By Bose Adelaja
IT was a moment of jubilation and thanksgiving among leaders and members of Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos-Badagry Expressway who gathered recently at the church to render quality praises to God during a programme tagged ‘’Double grace, double honour.’’
The event which drew clergymen from various churches doubled as a forum for their annual thanksgiving as well as the 40th wedding anniversary celebration of Archbishop Joseph Ojo and his wife, Rev. (Mrs.) Esther Ojo.
Present at the occasion were the resident pastor, Rev. White Amaechi and zonal pastor, Church of God Mission, Lagos West, Rev. Martins Gbelemo who delivered the sermon.
In his message, Pastor Gbelemo urged the congregation to love the celebrants with the best of their hearts as the duo have been working tirelessly to make the place become what it is today.
Quoting from the Bible, he advised people not to forsake their parents especially now that the Yuletide is around the corner.
The cleric said it is a moral responsibility of people to love their spiritual and physical parents so that their thanksgiving can be acceptable unto God. ‘’It is painful to see some Lagosians living large while their parents suffer in the village. It is important that we remember our parents at all times so that we can provoke God’s blessings. Love is a product of what you give if you love your parents, and honour them so that your prayers will be answered,’’
Speaking on: “A double honour thanksgiving’’ the cleric said the celebration was the best that could happen to anybody in his life time, describing the celebrants as priceless jewels which cannot be bought in the market, ‘’what a great joy at 40. Don’t look for fault but honour and support them so that their heart can bless you. Learn to cover their nakedness rather than exposing it to the public,’’
The cleric said thanksgiving is expected of every individual so that they can get more blessings from God, stressing “until your thanksgiving becomes a sacrifice, it remains a normal offering. It is when your thanksgiving is acceptable that the doors of blessings will be opened to you,’’
Some of the worshippers described Archbishop Ojo as a father to all. His personal assistant, Rev. Freeborn Uremu said: ‘’Having spent over a decade in the church, I have understood him as a man after God’s heart because he understands God’s purpose for this generation. He has grown and increased in wisdom and deeper revelation in Christ Jesus,’’
Responding, Archbishop Ojo said the thanksgiving was a celebration of God’s faithfulness upon his life, adding “God has been faithful to us in the past 40 years and we are full of appreciation to Him.’’