How To Avoid Leprosy I

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12 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 2 And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.

Numbers 12:1-2
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People gossip and joke about their preachers and leaders though they may not mean to hurt their feelings. There is a song by Kingsmen Quartet titled “Excuses”[1]. In it, their tenor chronicles interesting excuses the devil gives to Christians to keep them from attending church. It begins with personal excuses and ends with gossip about the preacher – he’s too young, and maybe he’s too old, sermons are not challenging enough, and maybe they are too bold…, he needs to have more dignity, or else he’s too proud. In the end, the tenor says, ‘we all have them (excuses), don’t we!’ 

Running one’s mouth about leaders is an old habit. Moses’s own siblings – Auntie Miriam and Pastor Aaron – even gossiped about him! In this episode, the subject was Mrs Moses. She was a Cushite, Ethiopian, dark-skinned. I can almost hear Miriam breathing puckishly into Aaron’s gloating ears, “They say she can’t even cook our food well…. “Goodness me! Her skin is so dark; it’s as if she doesn’t want to bathe correctly; hmmm, “I even overheard them quarrelling last night… “Did God ask our brother to marry her? “Does God speak only through Moses? “What about us? “He speaks through us too! Hahahahahaha!

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To think this was coming not just from Moses’ siblings but also from the leaders of a complicated, painful to manage, 10,000+ wandering wayfarers. They were supposed to be leaders whose lives should be the examples God could count on.

God broke through their nitpicking in anger. He called the three siblings out of His tabernacle. Then God descended in the cloud and stood at the entrance to the tabernacle, effectively blocking any chance of getting back in there even if they dared to do so. He had stopped Aaron and Miriam’s chance of entering the only place on earth where God, Himself, had said people could go to obtain mercy. That is how despicable, how repulsive gossiping was and still is to the Almighty. And when He had finished speaking, He was not finished with them – He went ahead to show how repulsive it was to Him.

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One can manage problems from his enemies. But ‘negative friendly fire‘ is a damaging betrayal. When Julius Caesar’s closest friend, Marcus Junius Brutus, also stabbed him, Caesar stuttered, “Et tu, Brute?” Even you, Brutus?[2] Who hasn’t felt the burning sensation of ‘negative friendly fire?’ And how many of us have not given our loved ones that burning sensation of gossip, betrayal, and backbiting? “We all have them, don’t we?” But it’s so execrable (deserving of a curse) that God actually places the curse on Miriam (verses 10-15).  

“When you are disposed to criticize a friend,

Just remember, the beginning’s not the end;

When within this urge you find,

These three questions bring to mind:

Is it TRUE? Is it NEEDFUL? Is it KIND?” – Anonymous 

[1] excuses song lyrics – Search (

[2] Et tu, Brute? – Wikipedia

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Months have gone by


They grabbed my peace

By the neck beads

And hauled it

Scratching, jolting

To only God knows where.

But now it’s like my birthday.

Boy, little me!


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The days quickened into lazy weeks.

The weeks strengthened into youthful months.

And the months? They straightened up

Into 4 mature years with tightened fists.

Tightened around the now scrawny neck

Of my fast ageing peace.

But God Almighty

Called Joshua to turn July 15

Into December 14.

And now it’s like my birthday.

Boy, little me!


By the time my trouble

Matured and straightened up into adulthood

The Almighty,

Merciful, faithful,

Lifted His loving finger

Angered by the cruelty of my

Healthy and matured misfortune.

The Lord lifted Isaiah 49.

He picked verse 24

Stretched out all the way to verse 26.

God kept right on.

He was defending me against

The trouble I invited, no, invented

All by myself

But now it’s like my birthday.

Boy, little me!


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My whole being

Magnifies God,

The Holy One of Israel.

When He spotted Boy little me,

He saw an advert for Himself.

From now all generations

Will praise God for me.

They will choose God when troubles break into their lives.

And when they see bullets

From every glance, they will

Duck in the Almighty’s covering

So now it’s like my birthday.

Boy, little me!


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For God alone

Over-rights the consistent competence of computers

Into foolishness.

The Almighty chooses digital natives

Who reject Him and

Metamorphoses them a little less

Than digital migrants to prove

That He is God.

He can turn the top-dog’s best

Social media campaign

In the under-dog’s best interests.

God lifts His loved

Along with their doldrums.

He floods them with heaven’s light.

Ein Kolekeinu

I will lift my only pulsing heart

In His praise.

He is not finished with me

And so far too good.

I boost up my only pounding heart and make it

Verdant in His praise.

Boy, little me.

For in His care

My trouble died at a ripe old age of 48 months.

And now it’s like my birthday

Boy, little me.


He can feed the unfed,

Heal the unwell,

Father the unfathered,

And love the unmothered.

He guides the unfound,

Lifts the unsound,

Prizes the unworthy, and

Dusts off the unclean.

He’s my manufacturer.

He alone keeps the human

Industry working.

He is the Hirer

Who trains the willing jobless

Till they become masters.

He can turn the “dunce” into an

Industry giant.

Now it’s like my birthday.

Boy, little me!

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28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

John 4: 28-29
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That morning was bright and sunny. Jesus and His disciples had walked several miles teaching and healing. The feeling of meeting people’s needs was gratifying but also tiring. The vibrant afternoon sun rewarded everyone with warm rivulets of sweat that cascaded lazily down their foreheads and bodies. The strength-sapping heat continued as if the sun would shine brightly into the late afternoon.

Jesus had walked all morning. He had taught, His disciples had explained. He had healed, and His disciples had healed too. They had walked and walked. When they got to Sychar, He was tired. The sun radiated overbearing waves of heat. So He sat by the well while His disciples headed off to town to buy victuals.

Jesus was God. He could have called forth water from the well, but He did not. He could have commanded stones to become bread, but He didn’t (Matthew 4:4). He also refused to secretly inject Himself with some eternal youth elixir not to be tired. He would not use any powers not available to man. If He made it without getting contaminated with sin, then we would have no excuse – for, with God, all righteousness is possible! So Jesus sat there and counted His thoughts, carefully looking them over to identify which strategy would be most helpful in His subsequent encounter with people. Jesus was so fixated on saving people from sin that nothing else mattered.

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Presently, a slim brunette nimbled up to the well and lowered her jar into the calm, clear waters of the ancient well. She drew it up with strong hands and turned to go. Jesus stretched out an arm that almost touched her and calmly said, “Kindly let me drink some of your water.”

Of course, you know that Jews at that time wanted nothing to do with the Samaritans. Samaritans are the rejected results of the union between Jews left behind after the Assyrian invasion of 721BC and the gentiles[1]. Among other things, the Samaritans attempted to worship God in their own way. The Jews rejected this attempt as heresy, which messed up the relationship between Jews and them[2]. At this time, Jews did not eat food nor drink water from Samaria unless it was absolutely indispensable[3]. Now let’s come back to our story. So the woman asked Jesus, 

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“How come you, a Jew, is asking me, a Samaritan woman (here in Samaria), for water?” 

As for the woman, she was bantering away on a hot afternoon. But keep in mind that for Jesus, this was an opportunity to win a soul. Jesus soon had her attention and interest riveted when He assured her that He could provide endless, everlasting water. When she brought up the issue of worship, and Jesus’ answer blew her mind. She wanted more of that knowledge that Jesus had to share. Then Jesus dug deeper – into her private life. He desired to change her life, and she seemed willing to recognize her need for a Saviour! 

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“Go bring your husband.”

“I have none.” She tried to be evasive. But the One who sees everything pried deeper[4].

“You’re right. You have had five so far. Even the One with you now is not your husband.” 

With a trembling heart, she realized this was not an ordinary man. After a few more exchanges, this lady desired what Jesus had to offer. She got her invite. And what did this Samaritan woman do? She forwarded it!

In a matter of moments, the whole town of Sychar was holding preliminary meetings with Jesus at Jacob’s well. They invited him to spend two more days – to give them more invites!

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An illiterate and immoral woman shared her invite immediately.

Recently, in a little town in Africa, several people accepted Jesus but could not find someone to baptize them. As a result, more than half returned to their pursuits by the time someone came. Great is the pain in my heart as I share this with you. Lord have mercy on us. We are receiving God’s bounties but not sharing His invitation. How come you know Jesus but cannot see the need to forward His invitation to an everlasting joyful life? How come it’s easy to forward jokes but not eternal life? The only way to succeed in sharing and forwarding God’s invitation is to become a broken record, endlessly forwarding that invite of Jesus.  What do you say? 

[1] Samaritans – Wikipedia; Who Were the Samaritans? Their Meaning in the Bible (

[2] Who were the Samaritans? |

[3] The Desire of Ages — Ellen G. White Writings (

[4] The Desire of Ages, by Ellen G. White. Chapter 19: At Jacob’s Well (

“Forward That Invite!”

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29 Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place about which the Lord said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will treat you well, for the Lord has promised good things to Israel.”30 He answered, “No, I will not go; I am going back to my own land and my own people.”31 But Moses said, “Please do not leave us. You know where we should camp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes. 32 If you come with us, we will share with you whatever good things the Lord gives us.”

Numbers 10: 29-32

That day, dawn established its arrival with a resplendent revelation of brightness that scattered the night. Somewhere in the wilderness of Sinai, three men stood in front of a cave on a hill. Each was lost in his own thoughts, and they created impressive silhouettes on the cave walls.

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Prophet Moses broke the silence when he turned to his brother-in-law, “Hobab, come with us on our journey to God’s Promised Land. You know you could be our official guide. What do you say, brother?” Without hesitation, Hobab replied, “I think it would be better for me to go back with my people, the Kenites”. Aaron grabbed Hobab’s elbow pulling him forward, “Look, brother, see the lush beauty of the land. You said that it is indeed flowing with milk and honey as God said. Why don’t all of you come with us”? Moses strode towards them, “Hobab, the prospects are good. I promise you that whatever good things God gives Israel, we will share with your people. Come now, show us the perfect routes and camping sites”.

Israel’s leaders knew God always kept His promises. They were sure the future was bright and felt that they should share their good fortune. Matthew 9:13; and 22:9 attest to the fact that God expects us to invite others to join us in the great Salvation He has for us. Revelation 3:20 reiterates that Jesus wants to come and bless all who let Him into their hearts as Lord of their lives. You may ask why it is so important to invite others. Well, consider D L Moody’s experience.

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During the early days of the great evangelist Dwight L. Moody’s ministry, he launched a series of meetings in Chicago with the promise of the largest crowds that anyone had ever seen up to that time. His theme was THE LIFE OF CHRIST. On the first night, Sunday, October 8, 1871, his topic was The Trial before Pilate. As he came to the end of his message, he sent his fascinated listeners to Matthew 27:22, “What shall I do then with Jesus, who is called Christ?” He then told them, ‘Friends, I want you to take this text home with you and turn it over in your minds during the week…. Till the end of the week![1] He did not know that as he was ending the sermon that night, fire tenders were already clanging noisily on their way to fight the Chicago fires.

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He said this even though Ira David Sankey (the great hymn compiler, pianist and singer) was in the background, singing, “Today the Savior calls; …. And death is nigh-“[1]. Asking them to think about it may have been a delightful way to end. Only that, around that same time, the Chicago Fire Service was already on its way to combat the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. It lasted 3 days. Over 1000 people lost their lives, probably including Moody’s listeners. The series couldn’t continue. And the great evangelist called that statement his greatest mistake.[2]

Forward Jesus’s invite to your friends and family! Or have you padlocked your lips? Don’t be selfish. Forward that invite! Don’t try to repeat the same mistake. Yours may be the only gospel someone may understand. Your duty demands it says, the beloved hymn by Fanny J Crosby

  • Rescue the perishing, duty demands it(emphasis mine);
  • Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
  • Back to the narrow way patiently win them;
  • Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.[3]

[1] 2020 and the Chicago Fire of 1871 – D. L. Moody Center

[2] D. L. Moody’s Lost Opportunity – Christian Heritage Fellowship, Inc.

[3] Rescue the Perishing > Lyrics | Frances J. Crosby (

Faith And A Pool

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 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

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Just one Easter Monday, I went, with my mechanic, to the vehicle parts market at Abossey Okai in Accra, Ghana. I needed parts to fix my car. Even though the market was deserted, we knew some traders would still come around to wait for people like me and make some extra cash. Soon enough, we got a good bargain and my mechanic left with the man to bring the items. 

While waiting, an argument erupted in the next shop. A man shouted, “How can I be sure that Jesus died for me? What shows He didn’t die just for the Jews?” I listened awhile to the arguments and started towards them. He had heard many sermons but was not convinced. Had heard many Bible texts, including the “God so loved the world” and “whosoever” in John 3:16. But he still was not convinced. You know he is not alone. Many people are waiting for some supernatural encounter or feeling before they can believe. They want to have a vision or revelation. Until then, unfortunately, their decision to reach their fullest potential has to wait.

Our text, Rom 10:17 reveals that faith cometh as a result of hearing, hearing the word of God. Pure and simple. God acts on our faith expressed, which results from hearing God’s word preached. Our Saviour wants you to keep close to Himself so that He can keep you happy. But, you say, if I could only know that He is my Saviour! Well, what kind of evidence do you want? Do you want a particular special feeling or emotion to prove that Christ is yours? Is this more reliable than pure faith in God’s promises? Put your whole weight on God’s promises. That is faith.

Afadja (name changed) was raised as an atheist. He was training to be an Olympic diver. The only religious influence in his life came from his most faithful friend, Boreba, an outspoken Christian. The young diver never really paid much attention to his friend’s sermons, but he heard them often. He was sure that one day, his indefatigable friend would get tired. Then the sermons would stop. For now, he had to endure all Boreba’s passionate appeals.

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One night Afadja went to practice in the indoor pool at the university he attended. The inside lights were off, but as the swimming pool had big skylights and the moon was bright, there was plenty of light for him to practice. The young man climbed up to the highest diving board. He turned his back to the pool on the edge of the board and extended his arms out. Then, he saw his shadow on the wall. His shadow was in the shape of a cross. Resistance broke inside him. Sermons and illustrations jumped up at him. Instead of diving, Afadja knelt right there and asked God to come into his life. Then, after the prayer, as he stood up, ready to continue his diving practice, a maintenance man trudged noisily in and turned the pool lights on. The diver looked down as the man descended into the pool, fully dressed and holding his tools. The pool was empty![1] 

Imagine with me that one more time, Afadja rejected the Holy Spirit’s call for any reason at all… Imagine that he decided that after the swim… that he put off his decision one more time… just one more time…. Tell me, long will you also keep struggling with the Holy Spirit?

[1] Adapted from The Olympic Diver (

When Akushika Said, “I DO”

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Lovely Shika

Smiles behind the veil

The veil isn’t a barrier, no

This veil tones down

Her luminescence, iridescence

The glory that shrouded her

Keeping her humble and powerful


Lovely Aku smiles

Her shining teeth hides

Her stated refusal to entertain old-maids

While she hung onto prayer’s

Loosened tongue

To reaffirm divine openings and closings

Working together for good

To her that loved God.

To the girl who offered

Her beating heartstrings to Jesus

Of Northern Ghana


Shika smiled

When Northern Ghana in Macedonia

Stood behind Jesus and


She responded with joy

And left Accra for browner pastures,

To find the long lost prodigal.

Those days, she brought back spoils.


Aku’s smiles

Widened when she graduated

And started work

But she had already responded.

The young lady kept right on

Winning, winning, winning,

Till today.


So today

When the minister asked, my daughter responded

“I Do”

But that was long ago

When in spite of

Aedis aegypti, scorpions and enraged heat

She joined a bus headed for Nyanpanduri

Like a piece of light from the

Sun of Righteousness.

That really was when Aku said,

“I Do”

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For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

1 Corinthians 4:9

He is tall and dark with wild hair. He always wears a T-shirt with holes in it, faded jeans and sandals. These clothes were his attire for his entire four years of college. His skin reveals he is from a minority race. But he is brilliant and kind of Sibylline. He became a Christian in the first semester of his fourth year.

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Across the street from the campus is a well-furnished, very conservative church. One day the young man decides to go there. He walks in with sandals, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair. The service has already started, so Bill starts down the aisle, looking for a seat. He cannot find a seat in the fully packed church. By now, people are looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit, and when he realizes there are no seats, he decides to squat down on the carpet. (Although perfectly acceptable behaviour at a college fellowship, trust me, this had never happened in this church before!

By now, the people are uptight, and the tension in the air is thick. About this time, the minister lifts his eyes. He realizes that from the way to the church’s back, an Elder is slowly making his way toward the visitor. This Elder is in his eighties. His silver-grey hair sits properly just above the neck of a shining blue three-piece suit. He is a godly, exquisite, dignified, and courtly man. He walks with a cane. As he walks toward this visitor, everyone is saying to themselves – you can’t blame him for what he’s going to do.

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How can you expect a man of his age and background to understand some college kid on the floor? It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man’s cane.

All eyes are focused on him. You can’t even hear anyone breathing. The minister can’t even preach the sermon until the Elder has done what he must do. And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty, he lowers himself, sits down next to the visitor, and worships with him so he won’t be alone.

Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gains control, he says, “What I’m about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget. Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read[1].” 

This engaging story is not mine but adapted from the Empowered Speaker. It is indeed very touching. It is a clarion call to all professing Christians that God expects them to help others know Him. 

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Think about it. How many have opened your pages today? What did they find? Lies? Or honesty? Petulance? Or consideration? Insults? Or calmness? Harshness? Or grace? Backbiting? Or support? What about yesterday? Last month? Last December 14? Can you remember any day? When have you ever gone out of your way and responded positively to the Holy Spirit? When last did you do so? Constrain the rest of your life to be a good Bible. Ask God for forgiveness and true repentance. Give the rest of your life to Jesus! God never stops sending people to read His children (Job 1:8; 2:3). For you and I have been made a spectacle unto men and angels as our text says (1Corinthians 4:9).

[1] Adapted from Be Careful How You Live… (

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There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.[1]

Proverbs 14:12

Ikair spotted the policeman and his speed gun. He quickly changed gears from 5th to 3rd, hoping it would confuse the speed gun. This month, he had been stopped three times already for doing 80km+ in a 50km zone.

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As he slowed down, he gasped. A Christian policeman has caught a member of his church! They were both members of the same church! Ikair stared at the older man in his inspector’s uniform for a moment. Then Ikair’s mind took off with speed, recalling the many times they had worked together on committees, visited people to share the gospel, and counselled struggling couples. He snapped back to reality and thought, ‘this should be easy.

“Good afternoon Mr Samwan. What a way to meet.” He got out of the car. “Hmmmmm, yes.” The policeman looked as if he understood. Good sign Ikair thought and continued explaining, “Irene called me just now that there was this chicken I had to get for dinner and look at the time. I had to turn around quickly and hmmm… I didn’t even notice my speed had gone up o”. The cop countered, “Last time you passed here, this afternoon, you were doing 87km”. 

O, no! Ikair, change your strategy. “Elder Sam, are you going to book me?” No response. Ikair caught sight of the security camera above, recording everything. Sam was writing in his book. Everything felt unreal. Why didn’t he ask for my license or even check my car number? Ikair was too angry to admit that he, Ikair, was confused.

Finally, Sam walked over to Ikair and handed the folded sheet to him without meeting his eyes. In anger, Ikair got into his car and drove home, this time slowly. Meanwhile, tears filled the inspector’s eyes.

Ikair was still fuming as he hugged his only daughter and gave her the groceries at home. While dodging her questions, his eye fell on the paper. He began to wonder when he was to appear in court. He took it and opened it. It was a note, not a summons. Whew! He began to read.

“Dear Ikair, I used to have a daughter. She was sixteen when a speeding driver murdered her. He spent a few months in prison and was freed to join his three daughters. Though I had only one, I will have to wait until Jesus comes before I can ever hold her again. A million times, I’ve tried to forgive that driver. A million times, I thought I had…. Please be careful. My son is all I have left. From Samwan”. It took a whole 5 minutes to snap out of his self-absorption. It’s not critical until it affects you personally. 

My heart is burdened as I write. A motorbike killed my step-brother in 2006. We have let things slide. We have become like others even though children of God lift the standard in their lifestyles. As a child of God, you should be the first to obey laws. Stop breaking people’s hearts with your insensitive selfishness. Casanovas are not Christians. Stop wrecking people’s homes with your inability to store your genitals properly. Cease from destroying people’s lives with calculated lousy advice. Desist from extinguishing people’s futures simply because they disagreed with you. You can’t go back in time to undo or ease. And you can not prevent God’s blessings from reaching the right people. Remember Proverbs 14:12 and think about your future, old age and eternity.

[1] Proverbs 14:12 KJV – There is a way which seemeth right unto – Bible Gateway