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Post  Admin on Sun 18 Oct 2020, 8:52 pm

From: BAYO AFOLARANMI
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2020 11:34:01 PDT
Dearly Beloved,
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!
"Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses" (1 Timothy 5:23 NIV).
The above Bible passage has been one of the most misinterpreted and misapplied ones. In fact, it is one of those controversial verses of the Bible. Drunkards and those that are inclined to drinking too much wine and alcoholic drinks are quick to refer to it in support of their action. However, as I was in a Sunday school class one Sunday, I saw a different application to the instruction of Paul to Timothy: Timothy should take care of himself. The means of doing this was taking of some wine. Other places where the Bible refers to wine as something of medicinal substance are: Second Samuel 16:2 where it was said to revive the faint; Proverbs 31:6 where it was said to be suitable as a sedative for people in distress; Luke 10:34 where the Samaritan poured oil and wine on the wounds of the injured traveler; and Matthew 27:34 and Mark 15:23 where it was mixed with a drug to ease suffering.
Well, this devotional write-up is not aimed at supporting or not supporting the use of wine, but to underscore the importance of taking care of oneself. Paul was concerned about the well being of Timothy, and he recommended to him a way of taking care of himself. No doubt, Timothy yielded to this advice to his own good.
Medical and other advices have been given to many people today, and many people do not yield to such good advices to their detriment. Are you one of such people that do not yield to medical, professional, ministerial and other specialized advices about your health, business, family or other endeavors? Part of taking care of yourself is yielding to such good advices.
"Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise" (Proverbs 19:20 NIV).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray that you will always listen to medical and other advices that have been given to you.
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"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 12 Oct 2020, 9:05 pm

WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF YOUR WEALTH?
From: [email=spiritualdigest@yahoo.com?subject=Re:%20WHAT%20IS%20THE%20SOURCE%20OF%20YOUR%20WEALTH%3F]BAYO AFOLARANMI[/email]
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2020 13:51:48 PDT

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

Prayer Point: Pray that you will not be involved in sourcing for wealth and other material things "filthy" and ungodly means, rather seek for God's blessings that bring wealth with no sorrow.
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Post  Admin on Sun 04 Oct 2020, 11:34 pm

WHAT IMPACT WILL YOU MAKE?
From: BAYO AFOLARANMI
Date: Sat, 03 Oct 2020 11:07:26 PDT
Dearly Beloved,
WHAT IMPACT WILL YOU MAKE?
“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).
I am always fascinated by the life of Frances Jane van Alstyne née Crosby (March 24, 1820 - February 12, 1915), more commonly known as Fanny Crosby whenever I sing any of her hymns. Here was a woman who was blind for most part of her life (she was blinded by an incompetent doctor at six weeks of age). In spite of this, she wrote over 8,000 hymns. An online source quoted her saying: “It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank Him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me.”
Some of Crosby's best-known songs include "To God Be the Glory", "Blessed Assurance", "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour", "Jesus Is Tenderly Calling You Home", "Praise Him, Praise Him", "Rescue the Perishing", “All The Way My Saviour Leads Me”, “Take The World But Give Me Jesus” and many others. Crosby wrote over 1,000 secular poems, and had four books of poetry published, as well as two best-selling autobiographies. Additionally, she co-wrote popular secular songs, as well as political and patriotic songs, and at least five cantatas on biblical and patriotic themes, including “The Flower Queen”, the first secular cantata by an American composer. Crosby was committed to Christian rescue missions, and was known for her public speaking. Undoubtedly, her works have inspired and blessed millions of souls throughout the world.
Apostle Paul was “...hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV). He was in a Roman prison awaiting death sentence when he wrote many of his epistles. In one of such epistles, the Epistle to the Philippians, Paul expressed his desire to exalt Jesus Christ in spite of his predicament. He was even ready to die for the cause of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (see Philippians 1:20-21). No wonder, he also made a lot of impact in the lives of many people.
What are you passing through now? What impact will you make in spite of your situation? What legacy will you leave behind when you are no more? Determine to make a positive impact in your generation. Do not let any situation hinder you.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that God will help you to make positive impact in your generation in spite of any situation you may be passing through.

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Post  Admin on Sun 27 Sep 2020, 10:28 pm

Dearly Beloved,
WHAT AN AVOIDABLE SITUATION! (in honour of late Rev. Mrs. Sarah Oladimeji)
“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17 NKJV).
I was not happy as I wrote this message for the week (I am still not happy!). One of my pastor-colleagues (late Rev. Mrs. Sarah Aderonke Oladimeji) died in an avoidable situation in one of the so-called government specialist hospitals recently because of human negligence and lack of basic equipment for emergency situations. The husband of the deceased who is also a pastor recounted mournfully how he rushed his dying wife to this hospital when situation was going out of hand. He had applied known first-aid treatments to resuscitate her when she slumped and fainted in his presence. The medical personnel at the said hospital did not show enough concern and give expected immediate treatment to the woman who coincidentally was also a trained nurse. Even if they wanted to help, the hospital lacks the needed equipment to treat her and save her from the preventable death as she died there in the hospital because of lack of immediate treatment. 
Apart from lack of basic medical equipment in most of the public (and even private) hospitals in Nigeria, the unprofessional and nonchalant attitude of many of the medical personnel in these hospitals have caused many avoidable deaths to thousands of people leaving their loved ones in everlasting sorrow. While most of the medical personnel in government hospitals have lost the motivation to be dedicated to their noble humanitarian profession because of the shabby treatments they receive from the government, most of their counterparts in the private sector place financial gain over the sanctity of human life. That is why it is common to see these medical personnel in the private sector refusing to treat patients (even the ones on danger list) except some amount of money is deposited. Thousands of people have died in such a situation because they did not have the needed money to pay. One may argue that such private hospitals are for profit making. However, that should not be at the detriment of losing a life or causing untold pains to patients. One would wonder about government hospitals that are not profit-oriented. Lack of (or the use of obsolete) medical equipment has sent many people to their early graves or deformed them if they were lucky to still be alive. It is shameful that political leaders and other government functionaries that are expected to provide basic health facilities and take good care of the existing government hospitals refuse to do the needful. They are ready to embark on medical tours to other places in the advanced world for medical treatment whenever they have any slightest ailment. What a country!
This indifferent attitude of the sanctity of human life cuts across every sphere of the society in Nigeria. Most of the roads in Nigeria are death traps. Many avoidable accidents that caused many human lives have occurred on these roads. Pipe-borne water is not available in most parts of the country as the government leaves the citizens to fend for themselves. Electricity is erratic. Government schools (especially the tertiary institutions) do not have stable academic calendars as the employees in these schools embark on industrial actions at will because of lack of commitment in the part of the government to take good care of these schools and the employees there. The list is endless. How long will the country continue in these avoidable situations after sixty years of independence in spite of the divine endowments of human, material and natural resources that the country have? I weep for my country!
You can make a difference in the little corner that you are. The needed change to all these avoidable situations begins with me. It begins with you. Be patriotic. Stop being self-centred. Have human feelings and selflessly care for other people. The people that have the opportunity of being in government (or close to those that are there) should arise and build this country. Let us join hands to stop all these avoidable sad situations. “…to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17 NKJV).
Adieu Sarah Oladimeji!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
 
Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to contribute your quota to the positive development of where you are, and the betterment of people you come across.
 
NB: This message is dedicated to late Rev. Mrs. Sarah Aderonke Oladimeji who died avoidably on September 22, 2020.
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Post  Admin on Sat 19 Sep 2020, 6:45 pm

Dearly Beloved,

SUCCESS OR FAITHFULNESS?

“Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2 NKJV).

Some time ago when I was leading a stewardship seminar among some Christians who were mainly church pastors, I referred to the saying attributed to Mother Teresa: “God has not called us to be successful, but to be faithful..” One of the pastors at the meeting disagreed vehemently with the statement. He insisted in spite of my explanations that he will be successful in the ministry. His argument may be right to some extent. However, the primary purpose of the call of God on any Christian in general and any pastor in particular is being faithful to God. Success may come later.

The lyrics of the hymn, “OUR BEST”, composed by Salathial Cleaver Kirk (1847-1917) reminded me of the fact. To be specific, these parts of the hymn reiterate faithfulness above success: “Do then the best you can, not for reward, Not for the praise of men, but for the Lord.” Kirk emphasized doing one’s best, that is, being faithful, without thinking of getting reward or praise of men, that is, success. This is the sound biblical teaching! In many places, the Holy Bible teaches about being faithful (see Matthew 24:45-46; Luke 16:10-12; 1 Corinthians 4:2). Regardless of whether what one is doing is small or great, what matters most is faithfully doing one’s best in it. Even if it seems that people do not appreciate one, one should continue to be faithful in one’s calling or endeavour.

It is a misplacement of priority when one places success above faithfulness because the success of one’s life or ministry depends on God, and He has the prerogative to give it as He likes to anyone. Apostle Paul reminded the Corinthians this principle when he told them that in spite of his efforts and those of Apollos, that it is God that brings growth (or success) (see 1 Corinthians 3:6). Moses also echoed this principle to the Israelites that it is God that brings wealth (or success) (see Deuteronomy 8:18). Paul further said that it is our labour, “our best” (in Kirk’s words), or our faithfulness that God will reward (see 1 Corinthians 3:9), not our success. Twice, in the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25, the master of the servants said “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things…” (verses 21, 23). In spite of the varied successes of the servants, it was their faithfulness that was commended, not their success. The reason is that God is more mindful of our faithfulness, not our success. No wonder, Paul emphasized it: “…it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2 NKJV).

God has not called anyone to be successful, but to be faithful. If success comes out of one’s faithfulness, that is good. However, remember that God will not reward success, but faithfulness. Focus on faithfulness rather than on any form of success. Do your best to be faithful.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you will focus more on faithfulness, instead of success, in your calling, ministry, and other life endeavours.
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Post  Admin on Sat 12 Sep 2020, 10:12 pm

Dearly Beloved,
WHAT WILL POSTERITY READ ABOUT YOU? (in honour of Rev. Dr. S. T. Ola Akande)
“At Joppa there was a certain disciple named ... Dorcas … [who] was full of good works and charitable deeds…. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died…. And all the widows stood by [Peter] weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them” (Acts 9:36-37a, 39b NKJV).
Some days ago, when I read about the news of the home call of Rev. Dr. Samuel Titilola Oladele Akande (1926-2020) on social media some hours after his demise, I received the news with mixed feelings. As a growing Baptist boy, I knew Rev. Dr. S. T. Ola Akande in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a great icon of the Nigerian Baptist faith. He was then the President (the chief presiding officer) and later the General Secretary (the chief executive officer) of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. I looked up to him as a role model that was worthy of emulation, and I aspired to be like him. He later joined the Nigerian politics in the early 1990s. When I joined the workforce of the Convention at its headquarters in Oke Bola, Ibadan, Nigeria, I heard many stories about him. These stories made me to have mixed feelings when I heard the news about his demise. His demise reminded me of a controversy about what one should say about the dead. Expectedly, many accolades have been said about the late S.. T. Ola Akande since his demise few days ago. Many more tributes will still emerge about him. Undoubtedly, S. T. Ola Akande was an enigma personified in the annals of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, and this write-up is not to praise him or do otherwise. One thing is certain: Rev. Dr. S. T. Ola Akande has become a history. Nevertheless, the death of this great orator and indefatigable preacher of the gospel is to remind each one of us that we will die one day, and whether we like it or not posterity will read about what we lived for on earth.
When Dorcas (also known as Tabitha) died, people gathered together to recount the good deeds she had done. In fact, a message was sent to Simon Peter to come and wake her up because she was too good to die (see Acts 9:36-43). The books of the Kings and the Chronicles in the Old Testament chronicled the lives and deaths of many kings of Israel and Judah. Each king was measured with either the phrase “he did what was right in the sight of the LORD” or the phrase “he did evil in the sight of the LORD”. Posterity is reading about each of these kings today.
You also will become history one day. Your words, actions and/or inactions today will become what people will use to measure you. Whether people will be allowed to honestly say what they know about you or not, posterity will read about you one day. Remember the Yoruba axiom: “Arise ni arika; arika ni baba iregun. Ohun ti a ba se ni oni, oro itan ni bi o di ola.” [Literally: “What one did or does is what people will recount; what people will recount about one is the father of reference point. What one does today will definitely become history tomorrow.”] What will posterity read about you after your demise?
Adieu, Rev. Dr. S. T. Ola Akande!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
 
Prayer Point: Pray for the grace to do the right things now that you are living so that posterity will read good things about you after your demise.
 
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This message is dedicated to Rev. Dr. SAMUEL TITILOLA OLADELE AKANDE (ST Ola Akande) (1926-2020).


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Post  Admin on Sat 05 Sep 2020, 10:00 pm

Dearly Beloved,

WHAT WOULD YOU SEEK FIRST?

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33 NIV).

Can you imagine a person that wants to buy something in the market whose main concern is the additional thing the seller would give him for patronizing him? Or can you imagine a person that has more interest in the insignificant addition to a gift rather than the actual gift? This is what most people do in their approach to God. They would want God to do any other thing for them while they leave the main thing. Many people are ready to spend most of their time asking God for material and financial blessings while they neglect the most important spiritual blessings that He is ready to give those that ask for them. Many would do anything they can to get what they want from God while they refuse to do want God wants from them.

The above Bible verse sums it up: "But seek first [God's] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33 NIV). We are to firstly seek the kingdom of God. A Bible commentator puts it this way, "Seek first to be righteous, and to become interested in His favor, and all necessary things will be added to you. He has control over all things, and He can give you what you need. He WILL give you what HE deems best for you." When we firstly seek God and live according to His commands, He will give us even those earthly things that we do not ask for.

King Solomon is a good example here. God asked him to ask for anything from Him. Rather than asking for earthly things for his selfish gain, he asked for God's wisdom, and God did not only give him unparalleled wisdom, He gave him even those earthly things that he did not requested for (see 1 Kings 3:1-15).

It is a good thing to ask God for material and financial blessings. Everybody needs them. However, the first thing to seek from God is the wisdom to do His will. The psalmist says, "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart" and "He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them" (Psalms 37:4; 145:19 NIV. See also Psalms 34:9-10; 37:18, 19, 25; 84:11; Mark 10:29-30; 1 Timothy 4:8).

Many do not have or/and enjoy material and financial blessings because of their misplaced priority. What would you seek first?

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

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1. Lord, help me to seek You and Your righteousness first in all my endeavors.

2. As I am seeking you first Lord, add all these material and financial blessings to your spiritual blessings for me.

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Post  Admin on Mon 31 Aug 2020, 12:54 am

Dearly Beloved,
WHAT ARE YOU DOING SECRETLY?
"[The LORD] said to me, ‘Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, "The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land."’ Again, he said, ‘You will see them doing things that are even more detestable’" (Ezekiel 8:12-13 NIV).
Some people of the Judah had been deported to Babylon because of the sins of the people. In spite of this, the other people in the land of Judah continued in their sins. The Spirit of God lifted Prophet Ezekiel up in visions and took him to the city of Jerusalem to show him some of the detestable things that the people of Judah were doing secretly. Interestingly, the people were thinking that because God had forsaken them due to their sins, He did not see them as they continued in the sins. The Spirit showed Ezekiel from one place to the other as these people were doing more and more detestable things that were not hidden from God (see Ezekiel 8). Definitely, these people were punished for their sins (see Ezekiel 9).
Many people like those Jews in Ezekiel’s time are doing bad things secretly today thinking that God does not see them. The psalmist vividly described such people and concluded, "Does he who implanted the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches man lack knowledge? The LORD knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile" (Psalm 94:9-11 NIV). Some are doing bad things secretly because they have been disappointed in one way or the other. Others are doing so because they are just wicked. Most of such people prefer acting in the secret or darkness because they would not want their wickedness to be exposed (cf. John 3:19-21).
What are you doing secretly thinking that nobody sees you? If nobody sees you, God does! What are you thinking secretly in your heart right now? Would you be proud of your secret acts and thoughts when they are exposed? You may hide things from man. You cannot hide them from God. Always remember the conclusion of the writer of the Ecclesiastes, "For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil" (12:14 NIV).
In His service,
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Prayer Point: Pray that God will deliver you from secret/hidden sins.
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Post  Admin on Sun 23 Aug 2020, 11:28 pm

Dearly Beloved,
O WORSHIP THE KING
"Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty, Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain" (Psalm 104:1-2 NKJV).
One of the attributes of God that is prominently pronounced in the Holy Bible is royalty or kingship. Apart from the fact that God is presented as Someone who has a throne (Psalm 9:7-8; 45:6; Psalm 47:8; Isaiah 37:16) and a kingdom (Psalm 145:11-13; Matthew 6:10; Luke 4:43), He is addressed in many places in the Holy Bible as the “heavenly King”, “everlasting King”, “eternal King” (1 Timothy 1:17), “King of kings” (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16), "the King of all the earth" (Psalm 47:6-7), "a great King" (Psalm 47:2; 95:3), "the King, the Lord of hosts" (Isaiah 6:5), "the King of Israel" (Isaiah 44:6; John 1:49), "King of the nations" (Revelation 15:3), and so on. This concept of kingship might have inspired Sir Robert Grant (1779-1838) to compose the popular hymn, “O WORSHIP THE KING”. In fact, Grant based the hymn on Psalm 104 that describes God in His royal majesty. As a trained lawyer-turned politician who was directly involved in royal affairs, Grant knew what it means to be in power and have control over other people. As a devout Christian, he began to compare the kingship of Jesus Christ to the British royalty as he was meditating on Psalm 104. His meditation resulted in the composition of the hymn.
In the hymn, Grant enjoined people to worship the King in all His glory above and gratefully sing His power and His love because He is our Shield, our Defender, and the Ancient of Days. This heavenly King is pavilioned in splendour and girded with praise. Grant wanted people to tell of the might of this eternal King and sing of His grace because His robe is the light and space is His canopy. No tongue can recite the bountiful care of this great King. This care is demonstrated in the air and in the light as well as in the dew and the rain. Because the mighty King (who is our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend) can never fail, and His mercies are tender and firm to the end, we children of dust (that are feeble and frail) should put our trust in Him. This King of kings is the measureless Might and unchangeable Love whom angels delight to worship above. His ransomed creation, with glory ablaze, will sing to His praise in true adoration!
Earthly kings and other rulers may have some splendour, glory and honour, but they can never be compared to the heavenly King who is splendour, glory and honour personified. The earthly rulers are temporal and mortal while the heavenly King is eternal and immortal. The heavenly King is the real unquestionable King. In fact, He is incomparable to any earthly ruler. He alone is worthy of our worship. O worship the King all glorious above!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
 
Prayer Point: Pray that you will always ascribe the splendour, glory, honour and worship only unto the eternal King.
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Post  Admin on Sat 15 Aug 2020, 10:04 pm

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WHEN YOU FAITHFULLY SERVE THE LORD...
"After these events, in which King Hezekiah served the LORD faithfully, Sennacherib, the emperor of Assyria, invaded Judah. He besieged the fortified cities and gave orders for his army to break their way through the walls" (2 Chronicles 32:1 TEV).
King Hezekiah of Judah was one of the good kings that did well in following the ways of the Lord. He served God faithfully and brought the people back to God. He made them to also faithfully serve Him and observe the Law in an unprecedented way in the history of the kingdom of Judah (see 2 Chronicles 29—31). Nevertheless, in spite of his faithfulness in serving God, a powerful enemy, King Sennacherib of Assyria, rose against his kingdom and wanted to conquer him (2 Chronicles 32:1). King Hezekiah, however, trusted in his God and encouraged his subjects to trust in God. God did not only save him and his kingdom from the enemy, but He also humiliated the enemy (2 Chronicles 32:20-22). Hezekiah later became renowned for his greatness because he served God faithfully (2 Chronicles 32:23).
There are many such situations whereby persecutions, sufferings, difficulties and the like arise because of being faithful to God. Faithful people normally face such hardships because of their faithfulness to God. "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (2 Timothy 3:12). However, God knows how He rescues His faithful from the hardship and gives them victory over their adversaries (see 2 Peter 2:9; Psalm 34:15-17). The only prerequisite is total trust in Him. No matter the opposition, the faithful will triumph at the end.
Have you been serving God faithfully and it seems that you are being rewarded with opposition and hardship? Continue your faithfulness. Trust totally in Him. You will soon triumph over your enemies. The enemies will be humiliated over your life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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I AM A CHANGED CREATURE!
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Date: Sat, 08 Aug 2020 10:16:02 PDT
Dearly Beloved, 
I AM A CHANGED CREATURE!
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NKJV). 
For almost three decades that I have been reading 2 Corinthians 5, I have a different understanding of the passage today, especially the concept of reconciliation. Even as an emerging expert in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, my understanding of reconciliation has been confined to making peace with other people. However, in my quiet time today, one of the devotional guides I used introduced to me a new concept of reconciliation: CHANGE.
Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 explained the status of anyone who is in Christ and the new task that God has entrusted into the hands of such person. Because Jesus Christ died for all (verse 15) , anyone who is in Him is no longer what he/she used to be. Such a person is a new creature. Old things have passed away. New things have come. Simply, such a person is a changed creature (verse 17). He/She has been changed from being an enemy of God to being a friend (or better, a child) of God. Theologically, he/she has been reconciled to God. So, having been reconciled to God (becoming a changed creature), he/she is given a task (or ministry) of reconciliation - joining God to change (or reconcile) other people to God, making them also to become friends (children) of God (verses 18-19). Apostle Paul (as one of the changed creatures or Christ's ambassadors) concluded his explanation of this concept by imploring people to be reconciled with God and become changed creatures (verse 20).
Are you really in Christ? Have you been reconciled to God? Have you become a changed creature? Anyone who is in Christ is indeed a changed person. I am in Christ. I am a changed creature! Are you?
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray that you will totally surrender your life to Jesus Christ so as to become a changed creature in Him.
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Post  Admin on Sat 01 Aug 2020, 7:36 pm

Dearly Beloved,

THE HANDS OF ESAU 

“So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, ‘The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau’” (Genesis 27:22 NKJV). 

Esau and Jacob were twin brothers that were favorites of their father and mother respectively. Isaac their father wanted to give his last blessing to his favorite who was Esau the firstborn, but Rebecca their mother wanted the blessing to be the lot of her favorite, Jacob. Therefore, she colluded with Jacob to deceive Isaac in order that Jacob would get the blessing. Part of the conspiracy was that Jacob would use goatskin to cover some parts of his body so that Isaac would believe that Jacob was indeed Esau who naturally was a hairy man. In the course of their conspiracy, Isaac detected that the voice of the person that had come for his blessing was that of Jacob, but the goatskin deceived him to think that the hands of the person were those of Esau. 

Many people are still using this tactic of the voice of Jacob and the hands of Esau to deceive people to have their ways today. It is interesting to discover that many people even try to use it with God to get His blessings! However, the Bible says, "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked...” (Galatians 6:7 NKJV). He is omniscient! 

The Jews, especially the Pharisees and teachers of the law, in Jesus' time on earth, and many people today, were hypocrites that tried to use their religiosity to deceive other people and God. Nevertheless, Jesus Christ has this to say about them: “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do” (Mark 7:6-8 NKJV). 

In what way are you also using the hands of Esau to deceive people? Are you trying to do that with God also? Are you a hypocrite? A Yoruba proverb literally says, "A thief [and a deceiver] may have his way for many days, but nemesis will apprehend him one day." Moreover, you cannot deceive God. "...for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life" (Galatians 6:7-8 NKJV).

In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you will not in anyway try to deceive anybody or God in your endeavours in life
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Post  Admin on Sat 25 Jul 2020, 10:39 pm

Dearly Beloved,

GIVE GOD THE GLORY!

"On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them. The people kept crying out, ‘The voice of a god and not of a man!’ And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died" (Acts 12:21-23 NASU).

King Herod Agrippa I who reigned between A.D. 37 and 44 died a mysterious death. The writer of the book of Acts of the Apostles recorded his history in the twelfth chapter of the book. "The people of Tyre and Sidon" were not in his good book (verse 20). Having secured the favour of one his trusted servants, they sought for his audience to make peace with him. During the peace meeting, he delivered an address that made the people to praise him and even ascribe unto him the position of a god. The Bible says an angel of the Lord struck him because he, King Herod, did not return the praise to God. He was eaten by worms and died (verses 21-23). An extra-biblical account explained it better that "...he was immediately seized with violent internal pains, and died five days after.." His main offence was that he did not give God the glory. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was driven out of his exalted position and ate grass like cattle for seven years because he did not give God the glory for his achievements (see Daniel 4:29-37).

Only God knows the number of people that have been struck by Him because of the offence of not giving Him the glory for what He has done in their lives or what He has done in the lives of other people through them. Spiritual worms "are eating" such people presently, and they will soon meet their Waterloo if they do not repent. The Lord says, "I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols" (Isaiah 42:8 NIV). You have to know that "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble" (1 Peter 5:5 NIV).

In what ways have you been taking the glory of God in your life? Do you remember to return the glory unto Him when people give you such glory? Give God the glory! Let His blessings, not His curses, be yours. "To [God] be glory both now and for ever! Amen" (2 Peter 3:18 NIV).

In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray that you will always give God the glory for everything He  is doing in your life, or what He allows you to do.
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Post  Admin on Sat 18 Jul 2020, 10:08 pm

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I SERVE THE WONDER-WORKING GOD! 

“Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare” (Psalm 40:5 NIV).

It is believed that David was the writer of Psalm 40 testifying to the wonders of God and thanking Him for His steadfast love over him. The reason is obvious from David’s history. Because of Saul’s sins against God, God rejected him as king of Israel and sent Samuel to anoint David as the next king (1 Samuel 15-16). David faced a lot of hostilities and troubles even from his brothers. He became a fugitive in his own country.. He had to relocate his parents to a foreign country for safety (see 1 Samuel 22:3-4). He twice sought refuge with the enemies of his nation (see 1 Samuel 21:10-15; 27:1-12). In spite of all his predicaments, the LORD did not let him down. He turned to him and lifted him out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire. The LORD set his feet on a rock and gave him a firm place to stand in Israel and among other nations. The LORD put a new song in his mouth, a hymn of praise. Many indeed saw these and feared and put their trust in the LORD during the lifetime of David. No wonder, David could declare the wonders of God in this psalm. Even in Job’s calamity, he also could declare: “[God] performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted” (Job 9:10 NIV).

Life is full of ups and downs. Every person has his/her own dilemma to confront. However, the LORD is ready to do wonders in the life of anyone who can patiently wait on Him. He can make such person to successfully overcome any dilemma and sing song of praises like David. 

What are you facing presently? Trust in the LORD! He will do wonders in your life. He will bring you out of the predicament. He will lift you up out of the mud of life. He will set your feet on a rock and give you a firm place to stand among your contemporaries. He will put a new song in your mouth, a hymn of praise to His holy name. Many people will indeed see it and praise God with you. They will fear and trust God for what He will do in your life.

I serve a wonder-working God! “May the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does wonders, be praised” (Psalm 72:18 HCSB).

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you will experience the wonder-working God wonderfully in every sphere of your life.
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Post  Admin on Sat 11 Jul 2020, 9:36 pm

Dearly Beloved,

THE SAINTS SHOULD NEVER BE DISMAYED

“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:25 NKJV).

One of the Yoruba hymns that I cherished as I was growing up in the village is “Ko To K’Awon Mimo Beru”. I know the lyrics of the hymn in Yoruba offhand, and they are so inspiring to me. The original hymn in English is titled “THE SAINTS SHOULD NEVER BE DISMAYED”. William Cowper composed it. Little is known about the history or background of the hymn. However, the hymn is indeed a hymn of hope and trust in the providence of God.

The first stanza of the hymn seems like an argument for the Christians never to be dismayed, nor sink in hopeless fear. The reason is that the Saviour will appear when they least expect His aid. The subsequent stanzas are illustrations from the providence of God to some Old Testament characters and an advice to wait for the timing of God even if it tarries, because He will not disappoint those who wait on Him.

The first example is about Abraham who was about to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Miraculously, God provided a ram as a substitute for the son (see Genesis 22). Another instance was when David was miraculously saved from the onslaught of Saul (see 1 Samuel 23). Jonah disobeyed God. He was thrown into the sea to appease the angry God. However, in spite of the fact that he did not think of any escape from the raging storm and the sea, God, in His providence prepared a fish to save him and take him safely to the shore (see Jonah 1—2). If God could be so gracious and compassionate, William Cowper concluded that one should always trust in God and entrust one’s “deep-felt care” on Him. He also enjoined people to wait for the help of God in His timing no matter how it tarries because His promise will be fulfilled even though it may be “long-delayed”.

The Lord is indeed good to those who wait for Him. He is ready to come to their aid, even when it seems there is no more hope. Do you find yourself in any precarious situation? Do not lose hope. Wait patiently for the aid of God. He will help you. You also will testify to His goodness over the seemingly hopeless situation of your life.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray for the grace to always wait for the help of God no matter the situation you are passing through.
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Post  Admin on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 9:30 pm

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DO YOU SERVE GOD WITH JOY?

“Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything...” (Deuteronomy 28:47 NKJV).

The first fourteen verses of Deuteronomy chapter 28 are well known by many people because of the promises of God that are there. On the contrary, few people care to study the remaining fifty-four verses in the chapter because of the curses in those latter verses. However, those verses full of curses are warnings for anyone who does not want the curses to be his/her portion. Conspicuously, the main reason for the curses in those verses is disobedience to God, but there are other reasons for these curses as Moses warned the people of Israel. One of such reasons is not serving “God with joy and gladness of heart” for the abundance of His goodness. 

If God can be good to us in many ways, then we have to appreciate Him by serving Him joyfully even if He does not do, or has not done, what we want Him to do for us. The consequence of not serving Him with joy is servitude to our enemies. Instead of promotion, demotion would be the lot of anyone who refuses to serve God joyfully. In other words, anyone who does not appreciate God may not enjoy more of the goodness of God, but will certainly be under the curse of God.. The people of Israel that came out of Egypt are a good example of this. They grumbled against God on many occasions, and all of them (except Caleb and Joshua) could not enter the Promised Land (see Numbers 14:26-35).

We just started the second half of the year 2020. Ponder about your life this year. In spite of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted many things this year, are you appreciative of God? Do you serve Him with joy, or you are full of grudges against Him because of what He has not done for you? Do not incur curses of God on yourself. Thank Him and serve Him with joy, and He will manifest Himself in your life.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).



Prayer Point: Pray for the grace to always serve God joyfully in spite of any situation you may find yourself.
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Post  Admin on Sun 28 Jun 2020, 12:14 am

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BEYOND YOUR EXPECTATION

"Israel said to Joseph, I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too" (Genesis 48:11 NIV).

Have you ever lost something that you thought you can never regain but at the end you found it and even had more than that thing? Have you ever lost hope on a situation and the Lord made things to work out for you even more than what you expected before? Jacob (later known as Israel) experienced something like that in a greater way. Having sold Joseph into slavery, the children of Jacob lied to him that a ferocious animal had devoured Joseph (see Genesis 37:27-33). Jacob believed them and mourned for his beloved son for many days. To him, Joseph had died. Nevertheless God had preserved Joseph and made him a ruler in a foreign land. Jacob later had the opportunity of not only seeing the "dead" Joseph, but also the children of Joseph. You could imagine the extent of the joy of Jacob to see beyond his expectation about Joseph that he once thought was dead.

Hannah was barren, and because of this, "her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her" (1 Samuel 1:6 NIV). She went to God and asked for just a son (verse 11), but God did beyond her expectation "she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters" (1 Samuel 2:21 NIV). That was after God gave her a son that later became a prominent figure in the history of the nation of Israel.

When God told Solomon to ask for anything he would want Him to do for him, Solomon asked for "a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong" (1 Kings 3:9 NIV). However, God did beyond his expectation in giving him more than what he asked for (1 Kings 3:11-13).

What is the seeming dead situation that you are passing through presently? Have you lost hope in such situation? What have you been asking from God that He has not done? God can make you experience something beyond your expectation in that situation! He will definitely do so in His appointed time. Just trust in Him and wait for Him. Paul declared, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV).

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

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Post  Admin on Sun 14 Jun 2020, 9:39 pm

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REMOVE THE ASHES!

“Then the priest, wearing his linen robe and linen shorts, shall remove the greasy ashes left on the altar and put them at the side of the altar. Then he shall change his clothes and take the ashes outside the camp to a ritually clean place. The fire on the altar must be kept burning and never allowed to go out. Every morning the priest shall put firewood on it, arrange the burnt offering on it, and burn the fat of the fellowship offering. The fire must always be kept burning on the altar and never allowed to go out” (Leviticus 6:10-13 TEV).

When I was growing up in the village, there was a usual practice of removing ashes from the hearth and setting them aside or even throwing them away. I did not know why this act was done until later when I understood that ashes do not allow fresh fire to glow. In fact, ashes quench flaming fire if they are too much in the hearth, and they are used at times to deliberately quench flaming fire. As long as there are minimal ashes, the fire in the hearth will continue to glow.

When God was given the Law to the people of Israel through Moses, one of the duties of the high priest was to remove ashes from the altar that was used for burnt offering and take them to another place. Every morning after doing this, the priest should place new firewood on the altar (see Leviticus 6:10-13, also Numbers 4:13). The reason for this act was to allow fresh fire to be burning continuously on the altar. As long as ashes were removed from the altar, the new firewood would be free to produce continuous fire on the altar. 

The main purpose of firewood is to be burnt and produce fire. Most of the time, this is used productively either in cooking, warming a place, offering sacrifice, and the likes. The end product of burnt firewood is ashes. Anyone who now focuses on the ashes will not make another flaming fire. 

The implication of these is that anyone who refuses to “remove the ashes” of his/her past successes will not make new successes. As good as those past successes are, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to make more successes if one is still preoccupying oneself with those past successes.. Jesus Christ had a successful ministry in Capernaum as He “healed many who were sick with all kinds of diseases and drove out many demons” (Mark 1:34 TEV). The following day while the people were looking for Him to continue the good work, He led His disciples to other places where He continued His ministry. He did not let the success of yesterday to hinder Him of moving on in His ministry. Apostle Paul knew this secret and he declared: “Of course, my brothers, I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead. So I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God's call through Christ Jesus to the life above” (Philippians 3:13-14 TEV). 

Just as ashes can also be as a result of destruction by fire, unfortunately, the “ashes” in some people’s lives can be failures, disappointments and other bad things of life. One has to remove these ashes and move on with one’s life. After all, if there is life, there is hope. 

What are the “ashes” you need to remove in your life? Remove them now if you want to forge ahead in your endeavours and keep the fire of progress burning.

In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to remove all the ashes in your life and keep the fire in your life burning.
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Post  Admin on Sat 06 Jun 2020, 11:11 pm

Dearly Beloved,

TOMORROW WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF (A Rejoinder)

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. What is the first thing you will do? Won’t you sit down and figure out how much it will cost and if you have enough money to pay for it? ...What will a king do if he has only ten thousand soldiers to defend himself against a king who is about to attack him with twenty thousand soldiers? Before he goes out to battle, won’t he first sit down and decide if he can win?” (Luke 14:28, 31 CEV).

“Share your plans with the Lord, and you will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3 CEV).

“Tomorrow Will Take Care of Itself” was the topic my devotional message last week. The thrust of the message is rather than worrying about what one will eat, drink or wear in the future, one should trust in God who created the universe and is still sustaining it and everyone (including everything) in it. Among the people who responded to the message, two people specifically disagreed with me. They argued that the future is not an agent of change and that one has to plan for the future so that the future will bring what we desire. I agree partially with such arguments.

Jesus Christ did not teach about blind and inactive trust in God about the future. He taught that we should trust in God (see Matthew 6:25-34), but He also taught about proper planning for the future especially when one wants to embark on significant projects that go beyond the basic needs of life (see Luke 14:28-33). The popular adage, "One who fail to plan is planning to fail," supports His teaching here about proper planning. There are other Bible passages that support proper planning (see Genesis 41:34-36; Proverbs 6:6-8; 11:14; 15:22; 21:5; 24:27; 1 Timothy 5:8). This does not mean that God cannot take care of these projects without our proper planning, but in most cases, God will not do what man can do for himself. God will only make anyone who trusts in Him to succeed in his planning (see Proverbs 3:5-6; 16:1, 3, 9; 19:21; 20:4). So, God expects us to trust in Him, but we have to have proper planning for all our endeavours plus this trust in God to have desirable success.

While it is good to trust in God in any project you want to start, it far better to plan ahead and commit your planning to God who will help you to succeed. Trust in God has its place while proper planning has its place. One should not overshadow the other.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray for the grace to always commit your proper planning to God to be able to succeed in all your endeavours.
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Post  Admin on Sat 30 May 2020, 9:50 pm

Dearly Beloved,
TOMORROW WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF
“Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today” (Matthew 6:34 CEV).
As we were having our breakfast in my family some days ago, I set apart some of the food items and instructed my family members not to touch it because I intended to use it as my breakfast the following day. My wife jokingly wondered why I would be thinking of another day when the family members have not eaten to satisfaction for the day. Obviously, I was worried about getting a ready-made food for the breakfast of the following day because I planned to leave the house early for an engagement outside my home that day. Before the end of the day, a family friend visited our family and brought more than enough food items for us that I can readily be used for the breakfast the following day. When the visitor left, my wife referred to the kept food items and the newly brought items. She commented that if I had believed God would provide the new items, I would not have kept the remnant in anticipation for the following day.
My wife was right, and I learned a lesson of life from that incident: “Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today” (Matthew 6:34 CEV). Those are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ as He concluded His admonition on worrying. He had earlier given people reasons why they should not worry about their life in relations to what they would eat, drink or wear. He told them that their lives are far more than food, and their bodies are far more than clothing. If God can be taking care of the birds of the air that neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, God will take care of people that are far more valuable to Him than the birds. This does not mean that one should not care about these things because they are unimportant, but rather it means that our care for them should not belittle God who can provide all these things. It is also a pointer to having total trust in God as one cares for having these things. Since God knows that human beings need all these things, He wants them to look unto Him for their provision. People are urged not to worry because they were not the creators of themselves, and they cannot add a day to their life’s span. If no one can bring himself forth, and no one can prolong the number of his/her days on earth, then, no one should worry unduly about these things.
Worrying cannot solve people’s problems. It rather adds to the problems. While is good to be proactive and provide for one’s future needs, it is far better not to worry about the future, but have total trust in God who can provide one’s needs even before one asks for them. Tomorrow will indeed take care of itself!
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Prayer Point: Pray for the grace not to worry about anything, but to have trust in God who can provide your needs even before you ask for them.
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Dearly Beloved,

WHAT KIND OF COMFORTER ARE YOU?

"I have heard many things like these; miserable comforters are you all!" (Job 16:2 NIV).

I always pity the man Job whenever I read the book of the Bible that bears his name. Here is a man that lost everything he had in a single day. He was afflicted with a disease, and his wife advised him to curse God and die. To compound his problems, his so-called friends that came to console him turned out to be "miserable comforters." They "tormented and crushed" (Job 19:2) him with words as they blamed him for his travails. They would have heeded to Job's advice, "If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom" (Job 13:5 NIV. See also verse 13; 16:3; 18:2; 19:2; 21:2-3). The more Job cautioned his friends to consider his plight, the more they rebuked him for his self-righteousness. They are indeed "worthless physicians" (Job 13:4).

Experiences have proved that silence is the best way to comfort someone that is bereaved. People may have contrary opinion, especially people that are extroverts. The friends of Job did well when they first came to him for staying "with him for seven days and seven nights" (Job 2:13 NIV) without saying a word. That is empathy. 

Instead of being full of words, it is better for one to be full of action - what one can do to alleviate or even solve the problem if it is solvable. This is what Jesus Christ did in all the cases where He raised someone from the dead (see Luke 7:11-17; 8:49-56; John 11:17-44). In each of the cases, Jesus did not speak much. The apostles also followed this example (Acts 9:36-43; 20:7-12).

You may not be able to do like Jesus Christ or the apostles in solving totally a problem, but you can follow this admonition, "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn" (Romans 12:15 NIV). Do not be a comforter like one of Job's friends. The Bible says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God" (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 AMP). What kind of comforter are you?

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray for the grace of being a good comforter, and not adding to the pain of the person you are trying to comfort.
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Post  Admin on Sat 16 May 2020, 10:05 pm

Dearly Beloved,

THE NEEDFUL THING

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV).

Abraham Maslow gave the basic needs of life as physiological needs, safety needs, social belonging, self-esteem, self-actualization, and wholeness. The human tendency is to worry about these basic earthly things. However, instead of worrying about earthly things, Jesus Christ gave what is needful that everyone should care about: the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness. Apostle Paul put it in another words: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2 NKJV). The kingdom of heaven is another form of the kingdom of God. Essentially, to seek the kingdom of heaven means to seek the salvation that is fundamental to it because it is of greater value than all the world’s possessions. This does not mean that one should neglect the reasonable and daily duties that help sustain one’s life. For the Christian, there should be a difference in attitude toward these basic needs of life. If a Christian is taking care of God’s business as a priority by seeking His salvation, living in obedience to Him, and sharing the good news of the kingdom with others, then God will take care of that person’s needs as He promised (see Philippians 4:19). There is then no need to worry if that is the arrangement.

This is in contrast with the people of the world that centre their lives on things of this world. They do not know God, and they cannot please Him. Their priority is how to please themselves. So, they worry about what God should ordinarily provide for them. No wonder, Jesus Christ said that after seeking the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness that the things of the world that the Christian does not care about will be added unto him. It then means that what we worry about are additional things that God intends to give us after we have focused our attention on Him and chosen to please Him.

This is the needful thing! Seek the kingdom of heaven today. You will have all other things as addition.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

 

Prayer Point: Heavenly Father, help me to always submit to Your will and live by it by seeking Your kingdom above any other thing.

 

NB: Since the storm of COVID-19 pandemic is still raging throughout the world, let me give you as a gift this eBook containing the compilation of the seven encouraging messages based on the teachings of the Holy Bible on the pandemic.
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Post  Admin on Sun 10 May 2020, 8:48 pm

Dearly Beloved,

ARE YOU A CARING MOTHER?

“[The mother] watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:27 NKJV).

“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command” (Hebrews 11:23 NKJV).

The memory of my late mother still lingers in my mind. I can remember how she took special care of me, my siblings, and other children that she had adopted as hers as the practice then in many parts of Yoruba land. Her caring was extraordinary. She was proactive. She was energetic. She was sympathetic. I thought then that she was a super woman. I am grateful to God for given me a wife that is a replica of my late mother. My wife’s caring of her children is superlative. I am not jealous of her nature, but at times, I wish I could be like her when it comes to active caring of children.

It seems this caring nature is characteristic of almost all women. Moses’ mother was so caring that she could not afford losing him to the raging resentment of the then king of Egypt. She (specifically according to Exodus 2:2-3) hid Moses for three months (the writer of Hebrews gave credit to both parents! [see Hebrews 11:23]). Even when the daughter of Pharaoh handed over Moses to her as a caregiver, she did not relent in her efforts to raise Moses in the right ways. No wonder, Moses did not lose his real identity even in the affluence of the palace of Pharaoh (see Exodus 2:9-11).

One of the characteristics of the wife of noble character as described in Proverbs 31:27 is that the mother was watchful of her children. She was active in taken care of her household. No wonder, her children and her husband applauded her for her industrious acts (verses 28-29).

Are you a caring mother? Are you sensitive to the needs of your children? Can your children and husband praise you for your care and watchfulness over them? God is expecting every mother to be caring and industrious over her children and husband. You cannot do less. Happy Mother’s Day!

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

 

Prayer Point: Pray for all living mothers that actively care and watch over their children.

 

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1.     This message is dedicated to my late mother, Hannah Abiola Afolaranmi, my caring wife, Florence Opeyemi Afolaranmi, and all actively caring mothers throughout the world.

2.     The free eBook, “COVID-19: My Spiritual Thoughts” (seven encouraging messages based on biblical teachings about the COVID-19 pandemic), is still available FREE upon request by email to . Thanks.
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Post  Admin on Sat 09 May 2020, 10:21 pm

Dearly Beloved,

ARE YOU A CARING MOTHER?

“[The mother] watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:27 NKJV).

“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command” (Hebrews 11:23 NKJV).

The memory of my late mother still lingers in my mind. I can remember how she took special care of me, my siblings, and other children that she had adopted as hers as the practice then in many parts of Yoruba land. Her caring was extraordinary. She was proactive. She was energetic. She was sympathetic. I thought then that she was a super woman. I am grateful to God for given me a wife that is a replica of my late mother. My wife’s caring of her children is superlative. I am not jealous of her nature, but at times, I wish I could be like her when it comes to active caring of children.

It seems this caring nature is characteristic of almost all women. Moses’ mother was so caring that she could not afford losing him to the raging resentment of the then king of Egypt. She (specifically according to Exodus 2:2-3) hid Moses for three months (the writer of Hebrews gave credit to both parents! [see Hebrews 11:23]). Even when the daughter of Pharaoh handed over Moses to her as a caregiver, she did not relent in her efforts to raise Moses in the right ways. No wonder, Moses did not lose his real identity even in the affluence of the palace of Pharaoh (see Exodus 2:9-11).

One of the characteristics of the wife of noble character as described in Proverbs 31:27 is that the mother was watchful of her children. She was active in taken care of her household. No wonder, her children and her husband applauded her for her industrious acts (verses 28-29)..

Are you a caring mother? Are you sensitive to the needs of your children? Can your children and husband praise you for your care and watchfulness over them? God is expecting every mother to be caring and industrious over her children and husband.. You cannot do less. Happy Mother’s Day!

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray for all living mothers that actively care and watch over their children.

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2.     The free eBook, “COVID-19: My Spiritual Thoughts” (seven encouraging messages based on biblical teachings about the COVID-19 pandemic), is still available FREE upon request by email to .. Thanks
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Dearly Beloved,

COVID-19: ENCOURAGE YOURSELF

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance” (Psalm 42:5, 11; 43:5, NKJV).

As COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging the whole world unabated for months and more people are dying as a result of the virus, many people have been depressed and disappointed. The fact that it has caused most parts of the world to be on lock down and people are confined to their homes without the opportunity to move freely outside or do normal business has made life boring and monotonous for many people. The worst situation is the fact that people can no longer congregate in worship places to serve their God! No one knows when this situation will come to end. Indeed, this is a trying time for the whole world!

The writer of Psalms 42 and 43 found himself in a similar situation. He was unable to join other people to worship God in the Temple. He longed for that fellowship and yearned for the worship of God. He was depressed. Nevertheless, thrice in those Psalms (believed to have been composed at the same time), the psalmist encouraged himself and expressed his trust in God: “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance” (42:5, 11; 43:5, NKJV).

The Amalekites raided the base of David and his men, and took captive their wives in 1 Samuel 30. When David and his men came back to their base and discovered what had happened, they “lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep” (verse 4 NKJV). David personally was greatly distressed because of the calamity. However, the Bible says, “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (verse 6b NKJV). In other words, he encouraged himself and still trusted in God. He and his men later recovered everything they had lost including their wives.

As the psalmist (in Psalms 42 and 43) acknowledged his emotional struggles in his time of distress, there is nothing wrong for us to admit our frustrations in this trying time of COVID-19 pandemic. We may be remembering the time we used to fellowship with others as we worshipped God in our places of worship, and we may be longing for such fellowships again. In spite of this, in a time like this, each of us needs to encourage him/herself. We should, like the psalmist, continue to hope in God and wait patiently for His appointed time to put an end to this pandemic. We should also, like David, strengthen ourselves in the Lord. We will recover everything that we have lost during this time of COVID-19 pandemic in Jesus’ name. Amen.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray that you will continue to encourage yourself in spite of this frustrating time of COVID-19 pandemic.
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