Emerge: God calls us out from dark clouds into glorious lives.

  "When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out." The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said   to them, "Unbind him, and let him go." John 11:43-44 ESV   When I hear the word 'emerge,' it stirs up powerful emotions of courage and faith deep within me. This word, emerge, paints a picture of a person or a thing coming out of a covering, solid and potent. Throughout the Bible, we read stories of God's mighty deliverance pulling his people out of situations and calling them into a divine purpose by words of his promises.    The story of Lazarus in John 11 is one such story and a favorite of mine. It offers one of the best descriptions of the power of God and its ability to call us out of difficult situations. The story, in a nutshell, tells us that Lazarus had died from a sickness, and it took Jesus a couple of days to reach where his body

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The Purpose of Trials in a Christian's Life

Welcome to God's School!   You were auto enrolled in this educational journey when you gave your life to Christ. At that moment, when you believed in your heart and confessed with your mouth that Jesus is the son of God, you were signed up for a lesson by default.   The curriculum for this School is based on one book – The bible. It emphasizes the principles to live by to work out your salvation daily and live up to the calling of the new life you have in Christ. In God's School, like any traditional school, you learn in three ways – structured classes, self-study and hands-on practical.   Structured classes require you to attend bible study and  church services and interact with other Christians through your local church or communities.    Self-study requires you to set up times for daily devotion to God  when you read the bible for yourself and meditate on it.    Hands-on practical requires performing what

Making the most of your time

As humans, we may disagree on many things, but we may all agree that we only have one life, one shot at our time on earth. This thought, though, may cause a sense of alarm for some while a sense of urgency for others. I hope it's the latter for you. Reading through Psalm 90 especially verse 6, I could not help but draw an analogy between the times of the day and the seasons of our lives.  "In the morning it flourishes and grows up;    In the evening it is cut down and withers."  Psalm 90:6 Symbolic, isn't it?   Mornings can be likened to our younger days when it's all about growing up, flourishing, and trying new things.   Like a newly planted seed that germinates and starts to grow at the touch of water and light. If you are young, you are still in your mornings, a great time to learn and explore and discover who you are in God and what his plan is for you. It's a time to sow seeds of greatness by spending time with God in fellowship and giving your

Start With Little Wordless Thanks

    If you've ever been a bride or planned a wedding, you'd agree that one of the essential pieces of that momentous occasion is the outfit – The Wedding Dress. Brides travel far or browse the net for countless hours, searching for the perfect wedding dress. This critical mission has never been taken lightly by any bride I know.   So why is the search for the right dress crucial, you may ask? While the bride may try on different outfits because of style, fit, material or colour, she selects the dress simply because of how it makes her feel when she wears it. The perfect dress makes her feel ecstatic - complete joy and happiness. Every bride knows that the dress is the glue that sets the mood for the day and brings it all together, which is why reality shows like "Say yes to the dress" are always a hit.   Wearing a bridal outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks is fine, but eventually, you'd have to take it off at the end of the day. I haven't m

Joyful Morning Starter

A great way to start your day is to spend time with God. You find Joy and strength to face your day when you spend some time daily in the presence of God. I have a set time I get up every morning and a place in my home where I sit every morning to pray and be with God. I usually have a few things to help me get the best from my Me Time With God. I have my bible, a notepad, a pen, a sticky note and a cup of tea. Your time with God sets the tone for your day. So don't rush off into the morning without praying. Listen to God as you read the bible and write down ideas He puts in your mind. A joyful morning starts with God, don't forget that. Here are a few things to get you started.

New Dawn

If you feel like you need a new beginning, you should read Isaiah 57 from verses 14 to the end. It contains excellent promises of hope and fills you with fresh zest and courage to say, "today is a new day, a new dawn."     Today is a day of restoration, comfort and new beginnings. God's promises come clear and start with a call to return to God, our first love. Think about how you are experiencing your relationship with God today. Is it the same way as when you first believed? If not, this day brings an opportunity for a fresh start.    Remember your commitment to faith, passion for love, the joy of giving, and return to God with all your heart. Allow him to be the God of your life again. Take down everything you have made an idol, everything you have pursued more than you pursued your relationship with God.    Allow him to be first in your heart and life again. It's a new dawn, and it starts with a fiery passionate love for God and leads int

Spotlight: The World I Want By Dara Oloruntoba

Maybe one day, we will dream, And work in harmony. Maybe one day, we will see, More than people in poverty.   Maybe one day, we will know, That money doesn’t consume us. Maybe one day, we won’t Throw people under the bus.   Because I know that we can change, Get rid of our old ways. I believe in humankind, To go back to the old days.   ​ When we didn’t cheat, When we didn’t lie. Before our empathy Ran dry.   Helping people, Through time and space. When life wasn’t a wild goose chase.   But things will get better, This I know. With the help of FAIRTRADE®, We don’t have to go solo.   The banana farmers, The cocoa ones too. Will have a better life, It could be thanks to you.     Dara is a brilliant seventh-grader with a passion for acting, speaking, animating and writing. He has won several academic and artistic awards. Read more about him here:

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