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

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 ...
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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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Godly Wisdom

by Jerome Yaw Boachie-Danquah, Ghana, W. Africa     Find joy in the little things, for there are so very many of them. In every day there are countless opportunities to be joyful. Those small moments of joy and happiness will add up. They’ll keep you pointed in a positive direction. Big achievements are the result of small efforts added one by one to each other. In the same way, lives of happiness and fulfillment are built piece by piece, one small joy at a time.     Don’t be too quick to place judgments on events as they unfold ...
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Junk Or Treasure?

by Teresa Foo     “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure.” Have you heard that saying before? Well, I think it’s worth thinking about. Why would my junk be a treasure to someone else? After all, it’s junk in my eyes. Okay, what is the definition of junk? Basically, it is defined as old or discarded articles that are considered useless, or of little value. So, why would my discarded articles be of use to someone else? This brought me to a memory I have of an old trunk that I noticed one day when we lived in Indiana ...
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Worship In Church

by Brad Black     A while back I was in church worshiping and I thought of all the churches that “glam up” their worship services with lights and the best sound equipment.  I’m not judging the use of those things because I believe that those can be tools of worship as much as singing and living.  But I just thought of God’s heart, how complex yet simple He is, and I thought, “Would I be worshipping the same if all these lights and microphones were stripped from this room?  Would I be worshipping God for who He is, or ...
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