Pope Francis I disturbed by ‘terrible images’ in Syria, calls for renewed dialogue

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During at mass at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis I said he was disturbed by the “terrible images these days” coming out of Syria and he called on the international community to find a solution to a war of “death and destruction,” Vatican Radioreported.

“With great suffering and concern I continue to follow the situation in Syria. The increase in violence in a war between brothers, with the proliferation of massacres and atrocities, that we all have been able to see in the terrible images of these days, leads me once again raise my voice that the clatter of arms may cease,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis also called on the international community to do more.

“I appeal to the international community to be more sensitive to this tragic situation and make every effort to help the beloved Syrian nation find a solution to a war that sows destruction and death,” he said.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Mario Zenari, who is the Vatican’s envoy to Syria, said on Monday that Syria was starting its “descent into hell,” and that he prayed that the international community do everything possible to prevent the massacres in Syria.

The appeal by Pope Francis comes as the international community is debating a response to evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its people. U.S. President Barack Obama has said that the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” that could trigger U.S. military action.

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Pope Francis: You are not excluded!

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In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the words of Jesus from the day’s Gospel: “Strive to enter through the narrow gate.”

The Holy Father noted that Jesus was responding to the question of how many people will be saved. But, the Pope said, “it is not important to know how many are saved. Rather, it is important to know what is the path of salvation.” Jesus Himself is the gate, a gate “that allows us to enter into God's family, into the warmth of the house of God, of communion with Him. This gate is Jesus Himself.”

Pope Francis emphasised that “the gate that is Jesus is never closed . . . it is always open and open to everyone, without distinction, without exclusions, without privileges.” Jesus, he continued, does not exclude anyone. Some people might feel excluded because they are sinners – but Pope Francis definitively rejected this idea. “No,” he said, “you are not excluded! Precisely for that reason you are preferred, because Jesus prefers the sinner, always, in order to pardon him, to love him. Jesus is waiting for you, to embrace you, to pardon you.”

We are called to enter the gate that is Jesus. “Don’t be afraid to pass through the gate of faith in Jesus,” Pope Francis said. Don’t be afraid “to let Him enter more and more into our lives, to go out of our selfishness, our being closed in, our indifference toward others.”

Jesus speaks about a narrow gate not because it is a “torture chamber," but “because it asks us to open our hearts to Him, to recognize ourselves as sinners, in need of His salvation, His forgiveness, His love, needing the humility to accept His mercy and to be renewed by Him.”

Finally, the Holy Father emphasised that Christianity is not a “label” – it is a way of life. Christians must not be Christians in name only: “Not Christians, never Christians because of a label!” he said. He called us to be true Christians, Christians at heart. “To be Christian,” said Pope Francis, "is to live and witness to the faith in prayer, in works of charity, in promoting justice, in doing good. For the narrow gate which is Christ must pass into our whole life.”

At the conclusion of his Angelus, the Holy Father greeted the many pilgrims from around the world who had gathered in Saint Peter’s Square, with special greetings for a number of groups from Italy and Brazil, and for priests and seminarians from the Pontifical North American College. Noting that many people are nearing the end of their summer break, he offered best wishes for a peaceful and committed return to normal daily life

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Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA reacts to Sexual Affairs allegations, Speaks in church

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Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Common Wealth Of Zion Assembly was in Church this morning and commented on Ese Walter's Sexual Affair accusations with him. He said he will make an official statement soon. Below is what he said to his congregation.. "…I am sure you have read a lot about me on Twitter and social networks. You can't imagine how many people have called me…everyone is telling me, don't talk, that is the painful part but because I am your pastor and I don't like to take you for granted, I still want to bend it a little bit to talk about it. Even up until this morning, calls from everywhere, even when I switch off my phone, they call my associates, tell him to ignore it, he should just move on. Some have been to our land and they are like wow, we understand"Church erupts into clapping & shouting…
Pastor Fatoyinbo continues…"Now read my lips, I know there are people here that are not part of our church, read my lips, we are going to speak but we are consulting to come out with a robust reply. Before then I will not say anything, but I owe it to you as members that have made me proud and have made God proud"Church erupts into clapping & shouting…..
 
"One thing you can be sure of is that my wife and I love u."Church erupts into clapping & shouting….."Now you may sit down and say, why would they tell you that, in the first place. From this pulpit there are some things we don't say. Maybe you remember that 2 years ago, we lost somebody in our family, I came to church, I preached, I danced, I didn't say it. That was even deeper for me because my destiny is not in anybody's hand…that loss was deeper for me than even this and I didn't talk so don't think it is a makeup. That is what we have been asked to do. When we asked God, God said be quiet. Thank you"Church erupts into clapping & shouting…..

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Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA reacts to Sexual Affairs allegations, Speaks in church

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Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Common Wealth Of Zion Assembly was in Church this morning and commented on Ese Walter's Sexual Affair accusations with him. He said he will make an official statement soon. Below is what he said to his congregation.. "…I am sure you have read a lot about me on Twitter and social networks. You can't imagine how many people have called me…everyone is telling me, don't talk, that is the painful part but because I am your pastor and I don't like to take you for granted, I still want to bend it a little bit to talk about it. Even up until this morning, calls from everywhere, even when I switch off my phone, they call my associates, tell him to ignore it, he should just move on. Some have been to our land and they are like wow, we understand"Church erupts into clapping & shouting…
Pastor Fatoyinbo continues…"Now read my lips, I know there are people here that are not part of our church, read my lips, we are going to speak but we are consulting to come out with a robust reply. Before then I will not say anything, but I owe it to you as members that have made me proud and have made God proud"Church erupts into clapping & shouting…..
 
"One thing you can be sure of is that my wife and I love u."Church erupts into clapping & shouting….."Now you may sit down and say, why would they tell you that, in the first place. From this pulpit there are some things we don't say. Maybe you remember that 2 years ago, we lost somebody in our family, I came to church, I preached, I danced, I didn't say it. That was even deeper for me because my destiny is not in anybody's hand…that loss was deeper for me than even this and I didn't talk so don't think it is a makeup. That is what we have been asked to do. When we asked God, God said be quiet. Thank you"Church erupts into clapping & shouting…..

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The word of St. Paul is not the Word of God (1)

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If God were to inspire me to write a book, the words in my book would still be my words.  They would  not be the word of God. 
 
Ask a Christian a question about Jesus, and he might answer with a quotation from Paul.  But who tells us Paul speaks for Jesus?  Why do we need Paul to speak for Jesus when Jesus speaks for himself?  Why do we need Paul to speak for Jesus when Jesus himself warns us: “Be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time?” (Mark 13:23).  If Jesus has told us all we need to know, why do we need someone else to add to, or subtract from, what he said?
 
Limitations of scripture
 
The word of God is, and will forever be, with God. (John 1:1).  God created all things with his word. He spoke his word to the patriarchs and the prophets of Israel. Then he sent his word to the world in the person of Jesus, his Son.  The word of God now sits at the right hand of God from where he speaks into the hearts and minds of sons of God and judges all things.  There is no scriptural basis whatsoever for concluding that this word of God is the same as the word of Paul.
 
Daniel says: “I, Daniel, understood from the scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.” (Daniel 9:2).  This shows that the scriptures are separate and distinct from the word of God.  The scriptures are given by men.  The word of God is given by God.  The scriptures are written by men.  The word of God is spoken by God. 
 
Accordingly, Jesus points out that the word of God gives life: scriptures do not. He says to the Jews: “You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me. But you are not willing to come to me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40). 
 
Paul says: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16).  But this does not make the scriptures the word of God.  There is a difference between what God says and what God inspires.  If God were to inspire me to write a book, the words in my book would still be my words.  They would not be the word of God.  All that can be said is that my words were written by the inspiration of God.  If God were to inspire me to do a painting, it would not thereby be the painting of God? It would still be my painting.
 
Second Peter
 
Contrary to popular perception, the writer of 2 Peter does Paul no favours. He says: “No prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21).  However, Paul is not a prophet.  2 Peter does not classify Paul’s writing as prophecy but as “scripture.”  Christians need to understand that the law and the prophets are the highest form of inspired Jewish writings.  Other “writings” are considered of lower cadre. 
 
2 Peter does not even acknowledge Paul as an apostle of Christ.  Instead, it pointedly refers to him as “Brother Paul.”  It does not say Paul writes by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  Instead, it says Paul writes: “according to the wisdom that God gave him.” (2 Peter 3:15).  That is certainly not a high commendation. It actually means 2 Peter does not accept Paul’s writings as the word of God.  At best, they are words of wisdom.  I also write according to the wisdom God gave me. But that does not make my writings the word of God.
 
Moreover, the major concern of 2 Peter is that Paul’s letters are inclined to lead unstable believers astray.  I share that concern.  However, there is no danger in the word of God leading anybody astray.  Nowhere in the scriptures are we counseled to be careful that the word of God might lead us astray.  2 Peter says some of Paul’s writings are “hard to understand.”  Again, this immediately shows they cannot be the word of God.  The word of God is not hard to understand.  On the contrary, it “gives understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130).
 
Word of Paul
 
When Paul wrote his letter to Timothy declaring the scriptures to be the inspiration of God, the New Testament bible was non-existent.  Therefore, Paul’s epistles can surely not be included in his classification of the scriptures.  In any case, Paul’s view of the Old Testament contradicts that of Jeremiah.  Jeremiah insists the scribes tampered with the bible.  He asks: “How can you say, ‘We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD,’ when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?” (Jeremiah 8:8).  
 
Paul is the only writer in the bible who says his word is the word of God.  He says to the Thessalonians: “When you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).  This is one of the most deceitful things Paul ever said.  In the bible, Paul mostly speaks for himself and about himself.  Time and again, he presents himself as his own authority, ensuring that his words should not be mistaken for the word of God.
 
The word of God can only come from God.  It cannot come from man.  Paul is a man; therefore, he cannot speak the word of God.  John the Baptist, whose heavenly calling Jesus authenticates, never claims he speaks the word of God.  Instead he says: “He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.” (John 3:31).  “He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.” (John 3:34).
 
John is talking here about Jesus and no one else.  Only Jesus and the Holy Spirit are divinely authorised to speak the word of God on earth.  They are the only two people who come from heaven.  They also never speak their own words.  They only speak God’s words. 
 
Jesus says: “I have not spoken on my own authority; but the Father who sent me gave me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that his command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told me, so I speak.” (John 12:49-50).  The same principle applies to the Holy Spirit.  Jesus says: “He will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak.” (John 16:13).
 
These principles have no applicability to Paul.  Even by his own admission, Paul speaks his own words.  He says: “What I speak, I speak not according to the Lord, but as it were, foolishly.” (2 Corinthians 11:17).  But God does not speak foolishly.  (Continued).

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UPDATE: Pastor Ajanaku confirmed dead, Oro traditionalists perform burial rites

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The news making wave around that Pastor Ireti Ajanaku resurrected may after all be lies as a contrary report from Gazelle news has it that the pastor is confirmed dead, and that the Oro traditional worshipers have already incredibly conducted a funeral rite for the late pastor.
 
The Report according to Gazelle News has it as thus:
Incredible! Oro Worshippers Hold Funeral Rites For Pastor Ajanaku
 
It may sound incredible but it is true. The late founder and spiritual leader of the Christ Revival Victory Chapel International, Pastor Elijah Iretiola Ajanaku, might have belong to the Oro cult in his lifetime.
 
Residents of Ikola Odunsi, where Ajanaku lived before he breathed his last on Saturday evening at Gbongan in Osun State, were surprised early Tuesday morning when Oro masquerades went to town in funeral rites for the departed ‘Pastor’.
 
The funeral rites which began at about 12.30am ended between 3 and 4am.
 
The Oro worshippers chanted the name of Ajanaku throughout the night. The worshippers marched through the streets of Ikola Odunsi, Ikola Gbenaje, and landed at the deceased’s street, Folarin Williams Close.
 
They were chanting, “Ajanaku lo, o di gbere”, meaning “Ajanaku is gone forever, adieu”.
 
Source : 247 nigeria news update

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Aba Diocese: Catholic priests at war -Rev Fr: you’re corrupt -Bishop: No, I am not. That’s rude

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Catholic priests in the Aba Diocese of the church are locked in a renewed battle that can be described as a holy war, with a Rev. fr and his Bishop trading allegations of corruption. The war, which has been raging for some years now, has led to the suspension of some priests from the diocese and the dragging of the bishop to the Zone 9 headquarters of the Nigeria Police in Umuahia, Abia State where the Local Ordinary (Bishop) had gone on some occasions to defend himself against graft allegations levelled against him by one of the priests.

The current crisis, according to one of the priests placed on suspension, Rev. Fr. Onyebuchi Ig. Nwoko, started few years back when he preached a homily in his parish, condemning what he described as an illicit partisan romance between the Catholic Church in Aba “and the failed-corrupt insensitive government in place in Abia State at the expense of the poor and unsuspecting citizens of the state.”

This Fr. Nwoko said coupled with his stance against absolute worship of money and colossal murder of spirituality and spiritual life that drags the image of the church to the mud and made people not to have respect for it any more, made him the target of the bishop.

This homily, Saturday Sun, gathered did not go down well with the Catholic Bishop of Aba, His Lordship, Vincent Valentine Ezeonyia who felt Rev. Fr. Nwoko went too far, and allegedly promised to “deal with the priest in question.”

This pronouncement, it was also gathered, was closely followed with a letter of reprimand entitled “Precept” which the Bishop was said to have ordered should be placed against the priest’s name in the Diocese’s Curia.

Rev. Fr. Nwoko, who is also a lawyer, took exception to a passage in the precept which said, “I (Bishop) also confine you to your self-chosen legal practice.”

With this, the priest felt he was being punished for telling the truth of what was going on in the diocese and the state at large and the battle line was drawn.

In his reply, the priest said: “Most of my legal practice is pro bono as many of our institutions, and the office of the education secretary can attest to. My bishop hates to see a priest that is empowered and who swims in excellence.

“He is very cagey in placing such priests in places where his friends are residing, so that the word of God may not smack them. A good number of priests working in the diocese preach the gospel of my bishop, and not the gospel of Christ. However, I will dissect and respond adequately on the said ‘precept’ to the appropriate quarters.”

The bishop was said to have been livid with this response that some days later, Fr. Nwoko said in a memo to his traditional ruler in Ukwa East about his lingering crisis with the bishop that he was transferred to the same location where kidnappers abducted one of the priests.

This transfer, the priest said, was done for a purpose, “to throw his perceived enemy into the lion’s den, but cannot sharpen their claws to take my life. I am conscious of the fact that if there is benefit or reward at all in our apostolate, I do not stand to be rewarded by my bishop.”

The matter got to its crescendo on February 23, 2011 when Bishop Ezeonyia reposted some priests, including Nwoko of St. David, Uratta – Umuoha in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government with the new posting not having any parish.

Feeling stabbed at the back by the new posting, Fr. Nwoko refused to vacate the parsonage at Uratta until he was given a new parish and the real trouble began.

To ensure that another priest took over, the bishop was reported to have threatened to forcefully open the residence of the parish priest, which was under lock and key.

In an attempt at forestalling the threat, Nwoko on September 7, 2012 wrote a petition entitled, “The unlawful conduct of Bishop Ezeonyia capable of causing a breakdown of law and order,” to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the need for the police boss to call the bishop to order.

Before the IGP could act on the petition of the priest, his residence had been forced open.

The action prompted Nwoko to do another petition entitled, “Case of burglary, sealing, threat to life, property and conduct capable of breaching public peace”, this time to the Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Zone 9, Umuahia.

In the petition, Fr. Nwoko accused the bishop who he said has been having nocturnal meetings with Catechist Anthony Enwe, Mr. Simeon Nwokoacha, Sir Ajaegbu, Mr Chidinma Agbara and Mr Raphael Nwaeke, while he was away to Enugu sometime in 2012 for the purpose of breaking into his house.

He urged the AIG to investigate the bishop, arrest and charge him to court if found culpable.

When it appeared the AIG was delaying in acceding to his request, he wrote another letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Police “D” Department, Zone 9 headquarters.

In the letter, Fr. Nwoko narrated how one Joseph Offor of the legal department, Zone 9 Police Command thwarted every effort he made to ensure that the bishop was prosecuted, alleging that “one of the priests, Fr. Innocent Ajuonu (even) boasted that they have settled the matter and that the prosecutor had assured them that the bishop will never be prosecuted.”

As this was going on, Bishop Ezeonyia on May 7, 2013, wielded the big hammer. He issued Fr. Nwoko with ‘Canonical warning’ entitled “Second Admonition” in which the priest was accused, among other things, of disrespect to the Local Ordinary.

The bishop threatened not only to impose personal interdict/suspension if within 10 working days Fr. Nwoko failed to write him with a promise of stopping his scanting attacks on him (Bishop), but also directed that the Canonical warning “be placed in the secret archive of the Curia and maintained there in accord with the norm of law.”

In an eight-page reply captioned, “Threat to impose further interdict/suspension order”, Fr. Nwoko said unless the bishop restructure the Diocese based on truth and recall the priests he suspended particularly Rev. Fr. Ken Evurulobi, nothing will make him change his stance on issues in the diocese.

“You may think that you have the Ecclesiastical power to do what you like, but you do not have the power of the electronic pen. Be assured that in the absence of those serious and unfortunate irregularities going on in this diocese, only when the right reason, respect for the human person, justice, equity and fair play are properly put in place that this matter may seem not to proceed further,” Fr Nwoko replied Bishop Ezeonyia.

In response to the allegations leveled against him by Fr Nwoko, Bishop Ezeonyia who spoke through Rev Fr. Alex Okonkwor, Judicial Vicar of the diocese said the truth about the whole issue was that Rev Fr. Nwoko has been disrespectful to the office of the bishop in so many ways.

He accused Fr. Nwoko of refusing to honour an appointment with the bishop so that there will “be understanding and peace in the diocese, but he refused and instead chose to rage like the hectic in the body of this diocese by spinning out writings, articles and letters that are crammed with insults against the bishop.”

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Running from God’s Prophecies

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Everyone who believes in the word of God must be committed to its fulfilment; whether good or bad.

When I started editing my book, “Doctor Strangelove” in 2005, I had over thirty chapters to work with.  But then the Lord said to me: “Femi, this book will have eighteen chapters.”  I took that as a prophecy.  I kept my eye on it and was excited when, through editorial work, the book finally shrank to eighteen chapters.  I had run with the vision and fulfilled it.  Or so I thought.

Dilemma

However, I later discovered that two of the chapters did not work.  It appeared I had squeezed them in just for the sake of fulfilling the prophecy.  So I was caught on the horns of a little dilemma.  Should I ignore the prophecy and make the book sixteen chapters, or insist on its fulfilment, and keep the book as eighteen chapters?

In the end, I decided to remove the two “inappropriate” chapters, even at the expense of the prophecy.  After all, I reasoned, it was my business to be faithful to the writing of my book and not to fulfil God’s prophecy.  The two chapters did not work, so I said goodbye to them.  Then, and only then, the Holy Spirit spoke.

The Lord showed me two other “chapters” I had written a long time before then that were just perfect for my book.  There they were, tucked away neatly in the inner recesses of my computer.  And suddenly, out of the blue, the prophecy was fulfilled.  “Doctor Strangelove” ended up as an eighteen-chapter book, just exactly as the Lord had said it would.

Back to Habakkuk

I then began to wonder what the Lord was trying to show me in all this.  So I went back to him: “What is this all about?  Habakkuk says when you have a vision, run with it: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” (Habakkuk 2:2).  And yet, the vision you gave me was fulfilled when I decided to ignore it.”

The Lord used a question to answer my question.  He asked me: “What was the vision I gave to Habakkuk?”  I took my time to study the text again in the bible.  What I found was even more baffling.  God told Habakkuk he was going to raise a fearsome people to decimate the nation of Israel.  He said: “I am bringing the Babylonians to power, those fierce, restless people. They are marching out across the world to conquer other lands. They spread fear and terror, and in their pride they are a law to themselves. Their horses are faster than leopards, fiercer than hungry wolves. Their horsemen come riding from distant lands; their horses paw the ground. They come swooping down like eagles attacking their prey. Their armies advance in violent conquest, and everyone is terrified as they approach. Their captives are as numerous as grains of sand.” (Habakkuk 1:6-9).

My next question followed logically.  How does one run with a vision of impending calamity?  Immediately, it became clear to me that the Habakkuk text has been largely misunderstood.  You do not run with this kind of a vision: you run away from it.  You run, because you are determined to avoid it.  Of course it will be fulfilled whether you run or not.  But you have to make sure in its fulfilment, it is inapplicable to you.

Wait and run

When God gives a prophecy, he does not depend on man to fulfil it.  He fulfils it himself.  But when God gives us a vision and tells us to run, he intends that we should run away from it.  This is because, as in the case of Habakkuk, the vision is a “burden.” (Habakkuk 1:1).  It is about impending calamity.  But with every calamity, God makes provision for the salvation of a few. (Isaiah 10:21-22).

Whenever we see God’s prophecies of gloom and doom in the bible, we better believe and run away from them.  We must not just say: “God forbid bad thing.”  God will not forbid his own prophecies.  Thus, Job asks: “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10).  But then God says to Habakkuk: “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” (Habakkuk 2:3).

We are knee-deep in kingdom dynamics here.  Why would anybody wait patiently for calamity?  Do we wait or do we run away?  We wait because God says we should.  We wait because everyone who believes in the word of God must be committed to its fulfilment; whether good or bad.  We wait because our salvation is in the very calamity itself.  But even as we wait for the calamity, so must we run away from it.  There is salvation for those who run from God’s impending calamities.

“Therefore wait for me,” says the LORD, “until the day I rise up for plunder; my determination is to gather the nations to my assembly of kingdoms, to pour on them my indignation, all my fierce anger; all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the LORD, to serve him with one accord.” (Zephaniah 3:8-9).

A living parable

In 1995, the Lord told me to break up my business partnership with my brother, so I set up a meeting with him.  On the way, the Lord said to me: “Femi, you will get to your brother’s place at 12 p.m.”  I did not know the significance of this but I believed it.  But suddenly, I realised it did not make sense.  There was no traffic on the way.  At the speed we were going, we would get there before twelve.

Then something strange happened.  The driver took a wrong turning.  I looked up to find him driving on an unfamiliar road.  We had to go round and double back before getting back on track.  As we stopped the car in front of my brother’s house, the digital clock in the car switched to 12 p.m.   The Lord himself had fulfilled his vision by his own power.

“Then the LORD said to me: ‘Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from my presence! Let them go!  And if they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ tell them, ‘This is what the LORD says: Those destined for death, to death; those for the sword, to the sword; those for starvation, to starvation; those for captivity, to captivity.’” (Jeremiah 15:1-2).

We must run from such prophecies, determined to be part of the few God has earmarked for salvation.  There is always salvation in God’s proclaimed calamities.  Indeed, without the calamities there would be no salvation.  God says: “I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 12:16).

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Eid-el-Fitri: Extend love beyond Ramadan period – Oritsejafor

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ABUJA—The President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday, appealed to Nigerians to let the denials and sacrifices experienced by Muslim faithful in the month of Ramadan serve as the fulcrum of unity and peace in the country, irrespective of religious belief, language or tribe.

The CAN President while celebrating with Muslims across the country over the successful completion of the month-long Ramadan fast, however, expressed his condolence to the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, over the death of its three union officials in a motor accident.

In a statement by CAN Spokesman, Mr. Kenny Ashaka, Oritsejafor stated that the entire Christian community rejoiced with their Muslim brothers and sisters on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitri.

The CAN President urged Nigerians irrespective of religious belief to let the fear of God be the basis of their thought and always strive to promote peaceful coexistence in their vicinity.

He said: “The lessons of Ramadan should not be lost on our Muslim brothers and sisters even as the Holy month has just ended.

“The injunctions of kindness and fear of God should rule our lives not only during fasting period but at all times and circumstances.”

Meanwhile, Oritsejafor also expressed deep sympathy to the Nigerian media community and the nation over the death, in an auto crash, of three officials of the NUJ.

While he bemoaned the increasing spate of accidents across the country, he prayed for the repose of the dead.

The accident, which claimed the lives of  NUJ National Financial Secretary, Mr. Adolphus Okonkwo,  Mrs Kafayat Odunsi of NTA Victoria Island, Lagos and Mr Tunde Oluwanike of FRCN Ibadan, also left 10 other union officials, including Mr Deji Elumoye, Chairman of Lagos State council, with various degrees of injuries.

Oritsejafor urged the union and its members to remain steadfast in their drive to uphold the  tenets of journalism and  prayed that God would stand by the family members and their  loved ones left behind by the late union leaders.

“We share in the sense of loss of the union and the family members of our departed brothers and sister and would continue to beseech God to give the bereaved the fortitude to bear the loss,” the CAN President said.

He also extended the goodwill of the Christian community to the injured union officials as they go through their recovery period.

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Redeemed annual Convention: Over 5,000 policemen, others to ensure security, traffic flow

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THE Ogun State  command of the Nigeria Police Force has agreed to deploy over 5,000 policemen to complete the efforts of a detachment of Federal Road Safety Corps members as well as officers and men of the Nigeria’s Security and Civil Defence Corps to provide needed security as the Redeemed Christian Church of God begins its annual convention today.

A source close to the church told Vanguard last night that participants who are coming for any of the programmes only need to obey instructions of the officers, some of whom will be drawn fron Lagos State.

According to the source, the church on its own has mobi-lised thousands of its workers to maintain law and order in and around the Camp as well as the Lagos-Ibadan Express-way throughout the period of the convention, noting that the Ogun State Command had already established a division in the fast growing city.

Asked if the facilities in the Camp would be enough to cater for the needs of huge number of persons expected during the programme, the source said between last year and today, the church had built several additional facilities for the comfort of participants.

For instance, three additional water stations have been established in the last one year, toilets and more facilities have been put in place, “but honestly, with the rate of expansion in the church, there is no way we can provide adequate facilities.”

The source also assured motorists of the safety of their ve-hicles because the church has provided between 12 and 13 car parks in and around the Camp. Seven of the car parks can accommodate a minimum of 20,000 cars each and they are manned by the competent security operatives.

“Despite these efforts by the church, as at Thursday during the Ministers’ Conference, accommodation problem had started rearing its head. Therefore, I enjoin all those who want to attend the programme to come early to avoid last minute desperation to enter the Cmp,” the source told our reporter.

Also speaking on facilities in the camp, the Camp manager, Pastor A. F. Elufowoju said everything is set for a smooth  take-off of the convention, noting that the church generates its electricity. “New things have been put in place since last year’s convention,” he stated.

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