Contemporary Considerations compiled by Rev. E. Anderson

                                             

                                           Rev. E. Anderson

Servants Make Themselves Available
by Rick Warren

“No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier” – 2 Timothy 2:4 (NASB)

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Real servants make themselves available to serve. Servants don’t fill up their time with other pursuits that could limit their availability. They want to be ready to jump into service when called on.

Much like a soldier, a servant must always be standing by for duty: “No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier” – 2 Timothy 2:4 NASB.

If you only serve when it’s convenient for you, you’re not a real servant. Real servants do what’s needed, even when it’s inconvenient.

Are you available to God anytime? Can he mess up your plans without you becoming resentful? As a servant, you don’t get to pick and choose when or where you will serve.

Being a servant means giving up the right to control your schedule and allowing God to interrupt it whenever he needs to.

If you will remind yourself at the start of every day that you are God’s servant, interruptions won’t frustrate you as much, because your agenda will be whatever God wants to bring into your life. Servants see interruptions as divine appointments for ministry and are happy for the opportunity to practice serving.

                                             

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Powerful Quotes arrranged by Rev. L. Goodwin

                                        

                                     Rev. L. Goodwin

PURPOSE & VISION QUOTES

 

“Your existence is evidence that this generation needs something that your life contains.”

-Myles Monroe

 

“The number one ambition of every Christian should be that of making every detail of his life an honour & glory to God. `To God be the glory’ should be our theme, our motto, our purpose, our goal.”

-Anon

 

“Selfish ambition focuses on a role. Godly ambition focuses on a need.”

-Rich Nathan (Columbus Vineyard Christian Fellowship)

 

“The Lord frustrates our plans, shatters our purposes, lets us see the wreck of all our hopes, and whispers to us, `It’s not your work I wanted, but you.’”

-Anon

 

“You cannot be anything if you want to be everything.”

-Solomon Schechter (1847-1915)

 

“You may get to the very top of the ladder and find it has not been leaning against the right wall.” 

-A. Raine

 

“Your associations today will determine who you are tomorrow.”

-Jess Gibson

                                         

Christian Testimony gathered by Rev. E. Anderson

                                  

                                 Christine Ohuruogo

SPRINTER KNOWS WHO HAS MADE HER A GOLDEN GIRL

 

OLYMPIC gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu’s un­wavering faith is her inspiration, the runner has ex­clusively told New Life.

 

The 400m champion timed her finish in Beijing to perfection to come m 49.62 seconds, beating hot favourite Sanya Richardson from the USA.

 

Her victory made her the first British female Olympic 400m champion, improving on the Brits who have won major medals in recent years such as Katherine Merry by Richard Daly in Beijing and Kathy Cook.

 

“Everyone dreams about win­ning,” Ohuruogu said “but you never think it’s a reality.  I’m just proud of myself. I just crossed the line and thought, ‘Oh my goodness!”

 

Ohuruogu, who became Commonwealth champion in 2007, has a devotion and commitment to God that enables her to confess openly her prime reason for running.

 

“I want to know that when I run I can do to glorify God,” she said. “God gives each of us something special for us to do and to glorify His name, and (running is) is the sort of thing he has given me.”

 

What is impressive about Ohuruogu is that for all the highs an lows she has been through, World champion in 2007, has a she has always maintained her devotion and commitment to God  faith.  Her story is one of tragedy that enables her to confess openly to triumph.

  

Two years ago, Ohuruogu’s 0lympic dreams were in ruin after she was handed a one-year ban for missing three drugs tests. Under the British Olympic association laws, any drugs offence results in an automatic lifetime ban from future games. Many thought this would be the end of her career. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

 

After the initial disappointment, Ohuruogu spent the year focusing on her training. Her suspension expired on August 5, 2007 in time for the World Athletic Championships in Osaka, Japan, where she made the final of the 400m and took home a gold medal.

 

The British Olympic Association appeals cleared her for Olympic election because of mitigating circumstances, and she was free to compete in the Olympic Games.

 

However, throughout this time Ohuruogu found herself on the negative side of the Press. Ohuruoga maintains that it was her Christian faith that sustained her through stormy times. She explained: “l believe that everything that happens has a set path, that it is planned out before, so I have to trust that whatever happens to me is for the best. It may not seem to be the best at the time but you have to trust that it has a divine purpose. We have to remember that in life circumstances won’t always keep us low. Things will change, things will get better, but things happen for a reason.”

 

When Ohuruogu reflects on that low time in her life two years ago, she often asked herself, “Why, God, did you let me forget to take those tests? Why didn’t you help me to remember or jog my memory?”

 

But God doesn’t always work like that. Like most challenges we go, through trials can either make us or break us. For Ohu­ruogu, this whole experience has made her a stronger and a more spiritually faithful person than before.

 

“I have learnt that life is like an elastic band,” she said. “Sometimes our faith will be stretched so much and we may find ourselves flat on our face, but if we remain faithful we will bounce back. We have to trust that whatever happens, God is in control.”

 

Born of Nigerian parents, Ohuruogu is the second of eight children who grew in a Christian home.

 

She recalled her childhood experience as “A happy, happy time. Coming from a large family we all spent a lot of time together. We are all very close and my parents gave us a good upbringing on Christian principles.”

 

Ohuruogu has taken on the baton of her parents’ faith and developed it into her own personal experience. “It was always a path I wanted to follow, and believed this is what I ought to do,” she revealed.

 

Going into the Beijng Olympic Games, Ohuruogu not only prepared herself physi­cally but also nurtured a spiritual focus that enabled her to remain calm under pressure.

 

As world champion, Ohuruogu knew that she would be expected to win a medal, and when she had qualified for the final, all eyes were on her once again. When it is so easy to fold under the pressure and expecta­tions, Ohuruogu said prayer was her secret weapon.

 

Ohuruogu added: “I pray every day for God to guide me. I pray that for whatever happens God will prepare me for it.”

 

After the race, Ohuruogu revealed on the morning of the finals she was feeling very nervous and physically weak.

 

She recalled it was not until she picked up her Bible and read “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”that she was able to renew her inner strength.

 

“I could never have done this without God,” she added.