SALT AND LIGHT

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people
light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to
everyone in the house.    In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see
your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-16.

INTRODUCTION

Everybody is familiar with salt and light. They are found in virtually every household in the world. Jesus Himself, as a boy in the Nazareth home, must have watched His mother Mary use salt in the kitchen and light the lamps when the sun went down. He knew their practical usefulness.

WHAT JESUS EXPECTS OF US AS SALT AND LIGHT

1. Christians are fundamentally different from non-Christians, or ought to be.

Both images set the two communities apart. The world is dark, Jesus implied, but you are to be its light. The world is dark, Jesus implied, but we are to be its light.

The world is decaying, but we are to be its salt, and hinder its decay. In English idiom we might say they are as different as ‘chalk from cheese’ or ‘oil from water’; Jesus said they are as different as light from darkness, and salt from decay. This is a major theme of the whole Bible. God is calling out from the world a people for Himself, and the vocation of this people is to be ‘holy’ or ‘different’. ‘Be holy,’ He says to them again and again, ‘because I am holy.’

2. Christians must permeate non-Christian society.

Although Christians are (or should be) morally and spiritual distinct from non-Christians, they are not to be socially segregated. On the contrary, their light is to shine into the darkness, and their salt to soak into the decaying meat. The lamp does no good if it is put under a bed or a bowl, and the salt does no good if it stays in the salt cellar.

Similarly, Christians are not to remain aloof from society, where they cannot affect it, but become immersed in its life. They are to let their light shine, so that their good deeds are seen.

3. Christians must influence non-Christians society.

Before the days of refrigeration, salt was the best-known preservative. Either it was rubbed into fish and meat, or they were left to soak in it. In this way the decaying process was retarded, though not of course entirely arrested. Light is even more obviously effective; when the light is switched on, the darkness is actually dispelled. Just so, Jesus seems to have meant, Christians can hinder social decay and dispel the darkness of evil.

William Temple wrote of the ‘pervasive sweetening of life and of all human relationships by those who carry with them something of the mind of Christ’.

Our Christian habit is to bewail the world’s deteriorating standards with an air of rather self-righteous dismay. We criticize its violence, dishonesty, immorality, disregard for human life, and materialistic greed. ‘The world is going down to the drain’, we say with a shrug. But whose fault is it? Who is to blame?

Let me put it like this. If the house is dark when nightfall comes, there is no sense in blaming the house, for that is what happens when the sun goes down. The question to ask is ‘Where is the light?’ If the meat goes bad and we cannot eat it, there is no sense in blaming the meat, for that is what happens when the bacteria are left alone to breed. The question to ask is ‘Where is the salt?’ In the same vein, if society deteriorates and standards decline, till it becomes like a dark night or stinking fish, there is no sense in blaming society, for that is what happens when fallen men and women are left to themselves, and human selfishness goes unchecked. The question to ask is ‘Where is the church?’ Why are the salt and light of Jesus Christ not permeating and changing society?’ It is sheer hypocrisy on our part to raise our eyebrows, shrug our shoulders or wring our hands. The Lord Jesus told us to be the world’s salt and light. If therefore darkness and rottenness abound, it is our fault and we must accept the blame.

4. Christians must retain their Christian distinctiveness.

If salt does not retain its saltiness, it is good for nothing. If light does not retain its brightness, it becomes ineffective. So we who claim to be Christ’s followers have to fulfill two conditions if we are to do any good for Him. On the one hand we have to permeate non-Christian society, and immerse ourselves in the life of the world. On the other, while doing so, we have to avoid becoming assimilated to the world. We must retain our Christian convictions, values, standards and lifestyle.

If asked what the ‘saltiness’ and ‘brightness’ of Christian holiness are, the rest of the Sermon on the Mount gives us the answer. Jesus tells us not to be like others around us: “Do not be like them’ – Matthew 6:8a. Instead, He calls us to a greater righteousness (of the heart), a wider love (even of enemies), a deeper devotion (of children coming to their Father) and a nobler ambition (seeking first God’s rule and righteousness). It is only as we choose and follow His way, that our salt will retain its saltiness, our light will shine, we shall be His effective witness and servants, and exert a wholesome influence on society.

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HOW TO GUARD AGAINST MAN-MADE RELIGIONS

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter two. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.” –Colossians 2 : 23(NLT) 

We can guard against man-made religions by asking these questions about any religious group:Does it stress man-made rules and taboos rather than God’s grace?Does it foster a critical spIrit toward others, or does it exercise discipline discreetly and lovingly?Does it stress formulas, secret knowledge, or special visions more than the Word of God?Does it elevate self-righteousness, honoring those who keep the rules, rather than elevating Christ?Does it neglect Christ’s universal church , claiming to be an elite group?Does it teach humiliation of the body as a means to spiritual growth rather than focus on the growth of the whole person?Does it disregard the family rather than hold it in high regard as the Bible doesTo the Colossians, the discipline demanded by the false teachers seemed good, and legalism still attracts many people today. Following a long list of religious rules requires strong self-discipline and can make a person appear moral, but religious rules cannot change a person’s heart. Only the Holy Spirit can do that.

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PAUL CONDEMNS HERESY

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter two. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “…Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.” –Colossians 2:22-23(NLT) 

Paul writes against any philosophy of life based only on human ideas and experiences. Paul himself was a gifted philosopher, so he is not condemning philosophy. He is condemning teaching that credits humanity, not Christ, with being the answer to life’s problems. That approach becomes a false religion. There are many man-made approaches to life’s problems that totally disregard God. To resist heresy you must use your mind, keep your eyes on Christ, and study God’s word.

We cannot reach up to God by following rules of pious self-denial, by observing rituals, or by practicing religion. Paul isn’t saying all rules are bad. But keeping laws or rules will 

not earn salvation. The Good News is that God reaches down to human beings, He asks for our response. Man-made religions focus on human effort; Christianity focuses on Christ’s work. Believers must put aside sinful desires, but doing so is the by-product of our new life in Christ, not on our own discipline and rule keeping but on the power of Christ’s death and resurrection.

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NO LONGER SLAVE TO SIN


SCRIPTURE TEXT: “You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” –Colossians 2:13-15(NLT) 

Before we believed in Christ, our nature was evil. We disobeyed, rebelled, and ignored God (even at our best, we did not love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind). The Christian, however, has a new nature. God has crucified the old rebellious nature; “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:6) and replaced it with a new loving nature; “..for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him”  (Colossian 3:9,10)

The penalty of sin died with Christ on the cross. God has declared us not guilty, and we need no longer live under sin’s power. God does not take us out of the world or make us robots—we will still feel like sinning, and sometimes we will sin. The difference is that before we were saved, we were slaves to a sinful nature; but now we are free to live for Christ.

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YOU ARE COMPLETE THROUGH YOUR UNION WITH CHRIST

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “So you also are complete through your union with Christ, Who is the Head over every ruler and authority.” –Colossians 2:10(NLT) 

Look around you. People are searching for something to give their lives a boost. Few people seem content within themselves. A strange and often hard-to-identify inner vacuum gives most people an uneasy sense of incompleteness. Christ fills that vacuum! As Jesus’ Person is fully divine, so we, united by faith to Jesus, find personal fulfillment in Him: “you also are complete through your union with Christ.”

When you know Jesus Christ, you don’t need to seek God by means of other religions, cults, or unbiblical philosophies as the Colossians were doing. Christ alone holds the answers to the true meaning of life because He is life. Christ is the unique source of knowledge and power for the Christian life. No Christian needs anything in addition to what Christ has provided to be saved. Some days may not feel like it, but in Jesus, the vacuum is gone; the full power and presence of God has taken up residence in your mind and heart. You are a new person equipped for life and satisfied in God. Take some risks-God will guide you. Give more generously-God will supply. Love more freely-God will energize you. Say “can do” more often-God will amaze you.  

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BE ROOTED IN CHRIST

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter two. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.” –Colossians 2:6-8(NLT) 

Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of life with Christ. But you must continue to follow His leadership by being rooted, built up, and strengthened in faith. Christ wants to guide you and help you with your daily problems. You can live for Christ by:Committing your life and submitting your will to Him;
Seeking to learn from Him, His life, and His teachings;
Recognizing the Holy Spirit’s power in you  Paul uses the illustration of our being rooted in Christ. Just as plants draw nourishment from the soil through their roots, so we draw our life-giving strength from Christ. The more we draw our strength from Him, the less we will be fooled by those who falsely claim to have life’s answers. If Christ is our strength, we will be free from human regulations.

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POLITICS AND CHRISTIANITY

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all
people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all
godliness and holiness. — 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

INTRODUCTION
As Christian believers we are called to be light in the dark place, the salt penetrating a rotten world. James 4:17 – “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” As Edmund Burke remarked, “All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing”. We Christians have a moral obligation to be involved in our world.

In Paul’s day, the form of government was an empire. Although citizens could not elect Caesar, they could pray for him. It’s hypocritical to pray for something for which we are not willing to work. If we are obligated to pray for a government in accordance with 1 Timothy 2, then we are also morally obligated to work for it.

SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE POLITICALLY INVOLVED?
Because of that constitutional separation, Christianity in the form of the institutional, organized church is constrained from formal integration with our government. But Christianity in the form an individual’s theological identification with the body of Christ can and should play a part in the political process.


Working as individuals within the political system is not contrary to our Christian faith. We
believe in the redemption of humanity, a redemption that takes place on an individual basis,
not on an institutional basis. Likewise, our political influence comes from the involvement of individuals, not institutions. In fact, any free and democratic society must be based on the strong participation of individual citizens. Without this, it devolves into an elitism or anarchy.
The vision, abilities, character, and skills of individuals are a positive and necessary force in democracy.

Jesus admonished His followers to become the light, the salt, and the yeast in society. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.   

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.   He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” – Matthew 5:13-16; 13:33) Wherever these elements are added, they transform the environment. In the same way, we penetrate and permeate political institutions with Christian values and beliefs.
It would be wise for all of us to carefully examine the warning provided by de Tocqueville. He said: “Once religion is mixed with the bitter passions of the world it cannot avoid losing

influence: The Church cannot share the temporal power of the state without being the object of a apportion of that animosity which the latter excites.”
We can have far more impact by working within a secular political organization to help our laws reflect Christian values than by separating ourselves and banding together with other believers as a “Christian Political Movement.”


Some Christians believe that being salt and yeast means being separate from the political
process. But the common denominator of every political issue is a spiritual problem. For
instance, when we deal with environmental problems, we are not only concerned with the
environment for the sake of the environment; we are also concerned with the spiritual issue of stewardship. When we talk about an unfair tax system rife with loopholes, we are talking about the spiritual issues of fairness and justice. When we consider the problem of corruption in politics, again we are talking about spiritual questions – honesty and integrity. We need to maintain a spiritual perspective on these secular issues.

Even if we are not involved by our actions or by public identification with a political party, we
still have important political roles to play. We have a responsibility to vote. Even more
important, we are instructed to pray for those in political office. “I urge, then, first of all, that
petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all
those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. ” — 1Timothy 2:1-3.


We need to pray for the issues confronting our society and for hurting individuals within our
society. And we have a responsibility to reach out to minister to the poor.
Whether we choose to work directly in politics or to support it with our votes and prayers, the political process in a democratic country gives us a vital opportunity to demonstrate our love for Christ.


Christians ought to support godly principles wherever they are found. We should vote principle, not just party. What principles are worth upholding and fighting for? Godliness, justice, goodness, righteousness, life, defending the innocent, helping the poor – in other words, issues that are clearly spelt out in the Bible.
Principles translate into issues. For example, defending innocent lives is a principle, and
abortion on demand is an issue. Because of their principles, Christians will know how to react to the issues of the day.

When there is a clear-cut moral issue, Christians are obligated to become involved. On some issues, however, Christians hold the same principles but disagree over the means to put them into action. War is one of those issues. Activist says a Christian should always go to war when the government commands it. Pacifists say we should never go to war, even if the government commands it. And selectivity says we should sometimes go to war; it depends on whether or not it just a war. You will find Christians on all sides of this issue. I think they all agree with the same principle – that justice and peace should be preserved – but they disagree as to the best way to arrive there.

In spite of the fact that we won’t always agree with each other, we Christians need to get
involved in politics. If good people don’t get involved in running the government, then evil
people will. It is not going to do us any good to curse the darkness; we have to light a few
candles. Politically, the Bible is more like a library than a single book. It is difficult to come up with a black-and-white answer that fits every diverse situation. For example, some people try to apply
Jesus’ words about non-resistance (Luke 6:27-31) to every act of injustice. But in practice, I
don’t know anyone who always turns the other cheek. On the other hand, Christians should
not ignore those verses. Even though the verses might not apply to every situation, the One
who spoke them remains decisive, and Christians need to consider what he says.
If it is difficult to know what a Christian political position is, how can Christians know what their political involvement should be? There are several guidelines a Christian can follow.

  1. NOT TO BE INVOLVED IS TO BE INVOLVED. Not to take a stand is to take a stand. When
    we look back at history, we see that those who weren’t for the abolition of slavery were
    contributing to its existence. Those Catholics and Lutherans in Germany who didn’t speak up against Hitler were, in a sense, supporting him. They weren’t taking a stand when a stand was needed.
    Sometimes Christians will say they don’t want to be involved politically, but they are really
    saying they don’t care about the current political issues. Some Christians who today make
    fighting abortion their main cause once said it was sinful for Christians to be in politics. Once they thought there was no cause worthy of the risk of being tainted by politics; now they have found an issue.
  2. POLITICS SHOULD NOT BE THE PRIME ACTIVITY OF THE CHURCH. Politics does not preach the kingdom of God. Politics does not fulfil the will of God. It does not save souls. It is simply a modest act that works against selfishness and violence.
    In preaching God’s kingdom, Christians try to create a space for the presence of God in the
    world. In political involvement, Christians try to hold God’s plumb line to the world (Amos 7:7-9). We do this even though in holding the plumb line, our hands are shaky and our perspective is distorted. God has called us to be salt and light in the world, and this is our duty.
  3. LOVE GOD AND ACT REASONABLY. In deciding what stand to take, Christians should let
    their love for God by their filter. Beyond that, they should act reasonably. They won’t choose
    the right stand all the time, but that is a risk they have to take.
    Politics seeks to minimize violence. It works to assure that no one person or organization has a disproportionate amount of control. But working together for good can never be done without compromise. To compel attention and gather votes, Christians must make coalitions. To make coalitions, Christians must make compromises. When it comes to politics, no Christian is pure.


Christians need to be involved in politics, but we must remember not to confuse politics with bringing in the kingdom. The proclamation of the kingdom influences political action, but political action is not the centre of the kingdom.
ADVICE TO VOTERS BY JOHN WESLEY AS RECORDED IN HIS JOURNAL OF OCTOBER 3, 1774:

  1. Vote, without a fee or reward, but for the person, we judge most worthy.
  2. Speak no evil of the person we voted against.
  3. Take care our spirits are not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.
    Source: Culled from the book “Practical Christianity” – The Down to Earth Guide to Heavenly Living.

TELL OTHERS ABOUT CHRIST

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter one. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me..” –Colossians 1:28-29(NLT) 

The word ‘perfect’ means ‘mature or complete,’ not ‘flawless.’ Paul wanted to see each believer mature spiritually. Like Paul, we must work wholeheartedly like an athlete, but we should not strive in our own strength alone. We have the power of God’s Spirit working in us. We can learn and grow daily, motivated by love and not fear or pride, knowing that God gives the energy to become mature.

Christ’s message is for everyone; so everywhere Paul and Timothy went, they brought the Good News to all who would listen. An effective presentation of the Good News includes warning and teaching. The warning is that without Christ, people are doomed to eternal separation from God. The teaching is that salvation is available through faith in Christ. As Christ works in you, tell others about Him, warning and teaching them in love. 

Whom do you know that needs to hear this message?

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THE HONOUR OF VOTING: A PRIVILEGE AND A RESPONSIBILITY

Here is the king whom you have chosen and whom you have desired. — 1 Samuel 12:13


INTRODUCTION
In July 2012 I published a book together with Dr Samuel Koranteng-Pipim entitled “The
Transformed Mind”. Below is an extract from a chapter of the book because of its relevance.
Question: On the idea of Christians being light in their communities, a lot of Christians run away from politics in any form. Some don’t even want to vote, alleging that Christians should have nothing to do with politics. What do you have to say about this?


Answer: Let me, first of all, say that it is wrong to think or say that Christians should have
nothing to do with politics.
There are obligations on every Christian to be concerned about the politics of wherever you are living. It does not mean that you have to belong to a political party or run for a political office. But it does not mean that you have to fold your hands either, not concerned about what is going on politically in your state or your country. If you live there, you’d better be concerned. The Bible recognizes the state and the church. Several allusions are made to the distinctness of and the respect due to each. Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s. Pray for the good of the land where you are as against just your church or your family. Respect those in authority, including state leaders. Where in the Bible are Christians warned to run away from politics in any form?


I know that politics has been dirty in some of our African countries, but that is not enough
justification to stay out of politics completely. There are so many things that can be done. I
know when a lot of Christians talk about politics; they narrow it down to just elections and
holding public office. About the latter, let me reiterate that you don’t have to campaign for
public office before you’re called to serve. I didn’t have to do so, and I held several public
offices without belonging to any political party.


About the former concern, that of elections, there are a lot of things you can still do as a
Christian, though not a party member or a candidate for any office.
During the last elections here in Ghana, the West was sceptical about the country going
through the process peacefully. There were debates in the media as regards whether Ghana could hold credible and peaceful elections or reveal another typical case of post-election violence in Africa. There’s always tension during election seasons. The more the ethnic and ideological diversities, the more the tension that surrounds elections in Africa. People get agitated and apprehensive and are not sure whether to register to vote or even to actually vote. I understand all that, but that is when Christians have a very important role to play.
Can you imagine what would happen in this country and on the continent if none who lays
claim to Christianity gets involved in opposing anything that can derail a peaceful election? Is there no longer any Isaac or Jacob or John or Paul or Peter that is listed among those who
intimidate opponents, harass innocent citizens, torture, slander, malign, steal ballot boxes, and get involved in any of those heinous electoral crimes?

Thank God He has spared Ghana from this problem; but it hurts all the same that in so many parts of Africa, peaceful and fair elections are still only a dream. I know that many Christians are afraid. But our fear should not prevent us from praying and talking to our young ones and even the old. We need to educate the people within our sphere of influence on the true obligation of every Christian to not stay aloof from issues that have to do with the governance of wherever we live. They are to be part of it in a way that honours God.

The Bible asks us to pray, and pray we must.
This year we’ll hold elections again. At this very crucial time in our political history, God
promises us the same peace that He’s blessed us with so far. ‘Though the mountains be shaken the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, Who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10). “My eyes and
My heart will always be there” (1 Kings 9:3). “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’’
(Hebrews 13:5). In addition to offering up fervent prayers for the electoral process, candidates, and the electorate as a whole, let all Christians seek for ways by which they can be on the side of everything good that will aid speaking and acting out for peaceful elections.


For the forthcoming elections, we have developed a simple document that summarizes what every resident in Ghana, citizens and visitors alike, to imbibe. Our CITIZENS MANIFESTO is simple enough to understand by various and sundry persons. It is not difficult to practice either.
The objective of this manifesto is to put in a single document our obligations, expectations, and concerns. It will work towards a common goal – that of having a peaceful, free and fair election. Christians are in the majority in Ghana, and if we all join hands together, we can achieve our goal


THE CITIZENS MANIFESTO


We the citizens of Ghana hereby agree and pledge as follows. That…

  1. We will speak and act responsibly.
  2. We will use polite, not offensive language.
  3. We will respect candidates for who they are, not hold ethnocentric/ tribalistic views or make
    such slanted negative comments about them.
  4. We will conduct ourselves peacefully, not resort to violence or to stockpile, distribute, or use
    weapons.
  5. We will objectively assess issues and candidates, not attack our opponents or those who
    disagree with us.
  6. We will promote equity, not obstruct justice.
  7. We will report our grievances to the relevant authorities, not take the law into our hands.
  8. We will vote peacefully and responsibly, not resort to intimidation.
  9. We will encourage all eligible voters around us to vote peacefully and responsibly, not sell
    their votes or be bribed or coerced for their votes.

  1. We will actively support those who eventually win their elections.
  2. We will pray for God to bless the majority party and incumbent, the minority party, and
    other contesting parties and their flag bearers; and also pray for Him to bless the freedom of
    the press.
  3. We will encourage journalists and other media to be responsible to speak the truth in love,
    and to practice charity in their criticisms.
    We will prove that the Golden Age in Ghanaian politics has arrived. God bless the voter. God
    Bless Ghana.
    Advice to voters by John Wesley as recorded in his Journal of October 3, 1774:
  4. Vote, without a fee or reward, but for the person we judge most worthy.
  5. Speak no evil of the person we voted against.
  6. Take care our spirits are not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.

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Bible Study as well as Sunny FM 88.7 FM every Sunday at 3:30 pm. for Hymn and their Stories.

PAUL REFUTES MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CHRIST

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter one. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.” –Colossians 1:17-23(NLT) 

In the Colossian church there were several misconceptions about Christ that Paul directly refuted:False teachers argued that God would not have come to earth as a true human being in bodily form. They believed that God did not create the world because He would not have created evil.They said that Christ was not the unique Son of God but rather one of the many intermediaries between God and people They refused to see Christ as the source of salvation, insisting that people could  find God only through special and secret knowledge.Paul stated that Christ is the image-the exact likeness of God and is Himself God, and yet He died on the cross as a human beingPaul proclaimed that Jesus Christ, who was also God in the flesh, is Creator of both Heaven and earth.Paul explained that Christ existed before anything else and is the Firstborn of those resurrectedIn contrast, Paul openly proclaimed the way of salvation to be through Christ alone. Paul continued to bring the argument back to Christ. When we share the Good News, we, too, must keep the focus on Christ.

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