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Nollywood Actor, Kanayo O. Kanayo & Two Ex-Muslim Sisters Gets Baptised As Catholics

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God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
Nollywood actor Kanayo O. Kanayo,who is currently an aspirant to the Bar, had on Sunday, at the Nigerian Law Bwari Abuja become a member of the Catholic Church by receiving baptism and taking other sacraments of the Holy Church, alongside two other “Female who converted from Islam into the Catholic Faith” .

They were said to have found Jesus in Law School.

Baptism is the initial step of a faithful heart. Hope they won’t call it forceful conversion. May the name of the Lord be praised.

Nigerian Jailed Fraudster Coordinates More Fraudulent Activities From Prison

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A convicted internet fraudster identified as Hope Olusegun Aroke who is currently serving a 24 years jail term in prison is discovered to still be in active communication with other high-value targets that are currently being investigated for various offenses relating to computer fraud and money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission.

Investigation revealed that he masterminded the commission of internet scam worth over $1,000,000 (One Million Dollars) whilst serving his jail term.

This must have been successful through the help of the Nigerian prison warders in collaboration for a fee. We don’t know what becomes of his fate now after this new discovery.

The Catholic Daily TV Mass – For The Sick, The Aged & Others – Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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The Catholic TV Mass is one of the ways the Catholic Church reaches out to a lot of people that does not have the means to attend the Holy Mass within their physical location.

The Priest celebrates Mass daily online, on-demand, over-the-top, and on-the-go viewing. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Roman Catholic faith we share in the Sacrifice of the Mass, the center of The CatholicTV Network’s mission. Hear the words of the Gospel, reflect on the daily homily, and worship God with us. 

May the grace of the daily mass abide in our lives as we watch the video below:

The Danger Of The Middle-Way.

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Such pretence is not worthy of our time of life,” he said, “lest many of the young should suppose that Eleazar in his ninetieth year has gone over to an alien religion.” *(2 Maccabees 6:24)”

In our first reading this morning, we are presented with the story of Eleazer, a Jewish religious leader who was held in high esteem by the people. Given his position as a man who could influence the people, Eleazer was captured in the course of the persecution of King Antiochus Epiphanes. He was asked to either eat meat sacrificed to idols publicly or face the death sentence.

The men told him: “Sir you don’t have to eat the actual meat dedicated to the gods, just bring your own meat from your house and come and eat it in our presence.” In other words, “just act drama, pretend so that the king will see you. He would not know that it is your own meat you are eating. And again, when your people ask you why you committed sin, tell them it was your meat and not that sacrificed to idols.”

They offered Eleazer an easy way out; a middle ground so to say. By eating his own meat in the public arena, he wouldn’t be offending God literally, yet at the same time, he would be misleading many who look up to him as a role model because he would never get the chance of explaining to them where the meat came from. Like these men, satan specializes in offering us middle grounds; satan always suggests how we can eat our cake and still have it; how we can attempt to worship God and still blend with the world. In the end, we are neither hot nor cold.

Most of us Christians have become specialists in pretence. Prayer warriors during the day time and specialists in immorality at night. We are neither here or there. We crave for a Christianity that is without the cross; we desire to serve God and at the same time, we strive to please the world. We are ashamed of wearing the rosary publicly or dressing decently so we go naked just to blend with our peers claiming that holiness is in the heart. We fail to understand that by so doing, we are contributing to the destruction of souls and increasing immorality in society.

It is so bad that even in church, we sing worldly music. We are moody when traditional hymns are taken but as soon as the choir intones a melody from a popular worldly musician, it is like our spirits are set on high. We start to dance like tomorrow forgetting that the rotten, immoral lyrics of that song stick more to our brains than verses of the Bible. we keep saying: “it is not bad now, it is not bad” but we don’t realize we are falling easily into the devil’s hands. Comedians now handle microphones in our churches, musicians are invited to “perform.”

Eleazer had an option of pleasing the king without technically committing sin but he was not that type of person. He had not been living in pretence. He couldn’t afford to put a dent on the sacrifices he had been making all his life. He was convinced that it is better to die gracefully than lead a single person astray. He knew the shame and guilt would eventually kill him. He did not wait for the men to rough handle him, he went by himself to the rack spitting out his flesh. He died declaring his faithfulness to God. this is an example of a man who is hot for God.

Dear friends, stop sitting on the fence. If you wish to serve God, then give God everything but if you do not wish to serve God, stop trying to eat from both sides. Revelation 3:14-17 reads: “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write:… I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”

Are you like Zaccheus, on a treetop, trying to catch a glimpse of Jesus because you like Jesus yet you lack the courage to renounce your sinful ways once and for all? Jesus himself is now the one saying to you: “Come down for I must eat at your house today.” Receive Jesus into your house, your inner secret chamber, into your private corner. Jesus is not ashamed to come in if you let Him. Allow Jesus today and stop trying to compete with or please the world.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, take my heart, my body and my mind. Henceforth, it is for you alone that I live. Amen.

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: 2 Maccabees 6:18-31, Psalm 3 and Luke 19:1-10).*

Fr. Abu

Former American First Lady, Michelle Obama Showed Off Her Elegance In Trendsetting Outfits

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“Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything about clothes.” *Diana Vreeland*

Former United States First Lady, Michelle Obama is one of the prominent women who have quite a good sense of fashion.

We can give credit to her designers and we can as well appreciate her ever stunning look.

The mother of two has on several occasions proved that slaying is not just for middle-aged women. In her 50’s Michelle still rocks unique, classy and fashionable and of course decent designs.

During her time as a first lady, Michelle is believed to have caused a fashion revolution and apparently, she also broke all the first lady fashion rules.
Being a woman of color, Michelle also managed to inspire and influence women’s fashion and lifestyle.

Her fashion was relatable to a large audience and she was more than once a ‘cover lady’ for the vogue magazine.

As a result of her love for fashion, Michelle transformed the lives of many designers who became popular after making her outfits.

Here are some of the photos of her outfits:

Nigerian Gospel Singer, Sinach Welcomes First Baby Five Years After Marriage

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Popular Nigerian gospel singer, Osinachi Joseph Kalu, popularly known as Sinach is now a mum! Yaay!

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome happily broke the gladdening news during the just concluded LIMA awards, which took place in Lagos at the Loveworld Convocation Arena.

At the event, Sinach went home with the 100, 000 US Dollars prize, for the Song of the Year Award 2019 “There’s An Overflow”.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome who broke the news of Sinach’s new baby at the LIMA Awards 2019 after Sinach gave her thank you speech to him.

Pastor Chris while giving her the award and breaking the good News said:

“Thank you for that song, we are all excited with what the Lord has done in your life, of course in the life of many others standing with you here we just love you. And I told them, you just had a baby! so everybody got excited…”

Sinach who has been a huge blessing to many globally with over 1 million subscribers on her Youtube channel, the only female gospel artiste from Nigeria and Africa at large to hit that landmark is worth celebrating.

Congratulations to the new mum, may you experience unending Joy in your home.Amen

Beyonce Alongside Other Artiste Wins Soultrain Awards 2019 For ‘Brown Skin’. See Full List Of Winners.

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Popular American singer, Beyonce, won the Ashford and Simpson’s songwriters award, along with other songwriters, for the song ‘Brown Skin Girl’ alongside, St John, Wizkid & Blue Ivy.

This is Wizkid’s first Soul train Award win after 4 nominations.

Below is the full list of winners:

*Best New Artist*

Summer Walker *(WINNER)*
Lucky Daye
Mahalia
Nicole Bus
Pink Sweat$
YK Osiris

*The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award*

“Brown Skin Girl,” written by Beyoncé Knowles, Carlos St. John, Adio Marchant, Shawn Carter, Stacy Barthe, Anathi Mnyango, Michael Uzowuru, Ayodeji Balogun, Richard Isong (Beyoncé feat. Saint John, Wizkid & Blue Ivy Carter) *(WINNER)*

“Hard Place,” written by H.E.R., David Harris, Sam Ashworth & Ruby Amanfu (H.E.R.)

“Juice,” written by Theron Thomas, Sam Sumser, Sean Small, Eric Frederic & Melissa Jefferson (Lizzo)

“Make It Better,” written by Brandon Anderson, William Smokey Robinson, Alaina Chenevert, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Daniel Manman Farid Nassar (Anderson .Paak feat. Smokey Robinson)

“No Guidance,” written by Christopher Brown, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Joshua Lewis, Michee Lebrun, Nija Charles, Teddy Walton, Noah Shebib & Tyler Bryant (Chris Brown feat. Drake)

“Talk,” written by Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence & Khalid Robinson (Khalid)

*Soul Train Certified Award*

Trevor Jackson *(WINNER)*
Ciara
Daniel Caesar
Fantasia
India.arie
Kelly Rowland

*Best Gospel/Inspirational Award*

Kirk Franklin *(WINNER)*
Bebe Winans
Donald Lawrence
Erica Campbell
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Tori Kelly

*Rhythm & Bars Award*

Cardi B, “Money” *(WINNER)
21 Savage feat J. Cole, “A Lot”
DaBaby, “Suge”
J. Cole, “Middle Child”
Meek Mill feat. Drake, “Going Bad”
Megan Thee Stallion feat. DaBaby, “Cash Shit”

*Best R&B/Soul Female Artist*

H.E.R. *(WINNER)*
Ari Lennox
Beyoncé
Lizzo
Mary J. Blige
Summer Walker

*Video of the Year*

Lizzo, “Juice” *(WINNER)*
Alicia Key, “Raise A Man”
Beyoncé, “Spirit”
Childish Gambino, “Feels Like Summer”
Khalid, “Better”

*Best Collaboration Performance*

Chris Brown feat. Drake, “No Guidance” *(WINNER)*
Ari Lennox feat. J. Cole, “Shea Butter Baby”
Beyoncé feat. Saint John, Wizkid & Blue Ivy Carter, “Brown Skin Girl”
Cardi B & Bruno Mars, “Please Me”
PJ Morton & JOJO, “Say So”
Ty Dolla $ign feat. J. Cole, “Purple Emoji”

*Best R&B/Soul Male Artist*

Khalid *(WINNER)*
Anderson.Paak
Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
Daniel Caesar
Tank

*Album/Mixtape of the Year*

Cuz I Love You, Lizzo *(WINNER)*
Shea Butter Baby, Ari Lennox
Indigo, Chris Brown
Ella Mai, Ella Mai
I Used To Know Her, H.E.R.
Free Spirit, Khalid

*Song of the Year*

“No Guidance,” Chris Brown feat. Drake
“Before I Let Go,” Beyoncé
“Shot Clock,” Ella Mai
“Talk,” Khalid
“Juice,” Lizzo
“Girls Need Love (Remix),” Summer Walker feat. Drake

*Best Dance Performance*

Chris Brown feat. Drake, “No Guidance” *(WINNER)*
Beyoncé, “Spirit”
Danileigh feat. Chris Brown, “Easy (Remix)”
Lizzo, “Juice”
Normani, “Motivation”
Teyana Taylor, “WTP”

World Tolerance Day: Lagos State Seals 8 Mosques And Churches Over Noise Pollution

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There is nothing Godly about being an environmental nuisance all in the name of religion.
In commemoration of the 2019 United Nations International Day of World Tolerance, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, (LASEPA) embarked on a clampdown of some religious outlets comprising of mosques and churches across different areas of the State for causing noise pollution and disruption of peace within their vicinity.

Following the clampdown exercise of these religious outlets by LASEPA, the General Manager of the Agency, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe said there is no hiding place for any religious organization that cannot operate within the ambit of the law, regardless of their faith inclinations.

She said that mutual respect of views, culture, and religion, which the annual Tolerance Day celebration symbolizes across the world, must be adhered to by all residents of the State, particularly religious organizations that should be the bastion of good conduct, tolerance, brotherliness, and godly neighborliness.

Fasawe assured residents that LASEPA will not rest on its oars in bequeathing a noiseless city to all inhabitants of the State, stressing that those recalcitrant organizations or worship centers, known to be disturbing the peace of Lagosians, will face the full wrath of the law.

She maintained that the government will not condone infringements on the rights of other residents of the State in the name of religious activities.

Some of the facilities sealed are located at 68, Old Otta Rd, Orile Agege; 4, Ademola Oshinowo, Off Loveall Street, Ketu; Dele Amuda Street, Lekki;17, Ajileye Street, Ilaje Bariga; 39, Kusenla Road, Elegushi; Ajayi Bembe Street, Abule Oja, Yaba, among others.

Recalling the inundating petitions and outcry from residents of the State over the insensitivity and intolerance of some religious outlets in different areas, the LASEPA boss regrettably noted that several warnings issued to the management of these churches and mosques had not yielded the expected result.


“The government recognizes that the State thrives on peaceful co-existence among practitioners of the major religions across the State, but of great concern to the State Government is the need for religious activities to be conducted in a manner that worshippers and citizens would not infringe on each other’s rights”, the General Manager reiterated.

According to the LASEPA GM, the illegal and unauthorized conversion of residential property for religious use without recourse to the wellbeing of other residents and the State of the environment is of great concern to the present administration.

Speaking further, on the sealed worship centers, Dr. Fasawe explained that for the facilities to reopen, the leaders of these organizations must reach an agreement of compliance with the Agency and also satisfy other necessary conditions as may be prescribed by LASEPA.

The General Manager, however, warned ownership and management of any sealed property to desist from unsealing the same without government approval to avoid severe sanctions.

This is a very welcomed development. This is not an easy feat for the management of Lagos state as a lot of criticism will come from different people.

Nobody gets hurt for doing the right thing. People’s privacy and peace of mind should be respected.

Methodist Church of Southern Africa Inducts Its First-Ever Female Bishop

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The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.

History is made as Purity Malinga becomes the first female Bishop of the Methodist Church of South Africa following her induction on Sunday, November 17.
She was elected in May 2019 and will be taking over from Reverend Ziphozihle Siwa.

Malinga who spoke to newsmen after her induction on Sunday,
said she learned valuable but hard lessons during her long spiritual journey.
She further disclosed that she suffered disrespect, was second-guessed and most times seen as only belonging to women because she is a woman.

“Disrespect, mostly being doubted and being seconded guessed even when you have been given responsibility to minister,” Malinga said.

“There will be people or groups of people who see you as only belonging to women because you are a woman.

“Being yourself, trust God, don’t try to please anybody except God. Focus on your calling and your gifts, and those have been for me the main” she said.

Reverend Frank Chikane from the South African Council of Churches described Malinga’s induction as the first female Bishop of Methodist Church of South Africa as an extraordinary thing.

“To have a woman as the presiding Bishop for the first time, it’s an extraordinary thing,” said Reverend Frank Chikane said.

Malinga was born and raised in the small rural town of Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, and is a qualified teacher. She practiced as a teacher for five years before she entered the ministry in 1981.

The new Bishop, Malinga, also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University and she previously served as the deputy president of the South African Council of Churches, the chairperson of the KZN Council of Churches, a member of the Diakonia Council of Churches and also a lecturer at the Federal Theological Seminary and John Wesley College.

Congratulations to the new Bishop, may you live long in God’s vineyard.

Nigerian Fashion Designer, Yomi Casual And Wife Welcomes Their Bundle Of Joy

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Children they say brings us a piece of heaven on earth…

Top Nigerian fashion designer, Yomi Casual and his beautiful wife, Grace have welcomed their second child, a baby boy.

Yomi who is the younger brother of Nigerian Stand Up Comedian, Ayo Makun took to his Instagram to share this lovely news;

He wrote;

‘Witnessing your birth brought tears to my eyes my blessed son… I waited patiently for this joyful day to come and here you are OLORUNYOMI KENDRICK MAKUN JNR .. we love you son����’

Congratulations to Yomi Makun and Family. May your little prince be a blessing to your family. Amen.