Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster


What's LOVE Got to do With it?

Posted By at Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Naomi Nonu is my daughter and leads worship at Family Faith Centre with her husband Ulu who plays keyboard. She also heads up the SuperKids Program as well as sharing the preaching/teaching program. This is an article she wrote a while back for the weekly church newsletter, so I felt to share it with you today! I thought it appropriate as we near Christmas; the season of God’s love for all of us!


Recently, Dr Norman (my Dad), spoke to us about ‘Love’. It was an excellent message!

So maybe you’re saying, “Well what’s love got to do with me, I’m too young to get married?” or “I’m already married, so what’s love got to do with me now?”

Love has everything to do with our lives, not just in marriage, but as Christians!

We are ambassadors for Christ here on the earth. The Word says His love is in our hearts (Romans 5:5), so we must be obedient stewards of that love. But let’s talk about a specific kind of love…

The love of children towards their parents – and not just small children – I’m talking about us as adults loving our parents.

Ephesians 6:1-2 Amplified Bible: “Children obey your parents in the Lord [As His representatives], for this is just and right. Honour (esteem and value as precious) your father and your mother, this is the first commandment with a promise.”

This is for all of us, no matter what age we are. It is a command and it has a promise.

Look at verse 3, “That all may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth.”

I love what Pastor John Osteen said, “If your parents are elderly, it’s not enough to just help your parents financially when they need it. You need to show your love and affection. You need to fellowship with them. It is far more precious to them that you share your life personally than just send them a cheque each month! Honour, esteem and value as precious your father and your mother! That is the answer to long life!”

My mum [Elizabeth] always said to me that LOVE is spelt T-I-M-E, if you love someone, you spend time with them, listening to them. That’s why I spend time with my parents. Ian [my brother] and Dad meet each week for Father-Son fellowship time, and my older sister visits several times a week to help mum with her housework. Mum and I love to do craftwork together or feed the ducks at the local pond and chat. I love to fellowship with my parents.

Perhaps you could find something your parents enjoy and do it with them and encourage them. If you're older and your parents have passed away, then you’ve got a job to do!! You need to teach this to your children and grandchildren if you haven’t already. Leave them a heritage to be proud of, so they can esteem you and say, “My mother/father/ grandmother/father always prayed for me, spent time with me, encouraged me in the Word and in the love of God.”

Maybe you could start something special with your child (regardless of their age) like going out for Saturday morning breakfast together where YOU listen (without butting in!), really listen to what is in their heart, and encourage them.

People are THE most important thing to God. They should be to us too. With each of us doing our part as we ought, we get our job done for the Lord and show a mighty witness to the world while we’re at it.

Share God’s heart with your family today.

Naomi Nonu


The Right Foundation

Posted By at Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Hebrews 6:1-3 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.

The Bible compares our life and mind to the construction of a building.

1 Cor 3:9 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.

Each believer is united to Christ and in Christ with all other Christians to form the church.

The Bible also compares the church to a building.

Eph 2:22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. 

When men begin to build a building, they must first lay a solid foundation. God uses this natural building principle to teach us the spiritual truth that to be a strong spiritual building for God we must have the proper foundation. Jesus is the Master builder and the Bible is His builders plan.

1 Cor 3:16 Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?

1 Cor 3:10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.

The spiritual foundation God speaks about is all based on His Word and it is a good foundation.

2 Tim 2:19 Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."

1 Tim 6:19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

It is based on righteousness and is eternal.

Prov 10:25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.

God chose Jesus as the foundation for our spiritual life.

Isaiah 28:16 So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.”

So the foundation of our spiritual life is not some man-made idea like a denomination or some rite, the foundation IS Jesus Christ.

1 Cor 3:11-13 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work.

Your foundation is very important.

Psalm 11:3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?

One of the most popular destinations in Italy is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Over the course of centuries, the tower progressively listed five and a half degrees out of vertical and was at imminent risk for collapse. Apartments and houses downwind were evacuated. The tower was closed to the public in 1990. The tower was unstable from the very beginning of its 199 year construction, due to being built on a soft unstable foundation. Uncounted millions were spent to arrest the subsidence of the 185-foot marble structure. It reopened to the public again in 2001.

Our lives are subject to a similar sinking and tilting, if they are built on the soft sands of secular materialism, only in this case there are potential consequences lasting for all eternity.

Our spirits will be some place for an eternity. It’s up to us to decide where we want to live in that eternity, it depends on what kind of foundations we want to build our lives upon today.

What are you building your foundations on today?



Daily Help!

Posted By at Wednesday, October 31, 2018


If we want to get the most out of our day, I suggest these three things:


It's an imperfect world, and we won't always be treated fairly; that's just a fact of life today. If we want to go far, travel light spiritually; we need to release and unload our resentments!

Paul says in Philippians 4:8 " . . . you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst . . . "


The only difference in what we are now and what we'll be five years from now is the books we read and the company we keep.

Henry Ford once said, "My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."

So what do your friends bring out in you?

Solomon said in Proverbs 13:2 "He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed."


When Shirley Temple asked her mother what the happiest moment in her life was, she replied, "Right now."

"But what about the day you were married?" Shirley asked.

Her mother said, "My happiest moment then was then, but my happiest moment now is now. You see, you can live only in the moment you're in, so to me that's the happiest moment."

That's a great answer!

Lamentations 3:23 His mercies are new every morning.

Psalm 68:19 He daily loadeth us with benefits.

That means we should get up every day and announce Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it."



Be Careful Whom You Associate With

Posted By at Wednesday, September 26, 2018

I'm sure you have heard the expression, 'They were all tarred with the same brush.'

If we are going to have the best out of life we need to watch out for bad associations. Sometimes the people we associate with can have such an influence on us that we become like them, and we may not even recognise it.

Colin Powell said, "The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.
 Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An 
important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don't help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don't increase you will eventually decrease you."

[General Colin Luther Powell, United States Army (Ret.) KCB (Honorary) is an American politician. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first Jamaican American appointed to that position. As a General in the United States Army, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War.]

Prov 4:7 Stay away from fools, for you won't find knowledge on their lips.

Prov 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Prov 13:20 (The Passion Translation) If you want to grow in wisdom, spend time with the wise. Walk with the wicked and you’ll eventually become just like them.

Sometimes unknowingly we can begin to imitate those we spend time with. Sometimes we have to know when to stop associating with certain individuals. That takes both wisdom and courage.

1 Cor 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.

2 Thess 3:6 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us.

These words were written by the Apostle Paul, under the influence of The Holy Spirit to the believers in Thessalonica.  Paul was both admonishing them and warning them not to associate with non-believers. They were to tell the non-believers what The Word of God says. If they chose not to accept it, then the believers were to keep away from them.

Psalm 1:1-6 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

So today, can I ask you who is having an influence on your life?



What is Fellowship

Posted By at Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Who do you spend time with?

It's important because we become like the people we hang around with! Someone once said, "If you hang round with a dog long enough, you end up getting fleas!"

It is important for our spiritual lives and growth that we spend time with other Christian people, who are born again, Bible believing, faith talking, sons and daughters of the Living God.

Learn to fellowship upwards, not down.

We should spend time with people we can learn from, not those who are always taking from us. In other words, spend time with those who are older and more mature spiritually in the faith so you can glean from them.

Spending time with the 'old crowd' we used to run with before getting saved, will continually cause you to be challenged in your faith by criticism and temptations.

Get to as many Church meetings as you can - because good things happen as you are taught The Word of God. The presence of God can be very real in the meetings as God confirms His Word with signs and wonders following the preaching of His Word, and as the people believe it.

In the early days you will be excited about what has happened to you and if you do not keep in fellowship, you will be like a coal taken out of the fire; that soon loses its heat and effectiveness. However, if that coal is put back into the middle of the fire where it belongs, it will soon burn brightly again and be effective and producing again.

As we fellowship with other Christians, we begin to notice we do not enjoy the company of the 'old crowd' any more, as they are not born again and have different interests. We end up in conflict with them, if we continue to ‘run’ with them.

The whole idea of Church is fellowship. It is a group of people coming together as a family in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus gave us an example to follow in Luke 4:16 "When He came to the village of Nazareth. His boyhood home, He went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures."

Fellowship is not just 'receiving' from The Church and the Ministry, but it is participation, as we get involved to enhance the lives of others.

Amos 3:3 "How can two walk together except they agree?"

Find people of like mind and vision who are going the same way you; who are saying the same things and fellowship with them.

It is vitally important for us to have fellowship with such people and God's Word suggests we tend to it.

Hebrews 10:25 "Let us not neglect our church duties and meetings as some people do, but encourage and warn each other especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near."


SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection continues Thursday September 6, 2018 from 7.30 - 9.00pm. Please pray about these monthly meetings, they will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through 2018. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! There will be BRIGHT SINGING and also I will bring a word about successful living. There will be opportunity for prayer for needs and testimonies to praise God.


What about your vision?

Posted By at Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no progressive vision the people dwell carelessly."

I have been thinking a lot about this word recently, I mentioned it before in our messages. The word contains a lot of truth even in itself.


Starts from one small point and the two arms gradually reach out, wider and wider, showing us the unlimited possibility in a God given vision.

Paul says in 1 Cor 2:9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."


In fact it appears twice, showing us that each individual is involved in the vision. We should not be alone in the vision, it's a joint effort. Two also happens to be the number of witness and testimony, and is also the number of increase. It is in addition to number one.

The Bible teaches us in Deuteronomy 32:30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

Eccl 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.

Eccl 4:10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

Eccl 4:11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

Eccl 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


Zion is the Church and represents our gathering together unto Him. God our Father has great plans for the church. He didn’t bring it this far to let it go. If the Church assembly is without a vision it will perish.

Isa 2:3 Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Isa 40:9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!


True vision is in the purposes of God and on target! We should be in the ways of God and on the right path. The word indicates that vision is for now; it is present tense.

Psa 23:3-4 Living Bible Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.


God said in Matt 17:5 “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

The Bible says in Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

Remember the words of the chorus:

"Lift your vision high, in a way you have never done before.

Lift your vision higher and you will see the glory of the Lord.

For without a progressive vision you will dwell carelessly.

For without a progressive vision you will dwell carelessly.

So lift your vision higher and you will see the glory of the Lord.

We thank God today for the ongoing vision of the Church."



Get Back Up!

Posted By at Wednesday, August 08, 2018

You can always get back up and overcome any failure if you really want to. So stop wallowing and start winning.

I Remember Jerry Savelle said, "A set back is just a set up for a come back!"

Walking by faith does not mean we will be free of trouble.

Jesus said in John 16:33 Amp Bible, "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you]."

We have all probably experienced some failures and made some mistakes in our lifetime. In fact, successful people often have more failure in their lives than average people do.

It's how we respond to failure and mistakes that is one of the most important decisions we can ever make any and every day in determining our ultimate success.

Throughout history, most great people at some point in their lives experienced some form of failure. Remember it's only those who do not expect anything that are never disappointed.

I read about an invitation that was extended to many influential people to witness one of humanity’s most historic moments – the Wright brothers’ first flight in their heavier-than-air machine. But only five people turned up. Think what the others missed out on, seeing the first airplane flying.

Once as Dr. Billy Graham preached, a missionary’s daughter battled an almost uncontrollable urge to run out of the meeting. It was Ruth; his future wife but it wasn’t conviction that made her squirm. It was her response to what she considered appalling preaching.

They said; "He’s balding, skinny, but can dance a little!" They were talking about Fred Astaire at his first audition, boy did they ever miss it.

Would-be crime novelist John Creasey received an unbroken succession of 743 rejection slips. But now over sixty million of his books have been published.

Since failure is common to many people, one of the most important life-skills we can learn is how to respond to apparent failure.

Successful and resilient people know how to turn every failure or set back, into a learning experience—a stepping-stone to their future success.

So what does God's Word say?

Micah 7:8 NLT Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.

When you fall you shall rise again! That means GET BACK UP!

Prov 24:16-18 NLT The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. 17 Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. 18 For the Lord will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them.

Even if you fall seven times GET BACK UP!

Your life is like a boxing match. You are not defeated each time you fall, but only when you refuse to stand back up again and continue to fight.

When you feel the worst and when failure is breathing down your neck, press into God's Word as never before! You may need to meditate on a particular scripture for days, and even weeks sometimes, trying to get a revelation of it, seemingly without success. Then suddenly, like the dawn of the morning, light will come pouring in. You'll see the way to break through. God's Word never fails so keep on keeping on!



The devil is busy!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 06, 2018


I'm sure you have often heard the expression, "The devil finds things for idle hands to do."

Have you ever had some time off from work and thought, "I'm going to relax and just watch TV for a little while?"

But as soon as one program is over, you decide to watch one more program and before you know it, you have wasted a whole evening.

Most of us can probably relate to this! There's nothing wrong with relaxing, but often those times when we have nothing to do are the times we can get into trouble. When boredom sets in, we become a target for the devil.

In Proverbs, chapters five through seven, it is dealing with a young man who gets into sexual promiscuity. One portion of the story describes the man as sauntering through the streets. The Hebrew brings this out. Then the young man's mind begins to wander and think about what was happening on the other side of town. Eventually, he finds himself involved with a prostitute who brought about his destruction. All of this began with boredom in the man's life.

Proverbs 16:3 "Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established."

That means take God into your works as your partner, then they will succeed. As soon as we wake up and our day begins, we should commit our works to the Lord, and verbally invite Him into partnership with us for that day's work. Because when our works are committed to the Lord, our thoughts will follow and be established. We should aim to begin our day like this every day.

This is because the devil attacks mainly in the thought realm.

That's why Paul instructs us to renew our minds.

Rom 12:2 Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

The Word of God and the Holy Spirit already dwell in our spirit. So real growth comes from the renewing of the mind and our thoughts becoming established in the things of God.

Philippians 4:8 "...whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things."

Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart so is he.

Isaiah 55:9 God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways.

To understand that statement you must read verses 7 & 8 to see whom the Lord is talking to!

Isa 55:7-8 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," saith the Lord.

In these verses God is talking to the unrighteous and the wicked. So if you are born-again that is not you He's talking to!

So how do we attain God's thoughts?

It's not only by studying His Word; it's also by committing our works to the Lord each day.

What about your works today? Are you looking for ways to get out of work and have a few more moments of leisure time?

Or are you really looking for ways to fill up your day working with The Lord to expand His kingdom?



Just Stay Calm

Posted By at Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Proverbs 17:27 He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

It is dangerous to let your mind become so agitated that you can't consider your actions carefully. Having a calm mind is a great asset in this life. Without it your devotional life will not bear much fruit. If your heart is troubled, you are vulnerable to the enemy of the soul. When you're agitated, you are not able to make good decisions. You will stumble into the devil’s snares.

Our old adversary the devil specializes in confusion. He loves to prey upon minds that are torn and upset by multiple worries, and often has his greatest success in tempting us when we're so beset by cares that we act on impulse, failing to consider the consequences of our actions.

Note that Solomon observed, in the verse above, that a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

But how can we have a calm spirit when many stressful things come at us at once, all of which seem to have to be considered? There surely can be no question that this is one of life's most difficult challenges and there are no easy answers. Like most difficult things, however, cultivating a calm mind is a matter of training.

Our brains may have a more complicated connection to our spirits than the other parts of the body, but the brain is still a part of the body and as such, it has to be trained to serve, rather than hinder the spirit man.

Naturally unruly, and seemingly with a will of its own, the mind has to be put in its place, disciplined and taught to help us get to heaven.

Training our minds to be calm is like every other kind of training in that it has to be done in small steps. It's a matter of incremental growth over time.

What we must do is put ourselves on a deliberate regimen of training as we exercise our minds each and every day. We find some little thing we can do today to help calm our minds, and that victory encourages us to do the same tomorrow.

At the very least, we need to consciously value a calm spirit. We need to pursue it and when we find ourselves without it, we need to be wise enough to see the danger we're in, and make Godly efforts to recover our calmness as soon as possible. If we can't always be calm, we can certainly grow in that direction.

Today, like every day, there are steps we can take that will lead to a mind that's more peaceful -- and more careful.

What is that step?

Paul, in Romans 12:2 tells us what to do. "Don't copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is!"



Tradition - Try to avoid it

Posted By at Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Tradition is a killer of spiritual life and it will rob you of the blessings of God, it can hold up your healing and your provision so you come to a place where you actually believe God is not blessing you.

Jesus said in Matthew 15:6 Amplified Bible, "So for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God - depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect."

The King James "Thus have you made the commandment (or Word) of God of none effect by your tradition."

What is the point? Man's religious tradition, even Pentecostal traditions, will negate the power of the Word of God!

If you have any traditional teaching in you, the Word won't work for you! That's pretty plain... but that is what it comes down to!

Jesus went on to say in Matthew 15:7 "Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah [Isaiah 29:13] prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honour Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

If you desire to progress spiritually, you're going to have to eliminate the traditions of men from past teachings that may be still lurking around in your spirit!

We have all been taught things in the past that are just not in line with the truth of the Word of God.

We have to dredge these old teachings and traditions out of us; if we don't, they will make the Word that we do receive of none effect in our lives!

Some of the Christians I have met kid around about the tradition that they used to be a part of from such and such a church group, but it's a serious business! Those very things that they are kidding around about may be holding them back spiritually!

We need to keep our spirits clear of all the muck of tradition!

Prov 4:23 NLT Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.

2 Cor 7:1 CEV "My friends, God has made us these promises. So we should stay away from everything that keeps our bodies and spirits from being clean. We should honour God and try to be completely like him."

Cleanse yourself of any traditional thinking.

Get into the truth of God's pure Word; the Word will fill the void left by the tradition and the power of God will work to a greater degree in your life!

Listen to the Spirit of God every day, and pay attention as we teach you how to walk in the Word and be free of these traditions that rob us of the power of God. Just kick over those sacred cows of tradition and get on with your new life in Christ.