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FROM #UNILAGPRAYS TO #UNILAGPREVAILS

The joy in the house was palpable. Songs of praise rent the air. Undiluted worship took centre stage. Indeed, it was an icing on the cake for meeting of Christians on University of Lagos Campus for seven days.

Last Monday was saw the end of the fasting and prayer programme embarked upon by the Christian community under the auspices of Unilag Joint Christian Fellowship (UJCF) led by the president, Pastor Michael Liyansan.

An elated Liyansan noted during the benediction: “It has moved from #UNILAGPRAYS to #UNILAGPREVAILS. So, go and spread the message. The church in UNILAG is advancing. The gates of hell shall never prevail. “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. (Matt. 16:18).”

It is a sincere prayer that the church transcends beyond denominations. Moves forward leaving every iota of deceit and lies to attract members. The advancement of the church whose impact is undeniable, unquenchable and sharp to pierce every heart of men we crave.

A congregation where darkness cannot have a say, its way and prey is our desire. Indeed, the church is marching on.

However, could it be the church has been sleeping since? Does it mean the church has ever since lost its original focus? While speaking with two former UNILAG campus fellowship presidents last week, they confirmed it.

One categorically said to me: “Let us tell ourselves the truth. The church has caused a ‘nuisance’ on campus.” He was quick to add that the nuisance was due to the proliferation of church planting in guise of fellowships on campus.

Hmmmm!! Lord have Mercy… Michael Smith’s “The Heart of Worship” aptly comes to mind. We need to come back to the heart of the matter. The sole aim of the church. Enough of the empty ‘tonguing generation’ (Anticipate this piece soon ).

The apostles of old needed not to tongue day and night in the open for signs and wonders to take place.

Their tongues were never to be displayed in the public to show class, spirituality and panache.

Yet, when they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)

The seal, the promised Holy Spirit is available to guide and teach the Church. Can we remain yielded to him leaving bickering and envy? Gal 5: 26.

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH
KOA

Musings on #UNILAGPRAYS

Beloved, ULSU has chosen to adhere strictly to the school’s recent directives on venues, hence no Fellowship activity is allowed within the ULSU compound from Monday. Pls lets endeavour to adhere to instructions at these times as it would ease our negotiations with the ULSU and the school authority.

With this message received on July 12 (Few minutes before the benediction of the first Sunday service of this semester), I knew that the church in UNILAG was never going to be the same way. It was with faith I headed for an emergency meeting on Monday July 13 at the foot of the cross.

Resolutions made by forty-four presidents (forming the Council of Presidents) and eight Central Executuves of UNILAG Joint Christian Fellowship that evening was all I have always longed for. Indeed, a church united for a cause.

Beyond denominations, we can all come together to keep the unity of the Spirit.

Brethen, the church in UNILAG has emerged. You must not be left out of this glorious church were bickering ceases, love serenades and Grace abounds. A church where there is no clash for members but a collective desire to reach out to the lost.

A great desire to ensure RIGHTEOUSNESS reigns on campus. A zeal to see that everyone on campus sees the light and follow through.

After speaking with a mentor on Sunday on the glorious trend emerging at the church in UNILAG, my joy knew no bounds on his reply.

Hear what he said: “KC, this is it. We fought against the profileration of fellowships on campus during my time but it was not to be. If this is happening lets see how it goes.

“The Church is beyond denominations. We must eliminate such on our campus.”

Indeed order is coming back to UNILAG church. A church where there is no competition but the consciousness to keep the unity of the Spirit and of the Faith.

Brother Paul in his charge to the church in Corinth blurted: “Let all things be done decently and in order”.

Thus far, the six days of #UNILAGPRAYS has indeed been awesome.

Prayers raised on the altar has never been towards the authorities rather the ushering in of a new era where peace (Eph. 4:3) and largeness of heart (1 Kings 4:29).

Even as the Christian community embarks on the last day of this seven-day prayer and fasting programme, it is very pertinent we do not lose focus. We must not lose faith because the weapons of our warfare are not carnal.

God at this time is working unity, Fellowship and Peace on campus. The wind of the Seal is moving upon UNILAG and we all must be part in Obedience to Christ.

Your Brother,

Kelechi Amakoh
KOA

A Brand New Season

A New Dawn is here! 2015 finally here and shouts of Happy New Year yet to cease.

It is my prayer and sincere desire for this house that we will walk more with Him, represent his life and image wherever we find ourselves and be the true revelation of Christ. Heb1:3 2Cor 3:18.

Righteousness shall reign Isa 62:1… Shouts of rejoicing shall not cease Isa 61:10,11…. The desired Change were leaders rule with the fear of God Prov.1:7…

Even as the Lord keeps us standing out in this perverse land, our lights shall continually shine brighter and our salvation as a flaming torch. Matt.5:16.

Happy New Year Family

#NoNeedToWorry
#Jubilations
#RevelationofChrist
#Righteousness
#ItIsSettled

2015….

FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FATHER

 

“If we say we have fellowship with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and actions.”

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Hello Friends! I come to you not in excellency, prowess and panache of writing but as led by His Spirit. I write not as of my own wisdom but the hidden wisdom of God.

For some weeks, the Holy Spirit has taken us through the path every Christian must daily follow in his walk with God-FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FATHER. It is likely that we take this for granted because of its frequency to our ears this month. It is possible we have turned it to the usual catchphrase as that which accompanies TV commercials and radio jingles.

This is a call unto closer walk with God. This was how it was from the beginning (my bible tells me so) until “their eyes were opened” Gen 37Man lost the place of fellowship with the father until the one who remains blameless perfected the plan of redemption back to God.

Yet, we still give in to opening of the eyes.  We want to talk the way the world talks and still maintain a robust bond with the Father. Despite a perceived glittering nature of this world, what it got to offer still remains- “…lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” 1John 215 . However, we walk into darkness majestically without batting an eyelid. He is the Father of Light which we claim to serve. However, we fail to let that light shine through us. 

His fellowship with the Father was a tight one. He got to the realm of receiving what the future had waiting for him. They hated him, chastised him, betrayed him and sold him. Yet, he kept the faith. His light shone with immediate alacrity everywhere he settled-Matt 516 Even when she tried to mess his fellowship with the Father, the bible records that “he fled” Gen 3913 .

What about the father of the wisest man ever to live? His fellowship knew no bounds. unto thee do I lift up my soul”-Ps 251, “As the deer longs for a stream of cool water, so I long for you, God”-Ps 421indeed his fellowship stemmed from the desire to know more of Him every passing moment. No wonder he is the man referred to be after God’s own heart. Such isn’t attained from a distant relationship. It is reached through a constant, close, communal, and consecrated companionship.

Why Fellowship with the Father?

-God’s Shadow: Fellowship guarantees protection. A habitat is sure under HIS shadow because “he that touches you, touches the apple of his eye” Zech. 28 .

– Walk in the light: Light signifies his presence. It typifies a sold out life. Light stands out such as the bearer of light stands out. “but let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation” 1 Thess. 58 .

Help:. Fellowship with the father surely advances our spiritual maturity. With such advancement of maturity we are able to help others attain spiritual maturity.

 “You can’t help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself”-Norman Schwarzkopf

This is a conscious effort in ensuring a relationship is maintained and nurtured with Christ. But how can we do this without daily search? How well do we study HIS word? how much of his word have we got? “Thy word have I hid in my heart so that I may not sin against thee” Ps 11911

Even as we further in this personal race,see that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” Eph 515-17

MARANATHA!

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THE CHURCH: Beyond Sloganeering

The church-the called out ones. Yes, called out for a purpose. A UNIQUE PURPOSE. The Christ-like souls. Indeed it is the body of Christ.Every soul who truly surrenders all to Christ belongs to the called out ones.

However, those who profess to be members of the church are now in a new dispensation. The era of sloganeering. Wanting to feel funky, yippy and fine. Hmmm! everyone now an apostle of short, witty and ‘it is well’ statements.

It will not be uncommon when your eyes wanders across the lane during the usual Lagos traffic or Abuja standstill to see ‘big big’ vehicles playing host to several stickers. If it is not exceeding grace, it is uncommon favour or overflow and the likes. 

Don’t get me wrong. These are sweet (if ever presented in plates) words of reassuring capacity. with the abbility to heal broken hearts and ginger souls. But, this only gets real when we move beyond the sloganeering era.

The church needs to move on from the stage of preaching slogans and  unhealthy competition. It ought to pass the stage of ‘stealing’ members with untrue ‘thus says’ the Lord messages. The congregation is in need of life. The word ministered undiluted, unadulterated or adumbrated. Without fear or favour. Without recourse to whose ox is gored nor emotions and thoughts tampered with.

Christ isn’t coming for the yippyy, witty Christians.

The kingdom of God isn’t in sweet talking from pulpits. It should be a place where the word is true and sincere. Able to pierce an divide every stony heart. Only when the church comes into this knowledge, will we have genuine repentance and acceptance.


KELECHI AMAKOH

THE FEAST

                                The greatest feast ever,

The High and Mighty have been invited over

Kings,princes,men of influence and strength

                           A lot has been spent

Golden utensils have been purchased

The feast hall has been arranged

                             Alas,the guest!

Turning down the king’s invitation

After over two thousand years of preparartion

                             What a pity

“There is hope,” says the king

“Go, call the poor,weak and lame,

“We are changed,” say the poor,weak and lame

Beggars and men with no name

“Cleansed,sanctified,redeemed and restored,

Courtesy the blood of the lamb

TimilehinOdeyale

©2012

10 TIPS FOR SUCCESS AS A FRESHER

Congratulations! You made it at last. Out of the lot that applied you were picked. It calls for celebration.

Yes, it is a joyous moment for you but remember the end of a race is the beginning of another.

Making it into the Higher Institution is just a step in the right direction. Starting well is an added advantage. As a fresher, the excitement is at the peak. Wanting to feel among is topmost on your agenda. Remember the reason of being in school. Friends could make or mar your stay on campus.

Social gatherings could sway you off your feet. Make hay while the sun shines.

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The best time to make a good grade is now. Do not leave it for the late hours.It might be too late.

Success is not an overnight thing. It is not what is achieved spontaneously. It is a gradual
process.

The following 10 tips are indeed helpful:

Attend lectures regularly: Ensure you attend all lectures. This is a sure path to success. Avoid truancy.

Make researches: Go the whole hug to expand your knowledge base. This is important. Lecturers expect students to learn more about a particular topic. What you get in class is just a minute which needs to be broadened.


Avoid frivolities
: Attend social engagements but thread with caution. Not all parties, seminars is necessary. Frivolities should not have a part on our itinerary.


Be a good time manager
: Time management could make or mar your stay on campus. Engage the principle of planning to avoid losing out. Time is a respecter of no man. Remember you have only 24 hours in a day. It is a common commodity which must be judiciously spent.

Move with the right clique
: Friends are necessary in our life’s journey. If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far in life go with friends. Choose friends that would impact your life for the better.

Respect all, fear none: Fear is a limiting factor for success. Give no room for fear. Respect
everyone but fear no one. The moment you engage fear you start losing grip of a successful
end. God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love and of a sound mind.

Impact your environment
: Wherever you find yourself, ensure you impact lives. In the
school environment, engage in activities that are people oriented. Activities that would
add value in the lives of others.


Avoid procrastination
:Procrastination gives room for laziness.As a student who wants to be successful avoid leaving things to be done now for a later time.


Improve yourself
:Read books outside your school curriculum that would improve you as a
person.

EDITOR’S NOTE:
The above tips aren’t the ultimate for success on campus. The campus world is a free-for-all venture. Indeed, you are going into the world. For sons, do not entangle yourselves with the portion of the king’s enticing meat. If sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

First published on CampusDailyOnline
Kelechi Amakoh
©2012

FSFUNILAG CARES….

Before the race begins…

If you haven’t known, know it now. If it hasn’t been revealed, behold the revelation.
University of Lagos is set to begin a new session by Monday, March 3, 2014.

Surprised? Don’t be. Scared? Never be. Anxious?? Why should you? It is not important.

Before the race begins, you have to take a review of past period as students. How far have you fared?

The king suffered insomnia. Sleep vanished and he commanded the book of records be opened.

Never start this new session without probings and deep evaluation of past sessions of how you’ve fared.

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Congratulations, now you an FYB. That signifies you have 9 months left before the university releases you. Have you prayerfully thought out a strategy for survival in this ‘no job opportunity’ environment? What are your plans after school. If you have shyed away from this? Don’t shy away from it now. The time to plan is NOW.

Oh! Dear student, you have completed your sophomore class. It signifies about 50 per cent work done. It is the final lap to the finish line. Avoid no slack. Seek HIM now while he might be found to divinely order your steps.

Oh! Freshman. Congratulations. Out of the lot, you were selected. The new session isn’t High School. A different scenry. Indeed, you can’t afford to embark on this journey with GOD.

Never venture into leaving out God unless you plan to be ruined before your programmes culminates.

Indeed, schooling is not a gurantee of success. It is a useful tool for a positive outlook towards living.

In Christ alone should your hope be found.

Some may put theirs in chariots, amassing of grades while others on people but surely it wouldn’t succeed.

Therefore, trust in the LORD with all thy strength. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge HIM and HE shall direct your path!

FSFUNILAG cares…

Critics and Criticism

To always give a defense for every criticism against you is rather a sign of weakness than a strong point. And such infirmity leads to so much irritation of concerned fellows that they stop airing their opinions on your conduct. Now when the mirror is gone, the hope for perfection of beauty goes dim.

Criticism is rather a statement of opinion, and its congruence to truth remains probable, to be rightly judged only by a pure, defenseless heart. And why answer back when the criticism against you is not a question? Yea, even if found in form of a question, it is often rhetorical, needing no answer.

In mathematics, an identity element is defined as an element which has no effect on combination with any of the sides of an equation. So are excuses to failure; they neither undo the decisions and deeds that led to the disappointment, nor alter the damage already caused.

Haven’t we often been misled by the pride of our depraved hearts to think ourselves righteous amidst obvious evidences of our errors? Thomas a Kempis rightly remarks, “Often we are not aware that we are so blind in heart. Meanwhile we do wrong, and then do worse in excusing it.” And little wonder the sweet Psalmist of Israel cried out in prayers,

“Who can understand [his] errors? cleanse thou me from secret [faults]. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous [sins]; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.”

(Ps. 19:12-13)

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A man of a thousand words is too noisy and boring to be heard; yea, a man of ten thousand excuses is even too irresponsible and too weak to succeed. He who absolves himself of all blame stands in judgment of all; yea, he puts himself in greater danger who thinks himself to be entirely safe from all harm.

We should be more willing to allow men have their say while we examine ourselves to amend our ways on course to perfection. If we are right in our thinking, we should soon realize that open condemnation does not demean us; neither does public commendation make us better than who we really are.

Of this Christ Himself proclaimed,

“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!”
(Luke 6:26)

And elsewhere, He blesses the unjustly criticized, saying,

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”
(Matt. 5:10)

The man who accepts criticism dissolves all erroneous conclusions by the inner strength which he possesses, namely, the wisdom of his heart. And he who gratefully receives them with the calm of meekness soon realizes some great opportunities to develop and release more strength.

Are you being unjustly criticized? I offer you the words said to me by Professor Michael Kolawole, a lecturer of mine who I admire: “Learn to cultivate a culture; you will excel in it and be contented. But don’t expect all people to admire you. A large number, out of envy, will attempt to blackmail you. Don’t mind. Though annoying, but keep moving.”

If your actions are just and true, they cannot be tainted or dimmed by vain arguments, for darkness leaves no spot on the candle stick; yea, as light shines brighter in darkness, so shall your righteousness break forth in glorious radiance amidst the erroneous judgments laid up against you.

Peter sets this forth with resounding authority of justice when he wrote:

“Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation”
(1Pet. 2:12)

Many a time, silence is the best defense for criticism. It provides a better platform for sober reflection and relaxes the muscles of the mind from a thousand struggles against truth to be occasioned by one’s ego.

The highest example of this is seen in the attitude of the Messiah, of whom it was written,

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth”
(Isa. 53:7)

Such Peter recommends as being altogether worthy of our emulation:
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed [himself] to him that judgeth righteously”.


(1Pet. 2:21-23)
So also we who are criticized unjustly should not fall to the deception of answering back, for such speaks more of the arrogance of folly than the meekness of wisdom; rather, we should maintain righteous silence, do away with unnecessary excuses and reserve our just answers, if any, for the day of ultimate reckoning, while we diligently consider our ways and rest our hope in our blessed Saviour and Lord whom we strive to please with our every deeds in life or death.

As I conclude this piece written with intent to enlighten the heart of my fellow companions in the heavenly race, I must here admit that such was borne out of firsthand experience, not just diligent study of words or stories of another, neither by intelligent composition of amiable lyrics. I have indeed been chastised by my faults and corrected by the divine light of Scriptural truth. You may now borrow a lesson from mine to tread more wisely on the narrow pathways of earthly life. For “an ounce of wisdom”, the Chinese say, “is worth a bushel of learning”.

EDITOR’S NOTE
“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” Winston Churchill

Bright Ukwenga
©2013
first published on lytoflyf Blog

WHO REALLY HAS YOUR HEART?

 

This is a question many of us need to sit and think about before answering. For many ‘Christians’, they not just ‘date’ the devil, they have a thriving relationship with him. Know this: It is impossible to serve God and mammon. Friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4) and God won’t have 99.9% of your heart (EX. 34:14).

You say you’re a Christian and you still cheat and carry out exam malpractice? You’re flirting with the devil. There is a very high tendency for people in a relationship to pick up habits and attitudes from each other. Hence, the saying ‘Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are’. Even the Bible note ‘Evil communication corrupts good manners’ (I Cor. 15:3).

Some will ask “what’s so wrong in helping out in the exam hall?” I’ll tell you- better still, the Bible tells us what is wrong:

–          ‘Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is n authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves’– Rom 13:1-2

 

–          ‘If ye love me, keep my commandments’- Jn. 14:15

 

Referring to the first passage, our authority can be seen as the school authorities. We are aware of rules and regulations guiding our exams, but for one reason or other, we flout them.

Referring to the second scripture, if truly you love the Lord; if Christ is the only one who has your heart, you should be making conscious efforts to obey Him. I know it’s not cool, I know it can sometimes seem stupid but you must realize that you have to take a stand. Stop the Double-Dating, have faith in Him alone and you’ll see that God is a faithful lover.

 

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” Heb 11:6

 

Do not be deceive yourself. Give reasonable attendance to studying. God is a GP booster, not a magician.

“Be not deceived. God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” Gal. 6:7.

“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men” Prov. 22:29

EDITOR’S NOTE

Why give your heart to a double standard? A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Surrender all to the master craft. He is willing to mould, break, crush and refine us.

FSF UNILAG
©2013