June 9, 2015 Mategyero

As I write this, my home country, Uganda is commemorating Heroes’ Day. For the best part of the day, medals will be awarded to our National heroes, both dead and alive. It is the same energy on Facebook. Everyone, young and old; male and female; poor and rich, is letting the world know who their heroes are. The list goes like this: mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, uncle, auntie, sister, brother, class mate, the list is endless.This got me thinking, “Who is my hero?” the only answer I could come up with was that there is only one hero—Jesus Christ. Not…

May 6, 2015 Mategyero

The Christian faith is one of promises fulfilled. This faith has under its coat some of the most ridiculous promises—ridiculous in a worldly sense—like one man living and dying to set over a billion captives free!But again, it’s the Christian faith which carries the promise of life—one which defeats death—and reigns supreme, forever.The most popular verse in the whole bible, which has found its way to billboards in some of the biggest metropolis of the world, bumper stickers, t-shirt prints and the like is John 3:16:“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever…

March 27, 2015 Mategyero

Our attempts at self-gratification have always been primary in creating a rift between God and us. This is known to Jesus and its what He preaches about in Matthew 6: 25-34.We are by nature addicted to self-gratification, and these attempts always end in worrying.We worry because we are not sure of what tomorrow will hold (vs. 34). Our worries point to our brokenness: that even when we attempt at self-gratification, we are not sure if the odds will be ‘for us.’ There is always a loud voice saying that the odds will be ‘against us.’ And we tend to listen…

January 13, 2015 Mategyero

It is important not to mistake the gospel for anything. This, at the same time means we should also not misunderstand the gospel’s importance for anything else.The very early morning of the first day of the week, the bible tells us, women prepared spices and set out for the tomb only to find the stone rolled away from the tomb. They ran right inside to see what happened. These are the women talked about in Luke 24.What is astonishing is what the angels asked them: ”Why seek ye the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5). This happens even to this day….

January 3, 2015 Mategyero

Note: This is a talk I gave during the Overnight Prayers on 31st December, 2014 at St. Stephen’s Church, Nansana, Kampala-Uganda. The assignment I have been given is ‘The Power of Prayer.’ But since I am not able to give you a ‘guide on how to have a powerful prayer’ (that is God’s dominion), I will instead help us position for a better prayer life.What is Prayer?“Prayer is a man’s heart lifted up to God.” I don’t remember who said that but it’s the best definition of prayer I have come across.We have reduced prayer to just requests to God and…

December 17, 2014 Mategyero

A man not fit to live with humans is brought to court for sentencing. He stands before the jury because he rapes women even under aged children;breaks into people’s houses to steal and so many times leaves the victims dead. He never pays his taxes, he drives without license. Generally, he is all the time on the wrong side of the law.  A bad guy, a public enemy—he is a threat to the public—and could be charged with treason, sexual assault, murder, possession of illegal items, theft, and so many other offenses. And the sentence? Maybe life imprisonment, or even…

December 7, 2014 Mategyero

If grace is an ocean;Am drowningIf grace is a fire;Am consumedIf grace is a mad dog;Am devouredIf grace is a speeding car;Am run overI don’t have a life;Except under graceMerit and demerit;Don’t give me lawUnmerited favor;Is my innate desireFor my deserving;Is undeservingMy performance;Is nothing but filthI don’t have a life;Except under grace©2014 Daniel N. Mategyero

December 4, 2014 Mategyero

The ‘short and meaty definition’ of grace, I believe, is this one I found somewhere:Grace is unconditional acceptance [by God] given to an undeserving person [the sinner] by an unobligated giver [God] (Emphasis mine).This short-on-word-but-long-meaning definition has three parts; unconditional acceptance, the undeserving person, and the unobligated giver.Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God’s love for us is not conditional. Like I will accept you if you make this standard, no. Because “while we were yet sinners”—He took us in no matter our badness.This unconditional acceptance…

November 19, 2014 Mategyero

After preaching grace to a youth group, one posed a question, “You said grace is God’s unconditional acceptance to a sinner who is undeserving,and does that mean we should go on sinning because God’s acceptance of us is unconditional?”In Romans 6:2, Paul provides the answer: “By no means! We dies to sin how can we live in it any longer?” He continues to explain:Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from…

October 29, 2014 Mategyero

Daniel W. Whittle (1840-1901), the author of a classic hymn writes:I know not how God’s wondrous GraceTo me he hath made knownNor why unworthy, Christ in loveRedeemed me for his own.Figuring out howGod does what He does is not ours. Figuring out how He will pull us out of that ‘fix’ is not ours. Even figuring out how He did what He did at Calvary is not ours.This Grace is greater than our understanding. It lies on thousands of years of promise (Genesis 3:15). So, the ‘how’ is not our question.What should we know? Whittle goes on to write:But “I…

October 29, 2014 Mategyero

My uncle enrolled into a two year carpentry course so many years ago. Wanting to make something of himself, he studied hard and finished top of the class that semester.An administrator of the school asked him if he could pay some little money – a small fraction of the tuition so that he could study the rest of the course free of charge. My uncle was stunned! He ran to look for the money for it was insanely little. After finishing the course, he found out that top performers were entitled to bursaries.But he had paid for one. My uncle…

October 8, 2014 Mategyero

About the year 2,500 BC, God had created man and woman, placed them in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1:27; 18). In between there, He had commanded man (Adam) not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 1:17), but the most ‘crafty’ of all animals—the serpent talked Eve into taking a bite of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.When God knew that they eaten from the tree He had forbidden them from partaking of, he delivered ‘curses’ to them and the serpent alike. To the serpent he said: I…