Vol. 3 Issue 11 am constantly falling short of the excellence of God’s glory. Do I need to repent continually? You bet!

Beloved, I pray you might gain the secret of radical, rapid repentance. Ready repentance opens the channels for intimate communion with God. When you’re in the secret place, be quick to confess your unbelief and hardness of heart. Don’t make Him talk you into it. Agree quickly with Him in the way. Written by Bob Sorge (http://oasishouse.net/)

07 Mar 2010

THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD

RIVERS PROVINCE 4, ZONE 14, HOUSE OF BREAD AREA Manatee Hotels, #28, Kaduna Street, D-Line, Port Harcourt.

This week I’d like to share a practical experience with you that I hope you’ll be able to learn from. Recently whilst the kids were on half term, I came back from work at the usual time and sat down and watched TV for 5 hours straight. I was watching a game of football, which took about 95 minutes, sat through the commentary; at the end of the match, saw highlights of the same programme on another channel and then listened to the commentary on the other channel. Before I knew it, 5 hours was gone. I know the scriptures in Ecclesiastes 11 that there is a time for everything under the sun. I know that watching TV is not of itself a bad thing and I do enjoy watching TV programmes but I knew that this was not a time for leisure but time wasting. What’s interesting about this experience is the fact that I intermittently told myself to get up and do something more fruitful with my time. I eventually got up, did a few things and headed straight to bed. Then something interesting happened. The following day I found it difficult to pray. To cut a long story short, before I knew it, I had to repent to God for wasting the time He had given me. I realised that time, resources and talents have been given to us to use wisely. We are custodians of time and time is one of the few things in life that once lost can never be regained. Of course, God can restore to us the things that should have been done (following repentance), but time as an entity (24 hour cycle) cannot be regained. It is not a resource that you can store and use later. Therefore cherish time. Sensitivity to God’s timing is crucial on a daily basis. For some of us, time wasting can involve social networking sites or just surfing the Internet for hours. For others it might be meaningless chatter on the telephone for hours or even watching endless hours of TV, This post is not about you thinking of how you spend every moment of your time but to identify, through the guidance and sensitivity of the Holy Spirit (and this is the important thing) - know when we are wasting time. I am praying for the grace to use my time more wisely and hope that this post has been a source of blessing to you to think about how you use your time. Where we have lost time, let’s ask God to help us redeem the time i.e. redeem what we would have achieved during that time.
More articles @ www.purposeforchrist.com

As Christians, it is easy to be courageous in the face of trouble, if we remember who our Father is. BLESSED WEEK WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
Mon. Tues. Weds. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. Isa.44:2a Isa.26:3 1 Jn.2:17 Lk.16:10a Ps.39:4, 119:19 Eccl.3:11 Rev.21:7 – – – – – – – You are not an accident. Living on purpose is the path to peace. There is more to life than just here and now. Life is a test and trust. Life is a temporary assignment. You are made to last forever. You were not put on earth to be remembered but to prepare for eternity and inherit all things.

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Pastor E.A.Adeboye General Overseer Pastor Chizi Michael Pastor-in-charge House of Bread Area

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(The Art of Soul Calibration) Eight times the Scriptures enjoin us, “Take heed to your selves” (Exodus 19:12; Deuteronomy 4:23; 11:16; Jeremiah 17:21; Luke 17:3; 21:34; Acts 5:35; 20:28). Two of those times the words are spoken by Jesus Himself. This taking heed to oneself is a primary function of the secret place. Prayer is the constant calibration of the soul. It is a lifestyle of stopping and taking candid spiritual inventory. This is not spiritual paranoia, but rather the exercise of one who has a healthy fear of God and a sublime desire for glorious heights of intimacy with God. The devout is constantly testing himself for spiritual fervor, alertness, faithfulness, purity, love, obedience, growth in grace, etc. It is in the secret place that I find “my spirit makes diligent search” (Psalm 77:6). I so very much long to please Him and to know His will, so my spirit diligently searches the recesses of my heart to see if there might be anything in me for which I need to repent. I want nothing of my self-life to hinder my relationship with Him or His purposes for us together. I feel like I’m panning for gold—the finds are few and not as weighty as I would desire. Here’s some excellent counsel: Become a good repenter. The only way to move forward in God is through repentance. If your pride hinders you from repenting, get over it. You’re a wretch. You need mercy so badly it’s scary. Wise up and master the art of repentance. Call your sin in its worst possible terms. Grovel. Eat dust. I remember the day I awakened to the reality that I live far below God’s glory. I saw it in the story of Jesus’ multiplying the loaves and fish for the five thousand: “Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?’ But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do” (John 6:5-6). Jesus was testing Philip, to see if Philip was living in the glory zone. Philip would have to live in another dimension to know the answer to the test, which was simply, “Lord, just break open these loaves and fish and multiply them for the multitude.” Philip failed the test because his thoughts were a universe below those of Jesus (Isaiah 55:9). Then I saw it so clearly: I am failing the Philip test virtually every day! I am so earthbound in my perspectives that I am almost oblivious to the dimension of glory in which Jesus lives. It’s safe to assume that apart from God’s grace I

Vol. 2, Issue 38 Jesus lives. It’s safe to assume that apart from God’s grace I am constantly falling short of the excellence of God’s glory. Do I need to repent continually? You bet! Beloved, I pray you might gain the secret of radical, rapid repentance. Ready repentance opens the channels for intimate communion with God. When you’re in the secret place, be quick to confess your unbelief and hardness of heart. Don’t make Him talk you into it. Agree quickly with Him in the way. Written by Bob Sorge (http://oasishouse.net/)

07 Mar 2010

THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD

RIVERS PROVINCE 4, ZONE 14, ABRAHAM DESCENDANTS AREA

ROAD 3, OFF IWOFE ROAD, RUMUEPIRIKOM, PORT HARCOURT

This week I’d like to share a practical experience with you that I hope you’ll be able to learn from. Recently whilst the kids were on half term, I came back from work at the usual time and sat down and watched TV for 5 hours straight. I was watching a game of football, which took about 95 minutes, sat through the commentary; at the end of the match, saw highlights of the same programme on another channel and then listened to the commentary on the other channel. Before I knew it, 5 hours was gone. I know the scriptures in Ecclesiastes 11 that there is a time for everything under the sun. I know that watching TV is not of itself a bad thing and I do enjoy watching TV programmes but I knew that this was not a time for leisure but time wasting. What’s interesting about this experience is the fact that I intermittently told myself to get up and do something more fruitful with my time. I eventually got up, did a few things and headed straight to bed. Then something interesting happened. The following day I found it difficult to pray. To cut a long story short, before I knew it, I had to repent to God for wasting the time He had given me. I realised that time, resources and talents have been given to us to use wisely. We are custodians of time and time is one of the few things in life that once lost can never be regained. Of course, God can restore to us the things that should have been done (following repentance), but time as an entity (24 hour cycle) cannot be regained. It is not a resource that you can store and use later. Therefore cherish time. Sensitivity to God’s timing is crucial on a daily basis. For some of us, time wasting can involve social networking sites or just surfing the Internet for hours. For others it might be meaningless chatter on the telephone for hours or even watching endless hours of TV, This post is not about you thinking of how you spend every moment of your time but to identify, through the guidance and sensitivity of the Holy Spirit (and this is the important thing) - know when we are wasting time. I am praying for the grace to use my time more wisely and hope that this post has been a source of blessing to you to think about how you use your time. Where we have lost time, let’s ask God to help us redeem the time i.e. redeem what we would have achieved during that time.
More articles @ www.purposeforchrist.com

As Christians, it is easy to be courageous in the face of trouble, if we remember who our Father is. BLESSED WEEK WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
Mon. Tues. Weds. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. Isa.44:2a Isa.26:3 1 Jn.2:17 Lk.16:10a Ps.39:4, 119:19 Eccl.3:11 Rev.21:7 – – – – – – – You are not an accident. Living on purpose is the path to peace. There is more to life than just here and now. Life is a test and trust. Life is a temporary assignment. You are made to last forever. You were not put on earth to be remembered but to prepare for eternity and inherit all things.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES SUNDAY Sunday Service 8—10:30 am Believers Class After service House Fellowship 6 - 7 pm Holy Communion Monthly TUESDAY Digging Deep 6 – 8pm THURSDAY Faith Clinic 6 - 8 pm SATURDAY Evangelism 4 - 6 pm
Pastor E.A.Adeboye General Overseer Area Pastor Abraham Descendants

Sunday Service Programme Sunday School Praise & Worship Breakthrough Prayers Congregational Hymn Bible Reading Announcement Welcoming First Timers Offering Time Music Ministration Word Ministration Closing Prayer
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NEW WINE PARISH
Abraham Descendants Area, Zone 14, Rivers Province 4 Road 3, off Iwofe Road, Rumuepirikom, Port Harcourt. E-mail: sanctuaryofgrace-phc@rccgmail.net Editor: Brother Benjamin Aregbesola (08036052069, 08053357535)

(The Art of Soul Calibration) Eight times the Scriptures enjoin us, “Take heed to your selves” (Exodus 19:12; Deuteronomy 4:23; 11:16; Jeremiah 17:21; Luke 17:3; 21:34; Acts 5:35; 20:28). Two of those times the words are spoken by Jesus Himself. This taking heed to oneself is a primary function of the secret place. Prayer is the constant calibration of the soul. It is a lifestyle of stopping and taking candid spiritual inventory. This is not spiritual paranoia, but rather the exercise of one who has a healthy fear of God and a sublime desire for glorious heights of intimacy with God. The devout is constantly testing himself for spiritual fervor, alertness, faithfulness, purity, love, obedience, growth in grace, etc. It is in the secret place that I find “my spirit makes diligent search” (Psalm 77:6). I so very much long to please Him and to know His will, so my spirit diligently searches the recesses of my heart to see if there might be anything in me for which I need to repent. I want nothing of my self-life to hinder my relationship with Him or His purposes for us together. I feel like I’m panning for gold—the finds are few and not as weighty as I would desire. Here’s some excellent counsel: Become a good repenter. The only way to move forward in God is through repentance. If your pride hinders you from repenting, get over it. You’re a wretch. You need mercy so badly it’s scary. Wise up and master the art of repentance. Call your sin in its worst possible terms. Grovel. Eat dust. I remember the day I awakened to the reality that I live far below God’s glory. I saw it in the story of Jesus’ multiplying the loaves and fish for the five thousand: “Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?’ But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do” (John 6:5-6). Jesus was testing Philip, to see if Philip was living in the glory zone. Philip would have to live in another dimension to know the answer to the test, which was simply, “Lord, just break open these loaves and fish and multiply them for the multitude.” Philip failed the test because his thoughts were a universe below those of Jesus (Isaiah 55:9). Then I saw it so clearly: I am failing the Philip test virtually every day! I am so earthbound in my perspectives that I am almost oblivious to the dimension of glory in which

LESSON 27— A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim! Hail Him! hail Him! highest archangels in glory; Strength and honor give to His holy Name! Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children, In His arms He carries them all day long: Refrain Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness. Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song! Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died. He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation, Hail Him! hail Him! Jesus the Crucified. Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows, Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong. Refrain Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring! Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever. Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King! Christ is coming! over the world victorious, Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong. Refrain MEMORY VERSE: “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: ” Colossians 1:16 BIBLE PASSAGE: Ephesians 1:3-14 INTRODUCTION: A purpose-driven life is one that sets out to identify and fulfill the purpose of existence. Ignorance of your purpose of existence can make you waste Heaven’s allocated resources. God allocates resources to individuals according to His mandate. Events, situations, circumstances, tests and trials come to you according to the purpose of your existence – Rom.8:28. OUTLINES 1. HOW CAN YOU LIVE A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE? 2. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LIVING A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE? HOW CAN YOU LIVE A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE? a.) By worshipping God. Worship is our first responsibility to God. We worship God by enjoying Him. God wants our worship to be motivated by love, thanksgiving and delight, not duty – Ps.66:4; Rev.4:11; Eph.1:5. b.) By loving other believers. When you were born again, you became a part of God’s family. Following Christ is not just a matter of believing but also includes belonging and learning to love the family of God. 1 Jn.3:14; Rom.15:7; Jn.13:3435. c.) By becoming like Christ. Once we are born into God’s family, He wants us to grow to spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity is becoming like Jesus in the way we think, feel and act. The more you develop Christ-like characters, the more you live a purposeful life that brings glory to God. 2 Cor.3:18; Phil.1:11; Jn.15:8; 1 Jn.3:2. d.) By serving others with your gifts. Each of us was uniquely designed by God with talents, gifts, skills and abilities – Matt.25:14-30. Such talents and abilities were given to benefit others just as others were given abilities for your benefit – 1 Pt.4:10-11; Eph.2:10. e.) By telling others about Jesus. God does not want His love and purpose kept a secret. Once we know the truth, God expects us to share it with others, which will help them to discover their purpose and prepare them for their eternal destiny. Matt.28:18-20; Mk.16:15-18; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor.4:15; Jn.17:8. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LIVING A PURPOSEDRIVEN LIFE? i. It gives meaning to your life. We were made to have meaning. Without God, life has no purpose and without 3

purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope – Jer.29:11; Eph.3:20. ii. It simplifies your life. It defines what you do and what you do not do. Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which are not – Prov.13:7; Isa.26:3. iii. It focuses your life. It concentrates your efforts and energy on what is important. You become effective by being selective. Without a clear purpose, you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches or other externals – Eph.5:17. Apostle Paul almost singlehandedly spread Christianity through the Roman Empire. His secret was a focused life – Phil.3:13; Phil.3:15. iv. It motivates your life. Purpose always produces passion and passion dissipates when you lack purpose. Nothing energises like a clear purpose – Phil.3:10-12. v. It prepares you for eternity. What ultimately matters most is what God says about you. A wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy because you are put here on earth to prepare for eternity – Rom.14:10b; Rom.4:12; Rev.22:12. CONCLUSION A purpose-driven life is fulfilling your divine purpose of existence and to answer two questions from your Creator. What did you do with Jesus Christ? What did you do with what He gave you? QUESTIONS 1. What is a purpose-driven life? 2. How can you live a purpose-driven life? 3. What are the benefits of living a purpose-driven life?

Sometimes, You have to give up something to make others happy; You have to Step Back to allow them to be ahead of you. And at times, You have to forget about yourself for the benefit of many. It may seem UNFAIR, but, in truth, that’s d NOBILITY of life.

One Year Bible Reading Plan - Week Ten
DATE MAR 8 MAR 9 MAR 10 MAR 11 MAR 12 MAR 13 MAR 14 OLD TESTAMENT I Exodus 26:31-27:19 Exodus 27:20 -28:14 Exodus 28:15 - 43 Exodus 29:1 - 37 Exodus 29:38-30:10 Exodus 30:11 - 38 Exodus 31 OLD TESTAMENT II Psalm 72 Psalm 73 Psalm 74, 75 Psalm 76, 77 Psalm 78:1 - 31 Psalm 78:32 - 72 Psalm 79, 80 NEW TESTAMENT Acts 15:22—35 Acts 15:36 to 16:15 Acts 16:15-40 Acts 17:1—15 Acts 17:16—34 Acts 18:1 - 22 Acts 18:23 to 19:20

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