APPRECIATION FROM ALL MEMBERS OF: THE TEAM — OPERATIONS
- Femi Adelegan – Principal/Chief Executive Officer
- Funmi Adelegan – Executive Director – Gender Matters/Fashion & Style
- Johnson Akinniyi – Chief of Marketing Operations, Finance, Economy, & International Trade
- Bunmi Kehinde – General Editor/Deputy Chief of Marketing Operations
- Oyesiku Adelu – General Counsel
- Kayode Oladeji – Political Affairs
- Segun Jolayemi – Marketing Operations
- Remi Kehinde – Entertainment & Marketing
- Charles Ajiboye – Transformation/Marketing & Property Management
- Bolaji A. Okunade – Webmaster/Information Technology & Marketing
- Photo Editor/Video: Tunde Omole
WE APPRECIATE GOD ALMIGHTY, OUR LOYAL FRIENDS, WELL-WISHERS & CRITICS, & THE FOLLOWING THAT GOD HAS USED TO SUPPORT US IN THE GOING YEAR: God has always been there and will forever be available at all times to strengthen, comfort and bless those who belong to Him. More importantly, “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet the bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skills; but time and chance happeneth to them all”. (Ecclesiastes 9: 11) Our seeing the end of another year has been made possible by the Lord. Most certainly, we have been able to come this far in our journey through Planet Earth because of His grace and mercies. “It is not by might, nor by power, but my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts”. Nothing comes through without the knowledge, enablement, and divine grace of the Almighty God.
WE THANK GOD: Looking back, we say that we are alive not because we are intrinsically better than others who died, but because it has pleased God, Who has always been there for us to preserve us. And we can never appreciate the Creator enough, because we owe ALL to HIM alone. We must glorify His holy Name; because it is only His plans that work out right; and the power needed to fulfill our plans comes from Him alone, as we all march towards fulfilling our places in destiny. It is about 15 months that TERRIFIC HEADLINES hit the electronic channels; and within this relatively short period, we believe God has been magnanimous and faithful, causing our products to be read all over the world. It can only be God because it is possible for people to ask amiss. James 4:3. If we asked and God never responded, there is absolutely NOTHING we could have done.
We also appreciate all that God has used for us; and they are too numerous to be named here; but specifically we recognise God’s servants (known and unknown) who have laboured in prayers for us. We note that interceding is a pretty difficult assignment, especially when God is involved (ask Biblical Moses and others) and you must carry out HIS assignments without fail. Thank you all. You are always in our thoughts and prayers too. God is the reason why we are where we are today; and forever, we will NOT take HIS grace for granted.
- Prof. Tunde Adeniran OFR.; Nigeria’s former Minister of Education and former Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
- Dr. Yemi Farounbi OON; Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the Philippines & Communications Expert
- Otunba Kunle Kalejaye, SAN – Adviser on Legal Matters
- Chief Stanley L. Straughter -Former Chairman, Constituency for Africa, Philadelphia, United States
- Prof Siyan Oyeweso, FNAL – Fellow Nigerian Academy of Letters – Arts, Culture & Tourism
- Prof. Nike Akinjobi – Gender Matters & Youth Development/Sustainable Development Goals
- Retd. DCG (Prisons) Segun Bewaji – Security Matters
- Tunde Odesola – Diaspora – North & South America
- Kayode Akinsola – – Development Issues
- Abioye Fayiga – Education & Sustainable Development Goals (United States)
- Oladapo Carew – Diaspora – South African States
- Revd (Dr) Mike Oye – Alternative Medicine
- Amb. (Loja) Adegboyega Ariyo – Retd Diplomat – Diplomacy & International Relations & Traditional Ruler
- Prince Badeji Abikoye – Retd Federal Director of Trade, Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Prof. Dayo Akinmoladun – Information Technology & Diaspora Matters
- Mrs. Biola Fadero — Gender Matters/Diet & SDGs
WHY WE MUST APPRECIATE GOD AT ALL TIMES: This is to encourage people who feel that have lost one thing or the other this going year; and to strengthen their faith that Jesus Christ is able to REVERSE THE IRREVERSIBLE (In the words) of Pastor E.A. Adeboye. Do you think those wicked powers haven’t attempt to do evil while human beings are asleep. But God is always sending His holy angels to keep watch over those that belong to him. Even when your eyes are wide open, the war between light and darkness is always on. What about people who indulge in the dirty act of scourging you with their tongues as a result of envy and other acts for which God, (not you) is responsible? As a child of God, you just look at them and watch the Lord fight on your behalf. The promise of God in JOB 5: 21 is: ‘’Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.’’ Did I hear you lament that: ‘what have I done? I ask you: What did Jesus Christ do? And what did Biblical Joseph do? Evil people may not change until Jesus Christ returns. God knows they are there but has permitted them as rough edges so you will pray harder. Please relax, (go to sleep) if you are a child of God) get hold of your Bible and study the messages below deeply, while appreciating God for all His mercies in the going year.
COMFORTING WORDS FROM PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE – General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Worldwide: According to Pastor E.A. Adeboye: ‘’Sometimes when God says NO; it could be that He has a better thing for us. ‘’It is not every time God’s ‘No’ means ‘nothing for you’. ‘’It could mean ‘This is not good enough. Wait until I take you to yours’. Have you been trusting God for a particular blessing for so long? You have prayed, confessed the word, stood on his promises and released your faith yet it appears God is not hearing; be not discouraged! God is interested in that request but it could be that what you are crying your eyes out for is not good as what he has in mind for you. ‘’This is one reason you should be totally yielded to his will.’’
GOD IS FAITHFUL: By: DR. D.K OLUKOYA – GENERAL OVERSEER, MOUNTAIN OF FIRE & MIRACLES
TOPIC: God is Faithful (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 31 December 2018)
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 29:11-13
MEMORY VERSE: “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” – Deuteronomy 7:9
The MESSAGE: God, the creator of the heaven and the earth, has many characteristics. Apart from His holiness, faithfulness is another important feature of God. God is faithful and this has been proven many times in Scriptures and throughout all ages. Faithfulness is to remain steadfast, resolute and to exhibit unswerving commitment to a person or promise. It is an attribute of God which implies His unchanging nature, love and firmness in His relationship with His people. In the Bible, God is shown as faithful and His word is true (Hebrews 6:18). Since God cannot lie or break His covenant of unconditional love to you and your family, it is certain that you and your family will see the New Year, in Jesus’ name. You can be rest assured that God will keep and preserve you and your family in the coming year and beyond, in Jesus’ name.
Despite the challenges and difficulties, every believer can be confident in the solemn promise of God that He will never leave or forsake you. Even in the world today, there are testimonies of God’s faithfulness. The mere fact that you are alive today to see the last day in 2018 is a clear demonstration that God is not yet done with you and your family. God’s faithfulness can be seen in many areas. His faithfulness is guaranteed and is evident in His relationship with His people (Genesis 6:17-18; Exodus 19:5). Another area where God’s faithfulness is demonstrated is in His everlasting love as seen in the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary for your salvation. God is also faithful to forgive your sins once you repent and forsake them (1 John 1:9). He is faithful to answer you as you seek Him truly and in faith. He is faithful to help you to face any trial and temptation (1 Corinthians10:13) and make you victorious. He is faithful to strengthen and protect you from the wiles and attack of the devil. God is faithful to provide and meet you at the point of your needs. He is faithful to keep in peace those whose heart is stayed on Him. There is no other god or person that can do all that God has done and can do for you in the New Year and beyond. This is because the steadfast love (faithfulness) of God never ceases and His mercies are new every day. Great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).
As the year comes to an end, you can look back at all that God has done and conclude that God has indeed been faithful to you and your family. He has kept you and your loved ones, saving you as you put your trust in Him. It does not mean that challenges will not come your way but God is always faithful to see you through by allowing all things to work together for your good (Romans 8:28). Nothing in this world can have everlasting power over you because Jesus Christ promised complete victory for you and your family over life’s issues and problems (John 16:33; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE: GOD IS EVER FAITHFUL AND TRUE TO ALL WHO PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM.
PROPHETIC WORD: Your joy shall be overflowing!
MORNING: My Father, my Father, I thank You for Your love and faithfulness, in the name of Jesus.
O Lord, I bless You for Your mercies and goodness in 2018, in the name of Jesus. My God, I pray for grace to love You more and more, in the name of Jesus.
EVENING: My Father and my God, thank You for being faithful, reliable, dependable and loving all through 2018, in the name of Jesus. Thank You for fighting for me against my adversaries, in Jesus’ name. Thank You Lord for lifting me up when I fall, in the name of Jesus. My Father, please empower me to excel in 2019 and beyond, in the mighty name of Jesus.
WHAT NEXT?: It is very simple. We must obey JESUS CHRIST concerning the GREAT COMMISSION. You have to make up your mind to belong to Jesus Christ and be saved to enjoy unqualified privileges. When you do this, you become an heir of salvation, empowered to receive something of value from a Father (see Mark 12:7). Receiving Jesus Christ by faith as your Lord and Saviour NOW, and be cleansed by the Living Water – Jesus Christ. Please pray this simple prayer if you have not yet given your life to Jesus and invite him into your life:
Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God, that you died on the cross to rescue me from sin and death and to restore me to the Father. I choose now to turn from my sins, and every part of my life that does not please you. I give myself to you. I receive your forgiveness and ask you to take your rightful place in my life as my Saviour and Lord. Come into my heart, fill me with your love and your life, and help me and restore me, Jesus. Live in me. Thank you, God, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
For those who are already in Christ but feel they need to renew their covenant with God, there is opportunity to do so. We are all human beings who are not infallible. Pray the prayer of genuine repentance, prayed by individuals who feel convicted of the presence of sin in their lives and have the desire to renew a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It is better late than never. Jesus Christ could arrive any moment. And delay could be turned into denial.
Next, look for the nearest Bible believing church to you and enlist in the end-time army of Jesus Christ. You will not be fighting a physical fight but will use the Word of the Lord, that is the Sword of the Spirit to liberate the oppressed as an adopted son of God. May the Good Lord bless you as you take this step of faith.
JESUS IS LORD!