Ali Pektas from Turkey was a good building technician. He was the best plasterer in Marash, a Turkish town. Ali's problem,however, was Alcohol. He always came home to his wife and children drunk. He was not a good father or husband either, as he physically abused his wife and children in his drunken state. Ali desperately wanted to quit drinking but could not. Just so that he would not abuse his wife, Ali sometimes had to travel to search for jobs in Istanbul. It was here, that a friend advised him to go and live for a time in Saudi Arabia where Alcohol is prohibited so he could kick the habit. Well, Ali did go to Saudi Arabia but soon got directed to secret points he could get the drinks. He got a bit more interested in religion in Saudi Arabia and decided to embark on pilgrimage to Mecca hoping to turn a new leaf. He had performed most of the rituals but then something happened. On the night preceding the last rites,Ali had an unusual dream. He was face to face wi…


"Delight yourself in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart" - Psalm 37:4.

I warmly welcome you my friend to this wonderful new year God has given us. It is the goodness of God to us that separates us from those who passed on last year. It is not that we are better than those who have not lived to see this year. It is not the robustness of our security network that guaranteed we made it to this year despite many evils we encountered, it is the protection of God that saw us through into this year. Therefore everyone who has crossed into this year  must be grateful to God and praise Him for His many benefits in our lives. We must thank God because He has never ceased to put across His lifeline to us to rescue us from drowning in the terrible waters of sin, troubles and sorrows. Indeed if it had not been the LORD that was on our side, the waters would have overwhelmed us, the streams would have gone over our souls (Psalms 124:4). Dear friends, we certainly h…


"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” – (1 Timothy 4:12). Therefore take the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand…and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:13,17).

In the premodern and medieval times, swords were the most important weapons in the arsenal of a good soldier or army. The victories of an army were largely dependent on the type of swords they wielded as also on the skills of the soldiers who wielded these swords. A sword is a bladed weapon intended for slashing or thrusting that is longer than a knife or dagger (Wikipedia). The blade of a sword can be straight or curved and often sharpened on both sides. I would think you have seen a sword before, at least…


On the 8th day of September 2011, I had a discussion with my friends on Facebook. We examined the issue of telling of lies and what God’s word has to say about it. Friends as you read through the excerpts of that discussion, I want you to allow God to help you put away from you every thing that would deny you the opportunity of meeting with the Lord Jesus Christ and being with Him in glory when He comes to take the saints home. Discover the various ways the Devil tempts us to tell lies and resolve from today never to allow Satan destroy your eternal destiny through lies for “All liars shall have their place in the lake that burneth with fire and Brimstone(Hell)”. Be blessed as you read through.

ME: Goodmorning friends, this is the day God has made and we shall rejoice in it. Today’s question is “Is there any justification for telling lies, be it ‘white’, ‘harmless’, or ‘professional’ lies? Place your comments on this issue. Let us interact usefully today. Let me know what you think an…


The Nehemiah school of leadership is a very important concept of leadership we began to examine in the first part of this article CLICK HERE to read the first part. This school of leadership was derived from the leadership example given by Nehemiah, the governor of Jerusalem, as he successfully led his people to achieve the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem. Last week we saw the crucial importance of leaders having the right motivation for leadership which ought to be selfless service to the group. We saw also, the need for leaders to willingly offer themselves for service and to be accepted by the group. The need for personal investigation into the situation of the group when a leader is commissioned was also established. We shall now go further to see some other very important principles from the book of Nehemiah (Please get a Bible and open to Nehemiah as we read along together).
Nehemiah was able to see to the timely execution of the wall rebuilding project which the Israelite …