Month: August 2013

FAITHFUL “iPray4You”


movies_les_miserable_hugh_jackman_anne_hathaway_1I want to thank all of you who took the time through out this week to browse through Gravity of Grace. I hope you’ve been inspired, encouraged and above all drawn closer to the beauty of the person of Christ. You don’t know what it means to me to know that you are living each day encouraged in your life journeys.

Don’t stop and don’t give up no matter your current condition or situation. You can feed on the loveliness of a God who dearly loves you and always want to lavish you with His goodness. Men promise love and don’t have what it takes to back it up – they fail, disappoint, lets down and what have you. Remember, its only God who demands from us the fulfillment of His great purpose and still takes over to fulfill His plan in and through us. You can hang on to this glorious promise from the word of God, if life feels like running on a treadmill;

I Thessalonians 5:24 “God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful”

Hold on, my dear friend and don’t throw in the towel. Help is here and it is now, as you take each step and every breath trusting in His faithfulness to stand by you till what He called you forth, He makes it happen or bring to pass. Evaluate your situation if you are trusting Him enough or you are depending on your will power? It is He who makes it happen! Aren’t that awesome?

“I pray for you and your family for increase in every arena of your life. May He turn the tables for your favor in every battle of your life, heal your marriage, heal your body and mind and strengthen you with the Holy Ghost to withstand every onslaught of the evil one and buckle you comfortably with His goodness and mercy  to accelerate with unusual wisdom as you navigate through untested terrains of life”. Amen!

You will never become a statistic nor a face in the crowd. Get up, wipe your tears, dust off the doubts, put a smile on your face and in the power of the Lord face every second, minutes and each day of your life like a true conqueror….that is who you are and not what the inner critic keeps pounding in your mind. Believe and expect uncommon CHANGE!

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“IT’S ONLY MEN THAT HAVE THE QUALITY LIFE THAT CAN GIVE YOU A QUALITY LIFE”


shopping-bags-101122-02In a world where total security and self-worth is justified by how many friends you can surround yourself with and the material wealth and fame you have. Our pressing desire for friends and material wealth to fill the vacuum in our lives has always hit rock bottom. We always find ourselves in a position to buy what we don’t need to impress on people to raise the level of our self worth and the evil tendency of finding ourselves in wrong company and wrong places at a wrong time is just a tip of the iceberg. They are all a façade and an illusion to the human quest for fulfillment. A new ride, a mansion and designer wear, a new class of people can change your status to size up with the best but I can bet you, in three to four months everything you have will lose its appeal and the cushion they give to you will be out-of-place with time. “Things” are temporal only God is eternal and when He is the center of what we have; what a great joy it brings”

People that come into our lives in God’s plan and purpose are to sharpen us to see the fullness of God in Christ and ponder that quality life of God to compliment our uniqueness in God but not to fulfill our emotional needs in and of themselves. Have you ever met a person thinking; “wow, this is a soul mate” “how cool s/he is and all that kind of stuff” and later when the layers of that person’s life begun to fall off, you realize s/he is not different from a demon? It is only men that have life that can give you life!

For instance, it is the responsibility of every husband to provide security, affection and love for their wives and family. Let me be realistic here, my friend…no man in and of themselves will be able to provide what they have not received from God, even in their utmost best. This means, man whether rich or poor will try in the best interest of their family to give out the best, but their best will not be enough to meet a woman’s emotional need daily. It is important that we shift our focus from man and look unto Jesus daily in our relationships, for Him to manifest Himself in their lives by faith that we may not be totally disappointed. The standards we set for mortal men who don’t have the quality of life or God or are living by that life are too high for any man to fulfill….the reason we see two people before the altar on friday and goes to the divorce court on Tuesday and all the I-can-helpinconsistencies in many relationships.

Don’t harbor bitterness against your partner or friends for their inability to meet your emotional expectations in all arena’s of your relationship. That kind of life will have an adverse effect on your destiny one way or the other and later be regretted for your high standards for a mortal man. Be thankful to God for his or her best life and trust the Lord to manifest in the dead areas of that person to compliment who you are in Christ. It is a defeated purpose to surround yourself with people who don’t have Christ life or the E-Life;  chose your friends carefully, don’t propose to a person because of his or her looks and later to be caged in a prison of despair… because his or her cuteness and sexiness will definitely become very familiar and can’t also serve a purpose that only God can.

Friend, the words of Jesus to instill peace and direction spoken over 2,000 years ago still echoes deeply to the very foundation of our society for us to hear and apply the truth of His word so that we would be freed from the chains of materialism which contains our soul to the neglect of a loving God; “And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more); for a man’s life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs”. (Luke 12:15 (AMP). Remember; “God is not against you having possessions; He is against possessions having you. Don’t forget He is called a Jealous God and wants no distractions in His relationship with you”. Christ must become the center of your material wealth and not the material wealth as the center of your life. Being anchored to sinking riches and mortal men is like building skyscrapers in sand, without a solid foundation to sustain the building for a longer time.

NOW WORD
‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[A] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring. (Acts 17:28 NIV)

Question: A Mega-Post on Guilt, Fear, Shame, Fire and Brimstone


Gravity Of Grace Note: this is truly an awesome piece for the souls. It blessed me so much.

J.S. Park



Five anons:

I’ve always been on the receiving end of what you would call the ‘guilt-fear-shame’ tactics. When I was seven, I was handed one of those infamous “You’re a Sinner and You’re Going to Hell” pamphlets. Ever since then I’ve struggled … that I’m still doomed to hell simply because ALL I’ve ever known is the terror, the guilt, and the shame … How can they do this to others?

– I have always been told … “Don’t read anything that isn’t the Bible”, “You’re going to hell because you enjoyed Pokemon”, “Don’t you know Hollywood is a den of sin?” I constantly feel like it’s WRONG to have interests outside of theology/religion … I feel like I’m being trained to be a nun or monk. Is it right to feel this way?

– I sometimes feel like I’m sinning when I don’t have a bible in my…

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I AM A SIGN AND A WONDER


Jeremiah 33:6 ESV Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.

The above scripture is the desire of your Heavenly Father. He has brought health and healing through Christ Jesus to all who will place their faith in Him (1 Pet 2:24, Eph 1:3). You have not been called into a covenant in which God test you with sicknesses and pain to prove your faithfulness. I don’t think any good parents will want to test the comportment of their loving kids by giving them poisonous drink instead of a cool aide to quench their test. Abundance prosperity in all areas of life and total life security is the assurance of your redemption. Boldly confess and declare who you are with your eyes on Jesus;

  • “I am a sign and a wonder to my generation.

  • I boldly confess that I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and His mark of distinction over my life.

  • I am uncommon and set apart to walk in victory over diseases and have become a conduit of health and prosperity to my generation.

  • By the laying of my hands over my head, I cast out satanic influence of weakness, defeat, discouragement and sicknesses in any part of my being and

  • unleash abundant of prosperity and security from the wells of my salvation to permeate every endeavor of my life on this side of life in Jesus glorious name”. Amen!

 

Mark 16:17-18 ESV And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

When Jesus said signs will follow the disciples, He did not meant to say; “this is just for a moment or temporarily”. He was saying to the Church, all those who will place their trust in me by faith through grace and learn to walk with me on the basis of grace will experience an uncommon demonstration of power in their lives continuously and consistently. Semeion the Greek word for signs pronounce say-mi’-on denotes that by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others and is known  Or  Of miracles and wonders by which God authenticates the men sent by him, or by which men prove that the cause they are pleading is God’s.

How do you distinguish Nike sneakers from Adidas? You probably wouldn’t have to do too much but to check their branding or logo designs on the item at hand to justify the difference. The child of God has the trade mark of God to distinguish us from others. Healing and perfect health is the trade mark of God in our born again spirit and manifest in our bodies. Halluiah!

Friend, you can surely believe in the words of Christ for your personal miracle of empowerment to walk over scorpions, serpents and not to be buffeted with all forms of diseases and weakness in your body. You are completely marked and sealed in the Holy Spirit (See Eph 1:13-14) to protect you from demonic entrance and for Christ to manifest Himself through you to impact others. “Divine healing for your body and that of others is a sure sign of our eternal redemption! Don’t ignore your honorability and authenticity in Christ and embrace the negativity of erroneous doctrines which approves weakness and wimping”

Many don’t see themselves as distinguished; they are wimpy, weak and sickly and complain all day like a falling branch without life and hope for tomorrow. They have been taught that there are only a handful of super believers who have been empowered to walk in power and authority over the demon of sickness and ill health. You are loaded with the life of Christ to be alive on this side of eternity not because of what you can do but on the basis of your position as a child of the son of the Most High God. Check your Christian resume: ”You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you” (Rom 8:37)

When you stop whining, you start shinning. Arise and shine my good friend in the power of the Lord in all that you do and say. Say yes to an uncommon health, favor, strength, and recovery and power manifestation!

IN JESUS NAME – DARLENE ZCHECH


Gravity of Grace Note: This song is full of God’s abundant life to infuse hope, healing and recovery in any dead areas of your life today. Our society is full of men and women filled with insecurity, fear, insignificance, emotional wounds, hurt and a sense of hopelessness for the future. Thank God for the exalted name of Christ Jesus that give us meaning and purpose to be able to lift our heads in the midst of the storm and celebrate recovery.

Fill your heart with the liquid presence of the name Jesus as you watch and listen to the faith filled words of the song by the minstrel Darlene Zchech and see God thrash our every emotional pain whatever form or shape out of your life completely. Amen!!

Playground made from trash gets children back in the swing


 

Ugandan eco-artist Ruganzu Bruno built an amusement park for children living in one of Kampala's slums. Ugandan eco-artist Ruganzu Bruno built an amusement park for children living in one of Kampala’s slums.
Bruno (right) worked with the local community to create the playground in a congested area lacking recreation facilities. "We built the playground together as a team," he says. Bruno (right) worked with the local community to create the playground in a congested area lacking recreation facilities. “We built the playground together as a team,” he says.
Using thousands of waste bottles, the talented artist turned a school yard in Kampala's Kireka community into a fun and safe place where children can play and learn. Using thousands of waste bottles, the talented artist turned a school yard in Kampala’s Kireka community into a fun and safe place where children can play and learn.
For his work over the years, the talented artist has won several accolades, including the Ugandan Young Achievers award 2011. For his work over the years, the talented artist has won several accolades, including the Ugandan Young Achievers award 2011.
Bruno says the park has had a positive impact on local children. "The attention of children in class has improved; the number of children who are dropping out [is falling] because now they have something to keep them busy there, " he says. Bruno says the park has had a positive impact on local children. “The attention of children in class has improved; the number of children who are dropping out [is falling] because now they have something to keep them busy there, ” he says.
Other attractions include swings and climbing structures created with recycled materials such as old tires. Other attractions include swings and climbing structures created with recycled materials such as old tires.
Bruno plans to roll out several other eco amusement parks in other parts of Kampala. Bruno plans to roll out several other eco amusement parks in other parts of Kampala.
A huge board game built inside the school yard in Acholi Quarters, Kireka. A huge board game built inside the school yard in Acholi Quarters, Kireka.
In 2010 Bruno founded Eco Art Uganda, a collective of artists promoting environmental awareness. In 2010 Bruno founded Eco Art Uganda, a collective of artists promoting environmental awareness.
He has also developed an eco-artist loan scheme to help the business endeavors of women in Kireka. He has also developed an eco-artist loan scheme to help the business 

(CNN) — No sooner had Ruganzu Bruno and his troupe of fellow eco-artists arrived at Kampala’s Kawempe area than their presence stirred up questions within the local community.

“What are you doing?” the startled residents asked. “Why are you using all this plastic?” they continued, baffled by the piles of waste bottles that were gradually filling a dusty compound yard in the northwestern suburb of the Ugandan capital.

What the group of artists was doing was creating “The Hand That Speaks,” an enormous structure made of recycled materials to raise awareness about environmental degradation.

“We were trying to bring out the message that the hand is the one which is throwing this trash into the environment and at the same time it could be used to collect [them] and save the environment,” says Bruno.

“The Hand That Speaks.”
ECO ART/RUGANZU BRUNO

And once the nine artists started assembling their futuristic creation, using more than 20,000 bottles collected in the slums of Kampala, the local crowds also decided to lend a helping hand.

“At first, the community were confused but then they really loved it,” says Bruno. “They were always getting us bottles.”

Eco Art

That was about four years ago, when Bruno was still a student at the Kyambogo University fine art school. During that time, the talented painter and sculptor discovered that he wasn’t interested in just crafting artworks that would only satisfy his creative needs.

I kind of felt a change within myself to think about others. Ruganzu Bruno, artist

Instead, he wanted his art to have a positive impact on his community.

“When we are trying to achieve things in life we are self-centered, and as artists we tend to make work for ourselves,” explains Bruno, 30.

“I kind of felt a change within myself to think about others,” he adds. “From then on I could not only paint — I decided to work on work that was beneficial to my community.”

One of Ruganzu Bruno’s paintings.
ECO ART/RUGANZU BRUNO

Driven by a desire to influence his surroundings, Bruno then became involved in eco-art projects, devising innovative ways to deal with Kampala’s acute waste management problem.

In 2010 he founded Eco Art Uganda, a collective of artists promoting environmental awareness by transforming anything from discarded bottles and cast-aside metal to broken TVs and computers into contemporary and functional pieces of art.

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“I was looking for materials that were not expensive and easily available,” says the soft-spoken artist, who hails from southwest Uganda.

“I really found that this trash and rubbish could actually become a really positive way of communicating to people,” adds Bruno, who’s won several accolades for his work, including the Ugandan Young Achievers award 2011.

Ruganzu Bruno at the TEDx summit in Doha.
ECO ART/RUGANZU BRUNO

Amusement park

In April last year, Bruno also won the $10,000 City 2.0 Award at the TEDx summit in Doha, Qatar, for his idea to create an amusement playground for children living in Kampala’s congested slums.

I think a man will always be remembered by his work. Ruganzu Bruno, artist

Using an array of recycled materials, Bruno went on to transform a school yard in Kampala’s Kireka community into a fun and safe place where children can play and learn.

The eco-park, which was completed last September, is dotted with whimsical structures attracting dozens of children each day — from a colorful helicopter and life-size board games made of bottles to recycled swings and climbing frames crafted from old tires.

Bruno says the entire community, which lacked a recreation facility, embraced the project wholeheartedly.

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“I talked to the head of the school, and together with the parents and the students, they are the ones who collected the bottles,” says Bruno, who is also a lecturer in the department of Art & Design at Kyambogo University.

“So we built the playground together as a team and they know how to repair it — this is very important in terms of sustainability.”

The opening of the playground in Kireka.
ECO ART/RUGANZU BRUNO

But more importantly, Bruno, who was orphaned at a young age, says the project has had a positive impact on the children.

“The attention of children in class has improved; the number of children who are dropping out [is falling] because now they have something to keep them busy there, ” he adds. “There is a really good progress and it has also helped them to express themselves in class.”

Legacy

Bruno says his goal is to recreate “as many as 100” similar amusement parks in other parts of Uganda.

He is also using the prize money to grow an eco-artist loan scheme he’s developed, aimed at supporting the business endeavors of creative women in Kireka.

It’s all part of his continuous efforts to be an artist whose work will serve his community’s needs.

“I think a man will always be remembered by his work, “says Bruno. “I’m an advocate now of the environment; I’m an advocate for play for children; I’m an artist …who wants his work to have an effect on the people.”.

10/10 GLORY


imagesCAV14KZIDo you know you have one life to live and every other thing that temporarily makes you tick has the side effect to make you tired, worn out and burn out in despair today or tomorrow? The life here and tomorrow is guaranteed 110% with glory in Christ Jesus for all who will place their trust in Him. You want to bear fruit that really can last through the inevitables of this side of the cross? Check this;

John 10:10 (HCSB)  A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

How can a poor tree bear good fruit? Only by grafting… We cannot tell how God has done his work in us, but it is done. We can do nothing and need do nothing to bring it about, for by the resurrection God has already done it. God has done everything. There is only one fruitful life in the world (Christ) and that has been grafted into millions of other lives. – Watchman Nee

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) 28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

The yoke of a religion which places the burden on man is not just heavy but it will rather kill your Christian adrenaline halfway through the journey. I dare you to pause for a reflection before you detour on your way to where your name is written upon. Your part of the bargain is to drop from your neck the foundational belief system which says do, do, do, do, try hard and pick the yoke of Christ which is not ill-fitting but empowering to bear much fruit through Him.

I love grace, to be honest with you I am addicted to grace. Not grace as a doctrine but grace as a person of Christ. When Paul said this to the Colossians, he was drawing a line between the shadow of death-dealing religion, and the authentic substance of a life-giving Savior. Religion says it’s about you, but the gospel of grace declares it’s all about him. Religion says “Do, do, do,” but the good news declares “It’s done, done, done!” (E2R)

Truly, truly, we have no power of our own to be able to overcome the devices of the enemy. This bankrupt attitude of pride we have borrowed from the falling world to always want to approach life situations on our own ability is not a match against Satan and his cohorts.

This sort of fallen attitude has created cult heroes who are worshiped in public squares and are seriously beat down with emptiness in their trump apartments in NY and LA and major Cities and later fade away like a shooting star without any trace. Satan is not afraid of our self motivation mantras and jargons; he is incapable to withstand the weakest army loaded with the power of the Holy Ghost, with Christ Jesus as the head of his daily affairs. It feels like jumping from the George Washington Bridge – this is awesome! I got life in Him!! Got life, my friend? (See John 3:15-16, John 10:10 for answers)

“NOW WORD”

Zechariah 4:6-7 (NKJV) 6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:  ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. 7 ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”

Grace is written in bold letters at the entrance of life and like graffiti on the hallways of life to escort you to your destination. Grace is neither a feeling nor an end goal. Grace is Christ! Grace is the life, the empowerment, the wisdom and all you will need to come to the end of the journey with a shout of grace, grace, grace did brought me this far.

Come to the end of self and stop trying by surrendering everything to the Zoë life to experience the glories of God in its entirety.

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has ordered the closure of nearly 100 Christian churches in key cities.


 

Cameroon's President Paul Biya has ordered the closure of nearly 100 Christian churches in key cities.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • President Paul Biya has ordered 100 churches closed throughout Cameroon
  • The illegal Pentecostal churches are security threats, the government argues
  • Pentecostal congregants say criticism of the government is behind the shutdown

Yaounde, Cameroon (CNN) — Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has ordered the closure of nearly 100 Christian churches in key cities, citing criminal practices organized by Pentecostal pastors that threaten the security of the West African nation.

But Pentecostal pastors said the move is evidence of Biya’s insecurity about the churches’ criticism of the government.

Biya is using the military to permanently shut down all Pentecostal church denominations in the nation’s capital, Yaounde, and the North West Regional capital, Bamenda, which have the largest Christian populations in Cameroon.

More than 50 churches have now been closed, with the government targeting nearly 100 in eight other regions.

“We will get rid of all the so-called Christian Pentecostal pastors who misuse the name of Jesus Christ to fake miracles and kill citizens in their churches. They have outstretched their liberty,” Mbu Anthony Lang, a government official in Bamenda, told CNN Wednesday.

Nearly 500 Pentecostal churches operate in Cameroon, but fewer than 50 are legal, he added.

On Sunday, a 9-year-old Christian girl collapsed and died during a prayer session in Winners’ Chapel, a Pentecostal church in Bamenda. The girl’s mother, Mih Theresa, told CNN Wednesday that the pastor intended to cast out the numerous demons that were in control of her daughter’s life.

“I want the government to stop these pastors who use mysterious powers to pull Christians and kill then for more powers. All my children have ran away from the Catholic Church in search for miracles, signs and wonders,” she told CNN while holding back tears.

Another Christian, Mveng Thomas, said his marriage ended abruptly when a Pentecostal pastor ordered his wife to dissolve their union. He said the pastor described him as “an unrepentant devil.”

Pastors marched against the government’s decision Wednesday in Bamenda and Douala. Pastors said the Biya government sees the mass proliferation of churches as a threat.

Boniface Tum, a bishop of the Christian Church of God in Yaounde, said that Biya, who has been president since 1982, is becoming insecure about the freedom of speech within these churches.

“Authorizing only the Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Muslim, and a few other churches, is a strict violation of the right to religion,” Tum added.

Targeted Pentecostal Christians in Bamenda are transforming their private homes into churches.

North West Regional governor Adolphe Lele L’Afrique said Wednesday that police had discovered the abduction of 30 children under age 18 by a pastor in Bamenda. The pastor said he wanted to remove the children from a bad society, Lele added.

Government officials also say that some pastors convince congregants that they do not need professional medical treatment for their ailments.

“How can a pastor say the sick needs no medical doctor? We need sanity in our Christian lives,” Nyang Blaise, a youth leader for Biya’s ruling party, CPDM, told CNN.

One woman said her mother was refusing cancer treatments because of her pastor.

“My mother’s condition is worsening after doctors confirmed she had cancer. She is dying silently, and yet we cannot persuade her to see a doctor for proper treatment, against her pastor’s wish,” Deborah Tanyi said.

Bishop Oyedepo – Unveiling the Stronghold of Faith