Friday, 30 September 2016

Kim Kardashian slips into bizarre boob tube and trouser ensemble while Kourtney is seriously sexy in lingerie look

Kardanshians
Kim Kardashian opted for something a little bizarre as she switched up her outfit for the third time on Thursday.

The reality star, hubby Kanye West, Kourtney and Kris Jenner all headed to the Off White fashion show in an array of eye-popping looks.

A very slim Kim, 35, stood out for all the wrong reasons in an odd ensemble made up of a metallic boob tube, a pair of cut-out trousers (which she wore over tights) and a long drape-inspired fur coat.

This time it was Kourtney's turn to steal the limelight from her sister as she opted to wear a sleek black lingerie-inspired dress which could have easily also been worn as an undergarment
Kim Kardashian slips into bizarre boob tube and trouser ensemble while Kourtney is seriously sexy in lingerie look

Kim Kardashian slips into bizarre boob tube and trouser ensemble while Kourtney is seriously sexy in lingerie look

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Former governor's aide advises Buhari to engage experts over recession

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Economic recession

A chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Sylvester Nwobualor, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to mobilise economic and financial experts to proffer solutions to nation’s economic challenges.

Nwobualor, who was Special Adviser to former Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra on Parks and Markets, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Onitsha on Thursday.

The APGA chieftain said that the current economic recession had been in existence even before Buhari took over the mantle of leadership.

According to him, it went unnoticed because of the expertise displayed by those who managed the economy at that time.

“Buhari is a strong-willed person who has the best of intentions for the country, but has faulty methods of realising his intentions.

“The President should solicit the expertise of those who had been in government and those who could get the country out of the current economic quagmire.”

Nwobualor criticised the suggestion for the government to sell-off the country’s national assets, describing it as an “aberration on the rights of citizens”.

“I don’t support the sale of our national assets; as the title suggests, the asset is owned by Nigerians and should be kept for them.

“I am rather of the opinion that economic and financial wizards who are in abundance in this country should be mobilised to find a sustainable solution to our economic quagmire.”

The politician argued that if the Federal Government sold the assets, the future generation and governments in particular, may not have assets to fall back on in times of economic hardship.

“Keep our assets intact and apply economic solutions to our economic problems,” Nwobualor stressed.

SEX APPEAL: Kourtney flashes her firm abs in a sparkling silver bra

Kim and Kourtney
Kim and Kourtney Kardashian were most definitely taking Paris by storm on Wednesday.

Kim flew into Paris earlier this week, while Kourtney arrived just before she made her Fashion Week debut at the Balmain show.

But after stunning on the FROW in two show-stopping designs, the pair took things to an entirely new level later on in the night as they made their way to the Balmain after party.

Kourtney was oozing sex appeal as she flashed her firm abs in nothing but a sparkling silver bra, which she wore with a gold high-waisted skirt which featured a deep front thigh split.
The Kardashians

Kourtney in Silver Bra

The Kardashians

Polish woman awaits sentence over N9m fraud

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Fraud
An FCT High Court in Abuja has fixed October 4, 2016 to sentence a Polish woman, Dora Gilmaska, convicted of nine million Nara fraud.

This is contained in a statement by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, the Spokesman of The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja on Thursday.

Uwujaren said the convict was arraigned before Justice Abubakar Umar.

He said the Polish woman would be sentenced alongside her company, Icon Media and Marketing Agency Limited.

He said Umar had reserved the sentence after the convict was found guilty of a one-count charge of fraud brought against her by the EFCC.

Uwajaren said Gilmaska was found guilty of forging and issuing a dud cheque of nine million Nara to Tayo Olugbemi sometime in 2012.

The spokesman said the convict was arraigned on Nov. 7, 2012, and she pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Asia stocks slip as Deutsche sours mood, oil pulls back

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Stock


Asian stocks extended losses on Friday as worries about the health of Deutsche Bank weighed on financial shares and as oil prices inched back from near-one month highs on scepticism over OPEC's new plan to curb output.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS lost almost 1 percent and was on track for a 0.8 percent drop for the week.

But it is poised for a 1.7 percent gain in September, and a 9 percent jump in the third quarter.

On Thursday, Wall Street lost about 1 percent as Deutsche Bank shares slumped to a record low after a report that trading clients had withdrawn excess cash and positions held in the largest German lender.

The bank's U.S. shares closed down 6.7 percent at $11.48 after earlier falling to as low as $11.185.

The immediate cause of Deutsche's crisis is a fine, disputed by Deutsche, of up to $14 billion by the U.S. Department of Justice over its sale of mortgage-backed securities.

But Germany's biggest bank has struggled for years, highlighting Europe's inability or unwillingness to push through tough but much needed financial sector reforms.

A grilling of Wells Fargo's chief executive by U.S. lawmakers following a scandal over its opening of client accounts without agreement also helped push the S&P bank index down 1.6 percent.

A raft of data out of the U.S. next week is also contributing to market jitters, with the chance of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike in December still seen at around 50-50.

Numbers to watch include September manufacturing PMI and August construction spending on Monday, non-manufacturing PMI for September and August factory orders on Wednesday and non-farm payrolls for September on Friday.

"People are very nervous going in to next week, with risk factors including the U.S. election and economy, with payrolls coming out next week," said Stefan Worrall, director of Japan equity sales at Credit Suisse in Tokyo. "So it's normal to expect volatility in an air pocket of uncertainly."

Japan's Nikkei .N225 retreated 1.6 percent after weaker-than-expected consumption and inflation data. It is on track for a loss of 2.7 percent for the month, but could end the quarter 5.5 percent higher.

While industrial output beat expectations in August, that did little to lift pressure on the central bank to ease monetary conditions further.

Some Bank of Japan board members doubted whether the central bank's overhaul of its massive stimulus program, announced last week, would enhance flexibility of monetary policy, a summary of opinions at the central bank's September rate review showed on Friday.

China's CSI 300 index .CSI300 bucked the regional trend to rise 0.4 percent, paring losses for the month to 2.1 percent.

China's factory activity inched up in September, in line with analyst forecasts, but growth was tepid. Output expanded in September but at the slowest pace in three months.

Chinese markets are closed for a holiday all next week.

Oil prices pulled back after rising 7 percent in two days after OPEC agreed to its first output cuts in eight years.

Even if production is scaled back, some analysts doubted the reduction would be enough to make a substantial dent in the global crude glut.



"The accord has not yet defined individual quotas or other forms of accountability, suggesting that this is a soft output cut at best," Francisco Blanch, commodity and derivatives strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, wrote in a note.

"OPEC's action won't propel prices much above our $70 mid-year target," he added.

U.S. crude futures CLc1 slipped 0.6 percent to $47.56. They closed up 1.7 percent at $47.83 on Thursday, after climbing to as high as $48.32, the highest level in almost five weeks. They're on track for gains of 6.4 percent in September.

Brent crude LCOc1 fell 0.7 percent to $48.93. They rose 1.1 percent to $49.24 on Thursday, after earlier touching a three-week high of $49.24. They're on track to end the month 4 percent higher.

The U.S. dollar advanced 0.5 percent to 101.52 yen JPY=D4, heading for a 0.5 percent gain for the week, but down 1.8 percent for September, and 1.6 percent for the quarter.

While the yen is headed for its third straight quarter of gains, speculation that Japanese investors may buy more foreign assets in their new business half-year starting from Oct. 1 could stem the Japanese currency's gains in the near term.

The euro EUR=EBS slipped 0.1 percent to $1.12130, on track to end the month 0.5 percent stronger.

The Indian rupee INR= extended losses on Friday after posting its biggest drop since June on Thursday.



Indian officials said troops crossed into Pakistan-ruled Kashmir and killed suspected militants preparing to infiltrate and carry out attacks on major cities, in a surprise raid that raised tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Former Central Bank Governor Attacks President Buhari

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Ex-CBN Governor

- Ignoring calls for restructuring dangerous, Soludo tells Buhari

A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to ignore the growing call for fiscal federalism and the re-negotiation of Nigeria’s unity.

Soludo specifically warned that Buhari’s attitude towards restructuring at a time when the Biafran agitation was intensifying was dangerous.

He made the call during the public presentation of a book titled, ‘The Politics of Biafra and the Future of Nigeria; published by Chude Offodile, a former member of the House of Representatives.

Soludo said, “If I were President Buhari, I would be very suspicious of anyone who advises me to ignore the Biafran issue. Anyone who says that is either ignorant or being mischievous or quite patently doesn’t mean well for the government and probably wants the government to repeat the mistakes of the past. We must start learning.”

The ex-CBN governor, who reviewed the book, explained that the Biafran argument had two variations.

He said some of the Biafran agitations were underpinned by former President Nnamdi Azikiwe’s concept of fiscal federalism while the other was based on a neo-Biafranism advocating the creation of a sovereign state.

Soludo added, “There seems to be two views: the Neo-Zikism which represents federalist versus the neo-Biafranism which calls for a sovereign state of Biafra.

“Everyone is talking of restructuring. From the book we get an insight into the faulty design of the Nigerian system. There was a modification of Aguiyi Ironsi’s unitary system into a unitary federal structure with a suffocating command post at Abuja. That suffocating command structure was ok for sharing and consuming the oil rent but even while the oil rent lasted, it was inherently politically unstable and inherently unproductive.

“If you see the failed or fragile state indices and the rankings of Nigeria, we have been coming back precipitously from number 54 in 2005 to now number 13. We are one of the countries under the red alert list.”

He recalled that during the First Republic, Ahmadu Bello, who was the leader of the ruling Northern Peoples Congress, opted to be the Premier of the then Northern Region instead of the Prime Minister because the federating units were more powerful.

Soludo said Nigeria would prosper if the states were allowed to exploit their own resources and pay tax to the Federal Government.

According to him, this is the crux of the Biafran agitation.

He added, “It seems to me that if Ojukwu and Zik were alive today, they would probably align more with a reformed federalist Nigeria. Why I say this is because Ojukwu died a federalist. That is my thesis and that is why all through the war and the Addis Ababa congress of the 1960s, he was for negotiation. Aburi was broken, he was struggling for it to work until he saw that there was a way and he saw that Biafra was no longer negotiable.

“But after the war, Ojukwu joined the NPN and even in the 1990s, when political parties were registered, he registered his own party, according to the book but he later joined APGA and became its national leader. And APGA is a national party which among other things, agitates for true federalism and he contested as the presidential cadidate seeking to be President of Nigeria.”

Soludo urged Buhari to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, as his prolonged detention had turned him into a hero and was fuelling the Biafran agitation.

He said if Buhari could honour the APC manifesto which promised fiscal federalism, he would be remembered for good.

President Buhari’s New Change Ought to Begin with His Igbo Problem

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Change begin with Buhari
For full disclosure, I am an Igbo man. I am also one of the pundits currently being lampooned for cheering President Muhammadu Buhari to democratic power. Yet, knowing what I know now, I will lend that support all over again—and even more. Unless we have begun to view the history from a tainted lens, the thought of the very alternative, which was to bring back Goodluck Jonathan, remains a portent of much bigger crisis. More relatively, I strongly endorse Buhari’s latest mantra: “Change begins with me.”  And that is exactly what this piece is set to accomplish.

Let me quickly wet the ground by first defining effective leadership as the ability of the leader to maximize the available resources within the internal and external environment and be recognized by the followers as meeting the expectations. Please notice that this definition has two components. One is for the leader to do a good job. The other, and probably more instructive, is for the leader to be seen by the follower as doing a good job.

Like every Nigerian leader, Buhari assumed the presidency with good intentions. The president is also working hard. Despite the economic mess left behind by the previous government, he is soldiering on with measurable progress on many areas. Regrettably, most Nigerians see the efforts as busy doing nothing. Accordingly, Buhari is making changes beginning from his very self. But there is one critical problem the General has continued to ignore that is firmly woven into the fabric of our current quest for economic revival: His Igbo problem.

For obvious reasons, the problem was initially waved off as a typical Igbo palaver. Sadly, it has now widened with untold social, political, and economic consequences. Before getting to the main gist, here is a cursory glance at the Igbo—just in case.

As one of the major Nigerian ethnic groups, the Igbo are the natural inhabitants of the Southeast and some areas of South-South and North-Central zones of Nigeria. The people are predominantly Christians and uniquely boast of being the first or second largest population in most parts of the country. Known for their unique resilience, resourcefulness, can-do spirit and, of course, unbounded technological and scientific acumen; the Igbo represent the hybrid engine of Nigeria’s commerce. These diverse traits help in no small measure as they forge social, political, and economic influence around Nigeria.

But the influence is even beyond. The Igbo have embraced the reigning economic gospel that we no longer merely live in a country but in a world. Thus, with a heavy presence around the globe, they gleefully play a commanding role in nation’s FOREIGN EXCHANGE, foreign trade, foreign investment as well as relationships. Not surprisingly, the Igbo in the Diaspora are a leading block contributor to the yearly amount of foreign money remitted to Nigeria, which is ironically more than the national budget. Very significantly, the people are one of the key drivers of Nigeria’s media home and abroad and thus have the potential to influence how the country is perceived anywhere.

The foregoing attributes are more than enough to discern that the Igbo is as important as any other ethnic group and ought to be carried along in the current change agenda of the government. Chinua Achebe was more eloquent in the book, There Was a Country: The perennial tendency to undermine the unique role of the Igbo in Nigeria “is one of the fundamental reasons the country has not developed as it should and has emerged as a laughingstock.”  But events thus far suggest that Buhari might have been ill-advised to challenge the theory from the onset.

This apparent dissent is rooted in the 2015 presidential elections where a vast majority of the Igbo joined the South-South to vote en masse against Buhari’s winning candidacy. However, rather than use the historic mandate to rally the different political divisions towards common purpose, the president would shock the democratic world by revealing his plan to marginalize the zones that voted against him. Many pundits thought his statement was a mere gaffe. But the records afterwards seem to suggest that Muhammadu “Okechukwu” Buhari actually meant the threat of vendetta against the Igbo, particularly those from the Southeast.

Critics are free to join here. But there is no gainsaying that the Igbo people are truly marginalized in the current scheme of things. As I had penned in October 2015, the upper echelon of Buhari’s government is a preview. “The underlying rationale in this case is that the positions of the President, Vice-President, Senate President, Speaker, Chairman of the ruling party, and the Secretary to Federal Government have been staked in the past 16 years as the main thrust of the party in power and thence rotated among the six political zones of the country.” Yet, the Southeast was conspicuously denied its share. Moreover, it is no coincidence that the same Southeast Nigeria, the mainstay of the Igbo nation, is the only zone without a personnel presence in the nation’s security leadership apparatus.

This outlook coupled with a stoic indifference by the president triggered outrage in the land. It straightaway provoked the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), then a sedate outfit, to declare “that Buhari is not seeing Ndigbo as part of Nigeria.” The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was not to be left behind, as it heightened its call for secession from the country. Their activities, however, were met with brute force, including the detention without bail of its leader, Nnamdi Kalu. This plight is today commonly linked to the birth of a new militant group under the auspices of Niger Delta Avengers. We are all living witnesses to the economic repercussions of the Biafran movement and their Avengers ever since.

The title of this piece will not be apt if the empathy for the current wave of Igbo marginalization did not flow past east of River Niger. Recognizing that the ruling party treated it as business as usual, the opposition from the highly influential Southwest Nigeria led by the trio of Ayo Fayose, Femi Fani-Kayode, and Femi Aribisala capitalized on the saga to strike back. What just took place here, and painfully so, is that Muhammadu Buhari had inadvertently provided a lifeline for the corrupt brigade of the immediate past regime—from the east, north, and west—to resurface and now grandstand as latter-day fighters of what is widely believed as naked injustice to the people of the Southeast. And what followed, thereafter, was a montage of propaganda that successfully painted the president as an unapologetic bigot determined to punish not only the Igbo but also the entire Christian-dominated South.

The development caught the attention of the Northern zone of the Christian Association of Nigeria, which lamented as follows: “while there were volumes of allegations from the South that the appointments made so far were in favour of the north, facts on the ground revealed that those appointments were lopsided in favour of Muslim north to the detriment of Northern Christian community.” More dauntingly, many blame part of the current crisis on Buhari’s economic policy, particularly foreign exchange, which is believed to be tribally skewed to specially benefit his Fulani kinsmen who control bureau de change across the country.

Today, not only is the national economy in recession, the negative opinion of Buhari is growing beyond our shores. Although a number of world leaders showered praises on him during the recent UN session in New York for giant strides against corruption and terrorism, which is very gratifying, a creeping concern within the international community remains that Nigeria’s president is a dictator, tribalist, sectionalist, misogynist, and religious bigot—all in one person. This emerging view—whether real or not—explains why US Congressman Tom Marino, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, on a September 1, 2016 letter, would warn the United States to withhold selling arms to Nigeria until Buhari demonstrates true “commitment to inclusive government and the most basic tenets of democracy: freedom to assemble and freedom of speech.”

This spectre is gloomy, square. It does not bode well for an economy in recession. In short, it scares away investment whether local or foreign, especially in this era of economic globalization where millions of Nigerians in the Diaspora, the Igbo well included, represent the convex lens through which the world sees Nigeria. This also goes to say that even as President Buhari might have done a good job on the area of corruption, the fact that he is generally perceived as condoning gross injustice at another area renders his entire effort pyrrhic.

The central problem is complex and thus difficult to capture at once. But the solution is quite simple. For every question raised in this essay sufficiently answers itself. Buhari has to simply trek back to where the rain started beating him and make amends. Allowing the problem to linger not only threatens the chances of our economic revival but also the hard-earned change. Even if he is not thinking of 2019, which he should, Mr. President cannot feign ignorance of the fact that his queasy quandary with the Legislature has his Igbo problem written all over it. Very true!

By SKC Ogbonnia
Houston, Texas
SKCOgbonnia@firsttexasenergy.com

Three Chinese fishermen killed in confrontation with South Korea coastguard

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Tragedy

Three Chinese fishermen were killed on Thursday in a fire that broke out on their boat when South Korean coastguard men trying to apprehend them for illegal fishing threw flash grenades into a room they were hiding in, a South Korean official said.

The three men were believed to have suffocated, a coastguard official in the South Korean port city of Mokpo said, adding that the incident was being investigated.

Disputes over illegal fishing are an irritant in relations between China and U.S. ally South Korea, even as their economic relations grow close. They also share concern about North Korea's nuclear weapon and missile programs.

The fire broke out in the boat's steering room, said the official, who is not authorized to speak with media and declined to be identified, told Reuters by telephone.

A Chinese embassy official in Seoul could not be reached for comment and China's foreign ministry in Beijing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

South Korean authorities were questioning the 14 surviving crew and coastguard members involved in the operation, the official added.

South Korean coastguard vessels regularly chase Chinese boats for fishing illegally and violent confrontations have occurred in the past.

The Chinese boat, caught fishing in waters off the southwest of the peninsula, about 70 km (43 miles) southwest of Hondo Island, would be brought in to a South Korean port later on Friday, the official said.

In June, South Korea and the United Nations Command, which overseas the Korean War armistice, launched a joint operation to keep Chinese fishing vessels from operating illegally off South Korea's west coast.

That came after South Korean fishermen, frustrated with incursions by Chinese boats in defiance of coastguard warnings, impounded two Chinese trawlers and handed them over to authorities.

DAILY MANNA : SUPPLICATING APPROPRIATELY - Pastor W.F Kumuyi

Daily Manna Devotional

DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL

Friday, 30 September 2016

TOPIC: SUPPLICATING APPROPRIATELY

Bible Text: DANIEL 9:20-27

Key Verse: "At the beginning of thy supplications the com- mandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore under- stand the matter, and consider the vision" (Daniel 9:23).

MESSAGE:
In many contemporary Christian assemblies, there is an over- emphasis on the place of prayer in true worship experience. Good as that trend may appear, the worrisome aspect of this modern practice of praying is the focus and content of such prayers. The Church today seems to have lost the power of purposeful supplication that will bring national revival, restoration and righteousness. Much time is spent praying against enemies, seeking personal wealth or deliverance.

In our passage, Daniel is shown as an inspiring example that believers should emulate. He lived in affluence and comfort in the palace in Babylon, but he did not allow the luxury of his circumstance or his busy administrative responsibilities to hinder him from praying and seeking the face of God. Beyond that challenging lifestyle of regular prayers, for which he was even thrown into the lions' den and divinely rescued, the content and focus of his supplications will shame modern-day Christians.

Daniel was more concerned about the fulfillment of God's promise to the Israelites before receiving the revelation of events that will happen in the latter-times. He also identified with the sins and disobedience of the people, confessed on their behalf and sought God's mercy and fulfillment of the promise of restoration for the penitent. It is noteworthy and instructive that while Daniel sought the face of God through purposeful supplications, he enjoyed divine revelations that went far beyond his generations. If we learn to modify the pattern and programmes of our prayers, we will also enjoy divine approval and intervention in our personal, corporate and national challenges.

Thought for the day: Purposeful supplications secure God's special attention and move Him into action.

Bible Reading in one Year: SONG 1 - 4

Pregnant Blac Chyna releases Rob Kardashian's phone number on twitter

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Pregnant Blac Chyna released her fiance Rob Kardashian's phone number on twitter because she doesn't want these 'females' calling him on the phone all the time and asking if he's good with Blac Chyna. She said "To make sure your man isn't texting other bit*hes, text his number out" She tweeted:
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US ELECTION: Trump accused of Cuba embargo breach

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US Election

Hillary Clinton says presidential rival Donald Trump appears to have violated US laws, after a report said he broke a trade embargo with Cuba.

Newsweek reports that Mr Trump's company secretly conducted business in Cuba, violating the US trade embargo against the country.

The company allegedly spent at least $68,000 (£52,300) in Cuba in 1998.

Mr Trump's spokesman Kellyanne Conway said the money was not paid, and that he was against deals with Cuba.

Mr Trump has also repeatedly said he had rejected offers to invest in Cuba.

The Newsweek report says Mr Trump's company funnelled the cash through a US consulting firm to make it appear legal.

Mrs Clinton said: "We have laws in our country, and the efforts that Trump was making to get into the Cuban market - putting his business interests ahead of the laws of the United States and the requirements that businesses were operating under with sanctions shows that he puts his personal and business interests ahead of the laws and values and the policies of the United States of America."

"This is something they're going to have to give a response to," said Marco Rubio, the Cuban-American senator from Florida who has endorsed Mr Trump. "I mean, it was a violation of American law, if that's how it happened.

"I hope the Trump campaign is going to come forward and answer some questions about this, because if what the article says is true - and I'm not saying that it is, we don't know with 100% certainty - I'd be deeply concerned about it," he told a podcast hosted by ESPN and ABC.

Trump's fortune drops $800m in one year

COMPASSION IN ACTION - Kenneth Copeland

DAILY DEVOTIONAL

FAITH TO FAITH DEVOTIONAL

Friday, 30 September 2016

TOPIC: COMPASSION IN ACTION

Key Verse: But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. - Matthew 9:36

MESSAGE:
Compassion. That’s the one thing people need more than anything else in this world. They need someone to reach out to them with the compassion of God.

Compassion is a deep yearning that responds to the needs of people. It’s much deeper than sympathy. Sympathy can just sit around feeling sorry for people. Compassion has to do something for them.

Compassion is what motivates God, and Jesus’ life on earth was a picture of that compassion in action. His whole ministry was driven by it. It was compassion that caused Him to multiply the loaves and fishes, heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead. It was compassion that compelled Him to go to the Cross. And it’s that same compassion that He now longs to pour out through you.

That’s a staggering thought, isn’t it?

It’s staggering to realize that we believers are the only body Jesus has on this earth now. His healing must flow through our hands and our faith. His compassion must move us to provide for the hungry. It must compel us to cast out demons and set the captives free.

“But, Brother Copeland, I don’t have that kind of compassion!”

Yes, you do. If you have the Spirit of God dwelling inside you, you do—because He is that kind of love! You simply need to activate it.

How? Just like Jesus did when He walked the earth. Through prayer and fellowship with the Father. Look through the Gospels and notice how much time Jesus spent alone with the Father. That time activated the compassion of God within Him. It caused Him to feel what God feels about the suffering of mankind. It stirred Him so much that whenever He encountered a need, He met it by the power of God.

Follow His example. Spend time in fellowship with your Father. Meditate on His compassion until it rises up strong on the inside of you. Stir it up until the desire to see others set free becomes paramount in your thinking.

Jesus has sent you to reach out and touch a love-starved world with His compassion.

If you don’t do it, who will?

Scripture Reading: - Mark 6:32-46


OPEN HEAVENS: GRACE, NOT DISGRACE - Pastor E.A Adeboye

PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL

Friday, 30 September 2016

TOPIC: GRACE,  NOT DISGRACE

Memorise: As it is written, Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Romans 9:33

Read: Psalms 23:1-6, (KJV)


1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Bible in one year: Ezekiel 23-24, Psalms 71:1-13

MESSAGE
Grace is the favour of God to human beings. It is the demonstration of God’s goodwill towards humankind in the person of Jesus Christ, and the effects of that goodwill in human lives. The word is rarely found in the Old Testament but employed frequently in the New Testament, leading some to declare the New Testament period as the dispensation of grace. The Christian life is completely dependent upon the grace of God. God’s grace compensates for human weaknesses in that God shows Himself gracious in His dealings with human beings.

John 1:16-17 says:

“And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

God’s grace is abundant (Romans 5:17). This grace is not only abundant but can be exceeding in one’s life (2nd Corinthians 9:14). Grace is one way God makes up for our short comings. Grace covers our human frailties. Through grace, God uses our very limited strength and resources to do the impossible. This He does by adding His own strength and resources to ours. With grace, you lack, limitations, and defects are fully covered. When you have exceeding grace, it means God’s provision far exceeds your need.  Grace is in action at those times that the Holy Spirit helps us to pray in accordance with God’s will when we do not know how to pray (Romans 8:26-27).

When you have prayed, fasted and tried without measuring up to standard, then it is time to fall back on His grace. Grace can be accessed at varying measures. To some people, grace may be unavailable, to some, only a little, while some will have it in abundance, and for some others, grace will outnumber their needs. What level of grace do you have access to? If you want to access extreme levels of grace, do not frustrate God’s grace that is currently available upon you, do not waste it and do not become a storage tower of grace, but rather, be a channel of grace. Always use grace for the purpose it is given to you. Be gracious to others. Be generous. Live a holy life.

2nd Corinthians 6:1 says:

“We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.”

God does not wish that we receive His grace in vain; He wants us to be progressive by growing in grace. God wants us to share His grace with others for them to taste and see that the Lord is good. May His glory fill the earth, that His name may be praised forever more.

Prayer Point:
Father, let Your grace be sufficient for me. Please Lord; make me a distributor of Your grace.

OUR GREATEST NEED - Billy Graham

DEVOTIONAL

BILLY GRAHAM DEVOTIONAL

Friday, 30 September 2016

TOPIC: OUR GREATEST NEED

Bible Text: I stretch forth my hands unto thee; my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land...- Psalm 143:6

MESSAGE:
Not long ago I visited the dean of a great American university. We looked out the window of his office and watched hundreds of students walking to their classes. I asked the dean, “What is the greatest problem at this university?” He thought a moment and answered, “Emptiness.” So many people today are bored, lonely, searching for something. You can see it in their faces.

One girl home from college told her wealthy father, “Father, I want something but I don’t know what it is.” That’s true of many people; we want something to meet the deepest problems of our lives, but we haven’t found it. David said, “I have found it. I shall not want.” The Apostle Paul expressed it, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”

You don’t have to give up on life, to throw up your hands and cry, “It’s no use.” . . . You can have God’s peace, God’s joy, God’s happiness, God’s security; and yours can become the most thrilling life in the world.

Prayer for the day:
Lord Jesus, You quench the thirst and longing of my soul. Praise Your blessed name.

LIVING TO MANIFEST EXCELLENCE LIKE GOD - DR PAUL ENENCHE

SEED OF DESTINY DEVOTIONAL

SEED OF DESTINY DEVOTIONAL

Friday, 30 September 2016

TOPIC: LIVING TO MANIFEST EXCELLENCE LIKE GOD

SCRIPTURE: O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. – Psalms 8:1

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Existence below average is a transgression.

Our God is an excellent God. One of His attributes is excellence. The Word of God confirms this in Genesis 1:31, when God finished the creation of heaven and earth and everything in it, the Bible says, “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good…”

Mediocrity is not in the gene of God. Since our nature is that of God, our Father, mediocrity is an abomination to our existence; existing below average is a transgression.

It is not the will of God for us to live like beggars. Living a desolate, pitiable and frustrated life is abominable to our association with the Almighty.

You have a status in God. Your true identity was defined in Exodus 19:5, “…ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people…”

What is a treasure? It is a valuable piece of commodity, a jewel of inestimable worth, a priceless pearl of unquantifiable value. You are a peculiar treasure, not a man under pressure, struggling or frustrated.

Beloved, arm yourself with this mentality and you will see God fulfilling His Word concerning you.

Remember this: Existence below average is a transgression.

ASSIGNMENT(S):
1. See yourself continually the way God sees you.
2. Continually reject frustration and struggling out of your life.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: GOD’S PROMISE AND PURPOSE FOR AUTHORITY AND EXCELLENCE – PT. 1

PRAYER: O LORD, I reject any position that is lower than where You have placed me in life. Help me LORD to be like You, in Jesus’ Name.

QUOTE: If you fail to be different, you cannot make a difference. Culled from WHO ARE YOU? by Dr Paul Enenche

AMAZING FACT: At birth we have over 300 bones. As we grow up, some of the bones begin to fuse together as a result an adult has only 206 bones.

TODAY IN HISTORY – 30/09/1895: Madagascar becomes a French protectorate.

DAILY READING: Isaiah 60:1 to 62:5, Philippians 1:27 to 2:18, Psalms 72:1 to 20, Proverbs 24:11 to 12.