Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pastor Adeboye of RCCG prays for UK's PM David Cameron

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A. Adeboye prayed for UK's Prime Minister David Cameron at the ongoing ‘Festival of Life’ programme holding in London.

Though no official reasons have been given for attending the programme, one wonders if it has anything to do the upcoming elections in the UK. Cameron of the Conservative Party will be up against Ed Milliband of Labour Party & Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrat at the elections holding on the 7th of May, 2015

Here are some of the pictures taken from Pastor Adeboye's Facebook page.and LindaIkeji

David Cameron and Pastor Adeboye

Italy downplays, Obama mum on drowned Christian migrants

The prime minister of Italy, with President Obama at his side, downplayed reports Friday that Christian migrants were targeted for death by Muslims who threw them overboard and drowned them in the Mediterranean Sea during a recent crossing from Libya.

At a joint White House press conference, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said in response to a reporter’s question that there is “not [a] problem of clash of religions in Italy.” Mr. Renzi portrayed the problem as a lack of stability in Libya that is prompting illegal immigration to Italy.

“The problem is not a problem of clash of religions,” Mr. Renzi said through an interpreter. “It’s a problem of human dignity. We are absolutely committed to solve this problem, and I am confident if this become a priority …”

The U.S. reporter who asked the question directed it at Mr. Renzi. Mr. Obama, who sometimes offers answers to questions posed to his foreign counterparts at joint press conferences, remained silent on the subject.

Pastor TB Joshua Preaches Change

Popular televangelist, Christian minister and faith healer, Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly referred to as T.B.Joshua, has a thought-provoking message.  

The founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which runs a Christian television station called Emmanuel TV took to his Instagram page on April 16, 2015, to ask a thought-provoking question.

He shared “The LORD is not so much interested in how many times you go to church, pray and fast a day, how much Christian service you render, the amount of tithes and offerings you pay, the Christian titles and names you bear – as the number of people’s lives you have affected. Many people are suffering out there; they want to change but do not just know how to go about it. How many lives are you capable of CHANGING? How many have you CHANGED? This is what matters to HIM.”

Joshua is known for his popularity across Africa and his online presence, with over 1,500,000 fans on Facebook and hundreds of YouTube videos which have proved controversial and amassed millions of views. In 2011, according to Forbes, Joshua was Nigeria’s 3rd richest pastor.

The Hashtag #BringBackOurGirls Is Not Enough; says activist, Emmanuel Ogebe

The hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted a year ago by the group Boko Haram deserve a major, sustained rescue effort, says a Nigerian lawyer who urges far more global attention for the wider crisis in the country.

“Every day of captivity for these girls is a dark day in their lives and their parents’ lives. It's harder to keep hope alive,” international human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe of the U.S.-Nigeria Law Group told CNA April 14.

He said not enough is being done to find the girls. In his view, intervention of an international coalition is needed.

“The world hasn’t aligned itself similarly to counteract Boko Haram, as they are doing with ISIS,” he said, referencing the Islamic State terrorist group, to which Boko Haram has reportedly pledged allegiance.

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram militants abducted nearly 300 predominantly Christian girls from a secondary school in Chibok. Several dozen escaped, but there are 219 girls believed to remain in captivity.

Escapees have reported rape, forced marriage, forced labor and abuse. The group International Christian Concern said some of the abuse was intended to coerce them into rejecting Christianity.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed the abducted girls have all converted to Islam and have been married, Agence France Presse reports.

Gospel Artistes Should Focus on Praising God - Najite Obebi

Nigerian idol star and gospel music sensation, Najite Obebi has called on Nigerian gospel artistes to concentrate more on praising God and promoting the scripture instead of praising self for personal aggrandizement at the expense of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The third runner up in the last Nigeria Idol Competition stated this in an interview with The Tide Entertainment after her wonderful performance on stage at the last Easter choral festival organized by the Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation (RSBC) at the Alfred Diete Spiff Civil Centre, Moscow Road Port Harcourt.

She said, “it is more glorifying to promote the source than the gift, God is the source who gives the inspirational gift to sing, so his gospel and the scripture must be promoted through music in order to win souls to his everlasting Kingdom especially now that we are living in the end times”.

The gospel singer observed that most of the so called modern day gospel artistes concentrate more on themselves in order to gain cheap recognition and financial gratification, hence they compromise the gospel of our Lord Jesus. She said the trend must stop and honour should be given to whom it is due and that is God and his begotten son Jesus Christ.

Chibok girls Who Escaped Offer Hope to Captives: 'Always Believe in God, That God Is There for You'

Four Chibok girls, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014 and later escaped, acting as silent witnesses during a Hudson Institute discussion on Boko Haram in Washington D.C. on March 23, 2015.

One year after Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram raided an all-girls school in Chibok, Nigeria, and took 200 young girls captive, three of them who managed to escape are now offering hope to the remaining captives, with a message that God is there for them.

"The message is be brave and courageous," said Deborah, one of the three escapees who spoke to Al-Jazeera marking the one year anniversary of the event which drew international attention. "Be a hard worker and always believe in God, that whatever you are going through, God is there for you, He will help you. Have ambition that you are great and you were made to be a great person."

Boko Haram, reportedly targeted the school because it was educating young women, including 163 Christians and 15 Muslims. The organization wants to establish an Islamic caliphate and return to Sharia law, often described as oppressive to women and girls.


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