Archive for July, 2016
On behalf of Overseer Ferguson, Minister Ferguson, Pastor Allison, Minister Bonner and Minister Blake, we would like to thank all our incoming churches, our members and community helpers who have been dedicated and supportive throughout our Annual Convention 2016. This convention has been a great success because of you all. A special thanks to Bishop Edwards and First Lady Edwards of Morning Star International Spiritual Baptist Church in Enfield, St. Mary, Jamaica. They have been at the convention almost everyday until the end.
God bless you all.
Once upon a time there was this girl who had four boyfriends.
She loved the 4th boyfriend the most and adorned him with rich robes and treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best.
She also loved the 3rd boyfriend very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her for another.
She also loved her 2nd boyfriend. He was her confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with her. Whenever this girl faced a problem, she could confide in him, and he would help her get through the difficult times.
The girl’s 1st boyfriend was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. However, she did not love the first boyfriend. Although he loved her deeply, she hardly took notice of him!
One day, the girl fell ill and she knew her time was short. She thought of her luxurious life and wondered, I now have four boyfriends with me, but when I die, I’ll be all alone.’
Thus, she asked the 4th boyfriend, ‘I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?’
‘No way!’, replied the 4th boyfriend, and he walked away without another word.
His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her heart.
The sad girl then asked the 3rd boyfriend, ‘I loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?’
‘No!’, replied the 3rd boyfriend. ‘Life is too good! When you die, I’m going to marry someone else!’
Her heart sank and turned cold.
She then asked the 2nd boyfriend, ‘I have always turned to you for help and you’ve always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?’
‘I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!’, replied the 2nd boyfriend. ‘At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.’
His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and the girl was devastated.
Then a voice called out: ‘I’ll go with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go.’
The girl looked up, and there was her first boyfriend. He was very skinny as he suffered from malnutrition and neglect.
Greatly grieved, the girl said, ‘I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!’
In truth, you have 4 boyfriends in your lives.
Your 4th boyfriend is your body. No matter how much time and effort you lavish in making it look good, it will leave you when you die.
Your 3rd boyfriend is your possessions, status and wealth. When you die, it will all go to others.
Your 2nd boyfriend is your family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for you, the furthest they can stay by you is up to the grave.
And your 1st boyfriend is your Soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world.
However, your Soul is the only thing that will follow you where ever you go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of you that will follow you to the throne of God and continue with you throughout Eternity.
Thought for the day: Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.
People tend to take each other for granted, and believe that they have all the time in this world. No matter what you do for some people, they will still come back asking for more. Instead of being appreciative, and asking what they can do for you, it’s always what you can do for them. There are always some needs that they have. However, they never stop to wonder if you might also have any needs. These people have the “me, myself and I” kind of attitude.
You will continue to pour out all you have got to others, while instead of trying to think of a way to show their appreciation, and be a blessing to you, they instead find a way to criticize and tear you down. If you have done one wrong, instead of using a way to look at all the good you have done, they use that one bad to tear you down. As the saying goes, “when I do something good, no one remembers, but when I do something bad, no one forgets.”
It’s time you try to bless someone who has continually being a blessing to you, instead of finding a way to tear that person down. Sometimes people do not take responsibilities for their own actions. Instead of asking for forgiveness and take responsibilities for their actions, they find a way to blame the other person.
Go out and find someone you can bless today; whether it is someone who has consistently being a blessing to you, or someone you don’t even know. Life is short, today we are here, and tomorrow we are gone. It does not make any sense you cry your eyes out at someone’s funeral, and give all the roses you can afford. Notwithstanding, you did not try to acknowledge, appreciate, and be a blessing to that person while he or she was here with you.
Kiss and hug your husband, wife, spouse, children, siblings, other relatives, and friends. Tell them you love them and appreciate them. Find a way to make their day special, especially if that person is always giving to you, instead of finding a way to be offended by every little thing, and tear that person down. Look at all the good that person has done in your life, and has allowed you to accomplish.
Don’t give me roses when I am gone.