Fourteen Years of Friendship   Leave a comment

My birthday was last week but just wanted to share this message from Jonathan… Bible says a friend loveth at all times (Proverbs 17:17). From school, to church, to uni, relationships, to ministry, we’ve been through it all and if it ended tomorrow, I would thank God. But that canned possum be gived (inside joke)… Here’s to you Jon! :mrgreen:

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Inset:- Featuring Richard Walker (Left) and Jonathan Ekwuruke (Right). Inset:- Featuring Richard Walker (Left) and Jonathan Ekwuruke (Right).

How do you define 14 years of friendship? 14…, 2 x…7? How do you summarize the high and lows, or scale the ups and downs of that journey?

I am writing about one of only two people who almost brought me to tears on my wedding day; yes they almost made me cry (that’s no easy feat)!
Over the years this person has added a great deal to me which is rare, forming a large part of who I am today. My first guitar teacher, making him largely responsible for much of the musical knowledge I have. The co-writer of many songs and co-conspirator of many schemes; not to mention part of the dynamic duo which forms The Grapes. An advisor on matters of technology and social media, someone who introduced me to the Cheese Ploughman’s sandwich, someone whose ‘crippling constancy’…

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Posted 25th May 2015 by ukrichardwalker in Blog, My Thoughts

Happy Birthday Bishop Dag! And 6 Quotes From Quiet Time   Leave a comment

Happy Birthday to the most anointed, creative, dynamic, and exciting pastor I know. (Photo credit: First Love Church)

Happy Birthday to the most anointed, creative, dynamic, and exciting pastor I know. (Photo credit: First Love Church)

To Bishop Dag Heward-Mills,

Words can’t really describe what you mean to me and to many people. Your belief in and obedience to Jesus Christ has led many to taste and see that the Lord is good. You inspire me to use any and every gift and talent I have for the Lord, because you have done it tirelessly. Your consistency and conviction has inspired me in every facet of my life.

I pray the hand of the Lord will be good upon you, that He will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, and that He will build a hedge of protection around your family and incredible ministry. 🙂

Now then… As it is Bishop Dag’s birthday, there’s no better time to share some quotes from one his books and of my favourites: Quiet Time. You might be asking, ‘Richard, that’s nice and all… But what the heck is quiet time?’ That brings me to the first quote:

“Quiet time is time you spend with God alone. If anybody were to ask me what the greatest secret of my relationship with God is, I would say without any hesitation that it is the power of the quiet times I have with Him every day.”

Think about this – Bishop Dag has an huge worldwide ministry with many sermons, books written, church buildings built, pastors trained and thousands of souls saved. He has accomplished more than many people have in a lifetime. And yet… He says his greatest secret is quiet time with the Lord. If that doesn’t make you want to have some quiet times… I don’t know what else to tell ya.

The most important time of the day - time with the Lord.

The most important time of the day – time with the Lord.

How do you have a quiet time with God then? Fortunately, here are 7 Steps to having a quiet time from the book:

“Step 1 – Pray to Begin Your Quiet Time
It’s time to give the Lord praise and worship for His goodness.
Step 2 – Read a Passage from the Bible Expecting God to Speak to You
Step 3 – Meditate (Think Through and Soberly Reflect on What You Have Read)
Step 4 – Move into Deeper Bible Study and Make Further References to Things That Strike You during Your Quiet Time
Step 5 – Use Your Bible Reading Guide
You will benefit from anointed teachers whose ministry will help you to grow.
Step 6 – Write Down Whatever the Lord Tells You
Step 7 – Now Spend Time Praying to the Lord.
During the prayer time, God will speak to you through His Spirit.”

That’s how it’s done. Try it – your devotion to God will increase!

One of the best things about Quiet Time is that it is a introduction to apologetics. The definition of apologetics is ‘reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.’ To reach some people with Jesus and even for your own level of faith, you will need to know how to defend what you believe with plain facts and information.

In Quiet Time, Bishop Dag’s chapters on The Origin of the Bible and Why The Bible Is Superior to Every Other Book break down how the Bible came into existence, why no other books are added to it, and why we can be confident in it. These chapters will answer a lot of nagging questions about the Bible to a growing believer in Christ. Take this quote as a sample:

“An important truth you must not overlook is that the Church did not create the Canon or the books that we call Scripture. The Church simply recognized the books that were inspired by God and publicly approved of them.”

This is explaining why the books of the Bible are what they are. It is important to know that not every spiritual book was inspired by God. That brings us to the Apocrypha, which Bishop Dag also talks about:

“Divine authority is not claimed by the apocryphal authors; and by others it is virtually disowned.”

Many quotes from the Apocrypha are included in the Bible. Also included reasoning as to why the Apocrypha is not worthy of being scripture, including historical inaccuracy, and the owners openly saying they don’t know why they wrote their books. (Therefore, they’re not divine.) People have tried to confuse me on evangelism before with books in the Apocrypha, but that can never happen now thanks to this book!

“The Bible is superior in the fact that it is the most reliable historic document of all time.
There are more than 5,300 known Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. Add over 10,000 Latin Vulgate and at least 9,300 other early versions (MSS) and we have more than 24,000 manuscripts copies of portions of the New Testament in existence today.”

Many people say that the Bible has been changed over the years and use that to discredit the Word of God. But Bishop Dag points out that still in existence is around 24K of manuscripts from the times of the Bible’s writing. Does that sound like a book you can’t trust?

“You need to write down the things God says to you. I have a book in which I write the things that God shows me. Sometimes I am surprised at the many revelations and instructions that the Lord has given me.”

When you have your quiet time, you must write down the scriptures you have studied and what you have learned. God will speak to you and instruct you for your life. I have had quiet times and needed exactly what I learned in a matter of days, if not the same day.

This book is amazing. I wish I had the time or energy to reproduce the entire book for you… just purchase the book and learn at the feet of one of God’s greatest teachers of this generation. Bring understanding to your life of why the Bible is God’s chosen anthology and the greatest book of all time, worth defending until the end by reading this book.

Oh, and don’t forget to have your quiet time. 😀

Purchase this book and other great Bishop Dag Heward-Mills books at:

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Posted 14th May 2015 by ukrichardwalker in Books

SANKOFA   Leave a comment

I’m a big time reflector and self-evaluator, so this blog that I’m reposting was really relative to me. The Bible says let us examine and probe our ways (Lamentations 3:40), and mentions self-examination from time-to-time… May we always judge ourselves so we won’t need to be judged. 🙂 Enjoy!

Soul and Psyche

|sankɔfa| Akan. go back and get it.

My life has been very amorphous in the past few months.

I graduated from university last spring. After four years of assignments, midterms, finals, lab reports, tears, midterms, all-nighters in the library and the couch, and more midterms and finals, I was finally getting my first real degree. Although I was not graduating with my ideal GPA (shout-out to Organic Chemistry and Physics), I was quite proud of myself and what I’d accomplished. It was all very exciting and nerve-wracking. (Probably 70% nerve-wracking and 30% exciting).

“What next? Where do we go from here?? What am I doing with the rest of my life???”

Initially I would get very anxious and annoyed when people would ask, “So, what are you doing next?” I just graduated from university can we just focus on that?!  It turns out that’s THE question to ask…

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Posted 27th April 2015 by ukrichardwalker in Blog

A Young Preacher Dies While On Evangelism   5 comments

A picture of Richard Walker holding the cross in a London street.

Me on evangelism in 2010. I pray this is an image that never changes.

This is a message I got from a friend during last week:

Just got a call from my mum in Ghana…it’s about a young man that my mum knows (26yrs old). He just died on Sunday.

He was found dead in the middle of the road with his bible and his speaker & mic in his hand. He was preaching the gospel and collapsed dead.

When my mum got to the hospital after hearing his speaker/mix was still on.

Hearing this…the fear of the Lord came upon me…It is a real wake up call for me.

Let us do all we can to continue preaching as I’m sure we all do.

May God’s mercy be with you.

All I can add is that this could easily be me. What will I be found doing when it’s my time to go?

May God give us all grace to keep spreading His love and His great gospel.

Watch powerful evangelism videos at:
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Richie Rich Show – Episode 19 – Technology’s Good & Bad Side   2 comments

This show a took a while to finish but it’s been a blessing. 🙂

Watch all episodes from Richie Rich Show and more spiritual videos at:
http://www.youtube.com/ukrichardwalker

Nobody Likes Me   2 comments

Do you feel like she looks sometimes?

Do you feel like she looks sometimes?

Does this sound familiar to you? I think nobody likes me. I’m not a really likable person. Not like my friends. I’m not as good as them, honestly. I feel think things would be better if I wasn’t here…

Have those thoughts come to you before? Maybe not as deeply, or maybe not in that order, but I think we’ve all felt ‘nobody likes me’ from time to time. I sure have.

Thoughts like these separate people from their churches, beloved family from family members, and partners from their partners. Some people unforunately commit suicide believing, deep down… ‘Nobody likes me‘.

It’s perfectly normal to feel that way, no-one’s happy 24 hours a day. And hey, maybe there’s truth to what you feel – perhaps some people visibly don’t like you. Your feelings are important, so feel your feelings. Feel like no-one likes you, if you really want. I feel like punching some people sometimes. Doesn’t mean I have to act upon it.

You don’t have to act upon any depressing feeling that comes your way. Don’t let Satan lie to you. Satan wants to kill and destroy you (John 10:10), and if he can do it through your thoughts, he will. Don’t be ignorant of the weapons Satan uses against you. (2 Corinthians 2:11) He wants to wipe you out and drag you to hell starting with your mind – don’t let him.

Think about it… How can nobody like you? Not one person on God’s green earth? And hey, not everyone is going to like you. There are 7 MILLION PEOPLE on the planet earth. (Source: World Bank, 2013.) Can you be liked by everyone on earth? Can everyone on earth dislike you? Are you Satan

Someone likes you just the way you are. In fact, I’d wager to say more than one person looks at you and finds pleasure in just seeing you. You are not irrelevant.

(Warning: Lots of ‘maybes’ coming.) Maybe you wonder if no-one will sweep you off your feet and say ‘hey baby, I lurve you.’ ❤ But there are again 7 BILLION PEOPLE in the world today. Do you really think that no-one – out of 7 BILLION – can genuinely love you? You just haven’t been found yet. And hey, more than half the world’s population is in Asia. If you really can’t find someone to marry where you are… Tickets to Asia are cheap. 😀

It would be true to say you mean very little to some people, but you mean everything to someone. Some people think the world of you. It’s true. Someone may say ‘you’re not my cup of tea’ but to someone else you are their whole breakfast.

Maybe you feel no-one likes you in your church, or school, or work place? That’s a difficult one. Maybe you see a lot of differences between you and your brethren or colleagues. Or maybe… You can stop looking at the differences and think more on how much you have in common, and be nicer. He who wants friends must show himself friendly, after all. (Proverbs 18:24)

Maybe you feel God doesn’t love you… maybe you’ve sinned and you reckon now God thinks you suck. It might be difficult for you to remember but God loves the sinner. After all, Jesus died for us before we even do anything.

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Romans 5:8 NLT

See? God loves you just the way you are. Yeah, you can be a better person. But God loves you even if you never change.

God even knows how many hairs are on your head. (And for some of you folks, that’s difficult.) Does that sound like someone who doesn’t care for you?

And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.
Matthew 10:30 NLT

As you walk with God, He may be hard on you in some ways but he corrects those he loves. (Proverbs 3:12) Let me assure you, if God didn’t like you, he’d never let you suffer because we can learn so much through suffering.

Spend time talking with God through Jesus and you will discover the truth – you are liked. You are loved. You are cared for. Be happy in God’s providence of love.

PS – If you really need someone to open up to, leave a comment, I’m here. 🙂

PPS – I highly recommend Joyce Meyer’s book Battlefield of the Mind for more on topics of the mind.

Posted 11th March 2015 by ukrichardwalker in My Thoughts

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Download 5 Bishop Eddy Addy Messages Now!   5 comments

Bishop Eddy doing what he does best - preaching the Word of God!

Bishop Eddy doing what he does best – preaching the Word of God!

If you ask me who my favourite preachers are, Bishop Eddy Addy is at the top of the list, and for that reason I want to offer you 5 of my favourite sermons from the man himself. Bishop Eddy is currently the pastor of the Lighthouse Chapel International Airport branch in Ghana, and one of the founding Bishops of this great church. (It was also recently his birthday. Happy belated birthday Bishop! 😀 )

Since a camp I attended with Bishop Eddy in 2012, my life has been transformed. His no-nonsense and cutting style of preaching convicts me of righteousness, and causes me to straighten up and take decisions. He was one of the first preachers I could fall asleep listening to – I find his messages very comforting.

Download these messages, soak in the Word of God, and you will never be the same again! 🙂

Oh, and Happy New Year everyone!

Download Sermons

For PC, Mac, and Android users, click on the sermon you want, and then click the blue Download button to download directly to your device.

For iPad and iPhone users, you need a free Dropbox account (click here to sign up or log in). Click on the sermon you want, and then select the Save to My Dropbox button.

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Accusations of Those Who Leave You – 2012 – When the Sprit Comes UK Camp

Benefitting From Audio and Video Messages – 2014 – LCI Airport Branch

Intercessory Prayers – 2014 – LCI Airport Branch

Mighty Men – 2012 – Victory Bible Church

The Art of Waiting on God – 2012 – When the Spirit Comes UK Camp

Posted 3rd January 2015 by ukrichardwalker in Sermons

3 Life-Changing Quotes from God’s Generals by Roberts Liardon   4 comments

I've been reading this amazing book for 4 years and I can't get enough...

I’ve been reading this amazing book for 4 years and I can’t get enough…

One day I casually said to my pastor, ‘I seem to buy books about people who were drug addicts’. Being the astute man of God he is, his response was ‘you should buy God’s Generals and stop buying these books!’ Being the astute Richard Walker I am, I learned two things: 1) I really like biography books and 2) I’m nuts.

Maybe I’m a nosy parker, but I like reading about people’s lives. My favourite book as a kid was ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4‘ by the late Sue Townsend. Even though it’s a work of fiction, I just liked the feeling that I was inside someone’s head and opinions. I like to know what goes on in the minds of people, and what makes them do what they do. I like to observe strengths and weaknesses of others and try use it in my own life. Even from secular people you can gain a fair amount of godly wisdom – even if it’s just ‘never eeeeever do this’. Biographies excite me to no end!

So you can imagine how I felt when I discovered God’s Generals: Why They Succeeded and Why Some Failed.’ This book by Roberts Liardon is a heavily-researched biography of twelve men of God who lived between the 1800s and 1900s. It includes some of the most famous and controversial ministers of the western world, including Kathryn Kuhlman, Smith Wigglesworth, AA Allen, and Aimee Semple McPherson.

God’s Generals has taught me so much about how to get into ministry and the traps of Satan. This book has introduced me to many men of God – not only those who were profiled, but some mentioned in passing. Of the top of my head, I’ve drawn similarities in my life with Evan Roberts. I’ve been encouraged by the tragedies in the lives of Maria Woodworth-Etter and AA Allen. I’ve taken the note of caution from William Branham. I’ve totally fallen in love with Aimee Semple McPherson. (If her anointing has passed to a lady my age, I’m totally putting a ring on her finger. 😀 )

I am comfortable saying God’s Generals is one of the best and most crucial books I’ve ever read. I want to be a minister for our Lord Jesus, and this book is essential to me for that reason. If you don’t want to work for the Lord, this book may not fascinate you much. But if you are aspiring to be a minister, aside from hearing from God Himself, there’s nothing better you can do than learn from those who went before you.

Enough hype! Here’s what you came for: some quotes from Roberts Liardon’s classic book.

Also, we must love God more than we love anything else. When I was a young boy, I felt impressed to quit playing basketball. But at the time, I knew what God had called me to do, and it seemed I loved basketball more than I loved to pray. So I quit playing basketball. God had set the plan for my life. I agreed to it, and prayer became my life-giving force. It’s fine to enjoy life. Just make sure you don’t love more than God.

Incredible. Just let that one soak in. I once did something similar when I gave up a wrestling career for Jesus, and when I read this I was 100% assured I had done the right thing. John Cena’s a nice guy, but I’d rather be like the original JC: Jesus Christ. 😎

Aimee truly believed that the church had grown too cold and formal, while the world’s love for entertainment brought them encouragement, joy, and laughter. She also felt this to be the reason why so many Christians were hungry for entertainment.

Aimee Semple McPherson and a monkey. I wish I knew exactly how she used it to win to people to the kingdom of God!

Aimee Semple McPherson and a monkey. I wish I knew exactly how she used it to win to people to the kingdom of God!

I love Sister Aimee so much because she I think was bang on the money. Aimee built her church in Los Angeles, CA, in a time that theatre and cinema was growing. She understood that people craved joy and happiness and the coldness of churches could drive people away from Jesus. Her response was to let her creativity show as much as her spirituality. Angelus Temple (her church) was constantly filled with music that she wrote. She preached great sermons and used theatre props to illustrate her messages, almost like a giant production. Her results were tremendous as she regularly filled her five-thousand seater church hall.

What I have learned is to let my creativity, energy, and humour help me to serve God. The Lord wants every part of me, and that includes my personality. That’s why I have The Richie Rich Show, or why I preach on the streets using funny examples – the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Spirit! We are happy believers! It must show because it is attractive! The joy of the Lord is way more attractive than Keeping Up With The Kardashians or The Simpsons. Let’s show the world!

Every talent and gift you have can be used for God. Dance, media, cooking, speaking, acting, decorating, designing, writing… everything you do God gave to you. Use it for his glory!

[Jack Coe] had the kind of independence that it takes to keep you on the cutting edge. It is when we base our lives and faith on the words of men, or the horrors of our past, that we are defeated. But when we pursue and run after the cry of our hearts, God will meet us every time and manifest his glory.

My lesson from this: when someone you treasure the opinion of tells you something awful about you, you might feel depressed. But when God has put something in your heart, run after it and leave depressing those words in the dust. Jack Coe grew up an orphan, but brought Jesus’ love to many other orphans because he stamped on his past and surged forward. We can be the same… 🙂

What more can I say? Buy God’s Generals: Why They Succeeded and Why Some Failed. From the lessons inside, you can become closer to being a successful minister in the eyes of the Lord.

Buy this book and other best-selling Roberts Liardon books at:

https://store.robertsliardon.org

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