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“Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.” 1 Peter 3: 1-6 (NKJV)
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include our womenfolk as well. It is in light of this that I am challenging the women of our beloved church to “Cultivate Inner Beauty”. My charge is predicated on the vital role that women play in the Christian home and the Christian church, and the fact that without spiritually mature women, no family or church will be all that God desires for them to be.
The writing of the Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 3: 1-6 is quite helpful in identifying some of the hallmarks of a spiritually mature woman. Though written in the context of marriage, it reveals profound truths that are beneficial to unmarried women as well. It provides guidance to the woman who desires to be married someday, and even for widows who may someday be called upon to counsel other women who may be experiencing difficulty in marriage. In essence, the Apostle Peter Beloved, charges Christian women to be submissive or respectful of their husbands, even as he had charged Christian men to love their wives in the It is a pleasure to be writing to you in this Spring-2013 edition of UCF preceding verses. He presents four (4) lines of thought as to why Quarterly. I remain grateful to the editorial staff for their hard work, women ought to be submissive to their husbands. which is evident in the consistent quality of our newsletter. I pray that God almighty will continue to bless you as you dedicate yourselves to In 1 Peter 3: 1-2, Apostle Peter addresses the power of a submissive His service. wife. He challenges women to be submissive to their husbands because a submissive attitude would enable them wield greater influence upon Those of you who are regular readers of UCF Quarterly know that my their husbands than they could ever hope to achieve through nagging writings in recent editions have focused on the men of our church and and quarrelling. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, he reveals the simple yet the conduct that is expected of them as men of God. In the Summer- profound truth that men are more likely to cooperate with women who 2012 edition, I challenged them to “Man Up!!” and take their rightful respect them than with those who nag and quarrel all the time. In fact, place as leaders in the home and in the church. In the Fall-2012 edition, a submissive wife is more likely to bring an unbelieving husband to faith I wrote about “Why Christians should refrain from Alcohol”. While the in Jesus Christ than the wife who refuses to submit. The Christian title of the latter write-up was gender-neutral, it was also primarily woman should not view submission to her husband as indicative of focused on men rather than women. weakness, but rather as indicative of strength. Our Lord Jesus Christ submitted to God the Father and even to the men who crucified him. Today, I wish to turn my focus on our women for a moment, knowing He submitted not because he was weak, but because he was strong!! that if we hope to accomplish our goal of “Building a people and a place to serve the Lord”, it is imperative that the building process Continued page 2
IN THIS ISSUE “GIVE IT UP TO YOUR FATHER!!”........................................... Pg 3
Alone in a crowd.......................................... Pg 6
How I became a Christian ................................................................. Pg 4
A Mother’s Day Tribute............................. Pg 11
Don’t let satan hinder you from corporate prayer........................ Pg 7
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In 1 Peter 3: 3-4, Apostle Peter addresses the priority of a submissive wife. He challenges women to make the cultivation of inner beauty their primary focus, instead of concentrating on the adornments of outward beauty such as hair, jewelry and fashion. He defines inner beauty as a gentle and quiet spirit which is very precious in the sight of God. The idea is not that women should not be concerned about outward beauty, but that they should be more concerned about inner beauty, because God places higher value on a womanâ€™s inner beauty, kindness and self-restraint than on her style and fashion. Today, many families are facing marital and monetary challenges because of women who spend excessively on hair, jewelry and fashion while neglecting their spiritual growth altogether. The spiritually mature woman cultivates her inner beauty through faithful prayer, study of the Word of God and obedience, while still maintaining her outward attractiveness with moderation.
In 1 Peter 3: 6b, Apostle Peter addresses the protection of the submissive wife. He does so by explaining that the will of God is for a woman to submit to her husband as long as â€œ(she) is not afraid with any terrorâ€?. The idea is that a woman is to submit to her husband not out of fear, but willingly, out of faith and in obedience to God. Today, many are concerned that by submitting to their husbands, women would be granting men license to abuse them. The words of Apostle Peter, corroborated by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 7, reveal that no woman is compelled to submit to her husband if doing so would cause her to disobey God or put her life in jeopardy. While the Word of God does not grant men license to abuse or terrorize their wives, it clearly does not grant women license to dishonor or desert their husbands at the slightest sign of difficulty or discomfort either. As I close, let me declare my great joy at the continuing spiritual development of the beautiful women of our beloved UCF. Your growing commitment to the things of God, as evidenced by your interest in bible study and your willingness to serve in the house of God are not lost on me. Keep it up and enjoy the fruits of blessing that our great God has set aside for you!! Till next time, ciao!!
In 1 Peter 3: 5-6a, Apostle Peter addresses the pattern of a submissive wife. He challenges Christian women to be like Sarah, who cultivated her inner beauty and, by faith, submitted herself to her husband, Abraham, allowing him to take his rightful place as her leader and the leader of their family. Even though Abraham was not always right, she never saw his failures as a reason to withhold her respect for With love and faith, him. She respected him and enabled him to develop not only into a Pastor Effiom great husband, but into a great man of God as well. Today, as in that day, many women see the failings of their husbands as an opportunity to usurp authority and withhold respect. This attitude is unbecoming of women of God, who ought to exercise faith and offer guidance to their husbands with kindness and without rancor.
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“GIVE IT UP TO YOUR FATHER!!” – (Part 3) by Deacon Adeolu Esho This is the third and final installment of a three-part outline of the sermon delivered during UCF 2012 Father’s Day Celebration. The first installment focused mainly on our Heavenly Father and His expectations of us as His redeemed children. The second installment focused on the responsibilities of our earthly fathers as expected of them by our Heavenly Father. In this final installment the focus is on how children could help their earthly fathers to succeed in fulfilling the herculean tasks the Heavenly Father has charged them with.
The first four of the Ten Commandments deal with our relationship his joy to see you succeed in life and to see you bring glory to the family. with God. The remaining six instruct us about our relationship with our I submit to you again, You should Give It Up To Your Father!! fellow human beings. The first of these human-relationship commands reads, "'Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long Someone wrote this piece about what kids say about their fathers as they progress in age: in the land which the Lord your God gives you'" (Exodus 20:12). It is probably the only or one of the few commands in the Bible that come with a promise. Give honor to your parents, and you will be a person whose life is that of quality. This is the promise of God. The reason God includes this in His commands is that it runs against our human nature. Our tendency, especially as children, is to fight authority, whether it be the authority of God or the authority of our parents. Children always want to be free. They want to do their own thing, they want to fit in the crowd, they don’t want to be different. Children, may I suggest to you that all you need do is look at all those old pictures in your house with that person that resembles you or your brother, and you will immediately realize that your daddy was once a child just like you. The fact is, he has been there, done that. He already made most of the mistakes you are trying to make and perhaps he already knows the end result of the mistakes. If the truth be told, your fathers could tell you instances when the things they got themselves into could have yielded a different result, even death. It will therefore be the height of foolishness that you will want to make the same mistakes that got your daddy nowhere. Children if you want to make mistakes, and you definitely are bound to make some, please by all means try to make new ones, and not the old, tested, and rejected ones. Learn from your daddy’s unprofitable mistakes.
4 Years: My daddy can do anything. 7 Years: My dad knows a lot, a whole lot. 8 Years: My father doesn't quite know everything. 12 Years: Oh well, naturally Father doesn't know everything. 14 Years: Father? My dad is hopelessly old-fashioned. 21 Years: Oh that man is out of date. What did you expect? 25 Years: He knows a little bit about it, but not much. 30 Years: Let’s find out what Dad thinks about it. 35 Years: Let’s be a little patient; let's get Dad's meaning first. 50 Years: What would Dad have thought about it? 60 Years: My dad knew literally everything. 65 Years: I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more. We are a society searching for a model father. And may I suggest to you that they abound in great numbers here at UCF. Look around you, shake the hands of the father (aka SUPERMAN) next to you and tell him “Happy Father’s Day”.
The Conclusion from our text today is this: Fathers, we need to help our families live a Grateful Life by helping them to strive first for the For you to grow into that wonderful adult God has destined you to be, Kingdom of God and His righteousness. As Christian Fathers, we can it is very crucial that you listen to direction. God has strategically placed accomplish this through a thankful heart, a thankful focus, and a you with the godly father in your live to bring you up in the nurture and thankful and transparent living. To cap that up, we must guide our children to discover their God-given inner talents and help them to admiration of the Lord. So, Give It Up To Your Father!! develop all of those talents to their full potentials. For your father to succeed with the responsibilities that the Lord has So Children as you can see, the job that God has given to a FATHER is given him, he needs your co-operation. Do not complicate his life. hard, so I say to you, Give It Up To Your Earthly Father or Father-figure: Remember that your godly father has your best interest at heart. It is be obedient, be teachable, be trainable, and by so doing you will be giving it all up to Your Heavenly Father!!!
Congratulations to E.J Akeredolu on his graduation
Picture :EJ With some well wishers after his graduation thanks giving service
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My name is Gani Olabode as you all know. My full name in the Islamic language is Abdul Ganiyu which means slave of God. Thank God today that I am no longer a slave but a child of God. Most Muslims do not consider themselves a child of God but a slave of God. My father was a hard core and a noble Muslim in our community. My mother was born christian and she became Muslim after she married my father. It is a common practice in our culture for a woman to convert to the same religion as her husband.
a church home. When she came to the United states, there was a church called Christ Apostolic Church that was recently founded and she started going to that church. I did not attend the church with her initially but I would simply drop her off and come back later to pick her up. One day she asked if it was alright for me to stay with her for one or two hours in the church. The following Sunday I dressed up and went with her to church and that was how I started going to church. We later left the church because of the constant conflict among the church members.
I was raised among forty-five siblings with a very strong Muslim upbringing. We prayed five times daily, fasted in the month of Few months later, we were planning a wedding and did not have Ramandan, attended all Muslim rallies every Friday evening. We a church home. Mrs. Ronke Thorpe who was a member of the also observed all islamic rites, culture and ceremonies. CAC church at the time told us that she had a sister who was attending a Baptist church in Arlington, she introduced us to Mrs. Growing up as a child, my siblings and I attended Arabic school. Biola Adesulu and Mrs. Adesulu then introduced us to Rev Omoni This was where we learned how to read the Quran and study the who was the Pastor of the church. We started attending Rev Arabic language. My father vowed not to send us to high school if Omoni’s church and later had our wedding at the church. Rememwe failed to attend the Arabic school. In Arabic school we were ber that during this time I was only attending church just to please taught to memorize verses and translate them into our local my wife. I had not yet confessed my faith in Christ. In my inner self language. I was struggling with many things and was filled with fears. I was afraid of being the first child of my father to convert. I was afraid I attended a Muslim elementary school where every class was full of what they would think about me for converting. I thought my of Islamic teachings and lessons. My big break came when I family might reject me or even cast me out. Many thoughts were enrolled in high school. At the time, there were no Muslim high going through my mind at the time. schools around. But most of the high schools were either public schools or Christian schools. I enrolled into a public high school After years of going to church there was a revival in our church at called Owo High School, where Christians were widely embraced. UCF. At the time we were at Cooper Street, I didn’t know what got It was a different environment for me because during morning into me. As the preacher finished preaching, he made an alter call, devotion we sang hymns and songs of praise. Morning prayers he said “if God were to call you home right now, are you sure you were offered in the Christian way. Initially, I was not comfortable will make it to heaven, this is your best opportunity, He said forget with this practice but with time I got used to it. During my final year about your father or your mother, even your family. He said none in high school I decided to enroll in a Bible course that was offered of them can save you, today is the day of salvation. Why don’t you at my school. come and give your life to Christ. Immediately, my heart started pounding, my hands and my legs were shaking and trembling I was fascinated with the story, life and miracle of Christ. Later I Unconsciously, I found myself standing up and walking toward discovered that some life history of Jesus Christ was also men- the altar. The preacher asked my reason for coming forward and tioned in the Quran but in a different perspective. Jesus was I said I want to give my life to Christ. All the shaking and pounding described as a messenger of God along with Abraham, Moses, disappeared immediately. Tears of joy started running from my and others. However in the Quran they also dispute the fact that eyes and my wife jumped up from the choir stand and the entire Jesus is the son of God. The Quran states that God has no son church began to rejoice with me and my wife. and God was not born of a woman. During this time, my limited knowledge of the Christian faith did not make much of an impact Before the prayer was offered , Pastor Adakwa came out and on my life. testified that he had been praying with my wife for almost ten years for this moment. He said the Holy Spirit had done it and the Years later I moved to Lagos where I was invited to a small angels are rejoicing in heaven. Christian gathering. There were a few White people there, this was like a crusade, and there I was given a small orange colored I mentioned earlier that I was raised among forty five brothers and New Testament Bible. I later discovered that the White people sisters in a strict Muslim environment and tradition. I did not tell were representatives of Gideon International. I held on to that you that today 42 of my brothers and sisters are now Christians Bible for so many years. At this time my involvement in Muslim and the other three still remain Muslims. Also, all the children of activities were greatly reduced. I no longer prayed five times daily the three are all Christians. Today, the Muslims are the minority in or attended church. my family. We do not discuss anything about theMuslim faith anyI met my wife two years before I left Nigeria. After a few dates she more. asked me if I was going to the mosques or attending a church. I said no. She knew that I came from a very strong Muslim back- Glory be to God in the Highest, ground but I did not know why she asked the question. I later By Gani Olabode discovered that she was trying to find out if I still had strong faith in the Islamic religion. When I came to the United States. I was neither going to mosques nor attending any church. At the time, there were no mosque or African churches around Dallas area. When my wife was about to come to the United States, she asked if I knew of any Nigerian churches around the Dallas area and I told her I did not know, later she suggested that I look around for
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Matthew 6:27 O my fellow men and youth Go through life in a frenzy and fury Always somewhere to go or be Never content, Always in a hurry. Stressing over that upcoming test Sweating over bills Seeming flying white flurries Never stopping to take a breath, Always engulfed with worry. Now who of you Can “add a single hour to his life” Always flooded with weather so stormy, Or can cease the reign Of the most evil, Killer, stealer, destroyer, Encompassed in hatred With a face so horny. Instead cast troubles on the Lord your God, Instead of taking on the troubles O you with disposition ornery. God will restore, bless, and give, Not even requesting a dowry. All he requires of us, To try our best, to live a life so holy. Not worrying and therefore proclaiming His grace, mercy, and everlasting glory. Once we are done And Paul agrees we have ran the good race To our lord satisfactory, We ought to give him the greatest praise Through testimony ‘bout the grace In our worry-free lives’ story.
By Bradley Osemwengie
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ALONE IN A CROWD Alone In A Crowd….
These two kids (please bear in mind that the football players in question were kids themselves), will now carry the stigma of Peer Pressure, the weight of what we imagine to be a thousand walking around as registered sex offenders for the rest of their lives. pairs of eyes willing us forward and onwards towards what is inevitably going to end up....... a very bad decision. Such is the repulsive negative power of letting oneself be influenced by the bad behavior of others. Peer Pressure is usually associated with youths but in truth, it is no respecter of age. The family man pressured by the successes of his One definition of Peer Pressure says it is “Social pressure by shady neighbors to commit to a fraudulent means of livelihood, is members of one’s peers or group to take certain actions or adopt just as foolish as the teenager pressured into taking drugs by his certain values or otherwise conform in order to be accepted”. peers. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15.33 “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” Wake up from your drunken Yet the Bible tells us in Matthew 16:26 “For what will it profit a man stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning.” if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul” and in Galatians 1:10 “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or At the back of our mind we know, we know we ought to stop, we am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I ought to stop right now; but like a fool mesmerized by the beauty would not be a servant of Christ.” in the sway of a cobra, we often ignore the danger. We focus on the fleeting futile adulation that awaits us at the other side of a Thus it becomes clear that if what it takes to be “accepted” would moral, ethical and most assuredly spiritual moment of weakness. be something that would cause you to sin before God, it is not We are convinced we have to do this thing; we need the worth the price. acceptance of our “friends”. We need to avoid their judgment, not to be found lacking. We fear that mocking laughter. Dear Brethren in Christ, if you ever find yourself feeling pressured to act or partake in something that goes against your beliefs as a When under the influence of Peer Pressure especially for young Christian, seek solace and strength in the Lord Jesus Christ. adults, you can’t back down. You want to belong; you want so badly to be a part of the “in” crowd. All the lessons you learnt at The Bible tells us in 2 Peter 2:9 “Then the Lord knows how to rescue church you hear as soft whispers, “you are a child of God”, “this is the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under a sin” but most times we are done listening to soft voices, only the punishment until the day of judgment”. And in harsh cold light of truth can stop us. 1 Corinthians 10:13, the bible says “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let And here it is; Peer Pressure is the devil doing his best work! you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” He is using the negative influence of your “friends” or peers to persuade you, to convince you, to do that which, under normal Let me repeat; “No temptation has overtaken you that is not circumstances would be abhorrent to you. common to man.” There is no situation confronting you that others have not experienced before. If God could give them the strength Examples abound everywhere. to turn away and do that which is right, you too can put your faith in God, for he will never forsake you. Just last month, two high school football players from Steubenville Ohio, were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party. At Edu Nnadi the time this crime occurred, most the kids probably did not give much thought to the offense or the drinking or the abuse that this girl was being subjected to via her pictures getting posted online.
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Don’t let satan hinder you from Corporate prayer As you know, prayer is powerful, for God said in Philippians 4:6; “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Maybe you say I pray, and I say that's good. So if you pray, then what's wrong with joining a body of believers and lifting that prayer need in corporate prayer? Corporate prayer can be powerful because sometimes when we pray, the devil preys on our thoughts, and our physical strength to stay alert during prayer time, but praying together leaves him at a disadvantage, because we are praying together with a persistent focus. One thing true about satan, he is not omniscient nor omnipresent, so he can't be in all our minds at the same time. Amen!
every church program and your best friend has it as well. Also, it has been text to you, so why don't you save it in your phone. The devil has a way of making us feel bad every time before a prayer meeting but I say persist through the pain, because once the prayer line, or night vigil is over your pain will be no more, God rewards faithfulness. Another trick from satan is the lie he tells us if we are out of town. Don’t allow being out of town to keep you from the prayer line because the prayer line is a conference call and if we make conference calls while on business, why not make it on any trip whether it is business or pleasure. One more trick satan uses on us is the idea of over sleeping. Well, if we set our alarm clocks during the week, then let’s set it for night vigil and for the prayer line? The good thing about the prayer line When we pray corporately, we lift our voices in one accord being on the weekend is that you can go back to sleep! praying to the Father on behalf of one another. We are standing in the gap for one another, trusting and believing So, once again what is keeping you from joining us for our that God will show Himself to be strong and mighty on our corporate prayer time? The answer should be nothing. As behalf. Remember when Herod put Peter in prison, the believers, we should always pray, as it says in Psalms 55:17, church came together to pray for his release, and it was only no matter when we pray, whether evening, morning, or after they had done so that God miraculously released him. noon, the Lord our God will hear our voices. This Christian walk is not easy, but we should be our sister’s keeper and We have many opportunities here at UCF to pray together help lift each other up where we might fall short. as a body of believers, but where are you? Maybe you believe the lies from the devil, which will do anything to keep As I end this message, close your eyes and imagine with me, you from joining other believers in corporate prayer. You what if during each night vigil, YOU invite and bring two see, satan also knows the power of prayer and it is his job people and those two people invite and bring two people, to see that you are not available to join other believers as and so on, the church would be full of people crying unto they pray to God for only the things that He can handle. the Lord and praising Him together until midnight? Just Satan uses many things to keep us from corporate prayer, imagine if each woman on the prayer line would invite one such as our jobs, our children’s activities, lies about people person to join in on the prayer line and that person would gossiping, church activities, our spouse’s wants or needs, I invite one person, the prayer line would be full of women lost the prayer line number, I don't feel good, and even I am corporately praying unto God for the needs of our church out of town. There are many other tricks the devil uses, just and family. Women of UCF, this does not have to be a to keep us away from corporate prayer time with God. dream, but a reality if we become our sister’s keeper. I say stop being tricked by the trickster. You can join the WILL YOU PRAY WITH ME? WILL YOU JOIN ME IN prayer line at work, just get an ear piece for your ear, dial BECOMING A SISTER’S KEEPER? in and pray while you are working; our kids are always busy, so rearrange your schedule to fit the prayer line, night vigil and them. It can be done, if you have the desire because our God can make anything happen. Just have faith and the desire and watch Him work it out on your behalf. It has been By Sis. Kim Effiom stated that people can talk too much, but don’t let peoples’ short comings keep you from joining other believers to pray. Yes, we are not where we ought to be, but we are not where we use to be. As for church activities, those activities are all on the calendar for the most part, so start preparing earlier, because there are no church activities that start at 8:00 am. and there are no activities that start before 12 noon after night vigil. Stop letting your spouse hinder you from prayer. We know that our spouses are our priority, but their physical, mental or even sexual needs will not go unattended if you prioritize your spiritual needs. Another trick from satan is I lost the number. Well, the number for the prayer line is on
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Church members at the building ground breaking ceremony
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WE LIVE IN THE WORLD’S TROUBLE ALLEY FACING TRIALS THAT MAY DEFEAT SOME CHRISTIANS. TEXT: JOHN 16:33 The definition of trouble is not necessary since the word ‘trouble’ conjures up distress, fear, and persecutory delusions for many an average person. INTRODUCTION: A tornado is a rapidly rotating vertical funnel shaped cloud that destroys most things in its path, thus, causing trouble to everyone and every place it lands. Tornado Alley is an area the United States of America, where tornadoes are most frequent, encompassing Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Eastern Colorado. This area is used to tornadoes so people who live there always have their guards up and take steps to prepare. The tornado season is a trying and troubling time in their lives as they brace for tornadoes. Tornadoes generally destroy a lot of things and people. However, the horizon after tornadoes leaves everyone wondering how some people and houses are left untouched and unscathed while others are flattened or shredded. The Text states, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” We will be looking at some of the troubling trials Christians face that distract and sometimes engulf their lives preventing them from enjoying the Christian life despite Christ’s assurances and the number of years they have been in the Church. Christ stated clearly that we will face tribulations—troubling trials in this world. Thus, this world is trouble alley. Since troubling trials are unavoidable and unending, we will look at some modes of the trials and how to overcome them. Modes of Trials: Extra world, Underworld, Intra world, and Intrapersonal. We previously looked at Extra world trials, however, in this installment we will look at Underworld Trials. Installments on the two remaining troubling trials: Intra world and Intrapersonal are slated for future publications. (1). UNDERWORLD TROUBLING TRIALS: Under means below or hidden. The mafia operatives who have been described as underworld figures commit crimes of murder, grand theft, grand larceny, robberies, burglaries, racketeering extortions, etc Therefore Underworld describes Satan who is below heaven and hidden/secretive. The satanic factor is trying and troubling to relate to. Look at some of the mind boggling theological attributes of Satan. In Isaiah 14:12-27: The Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar is compared to Satan due to the evil he perpetrated on God’s people. The Gospel as rendered by Dr. Luke refers to Satan as the author of all evil (Luke 10:19) while Paul refers to Satan as the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13). Matthew adds that Satan is the evil one (Matt. 13:19). Thus Christians who knowingly do evil are possessed by the same Satan
that commands the mafia underworld operatives. John, who is referred to as the disciple loved by Jesus Christ states that Satan is a murderer and the father of lies (John 8:44). Hello, Christian, have you thought of murder or murdering someone? Do you enjoy lying? Well, Satan is a murderer and father of all lies. Beware of being in love with worldly ways because Satan is presented as god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) and as the prince of this world and a demon able to enter into a human body (John 12:31 & 14:30 & 16:11 & 13:27).
Satan, according to Paul is prince of the powers of the air, the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience. “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:1-6). God is omniscient. “Omniscience means all-knowing. God knows everything, and His knowledge is infinite. It is impossible to hide anything from God. Another attribute is the Omnipotence of God. Literally this word means all-powerful. Since God is infinite and since He possesses power, He possesses infinite power. Unlike us, God never needs to rest. He gives power to His own. “He giveth power to the weak; and to him that hath no might he increaseth strength” (Isaiah 40:29). How can we comprehend or relate to this deity who has all power including the power to make life and wealth? Nevertheless, this is an unnecessary worry for a committed Christian who depends on God’s power and has faith in Him.Let us look at the third attribute, Omnipresence, which is not only out of this world but is downright unrealistic to the human mind. This term means “always present.” Since God is infinite, His being knows no boundaries. So, clearly He is everywhere unlike us. The final attribute of God we will look at is God’s Immutability. This simply means that God never changes. The Bible says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” The qualities of God, Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Immutability, etc., make it hard for people who have no faith to relate to God. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Hence, the Contd page 11...
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Underworld troubling enigma like trap of this world!! King Saul’s UnderWorld troubling trials led to his disobedience and God’s subsequently adjudicated death sentence. Obviously, lack of faith in God led King Saul to seek a medium. “When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. 6 And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him ………. Then Saul said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium that I may go to her and inquire of her.”And his servants said to him, “In fact, there is a woman who is a medium at En Dor.”(1 Samuel 28:5-7). King Saul went to a medium (something like a psychic or tarot card reader today) to get the answers he was looking for. This was expressly forbidden in the laws of God ((Leviticus 19:31) and Saul knew it, but he was looking for comfort more than he was willing to wait on God. It is clear that this pattern of Saul’s life eventually led to his undoing (1 Samuel 28:15-19). See also God’s warnings that He’ll cut off those who prostitute themselves to seek mediums and familiar spirits (Levi. 20:6). We therefore, must heed God’s Words that we consecrate ourselves and be holy (Levi. 20:7), and remember that King Saul and his 3 sons were wiped out after Saul saw a medium. Saul succumbed to Underworld trials which eventually led to his undoing and becomes a warning for us not to seek out people, mediums or familiar spirits who claim to have omnipotence and omniscience as their license to spread the gospel of their powers not the Gospel of God. God and God alone is omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and immutable: It is better to be insecure in the silence of God than to try to fill the void with outside voices. Wait upon the Lord, yes, wait upon the Lord. “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (Isa. 40:31).Yes, we need God in order to overcome the Satanic underworld forces of
evil and destruction.. We learn from Paul through the 6th chapter of one of his Prison Epistles, Ephesians that we must be strong in the Lord by putting on God’s whole armor that we may be able to stand against the wiles of Satan because we are wrestling against powers and rulers of the darkness of this age who are spiritual hosts of wickedness in high places. IN CONCLUSION: Those who live in sin are children of Satan, the underworld king. However, when we became Christians we rejected sin and the Underworld god but we know from history that no king relinquishes his kingdom without a fight. Do you really believe that Satan would leave you alone? The trials we face are a result of Satan trying to win us back. The Apostle Peter warns us to be alert and sober because our enemy is not a person but Satan which is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. The Underworld forces of Satan overtakes people who perpetrate evil. Do you think that the brothers who killed and maimed hundreds of people at the Boston Marathon in April 2013 are evil? How about the men who flew four Aircraft into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in 2001? Do you think they were in their right mind, the mind of Jehovah God? No way!! They were all overtaken by Satan, King of the Underworld!!! FINALLY: Just like tornadoes cannot be prevented, underworld troubling trials cannot be prevented either. We must be vigilant and submissive with the knowledge that God is ready to provide a refuge for us. Christ reassured, “In Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Total surrender to God is the ultimate solution to Satanic Underworld troubling trials!
Rev. Edmund Chinaka
A Mother’s Day Tribute In light of the significance of the day, we the men of United Christian Fellowship have deemed it necessary to gather our collective thoughts in expressing a word of appreciation to our Women, our sisters, our mothers and our better halves. I struggled in my effort to find the genesis of this widely used term “Better Half” in an attempt to use it as one of the corner stones of this tribute and It took me several hours of gallivanting through the internet before settling down to realize that everything I was slaving around the web to find was right there in the pages of my Bible. I mean, what could be a more appropriate tool to use in giving tribute to our mothers than to point our attention back to the word of God? And I am pretty sure that all Bible students in our midst can testify to the fact that we see various examples of the lives of exemplary mothers in the Bible lived out in the lives of various women in our congregation. Examples of mother’s like Eve, who suffered a terrible grief at the loss of her son Abel, yet in spite this tragedy, Eve went on to fulfill her part in God's plan of populating the Earth. Without a single role model for dealing with such tragedies, she hung on to her calling to become the mother of all. And so it is with some of the mothers in our church, in dealing with loses of off-spring, loss of business, separation from spouses and yet we witness them staying true to their calling of serving the Lord Jesus Christ and His church.
conceived through a miracle in spite of her old age. Sarah was a good wife, a loyal helper and builder with her husband Abraham. And I use Sarah this morning to remind those future mothers in our midst that your blessing of the womb is coming, that it might not come when you want but we have a God that is never late in coming through with his blessings. We have mothers like, the mother of Moses, who through her faith in God set her baby adrift in the Nile to avoid him being killed in the mass slaughter of Hebrew boys. And we bear witness to similar faith today in our mothers sending our children to schools every day in spite of all the tragic news we hear on a daily basis from various schools across the nation. And just like in the success experienced by Moses and how he was used mightily as a liberator of God’s people, we also bear witness to the faithfulness of God in the lives of our children especially in this season of graduation, and in spite of the dangers of the world around us, they continue to progress through high school and college to become instruments of God In taking our community to another level in the culture that we live in.
I am talking about Mothers like Abigail (described in 1 Samuel Chapter 25) who took some bold steps to save her family from the wrath of David. And so it is with several mothers in our church. Mothers who continuously take bold step to keep their families intact and save their families even in spite of husbands, like some of us, who continuously put the family in jeopardy like Nabal did in We have mothers like Sarah, the wife of Abraham, Who for the the Bible. Contd page 12... longest time was barren. But yet at God’s appointed time she
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I am talking about Mothers like the virtuous woman described in the book of proverbs 31 who like the Bible say;
in applauding them, we should applaud them, we owe it to them.
Are hardworking business minded women, -Of course we could go on and on but I just want us to all recognize that we have some class-act mothers in this church. Loving, comforting and caring
I am talking about Mothers who are strong -We often don’t give you the recognition, respect or the accolades that you very well deserve, but we, The men of UCF, refuse to let and are women of dignity this special day go by without letting you know that wherever and whenever we fall short in giving you these recognition, we encourMothers who are full of Godly wisdom in age you to understand that the mighty God that we serve, the giving counsel to their children. Omniscient God, the all-seeing and all-knowing God of Heaven and Earth knows and see your significance in our community in Mothers whose children rise up and call our church and in your respective homes blessed -And our sincere prayer is that, He, as He alone can, will continue Mothers who, we the husbands boast of to keep you strong, healthy and productive for many more years and praise on a regular basis. They are to come…….Amen women of dignity worthy of our praise, our love and respect. UCF Men’s Fellowship And I will like to ask all the men and children in the congregation today to join me
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