Retreat: Speakers highlight dangers of not looking unto Jesus
The retired Bishop of the Diocese of Okrika, Rt. Rev. Tubokosemie Abere, has cautioned the knights and ladies of the Diocese of Northern Izon on the dangers of not looking unto Jesus, as well as the distractions that will prevent them from depending on God.
Abere, who was the Guest Speaker at a three-day Retreat, organised for the Knights and ladies of the diocese at Ibru Ecumenical Centre, Agbaraha-Otor, Delta State from September 3 to 5, 2020, admonished them to lay aside every sin that would prevent them from looking unto God as there is no life outside Jesus.
At the Retreat tagged: “Looking unto Jesus” and taken from Heb 12:2, the retired Bishop said Jesus is the Father’s agent of creation, the immortal Son of God, Who should be looked unto for continuity in the after life. And this can only be achieved by studying His word and total commitment to Him.
“We should look unto Him in all situations of our lives. In spite of all the temptations everywhere, we have to lay them all aside and run the race,” he said.
Other key speakers at the retreat were Dame Esther Boro and Sir Prince Elvis Oharisi. Dame Boro, who spoke on the role of Knights in youth development in the church, society and nation, stressed the need for the youths to embrace Anglicanism as a way of life, with parents teaching in Love. He said Knights should be interested in youth’s activities, while parents should be exemplary in conduct, spoken words and actions.
Sir Oharisi, who is also the Secretary of the Council of Knights of the Diocese of Ughelli, examined Knighthood and the challenges in the church. Explaining the origin of Knighthood, orders and ideas behind it, Oharisi listed the qualities of a good Knight to include imitating the patron saints in their way of life.
The retreat had the Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Izon, Rt. Rev. Funkuro Amgbare, his wife, Iwumansi and the Diocesan Chaplain of Knights, Ven. John Torunana in attendance.
(Dr. (Mrs.) Mercy Orukari is the Diocesan Communicator of Northern Izon)