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Juliet Odhiambo

Juliet Odhiambo

Friday, 20 December 2013 07:52

Christmas Musings

Today our muse is by a guest at the The Saturday PM website. Itunu is a cyber (read facebook) friend of mine who allowed me to re post his thoughts that originally appeared on his Facebook notes.

I am especially grateful that he allowed me to do this even after i had confessed how i worked my cyber stalking skills on him. (trust me, its not as creepy as it appears to sound).

Enough about me: have a read and enjoy.

Thursday, 05 December 2013 06:55

How to get to Ngong through Mombasa road!

First of all, let me just start by stating that;

that

is

not

possible.

There is no way to get to Ngong via Mombasa road or is there?

Monday, 11 November 2013 12:11

My Saturday PM

I must admit, at the first mention of a Saturday evening service I was not one of those to be particularly excited about the idea, and so on this particular evening/night as we had this planning meeting for our bible study, I was among those who kept pushing it to be the last item on the agenda almost willing the idea to disappear into oblivion. It was a huge deal, a big idea and not to be taken lightly. However, like any good idea it didn’t just disappear it was seen to fruition and I am glad I didn’t stop it from happening. It has been a year-I think since that meeting and with a couple of months of the service under our belt I took some time to jot down what I enjoy most about The Saturday PM.

Friday, 01 November 2013 05:59

How not to run a marathon

This past weekend I got a chance to participate in a half marathon for the first time. Yikes! The important thing is that I crossed the finish line…more like crawled past the finish line and heaved a sigh of relief. I have decided that you only need to run a marathon once for you to become an expert. With the expertise that I gathered, I put down a list of my top five must do’s to make your marathon run a complete ‘success’.

Thursday, 24 October 2013 13:48

Oduori

He moved to the city from the sticks and came to live with us. I was just a child then and my memories of him are sketchy...he was really skinny and really tall with really long fingers. He was funny too and he made our home lively and warm but one day he just disappeared.

Friday, 18 October 2013 05:56

The dream giver also holds the hammer.

The hand that holds the hammer breaks my heart. It causes me to cry and weep. It shatters my world into tiny little pieces. My dreams it makes insignificant, my pursuits it discards.
Is there a conspiracy to throw me to the dogs?
It frustrates my plans; my ambition brings to naught.
The hammer is uncomfortable, heck the hammer is painful.
I cannot see beyond this pain. I cannot see what the hand that holds the hammer sees.
The hand that holds the hammer belongs to the one who holds the world - He holds my world. He is;
The alpha
The omega
The beginning
The end

Eliyah had been taught to always love Yahweh all his life, he didn’t know any other way to live. His father had told him it was written in the books that he was to become a great rabbi. He never fought it, he didn’t know how. He wasn’t very good at tending his fathers’ sheep anyways, never could go a day without losing one. His brother Caleb was much better at that. So it went without saying that even though they were both taught the Torah by Rabbi Moshe, he -Eliyah was going to be the one to carry on his grandfathers’ legacy. He didn’t particularly like the idea, but he didn’t mind it either, at least he had a path of life to follow. Not many could say that.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 05:35

Bwana Asi-finywe!

'Bwana Asifiwe!' (praise the Lord)

'Amen!'

'Praise the Lord!'

'Amen!'

Thursday, 03 October 2013 05:25

In this Kingdom: We learn to eat 'Omena'.

One of my not so favorite childhood memories is that of my mum pulling my ears and forcing me to eat omena.(an interesting delicacy of tiny little fish that is most enjoyed by those of us from the lakeside) Now, over the years of course I have come to appreciate it as a delicacy, the little things actually taste abit like pringles (said no one...ever) It always felt like I had eaten a mouthful of stinging bitter stuff and I just could not swallow. I kept imagining them alive and swimming around in my mouth.

My mum with hands akimbo and a terrifying look on her face and sometimes pulling my ear right out of its socket would say.

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 16:08

In this Kingdom: Its a Family affair

One of my not so favourite childhood memories is that of my mum pulling my ears and forcing me to eat omena(an interesting delicacy of tiny little fish that is most enjoyed by those of us from the lakeside) Now, over the years of course I have come to appreciate it as a delicacy- it can even taste like pringles (depending on how it’s cooked of course), but when I was young it always felt like I had eaten a mouthful of stinging bitter stuff and I just could not swallow. I kept imagining them alive and swimming around in my mouth.

My mum with hands akimbo and a terrifying look on her face would say.

’In this house, we always eat what HAS been cooked. Umesikia?’

Over the years I heard my mum repeat that sentence a gazillion times varying just slightly on the point she was trying to make.

If you want to live in this house, you must do your chores or you don’t eat. (Never mind that we were having omena for supper)

In this house we don’t fight with each other

In this house you do what I tell you to do... etc.

The thing about going through the book of Mathew is that you find that in many ways Jesus is speaking about how things ought to be done in the fellowship of believers. In Mathew (as with the entire gospels) we find many references to the Kingdom of God.

I am not even going to pretend to go into the theology of The Kingdom of God Vs Kingdom of Heaven, whether a particular scripture is referring to the past kingdom the present kingdom or the soon coming kingdom; because I am not sure I’ve fully grasped it personally. Pastor Calisto when speaking on the bliss of zero defined The Kingdom of God as:

...a place where the reign of God is experienced, its much bigger than just the church and it is here with us today. He further said that once you accept Christ, you become a member of the Kingdom.

Ever been somewhere new and struggled to find out how things operate? What to do and what not to do? Based on Pastor Calisto’s definition and the idea of living Counter culture we will attempt to explore what it means to part of this Kingdom. How we ought to live, how we ought not to live. What’s our belief system, our values, our privileges? What about the principles and attitudes? What kind of relationships should we have with each other, with unbelievers? Do we have rights and responsibilities, as members of this Kingdom?

All these q's I believe have been answered and will be answered as we go through the book of Mathew and I cannot wait to put down the things that God will teach us through The Saturday PM. So every once in a while in a post tagged In this Kingdom I will share what it means to be part of this Kingdom. Just the way my mum wanted things done is a certain way in our family, we will find out how this family runs. A family of diverse races and walks of life, diverse ages and backgrounds, diverse tribes and skin colour.

The difference between my mum and the King is that it always seemed that there a rule or other to be followed in the house but in this Kingdom, this family, it’s much much more than just a list of do’s and don’ts. Its about freedom, joy and evalsting life.

Dr Myles Munroe is one of those teachers of the word who exposes the Kingdom of God in such mind boggling (yet simple) ways that makes you wonder whether you really are part of this Everlasting Kingdom and how much you really know about it. I listened to

once and I have never looked at this teaching quite the same.

Let me know what you think.

For the Kingdom of God is not about eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace and joy in the holy ghost. Romans 14:17.

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