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LEARN TO GIVE BACK TO GOD

22 DECEMBER ?1 Sam 1:24-28; 1 Sam 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd (R.v.1a); Luke 1:46-56 ?LEARN TO GIVE BACK TO GOD Today is a day of thanksgiving for me. It is on this day, exactly one year ago, that God saved me from a terrible accident in which I lost my car but was miraculously left without a scratch. Join me then singing praises to the Lord and in praying that I will always honour him with holiness of life.?? Do you think that God has done any great thing for you? Have you ever thought of giving back something to...

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ARISE, MY LOVE… AND COME AWAY

21 DECEMBER ?Song 2:8-14; Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21 (R.v.1a, 3a); Luke 1:39-45 ?”ARISE, MY LOVE… AND COME AWAY” (Song 2:10) My dear, we begin this new working week with a love story – the love of God. May God’s love envelope you today and beyond in all that you do through Christ our Lord. Amen.?? The Book of the Song of Songs contains some poems that expresses a kind of love between the lover and the beloved. A theological interpretation of that sees God as the lover and we the beloved. In Song 2:8-14, the lover advances to meet the...

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BEHOLD, YOU ARE BARREN AND HAVE NO CHILDREN; BUT YOU SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON

19 DECEMBER ?Judg 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17 (R.v.8a); Luke 1:5-25 ?”BEHOLD, YOU ARE BARREN AND HAVE NO CHILDREN; BUT YOU SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON” (Judg 13:3) My dear, you are a child of destiny. Never allow the enemy to minister failure into your life. God who created you did so for a purpose. So never think that the Lord has abandoned you or does not answer you in times of your needs.? Have you read the account of the announcement of the birth of Samson (Judg 13:2-25) or that of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25)? Did...

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THE LORD IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer 23:6)

📖Jer 23:5-8; Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19 (R.v.7); Matt 1:18-24 As we said at the beginning of Advent, most of the readings we shall be taking from now till the Christmas eve shall be preparing us principally for the immediate celebration of Christmas. Today, there is a reassurance given to those who are hoping for divine intervention in their life situations at the coming of the saviour. According to the psalmist, “In his days shall justice flourish, and great peace forever” (Ps 72:7). That’s why Herod was uncomfortable when the prophecy was about to be fulfilled. Darkness and light does not...

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THAT ALL MAY BE SAVED

17 DECEMBER ?Gen 49:2, 8-10, ; Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17 (R.v.7); Matt 1:1-17 ?”THAT ALL MAY BE SAVED” (1 Tim 2:4) Right from the beginning, after the fall of man, God had a plan for his salvation. Jacob must therefore have been inspired to make that prophecy concerning Judah that, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah…until he comes to whom it belongs; and to him shall be the obedience of the people” (Gen 49:10).? We can understand that that prophecy preempts the promise made to David that his dynasty shall last for ever (2 Sam 7:13), which found...

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NO WEAPON FASHIONED AGAINST YOU WILL SUCCEED

THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT MONDAY ?Num 24:2-7, 15-17; Ps 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7cd, 8-9, (R.v.4b); Matt 21:23-27 ?”NO WEAPON FASHIONED AGAINST YOU WILL SUCCEED” (Ps 54:17) My dear, in this new working week, I pray for you that any stone the enemy hurls at you this week and beyond shall not only turn stepping stones, they shall also become for you, showers of blessing. Amen.? Those who labour to pull you down shall only be labouring in vain and working for your good because, just as God changed the evil mission of Balaam for the good of his people (see...

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OPEN OUR EYES TO THE TRUTH, O LORD!

SATURDAY ?Sir 48:1-4, 9-11b; Ps 28:2ac and 3b, 15-16a, 18-19 (R.v.4); Matt 17:10-13 OPEN OUR EYES TO THE TRUTH, O LORD!?? My dear, I pray for you that God may continue to draw you close to himself every time, to know the truth, follow it and be free.?? Do you understand why some people normally leave the truth to pursue shadows? I think it is because they normally subject the verification of the truth to principles which are generated from personal biases. But truth cannot be subjective.?? That was the problem with the leaders of the Jews which Jesus condemned....

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MY PEACE SHALL BE LIKE A RIVER AND MY NAME SHALL NEVER BE CUT OFF FROM BEFORE THE LORD

FRIDAY ?Isa 48:17-19; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. John 8:12); Matt 11:16-19 ?MY PEACE SHALL BE LIKE A RIVER AND MY NAME SHALL NEVER BE CUT OFF FROM BEFORE THE LORD (see Isa 48:18-19) Amen! That is my prayer today and also wish that you join me in saying on this day of great joy for me.? It is my birthday, a day I always want to celebrate my mother in a special way and thank God for saving her life some years ago as she was giving birth to me. Kindly join me in praying for her...

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FEAR NOT, I WILL HELP YOU

⏰Thursday of the Second Week of Advent (12 December 2019) 📖Isa 41:13-20; Ps 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab (R.v.8); Matt 11:11-15 “FEAR NOT, I WILL HELP YOU” (Isa 41:13) Think of the shame and trauma the Israelites had while they were being led to exile. They suffered humiliation and were helpless in the face of opposition. To worsen the case, they were helplessly turned to slaves in exile. This was the same nation that had been empowered by God to conquer all the nations that stood on their way to the Promised Land. But by now, their self confidence and...

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THEY WHO WAIT FOR THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH (Isa 40:31)

⏰Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent (11 December 2019) 📖Isa 40:25-31; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10, (R.v.1a); Matt 11:28-30 “THEY WHO WAIT FOR THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH” (Isa 40:31) It is my birthday, a day I always want to celebrate my mother in a special way and thank God for saving her life some years ago as she was giving birth to me. Kindly join me in praying for her, especially in her present condition, that God may grant her good health of mind and body and increase in her, the joys of motherhood. Pray for...

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