The Author of Peace and Order

During the First World War, on Christmas Eve, the battlefield was strangely quiet. As the soft snow fell, the thoughts of the young men were of home and their families. Then one lad began to hum “Silent Night.” Others joined, singing the chorus until the trenches resounded with the Christmas song. When they finished they were amazed to hear…

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Fighting the enemy

I recently had a conversation with one of our night security guards after seeing him with a stick (we call it Kondo in Nigeria) engrafted with 6 or 7 long nails- The sharp ends facing my direction. I asked him what he does with it. He said he uses it to defend himself against thieves. “I can take down…

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We will see Him

C.S. Lewis once observed that this life is only ”shadow lands” compared with the glory to come. Even life at its best is but a shadow of Heaven. Does that mean we turn our backs on this world and have nothing to do with its delights? Not necessarily. Sometimes (as Lewis was suggesting) the good things God gives us…

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An inheritance from the Father 

Nigerian Billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola recently gave her daughter £5,000,000 house for her 30th birthday. Femi told her daughter that he could not think of a befitting present because she has always made him proud. Perhaps you are like me that doesn’t have an earthly Father that can give the type of gift Femi gave her daughter and you are also…

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Redeeming love 

In her book Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers told the story of Angel who was sold into prostitution as a child. After going through a lot of horrible experiences while growing up, she met Michael Hosea who God told to marry her. Michael loved her unconditionally. Angel however was filled with an overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear.  And so, she…

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Be an outlier 

“Outlier” is a term used in statistics to explain data that lie outside normal parameters. In his book Gladwell studied people who are outliers i.e., highly successful individuals which he grouped into categories such as professional hockey players, successful professionals and billionaires. One of the key findings of Gladwell is that individual success is not an anomaly- it can…

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Flexible and yielded clay

In the Potter’s Hand, Gretchen Quie and Karen Matison Hess shared a story of a potter who had tried for years to make a perfect lid for a pot, one that was handsome, fit exactly, was easily held, and was not too heavy or too fragile. But she never quite achieved it. She agonized in her search for perfection….

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The Everlasting King 

Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest at Windsor Castle on Monday 19 September 2022. Her funeral was attended by an estimated 2,000 guests, including world leaders and heads of state, according to the BBC. After the state funeral, the coffin was taken to Windsor Castle, England for a committal service, followed by a private family ceremony. The Queen,…

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Christ centred leisure

The first thing that caught my attention when I opened Stephen Trombley’s book – Fifty thinkers who shaped the modern world, is a quote by Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651): “Leisure is the mother of philosophy.” After that, I wanted to know the first-person Stephen profiled. He was Immanuel Kant (22 April 1724 – 12 February 1804), a German philosopher…

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