INTIMATE ROYAL MARRIAGE

370223God’s incredible favour, honour and the privilege for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s inspiring journey of love, hope and family since engagement photos, all the way through to the official wedding on Saturday sums up Christianity. The royal wedding is compared to marriage of Lamb of God. Clement Ngissah wrote “Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry and who she becomes” to explain the believer’s important connection to Jesus always and favour of imputation of His righteousness attained thereby. Some of the lessons learnt from Meghan Markle’s lifestory is similar to how Jesus imputes His righteousness on believers. To qualify to enter His Eternal Kingdom Christian believers accepts Jesus’ Love proposal as the Bridegroom to become born again in similar fashion, Meghan Markle takes Prince Harry’s royal status so whenever with him all blood royalty below the Prince’s rank and status bow and curtsy to her although she is not a royal by blood or Princess Meghan. YeShe was not British or Royal by birth. She is an American. Her parents got divorced when she was six years old. Her father is Caucasian and her mother an African-American. She is half black and half white. She is a divorcee. She married her first husband, an actor and producer Trevor Engelson in September 2011 got divorced in August 2013. And she featured in movies in underwear sometimes showing what evangelicals define as ‘nakedness.’ Some allegedly leaked nude pictures of her on internet. To some people not the ideal woman to marry into royal family, importantly to marry sixth in line to the throne. For this reason was abused by many on the internet, on radio, tv etc. This made the British Royal Family’s communication secretary to release official statement in November, 2016 addressing the issues, ranging from sexism, to racism etc. But none of these, not her background as a ‘commoner’ or an African-American, an actress, a divorcee did not stop her. So after today, 19th of May, 2018, Meghan Markle becomes ‘Her Royal Highness Princess Henry, Duchess of Sussex and Countess of Dumbarton and Kilkeel.’ So for ease called ‘Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex.’ For the record she is first ever approved Duchess of Sussex in the history of royal family.IMG_20180521_122252

THE AMAZING THING is that although Meghan is not royal by blood, yet when with her husband Prince Harry or the Duke of Sussex, she will take his status and rank. As a result, all blood royalty below status and rank of her husband will have to bow and curtsy to her. On the contrary when she is alone then she has to bow and curtsy to blood royalty or anyone more senior than her. This helps to understand the imputation of righteousness of God. Like Meghan, our own self-righteousness cannot qualify us to be called Christians or qualify for the Kingdom of God. And as a result, we need Jesus Who gives His Name, status in order for us to be qualified to enjoy the privileges of God’s Royal Priesthood. In this case it is Jesus Christ of Nazareth our joint Heir makes us Children of God as Meghan from today officially known among the royal family. It’s not because of anything she did by her own accord or has done but because she is married to Prince Harry. She will receive secret service protection, diplomatic passports and enjoy other enviable privileges not because of her, but because of Prince Harry. In this context, Prince Harry is the way she has to all these. Without her Prince she is just Meghan Markle. In the same fashion the way to God to gain privilege in God in Christ and heaven is Jesus. We are qualified and will enjoy in heaven because of Him. We live forever because of our marriage to Jesus and it is not because of anything we did, have, will do or can do. And we are nothing without Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.jezus-christus

LESSONS FROM MEGHAN LIFESTORY.

1. No matter your past is. No matter the challenges, bad experiences you have gone through do not give up. Do not let your mistakes, setbacks and failures of the past to dictate your today and tomorrow.

2. Do not be over conscious of what people say about you. Don’t live your life according to the opinions of others. No matter the defamatory stories said or printed about you, whether true or false, don’t give up. Stand tall, apologize when you have to. Change when you have to. Reconcile when you have to and just march forward.

3. When your season is due, when it is your time to shine, believe nothing can stop you. No one knows tomorrow, your tomorrow can make your enemies, accusers, those who looked down or you to bow and curtsy to you. Be positive and work hard. The future is brighter.

4. More importantly, who you connect with is very very important. Who comes into your life is of great importance. Meghan Markle the actress because of her connection and marriage to Prince Harry is now someone so different with honour, higher status, privileges, care and attention she didn’t have before. She may not be royal by blood but because of her marriage some royals by blood have to bow and curtsy to her when she is with her husband.

As sinners we didn’t deserve it, our own righteousness couldn’t and cannot qualify us to enter the Kingdom of God except we repent believe in Jesus for Him to impute His righteousness on us. The same way Meghan Markle’s status as a popular actress, an American etc cannot qualify her and couldn’t qualify her to be called Her Royal Highness or for the royals to bow and curtsy to her but marrying the Prince and taking on his rank and status qualifies her. Who are you connected to? Jesus Christ of Nazareth wants to connect with you to save you, redeem you, to promote you, to Bless and Favour you and give you Eternal life in God’s Royal Kingdom.

Credit: Clement Ngissah

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LOVEFIRE POWER AT WORK

Prince+Harry+Marries+Ms+Meghan+Markle+Windsor+Ni8V9X8sdVVlLovefire power at work is so strong that when two people fell in love we all showed up to celebrate couple’s love sermon preached to congregation in St George’s Chapel during royal wedding  of Harry and Meghan is wonderful. Guest list includes Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Phillip, bride’s mother among variety of famous super stars. After opening remarks by Dean of Windsor, David Conner before the marriage vows officiated by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the assembled guests plus many millions watching on television around world, heard sermon delivered by American preacher Michael Bruce Curry the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. The Gospel message of dwelt upon is that God is Love and those who love have God in then because God is love. Jesus told young lawyer to love others and show love to his neighbours.”The Most Rev Bishop Michael CurryThe Most Reverend Bishop Michael Curry is the first African-American presiding bishop and primate of Episcopal Church, gave the address titled Power of Love at the service in St George’s Chapel. He opened his speech with the words of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, who said: “We must discover power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is only way.” The bishop added: There is power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Do not over-sentimentalize that there is power power in love. In Jeremiah 23:29, Bible says God’s word is like a fire consuming like a hammer breaking and smashing selfish enemies of God. The word of God is fiery dynamic force, active, energetic, powerful, mighty and shatters to pieces anything in its path contrary to God. So powerfully unleashes God’s unending love through Christ Jesus for mankind.

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Sheku Mas being in the running for title of Male Artist Of The Year along opera’s leading man Jonas Kaufmann, modern composer Max Richter, Pointless host Alexander Armstrong and Britain’s Got Talent 2017 winner Tokio Myers, Sheku scored a top 20 record his debut album Inspiration. Sheku, a former student of Trinity School in Nottingham rubbing shoulders with likes of pop megastars Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran when he entere official UK charts at number 18 as well as topping the classical charts. Studying at Royal Academy of Music, in London, the Mapperley musician has remembered his roots and returned to his old Roman Catholic academy at the start of year to gift £3,000 to the school matched by another £3,000 from his record label Decca to help music tuition at the institute. Felt grateful to play cello during Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

IMG_20180521_122252“The Most Rev. Bishop Michael Curry  Bishop Curry told the service: “There’s power in love. Love helps to heal when nothing else can the power in love lifts up and liberates when nothing else will.” Such power is seen in the service, he continued, saying “Two young people fell in love and we all showed up.” The Episcopal Church is the US offshoot of Church of England and forms part of broader Anglican Communion. Meghan was baptised into the Anglican Church headed by Harry’s grandmother. It was important to reiterate power of love fire as it spreads like wild-fire. Those who love want the best for each other and so look out for best interest of others too. !3500 (1)Love is a powerful decision to make to show compassion, kindness or empathy in spite of toxic hatred to overcome its contamination. In the face of becoming a source of strength to endure lovefire power one needs strength from God of Love. It is possible to love by thoughts or actions God inspired easier through God in Christ. In the presence of all the congregation including a host of stars invited to join the happy couple in the chapel including US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, and tennis champion Serena Williams, actor George Clooney and his barrister wife Amal Clooney, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and actor Idris Elba and his fiancée, list too long to name all.3500 The Archbishop says: “In the presence of God, and before this congregation, Harry and Meghan have given their consent and made their marriage vows to each other so they declared their marriage by the joining of hands and by the giving and receiving of rings. I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.” The Archbishop joins their right hands together and said: “Those God joined together let no-one put asunder.” So the couple are now officially married and congratulations and God Bless all!!!Prince+Harry+Marries+Ms+Meghan+Markle+Procession+dGV9B2pH3jrlThis marriage ceremony was attended by numerous wellwishers, watched by millions all over the world to celebrate this living history modern integration of society. Lessons to be learnt from royal wedding between #meghanmarkle and #princeharry.

• She is biracial (i.e. black)
• She is a divorcée
• She is a child of divorced parents
• She was raised by a single mom
• She is slightly older than her prince
• She has had her own public platform
• Her father was in the tabloids recently
• Her mom is a beautiful black woman
• Pictures from her first wedding were plastered all over the media
• They met on a blind date370223

• Yet wholly welcomed by the Queen
• The world is celebrating her lifestory
• Her mom had tea with the Queen
• Prince Charles walked her down aisle
• She will be royalty the rest of her life
• Her children will be royalty
• I could be wrong but their wedding guest list might be the most diverse ever
• American blackman preached sermon
• Words#drmartinlutherkingjr#recited
• A black choir is singing “Stand By Me” at the wedding (so beautifully too!)
• She is a Princess!!! You NEVER know. Your story is NOT over. Don’t let your story make you feel unworthy. Don’t let your story cause you to settle for less. Don’t let your past dictate your future for with God all things possible. We give thanks and Glory to God in Jesus Name.4307 (1)

1. Attempting to use Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry and what she will become after today to explain how important it is for us to be connected to Jesus, be with him always and what the imputation of His righteousness means. God wants all people from all nations to have strong sense of belonging because we all have one father God. Humanity traces origins to the mitochondrial Eve and Adam in garden of Eden. This is the reason why people need to understand the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Nobody owns earth because it belongs to Almighty God Yahweh. This means people are entrusted stewards of God in charge of allocation distribution to ensure fairness and justice. In God’s eyes people are precious and priceless.skynews-royal-wedding-crowds-fans_4314443

2. Some lessons we can learn from Meghan Markle’s life and story. Jesus imputes His righteousness on us to qualify or justify us to enter His eternal Kingdom after being born again, in a similar fashion, Meghan Markle will take Prince Harry’s rank and status whenever she is with him for all blood royalty below the Prince’s rank and status to bow and curtsy to her although she is not a royal by blood and cannot be called Princess Meghan. She is not a British, neither is she a Royal. She is an American. Her parents got divorced when she was just six years old. Her father is Caucasian and black mother.

IMMINENT END OF WORLD?

end of the worldSome followers of Bible keeping track of world events believe a lot is occurring now which would suggest that the end of the world is near. The most obvious sign for Christian conspiracy theorists is the seemingly imminent war between Iran and Israel. Christians tout Israel as the Holy Land and an attack on that is an attack on God, they believe. Website Signposts of the Times points to Ezekiel 38/39 reads: “After many days you will be called to arms as part of end of world Christians believe THESE are some signs of the apocalypse.

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And the tension between Israel and Iran continues to mount. In future years will invade land recovered from war, whose people regathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had long been desolate. “When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign LORD.” Another sign according to the website is the news French President Emmanuel Macron called on countries, including Britain, to sign up for 10-nation defence coalition of EU member states. Signposts of Times: “specifically in Revelation 17 of a group of 10 Kings/Kingdoms will rise during the time of the Antichrist and in Daniel 12 we are told that these armies will ultimately march into the Middle-East and specifically, into Israel.

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Macron called on a 10-nation army. And what to make of the next news story which reports on the Pope and his work to bring groups together from the Middle-East to ‘help bring peace to the region’? “The bible tells us ‘blessed are the peace-makers’, (Matthew 5:9), but it also warns that when all begin to say ‘peace and safety, there will be sudden destruction.” The website fails to give a date on when the world will end but other conspiracy theorists believe that it began last year and will be completed in 2025. Christian conspiracy theory sited Unsealed writes: “Looking in rear-view mirror see that Great Sign occurred on September 23–24, 2017 in immediate in close proximity to Feast of Trumpets.

HOW LONG OH LORD JESUS?

timingEvents or tragedy create urgent longing to be rescued from the challenges faced daily. People wonder how to cope often asking how long they have to wait for LORD’S Divine intervention in Christ. 2 Peter 3:4 in the Bible describes the glorious hope of believer’s expectation of Jesus in the clouds for Rapture and Second Coming later on earth to rule. 1. In second epistle Paul writes to beloved believers, to stir up pure minds to remember to hope in God.  2. To be mindful of words spoken by holy prophets and commandment of apostles of Lord Jesus Saviour. 3. Know there shall come in the last days scoffers walking after their own lust so 4. saying Where is the promise of His Coming? Since the fathers fell asleep all things continue as it was since the beginning of creation. 5. For they are ignorant that by the word of God the heavens of old and the earth stand in water. In water 6 past world existence ended overflowed by water and so perished The heavens and earth by same word kept reserved for day of judgment and perdition’s fire for ungodly men. Angels promised disciples Jesus will return to earth in same way He ascended into heaven seated at RIGHT Hand of God. It is written many events will precede His coming so challenging to wait by faith.god-has-not-forgotten-you

Psalm 13 also asks How Long, O LORD? as passage questions How long O Lord? Will you forget us forever? How long O LORD will you hide your face from us? 2 How long must we wait for you for the relief in our soul to stop sorrow in our hearts all the day? How Long, O LORD is the desire in our hearts for God’s quick Divine intervention materialise. Peter tells us the LORD is not slow to fulfill HIS promise as some count slowness in 2 Peter 3:9. God knows HE sometimes appears slow to us, but for HIS merciful reasons given in the Bible shows HE is compassionate toward us when we wait for help according to HIS OWN timings. Habakkuk 1:2 also asks How long LORD, must we call for help before you listen? O LORD, how long shall we cry before you hear when we cry out to you about violence to save mankind! Christians all over the world cry day and night to God asking, How long Oh LORD must we call for your help to save to rescue from evil perdition of ungodly men. Beloved be not ignorant that ONE DAY with Father LORD God is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like ONE DAY to God.1-john-5-13

The LORD is not slow concerning HIS promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us not willing any should perish, but that all should come to repentance for salvation in Christ. So the LORD is patient granting more time and hoping that many more people will repent and change before its too late. 10 For the DAY of the LORD will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens shall pass away with great noise and the elements melt with such fervent heat so earth and the works in it will be burned up. 11 Seeing all these things dissolved it is crucial the manner of persons to be in all holy conversations and in Godliness as we wait for redemption in Christ. So 12 Looking for Rapture and the Coming of DAY of God when heaven’s fire shall dissolve the elements with fervent heat. Yet have CONFIDENCE IN GOD IN JESUS 13 according to His promise, looking for new heavens and a new earth to dwell in righteousness. After all said and done 14 beloved look diligently with vigilance and found in Jesus in peace without any spot and blameless. 15 Longsuffering in our Lord’s salvation beloved Paul wrote according to wisdom given to him, gives hope to endure to the end to be saved. It is in 16 his epistles the things some find hard to understand if they, unlearned in Scriptures or unstable, wrestle to their own destructions. 17 Beloved, since you know these things beware you are not led away with error of the wicked to fall from steadfastness in Christ. 18 Grow in grace in knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forevermore. Amen.

BUILDING A BABY’S BRAINS

pastedImageTop 10 tips to building a baby’s brain as Blackpool Better Start believes, building a brain is a lot like building a house and so must have strong foundation. Strong foundation builds the stronger resilient communities to help parents, essential for healthy structure of child’s brain.”

1) Support

Get support to create a solid foundation by ensuring that parents and caregivers have the right information and support available to meet a baby’s needs. In UK, Blackpool and other parts of country, having parents attend their antenatal programme and being involved with your health visitor, midwife and other people are there to support you through your pregnancy is really important during that transition into parenthood.Reading_800x534

2) Positive nurturing interaction

Developing a brain is an interactive process. ‘Serve and return’ activities can help with this – that’s the “goo goo” and “gaa gaa”, when you respond to what your child is saying to you. It’s like a tennis match. Maybe your child gives you a tissue, you take is and say “thank you”. Embracing those ‘serve and return’ opportunities helps build those interactions.

3) Read, read, read

Research shows us how beneficial reading is to a child’s development. The evidence we have proves children who are read to, by parents or caregivers do better in school. The have higher self-esteem, develop better relationships with other children and are better behaved. We recommend reading 15 minutes a day to your child – that does make a difference to their development.

4) Talk to Babies Early

When adults interact and elaborate what the child is saying to them – like asking questions, sharing rhymes and songs – then children start to develop those cognitive skills and the tools they need to succeed. Even when the child is saying something that’s not particularly intelligible, start a conversation with your child and let them recognise that you will interact with them in that way.

5) Managing stresses

We know that some stress is considered to be good – like meeting a new person, that can be good for a child. It’s for children who grow up in chronically stressful environments, they might be subject to violence, abuse and neglect. Those children experience ‘toxic stress’ and we talk with families about what toxic stress looks like and the impact is has on that child. Caregivers should be aware of the environment a child is in, be able to comfort them when they’re upset and calm their emotions. Helping a child’s stress response system come back to normal levels is really, really important.Family_Singing

6) Be attuned, responsive

The relationship between the main caregiver allows the baby to grow physically, emotionally, intellectually. We know that babies and children need to feel safe, protected and nurtured by caregivers, to identify responds to the child’s needs. Unresponsiveness lead to difficulties socially, behaviourally and emotionally which may affect the child’s physical and emotional development.

7) Outdoors

Remember the importance of outdoor play by using open spaces, parks and other outdoor settings. Look for outdoor opportunities which are vital for brain development and we know that play is essential for a child’s learning and well-being. It can help the parents too. Being outside as a family, particularly if you live in a small house or don’t have much space, getting outside and doing some activity can make you feel better, is good for the child and it’s free!

8) Nutrition and diet

A poor diet can negatively affect a child’s brain development and nervous system. But for us, it’s supporting parents getting their child into solid food. We know breastfeeding is really good for nutrition, because the milk in a mum’s body changes everyday to give the child what they need. We also know that once you move on to solid food, it’s about looking at what kind and how you serve the food to a child. There needs to be a good range of foods that will address their nutrition and diet.

9) Mum & dad take care

Obviously a expectant mother needs to be taken care of during pregnancy, because that vital for the wellbeing of the baby, but that continues well after birth. Establishing regular routines for sleep helps with brain development and stress, as does physical activity. Being physically active for 60 – 90 minutes a day helps strengthen brain connection with motor skills, balance, vision and other abilities. It also helps combat stress for mum. We think mums who have good nutirion, who are acitive during pregnancy are able to have a healthier birth.4-ways-to-nurture-your-childrens-growing-brain-2

10) Communities

We talk about communities a lot, because it’s not just the parents that help grow the child, it’s the whole community and extended family. Studies have shown that children tend to do better from strong, supportive communities. Everything we do is based around gearing up communities and parents to do more for themselves, by giving the community members skills, making them more understanding about child development and what they can do to support that. Children centres, peer supporters and trained volunteers can offset poverty and other risk factors in early development.

CHRISTIAN TEXTS EFFACED

3111Extraordinary discovery by eagle-eyed scholar identified the shadowy outlines of passages from Bible behind eighth century manuscript of the Qur’an. This is evidence of a recorded palimpsest in which a Christian text has been effaced to make way for the Islamic text. French scholar Dr Eléonore Cellard was looking for images of a palimpsest page sold a decade earlier by Christie’s when she came across the auction house’s latest catalogue, which included fragments from a manuscript of the Qur’an which Christie’s dated to eighth century AD or second century of Islam. Scrutinising the image, she noticed that, appearing faintly behind the Arabic script, were Coptic letters. She contacted Christie’s, and they managed to identify the Coptic text as coming from the Old Testament’s Book of Deuteronomy part of the Torah and the Christian Old Testament. This is important discovery for the history of the Qur’an and early Islam shows the cultural interactions between different religious communities, said Cellard who is attached to the College de France. “It’s extraordinary said Christie’s specialist Romain Pingannaud. “Once you know it’s there, you can only see it, it becomes so obvious but missed at the beginning. It’s fascinating, particularly because it’s the example where you have an Arabic text on top of non-Arabic text. And even more fascinating it is on top of passages from the Old Testament … It shows the contact between communities in first centuries of Islam; it’s very relevant.” So Christie’s, is offering the fragments for auction with a guide price of £80,000-£120,000 on Thursday. The manuscript is likely to have been produced in Egypt, as home to the Coptic community, at the time of the Arab conquest. It said these fragments “resonate with the historical reality of religious communities in Near East and as an invaluable survival from the earliest centuries of Islam.” While the writing style of Qur’an scribe dates it to around the eighth century or early ninth century, its not possible to identify how much older original Coptic writing is although the formation of the letters means it is unlikely to be written earlier than the seventh century, according to Pingannaud. “Carbon 14 testing would date only the material, not the writing, but it’s quite destructive and folios are too thin,” he said. Qur’anic palimpsests extremely rare according to Christie’s, with only handful previously recorded, not copied above a Christian text. Other examples of Qur’anic palimpsests of two leaves from a seventh-century Hijazi Qur’an is copied above an earlier version of the Qur’an. “We think this is because the Qur’an is an important text although vellum was very expensive the Qur’an was always written on the new material so they use new material,” said Pingannaud. It was, “quite common in the Byzantine and Greek worlds to have palimpsests” he added. “Parchment is very strong, it doesn’t suffer too much it’s sensitive to humidity but very solid,” he said. “At the time it was erased the parchment was probably like new and it’s with centuries passing ink sank into parchment provides an image seen.”