Monday, 14 November 2016

Man buried in a gold fish photos go viral

Man buried in a gold fish

Man buried in a gold fish
This is what a facebook user shared, though it is interesting but more reflective. Read below;

Could it be that the man loved eating fish, or he was a fisherman or came from the great 'lyak' family?
I witnessed this scene on Nwaniba road this morning around St Luke's Hospital.

Note, I didn't say the man turned into fish o, I only saw a fish like casket.... below are photos he took at the scene 
Man buried in a gold fish

Man buried in a gold fish

Man buried in a gold fish

Man buried in a gold fish

Man buried in a gold fish

Nigerian man who proposed to white girlfriend on top Olumo Rock says "We all have blood running in our veins, and it’s all red"

Nigerian man who proposed to white girlfriend on top Olumo Rock

Oluwamuyiwa Egunjobi and his Rexburg native fiancee Shila Tietjen became internet sensation after their proposal photos went viral. The couple will be married in Salt Lake City, Utah and will have a reception in Rexburg on Dec. 17.

25-year-old Egunjobi grew up in Abeokuta, Ogun State. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2001 and served a mission in Nigeria. After his mission he came to Brigham Young University–Idaho, where he is studying accounting.

Tietjen is from Rexburg and was born in Pocatello. She served a mission for the LDS church in San Jose, California and served as a performing missionary in Nauvoo, Illinois.

In an interview with Idaho State Journal, the 23-year-old, who is studying Spanish education at BYU-Idaho said she met Egunjobi through a mutual friend, who invited him to a party.

"I met Olu in my car," Tietjen said.

She kept her distance at first because she had just gotten out of a relationship. She later sent him a text and told him she didn’t want to date him, but he asked her if they could talk about their relationship in person. She put it off until one day she couldn’t avoid it anymore, and the two sat down and talked.

"Everything he said was answers to my prayers," she said.

She was leaving for vacation for a couple of weeks, and the two decided to see where they were after that. They kept taking, and when she got back they spent time together and went dancing. When Egunjobi said he needed to do some homework, Tietjen invited him to her house so they could spend more time together.

"By the end of the night we were dating," she said. "That day was perfect."

It was February when they started dating. They had a lot of fun together during the coming months. They eventually talked about marriage and decided it would be a good idea for Tietjen to visit Egunjobi’s family in Nigeria. She took the trip to Nigeria in September. They visited Olumo Rock, a rock people come from all over the world to see because of its rich history. The people used it as a hiding place during a war.

"It’s like an icon for the city," Egunjobi said.

It was there that Egunjobi asked Tietjen to marry him, and it was that night the couple realized they had gone viral. Egunjobi thinks all the attention was partly because of where and how he proposed, and also the fact that he proposed to a white woman.

"It’s not something that happens every day," he said.

He said when people in Nigeria do propose it is not usually public. Tietjen said she had gone to bed and couldn’t sleep when she received a text from Egunjobi. The text showed pictures of them on a website.

"I was like, ‘What?’" she said.

She ran out and asked what was going on and was quite surprised at first, but she said after that it was fun to see herself and her fiancé being so widely recognized. She said it made them feel special. They were recognized by multiple people in the area, and a security guard even asked if he could take a photo with them.

Their photos were spreading all over social media, in newspapers and on blogs.
Although most of the people in the United States who hear about their relationship react positively, others react with concern or confusion.

"I feel like in general most people are like, ‘Oh, wow, that’s pretty cool,’” Tietjen said.
She pointed out that the Rexburg community isn’t very diverse, and it isn’t common to see biracial marriages in the community. But the couple doesn’t blame people for the way they grew up.

Some have asked Tietjen if her parents were OK with the engagement, and some were concerned about the clashing of the couple’s cultures. Some have even said hurtful things out of ignorance or spite, but Tietjen said the opposition has made them stronger.

"Everyone comes from a different culture," she said. We have a lot of differences, but we have a lot of commonalities too. ... Olu’s a person, and I’m a person."

Egunjobi said he, too, has definitely seen opposition to his decision to marry a white woman. However, he says while he cares what others think to a certain extent, if he doesn’t agree with someone’s opinion or thinks it doesn’t make sense, he doesn’t let it get him down.

There are cultural differences and challenges, but the two make the most of them and do their best to communicate. Tietjen said they both have good communication skills, and this has helped them work through any differences. She is learning to make African food and learning some of Yoruba, one of the languages spoken in Nigeria.

Seeing other examples of interracial relationships has helped Tietjen’s family become more comfortable with her decision. She said a couple in her church ward is made up of one person from the U.S. and one from Nigeria. Tietjen’s mother talked to the couple and asked how they overcame their cultural challenges. They told her the culture differences are a small portion of their relationship, and most of their issues are just because they are two different people.

"In the end it’s not going to matter where we’re from,” Egunjobi said. “If the love is there the color shouldn’t be a barrier."

He said people shouldn’t be afraid of cultural differences. The differences do pop up, he said, but communication and meeting in the middle really helps. He said if there is someone out there who likes someone of a different race, he or she shouldn’t let the differences get in the way.

Tietjen said she not only loves Egunjobi despite the differences, but she loves him for the things that make him different and special.

"I’m so in love with the guy of my dreams, and he just happens to be from Africa, and that’s why he’s the guy of my dreams," she said.

She said they are grateful to live in a time in which they are able to be together, as interracial marriage hasn’t always been legal in the United States. Egunjobi said the first thing people often think of is whether one will have to live away from their family, but he said if a couple gets serious and they are from different countries, they can figure that part out. They can travel back and forth and make a plan. He added that Africa is a very safe place, and Tietjen said it is a fun place to be. One thing she liked about Africa was that the people know their heritage so well.

'These people know exactly where they came from,” she said. “It’s cool to be rooted."

The couple said for students and community members who want to learn about other cultures, there are groups on campus that celebrate different cultures. They said it is a good way to expose oneself to something different. Egunjobi feels that differences make things stronger and better, like a Yin Yang or the combination of black and white on a piece of art. He said differences are supposed to make people stronger, not tear them apart.

"In the end we all have blood running in our veins, and it’s all red," he said.

Source: Idaho State Journal

Man stabs 4 family members over Hillary Clinton's defeat

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A 49-year-old man who was upset that Donald Trump won the presidential stabbed four of his family members with a meat cleaver on Saturday, during an argument on why Hillary Clinton lost the election, police said.

Their mum, 67 year old Yvonne Braswell, said the argument started in her Flatbush apartment when her sons, Maurice and Dwight, got into an argument over why Trump won and Hillary lost.

She said neither Maurice nor Dwight voted for Trump, but that the argument escalated and Maurice grabbed a meat cleaver and attacked his brother with it. He slashed his brother in the head and hand. When other family members tried to break up the fight, they ended up getting cut up as well. His sister got cut in the fight and had to get 17 stitches in her thumb, his mum and nephew also got cut in the right hand.

Braswell said:

"They're always in confrontation, they grew up like that, bickering. “But it's been a long time since they went this far. Many, many years.”Maurice is awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

Source: NY Daily News

Trump election: Priebus and Bannon given key roles

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US President-elect Donald Trump has awarded key roles in his incoming team to a top Republican party official and a conservative media chief.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), will be his chief of staff.
In this role, he will set the tone for the new White House and act as a conduit to Congress and the government.

Stephen Bannon, from the right-wing Breitbart News Network, will serve as Mr Trump's chief strategist.

Mr Bannon stepped aside temporarily as Breitbart's executive chairman to act as Mr Trump's campaign chief.

The Republican candidate defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's presidential vote, in a result which shocked many, who had expected Mrs Clinton to win following favourable opinion polls.

Mr Trump is due to take over at the White House on 20 January, when Barack Obama steps down after two terms in office.

On Sunday night the president-elect spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two agreed to meet at "an early date", Chinese state media said.

Representatives for Mr Trump, who has repeatedly accused China of unfair trade practices, said the two leaders established "a clear sense of mutual respect". Read More Here

Migrant Crisis: Dreams of new lives in Europe turn sex slave nightmares for Nigeria's trafficked women

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Hundreds of Nigerian women land on the shores of Europe every month, their heads full of dreams of new lives in Europe. In reality, many of them are destined for years of sexual slavery.
And in Italy’s migrant-saturated southern ports, prising these young Nigerian girls away from their traffickers is a formidable challenge.With each new landing of migrants rescued at sea, the well-worn processing procedures have an almost ritualistic aspect to them: a first identification interview, cuddly toys for the children and a specialist from the International Organization for Migration paying particular attention to any young women.

Nigerian females have been landing in Italy in significant numbers since the 1980s, lured by the promise of jobs only to find themselves with colossal debts to the traffickers who got them here.

The trade has exploded in recent years. According to IOM figures, 433 Nigerian women arrived in 2013, 1,454 in 2014, 5,653 last year and 7,768 in the first nine months of 2016.
"We estimate that between 70 and 80 percent of them are in danger of being forced into prostitution," said the IOM’s Luca Pianese, adding that the numbers do not include hundreds of minors.
Some of the women will end up working on the streets of Italy, others in France, Spain, Austria or other European countries where demand seems to grow incessantly.

Pianese, who works as part of a 13-strong team that includes two women of Nigerian origin, has learned how to spot the signs that newly arrived women have been trafficked.

Most of the victims come from Edo state in southern Nigeria, they invariably have had only the most basic education and say they can remember little about how they got from Nigeria to the Mediterranean. Usually the women have a phone number they have been told to call when they arrive. Sometimes they will be accompanied by a minder.

"You have to separate them from false sisters and pretend husbands," said Pianese. Then comes the painful bit. "They arrive here full of hope, confident they are headed for a better future," the aid worker say. Unfortunately our duty is to smash their dream."

That involves explaining that the future envisaged for these young women involves long hours perched on the edge of out-the-way roads, servicing 10 to 20 clients a day for less than 20 euros (dollars) a time with no guarantee that some of the punters will not be violent.

There is also some positive news to be shared: Italian law guarantees residency rights and social support to women trafficked for prostitution, even if they have not got to the stage of being forced to sell their bodies in Italy.

Despite that, the IOM says barely 300 women accepted such help between the start of 2015 and the end of August. According to Nigerian nun Monica Chikwe, who coordinates a network of safe houses for trafficked African women, that is not surprising.

In Nigeria, "no one tells the truth" and when they hear about Europe "all the girls can see are sequins", she says.

For many, abuse and violence starts en route, in particular in Libya. Yet a degree of gratitude persists alongside fear of the people smugglers who, after all, have delivered on their promise to get them to Europe.

Even those women savvy enough to suspect that all might not be as it has been presented to them have little idea of the violence that awaits them — or how hard it will be for them to repay the debts they have incurred. Typically this will be between 20,000 and 50,000 euros (dollars).

"These are sums way above what other migrants have paid," says Maurizio Scalia, a public prosecutor in Palermo in Sicily who has been helping to track down individual traffickers and now wants to expand the scope of his investigation to “get a picture of the whole system"

Adding to the problems involved in smashing the smugglers’ business model is the fact that many of the victims have taken part in voodoo ceremonies before they leave Nigeria and fear reprisals against their families if they do not pay back their debts.

As a result, most of them will maintain a stony silence until they reach reception centres, where traffickers will come to find them. In such cases, all the IOM can do is give them an emergency number they can call at any time.

Sometimes it works. Earlier this month Sicilian police were able to liberate a young Nigerian who had landed on October 24 and dialled for help after being kidnapped by three of her compatriots and told she would have to prostitute herself to reimburse 30,000 euros.

The toll-free number received some 150 calls in 2015 and the first half of this year.
Faced with the sharp increase of young women confronting the same plight, the Italian government recently allocated 15 million euros to establish specialist reception centres. They are already nearly all full.

Fantastic Beasts is a truly magical spectacle from the Harry Potter universe

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Mix magic and monsters with Muggles and the result is the movie we’ve all been waiting for since Harry Potter hung up his wand.

If life has seemed ever so slightly grey since we said goodbye to Hogwarts, JK Rowling confidently launches us into a new world of wizardry and wonder.

Make no mistake, Fantastic Beasts is everything we could have hoped for – gripping, exciting and just gorgeous to look at. It’s also very, very funny.
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Fantastic Beasts is a truly magical spectacle from the Harry Potter universe - First review
Inspired by Rowling’s book of the same name, the setting is 1920s New York where Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has arrived in search of magical creatures only those in the wizarding world can see.

The magical-zoologist – think a cross between Dr Who and Buster Keaton – has spent his life collecting the endangered animals which he studies in a lab accessible only through his leather briefcase.

But things go awry when down-on-his-luck baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) unwittingly unleashes Newt’s beasts on the Big Apple. Teaming up with Jacob and witches Tina and Queenie (Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol), Newt must catch them before they cause mayhem.

To add to the urgency, a band of fanatical No-Majs, the US version of Muggles, want to wage war on the wizards. While there’s no sign of Harry, Ron or Hermione, the film will still delight fans.

As you’d expect, a movie with a $180m budget looks amazing with rampaging monsters brought to stunning life. The most impressive visuals come when Newt attempts to coax a rhino-like animal into his briefcase at Central Park Zoo.

Source: Mirror

'Our struggle is a reaction to years of orchestrated state, economic and constitutional colonialism against a region & its people' - Niger Delta Avengers

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Militant group The Niger Delta Avengers on Sunday revealed why they resumed attacks on oil facilities. A statement issued by the group’s spokesperson, Mudoch Agbinibo, says their attacks restarted because of the "deliberate move by the military establishment to undermine any effort of dialogue and negotiations with the people of the Niger Delta.
Titled Don't blame NDA, the statement read:

We all know that Peace is not the absence of war. Sincerely speaking, the High Command of the Niger Delta Avengers cannot be blamed for the continuous bombing of crude oil export pipelines and other oil installations, since the Government has been relentlessly carrying out military build ups to continuously harass communities and indigenes of the Niger Delta after the November 1st meeting of the PANDEF and President Muhammadu Buhari. 

We see this as a deliberate move by the military establishment to undermine any effort of dialogue and negotiations with the people of the Niger Delta. The path to sustain the cessation of hostilities in the region among fighters and structures cannot be achieved overnight, when there are clear cases of deliberate security surge by the Nigerian government. We ask for understanding on the side of the PANDEF and the general public. 

The High Command of the NDA is only reacting to government’s deliberate attempts to undermine the process to dialogue and negotiations. It will make a lot of sense on the part of the government of president Muhammadu Buhari to restrain the security agents/agencies from engaging in activities that are inimical to the process, the people and communities of the Niger Delta. There was high hope and expectations from the people of the Niger Delta after the November 1st meeting between PANDEF and President Muhammadu Buhari for a genuine dialogue and negotiations process to kick-start. Instead the government's security establishment is busy building up clogs to the process that will place our people at position of weakness which is unacceptable to us and so, there is bound to be equal reaction. 

The idea of communicating with our fathers, leaders and royal fathers under the leadership of Papa Edwin Kiagbodo Clark’s PANDEF before acting will only amount to mere propaganda while the head is being cut off. We believed that our fathers, leaders and royal fathers are ready to meet the government of Nigeria with representatives of IOCs and the neutral observers but not with guns, warships and jet fighters terrorizing their communities which of course is one of the sixteen points key demands presented to Mr. President, So the government should stop the ostrich game. We did not start this struggle for the sake of bearing arms against the Nigeria state; it is a reaction to many years of orchestrated state economic and constitutional colonialism against a region and its people over six decades. Until the burning issues of resources control, fiscal federalism and inclusive development are addressed no force will stop this struggle even with bare hands. 

The government of Nigeria is running against time by undermining the resolve of the Niger Delta. The government needs the Niger Delta more than we need the government. A careful analysis of the directive by general Muhammadu Buhari, to the security agencies to identify militant leaders and their camps shows that, the man do not have any sense of history and apology for the roles he played in the killing of innocent civilians and Ken Saro Wiwa in Ogoni that were carrying out a peaceful protest in 1995. President Muhammadu Buhari should think before he act on this his fifth journey into national affairs. 

Those obnoxious strategies like Choke Points, Operations Delta Safe, Operations Crocodiles Smiles etc, are doomed to fail like Operations Hakuri II, he engineered and administered under general Sani Abacha. Even the security hierarchy is also sympathizing with his inhuman dispositions to the Niger Delta question. That is more of the reasons the High Command of the DNA has given the clear directive to all field officers to avoid confrontation with security agencies in their line of duty. The everyday deployment of military hardwares, houseboat, personnel etc is a dilemma of government insensitivity and incapacity to the legitimate demands by the Niger Delta people since 1994 under general Sani Abacha. 

The Niger Delta struggle is the people's project. So, the more groups that are involved the more the festivity. There will be no cold war with any group and groupings no matter the circumstances of their emergence and their modus operandi.

A rapist hides in a ceiling after assaulting a woman to avoid being caught by the police. (Photos)

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An alleged rapist, Seksan Parinyaseri, went to the extreme to avoid being arrested by the police by hiding under the roof of an apartment in Thailand after sexually assaulting a woman in her apartment. 21 year-old Seksan was said to have knocked on the door of two Vietnamese women after one of them stepped out to make a phone call around 3am in the night on Friday and forced his way into the room, he allegedly locked the door from the inside and assaulted the second woman.


                                     alleged rapist hides in a ceiling after assaulting a woman to avoid being caught by the police. (Photos)
According to MailOnline, suspect Seksan, fearing capture after hearing the two women call police for help, climbed inside the ceiling through one of the loose panels to hide himself after efforts to unlock the entrance to his exit failed.

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When police arrived at the Bangkok residence he was spotted inside the roof but refused to come down - and kept scampering to different areas above the room. Cops had to poke different square ceiling tiles with a stick until he was eventually cornered and fell through the ceiling. XX Seksan was arrested by the police and charged with attempted rape, evading arrest and breaking into a private home.

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Kim Kardashian shares snap of herself recycling Aladdin costume from 2009 - so when did she wear it better?

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She is usually careful not to be seen in the same outfit twice.

But Kim Kardashian West relaxed her stringent fashion rules during Halloween - as she proved when she uploaded a snap of herself to Instagram, earlier this week.

Dressed as Jasmine from the Disney movie Aladdin, the mother-of-two, 36, raised eyebrows in the revealing outfit, which she'd clearly recycled from six years earlier. More Halloween photos
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Donald Trump to overturn Court's landmark decision on gay marriage

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In a recent interview with Pat Robertson’s television network, Donald Trump blathered that antigay conservatives the world over can rest easy knowing that he’s committed to overturning the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that struck down state bans on same-sex marriage nationwide.

The Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody asked the GOP presidential frontrunner what he thought of the Log Cabin Republicans calling him “one of the best, if not the best, pro-gay Republican candidates to ever run for the presidency.”

Told that Evangelicals want to trust his stance on traditional marriage, Trump responded:

“I think they can trust me on traditional marriage… and frankly, I was very much in favor of having the court rule that it goes to states, and let the states decide. And that was a shocking decision for you and for me and for a lot of other people, but I was very much in favor of letting the states decide and that’s the way it looked it was going and then all of a sudden out of nowhere came this very massive decision and they took it away. But I was always in favor of state’s rights; states deciding.”

Source: mvpconnect.co

Donald Trump to overturn Court's landmark decision on gay marriage

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In a recent interview with Pat Robertson’s television network, Donald Trump blathered that antigay conservatives the world over can rest easy knowing that he’s committed to overturning the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that struck down state bans on same-sex marriage nationwide.

The Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody asked the GOP presidential frontrunner what he thought of the Log Cabin Republicans calling him “one of the best, if not the best, pro-gay Republican candidates to ever run for the presidency.”

Told that Evangelicals want to trust his stance on traditional marriage, Trump responded:

“I think they can trust me on traditional marriage… and frankly, I was very much in favor of having the court rule that it goes to states, and let the states decide. And that was a shocking decision for you and for me and for a lot of other people, but I was very much in favor of letting the states decide and that’s the way it looked it was going and then all of a sudden out of nowhere came this very massive decision and they took it away. But I was always in favor of state’s rights; states deciding.”

Source: mvpconnect.co

Donald Trump to overturn Court's landmark decision on gay marriage

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Donald Trump
In a recent interview with Pat Robertson’s television network, Donald Trump blathered that antigay conservatives the world over can rest easy knowing that he’s committed to overturning the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that struck down state bans on same-sex marriage nationwide.

The Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody asked the GOP presidential frontrunner what he thought of the Log Cabin Republicans calling him “one of the best, if not the best, pro-gay Republican candidates to ever run for the presidency.”

Told that Evangelicals want to trust his stance on traditional marriage, Trump responded:

“I think they can trust me on traditional marriage… and frankly, I was very much in favor of having the court rule that it goes to states, and let the states decide. And that was a shocking decision for you and for me and for a lot of other people, but I was very much in favor of letting the states decide and that’s the way it looked it was going and then all of a sudden out of nowhere came this very massive decision and they took it away. But I was always in favor of state’s rights; states deciding.”

Source: mvpconnect.co

Breaking: Woman allegedly stabs boyfriend to death and claims he accidentally cut himself

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An Ohio woman, Bobbi Amos-Camacho, 43, has been arrested for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend, James Rowe Jr., 42 to death, according to police.
Amos-Camacho, reportedly called police late Saturday night to report that her boyfriend had “accidentally cut himself while sharpening a knife.”

However, when police arrived at the house, they they found Rowe lying face up on a bed in the bedroom with multiple stab wounds. He was not breathing and multiple attempts of CPR and other life-saving measures were not successful, according to reports.

Investigation at the scene by detectives indicated that Rowe was killed by multiple stab wounds to the torso and arm, police said. Amos-Camacho was transported to the sheriff’s office for questioning and was later charged with murder. Police are reportedly investigating what led to the stabbing. Some of Rowe’s family members took to social media to express their sadness.

Family member Chuck Rowe wrote:

“I got to work today till 6pm. When I get home, I will drink a couple beers in honor of Jimmy. May you Rest in peace, love ya buddy.”

Facing Trials of Faith? - Pastor E.A Adeboye

Open Heavens Devotional
Facing Trials of Faith? 
Welcome to Open Heavens Devotional written by Pastor E.A Adeboye 
Today Monday 14, November 2016

Memorise: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

Read: Hebrews 11:36-40 (KJV)

36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Bible in One Year: Genesis 24, Psalms 103:11-22

MESSAGE:
There are several challenges that will confront us as we progress in the journey of faith, but none of them will dominate us. As a child of God, when you pass through the fire, the mighty man in battle has promised that it will not burn you. At one point or the other, your faith will be tried; your love for God will be tested. There will be persecutions of all kinds. Because of your belief in Christ, people will say all kinds of things against you. There will be false accusations despite your level of commitment to your assignment. No matter how good your intentions may be, sometimes, they may be spoken of in an evil way. Many times these tribulations, trials and persecutions will come from quarters you least expect. You should be bothered because the same people who hailed the triumphant entry of Jesus were the same people, who said to Pilate, crucify him. Have you been persecuted because of your faith and your holy living? I congratulate you, because you are fulfilling your part of the Christian calling. You have to know that the hostility of the world against believers in Christ Jesus is a transferred hostility. We are not the first set of people to be hated; the world hates us because they hated Jesus Christ. 

Despite the innocence of the young shepherd boy, king Saul attempted to kill him several times. You need to know that even in the household of faith, there are king Sauls. They are ready to kill you, not because you have committed any crime, but because they are uncomfortable with your standard of righteous living. On several occasions, Jesus Christ, before his final persecution on earth, was persecuted by the people listening to Him in the synagogue.

 They did not like the way He was preaching with so much authority. And they always rose up against His good acts. What should you do in times of trials, tribulations and persecutions? You must rejoice in the Lord.

When Paul was going through persecution, rather than murmur and complain, he fellowshipped. No wonder he could say:

“35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” - Romans 8:35, 37

He said this despite the fact that he was beaten with rods, he was stoned, he suffered as shipwreck, and he was kept in the deep prisons. He suffered in the hands of robbers as well as in the hands of his countrymen. False brethren also surrounded him. 

There were times when situations and circumstances of weariness, hunger, nakedness and the cares of his missionary obligation threatened to discourage him, yet he finished well. You will finish well in Jesus’ name.

Prayer Point: Father, give me victory over every trial I come across.

When the Pressure Is On - Kenneth Copeland

Kenneth Copeland's Devotional
When the Pressure Is On 
Kenneth Copeland's Daily Devotional 
Today Monday November 14, 2016]

Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. - Malachi 3:16

Have you ever noticed that those who have the most exciting, faith-inspiring testimonies are those who've been under pressure at some time in their lives? They're the people who stayed faithful when the pressure was on. They're the people who believed God's promises of prosperity in the midst of desperate financial situations or trusted God for healing in the face of a terminal disease.

My friend, when you get into a hard spot, that's not the time to back out on God and begin to say, "Well, God, why did You let this happen to me?" It's not the time to step back and re-evaluate His faithfulness.

What I'm saying to you is this: When tough times keep dragging on and the situations around you seem to refuse to get in line with the promises of God, don't re-evaluate God! He's not missing it, and He's not failing.

If you're going to re-evaluate anything, re-evaluate yourself! Look and see where you may have failed. If you still can't find out what the problem is, just say, "God, I don't know what's wrong here, and I'm asking You to show me. But one thing I know, the problem's not with You, and I continue to be moved by Your Word and not by circumstances." Then, when He reveals something to you, be quick to make changes.

I want to encourage you to stand firm and to keep honoring God with your words. The Lord is listening to you when the pressure is on. What is He going to hear?

Scripture Reading: Psalm 62

This message was written by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, the leader of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries (www.KCM.org) that specializes in teaching principles of bible faith - prayer, healing, salvation and other biblical topics.

Billy Graham Devotional: Unbreakable

Billy Graham Devotional
Unbreakable 
Billy Graham's Daily Devotional 
Today Monday November 14, 2016

. . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. — Joshua 24:15
The basic unit of any society is the home. When the home begins to break, the society is on the way to disintegration. Thousands of homes are almost on the rocks. Many couples are fearful lest their home, too, will be broken some day. There is one great insurance policy that you can take out, in order to guarantee the unity and happiness of your home. It is simple: Make Christ the center of your home.

A home is like a solar system. The center, the great sun, holds the solar system together. If it were not for the sun, the solar system would fly to pieces. Unless the Son of God is put at the center of your home, it, too, may fly to pieces.

Prayer for the day: How easy it is to push You to one side, Lord, and superficially remember Your blessings. May we always keep You at the center of all that we do in our homes.

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.

Daily Manna Devotional: Being A Little Christ

DCLM Daily Devotional: Being A Little Christ
Being A Little Christ 
Welcome to Daily Manna Devotional written by Pastor W.F. Kumuyi 
Today Monday November 14, 2016]

Text: 2 Samuel 3:31-39

Key Verse: "And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?" (2 Samuel 3:38).

Although David was an Old Testament saint, the Scriptures often present him as displaying the virtues of the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament. He loves his enemies (Matthew 5:43,44), mourns with those who mourn (Romans 12:19), does not revenge or take undue advantage of his enemies (Romans 12:19) and admits his shortcomings while honouring others (Philippians 2:4).

In our text, David is seen leading the train of Abner's coffin carriers, a man whom his predecessor, Saul, used to seek his (David) death. But he knew Joab, the commander of his army, had unjustifiably killed Abner, who had made strong efforts to smite Israel and make David head the unified kingdom. Abner was instrumental to God's plans to make David rule over all Israel, never minding that he had been loyal to Saul. It was at this point that Joab slew Abner.

Although Abner had his weaknesses, David did not dwell on it as he grieved and sang a dirge. He refused to eat and hailed Abner as "a prince and great man" in Israel. Those were honest and charitable compliments that reflected the greatness of David himself. Indeed, a good follower of Jesus Christ ought to be judged by how much honour he accords his opponent, by how he accommodates the flaws of unfriendly persons without compromising. The reason David had all these attributes was because he had the Spirit of God controlling him. It was the Spirit of Christ, for the Triune Spirit is one.

This was the same Spirit that guided the New Testament believers, and indwells today's followers of Christ. We are urged to be the "children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matt. 5:45,48).

Thought for the day: All genuine Christians should be little Christ’s!

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Donald Trump 'will be paid just $1 to be President' he reveals in 60 minutes interview

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Donald Trump will be paid just $1-a-year to be President of the United States, he has revealed.

The billionaire businessman will not take the $400,000 salary when he takes office in January.

Instead, he will take a nominal $1 as required by law.

In his first interview since his shock election win, Trump sat down with CBS News' Lesley Stahl at his Manhattan home to film 60 Minutes.

During the interview, Trump was grilled on a wide range of issues, many of which he had been outspoken on during his controversial campaign.

Legendary musician Leon Russell dies at the age of 74

                                 Legendary musician Leon Russell dies at the age of 74
Southern rock icon Leon Russell died aged 74 on Sunday morning in his sleep at his Tennessee on Sundayhome. The singer and songwriter who achieved rare fame as a session musician by playing with artists from The Rolling Stones to Elton John and pursuing his own eclectic career, suffered a heart attack in July 2016 and underwent bypass surgery, forcing him off the road to recuperate.


                                  Legendary musician Leon Russell dies at the age of 74

Born in Oklahoma, Russell emerged in the '70s as one of rock'n'roll's most dynamic performers and songwriters after playing anonymously on dozens of pop hits as a studio pianist in the 1960s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

Photos: China’s first female pilot of J-10 fighter jets dies during a training exercise

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                                  China’s first female pilot of J-10 fighter jets dies during a training exercise

China’s first female pilot of a J-10 fighter jet, Yu Xu, died during a training exercise yesterday Saturday November 12th. According to the Chinese Air Force. Yu was a pilot of the August 1st Aerobatic Team, which is affiliated to the Air Force.

Yu’s plane plunged to the ground after an unspecified accident, and she was unable to eject from the jet in time. The incident occurred in Hebei province.
She was reportedly flying with a male pilot who was able to eject from the jet when he plunged to the ground. He however sustained serious injuries.

Yu Xu, 30, who was born in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, was a member of the August 1st aerobatics team of the People’s Liberation Army’s air force. She was one of few female pilots who could fly domestically made fighter jets.

More photos of Yu Xu below...