Thursday, December 25, 2014

YouVersion reveals Nigeria's most popular Bible verse in 2014 - Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
YouVersion, the popular Bible App, revealed that the passage above is the application's verse of the year, being the most bookmarked, highlighted, and shared verse in Nigeria for the year 2014.

It also announced that the most popular verse in the world is Romans 12:2. 

The app, which has been installed more than 162 million times since 2008, also identified the most popular verses in other countries such as United Kingdom, United States of America and many more.

Pope Francis' Christmas Day Message


Thousands of Catholics flocked to St Peter's Square to hear the Argentine pope deliver his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing and message. This marks the second Christmas since his election last year.
Here is the official Vatican English-language translation of Pope Francis' Christmas Day message, which he delivered in Italian:
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas!

Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, is born for us, born in Bethlehem of a Virgin, fulfilling the ancient prophecies. The Virgin's name is Mary, the wife of Joseph.

Humble people, full of hope in the goodness of God, are those who welcome Jesus and recognize him. And so the Holy Spirit enlightened the shepherds of Bethlehem, who hastened to the grotto and adored the Child. Then the Spirit led the elderly and humble couple Simeon and Anna into the temple of Jerusalem, and they recognized in Jesus the Messiah. "My eyes have seen your salvation", Simeon exclaimed, "the salvation prepared by God in the sight of all peoples" (Lk 2:30).

Christmas Message from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle

Here is the Christmas Message from President Barack Obama and First lady of United States of America

2014 Christmas Message from President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO THE NATION FROM GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN, GCFR, PRESIDENT, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, DECEMBER 25, 2014

Dear Compatriots,

I greet and felicitate with you all once again as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I join all of our Christian compatriots in giving thanks to God Almighty for the divine gift of Jesus Christ the Messiah whose earthly incarnation we commemorate today.

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who the Prophet Isaiah heralded as the Prince of Peace and Wonderful Counselor, I believe it is very appropriate that we all, Christians and non-Christians alike, reflect more deeply on the virtues and ideals which the Messiah espoused during his earthly mission.

To my mind, there can be no doubt that the greater internalization of the virtues of love for our fellowmen, tolerance, Godliness, honesty, fairness to others, selflessness, and peaceful co-existence with others, by all adult Nigerians, and the inculcation of the same in our youth, will definitely help our dear nation to overcome most of its present challenges.

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