REBUILDING BROKEN BRIDGES

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Everyone has experienced declining cordiality in one relationship or another; human beings somehow are ill-equipped at maintaining good relations with others for a long period of time!
Has your good standing with someone taken a bashing lately? Has your communication bridge with a business partner, friend, child, or spouse been broken? Do you find it difficult fixing the damage? Do you want to?
Fix your shortcomings first; then pray to God to fix your friend’s/partner’s shortcomings too.
When disagreements occur, pride often stops us from making the first re-conciliatory move. It is wise to look inwards, identify what we could have done better, and begin to work on those. Bettering ourselves sends a message that we are not absolving ourselves of blame, and that we are not judging the other person.
The words: “I’m sorry” go a long way in rebuilding a broken bridge or relationship. But those words must not be spoken lightly. Being genuinely sorry means above all else, that we will not repeat those activities again (2 Chr. 7:14) & (Ephesians 4:22-32).
When we do these things, then our prayer to God to work on the other person would not fall on deaf ears.
Jesus says that we should first fix what is monumentally wrong with us before we point out what is mildly wrong with the other person (Matthew 7:3-5).
Take the high ground today, reach out a re-conciliatory hand, apologize for any misconceptions, get better at those things you failed at, and watch God begin a rebuilding and restorative work on your relationships.
Rebuilding your broken bridges begins with fixing yourself; do it with humility, and God will truly make the latter state of your relationships sweeter and more fulfilling than ever before.
START NOW!

Lesson of the Week

1. Swallow your pride and extend a new hand of friendship (Romans 12:9-16)
2. Pray for, and patiently expect God’s intervention (John 15:7)
3. Be careful of your words; speak life and victory, and never defeat (Proverbs 18:21).
We will humble ourselves and seek reconciliation. God promises blessings and His fatherhood for those who champion peace (Matthew 5:9).
We pray for God’s intervention in our broken relationships. Our minds are therefore strengthened because we know that those who wait on God will never be put to shame (Isaiah 30:18).
In your anger and resentment, be careful not to speak negatively into the prevailing situation. Your words are powerful, and can be a prophecy; therefore speak those good things that you expect in the future, and God will bring them to be!
Yesterday is dead and gone. I encourage us to face today with hope and positive thinking, rebuilding our broken bridges with diligence and hope in God and His Son Jesus Christ, and understanding that when God is for you, no one can defeat you.
Your rebound will surely be wholesome and complete, and your joy fuller than before!
Blessings from the Prince of Peace.

Weekly Nugget: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit”. (Proverbs 15:1 & 4; NIV)
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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REBOUND FROM DEPRESSION

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A couple of days ago we shared a webcast that dealt with rebounding from depression and oppression.

We need you to know that whatever you are facing, Jesus can see you through it, if only you believe.

Use the following link to watch this brief video that outlines what we all have to do in order to overcome depressive tendencies in a Christ-led way:

https://youtu.be/OE3qim-wqgk

Feel free to apply these outlines to yourself, a family member, a friend, or a church member or mentee.

Be free by the power of the Blood of Jesus, the efficacy of the Word of God, and His mercy that is new every day.

Jesus loves you; remember that as you go through your rebound process. Do not give up, give in, or put yourself in a position to be compromised.
Have a great week, and may the Lord keep you on His straight path!

Weekly Nugget: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Revelations 12:11; NKJV)
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.

GOD, WHERE ARE YOU?

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Have you ever asked the question: God where are you?
Almost everyone has, Christians and non-Christians alike!
Whether you are going through hardship or ill-health, this is a nearly-universal question that we ask in our hearts when the hill seems too high, the wait seems too long, or injustice seems to dominate. We ask these questions when life’s blows have become nearly unbearable, and we are about to cave in!
Do not worry; God is everywhere, and He is where you are! His other names are; The Omnipresent, The Omniscient, and The Omnipotent! He is with you as you struggle through your situation, He knows all your past, your present, and your future, and He is MORE THAN ABLE to change your situation for good!
So even though it seems as if your heart is breaking and you cannot draw another breath due to your challenges and disappointments, know that God is there with you through it all: Jehovah Shammah – the ever-present God.
Gird yourself, strengthen yourself in God, and expect Him to act speedily on your behalf.
There is no mountain that He cannot level for you, and no crooked road that He cannot straighten (Zech. 4:7); God has all the solutions, and He is bringing them to you if only you could patiently wait on Him.
He brought you this far, and He will carry you the rest of the way, until you regain your strength.
Are you still asking where God is? He says He will never leave you nor forsake you (), therefore ……
God is here!

Lesson of the Week

1. God is with you and will never abandon you, even at the lowest moments of your life (Isaiah 43:1-2)
2. Be patient, pray, and wait for His situation-changing response (James 1:2-4)
God is ever faithful, and will do everything He has promised to do.
He fed His people with manna from Heaven for forty years; can He not now provide for you in your time of adversity? Yes, He will, because God is Here! He gives us the peace that passes all understanding while He fights our battles! Ask Him to fight your battles.
Pray about your situation, wait patiently for His intervention, and stay in His ‘good books’.
He intervened for Hannah (Prophet Samuel’s mother), for Rahab (in Jericho), and for Ruth (King David’s great-grandmother); can He not now intervene for you in your time of distress? Yes, He will, because God is Here!
Wipe your tears, look up to heaven from where all your help emanates, clothe yourself with hope and His joy, and be expectant. What was that question again (God, where are you)? Rejoice, my siblings; because God is right here, in the center of your situation!
Embrace Him, stay calm, and receive your victory. Remember, you are more than a conqueror.
Blessings, now and for always!

Weekly Nugget: “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me”. (Psalms 139:8-10; KJV)
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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TAKING CARE OF TODAY

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We worry so much about the future that we forget to live the present!
Expecting great things ahead without making any efforts to achieve results today is foolhardy; faith without works is dead (James 2:26). A dreamer cannot dream his/her way to success; there is a time to imagine, and a time to work!
Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight, but today, yes today, we can make good use of the time available and make a difference.
We need to learn how to take care of today; if we do so, tomorrow will automatically fall in line!
Have you been lazy in the past? Have you lost jobs, opportunities, friends, spouse, children, or possessions in the past? Do you feel you have wasted too much time on a prospect? Do you feel like a failure? Do these missed opportunities cause you to fear and worry about your future? There is good news!
Change your perspective; whatever your vocation is now, do it wholeheartedly with all your skill, strength, and heart. The success of your ‘tomorrow’ depends on the work you put in ‘today’.
Sow diligently now, and you will see the fruits of your labor. But if you do not work at something, how can you reap bountifully. God wants to bless the work of your hands, but your hands must first have work to do!
Jesus asked us to work or search while it is still daylight, because when night falls, it will be too dark to do or see anything (John 9:4). The first step to success is taking care of business now and today! Tomorrow will fall into place.
Finally, put it to prayer! Do it NOW! Pray about it NOW! Take care of your today!

Lesson of the Week

1. Plan your activities, then work at them steadily and without doubting (Luke 9:62)
2. Do an excellent job, no matter how small the task (Luke 16:10)
It is good to dream, but you have to plan how your dream can be actualized, and then work that plan!
The ability to translate our dreams into sustained action is critical to ‘taking care of today’. We not only have to work at things, but WE HAVE TO WORK AT THINGS DILIGENTLY, STEADILY, CONSISTENTLY, AND FOR AS LONG AS IT WILL TAKE.
When we excel in small assignments, spiritual laws stress that larger responsibilities will come our way!
The parable of the ‘talents’ depict this principle, and workplace scenarios that reward excellent employees support it. He who does well is given more responsibilities or rewards; while he who did poorly has the little he began with taken away from him (Matthew 25:29).
Let us resolve today to get back to work and productivity; let us take care of today, forget the failings of yesterday, and stop worrying about our future. God will open doors if we are willing to work hard; He has promised us great things if we stay diligently hard-working.
This week and from now on, resolve to do this, prosper, and inspire others also!
God bless you, and grant you success.

Weekly Nugget: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10; KJV)
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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TRUST GOD FOR EVERYTHING

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It is so hard to let go of all striving or worrying, and to just trust God completely for our needs!
If we are not being spiritually arrogant, we will accept that we sometimes try to “help God help us” by taking action without His direction. The reason may be that:
 - we do not truly believe in God’s ability to change situations,
 - we lack the strength to stay on our new path, or
 - we lack the patience to allow God bring His good purposes to pass.
 But I need us to remember a few truths today:
1. God is all-powerful and all-knowing

2. God loves us more than we can ever imagine, despite our past and current failings.
3. God will give us as many chances as we need to recover and walk in sincerity with Him
4. God wants us to trust Him completely (without doubting).    
 I believe there is nothing too difficult for God; after all, He made everything by the power of His Word! Will you therefore trust Him to positively change your situation today? Will you give Him your belief system, your heart, your mind, and your life? Will you let yourself go, so He can catch you?
Talk to God about your issues; pray, wait for His response, and then act on it!
The Father of our Lord Jesus, the God of Abraham, Moses, and David shall stand by you. Those who trust in Him shall never be ashamed. I encourage you therefore to knock on that door today; to ask Him in faith!
Trust God fully and without doubt for all things, and watch your life transform and blossom.

Lesson of the Week

1. Those who trust God always prosper; do so today (Isaiah 40:31)
2. Obey His directions, and observe the results (John 15:7 & Deut. 11:13-15)
Trusting God validates Him; tells Him that we live in submission and obedience to Him.   
No matter how tough and challenging your life has become, Jesus is able and willing to change things for the better. Blindly trusting Him, and not wondering HOW He is going to solve your problem is the foundation of FAITH IN CHRIST. Believing that through Jesus, the things you hope for will become reality is FAITH IN ACTION, and moves the hand of God.
Secondly, when God answers and gives direction, we must be prepared to move immediately. Most of us still remain in the place of prayer, even though God has responded and commanded us to move unto the place of action. Remember that faith without works is dead; that we must also be doers of the word, and not hearers only.
As you trust God for your breakthrough this week, try to avoid sin, love your fellow man, pray and sings songs of praise to God, and wait on Him. God never fails, and He will not fail you.
Hang on in there; your victory is on the way!

Weekly Nugget: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones” (Proverbs 3:5-8; KJV)
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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KEEPING YOUR JOY

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It is more beneficial to be joyful than to be happy!
Happiness happens when something good occurs in our lives, while joy is an inner elation that stays with us regardless of our current circumstances. In essence, joy is lightness of spirit due to an inner peace, while happiness is lightness of spirit due to external stimuli.
It is possible to be joyful even when things are not going our way; it is advisable to ask God for a joyful spirit because through this state comes our strength and victory (Nehemiah 8:10b).
Do you now see why biblical heroes and heroines praised and worshipped God during times of adversity? When God is praised in song and in word, His Spirit descends, and with Him comes the reality that we can truly accomplish all things (Philippians 4:13).
To support my arguments, Paul and Silas praised God, and the prison doors were opened (Acts 16:25-26), King Jehoshaphat authorized praise in a military campaign, and victory followed (2 Chr. 20:22), and the first disciples were empowered with the Holy Spirit as they gathered and prayed on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).
The key to success is remaining joyful in the Lord no matter what you are going through.
If God has forgiven you for past mistakes, forgive yourself also, move on and be joyful. If someone else has wronged you, ask God for the ability to genuinely forgive, for lasting peace and blessings come when you forgive others. Are you going through tough times? Ask God for a joyful spirit, and watch your situation not only become bearable, but changeable.
Keep your joy at all costs; it is a gift from God, and with it comes your ability to bend but not break, to forebear, to overcome, and ultimately, to win!

Lesson of the Week

1. Believe that God will grant you His joy (Job 8:21)
2. Embrace your difficulties with joy (James 1:2-3)
Joy comes from God. Ask Him in faith, and your heart will yet bubble with inexplicable joy!   
No matter how long your trials last, the joy of God will strengthen you, and give you the state of mind to outlast your challenges and be perfected with a patient and persevering persona!
God has promised to stand with you through your difficult periods; through your mountains, valleys, deserts, and oases. Face your tough situations calmly and joyfully, because Jesus stands with you!  
Sometimes when we have done everything that is asked of us, the sensible thing to do is wait on God to do what He has promised – deliver, change, revert, restore, bless, promote, heal, and grant peace.
As you hold onto your joy this week, may your strength be renewed, and may others who depend on you be encouraged and inspired by your calm and assurance, and may your victory come quickly!
After all, God is for you; who can be against you?
May the joy of the Lord be your strength, and may you be a blessing to all who meet you this week.

Weekly Nugget: “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows” (Hebrews 1:9; KJV)
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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POSSIBLE IMPOSSIBLES

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Things just do not seem to be working out despite all your efforts.
The expected job or promotion didn’t materialize, the relationship is teetering, the children have not come despite many years of marriage, or your friends and family continue to let you down! Life is just impossible!!
But I have news for you….If you wholeheartedly embrace Jesus as your Lord and savior, things will improve. God says that nothing is impossible with Him (Luke 1:37). He calls into being those things that do not yet exist!
Do you remember Jabez? God promoted and made him a leader amongst his people (1 Chr. 4:9-10).
Do you remember barren Hannah? God gave her many children, the first of whom was Prophet Samuel (1 Sam 1:11 & 20).
Do you remember Joshua? God empowered him to conquer The Promised Land (Josh 1:1-6).
Do you remember Jesus’ Apostles? The Holy Spirit came upon them, and the once-afraid group of fishermen became the fearless men of God that spread Christianity to the then known world (Acts 1:8)!
God has promised to be with you through all your troubles; trust that He will, and stay strong. There is nothing too difficult for Him, and He says that if we obey Him, we will yet eat of His goodness (Isaiah 1:19).
I need you to understand that if God is on your side, your impossible situations will become possible.
As Abraham trusted God for children while his wife Sarah was 90 years old, so should you look to God.
Trust God and His Christ in your seemingly hopeless situation, and watch Him make the things that do not yet exist in your life become reality. Just believe and wait patiently!

Lesson of the Week 

1. Ask God to change your situation (1 Chr. 4:10)
2. Claim God’s promises for yourself, and believe unwaveringly (Isaiah 43:18-19)
God is the only One that can change your circumstances; ask Him in faith to do so.  
The power of life and death lies with Him; if you ask Him, He will answer. He only needs to hear you ask!
Search the scriptures for His promises to His chosen, claim those promises, think on them, and walk a righteous path. God will not disappoint you.
Do the things you ask of Him seem impossible? Do they sound far-fetched? Then you need to remember that the One who parted the Red Sea, fed His people in the wilderness for 40 years with Manna from heaven, and who toppled the walls of Jericho, can, and will come to your aid.
Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you (Luke 11:9).
If you will only believe God, your impossibles will become possible, and your joy will be full.
Enjoy your week in God’s abundance, and please keep the faith!

Weekly Nugget: “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17; KJV)
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
All scriptures were linked from www.biblegateway.com

 

DO NOT WORRY

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It is only human that when faced with situations we cannot easily control or influence, we worry!
We worry about the outcome, the effects, and other people’s impressions of us. We worry because we feel helpless, having tried and failed multiple times.
Is your worry about work, school, family, health, or business concerns? Have you tried your best, and come to the conclusion that you are on a downward slide? Have you become anxious, despondent, and difficult to live with? Are you living with worry and fear?
When we worry, we display a lack of faith in God!
But God tells us not to fret, fear, or be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6). He wants us to trust Him completely, regardless of what the situation might seem like (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Jesus reminds us that our Heavenly Father takes care of the birds of the air, and promises that we would be taken care of also (Matthew 6:25-26). In order to show how important it is for us NOT to worry, there are about 365 ‘fret nots’ or ‘worry nots’ in the bible; one for each day!
Worry is lack of faith, and faith is required if we are to receive anything from God (James 1:6-8).
The Creator of the Universe, the repository of all power and knowledge, and the only ONE who can change all things, is on your side. He works for you so you do not have to struggle. He works for your good.
He is telling you today NOT TO WORRY! Trust Him completely and see your situations changed for the best.
Fear not; Fret not; Worry not!

Lesson of the Week 1. God will be with us through every difficulty (Isaiah 43:1-2)
2. When we hurt, God promises healing and comfort (Malachi 4:2)
There will be difficulties and seemingly intractable situations; God has promised to see us through them.
He did not say there wouldn’t be tough times; He just said He will be with us as we navigate them. He says we will be better human beings because of our trials (James 1:2-4).
Even when hurt, disappointment, and fear come our way, the Balm of Gilead, the Comforter, and the Great Healer will be there to lift us up, soothe us, and heal us.
Trust God’s promise today and cease from worrying about something you cannot change. Give it all to God in prayer, and let Jesus do what He does best: heal broken hearts and relationships.
Stop dwelling on that situation; your fretting cannot fix it. Give it to God, and stop being afraid!
Forgive those who have hurt you, and ask God for the grace to keep loving and seeing the good in others.
May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob visit you this week, and may His peace dwell with you always.
Greetings from The Great Comforter!

Weekly Nugget: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7; KJV)
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

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Life is full of ups and downs, and those who are patient and consistent will eventually overcome.
Are you stuck in no-man’s land? Are you confused about your current situation? Do have face choices that leave you powerless? Have you decided to change, and is change not coming easily enough? Are you in the valley and you are desperately looking forward to a mountain-top experience? Are you weary? Are you discouraged?
The bible commands you not to give up hope of a turnaround; the Unchanging Changer, God, will come to your assistance! (Isaiah 42:16).
Joshua believed God for the conquest of Jericho, Hannah believed for children, David was a worshipper, and King Jehoshaphat believed for military deliverance; all these received more than they expected: the walls of Jericho collapsed, Prophet Samuel was born, David received the Israelite kingdom, and Jehoshaphat obtained a great military victory!
There is nothing too difficult for God to do; ask Him in faith, and wait patiently for His response!
Remain in God’s good books: accept Jesus’ death as atonement for your sins, stay holy, and help the less fortunate. Be God’s instrument of help and encouragement to others; as you offer your services to God and your fellow man, He will exceed your needs and expectations.
God is able to give you more than you can ever think or imagine, if you can only trust Him, wait patiently for Him, and allow Him use you to encourage His people.
He is faithful; so should you be! And all will be well.

Lesson of the Week

1. God has promised not to forsake you (Joshua 1:5 & 9)
2. Wait patiently on God (Psalms 37:3-7).
God’s Words always do what they are spoken to do. He has promised never to let you down; He won’t.
No matter how difficult the situation, God can, and will come through for you. Just keep believing without wavering. Do not look at the physical situation, but look at what God says about that situation, and CLING TO GOD’S PROMISES!
Clinging to His promises means you have to practice patience. God’s times are not our times, and sometimes He does take a little more time to give us MORE THAN we asked of Him.
Wait patiently and expectantly, and your expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:18).
Be encouraged this week; the God of Abraham, and the Creator of the Universe, knows every pain you feel, and stands ready to wipe away all hurts.
Trust Him therefore, and let your joy bubble over.
Greetings and Felicitations from the Throne of Grace!

Weekly Nugget: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (Isaiah 41:10; KJV)
 Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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HAVING DONE ALL; STAND

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So what do we do when in our bid to receive our breakthrough, we have sacrificed, worked hard, read the Word of God diligently, shared our blessings with others, exhibited faith, submitted to God, and kept on praying. And yet, we still await answers to our petitions! If this is your situation, listen carefully:
It is time to STAND!
Standing means waiting on God while remaining in our attitudes of worship, warfare, holiness, faith, and love. It means putting on the complete armor of God, and staying on the battlefield for whatever length of time it takes for us to overcome. To win, to be complete, or to be blessed.
While waiting on God, remember that His times and seasons are different from ours (Isaiah 55:8-11), and that we are working according to His seasons. Keep you gaze upon Him therefore, do not let sin back into your life, and watch God ultimately come through on your behalf.
Sometimes our situations are scary and hopeless, but ‘the hope of the hopeless’ and ‘help of the helpless’ is Jesus Christ the Son of God, and He has already won the victory for you (1 Cor. 15:57).
Have you done all? Have you waited a long time for answers? Do you think deliverance is coming too late?
Our God is never late, but always on time! Wait on Him, and He will renew your strength (Isaiah 40:31).
Stand still therefore in your situation, clothed in God’s armor, and see His hand re-order things for you.
STAND!

Lesson of the Week1. Ask God for faith and patience, and wait on His promises (James 1:3-4 & Hebrews 11:6)
2. Stand without wavering or looking back (James 1:6 & Luke 9:62)
Your situation has tried your faith, but look, has it not birthed patience in you? God wants you to be patient, because what He wants to give is so special that it is taking Him some time to prepare. Wait patiently!
As you wait, do not doubt God’s ability or willingness to bless you! Those who give up prematurely never quite make it; quitters never win, and winners never quit.
I challenge you this week to put all your cares in God’s hands. He has promised never to leave nor forsake those who trust in Him (Deuteronomy 31:8).
STAND STRONG, AND GLORIFY GOD’S NAME!

Weekly Nugget: Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (Eph. 6:13-17; KJV)

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States
All scriptures were linked from www.biblegateway.com