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The Consolation

If there is someone the world loves to hate is Jesus Christ. Since creation, I beg to submit that the most controversial personality that has ever lived is Jesus Christ. Even though it has been proven that He lived, died and rose again with many eye witness reports at the time and present archaeological finds that proves His existence; yet many do all manner of things to disparage His deity, even archaeology and modern science had been employed in this act. In fact, trying to disprove His existence and deity has become a money making venture in the literary and movie industry. Unfortunately, the more the world tries, the more the world is made painfully aware that Jesus Christ did live, walked upon the earth, died and rose again. And whether the world approves or not, He is coming back again! As children of God we should not be worried about the blasphemies, blackmailing and heresies that are been spread about Him because they were all foretold by God in the Scriptures – Luke 2:34, “T…

A Call to Maturity

When a baby is born, the baby is expected to grow, going through the milestones at the expected age and time. When a child that ought to be walking is still crawling, then there is a problem. God arranges situations that will cause you to realize your state in Him and make you grow (mature) in Him. Paul declared in 1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things.” A child has a peculiar way of behaviour and is not penalized for doing things peculiar to his age but when he ought to be behaving like a man he begins to act like a child – not a good sight to behold. Unfortunately, so many children of God are in matured (physical) bodies but childish towards the things of God! What manner of person are you since you came to the Lord? Are you still childish in your attitude and behaviour towards the things of the Kingdom? How much of the word of God that you have come to know has…

The Roll

The mindless killings and kidnappings around the globe especially in our clime at this time have increased to an unprecedented sad level. The questions that are being asked in a lot of hearts and fora are: why is this happening, where is the face and love of God, how could He allow this to happen and many more of such. This had affected the walk of so many with God and made many more resolve not to follow God; equally, some have resolved to draw closer to God in the light of these strange and worrisome events. The truth is, the world is filled with darkness that is affecting the thoughts, actions and life in general of the people. The world believes that the best solution to this darkness is to create more darkness by taking God out of the lives of people. As long as the Creator is taken away from His creation, darkness will reign. In Genesis 1:3, the Bible says darkness was on the earth and the face of the deep until God spoke light into it. And we know that where there is darkness n…

As The Year ends…2

The fact that Christ is coming back again is not in dispute but how prepared are we for His return is the crux of the matter. Jesus Christ Himself declared in Matthew 24:36-44, that in as much as no one knows the time of His return, the world will be largely unprepared as it was during the days of Noah. Unfortunately, a large part of the Body of Christ is preoccupied with the things and happenings of the world and less attention is paid towards our eternal dwellings. No wonder so many have booked dates to the end of the next coming year. A year they don’t know if they will see. The sad part of this is they do not acknowledge that these dates will only hold if the Lord tarries in His return. We have been warned to live our days as if they are the last and to bear in mind in all we do His imminent return. Jesus is not going to delay His return because we have some appointment we must keep. Friend, how prepared are you for His return? All we are preoccupied with is how we will consolidat…

As The Year Ends…

To the glory of God, if the Lord tarries, the year 2012 is winding up. Our sincere prayer is that we will go through the rest of the year without any mishap and enter the year 2013 prepared like conquering warriors. If I may ask, under God, how did you fare in your walk with the Lord from the beginning of the year till date? You might argue – only God knows! That is not true and will simply not do! The Bible tells us to examine ourselves to see if we are still in the faith. You don’t need someone else to examine you; you can, with the help of the Holy Spirit know your stand with God. However, if we lack this knowledge and refuse to examine our past and present walk with God then we are bound to repeat the same cycle again. So many desire to serve the Lord better and have a better grip on their life in Christ but if such lack knowledge then it will just be a mere dream that will not see the light of day. “Therefore My people go into exile because they lack knowledge; the dignitaries ar…

10 Stupid Things Ministers Should Never Do - J. Lee Grady

I had the privilege of sharing a pulpit with Dr. Mary Ann Brown two times. She was bold, prophetic and painfully blunt. People who hate women preachers hated her even more because of her no-nonsense sermons—always delivered in her Texas twang. She would get her audience laughing and then skewer them with a hot blade of truth. When this spiritual giantdied last month at age 73, I remembered the last words she said to me when we were together at a conference in Chicago in 2011. After lamenting the fact that so many ministers in the United States were failing, Mary Ann locked eyes with me and said with stern, motherly authority: “Lee, please don’t ever get stupid.” I knew exactly what she meant—and I’ve pondered her words often, especially since her death. I don’t want to be stupid; I want to finish well. So how can we avoid spiritual stupidity? We can start by avoiding these 10 mistakes that have become common in our movement during the past decade. If you are a minister, or if you aspi…

Let Them Pursue

Several times as children of God we have wondered if we heard right when certain decisions we took under God aren't going according to the way we thought they should. We may not show it but in our hearts we question if truly we heard the Lord right or it was a figment of our imagination. This is not new, it happened to Moses. I could imagine the dilemma of Moses when he led the children of Israel out of Egypt and the Lord gave him a specific instruction that seemed to contradict their mode of leaving in Exodus 14:1-4; “Then the Lord spoke to Moses: ‘Tell the Israelites to turn back and camp in front of Pi-hahiroth , between Migdol and the sea; you must camp in front of Baal-zephon, facing it by the sea. Pharaoh will say of the Israelites: ‘they are wondering around the land in confusion; the wilderness has boxed them in.’ I will harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he will pursue them. Then I will receive glory by means of Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am …