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WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE Focus On Goal!

Focus On Goal!

By Gideon in Blog, Life Sharing on February 10, 2017

One day, a young soldier walked up to a well decorated senior officer in the army and asked him “Sir, what is the secret of your success in the army?” I want to be successful too.
The officer looked at the young soldier steadily for about 3 minutes and gave him a life threatening order. He gave the young soldier a cup full of water and told him to walk round the training field five times. He clearly told him that his life depends on it. That if a drop of water fall from the cup, another soldier would shoot him on the head. Four soldiers were strategically positioned to shoot him down once a drop of water fall from the cup.
Seeing how serious the whole thing turned out, he took the cup full of water and went out to complete his assignment. The young soldier carefully walked round the training field five full times without letting a drop fall from the cup. At the completion of the task, he returned the full cup back to the senior officer.
When the man saw his commitment to preserve his life by not allowing a drop of water out of the cup, he asked him the following questions…

Did you see those half naked girls dancing at the mammy market?
WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE Focus On Goal!
The young soldier replied No

Did you see those soldiers playing football in the field?

The young soldier replied No

What about those fighting across the other side of the field?

The young soldier replied No

Then, the officer looked at him and told him that if you keep focus on your task, you will succeed and also preserve your life. At that point, the young soldier left happily.

Lesson:

1. If you must succeed in life, you must clearly write out the area or areas you need to succeed in.

2. You must clearly spell out your plan of action with all the process to achieving your goals.

3. A lot of distractions will come in many beautiful colors on your path to success. How you deal with them determine how you will end.

4. Success has a bitter price. You must pay it fully. There is no shortcut to success.

5. Whether you succeed or not, your life is at stake.

Finally, those who distract you are the same people who will celebrate your failure if you eventually fail.

Make your life a fruitful one by being focused on your goals.
God bless you!

UNUSUAL ENDORSEMENT

By Gideon in Blog, Faith and Work on December 1, 2016

“Verily I say unto you, Where so ever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. Mark 14:3-9″.
Hmm……Are you profitable for Jesus and the gospel ministry, what will be your legacy in the church after you have gone, are you sure heaven will be happy about you……..think about this……there will be no hiding place when you suddenly close your eyes here, you will be heading straight to heaven or hell…….eternity is certain!
And then reward in heaven or you want to meet your lord empty handed !
Let us quickly take note of this: Jacob wasn’t a born-again of that time, he was a confirmed supplanter, that ran away from his brother Esau he has defrauded, so he can not possibly be a regenerated soul but a complete sinner. But after his encounter on his way at Bethel in the dream (Gen 28:10-22), he started to have conviction in him more about God especially when God presented and reaffirmed to him the covenant of his grand father- Abraham and also of his father- Isaac.
After the revelation, he has strong urge to anoint the place with oil and with a promise.
Here God endorsed Jacob miraculously and the rest story at Laban house was a great harvest for him and never stopped until he became Israel- the mind and purpose of God.
God endorses people with act of unusual faith shown towards him, such life suddenly becomes an epitome of glory and it doesn’t matter what people are calling them, what matter is God’s endorsement!
Check this….Obededom wasn’t an Isrealite, but a Philistine from Gath that had lived to understand fully the worship of the God of Israel and also the attitude of this living God (2 sam 6:10-12). He gladly accepted the care of the ark of God in his house -the rest was a great testimony of blessing just under three month.
This is exactly where we are going- the woman bought an expensive alabaster oil, break it and pour it on Jesus head-the rest was an unusual endorsement- Jesus with full authority announced in broad term and said,”Where so ever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her” this simply means that this woman will never be forgotten in the history of the gospel with great fame, and that finally became her honor.
When you take an unusual step of faith with Jesus- the rest is an endorsement from heaven-you will never be forgotten, but have your name printed in gold at the altar of gospel of Christ.
” For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed towards his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints and do minister Heb 6:10″
Don’t forget this, unusual act of faith will provoke unusual endorsement for unimaginable glory. God bless you!-Dr G O Oyedepo.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther

Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther

By Gideon in Blog, Life Sharing on October 14, 2016

Samuel Crowther, of the Yoruba tribe, was enslaved in 1821 and put aboard a ship which was captured by the British navy. The freed slaves were sent to Freetown, Sierra Leone, where Crowther was baptized and, in 1827, became the first teacher to graduate from the Church Missionary Society’s Teacher Training College at Fourah Bay. He joined the 1841 Niger expedition, sent out by England to explore the Niger River, combat the slave trade, and open the country for legitimate trade. Climatic conditions prevented success, but Crowther distinguished himself. He was invited to England for further training and ordained in the Church of England in 1843.

Crowther worked as a priest in Sierra Leone but soon became a member of the Anglican Mission in Nigeria, first at Badgray and later at Abeokuta. There, by accident, he recognized his mother after 25 years of separation and baptized her in 1848.

Crowther preached in Yoruba, was a linguist. He translated the Bible into the Yoruba Language and was instrumental in the translation of the Bible into the Igbo Language, and the Book of Common Prayer and also published a Vocabulary of the Yoruba Language (1852). He believed that evangelization and trade should go together in order to bring peace and prosperity to the country.

In 1854 and 1857 Crowther was a member of two further Niger expeditions. The second suffered shipwreck, and Crowther did not return to Lagos until 1859. In 1855 he published Journal of an Expedition up the Niger and Tshadda Rivers, and in 1859, with J. C. Taylor, The Gospel on the Banks of the Niger, 1857-1859.

Crowther made frequent visits to England. In 1857 he was made head of the Niger Mission, and as the work prospered he was consecrated a bishop of the Church of England in West Africa in 1864 and also awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree by Oxford University.

As a bishop, Crowther faced many difficulties. There was local opposition, both African and European; his duties and rights were not easily defined, and he was short of African helpers. Many of his African staff came from Sierra Leone and found it difficult to live in Nigeria. But the work prospered, and soon there were more than 600 Christians, with 10 priests and 14 teachers and catechists. His task was hard, but the fact that he was an African bishop inspired many African Christians in the years that followed. He died on Dec. 31, 1891, and was buried in Lagos.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE David Livingstone

David Livingstone

By Gideon in Blog, Life Sharing on September 10, 2016

AN EXPLORER AND EVANGELIST
David Livingstone (1813-1872) was an explorer, missionary, and anti-slavery campaigner. He became a great hero of the Victorian era for his epic discoveries in the heart of unexplored Africa. He spent the last six years of his life almost cut off from the outside world, refusing to leave his beloved Africa.

David Livingstone was born on March 21, 1813 in the mill town of Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland. His father was a committed Protestant Sunday school teacher, who took a literal interpretation of the Bible. His father’s religious influence played a key role in influencing the young David and he grew up with an aspiration to become a missionary himself.

From an early age, David was fascinated with geology, science and the natural world. Due to his father’s influence, he worried that science may conflict with religion. However, after reading Thomas Dick’s ‘Philosophy of a Future State’, David was able to reconcile religion with science.

Due to his family’s poverty, David had to work long hours in a local cotton mill from the age of 10 to 26. Despite the long hours, he found time to study after work. His work in the mills imbued him with a classic Protestant work ethic; this experience left him with respect and empathy for workers and worker-slaves.

In 1836, he entered Anderson’s College in Glasgow to train as a medical missionary. Due to the outbreak of war in China, it was suggested Livingstone travel to Africa to work as a missionary there.

Livingstone enthusiastically traveled to Africa where he strengthened his ideals of Christian missionary, greater scientific discovery, more commerce and the abolition of slavery.
However, in Africa he realised the difficulty of making converts to Christianity. During the 1840s he gained only one real convert to Christianity. He also narrowly survived death after being mauled by a lion. In 1845 he married Dr Robert Moffat’s eldest daughter, Mary. Although Mary had lived in Africa since she was four, she did not share her husbands interest in exploration. Although they had six children, David spent little time with his family, especially towards the end of his life. His wife Mary, came to suffer from alcoholism and David admitted one regret he had was that he didn’t spend more time with his family.

After this initial period, David Livingstone, increasingly turned his attention to exploration of the African continent which was largely unexplored by Westerners. Of particular note was his discovery (by a Westerner) of the great waterfall Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”) waterfall. Livingstone renamed it Victoria falls in honour of Queen Victoria. In 1854-56 he made the first successful transcontinental journey across Africa from Luanda on the Atlantic to Quelimane on the Indian ocean.

Livingstone had great success as an explorer partly because of his ability to get on with local tribal chiefs. He travelled lightly without soldiers and this non-confrontational approach made it easier for him to be welcomed. He also had an ability to empathise with African locals and Livingstone was generally warmly remembered by native Africans – helping to improve relations between Britain and native Africans. On these expeditions he also toned down his Christian evangelism. He preached a Christian message but did not force tribal chiefs to accept it, like some of his contemporaries. However, although he had good qualities in endearing himself to locals, he was less praised by fellow members of his own expeditions. He was often criticised for his poor leadership and judgement being subject to different moods and intolerant of criticism. His fellow physician John Kirk said of Livingstone:

“I can come to no other conclusion than that Dr. Livingstone is out of his mind and a most unsafe leader”
– David Livingstone

However, other of Livingstone’s servants later expressed admiration for the steely determination of Livingstone in the face of difficulty and illness.

At the end of the 1850s, he resigned from the London Missionary Society to devote more time to exploration. He received a commission from the Royal Geographic Society and this helped fund an exploration up the River Zambezi. This exploration encountered many difficulties and was perceived to be a failure by many.

In 1866, Livingstone returned to Africa for a mission to discover the source of the Nile. He never quite attained this goal, but helped to fill in details about the great Lakes of Lake Tanganyika and Lake Mweru. Livingstone also helped identify Lake Malawi and Lake Ngami. Unfortunately on this expedition he again lost helpers due to illness or desertion. He also had supplies stolen. This ironically required him to depend on the help of slave traders, which annoyed him.

After suffering a variety of tropical illness’ throughout his life, Livingstone died of dysentery in 1872, aged 59. He passed away knelt in prayer.

His body was taken to England and buried in Westminster Abbey. However, the local African attendants were somewhat reluctant to give up Livingstone.
In the end they cut out his heart and gave back his body saying:
“You can have his body, but his heart belongs in Africa!”

BEFORE HIS DEATH
One year before his death, Livingstone was met by a correspondent from the New York Herald, Henry Morton Stanley. Livingstone had been lost in the heart of Africa for six years – his letters rarely getting through. It is said that Stanley famously found Livingstone in the town Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on 27th October 1871. He greeted Livingstone with the famous refrain. “Dr Livingstone I presume?”

Livingstone is said to have replied with.

“Yes, and I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you.”
One of Livingstone’s greatest achievements was to stir up public support against slavery with his writings, books (such as best-selling ‘Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa’ (1857)

“And if my disclosures regarding the terrible Ujijian slavery should lead to the suppression of the East Coast slave trade, I shall regard that as a greater matter by far than the discovery of all the Nile sources together.”

PART OF HIS QUOTES
1. “Dr. Livingstone, I presume? “Cannot the love of Christ carry the missionary where the slave-trade carries the trader? I shall open up a path to the interior or perish.”

2.“If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”

3. “Fear God and work hard.”

4. “I am immortal till my work is accomplished,” he wrote. “And although I see few results, future missionaries will see conversions following every sermon. May they not forget the pioneers who worked in the thick gloom with few rays to cheer, except such as flow from faith in the precious promises of God’s Word.”

5. “I will place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. If anything will advance the interests of that kingdom, it shall be given away or kept only as by giving or keeping of it I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time and eternity.”

6. “People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?”

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE HOW THE APOSTLES DIED

HOW THE APOSTLES DIED

By Gideon in Blog on July 28, 2016

1. Matthew
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound.
2. Mark
Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.
3. Luke
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.
4. John
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered From death.
John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.
5. Peter
He was crucified upside down on an X-shaped cross.
According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
6. James
The leader of the church in Jerusalem, was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his
enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
7. James the Son of Zebedee
He was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
8. Bartholomew
Also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
9. Andrew
Was crucified on an X-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers, they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired.
10. Thomas
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.
11. Jude
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
12. Matthias
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.
13. Paul
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many
epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.
Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times For the sake of the Faith. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE REVIVAL IN THE LAND

REVIVAL IN THE LAND

By Gideon in All of God, Blog on July 23, 2016

At a time when the church has become a ground for entertainment, we need revival. At a time when a music minister competes and compares himself with secular musician, we need a revival. At a time when the altar of God is used for comedy, we need a revival. At a time when a successful minister of the Gospel is measured by how rich he is and not how much impact he is making, we need a revival. At a time, when passion for souls have been replaced with fashion parade in the church, we need a revival. At a time when motivational speaking has replaced biblical preaching, we need a revival. At a time when you really cannot differentiate between a daughter of Zion and an harlot, we need a revival. At a time when pastors kill each other for posting and higher position, we need a revival. At a time when modern preachers now tell us that JESUS is not coming soon, we need a revival. At a time when packaging and special effect has replaced the beauty of God’s glory, we need a revival. At a time when sexual sin is referred to as weakness and the grace of God is taken for granted, we need a revival. At a time when prophets prophecy using demonic powers as livelihood, we need a revival. At a time when the church does not know the difference between witchcraft spirit and the Holy Spirit, we need a revival. At a time when filling the seats in our place of worship has become a priority than raising disciples of Jesus, we need revival. At a time when sinners feel comfortable in our churches and saints feel no sense of urgency to preach the good news to the lost, we need revival. At a time when pastors are more concerned about how much money members give than how much the members truly love the LORD, we need revival. At a time when the word of God is scarce and the fire on the altar is going out, and the priests have become blind, the watchmen sleeping, and holiness is no longer our standard, we need a revival. We need a revival not a programs. We need a re-awakening of our souls and a new awareness of the power of God. We do not need another jamboree but true repentance coupled with a changed life. We do not need another noise, we need a shaking and a mighty rushing wind. We do not need another movement, we need a reformation. We need the Lord to come again and restore us unto himself. We need the Lord to open our eyes again that we may see Him. We want to see His Holiness again that we may see our depravity. We need a genuine outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we are tired of speaking in tongues and not living Christ-like. There is no other desire that we have than to hear again the same voice that spoke in the valley of dry bones to bring us back to life. Our nations are in darkness, yet we are the light. We cannot pretend anymore, we need to activate the power of holy ghost and he will re-awaken us. He will revive us again because we do not see our signs and wonders has done by the apostles of JESUS , there are only few JESUS prophets in churches, some are not even recognized. let us pray that God should have mercy upon us! And revive us again! Peace be unto you. Revival must hit the earth in this last day please be prepared! God bless you!