Friday September 4th, 2015
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The God Whose Strength is Made Perfect in Our Weakness

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Children are the glory of marriage. Then there is the glory of the first-born and the glory of the last-born. The first-born is given pre-eminence in all things. He gets the best and the biggest portions. He goes out without being chaperoned. He is treated with great respect by his siblings.

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Spiritual Laws of Prayer

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Jesus establishes three spiritual laws pertaining to prayer. He says: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8).

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Pastor Adeboye: “The Richest Man in the World

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Pastor Enoch  Adeboye

Recently, a friend took me to the jewel-in-the-crown of the Redeemed Christian Church of God; a glitzy parish called “City of David” in Victoria Island, Lagos. Displayed resplendently on a wall in the church-office is a design of their current building project; a 14 storey architectural extravaganza titled “Trinity Towers.”

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The Privilege of Prayer

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Don’t believe the lie: all men pray. There is no man on earth who does not pray; even atheists do. Put him in a particular space where he is confronted with his humanity and man will cry out for help in prayer. He might not know who is he is praying to, but he will ask for a deliverer. However, there is only one deliverer: God.

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What Does Jesus Save Us From?

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Many Christians don’t even know what Jesus saves us from. Some believe he saves us from God. But that would make God evil for no man is saved from good but from evil. However, Jesus affirms that: “Only God is good.”(Matthew 19:17). Moreover, God is Almighty; therefore no man can be saved from him. God declares: “I am he; and no one delivers out of my hand.” (Isaiah 43:13).

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Is it Ishmael or Is It Isaac?

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Are today’s Christians the seed of Isaac or the seed of Ishmael? It all depends. Don’t be too quick to generalise and say it is Isaac. The promise was Isaac but many have ended up with Ishmael and are reconciled to Ishmael: “It is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called.’” (Galatians 9:6-7).

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The Resurrected Life

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A cross section of worshippers at the closing service of Kingdom Life Conference.

How many times have you heard these kinds of testimonies? “Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! God has blessed me with a brand new car.” “My wife just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.” “Glory be to God, I have just been promoted at work.”

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It is finished

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An actor playing Jesus hangs on a cross during a performance of the Passion of Jesus by the Wintershall Players in Trafalgar Square, central London on March 29, 2013.  AFP PHOTO

When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30).

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It is written

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Have you just bought a new cell-phone and are wondering how to operate it? It is written. Simply check the manual. Have you just set up a new business and want to know how to get it registered? It is written. Are you a new creation in Christ but don’t know what being a new creation means? It is written. Where is it written? It is written in the scriptures.

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Godly People?

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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“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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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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REV.FR. RAPH ASIKA  (L),PRESENTING HOLY COMMUNION ON PARISHIONERS HAND DUE TO FEAR OF EBOLA  SANITISER ON  THE HANDS OF ST PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH GWAGWALADA ON SUNDAY (10/8/14)./NAN

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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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!

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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

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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

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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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