything about our requests? And Isaiah responds, “Because of your sins and your iniquities!” …

It is always comforting to know that you are in someone’s good book!

Stacks of books
Stacks of books
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We all have two books

It is not uncommon to hear people talk about having a ‘good book’, ‘bad book’ or ‘black book’. These ‘books’ are not, in reality, books like we know it, but a mental recording of the deeds of people we encounter in our lifetime. If we are impressed by a person, we mentally record that person in our ‘good book’; if, on the other hand, we are not impressed, we mentally put that person in our ‘bad book’ or ‘black book’. We all keep these ‘books’. …

Part Two

Lessons from how God dealt with Achan’s transgression (continued)

Silhouette of a man kneeling before a cross with a darkish background
Silhouette of a man kneeling before a cross with a darkish background
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We have already seen how God ascribed Achan’s sin to the entire nation and how He dealt with the matter decisively and judicially. We have also learnt some lessons therefrom. If you haven’t read Part One, you should start there. It will provide the background of Achan’s sin that will be helpful:

We now continue with some more observations, starting where we left off in our previous article to answer our inquiry — can sanctification fail? — and other heart-throbbing questions about God’s judgment.

Sanctification is not mechanical but requires a willing individual

Regarding sanctification, we asked how what ought to have helped Achan repent before meeting with God…

It would be best if you first were discontent with your present state; otherwise, you would not be hungry enough for that change.

The all too familiar change of governments in Africa

It was one of those quiet Saturday mornings. The atmosphere seemed calm, but there was something about the calmness that was anything but calm. As I peered outside from behind the gate of my home, I noticed people huddled in groups around radio sets. This caught my attention, and I came out from behind the gate of my house and stood. Then I heard it; it was a familiar sound; it was the sound of martial music from the radio. But I stood there wondering, not wanting to believe the obvious. Just then, a hoarse voice came over the radio…

Abraham Raymond Eli

Called to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and make disciples through the teaching of the word of God, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Married to Grace.

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