Saturday, May 24, 2008

Creative Bible Study Approaches

Personal Resolution...
Until mid this month, my resolution in the area of digging into the wonderful mysteries of the word of God was learning from Literature written on specific topics say Faith. My personal perspective of approaching bible learning through Books is it gives you more insights on particular themes and this bible study educative and interesting.

Aramaic, Hebrew & Greek...
In my youth years, honestly I would find some books of the bible like parts of the Chronicles boring, it would be a struggle completing them. Well, I love my the word of God and I couldnt just let the most important part of my world become boring, I improvised and devised ways of making bible learning enjoyable.

It started with buying different versions of the bible then I made sure everywhere I went I had a bible on my laptop, on my Ipod and on my phone. That way I have somewhat a place to run to incase I need to make any references. I have thought of reading books of the law only for a month, prophetic books... I have came up with all bible study approaches to make the walk and the run with the King of Kings memorable. So whats yours?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

School Memories... Now Nomore....

Christian Religious Education in Schools...
In the old,we only got to know that Joseph was the earthly Father of Jesus and Virgin Mary the Mother because Primary and Secondary Schools provided room for Children to learn about Religion although more light would be shade every time our parents dragged us to Sunday School surprisingly we would enjoy Sunday School once we got there. Stories of how small David smote giant Goliath, Joseph the second youngest of Jacob's sons became a "Vice President" in alien country would make your day and we really education. We enjoyed these times and these breath taking wouldn't discriminate, the Muslims too would learn more about Christianity.

It is a tragedy that our government here in Uganda is billing policies and with so much effort discussing the deleting Religious Education off the School Curriculum, shall we be left with anyway of ministering to our children at a tender age?

Proverbs 22:6...
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Invention/Innovation Vs Repulication/Repitition..

First Series of Cellphones In Uganda...
Approximately 10 years back when cellphones flocked the Ugandan community for the very first time, you had to trade one of your valuables to purchase one [US$555]. Maintaining the phone [credit and other assorted services] was also another story, you had to trade your next valuable or you had to work much harder. With this trend only a small percentage of Ugandans could afford cellphones. The Marketing personnel called it a new Innovation in the country, was it actually?

By definition, Innovation possibly means both radical and incremental changes in thinking, in things, in processes or in services. Invention which is normally confused with Innovation. Invention gets out in to the world is innovation, if anything Invention is a new form, composition of matter, device or process. I have fallen victim of purchasing fake products and lousy services because of somebody using an enticing and misappropriated word.

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11...
That which has been is what will be,That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “ See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come by those who will come after.
The "new" invented products and services we do spend most of our savings on or actually take mortagages for, are they actually new invention or innovations or they are republication of what happened in the old..

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Smart Leaders

I have been digging into the secrets behind good leadership and my digging escapades have got my shelf covered with Books that atleast have the word Leader in their Title. In depth length and in a more persuading manner am convinced beyond doubt we are all leaders wherever we are not neccessarily because there are numerous people we lead but because "exert" influence in one way or the other. What then makes you a smart leader? It is definite that most peole will follow good and smart leader because they can be trusted and for anything the follower has confidence the leader has answers.

Exercise intergrity [truthfulness and honesty], Demonstrate understanding when dealing with otherm this makes you approachable, Practice good management skills - excellent planning, coordination, & good communication, Act or Behave responsibly. Good leaders are always learning and making effort to improve leadership Skills. There are several aspects that need sharpening in each individual to acquire a mature level of leadership, intergrity is primary in all.

My trek to being a Smart Leader continues

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A New Sportish World

Television Vs Radio...
Am turning on TV and 60% of the Channels are featuring Sports games which range from Soccer [apparently it seems to be every Ugandan's favourite], baseball to Wrestling. After bargaining with my ownself, I resort to turning on the Radio and well well, the story isnt any different. Was it just a wrong hour or something?

When Will it Be?...
Am looking forward to that day when all Channels both on Radio and Television will be featuring Christians telling this world about God's grace towards them, convincing multitudes that God Loves them abundantly more than they can ever think of or imagine. More so, a wish for that day when all these channels will broadcast or air to the world telling viewers and listeners of the children who are lying some where in Asia, Africa or South America in poverty& sickness, possibly audience could devise means of reaching out to these children.

Radio and Television make great evangelists of this gospel.

Mathew 28:18-20...
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Blogging in Uganda

Blogging to Mentor..
Not so many weeks ago, we liaised with a fellowship that mentors youth in Local University here in Uganda and well our discussion zeroed on blogging to mentor more youth into responsible adult. Not so long, the fellowship started blogging on the Word of God and they explain how the Word is central in today's daily living. Different members of this fellowship post articles to help youth in this University.

This is one of their blogs that posted in this month. It was titled it "The Written Word of God"

Hebrews 4:12...
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Psalm 8:2

Children's Sunday...
I watched in awe as the children led the adults in the entirety of the 3 services from 7-9am, 9-11am and 11-1pm last Sunday at Church. Angellic sounds echoed in the air as the children led in the praise and worship sessions. As I continued to watch the little ones praise their Creator, my mind quickly transited them into adults. Indeed God has a purpose for all, I imagined what great leaders they are going to be and all. Indeed God has ordained on the mouth of the children Praise.

Surprisingly many of my church mates didn't know it was mothers day on 11th May 2008, mothers alongside their spouses were shocked when the Pastors joined by the children again cheered up in a Happy Mothers Day chorus. To all mothers, happy belated Mother day!

Psalm 8:2...
From the lips of children and infants, you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Concerns for Uganda...

Irregular Blogging..
Part of my irregular posting has to do with the role I play with Compassion International for the children, on the road am always in rural places where many donors', sponsors' and staffs' faithful prayers and support reach and transform communities physically. In advance, I will mention this; the next 2 months will be quite busy for me which implies less blogging! Oh how I will miss you all and blogging too...

Uganda Today...
Compassion international a child advocacy organization mission statement states that " In response to the great commission, compassion international exists an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults." This is a focused and strategic direction, how I wish my country desired to move in this same direction.

Currently, in my personal opinion - Uganda is following right in the steps of Zimbabwe looking at the economic status. The prices of commodities, fuels talk about basic needs have all hiked almost to double, school tuition fees are sky rocketing. The other day while I was doing some shopping for my nephews my eyes went wide open at the sight of the price tags. Inflation season I guess!
During my home cell/bible study group last tuesday, [First Tuesdays of the month are always prayer Tuesdays] members suggested that we should pray particularly for children. Almost each of them has heard of an experience where a child was kidnapping in a shopping mall, an with serious cancer, many defilement and rape case. The children are all on attack.
On a graduation ceremony for a prominent theology school around Uganda, the guest of hour mentioned that a policy is being developed to scrab off religious education from the primary and secondary schools' curriculum. A big blow for many children!

Looking back in the past, all these occurrence were distinct. We the righteous can make a difference through reaching out to as many as we can and also making effort to remember as many as we can in our prayers.

Psalm 11:3
When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?