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    THE  DAILY FOUNTAIN

DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE

CHURCH OF NIGERIA 

 (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

WEEK OF PROPER 23, 

ORDINARY SEASON

FRIDAY OCTOBER 20,  2017

TEXT:_Romans 12:9-21
TOPIC: DOING THINGS THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

From the text we have read there is a dire need for us to always live to draw to God the souls of our family members, relatives, friends, colleagues, and neighbours by doing practical things that are pleasing to God and that can make the big difference in the world.

These include:
avoiding hypocrisy (v.9)
being kind and affectionate (v.10)
giving preference to one another (v.10)
being hospitable (v.13)
returning good for evil (v.15)
seeing to others’ needs and feelings (v.15)
being of the same mind (v.16)
treating others respectfully (v.17)
living peaceably with all men (v.18)
leaving vengeance for God (v.19-21)

Let us not be ignorant of the fact that the call to us to make the big difference on earth is very timely and it is for God’s Kingdom. It will not cost us anything other than doing little things that are good and godly. These things can help bridge the gap in the life of a Christian, and transform his ugly situations. They can help win the hearts of people around us; and save soul from perishing. How often we find it hard to do this, and so we struggle with our faith. Let us arise and turn a new leaf as we continue our sojourn on the earth.

PRAYER: Almighty God, teach us to love and appreciate one another so as to make society a better place. Amen.

  

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WEEK OF PROPER 23, 

ORDINARY SEASON

THURSDAY OCTOBER 19,  2017

 TEXT: Romans 12:3-8
TOPIC: MANY, YET ONE BODY IN CHRIST

Spiritual gifts are shared by God to different members in the body of Christ. There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, is one body. I Cor. 12:20 says,
“But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.” All spiritual gifts are important, and useful, for building the Church.

In the text, Paul pointed out seven (7) spiritual gifts that can motivate us in building God’s church: prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving leadership and mercy (; vs. 6-8). The manifestation of the spirit for the profit of all. God’s gifts are not for selfish purpose or merchandise as we have them today is given to each in some Christian gatherings. They are to be used in equipping the saints and edifying the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God (Eph. 4:2, 13). Therefore, there is need for Christians, both young and old, to make use of their God-given gifts, talents, and resources for the growth of the Church.

PRAYER: Father, help us to discover, develop and use out our gifts to the glory of your name.




  

    THE  DAILY FOUNTAIN

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WEEK OF PROPER 23, 

ORDINARY SEASON

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18,  2017


 FEAST OF SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST 

TEXT: Colossians 4:10-18
TOPIC: LABOUR FOR GOD’S KINGDOM

In this passage, Paul commended the effort of some fellow workers who had earnestly laboured with him in God’s vineyard and who had been steadfast in their faith despite the challenges they had encountered on the way. One of them was St. Luke the Evangelist, whom we remember in the Church today. St Luke was a physician by profession (Col. 4:14), a seasoned companion of Paul during his missionary journey (Acts 16:10, 2 Tim 4:11, Philem. 24), and also the writer of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles

God has given everyone a gift, talent, ministry, and even the ability to work for the kingdom. That God placed you in that working place, that business line, somewhere you go to fetch a living, does not stop you from spreading the Good News of His Kingdom. Wherever we find ourselves we should use it as an avenue to tell people around how God would make their lives better through the goods and services do. Was it not God who made us and gave us access to what we have to give to people in need of our services? Remember, when we judiciously render good services, by word, by work, then we are surely labouring for God’s Kingdom.

THOUGHT: Help me, O God to always and earnestly spread the Good News of God’s Kingdom wherever I am.



  

    THE  DAILY FOUNTAIN

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CHURCH OF NIGERIA 

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WEEK OF PROPER 23, 

ORDINARY SEASON

TUESDAY OCTOBER 17,  2017


  TEXT: Romans 12:1-2

TOPIC: RENEW YOUR MIND


The first two verse of Romans Chapter Twelve categorically state the need for every Christian to look into the mirror and re-examine themselves to see whether they are in line with God’s will and pattern. Surprisingly, we find ourselves in a dilemma whereby the church is becoming more worldly and the world is more churchy. Many today have decided to conform to the world’s ways than to seek God’s way. They want to be recognised in society rather than know the will of God for them. Indeed there is a problem!

In response to this ugly situation, Paul pleaded to the brethren to renew their minds for the sake of the Gospel. According to him, there are four cardinal step to take to accomplish this first, we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God. Second, we are to avoid conforming to the world’s ways (v.2). Third, we are to renew our minds and therefore change our ways (v.2), fourth, we are to prove we belong to God by doing His will (v.2). In other words, we are to lovingly and totally surrender to God.


PRAYER: Gracious Lord, cause my heart to be set on the things above and not on things on earth. Amen.



  

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WEEK OF PROPER 23, 

ORDINARY SEASON

MONDAY OCTOBER 16,  2017

 TEXT: Romans 11:25-36

TOPIC: THE RICHES OF GOD MADE MANIFEST


Beloved, have you ever considered the depth of God’s Love towards you that you were not consumed by life challenges? Can anyone measure the wonders of God in the affairs of men? Who made the heavens and the earth and everything in them? (Gen. 1) Who breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life that he may live? (Gen 2:5,6) Did Israel not cross the Red sea on dry ground? (Exod. 14) Was it not because of love that God sent His Son Jesus to die that we may live? (Jn 3:16) Has He not returned to His Father to prepare a place for us that we may reign with Him in eternal glory? (Jn 14:1) are these biblical truths not the riches of God made manifest in man?

What have you lost in life? A relationship or a marriage? A family member or a home? A friend or a colleague? A dream? A part of your body? Have you lost hope or? Do you think you have nothing to prove or live for? Perhaps, you have failed God? There is good news the scripture says, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy” (Psalm 126:5). Let us not be ignorant of the riches of God which the world cannot offer. Rather, let us always reflect on them daily.


PRAYER: Oh Lord, open our eyes that we may behold your riches which are all held, in Christ Jesus.





  

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WEEK OF PROPER 23, 

ORDINARY SEASON

SUNDAY OCTOBER 15,  2017


  TEXT: l Peter 4:7-11
TOPIC: THE SERVICE THAT GLORIFIES GOD


One reason we can go through the rough and tough times in life, not feeling good about ourselves, not having fulfilling moments, and not experiencing the hand of God on the way, is because that we do not account properly for the service we do each time we are called. Perhaps, you have forgotten that service (or ministry) is not among the seven spiritual gifts given and ably distributed to different members of the body of Christ (Rom. 12:6-8)

In these end times, the question is how do we render service to God and man? Having been called to serve, and as we experience worries, troubles, hostiles, uncertainties, reproaches and all kinds of wickedness on earth, let us therefore (1) be serious and watchful in our prayer, (2) have a fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins, (3) be hospitable to one another without grumbling, (4) having received a gift, minister it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God, (5) speak as an oracle of God, (6) and minister with the ability which God supplies, so that in all, God may be glorified through Christ.



PRAYER: Hymns A/M328
A charge to keep l have,
A God to glorify
A never-day soul to save,
And fit it for the sky. Amen





  

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WEEK OF PROPER 22, 

ORDINARY SEASON

SATURDAY OCTOBER 14,  2017




Text: Romans 11:11-14
TOPIC: STAND FAST IN HIS GOODNESS
The first stanza of Hymns Ancient and Modern 301 reads: “He that is down needs fear no fall, be that is low no pride. He that is humble ever shall have God to be his guide.” That we stumble in the faith or fail in life does not mean the end of our life. Rather it is a lifetime opportunity for us to humble ourselves before God and realise His goodness. Having realised our shortcomings or failed having reconciled ourselves to God through Jesus, we are expected to appreciate Him for every good thing He has done. How do we do it? It is by remaining in God’s goodness. 

We can only stand fast in God’s goodness when we; (i) choose to remain as branches that bear good fruit (i.e. being born again and Spirit filled) Gal. 5:22. (ii) refuse to gloat over the brethren that have fallen out of faith (v. 18)(iii) stand unshakeably by faith without any trace of unbelief (v.20) remain sanctified (holy) without sexual pollution (l Thess 4:3-4), and determine to obey God’s commands completely (John 15:10). Do you attend Church or answer only the name Christian without giving heed to these? You need to refrain from such. Repent and return to the Lord and then experience God’s goodness (Acts 3:19).

PRAYER POINT: Ask God grant you courage in Christ always to experience His goodness now and forever.




  

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WEEK OF PROPER 22, 

ORDINARY SEASON

FRIDAY OCTOBER 13,  2017

TEXT: Romans 11:1-10
TOPIC: PREVAILING
Today’s reading shows Paul’s presentation of himself as an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham and of the tribe Benjamin, an accredited rich Jewish heritage. On the other hand, as a believer, it was meant to comfort and give hope to a people who had once rejected their own (Jesus) and neglected the gospel (Salvation). The Scripture says, “for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your alters, and killed your prophets with a sword.” (1 Kings. 19:10). The Israelites thought they have been condemned by God. Paul then rose to correct their false impression in verse 1, “l say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not”.

God has not condemned us forever. He hasn’t done His grace prevails over us and in all situations, not minding our sins or how we have lived in the past. That we are alive today is by His grace. Let no one feel or live condemned. Let no one think he or she cannot be forgiven by God. Let us not live in the past anymore. Rather, we should allow the grace of God to enable us live everyday of our lives to the glory of God. Look around you and behold God’s abundant grace. Remember, God has a remnant according to the election of grace (Verse 6).

PRAYER: May the grace of God keep our hearts and minds to always do that which pleases the Lord.





  

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WEEK OF PROPER 22, 

ORDINARY SEASON

THURSDAY OCTOBER 12,  2017

TEXT: James1:19-27
TOPIC: BLESSED IS HE WHO DOES GOD’S WORD
Many today claim to know the word of God, but find it too hard to relate to the mind of God and apply it to their daily Christian life. Why? It is because they hear the word of God as it comes but fail to put to practise. These deceive themselves. They paint a different picture of what they really are. We see them preach the word but do not live it out. They exchange with others the sign of peace but are really not at peace with themselves. They can recite the Scriptures but are unable to maintain a dynamic relationship with God.

In the Church today, many have faith but, unfortunately, have no good works to prove it. They hear from God but do not act on the word that reveals God’s will. They wander about, perplexed, and unfulfilled. They appear helpless and lost on the way. How then can we overcome this prevailing unchristian attitude? In verse 22, James charged us to (1) lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, (2) and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save our souls and (3) verse 25 he continued, he who delves into the perfect law, fearfully meditates upon it day and night, diligently does whatever it says, he shall be blessed in that he does.

PRAYER: Cause us to act upon your word we read, study mark and digest so that we might maintain a good relationship with You and fellowmen, O God.




  

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WEEK OF PROPER 22, 

ORDINARY SEASON

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11,  2017

TEXT: Romans 10:18-21
TOPIC: HAVE YOU NOT HEARD? HAVE YOU NOT KNOWN?
The text shows Israel loved and cared for by God; yet they continued in their rebellion and were distant from God’s open arms. They seemed to have forgotten the past wonders of God in dealing with them. Despite the fact that God had delivered them from the Egyptian captivity, fought their battles, provided for them on the way, and led them to the Promised Land, Israel would not faithfully and diligently seek God. Instead Israel as a special people, had continued to provoke God in their sinfulness.

Paul tries to bring to our notice how God had dealt with the Israelites each time they disobeyed Him, so as to warn us (Christians) about the danger of not obeying the word of God. The scriptures tell us how the people of Israel provoked God and were defeated by a small town called Ai (Josh. 7:1-5); how God allowed King Nebuchadnezzar to capture Judah (2 Chron. 36: 15-21), and how God spoke to Balaam through the mouth of a horse (Num. 22: 22-28). Have we not heard enough? Have we not heard this same God speaking today? We should flee from sin and listen to God’s instructions and submit ourselves to Him in total obedience.

PRAYER: God, help us hear and know your words as they speak and make impact each day in our lives. Amen.



  

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CHURCH OF NIGERIA 

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WEEK OF PROPER 22, 

ORDINARY SEASON

TUESDAY OCTOBER 10,  2017

TEXT: Romans 10:14-17
TOPIC: THE BEAUTIFUL FEET
Things have really got out of hand, in today’s world: immorality, moral decadence, dishonesty are in high and low places. Men and women have lost their moral sensibilities inside and outside the Church. The world is in dire need of the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ today more than in any other time of history. As God spoke and asked in Isaiah’s day, “whom shall l send and who will go for us?”, unfortunately and sadly, many have gone out without having received any message from the Lord. They are like Ahimaz who outran the Cushite in 2 Sam. 18:23, yet had no message for the King. These are out there to fulfil their quests for the mundane things of the world. They care less about the salvation of the souls of men.

The world critically needs the message of hope and salvation but genuine messengers to carry it are carry it are in short supply. These are those will represent the Master rather than labour for their own stomach’s sake, because their bellies are their gods. The world of sinners need genuine voices to call and lead them to God in repentance. Can the Lord count on you and me as such a worthy or trusted servant for such an urgent and holy task?

PRAYER: Father equip us with your word and move us to genuine and true service for the salvation of the men all over the world.




  

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WEEK OF PROPER 22, 

ORDINARY SEASON

MONDAY OCTOBER 9,  2017

TEXT: Romans 10:1-13
SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Mohan Matthew said, “The best candidates for hell are those who think they have never sinned”. The Jews were actually zealous: but their zeal was not based on knowledge, since they do not know the righteousness of God. They want to establish their own righteousness based on the law ̶ this self-righteousness which will never please God. “and all our righteousness are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6) (Rom.10:4). If any man will continue to pursue the righteousness that comes from the law, that person will continue to miss the main substance which is salvation that comes by faith in Christ.

The rich man that met Jesus in Luke 18 reported that he had carefully observed all the laws from his youth; yet Jesus told him that one thing was lacking in his life and at that one thing he couldn’t do, but he went away sorrowful. Many today advocate trying your possible best to just live right. Salvation is about believing firmly in your heart and confessing with your mouth. It is rejecting Jesus by not repenting of the sins in their lives for which He paid with His life ̶ his shed blood on Calvary’s cross ̶ that takes people to hell.
PRAYER: Father give me grace to accept Jesus ‘s finished work rather than striving to be saved by my struggle to obey commandments.




  

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WEEK OF PROPER 22, 

ORDINARY SEASON

SUNDAY OCTOBER 8,  2017

TEXT: Matthew 25:14-30
TOPIC: FAITHFULNESS IN SERVICE
In today’s reading, we observed the attitude of the three servants who received talents from their master as he set out to travel. To one he gave five talents; to the second he gave two talents and the third he gave one talent; each according to his ability. On his return from his journey, he summoned his servants for stock taking. The man that received five talents gained another five talents, the one with two gained another two talents, and both of them were given the same commendation, despite the number gained, because they were not given equal talents in the first place. They were given the same commendation because they were both faithful.

It is said, “The world rewards success, but God rewards faithfulness.” It is required of a steward that a man should be found faithful (1 Cor. 4:2). Are you faithful in your service to God and humility? Remember the reward of your service comes from God. Government or the organisation you serve may pay your salary at the end of the month, but time and eternal reward comes from God at the end of all your life’s work. God is looking for faithful servants.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to know You better, so as to serve You faithfully in Jesus’s name Amen.