Saturday, 31 May 2014

Darlene Zschech: popular christian worship leader, Ends Chemo (Video below)

Nearly five months ago, former Hillsong Church worship pastor Darlene Zschech announced that she had breast cancer and would undergo chemotherapy. Now the popular singer and songwriter is thanking prayer warriors for their efforts during the battle.

Zschech announced she has officially finished her last round of chemo and says hallelujah is the best word to describe how she feels about it. The battle isn't over. She starts radiation this coming week and that will last six weeks.
"I shall be glowing from the inside out," she quips. "And then that's it. Never again."
Zschech again thanks her fans for continued prayers.
"On the days where I have felt I cannot do it anymore, I literally have felt the strength of people praying for me," she wrote on her blog. "The power of the Holy Spirit to comfort and strengthen has been beyond what I have ever experienced before. Again, I am so thankful for every one of you."
Zschech says she's had a lot of time to think—and think deeply. During this time, she says, she's reflected and prayed on many things.
"I cry easily, not necessarily sad tears, but tears all the same," she says. "Even when I'm laughing I end up crying. I think the tears have taken the place of words for the time being. This too shall pass. One day the words to define this season will come. And I pray they bring hope to all who hear."
"Even though I unashamedly begged for God to heal me before treatment," she says, "He said to me that as I walked through He would never leave me.
"This is the truth for all of us today, no matter what you may be facing, even if God feels far away, our loving Father will never leave us or forsake us. I take great pleasure in knowing this beyond a shadow of a doubt. He is with me. He is with you."
Zschech says she's excited about leading worship Sunday at church—the first time since the journey started.
"Even if its [sic] a bit rough and ready, leading people to the courts of our God is my greatest honor. I simply cannot wait!" she says. "His presence truly is heaven. We will pray on Sunday night for all those needing healing, and for all of you who've asked us to pray for loved ones. Yes we shall. Healing, in Jesus name."

Recipes: These baked egg potato bowls will make a yummy breakfast

These baked egg potato bowls will make a yummy breakfast
 To make these delicious and tempting baked egg potato bowls first you have to bake potatoes. Cut their top part when cooled down and scoop out the flesh to create bowls.

Brush some melted butter inside the bowls and add grated cheese. Top with any smoked meat and then add an egg in each bowl. Sprinkle salt and pepper, add a bit of cheese and green onions. Bake in the oven until the eggs are cooked and cheese is melted.

Watch the Friends You Keep

KEY VERSE: “Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab” (2 Chronicles 18:1).
The spiritual declension of Solomon began when he established illicit relationships with “strange women” (1 Kings 11:4). A similar thing also happened to Jehoshaphat who had been blessed and honoured by God for his commitment to Him.
However, he entered into friendship with Ahab, a wicked king. He even arranged for his son to marry Athaliah, Ahab’s daughter who would later become a tyrant and introduce idolatry in Judah. Ahab made a big feast for Jehoshaphat and his entourage in Samaria. Ahab also cleverly convinced Jehoshaphat to enter into a military alliance with him. But Jehoshaphat who still retained his godliness, would not go to war without asking counsel of God. Ahab promptly produced 400 of his hired prophets who urged them to go to war with a promise of victory. Jehoshaphat was not fooled, hence he specifically asked for “a prophet of the Lord”. Even when Prophet Micaiah told the truth as directed by the Lord with regard to the outcome of the battle, this would not still dissuade Jehoshaphat from going to war, where he was almost killed.
Christians, whether leaders or not, who make friends with unbelievers, compromise righteous values, and will have their spiritual awareness dulled. They would become insensitive to the leading of the Spirit of God and spineless to resist the allurement of the wicked people to go into sin. If they continue in that downward slide, they would soon lose their relationship with the Lord completely. Such people would normally desire to be told only what they want to hear. But believers must stand on the unchanging word of God. For it is only the truth that can set man free.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Evil communication corrupts good manners”

Friday, 30 May 2014

By Creation and by Choice

TEXT: PSALM 116:10-19
KEY VERSE: “I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people” (Psalm 116:14).
The prophet Jonah had to put up with an avoidable stay in the bosom of a big fish. He could have escaped this if he had paid his vows to God earlier. It was an insight that dawned on him as the great sea creature tossed him to and fro. What are your vows too? Is it not total devotion to God and His cause for the great salvation He brought to us through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
What can the pardoned sinner render unto God in exchange for His goodness? Or, what can those who have been delivered from trouble or distress give in appreciation for God’s magnanimity? The best gift we can offer God is unreserved submission and devotion of ourselves and all that we have to His service.
The Psalmist said, in his own case: “I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.” He said he would take up the cup of consolation, the benefit God bestowed unto him and taste of His love in them.
We have numerous causes for which to praise God and to give up ourselves unto Him. We are His own by creation and by redemption. We equally belong to Him by His manifold investments and endowments in our lives. And we need to rightly recognise ourselves as His servants indeed. How wonderful to give birth to children and to raise them in godly homes! If God has mercifully loosened our bonds, we are thus twofold servants of His, for we cannot afford to use our new-found liberty to serve an enemy to our new Master and Redeemer.
We should follow the Psalmist’s example, who willingly offered to God without being ashamed of anyone, and without boasting about it. Such are the true saints of God, in whose lives and deaths He will be glorified.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Render sacrificial service to God.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

You need to see this........

This video clip from Pastor Joseph Prince really touched me and i know someone will be bless too by listening and watching the video, i telling you will be bless too. Thanks be to our Lord Jesus Christ for given us His life.
See the video below.Enjoy!!!!

Recipes: Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie, YUMMY YUMMY


For Crust:
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1 ounce bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
7 ounces chocolate wafer cookies (about 30 cookies)
1 pint strawberries, trimmed and halved
For Filling:
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
6 large egg yolks
2 1/2 cups whole milk
6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 tablespoon bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Lightly spray a 9-inch pie dish with nonstick spray. Place the butter and chopped chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, heat on high for 30 seconds or until just melted. Stir until smooth. Finely grind cookies in processor. Add chocolate mixture and process until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press crumb mixture into prepared pie dish. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Arrange strawberry halves in a single layer in the bottom of the crust.
For filling, whisk sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, spices, and salt in heavy medium saucepan to combine. Whisk in egg yolks to form thick paste. Gradually whisk in milk, then whisk over medium-high heat until mixture thickens and boils 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Whisk in bourbon and vanilla. Cool 5 minutes, whisking occasionally. Pour filling over strawberries until level with the top edge of the crust (you may not use all the filling). Chill until set, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Top with fresh whipped cream and more strawberries, if desired.
Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie
Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie


I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill
it. Psalm 81:10
The movie "Blank Check" tells the story of a young boy who finds a blank cheque complete with the signature! His imagination begins to run wild. He thinks about cashing the cheque for $1,000 then $10,000.
He finally decides to make the cheque out for $1 million. The boy takes the cheque to the bank to have it cashed.
Now we all know that in order to cash a cheque, the money has to be in the account.Amazingly, the cheque is good and he leaves the bank with $1 million cash!
God's promises are like the blank cheque that the little boy found. As we read the Bible, we find many promises that the Lord has left for us to claim.
Through those promises, we are able to draw on the limitless supply of God's account in heaven.
From Genesis to Revelation, there are blank cheques to cover our health, peace, marriage, children, labour or any other area of our lives.
Some find their 'blank cheque' as they study God's Word for their daily devotion; others find their cheque as they listen to the preaching of the word or as they read an inspired Christian book.
Each of those promises are made up of simple words but behind those simple words are the power that created the entire universe.
Like the young boy, you can decide how much you want to claim from the promises of God. You receive according to the level of your faith and trust in the Lord.
Will you limit God's power, or believe Him without reservation? The cheque is in your hands; write the amount you want.
Prayer: Lord, I believe in Your promises and claim them in the name of Jesus.
Scriptural Reading: Psalm 81-1 -16

Tuesday, 27 May 2014


"Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man
are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates." Psalm 127:3-5(NLT)
Today is Children's Day and we rejoice with all the children around the globe. We know that "Jesus loves the little children; all the children of the world; whether yellow, black, or white; they are precious in His sight; Jesus loves the little children of the world!" But we also know that satan loves not our children and he is after them vehemently because he knows, just like we do, that they are the future and if he can lay hold of them now, then, he has the future in his hands - GOD FORBID!!!
Our task this morning is simple - we are going to pray! Today, we pray for the preservation of children all over the world. We pray against every assault and onslaught of the enemy targeted at their destinies. We pray for their future, which is ours too. We pray for God's divine touch upon their lives.
We will particularly pray for:
1. Every child or children you know (born and unborn; conceived and yet-to-be-conceived). To follow the way and the truth of the Lord, Bible say you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
2. All the children in the nations of the world (known and unknown).
3. All the less privileged children - orphans and vulnerable children
4. The Chibok girls (we want God to secure their release and bring them back to their parents).
We have the Spirit of God and He leads us in the place of prayer. Let us pray - as the Spirit leads.

Between Children And Parents

KEY VERSE: “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
As the world celebrates the children’s day today, it is a fact that children are the joy and delight of their parents. It is sad however to observe that the relationship between parents and children in some homes have turned sour as a result of the failure of both parties in their duties, as spelt out in the text, one to another.
Children are commanded to obey their parents in all things as long as those things do not run contrary to the will of God. Parents in turn have it as a duty to show good understanding of their children and not provoke them to wrath. Where there is this balance in the parents/children relationship, there are bound to be harmony, trust, mutual confidence, peace and progress in the family.
Obedience from children to parents should be a loving submission. Children will obey their parents without questioning when they know and feel they are truly loved by their parents. Their obedience is the way they respond to this love. When parents truly love their children, they will deal with them with proper understanding and tolerance. They will not have an overbearing and repelling attitude towards them. Their expectation of them will not be too high.
However, this does not mean that parents should indulge their children in anyway. While they remain kind, gentle and loving, they are at the same time expected to be firm and principled. They have it as their duty to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Christian parents have it as their primary responsibility to lead their children to the Lord and through their own personal practical lives and examples as well as deliberate and consistent instructions from the word of God, bring them up in the fear of the Lord. If we all do these, our homes will be strong and peaceful and our societies in turn, will have less aggressions, protests and violence coming from disgruntled children whose homes have failed them.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: There is no conflict in love.

Monday, 26 May 2014

The 7 Marriage Secrets You Should Never Share with Friends

We know that you love to talk to your friends about your marriage. It is interesting and helpful too. But, don’t make a habit out of it. There are certain details of your marriage that should remain a secret between you and your spouse. So, here are some marriage secrets on which you must zip your lips, at least partly. 

1. Finances and spending
Conversation about your budget and finances will do no good to anyone else’s ears. You are just exposing a confidential part of your household to your pals. Remember, sorting and discussing your expenses and money matters is none of their business. So, better keep these accounts enveloped.

2. Who pays the bill?
Your buddies might be very close to you, but
‘who pays for what’ is something they should not be involved in. Whether you split your bills or not, do not unveil it in front of your friends. Money matters should stay between couples; it is not something you should discuss with your friends.

3. Chemistry with in-laws
You may think it is ok to lash out about how you deal with your in-laws. But, your equation with your in-laws is not a piece of gossip. Be it a positive or a negative experience; kindly bury it deep in your heart. Your in-laws are not your kitty party topic, so allow this discussion to stay between your family walls only.

4. Your spouse’s character traits
It is not worth divulging the personal traits of your spouse to your comrades. Whether your spouse love to dig their nose or snores in the night or eats Chinese food with hands, doesn’t mean you will lay bare those details for all. You should not be so casual while talking about your significant other.

5. Baby making
Bringing a baby into the world is a life-changing decision and there is no need for you to let any third person know about the idea. Consider it your personal matter and hide it from your pals. A friend’s advice is not required over here.

6. Lock up your bedroom secrets
It might appear romantic, but it is not usual if he is always on a self-sacrificing spree. The statement may seem unfair, but there is no harm in being cautious. Real love is open, candid and from the heart. So in a healthy relationship, it is unreal to compromise all the time.
You are courting danger if he is always foregoing and forgiving.


All he might want to do is gain an upper hand. If it is true love, you should know for what reasons he is being cooperative all the time.
So ladies, keep your mind open even when you feel your heart taking over your senses. Just watch out for these signs to find your true prince charming and get rid of the fake on

7.Never reveal the dynamics of your relationship to your friends. Every family has a crowned head, be it husband or wife. But, this doesn’t mean that either of you is submissive. So don’t let your friends know who ‘wears the pants’ in your house.
No matter how close you are to your pals, your marriage and its details should stay only between you and your spouse. There are certain marriage secrets that you should never trade.


I have been studying Acts chapter 12 for a while now and God has taught me great lessons, part of which I would love to share with my sisters today.
“And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night, Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers, and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by Him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying “Arise quickly!”
And his chains fell off his hands” – Acts 12:6-7
The above scriptures gives an insight into the situation of Apostle Peter who was on death row, he had just few hours more to live and there was no way of escape. 
Hummm……..A man on death row, chained between two well-armed soldiers and yet he could sleep? Imagine the pains from previous beatings, how was he able to sleep in such a miserable and helpless situation? 
Sometimes the situations of our lives keeps us in captivity, chained and limited, you can’t show up where your friends are, you are kept away from your in-laws, relations and even from social gatherings because you have unpleasant story that you cannot share. Your situation shuts your mouth and you cannot sing the Lord’s song because you consider yourself to be in a strange land (Psa. 137:1-4).
Peter could sleep in the midst of his challenges because he knew the one in charge of his life was not sleeping. The God that watches over you does not sleep nor slumber and that is why He said “be still and know that I am God” (Psa. 46:10).
Sleeping in the midst of storm is not a sign of weakness or hopelessness, it is a demonstration of trust in God. Peter had peace because his heart was fixed on God. Is your heart fixed on God?
Isaiah 26:3……”You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (NKJV)
As you relax and allow God to step into your situation, you will come out triumphantly before you know it. Peter suddenly came to himself (Acts 12:11), meaning he was not really aware God had brought him out until he got to the city. God did not only deliver him from the soldiers, he was also freed from the prison; that is victory without a fight! God’s time to help is usually when the situation is extreme so that His name will be honored.
Are you having sleepless nights over that issue? ……..Go to sleep!
Are you losing your appetite already? …………………Go get some food!
Are you feeling intimidated? …………………………..Get out of that!
Is God doing anything at all? .......................................... Yes He is!

God is bringing you out today as you rest in Him. Angels will attend to you as you “Go to sleep”! 
Sisters, God does not sleep nor slumber, remember, when you are down to nothing, God is up to something. By sis Ibidun.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Prayer for new week

For someone reading this, I decree that every evil plan of the enemies against your life and that of your family members shall return back to the sender in Jesus name! It will backfire and boomerang. Again, anyone who dares to plan your downfall and death shall be exposed and disgraced in Jesus name.
The Almighty God will fill every emptiness in your life with overflowing blessings. You shall no longer live in fear of the unknown. God is preparing you to replace some people who are at the helms of affairs in this nation. From a servant, you will become a master. God will restore hope to you. What appears hopeless shall soon get tremendous solutions. Instead of being harmed, you will enjoy divine protection and open heavens in Jesus mighty name.J

Happy New Week from us ASB-World.


Have you been hoping for a change of story?
Has a particular issue consistently made it to your yearly prayer requests?
Have you been believing God for a promotion or progress in your career and it seems like it will never happen?
Have you been praying for a life partner and all relationships keep coming to an abrupt end?
Have you been waiting for the fruit of the womb and it seems barrenness has found a footing in your home?
I have good news for you. A delay in your testimony does not deny that there will ever be a testimony.
One thing I have discovered about this our great God is when it seems as if He is delaying, be rest assured He is coming in a big way.
Let us look at some scenarios that He came in a big way in the Bible:
In the case of Abraham and Sarah - we were not told how long they had been married but childbearing was very delayed, it was so delayed that they had both given up hope of ever having a child of their own. Sarah had reached menopause but when God came, it was in a big way. They didn't just have a son but a son of promise. Today, we refer to God as the God of ISAAC (Genesis 18:10-15; 21:1-6)
Joseph had several dreams and instead of situations to work towards the fulfillment of the dreams, it was as if it will never be but after the delay, he ended up a prime minister in a foreign land (Genesis 37:5-10; 39,40; 41:1-44)
The woman with the issue of the blood, she had hoped and sought for her healing. We were even told she had spent all her money. The healing that was delayed for 12 years located her and we read about her story today in the Bible (Luke 8:43-48)
The story of Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary, they told Jesus as soon as Lazarus took ill but we were told that Jesus stayed back. They thought that Jesus' delay has denied them of ever seeing their brother again but on the contrary they received their brother back alive after 4 whole days in the grave (John 11:1-45)
The man at the pool of Bethesda hoped for his healing but each day seems as though he would never be healed because he had no one to help him to the pool on time but after 38 years of delay, the healing that seemed denied came. As a matter of importance, He was the only one healed out of the many that were sick there ( John 5:2-9)
By now, I expect your faith to come alive, don't close that case yet, it may seem as if God has forgotten you and you may have even written that issue off, I am led to tell you today that our dependable and reliable God is coming in a big way for you.
If you are sick or challenged in your health, you will not only be healed but you will be made whole.
You are believing God for a husband, you will not just be married but be joyfully married.
You are believing God for a child, my God will give you double for your trouble and shame.
Tell yourself, though it tarries, I will wait for it because my God will come through for me in a big way in Jesus' Name, Amen! 
by sis onome

A Boy tied to bus stop highlights struggle for disabled Read!

Mumbai (AFP) - The nine-year-old boy dressed in blue lay listlessly on the pavement in the scorching Mumbai summer afternoon, his ankle tethered with rope to a bus stop, unheeded by pedestrians strolling past.
Lakhan Kale cannot hear or speak and suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, so his grandmother and carer tied him up to keep him safe while she went to work, selling toys and flower garlands on the city's roadsides.
"What else can I do? He can't talk, so how will he tell anyone if he gets lost?" said homeless Sakhubai Kale, 66, who raised Lakhan on the street by the bus stop shaded by the hanging roots of a banyan tree.
Lakhan's father died several years ago and his mother walked out on the family, his grandmother told AFP.
A photograph of him tied up appeared in a local newspaper this week, sparking concerns among charities and the police, and he has since been taken into care at a government-run institution.
But activists say his plight on the streets comes as little surprise in India, where those with disabilities face daily stigma and discrimination and a lack of facilities to assist them.

Kale said Lakhan "tends to wander off" and that there was no one else to stop him walking into traffic while she and her 12-year-old granddaughter, Rekha, were out making a living.
At night she would tie him to her own leg as they slept on the pavement so she would know if he tried to walk away.
"I am a single old woman. Nobody paid attention to me until the newspaper report," she said.
"He was in a special school, but they sent him back."
Social worker Meena Mutha has since managed to place Lakhan in a state-run south Mumbai home, which takes in a range of needy children from the disabled to the destitute.
"Residental homes are very, very few. There's a major need for the government to do something, a social responsibility to provide residential centres for children like Lakhan," said Mutha, a trustee at the Manav Foundation helping people with mental illness.
She said government-run centres that put together children with different needs did not always have the range of facilities required.
"They don't have the infrastructure, the staff," said Mutha. Conversely, non-government organisations "have expertise, but not the space," she said, highlighting the squeeze on land in the densely-packed city.
Across India, the 40 to 60 million people with disabilities often face similar struggles to get the help they need, activists say.
"There's no collective responsibility. You have a disabled child, you look after it," said Varsha Hooja, chief executive at ADAPT, another charity working with disabled young adults and children.
- No state support -
Hooja said she had seen other cases of parents locking up children with disabilities while they go to work.
"The state gives no support," she said.
A long-awaited bill was introduced into the Indian parliament in February aiming to give disabled people equal rights -- including access to education, employment and legal redress against discrimination -- but it has yet to be passed.
Lawyer Rajive Raturi was on the committee that began drafting the bill five years ago, and said the Congress party-led government which has just lost power had pushed through a "complete dilution" of the original, especially on sections regarding women and children with disabilities.
Raturi, who handles disability cases at the Human Rights Law Network, said he hoped the new parliament elected this month, dominated by incoming prime minister Narendra Modi's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, would "listen to the stakeholders and then make a decision".
"We can't change attitudes with an act but if the bill has the right provisions, people will think twice," he said.
Back by the Mumbai bus stop, Kale squatted on the pavement drinking chai and eating bread on the morning after bidding a tearful goodbye to her grandson.
She was hopeful she would get to see him regularly once she acquired an official identity card that would allow her to visit the centre.

"I am very happy," she said. "What else would I want other than for him to be looked after?"


You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. James 4:2
It is clear from scripture that some Christians today don't have God's provision, healing, or blessing in their lives because they have not asked for it.
That is not to say that God will give us everything we ask for. Yes, sometimes what we ask for at a particular time may not be what the Lord wants us to have.
However, the Bible says, "You do not have because you do not ask". As the old hymn says, "Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saints upon their knees."
The devil doesn't want you to pray. He will do everything he can to keep you from it, because he is afraid of the power that can be exercised through prayer.
He whispers, "Don't pray. Try this. Try that. You are not worthy to pray. God won't hear your prayers." He will do anything to keep you from approaching the throne of God.
Some Christians pray only as a last resort, when everything else fails, after they've called all their friends and all their relatives.
When no one can help them, they say, "What else can I do? All I can do now is pray."
Prayer should not be a last resort. It should be the first thing we do. Prayer is a privilege that is given to the child of God. God wants to hear from you today.
He wants to intervene in your life and turn around that negative situation. So pray with fervour. Pray with energy. Pray continually.
He hears and He will come to your aid.
Prayer: Father, I will call upon You always because You hear me always and do great and mighty things for me.
Scriptural Reading: James 4:1-6

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Try this dessert: Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Sandwich

PHOTO: Carla Halls grilled pineapple upside down sandwich is shown here.Ingredients
·  1/2 cup brown sugar
·  1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
·  1 cup mascarpone cheese
·  1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
·  10 slices pound cake or challah bread
·  cherries (to skewer)

Combine butter, brown sugar and pineapple juice in a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 2 minutes. Reserve half for brushing on fresh pineapple. Mix the other half into mascarpone cheese.
Heat grill to medium heat. Place pineapple rings on grill. Grill both sides for 1 minute each or until warmed through, then brush with brown sugar mixture. Grill quickly on each side. Clean grill, then quickly grill cake. Brush each piece with sweetened mascarpone and place grilled pineapple in the middle.

Top with a cherry skewer to serve.
PHOTO: Carla Halls grilled pineapple upside down sandwich is shown here.

Wife Must Submit, and So Must the Husband! Read

In marriage, God requires us to submit to Him first and then to each other. For those whom this truth
irritates, this post is specifically for you. Now that I have your attention, let's ask some questions.
In the many marriage conferences I have attended over the last few years, I always hear about the longstanding debate where the wife must submit to her husband. This, of course, always brings up some tension, mainly among the ladies in the crowd. The men nod their heads, of course, but are quickly sustained. 
I also hear a lot of confusion on this topic with couples who are struggling in their marriage. Typically, the husband is trying to drive home the point that she must submit to him, not even knowing where it's written or how to actually define it, and the wife will naturally fight against his wishes, she, again, not knowing the rules on submission or love. So what are the rules?
What Does the Dictionary Say?
  • Submit: "to give over or yield to the power or authority of another"
  • Love: "a profoundly tender and passionate affection for another person"
  • Respect: "to hold in esteem or honor"
These definitions sound like the type of relationship we all need to have with Jesus. Agreed? Now, what about our marriages?
What does the Bible say about submission and love?

The standard for this information can be found in Ephesians 5:21-33. The big verse that stands out for wives and submission is verse 22: "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord." The next big verse that stands out is verse 24, which says, "Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything."
The big verse that stands out for the husbands and love is verse 25: "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her." The next big one is verse 28: "In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself."
These verses bring up the exact points that wives are to submit to their husbands and husbands are to love their wives. Note that their is no hierarchy mentioned here in these verses. There are different roles mentioned, but they are equal. This might be the key point.
To put these verses in a better perspective, I made this infographic below to help you understand those Scriptures. Review the graphic and then review your marriage and relationship with Jesus. What are you waiting for?
The infographic helped me understand the connections between our roles in marriage and our roles in our relationship with Jesus. All at the same level, the wife must submit to her husband just as the church submits to Jesus, and the husband must love his wife just as Jesus loves the church. Do you agree with this graphic? Expand on your thoughts in the comments.
Is that it? Are husbands exempt from any form of submission?
Absolutely not. In fact, if you read all of the verses in the Ephesians passage above you, would see that the first verse says, "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ." Another hot verse on submission can be found in James 4:7, which reads, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
These verses make it clear that both men and women, married or not, must learn how to submit to God. If you take the initiative to be submissive to God and understand what it means, you will be able to better apply the principles in your own relationship or marriage. Starting to make sense?
So, what is the bottom line? It's simple: Both spouses must learn the details on submission and love. Jesus sets the example for us in the Scriptures, and you must learn to live them out in your own marriage.
In the case of submission, yes, the wives must learn how to submit to their husbands according to the Scripture. But in the same sense and on the same level, husbands must learn how to love their wives according to the Scripture.
If you are personally living out the principles in your walk with Jesus, it will be much easier to live out these principles in your own marriage. As we are all the body of Christ, we are all one flesh. As a married couple, we are and have become one flesh.
So, here's your challenge:
  • Husbands, ask your wife today how you can love her better.
  • Wives, ask your husband today how you can submit to or respect him better.
What aspect of love or submission do you struggle with in your own marriage? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thursday, 22 May 2014


Are you the type of person who easily get influenced by negative advice? Follow this short self
confidence lesson.
When Henry Ward Beecher was a young boy in school, he learned a lesson in self confidence which he never forgot.
He was called upon to recite in front of the class. He had hardly begun when the teacher interrupted with an emphatic, “No!”
He started over and again the teacher thundered, “No!” Humiliated, Henry sat down.
The next boy rose to recite and had just begun when the teacher shouted, “No!”
This student, however, kept on with the recitation until he completed it. As he sat down, the teacher replied, “Very good!”
Henry was irritated. ”I recited just as he did,” he complained to the teacher.
But the instructor replied, “It is not enough to know your lesson, you must be sure. When you allowed me to stop you, it meant that you were uncertain. If the world says, ‘No!’ it is your business to say, ‘Yes!’ and prove it.
Henry Ward Beecher, a prominent Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th century.
The world will say, ‘No!’ in a thousand ways.
‘No! You can’t do that.’
‘No! You are wrong.’
‘No! You are too old.’
‘No! You are too young.’
‘No! You are too weak.’
‘No! It will never work.’
‘No! You don’t have the education.’
‘No! You don’t have the background.’
‘No! You don’t have the money.’
‘No! It can’t be done.’
And each ‘No!’ you hear has the potential to erode your confidence bit by bit until you quit all together.
Though the world says, ‘No!’ to you today, you should be determined to say, ‘Yes!’ and prove it! ”
Any moral lessons learnt? Please share with the rest of the world.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

5 Ways Home Remedies For Eliminating Pimples

Pimples or zits are a common skin problem among adolescents and adults.
They are caused when the sebaceous glands (oil glands) on the skin get infected with bacteria and swell up with puss. Pimples usually occur on the face, back and shoulders and can be quite an unpleasant sight. However, you can use these easy home remedies to treat pimples
Use ice quickly on a newly rising pimple to soothe it. This will help improve blood circulation to the affected area and will also freeze the skin pores. It also helps remove dirt and oil collected on the skin, thereby healing the pimple.
Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C and is extremely effective in getting rid of pimples. Lemon juice helps the pimple dry up fast. You can directly use a little lemon juice on a cotton swab and apply it on your face before bed and wash it off the next morning.
Many people have sworn about the effectiveness of toothpaste on a pimple. Use a little toothpaste on the pimple before bed and allow it to stay overnight then wash it off in the morning. You will see a significant reduction in the size and swelling of the pimple.
Tomato is high in antioxidants and acts as an amazing natural astringent to treat inflamed pimples. Just dab a little tomato juice on the affected area and allow it to stay on for about 20 minutes before you wash it off.
Garlic has antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and antioxidant properties, which can help treat pimples. Freshly cut garlic can effectively help heal pimples quickly. Cut up fresh garlic and rub it on your pimples for five minutes before washing your skin with lukewarm water. Repeat this routine several times to keep your skin pimple free.

7 Secrets to Keeping Your Marriage Hot

When I married my wife, Deborah, 30 years ago I had a tiny salary and no money in the bank, so our honeymoon was a budget affair: four nights in Miami Beach, four nights in Orlando, and then back to work. Deborah didn't complain at all, but I always wanted to make it up to her. So this week we are enjoying an anniversary trip to Hawaii—and thinking a lot about God's faithfulness.
How do two people stay in love for 30 years? I don't consider myself a marriage expert, but I can tell you what has worked for us—and what I always advise the younger people I mentor:
1. Pray together. Marriage is more than an emotional and sexual union. It's a deep spiritual bond. I believe the best way a couple can nurture that connection is to pray together regularly. Set aside time each week to pray for your children, extended family members, financial challenges and life decisions. Pray even more often when you are going through difficult spiritual battles. Prayer will knit your hearts like nothing else.
2. Avoid resentment. All couples fight from time to time, but if you don't learn how to kiss and make up, your marriage will unravel. Marriage is like a school of forgiveness. Paul's rule to the Ephesians, "Do not let the sun go down on your anger" (Eph. 4:26, NASB), is best applied by husbands and wives. When your spouse hurts you, talk about it, forgive and let it go. Don't keep a list of offenses. If you bury your resentments without resolving them, they will explode like land mines later.
3. Treat each other as equals. Many Christian men believe they are the "head" of the marriage, and they assume this means they can boss their wives around and demand submission. This can lead to physical or verbal abuse, and it is one of the primary reasons so many Christian marriages end in divorce. The Bible actually tells husbands to treat their wives as "fellow heir[s] of the grace of life" (1 Pet. 3:7). If you view your wife as inferior, or if you order her around like she's under your control, you are guilty of abuse. A husband's "headship," as defined by Ephesians 5:23, requires him to be humble, tender and sacrificial not macho or bossy.
4. Stay involved in a church community. Many couples try to survive in isolation. Either the husband has no friends or the wife has no support network. And I know many couples that don't have mentors to talk to when they hit rough patches in their relationship. This is dangerous! If I started going off course spiritually, I know my wife would immediately call some of our close friends—and one of them would be at my doorstep demanding my repentance. I have given my friends permission to get in my face! Accountability provides a safety net for your marriage.
5. Keep dating each other. The Bible tells guys, "Rejoice in the wife of your youth" (Prov. 5:18) and then goes farther to say, "Be exhilarated always with her love" (v. 19). That exhilaration might be easy during your honeymoon, but what about when babies arrive, bills pile up, the workload at your job increases and the kids need braces and car insurance? The sizzle can turn to ice if you don't spend the time necessary to regularly stoke the fire of romance. When we had four little kids at home, my wife and I always tried to go on a date every week—even when we didn't need the extra expense of a babysitter. We still try to live by this rule now that we are empty nesters. If you invest in your marriage now, you will reap the rewards later.
6. Maintain sexual intimacy. I have counseled many married guys with sexual problems, including porn addiction and adultery. In almost every case, these men stopped having regular sex at home before their problems began. Sex is a totally natural part of marriage, and it is unhealthy for couples to deprive each other of sex or to use it as a manipulative weapon. Paul told the Corinthians, "The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and also the wife to her husband" (1 Cor. 7:3). Healthy sex is like glue that holds a marriage together.
7. Honor your vows. Many couples in the church today don't have a clear understanding of what a marriage covenant means. We pay a lot of money for weddings, and we take a lot of expensive photos so we can remember the moment. We say our vows in front of an altar, and those vows are solemnly confirmed by a pastor holding a Bible. But many couples still don't take their vows seriously. Marriage is a promise made in the very presence of God! If we view that vow casually, or if we don't keep God at the center of our relationship, a marriage can go from hot to cold in a matter of months.
My wife keeps some of our framed wedding photos on the wall of our family room. Even though the 1980s hairstyles and clothes are horribly out of date, we display those pictures to remind ourselves that we made a covenant with God and with each other on April 28, 1984. We invited Him to make us one, and we know that the grace He gave us to stay married for 30 years can last a lifetime. He can do the same for you.

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