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WHY CAN’T I GET RID OF THIS SINFUL HABIT? MONICA WRITES

Last week, I was at your house to see your roommate, Shewa. You were sitting in front of the veranda on a kitchen stool crying. I stopped to ask what the matter was, but I knew it was a wrong time to engage in any discussion with you. I left you alone and went in to see Shewa. I was concerned. It’d be the third time I’d see you crying profusely. There had been other times though where you looked...

WHEN GOD RESTRAINS YOU FROM MAKING THAT MOVE

One of the most powerful statements I’ve read came from a title to a blog post by one very amazing blogger. Remain where you heard God last. Those words are heavy, I tell you. For several seconds I couldn’t even click on the link to the post, I just kept staring and pondering on the title. By the way, you should check out Dupe’s blog. She has wonderful contents there. You know, It’s so hard when...

HOW TO BECOME ADDICTED TO THE SECRET PLACE

Last year, I asked my blogging mentor a question. Something was happening to me in my journey as a blogger and I wanted to know if she was experiencing the same situation as I was. Here’s the question paraphrased. ‘Esther, is blogging addictive or am I the only one feeling restless and starved when I’ve not blogged in a week?’ If I hadn’t scribbled down something in a day for my blog, I was not...

STOP RUNNING AWAY

For two months, Bunmi didn’t show up at the drama rehearsals and that got me worried. Bunmi was one of our best actresses. I still remember the day I was assigned a role to be her best friend. It was the smoothest rehearsals ever. She got into character from the first day the script was handed to us. By the time we presented the play at the annual youth conference, the congregation was moved to...

THERE IS A WAY OUT OF THAT STRUGGLE

Lord, I am ready to go with thee both to prison and to death. Biko, what exactly is wrong with that statement? Does it not appear like words of consecration? Aren’t those words similar to the lyrics from some of our hymns and the songs we sing? Yet look at Jesus’ reply to those exact words made by Peter. …And he said, ‘I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt...

THAT I MAY KNOW HIM: DEVELOPING INTIMACY WITH JESUS

Have you ever been faced with a challenge that overwhelmed you and you cried and decided you weren’t going to continue with Christ because you felt it wasn’t worth following the Lord anymore? But after an hour or more, you went down on your knees asking God for help and telling Him how much you trust and love him. There is a level you’ll get to in your relationship with God where you become so...

HOW CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS HELPS YOU OVERCOME SIN

In my last post on the lessons from Galatians, I announced that Galatians 1:8,9 would be the center for discussion this week but I changed my mind. I want to jump quickly to a verse in chapter 2 and later return to chapter 1. What lesson am I sharing today? It’s from a verse I love so much. A bible passage that gets me excited even from the very first sentence. It is the greatest secret to living...

DEAR CHRISTIAN, ARE YOU NOT TIRED OF TRYING TOO HARD?

While I was still new in my Christian journey, I stumbled on a book that almost ruined my walk with God. As I flipped from page to page, I saw my failures. The book contained different rules, some of which were not in the scriptures, but they were rules I was supposed to obey if I would get intimate with Jesus. Sincerely I longed to see progress in my relationship with Jesus.  So I did my best to...

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