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At birthday thanksgiving, Akinfenwa urges Christians to appreciate God

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Archbishop Akinfenwa (second right, front row) with other officiating ministers and the celebrant (middle) during the thanksgiving service

The Diocesan Bishop of Ibadan Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Akinfenwa, has urged Christians to give praise to God and lift Him high, as the only way to show they have not forgotten His mercies.

He made this known at the 70th birthday thanksgiving service in honour of Ven. Prof. Uche Isiugo-Abanihe, the Vice Chancellor of Paul University, Awka, and a Professor of Sociology, University of Ibadan and an Archdeacon in the Anglican Communion.

At the service, held at the Chapel of the Resurrection, University of Ibadan, the cleric said: “Depression has become a global epidemic and if one is not careful, the challenges of life, even in the holy order, can make a person forget that God is good.”

The Archbishop, who observed that many successful people forget that all they have is through God’s grace, charged everyone to always remember the Rock from which man was healed and restored. He said the secret of success is God, and that even if one works for long hours, refusing to eat or sleep, nothing will work if God does not grant increase.

To buttress his point, Akinfenwa quoted a Bible verse, which states that unless God builds a house, the labourer labours in vain.

He said: “The importance of giving thanks to God is not about the money spent on the occasion or the pageantry, but a time to dance and sing before Him in worship and thanksgiving.”

He gave the example of the ten lepers in the Bible, and how one out of the nine thanked God and glorified Him for the healing. He said the other nine lost the opportunity to receive blessings, because they failed to return and give thanks to Jesus.

He, therefore, admonished all to emulate the celebrant and his family and always give thanks to God.

Akinfenwa, who expressed sadness at the state of the nation, urged Christians to continue to pray for divine intervention, as only God can bring redemption to man and only Him has the answer to the problems plaguing the nation.


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