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14 Feb 2015
The Four Lepers DO you remember the four lepers in 2 Kings 7:3? Then, when Israel was having a very difficult time economically, politically and spiritually, these lepers were outside the camp, as it was with the custom in Israel - sick, rejected, hungry, thirsty, depressed and hopeless; about to die. But just one march…
14 Feb 2015
WITHOUT faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). And God expects each Christian to live by faith in Jesus Christ, if we are to please Him. Those that lived that way in the past met and exceeded this divine expectation. Abel, Enoch, Noah and many others all had faith in God, and He…
14 Feb 2015
CHRIST Publishers’ Ministries, a mother ministry that encompasses the Interwoven Cord Network and the Gospel House recently celebrated its 20th and first anniversaries respectively. Family, friends, pastors, and ministers all gathered at the Excellence Hotel, Ogba to celebrate the milestone.   According to the marriage relationship counsellor and conflict resolution expert, Rev. Eliashib Ime-James, the…
14 Feb 2015
‘Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.’ (Eccl 12:1). THE book of Ecclesiastes is attributed to King Solomon as its author. He tested life and at the end concluded that all is but…
14 Feb 2015
She considers a field and  buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. (Proverbs 31:16-17) IN 2008, the film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell won the award for the Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary centred…
14 Feb 2015
THE last few weeks have seen so much fear in the polity. People are anxious over their fate and that of the country. Some even had to travel outside of Lagos to their villages for fear that the election may become violent. Few even lost their lives in the process of running for safety. So,…
14 Feb 2015
THE Enugu Diocese of the Anglican Communion has introduced a Bible game show competition tagged “who knows the Bible?” for youths. Patterned after the television game show ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ the monthly Bible competition in which winners are rewarded with various gifts from the Church is to encourage youths “study and internalise…
14 Feb 2015
Yesterday, February 14 was Valentine’s Day. It is a day lovers – whether married or unmarried–celebrate love every year. But the story of this event cannot be complete without mentioning the Christian Saints that started it all. Whether the day is celebrated rightly or wrongly is another matter entirely. But is there any other love…
7 Feb 2015
 Have you ever read of a church placing an advertisement in the newspapers seeking the services of pastors and evangelists? What would first strike you upon coming across such an occurrence? The very idea raises some serious questions on whether it is a spiritual or mundane matter. One wonders what could have prompted a church…
7 Feb 2015
TRULY, at this point in time, it seems that we are being held in a state between two or more forces, which are acting in opposition to each other. Our country is besieged and our conscience is overwhelmed. But no matter how dicey the situation may be, we have assurance from God that He will…
7 Feb 2015
INCIDENTALLY, February 14, 2015, which happens to be the date scheduled for our presidential election, also falls on Valentine Day. However, unlike previous celebrations, which sometimes went out of hand, this year’s edition would be low-keyed because of the election. On that day, rather than witnessing a large turnout of people at fun centres and…
7 Feb 2015
MEMBERS of the Lagos State Command of Man of Order and Discipline (MOD), a paramilitary organisation in the Catholic Church exhibited vigour and resilience recently during the celebration of the 2015 Founder’s Day of the organisation.    The group, comprising men and women, boys and girls engaged in all kinds of displays typical of the armed…

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