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MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 19 August 2018

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TOPIC: Godliness with Contentment (Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Sunday, 19 August 2018)

FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 6:5-8

MEMORY VERSE: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” – Philippians 4:11

The MESSAGE:

It appears the church has been terribly swamped by the society. Rather than teach and preach impactful messages that will transform the society, the church has become as corrupt as the society itself, if not worse. The church is filled with false teachers and preachers, who constantly rob the people of truth. These false teachers profess the Christian faith as a way of getting financial gain. Unlike these false teachers, Paul was always careful not to use his calling and ministry as a means of making money. In fact, he even refused support from the Corinthian church so that no one could accuse him of greed (1 Corinthians 9:8-19). He never used his preaching as a cloak for covetousness (1 Thessalonians 2:5). What a tragedy it is today to see religious racketeers who prey on gullible people, promising them help while taking away their money. What the greedy folks in the church fail to realise is that wealth does not bring contentment. Contentment is an inner sufficiency that keeps us at peace in spite of outward circumstances. True contentment comes from godliness in the heart, not wealth in the hand. A person who depends on material things for peace and assurance will never be satisfied, for material things have a way of losing their appeal. It is the wealthy people, not the poor people, who go to psychiatrists and who are more apt to try to commit suicide.

Wealth is not everlasting since we brought nothing into this world, we cannot carry anything out of it. The craze for wealth, acquisition and accumulation of wealth for generations yet unborn is absolute madness. The preacher called it vanity. Many have lost their sense of decency to the pursuit of riches. Many have forsaken the fear of God for the love of money, and they do anything to get money. Those who are unable to make merchandise of the gospel, temper with church money left in their care. The pursuit of money today is done with total loss of decency, lack of fear of God and placement of zero value on integrity.

Those who look for money at all costs are never contented with whatever they get. They keep on pursuing money endlessly without regard to whose interest is being negatively affected. They may be rich in monetary terms but not rich in God. On the contrary, those presumed poor may not have all the money required to make ends meet, but because they are rich in God, they enjoy much contentment and obviously a better life. They have peace in their souls, peace with men, and peace with God. They do not sacrifice eternal life for earthly pursuits and whatever they get in this world, they express their gratitude to God wholeheartedly. Godliness with contentment is indeed great gain. You will enjoy a better life now and in eternity if only you can be contented with whatever you are able to get righteously. Pursue contentment from today and the Lord shall strengthen you, in Jesus’ name.

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:
TRUE CONTENTMENT COMES FROM GODLINESS IN THE HEART, NOT WEALTH IN THE HAND.

PROPHETIC WORD:
As you pursue contentment from today, the Lord will strengthen you.

PRAYER POINTS:

MORNING
1. Spirit of contentment, enter my life now, in the name of Jesus.
2. Holy Spirit, empower me to live above board, in the name of Jesus.
3. Covetousness and greed, get out of my life by fire, in the name of Jesus.

EVENING
4. Holy Spirit, revive my spiritual life, in the name of Jesus.
5. I shall not be a spiritual cheat in the house of God, in the name of Jesus.
6. Wolves in the ministry, be flushed out by fire, in the name of Jesus.
7. False teachings directed at exploiting the children of God, expire by fire, in the name of Jesus.

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MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)

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How Pastor Born With Hearing Loss Is Making a Difference in Michigan

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(Photo: Lakepointe Church)Pastor Scott Blanchard speaks during a service at Lakepointe Church in Macomb, Michigan in November 2017.

Michigan pastor Scott Blanchard is not an ordinary church leader.

Although he had a strong desire as a kid to become a minister after accepting Christ at the age of 7, the obstacles he faced along the way were unlike those faced by the average pastor.

Sharing his dream with his friends in school, they doubted his abilities to be able to proclaim the Gospel to an audience. Blanchard was born with 80 percent hearing loss and speaks with a noticeable speech impediment.

Although his handicap gave him low self-esteem and made him lack confidence as a kid, Blanchard learned to face his obstacles and doubts head-on as he climbed his way to becoming a successful Detroit-area church plant leader.

Since its launch in 2010, the Blanchard-founded Lakepointe Church in Macomb has baptized over 150 people. In addition, it has launched a food pantry that provides a week’s worth of groceries to about 30 to 45 local struggling families each month.

But after eight years of holding services in a local high school, Blanchard’s Lakepointe Church congregation is now searching for a permanent home — one to call its own — and has raised upwards of $450,000 toward…

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Pray for Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

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Location: Creedmoor, North Carolina

Weekly Worship: Sundays at 11:00 AM, Eastern

Fast Facts: Pleasant Grove lost their pastor late last week when he and his wife were involved in a serious automobile accident in Creedmoor. Pastor Marc Tilley was in the passenger’s seat when a large truck rear-ended their car killing him and severely injuring his wife. Services for Tilley were held on Wednesday. Please pray for this church and the Tilley family as they take the next steps in grieving the loss of their pastor, friend, father, and husband.

Website: Facebook.com/PGBCCreedmoor/


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Franklin Graham says Catholic church must deal ‘decisively and openly’ with abuse

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The American evangelist wrote on facebook: “Everyone has been shocked and saddened by the disclosures that have surfaced about “predator priests” in the Roman Catholic Church. The magnitude of the abuse over the years is nearly incomprehensible—what happened to these children should grieve us all.”

On Tuesday, the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report was released and named over 300 priests who were credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children over the course of 70 years across six Pennsylvania dioceses. 

It documented how paedophile priests were often protected by church hierarchy or moved to other postings without the new location being told of the priests’ sexual predatory history.

Jeff Anderson represented the survivors of abuse and sums-up the report here:

The Vatican called the abuse described “criminal and morally reprehensible”.

Evangelist Franklin Graham wrote a status on facebook and in several tweets about the matter, criticising the Catholic Church for a large-scale cover up:

“They have been covering it up for years, which allowed the abuse to perpetuate and grow in the darkness. Even one child is too many to have experienced this horror, and there are thousands.”

He also addressed the theological question of their salvation, saying that no one is righteous but after faith in Jesus, repentance is necessary. 

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Law banning conversion comes into effect in Nepal

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The law was passed a year ago but at the time, human rights concerns were voiced about the law limiting freedom of expression and the potential for it to be abused to excuse violence against religious minorities. 

Clause 158 of section 9 of the Bill, which criminalises the ‘hurting of religious sentiment’, is similar to the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, which make it a criminal offence to insult another’s religion. 

There are people who seem to favour the ‘No Conversion’ plans though, with social media pages set up to document street evangelism which is intrusive. 

CBN reported last month that bad treatment of Christians had intensified in the run-up to the law coming into effect, with a couple deported and accused of evangelism and pastors receiving death threats. 

Nepal is secular legally but mostly Hindu in population. 

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7 Things You Should Know About ‘An Interview With God’

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7 Things You Should Know About ‘An Interview With God’



Paul Asher is a talented reporter who is having a crisis of faith. He once believed in God, but a visit to war-torn Afghanistan changed all that. He now questions everything he was taught about religion.


He also has a crumbling marriage. And he’s battling emotions and thoughts from seeing soldiers die.


What will it take to rescue him? Perhaps an interview with the Almighty would help.


That’s exactly what Paul gets: three sit-down interviews with God, 30 minutes apiece. Will it help? 


An Interview With God(unrated) debuts in theaters for three nights only: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 20-22).


Here are seven things you need to know:  


1. It’s very well done.That’s not surprising, considering it features two top actors: Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Darkest Hour, Good Night and Good Luck) as God/the Man and Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)as Paul. Their back-and-forth discussion – fascinating and entertaining — takes up more than half the film. The rest of the movie involves Paul talking to his wife, his newspaper boss, and a mistress. Perry Lang, who has more than 48 mainstream titles to his credit, directed it. 


2. It was made by Giving Films.That’s the same company that was behind 90 Minutes In Heavenand Paul, Apostle of Christ. The company donates all its proceeds to charities and will focus on…

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Brighton churches to have mass 531ft in air

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The High Mass, or iMass, will be celebrated on the seafront tower by the congregations and fathers of The Annunciation, St Bartholomew, St Martin, St Michael and All Angels and St Paul. 

They are a collective of churches known as The Wagner Group; a Catholic group that has a strong connections with the Church of England’s history too. 

They’ll ascend at 9:30am on 8th September and will be offering prayers for all the people of Brighton and Hove and raising funds for their community projects.

It’s been arranged with the permission of the i360 group, who want to support the work of many local community charities.  

It costs £15 per person, in which the church member will get a trip to the top followed by a bacon or mushroom roll and tea and coffee. 

Fr Norbury, vicar of St Michael’s, the parish in which the i360 can be found said: “Since their foundation, Saint Michael’s and Saint Paul’s have witnessed to Father Wagner’s vision of an artistic cultural movement with the faith at its heart. It seems fitting that the newest and most iconic representation of this movement – the i360 – should be assumed into this vision. The i360 provides inspiring views of our beautiful city and through our worship together it will provide a vision of heaven too”.

Annunciation parishioner Rafi Bellamy Plaice, current BBC Chorister of the Year who recently sung…

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Pastor arrested and accused of human trafficking

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On 8th August, in Tiaty, a constituency in Baringo County in Kenya, Pastor David Kimeu and Judy Seguton were arrested by police over alleged involvement in human trafficking.

David Kimeu is a pastor and full-time missionary with the Africa Inland Church Mission Department. 

He has dedicated time to rescuing girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. Kenyan radio station Radio Jamba report that he had prevented 16 girls from having the invasive practise done to them but that he was accused of withholding them. 

Pastor David Kimeu told International Christian Concern: “We were getting ready to take 16 girls for a three-day Alternative Rites of Passage camp when security officers surrounded our home, claiming that the girls were kidnapped, and we were summoned to the local police headquarters for questioning. All the girls were separated and asked to write statements about what was going on in our home.”

On 9th August, Pastor David appeared before the Tiaty magistrate to answer questions about charges of human trafficking and the unlawful operation of a rescue center.

Of this, he said: The files of the 16 girls presented before the magistrate by the prosecutor were read and a determination made. My wife and I were cleared of the charges because the girls indicated that they had taken refuge in our home for fear of being circumcised and…

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Joyce Meyer’s Daily 19 August 2018 Devotional — Have a Glad Heart

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Topic: Have a Glad Heart [Joyce Meyer’s Devotional Sunday August 19, 2018]

From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hands shall come back to him [as a harvest]. — Proverbs 12:14 (AMPC)

I used to live with an ongoing sense of dread until I asked God to show me what was wrong. He spoke the words “evil forebodings,” and then showed me His Word concerning this subject: “All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances]” (Proverb 15:15 AMPC).

Anxious thoughts make the day evil. If you expect to have a dismal day, you will be unpleasant yourself. Evil forebodings ruin the day, but faith makes the heart glad and brings miraculous results. If you want to have a good day, raise your expectations to be in line with God’s Word.

Prayer Starter: Father, You have good things planned for my day. Help me to actively expect Your goodness in everything I do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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From Joyce Meyer’s Ministries.

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More young people training for ordination

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Overall, 169 people in this age group have been recommended after undergoing a selection process, up from 128 in 2016.

According to Church forecasts, this means that around nearly three in 10 (29%) of those entering training for the priesthood this year are expected to be aged under 32.

The Church’s latest report on vocations also shows that the overall number of people – of any age – recommended to train for ordination, is up 7% in the last 12 months, to 580 from 541 in 2017.

Women make up the majority of this year’s candidates (54%) – the highest ever proportion.

In total, 316 have been recommended for training, up 11% on last year.

Julian Hubbard, director of the Church of England’s ministry division, said: “I am delighted that the Church of England has seen a rise in the number of vocations to the priesthood for the second year running.

“We are particularly pleased to see the increase in the number of young women and men entering training.

“We give heartfelt thanks for the prayers and the hard work of all in the churches and dioceses who have been involved in guiding these candidates along their journey and pray that God will continue to bless and guide them to build a growing Church for all people in all places.”

Jo Burden, 25, who was first asked if she had considered training while she was studying at the University of York, has completed her first year of…

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Open Heavens 20 August 2018 – Bed Undefiled II

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Open Heavens 20 August 2018 Monday Daily Devotional by Pastor E A Adeboye – Bed Undefiled II

Memorise: “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”- 1 Peter 3:7

Read: Malachi 2:13-17 (KJV)

13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.

14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Bible in One Year: Psalm 36-39, Matthew 23:1-28

Open Heavens 20 August 2018 Monday MESSAGE:

Apart from sexual infidelity, one other way of defiling the matrimonial bed is through domestic violence. This can come from the man or woman. God hates violence generally, but particularly despises it in marriage, and for this reason, He said in Malachi 2:16:

“For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.”

The breakdown of affection between married couples is a highly emotional issues with God, so much so that in today’s Bible reading, the tears, weeping and crying emanating from the agony of broken marriages made Him disregard the people’s worship, as we see in Malachi 2:13:

“And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.”

Many people don’t know that domestic violence, particularly among married couples, is a great hindrance and stumbling block to their spiritual growth and blessing. This is the reason why the Holy Spirit sent these words to the Church in 1 Peter 3:7, saying:

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

Violence, wife battering, husband battering and the like directly offend the Almighty God. I have on many occasions told the story of a man whose only daughter was maltreated by her husband. This man hated his son-in-law so much that his hatred made him terribly sick. It was not until he forgave his son-in-law that he was able to recover from his sickness. This is how much domestic violence can destroy lives and families. Husbands, you are inviting the wrath of God upon your life when you maltreat the redeemed daughter of Zion you are privileged to have as wife. Note that in Malachi 2:16, when expressing how much He hates divorce and domestic violence, God used the Name He uses in combat. Therefore, stop defiling your bed with violence against your spouse, either physical violence or verbal violence. Wives should learn to submit to their husbands, irrespective of what the world thinks about this (Ephesians 5:22-23). Beloved, the truth is that unless we allow Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, to come into our marriages, the expected peace may continue to elude us. Therefore, I appeal to you to raise an altar of submission and corporate worship to the Lord Jesus Christ in your home, and you will begin to experience peace and prosperity in Jesus’ Name.

Action Point: Open Heavens 20 August 2018 Monday

Go to God in repentance for any form of violence you have introduced into your home.

Also Read: Open Heavens 19 August 2018 – Bed Undefiled I

Open Heavens 20 August 2018 Monday Hymn 17: God, Give Us Christian Homes

1. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the Bible is loved and taught,
Homes where the Master’s will is sought,
Homes crowned with beauty Your love has wrought;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

2. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the father is true and strong,
Homes that are free from the blight of wrong,
Homes that are joyous with love and song;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

3. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the mother, in caring quest,
Strives to show others Your way is best,
Homes where the Lord is an honored guest;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

4. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the children are led to know
Christ in His beauty who loves them so,
Homes where the altar fires burn and glow;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

Open Heavens 20 August 2018 Monday Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC. Open Heaven 20 August 2018.

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Love: A Principal Ingredient in Marriage (Part 2) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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Topic — Love: A Principal Ingredient in Marriage (Part 2)

Dear Reader,

Marriage is one of God’s most wonderful gifts to mankind. It is a treasure worth working on, cherishing and sustaining. His instructions are as valid today as ever. To follow them is to make the honorable, godly choice. No shame comes from following God’s instructions—only beneficial and lasting rewards. Last week, we saw God’s involvement in the journey of love and marriage. This week, we will be looking at Love as the First Principle of Marriage.

Marriage is a “holy estate” instituted by God, who created man and woman as equals. The man and the woman complement each other. Love is the first principle of marriage; the husband is to sacrifice himself for his wife, and the wife submits herself to her husband.

Love is the cement that holds the marriage union together. If you are not in love with your spouse, there is nothing to bind the relationship together. Love is the master key to a lasting marriage. Entering into marriage without love is coming into the world without a heart. Some men are not really in love, but they are only in a sexual relationship.

Love is the first or foundation principle in marriage. But what kind of love? Not sex. Sex in marriage is a good thing, but it’s not the “love” that makes a marriage strong. Not romance. Romance in marriage is a good thing, but it’s not the “love” on which a marriage is founded. There is a far greater love. This is the sacrificial and selfless love.

Jesus Christ demonstrated how to show true love. He exemplified God’s love for mankind. He showed true love through His focus on self-sacrifice, the seeking of the well-being and benefit of others at one’s own expense. That is true love!

Hebrews 3:4 says: For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

Since God built marriage, He has created all that it would take to make it work. Man on his own part needs to abide by God’s principle and implement His plan. God has said: Husbands, love your wives, and to the woman He said: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husband (Ephesians 5:25 and 22).

In its essence, love is not just words or feelings, but love is a decision expressed in deeds.

Love is not focused on the benefit to the giver, but is focused on the benefit to the recipient. Unconditional love does not say, “I’ll love you if you do this or that,” or “I’ll love you on the condition that I get this or that from you,” rather it says, “I want the highest good for you no matter if it doesn’t benefit me.” When both parties in a marriage demonstrate this kind of love, a very strong foundation is laid that will stand the tests of time.

The God-type of love is unconditional. Jesus loved the Church when there was no Church yet. He died for the wicked man; His love was not as a result of our love for Him. He loved us so much, He paid the greatest price any one could ever pay; He laid down His life. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us (1 John 3:16).

Are you willing to accept the love of God today? Then surrender your life to Christ. You surrender your life to God by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you are already born again, rejoice because your case is settled. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.

Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).

With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

“Please click HERE to read other inspiring articles by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.

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Teens Open Heaven 19 August 2018 – Honourable Young Vessels

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Topic: Honourable Young Vessels [Teens Open Heaven 19 August 2018]

Memorise: Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

Read: 1 Samuel 3:1-5 (KJV)

Bible In One Year: Psalm 112-115, 1 Corinthians 1

MESSAGE:

In Psalm 105:14-15, God warned that nobody should touch or harm His anointed. This warning is not limited to adults but also applies to children and teens. God does not take kindly to any acts that insults, belittles or ridicules His anointed. In 2 Kings 2:23-24, some children thought it fun to mock God’s servant and call him names. God’s judgement fell on them immediately. Even today, some children, particularly teenagers, call men of God names. In a particular gospel Church, it was discovered that the teens gave most of the adult members nicknames. When they discussed about their parents, ministers and pastors, nobody knew who they were referring to.

Be warned, never disrespect the anointed of God or someone older than you. If you are in a place where your peers are making jest of men of God, immediately leave that place. Those who make fun of God’s anointed servants do not live long (Numbers 16:35) do not rebuke a minister of God no matter how young he or she is. You are not too young to know what is right and wrong. Treat with absolute respect the men of God in your church or neighbourhood.

Action Point: Honour God in the life of every minister of God you come in contact with.

Also Read: Teen Open Heaven Daily Devotional by Pastor Adeboye

Hymn 4:

I. God give us Christian homes!
Homes Where the Bible is loved and taught,
Homes where the master’s will is sought,
Homes crowned with beauty
Thy love hath wrought;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

2. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the father is true and strong,
Homes that are free from the blight of wrong,
Homes that are joyous with love and song;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

3. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the mother in queenly quest,
Strives to show others Thy way is best,
Homes where the Lord is an honoured guest;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

4. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the Children are led to knJow,
Christ in His beauty who loves them so,
Homes where the altar fire burn and glow;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

Daily Devotional for Teen’s guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.

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Kenneth & Gloria Copeland 19 August 2018 – See Yourself Risen With Jesus

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Topic: See Yourself Risen With Jesus [Kenneth & Gloria Copeland 19 August 2018 Daily Devotional]

Constantly keep in mind Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] risen from the dead… – 2 Timothy 2:8, The Amplified Bible

This is the key to holding on to the blessings of God. When pressure comes, when troubles and trials are bearing down on you, remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead!

Remember that when Jesus arose, you arose. When He came out of hell and defeated the enemy, you came out of hell and defeated the enemy. His victory is your victory because you’re in Him.

In the hard places, remember that. When the devil tells you you’re not going to get your answer this time, remember that. When he tells you there’s no way out, you remember Christ, the Anointed One, the Victorious Conqueror, risen from the dead and seated at the right hand of the Father!

If there’s an image Satan hates more than any other, it must be that image of Jesus, rising from the dead, stripping him forever of his authority, and openly displaying his defeat to all of heaven and hell. That’s the picture you need to keep in the forefront of your mind. Think about it until it’s etched into your heart so deeply that nothing Satan says or does can get it out of you.

That’s when the gifts of God will be established in your life. That’s when the devil won’t be able to talk you out of your inheritance with trials and tribulations. Keep in mind Jesus Christ, risen from the dead!

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:1-13

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Our Daily Bread 19th August 2018 Devotional – Marvelous Maker

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Topic: Marvelous Maker [Our Daily Bread 19th August 2018 Devotional]

Read: Psalm 104:24–34, Bible in a Year: Psalms 103–104; 1 Corinthians 2

How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24

As an amateur photographer, I enjoy capturing glimpses of God’s creativity with my camera. I see His fingerprints on each delicate flower petal, each vibrant sunrise and sunset, and each cloud-painted and star-speckled sky canvas.

My camera’s powerful zoom option allows me to take photos of the Lord’s creatures too. I’ve snapped shots of a chattering squirrel in a cherry blossom tree, a colorful butterfly flitting from bloom to bloom, and sea turtles sunning on a rocky, black beach. Each one-of-a-kind image prompted me to worship my marvelous Maker.

I’m not the first of God’s people to praise Him while admiring His unique creations. The writer of Psalm 104 sings of the Lord’s many works of art in nature (v. 24). He regards “the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number” (v. 25) and rejoices in God for providing constant and complete care for His masterpieces (vv. 27–31). Considering the majesty of the God-given life around him, the psalmist bursts with worshipful gratitude: “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live” (v. 33).

While reflecting on the Lord’s magnificent and immense creation, we can look closely at His intentional creativity and attention to detail. And like the psalmist, we can sing to our Creator with thankful praise for how powerful, majestic, and loving He is and always will be. Hallelujah!

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God’s works are marvelous, and so is He.

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This message was written By Xochitl Dixon [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]

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DCLM Daily Manna 19th August 2018 – Sold Out To God!

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Topic: Sold Out To God! [DCLM Daily Manna 19th August 2018 Daily Devotional]

Text: Numbers 18:1-7 (KJV)

Key Verse: “And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation” (Numbers 18:6).

MESSAGE:

When the children of Levi separated themselves unto Moses in Exodus 32:26, little did they know they were becoming God’s property. From that moment onward, God became their Father, Master and Portion. What a blessing that was!

In our reading today, God charged Aaron, his house and the whole house of Levi to bear the burden of the sanctuary. With this, they strictly belonged to Him and were to mind the things related to His service. God’s service requires total commitment. He does not want strangers to be involved in divine service; except those who have sold themselves to Him at will.

Like the house of Levi, New Testament believers are to be fully consecrated to God without reservations. We are now “Levites”, separated unto God the Father, by accepting the death of His Son, Jesus. When compared to the Old Covenant, the New Covenant is a better covenant. God is not expecting less from us, having given His best (Jesus) on the cross at Calvary.

Every believer must wholeheartedly give his best to the One who never withheld His best from us. At creation, He gave man the best and made him the crown of His creations with all things subject unto him. At Calvary, He gave His only begotten Son to pay for man’s highest debt. And He will finally give believers who endure to the end, the best of places – heaven. No price is too much to pay; and nothing can ever equal the best God has given to us.

Thought For The Day: If God has given us His best, we must give Him our all.

Bible Reading In One Year: 2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read Deeper Christian Life Ministry, DCLM Daily Manna HERE

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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Seeds of Destiny 19 August 2018 – Maintaining the Right Association for Destiny Fulfilment

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Topic: Maintaining the Right Association for Destiny Fulfilment [Seeds of Destiny 19 August 2018 Daily Devotional]

Scripture: Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33

Thought For The Day: Love everybody but relate with people who are positively influential to your life and destiny.

Yesterday, we looked at the impact of association on destiny. We saw that your association determines the people you can access in life. Association also affects your motivation. One can be motivated or demotivated in life by the kind of association he keeps. Therefore, it is very important to reject the wrong association and embrace the right one in order to have a quality destiny.

Now, how can you maintain the right association?
i) Associate with the right people for your destiny
There are superior, lateral and subordinate kinds of relationship. Superior relationship is when you look up to someone higher than you; this includes your father, pastor or mentor. Lateral relationship is the relationship that exists between you and someone on the same level with you and the subordinate relationship is the one that exists between you and people who look up to you in life. In all these kinds of relationship, ensure you relate with the right people at all levels.

ii) Disconnect from the wrong influence
Bishop Abioye once said that we have been commanded to love but never commanded to be friends with everyone. Love is a command but relationship is a choice. Love liberally but relate wisely; love everyone but relate with people that are positively influential to your life and destiny.

iii) Ask God to send the right people into your life on a consistent basis
Prayer is necessary because a thousand good friends are not too many but one bad friend is too much.
Beloved, as you carry out the outlined actions above, I decree that God shall connect you with the right influences in Jesus’ Name.

Remember this: Love everybody but relate with people who are positively influential to your life and destiny.

Assignments:
1. Associate correctly.
2. Disconnect from wrong influences.
3. Ask God to send the right people into your life.

Prayer: O Lord, I ask for the grace to associate correctly and disconnect from every wrong influence in my life. Send the right people into my life, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: DEADLY ENEMIES OF DESTINY (PART 4).

Daily Bible Reading: Esther 4:1 to 7:10, 1 Corinthians 12:1 to 26, Psalm 36:1 to 12, Proverbs 21:21 to 22

Amazing Fact: A bird’s heart beats 400 times per minute while not flying and 1000 times per minute while flying.

Today In History: 19/08/1909 – The first car race to be run on brick occurred at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Quote: Your association affects your destination. Culled from 10 PRINCIPAL SECRETS OF PRINCIPAL PEOPLE by Dr Paul Enenche.

Also Read: Seeds of Destiny by Pastor Paul Enenche

Today’s devotional was written by Pastor Paul Enenche of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Pastor Paul and Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities

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TREM 19 August 2018 Daily Devotional

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Topic: How Far Can You See [TREM 19 August 2018 Daily Devotional]

“For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” Genesis 13:15

God called Abraham out of darkness and decided to bless him. But Lot went with him. Lot was not called. Lot was like an attachment. Lot went with him and suddenly they started having problem and they decided to separate. Then Abraham said to Lot, look we don’t need to quarrel, we are family. The land is before you, choose anywhere you want and I will choose whichever one you leave. That should not be the right thing to do because it was Abraham that God called. But when you know who you are, you don’t struggle. When you know what you carry, then you know it’s not about location. It’s about whose you are.

God is eternally committed to your success and wellbeing. So as far as being successful is concerned, it’s a done deal. Lot looked at the place and got greedy. He took the good part and Abraham was left in a dry land.

Then God said unto Abraham after Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thy eyes and look from the place where thou art”. Look from where you are northward, southward, eastward and westward for all the land which thou seest to thee will I give it and to thy seed forever and I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth so that if a man can number the dust of the earth then shall thy seed also be numbered, arise walk through the land and the length and breadth of it, for I will give it unto thee (Genesis 13:14-17).

Look from where you are. What are you seeing? It is what you can see you will have. Abraham eventually possessed the land including where Lot was. Beloved, this is your season of new and glorious things. Speak out your expectations and order what you want. It is what you order that will be delivered to you.

Further Reading: Genesis 13:1-18

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Psalms 103-104; Evening- 1 Corinthians 2

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Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.

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Duchess Meghan’s Father Compares Royal Family to Scientologists, Calls Them ‘Cult-Like’ – Urban Christian News

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Thomas Markle, the estranged father of Duchess Meghan, is not holding back his thoughts on the royal family.

During an interview with British newspaper The Sun published late Friday, Markle, 74, compared his daughter’s new royal family to Scientologists.

“They are either like Scientologists or the Stepford family,” he told the publication. “They are cult-like — like Scientology — because they are secretive.”

He continued, “If they hear anybody say anything they just lock the doors. They need to speak up! They close the door, pull the shades down and put their fingers in their ears so they don’t have to hear.”

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Andrew Wommack 19th August 2018 Daily Devotional

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Topic: One Flesh [Andrew Wommack 19th August 2018 Daily Devotional]

Matthew 19:5 “And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”

Text: Matthew 19:3-5

What does it mean for a man and a woman to become “one flesh?” The act of sexual intercourse between a man and a woman produces this one flesh relationship. Whether or not the man and woman ever cleave to each other in marriage; the physical act still binds them together as one flesh.

This is the reason that sexual relationships outside of marriage (whether extra-marital or pre-marital) are so damaging. Whether or not individuals get caught, pregnant or ever hurt anyone else with their sin, they are doing a lot of damage to themselves. There is a relationship that takes place through the sexual act that makes us one with that person. There is no such thing as just a “night on the town” or a “one night stand” and that’s all there is to it. Alcoholism, child abuse, hatred, and a thousand other things that are certainly wrong, are not grounds for divorce but fornication is. That shows that there is something very powerful that takes place in the physical act and explains why Satan has exploited this area so much.

Becoming one flesh with someone (sexual intercourse) is not marriage. Marriage includes, but is even beyond, becoming one flesh. This can be seen very clearly in John 4:17-18. Jesus said the woman He was speaking to at Jacob’s well had five prior husbands and the man she was currently living with was not her husband. It is certain that this woman was having sexual relations with the man she was living with but that didn’t make him her husband. Marriage involves more than sexual relations. It is a covenant or commitment between a man and a woman that corresponds to the cleaving to each other that Jesus spoke of here.

Also Read: Andrew Wommack Daily Devotional

This message was written by The Association of Related Ministries International (ARMI) is an extension of Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM). ARMI is a unique partnership committed to providing resources to help like-minded ministers succeed in a spirit of excellence and to draw from the experience and expertise of both the AWM and Charis Bible College staff. (www.awmi.net).

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Billy Graham 19th August 2018 – Be Not Anxious

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Topic: Be Not Anxious [Billy Graham Daily Devotional 19 August 2018]

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. — Colossians 3:16

Christians are to rejoice. To do that, you need only to think of the great things God has done for you. Then we are told not to be anxious, but in our prayers to make our requests known to God. In your biggest problems you have One to whom you can go; and before Him you can pour out your heart with the assurance that He will not leave you without an answer to that great problem. Then we are to fill our minds with those things that are good. They are mentioned in the Scriptures as being things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, of good report, and of virtue. It is upon these things that we are to think. Live positively, not negatively. Once you learn that secret, God will have given you the victory.

Prayer for the day: You know what troubles me today, Lord Jesus. In faith, I give it all over to You and now praise You, knowing Your love will not fail.

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Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.

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Saudi Arabia Prepares for the Annual Muslim Hajj Pilgrimage – Urban Christian News

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Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday (Aug. 19), as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom.

The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. In recent weeks, the faithful have arrived in Mecca from across the world, all chanting “Labayk Allahuma Labayk,” or “Here I am, God, answering your call. Here I am.”

The hajj offers pilgrims an opportunity to feel closer to God amid the Muslim world’s many challenges, including the threat of extremists in the Mideast after the Islamic State group was beaten back in Iraq and Syria and the plight of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority.

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Max Lucado Identifies Reason for Suicide Epidemic Across US, Offers Solution

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(PHOTO: The Christian Post/EDWARD SHIH)Pastor and author Max Lucado speaks at the launch of his new book ‘Unshakable Hope’ at the Museum of the Bible on August 6, 2018.

WASHINGTON — Pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado said that the dramatic increase in suicide over the last two decades is partially due to the lack of hope stemming from the rise of secularism across the U.S.

Speaking at the launch of his new book, Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God, at the Museum of the Bible on Aug. 6, Lucado said we live in a society “where it’s like somebody put a liposuction on our hope and is sucking it out.”

“I think it’s the price we pay for secularism,” he said, explaining that secularism promotes the idea that “all of life is what happens between birth and hearse.”

“There’s no preeminence or divine power; there’s no reason to be here, there’s no reason to long to live,” he said. “All of life is bookended.”

This view of the world “sucks the hope out of you” and creates a “sour society,” Lucado warned.

“We wonder why the suicide rate has increased 24 percent since 1999. That’s an epidemic,” he said. “I know it’s a complex issue, and I don’t want to over simplify it, but part of the reason is, we’re dying for lack of hope. There’s just not hope. But if…

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Dies at Age 80 – Urban Christian News

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FILE – In this Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 file photo former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan speaks at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.

His foundation announced his death in Switzerland’s capital, Bern, on Saturday in a tweet , saying he died after a short unspecified illness. It did not give details and remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as “radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did.”

The president of Ghana, where Annan was born, said in a tweet that “I am … comforted by the information, after speaking to (Annan’s wife) Nane Maria, that he died peacefully in his sleep.”

Annan spent virtually his entire career as an administrator in the United Nations. His aristocratic style, cool-tempered elegance and political savvy helped guide his ascent to become its seventh secretary-general, and the first hired from within. He served two terms from Jan. 1, 1997, to Dec. 31, 2006, capped nearly mid-way when he and the U.N. were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

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Greg Laurie Discusses Pastor Abuse Scandals, Safeguards He Has as Megachurch Pastor

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(Photo: Harvest America)Pastor Greg Laurie preaches at Harvest America at the University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2017.

Popular evangelist and megachurch Pastor Greg Laurie has shared his thoughts on Christian leaders being exposed for sinful behavior and talked about the safeguards he has in place in his own life.

Laurie, the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, who preaches to tens of thousands every year at Harvest Crusade events, spoke with The Christian Post this week to talk about the 29th annual Southern California Harvest crusade this weekend in Anaheim and discussed a number of other current events in the news.

During the interview, Laurie was asked to comment on the string of evangelical leaders who have experienced a fall from grace after being exposed or accused of sinful (often sexual in nature) misconduct in some form or another.

“It is a great disappointment to me when a pastor falls,” Laurie said. “A pastor needs to be a good example. He is a spiritual leader. People expect pastors to live morally and to be honest. That is a realistic expectation. They expect it of Christians, certainly they have that expectation of a Christian leader.”

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RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 19 August 2018 Lesson 51 – Eternal Rewards

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TOPIC: Eternal Rewards [RCCG Sunday School Manual 19 August 2018]

Opening Prayer: Father, help me to serve you faithfully to receive my rewards (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School Manual 19 August 2018 Hymn)

Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:16-27 (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual August 19 2018)

16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

MEMORY VERSE: “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” – Matthew 19:29

INTRODUCTION:
The scriptures say do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain. It also says the labourer is worthy of his reward. So, God has a reward for all that make it to the kingdom. We shall one day cross to the other side where we shall have exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2Corinthians 4:17; Psalm 37:34; Psalm 91:8).

TEXT REVIEW: 1 COR. 9:16-27
Some conditions or requirements to receive rewards (crown of glory) for preaching the gospel are stated below:

i. When the preacher does not make profit for preaching the gospel.
ii. When the preacher become the servant of all. 1Cor. 9:18-19
iii. When the preacher become weak to gain the weal
iv. When he or she is Jews to the Jews and Gentile to Gentiles to gain them.
v. When the preacher become all things to all men that he might save them all.
vi. When the preacher keeps the body under subjection.
vii. When the preacher is certain and focused
viii. When he or she is temperate in all things. 1Cor. 9:24-27
Such willing preacher who fulfills these conditions will never be cast away but will surely receive rewards from God Almighty after the end of the age. 1Cor. 9:27

LESSON OUTLINES
1. Types of reward
2. Other types of reward

TYPES OF ETERNAL REWARDS
Jesus Christ prepared various types of crowns for faithful servants
These crowns are:

i. The crown of life for faithful servants who endure temptations and overcome evil with good. (James 1:12). (Revelations 2:10).

ii. Incorruptible crown for those who patiently run the race to Heaven and are temperate in all things. 1 Cor. 9:24-25.

iii. The crown of rejoicing for soul winners. 1 Thess. 2:19

iv. The crown of glory for true Pastors, Missionaries and Teachers of the word. 1Pet. 5:4

v. Crown of righteousness for those who are earnestly expecting the coming of the Lord. 2Tim. 4:8

CLASS ACTIVITY 1:
Students should compare the earthly rewards with eternal rewards.

OTHER TYPES OF REWARD:
Apart from crowns and leadership positions in His kingdom as kings and priests, the believer will also be privileged to:

i. Reign with Christ (Romans 8:17-18).

ii. Behold His face (Psalm 17:15; Revelations 22:4).

iii. Inherit all things (Revelations 21:7).

iv. Shine as a star (Daniel 12:3).

v. Be a pillar in the temple of God (Revelations 3:12).

vi. Have access to the tree of life (Revelations 22:1-5; 22:14).

vii. Be glorified with Christ (Galatians 4:7).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2:
Students should mention the type of crowns they expect in Heaven and explain what they are doing at present to receive the rewards.

SUMMARY:
The above stated crowns and privileges are for faithful believers who endure to the end. They could be obtained if they patiently and faithfully hold on to Christ to the very end.

CONCLUSION:
The greater we serve Him, the greater our reward will be. If we serve Him, He will reward us. Therefore, serve Him diligently

CLOSING PRAYER:
Father, do not let me miss my rewards.

ASSIGNMENT:
Compare earthly reward with eternal reward in five point

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RCCG Sunday School Manual 19 August 2018 Hymn

1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.

2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day, Thy friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.

3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.

4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.

5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.

6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?

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Christian girl in Pakistan faces legal battle over forced marriage

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Elisha was forced to marry Sagheer (also named Qadeer) Ismael, 25, who also raped her, in November 2017, according to CLAAS and the British Pakistani Christian Association.

In February this year, she gained her freedom after a court battle at the Islamabad High Court, following her father’s efforts in which he showed the court marriage papers which faked her age, saying she was 18 when she was actually twelve.

Elisha’s father, Iqbal Masih, had sold himself in servitude in order to pay for the legal fees to win her back. They were then supported by the British Pakistani Christian Association as well.

She returned back to her parents’ but what is now unclear is whether this ruling will be put into overturned. 

The man who took her claims Elisha is an adult and capable of making her own choices, so Elisha was asked to make a statement in court about her wishes.

On 12th July, Elisha told the court: “I was compelled to do this marriage, truth be told, every one of my marks and thumbprints on my paperwork is phony.  Whilst I was in the hands of my captors I was forced to give my thumbprint on several documents, which I didn’t know anything about nor could I read them” 

In court she began crying and told the judge she was compelled to marry and that her fingerprints on the marriage documents were false.

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Woman abseils Spinnaker Tower to raise money for Christian groups against violence

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Mandy Marshall, also the co-director of the charity Restored, is abseiling the tower to raise money for her anti-abuse charity. 

Restored is an alliance of Christian organisations, working with men and churches to teach them how they can be a catalyst in ending violence against women. They specifically work with churches by encouraging them to speak up about abuse and be an influence on the rest of society. 

Writing on the campaign page, she explains why she is doing it: “This year has seen the launch of the ground breaking research into levels of domestic abuse amongst churchgoers in Cumbria. This is the first of it’s kind in the UK. The results show that 1 in 4 churchgoers had suffered domestic abuse and six women were living in fear of their lives.

“It is this kind of statistic that we exist to change. We want to see churches trained to identify abuse and to respond appropriately and effectively when it is disclosed.”

She’s been campaigning on twitter. 

She wrote on facebook: “It’s hard to top a Wing Walk but I think this one is challenging enough….

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Notable Voices: August 18, 2018

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How to Prepare for a Major Financial Emergency — Art Rainer

Major emergencies, like losing a job, are rare. They occur on a much less regular basis than minor emergencies. But when they do hit, their punch can be devastating. Losing a job can take a significant emotional and financial toll. For some, losing a job means selling a house, finding a new school for the kids and, of course, finding a new job. Losing a job is stressful and exhausting. And if you aren’t prepared, you can quickly find yourself with an empty bank account.


Church Mystery Guests Share What Keeps Them From Coming Back — Facts & Trends

As churches drift into ministry routines, it can be easy to overlook blind spots—aspects of the church service or culture that keep guests from returning. For this reason, the company Faith Perceptions sends mystery guests to churches to help them see their service through the eyes of a visitor and understand what can be improved so guests will be more likely to return.


9 Things a Messy Church Building SaysChuck Lawless

You’ve probably seen one—that is, a church that is generally messy, cluttered with “stuff” and often marked by disarray. Sometimes, the building also carries a unique odor that can only be described as “church basement stench.” I admit my bias here (that I’m a very clean person), but my years of church consulting have shown us that a messy church building often says:


Pastoring Amid DepressionJohn Starke

I was a pastor and depressed….

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