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The Book That Changed My Life—The Death of Death

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My next instalment of “The Book That Changed My Life” is by a friend, Allan Ndambasha, a Zambian who lives with his family in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. He is married to Victoria and together they have two children, a son called Abel (16) and a daughter called Linga (12). Allan works in IT in a local school district and Victoria is a registered nurse. Let us hear about the book that changed Allan’s life!

* * * * * In 1992, I attended the reformed annual conference that was held in Kitwe, hosted and organized by two congregations of the Christian Missions in Many Lands (CMML), namely Kitwe Chapel and Riverside Chapel. As usual, there were a number of books that were distributed free of charge. One of these was a little booklet entitled An Introductory Essay on the Death of Death in the Death of Christ by Dr J I Packer.
Basically, as the title suggests, Dr Packer was trying to encourage Christians to read a very important work by a 17th century writer John Owen called TheDeath of Death in the…

Farewell to our 2011 Grade Seven Class

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“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

(PREAMBLE: Let me welcome the 80th follower to this blog. I wish I knew the name but I failed to figure that out. I am technologically challenged! The good news, at least for me, is that we are slowly reaching 100,000 views. I know that is nothing for some blogs because that is their daily readership. I should not despise the days of small things. So, I am watching the counter very closely.)
Every year just before our Grade Seven pupils sit for their final primary school leaving examinations, we hold a special service for them and their parents. The aim of this service is to provide the church with an opportunity to meet with the children and their parents, because 80% of them are not members of our church.
It is also a good opportunity for the members of the church to meet the teachers because, again, most of the teachers of our church school are not members of Kabwata Baptist Ch…

The Book that changed my Life—Holiness

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This week’s blog post on “The Book that changed my life” is from a lady. Her name is Charity Mwenya. She is married to Wilfred and the Lord has blessed them with 3 boys; Mubanga aged 17, Chibuye aged 11, and Mutale aged 5 years. She enjoys cooking and gardening. She is a banker by profession and is currently working for Bank of Zambia. She is a member of Kabwata Baptist Church where she serves in two ministries; namely, the Conference Ministry and the Ladies Ministry. Let us now hear about the book that changed her life…
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When I became a Christian in the late 1980s, the subject of Holiness brought a lot of expectations in my mind. I perceived holiness as a state of completeness and perfection.  I was expecting that my life would change in such a way that I will be a perfect being, free from sin or any struggles with sin. It was not long before reality dawned on me that I was far from perfect.  I was sad and confused. “Can anyone ever live a holy Life?” When I visited a couple…

From cameramen and callboys, Lord, deliver us!

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“Remind the people to…avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:1-2).

They say confession is good for the soul. There are times when I feel like pulling out my hair (or even punching someone in the face) and it takes a lot of grace and a lot of talking to myself not to do so. In this blog post, I want to confess two such situations.
The cameramen The first is when cameramen pursue me for photos that I am not interested in. I do not mind them taking the photos if they are going to keep them. But that is not what I am talking about. Often, this takes place at special functions—like weddings or conferences.
These cameramen are like sniffer dogs. They know exactly where some public function is going to be and they are there taking photos of you as you come out of your car (as was the case with the photo on the left), as you walk to the building where the function is going to be, as you enter the building, as you sit and talk with friends, as yo…

The Book that Changed My Life—Manly Dominion

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My third instalment of “The Book that changed my life” is from Johnson Jilowa Malipenga (49). He is a sales manager at Dana Holdings and a member of Emmasdale Baptist Church. Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Zambia and is currently working on his research and dissertation for the Master of Arts degree at the same university. He is married to the wife of his youth, Agness, and fathers their four daughters and one son whose ages stretch from 5 to 19. He majors in pioneer church-planting work, is an accomplished lay preacher and Bible Teacher. He also loves reading, the countryside, game viewing and hunting, farming, and jogging. Let us hear about the book that changed his life…
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In May of 2006, I had an opportunity to attend an international Christian conference in South Africa. The name of the conference is The Shepherds Conference, hosted by the Grace Community Churches in South Africa. While there I had a privilege of lodging at the home of a Zambian mi…

“Deliverance!”

I have just returned from preaching at a pastors’ retreat. On one of the days I had to deal with the issue of false prophets and teachers. Whereas previously I would have had in mind the major Christian cults (e.g. Jehovah's Witnesses), this time at the back of my mind was the extreme Charismatic “deliverance” movement. I saw this as a greater danger to evangelicalism because it is a Trojan horse.

During our discussion time it became apparent that I was correct. Although while I was teaching I did not mention the Charismatic “deliverance” movement, almost all the questions were related to this phenomenon. It is a common vice.
The loss of the gospel My chief concern about this movement is the loss of the gospel. In my personal evangelism I often come across individuals who are members of these churches and all their talk is about perceived miracles and deliverance but never about repentance and personal faith in Jesus Christ. There is something definitely wrong with that.
The regular c…

The Book That Changed My Life—The Sovereignty Of God

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This week’s blog post on “The Book That Changed My Life” is from a lady. Her name is Sylvia Kalenga. She used to be a member of Kabwata Baptist Church in the early part of my ministry and so this testimony is from those early years. Sylvia is now a lecturer by profession working in Tsabong, Botswana. A single-mother with two sons, aged 22 and 20 years. Both of them have now completed secondary education. She always expresses gratitude for this. To borrow her own words, “I remain greatly indebted to God for his love and grace in bringing up these boys, with the unwavering love and support of my family.” Sylvia is currently in an Assemblies of God church and actively serves in the women’s ministry there. Well, here is her story…
* * * * * If I were to be asked to write about a hymn that changed my life it would be “God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform…” by William Cowper. As for the book that changed my life, it certainly is The Sovereignty of God by A W Pink.
1992 was…

Preaching to Christians in the Military in Swaziland

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“They shall be like mighty men in battle, trampling the foe in the mud of the streets; they shall fight because the LORD is with them, and they shall put to shame the riders on horses” (Zechariah 10:5).

My preaching ministry takes me to many places and this time I was preaching at the 4th Africa South Association of Military Christian Fellowships (AMCF) Conference. It was held in Manzini, in the Kingdom of Swaziland, from Monday 26th to Friday 30th September 2011. The mission of the AMCF is “to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to all the military men and women of the world.” The theme of their southern Africa regional conference was “Being Passionate for God’s Glory” from Psalm 29:1-2. It was heart warming to meet men and women in uniform who love the Lord and want him to be glorified.
The Deputy Army Commander of Swaziland, Major General Jeffrey S Tshabalala, officially opened the conference. The president of the worldwide AMCF, General Lee, was also in attendance. It was good to se…