When Work Becomes an Idol

Idols are still very much with us. Lest we assume that we modern Africans have abandoned that aspect of traditional society, they remain (sadly) a part of our daily lives. An idol is any created thing that had been elevated to occupy God’s...

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Greed is an Enemy

  Greed is idolatry. It stems from valuing created objects wrongly. Whereas true satisfaction comes only from knowing God (John 17:3), the greedy person seeks it in ‘things’. Greed is an enemy. Like all enemies, it is not after our wellbeing...

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The Unsent Christian

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age...

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The Gift in Hard Times

A Tale of Grief Several centuries ago, there lived a wealthy man reputed to be the greatest in the ancient Near East. He was so rich he had multitudes of livestock, thousands of camels, and a vast number of servants, as well as a large family of...

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Humans or Helps?

  A recent Facebook post by the Zambian pastor, Conrad Mbewe, celebrating his domestic help of over 20 years, garnered over 4,000 likes and nearly 800 comments. Most responses commented not just on the lady’s rare dedication but also...

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Sacred or Secular

There is a wedge in our thinking. We see reality as consisting of two sections: a ‘sacred’ part where we have God, the Bible, Worship, or Salvation, and a ‘secular’ compartment where we live our ‘real’ lives...

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Praying for My Enemies

  “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)   Probably every believer knows that Jesus commands us to pray for our enemies. But how should we go about it?   First, we should realize that as Christians we...

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Searching for Dignity

My culture is on a perpetual quest for dignity. We want to be regarded, respected and valued. We teach children to respect their elders (and rightly so). Unfortunately, we often tie a person’s dignity to his or her wealth, possessions, or...

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