Do Not Worry About Tomorrow, For Tomorrow Will Worry About Itself. Each Day Has Enough Trouble Of Its Own.

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God With Us!

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Sermon And Prayer Points By Pastor E A Adeboye. Deliverance Ministry. The Redeemed Christian Church Of God. Message At The RCCG Holy Ghost Congress 2013 (Day 3). The Overflow.

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Our Daily Bread. A Life That Shined. Let Your Light So Shine Before Men, That They May See Your Good Works And Glorify Your Father In Heaven. —Matthew 5:16

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The beatitude (Matthew 5:3-11)

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The beatitude (Matthew 5:3-11)

Blessed are the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,

For they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,

For they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

For they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,

For they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,

For they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,

For they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

May the grace the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen!

 

 

Insult

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Insult (In –Salt) Sermon

TEXT: Proverbs 12:16

“A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult”

USES OF SALT

For Seasoning

For Preservation

For healing of wounds

In the old testament for sacrifice – Lev 2:13

The Bible says in Matthew 5:13A

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men”

 

EXAMPLES IN THE BIBLE

 

  • King Saul. 1 Samuel 1:6-7 (Let Your actions speak for you! Choose to ignore! God will raise Helpers for you!)

 

  • Hannanh – 1 Samuel 1:6-7 (Let It Provoke You To Action)

 

 

The 1st human reaction to insults is to retaliate. Insult them back, your flesh wants to do this.

But this is not the Christ way.

1 Peter 2:20-23 says “For what credit is there if you endure the beating you deserve for having done wrong? But if you endure suffering even when you have done right, God will bless you  for Christ Himself suffered for you and left you an example, so that you would follow in His steps.

He committed no sin, and no one ever heard a lie come from His lips.

When He was insulted, He did not answer back with an insult; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but placed His hopes in God, the Righteous Judge.”

Solders mocked Him when they put the crown thorn on His head. One of the thieves crucified by His side made fun of Him.

Passerbys shook their heads at Him in disgust as they hurled insults at Him.

He never retaliated. He did not even make threats.

Instead of making threats, Our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ said in Luke 23:34Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.

Even when He was arrested in Matthew 26:52 He said “Don’t you know that I could call on my Father for help, and at once He would send me more than twelve armies of angels?” (80,000angels)

  • Remember nobody can hurt you without your permission.

 

  • Remember nothing will be gained by getting all frustrated and bitter! Proverbs 12:6 says “ A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.”

 

 

  • Lastly, remember that there will always be somebody who adores everything about you and says only nice things about you, and someone who hates everything about you and has nothing nice to say about you!
  • The truth lies somewhere in the middle!

ALTAR CALL

Prayer Points And Sermon By Pastor E A Adeboye. RCCG February 2013 Holy Ghost Service. WONDERFUL.

Prayer Points And Sermon By Pastor E A Adeboye RCCG February 2013 Holy Ghost Service “WONDERFUL”

Let’s go ahead and praise the name of the Lord, let’s give Him glory, let’s give Him all honor, let’s give Him adoration. Let’s praise Him, the One whose name is Wonderful, give Him glory father…

in Jesus name we worshiped.

I want you to lift your voices to Him and say Father, Wonderful Jesus; You are the One I have come to see tonight; don’t let me go home empty handed….

In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.

Lift your voices to Him and say Father, wonderful Jesus, let your wonders begin in my life tonight…

in Jesus mighty name we have prayed.

Join your hands together, the Bible says one will chase a thousand, two will put ten thousand to flight.  Lift your voices to the Almighty God and say Father, I am in agreement with this your child, give him/her wonderful victory tonight…

in Jesus mighty name we have prayed.

I know your name, I know your name

Your name is wonderful, I know. 2ce

I know your name, I know your name

Your name is wonderful 2ce

Father, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace. King of kings, Lord of lords, Ancient of days, Rock of ages, Lion of the tribe of Judah, Unchangeable changer, Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the One who is the One who was, the One who is to come, the Almighty.

Great Healer, great Redeemer, great Deliverer, great Provider, Lord of host, glory be to your holy name. Father glory be to your holy name.

Thank you for the miracles, thank you for the signs, thank you for the wonders, thank you for protection, thank you for your security, thank you for your provision, thank you for bringing us to a new month, Father accept our thanks in Jesus name.

Father your name is Wonderful, today in the lives of everybody here prove yourself, perform wonders, perform miracles, perform signs, let there be joy today, let there be victory today.

Let there be mighty breakthroughs today, let there be mighty testimonies today, by the time we finished Lord let your name be glorified again, thank you almighty God, in

Jesus mighty name we have prayed amen.

Let someone shout halleluiah!

Shake hands with two or three people and tell them that you are expecting at least thirteen miracles from God this year

Daddy asked me to tell you that he meant it when He said he that this year will  be a year of laughter for you.

Wonderful

Isaiah 9 v 6 for unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulder and His name shall be called; Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of peace.

Wonderful as we know by now is a combination of two words, wonder and full.

So wonderful actually means full of wonders.

Now when you read Act 2 v 22 the Bible talks about how God approved Jesus of Nazareth as a result of miracles, wonders and signs that He performed among the people.

Now when you read the way it is written, miracle, wonders and signs, they are written in order of superiority, in other words wonders are superior to miracle.

So I am telling someone here tonight, that something more than miraculous is going to happen in your life in Jesus name.

Wonders are a higher category of miracles.

And when you talk about Jesus Christ you will found that everything about Him is wonderful.

His name is wonderful according to Philippians 2 v 9 -11 God has given Him a name that is above every other names. That at the mention of His name, every knee should bow of things in heaven, of things underneath the earth.

His name is the only one that is recognized in three realms; in heaven, on earth and underneath the earth.

Wonderful name!

His love is wonderful, John 15 v 13 He says greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.

His love is so wonderful.  You can’t get a greater love than the love of Jesus.

His peace is wonderful. He said peace I give unto you not as the world gives, give I unto you.

The Bible says in Philippians 4 v 7 He says His peace passes all understanding.

His power is wonderful.

In Matthew 28 v 18 He said all power in heaven and on earth has been given unto Me.

His power is wonderful.  And I can go on and on.

I can tell you His grace is wonderful, His joy is wonderful, His strength is wonderful and on and on.

But because I told you that miracles are of a lesser degree than wonders that wonders is a higher level of miracles. We want to take some quick look at some illustrative examples from the scriptures.

I will be as quick as possible because we really want to pray, because one of the things about the name of JESUS being wonderful is that it guarantees the answer to prayer.

And I’m sure by the grace of God, every prayer we pray here tonight will be answered wonderfully.

Now healing is a great act of God, when God heals, it is something that we thank God for.

For example in Matthew 8 v 14 -15 the Bible tells us that Jesus came into the house of Peter and found the mother in law sick of fever, He merely touched her head and instantly she was healed.

Now that is a miracle that is beautiful healing. But then somebody may say what is in fever, just take two three tablets and off goes the fever.

So while healing is great, curing the incurable is greater.  You know there are occasions where the doctors will tell you that “I’m sorry there is nothing more we can do”,

If they have told you that one, very soon when you stand before them again they are going to say wonderful.

In Mark 5 v 25- 34, the Bible tells us about the woman with the issue of blood.  The Bible said she went to many physicians, spent all her money and rather than getting better, she grew worst.

Because the physicians were dealing with situation they couldn’t handle. But when she came in contact with Jesus Christ, in an instant the incurable became cured.

In the name of Jesus Christ any incurable disease, that is here today, will perish today in the name of Jesus.

Someone was pointing an article to me in one of the news papers recently, when a “clever reporter” was making a joke of the miracles God has performed in my life.

He said “Daddy what is your comment?”

I said I have no comment.

Those who make fun of miracle always ending up needing one; one day when the doctors says there is nothing more we can do, suddenly they will remembered there is the God of miracles.

In the Name that is above every other name, from this moment on you will enjoy the miracles of God.

But while we are talking about healing, while healing is great, curing the incurable is greater.

When healing involves creative miracle, then we call it wonderful.

For example in 2Kings 5 v 1 – 14 the Bible tells us about Naaman, who had leprosy.

When at the instruction of the man of God, he dipped himself seven times in Jordan, he was not only cleansed of his leprosy, it wasn’t that he was just cured, the Bible said he came out of the river with a brand new skin, the skin like that of a new born baby.

In John 9 v 1- 7 the Bible tells us the story of a man who was born blind.

It wasn’t that he had bad eye sight; it wasn’t that after he was born, his eyes became bad, he was born without eyes.

But Jesus spit on the ground made some mud out of the clay anointed his eyes, told him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam and the Bible says he had a brand new eye.

He came back with two brand new eyes. When you have a healing that involve creative miracle, we call that one wonderful!

If there is any part of your body that is already damaged beyond repairs, my Father will recreate it tonight in Jesus name.

There was this young man who came to a crusade and at the crusade, something happened!

When he was small, he had only one testicle and the one testicle did not even descend.

So the parent took him to an herbalist who in an attempt to cause the one testicle to descend destroyed it.

So the boy ended up without a testicle at all and yet he went ahead and got married.

Of course you know the result of such a marriage; nothing!

Then he came to the crusade which we held in Row park Yaba in the early 80’s and as the word of God was going on, he noticed that something was happening in his body.

To cut the long story short before the program ended he already got two testicles.

Later on he came into my office, some month later with his wife, by that time his wife is now pregnant and he was sharing the testimony again and in his excitement he said daddy may I show you the testicles? I said there is no need I can see the evidence.

Every one of you needing a spare partner tonight, you will get one is Jesus name.

Now a financial breakthrough is great, in Luke 5 v 1 -7  Peter  fished all night caught nothing.

Jesus came into his boat, told him where to fish and he got enough to fill two boats.

That happened once then, the second time it happened was several years later.

So one financial breakthrough like that is good, to win a big contract is beautiful, but one massive breakthrough, I’m talking of the kind of breakthrough that will wipe out all your debt that is better.

For example in 2 kings 4 v1 -7 the Bible tells us of a widow who was so indebted that the creditors wanted to sell her sons to pay the debt, she cried to the man of God and the man of God told her what to do.

And the bottle of oil that she had in the house multiplied. So much that when she sold it, the man of God told her payoff your debt and live on the rest, you and your sons.

That is a bigger breakthrough, the one that clears all debts and there is a lot left over.

But when you have an unending, successful, successive breakthroughs, then that is what we call wonderful.

In 1Kings 17 v 8-16 the Bible tells us of the widow of Zareffat; you know the story, she had only one meal left then the man of God came on the scene and from that day onward the pot of oil is never dry, the vessel of flour was always full every day, she will wake up to discover that everything is full everyday; breakthrough upon breakthroughs.

I’m sure if you ask the son of that woman, what were you saying each time you woke up in the morning and you look at the barrel of oil is full, the vessel containing flour was full, what do you think the boy will be saying?  Wonderful!

Do you know there is someone here today that before the end of this year, when you look at your account from month to month, what are you going to say? Wonderful!

I have told you the story of a man before, he might be in the congregation right now, he said to me, he said daddy, there is nothing I can do now to stop money from coming in.

I said I think you better explain because I have not heard that one before.  Then he mentioned a particular city and he said the whole street, from beginning to end and it is a very long street, he said every house on that street belongs to him, everybody living there is his tenant, so there is nothing he can do to stop them from paying rent.

I decree to somebody here that very soon you will testify that there is nothing you can do to stop money from rolling in.

Now when a barren woman gives birth to a child, that is great, that is good news, that calls for rejoicing particularly if the fellow is someone that people have written off.

Like in Genesis 21 v 1 – 6 Sarah said who would have thought that Sarah will give Abraham a child, who would believe that at my age, I will still give birth to a child, so when she got one she named the child laughter and I can understand.

But it is better to get two instead of one, like in the case of Rachel in Genesis 30 v 20 -24 when she got her first child she said  I know God will give me a second one and by the time we get to Genesis 35 v 16- 18 the second one came.

So to have one is good, to have two is much better, but then when you were barren and people have been mocking you and they have been saying what is the use of a tree without fruit?

And they say stop eating the food of our sons and get out of here and all of a sudden you end up with six children, now what do you call that? Wonderful!

Now that is what happened in 1 Samuel 2 v 21 tells us that Hannah, ended up with six children, she started with Samuel then God gave her additional boys and additional girls, she ended up with six, that is what we call wonderful.

One of my pastors who has been waiting on God for 26 years phoned us towards the end of last year with excitement; daddy, mummy finally God has answered your prayers and He has given me three children at a go.

So we asked her, what names have you given to them; she said the first one is called Miracles, the second one is called Signs, and the third one is called Wonders.

I saw the children last week and I said that God I am looking at Miracles, Signs and Wonders.

All  of you who are believing God for the fruit of the womb, before the end of this year you will come forward rejoicing with your miracles with your signs, with your wonder, if you believe God let me hear you shout halleluiah!

The Lord says there is someone here tonight; He said you know it will take special miracles to solve your problems, He asked me to tell you that the anointing to set you free has been released.

Now let’s talk about deliverance.

Deliverance from an unclean spirit is great.

Mark 1 v 23-26 tells us the story of a man with an unclean spirit. A single demon inhabiting a man can be a terrible situation.

But thank God that the Almighty God has the power to set the captives free. He came in contact with the Lord Jesus Christ and he was free.

But when someone has seven demons inhabiting him/her alone, that is serious.

In Luke 8 v 10-3 the Bible tells us about Mary Magdalene she had seven demons inhabiting her. A woman with one single demon would be consider a witch, a woman with seven demons will  be a chief among witches; when the witches are holding their meeting, they will probably tell her to chair their meeting.

But when a man is delivered from a legion as we read in Mark 5 v 1-15 when a man had a legion and Bible scholars mean a legion mean at least six thousand demons, when a man is delivered from six thousand demons at a go that is wonderful!

That is why I have goodness for someone tonight, it doesn’t matter how many demons are troubling you, in the Name that is above every other names you are going to be free tonight.

I have told you the story before of a man highly educated but for one reason or the other, certain demons decided to take him over.

The day they brought him I thought they have brought a mad man, the way he was looking, everything thing about him was evidence of seriously possessed person.

And then he began to tell his story, if he scratched his head cockroach will come out, if he out his hand into his ear butterfly can come out, and he wasn’t a magician.

He said just look at it any part of the body I scratch an insect will come out. I told him that I know some somebody who can set a man free from legion it doesn’t matter how many they are.

At the name of Jesus Christ every knee must bow.

He left, in those days I used to visit my mother every two, two weeks in Ilesha. Two weeks later he came back, I couldn’t recognize him; he had been completely transformed.

I am telling someone here today, all those forces who thought they had already capture, by the time you get home tomorrow morning, they will see you and say wonderful.

Thank you father, the Lord says there is someone here today He said you have become well known because of your many problems. The Lord asks me to tell you that you will become well known for your many testimonies.

Daddy says there is someone here tonight; He said your breakthrough will come without previous notice.

Raising the one who has just died takes a miracle like in Mark 5 v 35 -42 Jarius daughter, the girl has just died but Jesus said the girl is sleeping; the people laughed Him to scorn.  Jesus drove them out and He said little girl I say unto you arise.

And then people said well the girl wasn’t dead, she was sleeping that was what He said.  So raising someone who is about to be buried will take a bigger miracle,

So in Luke 7 v 11-16 there was this widow who had an only son and the only son died.

Not just died, he was about to be buried when Jesus came on the scene and brought him back to life.

Brethren, raising someone who has been died and buried for four days, that one is wonderful.

That is why you see on out poster, the picture of Lazarus coming out from the tomb, all the people there must have been saying wonderful!

You will find that in John 11 v 39- 45 the sister said by now he is stinking. Not just dead, not just buried, he is rotten now.

But there is a God who can reverse the irreversible, and that God is here to attend to your case tonight.

Which reminds me of the testimony of one our sister, the baby in her womb died and she went to the hospital. The doctor said this child has been dead four days, but the woman went to the hospital when the child stops moving.

So they told the husband, we need to evacuate quickly so that it doesn’t become a problem for this woman.

But it was some days to the Congress and the woman said to the husband, “let me go to the Congress first, if after the Congress God doesn’t do anything we can come and evacuate”

The doctor said no!

This thing is already rotten inside you; the baby is dead and decaying.

Somehow the woman convinced her husband because the doctor said she herself will die if we don’t do something.

She said don’t worry let me come.

Monday she came nothing happened,

Tuesday nothing happened.

And then on Wednesday, the power of God came down.

The power of God came mightily that I couldn’t stand up.

How many of you will remember that night?

I asked them to get me a chair.

And the word of God came and said there is a woman here the baby inside of you has been dead for days but the baby is coming back to life. And the woman jumped and shouted, immediately the baby jumped back to life.

I am prophesying to someone here tonight, everything good in your life that have died will resurrect to life in Jesus name.

Thank you Father, the Lord said there is someone here tonight, He said the one who sent sorrow to your home, will come back to pick it up.

The Lord says there is someone here tonight, He said this year even your doubt will not stop your sun from rising.

So raising the dead by prayer is a great act of God, no doubt about that like in 1Kings 17 v 17-24 when the son of the widow of Zarephath died.

Elijah threw himself on the child, prayed, went up and down, returned and pray again and at the third time the baby came back to life, that was a miracle no doubt about that.

But when your dead bones begin to raise the dead that is a greater miracle!  That happened in 2Kings 13 v 20 – 21 that is the story of Elisha now, he was already dead and was buried and they were about to bury a young man and saw some enemies coming so they threw his body into the cave of Elisha, and as the dead body touched the bones of Elisha, the dead body came back to life.

That is a greater miracle!

But when you consider what happened in Ezekiel 37 v 1- 10 when Ezekiel found himself in a valley surrounded by dry bones and God asked him “son of man can these bones lives?”

The man of God with all his faith said. “God this is beyond my faith only you can tell”

And then the Lord said don’t pray, don’t touch the dry bones, just prophesy to the dry bones.

‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord begin to come together’.

I want you to put yourself in the position of Ezekiel as soon as he spoke and am sure he must have been grateful to God that there is no one there to hear him.

Because he must have sounded very stupid even to him.

“Dry bones hear the word of the Lord, come together”.

And suddenly the Bible said there was shaken.

Bones began to come together to join themselves to bones.

If you were Ezekiel what would you be saying?

Wonderful!

Let me hear you say it loud and clear.

And then as he was watching, flesh began to cover the bones, skin began to cover the bones,

I’m sure he must have been saying wonderful, but they were still dead, and God said son of man prophecy a little more.

Prophesy to the wind; say wind, I hope you are listening to me?

I mean when he was talking to dry bones he could see dry bones but when he was talking to the wind he could not see anything so he said alright wind blow and the wind blew and suddenly a whole army arose.

I am going to prophesy tonight, I know you are not dead, and you are not dry bones but there might be situations in your life that might beyond hope that looks hopeless.

In the Name that is above every other name, every dry bone in your life should come back to life.

In every situation that the wind of the Holy Spirit must blow so that your hopeless situation might become hopeful again, the wind will blow tonight in Jesus name.

And before this night is over, you will shout WONDERFUL!!

Somebody said that it is what you call that will answer, that if you don’t call a man by his name, he has no reason to answer you.

That what you don’t call, you don’t have any reason to experience.  So when ask you to say wonderful and you don’t call wonderful…

I have told you the story before, there must be a reason why the Holy Spirit is reminding me now of a young man who came when I moved to the University of Ilorin.

They gave me accommodation and he came to help me fix the electrical situation there, he put everything in order.

And when he was about to leave he said Daddy pray for me.

I said how much do I pay? He said no, I don’t have to pay, he is my son I should just pray for him but things are so bad financially I will have to give him money for transport back.

So I gave him the money and he said pray for me, I said you don’t need prayer now God bless you.

Thing so bad he didn’t have the money for transport fare, two weeks later he bought his first brand new car.

I prophesy to every business that is already dry bodes, dry bones you shall live again.

The Lord wants me to tell you another story.

I think there might something to this one also.

It is a story also you know.

One of my daughters came to me and said Daddy I am in serious trouble.

I said what is the problem?

She said my husband left me with four children and as moved in with a woman with five children and the five children by five father.

She said daddy, I have done everything I could, I have fought this battle but am totally defeated my husband is gone.

And I just hear the spirit of God saying

Tell her don’t worry.

Tell her your husband is coming back to beg.

She said I am not asking him to come and beg, I just want him to come back because this witch has taken over.

I don’t know what she did to my husband.

I said don’t worry the Almighty God will start a quarrel between him and the strange woman that nobody can settle.

Some days latter there was a misunderstanding between the strange woman and the man.

And the strange woman said unto him.

Don’t you know that your head is not correct?

If your head is correct, how can you leave your wife with your children and come and stay with me and none of these children is yours, don’t you know your head is not correct?

When God uses the devil to solve your problem what do you call that one?

The man said that is true oh,

And he packed his load came to his wife.

When he knocked at the door and the wife opened the door, he prostrated and said please take me back.

I am prophesying to every family here tonight, every evil that has come into your home to cause any kind of problem shall be up rooted in Jesus name.

Now killing a lion with bare hands takes a miracle.

And David did that and you know what a lion means.

A lion is an animal that wants to jump on you choke you and devour you.

Lion represent big bosses who want to crush those who are lower than them.

Killing a bear is a greater miracle because a bear represents an enemy who is pretending to be a friend.

Because the bear hugs his victim to death that is where you get bear hug.

When someone is pretending to be your friend, “I love you”, when he is actually planning to kill you,

To be able to represent that wolf in sheep clothing, to be able to destroy that one is a greater miracle still.

And in the Name that is above every other name, enemies that is pretending to be your friends, they will be exposed this month and they will be dealt with this month.

But then killing a goliath takes something called wonderful.

1Ssamuel 17 v 4- 9 the Bible tells us what Goliath said.

He said to the children of Israel why are you gathered together as an army?’

Give me one man let me fight him, if he can defeat me we all become your slaves, if I defeat him you all become our slaves.

What is he saying?

The devil knew David has been anointed to become king.

Goliath is saying I want to take over that kingdom even before this boy can get on the throne.

So what does Goliath represents?

Goliath represents somebody who wants to stand between you and your destiny.

And in the mighty name of Jesus just as goliath fell, just as goliath lost his head, anyone who wants to stand between you and your destiny will fall this month.

I give you an example.

In one of the nations of the world I won’t mention because this program is being aired all over the world,

We built a Church at a great expense and then we want to dedicate the Church and according to the laws of that land; you have to get approvals of all the neighbors that you are welcome.

And there was this very powerful man, high up in government.

He said I checked in the internet, I read about your general overseer.

That he said he wanted to plant church in five walking distance.

Well! Go and tell him, as long as I am alive his Church will not stay here.

And he is a very powerful man.

And so my children phoned me and said Daddy we have a problem.

What are we going to do?

We have already build the church. If we have not build the church, we will go and look for land elsewhere but the church is already built.

As a matter of fact they were already asking me to come and do the dedication.

I said what is the problem?, why are you worried?

The battle is not yours, it is between him and the Owner of the Church.

If he is bigger than the Owner of the Church well let’s wait and see.

They say so what do we do Daddy?

I said fix the date for the dedication.

Daddy says there is someone here tonight; He said the date for your celebration has been fixed.

So they fix the date for the dedication.

A week to the date, and this man is still saying you are joking, without approval it can’t be done.

The man woke up in the morning, he wanted to go to work and as he was putting on his trouser.

His leg got caught in the trouser and he fell forward and hit his head on the floor and that was the end of the story.

Anyone who says you will not reach your goal this month in particular, the Almighty God will uproot him.

The Lord says there is someone here tonight; the Lord said I will sustain your joy.

The Lord said there is someone here tonight; he said just like the wall of Jericho fell, all your opponents will crumble one by one.

Now changing your destiny for the better is great.

In 1King 19 v 19-21 the destiny of Elisha was changed.

He was to be a farmer all the days of his life, but God changed it, so that instead of living and dying a farmer, he became one of the greatest prophets that ever lived.

That was great!

Restoring your destiny is greater.

That happened to Exodus 3 v 1 – 15

Moses knew that he was to be a deliverer but something went wrong and he ended up forty years in the backside of the desert until the Almighty God said let’s restore Him.

The Lord said there is someone here tonight, the Lord said the relationship between Him and you has not been the way it ought to be for a long time, He ask me to tell you, I will start afresh with you.

Occasionally you find someone whose destiny has been totally truncated, destroy beyond repair.

When God then looks down from heaven at a man with a truncated destiny and He transformed that destiny we can only call it wonderful.

And I give you an example one, just one will do.

In Genesis 49 v 1-7 we have the story of Jacob about to die and he called his children together.

When a man is about to die, whatever he says it is a decree.

He said my children come I am about to die let me tell you what is going to happen to you.

And he began to talk to them one by one.

He told his first born, he said I know you are the first born but because of the things you did you will never excel and that settles that one.

He began to talk and talk then he came to one fellow called Levi, he said Levi, because of your terrible anger he said you are going to be scattered in Israel.

Terrible things coming from a father about to die and he finished saying all these things and died.

So there was no room for anybody to beg him and say father change your mind, it was something that was sealed.

And then suddenly God looked down from heaven and looked at Levi; the one that the father said he is going to be scattered and he said Levi draw near.

I will make you My first born.

He said of all these people irrespective of what their father had said to them, you Levi you will be My first born.

Numbers 3 v 11- 12. Truncated destiny!! Destiny destroyed beyond repairs but the Almighty God said come and be my first born.

In Yoruba Land it is known that if somebody is mad and has not yet reach the market place he can still be cured.

But once the madness takes the fellow to the market that is the end of the story.

Well some of you who are old will remember this story.

Years ago one man came to us; the wife not only ran mad, she had reached the market, not just reached the market; she had reached the market naked even before they knew what was happening.

So it was a settled matter, so they took her to one big herbalist who said well we will still try.

Then somebody who knew somebody told them and the husband came to me and said this is the problem.

I said that is no problem if you tell me where she is I will go and pray. So I went and we prayed.

The relative with whom she was saying, said to the husband ‘I don’t know this kind of man that you said you are sending, he came and he didn’t even pray for five minute, doesn’t he know what we are dealing with?

They were so disappointed and said let’s take her to cychristric hospital. If God do something fine, if not well!

After two weeks the doctor sent for the husband and said what do you say it is wrong with this woman?

Because for two weeks we have been observing her and we have not giving her drug.

If you say something is wrong with this woman then something must be wrong with you.

I decree tonight that if your destiny had been tampered with, it will be fully restored tonight in Jesus name and you will go home shouting WONDERFUL!

Now God performing wonders for you is wonderful.

I mean like in the story 2Kings 4 v 1 -7 when that woman who was in debt came to the man of God.

And the man of God said, go and borrow empty vessels, shut the door on yourself and your son and let your son begin to bring out the empty vessels to you as you pour out the oil.

I was telling some of my children last week Sunday, I said what do you think the boys were saying when the mother was pouring the oil from the vessel and they saw one empty vessel full?.

They brought another one full, they brought another one full, what do you think they were saying? Wonderful!

When your miracles begin to multiply everyday this year what will you be saying? Wonderful!

But turning you to a wonder is more wonderful.

Performing wonder for you is wonderful.

Turning you to a wonder is more wonderful, like in Act 3 v 1 -11 the man who was born lame at the beautiful gate who everybody knew he was lame, he was born lame.

He has been a beggar for more than forty years, suddenly they saw him walking and leaping and praising God. the Bible says they were all amazed. God turned the man to a wonder.

In the name that is above every other names, when people wants to give an example of wonders they will be refereeing to you very soon.

But something most wonderful is when God decides to perform wonders through you.

When He turns you to an instrument or a vessel of honor through whom He can perform wonders Act 5 v 14-16 the Bible tells us that the Almighty God so empowered Peter that his shadow began to heal the sick.

For God to perform a wonderful for you, for him to perform wonder to you that is wonderful, for God to use you to perform wonder, that is most wonderful and in the name that is above every other name you will not leave here until God has turn you to a vessel for performing wonder in Jesus name.

One of my pastors was sharing a testimony yesterday that there was a little problem over a little piece of land we have in one part of the country and then the people came and wanted to cause trouble.

One of them saw our pastor and said is this the land you are talking about they said yes, the Land of Pastor Adeboye?

They said yes. He said the last time when they came to cause trouble he said daddy shook hands with me and my body kept vibrating for a long time. Those of you that want to fight can fight; I don’t want another kind of hand.

That kind of handshake that can heal the sick, the kind of hand shake that can cause the lame to work, the kind of hand shake that can cause the dead to rise, God will give it you tonight in Jesus name.

Let me conclude so that we can have time to pray.

Thank you father, the Lord says there is someone her tonight, he said very soon your testimony will be once upon a time I was despised but now I am an amazement.

The Lord said there is someone here tonight, He said very soon you will announce to your relative and say I told you that Jesus will never fail.

Who deserves wonders?

For whom will God perform wonders? I told you the story of a young man called Levi whose destiny was completely truncated and God completely transformed his destiny and that is wonderful in a high degree.

But what happened?

Exodus 32 v 25-26 Because God never does anything without a reason; Moses has gone to the mountain to collect the Ten Commandments.

The people came to Aaron and said we don’t know what happened to these Moses, we need an idol we can worship and they were already worshipping an idol they were naked, they were rejoicing before an idol.

When Moses came and he saw what was happening he was angry but he couldn’t face the nation alone, he wanted to punished them but he was one man, so he stood by the gate and cried out, “who is on the Lord side, let him come unto me and every sons of Levi crossed over to the side of Moses, they told Moses has cursed us….

We are not going to amount to anything but we are on the Lord side and God looked down from heaven and said Levi, you said you are on my side, then I am on your side.

Your father says you will be scattered I say you will be my first born. Who is going to get wonders from God tonight?

The question then is who is on the Lord side?

That is while if you have not yet given your life to Jesus Christ you better come and do so now. His wonder is for those on his side.

If you are pretending to be a Christian but you know your heart is not hundred percent with God come now.

God is calling for those who will be on his side… it is those who are on his side who will begin to say wonderful.

If you are not on his side you will be hearing the testimony but you won’t be able to say it is mine. If you are not on the Lord side and you want to be on the Lord side, beginning to run forward now….

As you come begin to pray calling on Jesus to save your soul.

Ask the Lord to have mercy on you, ask him to save your soul, promise him from now on you will serve him, ask him to forgive you all your sins.

The rest of you let us pray for these people; that the Almighty God will receive them save their soul and forgive them all their sins.

Let’s call on the Almighty God for all these people. Wish them well that savior will save their souls that he will forgive them all their sins that from today onward they will be called children of the living God.

Thank You Jesus, In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.

Father I just want to say thank you, thank you for your word and thank you for all these people who have decided that they want to be on your side, you promise that whomsoever come unto you, you will in no wise caste out.

They have come now father receive them in Jesus name.

Save their souls in Jesus name. Father forgive all their sins in Jesus name, write their names in the book of life in Jesus name, let your blood wash them clean in Jesus name, Father I am praying that from now on anytime they call on you will answered them by fire, than you Almighty God in Jesus mighty name we have prayed.

I want to rejoice with you because from now on by the grace of God I will be praying for you, so I am going to need your name, your address and your prayer request so I can know how to pray for you. And by God’s grace you will be receiving miracles. Please drop these information here http://www.rccghome.org

PRAYER POINTS

  1. Praise Him for all that He has done for you
  2. Father, from now on let me enjoy wonderful health.

  3. Father, from now on let me enjoy wonderful wealth.

  4. From now on Father, let me enjoy wonderful peace and joy.

  5. Father, from now on let me enjoy wonderful anointing.

  6. Father, make my breakthroughs wonderful.

  7. Father, please perform wonders through me.

  8. Father, make my family one of signs and wonders.

  9. Father, let me fulfill my destiny.

  10. Father, if my destiny had been tampered with, please transform it tonight.

  11. Father, every evil force in my family uproot wonderfully. (pray this with great emphasis).

  12. Your Special request.

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Jesus Has Borne Your Diseases and Pains

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Jesus Has Borne Your Diseases and Pains

Isaiah 53:4

4Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…

Imagine the dreadful disease leprosy eating a man alive. The poor leper in Matthew 8:2 could stand his suffering no longer, so he came out into the open to look for Jesus. He needed to know if Jesus was willing to heal him. When he saw Jesus, he fell at His feet and said, Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” (Matthew 8:2) The Son of God looked at the outcast with love in His eyes, reached out His hand, touched him and said, “I am willing; be cleansed.” (Matthew 8:3)

Perhaps you are suffering from some disease and wondering if God is willing to heal you? You are not sure if He is willing because just as you have seen people get healed, you have also seen people not get healed. My friend, don’t look to people’s experiences. Look to the cross! As surely as Jesus bore away your sins, He also bore away your diseases!

I want to give you a solid foundation today for believing this truth. In Isaiah 53, the chapter on our Lord’s crucifixion, it says in verse four: “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows”. Now, let’s learn a little Hebrew. The words “griefs” and “sorrows” here mean “sicknesses” and “pains” in the original Hebrew text. So Isaiah was referring to physical healing.

Once, I asked a Jewish friend to read this verse in his Hebrew Bible and tell me what it means. He told me that his Bible says clearly that Jesus has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains.

If that is not enough, look at Matthew 8:16–17: “… they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.’” Matthew quotes Isaiah 53:4, saying that Jesus took our “infirmities” and bore our “sicknesses”. The context here refers to physical healing.

My friend, if you will just believe this truth, your days of sickness will be over. You will walk in greater health because the One who has surely borne your sicknesses and carried your pains says to you, “I am willing, be cleansed!”

 

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Matthew 26. The Plot Against Jesus

English: The Last Supper

English: The Last Supper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 26. The Plot Against Jesus

 

 

 

 

1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, 2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. 3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him. 5 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. 8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. 10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. 12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. 13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover? 18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. 20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? 23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. 25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. 30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. 33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. 34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. 43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

47And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. 51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. 52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? 55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. 56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. 59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, 61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. 62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. 64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. 67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, 68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. 70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. 71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. 72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. 73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. 74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Matthew 25. The Parable Of The Ten Virgins

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 25. The Parable Of The Ten Virgins

 

 

 

 

 

1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Matthew 24. Jesus Speaks Of The Destruction Of the Temple

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Matthew 24. Jesus Speaks Of The Destruction Of the Temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

 

Matthew 23. Jesus Warns Against The Teachers Of The Law And The Pharisees

Saint John the Baptist and the Pharisees

Matthew 23. Jesus Warns Against The Teachers Of The Law And The Pharisees

 

 

 

 

 

1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses‘ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. 15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. 16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! 17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. 19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. 21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. 22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. 23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, 30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

 

Matthew 22. The Parable Of The Wedding Feast

Deutsch: Christus im Hause des Pharisäers, Jac...

Matthew 22. The Parable Of The Wedding Feast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. 7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. 17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 19 Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. 22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, 24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: 26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27 And last of all the woman died also. 28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. 43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? 46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Matthew 20. The Workers In The Vineyard

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

Matthew 20. The Workers In The Vineyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. 2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? 7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. 8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. 9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, 12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? 16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, 18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, 19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. 21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. 22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. 23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. 24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. 25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. 31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. 32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? 33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Matthew 18. Who Is The Greatest In Heaven?

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 18. Who Is The Greatest in Heaven?

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. 9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. 10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. 23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

 

Matthew 15. The Teaching Of The Ancestors

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

Matthew 15. The Teaching Of The Ancestors

 

 

 

 

 

1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. 12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. 15 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. 16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? 17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

29 And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. 30 And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: 31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel. 32 Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. 33 And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? 34 And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. 35 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 37 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. 38 And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children. 39 And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

 

Matthew 13. The Parable Of The Sower

Peace amongst the weeds

Matthew 13. The Parable Of The Sower

 

 

 

 

 

1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. 31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. 33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. 34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. 36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. 47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. 52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. 54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

 

Matthew 10. The Twelve Apostles

English: The Last Supper

Matthew 10.The Twelve Apostles

 

 

 

 

 

1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. 11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 12 And when ye come into an house, salute it. 13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. 21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. 24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? 26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

 

Matthew 9. Jesus Heals A Paralysed Man

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

Matthew 9. Jesus Heals A Paralysed Man

1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. 2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. 3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. 4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 7 And he arose, and departed to his house. 8 But when the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. 10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. 16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. 19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. 20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: 21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. 23 And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, 24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. 25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. 26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. 31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. 32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. 33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. 34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.

35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

 

Matthew 6. Teaching About Charity

Christ in Gethsemane (Christus in Gethsemane),...

Matthew 6. Teaching About Charity

 

 

 

 

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

 

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest

 

Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

 

 

 

MATTHEW 11:20-30

Yokes were made of wood with two hollowed out sections on the bottom portion that rested on the necks of oxen, which used to plow or to draw a cart. Figuratively, a yoke symbolized servitude or submission. Jesus is admonishing us to submit ourselves to Him, for true rest comes from serving Him – not ourselves.

A new ox was often trained for plowing or drawing a cart by yoking him with an experienced ox. The yoke kept the young ox from “doing his own thing” and he soon learned obedience to his master. In like manner, we are to commit ourselves to being yoked to Jesus. “It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23). Therefore, we have to “bear the yoke in our youth” (Lam. 3:27) if we want to become mature Christians. The comparison ends at this point, though. Unlike the, sometimes, harsh treatment oxen are given to bring them into subjection, Jesus is “meek and lowly in heart,” and wins us by love. Jesus pulls more than His “share” of the load; therefore, our burden is light.

The most loving father in the world cannot compare with the love our Heavenly Father has for us. And yet, many times we find it easier to believe in the willingness of a father or mother or mate to help us than in the willingness of God to use His power on our behalf. Relatively few people really doubt God’s ability, but rather, it is our doubt of His willingness to use His ability on our behalf that causes most people to do without. Jesus assures us that God’s love, and His willingness to demonstrate that love, is far greater than we can ever experience in any human relationship. Not only does He want our love, but wants you to let Him love you today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41

The capture of Christ (detail)

The capture of Christ (detail) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41

Jesus had a simple request for Peter, James, and John in the Garden of Gethsemane, and that was to watch and pray (see Matthew 26:41). But they were sleeping instead of praying.

Perhaps, the disciples’ lack of prayer was the result of self-confidence. Think about it: When do we usually pray? We pray when we are in trouble. If things are going reasonably well, if the bills are paid, if our health is good, if there are no problems on the horizon—at least that we are aware of—we may not pray all that much. But when a crisis hits, when problems come, we start praying. And that is fine. It has been said that if your knees start knocking, kneel on them.

Jesus knew that a crisis was coming. Certainly the disciples could see that He was in obvious anguish. Luke, the physician, tells us in his Gospel that Jesus sweat, as it were, great drops of blood. It may be that Dr. Luke was describing what is known today as hematidrosis, a rare medical condition that occurs when a person is under extreme stress, and his or her perspiration actually will be mingled with blood.

All Jesus was asking from Peter, James, and John was a little companionship. In other words, “Just watch and pray. Just be here for Me, guys.” But twice when Jesus went back to check on them, they were sleeping.

Prayerlessness can be a sin—a sin of omission. As James 4:17 tells us, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” And 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.”

Has your prayer life been lacking lately? Prayerlessness can be a direct result of self-confidence.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Let Your Light So Shine Before Men

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Let Your Light So Shine Before Men

 

READ: Matthew 5:13-16

Let your light so shine before men. —Matthew 5:16

It was just a routine baggage inspection, but there was nothing ordinary about the contents of the suitcase. The Swiss customs agent who examined it discovered 14 original drawings by Pablo Picasso. The artwork, which was contained in a sketchbook, was estimated to be worth as much as $1.5 million, yet the passenger indicated “nothing to declare” to customs authorities.

It’s hard to imagine anyone packing Picasso’s sketchbook between sweaters, trotting off to the airport, and hoping it would remain a secret. The man was obviously smuggling it.

We as Christians have something far more valuable than a Picasso to declare! Yet we sometimes keep the treasure of our faith in Christ locked in our hearts instead of sharing it with those around us. Jesus reminded us, “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). Part of our purpose is to reflect God’s glory so that others will understand their need for Him. He also calls us to let our light shine, so that they see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (v.16).

We risk becoming spiritual smugglers when we hide our faith in Christ. Instead, let’s open the “suitcase,” share the treasure, and give glory to the Master.

Lord, help me make my witness clear,
And labour faithfully,
So friends and neighbours turn to Christ
Through what they hear from me. —Anon.

 

 

A word well chosen can open a heart to God.

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!