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

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Old-time prospectors would spend years digging for gold with a pickaxe and in more recent times, men are using heavy machinery for the same purpose and the same goal. To become rich. There is another “gold” that will make a man/woman even richer, although spiritual, and that is in the Word of God and you won’t even get your hands dirty by digging. Join Val in digging for “golden nuggets” found throughout the Bible. Here’s the link:  Val’s Blog ...
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“When He Sees The Blood . . . . ” Exodus 12:22

An article by Val Black There is a saying about the Bible that goes like this, “The new in the old concealed, the old in the new revealed”.   That may not make sense to someone reading it for the first time but it’s talking about the two divisions of the Bible, the Old Testament, and the New Testament.   There are prophecies in the Old Testament that are hidden or concealed, but with careful study, they are fulfilled, or revealed, in the New Testament. Some of the things that are hidden in the Old Testament are known as “types”, meaning a ...
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70 TIMES 7

by Val Black When Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive others for their offenses, Jesus replied, “70 times 7”. (Matthew 18:22) In other words, God doesn’t put a limitation to our forgiveness of others. But where did Jesus come up with the number, “70 times 7”? It wasn’t done arbitrarily by Jesus but actually done intentionally.   In order to understand the reason why Jesus used that particular number, a look into the Old Testament book of Genesis will provide an answer. In Genesis, chapter 4, we read of Cain, one of two sons of Adam and Eve, ...
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Kwabenya Graduation – December 26, 2018

On December 26, 2018, graduation service of Covenant Messenger Ministries School of the Bible took place at What DId Jesus Say Ministries in Kwabenya, Ghana.  Fifty-two students graduated and are now “primed” in the service of the Lord. As 2018 ends and at our late age, Julie and I are thankful that the Lord is still willing to allow us to become a very small part of the ministry. We’re so blessed to be connected to some of the most dedicated and gifted people to help spread the Gospel.   Above is a group photo of the graduates, speakers, and others ...
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A Christian’s New Year’s Resolution: To Witness

Sometimes in the life of a Christian, a person comes along to whom it seems practically impossible to explain the love of God in such a way as to convince that person to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  It could be a lifetime friend, a sibling, a husband or wife, or any number of people who have become so set in their “ways of the world” the thought of changing their lifestyle is unthinkable.   To them, although lacking in spiritual aspects, life is good.  Materially speaking, they have most of what they want, but always lacking and wanting ...
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The Three Gifts of the Wise Men

Matthew 2:1-2, “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” (NKJV) Matthew 2:11 “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”  (NKJV) Most people are ...
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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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