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GOD IS AN ARTIST

This and the next few weeks is Mamlaka Hill Chapel’s Art Fest.It’s a time when various artists show their skill in a Godly background.So,this Sunday the church was set in a different way..by the way,this is a very flexible church,sometimes its a theater-complete with lighting and all,other times it’s a beauty pageant-with a real runway and cat-walking chicks and dudes-like this Sunday was.

On the pulpit-today it was a stage,as the service continues,Steve and Elizabeth are painting in real time..Steve is doing a warrior drawing and Eliz is showing the different divides that are there in our lives,complete with a black box that we put our ugly secrets,hatred,ethnicity,etc.Its breathtaking.

There is a dramatized piece on fear which the performer completes by unveiling some of the most breathtaking paintings you will ever see anywhere…stuff that should hang on your wall!

Michael Jackson would be envious if he saw the break-dancing trio that comes up next…intertwined with a fashion show that would have given Ashley’s a run for their money.How could I forget the cakes on show(and the free giveaways).

The closing prayer was a poem by Larry-that guy is an epic poet.God must have smiled at such a prayer,so melodic,rhyming and sensible.

This was all concluded in a complete Exhibition later in the afternoon.Look at the images.

Art in Church?You may ask.Yeah,according to Pastor Ondachi and Artist Flora,there is no greater honour to God than to appreciate His great artist hand.If you look around,all you will see is fine art..the landscape,the people of all colours and language…everything is deliberately designed…there is no better place to do that than in church.

God is articulate about using our gifts.Now,art is a gift from God.Never doubt that…and if you have a gift,you gotta use it.You got to express yourself(that’s what art means)

Flora says you CAN LIVE ON ART.Proverbs 18:16 says,A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men(KJV).….your room is where you thrive,where you let out what you were created for…where you take your place on earth…Great men is the audiences that you present yourself to the world.

Artists cant stand on their own,they say..they are some of the most shy people in the world and marketing themselves is quite hard…we need to support them…just be a fan..show them you are interested…its all they need.

So,friends,welcome to Mamlaka Hill Chapel for the next few weeks and marvel at the talent…painting/drawing,Poetry,dancing,cake-baking,fashion design,playing instruments,drama…its something you pay arm and a leg out there,free here..in just the right environment.

Collectors…go get your collections!And you,reader..do you have a talent?What are you doing about it..what will you say when asked by its Giver what you did with it.Go do your at Mamlaka or wherever you should be..NOW!

Sunday Reflection:No Taboo Topics with God

Prayer
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16) 



Tiptoeing around God

What’s taboo in your household? For some,you can’t talk about politics. It would just get too heated. For some it’s religion, for others it’s money, sex and so on. Everyone has their list of things you “just shouldn’t talk about.” The problem is we transfer that over to God…maybe more so even than anyone else. 

We think God is easily offended or only wants to hear certain praises over and over again. And so we only talk to Him about certain things, and the depth of our relationship isn’t that, well…deep. But that’s not how David saw Him, and David was the one person God called “a man after My own heart.” (Acts 13:22)

Your Perfect Parent

David knew—and God wants you to know—there’s nothing too taboo to talk about with Him. God Himself, in the Bible, talks about sex, religion, politics, health, money, relationships, hopes, dreams, emotions, and more. You can talk to your parent about any emotion. Deep depression, extreme anxiety, fear, jealousy: there’s nothing to which they say, “Oh no! I can’t handle that!” Instead, they let you vent, empathize with you, and then helps you. As a kid,there’s no problem you could bring your dad  that he wouldn’t be big enough to help you with. Now that’s just a miniscule picture of how incredibly loving and all-powerful God is!

Like a compassionate mother, God says: “Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!” (Isaiah 49:15)

And like a “Can-do-anything father”, God says: “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)

Feeling Like Esther?

He wants you to come to Him as the loving and powerful God He is—everyday, for every need you have! But you might feel like Esther did, when she was facing her scariest moment. Her people were about to be exterminated, but she was so afraid to tell her husband, the king, because they hadn’t talked in a while and she didn’t know how he’d react. Maybe you feel that way with God: not having talked in a while and not knowing how He will receive you. But Mordecai, her uncle, pushed her to go talk to him, and here’s what happened:

“On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.” (Esther 5:1-3)

God’s Open-door Policy

I am pleased with you. What can I do for you? That is exactly what God says to you when you come to Him. He loves when you come to talk to Him, no matter what it’s about. Maybe it’s your brother’s illness, or your broken heart, or what to do about a new job. There’s no issue that’s either too hard for God or too ugly. He has a completely open-door policy with you, His beloved child, and wants you to talk to Him! Jesus said to His followers, “At that time you won’t need to ask Me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and He will grant your request because you use My name.” (John 16:33)

Come to Him Today!

What do you need to talk to God about today? Don’t be afraid like Esther. The king was more than happy to grant her request! And your King, God, is even more happy to have you approach His throne and ask for what you need. I want you to picture God as your King on a great golden throne, and you coming in down a long runway to approach Him. Maybe you’re nervous and don’t know how He’ll react. But then I want you to imagine a great big smile spreading across His face and Him saying, “I’m so happy to see you! What is it that you need? I love you so much!” How do you feel? And what would you say?

SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT GOD EXISTS

He created the world

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He asks one of his new students to stand and…..
Prof: So you believe in God?
Student: Absolutely, sir.
Prof: Is God good?
Student: Sure.
Prof: Is God all-powerful?
Student : Yes.
Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn’t. How is this God good then? Hmm?
(Student is silent.)
Prof: You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?
Student :Yes.
Prof: Is Satan good?
Student : No.
Prof: Where does Satan come from?
Student : From…God…
Prof: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Prof: So who created evil?
(Student does not answer.)
Prof: Is there sickness? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student :Yes, sir.
Prof: So, who created them?
(Student has no answer.)
Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son…Have you ever seen God?
Student : No, sir.
Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?
Student : No , sir.
Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelled your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.


Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Prof: Yes.
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Prof: Yes.
Student : No sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light…. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
 Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes,  of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)
Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class is in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class breaks out into laughter.)
Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelled it?…..No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical,stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Prof: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student : That is it, sir.. The link between man & god is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving &alive.

This  young man was ?

ALBERT EINSTEIN!

>>AskStudent

HE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE

[Had to share this]:

Ikemefuna is a house boy who drinks the wine of his boss with’ impunity’ then adds
water to cover his tracks. His boss was suspicious and decided to buy pasties – a French
wine that changes color if you add water just like dettol.


Unknowing, Ike drank from the wine and topped it up with water as usual……sadly, for
him, immediately the pasties became milky and when the boss arrived he noticed it and
knew he had nailed him.
The boss told his wife what he observed.


Ike knew he was in trouble and decided to stay put in the kitchen when his boss came
home.
‘Ike’ he called from the sitting room.
“Yes boss”, Ike answered.
“Who drank my pasties”?
No answer. He asks again, still no answer.


Then the boss went to the kitchen to meet him there.
“Are you insane or what?” When I call you say “yes boss”,” but when I ask you a
question you don’t answer”?
Ike retorted “hmmmm Oga, when you are in the kitchen you don’t understand anything
at all except your name”!
“Is that so”? Asked the boss, “Ok go to the bar stand beside madam while I go in the
kitchen and then ask me a question”. Ike accepted.


When his boss was in the kitchen he shouted “boss” “yes Ike”, his boss answered. Ike
asked “who goes into the maids bedroom when madam is not at home?” no answer.
Ike shouted again “Oga, I say who dey sneak to the maids room when madam no dey
house?”
No answer
Boss runs back from the kitchen shouting “wonders will never cease, Ike, it is true, when
one is in the kitchen one does not hear anything except ones name”


The wife interrupted “that’s not true, it’s a lie without argument”
Ike asks madam to go in the kitchen to be tested. Madam agrees.
Ike asks, “Madam, who be junior’s real papa? Me or the boss”?
Madam rushes out of the kitchen. “This kitchen needs to be fumigated. I can’t understand
anything”

Does the noise of your guilt block your ears?Think about that

YOUR COMPASSIONATE GOD

Scripture: “The LORD is gracious and righteous; our
God is full of compassion.” (Psalm 116:5)

He Gat you!

What is Compassion?
I want you to imagine that your best friend broke his
leg and has to use crutches everywhere. He’s so tired
and is getting blisters on his hands. So you go out and
buy a pair of crutches and use them alongside him. In
the same way it takes longer and much more effort for
him to go anywhere, so it does for you. Just how he
gets tired and blistered, so do you. You walk alongside
him, even though you don’t have to, feeling his pain
and being his friend. That’s compassion. And it’s the
first word God used to describe Himself.

Beyond Compassion
Compassion literally means to suffer with. When I have
a problem, my mom says she feels it too—that’s the
compassion of a parent. And God has that for you, only
much more: “As a father has compassion on his
children, so the LORD has compassion on those who
fear Him” (Psalm 103:13). But God goes far beyond just
feeling your pain. He chose to take it on Himself, and
completely remove it from you.

Jesus – the Pain Exchanger
When Jesus came to earth, it wasn’t just to show
people a better way to live, or what God is really like,
though I am so thankful He did both! Jesus’ mission
went beyond feeling the pain of being human, with
sickness and sadness and pain: He came to literally
take your pain and suffering for Himself, so that you
could have eternal life with God. Read here what He
did for you, predicted hundreds of years in advance:
He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows,
acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on
Him and looked the other way. He was despised, and
we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses He carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we
thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a
punishment for His own sins! But He was pierced for
our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so
we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be
healed (Isaiah 53:3-5)
Jesus didn’t just feel you pain; He took it from you. It’s
like you had a 50 lb weight around your leg, and He
didn’t just strap one to His feet to feel your pain: He
knelt down, took your weight (and everyone else’s!)
and strapped it to His own leg, so that you could walk
free.

The Deepest Pain
You say, “But I still feel pain!” Yes, you will experience
sadness, sickness, and hardships on this earth. But
Jesus completely changed the root and the ending of
your life. Imagine your life as a bookshelf filled with
books, held together by two bookends. The bookends
used to be rotten and moldy: how your life began in sin
and would end in sin, separated from God. But Jesus
personally took your moldy bookends and replaced
them with His golden ones, giving you His eternal life,
love, and forgiveness.

Come to your Compassionate God
And all the books in between? Jesus completely
understands them. He willingly walked in your shoes
and felt the pain of sickness, loneliness—even
separation from God when He hung on the cross.
Hebrews 4:15 says, “This High Priest of ours
understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the
same testings we do, yet He did not sin.” So that
chapter of loneliness, longing, or hurt, He is reading
right alongside you. God wants you to come to Him as
your compassionate Father, knowing that He is not
going to be cold-hearted toward your pain, but tender-
hearted and caring. Anytime you have a hurt or pain,
run straight to Him! No one understands more or can
carry it better than Jesus.

>>GodLife

OVERCOMING CULTURAL AND ETHNIC BARRIERS:THE JESUS WAY

(John 4:1-26)


The world is divided into many regions of people with varying characteristics,such as race,ethnicity,culture,religion,among others which are different from one people to another.
In this era that interaction is necessary,we cant afford to live in one shell,we need to move out and relate to other people through trade,sharing of intellect,learning,sports,etc.
Therefore,there is great need to overcome the barriers that come with the variety.

In other words, in the world today there is perhaps more interaction between peoples, cultures and religions than in any period in human history that calls for dialogue and mutual respect, tolerance and understanding with one another. In a multi-cultural and pluralistic society, we are invited and challenged to move out of our culture and ideology to welcome and embrace the “other.”

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

We can learn some ways of dealing with this from Jesus in his interaction with the Samaritan woman. It happened at a time when Samaritans and Jews were customarily enemies who could not interact. Theracial and cultural (not to mention the theological) barriers present at this encounter were insurmountable. When Jesus asked this woman for a drink of water, she was caught completely off guard, “… Jews have no dealings with Samaritans” (John 4:9).

  • Dont let cultural and racial differences inconvenience you.
There were two ways to travel from Jerusalem to Galilee – the high road and the low road. The high road was the short road, but it went through Samaria, and since the Jews didn’t like the Samaritans, they usually took the low road, down to Jericho and up the Jordan River valley. But decided to travel through Samaria. So already we learn that Jesus was not a prejudiced as most Jews were – he was willing to go to foreign territory.
Like Jesus,we should not let prejudices inconvenience us due to unwillingness to interact with others.

  • Accept people from other cultures and teach others to tolerate them.
[Verse 8] tells us that His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. Now, as verse 9 tells us, most Jews would have nothing to do with Samaritans, so it is pretty remarkable that Jesus sent his disciples into town to do some grocery shopping. He had apparently already taught them that it was OK to buy food from the Samaritans.

  • Compromise some of your beliefs.
Jesus did three things that were highly unconventional and astonishing for his cultural-religious situation:He as a man discussed theology openly with a woman. He as a Jew asked to drink from the ritually unclean bucket of a Samaritan and he did not avoid her, even though he knew her marital record in spite of himself,being Christ.Therefore,we should be willing to lose some ground of our own cultural beliefs and racial cocoons in order to accommodate those of others and interact with them.



  • Be open the the common grounds you find yourself in and use them to break prejudice.
In this text, Jesus tears down the dividing wall of hostility and prejudice that separates the Jews and Samaritans. He takes the initiative to break this hostility and prejudice by requesting for a drink from the woman (v. 7). Jesus meets this woman on a common ground of simple humanity and makes his request.
His conversation with the woman is a digging process of a well in her heart, removing the strata of doubt and social prejudice that she had. Systematically. Jesus leads her to a deeper level, using her own feelings and psychological thoughts to capture her attention and to win her over. He enters into her life situation, uses her very words and thoughts to help her see beyond her imagination. Even though she sees Jesus as a stranger, she is open to the dialogue
  • Expect repulsion,but be ready to correct it eventually without creating friction.
The woman’s response is based on their deep cultural differences. For it was unthinkable for a Jew to talk to a Samaritan as the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans because they are considered unclean (v. 9). To relate to a Samaritan entails defining one and going against Jewish laws. Jesus took a risk and did not take these into consideration. Despite the crudeness of her perception, she willingly, trusted the stranger and made her petition with confidence. This is became the beginning of understanding.
  • Know the other people well so as to understand them for them to understand you.
Jesus’ foreknowledge manifests something profound in the woman’s life. Yet what is needed is honesty, respect, and willingness to share one’s views, relying on the intrinsic value. However, having been confronted by her personal life situation, she makes a shift to worship to avoid embarrassment!
Knowing the sensitive parts of a people and the facts of what they believe in gives one a dimension with which to start their interaction. The other party will be sucked into it by the initial knowledge and eventually appreciate you. Also,this knowledge drives your interaction,that you dont overstep their emotional boundaries.
  • Dont be outright in bringing out aspects that are touchy on them. Be candid.
The need was to make the Gospel both relevant to this woman as well as desirable. To do this, Jesus worked upon her sense of curiosity and physical need. He said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” (V.10).This statement generated interest on ‘what was He trying to offer? No doubt this woman had heard a lot of approaches before, and yet it appeared that this Man was trying to give, not to get. What was His angle? Who was He? There had been no formal introduction.

We should be candid in bringing out topics to people who are touchy about them. In as much as we may aim at changing their circumstances,we should be careful how we do it. If you sell sunscreen,you cant tell a white person..”Hey,this is a product for your white,nontropical face..”!
Conclusion:
Ultimately,our purpose will have been realized if we set aside our socio-cultural differences. Furthermore,its not our cultures that we seek to promote,its our ideals.The racial and cultural barriers, I believe, have been hurdled. The woman is now willing to converse, paving the way for further penetration with the Gospel. Notice that Jesus neither defended Jewish bigotry, nor did He explain how He differed with them. His actions spoke decisively enough. Concentration on such issues would not convert this woman.
What an example to learn from?Jesus Himself!


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