Love Covers a Multitude of Sins

One of the ways young people express their love to each other is through songs. Serenading your partner in the cool of the night as the gentle breeze of the oceans blow through your interlaced fingers is simply heartwarming. As that special one’s voice caresses your eardrums, you can’t help but smile broadly and wish you were together forever. But as you reminisce and sit upon your bed, you can’t understand how your partner could have cheated on you…over and over again! After all those moments you shared together! All the candle-lit dinners and moments of intense passion were merely short-lived fantasies.
How could your partner be so callous after such great kindness you showed, by literally giving your everything away?
Don’t we all cheat? You may say you don’t but the truth is that you do, every day! Cheating on God!
Saying “I love You” with your glossy lips while hiding another lover in your closet, is that one too love?
In fact, it is exactly what Jesus was talking about when He echoed the writings of Isaiah the Prophet, saying, “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.'” (Mark 7:6-7, NLT).
The Word says, “For all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
Today, many things have taken the place of God in our lives. Our jobs. Our education. Our phones. Our friends. Our money. These things have become idols. They have been enthroned in our hearts, taking our time and attention and sucking the very love we profess to have for Him.
But there’s good news: Love covers a multitude of sins! Love does not keep record of wrongs!
God says, “I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” (Isaiah 44:22).
He goes on to say, “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” (Hebrews 8:12, NLT).
Act fast, for He says, “…”Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.” (Hebrews 3:15, NLT)
The love of God covers a multitude of sins, even your sins!
Do you believe?
Run to Jesus now, for He says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, NLT).

When God Walked the Earth…

When God walked the earth

The vibrations of His vocal cords

Reverberated through time and eternity

Slicing time into B.C. and A.D.

What manner of Man is this?

When God walked the earth

His Presence signified joy on earth

For the signal of this Bright and Morning Star

Beamed smiles across the faces of the grief-stricken

For one aged man embraced eternal glory, having seen His cute and cuddly form

When God walked the earth

The lame walked, the blind saw, and the Gospel was preached

When God walked the earth

The hungry were filled, for He is the Bread of Life

When God walked the earth

The lost found purpose, for He is the Way

When God walked the earth

The dead were raised to life, for He is the Resurrection and the Life

When God walked the earth

He became the Son of man, that the sons of men might become the Sons of God!

#EDIFY…poetry that builds you!

The Whole Point

Imagine a death row inmate who is just about to be executed. He has just eaten his last meal. The electric chair is warmed up and ready. Suddenly someone knocks on the door. It’s a pardon from the governor. This man—as good as dead a few moments ago—has now been released. He’s been given his life back. This sort of story has often been used to illustrate our salvation. But when it comes to what Jesus did for us on the cross, it goes so much deeper. When we were rescued from eternal death, the Governor did not merely send a pardon. He entered the execution chamber, sat in the electric chair Himself, and took the execution we deserved as prisoners on eternal death row. Paul’s point is that Jesus exchanged His life for ours. Are you living your life for Him? Love begets love and His sacrifice should kindle a desire to sacrifice in us. Paul continues with the same thought in the next verse…

He died for all that, those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. (v. 15, NKJV)

As Leonard Ravenhill asked: “Are the things you’re living for worth Christ dying for?” Do you evaluate your life and your priorities in light of the price Jesus paid for you? The natural response might be, “Well, it’s my life. I can live how I want to live.” No, my friend, it’s not your life. You have been bought with a price and your life is not your own, “therefore, glorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:20).

I love to tell this story when I preach the gospel in Africa. It’s the true account of an old Baptist pastor from the 1800s, preparing his Sunday sermon on Saturday afternoon. After several hours of study, he got tired and went for a walk to stretch his legs. As he walked through town, he saw a boy carrying a birdcage in one hand and a stick in the other. Inside the cage were a dozen little field birds, and the boy was jabbing the birds through the bars with the stick. The birds were shrieking, feathers were flying, and the boy was laughing. The pastor approached the boy. “Son,” he said, “why are you tormenting those birds?”

The boy said, “Sir, I love to hear them shriek. I love to see their feathers fly. It is so much fun.”

“What will you do when you are finished having your fun?” the pastor asked.

The boy smiled broadly. “Oh sir, that’s the best part. I will bring them home, take them out of the cage one by one, pluck their feathers, and feed them to my cat.”

The pastor’s heart was broken. “Son, let me have those birds,” he said.

“No, these are my birds. I caught them myself. You can get your own birds. You can catch some in the field.”

“But I want those birds.”

“Why? They don’t even sing. They aren’t canaries, you know. They are just ordinary field birds.”

“Please, son. I’ll buy them from you. How much do you want?”

The pastor took out his wallet and opened it up. Suddenly the boy saw a business opportunity. “How much money do you have, sir?” The pastor counted two dollars, which was a lot of money in those days.

“What a coincidence,” the boy said. “They cost exactly two dollars, cage included.”

The pastor knew the boy was ripping him off, but he took all the money out of his wallet and handed it to the boy. The next day the pastor told this story as he stood before his congregation. He said, “I took that cage out into the field. I opened the door and I backed away. One by one the birds hopped to the open door. One by one they spread their wings, and one by one they began to fly. And as they flew to freedom they began to sing the same song. And this was their song: ‘Redeemed, Redeemed, Redeemed.’”

This is what Jesus has done for us. When God looked down on a world full of helpless souls trapped in the prison of sin—tormented by fears and tears, by addictions and compulsions—His heart was moved with compassion. He knew that we could do nothing to save ourselves and He knew that without His deliverance, we would spend eternity in hell. This does not mean that God made a deal with the devil. I don’t believe any such thing. But it does mean that God truly “redeemed” us from our bondage.

The word “redeemed” in the New Testament means to liberate by the payment of a ransom. But what was the price of our ransom? Peter tells us explicitly: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Pet. 1:18-19, niv).

We have been redeemed. We have been purchased—not with dollars or Euros, not with silver or gold. In fact, the currency God used to purchase your redemption was the most precious substance in the universe—the very blood of Jesus Christ. When God purchased your salvation, Heaven went bankrupt. For even the streets of gold are worthless by comparison to the blood of God’s eternal Son. God could create a whole new universe with a word. But only that precious blood of Jesus Christ could redeem our souls. So Paul says, “Those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again!” The next verse takes it even further. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. (v. 16, NKJV)
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This extract is culled from “The Judgment Seat of Christ” by Daniel Kolenda

Accept God’s Call

Recently, I was watching Spiderman: Far from Home and I observed something striking from a particular scene in which Nick Fury called upon Peter Parker to come over to Berlin to get some issues sorted. Parker seems hesitant and unwilling to respond. Right there, Fury pointed out that Parker would have to choose between his fun vacation and saving the world. He could not have both at the same time. It was either he would co-operate with Nick to work closely and defeat the supposed threats to the earth or he would have a swell time enjoying his vacation with his mates.

Prior to that, Fury had met with Parker and given him the details of the enormity of danger the world was faced with. This is what Parker had to say: “I’m just a 16-year old boy from Queens.” He went on to mention the names of renowned superheros who could have been chosen instead of himself. But Fury made it clear that Parker was the one chosen to get the job done.

Don’t we all feel intimidated when we see crises, and we are told that we are the ones chosen to save the situation? As a young man or lady, you think to yourself that you are too young to save the world. But the truth is that God has called you. He has chosen you to do His will. See how beautifully He puts it: “For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Yes! This is your life’s assignment: to do good works God has ordained you for. You have been so fashioned, so designed, as God’s masterpiece, to fulfil His will!

His will of turning many unto righteousness! His will of reaching the unreached with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! But before you can effectively reach the unreached, you have to reach the Reacher; that is the Holy Spirit. He is the Lord of the harvest! Only a deeply intimate and personal relationship with the Lord will birth a man or woman on fire for the Lord with the Gospel. No wonder Jesus said for us to abide in Him (John 15:5).

Get on your knees and fellowship with the Lord. Get into the Word of God and meditate on it. Fill your heart and your mind with the Truth of His Word. Accept what it says! Accept the call into the Presence of God. Accept the call to take the Gospel to the nation’s of the world. Accept the call to preach to that neighbour of yours. Accept the call to minister to that colleague of yours. Refuse to fear! Lean into the bosom of the Father, rest in His love and dispense it to a world that is thirsty for that fountain of love which never runs dry!

Hallelujah!

Accept God’s call today. No more excuses!

Of course, I can’t leave you without reminding you to guard your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life and to think upon things which are true, noble, honest, and of good report (Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8).

Are you Ready? D-Day is coming!

Adjorkor: What happened to your glasses?😦🤷🏾‍♀ (she observed Dede squinting at her devotional)

Dede: Hmmm mese, I tripped and broke them yesterday oo.☹

Adjorkor: (laughs hysterically) Ah so, upon all your four eyes you can’t see where you’re going?😁

(Tears begin to stream down Dede’s face)

Adjorkor : Oh buh you too this was meant to be a joke. Why are you crying?😏

Dede: (sobs) Adjorkor, you won’t understand.😔

Adjorkor : Understand what? What’s going on with you?😟

(She buries her face in her hands, her crying heightening.)

Adjorkor : ( touches her shoulder affectionately) Baby, what is it?😕

Dede: It’s Patapizzy ooo (sobs) He hit me.😭😭😭

Adjorkor: (angrily ) But you can’t let him keep doing this to you. 😤

Dede: But I love him. 😔And I want to spend the rest of my life in his loving arms.😍

Adjorkor: The loving arms that beat you everyday? 😳 You have a whole lot to learn about love. That’s why you should be attending programmes like dday.😌

Dede: D day? 🤨

Adjorkor: Yes, d day! The love edition. 😍It’s going to give you a whole new insight on love and relationship. By the time you’re done, you’ll know a guy like Patapizzy clearly doesn’t deserve a princess like you.😒

Dede: (excitedly) I would love to come. When is it?😎

Adjorkor: It’s on 6th March at Benchmark building Okponglo. 😊Please I beg you don’t be late this time too ooo. It’s 12 noon prompt. No Ghana Man Time.

Dede and Adjorkor are going to be there. 😃 What about you? 🤷🏾‍♀🤷🏽‍♂

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0552061000
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…to reserve your seat.

Why I open this app first thing in the morning

If I am to touch my phone when I wake up in the morning, my first point of call is my Tecarta Bible app. We live in an age of infobesity. That is to say that so much information is available to us even on our devices before we get on to the Internet. The information available to us in this 21st is incredibly overwhelming. And there is the temptation to watch every ad, tap every popup or download every app that seems appealing (because most of them do).
But in this age of corruption all around us, we need to filter the information that comes to us through Philippians 4:8. It says, “…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” As a policy, I turn off my data or Wi-Fi before going to bed and do not switch it on immediately I wake up. Why? Because if it is to be on throughout the night into the morning, more information would come to me to get my attention. But here’s the case where God has said to me, “My son, attend to my words…” (Proverbs 4:20). In other words, give your attention to My words. He wants me to give Him my attention.
You see, it’s important to get your priorities right. Who would you like to receive a message from first thing in the morning? Would it be BBC, CNN, Fox News or WhatsApp? I’d say none of them!

I choose to hear first from God when I wake up in the morning by getting into His Word.

So, this is why I open my Tecarta Bible app first thing in the morning. As a result, I am able to focus on Jesus as I study and meditate on the Word. He is the first person I engage in the morning through prayer and the Word. The Word says, “…set your mind on things above not on things on the earth…” (Colossians 3:2).

If you can get to your Bible first thing in the morning before opening any messaging app or news update, it will condition your day to be much more productive and Christ-centered! Do it!

The Place to be this Season

Relationships, one could argue, are the stuff of humans. We do not live in isolation; from
birth we interact with others in our lives – parents, siblings, friends, teachers, neighbors,
loved ones – and enmesh ourselves in a web of relationships that shape our persons and the
trajectory of our lives. We live every day in the context of these relationship.

The Youth are vulnerable to this and creating platforms and programmes to aid address and educate is the way to go especially in these Times.

1. Creates a good platform for the youth in the church to learn about issues of love by inviting Mentors in this field to educate and share their experiences
– especially in these times where we have relationship, marriage challenges etc.
– gives opportunity for sharing of good marriage experiences n practices

2. Gives the youth in the church one time opportunity to know themselves.

3. Strategically placed around the Valentine season creating an opportunity and a good option to attend a good program amidst the many competing vals day programmes by the world.
– prevents the youth from engaging in activities “elsewhere” which may not benefit them.

4. Adds colour and diversity to the normal church youth programs organised by churches.

5. “Providing young Christian couples and the youth with a lifelong skill set, rooted in knowledge and skill-
based interventions, for all forms and types of christian relationships and marriages.

6. Love Soiree helps in setting the stage for healthy christian mingling, building skills to manage New, existing and “yet to happen” relationships.

7. Enhancing the faith and believe of participants in lasting marriage despite challenges to have and behold by giving them the opportunity to interact and listen to first hand successful marriage stories from Christians married couples within and outside the church.

We believe this is a great opportunity for the youth and young couples to be blessed with insight and wisdom from experienced Papas and Mamas

Here are further details:

DATE: SUNDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2018

TIME: 4PM

VENUE: CHRIST THE KING HALL, OPPOSITE FLAGSTAFF HOUSE

RATE: GHS 40.00

Please call or text 0243028241 or 0576285800 to get your ticket delivered to you.