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Dozens of Christians Killed in Muslim Attack on Market in Kaduna State, Nigeria

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Dozens of Christians Killed in Muslim Attack on Market in Kaduna State, Nigeria



JOSNigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslims attacked a market in Kaduna state, in north-central Nigeria, on Thursday (Oct. 18), killing dozens of Christians and burning a church building, sources said.


Area residents said a Muslim at the market in Kasuwan Magani, 36 kilometers (22 miles) south of the city of Kaduna, began yelling “Thief!” in the late afternoon in a move calculated to cause pandemonium ahead of an attack on Christians and their homes and businesses.


“A Muslim raised a false alarm about a thief in the market, which caused stampede, and then other Muslims started chanting ‘Allahu Akbar [the jihadist slogan, God is Greater],’ attacking Christians, burning houses and shops belonging to Christians in the town,” area resident Kefas Mallam told Morning Star News.


The Rev. James Moore of the town’s Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), told Morning Star News that the assailants burned down one church building belonging to the Cherubim and Seraphim movement.


“There was an alert of a thief in the market,” he said. “When people heard ‘Thief! Thief!’ they were confused and started running. Unknown to the people, it was a strategy by the Muslim youth to attack the people. They went into killings, looting and burning.”


Moore, who is the area district secretary of the ECWA, said it was difficult to give a definitive casualty…

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Despite Gosnell Ranking Top Ten in Box-Office, Theaters Drop the Film

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Despite Gosnell Ranking Top Ten in Box-Office, Theaters Drop the Film



Movie theaters are reportedly dropping “Gosnell,” the film that details the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.


“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” opened in theaters Oct. 14, but nearly 200 theaters have since pulled the film and given no explanation. 


“I can tell you from my experience in 15 years of releasing movies independently, we’re in uncharted territories,” the film’s marketing director, John Sullivan, told Daily Wire. 


“It is an impacted fall, no doubt about it, but the fact that we’ve been dropped from theaters where the movie is the number 6 or number 9 movie is just something you don’t see. It’s hard not to believe it isn’t about the content of the movie.”


The film tells the story of Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortion doctor who was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder in 2013.


The movie made it into the top 10 at the box office last week and earned about $1.2 million.


But Sullivan said many theaters are even telling moviegoers that the film was sold out when it was not.


“One report out of Nashville had people being told the movie sold out simply because they didn’t have the staff to cover the theater, and they chose our [movie] to do that to. Why? Too many things have stacked up and it just doesn’t smell right.”


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Man behind The Message, Eugene Peterson dies aged 85

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Author Winn Collier first wrote the news on facebook

He wrote on twitter: “My dear friend and pastor Eugene Peterson has died this morning. The lantern is out, but the joy he carried with him to his final breaths endures. Eugene is now with the Triune God he has loved his entire life. Memory eternal.”

Eugene Peterson had recently gone into a hospice after what his son Eric said was a “dramatic turn in his health caused by an infection”. 

He was being treated for pneumonia and experienced heart failure and dementia, with his care becoming primarily palliative. 

He is most well-known for writing his paraphrase of the Bible, aimed for it to be simpler to read, although it received criticism from many for missing key truths or simplifying themes too much. 

Praise has come in on twitter, saying he made the Bible accessible. 

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Biblical Scholar Eugene Peterson Dies at 85

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Biblical Scholar Eugene Peterson Dies at 85



American author, biblical scholar and pastor Eugene Peterson died Monday, October 22, at 85 years old.


About one week ago it was announced that Peterson was admitted into hospice care due to his declining health. The Message writer’s son, Eric, made an announcement via email to the family’s friends and loved ones to inform them of the move. 


In the email, Eric explained that Peterson was admitted into the hospital for his declining health which “took a sudden and dramatic turn” in the wrong direction caused by an infection. Peterson was suffering from heart failure and dementia and according to his son, both were “advanced and progressing.”


Peterson was a well-respected member of the Presbyterian Church, biblical scholar and author of over 30 books. Relevant Magazine even called Peterson “one of the most recognized Bible scholars in America.”


The pastor was most famously known for the writing of his contemporary translation of the Bible, The Message. 


Peterson is also known for founding Maryland’s Christ Our King Presbyterian Church where he was the pastor for nearly 30 years before he retired in 1991. 


Peterson was born in Washington state but grew up in Montana where he attended a Pentecostal church. The pastor attended university at Seattle Pacific University where he received a B.A. in philosophy. He went on to get an S.T.B. from NY Theological Seminary before…

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Charity calls on churches to be on the lookout for domestic abuse

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It comes as a group of MPs have said survivors of domestic abuse deserve better protection.

The Home Affairs Select Committee’s report suggests councils should fund more refuge spaces. They estimate 200 women and children are turned away from emergency refuges in England every day, due to a lack of bed spaces.

 

Andrew Caplen is from Restored Relationships – a Christian alliance helping churches combat domestic violence.

Speaking about the need for churches to be on the lookout, Caplen told Premier: “Churches should be aware that this happens – it might be happening on your doorstep, it may even be happening within your churches.

“And secondly the churches need to actually know where to refer when they see these instances. You need to know, and you need to be aware and you need to be able to know how to deal with it when you see it.”

The Parliamentary report also states serial stalkers and domestic abusers should be placed on a new register and monitored.

Reforms to prevent benefit payments being controlled by abusers to give victims the economic independence to escape is another suggestion.

Under the proposals, individuals on the register would be managed through multi-agency public protection arrangements (Mappa).

This is the system used by police, probation and prison services to manage the risks posed by violent and sexual offenders living in the community.

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Trump May Reverse Obama’s Decision and Define Gender by Biology, Not Choice

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Trump May Reverse Obama’s Decision and Define Gender by Biology, Not Choice



The Trump administration may narrow the federal definition of gender to involve only a person’s biology, thus reversing an action taken by the Obama administration, according to a leaked memo reported in The New York Times.


The memo circulated within the Department of Health and Human Services says federal departments need a standard “biological” definition of gender that “is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” Under the proposed change – which would affect Title IX — gender would be defined as what a person is at birth, and not what he/she decides later in life. 


Title IX is a 1972 law that prevents discrimination “under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” 


“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the memo states. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence”


If adopted, the proposed rule would have a major impact on the transgender debate.


The Times noted that a series “of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs” – including in education and healthcare – to recognize gender “largely as an individual’s…

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50 Healing Scriptures for Health

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50 Healing Scriptures for Health From The Bible

Jehovah God is the source of life and every good and perfect thing come from the Maker of heaven and earth. This is one of major reason why we should rely on Him and His Word(the Bible; manual of life) as their source of help and Healing, strength and health.

Please read and “eat” these scriptures, turn them into confessions, print them out, and put them into practice! And if you need a partner in prayer to agree with you for complete healing, please let us know.

1. Deuteronomy 7:14-15: Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

2. Deuteronomy 30:19-20: I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

3. Exodus 15:26: If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

4. Exodus 23:25-26: And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfill.

5. 1 Kings 8:56: Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

6. Psalm 91:9-10, 14-16: Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.

7. Psalm 103:1-5: Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

8. Psalm 107:17, 19-21: Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

9. Psalm 118:17: I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

10. Proverbs 4:20-24: My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

11. Isaiah 41:10: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

12. Isaiah 53:4-5: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

13. Jeremiah 1:12: Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.

14. Jeremiah 17:14: Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

15. Jeremiah 30:17: For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord.

16. Joel 3:10: Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

17. Nahum 1:9: What do ye imagine against the Lord? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

18. Matthew 8:2-3: And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

19. Matthew 8:16-17: When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

Also Read: Receiving Divine Healing By Pastor Paul Enenche

20. Matthew 15:30-31: And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

21. Matthew 18:18-19: Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

22. Matthew 21:21-22: Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

23. Mark 9:23: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

24. Mark 10:27: And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

25. Mark 11:22-24: And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

26. Mark 16:14-18: Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

27. Luke 6:19: And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

28. Luke 9:2: And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

29. Luke 13:16: And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

30. Acts 5:16: There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

31. Acts 10:38: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

32. Romans 4:16-21: Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (as it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

33. Romans 8:2, 11: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

34. 2 Corinthians 4:18: While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

35. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

36. Galatians 3:13-14, 29: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

37. Ephesians 6:10-17: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

38. Philippians 2:13: [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

39. Philippians 4:6-9: Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.

40. 2 Timothy 1:7: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

41. Hebrews 10:23: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised).

42. Hebrews 10:35-36: Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

43. Hebrews 11:11: Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

44. Hebrews 13:8: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.

45. James 4:7: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

46. James 5:14-16: Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

47. 1 Peter 2:24: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

48. 1 John 3:21-22: Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

49. 1 John 5:14-15: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

50. 3 John 2: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

The above article was culled from Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and the staff of Kenneth Copeland Ministries are praying for you daily, for your complete health and restoration. Use these healing scriptures and confessions to stand for your health, healing and strength each and every day!

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Does the Bible Speak to Cremation?

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(Courtesy of Phil Cooke)

In modern America many have no objection to cremating dead bodies, but that was not always the case.

Preference for cremation in the United States has risen dramatically in recent decades. According to a July 2017 National Funeral Directors Association report, a slim majority (50.2 percent) of Americans opted to be cremated whereas 43.5 percent chose to be buried.

Reformed theologian John Piper noted in a 2016 Desiring God essay that in 1960 only 3.5 percent of people were cremated and in 1999 it had grown to 24.8 percent. In some states the number has risen to 75 percent, a trend he attributes to increasing secularization and economics.

The former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, advises against the practice of cremation, believing that Scripture does not condone burning but burying the body.

Unlike Greek religion, Piper explained, biblical faith “does not view the body as the prison of the soul.”

“So the afterlife has never been viewed as the ‘immortality of the soul’ finally liberated from its physical prison. Rather, Christianity has always viewed the body as essential to full humanity so that the life to come has primarily been seen as the resurrection of the body in glorious eternal life. [The Apostle] Paul did not consider the intermediate bodiless state, between death and resurrection, as ideal.”

“The greatest thing that can be said about the human body is that the eternal Son of God was incarnate in a human body and will have one forever,” he continued.

In addition to elevating the dignity of the body, Piper stressed that Jesus paid…

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Christians and Exorcists Protest Witches Hexing of Justice Kavanaugh with Prayer

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Christians and Exorcists Protest Witches Hexing of Justice Kavanaugh with Prayer



On Saturday, 60 people showed up at a Brooklyn Witchcraft bookstore to put a hex on President Donald Trump, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This prompted a dozen Christians and exorcists to show up to protest the hex through prayer.


According to the New York Post, over 1,300 people initially planned to attend the hexing ritual but only some 60 people actually showed up. Still, Christians showed up to counteract the hex through prayer.  


“We’re praying against their hexes,” one believer said.


The hexing ritual was organized and live streamed by a New York bookshop called Catland Books. According to the Christian Post, the organizers described the ceremony as “an act of resistance and resilience.”


Dakota Bracciale, co-owner of Catland Books, told BBC News that the hex is “aimed at exposing Brett Kavanaugh for what he truly is, to cause him harm and see him undone.”


On the witches’ alter one could see candles and photos of the President, Justice Kavanaugh and Senator Mitch McConnell.


The organizers told BBC that they expect to see results “as soon as possible,” but added that “there’s not a firm timeline on these things.”


The hex comes following Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the supreme court despite being accused of attempted rape by a California professor, Christine Blasey Ford….

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Church told replacing stolen roof could cost £400,000

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All Saint’s Church in Houghton Conquest, a village in Bedfordshire, is currently raising funds via a Facebook page, as well as a church concert and an autumn bazaar this weekend to contribute to the cost.

The Grade-I listed building had approximately 20 tonnes of lead stolen from its roof over a ‘prolonged period of time’, the police said. An investigation was started earlier this month.

Inspector Nick Masters from Bedfordshire Police said: “Due to the sheer quantity of lead taken, it’s unlikely that it happened over a few days.

“It’s likely that the people responsible were driving trucks or vans so they could transport scaffolding or ladders in order to access the roof of the church, and may have posed as tradesmen.”

According to the church treasurer Joyce Bullock, an architect told the church last week that fixing everything could cost an estimated £400,000.

The church’s insurance policy, with the company Ecclesiastical, only covers £15,000 of that – with a maximum of £7,500 for the roof, as they didn’t have a roof alarm, and another £7,500 if they want to do internal repairs.

The church has already raised £1,000 via donations and the roof has been temporarily covered with plastic to prevent it getting damaged in bad weather.

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Beaten, Kidnapped, Arrested and Forced to Stop Evangelizing

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Beaten, Kidnapped, Arrested and Forced to Stop Evangelizing



NEW DELHI, October 22, 2018 (Morning Star News) – When Pastor Mathai Varghese was beaten and abducted by Hindu extremists in Rajasthan state, India, police gave chase and arrested the kidnappers – as well as the pastor.

 

His car ruined and his body bloodied, he spent a night and the next day in jail with serious injuries unattended before being released on bail. That was just part of the price the 57-year-old pastor of Ebenezer Indian Pentecostal Church, in Suratgarh, paid for attending a house-warming party in a village where a mob of 100 Hindu extremists were waiting for him.

 

“I was not at fault, still I was beaten, arrested and charged,” Pastor Varghese told Morning Star News.

 

He and fellow Christian Kashmir Singh had gone to the village of Silvani to attend the house-warming of Rukma Devi Nayak, a widow who says she is more than 100 years old. Nayak has attended the pastor’s church for three years.

 

Pastor Varghese, his wife and three church members went to Nayak’s house in the pastor’s car on the morning of Sept. 4. While he and more than a dozen other Christians there had begun worshipping with songs followed by Scripture reading, they heard a knock at the door.

 

As soon as they opened the door, three men barged inside, ordered a woman who was praying to stop and demanded their pastor be handed over to them, he said. While the women in the…

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Rector called home to be next Bishop of Ramsbury

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Rev Andrew Paul Rumsey will assume the position in late January 2019, Downing Street announced on Monday. It follows the resignation of Rt Rev Edward Condry in May this year.

He said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed as the new Bishop of Ramsbury.”

 

Rev Rumsey, 50, will serve alongside the Bishop of Sherbourne Rt Rev Karen Gorham as a junior – or suffragan – bishop under the leadership of the Bishop of Salisbury Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam.

The married father of three went on to say: “At a time of rapid change in our society, the enduring strength of the Church of England is its commitment to local communities, in all parts of the country.

“I greatly look forward to working alongside Bishop Nicholas and Bishop Karen, and to serving this purpose in the glorious county of Wiltshire.

Rev Rumsey is currently the team rector of St Mary Oxted – a position he has held for four years

Prior to 2014, he served congregations in the Harrow and Gipsy Hill areas of London.

 

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Pope prays for ‘healing, strength, and peace’

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In a message sent on Sunday, Pope Francis offered his “heartfelt solidarity” for all those involved in India’s worst rail disaster this year that also left dozens injured.

Hundreds of people had gathered near Amritsar in northern India to watch a burning effigy of demon king Ravana as part of the Hindu festival of Dussehra.

 

They fled as a commuter train travelling at high speed ploughed into some of the celebrants.

Local reports have indicated the victims were standing on the tracks and did not hear the train approaching due to the sound of fireworks being set off.

The Press Trust of India news agency said two trains arrived from opposite directions on separate tracks, giving little opportunity for people to escape. The casualties were caused by one of the trains.

The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of the city in Punjab state, local politician Pratap Singh Bajwa has said.

AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill

 

In the message signed by Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis said he was “saddened” to learn of the accident, and assured “his prayers for the deceased and those who mourn their loss.”

He also prayed for the “divine blessings of healing, strength, and peace upon the injured and their loved ones, as well as the civil authorities and emergency personnel”.

AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill

 

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Brian Houston Advises Christians to ‘Kindly’ Share the Gospel With People Following False Gods

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(Photo: Catalyst)Hillsong Church Senior Pastor Brian Houston of Sydney, Australia giving remarks at Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, October 7, 2016.

When Christians meet people who don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ and are worshiping false gods, it’s our duty to kindly share the Gospel, says Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. 

Houston and Hillsong Worship are in the United States for the There Is More tour, and led worship at Together 2018 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday. Last week, however, Houston was in Kansas City where he saw a group of Hare Krishnas chanting and singing in a public shopping area. 

“One thing we do know, it’s far too hot to be out in the sun singing about, sadly, a false god,” Houston said in the video as he taped the men during their worship performance. 

“I guess that’s the way it goes sometimes,” he continued. “People need Jesus and do we tell them so? Yeah, kindly.”

The Australian pastor observed that a few of the men were some of the “oldest Hare Khrisnas” he’s ever seen.

“I think they’ve been at it for quite a while, let’s keep praying people can find Jesus. He is the author and finisher of our faith,” Houston encouraged.

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Robbers break into church through stained glass window

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Police say the Saturday night break-in at St Theresa’s Church in Sion Mills in County Tyrone could be linked to a series of burglaries in the Foyle area.

In a post on the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) Foyle facebook page, a police spokesperson described the incident as “sickening” because it occurred at a “place of worship”.

 

It went on to state: “Disgustingly, one burglary took place at St Theresa’s Church and, as you can see, those responsible gained entry by breaking a stained glass window. In doing so they’ve cut themselves and kindly left a blood sample for us to forensically examine.

PSNI Facebook

 

“A burglary, like any crime is unacceptable but I’m sure you’ll agree that in particular a burglary in a place of worship is particularly sickening and abhorrent.”

Restaurant 1861 opposite the Chapel was also burgled but the two tills and ATM reader that were stolen have since been recovered.

Police are appealing for anyone in the area with information about the “attack on the people of Sion Mills, local parishioners and local businesses” to come forward.

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How you can own Marie Antoinette’s jewels

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The personal jewels of Marie Antoinette are going on auction in November. You can buy her diamond and pearl pendant valued between $1 and $2 million, a pearl and diamond necklace valued between $200,000 and $300,000, and a diamond brooch valued between $50,000 and $80,000. There’s also a diamond ring containing a lock of the queen’s hair worth an estimated $20,000 to $50,000.

For slightly less money, you can own a box of cereal based on The Golden Girls television show, which aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992. The cereal features a toy figure of Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, or Sophia. It is selling out quickly, but you can buy a box for $50 on eBay. Someone is selling a single lot of eighteen boxes for $2,000.

In other news, the floor of a clubhouse near Clemson University collapsed yesterday morning, sending thirty people to the hospital. A train derailed yesterday in Taiwan, killing twenty-two and injuring 171 others. And three former Florida police officers were sentenced to prison for conspiring to falsely arrest people in order to improve their department’s crime statistics.

As long as people yearn to be more successful than they are, there will be a market for celebrity possessions and memorabilia. In our broken, unpredictable world, we yearn for security that transcends our circumstances.

But neither public celebrity nor personal security meets the deepest need of our souls.

Greetings from Israel

I’m writing this morning from Israel, where I’ve been leading study tours for the last two weeks. It’s been my privilege to travel to the Holy Land multiple times a year since 1995, but each time I come is like the first time. It is always a great joy to be here.

Yesterday, our group walked through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, one of the most astounding locations in Israel. In the eighth century BC, as the Assyrian Empire threatened his nation, King Hezekiah built a tunnel to protect the Gihon Spring and bring its water inside the city (2 Chronicles…

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55 dead in fighting between Christians and Muslims

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Clashes in Kaduna State on Saturday reportedly erupted following a disagreement between wheelbarrow porters in the town of Kasuwan Magani.

President Muhammadu Buhari (pictured above, left) said: “No culture and religion support the disregard for the sanctity of life.

 

“Peaceful coexistence is necessary for the progress of any society and its well being.”

Twenty-two people have been arrested following the fighting. A curfew imposed by the state government will be reviewed on Monday.

 

A spokesman for state governor Nasir El-Rufai said: “The governor said that security agencies are taking necessary action to reassure our communities, restore calm and uphold law and order.”

The latest outbreak of fighting comes after at least seven people died in clashes between Christian and Muslim young people in Kasuwan Magani in late February of this year.

 

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Seven Reasons Why Many Pastors Avoid a Counseling Ministry

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I recently conducted an unscientific but revealing social media poll. I asked pastors to share with me what aspects of pastoral ministry they enjoyed the most.

Counseling was listed last, at least indicating it was their least favorite aspect of ministry. So, I went back to these pastors and asked a follow-up question. I wanted to know why so many pastors were avoiding counseling ministries today. Their responses were clear and consistent:

  1. Not qualified. In many ways, this response overlaps some of the others. The pastors told us they have not been trained in counseling. They told us they were not equipped to counsel. They told us they felt totally out of their element when they counseled others.
  2. Concerned about liabilities. Many of the respondents were transparent about this concern. Some are not certain what they are required legally to report as a consequence of a counseling session. Others feared lawsuits as a result of counseling. Still others wondered about confidentiality issues and counseling.
  3. Not fruitful. A number of these pastors did not see their counseling sessions as fruitful. They did not know if they were helping, hindering, or hurting. They did not know how to evaluate the effectiveness of their counseling. Some wondered with transparency if they were wasting their time.
  4. Time consuming. Most pastors are overworked. Their workweek can be 60 or 70 hours or longer. They are on call 24/7. When they look for places to find margin, it is not uncommon to see them choose to reduce or…

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Joyce Meyer Devotional 22 October 2018 — Humbly Leaning on the Lord

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Topic: Humbly Leaning on the Lord [Joyce Meyer Devotional 22 October 2018]

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. — 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Humility is knowing we cannot succeed by trusting in ourselves and our own human effort. Instead, we trust in God, thankful that He does what we cannot.

As we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and lean on Him at all times, He always equips us to do what we should be doing. Most human failure comes from people trying to do things in their own strength without relying on God.

I have found that when I feel frustrated, it is because I am exerting fleshly effort trying to do something that only God can do. I suggest that when you feel frustrated that you stop and ask yourself if you are doing the same thing.

Works of the flesh equal frustration, and works of the flesh mean that I am working without God.

We can live the joyful, overcoming life God has for us when we realize God helps those who know they cannot help themselves—those who realize they are totally dependent on Him and are grateful that He will provide everything they need.

Prayer Starter: Father, I am thankful that I do not have to depend on my own strength or best effort to get through life. Thank You that You are here to guide me and help me each day. I trust You and I place my life in Your hands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Australian PM issues formal apology to abuse survivors after inquiry into institutions including the Church

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Scott Morrison’s emotional speech delivered in the Australian parliament before hundreds of survivors followed the conclusions of a royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, the nations’ highest level of inquiry.

“Today as a nation we confront our failure to listen, to believe, and to provide justice,” he said, adding: “We say sorry.”

 

The four-year inquest that delivered its final report in December revealed shocking evidence from more than 17,000 survivors and heard allegations against government, church and private institutions, as well as prominent individuals.

It also heard evidence from leaders such as Vatican Cardinal George Pell, who is charged with committing historical sex abuses himself and was accused of failing to protect children.

Mr Morrison said it was time for Australia to confront key questions.

“Why weren’t the children of our nation loved, nurtured and protected? Why was their trust betrayed?” he said.

“Why did those who know cover it up? Why were the cries of children and parents ignored? Why was our system of justice blind to injustice? Why has it taken so long to act? Why were other things more important than this, the care of innocent children? Why didn’t we believe?”

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

 

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MFM Daily Devotional 22 October 2018 – Living The Mountain Top Life

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MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 22 October 2018 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Living The Mountain Top Life

TOPIC: Living The Mountain Top Life (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 21 October 2018)

FIRE SCRIPTURE: 2 Kings 1:9-16

MEMORY VERSE: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

The MESSAGE:

A mountain top life is not just an ordinary life meant for ordinary people. Living a mountain top life implies living according to the will of God. It is a power-filled life that cannot be oppressed or harassed by the powers of darkness. It is expected of all believers to live a mountain top life because God’s thoughts for us are not of evil but good. This is the kind of life Elijah lived as we shall see in our devotional today.

King Ahaziah and his soldiers rebelled against God and His word. He sought to arrest Elijah but fire came down from heaven as a judgement against Ahaziah. This could only happen because Elijah was a man of the “mountain top”. At the top of the mountain, he could see the enemies on three different occasions coming for his arrest and he was victorious because he was on the “mountain top”. God’s divine plan for His children is to live a mountain top life, to be an eagle so as to always be victorious. We need to be very strong in the Lord and be powerful. An eagle is very strong and very powerful. It has a weight of about four (4) kg but can carry a weight of 20 kg, meaning that nothing should be impossible for us to do. Your physical strength should not determine what God can use you to do. Since the eagle love a mountain top life, you are expected to be a spiritual eagle if you want to be victorious.

Make up your mind like Elijah today to have a mountain top life. Gather spiritual strength from and through prayers, fasting, reading and meditating on the word of God and make yourself available for God’s use. Be obedient to God’s word. If you live a mountain top life, it will affect positively your business, your career, your marriage, your health etc. because no power can defeat you. Evil powers will be afraid to come around you. You will no more be in the valley where there are insults and embarrassments. You will move with the kings, and you shall be honoured like Elijah. Do you want to live a mountain top life? You need to pray and be available for God’s service.

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:
IF YOU RUN TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP AND REMAIN THERE, YOU WILL ONLY SEND DOWN FIRE.

PROPHETIC WORD:
Every ladder the enemy climbs to steal from you is burnt to ashes now.

PRAYER POINTS:

MORNING
1. Father, I thank You because of Your power to preserve, in the name of Jesus.
2. Every legal ground the enemy has against me to re-enslave me, break, in the name of Jesus.
3. Evil powers sponsoring repeated slavery against me, die, in the name of Jesus.

EVENING
4. Resurrection of affliction over my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
5. Bewitchment power re-assigned against me, die, in the name of Jesus.
6. The failure of my father’s house shall no more be repeated in my life, in Jesus’ name.
7. Fire of God, arise and kill every spirit of Zombie in my life, 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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Receiving Divine Healing By Pastor Paul Enenche

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IMPARTATION SERVICE – 21ST OCTOBER 2018
ANCHOR SCRIPTURE(S): JAMES 5:13-16
MESSAGE TOPIC: RECEIVING DIVINE HEALING

SERVICE OBJECTIVE: Understanding how to receive Divine Healing or be restored back to health

Divine healing is available as a provision of God for His people (Jer. 30:17; 3John 1:2; Ex. 15:26; Ps. 103:1-3; Isa. 30:26)

The best way to live is living in Divine health

WHERE HEALTH IS CHALLENGED, WHAT DO YOU DO TO BE RESTORED?

1. Receiving the sent Word (Ps. 107:20; Luke 5:15; 6:17)

LEVELS OF WORD TO CONNECT WITH FOR HEALING:

1a. Connecting the written Word in the area of health and healing

1b. Listening to healing Scriptures

1c. Listening to the preached Word on the subjects of faith, Divine healing and Divine health

i. The Word of God is pregnant with healing virtue (Prov. 4:20-22)

ii. The Word of God imparts faith and faith makes whole (Rom. 10:8, 17; Matt. 9:22)

iii. The Word of God transmits the life of God (John 6:63)

2. Speaking to the mountain (Mark 11:23-24; Joel 3:10; Num. 14:28)

WHAT SPEAKING TO THE MOUNTAIN IN THE NAME OF THE LORD REFERS TO:

2a. Speaking to the challenge, problem or affliction in the name of the Lord and ordering according to desired expectation (Mk. 11:23)

2b. Rebuking the spirit or the root of the challenge or affliction in the Name of the Lord (Luke 4:38-39)

IMPACT OF SPEAKING TO THE MOUNTAIN IN THE NAME OF THE LORD:

i. The earth is wired to respond to the Word of the Lord (Jer. 22:29)

ii. The powers of the enemy have been programmed to submit to the authority of God’s Word and the Name of Jesus (Phil. 2:9-11)

3. Receiving the prayer of faith (Jam. 5:14-15; Matt. 18:19-20)

Also Read: Character Development by Pastor Paul Enenche

WHAT THE PRAYER OF FAITH REFERS TO:

3a. The prayer of faith is prayer that is offered on the behalf of others on the basis of conviction and confidence in both God and His Word (Jam. 5:15)

3b. The prayer of faith is the prayer that is offered in the unity or agreement of conviction by the brethren on any issue (Matt. 18:19-20)

IMPACT OF THE PRAYER OF FAITH:

i. Faith is the switch of power; God’s power is switched into operation when faith is at work (Heb. 11:6; Mark 5:30-34)

ii. God honours the agreement of faith with answers; He responds to the agreement of faith with results (Matt. 18:19-20)

4. Connecting the power of the Oil (Mark 6:12-13; James 5:14-15)

HOW THE POWER OF THE OIL IS ADMINISTERED:

4a. Through the agency of higher spiritual authority (James 5:14)

4b. By self-administration (Prov. 6:5)

IMPACT OF THE OIL:

i. The anointing oil is God’s healing balm that directly communicates healing virtue (Luke 10:33- 34)

ii. The anointing oil transmits the Spirit of God and the Spirit of God is creative in power (1Sam. 16:13; Gen. 1:1-2)

iii. The anointing oil transmits the yoke-destroying, burden-removing power of God (Isa. 10:27)

5. Connecting the power of the Communion (John 6:55-57; Exo. 12:11-13; 1Cor. 5:7; Ps. 105:37)

HOW TO ADMINISTER THE COMMUNION:

5a. Through congregational administration (1Cor. 10:16)

5b. Through personal administration (1 Cor. 11:26)

IMPACT OF THE COMMUNION:

i. The communion communicates the Passover mystery (Exo. 12:11-13)

ii. The communion transmits into us the very sick-less life of God (John 6:55-56)

iii. The communion grants victory over the enemy and his forces (Rev. 12:11)

6. Receiving the Ministry of healing (1Cor. 12:9)

HOW TO CONNECT AND RECEIVE THE GIFT AND MINISTRY OF HEALING:

6a. By being in the vicinity of the manifestation of that gift and healing (Acts 5:14-16)

6b. By connecting points of contact from the lives of carriers of that gift (Acts 19:11-12)

HOW THE MINISTRY OF HEALING WORKS:

i. The healing gift and ministry creates an atmosphere or climate of healing where those who come into the proximity of that climate receive their healing effortlessly (Luke 6:19)

ii. The healing gift or ministry is the release of God’s mercy on the afflicted far beyond their faith or qualification for it (Mic. 7:18)

REQUIREMENTS FOR RECEIVING DIVINE HEALING:

1. Sins must be forgiven (Ps. 103:1-3; Ps. 119:67; 107:17; Jam. 5:16; Mark 2:3-5)
You cannot be praying for healing on top of unconfessed sin and be taken seriously
Guilt is the enemy of both health and faith

2. Forgiveness must be released (Jam. 5:16; Mark 11:25)
Forgiveness does not mean that you become the friend of everybody
Until forgiveness is released, healing is not received
Bitterness is a sustainer of sickness

3. Fear must be refused (Job 3:25; 1John 4:18)
The fear of death or disease attracts the death and disease you fear
Fear cannot co-exist with faith or with healing

4. Vision must be in place (Gen. 13:14-15; Prov. 29:18; Jer. 1:11-12; Prov. 23:7)
If you can’t see your future, you don’t have a future!
If you can’t see your future, you don’t have a future!
The tomorrow you cannot see does not exist
If you can see the ultimate, you will survive the immediate; no devil can kill you in today if you can see tomorrow!
When you can see the future, you can seize the future
If you have no reason to live, you die like a chicken but a reason for living keeps you alive

PRAYERS

Father, thank You for Your Word to me today. To You be all the glory in Jesus’ Name!

Lord Jesus, I come before You today to surrender my life to You. I connect with this healing Word today and I speak to every mountain around my life, they are uprooted now in Jesus’ Name! I receive the ministry of healing at work in this Commission, and I connect with the power in the Oil and the Communion, in Jesus’ Name.

PROPHETIC DECLARATIONS:

– Receive help and mercy from above!
– Whatever my Father in Heaven has not planted in your life, that the enemy has planted, I declare it is uprooted!
– By the Word of Divine health and healing preached today, your health and healing is restored!
– Every sick business, destiny, career and marriage, today they are made whole!
– Before this month is over, all that is yours shall enter your hands
– This month, systems are put under pressure, to release to you all that is yours!
– October is not permitted to end until everything that is your enters into your hands!
– Before this week is out, you will have a testimony to share!
– God is releasing you into your next realm that you’ve been yearning for!
– That devil that can kill you before your time does not exist!
– The picture of your future that you have must come to pass!
– Whatever is in your life that is contrary to Divine blueprint is cursed to its roots now!
– You will not leave here empty-handed. God shall change your story in Jesus’ Name
– You are shifting levels from this day onward
– Whatever the enemy took from you is restored
– This day, you shall receive the help of God; the burden is lifted from off your neck and the yoke is destroyed!
– This week is your week of testimonies
– You are a record breaker! What others could not achieve in your family, you will be the first to achieve it in Jesus’ Name!

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A Prudent Family Life (Part 3) By Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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A Prudent Family Life (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Topic: A Prudent Family Life (Part 3)

Dear Reader,

In the previous teaching, you were taught how to think creatively by stirring up your mind with God’s Word. This week, we will consider the topic: The Benefits of Creative Thinking. There are amazing gains when you employ creativity in your family matters.

1. You are never stranded:

Too many people regret in life today because they made hasty decisions in the past. Your mind is the seat of wisdom and when you open it up for the wisdom of God, you can never lack direction. You will always know what to do with what you have to make it enough for your family. Many people are labouring hard but are frustrated and weary because they do not have direction. You can end every form of frustration over any aspect of your family life by wisdom. God’s Word says: The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city (Ecclesiastes 10:15).

2. Relieves stress:

When we engage our minds, we are able to come up with new things through great ideas. We are able to proffer solutions to any challenge that may confront our family lives. This takes a lot of stress off you and improves the quality of your family life.

Also Read: Dwelling In Understanding (Part 4) By Pastor Faith Oyedepo

3. Leads to efficiency:

According to the dictionary, efficiency is defined as “ability to avoid wasting materials, energy, efforts, money, and time in doing something or in producing a desired result” creative thinking will help you manage what you have maximally. I remember the days when we could barely afford two square meals a day and chicken was a luxury, yet, we were healthy because I made use of what we had maximally. That culture has helped me now that food is no longer a concern in our family. Learn how to manage the little and when much comes, you won’t have any cause to waste. God’s Word says: … I created the waster to destroy (Isaiah 54:16). So, wastage destroys. You will not be destroyed! Now, I challenge you to rise up, stir up that creative mind in you and you will never be stranded again in Jesus’ name!

To have the mind of Christ, you need to invite Him into your life 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).

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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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TREM Devotional 22 October 2018 – All Things Work Together For Good

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Topic: All Things Work Together For Good [TREM Devotional 22 October 2018]

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

There was this sad story of a plane crash that happened in Nigeria some time ago. But it is interesting to know that some people were supernaturally delivered. They were to enter the same plane but right there on the spot something happened. One of them, a lady, was already at the counter to buy ticket. She was next in line but as she was fiddling with her purse to bring out money, a Chinese overtook her and got the ticket. As expected, she quarrelled with the Chinese. In fact, the Chinese were taunting her with the ticket. But unknown to her God was saying, my daughter it is not yet your time.

There was this case of another lady also on the line for ticket when her husband called her on the phone. Because of the noise around the counter, she stepped out and by the time she came back, tickets had finished. In fact, she was quarrelling with the husband; arguing that he would pay for the excess because the airline was cheaper than others. She felt bad but unknown to her all things were working together for her good. Before she left the airport, she heard about the crash. There was yet another business man who told his driver to buy him that very airline ticket but before the driver got to the airport the ticket sales were over. The man was upset with his driver and called his wife to fire the driver.

Beloved, we don’t have the same destiny and God always design all things to work out for your good. Don’t begin to say because somebody suffered, you must suffer. No man speaks and it comes to pass when God has not approved it. I declare today that whatever man has put in place against your eternal destiny in Christ Jesus will not progress. The Grace of God will overrule on your behalf.

Further reading: Lamentations 3:21-37, Romans 8:28-39

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Isaiah 65-66; Evening- 1 Timothy 2

“If you missed yesterday devotional click HERE to read TREM Daily Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo’’

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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Seeds of Destiny 22 October 2018 Devotional – The Synergy of Spirituality and Responsibility

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Topic: The Synergy of Spirituality and Responsibility [Seeds of Destiny 22 October 2018 Devotional]

Scripture: But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10

Thought For The Day: Spirituality without responsibility is insincerity; spirituality that is bankrupt of responsibility is carnality.

There is a synergy between spirituality and responsibility. You cannot be truly spiritual and not be responsible. Spirituality is always accompanied with a sense of responsibility. To be spiritual is to be ready to take responsibility.

Spirituality without responsibility is insincerity. Spirituality bankrupt of responsibility is carnality. Anyone who is genuinely spiritual would be thoroughly responsible. For instance, a spiritual man would be a responsible husband to his wife and children. Nobody would genuinely know God and be a bad wife. As a wife, you cannot claim to know God genuinely and not submit to your husband. As a husband, you cannot claim you love God and you are beating your wife. You cannot say you know God and be duping or defrauding your business partners. If you know God, you will not allow yourself to be paid a salary you did not work for. To be a good Christian is to be a good and responsible husband, child, wife, employee, employer or citizen. To know God well is to do things right; to know God well is to have your conscience alive for responsibility.

Beloved, nothing refines character like spirituality. The closer you get to God the more like God you become in character. (2 Corinthians 3:18).

I prophesy upon you the grace for spiritual intensity and vibrancy. The last time you had character deficiency because of epileptic spirituality shall be the last forever, in Jesus’ Name.

Remember This: Spirituality without responsibility is insincerity; spirituality that is bankrupt of responsibility is carnality.

Assignments:
1. Repent of any area you may have compromised your spirituality.
2. Determine to maintain your spiritual fire at all costs and be responsible.

Prayer: Lord, I ask for Your mercy in any area I have compromised my spirituality. Help me to confirm my spirituality by being responsible Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE VALUE OF SPIRITUALITY

Quote: Your spirituality is a guarantee of the security of your destiny. Culled from 365 WISDOM CAPSULES by Dr. Paul Enenche

Daily Reading: Jeremiah 39:1 to 41:18, 2 Timothy 1:1 to 18, Psalm 90:1 to 91:16, Proverbs 26:1 to 2

Amazing Fact: All Eggs are Hormone-free.

Today In History: 22/10/1897. World’s first car dealer opened in London

Don’t Forget To Attend: The Healing and Deliverance Service tomorrow by 9:00am. Invite your friends and loved ones. God bless you

Also Read: Click HERE to read Other Inspirational Messages 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

Flatimes Notice Board: Until you are born again, God ever abiding presence will never be with you. You must be born again to enjoy continuous victory. Please say the displayed prayer below in faith:

Lord Jesus, come into my life. I accept You as my Lord and Personal Saviour. I believe in my heart You died and rose from the dead to save me. Thank You Lord for saving me, in Jesus name Amen.

If you just prayed the prayer of salvation online please send your testimonies and prayer request to contact@faithoyedepo.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.

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DCLM Daily Manna 22 October 2018 – Where To Find Lasting Help

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Topic: Where To Find Lasting Help [DCLM Daily Manna 22 October 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Isaiah 30:18-26 (KJV)

Key Verse: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left (Isaiah 30:21).

MESSAGE:

A man arrested for hard drug peddling was in his cell in Canada where he found a copy of the New Testament Bible. As he opened it to read for lack of anything else to do, his eyes fell upon Matthew 11:28, where Jesus said – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. As he read it again and again, tears of repentance filled his eyes. He prayed to God for mercy and forgiveness. To his greatest surprise, an unspeakable kind of joy filled his erstwhile sorrowful heart. He knew God had forgiven and saved him.

It is a paradox of sort that while God’s good intention and ability seek to safeguard and help His people, they seek alliance with foreign powers that could really not help them against the enemy. The Old Testament is a chronicle of Israel’s repeated failure to seek lasting help from God in trying times.

Today, God continues to call on all humans to return to Him as the only One who has the solution to the myriads of problems confronting them. Advancement in science and technology, as good as it is, has not provided reasonable solutions to all kinds of problems – wars, diseases, natural disasters, political instability and hunger that have plagued mankind since the fall of Adam. But if people will return to God and walk in His commandments, then the peace that has eluded them will return to them. “For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and in rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).

Thought For The Day: The God of peace is the solution to man’s troubles and restlessness.

Bible Reading In One Year: Matthew 18

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.

Flatimes’ Notice Board: Until you are born again, God ever abiding presence will never be with you. You must be born again to enjoy continuous victory. Please say the displayed prayer below in faith:

Lord Jesus, come into my life. I accept You as my Lord and Personal Saviour. I believe in my heart You died and rose from the dead to save me. Thank You Lord for saving me, in Jesus name Amen.

If you just prayed the prayer of salvation online please send your testimonies and prayer request to contact@faithoyedepo.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.

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Our Daily Bread 22 October 2018 Devotional – Treasure in a Pumpkin

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Topic: Treasure in a Pumpkin [Our Daily Bread 22 October 2018 Devotional]

Read: 2 Corinthians 4:7–18, Bible in a Year: Isaiah 65–66; 1 Timothy 2

We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

As a young mother, I was determined to document my daughter’s first year of life. Each month, I took photos of her to illustrate how she had changed and grown. In one of my favorite pictures, she is gleefully sitting in the belly of a hollowed-out pumpkin I purchased from a local farmer. There she sat, the delight of my heart, contained in an overgrown squash. The pumpkin withered in the ensuing weeks, but my daughter continued to grow and thrive.

The way Paul describes knowing the truth of who Jesus is reminds me of that photo. He likens the knowledge of Jesus in our heart to a treasure stored in a clay pot. Remembering what Jesus did for us gives us the courage and strength to persevere through struggles in spite of being “hard pressed on every side” (2 Corinthians 4:8). Because of God’s power in our lives, when we are “struck down, but not destroyed,” we reveal the life of Jesus (v. 9).

Like the pumpkin that withered, we may feel the wear and tear of our trials. But the joy of Jesus in us can continue to grow in spite of those challenges. Our knowledge of Him—His power at work in our lives—is the treasure stored in our frail clay bodies. We can flourish in the face of hardship because of His power at work within us.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for putting Your truth into my heart and life. Help me to bear up under the challenges I face with Your power. May others see Your work in my life and come to know You too.

God’s power is at work within us.

INSIGHT:
As with Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, the epistle of James encourages those who are facing trials. “Consider it pure joy . . . whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete” (James 1:2–4). Those who persevere will receive strength for today and “the crown of life” (v. 12)—eternal life—tomorrow.

How have you experienced the joy of Christ in the midst of trials?

Alyson Kieda

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Our Daily Bread Devotionals HERE

This message was written By Kirsten Holmberg [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]

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Christians Are Being Sucked Into Society’s Demonizing, Mocking of Each Other

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(Screenshot: tgc.org)Tim Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, gives remarks at The Gospel Coalition Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, has warned that Christians are letting themselves be sucked into society’s ongoing demonizing and mocking of groups.

“We live in a world fragmented into various ‘media bubbles,’ in which you hear only news that confirms what you already believe. Anyone whose uses the internet and social media or who even watches most news channels today is being daily encouraged in a dozen ways to become like Jonah with regard to ‘those people over there,'” Keller wrote on Twitter  Wednesday, referring to the biblical figure. 

“Groups demonize and mock other groups. Each region of the country and political party finds reasons to despise the others. Christian believers today are being sucked into this maelstrom as much as, if not more than, anyone else,” he added.

“The book of Jonah is a shot across the bow. God asks, how can we look at anyone — even those with deeply opposing beliefs and practices — with no compassion?” he positioned.

Keller linked to his new book, The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of…

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Couples Who Live Together Before Marriage at Higher Risk of Divorce: Study

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Couples who live together before they get married are at greater risk of getting a divorce, a recently released study has found, supporting previous data.

What is called the “premarital cohabitation effect” continues to be a real phenomenon, according to a study published last month in the Journal of Marriage and Family. This effect, long examined by social scientists, is that those who live together before getting married are more likely to struggle during marriage.

The study, “Cohabitation Experience and Cohabitation’s Association With Marital Dissolution,” from authors Michael Rosenfeld and Katharina Roesler suggests that such struggles involve an increased risk of divorce and that previous research arguing the effect disappeared was biased toward short versus longer-term effects, as noted Wednesday by Scott Stanley and Galena Rhoades at The Institute for Family Studies in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Those who say the negative effects of cohabiting disappeared simply did not have outcomes for divorce far enough out for those who had married in the recent cohorts that they examined, they explain.

Rosenfeld and Roesler found that living together before marriage is linked with lower odds of divorce in the first year of marriage but the odds of divorce rise in every other year tested, a data point that holds across decades of research. For their research they used a harmonized data set of six waves of the retrospective National Surveys of Family Growth — with 216,455 couple-years — analyzing them with discrete time-event history methods to predict marital…

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Megachurch Pastor Tommy Nelson Reveals Medication Helped Him Through Depression, Anxiety

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(Screenshot: Vimeo)Pastor Tommy Nelson.

After years of managing chronic depression and anxiety with medication and faith, Texas megachurch Pastor Tommy Nelson hosted a conference this weekend geared at helping others achieve mental health success using “biblical principles and practical truth.”

Billed “The Journey Through Depression and Anxiety,” Nelson, who leads the Denton Bible Church, hosted the event at Mclean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia, on Friday night and Saturday morning.

In a recent interview with Fox News Radio Nelson, 68, shared some wisdom on the subject based on his personal struggle with his mental health.

“Depression and anxiety are two sides of the same coin. Sometimes one will have more of this or more of that, but they both come from the premise of the same reason. I became a Christian when I was in college. Before that it was all football and after that it was all ministry,” he said. “I never had to be motivated I was just focused.”

In 2004 when he was about 54, Nelson began experiencing unexplained physical pain.

“I began to notice just my body would be in pain and I didn’t know why. Then it would be sleeplessness. And what it was, was adrenalin was always running and I couldn’t sleep, and then it just spiked on a particular Sunday evening and…

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