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Thursday, December 31, 2009


Dearly Beloved,
To God be the glory for the grace to see another year—year 2010!
As usual, Opeyemi my wife, and Boluwatife and IfeOluwa our children are joining me to welcome you into the New Year with these prayers adapted from Isaiah 54:14-17 (AMP):
- The Lord will establish you in His righteousness;
- Oppression and terror will be far from you;
- You will have nothing to fear;
- The Lord will not allow anyone to attack you;
- Even whoever attacks you will surrender to you;
- No weapon fashioned against you will prevail; and
- You will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and, they will come to pass in your life this New Year in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Happy and prosperous New Year!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor),
Baptist Building, Oke Bola,
PMB 5113, Ibadan 200001, Nigeria.
+234 805 515 9591

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Quote for the Day 31Dec2009

God holds the future in His hands
With grace sufficient day by day;
Through good or ill He gently leads,
If we but let Him have His way.
- Rohrs

Quote for the Day 30Dec2009

The time we spend with God each day
Through prayer and reading of His Word
Will help us face what comes our way
And draw us closer to the Lord.
- Sper

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Quote for the Day 29Dec2009

The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. - George Bernard Shaw

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Quote for the Day 28Dec2009

You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. - Rick Warren

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Dearly Beloved,


“To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1 TEV).

During one of his presentation in a recent conference, my boss in my workplace alluded to a quote by an unknown author that is so inspiring to me. Here is the quote: “If you do not see before you see, then you will not see.” To buttress his point, he used a building plan that an architect draws and serves as the blueprint of the proposed building. The architect has seen the actual building before it is built.

There may not be any act of faith in drawing a building plan, but there is a correlation between the two. A popular adage says, “Seeing is believing.” However, a child of God “live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV). A man of faith will draw a plan in his mind and work towards the actualization of that plan. He has seen the actualization before it really takes place. The writer of the book to the Hebrews asserted that to have faith is to see the impossibility with the eye of possibility (11:1). It is to view in one’s mind what will take place in the future and working towards its actualization. No wonder, he listed many Old Testament men and women who first saw before they saw and became heroes of faith that we are emulating today.

As we are approaching year 2010, what are you seeing in your mind? Are you seeing good things happening to you? “If you do not see before you see, then you will not see.”

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Quote for the Day 26Dec2009

You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone. Intention without action is useless. - Caroline Myss

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Quote for the Day 25Dec2009

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
- Isaac Watts

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Quote for the Day 24Dec2009

Getting together is a beginning; staying together is a step forward; working together is a success. - Henry Ford

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Quote for the Day 23Dec2009

The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. - Anonymous

Quote for the Day 22Dec2009

Lord, may I be a shining light

For all the world to see

Your goodness and Your love displayed

As You reach out through me.

- Sper

Monday, December 21, 2009

Quote for the Day 21Dec2009

Our concern about who deserves the credit serves only to take away the honor and glory that belong to the Lord Jesus alone. - C. P. Hia

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Dearly Beloved,


“But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law” (Galatians 4:4 MSG).

The above passage is seldom used for Christmas messages. However, it vividly reveals the purpose of Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, “who, being in very nature God” (Philippians 2:6 NIV), was born of a woman when the Mosaic Law was still in full force so that He might redeem as many who believe in Him from the bondage of sin and the law. He came under the law in order to fulfil the law (Matthew 5:17). He was born at the appropriate time, or rather, when the time for His first coming was ripe thereby fulfilling the promises about His birth by many prophets hundreds and thousands of years ago.

This is very significant to us today because it confirms the fact that God will fulfil His promises for us at the fullness of time for the fulfilment of such promises. While the promises of the first coming of Jesus Christ took hundreds and thousands of years before they were fulfilled when the time had fully come, the promises about His second coming will also be fulfilled when the time for their fulfilment fully come. Likewise, when the time fully comes, no matter the situation or obstacle, God will fulfil His promises for each one of us.

As we celebrate the Christmas this year, has the Lord promised you anything from His written Word or in a specific spoken word that He has not fulfilled? Do not lose hope! When you do not expect it, He will fulfil the promises at their fullness of time, because “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” (1 Thessalonians 5:24 NASU).

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Friday, December 18, 2009

Quote for the Day 19Dec2009

Whenever you see your situation through God’s eyes, you will find that your situation will change because when you see as He sees, you allow Him to work as the Almighty in your life! - Joseph Prince

Quote for the Day 18Dec2009

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. - John Wooden

Monday, December 14, 2009

Quote for the Day 15Dec2009

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them. – W. Clement Stone

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Dearly Beloved,
“[Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21 NIV).
One of the most celebrated seasons in the year is the Christmas season. The season is here again. Many people, especially the children, have been caught the “fever” of the season. There has been this controversy about the origin of season. Many are of the opinion that it originated from a pagan festival. This has made some Christian denominations and sects to distance themselves from the season. Other people would argue that there is no such celebration in the Bible. Many people believe that the Christmas day is the birthday of Jesus Christ, although, this has been disproved from many evidences. However, what does the Christmas mean to you?
Christmas is just a festive season to some people. Therefore, such people are ready to celebrate it just as they celebrate any other festive period. They see the season as a time to entertain themselves. Among such people are the ones that believe in taking their children to visit Father Christmas who will entertain the children and gives them gifts for a token. Christmas season is a period that some people feel they can make quick profit in their business or enterprise. Therefore, they inflate the cost of their wares and services. Most people, especially Christians, attach the season to the first coming of Jesus Christ into this world. However, some people are indifferent. To them, Christmas season or even the Christmas Day is like any other season or day.
However, one has to consider the popular opinion about Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ. Why did He “made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:7 NIV) by coming to this wretched world? The main reason is to save people from their sins (Matthew 1:21; John 1:29; Acts 13:38-39; 1 John 3:5; Revelation 1:5-6) so “that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV). This singular act entails many other things that give Christmas different meanings to different people.
Regardless of any other meaning attached to the Christmas or any controversy about it, the paramount thing is that Jesus Christ came to this world in a time in history for the salvation of humankind. Have you been saved by Him? What does the Christmas season mean to you?
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Dearly Beloved,
On December 3, 2006, I first sent out the message below to commemorate that year’s World AIDS Day. There were many reactions both for and against the message. However, I decide to resend it again to commemorate year’s World AIDS Day. Here is it:
"It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable" (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, NIV).
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a clinical syndrome (a group of various illnesses that together characterize a disease) resulting from damage to the immune system caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), has been on the rampage since early 1980s. The unfortunate thing about it is that no cure has been found for it. Therefore, there have been many campaigns to prevent it and to manage it in the lives of those that it has infected or affected.
Because it is contacted mainly by sexual intercourse, the use of condom has been one of the ways advocated by many people to prevent the spread of this deadly disease. This has made many people to be more promiscuous. It even seems that people are promoting the use of condom to the detriment of being faithful to one’s spouse, or total abstinence from sexual intercourse till marriage, which is the original will and purpose of God. However, research has shown that the use of condom is not totally safe to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. This new discovery has vindicated some religious organizations that preach total abstinence for unmarried people or faithfulness to one’s spouse for married people as one of the ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
Recently, I was in a gathering where some representatives of an organization came to enlighten us more about the prevention and management of HIV/AIDS. These people were the first non-religious people to say it openly to my hearing that they do not advocate condom but conduct as a way of preventing the spread of the virus. To them, since condom is not totally safe, it is better to switch from condom to conduct – a manner in which an unmarried person will totally abstain from sexual intercourse, and where a married person will be faithful to his/her spouse.
Yes! Conduct is better than condom because apart from preventing you from that deadly virus and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), it will make you to do according to the will and purpose of God (Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:20; 20:10; Proverbs 6:24-35; Matthew 5:27-28; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Ephesians 5:3-5; Colossians 3:5-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; Hebrews 12:16; 13:4).
HIV/AIDS is real! Conduct yourself in godly ways and take note of other prevention of its spread so that you will not be infected by it.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Friday, December 4, 2009

Quote for the Day 04Dec2009

You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. – Rick Warren

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Quote for the Day 03Dec2009

You're not making the most of your potential when the standards set for you by others are higher than the ones you set for yourself. - Bob Gass

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Quote for the Day 01Dec2009

God is aware of what you are going through and He will bring solutions to all your difficulties before the end of this year in Jesus name. Amen. Welcome to the last month of the year! - Bayo Afolaranmi