Author: Deji Okegbile

Missional Marks of Jesus’ sheep: Hope for the lost sheep.

The Gospel reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter reminds us of the symbolism of the Good Shepherd. The symbolism beyond the tension between hired hands and the good shepherd is still current today, and it explains the missional marks of Jesus’ sheep. Jesus Christ spells out what it means for Him to be our Good Shepherd and for us to be His sheep. The prominent distinctive marks of Jesus’s sheep start with the entry into the sheepfold by the door, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, that is, through Jesus’ blood. To be Christ’s sheep is to...

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Only the Blood of Jesus Saves.

Christians are so passionate about the blood of Jesus. We sing of the precious blood, “Come thou fount, the blood that cleanse each spot, just as I am, gaining an interest in the Saviour’s blood, and can it be.” We sing, “O for a thousand tongues, the blood that makes the foulest clean, the wonder-working power of the blood”, and many more. Those new to Christianity or belong to other religions may have thought these songs strange. Faith in the blood of Jesus is the foundation of all the Christian spiritual blessings. We are redeemed and cleansed through the...

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ELDER AYO ONI @90: ‘A Credible Undertaker’ who became the ‘Mid-Wife’ of Access Bank.

Elder Michael Ayodeji Oni, a devoted Christian Methodist, an economist and a chartered accountant born prematurely on Tuesday, April 17, 1934, is a life and testimony of God’s grace. Elder Oni’s father, Pa Emmanuel Oni Famuyide, was an early Christian convert in his hometown, Ilesa. Elder Oni described his mother, ‘Rebecca Talabi, as the perfect expression of maternal love and care.’ Elder Oni started primary school at age five years and eight months in January 1940 at Otapete Methodist Primary School, Ilesa. In January 1948, he worked as a ‘Pupil Teacher until August 1949. He attended Ilesa Grammar School,...

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“ARISE AND BUILD”: MISSIONAL REPOSITIONING AND METHOD FOR REVIVAL.

Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God. Therefore, arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, to bring the ark to the covenant of the Lord and the holy articles of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the Lord – 1Chr. 22:19. The story of Prophet Nehemiah, with its pragmatic approach and call to arise and build, resonates with the current state of the church and our nations. Just as Jerusalem was a broken city, a spiritual devastation, our church orthodoxy is in ruins. This...

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RESURRECTION EARTHQUAKE! POWER AS OF OLD, ROCKS SPLIT, AND THE TOMBS BROKE OPEN!

At the moment, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split, and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life (Matt 27:51-52). The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the central truths of the Gospel, the Good News of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:1-8). Apart from resurrection, Christ’s followers would have no hope, and our faith in God and testimony about Jesus Christ would be useless (1 Cor 15:12-19). Jesus’s enemies recognised the...

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