THE POWER OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION This topic is directly coined from the exclamation of apostle Paul, when he revealed his deepest heart’s desire as a servant of God. He cries, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” … Continue reading “POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION”
WHAT VALENTINE CELEBRATION IS ALL ABOUT Content: 1. Origin2. Right Context3. God is the center – criteria for Valentine celebration4. Wrong Context5. Conclusion 1. Origin Officially recognized by the Catholic Church, Saint Valentine is known to be a real person who died around A.D. 270. However, his true identity was questioned as early as A.D. 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who referred to the martyr … Continue reading A Few Days to February 14th (“Be my Valentine”)
Some men and women actually possess professional and legal rights to reach certain factual conclusions about one’s conditions in life, following the scientific and verifiable method of arriving at a certain result by following a scientific process, such facts could be established.But beyond the establishment of those facts, God still has the final say.Doctors have health issues they label INCURABLE! And truly, from natural, human … Continue reading GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY IN EVERY MATTER
Do you know that the Holy Bible is the best selling book of all time with over 5 billion copies sold and distributed?–Guinness World Record Do you have a Bible?Do you read your Bible?The Bible is the manual of human life. Through the study of the Bible, you get to discover yourself and come to understand your Maker’s desires and requirements of you; which determines … Continue reading THE HOLY BIBLE
No feast in the world has been so widely, passionately and preparedly celebrated like Christmas. Perhaps, it could be attributed to the fact that it is connected to the greatest event that has ever taken place in the history of mankind – the coming of the Son of God into the world for the salvation of mankind. If that is the case, it’s indeed worth … Continue reading LIFE BEFORE AND AFTER CHRISTMAS
DISCOVERING THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS From our Soul Winner monthly Newsletter
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ by Christians all over the world. The first celebration of Christmas was in Rome in 336 A.D. Today Christmas has become the most popular event of the Christian religion.
It is celebrated every 25th December of every year. Christ is the centre of Christmas. All look foward to this celebration. It is a period of joy and happiness.
Individual disposition of Christmas can change, but the fundamental issue in this celebration is that we rejoice because a Savoiur has been been born to us.
Majority of Christians today has abandoned the substance and are busy pursuing shadows, no wonder Christmas today is marked with many activities like; celebration of marriages/weddings, coronations, reunion of all kinds, funeral ceremonies, organization of fun faires, Christian revival programs, etc.
In the face of these, one discovers that the main object of celebration here, which is CHRIST, has been religated to the background. And one begins to wonder if most of my fellow Christians are still aware of the personality of the person of Christ being celebrated. This brings to mind this topic, “Discovering the Christ of Christmas.”
It is expected that as we remember the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ, we ought to look at His personality and try as much as we can to live it out. Space will not permit me to exhaust the personality of Christ, but permit me to share a few vital lines on the Son of God whom we celebrate at Christmas.
John 1:14 says, He is the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us.
Matthew 16:16 says, He is the Son of the living God.
He is the Lord of lords and King of kings. Revelation 17:14
He is the anointed One Psalm 45:7; Acts 4:27
The One who came to save us from sin and reconciled man back to God with His blood shed on the cross. Therefore His blood cleans us from all sins.1John 1:7
He is the One who ascended into heaven and is at the right hand of God. Angels, authorites and powers are made subject unto Him. 1 Peter 3:22
He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
The coming of Christ brought joy to the world. No wonder the wise men from the east came with their gifts seaching for Him. When they discovered Him, they adored Him and offered Him their gifts.
Just like the wise men from the east, for us to discover the Christ of Christmas, we must go in search of Him. Remember the wise men discovered Him in the Manger not in the palace. Christ should be discovered in the life of the poor in the society at this period. Christ must be found among the orphans, widows, the physically challenged ones among us, through giving them joy by almsgiving (in our benevolence ).
As Christians, we should make up our minds to search for Jesus by being attentive to the church programmes at Christmas period; having fellowship among fellow believers as we return to our various villages for Christmas celebration.
A visit to chapel is also very important during this period.
To discover the Christ of the Christmas, we must leave our comfort zones and be ready to deprive ourselves abit. We mustn’t attend all the parties during this period. Some attention should be given to visitation to the old, weak, and the sick within our localities.
It may interest you to note that at Christmas just as the wisemen who gave gifts to Christ and went home happily through another road, one is also expected to offer gifts to Christ through his/her neigbours and should be happy doing so and not expecting any reward.
We must give our lives to Christ and be led in the Spirit in any of our actions.
Herod searched but didn’t discover Jesus because his intention is not genuine. A sincere desire to discover Christ will really take you to Him. We need to trust God and His words and His testimont around us.
The Christ of Christmas, as the Bible says, went about doing good. And He is still in the business of doing good.
We should at this season imitate our master in doing good. Let anything that is good and honorable be seen around us His followers.
Friends in Christ, as we appraoch, yet another Christmas, may God help us to celebrate truely Christ on Earth by being like our Master Himself.
God bless you.
Sr. Okaja Celestina U.
(Teacher of God’s Word CCRN)
By Emily Jones for CBN A 150-year-old church in Wakefield, Mass. erupted into flames Tuesday during a lightning storm. While most of the church was destroyed, one thing survived the inferno – a large painting of Jesus. Parishioners were meeting at The First Baptist Church of Wakefield Tuesday when a fire was reported at about 7 p.m. Firefighters and community members battled the blaze … Continue reading PAINTING OF JESUS IN PERFECT CONDITION AFTER FIRE DESTROYS CHURCH
Steve Warren Bassam Adranly was born a Palestinian and grew up in the Greek Orthodox Christian tradition. In a recent interview with Revive Live, he says he often criticized Jews. While in his 20s and attending a university in Tel Aviv, he turned to atheism. In 1995, he says he had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ that turned his life around. “Every night … Continue reading PALESTINIAN PASTOR RECALLS PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS THAT LED HIM TO REPENT OF HATRED FOR JEWS
Lack of parantal responsibility can cause disaster to the family and the entire nation. Example in the Bible is the case of Eli’s family, 1 Samuel 2:27-36, chapters 3 &4 where the children of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas due to the lack of parantal responsibility brought disaster to the family and entire nation of Israel. Also read BEN CARSON SPEAKS: PART ONE The two children died … Continue reading EFFECTIVE PARENTING (saving the souls of our children)
From Christian Encourager Magazine (Soft Copy) A house is just a building while a home is a garden of love and peace. It’s heart breaking when marriage designed to be enjoyed turns out to be endured. It hurts a lot when a house molded to be a home turns out to be a dreaded zone, even when it is a mansion with its high level of … Continue reading TRUE BEAUTY OF HOME
In the presence of God, there’re no limitations and there’re no boundaries. Any good thing can happen! Paul and Silas by the order of the magistrates in Philippi were stripped, beaten with rods and severely flogged, and finally thrown into prison. WITH WOUNDS AND PAINS About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God. Did you get that? They were beaten … Continue reading GOD’S PRESENCE NO LIMITATIONS NO BOUNDARIES
￼ Goins-Phillips, Faithwire- CBN A massive crackdown on religious freedom has for years been underway in China, where churches are being demolished, Bibles confiscated and posters of Jesus replaced with imagery of President Xi Jinping. In China, the communist government sees the spread of the Christian faith as a Western threat to their culture and way of life. In 2016, Xi said, “We must resolutely guard … Continue reading CHINA TAKES EXTREME MEASURES TO WIPE OUT ALL TRACES OF JESUS, CHRISTIANITY
WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT GOD God is God, and does what only Him can do as God. He is the Almighty. He is the reason we live. Every living creature depends on Him. He made and owns the earth and everything in it.(Psalm 24:1) The wealth and riches of the nations and individuals belong to Him. (Haggai 2:8) Everything revolves around Him. Everything has … Continue reading GOD IS GOD AND YOU REMAIN A HUMAN
SOURCE OF PEACE
Five Christian students were walking home from an open seminer in east Africa and passed a young Muslim man walking in the bush with a rope in his hand.
He tied the rope around a tree. The students asked, “What are you doing?” “I want to kill myself,” he replied. “Why?”
I say my prayers five times a day and I read the Quran. I have money, a wife and children, but I have no peace. I want peace. That is my one big wish.
The students applied what they have learned and witnessed to this man named KEDER. They told him that Qur’an teaches that Jesus is a prophet but He is also the Saviour of everyone who accepts Him as Lord. He is the Prince of Peace. KEDER left the rope in the tree and decided to give this Saviour a try. The students took him to the church and after prayer KEDER said, “I’ VE FOUND THE PEACE I WAS SEEKING.”
The following day KEDER showed up in the seminar. A stranger wearing a Muslim hat scared the teacher at first but he continued. In the afternoon, KEDER asked to give his testimony. “Until now, Islam was the only genuine religion for me because it was straightforward. I studied the Qur’an for five years and I perform my rituals daily but none of that gave me PEACE. That is why I decided to kill myself. Then I met five of you Christians yesterday.
I used to hate Christians, but when you witnessed and prayed for me, everything changed. Muslims are hurting without the knowledge of the Scriptures, therefore, pray for them.”
KEDER is secretly studying the Bible and attending church. His Bible study leader says that he attends regularly and arrives early to talk about Jesus before the Bible study starts. Jesus’ peace makes him unafraid and he wants to witness. He is even prepared to die for Jesus.
Source: Bible Gateway
IT’S YOUR TURN TO TESTIFY
Jesus remains the only ultimate solution to our troubled life. He remains the only source of peace. He says in John’s gospel 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Remain in the peace of Christ and worry no more. The tide will soon turn. The Lord has got you engraved in the palm of His hand, He knows your ups and downs, He has an appointed time for your miracles. Wait in patience, He will never fail you. Soon, you will testify.
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Continues from part one: Ben Carson’s Life-Changing Testimony. “MOTHER’S INFLUENCE” Shared by: Romanus O. Obiekosi Incase you missed the part one of this post, click here to read it. http://thinethegloryorg.com/2016/10/08/ben-carson-speaks-part-one/ “When my father walked away from our family, he left us destitute” -Ben Carson, MD Starting all over again, Mother fixed her mind and her eyes on a couple overriding goals (although some people would have … Continue reading BEN CARSON SPEAKS: PART TWO
This sharing of Ben Carson on his family and childhood experience will truly change your thinking and transform your life. Recommended for fathers, mothers, teens, youths and singles. “Sometimes you have to think big to think smart” -Ben Carson “When I was a child, I did not think my brain was capable of doing much of anything. My classmates considered me the class dummy, and I saw no … Continue reading BEN CARSON SPEAKS: PART ONE
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