As the House Challenge came to full effect, each Armor Bearer of their respective houses took up the challenge to minister and proclaim the word of God in the highways and byways. Each one stud, desiring to be a paragon of what is good, what is righteous, what is true. The week of September 18, 2016 proved fortuitous for House Obedient who garnered 1220 which made them the lead scorer, followed by House Holiness at 762 and House Truthful with 498 points. Additional points were awarded and negatives where bestowed due to attendance, conduct, etc. Each house was challenged to present Psalm 91 and Psalm 23 respectively. On the week of September 25, 2016; each house were given riddles and questions that garnered them points, they also presented their evangelism report. After service, Pastor L.A. Lopez and AHFi leadership challenged the Armor Bearers with the scripture presentation which would award the winning team with 500 points and Ice Cream. After each team presented, the scores were tabulated. House Obedient started on the top rank at 2229, followed by House Truthful with 1931 and House Holiness with 1847. Due to a brilliant presentation plus additional points given for service, and conduct; House Holiness rose up to 1st place with 2437, followed by House Truthful with 2351 and House Obedient with 2279. As the day waned, the final challenge was given.
A singular riddle was bestowed to all houses.
The riddle is as follows:
Adam, God made out of dust,
But thought it best to make me first,
So I was made before now,
To answer God’s most holy plan,
A living being I became,
And Adam gave to me my name,
I from his presence then withdrew,
And more of Adam I never knew.
I did my Maker’s law obey,
Nor never went from it astray,
Thousands of miles I go in fear,
But seldom on earth appear,
For purpose wise which God did see,
He put a living soul in me,
A soul from me God did claim,
And took from me the soul had fled,
I was the same as when first made,
And without hands or feet or soul,
I travel on from pale to pale,
I labor hard by day, by night,
To fallen man I give great light,
Thousands of people, young and old,
Will by my death great light behold,
No right or wrong can I conceive,
The Scripture I cannot believe
Although my name therein is found,
They are to me an empty sound,
No fear of death doth trouble me,
Real happiness I’ll never see,
To Heaven I shall never go, or to Hell below.
Now when these lines you slowly read
Go search your Bible with all speed,
For that my name is written there,
I do honestly to you declare,
“The answer is one word.”
All houses strived hard to answer, but only one stood victorious and that was House Holiness who answered the riddle correctly. Their answer was a whale.
Whale appears only four times in the Bible:
Adam, God made out of dust, but thought it was best to make me first. So I was made before man to answer God’s most holy plan. A living being I became and Adam gave me my name. From his presence I then withdrew and more of Adam I never knew. I did my maker’s law obey, not ever went from it astray. Thousands of miles I go in fear, but seldom on the earth appear:
Whales are in the ocean.
For purpose wise which God did see, he put a living soul in me:
A soul from me God did claim and took from me the soul again. So when from me the soul had fled, I was the same as when first made:
Jonah was freed from the whale.
And without hands or feet or soul, I travel on from pole to pole:
Whales are long-distance travelers.
I labor hours by day, by night to follow man to give him light. Thousands of people, young and old, will by my death great light behold:
Whale oil burns very nicely in many lamps. But the whale must be killed to get the oil.
No right or wrong can I conceive, the scriptures I cannot believe. Although my name therein is found, they are to me an empty sound. No fear of death doth trouble me, real happiness I’ll never see. To Heaven I shall never go, or to Hell below.
Now when these lines you slowly read, so search your Bible with all speed for that my name is there, I do honestly to you declare.
Glory to God for House Holiness who stands the AHFI House of the Week, Garnering 200 points which moves their total to 2637 points under the leadership of Sister Ashly Manosca and Bro. Glen Manosca. Truly we are so blessed to see our youths grow in wisdom, in stature, in truth.