Address to the church by Michael Appanah

Greetings in the name of Jesus

It’s an honour this morning to be to be a member of CBC in this our 52nd anniversary celebrations.
The lord has truly blessed this church in the last year
We have put him first in all things and HE has given back to us as a church tenfold.

The Lord has not failed the faithful of this church and in our giving he has afforded us to give back to his people and the community as whole.
This year we celebrated many successes in every department of the church.
• The Sunday School had run a very successful vacation bible school
• A fruitful mission trip to the south coast
• An spiritually uplifting men’s camp
• A well-attended and awesome women’s spring tea
• Outstanding achievements in the scripture exam
To God be all the glory

Under the leadership of Pastor Stephen and through the direction of the Lord, we continue to grow from strength to strength.
After many months of stagnation with the plans for the renovation and extension of the church, the plans were passed and accepted in the last year. God is faithful to His servants and I have no doubt that He will continue to bless us his children.
Brothers and sisters, our burning desire must be to lift up the name of JESUS. Our service and faithfulness must have only one aim…and that to edify God.
Our many guest speakers and the Word that was shared in this past year, has been an immense blessing. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to those servants of God.
In saying that, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the father of this house of God, Pastor Stephen, for his faithfulness and tireless service to the flock. We are really blessed with your leadership.
Let me take this opportunity to thank each one of you this morning for supporting and responding to the call of the leadership of this church. Let us continue in faithfulness.

May God Shower His blessings on you.


It’s an honour this morning to be to be a member of CBC in this our 52nd anniversary celebrations.

The lord has truly blessed this church in the last year

We have put him first in all things and HE has given back to us as a church tenfold.


Avoiding Negativity

Avoiding Negativity

Philippians 4:8-9
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
What are negative people?
Negative people can be real downers in any conversation. No matter what you say, they have a way of spinning things in a negative direction. Some negative people can be so negative that it feels draining just being around them.
The reality is that many people feed off of negativity and they just don’t feel right if they aren’t griping about something.

1. Change your Language
Try avoiding words like “never” and “always” for a day. Instead of saying that you can never do something right, say that you’ve struggled with it in the past, but will do what you can to change that.
2. Take Action
A lot of the negativity that comes out of a person’s mouth is a direct result of their thoughts. If you’re constantly thinking negatively about someone or a situation, then the first words from your mouth will be negative. Instead, take action to change those negative thoughts instead of letting them simmer in your mind. Complete that project or go talk to the person that is causing you to have negative thoughts.
3. Avoid Gossip
This may be the most difficult one because it is human nature to get juicy details on someone when they aren’t there. All that leads to are negative thoughts about that person or people, which isn’t good for anyone. The next time you are hanging out with your family or friends, declare it a “gossip-free day” and see what else can be talked about.
4. Do Things that Make You Happy
If you aren’t happy, then you will naturally think negatively. Instead, do things that you like to do. Go play golf or ride a bike or whatever it is that takes you to your happy place. You will be able to reduce the negative energy that you have and get some positive thinking going through your mind.
5. Random Acts of Kindness
If you’re having one of those days where you just want to get away from the world, try to brighten someone else’s day. These random acts of kindness can be as simple as helping someone put groceries into their car, or even paying for their coffee without them knowing. You may not think it right now, but you will feel a lot better when you know you made someone else’s day a little better.
6. Write Down Negative Thoughts
This one will really surprise you. Every time you are sitting at home or at work and have a negative thought, make a conscious effort to write down that thought. Then at the end of the day, review what you wrote down and rephrase them into positive sentences. If you are a natural negative thinker, then the list may be too long to go through, or you may not even realize that you’re thinking negatively because it is natural. Practice doing this for a week and you will realize how often you have negative thoughts throughout the day.
7. Don’t Take Things Personally
When you are practicing being more positive, you will become more aware of the negative people around you. Any time you hear someone speaking in a negative tone to you or someone else, just smile and know that you aren’t like that anymore. Smiling and making light of negative situations will make you feel much better and put up a barrier that won’t allow negativity to enter into your mind.

Below are 5 ways to remain positive around negative people we cannot avoid or don’t want to remove from our lives.
Don’t take it personally.
Remain grateful for what is going well.
Remind yourself that everyone has their own journeys.
View this challenge as an opportunity for growth and self-discovery.
Spend time alone.
Its human nature to have negativity at times, but the successful people in the world are able to conquer it. Nothing good can come out of being negative, so why waste your energy on it? Come to the realization that you can think negative thoughts, but turn them into positives. Once you are able to do that, you will be on your way to leading a more happy and successful career and personal life.

We can no longer sail with the world’s wind and expect a better life and promising future for our children, ourselves and communities. For an aircraft to increase in altitude, it must fly against the wind. As Christian men, we must fly against personal, tumultuous world-winds to propel our families and communities to higher ground in God’s Kingdom



“What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of a person you are.” C.S. Lewis

Leadership’s Greatest Challenge:

  • NOT Finances
  • NOT Personnel
  • NOT Facilities
  • NOT People
  • NOT Recognition

Leadership’s greatest challenge is “GROWTH LEADERSHIP.” Is growing as a leader.

2 Timothy 2:15 “study to show yourself approved unto God “““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““`

“The moment you stop learning, you stop leading.” John Maxwell


What is the ministry of the church, the leader, and the congregation?

Paul exhorts:

The church is a ministry of reconciliation that invites persons to participate in the new creation in Christ. Such a ministry requires that the church model the Christ way of life.

Ministry is not about building one’s own power, authority and profit.


Ministry is: 2 Corinthians …

  • Giving self, in suffering love for others (6: 4-10).
  • Emptying self to make life available as a vessel for God’s power (4: 7).
  • Carrying forward the ministry of Christ, bearing the marks of Christ (4: 10).
  • About trusting God and not our own ability (3: 4-6).



The winner is always part of the answer. The loser is always part of the problem.

The winner always has a program. The loser always has an excuse.


The winner says, let me do it for you. The loser says, that’s not my job.

The winner sees an answer in every problem. A loser sees a problem in every answer.


The winner says, it may be difficult, but it’s possible. A loser says, it may be possible, but it’s too difficult.


A winner listens… A loser just waits until it is his turn to talk.


When a winner makes a mistake, he says, I was wrong. When a loser makes a mistake, he says, it wasn’t my fault.


A winner says, “I’m good, but not as good as I could be.” A loser says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of people.”

A winner feels responsible for more than his job. A loser says, “I only work here.”


Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” NIV


There are four essential components to being a winning team.



Games are won or lost between the ears before any player reaches the field. A team’s performance can rise no higher than the level of its thinking. The mindset of a team sets the ceiling of the team’s achievements. Thoughts are either limiting or liberating, empowering or paralyzing. A team must think like winners to be winners.



Every great achievement is fueled by passion. Passion changes losers into winners. Passion makes possible the impossible. Passion is the energy of the soul, the fire in one’s belly.



A large portion of your life is automatically run by your habits. It has been estimated by experts that 80% of everything we do from the time we get up until we go to bed is out of habit. A habit helps us to repeat behavior automatically without having to think or to learn all over again. A habit is a thought or action that we have repeated until it has become automatic, and we do it without stopping to decide.



All of the following must culminate in action:








King David instructed his son Solomon, “Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do it.” (1 Chron. 28: 10)

The plans for the temple had been drawn, the material gathered, and the workers assembled. Now it was time for Solomon to “Be strong and do it.”


Take the plow in your hand and go for it. “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9: 62)