Wednesday, 21 February 2018

BREAKING: American Evangelist Billy Graham Dies At 99


Evangelical Christian leader Billy Graham died Wednesday at the age of 99, according to multiple news reports.
Graham, an ordained Southern Baptist minister from North Carolina, reached national prominence with his books and sermons and served as a counselor to a dozen presidents.

BREAKING: American Evangelist Billy Graham Dies At 99








'Keep your hypocrisy to your mp3."'- Barz Criticise Gospel Artistes


Port Harcourt base rap artiste Victor Barz Akpomon who goes with the stage name: Barz, has taken to his social media account to criticise gospel artistes who always wish to have their post shared without sharing secular songs.

Keep your hypocrisy to your mp3. - Barz Criticise Gospel Artistes


The Rapper said they should "keep your hypocrisy to your mp3."

 In the post he said: ”Gospel artistes that do NOT share secular posts should NOT expect secular sharing of their posts
Keep your hypocrisy to your mp3.
Ho-Ha!
#PunchLinesNotPeople”.











Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Catholic Church finally returns to CAN


Almost 6 years after announcing its withdrawal from the Christian Association of Nigeria, due to alleged misunderstanding that was later described as “political,” the Catholic Church has announced its return to the organization.


According to report, the return was reportedly perfected last week in Abuja when a delegation of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, led by Rev. Fr. (Prof) Cornelius Omonokhua, appeared at the expanded National Executive Committee and quarterly meeting of CAN for the amendment of its constitution.
Vanguard reported that CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle, who couldn’t hide his joy said;

“Their return was one of the best things that have been happening since I was given the mandate to become the President of the Association. One of my visions for CAN is to bring our Catholic brothers and sisters back to the fold and I must acknowledge the support and understanding of my brother in Christ, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and his team."

“I give kudos to all the Principal Officers, the Directors and some Christian leaders in the country for their support and understanding while the dialogue lasted.
“My joy knows no bond with the presence of the CSN at the Constitutional Amendment Meeting held on Thursday and at the National Executive Committee meeting of the Association on Friday. It is our prayers that the Body of Christ in the country will remain one forever in Jesus’ name.
“At a time like this when Christians are almost becoming endanger species in Nigeria, when churches are being denied the Certificate of Occupancy especially in the core North, when Christians are being denied of key public offices and when the Church is expected to speak for the voiceless especially over the economic and social hardship in our country, we cannot afford of being at war with ourselves”.

“Our Association is unity in diversity. Jesus Christ prayed for the Church shortly before He returned to heaven in John chapter 17 when He said, ‘I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me”’ (John 17:20&21).





Catholic Church finally returns to CAN








Happy Birthday To Our Contributor, Kemisola Omoyiola


Anytime you read Deeper Life Bible Church Monday Bible Study message outline in our blog, know that you are reading the work of Mrs Kemisola Omoyiola.

Today, we join her family and thousands of her friends to celebrate her.

She is a role model and a woman worthy of emulation.

May this year be a breakthrough year for you! I hope that all your stars keep shining and your biggest dreams come true. Congrats on another great year.

Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday To Our Contributor, Kemisola Omoyiola








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There should be no complex - By Pastor Adeboye


Memorise: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 1st Corinthians 12:11

Open Heaven 20 February 2018 Bible Reading: 1st Corinthians 12:1-12 (KJV)
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.


There is one silent source of confusion in the Body of Christ which must be addressed for the sake of the advancement of God’s kingdom.

It is a combination of attitudes and feelings known as the “complex”. A complex is a mental or psychological state that should be alien to the Body of Christ. It manifests itself as inferiority or superiority complex.

Ironically, the Church has lived with this issue through the ages. Apostle Paul in today’s text warns us against the manifestation of such attitudes – whether as inferiority or superiority complex.

 How does the issue of “complex” operate in the Body of Christ? It is through the exhibition of spiritual gifts. There was an issue with the demonstration of spiritual gifts in the Church at Corinth, whereby some offices were considered superior and some other spiritual gifts were looked down on as inferior.

Against this background, Paul wrote to the Corinthian brethren to enlighten them on the distribution and operation of the different offices and spiritual gifts in the Body of Christ. The analogy of human body parts used by Paul to explain this spiritual truth is very profound. In 1stCorinthians 12:17, Paul rhetorically asks.

“If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were healing, where were the smelling?”

The truth is that the whole body cannot be the eyes; if this were the case there would be no movement, which is the prerogative of the legs. Therefore, if the eye cannot do without the legs and the ears cannot do without the nose, why should the eyes or ears think that they are superior to the legs or nose?


Unfortunately, this was the situation in the Church at Corinth, as is the case in a typical church organisation today. We must recognise this reality and work towards eradicating the anomaly by continuously teaching ourselves the truth of God’s word.

The most important thing about spiritual gifts is that their recipients must use them for the edification of the Body of Christ.

(Ephesians 4:11-13, 1stCorinthians 12:22-25). For example, if we ignore the ministry of intercession because intercessors are often not known or seen like the evangelists and minstrels, the Church may become a comfortable zone for demons to operate, and then the preachers and the choir will preach and sing with no effect.

The Church must begin to appreciate the gift of God in each member of the Body of Christ and celebrate them for who they are as very important and valuable. There should be no complex of any kind.

Identify the spiritual gifts God has deposited in your life and begin to use them for the advancement of God’s kingdom in your local Church assembly.











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Salvation For Many Through The Uplifted Christ


Text: John 12:20-36

John 12:20-21. And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:
The same came therefore to Philip, which was of  Bethesda of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

These Greeks have been coming to Jerusalem for the feast but have not seen Jesus. They have been circumcised before being allowed into Jerusalem and they felt empty, having not seen Jesus. They came to Philip, asking, Sir, we would see Jesus.


They could go to Philip because he was seen as one who have seen Jesus, otherwise, they were supposed to have gone to see the religious leaders, that is, the Pharisees and others. Today, we must be able to make the connection and let people see Jesus through us. Except we see see Jesus, the purpose of worship and study is defeated.

Andrew is known for bringing people to Jesus. What are we know for? Do people come to us when they want to do good? Do our lives reflect the beauty of Christ? Are we connecting seekers to Christ? Are our teaching, work in the church, service, singing, smile, etc. connecting people to Christ? Are we connecting strangers to Christ.

"Sir, we would see Jesus". What do they mean?

They wanted to see Jesus the Messiah of whom John the Baptist spoke of as the Lamb of God; of whom Moses wrote...... They have heard so much about Him, the Teacher, the Chief Cornerstone of the Spiritual Temple that makes our lives meaningful, the Shepherd of our soul, Lord of our lives, our Passover Lamb. John 12:1,12; I Cor 5:7.

A. THE FULL RESULT OF HIS VICARIOUS DEATH.  - John 12:23-24

1. Saviour's Death: What the Pharisees and the Jewish people did not understand was that Jesus needed to die for man to be saved, vs 24. That is, Jesus not dying will not favour humanity, but if He did, He would forgive, pardon, save, justify many. Isaiah 53:3-6, 10. His death would bring many sons (born again Christians) to glory. As we believe and understand, all benefits of Calvary will be our portion.

2. Saviour's Self-denial: As a result of the sacrifice He would make, Jesus challenged His disciples, and by extension us, that we ought to play our part by dedicating our all: time, talent and resources, etc to Him. We must deny ourselves, carry our cross and follow Him daily. Matt 10:37-39; Luke 9:23-24, 12:26.

3. Saint's destiny: Col 3:1. We are to set our affections above, we must let our desires, plans, purposes, and aspiration be heavenly. John 14:3, 17:17-25.

What does it take to make heaven? Purity of heart and life. I John 3:1-3.


B. THE FATHER'S REASSURANCE OF HIS VICTORIOUS DOMINION. John 12:27

Jesus exposed His humanness here by talking about all He was going to go through: Calvary, sacrifice, suffering - as He was going to be our sin bearer - the agony, the pain, it was not going to be easy. He knew He came to the world to bear all of these for our sake.

The Father responded to His plea from heaven, reassuring Him of the dominion and glory which He was going to have. The voice of the Father came as a thunder so that the people could hear and know that Jesus came from heaven. Christ went to the cross so that the devil can be cast out.

1. The Purpose Of His Coming:

John 12:28; Luke 9:44
Jesus wanted it to sink into the hearts of the people that He would die and save humanity from sin. He would suffer and then enter into His glory. Luke 24:26, 44-47.

2. The Prayer Of Christ. John 12:28

Jesus prayed that the Father should glorify His name, 13:31-32. The Father heard Him.

3. The prince (satan) Is Conquered. John 12:31

He will not have the power and influence over us and all that concerns us ever again in Jesus name.
Luke 10:17-20. All the people that go forth, believing the word of God as being true shall have joy.
Col 2:15. Having spoilt principalities and power, Jesus made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Heb 2:9-15. Jesus through death, destroyed him that has the power of death, that is, the devil and delivered those who were subjected to a lifetime of bondage.

I John 3:8. He that commits sin is of the devil.

Romans 16:20. God will bruise Satan under my feet shortly. Total victory is our portion.


C. OUR FAITHFUL RESPONSE AND VALIANT DEDICATION. - John 12:32-36
1. Discerning The Meaning Of The Uplifted Christ. John 12:32-33, 3:14-16

He has spoken about His death before. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so would He be lifted up on the cross to give salvation, healing and deliverance to the people. John 8:28.

2. Drawing Men To The Uplifted Christ. John 12:32; Acts 17:30

The call to all men to repent draws men to Christ. 22:14-15; Rom 5:18. We should tell all around us. Titus 2:11-12. The grace of God has appeared to all men, bringing salvation.

I Tim 2:3-4. It is the will and desire of God that all men are saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. He does not want any man to perish.

3. Direct Message Of The Uplifted Christ. John 12:3-35; 46:5, 46; 8:11-12.

Christ brought light of the gospel to the world and He wants all men to walk in it. He has the power, right, and privilege to pardon from sin. He is the Light of the world. The sinner and backsliders are in darkness. They need the light of God.

I John 5:7. God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all.

2:8-11. Purge yourself of hatred because it is of the devil. Love is of God. If we come to the light of holiness, we will all move from light here into the eternal light. I John 3:3

Prayer:
* May God Almighty help us to partake the benefits of the cross.
* May out father in the Lord continue to wax stronger in Jesus name. Amen.

Written by:Kemisola Omoyiola











Monday, 19 February 2018

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#HOTRService: Worshipers Needed; True Worshipers - By Pastor Lanre Oluseye


Text: " You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him." - John 4:22-23

We have previously learnt that worship is a lot more than the music and ambiance as is the general belief.


The areas of life where you should be giving worship are areas where it seems you receive pain. But remember that Goliath who was an obstacle was the channel for victory, after David worshiped.

We have also been reminded that while worry is a big hindrance to worship, it is at the time when we should worry that we should instead not worry, but worship. We need to shift our gear from worry to worship. We should realize that worry does not change anything, but perpetuates the pain, just as it prevents you from worship; knowing that worship holds your key to the situation.

From John 4:22 tells us that we worship what we know not. It is where we acknowledge that we are helpless and do not know, but are submitting to The One who knows all. We cannot be in a place of "know it all" and pride and still be able to worship. It is either we are fully in or we are not, we cannot be in a place where we are accessing other people and claim to be worshiping.

The need to always be in control will hinder you from truly worshiping. When you are manipulative and seek to determine how other people act or respond, it is a sign of being in control. If you come with that attitude to God and try to arm twist God or coerce Him, you are only a false worshiper and are only practicing hypocrisy and will accomplish nothing. If we go to God with our selves plain and with open hearts.

In Mark 5:1, we can realize that the object we place our attention and dependence on is whom we truly worship. That is why we need to put our attention to God and not the problem. We must ascribe all the focus to him in worship.

Let us exalt Him and and ask Him to help us to be better Husbands, wives, business people, students, men, women or wherever we need him to help us, with total surrender.



#HOTRService: Worshipers Needed; True Worshipers - By Pastor Lanre Oluseye
Pastor Lanre Oluseye is the senior Pastor of House On The Rock, Port Harcourt, Rivers State metropolis.








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