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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:03am On May 20
DAILY ⓂANNA
WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2020

Divine Punishment
TEXT: 2 Kings 23:26-30

"Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of His great wrath, wherewith His anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked Him withal" (2 Kings 23:26).

Sometimes, we ask why some bad things happen to good people. But most of the time we do not seek the answers from the right sources. And so, we keep asking the same question over and again without getting answers that could put such endless questions to rest. It is a reality of life that the answers go beyond human comprehension but we can understand if, by divine revelation, we are privileged to have some inkling. The ignorance of man produces a tendency to shift attention to wrong causes sometimes to remain hardened in iniquity. Rather than contrition, people tend to explain away the repercussions of evil deeds. This helps to perpetuate more evil and confusion. Ignorance is not a justification for man's errors, and not a reason to think God will support wrongdoings.

Manasseh had provoked God, who was going to deal decisively with the people. His earlier pronouncement on Jerusalem, that His name would be there, was not enough to deter Him or assuage His anger, seeing that the people were presumptuous and adept to sinning. God is love; yet, He is also a consuming fire. What happened in times past can still happen again today to those who remain in iniquity and do things that are displeasing to God.

Rather than pity those who suffered at that time, we should examine what moved God to disown and visit them with severe punishment. Only then shall we understand how to escape divine judgment.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "If you offend man, you can turn to God; if you offend God, who will you turn to?"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 1-2

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:07pm On May 20
GIVE MYSELF AWAY by Campus choir


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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:34am On May 21
DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY MAY 21, 2020

The True Witness
TEXT: John 1:15-34

"John bare witness of Him, and cried, saying, This was He of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for He was before me" (John 1:15).

A witness is someone who bears testimony to the truth of a matter and is committed and ready to testify to its veracity. A true witness upholds his testimony even if this will belittle his own person before others.

John the Baptist was a true witness. By earthly standards, he was senior to Jesus and a relation. But he looked beyond the earthly and, at Jesus' baptism, he proclaimed Him the Messiah. He knew that truly Jesus came from God (John 1:33), and that He is the Son of God (verse 34). He recognised and appreciated his job of pointing others to Jesus. John the Baptist was an acknowledged and well-known preacher who attracted large crowds; yet, he was truly satisfied to give Jesus the pride of place. He told the people, including his own disciples, that "He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose." John the Baptist was no doubt, a humble witness and servant of God. Indeed, his humility was infectious. The basis for true greatness in preaching, teaching and rendering service unto God is Christlike humility and lowliness.

True servants of God must humble themselves in all things. Whatever success they achieve in ministry, they must acknowledge God as the Source. When you honour Him this way, doing no more than He has assigned you, He will not only mark you a true witness but will also reward you greatly here on earth and in eternity. Be a true witness of the unchanging gospel.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Christlike humility is the springboard to great achievements"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 3-5

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:06pm On May 21
The Path Of His Feet by DLBC Choir, Gbagada


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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:49am On May 22
DAILY ⓂANNA
FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020

No Hidden Agenda, Please!
TEXT: John 1:35-51

"Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto Him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?" (John 1:38).

Many people are often masters of their emotions and passions. They expertly mask their true feelings and motives thereby deceiving those who judge them from outward appearance.

Jesus, of course, can read all hearts. But often, He wants to be sure of the conviction of those who come to Him. Here lies the reason for His question to Andrew and his companion. They did not know Jesus until John the Baptist pointed Him to them, raising their curiosity about Him. Perhaps, taken aback by His question, they only wanted to know where Jesus lived. That initial encounter had a massive impact on them; hence, they began to tell others about Him.

Andrew brought his brother, Simon, to Christ who promptly gave Simon a new name, Cephas, or “A stone.” The next day Jesus personally called Philip to follow Him, and, he too, was so excited that he brought his friend, Nathaniel to Jesus. Nathaniel had no excuse but to bow to the lordship of Jesus. Hence, he confessed, “thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.”

Our motives matter before God. Oblivious of this fact, many people often think that following Jesus in itself is enough. We must never seek to use following the Lord to simply fulfil our own purposes, for then we would be asking Him to follow us. Seeking His glory must be our goal; for only then can we receive all that we would ever need in life. We must project His agenda, not ours. And His agenda is for souls to be brought into the Kingdom.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Seeking Gods glory secures our interests"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 6-7

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:32pm On May 22
Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:42pm On May 23
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY MAY 23, 2020

The Right Zeal
TEXT: John 2:14-25

"And His disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up" (John 2:17).

People who are known to have accomplished one task or the other for God have one unique attribute - they never allowed themselves to be negatively influenced by popular opinion.

The prompt intervention of Phinehas, when he killed the adulterous man of Israel and the Midianitish woman, stayed the plague that came upon the nation as a result of their sin. Phinehas' unprecedented zeal won him a place in the Scriptures. Also, God entered into a covenant of peace with him (Numbers 25:1-13).

In our passage today, Jesus manifested a similar zeal by throwing out those who had converted the house of God into a den of robbers. He did not carry out the exercise to be seen and commended by men. He was angry at the level of desecration of the holy place.

After cleansing the temple, He also performed certain miracles before the Scribes and Pharisees; yet, He did not allow Himself to be carried away by the praise of the masses. Here was a Man who demonstrated authority that had never been seen. He did not allow Himself to be swayed by praise singers. Jesus knew that those who sang His praise would one day crucify Him. All that He did was to please God.

Christ's attitude to the praise-singing members of the public is very instructive. As believers, we must endeavour to seek the praise of God in all that we do. Anything to the contrary is sinful and should be avoided. We must not allow popular opinion to discourage us from doing God's will. We should always listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Had Phinehas or Jesus consulted with the people, they would not have pleased the Lord.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Don't wear your faith as the fashion of your hat"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 8-9

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:38pm On May 23
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DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY MAY 19, 2020

Kindness And Wrath
TEXT: Deuteronomy 28:58-68

"And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it" (Deuteronomy 28:63).

The story was told of a young lawyer whose client was charged with murder. He did all he could to clear his client and finally found some extenuating circumstances which he used to his client's advantage. After much deliberations, the court found the defendant not guilty. The lawyer had to warn him to steer clear of evil and cleave henceforth to God. Years later, the man was again arraigned for murder. The lawyer who had defended him at his first trial was now the judge at the bench. At the conclusion of the trial, he was found guilty and eventually hanged by the neck. The same God who is merciful to sinners today will judge them on the final day if they die in their sin.

The above illustration depicts the goodness and severity of our God. In our text, Moses continued to emphasise the evil that would come upon the children of Israel should they fail to obey God's word and fear His "glorious and fearful name." The Lord would bring great plagues upon them that would linger for a long time. Although they were to be as the stars of heaven, in His wrath, they shall be reduced. He who showed them kindness and multiplied them will turn His back on them. He would bring innumerable destructions upon them, scatter them abroad and cause them to be sold as slaves to enemy nations. God has innumerable blessings for those who obey Him. If we remain obedient to His word, He promises to heal and make us prosper. But if we disobey Him, the plagues of Egypt will be nothing compared to the suffering He will subject us.

God's judgments are severe against those who fail to repent; but His goodness is towards those who continue in His righteousness. Genuine repentance from sin and continued obedience to His word is the escape route from judgment. Make your decision today.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Wholehearted obedience to God naturally attracts His blessings"

COVER TO COVER: Ruth 3-4

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:48am On May 24
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020

Be A Patriot
TEXT: Nehemiah 1:1-11

"And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven" (Nehemiah 1:4).

The history of the children of Israel is one that has continued to provide instructive principles for believers today. Jerusalem occupies a central place in their entire history. The city symbolises divine relationship, sanctuary, royalty, national identity, heritage, and everything that has to do with their entire life as a people and nation.

In our passage today, Nehemiah shows us the unique place Jerusalem occupies in the heart of every Jew. He must have remembered the words of Jeremiah: “Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still... and let Jerusalem come into your mind” (Jeremiah 51:50).

Although he was in a comfortable position in the palace, he considered it a sin to forget Jerusalem, the city of God, the place of worship. He enquired after the welfare of the city and the remnants. He was gravely saddened when he learnt that “...the remnant... are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire” (verse 3).

Nehemiah’s love for his birthplace and fellow Jews made him to develop serious burden which could not be shaken off by circumstances around him. His passion and love for his nation brought about the vision and strategies as well as commitment to do something to improve the situation through prayers and practical involvement.

Are you burdened about the state of your country, church or local assembly where you worship? Do you even care about fellow Christians? Or you just complain and murmur about every situation? Learn from Nehemiah who was patriotic enough to fast, pray and take appropriate actions to reverse the negative trends in Jerusalem.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Out of sight is not out of mind when your heart is where your treasure is"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 10-11

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:49am On May 24
OLAADEGBU:
DAILY ⓂANNA
WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2020

Divine Punishment
TEXT: 2 Kings 23:26-30

"Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of His great wrath, wherewith His anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked Him withal" (2 Kings 23:26).

Sometimes, we ask why some bad things happen to good people. But most of the time we do not seek the answers from the right sources. And so, we keep asking the same question over and again without getting answers that could put such endless questions to rest. It is a reality of life that the answers go beyond human comprehension but we can understand if, by divine revelation, we are privileged to have some inkling. The ignorance of man produces a tendency to shift attention to wrong causes sometimes to remain hardened in iniquity. Rather than contrition, people tend to explain away the repercussions of evil deeds. This helps to perpetuate more evil and confusion. Ignorance is not a justification for man's errors, and not a reason to think God will support wrongdoings.

Manasseh had provoked God, who was going to deal decisively with the people. His earlier pronouncement on Jerusalem, that His name would be there, was not enough to deter Him or assuage His anger, seeing that the people were presumptuous and adept to sinning. God is love; yet, He is also a consuming fire. What happened in times past can still happen again today to those who remain in iniquity and do things that are displeasing to God.

Rather than pity those who suffered at that time, we should examine what moved God to disown and visit them with severe punishment. Only then shall we understand how to escape divine judgment.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "If you offend man, you can turn to God; if you offend God, who will you turn to?"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 1-2

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:20pm On May 24
OLAADEGBU:
DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY MAY 21, 2020

The True Witness
TEXT: John 1:15-34

"John bare witness of Him, and cried, saying, This was He of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for He was before me" (John 1:15).

A witness is someone who bears testimony to the truth of a matter and is committed and ready to testify to its veracity. A true witness upholds his testimony even if this will belittle his own person before others.

John the Baptist was a true witness. By earthly standards, he was senior to Jesus and a relation. But he looked beyond the earthly and, at Jesus' baptism, he proclaimed Him the Messiah. He knew that truly Jesus came from God (John 1:33), and that He is the Son of God (verse 34). He recognised and appreciated his job of pointing others to Jesus. John the Baptist was an acknowledged and well-known preacher who attracted large crowds; yet, he was truly satisfied to give Jesus the pride of place. He told the people, including his own disciples, that "He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose." John the Baptist was no doubt, a humble witness and servant of God. Indeed, his humility was infectious. The basis for true greatness in preaching, teaching and rendering service unto God is Christlike humility and lowliness.

True servants of God must humble themselves in all things. Whatever success they achieve in ministry, they must acknowledge God as the Source. When you honour Him this way, doing no more than He has assigned you, He will not only mark you a true witness but will also reward you greatly here on earth and in eternity. Be a true witness of the unchanging gospel.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Christlike humility is the springboard to great achievements"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 3-5

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:30pm On May 24
OLAADEGBU:
DAILY ⓂANNA
FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020

No Hidden Agenda, Please!
TEXT: John 1:35-51

"Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto Him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?" (John 1:38).

Many people are often masters of their emotions and passions. They expertly mask their true feelings and motives thereby deceiving those who judge them from outward appearance.

Jesus, of course, can read all hearts. But often, He wants to be sure of the conviction of those who come to Him. Here lies the reason for His question to Andrew and his companion. They did not know Jesus until John the Baptist pointed Him to them, raising their curiosity about Him. Perhaps, taken aback by His question, they only wanted to know where Jesus lived. That initial encounter had a massive impact on them; hence, they began to tell others about Him.

Andrew brought his brother, Simon, to Christ who promptly gave Simon a new name, Cephas, or “A stone.” The next day Jesus personally called Philip to follow Him, and, he too, was so excited that he brought his friend, Nathaniel to Jesus. Nathaniel had no excuse but to bow to the lordship of Jesus. Hence, he confessed, “thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.”

Our motives matter before God. Oblivious of this fact, many people often think that following Jesus in itself is enough. We must never seek to use following the Lord to simply fulfil our own purposes, for then we would be asking Him to follow us. Seeking His glory must be our goal; for only then can we receive all that we would ever need in life. We must project His agenda, not ours. And His agenda is for souls to be brought into the Kingdom.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Seeking Gods glory secures our interests"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 6-7

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:23am On May 25
DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020

Victory Is Sure
TEXT: Nehemiah 2:9-11

"When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel" (Nehemiah 2:10).

Selwyn Hughes rightly observed, “one thing becomes apparent from the study of Christian history that whenever anyone says, ‘let us arise and build’ Satan and his forces will respond, ‘let us arise and stop him.’” He further posited that no battle can commence anywhere in the spiritual sense until someone decides to stand up and challenge existing evil norms.

Today’s passage reveals that when Nehemiah arrived Judah to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem, opposition greeted him. Sanballat, governor of Samaria, and Tobiah, his associate, were men of influence and power who opposed and tried to outwit Nehemiah in everything that he did. They knew perfectly what the restoration of the holy city meant. Eventually, the wall was built despite their treachery.

Believers are engaged in the battles of life - what to eat, who to marry, childbearing, choosing a career, getting promotion etc. There are also challenges of living an overcoming life and victory over temptations. Every Christian who wants to be involved in evangelism is faced with forces of darkness that contend against the expansion of the Kingdom.

However, the believer needs to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. We should also realise that the battle is mainly against our archenemy - the devil. Hence, we should be determined never to give up, since victory has been won for us on the cross by Jesus Christ. “...Because greater is he that is in [us], than he that is in the world,” we can never lose in the battles of life.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "For the genuine believer, victory is assured even before the battle begins"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 12-13

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:30am On May 25
Show Us The Ancient Path - DCLM Campus Choir


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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:51pm On May 25
DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY MAY 26, 2020

Be Enlisted
TEXT: Nehemiah 3:1-5

"And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord" (Nehemiah 3:5).

The story was told of a fundraising session in a Pentecostal church where everyone was motivated to make contribution for the building of a church auditorium. The senior pastor challenged members to give willingly, generously and cheerfully. The pastors, peasants, poor and concerned members responded and gave their best. But a cross-section of the wealthy and nobles in that church were cold and could not give their best for reasons best known to them. They ignorantly forgot that God positioned them there to use them and their possessions.

The passage today is a memorial to those who served God in their own generation and nobles who neglected their God-given duty. Eliashib the high priest, with his brethren the priests, led the van in the troop of the builders. Many people were active in the work of building and repairs, even those who were not inhabitants of Jerusalem. Some people, according to their abilities, put in their best to get the work done. But the nobles of Tekoa, like those in the illustration above, would not come under the yoke of discharging their service to God.

The high priest contributed much to the work of the Lord in the days of Nehemiah. This exemplary attitude shows that spiritual leaders must not only lead by word, but also by action. Similarly, every member is expected to participate actively in God's work in order to actualise His purpose for the church.

Don't be left out in the service of God; your contribution, no matter how small, is needed. Find a place to serve God and start contributing your time, talent and treasures. No doubt, in every group of people, there will be those who appear smart, passive and too important to contribute their quota. Sometimes, the best approach is to ignore them and do your own part. Render your service to God today and let Him count on you.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "You will only be remembered by what you have done"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 14

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:58am On May 26
We Will Change the World: DLBC Youth Choir


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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:20pm On May 26
OLAADEGBU:
DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020

Victory Is Sure
TEXT: Nehemiah 2:9-11

"When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel" (Nehemiah 2:10).

Selwyn Hughes rightly observed, “one thing becomes apparent from the study of Christian history that whenever anyone says, ‘let us arise and build’ Satan and his forces will respond, ‘let us arise and stop him.’” He further posited that no battle can commence anywhere in the spiritual sense until someone decides to stand up and challenge existing evil norms.

Today’s passage reveals that when Nehemiah arrived Judah to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem, opposition greeted him. Sanballat, governor of Samaria, and Tobiah, his associate, were men of influence and power who opposed and tried to outwit Nehemiah in everything that he did. They knew perfectly what the restoration of the holy city meant. Eventually, the wall was built despite their treachery.

Believers are engaged in the battles of life - what to eat, who to marry, childbearing, choosing a career, getting promotion etc. There are also challenges of living an overcoming life and victory over temptations. Every Christian who wants to be involved in evangelism is faced with forces of darkness that contend against the expansion of the Kingdom.

However, the believer needs to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. We should also realise that the battle is mainly against our archenemy - the devil. Hence, we should be determined never to give up, since victory has been won for us on the cross by Jesus Christ. “...Because greater is he that is in [us], than he that is in the world,” we can never lose in the battles of life.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "For the genuine believer, victory is assured even before the battle begins"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 12-13

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:46am On May 27
DAILY ⓂANNA
WEDNESDAY MAY 27, 2020

The Worthy Walk
TEXT: Ephesians 4:1-10

"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called" (Ephesians 4:1).

Well did Dr. Worthington observe when he wrote: “The Gospel doth not only represent the doctrine of Christ to be believed; but also the life of Christ to be followed: nor shall any have Him for their Advocate and Propitiation, but such as are willing to have Him for their pattern and example; to copy out and imitate His humility, patience, purity, benignity, and self-resignation. None shall be benefited by His death, that are unwilling to live His life.”

Living the life of Christ is what Apostle Paul meant when he exhorted the Ephesian Christians to “walk worthy of the vocation wherewith [they were] called.” He did not leave his prescription hanging on vagueness, but proceeded to apply it to specific Christian duties. They were expected to demonstrate the grace of God in them through meekness, forbearance and kindness even among themselves. In particular, they were to endeavour to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,” seeing they had one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and God.

Believers are reminded of the triumph of Christ over Satan, sin, sickness and death, which hitherto enslaved mankind. This was accomplished through His resurrection, ascension and glorification. As a token of that victory, Christ has given differing gifts and grace to men. These gifts rather than being a source of rivalry among His people, are supposed to be a uniting force as they are meant to complement one another.

As Christians, we must not forget that we are called to the highest and most glorious vocation. We can only express our appreciation of that privilege by walking worthy of it through practical demonstration of piety. A sound disposition anchored on true love and unity of spirit among us is a reflection of this worthy walk.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "True Christians measure their progress by their proximity to Christ"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 15-16

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:25pm On May 27
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DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY MAY 26, 2020

Be Enlisted
TEXT: Nehemiah 3:1-5

"And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord" (Nehemiah 3:5).

The story was told of a fundraising session in a Pentecostal church where everyone was motivated to make contribution for the building of a church auditorium. The senior pastor challenged members to give willingly, generously and cheerfully. The pastors, peasants, poor and concerned members responded and gave their best. But a cross-section of the wealthy and nobles in that church were cold and could not give their best for reasons best known to them. They ignorantly forgot that God positioned them there to use them and their possessions.

The passage today is a memorial to those who served God in their own generation and nobles who neglected their God-given duty. Eliashib the high priest, with his brethren the priests, led the van in the troop of the builders. Many people were active in the work of building and repairs, even those who were not inhabitants of Jerusalem. Some people, according to their abilities, put in their best to get the work done. But the nobles of Tekoa, like those in the illustration above, would not come under the yoke of discharging their service to God.

The high priest contributed much to the work of the Lord in the days of Nehemiah. This exemplary attitude shows that spiritual leaders must not only lead by word, but also by action. Similarly, every member is expected to participate actively in God's work in order to actualise His purpose for the church.

Don't be left out in the service of God; your contribution, no matter how small, is needed. Find a place to serve God and start contributing your time, talent and treasures. No doubt, in every group of people, there will be those who appear smart, passive and too important to contribute their quota. Sometimes, the best approach is to ignore them and do your own part. Render your service to God today and let Him count on you.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "You will only be remembered by what you have done"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 14

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020

Unwavering Loyalty
TEXT: Ruth 1:6-22

"And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me" (Ruth 1:16,17).

Action, they say, speaks louder than words. Spoken words do not often portray the depth of commitment of the speaker until such words are put into action. A disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ, after he heard of His impending ordeal in the hands of the unbelieving Jews, vehemently declared, “though I should die with thee yet will I not deny thee.” But when the hour came, he never kept his word.

Famine had driven Elimelech and his family to Moab, a heathen nation, to seek livelihood. Ironically, there he and his two sons died leaving behind Naomi and the daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah. Out of concern, Naomi appealed to her daughters-in-law to remain in their country. While Orpah yielded, Ruth determined to return with her to Israel.

Adverse situations tend to bring out either the good or the bad in people. Ruth’s decision to give up the possibility of security and remarriage at home to worship and serve the true and living God of Israel was indeed rewarding as she became the great grandmother of king David and a direct ancestor of Jesus. The lesson derivable from this is that, God does not disqualify anyone from accepting and serving Him on account of race, nationality, background or social standing.

The Lord calls us today to steadfastness and total commitment, regardless of our backgrounds. God loves the sincere follower. We should not allow bitterness, grief and disappointment of the present to blindfold us to the tremendous opportunities of His love, care and restoration.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Let your faith stand you out!"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Samuel 17-18

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