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Sunday, 19 January 2020

13 000 join baseball star in reading through bible.


One of Major League Baseball’s best pitchers is reading through the Bible in a single year – and he’s inviting everyone to take the journey with him.

Adam Wainwright, a veteran pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, told his Twitter followers last week that he would begin reading selections each day from the Old and New Testaments and Psalms on Jan. 12 as part of an endeavor to read through God’s Word in one year.

He also set up a Twitter account dedicated to the effort and invited fans to read with him. Thus far, 13,500 have followed his new account
Walking With Waino, where he posts updates about the daily readings.

“This is a cool opportunity for me to walk through God's Word in community with you,” he wrote . “It's my prayer that this would be a blessing and a daily encouragement to you all.”

Facts About Anthrax :Do Not Buy Uninspected Meat

Health alert: Zimbabwe Online Health Centre

Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax.

Anthrax is a zoonotic disease to which most warm-blooded animals are susceptible. The disease is more common in animals and humans are incidental hosts. Human infections usually result from contact with infected animals or animal products. Direct exposure to secretions from cutaneous anthrax lesions may result in secondary cutaneous infection, but there have been no known cases of person-to-person transmission of inhalation disease

Anthrax in humans
Three main forms of anthrax infection in human exist, depending on where anthrax spores enter the body:
 Cutaneous (or skin): due to spores entering a cut or break in the skin (about 95% of cases)
 Inhalation: from breathing airborne spores into the lungs (about 5% of cases)
 Gastrointestinal: from ingesting spores in raw or undercooked food (negligibly rare)

 Clinical manifestations of anthrax in humans
 Fever (38-40oC), being the only systemic symptom, may be accompanied by chills or night sweats.

 Flu-like symptoms
 Cough, usually non-productive
 Chest discomfort, shortness of breath
 Fatigue
 Muscle aches
 Sore throat, followed by difficulty swallowing, enlarged lymph nodes, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal distress, vomiting or diarrhea
 A sore, especially on the face, arms or hands, that starts as a raised bump and develops into a painless ulcer with a black area in the center known as an eschar

Anthrax can enter the human body through
 The skin (cutaneous) contact with spores, spore contaminated materials or infected skin lesions  Infection usually requires an existing break in the skin to initiate infection, though in many cases this may be so small as to be unnoticed
 The lungs: inhalation of spores
 The intestines: ingestion of contaminated meat

People at risk of getting anthrax disease
Human cases usually occur in industrial or agricultural environments.

 The most vulnerable groups to anthrax include
 Farmers
 Butchers and skinners
 Tanners
 Abattoir workers: e.g. meat inspectors, packers and graders
 Veterinary workers
 Leather/skin handlers
 Consumers of uninspected meat

 Food handlers
In Zimbabwe, most cases are not related to occupation. People are unwilling to forego the chance of eating meat or selling the hide even if it is from an infected animal.

 In places where religious prohibitions (such as the apostolic sect in Zimbabwe) may prevent people handling and eating meat of animals that are sick or animals that die on their own, anthrax is uncommon.

Anthrax in animals
Most warm blooded species are susceptible to anthrax. The anthrax disease commonly occurs in wild and domesticated herbivorous animals that ingest or inhale the spores while grazing or foraging.

Clinical manifestations of anthrax in animals

The signs and symptoms of the diseases include
 Cease feeding and drinking
 Staggering and falling
 Tremor, convulsions
 Massive oedema
 Swollen neck region lymph nodes in dogs and pigs
 Difficulty in breathing
 Bleeding from all orifices due to failure of blood clotting
 Sudden death in cattle, sheep and goats

Note: Most infected animals die within a few days after infection
The characteristic findings on dead animals include

 A rapidly decomposing carcass with a
blotted abdomen
 Dark tarry blood stained exudates from all natural openings
 Absence of rigor mortis
 Un-clotted intravenous blood
 Septicemia indicated by small petechial hemorrhages throughout
 the body
 Enlargement and softening of the spleen, and liver
 Subcutaneous swelling (mainly neck and throat)

Since intense bacteraemia precedes death all the organs in the animal are infected. Even sun- dried bones from a rotten carcass remain an important source of infection. Meat and milk from infected animals should not be consumed.

Carcasses suspected of anthrax should NEVER be opened as this precipitates spore formation and contamination of the environment

High risk transmission areas in Zimbabwe
 Areas where previous outbreaks have occurred
 Drought prone areas (Region IV and V)
 Areas with Calcium rich soils
 Overstocked areas, mainly over-populated communal farming areas

 Prevention and control in animals
 Vaccinate animals within 12 kilometers radius from the nucleus of the outbreak area

 Annual cattle vaccinations are recommended for high risk areas
Treatment of sick animals
 Isolation and treatment of all symptomatic animals will be done using Penicillin or Tetracycline
followed by immunization of the animals on completion of treatment
 The animals should not be used for food until a few months have passed

Prevention and control in human
 Avoid eating meat and milk from affected areas

 If anthrax is suspected avoid contact, skinning the animals and avoid contaminating the areas with animal products

 Avoid skinning and opening up the carcasses as this releases the bacteria and promotes spore
formation which contaminates the environment
 Protect carcasses of suspect cases from scavenging animals

 Report all cases of animal sudden death to the police, Veterinary Department or Health Workers
 In the event that the Veterinary Officer cannot be found, bury the carcass 2 metres deep with
quick lime or burn with paraffin/fire wood
 Seek early treatment if one develops unexplained wound during the time when animals are
dying mysteriously
 Allow mass vaccination of animals by the Veterinary Officers
 Do not buy uninspected meat from vendors
 Avoid handling of carcasses and products of suspected infected animals: hides, milk, dried
meat, etc…

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Health Alert: Beware Of Water Borne Diseases

Welcome rainfall, and on  that same breath Beware of water borne diseases like Typhoid and Cholera.

Get water from protected sources eg tap, borehole and protected wells.

 Boil water for drinking. Let's join hands together with the Health team in combating these seasonal epidemics/ outbreaks- Zimbabwe Online Health Centre

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Don’t Underestimate Your Enemy!

“And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few. So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.” Joshua 7:3–4 (KJV)

Underestimating your enemy leads to defeat. We can learn great lessons from the opening scripture.

 Joshua was counseled by the spies he sent to view the land of Ai to send only a few soldiers to fight the battle, but they were given the surprise of their life, and they fled before their enemies.

 Joshua had to inquire of the LORD, and consecrate the Israelites by removing the accursed thing, before they were able to defeat Ai (Joshua 7:13; 8:24–25). Dear beloved, don’t underestimate the devil and his cohorts of darkness; they can use anybody to rob you of your blessings. Be ready in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).

 Watch and always pray, live a holy life, and apply the wisdom of God in the Holy Scripture, and you will always triumph over your enemies. Hallelujah! Be an overcomer! Prayer Point: Holy Spirit, wake me up to pray to keep my enemies under my feet.   Hallelujah!!!

Sybil "Sweetmama " Woodall
Sincere talk

Measure of faith

Romans 12:3 KJV
[3] For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Faith is a generic word which application differs throughout the scriptures .

A preacher must not just be sound in his interpretation of scriptures but must also be seen as sound

2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
[15] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The rule of bible interpretation demands amongst many others the basic requirement to examine terms in context .

It means to study the pretext and post text and also similar texts and consequently view the text or better still in context .

Also ,the use of corroboration is vital

2 Corinthians 13:1 KJV
[1] This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Witness here deals with relevance .
its critical .

Bible explanation is establishing truth within the  confines of ONLY what is written .

Acts 17:11-12 KJV
[11] These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
[12] Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

I have observed that many teach the subject  faith without the observing these realities .

Back to our text

Romans 12:3 KJV
[3] For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

To ignore the post and pretext sure robs the text of its truth and God ,his influence in our lives .

Faith has different meanings and applications in scriptures

For example in the letters to Timothy ,paul used faith more for teaching or doctrine .

1 Timothy 4:6 KJV
[6] If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

Good doctrine ,good explanation

1 Timothy 4:12 KJV
[12] Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Same here

1 Timothy 5:8 KJV
[8] But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Denied the teaching by being irresponsible.

1 Timothy 6:12 KJV
[12] Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Good fight here is against wrong teaching about money and materialism not faith for finances etc

Just like Jude

Jude 1:3 KJV
[3] Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Contend for sound teaching

2 Timothy 1:13 KJV
[13] Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Faith here refers to the content of sound doctrine ,faith in Christ Jesus .

2 Timothy 4:7 KJV
[7] I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Keeping the faith here is staying firm to the truth .

It's not the same as faith used in the case of the woman with the issue of blood

Mark 5:34 KJV
[34] And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Or the crippled man at lystra

Acts 14:9 KJV
[9] The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

Even though they all mentioned faith but context is different

For example the book of Hebrews used faith more for the Old Testament saints expectation of Christ's redemption

Hebrews 11:1 KJV
[1] Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

This was their experience before He finished the work .

Today we see Jesus

Hebrews 12:2 KJV
[2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

We can go on and on..

In the book of Galatians faith was used more in comparison to the works of the law  not faith for prayer like James used it

James 1:5-6 KJV
[5] If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6] But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Galatians is different

Galatians 3:2,23-24 KJV
[2] This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
[23] But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
[24] Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Just to mention a few references .

The epistles seem to teach faith more as walking in knowledge or better still what you are taught or what Christ has done more than asking for things etc .

Now back to Romans 12:3 again

Was paul referring to all believers receiving same faith at salvation ?

First and foremost the term " The measure of Faith " is not original as quoted in the KJV

It ought to be " A measure of faith"

A Measure in scriptures refers often to a portion ,part of a whole .

So what measure ? What part ? What whole ?

Pretext deals with service

Romans 12:1-2 KJV
[1] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Serving by exhibiting your bodies in its true state and worth ,an instrument of His worship ,renewing your mind to accept this .

Post text is far clearer

Romans 12:4-5 KJV
[4] For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
[5] So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

We are members of His  body ,

We have individual and differing functions

1 Corinthians 12:12,27 KJV
[12] For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
[27] Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

The context here is gifts ,we have different functions ,just like the physical body

1 Corinthians 12:28-29 KJV
[28] And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29] Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

Each part is a measure of the whole .

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 KJV
[4] Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
[5] And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
[6] And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

More precisely in the epistle to the Ephesians

Ephesians 4:7-8,11 KJV
[7] But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
[8] Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
[11] And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Measure of the gift of Christ .

Emphasis was gifts for ministry ,we all have measures ,just like the human body

Ephesians 4:16 KJV
[16] From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

This is the same message in Romans 12:3

Romans 12:3 KJV
[3] For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Don't think beyond your function in the body of Christ.

Stay in your office as God has dealt to you your measure in the faith ,referring to gifts .

Whilst it's true believers have faith and belong to its Household in Christ ,it's also used for ministry or ministering to others either as a gift

1 Corinthians 12:9 KJV
[9] To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

Like healing and miracles

It's in the context of Romans 12:3 used for our ministries in the body of Christ .

So let's re echo Paul by saying ,


Think soberly .

Hope this is clear ?
Jesus is Lord, We win.
Critical eye

Year of entrepreneurship and soul winning

  John15- I am a true vine my father is a farmer not a baker...

We complain bcoz we don't know the effort and stress of the farmer. We don't understand sacrifices of the farmer.

We don't understand how difficult it was for the rotten oranges to be in the supermarket all we can do is to see a rotten orange and throw it in the air.

Be a farmer today you will understand how patient he is.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Do not lose focus

We must not be caught drifting away from the Word

Excellence in ministry isn't in real estate ,automobiles or earthy acquisition .

Neither in How tech our services are

All that smirks of spiritual illiteracy .

Since you don't drink bottles but its contents

What is vital in a church or ministry is

Its Doctrine

The quality of the spiritual lives of its members

It's not difficult to see that some fellows homes ,are more tastefully built than most if not all churches .

More expensive too

It's appalling some church services are now tourist centers

We boast to others even about how exquisite our church rest rooms are !

We are losing the focus if we talk this way .

Outside the knowledge of the Son,everything is an Empty shell

Decorating a dead body is not life to it

Let's get our priorities straight

Like I said at the last WCC,of my local church

" if church buildings ,real estate and tech things plus material wealth is your mode of measuring ministry success ,you are a unwise "

No apologies .

Build eternal verities

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 KJV
[12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; [13] Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

The Lord grant us wisdom and understanding

What Is Occupying Your Mind? What is Filling Your Mind?

A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.
Proverbs 15:14, NLT

Our eyes and ears are the gateway to our soul.

What we watch and listen to and who we associate with are constantly feeding us. If you watch things that are unwholesome, listen to things that drag you down, and associate with people who are negative and gossips, you are feeding your inner man trash. You can’t be strong in the Lord and become all God created you to be with a diet like that. You are what you eat.

Today more than ever, we have the opportunity to feed on wrong things. There are hundreds of channels on television, countless websites on the Internet and smartphones, music, movies, and video games trying to influence us.

 Take inventory of what you are watching and listening to. What kind of values is it portraying? Is it wholesome, inspiring you to be better, and building you up? If not, make the necessary changes. Don’t fill your mind and spirit with trash.

“Father, thank You for providing me with Your Word as well as such an abundance of anointed messages, praise music, great books and devotionals to feed my soul. Help me to be wise and disciplined to only watch and listen to what inspires me to be better. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”


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