The Shorter Route is Not Always Better: A Lesson From Israel’s Wilderness Journey

When God was to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, He had two options: a shorter way and a longer one. The way through the land of the Philistines was the shorter one. The longer path was the route through the wilderness. Along the shorter way, war was waiting by the side. But the Israelites …

The Thin Line Between Faith and Doubt: How Mary Excelled Where Zechariah Stumbled

Two encounters, one angel, different outcomes. That is the simple sum-up of Gabriel’s visits to Zechariah and Mary. But there’s a lot more to it than it sounds. How Shall I Know this? Alone in the temple, performing his priestly duties, Zechariah suddenly saw a flash. It was Gabriel. He came with news. Elizabeth would …

Finding Purpose in Little Things: How a Congregation’s Need Was Met

On a quiet Sunday afternoon, I sat musing over the complimentary remarks I received some moments earlier. It happened that I had a necessary stopover at a friend’s place the night before. Knowing that I wanted to attend church in the morning (before advancing on my journey), I asked what church my friend attended. He …

What Season Films and Soap Operas Teach Us About Devotion

Game of Thrones. Prison Break. Grey’s Anatomy. Tinsel. Jenifa’s Diary. 24. These names share something in common. They are supra-long masterpieces that have captured our screens in the last decade and a half. The secret to the success of these films and their like lies in the way they intrigue and keep the suspense of …

30 Things a Christian Should Do Before Turning 30: A Bucket List From Jesus’ Life

So much has been said about what a youth ought to accomplish before turning 30. This is probably because, the commencement of the third decade marks a major defining period in a person’s life. Biblically, 30 appear to be the age when a Levite picks up his service and a man is considered mature (Numbers …

Delayed But Not Denied: How God Ended A Couple’s Long Wait for a Child

To be married for many years without the fruit of the womb is an experience no one desires. Such can be so distressing and traumatic particularly in cultural settings where a couple is expected to start having children within the first year of marriage. And as the years of waiting increase, pressure from friends and …