Happy Easter: What is your resolution?

At one point or the other in life, we find ourselves making resolutions. However, it isn’t enough to make resolutions, one must develop the discipline required to live by them. Discipline is simply the ability to keep doing what is right whether it is convenient or not. Many make resolutions cheaply but fail the test of discipline, hence, miss the reward attached. They fail to see that the cause of their setback is their lack of discipline. For every promise of God there is a reward attached, likewise, for every…

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Begging has no basis in Islam, says Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, said on Saturday that begging has no basis in Islam and challenged those engaging in the act to find legitimate means of earning a living. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abubakar made the remark in Sokoto at the graduation of 2000 women trained in various skills by the Wife of Sokoto State Governor Hajiya Mairo Tambuwal. The training was conducted in collaboration with Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment Commission to empower the women drawn from the 86 districts of the…

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Look up and live

The Bible speaking in the book of Numbers 21:6 says: “When the people of Israel sinned against God, God sent fiery serpents and their bites were fatal leading to death.” When they were bitten, no balm or human medication could prevent death; apart from looking up to the brazen serpent raised by Moses under divine directive of God. This was a spiritual solution to their problem: whosoever will look up to the brazen serpent shall live. From the time of Jeremiah till today, God has never imposed His solution upon…

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Divine touch

“And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, …said, Who touched my clothes…? Mark5:30-31 There are so many who are struggling today because the enemy has touched a particular part of their lives. The remedy to their problem is a divine touch from the Lord. John 6:5-13 The devil is always after those things that give people joy, but Jesus came to destroying the wicked works of the devil and restore all that was stolen in the lives of men. “Have pity upon me,… O…

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The Healing Power of the Master’s Gaze

Some months ago, I took advantage of a free medical treatment offered by a Benin based organization to check my ailing eyes. The eye doctor prescribed and administered eye drops. Instead of relief, my eyes began to develop multiple problems, such as poor visibility, painful and watery eyes. I found it difficult to read even under the best lighting. I knew I had a serious condition that needed immediate attention. I feared to go blind. I would have sought better eye care if I had sufficient funds. I had no…

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When the balm of Gilead failed to heal

A balm is an aromatic substance, and fragrant healing ointment that soothes pain. The aromatic resin or gum is used in the ancient near East for medical purposes. The Egyptians used it for embalmment. Gilead is in the present day Middle East, a region in the East of Jordan having Bashan on the north, Moab and Ammon on the South as well as the Arabian plain on the East. In Genesis 37:25, the Bible records that the brothers of Joseph lifted up their eyes and saw a company of the…

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The secret code

“T he sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs” -Psalm 114:3-4 The word, ‘code’ connotes different things for different fields of study but it is not within the scope of this discussion to go into the different connotations. For the sake of clarity, in this exhortation, I chose the most relevant dictionary definition which points out that a code is a system of letters, numbers or symbols that gives information about something; the information could be communicated…

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