THINGS GOD DIDN’T SAY

Misconceptions of God can be costly because they can be very defeating.

For example, it’s worry to me how many people think “cleanliness is next to godliness” comes from the pages of Scripture. If this is indeed a word from God, then most pastors have every right to feel guilty that their houses are not always tidy. In fact, depending on how far you carry it, people soon become more concerned about their furniture than they do their family.

And what about “God helps those who help themselves”? I’ve seen this used as a basis for many people thinking they can work their way to heaven. They therefore miss the biblical teaching that eternal life is free (Romans 6:23).

In fact, I think you’d be wiser to give one Sunday to each of these things I’ll be sharing periodically. I assure you, they are so rampant that you could easily spend a 30-minute message discussing each one. Most unfortunately of all, every single one of them in some way adversely affects our outreach to non-Christians.

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  1. If you don’t know the date you were saved, then you are not saved.

Unfortunately, evangelists have been the worst at propagating this first misconception. The fact is, there is a split second when a person goes from darkness into light. After recognizing you’re a sinner and that Christ died for you and rose again, you place your trust in Him alone as your only way to heaven.

However, just because you don’t know when that particular split second was doesn’t mean you aren’t saved. When Scripture gives assurance of salvation, it doesn’t go back to a date or a moment; it goes back to a fact.

Who are you trusting right now? If you’re trusting Christ alone as your only way to heaven, you are saved, regardless of when you crossed the line. After all, John 3:16 does not say, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, and whoever believes in Him and knows the date should not perish but have everlasting life.”

This idea is critical, because if a person buys into this misconception, it’s a tremendous hindrance to their outreach for Christ. How can I talk to someone else about their salvation if I’m not entirely certain of my own?

True, some people come to Christ from a very sudden and dramatic experience, like the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-39; he could have easily given you the date. And there’s no doubt the same thing was true of Paul the Apostle in Acts 9:1-22, 26-28; I’m sure he not only could have given the date, but he could have testified of the specific hour he trusted the Savior. But there are those whose conversion is not as dramatic. They may have been raised in a Christian environment where Christ was spoken about frequently. Certainly, at some point in time, they came to clearly understand their sinful condition and trust Christ, but they may not know exactly when the moment occurred.

Minister deeply to your people and free them by telling them that as long as they’re trusting Christ alone, they are saved, regardless of when they crossed the line…

STORY: NICK SOLOMON

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MUSIC: MINISTER NEGAR UNCOVERED

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Talk about her tone, her stage presence, her composure, her confidence all put in one urn, you have Minister Negar.  You should remember her from Denzel’s annual concert “Touching God’s Heart” where she led “YES YOU ARE THE LORD” with Minister Danny Nettey two years ago. Although she’s very young,  Negar was actively involved in the birth of contemporary gospel music in Ghana having closely worked with the likes of Rev. Tom Bright-Davies and being a lead singer of Global Gospel Inspirers(GGI),  a group that emanated from Tesano Baptist Church  one of Ghana’s foremost contemporary choirs, made up of young talents.

Growing up she loved singing not really knowing what plans were set for her in the future. Negar began singing in secondary school as a soloist where she sung at Scripture Union programs and at the International Central Gospel Church, Akosombo. She was discovered by a group of young men and women who encouraged her and with the help of the pastor, became a regular minister at the church services of I.C.G.C, Akosombo.

Evolving into a praise and worship leader, she has graciously stood on the platforms of many churches leading God’s people in praise and worship.

She has graced the platforms of GPCC, Heartbeat Music, God’s Family Music Ministry along side other ministers as Alvin Slaughter, Patrick Duncan, No Tribe, Uncle Ato, Denzel Agyemang-Prempeh, Naa Mercy and a host of others.

Desire to Worship, the flagship worship Service of Nissi Music Incorporated, a ministry she started and leads, is held every year. This she has done with some of the finest of GH gospel  musicians:  Eugene Zuta, Joe Mettle, Quesie Boate, Denzel Agyemang-Prempeh, Naa Mercy, Uncle Ato and the PL Crew. Talking about this year’s concert, she says it is unprecedented. She calls it “GRACE EDITION” and its happening live at the Tesano Baptist Church next month June.

Negar Wujangi is also the music director of Tesano Baptist Church.

STORY: NICK SOLOMON

 

WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULDN’T BE CONCERNED ABOUT ELECTION RESULTS

Recently I asked four friends for a few prayer requests I could bring to the Lord for them. Interestingly, two of the four asked for prayers for the election results. They were quite concerned.

It seems their experience is common. The ongoing tensions between the NPP and the NDC is scary and the stakes are high. We wonder who might be able to keep things on a steady course. Listening to the news yesterday, I heard the flag bearer of the NDC and the current president of the republic of Ghana say that if there be any chaos in this nation, he won’t be the cause.

Christians must participate in their country’s electoral process. That doesn’t mean we have to vote for someone in every office even if we cannot find enough common ground. It just means that in general we are to take part in the government as requested.

But even though we are to vote, Christians shouldn’t worry about the election results. Here are four reasons we shouldn’t be concerned:

 

  1. God is in control

God is sovereign, meaning He is ultimately in control of everything, including election results. No matter who is elected by human vote, God is also in control. It’s not either/or, it’s both/and.

I came to this realization of biblical truth later in life. When I finally did, it brought great peace to know that while people do things, God is still in control.

There is no situation where this is better described than in the issue of political leaders. Romans 13:1 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (ESV)

Whoever becomes President, Member of Parliament, Minister of state, Mayor and so on, is elected ultimately under the direction of God.

Sometimes we might think He made a big mistake, but nonetheless, He is in control.

Perhaps God uses some leaders to judge people, or to humble people so that they look to Him, or to put nations in place so end times prophecies will be fulfilled.

We may never know why God has “instituted” the leaders in office until the other side. But one thing we do know is that He is in control.

This gives me peace and I pray it should give you some peace too.

  1. Worry is always wrong

Sorry to be so blunt, but the Bible is really clear about this.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.” (Philippians 4:6a NLT)

If you’re a Christian and worrying about election results, you’re disobeying God’s Word. It’s as simple as that.

Of course, knowing this, I never worry about anything, I just get “concerned.” The problem with this explanation is that word translated “worry” means something akin to “concerned.”

The Greek word here means “to be divided, distracted.” The idea is that we find our thoughts pulled away from what they should focus on to

  • too many hours watching political channels or listening to talk radio
  • fretting about the election results
  • debating or arguing with the “other side”
  • constantly posting our viewpoints on social media

Staying involved is not wrong unless it gets out of balance—an obsession. In fact, we should participate. But we should not be involved to the extent that the election, politics and government become our passion.

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People cast their votes in presidential and parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tesano, Accra, Ghana, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. About 225 polling stations reopened Saturday for an impromptu second day of voting after there were technical breakdowns on the first day of voting, Ghana voting officials announced. Some voters waited in line all day Friday and then returned to vote on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gabriela Barnuevo)

I have strong political and moral views. But, hopefully, I don’t allow those opinions to become my focus.

What should be my focus? The answer is in the latter half of the verse cited above.

Again, it says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)

Instead of worrying, we are to turn our concerns over to God in prayer and thankfulness. The result is wonderful peace.

Don’t you love the promise, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand…!”

  1. Christians are citizens of heaven

Philippians 3:20a states clearly, “But our citizenship is in heaven.”

Sure, we are citizens of a country on earth. But ultimately, we are foreigners here. Our real citizenship is in heaven.

So why would we get worked up about election results here on earth? Every one of us will soon be leaving to spend eternity on the other side.

The Leader of the Eternal Kingdom is the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords!” (Revelation 19:16).

Our lives in a country here are shadows compared with our lives in eternity. Thus, worrying about this life is not only futile, it’s silly.

Why do we fret? Because we get our eyes off the goal. So we must do as The Apostle Paul wrote about earlier in this chapter:

I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Philippians 3:13b-14 NLT)

  1. Our real hope is in Christ

If we are worrying about an election, it’s a sign we’re trusting in the wrong thing!

Our hope must NOT be in:

  • Politicians & political parties
  • Money
  • Positions of influence
  • Family members
  • Occupations
  • Education

Each of these have their place, but it is not their place to be our ultimate hope!

Soon all these will be gone, as a result of the next election, retirement, financial reversal, deaths or our own death. None are permanent and reliable.

There is only One who is permanent and reliable: The Lord!

“We are merely moving shadows,
and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
not knowing who will spend it.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
My only hope is in you.”
(Psalm 39:6-7 NLT)

For so many years I’ve watched election results, elected officials, political parties and political movements come and go. Through them I’ve come to affirm what the psalmist wrote 3,000 years ago: “My only hope is in you.”

STORY: NICK SOLOMON

KOBBY MANTEY SET FOR DOUBLE RELEASE

In the midst of copious song debuting, Gospel music artist Kobby Mantey is set to make first appearances of two songs come the 17th of May, 2016. Being passionate about delivering excellence in production together with touching messages, Kobby said he has waited for almost four years to outdoor these songs when God gave them to him.

The songs titled JESUS and HALLELUYA is being released on the same day and happens to be the first of its kind in the Gospel music industry in Ghana. A double release seems almost impossible in our system considering the manner our industry is shaped here in Ghana. This is what Kobby has to say about the double release and also what influenced writing of the songs:

WHY A DOUBLE RELEASE

I believe God is leading me to do this, it is the usual in Ghana to release a single but I know God wants me to do something different in the Gospel industry in Ghana And I am convinced that God has a purpose for these two songs considering the Genres and the way there have been produced……..

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HALLELUYA

It is a worship song inspired by the Holy Spirit one morning while I was having my quiet time. The song dropped in my spirit while I was reading Revelation chapter 4 where John on the desert saw a vision of Jesus in Heaven, the Holy Spirit drew my attention to the verse 8 where it says “ Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come.” Immediately in that moment I started singing in my local language ( Kronkron kronkron ni yen Awurade, Kronkron kronkron ni wo asofo yehowa Halleluya halleluya osoro abofo to hwum se kronkron)

 

JESUS

One afternoon I was thinking about the name Jesus and the power He carries, so I decided to write a song that will focus on the man Jesus: my focus in writing this song is to introduce Christ to the young men and women who don’t know Him and also to some of us Christians who are yet to experience Christ and the power in His name. Philippians 2:10-11 says “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”. This song is a fusion of Pop, Hip-hop and a bit of Rock; my target is the youth and anyone who loves these genre of music

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Kobby said by the grace of God he was blessed to have worked with some awesome musicians on his project. These people include: Charley Keyz, Martinson Gyimah, Alfred Wiafe, Prince Hakeem, Evans Kornor, Lord Listowell, Naa Kwaley, Eunice Raguel, Esther Goodwyll, Emmanuel Bludo, Enoch Owuraku.

Niiella,Eunice Coffie and Kingzkid. The two songs were mixed and mastered by Shadrack Yawson (SHA) of WAVEBOX Studios. His project is managed by MAKARIOS MUSIC a new Record label in Ghana.

7 Things You have to know About Your Husband.

Here are seven things wives need to know—but may not know—about their husband:

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His ego is more fragile than you imagined. I know, you’re probably tired of hearing about the male ego. I get it. But it hasn’t gone away, and, frankly, the world isn’t too kind on our ego. We see the jokes on every sitcom and commercial about how inadequate we are at times. But there’s not a man with a soul that’s alive that doesn’t want to be admired by the woman in his life. Not one.

He is very visual. Very. More than you are probably thinking. You see his eyes roam. That’s a natural reaction for him. He doesn’t have to work on it. Now he has responsibility over his eyes—not the girl who attracted them—but if there’s a pretty girl around, he probably saw her long before you did. And he likely battles staring more than you will ever understand.

He doesn’t want you to be his mother. You can say “Ouch!” if you need to, but men want a wife, not a mom. I hear this from men frequently—especially young men. If you’re a mom, they want you to be a great mom—just not theirs. I know we need mothering sometimes. All of us do. We may even act like big babies at times. But mothering a husband never works. Ever. Be our partner. Our best friend. Not our mother.

When you correct him, you hurt him. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t need correcting. He might. But the way you do this is huge. Your respect for him is huge for him. His greatest emotional need. That could be in how he fixes the bed—or the fact that he doesn’t—or for things far worse. If he senses you are talking down to him—not respecting him—he may comply with your wishes in actions (or not), but inside his heart will be growing colder toward you. Always correct in love!!!

He loves you uniquely. He probably won’t love you all the ways you expect him to love. And, frankly, he won’t be all the love you need him to be. He may not always feel love as an emotion as strongly as you do. Your heart is capable of much more than he can fill completely. There will be times—hopefully even seasons—when he does, but no man will meet every need of your heart. (Other than the man Jesus.)

What he does really is who he is many times. It’s his identity. If it’s golf, his career, fishing, antique cars or his extensive comic book collection—that’s a part of him. When you miss that or don’t value it, he may feel like less of a man.

He probably thinks you’re more wonderful than you think he does. He probably thinks higher of you than you do. How you look. What you’re able to do. He wonders how you keep up with everyone and everything as you do. He may even envy that about you. And he has a strong desire to protect you because of his view of you. He respects you—probably more than he knows how to communicate to you.

Guys, anything you would add?

 STORY: Nick Solomon