Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Finding The Will Of God For Your Life (And Job) - Steve Toschlog

The morning of March 8, 2004 I received an email from a close friend who told me he had a “word from God” for me. Knowing the kind of life my friend lives, I gladly received it as from God. He said, “God is going to use you in ways that are very different than you have envisioned. Be aware, attentive, and ready.”

Immediately, my mind started racing, trying to figure it all out. It seems as though answers to life’s questions never come as quickly as we would like. However, since 2004 God has given me several opportunities to do things in my job, career, and various ministries that I never pictured myself doing. It was necessary that I walk through these open doors in order to stay in God’s will.

For me, one of these opportunities is helping others financially through writings such as this one. The word my friend gave me has motivated and guided me over the last 5 years, and I’m going to show you how this same word will guide you and keep you in God’s will. If you have goals and dreams as I do, it’s very important that you know how to first recognize them as God’s will for your life and then how to make them become reality.

6 Keys to Overcoming Financial Bondage - Chuck Bentley

You know you're in financial bondage if ...

a. You argue with other family members about money.
b. You don't pay off your credit card each month.
c. You get past due notices.
d. You spend money as emotional therapy. Or ...
e. All of the above.

The correct answer is any or all of the above. If one or more of these apply to you, you need to bring your finances in line with biblical principles.

Maybe you think financial bondage is everywhere, but I have the privilege of meeting thousands of people following God's principles who are living a joyous, victorious life of financial freedom. You can, too.

Financial bondage is usually the result of incorrect beliefs about money. Romans 12:2 offers the solution: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
You may profess to be a follower of Christ, and yet your financial habits have been subtly conformed to what everybody else is doing. This issue is commonly known as the "keeping up with the Joneses" syndrome. That's why it's important to be transformed by the renewing of your mind -- as Scripture says -- because what you believe changes how you behave. Applying spiritual truth leads to very practical results. I know, because it happened to me.

What Women Fear

What are the areas in your life that you fear most intensely? Do you fear you will be a failure as a spouse? As a parent? As an employee? As a friend?

Maybe you fear that you will fail at being a good Christian.

I wonder if that last one touched a nerve in you like it does in me. I think it affects all of us because we know that we are sinners and that our hearts still pull us into places we don't want to be. We struggle to get through the day feeling like we did faith "right" and we focus intently on our own missteps. I have heard several people say that their biggest fear was that they were going to slip back into the life they used to live before they were Christians and that they wouldn't be able to recover. We are all naturally sinners and the battle of the flesh is terrifically difficult to win. It's no wonder that we can get to a place where we feel like we aren't ever going to get it right. The more I convinced myself I was a "bad Christian," the more likely I was to accept my bad behaviour, defending it because it lined up with what I thought of myself. More than that, I sought to maintain this image I had by wallowing in the ugliness instead of asking the Lord to help me make godly choices.

What do you believe about being a Christian? Do you think that if you don't keep every commandment of God, you are a failure? Well, I hope not, because you aren't ever going to have peace if that's your definition. I'm speaking from experience here, not from a fancy textbook, and I can tell you this: You will never "succeed" if your expectation is that you can completely overcome sin. So many of us live in fear of failing God because we see Him asperched at the edge of heaven waiting for us to make a bad choice so He can "get us." We think we are always one step away from getting banned from His presence and instead of claiming the power we have in Him to resist sin and grow in godliness, we put our heads in the ground and beg Him to give us another chance.

Rebuilding Trust - Lynette Hoy

Has your trust been broken?

What does trusting someone signify?
Trust, in a practical sense, means that you place confidence in someone to be honest with you, faithful to you, keep promises, vows and confidences and not abandon you. Here are some factors to consider about trust. Trusting another person requires a realistic perspective about people and an expectation of failure. Trust needs to be combined with a willingness to forgive and grows best in an environment of acceptance and love.

There’s no magic machine, you don’t put in a quarter and out drops a can of trust — trust grows over time. People are complex, broken beings therefore, previous hurts, fears or losses can impede their determination to trust and/or be truthful in a relationship. But, people have the capacity and the ability to change and to grow in trust and truthfulness. You can rebuild trust in broken relationships when you make a choice to do so with the supernatural help of God.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Conversation About Love & God - Claire Colvin

If I asked you to describe yourself, what would you say? Would you tell me your job title or refer to your relationships – husband, wife, son, daughter, friend? Would you talk about your successes, or failures, your dreams or your past? These are parts of who you are, but you are more than what you do or where you live.

You are a human being who is loved by God. You are intelligent, beautiful, loved, and not alone.

Take a minute to think about that – God loves you, and not because of what you do. He loves you for who you are and will never leave you because of anything you’ve done. Isn’t that just the kind of love you’ve always dreamed about?

You might not think of yourself as exceptional, but you are. You are a hand-crafted original. God made you on purpose, no accidents of fate or chance. The Bible says that when God created man and woman He “saw everything that He had made, indeed it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31) God created you and He is interested in the details of your life. The Bible tells us that Gods knows each of us better than we know ourselves – he even knows how many hairs are on your head! (Matthew 10:30)

It’s pretty incredible to think about. The same God who created the stars and turns the colors of the leaves in Fall, created you. You are His masterpiece and He loves you. God created you to have a relationship with Him.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The 7 Qualities of a Good Friend - Karol Ladd

After years of speaking to women’s groups on the topic of friendship, I have discovered a pattern of characteristics that women typically appreciate in other people. Here are the top seven relationship ingredients that have surfaced over the years. I encourage you to consider these qualities in light of your current friendships and, if you are married, in light of your relationship with your spouse. (They’re great building blocks for marriage.) These are qualities to internalize in your own life in order to become a better friend. You can also use them as a measure to consider (not judge) potential friendships in the future.

1. Take a genuine interest in others.
Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, said, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.” As we listen to others and show an interest in what is important to them, we begin to truly love and understand them. Every person has an invisible sign around his or her neck that reads, “I want to feel important.” Everyone has something to offer this world. We need to search for it, find it, and bring it to the surface.

I’ve found that scheduling an “Others Hour” is a good way to make time to be attentive to others. What is an Others Hour? It’s a sixty minute period we reserve on our schedules each week in order to focus solely on our friends and their needs. I know for me, if something is not on the calendar, it typically doesn’t happen. An Others Hour is a time when we can write a note or make a call or deliver a gift or do a favor. It’s a time when we can pray for a certain friend in need. Try it. Who knows? You may find your Others Hour multiplies throughout the week!

Turn Life’s Disappointments Into Spiritual Opportunities

People will disappoint you in life, and they will disappoint you often. Yet each person who hurts you or causes you some sort of disillusionment is actually doing you a favor. They are providing you with opportunities to prove how unconditionally you can love and forgive your brothers and sisters under God. It is easy to love those who love you, but as Jesus reminds us in Luke 6:28, it is very difficult to ”bless those who curse you.” Jesus asks a lot of us with this statement, but you can benefit immensely if you can put it into practice.

All people are damaged. When they behave badly, it is often because of pain that has accumulated from their past. Sometimes, when someone we know well hurts us, we are able to see clearly what may have caused their behavior. But when dealing with strangers, business associates, or people we just don’t know that well, we have very little information about their personal history. We don’t know what has happened in those people’s lives to cause them pain. We don’t know about their childhood, and we don’t know what may have happened to them earlier in the day or just before you walked through their door! It is for this reason that I use the following affirmation:

People are doing the best they can with what they have.

This is almost always true. Whether it’s a snarky customer service rep on the telephone, your boss, or your spouse, people are trying to get by day to day with the coping skills that they possess. Show compassion, and repeat that affirmation when you begin to feel irritated. How many times have you hung up the phone or walked away from somebody’s office shaking your head and thinking, “Gosh, what got into him today?” Even the nicest people in the world have bad moments. Perhaps you just encountered someone at a bad time. It happens every day. I know that I would not want my character to be judged for a transgression I made when I was under pressure, exhausted, or upset about something.

I once had a complete meltdown in a bank, screaming so loud at the teller that security was called to escort me out of the building. Now, let me state for the record that I do not normally behave this way. However, this was the same day that the pediatric endocrinologist had told me that my little Shane would not live to see his second birthday. My nerves were shot. The bank teller, who probably still tells the story of the crazy screaming lady, had no idea what kind of emotional devastation I had lived through and had no way of knowing that I was reacting to other, potentially tragic circumstances in my life.

10 Scriptural Confessions – Bob Yandian

1.) Colossians 1:13 – Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.

Confession: I walk in your Godly Kingdom today, for Jesus has destroyed Satan’s kingdom in my life. Satan, I command you to stop your maneuvers in my life. I bind you and cast you out

2.) 2 Corinthians 2:14 -Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

Confession: I walk in total triumph in every situation, for Jesus has destroyed failure in my life. I am an overcomer and can do all things through Christ. I have the victory and the victory has me! I am a victor and a king! (Phil. 4:13; I John 5:4)

3.) Ephesians 2:6 – And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Confession: I reign from my heavenly throne-room position, for Jesus has destroyed an inferior position in my life. I rule and reign with Jesus today. Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. Father, you are Lord of heaven and earth, and we go out and possess the land today. Satan’s doors are closed, and many doors are open for me to speak Your Word boldly. (I John 4:4; Luke 10:21; Josh. 1)

The Happiness Habit - Joel Osteen

Many people don’t realize that much of the manner in which we approach life — our attitudes, and our demeanour — is learned behaviour. These habits have formed by repetition throughout the years. If we've spent years focusing on what’s wrong rather than what’s right, then these negative patterns are going to keep us from enjoying our lives.

We acquired many of our habits from our parents or from the people who were around us as we grew up. Studies tell us that negative parents raise negative children. If your parents focused more on what was wrong, living stressed out, uptight, or discouraged, there’s a good possibility that you have developed some of those same negative mind-sets.

I often have people tell me, “Well, Joel, I’m just a worrier. I’m just uptight. I’m not a friendly sort of person.”

No, please understand, those are habits that you have developed. And the good news is you can “reprogram” your own “computer.” You can get rid of a negative mentality and develop a habit of happiness.

The Bible says, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” One translation simply says, “Be happy all the time.” That means no matter what comes our way, we can have smiles on our faces. We should get up each morning excited about that day. Even if we are facing difficult or negative circumstances, we need to learn to keep a positive outlook. Many people are waiting for their circumstances to be worked out before they decide to be happy. “Joel, as soon as I get a better job; as soon as my child straightens up; as soon as my health improves.”

No, the bottom line is if you’re going to be happy, you need to make a decision to be happy right now.

Happiness does not depend on your circumstances; it depends on your will. It’s a choice that you make. I’ve seen people go through some of the most awful, unfortunate situations, yet at the time you would never know they were having a problem. They had a smile on their face and a good report on their lips. In spite of their dire dilemmas, they remained positive, upbeat, and energetic.

Happiness does not depend on your circumstances…It’s a choice that you make.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Reprisal attacks in the aftermath of the St. Rita's church bombing

KADUNA – (AFP) – A suspected suicide attacker slammed a car bomb into a church during services on Sunday in the city of Kaduna, killing two other people and sparking reprisal attacks by Christians.

Christian youths took to the streets with machetes and sticks afterward, targeting people they believed to be Muslims as anger again boiled over due to the repeated church bombings in recent months, an AFP correspondent reported.

A vehicle for rescue workers was attacked in the ensuing violence, but there was no indication that rescuers were wounded.

“At least three people are confirmed dead,” a rescue official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to give out figures. He was speaking of the toll from the suicide bombing.

Suicide bombing in St. Rita's Catholic Church, Kaduna

An explosion, suspected to be a suicide attack, rocked the St. Rita Catholic Church in Ungwar Yero area of Kaduna metropolis this morning.

The attack occured around 8:45 a.m. during the morning mass. 

More details soon..

Friday, October 26, 2012

How Your Pain Can Turn to Praise

Jesus said that we would all have trouble in this fallen world. So we expect suffering to enter our lives, but when it does, we often try to get through it as fast as possible rather than asking God what we can learn from it.

If you choose to embrace your suffering rather than running from it, your pain can turn to praise as God brings good purposes out of the suffering he has allowed into your life. Here’s how you can respond to suffering by inviting God to turn your pain into praise:

Offer your suffering to God. Rather than pleading with God to take your suffering away, view it as a gift that God has allowed to come to you so you will seek Him more and experience His grace in deeper ways. Keep in mind that the same thing that evil forces may intend to destroy you can become what leads you to experience more of God’s blessings in your life. What will determine whether your suffering leads to negative or positive results in your life is how you respond to it. Decide that you will respond to any type of suffering – from illness, grief, broken relationships, financial problems, depression, etc. – by surrendering it to God in prayer, asking Him to use it for good in your life and trusting Him to do so.

How to Find Strength in Tough Times

Hardships (from health crises and financial problems to grief and broken relationships) befall every person living in this fallen world – Christians and non-Christians alike. But as a Christian, you have access to the Holy Spirit, who will empower you to overcome each hardship you face when you ask God to help you.

Here’s how you can find strength in tough times by turning to God for help:

Instead of trying to avoid suffering, seek to learn and grow through it.
Keep in mind that God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy, because holiness has eternal value. God’s goal is to help you learn how to become more like Jesus Christ, and you often can do that best by going through suffering and developing a stronger character in the process. So don’t expect that you can avoid suffering; accept the fact that suffering will inevitably come into your life (as it does for everyone) whenever God allows it. Instead of trying to avoid suffering, ask God to use it to accomplish good purposes in your life. Ask God to help you view your hardship from the perspective of how it advances God’s purposes for you.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

3 Ways to Meet Your Goals This Year - Marla Tabaka

Tick, tick, tick. Time to complete your 2012 goals is running out. How are you doing with that? It's not too late to achieve your year-end goals with these simple steps.

If you're like most successful entrepreneurs, you started the year by creating an annual plan. You know that not having a plan is like being lost with no map or GPS; there's a slight possibility of getting to your destination but it's more difficult and less likely.

Unfortunately, while many entrepreneurs have a business and marketing plan, many of them have trouble following it. Like your New Year's resolutions, the plan was easy to follow in January, but each passing month brought with it new opportunities and new challenges. As a result, by this time of the year many entrepreneurs have shifted their focus from the well plotted course to the new realities of their business.

Fatal Shooting Reported at Creflo Dollar's Georgia Megachurch

A gunman reportedly killed another male Wednesday morning while inside Creflo Dollar's World Changers Church International in Georgia, and the shooter is still on the loose.

The shooting is said to have occurred during a 10 a.m. Bible study at the College Park Campus in Unincorporated Fulton County. It was not immediately clear how many people were in attendance.

According to WXIA-TV, police revealed that the gunman, said to be a 52-year-old black man wearing a suit and tie, walked into the morning chapel service and shot the victim leading Bible study at point-blank range. The gunman, reportedly a staff member at World Changers Church International, fired the shot while the Bible study leader was leading prayer.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Vatican newsflash: Pope names six new cardinals, including Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria

Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan
During a synod of bishops that has been somewhat short of banner headlines, Pope Benedict XVI made some news today, announcing a consistory for the creation of six new cardinals on Nov. 24.

The new cardinals are:
  • James Harvey, American, the longtime head of the Papal Household under John Paul II and Benedict XVI, whom the pope said he intends to nominate as Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
  • His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Raï, patriarch of the Maronite Church in Lebanon.
  • His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, head of the Syro-Mankar Church in India.
  • Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, long considered one of the leading voices of Catholicism in Africa.
  • Archbishop Rubén Salazar Gómez of Bogota, Colombia.
  • Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines, considered one of the brightest theological minds among the Asia bishops and also one of their best communicators.
Tagle, 55, and Onayiekan, 68, both could draw consideration as possible successors to Benedict XVI if the mood at the time of the next conclave is to look for leadership to the booming church in the global south.

Tagle has turned heads during the current Synod of Bishops on New Evangelization for his emphasis on a humbler, simpler church with a greater capacity for silence, while Onayiekan has won praise for his balanced view on Islam – insisting that despite the violence of the “Boko Haram” movement, “Christians in Nigeria do not see themselves as being under any massive persecution by Muslims.”

Daystar Christian Centre presents "Express Yourself" at Daystar Youth Fellowship - Saturday 27th Oct 2012

Daystar Christian Centre presents "Express Yourself" at Daystar Youth Fellowship

Date: Saturday 27th Oct 2012
Time: 2p.m
Venue: Annex 1, Plot A3C, Ikosi Road, Oregun, Ikeja

Hosts: Sam and Nike Adeyemi

Daystar Christian Centre presents Excellence in Leadership Conference 2012 - (9th - 11th November 2012)

The Excellence in Leadership Conference, hosted by Daystar Christian Centre, expounds leadership principles that help multiply a person’s effectiveness, increase capacity to influence his or her environment and fulfill destiny. The theme for this year’s conference "THE MAKING OF A LEADER" is apt because Africa, at this time, yearns for a transformation in leadership. Speaking at the conference are men and women who have not only created massive change and influence in their different fields, also are great leaders of positive influence. Participants will be encouraged to discover themselves, explore and unlock untapped potential so that they can perform at higher levels. The conference, lasting three days, is made up of two sessions – the general sessions and the special syndicate sessions.

Resolve Anger

Anger and unforgiveness are a barrier to our relationship with the Lord and others. Choosing to forgive and love others by faith, regardless of our feelings, is God’s desire.

Put Away Anger and Bitterness
Ephesians 4:31 instructs us to “let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you.” Maybe you struggle with some of these emotions, feeling you have a right to them because of how you’ve been treated.

But Ephesians goes on to say, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.” Being kind and forgiving someone is extremely difficult when your feelings aren’t so loving! However, at some point, even though you may not want to, you decide to try to love the one who has mistreated you. To your surprise, you discover that it doesn’t work! You can control what you say, the way you look at them, and the way you behave, but you can’t control your feelings. Why is that?

2 Corinthians 3:5-6 gives us an answer: So yes, you can possibly control your behavior, and the way you talk, but you can’t control your spirit. The Christian life isn’t a matter of self-improvement, or will power, or determination, it’s a matter of a changed heart, and only God can change your heart!

Ask God to change your heart!

How to Love by Faith

God loves you unconditionally. You are commanded to love others – God, your neighbors, your enemies. You are incapable of loving others in your own strength. You can love others with God’s love.

How to Deal with Your Anger

Anger is a universal problem. I have observed it in the primitive cannibals in Irian Jaya, uncivilized Indians in the remote jungles of Brazil, illiterate people in tiny villages deep in the forest of Zaire, my playmates when I was a child, in my parents, church members, pastors, highly educated people, the very rich, people in government, and yes, even in myself. Call it what you will: mad, angry, frustrated, annoyed, perturbed, ticked off – all of these words represent a form of anger.

You cannot decide to be angry. You can take elaborate precautions to avoid being angry. But, alas, sooner or later anger underneath your skin is triggered by a memory, someone’s behavior, a conversation, a phone call, or a letter. It can cause your heart to beat faster, make you sweat, tense up your muscles, foul up your digestive system, alter the way you think, dictate how you act, and trigger negative words from your mouth.

There seems to be universal agreement that anger must be tamed. Yet there is vast disagreement over the cause and the cure.

Step 1: Recognize Anger as Sin

The Biblical prescription for dealing with destructive anger is precise and strong. Strife, malice, hatred, outbursts of wrath, dissension, contention, and the like are works of the flesh–of the sinful nature (Galatians 5:19-21, Colossians 3-8). They are sin, and that’s good news because there is a divine solution for sin. God promised to help you. Dealing with sin is His specialty. Acts 4:12 says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

A simple step that gives you a source of strength to “stop” angry responses is to invite Jesus to come into your life.

Yet many competent, able people have a hard time accepting the fact that we need supernatural help. “I can manage my anger. Isn’t that good enough?” It certainly beats exploding. But the best you can do is to manage your anger. Only God can help you to “stop” because anger is sin. Therefore, you need a Savior who will cleanse you of your sins.

It is not inevitable that we must spend the rest of our lives struggling with anger. It can be “put away.” Once we accept the fact that anger is sin and we need a Savior, we can practice a simple Biblical directive–daily, if necessary: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Anger is sin. It is destructive. God will cleanse the anger out of our hearts.

Step 2: Replace Anger with the Fruit of the Spirit

When you have a forgiven, cleansed heart, you can ask God for the power of the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of the Spirit in your life as described in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

You will still have problems, face injustices, and encounter difficult people–as everyone does. You will still need to be energized, alerted, and motivated to correct what needs correcting. But a Christian knows that a person energized by the Holy Spirit with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control has the strength to conquer the bitter, sarcastic words; anxiety; bodily tensions; and violent behavior that formerly characterized him.

A Christian does not always surrender to God perfectly any more than he can manage himself perfectly. Few people make it through any given day perfectly. But with God’s help, you can catch anger at the earliest possible point.


Police kill three kidnap suspects, rescue Catholic priest

Anambra State Anti robbery Squad, SARS, yesterday, gunned down three suspected kidnappers and arrested six others during a gun battle that lasted over an hour.

The state police command, at a briefing in Awka, said two of the victims of the kidnappers, Rev. Fr. C. Okoye of Archdiocese of Onitsha and one Onyekwelu Jonathan Eledu, were rescued by the police.

According to the police, the suspects killed were members of the dreaded gang that had been terrorizing the state which had the late Olisa Ifedika, alias Ofeakwu, as their kingpin. Ifejika’s house at Oraifite in Ekwusigo local government area had since been destroyed.

The police said they were able to dismantle the suspects’ detention camp at Orsumoghu in Ihiala local government area.

The hoodlums were said to have demanded a ransom from the family of the Reverend Father before luck ran out on them.

The police also said it had arrested 14 armed robbery suspects in the state since October 1, 2012, while two other robbery suspects were killed in a gun battle.

Items recovered from them include two- AK 47 riffles, one rocket launcher, one rocket, four rocket propellers, 18 AK 47, magazines and 300 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.

According to the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Raphael Uzoigwe, the operatives are working assiduously to track down fleeing wounded members of the syndicate, while SARS was investigating the armed robbery suspects.

Source: Naij

Mind Management

The mind is the most private part of your inner life. No one can know for sure what you allow to enter into it, and no one can know what goes on in your mind unless you reveal it. The longer I work with people, the more convinced I become that everyone can and does control his mind. We make our own decisions, and no one can change them. Everyone has the power of choice.

It’s important to remember that we can’t always determine someone’s inner life based upon their words or behavior. The Bible puts it clearly:

"For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, ”Eat and drink!” but his head is not with you" (Prov. 23:7).

You are constantly exchanging ideas with partners, parents, relatives, friends, teachers, preachers, and others. We are all familiar with the flood of ideas coming at us from the radio, TV, newspapers, books, magazines, pamphlets, movies, billboards, and advertisements.

What will you do with this mass of information that bids for your attention? Remember, it’s your attention. It’s your mind. There is no avoiding your responsibility.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Scared to Death of Smiling - Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

I ride the Metro bus from downtown Los Angeles out to the Valley. People get off, people get on. No one smiles. No one looks directly at anyone else. Mostly they stare, mesmerized in their own private thoughts. Some anesthetize themselves with earphones that tune them into a different world. If you live in a big city, you understand the averted eyes. You know the fear. So many people, so close together, and scared to death of smiling.

I see many people on board, some in uniforms, others with packages from shopping. Still others carrying books to or from a class. But no smiles.

A smile is a sign of humanity. A sign that we are willing to communicate. That our sadness, no matter how deep, will not overcome us. But for many on that bus journey, there is no joy. Their lives, I suppose, are full of pain and hopelessness.
Trapped in dead-end jobs they do not like.
Trapped in a cycle of unemployment and welfare.
Trapped in marriages.
Trapped in singleness.
Trapped in divorce.
Trapped in widowhood.
Trapped in life.
And without a smile.

A smile, too, is a sign of hope. Of hope in another person. Of trust. If I smile at you, if I let my personality bridge the distance between us in a packed city bus, perhaps you'll smile back. Perhaps you'll connect with me. And so I smile in hope, and am met with eyes turned away, of body language that protects itself from those closest by, with a posture designed to avoid contact, personal contact, on a crowded bus.

Tears Are A Language God Understands - Travis Wiginton

In II Corinthians 1:4-7:
"God comforts us in all our troubles...
so that we can comfort those in any trouble,
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives,
so also through Christ, our comfort overflows.

Here are several Bible characters who share with us through their tears:
1) Jeremiah's tears (Jeremiah 8: 20-9:1)
He wept over the sins of the people, however before he did this...
he had wept over his own sins and had received God's forgiveness.

2) Jesus' tears- John 11: 30-38:
He wept with Mary and Martha over the death of their brother, Lazarus.

Sometimes the most we can do for someone in grief is to:
be near with tears...
Or a hug.
Let God lead

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Steve Jobs, Death and the Afterlife - Bode Ososami

Many months ago, I started researching a story on Steve Jobs, looking for perhaps a different Christian perspective to his success, but only found a rare genius and an exceptional technological innovator, born to a Muslim father, adopted and raised Lutheran... later in life going to India to be indoctrinated to Asian religions and mentored by a Buddhist guru who shaped his views especially in the early years. I abandoned the story. But reading of his death and struggles with cancer, I am again reminded of the greatness of this entrepreneur who transformed the lives of billions in how they related. Here was someone who truly deserves all the honours and well earned encomiums for a far reaching legacy of goodness.

However, on death, the Bible speaks of two deaths for two kinds of people – the righteous in Christ (not just church goers) and the others (called the unrighteous). The first death which is a temporary death experience can happen to all peoples but some will escape it. The Bible says the righteous in Christ that are alive when He appears will be taken up to be with Him (raptured) and will have missed this death. Christ one day returns on earth with the raptured saints to reign for a thousand years and at the end of the millennium, the arrested Satan is permitted to deceive some for a while. All that are alive on earth when God brings an end to the earth and the heaven as we know it and comes to judge on a great white throne – will also have missed the first death. The Bible tells us not to fear this first death. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Practicing Patience When God Has You Waiting - Barbara Erochina

Some days, it is a lot harder to be patient. When we’re bringing our concerns to the Lord again and again, we grow tired of waiting. It soon begins to feel like our prayers are falling on deaf ears. Often our desire is to take control and just “do the best we can”; it is our fleshly reaction to the silence. We know Galatians 5 lists patience as a fruit of the Holy Spirit so we confess our desire to rule our own lives. We ask the Spirit to fill us, empowering and directing us even as we continue to wait on the Lord.

This doesn’t mean our circumstances change. Our only child remains sick in the hospital, the thread our marriage hangs on continues to splinter, and the hope we’ve held on to for years fades with increasing speed. Having prayed fervently about whatever issue you are facing too many times to count, it’s easy to feel your bank of patience depleting once again. On these days, let these reminders on the nature of patience be an encouragment to you as you continue to wait.

You are not alone in the waiting.

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” – Romans 8:22- 25 (New International Version)

Waiting is a common experience. All your brothers and sisters in faith, as well as all of creation know what it is like to wait on the Lord. Consider those who have waited before you: Job, David, a myriad of Prophets. There is plenty of encouragement in the Bible concerning a need for patience and those who have excelled in it. James 5:7, Colossians 1:10-12, Psalm 40:1 and Revelations 14:12 are just a few examples of the myriad of passages about the topic.

Facing Fear and Finding Freedom by Joyce Meyer

If you don't remember anything else from this article, remember that fear is not from God but from Satan. See Second Timothy 1:7. Every time you feel fear in your life, it's a manifestation of the kingdom of darkness. I often say in my teachings that fear is the "master spirit." It's the spirit Satan uses to try to rule God's people and keep them from coming under the leadership of the true Master, Jesus Christ.

What Are You Afraid Of?

Multitudes of people never fulfill the call of God on their lives simply because every time they try to go forward, the devil uses fear to stop them. Is he using fear to stop you? Satan uses fear to keep people from enjoying life. Fear brings torment, according to 1 John 4:18, and you surely can't enjoy life and be tormented at the same time.

I want to encourage you to take an inventory in the fear department. What are you afraid of? Are there any areas in your life that are being stifled because of fear? Satan is always going to bring fear against us at various times. It's one of his major weapons—not a cap gun, but a cannon.
Stepping Out in Spite of Fear

All of us must learn how not to "fear the fear." The devil brings fear, but you can choose not to bow your knee to it. David said, "What time I am afraid, I will…trust…in You" (Psalm 56:3). I believe we can say that when God leads you to step out in an area to do something new, or leads you to make a bigger commitment, you may (or probably will) feel fear. However, if you're sure God told you to do it, put your trust in Him and go forward.

RCCG: Christ Church parish holds 18th anniversary service

The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Christ Chapel Parish will be celebrating its 18th anniversary next week, starting with a vigil service on Friday, October 26 and ending with a celebration service on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

Pastor J. T Kalejaiye will be the guest minister and he will be ministering at the vigil and the celebration service.

According to a statement by the Pastor-in-charge, Remi Morgan, the church intends to carry out some CSR initiatives around its community during this celebration. As part of this, there will be a visit to the Heart of Gold Children's Hospice, the Juvenile Home for Girls for their physical, medical and spiritual needs.

Other activities lined up for the celebration include; an evangelism outreach and environmental clean-up around Diya street, Ifako, Gbagada; a special all-night "High-Praise to the Lord" which will feature various RCCG parish choirs and gospel artistes.

Methodist Archbishop Job wants better deal for victims

METHODIST Church Archbishop of Kaduna, Dr. Joseph Oche Job, has urged the Federal Government and other stakeholders to evolve a realistic approach to aid victims of the flood.

The Archbishop, who spoke during the 6th Methodist bishops’ wives summit held in Otukpo, Benue State with the theme, “Except by prayers and fasting” elucidated that spiritual solutions to natural and artificial occurrences militating against the country remained the most reliable alternative.

He noted that no part of the country was spared of disorder like insecurity, abductions, violence and militancy, stressing that the entire nation had been polluted by these vices and as such required urgent attention.

Church speaks against fraud, violence in Ondo state

The Vicar and Dean of the Chapel of Annunciation of the Archbishop Vining College of Theology in Akure in Ondo state has urged stakeholders in the upcoming Governorship elections to abide by the rules of the game and eschew violence.

In a statement yesterday, Venerable Ayodeji Fagbemi appealed to the Federal Government to ensure adequate security for the exercise which comes up this Saturday, 19th of October 2011.

"As a Christian body, we view it as a responsibility to speak to the society in relation to thr forthcoming exercise, not only because we are part of the society, but because our society belongs to God and we believe that every soul matters. We also believe it is the church's duty to speak out at a time like this".

There has been so much tension gripping the state as the election day approaches and most of the political parties are trying their best to unseat the current Governor Olusegun Mimiko. 

What's Your Life Purpose? Finding and Knowing Your Life Purpose - Karen Wolff

If finding your life purpose seems like an elusive undertaking, don't panic! You are not alone. In this devotional by Karen Wolff of you'll find reassurance and practical support for finding and knowing your life purpose.

What's Your Life Purpose?

While it's true some people seem to find their life purpose easier than others, it's also true that God really does have a plan for every single person, even if it takes a while to see what it is.

Most people think finding your life purpose means doing something you truly love. It's an area that just seems natural to you and things just seem to fall into place. But what if things aren't so clear for you? What if you're not sure what your gifts are? What if you haven't discovered any particular talent that makes you think it could be your true calling in life? Or what if you're working somewhere and you're good at it, but you just don't feel fulfilled? Is this all there is for you?

How To Deal With Unemployment - Jennifer Slattery

In the Christian community, it’s easy to lump all negative emotions as sin. We read commands to rejoice during trials and assume depression is failure, but biblical joy is not a temporary, surface emotion. According to John C. Hutchinson, author of Thinking Right When Things Go Wrong, “The biblical teaching of joy or rejoicing has more to do with confidence in one’s convictions than it does with emotion.” Joy is a deep assurance that God is good even when life is not. This is not an emotional stance, but instead, a choice of belief.

Emotions aren’t good or bad.
Throughout Scripture we read accounts of faith-filled men and women continually used by God who went through periods of depression and experienced intense anger. Elijah grew depressed and wanted to die. In the Psalms David expressed moments of great pain. Job poured out his heart in an expression of raw, honest emotions. He even accused God of hunting him down like a lion. Yet God didn’t condemn Job, but instead, reminded Job of his limited understanding.

Be honest. God already knows how you feel and what you’re thinking anyway. Praying through your feelings will help draw you to God.

The Power of Praise

Praising God means adoring Him, honoring Him, and exalting Him

God takes delight in praise and worship. He enjoys praise and worship

Praise ye the LORD.
Praise God in his sanctuary.
Praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts
Praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet.

Praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance.
Praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals.
Praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
(Psalm 150).

It is does us good to praise the Lord.

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto your name, O most High:
To shew forth your loving kindness in the morning, and your faithfulness every night,
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
For you, LORD, have made me glad through your work: I will triumph in the works of your hands.
(Psalm 92:1-4)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Catholics urged to come to the aid of flood victims

Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The President of the Catholic Bishops` Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has called on all Catholic and other good spirited Nigerians to come to the aid of thousands of Nigerians displaced by flood that has done havoc in many states of the country.

The appeal was contained in a statement issued recently in Abuja, by Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey the Executive Secretary of Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN) the Non- Governmental Organization of the CBCN.

Expressing deep concern about the recent flooding of different parts of the country, as a result of excessive rainfall in the country and the release of excess water from Ladgo Dam in Cameroun and Niger/Jebba Dams in Nigeria, Fr. Evaristus noted that this has caused devastating damages in some states of the country, including destruction of several farmlands and deaths of about 2000 people.

According to Fr. Evaristus Bassey, the capital cities of Makurdi in Benue State and Lokoja in Kogi State were reported to have been greatly devastated while no fewer than 25 million Nigerians living along the country`s coastal line of Anambra, Niger, Benue, Sokoto, Katsina, Lagos, Ondo, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Cross Rivers States are threatened by displacement as a result of the flooding. He added that over 38,000 people have been displaced in Kano, Jigawa, Cross River, Taraba, Adamawa, Niger and Anambra States.

The Executive Secretary disclosed that Idah Diocese has confirmed that 30,000 persons are now living in 13 camps in Idah, with the number increasing by the day. He continued: `The floods have caused untold hardship to many persons, families and communities in Nigeria. Property worth millions of Naira has been destroyed and many displaced persons are stranded and faced with hunger, disease, lack of shelter and lack of clothing etc.`

While calling for solidarity and support for the affected persons, Fr. Evaristus listed the dioceses of Idah, Lokoja, Auchi, Makurdi, Oturkpo, Yola, Issele-Uku, Bomadi, Jalingo, Kano and Sokoto; as well as the Archdioceses of Onitsha and Owerri as greatly in need of assistance to bring succour to the affected victims of the flood.

Noting that support in cash and kind can be forwarded directly to the Archdioceses and dioceses listed above or CCFN, Fr. Bassey concluded that `the CBCN President has requested that awareness of the untold sufferings of the victims should be created among Catholics, nationwide,` for immediate assistance.

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)'s President - Oritsejafor To FG: Declare Affected Areas Disaster Zones

President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, said the recent flood that submerged houses across Nigeria and displaced thousands of people was horrifying.

In a statement signed and made available in Abuja by his Special Assistant, Media and Public Affairs, Kenny Ashaka, yesterday, the CAN leader said his organisation shared the traumatic moment with victims of the disaster.

He said it was worrisome to see that places such as markets, major roads, schools, bridges, houses, farmlands, among others were submerged in the flood.

Ashaka said: ”Pastor Oritsejafor sympathizes with victims of the disaster and prays that God will protect them from all hidden dangers and deadly diseases that may have come with the floods.”

He prays also that God will grant them maximum security wherever they are settled.

Don’t wait for job, create one, says Adeboye at the 4th Convocation of Redeemers University

Cross Section of graduands
As calls for self reliance continue to pour in, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye over the weekend joined other stakeholders in the education sector to urge Nigerian graduates not to wait for job, but endeavour to create jobs and be employers of labour.

Adeboye who is a visitor to Redeemer’s University (RUN) during their 4th convocation ceremony where 24 graduands made First Class said; “You have graduated into a world of uncertainty, don’t wait for ready-made job, create one.”

The clergyman charged unemployed graduates to be bold enough to start their own businesses instead of waiting for unavailable jobs. He prayed that within three months, if they hold on to the wisdom of God, they will succeed in their aspirations.

How To Succeed at Being Yourself - Joyce Meyer

It's tough to enjoy life when you don't like yourself. People who haven't learned to accept and get along with themselves tend to have more difficulty accepting and getting along with others. Yet, the Bible repeatedly tells us to "love your neighbor as yourself." I personally spent years having a hard time getting along with people, until I finally realized through the Word of God how my difficulty with other people was actually "rooted" in my difficulties with myself.

The Bible says a good tree will bear good fruit, and a rotten tree will bear rotten fruit. Likewise, the "fruit" of our lives comes from the "root" within us. If you're rooted in shame, guilt, inferiority, rejection, lack of love and acceptance, etc., the fruit of your relationships will suffer. However, once you have a revelation of God's unconditional love for you and begin to accept yourself and others, eventually these new roots will produce good fruit, and your relationships will thrive.

Here are a few tips I believe will help you succeed at being yourself.

1. Never say or think negative things about yourself, such as, "I never do anything right." "I'll never change." "I'm ugly." "I look terrible." "I'm dumb." "Who could ever love me?" Matthew 12:37 says, your words you will be justified..., and by your words you will be condemned…. Proverbs 23:7 says, …as [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he. In other words, the way we talk and think about ourselves reveals how we feel about ourselves.

The Importance of Having the Right Attitude in Life - Vikram Gokhale- N. Nanda

Our attitude is what influences all our actions. It is only the right attitude, which gets us good results. All the smiles and hand-shakes are not going to get you far, if you do not have the attitude to help others, without any selfish expectations in return. If you expect something in return, then it is not help, it is only a favour, and you are only interested in your own selfish desires.

It has been said that Opportunity ‘knocks’ at every door. If we utilise it, it leads to success. Otherwise, we just complain about the ‘noise’. Every problem that we face is nothing but an opportunity, to success, by learning how to conquer it. The better we get at problem solving, the more successful we are.

Theory is only fully understood by solving problems. One cannot succeed in life with mere theories; it is only the application of theory, in overcoming problems, that brings the desired results.

To a ‘positive’ person, a problem is not only a temporary set-back, but also a stepping stone to success. To a ‘negative’ thinker, every problem only confirms his pessimistic view, that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. So every problem becomes a stumbling block, with the inevitable result, that he/she soon stops progressing. Human nature has inertia, i.e. it resists any change. We like to keep within our ‘comfort zone’, even to the extent of not trying to change a bad habit, that we are only too well aware of. However, should one desire to improve, there is no stopping you, on your path to success.

Forgiving Yourself

If you look in the mirror and look yourself in the eyes but you don't like the person you see, then you need to forgive yourself and learn how to love the person that God has made in you! This is what we call a stronghold, or an incorrect thinking pattern that needs to be torn down in your mind. If you have repented of your sins, and taken them before the Lord, then you are forgiven... and now you need to come to realize the power of that. You need to stop associating your failures with your "new creation" image, for God's Word says...

2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Can you honestly look in the mirror and tell yourself, "I love you" and mean it with your heart? I'm not talking about a prideful way, but a humble means of accepting who God has formed in you. We need to love and accept the person that Christ has made in us, and forgive ourselves as Christ has forgiven us!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mark Hankins at Covenant Christian Centre....Streaming Live

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Seven Reasons Why Confession Works - Pastor Poju Oyemade

For the past three weeks, my pastor has speaking on a series "The Law of Confession". Yesterday was the concluding part of the message. Just want to share this with you, I hope you experience a change in your life as I have.

Confession is a declaration of the truth that you have embraced within your life. It is making a continuous affirmation of what you believe. Confessions don't work because you say it publicly in the ears of others. The words you speak is for yourself and not for others.

Seven Things You Need To Understand on why Confession Works

1. It is the way in which you sow the seed of God's word into your heart. The spoken word is a means by which you plant your seed. The way you get words into your mind is by saying it.

2. Confessions of God's word causes faith to come to you. As you confess God's word it causes the substance of God's word to enter inside of you.

3. It works because you renew your mind. Confession helps you check your fears.

4. It works because it keeps the answer before your eyes. Words Paint pictures. What you continuously say you will see. You start seeing what you confess.

5. It works because it sets the laws of faith into motion

6. It sets your angels to work for you. When you voice out your confessions, your angels start working on the outside for you.

7. It works because you practiced the other six points! 

To listen to more messages by Pastor Poju Oyemade, log on to: or go to iTunes store, click on podcasts and search for insightsforliving/PojuOyemade

Be the Change You Wish to See in the World - NIURKA

Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” You have the power within you to create the life you want to live. You have the power to shape the world around you just by who you are being, and how you are communicating. The law of attraction, one of the fundamental aspects to living a life by design, explains that everything that is created in the outside world is the result of what takes place internally. Being the change you wish to see in the world starts with taking full responsibility for everything that is happening in your life.

The first Law of Supreme Influence states, “I create my reality.” Creating your life by design means taking full ownership and total personal accountability for where you are right now. By accepting that you are fully “at cause” for your life, you access the wisdom to recognize how your moment-to-moment thoughts, words, and actions create the results you experience.

Each of us is the author and architect of the results we experience. Every thought we have, word we speak (whether to ourselves or out loud), and action we take is like planting a seed; a seed that will germinate and grow when the appropriate conditions are present. Like farmers carefully planting the next harvest, we reap the effects of having sown the seeds of past thoughts and behaviors. There are no idle thoughts! Everything we see, and everything we experience has its origin and cause in the realm of thought. Understanding this phenomenon is the beginning of true wisdom.

In life, you either get results or you give reasons, there is no in between. When you get a result and own it, whether you perceive it to be desirable or not, you become empowered through the wisdom that is found in recognizing how your thoughts, words, and actions create the results you receive. Owning your results is living “at cause”, giving reasons only initiates the opportunity to create similar results in the future.

Any time someone gives a reason, even when it seems to be real and true, it leads to a loss of personal power. Giving reasons assumes what is happening outside of you is more powerful than your ability to transform it. And that is not true! You have the power to shift your world. It begins with you!

Here are a few red flags that will illuminate anytime you’ve momentarily forgotten your creative power. Anytime you catch yourself blaming, minimizing, denying, or justifying – let it serve as a signal to bring your awareness to the present moment and come back to “cause.” As soon as you catch yourself, you can make a new choice. This gives you freedom! Being at cause for what occurs in your life gives you power, supporting you on your journey to be the change you wish to see in the world.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Victorious Army Ministries International presents 2012 Victory Convention - Tues 23rd - Sun. 28th October 2012

Victorious Army Ministries International presents 2012 Victory Convention

Theme: Sufficiency in All Things

Ministering: Dr. Mike Murdock, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, Bishop David Oyedepo

Host: Rev. Joseph Dominic Agboli

Date: Tues 23rd - Sun. 28th October 2012

Venue: Plot 22, Acme Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos

Friday, October 12, 2012

Christ Chapel Int'l Church presents "Fulfilling Destiny" Campmeeting 2012 (Oct 17 - 21, 2012)

"Fulfilling Destiny” Campmeeting 2012 promises to live up to its historic billing as one of the most important events on the Pentecostal/charismatic Christian calendar in Nigeria as Senior Pastors/Founders of CCIC, Reverend (Dr) Chris Tunde Joda and his wife, Reverend (Mrs) Ebun Joda, both anointed expositors of the word of faith direct affairs under the unction of the Holy Ghost.

The annual convention of Christ Chapel International Churches CCIC) comes up on Wednesday, October 17 and end Sunday, October 21, 2012.

Foundation of Truth Assembly is hosting a Festac World Summit, themed " Look Unto Us". Ministering Rev. Yomi Kasali

Date: Sunday, 21st October, 2012

Venue:  The Pavillion Hall, 21 Road, Opposite I Close, Tatanlizers, Festac Town, Lagos

Time:    5pm

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.


--Reinhold Niebuhr

KEEPING TIME: Seven Keys to Good Time Management

Key #1: Assume Responsibility. The first key is assuming responsibility for your use of time. The Bible challenges us to redeem the time, which means to make the most of the time God has given us. (See Ephesians 5:16) Choose to take charge of your time to the best of your ability. If you don't manage your time, somebody else will.

Key #2: Seek God's Guidance. Recognize that God has ordained for you a series of good works to accomplish. We read in Ephesians 2:10, "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them".

Ask the Lord each morning to help you identify the good works that He has planned for you on that particular day. Ask the Lord to show you how and when and to whom you might minister by using the good gifts and talents that He has given you.

Don't limit your petition for God's guidance to the time you spend at work or in ministry. Ask the Lord to help you manage your recreational time, your friendships with others, renew your creative energy, and give opportunities for Christian witness.

Seek the Lord's guidance, too, for the time you spend with your spouse and family. Ask Him to help you manage your family time so that relationships are made strong and joyful.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Massacre of 46 Nigerian Students Linked to Boko Haram

Nigerian police have arrested the masterminds behind the deadly Oct. 1 massacre at a state university in the northwestern town of Mubi that killed 46 students, many of whom were Christians, Christianity Today reports.

 Police also confirmed the gunmen were members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect, though Boko Haram denied involvement. Nigerian officials reported that the four university students who allegedly devised the attack acted in response to recent student government elections, targeting Muslims and Christians alike who were either newly elected student leaders or students who voted for them.

 However, persecution watchdogs and the Christian Association of Nigeria insist the gunmen specifically targeted Christians in the attack, only killing Muslims on accident. "CAN rejects the theory of election dispute as responsible for the massacre ... considering the way it was reportedly carried out," CAN national secretary Musa Asake said; according to several students who escaped the massacre, the gunmen first asked victims if they were Christians before shooting or knifing them.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Mark Hankins visits Abuja, Nigeria

Held in high esteem in the Word of Faith circles worldwide, Rev. Mark Hankins ministers with a strong preaching anointing. 

His lively style of presenting deep truths of God's Word will surely be a blessing to you at this year's Rhema Bible Training Centre's Kick-Off Conference, from October 17th - October 20th at RBTC Hall

Taking the faith message and the believer's rights and privileges in Christ to the nations of the world with signs and wonders following the Word, Rev. Mark and his wife, Trina Hankins, are a delight to listen to. With Rev. Mark Hankins' demonstration of a high sensitivity to the flow of the Holy Spirit, an exciting and a refreshing time in God's presence is always guaranteed!

The Hankins have over 35 years of ministry experience, and Rev. Mark is a regular speaker at the Kenneth Hagin Camp Meeting in Tulsa Oklahoma,USA. Certainly, the stage is set at the Kick-Off Conference for an impartation of a lifetime, and you sure don't want to miss out on it!

VENUE - Plot 1442, Independence Avenue, Abuja, Nigeria. (White building beside Cool FM)

DATE -   Oct. 17th - Oct. 20th

CONTACT - or call 0807 657 6163

DAYS                          MORNING SESSION       EVENING SESSION
17th - WEDNESDAY 9:30am - 12noon                  5:30pm - 8:30pm
18th - THURSDAY    9:30am - 12noon                  5:30pm - 8:30pm
19th - FRIDAY -                                                      5:00pm - 9:30pm
20th - SATURDAY    8:00am - 5:30pm

Covenant Christian Centre Presents: The Worship Workshop & Concert with Don Moen

This workshop is a must for all songwriters, instrumentalists and worship leaders

Part I: The Worship Workshop

Sessions on the art of worship and the effective use of instruments
  • A Practical Guide to Worship 
  • Breakout Sessions for Worship Leaders, Music Directors and Instrumentalists 
  • Question and Answer Session 
  • A Worship Concert with Don Moen 
Date: Saturday 13th October, 2012
Time: 2p.m.
Venue: The Lagoon Restaurant, Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

Part II : A Worship Concert with Don Moen

Date: Saturday 13th October, 2012
Time: 4p.m.
Venue: The Lagoon Restaurant, Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

To be part of this events, please register here

2015: Christian elders oppose Northern Muslim president

Christian leaders from the North have said in Kaduna that they would no longer support the emergence of a Muslim president from the North since the region had had enough national Muslim leaders from the region since independence.

The elders, under the aegis of Northern States’ Christian Elders Forum (NOSCEF), said they would work assiduously towards producing the next presidential candidate of the country, who must be a Christian from the North.
“The region had had enough of Muslim national leaders since independence to the disadvantage of the Christian community,” they said.

A communique issued at the end of the forum’s emergency meeting in Kaduna and jointly signed by its chairman, Evangelist Matthew Owojaiye and the secretary General, Mr Iliya Yusuf, noted that among the heads of state and presidents produced by the northern region, only one of them was a Christian.

It said that even those that were democratically elected were Muslims with overwhelming support from the Christians, they said.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Methodist Church Restates Commitment To Nation’s Development

THE Methodist Church Nigeria will not rest on its oars in assisting the country to achieve its goals and aspirations, says Prelate of the Church, His Eminence Dr. Sunday Ola Makinde.

At a media briefing on 170 years of Methodism in Nigeria and 50 years of the Church’s autonomy, held at the Cathedral of Unity, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, recently, Makinde said: “As a Church, we are not prepared to close our eyes to the nation’s ills. We are not prepared to keep quiet and watch the ship of State sink. Rather, we are committed, more than ever, to join forces with progressive elements in the land at ensuring that we have a safe landing.”

The Prelate noted: “One of the clear evidence of this commitment is found in our foray into the area of science and technology with the setting up of the Wesley University of Science and Technology, in Ondo town, where we are partnering with government to build capacity in many young minds. We believe that technological advancement is the future and that Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind.”

A dinner, organised, last Thursday, by the Church to celebrate the anniversary, had featured attendance by eminent Nigerians. Among these was the Special Guest of Honour, President Jonathan (represented by the Minister for Niger Delta, Mr. Godsday Orubebe). Also in attendance were Generals Yakubu Gowon and Theophilus Danjuma; Governor Peter Obi; his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, Godswill Akpabio (represented by his deputy), and the Minister for Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Okon Bassey Ewa.

Author of this article: By Femi Alabi Onikeku

Flood: 53,000 displaced, 11 communities submerged in Delta: BY FESTUS AHON

UGHELLI – NO fewer than 53,000 residents of 11 communities in Patani Local Government Area of Delta State, have been rendered homeless following the flooding of their homes as a result of the overflow of the River Niger. Their farmlands were also submerged.
Ivrogbor, Umeh, Uzere, Ehwen, Edherie and Igbide, in Isoko South Local Government Area of the state had also been submerged by the flood, rendering over 1,000 homeless. Motorists plying the East-West Road were, weekend, stranded at Umeh Junction of the road, which was submerged by the flood.

Our correspondent who visited the area, yesterday, noted that Patani, Abare, Torou-Angiama, Aven, Koloware, Ogor, Adobor, Bulu-Angiama, Uduophori, Ogolomo and Amatebe with a population of over 60,000 were being deserted. Odorubu and Ebresegha were the only two communities spared out of the 13 communities in Patani Council.

Most mud houses and some brick structures in the affected communities were destroyed. Transporters plying the Patani/Ughelli route had a field day as they hiked transport fare from Patani to Ughelli. Farmers were seen with their families in canoes harvesting their premature farm produce.
Former Delta State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, Mr. Raymos Guanah, whose house in Patani was also submerged, expressed worry, lamenting that the entire council had been submerged save for two communities.

Guanah at the palace of the Pere of Kabowei Kingdom, HRH L. M. Erebulu, said he, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, Mr. Brave Enode, and Mr. Dogubo Mologe, whose houses were also submerged, had built a temporary camp at the Patani/Uzere Road that is still under construction, to accommodate displaced persons.


It Couldn't be Done - Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't" but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, as he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one we know has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle right in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That cannot be done, and you'll do it


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cracking the Dress Code - Jen Wilkin

Recently I read an article written by a man addressing choice of dress among Christian women. What I read was a sensitive, well-​​presented plea for Christian women to consider the weaknesses of their spiritual brothers when choosing their clothes. Though many discussions of dress focus on “how short is too short” or “how low is too low,” this one avoided those legalistic pitfalls and took aim for the heart: what is your motive for choosing the clothes you choose?

The plea to bear with our Christian brothers by covering ourselves is an important one for Christian women to hear. Dressing modestly is one of the simplest ways a believer can distinguish herself from the world around her and keep herself free from sin. But any female over the age of 11 can tell you that modesty may not be the biggest hurdle to overcome in aligning our fashion with our faith.

Consider the following incident related to me by my 13-​​year-​​old son: With summer approaching, the band at his middle school planned a party at a local water park. Several moms went along as chaperones. One of the mothers, a woman presumably in her forties, chose to spend the day in a very small bikini that showcased her enhanced assets. As she snoozed in the sun, she became the topic of lively and inappropriate discussion among her son’s classmates.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mubi Massacre, 52nd Independence Anniversary and the Problem with Nigeria

From 2009 till date, celebrations to mark Nigeria’s Independence and most national and public holidays have been marred by bomb explosions and killings of innocent citizens. On December 25, 2009, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian man then, educated in Mechanical Engineering at a prestigious University College, London launched Nigeria into international spotlight as a terrorist state, when he failed to detonate a bomb to blow-up a US Northwest Flight 253 with hundreds of passengers on board traveling from Amsterdam-Schipol airport to Detroit, Michigan, USA. Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, we later learned is the sixteenth and youngest son of a wealthy Nigerian in the name of Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Mutallab, a staunch member of the Northern Oligarch and one of the huge beneficiaries of Nigeria’s oil wealth. Today, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab is spending time in the U.S. prison instead of working to give back to the nation that spent millions of tax payers’ money and oil wealth educating him in British universities.

Nigeria: The Folly of Breaking up Nigeria to Heal it - It is All Hot Air

Nigeria's 52nd independence anniversary is drowned by hot air over a possible break-up even as questions are being raised about its feasibility.

One of the best told narratives by Nigerians about their country revolves round the possibility of break-up of their country along ethnic and/or religious lines. What this means, in the opinion of tale-bearers, is that Nigeria should be three or more countries and not the 'contraption' of one, united country put together some 98 years ago. Two years before Nigerians celebrate one hundred years of the amalgamation of the north and south, the already hot air over a possible break up is getting hotter.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The change in the Regional Distribution of Christians over the last 100 years

A comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians of all ages around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion. Christians are also geographically widespread – so far-flung, in fact, that no single continent or region can indisputably claim to be the center of global Christianity.

A century ago, this was not the case. In 1910, about two-thirds of the world’s Christians lived in Europe, where the bulk of Christians had been for a millennium, according to historical estimates by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity. Today, only about a quarter of all Christians live in Europe (26%). A plurality – more than a third – now are in the Americas (37%). About one in every four Christians lives in sub-Saharan Africa (24%), and about one-in-eight is found in Asia and the Pacific (13%).


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