Tribute To The Duke

I remember in 1956 during the visit to Nigeria by Her Majesty The Queen. He was immaculately dressed and stood beside her as Consort. As a young boy in the Primary school, I watched with admiration from a distance at the Lafenwa Train Station in Abeokuta. There a Civic Reception was held for the august visitors. It was a brief stop over, enroute to Ibadan, the then capital city of Western Region.

From the memorable occasion at Abeokuta, a great interest was aroused in me. However, there came several other times of views from afar, brought nearer home by courtesy of the television services across the globe. There I could see a tall, handsome, well- dressed, stockily built and well-poised gentleman. His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

I could talk about several other occasions during which I watched the Duke. Talk of his graceful and confident walk, accompanying Her Majesty The Queen for the State Opening Ceremony of Parliament and the Speech from the Throne. Each annual event was indeed made unique and impeccably splendid by his visibly humble commitment and patriotism.

Scenes which I remember with admiration include the Flypast watched from the Balcony during the Annual Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen. He stood with the distinguished combined poise of the consort, father, grandfather and leader of the family.

Dear LORD, So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalms 90:12. As the Queen leads the Royal Family, at this period of mourning, we join in condolences and prayers for grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Adieu Your Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

*#POINTED PRAYERS 1#*

This early morning; Even in the noontime; Still all day long, will I cry unto You, O LORD. You will hear me and answer me speedily.

Teach me your way, O LORD; I will walk in your truth: unite my heart to fear your name. Amen.

Show me a token for good; that those who hate me may see it, and be ashamed; because you, LORD, has helped me, and comforted me. So I pray in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen. Applying Psalms 88:11,17.

FROM PARENTS TO CHILDREN

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

The training demands faithful persistence. You do so daily; moment by moment. You do when convenient and when not so convenient. The importance of the training makes it so mandatory that you cannot afford to be complacent about it. You look forward to the ultimate goal of the expected pleasant result. You are laying up a solid foundation that would continue into a solid structure which is capable of withstanding present and future challenges of life. A good individual with a strong moral character is the outcome. An adult, capable of withstanding the challenges of life and overcoming emerges. Therefore, keep at it. Do not give up nor look back. Grace be with you.

Good News

Good News; Ever Breaking and Trending: There is only One Name that can Heal and Save the Whole of Mankind. The name is JESUS. Acts 4:10-12.

DAILY NUGGETS

The sick needs healing. The bereaved or lonely needs comfort, support and encouragement. The fearful and the oppressed need deliverance, courage and faith in God. Jesus Christ is strong and able to meet all of these needs, and much more.

When you and your family wonder why your loved one should die or become bedfast as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic or get agitated because of the lockdown; Stop. Look up to God. Call upon Him. Tell Him all of your problems. The LORD God, who is rich in mercies shall answer you and come to the rescue. There is healing in the blood of Jesus. There is healing in the mighty name of Jesus. The bereaved needs comfort: Jesus said: Let not your heart be troubled: You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you; I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:1-3.

For the Christians who have physically lost relations or friends, be comforted in the words of Jesus. He said further: I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live. And whosoever lives and believes in me, shall never die. Do you believe this? John 11: 25-26. Jesus said these words at Bethany, where he responded to the call of Mary and Martha, who earlier sent for Him while their brother Lazarus was very sick. Lazarus had died before Jesus arrived in the town. Jesus went ahead to the tomb of Lazarus and called him from the dead; on his fourth day in the tomb, already decomposing and stinking! Remarkably, Lazarus came out alive, walking, with the grave clothing wrapped around him. Jesus commanded that the men around should loose him, free to go; fully restored back to life. What a miracle!

Nothing is too hard for Jesus, who is the Author and the Prince of life. Jesus said: I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by me. John 14:6. When a Christian dies, it is not over or finished for him or her. The spirit goes to God the Maker. His body which housed the spirit and soul had died and gets buried or cremated. In addition, believers who die have only gone to rest in anticipation of the glorious Resurrection morning. That is when we who are alive shall be transformed with new bodies to meet those saints who died recently and long time ago, in the air; as Jesus Christ shows up in the skies to gather us to Himself. Thenceforth, we shall be with Jesus and be also reunited with our departed ones. Therefore, we should not be sad and discouraged like the hopeless ones. Let this great assurance comfort us. 1 Thess. 4: 13-18. Cheer up! Look at these comforting words in 1Corinthians 15:51-53: Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, vs 52 – In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. vs 53 – For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

At the resurrection, our new bodies, our sanctified souls and our saved spirits shall unite. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Thess. 5:23. At the first Resurrection; the body is raised from the dead or renewed or shall we say, transformed.

The living Christian would not taste physical death. The body shall be united with the spirit and soul. Brethren, please cheer up and be comforted. The weary, hungry, thirsty, oppressed, cheated, harassed or lost have hope and deliverance through Jesus. He also said: Come unto me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11: 28. This is a great exchange. You drop your burdens with Jesus, while Jesus gives you his peace and solutions in exchange. He offers relief and solution to your heartfelt problems and needs. Come, just as you are. Come trusting. Come believing. Come now. Call upon Him. He shall answer you. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13.