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Re: Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Post  Admin on Mon 24 Dec 2012, 11:54 am

Dearly Beloved,
THE FIRST NOEL

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch
over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the
glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel
said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that
will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been
born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will
find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger'" (Luke 2:8-12 NIV).

Historically, December 25 was the climax day for the celebration of
Saturnalia, an ancient Roman festival in honour of the deity Saturn.
However, the day has been adopted worldwide as the birth date of Jesus
Christ, thereby dumping the worship of Saturn to the celebration of God the
Son who "was made visible in human flesh" to "save His people from their
sins" (1 Timothy 3:16; Matthew 1:21 AMP). Matthew Chapters One and Two and
Luke Chapters One and Two chronicled the birth of Jesus Christ regarded as
the first Christmas. An unknown poet composed a popular Christmas hymn
titled "THE FIRST NOEL THE ANGEL DID SAY" to portray the event. This hymn
is a traditional classical English carol, most likely from the 18th
century, although possibly earlier. The word Noel comes from the French
word Noël meaning "Christmas", from the Latin word "natalis" that means
"birthday".

On the first Noel, after the birth of Jesus Christ, an angel went to
certain poor shepherds as they lay in fields keeping their sheep on a cold
winter's night that was so deep, and informed them that the King of Israel
was born. The shepherds looked up and saw a star shining in the east beyond
them far. The star gave great light to the earth as it continued to shine
both day and night. By the light of that same star some wise men came from
a far country. Their intent was to seek for the King, and to follow the
star wherever it went. This star drew near to the northwest and took its
rest over Bethlehem, right over the place where Jesus was laid. The wise
men entered in full reverence upon their knees, and offered there in His
presence their gifts made of gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.

The unknown poet then concluded his hymn with this great lesson: "let us
all with one accord sing praises to our heavenly Lord; that hath made
heaven and earth of nought, and with his blood mankind hath bought." As we
are celebrating Christmas this year, let us worship the King, Jesus Christ,
with our lives and everything that we have for what He has done for us
through His coming to the world.

Once again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (2013) in advance!

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 17 Dec 2012, 2:44 am

Dearly Beloved,
STILL ON PRAYING FOR THE DEAD
"May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus,
because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the
contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. May
the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very
well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus" (2 Timothy 1:16-18 NIV).
Before I sent my message on praying for the dead out two weeks
ago, I have decided not to engage in any debate on the issue because I knew
that it is a controversial issue. My determination was to make known the simple
message of the Bible about the issue. However, I followed people's reactions
and counter-actions to the message with interest. It amused me to discover that
some people are using a somewhat obscure passage of the Bible to support the
issue. According to these people, Paul in the passage cited above prayed for
Onesiphorus who was dead by then. Can you read the passage again? What in the passage
suggests that Onesiphorus was dead by the time Paul said this prayer? Some will
claim that the phrase "on that day" suggests that. Interesting!
Well, the purpose of this message is not to debate this issue,
but to point out a fact: never use any controversial Bible passage to propagate
a teaching or doctrine, rather, let other clearer passages of the Bible explain
the controversial passages. The Holy Bible never contradicts itself in any way.
Only a Bible critic who is ready to discredit the word of God will adamantly
say that the Bible contradicts itself. I know that most of the people that are
in support of praying for the dead are not Bible critics. They are people that
have been taught dogmatically about some practices based on traditions and cultures
and now try to find biblical supports for such practices.
As for praying for the dead, one's beliefs about God, life after
death, salvation and other salient doctrines of the Bible will determine
whether to pray for the dead or not. Man's doctrines and cultures may thrive
for awhile, but the undiluted words of God will stand for ever. No amount of
prayers will change the state of the dead. Instead of praying for the dead,
pray for the living ones that the dead left behind.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Your reactions to this issue are still welcome. I have gone into
my archive to retrieve an article "WHERE DO THE DEAD GO?" that I
wrote some years ago. If you have interest in it, contact me at
spiritualdigest@yahoo.com. God bless you!

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Post  Admin on Sun 09 Dec 2012, 7:57 pm

Dearly Beloved,
HEROD'S PALACE
"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the
time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem... . After they had
heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east
went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was"
(Matthew 2:1, 9 NIV).
The Lord revealed to some wise men from the East (or simply, the
Magi) through a special star that a King was born. They decided to come and pay
homage to the King. The star led them to Israel. Because there was a famous
king in land that time, King Herod the Great, the Magi thought that the best
and right place for the birth of the newly born King must be in the palace of
Herod in Jerusalem, so they abandoned the guidance of the star and went to the
palace to inquire of the newly born King. However, they were surprised to
discover that even King Herod and all his wise men were not aware of the birth
of the new King. They only knew from prophecy that such King would be born in a
remote town called Bethlehem. Herod then told the Magi to go and find out in
Bethlehem about the newly born King. Interestingly, when the Magi came out of
Herod's palace, the abandon star led them to the right place.
Similarly, God has given a specific vision to some people, but
they have, on many occasions, abandoned God's guidance and relied on human
wisdom to pursue the vision. Many have even abandoned God and relied on
themselves or other people to accomplish their God-given vision. Until such
people come back to God and follow His guidance, they will not reach their
God-assigned destination. According to the Bible, "This is what the Lord
says: 'Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his
strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. He will be like a bush in
the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the
parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is
the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a
tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not
fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year
of drought and never fails to bear fruit'" (Jeremiah 17:5-8 NIV).
Where is your "Herod's palace"? Where are you seeking
help outside of God's will and purpose for your life? Come back to God and
allow Him to lead you to your divine destination. As the Magi rejoiced and
worshipped Jesus, you also will rejoice and worship God soon in Jesus' name.
Amen.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (2013) in advance!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Post  Admin on Sun 02 Dec 2012, 11:25 pm

Dearly Beloved,
PRAYING FOR THE DEAD?

"And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment"
(Hebrews 9:27 NKJV).

Recently, my mother died after a brief illness. Expectedly, many people
that heard the sad news condoled with me. However, what interested me about
the condolence was the fact that most of the people that condoled with me
were praying for my dead mother. I was not surprised about this, but I
hardly say "Amen" to such prayers because I do not believe in praying for
the dead. I would rather prefer praying for the beloved living ones that
the dead left behind.

The act of praying for the dead is an established one in many cultures,
religions and even some Christian denominations. There are even strong
doctrines in support of the practice in some of these denominations. There
have been arguments for and against the practice. Nevertheless, the act is
contrary to the teachings of the Holy Bible. Our prayers have no bearing on
a person once he has died. The reason is that at that point his eternal
future is confirmed. Either he is saved through faith in Jesus Christ and
is in God’s presence where he is experiencing rest and the joy of being in
His presence, or he is in hell or torments. The parable of the rich man and
Lazarus the beggar (in Luke 16) is a good illustration of this. Hebrews
9:27 reads thus: "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after
this the judgment" (NKJV). Paul was confident that to be absent from the
body was to be at home and present with the Lord (see 2 Corinthians 5:1-8).
He also said, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to
go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what
shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to
depart and be with Christ, which is better by far" (Philippians 1:21-23
NIV). In Revelation 14:13, it is declared that those that are dead in the
Lord are blessed already and are resting from any labour because their
deeds are following them.

No matter how acceptable the practice of praying for the dead may be, it
negates the teachings of the Scriptures. The simple gospel message is:
"[Anyone] who believes in [Jesus Christ], though he may die, he shall live"
(John 11:25 NKJV). The implication of this is that one must settle one's
eternal destination here on earth. No amount of prayers will change one's
eternal state once one is dead. Period!

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

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While I do not intend to engage in argument with anyone on the matter of
praying for the dead, you may send your reaction(s) to this message to me
at spiritualdigest@ yahoo.com. God bless you!
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Post  Admin on Sun 25 Nov 2012, 6:20 pm

Dearly Beloved,
YIELD NOT TO TEMPTATION

"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation" (Matthew 26:41
NIV).

I seldom watch movies these days because of my busy schedules. However, I
watched one recently that keeps me thinking. It has to do with a powerful
man who fell into the hands of mere men and women because he was not
watchful. In spite of the fact that the Yoruba movie is one of those
secular movies acted with no religious connotation, its music interlude was
the tune of the hymn, "YIELD NOT TO TEMPTATION," composed by Horatio R.
Palmer around 1868. I knew the hymn (especially its Yoruba translation)
very well.

According to an online source, Horatio R. Palmer regarded this hymn, "YIELD
NOT TO TEMPTATION," as an inspiration. He was at work on the dry subject of
‘Theory,’ when the complete idea of yielding to temptation flashed upon
him, and he laid aside the theoretical work and hurriedly penned both words
and music of the hymn as fast as he could write them.

Stanzas One and Two of the hymn are warnings and advice. Horatio R. Palmer
warned us not to yield to temptation for yielding is sin. Every victory we
have over a temptation help us to win other temptations. Therefore, we
should fight manfully onward to subdue dark passions, and ever look to
Jesus, who will carry us through. We are to shun evil companions, and
disdain bad language. We should hold God’s name in reverence by not taking
it in vain. We are to be thoughtful, earnest, kind-hearted and true.
Horatio R. Palmer knew that we cannot do all these with our own strength.
So, in the refrain, he advised that we should ask the Savior to help
comfort, strengthen and keep us. He was sure that the Savior is willing to
aid us and carry us through. Horatio R. Palmer concluded the hymn by
affirming that God will give a crown to anyone that overcomes, and that
though are often cast down, we shall conquer through faith because our
Savior will renew our strength. Horatio R. Palmer repeatedly affirmed that
if we look ever to Jesus, He will carry us through.

Do not be like that powerful man who is not watchful. The devil is seeking
everyday for who he will devour. It is not a sin to be tempted, but
yielding to temptation is a sin. Beware!

In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 18 Nov 2012, 5:08 pm

Dearly Beloved,
WHY THANKSGIVING?
"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises
to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And
Your faithfulness every night" (Psalm 92:1-2 NKJV).
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States on
the fourth Thursday in November. It has officially been an annual tradition
since 1863, when, during the US Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed
a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who
dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.
However, most stories of Thanksgiving history start with the harvest
celebration of the Pilgrims (that came from England to settle in the "New
World") and the Native Americans that took place in the autumn of 1621.
Historians and Jewish sources have pointed out that America's Thanksgiving
holiday may not have been a totally new celebration, but that its roots may go
back thousands of years to the biblical Feast of Tabernacles - a celebration of
the ingathering of all the fruits of the year (see Exodus 23:16; Leviticus
23:34-36, 39-43; Numbers 29:12-38; Deuteronomy 16:13-15; 31:10-13). Many people
in other parts of the world have adopted or adapted this celebration as annual
event to thank God for His goodness in the year.
Apart from God's goodness, why should one thank God? Why
thanksgiving? The goodness of God alone is enough to thank Him! Many writers of
the books of the Bible declared this (see Psalm 31:19; 36:7-10; 73:1, 24-26;
92:1-15; 116:12; 136:1-26; 145:7-9; Isaiah 12:1-6; Lamentation 3:23-25; 1 John
3:1-2). However, it is a command to thank God, not only during Thanksgiving Day
or Celebration, but all the time (see Psalm 50:14; Ephesians 5:20; Philippians
4:6; Colossians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 13:15). Paul, in 1
Thessalonians 5:18, further said that it is the will of God for us to do so.
Another reason why we should thank God is that we are honouring Him by doing so
(Psalm 22:23; 50:23; 69:30-31). Furthermore, if one is thankful, one is bound
to get more goodness from God. The story of the thankful leper in Luke 17:11-17
buttresses this. Someone has said, "Whoever possesses any good without
giving thanks for it deprives him who bestows that good of his glory, sets a
bad example before others, and prepares a recollection severely painful for
himself when he comes in his turn to experience ingratitude. "
We are already in the season of thanksgiving. Do you have any
reason to thank God? Why thanksgiving? Do not be unthankful. If you think very
well, you will know that it is indeed good to thank God and sing praises to His
name.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

COUNTDOWN TO THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF MY
INTERNET MINISTRY
The anniversary will take place exactly on
February 18, 2013. I am still contemplating on how to celebrate this milestone.
Do you have any suggestion? However, I have decided to publish three books to
mark the event:
1. A collection of my daily quotes (first
volume [A collection of 366 quotes, with corresponding Bible verses, hymns and suggested weblinks for the hymns] already
published online as eBook [http://www.lulu.com/shop/adebayo-afolaran mi/spiritual-digest-for-each-day-of-the-year-ebook/ebook/ product-20490074.html;jsessionid =FE537DE9AE21943 6969EB497AD64C820#] and printed book [http://www.lulu.com/shop/ adebayo-afolaranmi/spiritual-digest-for-each-day- of-the-year/ paperback/product-20490093 .html#]). You can order for it NOW!
2. A collection of my weekly messages (first
volume to be compiled by one of my pastor-friends) .
3. My experience in the ministry in the
past 10 years with people' s reactions. (I need your reactions to be included there!)
The three books will be published online
for people throughout the world to easily have access to them. Indeed, I thank
God for this unique opportunity. I need your suggestions and assistance in
celebrating the event.
You also will be celebrated in Jesus' name.
Amen.

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Post  Admin on Sun 11 Nov 2012, 3:41 pm

Dearly Beloved,
O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES TO SING

"My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day
long" (Psalm 35:28 NIV).

Charles Wesley is known as the co-founder (with his brother, John Wesley)
of the Methodist Church, however, he is more known for his hymns. He is the
author of some 6,000 hymns which after more than 200 years are showing no
sign of losing their appeal. One of his hymns is titled "O FOR A THOUSAND
TONGUES TO SING." He wrote this hymn while he and his brother were studying
under the Moravian scholar Peter Böhler in London and he framed the title
which now becomes the first line of the hymn from Böhler's words, "Oh,
Brother Wesley, the Lord has done so much for my life. Had I a thousand
tongues, I would praise Christ Jesus with every one of them." Undoubtedly,
Böhler said this in appreciation of God's goodness to him, Charles Wesley,
and the humankind. According to history, the Wesley brothers had earlier
had suffered a bout of pleurisy. The ailment led Charles Wesley to renew
his faith in God, and as a commemoration of that, he composed this hymn.

A thousand tongues are not enough to sing about the praise of the great
Redeemer, about the glories of God the King, and about the triumphs of His
grace! The reasons are not far-fetched. As Charles Wesley put it in the
hymn, "Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;
'tis music in the sinner's ears, 'tis life, and health, and peace. He
breaks the power of canceled sin, He sets the prisoner free; His blood can
make the foulest clean; His blood availed for me. He speaks, and listening
to his voice, new life the dead receive; the mournful, broken hearts
rejoice, the humble poor believe." Charles Wesley was talking about the
redemptive works of Jesus Christ here. He knew that Jesus did not only heal
him from physical ailment, but that Jesus saved him from spiritual death
that everyone is experiencing since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden.
He therefore prayed that God should help him to proclaim His goodness to
all.

Without doubt, you also would have had many reasons to praise God for who
is and what He is doing in your life. Will you not join Charles Wesley to
pray: "My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread
through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name"? Will you not praise
Him with the tongue and other resources He has given you? Indeed, a million
tongues are not enough to sing about the goodness of God to mankind!

In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 04 Nov 2012, 10:54 pm

Dearly Beloved,
THE HUNDREDTH PSALM
"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD
with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It
is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to
him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his
faithfulness continues through all generations" (Psalm 100 NIV).
Psalm 100 is one of the most popular psalms. Many people have
memorized it. In fact I have learnt it since my primary school days. Why is the
five-verse psalm popular? The reason is that it is a thanksgiving psalm.
Recently, the beauty of this praise poem stirs my heart.
Verses 1 to 2 invite us to reverence God with gladness. How
often I forget to ponder on the reasons why we should do this.
Verses 3 and 5 give five reasons. First Reason: we serve THE God,
the one and only God. All other gods are not gods. They are sheer idols. They
cannot be compared with Him (cf. Deuteronomy 4:35, 39; 1 Kings 19:39; Psalms
86:8; 89:6; 95:3; 96:4-5; 97:9; Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 40:18; Jeremiah 10:10-16).
Second Reason: the Lord created us. Before He created us, He created everything
we need so that we will lack nothing (Genesis 1; Job 10:8-13; Psalms
139:13-24). Third Reason: we belong to Him, so He takes care of us; He sustains
us; He protects us; He provides for us, etc (Psalms 74:1-2; 78:52; 95:7; Isaiah
40:9-11; Ezekiel 34:11, 30-31; John 10:14-16, 26-28). We belong to Someone who
cares! (Psalm 34:15; Matthew 6:26; Luke 12:30; 1 Peter 5:7). Fourth Reason: the
Lord is good and He does good things (see Psalms 86:5; 106:1; 107:1, 8, 15, 32;
119:68; Jeremiah 33:11). The Bible presents it this way: "how God anointed
Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing
good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with
him" (Acts 10:38, NIV). Is He still doing good till today? Yes, indeed!
Think about your own life. Fifth Reason: the love, mercy, and faithfulness of
God are permanent (Exodus 34:6-7; Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalms 36:5; 103:17;
119:90-91; Lamentations 3:22-23; Luke 1:50).
The above reasons made the psalmist to rejoice and advise us to
always worship God with thanksgiving and praise in verse 4.
Nevertheless, why do we need to adore, glorify and bless Him
when, at times, we do not receive answer to our prayers? The hundredth psalm
counsels us to simply serve God for who He is, and what He is doing for us, not
because of what we get from Him. He is more than what we need. Those who
rejoice in their unpleasant situation are convinced of God’s love which never
abandons anyone that hopes in Him. Feed your soul with the hundredth psalm and
you will see that the Lord is indeed good!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Please find time to read and meditate on each of the Bible
references above. I extensively referred to them for your further studies. God bless you as you do so!
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Post  Admin on Sun 28 Oct 2012, 11:40 pm

Dearly Beloved,
TAKE HIM AT HIS WORD
"Jesus replied, `You may go. Your son will live.' The man
took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his
servants met him with the news that his boy was living" (John 4:50-51
NIV).
The son of a certain nobleman was sick. The man did not want the
son to die, so he went to Jesus Christ so that He would come and heal the sick
son miraculously. Jesus Christ knew that he wanted a miracle to be performed on
his son, but He wanted him to exercise some faith in Him. Instead of following
him to lay His hand on the sick child, Jesus told him to go and believe that
the son would live. This nobleman believed Jesus Christ. He went back home and
found his son well. When he made enquiry about when the son got well, he found
out that it was at the very time that Jesus told him that the son would live.
What an effectual faith!
What is your own problem? In what way are you or someone dear to
you sick? This may not be physical sickness. It may emotional, financial, or
even spiritual sickness. Have you come to Jesus Christ for a miracle? Will you
also take Him at His word today?
Lazarus the brother of Mary and Martha was very sick. The
expectation of the two sisters was that Jesus Christ would come and heal him.
They sent to Jesus but He tarried till Lazarus died. Martha and Mary accused
Jesus of late coming, but He assured them that Lazarus would live. Even when He
was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, Martha was arguing with Jesus.
"Then Jesus said, `Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see
the glory of God?'" (John 11:40 NIV).
If you also can call unto Him today, as He promised in Matthew
7:7-8, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and
the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks
finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened" (NIV), and believe
in Him, you will see the glory of God (Matthew 18:19; 21:22; Mark 11:24; John
14:13; 16:24). Take Him at His word!
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 21 Oct 2012, 6:41 pm

Dearly Beloved,
PASS ME NOT, O GENTLE SAVIOR
"Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples,
together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus
(that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he
heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, 'Jesus, Son of David,
have mercy on me!' Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted
all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me!'" (Mark 10:46-48 NIV).
Undoubtedly, the hymn, "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,"
is one of the most popular hymns of all time. Interestingly, it was composed
(like many other popular hymns) by Fanny Jane Crosby (1820-1915), a woman that
became blind at six weeks of age. There are two stories associated with this
hymn. One, it was reported that Ms. Crosby had a dream one night. She dreamed
that the Lord Jesus was walking among the people in her church and touching
each of those who would go to Heaven with Him. As He got closer she started to
fervently pray that He would not pass her by. When she awoke she penned the
words to this lovely song and was able to describe in detail the people in her
church even though she had never seen them. Two, it was believed that the
inspiration for this hymn was the result of a visit to a prison by Ms. Crosby
during spring 1868. After she had spoken and some of her hymns had been sung,
she heard one of the prisoners cry out in a pleading voice, "Good Lord, do
not pass me by." That evening, she wrote a hymn that incorporated the
line, “Pass me not, O gentle Savior.”
Whichever of the incidents that made Ms. Croby composed the
hymn, the lyrics are so inspiring. The hymn is a humble cry of Fanny Crosby and
any other person that does not want the gentle Savior to pass him/her by while
He is calling other people. Kneeling at the Savior's throne of mercy in deep
contrition, Crosby sought to find a sweet relief for her unbelief. She trusted
in the Savior's merit and grace for healing of her wounded and broken spirit.
She confessed that the Savior is the Spring of all her comfort, who is more
than life to her because He is the only One she had on earth and in heaven.
What is your own situation presently? Will you not also cry unto
this Savior of the world not to pass you by? Call unto Him like that blind
Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46. He will surely listen to you if you can call Him in
faith (see Psalm 50:15; 91:15; Jeremiah 33:3; Zechariah 13:9; James 5:13).
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 14 Oct 2012, 6:45 pm

Dearly Beloved,
YOU ALSO CAN PRAISE GOD!
"The village musicians gather at the village well to sing
of the triumphs of the Lord. Again and again they sing the ballad of how the
Lord saved Israel" (Judges 5:11 TLB).
I was in a cybercafé one day when a young man just bursted into
song of praise to God. He was even rolling on the ground as he was appreciating
His Creator. All of us that were there surfing the Internet could not fathom
the cause of the sudden praise. It was in his praises that we heard that he has
just discovered that he got good result in the GCE examination he sat for
recently. He recounted in his praises how he had breakthrough especially in
some important subjects in the examination after many attempts in ten years.
Indeed, he deserves to sing song of praise to God!
Deborah and the people of Israel did not have good result in any
written examination, but they had more causes to sing song of praise to God.
They had just had resounding victory over one of their archenemies – the Canaanites.
They testified to the goodness of God in their lives.
Do you also have any cause to sing song of praise to God? God is
good all the time! Even when it seems that He has not done what you want from
Him, there are still many causes to sing song of praise to Him. Habakkuk
concluded his prophecy with words of praise in spite of the fact that it seemed
God did not act as he expected. Hear him: "Though the fig tree does not
bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the
fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in
the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he
enables me to go on the heights" (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NIV). The psalmist
said, "It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most
High" (Psalm 92:1 NIV). You also can praise God!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Post  Admin on Sun 07 Oct 2012, 8:18 pm

Dearly Beloved,
"ATTEMPT GREAT THINGS FOR GOD"
"After the king was settled in his palace and the LORD had
given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet,
`Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a
tent'" (2 Samuel 7:1-2, NIV).
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed
down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with
the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Luke 6:38 NIV).
God had given David rest from all his enemies around him (verse
1). His intention was to build a befitting edifice for the Lord. He told
prophet Nathan about this intention that the latter readily approved (verse 3).
The intention is indeed laudable. However, God sent Nathan back to David to
tell him His mind – David would not be the one to build a house for Him!
Nevertheless, the "no" answer of God was with
promises: a) God would make his name great; b) God would provide a place for
His people Israel where they would have rest; c) God would give him rest from
all his enemies; d) God would establish a house for him; e) God would raise up
David's offspring to succeed him after his death; f) the offspring would build
a house for God's Name; g) God would establish his throne forever; h) God would
be with his successor; i) God would guide and correct David's offspring; j)
God's love would never be taken away from him; and above all, k) David's throne
will be established forever. What wonderful promises!
David decided to do one good thing for God, but God reciprocated
by doing many things for him. What do you want to do for God? What are you
doing for Him even now?
William Carrey says, "Attempt great things for God; expect
great things from God." If you attempt and do great things for God, God
also will not only promise you great things, He will do great things for you.
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 30 Sep 2012, 7:52 pm

Dearly Beloved,
WAIT, AND MURMUR NOT
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for
the Lord" (Psalm 27:14 NIV).
Little is known historically about the hymn "WAIT, AND
MURMUR NOT" and its writer, W.H. Bellamy. However, the hymn is one of the
comforting hymns for anyone who is passing through a difficult time. The writer
referred to such a person as the "troubled heart" and reminded him
that there is a home beyond the reach of toil and care where changes never
come. Apostle Paul explained further about this home as "a building from
God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands" which is devoid
of any groan (2 Corinthians 5:1ff NIV). The home is an "an inheritance
that can never perish, spoil or fade — kept in heaven for you" (1 Peter
1:4 NIV). Who would not want to go and rest there? Therefore, the trouble heart
should wait and murmur not!
Even though God may allow one to be bowed down beneath the
earthly load, because "Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly
we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are
achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our
eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV). Therefore, one
should still look up to the blessings above and meekly wait and murmur not.
One may have some worldly thorns in one's path like Paul who had
an undisclosed "thorn in his flesh" (see 2 Corinthians 12:7). This
should remind one of Jesus Christ who bore thorns on His brow. Even if your
heart is full of grief, Remember that Jesus Christ was described as "a man
of sorrows, and familiar with suffering" (Isaiah 53:3 NIV), and He did
suffer when He was on earth, but He triumphed over His grief and suffering (see
Revelation 5:5).
Are you a "troubled heart"? What are you passing
through that is making you to lose hope? I join W.H. Bellamy as he concluded
his hymn by encouraging you that you should toil on without thinking that your
sigh is unheard or your prayers are forgotten, because the day of rest will
dawn for us. The psalmist declared, "I am still confident of this: I will
see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living" (Psalm 27:13 NIV).
So, "Wait, meekly wait, and murmur not."
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 1:21 am

Dearly Beloved,
THE PRESENCE OF GOD

"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?"
(Psalm 139:7 NIV).

The omnipresent nature of God is affirmed throughout the Bible. Psalm 139
is especially written for this purpose. God is everywhere. There is no
hiding place from Him. He is the unseen companion of man wherever man finds
himself.

This fact of the presence of God is both an encouraging and warning fact.
It is encouraging to know that the God of the whole universe is with you
when you are passing through the darkest path of life. The psalmist says,
"...Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil, for you are with me..." (Psalm 23:4 NIV. See also Psalm
46:11; Isaiah 43:1-2). Jesus Christ also promises, "...surely I am with you
always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20 NIV). Paul sums this
encouraging fact in this affirmation, "...If God is for us, who can be
against us?" (Romans 8:31 NIV).

Nevertheless, the presence of God is also a warning to us in everything we
are doing. Here is a story of a man who took his son to another man's farm.
When they got there, he placed his son in a vantage place and told him to
call out when the son sees anyone coming as he (the father) will be
stealing the farm products of the other man. The man was about to start his
theft when the son called out. The man could not see anybody coming and he
queried the son for his action. The son pointed to heaven and said, "God is
there looking at you!" The man was dumbfounded and thanked his son for his
wisdom. He left the farm immediately without taking anything. The boy
seemed to be referring to Proverbs 5:21, "For a man's ways are in full view
of the LORD, and he examines all his paths" (NIV).

If everyone is like that son who was conscious of the presence of God,
everyone would be cautious in doing, or even thinking to do, any bad thing.
No wonder the psalmist concludes his writing about the omnipresence of God
by saying, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my
anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in
the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:23-24 NIV).

In His service,

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Post  Admin on Sun 16 Sep 2012, 11:04 am

Dearly Beloved,
LET GOD CONTEND!
The violent protests in Egypt and Libya over a US-produced film
that demonstrators believe insults the Prophet Muhammad that led to the killing
of the US ambassador in Libya and three other Americans and the rumoured
proposed demonstrations in other Muslim-dominated areas especially in Nigeria
made me changed the message that I intended to send out this week and delved
into my archive to adapt this message titled "JERUB-GOD" initially
sent out on May 9, 2004:
"But Joash replied to the hostile crowd around him, 'Are
you going to plead Baal's cause? Are you trying to save him? Whoever fights for
him shall be put to death by morning! If Baal really is a god, he can defend
himself when someone breaks down his altar.' So that day they called Gideon
'Jerub-Baal, ' saying, 'Let Baal contend with him,' because he broke down Baal's
altar" (Judges 6:31-32 NIV).
The people of Orphrah found their Baal altar desecrated. They
discovered that Gideon, the son of Joash wreaked the havoc. They must take
vengeance! They must kill Gideon. However, his father gave a classic advice:
let Baal fight for himself if it is really god.
Today, many people are like the people of Orphran. They are
violent against other people due to religion. They think that they can help God
fight His battles. They are ready to take the lives of their fellow human
beings because of religion! The Libyan incident is just one out of many
instances where such people are killing and/or maiming other people and
destroying their properties because they are trying to defend their religion or
help their so-called God.
Can one fight for the Almighty God? Can one defend Him? Should
one play God? Should we lose sight of the judgment of God? He is indeed God! No
one can help Him. He fights for Himself. Read this: "When they came to the
threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God,
because the oxen stumbled. The LORD's anger burned against Uzzah because of his
irreverent act; therefore God struck him down and he died there beside the ark
of God" (2 Samuel 6:6-7 NIV). Many Bible scholars disagree as to how
"irreverent" his act was. Was he not trying to help God? Well, he
paid dearly for it.
Certainly, our God is not weak. He does not need anyone to
defend Him or fight for Him. He defends Himself - in His own way. Isaiah
declared, "[God] put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of
salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And
wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle. According to their deeds, so He will
repay, Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; to the coastlands
He will make recompense. So they will fear the name of the LORD from the west
and His glory from the rising of the sun, For He will come like a rushing
stream which the wind of the LORD drives" (59:17-19, NASB. See also Nahum
1:2; Romans 12:19).
Are you trying to defend God or fight for Him? He does not need
that! Allow Him to do the fighting in His own way and in His own time. Only a
powerless god will need his adherents to defend him or fight for him. Let God
contend. Jerub-God!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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This message is dedicated to the slain US ambassador, J
Christopher Stevens, the other three Americans and all others that were killed
or maimed throughout the world by Muslims because of religion.

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Post  Admin on Sun 09 Sep 2012, 7:28 pm

Dearly Beloved,
CAN YOU KILL?
"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou
shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause
shall be in danger of the judgment…" (Matthew 5:21-22a KJV).
"Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know
that no murderer has eternal life in him" (1 John 3:15 NIV).
We were having our supper that evening when my four-year-old son
asked his mother: "Mummy, can you kill?" His mother quickly answered,
"No, I cannot kill, but I can bless people." I tried to help my son
by modifying the question, "Killing what?" My son clarified himself
by saying that he meant killing animals. My dear wife still corroborated her
earlier answer that she cannot kill even a small rat!
As I was reflecting on the dialogue, I realized that many people
might not be able to kill even a small rat like my wife. However, such people
have killed, and are still killing, many people by their hatred thoughts and
actions.
The Bible says, "Anyone who hates his brother is a
murderer…" (1 John 3:15a NIV. See also Leviticus 19:16-18; Proverbs
26:24-26). There are many examples of people in the Bible that confirm this:
Cain (Genesis 4:5-8); Esau (Genesis 27:41); Absalom (2 Samuel 13:22-28);
Herodias (Mark 6:19); some Jews (Acts 23:12-14), etc. While some of these
people actually killed the persons they hated, some conspired to kill before
God intervened. However, they had one thing in common: HATRED. It always leads
to murder.
You might not be able to kill other people by gun, sword, knife,
bomb, poison, or any other harmful thing, but do you hate anyone? Are you
having any grudge against anyone? To God, you are a murderer. The antidote of
hatred and grudge is love. "Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers
over all wrongs" (Proverbs 10:12, NIV).
Can you kill? Beware!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Post  Admin on Sun 02 Sep 2012, 8:35 pm

Dearly Beloved,
ARE YOU CONSCIOUS OF IT?
"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a
loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God,
and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and
are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in
the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
NIV).
Recently, I sent out a message in my Internet ministry that has
to do with what God would do "by this time next year." I even made it
a prayer wish and sent it to people by SMS, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM),
WhatsApp Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Skype, and Facebook chats and wall posts.
Undoubtedly, thousands of people received the message and the prayer wish. Out
of the people that responded to the message and the prayer wish through these
various means, one respondent made a remark that caught my attention: "If
Christ tarries. Amen." While other people and even I may be preoccupied by
something good that God would do next year or even next moment, we may not be
conscious of the imminent second coming of Jesus Christ!
It is a fact that Jesus Christ will come one day to take His own
and bring others into final judgement. Nevertheless, no one knows when the
trumpet would sound to signal the beginning of this final event. Jesus Christ
emphasized this to His disciples (see Matthew 16:27; 24:36-44; 25:13; Acts 1:7,
11). The fact that no one knows when this important event will take place makes
it very expedient to be vigilant and expect it any time. However, because it is
over two thousand years now that the promise was made and yet it has not been
fulfilled, many people have either ignored it or even refuted it. However, it
will surely happen unexpectedly one day. The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:8-10,
"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is
like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not
slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with
you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the
day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar;
the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will
be laid bare" (NIV. See also Isaiah 46:13; Habakkuk 2:3; Luke 18:7-8;
Hebrews 10:37).
It is good to have plans for the future and wish that God would
do some earthly good things in the near future. However, are you conscious of
the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you remember that He may come
any time? Are you preparing for Him? Do not let Him meet you unprepared!
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 26 Aug 2012, 8:40 pm

Dearly Beloved,
BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR
"Then the LORD said, 'I will surely return to you about
this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son'" (Genesis 18:10
NIV).
Wonders never end. Sarah and Abraham seemed to say when God told
them that they would have their own child "about this time next year"
(Genesis 17:15-16, 19-21; 18:10, 13-14). How would a man of hundred years
impregnate a woman of ninety years? Naturally, it is impossible! Sarah laughed
it off, while Abraham gave God another option to fulfil His promises for his
(i.e. Abraham's) life (see Genesis 17:18; 18:12). However, God insisted that
His promise of making Abraham the father of many nations would be fulfilled
through the son that Sarah would bear to him, "for nothing is impossible
with God" (Luke 1:37 NIV. See also Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:17, 27; Mark
10:27; Luke 18:27).
God did fulfil His promise! In Genesis 21:1-2, the Bible says,
"Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for
Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in
his old age, at the very time God had promised him" (NIV). I want to
emphasize two things in this passage:
a. God was gracious to Sarah: it was by the grace (the unmerited
favour) of God that made God to remember her and fulfil the promise; and
b. At the very time: God fulfilled His promise for Abraham and
Sarah at the very appointed time, not earlier, not later, but at the very time.
What are you also trusting God to do for you? Have you lost hope
on it? Are you thinking of another means that God would do it for you? By this
time next year, God would have done that thing for you in His own way, and at
His very appointed time. God will be gracious to you and remember you for good.
It may not even be up to a year. It may be less than a year, a month, a week,
or even a day. Remember, the Lord spoke through prophet Elisha, "Hear the
word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seah
of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the
gate of Samaria" (2 Kings 7:1 NIV). The prophecy did happen less than a
day. The officer who did not believe only saw it but never enjoyed it.
By this time next year, you also will have one or more things to
testify about God's goodness in your life. Do you believe it?
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 19 Aug 2012, 8:08 pm

Dearly Beloved,
TRUST IN THAT ROCK!
"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God
is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my
salvation, my stronghold" (Psalm 18:2 NIV).
"There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one
besides you; there is no Rock like our God" (1 Samuel 2:2 NIV).
Some time ago, I was relaxing on a rock when I saw a man coming
towards me with a knife. Since everyone was minding his own affair, I did not
care much about him. However, I discovered that he had tried to find a way to
come up to the place where I sat. He went round that rock many times, but he
could not find the way. So he stopped before me by the base of the rock with a
fury. He swung his dagger at me several times and uttered some inaudible words.
In spite of the shinning of the dagger by which he meant to hurt me, and his
apparent rage against me, I was quietly sitting where I am. He was furious and
tried to roll away the rock on which I sat. He tried again and again till he
was tired, still I was not moved or afraid. In fact, I was enjoying myself
above. Because of his inability to do any damage to me, he went out more
furiously than before.
Problems and challenges of life come in many forms trying to
disturb man's peaceful existence. Man's source of trust when problems occur and
his reaction to it will determine how he will overcome the problems and the
challenges. Jesus Christ is the formidable Rock against any problem or
challenge of life (Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Samuel 22:32, 47; Psalm 31:2-3; 89:26;
94:22; Isaiah 26:4; 1 Corinthians 10:4). Neglecting Him is like neglecting
one's source of life (Deuteronomy 32:15; Isaiah 17:10).
Are you facing a problem or a challenge of life now. This
problem may interrupt your joy. It may seem that all is against you. Here is a
solution for you! Are you are on that eternal Rock, Jesus Christ? Do you trust Him
to help you in your problem? Are you adding further to this problem by being
anxious about it? Do not let this problem overcome you. Trust in Jesus Christ.
Stand on that immovable Rock and you will overcome your problems.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Post  Admin on Sun 12 Aug 2012, 11:10 am

Dearly Beloved,
AMAZING GRACE
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —
and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no
one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV).
One of the most popular hymns of all time is John Newton
(1725-1807)' s "Amazing Grace." Newton composed the hymn to express
who he was before he was saved and who he was after his salvation experience.
Newton was a wretch, moral pariah whose business was slave trade before he
became a preacher of the gospel of the great Saviour, Jesus Christ who saved
him by grace during a near shipwreck. In his words in his late years, "My
memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things, that I am a great sinner, and
that Christ is a great Saviour."
Beyond the personality of John Newton, his hymn - "Amazing
Grace" - reveals a profound truth about the grace of Jesus Christ to
anyone who invites Him into his life as his personal Saviour and Lord. It is a
message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of the sins
people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy
of God. It is indeed sweet to hear that a wretched person who is lost and blind
spiritually can be found and see spiritually. The grace would teach the heart
of anyone who believes to fear God and be relieved of all other fears. The
grace is indeed precious not only initially but all the time. It is grace that
has brought the believer safe thus far through many dangers, toils, and snares
and it will eventually lead him to eternal home.
The hymn further reveals some benefits that a believer in Christ
who has experienced the grace would enjoy. He would enjoy the promised goodness
of God; his hope would be secured in God's word; as long he lives, his shield
and portion will be God; even when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal
life shall cease, such a believer will possess a life of joy and peace; and in
heaven, he will eternally sing God's praise. It is indeed amazing grace!
Have you experienced this grace? No matter how wretched or
morally bankrupt you think you are. You can experience it. Remember, you cannot
earn it with any kind of work. It is only through faith in the finished work of
salvation of Jesus Christ. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ today, and you will
experience the amazing grace and enjoy all its benefits (see Acts 16:31; Romans
3:24; 4:5, 16).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Post  Admin on Sun 05 Aug 2012, 7:52 pm

spiritualdigest Dearly Beloved,
MAN PROPOSES GOD DISPOSES
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's
purpose that prevails" (Proverbs 19:21 NIV).
Human beings have many plans both short-term and long-term that
they intend to accomplish. Most of these plans even have definite times that
human beings want to carry them out. The fact that human beings could carry out
these plans as planned makes them take most of these plans for granted. It is
only when such plans cannot be carried out as planned that human beings resort
to fate or chance. Most of the time, many people do not remember that it is God
that disposes what man proposes. Many people indeed have forgotten the words of
the writer of the book of Proverbs: "In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lord determines his steps" (16:9 NIV).
This fact was evident in my affairs recently. I could not meet
my target in the office that day, so I planned that I will do extra work in the
office the following day. However, as I was preparing to set out for the office
on the following day, I received a phone call from one of my cousins that he
had an auto accident the previous night, that he was in a hospital receiving
treatment from injuries he sustained from the accident, and that I should come
to his aid there immediately. I was destabilized by the news because that would
mean I will not be able to go to my office that day to carry out my daily
duties and even do extra work as I planned the previous day. Though, the
relation was discharged that day from the hospital, I spent the whole day
attending to that his needs and could not do anything that I planned beforehand
for the day. Man proposes, God disposes!
Only if human beings will realize this and always involve God in
their planning. James in his epistle said, "Now listen, you who say,
'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry
on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen
tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and
then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live
and do this or that'" (James 4:13-15 NIV).
What are your plans for the next minute, hour, day, week, month,
or year? Do you involve God in these plans? Can you specifically say what will
happen in the next minute not to talk of next year? The bottom-line is that
only God determines what will happen next minute, hour, day, week, month, or
year. However, this does not mean that one must not have a plan or purpose for
his future activities either short-time or long-time. Only acknowledge God in
everything you are planning to do, and He will keep you on the right track (see
Proverbs 3:6).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Post  Admin on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 9:16 pm

Dearly Beloved,
REPENTED, BUT...
"In [Manasseh's] distress he sought the favor
of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.
And when he prayed to him, the LORD was moved by his entreaty and listened to
his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh
knew that the LORD is God" (2 Chronicles 33:12-13 NIV).
"I will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms
of the earth because of what Manasseh son of Hezekiah king of Judah did in
Jerusalem" (Jeremiah 15:4 NIV).
Our God is compassionate and forgiving (Daniel 9:9).
Yet one has to be very careful in relating with Him especially in keeping His
commandments. The reason is that if one sins against Him and later on repents,
one would still face the consequence of one's sins (Proverbs 11:21; 16:5).
The story of Manasseh attests to this. Manasseh was
one of the worst kings in Israel. He was the direct opposite of his godly
father, Hezekiah. He did many detestable things to provoke the Lord. Tradition
has it that he was the one that killed prophet Isaiah. After God had warned him
and his people, and they did not heed to God's warning, God made him a prisoner
in the court of another powerful king. However, in his distress, he repented
and asked for God's forgiveness. The compassionate and forgiving God heard his
prayers and restored him back to his kingdom. He later spent his life doing
good things (see 2 Chronicles 33). Nevertheless, his people faced the
consequence of his atrocities (see Jeremiah 15). The Lord promised to make them
suffer because of what he did.
One should not view this as injustice on the part of
God. The people also had their own share of the blame, but that is not the
emphasis here. The emphasis is a particular repented and forgiven person was
made as a reference point for the impending judgment. This indicates that
though God forgave Manasseh, the punishment of his sins were still there.
The punishment of Manasseh's sins might not be
directly on him, but the cases of David and Paul were different. David committed
the sins of adultery and murder. When confronted by prophet Nathan, he repented
and said the prayer found in Psalm 51. Undoubtedly, his sins were forgiven, but
he paid dearly for them (2 Samuel 12:13-14; 13-21). Paul (formerly Saul)
persecuted the disciples of Jesus Christ. When he had an encounter with God,
God promised, "I will show him how much he must suffer for my name"
(Acts 9:16 NIV). He did suffer.
What are you doing now? Is it good or bad? You may
be thinking of later repentance. However, hear the words of Solomon: "Now
all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his
commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed
into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil"
(Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NIV).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Post  Admin on Sun 22 Jul 2012, 11:03 pm

Dear Beloved,
ARE YOU ON THE LIST?
"These
searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were
excluded from the priesthood as unclean. The governor ordered them not to eat
any of the most sacred food" (Ezra 2:62-63a NIV).
"If
anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the
lake of fire" (Revelation 20:15 NIV).
The
school bus was ready to convey some students in a class for an excursion. Every
member of the class wanted to go, but the criteria for going was that one must
have his name in the prepared list of the class teacher. None of them knew the
actual people that were on this list. As they all assembled by the bus, the
teacher started calling them one after another. The funny thing there was that
there was still space in the bus when the teacher finished calling the names on
his list. The other students implored him to admit them into the bus, but he
refused because their names were not on his list.

similar event happened as the Jews came back from exile. The priests had
re-established the worship and sacrifices to God as prescribed by the Mosaic
Law. However, to minister as a priest, one has to establish his genealogy as
Levite - the only tribe that can perform priestly duties. Then came some people
from certain towns who could not prove that they were even Israelites not to
talk of being Levites. These people searched for their family records, but they
could not find them, so they had to be excluded from the priesthood.
Everybody
on earth is enjoying God's universal goodness. God does not discriminate in
blessing many people on earth (Psalm 145:9; Matthew 5:45; Acts 14:17). In fact,
it seems as if God is blessing the ungodly more than the godly. Nevertheless, a
day is coming when God will turn against some people - those that their names
are not in His Book of Life. They will be excluded from being in the presence
of God forever. The reason would be the absence of their names in "the
Book of Life" (Revelation 20:15).
For
you to have your name written in the Book of Life, you have to genuinely accept
Jesus Christ - the only Way to God (John 10:7,9; 14:6; Acts 4:12) - as your
personal Saviour and Lord (John 1:12-13; Acts 16:31). Are you on the list in
the Book of Life?
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Post  Admin on Mon 16 Jul 2012, 9:16 am

*Dearly Beloved,*
*I HAVE FOUND A FRIEND IN JESUS*

*"I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his
master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that
I learned from my Father I have made known to you" (John 15:15 NIV).*

*The hymn "I have found a friend in Jesus" also known as "The Lily of the
Valley" is one of my favourite hymns. Little is known about the history of
the hymn apart from the fact that it was composed by William Charles Fry
(1837–1882) in Lincoln, England, while working with the Salvation Army. Fry
declared that he had found a friend in Jesus because He is everything to
him. He compared Jesus to the lily of the valley, the "Beloved" in the Song
of Songs' love characters (Song of Songs 2:1). Undoubtedly, this lily of
the valley symbolizes the sweetness, purity, fruitfulness, humility, and
healing qualities of Jesus Christ. Fry could see only in Jesus all he
needed to be cleansed and be made fully whole. He declared that Jesus was
his comfort in sorrow and in trouble because Jesus has told him to roll
every care on Him for He cares. Jesus is indeed "the Lily of the Valley,
the Bright and Morning Star, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul."*

*Apart from William Charles Fry's declaration in that hymn, Jesus Christ
Himself chose everyone who accepts Him as friend and He did not only
promise to do many things for His friends, He did lay down His life as a
ransom for His friends (see John 15:13; Ephesians 5:2; Romans 5:6-8; 1
Timothy 2:6). As a friend of Jesus, anyone who accepts Him as his Saviour
and Lord will learn many things from Him (John 15:15), in fact, Jesus,
through the Holy Spirit, will reveal many mysteries to him (Ephesians 1:9;
3:5; Colossians 1:26). Such a friend will have direct access to the throne
of grace to approach God without any intermediary except Jesus Christ
(Hebrews 4:14-16; 8:6; 9:15; 12:24; 1 John 2:1). In fact, He "...is a
friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24 NIV).*

*Fry continued in his hymn to testify more about this great Friend who has
taken his grief, borne all his sorrows, and has become his strong and
mighty tower in temptation. He declared that though all the world forsakes
him, and Satan painfully tempts him, he would safely reach the heavenly
goal through Jesus. Therefore, he forsook all from his heart for Him. He
also testified that Jesus will never, never leave him, nor yet forsake him
here, that as he lived by faith and did the will of Jesus, Jesus would be a
wall of fire around him. So, he would have nothing to fear, for from Jesus'
manna He shall fill his hungry soul. Indeed, he found a great Friend in
Jesus! *

*Have you found such a Friend in Jesus Christ? Can you confess like William
Charles Fry that Jesus Christ is everything to you? Invite Him into your
life today and allow Him to take total control of your life. You will
really enjoy Him!*

*In His service,*

*Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). *
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Post  Admin on Sun 08 Jul 2012, 9:25 pm

Dearly Beloved,
WILLGOD ANSWER MY PRAYERS? (Part 2)
"...God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who
are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28 NASB).
Last
week, I sent out a message on the above subject and emphasized it that God will
answer our prayers ACCORDING TO HIS WILL in His own way and His own time.
Expectedly, some people disagreed with that position. To them, God will answer
whatsoever we ask from Him. Well, let me adapt a message I sent out some years
ago titled, "When God Says NO."
I
pointed it out last week that examples of what I propound abound in the Bible,
and I gave a classic one in the case of David when he wanted to build a temple
for God (see 2 Samuel 7). King David was a unique man - a man after God's heart
(see Acts 13:22). He was such a king that would not do anything without first
enquired from God. God in turn made him successful in his entire endeavour, but
only in one that God said NO. One may wonder why God said no to such a good
heart desire of David.
How
would you react to such an answer from God? Would you be like that pastor that
told his congregation that, "When God says NO, say YES"? How did
David react? He reacted by praising God in counting his blessings (see 2 Samuel
7:18-29). The "NO" answer made him to praise
God! It made him to draw closer to God. It made him to claim God's promises
(verses 28-29).
David
accepted the will of God to his desire, and God fulfilled His plan for him.
Solomon - his son - eventually built the temple to David's credit (see 2 Kings
8). Hezekiah was a different man. God told him that he would die (2 Kings
20:1). Instead of him to accept the will of God for him, he prayed against it.
God, in His permissive will, added fifteen years to his life. Unfortunately,
those added years were the dismay of his life (see 2 Kings 20:12ff).
Jesus
Christ accepted the will of God when He prayed that God should take the cup of
the cross from Him (Luke 22:44). He even cried on the cross to demonstrate the
agony of the "negative" answer He received from God(Mark 15: 34).
However, the NO answer of God to Jesus, and His (that is, 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.
Paul
prayed thrice that God should take away a "thorn in his flesh" but
God told him that His grace is sufficient for him (see 2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
Instead of refusing the absolute will of God in this unpleasant situation, Paul
rather boasted in his weakness and allowed God to be glorified in it.
God
will certainly not answer all our prayers the way we want Him to do so.
However, it is certain that God will answer our prayers according to His will.
Are you ready to accept God's perfect answer to your prayers in His own way and
His own time? Remember, "...God causes ALL things 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
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