Sunny With A Chance of Holy Ghost Fire
Beware of Idleness 2 Sam 11:1-2
by Dr. George Ude
In spring, when kings normally went out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem. Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. David was a king and the best warrior that Israel ever had. Yes, he killed Goliath and with his bare hands he killed a lion. However, the season came when it was time for Israel to go to war against their arch enemy, the Ammonites and David stayed home sleeping and resting. He delegated Joab to lead the war that he, David, should have led. One late afternoon King David became very bored and decided to go to the roof and there he caught a sight that was a gamechanger for him and his household forever. He saw Bathsheba and the picture of her in David ’ s memory propelled David to sin greatly. He committed adultery and murder as a result of that one decisio n
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to stay home at a time when he should have been at war with the enemy. How can we relate the above experience to our own experiences today? First, we are a kingdom of kings and priests (Rev. 1:5) and this is summer time (for David it was Spring). It is a season when satan is running rampage and has released the spirit of perversion and sexual immorality to destroy the testimony of many of the sons and daughters of God. It is a time when every child of God should be vigilant and ready to fight the good fight of faith by resisting sin and the devil. The scripture says ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour ’ 1 Peter 5:8. David was alone and isolated from other warriors of Israel. So it is now for all Christian college students. We have left the comfort of our school Bible studies and our Christian friends and are now scattered. Some have gone home, some to out-of-state internship experiences, and others to new jobs. Just like he did for David on that day, satan is orchestrating some acquaintances to derail us from Christ and holiness. It does not take too long to be overtaken by sin. It took David one visit to the roof. It may take you one visit to the park, to a party, to the club, to a neighbor or may be even to church. Be sensitive in the spirit. When
Blessings and honor to our God! The semester has closed on our campus and we are rejoicing because of the great things Jesus Christ has done for us. Since the North Carolina conference, hearts and souls have remained on fire for the Lord. We have realized that in order to maintain our burning desire and love, daily fellowship is key. This has not only moved us closer to Christ individually but closer to each other as well. Our involvement in each other’s lives has gone beyond bible studies into hanging out, being open and genuinely caring for one another. We have become more like family. The effort made by our executives and members to really keep our fellowship growing has been sustained by God’s grace. Hearts have become more willing, flexible, and open. Lives are being saved and transformed. We have had new converts that are now with us seek-
Time: 6 pm until August 8. Venue: 7513 Northern Ave; Glendale, MD 20769 sin comes knocking, RUN. Make every effort to be in position and not out of position. If David had gone to war there would have been no Bathsheba. Wherever you may be this summer make sure you do the work of the Great Commission (evangelism). Locate a church and attend it. Find a fellowship to attend. Make sure that you have a community of believers where, like iron, other believers will sharpen you. Pray without season, avoid those that will pull you down. Be mindful of old relationships that did not glorify God. Let no man or woman spoil your testimony. BCF has school fellowships running nationwide. In Maryland we have the College night every Sunday at 6:00 pm and we go on evangelism to malls around on Saturdays. Become a part of what God is doing. Do not stay home when Kings go to war.
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ing, serving, and growing. Their testimonies are an encouragement to us. Ezinne, a senior, reflects on the past semester. “This semester is the most memorable for me. I’ve been strengthened in my Christian faith and walk. In fellowship, I’ve grown and matured”. God is not worried about quantity but more about quality. On our campus we are trying to move past just growing our numbers but onto building up individuals in becoming reliable men and women who God can trust with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have started follow-up evangelism but we want to increase in that area to become more effective. We know that God will not only equip us, but give us the grace and wisdom to do his work. Let us not forget about our Gethsemane experience. It was a night of worship, dance, song, testimonies, and lastly but never least, the Word. Lives
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By Julian Olanbinwonnu
Junior, Biology major
“Why is it taking so long for me to receive it? ” “I have been waiting for so long! ” “I want it now! ” Don ’ t these statements sound familiar? All of us at one time have probably said or thought one of them or something similar to them. Naturally, we like to have everything, especially at the time we desire it. Sometimes we pray and ask God for something or to act on our behalf, and when He does not respond immediately, we assume that God is not hearing us. Other times we even go to the extent of blaming the devil for every unanswered prayer, need, and want. God ’ s answer may not be immediately apparent because He ’ s teaching us something or simply working it out for us. There will be times when He will not
give it to us because of our nature. Even Christ did not commit to the every whim of the people. It says in John 2:24-25 that He didn ’ t give in to them, because He knew all men… for He knew what was in man. ” God wants us to have patience in everything so our faith can be built. It shows God how much we trust Him. In Galatians 6:9 it says, “And let us not grow weary while doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. ” The more we exercise patience the stronger we become in Christ. But we cannot have patience unless we put our faith, trust, and all in Him. James 1: 3 says, “knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete. ” We appreciate God more when we get something for which we have waited. But when everything comes right on demand, we tend to lose the appreciation of Cont’d from page 1 what God can do. The next time you were touched and hearts were convicted and we thank God for doing
His work that night and using us as vessels. We also learned that when things seem to be out of control, God is behind the scenes working everything out. His ways are always best! Our fellowship is now undergoing a transition from previous executives to new executives. God is going to do something great in our midst and we are looking forward to it. Pray for us and ask God to give us wisdom in all things and that we may abide in unity for his purpose—the saving of souls.
- Matthania Louis
6th Annual Leadership Conference February 10th-13th. Details to follow are faced with a situation where you have to exercise patience, just count it joy knowing you are building your faith in Christ! Patience not only applies to receiving things, but to people and to receiving spiritual gifts. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. Isaiah 40: 3
Announcement from BCF at Prince George ’ s Community College This summer, we will be having prayer meetings in different locations. Our meetings will include: praise worship, prayer, flowing in the gifts of The Holy Spirit, exhortation and many more. We will be meeting in the homes of those fellowshipping with us and also on PGCC campus. Email email@example.com or call 301-538-3583 to learn more!
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