Your Key Differentiator

As I settled to read aboard a United flight to Houston, Texas, a gentleman, Alex, sitting next to me, found out that I was an evangelist and decided to engage me in a spiritual conversation. He said: “How do you explain the deficient god of the old testament? How can there be only one way to the truth?” He continued: “Science will eventually give a better explanation as to how we came to be. An explanation that will trounce the old testament's 7-day creation theory.” On and on he went. In turn, I asked Alex about his occupation, his family, his belief. I sought to find where his trouble was. It appeared Alex was flying into Vancouver, but the Canadian Government had just instituted a new process for visa exempt [...]

Connection and Settlement

Located just outside a home I spent 8 years growing up in Lagos, Nigeria were thriving shops that sold parts for cars. The culture integral to the success of these shops was: "connection and settlement." Let me explain. An entrepreneur, sensing a need to open up a new shop, since he has outgrown his old shop, would travel to the rural cities and hire someone. This new hire (protege) would live with the entrepreneur, learn the ropes of the trade and serve faithfully. When the new hire becomes competent at the trade, the entrepreneur would then open up a new shop for him (new hire) to manage. After about 5 years of successfully running a shop and repatriating the profits back to the entrepreneur, the new hire will then get [...]

Come and See – Part 2. Thoughts From Honduras

I've written previously about how God used a family to change my life. This family didn't necessarily give me a job or preach the gospel to me, they just bade me to "come and see". They invited me to tag along with them to the creation Museum in Kentucky. They opened their car to me, a stranger/ foreigner, and I was able to see a functional family, and aspire for that, for more in my life. Though its been many years ago, I reflected anew on this as I embarked on a  trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. On my way, I first stopped at West Lafayette, Indiana, where this family lived. My next stop was in Miami, Florida where a member of this same family inspired me not to settle [...]

You would be insuperable if you were inseparable – Lesson From Rwanda

While reading through the exhibits at the Genocide museum in Kigali, Rwanda recently, I came across the word Hamitic. I'm not fully sure why this word stuck out like a sore thumb, but I decided to look more into it - Hamitic simply means being a descendant of Ham. Ham was one of the 3 sons of Noah. A false theory developed overtime, amongst many, that those of Ham's lineage were different and perhaps inferior. Which fascinates me because I noticed that some of God's biggest generals have names that end in Ham; Abraham, Graham, Branham etc). Being of Ham or of Shem is a divider negating the fact that all are of Adam. The Belgians used this Hamitic notion to colonize the Rwandans, they used the old political playbook termed: [...]

Basement To Pulpit

I recall sitting in a closet located in the basement of the University of Indianapolis student center many years ago. This closet contained the celebratory attire the waiters and waitresses wore to serve on special occasions. I remember staring at the closet mirror and seeing myself clad as a waiter. How did I get to this spot I wondered, earning minimum wage? Now all was not bad because, after-all, this was my first hourly job. The money I made from it paid my rent and cell phone bills with a little change to spare. For an 18-year old, that was not a bad deal. But I did wonder if this was what I wanted for my life? Absolutely not. The reason I waited tables, scrubbed dishes and restocked the pantry [...]

His Times and Seasons – Part 3

Very early in my journey of faith, our Lord communicated to me the importance of keeping a journal of what He communicates to me. The reason for this is when we write down what we receive from Him, as well as watch and wait with and through Him, it becomes plain to us by His Spirit. Often we are given the pieces of a puzzle to a picture (and seldom in chronological order). As we are trained to watch and wait with Him a pattern will emerge. What types of words and pictures do we generally associate with the seasons spring, summer, autumn and winter? For example, when we hear the season spring, we associate the following words for this season: awakening, delight, hope, renewal, thriving, flourishing, refreshing, joy, birth, [...]

His Times and Seasons – Part 2

Seasons are times, and places and circumstances where our faith is tested, where we are pruned, where the fruit of the Spirit is developed and we mature as Christians. That is, seasons are a tool our Lord employs to establish, strengthen, refine and sharpen our faith in Him. He is teaching us about obedience and faithfulness, commitment and endurance. After all, we are running a race of endurance and not speed where we are trained to build our spiritual muscles: faith, hope and love (which the Bible communicates will remain), and we are prepared for things to come. (Jas. 1:2-4, 1 Corin.13:13). When I explored the meaning of the word “remain” in the Oxford dictionary, it was interpreted as “to endure, abide, persist, stand, prevail, and tarry (to wait, linger [...]

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