SHOE GIVING JOY IN AFRICA

Ian Payne with shoe donationsIan Payne noticed conditions of runners’ shoes when he started a running group in Kampala. When staff sergeant Ian Payne moved his family from the UK to Uganda for work, little did he know that he would also embark on a journey of generosity. For the past eight months Ian has been on secondment at the High Commission of Uganda in the capital Kampala. He started a running group at a local boxing club and saw condition of the runners’ shoes. “I looked down and saw the boys’ shoes were in a bad way,” says Ian, who is originally from London. Felt fortunate for myself and my family but very sad inside as I could see poverty and I did not like it. Yet they were smiling and happy getting on with life, humbled me and I wanted to help.Boxing club member with shoesA young boxing club member receiving a pair of trainers. Ian thought about the number of shoes he no longer wore and quickly decided to donate his shoes. He enlisted help of friends and family to give away their spare shoes too. When I received them kitted out guys but had loads of shoes left over, says Ian who is part of the Adjutant General’s Corps in the British Army. Ian stops at a roadside to give trainers to youngsters. When he drives out of Kampala for business, Ian says he sees many people walking on roads with no shoes. “Out west it’s really bad,” he said. I keep shoes at the back of my vehicle if I see people without shoes, I pull over and give them a pair.wp-1578331833242.jpg Faces light up given shoes that arrived Ian thought of where he could donate them, visited the local orphanage giving dozens of shoes to children. Joy makes a difference, evident straightaway. Seeing their faces light up, they are so happy to receive something that seems simple to us. Many dropped to their knees saying ‘God bless you’, and praying.” When Ian posted appeal for shoe sharing on social media, the response was huge. So some people have contacted him saying they have created shoe collection stations in their local areas. Ian’s colleagues on the operational tours send donations. Many people sent shoes that have hardly been worn and are in good condition. Others may be old but are better than no shoes.Boxes of shoes in lorrySo far, Ian has received the majority of donations from the UK, but he has had interest from other parts of the world from Cyprus to the US. Its snowballed a social media response,” says Ian. “It is like a full-time job replying to messages. It started with trainers has expanded to any kind of shoes although don’t accept high heels! Its not convenient for long distance walks and types of jobs done. He says people also wanted to send him clothes but it was just him handling all the donations. I’m a one-man band but I recently asked my daughters to help me. Ian wants to take the trainers to more schools, particularly in rural areas. Ian wants to go to more schools orphanages particularly in rural areas where he has identified a need for shoes, for children. I really can’t stress enough how grateful they are to receive a pair of shoes,” he says. “Yet I still feel saddened as I barely scratched surface and so much more can be done.” African weather is so hot you can fry egg on stone. The sunshine heats earth bakes the feet and thorns prick soles of the feet.wp-1578395647559.jpg

DR. EPHRAIM KWAKU AMU

wp-1577717343772.jpgDr Ephraim Kwaku Amu was a famous Ghanaian composer, musictechnologist and teacher. He was born, 13 September 1899 at Peki-Avetile or Abenase in Peki in the Volta Region a male child born on Wednesday, Kwaku. His father Stephen Amuyaa Papa Stenafo was woodcarver, mother Sarah Akoram Ama. Ephraim was baptised by Rev. Rudolf Mallet, 22 October 1899. Amu in May 1906 aged 12 at the Peki-Blengo E.P. Boarding Middle School shows his interest in music and agriculture. Enjoyed music played in church by Mr Karl Theodore Ntem who played organ. Amu’s teacher of music on organ in return for work on Mr Ntem’s farm on Saturdays taught him  music he loved and did agriculture. In 1915/16 year, Amu passed the standard 7 School Leaving Certificate and Abetifi teachers Seminary Exams. With others walk 150 miles from Peki to Abetifi with boxes on head to start teacher training education. They rest at Koforidua, and NkawkawAsubone and Obomen. In college joined 25 others, Amu saw some students classmates had steel bicycles built his own bicycle from wood carved from a wooden slab in the bush near college.wp-1577730979485.jpgThe students discovered his handiwork named it Amu. It is on record the son of Swiss principal, Stern, enjoyed rides on Amu wooden cycle. Amu’s ingenuity led to carved wooden balls for their school games, which replaced imported balls used at the seminary. Amu completed his four-year teacher-catechist training in 1919. Newly graduating as a teacher-catechist, was one of the two preachers selected in the pulpit on behalf of fellow mates to preach to express appreciation to the tutors and townsfolk. The sermon was an assessment of the quality of the theological training offered to students. Amu chose sermon text from Matthew 25:40 for occasion themed, “the LORD will thank you for all the good you do for HIS little ones.” Amu used Twi and Ewe in his short sermon. Amu is known for his use atenteben, Ghanaian bamboo flute he promoted and popularized the instrument throughout the country, and composed music for it. Amu composed “Yen Ara Asase Ni” -This is our own land a nationally acclaimed patriotic song is performed at national functions.wp-1577719597840.jpgIn 1926 Amu transferred on promotion to the Presbyterian Mission Seminary at Akropong on recommendation of the Synod Committee of the Eʋe Presbyteria Hame. At Akropong, in his new ways of doing things, actions, ideas, unorthodox. In charge of gardening request students to use waste to manure college farm the students unpleased it was a taboo for an educated man to waste. Proved example carried waste to college farm ahead of unwilling students. Dr. Ephraim Amu employed no one to sweep his rooms, wash his plates or run errands for him. No manual work too menial or hard for him, believed in using African cultural artefacts and good African technological and social inventions. He preferred title Owura to “mister” prefix to his name. Dr Ephraim Amu selected Twi names for four new college dormitories completed in 1929. On request from Mr Ferguson Principal of Akropong Training college, Amu came out with a solfa and notation of street song “Yaa Amponsa” set to his own chaste words. His students enjoyed the new song, melody and new words. The street ballad Yaa Amponsa, popular with great appeal and appreciation.wp-1577717331895.jpgAmu learnt to speak correct Akuapem Twi from the members of his Akropong Church singing band who specialised in Amu’s type of African music during the period he led and taught the group. In 1927, inspired by the contents of Wasu, a journal published by the West African Students’ Union, Amu decided he would wear African dress with pride. So not to wear warm those unsuitable European clothes in the tropical Africa. He made efforts to make Christian church service meaningful to African worshippers who were ashamed of their African clothing, language, music or their African names. As part of his ingenuity and creativity Amu introduced bamboo odurogyaba, odurogya and atɛtɛnbɛn. In 1931 after Amu preached wearing African attire on Sunday, he was summoned to appear before the church court. Rev. Peter Hall told Amu, “We were taken aback to see you conduct a Sunday service in native cloth hope you will not do this again.” Amu in his polite manner took leave of the church session but decided in his heart to continue to work in the church as a catechist and music teacher than to become minister of the Gospel to accept wearing unsuitable European dress. In June 1942, Amu married Beatrice Yao and presented a wooden box made of the finest wood instead of an imported steel trunk to his bride. Dr Amu married at the age of 43 on 3 September 1942.wp-1577718179380.jpgDr Amu drove a truck almost similar to this with metal frames he drove around. On Saturday, 27 March 1965, University of Ghana conferred honorary degree of Doctor of Music on Ephraim Amu at University of Ghana, Legon. An Ephraim Amu Foundation was founded in 1995 launched in 2004 in his honour. Blessed to know Dr Ephraim Amu and visited his hometown to attend his son and his daughter in law friend whose wedding we attended. We knew Dr Ephraim Amu for five years in visits to his beautiful home. He is one of the great Pan African pioneers who did his part for Africa quietly in humility allowing his music and lifestyle to speak for itself. As the Ghanaians say, “a good quality product sells itself” without any attempt of spin doctor bulldozing inferior item sold. Dr Ephraim Amu did his best in life left his wonderful legacy of promoting African music, drum cultural values important to him. Dr Amu Day is celebrated as global icon ambassador of African costume culture, music, drums, organic agricultural production. He led by example, so extremely hardworking and it is a privilege to personally meet and know Dr Ephraim Amu’s works of music. He is acknowledged on currency of Ghana as a citizen who stood up for his country and traditions. Above all he loved God as a living testimony for all to see in humility to the Glory of God. Too young to fully understand or appreciate his Pan African cultural views, grateful and thankful for his life as Ho Technical college renamed after Dr Ephraim Amu. Dr Amu’s music is underway by Galaxy Music imprint of ECS publishing Group, released three titles introducing non-Ghanaian choirs to his work to stir up interest in the wider corpus. A quarter of Dr Amu’s works is published in five collections out of print some missing.wp-1577717317363.jpgThough some scores missing, autograph manuscripts filled void unpublishable. With his daughter Misonu Amu is being developed into a new edition of Amu’s scores through a process of comparing primary sources published and versions of audio recordings in consultation with Ghanaian members of team intimately familiar with Amu’s music performance practice. This new six-volume of critical performance edition will present works according to voicing. Thirty titles per volume organized as follows: 1-3) three volumes SATB scores, 4) A volume TTBB scores 5) Volume unison/duet/trio work 6) one volume instrumental pieces. Amu held students’ interest teaching simple African tunes and rhythms studied and adapted the popular traditional African dance, song. Amu also studied Western music and traditional African Music. He studied European Music: Bach, Mozart, Hadyn and other Masters. Amu before hid studies at the Royal College of Music London 1937 had a solid foundation in theory and practice of music. He studied harmony, counterpoint, orchestration, piano, composition of musician Herbert Howells and Gordon Jacob. Amu’s music studies in Europe prepared his musical career in Gold Coast, Ghana. wp-1577717343772.jpgDr Ephraim Kwaku from 1940, for fifty years led contemporary Ghanaian Art Music active musical life in Ghana. He established a Government Music School at Achimota and a Faculty member of University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Established Music Department Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana at Legon as Senior Research Fellow from 1962-1971 then retired. Amu’s career created the National Orchestra of classical music in Ghana. The National Theatre, National Choir honoured Ephraim Amu, on his ninety- fifth birthday. Choir, conducted by Mrs. Dinah Reindorf performed the works by Amu. Amu’s music is classified into three distinct styles: Early period (1920-1937), middle period (1937-1951), third period (1952-1996). Early work is simple diatonic chords. Songs use duple, triple effect patterns: Biakoye (Unity), Israel Hene (King of Israel), Abibirimma (African Sons) Akwaabadwon (Welcome Song Hail Victors). Middle period works polyrhythmic polyphonic textures show fine music. Amu’s polyphonie textures in Ghanaian languages foundation for his works: Adawura Bome (Play for Me). Akyede Pa Mafo (Giver of Good Things). Amu’s works melo-rhythmic idiom of instrument music effective in writing songs vocals: Adawura Bome  (S.A.T.B.) (Play For Me) percussion rhythm gong and drum of sounds as kon kon kon and pete pete pete.’ Hyiawu hunters’ song. Alegbegbe…(God Loves World). Amu’s music preserves and reflects the linguo-musical dialect music to make culture relevant to Ghanaian music composed, collected and studied.wp-1577717343772.jpgDr Ephraim Kwaku 1958 plays bamboo flutes seprewa, atenteben, instruments developed so standardised. Akan drums atumpan and fontom in his works. His Agyinamoa Wou (demise of cat), scored to bamboo flute ensemble of Atenteben of piano. Amu provides the foundation for composers to contribute to growth sustains Ghanaian mix European music. Ethnomusicologists combine the strong academic interest in music styles. Amu’s vision influence composer’s integration of European African music element and relevant African ethnomusicology helps to understand his music distinguished by his career. Eweland music of Amu’s Asafo Ghanaian war set to Fante tunes of worship in church. Highlife popular West African music origin in Ghana use European- diatonic harmonics emphasis raised to the supertonic minor seventh, modulation dominant African rhythm. Percussive rhythm, parallel harmonics in thirds or sixths; melodic line pattern of texts, non-lexical syllables harmonic and rhythmic effects. ASεM YI DI KA Dr. E. Amu Art Music Ghanaian elements mix native with the European culture: Israel Hene (King of Israel) Odumayefo Ibrefo (Tiresome worker) Awurade Otumfo Kese (Our Great LORD) Onipa dawohoso (Be on guard) Yen Wura Jesu Anim Obi Nni Ho (None like Jesus) Wope Onyame Asenoa (To be like God) Akwaabadwon (Welcome victors) Hyiawu (Hunters’ song) Adawura borne (Play for me) Alegbegbe Mawu lɔ Xexeame (God loves world) Abibirimma (Sons of Africa) Tete Wobika  (proclaim) Nenyo De Wo Dede (Perfection) Mo koso So Mforo (Keep climbing) Onyame Ne Sahene (God Captains our host) Biakoye (Unity) Asafo (War music). Bonwere Kentenwene (Bonwere weave) Mawue Naa Me, Mawue Tea Me (God gives, God withholds) Akyede Pa Mafo (Giver of good things) Yen Ara Asase Ni (This is our land) Enne Ye Anigye Da (Its a joyful day) Ennye Yen Nyame (Not to us O LORD) Sam Befa (Collect what you left behind) Asem Yi Di Ka (Prime talk).wp-1577717410363.jpgUnited Nations must set 13th September Dr Amu International Pan African Day to be observed by the United Nations. It is important to designate specific day as occasion to mark events, topics in order to promote awareness and action of his objectives of the Organization. Member States propose observance and General Assembly to establish by resolution his contribution to music. Celebrations by specialized agencies of United Nations UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO this issues within their scope by the General Assembly.

Works by Ephraim Amu:

  • Amu, Ephraim. Twenty-five African Songs in the Twi Language. Music and words by E. Amu. Sheldon Press, 1932.
  • Amu, Ephraim. Amu choral works. Waterville Publishing House, 1993.
  • Amu, Ephraim. How to Study African Rhythm. The Teachers’ Journal (Accra) 6.2 (1933): 1933-34.

Works on Ephraim Amu 

  • Agawu, V. Kofi. The impact of language on musical composition in Ghana: An introduction to the music style of Ephraim Amu. Ethnomusicology (1984): 37-73.
  • Agawu, V. Kofi, and Ephraim Amu. “The making of a composer.” Black Perspective in Music (1987): 51-63.
  • Agyemang, Fred M. Amu the African: a study in vision and courage. Asempa Publishers, Christian Council of Ghana, 1988.
  • Amu, Misonu. Stylistic and Textual Sources of contemporary Ghanaian Art Music composer. A case study: Dr. Ephraim Amu.Unpublished M. Phil, thesis presented to the Institute of African Studies, Univ. of Ghana, Legon (1988).
  • Professor Kwesi Ampene, on Dr Amu, CU West African Music High Life International Studies Centre

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  • Atiemo, Abamfo Ofori Singing with understanding’: the story of gospel music in Ghana.” Studies in world Christianity 12.2 (2006): 142-163.
  • Beeko, Anthony Antwi. The Trail Blazers: Fruits of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, 1828-2003. Afram Publications Ghana Limited, 2004.
  • Dor, George. Uses of indigenous music genres in Ghanaian choral art music: Perspectives from the works of Amu, Blege and Dor. Ethnomusicology (2005): 441-475.
  • Flolu, James. “Music teacher education in Ghana: Training for the churches or schools?.” Sounds of Change–Social and Political Features of Music in Africa. Stockholm: SIDA (2004): 164-179.
  • Nketia, JH Kwabena. The Historical and Stylistic Background of the Music of Ephraim Amu. Ephraim Amu, Amu Choral Works 1 (1963).
  • Nketia, J. H. Modern trends, Ghana music. African Music (1957): 13-17.
  • Oehrle, Elizabeth. Emerging music education trends in Africa. The Int.  journal of music educ.1(1991)23-29
  • Turkson, A. R. “The Bi-musical approach of Ephraim Amu to music education in Ghana.” Eleventh International Research Seminar in Ghana. 1986.
  • promoted choral music in Ghana
  • Laryea, Philip T. Ephraim Amu: Nationalist, Poet and Theologian (1899-1995) (Foreword by Emeritus Professor J. H. K. Nketia), Akropong-Akuapem, Regnum  Africa, 2012
  • Professor Flolu, Emmanuel James (1994) Re-tuning music education in Ghana: a study of cultural influences and musical development, dilemma confronting Ghanaian school music teachers. PhD thesis, University of York.

Amu composed several musical pieces, briefly summed up among the others:

  1. “Fare thee well”
  2. “Mawɔ dɔ na Yesu”
  3. “Nkwagye Dwom”
  4. “Dwonto”
  5. “Yetu Osa”
  6. “Israel Hene”
  7. “Onipa da wo ho so”
  8. “Yaanom Abibirimma”
  9. “Yen Ara Asase Ni”
  10. “Adawura abo me”
  11. “Samansuo”
  12. “Ale-gbegbe”
  13. “Mia denyigba lɔ̃lɔ̃ la”

Dr Amu composed the next song below based on the traditional craft of Kente weaving of Ghanaian national costume. Vibrant colours of fabrics of the textiles is so bright and techniques of weaving sounds so rhythmic he composed next song. Kente is impressive but expensive was originally worn only by kings and queens for centuries. Made popular by leaders now available to all to wear on special occasions. In memory of Dr Amu Ghanaians wear cultural costumes on Fridays to work to celebrate their independence from colonialism. Still under economic yoke Dr Amu will not be amused would compose a new song.

Bonwire Kente Song:
Akyinkyinakyinkyin ama mahu nneɛma

Akyinkyinakyinkyin ama mahu nneɛma,
Akyinkyinakyinkyin ama mate nsɛmma,
Asante Bonwire Kente nwene deɛ,
Manhu bi da o,
Asante Bonwire Kente nwene deɛ,
Manhu bi da o,
Kwame nim adeɛ yɔ
Ne kente nwono na abɔ me gye
Ne nsa; ne nan, n’asadua saa nie:
Kro, kro, krohikro,
Hi, hi, hi, hi,
Krohikro hi krokrokro,
Hi, hi, hi, hi,
Krohikro,
Na ɛyɛ me dɛ o,
Na ɛyɛ me dɛ o,
Na abɔ me gye koraa,
Na ɛyɛ me dɛ o,
Na abɔ me gye koraa.
Roaming about has made me observe things,
Roaming about has made me hear of stories,
As for Asante Bonwire Kente weaving,
I’ve never seen some before
As for Asante Bonwire Kente weaving,
I’ve never seen some before
Kwame knows his craft His expert Kente weaving, amazes me.
His hands; his feet, the loom sound thus:
Kro, kro, krohikro,
Hi, hi, hi, hi,
Krohikro hi

PEOPLE TACKLING POVERTY

Malachi's ProjectMalachi’s tooth fairy cash helps create a £5m homeless centre now opened in east London. He gave £5 donation when 5 years old to the Salvation Army with a note and prayer to “use it to buy a house for homeless” people. Now at ten-years-old Malachi’s donated tooth fairy money to Salvation Army was topped up by the Redbridge Council and Salvation Army to create Malachi’s Place on the freeland donated. The building’s 42 flats helps  homeless people get a home in Ilford in new housing for tenants. This shows no gifts are too small to help tackle poverty or homelessness in the world.

20200321_134948Wolverhampton Wanderers donated thousands of pieces of some protective equipment to health teams in response to the coronavirus epidemic. The club and owners Fosun donated 2,300 items. Medical coveralls and 1,000 N95 masks were among items distributed to Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and public health teams. Executive chairman Jeff Shi said the club would do “all it can” to support doctors or community workers. Landlords of pub forced to close set up a service delivering fruit and vegetables to NHS and healthcare workers. Bradley Richards and Trina Lake set up a stall by their pub in Costessey, near Norwich, on Wednesday after deciding to sell the groceries. Ms Lake said they then struck on the idea of delivering food to health workers after spotting a nurse’s plea. A  fair trade coffee roaster pays fair prices to poor lower income farmers featured in Equator set up from the home garage. Grew to unique excellent tasting coffee talked about where their coffee comes from offers kind of level of service big guys don’t. Customers responded to that so simply trying to be the local versions of big company this unique selling point helps or would be unable to compete.Bags of Equator coffeeFans of coffee include top US chefs and  Equator is unusual in coffee shop sector all staff have access to health insurance. “It’s expensive but health insurance is a right of all Americans,” says Helen. “Any CEO who has a private plane and people working for them uninsured is running their business wrong turned their focus to opening retail cafe to close a revenue gap created by losing La Boulange,” says Helen. In first year of business we didn’t show sales growth but added a million dollars new business that year.A young Brooke McDonnell roasting beans in the couple's garageThe first roasted coffee beans in garage but increased so Equator grown to 155 employees across eight retail stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, with three new branches opening. This shows if a door closes another opens by hardwork if willing to start all over using the skills acquired. Some retrain to improve new abilities yo adapt to current changes.Paths to SuccessThis story from a new mini-series called Paths to Success of Coffee expert Willem Boot, founder of Boot Coffee, a company trains people to work in the industry. He says Equator stands against competitors because of the quality of staff. ” People working for them are coffee dedicated, socially minded, kind human beings. It is these qualities that define the essence of the Equator coffee experience.”Dan PriceDan Price boss’ card payment company in Seattle introduced $70,000 minimum salary for all of his 120 staff – and took a pay cut of $1m. Five years later he’s still on the minimum salary, and says the gamble has paid off. Dan Price was hiking with his friend Valerie in the Cascade mountains looms majestically over Seattle as he had an uncomfortable revelation. As they walked, she told him that her life was in chaos her landlord had put her monthly rent up by $200 and she was struggling to pay her bills. It made Price angry. Valerie, who he had once dated, had served for 11 years in the military, doing two tours in Iraq, and was now working 50 hours a week in two jobs to make ends meet. “She is somebody for whom service, honour and hard work just defines who she is as a person,” he says. Though she was earning around $40,000 a year in Seattle t wasn’t enough to afford a decent home. He was angry that the world had become such an unequal place. And suddenly it struck him that he was part of the problem. At 31, Price was millionaire. His company, Gravity Payments, set up as a teen had about 2,000 customers and an estimated worth of millions of dollars. Though he earned $1.1m a year Valerie brought home to him lots of his staff must be struggling – and he decided to change that. Raised in deeply Christian, rural Idaho, Dan Price is upbeat and positive, generous in his praise of others and impeccably polite has become crusader against inequality in the US. “People are starving or being laid off or being taken advantage of, so that somebody can have a penthouse at the top of a tower in New York with gold chairs. “We’re glorifying greed all the time as a society, in our culture. And, you know, the Forbes list is the worst example – ‘Bill Gates has passed Jeff Bezos as the richest man.’ Who cares!?”Dan PriceBefore 1995 poorest half of population of the United States earned a greater share of national wealth than richest 1%, he points out. That year the tables turned so top 1% earned more than the bottom 50%. And the gap is continuing to widen. In 1965, CEOs in US earned 20 times more than average worker but by 2015 it had risen to 300 times (in the UK, the bosses of FTSE 100 companies now earn 117 times salary of their average worker). Breathing in crisp mountain air as he hiked with Valerie, Price had an idea. He read a study by Nobel prize-winner economist Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton, looked at how much money an American needs to be happy. Promised Valerie he would significantly raise minimum salary at Gravity. After crunching the numbers, he arrived at the figure of $70,000. He realised that he would not have to slash his salary, but mortgage his two houses or give up his stocks and savings. He gathered his staff together and gave them the news. He’d expected scenes of celebration, but at first announcement floated in the room  was an anti-climax, Price says. He had to repeat himself before the enormity of what was happening landed. Five years later, Dan laughs about the fact that he missed a key point in the Princeton professors’ research. The amount they people need to be happy was $75,000. A third of workers at company’s salaries doubled Gravity transforms Headcount doubled and value of payment company processes rose $3.8bn a year to $10.2bn. Other metrics Price is more proud of is “before $70,000 minimum wage, having between zero and two babies born per year amongst team,” he says. “Since the announcement and it’s been only about four-and-a-half years we’ve had more than 40 babies.”Dan Price with his motherDan Price with his mother. More than 10% of the company have been able to buy their own home, in one of the US’s most expensive cities for renters. Before the figure was less than 1%. “There was a bit of concern amongst pontificators out there that people would squander any gains that they would have. And we’ve really seen the opposite,” Price says. The amount of money employees are voluntarily putting into their own pension funds has more than doubled and 70% of employees say they’ve paid off debt. Price did get a lot of flak. Along with hundreds of letters of support, and magazine cover labelled him “America’s best boss” many of Gravity’s customers wrote handwritten letters objected its a political statement. At the time, Seattle was debating increase to the minimum wage to $15, making it highest in the US at the time. Small business owners were fighting it, claiming they would go out of business. A right-wing radio pundit, Rush Limbaugh, Price listened to daily in childhood, called him a communist. “I hope this company is a case study in MBA programmes on how socialism does not work because it’s going to fail,” he said. Two senior Gravity employees resigned in protest. They weren’t happy salaries of junior staff jump overnight, argued it will make them lazy, company uncompetitive but it hasn’t happened.Rosita BarlowRosita Barlow, director of sales, Gravity, says since salaries were raised junior colleagues pull more weight. “When money is not at the forefront of your mind when you’re doing your job, it allows you to be more passionate about what motivates you,” she says. Senior staff found their workload reduced. They’re under less pressure and can do things like take all of the holiday leave to which they are entitled. Price tells the story about one staff member who works in Gravity’s call centre. “He was commuting over an hour and a half a day,” he says. “He was worried that during his commute he was going to blow out a tyre and not have enough money to fix that tyre. He was stressing about it every day.” When his salary was raised to $70,000 this man moved closer to the office, now he spends more money on his health, he exercises every day and eats more healthily. “We had another gentleman on a similar team and he literally lost more than 50lb (22kg),” he says. Others report spending more time with their families or helping their parents pay off debt. “We saw, everyday, effects of giving somebody freedom,” Price says. He thinks it is why Gravity is making more money than ever. Raising salaries didn’t change people’s motivation staff were already motivated to work hard it increased what he calls their capability. “You’re not thinking I go to work because I have to make money,” Rosita Barlow agrees. “Now it’s become focused on ‘How do I do good work?'” Barlow has been with Gravity since the early days and knows Price wasn’t always so generous. And he acknowledges himself a time in the wake of 2008 financial crisis when he was obsessed with saving money. The downturn in the US economy decimated Gravity’s customer base and its income fell by 20%. Business logic would have dictated letting go about 12 of the company’s 35 staff, but instead Price focused on cutting costs. After five tense months, the company started turning a profit again, but Price was profoundly spooked, and kept salaries low. At this time Rosita Barlow was experiencing her own financial problems, secretly working at McDonald’s outside work hours. When McDonald’s offered her a promotion, she left a training manual on her desk at Gravity, and someone spotted it. Her bosses called her in for a meeting. “They sat me down and my immediate reaction was to cry,” Barlow says. She thought she is fired. Instead they told her to figure out how much money she’d need to stay on at the company and they raised her salary to $40,000. “I was impressed and proud of her and mad at myself,” Price says. It took him a few more years to grasp the scale of problem among his staff. “Most were too intimidated to come to me and tell me how a lack of pay was hurting them,” he says. Before 2015, he already begun giving employees 20% annual pay rises. But it was his conversation with Valerie that convinced him to go further. Price hopes Gravity’s example leads to far-reaching global changes in US business. He’s deeply disappointed and sad this hasn’t happened. Some did like PharmaLogics in Boston raised the minimum salary to $50,000, Rented.com in Atlanta raised theirs too. He believes by means of online lobbying influenced Amazon’s decisions to raise minimum wage. He hopes a widespread structural change takes place all over the world. It blesses the company to bring increases.  And it’s changed my perspective on things because I believed through the actions that I did and that other people could do, that we could turn the tide on income inequality.” The change has had profound effect on Price’s lifestyle. And  before taking a pay cut, Price was cliché of a young white tech millionaire, lived in beautiful house overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound and he drank champagne in expensive restaurants. Afterwards, he rented his house out on Airbnb to help stay afloat. A group of employees became sick of watching him turn up at work in a 12-year-old Audi and secretly clubbed together to buy him a new car.Dan Price with Alyssa O'Neal, accepting his TeslaA film posted on YouTube follows one of the group, Alyssa O’Neal’s schemes with her colleagues to surprise him with the car. “I feel like this is the ultimate way to say thank you for all the sacrifices he’s made and any of the negative stuff he’s had to deal with,” she says. Price walks out of the office into the car park, sees the car, starts crying. Five years later Price still on Gravity’s minimum salary, says he’s more fulfilled than he ever was when he was earning millions though it’s not all easy. “There’s tests every day,” he says. “I’m the same age as Mark Zuckerberg and in dark moments I think, ‘I want to be just as rich as Mark Zuckerberg and I want to compete with him to be on the Forbes list. I want to be on cover of Time magazine, making lots of money.’ All these greedy things are tempting.” “It’s not so easy to turn down lavish lifestyle but much happier.”Dr RonxThis doctor sees patients in chicken shops. GP appointments of doctor seeing patients in chicken shops in BBC Three shows The Unshockable Dr. Ronx, a doctor who takes appointments out of surgery in search of people who would n’t normally see a GP. “I don’t go to GP anymore, it took so long to be believed now I feel like they are listening.” And when Bethany was 13 was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis – a type of inflammatory arthritis. She says it took years for her GP to recognise its serious symptoms. “I think they assumed I was a young teenager so I couldn’t really be having severe joint difficulties.” Despite describing some of her symptoms, like chest pain, as “very scary” Bethany says she feels too embarrassed to go back to see a GP. In the UK, 16 to 30-year-olds are the most likely age group to miss a doctor’s appointment (along with over 90s). That’s according to analysis of GP Patient Survey, suggested 16 to 24-year-olds less positive about experiences at a GP’s, compared with the older patients.  Some of the young people featured in BBC Three’s new show The Unshockable Dr. Ronx say things like embarrassment, a lack of time, using internet instead are some of the reasons that have stopped them from seeking professional medical care in the past. Dr Ronx, an A&E doctor from Hackney in London, wants young people to take their health seriously so she takes GP pop up shop to them. Ratan Tata: An unlikely friendship between a magnate and a millennial.Shantanu Naidu and Ratan TataMr Naidu and Mr Tata watch movies together. Its not everyday octogenarian goes viral on Instagram. It’s so unusual if octogenarian billionaire businessman with a carefully cultivated reputation as a reclusive tycoon. Perhaps its the most unusual particular story of a friendship led to Ratan Tata’s India’s newest social media star. With the help of Shantanu Naidu, the 27-year-old who introduced him to social media platform and taught him about hashtag trends in the world discovered “man crush.” And Mr Naidu hopes the mix of old family pictures, snapshots of dogs and photographs of mogul’s younger days one from five decades of more than half million hits  gave people glimpse of the man behind the tycoon. The man who led the salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group for 21 years classes of closest friends. The two of them do everything together by getting haircuts to watching films. Their “intergenerational friendship” is quite unusual, but, Mr Naidu says, it is pretty special. “He’s been a hard boss, a core mentor understanding friend,” he told the BBC. This doe-eyed and curly-haired millennial became a business assistant as best friends to India’s internationally recognised business leaders?Shantanu NaiduMr Naidu’s non-profit provide stray dog glow-in-dark collars. Mr Naidu is a fifth generation Tata employee and although family has a strong connection to Tata brand never thought he would end up working closely with man responsible for it. Mutual love of dogs brought the two together while younger man works  for one of Mr Tata’s companies in city of Pune, west India. And Mr Naidu ‘s social initiative Motopaws glow-in-dark collar for stray dog’s work highlighted in the company newsletter prompted Mr Tata to write letter inviting him to Mumbai. “Shantanu and I first met because of our common concern and affection for stray dogs,” Mr Tata in email said BBC. He led team of young college students to adopt dogs and give them affection, food, find homes for them for sense of belonging.” The meeting proved to be their first of Motopaw’s scaling up so became closer. Work emails slowly turned into asking questions about one another,” Mr Naidu said. Soon after friendship took off, Mr Naidu left India for university in US. “I was sad, I felt I just discovered a friend in Mr Tata.” The connection between the two strengthened. Mr Naidu was at Mr Tata’s alma mater Cornell University, and started work on the businessman’s dream project, building a veterinary hospital in Mumbai. The construction for this hospital is set to begin this year. Mr Tata attended his graduation. “I had mentioned it to him in passing and he said yes,” Mr Naidu recalls. “Cut to the actual day and there he was!”Ratan Tata and Shantanu NaiduMr Naidu graduated from Mr Tata’s alma mater, Cornell University. On his return to India, Mr Naidu took up a job as Mr Tata’s business assistant. Things changed in a single minute. I had never imagined my life to pan out this way. Mr Tata told BBC “I enjoy seeing Shantanu’s freshness, concern never seen in a ‘dog eat dog’ world we live in.'” What does a typical day look like? Business assistant to Mr Tata meets, takes copious notes, keeps records for future discussions. Mr Tata briefs him on happenings of day or plan and start attacking them. He’s very focused, non-stop no break,” Mr Naidu explained. The Tata Group patriarch has invested in more than 73 Indian start up ride-hailing service, Ola. Mr Tata uses Instagram profile Mr Naidu set up to connect with the youth and has shared “recipe” for successful start-up pitches. The 82-year-old shares pictures of him in his 20s a popular hashtag Throwback Thursday to set the internet alight.

It isn’t just business so two remain fast friends. He added they both like action comedy films such as The Other Guys and Lone Ranger series of experiences in the Israel Defence Force called Fauda is Mr Tata’s favourite Netflix binge, Mr Naidu said. Last year a radio interview with BBC met Mr Tata and Mr Naidu. It was easy to sense warm bond between the two a great degree of camaraderie and mutual respect. Mr Tata spoke of retirement plans and love for dogs. Mr Naidu continues to work on ths project that brought Mr Tata and him together. Motopaws expanded over the years and now operating in four countries it isn’t just non-profit evolving. “If something bothers me or makes me happy he is the first person I call. The foundation is the constantly blossoming tree. Mr Tata has always been there for me I do the same for him,” Mr Naidu said with a smile.

Micah Lammie sitting in carPhoto exhibition showcases the people tackling the impact of poverty in 21st Century Britain. The focus of the new exhibition showcases those trying to help their struggling neighbours. And four people making a difference in their communities explain how they became involved. ‘I want to be a spark in the plug’ as Micah Lammie learned from everyone in his community. And Battersea and Brixton helped to shape Micah Lammie into the man he is today, so now he is repaying the debt. “Life was difficult as a kid from a one-parent family,” the 30-year-old said. ” defiant in trouble at school. It takes whole village to raise a child I learn from my parents, I learned from everyone in community. “These things I want to continue raising our next generation.” He worked in call centres at a funeral Brixton Soup met Kitchen founder Solomon Smith who gave him his true calling.Micah Lammie close upAs “I’ve known Solomon from back in the day,” Micah said. “I got involved and I’ve never looked back.”He is the centre manager of service offers food and legal advice to rough sleepers or community. “It’s a safe haven for misunderstood people. Everything starts somewhere, there’s been ups and downs but we’re helping people. I want to be a spark in the plug, I won’t change the world but I’ll invest in a person who will.”Micah Lammie at workMicah is now its centre manager ‘I knew hunger.’ After experiencing a financial struggles Mary Brennan’s neighbours in Cross Green, Leeds, faced difficulties. “I knew hunger and poverty,” the 68-year-old said.Mary Brennan

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“It used to be just families round here, then landlords started bedding seven people in four-bedroom terraced houses. I noticed they were hungry.”Cross GreenImage copyrightJILLIAN EDELSTEIN

Image captionShe settled in Cross Green, where she witnessed the struggles of her neighbours

So she helped set up Community Unity, a neighbourhood group that runs a lunch club at St Hilda’s Church and created a garden on a disused railway bridge where the community can pick their own food.”We don’t have many facilities round here, no shop where you can buy fresh food and [there’s] terrible problems with transport,” she added.

‘If you’re poor, you can’t afford ideas’Steve Arnott

Steve Arnott says hip-hop has always been his love

Poverty can be a barrier to creativity because people can’t afford either the money or time to do it, according to Steve Arnott. The 44-year-old from Hull said hip-hop helped him through a tough childhood and he saw how it could do the same for others. “Hip-hop has always been my love,” he said. “There were local workshops which weren’t getting many kids because families couldn’t afford the fares into town. “I had idea of taking it to them.”Beats BusThe workshops were aimed at helping children in the community. In 2017, his hometown was the UK City of Culture, so he launched the Beats Bus – a mobile recording studio which he takes into the communities to attract youngsters eager to learn more about hip-hop, DJing, break-dancing and graffiti art. “If you’re poor, you can’t afford the time to create ideas,” Steve said. “The Beats Bus is trying to change that, bringing free studio time to talented kids.”Close up showing tattoo of microphone on Steve's lower armSteve has a tattoo of a microphone on his forearm.

‘There’s no shame in being poor through no fault of your own’

The issues blighting the Sholes area of Wigan are being tackled by Barbara Nettleton. She previously spearheaded a residents’ association to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve services, before taking over the running of the Sunshine House community centre. The site opened in 2005, runs art groups and youth projects with a view to helping people find work. It also operates three shops in the area offering necessities including second-hand clothes and prams, toys and baby clothes.Barbara Nettleton covers her faceBarbara Nettleton was a bit shy about being photographed. “When the mines, steelworks and mills closed years ago, it took the apprenticeships away, broke families and industrial areas like ours,” Barbara said. There is no shame in being poor when you work hard all your life and end up poor. God judges a nation by how it treats the poor in the society. Jesus said, in Matthew 25:40-46 whoever cares for the poor by feeding them, gives them water to drink or had provided shelter for the “least of these” receives JESUS. The poor are priceless in God’s sight because HE created them in HIS OWN IMAGE AND LIKENESS. Bible says value of material possessions is not true measure of quality of human life in God’s sight as mankind thinks. Its loving care and fair share of all the resources provided by God as Marslow hierarchy shows God counts towards eternal life.Greg and MarieThis homeless couple moved in with a millionaire in America. The homeless couple moved in with the millionaire after living on California’s streets for 20 years Greg and Marie invited to stay in the home of the millionaire. The local businessman asked if they wanted to share his $4m home. A year later other rich neighbours complain so call police tells us about homelessness crisis in the Western countries. Luke 16 says a rich man enjoyed all great wealth on earth but ended in hell for abuse of the poor Lazarus who went into heaven and is comforted by Abraham. So God judges mankind by how HIS RESOURCES are shared on this earth. Gospel of Matthew 25, 34-46 34 says, KING of Kings “Jesus will say to those on His right, ‘Come in, you who are blessed by my Father God because you the fed poor and you clothe them by your kindness, you did it to me so enter heaven. You didn’t do it to show off to get praise of people but you did it genuinely from kibdness of your heart to help others. George Medal for saving Princess Anne sells for £50k.George MedalThe medal sold at auction for £50,000 is a medal awarded to a boxer who helped save Princess Royal from an attempted armed kidnap has sold at auction for £50,000. Former heavyweight Ronnie Russell, 72, punched Ian Ball in the head tried to abduct princess at gunpoint in London in 1974. Mr Russell said he sold the George Medal as he had been “very unwell for quite some time.” “I want to know that I’ve done enough to pay for my own funeral,” he said. After auction, Mr Russell, who lives in Bristol, said: “For something I thought I would never sell, I never believed it will sell for this amount, I am absolutely blown away.”Ronnie Russell with his medalRonnie Russell was awarded the George Medal for bravery by the Queen. He said he had one request for UK buyer, who asked to remain anonymous which was for them to meet in person to tell the story of what happened.Princess AnnePrincess Anne’s car had been blocked and Ian Ball had fired shots, wounding four people Mr Russell, heading home to his wife and children in Strood, Kent, when he thwarted late-night ambush on 20 March 1974. Ball blocked princess’s car on Mall in central London and fired shots, wounding four people. Mr Russell said Ball was trying to drag Princess Anne from her car while her husband, Captain Mark Phillips, was pulling her back. “She was very, together, telling him: ‘Just go away and don’t be such a silly man’,” he said. “He stood there glaring at me with the gun and I hit him. I hit him as hard as I could and he was flat on the floor face down. “I said to Princess Anne: ‘We’re going to walk away and he’s going to have to go through me to get you’.”Princess Anne's car on The Mall 1974Ian Ball attempted to kidnap Princess Anne who telegrams RONNIE RUSSELLTelegram from Princess AnnePrincess Anne sent Mr Russell telegram when he received medal Ball was later sent to a psychiatric hospital by an Old Bailey judge. Mr Russell was awarded George Medal for bravery by the Queen, who told him: “The medal from Queen, I want to thank you as Anne’s mother.” It was sold with a letter from 10 Downing Street informing Mr Russell of award and telegram from Princess Anne. 

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WHAT DID JESUS SAY ON TAX

IMG-20190718-WA0003.jpgMatthew 17:24-27;22:15, Mark 12; Luke 20, Jesus said, Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, to God what belongs to God. The Biblical accounts of Gospels in Capernaum said tax collectors of two drachma temple tax asked Peter if Jesus pays tax, he said He does. If Jesus paid taxes then what did Jesus teach His disciples? Matthew records two taxes  Jesus paid in Matthew 17:24-27; 22:15-22 temple tax and tax to government in Rome. People asked Jesus: “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?” It was a ploy to set a trap for Jesus. But He saw through their attempt to manipulate Him and falsely accuse Him of asking people not to pay. 15634591710442531419311844554429.jpgSo obliged to pay the tax, Jesus paid His taxes with the coin from the mouth of a fish Peter caught. Tax collector cornered Peter and asked if Jesus paid the temple tax. Later in Matthew 17:2427 Jesus said to Peter at home, “Simon, does the kings collect taxes from their own children or from other people? Peter answered the others. And Jesus replied we don’t want to cause trouble go cast a net in the lake and the first fish you catch open mouth, and you will find a coin. Use coin to pay your taxes and mine.” Take it and give them for my tax and yours.”15634589315132523190425229438762.jpgJesus told the Pharisees and Herodians to give to Caesar things belong to Caesar in Mark 12. The issue is controversial as people disagree on how the government spends money. Some people feel angry because their needs are not met though they pay tax. The Bible example of Jesus to pay taxes again in Gospel of Matthew Mark and Luke are other account of the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus to find the reason to accuse him. In Matthew 22:15-22 Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap Jesus to use His words against Him.Jesus on Taxes in the BiblePharisees disciples with Herodians said “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are sincere so teach the way of God in truth. You are not influenced by men. Tell us, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Jesus, knowing their evil intention said, “You hypocrites why are you trying to trap me? Show a coin for paying tax.” They brought him a denarius and He asked them, “Whose head inscription?” They said, “Caesar’s. Then He said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God belongs to God.” When they heard this, they were amazed so they left him and went away.20190718_152609.jpgIf Jesus refused ​to pay or He condemned Caesar they will accuse Jesus of inciting rebellion. People had no choice but to pay as Jesus also did. And Zachaeus a tax collector climbed a tree to see Jesus passing by. Impressed Jesus dined in his home during meal he decided to restore money he extorted by collecting taxes in Mark 2:13-17. In Psalm 24:1, The earth is the LORD’S and everything in it but life requires money to function, pay staff, provide services, resources, processing, printing costs, transporting goods. And maintaining the structures and repairs restoration, regeneration, grounds and gardens etc. Too numerous to list costs of services provided by the nations. Amazon, Google, Wealthy Offshore accounts do not pay tax proportionately fairly like others.20190718_152057.jpgJesus and His disciples voluntarily gave to the Temple tax and state to set a good example. Taxes paid directly to local tax collectors who decided what people pay. Tax collectors paid by charging people more to earn money.  Levi, the apostle was the customs official in Capernaum taxed imports and exports as he liked. The Jews hated him because he worked for Rome and betrayed his countrymen.  Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector for the Jericho district notorious for taxes changed meeting Jesus of Nazareth.15634592789297575198766104501144.jpgPeople are saying the tax exemption for Churches are unfair making mega rich pastors super wealthy multimillionaires Church members struggle to pay bills, food, mortgage, health insurance, fees or basic necessities of life. Private jets, mansions get bigger, fleet of cars longer but members poor. Its a major source of tension rich multi billionaires are state sponsored in extravagant lifestyles. Schools reduce hours, hospitals cut staff budget reduced. The churches use tithe, offerings, donations, for salaries wages, cost of projects, feed orphans, help poor under the radar, homeless, HIV, disaster flood victims, TV ministry, preaching, teaching Gospel Message of Jesus Christ, Evangelism etc. among wonderful work  of God. Admission fee puts people off so first time Benny Hinn was at NEC entry was free. Thousands turned up with no room for overflow solved crowd control next visit with ticket admission. Only a few people turned up venue was almost empty. God said nobody must enter HIS Presence empty handed so Jesus talked about the widow’s mite even poor give. In Exodus 23:15 God said, no one shall appear before ME empty-handed. Also in Exodus 34:20 God said no one must appear before ME empty-handed. Again in  Deuteronomy 16:16 God said do not appear before the LORD empty-handed.20190718_151828.jpgGap between the rich and poor widens causing hunger and the stress, pressure, unemployment, lack, in deprived areas. No resources for disadvantaged so most public servants cannot get on the home ownership ladder. Many depend on the food banks despite their hard work and education. Zero hour job wastes time of trained staff without job or income. And the popular highly influential Christian leaders spew wrong ideas as ‘Christian Ideas.’ Don’t be misled…Study the bible yourself to know the truth of the Word of Christ. Read Bible as JesusFollowers and Christian’s. Some think Churches must follow Jesus’ example to provide fairly for the least in society too. So gap between rich and poor widens as many continue to suffer daily, starve and die in the most advance developed wealthy countries. Unfortunately a Class divide disproportionately allocate lion share to themselves as the world watches them flaunt it in their faces daily. 1 Timothy 6:10 says the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Craving more money is cause of all evil in doing so wander from true faith so pierce themselves with sorrow.20190718_170247.jpg20190718_152338.jpgIMG-20190717-WA0000.jpgChristian family is fined taxes saying it is against God’s will to pay taxes. The  Christian family refused to pay income tax because its “against God’s will” but are ordered to pay more than A$2m tax (£1.1m $1.4m) to Australia’s tax office. It is Christian debate Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot and Fanny Alida Beerepoot of Tasmania do not pay income tax since 2011 as their religious right. Their farm was seized and sold by a local council in 2017 for not paying seven years of tax rates. Ms Beerepoot told the court: “We don’t own anything because it is God’s.” The siblings represented themselves in Supreme Court of Tasmania Wednesday, after did not pay $930,000 in income tax or other charges in 2017 ABC News said.The Beerepoots leave court on 17 July 2019Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot (left) and Fanny Alida Beerepoot (far right) seen here outside the court in Tasmania. Mr Beerepoot argued the law of God is the “supreme law of this land” and making people pay tax weakens dependency on God, leading to “curses… in the form of droughts and infertility.” “Transferring allegiance from God to Commonwealth means rebelling against God breaking first commandment,” he said, according to the public broadcaster. In judgement, Associate Justice Stephen Holt said he believed Beerepoots’ beliefs is genuinely held but there is no specific reference in Bible to support their argument. “In my view, Bible effectively said civil matters and law of God operate in two different spheres.” So the siblings ordered to pay sums of – Ms Beerepoot A$1.17m and Mr Beereport A$1.16m to cover income tax, administrative penalties and all interest charges” and costs in court documents. What do you think about various views?

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SERVE GOD WITHOUT DOUBT

IMG-20181203-WA0005.jpg2 Timothy 3:5 says people have a form of Godliness but deny GOD’S POWER so deny miracles from God. Some forget GOD’S GREATER POWER but accept the devil’s power. And reject GOD’S POWER so many Churches teach their believers not to trust in the Supernatural Miracle POWER of God. They say all miracles ceased with Apostles in time of Jesus so deny GOD’S POWER as a sin against God Jesus and Holy Spirit. Mistrust of GOD’S Supernatural POWER means the LIVING Word of God reduced to merely printed letter, data, facts or figures for logical reasoning conclusion. Such knowledge looks out for errors, mistakes to justify why GOD’S POWER and WORDS today is irrelevant to modern generation. IMG_20181203_193404.jpgSupernaturally Biblically sound living history is dismissed as exclusively only for few people in the past not important to follow today. But Bible is unlike other histories because the ALMIGHTY GOD is directly involved in affairs of mankind on earth through HIS Son Jesus Christ. God commands us in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ to connect with HIM for our own good. A lot of challenges or difficulties in life stem from mistrust of GOD’S POWER to intervene in ordinary lives. Some think God is too big to notice them so God cannot possibly care about personal needs seek for help from other places. Such attitudes cut themselves off from Mercy and Grace of God to suffer. Each brand of Christianity claims their God is the real one so forbids members from seeking the Supernatural miracle available through deeper anointing. IMG-20181203-WA0003.jpgBible says according to your faith be it unto you in Matthew 9:27-31. So Jesus touched two blind men’s eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. Jesus said to them I say to you If you have faith and do not doubt you will not only do this thing to the fig tree but say to a mountain be removed and cast into the sea and it will be done. Physically blind people discerned God’s MIGHTY POWER at work and followed Jesus crying and saying, Son of David, have Mercy on us. When He came into the house two blind men came to Jesus so He asked them do you believe, I Am able to do this? They said to Jesus, Yes Lord. 29 He touched He their eyes saying according to your faith its done for you.IMG-20181205-WA0001.jpg 30 And their eyes were opened and Jesus told them let no man know this. 31 But they departed and spread abroad His Fame in all the country. People have an appearance of God yet deny HIS POWER because spiritually blind. They need to understand its an offence against GOD’S Supernatural POWER to give due Credit of WORKS of the Holy Spirit to the devil. Christians profess to love and serve God but doubt HIS Miracle POWER today at work in modern times. So destroy faith, trust, Confidence in God to detriment of the doubters. Jesus says you will receive depending on your faith in God’s ability to help and deliver you. Deceptions in a Church is due to a fear of false prophets, apostles of swindling the people to turn against belief in Supernatural miracles. This damages a Church but BELIEVE IN GOD’S PROPHET to RECEIVE PROPHET’S REWARD in Bible in 2 Chronicles 20:20. IMG-20181203-WA0001.jpgBelieve in the LORD your GOD and be established BELIEVE in HIS prophets so you will prosper. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a PROPHET will RECEIVE the prophet’s reward. The duty Christians is to BELIEVE in CHRIST and profess faith in God as Matthew 10:41 said. Those wo receive prophet in the Name of prophet receives prophet’s reward. And all who receive a righteous man in the name of Jesus receives rewards from God. True prophets of God must not be mixed with false ones to reject prophecy to restore your lives in the Name of Jesus Christ. IMG-20181203-WA0004.jpgTest spirits to see if they are from God for by their fruits you will know them. Beloved don’t believe every spirit, but test spirits to see if from God for many false prophets have gone into the world. In Numbers 11:11-29 Moses agreed with God’s Spirit is in all people to prophesy as Eldad and Medad did. So God’s Spirit in Moses imparted to the seventy elders. The LORD told Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, of God and lay your hand on him to stir and activate his faith in Nehemiah 9:20. God sent the Holy Spirit as a comforter and helper in Scripture to make it easy so Spirit of God joined the spirit of man. Each office is relevant and important so Churches cannot reject God’s duty roles.IMG-20181203-WA0002.jpg By this you will know if the Spirit of God for every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God says 1 John 4:1-6. Almighty God says test the Spirit to know if truly from God or an angel of light. To test God’s Spirit is to check if word is in line with Word of God by their fruits. Do not write off and dismiss all prophets as fake just because of rumours and gossips. You do not stop using genuine currency money because the counterfeit is in circulation. Rather you check it thoroughly to ensure it is authentic. People are misled to suffer in pain through the deception of rejecting truth that will be useful to help deliver them. God’s Spirit manifests peace, love, joy even in challenging situations. God confirms by two or three witnesses HIS messages to testify of the Goodness of God on any issue you are dealing with. Don’t let fear or doubt deprive you from God’s LOVE, Grace, deliverance, Mercy. 

 

JESUS IS A LIVING SACRIFICE

10650039_1158526010832364_1976762580372586954_n.jpgJesus is a LIVING SACRIFICE because His death and Resurrection is not like idol human sacrifice of victims forced to be killed or decapitated as offering to gods. Jesus Christ atoned for sins of the world in Hebrews 9:13-10:18 because blood of bulls, goats, ashes of heifer sprinkled on unclean people sanctify to purify flesh temporarily so is repeated annually. Not good enough to wipe out mankind’s sin eternally in God’s Kingdom as required. This foundation of Christianity is God’s WAY of ULTIMATE SACRIFICE to stop animal sacrifice although God sacrificed animal in Genesis 3:21. Abraham’s only son Isaac during test of faith had animal replace the human sacrifice in Genesis 22:12. God in past used animal sacrifice to symbolize God’s mercy to sins. And so pagan’s human sacrifice abomination to the LORD God in Deuteronomy 12:30-32. Jesus came to fulfil the law in Matthew 5:18 and in Romans 5:6-11, atonement by Jesus’ Human and Divine nature is in line with Word of God. So Christianity’s sacrificial death of Jesus is Biblically sound because Jesus Resurrected unlike human sacrifices. Ten commandments says don’t kill or use human sacrifice, in Leviticus 18:21 says, “Do not give your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the NAME of your God. I AM the LORD. In Leviticus 20:2-5 The LORD told Moses, 2 “Say to the Israelites or alien living in Israel, who gives any of his children to Molech, must be put to death. People of the community are to stone him or set MY Face against that man and cut him from his people; for by giving his children to Molech, he has defiled MY Sanctuary and profaned MY HOLY NAME. If people in community close eyes so man giving his children to Molech and fail to put him to death I will set MY Face against that man and family to cut him off and all who follow him to prostitute themselves to Molech.2 Kings 23:10 says, He desecrated Topheth in Ben Hinnom valley to sacrifice his own son or daughter in fire to Molech.large.jpgSupernatural faith in God better than in Jeremiah 32:35, They built high places for Baal in Ben Hinnom valley to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech I DID NOT command or enter MY MIND they should do such detestable things to make Judah sin. In 2 Kings 16:3, Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the Eyes of the LORD God. 3 He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, sacrificed his son in fire, following detestable ways of the nations the LORD drove out before Israelites.2 Kings 17:31 says men from Babylon made Succoth Benoth, men from Cuthah made Nergal, and men from Hamath made Ashima; 31 Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak, Sepharvites burned their children in the fire as sacrifices to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim. In 2 Kings 21.6: In both courts of temple of the LORD, built altars to all starry hosts. 6 He sacrificed his son in fire, practiced sorcery and divination, consulted mediums, spiritists. However Supernatural faith in Almighty God is far better than doing evil in Eyes of LORD to provoke HIS anger. And Jeremiah 7:31 said they built high places of Topheth in Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons, daughters in fire God did NOT command, or did it enter MY MIND.Deuteronomy 12:31 says don’t worship the LORD your God that way because in worshipping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods. Deuteronomy 18:10 says, Do not give your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the NAME of your God. I AM the LORD.2 Kings 23:10, says He desecrated Topheth, in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, so no one could use it to sacrifice his son or daughter in the fire to Molech. In Ezekiel 20:31 When you offer gifts of sacrifices of your sons in fire you defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. So, AM I to let you inquire of me O house of Israel? As surely as I LIVE declares SOVEREIGN LORD I will NOT let you inquire of ME.IMG-20181202-WA0001.jpgArchaeological evidences support these CHILDREN, INFANT, sacrifice data. And in Psalm 106:34: They did not destroy the people as the LORD commanded them 35 but mingled with nations and adopted their customs. 36 They worshipped their idols, which became a snare to them. 37 They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons. 38 They shed innocent blood of their sons and daughters sacrificed to idols of Canaan so the land is desecrated by their blood. So sacrifice is condemned as ‘innocent blood’ shed by murder. And Ezekiel 23:37 says they commit adultery and blood is on their hands. They commit adultery with their idols to sacrifice their children they bore to ME as food for their idols. Sacrifice of children is ‘blood on their hands.’ Jeremiah 19:4 says For they have forsaken ME and made this a place of foreign gods; they burned sacrifices in it to gods neither they or their fathers or the kings of Judah ever knew, they filled this place with the blood of the innocent. 5 They have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as offerings to Baal I did NOT command or mention, or did it enter MY MIND.They burnt their sons in fire filling the place with the blood of innocent murdered. CHILD SACRIFICE MURDER as Exodus 23:7 says don’t put innocent people to death. The children are killed but the issue is Israel is commanded to enforce judicial death penalty for such murder. If a capital-offence guilty executed in Deuteronomy 19 : 11 if a man hates his neighbour and lies in wait, assaults and kills him, and flees to one of these cities, 12 the elders of his town shall send for him, bring him back from the city, and hand him over to the avenger of blood to die. 13 Show him no pity. You must purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood so it goes well with youJesus by FREEWILL choice to be crucified as the innocent Man to bear sin in 2 Corinthians 5.21: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us and ‘He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree’ 1 Peter 2:24. Jesus took on God’s wrath to redeem mankind but why not use animal substitution like Abraham in place of Isaac? jesus-saves.jpgred.jpgSuperextraordinary Blood of Jesus Christ supersedes blood of bulls and goats in Romans not enough to pay the price of sin. Jesus said in John 15:13 GREATER LOVE has none than this, that He lays down His Life for His friends. So Mark 10:45, The Son of Man Jesus didn’t come to be served but to serve and give His Life as ransom for many. Jesus has voluntarily died for His friends. John 10 : 11 says, “I am the Good Shepherd Who lays down His Life for His Sheep. John 10 : 15, the Father knows Me and I know the Father so lay down My Life for the Sheep. John 10:17, My Father LOVES Me for I lay down My Life and TAKE it up again. 18 NO one takes it from me, I lay it down by My OWN accord. I have Authority to lay it down and Authority to take it up again by My Father’s approval. Hebrews 7:27 says Unlike the high priests He did not need to offer sacrifices daily offered His Life for sins of people. His SACRIFICE for sins ONCE for all. Hebrews 9:14 says BLOOD of Christ through eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God to clean our consciences from acts that lead to death, to serve the LIVING GODJesus Suffering sin-bearing Servant in Isaiah 53 is not victim but High Priest Offering. Jesus is PERFECT without a blemish for the Cross is substitute sacrifice without defect. Jesus took on sins of the world as LAMB of GOD as Authorized Sovereign POWER in Leviticus 1. Isaiah 53:6 said actions of YAHWEH allowed the sins of Israel on Jesus as Messianic Servant. All like sheep have gone astray each turns to own way, the LORD laid on Him iniquity of all. He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of MY people He was stricken. The LORD crushed Him and cause Him to suffer the LORD makes His Life a guilt offering in Isaiah 53:10 to bear sins of many in Isaiah 53:12. God’s SOVEREIGN POWER in Christ Resurrect Him as Jesus-God fully cooperated with Father’s in Spirit of Unity taking on sins of world without violating the sacrifice laws against God. Human victims had no choice unaware of their fate.IncntBld-Mock-01.jpgSome call God a child abuser for allowing Righteous Jesus to give His Life in this way. They think it’s unfair on Jesus “substitution applied by Moses in Isaiah 53 for atonement of suffering golden calf ready to sacrifice his soul for Israel, when he said, “If not blot me, I pray you out of your Book of Living in Exodus 32:32. The Crucifixion of Jesus is necessary to restore the moral compass of mankind to stop the judgment of God by self-sacrifice. Jesus’ ransom, priestly offering, substitution transfered guilt to Jesus once and for all. Living sacrifice of Jesus can’t be compared to murder of children God didn’t approve. God used murder to punish those defiling HIS LAND and serving idols. God’s Direct Salvation is more than enough but mankind’s sin needs Jesus’ redemption. Christianity did not begin with human sacrifice but became part of it due to the stubborn resistance rebellion mankind is condemned to God’s wrath. Superior BLOOD ULTIMATE LIVING SACRIFICE of Jesus is fullness of revelation of God. It proved those who thought death ends Christianity wrong by Resurrection of Jesus. He voluntarily sacrificed Himself so uniquely worthy to atone for human sin and to redeem mankind from curse of the law. God hates a human sacrifice unlike Jesus’ willing sacrifice on a Cross to payment for sins He did not commit. All who sinned can never atone by mere mortal human sacrifice. A human mind sees it as injustice or horrible abuse God chooses to punish an innocent man for sin He did not commit. Jesus Christ gave himself for Christians to be free from the WRATH of God. No human qualifies to meet GOD’S PERFECT QUALITY Jesus criteria for atonement. Jesus is not like human sacrifice God disdains by pagans idol worship sins against God’s holiness. Sin is forgiven by Jesus’ atonement but other idols punish perpetrators repeats offence. This does not break evil spirit curses behind sin like Jesus’ sacrifice is UNIQUE because He Resurrected unlike human sacrifice. Jesus Sacrifice is at the heart of Easter commemorating His Life experience thanking God’s redemption. IMG-20181202-WA0000.jpgA human sacrifice ritual lack knowledge of requirements of God as blood thirsty idol worship ritual linked to a temple prostitution human experience. Power hungry drive abuse of innocent women forced to get rid of evidence of shame of perpetrators. Jesus said God is My GOD and your God and the ONLY ONE LORD to worship. Believers follow Jesus and receive FORGIVENESS, Mercy, Grace of God as UNIQUE to CHRISTIANITY. Bible makes it quite clear God hates human sacrifice but pagan nations surrounded the Israelites practiced human sacrifice as rituals to false gods. God declared its detestable to HIM so HE Hates it as says Deuteronomy 12:31;18:10. Evil practice of sorcery and divination God hates in 2 Kings 21:6. Eternal life God established shedding blood to cover sin in Hebrews 9:22. God Himself performed an animal sacrifice to cover, temporarily sin of Adam and Eve. After pronounced curses on first couple killed animal, shedding blood used skin to cover Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:21 after sin. God gave Law to Moses plus instruction of how, when, why, by whom animal sacrifices offered to HIM continued till Christ ULTIMATE, PERFECT LIVING SACRIFICE so animal sacrifice is no longer necessary. “Those sacrifices annually reminded of sins, because as impossible for blood of bulls and goats to take away sins in Hebrews 10:3–4. Living SACRIFICE of Christ on the Cross did not violate prohibition of human sacrifice. Jesus was not a mere mortal or His sacrifice is temporary because no human life can cover all the sins of all multitudes who ever existed. None can atone for sin against Immortal God. God Himself atoned for mankind’s sins and paid penalty owed to Himself, became a Man and dwell among men in John 1:14. God didn’t sacrifice Jesus God incarnate, He offered Himself, No one forced Him. He laid down His life willingly by own accord with Authority to lay it down so with Authority takes it up again in John 10:18. God the Son is a living sacrifice Himself to Father God so fulfilled the Law unlike the temporary sacrifices, Jesus’ living sacrifice and His resurrection was because He laid down His life and took it up again, providing eternal life for all who believe in Him and accept His sacrifice for their sins. He did this by love for the Father and for all those the Father has given Him says in John 6:37–40.

 

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GOD IS ABSOLUTELY A ‘MAN’

establishing-shot-with-Jesus-for-live-classes-768x320Jesus told Philip,” as you see Me you see Father God, all who see Jesus see Father God’s Image says John 14:9. In Isaiah 6:1 the prophet saw the LORD GOD sitting on HIS Throne High and Lifted up HIS train fills Temple. On HIS Throne a MAN Seats. Ezekiel 1:26-28 described God as a MAN on Throne in heaven. God reveals HIMSELF in Bible by HIS MASCULINE gender. God is male has female qualities but CHOSES to present HIMSELF a MAN emphasising masculine quality FATHER Strong protector, MIGHTY Warrior, etc. Describes HIMSELF in Bible as KING of Kings, Judge, Husband, Master, God our FATHER and our Lord Jesus Christ. God is Spirit but reveals HIMSELF as a MAN and Father in HUMAN BODY. God’s Son Jesus came to earth in human form says John 1:1 and God manifests HIMSELF as Father did not. Jesus is Emmanuel, “God with us” in.Matthew 1:23. And Numbers 23:19 emphasizes God’s truthfulness not like mortal men God in the human form changes HIS  MIND. Moses pleaded with God many times to change HIS MIND. So Bible says God appears in HIS PHYSICAL BODY. Isaiah 59:1 talks of GOD HANDS  and “EAR.” Chronicles 16:9 talks of HIS “EYES.” Matthew 4:4 on GOD’S MOUTH. 15632845166136994354567183668109.jpgDeuteronomy 33:27 says God’s “ARMS.” All of these verses describe God with the anatomical emotional terms so humans can better understand HIM. These mean imply God has ACTUAL BODY FORM not just blob of invisible shapeless Spirit. To God is spirit means Father is invisible to the world in Colossians 1:15 but God is a VISIBLE GOD when HE CHOOSES to do so. 1 Timothy 1:17 praises to God, KING of ages, immortal, invisible God, honour and GLORY forevermore. God is SPIRIT,  living personal being known personally. Joshua 3:10 says, “You know the LIVING God is among you.” Psalm 84:2 says “My heart and flesh sings for joy to a LIVING God.” Believers understands that as C. S. Lewis says gender deeper than human mind see. God’s MASCULINITY contains wo/man Eve made from Adam’s rib and relates to God as male and fe/male. The Church is refered to as bride of Christ so contains men and women. Ezekiel 1 saw heaven open, God on His Throne, fifth day of fourth month in a thirtieth year sitting by Chebar River. Ezekiel saw God and heard VOICE GOD ALMIGHTY like a Voice of speech noise of host Voice from firmament over their heads. Above was Throne of sapphire stone on Throne sat GOD. God of Israel seen, under HIS FEET pavement sapphire sky purity, Exodus 24:10. A magnificent meal on mountain shows God’s HU/MAN nature as HE ate with 70 elders and Moses on the Sinai mountain in Exodus 24:1-18. Bible says Covenant meal God reinforce Abraham Covenant by God inviting seventy elders to come to receive impartation of Spirit of God to lead HIS people in Numbers 11:16-30. Moses saw the LORD, spoke to God Face to face as a man speaks to HIS friend in Exodus 33:11. God is VISIBLE  many people testify of HIS HU/MAN/ITY. Moses and Joshua took seventy elders to eat meat with the LORD God and lived. They saw God, Face to face yet lived to dispel myths God is too Supernatural to be approached or compared to humans in any form, shape, size. Deuteronomy 21:15-17 passage said the seventy elders were anointed because the LORD GOD told Moses to ‘Bring the 70 men…so The LORD will give you meat and to eat. God is worshipped by a believer who really understand HIS full Divine Sovereignty and Highly revered.  Bibles depict God in human terms as a Father God who has Children through HIS SON Jesus Christ as joint heirs and peculiar people. Acts 7:55-60 in Bible says Stephen on the earth saw heaven opened and Jesus was standing next to God RIGHT Hand. GOD has Arms and Hands like humans sitting on His Throne. Stephen filled with Holy Spirit looks into heaven and saw GLORY of God and Jesus standing on the RIGHT Hand of God. He said I see heaven open and Son of man standing on Right Hand of God. God’s “Right Hand” is BODY part of HIS IMAGE HE created humans to be like HIMSELF. GLORY of God surrounds Throne yet Stephen saw Jesus physically standing beside God’s RIGHT HAND.free-bible-studies-online-great-white-throne-judgementPsalm’s 103:13 parental image requests God to be kind, gentle but HIS IMAGE is a FATHER and not a woman as mother. It is true both men and women share 80% physical features as human beings but have unique differences identifying them as male and females. FATHER GOD has HIS Son God Jesus confirming to the people in Bible texts, God is Our Father. JESUS calls God Abba FATHER and God has 44 physical appeared literally face to face to humans confirming God as a MAN. If God does not answer a human need HE is accused of sleeping in Bible, Psalms 44:24 but God does not slumber or sleep. Entire Bible portrays God of Israel’s Image in HIS creation and God watches over Israel without slumber. Greek medieval, modern assumption is God is different not human but Bible texts says God is a literal Man as Jesus said. God is a FATHER  in same way as a human father. God said, if you know to give good gifts to your children, HOW MUCH MORE GOD YOUR FATHER is very pleased to give you what you desire. It is written in Matthew 7:11 and Luke 11 : 13, if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your FATHER in heaven give good things to you. The good things God gives is HIS LOVE for HIS Children and earthly good gifts including Holy Spirit to His Children. So necessary to respect God to honour HIM as Male not female. God is definable so important Christians remember the definitive revelation of God in the Word of God is Jesus Christ. We are to pray to “Our Father God” as Jesus taught us to stop reckless attitude of humans towards the Spiritual God. As humans have flesh so God’s Spirit, soul body, HIS breath in man, not mere clay. God is SPIRIT but Has a HUMAN nature in people of flesh and spirit. So possible to manifest HIS PRESENCE in mankind as fellow human beings as HE CHOOSES to do so. And 59% YouGov survey agree GOD IS A MAN but 41 per cent of British Christians think that God has no human gender but most refer to God as Male. A professor of the Christian living history, Diarmaid MacCulloch, told the  Times: unconventional thinking of Image of God as Male is around since Christianity first emerged. God is a Male like Jesus’ DEITY, SOVEREIGN, IMMORTAL. God’s DNA component within mankind in HIS IMAGE and LIKENESS. God’s SUPERIOR Image in humans help to see, hear, feel, think, talk, relate, love because God is LOVE. God’s DNA Image and likeness is represented in defined life principles to obey, be humble, forgive, be generous. GOD’S TRAITS maginify image of God in humans inherited through Christ Jesus. Justin Welby said God is not a male or a female in the human sense of the word and human language is ‘inadequate’ to describe HIM. Justin Welby talks about the division in today’s society based on gender issues. The feminist movement wants equality with men now extended to God causes this views on such things. God as a Male Patriarch requires men in societies to reach out to love their wives as Christ loved the Church of God. Jesus is the Male POWER God manifested in a Greco-Roman world, males are lord and king. Women, ladies, Queens God made with authority of God rule like men. 1542973799317-452672964.jpgJustin Welby said God is not a male or a female in the human sense of the word and human language is 'inadequate' to describe him God’s Gender does not CHANGE because world is different. FATHER GODMAN is described as “archaic terms,” by Church of England’s article of religion that God is ‘without body part or passion. Official teaching: catechism of Catholic church says HE is not wo/man HE is God. MALE LOVES all females too but Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christian Deity no Gender is archaic because some people prefer gender neutral. Bible texts of GODMAN has body so important for distinction in academic circle’s agender. God’s Gender in biological terms is based on a specific state of Jesus’ circumcision, genitalia as Male. Jesus’ physical features consistent with His genetics and physical features match heavenly DNA. This is why angel overshadowed Virgin Mary to conceive GOD’S SON Jesus. Bible texts recognize God created in the beginning male and females in Genesis two sexes used. But gender social construct masculinity or femininity is role people perform. Bible says women as weaker sex so men help them. GOD’S MALE identity confirmed in 1 Kings 22:19 by Micaiah says “Hear WORD of the LORD I saw the LORD God Sitting on HIS Throne and all host of heaven standing by HIM on HIS RIGHT Hand and on HIS left. 20 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, to go to Ramothgilead? They said this or other on the matter. 21 Then came a spirit and stood before the LORD and said, I will persuade him. 22 And the LORD said to him how? And he said, I will go as a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And HE said, go persuade him and prevail as you do so. 23 Therefore, the LORD put a lying spirit in the mouth of all HIS prophets spoke to deceive him due to his idolatory (judgement of Elijah Naboth’s vineyard). 24 Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went to slap Micaiah on the cheek and said, which Spirit of the LORD spoke to you? 25 Micaiah said you will see it that day, when you go into an inner chamber to hide. Micaiah’s vision is accurate so Ahab died despite lies of 400 false prophets. Micaiah’s ACCURATE description of God on HIS Throne seen in heaven shows Micaiah knows God is Male described on HIS Throne with all on ‘Right and Left Hand.’ Bible on God’s Gender had 170 texts as Father so one cannot be FATHER unless one is Male. God CHOSE reveals HIMSELF to people as MALE. Masculine pronoun often used in Bible refers to God. Jesus Christ calls God Father several times as Masculine to refer to God. In the Bible Christ used term Father directly to refer to God 160 times. Christ said in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one as Jesus Christ came in human form a man to die on cross tp pay for sins of the world. Like God our Father, Jesus was revealed in male form and Bible records numerous instances. From Acts to Revelations 900 verses use Theos as HIS Masculine noun in Greek directly to refer to God consistent with pattern of HIS Masculine titles, nouns, pronouns for GODMAN.’ HE CHOSE the Masculine form to reveal HIMSELF to mankind. Jesus Christ’s masculine titles, nouns, and pronouns is a Male on earth. Prophets in Old Testament and apostles of New Testament refer to God or Jesus Christ with Masculine NAMES and titles. GODMAN reveals WHO HE IS to help us understand HIM not to box God to limit HIM genderless. So it is so inappropriate an Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christian Deity’s Gender ‘archaic’ prefers gender neutral reject HIM PATRIACHALISTIC.1542823708420-1104846375.jpgDegendentrificationdysmorphia of our FATHER God tries to overlook Biblical Supernatural overwhelming proof texts showing God’s Male Body of importance for distinction in the academic circles in terms HIS gender. In 1 Kings 2:2, David told son Solomon, “Be strong and show yourself a man.” David’s advice reflects gender seen as Moses instructs, Joshua  be strong and valiant in Deuteronomy 31:7, be strong or valiant. Deuteronomy 22:5 gender boundary says woman not wear a man’s apparel or the man wear woman’s clothing because these things are abhorrent to God. So Ancient Israel significantly kept gender roles reflected in Bible prohibition against male-male anal intercourse in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, “a man must not lie with another man like a woman.” Males to act and be treated like men in ancient Israel, men were masculine and women feminine. As God is Man in Bible an explicit Male imagery describes God. The Song of the Sea in Exodus 15:3 says God is a MAN of war, JEHOVAH Nissi is HIS NAME. God is KING in Bible in Isaiah 44:6, God the KING of Israel is the Redeemer, Jehovah LORD of Hosts. Psalms 24:10 asks, WHO is the KING of GLORY? Jehovah of hosts is the KING of GLORY! Selah. Bible texts express God’s maleness in the Semitic language, Hebrew verbs respects God’s Gender. Hebrew noun is masculine and feminine appropriate gender verb or an adjective used. But “you” refers to both male or female. But כָּתַבְתָּ (katavta), and כָּתַבְתְּ (katavt) is written to distinguish a female and male. Unlike German, Greek the Hebrew language has no neutral gender so all items have a grammatical gender of masculine or feminine.  For example a table is, שֻׁלְחָן (shulkhan) is masculine, but a bow, קֶשֶׁת (qeshet) is feminine. God in the Bible is Masculine, relevant for God’s representations. God compares woman in childbirth in Isaiah 42:14 to show HIS Maternal side. Strong scholarly consensus says that God is a non gender entity so can’t be a male or  female as a Deity monosex. This is the contradiction in terms of these scholars suggesting though God is grammatically masculine has no bearing on Gender of God. Linguistic studies say its incorrect grammatical gender but understanding God’s real gender is not a trivial matter. In Bible, God is always a masculine verb or adjective so grammatical fact derives from view of God as a MAN. Description of God absolutely reinforces HE IS MAN not a halfman halfwoman amaphrodite. So GOD creates humankind in HIS OWN IMAGE and LIKENESS as MAN/KIND.1542913327402-452672964.jpg1542823582587-452672964.jpg1542873791468-452672964.jpg1542823799699-1840475426.jpgGod of the Creation Story is Male and Masculine view of God as KING is stated in Isaiah and Psalms as used in Garden of Eden in Genesis 1:1-2:4. The Bible confirms the Powerful God in the masculine grammatical forms as other male kings. God’s massive creations of the world is like other king’s significant building projects familiar with a king’s roles. In Genesis 1:26, נַֽעֲשֶׂה אָדָם, “let us make humans in OUR Image,” refers to God as KING consulting members of HIS royal court. The text depicts God a KING consulting royal counselors is heaven so include Jesus and angels. Androgynous God is another point of view made by using Genesis 1:27, God created man in HIS Image in the Image of God did HE create male and female did HE create them. This verse shows God is a MALE KING but men father female daughters so people are created male and female in God’s image. Genesis 1:27 verse in the Bible. God creates people in His Image to bear on God’s Male gender as Jesus told us. The Bible passages shows God provides solace ‘as a mother comforts her child.’ Referring to God as ‘her’ does not mean God’s Male Fatherhood must be abandoned. God has female Children although God’s Deity is viewed as Male and masculine. God is the FATHER of all Creation and all flesh so focus is on the Garden of Eden Image of God a Male in the Bible. The Garden identifies God as Male and Masculine FATHER. Genesis 4:1 describes Eve’s conception of Cain in text as, “God created child.”God as the Father and the Mother’s dual gender identity some have attributed to God. In Genesis and Isaiah 42:5-43:10 there is maternal side of God’s feminine caring nature of  male and masculine depicted. Isaiah 42:14 depicts God as the ‘female’ woman giving birth. But I kept silent too long I Kept still and restrained Myself so WILL scream like a woman in labour and I will pant and I will gasp. God is like panting woman in labour, whose breath force can wreak havoc on the world in Isaiah 42:15. For hills and heights will I scorch, to cause all their green to wither I will turn rivers into isles, and dry the marshes up. Passages in Isaiah 40-66 God woman synonymous with the prophet Isaiah living during the Babylonian exile depicting God as a woman. Motherly Image God complex complicates picture of Gender of God in the Bible to some people. God’s Gender in Bible recognizes God as the LOVING Father like mortal father’s love for their children. God is NOT, a “wholly other,” whose HUMAN IMAGE is created in all humans. Noah story in Genesis 6:6 God regrets HE made man on earth, and HIS heart was saddened. They saw are God as a MAN with manly habits so, the biblical God’s gender recognize that in the Bible God speaks with a multiple voices of God and metaphors. Brevard Childs (1923-2007), biblical scholar, Yale University and Yale Divinity School said: The entire Bible portrays God of Israel’s Image in all HIS creations sustained by grace. God watches over Israel without slumber. Bible on political correctness recognises some people don’t have clear sexual identity or orientation due to the health reasons. Bible’s interpretation on new meanings notes and respect them. But God remains relevant and crucial as the ULTIMATE MALE role model above all men. to recognize differences. The Bible depicts God Male so HE is NOT a gender-neutral, genderless but gender inclusive. Men are not pressured to be neutral genders before an acceptance as fathers to their children. Why demand GOD denounces HIS GENDER as OUR FATHER before HE is good enough to be accepted by HIS creation. And Romans 1 warns about the changes of turning truth into a lie and turning lies into truth. God has given up people to their reprobate mind to do as they please out of freewill. But one day will face God to give an account of how they mislead people. GOD LOVES all HIS people so no respecter of persons based on gender.

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DOING GREATER MIRACLES?

15407607160971719752558.jpgGod performs GREATER miracles as Jesus said in the Bible today. People do miracles from God as miracles point to Compassion and God’s LOVE for them. If God performs miracles, signs, wonders it is further evidence to reinforce belief in Jesus. God continues to performs HIS amazing powerful miracle for people to reassure them like the Israelites to help them during times of crises. Even when people did not obey HIM, God faithfully used miracles but Israelites constantly disobeyed or rebelled against God. And God’s Mercy and Grace does not depend on mankind’s perfect relationship for a miracle. People saw God parted the Red Sea so God could conquer inhabitants of Promised Land as Caleb and Joshua said and wanted to go at once. This truth is explained in Luke 16:19-31 story of man in hell asking Abraham to send Lazarus from death to warn his brothers. Jesus said Abraham told man, “If they do not listen to Moses, prophets not convinced of Jesus rising from death yet God still shows MERCY. Jesus performs countless miracles but vast majority of people do not believe in Him. God today performs miracles as HE did in the past yet people amazed believe in God for a short time but due to shallow faith soon disappear if something unexpectedly frightening occurs. Faith based on ‘miracles’ is not so mature because God performed the GREATEST Miracle Coming to earth as a Man Jesus Christ to die on the Cross for sin in Romans 5:8 to save. In John 3:16  God performed salvation miracles that goes unnoticed or denied. But miracles proves POWER of God’s salvation Jesus Christ offers to even sceptics. The most important thing FIRST is believe in the salvation by faith in Jesus Christ as the GREATEST MIRACLE, washed by BLOOD of Jesus set free from sin saved from the wrath of God is crucial greatest miracle. 1540760153502-1139989281.jpgMiracles  authenticate the performers in Acts 2:22 as Peter said, “Men of Israel Jesus Christ of Nazareth is accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders, signs God did among you through Lord Jesus you yourselves know.” The same is said of apostles, “to mark apostles with signs, wonders and miracles among you with great perseverance in 2 Corinthians 12 : 12. So gospel in Hebrews 2:4 proclaims God has testified by signs, wonders and the various miracles, gifts of Holy Spirit distributed according to His will. Jesus’ Scripture writings by His apostles builds up faith in God. Faith comes by hearing Words of God through: Moses, Prophets, Jesus and His apostles among all others. Jesus is Cornerstone foundation of faith in Ephesians 2:20 so is the Word of God. Confidence in the Word of God helps to increase faith in God’s miracles today. The Message of Jesus and His apostles accurately recorded in the Scriptures is the LIVING word of God. Sharper than a two-edged sword cutting through bones and marrow and to accomplish what it is sent to do so will not return void in Jesus Name. God still performs miracles because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. God answers prayer and performs miracles according to HIS WILL, PLANS AND PURPOSES. We must not expect miracles as PROOFS of God’s LOVE whether God grants our request for miracles or not like Bible times our faith or belief in God is not negotiable. 15407600090762114001788-1.jpgLazarus and past believers raised from the grave among others died again and their Spirits returned to God in heaven. God gives power to get wealth or riches but is temporary compared to eternal life in the PRESENCE of God. Miracles are like bonus or indispensable lifeline God that decides. To add extra value or has aesthetic value depending on health grounds. Some miracles are not granted for your good if God feels it’s not in your best interest or not good for you. God’s Thoughts are Higher than our thoughts in life, in long run we understand better so thank God for not granting all of past miracles. Christians doing GREATER works than Jesus is due to their extra time of life on earth. In John 14:12 the Bible quotes Jesus’ WORDS, “whoever believes in me will do GREATER things, because Jesus goes to the Father.’ Jesus did amazing, wonderful works so raised dead, walked on water, fed thousands. Truly all who have faith in Jesus Christ do GREATER works through Him. Those who believe in Him do miracle works but not all Christians walk on water or raise dead as His apostles in the book of Acts doing miracles. Peter walked on water and they fed multitudes but Holy Spirit gives different gifts to people in 1 Corinthians 12:4. Not all have same gifts as believer’s gifts vary than others. Jesus said His followers will do His GREATER works than Him not greater IN POWER.15407602525621334526836.jpg Jesus raised Lazarus after four days in tomb in John 11 and dead rose during His Resurrection. Apostles did GREATER works but did not exceed the POWER of Majesty of Jesus’ Miracles. Jesus meant His faithful followers will do GREATER works to GREATER extent. Jesus’ earthly ministry was limited to Galilee, Judea. His disciples extended ministry to the uttermost parts of earth. When Jesus ascended to heaven, His followers were a few hundreds but fifty days after on the day of Pentecost number increased to thousands in Acts 2:41. By end of Acts GOSPEL reached Rome through Jesus’ followers empowered by the Holy Ghost Fire expanded their territory after Jesus returned to heaven. Jesus’ Presence is with them through Holy Spirit causing the GREATER works. “Whoever believes in me will do works; GREATER things than these because I am going to the Father” says John 14:12. Jesus told His disciples gift of Holy Spirit depends on His return back to heaven in John 16:7. Through the Holy Spirit Churches do work of God. Jesus’ links GREATER works in followers due to His Promise to answer prayer. Jesus said: “I will do whatever you ask in My Name so Father God is GLORIFIED in the Son Jesus, ask anything in My Name and I will do it in John 14:13–14. These words of Jesus in John 14 greatly comfort all disciples. 1540760557681-1250642354.jpgJesus assures believers no matter what happens God’s work continues forever in the world as Jesus’ earthly ministry ends His work goes on. The followers of Christ are empowered by the Holy Spirit continue to help, heal people so gospel has GREATER worldwide impact. God’s people pray in Jesus’ Name and answers come because it pleases God to hear and answer prayers. GREATEST miracle is a spiritual transformation of sinful man’s heart by faith in Christ to become Child of God in Christ to the GLORY of God. In addition, Jesus lived and did miracles in the limited time but more generation of believers have more time after Jesus’ return back to heaven to do GREATER works beyond Israel into all the world as instructed by His great commission. More GREATER works does not mean GREATER honour or status than Jesus. There is no other Name given among men by which we are saved for God has HIGHLY Exalted JESUS CHRIST ABOVE ALL names SO AT THE NAME OF JESUS every knee MUST BOW AND EVERY tongue confess THAT JESUS IS LORD TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER. It is by Grace and Mercy of God counted worthy in Jesus Name as God’s Children. After Armageddon countless Multitudes will be saved more than all the souls combined saved since creation so will be GREATER WORKS enabled by Lord Jesus Christ. Our faith is increased by the confidence of Jesus in His disciples encourages us that the Gospel will not cease because He physically left earth. It reassures believers the Gospel will grow and multiply bearing great fruit globally despite persecutions. In fact challenges strengthen the faith of His loyal faithful elect and remnant to trust Jesus more. 1540760845729-596633470.jpgAs Peter said, Lord only you have the Words of eternal life so where else can we go apart from trusting and following you to the end to be saved. Miracles and prophecies are great but LOVE of God in our hearts shared is Greatest Miracle. It was not miracles that increased Church of Pentecost it was POWER of the Holy Spirit’s Presence that attracted people to go to see why the disciples had fire on the heads and speaking in tongues. Do not seek crowds to follow you to ‘prove’ you are ‘genuine’ pastor. This why the devil deceives ignorant people to seek miracles not God Miracle GIVER. THE NAME OF JESUS IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH PRODUCES AUTOMATIC MIRACLES OR SIGNS WONDERS TO GLORIFY GOD not to prove pastor has big crowds to earn more money. Jesus and desciples fed the crowds freely so did not charge them for miracles. Jesus said if you believe in TRUTH the NAME OF JESUS you will see miracles through HOLY SPIRIT. Do not crave the chance to show off ‘miracles,’ instead do as Jesus said, BELIEVE, trust, and follow God in Christ so get matured pastor mentor to impart the Holy Ghost POWER in you to serve God. Seek first Kingdom of God and all things will be added including power and anointing of the Holy Spirit to work through you in Jesus Name. Do not seek ‘power’ from a herbalists or witchdoctors it’s occult evil power from satan that ruins your life, ministry, business family and finance. 15407612520671381020833.jpgRely on Jesus Christ in God to save, heal and deliver you from all wicked powers contacted in ignorance to be set free in Jesus Name for who Son Jesus Sets FREE is FREE Indeed!!! Bible in Hebrews 10:4 says it is impossible for blood of bulls or goats to take away sin or give ‘power’ to perform miracles in Jesus Name. Such  sacrifices are annual reminder of sins so GOD gave in Romans 8:3 Perfect Sin Offering ULTIMATE SACRIFICE JESUS to redeem the condemned sinful mankind once and for all.” In Hebrews 9:13-10:18 Bible says if the blood of bulls and goats animal sacrifices, heifer ashes sprinkled on unclean sanctifies to purify flesh but the BLOOD of Jesus Christ is ABOVE ALL bloods of animals so it is impossible for blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Romans 11:21-22 says Christ’s SACRIFICE is no match for blood of bulls or goats. Romans 6:10-11 shows death He died for sin is once for all and the life He lives in God means believers set Free through Jesus Name. In Romans 6:14-16 sin has no dominion over you as you are bought by BLOOD OF JESUS. Its impossible the blood of bulls or goats to save you. Hebrews 9:22 does not teach shedding of blood redeems sin eternally so repeated each year. Prior to shedding blood of bulls or goats the old covenant was not active. After Christ’s death, New Covenant assures salvation, forgiveness and anointing by fire of the Holy Ghost.