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Posted 11/19/17 at 1:27 PM | olabode ososami

The Wedding - Part 4 : The Victory of the Bride

There are struggles for the Bride of Christ, the Church - but the Church has grace to be victorious through it all.

Psalm 34[17] The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. [18] The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. [19] Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

God prepares well for what He has ordained. Things just do not happen. God makes preparations that span through generations.

Zecharias was prepared with dumbness. He lost communication with men for 9 months so he would not mispeak. Elisabeth was a specially prepared and tested vessel to play the role of an important adviser and mentor for Mary, the mother of Jesus as well as the mother of John the Baptist – the strange man with a key role of preparing the way. John the Baptist played a key role in Christ’s ministry. FULL POST

Posted 11/17/17 at 2:36 PM | Lenita Reeves

Does anyone still preach the Gospel? By the way, what is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel?
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Since children's Sunday school, they taught us that the Gospel is "the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ." But when we preach the Gospel, is that all we are supposed to articulate? Sometimes you wonder, "Does anybody still preach even that much?"

With so many sermons covering so many topics, how do we ensure that what we preach reflects the authentic Gospel? Jesus didn't preach death, burial and resurrection. He preached the gospel of the kingdom and then, articulated to the disciples that repentance and remission of sins should be preached.

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:45-47) FULL POST

Posted 11/13/17 at 7:57 PM | Mark Ellis

Documentary to help Christians develop compassion for transgender people

By Mark Ellis

When David Kyle Foster was a young actor in Hollywood, he also was living a secret life as a male prostitute, sleeping with three or four men a night.

Then he had a powerful encounter with Jesus that felt like “liquid love” as he read the first chapter of John. In 1987, he founded Mastering Life Ministries to equip the church to minister to those trapped in sexual sin and brokenness.

During his former life in the streets of Hollywood he met transgender people that grabbed his heart.

“I would hang around with transgender people,” Foster recounts. “I had a great deal of compassion for them because they had a level of brokenness that I had not gotten close to.”

As the transgender issue exploded in public awareness following Caitlyn Jenner’s dramatic disclosure, Foster realized the issue was not being addressed properly by the church. He also wanted to help transgender people find healing at the deepest level.

In his new documentary film, “TranZformed” former transgender individuals join with numerous experts to dispel the confusion and bear witness to what Jesus Christ can do for those who struggle with gender dysphoria. FULL POST

Posted 11/9/17 at 3:49 PM | Mark Ellis

Jesus brought a blanket to imprisoned former Muslim

By Mark Ellis

A Muslim man named Hamid found Jesus through his brother’s witness. When Hamid heard the Gospel, he accepted Jesus with his mind, but his heart was slow to experience the fullness of God’s love.

Timid about his faith, Hamid had no desire to risk sharing his new faith with others, according to a story by Frontiers.

He and his brother began to meet with a Frontiers worker named Dennis, who helped them to grow in their understanding of Jesus.

“Dennis challenged each of the men to spend quiet time with the Lord and to listen to what He might say to them through the Word. They had never learned anything like this in Islam, and they were slow to warm up to the spiritual practice,” according to Frontiers.

“For many months, Hamid and the others felt they were hearing nothing from God.”

One day, Hamid sat in a park reading the Bible. Police officers spotted him and began to reprimand him, then they hauled him off to jail. FULL POST

Posted 10/29/17 at 8:33 AM | olabode ososami

The Wedding - Part 3. The Bridegroom Demands All

Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom, is the king of Kings and He must have royal expectations. It should not surprise the Church, the Bride, that there is much to learn and unlearn. Marriage into royalty can be daunting and only the courageous will step into royal spotlight that requires new standards of behaviour. The question we answer in this episode reponds to the question …”What does the Bridegroom want?”

It is important that we understand that which is expected before we consider a marriage. It is even more important for a royal marriage to know and learn the ways of royalty. There is so much to learn for the Bride of Christ.

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Posted 10/24/17 at 7:40 PM | Mark Ellis

Nigeria: Four British missionaries kidnapped

Shirley Donovan ministering in Nigeria

By Mark Ellis

Four Britons serving as medical missionaries in southern Nigeria have been kidnapped by a militant group.

A former general practitioner from Cambridge, David Donovan, and his wife Shirley, were taken from their home in a rural area of Delta State on October 13th, according to The Times.

The two other victims were identified by police only by their first names: “Alana” and “Tyan”.

The doctor and his wife, both 57, work with New Foundations, a Christian medical mission that provides help to remote villages in the Niger Delta.

They have served as missionaries for 14 years. In 2003 they launched a boat clinic serving isolated villages. Four years later they set up a health clinic in one of those villages where child mortality was high, according to The Times.

In the last two years they conducted 500 cataract operations, treated 16,000 patients, vaccinated 4,000 children and set up rain-harvesting systems in eight villages. They have also been providing Bible training. FULL POST

Posted 10/24/17 at 6:50 PM | Karen Farris

Give More, Christians

Where did we get the idea that it’s the government’s job to take care of the poor?

Not from the Bible: “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9

“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20

And from the Apostle Paul: “Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.” Galatians 2:10

Perhaps the War on Poverty, launched during President Johnson’s term, made it easier for Christians to trust the government to help the poor. FULL POST

Posted 10/22/17 at 8:37 PM | Boris Dzhingarov

How to Help Your Child Truly Understand Baptism

Baptism is something that nobody – a young child or an adult – should take lightly. Age isn’t an issue in God’s eyes and parents should make sure their children truly understand baptism before taking part in this important Christian tradition and expression of faith. Do you know what to tell your kids?

Helping Kids Understand Baptism

The first thing you need to understand is that baptism is confusing for children. They see baptism ceremonies in church services or hear about their friends getting baptized, but fail to see the semblance behind it. In their minds, all they see is someone getting dunked in a pool of water in front of an audience. It might be interesting to them, but it’s also a bit strange.

When children ask why people get baptized, adults often answer by saying something like, “She’s getting baptized because she loves Jesus.” And while that may seem like an innocent answer, it can actually cause some confusion. The child thinks, “I love Jesus. Why can’t I be baptized too?” Many parents wonder the same thing, and then let their children get baptized prematurely – before they really understand the depth of their sin, separation from God, and gift of grace through faith in Jesus. FULL POST

Posted 10/20/17 at 5:24 AM | olabode ososami

Chosen and Gifted. The Wedding - Part 2

The Church, the Bride of Christ, was chosen from before the foundations of the earth and from the time of her engagement after Calvary she was lavishly gifted to help all her preparations. The gifts given to a Bride come from the home of the Bridegroom and never from earth, where the Bride resides. Christ sends the Holy Spirit and many gifts from Heaven. The gifts also give assurance to the Bride that there will be a marriage in future and are a foretaste of a greater glory ahead.

 James 1 [17] Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

The gifts from Heaven are spiritual. They are good and perfect and were freely given nor will they be taken. In Christianity, spiritual gifts (or charismata) are endowments given by the Holy Spirit, supernatural abilities which individual Christians need - to fulfil the destiny of a redeemed people who serve God. The gifts could be both "natural" and more "miraculous" abilities, but all spiritual gifts are from Heaven and empowered by the Holy Spirit. There are also spiritual gifts that help the sanctification of the bride who must be kept apart from the world for the Bridegroom. The Bride can not make it without the help of the Holy Spirit. Too much is against her. FULL POST

Posted 10/19/17 at 1:55 AM | olabode ososami

Worship is not just singing

Many have asked what is Worship? Who is a Worshipper? Worship is important not just because God is seeking Worshippers (and He is), but also because in Eternity, our Worship in Spirit continues while virtually everything else ceases. Worship is not just singing and making music, indeed our Worship (if true) must extend to the home, the Market Place even in our Politics. God responds with extraordinary action, when we worship Him in Spirit. So what is Worship in Spirit?

Worship is an act of obedience, deep respect, devotion, adoration, bowing oneself down in full prostration before God thus seting God apart as above all in one’s life.

Indeed music elevates the soul and Martin Luther once wrote that God created man to extol Him in song …singing the psalms and hymns have always been part of what we can call worship, but we cannot limit worship to that which happens when we sing or are inspired by music. The hymns are a powerful teaching tool, and much gladness and healing for the soul of saints have come through music, and this is excellent …but true worship is directed to God and has less to do with human feelings. Worship is more than singing. Nothing wrong in being a professional musician … but this is not to be confused with Worship. FULL POST

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