14 September 2016

Worship Wednesdays | Fantasia ft Tye Tribbett

Source: Fantasia Facebook Page
Today's Worship Wednesday features vocal powerhouse Fantasia Barrino.

Fantasia won American Idol in 2004. She went on to release R&B albums and has experimented with her style over the years. She is one of few  Idol contestants to consistently maintain a career post reality tv. Lately, she has been more vocal about her faith in Christ and has spoken about how important fasting and praying has been in her life.

The song I Made It, it is a declaration of having gone through a storm and making it through on the other side. She sings about the enemy trying to take her out but God stepped in and she made it through ok. It is a such an inspirational upbeat song and a gospel song at that. When you listen to the song you might be ready for a praise break. Below is a live performance followed by the Audio vid that includes Tye Tribbett's unmistakeable sound. God is surely calling his people. 



31 August 2016

The Story of the Wood Cutter



Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant and he got it. 

The pay was really good and so was the working conditions. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best. His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he is supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought in18 trees.

“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!

Very motivated by the boss words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring 15 trees.

The third day he tried even harder, but he could only bring 10 trees.

Day after day he was bringing less and lesser trees.

“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought.

He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked.

“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”


Reflection:

Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t take the time to sharpen the “axe”.

In today’s world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever but less happy than ever.

Why is that?

Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay “sharp”?

There’s nothing wrong with activity and hard work but we should not get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, like :

our personal lives, 

taking the time to get close to our God the Creator.

giving more time to our family,

taking the time to read the Bible, spiritual material etc.

We all need time

to relax,
to think and meditate on God's word,
to learn and grow spiritually. 


If we don’t take the time to sharpen the “axe”, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness.
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*After reading this I thought I would share it. These are not my words. Author is unknown. I came across this on my friends personal FB timeline.

13 August 2016

Without Wood


Proverbs 26:20 states 

Without wood, fire goes out; without gossip, conflict dies down.
In life you have to decide is it really worth it. If you continually add more fuel to the fire, the flame will only get bigger. If gossip comes your way and you carry it on or add to it, the stories will only grow. Sometimes it's better to just leave it all alone. Let it die down. Or even better ensure you have no part in it. 

This is also true concerning having the last word. It's okay to be right. You do not have to hammer home your point. Just be satisfied enough to walk away from any disagreement that is not bearing any fruit.



3 August 2016

Worship Wednesdays | Leah Smith


Today's Worship Wednesday features Leah Smith. 

Leah once sung for Israel and New Breed but has since branched out on her own. Last year she lead the praise and worship at P4CM's Rhetoric 2015. Its is so worth listening to and as the video contains the lyrics you can sing along and get your praise on too. 

26 July 2016

R.I.P. Jacques Hamel


Prayers go out to the family of Priest Jacques Hamel. Who at 85 years old lost his life to yet another terrorist attack in France. Our prayers also go out to the church attendees some of whom witnessed the attack and was injured themselves. The church was said to be holding mass when two men entered and took hostages. 

France seems to be experiencing a recurring terror attacks. It was only a few weeks ago a lorry drove over bystanders during Bastille day celebrations. Let us pray for France and her people.

Do churches need to be more vigilant? 





23 July 2016

Wi2M Presents Who Am I


Wi2M (Word into Movement) presents an event called Who Am I.

This event is aimed towards teenage girls and it's not just a youth workshop but aims to empower young people to be the champions God created them to be.

To book a place head over to EventBrite