Archive for January, 2015

January 31, 2015

A WARNING

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Ezekiel 3:16-21

And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

Multitudes of non-Christians are hurtling down a broad street to Hell. They sing, dance,wine and dine. They do not give a hoot about the Gospel we preach! Many of us Christians live in our nice little world where we are oblivious to the reality of sinners going to Hell.

I once worked as a intern at the mortuary of the largest hospital in Ghana. I would stand at the main door of the mortuary as people brought in their loved ones who had died at home or on the street. These people were so sad and shaken. You must understand that only a few hours earlier they had been talking to a living person who was now gone forever. As I stood there, God showed me that people were dying across the city all the time. A person who has never stood at the door of a mortuary will not know how frequently people depart for eternity! The Lord spoke to me when I stood at that door. He asked, “How many of these people do you think were saved? I died for them, I gave up my life for them,but are they saved?”

Listen to me Christian friend. Many of our church bazaars,weddings, fellowships and nice choirs are not enough to win the multitudes to Christ. They do not even know that they are going to Hell. We must warn them, and pull them out of the fire. “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12).

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“HOW I KILLED MY WIFE INADVERTENTLY”
HUSBANDS AND WIVES, DON’T PROLONG YOUR QUARRELS.

Yesterday, I went to interview a preacher. He came three hours late to his church, venue of our meeting and I was a bit angry. But when he explained what kept him, not only did I forgive him quickly and learned some lessons, but I decided to share this with you so that some of us could learn.

Husbands and wives should learn how to settle their quarrels without delay. I have seen situations where couples allow simple disagreement to fester for days. Husband is silently hurting, expecting the wife to speak to him first. Same for the wife, hurting and expecting the husband to play the man. The waiting game leads from one thing to the other. If you are at this level of matrimony, please read this. You might have a reason to call your spouse and together take an oath that “OUR QUARREL WOULD NOT LAST BEYOND THAT MOMENT.”

The story as told by the reverend: Husband and his wife (his church members) had a domestic disagreement one morning. The man said he was was so bitter about it, claiming his wife knew she was wrong but refused to apologise. She felt it was a non issue and the husband should overlook easily. To say “I am sorry, darling”, to her husband was difficult for her. So many people are like that. So many wives take their husbands for granted tooooooooo much. We are humans o. Blood flows in our veins. Make una hear well well.

Three days on, malice reigned in the house. The husband said he must get that “I am sorry.” Wife cooked, husband refused to eat. Everyday he came home with food from Tantalizer. He boycotted matrimonial bed. Husband found new friends in the children. Same with wife. By the way, the children were too small to break the ice. I’ve been there before. Thank God I am wiser now.

On Sunday, last Sunday, they went to church in their different cars but sat side by side during service, pretending to be jolly good husband and wife. Fraud in the house of God! Jibiti ponbele! May God forgive some husbands and wives. But after service, husband went home with the children while she waited for women’s meeting. That day, Satan decided to enter the crevice they allowed in their home.

The husband was home already. When he perfunctorily checked his phone, his wife had called him thrice. He disregarded calling her back. Malice. The wife drove in some forty minutes later. He saw Usman opening the gate for her as his phone went on ringing. He checked it. It was his wife. She was in her car at the garage already. What is she calling me for?  Foolish and stubborn wife! He said and ignored her calls. The call went on for a while. He ignored it as he sat with the TV.

Thirty minutes later, she did not come in. Something told him to go and check. Is she still in the car? Yes she must be there. He called Usman, Is madam in the car? Few minutes later, Usman rushed in. Madam dey sleep inside the car o. That was when he woke up and rushed downstairs. Asthma! Could she be having her usual attack? Could she have forgotten her inhaler?

He quickly took the inhaler and rushed downstairs. When he got there, she was almost breathless. Usman and husband quickly carried her to the back seat and off, he sped like a bat out of hell, to the clinic nearby. Madam was confirmed dead!

If he had picked her call early enough, probably she could have been saved. When you leave domestic disagreement to fester for too long, it leads to greater evil. The preacher said husband is weeping mad, blaming himself…i killed my wife! Only God knows how many wives, husbands, children have died such a needless death.

Couples must cultivate one another. No matter how angry i am with my wife, I, in my office, she, in her shop, i call her at least three times during the day. I call even when i have no reason to call. All i could say is “Where are you?” “Wetin dey?” “Anything for your boyfriend?” I am not saying this to impress anybody, but because it is true.

Credit: Uncle Ebo Whyte

“Each day we must strive for constant and never ending improvement.” – Anthony Robbins

January 30, 2015

ULTIMATELY

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 2 Timothy 2:1-3

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…

Matthew 6:19-20

The Spirit of the Lord came upon me and I spoke to my missionary pastor under the anointing. I said, “Always think like a dying man and you will always be a wiseman. Think about your arrival in Heaven soon, and you will be wise.”You see, when people are on their deathbeds, they think differently from people who are not thinking of the reality of Heaven and Hell.

I once asked my wife, “What do you think they will tell me when I arrive in Heaven?” This question bothers me all the time. “Is Heaven happy with me? Is God pleased with me? What will Jesus say to me on the day I see him face to face?” Unfortunately, most of us are just thinking about earthly things-money, cars, visas, power, influence, and the honour of man. These thinking patterns are not wisdom. If you die without doing His works, you will be a fool on the day of your death. Don’t be deceived; your time on earth is limited. After today, you will have one less day of opportunity.

Jesus gave us the highest kind of wisdom-to live with eternity in mind, to lay up treasures in Heaven. The more eternity conscious we are, the wiser we will be! My father once told me that the way I spend the first 25 years of my life would determine the way I would spend the next 45 years of my life. By the age of 25, I was a medical doctor and a pastor. My first 25 years have truly affected the years that have followed. Similarly, the way you spend the first 70 years of your life would determine the way you would spend eternity.

“Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.” – Henry Ward Beecher

The size of your success depends on the depth of your desire.