I will be speaking off my mind here. I will be thinking and writing about many things but one thing will dominate my thoughs. that is the though of God's love for me and His daily inspiration ans I read his words and chew my cud ( do human rally chew a cud?) what I mean is I will be chewing a cud every moment I read His word and let my mind rest on those words for as long as it take.
So what have I read today. Well it is right here on my daily feed (Scripture feed on my site) "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea"
Wy did he have to go a preach in the wildersness? why not go to the cities or big towns or even the villages that were present at that time ?
Thinking of wilderness my mind picture of a wilderness is a desolate place wild and lifeless (normally inhabited by foxes and Jackal and Hyinas and all scarvengers) And yet "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea"
There were synagogues Yet he choose to preach were there is no synagogue or church . Now I think the larges wilderness ever is the net. And there surely are desloate hearts and souls around here that needs the Saviour more than those in the churches. So I will be preaching in these day in the wilderness of the webs.
What is going to be my message ? What am I going to say ?
Today's massage is: Genesis 6:5
"The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time."
My dear friend The Lord knows your heart and is willing to turn it from a wilderness to a spring blosoming with all the glory of his presence.
You need only to choose Jesus as your saviour and pray this prayer with me: Dear Jesus, I know the wickedness in me. I know I will not overcome this dark wilderness of sin on my own. so I confess them and call on your name to save me. In the name of Jesus I pray. - Amen
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By Liborious Odek
Riding on the wings of my guardian Angel
Let go, let go Oh my weary soul
Release thy firm rips on life’s uncertainty
For my morrows are so certain
Engraved in the palm of my guardian Angel
Surely he will keep me save under his mighty wings
And fight my battle of faith with triumph
Till my ransomed soul shall peacefully rest
In glory - where I am predestined.
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“This do in Remembrance of Me”
"This do in remembrance of me."—1 Corinthians 11:24. / Luke 22:19
IT seems, then, that Christians may forget Christ. The text implies the possibility of forgetfulness concerning him whom gratitude and affection should constrain them to remember.
There could be no need for this loving exhortation, if there were not a fearful supposition that our memories might prove treacherous, and our remembrance superficial in its character, or changing in its nature. Nor is this a bare supthat those who have been loved with an everlasting love by the eternal Son of God, should ever forget that Son; but if startling to the ear, it is too apparent to the eye to allow us to deny the fact. Forget him who ne'er forgot us! Forget him who poured his blood forth for our sins! Forget him who loved us even to the death! Can it be possible?
Yes it is not only possible, but conscience confesses that it is too sadly a fault of all of us, that we can remember anything except Christ. The object which we should make the monarch of our hearts is the very thing we are most inclined to forget. Where one would think that memory would linger, and unmindfulness would be an unknown intruder, that is the spot which is defiled by the sin of forgetfulness, and it is the place where memory too seldom looks.
I appeal to the conscience of every Christian here: Can you deny the truth of what I utter? Do you not find yourselves forgetful of Jesus? Some creature steals away your heart, and you are not mindful of him upon whom your affection ought to be set.
The cause of this is very apparent: it lies in one or two facts. We forget Christ, because regenerate persons as we really are, still corruption and death remain even in the regenerate. We forget him because we carry about with us the old Adam of sin and death.
Roman 7:14 - 25
THE GLORIOUS AND PRECIOUS OBJECT OF MEMORY—
"Do this in memory of ME." Christians have many treasures to lock up in the cabinet of memory. We have to remember our election—"Chosen of God befor time began.". We have to recollect our calling, for they were called of God, and rescued by the power of the Holy Ghost. We have to remember our special deliverances—all that has been done for us, and all the mercies bestowed on us. But there is one whom they should embalm in our souls with the most costly spices—one who, above all other gifts of God, deserves to be had in perpetual remembrance. One I said, for I mean not an act, I mean not a deed; but it is a Person whose picture I would frame in gold, and hang up in the state-room of my soul. I ask you earnest students of all the deeds of the conquering Messiah. I would have you talk about the life of our Beloved. But forget not his person; for the text says, "Do this in Remembrance of ME."
It is Christ's glorious person which ought to be the object of our remembrance. It is his image which should be enshrined in every temple of the Holy Ghost.
But "How can we remember Christ's person, when we never saw it? We cannot tell what was the peculiar form of his image; we believe his countenance to be fairer than that of any other man—although through grief and suffering more marred….
Ah! let us spend five minutes in remembering Jesus. Let us remember him in his baptism, when descending into the waters of Jordan, a voice was heard, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." He slept within its waves a moment, to consecrate the tomb of baptism, in which those who are dead with Christ are buried with him….
Let us remember him in the wilderness… where He triumphantly conquer the Devil….
Further, I earnestly request you remember him in all his daily temptations and hourly trials, in that life-long struggle of his, through which he passed. Oh! what a mighty tragedy was the death of Christ! and his life too…
O my soul picture him when he knelt down in agony and sweat,—sweat, because he wrestled with God,—sweat, because he agonized with his Father. "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me." O Gethsemane! thy shades are deeply solemn to my soul. But ah! those drops of blood! Surely it is the climax of the height of misery; it is the last of the mighty acts of this wondrous sacrifice. Can love go deeper than that? Can it stoop to greater deeds of mercy? Oh! had I eloquence, I would bestow a tongue on every drop of blood that is there; that your hearts might rise in mutiny against your languor and coldness, and speak out with earnest burning remembrance of Jesus. And now, farewell, Gethsemane.
In this period of the passion week in preparation to celebrate Easter on the 4th of April.It is time to remember the Lord…
I cannot, however, help saying one thing before I close and that is:
there are some of you who can very well carry away what I have said, because you have read it often, and heard it before; but still you cannot spiritually remember anything about Christ, because you never had him manifested to you, and what we have never known, we cannot remember. Thanks be to God, I speak not of you all, for in this place there is a remnant according to the election of grace, and to them I turn. Perhaps I could tell you of some old story of places and circumstance where first you met with Christ; or some chapel into which you strayed, and you might say, "Thank God, I can remember the seat where first he met with me, and spoke the whispers of love to my soul, and told me he had purchased me."
I bid every hearts here “ Remember the person who made you whole again, the one who cares for you, the one who gave his life for you on the cross, Remember Him who love you to the End”
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The Presbyterian Chruch of the Sudan
Date: 25-26 September 2009
Topic: The effect of Traditions and Customs on Christian life
During my training in the Bible School we have a complete Semester on Cultural Anthropology as a subject. The overriding idea was the principle of Cultural relativity and Biblical infallibility.
That is to say all traditions cultures and customs are relative, they are the same worldwide. There is no single tradition, custom or culture which is superior to another be it Western, African, Indian and even the Arabs. One can not consider another inferior just because there is some element in the other person culture which he did not understand
First of all we must know what we are talking about in a layman term. We have to define the word Tradition and the word Custom
Tradition: Merriam Webster Dictionary:
1 a : an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom) b : a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable
2 : the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction
3 : cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions
Custom: Merriam Webster Dictionary
1 a : a usage or practice common to many or to a particular place or class or habitual with an individual b : long-established practice considered as unwritten law c : repeated practice d : the whole body of usages, practices, or conventions that regulate social life
Where did our traditions and Customs come from?
1. The origin of Tradition and Customs
Spirituality, Beliefs and Customs of our people
1. The shilluk
The Shilluk are a part of the Luo nation. Tradition has it that sometime in the 15th century, Nyikango, the founder of the Chollo nation, quarrelled with and separated from Dimo and the other Luo groups in wic pac, somewhere in Bahr el Ghazal.
Nyikango and his entourage of close relatives and friends chose to move northwards along the Nile in rafts and canoes searching for a suitable place to settle until he arrived in the land of Otango Dirim. Through war and diplomacy he conquered and through the course of time, assimilated Otango Dirim, giving each and every tribe therein a name and a ritual to perform. Tradition has it that his son Dak was the most influential in the establishment of the kingdom.
The Shilluk is a nation sensu stricto; a common territory, a common language, a central authority to which all citizens pay allegiance, have an elaborate system of customs and traditions which inform on the attitudes of the people, the exercise of power and all other social relations. This Shilluk kingdom was occupied by the Turko-Egyptian regime in 1837 and since then it has not been free except for a brief period between 1881 and 1898 during the Mahdiya. It is recognised by the Sudanese state only as part of the so-called native administration
Their Spirituality and Beliefs
The Shilluk recognise the existence of two spheres: the sphere of the spirits interacting with that of the living beings. There is the Supreme Being (jwok ayimo) with his home somewhere in the sky (pa-jwok) where people don?t do evil. There are also the spirits of the departed ancestors and relatives, whom one can address in times of distress and tribulations. The Shilluk believe that the ghost of somebody killed or murdered haunts the perpetrator.
2. The Bari
The Bari society is differentiated primarily into the lui (free men) and the dupi (serfs) - who are mainly artisans, hunters and fishermen. Traditionally the kimak (chiefs) and the komonye-kak (fathers of the soil) hailed from the lui. These constitute the kworiniko or aristocratic class of wealthy cattle owners. In the old days and as was fixed by custom, the ?dupi? used to be a hereditary class of serfs who lived under obligations of service to the lui, presumably the chiefs and komonye-kak, although wealthy men may acquire them. The serfs are differentiated according to trade: tumunit lo yukit (tomonok ti yukit) iron-mongers or the smiths; lumunit lo kare (lomonok ti kare) fishermen and the yaritat (yari) or the hunters.
Bari society has divisions based on status: lupudyöt (young boys); kö?disi (young girls); the kalipinök (the initiates); the teton (the warriors) and the temejek (the elders).
Their Spirituality, Beliefs and Customs
The Bari believe in the existence of two spiritual powers. There is the ''''un lo ki'''' (the Almighty or God of Heaven) and the ''''mu lo kä'''' (small gods) the spirits that reside in big trees. They are malicious and are the cause of sicknesses and bad omen. If one has been doing bad things in life these gods will kill one and the Almighty will not rescue one. To test whether or not a Bari is lying, wait until he/she says ''''un lo ki lu? (let God strike me dead), and you knew the Bari was innocent.
Mythology and History
The Naath rose as a separate people (from the Dinka) in Bull area at the beginning of the 18th century under circumstances that continue to inform today their mutual prejudices and relations with the Jieng.
The myth, which has several variants, runs that both Naath and Jieng were sons of the same man, who had promised that he would give the cow to Jieng and its young calf to Naath. Jieng because of his cunning and intelligence deceived their father and took the calf instead of the cow therefore provokingl Naath?s perpetual contempt and disregard for the Jieng up to today.
Their Spirituality, Beliefs and Customs
The Naath believe in Kuoth (God) the creator but like others, believers in the traditional systems of beliefs have not systematised these beliefs. The Naath prophets arose and left their mark on the Naath nation. Ngundeng, who rose in Lou, remains the most revered.
Younger and less important prophets have arose with the last one who left an impact being wud Nyang (1991-1993).
Mythology and History
The mystery of birth tends to puzzle the Madi, whose beliefs are based on reproduction and hence, their origin as a people. Rabanga is the supreme being responsible for creation. In addition to being a spirit, Rabanga was also regarded as the earth in the sense of ?Mother Earth?. This was grounded in the logic that everything is born from the earth.
Their Spirituality and Beliefs
The whole life of the Madi is centred on the belief that their ancestors survived after death as spirits known as ori. It is believed that the ori could intervene directly in human affairs. The Madi attribute every misfortune to the anger of a spirit and in the event of a misfortune or sickness, they would immediately consult an odzo or odzogo (witchdoctor) to find out which ancestor was behind the ordeal.
Sacrifices were then offered to the particular spirit in order to avert its malign influence on the living. The powerful families among the Madi bas were believed to have powerful ancestral spirits to help them. ''Babu-garee'' constitutes the whole paraphernalia of the spirits of the dead.
Some of western traditions:
Married in White, you have chosen right,
Married in Blue, your love will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Brown, you will live in town,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink,
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back.
Bridesmaids and Veils:
In olden times, bridesmaids were dressed similar to the bride and brides wore veils all for one reason: to ward off evil spirits. The bride was known to attract evil spirits, and bridesmaids acted as decoys to protect the bride. First worn by Roman brides, the veil was thought to disguise a bride from ghouls(A ghoul is a mythological monster from ancient Arabian folklore that dwells in burial grounds and other uninhabited places.) In Britain , veils also symbolized chastity and modesty.
1. Traditional Oppositions to Christ during His life on earth.
In the scriptures we see Jesus being opposed by traditional, authorities for not following the norm
"Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!"
Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. "By what authority are you doing these things?" they asked. "And who gave you this authority?"
Jesus neither valued nor respected any man made traditions and Custom particularly the teachings of the Elders that was why He was viewed as a rebellious person from the Jewish traditional and cultural point of view.
The Verse which has been misinterpreted by many as giving a reason to keep tradition customs is:
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Take note of the words He used. He did not say ? Do not think that I have come to abolish Tradition or Custom? but He said: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophet meaning the God given Law to Moses in the Leviticus and all the teachings of the Prophets. In this way He ruled out all any other teaching which are not from the Law and words which were not of a recognized Old Testament Prophets.
2. Cultural and Traditional Dispute in the First Church
3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren.
4 And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them.
5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses."
Often traditional and long term church members want to place unnecessary burdens and customs upon new church goers who are different from the norm, its unethical and unbiblical to place heavy yokes upon new church members. Today's church should really take note of the words of Peter when he said,(Acts 15:9-10)
He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith."Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear
How the dispute was resolved Acts 21:20-25
Today?s Denominational Differences (A blessing or a problem)
I can still feel the pain of division and separation our Church has gone through in 1993 just because the senior pastor did not want any speaking in tongues and noisy prayers in our Church because that was not the way he taught us. He came back from a journey and found a new way of prayer introduced in the Church and new teachings. The idea that Christians can actually see visions, bind demons and send them to the Abyss was unbiblical according to him. Binding demons with chains and cutting the demons with the sword of the Spirit or burning demon with spirit fire was a foreign teaching and is not allowed in our church. Our brothers who opposed us left the Church and form a new congregation.
Christians are now more open to each other?s way of prayer. These days we are more blessed and comfortable in a tongues speaking Pentecostal Church and even rent their premises for our service and call them our brothers. But during the days of our dispute and separation the other groups was looked upon as demons possessed and are under the influence of the devil.
But time has proven that we were wrong because the brothers who broke away kept the faith and are just doing fine up to this day. Instead our own strong church has undergone series of more strives and division and is dwindling down up to today. If you do not fear the danger of Church tradition and customs today you need to be afraid now. Be very afraid?
* The effect of Tradition and Customs. ( On nominal Christian)
Many nominal Christian still believed or have fear of the death or consider that they have a tie with the death. I.e. they are conscious of the present of death people. This result in the demonic spirit in forms of the death attacking or threatening them in some form or in dream and visions. In other word being indwell by the spirit of the death
Some have strong belief in the power of the ancestral shrine (Abila) and believed that it is the family means of spiritual existence and the only protection of the people in the family.
Some even have a fear of big trees, mountains, caves and landmarks that look different and mysterious. They don?t attribute them to God?s wonders but believed that some spirit live there.
Some have been initiated into the relationship with Spirit by grand parent, parent of themselves and have not received deliverance and are considering themselves Christians but one day those spirit will be exposed to Gods spirit and they will fall under the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Triumph of God?s Grace complete deliverance in Christ
Is salvation only partial? Can someone be born again but still have tie with the past? Did Jesus blood only wash our sins but can not deliver us from our traditional bondages and our entire ancestral tie? Do my dead great grandfathers still have a say in the affair of my life? Is the family shrine still binding me and can it affect me if I do not want to adhere to its rituals and rite?
These rhetorical questions underline the roots of African traditions and customs and their effect
Biblical answers to these questions:
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross
1 John 2:20
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.
1 John 2:27
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit?just as it has taught you, remain in him.