THE LOCAL CHURCH AND GLOBAL MISSIONS-PART SIX. The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.  However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20)

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GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 20. What best could explain the experience I had sometime in 1982 when I joined a company of young men to swim in a popular river called River Ohe, located in the confluence region of Nigeria. Few minutes after I entered the river I unknowingly dived into the heart of the river. For some minutes I was between life and death as I was completely submerged by the water every struggle to make my head or hands seen outside was futile. After struggling to no avail I surrendered for the worst because I was completely submerged and there was no more strength left in me to struggle further. Nobody knew that I was drowning; not even my swimming counterparts. I thought that day (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 19. “One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer — at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 17. God has made available every resource needed for all men to excel and fulfil His purpose on earth, but not many people enjoy these riches. While some are yet to discover these great and inexhaustible riches, some have not believed that they are there or real. Christians are then the most privileged people on earth because they live in total dependence on those riches. The extent to which the church will fulfil God’s purpose on earth depends on how much we maximise the use of these resources that God has made available for His people. We shall be sharing on one of those important riches of God called ‘grace’. (more…)

THE HEART OF COMPASSION-PART 8. Not qualified by law but was made qualified by love, rejected at first but accepted at last, earlier humiliated but later elevated. This was the story of the Canaanite woman who asked for something that people in her calibre will not be expected to ask from the Lord Jesus Christ at the time she met Him. She became one of the few people that Jesus commended for a great faith. (more…)

THE HEART OF COMPASSION-PART 1.Ange was a young university graduate who had just gotten a job in a big company with a very good salary. He then decided to go on a short missionary trip among the Anugbe people of Africa before starting the job. The short time that Ange spent among the Anugbe people turned his life around, he noticed that this people of about a million do not have a single church among them, and beside they were deprived of basic amenities like schools, hospitals, good roads etc. He was touched by this pathetic situation of the people and thus decided to abandon his newly found employment and other life ambition to go and live among the Anugbes in order to preach the love of Christ to them. Ange spent 20 years of his life among the Anugbes preaching the love of Christ verbally, through his life style, and acts of (more…)