Extend Your Blessings – 6 June

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” – 1 Chronicles 16:29

There is an old expression that says, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” I heard this many times in my youth—if we children were asking for the unreasonable, Mother was quick to remind us about the source of money, and that it was not growing on trees!

Actually, in our home, the source was often from Above. I grew up during the Great Depression, when times were hard and money was scarce. One day, someone stole the morning’s milk off our front porch. My sister was just a baby, and the milk was needed for her. That day, my father went to work at the sawmill, where his job was to pull slab wood off the conveyor chain that went up to the scrap burner. As he was pulling the slab wood, he spotted a ten-cent piece, and with that dime he was able to buy the necessary milk for my sister.

Where the dime that my father found came from, we do not know, but God knows, and we give Him the credit. Over the years, God graciously provided for us many times, even blessing us so that our material needs were more than met.

While money is not everything, it is still our medium of exchange, and at times we have opportunities to “give back” some of the material blessings God has given us. For example, years ago my wife became very ill, but the Lord stepped in and helped us through our crisis. We were so thankful for His goodness to us! Not long after that, there was a call for help to support a youth camp in Romania, and we saw it as an opportunity to give something back to God—a token of our appreciation for His goodness. We knew we had been blessed, and we wanted someone else to feel blessed too.

We can never do enough to repay God for all that He has given to us, but it is not a bad idea to try. In this way, we can be used by God as He fulfills His promise to supply His children’s needs. A minister once told his congregation, “If God blesses you or answers a prayer, put some shoes on a poor child’s feet, or help to feed them!” That is very good advice!

Father in Heaven, Thank You for taking such good care of me. May I always be quick to respond when You want me to be a channel through which You can bless others. Amen.

Youth Camp 2012

About 122 delegates comprising of mostly youths held their annual youth camp at a beautiful Christian centre around a Lakeside at Linchfield, Staffordshire from 4th to 7th May. The theme of the youth camp was ‘Call of Duty: Get Equipped’. After a cut down overnight rest, all youth camp delegates went through a morning drill and were afterwards re-grouped into six battalions. Each battalion were given a task and came up with solutions relating to biblical standards. The Saturday morning activity ended with amazing ideas which ranged from short plays to cardboard descriptions. The afternoon of that same day was a time of relaxation through games of Absailing and the likes; all in preparation for the battle of life. The evening of 5th May was spectacular, a time of soul searching and burden bearing as people walked up to a paper-made cross, sticking up their handwritten problems and leaving it on the cross for Jesus to bear. That evening, at least 4 people were Saved, 2 Sanctified and 1 Baptised with the Holy Ghost

The blessings continued through the following day – 6th May. The morning sermon of that Sunday focused on the theme of the Youth Camp. Before the sermon, the power of God was felt especially when the Youth Choir (VOH) gave a rendition of ‘Our God Reigns’. Bro. Seun Ogunleye preached that morning. In his sermon he rallied all youth to the call of duty and to be properly equipped for the Christian battle ahead. It was soul searching and heartfelt, and there was a wonderful altar service following. The evening service was also spirit filled. VOH encouraged all as they gave a powerful rendition “God said you’re gonna make it”. The sermon was given by the youth leader, Sis. Olos Irenoa and titled “You’re gonna make it!” Indeed, a lot of youths surely broke their way through to various Christian experiences as God blessed the altar service greatly that evening.

After watching a power packed DVD of John Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress, delegates returned to their various cities equipped and with testimonies to share. The happy smiling faces of the young people told the story of the Youth Camp. We are most grateful to God.

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London Olympics needs your prayers

Yes, it is round the corner. It is exciting, it is fun, it is great to see areas being developed. But unfortunately, the Devil always wishes to turn a moment of shared happiness into a moment of pain and terror. Also, we will meet so much more people on the street, on the bus, on the underground and overground, which presents so much more people we can minister to and tell about Jesus saving grace.

So, as we remember the olympics, let’s pray for the light of Jesus to reach to empty souls, even in countries where they do not have the open opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ. May we be shining examples, radiant in God’s love. We cannot share Christ if we do not have Him in our hearts. We need to have Jesus’ blood on our hearts and His grace within us.

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

We pray for peace before, during and after the events. Get encouraged from Psalm 27:1-3.

1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of
my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.