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Daily Devotionals

Welcome to Dr Robert Peprah-Gyamfi’s Daily Devotionals. Please feel free to share these with loved ones. God Bless You.

18 hours ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Saturday, February 27, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In Isaiah 66:9 we read:
I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord.

I was privileged to witness the birth of a baby as a second-year medical student doing my electives at a district hospital in a little town not far from Hanover, the northern German city where I was resident. For the first time in my life, I witnessed at first hand a woman in labour—a soon-to-be mother enduring the pain, indeed the intense pain, of childbirth.
What I observed shortly after the beautiful little girl who was christened Ina was delivered is engraved deeply in my memory. Indeed, the moment the new mother looked upon the little new arrival placed on her bosom, she beamed with joy at the sight of her wonderful baby. Vanished in a twinkle of the eye was the agony, yes, the pain that was evident in her face moments before as she pushed, and pushed hard to deliver her lovely baby.
Child of God going through intense affliction and sorrow, I cannot explain why our loving Father has allowed misfortune to visit your home. I do indeed wish from the bottom of my heart, that you are spared the anguish of new challenges.
Who am I, a man of flesh, to determine the course of events in your life? One thing I can do, however, is to urge you to take comfort in today’s Bible verse. Indeed, our heavenly Father “will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born.”
May the pain of today usher you into the joy of tomorrow.
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2 days ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Friday, February 26, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In James 5:7-8 we read:
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

I read the story of a bus driver in the UK who on reaching a bus stop mistook the accelerator for the break, causing a crash which in turn resulted in two deaths and several injuries, not to mention the material damage. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the casualties.
This is not the only instance of drivers mistaking the brake for the accelerator I have heard of. Though not all instances led to a tragedy similar to the one described, it is no doubt a mistake that is a nightmare for any driver.
What is true in the physical world is also true of the spiritual, indeed of our walk with the Lord. We are all inclined to get things done quickly, to attain quick results. I am not implying that it is wrong to get things done as quickly as we can. In matters relating to our Christian walk, things may not always proceed as quickly as we wish.
Moses had to undergo 40 years of training before being considered fit for the huge task meant for him. In the same way, we may indeed have to wait for the Lord to prepare us adequately for service, indeed to be able to cope with the challenges of the tasks assigned for us.
Dear Christian soldiers, let’s pray to the Lord for patience and steadfastness as we await His will to be manifested in our lives.
May the good Lord bless whatever we set out to do today.
To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ, Amen.
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3 days ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Thursday, February 25, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In Isaiah 41:10 we read:
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.

When we board a plane, we put our faith in the pilot to fly us safely to our destination. On very few occasions things do not go as expected, leading to unexpected outcomes, indeed in some cases catastrophes. In the overwhelming majority of cases, however, the pilot and his crew indeed get us to our destination.
Well, my dear Christian friend, we have Captain Jesus at the helm of our flight to the Promised Land so we need not worry.
Are a swarm of birds heading towards the engine, possibly to cause danger to the flight? Remain calm, my friend and do not panic.
Just as the danger from the birds is over and you have climbed thousands of feet above sea level, one of the engines is reported to be malfunctioning, so you are making an emergency landing.
Just as the plane is making a swift descent, an announcement to the effect that the remaining engine also appears to be faulty!
As if all the problems besetting your ill-fated flight is not enough, the plane encounters severe turbulence!
No need for panic, my dear Christian warrior, no need for hysteria. Yes, I urge you to keep calm, for all will be well, all will be well.
Indeed, should your plane take a nosedive into the deep ocean below, ’ere it hits the bottom of the ocean, angels of heaven will be dispatched to whisk you to your heavenly home!
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3 days ago

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4 days ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Wednesday, February 24, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In Mark 12:30-31 we read:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

After graduation from medical school in Germany, I sought for placement as a junior doctor in a hospital as part of my specialisation. It was a time when there was an overproduction of junior doctors in the system. With the available placement vacancies limited, the competition was tough.
I sent one application after the other only to be met with one rejection letter after the other.
Finally, one day, I received a letter from a hospital requesting me to attend an interview.
On the appointed day, I left home early for the approximately 70-kilometre drive. In the end I got to my destination about forty-five minute ahead of time. After reporting to the administration, I was asked to wait in an adjacent room till I was called.
A few minutes after taking my seat, the door opened; in stepped a nicely dressed lady of about my age. The expression on her face betrayed a feeling of nervousness. She greeted me politely and took her seat.
“I am here for an interview, I am really anxious,” she began after a short while.
“You are here for an interview?”
“Yes”
“For which job?”
“Junior doctor in General Surgery.”
“That is the very reason why I am also here!”
“In that case we are direct competitors!” she replied, a broad smile on her face. “Let’s keep our fingers crossed for each other,” she continued.
“I will rather pray for you!” I replied.
Not long thereafter, she was called for her interview.
“Praying for the person you are competing with for the same job!” I said to myself and began to laugh at myself!
About half an hour after she was called it came to my turn. I did not see her again. I did not get the job and I wonder if she did.
I do not remember if I specifically prayed for her. What I remember is that I did not harbour any ill feelings towards her—I only prayed for the will of the Lord to be done in my life.
Dear fellow soldiers of the Cross, when faced with challenging situations, pray to our Heaven Father for the wisdom to act in line with His will.
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5 days ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Tuesday, February 23, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it

In Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) we read:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

What are you facing today, dear friend? Is it poverty? I have also known poverty, material poverty. Yes, I was born into poverty, yes, I experienced the worst form of poverty and deprivation. Not that I am today swimming in riches. By His grace though I am supplied with the basic necessities of life.
Are you unemployed, or threatened with joblessness? I have also faced it. At one stage during my medical training in Germany, I was for a while jobless because I was denied the necessary paperwork to enable me to work. As a doctor with a foreign passport, I did not fulfil the criteria required for the issuance of a work permit to enable me do my post-graduate training. In the end the Lord literally created a way where there was no way.

Are you facing ill-health, a condition threatening to disrupt your plans?
When I got to Year 5 in Primary School, an ailment to my left ankle forced an interruption in my education for two good years! Just when the whole world seemed to have given up on me the Lord restored me to good health and enabled me to resume my education.
No matter the problem facing you, I urge you Christian soldier, not to give up, not to throw in the towel, but instead to keep on hoping against hope, until heaven dispatches the long-awaited e-mail to announce the end of your woes.
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6 days ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Monday, February 22, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In 1 Corinthians 1:28 we read:
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are. In 1 Corinthians 1:28 we read:

Fellow Christian soldier, the world may count you the least amongst your fellow human beings—not counted among the wealthy, the influential, the prominent; neither among the educated nor the political elite.
You may, like myself, have been born into abject poverty; indeed, as in my case, a makeshift bathroom in one of the most impoverished areas on the globe might have served as the delivery suite where your eyes first saw the light of day!
Today’s verse does not, in any case, exclude the fact that the Lord also uses those of noble birth or standing. Certainly, He has in the past used them and will in the future also use any of a high social standing who open up to Him.
The fact still remains though that Almighty God is not impressed by outside appearances. Indeed, He is ever willing to use not only those at the top rung of the social ladder, but those of the lowest as well.

May the good Lord bless whatever we set out to do today.
To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ, Amen.
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7 days ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Sunday, February 21, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In 1 Peter 5:10 we read:
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

From my own personal Christian experience, I have come to the conclusion that it is very important we make it clear to the new convert of the FAITH that having decided to follow the Lord does not mean he or she will be excluded from suffering.
Instead, it is helpful to point out to such “infants” in the faith that everyone’s Christian experience is different.
Someone may indeed experience a rosy path devoid completely or almost completely of troubles. It is also true that for some, the path may be bumpy, indeed not devoid of a considerable amount of suffering.
We can nevertheless take consolation from the fact that the Christian path ahead is not all valleys, not all suffering, for indeed the saying is true that we will not be permitted to suffer beyond what we can bear.
Indeed it is true that for those of us who have to go through trials and difficulties, after we have suffered a little while, the Lord himself will restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast.
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1 week ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Saturday, February 20, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In Isaiah 55:8-9 we read:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

One of the most important lessons I have learnt since I made a conscious decision to follow the Lord can be summed up as follows: Man proposes, but God disposes.
I dare even assert that if you have indeed left everything to follow the Lord you better even stop making plans for the future!!
I hear you say: “How dare you say that! We do indeed need to make plans for the future.”
Well, I better modify my statement a bit. We do indeed have to plan for tomorrow! We need, however, to qualify any aspirations or intentions we have for the future with the words IF HE SO WILLS IT!
I am saying so out of personal experience, friend. Indeed, I can cite several instances in my life where the plans of the Divine have crossed my own. I would like to cite an example from my own life.
At the time of my conversion in September 1978, my own plans for the future were as follows:
I was hoping to pass well in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-levels exams which I had sat a few weeks before (the results were still pending) and be admitted to one of the two medical schools in the country at that time. Based on my own plans, I would have entered medical school in the 1978/79 academic year and passed out six years later in June 1985.
That I would end up studying medicine, not in Ghana, but in Germany, not by way of an easy path—for example by virtue of a Ghana government Scholarship—but rather by way of a difficult and uncertain path that went through Nigeria, East Germany, West Berlin and finally Hanover—was something I had never envisaged. In the end I began my studies in October 1984 six years later than I had thought!
May the good Lord bless whatever we set out to do today.
To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ, Amen
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1 week ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Friday, February 19, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In Philippians 4:6-7 we read:
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.

Anxiety can be a terrible thing. Anxious thoughts, much as they are terrible during the day, are even more dreadful at night. They can, among others rob, us of sleep, sleep that is meant to make us feel refreshed for the next day.
Lack of sleep on its part leads to a feeling of tiredness during the day.
If one is alone at home and does not have to go to work, lack of sleep during the night could force us to sleep during the day, to make up for the lost sleep at night. Such a situation could lead to a disturbed sleep pattern for once we sleep heavily during the day, we may find it difficult to sleep at night, so a vicious circle is the result.
For those who have to go to work after a sleepless night, the disturbed sleep could lead to lack of concentration, even irritability at the workplace.
The disturbed sleep may eventually lead us to consult our doctor for sleeping pills, which taken for the short term might restore the sleep pattern. We may however come to rely on the medication for the long term, which could lead to addiction.
We are called upon not to be anxious for nothing. Accepted, it is not always easy to overcome our anxieties. As Christian soldiers we can resort to reading the word of God and prayers to help us overcome our anxious moments. I personally experienced much help in prayer and fasting to overcome periods of extreme distress in my Christian walk. Indeed, prayer combined with fasting could constitute a useful strategy to help us deal with anxious moments along our Christian journey.
I pray the Good Lord to refresh and energize Christian soldiers experiencing despairing moments in their Christian walk, today and forever, Amen.
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1 week ago

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1 week ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Thursday, February 18, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In 2 Corinthians 5:20 we read:
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

We are indeed ambassadors, though not worldly ambassadors of our respective countries, but ambassadors of the Good Shepherd.
Renowned citizens of countries help raise the profiles of their respective countries of origin.
Let an athlete, a footballer, a boxer, etc., from an unknown country of the earth excel on the world stage, at the Olympic Games for example, and for once the world takes notice of his or her country of origin. Those who until then had not heard the name of the country involved may search online for the location of the country on the world map or look out for it in the atlases on their bookshelves.
When the late Kofi Annan was sworn in as the seventh UN Secretary General in January 1997, I was residing in Germany. Aware that I happened also to be from Ghana, over the next several days, my German friends, working colleagues, acquaintances, etc., never lost the opportunity to raise the issue in our conversations and express their best wishes for him.
His appointment, without doubt, led many who previously had not heard about my country of birth to look out for its location on the map.
We are ambassadors, not of worldly nations that may not withstand the tide of time; we are ambassadors of the eternal King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We have a very high calling, my fellow Christian soldiers. Let us, in all that we do—at home, at school, at work, in politics—make a difference; yes, let our light so shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16 KJV).
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2 weeks ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Wednesday, February 17, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In Psalm 23:4 we read:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

After switching on my laptop early in the morning of Sunday December 1, 2018, as was my custom, I decided to check the BBC Online News to update myself of the latest happenings in the world: George Bush Senior dies at the age of 94,
I was confronted with this headline. Reading through the news, I got to know that he passed away at 22:10 hrs local time on Friday November 29. Of course, he was not the only person to have passed away on that day, but for obvious reasons, his passing away was made headline news the world over. It was not his fault that he had met the ultimate fate of mortal man. He who created us had ordained it and so it must happen. The fact of his passing brought the fact of my own mortality powerfully home to me.
As soldiers of the cross, we need not fear the confrontation with the ultimate, however, for the Lord we serve has indeed overcome the enemy. “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” He declared this at the grave of Lazarus.
Let us go into the world, fellow Christian soldiers, and proclaim the Good News at the top of our voices!
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2 weeks ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Tuesday, February 16, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In Psalm 91:5-8 we read:
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Those who grew up with electricity may not be able to appreciate how dark it can be at night.
When I was growing up in my little village, we did not have access to electricity. It turned very dark in the night, yes, deep, deep dark.
Even before we retired to bed, I was scared to move too far away from the Swiss kerosene lamp that provided us with light.
One could imagine how scary it was when one needed to get out in the middle of the night—to follow the call of nature for example. On stepping out of the room, one was greeted by utter darkness.
Our house was the first to be built on our part of the street. There was no fence or wall around it; it was bordered directly by bush. Sometimes when I stepped out, out of fear, it appeared to me as if I could see some shadowy figures, perhaps ghosts, walking in the dark, even threatening to pounce on me. If it happened a resident of the little settlement in which each one knew the other had recently passed away, the thought of a face-to-face confrontation with the dead person aggravated my fear.
My terror by night was without doubt enhanced by a vivid imagination. The Bible speaks of terror by night as well as pestilence that ‘walketh in darkness’—the principalities and demonic powers—that are real and not imagined. Without Divine protection, the children of God are no match against them.
One would have thought that our enemies would limit their attacks to the cover of darkness; but no, destruction ‘wasteth also at day’.
Having failed to inflict damage on us in the dark, Satan and a host of demons will not give up the pursuit. Yes, they also pursue us in broad daylight. Indeed the powers against us won’t spare any opportunity at getting at us!
Nevertheless, dear Christian friend, let us not worry, for Divine protection is forever assured.
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2 weeks ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Monday, February 15, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In Luke 18:16 & 17 we read:
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

I read the following inspiring piece from Great Texts of the Bible by James Hastings—

“Signor Prochet, of the Waldensian Church, tells a story of a long-continued drought in the valleys of North Italy, which threatened to ruin the harvest. The pastor of one of the little congregations arranged to hold a special prayer-meeting to pray for rain to save the crops, and on the day of the meeting groups of people were seen wending their way along the valley, or clambering down the steep hillsides, to join the devotions.
As the minister was nearing the church a little girl passed him. He was much struck by the size of the umbrella she was carrying, and laughingly called out: “I fear you will not have much need of your umbrella in this weather.” “Oh, sir,” replied the child, “I brought it because we were going to ask God for rain today, and I will be sure to need it before I get home.” The minister pondered the words, and rebuked himself for his lack of faith.
He had been going to pray for rain, but without any expectation that his prayer would be answered. The faith of the child put new life and power into the prayer-meeting. Before the close there was a sound of abundance of rain, and the minister was glad to share the shelter of the big umbrella on his way home.”
Dear Christian friend, if you have been praying for blessings to pour on your home, do believe, like that little girl, and get ready for your miracle—in Jesus Name, Amen!
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2 weeks ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Sunday, February 14, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In John 4:24 we read:
God is a spirit ; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

There is a terminology in my native Twi language—Akwasi Amankwaa kristosom. It refers to those who are Christians by name and not in deed.
God is a supernatural being, omnipotent and omnipresent—which means he is everywhere. The Lord we serve is a spirit. A spirit is like the air around us. So, we are called to hold high the flag of our calling wherever we are.
Christianity is not a ‘show’ religion, it permeates the heart. We are called upon to let our light shine not only when our pastors are present; not only on Sundays when we gather in our various churches to worship the Lord, be Christian, only on Sundays.
We should indeed strive to live by the tenets of our high calling. Though we are saved by grace, we should be careful not to take advantage of the kindness of our Lord.
Whatever we do today we are advised to keep in mind the words of our Lord—
Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)
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2 weeks ago

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LET US REJOICE IN THE NEW DAY, Saturday, February 13, 2021
GOOD DAY! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
In John 4: 21 we read:
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

After I have confessed my Christian faith, the question that usually follows is: Which church do you belong to?
I must say I personally do not feel comfortable with such a question. Ideally, the answer should be, “I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ My Lord!”
Our human imperfection has led to the denominations and churches too numerous to count, but based on the Lord’s answer to the woman of Samaria, the Church of Jesus Christ is in the heart of the believer and not in church buildings.
I once had the following conversation with the caretaker of a large complex of premises boasting several small halls in Dusseldorf, Germany, where several different adherents of churches of the Ghanaian community worshipped.
“I have rented my premises to several small church groups from your country. Well, I am profiting from them. I do ask myself though—since they are worshipping the same Lord, why don’t they unite and worship together as a single church and save money?”
I reflected on the matter. Whilst profiting financially from the fragmentation of the churches, indeed the disunity of the Christians, his own conscience had told him something was not in order.
Dear fellow Christian soldier, let us join hands and pray for Church unity, for at the end of the day we are worshipping our Loving Father through Jesus Christ our Lord. May the Holy Spirit help us overcome our division.
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