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Here are some uplifting articles, messages, and prophecies that are certain to help build your faith.

Forgiving AND Forgetting

“I’ll forgive, but I’ll NEVER forget”    Does that sound familiar?  You may have heard that said by someone or maybe you have said it yourself.  When others say or do something to hurt someone, either physically, verbally, mentally, or sexually, that person is inclined to engrave the offense in the back of their minds, even after announcing forgiveness. How does God feel about such a situation and what may the consequences be if we do forgive but never forget?   Or, would there be any consequences?  After all, isn’t God a loving God?  Doesn’t God know our hearts and understands ...
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One Flesh

By Val Black A verse of scripture that is sometimes taken out of context and used to implement a married life of domination of a husband over his wife is Ephesians 5:22-23 which states, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.” My wife and I once had as friends a married couple in which the husband, a former pastor, used the above scripture to justify verbal and light physical abuse of the ...
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“How can I know your Jesus?”

HOW CAN I KNOW YOUR JESUS? by Val Black Covenant Messenger Ministries sponsors a team of four evangelists who regularly go to cities and villages in various parts of Ghana to pass out Gospel tracts (pamphlets), explain salvation through Jesus Christ and pray for healing for those who are afflicted with sickness and other infirmities. In May of 2018 the team went to in a small village in the eastern region of Ghana called Akyem Asafo and in pouring down rain that day, they still managed to give out 207 Gospel tracts to anyone who would accept them.  Through the ...
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Outreach To Akim Achiase – July 3, 2018

Are you ready for some good news?  On the morning of July 3, 2018 the team traveled to Akim Achiase (located at South Birim District in the Eastern Region of Ghana).  About 300 tracts were shared and the Gospel of Jesus Christ was preached.  When the Gospel is shared, good things are bound to happen!  It was reported that 73 people gave their lives to Jesus on that day.  That’s not just good news…that’s great news! In addition to this, one woman who was having severe pain and couldn’t walk for over a year was prayed for by the CMM ...
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Assin Fosu Outreach- June 13-14

The Covenant Messenger Outreach team traveled to Assin Fosu (Central Region of Ghana) on June 13th-14th, 2018.  Assin Fosu is an established town with a population of 20,541.  As the Covenant Messenger team shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ and distributed 180 tracts, 59 people gave their lives to the Lord and 2 powerful healings took place.  Glory to God! This man complained of not being able to lift his hand because of severe pain. This man couldn’t lift his hand without severe pain. The CMM team asked God for this man’s healing. CMM team members pray for this man’s ...
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It’s From The Heart

IT’S FROM THE HEART  by Val Black God isn’t impressed with our good works unless it is from the heart, a heart that desires to return the love He has for us. It must have been confusing to the people of Israel when they were being taught they were doing the right thing by men respected because of their “higher learning” of the scriptures.  They did the sacrificing of animals as prescribed in scripture but their hearts were far from the intention God had in asking them to perform them.  Every sacrifice made should have asked the question, “Isn’t there a ...
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Introducing: Amanda George

Val & Julie Black are very happy to announce that our granddaughter, Amanda George, will be helping with the future posts on the web page of Covenant Messenger Ministries. Amanda, a mother of three, keeps very busy with her family.   Her husband, Jim George II, is assistant Pastor of Relevant Church in Elkhorn, NE.   In addition to raising their three little ones, Amanda is very active in the church.  She recently finished writing the curriculum for Children’s church.  Amanda is also very active in Trades of Hope, a Fair Trade, “missional” business assisting women around the world to rise out of ...
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God’s Servant, Rev. John Harrison

Rev. John Harrison of Covenant Messenger Ministries is keeping very busy these days teaching classes in various locations and opening new schools as well. I like to tell the story of how John became acquainted with our ministry.  It must have been between 15 to 20 years ago that someone donated a brand new Bible to the ministry.  It was a duplicate of the Bible I had bought many years ago and because of the notes and use, mine had degraded quite a bit.  I was happy to receive the new Bible and believed God had sent it as a ...
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The Testimony of a Graduate of Covenant Messenger Ministries School of the Bible

(Occasionally we hear back from one of the graduates of the Bible school and this is one of the most recent ones.  It’s a blessing to us to know that the course is appreciated but we give all the credit to the Holy Spirit in His leading and His anointing of the teachers) My name is Rev. Philip Kwame Osei, a head Pastor of Christ Palace Church (End Time Ministries) based in Ghana, West Africa. I joined your university in the year 2017, pursuing a degree program.  I am very glad I took this decision.  After the graduation of the ...
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Do You Have Questions About God, Jesus, the Bible, or theology?

Do you need help understanding a Bible verse or passage?  Are there any spiritual issues in your life for which you need advice or counsel? Occasionally, we all have questions that we need an answer to in order to help us to better understand the Bible, God, etc.   Here is a link to a ministry that we have found to be reliable in answering any question that may arise:  https://www.gotquestions.org/ Be sure to check their following links:   Top Twenty Questions  —   Question Of The Week  —  Top Articles and subscribe to their Question Of The Week ...
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Redemption Revealed Through A Worm

By Val Black Every year Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a miracle proving Jesus, as the Son of God, had authority over life and death.  But before the resurrection, there was His death and one of the most amazing things in the Bible is how His death was prophesied so many years before His birth.  Perhaps the strangest of all prophecies of the death of Jesus was in the Old Testament where He was depicted as a “worm”.  That may be a shocker to you but let’s look into it and I think you will be greatly blessed once ...
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Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine by Val Black Matthew 5:16:  “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Sometimes changing one simple word in a verse of scripture can help us understand a deeper meaning.  I’m not suggesting we add or detract anything from the Word of God, but instead would suggest we regard it from a different point of view to help us understand the true meaning. Regarding the above scripture, consider the first word, “Let”.  A simple definition of “let” is to, “consent to, permit, to give ...
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A Word From Val Black

Have you ever wondered how God could have commanded Joshua, as the leader of the Children of Israel when they were entering Canaan, to kill all of the inhabitants of that region? The key to understanding His instructions is knowing who those people were and what they were like. They were known as Canaanites, but there were also other cultures such as the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. A common god worshiped by all of these people was Bel, also known as, Baal and Beelzebub. Their religion consisted of sexual perversion, including bestiality, self-mutilation, drunkenness and worst of ...
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A Letter Received From An Inmate – Kumasi Prison

We had a request from one of the inmates at the Kumasi prison to contact his wife in regards to his general condition and to learn about his daughter, whom he has never seen as she was born shortly before he was imprisoned 8 years ago.   The Director of C.M.M. did contact the wife and daughter and reported back to the inmate.  Later the following letter of appreciation came from the inmate.  It’s being posted in hopes the reader will be prompted by the Holy Spirit to pray for this man and others who are incarcerated. I wish to express ...
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A Report On The Visit To The Kumasi Central Prison – Oct. 20, 2017

This is a report on the Bible School that Covenant Messenger Ministries began a few months ago.  The Government gave the ministry permission to conduct Bible schools in every prison in Ghana, depending on  how well the pilot school does in Kumasi. The meeting commenced at 1:30 p.m. with prayer, praise and worship by inmates. Total registered students increased to eighty-seven (87); as one (1) new student was registered.  Out of the eighty-seven (87) registered students, sixty (60) were present with twenty-seven (27) absent, due to sickness and/or out on duty.  Pastor Kwabena Owusu and Rev. Emmanuel Atta Osei facilitated ...
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C.M.M. Director, Joseph Boachie Danquah, visits the U.S.

On October 25, 2017, the C.M.M. director, Joseph Boachie Danquah, a.k.a., “Boachie”, came to Shenandoah, Iowa to visit with Julie and Val Black, founders of the ministry.   It was a unique time for Boachie as he was privileged to ride with a friend as they combined corn at their farm near Barnard, Missouri.   We also had a great time visiting with the present Catholic priest in Shenandoah, Father Raphael, who is also from Ghana, West Africa, as is Boachie.   During his stay Boachie visited some who were in need of prayer.  He also renewed acquaintances with others who he has ...
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The Word Made Flesh

A note from Val Black: Days of Praise has been a favorite monthly devotional of mine for many years.  The articles by the late Dr. Henry M. Morris are exceptional.  Below is one example. The Word Made Flesh by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. Evidence for Creation “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) This is the definitive verse on the divine incarnation, when “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19), and ...
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The Caleb Spirit

by Val Black When asked by a newspaper reporter if he had lived in Maine all of his life, the 90 plus man replied, “Not yet”. Every senior should have the same attitude. The older I get the more I like to think about Caleb in the Old Testament. Joshua and Caleb were the only two left of the original group of the Children of Israel that left Egypt for the Promised Land. When it was time to divide up the land, Joshua asked Caleb what part he wanted. Caleb answered: “Today I am eighty-five years old. I am as ...
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The Blood Covenant

by Val Black    True Christianity is based on a person’s personal relationship with their Creator, God, through the shed Blood of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus.     We can have this relationship because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary nearly 2000 years ago.  It was a plan that was necessary because of the fall of Adam.  Adam sinned and lost his dominion over God’s creation.  The penalty for that sin was death, spiritual and physical.  In the Garden of Eden Adam died spiritually and lost his personal relationship with God.  God spared Adam from ...
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The Ashes Of The Red Heifer

by Val Black (Preface: The following message was given by Val Black at Faith Christian Fellowship, Shenandoah, Iowa at the Wednesday evening service on April 30, 1997. It was in response to the announcement of the first unblemished Red Heifer to be born in Israel in 2000 years. Although it may seem outdated in terms of the news of a red heifer being born at that time, the message of the Ashes of the Red Heifer is still the same and affects the Body of Christ today.)     What is the meaning behind the Red Heifer and what significance ...
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