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Post  Admin on Sun 18 Jun 2017, 8:32 pm

DearlyBeloved,

WHATPREPARATIONS ARE YOU MAKING FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

“NowDavid said, ‘Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to bebuilt for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and gloriousthroughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it.’ So David madeabundant preparations before his death” (1 Chronicles 22:5 NKJV).

KingDavid was one of such good fathers in the Holy Bible that made adequatepreparations for his son, Solomon, to succeed where he (David) could not,especially in building a befitting temple for the Lord. Here was a man that Godfavoured and gave success in all his endeavours. A forgotten son who was chosenabove his elder brothers and was anointed to be the next king of Israel, he wasprotected from all his enemies and got established as the greatest king inIsrael. In appreciation, he determined to build a temple for God, but God didnot allow him to do so. He was categorically told that his son would accomplishthat task. David did not feel jealous of his son. He rather made adequateprovisions for the building (see 1 Chronicles 22, 28).   

Itis a worldwide-accepted norm that parents (especially fathers) should cater fortheir children. Apostle Paul declared, “But if anyone does not provide for hisown, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and isworse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8 NKJV). Many responsible fathers (andmothers) have been doing these faithfully. They have been going to any lengthto make sure that their children succeed in life even more than them, theparents. However, there are some irresponsible fathers (and at times mothers)that do not care about the present well being of their children not to talk aboutthe future success of the children. Such irresponsible fathers (and at timesmothers) do not care if they make use of every opportunity at their disposalwithout thinking of what will become of their children in future. 

KingHezekiah was a classical example of an irresponsible father that did not careabout the future of his children. He exposed his kingdom’s treasures andsplendour to some envoys that came from a foreign land. God through His prophetdenounced this act and predicted that the king of that foreign land would comeone day to carry away all the treasures and the people of Hezekiah’s kingdom aswell as making some of his descendants to be slaves in the palace of the kingof that foreign land. Surprisingly, Hezekiah was satisfied with this prophecybecause he thought that there would be peace and security in his lifetime. Herewas the person that prayed fervently against the prophecy that he would die(see 2 Kings 20:1-3; Isaiah 38:1-3). He accepted this later prophecy because itdid not affect him directly. That is, he did not care about what would happento the coming generation! Unfortunately, he gave birth to one of the worstkings in Judah (Jeremiah 15:4).

Howare you preparing for the future of your children? Do you care about theirfuture success? A caring and responsible father will not jeopardize the future ofhis children (like Hezekiah), but will do everything at his disposal (likeDavid) to secure a better future for them. What preparations are you making foryour children?

HappyFather’s Day!

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PrayerPoint: Pray that you will be able to be a caring father (or mother) that willdo everything at your disposal to secure a better future for your children.
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Post  Admin on Sun 11 Jun 2017, 9:22 pm

Dearly Beloved,
LOOKING BEYOND THE PROBLEM
 “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth” (Job 19:25 NIV).The man Job was a man of integrity that God could boast of even in the presence of the devil. By God’s permission, he faced many sufferings from the devil. His wife wanted him to curse God and die. His friends did not help matters in his trying time as they blamed him for his woes. In spite of all these, Job did not let his problem overshadow his belief in God. He was futuristic. He could look beyond his problem. He believed in his God and confessed that He would soon rescue him from all the calamities that he faced. God did rescue him and restore unto him all the things he lost.Many people allow their problems to overshadow their belief in God. They are so overwhelmed by the problems that they find it difficult to look beyond the problems. Many even have given up to the problems and they are waiting for the worst. However, like Job, we should not give up. We should rather look beyond our problems and look unto “Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross!” (Hebrews 12:2 TEV).What is the problem or challenge you are having now? Are you so overwhelmed with the problem that you are forgetting your all-powerful God? Are you about to give up because of your life challenges? Do not give up! Look beyond your problem! Your Redeemer is still living! He will see you through. You will overcome the problem, and people will rejoice with you in Jesus’ name. Amen.In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to look beyond your problem to God who greater than the problem.  _________________________
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Post  Admin on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 10:33 pm

Dearly Beloved,
REMAIN FOCUSED!"‘
Lord, if it's you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’" (Matthew 14:28-30 NIV).The disciples of Jesus Christ were in a boat buffeted by the storm. Jesus had to interrupt His prayer time in order to rescue the situation. Being the omnipotent God, He walked on the water! The disciples were terrified to see somebody walking on the water, so they concluded that that person must be a ghost. They cried out in fear. However, Jesus Christ revealed His identity and dissuaded them from the fear. Simon Peter wanted to be sure, and even wanted to do what Jesus was doing – walking on the water. Jesus invited him. Peter got down from the boat and started walking on the water. As he was walking towards Jesus, he lost focus and remembered that he was on a storming sea. Immediately, he started sinking. Thank God that he retraced his steps by focusing on Jesus again. He called for help and Jesus helped him.Undoubtedly, we are all in the stormy sea of life. The waves of life are buffeting us every day. The good news is that the Lord is not indifferent to our situations. He has come to our rescue and extended to us the call of relief from these storms. In Matthew 11:28-30, He said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (NIV). Some people have yielded this call while many have not. However, like Simon Peter, many of those people that have yielded the call have lost their focus on Jesus. They are now focusing on the storms of life. No wonder, they are sinking into the sea of life.Have you come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? Have you yielded to His call to come to Him? If yes, congratulations! If no, please come today! However, to enjoy His tranquility in the storm of life and even walk above it without sinking, you have to remain focused on Jesus Christ. Whatever the situation, He is more than able to rescue you from your storm of life.In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that nothing will be able to distract you from focusing Jesus in the storm of life. _________________________
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Post  Admin on Sun 28 May 2017, 9:55 am

Dearly Beloved,

THE DEATH OF THERIGHTEOUS (in honour of late Evang. Job Alabi)
“Let me die the death ofthe righteous, and let my end be like his!” (Numbers 23:10b NKJV).
I am overwhelmed by theapt reactions of people (especially on social media) to the news of the deathof late Evangelist Job Adegboyega Alabi, the first known full-time and one ofthe greatest evangelists of the Nigerian Baptist Convention who died peacefullyin his home in the morning of Friday 26 May 2017. Here was a man who was“forced” to resign from the pastorate of a local church and become an itineraryevangelist in a setting that did not recognize such then. He spearheaded theofficial recognition of evangelists in his denomination and did the work of anevangelist full time till his last day on earth. He influenced the lives ofmany people throughout his denomination and even beyond in spite of the factthat he did not hold any known "influential" official position at anylevel in the denomination or the society. He was a role model to many pastorsand members of his denomination. The great man of God did not have any scandalwhatsoever in his ministry as a church pastor and later a full-time evangelist.His death is indeed an irreparable loss to humanity.

As many people were (andstill are) reacting to his home call within hours of his passing away with manygood comments, remarkable reminiscences of his life and their encounters withhim as if these people have rehearsed the reactions before his sudden death,the words of Balaam in Numbers 23:10 came to my mind: “Let me die the death ofthe righteous, and let my end be like his!” (NKJV). How I wish my end were likethat. How I wish that people reacted to my home call with good comments aboutme, and recalled their good reminiscences of their encounter with me. How Iwish I leaved this world in active service to the Lord without anyscandal.  

Unfortunately, Balaamthat made that statement did not live and die a righteous man. He specializedin cursing people and “loved the wages of unrighteousness” (2 Peter 2:15 NKJV).He was summoned to curse the people of Israel, and he tried to do so on threedifferent occasions despite the fact that he knew that God did not want tocurse them (see Numbers 22-24). He subsequently advised Balak to lure thepeople of Israel to sin (see Numbers 25, Revelation 2:14). He died fightingagainst the people of God (Numbers 31:8). What a pity!

“Let me die the death ofthe righteous, and let my end be like his!” It is not a wish. Anyone that willdie the death of the righteous has to walk towards it by living a righteouslife towards God and other human being. Will you die the death of therighteous? Will your end be like the end of the righteous? Start living arighteous and dedicated life now.
In His service,
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Prayer Point: Pray thatyou will be able to live a life of righteousness so as to be able to die thedeath of the righteous.
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This message isdedicated to late Evangelist Job Adegboyega Alabi (1975-2017), the greatevangelist of the Nigerian Baptist Convention who died on 26 May 2017
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Post  Admin on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:01 pm

Dearly Beloved,
DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED “‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.’  And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said” (2 Chronicles 32:7-8 NIV).Sennacherib king of Assyria who was the then world power came to invade the land of Judah. He threatened the people to surrender to him instead of yielding to the words of encouragement from Hezekiah the king of Judah. The people had every cause to panic because of the military successes of that Assyrian king and his predecessors. However, they gained confidence from what Hezekiah said because they believed as Hezekiah said that Sennacherib depended on human resources while they had the divine backing.  The LORD indeed helped the people, and the human resources of Sennacherib failed him woefully.People tend to rely on human and material resources today, and they may be using them to oppress other people. However, the oppressed should not be discouraged. If they can put their trust in God as the people of Judah did, God would help them in His own way and His own time. No matter the strength of the oppressor, the Lord has promised, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NIV), “…because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NIV).Who or what is the “Sennacherib” that has “invaded” your life and that is making you to be afraid or discouraged? Is the thing or person threatening you and you are about to lose hope? Do not be discouraged! Like Hezekiah, I am imploring you to trust in God. He is with you. He will fight your battles, and you will soon testify to His goodness over your life.In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you will not be discouraged in spite of any opposition you may have. _________________________
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Post  Admin on Sun 14 May 2017, 11:02 pm

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER YOURSCENE? 

“So Haman was terrified beforethe king and queen.... So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had preparedfor Mordecai” (Esther 7:6b, 10a NKJV).

“Say to the righteous that itshall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe tothe wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall begiven him” (Isaiah 3:10-11 NKJV). 

Recently, I was with a groupof people that were discussing jokingly about somebody who has just left aposition of authority. To this people, the person has become a subject ofridicule because he did not behave well to others when he was in authority. Infact, he can no longer relate well with others because his actions andinactions while in office are hunting him negatively now. Nobody even wants tobe associated with him.

I do not know this person,but, the comments of the people about him after he has left that office ofauthority made me think deeply about myself: if I leave the scene that I ampresently, what will people say about me? Will I be able to move freely withthe people over whom I once had authority? Will these people be ready to beassociated with me after all those juicy things that come with the office areno longer there? What will I be remembered for after I have left the scene? 

Every position of authority istenured. It will come to an end one day either by time frame or ultimately bydeath. No position of authority is permanent. Even the position of permanentsecretary is not permanent! Each of these positions is a scene. How are youacting yours? What will become of you after the scene when you are no longer inthat position of authority?  

Examples abound in the Bible andin history of what became of some people after they left their positions ofauthority. Haman in the Book of Esther is a classical example. As second incommand, he became worthless and died the very day he fell out of favour withKing Ahasuerus. He was hung on the gallows he initially erected to hangMordecai. His descendants were destroyed thereafter. His after-scene was so badbecause of his wickedness when he was in position of authority.  

Apart from the “rewards” thatpeople will give those that have left their scenes of authority, God will alsobring their actions and inactions into judgment. The writer of Ecclesiastes said,“For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing,whether good or evil” (12:14 NKJV. See also Psalm 58:11; 128:2; Proverbs 12:14;13:21; Ecclesiastes 8:12; Jeremiah 17:10; Romans 14:10; Galatians 6:7-9;Ephesians 6:8; Hebrews 6:10; 13:16; Revelation 22:12).

What will happen after yourscene of authority?

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Post  Admin on Sun 07 May 2017, 11:47 pm

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IF GOD DOES NOT ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS...“
Why won't God give me what I ask? Why won't he answer my prayer? If only he would go ahead and kill me! If I knew he would, I would leap for joy...” (Job 6:8-10 TEV).It is evident from the Bible and life experiences that God does not answer all prayers, even those of His righteous ones! Job was a righteous man. God, Himself, testified to this when Satan tried to accuse Job (see Job 1:8; 2:3). However, God allowed Satan to tempt Job by destroying everything Job had, including his children. Satan even “inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head” (Job 2:7 NRSV). In his agony, Job prayed that God should kill him, at least to save him from all these suffering (see Job 6:8-10). God did not answer the prayer. To add insult to Job’s injury, his friends were accusing him and his dead children of wrongdoing against God. In spite of Job’s travail and the seeming silence of God to his plight, Job remained steadfast in his faith in God. He could still declared, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” and “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth” (Job 13:15; 19:25 NIV). It was as if he knew about this God’s promise: “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome” (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP). God did bless Job in multiple folds at the end of the day. Instead of doing what seemed better to Job, God did His best for him! On many occasions, God has deliberately refused to answer the prayers of His righteous ones. These people would be bitter that God does not do what they seem good for them. It takes spiritual maturity to accept the refusal of God for one’s request especially when one is passing through unpleasant life challenges. One may think that one’s request is the best while God has a better plan than one’s best request. If God does not answer your prayers, what would you do? Would you still remain steadfast in your faith in Him? Are you ready to take His refusal for your request in anticipation for His better plan for you? In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray for the grace to be able to accept the refusal of God for your prayer for your own good. _________________________
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Post  Admin on Sun 30 Apr 2017, 12:02 pm

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DETERMINE TO BE DISTINCT!
“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:21-24 NIV).“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking” (Ephesians 4:17 NIV).Genesis Chapter Five is one of such boring chapters in the Bible. It contains the list of people that lived and died for nothing spectacular. In this list is the story of a man that was distinct—Enoch. He lived the shortest time of all the people in the list, but he lived with a purpose, and the chroniclers of the Holy Scriptures recognized it. Twice in the less than five verses that were devoted to him, it was recorded that he walked with God for most part of his years. A Bible commentator put it thus: “[Enoch] walked in the name and fear of God, according to His will, in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord then made known; he walked by faith in the promises of God, and in the view of the Messiah, the promised seed; he walked uprightly and sincerely, as in the sight of God; he had familiar converse, and near and intimate communion with Him….” In the Bible, another phrase for “to walk” is “to live.”Enoch distinguished himself from the other people in the list by living his life for God. God rewarded him in His own way. The nature of this reward has become a subject of controversy among Bible scholars. However, what matters here is that God took note of Enoch’s distinction and rewarded him for it.God is looking for people that will distinguish themselves in this perverse world by walking with Him. He wants people that will determine to walk or live in His fear and will, walk or live in all His commandments and ordinances, walk or live by faith and total trust in Him, walk or live uprightly and sincerely, and walk or live in intimate communion with Him. He is ready to reward such people accordingly. Will you be one of such people? This year, determine to be distinct!In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Help me, O Lord, to be distinct to Your glory wherever I find myself. _________________________
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Post  Admin on Sun 23 Apr 2017, 10:44 pm

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THE BLOOD OF MARTYRS

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grainof wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, itproduces much grain” (John 12:24 NKJV).

As I was about to sleep recently, I checked my WhatsAppMessenger to see if there was any urgent message to be attended to (that hasbecome my daily practice). I came across a video clip in a WhatsApp group witha subtitle “Pray for Syria”. I could not bear watching the video clip to theend as it turned out to be one of those incidents where some Christians werebeing beheaded one after the other by their persecutors. The horror of seeingblood gushing out of the necks of the beheaded people at the one slash of thesword/cutlass could not make me continue to watch the video clip. In fact, Iblamed myself for watching such a horrendous thing when I was about to sleepthat night. It was as if I never heard or even watched such awful video ofChristians being slaughtered like animals before. I kept on wondering why ahuman being would gruesomely kill a fellow human being in the name of fightingfor one god who cannot defend himself. Then I remembered the paraphrase of astatement made by an early church leader called Tertullian in 197 AD: “Theblood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” How true is this statement?

Jesus Christ proverbially stated that a grainof wheat has to fall into the ground and dies before it can produce more grain(see John 12:24). He demonstrated this by dying on the cross so that mankindmight have eternal life. Right from the death of first known Christian martyr,Stephen in Acts 7, to the modern-day Christian martyrs, the blood of thesemartyrs, in most occasions, has really become the seed of the growth ofChristianity. This has been proved from history. However, I still keepwondering: must people be killed before there is growth in Christian faith?

Persecution of all forms is inevitable inChristian life (see 2 Timothy 3:12). The more the Christian is persecuted ortested, the stronger he becomes in his Christian faith (see 1 Peter 1:7-9). Themore Christians are killed for their faith, the more other Christians areunited in prayer, and the more the spread of Christianity. Indeed, “The bloodof the martyrs is the seed of the church.”

Nevertheless, are you ready to lay your lifedown for your faith? You may not be literally killed as a martyr, but are youready to really be a witness with your action and words for Christian faith?(Interestingly, the English word, martyr, comes from the word for witness in theoriginal Greek!)

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

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1. Praythat your life will truly be a “martyr” (witness) for your Christian faith andthat it will contribute to the growth of Christianity in your area.

2. Pray forChristians in persecuted areas of the world that they will continue to havegrace to withstand the persecutions
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Post  Admin on Sun 16 Apr 2017, 11:20 pm

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CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY

“But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid,for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He isrisen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Matthew 28:5-6NKJV).

One of the popular hymns that are always sung during Eastercelebration is “CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY” written by that great hymnwriter, Charles Wesley (1708-1788) in 1739 to commemorate the resurrection ofthe Lord Jesus Christ when He rose from the grave to conquer of death and itspower. The original version of the hymn had eleven stanzas, but did not havethe “Alleluias” that distinguish it today. An unknown composer later added the “Alleluias”to fit into its musical tune.

There are variations in stanzas of the hymn in various hymnalsavailable today. However, the hymn is a call to celebrate the death andespecially the resurrection of Jesus Christ. An outstanding feature of the hymnis that its lyrics are written in the present tense. "Christ the Lord isrisen today" – not "has risen" or "rose." This ispowerful because it places us (Christians living presently) in community withthose who actually witnessed the resurrection in their own lifetimes, andreaffirms our own hope of being set free from death. As “Sons of men and angels”declared the news of the risen Lord, Charles Wesley in the hymn enjoinedheavens and earth to raise their joy and triumph high in celebration of therisen Lord. Charles Wesley mocked death, grave, the stone (that was rolled overthe grave), the seal on the stone, and the guards for their failure to holdJesus Christ from resurrecting. Charles Wesley talked about the redeeming workthat is done and the battle that was won on the cross. As Jesus Christ soaredabove death and grave, so also Christians will soar where He has led being madelike Him and raised like Him. Indeed, the risen Christ is to be hailed andpraised. Alleluia!

“Alleluia” (in Greek) or “Hallelujah” (in Hebrew) originally means,“Praise the Lord”. This word prominently leads off Psalms 106, 111, 112, 113,117, 135 and especially the “Hallelujah Psalms” – Psalms 146-150. The word isre-echoed in Revelation 19 connoting the final victory of the saints. The wordis perfectly fitted later into the lyrics of this great hymn to celebrate therisen Lord. Alleluia, Christ the Lord is indeed risen!

Have you put your faith in this risen Christ, or are still followinga dead or powerless leader? No other religious leader is worthy of followingbecause they have died or will die one day. Only Jesus Christ died and is risenagain. Alleluia!

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Post  Admin on Sun 09 Apr 2017, 8:32 pm

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WHO GETS THE CREDIT?"`
I cannot do it,' Joseph replied to Pharaoh, `but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires'" (Genesis 41:16 NIV)."Daniel replied, `No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries'" (Daniel 2:27-28a NIV).God has given each one of us one or more abilities to do things. By human nature, we normally want to be praised for any good thing we have done through these abilities. We always ascribe honour to ourselves for such abilities. At times, we even try to get the credit of the good things that those around us have done. This human nature is prevalent in the life of one who has not totally surrendered his/her life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. It makes people to strive for the praise and approval of men, and even make them to do all their possible best to be in charge so that people will see them as somebody that has a special ability that others do not have. This has been the bane of some sit-tight leaders that do not want to relinquish their position to other people.Joseph and Daniel were men who preferred to let God, and not themselves, get the credit for their God-given gifts. Both of them had similar situations. Pharaoh, the king of Egypt had two dreams that troubled him. He sought for the interpretation of these dreams from the Egyptian wise men and magicians, but none of them could interpret the dreams. It was then an officer remembered Joseph who could accurately interpret dreams. Joseph was brought to the presence of Pharaoh. When the king was trying to praise Joseph for his gift, Joseph quickly gave God the credit (Genesis 41:1-16). Daniel did the same thing in Daniel 2:27-28 and even refused to get any reward for this gift in Daniel 5:17. These two men humbled themselves and gave God the credit of what they could do, and God exalted each of them to high positions in foreign lands.Who gets the credit for your ability and power to do those good things that you are doing? Do you normally give the credit to God? The Bible says, "This is what the LORD says: `Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,' declares the LORD" (Jeremiah 9:23-24 NIV). Surrender yourself totally to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit to be able to do this.In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Points:1. Thank God for your God-given abilities.2. Pray that you will have the humble heart to always remember to give God the credit for these abilities.3. Pray that God will exalt you as you give Him the credit for the abilities. _________________________
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Post  Admin on Sun 02 Apr 2017, 11:00 pm

Dearly Beloved,
THERE IS HOPE!"'
For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you'" (Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV).I have read this Bible passage times without numbers. I have heard people quoting it. I have even used it to preach to or encourage other people several times. However, when I studied it in its context recently, I have a clearer understanding of its real meaning.The context of the passage is a letter written by prophet Jeremiah to the exiled Jews in Babylon. Although, the people of Judah had sinned against God, and God was punishing them by sending them to exile, yet, Jeremiah was advising them to have courage and settle down in that foreign land because God had not abandoned them totally. He presented God as the Yoruba proverbial father that would punish his child with right hand and draw him in love back to himself with the left hand. No matter the consequence of one's sin, God is still compassionate and forgiving (Daniel 9:9). He has plans of restoring us back to Him. He will not abandon His own forever!The Bible passage is a word of hope for people that are suffering because of their misdeeds. It is a word of hope for others also that think that God has forgotten them. It is a word of hope for every child of God. God has plans for us - plans not to harm us, but to prosper us. Plans to give us hope. Plans to give us a good future. Plans not to abandon us even when we go astray. Plans to listen to us when we call on Him."This is what the LORD says: 'I will restore the fortunes of Jacob's tents and have compassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place. From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained. Their children will be as in days of old, and their community will be established before me; I will punish all who oppress them. Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them. I will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?' declares the LORD. "'So you will be my people, and I will be your God'" (Jeremiah 30:18-22 NIV. See also 19:14; 31:27-28; 32:42-44; 33:6-26; Lamentations 3:31-33).No matter the situation, there is indeed hope!In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that the plans and purpose of God for your life will come to pass in His appointed time. _________________________
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Post  Admin on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 11:43 pm

Dearly Beloved,

GOD IS NOT SILENT!

“Do not keep silent, O God! Donot hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies makea tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head” (Psalm 83:1-2NKJV).

Few days ago, a terroristjammed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, UK, stabbed apolice officer, and attempted to enter the Houses of Parliament before thepolice gunned him down. Apart from the police officer and the attacker, few othernumbers of people were reportedly dead while many were hospitalized due to theterrorist attack.

This was not the firstterrorist attack on unsuspecting innocent people in London and elsewhere in theworld. The incessant attacks of Boko Haram terrorist group in northeast Nigeriaand other neighboring countries are still fresh in one’s memory. At times, Iwonder what these terrorists derive from these murderous and suicide attacks.As a student of peace studies, I have learnt that apart from reasons associatedwith ethno-nationalism, alienation/discrimination, socio-economic status,political grievances, and accidental insurgent, religion has been the majorreason for terrorism. Most terrorist attacks have been carried out withreligious undertone. It has been as if these terrorists are seemingly fightingfor their religion and, funnily, for the founder and the god of their religion.The fact that the Almighty God is seemingly silent and allows most of theseterrorist attacks to be successful makes these heartless people and theircollaborators think that they are fighting a just cause.

Like many other people, eventoday, the psalmist in Psalm 83 thought that God is silent to these nefariousacts against humanity and people of God. He, therefore, prayed that God shouldarise and fight against these enemies of progress. However, God is NOT silent.In His goodness and longsuffering, He is yearning that these heartless peoplecome to repentance. Apostle Paul said, “Or do you despise the riches of Hisgoodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of Godleads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4 NKJV. See also 2 Peter 3:9).

It may seem as if theseperpetrators of evil are succeeding in their evil deeds. However, God willexpose them and bring them to judgment one day. The writer of Ecclesiastes said:“For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing,whether good or evil” (12:14 NKJV. See also 3:17; 11:9; Psalm 96:13; Matthew10:26; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation20:11-15).

It may seem as if God issilent now. God is not silent. Are you a terrorist or collaborator ofterrorists? God is not silent. Are you a victim of terrorism or any form ofevil perpetration? God is not silent. Have you been praying that God shouldbring an end to all these evils in the world? God is not silent. He will actone day. Nonetheless, when He is acting in judgment, will He commend you orcondemn you? Remember, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of theliving God” (Hebrews 10:31 NKJV). God is not silent!

In His service,

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Post  Admin on Sun 19 Mar 2017, 8:19 pm

Dearly Beloved,

…THEN WHY WORRY?

“Don’t worry about anything,but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers andrequests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless youwith peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will controlthe way you think and feel” (Philippians 4:6-7 CEV).

Recently I received a videoclip through one of my WhatsApp groups that is very inspiring to me. In theclip, a man humorously presented a timeless truth about worry by rhetoricallyasking some questions. Let me try to transcribe part of his presentation: “Doyou have a problem in life? No. Then why worry? Do you have a problem in life?Yes. Can you do something about it? Yes. Then why worry? Do you have a problemin life? Yes. Can you do something about it? No. Then why worry?”

The presentation may soundhumorous, but it is something that one should ponder about. Why worry for aproblem that does not exist? Why worry for a problem that you can do somethingabout? Above all, why worry about a problem that you cannot directly dosomething about? Then why worry?

That presenter did notcomplete the timeless truth about worry. One may not worry about non-existentproblem, a problem that one can easily find solution to, or most especially aproblem that one cannot solve by oneself. However, there are antidotes forworry: prayer and faith. Anyone who can pray to and have faith in God will notworry, but have peace of mind in spite of the problem. There are many biblicalinjunctions in support of this. Apart from Philippians 4:6-7 (quoted above); Psalm23:4; 56:3; Proverbs 3:5-6; 12:25; Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 12:24-34; John 14:27;Romans 8:38; Colossians 3:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; Hebrews 13:5-6 and manyother Bible verses, consider these verses quoted below:

“I tell you not to worry aboutyour life. Don’t worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn’tlife more than food or clothing? ...Can worry make you live longer? 28 Whyworry about clothes? ...Don’t worry and ask yourselves, ‘Will we have anythingto eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes towear?’...Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You haveenough to worry about today” (Matthew 6:25-34 CEV).

“Our Lord, we belong to you.We tell you what worries us, and you won’t let us fall” (Psalm 55:22 CEV).

“Be humble in the presence ofGod’s mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes. God cares foryou, so turn all your worries over to him” (1 Peter 5:6-7 CEV).

You may not be able to doanything about the problem of your life, but you have a caring God who is readyto listen to you and give you His peace when you pray to and put your trust in Him,then why worry?

In His service,

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Prayer Point: Pray that youwill not worry, but always pray to and put your trust in God no matter theproblem of your life.
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Post  Admin on Sun 12 Mar 2017, 10:42 pm

Dearly Beloved,

GRACE GREATER THAN OUR SIN

“Moreover the law entered thatthe offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, sothat as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousnessto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:20-21 NKJV).

What is grace? Simply, graceis unmerited favour granted by God to undeserving sinners that come to Himthrough faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This grace, which is a key concept inthe Christian faith, is far greater than the sinners’ sins (see Roman 5:20-21).This is the message that Julia Harriet Johnston (1849-1919) communicated in herpopular hymn, GRACE GREATER THAN OUR SIN. Julia was a daughter of aPresbyterian minister. She was very active in Sunday school in her church also inthe Presbyterian Missionary Society of Peoria, Illinois, USA.

Julia Johnston saw this graceas a marvelous one of a loving God. In spite of the fact that man’s sin makeshim guilty before God, and this makes man to be in despair and tries to come toGod on his terms, the grace is far greater than any sin or guilt that anyonemay have. It is the product of the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross ofCalvary. The blood washes away every stain of sin and makes the sinner white assnow. Julia underscored that this grace is marvelous, infinite and matchless,and it is freely bestowed on all who believe in Jesus Christ.

Having highlighted theentrance of sin into mankind through Adam that brought about judgment, and therighteousness that came through the obedience of Jesus Christ, Apostle Paulhinted that the grace of God is far greater than the sin (see Romans 5:12-21).Without this grace, no one can be saved. Only those that come through faith toGod through Jesus Christ can have it. It is not by human efforts (see Ephesians2:5-10).

However, grace may be fargreater than any sin, it is never a license to sin. Apostle Paul emphaticallysaid that we cannot continue in sin and expect that the grace of God willabound (see Romans 6:1-2). The fact that we have the grace of God should makeus to strive to live a sinless life. Anyone that has had the grace of God willnot continue to sin (see 1 John 3:7-9).

What a great opportunity wehave: to have a grace that is far greater than our sins! However, do you havethis grace? Remember, it is an undeserved favour that you can have throughfaith in Jesus Christ. Or, are you still trying to get it through your humanefforts? You are invited to receive this grace. Have you yielded thisinvitation?

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Post  Admin on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 10:27 am

Dearly Beloved,
IDOLS OF THE HEART"
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God" (Exodus 20:4-5 NIV)."Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces" (Ezekiel 14:3 NIV).
The primitive Africa was full of idolatry. The more I like the African culture, the more I hate its connection with idolatry. I thank God that I have been saved from all these ancestral idols. In Christ, I can be a true African without being idolatrous. However, while I have done away with all the physical idols, what of the unseen idols of the heart? Am I free from them?God accused the exiled Israelites of idolatry of the heart.

Though they were sent into exile because of this sin, they continued in it in the exile. Interestingly, these people still wanted to hear from God, which meant that they probably did not realize that they had set up idols in their hearts against God's will.I doubt if you still have any physical idol that you are worshipping. Nevertheless, what are the idols in your heart? What are the things that have taken the place of God in your heart? Is it money, occupation, time, sports, pleasure, reputation, position, your children, your spouse, or even your life? Anything you like or love more than God is an idol of your heart. Remove them now and put God in His right position in your heart.In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to remove all the idols that are taking the place of God in heart. _________________________
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Post  Admin on Sun 26 Feb 2017, 10:16 pm

Dearly Beloved,

WHAT ARE YOU BROADCASTING?

“For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only inMacedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has goneout, so that we do not need to say anything� (1 Thessalonians 1:8 NKJV).

The accessibility of online social media (like Facebook, WhatsAppMessenger, BlackBerry Messenger, Twitter, LinkedIn, Telegram, Instagram, imo,Tango, Skype and the likes) through mobile phones, computers and otherInternet-enabled tools has made it very easy for many people to become broadcasterswithout any journalistic training. Any information can become viral and get tothe uttermost part of the world in a matter of minutes through these socialmedia as people forward such message from one source to the other withoutverifying its authenticity. The fact that many mobile phones and other mobiletechnological tools have in-built cameras and voice recorders makes it easy torecord audio messages and/or video occurrences and transmit such to other peopleinstantly. This indeed is a good and welcome development. However, what are youbroadcasting through these social media?

Apostle Paul in his first epistle to the Christians in Thessalonicacommended them for “broadcasting� the word of God to every place around them(see 1:8). These were people that were at risk for accepting the Gospel (see1:6). They lived when the Gospel message was not popular: a message that seemedfoolish to the common people then (see Acts 17:1-15; 1 Corinthians 1:18). Inspite of this, the message became viral through the Thessalonians to otherplaces. The lives and words of these Christians in Thessalonica became the“social media� through which the word of God was “broadcast� to other people.

Again, what are you broadcasting through social media? Are theyunconfirmed news/alert, useless jokes, pornographic pictures/video clips,politics, sports, job alerts, or the Gospel message? What are you known for onsocial media? The types of posts/messages you “like� and/or make comment about (whichyou are actually indirectly broadcasting) and the types of posts/messages thatyou directly broadcast/rebroadcast on social media will also determine whoreally you are and what you are “broadcasting� to the world. While many peoplemay not see you or live with you to assess your character, your broadcasts onsocial media go a long way to portray who you are, and they serve as veritabletools to tell the world about the Gospel message. Will you be commended orcondemned for what you are broadcasting on social media?

What are you broadcasting?

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Post  Admin on Sun 19 Feb 2017, 8:48 pm

Dearly Beloved,

I NEED NO OTHER ARGUMENT

“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christand Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2 NKJV).

On what or who do you base your faith? This is a question that oneshould answer meditatively. Many people base their faith on their ancestralculture or tradition. Many people base their faith on one creed or the other.Many people base their faith on a hero. Many people base their faith on an idolor god. Many people base their faith on the Supreme Being called God. Even manypeople prefer to relate with the Supreme Being through other lesser gods orangels. Interestingly, many people would claim that they do not believe inanything or any Being.

For Eliza Edmunds Hewitt (pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds) (1851-1920),she believed in no other thing or person, but in “the ever living One” who diednot only for her, but also for the whole humanity. This “ever living One” is noother person than Jesus Christ. She expressly stated in one of her hymns thatshe needed no other argument or plea. Faithbased on any other thing or person is useless because, “there is no other nameunder heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 NKJV) exceptthrough the name of Jesus Christ (see verses 10-11). Apostle Paul simply said, “ForI determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Himcrucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2 NKJV).

In the hymn “I NEED NO OTHER ARGUMENT” (known also as “MY FAITH HASFOUND A RESTING PLACE”), Eliza E. Hewitt really found a resting place in JesusChrist because Jesus Christ has died for her to save her, and this has put anend to her fear and doubt. Our faith can only find a resting place in Jesus Christbecause He offers us rest (see Matthew 11:28-30; Hebrews 4:3). There can be noother means to find such a rest. Jesus Christ declared: “Peace I leave withyou, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (John14:27 NKJV). Jesus Christ demonstrated this, as Eliza E. Hewitt rightly notedin her hymn, by healing the sick, by saving the lost, and by never casting awayanyone that comes to Him. Who among religious leaders of this world can dothese things? Indeed, there is no other argument!

Base your faith on Jesus Christ if you want a resting place from allthe confusion in the world. He has said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and areheavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ForMy yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV).

In His service,

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Prayer Point: Pray that you will wholeheartedly accept the efficacyof the death of Jesus Christ over your life, and willingly come to Him for thelasting rest.
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Dearly Beloved,
THE REAL VALENTINE"
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers" (1 John 3:16 NIV)."Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13 NIV).Valentine’s Day is an annual celebration held on February 14 to commemorate love and affection between intimate companions. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting gifts like flowers, and other gifts, sending greeting cards and love text messages (SMS) and even love phone calls. There are many traditions about the origin and widespread acceptance of this celebration. From these traditions, there were some people that were coincidentally named Valentine between third and fourth centuries AD that were killed because of their love-related actions.As this celebration is observed every year, how many of the people that believe in it and celebrate it are ready to lay down their lives for their so-called loved ones? Many people are preoccupied with the material or financial gifts they will give or get during the celebration. Many have even turned the celebration to a time of satisfying their sexual and lustful desires. The men bearing the name Valentine in the olden days that made us to be celebrating the Valentine’s Day annually were known for their sacrificial love. They had a love that cost them even their lives for their loved ones.There is Somebody who sacrificially loves. He is the supreme Valentine of all time. He is the Lord Jesus Christ who because of His love for mankind "did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:6-8 NIV).Anyone that would want to celebrate the Valentine’s Day must be ready to do anything, even death, for his/her loved one. The celebration must be with a sacrificial love. That is the real Valentine. Happy Valentine’s Day in advance!In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to have the sacrificial love that can make you to be ready to die for your loved ones. _________________________
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Post  Admin on Sun 05 Feb 2017, 11:15 pm

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SHOULD WE TAKE ARMS OR KILL? (Part 2)

“Do not fear any of those things which you areabout to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison,that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful untildeath, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10 NKJV).

Expectedly, I got many reactions to the firstpart of this message last week. While some people agreed with me, somedisagreed. Surprisingly, those that disagreed based their arguments on somepassages and instances in the Old Testament and the issues of situationalethics that I deliberately refused to address in the message. Some were evensentimental on the message. I envisaged each of these reactions. The scope ofthis part of the message cannot satisfactory address each and every reaction tothe prevailing issue: should Christian take arms or kill?

Let me clarify here that Christian warfare(which is the thrust of this message) is different from self-defense. Everyright-thinking person would defend his/herself if he/she has the capabilitywhen faced with danger. Even animals do so! However, only Christians – peoplethat have been genuinely called out of the world to have personal relationshipwith Jesus Christ – can engage in Christian warfare. Part of Christian warfareis persecution. Jesus Christ reminded His disciples: “If they persecuted Me,they will also persecute you…” (John 15:20 NKJV. See also verse 18; Matthew5:12; Mark 10:30; Luke 6:22). Apostle Paul emphatically told Timothy: “Yes, andall who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2Timothy 3:12 NKJV). The other apostles taught similar things and added thatthere are rewards for people that persevere under any persecution (see Acts14:22; Romans 8:35; 2 Corinthians 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 3:4; James 1:2-4, 12;1 Peter 1:6; 4:12-16; Revelation 2:10). Nowhere in the New Testament is anyrecommendation for using physical means to fight this Christian warfare or anyinjunction to retaliate evil for evil for people that are persecuting theChristians.

Regarding the situation of the persecution inthe northern part of Nigeria and other places throughout the world, thepersecuted people can defend themselves if they have the capability. However,to legislate taking of arms or killing of foes from the pulpit is totallystrange to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles. Using instances inthe Old Testament to justify that is like taking Christians back into whatJesus Christ has fulfilled on the cross.

Persecution is inevitable in Christian life.Only the faithful will be rewarded at the end of the day. However, taking armsand killing foes may help to some extent; putting on the “whole armor of God”will give lasting solution.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).


Prayer Point: Lord, help me to be faithful inspite of any persecution so that I will have your reward at of the day.


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Post  Admin on Sun 29 Jan 2017, 11:56 pm

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SHOULD WE TAKE ARMS OR KILL?

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to theflesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God forpulling down strongholds..." (2 Corinthians 10:3-4 NKJV).

“Put on the whole armor of God... For we do not wrestle againstflesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulersof the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in theheavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God..." (Ephesians6:11-13 NKJV).

This is not the best of time for Christians especially in thenorthern part of Nigeria where they are faced with persecutions of all sortslike killings, maiming, and destruction of properties from Boko Haram (one of thedeadliest terrorist groups in the world), “Fulani” herdsmen, and discriminationfrom hostile communities and even government. These persecutions have continuedunabated for decades, but they are being intensified recently. Christians areindeed second-class citizens in most places in the northern part of Nigeriathat are dominated by Muslims.

Interestingly, there has been a trend among some “fiery Christians”that Christians should take arms and start killing these persecutors. It hasbecome a debate on social media whether Christians should yield this call ornot. Should Christians take arms orkill? Is that the best way to defend themselves or stop this menace? What doesthe Bible teach about this?

These issues indeed are ethical, situational and most especiallytheological issues that one has to handle carefully. The thrust of thiswrite-up is not about the ethical and situational aspects of these issues.Admittedly, they are very controversial. Nevertheless this write-up’s thrust isto briefly highlight the biblical teachings on Christian warfare and how todeal with one’s perceived enemies.

It is a fact that Christians are in warfare, but Christian warfareis not carnal or physical one because Christians are not really fightingagainst human beings, but against spiritual forces that are behind the humanbeings (see 2Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:10-12). It will be a misplacedpriority and miscalculation of efforts to face the wrong target in warfare ofthis magnitude. In fighting this warfare, Christians are to clothe themselveswith some virtues that will serve as weapons. These virtues referred to inEphesians 6 as “the whole armor of God” are truth, righteousness, the gospel ofpeace, faith, salvation, the word of God and prayer (see verses 14-18). Thislist is not exhaustive considering other passages like 2 Corinthians 10:6 thatmentions obedience; James 4:7 that mentions submission to God; Romans 13:12that mentions light; 1 Peter 4:1 that mentions resolution to suffer for Christ;Luke 21:36 that mentions watchfulness, among others.

Moreover, in spite of the hostility of the enemies, Jesus Christ andthe apostles taught that Christians should love their enemies and do good tothem (see Matthew 5:43-45; Luke 6:27-28; Romans 12:17-21; 1 Peter 3:9). Jesus Christ and the apostles did not onlyteach this, they lived it (see Luke 23:34; Acts 7:59).

Christians should NOT take arms or aim at killing anybody. Rather,Christians should be ready to fight the good fight of faith – the Christianwarfare – by putting on the aforementioned “whole armor of God”, then, victoryis sure and the kingdom of God on earth will be expanded.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you will engage in the Christian warfarerightly by putting on the whole armor of God.
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Post  Admin on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 10:01 pm

Dearly Beloved,

BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son ofMan be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking,marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, anddid not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will thecoming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37-39 NKJV).

WhatsApp Messenger (a cross-platform instant messaging applicationthat allows iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia smartphoneusers to exchange text, image, video and audio messages for free) has given meand other users of the platform many months of warnings that it will soon endsupport for certain devices. The concerned devices were listed, and one of thedevices I use for my Internet ministry is listed. I initially yielded thesewarnings and started limiting my use of that device for WhatsApp purposes. Iinformed most of the groups and some people that I have contact with throughthat device that I would stop using the phone number associated with the deviceby the stipulated time. I remember one of my contacts responded that WhatsApphas extended the deadline for another six months. I partially believed him, butwhen nothing happened after the announced deadline, I thought that he wascorrect, and I continued to use the device for WhatsApp purposes. Alas, two weeks after, I could access mychats and groups, but I can longer post messages through them. I got thismessage: “You can’t send messages to this chat because WhatsApp no longersupports this phone.” I was not caughtunaware with the message, but I had thought that I would still have more monthsto enjoy WhatsApp services through the device. Most of my contacts on WhatsAppand most of the WhatsApp groups I belong to have already moved with me to theother phone number used on a supported device. However, there are still ahandful of groups and contacts that will no longer have access to me againsince they are associated with me only on the unsupported device.

This incident is an example of what will soon happen to many peoplethat do not yield to the warnings about the second coming of Jesus Christ. JesusChrist and many other people in the Bible warned people about His secondcoming. The event of the flood in the time of Noah as recorded in Genesischapters 6 and 7 was used by Jesus Christ to warn people. Noah warned hisgeneration for years about the impending flood, but only Noah, his immediatefamily members and some selected animals were saved from the flood by enteringthe ark (see also 1 Peter 3:20-21; 2 Peter 2:5; 3:5-10; Hebrews 11:7).

In spite of the warnings about the second coming of Jesus Christ andthe impending judgment on each person, many people today are still living as ifJesus Christ will not come. They behave as if they will not give account oftheir stewardship on earth. However, Jesus Christ will come again, and everyonewill give account of his/her deeds (see Matthew 16:27; 19:28; 25:31-33; 1Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 1:7). Will He meet you prepared, or are younonchalant about His coming? Before it is too late, prepare for the secondcoming of Jesus Christ and His judgment. Do not let Him meet you unprepared.

In His service,

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Prayer Point: Pray that the second coming of Jesus Christ will notmeet you unprepared.
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Post  Admin on Sun 15 Jan 2017, 11:39 pm

Dearly Beloved,
LEADER OF RASCALS?“
And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to [David]. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him” (1 Samuel 22:2 NKJV).David was a shepherd boy who was forgotten even by his father when it mattered most: choosing the person to be divinely anointed as the future king for Israel from his siblings. God fished him out from where he was taking care of his father’s sheep and made Prophet Samuel anoint him as the next king of Israel (see 1 Samuel 16). He was too young to be enlisted in the fighting force that would face the then avowed enemies of Israel – the Philistines, and his elder brother, Eliab, looked down on him when he volunteered to confront Goliath. Yet, he killed the giant and instantly became a hero in Israel (see 1 Samuel 17). By virtue of his bravery, he became a son-in-law of King Saul (see 1 Samuel 18). In spite of these, he became a wanderer trying to save his life from the jealous king. He even had to relocate his parents to another country. It was during this period that others like him that were in distress, in debt, and/or discontented (about four hundred men) gathered to him, and he became their leader – leader of rascals and “hopeless” people! Interestingly, these “hopeless” people became the mighty men that God used to establish the Davidic dynasty in Israel (see 1 Samuel 22; 1 Chronicles 12). What would have been in David’s mind when he was leading these “hopeless” rascals? Did he have any hope of better future for these people and himself? He knew that God through Prophet Samuel had anointed him (David) as the next king of Israel. However, how would he ascend the throne when the incumbent king was after his life? Could the hopeless rascals who could not help themselves help him? In spite of these, he waited for his time, and he eventually became the greatest king of Israel.Many people today also have become “wanderers” in the journey of life because of hatred, jealousy, persecution and intimidation of the powers that be around them. Other seemingly hopeless people that are also seeking refuge from their own predicaments may even surround these people. In spite of these, there is hope for each of them if they could look unto God for solace. The Lord God is the defender of the helpless, especially the less privileged (see Psalm 68:5; Exodus 22:23; Deuteronomy 10:18; Psalm 10:14c; 146:9; Proverbs 15:25). Does it seem as if you are also a “wanderer” in the journey of life because of hatred, jealousy, persecution and intimidation of the powers that be around you? Are you leading people that are in hopeless or helpless situations? Are you and your followers been ridiculed today? Rely on God. He will vindicate you. No matter what, you will reach your Promise Land soon. You will soon become a force to be reckoned with in Jesus’s name. Amen.In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Post  Admin on Sun 08 Jan 2017, 11:42 pm

Dearly Beloved,

SEEK THE LORD’S FACE!

“When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ My heart said to You, ‘Your face,Lord, I will seek’” (Psalm 27:8 NKJV).

As I do annually, I was led to use part of Psalm 27 to pray forpeople in my Internet ministry at the beginning of this new year, and I willbase my first message for the year on that psalm. Because the Lord was the light and salvation and therefuge and fortress of the life of the psalmist, the psalmist had nothing tofear. Though the wicked tried to wage war against him, they did not succeed. Thepsalmist confidently triumphed over every adversity, and the Lord hid him inHis shelter, lifted him up and made him sing praises to the Lord (see verses1-6). Even though people have forsaken the psalmist, the Lord did not forsakehim, but took care of him and had been his help (see verses 9-10). Because ofthese, he decided to seek the face of the Lord, trust in the Lord and waitpatiently for Him (see verses 8, 13-14). He also asked God to teach him Hisway, and lead him (see verse 11).

Undoubtedly, one would want God to beone’s light and salvation and the fortress of one’s life this year. Likewise,one would want to confidently triumph over every adversity, be lifted up to thepoint of praising God. In addition, one would wish that even though peopleforsake one, God will not forsake one.

All these things are good wishes andprayer points. However, in order for one to have these things, one has todetermine to seek the face of the Lord, trust in the Lord. Furthermore, oneshould be ready to allow God to teach one His way and be ready to follow Hisleadership. Finally, one should be ready to patiently wait on the Lord, and He willstrengthen your heart.

Are you ready to seek the face of Godthis year? If you do, you will have nothing to fear because the Lord will beyour light and salvation, He will save you from all harm, and He will lift youup and make you sing praises to Him before the end of this year in Jesus’ name.

Seek the Lord’s face!

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).


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Dearly Beloved,

OUR PRAYERS FORYOU IN THE YEAR 2017

Happy New Year(2017). Praise the Lord for seeing another year.

Opeyemi (mywife), Boluwatife, IfeOluwa, Michael, Abraham (my children) and I are welcomingyou to this New Year with these prophetic prayers adapted from Psalm 27:1-6(AMP).

This New Year:

- Because theLord will be your light and your salvation, and the refuge and fortress of yourlife, you will have nothing to fear;

- The wicked maytry to wage war against you, they will not succeed;

- You willconfidently triumph over every adversity;

- The Lord willhide you in His shelter, lift you up and make you sing praises to Him this yearin Jesus’ name. Amen.

Happy andprosperous New Year!

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi(Pastor),
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