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South African pastor feeds church members engine oil (photos)

A prophet in South Africa, Prophet Theo Bongani Maseko of the Breath of Christ Ministries in Daveyton, has sparked outrage yet again after he made his church members drink engine oil .

According to him, it tastes like honey and drinking the oil demonstrates “the power of God”.

Photographs of people drinking the fluid during church service were posted on his church’s Facebook page. They had a caption which read: 

"The fullness of Christ is in this bottle. Healing and strange deliverance #Mark16:17 -18."

Maseko confirmed he had made his congregants drink the chemical. Asked why he had used this method, he said it was “to demonstrate the power of God”. 

“When we pray over anything, its poison dies. So it can’t harm people. Nothing happened, no one has been to hospital,” he said.

On the contrary, he said, congregants who had drunk the engine cleaner had been “saved, healed and delivered”. He backed up his claims by citing Bible verses.

“Jesus spat on the ground and made mud. He took that mud and smeared it on the eyes of a blind man and, instantly, that blindness was healed. 
Mark 16 v 17-18 says ‘in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover’,” he said.
Maseko said no one needed to go to the hospital. 

This practice has however been condemned by South Africa's Commission for Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Religious, Cultural and Linguistic Communities. Its Chairperson, Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, was livid at the latest incident. 

She urged religious leaders to rally together and bring an end to what she described as “reckless” abuse of Christianity.

“A lot of people are going to die one of these days; we are fortunate that has not happened. A lot of people’s lives are at risk here,” she said.

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Two seven-year-old girls carry out suicide bomb attack in busy market

Two seven-year-old girls have carried out a suicide bomb attack on a busy market in Nigeria.
The attack in the Maiduguri killed both the girls and one other person and left another 18 injured.

Boko Maram are believed to be behind the attack but have not claimed responsibility.
The group is known for using women and girls to carry out suicide attacks and similar tactics have been used elsewhere.
In Libya a female suicide bomber used three children as a decoy in a attack that killed four soldiers and injured another 12.

A member of the Maiduguri militia said he saw the girls immediately before the explosion, the Mail Online reported.
‘They got out of a rickshaw and walked right in front of me without showing the slightest sign of emotion,’ he said.
‘I tried to speak with one of them, in Hausa and in English, but she didn’t answer. I thought they were looking for their mother,’ he added.
‘She headed toward the poultry sellers, and then detonated her explosives belt.’
At least 20,000 people have been killed and more than 2.5 million displaced by the unrest caused by Boko Haram.



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“There are three ways that men get what they want; by planning, by working, and by praying. Any great military operation takes careful planning or thinking. Then you must have well-trained troops to carry it out: that's working. But between the plan and the operation, there is always an unknown. That unknown spells defeat or victory, success or failure. It is the reaction of the actors to the ordeal when it actually comes. Some people call that getting the breaks; I call it God. God has His part or margin in everything, That's where prayer comes in.”
Lance: This is the believer's edge.

Obituary : Controversial megachurch pastor Eddie Long dies at 63

(CNN)Bishop Eddie Long, the controversial leader of one of the nation's largest megachurches, has died, according to the suburban Atlanta church he presided over. He was 63.
Long died after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
    Long was a national figure and one of the most innovative and polarizing pastors in the contemporary church. He was also a paradox.
    He was a preacher who led an infamous march against same-sex marriage and denounced homosexuality, but he also settled a lawsuit by four young men who said he pressured them into sexual relationships.
    He was a man who wore tight muscle shirts and radiated self-confidence but used to throw up before sermons because he was so nervous.
    He was a man who gave away cars and paid the college tuition of needy people, but he also was investigated by Congress after a charity he created had provided him with a million-dollar home and a Bentley luxury car.
    "When he spoke, black people all over the country listened to him," said Shayne Lee, a sociologist who studies the black Pentecostal church. "He was part of the repackaging of Christianity for post-civil rights African-Americans."
    Long's wife, who stood by him through his rise and fall from national fame, released a statement.
    "Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he's at peace," Vanessa Long said.

    Rise and fall

    At its peak New Birth Missionary Baptist Church had about 25,000 members. The church was such a glamorous Sunday stop it became dubbed "Club New Birth."
    But to limit Long's impact to the black church understates his influence.
    He spoke before Congress, visited President Clinton in the White House and became a popular figure in white Pentecostal circles. His church hosted Coretta Scott King's funeral service in 2006.
    President George Bush hugs Bishop Eddie Long during Coretta Scott King's 2006 funeral.
    Though Long dressed like a middle-aged hip-hop star, he once said the figure who led him to his greatest religious awakening was Jimmy Swaggart, the charismatic white pastor.
    But it was Long's ministry to young men that first marked his rise. At a time when the traditional church had trouble attracting young men, Long called himself a "spiritual daddy" to wayward teenagers. He played basketball and lifted weights with his male ministers.
    Long's relationship with his own father, though, was far from ideal. His father, Floyd Long, was a stern Baptist minister who was known as "the cussing preacher" because of his pugnaciousness. Long said in one interview that his father was distant and didn't attend his football games or even his high school and seminary graduation.
    "My daddy pulled back when it came to touching you and saying, 'I love,' '' Long said. "I needed that so badly."


    Obituary : Larry Taylor and his two children. Taylor's wife, Courtney Taylor dead

    WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police is investigating a situation that left three people dead and another person injured in an officer-involved shooting.
    It happened late Friday night in the Savoy community just off U.S. 25 near Williamsburg.
    Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell confirms to WKYT that the victims are Larry Taylor and his two children. Taylor's wife, Courtney Taylor, was injured after being shot by a Whitley County sheriff's deputy, according to Harrell. She is currently being treated for her injuries at Baptist Health in Corbin.
    Harrell says the deputy was called out to the Taylor's home to investigate the scene and found Larry Taylor and his two children dead. Harrell says his deputy saw Courtney Taylor raise a gun in his direction, then shot her.
    Sheriff Harrell says all signs point toward Courtney Taylor being the one that killed Larry Taylor and the children.
    Kentucky State Police is continuing the investigation.


    Historic Calvary Baptist Church Hires Lesbian Couple as Pastors

    Co-pastors Maria Swearingen, left, and Sally Sarratt in front of the Burrall windows in the Palacios Chapel of Calvary Baptist Church in Dec. 2016. (Photo courtesy of Sandra Auman via Calvary Baptist Church)
    Calvary Baptist Church, a progressive Baptist landmark in the heart of downtown Washington, has named a gay couple as co-pastors.
    Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen were presented to the congregation during worship services Sunday (Jan. 8) and are set to begin their new jobs on Feb. 26.
    A spokeswoman for the congregation said she didn't know whether a gay couple leading a church was a first for Baptists.
    "We look for the best people in the world, and that's who they were," said Carol Blythe. "We're very excited."
    The 155-year-old church severed ties with the Southern Baptist Convention in 2012. It found itself at loggerheads with the group on several issues, including the SBC's stance against homosexuality. Calvary Baptist still affiliates with American Baptist Churches USA, the Alliance of Baptists, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the District of Columbia Baptist Convention.
    American Baptist Churches USA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Sarratt and Swearingen come to Calvary from Greenville, South Carolina, where Sarratt has been serving as associate chaplain for behavioral health in the Greenville Health System and Swearingen as associate chaplain at Furman University, according to a news release from the church.
    "We have found it so easy to fall in love with Calvary and its longstanding commitment to be a voice of justice and compassion for those who perpetually find the wholeness of their humanity disregarded and maligned," the couple said to the congregation Sunday, according to the church.
    Sarratt has also been filling the role of part-time associate minister at Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
    The women met in the First Baptist Church of Greenville and were both ordained there after it adopted and implemented a nondiscrimination policy in 2015.
    Sarratt, who holds an MBA from the University of Virginia, left the corporate world after she felt called to ministry and obtained her master's in theological studies from Emory University.
    Swearingen, who is fluent in English and Spanish, earned a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School, where she won an award for her preaching.
    In 2014, after the Supreme Court legalized marriage for gay couples and the court denied South Carolina's attempt at a stay, Sarratt told the Greenville News that the couple knew many who "chose sexual identity over a life of faith," but that there is no need to sacrifice either.
    Butler, Calvary's previous senior minister, left to serve in the same position at New York's The Riverside Church in 2014.
    Calvary Baptist was founded by abolitionists who broke away from another Baptist church where congregants had refused to pray for Union soldiers during the Civil War.
    Co-pastoring is a growing trend in U.S. houses of worship, with many churches and couples finding that sharing the often emotionally heavy workload can benefit both the clergy and the congregants. 
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    "You and I should do whatever we can to keep our youthful joy alive. If your life is too predictable, don’t go postal. Take a ridiculous ride back to whatever it was that gave you joy as a child. Jump on a trampoline. Saddle up a pony. Give adulthood a rest.” —Limitless Book
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    Obituary : Julianne Palma of Catholic Courier dies

    Julianne Palma, a longtime English teacher and professor -- and a contributing writer for the Catholic Courier for more than 25 years -- died Jan. 7, 2017, from cancer at Hildebrandt Hospice Center in Greece.
    Mrs. Palma, 62, was the wife of Deacon David Palma, a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Rochester.

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    Sometimes life has a way of making us feel tired. Things come against us, circumstances are difficult, or maybe we don’t make all of the right choices. Sometimes, we feel like we just can’t do it any longer.
    In Galatians chapter six it says, “Don’t get weary.” It says that our due season of blessing will come if we don’t faint. But, what does that mean?
    Think about what happens in the natural when you faint. You go from a state of consciousness to a state of unconsciousness. Spiritually speaking, we faint when we lose consciousness of God’s Word. His Word is what sustains us. His Word feeds us, fills us and strengthens us. It’s easy to become weary when you become unconscious to His Word.
    Today, don’t let go of God’s Word! Jesus gave us such a profound example. One time in scripture, He fasted and prayed for 40 days. I can imagine that He might have been weary and tired. The Bible says that Satan came and tempted Him with doubt. Do you know how Jesus responded? He spoke the Word of God. He said, “It is WRITTEN!” Jesus didn’t give into temptation; He didn’t lose consciousness because He stood on the Word of God.
    Remember, there is a due season in your future. There’s a designated time of blessing for you. You will get what you need to go on, and you will see the promises come to pass. Don’t become weary. Don’t lose consciousness. Stay focused on His Word and see the favor, strength, restoration and blessing God has for you in 2017!
    “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9, KJV)

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    Obituary : Marvin Gorman, pastor and televangelist, dies at 83

    Marvin Gorman, a television evangelist and New Orleans pastor who was embroiled in a destructive 1980s rivalry with better-known evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, died last week at Ochsner Medical Center in Metairie. He was 83.
    Gorman, an Arkansas native who began his ministry as a teenager, was pastor of First Assembly of God in New Orleans for 21 years, overseeing its growth to 6,000 members, according to his foundation's website.
    He also launched a television ministry, a move that he later said was viewed as a threat by Swaggart, a Baton Rouge television evangelist.
    Gorman resigned as pastor of his church and was stripped of his denominational accreditation in 1986 after admitting to an act of infidelity. His accuser was Swaggart.

    2017 Bishop TD Jakes Sermons from the Potters House - Word for Today Daily Devotional

    In order for favor to function, it takes TIME. Favor needs a Place, a Posture and Practice. When favor is on your life it takes time for you to feel the effects. 
     Don't miss the good moments in your life! Good times and bad times often live on the same street. You don't have to stay on the block of bad times, just move down the street and the good times will meet you. (Genesis 45:1-7) Some people don't realize what is protecting them, they are too worried about what is threatening them. When favor is on your life, you are protected. Trust the timing, it's a form of protection. 
    If God put you in the Position, then nothing else matters. Favor opens doors that no man can shut. Favor causes things to happen in your life that you will not understand, but it's good for you. Keep in mind there is a prerequisite of favor: TRUST! There has to be something about YOU that God can TRUST. 
    Does your FAVOR have FUNCTION? Absolutely! God favored you before you were positioned.
    In order for favor to reveal itself, it must find its Place in your life. There is a sweet place for favor, don't position it out of your life focusing on the bad. 
     There is a Posture in order for favor to operate. Clothe yourself in the Posture of prayer and humility. Don't find yourself guilty of misusing favor and becoming boastful. The blessings of favor is not about you, but you blessing others. 
    Are you belittling where you are to get where you are going? It is in the PRACTICE that God develops the character. Your practice can't be one that belittles people due to your favor. Learn how to shape your thinking and ultimately your character into one that encourages, motivates and challenges others around you. Don't ask for favor if your practice is flawed. God has a unique Position for you when you are in the Right Place, with the right Posture and the right Practice! 

    Many times we get so wrapped up in achieving our life’s goal that we miss the opportunity to stop and be thankful for the things we have already achieved.
    When working diligently to complete a race we often stay focused on the finish line.
    While determination is critical in achieving anything, I challenge you to slow down the pace every now and then, look back at the ground you have covered and applaud yourself for making it thus far.
    Give God the praise even when the goal seems only a distant blur.
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    Your Light is Come
    God is granting you open access in this season! The doors that He opens, no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.
    He knows your works, and he knows that you have little strength, yet you have kept His word and have not denied His name.
    Hold on to what you have, be a good steward, you are an overcomer, you are victorious! Revelation 3:7-11 
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    1. It takes courage to walk into an atmosphere that is set against you. However, if you’re going to get what you want out of life, out of God or any adverse situation, you’ve got to be prepared. People may be murmuring in corners, but you have to know that the mission you are on is so important that you cannot afford to worry about what people think. You must go anyway.

    2. I learned as a backslider that you can be out of fellowship with God and still sense the spirit of the Lord. No matter where you are on your road to Destiny, or how far you have wandered off the path, GOD will meet you right where you are! "For I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you, I will accomplish what I have promised you." (Genesis 28:15)
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    5. We have a lot of visionaries who imagine certain things happening, but leadership fills in the gap between what you envisioned and what's going on right now.
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     6. The key to successful leadership is to not surround yourself with a group of people who look perspectives, beliefs and opinions.

    7. The things God has promised you will begin to happen when you can receive them internally. If you can't believe it, you'll never receive it.

    8. God wants to reveal His plan for successful living to us and He expects us to in turn prepare future generations to experience more! 9. Don’t give up! You, who are about to break beneath the stress of intense struggles, be relentless! Do not quit!

    10. There’s power in passive praise! God needs to know if He can trust you to praise Him while He has you in wait mode. Can He? exactly like you, think exactly like you, or act exactly like you. In order to be successful, you have to have a diverse group, with varied
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    11. God gives each of us our own unique gifts. It is our job to recognize these gifts and utilize them to live up to our full potential.

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    T D JAKES PRAYER GUIDE : Heavenly Father, please forgive me for those times I’ve settled for less than Your best, for those times I’ve been impatient and tried to take matters into my own hands. Protect me from the snares of the enemy. Help me to know Your love for me and allow You to nourish and sustain me, even while keeping the desires of my heart alive. Please give me patience to trust in You along the way. Amen.
    Learning To Forgive : Forgiveness is a decision that starts in your mind and gradually convinces your heart that being angry is only hurting you.

    Pain Of Recovery : You cannot have recovery without pain. I know it gets hard, I know you're frustrated, I know you're in pain, but keep on WALKING! When they lie on you keep on Walking, when they break your heart keep on Walking. Everywhere your feet shall trod, God will give it to you! You shall without fail Recovery ALL! "The Pain Of Recovery"

    "The Pain of Recovery" 1Samuel 30:1-8
    God said PURSUE thou shall surely overtake them and without fail you will Recover all! You have a Promise from God that you will get the VICTORY, but not without Pain. You still have to FIGHT.


    Fresh from the throne, God said, "Believe in what He gave you! Act on what He's given you. Pray for all who oppose you! Victory is coming to those who have the courage to escape their emotions, manage their fears and STAND on the PROMISES!

    “Grace to be Grounded: Finances" Ecclesiates 10:19
    Wisdom and money are a defense in this world. God doesn't mind you having things; you just can’t let things have you. Having the intent, making intelligent decisions, setting priorities and maximizing what He gave you will allow God to release the resources you need. Once you receive money, you have to know what to do with it and keep doing good as you acquire. Trust in the LORD and do good and you will be fed! Psalm 37:3
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      Faith comes by hearing , and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17) What are you hearing about yourself? Are you hearing the word of God that speaks of all of the wonderful things in store for you. Believe in His word, believe in yourself and you will see a total transformation in your life. Keep speaking and hearing those positive words about yourself.


    John Hagee in Washington with Christians United for Israel (CUFI)

    "The Jewish people are still the apple of God's eye. They are still the chosen people. They are still the cherished people. As Christians, we stand with Israel. For Zion's sake, we will not be silent. For Jerusalem's sake, we will not be quiet!" —Pastor John Hagee
    Pastor John Hagee and hundreds of members of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) are currently in Washington, D.C. to show their support of Israel and moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If ever there was a time that Israel needed our help, it is right now. Join us as we pray for Israel.
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    Video : Abbas’ advisor: Moving US embassy to Jerusalem “a declaration of war

    Ramallah Friday Sermon by Abbas's Advisor Mahmoud Al-Habbash: Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Will be a Declaration of War against All Muslims
    In a January 6 Friday sermon,

    PA Chief Islamic Justice Sheikh Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that if the new U.S. administration carries out Trump's plan to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, it would be "a declaration of war against all Muslims."

    Al-Habbash, who serves as advisor to PA President Mahmoud Abbas on religious and Islamic affairs, called it "a level of political recklessness that is unheard of and said that the entire world would be in danger if America takes this step, which would "open the gates of Hellfire upon everybody." The sermon, delivered in Ramallah, was attended by top PA officials, including Abbas, and was posted on the YouTube account of the PA's Chief Islamic Justice office.

    Obituary : The Rev. Lianchinkhup Taithul, a DeKalb County minister, was killed in a train crash Sunday.

    Last year, the 67-year-old pastor started a church to serve fellow Zo people from the Myanmar region. He worked outside of the church helping new immigrants, who were mostly refugees, navigate American society.
    Lianchinkhup Taithul died Sunday when his car stopped for unknown reasons and was struck by a train on North Clarendon Avenue. 
    Rev. George Tatro hasn’t yet heard where his friend was headed that night, but he figures he must’ve been off to assist someone.
    “He was always on the run helping people,” Tatro said Wednesday. “He was always working.”
    Tatro is pastor of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, which, along with Peachtree Presbyterian, helped get the new Zo Presbyterian Church off the ground in Stone Mountain. 

    Nigeria : Bishop Oyedepo Challanged Buhari, Vow Never to Retire From Winners Chapel


    If you heard or saw anything in the newspapers or anywhere that the GO has retired, it's a lie of the devil. In our spiritual family tree we don't retire. Someone asked Kenneth Copeland "are you stepping down?", he replied, ''no I'm stepping up''. Copeland ministered for 6 hours straight at 80 years of age.

    Men and brethren settle down and enjoy my being here. I'm going to be here for a very long time. I spoke to my father in the Lord (Pastor Adeboye) in person and he said "let them enjoy the confusion for a moment".

    "I believe in the covenant of 120 years. I can preach for 10 services now and that proves I have many more years before I go. If you hear anything, it's illegal and not passed into law. I'm not serving or earning anything from any body or government. No government can determine the constitution of the church and they know. I was called by God into the prophetic in 1981 and the apostolic ministry in 1992. No authority or law can frustrate an apostolic calling if it's from God. Forget my height oo. All the demons in Nigeria know who's who. Just relax."

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    Charles Obong, Man orders wife to bury him with N17m so he could bribe God

    Man buried with Shs200m bribe for God

    Charles Obong, 52, who worked as a senior personnel officer in the ministry of Public Service from 2006 to 2016, reportedly wanted to use the cash to redeem his soul before God,

    Lira. The hereafter, more so meeting the Creator on Judgement Day, is without a doubt a spine-chilling thought.
    This was the terror-provoking imagination that tormented a former Public Service officer who saved more than Shs200 million to bribe the Almighty Father on Judgement Day so He could forgive his earthly sins.
    Charles Obong, 52, who worked as a senior personnel officer in the ministry of Public Service from 2006 to 2016, reportedly wanted to use the cash to redeem his soul before God.

    Obong died on December 17, 2016, after a long illness and was buried at his ancestral home at Adag-ani village, Bar-pii parish, Aromo Sub-county in Lira District, on Christmas Eve.
    Obong was buried in a metallic coffin estimated to have cost Shs20m.

    The Aromo Sub-county chairman, Mr David Elic, said his brother-in-law had left behind a Will, dictating that upon his death, his wife Ms Margaret Obong should deposit huge sums of money in his coffin.

    He planned to convey the money to God as an offertory so that the Almighty Father could forgive his sins and save him from hellfire.
    He reportedly also instructed his brother Justin Ngole and sister Hellen Aber to bear witness to ensure his wife follows his testament to the letter and secure the money in his coffin.

    But relatives and local leaders who attended the deceased’s sendoff said the Will was mute on the sins Obong wanted to make amends for as he served in public office, including at the Public Service ministry.

    Public service has been engulfed in pension scam scandal which cost government about Shs257 billion. The money was stolen by senior government officials.

    But Mr Obong’s Will was violated as his body was exhumed last Saturday and the money withdrawn from the grave and his would-be planned penitence before God frustrated.

    Somehow, Mr Obong’s clan members of Okii me Okabo, got wind of the planned heavenly restitution and forced his wife to reveal everything during a heated meeting at the home of the deceased’s father, Mr Meceli Ogwal, last Saturday.
    Obong’s wife reportedly confessed that her husband had told her to bury him with huge sums of cash, which he would carry to heaven to offer God on Judgement Day. Ms Obong, however, declined to reveal the sums of money her husband asked he be buried along with.
    Ms Obong further stunned clan elders when she said her husband had also instructed her to ensure Mr Ngole, her brother-in-law, and Ms Aber, her sister-in-law, should witness her placing the money in the coffin.

    The witnesses (Mr Ngole and Ms Aber) also confessed that their brother was buried with countless sums of money.
    The widow, who had hired funeral services from Kampala to open up the grave to put in more money, revealed she had in her possession another Shs180 million which she intended to stash in the coffin.

    During the Saturday’s meeting, the Okii of Okabo clan chief, Mr Mike Gulu, ordered the exhumation of the body forthwith.
    And when the clan members started exhuming the deceased’s body, Ms Obong refused to hand over the Shs180 million top-up and reportedly sped off in her car towards Lira Town.

    Mr Elic, who witnessed the exhumation of his brother-in-law’s body, confirmed that when the coffin was opened, US$ 5,700, in the denomination of 100 notes, was found in the coffin. The money was removed and was being kept with the Okii of Okabo clan leader.

    “The funeral service van also left hurriedly with the grave construction material when the situation became very tense,” Mr Elic added.
    The area LC3 councillor, Richard Ecel, confirmed the exhumation. “I witnessed everything because I was invited there officially. When the clan elders ordered the exhumation, the widow resisted but was overpowered and eventually the body was exhumed and the money recovered from the coffin.”
    Mr Jimmy Maxwell Auci, the chairperson of Adag-ani village, said the body was exhumed after the widow revealed she had placed some money in the coffin used to bury her late husband.
    The body was reburied on Saturday evening and grave reconstructed on Sunday.

    According to Mr Gulu, burying a person with money is a taboo among the Langi.
    When contacted, Mr Ngole said his elder brother told him that he had left behind more than Shs6 billion.
    “He did not tell me where the money was kept, but his wife had told me on phone prior to Saturday’s incident that she would bring again more Shs300 million to add in the coffin so that my brother could also enjoy,” Mr Ngole told Daily Monitor on phone on Sunday.

    “When she was placing the first batch of money, the woman called me to witness it but I could not inform my people. I was afraid they could harm her but I broke the silence after I consulted widely.”

    According to Mr Ngole, his brother was earning a salary of more than Shs3 million monthly. His widow works at Entebbe Airport as a principal immigration officer.
    The Rev Joel Agel Awio clarified that no amount of money can buy eternal life, adding that God cannot accept such a golden handshake.

    “The price for eternal life is the blood of Jesus. If you want your sins to be forgiven, do it when you are still alive,” the Anglican priest counselled.
    Mr Dila Maxwell, the officer in charge of Aromo Police Post, said the widow admitted to having placed the money and clothes the deceased loved in the coffin.

    He said the money was worth about Shs20.7 million.
    The widow could not be reached for a comment by press time while Mr Ngole, her brother in-law, did not pick up our repeated calls to his mobile phone.


    Jesus raises lazarus from the dead children's lesson by Ken Ham

    Those who demand God come and show evidence of Himself should know: He did come and He raised Lazarus from the dead. The Pharisees plotted to kill him.
    "But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also" (John 12:10).
    He healed a man born blind, but the Pharisees refused to believe he was healed.
    "But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind" (John 9:18-20).
    Jesus came, died, and rose from the dead and the evidence was suppressed by the authorities. They rejected the evidence.
    "When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’" (Matthew 28:12-13).
    "But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead'" (Luke 16:31).
    Secularists demand evidence, but then they usually just reject it. The Bible makes it clear those who reject God reject the obvious evidence that He exists. God came as the man Jesus, and He raised the dead, healed the lame, blind, and deaf and despite the obvious evidence most rejected it--just as most do today.
    Secularists claim they want evidence--but most don't--they just reinterpret it based on their religion--they are willingly ignorant. For those who reject creation and the global Flood, God tells us they deliberately refuse to believe regardless of the overwhelming evidence.
    "For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water" (2 Peter 3:5-6).