The battle against yourself is the hardest battle and it is usually in the mind. The Bible says that our weapons of warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down corrupted thoughts that would rise against His word, will and ways in your life. And every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:5 Imaginations that are not compliant with the word... Read More


Spiritual battles require the appropriate spiritual armor. A soldier who is prepared for war must go with the right armor. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.                                                  Ephesians 6:11 St Paul tells us in the book of Ephesians 6:13 to take the whole armour of God, that we may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done... Read More


Confirmed Catholics are known as soldiers of Christ. Bear your share of hardship along with me like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. To satisfy the one who recruited him, a soldier does not become entangled in the business affairs of life. 2 Timothy 2:3-4 Soldiers are not faint – hearted and are not easily discouraged. As soldiers of Christ, our loyalty should not be questioned, and we should not back down at the threat of the enemy. A soldier... Read More


The craftiness of Satan is clearly written in the Bible and it is important we understand and recognize his tricks and strategy. So that we might not be taken advantage of by Satan, for we are not unaware of his             purposes.  2 Corinthians 2:11 Satan comes in a subtle manner and lures us into doing something that will make us fail in our walk with God. He tells us a little pornography does not hurt or bearing a grudge which becomes... Read More


As confirmed Catholics, God has destined us for adoption through His son Jesus Christ. Sometimes we deny this fatherhood by making a god for ourselves. These gods can be in the form of passions that drive us: money, possession, relationships, our bodies, or some other things that we feel gives our lives purpose and meaning. Then He said to all, “if anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself,             And take up his cross... Read More


Spiritual combat marks every Christian life daily. My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials. Sirach 2:1 When you say ‘yes’ to God, allowing Him to use and change you, you must be ready to fight against the forces that will work against you. Spiritual combat is real, yet unseen. The enemy attacks from all angles in a bid to dissuade you from doing the work you are set to do. He uses circumstances, doubts, and people... Read More


The process of growing up entails accepting responsibility for our actions, and in Confirmation we accept responsibility for our faith and destiny. Confirmation is a Sacrament of initiation in the Catholic Church and the individual receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit with the laying on of hands by the Bishop. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. ACTS 8:17 The Holy Spirit gives us the courage that we need to practice... Read More


We would like to take this opportunity to introduce one of our newest members to the Branches Team! Ada is a native of Nigeria and will be working for Branches over the next year. Trained as a Secondary School teacher in her homeland, Ada is a passionate follower of Christ who loves to encourage and motivate people to live their lives to the fullest, putting God first! One of her favourite Bible verses is Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all... Read More

What are we waiting for?

Nowadays there is so much attention given to ‘social justice’ projects – particularly ones that are aimed at providing ‘material’ benefit to those who live in impoverished areas around the world.  While there is a great need and responsibility for sharing the earth’s God-given resources with the poor, online we have to acknowledge why we are compelled to do this.  Most people would quickly offer the response that ‘we are called to... Read More

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