- What is the purpose of marriage? (a)-Companionship “it’s not good that the man should be alone” (Gen.2:18); (b)- Procreation “be fruitful and multiply”(Gen.1:28)
- According to the Bible, who prayed three times a day? Daniel (6:11)
- Who was accused of slandering Abraham when she spoke of his advanced age and inability to get children ? Sarah (Gen. 18: 12-15)
- Which two angels are named in the book of Daniel? Michael and Gabriel (10:13 & 8:16)
- How old was Abraham when Isaac was born ? 100 years
- How old was Sarah when Isaac was born ? 90 years
- At what age did Isaac die? 180 years
- Why were Moses and Aaron not permitted to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land? Because of their failure to sanctify God’s Name (Num. 20:12)
- Who was the eldest son of Joseph ? Manasseh
- Who was the “nurse” whom Miriam recommended to Pharaoh’s daughter? Jokheved,
- Who was the first polygamist in the bible? Lamekh, the son of Methushael (Gen.4:18)
- In how many proverbs and songs was Solomon’s wisdom expressed ? 3000 proverbs and songs
- Who was the first to institute the levirate marriage? Judah, son of Jacob, when he insisted that Onan marry Er’s widow.
- What is the meaning of the name “Joseph” according to Genesis? “May the Lord add another son for me” (Gen.30:24)
- Who was Moses’s wife? Zipporah, daughter of Jethro.
- How many biblical commandments do we have? 613
- How many chapters and verses are in the book of Genesis ? 50 chapters containing 1534
- How many generations were between Noah to Abraham? 10 generations (Gen. 11:10-27)
- Who had 700 hundreds wifes and 300 concubines? King Solomon (1Kings 11:3)
- At what age did Moses die? 120 years (Deut. 34:7)
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
The stronger the marriage is, the greater the sacrifice. As a married couple you need to pay the cost of making each other happy.
Please check whether you have the 12 signs of a strong marriage.
1. You miss your mate sorely when he or she is not around.
2. You spend at least two hours per day talking intimately together.
3. You reach orgasm regularly in your sex life.
4. You regularly spend at least thirty minutes in foreplay before sex.
5. You feel fulfilled in your marriage.
6. You have an intimate relationship in your marriage.
7. You feel free to tell people that you have a healthy marriage.
8. You play together.
9. You have gone on a prayer retreat together more than once.
10. You can use the word ROMANTIC to describe your marriage.
11. You celebrate each other’s family.
12. You are each other’s best friend.
Dr. J.K. Kitheka
General Superintendent Vision for Zion Ministries Worldwide,
President London College of Business & Theological Studies &
Director General World Union of Churches
Dr. JM Kitheka, The God Father of Rhema Magazine, wrote a message recently in his Church Newsletter, called “Who is killing this Pastor?” In this wonderful address he mentioned the Sceptics and how they are part of the groups of people who are disturbing the work of Pastors.
Dr. Kitheka wrote of the Sceptics that “they are everywhere, and no matter what happens they just can’t accept truth. In modern ministry, these are the people standing in the shadows, arms folded; sporting an obviously cynical attitude-no matter whose life is changing! They are self-appointed, self-righteous cynics who set out in any endeavour to doubt and question the actions and motives of others. Sceptics are professional murmurers whose built-in paradigm paints everything in a negative light, regardless of how pure or true it may be. Sceptics never participate in God’s work”.
Bravo Doc! I have never read such a precise description of the Church Sceptics. The call of these People is generally seen as “destructors” who “never participate in God’s work”. Yet it is true that most of these kinds of Church visitors don’t generally integrate very well in Churches. Although very regular visitors to Church, they do not mingle with the active members. Most often they are the biggest challenge of many Pastors. But as bad as they might present themselves, Church Sceptics are not damned. They should be transformed into Adorators instead of letting them murmur and destroy the family atmosphere of the Church. In the following paragraphs we are going to show how to get them to be integrated.
An old and well known wisdom states that if you want to transform somebody you need to know him first. Applying these words for our current situation, we need to know who the Sceptics are.
Adding to the description given by Dr. Kitheka, we can say that Sceptics are selfish people. Yes, that’s what they are. This is neither a description nor a part of their character; this is the motor of all their behaviour regardless of where they are. Most of the time we miss helping them in the Church because we are kept in confusion between attitude and character. What Sceptics show in the Church is not an attitude, that’s what they are.
Sceptics like things to be about them. As long as everything is about other Church members, they do not feel concerned. As long as the message is general and the actions are for the whole group, they are not spoken to. Sceptics do not like to be seen as everybody else, for them it is an error to put them in the same basket as everyone else. They think that they are special.
As long as we are concerned we do not think that it is a mistake on their side to think this way. God has created all of us differently. Some people adapt easily in groups where others are more individualists. And the Church has no right to reject the Individualists or to try to force them to act like every other person. The fact that they doubt and question things that others accept easily should not lead us to define them as rebels. Their attitude is the Para vent of a character that is crying for its official representation at the altar and there is a way the Bible tackles this issue in 1 Corinthians 14:1-22.
The New International translation set “Intelligibility in Worship” as the title for this chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. This title translates the idea that Intelligibility is, or should be part of Worship. It is true that the celebration of GOD can be ecstatic but this should not be a factor to hide or reject the truth that it can also be guided through our intelligence. The book of John stipulates that “God should be worshipped in Spirit and Truth”. Spirit and Truth means simply the relationship between ecstasy and discernment. And the same as John, Paul calls for this axiom to be applied in the Christian community in Corinth and anywhere else. According to Paul’s teachings, Ecstasy by itself is not enough in the communal worship.
Verse 6: Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?
As the Greek Philosopher Plato was writing, the one who has been granted the grace to contemplate things in their original version should have the ability to climb down the mount to bring light to the folk. Yes, what can the strongest holy persons achieve if they cannot change things themselves for the better? Also in this matter, shall Christians opt for some discrimination among the community?
As far as I am concerned, I do not accept any discrimination – positive or negative – should be granted in the Church. This does not mean that all are the same, identical, anonymous and uniform. It is exactly the contrary. We are all different and exclusive in God’s eye. Therefore, each member has their place in the community. Even the ones who stay aside and criticize all the time.
PROPHECY and teachings as solutions to turn the Sceptics into Believers…
According to 1 Corinthians 14, Prophecy may involve predicting future events, but its main purpose is to communicate God’s message to people, providing insight, warning, correction, and encouragement… Paul’s advice is to make encouraging and edifying others the highest goal. Yes, the entire Church needs to be edified. Actually, Diversity and Integration should not be only political vocables. They belong entirely to the Church community’s daily work.
Christianity is neither barren intellectualism nor thoughtless emotionalism. Therefore, the questions of our beloved fellow church members need to be answered and not be seen as a reason to judge others. Also, if some ones decide to stay aside, we need to get them inside. To be fair to the Sceptics, Paul thinks that there’s a proper place for the intellect in Christianity.
But as Sceptics do not only come up with questions but a difficult character that requests to be in the centre of interest, it is also the Church’s responsibility to also teach them that every character participate to the glory of the Creator therefore they should accept that the community’s work cannot always turn around them. Sceptics need to be taught to accept other people’s interests and point of view without dismissing immediately their own questions. It will take any Pastor a strong Character and patience to properly integrate Sceptics but when it is properly done they can be a great bonus for the whole community.
1 Timothy 4:4 teaches us “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected”. I would like to paraphrase this Script: For every person God created is good, and no one is to be rejected. In Ezekiel 34:4 we see God’s anger against Church leaders who have “not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured”. We should avoid to anger God upon our communities. Therefore we must integrate every human who comes to the Church. This can be achieved through the power of Prophecy and Rhema.
By Serge Daniel
Born and educated in a Christian family, Church has always been an important part of my childhood. When I became older and was no longer under the rule of my parents, going to Church was very difficult for me. My weekends were more devoted to going out with friends and Church was not a priority anymore. I’d rather sleep a bit longer on Sundays after long Saturday nights. But anytime I did succeed in visiting Church again, I noticed how proud I was of myself. I had a feeling that I could not describe or share with anyone else.
I know people would easily say that it was because I was obeying my education and my parents that I felt that good when I did attend Church. Inside me I knew that this kind of quick psychologist answer was not telling the truth about me. The good feelings that I had after visiting Church had nothing to do with my parents but my own personal identity as a grown up. Recently published researches have helped me to understand the situation I was in.
A Study conducted in the US by the Research Institute Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index in the period of March 2011 to December 2011 based on more than 300,000 interviews has revealed that “regular churchgoers seem to do better than non-churchgoers or occasional churchgoers in terms of their daily positive wellbeing experiences”.
According to the Institute that has been studying human nature and behaviour for more than 75 years, “Frequent churchgoers experience an average of 3.36 positive emotions per day compared with an average of 3.08 among those who never attend”. Some good news for Church leaders and especially parents confronted with the recurrent questions of why going to church is important.
Beyond the moral and theological aspects that have been most of the time the answers to the necessity of going to Church, furthermore, it is now evident that going to Church also helps us to live a better emotional life.
“The average number of positive emotions frequent churchgoers report experiencing rises to a high of 3.49 for the week on Sundays, whereas for those who attend church monthly or less often, the average number peaks on Saturdays and declines to a range of 3.14 to 3.29 on Sundays”.
In other words, regular churchgoers seem to do better than non-churchgoers or occasional churchgoers in terms of their daily positive wellbeing experiences.
For this analysis Gallup and Healthways asked at least 1,000 Americans each day about the positive and negative emotions they experienced the previous day. The positive emotions include smiling and laughter, enjoyment, happiness, and learning or doing something interesting. Negative emotions include worry, sadness, stress, and anger.
Positive Emotions – Negative Emotions
smiling – worry
laughter – sadness
enjoyment – stress
happiness – anger
On the left side of this table are gathered emotions that we all want. On the right side emotions that we want to avoid. According to Gallup, Sunday is the only day of the week when the moods of frequent churchgoers and those who do not attend a religious service often diverge in direction meaningfully. Churchgoers seem to experience the positive ones where non churchgoers struggle through the negative emotions.
Although reports of negative emotions decline on Saturdays for all Americans in general, frequent churchgoers still report experiencing still fewer negative emotions on Sundays.
While the data clearly show that Americans who attend church frequently are experiencing more positive emotions on Sundays, it leaves unanswered the question: What makes Sunday so special for regular churchgoers?
A possible answer is that across most religions, religious attendance is highest on Sunday — the day when regular churchgoers are most likely to socialize with their fellow congregants. In the meantime some secular persons begin to dread the return to work on Monday or curtail their social or leisure activities on Sunday to prepare for the start of the workweek.
By Serge A.