SAT. 16th FEB, 2019

THEME: FAILURE OF WORLDLY PLEASURE

TEXT: ECCLESIASTES 2:8-11
8. I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. 9. So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. 10. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. 11. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

MESSAGE
In a quest to acquire wealth, live flamboyantly, ensure security and pleasure, a man killed his mother for ritual. When the day of reckoning came, his wealth failed him. He regretted killing his mother and ended his life in suffering and pain without finding the pleasure he had craved for.

When all that one pursues or strives to achieve in life is pleasure and material gain, such a person is bound to fail and eternity in hell may not elude him/her. That is to say that worldly pleasure has no eternal security or value: It is temporary. It is a mirage.

The story of the rich fool in the Scripture (Luke 12: 16-20) teaches us that worldly pleasure or passion is not eternal. The lifestyle of the rich fool demonstrated to us our relationship with our possessions, that where our wealth is, there is our heart.

King Solomon, the wisest and richest man on earth boldly confessed in Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 that life lived without Christ is a waste. It is so with us today. Solomon had taken time to experiment on life in its fullest and came to a conclusion that “it is vanity upon vanity.” If we succeed by the world’s standard but fail with God, we fail in all.

Worldly fame does not mean eternal recognition by God and material prosperity does not equal spiritual prosperity. Brethren, let us live a life of godly contentment and avoid vain and luxurious life of any kind. Do not envy any wealthy man who does not give his life to God because such a man is ignorant of the Lord’s way. Remember, ‘If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable’ (1 Corinth. 15:19).

HYMN: EMHB 549
1: LORD, that I may learn of Thee,
Give me true simplicity;
Wean my soul, and keep it low.
Willing Thee alone to know.

2: Let me cast my reeds aside,
All that feeds my knowing pride,
Not to man, but God submit,
Lay my reasonings at Thy feet;

3: Of my boasted wisdom spoiled,
Docile, helpless, as a child,
Only seeing in Thy light,
Only walking in Thy might.

4: Then infuse the teaching grace,
Spirit of truth and righteousness;
Knowledge, love divine, impart,
Life eternal, to my heart.

MEMORY VERSE:
Prov. 21:17 “He who loves pleasure will become poor, whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.”

PRAYER:
May you help us to pursue that which will earn us eternal pleasure through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Hi there!

As humans, there are times we have felt lost at what God wants for our lives, finding ourselves at crossroads and almost giving up on ourselves because of hard times. Sometimes it seems like one can’t catch a break. Especially when you’re trying your best to focus on school, work, and/or extracurricular activities. But it’s hard when you’re having issues with your apartment/roommates and struggling and needs many prayers. Other times, you keep thinking maybe you’re not where you’re supposed to be anymore. Below are some Bible verses that can help you through rough times.

Isaiah 41:13

When we feel anxious and afraid we can find comfort in the knowledge that God is reaching out His hand to us, to help us trust Him and walk with Him. While anxiety can feel overpowering or terrifying, we should not fear, but rather trust in the perfect and never-changing love and peace of God.

Jeremiah 29:11

God has a plan for us, so we don’t need to worry about it. His plan is always good and always exactly what we need. His plans will always be better than anything we try to control ourselves.

Mark 11:24

At those times when you feel God hasn’t answered any of your prayers, here’s an assurance that through prayers, your needs shall be met. Prayer is the hotline that leads directly to God & the best part is the fact that there is no particular handbook on how to pray, you just need to believe that God exists, He hears you, He has the ultimate power to answer your prayers & just keep talking to Him.

2 Corinthian 12:9

Here’s some assurance when you begin to feel that headache or fever, when the doctor diagnoses you with a severe ailment. Jesus says “…For my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Romans 12:12

In life, there will always be hard times but at these times, we are encouraged to keep keeping on by rejoicing, patience & continuous prayers.

The testimonies are just around the corner, hold on!!!

Romans 15:13

Even when it doesn’t seem like it, there is a God of hope that is very much available to fill us with joy and peace, what more could you possibly ask for?

Hebrew 12:2

This admonishes us to take Jesus as an example, particularly putting His suffering and sacrifices into perspective, which were harsh but also temporal in comparison to the glory He now enjoys for eternity; Trust me, it is so worth it.

Psalm 138: 8

Here we have a message of perfection and security, as long as you know and believe that God created you, perfection will definitely be yours; it is your birth right.

Romans 8:1

At those times when the very judgemental hand of the world comes hard on you & the basis for your Christianity seems to be criticised, this scriptures speaks otherwise. So read up and be joyful.

Psalm 9:9-10

Are you oppressed? Does it seem as if the storms of life are beginning to suck you in? The Book of the Law says there’s refuge for you.

Till we have our Kingdom Gist again, ruminate on these things and enjoy these Kingdom Vibes!!!

FRI. 15th FEB., 2019

THEME: NOT OF THE WORLD

PASSAGE: JOHN 15:18-21
18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

MESSAGE
Once upon a time, a hunter saw the egg of an eagle and took it home. Reaching home, he added it to his fowl’s eggs which the hen was to start hatching. After a while, the hen hatched her eggs including the eagle’s egg. The young eagle mingled with the chicken while growing up. But as they grew up, the eagle discovered that she was different from the chicken and behaved differently, too. This was a result of the mother eagle it saw the previous time.

Another day, the hen saw the mother eagle again and heard the mother informing her that she did not belong to the ground but to the sky and asked the young eagle to try and fly up there. The young eagle tried to fly several times, but failed. It eventually made it to the sky and started enjoying her new life in the new environment.

The world has a system. It has a practice. It does her things differently from the way heaven does her things. In our reading this morning, Jesus made it clear to believers that they do not belong to this world. Hence, they should not think and behave like the world. Believers should not love the world or things inside it, for they shall all pass away (1Jn.2:15ff). Children of God are expected to shine as light in the world. Their way of dressing, what they eat and drink, what they say, who they associate with should be in tandem with their faith. They should not be of the world or with the world though they live in the world.

God our heavenly Father and Creator does not belong to the world, and He has commanded us as Christians to seek things above. We do not belong to the world any longer. Hence, we should avoid old and worldly lifestyle and live heavenward to the glory of God.

HYMN: EMHB 110
1: JESUS, lover of my soul,
Let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high:
Hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide,
O receive my soul at last.

2: Other refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone,
Still support and comfort me:
All my trust on Thee is stayed,
All my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head
With the shadow of Thy wing.

3: Thou, O Christ, art all I want,
More than all in Thee I find.
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint,
Heal the sick, and lead the blind:
Just and holy is Thy name,
I am all unrighteousness;
False and full of sin I am,
Thou art full of truth and grace.

4: Plenteous grace with thee is found,
Grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound,
Make and keep me pure within:
Thou of life the fountain art,
Freely let me take of Thee,
Spring Thou up within my heart,
Rise to all eternity. Amen.

MEMORY VERSE: John 15:19, “If you belong to the world, it would love you as its own, as it is, you do not belong to the world. That is why the world hates you.”

PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, put off the canal man in me and replace it with the Spirit of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

THU 14th FEB, 2019

THEME: DON’T LOSE YOUR SAVOUR

PASSAGES:
LUKE 14:34-35;
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35. It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

MARK 9:49-50
Mark 9: 49. For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. 50. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

MESSAGE
Savour is “The specific taste or smell of something or a distinctive sensation.” Our today’s passage describes the goodness of salt. Salt has a unique taste that everyone craves for. It sweetens and preserves food. When salt is absent in foods, the food either becomes unwanted, insipid or tasteless.

The life of a Christian is likened to that of the salt by Jesus in one of His teachings on the Mount.(Mt. 5:13). The Christian life has a ‘unique taste’ or character that the society recognizes. When a chaotic situation crops up in the life of the unconverted, he comes seeking for solution from the true Christian in their community. However, when such unconverted person could not see the savour expected from the Christian, he becomes frustrated and disappointed.

Imagine where you expect someone to rebuke people stealing from their place of work but later found out that he himself was the chief thief breeding other thieves. Where you expect someone to preach against fornication or adultery but found out that he himself is the one sleeping around with every available female in the church or community (Rom. 2:21-25). It would mean that the savour of such believer is wasted and useless.

Is that savour of the believer still in your life as a Christian? Have you corrupted the salt and turned it to a sour taste that the society abhors? You need to examine your life by the Word of God and allow a divine repair or solution before it is too late. Jesus said when the salt has lost its savour, it is no longer good for anything but to be trodden under feet of men. My prayer is that your ‘salt’ as a Christian will not become sour or lose its taste in Jesus name.

On the other hand, if the savour is still very effective, protect it and don’t allow it to be trodden under the feet of men.” Rather, labour more to sweeten more lives as your savour becomes more valuable, the more you use it. Mind you, the savour of Christian life is love, agape original! So, don’t let Valentine take away your savour but to enhance it.

HYMN: EMHB 600(DLM)
1: O MASTER, let me walk with Thee
In lowly paths of service free;
Thy secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care;
Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward way.

2: Teach me Thy patience; still with Thee
In closer, dearer company,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In trust that triumphs over wrong,
In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broadening way,
In peace that only Thou canst give,
With thee, O Master, let me live!

MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavour? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, let me never to lose my savour as a Christian believer but to increase in my sweetness as I touch more lives with the gospel and life of Christ. Amen.

HAPPY VALENTINE! LOTS OF LOVE IN CHRIST!

WED. 13th FEB, 2019

THEME: GIVE SACRIFICIALLY

PASSAGE: MATT. 26:6-13
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.

MESSAGE
Sacrificial means connected with or offered as a sacrifice. To give sacrificially, therefore, implies giving something very precious and valuable to you which you are willing to part with because of your love for the recipient. When something like that is given in such respect, it touches the heart of God to commend such act and bless the doer.

The box of perfume that the woman gave up and used on Jesus was very expensive. In some Bible commentaries, it was valued at a year’s worth of wages. It was so expensive that the disciples of Jesus had to complain of such a wasteful use. The woman was not considering the amount of the perfume but the great worth of Jesus on whom she poured it.

Also today’s memory verse (Lk 24:3,4) portrays a widow who gave the whole of her life’s substance as offering in the Temple. And what was Jesus’ comment? “I assure you,” He said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has” (Lk. 21:3-4).

A tithe payment may not be considered sacrificial as it is a norm, a percentage of your income expected to be given as your basic contribution. A sacrificial giving will go well beyond the normal. Have you ever given a sacrificial offering or gift, either to God or fellow human? Sacrificial offering receives commendation from God and will definitely receive due reward both in this world and in heaven’s account. In fact, giving in the New Testament is sacrificial and far more than tithes and offering.

Do you consider God as of great value? Start giving something sacrificial. Do you consider God’s command to love others as we love ourselves? Consider giving sacrificially to people who need such gesture as times present themselves. Such labour of love will definitely receive God’s commendation and reward.

HYMN: EMHB 923
1: WE give Thee but Thine own,
Whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone,
A trust, O Lord, from Thee.

2: May we Thy bounties thus
As stewards true receive,
And gladly, as Thou blessest us,
To Thee our first-fruits give.

3: O hearts are bruised and dead,
And homes are bare and cold,
And lambs for whom the Shepherd bled
Are straying from the fold.

4: To comfort and to bless,
To find a balm for woe,
To tend the lone and fatherless
Is angels’ work below.

5: The captive to release,
To God the lost to bring,
To teach the way of life and peace—
It is a Christ-like thing.

MEMORY VERSE:
Luke 21:4 “For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”

PRAYER:
Help me Lord, to understand the benefits of sacrificial giving and to practise it from time to time. Amen.

There was a time in the Holy Book when a group of seven deacons were commissioned to handle the equal distribution of welfare and to form the administrative body of the church in the early days. The interesting part is that this was all because there were serious conflicts in the church at the time.

In those days, there were only disciples and then came along the deacons but today, the offices and titles have multiplied extensively. We now have Most reverends, Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, His Pre-eminence, Deacons, provincial Pastors, General Overseers, Bishops, HODs… and the list goes on.

Thinking through it all, I begin to wonder, are these offices created for the sole purpose of maintaining peace and order and for giving the people directions based on the doctrines of Christ or are they all political posts?

This train of thoughts are borne out of various experiences where these offices have been used to influence various forms of agendas, political, financial, ideologies, marriages etc.

You would also agree with me that most of these people have become gods in their various seats that people have to worship, revere and serve as against the initial Agenda of service which they entered into via oath and anointing.

This is not to undermine or call out various officers but rather to point out the essence and value of service, which is in the real sense of it, the primary purpose offices.

Christ came to the world as a leader with a mandate to liberate the world but in form of a servant.

He was known to break and serve bread to His disciples, He was also known to have washed the feet of His disciples amongst so many other things that He did in service; this is the life that we should emulate.

Finally, let us always bear in mind that service and responsibility is the purpose of religious ordination, therefore, we have a responsibility to serve with all our hearts and humility, as Christ would have done.

“For only in service can true Leadership be expressed”

– The Elite Minstrel

TUE. 12th FEB., 2019

THEME: CARE FOR THE NEEDY

PASSAGE: DEUT. 15:6-11
6. For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations,but they shall not reign over thee. 7. If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: 8. But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. 9. Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee. 10. Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. 11. For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

MESSAGE
Going by the dictionary meaning, the needy are people who are poor and need help from others. They are people who need affection, attention or reassurance. In the Old Testament, God gave them laws that created a caring and loving atmosphere where the less-privileged are taken care of or recognized. For instance, one of the laws protecting the needy says, “When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. Leave it for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I, the Lord, AM your God” (Lev. 23:22). If you can recollect, there was a time when Jesus and His disciples were going through a field of corn and His disciples ate from such left over (Mk. 2:23).

In the early church, the disciples had all things in common; they shared what they had, one with others so that no one lacked (Acts 2:44-47). The church community is expected to be a type of closely-knitted family where everyone is catered for irrespective of class or status. That was why Paul wrote to the Galatians, “Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters” (Gal. 6:10). However, the needy are not only those who need food, money or materials they also need affection, attention or reassurance.

Do you have those who need your help, money, care, counselling, comfort, encouragement? Don’t turn or run away from them! Give to them those things you are able to give with the assurance that God will give back to you in multiple folds. Remember, no one knows tomorrow.

HYMN: EMHB 153(LM)
1: JESUS, Thy far-extended fame
My drooping soul exults to hear;
Thy name, thy all-restoring name,
Is music in a sinner’s ear.

2: Sinners of old Thou didst receive
With comfortable words and kind,
Their sorrows cheer, their wants relieve,
Heal the diseased, and cure the blind

3: And art Thou not the Saviour still,
In every place and age the same?
Hast Thou forgot Thy gracious skill,
Or lost the virtue of Thy name?

4: Faith in Thy changeless name I have;
The good, the kind physician, Thou
Art able now our souls to save,
Art willing to restore them now.

5: Wouldst Thou the body’s health restore,
And not regard the sin-sick soul?
The sin-sick soul Thou lov’st much more,
And surely Thou shalt make it whole.

6: All my disease, my every sin,
To Thee, O Jesus, I confess;
In pardon, Lord, my cure begin,
And perfect it in holiness.

MEMORY VERSE: Deuteronomy 14:29 “Give it to the Levites, who have no inheritance among you, as well as to the foreigners living among you, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, so they can eat and be satisfied. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all your work.”

PRAYER: God, help me to have Christ-like compassion to give without minding
the cost; to labour without seeking any repose, for Jesus name’s sake. Amen.

MONDAY 11th Feb., 2019

THEME: BE WARNED

PASSAGE: Matt. 24:4-24
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 shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

In these days that we are, many false prophets deceiving many have multiplied (II Tim. 3:13). Some of the time you even wonder how they were able to gain the confidence of their adherents that heed their instructions and false prophecies!

The following are some weird news of some practices of these so-called false prophets around the world: A South African pastor, Lesego Daniel, ordered his members to go out into the field outside to eat grass so as to be closer to God. Surprisingly, the members ran outside eating as much grass they could. A pastor named Raphael Obi, popularly called “Jehovah Sharp, Sharp” was interrogated by detectives at the Area M Command, Idimu, Lagos, for sucking women’s breasts. In his defense, he explained that he sucked their breasts to deliver them from killer diseases, including cancer. Another pastor’s act went viral on the internet for striping his female members and kissing them at the back side proving that it will make them get the right husbands.

The most shocking thing is that many are still deceived by these so-called false prophets by giving heed to their evil and unbiblical practices. The truth is that these false prophets engage the use of diabolical powers to hypnotize their victims.

Jesus said, “…you shall know the truth and the truth will make you free” (Jn. 8:32). When you are truly converted by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and make room for proper study of God’s Word, you are secured from errors coming from the pit of hell. Do not allow false prophets and teachers to seduce you or turn you to the paths of hell. Free yourself by accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour today. Programme yourself into rich bible studies both in the church and at home.

HYMN: EMHB 491
1: CHRISTIAN, seek not yet repose;
Cast thy dreams of ease away;
Thou art in the midst of foes:
Watch and pray!

2: Principalities and powers,
Mustering their unseen array,
Wait for thy unguarded hours:
Watch and pray!

3: Gird thy heavenly armour on,
Wear it ever, night and day;
Ambushed lies the evil one:
Watch and pray

4: Hear the victors who o’ercame;
Still they mark each warrior’s way;
All with one sweet voice exclaim:
“Watch and pray!“

5: Hear, above all, hear thy Lord,
Him thou lovest to obey;
Hide within thy heart his word:
“Watch and pray!“

6: Watch, as if on that alone
Hung the issue of the day;
Pray that help may be sent down:
Watch and pray!

MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 24:5 “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

PRAYER:
Open my spiritual eyes O Lord, that I may be able to distinguish lies and falsehood from the truth, thereby saving me from all the deceit of false prophets and false teacher in Jesus’ name. Amen.

SUNDAY 10th FEB. 2019

THEME: MORE THAN ENOUGH!

PASSAGE: EXO. 36:4-7
4. And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made; 5. And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make. 6. And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. 7. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.

MESSAGE
A proclamation was made by Moses to all the Israelites to bring offering for the work of the tabernacle as instructed by God. In response, the people brought the requirements for the work in abundance, even beyond what was needed! Another instruction had to be given to stop the continual outpouring of freewill offerings which had become embarrassingly abundant!

How wonderful will it be, if today, people could give with such zeal and open heart to obey the Lord and His servants in bringing what the house of God needs? Most often today, if peoples’ names are not announced with the amount they donated, it might be very difficult to raise a quarter of what the church needed for a given project. This was not the case in the early church; brethren gave with the same spirit in today’s text. Many of them sold their possessions and gave the whole money to the apostles both for distribution to the needy and for church projects (Acts 2:44-47).

How do you give in God’s house today? Do you give generously unless your offering or donation is announced? Are there so many needs in your church that no one seems to be concerned about? Do you even realize that all you have belongs to God? If God says, “Bring all you have to Me,” will you be able to heed such request? Are you answering to God’s clarion call to meet the needs of His house and servants? Learn to give embarrassingly huge gifts to God and challenge others to do same. It pays to do so now just as it paid then!

HYMN: EMHB 923
1: WE give Thee but Thine own,
Whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone,
A trust, O Lord, from Thee.

2: May we Thy bounties thus
As stewards true receive,
And gladly, as Thou blessest us,
To Thee our first-fruits give.

3: O hearts are bruised and dead,
And homes are bare and cold,
And lambs for whom the Shepherd bled
Are straying from the fold.

4: To comfort and to bless,
To find a balm for woe,
To tend the lone and fatherless
Is angels’ work below.

5: The captive to release,
To God the lost to bring,
To teach the way of life and peace—
It is a Christ-like thing.

MEMORY VERSE:
EXO. 36:5 “We have more than enough materials on hand now to complete the job the Lord has given us to do!” they exclaimed.”

PRAYER: God, nothing is too big to give to You. Help me, therefore, to realize this and be able to give all I have to the glory of Your name. Amen.

SAT. 9th FEB., 2019

THEME: A PLEASING LIFE

PASSAGE: COL. 1:9-12
9. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11. Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12. Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

MESSAGE
Apostle Paul was writing to the believers in Colosse, appreciating the good news of their faith in Christ and how they have always showed love to the brethren. He also revealed the hope of heavenly rewards awaiting them for all they have laboured. Nonetheless, he wanted them to have deeper knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that they might walk worthy of the Lord and live lives pleasing to all.

In Matt. 5:14, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on the hill cannot be hidden.” People around us hope to see in us lives that are completely different from those of the world. They expect to see lives void of lies, fornication, anger, jealousy, adultery, stealing, idolatry, etc. When your life as a Christian does not receive approval from people around you, it repels people from you. But when your life is full of the knowledge of God’s Word in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, it draws people closer to you and promotes increase in God’s Kingdom. “I will follow you to Church,“ they will say.

You may not be able to live a life pleasing to all if you are shallow in the knowledge of God’s word. The deep knowledge of God’s Word is what can make you wise and be able to remain irreproachable. Today, people are looking for faithful people, who do what they say and maintain godly lives.

If you desire to live a pleasing life, study God’s Word, and apply it to your life and see how you become approved and pleasing to all. Nevertheless, pleasing God and gaining Divine approval is second to none.

HYMN: EMHB 697
1: BLEST are the humble souls that see
Their emptiness and poverty;
Treasures of grace to them are given,
And crowns of joy laid up in Heaven.

2: Blest are the men of broken heart,
Who mourn for sin with inward smart;
The blood of Christ divinely flows,
A healing balm for all their woes.

3: Blest are the souls that thirst for grace,
Hunger and long for righteousness;
They shall be well supplied, and fed
With living streams and living bread.

4: Blest are the pure, whose hearts are clean
From the defiling powers of sin;
With endless pleasure they shall see
The God of spotless purity.

5: Blest are the sufferers who partake
Of pain and shame for Jesus’ sake;
Their souls shall triumph in the Lord;
Glory and joy are their reward.

MEMORY VERSE: Colossians 1:10 “That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

PRAYER: I pray Thee, Lord, help me to study and understand Your Word and be filled with
divine wisdom that promotes a pleasing life before all, for I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.