May 1, 2017 Mategyero

Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.”—Matthew 21:31b (ESV) The chief priests and the elders of the temple, like many of us, ‘publically confessed’ a faith which they privately fought. In the eyes of the people, these were guys who spoke and taught God’s word but their hearts were darkened by rebellion. Then there were also prostitutes and tax collectors who had sank deep into sin but found the Gospel compelling, very good and true. The greatest enemy to the Christian Gospel is never their bad works but…

April 24, 2017 Mategyero 2Comment

And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him.”—Luke 9:39 (ESV) The story of this boy in Luke 9:37-43 is personal to me, not that I have been attacked by evil spirits, but that I have been countlessly attacked by sin and whatever the evil spirit does to that boy, sin has done to me before. Sin has seized, shaken, shattered and even more, it hardly left me. It has kept roaming around. I have felt powerless, broken and utterly…

April 17, 2017 Mategyero

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.”—Romans 5:9 (ESV) I’ll say it. For many of us, Easter Sunday is not so much a big deal. We get excited because we are getting a 4-day break from work (to travel or sleep), and also eat some good food. We celebrate the day, and get back to our usual grind of keeping the rules and living by them. If we are going to shout “He is risen, Hallelujah!” on Sunday and then get out our ledger…

April 10, 2017 Mategyero 6Comment

And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’”—Matthew 20:11-12 (ESV) One mark, and probably the most visible one, of a false congregation (church/Ministry) is when it’s overflowing in numbers. When people are coming from the big and small towns, walking tens of hundreds of kilometres just to be at this one place, you ought to smell the fish. Why do I say this? Because, by its very nature, the…

April 9, 2017 Mategyero

Today Christians all over the world, even those who have not been to church in a long time, will grace the pews for Palm Sunday. Palms will be all over the place and we will be waving hosanna with the joy of a little kid who has just unpacked his new toy. When Jesus sets his face towards Jerusalem (Luke 9:53), we know that a lot of theological and Prophetic bombs are about to go off. He is walking to His death. “Jesus setting His face towards Jerusalem” could literally be translated as Jesus setting his face towards his grave…

April 3, 2017 Mategyero

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”—Psalm 51:3 (ESV) For the last couple of years I have had the privilege of teaching God’s people, many have come back to me with concerns. Concerns over my hermeneutic of preaching Law and then Gospel. (Hermeneutics is the study of the methods of [scripture] interpretation). God speaks two words; His first is the word of demand (Law) and then His last word, the word of deliverance (Gospel). ‘Law and Gospel’ teaching or preaching (not Gospel and Law, order is important) is where Law is preached first (to expose…

March 26, 2017 Mategyero 2Comment

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.”—Romans 8:22 (ESV) This world can be dreadful. Darkness always surrounds us. Misery also marks our faces with its own stretch marks. This world can tear us apart; it can fill our eyes with tears. Pain is all over, death stalks us like a vulture hoovering over its prey. Our bodies are diseased, our loved ones are just hanging on because of life support, our kids have fallen off the deep end—at least morally—and tribal tensions are on the rise. Malice and false…

March 22, 2017 Mategyero 2Comment

The experts have said it. We have heard it, and done it. You have heard it being said that “never put all your eggs in one basket”. You need some security and a number of options at your disposal. You need to be in control of the situation. You need to prepare for the unseen and the unexpected of occurrences. To put all your eggs in one basket is to be sure that you will finally deliver the goods safely without upsets here and there. Me + Baskets = Safe In business, they say its disaster to have one income…

March 13, 2017 Mategyero 2Comment

…at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.”—Jonah 2:5 (ESV) When Jonah talks about the ‘pit’, he is not referring to a literal pit that you can dig with your hands. In fact the KJV uses the word ‘corruption’ instead of ‘pit’. In this sense, what Jonah is talking about here is sin—his sin—to be specific. He talks about a different kind of pit, the one we all find ourselves in: sin. It is a pit in…

March 7, 2017 Mategyero

For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;”—Romans 3:3-4 (KJV) Just before I sat down to meditate on the faithfulness of God, even amidst the meditation, there was a battle raging in my own heart: a fight to be faithful to God and His spoken word at that very moment. I am not sure that this is a fight I would win on any day. This may be your problem too—if you are honest enough to admit it. The…

February 28, 2017 Mategyero 4Comment

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”—2 Corinthians 1:20 (ESV) This past Sunday, Christians around the world, in unison, celebrated the ‘Day of the Transfiguration of our Lord’. The transfiguration is not that popular in church today. The other day, I was sharing the gospel with a few friends when I mentioned the transfiguration everyone was like: “Trans-what? What is that?” But this event is of significant importance. That is why the church set aside a Sunday for it….

February 20, 2017 Mategyero

And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”—Ezekiel 37:13-14 (ESV) There is an on-going restlessness for people to see a miracle in their lives. The “ministry” of miracles, signs and wonders is back but this time with a twist. Last week I read about…