Catholic Charismatic Renewal Prayer Meeting-Legon Campus 19/02/2012

Catholic Charismatic Renewal Prayer Meeting-Legon Campus 19/02/2012

A.    Exposition on the Theme by Paa Kow Quansah (Co-ordinator)

Theme: Be awake; holy and led by the Spirit (Rev 16:15, Eph 1:4, Rom 8:5-9, Gal 5:16-26)

1.       Be awake (Rev 16:15, 2 Pet 3:10, Jn 10:10, 1 Thess 5:2, Rev 3:3)

It is a clarion call for all of us, an alarm if you please. If you are asleep, wake up and become conscious of your surroundings. If you are half asleep, please wake up! If you are awake, become extra awake. People build walls and have other security measures to take care of material things; what are your spiritual security measures?

Remember: time with the Lord is very important that’s why Satan tries to steal that. Be on your guard.It’s time to return to your first love.

2.       Holiness (Lev 11:44, Eph 1:4, 1 Pet 1:13-16, Rom 12:2)

Holy: consecrated/sanctified, set apart for holy use. Should be an everywhere affair; not just in church.

It’s God who calls us to be holy. We should be holy for Him and not pretend because of our Christian brothers and sisters. Keep to the standards of Christ-always go back to the bible. And when you fall, run back to God immediately! A time will come when your faith will be tested; when that time comes, remember God loves you and is with you.

3.      Being led by the Spirit

We are encouraged to surrender all and yield to the direction of the Holy Spirit. Be led by the Spirit in all you do. Let the Holy Spirit guide you in all you do so God is glorified by your life.

B.     Expectations of Archbishop Palmer Buckle of the CCR in the Greater Accra Region

  1. Encouraging intense holiness
  2. Quality growth in the Catholic faith
  3. Contribute to evangelization
  4. Call to cultivate the spirit of self reliance
  5. Deepen the communion with the parish community and the universal church

 


 

About sexual immorality

About sexual immorality

The bible is replete with examples of what sexual immorality is and clearly shows that sex only makes sense within the context of marriage. Both fornication and adultery are sins God takes very seriously.

The fact that casual sex has become the norm does not make it right. Even those who have sex outside of marriage know it is wrong. God’s rules do not change.

As salt and light of the world, we are called to be sexually pure and to teach others to to same.

1.Genesis tells us that Adam knew his wife; not his girlfriend. (Genesis 2:18-25)
2. God upheld the values of marriage such that even when Abraham and Isaac lied that the wives were their sisters, there were consequences for the men planning to take them as wives. (Abraham-Genesis 12: 10-20), Genesis 20: 1-17); Isaac-Genesis 26:1-11)
3. It was emphasized that Rebecca was a virgin; no man had known her. (Genesis 24)
4.Jacob could only have sex with his promised bride after the marriage ceremony had happened. (Genesis 29:1-30)
5. Sexual immorality, include rape, was such a serious crime that Dina’s rape caused her brothers to kill her rapist and his entire family. (Genesis 34:1-31)
6. Tamar was to be stoned for prostituting herself. Her life was spared because her father in law Judah realised it was his inaction that had caused her to act that way.(Genesis 38:1-30)
7.Joseph fled Potiphar’s wife because he knew sex outside of marriage was a sin. (Genesis 39:1-23)
8. God gave clear commands about virginity and sex. Adulterers were to be killed. (Exodus 20:14, 17; Leviticus 18; Deuteronomy 22:13-30)
9. We know what happened to Samson and David.( Samson-Judges 16:1-31; David-2 Samuel 11:1-27;12:1-31)
10. Proverbs tells men to be sexually satisfied with their wives and entreats men to flee the adulterous woman. (Proverbs 5:1-23; 7:6-27;30:20)
11. Jesus calls us to a higher standard and teaches that looking at a woman lustfully is as adulterous as actually committing adultery. (Matthew 5:27-30)
12.Paul teaches clearly on adultery and fornication. Fornicators and adulterers have no part in the kingdom of God. (Romans 1:18-23; 2:1-25; 1 Cor 5:9-13; 6:9-10)
13. He also says there should not even be “a hint of sexual immorality” among Christians. (Ephesians 5:3)
14.He even advises people to marry rather than burn with passion though he thinks it is better to be single so as to be dedicated to God’s work. (1 Cor 7:1-40)

Marriage is such a strong union that it is God’s metaphor of choice to describe his union with Israel in the old testament (Ezekiel 16) and with the church in the new testament (Ephesians 5:25; Revelations 19:7)

#My two biscuits.

May God help us all.

Angela Azumah Alu, 14/3/16

Short Message for Students of Jinijini SHS

Short Message for Students of Jinijini SHS

Dear students,

It is a pleasure to send this message to you.
We thank God for your lives and for the many wonderful potentials He has placed in you.
Our message is that with God there is nothing that is impossible. (Luke 1:37)
I challenge you today to offer your hearts to God if you have never done so before.
If you have, I encourage you to reaffirm your commitment to Him and to trust Him with everything. In Joshua 1:8, he promises that if we meditate on His law day and night and obey it, we will have great success.
He has great plans for you if only you commit yourself to Him wholly.
And in the bible He shows us examples of many young people like us that He chose and gave great success too.
He used Joseph, formerly a spoilt brat who became a slave, to save the people of Egypt and his own family.
He used Esther, an orphan who became a queen to save the Israelites.
He chose Ruth, a young Moabite widow, and made her an ancestress of the Messiah, Jesus.
He chose David, a young shepherd, to be a king.
He chose Jeremiah to be a prophet when he was young.
He chose Daniel, a young exile, to be a leader.
He chose Mary to bear the Messiah when she was young.
There are many other examples of young people that God chose.
Even recently,
Martin Luther King Jnr was a young pastor who stood against racism in the USA.
In Ghana, there are many examples of young people who have achieved great things……Kwame Nkrumah was a young man when he joined the fight for independence for Ghana.
There are many other examples of young men and women who are doing amazing things like the 9/11 year old who wrote a book, Justin Bieber and Adel (musicians), even President Obama who became president of USA at a youthful age. We can talk of Wiyaala, a Ghanaian musician who came from a very poor background….her first time of going to Accra was to audition for stars of the future.
Portia Dery who is helping to teach Ghanaian children in the North love reading and is an author herself,…….the examples are innumerable.
He does not promise that the going will be easy but He promises to be with you and to deliver you. (Jer 1:19)
He knows all about you and knows your deepest desires but He invites you to commit your ways to Him so He directs your paths. (Pro 3:5-6)
He has great plans for you….only trust Him!Learn to hear Him speak to you if you have not done so already and always be prepared to obey His words.
Know that you are unique and that God has a plan for you. (Psalm 139:16). Believe in your own uniqueness and never listen to the devil’s lies that you are not good enough or that you will amount to nothing. No matter how many people you hear that from, it is NOT TRUE! You are created in God’s image and likeness; you are His work of art and you were created for good and amazing works. (Eph 2:10)
Only trust Him! He is faithful and ever able to do much more than you could ever hope for imagine. (Eph 3:20) Do you think your dreams are too big? To God they are not, He will do more than that for you. If you don’t even have dreams, I pray that you begin to dream today and see how far God takes you.
May He give you a desire to leave a legacy in your school, your community, the nation and even the world as a whole. But most importantly, may you come to know Him as He truly is and see the extent of His love for you. (Eph 3:14-19)
God loves you and so do we!
Angela Azumah Alu 5/12/15, Legon
Brief overview of the Bible

Brief overview of the Bible

So I wrote this for a friend who mentioned that she didn’t really get the bible. The point of the write up is to see the bible as one story …..

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE BIBLE

The bible essentially tells the story of God’s interaction with man and how He wants to have a relationship with you and me.

So in Genesis 1&2, He creates a world for man and creates man and woman to live in union with each other and with Him.

He loves man so much that He gives him free will to choose to love Him and unfortunately man chooses to disobey instead. Man listens to satan, disobeys God and breaks the perfect union with God. The rest of the bible tells the story of how God uses various ways to repair that relationship until he finally sends His son Jesus Christ. Now even in Genesis 3, after man disobeyed God, God still prophesied of the seed of a woman who would one day crush the head of the serpent (satan).

So to begin this process, God begins to choose individuals….Enoch walked with God, he chose Noah and used him to save the world. He starts afresh with Noah.

Then he chooses Abraham, promises to make him the father of a nation and bless all people of earth through him. He chooses Isaac, Abraham’s son and then Jacob, one of Isaac’s sons.

Joseph, one of Israel’s sons, presents an image of a savior for his family. But God continues his line through Judah.

Then he brings the Israelites (descendants of Jacob) to Egypt to save them from famine and they live there for 400 years. After that they become slaves in Egypt. God then sends a savior in the person of Moses to rescue them. He does that through the Passover. He takes them to the wilderness, gives them laws to live by and makes them a nation. They travel till they finally reach Canaan, the promised land. And even in Canaan, they have to defeat various enemies so they can possess the land God promised them. This they do under the leadership of Joshua, another Jesus like figure.

Then in Canaan, he first gives them judges, people who lead them for a period of time-usually when necessary. Many times the people sin, God punishes them, they repent and cry, he sends a savior and then they repeat their sin.

Finally, the people ask for a king so thy will be like other nations. God gives them Saul, David and Solomon. Then after Solomon, the kingdom breaks into two and various kings rule the two kingdoms. Some are obedient to God like David but others are disobedient to God. Anyway, David is a descendant of Abraham and God promises to send them a king who is a descendant of David.

The people keep sinning even though God warns them through prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah and Amos. Finally, God sends them into exile in Babylon. Even there He speaks to them through prophets like Ezekiel and Daniel. He also saves them through Esther even in exile. Finally, after a set period (70 years), he turns the heart of King Cyrus who allows them to return to Israel. They go back and try to rebuild as we see in Ezra and Nehemiah. God also speaks to them through prophets like Haggai.

Then , finally, in his own time, God sends His own son to come and show man how to have a relationship with God. His son dies on behalf of all men and creates a situation where anyone who believes in Him receives a new heart and mind so He can be a son of God as seen in the gospels.

The Acts of the Apostles tells of how his followers go round proclaiming his message. The other letters talk of various aspects of faith.

And revelations shows that in the battle between God and satan, God finally wins and takes his people to heaven to be with Him. So God’s original intention in Genesis 1&2 of having a perfect relationship with man is fulfilled.

Thing to remember is that God is a Holy God who cannot stand sin. He loves man but man has sinned against Him and cannot have a relation with Him. Only a perfectly sinless person like Jesus could shed his blood (blood is the only thing that can wash away sin) and bring unity between God and man.

 

 

So about healing

So about healing

Well, a few weeks ago, I scalded my left wrist with boiling water. It was a bad case of over confidence in the kitchen. After boiling water, I decided to pour the water into a flask while standing instead of doing that at the sink. Just when the thought crossed my mind that I might actually pour boiling water on my hand, it did happen. It hurt like mad. I poured running water over it, finished filling the flask in the sink and put a salve on my hand. Later I noticed the skin looked burnt.
It hurt a while and then stopped but I had burn marks on my hand for about two weeks. Then today I noticed that it looked a little swollen, almost fresh, as if there was water in it. Later in the day, I noticed it started peeling and the skin underneath was beautiful-no burn marks. Wow! God is amazing!
This is a reminder that healing is like that-for bodies, hearts, everything else. First, after the hurt, it hurts a lot, then it stops for a while and the scars are there. But all that time, the body is getting ready to heal itself and at the right time, it seems to hurt again but that’s actually just when the scars are about to go off for good.
Healing is only a matter of time.
2/11/14 Angela Azumah Alu

Talk on discipleship at FGBMFI- Young Executives Chapter(Airport West Hotel) 15/10/12-Angela Azumah Alu and the Holy Spirit

Talk on discipleship at FGBMFI- Young Executives Chapter(Airport West Hotel) 15/10/12-Angela Azumah Alu and the Holy Spirit

 

Read a book recently that talked about God- the Father who keeps his promises (Scott Haan). It looks at different covenants- with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and the new covenant with Jesus. Tells us that the whole bible is about how God restores us to the kind of life we had with him in Gen 1 and 2. Most of what God did in the Old Testament was inspite of humans and through families. We are God’s family and it is imperative that we help each other grow into maturity.

Discipleship forms part of the Great Commission as given by Jesus in Mt 28:28-30 and Mark 16:15-20. Jesus commands his followers, and by extension, we who have believed in Him, to go out and preach the gospel and beyond that, to teach the people we have preached to to know and obey all that He has commanded.

We are thus called to speak to people about Jesus (evangelism) and beyond that, help them to grow in Christ (discipleship).

Give examples, Ruth and Naomi, Eli and Samuel, Mordecai and Esther, Paul and Timothy, Moses and Joshua, etc

It is imperative that we do this so that we do not become like the servant in the parable of the talents who failed to make use of his gift (Mt 25:14-30). He may have been busy doing other things but never worked with the talents he was given. May we utilize all opportunities God gives us so that we can one day receive great rewards in heaven, remembering that those who win souls will shine like stars in heaven (Dan 12:3)

Our reflection is on Gen 24

Eliezer, (every Christian) Abraham’s trusted servant was asked to go to Canaan and bring a wife (the church) for Isaac, (Jesus) the son of Abraham (God). He was given gifts (gifts of the Holy Spirit), specific instructions (the bible), a weapon (prayer) and tasked to bring the bride back (not just evangelism but discipleship as well). He met her at the well (evangelism happens best in ordinary day life). He prayed and didn’t have to speak much (power of prayer). She went to tell her family (once evangelized, you must also do same). She decided to go with him and never saw her family again (a clean break with the past/family). He showered her with gifts (the gifts of the Holy Spirit can be used to ‘show’ the message). He guided her on the journey (discipleship) and brought her safely to Isaac and she became his wife. (He brought her to have a real experience of Christ.)

May God fill our hearts with love for his people and grant us a heart for evangelism and discipleship. Let us pray

The Acts of the Holy Spirit Among the Disciples of Christ Today. Testimony 1 The Acts of the Holy Spirit Today By Dr. J. Daniel Couger-Professor of Computer and Management Science at University of Colorado

The Acts of the Holy Spirit Among the Disciples of Christ Today. Testimony 1 The Acts of the Holy Spirit Today By Dr. J. Daniel Couger-Professor of Computer and Management Science at University of Colorado


As he advanced academically, he begun to have difficulty explaining aspects of the bible. Since he couldn’t explain his beliefs to fellow professionals, he began to think of Jesus only as a perfect example morally and philosophically but dismissed issues about miraculous happenings in Jesus’s ministry. During that time, his wife was going through spiritual and physical struggles in recuperating from seven operations in 2 years.

On Wednesday evening, a friend invited him for a service at church, Daniel was then the president of the congregation, at which Dr. Harald Bredesen was to speak. Daniel went with his wife, Shirley. Dr. Bredesen discussed the practical application of New Testament principles, describing significant changes in peoples’ lives. He went on to talk about baptism in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. He also prayed in tongues during the meeting.

After the meeting, a man came forward with his wife, asking Dr. Bredesen to pray for her to receive the gift of tongues. Several people joined them and Dr. Cougar came forward too, but only as an observer. Dr. Bredesen, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, spoke on several issues that touched all who were present. He reminded them that the baptism in the Holy Spirit was a gift from God; its not deserved. One only had to ask, God would honour that request. That appealed to Shirley, who had been feeling abandoned by God throughout her period of sickness and because of a smoking habit.

He also asked if they had received everything the Lord had available for them. That really set Dr. Cougar thinking and wondering if all the talk about the baptism in the Holy Spirit was true. Dr. Cougar felt God had used another intellectual, Dr. Bredesen and his friend who invited him for the programme to get him to that point. Dr Bredesen laid hands on Daniel and he received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Shirley and fifteen others also received the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

From then on, both he and his wife changed. He no longer needed facts but accepted by faith all the miraculous happenings mentioned in the bible. Since then, both he and his wife have had the opportunity to minister to and be ministered to in many different ways. For example, at a retreat he ministered to another computer scientist-using scientific terms to explain the reality of the Holy Spirit. Electrons cannot be seen but their power is seen: in the same way, the Holy Spirit is not seen but his acts are seen.