Thursday, 12 June 2014

VIDEO: Yetunde Joyce – Find God | @iamYetundeJoyce

Ireland based Nigerian Gospel singer Yetunde Joyce comes out with an elite oriented video for her song “Find God” that portrays art elements of the Italian/France Renaissance period yet the Africanisation of its use was in no way undermined.
Source: PraiseWorldRadio.com


Speaking during a recent interview while she was on a short visit to Nigeria, Yetunde said that:
“‘Find God’ is a music of hope, no matter what it is you are going through, find God and you will never be disappointed.”
Find God was shot in Ireland and was Directed by Ovie Etseyatse. The song is off the 2014 released album “G.O.D [Granting Our Desires]”



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ABOUT YETUNDE JOYCE
Yetunde Joyce also known as YJ is the CEO of Seed of Life an establishment which inspires the progress of the entertainment industry for better ground-breaking productivity, professional setting of good business practice; as well as skilled coaching in the Gospel music area.
Also she is the Founder and President of Loving and Affectionate Couple a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) which supports married Couples and those in a relationship heading to marriage worldwide. She is a Motivational Speaker, a Relationship Therapist and Certified Event/Project Administrator. Also Yetunde Joyce is an associate of Kabiesi Radio based in Nigeria.
Yetunde Joyce was named among the most Influential Africans in Ireland and Northern Ireland (which is part of the United Kingdom) at Power-list Ireland Awards 2012, and awarded African Leadership Excellence Award.

Her album titled “Amazing God” was released in 2011 while G.O.D (Granting Our Desire) is the new album released this year 2014. “Find God” “I Choose to Be Free” and “Worthy” her some of the songs in the album.
Yetunde Joyce recently became Ireland’s National Coordinator for Women of African Origin in Music Ministry (WAOMM), a forum which has the likes of Onos (Nigeria), Isabella (UK), Anu (USA), Eloho Efumuai (Scotland) and more.
She has worked with various gospel artists like Sonnie Badu, vocal tutors like Martha, Robyn Richardson and music producers/directors like Wole Oni.

Twitter: @iamyetundejoyce
Facebook: Yetunde Joyce Oyeneyin

Gospel Music Legend Andraé Crouch Needs Our Prayers


Nine-time GRAMMY® Award Winner and gospel music legend Pastor Andraé Crouch is currently facing serious health challenges and needs our prayers at this time. Below is a note from the Crouch Family:
Hello Friends,
Per Sandra Crouch, our dear father in the contemporary gospel music, Pastor Andrae’ Crouch, is facing some serious health challenges and was just released from the hospital last week.
His music has encouraged us, helped many make a decision to give their lives to the Lord, opened doors that allowed countless artists to have careers in the gospel music industry and brought a spirit of praise and worship into millions of churches across the world regardless of denomination or race.
He was there for us and now we need to be there for him with our prayers. Although we will never be able to tell him all he has meant to the body of Christ we can try by sending words of encouragement/testimonials that will speak life to his spirit.
To send your message within the next 48 hours please email pastorandraecrouch@newchristmemorial.org and be a part of pouring into someone who has poured so much into us through his music.
- The Crouch Family
Andraé Crouch (born July 1, 1942) is an American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, recording artist, record producer, and pastor.

NEWS: Etcetera Says “Nigerian Gospel Songs Can’t Lead You to Christ”



Etcetera, in his latest post is dissing Nigerian gospels songs and their artistes. Do you agree with him?
Just like our Nigerian pastors, Nigerian gospel songs cannot lead you to Christ.
Nigerian gospel songs are not spiritually uplifting. They are mostly about the things of the flesh, about riches and fame. The simple use of religious terms and phrases here and there is not enough to lead anyone to Christ. I dare you to go to any Nigerian gospel musician’s website and see if you will find a simple plan of salvation. You won’t.
Most of the songs being sold to the public as “Christian songs” are religious rubbish. Most of them are songs without the truth, Church’ianity and not Christianity. Because most of the Nigerian gospel musicians are themselves not Christ-like. They carry as many babes as the worldly hip hop stars. Fornicate on Saturday night and minister to you in church on Sunday morning, tasking you to wave your handkerchief in the name of the lord.
Do not be deceived my brothers and sisters, God is no author of confusion. Most of the people who sing and produce these gospel songs are not living in Christ. Today in Nigeria, we hear of pastors and gospel artistes involved in sex scandals and visiting native doctors. You may argue that we should focus on the music and not the singer, forgetting that music generally is a very powerful force that has a way of breaking down barriers. And the same powerful force can be tainted with negative lyrics and ungodly lifestyle that can pierce through the hearts of the listeners and reshape their values.
Most of these gospel songs are written in a fashion that is strange to the principles of Christianity. Gospel singers and pastors are now covering themselves in glory. Dining with politicians who evidently display everything the Bible condemns. The Bible says in James 1:27 or 2 Peter 2:20, that the world taints and makes impure. So as a gospel artiste, God commands that you cannot live in sin like men of the world. You cannot live like the worldly musicians. If your music sounds worldly, seems worldly, and promoted like a worldly music, then it is not gospel. When you glorify anything other than God in your music, it is called idolatry. And you are giving Satan a great satisfaction.
Satan loves all the religious songs that don’t mention the truth of God’s word. So, beware brethren, all this wishy-washy, ear-tickling and worldly gospel songs won’t take you anywhere near Christ.
At this juncture, my brothers and sisters in the lord, I rest my case. Just like Apostle Paul says in Galatians 4:16: “I am therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth. So before you condemn me with you comments, remember the Bible says in 1st Chronicles 16:22, “Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” Amen

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Second Album ‘Revelation’ Released by Obi Shine


Obi shine whose real names are Obinna Chike Okochi Came out with his first single in 2006 produced by Chris Shalom titled SHINING. In 2007, he buzzed the airwaves yet again with his debut album titled WELCOME TO MY WORLD which had in it the hit song SHINING. In 2008, he shot the video of his hit single SHINING and in November of the same year he got his first nomination 4 NMVA (Nigeria Music Video Award) and got the best award for best Gospel Video Act of the year. In December 2008, the same year, he was the opening act of the Praise Jam hosted by Dan Foster; it was the biggest gospel show at the time. In 2009, Obi Shine got his first invitation to do a United Kingdom tour. In 2010, he came out wit his new single NGALABA and had a reload of his WELCOME TO MY WORLD album.

In february 2010, he came out with the video for his single NGALABA and got his first nomination in the United Kingdom where the song was tipped for Best Gospel Song in black diaspora and that same year, he got nominated for an award “the kingdom song of the year awards”.




In 2011, he bagged the PRAISE AWARD. IN 2012, he was invited to Ghana because of his hit single which was most played by Nigerians. The brand which was called “The TEN MOST PLAYED GOSPEL SONGS” and only Obi Shine was the only gospel artist that was African in the 10 list. Obi Shine has toured countries like in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Russia, United Kingdom, Netherlands, etcetera. He has worked and shared platforms with gospel acts like Samsong, Frank Edwards, Sinach, Sammy Okposo, Lara George, Midnight Crew, Mike Aremu, etc. Due to promotional and career logistics he appeared to be silent for a while.

He is also a member of the Believers’ Loveword Incorporated popularly called Christ Embassy and has traveled with the man of God Rev Chris Oyakhilome to several countries of the world doing what God has called him to do.

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Crystal Awards 2014 To Hold on Sunday, July 20 At MUSON Centre, Lagos



Nigeria’s most prestigious Gospel music awards, The Crystal Awards 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, 20th July at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. Red carpet will start by 5pm prompt.
This year’s event is tagged ‘Take Over’ and will feature live performances by top Gospel acts.
Attendance is strictly by invitation. Kindly call +2348028419620 or +2348022232346 for seat reservations.






Meanwhile, voting is still on and will end on Tuesday 15th July 2014.
See the full list of nominees here> http://crystalgospelawards.com/nominees

To vote: Text CRYSTAL (Space) CATEGORY (space) NAME OF NOMINEE to 33140 from an MTN, GLO, Airtel or Etisalat line.
For more information, please follow @Crystal_Awards on twitter, email info@crystalgospelawards.com or visit www.crystalgospelawards.com.


Source: http://www.praiseworldradio.com/crystal-awards-2014-hold-sunday-july-20-muson-centre-lagos/

Monday, 2 June 2014

The Difference Between Love and Lust

Bible Summary. There is a vast difference between love and lust. Lust only cares for itself. It is focused totally on the object of its desire in order to fulfill it's own selfish desires. On the other hand, love is completely unselfish. Love has compassion for the object of its affection. Love does not expect anything in return. Love transcends the material world and is solely focused on spiritual things. Love is God. God is the source of real love. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures concerning telling the difference between love and lust. Key Bible verses: 1 John 3:17, 1 Corinthians 13:5, Matthew 22:37, and 1 John 4:8.
 
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Lust Only Cares For Itself.
A key difference between love and lust is that lust only cares for itself (self love). Lust always focuses on an object to fulfill its desire. This object can be a woman, money, a car, a dress, fried chicken – anything. Lust has no room for love or compassion.
See Scripture Commentary: 1 John 3:17 advices us that true love is always compassionate and never selfish.

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Love Is Unselfish.
Another key difference between love and lust is that love is completely unselfish. Love has compassion for the object of its affection. Christian love is "agape" love, a love that offers unmerited favor. Its affection does not expect anything in return.
See Scripture Commentary: 1 Corinthians 13:5 advises us that love is unselfish.

Love Comes From The Heart, Lust Comes From The Flesh.
Lust is part of the material world attempting to satisfy one of the five senses. Lust's sole aim is to satisfy the flesh. Love transcends the material world and is solely focused on spiritual things. Love's sole motive is to bestow affection and compassion upon people and God.
See Scripture Commentary: Matthew 22:37 advises us how important it is to love God with all our heart.

Love Is God, Lust Is Not.
The key difference between lust and love is that love is God and selfish lust is not of God. Like truth, God is the source of all love. Anyone without love does not have God in him. Anyone with true "agape" love has God in him.
See Scripture Commentary: 1 John 4:8 advices us that love is God.

Source:http://access-jesus.com/difference-between-love-and-lust.html )

What is sin according to Bible?

A simple question we need answered is the identification of what sin actually is. The Bible gives us several brief descriptions of what constitutes sin.
"All wrong doing is sin." 1 John 5: 17
"Everything that does not come from faith is sin." Romans 14: 23
"Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." James 4: 17
"Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness," 1 John 3: 4
It is an interesting point, that with these definitions of sin, not one refers to a devil or Satan. The writer James describes the sin process in detail, and yet leaves out any reference to a devil or Satan having any input to the process:
"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. "When tempted, no one should say, 'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death." James 1: 12–15
James here presents a logical process that begins with one's own evil desire, and finishes up with one's death. If there was a devil to blame, then certainly James did not mention it, although he had opportunity to mention it when he rejected all possibility of the original temptation step as coming from God.
The apostle Paul spoke of a similar situation from his experience. Note carefully his argument.
"For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it." Romans 7: 19, 20
Paul, in effect, states that there is something in the make-up of his flesh, that makes him sin. He refers to it as a 'sinful nature'. In the previous chapter, Paul had stated:
"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all have sinned - for before the law was given, sin was in the world." Romans 5: 12, 13
It is clear from this passage, that Paul states that sin entered the world through one man, Adam. He does not say that sin entered the world through the devil or through Satan. In fact, throughout his letter to the Romans (in which he forcibly argues the nature of sin and its end result) he mentions 'sin' or 'sins' 48 times, but makes absolutely no mention at all of Satan, or of any devil. It would be well to reflect on this factor as we consider the subject of sin. The principal book of the Bible that deals with the subject of temptation and sin, Romans, does not mention the devil or Satan within its pages.

Groove Awards winners 2014 announced

 NTV’s Crossover 101 team receiving an ward after winning the Best Gospel TV show award during the NTV's gospel show 'Crossover 101' won the Best Gospel TV show award Sunday night during the Groove Awards gala night, held at the KICC. One of the show's hosts, DJ Mo, also won the Best DJ award.
The glamorous event, hosted by NTV's news anchor Victoria Rubadiri and DJ Soxxy, was the ninth edition of the awards since its inception in 2004.
Most of the winners were upcoming musicians who managed to knock down the veterans in different categories.
The biggest winners of the night were Sarah K, who bagged three awards, including the Female Artiste of the Year, and singer Bahati, who bagged the Male Artiste of the Year award.
Even though Sarah K was not at the event, her son and producer received the awards on her behalf, saying that the singer was in a performance tour in the US.
Bahati, who was also a performer in the event, thanked all those who voted for him.
The Song of the Year award went to new comer Pitson, for his 'Lingala Ya Yesu' hit song.
In the Collaboration of the Year category, Betty Bayo's song with Mr Seed, 'Ngai Ti Mundu', managed to beat veterans like Rufftone and Daddy Owen to win that award.
In a tougher category, singer Size 8 managed to beat veteran singers like Jimmy Gait, Alice Kamande, Daddy Owen and DK Kwenye Beat in the Video of the Year category.
New comer L-Jay Maasai also managed to beat other veterans like Emmy Kosgey, among others, to win the Rift Valley Song of the Year award, with his song 'Laleiyo', featuring Shiro wa GP.
The Lifetime Achievement award went to fallen singer Peter Kaberere, who died early April this year, for his outstanding contribution as an event organizer and gospel singer. His wife Njeri Kaberere was there to receive the award.
This year's guest of honour was Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, who is her speech promised to review the revenue stream in the music industry.
"I'm sure musicians make a lot of revenue off the sale of their music, but what gets to the musician is not more than 20 per cent. My ministry will take responsibility and review that," she said.
A total of Sh2 million was pledged to go towards the winners of the awards, and also part of the money is meant to support a charity of their choice.
The 16 winners will also have a chance to have lunch at State House with President Uhuru Kenyatta, according to Ms Waiguru.

          Source ( http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/Groove-Awards-winners-2014-announced/-/1190/2334688/-/sykdqpz/-/index.html )

News: Kefee Speaks On Her Illness

  Yesterday Nigerian gospel singer Kefee was reported ill as she fainted on the airplane while flying to Chicago, and an emergency landing was made to rush her to the hospital.
Well the singer is healthy now as she has assured her fans that’s she’s doing well after the recent health scare. she took to twitter to thank everyone for their prayers.

‘Thanks for your prayers & well wishes, my people “nothing dey happen and No shaking.” (sic)’, Kefee tweeted on her twitter handle.
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                                           "WE WISH YOU PERFECTION"

Sunday, 1 June 2014

5 things you should never wear to a place of worship




I was attending Sunday service with my very fashionable father during the holidays.  Before the sermon began, we engaged in spirited conversation on who had on the best shoes. I did, of course. Then my dad saw a young lady possibly in her late teens wearing a mini skirt just barely covering her goods, black thigh-high leggings and a pair of platform stiletto boots.  She had on a bomber jacket since it was dreadfully cold outside, and she was sitting in one of the front pews with an adult (possibly her parent).  My dad whispered to me in his joking fashion, “When did they change the dress code? I missed that memo.”  We both laughed.  
But what to wear to church isn’t so funny, really.  I frequently get emails from readers wanting to know what’s appropriate to wear to the office, to a wedding and –  to church. I ran across an interesting article in Christianity Today about appropriate clothing for church. What we wear to church matters, the article states,  ”We deceive ourselves when we breezily claim that God doesn’t care about what we wear to church. God cares about our hearts, and what we wear is often an expression of our hearts. So what does our relaxed worship attire say about us?”  
I’m  not sure if God really cares about our underwear, however, I do know what we wear matters in how people treat us and how we are perceived. And there’s that respect factor – for yourself and for others. Yes, it depends on the type of place you worship. Some are more casual than others, but modesty is key.  
Here are 5 things you should never to wear to a place of worship WHEREVER you attend:  


1.  Ultra high mini skirts. Who wants to see your underwear during the sermon, really?  

2. Plunging cleavage. Save it for your earthly date, not your meeting with God.  

3. Heavy fragrance. For the young and the more mature churchgoers, too much fragrance makes it hard to breathe when you’re snuggled close in the pews.  

4. Anything you wear to bed or to a club. Sagging pants, pajamas, flip flops, unwalkable platform stilettos, and butt cleavage is distracting anywhere.  

 5. Noisy jewelry, shoes, buckles.
Just like in the workplace, anything that distracts people from the task at hand is typically inappropriate.  



Thoughts anyone?



Source ( http://blog.chron.com/shopgirl/2012/01/5-things-you-should-never-wear-to-a-place-of-worship/#2794101=10 )

Panam Percy Paul: Icon Of Gospel Music


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With over 14 albums and numerous accolades, Dr Panam Percy Paul is an icon in the gospel industry within Africa and an inspiration to all generations all over the world. Meeting him in person, one is awed by his humility and deep knowledge of all things music. 
As someone who has been around for more than four decades, you have become a celebrated musician and respected as the man who has seen it all.How does this make you feel?
Honestly, I feel good, happy and elated. The 40 years we are celebrating is my time as a gospel minister. Before I became a gospel singer, I had played secular music in the club for about 10 years. So, adding everything up, let’s say I’ve been in the game for about 50 years.   I feel very elated, not because of the longevity, but because I think I’ve been able to utilise my time well in affecting the society, moulding a whole generation and also igniting and, probably, starting a ministry that did not exist before. Today, it’s not only a ministry; it’s also an industry that is worth over N1bn. I am not, in any way, trying to take the glory for myself but I’m just giving gratitude to God. Despite all the rejection I went through – I was disowned by my father – I have become a global phenomenon. Also, the fact that there are reliable people who I can gladly pass the baton to makes me happy.
What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?
There have been challenges, of course, but I thank God for making me overcome them. For me, music has been a calling and growing up was great, because my father taught me to play various instruments, especially the accordion, in 1961. I was also fascinated with the drums and my dad also took me to a music teacher who trained me on how to use my voice for about five years. That was the kind of background I had. So, this gave me the confidence I needed to overcome later problems in life. One major challenge I had was convincing my father to accept that I had become a gospel musician. He wanted me to join the army, since he was a major in the army. But I was so drawn to and overwhelmed by music. In fact, the attraction was too strong. My father said he would have understood if I had said I wanted to be a regular pastor and that he would give me every support. But (in his own words) “to be walking down the street with a guitar… I just don’t understand what kind of pastoring that is”. I had lots and lots of job offers just to keep me away from music but none of them worked out.
Then one day, I visited my father, not knowing that he had invited his lawyer. The lawyer came with my dad’s will and blotted out my name completely. At that time, I didn’t know what it meant, until I paid him a visit in Yola some years after he disowned me. I tried greeting him the normal way I used to but he did not respond. It was then it dawned on me that I had really been disowned. Nineteen years later, during the release of my album Master of the Universe in Yola, my father was there. The surprising thing was that, despite the fact that we were not on good terms, my father had all my albums. I mean, he loved them. He had finally come to terms with the fact that I was a gospel minister. It took him 19 years to accept that. After the concert I drove him home and while we were in the car, he said he was sorry. He also pointed out that, “for the first time in your life you did not obey me”.
Growing up, did you have any musical influences?
Yeah I had a few. Cliff Richards, Otis Redding, James Brown, the Everly Brothers, Sam Cook and a little bit of Elvis Presley. These guys had an impact on me while I was growing up. Gospel-wise, there was nobody at that time for me to look up to.
So, it is safe to conclude that you are the pioneer of African Gospel music?
Yes, it is quite safe to say that.
As a full-time minister, how have you been able to juggle your ministry and family life?
In all my years as a man, husband and father, I’ve come to realise that everything is based on timing. You can’t be a father, an engineer or a husband for 24 hours. So, whenever I’m with my children, I’m a father. Whenever I’m with my wife, I’m a husband. When I’m in church, I’m a pastor. When I’m on stage, I’m a music minister. I learnt from my father that you can do everything in one day. You just have to apportion time for everything. At a point, everything I did was music. I couldn’t function, think, eat or sleep. Everything was music. I once rehearsed for 27 hours straight. I had neither day nor night! I have also gone three weeks without a wink and I have done that three times. As shocking as it might sound, I went one and a half years without food. I was only drinking water and Lucozade boost and this was before the release of my album Bring Back the Glory 1. I lost appetite for food from May 1984 to December 12th 1986. When people ask me the reason for this, I just tell them I wanted to be close to God. I wanted to interact with him. At some point, I thought I was possessed – with the spirit of music, that is!
You have performed all over the world and at many concerts, but have you been able to survive off the proceeds of music alone? Do you have any other source of income?
I think the major thing is the satisfaction you derive from meeting the needs of people who in need of words of encouragement and life. That is the basic payment for me. What I want to achieve is passing on the scroll to the next generation. This is one of the reasons why I made the concert free for everybody. I could have asked people to pay and they would have but you cannot put a price on the anointing that people receive at my concerts. But then, if you want to know if gospel music pays, I can tell you that it does in the long run, especially when you have a good database of fans or followers who will gladly buy your CDs and support your music.
What do you think about gospel music in Nigeria? Has it come around the bend or has the quality of music released these days reduced drastically?
We have certainly grown. The quality of music and technology has improved considerably. From my day when you had to come into the studio with your band and rehearse then record a take. If you miss it, you had to start again. Today, you can record and correct as many times as you wants. So I’ll say musicianship, as well as quality of production, have improved. Our song writing, in terms of gospel music, hasn’t improved. There are a few great songwriters out there and this shows in the level of acceptability they enjoy. Generally, our lyrics are not rich enough to address issues completely.

What do you think is responsible for the increasing number of gospel musicians switching to secular music?
I think it’s the kind of foundation that today’s ‘born again’ people have. They have that exciting encounter (getting to repent, giving their lives to Jesus, etc.) and they are not renewed by it. Their foundation is shaky, as they are not deeply rooted in God’s word. They tend to follow the latest trend. One reason for this is because our pastors are not doing a good job of grounding their people. If the pastors dedicate more time to their followers, and ensure that they are well grounded in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, they will be unshakeable.
As a pastor, what do you think about the state of the church in Nigeria today, especially doctrinal error and the incidence of fake men and women of God everywhere?
Let me put it this way; there is a church within the church. There is the church universal and the church spiritual. So, if you are unable to decipher, then you would generalise that the church is really messed up. Yes, things are not that okay with us. For example, we have people in our churches who are, obviously, well-to-do but their flock know when they have erred, no matter how rich they are.

You have released over 14 albums, with the first released in 1976. Tell me, which is your favourite and why?
Certainly, I don’t have a favourite. Maybe, when it comes down to a few things that will draw me to them, like the recording quality. There are some where I got the mix-down very well while there are others which were downright bad. But in terms of message and relevance, I love all of them. They are my stories, testimonies of where I was at the time I wrote the song. So, they help me reconnect with the God who is mindful of me and who helped me pass through all the difficulties of life.

Someone with a vast experience like yourself must have memorable moments which you recall with nostalgia. Tell us some of them
Well, I have a lot of such moments. One of them was the first time I ministered at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna. I got there and the stadium was full, with about 20 to 30,000 people were in the stadium. Another moment was in September 6, 1993 when I gave a concert at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City. It was memorable, because in 1967, I had watched, on television, James Brown performing at that same theatre. As I sat watching, I made a promise to myself that, one day, I would be on that stage. So, for a dream of 1967 to be fulfilled in 1993 was, for me, simply mind-blowing!

Have you had any embarrassing moments?
(Laughs) I have had a lot of them. Very embarrassing ones at that and remembering them is not something I want to do.

What do you think is responsible for relevance all these years? I mean, 40 years is no small time in the industry…
It’s simple, it is vision. I have a vision and the vision is mobile. It improves. The vision that I had in the ‘60s is still the same. They haven’t changed, they’ve just improved. So what I have done all this while is that I’ve been adjusting in the mode of delivery but the message itself has not changed. And I’ll carry this vision till my very last breath. My vow to God is that no one should stay or relate with me for one second and not get anything positive from me. There should be a positive impact in the life of the person because of his or her interaction with me. This is what makes me relevant.

So, what are your plans, hopes, dreams and desires for the future? Any plans to set up a gospel music television, show or radio station?
By God’s grace as for my desire to set up a TV and radio station, I’m going to start with the programmes. These programmes will run for one hour every day, until we build a relationship with other producers and programme owners. Only then can we proceed with the plans for the station. I will be hosting my own programmes, because I have the capacity and wherewithal to host and relate with the cast and crew.

Do you have anything ‘major’ that people do not know about you?
Well, I think people do not know how educated I am. They just know that I am Dr Panam Percy Paul and that’s it. They think my ‘Dr’ is just honorary, but it’s not. I am very widely read and I have three doctorate degrees – in sound, music and philosophy. For me it’s not just the acquisition of degrees [that classifies me as a ‘read’ man] but the acquisition of knowledge to be able to communicate with people. I read for two hours every day. Yes, I have received honorary degrees nonetheless, but, by God’s grace, I am very knowledgeable.

Any word for your fans?
I just want them to know that I’ll be delving into previously uncharted waters. One of my next albums will be an album of love songs. That is because we have people falling in love without knowing how to love. Some people just live together without really knowing each other. So, I am releasing this album that will address love and relationship in general. And I also might put out my jazz collection and some instrumentals that I have worked on over the years. And I’m also going on an international tour later in the year. I’ll be performing in the USA, England and South Africa, just to say thanks to my fans all over the world. My fans are all I’ve got, because without them I’ll still not be relevant today.

Any word of advice for upcoming musicians?
They should have a philosophy, know what they want and how they hope to achieve it. Also, they need to continuously improve on their craft and they should know that whatever level of success they have achieved is beneath them. More importantly, making heaven should be their goal.


Source ( Leadership.ng )

Cloudburst: Nigerian Gospel musicians stage concert

 
 [LAGOS]- Nigerian Gospel musicians over the weekend took the gospel music genre to greater heights when they staged one of the biggest gospel concerts tagged 'cloudburst'
Led by popular Yoruba gospel musician, Evangelist Tope Alabi, the concert had different gospel musicians dishing out gospel tunes to the admiration of the crowd.
Organisers of the concert said its high time gospel musicians began to appreciate themselves thus the concert.
Some gospel musicians who performed at the concert said they have decided to take the bull by the horn by staging their own concerts.
The gospel musicians also appealed to event organisers to invest in gospel music concert just like the secular counterparts.


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Social Gospel Lagos


Saturday, 31 May 2014

Tim Godfrey – Kosi ft. Ccioma & IBK (Download)





With the state of the country presently, it is very important to lift
up our voices and worship God with this beautifully crafted song.


Sensational gospel artiste Tim Godfrey is back with a new single from the forthcoming double album “iWorshop” and “The Audience Of One”. In collaboration with the duo Ccioma and IBK releases a spiritual worship song that would lift your spirit titled “Kosi (No One)”. With the state of the country presently, it is very important to lift up
our voices and worship God with this beautifully crafted song. It is no
longer news that the country is going through a tough phase and the
need for us to lift up our voices and surrender our lives to GOD in
worship becomes even more crucial than ever before.

‘Kosi’ is the follow up single to the song ‘Na You Be God’ released earlier in April, 2014. The double CD album ‘iWorship’ and ‘The
Audience of one’ will be officially released on the 6th of June 2014 andover 5 million copies will be distributed free. Get ready!
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Tim Godfrey – Kosi (No One) ft. Ccioma & IBK


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Princewill Kalu - 'Love & Grace' (New Gospel Music: Listen & Download)

Princewill Kalu is a Nigerian music gospel sensation who stands out of
the crowd by producing gospel hits of international standard.




The 23 year old songwriter and choir director who is an artiste of Restore World Music, ‘A Nigerian Gospel Record Label', is gradually
taking Nigeria by storm. His radio friendly debut single titled "What Faith Can Do" which was
released in 2011, did not only achieve a milestone for him as a gospel artiste' but got him trending in the Nigerian Gospel scene and rocking numerous gospel concerts .



Few months after the release of What Faith Can Do, Princewill also
blessed us with another hit titled "Love & Grace" a track totally
different from the everyday Nigerian Gospel we hear.

Princewill truly shows a lot of promise and By God’s Grace is ready to
take Nigerian gospel music to another level.


Listen & Download Below:


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Beyoncé, Michelle & Kelly remix popular Nigerian gospel song “When Jesus Say Yes” - Listen/Download



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When Jesus says yes, nobody can’t say no and we definitely can’t say “no” to the new jam - a remix of the popular gospel Nigerian song, ‘When Jesus Say Yes’ - from Destiny’s Child! Destiny’s Child is not officially reunited but they - Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé Knowles – have just proven that they still know how to come together!
The song, which is the lead single for Williams’ upcoming fourth solo album,Journey to Freedom, is a remake of the popular praise song “When Jesus Says Yes.”
Michelle takes the lead, then passes the baton to Beyonce, who then lets Kelly sing anchor leg, each singing the phrase, “I’m not worried about a thing, cause I know you are guiding me/where you lead me Lord I will go, I have no fear cause I know who’s in control…When Jesus says yes, nobody can say no”.
It is a common song that we know, but definitely has a fun twist. Download it ( HERE)and get your praise & worship on! Source (http://www.kemifilani.com/2014/05/beyonce-michelle-kelly-remix-popular.html?m=1)
Whats your take on this?

Friday, 30 May 2014

Sure Ways To Go to Hell! (100%)

(This Instructions is only for persons who's choice is to go to Hell.)  

If you don't believe in hell fire, no need for you to proceed because you are already going to hell fire. 

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Warning 
This is not Gods will for your life and may be detrimental to your health,proceed with caution. Sure way to go to Hell; An overview can be summed up in which direction you choose to go. Simply avoid going down the right path. There are actually only two main ways to choose from. 













 *There is the wide highway to hell with it's many twisting turns. 
*There is the straight narrow path that leads to Heaven.  

You need only to avoid the narrow straight one to succeed in your goal.  


BE IGNORANT TO THE CALL OF GOD 
To avoid going down the narrow path to Heaven you must ignore the call of God to know Him personally and receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. This call of God may sometimes be difficult to ignore but if you set your mind against Him or just stay to busy to think about it you will succeed. Just keep going about your life doing what ever feels good going in any direction you like, having no absolutes in your life. And simply by default you will be successfully on your way to go to hell. 

 DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TRUTH 
They just don't take the time to know the Truth. Just accept every lie as a fact. Its also easy for you to spread lies.  

WHAT YOU NEED (sin) 
To point you in the direction of the wide path to go to hell, you can choose of an assortment more or less of the following items : adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries etc

Note: If you do these things it does not guarantee that you will go to hell but you must avoid receiving forgiveness that is freely offered to you though the Blood of Jesus. 
To reach your goal you must ignore the Gift of God and His ways and concentrate on practicing sin instead. Remember wide is the pathway that goes to Hell and many will be able to find it. All these items above are readily available to help you find your way to go to Hell. 

They are easy to obtain and are also very cheap. At least initially they are cheap, later on they may have some strings attached, (but if you listen to your enemy he is saying "don't worry about that now... After all sin can be pleasant and give you momentary pleasure. You don't want to think about the results of sin that will always end up causing you great unhappiness and emptiness. And don't ever mention the unavoidable penalty/payment for sin, it's not so bad. God does not see 'all' and you can get away with it. Oh,... forget that, God is all seeing.... Well maybe the fact that God is all Good and would never allow people to be punished. Oh,... forget that one too.... Well forget it all,don't think about that.Just keep thinking hell will be fun because you are my child"  

IGNORE GOD'S TEN COMMANDMENT No need for long explaination, just go contrary to God's word and commandment. This will also help you to succeed in your goals and obtain eternal damnation. You will rest in peace in hell fire!  

BE COMPLETELY SELF ABSORBED After all, the world revolves around you and no one else really matters. If you don't watch out for yourself who will? (Make sure you you don't believe the promises of God, they may make you stumble and try to stop you from your determination to be Hell-bound)  

IGNORE YOUR CONSCIENCE 
 Eventually you won't feel anything at all.  

DO NOT ACCEPT JESUS 
Do not allow the light of the Lord to shine on your evil deeds or they will be exposed which will be a very uncomfortable feeling and may lead you to see the goodness of God. Don't look at what God did in sending His only begotten Son to take your punishment. His Goodness will lead you to repentance and you will change your mind spoiling your plans to go to hell.  

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT LISTEN TO THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL 
You may not want to end up in hell if you find out how much the Lord loves you, the wonderful things He has planned for you and what trouble He went though for you not to go to hell. You may even find that you love Gods will for your life. And that may hinder big time your ambition to go to Hell. Besides you would most likely automatically stop loving evil and that would make you stop being miserable - now you don't want that! That's just not what your used to! 

  DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD'S WILL 
Stay away from anything that sounds like it might be according to Gods will like truly loving others. You might like it. And Do not trust God to deliver you from all your sins, just turn your back on the Amazing Grace of God. Keep trying yourself to overcome sins and you will certainly fail. You then can continue to be comfortably miserable as your accustomed to. You can even blame others for anything you want. Also never ever forgive others, after all you don't need forgiveness so why forgive others? Continue to hold onto your anger and let your anger control you.  

WORSHIP ANYTHING 
The highway to Hell is very wide. You can worship any thing and believe anything you like, do anything that feel good and it will be acceptable, as long as you don't Worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Great I AM, Creator, Savior of the world and Believe on the name of Jesus Christ forsaking all others. If you let God be your Lord, His Spirit will lead you into all Truth and you won't be able to reach your goal and go to Hell.  


Finally, 

DO NOT ATTEND CHURCH ACTIVITY
 Always stay at home every Sunday, church is not important. Just find anything good that will keep you busy like, watching movie, playing video games, and enjoy yourself. Its fun... Devil will not be disappointed on you. 

Disclaimer * 
  Note;.. Above, the difficulty of Sure Ways To Go to Hell! (100%) was rated as “easy”, But it may prove to be hard to live with later. You will have to willingly crawl over the Blood of Jesus in order to go to Hell. If you insist on going there, He will try to convince you not to do it, He will send many messengers to you in many forms but He will not override your free will, He won't stop you. 

 WARNING; If you DON'T follow these instructions of Sure ways to Go To Hell, but INSTEAD walk down that NARROW PATH and Be BORN AGAIN believing JESUS CHRIST died and rose from the dead on the third day and RECEIVE HIM AS YOUR SAVIOR and Lord according to Gods will, you will be in great danger of ending up with ETERNAL LIFE FULL OF SUCH JOY AND PEACE BEYOND UNDERSTANDING. And here and Now you could Learn how to OVERCOME and be so Completely Satisfied and Content with God THAT YOU CAN'T EVEN STAND IT.

10 things you need to know about Jesus' Transfiguration


Jesus appeared to three of his disciples in the mysterious event known as the Transfiguration. What was happening here? What did it mean? Here are 10 things you need to know!
The Gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Lent commemorates the mysterious event known as the Transfiguration.
This event is hard to understand. Why did it happen? What did it mean?
Here are 10 things you need to know.

1. What does the word "transfiguration" mean?

The word "transfiguration" comes from the Latin roots trans- ("across") and figura ("form, shape"). It thus signifies a change of form or appearance.
This is what happened to Jesus in the event known as the Transfiguration: His appearance changed and became glorious.
Before looking at the Transfiguration itself, it's important that we look at what happened immediately before it in Luke's Gospel.

2. What happened right before the Transfiguration?

In Luke 9:27, at the end of a speech to the twelve apostles, Jesus adds, enigmatically:
"There are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."
This has often been taken as a prophecy that the end of the world would occur before the first generation of Christians died out.
The phrase "kingdom of God" can also refer to other things, though, including the Church--the outward expression of God's invisible kingdom.
The kingdom is embodied in Christ himself and thus might be "seen" if Christ were to manifest it in an unusual way, even in his own earthly life.

3. Did such a manifestation occur?

Yes, and it is the very next thing that Luke relates: the Transfiguration.
Pope Benedict states that it has been . . .
. . . convincingly argued that the placing of this saying immediately before the Transfiguration clearly relates it to this event.
Some—that is to say, the three disciples who accompany Jesus up the mountain—are promised that they will personally witness the coming of the Kingdom of God 'in power.'
On the mountain the three of them see the glory of God’s Kingdom shining out of Jesus. On the mountain they are overshadowed by God’s holy cloud. On the mountain—in the conversation of the transfigured Jesus with the Law and the Prophets—they realize that the true Feast of Tabernacles has come. On the mountain they learn that Jesus himself is the living Torah, the complete Word of God. On the mountain they see the 'power' (dynamis) of the Kingdom that is coming in Christ" (Jesus of Nazareth, vol. 1, p. 317).
We thus may have the key to understanding Jesus' mysterious statement just before the Transfiguration. He wasn't talking about the end of the world. He was talking about this.
In fact, Luke notes that the Transfiguration took place "about eight days after these sayings," thus stressing its proximity to them and suggesting that it was the fulfillment of this  saying, concerning the fact that some of them would see the kingdom of God. Mark gives a different number of days, saying it was "after six days" (Mk. 9:2), but these both approximate a week.

4. Who witnessed the Transfiguration?

The three who are privileged to witness the event are Peter, James, and John, the three core disciples. (Andrew was not there or not included.)
The fact that Jesus only allowed three of his disciples to witness the event may have sparked the discussion which swiftly ensued about which of the disciples was the greatest (Luke 9:46).

5. Where did the Transfiguration take place?

Luke states that Jesus took the three "on the mountain to pray."
This mountain is often thought to be Mt. Tabor in Israel, but none of the gospels identify it precisely.
 (though be aware that the gospels do not actually say which mountain it was).

6. Why did the Transfiguration take place?

The Catechism explains it this way:
Christ’s Transfiguration aims at strengthening the apostles’ faith in anticipation of his Passion: the ascent onto the 'high mountain' prepares for the ascent to Calvary.
Christ, Head of the Church, manifests what his Body contains and radiates in the sacraments: 'the hope of glory' [CCC 568].

7. What does Luke--in particular--tell us about this event?

Luke mentions several details about the event that the other evangelists do not:
  • He notes that this happened while Jesus was praying.
  • He mentions that Peter and his companions "were heavy with sleep, and when they wakened they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him."
  • He mentions that Peter made his suggestion to put up booths as Moses and Elijah were departing.

8. Why do Moses and Elijah appear on the mountain?

Moses and Elijah represent the two principal components of the Old Testament: the Law and the Prophets.
Moses was the giver of the Law, and Elijah was considered the greatest of the prophets.
The fact that these two figures "spoke of his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem" illustrates that the Law and the Prophets point forward to the Messiah and his sufferings.
This foreshadows Jesus' own explanation, on the road to Emmaus, of the Scriptures pointing to himself (cf. Lk. 24:27, 32).

9. Why was Peter's suggestion misguided?
The fact that Peter's suggestion occurs when Moses and Elijah are preparing to depart reveals a desire to prolong the experience of glory. This means Peter is focusing on the wrong thing.
The experience of the Transfiguration is meant to point forward to the sufferings Jesus is about to experience. It is meant to strengthen the disciples faith, revealing to them in a powerful way the divine hand that is at work in the events Jesus will undergo. This is why Moses and Elijah have been speaking "about his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem."
Peter misses the point and wants to stay on the mountain, contrary to the message the two heavenly visitors have been expounding.
As a seeming rebuke of this, a theophany occurs: "A cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, 'This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!'"

10. What can we learn from this event?

The Transfiguration was a special event in which God allowed certain apostles to have a privileged spiritual experience that was meant to strengthen their faith for the challenges they would later endure. But it was only a temporary event. It was not meant to be permanent.
In the same way, at certain times in this life, God may give certain members of the faithful (not all of the faithful, all the time), special experiences of his grace that strengthen their faith.
We should welcome these experiences for the graces they are, but we should not expect them to continue indefinitely, nor should we be afraid or resentful when they cease.
They may have been meant only as momentary glimpses of the joy of heaven to sustain us as we face the challenges of this life, to help strengthen us on the road that will--ultimately--bring us into the infinite and endless joy of heaven.
 

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Earnest Pugh Issues Challenge: So You Think You Can Dance


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Psalm 150:4 admonishes us to “praise Him with the timbrel and dance”, and Earnest Pugh has made it his business to bring life to this scripture with the July 8th release of the Top Ten Praise Breaks.Top Ten Praise Breaks
Pugh offered this explanation, “at my live recording for the “A Worshipper’s Perspective” CD in 2006 that I saw the power of God move. I literally had to ask people to take their seats because we knew the cameras were rolling and we wanted to be out of that building at a certain time but it was as though the Holy Spirit refused to leave the room. My music director looked at me and said, `Let God have his way…’ Needless to say the praise break was the highlight of the recording and set the tone for the rest of the recording. From that day forth I vowed to always pause for the cause and render a praise break.”
“This CD will give musicians and worship leaders a tool that can be used when their services shift from worship to praise or vice versa,” says EPM Music Group President Keith Williams. “The CD will showcase a variety of approaches to the praise break from the West Coast style to the East Coast vibe.”

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Divyne – All I See [prod by Frank Edwards] Divyne


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Rocktown Records first lady Divine drops a new single titled ”All I See”, produced, mixed and mastered by Frank Edwards.

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Music Video: Life Through Colors – ‘I Rise’ [Official Video]




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Montgomery, Ala.– Christian hip-hop artists Life Through Colors has released the official video for the song “I Rise” from the “Aftermath” album.
“Have you ever felt like giving up, but then something inside of you told you that you can make it,” asked Rockette, group member. “Listen to this track. God gave this to us and we’re delivering the message.”
The song, currently on YouTube and the group’s website http://lifethroughcolors.com, has been steadily gaining views since its release.
“There’s nothing wrong with small beginning,” said T. Pope, group member. “Even the Bible talks about small beginnings.”
T. Pope, Rockette and Jimbo the Jet, all members of the group, have been pushing the video heavily through social media.
“We’re trying to send out positive messages, trying to be an inspiration to somebody,” said T. Pope. “God is for us all. Keep pushing and keep praying.”


Watch Video via this youtube link Life Through Colors – ‘I Rise’ 

Source: http://gospelcentric.net/site/music-video-life-through-colors-i-rise-official-video/

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo’s two sons to wed this year



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Two of the sons of the founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo are getting married this year. According to their father,Tobi and Tomi Ashimolowo, who live abroad, will wed before the year runs, but he didn’t disclose when exactly.
“Let me use the opportunity of this interview to announce that my two boys will be getting married this   year’ Pastor Ashimolowo said in a recent interview “I don’t want to put out the date yet, but they will be getting married in England.
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Keys to Worship That Bring Heaven Down

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Worshiping our Savior, Jesus Christ, is fundamental to living a faith-filled, Spirit-led Christian life. There are multiple worship methods, plans and styles that vary among cultures and geographic boundaries.

The Lord enjoys the diversity of sincere worship when expressed through His Spirit and in truth. Worship should be a way of life, with many facets of expression.
Some worship leaders declare that a certain defining style of worship is the only correct way to worship the Lord, but that is a narrow view of His inexhaustible riches. Music and song are ways we can praise God's name, but the Word says we can worship God with feasting (Ps. 22:29) and with sacrifices and offerings (Is. 19:21), among other means.
Regardless of the method, the act of worship must be in spirit and truth—from our rational consciousness and consistent with the rest of our lives (John 4:24). We don't have to be great singers or musicians to worship God. But we do need to be in a personal relationship with Him and live with the truth of His greatness reflecting through all we are becoming and all we do.
I have lived under the weight of many unhealthy labels in my life. But I have a longing in me for the King of heaven to label me, along with Mary of Bethany, as an "extravagant worshipper" (John 12:3).
Extravagant worship is not achieved by taking shortcuts. I have tried shortcuts to worship, and I have tried to do things my way, but I ended up frustrated and farther away from my goal.
Worship involves the giving of ourselves totally to the Lord. It is neither a ritualistic activity nor a musical emotion. It reflects the selfless generosity of Christ.
Worship is a movement of our hearts, our thoughts, and our wills toward God's heart, thoughts, and will. To practice extravagant worship, you'll need to get good at saying, "I lay down my life."

Sacrificial Worship Pleases God
In the Old Testament, Noah was an extravagant worshiper. Genesis 8:20-21 tells about his building an altar to the Lord after the flood and sacrificing offerings on it.
Noah had just witnessed the drowning of all mankind save him and his family. Yet he was still obedient to God's instruction to offer a sacrifice of praise when they were on dry land again.
When the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma of Noah's sacrifice, He gave us a covenant promise that He would not ever destroy all living creatures again because of one man who offered extravagant, over generous worship in obedience to God's command. Noah lived through extreme circumstances, but he still praised God in the midst of them.
Likewise, when God tested Abraham, He said, "'Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about'" (Gen. 22:2).
Abraham built the altar and then bound his son and laid him on it. But when he took up his knife to slay his precious boy, "The angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, 'Abraham! Abraham!'
"'Here I am,' he replied.
"'Do not lay a hand on the boy,' he said. 'Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son'" (vv. 11-12).
Abraham was excessive in his act of worship. He was prepared to give to the Lord the thing he loved the most.
David wanted to offer a sacrifice to the Lord to stop a plague on the Lord's people. So he asked Araunah to sell him a place on his threshing floor to build an altar (1 Chr. 21:18-22).
Araunah wanted to give the area and livestock needed for David's sacrifice at no charge. But David said, "'No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing'" (vv. 23-24).
When Paul and Silas were in jail, even though they had been flogged for preaching the gospel and now had their feet in stocks, they prayed and sang to God. Suddenly, while they were worshiping, a violent earthquake opened all the doors of the prison.
Thinking his prisoners had escaped, the jailer was so distraught that he was about to kill himself, but Paul and Silas stopped him and led him to salvation before they were released. God supernaturally delivered them from that prison (Acts 16:23-39).
Throughout the Bible, whenever someone demonstrated extravagant worship, God reacted with extravagant blessing. What makes worship extravagant? It must cost us something.
Worship is an act of obedient faith, even when circumstances offer opportunities to fear. It is also a life of extravagant love for God. Worship, love and obedience are tied together.
As you seek first the kingdom of God and obey the Spirit of God, He calls you on to a deeper knowledge of Himself. The first commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (John 14:21-24; Matt. 22:37).
David prayed, "Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name" (Ps. 86:11). Make this your prayer as you serve God passionately with your life. This will cause the blessings of heaven to pour out upon your world.

Love Expresses Worship 
To be a worshipper is to fall in love with God, the Author of love, and accept the love He has for you. God gave you His Word as a living love letter that contains everything you will ever need to get through this life and beyond.
His love is at work within us, filling us to the measure with the fullness of God. If we could understand even an inkling of this love Christ has for us, our hearts would be full of extravagant worship for the One who loves us so much.
The many songs I've written to express my love for God don't come close to what I'm trying to say. But I can demonstrate my love for God by living out my part of the Great Commission and bringing the Author of love to our love-starved planet. I can determine to love others as He loves.
When I was saved I cried and cried in the presence of God. Tears of gratitude flowed easily as He restored my heart and filled me with His unconditional love. Now all I want to do is sing of His awesome, healing love forever.
One of the biggest challenges in life for the mind and soul is simply to accept God's love for you as a gift. It is the greatest absolute in your life.
John 3:16 states, "For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He gave His only begotten Son" (AMP). Because His love is in our hearts, we have the power to love others (1 John 4:7-13).
Loving others is an act of worship toward the Author of love. But until you know through personal experience who God is, you will never know the depth of His love for you. And until you know that you are loved, you can never love others as you love yourself (Matt. 22:39).

Know Your Worth to God 
Many people, including myself, have battled with insecurity, inadequacy and intimidation. It is difficult to carry the weight of inferiority into our time of worship.
Worship is a time to focus on who God is. It is a time to enjoy the awesome authority and anointing that He puts on His people who come into His presence with praise. Sometimes the enemy works very hard to keep us from worshiping freely, but sometimes we simply lack discipline in our thought life.
If we read the Word and keep God's truth in our hearts, we will focus our attention on His greatness and on the value that He places on us. God sees all our inadequacies through the blood of Christ. Because of Jesus, our heavenly Father sees us just as He sees His Son--beautiful and perfect.
God looks at us just as a loving parent looks at his children. My three daughters could be naughty, but I look at them, and I think they are perfect.
Unapologetically, I think they are magnificent. That is the heart of a parent. How much more does God look at us and say, "Oh, they are My precious, beloved children."
When you understand who you are in Christ, a rest enters your soul that cannot coexist with striving and struggling. Just as darkness cannot coexist with light, striving for approval does not coexist with confidence in His grace. And who you are in Christ matters more than what you do.
I was the girl "least likely to succeed." But my future has never relied on anyone else's opinion of my ability.
I'm a testimony of God's grace. The very least we can do is give God our lives and let Him show us the great things He can do through our yielded hearts and hands.
We have been created with the divine purpose of having Jesus as the center of our existence. We were created to worship Him in all we do (Heb. 10:19-23).
Through worship we put Christ as the chief cornerstone of our lives, and the power we have access to in His presence is real. He longs for us to draw closer to Him.
God has cleansed our hearts and made them pure so that we can stand in His presence. We can continue to praise our mighty Lord--to sing, clap, dance, celebrate, get soaked in His presence and be overwhelmed by His grace.

Offer Him Your Heart 
One thing that can stop us from being truthful worshippers is feeling as if we have nothing to offer to God. Feeling empty-handed with nothing to contribute to the relationship with God can stop us from plunging boldly into worship.
God says, "I don't need your talent. I don't need your gift. I don't want all the stuff that you can do. I just want you. I want your heart."
God doesn't want what you are going to be or what you would like to be. He wants all that you are today.
When we worship Him, He is exalted, and our problems shrivel in His presence. Everything about us—the good, the bad and the ugly—is decreased as we focus on Him.
Offer yourself to God in worship. Let that explosion of faith force you to praise His name and offer your attention to bless Him. Through your worship, love and obedience, you will bless God because He looks past all the stuff of life and looks straight at the heart.

10 Men Christian Women Should Never Marry


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Don't be impatient when choosing a helpmate. God has the right one for you. 
My wife and I raised four daughters—without shotguns in the house!—and three of them have already married. We love our sons-in-law, and it’s obvious God handpicked each of them to match our daughters’ temperaments and personality.
I have always believed God is in the matchmaking business. If He can do it for my daughters, He can do it for you.
Today I have several single female friends who would very much like to find the right guy. Some tell me the pickings are slim at their church, so they have ventured into the world of online dating. Others have thrown up their hands in despair, wondering if there are any decent Christian guys left anywhere. They’ve begun to wonder if they should lower their standards in order to find a mate.
My advice stands: Don't settle for less than God's best. Too many Christian women today have ended up with an Ishmael because impatience pushed them into an unhappy marriage. Please take my fatherly advice: You are much better off single than with the wrong guy!
Speaking of “wrong guys,” here are the top 10 men you should avoid when looking for a husband:

1. The unbeliever. Please write 2 Corinthians 6:14 on a Post-it note and tack it on your computer at work. It says, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (NASB). This is not an outdated religious rule. It is the Word of God for you today.
Don’t allow a man’s charm, looks or financial success (or his willingness to go to church with you) push you to compromise what you know is right. “Missionary dating” is never a wise strategy. If the guy is not a born-again Christian, scratch him off your list. He’s not right for you. I’ve yet to meet a Christian woman who didn’t regret marrying an unbeliever.

2. The liar. If you discover that the man you are dating has lied to you about his past or that he’s always covering his tracks to hide his secrets from you, run for the nearest exit. Marriage must be built on a foundation of trust. If he can’t be truthful, break up now before he bamboozles you with an even bigger deception.

3. The playboy. I wish I could say that if you meet a nice guy at church, you can assume he’s living in sexual purity. But that’s not the case today. I’ve heard horror stories about single guys who serve on the worship team on Sunday but act like Casanovas during the week. If you marry a guy who was sleeping around before your wedding, you can be sure he will be sleeping around after your wedding.

4. The deadbeat. There are many solid Christian men who experienced marital failure years ago. Since their divorce, they have experienced the Holy Spirit’s restoration, and now they want to remarry. Second marriages can be very happy. But if you find out that the man you are dating hasn’t been caring for his children from a previous marriage, you have just exposed a fatal flaw. Any man who will not pay for his past mistakes or support children from a previous marriage is not going to treat you responsibly.

5. The addict. Churchgoing men who have addictions to alcohol or drugs have learned to hide their problems—but you don’t want to wait until your honeymoon to find out that he’s a boozer. Never marry a man who refuses to get help for his addiction. Insist that he get professional help and walk away. And don’t get into a codependent relationship in which he claims he needs you to stay sober. You can’t fix him.

6. The bum. I have a female friend who realized after she married her boyfriend that he had no plans to find steady work. He had devised a great strategy: He stayed home all day and played video games while his professional wife worked and paid all the bills. The apostle Paul told the Thessalonians, “If anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either” (2 Thess. 3:10). The same rule applies here: If a man is not willing to work, he doesn’t deserve to marry you.

7. The narcissist. I sincerely hope you can find a guy who is handsome. But be careful: If your boyfriend spends six hours a day at the gym and regularly posts closeups of his biceps on Facebook, you have a problem. Do not fall for a self-absorbed guy. He might be cute, but a man who is infatuated with his appearance and his own needs will never be able to love you sacrificially, like Christ loves the church (Eph. 5:25). The man who is always looking at himself in the mirror will never notice you.

8. The abuser. Men with abusive tendencies can’t control their anger when it boils over. If the guy you are dating has a tendency to fly off the handle, either at you or others, don’t be tempted to rationalize his behavior. He has a problem, and if you marry him you will have to navigate his minefield every day to avoid triggering another outburst. Angry men hurt women—verbally and sometimes physically. Find a man who is gentle.

9. The man-child. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m suspicious of a guy who still lives with his parents at age 35. If his mother is still doing his cooking, cleaning and ironing at that age, you can be sure he’s stuck in an emotional time warp. You are asking for trouble if you think you can be a wife to a guy who hasn’t grown up. Back away and, as a friend, encourage him to find a mentor who can help him mature.

10. The control freak. Some Christian guys today believe marriage is about male superiority. They may quote Scripture and sound super-spiritual, but behind the façade of husbandly authority is deep insecurity and pride that can morph into spiritual abuse. First Peter 3:7 commands husbands to treat their wives as equals. If the man you are dating talks down to you, makes demeaning comments about women or seems to squelch your spiritual gifts, back away now. He is on a power trip. Women who marry religious control freaks often end up in a nightmare of depression.

If you are a woman of God, don’t sell your spiritual birthright by marrying a guy who doesn’t deserve you. Your smartest decision in life is to wait for a man who is sold out to Jesus.