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All Saints and All Souls…

 
As an Orthodox Christain and lover of all things Orthodox, All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day are quite significant for me. Continue reading “All Saints and All Souls…”

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MUSIC THAT SANCTIFIES – HILLSONG: LET THERE BE LIGHT

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I’ve had this post in my draft since forever. Lagos won’t let me do a complete post. I had to squeeze out time to write this. Which involved leaving the office by 7pm.

Lagos. The city that makes you forget you have to observe your quiet time. You get up by 4:00am and get home by 9:00pm.

But Hillsong makes things easier for me. I do not know what my spiritual life would have been like if I did not know the lyrics of most Jesus Culture, Hillsong and Bethel Music songs by heart. Continue reading “MUSIC THAT SANCTIFIES – HILLSONG: LET THERE BE LIGHT”

Ashes to Ashes – IN THE SPIRIT OF THE LENT SEASON…

Ashes to Ashes.

FAR ABOVE RUBIES

When I was much younger, my Aunt taught my siblings and I a song. Actually, it was a poem written by Russel Kelfer but she turned it into a very wonderful piece of music (wish you guys could hear me sing it) LOL!!.. It is so inspirational and I’m going to put the “lyrics” down here…

His poem has touched millions, One of the many amazing things about this bible teacher was that he was blind.

N/B : my aunt added a refrain of hers:

“You are far above rubies (2x)
You are precious and perfect unique design, called God’s special woman/man”

VERSES

You are who you are for a reason.
You’re part of an intricate plan.
You’re a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God’s special woman or man.

 
You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You’re just what he wanted to make.

 The parents you had were the ones he chose,
And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom designed with God’s plan in mind,
And they bear the Master’s seal.

 No, that trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart 
So that into his likeness you’d grow.

 You are who you are for a reason,
You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod.
You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is a God!

I think what the poet was trying is this : YOU ARE NOT AN ACCIDENT. Your breath, race, skin colour, every single detail of your body was prescribed by God.
He determined your natural talents : singing, acting, writing etc. Nothing in your life is arbitrary. IT IS ALL FOR GOD’S PURPOSE.
Pastor Rick Warren made me understand that God is not haphazard. The more discoveries we hear about, the better we understand how uniquely suited they are for human life.
God made you so he could LOVE you so build your life on that truth. You don’t need to worry about that deformity or failure or disappointment : IT IS ALL FOR A PURPOSE – GOD’S PURPOSE.

God uniquely created you and although there are some things you find difficult to accept always know that you’ll prosper because it is all for a purpose.

**YOU ARE FAR ABOVE RUBIES**

TRUE WORSHIP : ALL ABOUT HIM, NOT YOU.

I’ve been wanting to post something on worship, but I’ve not had the time to do this. Fortunately, I found time and I hope you gain a thing or so from it.

Generally, we know worship to be the singing of cool songs where we raise our hands to the All knowing God and praise to be the hot one, where we dance and move our body. That’s something I’m going to correct because everything we do is WORSHIP to God. I mean, that’s how it is meant to be and that’s what God intended.

Let me tell you a story. One Sunday in my Church, my pastor announced that the Wednesday of that week was going to be a Praise Mid-week Service and a special guest minister was going to do the singing, everyone was excited.
On the Wednesday, the Church was full to the brim, unlike the normal past mid-week services. People came with expectations, they wanted to see this Guest Minister that everyone said could sing so well. He was a young man, and so we all expected to enjoy “ourselves” and dance to “our” satisfaction. When he started his ministration, it sounded good, I danced but all of a sudden I wasn’t feeling it anymore (I wasn’t the only one) . I think I sat down at a point. A friend of mine said “The church band is even better” . He kept on repeating the lines and truth be told I was disappointed.
After the midweek service, I got home and picked up my copy of “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren,I continued from where I stopped. And when I opened the Day 8 chapter, I realised that God wanted to teach me something very important from the Mid-Week service I had just attended.

After reading that chapter of the book, I understood that bringing pleasure to God is called WORSHIP and worship is a lifestyle. It is far more than music. Everything we do is worship to God, worship has nothing to do with the style/volume/speed or song. Worship isn’t for our benefit. Worship is for God. Worship should be our life. A lifestyle of worship is doing everything as if you are doing it for Christ.
So whenever you go for a service and your not in sync with the worship, Just know that its not for your pleasure. It is for God. YOU WERE PLANNED FOR GOD’S PLEASURE (Psalm 149 : 4)

I’ll leave you with the refrain of a song by Jason Gray…

Does your worship have hands?
Does it have feet?
Does it stand up in the face of injustice?
Does our worship bow down?
Does it run deep?

Is it more than a song
That fades with our voices?
Does it fade with our voices?

Real Worship is falling in love with Jesus.

TO ERR IS HUMAN, FORGIVENESS IS DIVINE.

Forgiveness is the act of overcoming the feeling of resentment or revenge from an offender.
Forgiveness is subjective and the act of forgiveness can have many meanings.
Acceptance of apology may be forgiveness for some, while helping the other who hurt you to get out of the habit of ill-treatment may be a way for others.
The power of forgiveness goes beyond restoring a broken friendship. It is also a chance to demonstrate affection for the offender despite the offence committed. When a friend has wronged you, it is first of all imperative to draw his/her attention to it and to understand why the offence was made. When attention is drawn, he/she may be genuinely apologetic of which it is important to forgive. With such gestures, you not only demonstrate a forgiving heart, but you also strengthen the trust and love that brought you two close in the first place. However, sometimes the extent to which your trust is breached determines the ease or difficulty in forgiving. But then again, it is also true that the more easily we forgive the other person, the less likely we suffocate ourselves through keeping bad intentions for the offender.

Our grudges will only affect the relationship with the person and not hurt the other person in any way. Thus, the ability to forgive gives us a sense of freedom and makes us suffer less and feel lesser misery and pain. As we learn to forgive others, we can also seek forgiveness when we wrong people. Those who forgive help create positive energy on this planet.

On this note, I encourage you all to let go of past offences burning within us presently and embrace forgiveness to reap its benefits.

HERE AT YOUR FEET

STELLA

Here at Your feet, I lay my past down
My wanderings, all my mistakes down
And I am free

Here at Your feet, I lay this day down
Not in my strength, but in Yours I’ve found
All I need, You’re all I need
Jesus, Jesus, at Your feet
Oh, to dwell and never leave
Jesus, Jesus.

At Your feet There is nowhere else for me
There is nowhere else for me Here at Your feet.
I lay my future down, all of my dreams, I give to You now and I find peace, I find peace.

Here at Your feet, I lay my life down For You my King, You’re all I want now
And my soul sings…

**ADR!3LNAL!N3**