Thursday, November 29, 2012

Building Character Through Challenges - Pastor Poju Oyemade

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8vs 28-30).

God knows of everything that happens in our lives. They all follow a routine He has patterned. The elements and events of life are designed to support this pattern.

As Christians, every occurrence in our lives unfolds according to purpose. God allows them all. Whether they bring pleasure or pain, they are designed to birth purpose. God through these events will make bare His thoughts for us. Through the incidents of life, greatness lurking within us comes forth.
Many times, God just watches to see how well we can handle or cope with challenges. His vision for us is beyond just helping us. He wants purpose to be fulfilled. And to achieve this, we must have a true and clear understanding of who we are and our purpose here on earth. Luke 21 verse 19 says, “…in your patience possess ye your souls.” We possess our souls when we understand who we actually are.

When we grasp this, our demeanour changes-the way we act- talk and behave. We let go of characters we may have picked up from people and our environment. A knowledge of who you really are changes your mindset first, your character and then your association. It erases misconceptions that may have filled our lives and endues us with power to obey God and follow our inner convictions. God’s glory is also seen in us because Christ has justifies us. In the events of life we remain victorious, even when we are led as sheep to the slaughter. Nothing intimidates or harasses us. We are transformed!

Take a look at the lifecycle of a butterfly! See how it develops…from the egg stage to maturity. Science says that the larva needs absolutely no external assistance when breaking out of the egg shell else you impede its growth. It is said that if for instance you use a tiny pin to prick the egg shell so as to let the larva come our easily, that butterfly will lose its ability to fly. If you try to assist its process of metamorphosis, It will never fly! With an iota of external support and the process of development which ideally should be from inside out becomes damaged. In the same light, when you go through challenges and it appears as if God and people are just watching, just know that God has a bigger plan for you. He also knows you will prefer that He comes to your rescue immediately so as to lighten your pain but He does not want you to lose your ability to fly! That which you learn in your pain today, will aid you tomorrow.

Your life and the challenges have been tailored to suit your destiny. Do not look for external aid or support. You can overcome all…He will not give you more than you can bear!!!

Remembering The Life Of Motivational Speaker Zig Ziglar: Passes Away At 86

The world has officially lost one of the most influential and inspirational messengers of our time. Christian businessman, author, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, 86, passed away Wednesday, November 28 following a battle with pneumonia. On just Monday, he celebrated 66 years of marriage with his Jean.

Ziglar who rose to fame in his 40’s, accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at age 45, and often applied the Bible to his inspirational quotes and books. Ziglar focused on positive living, staying in balance, career goals, and leading a happy life.

In an article by the Christian Science Monitor dated Thursday, November 29, Preston Wood Baptist Church Pastor Jack Graham, Ziglar's friend and pastor, said Ziglar "truly was filled with faith."

"He was positive. He was hopeful. You just never heard negativity from Zig Ziglar," Graham said. "It wasn't just something he did on a platform. This was who he was. This is how he lived his life. And he helped so many people,” continued Graham.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

“Friday Night Live @ Club X”


“Friday Night Live @ Club X” is an Extreme Reaction project that brings people together in an inspiring, challenging and relaxed atmosphere for the purpose of sharing creativity, information and discoveries. Its powered by Covenant Christian Centre, the church is popularly known for bringing life changing events like the The Platform.

“Friday Night Live @ Club X” is an evening of poetry, live music, spoken word, monologue, discussions, information transfer and fun which holds every third Friday of the month.

Participation and attendance for this event is open to both members and non-members of Extreme Reaction and Covenant Christian Centre.

The event is themed monthly and all performances/presentations is in accordance to the theme.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
• To create a viable platform for networking, self-expression, interaction and information transfer.
• To build a community that empowers her citizens.
• To give Creative and Performing Artists, “Mavens and Connectors” an avenue to thrive.
• To help build talents in church.
• To create a Resource and Therapy Centre for the community.

BENEFICIARIES
Creative and Performing Artistes
Information Seekers
Art lovers.

TIME
Every 3rd Friday of the month.
6pm - 8pm

VENUE
Covenant Christian Centre
400, Herbert Macaulay way,
Yaba, Lagos.

The Christmas edition of Friday Night Live @ Club X is themed; "YULE NIGHT".

It will feature Club X's best from the past 8 editions; Zion, Kunle Omogbemi, Seye La Poet, Evaezi, Isebiama, Tejumade, Taio Fasunon, Cee Jay Kings,...

Also for this month's edition, there's the special creative segment where people can  showcase how creative they really are. All you have to do is:

Create a song, poem, spoken word, dance, painting, sculpture, story, whatever artistic piece you can, using the lyrics of the song; "JOY TO THE WORLD".

Submit your entries to xtremereaction@gmail.com for screening on or before the 16th of December. For more info call; 08028614852.

Come express yourself.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Daystar Christian Centre Presents REJOICE: An Evening To Worship The King

It’s just two days left and then its December, the month of yuletide celebrations! Get ready for loads of christian events and carols coming up.

For this year,  the sensational choir of Daystar Christian Centre, Healing Streams of God, would be hosting a special carol concert on Sunday 9th of December.

This concert is themed, Rejoice: An Evening To Worship The King.

The concert would be holding at the main auditorium of the Daystar Christian Centre.
Plot A3C, Ikosi Road, Oregun Ikeja, Lagos.

Time is 5pm - 8pm. 

For more information about the event, please call 08034338822 or log on to www.daystarng.org

At Daystar Christian Centre, the most recurrent word is change.Timely and inspired change is the mark of a healthy church that is alive to the directive of the Holy Spirit.

Daystar has evolved over the years, passing through series of changes required for more effective church ministry and by implication a greater impact on the larger society.

Daystar Christian Centre is based in Lagos Nigeria and popularly know for its Leadership Academy. Its under the leadership of  Pastor Sam & Nike Adeyemi.

Monday, November 26, 2012

RCCG Holy Ghost Congress 2012 Holds December 10 -15, 2012




December is around the corner, and the RCCG is set to host yet another edition of the Holy Ghost Congress, their end-of-year flagship program.

The date for the Holy Ghost Congress for this is year, has been set for December 10th -15; Theme: Signs and Wonders

The program will be divided into different sessions. Morning and evening sessions which would consist of teachings on God's word, prayer and personal ministrations, while the afternoon sessions cover practical teachings on marriage, home management, business, career and related issues of day-to-day living by experts in various fields.

Below is a schedule of what the overall meeting would be:

Monday (10th December): Evening

Tuesday 11th December: Afternoon, Evening

Wednesday 12th December: Morning, Afternoon, Evening

Thursday 13th December: Morning, Afternoon, Evening

Friday 14th December: Morning, Evening

Saturday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening

The venue for the event is The Redemption Camp, KM 46 Lagos-Ibadan Expresssway, Ogun State.

The congress is expected be streamed live on www.rccg.org and also on Dove Vision, the satellite TV broadcast outfit of the church.

For more information, please log on to congress.rccgnet.org

Harvesters International Christian Centre Presents 2-day Socio-Economic Summit with Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo



Today and Wednesday, 27th & 28th November,  Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo would be live in Harvesters International Christian Centre (Hicc), Lagos for a 2-day socio-economic summit. Titled "Equipping Global Business Leaders"

The transcript of the video advertising the program on facebook says:

"There is an innate desire in every man to become more. As he awakens to the opportunities around him, he needs the need to bridge the gap with knowledge. He comes to leverage on the experience of other success icons, receiving turn-by-turn guidance to succeed in his ambition.

Becoming a player in a global league, he comes to ‘Thrive’: a career and enhancement series equipping global business leaders." 


The meeting holds at the HICC church auditorium, Plot 5-7, Gbagada-Oshodi Exp Way,Gbagada Bus Stop, Opp. Mobil Filling Station,Lagos.

The time for the meeting has been set for 5:30pm on each day

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo has been the Senior Pastor of KICC for over 15 years. He has a dynamic gifting which combines his calling as a Pastor and a teacher. Pastor Matthew is also a mentor, businessman and spiritual father. KICC, is Europe’s largest Pentecostal church, with branches in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and other countries.

He's known for the  Christian conference, the International Gathering of Champions which holds every year in London. The Church is also blessed with a broadcasting outfit, KICC TV, and a University in Nigeria which is scheduled to take off very soon.

Harvesters International Christian Centre led by Pastor Bolaji Idowu is a growing urban church based in Lagos Nigeria, with a vision to change lives and raise pace-setters.

More details about the program, please visit the HICC website on www.hiccworld.org


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Courage: The Virtue That Bolsters All Other Virtues - Paul Coughlin

During conferences when I reveal how cowardice, like termites, quietly destroys the foundation of many lives, and how it is even listed in the Bible as a sin—equal to murder, fornication, sorcery, idolatry and lying [Revelation 21:8]—bewildered looks and an uncomfortable hush often fill the room. Neither cowardice nor courage are currently on our spiritual radar the way they should be in order to obtain the abundant life God wants to give us and to be agents of love, light and truth.

This is especially troubling since courage is the virtue that underpins all other virtues. For example, when Jesus saved the life and retained the dignity of the woman caught in adultery [John 8:3]—a crime punishable by death under Mosaic Law—he did so in part through His internal capacity to withstand the criticism and even hatred of the Pharisees, whom he embarrassed and enraged. Without courage, Jesus’ acts of incredible grace and mercy were impossible.

Unfortunately, each generation has its preferred virtues, the ones they emphasize at the expense of others, leading to cultural, psychological and spiritual blind spots and deficiencies. Today within evangelical culture, we extol the gentle virtues often at the expense and even ignorance of the tougher virtues—none more key than courage and its fruits of fortitude, perseverance and especially strength.

Blind Spots

Courage is the capacity that allows us to take risks, make sacrifices and to be, as Martin Luther King Jr. said regarding Christian faith, “dangerously unselfish.” Courage helps us to withstand and grow through ongoing pain, suffering, isolation and related difficulty. Righteousness requires it, and the Bible commands us to be bold and courageous more than 25 times. God takes courage and its lack very seriously.

This foundational virtue is so important that according to Jesus, some people actually walk away from faith because they don’t possess enough of courage. In Jesus’ illuminating Parable of the Sower [Mark 4:1-20], He tells us about the kind of person who receives the Good News with initial jubilation, but on account of tribulation due to the same divine revelation of God’s love and desire for His creation—they fall away. His disciples didn’t quite get was He was talking about, so they pressed Him for additional information. And Jesus’ explanation tells us something profound about the relationship between courage, faith and life everlasting.

No Rootedness

There are people who fall away from the faith, He said, even when they experience initial joy, because they possess no staying power or rootedness in them. "But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away." (Matt. 13:21 NIV) Staying power is one of the primary benefits of courage—it may as well be a blue-collar definition. What Jesus was really saying is that some people leave their faith because they are cowards.

In the later articles, you’ll learn what drains us of courage, what grows it, and how it helps us to live larger, more faithful and more substantial lives.

The reassuring news is that each of us is born with a capacity for this fundamental virtue. The challenging news is that in many ways, the tenor of our life depends on our ability to honor and grow this virtue that underpins all other virtues for our own benefit, the benefit of others, and to God’s glory.

Prayer And The Difference It Makes - Robert Velarde

"Hear my prayer, O LORD, listen to my cry for help." –Psalm 39:12 (NIV)

"Lord, teach us to pray." –Luke 11:1

"After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed." –John 17:1

"They all joined together constantly in prayer." –Acts 1:14

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests." –Ephesians 6:18

"Pray continually." -1 Thessalonians 5:17


Throughout the Bible, believers are called to pray. But what is prayer? What does it mean to "pray without ceasing?" And does prayer really make a difference? Before delving too deeply into the topic of prayer, it will be beneficial to first define the term, as well as the focus of our prayers—God.

Prayer and God's Nature

Let's start with the second part. In order to develop a clear idea of prayer, we must first have a clear idea of God. Biblically speaking, God is a personal being. This is critical to prayer because it means that God is a person we can interact with, that He has a will and that we are able to relate to Him on a meaningful level. If He were impersonal, then prayer would not be meaningful. If He were personal, but uncaring and distant, prayer wouldn't serve a purpose.

Not only is God personal, He is also loving (1 John 4:8, 16; John 3:16). This is also important in relation to prayer. If God were personal, but uncaring or unkind, then prayer might do us more harm than good! But God is not only loving, He is all loving (omnibenevolent). In relation to prayer, this means that God always desires the best for us because He loves us.

God is also all powerful (omnipotent), meaning that no prayer is beyond His ability to answer, "For nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37). If God were less than all powerful, then we would have no assurance that He could answer or even hear our prayers.

The fact that God is all-knowing (omniscient) is also significant to the concept of prayer. If God were limited, then He would not know all that is happening in His creation. If this were the case, He might overlook our prayers because they might be beyond His knowledge. Fortunately, the Bible is clear that God knows everything (see, for instance, Psalm 139:2-4; 147: 4-5; Isaiah 46:10). In relation to God's omniscience, Jesus said, "Your Father knows what you need before you ask him" (Matthew 6:8).

God is also wise and holy. He knows what is best for us, as well as what will lead us to holiness rather than sin. He is also immanent, meaning that God is active in His creation in a personal way, not only directing greater matters of history, but also involved in the life of everyone. This means that no prayer is too great for Him, but also that no prayer is too small for Him.

While we cannot explore all of God's attributes here, one final one to note, of utmost importance to prayer is God's sovereignty. God is supremely in charge of everything that happens in His universe. Nothing takes Him by surprise and nothing happens in our lives without the knowledge of God, even though we may not always understand His actions: "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the LORD. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts'" (Isaiah 55:8-9).

In hearing and responding to our prayers, then, we are assured that God will do so on the basis of His many attributes. His personal nature, love, power, knowledge, wisdom, holiness, immanence and sovereignty all play a role in how we relate to God in prayer and how He relates to us.

What Prayer Is Not

Now that we have a clearer understanding of God's nature, it may be tempting to delve right into a definition of prayer. But first let's take a brief look at what prayer is not (this is by no means an exhaustive list):
  • Prayer is not magic. We cannot summon God as though He were a genie, waiting to grant our wishes without regard for our circumstances or the consequences.
  • Prayer does not make demands. While we can make requests of God in prayer, we dare not make demands. God is the Creator of the universe and does not take orders from us.
  • Prayer is for our benefit, not God's. We need a relationship with God, available to us through Jesus Christ and engaged primarily through prayer, because we were made to function best when we are in a proper relationship with our Creator.
  • Prayer is not a guarantee against suffering. "In this world you will have trouble" (John 16:33); "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed" (1 Peter 4:12-13).
  • Prayer is not an opportunity for us to show off. "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men" (Matthew 6:5).
What is Prayer?

So what is prayer? Prayer is a relationship, wherein we humbly communicate, worship, and sincerely seek God's face, knowing that He hears us, loves us and will respond, though not always in a manner we may expect or desire. Prayer can encompass confession, praise, adoration, supplication, intercession and more.

In addition, our attitude in prayer is important. We must not be haughty, but humble (Ephesians 4:2; James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:6, etc.). Seen in this light, to "pray continually" (1 Thessalonians 5:17) means, in one sense, that we must always strive to have a prayerful attitude. Our prayers must come often and regularly, not from legalistic duty, but from a humble heart, realizing our dependence on God in every aspect of our lives.

The rest of the articles in this series will further explore prayer, as follows:
  • "Prayer Has Its Reasons" addresses questions about why we pray.
  • "The Availability of Prayer" explains how prayer is always available to us and, as such, is a wonderful spiritual resource we should turn to regularly, not just in times of crisis.
  • "Learning from the Prayer Life of Jesus" explores the many prayers of Jesus, emphasizing the Lord's Prayer, as well as some of Christ's habits of prayer and how we can learn from his example.
  • "Why Won't God Answer My Prayer?" This is a common question that perplexes many Christians. We'll explore answers to why God does not always answer our prayers.
  • "Probing the Problems of Prayer" looks at some challenges and difficulties in relation to prayer, addressing questions such as, "Should we pray for our enemies?" and "If God is sovereign, why do we need to pray?"
As we journey together in understanding the nature and purpose of prayer, it is my prayer that God will bless these words and instill a joyful and fruitful prayer life in your life and mine. Prayer can make a profound difference in our world. But it is up to us to offer our prayers humbly and regularly.


Robert Velarde is author of Conversations with C.S. Lewis (InterVarsity Press), The Heart of Narnia (NavPress), and primary author of The Power of Family Prayer (National Day of Prayer Task Force). He studied philosophy of religion and apologetics at Denver Seminary and is pursuing graduate studies in philosophy at Southern Evangelical Seminary.




Robert Velarde is author of Conversations with C.S. Lewis (InterVarsity Press), The Heart of Narnia (NavPress), and primary author of The Power of Family Prayer (National Day of Prayer Task Force). He studied philosophy of religion and apologetics at Denver Seminary and is pursuing graduate studies in philosophy at Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

BEING WORTHY OF GOD’S LOVE - Candy

I came across this article on line on the thought of a woman who is passing through grief and I was so touched by it and has confirmed the more to me that God's love has no condition.

“Jehovah appeared of old unto me, (saying), Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3

One of the thoughts that has hounded me the most in these fifteen months of grieving is how much of a disappointment I must be to God because of how the death of my husband literally threw me on the ground and shattered my faith.

Surely I am a disappointment to Him because I am a Christian and should be able to stand up to the greatest loss in my life. I should be able to keep my head up in the midst of this darkness and have a smile on my face. I should be stronger than this. My faith should be at the highest level it has ever been. I should not have any questions of “why” or statements of “how could you do this to me after my serving You my entire life”. Instead I should be bowing my head in quiet acceptance. I should not be having any trouble finding out who I am now that I am no longer a wife. I should be able to just let go of all those years I had with my husband and move forward.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Don't Hide From Confrontation

Most people don’t like confrontation. If you do, you are in the minority. Many are petrified of it and tell themselves that it’s just too hard. So, when faced with a difficult situation or person, they avoid it and instead run away…for as long as possible.

People run from all kinds of things—like something new, or change in general. They run from their past. And many people in our society run away from responsibility. But the problem with running away from something is that you stay stuck. You don’t make any progress.

Now personally, I never had too many problems confronting people. In fact, I used to be overly confrontational, so the issue was more about how I handled confrontation. I had to learn how to confront people and situations the way Jesus did. I also had to learn how to confront the devil. And still, every once in awhile God, will give me a little refresher course on confronting the devil so he can’t walk all over me and I won’t listen to his lies.

It’s Time to Stop Running

Mercy Road: The Road Well-Traveled - Susan J. Knowles



Mercy Road

Everyone occasionally stopping to stare,
Seems like no one can take time to pause and share,
Everybody’s busily scurrying on past,
Living life out of touch but it just won’t last.

There’s always been a time and certainly a place,
In this complicated world when we have to face,
That we’ve all felt a need to unburden our load,
As we make our way slowly down God’s Mercy Road.

Take a good long look in the mirror today,
Clear away the cob webs and peer through the haze,
For the people you’ve been judging and now realize,
Have your nose, your chin; your perfectly good eyes.

So, don’t live a life that’s unforgiving; unfair,
‘Cause some day you may find yourself caught in the lair,
On the path of deep hardship pursuing pardon for sins sowed,
Somewhere along with others; lost but in need of finding Mercy Road.

Where is “Mercy Road” and how do I get there, you may be asking? It’s a road with which we should all be very familiar. In fact, you may not even realize that you’ve been on it before but may have forgotten how to find your way back.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Introducing the New ESVBible.org

We are pleased to announce that a redesigned ESVBible.org is now ready for public beta testing. It features a clean, minimal design, improved navigation, mobile web compatibility, and a new platform that sets the stage for future integration with mobile apps.

The new ESVBible.org is now available to all users. If you don’t already have an ESVBible.org account, it’s quick and easy to set one up. To access the new ESVBible.org, sign in to your ESVBible.org account, navigate to the bottom of the screen, and click on the “Try the new site” link.

The redesigned ESVBible.org will remain in beta for some time. We will continue to add features and improve the performance of the site before transferring all accounts over. In the mean time, you can switch back and forth between the old and the new sites.



Improvements users can look forward to include:

• Infinite scrolling
• An option for a wider Bible text column
• Improved site performance
• Additional interface themes
• Increased compatibility with Crossway’s ESV mobile apps, including syncing of notes, highlights, reading plans, etc.
• Numerous smaller user interface improvements

On Syncing with ESV Mobile Apps…

Please note that implementing syncing of notes and reading plans between ESVBible.org and the ESV mobile apps will be carefully rolled out in multiple phases in the coming months. We know this is a common feature request many of you have been patiently waiting for. While we can’t provide a definitive timeline, we can tell you the plan is to first provide syncing integration with a new Global Study Bible mobile app, and then integration with the other ESV mobile apps in the early months of 2013.

Mobile Web Compatibility

The new ESVBible.org features responsive design, meaning it automatically adjusts to fit smartphone and tablet screens.

Dealing with Bad Days - Yvonne Jeffery and Sherri Linsenbach

Everyone and every business has bad days — they're inevitable. How you react to a bad day makes a huge difference, however. If you can keep the day in perspective, knowing that it'll pass and that things will improve, the bad days will be less likely to overwhelm you. Otherwise, you'll be left wondering if, perhaps, paid employment really is the answer.

One of the best ways to deal with bad days is to leave the office completely if you can or at least to take a break in some way even if it's ordering pizza for dinner or taking yourself out for a walk or a coffee. If you're losing your motivation, sense of humor, or coping strategies, it's a sure sign that sticking around the office is a bad idea and in fact might just make the problem worse.

Feeling Overwhelmed

You're producing the product, you're marketing it, you're selling it to the customer, and you're accounting for it. That's a lot to juggle at once. It's also easy to become a victim of your own success — being in demand is a compliment to the quality of your goods or services. But if you're running out of inventory or all of your clients are calling at once, the fast pace becomes increasingly stressful.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bitter or Better? - Lori Freeland

Why is it that when bad things happen to some people they emerge better and stronger at the other end of the crisis while other people shrivel up and build steel walls to keep others out?

Eight years ago, my son was diagnosed with leukemia right before his eleventh birthday. Because his age put him at a higher risk, his treatment plan was harsh and everything that could go wrong did go wrong. We spent a lot of time in the hospital the first year of his almost four-year struggle. 

When you’re in and out of a small isolated hall on the fourth floor of the children’s wing, bonding with other parents becomes natural. Seeing the same faces over and over makes for fast friendships. Especially when you’re taking cover in the same sterile foxhole. 

Years later, a few of those moms I befriended have grown stronger, others have broken, and some are barely hanging on years after cancer rocked their world. It almost doesn’t seem to matter if the child made it to remission or not. 

When something bad happens, you have two choices. Be bitter or be better.

So what made the difference in these moms? Personality? Personal beliefs? Support system?

From my experience, I would have to say none of those things.

I believe hope made the difference. But not any hope. Hope in something real. Hope in something outside of ourselves. Hope in a life-changing God. 

The Perfect Storm - Greg Brezina

Recently, I saw the movie The Perfect Storm. This true story occurred in 1991, when a category 5 hurricane combined with a cold front from Canada on the Massachusetts’ coast to form a 100-year storm, thus The Perfect Storm. The movie was centered around the captain and crew of a 90-foot fishing boat.

The owner of the boat had publicly embarrassed the captain and crew because their previous catches of fish were inadequate. They responded to the rejection like many who perform for acceptance by blaming and shaming, dumping anger, drinking, using profanity, and searching for love in all the wrong places. Their frustrations were calmed with the hope of performing better next time.

The next time came, and they caught a large catch of fish. But when the ice machine on board broke, they were forced to stop fishing and head for home. It was then that they were alerted to the intensity of the storm between them and their port.

The captain gave his crew two options. They could safely wait out the storm, let the fish spoil, and be humiliated again; or they could try to sail through the storm and be honored for their great catch. In the movie, money and success were more valuable to them than their lives, so they entered the storm.

The storm pounded them with huge waves, which they fought with all their strength. However, their strength was inadequate. With a battered boat, they tried to exit the storm, but it was too late. They were caught, and their boat capsized. Fatigued and frustrated, they surrendered to the sea.

It wasn’t a pleasant movie, but it clearly reminded me of the times life’s storms have capsized me. For years, I fought life’s storms with all my strength and much of the time succeeded, but sometimes I failed. When I succeeded, I thought that I was adequate for the task of living and that God was pleased with my performance. However, it was my failures in the storms that depressed me.

I detested failure. When I failed, waves of negative thoughts flooded my mind. Thoughts that God was disgusted with me and that I was inadequate depressed my soul. During those depressing times, I lay on my bed and cried out to God, “Where are You? Why don’t You help me? What is wrong with me? I am confused.”

Hang In There…Help Is on the Way! - Joyce Meyer

The Bible repeatedly tells us that God is our helper. So can we really trust God to help us? Yes, we really can!

It’s easy to agree with that right away, and there are a lot of things we mentally ascent to―but when it comes to practically applying them in our everyday life, we can’t seem to find a way to do it.

The truth is if we really believe God is our helper and that He’s willing to help us no matter what situation we’re in, then we have no reason to worry or get overwhelmed. 

I’ll let you in on secret: You need to ask God for help because the Holy Spirit is not the type to barge into your life and take over.

Have you ever had someone try to push their opinions or their agenda on you? That’s not what the Holy Spirit does.

The Holy Spirit knows the answer to every problem, and He will help you through each one. But He won’t give you His advice unless you ask for it. In other words, the humble get the help.
Every Problem Matters to God
“ God is not holding out on you. ”

Jesus said in John 15:5 (NIV), “Apart from me you can do nothing.” And that’s so true. God is not holding out on you; He actually likes it when we ask for His help.

God not only wants to help us with our big problems, but He also wants to help us with the little things in life. And that’s wonderful news because sometimes we allow the little things to get us frustrated and upset.

In the Psalms, we frequently see King David going to God for help. (See Psalm 40:13.)

Notice that David was not only bold enough to ask God for help, but he was also confident that God would answer his prayers. We should learn from that!

In Psalm 43:5 (AMP), David says, “Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my [sad] countenance, and my God.”

You and I have so many opportunities to feel sad or discouraged and have a bad attitude, but God wants us to stay strong in Him like David did. Those who do will eventually come out on top, because there’s no way the enemy can hold you back if you will trust God and keep your hope in Him.
Learn How to Trust Your Helper

Not only will God deliver you, but He will also sustain you while you’re waiting for your breakthrough. He keeps us strong while we’re waiting and keeps us from going under (see Isaiah 41:10).

Even when we’re tempted to think, It’s not going to do me any good to pray after the way I’ve acted, we can’t let that stop us from asking for God’s help. Why is that? Because when we go to the Father in prayer, we don’t go in our name…we go in the name of Jesus.

When you’re hurting, in trouble, or waiting for answers in your life, you need to believe that your help has been sent out from heaven and it is on the way. God may not come early, but He won’t be late.

No matter what your circumstances look like or what the world may say, hang in there. Because help is on the way!a

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Are You Bored With God? - Dr. Ray Pritchard

“When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, ‘‘My vow was a mistake.” Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God." Ecclesiastes 5:4-7

Louis Goldberg comments that Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 comes as a kind of interlude in the book. After considering so many of life’s harsh realities, it’s as if Solomon wants to remind us that through genuine worship we can come into contact with the living God. But even here there are warnings. When you worship, listen first (1-3). If you make a vow to God, keep it (4-6). Stand in awe of God (7). 

That leads me to share some good news and some bad news. The good news is, you can worship God anywhere. I agree with those who say you don’t have to go to church to worship God. That’s true, and lots of people who go to church don’t worship anyway. They come by force of habit or in order to see their friends. Worship is the last thing on their minds. You can worship anytime or anywhere as long as you catch a glimpse of God’s holiness. When you see God, you’ll worship no matter where you are.

Finding God in the Midst of Suffering - Ross Clark

"We suffer in relationships and search for answers"; and more precisely how we find God, or sometimes don't find God, in the midst of it.

Suffering will confront us all in one way or another. As the Greeks said, "God has ordained for mortal man that by suffering comes understanding". For me, the specific form of it I have had had to deal with is in relationship; or more precisely, the lack of relationship. To be honest, I have a longing to marry (though in this place, that is hardly a state secret); and at weddings, that longing can run very, very deep. But I am in a place where it seems that that longing can be neither met nor healed. Sometimes I feel like Moses on Mt. Nebo (Deut. 34), looking across at a Promised Land he could see but knew he could never enter.

Normally, I would "grin and bear it", as I am of a fairly stoic disposition. However, there is always something to aggravate a situation. I was told when I was younger, "Do the right thing and God will have someone for you. Don't, and ..." one was always left with the clear impression that there would be "consequences". Well, not only am I not married, but I've also had to see Christian friends of mine who broke every rule in the book, first "get away with it" and then, be given the blessing denied me.

So where is God in this situation? Can He be found? Indeed, He can be found, but more often that not He has to be asked in. Essentially, I've come to realise this.

First, I have met God directly in this "sea of troubles". And essentially, He has been very welcoming - no sense of criticism for all my doubts or questions. None of the "Job's Comforter" responses I have sometimes been lumbered with. If He has said anything, it is, "Nothing is wasted".

Second, I have met God though others, as people, including many of you, have stood by me on those occasions when I've proceeded to blow every fuse in the emotional box. That has been a marvellous "means of grace". Furthermore, it has given me light as I have come across suffering people and wondered what to do. It is a powerful way to express God's love when one listens - and loves - and does not judge.

The Bible has answers for human suffering, but they cannot be easy answers. Never let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

World Called on to Act Against 'Genocide' of Nigeria's Christians

After meeting with the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S. this week, the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) is calling on the international community to pressure governments and those in authority to have Boko Haram declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) – as the militants have been blamed for hundreds of civilian deaths since they started waging Jihad in 2009.

Speaking with The Christian Post on Friday, Laolu Akande, Executive Director of the CANAN, said that although the discussion in Washington, D.C., on Thursday with Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye was positive, the Christian grassroots organization was concerned by the official's reluctance to support labeling the Islamist terror group as an FTO.

"The overall impression is that the ambassador would maintain the official position, because we clearly explained why designation of Boko Haram as a terrorist organization is the most important strike against the group," said Akande.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Faith: Heaven’s Currency - Michael Meyers

But without faith it is impossible to please God for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him! [NKJV Translation] Heb 11:6

As a nation’s monetary unit of currency is used to acquire natural goods and services so faith is heaven’s unit of currency. Money on it’s own is meaningless. It’s paper or metal that you cannot shelter in; cannot drink or eat to quench thirst or satisfy hunger; cannot medicate sickness or disease with it; cannot solve problems with it etc. It is what money empowers you to do that makes it important.

It’s not the proportion of the faith that you possess; it’s the proportion you use.


So it is with faith. On it’s own it has no meaning at all but with it we can touch and access the very realm of God, His angels and every resource He possesses on behalf of humanity. When faith is released Heaven enters the room. The evangelical world makes a huge issue out of love, but as important as love is, it is not a replacement for faith. Love is not the panacea to every fulfilled promise in God’s word. Both have their place in the life of a believer. Love goes to the motivation but faith gives access to God and possess His promises for yourself. All that evangelicals can really talk about is saving faith, yet going beyond that they live in over-stated realms of the ‘sovereignty of God’ where everything that comes their way that life throws at them, is accepted with a “whatever will be, will be” philosophy.

One leading evangelical n the UK told a friend of mine, “With your power and my theology we would make a great team.” To which my friend replied, “If I had your theology I would never have got out of my backyard.” Faith gets you out of the devil’s backyard into God’s glory. Faith does not have a fatalistic view of life.” It challenges the adversity before it and in the midst of attack turns every negative situation around that does not line up with ‘abundant life’.

Whenever a believer tries to move God on their or anyone else’s behalf with anything else other than faith then they have moved into calling on another god other than the God of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through over 30 years of ministering the Word I have heard people angry at God because they got no response from Him because of trying to move Jesus with their pain, their tears, their need, their hardship, their self-righteousness, their works, their sense of entitlement etc. Other’s that refuse to operate in faith towards Him as He sets out in His word have told me that it doesn’t matter because: ‘He understands’, or ‘knows what I mean’, or ‘He knows I’m His child’, or ‘He loves me so He will answer me’…etc These are the lazy quips of evangelicals who can’t be bothered to find out how to operate in the spirit. Their attack on the ‘word of faith’ that Paul said he preached brings upon themselves self-inflicted blindness. Faith moves God! Faith is the currency of the realm of God.

Look at the currency of faith being honoured by God in ordinary people’s lives:
Matt 9:2 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” [And the paralytic was healed.]

Matt 9:22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

Matt 9:29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”

Matt 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Matt 17:20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Luke 7:9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” [And the servant was healed.]

Luke 7:50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Luke 8:25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”

Luke 8:48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Luke 17:6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

Luke 17:19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

And in the Book of Acts:

Acts 3:16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

Acts 14:8-10 And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.

What Is Victory? Sometimes It Is Successfully Enduring

Victory is not limited to casting mountainous obstacles into the sea, or swiftly calming turbulent and dangerous situations. Victory can also include maintaining an internal attitude of victory over a difficult and prolonged period of time. We are to walk in authority whether or not the mountains fly into the sea, and we are to stay in peace throughout the whole of life’s most violent storms. We are never to be controlled by outward circumstances.

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater; therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.

This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering. For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. II Thessalonians 1:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Paul is proud of the Thessalonians for their unwavering and continued perseverance in the midst of terrible persecutions. Their outward perseverance is a sign of their internal faith toward God and love for each other. We are to stand firm together in the faith no matter what happens or does not happen. We are to be faithful and firm in the faith in the face of prolonged trials. We will be rewarded. It may take waiting till Jesus returns, but we will be rewarded. Stand firm and believe God, it is worth it.

Source: http://hopefaithprayer.com

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Five Great Needs Only God Can Fulfill

Everyone has human needs that go beyond the physical. If we have food, water, and shelter, we can survive. But to truly thrive, there are spiritual and emotional needs that we all have. We all strive to find ways to satisfy our need for Love, Acceptance, Security, Identity and Purpose. Some of us seek these in ourselves, in others and from society, but none of these needs can be truly fulfilled except by God.

Love

God’s love is always present and unconditional. If you’ve ever had a friend or loved one that you felt you could trust completely, you’ve had a faint taste of what its like to be able to rely on someone without worry or fear. But even the strongest relationships can end , loved ones can die, circumstances can destroy our faith in others. Not so with God and His unconditional love because He is never-ending and never changing. Nothing in this world that you can do or say will alter His love for you. He will never leave you or forsake you. You can always, always find comfort and security through your relationship with God because it is, like Him, eternal.

How to Live a Good Christian Life


This article will guide you in living a good Christian life. You will read about ways that you can grow closer to God, ways to spread the faith, and some basic morals and ethics that God wants us to live by
  • Act like a Christian in any circumstance. Follow Jesus' (the Son of God) greatest commandment: Love God completely and everybody even if they treat you wrongly whether you know them or not. Jesus said "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" Jesus says in John 13:15, "I have given you an example, that as I have done, so should you do." In I Corinthians 11:1, Paul says, "Imitate me as I imitate Christ." Ephesians 5:1 says, "Be imitators of God as dear children." Also many Believers are "empty, swept and garnished" (Matthew 12:44) by lukewarm Christian Doctrines. If you just go to church, you will be a weak Christian and trials will make havoc of your life. But if you go to church and read the Word every night, you will be a strong Christian. Most Christians do not read the Bible every day, so if all you do is go to Church you will be a weak Christian. A few of my favorite Christian building passages are Proverbs 8:17-21. Psalms 1:1-3. John 14:21-27. James 1:2-8. I Thess 5:16-18. II Timothy 1:6-7, Hebrews 8:6,10. Ephesians 6:10-18. Proverbs 4:20-23.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Raising a Man in a Boy's World

When Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem in 605 BC, one of the young men who was taken back to Babylon was Daniel. The captives were soon fully indoctrinated into Babylonian culture and religion. In America today, our public schools are not so different. Every day our children are saturated with secular humanism. In school they are stripped of their spiritual heritage. Though only a teenager, Daniel became one of the finest examples of godly manhood. Through the example of his life, we can gain helpful leverage to counteract today's societal pull and grow strong men of the faith.

Help your son decide his convictions before he faces the choices.

When Daniel was faced with eating from the king's table, he "purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself" (Daniel 1:8). The choice required courage, but it was not difficult, because it was a choice he had already made.

Where Is God When Life Hurts? - Richard Innes

"God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.'"1

A Daily Encounter reader asks, "How do I know when God is talking to me? I am so confused and I need so much help. My life is so hard and bad each day. I pray for guidance and wisdom and I don't know if God hears me, or if he still loves me. I don't feel that anyone loves me anymore."

Dear Jane (name changed), actually, God is continually broadcasting his love, power and blessings to all of us. The problem lies with our reception. It's the cloud layers of our unresolved personal issues that block our feeling God's love and being aware of his presence. These same issues stop us from feeling loved by others. In other words, it's negative feelings that get in the way—any one or more of a number of feelings of super-charged, repressed negative emotions such as unresolved hurt, grief, anger, resentment, jealousy, and/or a lack of forgiveness, plus fear of what God might want us to do or not do, or even guilt if we are living a life that we know is out of harmony with God's will.

First, to overcome, we can know what God is saying by reading and studying his Word, the Bible. All the directions we need for wholesome living are there, we just need to read and study the Bible so we know what God's Word says, accept it by faith regardless of our feelings, and live in harmony with his directives. Furthermore, as long as our life is committed to God and we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, we have Christ's promise that he will never—not ever—leave us or forsake us.2Again, we need to believe this in spite of what we may or may not feel.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Are You Afraid that God Won't Come Through?

Are you someone who is constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop? Do you find it's easier to expect the worst than the best? Do you find yourself fearful that God won't really come through for you?

Consider the following scenarios and see if you can relate:

Diane is single and in her early 40s. Her greatest fear is that she will never marry. Although she had a string of unhealthy relationships when she was younger, she can't help but feel that God is punishing her now by not letting her enjoy her life with someone who will treat her well. What do I have to do so God will give me another chance? she asked me recently.

Melissa is frustrated that she can't get pregnant. But beyond that is a deeper fear that God is still mad at her for a rash decision she made 10 years earlier. Maybe I will never be able to get pregnant because I terminated the one pregnancy I did have! Perhaps God will make me pay for that the rest of my life, she expressed to me, through tears.

Making Career Decisions Within God's Will For Your Life - Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck

Are you wrestling with a career decision, not sure which path to take? Are you wondering which direction the Lord desires you to go? If so, you are not alone! Many Christians struggle with making career decisions at various points in their lives. For example, when Kay Marie was a sophomore in college, and a fairly new Christian, she desired with her whole heart to do what God wanted her to do with her life. As a communication major, she was considering getting a master's degree and teaching at the college level. She was concerned, however, that she needed to be in "full-time Christian ministry" in order to serve God most fully. She was haunted by a vision of standing before God some day and instead of hearing Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant," He would say to her, "Well, you did...OK." Perhaps you can relate to fearing at some level that you are missing God's will for your career and life.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Failure: Never Forever

It is well known that for 28 years Abraham Lincoln experienced one failure after another. In 1833 he had a nervous breakdown. When he ran for speaker in 1838 he was defeated. In 1848 he lost re-nomination to Congress and was rejected for land officer in 1849. These failures didn't stop him from battling on. In 1854 he was defeated for the Senate. Two years later he lost the nomination for vice-president and was again defeated for the Senate in 1858. Yet, despite it all, in 1860 he was elected president and went down in history as one of America's greatest presidents.

Obviously, success isn't the absence of failure. It is having the determination to never quit because "quitters never win and winners never quit."

Almost every person who has achieved anything worthwhile with his or her life has not only experienced failure but experienced it many times. Lincoln experienced innumerable failures, but he was never a failure because he never gave up.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kukah to deliver lecture at Providence Baptist Church, Dopemu, Lagos

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, is to deliver the fifth yearly lecture of Providence Baptist Church, Dopemu, Lagos, on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja.

With the theme, "Our People's welfare and Security: Government  and the Church", it will be attended by eminent Nigerians, including politicians, academics and businessmen.

Dr Gamaliel Onosode is expected to chair the occasion. 

Beware of the Barrenness of a Busy Life - Richard Innes

Perpetual activity is one of the great hang-ups of contemporary society. And success, in Western culture at least, is almost without exception defined in terms of one's performance and achievements. That is, what one does. Rarely, if ever, is it defined in terms of an individual's growth and maturity.

An artist's success is judged on the basis of his or her talents and performances, never on the person. A businessman's success is measured by the size of his company and bank balance, never on how his family feels toward him. His bleeding ulcers or impaired relationships with his children simply are not seen.

There's nothing wrong with activity of itself. Not at all. To be mentally healthy, every person needs not only a happy family life, but also worthwhile interests of work into which he or she can put his or her heart. The greatest teacher of all times, Jesus Christ, forever sanctioned work in the carpenter's shop. And the greatest book ever written, the Bible, says that "if a man doesn't work, he shouldn't eat."

8 Strategies to Break Compulsive Spending - Dr. Linda Mintle

If you need help with compulsive spending, try applying these strategies to help break the cycle:

Be Honest. Admit you have a problem.

Ditch the card. Get rid of your credit cards and pay with cash or check only. Hide one card for emergency uses only. You may want a spouse or trusted friend to keep this card.

Lists. Make a list and only buy what is on the list. No exceptions.

Avoid deals. Avoid sales and discount places that give “a deal”

Watch out for the Tv and Internet. Avoid shopping channels on TV and catalogue and Internet orders.

Substitute. Substitute another behavior for the urge to shop, e.g., walk, read, meditate or pray.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

17 Tips for High-Impact Leaders - Mark Batterson

Here are 17 reminders for leaders.

1. Tough decisions only get tougher.
You are only one decision away from a totally different life. I believe that. One change in diet or exercise can radically change your health status. One change in spiritual disciplines can open up new dimensions of grace and power. One change in a relationship can lead to intimacy. What do you need to stop doing or start doing? Your destiny isn’t a mystery—your destiny is the cumulative decisions you make. What tough decision do you need to make? What are you waiting for?

2. Negativity is cancer. Kill it or it will kill you.
I am wide open to rebuke. Constructive criticism is the avenue to excellence. But I have zero tolerance for negativity. How do you stop negativity? Positivity. One of the ways we do that at NCC is sharing wins before every meeting. It reminds us God is moving, and we get to be part of it. Sharing wins creates positive energy, and it’s positivity that gives us the energy we need to deal with negativity. Don’t let one staff member, one board member, or one small-group member hijack what God has called you to captain.

Why What Women Wear Matters - Tim Laitinen

Um, ladies? Can we talk?

It’s not like we guys don’t appreciate how you look in all of these flattering summer fashions you like to wear. We know that currently, to be stylish is to show a lot of skin. We also know that since we’re supposed to control our sexual urges, and we’re supposed to let you wear whatever you want… or don’t want… we’re supposed to keep our opinions on this matter to ourselves.

Frankly, however, it’s all very convenient for you, but not so much for us. Because even if, in our silence, you think we don’t see all of that skin you’re showing us, don’t be mistaken: we do.

And more often than not, it’s causing us to stumble into sexually impure thoughts.

We’re now into the dog days of summer, and this year, the styles for women seem to rely less and less on fabric and more and more on exposed flesh. After all, the less we wear, the more comfortable we feel in the heat. We get it. If we could get away with wearing shorts and tank tops to church, we would. And it’s not like we men would prefer that you dress like shapeless, dour prudes. But please understand: you’re not doing us – or yourselves – any favors with some of the stuff you’re wearing.

Or, not.

Setting Your Life Goals - NDRI

If you want to live your life to the fullest potential, start setting life goals.

Buried dreams, forgotten goals, and underdeveloped potentials will be things of the past if you begin to set your life goals.

Goal setting is a powerful process that allows you to have greater control over your future. Goal setting skills can be applied to everything you do.

Setting life goals is like having a map to show you where you want to go and avoid getting lost in the process. With you goals in tact, you can drive straight to your preferred destination without any wasted time or wrong turns.

The process of setting life goals


Start your goal setting with what you want to be, achieve and have in your lifetime. Then work your way through a series of lower level plans up to the things you will have to do on an everyday basis. By making this structure of your plans, you can be able to break the biggest plan you have into a number of smaller daily tasks to reach it.

If it is hard for you to set life goals, books, programs, seminars and training and coaches are available to help you achieve your desired plans. But it is normally easy to set life goals. It can be compared to dreaming and basically, putting it into paper. Setting life goals is easy – making them real is the challenging part.

After setting your life goals, make a serious pact to follow it. Keep the process going with the same fervor when you started it. You must refer to your life goals periodically so you can modify your short term goals according to your changing priorities and experience, and yet continue on towards your larger plans.

In setting life goals, here’s a guideline on how to make effective goals:

Holy Ghost Christian Centre presents "Night of Mercy 2012"















Night of mercy, a yearly event hosted by HOLY GHOST CHRISTIAN CENTRE came into existence as a result of the mandate that the Lord gave to His servant Pastor Amos Fenwa, to reach out to souls, add value to lives, intercede for the nation and the world as a whole. The Ministry, HOLY GHOST CHRISTIAN CENTRE a healthy ministry that is alive to the directive of the Holy Spirit, has her strength in THE PROPHETIC, PRAYERS, DELIVERANCE and INTERCESSION.

The first edition of Night of Mercy was held at the National Stadium Surulere Lagos Nigeria in the month of May 2011. Pastor Amos Fenwa, the Senior Pastor Holyghost Christian Centre, a Prophet that through the grace of God has affected so many lives by speaking the mind of God to them and preaching the undiluted word of God ministered alongside Bishop Bernard Asare the Presiding Bishop of Zion Praise Chapel International Takoradi, Ghana. Music was supplied by the Holyghost Mass Choir, Evangelist Tope Alabi and the Midnight Crew.

2012 edition has been scheduled for the 9th day of November. The programme promises to be a yoke breaking and testimony-filled event.

Ministering this year is Pastor Amos Fenwa the host, he will be ministering powerfully under an unusual anointing. Music will be rendered by the HOLY GHOST MASS CHOIR, The Praise Channel Band led by Evang. Chuks Chidube and the popular Evangelist Tope Alabi.

Remember, the mercy of God transcends judgment! You shouldn’t miss out of what God is set to do come Friday 9th November 2012.

Venue: Gymnasium Sports hall, National Stadium, Lagos
Time: 8.p.m till dawn
Date: Friday, 9th November 2012

The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Joshuaville Parish presents Night of Worship 2012. November 16, 2012


The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Joshuaville Parish presents another "Night of Worship". 

The Night of Worship is an atmosphere for an all-night worship encounter with God, where people of every tongue and tribe, of every state and village, of every religion, denomination and doctrine, gather to worship the Lord for who He is. It is a spiritual programme primarily for God's pleasure and then for the upliftment of all who attend it. 

From the Covenener, "The previous Nights of Worship have been a truly awesome time of experiencing firsthand the amazing presence of God. The power of God has clearly been evident and now with a leading from God and under the watchful eye of our Senior Pastor and mentor, it is time to take the programme up a step higher; first, with the invitation of international worship ministers and second by providing the avenue for people to come worship God in the beauty of His holiness. If like us you can testify about the awesomeness of God's presence at previous Nights of Worship, you will agree that making the night bigger and better is a step in the right direction. I welcome you as we go yonder to worship."

The vision of The Night of Worship is “To create an atmosphere for an all night worship experience where people gather to worship the Lord for who He is, and not for the things He has or will do.”

For the 2012 edition, the artistes are Jonathan Nelson, Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers, Sonnie Badu, Voices of Zion, Sounds of Heaven and many more.

Venue: The Promise Land, Opposite City of David Church, Victoria Island, Lagos
Date: 16th of November 2012
Time: 10p.m. till Dawn

Countdown to The Experience 2012 - 7 December 2012, TBS Lagos





















500,000 voices lifted in praise, hearts united in worship, live music like you never heard before. Beyond words can adequately articulate, it is a night to remember... the Experience. Get ready for the glory!

Convened and hosted by Pastor Paul Adefarasin, The Experience is an Interdenominational Gospel concert that features some of the best-known musical talents of our time. The Event, which debuted in December 2006 with over 70,000 persons in attendance rapidly gained momentum at its second outing with a quantum leap in attendance of well over 250,000 people. The Experience has now become known as the largest musical concert in Africa.

In previous editions, the Experience has run through the night starting at 7.00pm and running till 6am the following morning; a colossal 11 hours of uninterrupted prayer and live music!

At its inception, the Experience was simply an opportunity for Nigerians to put aside tribe, tongue, class, and creed; come together and lift one voice and worship God. The event is seen as a bridge of reconciliation, and a beacon of light and hope to the much afflicted and often maligned continent of Africa. Attended by Federal and State dignitaries, Captains of Industry and your regular man or woman next door, The Experience was truly representative of a cross section of Nigeria’s eclectic community.

This year’s concert is scheduled to hold at Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Onikan, Lagos from Friday, the 7th of December 2012 through to Saturday 8th of December starting from 6pm. The line up includes: the Soweto Spiritual Singers, Deitrick Haddon, Fred Hammond, Chevelle Franklyn, Israel Houghton, Don Moen, Mike Aremu, Sammie Okposo, Wale Adenuga and Chosen Treasure.

17 Good Habits For A Successful Life

I feel strongly that these are good habits that everyone should adopt to be more successful.

Students go to school to get an education for a better, more prosperous life. However, many of the good habits needed to truly be successful are learned outside the classroom. Developing good habits that will help individuals of all ages succeed can never start too early. These routines will help us create success for the rest of our lives. They are the tools we need to live life to the fullest!
Good habits everyone needs for success!

This list of good habits will serve you well whether you are a parent, student, entrepreneur or just a regular person. Learning these habits now will help everyone get ahead in life.

1. Get on a good schedule.
We need structure and routine in our lives. Our bodies expect it. They perform best when we operate on a regular schedule. We especially need to eat and sleep about the same time each day. If you are the parent of a young child, it is your job to teach this habit early. This routine stays with a person their whole life and helps them to develop good work habits. Find a schedule that works for you and stick to it!

2. Eat a healthy diet.

Our brains need the right food to perform at their peak. Don’t go to school or work on an empty stomach. Students need to train themselves early to eat a balanced and healthy diet. We tend to carry the habits we learn when we are young forward with us for most of our lives. Learning to eat right now can avoid many health issues down the road.

3. Learn to exercise.
We need physical activity to stay healthy. The benefits of regular exercise are well documented. We need to find exercise routines that are fun and match our individual tastes. Developing a good exercise routine is a habit that will increase both the quantity and quality of your life.

4. Practice gratitude.
It is so easy to get in the bad habit of envying what others have. The grass often seems greener on the other side of the fence. It is vitally important to learn gratitude. Practice thinking about the things you have to be thankful about. I do this with my daughter each evening when I put her to bed. I ask her to recall the good things that happened that day. We then take a few minutes and give thanks for those things. This helps us both to train ourselves to be grateful.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

How to Stop Your Hobbies from Overtaking Your Life

Hobbies – from golfing or hiking, to researching stocks or rebuilding old cars – can bring lots of enjoyment into your life. But if you devote more attention to your hobbies than God intends, the rest of your life will suffer. Spending too much time and energy on your hobbies could lead to your estrangement from family and friends, and even from God.

It’s possible to enjoy your hobbies without losing sight of what matters most in life. Here’s how you can stop your hobbies from overtaking your life, and start enjoying the life God wants for you:

Examine your life. Reflect on your life honestly, and ask God to show you how you may be devoting too much attention to your hobbies at the expense of what’s more important (such as your marriage, parenting, or job).

Recognize where the problem lies – not with your passion, but with your priorities. It’s healthy for you to be a passionate person; God made you that way. So it’s okay to feel passionate about your hobbies. What’s problematic is getting your priorities out of order from God intends them to be. It’s unhealthy to run after your hobbies with such intensity that you neglect the other things you should be pursuing. Ask God to show you which of the relationships and activities in your life truly deserve to be high priorities for you. Decide right now to make your relationship with God your highest priority by placing it at the center of your life and revolving everything else around it.

Identify what’s motivating you to devote so much attention to your hobbies. Consider if you’re hoping to get closer to any of these from pursuing your hobbies: respect, fun, self-validation, challenge, rewards at unpredictable times, a sense of belonging, happiness from fulfilling dreams. Then consider if you’re using your hobbies to try to get away from any of these: shame, loneliness, chaos, boredom, or disappointing others. Then ask yourself two key questions: “Does my energy for a certain passion spring out of a healthy, ordered heart?” and “Does my passion signal that there is a problem inside?”

Hanging In Your Comfort Zone? 3 Steps To Help You Jump Out - Connie

Taking steps out of your comfort zone is pivotal for your own evolution and growth. You cannot become a bigger and better version of yourself unless you are willing to stretch beyond what you already know.

Growth facilitates happiness. We experience fulfillment when we grow in ourselves. When we feel that we are progressing, evolving and becoming more, we develop a higher level of confidence and pride. This is what makes us feel alive. This is where the magic happens.

WHAT STOPS US FROM STEPPING OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE?

Our comfort zone is familiar. It is what we know. We can predict how things will unfold, and we have a sense of certainty about our ability to do what is required. It is where we feel safe, secure and not at risk.

When we are outside of our comfort zone, we are in the realm of the unknown. It is uncharted territory and we often have little ability to predict or control what will happen.

The main thing that stops us stepping out of our comfort zone is fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of what will happen. Fear of losing control. Fear of what people might think. Fear of losing security. The list goes on.

The other thing that stops us is the stories we tell ourselves. We often go in to ‘worst-case scenario’ thinking. We tell ourselves stories of previous experiences where we have failed or looked silly, and convince ourselves it is much safer to just stay where we are.

3 STEPS TO HELP YOU JUMP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Financial Giving: Stop Doing These 3 Things

We’ve all heard the reasons people hold back in financial giving. You may have even heard or taught sermons about them: fear, greed, biblical ignorance, poor money habits, etc.

In my years of interacting with givers, I have observed some subtle and more practical reasons people are held back from acceptable giving.

Whether you’re new in the giving journey or a teacher or pastor encouraging other givers, here are three things you can stop doing to help embrace more freedom and growth in giving.

#1. Stop Looking for that Magic Moment

Often Christians want an “experience” to accompany their giving… a peaceful easy feeling that tickles their hearts when they drop the check in the plate.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

What To Do When You Hate Your Job - Bob Lotich

Next month marks the 1 year anniversary of my journey into full time blogging as well as the anniversary of the end of my 5 year run in corporate america. I spent 5 years working at a Fortune 500 brokerage firm. I worked in three different departments and held 5 different titles over those 5 years. When I started I walked in full of ambition and expectancy that a few years down the road I would be sitting pretty in my corner office. What I walked out with was a hope and trust in God that He would get me further than my ambition did.

Lately, I have been reminiscing about my old job(s) and thanking God that phase is over. I didn’t fully realize how much I didn’t like it, until I started doing something that I really do enjoy. At the time, I knew that I wasn’t walking in my life’s calling, but that it was more of a preparation phase. As is typical, I guess, I thought the preparation phase should have only taken a year or two, but apparently God’s timeline was a little longer – 5 years!

But also, I can now see that God was at work teaching, training, and guiding me through that challenging phase in my life. Trials and challenges are an inevitable part of life and whether we like it or not, they benefit us if we allow them to.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3).

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