Sunday, 11 September 2016

US remember 9/11 victims 15 years after attacks

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Americans remembered the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on Sunday at a ceremony marking 15 years, with the recital of their names, tolling church bells and a tribute in lights at the site where New York City's massive twin towers collapsed.

As classical music drifted across the 9/11 Memorial plaza in lower Manhattan, family members and first responders slowly read the names and delivered personal memories of the almost 3,000 victims killed in the worst attack on U.S. soil since the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Relatives in the crowd embraced and some held photos of loved ones and signs that read: "Never to be forgotten," "We miss you," and "Gone too soon."

Tom Acquarviva's 29-year-old son Paul was one of 658 employees of financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald who perished after the first plane struck the north tower just below where they worked on the 101st to 105th floors.

"Not a day goes by that we don't remember him," Acquarviva told Reuters.

Angela Checo honored her brother, Pedro Francisco, 35, who was a vice president at investment and wealth manager Fiduciary Trust on the 96th floor of the south tower.

"He was coming down but forgot someone and went back upstairs to save them," Checo said. "That's why he never made it down."

The ceremony paused for six moments of silence: four to mark the exact times four hijacked planes were crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon near Washington D.C., and a Pennsylvania field. The last two record when the North and South towers of the Trade Center crumpled.

It was held by two reflecting pools with waterfalls that now stand in the towers' former footprints, and watched over by an honor guard of police and firefighters.

More than 340 firefighters and 60 police were killed on the that sunny Tuesday morning in 2001. Many of the first responders died while running up stairs in the hope of reaching victims trapped on the towers' higher floors.

MEMORIES: Kim Kardashian and Lewis Hamilton lead 9/11 tributes

9/11 HORRIFIC TERRORISTS ATTACKS

MEMORIES OF THE HORRIFIC 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS
It has been 15 years since the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks , and people around the world are paying tribute to those who lost their lives.

The names of nearly 3,000 victims are inscribed on waterfall memorials at Ground Zero in New York, and now everyone from reality stars to Formula One heroes have taken to social media to pay their own respects.

Kim Kardashian was one of them, taking to Instagram to share a picture of the city's skyline with the word 'respect'.

She wrote alongside it: "15 years ago today I remember my dad calling me waking me up to tell me not to come into the office & told me what happened in NYC.

"We then had a family meeting at my moms & prayed. Life is so precious & I pray for everyone who was affected by this awful tragedy. #NeverForget911"  READ MORE

Photos: Victoria Beckham Stuns In New York Fashion Week

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FASHION - Victoria Beckham has made her annual show one of New York Fashion Week's most highly anticipated events.
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The former Spice Girls singer turned style icon continues to make waves as one of the most recognisable designers in the world, and she unveiled her latest collection on Sunday.

With an impressive and stylish range revealed to fans - and the industry - this week, Victoria had all eyes on both her and the new items during an emotional day for the US on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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Katy Perry to end Taylor Swift feud and collaborate with singer

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Katy Perry is prepared to bury the hatchet and collaborate with Taylor Swift - on one condition.

The 'Dark Horse' singer seems happy to end her ongoing feud with Taylor and has offered an olive branch claiming there is a chance they could work together in the future.
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But only if newly-single Taylor apologises.


When asked in a Twitter Q&A if she would work with the 'Blank Space' singer, Katy replied: "If she says sorry, sure!"

However, the 31-year-old star's family are less positive about the chance of a peace offering as Katy's father previously claimed her feud with Taylor "ain't over yet".

Mum Mary said: "Katy released 'Rise'. It says, 'My feet have been put to the fire but I will rise.' That's what she's about right now."

Dad Keith added: "You know it ain't over yet."

Katy and Taylor's spat was highlighted recently when the 'I Knew You Were Trouble' hitmaker's ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris slammed the singer in a rant.

Copeland Devotional: Don't Be Disturbed


FAITH TO FAITH DEVOTIONAL

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Topic: Don't Be Disturbed

Key Verse: The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. - Psalm 33:10

MESSAGE:
You may be facing trouble today that’s being caused by people who have willfully plotted to do you harm. They may be trying to steal your business, your home, your children, or even to destroy your marriage. If so, I have a word of encouragement for you. According to Psalm 33:10, God will bring the plans of those people to nought. He will make their devices of none effect. The counsel of the heathen is brought to nought, but the counsel of the Lord stands forever!

Remember this: When you make God your stronghold in the time of trouble, no one can overcome you. No matter how powerful they are in the natural, the odds are in your favor because you trust in the Lord. They may think they’ve got an edge over you, but God is on your side and that gives you the advantage!

Rest assured, you are eventually going to triumph over this trouble. In the meantime, if you’ll set your affections on the Lord, the thoughts of His heart will continually be coming into your heart. “The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide” (Psalm 37:30-31). God’s counsel will give you stability when all the world around you is shaking. Evil tidings will not be able to steal your peace. The thoughts of God will immediately rise up and rebuke the evil tidings from taking root in your heart.

Don’t let the temporary successes of the troublemaker disturb you. Instead, “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace” (verse 37).

Scripture Reading: Psalm 33:1-10

BILLY GRAHAM DEVOTIONAL: Only Jesus

Daily Devotional written by BILLY GRAHAM

BILLY GRAHAM DEVOTIONAL

Sunday, 11 September 2016

TOPIC: ONLY JESUS

Bible Text: God . . . is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, even Christ our Lord. – 1 Corinthians 1:9 (TLB)

The question remains, “How can God be just-that is, true to Himself in nature and true to Himself in holiness-and yet justify the sinner?” Because each man had to bear his own sins, all mankind was excluded from helping, since each was contaminated with the same disease. The only solution was for an innocent party to volunteer to die physically and spiritually as a substitution before God. This innocent party would have to take man’s judgment, penalty, and death. But where was such an individual? Certainly, there was none on earth. There was only one possibility. God’s own Son was the only personality in the universe who had the capacity to bear in His own body the sins of the world. Only God’s Son was infinite and thus able to die for all.

Prayer for the day: Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, in adoration I thank You for the love that made You willing to suffer and die on the cross for my sin.

DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL: God Judges, Not Man

Daily Manna Devotional written by Pastor Kumuyi

DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL

Sunday, 11 September 2016

TOPIC: GOD JUDGES, NOT MAN

Text: Job 13:14-18

Key Verse: "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him" (Job 13:15).

One Bible verse that both Christians and non-Christians always regale to recite is Matthew 7:1, which says: "Judge not, that ye be not judged". They aptly wield this verse against critics of their actions, words or deeds. For unbelievers, their emphasis on this Scripture is to excuse their actions, words and deeds of indiscretion, sin, rebellion or heresies, which they cannot easily part with. But for Christians, it is to enthrone godly virtue to avoid erring before the sight of God who alone has the right to judge.

This does not imply that corrections should be thrown overboard, for it helps to reshape and make one a better Christian. God wants us to be cautioned, lest we slip off. The Scripture says: "if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted" (Galatians 6:1). Job's friends lacked this tact. They sharply criticized him because they felt his suffering was a just punishment for his sins. They wrongly applied a true principle, ignoring the differences in human circumstances. Believers should be careful how they judge others. Meanwhile, Job decided to defend himself because he was certain that his predicament was not due to any sin he committed. He resorted to plead with God to reason with him and alleviate his sufferings.

However, this audacity to prove his cause does not imply that we should question God over the challenges we face. The moment we go into His presence to defend ourselves, we lose our case. Rather, when we stand before Him, we should only plead with Him. The guilty will get deserved punishment, but the righteous will be shown mercy.

Thought for the day: He who is quick to judge will never be innocent.

Bible Reading in one Year: Psalm 119:1-56

OPEN HEAVENS: SPIRITUAL SPECIALIZATION - PASTOR ADEBOYE

Open Heavens Daily Devotional

OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL

Sunday, 11 September 2016

TOPIC: SPIRITUAL SPECIALIZATION

Memorise: For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. –Romans 12:3

Read: 1 Corinthians 12:4-12 (KJV)

4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 36:1-38:6, Psalms 55:16-23

MESSAGE:

God in His infinite wisdom specifically created the universe and everything in it with diversity in His mind. Consequently, the difference between people, their special gifts, needs and characters is obvious all through creation. Individualism stresses the differences between people and recognises the special gifts of individuals. Now the Bible teaches that the diverse gifts in the lives of individuals in the body of Christ are specifically designed to be used for the benefit of all. To this end, 1 Corinthian 12:4-6 say:

“4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.”

We are encouraged not to personalise God’s gifts in our lives, but rather to recognise that we are incomplete in ourselves and we need cooperation and fellowship with others in the body of Christ to function as a complete whole. God wants His children to live by this biblical injunction so that no one will be proud, and to enhance mutual respect in the Church of God, which will promote peace and unity in the body of Christ. Physical and spiritual development will go on unhindered. Passages of the Bible like Romans 12:6-8, would then become realistic and practicable:

“6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”

One person operates in the word of wisdom, another in the word of knowledge; one is the gifts of healing, and yet another in the working of miracles and prophecy. They should cooperate with each other with the understanding that one and the selfsame Spirit is at work in each individual to accomplish the ultimate purpose of God.

Prayer Point: Father, please give me the unction to function with total humility and submission in Jesus’ name.