Friday, 14 April 2017

No one can bar me from Aso rock - El-Rufai meets with Buhari

The meeting is the first since President Buhari returned from his medical vacation on March 10, 2017
On Friday, April 14, 2017, the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai joined President Muhammadu Buhari for Juma'at prayer inside the Presidential Villa mosque in the afternoon.

Thereafter, he returned with the president to his official residence. Other dignitaries at the mosque were Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun as well as Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, Defence Minister Mansur Dan-Ali and Federal Capital Territory Minister Mohammed Musa Bello.

Also Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Senators Abu Ibrahim and Kabiru Marafa were present.

The meeting is the first since President Buhari returned from his medical vacation on March 10, 2017

This is especially surprising following the damning and blunt memo dated September 22, 2016. In which El-Rufai had suggested that the Buhari government required a surgical operation in its ranks to better run Nigeria.

Many insinuated that the memo had caused a rift between the Kaduna governor and President Buhari.

However, addressing State House reporters after meeting with Buhari, he said clearly that nobody could stop him from visiting the Villa.

No one can bar me from Aso rock - El-Rufai meets with Buhari

According to Daily Trust, he was responding to a question on the insinuation that some powerful forces at the Presidency had barred him from visiting the nation's seat of power.

He also said: "There are people in the Villa who like me and there are people in the Villa who don't like me. It is normal."

El-Rufai also expressed disappointment that the memo he sent to the president was leaked.

Below are more pictures from the meet:

No one can bar me from Aso rock - El-Rufai meets with Buhari
Many insinuated that the strongly worded memo had caused bad blood between Buhari and El-rufai

El-Rufai made it clear that no one could bar him from entering Aso Rock
No one can bar me from Aso rock - El-Rufai meets with Buhari
Meanwhile, Governor El-Rufai had recently come under fire after he released a picture of his payslip. A Kaduna state indigene asked him to do the following to prove his transparency:

“He should make Local Government funds received from Federation Account and how he spent it public. He should also make detailed account of Security Votes public not shady report.

“We will also like to know how much of Paris Club money he got and how he spent it. Finally, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in conjunction with Dangote supported the state with huge amount of money for construction of drainages in their effort to "roll back malaria."

Angelina Jolie buys Cecil B DeMille's estate for $25million

Angelina Jolie buys Cecil B DeMille's estate for $25million

According to TMZ, actress Angelina Jolie is about to become the proud owner of the historic Cecil B. DeMille Estate.

"The 6 bedroom, 10 bath pad was on the market for just shy of $25 million, and we're told Angelina paid close to asking. Stories surfaced that Angelina was considering making an offer, but we've learned she did, the offer was accepted and it's now in escrow.

The home -- considered one of the best in L.A. -- was built in 1913. The famed director lived there until his death in 1959.

Her neighbors will include Ellen Pompeo, Casey Affleck, Natalie Portman, Lauren Graham, Will.I.Am and David Fincher.

The most anyone paid for a home in the area is Lydia Hearst, who plunked down $13 mil, so Angelina's purchase is nearly double.

Man breaks manhood during passionate sexual intercourse

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Reports from narobinews, a man is nursing his manhood after he allegedly broke it during a passionate love making with his wife.

The 42 year old man from China was rushed to hospital and admitted in in agony with symptoms of ‘eggplant deformity’ with swelling, pain and dark purple bruising.

According to People’s Daily , doctors performed an operation on him and successfully repaired his manhood.

CRACKING SOUND
Mr Dai, from Guangxi’s Nanming city, had his private part snapped after hearing a cracking sound while having sex with his partner last week.

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He was then rushed to a local hospital for emergency treatment before being transferred to the provincial Hospital at 4am in the morning.

Doctors found that Dai’s manhood was at an odd angle and was in a swollen shape that made it look like an eggplant.

Dai was diagnosed with a penile fracture after tearing a sponge-like erectile tissue called corpora cavernosa.

Blood flows into corpora cavernosa that runs along the penis and making it hard during an erection.

However, any vigorous intercourse may tear the tissue, meaning blood bursting inside the erectile manhood and causing painful swelling, according to National Health Services UK.

‘IT CAN BREAK’
“If the penis is violently twisted when erect, it can break. There are no bones in the penis, but the tubes that fill with blood during an erection can burst. Blood pours out of them inside the penis and causes a very painful swelling. Reported cases of penile fracture are rare, but it’s thought that some men are too embarrassed to report it to their doctor.”

“Damage during sex, where a partner is on top, is responsible for about one-third of all cases. The breakage usually occurs when a man’s penis slips out of his partner and is violently bent.”

Dai is now recovering in hospital.

Doctors from Guangxi Minzu Hospital said incidents such as these are common occurrences in men aged 20 to 40 years old, under vigorous or violent sexual intercourse.

They also warned that a fractured penis can lead to erectile dysfunction and a higher risk of complications if not treated immediately.

AMAZING!!! Morbidly obese eight months baby leaves doctors baffled

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Morbidly obese eight months baby leaves doctors baffled

A morbidly obese baby has baffled doctors as she tips the scales at nearly THREE stone.

Chahat Kumar was born an average weight but started ballooning in size at the age of four months.

Now eight months old, the bouncing baby weighs in at 38lbs (2.7 stones) - the same as an average four-year-old.

Dad Suraj Kumar, 23, from from Punjab, India, said: “When Chahat was born, she was completely normal. Then, slowly we saw that her weight was shooting up.

“Her weight is increasing day by day.”

Worried Reena, who lost her first baby in childbirth, estimates that Chahat eats four times the amount of food of a normal-sized child her age.

She said: “She doesn’t eat like a normal kid. She keeps eating all the time. If we don’t give her anything to eat, she starts crying.

“She cries to go out but her weight is too much and we are not able to pick her up. So we only take her to nearby places.”
Morbidly obese eight months baby leaves doctors baffled

Morbidly obese eight months baby leaves doctors baffled

Chahat’s parents deny that her extreme weight gain has anything to do with her upbringing.

Dad Suraj said: “It’s not our fault. God gave this condition to her. It’s not in our hands. I feel bad when some people laugh at her for being fat.” Read Full Story >>>>

Congo Fighting Displaces More Than One Million People, UN Says

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Congo Fighting Displaces More Than One Million People, UN Says

More than one million people have been displaced by fighting in central Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

People have fled due to fighting between the Congolese army and militias as well as fear of reprisals by both sides against the population, the agency said in a report published on its website Friday. The number of displaced has increased by 60 percent since UNOCHA first reported on the crisis on April 3.

The fighting between Congolese security forces and militiamen has claimed hundreds of lives in the usually stable Kasai-Central province in the last six months and already spread to five surrounding provinces. While the UN has more than 19,000 peace keepers in Congo, their presence is limited in the country’s center, restricting the ability of humanitarian organizations to safely respond to the crisis, UNOCHA said.

Last month, an American and a Swedish researcher were killed in Kasai Central, along with their Congolese interpreter while investigating the conflict.

ISIS Members Still Remain In Afghanistan After U.S. Military dropped 'Mother Of All Bombs'

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ISIS Members Still Remain In Afghanistan After U.S. Military dropped 'Mother Of All Bombs'
ISIS - After the U.S. military dropped the so-called "mother of all bombs" on an ISIS target in Afghanistan, it's only natural to wonder about the success of the strike. The exact number of ISIS members killed in the MOAB hit, though, will seem fairly low in comparison with the size of the bomb. According to CNN, Afghan officials reported that the MOAB strike hit 36 ISIS fighters, whereas U.S. military estimates had previously placed the number of militants in the region at around 600-800.

U.S. forces dropped the bomb over a tunnel complex in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan, a mountainous province where terrorist groups have hidden out for many years. After orchestrating the 9/11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden even hid away in the isolated mountains in the area. The tunnel complex had been targeted as a known ISIS site, and the Pentagon said that they used the MOAB specifically to get through ISIS defenses there.

However, while Afghan officials have released the number of ISIS militants killed in the strike, there has been no word on how many militants the U.S. hoped would be directly affected. It is, of course, possible that they expected ISIS forces to be spread out in the area — which would make 36 seem like a bigger number than it sounds.





Video shows massive explosion in 2003 test of MOAB, "mother of all bombs," that hit ISIS camp in Afghanistan Thurs. http://cbsn.ws/2oaujoA 


Importantly, the MOAB strike did not cause any civilian casualties, according to the U.S. Ministry of Defense. Many civilians have fled the Achin district, where the bomb was dropped, since ISIS established itself there. Some have raised concerns about the cost of the MOAB, though, which amounts to about $16 million just to produce. Even if the strike was carried out effectively and only hit its ISIS target, it did so at great cost. The flip side to that argument is that the ongoing war against ISIS is estimated to cost over $10 million a day anyway, so taking out that many people with one strike could also be seen as a cost-effective move.

Even before deploying the MOAB, U.S. and Afghan forces had already seen a fair amount of success in their fight against ISIS in Afghanistan. They've managed to cut a force of 3,000 fighters at its height down to close to around 800, and now this strike took out three tunnels they were using, plus weapons and ammunition stores. It might, then, turn out that 36 isn't the most important number to look at in gauging the importance of this strike.

Currently, the Afghan Defense Ministry says that their goal is to defeat ISIS in Afghanistan by the end of the year. It's hard to say at this point whether this strike will end up being an important step on the way to achieving that goal.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Reportedly Officially File For Divorce

Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Reportedly Officially File For Divorce
Back in the summer of 2016, there were rumors that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck put their divorce on hold. But based on the latest update about their maritial status, fans may finally have to accept the split. According to E! News and TMZ, Garner and Affleck reportedly officially filed for divorce. Bustle reached out to reps for Garner and Affleck for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.

Sadly, it's news fans probably aren't too shocked to hear. In summer 2015, Garner and Affleck split after a decade of marriage and having three children together. In their initial joint statement to People, they expressed how important it was for them to move forward and put their friendship and co-parenting needs first. However, a year later, after no further action was taken, news broke that they reportedly wouldn't be moving forward with a divorce just yet.

Sure, the split is sad, considering they're a fan-favorite Hollywood couple, but luckily, it seems the reported divorce may be one of the most civil that show business has seen in a while. According to TMZ, both parties reportedly moved forward and signed papers without even getting lawyers involved. The site also claimed the documents were reportedly filed together in unison. Not only that, TMZ also reported that Garner and Affleck are aiming for joint legal and physical custody of their children, and there's allegedly no prenup. If true, it seems the two just want to move forward in a healthy way that's best for their kids.

Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Reportedly Officially File For Divorce

According to TMZ's report, it may be likely the case will move forward without the two actually stepping foot in court. This is another indicator of the couple wanting the process to be as smooth and drama-free as possible for the sake of their family. Since revealing intentions to split, they've seemingly overcome whatever personal problems they may have had by spending time with their kids in public. This news also comes just one month after Affleck revealed he completed time in rehab, which he voluntarily did for help with alcohol abuse. In a Facebook post, Affleck even credited his kids as part of the reason for his recovery.

It appears the two are onto a fresh start — putting their problems behind them and moving along in what seems to be the most positive way possible for a high-profile couple.

Famous Prophet reveals what Apostle Suleman told him about alleged mistress, Stephanie Otobo

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Nigerian pastor reveals what Apostle Suleman told him about alleged mistress, Stephanie Otobo

The general overseer and founder of Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministry, Warri, Prophet Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin has weighed in on the Apostle Suleiman - Stephanie Otobo saga.|

In an interview with Goldenpearlmedia, the pastor who claimed he recently met with Apostle Suleiman, said he is innocent. He said God had shown him the tribulations being passed through by Pastor Suleiman via multiple revelations even before it started.

Recall that there have been accusations and counter accusations against Apostle Johnson Suleiman, which centered on infidelity and squandering of his church funds on Nigerian actresses and some other lady known as Stephenie Otobo.

Miss Otobo who is hell bent on pulling down the pillars of Apostle Suleman’s ministry recently released a bank statement showing the man of God made a deposit into her account. This was done to solidify her claims on the relationship she had with the Apostle. To further erase the doubts that may still be lingering in some people's hearts, she has freshly released screenshots of their bbm chats.

There have been accusations and counter accusations against Apostle Johnson Suleiman, which centered on infidelity and squandering of his church funds on Nigerian actresses

Asked what he feels about the allegations flying around concerning Apostle Suleman and he said:

"It is getting worse by the day, a lot of people are coming out with different stories and evidences?

Nigerian pastor reveals what Apostle Suleman told him about alleged mistress, Stephanie Otobo

"I will still tell you that those allegations are not true. A man of God is a man of God. Though there are stories coming from different places. Till tomorrow I will still say that it is not true. God is still backing him up. But did you hear the one that the mother went to his church to plead for forgiveness? The body of Christ is one. This is a battle between Satan and God. Any Christian that doesn’t know this thing should go and learn more. We have to pray and fast for our Apostle."

On if Apostle Suleman should forgive Miss Otobo or not, Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin said:

"I told him and he said that he is a human being that if God can forgive, then who is he not to. That is what I told my people one day that it is not by deliverance that this Stephanie needs to go through. It is by going to the man of God to plead for forgiveness before any man of God will now pray for her and everything will go well." Continue >>>>>

Detroit Muslim doctor charged with genital mutilation on two girls

Detroit Muslim doctor charged with genital mutilation on two girls
A Detroit-area doctor has been charged with performing genital mutilation on two young girls from Minnesota. Prosecutors say Dr. Jumana Nagarwala 44, of Northville, Michigan, was arrested Thursday, few days after two 7-year-old girls identified her as the person who performed medical procedures of Female genital mutilation(female circumcision) on them at a Livonia clinic in February of this year.

The FBI says the girls were accompanied to the clinic by their mothers.

Female genital mutilation of minors is illegal in the U.S. unless there's a legitimate health reason. Nagarwala will appear in Detroit federal court Thursday. It's unclear if she has a lawyer yet. In a court filing, the FBI says Nagarwala denied performing genital mutilation.

The FBI also says the doctor is a member of a cultural community that believes in the practice.

Nagarwala is also charged with transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and making a false statement to a federal officer.

Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch said in a statement:
'Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal form of violence against women and girls. It is also a serious federal felony in the United States. The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law'.

'According to the complaint, despite her oath to care for her patients, Dr. Nagarwala is alleged to have performed horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims,' acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department's Criminal Division added.

'The Department of Justice is committed to stopping female genital mutilation in this country, and will use the full power of the law to ensure that no girls suffer such physical and emotional abuse.'
Nagarwala is reportedly part of a Gujarati-speaking Muslim community in Michigan. She lives in Northville with her husband, Moiz Yusuf Nagarwala, 48, who works at Visteon Corporation, an 'automotive electronics supplier'.

The FBI had launched an investigation after receiving a tip that Nagarwala had performed female genital mutilation on two seven-year-old girls at a Livonia medical clinic, according to the criminal complaint.

The girls said they were told to keep the trip secret.
One of the girls told the FBI that Nagarwala 'pinched' her on the 'place where she goes pee.' 'adding that they were told not to talk about the procedure,' FBI Special Agent Kevin Swanson wrote in the complaint.

A subsequent medical examination showed that the young girls' genitals did not appear normal and a section had been altered or removed.

'Finally, the doctor observed some scar tissue and small healing lacerations,' the agent wrote.
The complaint details the second girl's experience with the doctor and she said she underwent a procedure and identified Nagarwala as the doctor.

'She said that she 'got a shot,' and that it hurt really badly and she screamed,' the FBI agent wrote. 'Her parents told her that the procedure is a secret and that she is not supposed to talk about it. '(The girl) said that after the procedure, she could barely walk, and that she felt pain all the way down to her ankle,' the agent continued.

A subsequent medical exam showed the girl's genitalia had a small incision and a small tear.

On Monday, Minnesota Child Protective Services personnel and a federal agent interviewed the second girl's parents.

They confirmed the trip to Detroit, saying they took the girl to see Nagarwala for a 'cleansing' of extra skin, according to the court filing.

The girl was shown a photo of Nagarwala and said she was the doctor who performed the procedure, according to the FBI.

Henry Ford Hospital where Nagarwala  worked issued the following statement:
'The alleged criminal activity did not occur at any Henry Ford facility,' health system spokesman David Olejarz said Thursday. 'We would never support or condone anything related to this practice.'

"Mother of all bombs" kills 36 ISIS militants as US targets terror group's cave network in Afghanistan

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"Mother of all bombs" kills 36 ISIS militants as US targets terror group's cave network in Afghanistan
The US dropped the massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan.

Thirty-six ISIS militants were killed when a US plane dropped "the mother of all bombs" on a network of caves and tunnels used by the terror group, say officials.

Afghanistan's Defence Ministry claimed no civilians were harmed as it announced the death toll hours after the bomb hit an ISIS stronghold.

Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said ISIS used the base in eastern Afghanistan to launch attacks in the region.

The massive GBU-43 bomb that was dropped on Thursday was the largest non-nuclear bomb the US has ever used in combat.

UPDATE: IS death toll hits 90 from huge US bomb in Afghanistan

The 21,600lb (9,797kg) bomb, which has 11 tons of explosives, was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, near the border with Pakistan.

Waziri said: "No civilian has been hurt and only the base which Daesh used to launch attacks in other parts of the province, was destroyed.

Only one civilian family lived near the ISIS camp, TOLO News reported.

"Mother of all bombs" kills 36 ISIS militants as US targets terror group's cave network in Afghanistan

ISIS, also known as Daesh, has established a small stronghold in eastern Afghanistan and launched deadly attacks on the capital Kabul.

Abdullah Abdullah, chief executive of Afghanistan, said the bomb was dropped by the US in coordination with the Afghan government.

He said strike targeted an ISIS base which was also used as a training camp and ammunition dump.

He wrote on Twitter: "Many families had long been been displaced from the area due to ISIS brutality. Gov't also took great care to avoid civilian harm.

"Joint nature of the operation shows our common resolve to eliminate ISIS and terror safe havens from our country."

BILLY GRAHAM: The Return of the Lord

The Return of the Lord - Today's Billy Graham's Daily Devotional

Welcome to Daily Devotional written by BILLY GRAHAM
TOPIC: The Return of the Lord 
TODAY: Good Friday April 14, 2017

KEY VERSE: Our homeland is in heaven, where our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ is; and we are looking forward to his return . . .  — Philippians 3:20 (TLB)

MESSAGE
The Scriptures indicate that we are living in man’s day. But there is coming a day that will be called the Day of the Lord. In the midst of hopelessness, there is hope! And that hope is centered in the God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Now the will of man runs riot in the earth.

Then the will of the Lord will alone be done. Until that time, we are under orders from the King of kings to proclaim His message. When we engage in evangelism, we are obeying His great command to “go and proclaim.” In doing so, we are hastening the day of His return.

Prayer for the day: As I live in the hope of Your return, give me the wisdom and love to reach those around me.

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.

The Pregnant Faith - Dr. Paul Enenche

Welcome to Seeds of Destiny Daily Devotional written by Pastor Paul Enenche

The Pregnant Faith - Today's Seeds of Destiny Devotional (Good Friday)

TOPIC: The Pregnant Faith

TODAY: Good Friday April 14, 2017

Scripture: Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Matthew 13:31-32

Thought For The Day: Do not let anyone use your appearance to judge your future because your future is not written on your face.

The mustard seed is a very small seed of about one millimetre in diameter. There are mustard seeds that are said to be barely visible to the physical eye. When you see it, you would not believe that anything can come out of it but when it grows, it becomes a great tree.

It has been established that any faith that must move mountains must have the kind of faith that the mustard seed has (Mathew 17:20). This implies that the mustard seed’s faith is faith that is pregnant with expectation bigger than its current situation. It is faith that is pregnant with invisible realities. Until faith is pregnant with greatness, it cannot move the mountain of limitation.

Beloved, people may think you are small but if you are pregnant with greatness, nothing can limit your destiny.

So, refuse to allow your situation to limit your vision. People may see you physically but they have no capacity to predict who and what you are going to become. So, do not let anyone use your appearance to judge your future because your future is not written on your face.

Remember this: Do not let anyone use your appearance to judge your future because your future is not on your face.

Assignment(S):
1. Engage in the study of God’s Word daily to increase the level of your faith.

2. Discover your purpose of existence at the place of prayer, if you are yet to do so.

3. Never allow your situation to define your vision; write down your visions irrespective of your situation.

4. Believe in yourself.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH

Prayer: O LORD, I receive the grace to fulfil my purpose, dreams and visions. No storm, no devil, and no circumstance can hinder me, in Jesus’ Name.

Daily Reading: Joshua 9:3 to 10:43, Luke 16:19 to 17:10, Psalm 83:1 to 18, Proverbs 13:4

Quote: Mental strongholds, negative imaginations, limiting mind-sets, are the worst enemies of a man’s life and destiny. Culled from 22 LAWS OF LIFE (VOL. TWO) by Dr Paul Enenche.

Amazing Fact: A snail can sleep for more than three years at a time.

Today In History: 14/04/966 – After his marriage to the Christian Doubravka of Bohemia, the pagan ruler of the Polans, Mieszko I, converts to Christianity, an event considered to be the founding of the Polish state.


Change Your Ways - Pastor E.A Adeboye

Welcome to Open Heavens Devotional written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Change Your Ways - Today's Open Heavens Devotional (Good Friday)

TOPIC: Change Your Ways

TODAY: Good Friday, April 14 2017

Memorise: Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: – Matthew 3:8

Read: Acts 3:13-19 (KJV)

13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;

15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.

18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.

19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Bible in One Year: Leviticus 26-27, Jeremiah 13:15-27

MESSAGE:
Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, hypocrisy has been a character trait of mankind. For this reason, God has continuously reached out to man with message of living a changed life. The Mosaic Law was all about making the Israelites live a life that was different from that of all the other nations around them, a life of change which confronts to God’s expectations. At different points in time, when they erred from the Mosaic Law, God still sent prophets to them with the message of change. One of such prophets was Ezekiel. Speaking through him, the Lord demanded that His people repent and change from their hypocritical ways (Ezekiel 14:6). The Lord also spoke through Prophet Ezekiel about the change of life He would bring about by the regeneration of the human spirit through Christ (Ezekiel 36:25-27). When this prophecy was to be fulfilled, the Lord sent John the Baptist to preach the baptism of repentance. However, John discovered that some people were just coming religiously for baptism without any intention of changing their ways, and he had this to say to them:

“8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” - Matthew 3:8-9

The apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ also had the message of change forming the central theme of the gospel they preached. In spite of the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit with signs and wonders, the apostles did not mince words in declaring heaven’s demand for a change of life to the people of their day. Peter in Acts 3:19 boldly declared thus:

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”

It is sad, however, that many modern-day preachers have deleted the message of change from their sermons because they would not want to be “offensive” to modern minds. What such preachers fail to realise is that the message of change is the only hope for the world. The message of change brings repentance, and repentance brings times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. I therefore beseech you to effect the necessary changes befitting of a Christian pilgrim in your life today. Remember, tomorrow may be too late!

Prayer Point: Father, grant me the grace to change my crooked ways, and give me the strength of character to walk with You on the straight and narrow path all the days of my life.

Pope celebrates 'Holy Thursday in prison, washes the feet of 12 prison inmates

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Pope celebrates 'Holy Thursday in prison, washes the feet of 12 prison inmates
Pope Francis during the Holy Thursday celebration washed the feet of prison inmates at the Paliano detention center in Italy for former mafia members. As part of the mass celebration, the pontiff bent to wash and kiss the right foot of 12 inmates in commemoration of Jesus' gesture of humility towards his 12 apostles on the night before he was crucified.
Pope celebrates 'Holy Thursday in prison, washes the feet of 12 prison inmates
Two of the inmates, who participated in the ceremony are said to be serving life sentences while the remaining 10 are due to be released between 2019 and 2073.

According to the Vatican, three of the inmates were women and one was a born Muslim who had converted to Catholicism. The group consisted of 10 Italians, an Albanian and a prisoner from the pope’s homeland of Argentina.
Pope celebrates 'Holy Thursday in prison, washes the feet of 12 prison inmates
According to the pope in his massage culled from AP, he said by washing the feet of inmates, he was willing to do 'the work of a slave in order to sow love among us' and urged the prisoners to help each other.
'If you can do something, a service for your companions in prison, do it,' he said, adding that 'this is love … to be the servant of others.'

He added:
'We are all sinners. We all have defects,' the pope told the inmates during an improvised sermon broadcasted by Vatican Radio.