Monday, December 9, 2013

Pope Calls on Faithfuls to "Annoy" God in Prayer! Reflects on Praying with Insistence During Morning Mass

To pray with insistence “is a bit like annoying God”, Pope Francis said in his homily at Casa Santa Marta. However, praying in such a way shows a complete trust that God will fufill your needs.

The Holy Father reflected on the Gospel of Matthew which recalls the two blind men who followed him calling out, “Son of David, have pity on us.” Jesus himself, he said, “taught us how to pray like the annoying friend who begs for food a midnight.”

“Maybe this sounds strange, the Pope said, but praying is a bit like annoying God so that he listens to us. But, the Lord says: like the friend at midnight, or the widow before the judge… And this was also done by those lepers who approached him: “If you want to, you can heal us!’”

2014 Grammy Nominees: Tye Tribbett tops Gospel categories!

Tye Tribbett
The Recording Academy announced the Grammy nominations on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 during a televised concert at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The show was hosted by LL Cool J.

In the Gospel categories Tye Tribbett captured three nominations. Tribbett received nominations for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance ("If He Did It Before...Same God"), Best Gospel Song ("If He Did It Before...Same God") and Best Gospel Album for his chart-topper "Greater Than."

Newcomer Tasha Cobbs received a Best Gospel/CCM Performance nod for "Break Every Chain (Live) and Best Gospel Album for "Grace."

Although not nominated in the gospel category,the legendary Mavis Staples received a Grammy nod for her chart-topping gospel album "One True Vine." The album was nominated for Best Americana Album.

The 56th Grammy Awards will be held Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The awards will be presented during the three-hour broadcast on the CBS network.

Here's the complete list of 2014 GRAMMY nominees in the Gospel and CCM categories

Best Gospel/CCM Performance

“Break Every Chain” [Live], Tasha Cobbs
“Hurricane”~ Natalie Grant
“Lord, I Need You”~ Matt Maher
“If He Did It Before… Same God” [Live]~Tye Tribbett

Best Gospel Song

"Have Your Way~Calvin Frazier & Deitrick Haddon, songwriters (Deitrick Haddon)
“If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]" ~Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)
“If I Believe”~Wirlie Morris, Michael Paran, Charlie Wilson & Mahin Wilson, songwriters (Charlie Wilson)
“A Little More Jesus~ Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Erica Campbell)

“Still”~Percy Bady, songwriter (Percy Bady featuring Lowell Pye)

Best Gospel Album

Grace [Live]~Tasha Cobbs
Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 [Live]~Donald Lawrence
Best Days Yet~Bishop Paul S. Morton
God Chaser [Live]~ William Murphy
Greater Than [Live~ Tye Tribbett

Best CCM Song

“Hurricane”~ Matt Bronleewe, Natalie Grant & Cindy Morgan, songwriters (Natalie Grant)
“Love Take Me Over”~Steven Curtis Chapman, songwriter (Steven Curtis Chapman)
“Overcomer”~ David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)
“Speak Life”~Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore & Ryan Stevenson, songwriters (Tobymac)
“Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies)”~ Ed Cash, Scott Cash & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)

Best CCM Album

"We Won't Be Shake"~Building 429
"All The People Said Amen [Live]"~ Matt Maher
"Overcomer"~ Mandisa
"Your Grace Finds Me (Live)"~ Matt Redman
"Burning Lights"~ Chris Tomlin

Christian Leaders respond to Nelson Mandela’s death

T.D. Jakes, Myles Munroe and Kirk Franklin were among the Christian authors and artists responding in the wake of the Dec. 5 death of South Africa’s President Nelson Mandela.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu—also a Zondervan author—and The Nelson Mandela Foundation, together with Lead SA and Brand South Africa, will hold a special tribute in Mandela’s honor in Johannesburg today to celebrate his legacy. Tutu and local artists will lead the evening’s tributes to be delivered through song and the spoken word. Jakes offered this tribute:

Gospel Jazz Artiste, Mike Aremu releases a new single "AKOWABA", featuring M.I Abaga as part of the "Coat of Many Colours" Album

Yayyy!!! It's Christmas Season again and as everyone is hoping for a scintillating ending to the year and as well preparing for Christmas and awaiting the new year (2014) to roll in. Legendary Jazz artiste “Mike Aremu” in collaboration with M I Abaga have this lovely hip hop jazz tone titled AKOWABA (Unfortunate Situation ) to prophesy into your life.

This is another spanking single off the Mike Aremu – "Coat Of Many Colours" Album and its dedicated to everyone of us who wakes up hoping to get the best out of our days. The prayer goes this way: we shall never be a victim of unfortunate situation in our endeavours and also says: what we never planned for will not destroy or obstruct our initial plan (Amen).

If you want to listen to the whole album, you can download from by clicking here. Or you can stream also on the Spinlet mobile app also. Just download the Spinlet app by going to

The other tracks in the album are listed below:
  1. Holy Ghost Fire
  2. Maker of All
  3. Vow
  4. Magnificent
  5. Praise Experience 1. (Oluwa Ku Ise Medley)
  6. Invincible ft. Wole Awolola
  7. Araba ft. Sasha

Rooftop MCs releases second single from "Kings & Priests" album - "Seasons (Turn by Turn)"

True to their word, Rooftop MCs dropped the second single from their album "KIngs & Priests" - "Seasons (Turn by Turn)." The album is billed for release in 2014.

On this song, Sokleva spits three solid verses and is ably assisted by the rich vocals of Singer/Producer Okey Sokay and the melodious harmonies of IBK SpaceshipBoi. Produced by the official Producer for the Clan, Okey Sokay, the theme of Seasons is simply, you were born for such a time as this, it’s your turn and it’s your season.

You can get the first and second singles from Click here to buy the tracks.

Couple escape death after wedding

A fortunate couple narrowly escaped death in an auto crash while on their way home from their wedding.The accident which involved a NNPC tanker with number plate XG 321 MKA, a cargo truck and two saloon cars happened at about 4:45pm on Saturday, 7th of December, 2013 close to the Otedola bridge, Alausa, on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway. The bride and her husband were said to have jumped out of their car.

The grateful bride was seen kneeling and thanking God for their narrow escape. That was indeed a miracle.


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