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Friday, 27 March 2020

Church Disregards Social Distance Advice, Invites 1,800 People To Worship Service



A Louisiana church has disregarded the official advice on social distancing and welcomed 1,800 people through its doors.

Despite the rampant coronavirus outbreak, over the weekend Life Tabernacle Church had 26 buses transport crowds of worshippers down to church for Sunday Service.

The shocking act of defiance came despite a grave warning from the state’s governor and a plea for churches to temporarily cease operations.

“I would urge that faith leaders and all faith leaders to heed this directive and not necessarily engage in mass gatherings where this coronavirus can spread,” Gov. John Edwards said this week, as he issued a comprehensive “stay at home” order.

However, Life Tabernacle’s Pastor Tony Spell said he would be openly defying the advice and believing God for the protection of his flock.

"That is our command. 'They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover,'" Spell told WGMB.

 “When the paramedics can’t get there, when the law enforcement can’t get there, the holy ghost can get there it will make a difference in someone’s life."

If anyone in his congregation becomes infected with the COVID-19 virus, Spell insists that he will simply invoke the healing of the Holy Spirit . "I'm going to address that by laying hands on them and praying for them and depending on God to heal their body," he said.

Louisiana is one of the worst-affected states in the US, with almost 1,400 confirmed cases and 46 deaths.

According to CNN , at a news conference Sunday, Edwards said that his state was dealing with one of the fastest infection rates in the world.

Within the space of just a week, Louisiana has jumped from logging less than 100 cases to more than 1,000.

 "That's a ten-time increase in seven days," Edwards said. “In the last two weeks, our growth rate has been faster than any state or country in the world.”
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Coronavirus: Why You Need To Seek Medical Help Early

 

Protect yourself

 - Wash your hands frequently

- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose

-Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze

-Avoid crowded places

-Stay at home if you feel unwell - even with a slight fever and cough

- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early - but call by phone first

- Stay aware of the latest information from WHO...

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Full Text:Health Ministry Confirms Another Coronavirus Case



Ministry or Health and Child Care CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

 UPDATE: 24 MARCH 2020
The Ministry would like to advise the nation that the second case of COVID-19 who deceased yesterday at Wilkins Hospital, was buried today under supervision by the Ministry of Health and Child Care in line with guidance from the Public Health Act [15: 171.

As of today(Tuesday), the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the country is now three.

Today(Tuesday), the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory tested a total 15 specimens, the majority being from contacts of the deceased case. One male tested positive for COVID-19, more details to be provided later.

 The Ministry continues to be on HIGH alert to the COVID-I9 pandemic.

The Ministry today received a consignment of commodities from the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundation through the African Union, to help strengthen and intensify surveillance, laboratory testing and case management of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe.

 The consignment included 20 000 laboratory diagnostic test kits, 100 000 medical face masks and 1 000 protective suits and face shields.

 The Ministry is very grateful to the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations for their generosity and contribution to the National COVID-19 response and will ensure equitable distribution of this consignment so that they get to where there is the greatest need.

The Ministry would also like to inform the nation about the case of  an adult, pregnant woman that was  presented at Masvingo Provincial Hospital with a history of dry cough, shortness of breath, chest pains but no fever.

She had a history of having travelled to South Africa on the 28th February 2020 and returned on the 7th of March 2020.

The local Rapid Response Team went to assess her and advised that she be put under self-isolation at home. Specimens have been collected for COVID-19 testing and we will give an update of the results.

The Ministry would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant in the prevention of COVID-19 and practice good personal hygiene including.

Washing hands with soap and water frequently or use of an alcohol-based hand-rub,
Covering your nose and mouth with tissue paper or flexed elbow when coughing and sneezing
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick, coughing or sneezing.

 Additionally, all non-essential travel is strongly discouraged.

If you suspect COVID-19 disease, or wish to obtain more information on this disease, you are advised to call the following Ministry of Health and Child Care TOLLFREE HOTLINE numbers for assistance: +263714 734 593 or +263774 112 531.
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He comforts us...



“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.

 When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”
2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT

In today’s Scripture the apostle Paul is saying, “You were comforted in the loss of your loved one; help somebody else through their loss. You’ve been healed; now go help somebody else get healed.” God didn’t heal you just so you could be well, but so you could become a healer.

 He favored you so you could show people favor. He gave you a new beginning so you could help others make it through their loss. You’re no longer a patient needing help; you’ve become a physician.

Every one of us has had experiences that make us a physician.

If you’ve been through cancer treatment, a divorce, a loss, or a rough childhood, you are uniquely qualified to help others in that situation. You’ve been in their shoes. You know the pain, the discouragement, the battles they fight in their mind. You can help them in a way that others who’ve not experienced it can. Don’t stay a grateful patient, become a physician.

“Father, thank You for the things that You’ve brought me through that I can now use to help others in their struggles.

Thank You that I have something to give, some encouragement to share, some wisdom to impart.
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Message from the Psalmist



In agreement with the written word of the Lord in Psalm 91:9-11.

These days as you look up to God at this crucial moment for protection, and as you do your best in adhering to safety precautions, may God's hand be upon you to protect you against the fleeting spread of the dreaded coronavirus or any other diseases afflicting the world.

May the lord keep you away from afflicted persons or gatherings and make your environment safe.

Beloved, as you partner of this commission, no devil will mess around you and your households territory anymore, you will soar above frustrations in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS!


In three short months, just like He did with the plagues of Egypt (Exod.6-12), God has taken away everything we worship.

The world proudest cities are laying desolate!

God said, "you are worshiping Games and Athletes - I will shut down your Stadiums and Arenas.

You are worshiping Musicians - I will shut down Civic Centers.

You are worshiping Actors and Actresses - I will shut down Theaters.

Money has become your god - I will shrink your Economies and collapse the Stock Market.

Man seems to want to worship everything - except God!

That’s not right.

Maybe we don't need a vaccine for curing this deadly Coronavirus.

Maybe we need to take this time of isolation from the distractions of the world to have a personal revival where we can focus on the Man who came to redeem us.

Jesus - the ONLY thing in this life that really matters!

"If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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A PRAYER FOR CONNECTION



Dear God,

Being alone is hard. We were created for community, not confinement.

But we’re grateful that no matter how alone we may feel, You never leave or forsake us. And, we’re grateful for technology that helps us stay in touch with each other.

Today, please remind us that this time of social distancing and isolation will not last forever.

Give us the strength to endure this difficult season, and deepen our connection with You and Your people.

Empower us with an extra dose of Your love, peace, hope and joy, because we need it. Remind us of Your promises, and please heal our land.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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God is faithful



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There are some things that may happen or may be happening to us as a result of our wrong actions.

 But what is worthwhile to know is that, whatever we might be going through, God is aware of them all. And if He’s aware, then we can be so sure that we would soon overcome all. Our God is a God that understands how we feel and think as regard any and every situations of our lives.

It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.

 2Samuel 16:12

Some men have actually understood the character of God to a large extent.

 And studying such lives will grant us insights into the acts of God. one of such great men is King David.

The scripture above described a time of great humiliation in the life of king David. David had defiled himself, lost his kingdom as a direct consequence of his shortcomings, and was fleeing from his son. On his escape route out of his kingdom, he met a man that rained curses on him.

 But David refused to fight back, even though he can run the man over in an instance. He refused to fight back because he knew God is aware of even the tiniest situation going on in our lives. And he explained to his soldiers that, *God can actually look at the man’s cursing and shine his face on him once again

We don’t need to be so worried about fighting back, defending ourselves, undergoing sorrowful days, cursing God, or backslide; we should be rest assured that the Lord is aware of whatever is going on, and his victory is coming very soon.

The same man that cursed King David in the above Scripture came back to bow before him as his servant. No situation can ever overcome you, you’re an overcomer in Christ Jesus. God will make sure that every situation you entrust unto him, even when facing the consequences of your actions will turn to glorious testimonies. Victory is the nature of Christ. And whatever the case may be, God is aware and he will soon grant you victory.

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To accept Christ, Pray: Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen.

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