Guardian Ministries: ONE = UNITY

first_img Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Faith Leader Q&A Interview Guardian Ministries: ONE = UNITY By DAVID L. ANTION, GUARDIAN MINISTRIES Published on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 11:02 am Top of the News Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Paul makes this unifying statement in Ephesians 4: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6 NAU). In verse 3 Paul urged that we “preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”We are already unified. But how? Some are in that organization or church group and some are in this. But we all have ONE God and Father who is over all, in all and through all!What if a husband and wife had 8 children? Suppose the children all grew to maturity when the parents died. All the siblings fought over the inheritance and split apart with anger and hostility not speaking to one another and not ever seeing one another. Are they still blood relatives? Do they have the same DNA? Did they all come from the same father and mother? No matter how many miles separated them or how many issues divided them, they are still all members of the same (one) family. That is a fact.So how could Paul make the statement that we are unified and we need to preserve it? He already knew from the other apostles about the unity of Christ and the Father. And because God the Father and Jesus Christ are one (John 10:30), this unity becomes the basis of our unity with them: “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3 NAU). This is the basis of our fellowship with each other. It makes us one (John 17:11). Remember that the Son does the will of the Father (John 4:34) and has received the powers even of judgment.The Son obeys the Father’s will and has received a command from the Father that concerns His death and resurrection and He willingly lays down His own life (John 10:18). Because the Son obeys we must realize that to remain in Jesus or in the Father we also must be obedient in a spirit of love. Jesus said, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love (John 15:10 NAS).Loving one another is the way to remain in His love. “No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:12 NAS). Also we read, “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” 1 John 4:16 NAU).When we are unified with God and His Son we bear fruit. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Being in unity with God and His Son also helps us to escape the pollutions of the world and its lusts. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever” (I John 2:16-17 NAS).It is the unity of the Father and Son and our unity with them that prevents anyone or anything from snatching us away from their love. “For I am convinced that neither death, no life, no angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, no height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 NAS).God’s love is in Christ and expressed through Christ. When we are in unity with them we abide in His love. Thus we abide in both the Father and the Son. And as long as we choose to abide in the Father and the Son no person or power can take us away from them. This is true of each one of us individually and it is true of all of us (the Body of Christ) collectively! That’s why the gates of Hades cannot prevail against Christ’s church!Praise be to God for the unity we have in the Father and the Son and for the everlasting love and commitment to us.— David L. Antion for Guardian MinistriesGuardian Ministries, P.O. 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Dzumhur plays Semi-finals of the ATP Challenger Tournament in Blois Today

first_imgDamir Dzumhur, best tennis player in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will today play the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger Tournament in Blois, France. Dzumhur’s opponent, will be French Alexandre Muller (327 ATP).Bosnian best tennis player, ranked 94th on the ATP list, will fight for the semi-finals and for 43,000 Euros worth tournament.Previously, Estonian Jurgen Zoop won , while in 2nd round Dzumhur defeated Canadian Felix Auger Aliassim (231 ATP) with 6: 7 (4), 6: 3, 6: 4.Match between Dzumhur and Muller is playing today from 11 am.(Source: fena)last_img read more

Govt policy now threatens poultry industry to aid friends, comrades

first_img…former Commerce Minister says country is already self-sufficient  The coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government has now sidelined local poultry producers to grant licences to import hundreds of thousands of pounds of chicken without even consulting with local producers to see if the demand locally can be met – just to aid friends and comrades.This is according to Chairperson of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PPAC), Irfaan Ali, who was at the time responding to revelations that a company registered only last year has already been granted a licence to import chicken into the country despite a thriving industry that has always been able to meet local demand.Ali has since posited that there appeared to be a change in Government policy whereby encouraging and defending local businesses and the welfare of Guyanese workers were no longer a priority.The former Housing Minister, who also held responsibility for Tourism, Industry and Commerce in Guyana under the previous Administration, pointed out that this was occurring in a time when the nation has seen the loss of jobs, such as in the case of Barama Company Limited.He also questioned if it was the intention of the APNU/AFC Government to close down the poultry industry in order to aid “a few friends and comrades, while at the same time relegating our country to becoming an economic colony of a few developed countries.”Guyana Times on Thursday reported that Government has granted several licences to import close to one million – 884,000 – pounds of chicken for the latter half of 2016 and among the recipients are Guyana Water Inc Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Richard Van West-Charles and fired Debt Recovery Manager Lear Goring.Guyana Development Associates is among the companies granted licences to import chicken and is jointly owned by Van West-Charles and Goring.The company was registered on July 27, 2015, two months after the APNU/AFC Administration took office. Its address is registered as Lot 301 Meadowbrook Gardens, Georgetown.It is among a list of 19 businesses/individuals who were recipients of the second batch of chicken import licences for 2016.GWI’s Internal Auditing Department is currently investigating Dr Van West-Charles over a litany of complaints and decisions, including the hiring of Goring in a position that he created.Ali pointed out that the local poultry industry was the largest non-traditional agricultural sector  with investments in the tens of millions of US dollars.According to Ali, “the local poultry industry has always had a good working relationship with the Ministry of Business and has always had an opportunity whenever these situations arise to meet and discuss whether there will be adequate supplies of chicken for Christmas.”The former Minister noted that the industry provided employment for some 18,000 people, “mainly in our rural communities where employment is difficult to find”.He used the opportunity to point out too that “hundreds of small households supplement their income by rearing broilers and layers in their backyards”.The industry, according to the former Minister, also provides an important partner for the struggling rice sector, since a large percentage of the feed used in the poultry industry comprises rice and its by-products.He also drew reference to the fact that “Guyana has been self-sufficient in both fresh eggs and broiler meat for several years now”.This industry, he said, is now threatened too by smuggling, under-invoicing of weights being imported by persons who have been issued licences “and now in addition… the granting of licences without even a discussion with the industry to see if there is a need to import”.A number of local farmers are upset at the Government’s decision, citing the fact that they have adequate supplies for the local market.Some local producers queried exactly how 19 companies were granted licences by the Government without any consultation with the local industry.This publication was told that such a move by the Government will have devastating consequences on local chicken producers and the feed industry.last_img read more