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IF GOD BLESSES ME, I WILL BUY A PRIVATE JET FOR MY PASTOR…MAYBE EVEN MORE

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IF GOD BLESSES ME, I WILL BUY A PRIVATE JET FOR MY PASTOR…MAYBE EVEN MORE

Here’s why:
by Bayo Adeyinka

When I started attending my church in 2001, my pastor was using a Volkswagen Beetle. I still remember how we used to wait till after service so we can help him push the car. My pastor would enter the car, put it in neutral while church members pushed.

When it roared to life, he would still carry a few people and drop them along the way.
After some time, he used to wait for a church member to drop him at home.

I also remember a BMW he bought that my wife told me was nicknamed Lion of Bodija because of the smoke and the way it roared. I remember our Men’s Fellowship wanted to buy him a car once. Tried as much as we did, we couldn’t raise the money.

Pastor would be broke but church members would still go to him for money. A significant population were students. He spent time to mentor, teach and help people. We all could see it wasn’t about money.

We didn’t even have money at that time. In all my years in church, I’ve seen people come and go.

I still remember very clearly a text message my pastor sent to me after reading something I wrote on Facebook: “Heaven will be shocked if you don’t write a book with all you know. Don’t limit yourself to writing on Facebook alone”. It was his push that made me write 2 books.

I still recall how he would ask me for my goals those early years- 2002, 2003, etc. My pastor taught me goal setting. He would sit in his office and go through your goals with you one on one.

He taught me how to communicate. Pastor would pick you and put you on the spot- share a 5-mins sermon. After your fumbling, he would correct you- you didn’t hold the microphone well, you didn’t pronounce these words well, you were looking down, you didn’t use the stage well, etc

He would call me and pray for me. The same way he prayed for all church members.

That is why I laugh when I see people write that pastors are just thieves. They don’t see their times of labour and unimaginable sacrifice. Many see shining cathedrals now but they never saw when the pastors arranged wooden chairs inside makeshift apartments.

Some of them left lucrative jobs to answer the call. My pastor left the United Kingdom to relocate to Nigeria to answer the call.

The truth is that for many of us, the real family we have is our church. The real father many have is their pastor. When we face a crisis, we go to church because that’s the home we know. Pastors pay school fees of not just their own biological children.

Churches pay rent for members. A church took my mother in and gave her accommodation for almost a year when my family had a domestic issue while I was growing up. I know pastors who take in church members to live with them because they have nowhere to go.

Churches bail out members who get into trouble. Many pastors serve as guarantors to enable members get jobs. I have seen a pastor who was arrested because his church member whom he served as surety for absconded.
Many churches give out the offerings and tithes received as benevolence to church members as soon as the service is over. During the lockdown, the palliatives given by churches were more effective than that given by the government.

The church is the only safety net millions have. Churches don’t broadcast all they do because that’s not how we were taught.

Many of us got to church very rough and unrefined but through a consistent teaching process, we are no longer a picture of what we used to be. So if God has now changed our story, should it be too much to remember those who laboured over us?

As Paul put it in 1 Cor 9:11 Amp- If we have sown [the good seed of] spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? This exactly is why some of you just can’t discourage us from giving our tithes and offerings- no matter how hard you try.

Before you tell us, yes, we know our pastors are not perfect. They are anointed but they are also human. Their treasure is in earthen vessels. We will continue to pray for them and trust they will finish well.

We also acknowledge the fact that there are a few wolves in sheep’s clothing. The Shepherd of shepherds will deal with those ones. We won’t lose our sleep over them. Let the tares and the wheat grow together.

But if God blesses me the way I desire, I’ll bless my pastor in return. And it may include gifting him a private jet if I can afford it.
If you’re a pastor, please be encouraged. We celebrate you and we pray that your labour will be rewarded here and hereafter.

If you have been blessed by your pastors, don’t only pray for them but also send them a seed today.

Selah

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ANOINTED BUT NOT APPOINTED YET: EMPHASIS ON TRAINING AND DEVELOPING FOR QUALITY LEADERSHIP.

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ANOINTED BUT NOT APPOINTED YET: EMPHASIS ON TRAINING AND DEVELOPING FOR QUALITY LEADERSHIP.

David the shepherd boy was caring for the 🐑, just minding his own business when he was called. The prophet chose him out of his seven elder brothers to become the king of Isreal.

What’s interesting is David didn’t go to the palace the moment he was anointed. He didn’t step into leadership that day. He went back to the shepherd’s field.

When God give you a promise there will always be a waiting period. What we do while waiting will determine whether or not the promise would come to be.

David was Anointed but not Appointed yet. He had to go through the season of proving and testing. David understood this principles,” to see promises come to pass, you have to keep travelling steadily forward. You have to do the right thing when no one is watching you. You have to be your best, thank God even though the door is not opening.

Month after months, David took good care of those animals- making sure they weren’t attacked and destroyed. His father didn’t even invite him home the first time prophet Samuel came searching. His brothers made fun of him. He didn’t let all that burder him. He didn’t feel bitter. Rather,he kept travelling forward.

After David defeated Goliath, King Saul became jealous of his achievements. Saul chased David through the mountains and the valleys in the wilderness. Yet David didn’t hurt Saul when he could have. He wasn’t impatient with God. He knew clearly,if he keeps moving forward in the necessary process of training and developing, then God will take him to the throne at His “Appointed” time.

Thirteen years after David was “Anointed”King Saul died in the battlefield and David ascended the throne. Amen!

Time may fail me to sight other examples: Moses was” Anointed” but had to wait forty whole years just tending Jethro’s flocks,then bagging his heroic”Appointment” with a corresponding responsibility.

Also, Joshua though”Anointed”early enough, but had to wait on the sidelines serving as long as Moses’ ministry lasted. Yet when”Appointed” was instrumental in climaxing the noble cause of” entrance proper” into the promise land.

Lastly, one of the most thriving penticostal churches in Nigeria today was started in a campus room with less 20 people, but has today hundreds of thousands of membership in the country and beyond. The founder and the General Superitendent, a man with an uncommon vision and passion for soul winning was”Anointed” just was David, but with no ceremonious “Appointment”. At least, not immediately. Yet he moved forward steadily through the”Training and Developing processes. Today pastor W.F Kumuyi of the Deeper Life Bible Church is an authority figure with the emphasis to Christian work and Leadership!

You’ve waited for those dreams and expectations to materialize. You have waited having been” Anointed”, chosen and ordained by God. However,as each day passes by,it seems just farther away from reality. Hang on right there! Remember you didn’t achieve the “Anointing”just by human efforts in the first place.

So when next it appears you are waiting longer time, just know it’s not after all vain. Many thanks!

© Aneke Jude

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ICPC uncovers multibillion Naira TSA Scam.

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ICPC uncovers multibillion Naira TSA Scam.

N2.67 Billion School Feeding Fund found in private accounts.
NNPC paid itself N1.53 Trillion subsidy for petrol in 3 years.
Legislators convert constituency funds for personal use.

During the lockdown, Nigerian churches such as RCCG, MFM, Christ Embassy, Daystar, Winners’ Chapel and many other churches were donating to combat the corona virus and feeding millions of the populace. Bishop Oyedepo in particular, directed N25 million weekly to be used to feed indigent members in communities.

Yet during the lockdown, the executive and legislators came together to make CAMA law in August 2020.

CAMA Law empowers the Registrar-General to merge all the above churches as one at his discretion and also close all their accounts if any of their board of trustee members (like Judas Iscariot) gets bitter over an expensive alabaster box of ointment and goes to report to the Registrar General even if the Registrar General happens to be an Imam, Eckist, Free-Thinker or Ifa Worshipper.

*Remember that Judas complained that the Alabaster Box of ointment should have been given to the poor.

*Remember that Judas who complained was the only thief among them stealing regularly from the purse.

*Remember he was the same one that betrayed Jesus.

CAMA Law could be an encouragement for Judases to betray the Church.

Remember….The Church of Christ can never appease the gates of Hell.

Daniel Breakforth

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SHOULD CHRISTIANS LISTEN TO SECULAR MUSIC?

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SHOULD CHRISTIANS LISTEN TO SECULAR MUSIC?

Here are my thoughts on the matter. Now first I want us to expand the concept of “secular” which means “not connected with religious or spiritual matters.”

A UI, ISI, Oxford etc are secular institutions. NaGeo, CNN etc are secular channels unlike TBN, Dove TV etc. Now to music; twinkle twinkle little star, National Anthem, wedding/birthday songs etc are examples of secular songs.

Now we understand the word “secular”. There’s a branch of secular that we Christians call “Wordly”. What do we tag as Wordly? “For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1John2:16

So therefore;
-whatever promotes any of the attributes in 1John 2:16☝🏽
-Whatever counters our faith.
-whatever preaches immorality/lust
-whatever goes against the features of Phil 4:8, etc, these are secular songs, but more precisely WORLDY-Secular songs.

Phil 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, 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.”

So ALL worldly songs are secular, but not ALL secular songs are worldly. I hope we got that.

So the question is should Christians listen to secular songs?

Here’s my opinion, Since we’ve established secular to mean “not connected to religion or spiritual matters”, it’s safe to say that AS CHRISTIANS, Non worldly-secular songs are like junk food.

I call them that because eating them every now and then though isn’t beneficial to your (spiritual) health won’t kill either, but having them in large quantity (compared to quantity of healthy food) OR living off of them ALONE is dangerous to your health and can lead to death.

That’s basic. This also means that the healthiest way is to simply do without them and stick to fresh foods I.e “gospel/Christian music” 🍃 🌱 🍅 🌽 😁 because Music draws your attention (consciously or subconsciously) to its topics, as a Christian you’ll be better off drawn to God’s presence more often than to any other.

Worldly-Secular music on the other hand are drops of poison to your spirit man. Music is the only element that gains access to your heart and spirit without your permission.

Whatever content the music carries, be it immorality, lust, love of money, envy or pride goes straight into you and sticks its root into the soil of your heart.

What’s the implication of this? Prov 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” When the heart is corrupted, it WILL (not “it may”) influence your actions. This is what drives a person into a sinful lifestyle.

As a Christian, it is wrong and dangerous to listen to Wordly music.
It is even worse for a Christian who has many young Christian followers to encourage this. You have no idea the level of damage you’re causing on them.

Some might ask “what about listening to a Christian song produced by a Wordly person?” As a Christian with followers, I won’t condemn the song nor will I endorse it.

If I encourage my followers to listen to it, I’m also drawing their attention to the artist and his works (past and present) and then what happens when the artist later decides to sing the opposite?

Now this is a different case from if the artist openly claims to be born again and has turned a new leaf. Wisdom is key.

In conclusion, always remember that your body is the temple of God and this includes your heart. Guard its gateway against polluting content. God bless. 🙌🏼”

~Written by Joshua Mike-Bamiloye

Sometime ago I posted a thread about Christians playing secular music during their wedding receptions and here is a better approach to it! I hope this blesses you❤

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