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Praising God in times of troublePsalms 111
The importance of praise
 The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the whole world into an especially difficult and testing time. Fear, division and unrest seem to be growing daily and people are unsure of what the future will bring. At times like these, God reminds us in Psalm 111, of the importance of praise as an effective tool, which will help us to not just cope, but have victory over our circumstances.
How exactly does praising God help?
Praise opens access to God. While it is the blood of Jesus that grants us forgiveness from sin (Hebrews 10:19), praising God allows a clear passage to His presence. Therefore, “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4).
Praise removes despair. Praising God changes our focus from ourselves and our circumstances to God, His promises and His faithfulness. This shift in focus provides us with “the oil of gladness instead of mourning” (Isaiah 61:3).
Praise is an effective weapon against …

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Youth: Life Focused on the Word of God1 Samuel 17: 32-50Vs 37 “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David . “Go, and the Lord be with you.”      All life endures struggle. It is through struggle that we become stronger, “refined by the fire”. If we never understood struggle, then our life would become stagnant. In this story of David, we see how important it is to not back down from that struggle. No one would have expected David to fight. But, David through courage and faith in God knew it was necessary to keep hope alive in his people and family.            David was able to face Goliath because he had faced insurmountable odds before. Despite the chances, David risked his life because he knew he had to protect first his sheep, and later his people. Out of all the Israelites, David was the only one with the courage and faith in God to know he would win the battle. Deuteronomy 31:6 stat…

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"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". 
Psalm 119:105
Youth: Life Focused on the Word of God
Philippians 3:1-14
V 14. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. In this scripture passage Paul points out to watch out for those who put confidence in the flesh; moreover, for the sake of Christ he is excited to lose whatever he gained from putting his confidence in the flesh. In fact, he considers everything a loss when he started knowing Jesus and got into a deeper relationship with him. He realizes that the righteousness he has gained through faith in Christ gave him the confidence to strain heavenward, where his citizenship is.

Who else should we look up to other than Jesus, regarding the importance of being with the word of God? He who humbled Himself from His godly stature to be a human, admonishes how important it is to stay close to the word o…

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Jesus’ promise to usJohn 16 :21-33 v33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   Jesus tells his disciples of the arrival of the Holy Spirit and reminds them not to fall away once he departs. He says that the Holy Spirit shall guide them in all the truth and in all their ways. What comes from the Holy Spirit comes from our Lord.  (v15).The disciples were told that they would have to go through difficult times. And this would be what the world would be seeing too.  Believing in God does not give you an easy life. As is stated, you will experience grief and mourn but your grief will turn into joy.We are at a time of uncertainty and grief. We hear of people close to us or far away suffering or being fatal victims of the Corona virus. Even a few of us have been affected by the deadly virus. How many times have we cried out to the Lord to help us out? I’m not sure if this is happening …

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Youth: Life focused on the Word of GodGen 41:37-43
v.38Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find anyone else like this—one in whom is the spirit of God?” Joseph, a young man, taken as a slave, jailed falsely, forgotten even by people whom he rescued from death, yet remained faithful to God and in communion with him, even though he was in a foreign land and had a string of failures which he could have blamed God for.
The Bible portion that we read today describes how the interpretation that Joseph gave about the dream that Pharaoh had, and also the future strategy to be taken, impressed the Pharaoh to not just grant freedom to this jailed slave but also appoint him to be the second in command in the great nation of Egypt.
The rise of Joseph to such great height of power was sudden but was perfectly timed by God who knew Joseph since he was faithful and enduring through all these desolate experiences of his life without murmuring or complaining.
The reason that Pharaoh adds to this appo…

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Youth Life: Life focused on the Word of GodLuke 10:25-28V. 27: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”This passage is well known to us as it is a lesson Christ taught on Kingdom values.  Jesus replied to the expert of the law beginning with the question “what is written in the law, how do you read it?”  The expert replied the scripture passages of Deuteronomy 6:5 as well as Leviticus 19:18 on who to love and how to love.  It is taught to love God first and with that love to love others so that people will know who God is through that love.  In Jewish custom, this passage is known as V'ahavta and this prayer is right after the shema prayer “Hear O Israel the Lord is One”.  It is one of the most important prayers in Judaism and often recited, especially for a newborn child.  As we look at the theme of youth life, it is important to guide our lives to this instruction to…

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Accepting the difference in God’s creation:  Day for people with special skills.
Exodus 4:1-17

V11 The Lord said to him (Moses) “who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?”I recently stumbled upon a video of a little girl who was born without legs in one of the most remote parts of Orissa, a state in India. In the video, the girl was seen to be dancing and praising God with all her strength.

The Israelites' journey out of Egypt; from slavery and wilderness to the promised land, was God’s way to reveal to the nations that He is the God who never leave nor forsake His people. Many times, we think that we aren’t qualified to praise God or use our gifts for God. Moses had a similar issue. He struggled with accepting and believing his calling and was worried about his eloquence in speaking. He focused on his worries and what he saw as his weakness- when it was, indeed, God who created him that way. From…

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"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". 
Psalm 119:105
Patience: A God given ability
Psalms 37
v7a - “Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;”All of us are familiar with the waiting season. And like me, I am sure that most of us aren’t fans of this season. The wait doesn’t seem to have an end. As humans, we always learn to cope with failures and other discouragements but during the wait; the matter seems to prolong and the destination, whether good or bad, seems far away. There are times when the waiting season seems to be harder than the actual goal or outcome that we are waiting for. And each day our spirit grows wearier and our faith seems stretched and we feel as though we cannot hold on much longer.  
But we need to realize one thing.

A waiting heart is exactly the type of soil wherein God wants to grow his fourth fruit of the Spirit: Patience
Our Bible portion of the day …

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Accepting the difference for God's Creation: Day for People with Special Skills2 Samuel 9:1-13
v 8-10 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.”There are over 7 billion people on this planet. None of us are like the other. God created each and every one to be unique in our own ways. Our Father made every one of us uniquely with all our talents and imperfections. Each of us possess flaws, however these flaws are not meant to look down upon but rather to use them to worship and exemplify our Father. In the passage above, David is searching for a relative of his best frien…

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Celebrating the difference in God’s Creation: Celebrating individuals and communities with special skills
2 Corinthians 12:1-10 

v1-3 “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
We all come into this world with different skills. Some of us will have the opportunity to sharpen some skills and others of us may have the passion to sharpen these God-given skills, and yet the opportunities may not be there. While others of us will have a few chances at sharpening our skills, we will neglect such opportunities, out of fear, anger, frustration, or etc.

As a church and as a community of believers, what is our role in helping one another i…

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Salvation at Gate called Beautiful
Acts 3:1-10

v6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”“But the great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.” – C.S. Lewis

A Gate, marks a border for premises that requires permission for entry. In our Christian walk of life, are we standing outside the gate waiting for salvation or have we received our salvation from Christ? The Psalmist says, "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me," (Psalm 51:5). A parallel can be drawn between our lives and that of the lame man in the above-mentioned passage. As in the scripture, our sins have crippled us and left us outside of the gates. Our frie…

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Accepting the difference for God’s Creation: Day for people with special skillsIsaiah 42: 16-20
v.16 “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. During VBS a few years ago, we decided to play a trust game with the kids. We teamed two students together, blindfolded one as the other teammate had to direct them up and down the pews. The team that completed the challenge the fastest won. Unfortunately, we had one student flip over a pew and injure herself. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the safest game to play. It’s called the trust game because one teammate literally must put full faith and confidence with their physical well-being in the other in order achieve the task.
Despite the way the game ended, all the kids quickly came to understand the impact blindness can have on a person, even if it were fo…

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Witnessing Life of the LaityActs 8:1-8

V6 “And the multitudes with one accord gave heed to what was said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs which he did”.
In Acts 8:5-7 we note that Philip, an apostle of Jesus, is serving as a witness in Samaria. He preaches the Word, proclaims the Messiah, heals lame and paralyzed people, and drives out impure spirits from many.

Are ordinary people (the laity or lay people) called to witness like what Philip did? If so, how can we witness Jesus as the Christ (Messiah)? How can we confidently proclaim that, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)?

Yes, ordinary people, and the clergy, can serve as God’s witnesses when they are bestowed with the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:4-5, we see that Jesus even commanded his apostles to not commence their witnessing ministry before receiving the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit…enables an individual to study and understand the…

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"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". 
Psalm 119:105
Witnessing Life of Laity (Voluntary Evangelist Day)
Psalm 3


V8 “Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessings be on your people”.
Salvation belongs to the Lord - It is God alone who saves! He is the fountain from whom help and deliverance comes; and to him alone the praise of all saved souls is due. We as Christians are blessed to be his people delivered from the darkness of unbelief and into the light of salvation so that we might show forth His praises in the world. So, just as God has made us his people it is our purpose to help save our brothers and sisters to become followers of Christ. How can we as Christians serve to spread the news of redemption and salvation to the world? As laity or “lay people” in the church we are important witnesses to the church of Christ with unfailing faith, anointed by the Holy Spirit and called to pr…