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THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD, HOUSE ON THE ROCK

2018 EDITION

“But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18 (NKJV)

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“And one shall say, “Heap it up! Heap it up! Prepare the way, Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.” Isaiah 57:14 (NKJV) Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your mercy that has preserved my life. Thank you for keeping me alive today and in good health. I thank you for your gift of life to me and my loved ones. Blessed be your holy name, in Jesus name. Father, I thank you for the opportunity you have granted me in the years past, thank you for the progress I have made by your grace, in my journey of life. I am grateful because without you, I could not have amounted to anything. Blessed be your holy name.

The desire and plan of God is for every one of His children to advance in life. As we go through the journey of life, God wants us to be taking several steps forward, little steps sideways and no steps backward. That’s every one’s ultimate desire as well. But many have been left stagnated and stranded in their journey of life due to situations and circumstances that often constitute hindrances and obstacles to movement along the path of progress and in the right speed. For this reason, every child of God must pray against hindrances to advancement in life.

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Father, on the authority of your word in Jeremiah 7:23, I repent of every form of spiritual carelessness, disobedience, stubbornness, that could have kept me backward in the journey of life; have mercy on me, in Jesus name. Father, on the authority of your word in Job 8:20, I repent of all my careless choices that could have made you withdraw your help, grace and favor for my advancement in the journey of life, in Jesus name.

Dear Heavenly Father, on the authority of your word in Ezekiel 1:9 and 1:13 and by the Spirit of the living God, I decree advancement for my destiny now, in the name of Jesus.

Heavenly Father, on the foundation of your word in Zechariah 1:21, I summon the carpenters of heaven that you have assigned to my case to come down and demolish every satanic horn that has militated against my progress in life, in Jesus name.

Father, on the foundation of your word in Mark 11:11, I give you express permission to look about everything in my life that needs the attention of heaven, in Jesus name.

Father, on the authority of your word in 3 John 2, from now on, I start to experience all round progress in my life, destiny, health, marriage, career, business, and ministry, in Jesus name.

Dear Heavenly Father, according to your word in Isaiah 57:14, I come against every form of demonic stumbling blocks and satanic strongholds that have constituted obstacles to my advancement; they are hereby totally demolished, in Jesus name.

Father, on the authority of your word in Psalm 102:13, arise on my behalf; have mercy on me and release me to my season of favor and grace for unhindered progress and advancement, in the name of Jesus.

Heavenly Father, by fire of the Holy Ghost, let every obstacle to my spiritual progress, marital progress, financial progress, be destroyed now, in Jesus name. Heavenly Father, on the authority of your word in Psalm 25:1, every enemy called sickness or disease, that have constituted themselves as obstacles to my progress, be consumed now, in the name of Jesus.

Father, on the authority of your word in Hebrews. 4:16; as I come boldly to the throne of grace, let me obtain mercy and find grace to help me move forward, upward and onward. By your mercy, divinely position me for divine selection, connection and promotion, in Jesus name. Father, I receive the grace for discipline to obey you and your word according to Deuteronomy 28:1, and as I do, let your favor position

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me for my open heavens for all round progress, in Jesus name. Dear Heavenly Father, on the authority of your word in Psalm 118:22, where I have faced rejection before, baptize me with your anointing for acceptance, special honor and celebration, in Jesus name. Father, you supernaturally accelerated the advancement of Prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 18:46 and he was able to outrun a chariot; divinely accelerate my progress from now on, in Jesus name. Father, on the authority of your word in 1 Samuel 30:8, release upon me the anointing to pursue, catch up, overtake and recover all my lost grounds, opportunities and possessions in life, in Jesus name. Father, on the authority of your word in Deuteronomy 29:29, reveal to me the secret for all round progress in the journey of life, in Jesus name. Father, according to your word in Deuteronomy 8:18, please give me the power to get ahead financially, in the mighty name of Jesus. Father, according to your word in Isaiah 48:17, teach me to make profit from my efforts in life, and supernaturally direct me in the way to go, in Jesus name. Father, on the authority of your word in Psalm 84:7, I receive the anointing to advance from strength to greater strength, in Jesus name.


P U BL I CATI ON OF R CCG H O U S E ON TH E R OC K PUBLISHER Pastor OJ Kuye EXECUTIVE EDITOR Pastor Bisi Kuye

Editorial Welcome to Year 2018, Our year of GREAT ADVANCEMENT! It is with gratitude and great pleasure to welcome you to another transforming edition of VISION MAGAZINE. Thanks to the Almighty God for giving us the grace to keep advancing in this ministry. I also want to express my sincere gratitude to all our readers, writers, advertisers and covenant partners for your steady support. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will continuously inspire us and give us great insight to climb new heights in all our editions, in Jesus name. Amen. It is undeniable that God is taking RCCG HOTR to higher heights, and I want to encourage every member to be sensitive in the Spirit and soar along with the church. The church has continued to evolve and has taken community involvement to a whole new level. Our food pantry has been a source of hope for food supplies to some families in the community. The number of children (Young Leaders) with all ‘A’ Honor Roll continues to grow. HOTR is producing graduates from Bachelors to Doctorate degrees in every Academic year. All these great achievements could not have been possible without God on our side and the constant empowerment the Church leadership is making available for members. HOTR is a church that is devoted to building her members to attain their God-given potentials. In this year of Great Advancement, I challenge you to stay focused on God, set goals that are attainable, and frequently review your goals and the strategies for accomplishing those goals, to see if you would need a process change. We cannot advance if we don’t take a step forward. We cannot advance if we are afraid to take some worthy risks. Remember, one of the prophecies from the General Overseer of the Redeemed

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Dr. Lizzie Owonikoko EDITORIAL TEAM Brother Yomi Ogundele Dr. Niyi Oyesina Deaconess Joy Ntibundu Brother Taiwo Adeoye Kome Ogbeha CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Deacon David Dele Awe Taiwo Adeoye Omolayo Enieolunda Dr. Nikky Adossi Pastor Idowu Okwunsanya Dr. Clara Ogundele C OVE NANT PAR TNER S Mr./Mrs. James Babalola Mr./Mrs. Odus Mr./Mrs. Jolayemi Mr./Mrs. Adesada Mr./Mrs. Lanre Olukolujo Mr./Mrs. Abiodun Mr./Mrs. Adepegba Mr./Dr. Ediae Mr./Dr. Owonikoko Mr. Femi Shotunde Mr. Jide Hassan Mr. Bennie Olaleye Mr./Mrs. Ohunbamu GRAPHIC DESIGNER Adebayo Akinde Esthetic Communications, Texas Vision is a publication of

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Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, is that lost grounds would be reclaimed, which aligns with HOTR theme for the Year. You cannot reclaim lost grounds if you don’t pursue and overtake, to recover all lost blessings. HOTR has different programs to meet the needs of every sector of the church population, from the Children ministry to Senior citizens in ministry. Avail yourself the opportunity to be an active participant of all the church programs. Remember, it is often said that the taste of the pudding is always in the eating. HOTR is a balanced church that does not only care for the spiritual needs of her members, but also on every aspect of their lives. Take advantage of all the resources the church is providing to advance your life in the right direction in this year 2018. Beloved, you cannot afford to sit on the fence this year. There is something in you God can use; God put that talent in you because He wants you to use it for His glory. Therefore, take the challenge to be active this year in God’s house and see if indeed God is a rewarder of those that diligently serve Him. Break that Alabaster box of oil at the feet of the Master. He deserves it. God bless all our editors for their sacrifice and dedication to make VISION MAGAZINE worth reading. Our sincere gratitude goes to our senior Pastors, OJ & Bisi Kuye for their continuous spiritual and all round support to make every edition of VISION intriguing. GOD BLESS VISION MAGAZINE! GOD BLESS RCCG HOTR! Dr. Lizzie Owonikoko Editor-in-Chief


CONTENTS LEADERSHIP & EMPOWERMENT CORNER Iron Sharpens Iron YOUNG ADULTS Building & Leading a Judgment Free Church WOMEN Daughter of Destiny BUSINESS Identifying Business Opportunities MARRIAGE 10 Keys to A Healthy Marriage HOTR OUTREACH DEPARTMENT THE WORLD FASTEST READER VISITS HOTR CHILDREN Pathways ANNUAL LOVE BANQUET Sizzling Romance HEALTH CORNER The Impact of Drug & Addiction on Young Ones GOD'S HERITAGE 2017 BABIES

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CREATIVE CORNER The Gateway FUTURE LEADERS 2017 Commencement Ceremony Speech 2017 GRADUATES 2017 NUPTIAL TIE Landmark Birthday VISION INTERVIEW With Dr. Chris Bowen 2018 NEW YEAR FAMILY THANKSGIVING 2017 PICNIC 2017 HOTR WORKERS' APPRECIATION INSPIRATIONAL Let the Redeemed Say So

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OUR YEAR OF

“But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18

BY PASTOR OJ KUY E To advance is to move forward in a purposeful way. Advancement refers to a forward movement. To advance is to proceed, press on, push on, push forward, make progress. It is to make headway or gain ground. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV) We thank God as individuals, as families, and as a church, for the progress we have experienced in the journey of ministry in the past 18 years of our existence as a church, but God is saying in this season that there is still a higher level of progress we can make and grounds we can break as we step into our journey of the future.

CERTAIN TRUTHS ABOUT ADVANCEMENT OR PROGRESS There are typically three forms of positions in life. An individual can be in a stationary or stagnant state or be going backward or moving forward or advancing. It’s the desire of God for each and every one of His children, in our life’s engagement, to advance or make progress or get ahead. In Jeremiah 30:19, God says He will multiply His children and they shall not diminish; He will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. BOTH ADVANCEMENT & BACKWARDNESS ARE LIFE’S POSSIBILITIES Just as advancement or going forward is a possibility in the journey of life, going backward or staying stagnant is also a possibility. In Jeremiah 7:24, God says when His people would not listen to Him, be-

cause they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts, instead of going forward, they went backward!

GOD IS NEVER EXCITED ABOUT YOUR STAGNANCY OR BACKWARDNESS God is never excited, pleased or happy

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about His children going backward or remaining stagnant or staying complacent. In Zephaniah 1:12, God says He would search Jerusalem with lamps, and punish the men who are settled in complacency, and in Amos 6:1, God actually placed a curse upon those who were at ease in Zion. In Zephaniah 1:6, God says, “I


will destroy those who used to worship me but no longer do. They no longer ask for The Lord’s guidance or seek His blessings.”

GOD’S PLAN IS FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR YOU God’s plan for us is to be better today than yesterday. He wants us to be better this year than last year; He wants our future to be better than our past. In Jeremiah 29:11, God said His plan towards us is of good and not of evil, to give us a future and a hope. In Psalm 84:7, the Bible says they grow from strength to strength, everyone of God’s children appearing before God in Zion. YOU HAVE THE POTENTIALS FOR A BETTER FUTURE You have the potentials for your present to be brighter than your past, your today better than your yesterday, and your future to be more glorious than your past years. In Proverbs 4:18, the Bible says the path of the just is like a shining light that shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day, and in 2 Corinthians 3:18, the Bible says we can all move from one level of glory to a greater dimension of God’s glory. GOD IS EXCITED IN YOUR ADVANCEMENT God is excited when His children are prospering and making progress in life, ministry, marriage, career, business, etc. In Psalm 35:27, the Bible says let them shout for joy and be glad who favor my righteous cause, yea, let them say continually, let the Lord be magnified, who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His children. GOD IS COMMITTED TO HELPING THOSE WHO MAKE EFFORTS God is committed to helping those taking positive steps, advancing and making progress on their vision, instructions, and directions. In Genesis 24:27, Eliazar, the servant of Abraham, embarking on obeying divine instruction said, “I being on the way, the Lord led me...” So God is committed to leading those who are on the way and making efforts at advancement in life. YOU HAVE THE POTENTIALS FOR GREATER LEVEL OF RCCG, HOUSE ON THE ROCK VISION

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS Regardless of our level of past and present accomplishments, we all have the potentials for a greater level of accomplishments, advancement and glory through our God. Psalm 102:16 says when the Lord would have built up Zion, He will appear in his glory. That means the present state of Zion is not the final destination of Zion. You can still demonstrate greater faith according to Romans 1:17, experience greater strength according to Psalm 84:7, and enjoy greater glory according to 2 Corinthians 3:18. RIGHTEOUS LIFESTYLE AND CONSTANT FELLOWSHIP, A CONDITION FOR ADVANCEMENT Every advancement in life, from the scriptures, is based on the state of our fellowship and spiritual health in God: Job 17:9, greater strength is meant for the righteous and those with clean hands. Psalm 84:7. Constant fellowship with God is condition for enjoying advancement in all ramifications, and Proverbs 4:18 reserves brighter future for the righteous and the just. For these reasons, as we start the journey of the New Year and our new season of advancement, let us pay attention to righteousness and constant fellowship as a lifestyle, and we are on to the best season of advancement and progress in our lifetime, in Jesus name. TO GET MORE IN LIFE, YOU MUST BE READY TO DO MORE! To advance and make progress beyond past and present accomplishments, you must be ready to do new things outside what you have always done or do what you have always done in a better way. Take an inventory of what your progress has been in critical areas of life, and where you are not satisfied, make a conscious effort and deliberate determination to forget the past and press forward according to Philippians 3:13. Do not gloat on the achievements of yesterday or gripe over the disappointments of past years. The future has no place for those who think back, look back or act back! Brace up to do more this year. Be more diligent in your career, your work, your business, your academics. Sow more quality time into your relationship; improve on the level of your


commitment and faithfulness to God and spiritual exercise. Compel yourself to pray more; fast more; fellowship more; love and honor God more with your life and your substance. Be more diligent. Where there is a will to please God, God

will always make a way. May God make a way for you to get ahead this year, in Jesus name. This season marks the beginning of quantum leap of advancement, soar-

ing in accomplishments and unimaginable heights of glory. May 2018 be the best year yet for you. May it be the best season of unhindered progress in your lifetime, in Jesus name. AMEN!

Do not gloat on the achievements of yesterday or gripe over the disappointments of past years. The future has no place for those who think back, look back or act back! Brace up to do more this year.

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L EA DERSH I P & EM P OW ERME N T C O R N E R

“People learn from one another just as iron sharpens iron.” Proverbs 27:17 (GNT)

The greatest asset in the balance sheet of success is people. The greatest liability can also be people. Human being remains the best and God’s preferred method of helping His children to get ahead in life. For this reason, we must carefully and deliberately seek the right relationship, and when we find one, respect it.

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“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NKJV)

These passages in real life and leadership school is called SYNERGY. THE LAW OF SYNERGY

The law of synergy states that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In order words, the results produced by two persons doing same task together is always far greater than the sum of two individuals doing the same task separately and individually. The word synergy come from the Greek word synergia or synergos meaning: “working together.”

Synergy can be produced in 7 key ways: collaboration, cooperation, coalition, connection, interrelations, conjunction and fraternizations. Iron, broadly and contextually speaking, represents, in biblical days, any implement of farming that is made of iron. This will include hoe, cutlass, knife, spade, ax head, etc. Deeply and metaphorically speaking, iron represents any means or instrument of empowerment in life.

9. KINDS OF RELATIONSHIPS THAT SHARPEN Growth and Growth process necessitates functional fraternity: 1. A SHOULDER You need a shoulder to stand on to see farther than you can see, or you have seen You need someone to hold your ladder to keep you from falling as you climb the ladder of success in life: Mordecai & Esther- Esther 4:13-17. May you find a strong shoulder! 2. A HAND LIFTER You need someone to lift up your hands when you are on a project, mission and dream fulfillment, and you are getting weary or tired. Moses, Joshua, Aaron & Hur - Exodus 17:11-13. May you find a faithful hand lifter! 3. A MENTOR You need a mentor to tell you what you don’t know in order to get to your next level. Daniel, the 3 Hebrew boys & Ashpenaz - Daniel 1:3. May God connect you to the right mentor! 4. A FRIEND You need a friend to encourage you at moment of vulnerability, who can also tell you what you need to know, and tell you

the hard truths when needed. David & Jonathan. 1 Samuel 18. May you find a trusted friend! 5. A BURDEN SHARER You need right friends and colleagues that you can share your situation with, rob minds, pray together and encourage one another, and when necessary, tell you the hard truth. Daniel & Hananiah, Michael, Azariah- Daniel 2:17. May you find a true burden sharer! 6. A SOIL You need someone to sow a seed into his life for the grace you desire or covet. They may not need you, but you need them to accomplish your vision to the maximum. Elijah & Elisha - 1 Kings 3:11. May you find the right soil! 7. A PARTNER You need others you can partner with to get a good reward for your labor or fulfill your vision and to get the best out of your efforts in life. A mutually beneficial or rewarding relationship. Ecclesiastes 4:9. May

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you find a useful partner! 8. A CONNECTOR You need someone to introduce you or divinely connect you to where your gifting may be needed. 1 Samuel 16:16-18 - David’s introduction to the palace. May you find a destiny connector! 9. A DESTINY HELPER You need someone to introduce you to where the solution to your problem may be found. 1 Samuel 9 - Saul’s servant and the lost donkey. 2 Kings 2 Kings 5:1-4: Naaman’s healing & his housemaid. The servants were instrumental to the fulfillment of their destiny. May you find a destiny helper! As you go through the journey of life, you must be deliberate about relationship. Only objects of the same material compositions can be welded together, or can sharpen each other. Don’t just have any kind of relationship BUT have the right kind. Only the right kind can produce the expected synergistic effects.


YOUNG ADULTS Christians today cover their dirt with the outfit they wear to church whereas they are like green snakes in the green grass. In Matthew 9:10, Mark 2:13-17, Luke 19:1-10. The bible tells us that Jesus isn’t looking at appearances, records of perfection, but for sinners to fulfill His primary purpose on earth, which is to save humanity from sin. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector (classified as a sinner), but Jesus still dined with him and other sinners without isolation or judgment.

It’s no longer surprising that the church has become a judgmental atmosphere where people coming in to worship would be assessed and judged based on their mode of dressing and appearance. It also baffles me how the church today castigates people (especially the young folks), all in the name of the doctrine, neglecting her primary purpose. So many born-again Christians, tongues speaking, demon chasing and full of the Word appear like free advertisement and promotion to hell when you look at their dressing. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” Proverbs 14:12. Christianity isn’t a name, neither is it a tag, but a way of life. Our attributes and characters are major factors to determining whether we qualify to be called Christians. The apostles were called Christians in Antioch because people saw that their ways of life aligned with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Apart from being a Christian, there is a popular quote that says, “Dress the way you want to be addressed.” I will give you an example…. About three years ago, I went for a meeting at a law firm in London to meet with one of the top guys in the organization. I appeared in a light green hoodie,

blue jean and white air-force trainers. On getting to the reception, I wasn’t given an audience, instead, I was directed to where deliveries would go. I moved closer and told them my name and who I came to see and immediately, they began to correct their initial impression. ‘My appearance didn’t justify my personality.” The same thing happens to a Christian that dresses shabbily to church; you might not be given the audience that you deserve by the Holy Spirit. Our God is a God of beauty and moderation. I went back to the same organization the following day in my formal attire, very well presented and to my greatest surprise, I got an outstanding treatment from the door by the one who redirected me to the delivery room on my previous visit. The above incident shows that our ‘invisible is not effective if our visible isn’t evidenced.’ However, God sees the heart, not the body. “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deed” - Jeremiah 17:10. It is now very common among churchgoers to judge people at first sight. Their appearances define them as far as they are concerned. Meanwhile, let he that is without sin, cast the first stone - John 8:7. A lot of

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The moment Jesus died on the cross for our sins, he gave us the grace and the opportunity to come to Jesus the way we are. Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” It is therefore the mission of the church to teach, encourage, develop and uplift her members to grow deeper in the Word and know their right from wrong. In a society that is already full of complications, it is important we do not increase the complications. Why do you want to complicate issues by sagging your pants, wearing unkempt hair and torn jean pants to an interview? The church is not against how you dress but wants to help our young folks realize the dignity of modest dressing in a professional environment. Remember, “dress the way you want to be addressed.”

Christianity isn’t a name, neither is it a tag, but a way of life. Our attributes and characters are major factors to determining whether we qualify to be called Christians. The apostles were called Christians in Antioch because people saw that their ways of life aligned with the teachings of Jesus Christ.


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WOMEN

Jeremiah 1: 4-5, Psalm 139:16

Pastor Bisi Kuye What is destiny: In simple terms, destiny is God’s purpose for your life. It is your appointed or ordained future. Destiny is what God has pre-determined you to be and to become, in His divine will. There are divinely deposited potentials in a person to help him or her fulfill destiny. Our role is to discover and live God’s desired destiny for us. In the book of Jeremiah 1 vs. 5, the bible says, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Here God was telling prophet Jeremiah that his purpose of creation was already mapped out for him by God. This indeed is true for all God’s creation, which means for every one of us created by God, your purpose of creation has been mapped out by God before we were born. It can as well be said that the blue print of our destiny is with God. Your destiny is specially custom designed for you by God to bring you to a place of complete fulfillment in life. I believe that God has prepared a “road map” for all His children to finding and fulfilling His plan for us. Psalm 139 vs. 16 says, “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of RCCG, HOUSE ON THE ROCK VISION

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them.” David here was saying that all the days ordained for him were written in God’s book even before he came to be. In other words, God fashioned our destiny before we were born. He is the master potter who sculpted us and brought our future into existence.

Examples of women that fulfilled destiny

1. Esther: Esther’s destiny was far beyond just being naturally beautiful, because God gave her beauty from birth. God gave Esther all that was ever needed for her to fulfill the destiny designed and assigned to her long before she lost her parents and became an orphan. God gave her the intelligence and the understanding she needed despite being an orphan at a very young age. He gave her the humility to listen, obey and to follow instructions given to her by her uncle Modecai without showing any sign of dissatisfaction. God gave Esther the spirit of tolerance, patience and focus, and above all, favor that she was admired by everyone, at every time and everywhere she went after being the queen. What has God given you that you are ignoring or not aware of ? All that you will ever need in this life to discover, follow and actualize your destiny has already been given to you long before you were born, and God wants you to use them, so you can fulfill destiny. 2. Mary (the Mother of Jesus): Luke 1 vs. 26-28 record that Mary was a virgin who was betrothed to Joseph. Unlike our custom of an engagement, a betrothal was a legally binding commitment to marriage, confirmed


by an oath. The Angel addressed Mary as ‘highly favored’ and said, “The Lord is with you.” The Angel went on to explain what was to happen. Mary knew that if she was found to be pregnant before marriage, she could be put to death. Her answer is an inspiration to many of us. She simply said, “Behold the maid servant of the Lord, Let it be to me according to your word.” Her answer reflected complete trust that God requires of those He chooses. She fulfilled destiny by bringing forth the Messiah,. our Lord Jesus Christ.

Destiny of wives and mothers

Beloved sisters, wives and mothers, before the world existed, God foresaw you in this present place and time, He knew what your address would be, and He had a predetermined plan for your life. You are a great success in the eyes of God if you can stand before Him one day and present your children to Him in righteousness. God has destined you to raise your children in a home filled with the power and presence of Jesus. They are investments God has entrusted to you, and they are part of your destiny. Your destiny is to raise your children in a home where prayer is commonplace, where life and marriage are a praise and glory to God.

Steps to Seeking God’s will to fulfill destiny

1. Prayer- Matthew 7 vs. 7 2. Meditation on God’s word. Many times, God will re-

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veal His will for us through His word. 3. Walk with God, seeking the kingdom first (Matthew 6 vs. 33-34) 4. Surrender your will to God. If God knows your heart is surrendered to Him, He will guide you to His will for you. (Romans 12 vs. 1-2) 5. Obey what you already know to be God’s will. One act of sacrifice or obedience leads to a bigger door of opportunities. Refuse to do anything in disobedience. 6. Seek Godly input. Many people around us have gone where we want to go. Seek counsel from them. 7. Pay attention to what God has naturally endowed you with. 8. Listen to God’s spirit for guidance. 9. Listen to your heart. 10. Look at your circumstances. God often uses circumstances of our lives to point our attention to His will for us at any point in time. Finally, brethren, I encourage you to seek after God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and reach higher than you ever have before to grab hold of the good life He has destined for you. No matter how far you’ve fallen away from God or far from the destiny that God has for you, it is never too late to humble yourself and turn over your total dependence on God. Even if you have wasted your life doing what God has not asked you to do, today you can still turn to Him and repent. Ask him for guidance and direction for your life.


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Broken Bond 2 Betrayal from family or loved ones stings than all others. Learning to forgive and trust again is a long road that can only be made easy through the grace of God... But what happens when Becky feels betrayed and blames it on God? How can she find her way back to fully understand that it is not in God’s character to betray His children? Follow Becky’s journey in the concluding part of The Broken Bond 2

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2017 SPEAKER

ABOVE ONLY CONFERENCE

Recap

“They will not labor in vain, nor bring forth for terror. For they are the seed of the beloved of Jehovah, and their offspring with them.” ISAIAH 65:18-23 To labor in vain is to work without corresponding result, sweating without sweet, investing without returns. To labor and make profit is the gift of God. The promises of the Most High are that we will not labor in vain. His promises are “Yes” and “Amen,” Ecclesiastes 3:13.

SIGNS THAT YOU ARE LABORING IN VAIN

There are several signs to indicate that somebody is laboring in vain. Some of the signs are: When you are

getting the same results repeatedly. When everyone seems to be giving testimony, but you are stagnant. You keep getting less than you ought to. All these are signs of laboring with nothing to show for it. RCCG, HOUSE ON THE ROCK VISION

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PASTOR DAVID SOLA

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WHAT CAN MAKE YOU LABOR IN VAIN

You don’t know how to labor. It could also be because of a curses. Another cause is lack of wisdom, and losing sleep over your work. To labor in vain is to labor for the wind. Other causes are hatred and hostility, the Philistines Factor, as recorded in Genesis 26:1822, the Peter factor in Luke 5:5, dishonoring God (the referee of your labor), the favor factor, neglecting the creator factor, and lastly neglecting the joy and praise factor. We should always remember that only joyful people are lifted. Gratitude gives altitude, Psalm 67:5-7. When we understand this, then can we come into our maximum harvest. Matthew 13:3-8 tells the parable of the sower. In verse 8 it states, “And some fell on the good ground and yielded fruit, indeed one a hundredfold, and one sixty, and one thirty.” We have to further understand that God is a good God. He gives what is good. God satisfies our mouth with good things. He does what is good. Everything God created is good. Therefore, in his goodness he has given us permission to get maximum results in everything we do. However, a man’s harvest could be instant or delayed, short or long-term harvest, seasonal or perennial harvest, partial harvest, or no harvest. In our case, it is going to be maximum harvest! We sometimes have bad or minimum harvest when we sow on the way side, stony places or on thorns or due to lack of rainfall. Other reasons could be because of unbelief, unconquered sin, loss of motivation, closed heavens, lack of gratitude, lack of finishing spirit, covetousness/greed as in the case of Gehazi, who received money, and also got leprosy. To come into your harvest, you must be careful what you say or profess into your life. You must understand time and must stop looking down, just like Nathanael who said to Philip, can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Sometimes God can take you through the lion’s den for you to be promoted.

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BUSINESS

Identifying

Business

Opportunities BY: DAVID DELE AWE

In life, sometimes we look without truly seeing, and sometimes we see without perceiving. Sometimes what we need is not physical sight; rather, it is hindsight, insight and foresight. That is why Helen Keller said, “The only thing worse than being blind is to have sight without vision.” We know that some people look at a scenario and all they see is gloom and doom whereas others look at the same scenario and they see unbelievable opportunities.

As it is in other aspects of life, so it is in identifying business opportunities. Many times, what appears to be a daunting challenge is really an opportunity in disguise, a diamond in the rough! There was the story of an individual who was sent by his telephone company in South Africa to go explore opportunities for cell phone business in Nigeria. He came back with catalogue of reasons why such business cannot prosper in Nigeria: unreliable electricity, inefficient and corrupt government apparatus, unskilled workforce, hostile business environment, etc. Another person was sent by MNET on the same assignment and he came back saying, “Go for it. No land holds better opportunities to make money than Nigeria. Well educated workforce, a ‘can-do’ spirit, expansive and relatively young demography, etc.” His company took the recommendation and was said to have recouped its entire investment within the first year! So, how do we identify business opportunities in any environment? The first thing is to know yourself. Not everyone is suited for business in any shape or form. A lizard on the street of Lagos will not suddenly become a crocodile because it is transplanted to the street of Dallas. Some people are naturally inclined towards business. Others are not. If your natural disposition is not to own a business, do not force yourself to start one or you will be frustrated. Rather, do your best to get to the top of your professional ladder as an employee. For the rest of us, the opportunities are always there. Here are some tips. Pray for godly inspiration. The best ideas are God inspired. It is God that teaches our hands to make profit. Imagine RCCG, HOUSE ON THE ROCK VISION

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Isaac sowing and having a bountiful harvest in a year of famine. Imagine Peter casting the net on Jesus’ instruction after a night of zero catch and making a net breaking catch. The Bible tells us that the secret things belong to God and the reveled things belong to us and our children. As a believer, nothing is better than when God opens our eyes to an opportunity that is not yet revealed to the general populace. Work on your mind. See the bottle as half full not half empty. Know that opportunities for business abound at all times irrespective of the economic situation. It is a matter of whether you see them, or you are blind to them. Every time there is a recession, several new millionaires


are minted. The time when majority of the people are lamenting about how difficult things are, those who are truly business minded are scooping up deals whether in the real estate market or the stock market. If you are naturally pessimistic, pray for optimism that comes from knowing that God is on your side. Do not join others to complain. Remember, your economy is heaven inspired! Be willing to learn. See a chance for breakthrough in every situation. Read and be educated on various aspects of business. Learn from those already in an industry you want to go into. You do not have to reinvent the wheel. No one is an island. Ask people who you believe may have answers to your questions. Seek a mentor who has succeeded in an industry you want to go into. In being open minded, things you were not previously aware of will come into focus. Make use of available resources. The Small Business Administration (SMA) has various programs and opportunities both financial and otherwise for small entrepreneurs. There is a chamber of commerce in every city and they organize programs that are meant to introduce you to available businesses. Read! If you already have a business, become very educated about your industry. Know your competitors and create and edge over them. Do not follow the crowd. Be an original thinker. There is nothing better than to be among the first to see a business opportunity and take advantage of it. You also need to think outside the box. Do not be fixated about a particular idea, industry or business. Consider businesses where your natural talent can blossom. You are likely to do better in a business that requires skills which are natural to you. Do what you love doing. If you are in a particular profession, consider turning it to a business. Most professionals such as attorneys, doctors and CPAs tend to do better financially when they make a business out of their professions. If you are good at what you do, your success can only be limited by your vision and your ambition. Be a master of your game. Be diligent and courteous. Although you may have to grow organically at first, consider expansion by acquisition after you have attained some stability. Think long term. Don’t be afraid of starting small. Do not despise the days of small beginning. Most successes that will last do not happen overnight. There will always be a gestation period, a period of sowing. Know that there will

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AVOID OVER EXCITEMENT IF YOU ARE ABOUT

TO BUY AN EXISTING BUSINESS. DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE ABOUT THE STATE OF THE INDUSTRY AND THE CONDITION OF THE SPECIFIC BUSINESS. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR URGE TO OWN A BUSINESS CLOUD YOUR JUDGMENT. TAKE YOUR TIME TO CHECK THE NUMBERS AND THE STATE OF THE EQUIPMENT. USE A CPA TO CRUNCH THE NUMBERS. USE AN ATTORNEY TO DRAFT THE SALE DOCUMENTS. YOU CAN SAVE YOURSELF A LOT OF GRIEF BY TAKING YOUR TIME TO CONNECT ALL THE DOTS BEFORE YOU BUY.

be challenges. According to Bloomberg, eight out of ten new businesses fail within the first 18 months; but do not be discouraged. There is no reason why yours should not be among the ones that will survive and thrive. Just know that a tree that will grow very tall must have deep roots. There is a reason why the gestation period of an elephant is 22 months while that of a rat is only 20 days! Avoid over excitement if you are about to buy an existing business. Do your due diligence about the state of the industry and the condition of the specific business. Do not allow your urge to own a business cloud your judgment. Take your time to check the numbers and the state of the equipment. Use a CPA to crunch the numbers. Use an attorney to draft the sale documents. You can save yourself a lot of grief by taking your time to connect all the dots before you buy. Understand why the person is selling. Nobody sells a money-making venture unless there are other extenuating circumstances such as old age and sickness. If the current owner is not breaking even now, why do you think you can do better? Also realize that the seller is likely to be more savvy than you in that business. Understand why new businesses fail so you can avoid becoming part of the statistics. According to the Small Business Administration, reasons for failure of small businesses include: Lack of management still, inadequate capitalization, poor understanding of the market, failure to anticipate and react to competition, believing you can do everything yourself and overdependence on a single customer. In the current economic environment, some business ideas include: All forms of online marketing (Very huge), roofing services, air conditioning and heating services, plumbing services, janitorial services, lawn care services, supply services to city, county and state governments, sale of foodstuff, catering services, local and long-distance freighting services, Lyft and Uber drivers, and various professional services. Finally, remember that the earth and all that is in it belong to our God and as his children; we are entitled to a chunk of it. Do not let any perceived disadvantage stop you from making the move. If you have the bent for business, if you feel led and inspired by God, go for it; provide a chance for Him to truly bless you by acting on the ideas He has given you. Remember, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.


Recap

What is potential? Potential simply means possibility. Leading above my possibility. It is also a latent ability that you and I may have in us. It’s also an ability that may or may not be developed. Potential also means capable of being; capable of becoming. How can I live above what I am now and become what I am capable of being? What are the possibilities around me? What would have brought 400 men who had no title to David, except the oil that was poured upon him? David began to work with those people until they became a mighty army. God never gives you the finished product at any time; he loves

stage, we must set goals; and when we achieve them, we have become successful at that level.

Now if you follow my trend of thoughts, I

Please note that your leadership above

to give people raw materials. If you are going to lead above potential, it is critical for you to know how to identify potentials around you. The more you work with your raw materials, the better your leadership will be.

have just told you that success is a journey not a destination. So a person like Pastor E.A. Adeboye will tell you we are just starting. Whatever is great today, someone else will overcome and overtake tomorrow. So it is therefore a personal journey. Successful leaders therefore are constantly inspiring others to set goals and achieve them. That was what Jesus did; he kept going after people saying “Follow me and I will make you fishers of me.”

potential goes beyond the more problems you solve. Solving problem therefore is the quickest route to leadership. Joseph solved the problem of Pharaoh, which was the interpretation of his dreams and more of an economic issue. Promotion never comes to you in life if you don’t solve problem. So people complain they haven’t been promoted at work in a while; what problem have you solved?

You never grow a great church by going to steal membership from somewhere else because they will also end up going to somewhere else. So, I’m going to approach it from the perspective of ministry. God always chooses a man. Ministry therefore essentially is a work with God. The success we have in ministry/leadership is a function of the goals we set and the ability to achieve them. So at any

Now, may I also say that “SUCCESS in ministry is a Journey not a Destination.” What we are celebrating today can become irrelevant tomorrow. If what we celebrate today is not evaluated and new goals are not being set, it can suddenly become irrelevant tomorrow because your excellence of today might be your mediocrity of tomorrow.

You cannot succeed in leadership beyond your leadership ability. Leadership is me becoming the best I can be! Leadership is unique to each and every one of us, though there are principles that cut across

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the board. The key is becoming the best you can be. To lead above potential is becoming who you truly are, who heaven made you to be. This means therefore that personal transformation will make you an inspiration to other people. To lead above potential therefore, you must be constantly transformed. The more you get transformed, the more you are able to inspire others. The quickest route to leading above your ability is Problem Solving.

The essence of true leadership is service. Speak to the potential in people. Have faith in them and believe in them. “In every man, there’s a king who reigns, and a man who can misbehave; the one you appeal to is the one you get.”


TESTIMONY/INNOVATION Our Future Is Bright: GOD IS RAISING GIANTS IN THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY

Our very own Ayo Kuye successfully BUILT HIS FIRST COMPUTER from scratch, all by himself! It may interest you to know that Ayo is a Sophomore/10th Grader in Grand Prairie Collegiate Institute. Ayo started this project with his own saved money and a little soft loan from his Dad and Mom. His goal was to customize and build a computer with memory big enough to hold all the programs he was designing. Ayo finished building the computer he started in December 2017 on January 17, 2018. He launched the computer and it worked perfectly. Today, Ayo is using the Computer he built and customized to fit his needs. WHAT’S YOUR NEXT BIG THING?

The Vision will Definitely Speak

God cannot lie! According to God’s word in Habakkuk 2:3, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.” (NKJV) In 2017, the above scripture became real in my life. God helped me to accomplish a dream that I had carried in my spirit for about 30 years. ‘CHOSEN GENERATION,’ a song title and album inspiration that God gave me was released to His glory. It is a longing and dream fulfilled, and I bless God and give Him all the glory. Please do not give up on your dream, because God will not! Joy Ntibundu (a.k.a.Joy Ndu)

Our God is still a Healer and a Restorer

I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism at the same time that I was pregnant. The doctor told me I was at risk of many health conditions with the pregnancy. God healed me miraculously and I had my baby girl with no complications. I give God the glory and may his name be praised forever. Amen. Sister Kemi Ogundeji

PROTOCOL MINISTRY:

A CALL TO DUTY Most of the time, we serve in God’s house when it is convenient. To better understand Service and Sacrifice, VISION MAGAZINE reached out to the Protocol/Hospitality/Pastoral Care Department of HOTR with a few questions on what being a worker in the church means. Vision: What is the composition of members of this department? Protocol: Members of this department are young men and women, some of whom are married, while some are still single. Vision: Tell us about what being a worker in God’s house mean to you? Protocol: Serving in God’s house to us is about service and sacrifice, if you want to wait until it is convenient, you will never serve. Almost everyone has daily challenges, but if you are in some departments that meet during the week or serve anytime you are called upon, you would not want God’s work to suffer. It’s like the Boy’s scout Motto, “Be Prepared.” Vision: Tell us about your service in this depart-

ment now that you are called Protocol/Hospitality/Pastoral Care Department? Protocol: You are right. Our services cut across all those areas as the name implies. Our responsibility is to make sure that our Pastors and anyone we are responsible for, feels at home under our service. Let me illustrate a little scenario to better understand our service and in terms of sacrifice. Imagine one of us is supposed to pick up a guest minister at the airport at a specific time. The guest minister gets to the airport, checked his/her luggage out and has waited minutes to be picked. I don’t care how big that church is, you have already portrayed the image of the church. It is often said that; first impression last long. Vision: Do you experience challenges? Protocol: Sure, we do. However, no matter the challenge, God is always faithful to help us get through it.” Sometimes, it is not convenient, but God’s work must be done. We are not perfect;

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sometimes we may make mistakes but we have decided to serve God in this capacity and there is no going back. Vision: Tell us about your services with guest pastors? Protocol: It is our responsibility to make sure that our Pastors and anyone we are responsible for feels at home under our service. We have to make sure that the hotel room for our guest is good and homely; we have to make sure they enjoy their favorite meals and visit any place of interest to them. Wow! Touching, right? That should be the attitude of anyone serving in God’s house. What are you waiting for? You can serve in your own area of calling and enjoy it like these men and women. Find out your calling so that serving God would not be a burden to you. Shalom.


MARRIAGE KEY #3 - COMMUNICATION IN MARRIAGE Can two walk together except they are in agreement? Amos 3:3. Communication is a two-way process of an exchange of information or news. Do you have a pet name for your spouse? What is it? Is it sweetheart, honey, baby, love, darling, sugar? When we do premarital counseling, we always encourage the couple to pick a pet name for each other. That is something special between both of you. Whenever he calls you by your middle name or some other name, you know there is a problem. Talk to and listen attentively to your spouse. Communicate how you feel. Talk to your spouse and allow them to respond. Praise and appreciation is a form of communication. Do not take your spouse for granted. If you are the type that complains all the time, there will be a barrier to communication, because your spouse will not listen. Talk about issues. Don’t assume she knows what you need. He/she is not a magician. Keep no secrets.

By: Dr. Rosalynn Nikky Adossi A good marriage does not just happen; it takes the effort of both husband and wife to create an atmosphere where unconditional love, respect, friendship, commitment and faithfulness thrive. Marriage is honorable, and a man that finds a wife has found a good thing and has obtained the favor of the Lord, Proverbs 18:22. The following are some of the keys that can help us achieve a healthy marriage. KEY #1 – UNDERSTANDING WHAT MARRIAGE IS Marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman for life, not a contract that you can easily break when you feel like the terms of the contract are no longer favorable. Marriage can be the best thing that can happen to a man or woman in a relationship; the reason is that, “two have become one.” Burdens are shared; you pray together; you make decisions together; you look out for one another, help one another in your goals and aspirations. Marriage is a respectable institution. Today, many want to live together and play housemates, but that is not the purpose of God. God designed marriage so couples will produce godly offspring that will continue the purpose of God on the earth, Genesis 2:24. KEY #2 – BE NOT UNEQUALLY YOKED Be not unequally yoked together with an unbeliever! It is important for our young adults who do not know that the Bible commands the Christian to make sure they marry Christians. Make sure you marry someone of the same faith as you are, as this will become an issue during your marriage and when you start having children. Some will tell you, “I will take him/ her to church and he/she will be converted.” You are not the Holy Spirit who touches the heart of individuals. You have no power to change anyone. He or she might pretend to be converted to please you and marry you but once you say “I do,” the real person is revealed and it is too late by then. You have to build a strong foundation for your marriage. A building can only be as high as its foundation. A bungalow and a 25-floor building will not have the same foundation. The stronger your foundation, the longer your marriage. You, your spouse and God in marriage – a threefold cord cannot easily be broken, Ecclesiastes 4:12. RCCG, HOUSE ON THE ROCK VISION

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KEY # 4 - COMMITMENT IN MARRIAGE Commitment is a total surrender to what you believe in - making sure your marriage works. In Ruth 1:16-17, Ruth said to her mother-inlaw, Naomi, “Don’t urge me to leave you; where you go I will go; your people will be my people and your God will be my God.” That is commitment right there. She had no idea what was in her future, but her mind was made up to go with this woman. Love members of your wife/husband family. Commitment in marriage is like entering a room with no exit. Till death do you part. You are in it to commit your life, finances, love, affection, in sickness and in health, rich or poor, thin or fat, beautiful or ugly. When you are committed, nothing moves you. When you are committed to something you help build it. It is more difficult to build because it takes time but it is very easy to tear down and destroy. Proverbs 14:1 tells us, “Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.” How does she do it? By nagging all the time, fighting, etc. The couple that remains in argument and conflict for weeks without talking to each other, do a disservice to their relationship. It does not build that relationship, rather it chips away at the fabric of your union. Both are suffering but too proud to apologize. Make up your mind and work towards making your marriage work. The husband has a responsibility to take care of his family. If it means doing menial jobs before you find your dream job, do something to put food on the table and a roof over the head of your family. Know that your children are watching you, and by your actions you teach them to be responsible or irresponsible. Let go of silly arguments that you engaged in when you were one year, two years in marriage. Ignore negative comments, and work towards bringing harmony to your home. KEY #5 – FINANCES IN MARRIAGE Discuss the money thing early during your pre-marital counseling to know what each other think and will feel comfortable doing. Savings and how you spend your money: discuss what works for both. Will it be a Joint account, individual accounts, joint checking or to have individual savings? Talk and agree on these things to avoid conflict in the relationship. Be open. Trust is vital. 529 Plans (college funds), IRA, CDs, Investment accounts, 401Ks, etc. The one that manages the accounts must be whoever is frugal in the family. The Remaining Five Keys (To be Continued in the 2019 Edition). 6. Honor, Love and Respect I Marriage 7. Expectation in Marriage 8. Children and Extended Family in Marriage 9. Forgiveness and Knowing your Spouse in Marriage 10. Sex in Marriage

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HOTR OUTREACH DEPARTMENT (Amazing Touch of God Ministry) The past Year 2017 has been a great year for this department. Doing the heartbeat of Jesus is paramount to the heart of RCCG House on the Rock. The Outreach department is committed to serving God by giving back to the community through its various programs. The Young Adults and Singles Min-

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Back to School Events for School Age Children A total of 138 backpacks were given to school age children 39 people were evaluated by the doctors and dentists 22 individuals got their eyes examined

istry (YASM) also joined forces with the Outreach Department to feed 70 - 80 residents quarterly at the Ronald McDonald House, Dallas Texas. The department also has a unit that visit two nursing homes once a month, one in Arlington and another in Grand Prairie, to minister God’s word and share gifts

with them. The department also recognizes special events like Valentine, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, and also reaches out to distribute gifts to neighbors and show them that Jesus loves them. Highlights of the 2017 Community Involvement

bringing the total number of individuals to 37. The department also distributed Thanksgiving Turkey, and joined a sister church, Jesus House Dallas, to feed the homeless in Dallas. HOTR will continue to make positive impact in our communities showing our commitment to serving God and humanity.

18 people received FREE eye glasses

HOTR FOOD PANTRY This unit supplies food items to families on a monthly basis. The unit started the year serving six families which comprises of 9 Adults and 17 Children, a total of 26 individuals. However, by the end of the year, the number increased to 15 Adults and 22 Children,

Prayer for new church workers

Joy Ndu’s album release ministration

Prayer for Dr. Simi Kuye on her graduation from Medical school

Chosen Ambassador Drama group during their debut movie release

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Pastor O.J. Kuye’s new book signing


THE WORLD FASTEST READER VISITS HOTR The future of our Children, whom he calls “Future Leaders” is paramount to the heart of the Senior Pastor of HOTR, Pastor OJ Kuye. Any society or organization that does not invest in the development/future growth of their youths will soon become dinosaurs and go into extinction. To make sure our future is secure in God, we have a part to play; that is why HOTR leadership is constantly working with the leaders of the Children/Youth Ministry to organize programs that would help shape the minds of these young ones. One of

the programs that VISION MAGAZINE captured was the visit of the WORLD FASTEST READER, Howard Berg. Mr. Berg was invited to speak to the Middle/High School/College age children. Among the things Berg talked about were: reading skills, comprehension skills, how to maintain focus while reading, how to read fast, and the FIVE POWER ITEMS to look for when reading any book. Was your child a part of this event? Check out these pictures. Thank you, Mr. Howard Berg!

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Recap

FULLNESS

THE

WONDERS OF HIS NAME

OF BLESSING Pastor Sunday Oyeleye

Pastor PK Olawale

Regardless of how you were born, if you are connected with God, you will be great. God wants you to be great. When God makes you great, your entire family will enter into greatness. One of the ways blessing is transmitted, is through the fathers. Good parents give more than good education to their children. They instill good values and discipline. Parents give their ‘ALL’ to their children. When a man carries the grace of God, he is bound to succeed. It is the blessing of God that makes a man to succeed. Abraham transmitted the covenant he had with God to Isaac. Many get their blessings through manipulation as Jacob did. Every one of us that is in Christ qualifies for Abraham blessings. Jacob straightened up when he met the messenger of God. True greatness comes as a result of God’s blessings.

The totality of the gospel is about Jesus. Jesus left his glory. His name is The WORD. What draws you to the supernatural is not the use of the name, but to own the name. Jesus is called the Lion of the tribe of Judah because he was adopted by Joseph who was from the tribe of Judah. That means if you are to come to Jesus or to become a Christian, you must be adopted. To be adopted to Jesus, you have to own the name. The moment we were adopted, we had equal share to own the name. When the devil know that you are trying to use the name, the devil will make a show out of you. Every authority that exists has a name. Every situation and condition has a name. Therefore, for those situations to bow, they have to submit to a higher name. The only connection between God and man is Jesus. It is the name of Jesus that carries authority.

Also, prophetic grace can turn your situation around and usher you into your fullness of blessing. Most of the time, when God wants to raise somebody, He begins with what they have. People may despise what you have but remember there is a reason why God put what you have in your hand. There is a seed of greatness on the inside of you. Your net worth in life is directly in proportion to your network. Some people would have been greater if they had the right attitude and relationship. Your seed alone will not help you, you need a good soil. You need a right relationship. Some people have what you need but if you don’t have a good relationship, you may die in your need.

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CHILDREN

Most Christians quote the above Bible verse for various reasons and at various times. Pastors quote it during christening ceremonies and others as a reason to instill discipline in children. The verse succinctly states the importance of instilling important values from an early age before the window of opportunity is lost. As applicable as this verse is in the upbringing/training of a child, hardly do we quote it in terms of the brain development of children. The brain of an unborn child in the womb develops billions of neurons that form connections with other billions of neurons, and each neuron has its own purpose in passing messages between each other. These connections can either be strengthened or weakened as the child gets older. At birth, there are trillions of neurons in the brain that are connected and send neurotransmitters to each other, to help the child adapt to the new environment. The developing brain of a child between birth and age three is considered a Critical Period. The reason is, the changes that happen within the brain during these tender years become building blocks upon which all later brain function is built. The developing brain needs specific stimuli from the outside environment to develop normally. Stimuli mostly gotten from a face to face interaction, (Margalit, 2016). Face to face interaction is very crucial in the early development of a child’s brain. For example, while breastfeeding, the mother looks at the child, smile, sing or talk, essentially engaging in a face to face interaction where the child starts to study the mother’s facial expressions. When parents have more face to face interactions with babies, they are essentially helping the child to coordinate their emotions and their feelings. A smile or giggle from the mother might receive a smile in response from the baby, or tickle from the father can generate kicks in excitement from the baby. The more the interactions, the

By Omolayo Eniolorunda

What Path are you building for your Child? Train up a child in the way he should go; Even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

more the response. This shows a dyadic interaction with baby and parents. These continuous back and forth interactions continue to strengthen the pathways in baby’s brain and help the baby learn how to interact with others, (including who to trust) and how to self-soothe. However, these interactions have been greatly diminished by one major culprit. Screens. Yes, Screens. Modern day technology has introduced us to more screens than we were exposed to even as at three decades ago. Screens have become part of our daily lives and in various ways, made our lives easier. Even in the upbringing of our children, screen has helped eased the burden of always having to pay attention to our children. Once they are in front of a screen, they are occupied and can either stop crying or

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stop seeking attention. The television screen, phone screen, laptop screen, tablet screen and many more screens have invariably reduced our face to face interaction with each other, including our children. Research is starting to find a correlation with increased screen time and developmental delay in babies as they get older. The American Academy of Pediatrics, (AAP, 2016), released guidelines of how much screen time a child should have starting from when they are born all the way to age six and older. The recommendation states that for children under the age of 18 months no screen time except video chatting with family or familiar faces. This is recommended because their brain is not developmentally ready to transfer what they see on a screen to real life. Children within this age group benefits from face to face live interaction. For children between ages 18 months to two years, screen time is still not advised. However, parents that want to introduce it, should “choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing, (AAP, 2016).” For children ages two – five years, limit screen use to one hour per day of highquality programs. Parents should also view the program with their children to help them start applying what they learn to the world around them. It is important for parents to place consistent limits on how long they are in front of a screen, and making sure screen use does not take the place of interaction with others. You may ask, what is the purpose of these guidelines? Evidence-based research has shown that early exposure to screens and not enough required stimuli from the real world stunts brain development and the effects may be long-lasting. “The ability to focus, to concentrate, to lend attention, to sense other people’s attitudes and communicate with them, to build a large vocabulary—all


those abilities are harmed.” (Margalit, 2016). Hence, there is a higher chance of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), communication delays, sleep difficulties and also a worsening of autistic symptoms in children as a result of increased screen exposure. Now you’re probably thinking it will not be possible to get anything done around the house, seeing that little to no screen time is being advocated. But have you ever considered how the older generation raised children in the absence of screens or even modern day technology? You might not have to think too far to come up with ideas. For children between the age zero to 18 months, talk to them and get on the floor and play with them. If you can’t always get on the floor to play with them, allow them to explore with toys.

Toys like rattles, balls, books, cars, stuffed animals, push toys, blocks, and toys that sing. Do not rely on screen media to help in entertaining their children. Children between the age of 18 months and older, children in this age group start to understand instruction, so engage them around the house, tell them to pick up their toys; when cooking or cleaning the house, give them their own toy pots, plates, spoon, brooms, toy vacuum so they pretend like mommy or daddy. When this age group is placed in front of a screen, educational programs are advised such as the content offered by Sesame Workshop and PBS, because their programs are more interactive and slow paced. Also, designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms (AAP, 2016).

As the popular verse goes in Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven”. Technology is one of man’s creation that has changed the way we live for the better. However, when it comes to the growing mind of a child, it’s shown to not be of great benefit. As parents training up a child, one aspect that parents need to talk about more is the place of screens in their home. Creating a plan on how to balance the use of screen time as a child gets older is important. The AAP created a plan called the Family Media plan that helps parents create a media plan that is unique to each family dynamics. Parents, let’s help our children develop in the right way. Shalom.

American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use. (2016). Retrieved from https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/ american-academy-of-pediatrics-announces-new-recommendations-for-childrens-media-use.aspx The Baby’s Brian. Retrieved from https://www.pbs.org/wnet/brain/episode1/index.html Liraz Margalit (2016). What Screen Time Can Really Do to Kids’ Brains: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/behind-online-behavior/201604/what-screen-time-can-really-do-kids-brains What Screen Time and Screen Media Does to Your Child’s Brain and Sensory Processing Ability. Retrieved from https://handsonotrehab.com/screen-time-brain-sensory-processing/ Why to Avoid TV for Infants & Toddler. Retrieved from https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Why-to-Avoid-TV-Before-Age-2.aspx Why it’s So Hard to Feel like You’re a Good Parent When It Comes to Screen Time… and What You Can Do About It. Retrieved from https://handsonotrehab.com/screen-time-kids-guidelines/

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SizzlinG RomaÑce Marriage was instituted to last as long as both parties are alive. I guess that lifetime commitment has become like buying an item off the stall with a RETURN POLICY. The urge to marry and stay married is thrown into the garbage can due to cases of insincerity, abuse, impatience, fault finding, educational/monetary incompatibility, etc. According to Wilkinson and Finkbeiner, Family Law Attorneys who collected a nearly extensive data with every divorce statistic, study, and fact between 2016 and 2017, in their data, the divorce rate per 1000 married women is 16.9%. According to their data, 41 percent of all first marriages end in divorce, and the United States has the 6th highest divorce rate in the world. The above statistics could be true. However, RCCG House on The Rock is 18 years old, and our statistics show zero divorce among members who are actively involved or serving together as

couples in the church. This is not a coincidence but a conscious and deliberate effort by the church leadership to help members build and maintain strong godly relationships through programs that help couples appreciate one another. The Couple’s Love Banquet of 2017 tagged, “Sizzling Romance,” held at the Hilton Hotel was quiet interesting. There was couple’s dance, love poems, and lots of treats and tricks that couples will always remember why they vowed “I DO” to each other. Oh, did I mention who was at the banquet? It was no other than Dr. Chris Bowen! Reference Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, (Family Law Attorney, 2017). Everything You Need to Know About Divorce – Facts, Statistics, and Rates. Retrieved from: http://www. wf-lawyers.com/divorce-statistics-and-facts/

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Causes of Addiction In 50% of all its cases, addiction is considered to be hereditary. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) states that genetics could play a role in addiction. For example, people whose relatives suffer addiction problems have an increased threat of suffering from addiction.

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Environmental factor is also considered to be responsible for addiction. The things, places and people one associates with can influence one’s choices, and are thought to also play a role in the onset of addiction. These factors include: Peer pressure, Poor parental supervision, Parental drug use and criminal activities, presence of drugs at one’s immediate environment, Living in a poor neighborhood, etc.

Addiction on Young Ones By Clara Ogundele (Pharm.D)

Another cause of addiction could be trauma due to negative childhood experiences such as physical and verbal abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, etc. The mental health of an individual could also play a role in addiction. People who suffer from anxiety and antisocial personality disorder finds the use of alcohol and drugs as an easy way out. Clinical Implication of Substance Abuse in Young Adults There are several clinical and social implications that affect adolescents who are addicted to substance abuse. These implications are listed below: •

Drug addiction is the obsessive and repeated use of dangerous amounts of drugs and the appearance of withdrawal symptoms when not using drugs. Apart from the physical impact caused to one’s body, the abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our nation, with an approximate annual expenditure of $740 billion, which is related to crime, lost work productivity and health care costs. Health Care

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Academics and social wellbeing: Various regions of the brain continue to develop and mature at different intervals throughout young adulthood. MRI images have confirmed both neural structural and physiological changes associated with adolescent and young adult alcohol use. These effects translate into problems with executive function, learning and memory, impulse control, and affective regulation. In addition, neurobiological changes also alter cognitive function and increase the risk of substance use disorders and other neuropsychiatric processes. Injuries due to accidents (such as car accidents), physical disabilities and diseases, and the effects of possible overdoses are among the health-related consequences of teenage substance abuse. Disproportionate numbers of youth involved with alcohol and other drugs face an increased risk of death through suicide, homicide, accident, and illness. Physical Health- A primary means of transmitting HIV occurs through exposure to body fluids of an infected person during sexual contact or through sharing of unsterile drug-injection equipment. Many substance-abusing youths engage in behavior that places them at risk of contracting HIV or other diseases like hepatitis. Mental health problems such as depression, developmental lags, apathy, withdrawal, and other psychosocial dysfunctions frequently are linked to substance abuse among adolescents. Substance-abusing youth are at higher risk than non-users for mental health problems, including depression, conduct problems, personality dis-


orders, suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, and suicide. Marijuana use, which is prevalent among youth, has been shown to interfere with short-term memory, learning, and psychomotor skills. Motivation and psychosexual/emotional development also may be influenced (per the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1992). Social Wellbeing: Substance-abusing youth often are alienated from and stigmatized by their peers. Adolescents using alcohol and other drugs also often disengage from school and community activities, depriving their peers and communities of the positive contributions they might otherwise have made. These youths also find themselves in family crises, and jeopardize many aspects of family life, sometimes resulting in family dysfunction as a consequence of substance abuse.

Know the Signs of Substance Abuse The following are signs that are typically seen in substance abuser: • Significant, unusual or sudden change in energy level • Aggressive behavior or violent mood swings

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Preoccupation with getting and using the substance of choice Withdrawal from family and friends New friendship with other users or attending odd social events Chronic health problems or sudden weight loss Behavior which violates one’s personal morals or values in order to obtain substance of choice (e.g. stealing) Arrest, or drop out from school.

Treatment Options for Substance Abuse Users There are a number of programs available to help substance abuse users (e.g. drug addicts anonymous, drugfree.org, American council on drug education, etc.). For acute/social substance users, please stop before you get ‘hooked’ and it becomes too late. For chronic users, there are a number of treatment options (e.g. rehabilitation programs, psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, medications, etc.). To increase your chances of not relapsing, hold yourself accountable to someone who truly has your best interest.

R e fe r e nc e s :

1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2014. www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/full-report.pdf (PDF, 38MB) 2. Xu X, Bishop EE, Kennedy SM, Simpson SA, Pechacek TF. Annual Healthcare Spending Attributable to Cigarette Smoking: An Update. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2014;48(3):326–33 [accessed 2017 Feb 28]. 3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Excessive Drinking is Draining the U.S. Economy. https://www.cdc.gov/features/costsofdrinking/ Updated January 2016. Accessed April 21, 2017. 4. National Drug Intelligence Center. National Drug Threat Assessment. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice; 2011. www.justice.gov/archive/ndic/pubs44/44849/44849p.pdf(PDF, 8MB) 5. Birnbaum, HG. et al. Societal Costs of Prescription Opioid Abuse, Dependence, and Misuse in the United States. Pain Medicine 2011; 12: 657-667. 6. Florence, CS et al. The Economic Burden of Prescription Opioid Overdose, Abuse, and Dependence in the United States, 2013; Medical Care. Volume 54, Number 10, October 2016.

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GATEWAY written by Taiwo Adeoye

Once walking down a path of self-destruction Looking for acceptance in the wrong places, Searching for self-worth within the opinions of others; Alienated, detested people for past hurts Hardened heart- I could not love or feel loved. ‘I have called you to be more than this’ says the Supreme One who is this? I asked in ignorance My child, I made you to be more than this. With rapt attention, I listened. Who am I? I asked in humility What is my purpose? He says: Seek Me and you will find out. Who is this Most High? Why is this Supreme One? Where is his origin? How is he formed? The many questions I’ve heard people ask Few might genuinely want to know who he is Why some people associate him with many things But I’m here to introduce him to you. Your name is engraved in the palm of his hands He knows the number of hairs of your head He who isn’t visible to none Came down in the cool of the day And related with nature, the creation of his hands And show love to his invention of sand. And here I am. A new creation Blessed with the priceless gift of salvation Found acceptance by my Lord and deliverer Provider of everything I ever needed. He showed me the meaning of true love Time and time again I fail Him His unconditional love is undeniable. And even if I’ve got nothing else, I am proud of my relationship with him. A relationship I pledged to keep.

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2017

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AT RCCG HOUSE ON THE ROCK JULY 2, 2017 BY DR. ELIZABETH A. OWONIKOKO, B. ED, MBA, DBA it’s true that time is irrecoverable, time also leaves something in the altercation, and that is a learning experience for future usage. You may be uncertain about what others could do, but you will be sure about yourself and your abilities.

I am humbled by the privilege given to me to give the 2017 commencement speech. Thank you Pastors OJ and Bisi Kuye, and the organizing committee for the opportunity. I would like to start by saying that school is one major temporary life project, and for every project, there is always a starting time and a finishing time. As a project, you put to work all the processes of initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling your actions to align with the specifications of your expected deliverables to avoid critical risks that cannot be mitigated at the last minute. Finally, you closed the project by delivering to the major stakeholders, the product or the result. That is just what each of you has done, and we are very proud of you. I want to use this opportunity to give a shoutout to your teachers, parents, loved ones, mentors, the church, and the communities that housed your various schools, for their support.

Graduates, as you embark on your career, fear may want to mount a roadblock in your life, but you get to decide how much fear you allow into your mind. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or a dynamic hero of your own life. The greatest disability one could suffer, to me, is the inability to make the right decision and take the corresponding action to get one’s life on the right track. The choices that you make can put your life on the right path or part your life in pieces. For our high school graduates who would be leaving home for their various colleges, we believe in you and we trust God that you will continue to make yourselves and us proud by being good ambassadors for your home, school, and church. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them because no human being is perfect. Be proactive and positive about life; have a planned action, know when you need improvement or complete process change for a better life. Keep an open mind and know that every passion needs a good strategy for fulfillment. Ask for help when you need one. After all, nobody is an Island. Always allow God to be at the forefront of your life, because the race of life is not dependent on how fast you can run, but on God who shows mercy. As you continue to achieve great feats, also remember to avoid the pitfalls that come with success, that is, arrogance and pride. If by chance you experience any form of failure, remember to learn from it and get back on track with humility. That being said, remember that the greatest accomplishment for a child of God is making heaven.

Today, as you celebrate your ‘A’ Honor Roll, High School Diplomas, Bachelors, Masters, Doctorates, all the great accomplishments from hard work, I want you to know that you are in a better time, and you have every opportunity to become what you want to be. However, the decision to be a star or a scar is solely yours to make, and you have a limited amount of time to make that decision that would eventually lead to a positive impact. So, please, don’t waste your time living someone else’s life. Close your ears to noises from distractors and listen to your inner voice and find the courage to follow your inner voice – that inner voice being the voice of God. It is sometimes hard to stay focused with distractions from social media, politics, and even the battles that go on inside our heads. Those voices in our heads telling us that we are not good enough, voices of labels, fear, doubt, self-criticism and self-condemnation. It is easy to get drowned by those voices, especially after making some mistakes that you forget to even learn from those mistakes. Precious time spent in self-criticism, doubt and fear can be used reflecting, preparing, exploring, working, meditating and looking ahead for a better you. Beloved, as I grow older, I recognize that time is the one thing that does not wait for us; but as much as RCCG, HOUSE ON THE ROCK VISION

I want to assure you that House on the Rock is proud of you and cannot wait to see what the future holds for each you. Therefore, Arise! Shine! For your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

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Ezra Bakatubia Jedidiah Olanipekeun David Onwudinanti Elizabeth Odus Precious Babalola Michelle Edaki Eniola Olusoga Michelle Godwill Adefolake Adelusi Baridilo Monsi

Oluwateniola Johnson Morolake Olabode Prosper Ugbomoh Adebola Adeshola Oluwademilade Odunfa Michelle Oluwasegun Pearl Owonikoko

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Oluwafunmilayo Johnson Inumidun Oluwole Praise Awe Etinosa Ehondor Ashley Ajoh Victoria Ugbomoh Ibiso Nga Paula Owonikoko Laurel Akoma Samuel Adepegba

Osabuohien Ediae Ibukunoluwa Asubiojo Uwadiae Ehondor Opemipo Osibamowo Emmanuela Ayeni Johnpaul Ugbomoh Baridor Monsi Jr. Beverly Ugbomoh Simisolaoluwa Olabode

Jennifer Onwudinanti

Folahan Odewabi Olivia Egede Oluwateniola Gbolahan Justin Olaleye Olamide Adeshola

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2017 GRADUATES

Dr. Simisola Kuye Doctor of Medicine University of Missouri, Kansas City

Dr. Michelle Ogechi Ndiulor Doctor of Pharmacy Texas Tech University

Dr. Oluwafunmilola Oni Doctor of Pharmacy University of North Texas, Health Sciences Center

Adebola Rufus-Abiodun MBA, Project Management Keller Graduate School

Onome Elizabeth Ogbeha Masters in Health Systems Management Texas Woman’s University

Stella Nkechi Okeke, MSN, (Family Nurse Practitioner) South University

Matilda Olabisi Jinadu MBA Texas Women’s University

Omolara Adelusi BSN, Nursing Grand Canyon University Phoenix Arizona

Olanrire Ajayi MSN Grand Canyon University Phoenix Arizona

Osaro Ehondor Registered Nurse, BSN West Coast University Dallas

Adeyemi Daramola Registered Nurse, BSN University of Texas at Arlington

Mosunmola Akenikoko MSN Nursing University of Arizona

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2017 GRADUATES

Chika Uleh Registered Nurse, BSN University of Texas at Arlington

Blessing Onwudinati High School Diploma, Cedar Hill Collegiate HS Associates of Science, Cedar Valley College

Aramide Eseyin BSC, Chemical Engineering University of Texas at Austin

David Ayanbule, High School Diploma, Cedar Hill Collegiate HS Associates Degree, Cedar Valley College

Adeyinka Tokunbo Babatunde Bachelors of Applied Art & Science -Hospitality Management & Business

Racheal Wunmi Oyebade High School Diploma & Int’l. Baccalaureate Diploma James Bowie High School

Tireni Precious Ajayi High School Diploma Mansfield Timberview High School

Sandra Azunna High School Diploma Mansfield Timberview HS

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Oluseyi Olasupo High School Diploma James Bowie High School


2017 GRADUATES Congratulations! Taiwo Bayonle Olayiwola High School Diploma Lake Ridge College

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Kehinde Ayobami Olayiwole High School Diploma Lake Ridge College

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How do you feel the day you found the bone of your bone and flesh of your flesh? How do you feel when he knelt down with a shiny diamond ring in his hands looking into your eyes, with the question, “Would you marry me and make me the most blessed man on earth?” How do you feel when she says, Yes, and finally walked down the aisle and both of you looked into each other’s eyes saying your vows and uttering those words, “I DO?” These newly weds can answer those question in their own way. We pray that God will bless your union and give you reasons to continually celebrate each other, in Jesus name. Amen.

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VISION: Who is Dr. Chris Bowen? Dr. Bowen: A man that is living his dream, a man destined to give hope to people whether in the classroom, pulpit or on an individual basis. VISION: You said you felt the call of God at the age of 7 but you started to fulfill that call at the age of 15. How did you know at such a young age of 7 that God wanted you to preach or serve him? Dr. Bowen: I did not grow up in church, I went to a service by accident at the age of seven. I went to an altar call and someone laid his hands on me and said, “my little preacher.” I asked my mom who was it that prayed for me and my mom said, no one was around me. That thought left me until I was fifteen and I found my way into a church and accepted Jesus Christ. At that point, I moved to Atlanta and attended a Bible College at the age of eighteen. VISION: What advise do you have for children and youth church leaders in growing godly next generation Church? Dr. Bowen: The next generation, the millennials are a fun group. They have very specifics they like and don’t like. I think we have to tap into their desires because methodology can change but the gospel does not change. I think we have to find out what interests them and plug them into that area. Also, we the older Christians have to accept their new methodology which is difficult for the older Christians because we get so comfortable with where we are and what we are used to doing. VISION: What are a few things you feel the 21st-century church should pay close attention to? Dr. Bowen: The 21st-century church should pay close attention to the millennials. If you want to grow your church, pay attention to the youth. The millennials love short services; they do not carry cash or checkbooks (they give online, by text and to a course). The church should involve them in their services. VISION: Can you tell us about a few things that bother you as a pastor that some pastors don’t seem to mind? Dr. Bowen: I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I have to emphasize that we as Pastors are not developing our youths. As I travel globally, I notice we are not engaging the millennials. I feel we are not teaching them and preparing them to take over from us. We should endeavor to teach them the truth and prepare them for heaven.

Dr. Bowen: You have to keep growing with whatever is working for you. You start changing things when things are going well. You don’t wait until things begin to decline before you start making changes. We started changing things when things were going well. We intentionally create chaos to grow the church, not to wait for chaos to create itself. VISION: Sometimes change could be difficult to implement and manage. Tell us about one system or structure in your church that you successfully improved or changed, and what you did. Dr. Bowen: One of the changes we made as a church was to get involved with the community. We decided to be feeding the homeless. I realized that in doing that, we were handicapped because, the people will use their money on drugs knowing that we would give them food. We had to come up with a plan that makes them spend their money on their children or something useful. VISION: As the founder and Senior Pastor of a mega-church, Living Faith International Ministries, was there anytime the church leadership disagreed with your opinion? How did you handle it? Dr. Bowen: Disagreement is healthy. It is the pulling of the rubber band that makes it strong.I never wanted a yes church or a yes group. I wanted people who would challenge something that I do so that it would be stronger. Not everytime was I right, sometimes they were right. So, being able to accept that they were right humbly, was very healthy. As a leader, you get so overwhelmed that sometimes you missed it, and they bring you to check. Being able to work together as a team has been very helpful. VISION: Can you point to something that you feel is a single obstacle to church growth? Dr. Bowen: Being stuck, staying where you are and not seeing the vision of where you need to go. The Pastor must lead the people where God has destined for the church. The church leadership should help the Pastor where the Pastor is lagging behind and the Pastor should be humble enough to listen to them. VISION: Can you give us examples of things a church could do to sets herself apart in the community? Dr. Bowen: Community involvement and providing all the five-star services in your church.

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APPRECIATION As Christians, we believe that when you are serving in any capacity in God’s house, God is our employer and He pays us according to how we serve. God is no respecter of person; that is why our motive should always be pure, not with eye service or as men pleaser. Testimonies

abound of God blessing people who have been faithful in their service. However, the church leadership has carved out a day in the month of December to recognize and say thank you to the men and women who have helped to move the work of God forward in that year. You might

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This write up is intended to encourage, as well as expatiate on the “how and why” the sinless Savior came and died to enable those who have been redeemed of the Lord to be bold and confident to say so. The indebtedness of sinful mankind to a Holy God was so much a high price that we could not afford to pay it. We understand that no matter how many sacrifices were offered year after year, they never added up to a complete solution to redeem humanity. Instead of removing awareness of sin, the repeated sacrifices of those animals heightened the awareness and guilt of sin. The fact is that the blood of bulls and goats couldn’t get rid of sin.

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SAYS SO Pastor Idowu Okusanya We were made to realize that there was a pattern laid /put in place on how provision can be made for sin offering after the order of the Levitical law. The Levitical law states that if the whole congregation sins unintentionally by straying away from one of the commandments of God that must not be broken, that congregation becomes guilty even though they may not be aware of the sin. When they do become aware of the sin they have committed, the congregation must bring a bull as an offering and present it at the tent of meeting. The elders of the congregation will lay their hands on the bull’s head in the presence of God and one of them will slaughter it before God. The priest will then bring some of the blood into the tent of meeting and sprinkle some of it… The Bible, in the book of John 11:48-52 says, “Then one of them Caiaphas, the designated Chief priest that year spoke up saying “Don’t you see that it’s to our advantage that one man dies for the people rather than the whole nation to be destroyed?” He prophesied that Jesus was about to die sacrificially for the nation so that all God’s scattered children might be gathered together into one people! Further accounts by John highlighted the fact that Jesus was led then from Caiaphas to the Roman Governor’s palace. Note Caiaphas was the (high priest) that led Jesus (the Sacrifice) into the hall of Judgment (Roman Governor’s palace) and all other events led to His death (offering for Sin) Putting things in perspective Hebrews 10:9-12 says, “When he said You don’t want sacrifices and offerings, he was referring to the practices according to the old plan. He then added “I’m here to do it your way, He set aside the first to enact the new plan – God’s way by which we are now made fit for God by the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus. RCCG, HOUSE ON THE ROCK VISION

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The question of How Jesus paid the ultimate price to redeemed us could be seen in John 19:32-34. The scripture above recorded that when the Roman soldiers got to Jesus, they saw that He was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs but one of the soldiers stabbed him in the side with his spear and blood and water gushed out. The reason why the Roman soldier stabbed Jesus was that there needed to be a shedding of blood for it to be a sacrificial lamb and for there to be atonement The ‘Why’ question was answered in the book of Leviticus 17:11, when God commanded the Israelites or foreigners living among them not to eat blood because the life of the animal is in the blood. I have provided the blood for you to make atonement for your lives on the altar; for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul! Beloved, your life is a journey; you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God a lot to get us out of the dead-end of life that we were heading. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood. He died like an unblemished sacrificial lamb. God always knew He was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God raised from the dead and glorified that you trust God, and you know you have a future. We were made to understand in Galatians 3:13-14 that Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself, for it is written, cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree. When Jesus was nailed to that cross, He became a curse, and at the same time removed the curse that was on us and cleared the air so that we could see Abraham’s blessings are present and available to us! You are the redeemed of the Lord, so, proclaim it!


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