The children ministry is a unique and vibrant one. This is a place where the future leaders are raised. Who could have been more involved in the children’s ministry than Jesus Christ. He was always ready to receive them, and also encouraged the adults to the children’s character in preparation for the Kingdom of God.
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You are all invited to this great gathering of spirit-filled and loving women. This program will cover discussions, seminars and messages that pertain to the soul, body and spirit. We long to see you around. God bless you.
THE OVERCOMING YOUNG ADULT
“I have written unto you, [YOUNG ADULT], because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one”. I John 2:14
Hello Fellow young adults,
I want us to claim this verse this month. Do you know there are many odds against us these days? The devil does not rest until he sees the young people destroyed and unfulfilled. And all he does is to roam about seeking who to devour. But thank God we are on the Lord’s side.
BE STRONG! Don’t yield to being a weakling. Young people are strong physically, yes! But let’s not limit it to the physical alone. Be strong spiritually, emotionally, mentally and even socially. Make sure you have a strong backbone; in your convictions, conversations, conduct, curriculum and conversations.
THE WORD: Yes it abides in you. Endeavor to put more into you everyday of this month. Load yourself with the WORD. It is powerful. “And we overcame him with the blood of the lamb and the WORD of our testimony”. Read it, meditate on it, pray with it, speak it, share it and uphold it.
OVERCOMERS: Yes we are! Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Do you know who you carry, and what you carry? GOD! Then why should anyone or anything intimidate you? The word says; “Whatsoever is born of God overcomes the word”. Are you born of God? Is your dream born of God? Is your ministry born of God? Then don’t worry, you are on default setting to overcome. Halleluiah.
Welcome to the Month of Conquering. We are more than Conquerors.
Happy New Month.
By Shelly Esser
One of my favorite books is The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I’ll never forget the thrill as a young teenager of actually getting to see her in person. It was one of the highlights of my life. God recently brought to mind a heartfelt exchange in the book between Corrie and her father, when she was a young girl.
When the time comes
Corrie was upset thinking about her father dying someday. As was his habit, he sat down at the edge of her bed to tuck her in.
“Corrie,” he began gently, “when you and I go to Amsterdam – when do I give you your ticket?”
Corrie sniffed a few times, “Why, just before we get on the train.”
“Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things, too. Don’t rush ahead of Him. When the time comes…you will look into your heart and find the strength you need – just in time.”
Grace and Strength Supplied
That moment in the book came flooding back to my memory while we were about to get on a train that was completely unfamiliar to us and that we were unprepared for. Our lively 13-year-old daughter was facing serious surgery. I heard my Heavenly Father’s whisper amidst my fears, “When will I give you the ticket?”
“When I get on the train.” And as we were just about to board the train, watching the daughter we loved being wheeled into surgery, God gave us the ticket we needed – a ticket overflowing with grace, a supernatural strength enabling us to deal with the moment at hand, passengers He provided to come along with support for the journey, and a grace that enabled us to know that it can be well with our souls even when it’s not well with our circumstances.
he ticket You Need
Your loving Father knows all about your present circumstances and need and is waiting to hand you the ticket. His supply never runs dry; it is never overburdened. He is never surprised. Interestingly, He doesn’t promise help before help is needed. No – when we are on the edge of our need – His hand is stretched out.
Now almost seven months after our daughter’s surgery, she has still not fully recovered. Emotionally draining long days are filled with chronic pain, confusion, a lack of acceptable answers, more medical tests, and endless doctor’s appointments, but God continues to remind me of the ticket. As the Conductor of our lives, He knows the way of the journey we take. He sees the bends in the track and the dark tunnels ahead. Daily, I hold on to the knowledge that God is ever present and that especially as a mom of a suffering child He has given me what author and speaker Jennifer Rothschild calls “spectator grace.” A special grace for those of us who have to watch the ones we love walk with pain and difficulty.
He Sees Us Through
My mind has raced back through the years of difficult trains we have boarded before. Without exception, God provided the ticket. He has seen us through. I know this time will be no different. That reality keeps me going. “I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God” (Isa. 43:1-3, italics mine).
We must get on the train and into the journey before we can claim the promise. When we get on the train His presence is there; He walks with us. God also continues to give us “crisis grace” as we walk through our daughter’s illness. In the trials is where His power and work are displayed best – in the tough spot that tries our faith, because true faith counts on God and believes before it sees. This faith sustains us in the most trying places, when everything around us seems to contradict God’s Word. “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psa. 27:13-14).
Not There Yet
We are waiting. We have not yet reached our destination – for whatever reason it’s not time for us to get off the train. I don’t know what’s around the bend, where this journey intends to take us. I do know that God’s ticket of grace continues to be sufficient in this place. And in the words of Father ten Boom, our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things. When the time comes, we will look into our hearts and find the strength we need – just in time.
The Weight Of the Cross
“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up the cross, and follow me”. Matt 16:24
The pivot of Christianity is the cross. A Christian who lives far from the cross, cannot live up to the cost of Christianity. Jesus had stressed the importance of the cross, even before he went there. He knew it will be a landmark in history of Christianity. Even the world recognized the importance of the cross, which is why times are dated A.D (after Death) and B.C (Before Christ).
1. The Decision:
Jesus started this verse with a conditional statement; “If any man will come after me…” Jesus is not a respecter of persons. At that time the Pharisees and Sadducees were seen as the most righteous people, and not everyone could approach God. Before Christ, who dare go to the presence of God? But Jesus came with a better covenant, and he says “if any man” (boy, girl, man or woman) will come after me. There must be that voluntary decision to follow Christ. Jesus is still calling, have you decided to follow him?
2. The Denial:
Following Christ cannot be possible without self-denial. Self cannot rule when the Savior rules. There cannot be two thrones. Self-denial is a conscious effort to allow God reign in your life, It is that point of total surrender to God’s will and his plan. You cannot follow God and and at this same time follow your plan. Paul said, “I die daily”. he denies self of his pride, pleasure or even pain at every time, just to please God. The Flesh and the Spirit are always in continuous war. Paul said they are “contrary to one another”. You cannot follow Christ in the flesh, you have to submit to the Spirit. That is self-denial.
The decision to follow Christ is accompanied by a determination to carry the cross. Jesus said, you have to carry the cross and follow him. You don’t drop the cross, and follow Christ. You carry the cross and follow Christ. The cross is always on you, no matter how heavy. But remember Jesus said, my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. What is that cross?
C-Crucifixion. It reminds you that you are crucified with and will always be crucified with Christ.
R-Ridicule. You might be ridiculed for Christ’s sake. But you should know what you’ve got.
O-Obstacles. some obstacles are God’s designed, to keep you within God’s plan.
S-Sacrifice. Sometimes, you have to give up some stuffs to get up to your height.
S-Suffering. Have you ever suffered for Christ’s sake? That is the cross.
May God help us all, to bear the weight of the cross, while we follow Christ. Amen.
WHEN GOD MADE EVERYTHING
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Is That My Bomb?
This seminar was delivered at the last Young Adult Conference 2015, held at Charlotte, 2015. It was prayerfully and powerfully directed to the singles among us. Listen and be blessed.
Is that my Bomb?
DEEPER LIFE YOUTH EVENT
The just-concluded Deeper Life Youth Program held on the 15th of August, 2015 was a splendid one. We discussed very interesting topics such as:
Choosing your Friends for a Glorious Future
Also had a lot of refreshment.
We are looking forward to next month’s program. We hope you would be available to fellowship and share with the victorious youth of this generation.
God bless you
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KILL THESE SILENT KILLERS
Good health is a state of complete physical, social and mental well-being. And God’s desire for all His children is that we remain in good health all the days of our life: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 2). Unfortunately, this has not been the case for many women. A good number of womenfolk suffer from a wide range of ill-health emanating from unhygienic lifestyle/habits and negative mental attitudes and dispositions. Medically, it is proved that many of the illnesses people suffer, and how long they suffer a particular sickness, are closely linked to wrong negative attitudes of the mind. Such diseases or sicknesses which thrive on negative mental attitudes, medical experts term psychosomatic diseases. Psychosomatic diseases are silent killers because they destroy subtly and imperceptibly. There are other silent killers, such as HIV and cancers as we shall consider in this article. Every woman should particularly beware of these silent killers because her peculiar nature makes her very vulnerable to them.
SILENT KILLER HABITS AND PRACTICES
1 WORRY AND ANXIETY: In response to environmental and social demands, women tend to worry about so many things – what to eat, where to live, how to take care of the children (unborn ones inclusive), how to settle bills, getting along with husbands and in-laws etc. This increases tension and may lead to hypertension
2 HAVING TOO MUCH TO DO WITHOUT PROPER PLAN AND BALANCE: This often leads to stress and confusion. Plan your work and avoid ‘biting more than you can chew’ in a day.
3 LACK OF REST AND OVER-ACTIVITY: Getting enough rest is imperative to living a healthy lifestyle and when you do not relax and get enough sleep you are putting yourself at the risk of illness as well as other dangerous side effects.Â When you don’t get enough rest you will have difficulty concentrating, thinking clearly, and even remembering things. You might not notice this at first or blame it on your busy schedule, but the more sleep and rest you miss, the more serious these symptoms will become.
4 FEAR FED BY UNBELIEF IN THE HEART: Women have a lot of fears – fear of children’s security, husband’s fidelity, prevailing disease in the community, fear of what might happen to the baby in the womb, etc. What many do not realize is that fear creates turmoil and chaos in our lives and contributes to ailments such as migraines, panic attacks, high blood pressure, and depression. The human body is not meant to live in a state of fear. Adrenaline was made for emergency situations only. Yet people are imperceptibly subjecting themselves to fear and anxiety every single day. It is no wonder our health suffers. But “…God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of love, power and of a sound mind (2Timothy1:7).
5 ALLOWING BUILD UP OF STRESS FROM RESPONSIBILITIES: So much is laid upon the woman: she may be a wife, mother, secular worker and Christian worker, saddled with so many responsibilities. When these are not properly planned and balanced they become stressful and make the woman to be nervous. This could result in peptic ulcer.
6 ANGER AND RAGE: These trigger excessive production of certain hormones in the body which may result in stroke, heart attack, or paralysis. According to new research findings, all of the negative energy exerted in moments of anger isn’t just a waste of time or a minor nuisance; it can lead to serious health complications that shorten lifespan and interfere with quality of life.
7 BITTERNESS AND UNFORGIVING ATTITUDE: Some women are known to be experts in these negative attitudes, which can cause both physical and spiritual illnesses. There may be loss of appetite, loss of weight, peptic ulcer and psychosomatic problems.
8 ALLOWING SELF PITY AND DEPRESSION: Depression involves sadness, pessimism, a preoccupation with personal problems, and feeling sorry for oneself. It could also be accompanied by fatigue, excessive sleeping, insomnia, anguish, crying, and hopelessness. Other possible symptoms include poor appetite, heavy eating, weight loss or gain, feelings of inadequacy or worthlessness, anxiety, regrets, decreased productivity, poor concentration, or recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
9 BAD FEEDING HABITS: Skipping meals, overeating, eating at irregular times, eating the wrong types of food and unbalanced diet can predispose the woman to excessive weight gain (obesity), and diabetes mellitus. Women, by their privileged position in preparing meals at home, tend to eat in-between meals. This contributes greatly to their weight gain.
10 SMOKING OF CIGARETTES, CIGAR, PIPES AND TAKING OF SNUFF: This predisposes one to heart attacks and cancer, especially of the lungs.
11 TAKING HARD DRUGS (COCAINE, HEROIN, MARIJUANA, ETC): This could lead to serious mental problems.
12 NON-CHALANT ATTITUDE TO HEALTH MATTERS: Some women don’t pay much attention to health-related issues, ideas and discussions. This set of people leave everything, including their health, to fate. They believe they can’t do much to improve their health and this makes them flout health rules and shun helpful ideas about their health. This is a very dangerous attitude.
13 LAZINESS/LACK OF EXERCISE: Lack of exercise causes lots of physical and psychological setbacks. It increases one’s chances of developing heart disease and increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.
14 FLIRTING AND ADULTERY: These immoral attitudes could lead an individual to contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV/AIDS, loss of self respect, and debasing of the dignity of manhood/womanhood.
15 POOR PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE: A woman unable to maintain a good personal and environmental hygiene will expose herself and members of her household and even neighbours to numerous health hazards.
Some common killer diseases caused by these killer habits include:
1 OBESITY: This is an excessive accumulation of fat in the body which leads to great increase in weight. It is determined by the index of BMI (Body Mass Index) whereby the weight in kilograms is divided by the height in metres squared. Overweight is defined as a BMI of 25 to 29.9, while obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or more. The primary cause of obesity is consumption of more calories (food) than the body needs or uses. It is also caused by insufficient exercise.Â Obesity favours the development of many other diseases such as diabetes mellitus, gall stones, hypertension, inguinal and hiatus hernia, varicose vein, uterine prolapse and tiredness from overwork on the heart and lungs.
2 DIABETES MELLITUS: This is a metabolic disease characterized by excessive urination (with sugar in the urine), weight loss (due to excessive urination), excessive craving for water, and general body weakness. It has an attendant raised blood-sugar level as a result of inadequate secretion of a hormone called insulin.Â Contributory factors are overeating, alcohol consumption, excessive craving for sweetened/sugary foods and drinks. This, if not well controlled, will affect many other systems of the body and can cause diseases and/or untimely death. Change of feeding habit, regular exercise, and weight-shedding will go a long way to prevent diabetes.
3 HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION): High blood pressure means high pressure (tension) in the arteries. The arteries are the vessels that carry blood from the heart to all of the tissues and organs of the body. Normal blood pressure is between 90/60 and below 140/90 mmHg. Thus, a blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg and above is considered high blood pressure. The top number, which is known as the systolic blood pressure, represents the pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts and pumps blood into the arteries. The diastolic pressure, which is the bottom number, represents the pressure in the arteries as the heart relaxes after the contraction. The diastolic pressure, therefore, reflects the minimum pressure to which the arteries are exposed. 85-90% of people with high blood pressure have primary hypertension where the cause is unknown. 10-15% of people have secondary hypertension which is caused by other ailments such as kidney disorder or hormonal disorder. Hypertension can lead to heart-disease, stroke, paralysis and death. Predisposing factors include obesity, diabetes, emotional tension, stress and heredity.
4 TUBERCULOSIS: Tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial infection. It is spread through the air and usually infects the lungs, although other organs and parts of the body can be involved as well. Most people who are infected with tuberculosis at the latent stage harbour the bacterium without serious symptoms. Symptoms associated with this stage include weight loss, fever, night sweats, and loss of appetite. If the affected individual is adequately treated, he gets cured. However, if left untreated, the latent TB will degenerate into the active TB disease, which has chronic and debilitating symptoms, including severe cough, chest pain, and bloody sputum.
5 CANCERS: Cancer is a disease of cells. It is an abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, in some cases, to metastasize (spread). First, cells begin to grow out of control in the body. Second, those cells have the ability to travel from their original site to other locations in the body. If the spread is not controlled, cancer can result in death. The most common forms of cancer are skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer (mostly in women), and prostate cancer (mostly in men).
6 HIV/AIDS: AIDS is a chronic, life-threatening condition caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). By damaging or destroying the cells of your immune system, HIV interferes with your body’s ability to effectively fight off viruses, bacteria and fungi that cause disease. This makes you more susceptible to certain types of cancers and to opportunistic infections your body would normally resist, such as pneumonia and meningitis. The virus and the infection itself are known as HIV. The term Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is used to mean the later stages of an HIV infection. Immoral sexual relationship, use of infected sharp instruments like needles, tattooing instruments, razor blade, shaving instruments, and transfusion of infected blood could cause HIV/AIDS and its attendant problems.
1 Enter into covenant relationship with God by being born again through repentance and faith in Christ and thereafter live a righteous and holy life daily in following the Lord. Doing this gives you right to enjoy all the covenant blessings of the Lord in all areas of your life – spiritual, health, finance, family, etc. (Exodus 3:25; 15:26; 3John 2; 1 Peter 2:24).
2 Take the following preventive measures against the silent killers:
(i) Learn to always carry your problems, cares and concerns to the Lord in prayer. Leave them there at His feet with a simple childlike trust “casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:6). Doing this takes care of all worries, anxiety, fears etc.
(ii) Always put the best (positive) construction on every situation of life and on what people say to or about you. This helps a great deal to keep your mind and heart healthy and sound to think and act right always as well as develop the best attitude to life. (Philippians 4:8).
(iii) Learn to always forgive every offence. Pray for grace and make up your mind to do so.
(iv) Obey simple health rules.
(v) Eat good and balanced diet with fruits and vegetables at regular intervals and at the right time.
(vi) Maintain good personal and environmental hygiene.
(vii) Do exercise regularly,
(viii) Rest. Sleep of 6-8 hours a day is ideal.
(ix) Go for routine check-up at six-month intervals.
(x) Do regular BP checks at every available opportunity. You can buy your own digital sphygmomanometer (Blood Pressure equipment) to check your blood pressure regularly.
(xi) Regular self breast-examination, Pap smear and early reporting of any abnormal swelling or growth in any part of the body will help a lot in cancer screening and prevention.
(x) Renew and strengthen your spirit always by daily reading and meditating on God’s word. Remember that your body needs a healthy mind to function effectively.
THE PURPOSEFUL YOUNG ADULT
“And Daniel Purposed in his heart”
Every man is born to fulfill a God’s given purpose here on earth, but only very few people get to that level of fulfillment before leaving earth.
Daniel was faced also with this task of fulfilling His God’s given purpose, and against all odds he did just exactly that. (The reason why we still read about him now).
There are many things that would have influenced Daniel and still influences us – either positvely or negatively – in fulfilling that purpose:
1. Situations: Family, Friends, Fellowships, Finance, Famine, Fortune, and many more are things that could affect our line of purpose. It couldn’t have been worse for Daniel, who was a captive, in a foreign land, without parents and under persecution. Yet he held on.
2. Society: Of course, there’s no society exempted from the moral decadence and increasing level of abominable acts. For some, its an open deal, for others its perpetuated in the secret. Daniel had that kind of society, pressured on the King’s meat, which aroma while being prepared would surely be percieved by him. Yet he held on.
3. Satan: It is clear the devil is the architect of all evil. He never rests until a soldier of Christ is down. His sole aim is to distort the plan and purpose of God for man. Daniel was arranged, attacked and arraigned before his enemies many times. Even in the Lions Den, he held on.
4. Spirit of God: What can be so much precious than having the Spirit of excellence living in you? That is why Daniel could not but fulfill his purpose on earth. Do you want to fulfill your God’s given purpose; Lets emulate Daniel:
P-Pursue God always
(“As the deer panteth….so my soul panteth after you”)
U-Uphold God always
(“Let your light so shine before men..)
R-Reverence God always
(“The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom…”)
P-Pray to God always
(“Men ought always to pray and not to faint…”)
O-Obey God always
(“We will obey God rather than men…”)
S-Serve God always
(“…If any man serve me, him will I honor..”)
E-Enroll in godly associations always
(“Not forsaking the assemblies of ourselves together..”)
As we do this; May God lead us aright, that we may leave glorious footprints in the sands of time. We wish everyone a LIFE OF PURPOSE. Amen.
THE YOUNG PROPHET
Hello Fellow Young Adults,
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Gal 6:9
We give Glory to God for the month of June. His mercy kept us, His favor was mighty upon us and His goodness never ceased. Yes, that’s why we are alive to witness another month.
Just a quick note of encouragement; this is not the time to get tired of the race that might have been so difficult to run, especially in this last days. This is not the time to give up, or relax on God’s stuff, or throw in the towel, no matter the circumstance. Fire on, Faint not; Forward ever!
Remember the young prophet? He was on fire for God. God gave him a word, he ran with the word, spoke the word without dilution, even performed a miracle with that word, but after his assignment, he relaxed and decided to rest without the word. That rest preceded his downfall, and he never recovered till he perished.
This is not the time to REST:
R – Relax in God’s service (“it’s a slow fade”)
E – Embrace evil ensembles (associations)
S – Slumber into Sin
T – Turn back to the world.
Brethren, let us Fire on, Faint not; Forward ever! Till we get to the last mile of the way.
“When I’ve gone the last mile of the way,
I will rest at the close of the day,
And I know there are joys that await me,
When I’ve gone the last mile of the way”
AVOID SPIRITUAL AMNESIA
Hello fellow Young Adults,
I am so excited reaching out to everyone after the just concluded conference. It was sure a time of FUN (Fellowship, Undiluted messages, New Inspirations/Visions). Thank you all for your participation and co-operation during the program. We also thank God for our pastors, leaders and all who worked so hard to make sure the program was successful. May the Lord reward all our efforts.
Just a quick note to everyone, please avoid spiritual amnesia. Amnesia is that state of forgetfulness; loss of memory. The problem God had with the children of Israel was their forgetfulness of all that God had done for them. They forgot His Provision, Protection, Power and Principles; and they paid much for it. We were exposed to much instruction and inspirations during the conference, Please don’t forget them. The strategy of the enemy is to distract us and let the things of this world choke up all we have heard. Please don’t let that happen.
Remember “Intimacy with God”; if we draw nigh to God, He will draw nigh to us.
Remember “Convinced or Confused?” Situations will test your convictions, but stay firm, focus and faithful.
Remember “The spirit of Excellence”; it’s in you. Let it speak out for you.
Remember “Worshipology”; find time to worship God alone, and experience His Presence.
Remember “Connected to God’s Wifi”; please stay connected!
Remember “The devil’s barbershop”; please don’t visit that barbershop, keep clear please!
Remember “The Business of God”; get busy for God. Don’t stay idle, the devil loves idle Christians.
Remember the “Sports”, yeah my team took the first position from below. Failure is part of success. Keep Fit.
Remember the movie, “Left Behind”. Be always prepared. The Lord is coming soon.
I pray the Lord will keep us, His grace will be sufficient, and we will be ever fresh in His presence. Keep bouncing for God.
The last mother’s day celebration was splendid. why do we have to talk about it here? Yes, because we did every function that day. We sang, cooked, served, preached and gave them nice gifts. We had to compose a special song for them Isn’t that nice? Yeah even though we were not all professional singers, we did our best, to the glory of the Lord.
Watch the clip: Sweet Mom