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What is love? Understanding the depth of true and genuine love

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No one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. (Ephesians 5:29–30).
In my first book, the 3 loves we need, I opened up my introduction with this line; "love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to us". This was true then (2009) and it is true now (2016) and it will always be true. Literally, there is no such thing as unconditional love, not even that of God. At the same time, we cannot confess love to be of mutual benefit (maybe yes in one sense but also No in another) but what is clear is that the two parties involved, each has a responsibility, a duty to play, and a reward to gain. That is what makes love genuine, true, holy and everlasting.

Amulen Winfred's Bridal shower, 24/11/2016: EMERALD hotel, Kampala (From 6:30-10:30pm)

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Amulen is blessed with marvelous friends for she is marvelous herself. Anyway, as we embarked on preparing for our wedding (due to take place on 10/12/2016), her friends and I secretly prepared to surprise her with bridal shower on the Thursday evening of 24/11/2016 at Emerald hotel, Kampala.

After securing and arranging the venue well, her friends (Maggie, Rose, Mahoro, Agnes, Mollen, Flora, Babirye, Nakato, and Unice) went and decorated the table with a great cake and drinks and then called me to take her.

"Respect authorities, all authority comes from God"

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Like me, you must have heard it often from preachers of all walks calling upon Christians to submit to authority, and maybe you wondered if it really included submission to instructions from evil leaders as well. Today, we have some deep understanding of this important rule. Our lessons will greatly be from 1 Peter 2:13-25 and Romans 13:1-7. Other important verses on this topic are; Colossians 3:22, Ephesians 6:5, 1 Timothy 6:1, and 2 Timothy 2:9. Follow closely.

Exploring the depth of love, life & happiness through faith

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Life, love, and happiness are more complex than we all think, and the only simple way to enjoy them or even taste a glimpse of their sweetness is through FAITH.
No matter how educated, organized and very determined we could be, we cannot have it all. There are so many unanswered worries and questions in life, so many mysteries we experience in love and relationships and we really cannot tell what is happening. Happiness! Happiness is a myth or a mystery to so many of us. I think what we confuse it with is either excitement or pleasure yet we do not know what pleasure is as well.
I am tired; I mean we could be tired if we tried searching for some answers. We have short time to live and if we could use it for research, we may miss life.

Tithing and the bible; the truth

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Yes, we have said it in whispers, have briefly written about it, and have, on surface, tried to know what is true about tithing, but today is the day we dig it all; the day of truth.
Tithing, according to the Old Testament, was a requirement of the law in which Israelites were asked to give 10% of the crops they grew and livestock to the temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). Tithing can simply mean giving in a tenth part of something paid as a voluntary contribution or as a tax especially for the support of a religious cause. Actually, some great bible commentators highlight that about 3 forms of tithes were necessary (one for the Levites, for the use of temple and feasts, and one for the poor of the land), totaling to about 23.3%.

The unchanging God: What Does It Mean That God Does Not Change?

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Every person, at least every Christians has ever used those words during prayer, and I would love to elaborate more about their meanings. Actually, we have called our God names like All knowing, powerful, merciful, gracious, love, forgiving, kind, everlasting, faithful and so much more, but rarely have we considered the serious meanings of such words and what exactly our God can do to or for us basing on such virtues in Him. Yes, we will try to look at each everyday or every time, and today we want to know what it means to have unchanging God.

We do not quit, do we? We are Warriors and not just survivors.

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The devil hated us ever since we were born; our birth was also not something he wanted. But alas, we still were born. We grew up against the roots that wanted to choke us. We must be having a purpose and invisible protector, how come we did not die?

Yes, I saw you: So many times you wanted to cry, to give up, to lose and put up your arms and say bye to the fight, give out the victory, but oh, no Jesus, you did not. Yes, you took a nap, you wished to escape, and you prayed that the pain go away, but it did not, instead you were improved to stand the pain. Yeah, that is the life you lived and have ever since lived just for me, yes, for us the hustlers.

Things could have been worse

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The other day I delayed to clear school tuition fees and when I presented myself with the full amount on the exam day, as pushed away; all they wanted was a clearance card. Yes, I went home sadly, but I was later told that I would do specials in August and they would be counted as all other exams.

And I asked myself, what if there was no that provision? What if my missing had meant repeating?Yes, I really did not enjoy the whole arrangement, but it was far better than I expected. In every situation, we need to ask; what if the worst happened?

There is always a choice

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We had a Bible study today and, oh, it was beautiful. There is one thing, one habit I have come to love about the Baptist Church, the habit of having bible studies where everyone questions, ponders, opposes, and proposes analyses and interprets every verse, every book, and every chapter according to how he understands it, and how God has revealed the word to him or her.

While we do not question the pastor's words or interpretation during service, we do so and a lot during Bible studies.Today's Bible study was from the book of Philippians 2:3-11. And we noted something about Jesus attitude on verse five. Yes, the whole chapter seems to be about humility and one way of achieving humility was or is to have the attitude of Jesus Christ, but then what is that attitude?Verse 5 answered us, “You must think and act like Christ Jesus" (Devotional Bible, Max Lucado)

Some situations won't be controlled at all, just let them be.

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A scholar prayed,"Lord,give me the courage and strength to change what can be changed and then the patience to accept things I cannot change,and the wisdom to differentiate the two" (paraphrased).
I have been there several times, more than one hundred times at least, begging for something in vain, working hard and endlessly only to fail,trying all you can only not to be appreciated, yes, fighting a war that was not meant to be fought in the first place.

“With increased power comes increased responsibility”

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I watched a movie the other night, it was called, SPIDERMAN. The most important thing I learned is; "with great power, comes great responsibility". Yes, how I pray even today that I may be that person to understand my power, my authority, what I can be able to do and use it responsibly for! The other day, I saw how a boss at the office was tossing away people who needed his help; his signature. And as he kept on arguing with them, I somehow sensed that he had insecurity issues. Instead of realizing that he was powerful and people were seeking his approval to go through, he insisted on them that they were undermining him for having considered his help.

The Marvelous introduction/Giveaway ceremony of Amulen Winfred introducing her man, Nemeyimana Vicent at their home, Bugiri, 24/09/2016

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Don’t let the enemy pin you to the bad past

You see, there will always be those people, people who want to judge you from your past. Yes, you have struggled enough to be where you are now, but enemies will always point to your past. They will remind you how unworthy your family is; they tell you that your brothers and sisters are doing badly; they will enjoy showing you the faults of your father or uncle; some of them, oh no, I mean many of them will love pointing out how your pastor slept with a young gal or a goat. Yes, your enemy will always to pull you down by pinning you onto your bad past.

Medieval/Christian philosophy: Is Christian active faith at stake?

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Shortly, after the fall of Roman Empire around 5th century, the west drowned into what came to be known as Dark ages. In this period, people had no schools of thoughts and general formal learning fell back. Many Christians of this error were so intuitional and mystical and had no logic or reasoning to back up what they believed in (Neo-Platonism). However, around 8-14th century, medieval kind of philosophy which had earlier been championed by Augustine came into existence and Thomas Aquinas was better known for this movement. We can say that true scholarly came back into open.

Is there absolute Objectivity? Is truth objective?

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We are all coming from some side, at least bending to one side more than the other, even gods. John Piper says it well, “Everyone has where he stands in relation to everything” (paraphrased). We may know (be aware of) where we are standing or not, but the fact remains: Everyone has where he is standing.
Yes, you will meet them, I mean people who will convince you that all they do is just for you.You will meet writers who propose that their ideas should be relied on. Yes, we are all writers just trying to defend what we believe in, and I think our objectivity is never to perfection. How about God? Is he more objective or he is subjective? Does God take his decisions basing on the absolute truth or he is subjective; considering each situation and the best way to deal with it?

Exploiting sinners’ situations for self gains

When we deny someone a right or privilege because he seems unworthy or looks to be evil or sinful, we are not helping the person become better or even fighting on God's side but simply exploiting the situation. If we push a homosexual out of a line, deny justice a prostitute beaten up last night from a bar, and curse a boy rotting in prison because he stole pajamas, we are not making our world a better place nor are we even fighting for God or ourselves.

Dealing with feelings of unworthiness

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Someone abused you and said you were of no use, and oh maybe, many have undermined you and finally made you feel like you matter to no one.Sometimes, it is not a belief only, it might have happened to you even: You got sick and nobody knocked on your door; you got troubles and no friends surrounded you. Yes, you could be living in total depravity but nobody minds,and the more they hurt you,oh I am meaning, the more we hurt you,the more you still feel valueless and withdraw into yourself and daily invite death to visit your home in vain.
And so you live in misery and Isolation and have lost even the touch of your loving God. Yes, after all people who represent him on this earth no longer love you. But what If there was a way to turn that around? What If there was a medicine to now make people like you and admire to be closer to you?

Earning more of God's favor: Knowledge of him

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Many people, many Christians think that we can increase God's favors by being nice, praying a lot, giving enough, forgiving many, spreading the gospel, and doing all kinds of sacrifices for God's Kingdom, but that is not true. We receive God's favors through grace. However, the truth is we can increase or decrease God's favors and blessings and we are looking at how to do that today. Those who proclaim the gospel of grace almost make us lose the point too. They convince us that we just have to sit and not do anything. If God is to bless you, He will and if He won't bless you, he won't. Just sit and do nothing. I am afraid this is not the whole truth too.
Favors through work or just grace?

Double sinning: Leaving true God & following false gods Jeremiah 2:10-13

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Double sinning: Leaving true God & following false gods Jeremiah 2:10-13
Today, I was reading through the book of Jeremiah chapter two and there are about 4 verses that made me think my head off. They are so intriguing, let us examine them:
"Go across the sea to the Islands of Cyprus and see. Send someone to the land of Kedar to look closely. See if there has been anything like this (verse 10). Has a nation ever exchanged its gods? (Of course, its gods are not really gods at all). But my people have exchanged their glorious God for idols worth nothing (verse 11). Skies, be shocked at the things that have happened and shake with great fear!" says the Lord (12). My people have done two evils: They have turned away from me, the spring of living water. And they have dug their own wells, which are broken wells that cannot hold water (13). Those are the verses.

Desperate questions meet desperate answers

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Yesterday, I watched TV and saw some pastors in some churches, and oh no, I am not passing judgment, but I did not feel comfortable with their teachings. I have been hearing rumors of false prophets and shepherds; shepherds that the Lord talks of in Ezekiel chapter 34. Yes, whether those I watched were right or wrong is not my duty, the fact remains that there are many false pastors, prophets and shepherds these days even more than ever.

Feelings of being a burden to others

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Yes, there is that moment, that time in life when we are dependent either on our children, our parents or friends and, when for so long we cannot stand for ourselves, we have these terrible feelings of being burdens. And you know what! They are dangerous. While it is true those friends of ours could be feeling bad about us depending on them for help, sometimes they have not yet felt the same about us. So we start Isolating ourselves, hide our pain and troubles, proclaim strength when we are weak, and hide tears when we are crying inside,and oh how depressing it is! Yes, we all have experienced that, we all have been dependent some day or we will definitely be some day.What can we do when we have such feelings of being burdens to others especially the people we care about?

Can the bible be read, understood & interpreted by everyone?

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In matters related to the above question, I agreed with the facebook evangelist Ronald Egonda who wrote that while intellectual knowledge is important, it may be a curse if not backed up with God's spirit. I have recently noticed so many of my readers, those of his and everyone everywhere I shoot this question that so many people think that the Bible is a word of God to everyone; the learned and non learned, educated and non educated. However, so many more other people also believe that special knowledge, gift or anointment is prerequisite to understanding the Bible. Where does this leave us? We are left to wonder what the true take could be!
It is because of the above evidence and confusion among us all that I have decided to share with you what I seriously think about

Hillary Clinton's full concession speech

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Thank you. Thank you all.Thank you. Thank you all have much.[Applause] Thank you. Thank you all very much. Thank you so much. A very rowdy group. Thank you, my friends. Thank you. Thank you
Thank you so very much for being here. I love you all, too. Last night I congratulated Donald trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I'm sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country

Us President Donald J. Trump's victory speech

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You have probably watched him make the speech or you even already have the video, but the script, you do not have. Time for me to help you, below is the Donald J. Trump's Victory speech (Some phrases may be missing).

Does God really exist?

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Does God really Exist?
Over the centuries, so many people have argued that God does not exist and they have displayed their reasoning basing on science, theology, philosophy, geology and all sorts of education material and, to an extent, have convinced many more. When I was born, it was just yesterday, I found some believing that God exists and others that He doesn’t. And even today someone out there is still wondering what the truth could be. I am sure the above question has ever been addressed a thousand and more times by even the greatest scholars of the time but since there is a multitude that doesn’t know the right answer still, it won’t be a wastage to bring it to you plainly and in our modern easy version. It won’t be different at all, I am gonna use the same subjects and literature to reveal the truth.