Why do people find it hard to say, “I am a Christian” or “I believe in Jesus” when they are in front of a camera or an audience outside of church?


One Jesus and two kids

Remember that 2014 movie based on a true life story of a boy who died, went to heaven and was restored to life at the age of 4? It was titled Heaven is for Real.

In that movie, an effort was made by his parents to identify the face of Jesus from several pictures and paintings.

The little boy had tried to describe the Jesus he saw but it was when he saw the painting of Jesus by another child that he affirmed what Jesus looked like while he was in heaven. The painting was titled “The Prince of Peace”.

The amazing experience of Colton Burpo is corroborated by the equally amazing experience and artistic talent of Akiane Kramarik. At age 13 Akiane was already very successful financially and as an artist.

She is a lot older now and recently released a video of her journey to paint the impossible. You should watch it:

If you haven’t seen the movie Heaven is for Real, please search it out gather your family and watch it.

Hey doc!: Fibroids

Q: What causes fibroid in women? Is it true every woman is liable to having it at a point in life?

A: Fibroids.

The actual cause is not known but it definitely has a genetic tendency amongst female relatives like mother, sisters, etc. Since this genetic tendency is not in every family, not every woman will fibroids.

Quite often, they are first noticed during pregnancy because they tend to grow in size under the influence of the high levels of hormones that help grow the fetus. This does not however mean that they feed off the baby or any other stuff like that.

Once the baby is delivered and the hormone levels return to normal, the fibroids also tend to shrink to smaller sizes and some even “disappear”.

They are also often discovered in the process of investigating infertility. A simple ultrasound scan would pick them up. But even when found, they are not always the cause of infertility. A good doctor would be able to identify if the fibroids found are implicated in the case of infertility.

You might have heard that things like high sugar intake, infections, abortions, premarital sex or too much sex, having too many children or having no children or being overweight as causes of fibroids; these are not true.

In the process of investigating some of these conditions, a doctor might stumble across fibroids but this in no way suggests them as causes.

Looking forward to Paul

I just came across this.

A movie is in the making on the story of Apostle Paul with Jim Caviezel starring as Luke.

I am gladdend by the current trend of Christian movies in terms of quality output, calibre of actors recruited and the publicity. There are folks who won’t “hear” the gospel any other way.

Watch “PAUL APOSTLE OF CHRIST (2018) Movie Full Official Trailer Drama Movie HD JC Series” on YouTube

Ben-Hur and the stars

I saw a movie recently, Ben-Hur. It’s had a lot of do-overs because it is one treasured fictional story of some lives that were impacted directly by Jesus when he walked the earth.

This particular 2016 version of the story of Judah Ben-Hur featured a captivating musical piece at the end, nicely done with a compel voice and thoughtful lyrics. So I ran a search to find the artist and did a little more to find her disposition to Christ and the lyrics she sang.
I found this interview on a website credited to GOSPEL LIGHT MINUTE BROADCAST.

She is a singer and songwriter signed to Warner Bros. “Cheers to the Fall”, her debut album released in 2015 was met with critical acclaim, and peaked at #48 on the Billboard 200 chart. At the 2016 Grammy Awards, her album was nominated for Best R&B Album and the album’s primary single “Rise Up” was nominated for Best R&B Performance.

In an extensive interview with Relevant Magazine, she describes how a low point in her life led her to faith in Jesus Christ.

She said, “My mother converted to Christianity when we were very young. When I got into my teen years and into my younger adulthood it was, ‘Yeah, yeah, I believe.’ But I was smoking weed, drinking heavily, into promiscuity—cheating on whoever I was with—just doing things selfishly, and doing music for my own sort of vain persona. I ended up moving out to New York … but my conscience just started to catch up with me. I told [God] everything I had done, I told my family everything I had done. Dealing with the guilt and the shame, you know, it was a very low point in my life. I didn’t have a job, completely broke, sleeping on my mom’s couch in her tiny little apartment. And any deal I had at the time basically fell through. It was a low point, but it was the greatest point in my life.”

She continued, “I rededicated my life to Christ. I was like, ‘I’m not playing games anymore, I’m not lukewarm, I’m not doing that anymore.’ I regret hurting someone, but I’m grateful for who I have become and how close I’ve been able to grow in Christ, because of all of that. I always say ‘those years were formative years. When I came back to San Diego, I literally told God, “God if you want me to do this, I’ll do this. If you want me to teach, I’ll be a teacher. If you want me to panhandle on the corner for you, I’ll do that.

“From there, that’s when the door with Stevie Wonder opened. When things that weren’t supposed to be there came through. Eventually, he introduced me to the producer I did the record with, Adrian Gurvitz.

And so from that moment we met and I got into the studio, I told myself, ‘Tell the truth, talk about everything. Talk about the heartbreak you inflicted, talk about the heartbreak you experienced. What you’ve learned, how you’ve grown, how you continue to try and grow.’”

When asked about her very personal album, she said, “It is Christ who empowered me to be able to say those things. You’re not trying to prove yourself anymore. All you are doing is being obedient, and that really lifts the burden and the worry of people’s opinions.”

When asked about the inspiration for her hit song “Rise Up” she replied, “You know, I pray about everything, and this song was no different. So it was kind of like, ‘God what do you want to talk about today?’”

And when asked how she connects with her audiences on stage, she said, “My band and I pray every time before we go on stage, that “His will is done.” Really, my desire is to communicate how powerful and how life-changing the love of Christ is. Without knowing Christ, you don’t know your potential—how big you really are, how powerful you really are. And I talk about being vulnerable, because you can’t be at His feet without being vulnerable.”
Her name is Andra Day.

Of course, the original page included an invitation to faith in Jesus but I edited that part out because that’s not my direct objective here. 

My mission here is to point out one more Christian artist to those who feel they must listen to secular pieces in order to get quality music and vocal skills entertaining them. Of course, music done by Christians are not always suitable as praise or worship songs meant for use in church.
As I always say, they are our there, you just have to want to find them.

These were the lyrics that started the search:

The Only Way Out

by Andra Day


If you could look inside my life
And use my eyes, would you pity me?
Would you see the desperate nights
And all the lies that brought me to my knees
I keep thinking that I have to make you fall
The way I fell from your betrayal to bring me peace of mind
I will let you move along, just walk away
And wear a cape like you’re some hero

I can’t hear love cause we’re at war
And revenge is so loud and the drums are so proud
But oh, I’m in a cage and I hear mercy say “I’m here now”
And it’s the only way out
I can’t hear love cause we’re at war
But revenge is so loud and the drums are so proud
But I’m still in a cage and I hear mercy say now
It’s the only way out
[Verse 2]
I used to hear my father say, “Counterplay ends in defeat”
And I said I’d never be that way
Tried to make you pay cause it would cost me
But you owe me so much more than what you gave to this
I guess every story twists
People tell me let it go, oh, and forget

I can’t hear love cause we’re at war
And revenge is so loud and the drums are so proud
But oh, I’m in a cage and I hear mercy say “I’m here now”
And it’s the only way out
I can’t hear love cause we’re at war
But revenge is so loud and the drums are so proud
But I’m still in a cage and I hear mercy say now
It’s the only way

Mercy’s the only way out
Mercy gave me my way out

You might want to check her out for yourself, just thought to let you know.

Ladies First?

Q: Must my wife always come first … if I have to choose between wife and purpose.

A: Theoretically and rhetorically, we will magnify our purpose above everything and we will sound and look very spiritual. Is this really correct? 

I prefer to consult the word of God on everything as much as I have the understanding so let’s see where purpose and marriage were first mentioned in the Bible.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Man’s purpose involved dominion, not over the garden but over the whole planet. One physical man could not have done it by himself and God said, it is not good for the man to be all by himself. He cannot multiply all by himself. 1×1 is still 1. So in order to accomplish his purpose, man needed a suitable companion.

My point? Choosing a wife and fulfilling purpose are like hand in glove. They work together to make things work. One chases a thousand, two chase ten thousands. Whatever two of you shall agree on the earth, it shall be done. All it takes is Two, three is optional if you have it. Now before you say two means God and I, read the verse well; God is the one doing the heaven part. You need two human persons on the earth for the earth part.

Then, look at what happened because Adam temporarily lost control of his wife to the enemy. The messed up world you and I live in today is a derailment of the purpose of God for man to dominate the earth. 

Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope,

Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

This is not definitely not what God intended. 

Even if you have come to full awareness of your “gloooorious” purpose in life and you have a crystal clear vision of this purpose, if you pick someone that is wrong for your life, that purpose will also be derailed. 

Bear in mind, no matter what you think is your purpose, you don’t marry purpose, you marry for suitable companionship. The suitable companionship will help fulfill purpose. Do not put the cart before the horse.

With all the foregoing, it makes sense, following the law of first mention, Purpose comes before everything, then the man identifies himself in line with his purpose, then chooses a suitable spouse, then they together fulfill their intertwined purpose.

If you’re already married, you have to realise that you are first a man before you are a man of God. God told me years back, “Of all the callings you will ever have in life, the calling to be a man came first. Therefore prepare yourself to be a good husband and father first before anything else.” So, if you’re not married yet, you have the chance to get it right before you wed.

In case you don’t believe God spoke to me, let’s look at the final authority.

1Tim 3:1 This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

1Tim 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

1Tim 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

1Tim 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

1Tim 3:5 ( For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

I would think it is obvious that God’s wisdom is that you put your house in order before trying to put your purpose on it. 

Identify your purpose and commit to it in all you do, including the selection of a spouse. Don’t select just any woman that suits your fancy and try to get her to comply or conform to your vision which she didn’t previously know neither should you now drop her in the name of “putting purpose first”. 

Put your wife first, with your purpose clear in your mind. In order words, select a woman for a companion who will, together with you, put God’s purpose for your lives first.

The caveat to this is that if God has called you to be celibate. In that case, you have no wife matter to even consider.

PS: Note that we are talking about wife, not girlfriend. They do not have the same weight of consideration in this matter.

How do I hear God clearly?

Someone asked me this question recently and he was only one of several who have asked me in person and they are merely a tiny fraction of the number of saints worldwide across all times who have been asking this very same question but not so many have found workable answers.

I have something for you and trust it would be of tremendous help to you.

First of all, let’s capture some basics.

1. God speaks.

God speaks to us all. This is one thing that distinguishes our God from other false deities around us. In fact, you can know that he spoke to someone because he can tell you as well.

2. God’s children do not have hearing problems

If you’re a child of God, you hear God. I didn’t say you can you God, I said you hear God. Many times you were about to make a decision and you had a thought and you changed your mind and things worked out, that was God. When narrating the episode to people, we use expressions like “my spirit told me” or worse, ” something told me”.

As long as we don’t consciously acknowledge that it t was the Holy Spirit who was guiding us, we will keep short changing ourselves in this regard not because He will get offended and hold back but because we will never consider him a valid resource person we can always turn to when were in a tight spot.

3. This is more than God speaking, it is a relationship

The implication is that if you do not put to use what you do hear from God, you will not ever get to build your confidence in the concept that you can hear from God. Christianity is a walk and one testimony builds on the last. If you haven’t listened or heard God on other non-critical matters, you will naturally panic when it comes to hearing him on the matter of choosing a spouse knowing how much risk is involved. We are on a journey of faith and panic won’t let us hear God.

Now, many Christians, knowing that the devil also speaks get scared that they might hear from the devil when they ask God to speak. As valid as we feel that concern is, it is actually baseless … or perhaps based on ignorance or fear. 

If you ask God for something by faith, the devil cannot respond, God is the one who will respond that’s how the spirit world works. People think that when they ask and God is bringing an answer, the devil will rush and give a misleading word. This assumes that Satan is faster than God. Well, Satan is fast but God made Him so He can’t be faster. Besides, God is omnipresent, Satan is not. God doesn’t need to even move to get to you. 

And you know what, He lives in you so communication between the two of you is not on telecom but intercom. Have you ever heard someone say they couldn’t communicate with a colleague via the intercom because network was down? It doesn’t happen.

There is a very real story of Angel Gabriel being waylaid by the prince of Persia for 21 days until Michael went and freed him. Christians remind themselves of this story and worry forgetting that in Daniel’s days, God did not dwell in man but by faith in Jesus, God moved house when you got saved, and you are his temple. So, nothing really can stand between you and God talking to each other. 

All this is fine and dandy but how do I now hear God? I never consciously heard him before how do I start? 

Here, I’ll tell you my story. 

I was in fellowship and Pastor George Woodbridge, who was obviously one kain spiro like that, was talking about what I can’t remember but every few minutes he would say, “be sensitive to The Spirit and ….” or “with a high sensitivity to The Spirit, you’ll get …” and along the way he said, “increase your sensitivity to the spirit” but he never said how. So after the service, I walked up to him and asked, “How do I increase my sensitivity to the Spirit?” His answer was, “Study the word” and he walked away. If you’re thinking along, you like me were expecting more but, guys, that’s all I got. 

At first, I was disappointed that he didn’t give me more but then, I thought “maybe that is all” so I went back to my hostel and started to study. I started with the notes I took from service and went through all of the scriptures quoted. I made this my routine. I noticed after some time that as I studied those notes, I was making new notes, writing down things that “came” to me that were not said in the service. And after a while, I got used to it, I always expected it to happen and it never failed. 

Then one day, a though occurred to me that was not tied to the noted I took or the scriptures in them. The thought was this, “When you’re studying and things seem to be jumping out at you, it’s because I am there with you, as though standing over your shoulder pointing them out to you”. 

It was a first person comment to me. It was a thought but it claimed an identity of its own and I understood that the Spirit of God had spoken to me. I even did a painting in my drawing pad back then capturing that idea.

And friends, that is how my journey with God took off. All those times I was studying and getting new stuff, it wasn’t because I was so smart, it was because the author of the scriptures was giving me tutorials in His work first hand.

See the word says, every good gift comes from God so I concluded that if anything good was happening in me, it’s not me but the treasure of heaven inside me. So each time I got a good idea, I’d say thank you to the one who gave me the idea, not because I was being spiritual but because I was being real giving credit where it was due. That way, I kept Him front and centre of everything I did.

The more I spent studying, the more time we had together, the more He spoke and the more I heard his voice and gradually got used to how He “feels” and sounds in my spirit. Then in the place of prayer, He would tell me stuff about my siblings at home and I would pray and some days later, I’d get a message that something did happen about that time but God intervened.

From then on, since I’d become used to having Him around, I could talk to Him about anything at anytime I wanted and He always … always … always talks back. So, choosing a spouse was just one of those things two good friends talked about between me and Him. Two good friends …  just that one is all knowing and all wise and the other is a mere jar of clay that knows nothing really but together, we come off as one good team and I look good.

This story began in 1995 and till today, I have never heard the voice of God in my external ears and I really don’t need to. But those who know me can attest that they see signs that I am a man led by God and full of the wisdom of God. Am I boasting? Well, maybe I am but I am merely boasting in the friend that I have had all these years who walks and talks with me every time every where.

If you want to be led by God, pray in the spirit, study the word and you’re good to go. But practically speaking, start by asking small innocuous questions that have no risk attached so that fear will not build. For example, “what shirt should I wear today, what should I have for lunch, should I even have lunch?” Use what He tells you and the testimonies will build your confidence. From there, grow on up and don’t be afraid to say, “God told me”.