Newsletter You are not alone. Dearly Beloved,
the current economic recession, we must all be vigilant in identifying and ministering to the lonely among us. In 1 Kings 19, the Bible details an incident in the life of the Prophet Elijah that sheds some light on the issue of loneliness and how it can be alleviated through Christian fellowship. Elijah found himself fleeing from Jezebel, the idolatrous wife of King Ahab, who had promised to take his life within twenty four hours. Alone in a cave, he became convinced that the entire nation was on Jezebel’s side. Consequently, he succumbed to depression and despair and pleaded with God to take his life. His despair may well have turned tragic but for the direct intervention of the Lord who comforted him with the revelation that there were seven thousand others in Israel who were on his side. The Prophet Elijah was an Israelite, yet he experienced loneliness and despair so deep that he saw death as his only alternative and would have died but for the manifest presence of God who reminded him that he was not alone. With loneliness came the threat of death but with fellowship with God and other believers came the gift of life. Beloved, it is possible for people to be lonely in the midst of festive worship in crowded churches. It is possible for people to be lonely even after they get married and have children. It is possible for children to be lonely in their parents’ homes and in crowded schools. But loneliness can be overcome with fellowship. Let us reach out with the love of God and remind our brothers and sisters that they are not alone.
At the recently-concluded convention of the Joint Ethnic African Baptist Churches of Texas (JEABCOT), much time was spent exploring the concept of fellowship as laid out in the Holy Bible. It was a great blessing to participate in the convention and be taught the Word of God as it relates to this crucial issue. However, I write to you today about an aspect of fellowship that received little attention during the convention, and that is the importance of fellowship in the amelioration of loneliness in the local church. Some might wonder how anyone could be lonely in the midst of our festive worship services and all the social functions that we attend. However, a close examination will probably reveal pockets of loneliness even in the midst of our crowded and festive churches. Loneliness is possible in the church when a person who lacks the inner joy that only intimate fellowship with God can provide, looks for joy in the things of the world and meets with disappointment. When money, career, beauty, social status and the like fail to satisfy, the person feels disconnected from other believers and even comes to view their expressions of joy in worship and fellowship as unrealistic and pretentious. These feelings often become worse during economic crises when marital, family, financial and career difficulties always seem to increase. Left unaddressed, they drive people into deep distress, depression and despair which can even lead to suicidal thoughts or acts of violence against others. Given the Love, severe stress that many are under in Pastor Effiom
Men of UCF Be Strong and Courageous..................pg2 Don't Accept The Status Quo!..................................pg2 What Does Fellowship Look Like in The Home?.....pg3 What‘s behind YOUR scenes?...................................pg4 Where do you (want to) go from here?...................pg 4
Free Yourself From The Past!...............................pg5 What you eat matters............................................pg5 Using our resources to earn extra income............pg6 Why Christians Should pray for Israel..................pg7 Baptism.................................................................pg 8 UCF is on Facebook................................................................ .pg 12
Men of UCF Be Strong and Courageous While I understand that there are good reasons why a father may not be in a home due to death, terminal illness, active duties in the army and some other good reasons, I strongly believe, that God’s plan is for a Christian home to be run by men, when I say men, I also mean the husband. I am talking about the men of UCF. Men who are after God’s own heart. God truly intends for you to be the head of your household and you should look unto God to enable you fulfill your Christian responsibilities to your family. Your wife cannot go too far in her desire to have a Christian home without you. It is not as difficult as you think to love UCF women, just love us as Christ loves the church……… Some men make the mistake that women need to be showered with gifts and money, while a woman may not refuse the gift or money, trust me, gifts and money only goes so far in fulfilling the desires of a woman. Showing you care and cherishing a woman goes much further. Helping the children with homework while your wife gets her hair done, taking the trash out knowing it is too heavy for your wife to carry, filling up your wives car with gas at the beginning of the week so that she does not have to stop at the Gas Station are small little gestures that goes a long way in
showing that you care. . The Lord wants you to rule your home with love as Christ loves the Church, The Bibles says, He who loves his wife loves his own body for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it….……… The economy is tough and possibly you are not in the job that you think you should have at this stage of your life or your business is not going according to plan, the question is, does that make you less of a man? Be strong and courageous, Let your sufficiency be in the Lord because according to Philippians 4.13. And my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in Glory by Christ Jesus. Do not allow the circumstances of the economy to turn your home away from the will of GOD. Trust in the Lord.
Biola Adesulu, RPh
Don't Accept The Status Quo! I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that i have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live (Deuteronomy 30:19)
For example, you might have been born into a family where the normal progression is for the members to grow up poor, and then pass the same trend to their children. But when you learn from the Word that you've received an inexhaustible inheritance; based on this information from God's Word, you should Its important for you to know that you have a choice in life. You declare, "I refuse to be poor! I'm an heir of God and a joint-heir dont have to accept what life hands out to you or settle for with Christ! I dwell in prosperity!" That way, you've chosen to mediocrity: don't accept the status quo. The Holy Spirit, who is alter the existing state of affairs; you've rejected the status quo. the power of God has come into your life and brought into you the dynamic ability to cause changes! If the circumstances of The Bible says "be not conformed to this world: but be ye your life don't favour you in any way, you can change them! As transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2); a matter of fact, no one else can change them but you! refuse the status quo! Use the Word of God as your What are the thoughts that fill your mind when you hear the standard, and chart a Word? Some think the Word of God is too extravagant and different course for your unrealistic hence they miss their blessing for not accepting the life. That's how i live, and Word. When your heart is dominated by your senses, it'll be very i recommend that you do difficult to see the visions of God as the Word comes to you. This the same. (1 John 4:4) is why someone can come into church for service and leave without being affected by the Word. BRO. MITCHEL CHUKSOKONTA.
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What Does Fellowship Look Like in The Home? This
question was a topic of discussion during the JEABCOT convention, and I believe the reason was because there are many Christian families that lack fellowship in their homes. Is it because people don’t understand that “fellowship” means the association of people who share common beliefs or activities? “No!” Is it because people don’t understand that home is where you live or dwell at a particular time? “No!” I believe the issue is that people really don’t understand what God says about “fellowship” in the home. One of the best passages of scripture that gives insight on Christian character is Galatians 5:22-23. This scripture tells us that Christian character is produced by the Holy Spirit and not by our self-effort. If we follow the Master’s plan for “fellowship”, then we will see better results in our homes. Now, let’s see how we can apply this truth to our 21st Century lives. First, we must allow God to be the gardener in our homes. If He is the gardener, then the Holy Spirit controls our actions and God is able to take away all the weeds that hinder fellowship in the home. We know that weeds hinder the growth of a garden because they sometimes outgrow and overwhelm the plants, depriving them of much-needed moisture. Well, you might ask, “What are the weeds in our lives?” and I would say that the main weed in our lives is sin. Sin consumes for our time and usually leaves us with not enough time for the things of God. Sin tries to overpower the good in our lives and deprives us of the ability to think logically. Sin also stifles our growth and fellowship as a family. You might ask, “Will we ever get rid of sin?” and I would ask, “Does a
gardener ever get rid of weeds?” The answer is “no.” The gardener may remove the weeds for a while, but they keep coming back. Well, that is the same way sin is in our lives; it keeps coming back. I’m so thankful for the presence of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer and works to remove those things that are not of God. Through him, steps are made that lead to oneness with the Father, oneness with our spouses, family togetherness and fellowship in the home. Once you have humbled yourself to the Gardener, and He has sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in you, then you have a responsibility to plant these different types of seeds needed to nurture a spiritually healthy home rooted in the things of God. The first seed is faithfulness to God. Faithfulness is the ability to keep a commitment, and in your home, it should be known that no matter what obstacles, storms, problems may arise; you will stand and serve the God Almighty. As stated in Romans 8:35, nothing should ever separate you from the love of God. Faithfulness to God should be displayed daily. The second seed is the practice of gentleness, which is love. Sometimes it’s necessary to replace harshness and snappiness with the ability to listen, give constructive feedback and pray when mistakes are made. The third seed is the practice of sharing – the willingness to share with our spouses and children sacrificially even when we think they do not deserve it. Did God not share His son with us even though we were not worthy of him? The fourth seed is the practice of rewarding and complimenting our spouses and children when they do well. Too many homes are full of criticism and rebuke instead of
encouragement and praise. When the atmosphere is always negative, nothing good can come out of it. The sixth seed is the practice of peace. It is important to show how to solve problems God’s way as stated in Matthew 18: 15-17. The way of God is the way of grace and mercy but the way of the world is attack and abuse. The sixth seed is the joy of the Lord. Whatever you do, let your family see the joy of the Lord in you. If you haven’t noticed already, the seeds you are planting are the “fruit of the Spirit” as stated in Galatians 5:22-23. So if you want fellowship in your home, you must allow the Holy Spirit under the authority of the head gardener, God, to remove the weeds and create in you His fruit. This fruit will blossom into a home that flourishes in love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control which brings about fellowship. Once you have established fellowship, then you will become a family that is humble, a family that gives God glory for everything He has done to and through you. Your family will develop a strength that is not easily broken. If you let God lead your family, then your family will have a strong fellowship
Sis . Kim Effiom
Deacon Kenny Dada is the Deacon-in-Charge of Worship at United Christian Fellowship of Arlington. He is gifted in music ministry and singing, and currently serves as President of the Adult Choir and member of the Finance Committee and Church Planning Council. In addition to the above, he is actively involved in member visitation. He is the owner of a travel agency in Arlington, Texas. He and his wife, Kunmi, are the proud parents of four children – Nikki, Eniola, Wale and Damilola.
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From prayer to praise, worship to preaching, our annual youth revival was packed full of opportunity to hear God speak. I brought my 5 year old cousin with me to the revival and upon entering the car on the way home, she asked, “what’s that song yall sang that went Hallelujah, all the glory, Hallelujah, all the praise?” After singing a majority of the songs we sang over the several days, she said, “yeah, yeah that’s the one! Do you have it at your house?” to “YAWEH” by Mali Music. I played it for her when we got home; she wanted to dance, “like those girls [ UCF’s praise dancers] were”. As I watched my cousin dance and heard her replay the song nearly 20 times; God revealed to me that even though you’re only truly performing for an audience of One, others are watching. So, I put my heart into everything I do for Him and truly believe that when praises go up, blessings come down. Nicolette dada
The experience I had during the youth revival was amazing. It was another successful week for our youth being able to fellowship among other churches and most importantly hearing the word of God. The worship was incredible. God’s presence met us each day. We are very grateful to God for allowing us to have a powerful service.
The youth revival theme was “What’s behind your scenes” meaning what life do you have outside of church. Are you the same person Monday morning while you’re at school amongst your peers? Do you portray a Christ-like image on a daily basis? Our guest speaker Rev. Brown spoke on this very subject reading Psalms 1 which starts of talking of a blessed man does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. Giving our youth a charge to go back to school and walk in God’s direction and not of the worlds. He continued to bless us with his teaching the rest of the revival and we thank him for his service. Lemuel Okogbodu
Who Is God To You?
Uncle Sunny Omo -"God is everything to me!"
Valerie Emaukagbon - "God is my Savior, my shelter through the storm, my provider and protector, whom I don't deserve". Reverend Hope - My creator, my Lord, my personal friend, we're very close
WHERE DO YOU (WANT TO) GO FROM HERE? “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as In this verse of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he points out a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away to the Church not only the inevitability of growing up but the childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13: 11 (NKJV) necessity of growing up well. You can age and be none the wiser; worse, you can grow in size and title and be a know-nothing. While One certainty in this life is that we will not remain who or God has called us to be separate from the world (John 15:19), while where we are forever. While we are all children in the eyes of our we are still in it, there are a few things we can learn from it. This is Father, we are, among our fellow men, grandparents, parents, young not to say that the ways of the world are necessary to our walk of adults, children and infants. In as much as we all read the same bible, faith. They are not (Proverbs 14: 12). Indeed, there are numerous pray the same prayers, sing the same praises and hear the same Word, things that the world does not prohibit that God hates. For example, there are different expectations for all of us. God wants us to know God resists the proud (1 Peter 5:5), but this is not an offense in the that as we mature in life and in our walk of faith, more is expected of eyes of man; on the contrary, you may even be rewarded with your Contd page 11.... us and more is to be done by us. own reality show.
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Free Yourself From The Past! Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one That so-called past that you sometimes remember doesn't exist, thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and because your old nature, the old you- everything about your life reaching forth unto those things which are before (Philippians before you were born again are completely passed away. So 3:13) never let your memories of the past hold you back. As we enjoy the third edition of UCF Quarterly, I'm certainly grateful to the Lord and His Church. One of the very important lessons to learn from the apostle Paul is his attitude to memories of the past; he said: "...this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind.....". Prior to his conversion, he prosecuted, imprisoned and even consented to the murder of believers. He was injurious to the Church. Hence if there were anyone who qualified as it were to be mentally and emotionally traumatized by his past, it should have been him! But he never allowed himself to be limited or hindered by the memories of his past. He had come to realize that the memories of the past weren't worth holding onto compared to the greater future he had in God.
Do what Paul says: FORGET the past and PRESS ON into your glorious future in Christ! No matter how often and for how long you brood over the past, you can't change it, so don't expend your time and energy on on it. Your future is greater than your past! How do i know? Because the Bible says "The path of the just is as the shining light that shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day" (Proverbs 4:18). As a Christian, your story ought to be upward and forward only; you're born to go from one level of glory to another.
Hello UCF! It is no secret that in our culture, you are divided into 2 categories: RICE LOVER or FUFU LOVER. Now, although I am a fan of both delicacies, I like to classify myself as a member of Team FuFu (like father, like daughter!). No disrespect to those on Team Rice, but when coming home from college, I look forward to sitting down to a plate of hot pounded yam and a large bowl of ogbono soup! Below are some simple suggestions:
cups of the oats into fine flour and proceed in the same manner as you would for the traditional dish. This again is healthier because it has fewer carbohydrates and also it actually increases your dietary fiber. In regards to the soup, again use more lean meats such as chicken/fish and most importantly decrease the amount of palm oil used.
So if your past doesn't inspire you, dump it! It may seem difficult at first, but remember that as a child of God, nothing is impossible This is the same attitude you ought to have as a child of God. unto you. Be encouraged Too many are enslaved by the memories of their past. They folks. could be cheerful one moment and depressed the next, all because they remembered something of their past life they considered unpleasant. That shouldn't be. Learn to free yourself BRO. MITCHEL CHUKSfrom the past. The Bible says, "If any man be in Christ, he is a OKONTA. new creature; old things are passed away" (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Now, let me make this disclaimer: just because you are eating a healthier form of rice/fufu does not mean that you can double your portion size! Portion control is a major issue in our community, so we will discuss this in the next quarterly printout. Farewell for now UCF and remember that BROWN is always better than WHITE!
To the RICE LOVERS: try substituting white rice for brown rice. It may seem different at first, but the benefits of brown rice outweigh those of white. The brown rice has fewer carbohydrates, which is better digested by our bodies and therefore leads to less fat build up. Also adding a cup of frozen mixed veggies helps (regardless if the kids like it or not). In regards to the stew, try using less beef and more lean meats such as chicken/fish. God bless, Valerie Emuakhagbon To the FUFU LOVERS: try substituting the usual white flour for something healthier. I would suggest oatmeal fufu. It sounds odd, but it tastes amazing and has become a staple in our kitchen. It is easy and probably cheaper, as you can use the same oatmeal that is used for breakfast. You just blend a few
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God wants Christians to take the responsibility of providing for their material needs and those of their families. The book of 2nd Thessalonians 3:10 states this as a commandment-“Even when we were with you, we commanded you this, if anyone of you will not work, neither shall he eat”.
you considered opening a school to teach how to be a better cook? If you like real estate and do not have the credit or the cash to invest, have you thought about tapping into helping reduce your neighbors property values and you get compensated for a percentage you help them save on their property taxes? If you enjoy cleaning, you may market to I would like to share some key principles of effective business businesses that need janitorial services. If you love make-ups, leadership that I believe are necessary to effectively use your have you considered becoming a Mary Kay consultants? If you current God given resources to make extra income. love computers, have you considered computer repairs or network? Love car, have you thought of buying and selling cars 1. The first step is to proactively do a self evaluation, you must on ebay or craigs list? the lists goes on and on. make a distinct decision whether you want to make extra income or not. Your answer will determine if you will begin to look at 5. When you market your services to friends and community resources available to you right now to maximize your business at large, always seek to understand their needs first before you opportunities. present your services. It makes your marketing effort a lot easier. a. Think of what you love to do. Something that you will be willing to do even if you were not paid, does it meet the NEED 6. If your services require more skilled individuals to perform of the people in your community, state or country? If so, you a task, e.g. construction, please step out of your comfort zone have a business opportunity. to hire people to get the job done right. b. If you do not know what you enjoy (hobby) doing, I encourage you to start looking at businesses, recreation 7. You must consistently review your progress and make activities around you or search the internet for business ideas necessary changes that will align you with your business and that might interest you. spiritual objectives. Always keep in mind the end result that you had envisioned. 2. When you have decided on the business venture you are going to embark on, you must begin with the end in mind. 8. When I think of our desires to earn extra income using our Assuming everything works out right, picture your business in resources, the bible story of the talents came to mind – (Matt. maybe 10 years from now. Begin with the end in mind, it will 25:14-30). It reminds me that God measures our success not encourage and sustain you when passing through the buy what we have, but by what we do with what we have - for challenges of business ownership. all that we have is a gift from Him. We are only managers to whom He has entrusted resources and responsibilities. Good 3. Do the first thing first, pick a business name in alignment luck on your quest to use your resources to make extra income. with your values, a name you will be comfortable marketing to Website for business references in your prospective clients, register the business with the county Texas-http://www.sba.gov/ office if sole proprietorship or the state in Austin if LLC/ index.html. corporation, make sure you seek legal counsel to determine the Remember, God is abundantly business formation that is most suitable for your business model able to do great things through to limit your tax liabilities etc. you, He is doing it everyday, let today be your day. PUSH-pray 4. Think win-win, begin to formalize a business plan in until something happens. alignment with your hobby, think of the way your business can meet the needs of your clients while in return you get paid for Stay blessed In The Lord, delivering services/products that meets their need. Example: if you love to drive, have you thought of opening a driver’s Kola Thorpe education school? If you love music, have you thought about opening a business to teach music? If you enjoy cooking, have
Who Is God To You?
Mrs Yemisi - Adegoke (My Mom) – “He is my Bridge over troubled waters”
Aunty Evelyn Omo – “He is the keeper of my soul who neither slumbers nor sleeps” Uncle Debo Adesina – “He is my almighty God and my everything”
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During a recent Bible Study, someone asked why we as a church engage in the practice of praying for Israel. The question seemed to resonate among those in attendance, prompting my decision to provide a more comprehensive response for the benefit of the entire congregation. I am hopeful that it sheds light on the issue and provides us not only with a better understanding but, more importantly, a greater commitment to 2. praying for Israel personally and corporately.
In , God promised that He would bless those who bless Abraham and his seed. The children of Israel are the descendants of Abraham. We pray for them because we believe that God's promise regarding them was not timelimited and still stands.
In , David charges Israel to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and states: David's charge affirms the blessing of God upon those who pray for Jerusalem. In this case, David points not to the people but to the place. We pray for Israel - the place in view of God's promised blessing.
In , the Apostle Paul laments the fact that Israel is not saved and expresses his desire that she would be saved. It is obvious that his lament does not refer to a "spiritual" Israel but to the nation. "Spiritual Israel", as the
Body of Christ is sometimes referred to, brought to us the inestimable gift of is by definition, already saved. salvation, one can only wonder how Consequently, Paul's lament cannot much more God will reward us who refer to her. We pray for the nation work to bring Israel to obedience!! This Israel desiring her salvation because it is a great reason to pray for Israel. is not the will of God that any should perish. In this sense, we pray for the The aforementioned are some biblical nation even as we pray for all sinners. reasons why we as Christians should pray for Israel. It is evident that God's plan for In , the Apostle Paul humankind includes special provisions for gives us another reason to pray for the Israel as a nation. But these special nation Israel that goes beyond our provisions in no way suggest that the nation normal obligation to pray for sinners. of Israel is by any means more moral than He reveals that God, in His infinite any other nation in the world or that we wisdom, had used Israel to bring about should agree with all of her actions. It is our salvation as non-Jews. Through possible to love Israel without agreeing with them, He blessed us with the Holy everything that she does, just like we love Prophets, the Holy Scriptures and, most our children without agreeing with of all, a Savior in our Lord Jesus Christ. everything that they do. God loves Israel as Moreover, when the Jews as a nation a nation but complained bitterly about her rejected His son, He found occasion to conduct in much of the Old Testament. turn to us Gentiles in the unfolding of His plan to save humankind. Now that In closing, we are to pray for Israel as the salvation of God is the blessing of a matter of the Gentiles, it is the plan of God to use in (that we may obtain the us to bring the nation of Israel back to promised blessings of God); in Him. How? By provoking Israel to jealousy as they witness the abundance and finally, for of God's blessing upon the Gentiles, who are but their "younger siblings" in God's service. Praying for Israel as a nation is in keeping with God's revealed will to use us as instruments of her salvation. In Romans , the Apostle reaffirms the fact that Israel's blessing leads to our blessing. He wonders, if God has blessed us so greatly as a result of Israel's rejection of Jesus Christ, how much more God would bless us if Israel were to be saved. If Israel's disobedience of God has
On behalf of the sound engineering department, we Congratulate Sister Gloria Omorodion for allowing God to use her as the first lady to serve on the sound engineering team at UCF. Our prayer is that God will use her as a source of encouragement to the women of our church as they deliberate on where and how to be of service to the Lord. Bro Big Emma ucf page 7
Hebrews 6: 1-2; therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment (NIV). The understanding of the doctrine of baptisms is one of the basics that should be clear in the frontal lobe of every Christian. And without a firm grasp of the Christian basics it will be difficult to grow to spiritual maturity. Therefore, my thought and prayer is that this information would challenge and motivate you in your Christian walk, and to fix right your scale of values. Remember, the last time, we examined some principles, and as a method of inculcation, I will again remind you of those spiritual blocks which I wrote in the previous UCF newsletter publication. The six steps I enumerated in that last newsletter are; the filling of the Holy Spirit, doctrinal orienta-
tion, humility, personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all human kind, and inner happiness. I call these, the spiritual ladder leading to a prosperous life of fulfillment. In this analysis, we will examine two aspects of the all-inclusive benefits a believer receives at the moment of regeneration. When the early church started on the day of Pentecost, for the first time the disciples were not only indwelt by the Holy Spirit they were also filled with the same Holy Spirit. Thus fulfilling the prophecy of Christ in,
Our Lord repeated the same promise in
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three hours on the cross, our Lord was screaming,
Every Christian must understand that there is a difference between the filling of the Holy Spirit and His indwelling presence. The former is temporary while the later is permanent. The former is temporary because we still commit personal sins even after we are saved. One act of sin: by thought, word, or deed, takes a believer out of fellowship into carnality. However, because of the grace of God, if that sin is cited before God the Father, the sin(s) is instantly forgiven. It is imperative that one understand this plan of God if he is to execute his spiritual live victoriously. Additionally, in the Essence of God, God is identified as Justice. This means that He never condones any act of sin from us. But chooses how to discipline us if we fail to make use of his divine operating assets. Having said these, let us look more closely into the word, “Baptism.” This word is a transliteration from Greek word, “baptiso.” And it has two primary meanings: to change the nature of something, and to identify something with its purpose. There are seven different kinds of baptisms in the Scripture. Four of them are real, while three others are ritual. I believe by carefully meditating and understanding the differences in baptisms that leads to both indwelling and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. We will be better positioned to appreciate and obey the command to confess our sins each time we fail out of divine mandate. Remember, without spiritual growth there is no genuine Christian production. Consequently, no fruit of the Holy Spirit in time, then, in eternity, carnal believer’s production will be evaluated as, wood, hay and straw, instead of gold, silver, and precious stones. Now let us see what the Scripture says about the seven baptisms.
First, in this real baptism, Moses is identified with the cloud, that is Jesus Christ. And the Israelites are identified with Moses. This means that the children of Israel accepted what God was doing through Moses. And they received deliverance from slavery to freedom. That deliverance is a real baptism; a spiritual change took place in their lives. However, they were not filled nor indwelt by the Holy Spirit, because theirs was a different dispensation. They passed through the Red Sea, and no one was wet. That is to say, there was no immersion in water. Nevertheless, the real baptism has taken place in the realm of the spirit (salvation) when they believed the gospel as it was revealed to them.
Since Deity cannot associate with sin; the Father turned his back on the Son, no fellowship. This incident is the reason behind Christ prayer before his arrest, trial, and condemnation. If it were possible let this cup pass from him, but God’s plan for him was the cross. Some Christian sufferings are part of God’s plan for that believer, if he realizes it, happy is he.
Thirdly, at the moment of hearing the gospel, if any one chose to accept the message, the Holy Spirit will instantly dump the person into the body of Christ. He is said to have been baptized, identified, or is in union with Christ in his death, burial, resurrection, and session at the right hand of God the Father. These are called retroactive and current positional truth. None of us was there that day at Golgotha; nonetheless, we are identified with the work of Christ by a simple non-meritorious act of faith.
The fourth, Prophet John the Baptist spoke of two different types of baptisms; the believer’s baptism at the moment of salvation, and the unbeliever’s baptism, at the second coming of Christ. The unbelievers will be removed from the earth and sent to eternal lake of fire, this is a real baptism. But this will happen in the future, exact time we do not know. The baptism of fire signifies the removal of unbelievers from the earth. Lord
Matt.3:11, and John’s water baptism to the Jewish believers was a picture of identification with Christ in his kingdom. This John’s baptism is similar to what we Christians practice today after salvation. Apparently, these Old Testament believers have not heard of the coming of Christ. Secondly, Matt.3:13-17; this is Christ’s water baptism by John, which took place at the Jordan River. This water ritual is a picture of the real baptism of Christ on the cross. We often say that Christ was identified with the sins of Israel. Christ had both real and ritual baptisms. And we Christians also received two baptisms, one real and the other, ritual.
Secondly the baptism of the cross was where the sins of the entire human race were poured out on the humanity of Christ, and the Lord was made sin, he drank all sins. According to, . The fellowship between Christ and his Father was temporarily shut down. For
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This is the Church age baptism, and it is the picture of our identification with Jesus Christ. It is an outward expression of an inward change that has happened in our lives. Without the real baptism there can never be the filling of the Holy Spirit. Without the filling of the Holy Spirit there will not be anything like a believer functioning as an ambassador of Christ. Our spiritual baptism is a means to an end, and not the end. You cannot graduate from college unless you first register with the School. Your admission into an institution is a means to an end; and not an end itself. Without faith (doctrines) it is impossible to please God. Without knowledge (illuminated knowledge from the Holy Spirit) of the inerrant word of God and its correct application, we cannot in practice experience the victory that overcomes the world. Just as those list of names in the book of Hebrews eleven hall of fame testifies.
about things, and the details of life? I want you to know that God has placed you in this country for a purpose. A place where you should have all vital information to enable you become truly successful. But remember, to whom much is given, much more is expected. You are not here for your own; you have been saved to impact your world. Be of good cheer, be strong, and of good courage. The greater one is in you than he that is in the world. And you shall reap the benefits of the land. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He says, “I am with you always.” Rev. Amechi Godson ;
Finally, do you want to walk in victory? Do you want to have selfconfidence, and spiritual self-esteem? Are you often worried
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So how should we grow in the world while we are of the Lord? The answer to this is not the same response to the question of growing in the Lord while we are in the world. The latter requires forgiveness of sins, being born of the Holy Spirit and faith in Christ. On the other hand, to answer the former requires common sense, which itself is not too far from the Word. As we inevitably grow in life, we must decide if we want to mature along the way or “just go with the flow.” A live fish can swim against the currents and navigate its way around the river waters as it sees fit, but a dead fish will float up to the surface and be carried wherever the river flows. Some helpful points include the following:
that God cannot bring “hoop dreams” to fruition, if it is what He has in store for you; it just means that we should not put all our eggs in one basket thereby missing out on the many options before us. Gone are the days when an undergraduate degree would be more than enough to get by. We now live in a global village that is becoming more inter-connected by the day. Talent lies across multiple borders and new wealth will seek out those skills wherever they may be. Think of ways to differentiate yourself from your peers. Don’t settle for just being average, it will only get you far, if at all. It is wise to spend the extra time learning new ways to tackle problems as it may very well be the difference between getting ahead and getting along.
Plan for the future: Boldly seek and seize opportunities: No solider should go to war without a plan for battle. We Faith works well when it is put into action. It is fruitless to ought not take a careless (or carefree) approach to know of opportunities and yet be timid to make a move. tomorrow. Think of where you want to be five or ten years Worse, it is categorically wrong to believe God for an from now and work towards it. Are you a student or opening and refuse to do anything to take advantage of it. employee who wants to be at the top of your class or group? Don’t let fear make you a default unbeliever. Many of Thankfully, top performers are not two-headed aliens. those who sought Jesus’ help for healing refused to be They are like you and I, except that they put a lot of time quieted by the multitudes, even if they could only touch the and effort into doing everything well. Use your time wisely hem of his garment. Seek the Lord’s counsel as you aspire and cut back on things that won’t help you accomplish your to great things and challenge Him to use your life as an goals. Set high yet reasonable goals for yourself and start example of His Blessings. Don’t be ambitious for the sake taking incremental steps to achieving them. The future is of ambition, or seek wealth for fame; these are things not only for the youth so do not assume that your current unbelievers seek after and often get, but they are otherwise circumstances (for better or worse) will remain the same. fleeting. Don’t fear the likelihood of defeat; indeed, If you aspire to be like someone or something, actively seek embrace the risk because oftentimes it is through this that out how it can be done. The blessings of God are not finite God manifests His greatness. That which the Devil thought and what He is able to do for one, He can do for another, if would be a mockery of you and God, as he did thinking the we ask wisely. shame of the cross would deter Jesus Christ, your Father in Heaven will make into a thing of triumph. Have faith in Maintain knowledge: God and know that He is more than able to do all things if Good looks and a great physique are quite attractive, but a you believe in him. As the Lord begins to open doors to sharper mind is worth more that its weight in gold. Simple you, step out boldly and as you seize the bull by the horns mathematics tells us one has a better chance of becoming remember the words God spoke in Isaiah 41: 10: an engineer than getting into the NBA. This is not to say Contd page 12..
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UCF Is On Facebook - Be A Fan! As a church, we now have the opportunity to use some of the technology available online as a tool in sharing the gospel with the world around us. Our church now has a page on the social networking site called Facebook and clips of Sunday morning sermons and Wednesday night bible study teachings are also readily available for viewing on the church's channel (UCFArlington) on YouTube.
· As of July 2010 facebook was reported as having over 500,000,000 active users. 50% of the active users logon to facebook everyday. The average user has 130 friends and these active users spend over 700 billion minutes per month on facebook connecting and sharing all sorts of information, both valuable and downright silly. The great commission charges us to go into the world and make disciples of all nations. The point is that the world is on Facebook and I believe it has become another avenue we can use, as believers, to bring the challenge of the great commission to fruition. This is by no means an advocacy for using facebook but if you are already a user, you might as well use it to glorify God by using it in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you are already on facebook then become a fan of "United Christian Fellowship Of Arlington Texas" page and receive updates made on the page. Once you are a fan, each time you comment or "LIKE" any of the updates made on the page, you are automatically making the update available for viewing by all your facebook friends. This can potentially make the word of God and the style of preaching we are blessed with in our church available to millions of people through this medium. Also, since I became a fan I have viewed some of the posted clips and I have been amazed about some of the things I missed while a sermon or lesson is preached/taught at church. In other words, it can also be a valuable study tool.
It is time consuming and I don't have the time for facebook. Yes it can be time consuming for someone that is not disciplined, but for a disciplined user, checking on updates should be no more than the time you will normally use in checking and responding to your email. I don't want to open my facebook privacy to all the fans of the churches facebook page. Actually the fact that you are a fan of the page does not open up your facebook privacy to anyone that is not on your list of friends. All it does is to make you a recipient of the updates made to the church's facebook page. I don't want a facebook account. Actually you don't have to have a facebook account to view the updates made to the page. Google the name of the church and one of the results you will receive is a link to the facebook page or you can key in the URL specified below to get to the churches page. The only downside to this option is that you can only view without the ability to apply updates to the site. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=117758684926402
So join us online, become a fan, go to the YouTube channel and share the clips with your friends and loved ones. Do what you can and help us in using this platform to share the glorious Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. DSA
In sharing the benefits of the facebook page and Youtube site with some of our members, these are some of the concerns that has been brought to my attention along with my response to the concerns: WHERE DO YOU (WANT TO) GO FROM HERE? Contd.
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” We are God’s temple and a sacrament to His work in the world. Imagine the rejoicing that a parent has when a child reaches the pinnacle of success. God wants to rejoice like such a parent, yet, unlike that parent, He is more than able to see us through every step of the way. We are not of the world, but while we are in it we can learn a lot to leave our mark as Christ did. Think big things and think long-term. It is said that tomorrow never comes, but I will also add to that by saying “today never lasts.” Where you go from here is already a foregone conclusion. You will go from here; the challenge is where exactly do you want to go?
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