INCenterstage theatrical plays in the United Kingdom and California; Responding to recent mass shootings and attacks on churches. INC grows in Alberta, Canada.
Former Pentecostal Preacher and Evangelist leave the Pentecostal Church to study in the Church Of Christ. A Denominational Christian Preacher becomes a bible student in the INC. A formerly homeless man finds his heart’s true home in Edmonton, Canada; Meet a United Kingdom pioneer who has been Solid Through the Ages; and this week’s furry, feathered or scaled friend.
Teachers work hard everyday for their students. They plan, teach and guide, often times with minimal resources. It’s a labor of love that, sadly, is not always reciprocated. There has been a general trend away from respect and consideration in classrooms these days. So how did these students and their parents in Italy do their part to turn it around?
How do you get everything done? Where do you find the time? Are you too burnt out for friends? For love? For you?
Feeling depressed after people you love disappoint you, can happen.
After hitting rock-bottom, Daniel, a student, wants to know how he can have a happy life.Show/Hide Transcript
Brother Donald: When was the last time you felt truly happy? What were you involved in, who was with you if in fact somebody was with you? And how long did that feeling of elation last? Today, I’m talking to Daniel. He’s a young student and athlete who resides here in Toronto, Canada. And for as long as he can remember he’s never felt truly content or truly happy. In fact, he questions whether what he really experienced was happiness. All because of the disappointments that would follow immediately. These days, happiness is something that everyone strives to obtain, considering how complex life is.
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We’re programmed to chase happiness
Brother Donald: Self-help is an $11 billion industry in North America alone. And among its popular topics is the pursuit of happiness.
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The self-improvement market in the U.S. is worth an estimated $11 billion.
Brother Donald: The very same pursuit that Daniel’s been concerned about for so many years of his young life. He’s here to talk about his search and the struggles that he encountered as he chased after happiness. So, join us in our conversation and let’s look for The Solution together.
Brother Donald: Hi Daniel.
Daniel Bardoo: Hi!
Brother Donald: Welcome to the program. Can you tell the viewers a little about yourself?
Daniel: My name is Daniel Bardoo. I currently go to high school at Winston Churchill. I was born in Canada, but my mom is from Saint Vincent and my dad is from Trinidad.
Brother Donald: From Saint Vincent, so your parents are from the Caribbean islands?
Brother Donald: Ok. You’re a bible student is it Brother Daniel?
Daniel: Not anymore. I finished my bible studies. I am now waiting for baptism.
Brother Donald: Well congratulations. And God be willing in a few months now you’ll become a bonafide baptised member of the Church. So, what brings you to the program today?
Daniel: I wanted to know; how do I find true happiness? What I mean by that is, I always experience happiness, like throughout my life. I’ve always experienced that. But its always been taken away or its been just ruined by something. And it’s never lasting.
Brother Donald: When it comes to your mom and your dad, are they still together?
Brother Donald: No. But your moms been there to look after you?
Daniel: Oh yea, my mom has always been there.
Brother Donald: You have siblings, you have brothers and sisters?
Daniel: I have six siblings.
Brother Donald: Six siblings?
Daniel: Three boys, three girls.
Brother Donald: Are they all living together, you all living together?
Daniel: My older ones are by themselves right now. And then I live with the younger ones.
Brother Donald: I see. And your mom is looking after you, taking care of you?
Brother Donald: When it comes to your mom, how is she coping [with] being a single parent?
Daniel: It’s tough for her. But she’s been doing it for so many years. But I still feel bad. Because she doesn’t have that helping hand that she needs to take care of all of us. I feel like I owe it to her because of all the sacrifices she made for me and my siblings growing up. She met this man and he was like a father-figure to me, because me growing up, I didn’t have that father-figure.
Brother Donald: How old were you when he came into the life of your mother?
Daniel: I want to say like thirteen, fourteen. And at first, I didn’t like him because before him there was another man. Who also disappointed me. He came into our lives and said that he would make things better, and then ended up leaving. But he proved me wrong for a while and he stayed. And I finally looked and saw him as my dad. And then he left.
Brother Donald: You probably felt so down at that time in your life.
Daniel: I did.
Brother Donald: Because not only did he fail your expectations, but most especially the expectations of your mother.
Brother Donald: So perhaps it’s not just you, it’s also your mother who may have gone through those feelings of being happy. But then sadly, replaced too soon when it comes to disappointment.
Daniel: Well one of the more recent ones I met someone, and we connected right then and there. I really cared for that person, and she really cared for me. We would always be there for each other. And all of a sudden, you know she just disappears. When I needed her most.
Brother Donald: Well nothing new when it comes to other people, even servants of God. Because we can read here in Job 3, and the verses are 24 to 26:
For sighing has become my daily food;
my groans pour out like water.
What I feared has come upon me;
what I dreaded has happened to me.
I have no peace, no quietness;
I have no rest, but only turmoil.”
[Job 3:24-26 New International Version]
Brother Donald: Perhaps this is what you felt when what you believed was a solid a good relationship with your friend all of a sudden just disappear.
Daniel: I was going through some tough times. I was going through some depression. I decided to, I guess isolate myself. Because I figured if I did that, I couldn’t be disappointed anymore. But that only made things worse. And then I became suicidal. I’ve thought [that] if I just ended it then, right then and there, that I wouldn’t experience that kind of disappointment ever again. I could just end the pain.
Brother Donald: Perhaps out of a drastic thought, you thought of just ending it so that would be the end.
Brother Donald: But of course, that’s never the answer. It’s never the answer. Again, when it comes to that kind of happiness there will be times where there are rough roads. There will be times where that happiness subsides. And it’s replaced with again troubles and difficulties. Because that’s part and partial of life.
Brother Donald: Well as you grow up even more Daniel, you’ll understand that people usually disappoint another person eventually. There is something about life that we need to understand, first and foremost. And what is it? We will read here in the Book of Job, the chapter is 8 and the verses are 13 to 15:
Such is the destiny of all who forget God;
so perishes the hope of the godless.
What they trust in is fragile;
what they rely on is a spider’s web.
They lean on the web, but it gives way;
they cling to it, but it does not hold.
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Brother Donald: As we make our way through life all the more we should rely and trust in our Father in heaven, and not upon our fellow man. They may offer help unto us. They may be able to assist us for some time. But just like you experienced, the time may come they are unable to do so. And usually it is because they have to now face their own predicament. Their own situation, so they prioritize. And sometimes, sadly, it means to say that a relationship with another person it suffers. But with the Almighty God, He is always there.
Brother Donald: And that is why we should place our hope and trust in Him. And most especially when it comes to His promises.
Daniel: So, if I ever get disappointed again. Or if reach those low points that I have in the past, what can I do?
Brother Donald: That’s a good question Daniel. Let’s allow the Bible to give us the solution to that situation. We can read the following from the book of Psalms. Let’s read chapter 42 and the verse is 5:
Why am I so sad?
Why am I so troubled?
I will put my hope in God,
and once again I will praise him,
my savior and my God.
[Psalms 42:5 Good News Translation]
Brother Donald: Just like this servant who came to a point where he was downtrodden. He was disappointed, but then he reminded himself. I will put my hope in God and once again I will praise Him my Savior and my God. When it comes to praising God, that is usually done when it comes to worshiping Him. So, this is the reason why the worship service for the members of the Church of Christ is so important Daniel. It is where we gain that strength and also the solutions to our problems. And also, God has plans for us. And we can read that in Jeremiah 29, and the verses are 11 to 12:
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you.
[Jeremiah 29:11-12 Good News Translation]
Brother Donald: We should place our hope and trust in God. So in order for us to know the plans that God has for us, what is an integral part of being a servant of his? Prayer.
Brother Donald: That’s why God says you will call to me. You will come and pray to me. And I will answer you. May God hear and answer your prayers Daniel. Especially after going through so many disappointments and hardships in your young life.
Daniel: Thank you for having me Brother Donald. I’m sure that what I’ve learned today will help me in the future.
Brother Donald: And I am sure it will help because what we studied are the words of God written in the Bible. It is a pleasure having you on the program Daniel. God bless, we wish you the best for the future. Thanks for joining our conversation today on The Solution. I’m Brother Donald Pinnock and we hope to see you next time.
To some, the Ten Commandments is a just a movie produced back in 1956 starring actor Charlton Heston as Moses. But where are the actual initial Ten Commandments recorded? Where did they come from? To whom were they given? And most importantly, do they apply to us today? Here are some biblical answers:
What are the initial Ten Commandments in the Bible?
According to Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:7-21, this is what is written:
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- Do not make and worship any graven image.
- You shall not use God’s name in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath.
- Honor your father and mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not lie.
- You shall not be envious of your neighbor.
Who received the Ten Commandments?
According to Exodus 31:18, God Himself wrote the commandments on two stone tablets and gave them to Moses after speaking with him at Mount Sinai.
Who were the Ten Commandments for?
In Exodus 19:3 & 5 and Deuteronomy 5:3, God gave these commandments to the Israelites that He brought out of Egypt as conditions in order to be His people. God commanded Moses to tell this to the people of Israel: “If you will obey Me and keep My covenant, you will be My own people.”
Do the Ten Commandments still apply today?
The Ten Commandments were given during the time of the prophets, but today we live in a completely different era: The Christian Era. There are commandments specifically for us in this era. We can read that in Hebrews 7:12, 22: “For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law…. by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.”
But as long as there is no explicit, clear and obvious change of a law prescribed in the Old Testament by a later instruction given in the New Testament, then that law is still applicable to us now.
Are there only ten commandments to follow?
While the scene in the movie may be memorable, what’s most important is understanding God’s motive in choosing a group of people as His nation. He gave them not just ten, but many more instructions to live by in the Bible, and their obedience meant that they acknowledged Him as the true God.
Despite growing up with a religious family and a strong belief in the power of the cross, his search for peace in countless religions left him with more questions than answers. Now Devon shares his journey and discovery on how he found true peace with God.Show/Hide Transcript
Devon Smith: I was always searching. Different religions. And different points in time. Of course, I was disappointed after each one because there was something very off about each one, and I couldn’t find the real answers I was looking for. I was big on the cross, I even had a cross chain and I didn’t leave anywhere without it. Because I knew that was gonna get me through the hardest times. But it turns out the cross was indeed a sign of those who were to be condemned.
I’m Devon Smith. I was born in Virginia; I was raised in Colorado Springs. I was raised in a single parent home. Well not having a father growing up, that’s a really really tough time. I would be resentful. Violence was quickly happening all throughout the city. You know, this was early 90’s where a lot of racial tensions were happening, even in school.
I do remember a bully in school, he was an eighth grader and I was a sixth grader. And he used to terrorize everybody. He even came to my home outside banging on the door one time looking for me, for whatever reason. But later on I found [out] that he was shot, after the last time he picked on me because of gang-related activities. That’s when I realized; he was roughly my age — that could’ve been me.
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My teen years, they were a little bit rough, only reason because, I was always the new kid. My mom moved around a lot, and it was always hard making new friends. I was very close to my grandma. All I needed, love wise, came from my grandma.
Grandmamma taught me to hold on to God and she also taught me that God is going to be where He chooses to be which is inside a church. So I did know, to some degree, that church was important and I also [sought] to find one. That was something that my grandmother taught me at a very young age. As early as 4 years-old. And I’ve had that strong belief in the Bible since I was 12. I had my own copy of my Bible with my name inscripted on the bottom right at the book. I even had a cross chain and I didn’t leave anywhere without it. Because I knew that was gonna get me through the hardest times.
I was always searching. Different religions and different points in time. Of course, I was disappointed after each one because there was something very off about each one, and I couldn’t find the real answers I was looking for.
I graduated high school, which surprised me at the time. But my desire at that point was to join the military and try to make something of myself because we didn’t have money growing up, I didn’t have a plan but I knew I needed something better.
I was first introduced to the Church Of Christ by a friend named Richelle. She came out to visit one of her friends that I happened to stay next door to in the military. And she talked about church. And at first I said everybody talks about church but then they lose interest, nobody really takes church seriously. But it was something about how she kept speaking about and how she held onto the teachings.
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“The Cross Is Something Significant To Me”
There was a snowstorm and I was the only trusted out of my next door neighbors friends to drive Richelle to a worship service. She was like, “Please take me, I gotta go.” And when I drove her there, found the church and I went in. And I listened to the first worship service in Colorado Springs for a total of 53 minutes which is the shortest time I’ve ever spent in a worship service, so I was also surprised.
My apprehensions about the Church Of Christ was the worship service building. I didn’t see a cross on the building, you know, something I was expecting when I took Richelle to church. I’m used to a cross on the building, this is the church, it has to have one, the cross is something significant, it’s something I wore around my neck all the time. It was all growing concern. Why should I continue going if there’s nothing I recognize on there?
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“I Can’t Be Mad At The Message”
Of course, I was big on the cross, but it turns out the cross was indeed a sign of those who were to be condemned. And it hurt. It really hurt me and I wasn’t mad at the teaching itself. I was mad at myself because all my life I believed that the cross would carry me through the worst of times. And you know, I quickly learned the truth, and the truth does hurt. And I can’t be mad at the message if I already accepted the Bible. And I wanted to keep studying.
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“I’ve Never Looked Back, I Can Only God Forward”
When the truth finally clicked in my eyes, one of the main ones, was the history. The Church history and how it coincided with World History. I’m just imagining this in my head, how everything went down, back in 1914, right at the spark of WWI, like that really happened. I’m like, “Hold on! So you telling me the Church came back right at the spark of the prophecy in these last days?”
It said the heavens were quiet for about half an hour. The math on that problem was impeccable, I did it at home, with the whole formula. Once I got the formula I did my own Algebra. And just coming up with it, listening to this, following the teachings that were done for that lesson, that was amazing to me.
And it just broke it down in complete detail. And various other lessons did that You know, breaking down of how the worship service is conducted. To me that’s structure, absolutely I would have it no other way. No, we’re not running around in church praising hallelujah, and that was something I’ve seen often in my day, but what about the actual lesson we need to get?
I was hooked when the Bible was broken down. What is the Bible for? It only strengthened my belief in the Bible itself. From that moment I was locked in. I couldn’t believe that I’d been going without the truth for so long. And so glad that I found something to really hold on to, it was real. I’ve never looked back, I can only go forward. I really am thankful for that.
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“God Is My Reason”
The Church Of Christ offered me the truth. Everything was in the Bible and I knew that book was very significant anyway. I never doubted anything that came out of the Bible and that’s what the Church was about. What makes me happy, coming from my background, is that I am being guided, I am being used by the Almighty Father. He has turned somebody like me, a person I thought would have no chance in this world, into a member, an officer, one of His leaders even in the Church Of Christ.
God is my life. God is my savior. God is my reason. God is my focus. God is my love. God is the father I never really had.
And through His teachings, through His worship, through His words of truth, I learned everything. From just being a model person, for having a responsibility, for having love and compassion. You know, the Church Of Christ is the reason I have a family now. And I would know nothing about being a dad, a father of 2 myself, if I didn’t have the Church Of Christ.
I have God. And I have to let everybody know, family, friends, and the like, that He is real, He is the truth. He hasn’t forgotten anybody. To those who say we don’t need a Church. Do the research first. Hear the lessons, and understand why. Give the Church Of Christ a try because: #1, everything is coming from the Bible
every question you can ask will be answered from the Bible, 100%
And should really consider doing research and comparing before you make any judgment on that. But I mean, what have you got to lose?
“Favorite Answered Prayer”
My favorite answered prayer is peace. Because even as members of the Church Of Christ, we’re not excused. We’re not spared from all of the drama, all of the dangers of this world. We go through it just as much, if not more. But knowing that God is with you at all times, knowing that He will always protect you, He will always be with you in the trials, He will always give you a way out. It’s peaceful. I can go into any situation knowing I have a chance, a 100% chance of making it out alive because He’s with me. It’s peace that He gives me every time I call on Him so I can face the world ahead.