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From as long as I can remember, the Bible has always been in my family. When I learned how to read in my first and second grade, my personal reading exercises were done on the Bible. I was encouraged by my aunt at home to read out loud to her from the Bible . I thought she was interested on what it had to say but now as a grown man, I realize that as a teacher, my aunt was training me to read, not only that but also she was training me to hear the bible speaking to me. And it did.

The two books I read regularly in the Bible were the early chapters of the book of Exodus and the final chapters of the book Revelation. I was terrified and at the same time amazed by the power of God even though I never knew how to get into a personal relationship with God. I used to read from the gospel as well, because most of the Sunday school reading exercises were based on the gospels. My view of Jesus was that he was a very good boy far better than I was. I would feel very sorry that they killed him and then be excited to learn that He rose from the dead. That excitement was suddenly cloaked by His ascension. I was also not so crazy about his second coming because it terrified me.

What terrified me the most about the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is the fact that I knew deep down in my heart, at that tender age of seven that I was a wicked and unworthy boy. It was at the age of 14 when my fears were lifted. It was 1998 November 18, when the light of the gospel came into my life.

I will now share with you the four lessons I have learned from the Bible.

  • Life is meaningless
    • Life can only make sense when on lives it in the light and view of God. Without God life is meaningless and has no purpose. The human rights to which many people hold, are totally irrelevant without the existence and presence of God in our lives.
    • It is meaningless to wake up in the morning and go to work , get paid, spend the money, then die. It is absolute vanity to live on earth without God being the central and the only key element of our lives.

  • Work is ordained by God for mankind
    • In the book of Genesis it appears that God gave mankind a responsibility to maintain the Garden of Eden, until they day they sinned and were expelled from the Garden. Work was no longer a luxury of being part of God’s work but it became a necessity for survival. It was through sin that we got to toil. At first we were not meant to toil when we work. We were meant to enjoy work and glorify in the process.

  • God takes Sin very seriously
    • Judging by the fact that out first parents, were expelled from the Garden of Eden, shows that God seriously hates sin.
    • Countless people both in the New and the Old Testament died, just to remind us how serious God is about sin.
    • Ultimately God struck His own Son on the cross of Calvary in order to save us. The fact that he struck His own Son for us, shows how serious God is about sin. He hates Sin!!!

  • Love and Faith have one thing in common
    • I have learned that faith without works is dead. One will always show his faith through his works.
    • Equally love is not proven by words, by action. One will be best believed that they have love when they stop talking their feelings for some body and to sacrificially act for the benefit of those they claim to love.
    • So both faith and love have one thing in common. Proof for their existence is through work and in most cases that work comes with a huge price tag.

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From as far as I can remember, I have not been able run fast. My brother was faster than me and my friends were also faster than me. When I thought of hanging up my running shoes during my high school days: this random teacher, appoints me as a school representative in the 200 meter race at running competition. I really don’t have a clue what this teacher saw in me. Whatever he thought he saw in me disappeared the minute I entered the race track.  When the race was started, I raced with all my might and led the pack of runners for a good 7 seconds (give or take) and after that I got tired and they began to pass me one by one until I was last. From that moment I was totally convinced that running is not my thing. The only thing I was good at is singing and debating (I am still active there). If you have a guy you need to debate away, call me.

As I grew up, I gave up all sporting activity and found a job at McDonald’s, the worst place I have worked (I still get nightmares). Working at McDonald’s forced me to live in the suburb that had people who were runners and cyclist. I challenged myself one afternoon to go running and I gave in to my own challenge. I put on my shots and running shoes and sped out the gate onto the road. I ran for about two minutes and I began to run out air. I mean I barely completed 250 meters and I was about to die. I went back home defeated.

Next day, I decided I was going to run again. I tried to run but my body was aching everywhere. It was as this moment where I concluded that I will never run again, except in the events where my life was at stake. The urge to exercise and to appear like a responsible man in the curious eyes of my neighbors led me to a bicycle shop. I bought my self a 26 inch Raleigh Mountain bicycle. We had a great relationship with my bicycle, until the day it was stolen from me.

To cut the long story short, I got fat and I bought a Silver Strider Mountain Bike. That bicycle was very fast but I broke it and so I decided to sell it. This how ever did not solve my weigh gaining problem. This led me to the greatest idea ever. I needed to learn to run. I tried to run again, 10 years after I had concluded that I will never run again except in the event where my life was at stake. The weight gain meant that my life was at stake. Learning from my past experience with running, I decided to get a running app that will tell me how fast and how far am I going.  My runs began with a slow jog which eventually evolved into a faster pace.

Today I am in the marathon training plan with Nike Running Club App and I am running over thirty kilometers per week. I am getting faster and stronger in the business of running.

So, what have I learned from running?

  • You never know you can run unless you try.
    • I spent many years thinking that I will never be able to run because I wasn’t fast enough and due to that it was painful to my chest. I learned that trying and failing and then try again will help you to get your body and your mind to get used to the idea of running and thus grow in speed and in strength.
  • Giving up is never an option.
    • When I started running I had one rule for myself: Never stop running until I reach the target distance. The lesson I got there is that I am able to endure hardship. You will have to agree with me, running is never a walk in the park. It is very hard. The people who run mega and Ultra-marathons have a great deal of tenacity. This is very applicable also in life.  In whatever we do we should never give up if it is for the good cause. The book of Hebrews in encouraging believers who were under extreme persecution, says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”  (Heb 12:1-3)
  • You relate better with people of the same walk.
    • When I am running on the road, I don’t greet everyone I meet, however, I would always greet runners who are running at that very moment I am running. The reason for that is that I understand their hardship and they understand mine. We may not have the same objectives or running at the same direction but we are connected by action, and that is running.
  • You stick to your run.
    • One of the greatest disciplines I have learned in running is that I should never compete with anyone. When I am running I only have myself to beat. I don’t compete with a random strangers. If he is faster than me, well, let him go, I don’t where they are going and where they come from. Why should I stress myself? I am only running my course. This is great lesson. In life my life is mine. Just because my friends have gotten rich does not necessary mean I should rich. Just because they are married and I am not does not me that I should now pursue a marriage partner. I am not in a competition. I stick to my lane.

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Many people do not pay attention to what they hear or read. They tend to make important decisions based on the little information they have received without listening to the full story and thus get into trouble.

This is true in many areas of communication.

  1. Social Media Posts
  2. Signing of Contracts
  3. NewsPaper Headlines
  4. Bible Text

It is very easy to get into trouble when one enters into an agreement without first reading and fully understand the terms of that contract.  On Today’s Episode we are looking at that issue.

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To be an expect in any thing requires commitment, and daily practice. A top sportsman or sportswoman becomes the best not by chance but by that they keep on training daily and avoiding certain habits in order to improve their perfomance. The same principle applies to us as Christians, especially to leaders.

For anyone to be a successful preacher or pastor, it is necessary that they give themselves to prayer and studying of the Bible. This should be their daily practice. These two things are none negotiable. They are critical in the life of any church leader. For us to be able to teach well and shepherd the flocks of God faithfuly we must always meet our Master in prayer, to report our concerns and our progress in the work we do and also to request more grace to help us carry on with serving Him. We must soak ourselves in the word of God and be instructed of the Lord by means of his written word. We should learn from the example of the apostles, in that, when matters of food and waiting of tables arose in the church, the apostles set themselves apart by refusing to get involved in such matters and suggested that deacons be appointed for the purpose of waiting tables and managing distribution of food. The apostles said, “It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables… but we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:2,4). There are certain things, though they be good, which are to be abandoned or avoided in order to excel in the most important duty into which one is called.

Paul affirms that the written word of God is critical for our lives. After showing in 2 Timothy 3:16, that all scripture is inspired by God. He then shows us that the same is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. This is all necessary, so that, “the man of God may be perfect, and throughly furnished for all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:17) This means that the Bible is enough, for our perfection and to have us totally equiped to do every good thing required by the Lord from us. We cannot raise healthy churches if we ignore the word of God. To ensure that the church members are growing, pastors must be committed in prayer and be full of the Bible and then train their members to do the same.

If we as pastors commit ourselves to do thus, there won’t be a need to fake miracles or even to resolve to magic and manipulation in order to woo the crowds for the purposes of gaining a large following.