Thursday July 2nd, 2015
Thursday July 2nd, 2015
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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Godly People?

  /   in Article of Faith 9:50 am   /   Comments

Jide Akintunde told me a story about an exemplary Christian in his former church who was unemployed. Everyone in the church was impressed with his piety and devotion to God. Therefore, the prayer squad took it upon themselves to fast and pray for him to get a job.

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Satanic Prosperity

  /   in Article of Faith 2:22 am   /   Comments

If you cook a prophet his favourite meal and he prays for you, what kind of prayer is he likely to pray? He might pray that God should give you the desires of your heart. He might pray that God should prosper your business. He might pray that God should heal you of your infirmities. He might pray that God should give you your own husband; your own wife; or your own children.

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Benzak and Chioma Uzuegbu: The perfect married couple

  /   in Article of Faith 12:36 am   /   Comments

Marriage is not man-made; neither is it subject to human design. God is the author of marriage, meaning marriage was made in heaven. The greatest marriage of all is that between God the Father and Jesus the Son. Theirs is the supreme love story; one that is eternal and everlasting. God loved Jesus before the foundation of the world. (John 17:24).

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Taking Exams (2)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:08 am   /   Comments

When I was a new believer, the Lord told me a parable. He said a father came home from work one day to discover that his little daughter ran away and hid from him instead of running towards him and embracing him as she used to do. What was the matter with the girl? Someone had convinced her that her Father was a murderer. As a result, she was afraid for her life. Maybe her Father might want to kill her too.

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Taking Exams (1)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:01 am   /   Comments

The university experience is rich and rewarding. There are so many things a university offers. You can play sports. You can go to parties and have a good time. You can join debating societies and clubs. You can also study and get a degree.

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Receiving the Bread of Life

  /   in Article of Faith 9:38 pm   /   Comments

If God promises to give you a car, can you receive it? Don’t be quick to answer. In the first place, what should you receive if God promises to give you a car? If you receive a car at the promise of God, you might miss real the car of promise. God does not give what man gives. Neither does he give like man gives. Jesus says: “I do not give to you as the world gives.” (John 14:27).

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The Move of the Holy Spirit (2)

  /   in Article of Faith 1:15 am   /   Comments

Have you ever had a prayer-meeting where, instead of praying, you groaned? Paul counsels that we should: “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.” (Ephesians 6:18). Groaning is a kind of prayer. When we are pained and we groan, it is transmitted as a wordless prayer to God. David understood this. He said: “Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.” (Psalm 38:9).

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The Move of the Holy Spirit (1)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:13 am   /   Comments

“While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ They answered, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’” (Acts 19:1-2).

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Embarrassing God

  /   in Article of Faith 12:34 am   /   Comments

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One day, at three o’clock in the morning, the Lord woke me up to spend some time with him. In the middle of the fellowship, he gave me a strange instruction. He asked me to move the settees from my den upstairs into the main living-room downstairs, and to move the ones downstairs upstairs.

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The Love of Life is the Root of All Evil

  /   in Article of Faith 1:39 am   /   Comments

Is it good to go to school; get a good job; build your own house and have lots of money? Not according to Jesus. These things are highly valued by men. But Jesus teaches that: “What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” (Luke 16:15).

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Gather Up the Fragments of Your Life (2)

  /   in Article of Faith 8:16 pm   /   Comments

ONCE, the police arrested my business manager on trumped up charges. I had to go to the station to see what I could do. Before I left, I said a short prayer asking God for help. I asked him for the favour of God and the favour of man. When I got to the police station, I spoke to the arresting officer. The man listened to me intently for a few minutes and then decided to release my manager. Then he gave me his reasons.

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Gather Up the Fragments of Your Life (1)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:53 am   /   Comments

The Lord sent word that I should wait on him for three days; he had something important to tell me. On the third day, he said to me:
“Femi, there are only two kingdoms, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. Everybody you are ever going to meet will come from one of these two kingdoms. It is your responsibility to determine which kingdom the people you meet are from. If the person is from the kingdom of your father, you must determine why I want you to meet him.”

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God blesses us with trouble

  /   in Article of Faith 3:34 am   /   Comments

The wise man says: “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.” (Proverbs10:22). However, trouble is often the instrument of God’s blessing

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Manipulated Tithes and Offerings

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Malachi 3:8-10 is one of the favourite scriptures used by pastors to cajole people to give in churches. It says those who withhold tithes and offerings are robbing God.

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All Flesh is Grass (2)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:21 am   /   Comments

Beloved Christian: stop evaluating yourself after the flesh. For the man or woman of God, it no longer matters whether he or she is good looking or tall or smart or rich or poor. Those distinctions of the flesh are vain and of no importance whatsoever to God.

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All Flesh is Grass (1)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:15 am   /   Comments

Rice farm

By Femi Aribisala Death was Jesus’ secret weapon.  Jesus triumphed over life by laying down his life. In Isaiah 40 in the bible, there is a voice crying in the wilderness, proclaiming the coming of the kingdom of God.  The voice declares that every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill brought low. 

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The Distinguished Family of God

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From right: GEN. Mohamodu Buhari, Presidential Candidate of All Progressives Congress[APC], Dame Abimbola Fashola, first lady of Lagos, Gov, Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General overseer of RCCG, his wife Pastor Folu, Prof. Yemi Osibajo and his wife Dolapo, during the Lagos state Government 2015 Annual Thanksgiving service, held in Alausa, Lagos. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

God is not a Father through creation. He created so many things to which he is not a Father. He created the heavens and the earth, but he is not the Father of the heavens and the earth.

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Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness

  /   in Article of Faith 12:08 am   /   Comments

We are on our way to a city where the Lord is all in all. He is the water, the food, the clothing, the heat, the light and shield.

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One Thing You Lack (2)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:07 am   /   Comments

The rich young ruler, our fabled Central Bank governor, comes to Jesus earnestly wanting to know what to do in order to inherit eternal life. Jesus says to him: “You know the commandments, go ahead and obey them?” The man replies: “Oh, I have already obeyed them.

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One Thing You Lack (1)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:26 am   /   Comments

Jesus is walking down the road, and there is this strange man in flowing white agbada running after him. The man is running like a mad man. He is running and shouting. What could possibly be the matter?

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For Christ’s Sake!

  /   in Article of Faith 12:18 am   /   Comments

We use the expressions “for God’s sake” and “for Christ’s sake” very often. When we use them, it is to insist on getting something from somebody. We might say: “Give it to me for God’s sake.” Or we might say in frustration: “Why don’t you just leave me alone for Christ’s sake?” But these things are mostly said in ignorance; without our fully realising what they mean. “Father, forgive us, for we do not know what we are saying.”

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The Flawed Righteousness of the Old Testament

  /   in Article of Faith 12:46 am   /   Comments

Jesus says: “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’” (Matthew 9:13). If what God desires is mercy, then we need to ask why the mercy of God is not evident in Moses; the servant of God. Indeed, Christians need to ask this simple question: is the righteousness of Moses the righteousness of God?

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Warning: Robbers at Work in the Churches

  /   in Article of Faith 1:53 am   /   Comments

A colleague of mine insists he is still looking for a Pastor with a Christian Centre in London. He said: “Anybody who knows where I can find him should let me know.” “Why are you looking for him?” I wondered. “He owes me money,” he maintained.

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The Boko Haram Righteousness of the Bible

  /   in Article of Faith 1:56 am   /   Comments

The Bible on yams in Araya.

The righteousness presented in many parts of the bible is not the righteousness of God. Jeremiah declares that a righteous branch from David’s line shall be called: “The LORD Our Righteousness.” (Jeremiah 33:16).

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Great Expectations

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*People release balloons to celebrate the New Year during an annual countdown ceremony in Tokyo on January 1, 2014. Some 2,000 balloons were released in the air, carrying with the visitors' wishes. AFP PHOTO/

Luke records in the bible the story of a lame man who begged for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. All his wretched life, this man hoped for money, asked for money and begged for money. Indeed, looking for money can be described as the story of his miserable life.

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Christmas Without Jesus Christ

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Have you noticed that under certain circumstances it is necessary to be a Christian? Many people may not go to church all year but on Christmas day we feel the need to do so. We might not have gone to church for five years, but when we want to get married we feel it is necessary to do so in a church. We may not have been going to church at all but now that we have a baby, we need a pastor to officiate at the naming ceremony and baptise the baby.

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Pastors Are Planning a Major Robbery in the Churches in January

  /   in Article of Faith 10:56 am   /   Comments

Jesus berated the mercenary religious leaders of biblical days. He told them: “‘It is written, my house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’” (Matthew 21:13).

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Receiving Power from On High

  /   in Article of Faith 12:20 am   /   Comments

My niece was getting married. The reception was planned as a grand open-air affair. But at the very onset of the event, thick rain-clouds formed, over-shadowing the location. It was clear that it would not only rain, it would pour.

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Double-minded Paul

  /   in Article of Faith 12:29 am   /   Comments

Jesus says: “Beware of these Pharisees and the way they pretend to be good when they aren’t. But such hypocrisy cannot be hidden forever. It will become as evident as yeast in dough.” (Luke 12:1-2).

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Which God is the Father of Jesus?

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Mr Ernest Okorie and others of St Dominic Church Young Christian Workers performed the Passion of Jesus  as Christians all over the world mark Good Friday the day Jesus Christ was crucified yesterday. Photo by Biodun Ogunleye

Is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ behind the wars, massacres and genocide of the Jews in the Old Testament? Certainly not! God says “love your enemies;” he does not say annihilate them. Jesus’ Father is merciful; and “he does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17). As a matter of fact, “his mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 106:1).

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The Lord God Almighty: The Love of My Life

  /   in Article of Faith 7:20 am   /   Comments

JESUS

I was a baby Christian, basking in newborn fellowship with the Lord. I woke up one morning to discover I was singing a new song. I had never sung it before; but it was clear I had been singing it in my sleep and continued now awake. How do you sing a song you never knew before? How come you know the words?

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Loving God and Hating My Wife

  /   in Article of Faith 8:19 am   /   Comments

The love we are expected to have for God does not permit any other love. As a matter of fact, if we love God, we must hate everyone else. We must love our neighbour but not because we love him. We must love our neighbour because we love God. God’s love tolerates no rivals. He says: “I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God.” (Exodus 20:5).

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