God Our Refuge

Date: 03-08-2008 7:32 am (13 years ago) | Author: Bayo Afolaranmi
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- at 3-08-2008 07:32 AM (13 years ago)
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Dearly Beloved,

IF NOT FOR GOD...

“Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV).

We are already in the eight month of the year. Have you ever looked back to see what God has done in your life this very year? I did, and I realized that if not for God, especially for His faithfulness over my life, probably I would have been no more by now.

I have a first cousin that grew together with me. Our intimacy then made people to refer to us as “husband and wife.” However, marital and other commitments of life kept both of us away from each other for many years, though we do communicate regularly on phone. Her recent visit to my family was a reminiscence of our childhood years. We looked back to when we were growing up and now that both of us are happily married with children. We discussed our experiences in the past years. As a practicing nurse, she recounted many experiences of dying people who died in her presence. She noted that many of such people were younger to her in age. What normally comes to her mind whenever such people die is that what makes her better than these people that makes God to still preserve her life until the present. I also looked back and remembered many times I have travelled especially on the dangerous road from my school. Why has God preserved me from all sorts of dreaded accidents that have claimed the lives of many people? My cousin and I concluded that it is the grace of God that makes us to still be alive today. If not for God’s faithfulness and grace, we would have been consumed by the storm of life!

If you look back, you will see many things that God has done in your life. In that popular hymn, “Count Your Blessings,” Johnson Oatman, Jr. wrote, “When you look at others with their lands and gold ... count your many blessings money cannot buy.... Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, See what God has done; Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your many blessings, see what God has done.”

If not for God’s faithfulness and grace....

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Posted: at 3-08-2008 07:32 AM (13 years ago) | Upcoming
- bertona12 at 20-09-2008 10:36 PM (13 years ago)
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Man 4 don................................
Posted: at 20-09-2008 10:36 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ifeyemi5 at 21-09-2008 06:38 PM (13 years ago)
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the first time i came to america,not up to a month our apartment caught fire like 12 am i think.my brother woke me up and said fire in the house i taught he was joking.some people were jumping out of the window.by the time the fire fighters came to help the fire was every where,they have to help us walk trough the stair ways,i was shouting i cant see,the smoke was too much to bear.i thank God till this day i dont know how we survice it.another one that happened was when i was in a car accident,the car was totally torn apart,i dont know how my friend and i get of my car,when the woman hit my car.for several days then i couldnt remeber any thing.i just thank God for keeping me safe and alive.
Posted: at 21-09-2008 06:38 PM (13 years ago) | Upcoming
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- JUMPER at 21-09-2008 10:17 PM (13 years ago)
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ITS ALWAYS GOD.
Posted: at 21-09-2008 10:17 PM (13 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Littleking at 27-09-2008 09:04 PM (13 years ago)
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THERE IS ALWAYS A REASON 2 THANK GOD
Posted: at 27-09-2008 09:04 PM (13 years ago) | Newbie
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- ajepakoromance at 15-10-2008 05:24 PM (12 years ago)
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its an obligatory to thank God always even if he has done nothing for u, but we most differ religionist pastorism, teaching us that without jesus we are nothing, beware before ur soul is traped in the name of God.
Posted: at 15-10-2008 05:24 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- hiddenpearl at 23-10-2008 02:05 AM (12 years ago)
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I HOPE that my soul is "trapped" in God! He's done so much for me! Isn't the fact that you are alive today a reason to bless God. It is for me though, so I thank Him everyday for life and health.
Posted: at 23-10-2008 02:05 AM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- loveword at 4-11-2008 07:53 AM (12 years ago)
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if not GOD my friends,, devil and his agents would have skin everybody alive,,but am greatful to GOD almighty,for  the power , given us his children to overcome and to uproot and pull down, to destroy, to build and to plant,   agian  there are many resaon to thank him, alrest for who he is,,,,,,,,,,,,JESUS ,THE SAME YESRDAY , TODAY AND FOREVER, AMEN
Posted: at 4-11-2008 07:53 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- leanclassic at 12-12-2008 04:25 AM (12 years ago)
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when i remember how i escaped death because of the plans God has for me i keep thanking day by day whether it is rough or good i still say thank u lord and i will keep saying that i live by his grace. he is awesome. when u have an encounter with him u will never regret
Posted: at 12-12-2008 04:25 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- herdeysohjy at 15-12-2008 06:19 PM (12 years ago)
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thank God for your life
Posted: at 15-12-2008 06:19 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- eagleseyez at 17-12-2008 06:22 AM (12 years ago)
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He's my buddy, my all...He has been soooo soooo good to me
Posted: at 17-12-2008 06:22 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- damygurl at 19-12-2008 06:28 PM (12 years ago)
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IF NOT FOR GOD i know my family wouldn't have overcome all the obstacles dat came our way this year.
Posted: at 19-12-2008 06:28 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- okpeh at 19-12-2008 08:59 PM (12 years ago)
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............. i won't be participating in this forum
Posted: at 19-12-2008 08:59 PM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- godferyluvs at 22-12-2008 05:19 PM (12 years ago)
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PASTOR AND PREACHER ARE NEEDED HERE
Posted: at 22-12-2008 05:19 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Toks-E at 25-01-2009 12:56 AM (12 years ago)
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 Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley

Posted: at 25-01-2009 12:56 AM (12 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- peacetee at 8-02-2009 09:26 AM (12 years ago)
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God is good

Posted: at 8-02-2009 09:26 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Akitoye at 9-02-2009 12:37 AM (12 years ago)
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Count your blessings, name them one by one.

You will surprise what God has done in your Life.

Adesegun Akitoye
http://www.spiritualhymnsongs.blogspot.com
http://www.repeatrich.blogspot.com

Posted: at 9-02-2009 12:37 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- meneswattins at 22-02-2009 11:50 AM (12 years ago)
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Quote from: moak on 16-01-2009 10:27 AM
IN CHEMISTRY, HE TURNED WATER TO WINE, IN BIOLOGY, HE WAS BORN WITHOUT THE NORMAL CONCEPTION, IN PHYSICS, HE DISAPPROVED THE LAW OF GRAVITY WHEN HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN. IN ECONOMICS, HE DISAPPROVED THE LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURN BY FEEDING 5000 MEN WITH TWO FISHES & 5 LOAVES OF BREAD, IN MEDICINE, HE CURED THE SICK AND THE BLIND WITHOUT ADMINISTERING A SINGLE DOSE OF DRUGS, IN HISTORY, HE IS THE BEGINNING AND THE END; IN GOVERNMENT, HE SAID THAT HE SHALL BE CALLED WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, PRINCE OF PEACE, IN RELIGION, HE SAID NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM;SO. WHO IS HE?HE IS JESUS!JOIN ME AND LET'S CELEBRATE HIM; HE IS WORTHY.THE EYES BEHOLDING THIS MESSAGE SHALL NOT BEHOLD EVIL, THE HAND THAT WILL SEND THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYBODY SHALL NOT LABOUR IN VAIN

Posted: at 22-02-2009 11:50 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- Chikauwanaka at 26-02-2009 11:38 AM (12 years ago)
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i wouldnt have been were I am today... I give thanks to Him...
cos He is worthy to be praise...
Posted: at 26-02-2009 11:38 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- prettyone1 at 27-02-2009 05:18 PM (12 years ago)
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There will be no you and me****
There will be no Naijapals****
Posted: at 27-02-2009 05:18 PM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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