Author: Deji Okegbile

HEALTHY MARRIAGE MATTERS AS GOD-GIVEN FIRST INSTITUTION: EXAMPLE OF SUSANNA WESLEY @355.

Healthy marriage, as a God-given first institution between a man and a woman, is built on the sacred principle and relationship (Gen 2:24). Healthy marriage matters because by means of marriage, ‘God intended that well-ordered families would transmit truth and holiness from one generation to another.’ Celebrating 2024 Marriage Week is about the vibrancy of marriage as the basis for a healthy home, nation, and family life. More than 140 years ago, Abraham Lincoln prophetically conveyed the timeless truth that ‘the strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people.’ A healthy marriage is essential to the...

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OVERCOMING DEMONS, THE ENEMIES OF GOD AND HUMANS.

And Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was – Mark 1:34. Halleluyaaah! Jesus came to earth to destroy the work of Satan to establish God’s Kingdom and to free us, all of humankind, from Satan’s power (1Jn 3:8, Matt 12:28, Lk 4:16). One of the main themes in Mark’s Gospel is Jesus’ constant aim to defeat Satan and his demonic powers. Jesus puts into action the principle behind this spiritual conflict with Satan and his powers in His use of...

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SAFEGUARDING THE GOSPEL: PROGRESSION OF THE MINISTRY

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” 2 Tim 2:1  A new book, Saving Church: Restoring the People of God with Missional Evangelism, co-authored by two experienced ‘giants of missional theology and the Fresh Expressions movement,’ Martyn Atkins and Kenneth H. Carter, warns that the 21st century Church is in a state of distress. As a prophetic voice, the book Saving Church points to people who are ‘disquieted, disenchanted, and dispirited.’ The book does not look at the Church...

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Sister Lanre Jeboda (Mama Wole) @60: ‘Tough Times Never Last.’

The book TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST TOUGH PEOPLE DO by Robert H. Schuller aptly provides a glimpse of Sister Olanrewaju Jeboda nee Olusi’s testimony on her 60th Diamond Jubilee birthday celebration. Sister Jeboda, Mama Wole, at 60, beyond resilience and finding strength in the face of adversity, brings to memory my resumption in 1993 at Methodist Church Nigeria, Wesley House, Marina, Lagos, as acting Conference Editor. I was given an accommodation, precisely the former principal residence at the Methodist Boys’ High School, 11 Broad Street, Lagos. During the same period, Sis Jeboda was a teacher at the school and...

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Cured to Serve: Model for faithful Believers.

“My chains fell off; my heart was free. I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.” Charles Wesley. The lyric line above from Charles Wesley’s hymn reminds us of God’s immaculate and unwavering love for humanity. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus was welcomed to the warmth of Peter’s home hospitality and discovered that his mother-in-law was sick in bed with a fever (Mk 1:29-34). The phrase “sick with a fever” is a general descriptor used in Graeco-Roman healing narratives for various illnesses. Many today are even in the church with a range of illnesses – physical and spiritual –...

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