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Grateful Thanks

AgapeFocus is grateful to all friends across the world who contributed to our growth and reach during 2012 by way of visits,comments,contributions,subscriptions and additional means of encouragement. We express our grateful thanks. Please,continue to visit,leave your comments and subscribe for regular dispatch of posts to your address. We do appreciate you all. Thank you. We plan to send out posts more frequently than we did in 2012. God is our sufficiency and we trust Him to help us to that effect.

INEXCUSABLE BEHAVIOUR

Across England,the wave of unrests,rioting,looting and vandalism displayed within the past six days especially in London and later extended to Birmingham,Liverpool, Salford, Manchester,Bristol,Wolverhampton,West Bromwich and Nottingham is not only horrific, but inhumane, wicked, reckless and totally inexcusable. We commiserate with all who have suffered varying degrees of losses, especially the bereaved families in Tottenham and Birmingham. We think about them all prayerfully. We commend the Police and the Fire Officers for their great efforts in the face of mounting provocations and violent behaviour. We add our voice to those of all well-meaning and patriotic citizens to condemn these shameful, irresponsible and unpatriotic behaviour.We pray that God would give wisdom and speed to the Government and Parliament as efforts are being made to put the nation safely back on track. We need more Police recruitment across the country now. We need to revisit issues affecting parenting and discipline. Teachers and Schools need more powers to effect firmer discipline.More jobs need to be created. More Holiday Play Schemes are needed for the young ones. May God help and have mercy on the United Kingdom and heal us. May peace, sanity,common sense,respect, positive human feelings and patriotism prevail. AMEN.

GOOD NIGHT DAVID WILKERSON

We at AgapeFocus were shocked to read the news about the transition of the Rev David Wilkerson into glory this week as a result of a motor accident. We receive the news with mixed feelings. Another General of the Cross has passed on. Thanks be to God! Our first contact with the great man was during the 1960s via his book ‘The Cross and The Switchblade’. Later on came the drama and filming of the good work. As a teenager, one of us, Dele, was gradually being introduced to the Gospel then, through the testimony of faith by David Wilkerson.That marked a significant encouragement till today. Our prayers and condolences go to his widow, family and ministry team. Cheer up, because true soldiers die at their posts. The glorious resurrection morning would soon dawn when our Lord Jesus Christ would appear and we shall be caught up together with David and other saints who have gone ahead, to meet with Jesus in the air, never to part again. Be comforted with this assurance. (1Thessalonians 4.13-18 )
One of David’s very recent blog posts ‘LOOKING UNTO JESUS ‘ reads:

PLEASE,GET IT RIGHT;WE NEED AND WANT THE BEST!

The political and the socio-economic situations across the world and especially in Africa this Century demands great caution, patience, commitment, faithfulness and due diligence. The current waves of political and social changes sweeping across North Africa and parts of the Middle-East are glaring pointers to the need for both the leaders and the led to get things right and give to the teeming masses their deserved socio-economic boost, based on the combined resources of each nation. Political leaders should not wait for the times of approaching elections or public demonstrations before they start to pretend that they feel and understand the nagging problems of the masses. Elections are around the corners in many places across the globe, when leaders would be judged by the electorates in each nation at the polls.Campaigns are very hot in various places; and as we move on through this year, voters in more prominent nations would be calling the shots as they retain or do away with various administrations/political parties at various tiers of government. Next month,Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, would hold General Elections to elect, legislators to the states and national Assemblies, and also elect State Governors and the President. The whole world would focus attention on Nigeria, expecting to see an election that is not only free and fair, but putting into various offices, credible leaders who would deliver positively on their promises to the electorate!Prayers have been on for long.The days of buying of votes, harassment and intimidation of opponents, abuse of offices by the privileges of incumbency, are over! Voters are more educated now and must not sell or mortgage their rights because of temporary pleasures or gifts.The future well-being of the young ones,the unborn, as well as ALL, are of utmost importance.The future stability and progress of Nigeria must not be toyed with nor jeopardized because of selfish gains or ambitions.The law enforcement agencies should do their best to ensure the credibility of the general elections in Nigeria, to install leaders who would move the nation forward.The Electoral Commission must be above-board and transparently honest and fair. All hands must be on deck.That great African from Ghana,the late Dr. J.K Aggrey taught that: ….. Only the best is good enough for Africa. And I dare say that ONLY THE BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR NIGERIA. For Nigeria to continue to give credible leading contribution in Africa and in the world, we must put our house in order. NOW is the right time to give the best to Nigeria;not second best. Nigeria and indeed Africa needs and wants the best from the impending General Elections.GOD is also watching us! MAY IT BE SUCCESSFUL BY THE POWER OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD! AMEN!

BROTHERS’/ SISTERS’ KEEPER(S)

Am I my brother’s keeper? Are you your brother’s keeper? Are we our brothers’ keepers? In whatever way you configure this ageless million-dollar question, you are bound to arrive at the same answer. YES! That was and it is the stand of God, Who expects each one of us to look after, not just our own interests, but those of our neighbours as well; be they relations, friends,or acquaintances, male or female.Genesis4:8-12 The role of the international community over the situation in Libya, leaves very much to be desired, considering the fact that the on-going carnage is now on the rapid increase. Human lives are being wasted and another devastation is imminent as the City of Benghazi is being approached by the pro-Gaddafi troops! While respecting the territorial sovereignty of Libya, the raging conflict, now on the scale of civil war,would spell disaster, not only for Libya, but for the North African sub-region as well. What is NATO waiting for? What is the U.N.O. waiting for? What is OAU waiting for? What is the Arab League waiting for? PLEASE, let this carnage stop. The sudden and very grave situation in Japan is not an excuse for NATO to sneak out of its responsibility, neither is it any excuse for the United Nations Organization. The massacre in Libya could be stopped, even if Gaddafi is left in power , though his removal is most desirable, if a retrogression is to be avoided.
How well is the OAU handling the situation in IVORY COAST?Has it gone to sleep over the avoidable predicament of the innocent masses of this front-line producer of cocoa; whose future is being allowed to be messed up by a sit-tight dictator called Laurent Gbagbo? The electorate in Ivory Coast has spoken by giving the mandate of 54% of the votes to Alassane Ouattara as the new President. Diplomatic, economic and military measures should all be employed to eject Gbagbo, who does not care to kill his people in order to hold on to power! The ejection of Gbagbo is long overdue. The same is true of his collaborators-in-crime (MUGABE and GADDAFI). Let prayers be made fervently for the mercies of God in the situations in Japan, Libya and Ivory Coast, please.Thank you and may God bless you.The US-based online weekly,The African Sun Times,on Monday14th March 2011,in an article on Ivory Coast,ended on an interesting note

SEQUEL TO THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT(2)

Blood of human beings is too powerful and precious a substance to be toyed with! It is so linked with life, that if anyone spills blood recklessly, he or she would pay dearly for it both NOW and in ETERNITY! As I have stated before, blood has a loud voice that cannot be silenced. All the weapons in a country’s armoury cannot silence the voice of human blood, especially blood spilled unnecessarily! Blood spilled by tyrants would haunt them and follow their generations until there is repentance- a U-turn back to GOD. Let the leaderships in Libya, Iran, Bahrain and other places take note that power belongs to GOD. It is GOD Who delegates this to them through the people, who are the real representative custodians of the power. If a group of elites/ usurpers of powers/democratically elected leaders/sit-tight power- drunk tyrants/ or any other category of leadership ignore or maltreat the people who allowed them into office, then an opportune time, a right time(KAIROS moment),would come when they would be ejected from office! The blood of the innocent is still crying out for justice and vengeance!There is no hiding place for wicked, callous leadership!Let the security forces be wise and not descend so low as to destroy the people they have sworn to protect.It is the people(the Masses;the ELECTORATE) who own the nation.It is not the natural resources or physical boundaries alone that make up a nation. Good as these physical entities are, they are useless if all the people are marginalized, impoverished,starved or destroyed! Who then would these leaders rule over or govern? Let there be caution/ reason/ discretion/ and sanity.The BLOOD of the innocent has a loud voice which cannot be silenced! ENOUGH OF THIS RECKLESS SPILLAGE! Let the people be listened to; let there be constructive dialogue; let these nations move positively forwards.Time is running out. This is 2011 and not 1711!