What the Bible teaches about rest

BY ELIZABETH AMONGIN When you hear the word ‘rest’, it can mean going slow, relaxing or taking a break. Panic and anxiety do not solve anything but instead worsen any situation. So, the best you can do is to relax and take it slow. The Bible encourages us to rest, although many Christians do not heed that advice. Here are five Bible truths about why one should rest. Rest   is   living  by faith It is absurd that faith has been misunderstood to mean that if you do not…

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A worthwhile life

Psalms 15, Exodus 33:12-16 Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor When my wife and I married, I soon realised the differences that exist between men and women are extensive! For example, she often wants to be complemented about how she looks before stepping out, while I put no emotional price tag to my appearance. In the recent past we have lost three public figures: Mr Lawrence Mukiibi and Mr Ivan Semwanga, who had immense wealth, and our former student, Carol Atuhairwe. What is the legacy of each? The two…

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What would Jesus do on social media?

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BY STAFF WRITER Chances are high that first thing in the morning you do is pick up your phone and log on to Facebook and check all the other social media platforms, and your responses to the various posts. Ok, we will not wait for a response to that question. Let us imagine Jesus on social media! What would he post about and what would his response be to others’ posts? The following are possibilities: Jesus would not ask his Facebook friends to type Amen on every post Everyone of…

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The cross is one prerequisite for leadership

Luke 9:23-27 Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor The qualities we demand of our leaders, for example the Members of Parliament, are numerous. They must be high school graduates, among other things. In our Church, a degree holder is of bishopric substance; and universities want a professor at the helm of leadership. I do not doubt that these are desirable qualifications. Yet examples abound of such suitably qualified leaders running organisations, churches and governments aground. This is testimony that they may be qualified but their leadership is wanting. Wisdom…

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Avoid idleness in your Christian walk

Prof Christopher Byaruhanga

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 By Prof Christopher Byaruhanga Regarding some brothers/sisters who were taking advantage of the generosity of hardworking Christians in Thessalonica, Paul’s position is that it is not helpful to give to those who will not work. This is not because Paul does not believe in charity, but rather in this particular situation Paul is talking about those who could work but chose not to. Paul is aware that idleness leads to mischief and breeds trouble. His command to the believers, therefore, is to keep away from these lazy…

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Make your church a place of belonging

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BY STAFF WRITER Showing up on a Sunday morning at Church is good, but it is not enough. Church is not like a shop where you go to purchase what you want at a particular moment, and forget about the rest of the time when you do not need anything from it. Spiritual development requires discipline and constant connection. Church is a community and as a Christian you have to be part of it all the time. The same way you feel comfortable and at ease at your home should…

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Idleness, a disrupt to mission work

Prof Christopher Byaruhanga

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 By Prof Christopher Byaruhanga Every culture says something about idleness. For instance, the Romans said, by doing nothing, men learn to do evil. One of the Fathers of the English hymns, Isaac Watts wrote, “For Satan finds some mischief still, for idle hands to do”. The Jewish scholars taught that he who does not teach his son a trade, teaches him to be a thief. Some Christians in Uganda say idleness is the devil’s workshop. You and I have heard it said from our Sunday school days…

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Job’s faith tested through Fire Job 1

Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor Wealth and godliness are two words we do not ordinarily associate. How many stinking rich people can you name in Uganda (or elsewhere) who are exemplars of godly living? Besides, devout Christians with great wealth face temptations of pride and profligate living. It is easier for us to think that great wealth was ill-gotten. Of course this is a generalization, and there are exceptions, but at the same time, it is hard for one to be wealthy and maintain a godly life. The…

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Christians must learn to trust God in trials

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BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT God is all too powerful and almighty. This should be reason enough for Christians to trust him and take the wheel of their burdens, worries and seek guidance  from him. However, this isn’t the case. Many people oftenly lose their faith in God. Their allegiance to God has had a shift in contrast to the love and understanding that used to exist. Why have we become too big to accommodate Him? This sort of phenomenon is not a myth in the 21st century with the rise of…

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Be available to God

Isaiah 6:1-8 Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor I had been married for two years, and although I had a wonderful family and a promising position at the Department of Mathematics, there was a persistent and inescapable nudge toward resigning my position at Makerere University to go into itinerant evangelism and the ordained ministry. But I had at least two drawbacks. My wife, as she often says it these days, was a clergyman’s daughter who had vowed to steer clear of marrying a clergyman. The girls in the family…

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