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Re: Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Post  Admin on Sun 27 Jul 2014, 4:36 pm

Dearly Beloved,
HARK, THE VOICE OF JESUS CALLING
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send?
And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8 NIV).
“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but
the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out
workers into his harvest field’” (Matthew 9:37-38 NIV).
Daniel March was a pastor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA in
the late nineteenth century when he had the inspiration to compose the hymn,
“HARK, THE VOICE OF JESUS CALLING.” He composed the hymn during a service to
replace a hymn that he perceived was not suitable for his message, and he sang
the hymn immediately. Undoubtedly, Isaiah 6:8 and Matthew 9:37-38 (quoted
above) would come to mind as some of the Bible passages that Daniel March might
likely used as Scripture texts for his sermon that day. 
More than in the days of Daniel March, the voice of Jesus is
still calling today, “Who will go and work today? Fields are ripe and harvests
waiting, who will bear the sheaves away?” Will you answer the call like Isaiah
and say, “Here am I. Send me!”? Daniel March gave some explanations in his
hymn. You do not need to go to a distant place to do this assignment. You can
find the lost around you; you can help them at your door. You do not need to
have millions of dollars before you can give for missions. You can give the
widow’s mite, because, what you truly give for Jesus will be precious in His
sight. You do not need to be a great speaker before you speak of the love of
Jesus and His death. You can even lead the little children to the Savior’s
waiting arms. While you may not be noticeable to many people as some great
evangelists and preachers of the Gospel, with your prayers and with your bounties,
you can secretly do what heaven demands. You can even be like faithful Aaron
and Hur who held up the hands of Moses while Joshua was in the war front
fighting God’s battle (see Exodus 17:10-13). 
Having warned that we should not let people hear us idly saying,
“There is nothing I can do. While the lost of earth are dying, and the Master
calls for you”, Daniel March, therefore, concluded in the hymn with this
admonition: “Take the task He gives you gladly; Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calls you, Here am I, send me, send me.” Are you ready
to yield to this admonition?
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 2:38 pm

Dearly Beloved,
CAN THESE BONES LIVE?
“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the
Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor
of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these
bones live?’ I said, ‘O Sovereign Lord, you alone know’” (Ezekiel 37:1-3 NIV).
I am not happy with the level of corruption in my country,
Nigeria. Corruption has eating deep into the fibre of every place from the
highest level in the corridors of power in the country to the lowest level one
can think of. Even, our religious (and especially Christian) settings are not
left out of this moral decadence. I have been thinking if there would be any
remedy from this situation. Will Nigeria ever be corruption free again?
As I ruminated on this, the vision of Ezekiel in Ezekiel 37 came
to my mind and specifically, the question of the Sovereign Lord: “Can these
bones live?” Ezekiel could not answer the question, but the Lord asked him to
command the dry bones to come back to life. After the dry bones had come back
to life at Ezekiel’s command, the Lord gave the meaning of the vision: the dry
bones were the whole house of Israel who thought that “[their] bones are dried
up and [their] hope is gone” (verse 11 NIV). The Lord then asked Ezekiel to prophesy
to the people that He (God) would open their graves and bring them up from
their scattered places; that He would bring them back to the land of Israel.
After these, the people of Israel would know that He is the Lord, when He opens
their graves and brings them up from the far places. He also promised to put
His Spirit in them and that they would live (see verses 12-14).
In spite of the level of corruption in Nigeria, I believe that
Nigeria will be free of corruption one day. Only, I cannot say how soon this
will be. However, what role am I playing to make this come to reality sooner?
What roles are you playing to make Nigeria corruption free? For non-Nigerians,
what roles are you playing to make your society corruption free? The bones of
uprightness can live again wherever you find yourself by contributing your own
positive quota towards it. Shun corruption in any form!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that the Sovereign Lord will break every yoke
of corruption in your life and society.
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Post  Admin on Mon 30 Jun 2014, 11:57 am

Dearly Beloved,
THERE WILL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING
"I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I
will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing"
(Ezekiel 34:26 NIV).
A shepherd in the Old Testament symbolized a royal caretaker of
the people of God. This is the reason why the Old Testament great men are
referred to as shepherd (Jeremiah 23: 1ff; Ezekiel 34:1ff). Even God was called
the shepherd of Israel in Psalm 80:1 (cf. Psalm 23; Ezekiel 34:11-16).
Unfortunately, most of the leaders of the people of Israel were bad shepherds.
They misled the people. They only fed themselves to the detriment of the
people. This made God to pronounce woe on them (Ezekiel 34:2-6). He said that
He will hold them accountable for the misled and underfed sheep which were the
people they were leading (verses 7-10).
However, the good news is that God promises to search for His
sheep and look after them (verses 11-16a). Where there has been no justice,
especially amongst the people, God promises that He will shepherd the flock
with justice (verses 16b-24). He promises to make a covenant of peace with them
so that they will be at rest (verve 25). Above all, He will send to them
showers of blessing (verse 26). These showers of blessing include fruitfulness,
security, freedom from oppression, and lots more. The Lord will do these so
that His people will know that they are His, and that He is the Sovereign God,
the Lord above all lords, the God of the universe. 
Have the leaders of your country, church, or group disappointed
you? Have they let God down in their leadership roles? Have you lost confidence
in them? Take heart! The Lord will search for you and look after you. He will
lead you with justice. He will make a covenant of peace with you and you will
have rest. Above all, there will be showers of blessing for you from Him -
showers of fruitfulness and abundance, security and protection, freedom from
oppression, promotion, and lots more. You also will know that the Lord is good
and His love endures forever (see Psalm 100:5). People will glorify God for the
good things He will do in your life.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Requests:
1. Manifest yourself, Lord, in this world that is full of
injustice and oppression and let the world that know you are the Sovereign Lord
in Jesus' name.
2. Lord, let your showers of bless be on me, my spouse,
children, work and everything that belongs to me in Jesus' name.
3. Let the people of the world know that you are my God by the
good things you will do in my life in Jesus' name. Amen.
 
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Post  Admin on Tue 24 Jun 2014, 8:18 pm

Dearly Beloved,
YOU WILL COMPLETE IT!
"Then the word of the LORD came to me: 'The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you'" (Zechariah 4:8-9 NIV).
The people of Israel were returning from the exile. They were picking up the crumbs of their nationhood under the leadership of Zerubbabel. One of such crumbs was the rebuilding of the temple of God in Jerusalem. However, they faced strong oppositions from the neighboring nations that did not want them to re-establish their nation (see Ezra 4). It was during one of those oppositions that the word of God came to Prophet Zechariah to assure Zerubbabel that he would be the one that will definitely complete the building project.
Zechariah Chapter Four is full of prophecies in regards to the procedure of the completion of the rebuilding of the temple: firstly, it is neither by human might nor power, but by the Spirit of God (verse 6). It means that the success of the project would be by the Lord's doing, not by man's making. Secondly, all the mighty oppositions against the project will come to nothing (verse 7). This is exactly what happened when King Darius issued a decree to thwart all the oppositions (see Ezra 6:1-12). Thirdly, the very person that laid the foundation of the rebuilding of the temple will be the one that will complete it (verse 9). This promise actually came to pass (see Ezra 6:13-18). The last but not the least of the procedure is the fact that they should not despise the day of small things (verse 10a). That is, they should not look down on the little resources they had, and especially, the time they started the project with no hope. This may also mean that
they should not underrate their small or slow progress at the work. They should not allow the contempt of others to discourage them (cf. 1 Timothy 4:12). The resultant effect is that people will rejoice at the completion of the project (verse 10b).
What project have you started? Is it academic pursuit, building project, business project, or even a ministry? Are you facing oppositions or having difficulties in completing it? Do people despise you for your seemingly failure or slowness to its completion? Your hands that started the project will execute it to a successful completion in Jesus’ name. Follow also that procedure given to Zerubbabel. Do not rely on your own understanding, strength or resources. Rely on God. His grace is sufficient for you. He will silence all the oppositions that may arise against, or are facing you. All difficulties in your way shall vanish, and all the objections be got over. Believe that you that started the project will complete it. And do not despise your days of your humble beginning. Do not look down on yourself. Disregard people's contempt. Remember, "...He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6
NIV). You will complete the project! People will rejoice with you!
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Mon 23 Jun 2014, 10:13 pm

Dearly Beloved,
YOU WILL COMPLETE IT!
"Then the word of the LORD came to me: 'The hands of
Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also
complete it. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to
you'" (Zechariah 4:8-9 NIV).
The people of Israel were returning from the exile. They were
picking up the crumbs of their nationhood under the leadership of Zerubbabel.
One of such crumbs was the rebuilding of the temple of God in Jerusalem.
However, they faced strong oppositions from the neighboring nations that did
not want them to re-establish their nation (see Ezra 4). It was during one of
those oppositions that the word of God came to Prophet Zechariah to assure
Zerubbabel that he would be the one that will definitely complete the building
project. 
Zechariah Chapter Four is full of prophecies in regards to the
procedure of the completion of the rebuilding of the temple: firstly, it is
neither by human might nor power, but by the Spirit of God (verse 6). It means
that the success of the project would be by the Lord's doing, not by man's
making. Secondly, all the mighty oppositions against the project will come to
nothing (verse 7). This is exactly what happened when King Darius issued a
decree to thwart all the oppositions (see Ezra 6:1-12). Thirdly, the very
person that laid the foundation of the rebuilding of the temple will be the one
that will complete it (verse 9). This promise actually came to pass (see Ezra
6:13-18). The last but not the least of the procedure is the fact that they
should not despise the day of small things (verse 10a). That is, they should
not look down on the little resources they had, and especially, the time they
started the project with no hope. This may also mean that they should not
underrate their small or slow progress at the work. They should not allow the
contempt of others to discourage them (cf. 1 Timothy 4:12). The resultant
effect is that people will rejoice at the completion of the project (verse
10b).
What project have you started? Is it academic pursuit, building
project, business project, or even a ministry? Are you facing oppositions or
having difficulties in completing it? Do people despise you for your seemingly
failure or slowness to its completion? Your hands that started the project will
execute it to a successful completion in Jesus’ name. Follow also that
procedure given to Zerubbabel. Do not rely on your own understanding, strength
or resources. Rely on God. His grace is sufficient for you. He will silence all
the oppositions that may arise against, or are facing you. All difficulties in
your way shall vanish, and all the objections be got over. Believe that you
that started the project will complete it. And do not despise your days of your
humble beginning. Do not look down on yourself. Disregard people's contempt.
Remember, "...He who began a good work in you will carry it on to
completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6 NIV). You will
complete the project! People will rejoice with you! 
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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Post  Admin on Mon 16 Jun 2014, 7:45 pm

Dearly Beloved,
WHAT KIND OF COMFORTER ARE YOU?
"I have heard many things like these; miserable comforters
are you all!" (Job 16:2 NIV).
I always pity the man Job whenever I read the book of the Bible
that bears his name. Here is a man that lost everything he had in a single day.
He was afflicted with a disease, and his wife advised him to curse God and die.
To compound his problems, his so-called friends that came to console him turned
out to be "miserable comforters." They "tormented and
crushed" (Job 19:2) him with words as they blamed him for his travails.
They would have heeded to Job's advice, "If only you would be altogether
silent! For you, that would be wisdom" (Job 13:5 NIV. See also verse 13;
16:3; 18:2; 19:2; 21:2-3). The more Job cautioned his friends to consider his
plight, the more they rebuked him for his self-righteousness. They are indeed
"worthless physicians" (Job 13:4).
Experiences have proved that silence is the best way to comfort
someone that is bereaved. People may have contrary opinion, especially people
that are extroverts. The friends of Job did well when they first came to him
for staying "with him for seven days and seven nights" (Job 2:13 NIV)
without saying a word. That is empathy. 
Instead of being full of words, it is better for one to be full
of action - what one can do to alleviate or even solve the problem if it is
solvable. This is what Jesus Christ did in all the cases where He raised
someone from the dead (see Luke 7:11-17; 8:49-56; John 11:17-44). In each of
the cases, Jesus did not speak much. The apostles also followed this example
(Acts 9:36-43; 20:7-12).
You may not be able to do like Jesus Christ or the apostles in
solving totally a problem, but you can follow this admonition, "Rejoice
with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn" (Romans 12:15 NIV). Do
not be a comforter like one of Job's friends. The Bible says, "Blessed be
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and
mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and
encouragement), Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble
(calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and
encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort
(consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled
and encouraged) by God" (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 AMP). What kind of comforter
are you?
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 08 Jun 2014, 9:16 pm

Dearly Beloved,
IN-LAWS: BLESSING OR CURSE?
“When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of
Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. They were a
source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah†(Genesis 26:34-35 NIV).
I was in a wedding reception some time ago when I overheard a
woman sharing with another woman about her sweet experience with the sisters of
her husband. According to her, her husband’s sisters are so nice to her and her
son that whenever they see her, they always commend her and give her and her
son monetary and material gifts. I cannot remember what initiated the
discussion about these sisters-in-law, but that testimony reminded me of a
woman who colluded with her mother and sisters to defraud her husband of
thousands of US dollars. I wonder what kind of mother-in-law and sisters-in-law
they are to the man. 
An in-law is simply a relative by marriage. He/she can be
parent-in-law, child-in-law or sibling-in-law. In-laws can be a blessing to a
married couple in many ways. It may be in offering love, wisdom, encouragement
and gifts. The Bible makes note of several supportive in-law relationships,
namely Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1), Peter and his mother-in-law (Mark 1:31), and
Jethro who guided his son-in-law, Moses (Exodus 18). However, in-laws can also
be a heavy burden for a couple to bear. The Bible also has examples of this:
the wives of Esau were a source of grief to their parents-in-law (Genesis
26:34-35). David's father-in-law, King Saul, tracked him down in attempts to
kill him (1 Samuel 19:11). Laban, the father-in-law of Jacob cheated him
(Genesis 31:7). Ahab and Jezebel had bad influence on Jehoshaphat, king of
Judah, because Athaliah (wife of Jehoram, Jehoshaphat’s son) was their
daughter.
Whether you have had in-laws for just few months, or it has been
for many years, they will either be blessings or a curse to you. Examples
abound on in-laws as blessings on one hand and as a curse on the other hand.
Similarly, you are either a blessing or a curse to your in-laws. Many factors
will determine whether they are blessings or curse to you and vice versa. The
big question is: are YOU a blessing or a curse to your in-laws? One main thing
that can make you a blessing to your in-laws is to relate with them not as
relatives of your spouse, but as your own relatives. Your in-laws will not be a
source of grief to you, and you also will not be a source of grief to your
in-laws in Jesus’ name. Amen.
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 01 Jun 2014, 8:14 pm

Dearly Beloved,
IT IS NOT OVER...
“Sarah said, ‘God has brought me laughter, and everyone who
hears about this will laugh with me.’ And she added, ‘Who would have said to
Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old
age’” (Genesis 21:6-7 NIV).
The final of the year 2014 UEFA Champions League has come and
gone, but it has one major lesson: It is not over until it is over. I did not
have the opportunity of watching the epic football match live, but I was
monitoring its minute-by-minute comments on the UEFA official website and what
people were saying through their display messages on my BBM timeline. Almost
everybody (including the fans of Real Madrid FC) had thought that Club Atlético
de Madrid had won the match when the team was leading by a lone goal as at
ninety minutes of the match. In fact, the comment of one of my BBM contacts
around ninety minutes of the match was remarkable. He commented that he was
expecting to see how Cristiano Ronaldo would cry at the end of the match.
Interestingly, Ronaldo missed many opportunities to score during the course of
the regular time of the match. However, at ninety three minute of added time,
Sergio Ramos equalized for Real Madrid FC and thus forced the match to extra
time when three other goals were scored by Real Madrid including a last-minute
penalty kick by Ronaldo. Real Madrid FC was crowned the new European champions
and Ronaldo by that penalty kick created a new record in goal scoring in UEFA
Champions League. Indeed, it is not over until it is over.
Nobody, including Abraham and Sarah, ever thought that Sarah
would have a biological child after ninety years of age. They (Abraham and
Sarah) even doubted God when God told them that she would have a son “about
this time next year” (Genesis 18:10 NIV). However, “at the very time God had
promised him” (Genesis 21:2 NIV), Sarah gave birth to a son. She later
testified, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse
children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age" (Genesis 21:7 NIV).
Elizabeth made similar testimony: "The Lord has done this for me,"
she said. "In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace
among the people" (Luke 1:25 NIV). It is not over until it is over. 
Are you at the verge of losing hope on a particular situation?
Do not lose hope! It is not over until it is over. When there is life, there is
hope. At the unexpected time, the Lord will arise and surprise you. People that
have been looking down on you will soon be looking up to you. You will soon
testify to the goodness of God over your life.
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 25 May 2014, 1:21 pm

Dearly Beloved,
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF YOUR WEALTH?
"The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no
trouble to it" (Proverbs 10:22 NIV).
When one is talking about wealth, one's mind quickly goes to the
popular definition of the word "wealth" which a dictionary gives as
"(possession of a) large amount of money, property, etc." Another
meaning by an encyclopedia is "an accumulation of goods having economic
value." It is simply referred to as "riches." However, this write-up
is aimed at the broader meaning of the word - a large amount of something. This
thing may be education, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, skill, talent,
experience, intelligence, etc.
A Yoruba proverb literally goes thus: the source of wealth is
filthy. One is bound to agree with this proverb if one thinks of getting wealth
in the worldly way. To be wealthy either in monetary or material term or in the
general term is not an easy thing. The curse of God on man after the fall in
the Garden of Eden is part of this hardship in getting wealth (see Genesis
3:17-19). Those that are wealthy in term of any of these will explain better
what they passed through before they could become what they are today. In fact,
the source of the wealth of many rich people today cannot be exposed to other
people because of its filthiness morally.
Nevertheless, the proverb is in great contrast to the teachings
of the Bible. In spite of the curse that makes things difficult for man, the
Bible says, "Wealth and honor come from you [i.e. God]; you are the ruler
of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength
to all" (1 Chronicles 29:12 NIV). In another place, God told the people of
Israel, "...remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the
ability to produce wealth" (Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV). It is this kind of
wealth that comes from the blessing of the LORD to which He adds no trouble.
The source of such wealth is not filthy. It is clean and godly. Anyone who has
it will enjoy it to the fullness. But the worldly wealth will always bring
insatiable desire for more that will make one who has it not to enjoy it.
What is the source of your wealth? Is it filthy or godly? As you
are aspiring to become wealthy financially, materially or in other areas, what
would you want to be the source of your wealth? Ask for the blessings of God
that bring wealth with no sorrow.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Post  Admin on Sun 18 May 2014, 7:47 pm

Dearly Beloved,
DO YOUR OWN PART!
"So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered....
As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever
he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses' hands grew
tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur
held his hands up... so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua
overcame the Amalekite army with the sword" (Exodus 17:10-13 NIV).
One of the favourite songs of the Baptist Women Missionary Union
of Nigeria goes thus: "If we work together, Together, together; If we work
together, the happier we'll be. Your work and my work, our work for the Lord; If
we work together, the happier we'll be." An incident that happened to the
people of Israel as they were going from Egypt, their land of slavery, to
Canaan, their promised land corroborates this. On their way, the Amalekites
decided to waylay them. There was no reason given for this attack. Moses,
however, rose to the task by sending Joshua and some men to go and fight the
Amalekites. He also decided to do his own part in the battle by going up to a
mountain to intercede for them. 
Joshua led the fighting men to battle against the Amalekites.
Moses also led two other people, Aaron and Hur, to a mountain where he
interceded for the fighting men. As long as he raised his hands up, the
Israelites were winning, but the Amalekites would be winning whenever he lowered
his hands. It came to a point that he was tied. Aaron and Hur then did their
own part in finding a seat for Moses and helping him to raise his hands up,
ensuring that the Israelites eventually had total victory.
Five different kinds of people did their own parts to give the
Israelites success: 1) Joshua that heeded to the order of Moses in choosing and
leading the fighting men; 2) the choosing men that did the fighting; 3) Moses
that went to intercede for them; 4) Aaron and Hur that held Moses' hands when
he was tired; and 5) God that gave the victory. The role of none of these
people cannot be underestimated.
Likewise, the motto of the union referred to above is relevant
here: "For we are God's fellow-workers; you are God's field, God's
building" (1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV).
God has extended the invitation to work with Him to us. Have you
responded to the invitation? It may be in your local church, in a ministry like
this one, or in any other place. Are you doing your own part? No matter how
small or insignificant your part may be, do your own part, and do it
faithfully.
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 11 May 2014, 5:05 pm

Dearly Beloved,
I SALUTE MOTHERS
"Village
life in Israel ceased, ceased until I, Deborah, arose, arose a mother in
Israel" (Judges 5:7 NIV).
I always admire
women especially mothers for their extraordinary caring attitude. In fact, I
salute them. The prevailing issue of the abducted school girls in Chibok (a town
in the northeastern Nigeria) by the extreme Islamic militants popularly known as
Boko Haram again brings out the caring attitude of women. While many men are
either nonchalant about the issue or trivializing the issue, women are in the forefront
of the protest and struggle for the rescue of these abducted schools girls that
are over 200 in number.
Deborah in the
Bible was one of such exceptional mothers. Judges chapters four and five gave
her account on how she literally "...arose [as] a mother in Israel"
to rescue the people of Israel from their Canaanite oppressors. Another woman bravely
helped her to give the Israelites victory over their enemies.
Mothers,
especially caring and responsible ones, are extraordinary. I made the
distinction because it is obvious that few of them are not caring and
responsible. However, most of them are. I salute these caring and responsible
mothers. Are you one? The Lord will reward all your sacrifices to your
husbands, children and others. You will live to reap the efforts of your
motherhood in Jesus' name. Amen. Happy
Mother's Day!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi
(Pastor).
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of mothers and other people throughout the world to call on the Islamic
militants popularly known as Boko Haram to release the abducted girls and stop
their sinister activities. The Almighty God can fight for Himself. No one can
fight for Him.
 
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Dearly Beloved,
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR TESTIMONIAL?
"Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in
prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in
Christ before I was. ...Greet Apelles, tested and approved in Christ?"
(Romans 16:7, 10 NIV).
As Paul concluded his epistle to the Christians in the imperial
city of Rome, he listed, in Romans 16, a catalogue of people that had
influenced his life and ministry in one way or the other. As he was listing them,
he mentioned specifically what some of them had done for him and the Christian
faith. Among them were Priscilla and Aquila who risked their lives for him
(verses 3-4); Epenetus who was the first convert to Christ in the province of
Asia (verse 5); Mary who worked very hard for other Christians (verse 6);
Andronicus and Junias who have been in prison with him and were outstanding
among the apostles (verse 7); Urbanus who was a fellow-worker in Christ (verse
9); Apelles who was tested and approved in Christ (verse 10); Tryphena and
Tryphosa, women who work hard in the Lord (verse 12a); Persis, another woman
who has worked VERY hard in the Lord (verse 12b); and Rufus' mother who had
been a mother to Paul (verse 13). Paul also made mention of some other people
in passing. These included Asyncritus, Ampliatus, Phlegon, Herodion, Hermes,
Patrobas, Hermas, Philologus, Julia, Nereus and Olympas and other unnamed
saints. 
Interestingly, most of these names are not remembered today
because they do not form part of the common names given to our children,
however, they have unforgettable testimonials in the Bible.
What would be your testimonial in the roll call of the saints?
Would your name be mentioned in passing or would it even be one of those
unspecified names? Strive to have good testimonial in your home, church,
workplace and the society at large.
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Mon 28 Apr 2014, 8:06 pm

Dearly Beloved,
CAN FALSEHOOD BE USED TO PROMOTE THE TRUTH?
“And
you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32 NKJV).
The
above quoted verse should indeed be a fact that will make many Christians free
of any kind of bondage, but it is unfortunate that some Christians still
knowingly or unknowingly keep themselves in bondage of fear based on falsehood
of the devil and his cohorts. Interestingly, some of these Christians that
knowingly keep themselves in this bondage think that they can use that to move
closer to God! A conversation that ensued between one of my BBM contacts and me
buttress this. The contact sent a broadcast message that I should not pick
calls from a certain mobile line because some people are using the voice of
people that pick calls from that line for rituals. The message was not new to
me as I have received it times without number for over two years. My usual
response to people that spread such baseless rumours is to ask this question: “Do
you believe that someone can kill or use you for rituals by mere phone calls?”
This particular person believes that no one can use him for rituals, but that
he spread the falsehood because some people have no reason to be closer to God
unless they are scared. My question then for him is: can falsehood and baseless
rumour be used to promote the truth? Undoubtedly, NO!
Are
you also in such bondage? Or are you in the habit of spreading baseless rumours
probably to make people be closer to God or to warn and protect them from
impending danger? You do not need to be! Hear some of the truths of the Bible: 
“For
God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of
self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV). 
“You,
dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in
you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NIV).
“The
Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the
stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance
against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will
stumble and fall” (Psalm 27:1-2 NIV).
“I
delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me
with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a
bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with
her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10 NIV).
“What,
then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against
us?” (Romans 8:31 NIV).
These
are the simple truth of words of God. They do not need any falsehood or fear to
be known or promoted. Let the truth set you free indeed.
In
His service,
Bayo
Afolaranmi (Pastor). 
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Dearly Beloved,
THE STRIFE IS O'ER
“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But
thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1
Corinthians 15: 56-57 NIV).
The hymn “THE STRIFE IS O'ER” is often sung as an Easter hymn,
and (in my part of the world) during burial services. This hymn reflects the
victory that Jesus Christ has over the power of death. It also captures the
triumphant joy of the His resurrection and the future resurrection of those
that believe in Him. No wonder, the hymn is sung during burial services of
believers in Christ. Jesus Christ redeemed humanity by being a ransom for us
through His death. He conquered the powers of hell and restored the link
between a fallen humanity and heaven. 
This hymn indeed celebrates the battle fought and won at the
cross of Calvary.  "The powers of
death have done their worst," but Christ has won the victory. The strife
is over and the battle is done. Victory of life has been won and the song of
triumph has begun: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! The powers of death indeed
have done their worst, but Christ has dispersed their legions. He closed the
yawning gates of hell and made the bars from heaven’s high portals fall. We can
now burst into shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia! After three sad days in
the grave, He gloriously rose from the dead. Alleluia! The last stanza of the
hymn is a prayer –– a prayer that Christ, by his death, might set us free from
death "so that we may live, and sing to thee:  Alleluia!  
Jesus Christ has indeed fought and won the battle over the power
of death and sin. Believers in Him are more than conquerors (see Romans 8:37).
However, that does not mean they are free from the struggles of life. In fact,
Jesus Christ categorically told His disciples that they will have trouble in
this world. The good news is that He has overcome the world (see John 16:33
NIV). The implication of this for every believer is that in spite of the fact
that Jesus Christ has won the battle over the power of death and sin, we have
to continue with the various struggles of life until we die or Jesus Christ
returns with the full awareness that He has given us victory already. Alleluia!
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 13 Apr 2014, 6:37 pm

Dearly Beloved,
THE TRIUMPHANT ENTRY: ANY SIGNIFICANCE?
(Text: Luke 19:28-40)
Palm Sunday, the annual celebration before Easter Sunday
commemorates the triumphant entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The
event happened on the first day of the Passion Week. The name "Palm
Sunday" comes from John 12:13, "They took palm branches and went out
to meet him, shouting, 'Hosanna?'" (NIV). The celebration started around
3rd-4th century AD. However, does the event have any significance for us today?
Can we learn any lesson from it?
This event demonstrates humility and peace by Jesus (verse 30).
Jesus opted to enter Jerusalem on a donkey (see Matthew 21:2), not a horse.
Donkey and colt symbolize humility and peace while horse is usually associated
with power and war. The outcomes of His option were honor and glorification
(verses 37, 38; John 12:19). The Christian message is not of force or
domineering, but a message of peace (see Ephesians 6:15), because
"...everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles
himself will be exalted" (Luke 18:14 NIV).
The event amplifies total surrender (verse 35). The owners
surrendered the colt to the strangers that came to untie it. Likewise, the colt
allowed itself to be used by Jesus to ride on it. We should also be ready to
surrender our possessions and even ourselves totally for the Master's use.
The aftermath of the submission is another significance -
unmerited honor (verses 35, 36). It is unusual to saddle a donkey or a colt,
but because of the submission of the colt, it was saddled and it became an
instrument for Jesus Christ. The colt received part of the honor done to Jesus
by people. Anyone that surrenders his/her life to Jesus will also experience
the grace - the unmerited favor - granted by God (see Ephesians 1:3-4; 2:4-8).
Furthermore, the unreliability and inconsistency of man were
demonstrated in this event (verses 37-38). Less than a week after the event,
the same Jerusalem crowd that was shouting "Hosanna!" to Jesus was
also shouting, "Crucify Him!" (23:18-23). Jesus was not surprised. He
had earlier declared about them: "You bunch of hypocrites! Isaiah the
prophet described you very well when he said, 'These people speak very prettily
about the Lord but they have no love for him at all. Their worship is a
farce?'" (Mark 7:6 TLB). Are you such a person?
Lastly, we see the need to be praising God always in this event
(verses 38-40). Some of the Pharisees wanted Jesus to stop the people that were
praising Him, but He told them a fundamental truth: "If they keep quiet,
the stones will cry out" (Luke 19:40 NIV). This means that if we also
refuse to praise God, He will raise other people, even stones to praise Him!
May God not replace me with stones in His vineyard.
As we celebrate this year Palm Sunday, think of it: Do you know
its significances? Do they have any impact in your life?
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 06 Apr 2014, 3:14 pm

Dearly Beloved,
"WHAT IS THAT IN YOUR HAND?"
"Then the LORD said to him, 'What is that in your hand?' 'A
staff,' he replied. The LORD said, 'Throw it on the ground.' Moses threw it on
the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it" (Exodus 4:2-3 NIV).
Sometimes, we all feel inadequate, insufficient, incapable,
unqualified and helpless to do something while in actual fact, the resources to
do such thing are at our disposal. Moses found himself in a similar situation.
How? God called him to go and lead the Israelites out of the land of slavery.
He was trying to dodge the divine assignment by giving unconvincing excuses. He
looked down on himself. Then God asked him, "What is that in your
hand?" Moses must have thought: "Of what use would an ordinary staff
be in fulfilling such an enormous task?" However, the "ordinary"
staff became an extraordinary instrument when he surrendered it to God.
The disciples of Jesus Christ were also in a dilemma. They had
to feed over five thousand people in a solitary place. How would they do it?
"Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up. 'There's a youngster here
with five barley loaves and a couple of fish! BUT WHAT GOOD IS THAT WITH THIS
ENTIRE MOB?'" (John 6:8-9 TLB). How could they feed such a large number of
people with a boy's lunch? They never saw God above their inadequacies.
Nevertheless, Jesus fed the people with that "little" food, and there
were twelve baskets full of the leftover!
In the same way, a prophet's widow was about to lose her two
sons to creditors. She ran to Prophet Elisha for assistance. "Elisha
replied to her, 'How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?'
'Your servant has nothing there at all,' she said, 'EXCEPT A LITTLE OIL'"
(2 Kings 4:2 NIV). How would she settle her debt with that "little"
oil? Elisha told her to go and use that "little" oil. She did as she
was told and at the end, she paid her debts and even had more!
Likewise, the son of a Shunammite woman was dead. Prophet Elisha
gave his staff to his servant, Gehazi to go and raise the son from the dead.
"Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy's face, but there was
no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, 'The boy
has not awakened'" (2 Kings 4:31 NIV). He had no eye of faith. He could
not see the extraordinary power in the "ordinary" staff.
Take an honest look at your own life. "What is that in your
hand?" What do you have that looks "ordinary,"
"little" or "insignificant"? Look at it with an eye of
faith. You have something that others do not have. Let God use it to perform His
wonders in your life. "[For God has chosen] the lowly things of this world
and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that
are, so that no one may boast before him" (1 Corinthians 1:28-29 NIV).
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 30 Mar 2014, 8:32 pm

Dearly Beloved,
WOULD YOU ALSO REJECT HIS WILL?
"`This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order,
because you are going to die; you will not recover.' Hezekiah turned his face
to the wall and prayed to the LORD, `Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before
you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in
your eyes.' And Hezekiah wept bitterly" (2 Kings 20:1-3 NIV).
King Hezekiah of Judah was unique out of the other kings of
Judah. While most of the other kings did not have good records in their
relationship with God, he did "what was good and right and faithful before
the LORD his God" (2 Chronicles 31:20 NIV). God in turn gave him success
over many powerful kings of his time. When it was an appropriate time for him
to leave the stage, he was terribly ill to the point of death. At this God sent
prophet Isaiah to him to announce his impending death. That was the absolute
will of God for him. God wanted him to leave the stage when the ovation was
loudest. However, he rejected the absolute will of God. He prayed to God for
His permissive will, and God added another fifteen years to his life.
Unfortunately, the added years became his peril. The Bible says, "But
Hezekiah's heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him;
therefore the LORD's wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem" (2
Chronicles 32:25 NIV). Part of his pride was the demonstration of his strength
to the visiting envoys of a Babylonian king – an act that God intensely
condemned (2 Kings 20:16-18; 2 Chronicles 32:31). Even the birth of his wicked
son and successor, Manasseh, took place during these added years. Hezekiah
would have had a clean record if he had accepted the absolute will of God for
his life.
Jesus Christ also nearly fell into this trap of permissive will
of God when He faced His suffering and death. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He
prayed, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my
will, but yours be done" (Luke 22:42 NIV). He accepted the absolute will
of God. He even cried on the cross to demonstrate the agony of that will of God
(Mark 15: 34). However, the absolute will of God for Jesus, and His (i.e.
Jesus') acceptance of it gave Him a name above every other name (Philippians
2:10-11). This singular action of Jesus Christ has also given every Christian
the hope that is beyond any other hope that if we die today, we are going to
reign with Him.
What is your attitude when God reveals His absolute will for you
and that will is not "good"? Would you also reject the absolute will
of God and request for His permissive will? Are you ready to accept God's
"negative" response to your heart desire? Remember, "...God
causes ALL things [even death] to work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28 NASB).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Post  Admin on Sun 23 Mar 2014, 8:15 pm

Dearly Beloved,
YOU WILL BE HELD
ACCOUNTABLE
“This is what
the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of
themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? ...I am against the
shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from
tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will
rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them”
(Ezekiel 34:2, 10 NIV).
Tragedy occurred
last week in many centres where the Nigerian Immigrations Service was
recruiting new officers as almost twenty (20) people died and many other people
were seriously injured in stampedes as millions of unemployed youth struggled
to participate in the recruiting exercise. This was after each of these
unemployed youth had been made to pay one thousand naira. Here is an exercise
that is meant to recruit less than five thousand (5000) people and it is
certain that in a corrupt country like Nigeria, the influential people in and
out of government have known their own people that would be eventually
recruited. Ironically, a member of the so-called national conference that was
handpicked and inaugurated recently will be paid four (4) million naira each
per month for three months in a country that finds it difficult to pay eighteen
thousand naira (N18,000) as minimum wage to its workers and most people are
living in abject poverty. Most, if not all, of the members of this confab are
already established well-to-do personalities. So, the rich in the country are
getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. Unfortunately, most of the
people in government are encouraging and even greatly involved in these corrupt
practices. Being in government has become a way of enriching oneself. It is a
pity that the people that God graciously entrusts the care of the Nigerian
people are the same one that are ravaging them. 
The people of
Israel in the Bible also had similar experiences. Their leaders, referred to in
many instances as shepherds, exploited them to the extent that God pronounced
woes on these leaders and held them accountable for their callous acts against
the people they were leading (see Isaiah 56:11; Jeremiah 10:21; 12:10; 23:1-4;
25:34-36; 50:6; Ezekiel 34:1-10; Zechariah 10:3).
One may be
blaming the people at the helm of affairs of corrupt nations like Nigeria for
the rottenness in the system of governance. They are indeed to be blamed, and
God will hold them accountable for the suffering of the masses in spite of the
surplus of most of these nations. However, anyone who is in any position of
leadership will be held accountable for the misery of the people he/she is
leading. Those people in government will be held accountable. You also in your
little corner of leadership will be held accountable.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi
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Post  Admin on Mon 17 Mar 2014, 10:40 pm

Dearly Beloved,
BEWARE OF YOUR FRIENDS
"Beware of your friends; do not trust your brothers. For
every brother is a deceiver, and every friend a slanderer. Friend deceives
friend, and no-one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie;
they weary themselves with sinning" (Jeremiah 9:4-5 NIV).
The life of an average Jew in the time of Jeremiah was so
deteriorated and corrupted that it was difficult to trust a fellow Jew. Each
one was doing what seemed right in his eyes. The political leaders had
abandoned the living God for worthless gods. Even the religious leaders were
not trustworthy as they were misleading the people with false prophecies.
Isaiah depicted this dishonest situation thus, "So justice is driven back,
and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets,
honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil
becomes a prey. The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no
justice" (Isaiah 59:14-15 NIV). This situation made Jeremiah to warn the
people to beware of their friends and not to trust any brother (Jeremiah
9:4-5).
Prophet Micah, who lived sometime before prophet Jeremiah, also
had a similar warning. Hear him, "Do not trust a neighbour; put no
confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of
your words. For a son dishonours his father, a daughter rises up against her
mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law - a man's enemies are the
members of his own household" (Micah 7:5-6 NIV).
Are these warnings relevant today to us as they were to the
people of Judah? Have honesty, truth and righteousness not been relegated to
oblivion? Can we trust our friends, neighbors, co-workers, siblings and even
our spouses today? Can my friends, siblings, neighbors, co-workers, as well as
my spouse trust me?
These are thought-provoking questions in our present-day society
that have deteriorated morally with all sorts of atrocities in the name of
civilization, rationalization and liberalization.
However, "there is a friend who sticks closer than a
brother" (Proverbs 18:24 NIV). This Friend can be trusted at all time even
when all others have disappointed you. The friend is Jesus Christ (see John
15:13-15). While you may find it difficult or cautious to trust a friend, put
your total trust in Jesus Christ. You will never regret you did.
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 09 Mar 2014, 9:37 pm

Dearly Beloved,

AN INTERRUPTING BLESSING

"While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus,
the synagogue ruler. `Your daughter is dead,' they said. `Why bother the
teacher any more?' Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler,
`Don't be afraid; just believe'" (Mark 5:35-36 NIV).

The story of the raising of Jairus' daughter from the dead as recorded by
two of the Gospel writers (Mark 5 and Luke 8) is a fascinating one. Jesus
had just crossed over the lake from where he was rejected because He healed
a demon-possessed man when a large crowd of people gathered around Him.
Among these people was a synagogue ruler who came to beg Jesus to come and
heal his dying daughter. The man had faith that Jesus could rescue his
daughter from the looming death. Jesus did not hesitate in following him to
go and save the daughter. The other aimless crowd also followed them.

As they were going, there was an interruption: a woman with a flow of blood
intercepted Jesus and received her healing from the twelve-year- long
problem. The dialogue that followed made Jesus to wait more before He could
go to where He intended to go and rescue the dying child.

Alas, as they were there discussing about the faith of the healed woman,
somebody came from Jairus' house to disclose the sad news: the child had
died. There was no need to bother Jesus. The news bearer reasoned. What
would have been the reaction of Jairus? Probably, if there was no
interruption, Jesus would have reached the house and rescued the child
before she died. However, Jesus encouraged him to have faith.

In spite of the unbelief and ridicule of the people, Jesus still went to
the house and raised the child from the dead. The seemingly interruption
turned out to be a blessing both to the interrupting woman and Jairus.

Have you also called on God to do something for you? Does it seem that He
is delaying in answering you? Do not lose hope! He is on His way. Who
knows, He might have been "interrupted" by another person. However, the
"interruption" will turn out to be a blessing for you. Probably you want
God to rescue you from a small problem. He may allow it to become bigger,
even without hope, before He acts, so that His name will be glorified.
Remember Lazarus' story. Jesus deliberately waited for two more days to
bring glory to God. Your "interruption" will also be a blessing to you, and
glory to God. Just wait and believe.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

NB

This message was first posted on June 12, 2005.

Dearly Beloved,

LIVE ABOVE BOARD

"Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the Lord and his
anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I
cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to
make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these, I will make it right" (1
Samuel 12:3 NIV).

It really saddens me to hear the news about the conviction of David Yonggi
Cho, the founder of Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, South Korea (that is
considered as the world's largest megachurch). Cho was convicted of
embezzling $12 million in church funds. He was sentenced to three years in
prison and was also fined $5 million. This message is not intended to
ridicule the more the revered man of God, neither is it an avenue for
antagonists of Christianity to oppose it. Rather, it is intended to serve
as a warning to every Christian (and even non-Christian) to do everything
in his/her capacity to live above board wherever he/she finds him/herself.

Samuel (in the Bible) could boldly challenge the people of Israel to
mention if in any way he had done anything wrongly against anyone. The
people testified that he had lived above board when he was discharging his
duties as a priest, prophet and the judge of Israel (see 1 Samuel 12:1-5).
Samuel had the privilege of misusing his position to his own advantage, but
he did not do so. Daniel as a captive was privileged to find himself in a
place of authority in a foreign land. The Bible records about him that he
"...distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his
exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole
kingdom. At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds
for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they
were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was
trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, 'We
will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has
something to do with the law of his God'" (Daniel 6:3-5 NIV).

Samuel was a religious leader while Daniel was a political appointee. Both
of them lived above board. How many of our religious/spiritual leaders
today (not to talk of political leaders/appointees) are living above board?
If an investigative panel is constituted today to investigate you, will you
not be found wanting? Before you raise an accusing finger at David Yonggi
Cho or anybody for any wrong doing, firstly examine yourself. Nobody on
earth is perfect. Nevertheless, do everything in your capacity to live
above board.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to live above board in all your
endeavours.
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Post  Admin on Mon 03 Mar 2014, 6:39 pm

Dearly Beloved,
LIVE ABOVE BOARD
“Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the Lord
and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I
cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make
me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these, I will make it right†(1 Samuel
12:3 NIV).
It really saddens me to hear the news about the conviction of
David Yonggi Cho, the founder of Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, South Korea
(that is considered as the world's largest megachurch). Cho was convicted of
embezzling $12 million in church funds. He was sentenced to three years in
prison and was also fined $5 million. This message is not intended to ridicule
the more the revered man of God, neither is it an avenue for antagonists of
Christianity to oppose it. Rather, it is intended to serve as a warning to
every Christian (and even non-Christian) to do everything in his/her capacity
to live above board wherever he/she finds him/herself.
Samuel (in the Bible) could boldly challenge the people of
Israel to mention if in any way he had done anything wrongly against anyone.
The people testified that he had lived above board when he was discharging his
duties as a priest, prophet and the judge of Israel (see 1 Samuel 12:1-5). Samuel
had the privilege of misusing his position to his own advantage, but he did not
do so. Daniel as a captive was privileged to find himself in a place of
authority in a foreign land. The Bible records about him that he
“...distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his
exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges
against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do
so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and
neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, ‘We will never find any
basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with
the law of his God’†(Daniel 6:3-5 NIV).
Samuel was a religious leader while Daniel was a political
appointee. Both of them lived above board. How many of our religious/spiritual
leaders today (not to talk of political leaders/appointees) are living above
board? If an investigative panel is constituted today to investigate you, will
you not be found wanting? Before you raise an accusing finger at David Yonggi
Cho or anybody for any wrong doing, firstly examine yourself. Nobody on earth
is perfect. Nevertheless, do everything in your capacity to live above board.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to live above board in
all your endeavours.
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Post  Admin on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 7:34 pm

Dearly Beloved,
SEEK THE LORD NOT RELIGIOUS PLACES
“This is what the Lord says to the house of Israel: ‘Seek me and live; do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.’ Seek the Lord and live, or he will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire; it will devour, and Bethel will have no one to quench it” (Amos 5: 4-6 NIV).
The Israelites loved religious activities. They had many places consecrated for religious services (places like Bethel, Gilgal, Beersheba, not to talk of Jerusalem), and they were ready to travel many kilometers to these places to perform religious activities in these consecrated places. However, they were not ready to be in right standing with God. They were not really seeking Him. Therefore, God warned them not to rely on their religious activities or religious places, but that they should rather seek Him if they want to live. He promised to destroy all the religious places and even send them to exile if they do not repent.
It is interesting that there are many religious places today – prayer mountains, camp grounds, churches, mosques, and the likes. These places of worship are full to the brim on Sundays and other worship times with many so-called men of God leading them, but the religious activities of most of these people do not correspond to their right standing with God they claim they are serving. Many of these people are just paying lip service to God. They are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. They are only going to these religious places for their ulterior selfish motives. In fact, our society is getting worse every day. While the Samaritan woman was trying to argue about the right religious place with Jesus Christ, He declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem... . Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are
the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:21-24 NIV).
Why are you going to religious places? Are you really seeking God there or you are just performing religious activities probably because of what you can get from God? Genuinely seek God if you want Him to really bless you. 
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Lord, help me to genuinely seek you, and not religious places.
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Dearly Beloved,

LOVE IS THE THEME

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should
be called children of God!" (1 John 3:1 NKJV).

Apart from serving for a decade as a general evangelist for the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, USA in the 1910s and being a military chaplain in
World War I, little was known about Albert C. Fisher (1886-1946), the hymn
writer of the hymn titled "LOVE IS THE THEME." However, his hymn is one of
the inspiring hymns that talk about the love of God to humanity. In this
hymn, Albert C. Fisher pointed out that out of the themes that men have
known, the wonderful love of God supremely stands out and it has been
proven through the ages. Therefore, love is supreme, and it is the eternal
theme! It indeed grows sweeter and bestows glory as it ever glows as bright
as the sun! The bells of Heaven should ring, the saints should bring their
tribute, and the world should sing true praises for this wonderful love.
Pardon, peace and joy are found in this wonderful love. Albert C. Fisher
concluded his hymn by enjoining people, especially sinners to come to the
blessed Master, call upon His Name and trust this wonderful love. The
wonderful love of God indeed is the greatest theme.

Having highlighted the characteristics of what he tagged "a more excellent
way" (1 Corinthians 12:31 NKJV), Apostle Paul identified love as the
greatest (see 1 Corinthians 13:13). Apostle John reiterated this great
theme in his first general epistle. In fact, the major theme of the epistle
is love. He had earlier written in his gospel about the love of God to the
world that made Him "gave His only begotten Son [Jesus Christ to die for
the ungodly world], that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have
everlasting life" (John 3:16 NKJV). This love is so wonderful that such
persons who believe in Jesus Christ are called children of God (see John
1:12; Galatians 3:26; 1 John 3:1). The wonderful love of God indeed is the
greatest theme.

If you claim to be a child of God, this wonderful love should reflect in
you. It is not selfish love or lust that many people have used to replace
love nowadays, but genuine and sacrificial love. Love is the theme. Do you
really have it?

In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to reflect genuine and sacrificial
love to other people.
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Dearly Beloved,
WHERE IS YOUR GOD?
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit
and truth†(John 4:24 NKJV).
Ordinarily, a simple answer to the question “Where is God?†is
God is in heaven. The psalmist confirmed this: “our God is in heaven†(Ps 115:3
NKJV. See also Psalm 2:4; 14:2; 18:13; 20:6; 33:13; 123:1). However, God is
omnipresent and everywhere. This was what Jacob discovered on his way to Panda
Aran when he was running away from Esau, his brother (see Genesis 28:16). The
psalmist also confirmed this elaborately in Psalm 139. Other Bible references
that attest to the omnipresence of God are Deuteronomy 4:39; 10:14; Proverbs
15:3; Isaiah 66:1; Jeremiah 23:23-24; Amos 9:2. 
The doctrine of omnipresence of God is both comforting and
frightening. It is comforting because it assures the believer that God is at
hand to save His people anywhere from any danger or foe (see Isaiah 43:2). No
wonder, the psalmist could say, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil; FOR YOU ARE WITH ME; Your rod and Your
staff, they comfort me†(Psalm 23:4 NKJV emphasis mine). However, it is
frightening because no one has any hiding place from the presence of God and
nothing is secret to Him. The psalmist emphasized this in Psalm 139. 
Another fact that many people have not understood is that the
omnipresence of God connotes that the actual nearness of God and a real
communion with Him may be enjoyed everywhere, even apart from the places hallowed
for such purpose. So, one does not need to get to a particular place before one
commune with or worship God. The Samaritan woman in John 4 did not understand
this, and she was arguing with Jesus Christ about where one should worship God.
Jesus’ response corrects the erroneous belief of the woman and many other
people nowadays that think that they cannot commune with or worship God until
they get to a particular location.
Where is your God? Do you realize that He is with you and that
you can commune with or worship Him anywhere? God is everywhere and He desires
that people relate with Him anywhere they are.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Dearly Beloved,
DO NOT BE A FOOL!
“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good” (Psalm 14:1 NKJV).
There are some people who do not believe in the existence of God. They say there is no God. They are called atheists. The psalmist simply called such people fools. However, the psalmist’s explanation reveals that not only self-proclaimed atheists are making such claim that there is no God, even people that believe in the existence of God, but who are evildoers are as fools as atheists. These second set of people are “practical atheists” who live their lives as if there is no God. They are morally corrupt and they do not glorify God with their lives. The Lord observes from heaven that almost all the human race is in this category (see verses 2-3).
It is unfortunate that many professed Christians today are worse than these atheists and unbelievers. The words and actions of these professed Christians do not portray them as children of God. They do not reflect the light of God to the dark and corrupt world. This has made many people to doubt their Christianity and the existence of God they claim they are representing. One may wonder who are more foolish: the people that openly admit that there is no God or professed Christians that are not glorifying God through their words and actions. They can only fool themselves and other people. They cannot fool God. Apostle Paul said, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Galatians 6:7-8 NKJV).
Are you such a Christian? Can God depend on you? Does your life portray the existence of God? Fools may say that there is no God, but is your life demonstrating that there is God? The hymn writer, B.B. McKinney, admonished, “Let others see Jesus in you, Let others see Jesus in you; Keep telling the story, be faithful and true, Let others see Jesus in you.” Do not be a fool!
In His service,
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