West Africa Faith Believer’s Convention (WAFBEC) 2017 – Pastor Poju Oyemade

The emphasis will be on God’s Word and the move of the Spirit. There will be 50 Sessions teaching God’s Word.

West Africa Faith Believer’s Convention, WAFBEC 2017, hosted by Pastor Poju Oyemade, will hold from Friday January 27 to Friday February 3 at the Covenant Place, Iganmu, Lagos.

Ministering at this year’s convention are Dr. Creflo Dollar, Taffi Dollar, Rev. Mark and Trina Hankins, Rev. Funke Felix-Adejumo, Pastor Nike Adeyemi, Dr Bill Winston, Keith Butler……
Theme: On this mountain, shall the veil covering the nations be removed
Date: January 27 – Feb. 4, 2017
Venue: The Covenant Place, Iganmu, Lagos
The emphasis will be on God’s Word and the move of the Spirit. There will be 50 Sessions teaching God’s Word.
The format will be teaching conferences in the morning where every aspect of the truth will be taught, followed by evening meetings where the ministration of the Word will be combined with the move of the Holy Spirit.
The morning sessions will impart the complete knowledge of the foundational truths for an effective Christian walk.

Nigeria: Katsina State University Bans All Christian Groups, Allows Only Muslim Groups

The management of the Katsina State Uiversity, also Umar Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina, Katsina State, have prohibited any other religious or tribal associations on the institution’s campus besides the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria.

The institution’s acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, Dr. Sulaiman Kankara, conveyed the new directive to all students’ clubs and associations that were operating on its campus in an internal memorandum dated January 17, 2017.

A copy of the memo, obtained by one of our correspondents, was captioned, “Re: Registration of Students Clubs/Associations.”

Sulaiman said the new directive was part of the resolutions of the institution’s management at its 59th meeting, which held on January 10, 2017.

The memo read in part, “The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria is the only religious association allowed to operate in the university.

“All tribal and local government associations are prohibited by the university. Duly registered departmental associations should be allowed to operate, but they should observe item (I) above.”

However, sources within the university told The PUNCH that that the new directive was unlikely to elicit any reaction from the students when the institution resumes its new academic session on January 30, 2017.

“The university has never hidden its posture to be an Islamic institution despite the fact that it is a public institution,” one of the sources said.

The state government had last week approved the construction of a new mosque for Fridays’ Jumat service at the state-owned Hassan Usman Polytechnic at the cost of N64m.

The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr. Baddiya Mashi, in her contribution at a press briefing at the end of the state executive council meeting, made the disclosure.

But a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Norrison Quakers, who is a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, described the directive by the UMYU authorities as unconstitutional and one that could fuel crisis in the country.

Quakers, who argued that the directive was a specific affront to Section 10 of Nigeria’s constitution, called on the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), to immediately, as the country’s chief law officer, take issues with the UMYU.

Quakers said, “By virtue of Section 10 of the Nigerian constitution, we have what is called a secular society, meaning that the state has no official religion. No component state of the federating unit is allowed to promote any particular religion or place any particular religion above another.

“What the university authorities have done, in this case, is to promote a particular religion or prefer one religion above the others and that is actually calling for chaos and unrest.

A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Wahab Shittu, who is a Muslim, also said the directive by the university authorities had no foundation in the country’s constitution, stressing that it should be challenged immediately.

The directive is constitutional, null and void; it is ultra vires and it should be challenged.”

Shittu said, “Clearly, it is a violation of the constitutional provision, permitting freedom of association. There is no fundamental right that can derogate from that on grounds of public safety. The fundamental rights of the students to freely associate and express their views have been violated directly by that directive.

How to ‘Talk to Your Soul’ – Judah Smith

Pastor Judah Smith has some advice this week for Christians struggling to live emotionally healthy lives: though it may seem weird, learn how to talk to your soul and embrace the wonder of God.

Smith, 38, who pastors the multi-campus City Church in Bellevue, Washington, told The Christian Post in a recent interview that his latest book How’s Your Soul: Why Everything That Matters Starts With The Inside You was in part born out of the pain of his father’s death and his struggle to grieve that loss properly.

About three months after his passing, Smith recounted, “I started to recognize some signals inside that were unhealthy. I wanted to escape, I wanted to run away. I was exhausted, not just physically but emotionally, mental fatigue. I started to dread the things that I used to love, and I realized that I just wasn’t ok.”

After a few months of leaning into that inner turmoil and engaging the heartache with family apart from his chuch responsibilities, Smith realized the importance of self-care in order live from the inside out. In How’s Your Soul, he explores the scriptural concept of “all that is in within us,” because the soul can be difficult to define; it cannot be reduced to simply one’s mind, will, and emotions, he says.

“David said, ‘Let all that is within me bless his holy name,'” Smith noted, adding that it is worth revisiting “synonyms in the ancient narrative, you look at heart, you look at mind, soul.”

“I do believe that we are made up of three parts — body, soul and spirit. Part of that is probably a portrait of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that is indicative of who designed us and who made us,” he added.

Part of that means embracing mystery, an uncomfortable endeavor particularly for Christians bent on having every aspect of their theology nailed down and completely figured out. Smith believes that is an illusion.

“We’re all going to miss things, and the scripture is inexhaustible, so this idea that we can nail [it] down I think that’s our human desire to have control and to feel like because we have it nailed down anything that happens we can explain.”

CP asked Smith what practical tools he finds most useful in taking care of the soul.

“I believe we need to talk to our souls,” Smith said. “So much of our culture is predicated on feeling. What I feel must be ultimate truth. And if that’s what I feel then that’s not only what I’m going to do, that’s what I am.”

King David provides a contrast to this postmodern phenomenon, he explained.

“I see David questioning his soul, questioning his feelings, questioning his impulses, his will, his desires,” Smith said.

“In Psalm 42 he says ‘Why are you downcast, oh my soul, why are you in turmoil within me,’ but then he says ‘Hope in God, I shall yet praise him. My salvation and my God. So David is not only questioning his soul, not just talking to his feelings. Then he’s commanding them. He’s declaring this is what I know to be true.”

To do this successfully one has to not only learn to listen to the turmoil within, but also to the Holy Spirit and live from the place of his counsel.

“We’ve lost mystery in the church,” Smith continued.

“We’ve lost this idea that we are so limited in our understanding in our perspective in that God is so big, his ways are higher than our ways, his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. And I’m not saying we all become mystics, but I think there is so much of the spiritual dynamo of following God, creator of heaven and earth, that we have kind of left this to spiritualists and people who don’t believe in Jesus who live with more mystery and wonder than we do.”

But the Bible is not uncomfortable with mystery, Smith notes, referencing Jeremiah 17:19 which reads: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

“And, of course, the answer is: only the One who made it,” Smith said. “So I think there is an element of mystery to our relationship with God that should produce wonder, dependence [on Him], an adventure.”

With all of the tumultuous events going on around the globe that are shaking the paradigms of people, Smith contends that Christians would do well to recover a practice they do not realize belongs to them: meditation.

“So many believers seem to think that it is some act of [another] religion but meditation belongs to us,” Smith said.

In it’s truest sense meditation actually means “mutter.”

“This is what David did. Meditation is muttering to yourself the promises of God,” Smith said.

CP asked Smith what he sees God doing in 2017.

“I believe it will be a year where we recover wonder, that the wonder of God and the majesty and sovereignty of God is going to be seen more. And the message of Jesus is going to produce wonder in the earth, and people will be mesmerized by this wonderful Savior, not a dogma, not principles, but a Person,” he concluded.

Becoming Like Jesus Is Continuous Process Of Spiritual Growth – Rick Warren

Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren said becoming like Jesus is a gradual process that will take a lifetime, and Christians will only be perfected when they see Christ.

In a daily devotional posted to his website on Tuesday, Warren told readers that learning how to become more and more like Christ is not only a continuing process of spiritual transformation, but one of character as well. Transformation, however, may not happen as expected.

He explains, “Your spiritual transformation in developing the character of Jesus will take the rest of your life, and even then it won’t be completed here on Earth. It will only be finished when you get to Heaven or when Jesus returns.”

In a previous post on his website, Warren stressed that God’s work in the life of a Christian is not instant. “The Holy Spirit will make changes in your life far beyond anything you thought was possible, but they’re not going to happen overnight,” he said.

In his devitional posted January 17, the Saddleback pastor explains that any loose ends or unfinished work regarding a believer’s character will be “wrapped up.” He says that when Christians see Christ, they will become perfect like Him.

Warren points to 1 John 3:2 (NLT, second edition): “We are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.”

The pastor goes on to say that some Christians ignore the fact that God is much more interested in building one’s character than, for instance, their career. “We worry when God seems silent on specific issues such as ‘What career should I choose?'” he says.

Warren adds that God may have several careers in His will for a believer, but what is most important to Him is that whatever a Christian does — they do it in a Christ-like manner (1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Corinthians 16:14; Colossians 3:17, 23).

The Saddleback pastor stresses that character is of utmost importance to God.

“God is far more interested in who you are than in what you do. We are human beings, not human doings. God is much more concerned about your character than your career, because you will take your character into eternity, not your career.”

God wants to make believers like Him before they enter Heaven. “This is our greatest privilege, our immediate responsibility, and our ultimate destiny.”

Trump’s Inauguration Speech: Americans Are “Righteous People” And “Protected By God”

On Friday, Trump was sworn in as the new president of the United States, giving a speech in which he spoke about his rise to power as a “historic movement.”
President Donald Trump told the nation in his Inauguration Day speech that Americans are a “righteous people” and “protected by God.”
“At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public,” stated Trump.

“We are one nation and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams. And their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.”

Trump also told those gathered on the rainy day in the District of Columbia that there “should be no fear” when it comes to national security.

Read Full Donald Trump Inauguration Speech

“We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God,” continued Trump.

Trump also quoted from Psalm 133:1 when he said “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

This appears to be from the New International Version of the Bible, as other English translations render “God’s people” with the more gender specific “Brethren” or “Brothers.”

Last November, Trump defied the expectations of numerus polls and pundits when he won the presidential election against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Trump ran a controversial campaign, vowing among other things to institute a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the United States and to build a wall on the nation’s southern border which Mexico would be compelled to pay for.

Trump’s inaugural speech bore resemblance to the themes he spoke of on the campaign trail, with some expressing concern over the frankness of his declaration of “America first.”

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” declared Trump to a cheering crowd at National Mall.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”

“Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

God Will Use Trump To Transform U.S. – Christian Leader Wallnau

Christian thought leader Lance Wallnau, while speaking to hundreds of Christians Thursday night, explained that God has anointed Donald Trump to be a “secular Cyrus” who will hopefully usher in an awakening that will lead to the transformation the United States.
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 11: President Donald Trump speaks at a news cenference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. This is Trump’s first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Wallnau, an evangelical business strategist and leader of the Lance Learning Group consulting firm in Dallas, gave an address at the 3rd Christian Inaugural Gala hosted by Women for a Great America at the Washington Hilton along with prominent Christian speakers and authors.

Wallnau, who predicted before the election that Trump was the “prophesied president” and holds an M.A. from South Western Theological Seminary in Texas, explained that he came to this conclusion after attending a widely-publicized meeting between Donald Trump and evangelical leaders at the Trump Tower last year.

“So the first meeting with Paula [White] and evangelicals nervously huddled into the conference room at Trump Tower. I got in and sat there as a journalist-type observer,” he explained. “And I began to realize that this man had the anointing of a wrecking ball and that he would be able to break things.”

When Wallnau returned home to Dallas following the meeting, he claims that the Lord put the biblical passage of Isaiah 45 on his heart and told him that “the 45th president is Isaiah 45.”

“I said, ‘Isaiah 45?’ The Lord said, ‘The 45th president is Isaiah 45,'” Wallnau stated. “First of all, I went to Google to see if the next president was the 45th and indeed it’s the 45th president. Then I went to Isaiah and I read: ‘Thus saith the Lord that Cyrus whom I have anointed, I will break open for you the two leaved gates of Babylon and I will drain the river dry.'”

“Cyrus, historians say, snuck into Babylon without a fight because He drained the river upstream and marched his soldiers through so they came through the gates without any resistance,” Wallnau added. “Cyrus was the individual who the prophet Isaiah prophesied 100 years before he came to power and said that he is being raised up for Israel’s sake, for God’s people.”

Wallnau believes that God has “intervened in American politics” for the Church and for Israel.

Trump’s Inauguration Is ‘Another Miracle,’ Israeli Knesset Says

“How many people, in this room, true to themselves, a year ago, six months ago, believed that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States of America?”

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States is a “miracle,” a member of the Israeli Knesset said Thursday afternoon.

Before hundreds of Christians gathered for a special inauguration prayer meeting geared toward celebrating the US-Israeli relationship at Greater New Hope Baptist Church in downtown Washington, D.C., Likud party member Yehuda Glick recounted the many miracles God has done in Israel’s recent history.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fact,” Glick said, that hundreds of years ago it would be inconceivable “that there would be Christians supporting Israel. Impossible. Miracle!”

In October 2014 Glick, an orthodox rabbi, barely survived an assassination attempt after he was shot four times in the chest by a Muslim attacker standing just one foot away from him. The shooter was reportedly angry about Glick’s advocacy that everyone — Jews, Christians, and Muslims — ought to be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

“I was critically injured, there was no chance,” he recalled, adding that he regarded this brush with death as a sign that God still has a mission for him.

“Tomorrow, 21 hours from now, and 14 minutes,” referencing Trump’s swearing in, “there will be another miracle!” he exclaimed, to much applause.

“How many people, in this room, true to themselves, a year ago, six months ago, believed that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States of America?” he asked.

Fellow Knesset and Likud party member Sharen Haskel, who is often called the “Israeli Margaret Thatcher,” as well as Arizona Republican Congressman Trent Franks also spoke at the meeting, reiterating America’s enthusiastic commitment to the Jewish people and state.

Russia Christians Face Increasing Persecution

Some Christians were even labelled as “cultists” or “foreign agents.”

Russia has dominated much of the news lately, but according to RelevantMagazine.com, there are even more pressing reasons to be concerned about Russia than what most news sources are reporting.

Persecution of Christians is increasing in Russia at an alarming rate. Last summer, Russia passed controversial laws that prohibited Christians from evangelizing freely and restricted religious discussions. Shortly following these laws, which are part of the Yarovaya package, Christians began to be prosecuted for engaging in their normal religious activities.

These laws have some fearing that Russia is going back to the Soviet era when Christians faced severe persecution.

Syrians Turning To Christ Amid Persecution

Many Syrians are coming to Christ notwithstanding that the Country is a war-torn, tumultuous place where Christians face intense persecution.

According to ChristianToday.com, one Syrian pastor stated, “Syria is getting torn apart and evil is all around us. We can touch evil and feel it. It is heavy on our hearts. But we also experience truth of the living Jesus Christ. It is encouraging though to me to see Isaiah 60, which says the light rises up on the church and his glory is on the church.”

One amazing conversion story involved a Muslim couple who wanted a Bible so that they could learn about the Christian God.

The Syrian pastor tells the story: “There was a husband and a wife who wanted to compare the God of the Bible with the God of the Qur’an. The more they studied, the more they came to realise that they wanted to follow the God of the Bible who taught love, kindness and forgiveness.”

Even when these converts face persecution from the Islamic State, they remain strong in their faith.

The pastor said that Syrian Christians need the prayers of fellow believers from around the world.

“I want Christians to know that their support and prayers means a lot to us. We can feel your prayers. It strengthens us and lifts us up,” he said.

As many as 400,000 Christians used to live in Aleppo, Syria, but now, due to the Syrian Civil War and the Islamic State, less than 60,000 remain.

Syria is ranked sixth on Open Doors recently released 2017 World Watch List of countries where Christian persecution is most severe.

China Arrests 6 Christian Women For Holding Bible Study

The government authorities in China have arrested six Christian women for holding a Bible study.

China Aid reports that the women were taken into custody on Jan. 10 after authorities broke into the church where they were holding a Bible study around 10:30 a.m. The women were charged with holding an illegal religious meeting.

A pastor of the church where the women were meeting told China Aid:

“We rented a room in the county for regular gatherings. The religious affairs bureau posted a notice, accused us of illegally [gathering], and threatened to ban our church. We did not stop the gatherings; on the contrary, we kept on meeting. The officers from the government departments came and took away our doormat, but we managed to get it back. After about 30 or 40 minutes, they simply walked in and began to grab our chairs. The [Christian] brothers tried to stop them, and the officers began to shove us away and beat us up. They took our stuff away in the end.”

During this process, authorities detained six Christian women, including Hao Zhiwei, another one of the church’s pastors. The other five women are Hong Ying, Wang Qiufen, Wang Yourong, Yu Hongxing, and Long Yujie.

Each woman has been sentenced to 10 to 15 days in prison for organizing and participating in unauthorized religious activities.

As of now, their family members have not received detention notices.