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clip Prayer, character and obedience
December 09, 2018, 12:57:02 PM by Isaac Adeniran
Prayer, character and obedience

I don't know who authored this, but its powerful, knowledge, wisdom & educative! Take time to read it....

YOU CANNOT GET BY PRAYER WHAT YOU SHOULD GET BY CHARACTER & OBEDIENCE



A man’s character is his fate Heraclitus Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States (US), said: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

As a clergyman, I have watched pitiably how people self-sabotage themselves by seeking spiritual solutions to character-deficit issues. They look around at everybody as suspects for their predicaments when their greatest demons lurks within them- their character.

What we often call our destiny is truly our character, and since that character can change, then destiny can be altered. Character is destiny.

Is prayer actually EVERYTHING? Many would begin to argue back and forth on this intriguing question, but my main purpose of writing this piece is not to get involved in arguments. Arguments don’t improve the validity of a ‘truth;’ they only determine how long it would take before you realise it.

Most people believe that we can pray ourselves to success and get away with virtually anything if we become a stickler to some prayer routines. There is no amount of spiritual penance that can substitute for character. Sometimes, you need character, not prayer.



Prayer, character and obedience
clip Danger ahead of 2019 elections, Abiara warns Nigerians
December 02, 2018, 05:10:34 AM by Isaac Adeniran
 
Danger ahead of 2019 elections, Abiara warns Nigerians



The General Overseer of the Christ Apostolic Church, Agbala-Itura worldwide, Prophet Samuel Abiara, on Saturday said danger lurked around the 2019 general elections.

Abiara, who called for prayers to avert looming disaster, raised his voice to God to hearken Nigeria’s prayers for peaceful elections and indivisible nation.

The clergy spoke while addressing World Press Conference heralding 2018 Jesus Festival on the church premises along old Ife Road, Ibadan.




clip Why Osun is a State of the prophets
November 24, 2018, 03:42:21 AM by Isaac Adeniran
Why Osun is a State of the prophets


 
Osun State, apart from being the home of Osun Osogbo, where the goddess of fertility is worshipped, has also given Nigeria and the world gods in human flesh. The exploits of sons of the ‘Land of Virtue’ in Christianity


Osun State popularly called State of the Living Spring, but changed to the Land of Virtue, is known for the annual Osun Osogbo festival. Every year, those in need of children gather to worship the goddess of fertility. This has placed the state on the global map, as tourists troop to the Osun groove to be part of the festival.


clip Why gratitude is great for you
November 19, 2018, 09:59:10 AM by naijatowns
Enjoy the Long-Term Benefits of Gratitude



Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude report experiencing more joy and pleasure, express more compassion and generosity towards others, and are even less likely to get sick.1 But it can be hard to sustain that spirit of thankfulness, especially when holiday busy-ness distracts you from the celebrations going on around you.

Here’s an easy way to set a daily gratefulness reminder: Start a Plan from our special collection of Thanksgiving-focused devotionals. Plans feed you a little Scripture every day, giving you a few moments to reflect, recharge, and hear from God’s Word.

Enjoy the Long-Term Benefits of Gratitude
clip THE CHURCH BUSINESS
September 29, 2018, 01:45:14 AM by Isaac Adeniran
Caption: THE  CHURCH BUSINESS. 

The Going Concern.



*"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will BUILD MY CHURCH ; and the gates of hell shall not PREVAIL against it."* Matthew 16:18. That's a going concern statement from Jesus; the owner of the Church.

In Accounting, the preparation of financial statements are governed by principles, concepts and assumptions. One of these is going concern which means "a business unit will operate in perpetuity, i.e the business is not expected to be liquidated or stopped in the foreseeable future.

The good news is; as long as the earth remains, the Church of Jesus Christ will continue to be relevant with global impacts the war against it notwithstanding. The devil can not annihilate it let alone other religions. The Church of God will keep marching on in Jesus' name. U're Graced.

*Action cue: Whether the devil likes it or not, God will see to the sustenance of His Business  - the Church.*

JESUS IS GOD!
© Oluwalana Peter (JSB)
10th September, 2018.

*Next: The Church Business.*

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clip Why You Should Take Responsibility for Your Happiness
September 21, 2018, 11:21:37 AM by omonaija
Why You Should Take Responsibility for Your Happiness

 *Ecclesiastes 3:12*



One of the most important lessons I have learned is that I cannot count on someone else to make me happy. God has given us the ability to take responsibility for our own happiness.

A lot of people aren't happy unless a certain person behaves a certain way, or unless a certain situation works out just the way they want it to. Every day we let our happiness depend on other people and situations, when in reality, God wants us to find our happiness in Him.

There was a time when I would feel sorry for myself if Dave went to play golf the day after one of our big conferences. I wanted him to go shopping or watch a movie with me. But God showed me that we have different ways of relaxing and unwinding.

That's just one example, but there are so many ways that we put unrealistic expectations on people and rely on them to keep us happy. God wants us to look to Him first and rely on Him for our happiness.

 *Prayer Starter:* God, my happiness should only rely on You, not other people and situations. Today, I get rid of my unrealistic expectations and take responsibility for my own happiness.

 *Amen*

Good morning my lovely family and have a blessed day as we kick-start *Abuja 😀 2018* TGIF!!!
clip WHERE TO FIND GUIDES IN THE BIBLE FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS
August 26, 2018, 02:27:57 AM by omonaija
WHERE TO FIND GUIDES  IN THE BIBLE  FOR All YOUR  NEEDS




SALVATION
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Acts 16:31
Acts 4:12
Revelation 7:10
Psalm 27:1
Isaiah 12:2
Philipians 2:12
Romans 10:9
Titus       3:5
1 John 3:14
Ephesians 1:7



FORNICATION
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Colosians 3:5
1Thesalonians 4:3-4
1 Corinthians 16:13-18
Revelation 22:15



LAZINESS
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Proverbs 6:6-10
Proverbs  13:4
Proverbs  20:13
Proverbs   10:4
Proverbs  20:4



HOW TO PRAY
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Matthew 6:5-6
Mark 11:24
Job 8:5
Isaiah 51:1-4
1 Samuel 1:12-13
John 15:7



TEMPTATION
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James 1:2
2 peter 2:9
Matthew 4:3
1 Corinthians 10:13
Ephisians 6:13
Hebrews 2:18
Genesis 3:6



IDOLATRY
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Exodus 20:1-3
1 Corinthians 10:14
Leviticus 19:31
Deutronomy 27:15
 


THE LOVE OF MONEY
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1 Timothy 6:6-10
Hebrews 13:5
Leviticus 19:35
Hezekial 18:13
Proverbs 20:17



BAD COMPANY
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1 Corinthians 15:33
1 Corinthians 5:9
 2 Corinthians 6:14-16
Exodus 23:1-2



HUMILITY
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James 4:10
Matthew 18:10
Luke 14:10
1 Peter 5:5-10



MIND YOUR DRESSING
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1 Peter 3:3-5
Deutronomy 22:5
1 Timothy 2:9-10
Isaiah  3:16-17
1 Corinthians 6:19-20



MARRIAGE
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Genesis 2:24
Romans  7:2
1 Timothy 3:12
Mark     10:9
Proverbs 18:22
Hebrews  13:4-6
Ephesians 5:22-31
1 Peter:3:7-8



JESUS'S SECOND COMING
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Luke 12:40
James 5:8-9
1 John 2:28
2 Corinthians 7:1
John 14:3
Revelation 3:11
Revelation 22:12
Revelation 16:15
Matthew 24:30
Matthew 16:27
Mark 8:38
1 John 3:23



FAITH
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Ephesians 2:8-9
Ephesians 6:16
Luke  17:5
1 peter 1:7
Romans 10:7
Galatians 5:6
Hebrews 11:1
James 1:3-6



REPENTANCE
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Proverbs 28:13
Proverbs 1:23
2 Chronicles 30:6
Ezekiel 18:31
Acts 17:30
Luke 18:13-14
Luke 13:3
Joel 2:12
Acts 2:38
Zephaniah 2:3


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WHERE TO FIND GUIDES  IN THE BIBLE  FOR All YOUR  NEEDS
clip RETHINKING ALL WE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT ABOUT TITHE
August 24, 2018, 07:19:50 PM by omonaija
RETHINKING ALL WE HAVE  BEEN TAUGHT ABOUT TITHE 
 


I must honestly admit that there was a time in my life (I was not a priest then) when I would boldly stand to preach with the microphone and I will speak these following words authoritatively:

"If you are not paying your tithe, you are not only robbing God but incurring upon yourselves heavy curses. So many difficulties that you are having right now in your life can be traced to your refusal to paying tithe. Read your Bible, it is there in Malachi."

I thought I was saving souls from damnation. I thought I was opening their eyes to seeing that why they suffer sickness, delayed marriages, demonic attack etc is because they withheld their tithes. So for a long time, I held it as not just an obligation but a mandate to constantly talk about tithing especially in those strong terms.

But,

I was wrong.

Few years ago after I got to understand the right teaching on tithe, my younger sister got a job immediately after her secondary school as she awaits university admission. She just wanted to keep busy or else there would have been no need for the job. Her salary was N10,000. In a month she spent more than N20,000 for transport and feeding. My Dad was paying for that. Then, once she collects her salary, the first thing she does is to pay her tithe.

Paying her tithe was not the problem. The problem was why the tithe was paid.

She paid tithe because she was scared that God will curse her and the curse will affect her future, especially in marriage, having children, being perpetually poor etc. Her success and failure in life depended on the payment of tithe.

She paid tithe because the idea of robbing the "Almighty" scares her to death. She will always be restless until the tithe is paid, it does not matter if there is a dying person close to her that needs little financial help or if she will starve that month at work.

It struck me deeply because we were very close. I could not even talk her out of it, she would have seen me as being used by the devil.

This for me was prison. This was brainwashing. This was not why the people of Antioch called Christ's followers Christians. In short, this is not Christianity.

If your reason(s) for paying tithe is close to my younger sister's, I say this very respectfully, you have been brainwashed, and indeed negatively. And I must say this, the biggest progress you will make is to get liberated from seeing God that way.

But then,

Let us not blame preachers of tithe totally. The graphic image of Malachi 3:8-9 can be scary. Some ministers feel they will be failing in their responsibility if they don't stress tithing. Take your time and read it word by word. It says:

8."Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.
9. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation."

Scary, isn't it???

The point we often miss in this passage and many other passages of the Bible when interpreting is that we are often quick to apply them to our life without first asking the basic question of exegesis. We are often quick to apply curse meant for another as though it's ours, and blessing meant for others as if it's ours.

That basic question of exegesis is: who are the first audience? To put it in another way, whom was it originally written to and what necessitated it?

A sincere quest to answer that question will take you to Nehemiah Chapters 9 and 10. If you can take your time to read that passage, you will see that the people of Israel all assembled, and on their own VOLITION and WILLINGNESS and without COERCION made promises to God. They called it a "firm agreement" about what they will be offering God every year. They made these promises in writing.

I will quote some of the agreements they made in Nehemiah 10.  Remember, they made this freely...

Verse 32: "We also LAY on OURSELVES the OBLIGATION to charge ourselves yearly ONE THIRD of a SHEKEL for the service of the house of our God."

Verse 35: "We OBLIGATE OURSELVES to bring the FIRST FRUITS of our soil and the first fruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year."

Verses 36,37,38: "Also we OBLIGATE OURSELVES to bring to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God, the FIRSTBORN of our sons and of our livestock. . .And to bring to the LEVITES the TITHE from our soil. . .And the priest, the descendant of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the LEVITES shall RECEIVE the TITHES."

So, when the Israelites were NOT keeping all they wrote and swore to do, especially with paying tithe and when the Levites were not bringing the tithe of the tithes to the store house of God, it necessitated those words from Malachi that they were robbing God. Other version used "defrauding," "afflicting" etc, of course when you make a promise and adamantly violate it, what is it called?

That passage was NOT IN ANYWAY referring to the present Christians whom through the death of Christ on the cross brought forth a new dawn, as such, a new covenant. In this new covenant, tithe is no where emphasized.

If we are to pay tithe in the way the Jews do, then. . .

1. First, we must have Levites: It is only the Levites that collects tithes. And he does this in the presence of the priest (Nehemiah 10:37). They are given this mandate because they have no inheritance (Deuteronomy 14:28). No Nigeria priest or pastor qualifies to be Levites in the strict sense of the word. To be a Levite, you must be from the tribe of Levi. Levites still exist till date, but they don't believe that Jesus is God unlike priests and pastors in our churches.

2. In Deuteronomy 14:22 tithes are supposed to be paid annually. If we are really interested in following the Bible strictly, then it can't be monthly even if you claim you are paid monthly.

3. The Israelite don't just drop their tithe and leave. No! In Deuteronomy 14: 23-26 you are mandated to eat your tithe with the poor, the orphans, etc.
It is usually the tithe of your tithe (10% of your tithe) that the Levites collect and take to the store house of God. (Nehemiah 10:38). For example, assuming your tithe is N100, N10 will be taken to the store house, the remaining N90 is what you will eat with the poor.

4. In payment of tithe, it will interest us to know that if you have money to pay, you don't pay with money. You have to use the money and buy things of your choice and eat it with the poor, orphans, those in need etc (Deuteronomy 14:23-26). Why do we pay money and yet still want to follow the Bible?

You may take your time to read up those passages in the bible.

"Fr Kelvin Ugwu, are you simply saying that we should stop paying tithe, and that tithe boxes and tithe Sundays in our churches are wrong?"

Good question!

It is our Christian duty to support our ministers and our church. It is also our Christian duty to support the poor.  Many ministers will argue that tithe could be a means of supporting the church and missions. This is fine.

On the other side, so many Christians today have faith paying their tithes. So many people have got one or two testimonies on how tithe works for them. We all have different ways we relate with our God.

So, Fr Kelvin is only telling you that if you are paying tithe, understand that it is about you and your God, anyone quoting Malachi to persuade you, is ignorant. Now read that again. It should not be because you want to avoid being cursed. God does not do that. Again, no one should make another feel emotional guilt or feel sinful because he or she is not doing as you do. The person may have other ways he or she is supporting his ministers and church. There is no strict rule about it.

People give God their talent, time, gifts, hearts. It is  not just about money. What makes you think you are better and more blessed than that woman that silently cleans the church every Mondays simply because you come out with an envelope for tithe on Sunday while she did not?

God is not as wicked as some people will make you believe. Some humans can cast you to hell because you did not pay tithe, whereas, God is not even aware you have done anything wrong. Now, following Matthew 25, we shall be judged by how we help the poor. In fact, the easiest way to rob God is to neglect the poor.

God doesn't demand a fixed amount of money from us. He wants us to give from our heart. As such, people can even give more than 10% or less. If people are forced to give a certain percentage of their money, that is extortion, it's fraud. Don't let anyone make you feel unnecessary guilt.

By: Rev Fr Kelvin Ugwu, MSP.
xx Serving God with whatever you have
August 18, 2018, 10:14:37 AM by omonaija
An old church in a village in Brazil was leaking and the walls were almost collapsing. After the service the Padre asked the worshipers if they could organize a fundraising to rebuild the church... He told them to contribute whatever God has blessed each and everyone of them with. If you have some money, you can bring the money. If you earn a living by selling tomatoes in the market, you can bring the tomatoes and they get them auctioned to raise the money... If you operate a hardware it would be even better; you can bring some nails and iron sheets for the roof... whatever you have. Eventually, it was the day of fundraising and worshippers came out in large numbers, some with money in their pockets, others with goods depending on their jobs and sources of livelihood... They were met by a strange sight; a coffin at the entrance of the church!...Gosh! Who had died?... but then again it was on a Sunday and funeral services were never conducted on Sundays.... What was going on?
People started talking in whispers asking what was the meaning of it...they started pointing fingers to an old man seated at a corner; he was the coffin maker... Some looked at him in open hostility, but he didn't mind them... the Padre had said that people should bring whatever God has blessed you with, right?... and he was a coffin maker...
After the service it was time to raise funds ; those who had money contributed, hardware people gave iron sheets and other building equipments and materials; tomato traders had brought their tomatoes which were auctioned away... Finally, the coffin maker dragged his coffin to the front of the church and stood still... people gasped and fell silent... you could hear a pin drop.
Suddenly an old man, a friend of the coffin maker stood up... he offered 15,000 for the coffin on behalf of the padre... said he was buying it for the padre... The Padre shot up so fast with eyes wide open....his lips suddenly very dry. He quickly offered 20,000 for the coffin on behalf of the leader of CWA (Catholic women Association). The Lady nearly stumbled as she sprang to her feet looking so shocked at seeing her coffin... "No! no! no!" She shouted, "it is not mine! ...I ...I ... I..will buy it for the Catechist!... 30,000 please!... please! The Catechist nearly peed on himself. He turned to look at her angrily as if to ask "do you want to kill me?!" Clearly nobody wanted the coffin and it kept on being passed around until finally another old rich man stood and said that he is offering 100,000 for the coffin and he is buying it on behalf of the coffin maker... The coffin maker took his coffin and returned it to his shop....smiling.
The coffin maker, someone who was looked down upon, someone whom people jeered that he benefits from the misfortunes of others, raised the greatest amount of money for the church without contributing even a single coin.
You can serve God in many different ways. Perhaps people belittle you until you see yourself as a nobody.... but God wants you just the way you are. He will turn your shame into honor.

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clip Are There Two Jesuses?
August 10, 2018, 02:15:17 PM by naijatowns
Are There Two Jesuses?



"David your food is getting cold", Sarah called, as her six year old son was glued to his Bible.
She snatched the Bible from him angrily.

"I've told you I'm late for work!" What are you looking for? For the past week you've been inseparable from this Bible," Sarah said as she helped her son to adjust his school uniform.

"Mom, I can't seem to find my answer , perhaps you can help me." David said.
"Okay but eat first and we can talk in the car." she replied.

On the way to school he asked "Mum, may I ask my question now? "
"Of course ",Sarah replied.
"Mum, are there two Jesuses?"

"What did you say?"
"Are there two Jesuses?", he repeated.
"Who taught you this heresy?", Sarah asked angrily. David knew his mum's temper and started shaking.

"Our new teacher taught us that... " Sarah interrupted
"So, your new teacher has been feeding you this nonsense!, David said, "No he said....." "Shut up!!" Sarah interjected"

"I will go and see him myself! I'd rather go to work late than allow this heresy to continue."

When they got to the school, Sarah walked straight to the headteacher's office and demanded that the teacher be sacked because the teacher was leading the children astray with heresies so the teacher was summoned to the office but he denied ever telling the children that there were two Jesuses.

So David, now in tears, was summoned and asked:

"Why do you think there are two Jesuses? "
 Still crying he said:

"Our teacher told us that Jesus is our father and his children behave exactly like him. He said Jesus does not steal, lie, fight or stay away from church and his children are the same."
"Okay, that's true but that is not enough reason for you to believe that there are two Jesuses ", the headmistress said, wiping David's face. David continued:

Are There Two Jesuses?
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