Thursday, July 24, 2014

Apostasy : Sudanese Woman escapes to Italy, meets Pope

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim with Pope Francis
Rome - The Sudanese woman put on death row for refusing to renounce her faith in Christ met with Pope Francis at the Vatican after arriving in Italy from Sudan on Thursday.
She fled Sudan with her husband and two children to Italy. She received the blessings of the pope during a private audience at the Vatican.

Meriam Ibrahim and her children will  fly to the United States in the next few days to settle with her
Husband , Daniel Wani, a naturalized US Citizen.
The woman  spend several weeks at the U.S embassy Sudan after an almost year-long ordeal that triggered outrage around the world, the U.S Department of State had been negotiating with Sudanese officials for weeks to secure the family's safe passage out of the country.

Ibrahim, 27, was was pregnant when she was sentenced to jail in February after one of her family member reported her to the authorities in Sudan that she had recently converted from Islam to marry her Christian husband.
Under the Islamic Sharia Law , converting to Islam in Sudan is punishable by death , but she argued that she was raised by an orthodox mother after her father a Muslim abandoned the family when she was only six years old. She married Daniel Wani, a Sudanese man who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire , United States .

Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death with 100 lashes after she refused to renounce her faith in Christ when giving the opportunity in Islamic Court. She was chained and forced to live with with her 20 month old son in prison cell and gave birth to her second child, Maya, while in prison.
Her sentence drew local and international outrage , from the United States, Nigeria, South Africa, Britain and other nations . Sudan under intense pressure from the International Community and Christian organizations  freed her last month . However her attempt to fly to the United States with her husband was thwarted by Sudanese secret police by re- arresting her at the airport.

Meriams's husband Wani was born in what is now South Sudan -- but later moved to the U.S. He and Ibrahim met after he traveled to Khartoum in 2011. After her release, Wani said he wanted to build a new life for his family in America.

Source. BBC 
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rev Sam Adeyemi - Understanding the Seasons and Times

pastor sam adeyemi
Sam Adeyemi Messages

In the final days, Jesus made it clear there would be famines, deception, earthquakes and wars, and that there would be an increase in lawlessness and sorrow of men.

In Daniel 12:4, the angel of the Lord told Daniel that , in the end time, knowledge and wisdom would increase and that people would run to and fro.  Knowledge and wisdom increased in the last 100 years than it did in the last 6000 years before that.

The angel of the Lord that appeared to Daniel also associated the increase in knowledge with increase in sophistication of the means of transportation. As the knowledge and wisdom of how this world runs increases, divine or call it revelation knowledge is also increasing very fast.
With all this taking place, it implies that we must develop a clear understanding of the times and seasons to know what we are supposed to do. 1 Cron 12:32.

The time of crisis and conflicts provides a platform for us the church to demonstrate leadership , people want to know when Jesus is coming back but non of us knows the exact date. All those who has tried in the past to do some permutation to arrive at a specific date has been disgraced. The almighty God is the only one who knows the exact time and date. Jesus himself expect us to be ready at all times instead of engaging in needless pleasure Matthew 24:36-39.

In the days of Noah , there was crisis and violence; just like we have crisis in our world today. Noah , understanding the times and seasons , made preparation before the the flood that destroyed the world at that time. Today we as a church with all this signs need to develop the capacity to hear the Holy Ghost and be obedient to His promptings.

In the days of Lot , just as it's today, there was unimaginable widespread sexual immorality Luke 17:26-30.
In the end-times , some leaders will abuse their God-given resources and authority. Even though we have leadership characterized by wickedness and greed, we will also have leaders who use their power judiciously Matthew 24: 45-51.

The right and positive dimension of leadership can only come from the church , because God has set up the church with the potentials to produce the best leadership in the world. The church is an extension of the Kingdom of Heaven, just as every embassy is an extension of its home country. The Church is not a building or a victim of the world system. The Church is an extension of a government which is superior to any other government Ephesians 1: 20-23 MSG.

In a time of war and crisis like this, the world need good leadership Matthew 28:18-20. We have the mandate to influence the world government with the values of Christ.  One of the major characteristics of a leader, which is given to us by the Holy Ghost, is vision Acts 2: 1-17; Matthew 15: 14.

The end time is not a period to join the rest of the world in fighting for survival but a time to influence our world on bigger platforms. Character and integrity are qualities which every good leader is equipped with by the Holy Ghost (Psalm 78: 72). The Holy Ghost gives us capacity for love, peace, joy, kindness, generosity and self-control even as things become more difficult (Galatians 5: 22-23; Acts 2: 45). He also gives us the capacity to solve problems at extra-ordinary levels (1Corinthians 12). Therefore, during this season, you need to have a rich relationship with Him (1Corinthians 2:9-10).

Rev Sam Adeyemi is the senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre , Lagos Nigeria
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Obituary : Bishop Tony Palmer, friend of Pope Francis, dies in a Motorbike Accident

Rev Kenneth Copeland and Bishop Tony Palmer 
Bishop Tony Palmer of South African Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches , has died after a motorbike accident.
The Bishop gained global media attention this year after Pope Francis sent him as a special envoy to the Charismatic Evangelical Leadership Conference hosted by faith preacher Kenneth Copeland.


The young Bishop who enjoyed a special friendship with the Pope, is reported to have died in a motorbike accident. Palmer was a bishop of the church that broke away from the  Anglican Church and considered itself part of the Convergence Movement.".

Palmer as a special envoy of the Pope, presented a video message from the the Pontiff  to the Charismatic Evangelical Leadership Conference hosted by Kenneth Copeland,  that Video instantly went viral on the internet. The Video message from Pope Francis centered on unity among Catholics and Protestants.
Rev Kenneth Copeland sent a reply to the Pope and prayed for him.

Watch the Video from the Pope below.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Vinelife Church Pastor Sentenced for Relationship with 15-year-old

Pastor Jason Robertson
A former youth pastor of Vinelife Church Boulder , Colorado, has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a church member from the time she was only 15 years old.

Pastor Jason Robertson 35 , who pleaded guilty in April to sexually exploiting the woman who just turned 24, will undergo 10 years intensive sex offender probation after serving in Prison.

The prosecutors dropped the more dangerous charges of sexual exploitation assault on a child of a position of trust and unlawful sexual contact in exchange for the plea.

Some officials of the church also face charges for not reporting the sexual abuse,.

Source. Denver Post
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pst Chris Oyakhilome - Energizing the Inner Man.

 
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Energizing  the Inner Man , By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

For this reason I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man (Ephesians 3:14-16).

Man is a Spirit living in the physical body, the Spirit that dwell in your body is the real you, your body is categorized as the outward man.
As the body can be week or hungry if not properly fed , the Spirit man can also be week if not properly nurtured.

The Inner man (The real you) must at all time be watered or fed with the word of God which is the food of the Spirit , to help you carry out your daily divine assignment , and to deal effectively with the issues of life.

Food and water to your physical body is what the Word of God are to your Spirit (The Inner man) The bible called the world of God water . Eph 5:26 "...that He might sanctify you,... by the washing of water with the word.
And Jesus said man must not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Luke 4:4

Your Inner man is empowered as you spend quality time meditating on the Word of God, and more especially when you speak or pray in the Holy Ghost.

Speaking in tongue is like building your muscle in the gym , you gain Spiritual fitness to stand all the strategies of the devil. 1 Corinthians 14:4 "He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself..." , that word edify means to build up yourself, to develop inner strength.

You can not resist the devil with a weak Inner Man, you can not maintain the Love of God without being addicted to meditation in the Word as a way of life. Psalm 119:19.


    Confession

In the Name of Jesus, I’m strengthened with divine ennoblement in my inner man by the Holy Ghost. I function today with the Spirit of might, dominion and excellence, as the Word of God gains the mastery in my spirit, soul and body; dominating my thoughts and actions, in Jesus’ Name.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hamas Propaganda Exposed by a Palestinian Girl (Video)

Christy, a Palestinian Christian Living on political asylum in the United Kingdom,share her experience living with Muslims in Palestine. In this video she expose the propaganda of the Palestinian Authority, and how Christian are being killed by Muslims in her country.

She also gave reason why Israelis must continue to protect themselves from Hamas. This is a must watch Video people, to see why Israel must react with force against Hamas each time a rocket is fired into Israel by the dreaded unrepentant Islamic terrorist .
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Obituary : Rev Stanley Horton dies at 98


dr stanley horton
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary alumnus, Dr. Stanley Monroe Horton passed away July 12. Stanley Horton was a renowned, respected, and beloved theologian in the Pentecostal tradition. He received his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell, STM from Harvard and PhD from Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

He taught at Metropolitan Bible Institute (one of the schools that fed into Valley Forge Christian College). He also taught at Central Bible College and Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. I never had a chance to meet Dr. Horton, but I know that his writings and teachings had a profound impact on many of my own teachers.
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Kenneth Copeland Daily Devotional - The Most Powerful System of Life.

Kenneth Copeland
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.

– Matthew 5:44-45

Love them that hates you.. turn the next cheek.. to many people that sound like a weak response to someone who's giving them trouble. But, the truth of the matter is , it's the most powerful way to handle your enemies, Its Jesus way, and Jesus strategy is the best strategy there is.

Don't forget that Jesus went to Nazareth and the religious guys where very angry with Jesus and tried to push him off a cliff. Then what happened ?. Jesus just walk past them, and they couldn't lay hand on Him. And in another occasion they tried to stone Him, but he didn't retaliate that time either. Jesus just walked pass them. None of those enemies could touch Him.

When Jesus said turn the other cheek, He never mean that you should watch your enemy beat out your brain, He mean for you to stand firm in faith and in love knowing that the covering mighty power of God will protect you from harm.

"The story of Nicky Cruz as recorded in David Wilkerson's book, The Cross and the Switchblade, is a perfect example of that. Nicky was reputed to be the most ruthless gang leader of his time. Yet, when David Wilkerson stood in front of him, telling him about Jesus, Nicky was totally unable to hurt him. He thrust his knife at David several times. But every time he did, David just said, "Nicky, you can cut me into a thousand pieces and every piece will still say, 'I love you and God loves you.'" Because of love, Nicky couldn't get his knife close enough to David to hurt him. A supernatural force always stopped it short"

Some people will say "But brother Copeland  I don't have that level or kind  of love!"
Well the truth is , you do. Bible said " the love of God is shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit" Romans 5:5 , all you have to do is to activate that love and let it flow. Refuse to go by your own feelings.

Remember love never fails ! Don't be afraid of failure, don't just be afraid of anything when you're walking in love. The life of love is most powerful kind of life there is

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:38-48
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