Friday, 24 October 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Friday October 24, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - Turning Weaknesses into Blessings

Topic: Turning Weaknesses into Blessings [Friday October 24, 2014]

MEMORISE: And said unto him, hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? Matthew 21:16

READ: Exodus 4:10–12
10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.  
11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?  
12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. 

Our God is a God of miracles. He moves in mysterious ways and He still calls people to His side today. Many people have the call of God on their life but do not know. Some people believe they are too weak to be used of God, while some others, who are already in a position of service, are facing frustration or even failure. God is not the author of confusion. He calls His own into blessings and glory. There are times in the service of God when we have to move, and there are other times when we have to wait patiently for His move. Proverbs 3:5 says:
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Are you weak and confused? Trust in the Lord. God has not forgotten the weak. When God calls a person to His service, He doesn’t chose Him on the basis of how clever, talented or educated he is (1 Corinthians 1:26). God had to strip Paul of all his pride vis-à-vis his qualifications, status and achievements before sending him to the ignorant and outcast people called Gentiles (Philippians 3:8).

Paradoxically, God used the ignorant and unlearned Peter in proclaiming the Good News to the elite Jews of the Roman Empire (Acts 2:5&14). The good news about weaknesses is that, the Holy Spirit is available to qualify for God’s service, the weak who puts his or her trust in the Lord.

To turn weakness to strength, you should be meek and humble. This does not imply that you should give in to a sense of inferiority complex, self-pity, self-hatred or self-consciousness (2 Corinthians 12:10). Weaknesses and inadequacies can become blessings if they press us to depend on Christ (2 Corinthians 12:9). Another step to turning your weaknesses to strength is to exchange your strength for His strength. To do this, you must acknowledge your weaknesses, limitations and great need for God. You must also present yourself as a living sacrifice to Him (Romans 12:1). Learn to wait on God (Isaiah 40:31). Patiently wait for His time. Ensure that you do not take any major decisions or major actions until He shows you that it is time to act (Luke 24:49). Don’t get ahead of God, neither should you lag behind Him. Wait patiently on Him in prayer and fasting (Psalm 69:6). Spend quality time each day to read the Bible and to pray. Finally, you should develop a strong devotional habit and expect opposition and trials. You should know that when you try to go deeper and higher with God, the world, your human nature and demonic principalities will oppose you.

KEY POINT: When you wait patiently on the Lord, He purges the dross of sin and flesh away from you and His power begins to work in you and through you, with supernatural results.

BIBLE IN A YEAR: 1 Kings 7:1-8:21

Open Heavens Daily Devotional written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.


Pastor snatching cars at gunpoint?

Adetunji, Ikeja Magistrates’ Courts
A district pastor of a church in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, has been remanded by a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ikeja.

The 37-year-old pastor, Adebambo Adetunji, was alleged to be one of the gang members, who robbed motorists at the Ojota Bus stop, between April and July, 2014.

World's highest and oldest Ice Age site discovered

The Cuncaicha rock shelter in the Peruvian Andes—the highest and
oldest Ice Age site yet discovered in the world.
A research team led by an assistant professor at the University of Maine in Orono has uncovered what are now the world's highest known Ice Age settlements.

Professor Kurt Rademaker reported the discovery in an article that appeared Thursday in the journal Science. The article describes settlements 4.5 km above sea level in the southern Peruvian Andes that were inhabited at least 12,000 years ago.

Ekiti ex-Governor, Fayemi spent N50m in purchasing two Beds [Photo]

The new Ekiti State Governor, Peter Ayodele Fayose, berated his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, for having spent N50m in purchasing two beds at the new government house in Ekiti built by Fayemi.

Fayose had earlier taken a swipe at the sprawling government house which he considered as financial recklessness.

Mali confirms first case of Ebola

The Mali government has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the country.

It said a two-year-old girl had tested positive for the haemorrhagic virus. She recently returned from the neighbouring Guinea.

More than 4,800 people have died of Ebola - mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - since March. Meanwhile, an international team of scientists has been set up to determine the effectiveness of using the blood of Ebola survivors as a treatment.

Fourth doctor tests positive for Ebola in US

Craig Spencer
Doctor who returned to US from West Africa with a fever tests positive for Ebola at a New York City hospital.

A doctor who recently returned to the US from treating Ebola patients in West Africa has become the fourth person in the country to be diagnosed with the disease.

2015: President Jonathan declares interest to contest

President Goodluck Jonathan has finally declared his interest to contest the 2015 presidential election. he told leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party at the presidential villa Abuja, that he would procure nomination form of the party before the deadline.

Source also gathered that the president has set up a presidential declaration committee saddled with the responsibility of coming up with a formal program for his declaration and the committee is headed by former Minister of Defence Haliru Bello.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

My Apple iPhone 6 bent and caught on fire in my front pocket [Photos, Video]

The Phone 6 after cooling
Yet another iPhone defect has been revealed from a man in Arizona who reports that he suffered serious burns when his phone burst to flames in his pocket.

Arizona business coach Phillip Lechter says the incident happened on October 11, while his family was visiting the University of Arizona to watch a football game against USC.

Woman caught with stolen $25,000 Rolex Watch in her private part

A woman, Shacarye Tims has been arrested for grand larceny and robbery.

According to RADARONLINE, Tims stole the wristwatch of a man she met at a bar. They were both said have gone into the hotel room after a few drinks. However, when they were about to get intimate, Tim told the man that his wristwatch was scratching her, asking the man to remove it.

EBOLA: Nigeria to conquer the World if APC is voted into Power in 2015

Nigeria will become a world beater in so short a time if the All Progressives Congress (APC) is voted into power during next year’s presidential election, the Rivers State Chapter of the party has said. It made the submission while reacting to the declaration of Nigeria as Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday.

“Monday, 21st October, 2014, will remain evergreen in the history of Nigeria as it was the day the World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola-free and the American Broadcasting Corporation also declared Nigeria’s Ebola eradication effort as a model which the USA and other nations must emulate. Those of us in APC celebrate this feat since Lagos and Rivers, the two states that achieved this milestone, are APC States. This clearly points to where the hope lies as Nigerians prepare to vote for a new government next year. With what Lagos and Rivers states demonstrated in this regard, it simply means that with APC at the helm of affairs come 2015, Nigeria will surely be a world beater,” Rivers APC said in a statement issued Thursday in Port Harcourt.

Open Heavens 2014: Thursday October 23, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - Answering a Missionary Call

TOPIC: Answering a Missionary Call [Thursday October 23, 2014]

MEMORISE: And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. - Mark 16:20

READ: Acts 13:1–5
1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

Nicki Minaj blasts Boyfriend: He's Jealous of Her Success

From TMZ

Nicki Minaj cut the relationship off with Safaree -- after 14 years -- because he became uncontrollably jealous of her success... success he wanted for himself.

Nicki and Safaree had an arrangement -- she's the breadwinner and he's the backup singer/hype man/personal assistant.  But we're told Safaree was getting sick of being in the background and had become increasingly hostile ... an emotion she reciprocated.

Boko Haram abducts 60 women in Adamawa

Sixty women were reportedly abducted by suspected members of the deadly Boko Haram sect at Waga Mangoro and Garta villages, both in troubled Adamawa State during a fresh attack.

Forty of the women were said to have been abducted in Waga Mangoro and the other 20 were forcefully taken away from Grata.

Bomb explosion at motor park in Bauchi

At least five persons have been reported dead after a bomb went off at the popular Azare Motor Park in Bauchi on Wednesday night.

An unconfirmed number of people are also reported to have been injured and cars damaged. The bomb reportedly went off at about 10pm by the exit gate of the park, killing five persons and injuring many others.

The police are yet to confirm the incident at the time of filing this report.

More details soon.

2015: RYEF endorses Prince Tonye Princewill as Governor of Rivers State


Gentlemen of the Press,

We members of Rivers Young Entrepreneurs Forum (RYEF), as patriotic citizens have decided to participate fully in the politics of today. We have consulted widely and decided to endorse President Jonathan for a second term as president in 2015. We have also taken keen interest in Rivers State due to the dynamic nature of politics in the state, vis-a-vis the quest to avoid youth restiveness, which might build up if the wrong candidate is projected to run. We have however decided to endorse Prince Tonye Princewill as Governor of Rivers State in 2015. We also want to suggest the nomination of Prof. Don Baridam, who is one of the most resourceful Ogoni sons, as Running Mate to Prince Tonye Princewill.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

No good training pitches for the Super Eagles - Keshi

Former Super Eagles manager Stephen Keshi revealed his true attitude to Nigerian football, saying the country should stop seeing itself as a serious football nation as it is still lagging behind in many vital areas.

According to SaharaReporters, in a chat with ESPN football pundit Colin Udoh, the former Togo and former Mali manager noted, for instance, that but for his intervention, the Akwa Ibom State governor was planning to lay artificial grass instead of real one on the newly built world-class Uyo Stadium. That venue will host the decisive clash of the Super Eagles with South Africa next month.

NEILS Holds Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Convention Scheme in Kaduna, Port-Harcourt, Warri, Benin

NEILS Holds Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Convention Scheme in Kaduna, Port-Harcourt, Warri, Benin

Ahead of the roll out of the Nigerian Entertainment Health Insurance Scheme (NEIHIS), a powerful delegation have been embarking on a nationwide tour to further sensitize and educate the practitioners of the entertainment and media industry on the workings of the scheme and also importantly the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Trust Fund (NEIHTF). Also, to lay a rock solid foundation for the planned uniform health insurance cover for the entire entertainment industry.

Initiated by the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Lecture Series (NEILS) and backed by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the main objective of this initiative is to Institute a private health insurance scheme with customized plans known as; the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Scheme (NEIHIS) specifically for the entertainment industry to enroll to. This will be administered by 3 partner Health Management Organisations (HMOs) under the close supervision of NHIS. Also, to establish the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Trust Fund (NEIHTF) with the sole aim of providing an effective health care delivery systems to practitioners within the industry through several projects and initiatives that will help curb the surge in avoidable deaths amongst celebrity entertainers owing to poor health management. This will also put to an end the traumatic experience entertainers go through to raise funds when down with terminal ailment and other related sicknesses. The Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Trust Fund will serve to compliment the insurance cover.

Actress Mercy Johnson names second Baby

Nollywood actress and now mother of two, Mercy Johnson has named her new baby.

The actress who gave birth to her baby boy on Wednesday, October 15, at St Joseph Hospital, University of Maryland, Baltimore has christened her second baby ‘Henry’.

This new bundle of joy is the second child of Mercy and her husband, Prince Odias Okojie after their widely reported marriage in 2012 , which earlier produced a baby girl named ‎’Purity’.

How Ebola really got into Nigeria

Now that we got the ‘all clear’ and we have been able to reasonably restrain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria, we can take a more dispassionate look at the issue, its genesis and some ramifications.

But first, a huge credit must go to the Lagos State government.  In particular, the Governor, Babatunde Fashola, his Health Commissioner, Dr Jide Idris, and his Special Adviser on Health, Dr Yewande Adeshina deserve high praise indeed.  Similarly, President Goodluck Jonathan and the Health Minister, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu deserve commendation for their co-ordinating role, robust leadership and tireless work in containing the Ebola spread.

KAYMU introduces SME Saturdays to boost small scale businesses

Nigeria’s safest online marketplace, has introduced a new offline initiative to help grow small and medium scale enterprises titled SME Saturdays. The maiden edition of SME Saturdays will hold on Saturday October 25th,2014 by 12noon at the LCCI Conference and Exhibition centre, Alausa, Ikeja.

According to Tomiwa Oladele, Head of  Communications for Kaymu, ”SME Saturdays was borne out of the need to boost small scale businesses who do not have the capacity to market themselves independently, by exposing them to both online and offline buyers”.