Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hymn For Today - Tue051217 - Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus





Stand up, stand up For Jesus
Ye soldiers of the Cross
Lift high His Royal Banner
It must not suffer a loss
From victory unto victory
His Army He shall lead
Till every foe is vanquished
And Christ is Lord indeed!!!!!

Stand up, stand up for Jesus
The trumpet call obey
Forth to the mighty conflict
In this His Glorious Day
Ye that are men now serve Him
Against unnumbered foes
Let courage rise with danger
And strength to strength oppose

Stand up, stand up for Jesus
Stand in His Strength alone
The arm of flesh will fail you
Ye dare not trust your own
Put on the Gospel Armour
And watching unto prayer
Where duty calls or danger
Be never wanting there

Stand up, stand up for Jesus
The strife will not be long
This day the noise of battle
The next, the victor's song
To him that overcometh
A crown of life shall be given
Him with the King of Glory

Shall reign eternally

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - 291117 - My Hope Is Built On Nothing Else





Wednesday November 29

Bible Reading:     Phil. 3: 1 - 6
Topic:                  My Hope Is Built On Nothing Else

A man began spending wildly beyond his means in anticipation of the promise of a big contract from a political leader.

Unfortunately the political leader died before the contract could be awarded and his world almost crumbled.

The Scripture says that a man is cursed who puts his trust in a man, making his heart to depart from God. But that man is blessed whose hope is the Lord (Jer. 17: 5-9).

We experience shame and failure when we trust in anything other than the Rock of Salvation. Psalm 20: 7 says “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” (KJV).

Apostle Paul in Phil. 3: 1-6 admonished us not to have confidence in the flesh. He had every reason more than anyone else to trust in the flesh and worldly achievements.

As Christians, our boast should not be in the flesh, nor in our ability, nor in our degrees, wealth or strength; it must be in Christ Who is the Author and Finisher of our faith. He has never failed; He will never fail and He can never fail.

Prayer
Dear Lord, even in the centre of the sea, amidst its waves and turbulence, may Your Word be my anchor and my hope. Amen

Memory Verse             Phil. 3: 3
" For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh."


Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

Bible Reading For Today - Wed291117 - Phil. 3: 1 - 6






1. Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. 
2. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!
3. For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,
4. though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 
5. circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 
6. concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.


May the Lord bless the reading of His Words in Jesus Name, amen

Early Morning Prayer - Wednesday 29. 11. 17





Our Father and our God, the Ancient of Days, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient God, we bow before You this morning, thanking You for the opportunity of seeing this brand new day which on our own we would not have but because of Your grace and mercy, You have allowed us to. Father, we appreciate You for Who You are in our lives and that of our families and friends and we would continually say may Your Name be glorified for ever in Jesus Name, amen. Our Lord and our God, we cannot deny that we are sinners because then we would make Your Word to be void and of no effect but we acknowledge our sinfulness and plead for forgiveness. We plead O Lord that You do not visit us in Your wrath because of our sins but to look upon us with the Eye that beheld Christ on the Cross of Calvary where our numerous sins and iniquities were nailed with Him on that Cross. Forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, give us a new life O Lord and renew Your Spirit within us. We commit this day to You O Lord and pray that You take us by hand and lead us through it so that we will end it in praise. Whatever we shall do today, may it be according to Your Directives, guide us in the path You have already charted for us so that we do not go astray nor derail from that set path. These and more we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, Amen.

This early morning prayer was said by Sir, Dr. Jerry - the First Oguzie: JP
As a contribution to the mandate of "In His Image Ministries" - IHIM and "The Elyon Fellowship" - TEFEL

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Tue281117 - Scarcity Of Disciples





Tuesday November 28

Bible Reading:     Phil. 2: 19 - 30
Topic:                  Scarcity Of Disciples

A disciple of Christ is one who embraces the cross with its implications and is prepared to cling to it no matter the cost.

In every respect, he loves Jesus and strives to be like Him.

A genuine disciple will not only confess the faith but back up the confession with fruit – Matt. 7: 20. He is that faithful soldier who will be willing and ready to die at his post.

Discipleship comes with a price tag; not all who admire it can acquire it.

In Luke 18: 18-23, the rich man wanted to follow Jesus without giving his all, but discipleship requires you to give your all.

Peter in Luke 18: 28 said “we have left all and have followed You”.

Paul said of Timothy – he is the only one who shares my feeling and who really cares about you (Phil. 2: 20).

Fans will share in your goodies but true disciples will care as Jesus would.

Today, churches abound at every corner, yet evil prevails because only few are disciples.

The harvest is ripe but the labourers are few (Luke 10: 2).

Heaven is in dire need of disciples. Will you stand up and be counted as one?

Prayer
Dear Lord, help me to be a true disciple; adhering to all Your instructions and sharing in all Your concerns, Amen.

Memory Verse             Phil. 2: 27
" For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful."


Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

Bible Reading For Today - Tues281117 - Phil. 2: 19 - 30






19. But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.
20. For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 
21. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 
22. But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 
23. Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. 
24. But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly. 
25. Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; 
26. since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 
27. For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful.
29. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 
30. because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.



May the Lord bless the reading of His Words in Jesus Name, Amen.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - 261117 - Carry God's Presence With You






Sunday November 26
(Sunday Before Advent)

Bible Reading:     Heb. 9: 24 - 28
Topic:                  Carry God's Presence With You

As Jesus lives in God’s presence on our behalf, He has given us His Spirit to enable us experience God’s presence wherever we are.

When we gather as the Church, God is present with us because that is what Jesus promised (Matt. 18: 20); but we must not equate coming to church with coming into God’s presence.

Unfortunately, we can be in church and miss it because our hearts are not truly prepared to seek God.

If your aim is to meet with friends, show off new clothes or bask in the euphoria of your eloquence you will not experience His presence even in church.

As Christians, we carry God’s presence wherever we go and in all activities of life; and we are obligated to live in a way that shows forth His life in us.

Paul told us in 1 Cor. 6: 19-20 that we must defile God’s temple by the way we live.

So when next you are in Church, at work or at a social engagement, ask the Spirit of God whose temple you are, to help you live out God’s presence in those situations that others may come to know Christ through you.

Prayer
Father, consecrate me for Your Presence; may I find delight in the single hour that before Your Throne I spend. Amen

Memory Verse             Heb. 9: 27
"And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment"


Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

Bible Reading For Today - Sun261117 - Heb. 9: 24 - 28





24. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 
25. not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— 
26. He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 
27. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 
28. so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.


May the Lord bless the reading of His Words in Jesus Name, Amen

Early Morning Prayer - Sunday 26. 11. 17





Holy Father, the Ancient of Days, we thank You for Your great mercies and tender kindness towards us and which have manifested in our being alive today. We bless Your Name because there is none like You, and there's none that can be compared with You in all the things that You have done us, doing for us and yet to do for us. We thank You for our families and friends that You have also brought back to life along with us. May Your Holy Name be forever praised in Jesus Name, Amen. Father we will not fail to confess our sins before You, our sins of omission and commission which we from time to time commit out of ignorance and selfishness. We ask for Your pardon and forgiveness Oh Lord, cleanse us from all forms of unrighteousness and help us to live more nearly as we pray. As we prepare to go to Your Holy Sanctuary to commune with You, Father guide our hearts and thoughts that they may rest on You today and that throughout today, we shall abide in Your Presence and do that which will please You both now and forever, Amen. Thank You Heavenly Father for answering our prayers for we have prayed through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

This early morning prayer was said by Sir, Dr. Jerry - the First Oguzie: JP
As a contribution to the mandate of "In His Image Ministries" - IHIM and "The Elyon Fellowship" - TEFEL

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Hymn For Today - Sun251117 - At Thy Feet O Christ We Lay






At Thy Feet O Christ we lay
Thine Own gift of this new day
Doubt of what it holds in store
Makes us crave Thine aid the more
Lest it prove a time of loss’
Mark it Saviour with Thy Cross

If it flow on calm and bright
Be Thyself our Chief delight
If it bring unknown distress
Good is all that Thou canst bless
Only while its hours begin
Pray we keep them clear of sin

We in part our weakness know
And in part discern our foe
Well for us before Thine  Eyes
All our danger open lies
Turn not from us while we plead
Thy compassions and our need

Fain would we Thy Word embrace
Live each moment on Thy grace
All ourselves to Thee consign
Fold up all our wills in Thine
Think and speak and do and be
Simply that which pleases Thee

Hear us Lord and that right soon
Hear and grant the choicest boon
That Thy joy can e’er impart
Loyal singleness of heart
So shall this and all our days

Christ our God show forth Thy praise

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - 251117 - Humbled To Be Exalted





Saturday November 25

Bible Reading:     Phil. 2: 5 - 11
Topic:                  Humbled To Be Exalted

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, …. 8 … He humbled Himself and became obedient to … death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him …

This passage is one of the most challenging in the entire Scripture.

Generally, we are all very protective of our reputation and would do all in our power to protect it when it is threatened.

However, Jesus who was sinless and perfect, and therefore had a reputation to protect, deliberately made Himself of no reputation.

In response to His obedience, humility and sacrifice, God exalted Him and gave Him a name to which everything in heaven, earth and below the earth bows and will continue to bow.

This passage teaches us that the only way up is down.

If we empty and humble ourselves before God, He will exalt us.

Jesus proved it, and so can we if we determine like Him to completely obey God in every area of our lives, without counting the cost.

Prayer
Lord, give us a heart of humility and obedience, just like Jesus! Amen.

Memory Verse             Phil. 2: 8
"And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross". 


Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

Bible Reading For Today - Sat251117 - Phil. 2: 5 - 11





5. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 
6. who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 
7. but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 
8. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 
9. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
10. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 
11. and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


May the Lord bless the reading of His Words in Jesus Name, Amen

Early Morning Prayer - Saturday 25. 11. 17






Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, the Owner of the Universe, He that sits upon the White Sapphire Throne beholding the affairs of men and taking account of all our doings, Father we thank You. We worship and adore You, we give You all the praise for Your Glorious Name and for Your tender mercies and grace. Lord we thank You for another opportunity You have given to us to make a go at life and living. We pray O Lord that as we live our lives, we may live closer to You in Jesus Name, Amen. Forgive us all that is past O Lord and grant that we may continually live in the newness of life. We commit this day into Your Able Hands O Lord asking that You may direct our feet on the path that You have already prepared for us wherein we shall prosper and in prospering we shall remember to love You and also love our neighbour as we love ourselves. All these we ask through Jesus Christ Your Only Son, Our Advocate and Redeemer, Amen


This early morning prayer was said by Sir, Dr. Jerry - the First Oguzie: JP
As a contribution to the mandate of "In His Image Ministries" - IHIM and "The Elyon Fellowship" - TEFEL

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Hymn For Today - Sat251117 - Amazing Grace How Sweet The Sound







1 Amazing grace how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
was blind but now I see.

2 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

3 The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

4 Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come;
'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

5 When we've been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we've no less days to sing God's praise

than when we'd first begun.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Fri241117 - Selfish Ambition





Friday November 24

Bible Reading:     Phil. 2: 1 - 4
Topic:                  Selfish Ambition

To be ambitious is to show strong determination to succeed which is fine.

However, to be selfish is to enthrone personal interest above the collective good.

Selfishness hinders growth, breeds jealousy, competition and hatred.

Selfish ambition can destroy. It rejoices in the failure of others, and feels bitterness when they succeed.

Some live by the shark principle: attack everything and everyone in your path as far as it is for your benefit.

It is good to remember that you can succeed without castigation or pulling down others.

Verse 4 says: let each look out not only for his own interest, but for the interest of others.

To this end, Paul admonished us in 1 Cor. 8: 13, to forgo our right to eat meat, if doing so would make a brother stumble.

Today, some brethren will not look out for others, acting only in their own interest.

Daily, we sacrifice Jesus (not just our brethren) and rubbish the Cross for our own selfish aims.

But the evil of such a lifestyle is that it breeds emptiness in the soul and consequent judgment.

Beloved, this is a call to humility and service as the antidote to selfish ambition.

Prayer
Lord, help me to achieve the ultimate ambition which is to know You and the power of Your resurrection and the fellowship of Your suffering. Amen

Memory Verse             Phil. 2: 4
" let each look out not only for his own interest, but for the interest of others."


Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

Early Morning Prayer - Friday 24. 11. 17






Thank You Heavenly Father for leading us into a brand new day. Thank You for preserving our lives all through the night and that of our families and friends. Thank You for Your daily provision of food and water for us to eat and drink and be healthy, may Your Name alone be glorified forever in our lives in Jesus Name, Amen. Forgive us O Lord where we have sinned against You and look not upon us in Your wrath; but in Your tender and kind mercies. Lead us today Heavenly Father, let us not fall prey to anything that would harm us physically, spiritually and psychologically. Give us our daily bread for today and help us to learn how to depend on You. All these we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, Amen

This early morning prayer was said by Sir, Dr. Jerry - the First Oguzie: JP
As a contribution to the mandate of "In His Image Ministries" - IHIM and "The Elyon Fellowship" - TEFEL

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Hymn For Today - Fri231117 - Let All The World In Every Corner Sing





Let all the World in every corner sing

My God and King

The Heavens are not too high

His Praise can thither fly

The Earth is not too low

His Praises there may grow

Let all the World in every corner sing

My God and King

 

Let all the World in every corner sing

My God and King

The Church with Psalms must shout

No door can keep them out

But above all the Heart

Must bear the longest part

Let all the World in every corner sing


My God and King

Bible Reading For Today - Fri241117 - Phil. 2: 1- 4





1. Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 
2. fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 
3. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 
4. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.


May the Lord bless the reading of His Words in Jesus Name - Amen

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bible Reading For Today - Thur231117 - Phil. 1: 27-30






27.    Only let your conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ, that whether I come and see you or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel.
28.    And in nothing terrified by your adversaries, which is to them an evident token of perdition but to you of salvation and that of God
29.    For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him but also to suffer for His Sake
30.    Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now bear to be in me.


May the Lord bless the reading of His Words in Jesus Name, Amen

Daily Fountain 2017 - Thur231117 - Governed By The Word






Thursday November 23

Bible Reading:     Phil. 1: 27 - 30
Topic:                  Governed By The Word

The Christian life is predicated upon a set standard – the Scriptures.

It should not be lived on our own whims and caprices.

We should not be pressured by customs, traditions or social norms to act; rather we should be constrained by the absolute necessity to conform to God’s Word at all times and in every circumstance.

The overriding constitution or rules of proceedings in our bedrooms and boardrooms must be the Word of God.

The wires of our lives must be plugged into God’s Word so that we can give light to the world. Hab. 2: 1 says “I will stand upon my watch . . . and will watch to see what He will say to me and what I will answer when I am reproved”.

Our decisions and responses to issues should be dictated and regulated by God’s Word. Jesus said to the tempter: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4: 4).

Only a life governed by the Word stays steadfast when conditions and circumstances say otherwise.

The mighty will fall, great hearts will fail but only those ruled by the Word will flourish (Ps. 1:1-3).

Prayer
Dear Lord, no matter what I face may Your Word rule my life in Jesus name, Amen.

Memory Verse             Phil. 1: 27
"Only let your conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ, that whether I come and see you or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel."


Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)