The Vicar of St. Timothy’s Church, Sango-Ota, Ogun State in Awori Diocese of the Anglican Communion, The Reverend Canon B.B Fawole, was on Thursday inducted as the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Chapter.
He was inducted at an event, which took place at Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Ota, Ogun State.
Emmanuel Awari, Jalingo
The Resident Pastor of Life and Destiny Church Inc. Worldwide Jalingo, Pastor Gideon Dankano has described satanic attacks and leadership as major challenges facing the church.He stated this in a press statement issued at the final preparation for Divine Order 2014 which is an annual programme of the church.
Ps 37: 3-9
Trust in the Lord, and do good, so shall thou dwell in the land and verily thou shall be fed.
They that put their trust in the Lord can never fail, for it is written “They look unto him and they were lightened and they were never put to shame” Ps 125:1.
There is no better time to take stock of the year than the month of December, the last of the year. This season shall end for us on a success note, in Jesus’ Name!
We understand from scriptures that every redeemed child of God is ordained for unstoppable and ever-growing success. This is because, as believers, we are redeemed as cities set on hills that cannot be hidden.
EMMANUEL AWARI, Jalingo
Delegates at the 110th Synod of the Christian Reformed Church in Nigeria (CRCN) also known as the General Church Council (GCC) has decried the increasing rate of insecurity in the society, particularly in Southern Taraba State when precious lives have been wasted and properties valued at billions of naira destroyed by the so called Islamic Jihadists bent on destabilizing the peace of the country.
Founder/President of Fire Pentecostal Ministry with headquarters at Agege, Lagos, Rev. C.C. Peters, in a chat with JOSEPH UNDU and ONYINYE MBANUGO talks about the 2015 general elections and other issues.
The significance of Men’s Convention
Well, the significance of the conference is to take us to the foundation of man; how God made man and handed over the earth to him. It showcases the love God has for man which he created on earth and to celebrate the real men that have God in mind.
The General Overseer of Revival Assembly Church, Apostle Anselm Madubuko has accused many pastors of practicing occultism.
He said a lot of pastors practise occultism in the church using God to cover up their acts.
God’s Kingdom Society (GKS) the church of the living God, worldwide celebrated the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ.
The anniversary titled “Freedom Day” was celebrated in Lagos weekend.
The celebration which was organized by the Lagos branches of the church according to it was dedicated to mark the month Jesus Christ was born which it claimed to be month of October.
Speaking to journalists, the church Senior Executive Minister, Brother Abraham Irha said the fact that churches observed the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the month of April, confirmed that his birth could not have taken place in December.
According to him, having been equipped with the knowledge, let us count Mary’s conception from January as was manifest in Elizabeth declaration, we will arrive at September as the ninth month; then in the tenth month (October), Jesus Christ was born. But on which day in October his birth took place, no one can tell because there is no record.
“He was killed in April that is Nisan or Abib, the first month of the Jewish year, when the Feast of Passover or Unleavened Bread was celebrated. We all agree that Jesus Christ lives 33 and a half year. Now let us admit that He was born in December as the churches teach, it will mean therefore, that his 33 birth anniversary fell in December, and six months later, that is , in June he was slain, which is true”.
Speaking about the 2015 peaceful elections in Nigeria, he said only God can give peace to mankind, noting that man efforts to render peace always prove abortive.
“It is only God almighty that gives peace because all efforts of man to see that things go well or attain peace are relatively in vain but the real peace is from God almighty”.
“When the almighty God give peace then, peace will remain but it is only in the kingdom of God that the divine peace can be fully experience. But in the world no human being can give that full peace void of troubles but in the kingdom of God there is full peace with no trouble”.
He therefore advised Nigerians to do away with wickedness and embrace righteousness.
“Nigerians should turn to God and stop the various atrocities that occupied their minds because God himself is not happy with the whole earth because our sins are so great and uncountable” he posited.
General Overseer of the Christian Pentecostal Mission (CPM) International, Rev Dr Obiorah Ezekiel has warned opponents of President Goodluck Jonathan to desist from attacking him unjustly.
He also urged the citizens to guard their tongues, describing the organ as the most dangerous weapon of destruction.
Ezekiel also warned the Boko Haram insurgents and their sponsors to repent or face the wrath of God.
He decried the attitude of those who are fanning the embers of ethnicity in the house of God and appealed to them to repent, saying that racial or tribal discrimination is not of God whose kingdom is a variety of many children.
Ezekiel sounded this warning while delivering his sermon during the International conference of the Pentecostal Action Team (PAT), the men’s ministry of the church, entitled ‘Understanding the times.’
He reminded the critics of President Jonathan what befell Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron in the Bible when they criticized Moses for taking an Ethiopian wife. “They talked about Moses when he was not there but God heard it. God is God of varieties, watch what you say. Hold your tongue; don’t use your tongue to pull down any man. God will hear because God ordains powers. If you misuse your tongue, the anger of the Lord will be reinkindled. Those who are running the leader down should watch out,” he said.
“Nigerians watch, church watch, God is God of history, the glory of God will depart from many people, tell the politicians that they dare not touch the church, the church belonged to Christ. Jesus died and disgraced Satan, tell Boko Haram that they cannot prevail against the church.”
He portrayed the Boko Haram terrorists as beasts in human skin but assured Nigerians that God would judge the terrorists. “God will not keep quiet. Those who are sponsoring them will not smell that seat (Aso Rock). This is a free country and it must remain so, anyone who is sponsoring the destruction of this nation will not see next year. “ he said.
Addressing the participants, the cleric urged them to bear each other’s burden, stressing that comfort and edification are the hallmark of as the wise men and urged the participants to encourage and build one another in the Lord. He quoted 1Thesalonica 5:11 to buttress his position.
Delivering her address to the conference delegate, the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan urged Christians to seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, stressing that only when the righteous people occupy positions of authority that the people will rejoice.
Mrs. Jonathan who was represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, Mrs Sarah Jubril, charged church leaders to raise righteous people that would occupy elective positions in the country.
She said, “We want Christians to go into politics so that the righteous will reign, let the church raise the righteous people in politics so that the people will rejoice. “
She also advised Christians not despair in the face of current insurgency in Northern part of the country, stressing that Boko Haram must be defeated. “We will win the war whether it is against Boko Haram or whoever,” she said.
Leaders of the Pentecostal Action Team (PAT), Engr. Igwilo Osita and Barr. Ike Ugwoke told newsmen that this year’s the event met the expectations and spiritual needs of the delegates.
“This year’s conference is an improvement on what happened four years ago when we had the last edition. The men in this ministry have been able to add value to the lives of our members because after the last conference, we came up with several ideas that would enable us reach out to the men at the grassroots. Part of the things we did was to group the men to different clusters for effective leadership and management.
“We carefully chose people of integrity and those that have the fear of God to oversee each of these groups. And they are doing very well; members have been benefitting from the empowerment packages that have been going on under this structure.
“ Many people have immensely benefitted from the several programmes that we have put together, for instance, members of each group that is into one business or the other that requires to funding what he is doing, these groups have structures that are put together whereby finance is put together and advanced to such persons provided that they are identified as members.
“That has immensely helped our members to be able to break out from poverty. We have also put up a structure to be able to reach out to people because as a ministry, soul winning is very important to us and each time we gather together, we have not failed to reach out to win souls. We have also put up different units for evangelism and soul winning,” the officials said.”
Awards were presented to some delegates that excelled in evangelism, quiz competition, attendance, and match past, songs, drama and commitment with Abia delegates emerging the overall winners in three categories.
Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital played host to the Africa Conference for Evangelists which ended last Sunday. Pastor Donna Smiley Young from Sacramento, California, United States of America had opened up the opening day plenary session with a powerful word entitled, ‘Prepare to reach Nations.’
She reiterated the message God gave to her some years ago about Africa becoming the womb of God that will produce a fivefold ministry gift that will take over the world for Christ. She further challenged the evangelists to go to the nations in spite of setbacks and difficulties.
On his arrival for the event, Rev. Keith Cook was celebrated by Bishop Michael Amamieye for his dedication to the gospel of Christ. Bishop Amamieye noted that since inception of the Africa Conference for Evangelists, four years ago, Rev.Cook has celebrated his birthday in Nigeria.
“We honour this man of God for his sacrifices especially his wife Joan Cook who has always released him to serve the Lord with us in Nigeria. Bishop Amamieye also informed the conference delegates of the fact that most of the materials given at the conference were packaged by Rev. Cook and his on the go team from several ministries including the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Luis Palau Association, Next Generation Alliance and others.
At each conference, we have given over two hundred books and materials worth several thousands of dollars to equip the evangelists to do the work. At his first session, Rev. Keith Cook began teaching on how to start an Evangelistic Ministry. The foundation he built will help every upcoming evangelist discover his gift and call as a ministry with a mandate tofulfill the great commission. The evangelist will learn how to educate, train, mobilize and win.
Zach Blickens also thrilled the participants with his songs as he led the evangelists in a time of singing and dancing with his popular tune, ‘God is so good.’ Later in the session, Rick Willison, Matt Kearney and Blickens were released to go forth to minister to a group of youngpeople where eight souls gave their lives to Christ and several others made a re-commitment to Christ.
Blicken later taught a group of evangelists in one of the afternoon workshops, his teaching dwelt on how to develop an effective Youth Ministry.
From his passionate teaching, Rev. Dr. Femi Richard Bolaji testified to the fact that Zach taught with great depth and strength. He noted that the teaching was very relevant to every church that desires to build an effective Youth Ministry.
Pastor Shadrach Lohouter took the workshop class where he taught on how to reach Muslims with the gospel. He taught on the power of relational evangelism as the most effective means ofreaching the Muslims. The fact that Europe is becoming Islamized by birth is something worth thinking. While they are spreading their religion with the sword, we have to reach them with the sword of the Spirit which is God’s word through our love for them.
Archbishop Idem Ikon on his part stated the importance of love of Christ as a tool to soul winning. Ikon who has been preaching this gospel for over 47 years has travelled to over 70 nations. “We have a responsibility to reach thelost and win them for Christ,” he said.