It is by your goodness, Lord,
That I have seen this day,
Many left yesterday forever;
Many others left today;
I surrender my life to you;
I want to be close to you;
I want to be yours;
I want to be strong in my faith;
I want to be loyal to you;
I cannot do
Or be any of these
On my own;
Only by your grace.
Thus, I pray, O Lord,
For the grace
For all of these blessings.
Make me rich in faith;
Generate in me deep love for you;
This is my humble prayer,
Through Christ our Lord,
Amen!

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Block the dividers!

If we allow our enemy to divide us, he will defeat us and rule us and enslave us; and we will be sorry for ourselves. The price to pay is too high.

Under no circumstances must we give room to our enemy to divide us.

We are weakened when we are divided. Very strong when we remain united. The white man knew this. That was why he instituted the divide and rule method.

Haven’t we learned our lesson?

We must block the dividers. And stay united.

Wisdom speaks!

Slippery ground ahead

Are there people laughing at you because you have fallen?

That is a mistake.

Tell them there is slippery ground ahead of them.

Who knows?

They could be the next person to go crashing on the ground.

Instead of laughing at someone because the person has fallen, hold their hand and lift them up.

What they need is your support and encouragement.

We have to learn to support and encourage one another in this hard and difficult world.

As we pray that God may come to pur aid when we run into difficulties, so too should we be ready to come to another’s aid when they are in difficulty.

The controversy of giving money to the Church?

Do you give money to your Church? If you do, how and why do you do so? What is your motivation?

Some people give money to their Church from their hearts. Others do it as a public show, to attract public acclaim. Some do not give it; and advance all types of excuses for their action.

The issue of tithing or giving money to the church has never been an easy one to discuss. It has raised a lot of dust. It is a controversial subject on which much ink has been spilled.

It interests me to know your take on this thorny matter. Are you for or against offering money to the Church? And what reasons do you advance for the position you have taken.

I have come across people to whom giving money to the church is throwing away valuable income.

They say money is precious and hard-to-earn currency that should be jealously guarded and preserved for themselves and their families.

They hold and say giving money to the Church is a way to swell the bank accounts of Church leaders and make them feed fat on the sweat of others.

I do not deny that many Church authorities have swollen jaws and smooth faces, reflective of good living.

But I don’t buy the idea that money should not be given to the Church. I don’t feel comfortable with it. Unfortunately, this school of thought seems to be gaining grounds in Christian milieus. I actually see it winning more adherents and the spread is more or less like a wildfire among Christians.

You find people who actually resist coming out during offertory on Sundays to chip in their widow’s mite for the spread of the gospel and the upkeep of the Church.

When at all they do it, it is more to throw dust in the public eye. What they put in is minimal.

Of course, at the other extreme of the spectrum, there are magnanimous individuals who give to the church with joy and generosity.

To them, all they have is a gift of God’s grace and hence, it is only but fair to give back to him some of what has been received as a way of gratitude.

This is wisdom. When we give alms during offertory in Church, we are offering to the one who has offered us so much. Our alms are needed for the work of evangelization. God has commanded us to take the gospel to all the corners of the earth. This needs money. The Church needs money for its buildings, for it to function. The pastor or priest needs money for his upkeep to do the best work for God. And the Church is not an income-generating or commercial enterprise. Where then will such money come from?

Giving of alms and other donations to the Church is one way God wants the lay faithful to contribute to the building of God’s kingdom on earth.

Both the New and the Old Testaments are replete with verses that exhort us to give cheerfully to the Lord, for God loves a cheerful giver.

It is proper for us to give money and other gifts to our Church. In fact, it is compulsory except we do not truly believe the faith we profess. One cannot be a serious Christian and expect the work of evangelization to triumph and not contribute for it to do so.

Give money to your Church. Give generously. You will be rewarded as you give.

Is God a democrat?

Who says democracy
Is the best road to travel?
Prove it!
Who says democracy
Is daylight while
Dictatorship is darkness?
Tell me;
Is God a democrat
Or a dictator?
Who says democracy
Is God’s favourite baby?
And who says God hugs
The principles of democracy,
And hates dictatorship?
Look at the work of his hands;
And tell me what you see;
Take the waves
That sweep the seas;
While some are tossing
Some people
To the quiet safety
Of the shore somewhere;
Elsewhere, some others
Are tossing some others
To perdition
In the stormy waters
Of the rough seas,
With death hungrily
Waiting to devour them;
Is it the waves to blame?
The waves aren’t the issue;
It’s what they do;
While some are a blessing,
Others are a curse;
Their power, they draw
From their creator,
Who has the final say;
He alone decides;
And take it or leave it;
He is not a democrat;
His decision is final.

God assures us of victory

There are many among us who are pessimistic about the future. They do not see any light at the end of the tunnel. Such people are losers.

The winners believe in victory which is coming. To them victory is inevitable. They have reason. God, our creator assures us that he will give us victory. Read Deuteronomy 20:1-4k

“When you go out to fight against your enemies and you see chariots and horses and an army that outnumbers yours, do not be afraid of them….Do not be afraid of your enemies, or loose courage, or panic. The LORD your God is going with you, and he will give you victory.”

“…the Lord says you must not be discouraged or be afraid to face this large army. The battle depends on God not you” 2 Chronicles 20:15.

Many times in the New Testament, we are assured God will give us victory. He will make us triumph.

Today, I am discarding two words from my vocabulary.

I take courage from Jesus’ assurance in Luke 18:27 and the other synoptic gospels. He assures: “What is humanly impossible is possible for God.”

Yes, with God, everything is possible.

Thus, I will discard two words, and at the same time, I will print in my mind two words that have the power to give victory in accordance with the assurance from the creator of all things.

The first word to discard is impossible. The second is can’t. Never say something is impossible for you to do or achieve.

Every dream that God has put in your mind is possible.

Never say “I can’t”. Of course, you can.

You can do whatever you want to do. You can live the life you want to live. You can win that battle. You can win that war. You can win that struggle.

God has given you what it takes to do what you want to do or achieve. It is left to you to exploit that potential buried in you to do whatever you want to do.

Today, therefore, inscribe in your vocabulary in indelible ink the words “possible’ and “I can”.

Your dream is possible. The life you want to live is possible. The things you want to achieve are possible. You can achieve them. With the help of God, you will achieve your fondest dream.

What holds true for you as an individual, holds true for any group of people, any community, and any country.

We can achieve our common dream as a people. It may look impossible, but nothing is impossible to people who are determined; or to a country of determined, decisive and focused people.

Do not look at the challenges ahead of you and let them intimidate or discourage you. Always remember that you no longer have “impossible” and “I can’t” in your vocabulary but “possible” and “I can”.

Yes, it is possible. Yes, we can. Yes, we will. If you are scared, fight on. If you see no sign at the end of the tunnel, struggle on; if you are loosing, struggle on. God will reverse your fortunes. You will emerge triumphant.

Today’s morning prayer 47

Praise your name, Lord,
Glory to you;
The king of all kings;
King of the universe,
Make this day for me
What you want it to be;
I want to love you
Today with all my heart;
Be my companion
Throughout this day.
Lead the way for me;
Grant me the grace
To walk by you,
Let me follow
The footsteps of your son
When he was on earth.

The tragic reality of today’s world

This is a call to all who believe in God and the word of God to humanity.

Why is the world the way it is when we have churches popping up every day?

Are you aware of the acute shortage of love in the world?

What about the devastating surplus of hate?

This is the tragic reality of our world and our most critical challenge as the indigenes of planet earth and believers in God.

The daunting task in our hands has always been, and will for a long time to come, remain to reverse the trend and let love overflow while hate is reduced to the barest minimum, if not completely eradicated.

The critical question is whether humanity can live up to this arduous task.

That is the mission which the Church has engaged herself to accomplish since she was instituted by her Divine Founder.

Her fortunes have been mixed.

The truth is, as long as hate outweighs or supersedes love in the world, we will continue to bear witness to the overwhelming and devastating flow of evil that has already submerged the human race.

But we have neither reason nor excuse to despair. We must keep the candle of hope burning, based on the assurance of heaven, that victory will be on our side. Reason will eventually outdo senselessness in the race and ultimately, good will triumph over evil.

Let us live in hope that our world will eventually sail through the stormy seas of hate to the safe shores of love.

Let our candle of hope burn on, that peace will eventually reign in our midst while chaos, wars, senseless fighting and killing and destruction will go into a downward spiral in a bottomless pit.

If we let hope go, we become hopeless.

Despite the dark reality of our world, let us keep hope alive.

We need to lean on God. He is our only hope. We cannot eradicate hate and the evil that comes from it through our human effort. Only God can rescue us. He alone can grant us the grace of love. He alone can transform the burning human thirst for evil into a thirst for good.