Monday, December 18, 2017

Reactions

I have been thinking quite a lot about different stimuli that is created to generate a response or reaction from people. So what does reaction mean? It's basically a response that reveals a person's feelings or attitude. We can have internal or external stimuli.

I have also been quite interested in seeing how different people responded to various situations that presented themselves in the Bible. Some reactions are:

  • King Ahab: When Naboth refused to sell his vineyard to King Ahab, the King went home, lay on his bed, sulked, refused to eat and turned his face away. Interesting response for a king!
  • Naboth: His response to the offer on his vineyard was "The Lord forbid....."
  • Jezebel: After King Ahad poured his heart out to his wife Jezebel, she said: "I will get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite." She the proceeded with her schemes.
  • Joseph: His response to Potiphar's wife's temptations was; "How can I commit so great a sin against God?" 
  • Potiphar's wife told her husband of what Joseph 'supposedly' tried to do and he was outraged. He sent Joseph to prison.
  • Job's wife: When Job was being tested she said to him;"Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die."
  • Other people from the Bible who we can learn from is Mary, Joseph, David with Goliath, King David with Bathsheba, Tamar, Nehemiah, Sanballat and Tobiah and so on.
There are so many incidents in the Bible where we see different reactions from people: some good and some, well, not so great.

Our reactions to different stimuli are important and we need God's help to strengthen us.

By Molly Manhanga

Friday, December 8, 2017

Fan it into flame

Stephen Manhanga encouraged the young people from the Baptist Church to fan into flame the gifts that are in them.

With this amazing setting as a background Stephen Manhanga, lead Elder of Crossroads Community Church, brought an even more amazing word.

Stephen started off by sharing about faith - what it is, before he linked it to a young man Timothy whose grandmother was Lois and mother Eunice. He encouraged the young people to stir up and use the gifts given to them by God.

He also encouraged them to run their race in their own lane.

All too often, we desire the gifts that other people have instead of focusing on what God has given to us.

Baptist Youth


Summarized by Molly Manhanga

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Thought for the day - Keep going.....

Hebrews 12 1 : 3

"Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

The christian life is not an easy one. We need to give up whatever endangers our relationship with Christ. Let's keep going......