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

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”. All us Seniors 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 after taking it, Joshua asked Caleb what part he wanted. Caleb wanted the mountains. Not the plains, ...
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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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The Lost Coin Of Luke 15:8-10

by Val Black     In Luke 15:8-10 it tells the story of a woman who lost a coin and in reading, it seems as if she’s very disturbed about the loss. Have you ever wondered why a simple lost coin would be such a concern to a woman that she would rejoice when she found it? Here is the reason why: When a woman married in those days the bridegroom would give the bride a gift of silver coins which the bride would wear hanging from her forehead as a decoration and as a sign to others that she was ...
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The Power Of A Whisper

by Teresa Foo     Have you ever whispered? Most of us have. What makes a whisper different than a regularly spoken word? Years ago, as a young tot, my best friend, Cassandra, taught me a simple truth. We joked a lot and she was full of humor. She once told me that a whisper is more effective than a yell. As years passed, I realized the impact of that statement.     As a child in a classroom, do you remember your teacher standing still, waiting for all of you to listen? What if your teacher yelled at you ...
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Do You Know Your Value?

by Teresa Foo     Do you know your value? What exactly do we base that on? Hmm, well, in my case, I think about the fact that we have five beautiful children and two wonderful Sons-in-law. We also have three grandchildren that are BEYOND cute! No words could describe them! We love them so much!! So, is that where I find my value? I just don’t think that’s enough. I can’t take credit for all of that because God is the Creator, not me. Although, He did see me worthy of such a blessing and I am sooo thankful ...
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It’s Time . . .

by Teresa Foo     It’s time, time to let go! That’s right, the time has come to forget the past and move on to bigger and better things! Have you ever heard that saying before? I know, so have I. The intentions behind it are meant to strengthen us and give us hope, which is comforting. It is nice to know that others truly care and are concerned about our well being. I may be the exception to the rule, but at times, those words of encouragement are just words. I know that seems rude and maybe unacceptable to ...
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Living For God

by Brenda Black     I recently had a conversation with a woman regarding her father. Her father told her the reason he would not go to church, except for the occasional holiday program, was because the same men he sat with in the bar on Saturday night were the same men he had seen sitting in church on Sunday morning. It made me wonder how many other people allowed the behavior of others to dictate their own decision to attend church. Later as I thought about our conversation I saw the contradiction in his statement. What was the real ...
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Dealing With Sin

by Brenda Black     I like things neat, organized and clean. Now don’t get me wrong, if you come to my house you will find small piles of “to do’s” and even dust! I will get to those things after I get done with the current projects I have going on, so for now, the piles and dust will have to wait. Our spiritual lives are like that. We long for perfection and cleanliness and a straight path so we make the best out of what we have, as imperfect as it may be. We pick and choose to ...
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Maintain Your Peace

by Brenda Black     In this world, there are many opportunities to become distracted. So many things want our attention. Whether it is money problems, relationship problems, health issues or any other assortment of “issues”, distractions are available to all and they come in all shapes and sizes. Not all distractions are negative, some come wrapped in pretty packages, say money, for instance, fame, promotion or power. Did you know that it is okay to have money, fame, and power? As God’s children we are called to be the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, are ...
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