Posts Tagged ‘christian views’

SEMINAR FOR MARRIED COUPLES and MATURE SINGLES

You are invited to attend a special seminar for Married Couples and Mature Singles as indicated on the attached Flier. Please pass on the message to others. God bless you.

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

U – TURNS ON THE ROAD

When you drive your car or motorbike along some roads you read the road signs which instruct you not to make U-turns. On some other roads U–turns are allowed. I was driving along the road leading to Excel Docklands area, in the London metropolis one Friday evening for a prayer meeting the ‘Festival Of Life’, when the Satellite Navigator (Sat Nav) instructed that I should make a U –turn on the dual carriage way. I knew without a doubt that I must not obey the Sat Nav at that moment, because doing so would be catastrophic! At the right junction I made the necessary exit into the correct road, safely. Then the Sat Nav was forced to comply and resume its appropriate direction. This is not always true in ordinary daily situations. You may not be able to make a U-turn on many roads in some cities, towns and villages, but you can make a U-turn of your life to God anywhere and even where you are right now, but not with your motor bike or car please!  Make a proper U- turn to God today! Ask God to help you straighten your life. God says: ‘‘Call onto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know or understand’’  Jeremiah 33:3.  He also says: ”Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other ”! Isaiah 45:22.  ‘‘Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’’ Romans 10:13. To make a U-turn to God is to repent; that is to change your mind from doing bad, to doing good, asking for God to help you in making your U- turn a permanent one. God says ‘‘Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall’’ Ezekiel 18:30! Sin kills, but JESUS saves totally! Call upon Jesus today, wherever you may be! Someone out there may know all these truths, but still need to make a special, new U-Turn today. You may need to change your mind, your attitude, your choice, your selfish or wrong decision, your direction or start doing whatever would make you more pleasing to God. Please waste no time about your move. Do your U-Turn right now, before you go too far! God bless you.


POPE’S VISIT

The Pope’s visit to Scotland and England during the past week had been initially received with some mixed feelings and some degree of coldness by a small sector. Having completed his visit, it is only good and fair to give the visit some appraisal. Aside from the Pontiff’s strong intellectual status, which many saw as a hindrance to his expected diverse roles of spiritual father, and role model to the large community of Catholics and the secular world in general, this visit was able to make more people within and outside the Roman Catholic Church to see the Pope in a brighter and more impressive light. He did lay aside the inhibitions of old age to meet his very tight schedule. He met both the old, young and babies; blessed all, bringing joy to many. The Pope made a call not to undermine religion, especially the Christian faith, under the guise of  secularism.  In a big assembly, he spoke to children and asked them to aspire to be great ”What sort of person do you want to be” ? Tendering his apology for the ”unspeakable crimes” of church ministers for immense sufferings brought to the innocent victims of child abuse. The Pope expressed his deep sorrow and said these acts have brought shame and humiliation to the church. He held a private meeting with selected five of the victims of clerical abuse. Some people have criticized the manner of the meeting as well as the basis for the choice of the five. Some people expect further sanctions to be placed on the erring ministers while safeguarding in all parishes should be improved and perfected. One hopes that the meeting with the Bishops would bring good results to enhance healing and reconciliation. There have been calls in some quarters to review the issue of celibacy. Why not give liberty to some priests to be married  while remaining as priests. Those who are able to be celibate could do so, but let the compulsion aspect be removed and the liberty in Christ enjoyed by the priests as well. History tells us that Peter, regarded as the first Pope, was married, as well as many of the apostles of the first church.  On the issue of gay rights, the church’s view must be respected by all. God Almighty unequivocally opposes homosexuality,but he loves everyone including gays.  All Bible practicing Christians know that only the marriage between a man and a woman is approved by God as fully analyzed in the Bible. The permissiveness ( indulgence) on the use of condoms, if allowed at all, should be for only those in a permanent heterosexual relationship, as in marriage and certainly not outside of marriage. Therefore the issue of abstinence as a perfect means of avoiding unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases is the unadulterated, Biblical standard. Legally married couples could use prophylactic sheaths, but not as a liberty for licentious, reckless sex outside their matrimony! One other issue raised is that of female priests or women ordination, I think this is long overdue. Which priest could easily rival the great exploits of the legendary late Mother Teresa ? We do have the Biblical examples of Priscilla, Mary of Magdala, Deborah the Judge, just to list a few. Robert Pigott, the BBC religious correspondent, on 19th September 2010 also wrote extensively on the visit. In one of his writings captioned ” What has the Pope’s visit achieved”? he opines that the Pope was drawing the nation’s attention to the need for a secular society to stay in touch with the basic, unchanging moral code offered by religion. I agree fully with him on that point :-http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11361749

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