Anecdotes are meant to capture singular episodic moments to substantiate a character trait or to uplift a lofty moral point. So, when the speaker on this morning’s Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l prayer line was given the green light to share the word of God with participants, he began with an anecdote.
Mr. Elton Kamwa began with a 2012 motivational speech given by his soccer coach of the Maryland statewide team, who told the players that he had handpicked and cherry-picked them because he believed in their abilities as excellent soccer players. According Brother Elton, the coach told them that he didn’t commit any mortal error by selecting them, so they should go out there and “maintain the integrity of the uniform and win.”
Four years after Mr. Kamwa heard that inspirational speech before a soccer game, he still remembers it, so he disseminated it and analogized it to emphasize humanity’s need for integrity in our relationship with the Creator.
In a beautiful anadiplosis that impressed even the senior pastor, Brother Elton noted: “God knew you before you were born; because he knew you before you were born, you are predestined; if you are predestined, you have been called; if you have been called, you have been justified, and if you have been justified, you have been glorified.”
He continued: “If God is for you, who can be against you? We’ve all been called by God to be great because God doesn’t make mistakes. He chooses specifically. He chose Trump. The Israelites who left Egypt with Moses didn’t reach the Promised Land because they lost their collective sense of integrity with God.”
Brother Elton then referred to the scriptures to substantiate Abraham’s profound sense of integrity with God that led to the Creator fulfilling his covenant with the former, by making him the father of many nations. God says in Gen. 17: 1, “When Abram was 99 years old, Jehovah appeared to Abram and said, ‘I am God Almighty. Walk before me and prove yourself faultless.’”
God set a condition for Abraham to fulfill before he would honor his promise, and Abraham did. “God said Abraham must live a blameless life, and everything would follow. God waits for us to take the initiative before fulfilling his promise to us. Wear your uniform of integrity for your salvation. There should be no more excuses. Go the extra mile and God will move to honor his word,” said Brother Elton.
Furthermore, Mr. Kamwa echoed Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi’s advice in one of his sermons, noting, “One of my commitments is to stop procrastinating because I have been guilty of it in the past. We must take advantage of things holding us back, holding us captives so that we can shame the devil. We must believe in the word of God and apply it to our lives.”
He ended with a passage from Gen. 18: 19, saying, “God asked Abraham to do what is just and right, and he would make him a great father of nations. Show your passion and fire to serve the Lord, and he will step in to fulfill his promise in your life.”
Responding, Senior Pastor Ntemi expressed his overt admiration for Brother Elton as an individual with the ability to make a difference, a child of God with a great opportunity ahead of him and prayed for him to realize his talent and gift. He asked the Lord to be the spirit behind his knowledge and wisdom in his life.
“I like the way he displayed his message. God is looking at us and saying, ‘Before you were formed, I set you apart to glorify my name. The spirit of the Lord is being experienced here on this prayer line. The Lord has the power to transform us and take us to where we need to be. Let us obey his word,” said the man of God.
He repeated Gen. 17: 1, saying, “God’s blessing and favor come regardless of one’s age. Abraham was 99 years old, and God used him to fulfill his covenant. God is telling us, ‘If you walk faithfully with me, I would fulfill my covenant with you.’ In the eyes of God, there are no leftovers. He can take us from nothing to something,” accentuated the man of God.
Pastor Ntemi then reminded participants of tomorrow’s live concert by the Voice of Cherubim Choir. “The Choir is ready for tomorrow. They have promised to deliver and they must,” said Pastor Georges Ntemi, who also doubles as the CEO and President of Amazing Love Health Services.
Elder Joseph Ngatchou announced that Thanksgiving turkeys will be distributed to church members today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to Noon. Minister Louise Wese will be in charge of the distribution of the turkeys.
Assistant Pastor Jean Paul Ntap prayed for participants to sacrifice themselves with their lips and hearts to serve God. “Help us understand the meaning of serving you, O’ God. Thank you for your goodness and mercy. We pray for restoration and healing over our body, soul, mind, and spirit.”
Samuel O. Doku