6 Ways To Be a Better Friend
“Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me, it is the chief happiness of life.” If we want to experience this happiness that Lewis describes, we need to pursue deep friendships…
What Happens to Pastors Who Get Disqualified From Ministry?
Sin is no respecter of persons, parishes, or denominations. It is no respecter of orthodoxy or moral conservatism. We are all prone to it, and our church leaders are no less susceptible. Yet, how different churches handle cases of pastoral sin is often shaped by their theological and traditional convictions…
Guest Post: The Dead You
Wilson Murigi has been a friend since campus days. As you may notice from his pieces, he is passionate about truth and is keen on people believing and practicing sound doctrine. He is a recurrent writer on this blog. His previous articles are Adoption –…
A New Year’s Charge; Consider the Great Works of God and Give Thanks!
Happy new year! If you are like me, new beginnings birth new hopes in my heart. The year 2021 is no different. Yet, the new hope may dim when we consider the realities around us, the fact that 2021 is awfully similar to 2020. Last…
Blog 5: I am Content with Suffering
The word Paul uses for “content” in this verse is the exact same word that is used in the three gospels when Jesus comes up out of the waters at His baptism and the voice of the Father is heard from heaven saying:
“This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.”
In fact, verse 10 of 2 Corinthians is the only place in the New Testament where this word is translated as “content.”
More than half of the 21 instances where the word is used are translated as being “pleased.”
Paul doesn’t just accept his sufferings, he’s pleased with them. He takes pleasure in them.
My 2020 Reading List
I try setting my reading goals at the beginning of the year. There hasn’t been a year when I achieved them, but they help me focus and work towards something. This year was no exception. Reading is to the mind what physical exercise is to…
Blog 4: Do Not Waste Your Thorn.
Paul imitated Christ. So he boasted in, gloried in, rejoiced in his thorn because he knew that to do anything else would be to lose out on more of Christ and thus would be a waste of his thorn.
So let’s learn from him, brothers and sisters, and let’s not waste our thorns.
Blog 3: Who Gave This Thorn to Paul?
If you read verse 7 carefully, it doesn’t tell us explicitly who gave the thorn to Paul. Paul only explicitly tells us in verse 7 that a thorn was given to him. So one natural question that arises is: who gave the thorn to Paul?
Blog 2: God gives suffering to His people to break us of our pride.
God gives suffering to His people to break us of our pride. So with this context in mind, verses 7-10 show us that God gives suffering to His people to break us of our pride because Jesus only makes His dwelling in broken people. First,…
Blog 1: God’s Goodness in Your Sufferings (2 Cor. 12:7-10)
By nature, every single one of us is averse to suffering. We avoid it like the plague. We do so because we think suffering is primarily about losing something…
But in reality, for the Christian, suffering is primarily about gaining something: Jesus Christ. And it’s only by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that our hearts are changed to see that suffering is primarily about gaining Jesus, not losing something.