DOCTOR Mike Okonkwo, former National Vice Pre-sident of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the presiding bishop of TREM will be 69 on September 6, 2014.
Some of the activities lined up to mark the occasion include the 15th Mike Okonkwo Annual Lecture with the theme; “The power of your vote—a catalyst for a stable and united Nigeria”, under the chairmanship of Ambassador George Obiozor with Prof. Akin Oyebode as the guest speaker and the presentation of gifts to the winners of the 11th Mike Okonwko National Essay Competition for Secondary School Students on September 4 at the Muson Center, Onikan, Lagos.
Reverend Ben Eragbai , popularly known as the Jesus soldier, is the General Overseer of Divine Appointment Ministry, Lagos. In this interview, he condemns the recommendation by members of the National Conference to pass into law payment of tax by churches and mosques. Eragbai, who recently turned 50, also reminiscences on his days at the shrine of the late musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.Read More →
America, Israel, Afghanistan have swapped prisoners. There is no crime in swapping the girls and there is no price too expensive for Nigeria to pay to ensure their release,” he stated.
Earlier in his sermon, the moderator said some men of God have turned the church into a chamber of commerce with their activities and this is the reason great things no longer happen in the Church.
The church also expressed satisfaction on the conduct of elections in Ekiti and Osun states by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), urging the electoral body to ensure the conduct of free and fair elections at all times especially in 2015.
It also charged the Nigerian electorate to desist from selling their votes and ensure they vote for credible candidates who will work for their interest on assumption of office. “Nigerians should shun all acts of violence and blood shedding,” the statement adding while encouraging Christians who are so inclined to participate in politics and vie for political office.
This is not an issue for the President. The President is not a military man. He is a civilian and can only employ wisdom and prayers to handle this. I know he also believes that no life should be lost in attempting to rescue the Chibok girls. Even the lives of the Boko Haram people must be precious to him because he is the President of every Nigerian. But he can dialogue with them, and counsel them to change their mind and tread the path of peace.Read More →
Apostle Paul was chos-en by Jesus Himself to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. Jesus made a perfect choice and you cannot question Jesus’s choice. If you do, then, you doubt Jesus. And, if you doubt Jesus, you are not a Christian, and, if you are not a Christian, you are at liberty to write anything many Christians will consider nonsense.Read More →
We bring to you today God’s word for the hour to bless, transform, increase, restore and encourage you that the best is yet to come.Read More →
Fiftish Mama Nnenna left her family home in Sagamu, Ogun State about 1.00 p.m. last Monday for the Redemption Camp with two hefty bags containing N40,000 worth of ground nuts and pop corn.Read More →
The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, yesterday reacted to calls for either total cancellation or postponement of the ongoing 62nd annual convention at the Redemption Camp for fear of a possible outbreak of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) or Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF), saying the church had taken necessary measures to forestall any outbreak. Callers on a radio station yesterday urged the Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Governments to prevail on the leadership of RCCG to consider postponing the ongoing convention following the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease arguing that it would be dangerous to allow the convention to continue. Some of the callers had argued that the nation will be in trouble if an infected Nigerian decided to go to the convention to pray for a miracleRead More →
The story of how a Lagos socialite tried to seduce him gives give credence to the saying that the bigger the head, the bigger the headache. This readily formed the nucleus of Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s sermon on Thursday night at the ongoing 62nd annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG.Read More →
Do you know that you are a miracle? Say it loud, I am a miracle and my God is a miracle working God. You will say if I am a miracle then why am I in an impossible situation? The fact that you are alive is a miracle.Read More →
Everything that will stand as an attacker of your life shall be disgraced this year. The bible says that any tree not planted by God shall be uprooted. Believe God and you shall be established, believe His prophet so shall you prosper.Read More →
OVER three years after the death of Bishop Victor Chikwe of the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, Mbaise, Imo State, tension has continued to mount over the appointment of a replacement. The development is currently tearing the Catholic Church apart.Read More →
THE Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has assured Nigerians and people from all walks of life that the current security challenges in the country will not affect the church’s 62nd annual convention scheduled to begin on Monday, August 4.Read More →
Don’t despair. It’s not over. It may look as though there is no way out. Everyone and experts on the matter may have concluded that it is hopeless yet I say to you there is the God that can do exceeding and abundantly above all that you can think or imagine (Eph. 3:20). No case is hopeless with Him. He thrives always in situations that the devil and the world says it is impossible. Hear me; God will do beyond your imagination.Read More →
Marah is the place of bitterness while Elim is the place of fruitfulness, advancement, progress and fulfillment.Read More →
FROM June 21 to June 22, the entire Ijesha area of Lagos was a beehive of activities as members of the Lord Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries gathered for a two-day power-packed international crusade at the Lord’s Chosen Revival Ground, 10 Odofin Park Estate, Oshodi Apapa titled; ‘And the enemies submitted’.Read More →
The Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Most Rev. Hilary Paul Okeke has denied claims that the church worships Mary and other saints, saying that all the church does is to venerate Mary, being the mother of Jesus Christ.Read More →
PARTICIPANTS who had placed their hands on their heads in readiness for the benediction were shell shocked to see a scrappy elderly woman racing towards the altar with a 7-year old girl struggling to hold on to her. Sixtyish Madam Matilda London was hysterical because her grand daughter, Miss Marvel Patrick, who was born on December 6, 2006, prior to Thursday, June 26, 2014 had never walked nor spoken a word.
But when the General Overseer of Word of Life Bible Church, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor asked particants at the just concluded Men Alive international convention, to stand for the benediction, little Marvel also responded by standing up and running down the isle. The initial reaction of the grand mother was that bewilderment not knowing what to do before it dawned on her that she proceed immediately to proclaim the miracle.
She then began running towards the altar almost injuring the little girl who clung to her wrapper even as ushers made frantic efforts to stop her, not until another woman who witnessed the scene explained what happened. Rejoicing with the family, the matriarch of Word of Life Bible Church, Pastor (Mrs) Helen Oritsejafor immediately offered Marvel, who had never attended school because of the medical condition, scholarship to university level.
Excited Frank Edwards who ministered on the day also pledged to donate N100,000 every month just as Pastor Segun Olorinsiwa to give N20,000 every month for two years. The grand mother who travelled from Orogun in Ughelli North local government, literarily went crazy with joy.
The 5-day event with the theme; ‘Repositioned to recover all’ featured several business talks aimed at equipping participants to be self reliant with the CEO of Zinox Computers, Mr. Leo Stan Eke and Rev. Albert Aina giving quality tips on how people can grow their own business in times of recession. Topics discussed at the syndicated sessions included: Job and wealth creation, Recycling waste for wealth, Real estate as a tool for investment, decoration, A-Z of cat fish farming in both health and concrete ponds and Import & Export business opportunities from Nigeria.
Renowned preacher, Bishop Wayne Malcolm from the UK stressed the need for attitudinal change to succeed in business, repositioning for global expansion and business development strategies in a poor economy. He urged Nigerian Christians to come out of the corner “because your nation needs you not just in the corner but in the centre where you are required to operate in the fourfold ministry.”
According to him, the devil desires to restrict the Church to a religious corner, but “I prophecy to you that in the next decade you will see the Church in every corner,” noting that the Church does not wrestle with flesh and blood but principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of the world and spiritual wickedness in high places, where each of these represent the four pillars of the earth.
Bishop Malcolm further urged Nigerian Christians to stop seeing politics as a dirty game, adding that God is raising a generation of people who have the passion to take thongs out of the religious corner and take it to the centre stage. “I am concerned for the upliftment of Nigeria but you know that my concern for the nation’s welfare alone cannot transform the nation. God needs a new generation of people that will use their prayers, vision, businesses, money and everything at their disposal to transform the nation,” he stated.
High point of the celebration was the Couples’ night with Papa & Mama Ayo Oritsejafor which focused attention on the need to strengthen marriages through the renewal of marriage vows. Music was supplied by BeBe Winans while rib cracking comedy was provided by Warri-born Akpororo.
Couples were also given an opportunity to ask intimate and knotty questions and the chief hosts, Pastor and Pastor (Mrs) Ayo Oritsejafor provided answers to the relief of the couples present. It was a serious business and quote naturally children had to leave the hall.
On the question that a man gets less love from his wife as the marriages progresses, Papa averred that it’s not love that keeps marriages, it God that keeps marriages, he said. “As a man or a woman going into holy matrimony, you must make sure that the strength of your marriage is anchored of God because love can be affected by certain circumstances, but of you remember that you made vows in he presence of God, you can always ignite the love you have for one another,” he stressed, adding “it is not love that ignites God, rather its God that ignites love.”
Continuing, Oritsejafor said most African men are not romantic, while every woman needs a reassurance of the man’s love, adding “some men don’t take care of their wives as they should and you expect the wife to fall down like that everyday. Take care of your wife. Men are often excited by their children but they are not as excited by their wives.”
On the attitude of wives before their mothers-in-law whenever they visit, Mrs. Oritsejafor said its a big challenge but advised the wives to play according to their conscience because there really can be some terrible mothers-in-law just as there could be terrible wives. According to her, there is virtually nothing sh had not done for her mother-in-laws because that is what is expected of the wife, noting “if you expect anybody to say thank to you, you must be out of this planet, because Africans don’t.”
On his part, Pastor Oritsejafor counseled that every good housewife must not insult her mother-in-law and turning to the men, he said: “You must not allow your family members to maltreat your wife for whatever reason. There are things your wife cannot to your family members. But you must protect your wife to build her confidence,” he stated, adding that most of the times the woman wrestles with principalities.
Some fella asked if it was proper for the wife to know about the husband’s financial status and Mrs. Oritsejafor argued that it is an abomination and aberration for a man to hide his financial status from his wife. “Husbands, let your wife know how you bring home. My husband and I maintain a joint account,” she pointed out.
The husband corroborated that claim, saying that it is always better have a joint account with your spouse but if you have some misgivings, there safeguards by maintaining just signatures. But you must let your wife know what you earn.
Delay in child birth: The twosome agreed that God is the ultimate judge, stressing that everyone has his/her time and there is always a cross that everyone must carry. “Anything God cannot give me, I am not interested,” they stated, urging couples in similar situation not consider the herbalist option because “if the devil gives you one gift, be sure he will demand hundred from you.”
Mrs. Oritsejafor encouraged whoever in similar situation to be more prayerful, noting that she equally waited for about nine years to get one but God surprised me with triplets. “What I noticed in Africa is that people will always taunt you with what you don’t have. I don’t think of what you have because it is possible that you don’t have what I have,” she said, adding however, that science has improved a great deal that childlessness may soon be a thing of th past.
To Pastor & Mrs. Oritsejafor, on no account should a man lay his hands on his wife because the Bible says two shall become one and therefore if a man beats his wife, he actually beating himself. “It can be difficult but there is something that brought the two of you together and you just don’t have right to beat your wife,” they stated.
Pastor Oritsejafor said he is interested in the Church taking its proper place in the market place, pointing out that “there is so much light in the Church while there is so much darkness in the market place. Nobody serving God should be a failure. One of the key problem is that we lack understanding. It is an error!”
Ten members including Messrs Patrick Alubo, Johnson Takaye, Ogochukwu Favour, Ojatabache Richard, Omonttese Goddeay, Steve Ukpong, Francis Badare, Peter Ojagberere, Akperi Japhet and Emmanuel Obarikpo became the first ever beneficiaries of N10,000 each revolving loan to enable them set some small scale business.
Satan is out to steal your joy. His ministry is to steal, to kill and to destroy (Jn 10:10). He knows that if he can steal your joy, he can keep your properties. This is why he will do anything to frustrate you and everything that has to do with you.Read More →
Yesterday marked the commencement of 1435AH Ramadan fast across Nigeria. The announcement, which heralded the commencement, was not without hitches as it came at midnight.Read More →
The Catholic Church as well as retired and serving officers of the Nigerian Army recently gathered in Lagos to celebrate the exit of Africa’s oldest Catholic Priest and retired military officer in Nigeria, Monsignor (Col.) Pedro Ayodele Martins, OON, who died on Saturday May 17, 2014 at the age of 103.Read More →
EMMANUEL Oje Ehimika, popularly known as The Preacherman, is the founder and President of Fruits Integrated, an all encompassing network of ministries with headquarters in Abeokuta, Ogun State.Read More →
This is what must form 90 per cent of our strategy. Do you know that the engineering of Oduduwa is what resulted to the fact that if you go to the South-West today, you will see marriages between Christians and Muslims. The Yoruba people refused to accept it because Oduduwa was not a Yoruba. He was a North African.Read More →
The favor of God brings men out of adversity, out of struggles. Often people talk over what their situation says but not what God says about their situations. When God favors a man, it brings about a turnaround. Your God has not forsaken you.Read More →
Presiding Archbishop of the Church of God Mission Int’l, Margaret Benson-Idahosa, was in Lagos last week for her annual Christian Women Fellowship International- CWFI Ladies-in-Waiting conference. Mama, as she is fondly called, fielded questions on national issues such as the prolonged abduction of the now famous Chibok girls, President Jonathan’s approach to the kidnap and why Nigerians must not lose faith, particularly on the basis of revelations shown her concerning the nation.Read More →
The favor of God is the best thing that can happen to anyone.
When you find favor with God, your life will never remain the same. A moment with the King will change your life forever. When you find favor with God and then with men, everything will just fall in place for you.
And we have treated over 10,000 people at subsidized rates. Most of these things are free. Right now, we have a full fledged hospital and diagnostic center, Healing Stripes Hospital that cost over N200 million. In the past few years, we have treated about 8,000 people. We also have a dialysis center. In March alone, we performed about 80 free dialysis for people. Between January and March, we have had about 560 dialysis intervention for people. There’s Mercy Ship, we take people there free.Read More →
GENERAL Overseer of Intercessory Prayer Ministries (IPM), Prophet ThankGod Abam believes that the end of an era of insurgency, their sponsors and sympathizers in the country had commenced.Read More →
IT was an unending torrent of encomiums for the pastor-in-charge of Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Province 23, Pastor Brown Oghene Oyitso on Thursday, May 8, at the Shell Hall of the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos where eminent personalities from all walks of life gathered to celebrate his 60th birthday anniversary.Read More →
This message will strengthen you and encourage you to continue living for God, no matter the challenges you face or are facing in life. You don’t need to give up, rather you need to rise up and begin to shine. This is because the word of God for your shining is already settled in heaven and has come to establish you here on earth.Read More →
PIONEER Director-General of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, NSE, Apostle Hayford Alile has restated his appeal to the Federal Government especially the National Assembly to compel all mega companies operating in the country to join the Nigeria Stock Market.Read More →