Nigeria is 51 Hip Hop Hooray!!!!

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NIGERIA IS
51! HIP HOP HOORAY!!!!!!

Don’t always
be asking, “Where are the good old days? Wise folks don’t ask questions like
that” (Ecclesiastes 7:10 MSG).

For many,
our national independence day has become a time to reminisce and wish for “the
good old days”. Many wonder how come fifty-one years after independence, we
still find ourselves where we are today. Many complain and blame the government
of the day for the deplorable state of affairs in virtually every sector of our
national life. Well, though the nation might have been afore dominated by
governments that may have been lethargic to the needs of its people, yet it’s
important for us to count our blessings as a nation and rejoice about where we
are today.

Our opening
scripture shows that it’s unwise to wish for the “good old days”. The Words of
God in Matthew 7:17 let us know that the results we’re seeing today as a nation
are harvests of the decisions we made yesterday: “Even so every good tree bringth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree
bringth forth evil fruit.”
This means the state of the nation today is
founded on the choices of past governments. This is a spiritual reality. So
rather than lament how badly things have turned, be glad about today’s
opportunities, and seize the moment. Be glad about the day you’re living in and
create the joyful atmosphere for a change.

Celebrate
the hope of the glorious future that lies ahead. If we all make the right and
proper investments in our today, we will all reap the harvest of a more
prosperous tomorrow. Make projections and proffer solutions to current
challenges while positioning yourself and the nation for a greater tomorrow.
Our hope of a better tomorrow is in itself worth celebrating.

CONFESSION

My path in life is the path of the
just which shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day. Today is better
than yesterday, and tomorrow will be better than today. I’m on an upward and
forward journey, and the story of my life is the testimony of God’s grace,
mercy and kindness! Amen!

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May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and
Israel and defend them from all their enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

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Divine Appointments. God Can Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities.

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DIVINE APPOINTMENTS! GOD CAN TURN OBSTACLES INTO
OPPORTUNITIES!

Paul and Silas were
praying and singing hymns to God and the prisoners were listening to them. Acts
16:25

Have you ever been stuck in an airport? For 24 hours? In a
city where you can’t speak the language? Four thousand miles from home?

It happened to a friend recently, and we can learn from his
response. While most of us would find such an inconvenience intolerable, my
friend John saw God’s hand in his delay. As he waited out his forced stay, he
looked for opportunities to connect with fellow passengers. He “happened” to
find some fellow Christians from India – and in talking to them he heard about
a ministry they were involved with.  In
fact, because John’s interest matched his new friends’ ministry, they invited
him to India to participate in a short – term project.

How often do we experience delays, changes of plans, and
redirections and treat them as intrusions? It could be that God is detouring us
so we can do something different or new for Him. Consider Paul’s trip to
Philippi in Acts 16. He had gone to Macedonia because of a God-directed vision
(vv.9-10). How could he know that he would end up in prison there? But even
that trip to jail was God-led, because He used Paul to bring salvation to a
jailer and his family (vv.25-34).

God can use inconveniences in our lives if we look at them
as divine appointments. – Dave Branon

“Disappointment – His appointment,”

Change one letter, then I see

That the thwarting of my purpose

Is God’s better choice for me. – Young.

God can turn obstacles into opportunities!

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and
Israel and defend them from all their enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

 

It Pays To Praise And Worship God. Sermon Note.

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IT PAYS TO PRASIE AND WORSHIP GOD!(SERMON
NOTE)

SONG:                          You Deserve The Glory And The Honour!

TEXT:                           John 4:23

STUDY:

  1. Paul And Sila               Acts 16:25-26
  2. The Samaritan Leper   Luke 17:11-19
  3. King Jehoshaphat and the 3 kings 2 Chronicles 20:1-3; 14; 17; 20

WHEN TO WORSHIP AND PRAISE THE LORD

  1. Now That I am Still Alive! Psalm146:2

HOW TO PRASIE AND WORSHIP GOD

  1. With All Our Heart And Forever            Psalm 86:12;  Psalm 9:1-2
  2. Among People And Nations                    Psalm 57:9-11
  3. With Your Own Song                                Psalm 28:7
  4. Continuously And It Is A Sacrifice          Hebrews13:15;  Psalm 113:3

WHY YOU SHOULD WORSHIP AND PRAISE GOD

  1. For God Is Holy And He Inhabit ThePraise Of His People Psalm 22:3
  2. Because Praise  Is Beautiful                                                       Psalm 147:1
  3. For God’s Awesome Majesty                                                      Exodus 15:11
  4. They bring Down The Cloud of God’sGlory                            2 Chr. 5:13
  5. For The Lord Is Good And Praise IsPleasant                         Psalm 135:3
  6. For God’s Loving kindness And HisMercies                           Isaiah 63:7
  7. To Be Saved From All Our Enemies                                          Psalm 18:3
  8. For Whom we are in Christ Jesus                                              Psalm 139:14

In Conclusion:

Matthew 22:37-38

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and
Israel and defend them from all their enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

 

 

Zero Tolerance For Gossip

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ZERO TOLERANCE FOR GOSSIP

You shall not go
about as a talebearer among your people. Leviticus 19:16

When Shayla Mcknight applied for a job for an online
printing company, she was surprised to learn that they had a zero-tolerance
policy for gossip. The employees are encouraged to confront one another,
instead of gossip about their fellow employees. If employees are caught gossiping,
they are reprimanded, and if they continue, they are fired.

Long before this kind of policy was ever implemented by a
company, God spoke of His own zero-tolerance policy for gossip and slander
among His people (Lev.19:16). Idle talk that foolishly or maliciously spreads
rumours or fact about another person was forbidden.

Solomon said that speaking badly of others could have
disastrous effects. It betrays confidence (Prov.11:13), separate close friends
(16:28; 17:9), shames and saddles you with a bad reputation (25:9-10), and
perpetually fuels the embers of a quarrel (26:20-22). People rarely can undo
the damage their untrue words have done to a neighbour.

Let’s ask the Lord to help us not to engage in harmful talk
about others. He wants us to set a guard over our mouths so that we’ll instead
speak all the good we know about everybody. – Marvin Williams

Many things that others say

Are not for us to tell;

Help us, Lord, to watch our tongue –

We need to guard it well.  – Branon

Destroy gossip by
ignoring it!

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and
Israel and defend them from all their enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

 

 

Where to find help in the Scripture/Bible

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WHERE
TO FIND HELP IN THE SCRIPTURES/BIBLE!

Whenever you doubt that God loves you                                 John3:16

Whenever God seems to delay                                                     John11:1-44

Whenever evil seems greater than God                                                                   Revelation19:6

Whenever you doubt that God is able                                       Ephesians3:20

Whenever someone has wronged you                                      Colossians3:13

Whenever you are prideful                                                            Romans12:3

Whenever you need direction                                                      Psalms25:9

Whenever you are anxious                                                            1Peter 5:7

Whenever you feel no one understands                                 Hebrews 4:14

Whenever you are feeling shame                                              Proverbs28:13

Whenever you sin                                                                             1John 1:9

Whenever you need forgiveness                                               Psalms51

Whenever you need guidance                                                    Proverbs3:5-6

Whenever you feel sorry for yourself                                     Psalm102

Whenever you want to enjoy life                                               Isaiah 1:9

Whenever you lost hope in business                                       Revelation3:7

Whenever you carry a heavy load                                             Matthew11:28-30

Whenever you doubt your worth                                              Psalms 139:13-18

Whenever you don’t feel at peace with God                         Romans5:1-5

Whenever you are angry                                                               Ephesians4:26-27

Whenever you see evil people prosper                                  Psalms37:1-3

Whenever you worry                                                                      Matthew6:34

Whenever you abandoned                                                           Hebrews13:5

Whenever you need more than human help                      Psalms46

Whenever your past haunt you                                                 Colossians 1:21-22

Whenever you suffer for doing good                                      1Peter.1:6-7

Whenever you need wisdom                                                      James 1:5-8

Whenever there are troubles with your wife                     Ephesians5:25-30

Whenever there are troubles with your husband           Ephesians5:22-24

Whenever you are tempted to commit sexual sins        1Corinthians 6:18-20

Whenever you lose a loved one                                                1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and
Israel and defend them from all their enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

Fashion! Acessoring do’s and don’ts

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Fashion! Accessorizing Do’s  And Don’ts

When it comes to accessories, many  individuals are unaware of the appropriate items that will best work with their  outfit. There are so many options available, it is easy to throw up your hands  and agree to live a life completely void of any accessories. Instead, look  carefully at these accessorizing do’s and don’ts before you let go of these  delightful items that will add polish to any outfit.

Accessorizing Do’s

Choose accessories that will enhance  your outfit. Look at your outfit’s colours, feel, and texture when choosing  appropriate accessories. Work to find accessories that will successfully  benefit a variety of wardrobes to stretch your budget and the items available  to you.

Follow current trends when  accessorizing your wardrobe. Following a fashion magazine to see exactly what  is considered in and what is totally out when it comes to accessories isn’t out  of place.

Have that one signature piece that  accessorizes your outfit. Many individuals work around a particular piece or a  theme when it comes to accessorizing their outfits. For example, look to  include a silk scarf in all your outfits or make your signature piece a  stunning brooch or necklace that can easily be added to any wardrobe.

Accessorizing Don’ts

Don’t choose an accessory that  overpowers your outfit. Remember, it’s called an accessory because you use it  to work with your wardrobe, not completely overshadow you or your clothing.  Avoid large, flashy, or brightly coloured items that can take the focus away  from you.

Don’t wear every current trend at once. Although it’s important to stay  up to date with today’s trends, a “do” can quickly become a “don’t” when worn  together at once.

Discipline and The Child

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Discipline and the Child
By Deaconess Dolapo Layode

The word “discipline” refers to training  which is both instructive and corrective. The word of God shows us very clearly  that training is targeted towards achieving preset goals and objectives.  Proverbs 22:6 tells us “Train up a child in the way He should go”. The expected  outcome of any training exercise must be clear from the onset.

The responsibility for having a clear  understanding of the expected results of training and discipline lies primarily  with the parents. As Christian parents, it’s important to realize that it is  your responsibility to raise godly children who will grow in the ways of the  kingdom. The Word of God speaks expressly of the uniqueness and peculiarities  of the Christian. (1 Peter 2: 9)  Child  training and discipline therefore should have one primary objective; the growth  and development of a child in the way of the word of God.

The Lord Jesus speaking to us in John 15:  19 tells us “…..we are not of this world”, but we live in this world, thus we  are exposed to the influences of the world. The influences include the senses  and the wisdom of this world therefore as Christian parents, we have the  responsibility of guiding our children to look away from the society and look  unto the way of God’s Word.

Children  Must Know the Word of God

Children in their earlier years learn more  by observation and mimicking rather than from instructions given to them. As  parents, our lives and lifestyles have the primary influence on the lives of  our kids.  Our children learn more from  our actions than from our words, our lives are the first point of contact they  have with the kingdom of God.

Throughout the scriptures, we will observe  that God always instructed His people to plan their lives around the house of  God.  The same applies to us today. In  training our kids, we must show them that we hold the word of God in ultimate  regard. We should do the word of God in all things and at all times.

Our  Convictions Must be Clear

Our convictions and belief system must be  clear in the minds of our children; we must communicate these to them very  early in their lives. They must know that we are non-conformist to this world  and its ways of doing things (Romans 12:1-2). They must know that majority is  not always right and that because an idea is widely accepted does not make it  right; rather they ought to live their lives in the light of God’s Word. This  is very important as our kids begin to interact with the world in school where  they are confronted with negative talking, wrong music, and wrong books etc. As  Christian parents we should be non-apologetic about what we believe and be  dogged in raising our kids to live the Christ– life in its fullness here on  earth, applying corrective measures (punishment) to ensure that our children  are set on the path they must follow.

Training your child in the  way of our kingdom is the best gift any parent can give a child and God has  given you the ability to do this. He depends on you to raise godly kids that  will hurl back the kingdom of darkness and cause the knowledge of the glory of  God to cover the earth as the waters cover the seas.

Developing bolder and brighter kids

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Developing  Bolder and Brighter Kids
by Pastor Joy Amenkhienan

Learn how to take care of your kids from  the stage of growing up (between the ages of 3-7) to the stage of discernment.

The  Growing Up Stage

At this stage, parents should ensure that  their kids attend church services regularly. They should not leave them at home  while they are in church.

It’s also at this stage that parents ought  to start activating their plans for their kids. That’s when they should  compliment their children on whatever they do. This would give them the  boldness to do better next time. They should not be hushed up whenever they try  to say something and emphasis should not be placed on the wrong things they do  but on the good. Parents must also talk their children up. For example, they  don’t need to have passed an examination before you let them know they’re  intelligent. Parents must use faith-filled words in communicating to their  kids.

Most importantly, kids should be properly  dressed at all times. Good dressing gives them self confidence. They should be  neatly and decently dressed at all times. They should wear the best.

The next stage is between ages 8 and 14.

The  Stage Of Discernment

This is a very critical time for the  children. Parents should pay close attention to their kids because whatever  they learn at this age will not be easily forgotten. Here they begin to make  choices about what appeals to them. Here, constant communication between parents  and kids is very important in avoiding wrong influences. The parents should  guard against wrong habits in their kids.

Parents must know their children’s friends.  They have to ensure that their kids have children of like minds and from  Christian homes around them. Playtime should not just be about playing; parents  should ensure that their kids get the right kind of information during leisure.  This includes the right language, the right games, the right movies, the right  books etc.

Kids can write confessions  and place them on their walls or on their bed sides. They can also have  “talking” sessions and engage in Bible games.

Office Safety Tips – Safety In The Workplace

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Office Safety Tips – Safety in the workplace

Office safety is very essential in today’s world. That’s why  it’s important to plan ahead for all kinds of workplace emergencies. Think  fire, think electric shock – absolutely anything and everything that you can  think about. Make a list of all these emergencies. Based on this list, make  another list of things you need to have at your workplace to ensure the safety  of your employees. And then install these things.

Here are a few safety tips for the office or for the  workplace:

Keep your working area neat and clean.  One cannot emphasize on this enough. Piles of papers and stacks of files  combined with a tangle of wires are a disaster waiting to happen, on several  fronts. A clean work space will also enable you to identify a problem and  tackle it faster and more effectively.

Ensure that all your doors and windows  have security locks. If you are an establishment that deals with cash on a  daily basis, then you may attract burglars. Install security cameras at doors  and exits. This will help you record the images of thieves and help  the police in locating the culprit.

Install fire alarms. Practice fire  drills with your employees. During the practice sessions, ensure that all the  employees follow the rules (such as getting low on the floor, closing doors and  windows to contain the fire etc.). Mark the exits with noticeable signs so that  employees know where to go to in case such an emergency occurs. Never lock  these exits, but be sure to install security cameras on these doors. Also, it  might be sensible to install fire proof furniture.

Ensure that all the workstations,  machines etc are installed properly. While installing such electric equipment  and appliances, ensure that the wiring and switchboards are earthed properly so  as to prevent electric shocks.

And most of all, insurance is  essential. Although it is not an office safety tip, it often helps to have it  just in case an emergency occurs.

Taking Initiative

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Taking  Initiative

Initiative is the motivation to direct  effort toward achieving challenging goals and remain determined even when  things get difficult.

Here are some ways any employee can take  greater initiative in his or her job. It’s one thing to tell your employees to  take greater initiative, but another to provide them with easy and clear ways  to do it.

Ways  To Take More Initiative In Your Job 

Innovationthinking outside the box–is  the spark that keeps organizations moving ever onward and upward. To think  outside the box, you must think differently.

Tips On Thinking Differently

  • Look for new combinations.
  • Ask “what if?” or develop  “what-if” scenarios.
  • Consider approaches you’ve never thought  about before.
  • Brainstorm with others.
  • Be a champion of new ideas — the old ways  aren’t always the best ways. Without innovation, new products, new services,  new ways of doing business would never emerge, and most organizations would be  forever stuck doing the same old things the same old way.


Taking  Action–Capitalizing on Opportunities

Taking action can often be a scary  proposition. It would be much easier to wait for your boss to make the decision  and take the responsibility to tell you what to do and when to do it. However,  progressive companies realize that they need employees at all levels that are  willing and encouraged to take chances and to make decisions–and be willing to  take responsibility for their actions.

Doing Your Homework

Preparation is often the  key to success in any endeavour. You will be more successful in convincing  others that what you believe is the right thing, if you are armed and ready with the  facts. Taking the initiative to do your homework means doing the basic research  necessary to back up your claims, such as obtaining necessary information,  determining costs and benefits, making calculations, and/or gaining buy-in from  others who will be affected.

Making Improvements

One of the easiest–and most  effective–ways for employees to take initiative is to be on the lookout for  ways to improve the work processes, products, services, and systems that are a  vital part of how the organization does its business. In fact, the closer you  are to an organization’s actual product, the greater the chance is that you  have more daily contact with its real business–its customers, clients,  products, and services–than do those who are higher up the ladder.

Perseverance and Persistence

Employees who excel at taking initiative  usually must also persist in the support of the ideas and actions in which they  believe. This type of initiative can, at times, include overcoming the  resistance of higher-ups or of entrenched policies and systems that work to  ensure the maintenance of the status quo.

Unleashing  Creativity In Others

Anyone can unleash the untapped innovation  and creativity in others by applying the following principles:

  • Take the mystery out of creativity by  teaching them what you know.
  • Discover how creative they are and  encourage them.
  • Define specific challenges for them.
  • Minimize in them, the fear of failure.
  • Take personal responsibility for their  actions.
  • Encourage active communications between  you and them.
  • Enhance your own creative skills and  behaviour to set an example.

This is how a leader or an employer ought  to provoke or encourage initiative in others.