Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017
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45 mins 11 secs
Every family faces challenges that, if care is not taken, can be used by the enemy to cause frustration, discouragement, separation, and even divorce. But whatever we may face as a couple or a family can be overcome if we will pray to God for His help. This can be illustrated by the account of the birth of Jacob and Esau, the twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah that we read earlier. Now concerning Jacob and Esau we are here told that they were prayed for. Their parents, after they had been long childless, obtained them by prayer (Gen. 25:20,21). Though God had promised to multiply his family, Isaac prayed for its increase; for God's promises, must not supersede, but encourage, our prayers, and be the ground of our faith. Though he had prayed for this mercy very often, and had continued his supplication many years, and it was not granted, yet he did not leave off praying for it; for men ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1), to pray without ceasing, and knock till the door be opened, He prayed for his wife; some read it with his wife. From his example, we learn that husbands and wives should pray together. This is also explicitly stated in Apostle Peter's first epistle so that their prayers be not hindered (1 Peter 3:7). The result of his effort is that God heard his prayer. This buttresses the fact that children are the gift of God. Those that continue instant in prayer, as Isaac did, shall find, at last, that they did not seek God in vain (Isaiah 45:19). In answering their prayer, God did more than they could imagine—Rebecca became pregnant with a set of twins. God often does more than we ask for in our prayers, and gives more than we can ask or think (Eph. 3:20). But the pregnancy brought with it another challenge. The children struggled together within her. The commotion she felt was altogether extraordinary and made her very uneasy. Whether she was apprehensive that the birth would be her death, or whether she was weary of the intestine tumult, or whether she suspected it to be an ill omen, it seems she was ready to wish that either she had not been with child or that she might die immediately, and not bring forth such a struggling brood. Before, the want of children was her trouble, now, the struggle of the children is causing her a lot of worry, fear, and anxiety. From this experience of Rebecca’s, we can learn that the comforts we are most desirous of are sometimes found to bring along with them more occasion of trouble and uneasiness than what we thought of. We are too apt to be discontented with our comforts, because of the uneasiness that attends them. But how did she handle this unpleasant development? She went to enquire of the Lord. She did not depend on her own understanding or seek the counsel of those who never had a similar experience. Her reasoning was that if God could grant her the power to conceive these babies in her womb, He can be relied upon to guide the whole process leading to their birth. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Isaiah 66:9 (NIV) 9 Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?" says the LORD. "Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?" says your God. Philippians 1:6 (NIV) 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus
Sun, Mar 05, 2017
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1 hr 31 mins 14 secs
Single parenthood is a condition that is very common in our world today and can be a very challenging experience for those who have it as their lot in life. The reality of single parenthood is acknowledged by the Bible where God reveals His love and concern for single parents. One notable single parent in the Bible is Hagar, the concubine of Abraham who had a son named Ishmael for him. Her story can be found in Genesis 16, 17, and 21. Hagar was rejected by her mistress, Sarah, and sent packing from the family of Abraham along with the son she had for Abraham at the instigation of Sarah. She, therefore, became a single parent to Ishmael and was saddled with the sole responsibility of taking care of him. She later found a wife for him from Egypt. A second notable single parent in the Bible is Eunice, the mother of Timothy. Eunice was a Jewess and a believer who got married to a Greek.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
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1 hr 26 mins 42 secs
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
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1 hr 13 mins 50 secs
For a couple of weeks now, we have been having a church-wide bible study series on the Christian Home and Family. This is borne out of our appreciation that the institution of marriage and the home are undergoing a lot of crises today
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
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1 hr 3 mins 49 secs
What kind of person is God looking for to serve Him? Or what kind of person must those who serve God today be if they would be pleasing to the Master? Prophet Elisha models for us the kind of servant God wants us to be. From his life we can learn the following about the person that God will be pleased to use in His service. One, he must be a person who rejects the prevailing spirit of the age in which he or she lives. The age in which Elisha lived was one in which the people had abandoned the service and worship of the true God and had gone into idolatry. Indeed, things were so bad that the true prophet, Elijah, became so frustrated that he complained to God in 1 Kings 19:14-18. The age in which we are living is also controlled or strongly influenced by certain evil spirits with Satan at their head. The Spirit of God spoke about this in Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy chapter 3 verses 1 to 9 and in 1 Peter 5:1-9. We live in an age in which many believers are not eager to serve God and many of those who are yearly inducted into God’s service do not make the service of God a priority for their lives. They are not willing to pay the price necessary for serving God. Two, he must have intense spiritual desire. This inward intensity will cause him to long for things beyond the material things of the world. This was true of Elisha. One day Elisha was sweating behind his team of oxen. Over the next hill, he spotted the familiar figure of Elijah the Prophet who threw his cloak on Elisha and kept on walking. Elisha reckoned that God wanted him to serve Him in a special way. Three, he must make an irrevocable commitment. Elisha burned his plow and killed his oxen. That would be like someone driving his N20million tractor off a cliff. He was cutting off his own retreat. Now there was no going back. He would follow Elijah and never return to farming again. The curtain closed on one epoch of his life and opened on another. He had acted out the commitment of his heart. Four, he must rely absolutely on God for the meeting of his needs. Elisha gave his oxen to his friends with abandon and with joy. In giving everything he had left to his friends, Elisha was indicating that he would now totally depend on God to provide for his sustenance. Five, his God-ties must be stronger than his family ties. Elisha honoured his father and mother as we see in his reply to Elijah: “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you” (1 Kings 19:20). He had strong family ties but his God-ties were even stronger. Six, he must possess a “servant attitude”, the key to success. We are told in 1 Kings 19:21 that Elisha “arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.” He did not seek a position for himself, but sought only to make himself useful to his master. In fact, Elisha became famous for his servanthood (2vKings 3:11) long before he became famous for his miracles. He found contentment in being Elijah’s servant.
Sun, Jan 08, 2017
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What kind of person is God looking for to serve Him? Or what kind of person must those who serve God today be if they would be pleasing to the Master? Rev Dr. Kayode Ilupeju leads us to re-examine the concept of Service from God's Perspective.
Sun, Jan 01, 2017
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