Five years after the collapse of a guesthouse at The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), Pastor T.B. Joshua has honoured the memory of the deceased when he spoke about the incident.
Recall that on September 12, 2014, 115 people lost their lives in the incident, 84 of them South African nationals.
Speaking during a special broadcast on the church’s official television, Emmanuel TV, the cleric said: “A Christian does not consider death to be his end but the end of his trouble.”
“A person’s age or the nature of their demise was not the critical issue but that what matters is the grace to continue living hereafter.”
He continued: “How are you spending your life? The greatest way to use life is to spend it on something that will outlive it – for instance, to love someone more dearly every day.”
Joshua called on his followers to proactively engage in helping others.
“When you look around, you would assuredly find those in need of your love, help, strength and time.
“Live each day as if it were your last. Someday, you will be right,” the cleric added.
The SCOAN still insists the church was ‘attacked’, pointing to a military plane which encircled the ill-fated building several times before its implosion.
Pope mistakenly Tweets support for US ‘Saints’ football team
Some saints wear halos, other saints wear helmets.
The Vatican employees who manage Pope Francis’ official Twitter account in English confused the two on Sunday when Tweeting about five new saints he canonised in St. Peter’s Square, reports Reuters.
“Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints. They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession,” the Tweet read.
The hashtag #Saints used by the Vatican on the pope’s English account, however, had the Fleur-de-lis after it, which is the one used by an American football team, the New Orleans Saints.
The New Orleans Saints have 1.5 million Twitter followers and Pope Francis has about 1.8 million on his English account alone.
So the Tweet went viral as thousands of U.S. football fans reacted, with many New Orleans Saints fans jokingly giving thanks for the perceived blessing.
“Praise the Lord and pass the football,” one said.
For the record, the Saints, those from New Orleans, beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-6 on Sunday.
Nigerians are making waves because they worship God passionately –South African cleric
Dr. Putras Kum, a cleric from Power Restoration Chapel International, South African, paid an evangelistic visit to Nigeria recently. He takes a look at the difference between the church in South Africa and Nigeria, the recent diplomatic face-off between the two countries, in this interview with TAI ANYANWU
Could you briefly tell us about your visit to Nigeria?
I am Bishop Isaac Idahosa’s son from South Africa, the only son that he loves from South Africa. I came to be part of the 30th anniversary celebration of God First Ministries (Illumination Assembly). And I am very happy to be part of it; because when it comes to an anniversary, there is celebration. Where there is celebration there is impartation and when there is impartation there is rejoicing and peoples’ lives are taken from one level of glory to another. Bishop Idahosa is my spiritual father. We met a few years ago in South Africa. Immediately he came into my life, things changed; and I decided that I will continue to be his son; and here we are today.
How come that you are the only son he loves in South Africa?
We invited him to our church; when you invite a man of God to your church, if you are a wise Christian, before he comes you will ask God to reveal to you the man who is coming. It’s not just about people coming to preach. Even if you are following men of God on T V, if you are a wise Christian, you will ask God to reveal to you who that man of God is. And that is just what I did before he came to our church. I didn’t just wait for him to come and I see a physical man of God. I wanted the spiritual part of him to be revealed and God revealed that, he is the man I need in my life. Immediately he came, he prayed; he preached and I told my pastor that we cannot let Bishop Idahosa alone. I said this man must be our father; and that is how it came to be. He started coming; all over the country, when we here that Bishop Idahosa is coming to South Africa we must go his programmes. We became closer and closer and closest and here we are today.
How would you describe the church here and the church in South Africa?
I must say that we are all Christians. But there is a little bit of a difference between the Church in Nigeria and the church in South Africa. I can say that in Nigeria there is an intense need and intense love for God that they have picked up. That is why they are glued to God. In South Africa, I can say yeah people do love God; people do go to church but because of condition, life and so on, the church in South Africa is slightly different from the church in Nigeria. There are more churches, more people come to church, more praise and worship God here than in South Africa.
Could you let us in on how you were received on arrival to Nigeria?
Wow it was too much, it was wonderful. When I came in Bishop Idahosa’s protocol was waiting for me at the Airport. I was received, I was driven down here and protocol took me to my hotel, Oriental Hotel. It has been good, wonderful. I can say that the people of Nigeria are very welcoming. In terms of hospitality they are number one contrary to popular opinion that says when you go to Nigeria they will just do this and do that, crime left right and center. No; it is otherwise I am telling. On the contrary, at the airport the way they received me even the immigration was wonderful. You see people just say what they say; they have never been to Nigeria.
So what I can tell them is don’t talk, come to Nigeria, you will see the other side of Nigeria. Nigerians are welcoming; Nigerians love foreigners; Nigerians are lovely people; they welcome you and want you to be part of them. They are free, they talk to you and they want to know more about you. When you talk to them, they embrace you and you embrace them and they protect you seriously.
Were you not afraid to come to Nigeria considering the Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa?
At first I had fears, but I sat down again and asked the ladies flying South African Airline. They come in here almost every day, sleep and they go the next day; and they told me there is nothing to be afraid of. They told me that all the things we read about Nigeria exist only on social media and there is nothing like that about Nigeria. The Xenophobia issue was handled at diplomatic level. Then I felt free; I came in and I was received well even by Immigration officers.
How would describe the attack on Nigerians resident in South Africa?
In fact, what happened in South Africa, I can say was an isolated incident. It is just that it has been going on for some time since 2008. But it was a group of boys who sat in their hostel and started all these things. And if you check into it, the government is working seriously to get all that resolved. The South African government sent our minister to come to your government to appologise.
Our President is working on it very seriously so I can assure you that in a matter of time all these things will be resolved. But the issue is that our people have to understand that we have to learn from foreigners or people from other countries coming to South Africa. We have to humble ourselves and learn from them. You have to ask yourself why is it that somebody from Nigeria will come in and after a year or two he is making it and you who have been there aren’t making it. Then something is wrong with you. You must humble yourself, you learn from them and ask them what is that you are doing and succeeding. If it is the way they are worshipping their God, which indeed is one factor, you don’t mind.
So you have to open your eyes, pray to our God and indeed God will open our eyes. He will open our eyes and he will bless the work of our hands. Before we know it, I am telling you, should have live in love instead of bending people and fighting people. But the only thing I saw at the airport was our exchange. You see Nigerians are professionals. They have got a way of dealing with South Africans. The way you are doing it, to an extent, I like it because when I went to change our Rand, it was I Rand to 15 naira. I was shocked; instead of 30 to 35 Rand. I saw it 15; and I said what! Then the lady started laughing. I said; why are you punishing South Africans like this? She said no,no,no cool down, you people must learn. I said ok; it is fine. We are learning and you are dealing with us in the right way.
Would you also say that Nigerians in South Africa are really problematic?
You see, you cannot paint everybody with the same brush. There are Nigerians who are problematic in South Africa, I must say. But that one we have to leave to law enforcement agencies. You cannot take the laws into your own hands. It is not only Nigerians, there are South Africans who give a lot of problems and into a lot of crime; but leave it to the law. Let the law take its course, don’t bend people, don’t fight people, immediately you pick-up or identify a problem you report.
It’s not about Nigerians there is crime everywhere. See the issues of drug, 419 most times come from Nigerians but there are also Nigerians who are senior medical doctors, who are professionals, who are serious businessmen, who in fact, if they take away their money from South African system it will disturb the economy. There are very good number of hardworking and humble Nigerians in South Africa, so you cannot paint everybody with the same brush.
No No no; in as much as if you go somewhere else you find South Africans being arrested in Brazil, South Africans are arrested in China. It doesn’t mean all South Africans are bad. No no. If you do crime let the law enforcement agents deal with you. Leave the law to police officers, that’s it. All I am saying is that all the things they are saying about Nigerian is not true, but if you come to Nigeria and do crime Nigeria will also arrest you. It is just about respecting the rules of the country. You just have to respect the rules of the country. That makes you a better citizen of the country; if you are a foreigner, a good and better foreigner.
Christian leaders call for closer ties with Israel
…as Jewish community celebrates feast of trumpet in Lagos
hristian leaders in Nigerian have called on the Federal Government to give consideration of having closer ties with the nation of Israel a pride of place, pointing out that such relationship would pave way for Nigeria’s economic, technological and other advancements.
The Vice Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship Of Nigeria Lagos chapter, Apostle Ogbonnaya Okwuonu, gave the counsel against the back drop of this year’s feast of trumpet celebrated by the Jewish community in Lagos.
Speaking at the events hosted by IstandwithIsrael, a none-governmental organisation, Apostle Okwuonu hinted that closer relationship with Israel was tantamount to progress for Nigeria.
According to him, the Jewish nation of Israel has a lot to offer Nigeria economically, technological, agricultural and many other ways.
He cited Israeli expertise and competence in different areas of endeavor adding that most of the world’s famous inventors, scientists are indeed Jews.
His words: “When we talk about the prowess of the Jewish people, we are talking about the blessings God bestowed on the Jews, who He chose as His own people.
“He blessed Abraham and decreed that whoever blesses Abraham and his seeds (Israel) will be blessed and whoever curses Israel will be cursed.
“Look at the fit Israel has achieved in the area of agriculture, science and technology. Nigeria stands to gain if we can have close relationship with the Jewish nation.”
He described the feast of Trumpet, which was held at the Golden Tulip, along International Airport Road, Lagos, as momentous occasion insisting that more is certainly expected to come out of the all-inclusive celebration.
The Executive Director of IstandwithIsrael, Pastor Rex Ajanifuja, and convener of the event said his NGO is devoted to promoting cordial relationship with the nation of Israel.
The elated convener said that he was excited seeing a huge turnout of the Christian community in Nigeria who came to rejoice with the Jewish people in Nigeria during the feast of trumpet.
According to Pastor Ajenifuja: “I standwithIsrael is an organization set up to harness the potential of Christian community and the potential of the Jewish community.”
He advised Nigeria Christians to explore the opportunity offered “for the benefit of our dear nation.
“Nigerians has been looking for the opportunity but our arrogance and discrimination has not allow us to harnnes it but we are very grateful to God for the connections through the humility and the work of Rabbi the Chief Rabbi of Lagos state, Mendy Sternbach,” he added.
Other Rabbis, who graced the occasion, include Rabbi David Geisinsky, and Rabbi Zalman Stern Bach.
Sunday Telegraph learnt that the Feast of Trumpet marks the Jewish New Year in commemoration of the period in the Bible when God instructed the Jews to assemble before Him. The priest comes, declares blessing, and they blew trumpet and a holy convocation to the Lord. They ate Apple and Honey in Jewish way which is how the Jewish all over the world celebrates their New Year.
Our correspondent reports that there was so much fun that the Christian and excitement as people turned out in large numbers to celebrate the festival of trumpet with the Jewish people in Nigeria.
Sunday Telegraph also learnt that it was the first time the feast of trumpet was ever celebrated in Africa. Awards and certificates was issued to some distinguished and influential personalities like Bishop Sola Ore (Lagos PFN/ Pilgrims Board of Chairman) as a friend of Israel premium, among others distinguished guest.
Seek God’s intervention –Bishop Odedeji
he Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Olusola Odedeji, has urged Nigerians to continue seeking God’s face to overcome insecurity, kidnapping and other challenges bedeviling the country, which has become a serious concern.
Speaking at a press conference held at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral Church (AVMCC), Ikeja in Lagos to herald the 20 years anniversary of the diocese, Bishop Odedeji also urged Nigerians to seek God’s face to overcome the nation’s challenges.
His words: “You don’t need any prophet to tell that all is not well. Nigeria is at a cross road, and our leaders seems to be clueless on the ways forward. And that is the reason we need to pray and ask God to guide them so that this country will stop navigating in the darkness, and it is possible with God. With God, all things are possible.
“On the state of the nation, insecurity has become a serious concern. People live in fear; people are not happy. A lot of people are in trouble; joblessness is everywhere. When you go out; people like us who go from one place to another, when we get to junctions, we see heavy men doing nothing and smoking and exchanging Indian hemp on the road. This is only telling us the state of the nation. And what we can do as Christians is to continue with prayers to God and we believe so much that God can still give us hope in the midst of hopelessness.
“There can still be help in the midst of our helplessness, and as long as God is God, we cannot write off our nation. We have a lot of nations who have suffered such in the past and as God’s own time the dry bone shall rise again. And it doesn’t matter what we are experiencing now, we have God who can bring out something out of nothing. Even the whole world was created out of nothing. And I believe God will bring a better time.”
Speaking on the 20th anniversary of the diocese, which kicked off with the press conference, Bishop Odedeji said the Diocese of Lagos West as part of its Christian Social Responsibility (CSR) to cater for the needy and espouse pragmatic evangelism, will commission 20 of boreholes to provide portable water at various communities within the diocese as part of programmes for its 20th anniversary.
He also disclosed that the Diocese will celebrate its 20th anniversary on November 20 with a thanksgiving service to be presided by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Most. Revd Nicholas Okoh.
The Bishop said there is course for Lagos West Diocese to celebrate because the diocese has increased in the last 20 years, adding that they are optimistic that when 25 or 30 years anniversary of the diocese is being celebrated, it would have been bigger than what it is today.
His words: “The 20th anniversary Community Hymn singing will hold simultaneously in all the churches across our Diocese on October 20. The 20th anniversary will hold at all Archdeaconry headquarters within our Diocese.
“A special triumphant convocation featuring ministrations of the word, music ministrations, prayers for the Diocese, Church of Nigeria and our dear country, as well as deliverance sessions will hold between October 29 and 31. On November 1, a 12 hour praise night will bring all ministers of God led by the Bishop of Jalingo and the laity together.
“Another major highlight is a Gala night/Award ceremony on November 10. On the same day, the second edition of the compendium of activities in the Diocese since 2009 will be launched. It is the second volume of the one published to mark the 10th year of our Diocese.”
Bishop Odedeji, while decrying spate of kidnapping and insecurity in Nigeria appealed to leaders, especially those in authorities to improve the living conditions for the people.
“Whenever a poor man cannot eat, the rich man would not be able to sleep, that is the summary of what is happening in this nation. A hungry man is an angry man and an angry man is a mad man. Some of the kidnappers are people of low standard and they have no value for live. But if this country will have a way of making everybody comfortable and happy, crime rate will be reduced.
“We don’t need to deceive ourselves, people are not happy. Our leaders can still do it to make us happy in this country, and when everybody is happy the rate of crimes will reduce,” he said
Bishop Blessing’s ministry, philanthropy making waves in US
he presiding minster of Royal Palace Ministries International, Bishop Blessing Samuel, has joined the league of wealthy Nigerian pastors whose walk with God, have carved out a place for them on foreign soils.
The cleric, who spoke with our correspondent, said that his ministry’s vision is to expand the kingdom of God by raising leaders and end-time army, teach people the reality of redemption, as well as touch lives through empowerment.
“Most important is that I want to prepare the saints for the second coming of Christ and to plant churches in 120 countries of the world.
“At the moment, we have six branches; three in Nigeria, one each in Houston, New York and Michigan in the US,” he explained.
The Delta-born Nigerian pastor, it was gathered, is known for his passion for holding crusade, accurate prophesies, teaching of the word and generous giving.
“I give base on the leading of God, I also give to committed people, I believe in giving, it is the secret to prosperity, I don’t just believe in talking as a pastor, i believe in praying and to be a physical blessing to people,” Bishop Blessing said.
Give transparent aims and results
ccording to Harvard scientist Michael Norton, “Giving to a cause that specifies what they’re going to do with your money leads to more happiness than giving to an umbrella cause where you’re not so sure where your money is going.”
4. Find ways to integrate your interests and skills with the needs of others
“Selfless giving,in the absence of self-preservation instincts, easily becomes overwhelming,” says Adam Grant , author of Give & Take. It is important to be “otherish,” which he defines as being willing to give more than you receive,but still keeping your own interests in sight.
5. Be proactive, not reactive
We have all felt the dread that comes from being cajoled into giving, such as when friends ask us to donate to their fundraisers. In these cases , we are more likely to give to avoid humiliation rather than out of generosity and concern . This type of giving doesn’t lead to a warm glow feeling ; more likely it will lead to resentment. Instead we should set aside time , think about our options, and find the best charity for our values .
6. Don’t be guilt-tripped into giving
I don’t want to discourage people from giving to good causes just because that doesn’t always cheer us up. If we give only to get something back each time we gave, what a dreadful, opportunistic world this would be! Yet if we are feeling guilt-tripped into giving, chances are we will not be very committed over time to the cause.
The key is to find the approach that fits us. When we do, then the more we give, the more we stand to gain purpose, meaning and happiness__all of the things that we look for in life but are so hard to find.
“ONLY A LIFE LIVED FOR OTHERS IS WORTH LIVING”
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
__ Mohandas Gandhi
We are far too easily fooled . You see , many will try to define success, greatness,and happiness in terms of winning out over others, having power over others, and having the ability to dominate others. The list for power is common and widespread in humans _ the power to order others around, the power to make decisions that will impact others and the power to own when others cannot.
Many see the world in the form of a pyramid with the ones on the bottom serving those on the top . And people long for that top spot because the world promises joy to those who sit there. Success, greatness,and happiness is found there …in winning out over others .
But what if that thinking is all wrong? What if true happiness is not found in lording authority over others_but instead,is found in living our lives for others ? What if choosing to serve others was actually the pathway to true success and lasting greatness?
What if , by living for others…
•We become more fulfilled, more complete?
•We find true happiness?
•We find the meaning of life?
•We become bigger than ourselves?
•We sleep better at night?
•We give back to those who served us?
•We make (leave) the world a better place?
Actions and situations in dreams
hen he was sat down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. Matthew 27:19
It has been discovered that some actions and situations when they occur in dreams portend peculiar meaning in real life. Man is manipulated and made to go through some situations and take some actions that reflect in his real life. These can be demonically induced or divinely inspired. A study of the implication of various actions will help to determine their effect in real life.
WHAT RENDERS MEDICAL CARE INEFFECTIVE
Some orthodox medical cures fail against ailments as simple as headache and general weakness. It has been discovered that any of the following can make pharmacological prescriptions ineffective.
1. When one dreams that the drug is withdrawn from him in his dream. This is a common experience. It is either withdrawn or re-administered. Both have the same effect of rendering the drug ineffective.
2. When one is being pressed down and suffocated in his dreams; or he eats or engages in sexual relationship in his dreams. The efficacy of his drugs tends to reduce.
3. When “Demonic” cats, usually white in appearance, cry like a baby close to the window of the room of the sick person, the effect is that all the medical treatment so far administered become nullified.
Deliverance is required before further treatment prescribed can be effective.
THE DEAD IN OUR DREAM
It is a reality that at death the spirit of some people pass on to Satan for the following reasons:
1. Some who reach a covenant with Satan that a certain part of their lives will be spent with him as part of the bargain for which Satan gave the power of fame and prosperity.
2. Those who die prematurely because their parents or loved ones use them in sacrifice to satanic agent.
3. Those who have reached certain heights in the devilish career of witchcraft that they have become something like a ‘master’ who are transformed into a spirit being and worshipped here as a deity.
These and some other categories that are not listed here, may continue to appear in dreams to friends and relations long after their death because they are spending a temporary time or eternity with Satan.
Jesus said on the cross: “Father unto thee I commit my Spirit” to show the direction of his destination.
Another reason why one may dream of the dead is when deliverance comes through the angel of God in a dream as explained earlier, individual dream according to his life experience.
The events of the past lives and one’s situation at present and what the future contains are woven into a parable that is played to the dreamer in his sleep. Therefore a benevolent spirit may come in a physical body, of a long dead close relation. It could even be a friend that died years back.
The message indicates the significance of the dream.
Vomiting can occur if one has eaten a poisonous substance, especially if the substance was eaten in a dream. After deliverance, the victim may experience vomiting in his dream. He may vomit a strange object like a lizard, or any other reptile. He may vomit a piece of charcoal, coin and so on. These may mark the end of a long drawn sickness for him. Therefore vomiting in dreams is mostly associated with a deliverance from afflictions, sicknesses and bad manners.
Understanding our right to health in redemption
elcome to another exciting week! I hope you were blessed by last week teaching. Today, we shall focus on: Understanding Our Right to Health in Redemption!
From scriptures, we discover that God entered into covenant relationships with His people as recorded in the Old Testament. One of such covenants is that of good health. As it is written: And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee (Exodus 23:25). This connotes that as long as we are in God’s service; sickness, disease, affliction and any such evil shall not and cannot have dominion over us. However, it takes a regenerated heart to serve God. Thus, let’s briefly consider how sicknesses and diseases came into the world.
How did Sickness enter into the World?
•Through sin: There was no sickness in the world until Adam sinned. Before this time, Adam was in a state of perfect and absolute health. He did not know sickness. He was always strong, hale and hearty. There was no symptom of headache or fever. It was when he sinned that sickness came in. An unregenerated man is not entitled to divine health. The Bible says: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Man cannot enjoy divine health except the sin problem is dealt with. There is no way a man that is sin-ridden can enjoy divine health. He has to first submit himself to Jesus Christ, then he will have access to God’s provision of divine health (Colossians 1:13).
•Through the curse of the law: In Deuteronomy 28, from verse 15, the curses of the law are clearly outlined. The truth is that every form of sickness comes under the curse of the law but thanks to God that one of the things Jesus dealt with on the cross is the curse of the law. For it is written: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree (Galatians 3:13). The reason Jesus went to the cross was to avert all curses of the law and sickness is one of them. Thus, it is time to react violently against sickness.
•Through satan: It has always been the devil who afflicts people with sickness. In Job 2:7, the Bible records that satan smote Job: So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. In the new testament, Jesus talked of a woman who had been bound by satan: And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day (Luke 13:16)? Jesus truly recognised that satan is in active partnership with sickness. But I have good news for you. The devil is no longer a problem by virtue of the victory of Christ on the cross; we are more than a conqueror over sin, sickness and the devil himself.
Thus, if sickness is taken away, all we have left is health. Therefore, everyone involved in God’s service is entitled to divine health. But the question is, are you in His service? The term of the covenant is service to God. If that is successfully carried out, then God will take care of His own side. For it is written: …a faithful ambassador is health (Proverbs 13:17). A faithful servant of God is healthy. That means he is an embodiment of health. Remember, at redemption, we are all ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). Therefore, health is ours by right. It is not a special favour from God, it is not for a selected few; it is ours by right on a covenant basis. God has a duty to make us healthy and stay so. He has made everything available to guarantee that. Therefore, it is our responsibility to walk into it and enjoy it.
Dating your spouse
ecently, I reminded a husband of how after closing from a twelve-hour job at a very demanding organization, he would drive over an hour, enduring the traffic jams and ignoring his need to rest or eat, just to catch a glimpse of his fiancée and spend about thirty minutes with her every day. This was in addition to calling her about three times within the day.
A year into his marriage, this same husband complained of being too busy at work to spend time with his family till I drew his attention to the fact that his working hours were still the same as they were before he got married and his wife was the same lady he had to talk to before going to bed every day. What changed then?
When couples are in courtship, there is the constant need to “check” on the other person. There is generally an expression of love and devotion, but after the vows, most couples just recline to their roles as husbands and wives; all the romance gets lost.
This is not God’s intention at all. God wants our love lives to grow. He wants us to grow in love. And love has to be constantly expressed.He did not intend it to be a period of brief excitement and brief romantic feelings. Marriage is not just to fill in societal expectations; it is a deep commitment to God and your spouse and it should be treated as such.
One of the ways to keep the excitement and romantic feelings from fading away is to embark on the act of continually dating your spouse.
A dictionary defines “date” as “a meeting with a lover or potential lover.” The word “date’ therefore does not only apply to people who are not yet married. A man should therefore be able to take his wife out on a date.
As for me, I love taking my wife out on a date after over three decades of marriage. How should a couple go about this? It starts with what to wear- that is, how to dress. It can be in the day time or in the evening.
In my case, I like my wife to put on a dress that will make her look more radiant. I also try to dress cool. And off we go.
It can be a lagoon side restaurant. We order our food, and gist and gist only about the good and better and best moments of our courtship and marital life. After a few hours, we are back home.
Each time we get home, it’s as if we have gone out to bring more honey to the honey comb of our marriage. We also did this early in our marriage when we had no car. Back then, we would go to a very nice hotel, sit by the swimming pool side, order for soft drinks and enjoy the evening.
Boy, wake up your love life by taking your wife out on a date at least once a month. She will love it. Or is there any lady out there that will not love to be loved this way? Love you.
Mercy: the absoluteness of God’s will
he Bible speaking in the book of Romans 9:15-16 says “For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy; and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So, then it is not if whom that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. From the above scripture, it is clear that anybody can be a recipient of God’s mercy. Throughout the annals of human history, God has always been just and equitable in dispensing His mercy and favour. He has always operated towards humanity with an irreproachable impartiality and an impeccable standard of fairness.
God’s reason for showing mercy to whosoever He wills is best known to him. He is God, He is always right and no one can question Him. The entirety of humanity is equally guilty before God and have all come short of the glory of God. They are all the same before the sight of God. But the ever merciful blood of His son Jesus Christ has made a whole lot of difference and distinction by electing those whom He redeemed and justified by His blood, which was sprinkled on the mercy seat of God’s heavenly tabernacle above.
Indeed, God in his sovereign mercy has chosen a people out of this apostatized race to be his own people, sealed with the shed merciful blood of His only begotten son, to be vessels of grace and glory. Aforesaid, he dispenses His gifts to whom he wills without giving any explanation to any person. According to His good pleasure, he pitches upon some to become living, evidential monumental memorial of mercy without apology or explanation to anybody. God is God.
God is God at all times and anywhere. He can show mercy or prevent mercy. He can bless and show his goodness, grace and mercy to someone in the neighbourhood, and yet pass-bye others. The above scriptural expression is emphatic, the repetition therein, makes it even more emphatic, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy”. This aspect of God points clearly to the supreme mercy and absoluteness of His will as God. This is why he declares in the book of Exodus 3:14: “I am that I am.” This statement clearly portrays and expresses the absolute independence of His will.
To indicate the righteousness of God on showing mercy to whom He wills, the apostle appealed to that which God Himself had spoken therein. He claims this sovereign power and liberty; “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy. God is a God of competent judge even in his own case, whatsoever God does or has resolved to do, is both by the one and other, proved to be just and holy. He initiates the mercy and also determines the end of the mercy. But when He shows mercy, it endures forever. This mercy endures forever because the reason for it is only within. This is why His gifts and calling s are also without repentance.
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