Sunday, April 19, 2015
Sammie Okposo’s Praise Party #SOPP is back and has been scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2015. It promises to be an atmosphere of radical praise, intense worship, deep intercession & dance.
Starting from 2PM – 9PM, the heavens will kiss the earth at Grace Gardens Events Centre, Plot 4, Duro Simi Etti, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria.
Join Sammie Okposo along side Frank Edwards, PITA, Tim Godfrey, Onos, Efe Nathan, Eben, Nosa, Mike Abdul, Monique, Lara George, Nikki Laoye, Anny, Sabina, Tehila Crew, Ayo Vincent, MK, Henrisoul, MC Abbey, Akpororo, Oreva4ever and lots more. “Come join us lets sow a seed of praise, worship, dance & intercession for a better Nigeria.” - Sammie Okposo
Admission is FREE!!!
Save the date! 01.05.15
Green Carpet: 12PM – 2PM.
Bill Winston, Sam Adeyemi, Micah Stampey, Mike Okonkwo, Others To Minister at House On The Rock’s Dominion Word Conference 2015
House on the Rock Church will kick off with the 2015 edition of its annual Word Conference on the 22nd of April, 2015.
The theme for the conference, Grace for Grace, is taken from Romans 5:17 – “…those who receive an abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign through the one Jesus Christ”
This edition will be even more explosive as an array of local and international ministers have been lined up for the conference. Ministering are Word of Faith preacher, Dr. Bill Winston, Bishop Tudor Bismark, Inspirational teacher, Pastor Mensah Otabil, Bishop Mike Okonkwo of TREM worldwide, Pastor Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre and host , Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House on The Rock.
American gospel music minister, Micah Stampley & Nigerian gospel ministers, Nathaniel Bassey, Eben, as well as the House on The Rock choir will be on hand to lead the praise and worship sessions.
The Word Conference will hold from Wednesday to Friday from 5pm each day and on Saturday, a Focus on the Family seminar for couples to build better marriages and families from 11:30am to 2pm. It all comes to a close on Sunday with a Super Celebration Service from 9am to 12 noon. All sessions will be at The Rock Cathedral (House on The Rock), Lekki-Epe Expressway (4th Roundabout), Lagos.
To enable easy access to and departure from the venue, House on The Rock will be providing buses at different bus stops in Lagos Island and the Mainland:
In an address at a UN Conference on the theme: "The Persecution of Christians Globally: A Threat to International Peace and Security", Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations, urged the international community to act in protecting Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East.
Read the text of Archbishop Auza's address below
"United Nations, New York, 17 April 2015
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Panelists,
Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen:
Before the tens of thousands who came to St. Peter's Square to listen to his Easter Message to the City of Rome and to the World last April 6, Pope Francis vigorously appealed to raise up "intense prayer" and "tangible help" for the Christians throughout the world, "who are being persecuted, exiled, killed, and decapitated for the sole reason that they are Christians."
Lots of stomach infrastructure prophets in Nigeria predicted the victory of Jonathan at the just concluded presidential polls in Nigeria, describing Buhari’s supporters as heathens raging against the Lords Anointed. I am yet to see any of them that predicted a Buhari victory. Mcheeew!
These misguided spokespersons of God gave us lectures of how Jonathan is the David that will defeat Goliath of the Philistines (Buhari). In all the meetings of clerics I attended around Abuja, Enugu, Lagos, Port Harcourt and environs, I hear the same tale of how God told some pastors that a Buhari presidency will Islamize Nigeria and how God intends his people to pray out this heathen who wants to return them ( not myself) back to Egypt. We were also told that God will give Jonathan a second term victory because he has not finished his assignment.
I never discerned all these things prophetically and I know that these statements are not from the Spirit of God. In one of the meeting of a closed group of ministers in Abuja, I blurted out angrily at one of the prophetic tale bearer asking “does God intend to keep a most corrupt president, are you aware that the economy is in so much bad shape that there may be no money to pay salaries by the end of this year if leakages in the system is not drastically cut. Are you aware that many State Governments having huge debt profile, endangering the economic status of their states? Which parameter is your God using to declare Jonathan a savior despite grinding poverty in the land.….”
Featured Article:Pastor Bosun's call, Buhari’s ‘jihad’ and Christianity in Nigeria by Rev. Christopher Akinola
Few months ago in Nigeria, around the time the constitutional conference was going on in Abuja, an audio message by a certain Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, who represented the Christian Association of Nigeria at the conference, began to make the rounds within and outside Nigeria. The audio message, amongst a number of things, described General Mohammadu Buhari, who was running for President, as an Islamic fundamentalist who, if elected, would Shariarize Nigeria. It also shared that, like in Turkey (ancient Ephesus), Christianity in Nigeria is on its way to obliteration through Jihad.
Bosun claimed that Christians and Christianity are in trouble because Muslims are strategizing to Islamise Nigeria and that Christians should be vigilant. Bosun’s voice reverberated as the message received massive listening and distribution. The leadership of the RCCG, a mother Church to the assembly that hosted Bosun had since dissociated itself from the message.
In a recent interview with Rita Okonobo, Globally celebrated gospel musician, Don Moen speaks on his life, marriage, music, love for Nigerians and how he wishes he could celebrate his 65th birthday in Nigeria.
Read Excerpts from the interview below.
Why did you decide to go into gospel music ministry?
In the 70s and 80s, I travelled extensively with a Christian musical group called Living Sound, and saw first hand the powerful combination of music and evangelism. I started writing songs as a result of this experience and then recorded a project for Integrity Music called “Give Thanks” which was distributed worldwide, thus launching my career in gospel music. It’s really an amazing story.
You traced your inspiration for gospel music to a dream you had in 1981. What has the experience been these past 34 years?
“And as we consider in depth the details of the persecution of Christians across the globe, it’s going to be very difficult to keep our eyes dry,” the Vatican’s representative continued.
“Even as we speak,” Archbishop Auza said,” thousands across the world are being persecuted, deprived of their fundamental human rights, discriminated against and killed simply because they are believers.”
The archbishop detailed the recent acts of violence against Christians:
In Iraq and Syria, in Nigeria and Libya, in Kenya and in regions of the Asian subcontinent, the earth has been getting literally soaked with blood. We have seen barbaric images of Coptic Christians beheaded in Libya; churches filled with people blown up during liturgical celebrations in Iraq, Nigeria and Pakistan; ancient Christian communities driven out of their homes on the biblical Plain of Nineveh; Christian students executed in Kenya...
Archbishop Auza reminded his UN audience that Christians face particularly intense persecution in the Middle East. He reported that in the past 25 years, an estimated 2 million Christians have fled from Iraq; in neighbouring countries, too, ancient Christian populations are disappearing, he said.