The Building May Be Closed, But The Church Must Not Be Silent!

4 April 2020

The world we are living in today has drastically changed since the end of 2019 when the world was made aware of the Sars 2 COVID-19 virus. It is believed this to have originated in Wuhan, China and spread like wildfire to the rest of the world. It is a viral infection and spreads just like the flu and common cold. What makes this one so contagious is that it is a novel coronavirus and new to humans. Novel viruses are often traced back to animals.

During this season the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stressed the need for people to wash their hands often and to not touch your face. We are also to limit our time around people who are not from our households including family members. It has spurred a new term called "socially distancing."

But what does this all mean for the global church family? What about your local churches? Most churches have taken the COVID-19 threat seriously and have closed their buildings to reduce the risk of the disease being amongst the flock and everyone becoming infected. Other churches have been in defiance and chosen to carry on as usual.

Yet the Bible tells us to not only have faith but utilise wisdom. A church in America was found to be at the centre of an outbreak which claimed many lives. People are socialising and throwing house parties because they do not wish to be told what to do. However, let us use wisdom during this time and utilise the technology we have and use it for good. Use it to spread the Word of God.

Many churches already stream their services live. If your church does not do so already please be that person to reach out and teach them how. There is a plethora of apps and services that can be used. Some of the most popular ones are Zoom, which many use for Bible Studies, Facebook Live and Youtube Live for sermon delivery and many more.

So now many Pastors and Ministers are streaming the Word of God live from their homes. The hashtag #ChurchOnline is proving popular on twitter. Christians have even taken the #FlippedTheSwitch challenge and changed it to #JesusFlippedTheSwitch to share their testimonies These hashtags trend on twitter often.

So you see the church does not have to be silent. The Word is there and the opportunity to reach your church community and beyond is available now. Even when the pandemic eases the use of tech should not cease.

Please check on the elderly and vulnerable. Help them get connected to technology so they can stay connected.

Don't forget to use this time to read the Bible and pray pray pray.

Prayer for the Royal Family

11 January 2020

Let us pray for The Royal Family at this time. 

There is an assignment by the enemy to sow division, sorrow and destruction in this, 
at times, painfully public family. 

Our Heavenly Father has great love for each of them and we call for Gods people to intercede on their behalf so that the plans of the enemy would be cut off.
We pray for Gods peace
We pray God would release His love and comfort upon them. 
That God would pour out His blessings of unity, love and give them His Wisdom to navigate His solutions to their challenges.  
We pray for an opening to wise counselling to be heard.
We pray for protection 

And cover them with the precious Blood of Jesus.
In Jesus Christ Name

(* Prayer notice taken from church group portal. Thought I would share this based on the prophetic message included)

The Gospel in 60 seconds

7 December 2019

Christians explain The Gospel in 60 seconds in this video below.

Would You go to Prison for Your Faith in Christ?

7 August 2019

In the book of John 15: 18-21 Jesus lets it be known that the world which hated Him will also hate Christians too. They will hate followers of Christ and will seek to persecute them too.

In modern times it is not unheard of for a Christian to be taken to court for their faith and beliefs.  Even the expressions of faith. This happens all over the world. 

Asia Bibi formerly of Pakistan was in-prisoned based on false accusations of blasphemy. She only received her freedom recently. Christians in developing worlds are pushed out or wiped out completely. 

In the so called developed westernised nations and those who espouse democracy and freedom for all, the courts are used to silence and persecute Christians for sharing their faith even when the only thing spoken about is how much God loves you. 

In the UK Christian street preacher Oluwole Ilesanmi was arrested and his Bible confiscated. He was later released with no charge and has since been given compensation for the wrongful arrest.

Pastor David Lynne is a Canadian preacher known for his street preaching. Various videos of him engaging with various people can be found on Youtube. He is always respectful and allows people who wish to speak even with opposing views share their thoughts too. He currently is going through a court process in Canada. He did not preach hate, he preached love for all. A preacher who preached about God's love, which is what the world only wants to hear is still in court for sharing the gospel. 

This video from his youtube channel has an update from his court appearance. Which has lead me to ask;

Would you go to prison for your faith?

Buzzfeed Asks if an Atheist can Date a Christian

13 April 2019

Buzzfeed shared a video that asked; If an Atheist can date a Christian?

It is not unheard of for a Christian to date and marry an atheist nor is it unheard of for an Atheist to date and marry a Christian. It happens. You also get people of different faiths who find love together.

Let us look at this from a Christian perspective and Bible scriptures that will often be referred to.

One of the first scriptures you will hear regarding the suitability of your future partner regarding faith is 2 Corinthians 6:14  which says

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

King Solomon was a faithful man. He was full of wisdom and charm it would seem. As much as he is respected for his faith and wisdom he was a flawed man. He had hundreds of wives and mistresses. Some were pagan and idol worshippers. He let them erect altars to their pagan deities in holy places. This went against the will of God. It also lead in part to his downfall.

With that being said the Bible also teaches that the unbelieving spouse is sanctified by the believer. So all is not lost after all.

But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; 1 Corinthians 7:12-14

The only other part to highlight is the unwillingness of the believer to say my children will be brought up to know God or at least the basics. Most Christians teach their kids about Jesus, but it's left up to the child to decide what they believe and if they believe. But to offer your children no spiritual guidance can be deemed senseless. Because whatever you believe, normally impacts how you choose to live your life and your children see and observe from you. However in the end the child will decide what they believe from what they do not.

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. 
Proverbs 22:6 

So can a Christian and an Atheist date. Yes they can. It will come with spiritual challenges but overall the success depends on the two dating. Love conquers all, right?

What are your thoughts? (video below)

The Voice UK's Gospel acts Equip to Overcome and Roger Samuels

16 March 2019

The Voice UK has completed it's battle round stages and artists are now vying for the semi-finals before the final. This year we have seen some amazing gospel singes take centre stage. Tom Jones was definitely blessed with some amazing singers. Which included Equip to Overcome (E2O) and Roger Samuels.

I have seen Samuels sing live in person at churches and church events before. He is very gifted and talented. I am hoping both acts do not stop at this stage. That they will take the exposure they have and use it to help propel them into the next stages of their careers.

You can keep up to date with Equip to Overcome on their Twitter and Youtube channel

You can keep up to date with Roger Samuels on his Twitter  and Youtube channel