Chorus (Harmlex) Realm of spirit, we’re going higher As we are going everywhere, for the works of the Lord I say matching with victory, we’re overcomers we are preparing everywhere, for the coming of God……oooh (2×)
Verse (Harmlex)This is a season of harvest As we are going to work for the Lord ehhLord your mercy endured forever (okaka ehh) odigi onye di kagi ehhAs we are going higher everyday we’re taking all over the world, for the mighty kingDaddy victory is for us,we shall overcome we will overthrown the world, for the holy king……… Ehh
Chorus (Harmlex) Realm of spirit, we’re going higher As we are going everywhere, for the works of the Lord I say matching with victory, we’re overcomers we are preparing everywhere, for the coming of God……oooh (2×)
Verse (Goodness Gold)Holiness is what I long forHoliness is what I needLet the meditations of my heart be pure (oh lord) I wanna live for you.Take my heart and mould itTake my mind and use it for your workShow me your faceI wanna know you moreYou gave your life for me
Verse (Abraham John)Chi mo (Igwe)Anyi n’ enye gi ekele (Okaka eh)I thank you for your saving graceAnd your perfect love you showed to meOh the love that brought me to the sureAnd set me on the throne of graceNow am sitting in His presence The sunshine of His face Like the brightest morning starsShinning day and nightNow am sitting in His presence The sunshine of His face Like the brightest morning starsShinning day and night
Chorus (Harmlex)Realm of spirit, we’re going higher As we are going everywhere, for the works of the Lord I say matching with victory, we’re overcomers we are preparing everywhere, for the coming of God……oooh (2×)
Outro (Harmlex)Igwe odigi onye di kagi ehh… Oloriye lore’ enyi onye-oma ehh anyi nekele gi chukwu oma odigi onye di kagi ehh nna nara-ekele nara otuto oooooh ehh
Not long ago, I was at the gas
station and several men brushed by me in a hurry to get inside and the
door slammed in my face. I don’t know if they were even aware I was
there. But, it still made me feel unnoticed and uncared for as a woman.
The other day when I watched you hold
the door for an older couple as they were making their way inside
McDonald’s, it thrilled my heart to see you consider others.
Even though chivalry might be dead in our culture, thinking of others never gets old.
Keep seeing the needs around you, and keep meeting them.
Real men care for others.
When you hear crass words and
taunting from peers towards vulnerable individuals, stand up for them.
Don’t participate in cruelty – choose life-giving words that instill
courage into the fragile hearts of others.
Real men choose words of life, not death.
When you see others disrespecting
authority, completely unaware of their surroundings and how they impact
others, choose to be different. Let their actions be a lesson to you.
Respect your authority and be engaged where you’re at and in tune to
what’s going on around you. Be aware of how your actions impact others –
good and bad.
Real men understand that actions have consequences.
When the pressures of academics,
friendships, family life, athletics, and more are weighing down on you,
trust Jesus. Don’t quit and give up when it gets hard. A wise man once
said, “You do not determine a man’s greatness by his talent or wealth, as the world does, but rather by what it takes to discourage him.”
Real men fall, but they get back up.
Let your trials, hardships, and
sufferings be your teacher. You will rise when you overcome your deepest
failures and not let them overtake you – making you a slave to shame
and fear. God desires to use the pressure points and pains in your life
as a platform for Him.
Every day you get to decide who you
will be. It’s never too late to lead. People need someone brave to
follow. They need to know goodness, love, hope, wisdom, guidance,
strength, protection, integrity, purity, and more.
But I’ll tell you this. You may be the only one choosing right. And that’s okay. Do it anyway.
Real men were once young boys like you.
And somewhere along the way, they chose to grow up. That same choice, my son, will be up to you. Until then, daddy and I promise to help you as best we know how – in the Lord’s strength.
When I was a child, I
talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11
I’m 19 and I’ve never been on a date. Is God holding back a man for me until I do something? Tim Stafford
Q. I am 19, and I’ve never had a date. I don’t know
why. I get along well with guys. I have lots of friends, love sports,
love to laugh and have fun. I’m a good listener and an all-around fun
person. My friends can’t wait for me to have my first boyfriend. Neither
can I. Do you think God is holding back a man for me until I do
something? What do I have to do? I see all my friends with boyfriend
after boyfriend. I’ve become very jealous of those in relationships.
A. What you’re feeling is natural,
but I have to say it’s off the mark. A boyfriend will not make you
completely happy. I’ve seen way too many relationships to think that!
Another way your thinking is off target is your sense
that God must be holding out on you. If God is willing to freely give
his own Son to you, do you think he’d hold out on boyfriends? I’m not
trying to convince you not to want a boyfriend. That would be pointless.
God has designed us so that as we mature we begin to long for deep,
caring and sexual relations with a member of the opposite sex. The
fundamental longing is to be expressed in marriage. The way it
translates into life at your age is a longing for boyfriends. It’s hard
to long for something your friends have and you don’t. Even so, I want
to urge you to try to keep your thoughts straight. The less you can
focus your life on the magic of boyfriends, the better off you’ll be.
A boyfriend will likely come along in time. The timing
can be hard to explain. Some girls attract them like magnets, others
don’t. And I’m not exactly sure why. But trust me, in the long run
timing and “magnetism” are no big deal.
Much more significant is whether, when a boyfriend
comes along, you are able to form the kind of relationship that is deep
and meaningful, that someday leads you to marry with a strong sense of
commitment and purity. But you don’t get ready for that by pining over
the boys who don’t call. You get ready for such relationships by
developing into the right kind of woman—spiritually, socially,
physically and mentally.
As much as you can, forget about boyfriends. Concentrate more on what is happening in your life right now. Live it as fully as you can, and try to let the boyfriends take care of themselves.
It was our first date. I wasn’t even completely sure she knew it was a
date. We met at a wedding, and then talked on the phone once a week or
so for a couple of months. I asked if I could take her out, and she
I bought a couple board games, chose a trendy new taco joint, and
found a non-chain coffee shop to hang out in after lunch. Coffee said
I’m interested and serious, but not desperate. Board games said I know
how to laugh and have fun, but that I’m here to win. I don’t know what
tacos said, but I like them.
It was a great date. The conversation was a sweet mixture of serious
and silly, of storytelling and good follow-up questions, all of it
filled with our shared love for Jesus. A few hours went by really fast.
Feeling confident, I told her how I felt about her, and asked if she
wanted to begin dating.
“I had a great time today, too. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know
you. I’ve really enjoyed our conversations, and the way you’ve pointed
me to Jesus. . . .” Everything I wanted to hear. “You’re a nice human being . . .” Wait, what does that even mean? “. . . but when I think about a relationship, my heart is cold.”
What went so wrong? What should I have done differently? It all
seemed so comfortable, so exciting, so right, so sure. But when the day
was done, she was colder than a Dairy Queen, and I was just “a nice
human being.” It had started to feel like this might finally be my last
first date. Of course, I guess first dates had felt like that before.
Either way, here I was back where I began. Roller-coaster rides like
these were enough to make you want to give up on marriage.
Your Last First Date
What was your last first date like?
Did it go well, and lead to more? Or did you leave never wanting to go through that again — thinking, Maybe marriage isn’t worth all of the pain, confusion, and heartache we endure to have it?
“If we want to be married, it should be because we want more of God.”
Many among the not-yet married need the reminder that marriage is
spectacular and needed in our society, and that’s because it belongs to
God. God may call you to a lifetime of satisfied and fruitful
singleness, or your next first date may be the first step of decades of
enjoying him with a husband or wife. If we want to be married (and are
willing to make ourselves vulnerable again in dating), it should be
because we want more of God.
Is Marriage Worth It?
When divorce rates remain high, and the surviving marriages around us
seem broken, messy, and unhappy — and when plenty of other good things
keep us busy — lots of young men and women in their twenties and
thirties are giving up on marriage, or at least discounting it in their
plans and dreams.
Some of you have tried dating and been burned — confusion,
rejections, sexual failure, breakups, or whatever else plagues our
relationships. Others are sons and daughters of divorce. You were ripped
apart, and left in pieces to be traded back and forth. With all the
pain, failure, and friction, it simply can’t be worth it, can it? I can be known and loved in other ways. Marriage isn’t necessary for my happiness or significance here on earth.
That last sentence is true and important. You do not have to be married to be happy. But are we overlooking some significant things about what marriage really is, and why, at least for many, it’s worth all the time, patience, and even heartache?
What Demons Say About Marriage
Two thousand years ago, people were already questioning whether marriage was worth it. The apostle Paul says, “Some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1). What lies were they believing when they left the faith? What were the demons saying? They “forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth” (1 Timothy 4:3).
“Compatibility may make for a good honeymoon, but only love for Jesus will keep a marriage healthy for a lifetime.”
When we forget the goodness and beauty of marriage, we belittle something good and beautiful God is doing. Why? “For everything created by God” — including marriage — “is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:4). God made marriage, and he meant for us to enjoy it with thankful hearts. He calls it good, even today.
To say otherwise is to say something about him.
For centuries, marriage was a mystery, until God began unlocking its long-hidden meaning with the gospel. Paul quotes Moses, “A man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31). Then Paul says, “This mystery is profound” — it’s been hidden since God gave Eve to Adam — “and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:32). The mystery isn’t mysterious anymore. What makes marriage profoundly beautiful, meaningful, desirable, and powerful is that it acts out God’s love for us. We get to relive the greatest love story ever told.
The Beauty of the Best Marriages
What makes marriage worth having? The beauty and joy of Christian
marriage is not compatibility. Compatibility may be the rare jewel we’re
hunting for in all our dating relationships, but relationships and
marriages don’t stand out, thrive, and last because the two of us make
sense together. No, the beauty and joy of Christian marriage is Christ,
shining in our joyful and unwavering commitment to each other, even when
we’re less compatible and least deserving of each other’s love.
Passion, infatuation, and compatibility may make for a good honeymoon,
but only a mutual love for Jesus will keep a marriage healthy for a
The best marriages will be the hardest to explain — not because you
are so different (you might be), but because you’re still loving each
other so patiently, sacrificially, and passionately after years of
inconvenience, conflict, and giving up so much. How do they still love
each other so much? Well, because we have been loved like that and more.
“You’re not standing together at the altar to say, ‘I really do love you,’ but to say, ‘I really will love you.’”
Paul says, “While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly . . . . God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6, 8). He didn’t die for us because he finally found the love of his life. We were not marriage material when he met us. No, he died to make us the love of his life, despite how little we deserved him. A love like his makes a marriage worth wanting, and it makes a marriage worth keeping.
What Are Wedding Vows?
“Wedding vows,” writes Tim Keller, “are not a declaration of present love, but a mutually binding promise of future love.” Marriage is mainly a love declared, not a love discovered.
Have you thought about your wedding day that way? The promises you
will make before God, and before all your friends and family, have
little to do with what you experienced and enjoyed in your dating
relationship — and everything to do with the uncertain and
uncontrollable months and years ahead.
You’re not standing there together before God, family, and friends to
say, “I really do love you,” but to say instead, “I really will
love you” — whatever it takes, however hard it gets, whatever happens,
however much I want to leave. That kind of love will stand out in the
world, and it will last long after many have given up and walked away.
The Big Goal in Dating
All our desires for dating should spring from a big vision of what
marriage is and why it’s worth wanting. In all of your dating, keep your
last first date in mind — your first date with your future spouse.
I definitely didn’t know it at the time, but mine was over trendy
tacos, coffee, and board games. The Dairy Queen slowly warmed over the
next few months. Two years later, she became my wife. In the meantime,
we both had a big picture of what God designed marriage to be in front
of us. We had no idea if we would get married, and we never assumed we
would. In fact, we intentionally dated as if we were going to marry
someone else, to keep us from idolizing each other or going too far too
soon. But we knew the only thing worth dating for was a marriage — a
lifelong, life-on-life love like Jesus’s love for us.
“Marriage is mainly a love declared, not a love discovered.”
God’s idea of marriage is the only vision big enough, strong enough, and worth enough for all the risks we take in dating. Nothing else is worth all the risk we take when we begin to share our hearts with someone else. Nothing else will protect us from diving in too quickly or jumping ship when things get hard. Nothing else will stand out enough from the world around us to say something significant about Jesus.
Why was it all of a sudden wrong to dress up and look my best? It made
me feel good. Why did it make everyone else feel bad? How do you balance
fashion and Christianity?
I was growing up, we went to church every Sunday and I gladly went
because it meant I got to put on my little high heels and feel like a
big girl. It was a day of frilly dresses and lace. For Easter Sunday, my
mom would take me to pick out the perfect Easter hat to highlight my
9-year old curls. It was the fanciest day of the year and as a young
fashionista in the making, I relished Sunday mornings flaunting my
pretty dress and heels.
As I got older, those
pretty dresses became the subject of ridicule and judgement. How dare a
Christian be so flamboyant and care so much about what she wears?
can vividly remember standing in the foyer one night as I entered youth
group when a leader approached me and said, “You are just so bougie.”
As we stared into one another’s face in silence, I could feel the
disgust utterly steaming from his body. I was left speechless looking at
his half-hearted smile and after a moment of silence I just turned and
walked away wondering what I did to him. Although I wasn’t exactly sure
what the word bougie meant at the time, I was sure it wasn’t a compliment and knew he had disapproved of my attire.
and annoyed I walked in to find my seat reflecting about all the things
I should have said when, finally, it struck me what he was wearing;
ripped jeans and an ugly white t-shirt which seemed to be his normal
attire. I couldn’t help but wonder how someone who cared so little about
what he was wearing could judge me for my clothing.
What happened? Why was it all of a sudden wrong
to dress up and look my best? It made me feel good. Why did it make
everyone else feel bad?
As I got older, I
began to pursue a childhood dream of working in the fashion industry. A
dream that fit my desires and personality to dress up in nice clothing
and all things lovely. Along the road it didn’t take me long to realized
that it was God who had created me just as I am, placing a uniqueness
in me to see the beauty in all things: His creation, His trees, His
flowers, His nature. Even the beauty of clothes and they way they are
designed or feel to the touch and how they can make a woman feel
confident and beautiful.
Clothes no longer became just about what the
latest trend was. They became a reflection of who I am; who He created
me to be. I am a woman who loves The Lord and others, a mom on the go
and an easy spirit who you will find with a cup of coffee in hand every
morning. My clothes reflect my ease of life and love of beauty through
my favorite jeans or a classic fit dress or pencil skirt on Sunday
mornings. Either way, both define my personality and classic style and I
it was then I decided that if people wanted to call me bougie or
anthing else, well, that would be okay with me.
see, just as I take care of my physical health because my body is a
temple for the Holy Spirit, I also take care of my outer self in the
same way. It’s all a reflection of Him from my countenance to my dress.
It’s a message of the work and beauty He is doing in me inside and out.
My best bet is to ignore those that don’t get it.
It’s not for them that I was created. I don’t live to please them. I no
longer get aggravated at those who might judge me for my love of
clothes like I used to. As long as I am doing all things as unto The
Lord, then why worry? I’m His daughter and He directs me.
the coolest thing happened! By being just me, bougie and all, God began
to show me how He could actually use me in the fashion world. Through
the years working retail and launching a fashion and faith magazine, I
met so many wonderful people who, just like the industry is perceived,
were wrapped up in all the materialism of the clothes. But as I looked
deeper and made a point to get to know ‘those people,’ I began to see,
they are just like you and me. Wrapped in insecurities, looking for
value and purpose hiding behind a name brand or trend. The clothes, for
some not all, were their choice of fig leaves. A covering for what was
behind the face and the soul.
relationships, I was able to help women understand their value and
identity in Christ. Not by judging or calling them out like I had been
when I was a teenager, but by just having a relationship that was
authentic and genuine having conversations about fashion that were
relevant and was common to both of us. There was an ease in talking with
women who identified with all things I loved, too.
see, the more I grew closer to God, the more I knew who I was. He
showed me. And as a result of the inner work, there was an outer result.
Not just in my clothes but also in my countenance, the way I spoke, the
way I listened to people. The way I loved. Even those in the fashion
industry, which, by the way, is super cool to be a part of! God had
created me with a bent towards fashion and used that passion to help
bring others to know Him. That’s how it works, however you are created
God uses that to bring glory to His name.
Inner work always produces outer results in every
area of your life simply because you know you are a daughter of the
King and there is no higher honor. So whether you like to be a little
bougie, classic, bohemian, retro, trendy or a little grunge, let your
outer countenance and appearance reflect all that God is doing on the
inside of you. You never know who might identify with you and your
How can you represent your self as a daughter of the king with your wardrobe choices? God values you and calls you His own. Remember to reflect His glory through everything you do.
PALU, Indonesia – On September 28, at the same time a powerful earthquake struck Indonesia, one plane managed to miraculously take off from the Palu airport, barely escaping the destruction. The Indonesian pilot testifies that his relationship with God helped him hear divine instructions that saved him and 148 passengers.
Jang-mi was startled as the door to her cell swung open. Bruised, bloody, and soaked from her captives’ attempts to wake her with buckets of water, she was surprised to see her uncle walk through the door.
Jang-mi lives in the most oppressive country in the world for Christians — North Korea. So we’ve changed her name to protect her.
Do you know the candidates on your midterm election ballot? I’d venture to say most Americans don’t.
This means there are millions of Christians in America who are unprepared to vote and who will walk into their polling places on election day largely uninformed of the very races they’re being asked to weigh in on.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said Sunday that security forces have killed 19 militants in a shootout, including the gunmen suspected of killing seven Christians in an attack on pilgrims traveling to a remote desert monastery.
The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, said the militants were tracked to a hideout in the desert west of the central province of Minya, the site of Friday’s attack, which also left 19 people wounded.
Christian pilgrims were massacred by Islamic militants in Egypt, November 2, 2018
CAIRO (AP) – Islamic militants on Friday ambushed two buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing seven and wounding up to 16, according to the Interior Ministry and security officials.
A bullet-riddled copy of the Bible saved the life of a British World War I soldier after stopping the live fire of a German machine gun — that is, according to the veteran’s daughter, who said that her hero father carried the scar-torn good book with him for the rest of his life.
A relative of a slain Christian grieves during funeral service at Church of Great Martyr Prince Tadros, in Minya, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. AP Photo.
MINYA, Egypt (AP) — Hundreds of Egyptian Coptic Christians gathered Saturday for a funeral service south of Cairo to bid farewell to six of seven people killed the previous day when militants ambushed three buses carrying pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery.
MEMORY VERSE: The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.1 John 4:8
Who you are (today) is not who you really are. You are who you are because of how you were raised, the area you grew up, the schools you attended, your current environment i.e. where you live, where you work, the church you go to if you a Christian, your circle of friends, to mention a few. You would have been a Continue reading WHO YOU ARE VS WHO YOU CAN BECOME→
John 11 vs 44 says And he who died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth , Jesus said to them “Loose him, and let him go.”In John 11 vs 1-46 is the story of Lazarus . He died and was in the tomb for four days . After Jesus had said a short prayer , he shouted “Lazarus , come forth!” and immediately he came out . After he had come out Lazarus was bound hand and foot and his face was wrapped and Jesus said to them “loose him, and let him go” . Lazarus had gotten his miracle but because he was bound the miracle could not materialize.