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Love One Another – Prophet Kankam Beditor Tells Believers

“God is love and commands us to love Him. However, we cannot say we love God, yet we hate one another. It is, therefore, expedient that we harness brotherly love and fellowship in our Christian journey.”

These were the words of Prophet David Kankam Beditor, the Ashaiman Area Head of The Church of Pentecost and Chairman of the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) of the church, in a presentation on “The Power and the Beauty of Christian Fellowship” at the Ministers and Wives Conference (MWC’21 – Greater Accra Region) on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh.

Prophet Kankam Beditor, who is also an Executive Council Member of the church, urged all believers to ensure that they develop and maintain brotherly love and good Christian fellowship among themselves.

Taking his key scriptures from Psalm 133:2 and Genesis 2:18, Prophet Beditor noted that “God Himself acknowledged the power of fellowship when He said, ‘Let us make man.’”

He indicated that “since man was made in the image and likeness of God, man is also a social being and therefore cannot live in isolation, as God said ‘It is not good for man to live alone.’ This means that as Christians, the glory of God can only be revealed in our lives in its full measure if we live in harmony with one another and with all people.”

He posited that “Christian fellowship can be defined as any gathering of saints who come together to glorify God and to edify one another. It is also a state where believers share with God and with one another in life, work, pleasure, and sufferings. It is a lifelong relationship that should occur between us physically and spiritually at all times.”

He, however, bemoaned that several hindrances mitigate against the fruitful nurture and growth of Christian fellowship, saying, “If we want to build strong bonds of brotherly love and Christian fellowship, we must do away with sin, self-seeking acts, unhealthy competition, jealousy, anger, bitterness, pride, gossip, tribalism and discrimination.”

Prophet Beditor reiterated that “if we yearn for the glory of God to be seen in the church and in our lives, we must love God and transcend that love to one another.

“We can do so by making conscious efforts to live in harmony with people who may not even want to have a peaceful relationship with us. We must also make sacrifices for one another and prioritize invitations and visitations.”

Prophet David Kankam Beditor further expounded that Christian fellowship has enormous blessings and benefits that have a great impact on the church and society as a whole. He said that “any church that harnesses good Christian fellowship witnesses great anointing and revival. It also experiences spiritual growth and maturity. The world sees that church and identifies it with the oddity of Jesus Christ.”

“Finally, the church that harnesses good Christian fellowship and brotherly love invokes the manifest presence of God and gains favour in the sight of God and men,” he added.

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Ministry Is A Call To Sacrifice – Chairman

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye has emphasised that the ministerial calling is a call to a life of sacrifice.

According to him, ministry is a life of sacrifice because one gives up their right to themselves and no longer live as they will.

Apostle Nyamekye said this during a presentation on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Tamale during the opening session of the Northern Regional edition of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference.

Illustrating the purpose of ministry from Philippians 2:19,20-21, he said that ministry is about snatching people from hell and making them ready for Heaven. “If anyone is fit for heaven, they are an asset for the earth they live on,” he added.

He, however, read from Numbers 3:12,45 and Deuteronomy 33:8-11 to establish that once ministers and wives begin to make sacrifices for the sake of their ministerial call, God will surely reward them, charging that “Don’t be anxious, God will take care of you!”

The Chairman also referred to a statement made by David Livingstone, a Christian Scottish Medical Doctor and Explorer, that, “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honour, how can a commission by a heavenly king be considered a sacrifice?” to advise church leaders to value the call of God upon their lives and not to portray themselves as needy people.

He also urged ministers and wives of the church, especially those in Mission Areas, not to speak ill of their stations to other members with the intent of gaining favours from them.

The Chairman appealed to ministers’ wives to be committed to their priestly role in the work of the ministry because just like their husbands, they have also been called as priests. He read from Luke 1:5-6 to explain that although Zechariah was the ordained priest, his wife, Elizabeth was also a Levite and, therefore, qualified as a priest.  

Having eulogised the sacrifice of officers in the Church, he entreated ministers to make time to pray for their presbyters.

Present at the conference were Apostle Sylvester Arhin (Northern RCC Coordinator and Tamale Area Head), Apostle Daniel Dekpor (Northern RCC Secretary, National Music Chairman and Tumu Area Head). Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah-Agyeman (Bolgatanga Area Head), Apostle Daniel Nii Tetteh Tackie (Wa Area Head), Apostle William Ohemeng Kwakye (Sawla Area Head) and Apostle Francis Yaw Adu, (Walewale Area Head), Pastor Emmanuel Kojo Aidoo (Yendi Area Head) and Pastor Eric Gyambibi Boateng (Bawku Area Head).

The Chairman was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Mary Nyamekye.

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Do The Work Of God With Passion – Apostle Kumi-Larbi Tells Church Leaders

The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has encouraged church leaders to be passionate about doing the work of God.

Speaking on the topic, “Doing the Work of God with Passion,” at the Western Regional session of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at the E. K. Kyei Memorial Temple, Tarkwa, the General Secretary advised ministers and their spouses to do the work of God with enthusiasm, interest and zeal.

“Passion is when a person has an intense enthusiasm, a craving for God and His work, with compelling emotions and feelings coupled with God-given desires that compels him or her to make a difference. 

“Passion is the fuel, a keen interest, a strong desire, a hunger, a thirst and a craving for God and His work. Passionate people are hardworking, and their output beats those with talent who fail to work on their talents through discipline and training,” he said.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi indicated that a person’s desire fueled by passion will bring about the greatest results in his life and ministry and the fire on his inside will affect everything on the outside. 

Expounding further, the General Secretary indicated that passionate people are always drawn to their passion, willing to sacrifice for it, express it everywhere and are unperturbed by critics.

Making references to Numbers 25:6-13 2 Samuel 6:12, 2 Samuel 6: 13,17, 2 Samuel 6:14-16, 2 Samuel 6:12-23; 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 and Exodus 33:15-16, he revealed that because of his passion for the things of God, Phinehas, son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, turned God’s anger away from the Israelites. According to him, Phinehas achieved this feat due to his zealousness for God in dealing with unrighteousness among God’s people. 

Apostle Kumi-Larbi encouraged church leaders to be passionate about cultivating God’s presence daily, the Kingdom of God and its representatives on earth (Church), righteousness, lost souls, the Gospel, the ministry of prayer and the Word, and about excellence in ministry endeavours. 

He also revealed that the love of Christ is the catalyst for godly passion and that people who are passionate about God are active for Him. “They make time for God, whether that means getting up early in the morning to make that time possible or sacrificing some activity that they enjoy to do most,” he explained.

He further advised Christians to make choices that strengthen their fellowship with God and ask Him to give them the passion to do greater works for Him.

“As we develop a closer relationship with God, one of friendship and intimacy, our passion will grow, and as it does, doing the things He asks us to do will follow naturally,” he stated.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi further indicated that the passion of Christians would be manifested in their resolve or determination to follow God even at the peril of their lives, as was the case of some of God’s greatest missionaries who risked their lives and ministries for the sake of God’s promises, regardless of their emotions.

He concluded by admonishing Christians to do the work of God with passion and to be “crazy” for the Kingdom business in season and out of season.

Report by Western and Western North Regions Media Team

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Reverence For God Brings Revival – Apostle Gyesi-Addo

The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo has urged Christians, particularly church leaders, to deem it imperative to revere the Lord at all times as it is a prerequisite for revival.

Apostle Gyesi-Addo said this during the Eastern Regional session of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference on Tuesday, January 25, 2021, held at the Central Tabernacle, Koforidua. He spoke on the topic: “Revival In An Atmosphere Of Reverence” with references from Leviticus 10:3; 19:30 and James 4:8.

In his exposition, the IMD talked about two key subjects – the Temple (Sanctuary) as a physical structure and the Temple (Sanctuary) as a spiritual structure. The temple or sanctuary, he explained, is a meeting place for the saints (believers). 

“God is always present wherever the saints gather. Consequently, wherever the saints gather becomes a holy place,” he said.

Touching on the temple as a spiritual structure, he said that “Christians are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, they must glorify God in their bodies. The presence of God is always in the temple whether physical or spiritual, and He must be given/accorded the needed reverence.” 

He noted that the temple is the house of God and it symbolises His dwelling. Hence, temples are dedicated and sanctified for His use, adding that “a temple which is left unattended does not glorify God.”

The IMD reiterated that God is the owner of the church and a partaker of all church services, hence He must always be acknowledged in the midst of the saints. 

“God must not in any circumstance be provoked during worship by doing things that displease Him,” he cautioned.

Apostle Gyesi-Addo advised church leaders not to look down on anyone in the church and to desist from exchanging pleasantries with others while service is in session. He also urged other church workers, such as instrumentalists, to behave in a disciplined manner during services.

He also urged Christians, particularly church leaders, to be conscious of the presence of God during church services and to offer Him the honour due Him because reverence for God brings great revival. He concluded that when believers serve and worship God well, miracles, signs and wonders become byproducts; they follow automatically.

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Walk In Holiness – Prophet Ebenezer Appiah Tells Christians

The Dansoman Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Prophet Ebenezer Kofi Appiah, has called on Christians to strive to live holy life in their walk with God.

Prophet Appiah said this while speaking on Day-2 of the 2021 Ministers’ and Wives Conference (Greater Accra Regional Session) underway at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.

Delivering the sermon on the topic, “A Church Called To A Holy Living,” based on Ephesians 2:12-13, Prophet Appiah noted that the word ‘Church’ signifies a people who are called out to belong to God. This, he said, means that the church (Christians) must separate themselves from the mundane things of the world and present themselves as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to the Lord.

Prophet Appiah explained that God is holy, therefore, when God calls a person, He expects the person to separate himself from his old life and walk in holiness.

“Throughout the Bible, whoever God chose to use were people who separated themselves and set themselves apart for Him; Abraham, Noah, Moses, Esther, and Job, were all people who walked in holiness. Since God is holy, He can only have a relationship with holy people,” he stressed.

Reading from 1 Peter 2:9, he revealed that “God has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of Light. The kingdom of darkness is a place of sin and death, where man is depraved and walks in destruction, not knowing that what they are doing is sinful and detrimental to their soul.”

He added: “When a person lives in darkness he doesn’t know the difference between what is right and wrong, that is why many people who are living ungodly lives defend themselves and fight against anyone who tries to tell them otherwise. This is because their minds have been corrupted and hindered from knowing the truth.”

Prophet Appiah further expounded that believers have no choice than to live in holiness. “Therefore, if you do not tell a lie or commit adultery alone doesn’t make you holy, rather it is a complete lifestyle of doing what is pleasing to God,” he stated.

He, however, indicated that some people believe that they become holy at conversion, thus at the time they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. “This is erroneous because holiness is a constant effort to make a daily walk in purity,” he said.

Prophet Ebenezer Kofi Appiah concluded by saying that “holiness is the core of Christianity. The God we serve is holy and if we are to have a relationship with Him, we must walk in holiness.”

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God Is Preparing A Special Kind Of People – Apostle David Tekper

The Achimota Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle David Tettey Tekper, has indicated that God’s goal for instituting the church is to prepare a special kind of people for Himself, holy and unblemished, who will serve as His ambassadors on earth to manifest/reflect His glory among the nations.

The former Executive Council Member of the Church made this assertion during a presentation on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at the Greater-Accra Regional session of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh.

Speaking on the topic, “The Goal of the Church,” with Ephesians 5:22-27, 2 Corinthians 11:2 & 4, Ephesians 1:4 and Exodus 19, as scripture references, among others, Apostle Tekper stressed that the Lord is a God of purpose because there is always a reason for everything He does.

According to him, right from the beginning of creation, God gave a clear indication that His goal for creating humankind was to have a deeper relationship with them. This, Apostle Tekper said, has always been God’s desire and it is evident throughout His interventions and dealings with humankind.

In his presentation, the Achimota Area Head defined a goal as “an end towards which efforts are directed.” He explained that the efforts and activities directed toward the goal serve as the groundwork (preparation) for its attainment. In this sense, God chose Christians to prepare them to be holy and blameless so that through them His glory would be manifested in the world, thereby leading many to be reconciled with Him.

Expounding further on the goal of the church, Apostle Tekper revealed that the Church of God (the Church Universal) is meant to be a Militant Church – that is, one that is always at warfare with the enemy of God (devil) and his cohorts, who are determined to stall the realisation of God’s intended goal for the church.

“We are at warfare as victorious people because Jesus, our captain, has already won the battle. So, we are not fighting a ‘lose-battle,’ but a victorious one,” he said, stressing that, “We must, therefore, fight with the mindset that we are already victorious.”

Apostle Tekper further noted that believers, who form the Church of God, need to be constantly revived to meet the goal for which it was instituted by God. He said that through revival, the church would not only be rekindled to work towards becoming a glorious one but be equipped to prevail against the “Gates of Hell.”

Apostle Tekper, therefore, urged believers to avail themselves for the continuous touch of God (revival) through a consistent prayer life, the study of the Bible and obedience to God’s word, bearing in mind that they are a special kind of people called to bring honour and glory to the Lord in the world.

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“That There May Be Glory in The Church” – Apostle Prof. Ohene-Kyei (Rtd)

The former Winneba Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Professor Peter Ohene-Kyei (Rtd) has admonished believers to make conscious effort to ensure that the glory of God does not depart from the Church.

Apostle Ohene-Kyei said this at the 2021 Ministers and Wives’ Conference (Greater Accra Region) which is currently underway at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.

Delivering a sermon on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, on the theme, “That There May Be Glory in the Church,” based on Ephesians 5:20-21, Apostle Ohene-Kyei noted that “God desires to constantly reveal His glory in the lives of His people. However, we must make conscious effort to maintain the glory by walking in holiness and the light of the word of God so that the glory will not depart.”

Apostle Peter Ohene-Kyei, who is also a former Rector of the Pentecost University, revealed that the word ‘glory’ which is translated from the original Hebrew word “Kabowd” connotes splendour, honour, beauty, magnificence, strength, and greatness. He, therefore, indicated that “if a person carries the glory of God, that person is excellent, beautiful, magnificent and has splendour.

Reading from Genesis 45:13, he explained that “because Joseph carried the glory of God, Pharaoh did not want Joseph to leave Egypt but insisted that Joseph invites his father and his entire family to come and live with him in Egypt.”

“The glory of God made Joseph an excellent man, loved by Pharaoh and all the Egyptians. So if we carry the glory of God, we will be unique in all our endeavours and the world will behold the glory of God in our lives and seek to know God,” he stressed.

Apostle Ohene-Kyei added that the glory of God in a church is not seen in the beauty of its edifice, or the vastness of its auditorium. He, however, said that “the early believers did not worship in magnificent auditoriums, but people came from far and near to witness the spectacle of God’s glory and the power of His might at work in them.”

He further expounded that “the glory of God in the church is marked by holiness and purity. It is also a place where worship and sacrifice flow spontaneously without compulsion. The glory of God in a church is also marked by the constant communication of the gospel and vibrant evangelism. When the glory of God is present in the church, there is the experience of the supernatural power and manifest presence of God.”

He, however, cautioned that “Paul’s prayer in Ephesians denotes that the glory of God can depart from the church, therefore, let us all as believers ensure with all steadfastness that the glory does not depart from the church.”

“The believer who wants to maintain the glory of God in their lives must cross the lines of comfort and worldly pleasure into a place of holiness and purity, and strive to be revived constantly,” he concluded.

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Revival Emanates From God – Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah Asserts (01)

Revival Emanates From God – Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah Asserts

The immediate past Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah (Rtd.), has disclosed that real revival begins from the almighty God himself and not from any act of perspiration.

Speaking at the opening of the Greater Accra Regional session of the 2021 Ministers and Wives’ Conference on Tuesday, January 25, at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, on the topic, “The Significance of Israel’s Conquest of Sihon and Og to the 21st Century Church,” the former Chairman advised church leaders to find the source of revival in their quest to revive the church.

“Revival is when a person begins to know who the Lord is and acknowledges him as such, there comes a change in the life of the person,” he said, adding, “It is the Holy Spirit who quickens the knowledge of God within us. As we acknowledge the greatness of God and honour him, something changes in us and the result is what people see as revival.

“The actual revival is within you – if you listen to the Holy Spirit who helps you to know God – certainly, there is going to be a change/revival in you.

He implored church leaders to find contemporary ways of doing things in order to be effective. According to him, when leaders become used to the methods and principles of doing things in the church, they can perfectly perform them without being inspired. “We need to find out the spirit behind everything we do as a church, because revival is not just doing things as the old people used to do it,” he stressed.

According to him, true Pentecostal spirituality is about spontaneity (allowing the immediacy of the Holy Spirit to take over the affairs of the church thereby resulting in the variety of spiritual giftings/activities working in the church), orality (the ability to share spiritual things with the brethren), and then simplicity, saying, “When the Holy Spirit takes over our services, people see it because the atmosphere changes; people feel his presence and they are satisfied and revived.”  

Taking his key texts from Nehemiah 9:22-23; 35-37; Deuteronomy 2:24-25; Joshua 2:10-11; Philippians 3:10, he revealed who Sihon and Og were, how the Israelites came across them and why the Israelites kept referring to the duo anytime they told their children of their story from Egypt to the Promised Land.

He said that both Sihon and Og were kings of the Amorites nations, and were related. They were both descendants of Esau and therefore brothers of the Israelites. He said that the Israelites had to pass through the land of the Amorites to get to the Promised Land, so Moses sent a peace message to King Sihon, to allow them pass through his land peacefully without being attacked since they were relatives.

However, he stated, Sihon, thinking that he was very power and had built a strong nation, refused Moses’ request and rather attacked the Israelites, but he and the Amorites were conquered.

He added that Og, the last of the giants after the flood, instead of learning from what had happened to Sihon, decided to fight the Israelites, but he was also conquered.

Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah stressed that the Israelites from time to time told their children about their experience with Sihon and Og, to indicate the power of God which delivered them from the hands of strong enemies.

Drawing some lessons from the passage, the astute theologian related it to the importance of the family to God. He, therefore, challenged believers to do whatever they can to help their nuclear and extended families to believe in what they have subscribed to, thus Christ. In dealing with family members, he entreated believers to be very careful, looking at how Noah’s curse worked on Canaan after his father Ham had watched Noah’s nakedness.

He stressed the fact that God sees things differently from human beings. “The Lord is greater beyond our imaginations; we have not been able to comprehend him well. He is far above our understanding, so he sees things completely different from the way we see it.

“Looking at the descendants of Lot – the Moabites and the Ammonites – their background was very bad, but for the Lord it does not matter how somebody joins the family, so far as the person has joined the family, he is a family member. That is why as leaders we must respect all persons who come to church – whether they are old, young, children, experienced or inexperienced – no matter where the person comes from, you must respect him and see him as one of your own.”

He also revealed that it is the Lord who owns everything including the land and he gives it as he wants it.

He further advised believers, especially ministers not to take anything that the Lord has not given to them. “If you take it, it will slip off from your hands and the consequences can be disastrous,” he pointed out.

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‘Why Wait Till I Am No More?’ – By Pastor James Orhin Agyin

“You were the best father in the world.” “You were my most priceless possession and best friend.” “You were such a treasure to this organization and humankind in general.” These were lines in the tribute of some children, a widower, and an organization, respectively, after the loss of their loved ones. Although there may be some levels of exaggeration during such occasions, they largely represent what the individuals concerned might have lived for.

When the former president of Ghana, in the person of Flt. Lt. (Rtd) Jerry John Rawlings, died on Thursday, November 12, 2020, some rushed to his residence and poured their hearts out, expressing their heartfelt condolences to his family. Many eulogized him as a patriot, hero, mentor, and democrat who loved people. Wow! Some also said, “A great oak has fallen, and he will be missed.” These and many more are to be expected in the coming days before, during, and after his final funeral rites.

Why some of these heart-warming and mouth-watering tributes which can rather encourage people to even do more are not written, read, and discussed to their hearing until they pass on, is the phenomenon this article seeks to examine. The big surprise to many who are tempted to judge some of these tributes as a display of hypocrisy is the motivation for withholding all these positive stuff about people until their demise. This aged-old phenomenon of hoarding and keeping mute on the virtues of people until their passing or exit from office is not necessarily an African thing. Although some cultures, due to their norms and beliefs, are more inclined towards such practices, it is generally one of the human flaws and weaknesses traceable to humankind’s depraved nature. Otherwise, it is incomprehensible, to say the least, why the sudden surge in the realization of one’s importance, good deeds, value, and love for people just after one leaves the scene or is no more.

As a matter of fact, there is a whole dossier of inspiration to pick from tributes people pay to departed souls for the positive impact they made on society during their lifetime. If nothing at all, it indicates what is likely to be penned down about us when we leave this life or the current office we occupy. I equally appreciate the need for certain things to be done in memory of those who paid their dues selflessly to better society and institutions they served. This commendable practice, I believe, can be done at any suitable time after the death of such persons. I am neither advocating nor craving for the appropriation of honours before their due time. What baffles me is the apparent late or missed golden opportunities and the associated helplessness and regrets for failing to acknowledge the admirable and unique God-given virtues of some remarkable persons we encounter in life. I believe some were waiting for what they probably termed as an opportune time to express their appreciation when the unfortunate occurred to those deserving of it. I think that this contributes to why some grieve excessively and cannot just forgive themselves for allowing those opportunities that came their way to slip by. Some regret their inability to at least acknowledge others to their hearing with phrases such as, “You did well” or “You made a lasting impact in my life,” “I admire your talent or gift, etc., before they departed.

Strangely enough, others wait until some are weak, sick, or are at the point of death before piling academic laurels on them or acknowledging their contributions to society. Other institutions and organizations would also not hesitate at all to confer upon people their hard-sought promotion on the day they are laid in-state for the simple reason that they were already earmarked for those decorations. If that were the case, why at that late hour? The question remains; what blinds our judgements and prevents us from making the maximum use of the gifts, graces, and talents of others during the days of their lives? Is it hatred, bitterness, envy, unforgiving spirit, unhealthy competition, hypocrisy, jealousy, or sheer wickedness? Better still, is it procrastination, the fear of being aligned to a group, or the genuine concern that they may be puffed up with pride to their destruction should their good deeds be acknowledged? Whichever way one looks at it, none of the above reasons is tenable, judging from the mutual benefits society, generally, stands to gain from tapping into the people’s strengths and acknowledging them while they are yet alive.

A case in point is when Israel asked for a human king to rule them like the other nations in 1 Samuel 8:19-21. Even though God was not happy with that request, He chose Saul the Benjamite and anointed him through Samuel the prophet to rule them. Referred to as Seers in those days, Samuel positioned himself to offer Saul every revelatory support and guidance needed for him to succeed as Israel’s first human king. Unfortunately, and quite reminiscent of humans accorded with some small power, the more Samuel desired getting closer to Saul, the more Saul opted to do his own thing. At one instance, instead of waiting patiently for Samuel, Saul ignored counsel and offered a burnt offering himself (1 Samuel 13:9-14). The reason he gave for this grave error was the fear of the Philistines and the excuse that Samuel was late in arriving. Out of fear of the unknown, godly counsels by those God specifically sends along our paths to offer us a helping hand is at times ignored and pushed aside.

1 Samuel 15:52b says: “And whenever Saul saw a mighty or brave man, he took him to his service.” Was he, therefore, selecting his advisers based on his judgment and intuition alone? Could his failure be the result of those he surrounded himself with? In all of this, time was running out for Saul to get the most from the relationship with Samuel, his God-given mentor, when the latter was alive. In another instance, God instructed Saul through Samuel to attack the Amalakites and destroy everything that belonged to them (1 Samuel 15:2-4). Here again, Saul disregarded Samuel’s instruction by sparing the life of the Amalekite king, together with what he referred to as the best of the sheep and cattle. This time around, Saul blamed his inaction on his soldiers. It was becoming evident that he had taken Samuel for granted or thought he could always have him around when needed. Little did he know that time was ticking by the day so far as benefiting from Samuel’s ministry was concerned. These two instances, unfortunately, caused his outright rejection by God as Israel’s King.

1 Samuel 15:34-35 could not have described the frosty relationship that prevailed between Saul and Samuel during the latter’s last days any better when it said, “Then Samuel left for Ramah, but Saul went up to his home in Gibeah of Saul. Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again….” Afterwards, a one-stanza harmless song by the Israeli women in appreciation of David for killing Goliath, the Philistines giant infuriated Saul to the extent that an evil spirit started tormenting him. Out of jealousy and in pursuit of his life, David had to run away from him. Meanwhile, David was the one who brought Saul the needed relief anytime the evil spirit was troubling him. The closest Saul managed to get to Samuel again was on his mission to capture David when he was told he had run to take refuge with Samuel. On that destructive mission at the great cistern at Seku, he asked, “Where are Samuel and David?” (1 Samuel 19:22). What are your reasons for eagerly looking for that person? Is it to punish, ridicule, avenge or settle an old score or to patch up with him or her? Remember, time may not be on your side or their side.

Whereas David brought Saul relief anytime the evil spirit pounced on him, Samuel was always available to calm down his nerves when gripped with fear. David was, therefore, supposed to be his shield and deliverer whilst Samuel his mentor and guide at least during the days of their lives. Instead of appropriating these God-given gifts both had to his benefit, King Saul allowed pettiness, hatred, pride, and jealousy to take the better part of him. Saul least expected Samuel’s exit to be just around the corner. Around 1,012 BC, the inevitable that occurs to all humans happened when death laid its icy hand on Samuel, the last judge of Israel and the first prophet after Moses. Unfortunately, this was the time King Saul needed him the most. Apart from the absence of Samuel, exiled David had been welcomed by the Philistines who were on a military campaign against Israel.

Saul tried inquiring from the Lord about what to do when the Philistines gathered to fight Israel. God, however, did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets (1 Samuel 28:6). He then resorted to an abominable practice of necromancy [conjuration of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events] which he had earlier outlawed. Saul finally consulted a witch at Endor for direction and counselling from the dead. Ignoring all associated risk, he disguised himself and visited this lady at her cottage in the night. He starved for a whole day and night lying prostrate and confessing before the ghostly figure or fortune-telling spirit masquerading as Samuel saying, “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams…” (1Samuel 28:15).

Meanwhile, during Samuel’s lifetime, Saul had unrestricted access to sit, dine, and talk to him at any time of his choosing. The time, energy, stress, and cost associated with the fruitless search for departed Samuel’s counsel was avoidable should he have made good use of him when he was alive. Saul finally took his life when he got badly wounded in this very battle he fought against the Philistines without direction and help from God, Samuel, and David (1 Samuel 31:4). If we fail to make use of the grace and gifts of people whilst they are alive; we tend to pay a high price to access their look-a-likes when they are no more.

In another instant in Luke 16:19-31, the rich man who had every opportunity to socialize with Lazarus when he was alive rather chose to leave him at the entrance of his gate at the mercy of his dogs. After they both died and entered their separate destinations in the next world, the rich man attempted to seek help from Lazarus through Father Abraham. In this parable that depicts the next life, Jesus taught and still teaches that across the bridge of this life, all efforts to solicit help, extend reconciliatory gestures, smoke the peace pipe, and socialize do not achieve anything.

Abraham’s final reply to the rich man’s request for him to send special envoys from heaven to visit his five living brothers, so they do not end up like him strikes a chord for those of us who are alive today. He told him, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them listen to them.” With these two biblical illustrations, coupled with the uniqueness with which God created each and everyone, it is likely some departed souls carried with them the counsel, direction, relief, peace, and the solution to some puzzles of life others are struggling to unravel. Why must we allow this to continually happen to us? As bitter as this truth may sound, there is no point crying over spilled milk. The simple lesson here is to try and do the needful whilst we are alive. Instead of waiting to visit your mentor, Daddy or Mummy’s tomb at the graveyard, why not get to them and make use of their counsel whilst they are alive? Why wait to lay wreaths on the coffins of others when you can extend a right hand of fellowship and mend that increasingly hostile relationship that has developed between the two of you today? Of what benefit will it be to wait and bow to the dead as a sign of showing your last respect when you denied them their first respect?

Open, therefore, your mouth, no matter your differences and try to acknowledge with much appreciation the strength and virtues of others whilst they are alive. Go to them now; if distance is a problem, pick a phone and call them to tell them their virtues you would have touted should they be laid in-state. This is not to say that they are infallible or faultless. It also does not mean that you do not have a cause or a case to insist on keeping your distance from certain individuals. It is just to suggest that you are not going to be the sitting judge pronouncing judgment on that great day when the secrets of all our deeds are revealed.

In like manner, if you find others doing the wrong thing or moving in the wrong direction, it is better to visit them and talk to them before it is too late. Castigating them after their demise when you were in a better position to offer a helping hand today is counterproductive. Who knows, you may save a soul from eternal damnation with that line of action. Let us avoid the hypocritical tendencies when people pass on and rather make good use of their gifts, seizing every opportunity to be nice to them and acknowledging their hard work while they are alive.

About the Author:

Pastor James Orhin Agyin is the Projects, Development & Estate Manager at The Church of Pentecost Headquarters.

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CoP-Uganda Gets 2000-Seater National Auditorium, Head Office

A 2000-seater National Auditorium of The Church of Pentecost in Uganda has been dedicated to the glory of God. The edifice, which also houses the National Office of the church, was dedicated by the International Missions Director (IMD) of the church, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, on December 13, 2020.

The construction of the edifice began in 2015 during the time of Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang-Bekoe, then National Head, and completed in 2020 under the current National Head, Pastor James Oko-Barnor. It was funded by the General Headquarters of the church in Ghana through the Missions Board.

The dedication ceremony was ably assisted by Pastor James Oko-Barnor (National Head). It attracted many dignitaries such as Apostle Seth Fianko-Larbi (National Head of Kenya, who also doubles as the Chairman of the East African Regional Coordinating Committee), Apostle Simon Mutete Olomayiani (Kenya), Pastor Gabriel Arianda (Kenya), Pastor Moses Onyango (Head Pastor, Rivers of Life Ministries, Kampala), Godfrey Ojok (CEO of Gotino Construction), and Mr. Kawoya Abdul (LC1 of the area).

Also in attendance were representatives from Mbarara and Kampala Areas.

Preaching the sermon, Apostle Gyesi-Addo, who officiated the service, took his scripture reading from Matthew 7:24-27 and spoke about the wise and the foolish builders.

Apostle Gyesi-Addo said that the outward beauty of the building is what is usually seen and appreciated. “What makes the building solid, strong, and able to withstand all the adverse conditions are not seen and that is the foundation,” he stated.

He indicated that the Lord used a house to represent the life of an individual. He brought out the moral lessons that the outward beauty of the Christian is good and can be splendid and be seen by all but that is not the most important thing in the believer. The most important thing in the believer, the IMD stated, is their foundation.

“What is your foundation? Is your foundation sand or solid rock? The sand can be anything in our lives which we have built our faith on but that is not Christ,” he said, adding, “We might be relying on our strength, intellect, skill, money, properties, children, health, etc. If these are our foundations, then there is a lot to be desired. We must note that there are bad days and those bad days will test the strength of our foundations.”

Reading Matthew 7: 25 & 27 “And the rain came down, and the floods came, and the wind blew and beat on that house,” Apostle Gyesi-Addo noted that Jesus used a similar statement of what would happen to both the good building and the bad building.

“The end results of your building is what matters most when those adverse conditions occur,” he stated, stressing that the Christian is not insulated from the harsh conditions of life just as the unbeliever also go through equal harsh conditions of life.

“Christ requires us to allow ourselves to develop traits of His character in us so that we can still stand in the days of adversity.

“Christ stood even unto the cross so that we can receive salvation, mercy, and grace. There may be a heavy rain in your life right now causing floods and perhaps torrential wind or a typhoon but if you trust in God and believe in what He has promised you, then the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against the floods in your life and victory shall be yours.

“The Spirit of the Lord will not eat up the floods, but He will lift you up above the destructive floods against you for you to be above it and not being consumed by it.”

Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo challenged believers to check their foundations properly and ensure that it is solid and strong in Christ because Christ is the only foundation and the roofing of the church.

PENTECOST NEWS.