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A Publication of Trinity Fellowship

Issue 15

Swag vs Sanctity The Rebirth of Cool

Ezekiel 44:23 They are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.


Editor’s Editor’s NOTE Editor’s NOTE Editor’s NOTE “Will you follow me?”NOTE Jesus asks. “Are you on twitter?” the teenager responds.

I read this very thought provoking joke on the internet the other day. It sure got me thinking: what Jesus do we teenagers know? Do we have a version of Jesus that we have picked up elsewhere other than from the Bible? Is your Jesus cool, for example? Or he is the millionaire Jesus that wants to make you rich and famous? Or do you serve the Jesus that says ‘come as you are and remain as you are’? Which Jesus do you relate to? Do you serve the brand Jesus or is Jesus your Lord and your swag? When Jesus appears in glory will you know Him or will you be among those that will be looking for rocks to hide them or for the ground to swallow them [Rev 6:15-17]? Will you really know Him? Like Blair Wingo in her article Reintroducing Jesus says “We got a false Jesus being portrayed, as seen on TV, acting cool you see, He’s changed. A different Jesus from the Bible so, allow me to bring the real Christ on stage. Not that whack Jesus, the one not based on fact Jesus, too often displayed. The Christ in glory, not the one on your chain, because He is the real Jesus, peace, that only dwells in the saved. So allow me to paint the picture, of Christ in the scripture,  preaching faith and repentance, that your too cool Jesus, never seems to mention.”

Allow us to re-introduce Jesus. The music that we listen to shapes most, if not all, of our theology. A man once said that the musician in your church is the one that teaches you who God is. If he has the wrong concept of God, you get a wrong concept of God. What is the source of your theology? In our book review, we have reviewed the only authoritative, inerrant and only authentic source of your theology, the Bible! How often do you read it? Who teaches you who God is? What about clothing? Is it about our swag or our sanctity? Where do we draw the line? Is there a way I should dress as long I call myself His son? Read on. It is our prayer that God will give a revelation of Himself and when we see Him we will know Him and will like Thomas say, “My Lord and My God!” [John 20:28].

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The Editorial board welcomes brief letters, comments, contributions, responses or questions on topical issues. Address: P. O. Box 65194, Ruaraka – 00618 Cell.: 0720 752 628 SMS 0705182141 Website: www.timazi.org Email: maggiegathuku@timazi.org Managing Editor: Johnie Copy Editor: Ron Content Editor: Maggie Design and Layout: Mushisho Illustrator: Marto and Njoro Circulation: Bonny Contributor: Marvo


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‘These times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent…’. “A son honors his father and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the LORD of hosts to you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’ (Malachi 1:6).

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entered into the hall where a strangely elated mood prevailed fed by the strangest of talk - everyone in the hall was talking of having seen the Messiah! He could not believe it! Just how could he? Had he not witnessed the Master’s death on the cross in all its cruel gory detail and seen Him buried? He knew very well that The Teacher was dead. How then could they say that they had seen Jesus? They must be dreaming or were victims of some mass hallucination. But - could it be? Was it really true? Just then, He looked around and who was there, the Messiah Himself! “My Lord and my God...” was all he could say when he beheld Him. “You believe because you see me, blessed is he that believes even though he sees not,” was The Master’s simple but profound answer. Thomas beheld Him in awe, because He saw Jesus for who He was. It was the first time that any of the disciples ever addressed Jesus as both Lord and God. Further, Thomas personalized it - “My Lord and My God”. What would be your reaction today if Jesus appeared to you? Would you be able to call Him ‘My Lord and My God?’ What ‘version’ of Jesus do you know or were introduced to? Do you know Him as the Lord and God or someone else? Will you recognize Jesus when He Himself appears on the last day? Will you be shocked to see Him as He is on that day or will you recognize Him as He you have walked with in your life on earth? Will you really know Him? When you see Him, will you like Thomas say, ‘My Lord and my God’ or will you run away in fearful terror? When you evaluate the music that you listen to, the preachers that you listen to, the books that you read, what Jesus do they portray? Is it the Biblical Jesus or a different ‘Jesus’? This article is meant to help us explore the scriptures to see whether we have ‘versions’ of Jesus out there that are not the Biblical Jesus and how to tell whether the Jesus you know is indeed the Biblical Jesus. A few weeks to Thomas day of delightful recognition, Jesus had

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made a very profound prayer for His disciples and for those who would later know Him through them. He made a very passionate appeal to God that His disciples would know Him as the only TRUE God praying thus: “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. (John 17:1-4) This was the only mission that Jesus had on earth! It will surprise you to note that by the time Jesus was making this prayer, He had not yet died on the cross. He still had that task ahead of Him. Yet in this scripture He says: “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” He seems to say that He had finished the work that He had been given to do. So what was this work that He had been given? He says I glorified you on earth! Yes, to glorify God, to make Him known, to make Him famous - if you like. That was Jesus Christ’s mission - to make His father known on earth. Everything He did boiled down to that one mission. Going to the cross was the climax of making His Father known. And he goes further to say: “this is eternal life that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent”. So do you know Him? Do you truly know Him? As though desiring to gauge public reaction to His ministry and revelation of God’s love for them, Jesus asks His disciples what people said of Him, who people thought He was. At

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came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 16:13-17) See how He personalizes the question to the disciples - “But who do you say that I am?”. It sounds like, ‘Ok guys, that is what other people say (and it is not as important to me as this), what do you (in whom I have invested so much) think of me? Who do you say that I am?’ Jesus is concerned by how the people who are called by His name - Christians - know Him. Note Jesus’ response to Peter: “For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven”. Do you have a revelation of Jesus that is by the Father Himself? Is what you know about Jesus and the Jesus you know from the right source God, the Father Himself? Below is an exploration of some of the wrong concepts of Jesus we have.

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Who do you say that i am? The cool Jesus “Will you follow me?” Jesus asks. “Are you on twitter?” the boy replies. Ever read the above naughty joke on the internet of Jesus speaking to a teenager? In a time when salvation is the cool thing to do, church is awesome and gospel ‘inambamba’, we need to think seriously about the obsession with “cool” and how it has affected our understanding of Jesus Christ. Is Jesus really cool? If He lived on earth in our time, would He be on tweeter like the teenager above is asking? Would he sag his jeans, wear a hood and black shades and bling bling? Would He conform to our culture as it is? This may be a very difficult question to answer, yet it must be asked - are we becoming more like Jesus or are we fashioning Jesus to be more like us? On which side of the divide are we - the Lord’s (where Jesus is Lord and number one) or the world’s (where our will and fleshly dictates rule)? On which side should we be? The attempt to make Jesus “cool” is mostly done in the misguided interest of being relevant, conforming to the standards of our world and times. We want to make Jesus relevant to our culture, to our way of life and thinking. There’s nothing wrong with relevance. The relevance of the gospel is not in doubt; what is in doubt is our definition of relevance. Modern views of relevance are dangerously distorted and will our

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lead us into trouble. God’s word as revealed in The Bible meets every person’s need. It’s never out of date, it is never old fashioned, and it is always relevant. But when relevance borders on conformity then definitely it is not bible-compliant, it is not Christ-compatible, and it is not Church-possible! It is worldly, it is irreverent and it is dishonoring of God when (in the name of being ‘cool’) we even have secular music in church in the name of attracting non-believers to ‘Jesus’, when (in the guise of ‘cool’) we even go ahead and add ‘Christian lyrics’ to popular secular music to make non-believers ‘feel at home’. What are the consequences of this kind of thinking about Jesus? • You will have a wrong concept of Jesus: you would conceptualize Him wrongly Since Jesus will be cool to you, you will never see the Majestic King, the Almighty Father, the Lord of Lords, this Kingdom’s King, the Ruler of the entire universe and the all knowing God that Jesus is. You will miss this because of your concept of Him, and when He appears on the day of the Great Appearing, you will not KNOW Him! Neither will He know nor acknowledge you. • You will relate to Him casually: The cool culture is a casual culture. You will relate with him like your other cool friends. You will give Him names that you think are ‘cool’ and that will distort your theology of God. God is supreme in power and authority, and in mercy but also greatly supreme in wrath. He is the same God who kicked Adam and Eve out of Eden because they went against His word (Genesis 3); He poured out judgment and wrath on Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:20- 19:28); God consumed the sons of Aaron for lighting the wrong fire (Leviticus 10:1-3); God gave up King Saul in battle for his disobedience (1 Chronicles 10:13); God took the life of the child of David born in adultery (2 Samuel 12:1-20); God crushed the armies of Israel his chosen people and sent them into slavery for many years; God took the life of the youth who mocked the prophet of God Elijah for being bald head (2 Kings 2:24); God went silent and turned His face away from the priests and the nation for 400 years because


of their sin and later when they had crucified the Son of God and rejected the message of the cross, God turned to the Gentiles and left ignorant Israel groping in darkness; he is still the same God who killed Ananias and his wife for deception (Acts 5) and gave up the men and women in Romans 1 to their vile passions and desires, whose end is destruction by fire in hell! Yet He is the same God who was the provider to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the God who delivered Israel from Egypt and fell the walls of Jericho for the armies of Joshua. This God has proved himself faithful and kind towards mankind through the ages! He is the God who demonstrates his love in this; that while we were still sinners, he sent his Son to die for us (Romans 5:8)! He is the God who not only punishes sin but also grants forgiveness for the vilest offender who truly believes and follows him. True, God is slow to anger- but He expresses His anger, and you sure don’t want to find yourself in the heat of that moment. In His wrath God does remember mercy! He is the Lion and the Lamb. This God still reigns in love and wrath. When you see Him as cool, you will miss the True God and when He appears in the Great Appearing, you will not KNOW Him! And neither will He know and acknowledge you! Prosperity Jesus In a time where material wealth is everything and sowing seed in the most popular gospel, we have turned to Jesus Christ solely as the supplier of our needs. We look at Him like He is the shopkeeper and we the buyers. We get whatever we need from Him as long as we can twist His arm by ‘planting a seed’. We think Jesus exists to make us rich! Most of the music that our ‘gospel musicians’ are producing in our time today is about money, how to make more money and how to get richer and how to do it quickly! Several of our pastors have also taken that route and made us believe that getting rich is God’s agenda for us. Jesus does not exist to make you rich, in the worldly definition of riches. However, He does make us rich - in spiritual, heavenly pursuits for He has “blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus; for

He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. “ (Ephesians 1:3-4) Motivation Jesus Yet another trend today presents a Jesus that only comes to motivate me when I need Him. It does not matter what kind of life I live, all I need is Him to succeed. It actually doesn’t matter what I am pursuing, He will help me get there. One of the popular secular musicians in our country was quoted in one of the daily newspapers saying that when she wants to release a song, she prays to God to help her! Isn’t that confusion? We may as well need to know which god she is referring to here, because certainly it is not the God of the Bible!

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of another god). The Sensual Jesus: Jesus ‘My boyfriend’ Another misconception existing today is the Jesus, ‘my boyfriend’ trend where teenagers (and adults too) have turned from relating to Jesus as the sovereign King to bringing him as low as their lover! I am sure you have heard several young girls (and older ladies too) say, “I am single, engaged to Jesus”. You could be wondering what is wrong with that statement seeing that Jesus calls His church His bride. Yes He does, but note who the bride here is, it’s the church of Christ, not individuals, and that makes a whole lot of difference. How do you tell that you are relating to Jesus as your ‘boyfriend’ and not as Sovereign, the Majestic King? • The level of your intimacy What with Him: i

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Intimacy is having a personal close relationship with someone. How do you know that you are having an intimate relationship with God? Is it by how much you cry when you worship or in prayer? Is it how well you are able to express your emotions to people about God or to God about people? Granted, we cannot relate to God without our emotions. Just as we express our love and joy to other people through our emotions, we express our love to God through our emotions. We must be fervent in spirit serving the Lord (Romans 12:11). Again we must love the LORD our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our might (Deuteronomy 6:5). Indeed our relationship with God depends to a significant extent on our emotions.

The critical question to ask at this point though is where is the balance? Can you rely on your emotions to truly love God? The answer is no, we are warned again that from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery. (Mark 7:21). This same heart that loves God is also the source of evil. So then can we trust it? True intimacy comes from having a relationship with Jesus through His word. This means that we have to feed our heart with His word day in day out and meditate on it day and night for us to relate with Him with true knowledge of who He is. Void of His word, the foundational revelation of who He is, we will end up having a sensual relationship with Jesus, instead of an intimate relationship with Him! What is the source of your intimacy with Jesus? Is it informed by how you feel He treats you, or how you feel about Him on that particular day, or it is how you KNOW He treats you, or how you KNOW you should walk with Him? Do your emotions inform your relationship with God, or does His word inform your emotions? Which conforms to the other? • The Music you sing: what kind of songs do you sing? Are your songs based on how you feel about Jesus all the time? Do you sing sensual music or spiritual music? Think about the songs that you enjoy singing, can they be sang to anybody else apart from God? Let us take an example, the song Draw me close to you, can be sang to anybody else, it gives the singer a sensual relationship with God which is deceptive because the music is not written exclusively for God. It does not mention God and therefore fits to anyone including an earthly boyfriend. Music that honors God alone draws us to Him and is exclusive to Him. When you do not have an intimate relationship with Jesus, you tend to relate with Him in your emotions only. What this does is that, you will relate to Him when you feel like it, and when your emotions permit. Evaluate the music you sing, and you will be able to tell what kind of friendship you share with Jesus. Is Jesus your ‘sensual’ friend, or your Lord? Who rules your emotions, you or Him?


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Dear Disturbed student, Thank you for getting back to us. It was a real pleasure reading from you and much more excited that God ministered to you as you read our last issue of Timazi. That is our prayer; we give God all the glory! I am so sorry for all that you have had to go through in the light of your family. Many of us have been in the same predicament. I am glad to hear that God has been ministering to you even in your hardship. Knowing that you are made in His image is very crucial for you. Having said that, it is important to note that God requires us to release the people who have hurt us to Him because He is the best judge. When we have been hurt and fail to forgive, we develop bitterness. Usually, bitterness causes a continual drain on your emotional energy; the result is destructive depression. Depression leads to a sense of hopelessness.. Furthermore, the person with whom you are bitter begins to control your life, your thoughts and your attitudes. Such

control will actually set standards of behaviour for you. So how do you forgive? • The first thing is to accept that that is the way things are. You need to accept that your dad has not been what you would have expected him to be. Just like the way you found victory by realizing that you are God’s special child, you need to know that at the moment, things have been unpleasant, and that is gone - there is nothing you can do about it. You need to also appreciate that he is your dad regardless of how he has been treating you. • Identify specific ways in which you think your parents have hurt you and then write them down. • If you are able to face your dad, it would be ideal. But that may be a hard task, so I would advise you to get someone you trust and can confide it then confess to them all the things that you have written down. • Release your dad to God by telling God that you have forgiven him for all the pain that he has caused you. At this point, it may get emotional and you may cry and feel almost the same pain you have felt all the years. This is very important. The release is happening. • Repent of the bitterness that you have been holding against your dad and ask God to forgive you and give you the grace to live with the current circumstances. Consider Joseph in the Bible: He was sold to strangers by his own brothers as a slave! In the foreign country they took him to, he was falsely accused of a heinous crime that not only ruined his reputation but also had him imprisoned and shackled in iron that bruised his feet. He could have become very bitter by dwelling upon what his evil brothers had done. Instead, he said to them years later, “…you thought evil of me but God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20). He chose to look at them as agents of God in his life for his growth. Choose to dwell on the good that your parents have done.

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gentleman is in pipe jeans and equally clad in earrings; his hair is better done than the girl’s. Are they going to church or to a club? It could be either. Welcome to the “swag” generation! God’s Dress Code The Old Testament, especially the book of Leviticus, makes clear the dress code that pleases God. God gives specific instructions on how the Priests and the High Priests were to dress - in style, length and color. In sticking to the dress code outlined in God’s word, the priests showed their honor and reverence of God. God treated it as dishonor when they did otherwise. “And Moses said to the congregation, “This is the thing that the LORD has commanded to be done.” 6And Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water. 7And he put the coat on him and tied the sash around his waist and clothed him with the robe and put the ephod on him and tied the skillfully woven band of the ephod around him, binding it to him with the band. 8And he placed the breastpiece on him, and in the breastpiece he put the Urim and the Thummim. 9And he set the turban on his head, and on the turban, in front, he set the golden plate, the holy crown, as the LORD commanded Moses.” (Leviticus 8:5-8). You see, God was careful, and He still is, how we dress when we approach Him. Those were the priests then; and we too are a royal priesthood - expected to honor God in our dress. ‘ But you are a chosen race,


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representative of the Head of State (President/King/Queen) and the country in another: when an ambassador arrives at an event, stays in a country, is received or sent away, it is as good as the Head of State having personally done or received those things. Ambassadors don’t speak or live for themselves while on tour of duty; they only do and say that which their Head of State would like said and done. They also avoid anything that would bring their country into any form of dishonor or disrepute. An ambassador of Christ is who and what you are (2 Corinthians 5:20): whether in school; at he

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home; at a party; during an inning or outing; at your cousins’; with your body, soul and spirit; in every aspect of your life. Hence swag should never overshadow sanctity. If it does then swag is your object of honor and not the sanctity of the sanctifier- Jesus Christ who we represent! This being the case, it is improper to expose your body’s sensuality (which is reserved for the married in their closet) before men in the name of fashion and keeping up with the swag! Jesus implied that it was just as bad if not worse to think of someone else in a sexual way, look at them with a lustful eye, let alone fornicating with them. This adds up to mean as well, that if you use your dressing to expose your body for the purpose of attracting the other person’s attention you fall short of your ambassadorial calling and hence defame the name of Christ. Modesty Modesty is covering all the parts of your body that you would not show off otherwise. It is

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dressing decently and in a manner that only draws attention to your countenance and not anywhere else. If you do, then you are immodest and thus dishonoring God. Consider the words of the Holy Spirit in (1Timothy 2:8- 10) ‘I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety (modest) and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works…’ As men are commanded to lift up holy hands in prayer, women are called to, in the same breath, to be moderate and modest because this blends well with the profession of the Lordship of Christ! Submitted to and Living for Him? Fashion MUST SUBMIT to the lordship of Christ; anyone who beguiles the opposite sex in their dressing is not handling his/her body in sanctification and honor and is acting in passions and lust like the heathens who do not know God! (1Thess. 4:3-6) This, the Spirit of God calls defrauding - taking advantage of another in their passions, at least in the context of this scripture, and is in effect not fitting for anyone who claims to love the Lord. Our body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit hence our physical holiness is expressed in how we dress! The bible commands us that we offer our bodies to God as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2). What is the easiest and most visible demonstration of our having offered our bodies to God as living sacrifice except that our dress code be God-honoring? Friends, Jesus doesn’t care so much if you are stylish and have swag as He cares that we accord and maintain the honor of his name in all our ways! In the day of His appearing to take us to be with Him forever, he will ask us to give account (Romans 14:12) - whether we walked in sanctity (not if we had swag)!


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Book Review

The Bible By God The Father

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cover to cover? Do you have a consistent regular way that you do that? Or do you just read it haphazardly? Did you know that if you read three chapters of the Bible every day, you would be able to finish it in one year? And what if you read one chapter daily? You would be done in three years! Statistics say that most Christians do not read the Bible, yet it is the ultimate guide for Christian living. If you truly want to know God, you do not have a choice, but read your Bible.


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even years after the most devastating tsunami in Thailand, six strangers find themselves trapped in a beach side resort on the brink of an oncoming hurricane. Each of their hearts is broken and silently cries out on the most desperate night of their lives. As the storm ranges on and the six strangers fall deeper into the heart of darkness another guest arrives at the Hotel. He says He is Jesus Christ, and He knows what each of them suffers f r o m . Knowing

their dire need, He came to bring them all a message of hope and rescue them from the darkest corners of their own hearts. Watch this movie and see how those individuals, though wicked and all living in sin, how they find life by encountering Jesus. Could be that is where you are too. Remember to ALWAYS buy original movies, Piracy is SIN!

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Act 17 :30 “A son honors his father and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the LORD of hosts to you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’ Malachi 1:6 is God’s complaint against the Israelites; but isn’t it also fitting to be asked of us today? If the God we know today, the God we find in concerts and other ‘Christian hangouts’ is truly the God of the scriptures, where is the reverence due to Him? Where is His honor? Are there not many ways in which we have despised His name?

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name’s sake……for my name’s sake……. for my names sake’. Below are a few classic examples: “The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” (Ex 7:5) “Thus says the Lord, “By this you shall know that I am the Lord: behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall turn into blood.” (Ex 7:17). “For My name’s sake I will defer My anger, And for My praise I will restrain it from you, So that I do not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; For how should My name be profaned? And I will not give My glory to another. (Isaiah 48:9-11) “But they rebelled against Me and would not obey Me. They did not all cast away the abominations which were before their eyes, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. Then I said, ‘I will pour out My fury on them and fulfill My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.’ “But I acted for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned before the Gentiles among whom they were, in whose sight I had made Myself known to them, to bring them out of the land of Egypt.” (Ezekiel 20:8-9) “But I acted for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned before the Gentiles, in whose sight I had brought them out… “Notwithstanding, the children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statutes, and were not careful to observe My judgments, ‘which, if a man does, he shall live by them’; but they profaned My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My fury on them and fulfill My anger against them in the wilderness. 2“Nevertheless I withdrew My hand and acted for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the Gentiles, in whose sight I had brought them out.”(Ezekiel 20: 14 & 21-22). Are you in any doubt that God is concerned

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how His name is used and presented? Do you note the dire consequences He promises for the profaning and dishonoring of His name? Do you notice how jealously and zealously God defends His name? If that is how seriously God takes His name, is it not wise that we follow suit and treat His name with due reverence and honor? Maybe a rose will smell just the same if called a soer or an esro; but it works differently with God - He takes His name seriously! Don’t dare Him by not taking His name as seriously as He does. And many people also take their names seriously and will be greatly offended if their names are not spelt or pronounced right. It is said that a person’s name is the most important sound in a language to them. I ask, if we as mere human beings treat our names with such care, how much more should we honor and revere God’s name? The functions of God’s Name Throughout the larger story of the liberation of the Israelites, through the wilderness and in the Promised Land the authors of the Bible portray the name of God as a key aspect of God. There are three functions of God’s name: • To refer to Him: this is meant to give His creation a reference name. These are names that are used to designate God in the Bible. We use them to refer to Him, just like we have names ry ill ve is t s that s i H

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The A.K.A Tragedy!

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dishonored you?’ One of the answers that Jesus would give to that question is ‘By giving me names that blaspheme me!’ Really? You may be asking. Yes, let us explore that here. This is what we can call the aka tragedy! When everybody else has chosen to have an AKA identity, we now think that Jesus, (born over 2000 years ago, yet existing before the foundation of the world) needs to boost His identity and, as it is done on TV, experience a complete makeover! Jesus is in no need of an aka identity! He does not need a nickname-possible project! He is content and expects us to be content - to the letter - in our approach of His majesty! Why so? Because His name is Great, exceedingly Great! From our exploration of scriptures above, we realize how important it is for God to be referred to using the names of His choice. Approaching the burning bush, Moses asked God ‘Who are you?’. God’s answer was precise and clear: ‘I AM WHOM I AM’. God is still very specific about His name; He keeps repeating His name over and over. Why? Each of the Names of God refers to particular function as we have seen above. God is not man; He does not change; He is ‘the same today, yesterday and forever’. Whatever name we choose to refer to Him must be found in scripture. Whether it is your pastor or favorite ‘gospel’ artiste who referred to Him as such, God is not amused when we call him fundi wa mbao, JC, sir Jah, sonko, the guy upstairs, old man upstairs, or even when we, in our efforts of trying to express our singlehood, refer to him (especially girls) as my boyfriend! God is not what the modern day youth want him to be! He is not just cool, in our shallow understanding of the word! Think about it, if you call a person you hold in high esteem by a name that they have never asked you to call them by, you wouldn’t expect a favorable response, would you? Why should we think Jesus wants an aka identity that is not in His revealed mind in scripture? Would you for example refer to your dad by his initials ‘Man JT’ for ‘Joel Otieno’? Even though they are just that initials, is it respectful? Does it show honor? Why then would we want to refer to Jesus as Man JC? If a particular name you have been using for God

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is not in the scriptures, does not reveal His true identity and does not enhance His reputation, it should be dropped. We should learn to adopt the names that God has revealed for us to call Him by. That way, we are showing honor and reverence. Think of these scripture names Jesus is given: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6). Why would we want to cheapen and demean Him by giving Him many other unworthy names when He has these glowing titles?

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Therefore, because we have a twisted notion of God’s identity, there is a steep, slipping away of the knowledge of the creator. Consider Abraham, Jacob, Joshua, Moses and the church fathers in the old days; God was referred to on account of revelation! When he provided the ram in Genesis 22:1-14, Abraham experienced Him as Yahweh Yireh (Jehovah Jire) - the provider; He is Jehovah-Tsidkenu, the Lord our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5-8). Indeed we must never forget that in Jesus Christ we have become the righteousness of God! Now, we can stand before God because he is our righteousness- the man who took away our sins! He is, Jehovah-Rohi, the Lord my shepherd (Psalm 23) - the one who leads me and guides me in all things for his glory! He is Jehovah Rophe, the Lord who heals you (Exodus 15:2526). All His names possess an unmatched beauty and excellence. God’s names abound in scriptures, affirming that God has eternally identified Himself in the scriptures and we cannot refer to him in any other way! There is no other revelation of the person of God than what the Bible in the Old and New testaments have given. If we choose our own names for God, the Bible itself judges us sharply! Maybe your dishonor and irreverent reference to God is because you have never really known who this God is and so depend on what others

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Let me Reintroduce Jesus

We got a false Jesus being portrayed, as seen on TV, acting cool you see, He’s changed. A different Jesus from the Bible so, allow me to bring the real Christ on stage. By Blair Wingo (Used with permission)

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ot that whack Jesus, the one not based on fact Jesus, too often displayed. The Christ in glory, not the one on your chain,because He is the real Jesus, peace, that only dwells in the saved. So allow me to paint the picture, of Christ in the scripture, preaching faith and repentance, that your too cool Jesus, never seems to mention. It seems like he’s down with all the things that you do, but come on, there’s only one Jesus who is true.So which one will you let reign over you… who? The millionaire Jesus who just wants to make you rich, give you some ice, fame, money, to prove that you are blessed? The Black Panther Jesus who throws up his black fist, the Kan-ye West Jesus, who walks with no holiness? Which one will you choose? I said which one will you choose? So I think it’s long overdo to have a reintroduction of Christ, so there won’t be any confusion as to which one is right,because one leads to death, and the other is life. So allow me to reintroduce the Christ! Allow me to reintroduce the Christ! I said allow me to reintroduce the Christ! He’s been distorted by the people and it just ain’t right! Allow me to reintroduce the Christ! Not someone you can pimp around to propel your cause, or a name you can proclaim to just cover your flaws. Look, If this is true then you’re serving a different

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boss, Your Christ is an idol, and you’re probably lost. Because, Christ in the Scripture, He gave a call, to forsake all. Not to wear a cross, but to take up your cross, and follow Him, because we’re holding a death sentence, because of our sin. And it’s His mercy that His wrath hasn’t burned, times ten. It’s like Sodom and Gomorrah, but a curse within. You see He gives us a chance to learn of Him, So that He can be glorified in His rightful place. So if we’re serving this imitation Jesus, dude it’s like a blatant slap in the face! Distorting His grace, and disregarding His sacrifice, for a worldly Christ. Like the “Purpose Driven Life” Jesus, who prophesies you’ll be used by Him, before you’re living like Jesus. Or that S A T Jesus who helps you with all your quizzes, gets you into college, allows you to pass math and physics. The homosexual Jesus who doesn’t see you sinning, the Destiny’s Child Jesus, who sees you’re Beyonce, and starts grinning. Which one will you choose? I said which one will you choose? So I think it’s long overdo to have a reintroduction of Christ,so there won’t be any confusion as to which one is right, because one leads to death, and the other is life.


So allow me to reintroduce the Christ! Allow me to reintroduce the Christ! He’s been distorted by the people and it just ain’t right! So allow me to reintroduce the Christ! Not someone that we can cover His mouth, so we can continue to indulge in our dirt, as if He doesn’t require us to repent from all sin, to be born again, to never blend in, this world! And Broadway is the street that walks the material girl, She’s got you seduced! She feeds you a phony Jesus, that doesn’t wanna save you from sin, but wants to kick it with you. Like Jesus is my homeboy, Or Jesus got me employed, Or Jesus is my decoy. But will the real Jesus please stand up, the One who is True? Because He’s been locked down, pushed down, and these idols have been elected up, erected up, to the point that if the real Jesus came back right now, dude, the church would probably hang Him upside down, pin Him to one of these beams and crucify Him again, because He’s not down with your sin. And it hurts me to see, how the church will defend their lifestyle.It’s like wow, Don’t we wanna know Christ? The One who willingly gave His Life? To set us free, from our sin you see. And I must do this by any means necessary. See, I must never hide the light. So tonight, I’m gonna introduce Jesus Christ. I said, I’m gonna introduce Jesus Christ, because, He’s been distorted by the people and it’s just not right! So I’m gonna introduce Jesus Christ, because one day, dude, He is coming back. And it’s important that you recognize Him, because the scripture talks about Him. Many people saying…I’m Jesus, no I’m Jesus, no I’m Jesus. But which one is fact? And you gotta get in the Bible to see about that. That He’s coming in the clouds with power and glory. And every knee will bow, testify to His authority.

not the one that’s accepted everywhere by the majority, when He Himself said the world would hate Him, so why all of a sudden does the world want to date Him? Think about it! Hopefully you haven’t given in to this, come as you are; stay as you are, Jesus. He has this wonderful plan for my life Jesus, you don’t need repentance Jesus, or, all roads lead to Jesus. I hope you haven’t given in to this, but you serve the One who is holy. Because it would be something if on judgment day, the Jesus you’ve been serving, was simply an angel of light, which covered a legion of demons, masquerading as Christ. All this time serving a Jesus who’s not been pierced in his feet and wrists, who has no sword coming out of his mouth, no rod of righteousness? To go on, day by day by day and willingly miss, because we’re serving a created image that leads you to the abyss. So let’s get in the scripture, so we’re not fooled by this Jesus, who when we’re sinning, he’s still with us. Won’t give in to this Jesus that the world loves, and he’s cool with your worldly music, worldly TV, you going to the club, your sex, your lies, your vanity, your phony love, the very thing that caused Christ in the scripture to shed blood. So let’s make sure were serving the right Christ, not a wolf in sheep clothing, that’s got you

enticed.

The true One, Wanna make you new One, The only begotten Son! So I think it’s long overdue, for you to be introduced tonight.

Everybody help me welcome, Jesus the Christ!

So this Jesus of the scripture better take priority,

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E- Shot The bible says my king is the king of the Jews.

debtors. He delivers the captive. He defends the feeble. He

He’s the king of Israel .He’s the king of righteousness. He’s

blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards

the king of ages .He’s the king of heaven. He’s the king of

the aged. He rewards the diligent. He beautifies the meek.

glory. He’s the king of kings. He’s the lord of lords. That’s

I wonder if you know him? He’s the key to knowledge.

my king!!!

He’s the wellspring of wisdom. He’s the doorway of

I wonder if you know him?

deliverance. He’s the pathway of peace. He’s the roadway of

My king is a sovereign king. No measure can define him. He is

righteousness. He’s the highway of holiness. He’s the gateway

limitless. He’s enduringly strong. He’s entirely sincere. He’s

of glory.

eternally steadfast. He’s immortally graceful. He’s imperially

Do you know him well?

powerful. He’s impartially merciful.

His life is matchless. His goodness is everlasting. His love

Do you know him!

never changes. His word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His

He’s the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the

reign is righteous. His yoke is easy and his burden is light.

horizon of the world. He is God’s Son. He’s the sinner’s savior.

I wish I could describe him! He’s indescribable! He’s

He is the centerpiece of civilization. He’s unpararelled.

incomprehensible! He’s invincible! He is irresistible!

He’s the loftiest idea in philosophy. He’s the fundamental

Well!

doctrine of true theology. He’s the only one qualified to be an

You can’t get him out of your mind. You can’t get him out of

all sufficient savior.

your hand. You can’t outlive him, and you can’t live without

I wonder if you know him today!!!

him. The Pharisees couldn’t stand him but they found out

He supplies strength to weak. He is available for the tempted

they couldn’t stop him. Pilate couldn’t find any fault in him.

and tried. He sympathizes and he saves. He strengthens

Herod couldn’t kill him. Death couldn’t handle him and the

and sustains. He guards and he guides. He heals the sick.

grave couldn’t hold him.

He cleanses the lepers. He forgives sinners. He discharges

THAT’S MY KING!!!

THAT’S MY

KING!!!

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Crossword NIV Bible Crossword

Divine Titles of the Bible

Across 4. We will in all things grow up into Him who is he _______________________ 11. Jesus is this of the New Covenant. 12. The son will be called what kind of Father? 13. The child will be called this God. 14. David called God this? 15. Abraham called Him this kind of God. 20. In the end, He will stand upon the earth. 22. The Lord’s name does this forever. 24. The Lord said His ___________________ _______________ would be great among the nations. 25. This is God. 26. He will rise with healing in His wings 27. God shines forth, perfect in this. 28. He was called this kind of Shepherd. 29. Jesus called Himself this. 30. God is called the Morning what? 31. We all have one.

Down 1. He will come from Zion 2. John called Jesus the _________________ one. 3. In the beginning. 5. The Lord’s name alone is this. 6. He is strong for the fatherless. 7. The rider on the white horse is called this. 8. The Lord called Himself this 9. Rejected by men, chosen by God. 10. Christ is above every little in the present ______________. 16. God is with us, He is our ________________. 17. God will ____________________ our sins underfoot. 18. The women at the well called Jesus a ______________. 19. Jesus called Himself the what of life? 21. Jesus called Himself this, of David. 23. God is this, He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you.

Last issue answers ACROSS

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13.GALLIO

3.CHRIST

11.STEPHEN

17.NAAMAN

25.AMOZ

1.FORTUNATUS

5.SHELAMIAH

15.DAN

6.JEHU

12.ELAM

19.OCRAN

26.AMON

2.SHEPHATIAH

6.JEHOIACHIN

18.OG

8.JOSHUA

14.AHIO

21.GOLIATH

3.CALEB

7.HURI

20.ADDI

10.ASHER

16.ANNAS

23.JUDAH

4.RAM

9.HAMAN

22.HAM

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