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13/10/2021 03:00 - 14/10/2021 02:00

“making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” - Ephesians 5:16 (NIV).

It is estimated that the Roman Catholic church city state, the Vatican, has wealth of over $10 billion. This wealth is derived from investments in banking, insurance, chemicals, steel, construction, real estate portfolio. Through dividends the church is able to meet her expenses, support missions and also assist various charities.

Likewise, the church of England has an endowment fund estimated at GBP 9 billion. Through investments in various companies, around the world, the fund delivers a 10% annual return, income which is used to meet the church’s expenses even as there has been a decline in church attendance, of late.

There are other wealthy churches like the Episcopal church in the US and the church of Latter Day saints (Mormons) with wealth estimated in billions of dollars. All these derive much of their income through investments that range from real estate, old companies like Coca Cola and blue chip technology company like Google and Amazon. They use this income to, among others, support mission programs and influence social policy by supporting causes, which in the case of the Episcopal church has tended to be more liberal of nature in recent times.

When the Buganda Agreement was drawn in 1900 the Anglican Bishop Alfred Tucker, ensured that the Church of Uganda, received a lion’s share of the 94 square miles allocated to religious institutions. It is this land on which many church founded schools and hospitals are today based.

Now, on Monday 11 October, 2021, one of Uganda’s leading telecommunications company, MTN, announced the initial offering of 20% of its shares. It is of interest though to wonder how churches and Christians are responding to this offer. The financial acumen of the founders of most Western based churches have kept them well afloat through the years even with declining congregations. In Uganda few would doubt the wisdom of the founders of the Church of Christ here who ensured it was not left out of land allocations, an investment which was then used to expand the Lord’s kingdom.

Opportunities come once in a while and should not be taken lightly and let to pass without effort.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I thank you for the opportunities which in your mercy you present for believers to seize so as to prosper and help expand the Lord’s kingdom.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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