We are told that we are at war. It certainly feels like it, with much of the economy being either shut down or mothballed, citizens having wartime restrictions placed upon them and the situation changing from day to day.
C S Lewis faced a similar although graver providence when in the autumn of 1939 the Second World War broke out, and he found himself preaching a sermon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford, to the students of the university. It is still a stunning sermon from which we have much to learn and to apply in our own situation.
He argues that we should have “an intimate knowledge of the past” – not because the past is ‘magical’ but because we cannot study the future and yet we need something with which to compare our current circumstances.
“A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village: the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age,” he writes.
One can only guess at what Lewis would have said about the 24/7 outpouring on social media and the internet! There is much we can learn from the past. The trouble is that our news is filled with predictions about the future – about which we cannot know (but fear) – rather than what we do know.
Lewis argues that the war does not create a new situation.
“It simply aggravates the present human condition so that we can no longer ignore it,” he argues.
We tend to think this situation is new. And in one sense it is – because we personally have not experienced this before. But our experience is not the determiner of reality. Lewis reminds us that human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice and that “human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself”.
In his sermon Lewis warns us of three dangers in terms of our attitudes when we are faced with this kind of war.
The first enemy is excitement: that feeling when we are so caught up in the moment of the current crisis that we can think of nothing else. When the bushfires here in Australia were at their height, every day I checked my bushfire app to see how many there were and what was happening. Now I have a coronavirus app – so I can check the spread of the virus all over the world. It is all too easy to get caught up in something so that nothing else gets into your heart and mind.
The second enemy is frustration. For Lewis, this is the feeling that we will not have time to finish anything so why bother? What’s the point of study, or getting married, or starting a new project when we live in a world in such a state of crisis? The Christian has an answer to that. We know that ‘under the sun’ everything is meaningless. But we know that there is more to life than that which is just ‘under the sun’. We look to the eternal and so we can appreciate the present and work for the future.
The third enemy is fear. I see it in the faces of the people keeping their distance from me on the train. I hear it in the panicked voices on radio call shows. I feel it in my own heart and mind. Lewis points out that war threatens us with death and pain, and that no Christian should be stoically indifferent to that. But then he points out the rationally obvious, but something that is emotionally distant for most of us:
“What does war do to death? It certainly does not make it more frequent; 100 per cent of us die, and the percentage cannot be increased. It puts several deaths earlier; but I hardly suppose that that is what we fear…..Yet war does do something to death. It forces us to remember it. The only reason why the cancer at sixty or the paralysis at seventy-five do not bother us is that we forget them. War makes death real to us; and that would have been regarded as one of its blessings by most of the great Christians of the past. They thought it good for us to be always aware of our mortality. I am inclined to think they were wise.”
We are at war. The Church is always in the midst of a war – against sin, suffering and Satan. This particular battle is both a test of our faith and an opportunity for us to live and proclaim it. O Church arise and put your armour on….
The Unveiling City Abuja, converging ground for Unveiling the Veiled activities went queer when the Voice Of Solution demonstrated an unequivocal love towards humanity at the penultimate Friday service.
Prophetess Rose Kelvin also known as The Voice Of Solution went through memory lane leaving almost the entire congregation in tears while she narrated her ordeal after the demise of her Dad 28YEARS ago. She recalled in tears how her widowed mum lost the entire property and business establishment left by her wealthy Dad to relations which led to untold hardship that brought pains to the family.
The News gathered that Prophetess Rose picked out Mrs. Roseline Eduka, the Proprietress of Rosi Day Nursery & Primary school Osisi-Oma Aba in Abia state whom she flew from the South-East to Abuja for a surprise and narrated how Mrs. Roseline Eduka admitted her into ROSI DAY school when she was evicted from school for her poor widowed mum’s inability to pay her school fees to continue her Primary education. Mrs. Eruka told the mother of Prophetess Rose Kelvin to pay anytime she could which enabled Prophetess Rose to continue her Primary education.
Then the huge surprise! Prophetess Rose Kelvin handed one million naira in cash to Mrs. Roseline Eruka her teacher in primary school and thanked her for what she did 28YEARS AGO.
Recently, Prophetess Rose Kelvin has given scholarships to Orphans and fatherless children. She has also empowered over 50 widows with cash give-aways for business establishments. During the recent Easter celebration, Prophetess Rose facilitated the release of ten prison inmates with misdemeanor offenses who have suffered rejection and abandonment from families and relations from various correctional facilities around Abuja. The freed men cuts across Northern and Southern nativity Muslims and Christians alike. The Proprietress rehabilitated them and empowered them with one Hundred thousand naira each and reintegrated them fresh into society to start a new life.
THE NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD STORY OF LECRAE’S LOSS OF FAITH AFTER THE EXPERIENCES OF HIS PAST THREATENED TO RUIN HIS CAREER AND LIFE.
Two-time GRAMMY winning hip-hop artist and bestselling author Lecrae had inspired millions with his redemptive and gut-honest art. But when his personal life spun into chaos, he was forced to face the buried impact of the unhealed wounds–sexual abuse, physical trauma, addiction, and depression–that threatened to tear it all apart. Along the way, he realized the wounds we all carry have the potential to be unlikely guides to healing and freedom for ourselves, and others.
With vulnerable honesty and transformational yet simple steps you can apply today, Lecrae shares the personal practices he uses in his daily life for mental, emotional, and spiritual health. With powerful prose, he gives an unflinching look at the personal and public spaces that sadly hurt us so often–culture, politics, family, church, personal failure–and reminds us that learning to let go and forgive is the birthplace for the life of creativity and freedom God has for us.
I Am Restored is an inspiring charge to embrace the lasting healing and restoration available now, and that we all desperately long for, because no matter what you’ve experienced, God is near, He hears, and He’s not done with you yet.
Fast rising Gospel music minister Yadah has topped the June edition of the Official Nigerian Gospel Music Top 10 Chart, compiled by The International Association of Christian Media Practitioners [IACMP], with her wavemaking recent single titled “Onye Inaputara.”
With +18K views on the music video released on the 12th of June and an overwhelming number of votes from 54 Nigerian Gospel music blogs all across the nation, add to the nods from IACMP Top 10 Chart Panelists, the Abuja based Gospel artiste has whisked the spot off Dunsin Oyekan’s “At All Cost,” which dropped 6 steps to the Number 7 spot, for the month of June.
“Obinasom,” by Mercy Chinwo, Ada Ehi’s “Fix My Eyes On You” featuring Sinach and GUC’s “All That Matters,” all made their way back to the chart in order of mention due to recent demands and the vacuole created by lack of stronger contenders for the month. “‘All That Matters” by GUC pushed “On God” by Eben a step down from the number 4 spot which the single held last month.
The IACMP Official Nigerian Gospel Music Top 10 Chart uses popular votes from about 54 Gospel music blogs & online radio stations all over Nigeria, online music statistics such as charts from Gospel music blogs all over Nigeria. Also views, downloads, streams, external Gospel music charts and the decision of 2 panels (a 4-man and a 6-man panel) as criteria to determine the song that makes the monthly chart. The chart is the most credible Gospel music chart in Nigeria.