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Pray for me, Please

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Hey, We all have those periods of feeling all low and lacking in energy, don’t we?

I had a similar episode over the weekend, but for me those episodes don’t last really long for I’ve learned to consciously shift my focus and move my mind on to things that recharge me.

It was not always like that, but I’m thankful that I am able do it now, and that too without much difficulty. There are a few techniques that I use to recharge myself in those situations. Do you want to learn what my techniques are? Yea, I also love to share them with you. However, for this particular moment I adopted step 7.

1. Walk Out: A good workout can make you feel all recharged and ready to take on the next challenges. The best part is that making you all lively is just a side benefit of working out. It helps you released and reflects on your emotions. It distracts you from the objects of your crux and positions you to do objective rumination of issues. Don’t stop walking until your head is clearing out.
The real benefit needs no explanation of course. Making a habit of working out daily can not only keep you healthy and fit, but can keep you happy too. Trust me.
2. Meditate: Ask people who have the habit of meditating for a few minutes daily? They’ll tell you there is no question about the benefits of meditation on the mental and physical well being.
When you feel all down, just doing 20 minutes of meditation can relax you and get you back to your good spirits. Moreover, by meditating you open up the possibilities to experience alternate states of reality where the answers to your problems questions on the purpose and direction of your life might lie.
Meditation accommodated greater forces than you, it diffuse clouds of questions hanging over you.
3. Do some chore; especially ones that demands lots of energy. Gardening, cars wash, mopping floors, polishing furniture, etc. I have come to realize that Be it pruning of flowers or loosening up the soil, the mere exertion of loving action makes one forget all the problems and somehow gets one back to his/her confident self. Just seeing the end result can just be as refreshing to your mind.
4. Make Music: Who doesn’t know that music has deep therapeutic effects. Listening to music is one thing. Creating music with an instrument of your liking is a whole different level of experiencing the calming and energizing effects of music. A yet higher level is writing (your experience) a song and giving it some sound. Everybody can do this no matter how bad you think your voice is, it can make a song.
Finally singing and backing it with instrument has the surest and sweetest effect. Read the rest of this entry »

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A SOUL ON FIRE

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The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. “When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn.”- John Wesley

Nehemiah was passionate about rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls. So when his enemies tried to sidetrack and discourage him, he answered, ‘…I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down…’ Passion is the starting point for all achievement. There has never been anyone who achieved anything of value, who wasn’t passionate about it. It’s the energy that fuels your dream. The road to success is cluttered with detours, problems and disappointments. And if you don’t have the right mindset, your dreams can die there. Indeed, there are days when the needle on your passion metre will be on empty. On those days you need to remember that God gave you your dream to begin with; go back to Him and ask for the strength to keep moving toward it. The Psalmist wrote, ‘For You will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall’ (Psalms 18:28-29 NKJV). Who gives you the power to run and leap? God! But you can’t sit back, fold your arms and think that He will do it all for you. Between your dream’s inspiration and its manifestation, there’s going to be a lot of perspiration. As every new parent finds out—it’s much harder having and raising a baby than conceiving one. But if you have the passion for your dream, the price tag won’t stop you. You’ll get up every morning, draw on God’s grace and take one more step in the direction of the thing you know God put you on this earth to do.

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Sleeping in Churchby Charles R. Swindoll

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Acts 20:6-12

I really feel sorry for Eutychus. It was bad enough for the fella to fall asleep in church while Paul was preaching . . . he even fell out the window to his death three stories below! But then, of all things, Dr. Luke included the incident for all the world to read down through the centuries. Think of that! The only time Eutychus got his name in Scripture was when he died while sleeping in church.  Makes you glad the Bible is complete, doesn’t it?

Listen to the story:

On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered together. And there was a young man named Eutychus sitting on the window sill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking, he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead. (Acts 20:7-9)

If the same thing happened to sleepers today, every church would have to build a morgue in the basement. There isn’t an experienced preacher who hasn’t faced the most incredible (sometimes hilarious) slumbering saints in the pew. I’ve seen them bump their heads on the back of the pew in front of them . . . snore out loud . . . stay seated when everyone else stood up . . . drool on their Bible . . . and even drop their hymnbook, then jump when it hit the floor.

I’ve watched couples nod in magnificent rhythm, perfect timing. One student used to come to a church I formerly pastored and sit right down front . . . and be sound asleep in a matter of seconds. He was there every Sunday, resting his eyes. I honestly used to wonder why he bothered to get dressed and come to church in the first place. And then there was the lady who had the strangest wheeze and smile when she exhaled while snoring—a shrill, stutter-like sound that reminded you of a chattering chimpanzee. She kinda looked like one when she slept, come to think of it.

Why? Now there’s the question worth answering. Why do people sleep in church? Let me suggest several reasons.

Tradition. That’s right. We are often trained to do it. As children we stretched out on the pew beside our parents and were encouraged to sleep rather than make a disturbance. Habits are hard to break.

Physical factors. Occasionally a church is not well ventilated or gets too warm and stuffy, almost “cozy.” This was part of the problem Eutychus had. The flickering lamps brought warmth up where he was sitting plus a hypnotizing “spell” in the room. Poor lighting and obstructions of vision are additional causes.

Personal factors. Lack of sufficient sleep during the week—or especially Saturday night—creates drowsiness on Sunday. Some medication makes us sleepy . . . as well as low-thyroid problems or low blood sugar. Concentration is broken and soon our minds start to drift and doze.

Indifference. Although it would be pleasant to ignore this, it is nevertheless another real reason. People are sometimes turned off spiritually. Sleep allows them to tune out the input. Carnality—or lack of salvation entirely—creates an indifferent attitude.

Dull, boring messenger. We preachers can be guilty of not organizing our material clearly and concisely. This leads to rambling and mumbling . . . unnecessary details not essential to the message. A failure to present the Word of God with genuine enthusiasm accompanied by fresh, specific illustrations and set forth in an unpredictable yet appropriate manner can cause boredom. A monotonous voice only adds another dose of Sominex to those fighting the battle of the eyelids. In all honesty, the messenger can be as guilty as the hearer, sometimes more.

So much for diagnosis . . . what about a prescription to overcome “the slumbers”?

It must be a team effort. Three parts must work together. The building must be comfortable and conducive to worship . . . yet altogether unlike a funeral parlor. That’s so important. Then the listener must be prepared—physically, spiritually, emotionally—for worship. It takes good habits of health to cultivate a spiritual appetite. Last, the speaker must be alert and sensitive. Not a clown or a candidate for head cheerleader—but ever aware of the most effective ways to combat plainness, sameness, and tameness.

Think it over. See you Sunday. If you sit in the balcony and get sleepy, watch out! Eutychus, “being dead, yet speaketh.”

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CheCk yoUR faiTh-GaUgE

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NOW FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED  FOR, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN  ( HEBREWS 11:1 *NKJV )
 
Our Heavenly Father gives everyone of us faith for it is  written: GOD HAS DEALT TO EACH ONE A MEASURE OF FAITH. ( ROMANS 12:3 )  However we must add to our given faith, and we can because: FAITH COMES BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD.   (ROMANS 10:17)

The Apostle Paul wrote: I AM NOT ASHAMED OF  THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, FOR IT IS THE POWER OF  GOD TO SALVATION FOR EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES.  FOR IN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IS REVEALED FROM FAITH TO FAITH; AS IT IS WRITTEN, ‘THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.’ ( ROMANS 1:17 )

Therefore, it is important that WE WALK BY FAITH NOT BY SIGHT, ( 2 CORINTHIANS 5:7 ) trusting  with all of our heart, that our Heavenly Father will help us when we face a problem in our lives!  Remember it is written that: WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM, FOR HE WHO COMES TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS, AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER   OF THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.  So; HAVE FAITH IN THE LORD YOUR GOD AND YOU WILL BE UPHELD; HAVE FAITH IN HIS PROPHETS AND YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL as well.    Amen.   ( HEBREWS 11:6 )   ( 2 CHRONICLES 20:20 )


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Church?

HOLY TEMPLE or CHARGING CENTER
#NEPA #GENCO #DISCO #CHURCH

But the LORD is in his majestic palace. The whole earth is speechless in his presence!” Habakkuk 2:20 is a portion of the scripture that affirms the required decorum & comportment at worship center. Let me say as a matter of fact the Good is not to blame for our irresponsible leadership that refuses to provide and maintain social amenities.

That points to a particular menace I find disturbing and sensing God displeasure about. CHARGING DEVICES IN CHURCH. Its strange to find that some people come to church SOLELY to charge their phones, iWhatevers, laptops as against getting their Spirits charged and refreshed and they stand like mahogany during worship and snore like hyena during message.

I foresee a time when people will bring their UPS&inverters to top in church. Or a when some churches will start to use CHARGING POINTS as Baits (I wouldn’t call that evangelism Strategy) or a when people will start to boast about the church’s Charging Capacity; the number of Charging points in their own church.

I felt sick in my  today as I watched two young men walk into the half-through-service today extension box in hand and went straight to the electric socket plugged other devises and pulled two chairs to themselves, to monitor the devices, am sure God want happy with those dudes… If you are also trapped in the web of this indulgence WATCH IT…Don’t attract God’s wrath on your head because of some disposable o.

He who has hear let him hear!


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God’s Project

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Dare Adelana wrote No matter how bad the economy of the Jungle is, Lion will not eat grass…

You are too costly to be abandoned…God is committed to your success. He made the Universe and everything in it to conform to your demands…a Yoruba adage says ‘Bó Ku die kí omo olóore jin sí koto…mànàmáná á se imole’. when last did you see the inscription MEN AT WORK on a Construction project, just substitute men for God it it will read GOD AT WORK, yes that is what it is, it is true You are God’s project in Progress. Just believe in his plan for your life…Jer.29: 11  God said “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for your welfare, and not for calamity, to give you hope and a future”.

It doesn’t necessarily have to look Good to be God…His gifts sometimes comes in rags. He just needs you to be willing to believed him enough to soil your hands…with His ounce of gift comes the oil of Gilead for your cleansing.

The sun will shine again
That’s not another promise
That’s just the way it is…

Never let the devil or his orchestrations steal this fact from you, YOU ARE GOD’S PROJECT and

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE LAMB

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb
With all my strength, with all I am
I will seek to honor His commands
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

I have heard how Christians long ago
Were brought before a tyrants throne
They were told that he would spare their lives
If they would renounce the name of Christ
But one by one, they chose to die
The Son of God, they would not deny
Like a great angelic choir sings
I can almost hear their voices ring

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb
With all my strength, with all I am
I will seek to honor His commands
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

Now, the years have come and the years have gone
And the ’cause of Jesus still goes on
Now, our time has come to count the cost
To reject this world, to embrace the Cross
And one by one let us live our lives
For the One who died to give us life
Till the trumpet sounds on the final day
Let us proudly stand and boldly say
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

With all my strength, with all I am
I will seek to honor His commands
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb
To the Lamb of God who bore my pain
Who took my place, who wore my shame
I will seek to honor His commands
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb
With all my strength, with all I am
I will seek to honor His commands
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb


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