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11 Effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Churches & Religious Activities

The sudden outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), declared by World Health Organization (WHO) as pandemic took many nations by surprise when they least expected it and prepared for it. Aside the daily escalating number of newly confirmed cases in the world; it was disturbing and very alarming to know that 14,778 souls (as at 23/03/2020) have perished already through the deadly disease.

To reduce the fast spread of this deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), many countries have shutdown their economy, restricted public movements and other economic activities. And now, the question is what are the effects or impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on churches and religious activities across the globe? In this short article, I will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on churches. When done reading, kindly comment to share your ideas with us.

 11 Effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Churches & Religious Activities

  1. Loss of lives from the sickness will lead to loss of membership.
  2. Restricted movement and ban of public gatherings and worship may cause some infant Christians to backslide.
  3. A sharp decline in offertory due to ban on public gatherings will lead to financial crisis for churches and they may find it difficult to pay their pastors, staffs and monthly bills. Some churches have however, developed electronic means for committed members to pay their tithes and offerings regardless of ban on gatherings.
  4. Churches that have taken loans will find it difficult to meet their monthly payment plans to defray their debts since offertory may cease due to non public gatherings.
  5. Some churches, individuals and religious groups that have invested huge amounts of money to host big or international programs thinking they would have the money back have run into huge losses.
  6. Churches and pastors without strong social media presence will starve their members spiritually more especially if those members cannot feed on the word of God and grow on their own.
  7. Some carnal Christians may see the ban on public worship as license to mess around so long as no preacher will keep on hammering into their ears each week to desist from their shameful and sinful ways.
  8. A prolonged ban on public gathering and Christian worship due to the coronavirus may have dire consequences on Christianity. Some members may be lost when the pandemic is over. I will recommend that church leaders will have other means to keep in touch with their members in times like these.
  9. The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), though a global pandemic issue, is also a test of the Christians faith in the Lord. It is terrible and worst times that prove your faith in the Lord but not when everything is okay in your life. Be steadfast and immovable, abide and shine in the presence of the Lord even in hard times.
  10. The deadly Coronavirus disease has sent much fear and panic globally and people are hungry and thirsty for comfort, hope and solutions. The church is the right institution to offer people hope in times of hopelessness but there has been a ban on public gathering which is also affecting public Christian worship. Many churches and pastors that do not have strong media presence cannot reach many people with their message.
  11. Churches (temples) are closed but worshiping God is open any time. One of the things people need to understand is that, the word ‘church’ does not refer to the building where Christians gather to pray. Christians’ place of meeting to fellowship is called ‘temple’ while ‘church’ refers to the individual Christians called out to be sons and daughters of God. Pastors and church leaders must make their members understand through any platform available and possible to know that public gathering of believers may be closed but worshiping God is an individual affair that must be cultivated at home.

When you go on your knees to pray, pray for Christians worldwide; pray for the nations, the thousands of people dying without knowing Christ and the aftermath of the disease. Indeed, there are a lot of damaging effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on churches & religious activities.

Just as coronavirus came in silence so shall it leave in silence. God needs you alive to be His witnesses and testify of His love to the world. Stay blessed and be rapturable!

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Living In Filth Is Not Christianity

One of the serious problems most African countries face is poor waste management and the situation is becoming disheartening when the citizenry does not care about the problem but worsens it through their activities. It is very disgusting to see market women selling foodstuff or cooked food in the midst of heaped up rubbish and along gutters.

As if that is not enough, in this 21st Century, we still see people openly defecating into water bodies, refuse dumps and nearby bushes. It is very funny as a nation to hear the citizens blaming the leadership of the country for poorly managing the nations waste while government also throws jab at its citizens for bad attitudes leading to littering of the nation.

Sometimes, people do not see anything wrong with what they have done until a national disaster strikes and there, huge amounts of money will be pumped into rescue operations whereas parts of the money released cannot be accounted for.

Despite the clarion call to take heed to cleanliness, it amazes me that Christians who should set good examples and transform their societies are most of the time also found as culprits to these offences. In fact, living in filth as a believer is no Christianity. I repeat, living in filth is no Christianity.

Why Should Christians Stay Away From Filth?

  1. Cleanliness is next to godliness:

Many people are very smart to quote and say that “Cleanliness is next to godliness”. It is high time we look at it and personalize it to read “My cleanliness is next to my godliness”.

  1. God dislikes filth

Filth can be likened to sin. God is a holy God and all those who worship Him must worship Him Spirit and in Truth – John 4:24.

  1. Unclean and filthy things attract demons

In the Bible, many demonic spirits are addressed as unclean spirits. This means that they are not pure, not holy but always pretending to be good spirits. Your uncleanliness can be the only avenue through which demonic spirits will enter your family and begin to frustrate and destroy your life.

  1. Cleanliness is a command from Moses

Deuteronomy 23:12 says that designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. 13 As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement.14 For the Lord your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you.

  1. God will turn away during divine visitation

Moses warned: “Your camp must be holy, so that God will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you” – Deut. 23:13

As Christians, we are supposed to live exemplary lives to be the torchbearer and spearhead the activities of Christ. Living in sin and throwing rubbish indiscriminately has been catered for.

Remember that living in filth is not Christianity.

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8 Things To Do To Maintain Healthy Lifestyle

Good health is a gift from God to mankind but maintaining it is an individual choice to make. Therefore, we need to do everything possible to keep our body fit and remain healthy. The quality of your health determines your wealth.

In this modern world we live in, things are happening very fast to the point whereby our health is being affected due to the lifestyle we live.

Society has made us to be too busy with the things around us which even prevent us from checking our own health.

Eating A Balance Diet Meal is Essential For Healthy Living
Eating A Balance Diet Meal is Essential For Healthy Living

We are constantly in a rush from house to work and from work back to the house without having some quality time of rest to examine or take some rest.

We are all over the places just to get things done for ourselves, families, churches, business, husband and wife, but will fail to stop and think about what we are doing to maintain our own health.

“The most valuable possession we have is our health and until we discover this, we will always live a life that may be detrimental to our own health”, Ferdinard Senyo Lawson.

Let us not be overly concerned about the wealth and prosperity we want for ourselves but we must learn to take good care of our health also. When we lose our wealth, nothing is lost but when we lose our health in the pursuit of wealth, everything is lost.

You own nothing in the world apart from your health. Keep it healthy by doing these little 8 things.

8 Things To Do To Maintain Healthy Lifestyle

  1. CHECK the food you eat
  2. EAT a well-balanced diet, which is essential for healthy life.
  3. EXERCISE regularly. This will help manage your body weight.
  4. DRINK enough water to balance the fluids in your body.
  5. STAY Mentally Healthy
  6. SLEEP WELL EVERY NIGHT.
  7. HAVE FUN and socialise with the right people
  8. Have a PURPOSE to pursue in life

Ferdinard Senyo Lawson (Public Health Professional)

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10 Biblical Health Tit Bits for Christians

If only you could be mindful of these 10 Biblical Health Tit Bits for Christians, then life could be more meaningful and worth living to the fullest. I have had the chance to scan through numerous New Year resolutions of many people, strategic business plans and great investment and financial plans. The biggest mistake Christians and any other persons make is to have wonderful plans in life and neglect plans for their own health to sustain them to do exploit.

Your health is your wealth. Neglect your health in an attempt to accumulate more wealth and you will end up spending your wealth to keep your health. Observe these 10 Biblical Health Tit Bits for Christians if you want to stay healthy, live longer, do exploit and used as a vessel to impact lives.

10 Biblical Health Tit bits for Christians

  1. Simple Obedience Prevents Sickness

It will surprise you to know that simple obedience to the Word of God keeps you away from some sicknesses (Deut. 7:12-15). Disobedience to God is like a virus; it breaks the Christians spiritual immune and defensive systems and makes you susceptible to be attacked by other diseases.

  1. Do Not Neglect Your Own Health

Do not only be interested in planning and developing a good spiritual life and neglect your own health. How can God use you mightily when you are broken down and not strong? Remember, a false balance is an abomination to the Lord (Prov. 11:1)

  1. A Cheerful Heart is A Good Medicine

A cheerful heart is a good medicine for you. A crushed spirit will even affect and dry your bones (Prov. 17:22). Live happily with everyone. Kick out bitterness and all negativities in your life.

  1. Starving and Skipping Meals Without Fasting Is Bad

Do not skip your meals especially breakfast if you are not fasting. You need it to survive.  (Acts 27:34) If you are fasting then, read:10 Tips For Healthy Fasting in order to do it appropriately without future consequences.

  1. Watch What You Eat

Do not eat just anything just because everything has been sanctified and you have the right to do so (Lev. 11:1-4). You are what you eat. As a Christian, be careful of what you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with. Many lives are destroyed through food.

  1. Know Your Allergies

Just as your doctor advises you about your allergies so must you know your spiritual allergies as well. You need to know the things that weaken your physical body and worsen your spiritual life. (Lev. 11:1-4)

  1. Words Heal or Kill:

Words have killed many people, shuttered many dreams, open deadly wounds and emotional scars than any weapon of mass destruction. At the same time, words also bring healing and great motivation to nourish one’s soul. Talk positive, be full of optimism and speak only pleasant words for life and death are in the power of the tongue.

  1. The Word of God is Life and Good Health

“My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body” (Prov. 4:20-22)

  1. The Temple of God (Your Body) Must Be Neat & Healthy

It is important to know that your body is not your own; you were bought at a price. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and you are responsible to ensure that the temple is always very neat and holy for the Holy Spirit to live. Failure to adhere to this renders your body defiled which attracts punitive actions from God (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

  1. You Live Longer By Your Own Choice

God has destined you to live longer, achieve your dreams and do exploits as He has fashioned you to function but how long you live depends on you. Your choices, actions, habits and other behaviours weaken your body to perish early or strengthen you to live longer. Avoid anything that wastes your life such as alcohol, drugs and many other corrupt and sinful activities. Remember, whether you live or die, you are the Lords (Rom. 14:8) but your own actions determine how long you live or die soon.

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Writer: Ernest K. Akorli

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Chronic Kidney Disease in Children

The kidneys play an important role in the maintenance of normal body function. The basic function of the kidneys has to do with the formation of urine through complex filtration, reabsorption and secretion mechanisms. In addition, the kidneys also excrete urea and uric acid which are the end products of protein and nucleic acid metabolism.

The kidneys regulate fluid, electrolyte and acid base balance of the body and create a steady environment for the metabolic processes of tissues and cells. This function is essential for life and it is realized by balancing solute and water transport, excreting metabolic waste products, conserving nutrients, and regulating acid-base balance in the body.

Additionally, the kidney also produces three (3) important hormones; erythropoietin which stimulates the production of red blood cells, renin which regulates blood pressure and calcitriol (the active form of vitamin D) which helps in regulation of plasma calcium levels.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) which has been defined (National Kidney, 2002) as kidney damage with structural or functional abnormalities or a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) <60 ml/min/1.73 m2 for three months or more is now being recognized as a major public health problem, threatening to reach epidemic level (Lysaght, 2002).

An extensive epidemiological research in the adult population is available. In contrast, little is known about the epidemiology of CKD in the pediatric population. There is an increasing percentage of children who develop CKD in their early stage of life (Warady et al; 2005).

As the kidney function in the patient deteriorates, one of the first problems that develop is related to bone disease (Schmitt and Mehls, 2011). The kidney plays a crucial role in activating vitamin D.  The liver performs the 25-hydroxylation function, and the kidney performs the 1-alpha hydroxylation step.  The 1, 25-dihydroxy vitamin D that is formed is the most active form of vitamin D and will maintain healthy bones and prevent rickets in the growing child. Depending on the stage of kidney disease the 1-alpha-hydroxylase function can begin to deteriorate. The patient can then develop hypocalcaemia because of the decreased absorption of calcium in the gut.  This will then lead to secondary hyperparathyroidism which will cause calcium to be mobilized from the bone.  Some patients will actually present with pathologic fractures or other forms of bone disease as the presenting feature of chronic kidney disease.

Another area that is affected by chronic kidney disease is the patient’s hemoglobin concentration (Atkinson and Furth, 2011). The deterioration of the kidney function inhibits its ability to secret erythropoietin. In addition, as the patient becomes more uremic, the red cell half-life will decrease and so that turnover of the red cells will become increased.

A number of other electrolyte abnormalities come into play as the patient develops worsening chronic kidney disease.  Oftentimes the patient will retain salt and develop hypertension.  Potassium is normally secreted by the kidney but will oftentimes become a problem as the patient develops worsening renal function.  The kidney is also responsible for maintaining the patient’s acid base status by secreting protons.  As the kidney function worsens, the patients often become more and more acidotic.  This can lead to a number of problems such as worsening of the bone disease because the acidosis will enhance calcium mobilization from the bones and will worsen the bone disease.

As mentioned above, the retention of salt will cause trouble with hypertension.  Also in many disease states, the kidney will be secreting renin that will also exacerbate blood pressure problems.

Patients with chronic kidney disease in general do not grow well (Rees and Mak, 2011). Growth in these patients is a very complex problem involving many aspects of chronic kidney disease.  As can be seen above, these patients with CKD have bone disease that will limit their growth potential. The fact that they are at risk for the development of cardiac disease probably also contributes to their growth problems.  More importantly, as patients have declining renal function their appetite is suppressed.  So many patients do not grow well because of poor nutrition.  Other contributing factors include acidosis which impacts bone growth and chronic anaemia, which can impact many factors including cardiac function and appetite.

In the paediatric population, certain renal conditions may increase the risk of progression to CKD; this includes patients presenting with hydronephrosis, congenital malformation of the kidneys, posterior urethral valve, polycystic kidney, proven recurrent UTI, steroid resistance nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) and patients on anti-hypertensives.

Screening of children with the above medical conditions for CKD is therefore necessary to decrease morbidity and mortality.

Writer: BMS Michael Appiah

MLT, BSC, MPHIL.

Email: mikppiah@yahoo.com