A leader creates the atmosphere for people to follow, and when the leader leads, people’s lives are changed. Leadership is not a popularity contest, as a leader leads in good times and bad times. People are looking for inspiration that speaks to their needs, the difference is leaders create winners. When leaders lead, people are challenged and motivated.
You can conquer fear
Unless you face your fears they would not go away. Now that have you conquered your fears, You are ready to soar like an eagle. Just saying.
Shift focus for 2017
In the year coming 2017 There is going to be a shifting of our focus from what we do to what God does. Do you ascribe to grow deeper and stronger in God adopt to this in the coming year. Answers would come very quickly.
Change is Good
When there is a Shift in life, or in the life a church or in a geographical location Whether we want it or not -or even realize it- we ARE changing. In every stage of life brings something new to us. Pain changes people. Miracles change people. Situations and even people change people, laughter changes people. Fear is the root of the unknown. We tend to be afraid of unfamiliar territory. Change is scary, but needed. It is within change that we discover ourselves. We learn what we like, what we don’t like, what people around us likes and dislike and what we love."We must explore life with an open mind knowing that God is on our side in order to expand our own territory.
When there is a Prophetic Shift it moves you to go deeper in God and it creates a momentum in your life or in your church, as a result of this lives are been transformed to make history, because we are a peculiar people to be the word and to live the word.
When God blesses you, with things, financial blessings and the favour of God, it just comes to you without you trying or working hard for it, God wants to bless your sock off, so you can not say I worked hard for it. There is a shift of blessings flowing through Jubilee Celebration Centre come and receive yours. Lots and lots people are getting money into their bank account unexpectedly. Praise Jesus.
Shift of our minds occurs when we have a revelation of who we are in Christ
Leadership is not just leading when things are good but also leading with confidence when things are hard, and making the tough decisions when the decisions you make are not popular, leadership is not a popularity context, the question is, can you live with the decisions you make, yes I can. As a leader somehow someday you will have to face and make decisions with conviction that would not be received by others. Stay true to Jesus and stay true to yourself as a leader. The critics would come, you might lose face with others for awhile, they may or may not come around but stay true to Jesus and knowing He (Jesus) has your back covered. No matter what people say or do, stay on course and stay strong for the Lord, then victory would come with flying colors. Some of these things makes you a strong leader.
Lord ordered 2,000 backpacks from pastor
Two thousand Orillia students will head back to class with brand new school supplies thanks to the faith and support of some local congregations. Back in January, Zak Gariba, Pastor with Orillia's Jubilee Celebration Centre, was cooking in his kitchen when he said he had a vision from God. "I saw some kids who needed backpacks for school," he said.
At first he thought supplying a few backpacks for families in need would be an easily achieved goal. Then his vision expanded to show that 2,000 backpacks were needed. Unsure of how to achieve the vision, Gariba said he didn't move forward with it, but God kept sending him the vision and encouraging him to work toward making it reality. Then in March, Gariba brought it up at a pastor's meeting with several of his colleagues at which time it was embraced.
Paul Carter, Pastor at First Baptist Church, was especially quick to come and on board along with his congregation, Gariba said. Other churches who joined in to offer their support included Bethel Baptist Church, Hope Community Church, Orillia Life Centre and the Orillia Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle. With support for the idea, it was time to turn to the logistics of purchasing not just 2,000 backpacks, but the supplies to go in them. It threatened to be overwhelming, but Gariba said the Lord told him to keep moving forward.
The goal of $80,000 seemed steep, but the congregations of First Baptist and Jubilee Celebration Centre stepped forward and reached the goal. Late last week, pallets of school supplies were waiting to be unpacked and put into backpacks sitting in the warehouse of R&F Construction, which donated the space for the project. "We all know this is God's work," Gariba said. "It's another way of ministering to the people. Another way of getting the gospel to people."
Along with all the standard supplies students require at the start of the school year, a bible will be included with each backpack. Gariba said Liz Shaughnessy, Kei Dube and Susan Storey have all been instrumental in bringing the project to fruition. Through the backpack program they are hoping to reach families most in need of some help this year, Gariba said. "I can just imagine the kids and when they get their backpack, the look on their faces," said Gariba. "Also so the parents can be at ease. They can save that $40 or $80 to buy food." The support from the congregations and other churches for the program's first year has been both humbling and overwhelming, Gariba said. The hope is for the program to become an annual event. Families with elementary-school- aged children who are in need of help with back-to-school supplies can pick up a coupon that can be redeemed on distribution days.
The message of Christmas
|Written by Lead Pastor Zak
Christmas is such a special time of the year, a season where miracles and the uncommon occur. There is a hope in the atmosphere, warmth in people's hearts and a willingness to help others. There is a message in this incredible season that transcends all faiths and beliefs. Christmas has been a time in my life where tremendous things have occurred to me personally and to those around me. Allow me to share a few such occurrences.
My journey began as a Muslim Imam (priest) when the story of Christmas touched my heart, made a huge impact on my life and brought me to my present vocation -- the Pastor of Jubilee Celebration Centre in Orillia, Owen Sound and NOW in Alliston. My Christmas story started when I was two years old in West Africa and I became very sick to the point of death. With no hope for my survival, my parents had done all they could, even the doctors pronounced a death sentence over my life and gave me some months to live. At that time, a lady from Germany a Christian missionary in our country took me in and cared for me for six months. Every single day she spent time praying for me until my condition improved and my health returned to me. Her faith and prayers in God gave me life, something I could not do for myself at the time.
As we enter a new year, I want to encourage and challenge you to understand the message of Christmas and do for others what they cannot do for themselves. Let the Christmas story be a reality in your life and live on through you, give others a gift they cannot give to themselves.
Years have come and gone but I remember that on another Christmas season after I had I finished Bible College I went to Scotland to marry my beautiful wife. I left all my belongings with a trusted friend, however, upon returning back to Canada, we discovered that almost everything I owned had been stolen or lost and I had to start all over again. Again, God sent a very special person to help me out of my situation. Pastor Jerry of Gateway Harvest Fellowship in Barrie invited me to come and speak at his church. After the weekend he asked me to come on staff, got us a place to stay, helped furnish it, and also connected me with incredible friends and family. Pastor Jerry did for us what we were powerless to do for ourselves -- he helped restore our faith and hope.
The meaning of Christmas is also illustrated in the Bible through a story that is seldom if ever connected with this time of the year --The Good Samaritan. The plot revolves around a man who takes a business trip from Jerusalem to Jericho. In those days the roadways were filled with bandits and the unsuspecting man became a victim to thieves who robbed him, beat him and left him for dead. Shortly after the brutal crime two people who should and could have helped him walked by (one was a priest and the other was a very religious person) -- neither one offered any assistance but plenty of excuses. When all hope seemed lost, a Samaritan man came by and took action. This stranger and outcast who had every reason to ignore the dying man was moved with compassion and did something for the man that he could not do for himself. The Good Samaritan treated the man's wounds as best he could, ensured that he got proper medical treatment, paid all the bills and promised to come back to make sure the man had recovered. The Good Samaritan showed a perfect stranger the love of God and provided him with what he could not do for himself -- this is the message of Christmas.
On another occasion during the Christmas season I found myself in a position where I could help others and do for them what they could not do for themselves. A family was struggling with their finances, although they seemed wealthy on the surface, reality was that they were drowning in a sea of debt. Through counseling we unearthed the root cause of the problem, which was not financial in nature at all. Due to a death and a nasty divorce in the family, the couple had become strangely attached to material wealth and believed that goods would give them the security they were looking for. The reality was that the emotional grief and trauma of both events had not been dealt with properly. I assisted them in addressing the true issue, which resulted in a resolution of their financial problems. They de-cluttered their hearts and their home. Today they are well on their way to financial prosperity, clearing their debts and following a budget that is realistic. They were shown something they could not see for themselves -- this is the meaning of Christmas.
Christmas is over and the new year has begun, people are facing new challenges
such as weight loss, financial problems, credit card payments and changes they
desire to make in their lives. I encourage you to help people achieve their
goals and be a positive change agent. Perhaps you need the change yourself. Let
me encourage you to seek help from a trusted family member, friend, pastor
(minister) or professional counselor. Find a church that will pray for you,
encourage you and help you deal with your emotional, spiritual, mental, and
physical issues. Christmas is over 350 days away, but I hope the message of its
beauty will live in you every day of the year. Let it become the story of your
life, give someone hope, do something kind, help someone in need. Jesus Christ
is an incredible example and the centre of the Christmas story. He came to give
mankind something they could not provide for themselves -- a hope and a future.
Written by Lead Pastor Zak
Jubilee Celebration Centre - Orillia, Owen Sound & NOW in Alliston