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June 6, 20190

The Priest took a last minute look of himself in the mirror and saw that everything seemed to be in place, except the neck collar that was not well positioned. He adjusted it, and everything was in order. He was now ready to go and carry out his priestly duties for the day. But, he needed to scan through his sermon notes for the last time. Having done that, he set out for a most crucial function, to deliver his well prepared sermon and administer sacraments to lost souls. On the way, he saw a sight that startled him: a motionless form on the ground on the other side of the road. The figure on the ground appeared very desperate, no question about it; but if he stopped to know the details, his journey would be interrupted and he didn’t need that! So, off he went for his assignment, increasing his steps as he went along.
Meanwhile, the man on the ground kept praying in his heart for a humane fellow to come along. Very soon, he heard another footsteps and his hope increased. His sure steady steps towards his side made him believe that; maybe this one was going to be interested in his case. The ‘other one’ that passed earlier was in so much hurry that he didn’t even as much as stop for a moment, but merely went to the other lane and left!

As the man drew near, the one on the ground began to experience a welcome relief that at long last help had come. But this hope was dashed after the man looked him over, shook his head and like the other fellow, passed to the other side and left! Surely, there were no more good men on earth! You mean these last ‘two’ were ministers of God! Apart from those, several others had also passed. For several hours, he lay in the pool of his own blood, and nobody seemed to care; some may have even assumed him dead. Talking of death, he gradually began to prepare his mind for it; the only snag there was that his family would never know the details. Within this moment, he heard oncoming steps and ignored it in his heart. He was already doomed to die anyway; this was not going to be different from the rest!
“But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him to an inn, and took care of him.” Luke 10:33-34

This is the story of the Good Samaritan. Not only did the man do the above, he also made some deposits for the man’s upkeep and charged the inn keeper to take good care of him, with a promise to pay back the balance when next he visited.
You could imagine the state of the mind of the wounded man when he got help from unexpected quarters.
It is instructive to note that many people (this is by deduction) passed that route that day, but none saved the situation except a Samaritan!

Friends, we are in a world that is fast becoming individualistic and insensitive to the plight of mankind. All around us, we come across deplorable situations such as the above; we need to change the narrative by doing something about them! Let us not look the other way anymore, let us lend a helping hand to a dying world. I believe the Bible specifically mentioned that a Priest and a Samaritan passed that route to express disappointment at their indifference! But we would not be indifferent; we would make a difference today by becoming an extension of ‘our’ heavenly Father’s hand. Yes, we can CHANGE THE NARRATIVE!
Shalom!


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June 6, 20190

The Pastor’s Helpline

Question

Our church attendance has been dropping since we started our building project. What can I do?

Answer

I don’t envy you trying to build at these times of dire economic challenges, but if I must tell you the truth, both the problem you are facing and the remedy lies within you as the Pastor of the church.

My first question to you is who asked you to build? Did you start the building project because it seemed logical to do so or did you take time to seek the face of the Lord to get a clearance, remember Psalm 127:1.

Secondly and assuming that you got a go-ahead from the Lord how well did you prepare the hearts of your people for the task ahead. Did you lay a proper foundation by teaching them, did you present the project in the light of the glory of God or did you knowingly or otherwise position yourself as the main beneficiary.

Also, did you set an example in sacrificial giving yourself before de-manding them to give sacrificially, are you a giver yourself? Remem-ber the oil flows from the head.

Another area you may want to consider is prayer; is there a deliberate prayer strategy to support the project, don’t forget that we are fighting a war and Sanballats and Tobias’ are all around working to stop the work.

Assuming you have done well in all the above, then maybe your case is like that of Gideon! God does not want to share His glory with an-ybody. In that case, I would encourage you not to despair but rather to press on in faith doing all you know to do and watch God do what He alone is able to do.

Question

Like every other couple, we have our quarrels and arguments, but I am worried about the insults that we hurl at each other and long periods of silence afterwards. Please what can be done?

Answer

Thank you for being frank and sincere.

Some of us Pastors like to give the impression that we have perfect marriages when the contrary is the case.

True, disagreements are normal because we are different, and the goal of marriage is not to blot out our differences but rather to help us to leverage them to optimize our relationship experience as a couple.

Marriage is a journey and we are all still on the way, so what I am sharing with you are nuggets that we have picked up 25 years into the journey.

Conflicts are inevitable therefore, rather than try to avoid them which in itself will lead to more conflicts in the future, couples should agree on how to manage their conflicts.

Your conflict management procedure (CMP) should include the fol-lowing:

1. Agreeing that conflicts are normal
2. Agreeing to honour the Lord even when in conflict by
a. Watching what we say, meaning no insults (Mat 5:22)
b. Settling your disagreements promptly (Eph 4:26)
c. Practising forgiveness indeed (Mat 6:14-15)
3. Agreeing that if any dispute is not resolved amicably either party can reach out to a previously agreed third party to intervene.

The above is not a magic wand, for the CMP to work, both parties must be truly born again and willing to please the Lord indeed.

Also, make it a habit to pray together. Prayer will fuse your hearts together and make your conflicts less rancorous.

My contact details:
Pastor Noruwa Joseph Edokpolo
08033291473 (SMS and WhatsApp only)


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May 3, 20190

Psalms 126:1, “When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.” “And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of the…” Genesis 42:9.



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