FRIDAY REFLECTION – Unity in the body of Christ

Friday Reflection
September 6, 2019
Unity in the body of Christ

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Psalms 133:3 KJV 133:1 KJV

Happy Friday to you friends, it is the first Friday in the 9th month of the calendar year. The year is going by quickly, time is going by quickly. Therefore, there is no time for division among believers. “Let division be forsaken, and the holy join in one, and the will of God in all be done!

Today’s text for reflection is one that I hold dear to my heart. I have also said, and will continue to say “without unity in the body of Christ, there will be no miracles, no signs, no wonders in our midst” we will not experience the abundant blessings of our Lord and Savior.

There are two important things I want us to note today:
1. Unity is essential to body of Christ: It is like the salt in the sea. One cannot exist without the other. If we say we are people of faith we must dwell together in peace and love (unity). It is important for us to be honest, caring and trustworthy amongst ourselves and in our communities.

2. Without unity it is impossible to impact our communities If the church is divided,  the community will not only notice, but they become affected as well. The blessing of the Lord is wide spread , where there is unity, the bible says there is strength. I am convinced that when the church unites, the blessing of God will flood the community and unbelievers will become believers miracles, signs and wonders will occur.

Unity doesn’t mean we will all agree on everything. It means that when we disagree, we find the best way to compromise and agree. No relationship is perfect, but God is calling the church to a place of perfectness , a place of unity!

Untill next week, If you are at the altar and remember that ANYONE has something against YOU, LEAVE your gift ,  GO RECONCILE WITH SUCH A PERSON, then RETURN. Then and only then will unity be restored.

Shaneka Raymore-Euphfa

THURSDAY REFLECTION -Build each other in faith

Thursday Reflection – September 5, 2019

Build each other in faith

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

What is the purpose of fellowship in the body of Christ? It amazes me how we treat each other as believers of Jesus Christ. There are members who do not speak to each other, but during service they lift their hands in praise. There are members who speak negatively and maliciously of others behind their back, but in person smile with the person to indicate all is well. There are members who drive other members away, because they are different. There are members who lie, scheme, and criticize others so that they can be lifted up and others be brought down. These members claim to be part of the body of Christ. However, these actions do NOT represent the body of Christ.

As believers in Jesus we are called to build each other as iron sharpens iron. We are called to become believers who really care about others. Believers who genuinely love each other. Believers who support each other. Believers who put others above themselves. Believers who are willing to sacrifice what they have so that they can help others. Believers who love God with all their heart and not when it is convenient to them. Believers who are willing to speak the truth, but in love. Believers who do not tolerate sin. This is how we build each other up.  

The body of Christ is not a competition! No one is better than anyone. We are all equal; it is the same blood of Jesus that saved all of us. We are all meant to be winners. There is no first, second or third place. The pastor is equal to the one who cleans the church and the one who cleans the church is equal to the pastor. God doesn’t hold the pastor in higher regard than the one who cleans. God might give us different roles in the body of Christ, but all those roles add to making the body of Christ what it is.

Therefore, let us put away pride, status, and anything else that prevents us from building others in the body of Christ. It is my responsibility to encourage and build someone in the faith so that we both can grow strong together. Our common enemy is not each other, it is the forces of evil. So let us lift each other up in faith.

Until next week encourage someone today.

Christopher Euphfa 

WEDNESDAY REFLECTION – The Teaching Ministry

Wednesday Reflection – September 04, 2019

The Teaching Ministry

Things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us – we will not hide them from their children. Psalm 78:3-4

How do we know what we know? The limited knowledge that we have, how did we acquire it? Four answers come immediately to mind – what we have read and researched, what we have gained through experience, what the Holy Spirit has revealed, and what others have taught us. The contribution of persons who have taught us, academically, spiritually or otherwise, cannot be underestimated. Today’s text highlights the importance of spiritual education. There is a commitment in the text that what they have been taught, they will teach their children.

I love the expression in this text – “…we will not hide them from their children.” Our negligent silence must not deprive our children of the precious truth of God; it would be shameful if we did so. There is the anticipation of future generations and a promise to provide for their godly education. Indeed, it is the duty of the church to maintain, in fullest vigour, every agency intended for the religious education of the young. We must sow the seeds of righteousness and godliness now, so that we reap a righteous reward. Children are to be taught to magnify the Lord; they ought to be told about God’s wonderful works in ages past, and they should know that a decision to follow Christ is the best decision to make in life. The remainder of verse 4 says, “…we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.”

Rick Warren supports this important programme of Christian education. In his book‘The Purpose Driven Church’, Warren notes that one of the factors which result in church growth is that people grow deeper through discipleship. Such discipleship results in maturity among members. He emphasizes an intentional people-building process. He says, “If you will concentrate on building people, God will build the church.”

Bishop Robert Schnase, in his book, ‘Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations’, contends that successful congregations often have certain characteristics in common. These fundamental practices demonstrate congregational health, vitality, and fruitfulness. One such characteristic is Intentional Faith Development. He describes this as offering high quality learning experiences that help people understand scripture, faith, and life in the supportive nurture of caring relationships. Schnase views the ministries of Christian education and formation, small group work and Bible Study as absolutely critical to our mission. For him, we must consistently offer opportunities for people of all ages, interests and faith experiences to learn in community.

The Church has the awesome task of providing spiritual education to all, but especially to our children. We must have effective Sunday/Sabbath Schools, Bible Studies that are transformational, and sermons that are impactful. May God find us faithful.

Jermaine Gibson

TUESDAY REFLECTION – Confidence in God’s Presence

Confidence in God’s Presence

King Ahaz was ruler of Judah, succeeding his father Jotham and his grandfather Uzziah. Isaiah the prophet had given counsel to his father and then to him. A crisis arose when King Perez of Israel and King Rezin of Syria invaded Judea to force them to form an alliance against the Assyrian Kingdom. Ahaz, acting against the counsel of Isaiah, turned to the Assyrian king for help. They get the help and Israel and Syria are defeated by the Assyrians, but at a heavy price to Judah as they were taxed heavily by the Assyrians, king Ahab became a vassal to the Assyrian king and Assyrian idols were introduced to the temple. It was in light of all these happenings that the Lord used Isaiah to call on Ahaz to repent and lead Judah back to God. Ahaz refused to change and he and the people of Israel traveled on a path of self-destruction rather than one of Godly obedience. Isaiah’s prophecy embodied God’s reaction to the religious infidelity of His people. God’s judgment was coming, it would be swift and deadly and Israel would be powerless to stop it, neither would they be shielded or protected from it. In the midst of this, the prophet maintains his own confidence in God. He would not follow the others and turn away from God. He trusted God’s plan, depended on God’s resources and lived in God’s presence. Today’s Watchword is from Isaiah 8: 17: I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob.

God does not tolerate sin. Psalm 5: 4 tells us, For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. God’s people had sinned and refused to amend their ways. Isaiah therefore stated that God had turned his face away from His people because of their sin. This led to the sinful condition of the people worsening rather than becoming better. Those who remain blatantly disobedient to God’s words will eventually lose their perspective on right and wrong. Modern society has gotten to the stage where we laud the people, ideologies and things that are ungodly while underrating and disregarding what is Godly, what is righteous, what is good. Like the prophet Isaiah however, we are called to stand fast. Even though everyone had turned away from God, Isiah declared, I will wait for the Lord. We all know what it means to wait. As Christians we learn that regardless of what is happening around us or to us, we are to wait on God for God’s action is always perfectly timed and perfectly appropriate. We wait for God to deliver, to save, to heal, to provide. We wait because God is God and there is none like Him. We wait because we have confidence in God’s power and ability. We wait because God has never failed to come through. While the world around us forsakes God, we wait in confidence on God.

Our confidence stands in opposition to worldly defiance. Our confidence stands as a testament to God’s faithfulness and as a beacon to the fearful. It is our confidence that will strengthen others to trust God who even in His wrath, takes the time to show mercy to the faithful. We see what is happening around us but are not frightened by these events because we know that God is working through these events to win this apostate world back to himself. Do not fear what is taking place in these latter days, dear friends. We are to fear God and God alone. While he turns away from the wicked, God’s favor is always on his people. This is the confidence we have as Christians. We should therefore submit to God’s plan, live in God’s presence and be sustained through God’s bounteous provisions. 1 Peter 3: 12 For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.” Till next week, remain faithful and confident in God’s presence. Amen

Bevon White

MONDAY REFLECTION – Sovereign Dispenser of Mercy and Grace

Monday Reflection – September 02, 2019

Sovereign Dispenser of Mercy and Grace

I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. Exodus 33:19

What a declaration from the Sovereign Dispenser of grace and mercy! He will dispense of his own grace and mercy in his own way! In the context of today’s Watchword, God has become frustrated with the sinful and rebellious ways of his people, Israel. While Moses is on Mount Sinai with God, the people made for themselves a golden calf to worship. This event sets off a minor debate between God and Moses about what God should do to the people of Israel in response to their idolatry. Initially, God proposes that he will destroy all the people of Israel and start over with Moses. However, Moses disagrees and tells God that such an action will bring shame upon God’s name. God then decides to not destroy the Israelites.

Moses then returns to the people and rebukes them for their behaviour. They repent, and so Moses returns to speak with God and plead with him to forgive the people. God says that he will forgive them, but he will not go with them to the Promised Land because his holiness would consume them in their sin. This leads Moses to intercede with God for the people of Israel. He tells God that if God does not go with them to the Promised Land, then they should not go at all. God agrees to go with the Israelites to the Promised Land. Moses requests to see the glory of God, and when God’s glory passes in front of Moses, it is then that Moses hears God’s statement that He will be gracious to whom he wants and will show compassion upon whom he desires.

Indeed, God exerts his right to be gracious and compassionate to whom he wants; however, God is not a God who rules with an iron fist and quell all dissent so that his people are mindless robots who do whatever God wants out of fear for the repercussions if they don’t. God desires and requires obedience, but he also loves when his people engage him in reasonable discussion and dialogue about his actions and decisions. Moses did this with God, and far from proving that Moses was a rebellious idolater who didn’t want God to be God, such intimate dialogue with God made Moses a friend of God. God desires to reason with us, for it is in this reasoning that he reveals his divine will and plans for our lives, and demonstrates his mercy and compassion. We hear God’s invitation, ‘Come, let us reason together’.

I could not close this reflection without noting that today marks the beginning of the new academic year 2019-2020. We pray that the fullness of God’s mercy and grace will be dispensed upon our teachers, students, administrators, Ministry of Education, parents and all stakeholders. Indeed, it is only by God’s mercy and grace that we can anticipate a successful and productive year. I believe today’s text also beckons us to reason with each other; not argue, quarrel or verbally abuse each other. May classrooms, staffrooms, offices and homes be places of productive reasoning that will result in our further growth and development.   

A blessed school year to all!

Jermaine Gibson

FRIDAY REFLECTION – God is waiting on you!

Friday Reflection
August 30, 2019

God is waiting on you!

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 NIV

Dear friends,
Today’s reflection is one that caused me to go into deep thought. I have read and heard this verse many times but before today, I didn’t notice the word instead. 

The text:
Hear Peter speaking to those who believe Jesus was taking too long to return or that he may not return at all. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance

The Application:
Just as it was then so it is now.. people have their doubts about Jesus’s return. 
Like Peter, I want to remind us that the return of our savior is inevitable 
I also want to remind you today, that God’s timing is nothing like ours. A thousand years to us is like a day to him. It means then, that what we may deem the slow return is really God being patient with us. It is God waiting on us to come to a readiness for his return! (REPENTANCE)

ARE YOU READY FOR HIS RETURN?  My prayer is that we’ll all be ready. I am sure though, that some persons may say, no I am not ready, but I am working on getting ready. Why then do we press the issue of his return????
God is waiting on you to get your house in order! The effort we put into debating his return, should go towards repentance

God is not slack in keeping his promises. Jesus will return! . Being the loving God he is, he is giving us time to come to a place of readiness through repentance. Slowness as we understand it is not what’s happening, what is happening is that God is exercising patience with mankind
 The next time you or someone you know makes a fuss about the return of our Lord, remind yourselves, God is not slack concerning his promises, instead he is being patient, it is not his will for any to perish, but  that all might come to REPENTANCE

Until next week, God is waiting on you, get your house in order

Shaneka Raymore-Euphfa

THURSDAY REFLECTION – The knowledge of God leads to love

Thursday Reflection – August 29, 2019

The knowledge of God leads to love

Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him. 1 Corinthians 8:2‭-‬3 NRSV.

Human knowledge is full of pride, but the knowledge of God is governed by love. In today’s doctrinal text, Paul speaks to the church in Corinth on the matter of food offered to idols. Those with knowledge know that idols are not real and God is the provider of everything; therefore nothing is wrong with eating food once sacrificed to idols. However, not everyone possess this knowledge and such action can lead other believers astray. So Paul concludes that, “if eating meat sacrificed to idols will cause believers around him to sin, then it is better not to eat meat sacrificed to idols”.
As I examine this text there are a couple of points that stand out for me.

  1. Human knowledge can lead to pride.
    What do we do with the knowledge that we have? Paul, with his knowledge, understood that the eating of meat sacrificed to idols did not make him unclean. But he also knew that not everyone was able to grasp this knowledge. How did Paul react? Paul stated, “Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.” How many of us would react in that manner with the knowledge that we have? The New International Version interprets verse one in the following manner, “Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.”
    The truth is that those with knowledge tend to think they know more and behave as such. When others are not able to meet their level of intellect or knowledge they tend to regard others as lower beings. In the process of regarding others as such those with knowledge become puff up and full of pride. A dangerous combination that does not reflect Jesus Christ.
  2. We’re guided by God’s love
    The action of Paul not to eat meat if it lead others to sin is guided by love. Human knowledge cannot comprehend this action, because this action is not of human or this world. The ability to truly characterize love comes only from God. That is why Paul says, “but anyone who loves God is known by him.” Anyone who truly loves God will do the things of God and treat people as how God would treat them. Those who seek God and love God will be able to love others as God does. They will be able to put the need of others ahead of theirs, especially concerning non-essential matters.
    We are guided by the actions of God through his son Jesus; we are guided by love.Such a powerful tool and agent of change. I invite us to read 1 Corinthians 13 and reflect on how we can truly demonstrate love.
    We sometimes become so caught up in the behaviour of this world that we forget to show love. We become so caught up with what we don’t have forgetting that we can still show love with what we have.
    We become so caught up with positions and titles that we forget that our birth certificates only carry our names. We could have all the knowledge in the world, but if we do not have love then it is meaningless, null and void. Only our relationship with God and people matters in the end.

Until next week allow the knowledge of God’s love to guide your every step.

Christopher Euphfa


Wednesday Reflection – August 28, 2019

The Adequate God
Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” God said, “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:11-12

Isn’t it amazing what God has done and continues to do? On a personal note, when I reflect on my own life and consider all that God has done in, for and with me, it is truly amazing, sometimes even mind boggling. Honestly, it is hard to hold back the tears when I recall all that God has done; it is a deeply humbling experience. In the midst of our host of inadequacies and limitations, God demonstrates his adequacy and omnipotence.

As God summons Moses to head to Egypt to deliver God’s people from bondage, Moses lists a myriad of reasons why he is not suited for the job. “Who am I?” reflects Moses’ understanding of his limitations and the magnitude of the task God was calling him to. Yes, he was raised in the palace, but that was long ago. He killed an Egyptian and fled for his life. He has been living anonymously in a foreign land for many years. He has become a simple shepherd. How can a shepherd negotiate with Pharaoh?

Yet, Moses’ response indicates not just his feeling of inadequacy, but for him, God couldn’t have considered him. God got it terribly wrong this time. Moses’ history was still haunting him. He recalls his earlier attempt to help the Israelites, but that resulted in the death of an Egyptian. This ultimately led to Pharaoh seeking to kill him. So how could God be sending him to his enemy? It is clear that God recognizes the inadequacies of Moses, but was teaching him to not depend on himself. Moses is being taught to depend on God. Additionally, God is leading Moses to face his past and allow God to guide him.

Moses raises five objections why he should not accept God’s invitation to go to Egypt. His final plea will be simply, “O Lord, please send someone else” (4:13). God responds by declaring, “I will be with you”.  It doesn’t really matter who Moses is, because Yahweh will enable Moses to work by his power. Yahweh will be there with Moses, and will not let him fail. Additionally, God offers his divine name, “I AM WHO I AM” (3:14). Perhaps a better translation is “I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE.” I believe that this was meant not just for the people who would ask Moses who sent him. It was meant for Moses- the I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE God would be with him every step of the way. What more could Moses ask for?

The Bible is replete with persons who felt they were not able or adequate enough to fulfill God’s call on their lives. We could add many more names including Jermaine Gibson. The truth is we are never adequate by ourselves to do God’s work. Anytime we feel adequate, we have to check our level of arrogance and pomposity. It is God who makes us adequate, for he is our all in all. Paul pleaded with God to remove his thorn in the flesh, but God pointed out that it is to keep him humble. Yet, God assured him that, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Till next week, forget about self and rely completely on our Adequate God.  

Jermaine Gibson

TUESDAY REFLECTION – Preparing For Jesus’ Return

Tuesday Reflection – August 27, 2019

Preparing For Jesus’ Return

Today’s Watchword comes from Malachi 3: 1. See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me. Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament. No one is sure of the name of the prophet since Malachi actually means ‘my messenger’. He prophesied in the early part of the 5th Century BC, a time when Jerusalem including the temple, was being rebuilt by under the leadership of Nehemiah. As we look at the text, it helps to go to the previous chapter in which the prophet outlines God’s disappointment with the religious leaders and with society in general. The chapter closes with the response of the people. Where is this God of the judgement, the God we should fear, the God who will call us into judgement? The belief was that God was far removed from the affairs of humanity so there was nothing to stop them doing as they pleased. Such thinking by any society always precedes God’s judgement. 

Our text responds to the question of the people, God is about to send his messenger to prepare the way for his coming. This can be taken on three levels. Firstly, Malachi, my messenger, was proclaiming the word of God to bring Israel to repentance before God reoccupied the temple and Israel reestablished a culture of worship and sacrifice. If the people’s hearts were not fully focused on God, if they were not fully engaged in keeping the covenant, then their worship and sacrifice would be lacking. Secondly, this was a prophecy pointing to John the Baptist who would come as the forerunner to Jesus, calling people to repentance in order to be ready for the coming of the messiah. Thirdly, this is a prophecy to the church of today, God’s messengers in a sinful world, calling the people of God to steadfastness and preparation for the return of Jesus for His church. In all three cases the establishment of a Godly order meant judgement on anyone who was found not meeting the mark, that is anyone living in sin. 

The message is therefore is clear to the church of today. The return of the Lord is imminent, and the church is the messenger calling both those within and without to repentance. In Exodus we read of Moses, a man who had murdered an Egyptian and ran away. However, after his time in Midian and his penitence when He met God, God was able to use Him to free the Hebrew people and lead them to the Promised Land. No one is outside of God’s mercy. In Eph. 2: 4 – 5 Paul writes: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. This is the message of the church and the hope for humanity. Jesus shall soon return, and we should make ourselves ready by forsaking a life led by our own devises and desires. Its not about what we want. It’s not about what makes us feel good, its about Jesus and the salvation he offers to those who believe in Him. His grace is sufficient for us. David, greatest king of Israel, was described as a man after God’s own heart. Yet he too failed. We read in 2 Samuel where he breaks almost half of the commandments. He lied, he cheated, he coveted, he murdered, he committed adultery, yet when he realized the sinfulness of his ways and cried out to God, ‘have mercy on me O God according to your loving kindness, blot out my iniquities and forgive my sins’, God heard him and forgave him. I could also tell you about Jonah and Peter who both repented and were forgiven. I could also tell you about Judas who rather than repent, took his own life. Makes me wonder what he heard while he listened to Jesus for three years. To those who are unrepentant, the message of Christ offers condemnation, but those with a repentant heart hears from the messenger, a message of forgiveness, of restoration and of an eternity with our Lord. The way is being prepared friends, I pray you have or will receive the message of hope. Jesus shall return. Be prepared even as you share the message of preparation with others.  Amen

Bevon White


Monday Reflection – August 26, 2019

In God’s Time

Thus says the Lord, “In a time of favor I have answered you, on a day of salvation I have helped you.” Isaiah 49:8

Today’s Watchword is in the context of the second of four Servant Songs in Isaiah 42-53. The servant is God’s agent to do his work in the world. The songs are about God’s servant who will, among other things, bring justice to the nations, raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the preserved of Israel. Furthermore, God says, “I will also give you for a light to the nations, that you may be my salvation to the end of the earth” (49:6b). It is clear that the servant will exercise considerable power on Yahweh’s authority.

In today’s text, Yahweh promises to bring his children home. This is intended to encourage the exiles who are having trouble believing that Yahweh will soon free them from their exile and lead them back to their homeland. God is about to liberate them. Yet, such will be on God’s terms and at God’s determined time. Notice that God says, ‘in a time of favor’ and ‘on a day of salvation’. Further, God promises that he will preserve them and give them as a covenant to the people. God is reminding them of the covenant he had established between them, a covenant between a superior (God) and an inferior (humans). God initiates these covenants and dictates their terms, and in every case the terms are favorable to the humans.

Thus in the context of the people’s inability to recover on their own and bring about their own future, God promises their restoration. God uses language that is akin to that of a mother to emphasize his promised care. For example, in 49:14, the people complains that God has forsaken and forgotten them. God responds in verse 15 by asking, if it is possible for the actual mother of a child to forget her child, even her nursing child, and if it is possible for the literal mother of the child to show no compassion for a child she has borne. Even if this were possible, God declares that it is not possible for him. “Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” God is faithful and this means that God’s options are limited; God will not, indeed cannot forget Israel. This is an act of divine self-limitation. In fact, God says that Israel is inscribed or tattooed on the palms of his hands. Israel has become a part of God’s identity. God is mother in a way that no earthly mother can be.

What a word of assurance for God’s people today! When we face life’s challenges, we have a mothering God who will always remember us. We are tattooed on the palms of God’s hands, never to be forgotten, but marked by him. We have a faithful God who will raise us up and cause us to thrive bountifully. Our journey may be through the wilderness, but we shall not be in want of food or water or protection. God himself will be our provider, guide and shelter. Yet God acts in his own time and day, as he bestows favour and salvation upon us.

Until next week, let’s trust God’s timing and actions.

Jermaine Gibson