Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Extra-Curricular Or Co-Curricular

Tuesday February 28

Bible Reading:     Rom. 8: 18 - 30

Topic:         Extra-Curricular Or Co-Curricular

In his Secondary School days, Edu never took sports seriously.

Whenever it was time for optional recreational sports, he went and hid himself in a Class Room and read books.

He thought he was doing himself good especially as at that time, curriculum experts called sports "extra-curricular activity"

So that word extra made him feel that it was not really part of education. But over time, he learnt that the curriculum experts because of the fundamental role of sports in learning now decided to call sports "co-curricular activity"

In other words, exercises are now an integral part of education. He wished he knew that when he was in Secondary School, he would have taken sports as co-curricular and not extra-curricular activity and surely he would have been healthier and learnt better.

Our reading today, informs us that the challenges of life we face or we may face are part of our training for manifestation.

They are not unconnected to our faith. Therefore when they come, we should prayerfully face them, trusting God to help us learn the inherent lessons that would make us stronger in the faith.

From today, begin to see the issues of life as co-curricular to your faith and not as extra-curricular activities.

Lord, give me the grace to overcome the challenges of life so that I may love and worship You better, Amen.

Memory verse:   Rom. 8: 1
"And we know that all things work together for good for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His Purpose"

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Joint-Heirs With Christ

Monday February 27

Bible Reading:     Rom. 8: 12 - 17

Topic:         Joint-Heirs With Christ

A wealthy man with four sons died without leaving a Will.
Following his death, they needed Letters of Administration for the properties of the deceased so that they would have the legal right to administer the properties in their own names.

For this to happen, the law requires the applicants to be at least 21 years of age.

Since the youngest child was way below the legal age requirement and they could not/would not falsify his age to make him qualify, the family had to wait for years for the last son to reach the age of 21 years before they could process the application.

That is related to our text for today. Believers are joint-heirs with Christ but we cannot inherit the wealth of blessings God has in store for us without maturity since maturity in Christ is very fundamental to the issue of inheritance.

How do we mature?
Through cumulative growth over the years.

As we grow in the Lord and mature in our understanding of His Principles, He is ready and willing to hand over our inheritance to us.

Maturity will enable us to handle these blessings properly and use them wisely.

Lord, help me to grow and mature in You so that I may make effective use of all that You have in store for me in Christ, Amen.

Memory verse:   Rom. 8: 15
"For ye have not received the Spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba Father"

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

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday Sermon Summary - Quinquagesima Sunday

Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
                                    Diocese of Abuja
                         Cathedral Church of the Advent

Quinquagesima - Sunday 26 February 2017

Today's Sermon

Theme:     "The Christian Work Ethic"
Topic:         Prepare For Retirement
Key Text:    2 Tim 4: 7


Man's life is in phases: Infancy, Adulthood then Old Age or Later Life.

In adult life, we expect to have finished our education, taken up a career or a profession that most of us keep till we stop work (particularly those in the Public Sector or Private Sector where there is a time set for retirement).

In the Civil Service, retirement is after 35 years of service or 60 years of age whichever comes first, but we know that many falsify their age in order to stay on in office.

In the Political Sphere especially in our Continent, we would have office holders who overstayed their welcome and ended up a torment to the People they govern.

Most of us are afraid of retirement.

However it is inevitable because we cannot work forever. We must stop at some point, reflect on our lives, take stock and enjoy the fruit of our labour positively or negatively, depending on the role we played while in service.

For women it is a time for going to look after their children and grand children with time on their hands

Having our own homes helps to reduce the challenges of retirement.
In Luke 1: 23 we read of John the Baptist's Father - Zachariah - that "when his time of service was completed, he returned home." Remember, he was of a Priestly Family

For Paul writing to Timothy in our Key Text, he stated "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." Here Paul takes stock of his life and Ministry to God. His Christian life was a good fight worth fighting for. He had fought against Satan and evil spirits, Jewish pagan practices, false teachings, distortion of the Scripture, worldliness, sin, e.t.c. In all he remained faithful to our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.

Inspite of all the challenges, as a good soldier of Christ, he never compromised his faith nor the truth of the Gospel.

For Christian workers, we should stand on God's promise in Jeremiah 29: 11 - His plans for us are not to harm us but to give us hope for the future; God is in control of His people and has a future plan of hope for us.

Furthermore in Psalm 92: 12 - 14, God assures us that even in old age, we will stay fresh and green and bear fruit.

We will enjoy this blessing because we trust in Him. (See 2 Cor. 4: 16 - 18)

Some Points To Note
1.      Begin to plan for your retirement from the first day of your working career

2.      Retirement ought to be a period of fulfillment and leisure - a time every working person should look forward to

3.      How should we prepare for the social, psychological, physiological, domestic and other challenges we are likely to face after retirement

4.      Failing health may sometimes make retirement intolerable. Any hope for our Senior Citizens?

5.      Should our Children be our pension?
If yes, then we must be sure to invest in their education and all round development

Daily Fountain 2017 - Worshiping At The Holy Hill

Sunday February 26

Bible Reading:     Psalms. 99: 1 - 9

Topic:         Worshiping At The Holy Hill

An elderly Christian said, "I don't like attending Church services in St. Mark's, Assemblies of God, Deeper Life, Redeemed, e.t.c. I am still searching for the Church of Spirit and Truth that Jesus recommended as a good place of worship."

It sounded funny until he explained, the holy hill is a spiritual position in which as captured in our text, the worshipper recognizes Jesus as the reigning King over his life, upholds His Almightiness, lives in total submission to righteousness and holiness, holds onto the  testimonies of his encounter with Christ having obtained forgiveness from God and lives of daily prayer and reverence to God. It is the worship that comes from the holy hill, the hill of Spirit and Truth that God acceptes.

Where do you worship?
Two persons can be in the same Church service, one worshipping at the holy hill and the other at the sinful hill.

Therefore it is not merely a matter of the physical Church, but of the spiritual position of the worshipper.

Examine your spiritual position today.

Please come to the holy hill and see God in the Beauty of His Holiness

Lord, help me to always remember that You are a Spirit and that those who worship You, must worship You in Spirit and in Truth, Amen.

Memory verse:   Psalms. 99: 9
"Exalt the Lord our God and worship at His Holy Hill, for the Lord our God is Holy"

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