Author: Deji Okegbile

LENT AND VALENTINE DAY REFLECTION: VALENTINE’S LENT

What has the juxtaposition of the start of Lent and Valentine Day got to do with the days of moral free falls? Theodore Roosevelt said, ‘to educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.’ Moral decline begins when transcendent moral values, which have proven to be beneficial over time, are discarded in preference to various ideas which man finds more conducive to achieving our sin-tainted human nature – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1Jn 2:16). According to a Catholic legend, St Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. One of Valentine’s favourite duties as a priest was to marry people according to God’s command. The reflection is that sometimes it is dangerous to stand up against injustice, hatred, and prejudice. Sometimes it is difficult to oppose the world’s view of things. Sometimes it’s difficult to proclaim the truth of God’s Love, and that is what St. Valentine did! It is not always easy to stand for Jesus. It was not easy for Valentine. One night, Valentine did hear footsteps at his door. The couple he was marrying escaped, but he was caught. Valentine paid for...

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ST PATRICK’S DAY IN LENT

None of the legends and other folklores of green beer or leprechauns, banishing snakes from Ireland, using shamrocks to teach the Trinity, or walking stick growing into a living tree has anything to do with the real Patrick. St Patrick’s Day is more important than what he did in Ireland because of what he symbolizes in such a season as this and at a time when the church is loosing its identity, authority, and bearing.  Succat, meaning ‘warlike’ in modern Welsh and later known as St Patrick was born about the year A.D 372 A.D to a British family of Calpurnius, deacon of the church of Bonavern and Conchessa, sister to the celebrated Martin, archbishop of Tours. At his tender age, Conchessa, instilled into Succat’s heart the doctrines of Christianity. At sixteen years of age, Succat was captured by a band of Scottish slave-dealing pirates who sold him to the Druid chieftain, Milcho, who reigned in the north of Ireland. For six years Patrick herded the cattle of this ruthless pagan chieftain. Alone and in the solitary pasture, Succat, ‘the young slave called to mind the divine lessons which his pious mother had so often read to him.’ Like the prodigal son, in the heathen land, he surrendered his life to Jesus of whom Conchessa had so often spoken. Patrick’s “Confession” tells us the summary of his conversion: “When I...

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THE QUEEN AT 90: A BIBLE FAITHFUL

To God be the glory for this historic milestone of the longest-serving monarch in British history, the Queen Elizabeth II. The Scriptural record gives us a different perspective to think about age and time, especially when we feel there is so much to accomplish even at an advanced age. At age 90, God renewed his promise to Abraham as the father of many nations. Abraham at 100 and Sarah at 90 finally had Isaac. For them, it was twenty five years before their ‘fullness of time.’ The Queen of the United Kingdom: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados and 10 other independent countries, and the head of the Commonwealth who was born on 21st April 1926 and coronated at Westminster Abbey, London on 2nd June 1953 is ninety today. The Queen and Prince Philip consented to their marriage and announced the engagement on July 9th 1947 and as the first royal festivity since the end of World War II, the couple tied the knot on November 20th, 1947 in Westminster Abbey. The Queen’s inner beauty of faith in God far exceeded her outward appearance. In the process of time, God transformed the Queen into a benchmark for courage, loyal, and faithful wife, mother and leader. The Queen as Defender of Faith with a clear dependence on Christ and Supreme Governor of the Church of England is a shining example...

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‘ORDER OF CHARITY’ – Legacy of Sir Hassan Odukale at 90

Sir Olusola Hassan Odukale, a knight of John Wesley (KJW) and fondly called Baba Odukale within the Nigeria insurance industry, community and Methodist family passed on 17 years ago, but at 90 years (posthumous birthday), after his birth, his legacy and vision lives on. Baba Odukale, a native of Ilisan Remo, Ogun State and the founder of Leadway Assurance Company Limited was born in March 1926. He was a Christian entrepreneur and philanthropist to the core, whose businesses expand globally and become household name. Baba Odukale revolutionized the insurance industry and set the standard for modern philanthropy, especially in...

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PENTECOST: Best time to plug the leaks

Charles Dickens in “A Tale of Two Cities,” referring to his time said: “It is the worst of times and the best of times.” With the eye of the Spirit, when we look deep beneath the surface, we could see that  we are in a time of new insights, new beginning and new calls for the common mission. Globally, it could be the worst of time, Halleluyah, Pentecost time point to the best of times; a time to overcome our general leakages – ‘to clear away the distractions and anxieties and fears from our minds and hearts and allow...

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