Seeking His Standard for Purity

part 1

By: Jane Osoro

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified; that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each  of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honourable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no-one should wrong his brother or take advantage  of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sin, as we have already  told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you His Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 Continue reading “Seeking His Standard for Purity”

Beautiful Beginnings

By: Jane

Just one month and two weeks into the new year, we are still very much in the season of “new” things. New jobs, schools, clothes, hopes, dreams, relationships, ventures, plans and on it goes.

At rubies and in my personal life I find myself in a place of starting many new things,  and I see God indeed making all things beautiful in  His own time and way.  It has definitely been in His own way not in the way I would have brought it about. It has been an intense and still is an intense time of pain for me after the loss of my dad two months ago. Continue reading “Beautiful Beginnings”

Brothers Keeper

Over the past few months a simple irritation has become a deep concern. It has always bothered me how seemingly slow /unconcerned the men around me seem to be when their brothers are in need. When He is lonely, depressed, going through a loss, in some sin of one kind or another, having trouble in a marriage. The answer that has been most common as to why this is has not sunk in or clicked as true. The most common responses I get when I urge (or maybe I am nagging), a brother to help out another brother, is a form of “Men don’t handle things as women do.” Continue reading “Brothers Keeper”

My Neighbour

A fictional story By Lilian

Two years ago, I was a newly converted Christian and was yet to fall in love with the Christian race. Christians did bad things then, some still do. I was even still wondering why I was becoming one of them. Starting with my aunts, if being Christ-like could be measured on a scale of 1-10, they would have negatives. They were the SI unit of badness. True story. Even those who didn’t know God, called them the terrorist twins. Continue reading “My Neighbour”

Faith of our fathers; PART 2

Over the past few days I have found myself confronted by another aspect of the “Faith of our Fathers” issue. A more positive one, but still spiritually deadly in its own right. If you have not read my first article on “Faith of our Fathers”, you can read it hereFaith of our fathers. However, a brief explanation of the phenomenon is this. Many of us who grew up in Christian homes find ourselves acquiring our parents’ patterns of faith without internalizing it for ourselves. Yes we are born again, but our maturity is based on learned behaviour rather than stemming from “working out our own salvation”. Sometimes it is in totality (the most dangerous)… Continue reading “Faith of our fathers; PART 2”

Earth Day

I was probably a typical child in that I had a really messy bedroom. I had an extra bed in my room for guests. However it was hard to find the bed under a nice mangle of my clothes (clean and dirty), toys, rocks and twigs I had been playing with, half-finished art projects, etc. But I loved to look good when I went out. On Sunday my clothes were clean, ironed, and I was regal in my kitten heels. I remember my mum saying to me one Sunday, “Ya, you look nice… but if someone sees the room you have come from…” Continue reading “Earth Day”