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JMG Nigeria Limited is Recruiting Systems/Network Administrator in KANO Branch, January-February 2013

Company profile:
JMG Limited is an exclusive agent of FG WILSON Generators (Power Series) and was incorporated in Nigeria in June 1998.
In JMG Generators our idea is to provide you with a work environment that would help you to improve on skills you have by providing quality on-the-job training helpful to your growth.
Since venturing into power generation in Nigeria, JMG has built a reputation as one of the most reliable distributor of electrical generating plants to homes and industries, with subsidiaries covering the areas of Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Kano and Port Harcourt.
 
 
We seek to fill the following vacant posts with qualified personnel:
Job Title: Systems/Network Administrator   
Job Location: Kano Branch
Job Requirements:
- B.Sc. / HND/ Computer science.
- Must be MCSE Certified.
- +2yrs server management experience.
- Management of the network for JMG Port Harcourt (LAN)
- Maintaining systems and system utilities, both hardware and software.
- Accessing of system hardware and peripherals on purchase.
- Ensure the daily backup for all software.
- Ensure constant system upgrade, configurations and structure.
- Must be resident in Kano
 
Please Note: Deadline for submission of application is 12:00GMT 31st January 2013.

Please note, only qualified candidates need to apply as applications that does not meet the basic requirements will not be shortlisted. The subject of the mail should be the position applied for.

Method of Application All applications and CV should be sent to j.gabriel@jmglimited.com. The subject of the mail should be the position applied for; All CVs should be in word format not scanned.



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JMG Nigeria Limited is Recruiting Store Keepers in KANO Region, January-February 2013


Company profile:
JMG Limited is an exclusive agent of FG WILSON Generators (Power Series) and was incorporated in Nigeria in June 1998.
In JMG Generators our idea is to provide you with a work environment that would help you to improve on skills you have by providing quality on-the-job training helpful to your growth.
Since venturing into power generation in Nigeria, JMG has built a reputation as one of the most reliable distributor of electrical generating plants to homes and industries, with subsidiaries covering the areas of Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Kano and Port Harcourt.
 
 
We seek to fill the following vacant posts with qualified personnel:
Job Title: Store Keepers   
Job Location: Kano Region (Katsina, Daura, Dutse, Hadejia)
Job Requirements:
Good Communication and Interpersonal relation skills
- Good knowledge of Store and inventory management.
- Must be resident in kano or any of the regions.
- OND, B.Sc/HND. in Accounting, Materials Management or related discipline
- +2 yrs experience in related position will be an added advantage
- Keen to details
- Ability to work flexible hours 
 
Please Note: All candidates must be resident in the specified locations or willing to relocate; Salary is according to Industry standards; Northern Indigenes would be preferred;

Method of Application All applications and CV should be sent to j.gabriel@jmglimited.com . The subject of the mail should be the position applied for; All CVs should be in word format not scanned.


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JMG Nigeria Limited is Recruiting Store Keepers in KANO Region, January-February 2013
Company profile:
JMG Limited is an exclusive agent of FG WILSON Generators (Power Series) and was incorporated in Nigeria in June 1998.
In JMG Generators our idea is to provide you with a work environment that would help you to improve on skills you have by providing quality on-the-job training helpful to your growth.
Since venturing into power generation in Nigeria, JMG has built a reputation as one of the most reliable distributor of electrical generating plants to homes and industries, with subsidiaries covering the areas of Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Kano and Port Harcourt.
 
 
We seek to fill the following vacant posts with qualified personnel:
Job Title: Store Keepers
Job Location: Kano Region (Katsina, Daura, Dutse, Hadejia)
Job Requirements:
Good Communication and Interpersonal relation skills
- Good knowledge of Store and inventory management.
- Must be resident in kano or any of the regions.
- OND, B.Sc/HND. in Accounting, Materials Management or related discipline
- +2 yrs experience in related position will be an added advantage
- Keen to details
- Ability to work flexible hours 
 
Please Note: All candidates must be resident in the specified locations or willing to relocate; Salary is according to Industry standards; Northern Indigenes would be preferred;

Method of Application All applications and CV should be sent to j.gabriel@jmglimited.com . The subject of the mail should be the position applied for; All CVs should be in word format not scanned.


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In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, ?Do you know what I just heard about your friend??

?Hold on a minute,? Socrates replied. ?Before you talk

to me about my friend, it might be good idea to take a moment and filter what you?re going to say. That?s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true??

?Well, no,? the man said, ?actually I just heard about it and??

?All right,? said Socrates. ?So you don?t really know if it?s true or not. Now, let?s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good??

?Umm, no, on the contrary??

?So,? Socrates continued, ?you want to tell me something bad about my friend, but you?re not certain it?s true. You may still pass the test though, because there?s one filter left?the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me??

?No, not really.?

?Well,? concluded Socrates, ?if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor even useful, why tell it to me at all??

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy?meditate on these things... Philippians 4:8

 

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RELIGION / God Will Do Whatever It Takes
« on: October 30, 2012, 01:16:11 PM »
Daily devotional for today - 30 Oct 2012

God Will Do Whatever It Takes
'Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.' Romans 5:20
Paul writes, '...I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it' (Galatians 1:13 NIV). Clearly, Paul had no thoughts of becoming a Christian. As a Jew, he was obsessed with the law. As an intellectual, he could debate the finest minds. Articulate and educated, he was committed to the tenets of his faith. Yet he hated Christians! He watched as Stephen, the first martyr, was stoned to death. And while he didn't personally participate, he held the coats of those who did (Acts 7:57-59).

Paul never dreamed that one day he'd switch sides. But when God has a plan for your life He will do whatever it takes to fulfil it. By the time He places the hook in your jaw, He's already begun to work out His purpose for you. Even while Paul held the coats of Stephen's executioners, God had plans to use him. Just as He had plans for you when you were out partying, doing your own thing, going from relationship to relationship, or thinking only of making money. None of that stopped God because, 'Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.'

Had Paul known God planned to meet him that day on the Damascus Road, he might have taken a different route. But 'He was...dazed by a blinding flash...As he fell to the ground' (Acts 9:3-4 TM). This proud Pharisee had an appointment with God that wasn't in his diary, one that knocked him off his high horse. And to bring you into submission with His will, God will do whatever it takes. So be warned! God won't permit your stubbornness to subvert His plans for your life!

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=30+Oct+2012

Have an awesome Tuesday, experiencing God's grace at its fullest capacity

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RELIGION / Building Lasting Relationships
« on: October 29, 2012, 01:57:14 PM »
Daily devotional for today - 29 Oct 2012

Building Lasting Relationships
'It is not good that man should be alone.' Genesis 2:18
God's plan for your life always requires building relationships with the right people. To succeed, you must be able to recognise these people and work with them. Remember Jonathan, who loved David even at the cost of his own life? Or Ruth, who loved her widowed mother-in-law Naomi and gave her a reason to live again? Or Paul, who wrote, '...I have no man like Timothy. For all men seek their own...' (Philippians2:19-21).

God wouldn't say, 'It's not good that man should be alone,' then tell you to do it all by yourself. But there may be areas in your life that need to be healed before you can enter these relationships and enjoy them. There's a world of difference between 'using' relationships and 'heart-ties.' Blood-ties don't wear as well as heart-ties. So allow God to work on you. When you are ready, He will make the necessary introductions.

In the meantime, get to know Him better. Make His opinion the source of your self-worth. If your last relationship stripped you of worth and drained you spiritually, use this time to get back on your feet. You may never have this opportunity again. And one more thought: begin to love as God loves. He sees your imperfection, handles your rejection and loves you regardless. That should help you not to throw someone away because they made a mistake. You wouldn't discard your car over a faulty part, right? If God forgave you as you forgive others, what shape would you be in? Come on, let God teach you how to build lasting relationships.

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=29+Oct+2012

Have a sweet Monday.

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RELIGION / Praying with the Right Mindset
« on: October 29, 2012, 01:56:08 PM »
Daily devotional for today - 28 Oct 2012

Praying with the Right Mindset
'You...do not receive, because you ask amiss.' James 4:3
Sometimes in our prayers we are 'me' centred and see God as a genie to be conjured up to fulfil our every wish. Then when we don't get what we want we think He doesn't hear, doesn't care, or maybe doesn't exist. James says, 'You...do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.' Selfishness is at the root of many unanswered prayers.

The first petition in the Lord's Prayer is 'Hallowed be Yourname', the second 'Your Kingdom come' and the third, 'Your will be done' (Matthew 6:9-10 NKJV). Note, our first concern in prayer should be what God wants, not what we want. So here are some suggestions for praying with the right mindset:
1) Ask God to slay your sinful nature. As new creatures in Christ we wrestle daily with our old nature. And as long as that nature has the upper hand, our prayers will be hindered.

2) Ask Him to cleanse you with His blood. You can't come into God's presence tainted by sin; you must confess it and ask Him to forgive you.

3) Ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit. The indwelling of God's Spirit enables you to overcome temptation and live according to His will.

4) Ask Him to guard and guide your steps. God's plan for our lives is always better than anything we could ever devise.

5) Ask Him to use you for His glory. Make yourself available as a servant with a willing heart to do whatever He asks.

Bottom line: when you pray with the right mindset you'll get answers you never imagined possible.

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=28+Oct+2012

Happy Sunday!

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RELIGION / William Wilberforce (2)
« on: October 29, 2012, 01:54:38 PM »
Daily devotional for today - 27 Oct 2012 William Wilberforce (2)

'Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.' Mark 10:43
William Wilberforce's biographer, Eric Metaxas, points out that the abolition of the British slave trade had even greater implications: 'We had suddenly entered a world in which we would never again ask whether it was our responsibility as a society to help the poor and suffering. We would only quibble about how...Once this idea was loosed upon the world, the world changed.

Slavery and the slave trade would soon be largely abolished, but many lesser social evils would be abolished too. For the first time in history, groups sprang up for every possible social cause.' That's why Metaxas calls Wilberforce 'The greatest social reformer in the history of the world.' Metaxas goes on to say: 'The world he was born into in 1759 and the world he departed in 1833 were as different as lead and gold. Wilberforce presided over a social earthquake that rearranged the continents, and whose magnitude we are only now beginning to fully appreciate.

' During his first years in Parliament, Wilberforce wined and dined each night and was touted as the 'the wittiest man in all of England.' Looking back on it he wrote, 'For the first years I was in Parliament I did nothing-nothing of any purpose.' But in committing to Christ he discovered his life's purpose. It was not about achieving personal greatness, but about serving others. Today, go out of your way to help, bless and serve someone. If you do, when you get to the end of the day you'll feel good about yourself. And God will feel good about you too!

Have a great weekend blessing and serving others

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RELIGION / William Wilberforce (1)
« on: October 29, 2012, 01:53:12 PM »
Daily devotional for today - 26 Oct 2012

William Wilberforce (1)
'Do it with the strength God provides.' 1 Peter 4:11
William Wilberforce grew up as a child of privilege, attending Cambridge University. Two weeks after his twenty-first birthday he was elected to Parliament where he became a brilliant orator and politician. Then he met John Newton, author of the hymn 'Amazing Grace.' A former slave ship captain, Newton had found Christ, repented of his old life and become a minister. Upon meeting Newton, seeds were sown in Wilberforce's heart that were destined to change history.

In 1787, Wilberforce initiated a campaign to make Great Britain aware of the atrocities of slavery and vote for its abolition. It was a fierce fight. Besides politicians and industrialists, religious leaders who had their own slaves opposed him. From his death bed John Wesley wrote to Wilberforce: 'If God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O, be not weary in well doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of His might, till even American slavery (the vilest that ever saw the sun) shall vanish away before it.' Wilberforce persevered because he knew what was at stake: the lives of millions of people.

Finally, on February 23, 1807, the Slave Trade Act outlawing traffic in slaves was passed in the House of Commons by a vote of 283 to 16. Twenty-six years later, near the end of Wilberforce's life, slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire. Shortly thereafter, it was abolished in the United States. How did it happen? Because one man decided to live by the principle, '...through love serve one another' (Galatians 5:13NKJV).

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=26+Oct+2012

Have a beautiful Friday.

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RELIGION / If God Says You're Qualified, You Are!
« on: October 29, 2012, 01:51:41 PM »
Daily devotional for today - 25 Oct 2012

If God Says You're Qualified, You Are!
'Don't let anyone look down on you.' 1 Timothy 4:12
You shouldn't be overlooked because of your age, your gender, your nationality, your education or your financial status. People will try to put you down, but if you trust God He will lift you up. Timothy started preaching in his teens. He became Paul's travelling companion, which was no small honour. But in those days society said you didn't come into maturity until you were thirty, therefore Timothy wasn't qualified for leadership.

Since Timothy was facing criticism, Paul wrote, 'Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young.' With God it's not the length of your life that qualifies you, but the depth of it. Look at Timothy's credentials: 'From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures' (2Timothy 3:15 NKJV). Timothy was nurtured in God's Word and grounded in the truth. 'When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also' (2Timothy 1:5 NKJV).

So Paul writes to the Philippian church and says: 'I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly...For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel' (Philippians 2:19-22 NKJV). The right to work in God's service is not determined by your years on earth, but by your experience with God, your growth in grace and in His Word.

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=25+Oct+2012

Have a lovely Thursday.

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Daily devotional for today - 24 Oct 2012

Have You Found Your Place Yet? 'To prepare God's people for works of service.' Ephesians 4:12
The story's told of a pastor who went to the rail road station every night to watch the express train roar through town. His congregation wondered why. When suspicions arose a deacon followed him, watched him, and asked what he was doing. He replied, 'This train is the only thing that comes through this town that I don't have to push!' God hasn't called your pastor to do everything in church, He's called them 'to prepare [you] for works of service.' So, have you found your area of service yet? Are you functioning in it?

Paul writes: 'Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ's body...God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, then prophesy whenever you can, as often as your faith is strong enough to receive a message from God. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If you are a preacher, see to it that your sermons are strong and helpful. If God has given you money, be generous in helping others with it. If God has given you administrative ability and put you in charge of the work of others, take the responsibility seriously.

Those who offer comfort to the sorrowing should do so with Christian cheer' (Romans 12:4-8 TLB). C. S. Lewis said, 'Joy bursts in on our lives when we go about doing the good at hand, and not trying to manipulate things and times to achieve joy.'

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=24+Oct+2012

Have a blessed Wednesday.

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RELIGION / A Memo from Heaven
« on: October 23, 2012, 11:41:56 AM »
Daily devotional for today - 23 Oct 2012

A Memo from Heaven
'Conquer evil by doing good.' Romans 12:21
It's easy to forget why God saved you, what He's called you to do, and how you're supposed to live. So here's a memo from heaven: 'Don't just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of good. Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honouring each other.

Never be lazy in your work but serve the Lord enthusiastically. Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble and prayerful always. When God's children are in need, you be the one to help them out. If someone mistreats you, pray that God will bless him. When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. Work happily together. Don't try to act big. Don't try to get into the good graces of important people, but enjoy the company of ordinary folks. And don't think you know it all!

Never pay back evil for evil. Do things in such a way that everyone will see you are honest clear through. Don't quarrel with anyone. Be at peace with everyone, just as much as possible, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for He has said that He will repay those who deserve it. Instead, feed your enemy if he is hungry. If he is thirsty give him something to drink and you will be heaping coals of fire on his head. In other words, he will feel ashamed of himself for what he has done to you. Don't let evil get the upper hand but conquer evil by doing good' (v. 9-21 TLB).

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=23+Oct+2012

Have a blessed Tuesday.

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RELIGION / You're Forgiven (2)
« on: October 22, 2012, 10:38:42 AM »
Daily devotional for today - 22 Oct 2012

You're Forgiven (2)
'Bless the Lord...who forgives all your [sins].' Psalm 103:2-3
We tend to forgive others more easily than we forgive ourselves. This is especially so when we fail in a major area like a marriage or career, or our actions have hurt others, or our habits have hurt us, or we know we are not doing what we should. So what should you do?

1) Acknowledge it. Don't be afraid to confess what you've done. You're not unique. You're not the first, and you won't be the last to fail. Once you've obtained God's forgiveness, get the support of a trusted friend. 'Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much' (James 5:16 NKJV).

2) Delete it. Often it's not the offence itself, but the guilt and stress associated with remembering our actions that make us feel bad. Our reaction is the problem! Continually revisiting our failures doesn't help at all, and it disappoints God. So catch your self doing it-and hit the delete button! Focus on the fact that God has forgiven you, then put it behind you. 'In Him we have...the forgiveness of sins...' (Ephesians 1:7 NKJV).

3) Replace it. Instead of guilt, choose gratitude. That's not hard to do; just begin to reflect on God's goodness. That's what David did: 'Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies' (Psalm 103:2-4 NKJV). When you start to look for them, you'll find lots of things to thank God for.

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=22+Oct+2012

Have a fulfilled week in Jesus name, AMEN

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RELIGION / You're Forgiven (1)
« on: October 22, 2012, 10:19:30 AM »
Daily devotional for today - 21 Oct 2012

You're Forgiven (1)
'In Him we have...the forgiveness of sins.' Ephesians 1:7
When God forgives you but you refuse to forgive yourself, you're spurning His grace and choosing to be miserable. When you do that:

1) Your loved ones are at risk. It's not just about you. When you wallow in guilt you tend to be more withdrawn and critical, and less open and affectionate. So your spouse, children, parents, co-workers, friends, and even your pets suffer along with you.

2) Your health is at risk. Your mind affects your body. Doctors say bitterness generates chemicals that affect your vital organs. They increase your heart rate, raise your blood pressure, disrupt your digestion, tense your muscles, dump cholesterol into your blood stream, and reduce your ability to think clearly. Each time you rehearse the past those bad feelings deliver more corrosive chemicals. Science is now confirming what God has said; namely, that those who don't forgive themselves, and others, are more prone to heart attacks, depression, hypertension and other serious illnesses.

3) Your future is at risk. The Bible says, 'You will again have compassion on us... you will...hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea' (Micah 7:19 NIV). Stop dredging up what God has buried. Start looking ahead; otherwise you'll get mired in a bog of your own making. The Bible says, 'He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding' (Ephesians 1:7-8 NLT). With God's forgiveness comes the wisdom and understanding to not only survive your past, but grow stronger as a result of it.

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=21+Oct+2012

Happy Sunday, friends!

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RELIGION / Try Fasting and Prayer
« on: October 22, 2012, 10:14:42 AM »
Daily devotional for today - 20 Oct 2012

Try Fasting and Prayer
'We fasted and entreated...God.' Ezra 8:23
Ezra's assignment was rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem, and there were moments when it felt overwhelming. So here's what he did: 'We fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.' When you are willing to go without food and take the time to seek God with all your heart, He will respond to you. So, when should you fast? Let's observe three things Ezra fasted and prayed for:
1) '...To seek from Him the right way for us...' (v. 21 NKJV). Without God's guidance you are left to the mercy of your own best thinking, and that can get you into trouble you may not get out of in a hurry. God doesn't want you travelling blindly into the future, hoping for the best. His promise to you is, 'Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come' (Jeremiah 33:3 NLT).

2) '...and [for] our little ones...' (Ezra 8:21 NKJV). Because God Himself is a father, this much is sure: when you petition Him on behalf of your children He gets involved in their lives! Samuel was moulded into one of Israel's greatest prophets by the prayers of a godly mother called Hannah.

3) '...and all our possessions' (v. 21 NKJV). If unemployment, the home foreclosure rate, and the rollercoaster we call the stock market are anything to go by, you'd be wise to consult God before you make any financial decision. 'Has God promised to bless me financially?' you ask. Yes. But only when your heart is in harmony with His will and your desire is to do what pleases Him.

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=20+Oct+2012

Have a splendid weekend, friends!

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RELIGION / Feeling for Others (2)
« on: October 18, 2012, 09:15:13 AM »
Feeling for Others (2)

I remember you in my prayers at all times. Romans 1:9-10
One Bible teacher writes: 'We don't look, act, or dress alike. We have different tastes in food, books, cars and music. We work at different jobs...enjoy different hobbies ...but one thing we have in common. We know what it means to hurt. Suffering is universal. Tears are the same for Jews, Muslims, Christians, white, black, brown, children, adults, and the elderly. When life hurts and dreams fade we express our anguish in different ways, but each of us knows the sting of pain, heartache, disease, disaster, trials and suffering. A great preacher of yester-year once said to a group of aspiring young ministers, Preach to the suffering and you'll never lack a congregation. There's a broken heart in every pew. Suffering is the common thread in all our garments. When Peter wrote his first letter to fellow believers scattered throughout Asia he focused on the thing that drew them all together-suffering. These people were being singed by the same flames of persecution that would take the apostle's life in just a few years. Their circumstances were the bleakest imaginable. Yet Peter didn't try to pump them up with positive thinking. Instead, he gently reached his hand to their chins and lifted their faces skyward-so they could see beyond their circumstances to their celestial calling. Some people instinctively know what to say to encourage others; they're the ones we look for when we're going through hard times. Jethro encouraged Moses (Exodus 18); Epaphroditus ministered to Paul (Philippians 2:25-30). Ask God to make you the kind of friend whose presence brings comfort and encouragement.'

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RELIGION / Feeling for Others (1)
« on: October 17, 2012, 09:42:53 AM »
Daily devotional for today - 17 Oct 2012

Feeling for Others (1)
'Weep with those who weep.' Romans 12:15
In 1883, poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox was travelling by train to an inaugural ball when she noticed a woman weeping across the aisle. Wilcox spent the rest of the journey comforting her, and when she reached her destination she was in no mood to celebrate. Later, remembering the woman on the train, she wrote the opening lines to her famous poem Solitude: 'Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.' Holly Vicente Robaina says: 'We laugh...play...and celebrate together.

Why's it so difficult to cry together?...When friends hurt, Christians say, I'll pray for you...In some cases God heals and restores, but sometimes there's no miracle...only profound sadness.' C. S. Lewis wrote about losing his wife: 'Where's God?...Goto him when your need is desperate and what do you find? A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double-bolting on the inside.' I don't think Lewis would have been comforted by, 'God loves you...I'll pray for you.' While it's great to exhort, we need to evaluate our words before we speak. Are we using 'encouragement' to ignore somebody's pain because we don't want to deal with it? Do we mean what we say, or are we just rattling off polite clich?s? Do we expect our words to fix everything? Are we acting like we can do a better job than 'the Comforter'?

When we promise to pray for somebody, do we check on them later? Ever wonder why Jesus wept at Lazarus' tomb? He could just have [told] the mourners, 'Everything's okay folks. God loves you,' and raised Lazarus. Instead He showed His love by crying with them.

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=17+Oct+2012

Have a blessed Wednesday.

 

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RELIGION / Are You Drifting Off Course?
« on: October 16, 2012, 08:37:37 AM »
Daily devotional for today - 16 Oct 2012

Are You Drifting Off Course?
'I take joy in doing your will.' Psalm 40:8
Embarking on a rafting trip with friends, author John Blumberg observed: 'We had a hard time getting away from shore...there appeared to be enormous momentum keeping us grounded. Slowly it got easier and we decided to relax. And it was during our moment of pause that reality set in concerning our ever-so-gentle-drift out to sea. We immediately...grasped for safety, one arm holding the raft, the other aggressively swimming. Twenty minutes later we'd made minimal progress. A lifeguard in a kayak appeared, and, comforted by his presence, we lightly commented about our distance from shore. But he wasn't laughing!

Orange [markers] had warned us not to go beyond them, but we ignored them and drifted five times further out than we should. The lifeguard didn't leave, but he didn't assist us either. Forty-five minutes later I walked ashore...shaking from exhaustion.' We don't run away from our values, we drift away and wake up in places we never meant to.

Sin is subtle; it lulls you into thinking you have it all together, then one day you discover you're in over your head. God's Word is our safety marker. David said, 'I take joy in doing your will...for your instructions are written on my heart.' The Hebrew word for 'heart' means gut. It was used like we describe the heart as the core of our emotions. David's thinking and emotions were so sharpened by Scripture, it became 'part of [his]... being' (TM). As a believer, God's Word should be so ingrained in your heart that you want to do what's right, and 'take joy' in doing His will.

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=16+Oct+2012

Have an awesome Tuesday

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RELIGION / Make the Most of It
« on: October 15, 2012, 12:54:05 PM »
Daily devotional for today - 15 Oct 2012

Make the Most of It
'When it prospers, you will...prosper.' Jeremiah 29:7
Are you at a place in your life and you'd rather not be there? Well, God has a word for you, but it may not be one you want to hear. It's the same word Jeremiah brought to his people when they were slaves in Babylon, far from everything near and dear: 'You're not going home anytime soon, so change your attitude, dig in and make the best of it. Buy homes, plant gardens, let your children get married...and in addition, pray for the peace and prosperity of the city where you're living because when it prospers, you will prosper' (Jeremiah 29: 5-7).

The Israelites were in exile because God had allowed them to be taken captive. So, could it be that you are where you are today because God placed you there to bless those around you? Instead of putting your life on hold waiting for circumstances to change, start sowing into other people's lives what you want to come back as a harvest in your own. Why? Because when they are blessed, you'll be blessed too! How do we know? Because Jesus said, 'Give, and it will be given to you...the measure you use...will be measured to you' (Luke 6:38 NIV).

Martha Washington said, 'I'm determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may be. I've learned that the greater part of happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.' That sounds just like Paul: 'I have learned [to be] content in...every situation' (Philippians 4:12 NIV). If you want to go from surviving to thriving, make the most of where God placed you.

Have fruitful week

 

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RELIGION / You're Equipped for a Purpose (1)
« on: October 12, 2012, 07:58:41 AM »
Daily devotional for today - 12 Oct 2012

You're Equipped for a Purpose (1)
'We are...created...to do good works.' Ephesians 2:10
God uses people like you, regular folk with work and family responsibilities, mortgages and busy lives. The Bible says, 'we are...created...to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.' Note the word 'prepared.' It's the same word that's used for making sure a team has the training and equipment it needs to win. The truth is, we are ...'God's instruments to do his work'... (1Peter 2:9 TM).

When do you know the true value of an instrument? When it's in the hands of a master! So put your life into the Master's hands and watch what He does with it. He 'saved us...not because of anything we did... but because of God's purpose...before time began' (2 Timothy 1:9 NCV). And He 'has given each of [us] a gift from his great variety...to serve one another' (1Peter 4:10 NLT); 'gifts...to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church'(Ephesians 4:11-12 NLT).

Do you still think your life doesn't count for much? Jesus said, 'Go and make followers of all people in the world...Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you, and I will be with you always' (Matthew 28:19-20 NCV). You're not just another face in the crowd; your life has value and purpose, even on those days when you feel totally inadequate. So, 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart...since...you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward' (Colossians 3:23-24 NIV). Can you think of any greater incentive than that moment when you stand in His presence and hear, 'Well done,' for giving it your best shot?

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=12+Oct+2012

Have a purposeful Friday.

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RELIGION / Asking in Harmony with God's Will.
« on: October 11, 2012, 08:36:04 AM »

Daily devotional for today - 11 Oct 2012

Asking in Harmony with God's Will.
'If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.' 1 John 5:14
We like to think that our wants are God's will, maybe, and maybe not. 'If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us...we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him' (v. 14-15 NKJV). Your confidence in prayer comes from knowing that you are asking according to God's will. And He reveals His will to us:

1) Through His Word. Find out what the Bible says about the thing you are asking God for. The story's told of a lady who's only Bible reading was a promise box. Remember those? First, she reached in and pulled out a Scripture that read, 'Judas went out and hanged himself.' So she reached for a second one and it said, 'Go thou and do likewise.' Quickly she reached for a third one and it said, 'And what thou doest, do quickly.' Seriously, don't just read the promises of God, study the conditions that go with them!

2) Through personal revelation. Hannah Whitehall Smith said: 'I lay it down as a foundation principle...that God's voice will always be in harmony with itself, no matter in how many different ways He may speak. The voices may be many, the message can be but one. If God tells me in one voice to do or to leave undone anything, He cannot possibly tell me the opposite in another voice...therefore my rule for distinguishing the voice of God would be to bring it to the test of harmony.' So, make sure you are asking in harmony with God's will.

Source : http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=11+Oct+2012

Have a pleasant Thursday

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RELIGION / 'Total Commitment'
« on: October 10, 2012, 08:07:38 AM »
10 Oct 2012
'Total Commitment'
Then you will receive praise, honour, and renown. Deuteronomy 26:19
Imagine how honoured you would feel if a president or prime minister decided to visit you and spend the night at your house. You wouldn't leave dirty dishes piled up in the sink, clothes strewn across the floor, and a ring around the bathtub. No, you'd give the place a radical makeover! And you wouldn't make them sleep in the garage, the box room or the attic; you'd vacate the master bedroom and give it to them. Your goal would be to honour them in every way because their presence had honoured you. Now read this: 'You have declared today that the Lord is your God. And you have promised to walk in his ways, and...do everything he tells you. The Lord has declared today that you are his people, his own special treasure, just as he promised, and that you must obey all his commands. And if you do, he will set you high above all the other nations he has made. Then you will receive praise, honour, and renown...' (v. 17-19 NLT). Let's take this a step further. When Old Testament priests entered the ministry they went through a rite called 'consecration.' From that moment on they belonged exclusively to God and were committed to obey Him in all things. You say, 'What does any of this have to do with me?' A lot: if you want God to use you, to honour and promote you, you can't marginalise or compartmentalise Him. You must commit yourself to doing His will! And that includes your time, your talent, your treasure, your body, your mind, your spirit, and your all. God wants 'total commitment.'

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RELIGION / You Are the Church (1)
« on: October 08, 2012, 01:54:44 PM »
You Are the Church (1)
To equip God's people to do his work. Ephesians 4:12
If you think the unemployment statistics in the country are bad, take a look at the church. Twenty percent of its members give eighty percent of its income, and do eighty percent of its work. The rest are happy just to be spectators. It's easy to sit back, criticise and say, 'Why doesn't the church do something about the problem?' Hold on there: You are the church; you do something about it! You say, 'But I left my church because I don't like the way they do things.' You didn't leave God's church, which is the body of Christ, did you? So, instead of talking about what your church doesn't do, look in the mirror and ask yourself, 'What am I doing for the Lord?' Do you know what an Armchair Manageris? It's someone who analyses the game when it's over, criticises the players, complains about the referee's calls, and is content to sit in the stadium and be a spectator rather than a player. Hello! It takes commitment to spend hours in practice knowing you'll be booed by the crowd, tackled by opponents, and will leave the field beat up and covered in dirt. The Bible says that the job of your pastor is: 'To equip God's people to do his work and build up the church...This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children' (v. 12-14 NLT). Think about it!

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RELIGION / How's Your Communication?
« on: October 08, 2012, 01:54:11 PM »
07 Oct 2012
How's Your Communication?
Husbands, love your wives. Ephesians 5:25
One of the biggest challenges in marriage is communication. Here's an example: in the past husbands went to work and wives stayed home to raise the children. Now, someone has estimated that the average man speaks about twenty-nine thousand words a day and the average woman speaks about thirty-three thousand words a day. That may not be accurate, but let's use it as an illustration. He's been out in the workplace all day and by the time he gets home he's used up twenty-six thousand of his words, leaving only three thousand he feels no need to say. But she's been locked up all day with the dishes, the nappies and the mundane. She has talked to her mother, friends and neighbours and used up about eight thousand words. So when he gets home she has twenty-five thousand words waiting for him. After a silent supper he spends the evening watching TV, then they go to bed. As he's about to fall asleep a voice says, 'Are you awake?' If you are wise, you will be! If not, tomorrow night there will be fifty thousand words lying beside you. Do the math; in ten years there will be enough words to fill the central library. But maybe not; maybe there will be no words. A frequent reason given in divorce is: 'We just got to where we had nothing to say to one another anymore.' The Bible says, 'Husbands, love your wives.' Love listens when we have nothing particularly interesting to say. It listens because only when we have been heard and validated, do we feel cherished. So, 'How's your communication?'

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RELIGION / You Need a 'Word'
« on: October 08, 2012, 01:53:22 PM »
06 Oct 2012
You Need a 'Word'
Your ears shall hear a word. Isaiah 30:21
A 'word' from God can bring you the solution you need. God created the world with a word, so imagine what a word from Him could do for your situation. The Bible says, 'Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.' Notice the words, 'Your ears shall hear a word.' But if your spiritual ears are not open, trained and attuned to God, you won't hear what He is saying to you. Furthermore, if you filter what He's saying to you through human intellect in order to harmonise it with your own opinions, you will get nowhere. God gives a 'word' to those who have an open ear-and heart. When you pray, what are you looking for? A spiritual high, or a time of intimacy with the Lord in which He speaks and you listen? When you read your Bible are you seeking confirmation of your own thoughts, or are you seeking God's will? Imagine what one of God's ideas could do for your life! '...the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits' (Daniel 11:32 NKJV). If you dream of doing great things in life, get to know God. He will reveal Himself to you through His Word. You'll hear a lot of different ideas each day; some will benefit you, others won't. But when you get a 'word' from God it's like a seed; it has the potential to produce a tree; or better yet, a whole orchard of fruit.

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