gen·er·os·i·ty ~Our TGL 2016 Theme

 …..willingness to give money and other valuable things to others.

Generosity is the virtue of not being tied down by concerns about one’s own possessions, but instead gain JOY from giving to others.

Give a gift...See more below!!
Give a gift…See more below!!

Happy 2016 Through Joy and Generosity

“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”Luke 6:38 (NASB)

I was thinking about a theme for our new year here at Tweeting God’s Love Ministries and the idea of Generosity came to mind. Then someone tweeted me that South Africa is Celebrating the Joy of Salvation in 2016.  I’m not sure how much of the continent of Africa is celebrating this, but seems like we should join them, whoever they are!

And that works well with my concern about generosity, especially toward the missionaries of Africa who join us weekly sharing their leadership, wisdom, and prayers as active members of our Leadership Team on Twitter. So my challenge to you this year is to experience the “Joy of Your Salvation” through generosity to our amazing missionary leaders.  I am asking for monthly donations which I will divide among these wonderful men of God. I hasten to tell you, not one of these missionaries has EVER ask for money. Quite the contrary, they continue to bless us all each day and inspire us with their selfless FAITH! We pray for them continuously, and they continuously assure us that God will provide all they need.

This is rare. Most missionaries who follow me on Twitter, begin with asking for support. That never happens with our missionaries, though they are in as much need.  They come to minister to us and are grateful to be on our leadership team.

Let me introduce them to you…

Jenyo & Bukky
Missionary Pastor Jenyo Omolehin and his wife, Bukky.

Jenyo Omolehin ministers with us on Twitter from Tanzania. He and his wife, Bukky and 1YO Derrick live near Arusha where he also ministers and preaches at their local church.

Much of Jenyo’s time is spent traveling to minister, often many miles into rural parts of Tanzania. Many things about the abject poverty Jenyo sees break his heart, and the heart of God.  His greatest wish is to get clean drinking water to the people he has come to love.

Little Boy Drinking from Mud Puddle.
Little Boy Drinking from Mud Puddle.

Jenyo came upon this little boy recently as he left his cup for the next time he gets thirsty. This puddle is his water throughout the day, as long as it is there.

On, yet another  trip, Jenyo found this lady who was getting what little water she could find for her family!!

Woman gathering water for her family wherever she can find it.
Woman gathering water for her family wherever she can find it.

In our Twitter ministry, Jenyo is one of our most beloved Chat leaders. He is delightful and spreads the JOY of the Lord whenever he shows up. Inspite of the suffering he sees daily, Jenyo gladly gives of himself to bless us all. He even starts new chats and recruits more leaders to help TGLMinistries grow.

Next… I must introduce you to my dearest missionaries to Nigeria and République du Bénin.

Rev Peter Abdul-Razaq Olayinka playing with little ones at his mission school
Rev Peter Abdul-Razaq Olayinka playing with little ones at his mission school
Rev'd Bankole Joseph Adekunle
Rev’d Bankole Joseph Adekunle

Joseph and Peter left  lucrative pastorates in the city to go into the rural areas of Nigeria and more recently,  République du Bénin, to minister to the lost and train new Christian leaders throughout the region. They even travel into hostile areas to reach people who have never seen a Bible. They share an apartment with their wives and children…3 each ~ 6 children total.

Peter & Joseph’s wives run their mission school for the local children.

Educating the young ones!    Rachael Olayinka & Beth Bankole
Educating the young ones! Rachael Olayinka & Beth Bankole

Peter and Joseph have led Bible Study chats weekly in Tweeting God’s Love Ministries, while they busily follow God as missionary leaders throughout their region for the last 4 years. During that time they have had their school blown away by storms, and still graduated both children and Ministry leaders.

Missiionary Wheels
Missiionary Wheels
Little Graduates
Little Graduates
Big Graduates
Big Graduates

It is so clear that all these missionaries and their families are making the world a better place by giving of themselves selflessly for the Lord. Scripture says that if you give to God, He will have others give to you.

LET”S BE THE OTHERS in 2016!!!

Let’s have the joy of knowing we are partners in these very good works. This is the genius of God’s plan for generosity.  The more we give the more blessed we are?

How much am I asking for you to donate monthly? Anything from $1 to whatever  God impresses you to give is what you should give. Please pray over this need and join us with as much as you can. I will be sure the money  will get to Jenyo, Joseph, and Peter. Every dollar will go to supporting these missionaries throughout 2016.  They freely give of themselve to us at Tweeting God’s Love Ministries. Let’s have some JOY in Generosity to them!

Just press the DONATE button on our  home page, and donate from there.

 

 

Worldwide Baptism on Twitter #GodsPrayerRoom – January 1,2016

baptismTherefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Matthew 28:19

Jesus instructed the disciples to go make disciples, baptizing them. He felt so strongly about this that he even used himself as an example, offering himself for baptism by John the Baptist.

Baptism is our way of making our commitment to Christ public. WE join Christ in His burial as we are submerged under the water and become resurrected with Him as we come up transformed into his likeness.

Some believe that the Holy Spirit fills us at the same time. So we have chosen The Day of Pentecost to bring attention to the practice of Baptism. Pentecost was the day the Holy Spirit came to earth and filled the disciples and thousands more, forming the foundation of the Church of Christ in the world.

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Join us in making a public statement this year with                                                                                                                                                               #WorldWideBaptism January1, 2016. 

 

Why We Still Remember Him

9a03c70468597e75eea184f8cae70548imgresMore than 2000 years after his death, people throughout the world, by the millions, still remember and honor His birth! Why is that?

Is it because he was a darling little baby born in a manger among the animals, because His mother had neither status nor money to secure a room in the Inn? Or is it because He grew up to be a perfect sinless man, rumored to be the Son of God, himself. Or maybe it was because He was crucified and died to redeem us, though we didn’t really understand it.  It might just have been because he rose from the dead on the third day as He said he would, and later rose to Heaven while believers watched, remembering his promise to return on day to end evil and take us home to our father in Heaven.

Actually we probably remember Him for all these reasons and more. There may even be reasons  we aren’t fully aware of today. Those reasons  are that He is God, and our spirits testify to that within us.

The most powerful proof of His deity does lie in His birth, because in birth He fulfilled over 400 prophecies of his coming and life. For thousands of years beginning in Genesis 3, His coming was predicted with pinpoint accuracy. The circumstances of his conception and birth, the manger, the light for all the world to see, the jealous King who would try to kill Him, all happened exactly as written centuries before.

Prophets had been tortured and given their lives to tell of His coming and that He would save the world from the scourge of wickedness and evil. For hundreds of years they wrote and watched as God had guided them.

And then…here it was, His magnificent  and majestic birth that settled and validated all scripture. This baby came as the savior redeemer of the world and every believer. He came as a gift of GRACE. No one could earn His grandeur, and it was given to us freely, because we are loved. That’s why we remember him still.

 

Jesus and the Angels!

Unknown-10Tonight in  our new Twitter Chat  on Angels of the Word, some confusion came up when someone tweeted, ” Jesus was made Lower than the angels”. This seems so contrary to all we know about Jesus, yet it is in the Bible.  So let’s sort it out and put it in context.

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The Supremacy of the Son of God- Colossions 1:15-16                                  15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

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This is one of those awesome scriptures that show us Jesus has always been! He wasn’t just born at Christmas. He was always with God and shared the creation of even the angels.   What more can we learn about Gods intent for Jesus?

____________________                                                                                                             God’s Final Word: His Son – Hebrews 1                                                                                                     In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
The Son Superior to Angels                                                                                                For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son;
    today I have become your Father”? Or again,

“I will be his Father,
    and he will be my Son”?

And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

In speaking of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels spirits,
    and his servants flames of fire.”

But about the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
    a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
    therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
    by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

10 He also says,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
12 You will roll them up like a robe;
    like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
    and your years will never end.”[f]

13 To which of the angels did God ever say,

“Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet”?

14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

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So that makes the diety of Jesus pretty clear! So what is this stuff about him being lower than the angels???

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 Jesus Made Fully Human – Hebrews 2:5-9
5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.                                                           6 But there is a place where someone has testified:“What is mankind that you are mindful of them,a son of man that you care for him?
7 You made them a little lower than the angels;
you crowned them with glory and honor
8     and put everything under their feet.”
In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.                                                                              9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
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So there it is!!! No contradiction at all! Jesus willingly condescended to the level of man to be fully human and to fully taste the hurt, pain and death that comes with being human. For a time he willingly gave up His supremacy over the angels. He suffered and died with no angelic rescue so that we may be redeemed through His love and grace forever. When he arose triumphant, He was once again a part of our Triune God with the authority over all the Universe. And he left with the promise of GOD that He will return to take authority over sin and all the fallen angels on earth. He is no longer lower than any angels! HALLELUJAH!!

Charleston My Charleston!!

 

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images-1The family members of the victims in Charleston made me so proud to be in the human race among them today. One by one they stepped up in court at the shooters arraignment. Tearfully they shared their pain and huge loss. And one by one they forgave him and prayed for God’s mercy on his soul.

I don’t know if I could have been this mature spiritually. They didn’t do it because the shooter deserved it. They did it so that Hate would not win. One said, “Our family is built on love. We have no room for hate.”

A woman on the street said,”People of all colors and creeds from everywhere are tired of hate!”

Charleston should be very proud of its citizens. They have shown the world what powerful Christians are and solidified a legacy of love for all the victims. This was clearly hate motivated racism. However these people are showing us all, that is about the actions of an evil individual, not about everyone. May God bless Charleston greatly and give us all strength to be as loving.

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#WorldWideBaptismMay24th – Help Baptism TREND!

#WORLDWIDEBAPTISMMAY24TH

baptismTherefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Matthew 28:19

Jesus instructed the disciples to go make disciples, baptizing them. He felt so strongly about this that he even used himself as an example, offering himself for baptism by John the Baptist.

Baptism is our way of making our commitment to Christ public. WE join Christ in His burial as we are submerged under the water and become resurrected with Him as we come up transformed into his likeness.

With all the Christians being persecuted around the World, this is a perfect time to stand and be counted for Jesus Christ. Let our brothers and sisters in Christ SEE they are not alone. Tweet your baptism pics  to #GodsLoveChats 2pmPDT on SONday! Let’s see #WorldWideBaptismMay24th TREND on Twitter on Pentecost SONday!! YAY!

Some believe that the Holy Spirit fills us at the same time. So we have chosen The Day of Pentecost to bring attention to the practice of Baptism. Pentecost was the day the Holy Spirit came to earth and filled the disciples and thousands more, forming the foundation of the Church of Christ in the world.

baptism-of-christ

Join us in making a public statement this year with                                                                                                                                                               #WorldWideBaptismMay24th.  Here’s HOW!

  1. Get a team of folks together to be baptized. Choose already baptized disciples/followers of Jesus to do the baptizing.
  2.  Take the team to a river, lake, pool, or any tub of water.
  3.  Have them each tell you how they know Jesus and why they want to be baptized into a life of following Him and turn from sinful habits with His help.
  4. Say a prayer dedicating the baptism as the person’s public commitment & the beginning of their healthy and lifelong walk in service to the Lord Jesus for His glory.
  5.  Dunk them 1 by 1 in the water repeating instructions Jesus gave us in Matthew 28, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
  6. Have a camera person taking pictures of the Baptism.
  7. Begin uploading your baptism pictures or videos to Twitter at 2pmPDT/5pmEDT on May24th with the hashtag #WorldWideBaptismMay24th
  8. If you have pictures of baptisms that you or your church have conducted on other days, please upload them in the same way on the same day.
  9. Our vision is to have #WorldWideBaptismMay24 to trend on Twitter that day, showing the world of the powerful faith in followers around the world.

We are so hopeful that you and your friends and neighbors from every corner of the world will join us in baptism. Even if you have been baptized before, you can celebrate you walk with the Lord by a re-commitment! We will retweet your precious pictures to honor you and your public commitment and our Lord and the day He sent His Holy Spirit to every believer.

IMPORTANT                                                                                                                          If time constraints make our timeframes impossible for your Twitter postings, just send your pictures anytime  before May 24th  2pmPacificDaylightTime to @CheriDouglas. I will tweet them for you into the Twitter trending stream on May 24th.

May God get the Glory this day!!!

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You are Invited to our Tea Party!!

In honor of Mother’s Day we are having a tea party on Twitter and You are invited to join us!IWbmtNkH.jpg-largeYou will get to show us your favorite tea cup, your favorite bonnet , or ascot (for the gentlemen). Pour out your favorite promises from the Lord, and all the old sayings and wisdom your Mother or Grandmother has taught you. And, even show us pictures of your Mom!

The winning tea cup will get a gift card for a cup of tea!!!

Join us on Saturday, May 9th at 1pmPDT/4pmEDT #GodsLoveChats on Twitter. We would be delighted by the pleasure of your company!!  Happy Mother’s Day!! sO2OOKY-.jpg-large

 

…with @CheriDouglas & her Amazing Friends from … #GodsLoveChats #GodsPrayerRoom #GodsPraiseRoom & #GodsChoirLoft