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CHRISTMAS – THE SEASON FOR THE REASON OF HOPE

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The elections are over and we are heading into a new year with the uncertainty of what a new government will bring.  But no matter what has happened, who was elected, and our concern as to what the future holds, we are now in a season that we must be thankful and grateful for – that is Christmas, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

This season reminds us that there is a pregnant future, with the expectation that God is going to intervene, intercede and reconcile.  So we should not let the uncertainty of the moment disengage the expectation of the light and the life that is in Christ, because God is still functioning even under circumstances we may not fully understand.

God is doing more than the rational and so we cannot take the past few months of our political dispensation to negatively rationalize what we deem to be the future of our collective experience as a nation and a people.  Though we may walk through dark valleys, we should not be baptized into a state of materialism, idolatry or false patriotism because the experience of what God has done through the birth of Christ, and what He continues to do since His resurrection, is greater than any one moment in time of our history. 

Therefore, this season of the advent of the birth of Christ should interject an era of hope to know that God’s promise is still being kept in Jesus Christ despite our current uncertainty.

So then, as we go through this season of hope let us also be prepared to walk with, and work with Christ so that our hope is fortified in our faith, and our faith is reflected in our work. 

In this light, we need not only celebrate with songs of praise, but also with songs that reflect the prophetic lyrics of the past that heralded the liberating power of God, when celebrating the birth of Jesus.

This is the celebration we are to have this CHRISTMAS and in it give God all the PRAISE!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Posted by John F. Udochi with 1 Comments

Three Thoughts as We Wind Down 2016

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Winding down on another year and there is so much to reflect and comment on. However for this time I would like to address three things.

Firstly, I must say I am amazed how many professed believers continue to celebrate Halloween and facilitate and encourage their children to do so also. I would remind us that we are called to be separate from the world and there is no provision in our walk to accommodate embracing celebrations rooted in pagan mystic cultures, no matter how popular or innocent fun it’s proclaimed to be. When we open ourselves to the occult whether it be halloween, zodiac, numerology or any seemingly inconsequential practices, it cannot be good. Know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough and it’s indeed the little foxes that ruin the whole vineyard. Rather that learning the ways of the world lets stand for Christ and be effective witnesses of his leading the world out of darkness into his marvelous light. Its very difficult to make an appeal for Christ if there is no difference between you and the world. Be in the world but not of the world, make sure we are holding true to our calling.

Secondly, I’ve been reflecting on not only how important it is to give God of our resources and all he has blessed us with but to include ourselves in that giving. When we are presenting our bodies as living sacrifices to God we should remember to give him the first of our time in prayer, as well as reading, studying and meditating upon his word. We should be gladly giving of our time in fellowship, hospitality and out reach. All of these sacrifices are just as important as the sacrifices of giving of your monetary first fruits.

Thirdly, this election season has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous and God’s people should keep their wits about them and keep their focus on who will implement policies and that will bring about justice and helping the least of these. We must look past the rhetoric and propaganda of the political machine, do our due diligence, investigate allegations and accusations if you are concerned the might have merit. We live in an information age and we have resources at our disposal to make informed decisions and we have no excuse for not doing so. Read, discuss and stay informed.

God Bless

Posted by Alex Smith with 3 Comments

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